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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.]] 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]].
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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->''"Awaken an era."''
[[caption-width-right:200:Can you dig it?]]

A {{Mons}} series from Creator/{{Nintendo}} and Creator/RedEntertainment, ''Fossil Fighters'' (''Kaseki Horider'', or "Fossil Hunters", in Japan) is a collection Mon RPG/paleontology sim series for the DS and 3DS.

On the tropical Vivosaur island, the Richmond archaeological foundation has built a fantastic resort. Using the brilliance of Dr. Diggins, they have developed a process to revive dead animals from fossil fragments. ([[Film/JurassicPark Sound familiar?]]) As a side-effect of this process, the dead animals are not complete copies of the creatures they originally were in life--they gain unusual appearances and best of all--superpowers. Vivosaur Island has become a playground for the rich where wealthy young dinosaur fanatics can revive extinct animals in the form of superpowered monsters and fight them against each other for glory and fame.

Like most games, this one stars a [[KidHero young boy]] (or girl, starting with the second game) who aspires ToBeAMaster. You hunt fossils, battle other fans, and raise in the ranks, with the help of his friends. But the island is lousy with groups of fossil thieves and general schemers who, naturally, want to TakeOverTheWorld.

Games in the series:
* ''Fossil Fighters'' (''Bokura wa Kaseki Horider'', or "We Are Fossil Hunters", in Japan), 2008 JP/2009 US Nintendo DS
* ''Fossil Fighters: Champions'' (''Super Kaseki Horider'', or "Super Fossil Hunters" in Japan), 2010 JP/2011 US Nintendo DS: This game features improved, [[CelShaded cel-shaded graphics]] (with FMV cutscenes), a female player character, a revamped movement system, new islands, new villains, and the ability to Super Revive certain Vivosaurs into evolved forms.
* ''Fossil Fighters: Frontier'' (''Kaseki Horider Mugengear'', or "Fossil Hunters Infinite Gear" in Japan), 2014 JP/2015 US Nintendo 3DS: The new feature for this title is the ability to fight wild Vivosaurs and to drive around in customizable vehicles. The combat system has also been entirely overhauled.
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!! This game provides examples of:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Dr. Diggins in the first game, Professor Scatterly in ''Champions''.
* AbsurdlyLowLevelCap: In the first game, it's set surprisingly low at just twelve, and you can get as high as rank eight by fossil cleaning alone (''ten'' if you get a full set of rare red fossils). The second game ups the cap to 20, though viviosaurs gain stats more slowly to go with it.
* AcceptableHobbyTargets: InUniverse. The three commanders of the Barebones Brigade? They're a hipster, a hippie, and a metalhead. The game especially has fun taking potshots at Cole, the hipster, and Todd remarks that it's no wonder everyone was so terrified of him.
** [[spoiler: It's later {{deconstructed}}. The fact that they were such acceptable targets meant [[FriendlessBackground no one wanted to have anything to do with them]], meaning they desperately attached themselves to the first charismatic figure who appeared to them and had no trouble [[WhosLaughingNow turning on those who mocked them]]. But it's also why, despite the fact that they were used, they can't stay mad at said figure--they know he tried to do what he thought was right, and they were ecstatic that they'd been shown ''any'' [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe kindness at all]].]]
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Nevada Montecarlo, who is a DarkSkinnedRedhead version of [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] (with Franchise/IndianaJones' whip).
** ''Champions'' has an even more direct CaptainErsatz of Franchise/IndianaJones called Joe Wildwest.
* AllNaturalGemPolish: Everything you find in the Jewel Rocks.
* AncientAstronauts: [[spoiler:The dinaurians.]]
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: The first two games include a series of masks that your character can collect and wear.
* AgentPeacock: Ryne from the ''Champions'' DLC. He wears the only pink Brigade suit in the game and draws attention to himself because of it. But he is also the first character in the franchise to actually make his own Vivosaur, discounting [[spoiler: Zongazonga and his [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack purple evil]] zombiesaurs. [[WordSchmord Magic shmagic.]] [[MemeticMutation Booo!]]]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Cole in ''Champions''. It's hard to tell which parts of his campness just come from his obsession with fashion, and which parts come from... somewhere else.
* AnnouncerChatter: In the first two games, the two announcers like to prattle on with each other about nonsensical things only tangentially related to the battles taking place.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: ''Frontier'' cleans up some of the issues with finding fossils in the field; identifying fossils on sight and allowing immediate excavations, rather than requiring the player to haul an entire inventory back to base before they even know what they have. Vivosaurs can also be revived from any fossils, not just the heads.
* ArtEvolution: ''Champions'' featured a much more detailed, and more {{Animesque}}, art style than the original's more cartoony look.
** ArtShift: [[spoiler: Rosie's icon in ''Champions'' is in the same style as the first game, making her stand out next to the anime-style characters from the second game.]]
** ''Fossil Fighters: Frontier'' seems to have significant change in the design of... just about everything, really.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Fully justified by the fact that vivosaurs are explicitly stated to be dinosaur-''like'' creatures and not actual dinosaurs. Beyond that, it's generally averted since the creators have ShownTheirWork and keep their data as accurate as possible.
* AuthorAvatar: The first game's announcers are the game's two creators, and the idea of putting them in the game started out as a joke.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Many high-level vivosaurs with really high Attack or LP are devastating from the Attack Zone... but if they end up in the Support Zone somehow, they'll turn your attacker into a quivering pile of useless mush. T-Rex is a perfect example--he has the highest attack in the game and can attack all of your enemies at once, but, if he ends up in the support zone, he reduces all your attacker's stats by ''30%!''
** Zino and Centro. Every hit from them will be a critical-but their accuracy is so terrible that the rest of the team needs to be focused around buffing accuracy/evasion stats to get them to even land a hit. In other words: CriticalHitClass meets ATeamFiring.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Joe Wildwest in ''Champions'' and Captain Stryker in ''Frontier''.
* [[BadJobWorseUniform Bad Sidequest, Worse Costume]]: So... how 'bout that Hare Club? Y'know, the one where you have to wear a bunny mask, then clean 100 fossils to 80 points or higher?
* BagOfHolding: We really have ''no'' idea how a twelve-year-old can lug around up to ''64'' fossils as long as his entire body and not get sore, esecially when some of those rocks contain an ''entire skeleton''. Justified and averted in ''Frontier'', where A) you travel by car, which can much more easily accommodate the size and weight, and B) fossils are processed automatically, so you're not even carrying them around in the first place.
* BigOlEyebrows: The samurai, with a BigOlUnibrow chaser.
* BittersweetEnding: Subverted in the first game. [[spoiler:Guhnash]] is defeated, but your partner didn't quite make it out of [[spoiler:stone sleep]]. You've saved the world, at a cost, and that's how it has to be... [[spoiler:and then the Digadig chieftain shows up and tells you to use the hip-shaker dance!!]]
* BlackAndNerdy: Dr. Diggins in the first game is a professional-grade [[Series/{{Scrubs}} blerd]]. Who's dorky enough to wear shorts and a Hawaiian shirt beneath his lab coat, no less.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: It's no wonder Nick Nack mangles foreign languages so bad--he barely gets ''English!'' "I can have my snacks and feet them too!"
* BodySurf: This is how [[spoiler:Zongazonga's immortality spell]] works in ''Champions''. His latest victim is actually [[spoiler:the owner of the Fossil Park, Joe Wildwest.]]
* BonusBoss: After you beat the final boss of the first game, almost ''every character you've fought before becomes a BonusBoss.'' Almost all of them have maxed-out teams, some of them you have to fight one right after the other, and the prizes for beating them range from "BraggingRightsReward" to "OlympusMons." You can even take on the FinalBoss again as often as you like! The most difficult BonusBoss fight, however, is probably against [[spoiler: Dynal, Duna, and Raptin]] ''all at once.''
** There's also an {{Early Bird|Boss}} BonusBoss named Petey, who requires you fight him with three very specific vivosaurs. If you take the time to max out said three and wait until you're near the end of the game, he's not so tough... But try him ''without'' copius LevelGrinding, and he proves to be quite the KillerRabbit.
* ABoyAndHisX: Thanks to the player getting a sidekick, ''Frontier'' is a "Boy/Girl and his/her dinosaur" story.
* ButtBiter: A RunningGag in ''Frontier'' involves your little vivosaur sidekick chomping down on Nate's butt. In the little guy's defense, Nate is usually literally asking for it by sticking his butt out and taunting him.
* ButtMonkey: Rosie.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: The names have been changed to emphasize that Vivosaurs aren't really dinosaurs, and to trim down the {{Overly Long Name}}s that real dinos often have. There's a mode that gives detailed information on the animals that inspired each dinosaur.
* CanonName: The main character of the first doesn't really have one, but Nintendo's guide suggests "Buckland", after an early paleontologist. The official mini-manga gives his name as "Hunter." The second game's protagonists, though, are [[AnimalThemeNaming Dino and Dina]].
** ''Frontier'' has nameable protagonists "Jura" and "Tria". The puns just don't stop. The canonical name for their little dino sidekick is "Nibbles".
* CardboardPrison: Only in the first game, but it's exaggerated. [[PoliceAreUseless What happens in that police station is anybody's guess.]]
* CelShading: ''Champions'' uses cel-shaded graphics, as well as more detailed graphics in general.
* ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler:The hip-shaking dance, used to revive Rosie/Duna from tainted stone sleep.]]
* [[TheChiefsDaughter The Chief's Granddaughter]]: [[spoiler:Pauleen.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Trip Cera in the second game. His first name [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs seems appropriate]].
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The vast majority of Vivosaurs are absent in ''Frontier'', in particular nearly all of the non-dinosaur Vivosaurs are gone, with the exception of a few pterosaurs.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Since you can't use them to revive vivosaurs, nobody wants dropping fossils. Except Nick Nack...
** John Guano replaces him in the sequel. John's even ''weirder,'' if that's possible. He's standing not three feet away from a lady who offers dropping fossils in exchange for fossil cleaning. The only catch is, he'd have to wear the Hare Mask to join the club to do so. EveryoneHasStandards?
* CombatCommentator: In ''Fossil Fighters'', they're {{Author Avatar}}s. In ''Champions'' we have a two talking Vivosaurs. ''Frontier'' doesn't have any announcers.
* ContinuityNod:
** In ''Champions'', Pauleen is a throwback to the first game's Digadig tribe. [[spoiler:You also get to fight Rosie in the post-game.]] [[spoiler:Duna, Raptin, and Dynal]] also make appearances in some bonus content.
** In ''Frontier'', the Vivosaur Island and Caliosteo Fossil Parks from the first two games get mentioned occasionally. Characters from ''Champions'' (or at least people with the same names) can show up in the in-game tournaments; one such team is Joanie, Pooch, and Tonzilla and another is Todd, Rupert, and Pauline.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Mt. Lavaflow in the first game, and Mt. Krakanak in the second.
* CowardlyLion: Todd in ''Champions''.
* CrooksAreBetterArmed: Wanted vivosaur thief Blambeau carries around a shotgun. The [[PoliceAreUseless unarmed and largely ineffective police force]] send [[KidHero Hunter]] after him. Thrice.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Nevada Montecarlo, who also likes to WhipItGood.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Rosie can be seen as a deconstruction of TheLoad[=/=]DamselInDistress. She is those things, but realizes it, and is sorry for the times when you have to save her. After one instance she even asks if you hate her.
* DefiedTrope: The final boss of ''Fossil Fighters Champions'':
-->''"Yes, well, [[BondVillainStupidity let's not waste any more time with empty threats]] or [[JustBetweenYouAndMe the revealing of plans]], mmm?"''
* DemBones: The [=BareBones=] Brigade's boneysaurs in ''Champions''.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Averted. When the bad guy pulls out an {{Olympus Mon|s}}, you need to get your own before you can properly challenge him. (Unfortunately, you can't keep it - see NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup below)
** However, it's later played straight with [[spoiler:Guhnash--apparently, all you have to do is destroy his brains. Easy-peasy.]]
** In ''Champions'' [[spoiler:The FinalBoss, Zongazonga, is pretty much exactly this. A body-snatching skull that turns into a literally on fire zombie T-Rex with giant, bloody skeleton arms coming out of it? Just send some kid with his pet dinosaurs to beat it up.]]
* DinosaursAreDragons: The Fire-type Vivosaurs breathe fire, but remember - they're no longer Dinosaurs, they're ''[[CallARabbitASmeerp Vivosaurs]]''.
** In ''Champions'', the Super Revive function in the sequel plays this to the hilt, essentially morphing your Vivosaurs from dinosaur-like creatures into more draconic monsters. Also, [[spoiler:the BigBad Zongazonga literally refers to the dinosaurs as dragons in his magic chant in the penultimate battle.]]
* [[AnimalMotif Dinosaur Motif]]: In ''Champions,'' the male PC has a T-Rex motif, while the female PC has a triceratops motif.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Frigisaur, and the leader of the BB Bandits with him.
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: Boy, isn't Mt. Lavaflow climactic! The lava! The HeelFaceTurn! The impending epic battle between the opposing forces of Frigisaur and Ignosaur! ...Wait, whaddiya ''mean'' half the plot threads still haven't been followed up on?
* DiscOneNuke: The Spinax you're given at the beginning of the first game is strong enough to last you until endgame.
** In ''Champions'' the starters are powerful enough to last you the entire game, particularly Dimetro.
** The 'Donation Point' dinosaurs also count, particularly Compso in the first game. There's nothing to stop you from grinding all the way to him the moment you get access to your first dig-site, and his support-effects will make you basically unstoppable for the rest of the game. To a lesser degree, Stego - being the cheapest of the DP-dinosaurs, you can, again, fairly easily get all 4 parts of him, in [[RareRandomDrop 'red' quality]], for an instantly high-level 'Tank' who can solo practically anything up to late-mid-game if needs be.
** Giga Raja in Champions, which is created by evolving Raja (available in the first area) with a gold fossil (can be found early with some dedication). Giga Raja's already powerful attacks can be bolstered by his ability to Charge-Up for a turn, causing him to hit like a meteor and deal damage exceeding the highest possible Life Points for anything in the game!
* DoWellButNotPerfect: In ''Champions,'' there's a man who wants your help making hard-boiled eggs in the hot springs. They need to be in there for 10 seconds ''exactly,'' and hardly a millisecond longer. However, boiling the eggs for ''9.9 seconds exactly'' is the only way to get the [[spoiler: elemental chick]] fossils. Better bring a stopwatch. Or learn how to count to 7-1.
* DownloadableContent:
** The original game briefly featured four of the five Mysterious Egg fossils available for download on the Nintendo Channel, but they were taken down eventually. (They're still available in-game, though; it just takes longer.)
** ''Champions'' features [[OlympusMons Frigisaur and Ignosaur]] from the first game, along with sidequests from a... ''strange'' character named Ryne, and downloadable fights with [[spoiler: Duna, Raptin, and Dynal.]]
** ''Frontier'' distributed its bonus content through AR cards rather than actual downloads; including some Bone Buggys, versions of Yutie in all four elements, the villains' dark vivosaurs, and some ''actual'' dinosaurs.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Averted. The [=NPC=]s' dialogue changes to praise you as you progress through the story and ranks.
* {{Eagleland}}: The Fossil Park America in ''Frontier''. The whole place is lit up like Las Vegas, the Warden in charge is TotallyRadical and [[AmericansAreCowboys dresses like a cowboy]], and the first dig site is in a southwest canyon. To its' credit, the Starry Falls dig site is a South American jungle instead of being a US stereotype. Fossil Parks Asia and Europe aren't all that much better when it comes to cultural stereotypes.
* ElementalPowers: It turns out that the cloning process gives these to animals as a [[CursedWithAwesome side-effect]].
** BlowYouAway
** DishingOutDirt
** MakingASplash
** PlayingWithFire
** NonElemental
** InfinityPlusOneElement: "Legendary" in the first two games, though in practice these vivosaurs are treated as Neutral; they just have better stats. The first game has [[spoiler:Frigisaur, Ignosaur, and all the parts of Guhnash]] and ''Champions'' has [[spoiler:Zombie Tricera, Zombie Ptera, Zombie Rex, Zombie Plesio, and Zongazonga; plust the return of Frigi and Igno]]. ''Frontier'' drops the designation.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Fire beats Air, which beats Earth, which beats Water, which beats Fire. Neutral has no advantages or disadvantages.
* ElvisImpersonator: Rockin' Billy from ''Champions.'' Did you catch the PunnyName?
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Duh!
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Everything's Better With Princessaurs]]: Maia (Maiasaurus) is a pink dinosaur with a feminine face and a princess-crown. She's also a support-skill powerhouse, the only one in the game to have both healing and anti-status-ailment skills.
* EvolutionaryLevels: [[spoiler:The Dinaurians have a devolution beam. It turns humans into "triconodonta", a ratlike mammal ancestor.]]
** The three "Transformation-Class" Vivosaurs also transform into later descendants of theirs: Guan turns into T-Rex, and Proto turns into Tricera. Aoptryx is somewhat more confusing--it can turn into ''any'' neutral-type Vivosaur. Even those that technically came before it. And even those it ''could not possibly be related to'' (Apato isn't even a ''theropod!'').
** In ''Champions'', some vivosaurs can "Super Evolve" into stronger forms.
* {{Expy}}: Pauleen in ''Champions'' has a lot in common with Rosie from the first game. In addition to being your designated female hanger-on and being surprisingly powerful for such a young age, both have bright pink TwinTails... and the same (accidental, in Rosie's case) VerbalTic.
* FeatheredFiend: Aopteryx. It can semi-reliably steal FP with Thieving Talons, recover LP with Life Drain and as mentioned above, transform into any Neutral vivosaur. [[JokeCharacter Unfortunately, it needs significant support to dish out and/or take damage...]]
* FetchQuest: AND HOW. The first game is loaded with these. Thankfully, most of them go by quickly enough to keep the story rolling.
* FireWaterJuxtaposition: Frigisaur and Ignosaur in the first game represent the Fire/Ice version.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: And [[WaterIsAir inverted]] when fighting in [[UnderTheSea Bottomsup Bay]].
* FossilRevival: ...It's the backbone of the series.
* GeniusSweetTooth: Dr. Diggins has a weakness for Dino Cakes.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Professor Scatterly in the second game manages to slip a [[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch "Sod it"]] past the radar. Similarly, the game goes to absolutely ''zero'' lengths to disguise the fact that Pauleen has a [[HoYay girl crush]] on the female protagonist. She grabs the female PC's hands, stares deeply into her eyes, and then admits she has no idea why she's blushing.
* GlobalCurrencyException: Redundant fossils are donated to the museum, which gives you donation points based on how good they are. These points are the only currency the cleaning station store accepts. Averted in ''Frontier'', where you just get cash for extra fossils.
* {{Gonk}}: Baron von Blackraven, especially compared to his two PrettyBoy associates.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:Don Boneyard and the [=BareBones=] Brigade, trying to stop the Caliosteo Cup in order to stop Zongazonga's scheme. Well, the Brigade didn't know Don Boneyard was a good guy, but they don't have a problem with it when they find out.]]
* GottaCatchEmAll
* GreenHillZone: Greenhorn Plains in the first game, Treasure Lake in ''Champions'', and Paradise Beach in ''Frontier''.
* HarmlessFreezing: Frigisaur freezes you and Rosie completely after your first fight with it. But you're still OK.
* HarmlessVillain: The Barebones Brigade aren't exactly what you'd call menacing at first. Their eeeeevil plans involve such plots as "Pampering girls so they forget to participate in a tournament," and "Fill the hot springs up with powdered gelatin so people get stuck and can't participate."
** NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler: Their fourth plan, the one Don comes up with, is to destroy the ''entire Caliosteo island system''. Egads.]]
** [[spoiler: It's later {{justified|Trope}} when you learn that Don Boneyard is, in fact, the real Joe Wildwest in disguise. He didn't want to hurt anybody. When he [=OKed=] the third plan, things were getting ''extremely'' desperate, and it went slowly enough to give the people plenty of time to evacuate.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: The BB Bandits - well, the TerribleTrio team, anyway; the {{Mooks}} don't seem to turn.]]
** [[spoiler: The entire [=BareBones=] Brigade.]]
* HelloInsertNameHere: All games actually allow you to change your main character's name at any time! The first game doesn't allow you to name your {{Mon}}s, strangely, though this was changed in the second.
* HopelessBossFight: [[spoiler: Round one against Frigisaurus.]]
* HotSpringsEpisode: In the second game, there's a hot spring-themed dig site called Hot Spring Heights. Not surprisingly, most of the plot in that area revolves around the hot springs.
* HumansAreSpecial [[spoiler: Not only do they have the sci-fi standard "pluck," but the dinaurians are impressed by their capacity for both compassion and forgiveness.]]
* HypnotizeThePrincess: Comes into play late in Champions. [[spoiler: It's Todd.]]
* InconsistentDub: ''Frontier'' changes a couple names from previous games. The coin-like items vivosaurs are stored in were "Dino Medals" but are now "Dino Gears", and Becklespinax's vivosaur name goes from "Spinax" to "Beckles" - of course, the first two games identified it as an Altispinax, and its Japanese name was "Altis", which would explain the change.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: T-Rex in the first game, natch. Also, [[KillerRabbit Compso, who debuffs the enemy's attack power by 90%]]. Even moreso are [[spoiler:Duna, Dynal, and Raptin]], with their ridiculous support effects, and crazy abilities.
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler:Before the final battle with Guhnash, you can choose to bring either Rosie or Duna with you. Choosing Duna leads to this. And considering that little mishap with the devolution ray, Rosie technically counts for this too.]]
* ItemGet: Every last fossil is one of these in the first two games. The hero bends over, picks up the rock, faces the camera and thrusts it above his/her head triumphantly. The fanfare plays, and a blurb appears stating the nature of the rock found. It's a thing of beauty.
* JokeCharacter: In the first game, Anato. Its expression can only be described as "derpy," and even the ''game'' goes out of its way to point out how stupid it looks. It's a vivosaur who tries to sell itself based ''solely on'' the fact that it looks ridiculous. From a gameplay perspective, it also tries to lay claim to having a 100% effective [[StandardStatusEffects Confusion skill]], but said skill also does no damage and costs ''240 FP.'' Similar skills on other vivosaurs not only do damage, they also cost ''over 100 FP less.''
** LethalJokeCharacter in ''Champions '' It gets an [[TookALevelInBadass upgrade]] to gold confusion which means that the vivosaur inflicted has a chance of attacking itself or any of its allies. In addition its super evolver form Papygon, is widely accepted as one of the best in the game.[[note]]However, it's worth nothing that Papygon's PaletteSwap brother Teffla is much more the fan favorite of the two, and can deal heavier direct damage.[[/note]]
* JustifiedTrope: The game goes out of their way to emphasize that Dinosaurs didn't really have superpowers, and a great deal of the Vivosaurs aren't even really revived from Dinosaurs, per se, but are rather other forms of prehistoric life.
** Driven home in ''Frontier'', where [[spoiler:you travel back in time and encounter ''real'' dinosaurs. Unlike vivosaurs, dinosaurs are all Neutral-type, [[RealIsBrown have brown skin]], and are identified by their full names (like "Triceratops" instead of "Tricera")]].
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Mihu, a ceratopsian found in Japan, has ''katanas for horns.''
* KidHero: The main characters.
* KingIncognito: During ''Champions'', you're tasked with finding the Princess of Nomadistan, who has quietly entered the tournament; and are shown a picture of a girl and her dog that you ran into earlier. [[spoiler:The Princess turns out to be ''the dog''; the girl's her retainer. Both the fact that this would have been good to know earlier and the absurdity of [[CaligulasHorse appointing dogs as royalty]] is lampshaded.]]
* LampshadeHanging: The {{Combat Commentator}}s sometimes do this.
-->'''P.A. Leon''': I was wondering, why do we talk through every fight?
-->'''Slate Johnson''': I'm wondering how we can ''see'' every fight happening!
-->'''P.A. Leon''': Excellent point, Slate.
* LargeHamAnnouncer: All the announcers, but special mention must be given to Trip Cera. A couple choice quotes:
-->Not as excited as me! BOOYAH, GRANDMA!

-->'''Trip:''' Just like my wife with a credit card! Zing!\\
'''Ty:''' You're not married, Trip.\\
'''Trip:''' I'M SO LONELY!

-->There is a literal river of sweat running over my laptop! Seriously, I may electrocute myself before the day is over!
* LastLousyPoint: The five elemental [[spoiler:baby birds]] in the first game, who can only be obtained by getting every other vivosaur in the game and then ''maxing their levels.'' Yikes! They used to be downloadable from the Nintendo Channel on the Wii, but have since disappeared, as the aforementioned channel is no longer supported.
** More generally, you may find yourself gritting your teeth over the last lousy point of every single fossil you can clean. Properly-cleaned fossils are worth a ton of experience points, way more than you can reasonably give any specific vivosaur through combat. It's not ''mandatory'' to get everything perfect, but for perfectionists...
* LeakedExperience: Three vivosaurs participate in each fight, but all five that you're carrying (including defeated ones) get the experience. Averted in ''Frontier'', where all vivosaurs are available to use at all times but only the one used in battle gets experience.
* LizardFolk: In the second half of the game [[spoiler:a race of dromaeosauridae that evolved into hyper intelligent humanoids become the main antagonists after the BB Bandits are defeated. They want to KillAllHumans, naturally.]]
* [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Gratuitous Foreign]] {{Malaproper}}: Nick Nack does this. Airy cat oh! Donkey shine!
* MaskedLuchador: There seems to be a thriving masked-battler community, since each game involves some:
** Saurhead in the first game, who wears [[RefugeInAudacity no less than]] ''[[RefugeInAudacity thirty]]'' full-head dinosaur masks at any given time. [[TheUnreveal Can't risk]] [[DramaticUnmask being unmasked]], after all.
** Pauleen from ''Champions'' also wears a mask. [[spoiler: She wears it because it's shy, and it helps her feel more confident--but the mask is enchanted to bestow confidence, and ''evil,'' so it takes over the wearer's body in a rather literal case of BecomingTheMask.]]
** In ''Frontier'', it's Dino Gigante. You have to find his old rival, the Flying Smile Kid, and draw him out of retirement to try and win his belt in order to get the piece of MacGuffin on it.
* MetalDetectorPuzzle: This is your entire means of finding {{Mons}}--you have sonar and need to search the ground for stuff.
* MisterMuffykins: Joannie and Madame Pooch in ''Champions''. [[spoiler:Joannie's pampering is justified as Madame Pooch is legitimately royalty as "Princess Pooch"; see KingIncognito above.]]
* {{Mon}}: It's a dinosaur-collecting and battling game.
* MythologyGag: Many visual details of the Vivosaurs are based on facts about their dinos:
** Some are [[PunnyName name puns]] (Krona is covered in clock-like Roman numerals, and Coatlus was made to look like its namesake, Quetzalcoatl.)
** Others are based on the location of their discovery (U-Raptor (''Utahraptor'') has feathers that look like a Native American headdress, Carchar has Egyptian details, Chinese Shanshan is designed to look like a ChineseGirl crossed with an Asian dragon.)
*** The fact that Breme (''Bradycneme draculae'') is vampiric is both a name and location reference, as it was discovered in Transylvania and and consequently named after {{Dracula}}.
** And more have their own fun facts (M-Raptor was exceptionally bird-like and so resembles a parrot; Megalo was one of the first discoveries ever, so according to the graphic designer "[[http://www.fossilfighters.com/html/making-of/5/ I deliberately used the design of a dinosaur as it was conceived by people long ago.]]")
* {{Nerf}}: Support effects were nerfed quite heavily in ''Champions.'' In the first game, vivosaurs had their full support effects regardless of their level, making things like [[GameBreaker Compso]] incredibly dangerous. In the sequel, support effects grow when your levels do... meaning the game gives you a Compso in the ''very beginning of the game,'' and feels no remorse.
** But there's also an inversion, as some game mechanics got stronger in the transition from the original game to ''Champions''. In the original game, only the vivosaur in the Attack Zone could have a negative status effect put on them, and switching zones got rid of status effects. This made attacks whose only purpose was to cause a status effect somewhat weak, but this hurt poison attacks especially--you would need to use a chain of either knockback or [[StandardStatusEffect excite]] skills to get a poison attack to work, and the extra damage frequently wasn't that spectacular. In the sequel, however, all zones can have status effects and rotating doesn't get rid of them, meaning the extra damage from poison is more likely to stick around.
** A similar inversion applies to counterattacks. In the first game, counterattacks only had a 40% chance of working, making them a rather weak and luck-based strategy. In the sequel, counterattacks were upped to a 70% success rate, making them far more dangerous.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The Dinomatons are robot dinosaurs, and the aforementioned Breme is a vampire dinosaur.
** And the sequel brings us skeleton [[spoiler:and zombie]] dinosaurs.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: A rare living example in [[OlympusMons Frigi(saur) and Igno(saur)]]. As soon as you defeat the former, the latter vanishes as well due to them cancelling each other's powers out. Still, it removes a god-like power from your party to prevent a Game Breaker. [[spoiler:Until you can win them from post-game {{Bonus Boss}}es, anyway.]]
* NothingIsScarier: When [[spoiler: the BB Bandits take over Vivosaur Island]], no music plays even in friendly areas.
* NotQuiteBackToNormal: Poor Rosie. The other girl's ending shows she hasn't fully thrown off the effects of the Digadig charm ''or'' the [[spoiler: deevolution ray]].
* OddNameOut: Three of Holt's V-Raptors in the mini-manga are Odin, Thor, and Steve.
* OlympusMons: Frigisaur and Ignosaur.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:The main villains of both ''Champions'' and ''Frontier'' turn themselves into monstrous dino-beasts for the final battle.]]
* OverlyLongName: Avoided. Many dinos have these, but their Vivosaur counterparts have them cut short.
* PaletteSwap: In ''Frontier,'' certain dinos have variants (based off famous specimens) that are colored differently. They sometimes differ in elements and skills, too--Hypsi comes in Air, Water, and Fire versions.
* {{Panspermia}}: Subverted. [[spoiler: The Dinaurians seeded the planet with life, but it was Earth's own species that survived instead.]]
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: There's a bonus boss post-game that most people have trouble with. However, with the right team (ex. Seismo, Hoplo, and Compso) you can consistently defeat said bonus boss over and over again in about 6 turns each time by abusing a team skill and how long-range attacks work, making leveling up all your vivosaurs to rank 12 easy.
** In the second game, there's the three Barebones Brigade officials. They use teams made up entirely of Boneysaurs; although Boneys have powerful support effects, they're also extreme {{Glass Cannon}}s, meaning vivosaurs several levels lower of them can take them out with some decent planning. They grant a full 30 points (in a game where level-ups come every 50 points) on defeat, making them great for grinding.
** Also in the second game, after you beat the game, you can talk to Prof. Scatterly to "reenact" the final battle with Zongazonga. By thee end of the game your vivosaurs will probably be strong enough to take him out no problem, and he gives you 50 points, so any dinosaurs can be leveled up just by being put in the support group.
* PlanetEater: [[spoiler:Guhnash.]]
* PlayableEpilogue: A whole crop of stuff opens up after you beat the game. UnusableEnemyEquipment becomes [[InfinityPlusOneSword usable]], new areas open up, everyone becomes a BonusBoss, you get ''both'' the OlympusMons...
* PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs: [[spoiler:Inverted; Dinosaurs were introduced on Earth by the Dinaurians.]]
* PopQuiz: The second go through the Secret Tunnels has you correctly answering dinosaur trivia to advance in the maze.
** In ''Champions'' there's a roaming quiz show sidequest run by Tess Score.
* PowerTrio: Hunter, Rosie, and Holt become one of these in the mini-manga. In ''Champions'', it's the player, Todd, and Pauleen; with Rupert as SixthRanger.
* PowerupLetdown: Getting the upgrade for Dark Fossils lets you find red fossils, which you could already find anyway, jewels, which you could find anyway, and dino droppings, which you ''couldn't''. Also, dark fossils have an outer shell that can only be broken with a hammer. If there's a speck of outer shell covering that perfect red fossil, expect to lose some points smashing it.
** Yes, but you don't get challenged for finding Dark Fossils in the original. Meaning you don't have to fight tooth-and-nail for every [[VendorTrash Emerald and Diamond]] that you dig up. In addition, the best jewels are available in Dark Fossils, meaning you can now get those all-important case, sonar, and cleaning tool upgrades without running around swinging a pickaxe like a maniac for hours on end. BoringButPractical.
* PunnyName / MeaningfulName: Where to start? We've got name changer Ty Tull, advice giver Tipper, Sam Inaro who teaches seminars... And these are just from the ''first'' game.
** Gets lampshaded:
--->'''Rosie:''' Oh, I can't believe I didn't make the connection before... Knickknacks... ''Nick Nack''. Ugh. Waa ha ha! To think we're out looking for knickknacks for a guy named Nick Nack... It's like some awful joke!
** NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Even the [=NPC=]s warn you that "We've heard all the jokes" about Bea Ginner (who teaches novices).
* PurelyAestheticGender: Your gender has no effect on the plot in ''Champions'' or ''Frontier''.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: In ''Champions,'' both Professor Scatterly and Rupert show signs of it. Rupert is more of a nascent one, though he certainly shows signs of Britishness.
* RandomlyDrops: Some fossils are ''much'' rarer than others, and you'll have to go back and forth between the main town and the area where they're found if you want to complete your fossil collection. Averted in ''Frontier'', where fossils for a specific vivosaur can be counted on to show up near each other and always in the same areas; plus they're identified on sight and you no longer need to go back to town to excavate them.
* TheReptilians: [[spoiler:The dinaurians in the original game.]]
* RibcageRidge: Treasure Lake in the second game has a gigantic skull of some variety, smack dab in the middle of the lake.
** Could also be a parody DesertSkull. Food for thought.
* RichBitch: Bling sisters Ruby and Sapphire, aka "the Posh Pair", in ''Frontier'''s postgame; who consider the player a commoner and recruit him/her in a few schemes to get rare jewels. Averted with [[spoiler:Penny]], who is only revealed to come from a rich family in the postgame and is SpoiledSweet.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: A great deal of the Fossil Fighters are implied to be this.
* RoadApples: Yes, you can dig up fossilized dino dung. Nick Nack and John Guano are the only ones who want it for whatever reason (the shop will ''accept'' it, but will pay next to nothing).
* RobotBuddy: [=KL-33N=], the cleaning robot. Rupert has a prototype digging robot called [=Di66-R=]. In ''Frontier'', the Bone Buggies have an onboard AI called [=VR-00M=] (whose picture looks like the robots from the prior games).
* RoseHairedSweetie: Nate from ''Frontier'' is a RareMaleExample, in {{Adorkable}} flavor.
* RuleOfCool: Dinosaurs battling it out is cool enough, but the sequels give them even more powerful, awesome-looking forms.
* RunningGag: In ''Champions'', every time [[spoiler: someone's skull jumps into your pocket]], it is always described as "lumpy."
* SamusIsAGirl: In ''Frontier,'' it's revealed that the MascotMook T-Rex--the big red, yellow, and black one that appears on the box art of every game--is specifically a female version (named [[GeniusBonus Sue]]). The male version is a [[RealMenWearPink purple]] variant named [[FluffyTheTerrible Stan.]]
* SaveScumming: If you save before you talk to the cleaning robot, you can reload the save until he gives satisfactory results. No longer the case in ''Frontier'', where you do all the cleaning out in the field where you ''can't'' save.
* SchmuckBait: The Secret Tunnels of the Mole Brothers contain several treasure chests, but a nearby plaque warns you that "greed is its own setback." Opening them keeps you from advancing in the maze. It's later confirmed that opening these chests is why Lemo and O'Mel got separated in the first place.
* SetBonus: Putting three vivosaurs with something in common on the field can unlock a special attack for each.
* ShoutOut:
** One poor nameless NPC is tasked with standing guard over a warehouse, and nothing else. Keep talking to him, and he'll eventually reveal the "deep, philosophical" thoughts he's been having: "'''What is a man''''s life worth? Nothing but guarding '''a miserable pile of secrets?'''"
** The cleaning robots resemble Japanese emoticons.
** A cinematic from the sequel shows [[Film/JurassicPark a helicopter transporting new people to the island.]]
** In ''Champions'', one park staffer is trying to come up with new ideas:
-->Fast cars are exciting, right? Maybe we could [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds have people battle while driving around a racetrack]]! [[TakeThat No, you're right. That's a dumb idea.]]
** Stella, Staff leader of Ribular Island informs the Hero(ine) that "[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Your dig site is on another island!]]" once they progress past Round 2 of the Cup. She then wonders why that sounds familiar.
** ''Champions'' also features a fisherman who became lost at sea. His name is [[Literature/RobinsonCrusoe Robinson,]] and he also talks to [[Film/CastAway a ball, whom he calls his best friend]].
** When its programming goes haywire, Rupert's robot says things such as "[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda I AM ERROR.]]" and "[[Videogame/ProWrestling A WINNER IS YOU.]]"
** In ''Frontier'', if you talk to a shopkeeper about cleaning a daily random fossil, they'll say [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda "It's a secret to everybody."]] During a tournament during one of the postgame quests, one character will also reference [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem "playing with power"]].
* ShownTheirWork: The information on the extinct animals, also see MythologyGag above.
* SignificantAnagram: The Mole Brothers' names are Lemo and O'Mel. Hm. I wonder what ''those'' [[SarcasmMode are anagrams of]]?
* SinisterSchnoz: Snivels, no question.
* SkullForAHead: Don Boneyard [[spoiler:and anyone else who became a victim of Zongazonga]].
* SlasherSmile: [[spoiler: Guhweep]] has one, but it's not immediately obvious until it [[spoiler: uses Tears of Dark Light... and turns upside down]].
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: The Glacier dig site from the first game, though it doesn't open up until the endgame.
** All of the Ilium Island digsites in ''Champions'' apply. Ilium isn't called "The island where warmth goes to die" for nothing!
* TheSlowPath:
** In the first game, [[spoiler:Dr. Diggins after he's sent back to the Jurassic. Thank goodness he manages to find the Stone Sleep device!]]
** Also seen in ''Frontier''. [[spoiler:While time-traveling, your vivosaur partner gets left behind in the late Cretaceous in order to make sure you get home safely. Eventually, you realize that a fossilized Dino Gear-like artifact you'd found earlier in the game really ''is'' your partner's Dino Gear.]]
* StanceSystem: Used in ''Frontier''. While previous games had tactical systems based on a vivosaur's placement on the field, ''Frontier'' instead focuses on how your vivosaur is standing: straight ahead, rearing up, ducking down, or turned around and baring its tail. Each vivosaur has a different set of strong and weak stances, and different attacks can change your or your opponents' stances (though a vivosaur's stance is always reset when it takes its turn).
* StarterMon: Each game in the series does it differently:
** ''Fossil Fighters:'' You start the game with a Spinax who, while common, is decently powerful. However, at the game start, you also get a free bonus fossil of a dinosaur based on how you answer some questions about what you like in your dinos.
** ''Champions:'' Joe Wildwest lets you pick between dinos of the four basic elements, which are hard to get until late game. All can [[MagikarpPower Super Evolve.]] Plus, boys get a T-rex and girls get a Tricera.
** ''Frontier:'' You befriend Chomp, the most traditionally mons-like dino in the series. He's no recognizable dinosaur species, he's quite powerful, and he evolves at certain points in the game. Plus, he's your TeamPet and your close friend.
* StatGrinding: A mild case in the first game; most stat gains are at levelups but vivosaurs also gain HP gradually between levels. ''Champions'' removes this.
* StockDinosaurs: But also includes any new prehistoric mammals and dinosaurs discovered during the creation of the game.
** The sequel appears to be continuing this, including many other prehistoric creatures from before and after the age of dinosaurs.
* StopHavingFunGuys: [[{{In-Universe}} Rupert]] in ''Champions''. After witnessing Todd take his loss to you in stride, he's baffled as to why Todd's not upset about losing. Though it turns out it's less arrogance that his way is the right one and more ignorance that there are other ways in the first place.
** Turns out it comes from his dad, who tried to drive the "have fun" mentality out of him and wanted him to bail out when facing even a 50% chance of failure. [[spoiler:This game being high on the idealistic end of the scale, this was just dad trying to protect Rupert from the pain of losing. [[ManipulativeBastard Or so he says...]]]]
* StrangelyEffectiveDisguise: [[spoiler: Somehow, the majority of the Dinaurians are fooled by yours and Dr. Diggins' masks.]]
** See also ''Champions'', where the hero(ine) receives a Ty Ranno mask for disguise purposes. No other mask keeps [=NPC=]s from immediately knowing who he/she is; how is this mask different?
* SummonBiggerFish: Calling up Ignosaur to fight Frigisaur.
* TakeThat: After completing the main quest and all the sidequests of ''Frontier'', you'll take a group photo with the main cast; to which Dahlia comments "And it's a PICTURE, got it? Not a selfie. That word is so overused these days."
* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:The [[LizardFolk dinaurians]] have technology that can do this. The technology that un-stones them is also responsible for how you can revive dinosaurs in the first place.]]
* ATasteOfPower: Do you go straight to the confrontation with [[spoiler: Ignosaur]] in your party... or do you have some fun with the [[OlympusMons godlike beast]] beforehand?
* TerribleTrio: The BB Gang. Also counts as the GoldfishPoopGang for the first half of the game. In the sequel, it's the Barebones Brigade. ''Frontier'' has Baron von Blackraven and his gang.
* TheTetrisEffect: Expect to see fossils in various states of cleaning every time you close your eyes.
* TyrannosaurusRex: The game's mascot, and somewhat of the InfinityPlusOneSword. One NPC ensures the player near the end of the game that "all the hype you've ever heard about it is true!"
* TheUnintelligible: Rex of the BB Bandits.
** EloquentInMyNativeTongue: [[spoiler:His true speech patterns tend toward SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. Those kooky English bulldogs...]]
* UnknownItemIdentification: In the first two games, fossils had to be brought back to base and excavated before they could be identified. In ''Frontier'', fossils are "unknown" the first time they're excavated but the sonar will be able to ID them afterward.
* UnusableEnemyEquipment: Boy, the Dinatomatons sure are cool, aren't they? Who wouldn't want a [[VideoGame/RobotDinosaursThatShootBeamsWhenTheyRoar Robot Dinosaur That Shoots Beams When It Roars?]] Well, sorry, but ''you don't get none.'' And you'll have to keep your paws off [[spoiler:Duna, Dynal, and Raptin]] too... [[spoiler:until they all become available in the postgame, that is.]]
* VendorTrash: Digging up and cleaning gemstones is the only way to make money. The better the gem, the more money.
* VerbalTic: The Digadigs, including Pauleen in ''Champions''. Rosie [[GotMeDoingIt picks it up]] when she is mystically made part of the tribe, and she is very ''diga-''displeased.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Roise asks "you probably hate me now, don't you?". You actually are ABLE to say "yes".
** In ''Frontier,'' when you [[spoiler: travel back in time]], you can encounter dino nests. You can cheerfully drive your Bone Buggy over them and shatter them to pieces, for no other reason than they're there. (Though they magically reform themselves if you wait.)
* XMeetsY: ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' meets {{Mon}}s. (''Magazine/NintendoPower'' said "meets ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''", but "meets ''VideoGame/{{Spectrobes}}''" is much more apt.)
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: In the first game's Master-rank Level-Up Battles, losing even one vivosaur makes you lose the whole fight.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Rupert's father is... difficult to please, shall we say.
* {{Whateversaurus}}: Along with the term "vivosaur" itself, this is used liberally for the various made-up species.
* WindIsGreen: Air-type Viviosaurs are revived from green fossils.
* WombLevel: The Bonehemoth in ''Champions.''
* WordSaladTitle: In ''Champions,'' all the songs in the sound test have silly and non-indicative names, like "Sleepy Robin," "Chocolate Soiree," or "Raspberry Bell."
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Rosie's pink hair could be passed off as an [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis artistic rendtion]] of a strawberry blonde, but there's ''really'' no explaining why Dr. Diggins' hair is ''green.''
** Siamo actually has blue hair, despite being a dinosaur.
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->''"Seeing clearer what I've done \\
I'd refuse to let things go \\
I could never once admit I'm wrong \\
And what do I have to show? \\
Seeing clearer what's at stake \\
And the things I have to change \\
I just hope I can, it's not too late \\
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A {{Mons}} series from Creator/{{Nintendo}} and Creator/RedEntertainment, ''Fossil Fighters'' (''Kaseki Horider'', or "Fossil Hunters",
-->-- '''Music/HammerFall''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mj6GRrYmgI "Last Man Standing"]]

Only a scant few villains work under a conventional moral framework with [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]], fewer acknowledge the [[ItsAllAboutMe egocentricity]] implicit
in Japan) the wrong they do, a distressing number are [[ShutUpKirk beyond all attempts at being reasoned with]]. And to make things worse, these also tend to be too powerful [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil to beat]].

In these cases, the only solution
is a collection Mon RPG/paleontology sim series for the DS heroes to actively CareBearStare him into growing a conscience to make him voluntarily stop his rampage... because the accumulated [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone shame]], [[HeelRealization guilt]], and 3DS.

On the tropical Vivosaur island, the Richmond archaeological foundation has built a fantastic resort. Using the brilliance of Dr. Diggins,
[[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 have developed a process to revive dead animals from fossil fragments. ([[Film/JurassicPark Sound familiar?]]) As a side-effect of this process, might as well have, because now that he has the dead animals are not complete copies of the creatures they originally were in life--they gain unusual appearances heart and best conscience of all--superpowers. Vivosaur Island has 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 playground for conscience.

The exact reaction depends on
the rich where wealthy young dinosaur fanatics can revive extinct animals in villain and the form of superpowered monsters and fight them against each other for glory and fame.

Like most games, this one stars a [[KidHero young boy]] (or girl, starting with the second game) who aspires ToBeAMaster. You hunt fossils, battle other fans, and raise in the ranks, with the help
weight of his friends. But the island is lousy sins. One that hadn't yet gotten to do much more than PokeThePoodle or KickTheDog once may survive with groups of fossil thieves and general schemers who, naturally, want to TakeOverTheWorld.

Games in
emotional counseling. If he [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope slipped further]]? The black hole he's become will finally crush him. Things can get really interesting if the series:
* ''Fossil Fighters'' (''Bokura wa Kaseki Horider'', or "We Are Fossil Hunters", in Japan), 2008 JP/2009 US Nintendo DS
* ''Fossil Fighters: Champions'' (''Super Kaseki Horider'', or "Super Fossil Hunters" in Japan), 2010 JP/2011 US Nintendo DS: This game features improved, [[CelShaded cel-shaded graphics]] (with FMV cutscenes), a female player
character, a revamped movement system, new islands, new villains, through his own fault, invited in MindControl, DemonicPossession, or TheVirus, and entirely remembers all the evil things he did under its control -- that wouldn't have happened if he'd fought it off, but which he had no control over.

One unlikely, but possible, outcome is that he reacts not with unbearable sadness but ''overwhelming anger'' at the heroes for daring to make him ''"feel like this!"'' This tends to [[TurnsRed make him]] ''[[TurnsRed even more]]'' [[TurnsRed dangerous]]. NiceJobBreakingItHero.

A common subversion has the villain turn out to be so evil that when they are forced to realise all the pain they've caused they either [[ItsAllAboutMe don't care]] or [[ForTheEvulz are downright happy about it]].

Despite the intense emotional anguish this causes, Heroes can pull this with impunity since it's not killing anyone (directly, anyway), saves lives, and in the long run is a fairly elegant form of justice that may even bring about a HeelFaceTurn. Then again, they may do this knowing the effects are temporary and only do it to weaken the villain psychologically long enough to kill him. Even normal, moral people can turn evil, and they may [[IDidWhatIHadToDo reason they don't want to give him a second chance]].

Subtrope of VillainousBreakdown. See also BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood and AlasPoorVillain

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* 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]].
* In ''Anime/AngelBeats'', Otonashi defeats Naoi by forcing him to face that in the end he was ultimately responsible for his own misery; Naoi's motivation stemmed partly from his belief that his life had been empty, and Otonashi forced him to realize that Naoi could only blame himself for that.
* ''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.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'''s Digimon Emperor/Kaiser when he realizes that Digimon are real, and Wormmon has just made a HeroicSacrifice to stop him, the boy freaks out, throwing away his costume, crying, and screaming that he's sorry before wandering alone into the desert.
** In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', this happens to Beelzemon, the Mega form of the human-hating Digimon, Impmon. After being granted the power to digivolve like he always wanted, Beelzemon attacked the children and destroyed one of their partners (who unfortunately, don't have the pleasure of being reborn as digi-eggs as it was in the previous series). After being defeated in battle and spared, he begins to come to realize the atrocities he had committed and wanders around, guilt-ridden, depressed and haunted by memories of what he did. After surviving what was essentially a suicide attempt (not fighting back when he's attacked by a swarm of digimon which quickly render him powerless), he eventually sets off to make things right, by first making amends with the humans he had abandoned and then by helping the others in the battle against the D-Reaper, and saving the girl who's partner he killed.
* 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.
** [[spoiler:Envy]] experiences this when Ed points out the entire reason he was so vicious and hateful of humanity was his jealousy of their ability to rely upon one another, while [[spoiler:Envy]] was all alone. He begins weeping in frustration at having a ''human'', and the one he despised most of all at that, understand him so deeply and [[spoiler:commits suicide rather than deal with the humiliation]].
** 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 Super Revive certain Vivosaurs into evolved forms.
* ''Fossil Fighters: Frontier'' (''Kaseki Horider Mugengear'', or "Fossil Hunters Infinite Gear"
destroy other people's internal organs in Japan), 2014 JP/2015 US Nintendo 3DS: 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 new feature 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 this title is most of a chapter when he realizes that his grand plan to fix the ability world (by [[InTheirOwnImage destroying and rebuilding it]], natch) only managed to summon a pair of very angry gods whose fight wild Vivosaurs and will destroy everything ''without'' any hope of revival. Even near the end when he manages to drive around in customizable vehicles. The combat system get his act together, the impact of all this leaves him drained to the point where one of his officers has also been entirely overhauled.
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!! This game provides examples of:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Dr. Diggins
to help him stand.
** Colress gets one
in the first game, Professor Scatterly in ''Champions''.
anime after his mind control machine breaks. He gets better.
* AbsurdlyLowLevelCap: In Tsubame Otorii of ''Anime/CyberTeamInAkihabara''. Since her introduction, she acts as the first game, it's set surprisingly low at just twelve, and you can get as high as rank eight by fossil cleaning alone (''ten'' if you get a full set of rare red fossils). The second game ups Dragon to the cap to 20, though viviosaurs gain stats more slowly to go with it.
* AcceptableHobbyTargets: InUniverse. The three commanders of
BigBad, easily defeating the Barebones Brigade? They're a hipster, a hippie, and a metalhead. The game especially has fun taking potshots at Cole, the hipster, and Todd remarks that it's no wonder everyone was so terrified of him.
**
Cyber Team girls in every encounter. [[spoiler: It's later {{deconstructed}}. The fact that they were such acceptable targets meant [[FriendlessBackground no one wanted to have anything to do 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 them]], meaning they desperately attached themselves to one another, eventually suffering a Villainous BSOD and freakout by the first charismatic figure who appeared to them and had no trouble [[WhosLaughingNow turning on those who mocked them]]. But it's also why, despite the fact that they were used, they can't stay mad at said figure--they know he tried to do what he thought was right, and they were ecstatic that they'd been shown ''any'' [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe kindness at all]].]]
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Nevada Montecarlo, who is
credits, followed by a DarkSkinnedRedhead version of [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] (with Franchise/IndianaJones' whip).
** ''Champions'' has an even more direct CaptainErsatz of Franchise/IndianaJones called Joe Wildwest.
* AllNaturalGemPolish: Everything you find
HeelFaceTurn in the Jewel Rocks.
next episode.]] The episode is also one long TearJerker, as we see how horrible a childhood Tsubame actually has had up to this point.
* AncientAstronauts: [[spoiler:The dinaurians.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.
]]
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: The first two games include a series of masks that your character can collect and wear.
* AgentPeacock: Ryne from
In the ''Champions'' DLC. He wears the only pink Brigade suit in the game and draws attention to himself because of it. But he is also the first character in the franchise to actually make his own Vivosaur, discounting 11th LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya novel, [[spoiler: Zongazonga Kyouko Tachibana has one when she realizes how bad the goal she's been working toward really is, and his [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack purple evil]] zombiesaurs. [[WordSchmord Magic shmagic.]] [[MemeticMutation Booo!]]]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Cole in ''Champions''. It's hard to tell which parts of his campness just come from his obsession with fashion, and which parts come from... somewhere else.
* AnnouncerChatter: In the first
when her two games, the two announcers like to prattle on with each other about nonsensical things only tangentially related to the battles taking place.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: ''Frontier'' cleans up some of the issues with finding fossils in the field; identifying fossils on sight and allowing immediate excavations, rather than requiring the player to haul an entire inventory back to base before
teammates decide that they even know what they have. Vivosaurs can also be revived from any fossils, not just the heads.
* ArtEvolution: ''Champions'' featured a much more detailed, and more {{Animesque}}, art style than the original's more cartoony look.
** ArtShift: [[spoiler: Rosie's icon in ''Champions'' is in the same style as the first game, making
want to KILL Haruhi to accomplish it. This naturally leads to her stand out next to the anime-style characters from the second game.HeelFaceTurn.]]
** ''Fossil Fighters: Frontier'' seems to have significant change in * Agahnim the design of... just about everything, really.
wizard has one of these, in [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda the Akira Himekawa manga]] of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Fully justified In ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'', Fernand Morcef's response to losing virtually everything he has worked and sacrificed for [[spoiler:including and especially his conscience and morality]] due to Edmond Dante's successful revenge is taking down his planet with him as he crashes and burns. [[spoiler:Even if it means rejecting a LastSecondChance offered by his wife, despite the fact that vivosaurs are explicitly stated to be dinosaur-''like'' creatures and not actual dinosaurs. Beyond that, it's generally averted since the creators have ShownTheirWork and keep their data as accurate as possible.
it was his LoveMakesYouEvil for her which ultimately caused his StartOfDarkness]].
* AuthorAvatar: The first game's announcers are the game's two creators, and the idea of putting them in the game started out as a joke.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Many high-level vivosaurs with really high Attack or LP are devastating
AntiVillain Coyote Stark from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has two of these. A powerful but lonely arrancar who considered the Attack Zone... but if they end up in the Support Zone somehow, they'll turn your attacker into a quivering pile of useless mush. T-Rex is a perfect example--he has the highest attack in the game and can attack all of your enemies at once, but, if he ends up in the support zone, he reduces all your attacker's stats by ''30%!''
** Zino and Centro. Every hit from them will be a critical-but their accuracy is so terrible that the rest of the team needs to be focused around buffing accuracy/evasion stats to get them to even land a hit. In
other words: CriticalHitClass meets ATeamFiring.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Joe Wildwest in ''Champions'' and Captain Stryker in ''Frontier''.
* [[BadJobWorseUniform Bad Sidequest, Worse Costume]]: So... how 'bout that Hare Club? Y'know, the one where you have to wear a bunny mask, then clean 100 fossils to 80 points or higher?
* BagOfHolding: We really have ''no'' idea how a twelve-year-old can lug around up to ''64'' fossils as long as
Espada his entire body and not get sore, esecially when some of those rocks contain an ''entire skeleton''. Justified and averted TrueCompanions, Stark can't bring himself to try in ''Frontier'', where A) you travel by car, which can much more easily accommodate the size and weight, and B) fossils are processed automatically, so you're not even carrying them around in the first place.
* BigOlEyebrows: The samurai, with a BigOlUnibrow chaser.
* BittersweetEnding: Subverted in the first game. [[spoiler:Guhnash]]
his fights after his immediate peer [[NumberTwo Barragan]] is defeated, killed, but your partner didn't quite make it his companion (and other half) Lilynette snaps him out of [[spoiler:stone sleep]]. You've saved it, convincing him to avenge Barragan instead. [[spoiler:In the world, at a cost, anime, however, Lilynette's consciousness is destroyed by TakingTheBullet for Stark, which clearly destroys his will to fight, and that's how it has to be... [[spoiler:and then the Digadig chieftain shows up live; moments later, Stark's opponent and tells you to use the hip-shaker dance!!]]
* BlackAndNerdy: Dr. Diggins in the first game is a professional-grade [[Series/{{Scrubs}} blerd]]. Who's dorky enough to wear shorts and a Hawaiian shirt beneath his lab coat, no less.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: It's no wonder Nick Nack mangles foreign languages so bad--he barely gets ''English!'' "I can have my snacks and feet them too!"
* BodySurf: This is how [[spoiler:Zongazonga's immortality spell]] works in ''Champions''. His latest victim is actually [[spoiler:the owner of the Fossil Park, Joe Wildwest.
GoodCounterpart Kyoraku cuts him down as well.]]
* BonusBoss: ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'': T-the sky! It's falling! [[BigNo NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!]]
* ''Anime/TheBigO''.
After you beat the final boss of the first game, almost ''every character you've fought before becomes receiving a BonusBoss.'' Almost all of them have maxed-out teams, some of them you have to fight one right 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 other, and the prizes for beating them range from "BraggingRightsReward" to "OlympusMons." You can even take on the FinalBoss again as often as you like! The most difficult BonusBoss fight, however, is probably against [[spoiler: Dynal, Duna, and Raptin]] ''all at once.''
** There's also an {{Early Bird|Boss}} BonusBoss named Petey, who requires you fight him with three very specific vivosaurs. If you take the time to max out said three and wait until you're near the end of the game,
end, he's not so tough... But try him ''without'' copius LevelGrinding, had enough of the war and he proves wants it to be quite the KillerRabbit.
* ABoyAndHisX: Thanks to the player getting a sidekick, ''Frontier'' is a "Boy/Girl and his/her dinosaur" story.
* ButtBiter: A RunningGag in ''Frontier'' involves your little vivosaur sidekick chomping down on Nate's butt.
end. In the little guy's defense, Nate is usually literally asking anime, he attempts to broker peace [[spoiler:only for it by sticking his butt out Ghiren to blast him and taunting him.
* ButtMonkey: Rosie.
* CallARabbitASmeerp:
General Revil with the Solar Ray]]. The names have been changed to emphasize that Vivosaurs aren't really dinosaurs, and to trim down the {{Overly Long Name}}s that real dinos often have. There's a mode that gives detailed information on the animals that inspired each dinosaur.
* CanonName: The main character
novel of the first series, however, doesn't really have one, but Nintendo's guide suggests "Buckland", after an early paleontologist. The official mini-manga gives his name as "Hunter." The second game's protagonists, though, are [[AnimalThemeNaming Dino and Dina]].
** ''Frontier'' has nameable protagonists "Jura" and "Tria". The puns just don't stop. The canonical name for their little dino sidekick is "Nibbles".
* CardboardPrison: Only in the first game, but it's exaggerated. [[PoliceAreUseless What happens in
give him that police station is anybody's guess.chance - he can only watch as the rest of his children get plucked off before [[spoiler:Char takes over.]]
* CelShading: ''Champions'' 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''!
* Seto Kaiba of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' had one of these as well, over the course of the first half of the second series' first season. Back then, prior to the end of the first episode, Kaiba didn't take dueling seriously at all and believed that power was the only way to win a game. Then he received a big shock when Yami summoned Exodia the Forbidden One and obliterated all three of his Blue-Eyes White Dragons (which at the same time led to Mokuba using a "ThisCannotBe" line) and afterwards used Mind Crush on him. Ever since then, Kaiba came to realization that he didn't know who he himself was anymore, and began to seek redemption. He eventually learned that Mokuba was taken prisoner by [[AffablyEvil Pegasus]] and went to rescue him only for both's souls to be captured by Pegasus later... until Yami finally won his duel with him with [[ThePowerOfFriendship the help of his friends]].
* ''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).
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* One arc of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' has the heroes forced to give the previous The Doctor (a mass murderer) his powers back for an hour, during which he one handedly thrashes the team. The current Doctor is berated because the old Doctor can alter time to make his one hour infinite, but as it turns out each Doctor is the sum of all previous ones, and that made the old one gain the new one's conscience. He realizes the horror he's done, begs for {{forgiveness}}, and is then killed point blank (The Authority are like that).
* In the comics, Comicbook/DoctorStrange reawakened ComicBook/{{Galactus}}' conscience, invoking this trope.
* In Devil's Due's ''GIJoe vs. the {{Transformers}}'', Serpent O.R. captures Optimus Prime to gain access to the Matrix of Leadership. When he achieves this, he becomes enlightened to just how horrible the things he's doing are, and tries to have himself destroyed. Then Cobra Commander hijacks his body from Earth, and to stop him, Hawk has to expose both himself and the Commander to the Matrix. The revelation breaks Cobra Commander's mind.
* {{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 cel-shaded graphics, the opportunity to crank the Uni-Power to the max and blow it to smithereens.)
* There was one DCU story where all the people on earth were {{depower}}ed. SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker became sane
as well as more detailed graphics a result, and committed suicide over the guilt of everything he'd done.
* Joker also gets one towards the end of ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''. He genuinely doesn't understand why he couldn't break Gordon or why Batman is still coming at him. He stops smiling and pitifully asks "Why aren't you laughing?" right before Bruce smashes through a wall and brings him back to the here and now.
** He gets another one when Batman offers to try to help him recover. Joker seemingly regains his sanity just long enough to realize there's no hope left for either of them.
* 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 general.
* ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler:The hip-shaking dance, used
a BOTTLE, Superman?", a not-so-subtle reference to revive Rosie/Duna from tainted stone sleep.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.
]]
* [[TheChiefsDaughter The Chief's Granddaughter]]: [[spoiler:Pauleen.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Trip Cera
** Lex gets one earlier in the second game. His first name [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs seems appropriate]].
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The vast majority
mainstream storyline ''The Fall of Vivosaurs are absent in ''Frontier'', in particular nearly all of the non-dinosaur Vivosaurs are gone, with the exception of Metropolis''. With his finger on a few pterosaurs.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Since you can't use them
button ready to revive vivosaurs, nobody wants dropping fossils. Except Nick Nack...
** John Guano replaces him in the sequel. John's even ''weirder,'' if that's possible. He's standing not three feet away from a lady who offers dropping fossils in exchange for fossil cleaning. The only catch is, he'd have
launch missiles to wear the Hare Mask to join the club to do so. EveryoneHasStandards?
* CombatCommentator: In ''Fossil Fighters'', they're {{Author Avatar}}s. In ''Champions'' we have a two talking Vivosaurs. ''Frontier'' doesn't have any announcers.
* ContinuityNod:
** In ''Champions'', Pauleen is a throwback to the first game's Digadig tribe. [[spoiler:You also get to fight Rosie in the post-game.]] [[spoiler:Duna, Raptin, and Dynal]] also make appearances in some bonus content.
** In ''Frontier'', the Vivosaur Island and Caliosteo Fossil Parks from the first two games get mentioned occasionally. Characters from ''Champions'' (or at least people with the same names) can show up in the in-game tournaments; one such team is Joanie, Pooch, and Tonzilla and another is Todd, Rupert, and Pauline.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Mt. Lavaflow in the first game, and Mt. Krakanak in the second.
* CowardlyLion: Todd in ''Champions''.
* CrooksAreBetterArmed: Wanted vivosaur thief Blambeau carries around a shotgun. The [[PoliceAreUseless unarmed and largely ineffective police force]] send [[KidHero Hunter]] after him. Thrice.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Nevada Montecarlo, who also likes to WhipItGood.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Rosie can be seen as a deconstruction of TheLoad[=/=]DamselInDistress. She is those things, but realizes it, and is sorry for the times when you have to save her. After one instance she even asks if you hate her.
* DefiedTrope: The final boss of ''Fossil Fighters Champions'':
-->''"Yes, well, [[BondVillainStupidity let's not waste any more time with empty threats]] or [[JustBetweenYouAndMe the revealing of plans]], mmm?"''
* DemBones: The [=BareBones=] Brigade's boneysaurs in ''Champions''.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Averted. When the bad guy pulls out an {{Olympus Mon|s}}, you need to get your own before you can properly challenge him. (Unfortunately, you can't keep it - see NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup below)
** However, it's later played straight with [[spoiler:Guhnash--apparently, all you have to do is
destroy his brains. Easy-peasy.]]
** In ''Champions'' [[spoiler:The FinalBoss, Zongazonga, is pretty much exactly this. A body-snatching skull
Metropolis in a TakingYouWithMe moment, Superman appeals to Luthor's vanity, asking if he really wants to be remembered as that turns kind of monster. Luthor, dying from a clone-related malady, tearfully replies "No."... Which sends his assistant, Sydney Happersen, into a literally 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 fire zombie T-Rex Galactus.
* ComicBook/{{Magneto}} had a well-done example of one mixed
with giant, bloody skeleton arms coming out of it? Just send some kid with his pet dinosaurs a WhatHaveIDone moment when he believed that he had accidentally killed Kitty Pryde (Kitty actually had just been knocked unconscious due to beat it up.]]
* DinosaursAreDragons: The Fire-type Vivosaurs breathe fire, but remember - they're no longer Dinosaurs, they're ''[[CallARabbitASmeerp Vivosaurs]]''.
** In ''Champions'', the Super Revive function in the sequel plays this to the hilt, essentially morphing your Vivosaurs from dinosaur-like creatures into more draconic monsters. Also, [[spoiler:the BigBad Zongazonga literally refers to the dinosaurs as dragons in his magic chant in the penultimate battle.]]
* [[AnimalMotif Dinosaur Motif]]: In ''Champions,'' the male PC has a T-Rex motif, while the female PC has a triceratops motif.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Frigisaur, and the leader of the BB Bandits with him.
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: Boy, isn't Mt. Lavaflow climactic! The lava! The HeelFaceTurn! The impending epic battle
massive feedback between the opposing forces of Frigisaur her phasing and Ignosaur! ...Wait, whaddiya ''mean'' half the plot threads still haven't been followed up on?
* DiscOneNuke: The Spinax you're given at
Magneto's powers). It could well mark the beginning of the first game is strong enough to last you until endgame.
** In ''Champions'' the starters are powerful enough to last you the entire game, particularly Dimetro.
** The 'Donation Point' dinosaurs also count, particularly Compso in the first game. There's nothing to stop you from grinding all the way to him the moment you get access to your first dig-site, and his support-effects will make you basically unstoppable for the rest of the game. To
a lesser degree, Stego - being the cheapest of the DP-dinosaurs, you can, again, fairly easily get all 4 parts of him, in [[RareRandomDrop 'red' quality]], for an instantly high-level 'Tank' who can solo practically anything up to late-mid-game if needs be.
** Giga Raja in Champions, which is created by evolving Raja (available in the first area)
HeelFaceTurn that culminated with a gold fossil (can be found early with him some dedication). Giga Raja's already powerful attacks can be bolstered by his ability to Charge-Up for a turn, causing him to hit like a meteor and deal damage exceeding the highest possible Life Points for anything in the game!
* DoWellButNotPerfect: In ''Champions,'' there's a man who wants your help making hard-boiled eggs in the hot springs. They need to be in there for 10 seconds ''exactly,'' and hardly a millisecond longer. However, boiling the eggs for ''9.9 seconds exactly'' is the only way to get the [[spoiler: elemental chick]] fossils. Better bring a stopwatch. Or learn how to count to 7-1.
* DownloadableContent:
** The original game briefly featured four of the five Mysterious Egg fossils available for download on the Nintendo Channel, but they were taken down eventually. (They're still available in-game, though; it just takes longer.)
** ''Champions'' features [[OlympusMons Frigisaur and Ignosaur]] from the first game, along with sidequests from a... ''strange'' character named Ryne, and downloadable fights with [[spoiler: Duna, Raptin, and Dynal.]]
** ''Frontier'' distributed its bonus content through AR cards rather than actual downloads; including some Bone Buggys, versions of Yutie in all four elements, the villains' dark vivosaurs, and some ''actual'' dinosaurs.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Averted. The [=NPC=]s' dialogue changes to praise you as you progress through the story and ranks.
* {{Eagleland}}: The Fossil Park America in ''Frontier''. The whole place is lit up like Las Vegas, the Warden in charge is TotallyRadical and [[AmericansAreCowboys dresses like a cowboy]], and the first dig site is in a southwest canyon. To its' credit, the Starry Falls dig site is a South American jungle instead of being a US stereotype. Fossil Parks Asia and Europe aren't all that much better when it comes to cultural stereotypes.
* ElementalPowers: It turns out that the cloning process gives these to animals as a [[CursedWithAwesome side-effect]].
** BlowYouAway
** DishingOutDirt
** MakingASplash
** PlayingWithFire
** NonElemental
** InfinityPlusOneElement: "Legendary" in the first two games, though in practice these vivosaurs are treated as Neutral; they just have better stats. The first game has [[spoiler:Frigisaur, Ignosaur, and all the parts of Guhnash]] and ''Champions'' has [[spoiler:Zombie Tricera, Zombie Ptera, Zombie Rex, Zombie Plesio, and Zongazonga; plust the return of Frigi and Igno]]. ''Frontier'' drops the designation.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Fire beats Air, which beats Earth, which beats Water, which beats Fire. Neutral has no advantages or disadvantages.
* ElvisImpersonator: Rockin' Billy from ''Champions.'' Did you catch the PunnyName?
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Duh!
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Everything's Better With Princessaurs]]: Maia (Maiasaurus) is a pink dinosaur with a feminine face and a princess-crown. She's also a support-skill powerhouse, the only one in the game to have both healing and anti-status-ailment skills.
* EvolutionaryLevels: [[spoiler:The Dinaurians have a devolution beam. It turns humans into "triconodonta", a ratlike mammal ancestor.]]
** The three "Transformation-Class" Vivosaurs also transform into
50 issues later descendants of theirs: Guan turns into T-Rex, and Proto turns into Tricera. Aoptryx is somewhat more confusing--it can turn into ''any'' neutral-type Vivosaur. Even those that technically came before it. And even those it ''could not possibly be related to'' (Apato isn't even a ''theropod!'').
** In ''Champions'', some vivosaurs can "Super Evolve" into stronger forms.
* {{Expy}}: Pauleen in ''Champions'' has a lot in common with Rosie
taking over the X-Men from the first game. In addition to being your designated female hanger-on and being surprisingly powerful for such a young age, both have bright pink TwinTails... and the same (accidental, in Rosie's case) VerbalTic.
* FeatheredFiend: Aopteryx. It can semi-reliably steal FP with Thieving Talons, recover LP with Life Drain and as mentioned above, transform into any Neutral vivosaur. [[JokeCharacter Unfortunately, it needs significant support to dish out and/or take damage...]]
* FetchQuest: AND HOW. The first game is loaded with these. Thankfully, most of them go by quickly enough to keep the story rolling.
* FireWaterJuxtaposition: Frigisaur and Ignosaur in the first game represent the Fire/Ice version.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: And [[WaterIsAir inverted]] when fighting in [[UnderTheSea Bottomsup Bay]].
* FossilRevival: ...It's the backbone of the series.
* GeniusSweetTooth: Dr. Diggins has a weakness for Dino Cakes.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
Professor Scatterly in X.
** His Ultimate counterpart also had a notable one. Upon learning of
the second game manages to slip a [[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch "Sod it"]] past the radar. Similarly, the game goes to absolutely ''zero'' lengths to disguise the fact that Pauleen mutants true origins, he has a [[HoYay girl crush]] on 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 female protagonist. She grabs delusion that he was doing the female PC's hands, stares deeply into 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 eyes, plans go to hell, and then admits she has no idea why when she's blushing.
* GlobalCurrencyException: Redundant fossils
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 donated essentially a plea for forgiveness from her mistress and from Zayne.
* The conclusion of [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} KnightsEnd]] has Franchise/{{Batman}} force [[ComicBook/{{Azrael}} Jean-Paul Valley]]
to dump his armored Batsuit to confront him then blind him with Night Vision-enhanced sunlight, forcing Jean-Paul to finally remove the museum, which gives you donation points based on how good they are. These points are the mask. Weary and defeated, Jean-Paul can only currency the cleaning station store accepts. Averted in ''Frontier'', where you just get cash for extra fossils.
* {{Gonk}}: Baron von Blackraven, especially compared to his two PrettyBoy associates.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:Don Boneyard and the [=BareBones=] Brigade, trying to stop the Caliosteo Cup in order to stop Zongazonga's scheme. Well, the Brigade didn't know Don Boneyard was a good guy, but they don't have a problem with it when they find out.]]
* GottaCatchEmAll
* GreenHillZone: Greenhorn Plains in the first game, Treasure Lake in ''Champions'', and Paradise Beach in ''Frontier''.
* HarmlessFreezing: Frigisaur freezes you and Rosie completely after your first fight with it. But you're still OK.
* HarmlessVillain: The Barebones Brigade aren't exactly what you'd call menacing at first. Their eeeeevil plans involve such plots as "Pampering girls so they forget to participate in a tournament," and "Fill the hot springs up with powdered gelatin so people get stuck and can't participate.
say one thing:
-->'''Jean-Paul:''' "You're Batman. You've always been Batman. And I am nothing.
"
** NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler: Their fourth plan, * In the one Don comes up with, is 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 ''entire Caliosteo island system''. Egads.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.
]]
* In ''Comicbook/TrinityWar'', ComicBook/VandalSavage tries to open PandorasBox, a box that can only be opened by someone who is either [[IncorruptiblePurePureness purely good]] or [[PureIsNotGood purely evil]]. It turns out that even Vandal, who practically invented evil as a human concept, isn't evil enough to open the box. Instead, the box's power unleashes all of Vandal's deeply repressed guilt over his sins and leaves him a weeping broken man.
* 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: It's later {{justified|Trope}} when you learn 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 Don Boneyard is, in fact, the real Joe Wildwest in disguise. He didn't want to hurt anybody. When he [=OKed=] the third plan, things were getting ''extremely'' desperate, and it went slowly enough to give the people plenty of time to evacuate.remembers him for "who he was".]]
* HeelFaceTurn: -->'''Shockwave''' [[spoiler: The BB Bandits - well, What have I done? What happened to me? WHAT HAVE THEY TURNED ME INTO?!]]
* Happened to
the TerribleTrio team, anyway; Joker once when the {{Mooks}} don't seem Jim Corrigan version of the Spectre attempted to turn.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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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* 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.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'':
** Mecha-Freeza gets a ''literal'' one (we see his point of view, then a few seconds later a BSOD appears on the screen) after [[spoiler: Super Saiyan Trunks]] cuts him in half in Episode 33. Justified in that he had various cybernetic attachments implanted into his body.
** Vegeta suffers one after Cell [[NiceJobBreakingItHero absorbs Android 18 thanks to Vegeta letting him go]] and getting entirely curbstomped (Piccolo and Tenshinhan, [[EvilVersusEvil confused at who they should be rooting for]], settle on being against Cell rather than for Vegeta).
* In the WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures fic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', Jade has one after [[spoiler: Scruffy turns on her]].
* 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: The entire [=BareBones=] Brigade.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.
]]
* HelloInsertNameHere: All games actually allow you to change your main character's name at any time! In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''FanFic/MagicalPonyLyricalTwilight'', the Mane Six nail [[spoiler:Prescia Tessarossa]] with the Elements of Harmony. The first game doesn't allow you to name your {{Mon}}s, strangely, though this was changed in next chapter, we find out that [[spoiler:she's locked up onboard the second.
* HopelessBossFight: [[spoiler: Round one against Frigisaurus.
''Asura'', healed mentally and physically, but broken down to the point where she begs Twilight to kill her.]]
* HotSpringsEpisode: In the second game, there's a hot spring-themed dig site called Hot Spring Heights. Not surprisingly, most of the plot Another ''Friendship Is Magic'' example happens in that area revolves around the hot springs.
* HumansAreSpecial [[spoiler: Not only do they
''[[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 sci-fi standard "pluck," but the dinaurians are impressed by Mane Six]] when he broke their capacity for both compassion 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}}.
* [[http://tavoriel.deviantart.com/art/Mr-Harrison-please-388577881 This]] FanArt of ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''.
* In ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', this is often the reaction of [[SuperPoweredEvilSide a Nightmare]] being purified
and forgiveness.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''.
]]
* HypnotizeThePrincess: Comes into play late in Champions. [[spoiler: It's Todd.*** [[spoiler:Her CoDragons experience this as well when it's revealed they survived Eclipse's defeat and were spiritually purified.]]
* InconsistentDub: ''Frontier'' changes a couple names from previous games. The coin-like items vivosaurs are stored in were "Dino Medals" but are now "Dino Gears", and Becklespinax's vivosaur name goes from "Spinax" to "Beckles" - of course, the first two games identified it as an Altispinax, and its Japanese name was "Altis", which would explain the change.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: T-Rex in the first game, natch. Also, [[KillerRabbit Compso, who debuffs the enemy's attack power by 90%]]. Even moreso are [[spoiler:Duna, Dynal, and Raptin]],
** [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis]] gets hit ''hard'' with their ridiculous support effects, and crazy abilities.
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler:Before the final battle with Guhnash, you can choose
this when [[spoiler:her plan to bring either Rosie or Duna with you. Choosing Duna leads to this. And considering that little mishap [[AGodAmI become an Alicorn]] by being hit with the devolution ray, Rosie technically counts for this too.Elements of Harmony [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor succeeds, but completes her better than she expected]], giving [[TheSociopath her]] a ''heart''. This more or less drives her ''insane''.]]
* ItemGet: Every last fossil is one of these in the first two games. The hero bends over, picks up the rock, faces the camera and thrusts it above his/her head triumphantly. The fanfare plays, and a blurb appears stating the nature of the rock found. It's a thing of beauty.
* JokeCharacter:
In the first game, Anato. Its expression can only be described as "derpy," and even the ''game'' goes out of its way to point out how stupid it looks. It's a vivosaur who tries to sell itself based ''solely on'' the fact that it looks ridiculous. From a gameplay perspective, it also tries to lay claim to having a 100% effective [[StandardStatusEffects Confusion skill]], but said skill also does no damage and costs ''240 FP.'' Similar skills on other vivosaurs not only do damage, they also cost ''over 100 FP less.''
** LethalJokeCharacter in ''Champions '' It gets an [[TookALevelInBadass upgrade]] to gold confusion which means that the vivosaur inflicted has a chance of attacking itself or any of its allies. In addition its super evolver form Papygon, is widely accepted as
one of the best last chapters of ''Fanfic/TheVow'' (an AlternateUniverseFic about ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2''), [[VillainProtagonist Lord Shen]] is shown to have been in a broken-hearted state for days after [[spoiler:sending away [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes his newlywed wife Lianne]] to [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy give her a chance to be happy]] rather than be chained to him on his dark path]]. He mostly broods in silence on his lost loved ones and [[WhatHaveIBecome the game.[[note]]However, it's worth nothing choices that Papygon's PaletteSwap brother Teffla is much more have brought him to that point]]. Only the fan favorite routine of preparing for his conquest of China keeps him moving at all, and when the two, and can deal heavier direct damage.[[/note]]
* JustifiedTrope:
time comes to set sail, he doesn't bother to gloat to the imprisoned Furious Five like he does in canon. The game goes sudden attack by [[NinjaMaid Jade]] brings him out of their way to emphasize that Dinosaurs didn't this somewhat.
* Although he's not a villain -- he's
really have superpowers, and a great deal of the Vivosaurs aren't not even really revived from Dinosaurs, per se, but are rather 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.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The air conditioner in ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' delivers a HannibalLecture and when the
other forms appliances tell him to ShutUpHannibal, has a breakdown and spontaneously combusts. Also, when he is repaired by his owner, he actually seems to feel a tinge of prehistoric life.
** Driven home in ''Frontier'', where [[spoiler:you travel
remorse.
* Gru, the [[AntiVillain Anti]]-VillainProtagonist of ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' goes into a deep depression after his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Dr. Nefario sends the girls he's adopted and just recently bonded with
back in time and encounter ''real'' dinosaurs. Unlike vivosaurs, dinosaurs are all Neutral-type, [[RealIsBrown have brown skin]], and are identified by to the orphanage so that he could focus on their full names (like "Triceratops" instead of "Tricera")]].
plans to steal the moon.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Mihu, a ceratopsian found Scar in Japan, has ''katanas ''Disney/TheLionKing'' undergoes a very brief one when Simba returns, mistaking him for horns.''
* KidHero: The main characters.
* KingIncognito: During ''Champions'',
Mufasa (his tone implying guilt or at the very least fear):
-->'''Scar:''' Mufasa? No,
you're tasked with finding the Princess of Nomadistan, who has quietly entered the tournament; and are shown a picture of a girl and her dog dead...
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', President/Lord Business undergoes one when [[spoiler:Emmet tells him
that you ran into earlier. [[spoiler:The Princess turns out to be ''the dog''; he ''is not'' the girl's her retainer. Both the fact that this would have been good to know earlier and the absurdity of [[CaligulasHorse appointing dogs as royalty]] is lampshaded.bad guy.]]
* LampshadeHanging: In ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'', Br'er Fox has one at the end of the "Tar Baby" sequence: a sickly look on his face after Br'er Rabbit tricked him and hopped off. Br'er Bear silently clubs the fox on the head, knocking him out, then walks off, leaving the fox lying there.
-->'''Uncle Remus:''' ''[narrating]'' So now it's Br'er Fox's turn to feel humble-come-tumble. But ol' Br'er Bear, he don't say nothin'. And Br'er Fox, he lay low. Mighty low.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
*
The {{Combat Commentator}}s sometimes do this.
-->'''P.A. Leon''': I
film adaptation of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' does have Voldemort briefly experiencing the trope whenever his horcruxes are being destroyed (in one instance, when he was wondering, why do we talk through every fight?
-->'''Slate Johnson''': I'm wondering how we can ''see'' every fight happening!
-->'''P.A. Leon''': Excellent point, Slate.
* LargeHamAnnouncer: All the announcers, but special mention must be given to Trip Cera. A couple choice quotes:
-->Not as excited as me! BOOYAH, GRANDMA!

-->'''Trip:''' Just like my wife
bombarding Hogwart's barrier with spells, after firing a credit card! Zing!\\
'''Ty:''' You're not married, Trip.
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 ''Film/GhostRider'' movie fits this trope, since the BigBad was soulless (and thus immune to GR's Penance Stare) until the movie's climax.
-->'''Ghost Rider:''' A thousand souls to '''BURN!!!'''
* In ''Film/TheNeverendingStory II'', Bastian beats [[AnthropomorphicPersonification The Emptiness]] by wishing she had a heart. The result is that she is filled, and as she realizes what she's done/is doing, she weeps [[SwissArmyTears a single tear]] that [[PuffOfLogic undoes her]].
* 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.
\\
'''Trip:''' I'M SO LONELY!

-->There
'''The Operative:''' You won't. There is a literal river of sweat running over my laptop! Seriously, I may electrocute myself before nothing left to see.
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' (''specifically''
the day is over!
* LastLousyPoint: The five elemental [[spoiler:baby birds]] in
film): [[spoiler:Ozymandias appears to be going through one of these the first game, who can only be obtained by getting every other vivosaur in last time he's seen on camera. He lets Nite Owl beat him, without even the game slightest move to fight back this time, and then ''maxing their levels.'' Yikes! They used to be downloadable from the Nintendo Channel on the Wii, but have since disappeared, as the aforementioned channel is no longer supported.
** More generally, you may find yourself gritting your teeth
wanders over to watch the last lousy point of every single fossil you can clean. Properly-cleaned fossils are worth a ton of experience points, way more than you can reasonably give any specific vivosaur through combat. others leave while staring into space, stoop-shouldered and weak-looking. It's not ''mandatory'' to get everything perfect, but for perfectionists...
* LeakedExperience: Three vivosaurs participate in each fight, but all five
a bit complicated, given that you're carrying (including defeated ones) get his mass murder actually saved the experience. Averted in ''Frontier'', where all vivosaurs are available to use at all times world from a greater threat, but only unlike in the one used comic, he can't just calmly meditate on his utopia, and in battle gets experience.
* LizardFolk: In
the second half sped-up footage showing New York being rebuilt, it's possible to pick out Veidt Enterprises building equipment taking care of the game [[spoiler:a race of dromaeosauridae that evolved into hyper intelligent humanoids become the main antagonists after the BB Bandits are defeated. They want to KillAllHumans, naturally.things.]]
* [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Gratuitous Foreign]] {{Malaproper}}: Nick Nack does ''Film/SawIII'' was supposed to have this. Airy cat oh! Donkey shine!
* MaskedLuchador: There seems
Jigsaw was to be 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 thriving masked-battler community, since each game involves some:
** Saurhead
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}}.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Cutler Beckett suffers this in his final moments in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', when both the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman actually flank both sides of his ship: When he witnesses this, he couldn't even give the order to fire, as he was rendered virtually catatonic from witnessing it, and could only reply in a very soft but shocked tone "It's just... good business...", and [[StrollingThroughTheChaos walked, not ran, but walked]] as his crew abandoned ship and his ship was being destroyed, and couldn't even react when the flames from the ship exploding engulfed him.
*** This is despite the fact that his ship has more guns than the ''Pearl'' and the ''Dutchman'' put together. On the other hand, the ''Dutchman'' can't be sunk. And really, if a pair of ghost ships suddenly stopped fighting each other and decided to team up against ''you'', [[OhCrap soul-crushing fear]] is an understandable reaction.
** Davey Jones tried to avoid this by removing his heart.
** Barbossa's in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl
first game, who wears [[RefugeInAudacity no less than]] ''[[RefugeInAudacity thirty]]'' full-head dinosaur masks at any given time. [[TheUnreveal Can't risk]] [[DramaticUnmask being unmasked]], movie]] is nicely understated. The apple may be a bit much, though.
** Blackbeard in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides fourth film]] when Jack reveals that he gave the the chalice with the mermaid's tear to Angelica instead of him.
* In ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', the eponymous VillainProtagonist have one during [[SanitySlippageSong "Epiphany"]]. He goes into a heartbreaking one
after all.
** Pauleen from ''Champions'' also wears a mask.
[[spoiler: She wears it because it's shy, and it helps her feel more confident--but the mask is enchanted to bestow confidence, and ''evil,'' so it takes over the wearer's body in a rather literal case of BecomingTheMask.]]
** In ''Frontier'', it's Dino Gigante. You have to find
he realizes that he killed his old rival, the Flying Smile Kid, and draw him out of retirement to try and win his belt in order to get the piece of MacGuffin on it.
* MetalDetectorPuzzle: This is your entire means of finding {{Mons}}--you have sonar and need to search the ground for stuff.
* MisterMuffykins: Joannie and Madame Pooch in ''Champions''. [[spoiler:Joannie's pampering is justified as Madame Pooch is legitimately royalty as "Princess Pooch"; see KingIncognito above.
wife.]]
* {{Mon}}: It's a dinosaur-collecting and battling game.
* MythologyGag: Many visual details of
Darth Vader in the Vivosaurs are based on facts ''Franchise/StarWars'' saga could be said to be in one for the entire Original Trilogy. The unenergetic, almost catatonic way he goes about their dinos:
** Some are [[PunnyName name puns]] (Krona
his duties is covered in clock-like Roman numerals, and Coatlus was made to look like its namesake, Quetzalcoatl.)
** Others are based on the location of their discovery (U-Raptor (''Utahraptor'') has feathers that look like
quite a Native American headdress, Carchar has Egyptian details, Chinese Shanshan is designed to look like a ChineseGirl crossed with an Asian dragon.)
*** The fact that Breme (''Bradycneme draculae'') is vampiric is both a name and location reference, as it was discovered in Transylvania and and consequently named after {{Dracula}}.
** And more have their own fun facts (M-Raptor was exceptionally bird-like and so resembles a parrot; Megalo was one of the first discoveries ever, so according
contrast to the graphic designer "[[http://www.fossilfighters.com/html/making-of/5/ I deliberately used fiery passion he had before [[DespairEventHorizon Padme's death.]] It takes seeing his son brutally tortured by the design of a dinosaur Emperor to finally snap him back to his senses.
* In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', Silva is at last about to fulfill his RoaringRampageOfRevenge,
as it was conceived by people he holds the mortally wounded M in his grasp and puts his gun to her face...before he starts crying and puts the gun in M's own hand, presses his temple against hers, then guides the gun to her other temple, and he begs her to kill them both with the same bullet.
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' has an epic one after Leonidas grazes Xerxes' face with a spear. After so
long ago.]]")
* {{Nerf}}: Support effects were nerfed quite heavily in ''Champions.'' In
of being DrunkOnPower to the first game, vivosaurs had their full support effects regardless point of their level, making things like [[GameBreaker Compso]] incredibly dangerous. In the sequel, support effects grow when your levels do... meaning the game gives you [[AGodAmI believing himself a Compso in the ''very beginning of the game,'' god]], seeing himself bleed and feels no remorse.
** But there's also an inversion, as some game mechanics got stronger
feel pain leaves Xerxes unable to do anything except stare at his own blood in the transition shock.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Caine
from the original game to ''Champions''. In ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series, during the original game, only the vivosaur period between ''Gone'' and ''Hunger''.
* Galbatorix
in the Attack Zone could final novel of ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' ...and how! Eragon channels his AppliedPhlebotinum to force Galby to understand the suffering his actions has caused - a whole century's worth of it. Galbatorix promptly turns himself into a literal nuclear bomb, complete with earth-shattering explosion and massive radiation fallout.
* ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' [[spoiler:
have a negative status effect put on them, and switching zones got rid of status effects. This made attacks whose only purpose was to cause a status effect somewhat weak, but the Storm King suffer this hurt poison attacks especially--you would need to use a chain of either knockback or [[StandardStatusEffect excite]] skills to get a poison attack to work, and as the extra damage frequently wasn't that spectacular. In climax of the sequel, however, all zones can have status effects and rotating doesn't get rid of them, meaning the extra damage from poison is more likely to stick around.
** A similar inversion applies to counterattacks. In the first game, counterattacks only had a 40% chance of working, making them a rather weak and luck-based strategy. In the sequel, counterattacks were upped to a 70% success rate, making them far more dangerous.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The Dinomatons are robot dinosaurs, and the aforementioned Breme is a vampire dinosaur.
** And the sequel brings us skeleton [[spoiler:and zombie]] dinosaurs.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: A rare living example in [[OlympusMons Frigi(saur) and Igno(saur)]]. As soon as you defeat the former, the latter vanishes as well due to them cancelling each other's powers out. Still, it removes a god-like power from your party to prevent a Game Breaker. [[spoiler:Until you can win them from post-game {{Bonus Boss}}es, anyway.
last book.]]
* NothingIsScarier: When [[spoiler: ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', it is mentioned that a Horcrux can be destroyed and a [[OurSoulsAreDifferent Soul]] made whole if its creator feels enough regret, which may be fatal to him. In a twist, it is done
the BB Bandits take over Vivosaur Island]], no music plays even in friendly areas.
* NotQuiteBackToNormal: Poor Rosie. The
old-fashioned way after all.
** On the
other girl's ending shows she hasn't fully thrown off hand, in ''The Tales of Beedle the effects of the Digadig charm ''or'' the [[spoiler: deevolution ray]].
Bard'', one story ("The Warlock's Hairy Heart") does end this way. It has commentary from Albus Dumbledore explaining it.
* OddNameOut: Three of Holt's V-Raptors Subverted in the mini-manga are Odin, Thor, 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 Steve.
* OlympusMons: Frigisaur
the Duchess recovers almost immediately, announcing that [[ForTheEvulz she's perfectly fine with who she is, enjoys her work, and Ignosaur.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:The main villains of both ''Champions'' and ''Frontier'' turn themselves into monstrous dino-beasts for
would happily do it all again given the final battle.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.]]
* OverlyLongName: Avoided. Many dinos ** Since [[TheGrimReaper Death]] tends to show up after people have these, but been disconnected from all their Vivosaur counterparts 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.
* Very common in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' among people tainted by Chaos, when Chaos ceases to blind them:
** In Creator/SandyMitchell's Literature/CiaphasCain novel ''Cain's Last Stand'', the Sisters of Battle completely lose control after Jurgen's blank status frees
them cut short.
* PaletteSwap:
from mind-control; they jump to their deaths.
**
In ''Frontier,'' 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 dinos have variants (based off famous specimens) that are colored differently. They sometimes differ in elements of his own damnation, begs Rafen's forgiveness.
** In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's Literature/HorusHeresy novel ''False Gods'', when Horus mortally wounds Temba, Temba recovers from the Chaos taint, realizes the scale of his betrayal,
and skills, too--Hypsi comes [[TearsOfRemorse sobs]].
** A hideously dark version
in Air, Water, and Fire versions.
* {{Panspermia}}: Subverted.
Age of Darkness. A failed CareBearStare attempts to [[spoiler: The Dinaurians seeded turn Kharn of the planet 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 life, but it was Earth's own species the knowledge that survived instead.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...]]
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: There's Much of ''Literature/DeathStar'''s cast go through a bonus boss post-game that HeelRealization by the time [[EarthShatteringKaboom Alderaan is destroyed]], and most people have trouble with. However, with the right team (ex. Seismo, Hoplo, and Compso) you can consistently defeat said bonus boss over and over again in about 6 turns each time by abusing a team skill and how long-range attacks work, making leveling up all your vivosaurs to rank 12 easy.
** In the second game, there's the three Barebones Brigade officials. They use teams made up entirely of Boneysaurs; although Boneys have powerful support effects, they're also extreme {{Glass Cannon}}s, meaning vivosaurs several levels lower
of them can take them out 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 some decent planning. They grant that?
* In ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', [[ManipulativeBastard Svidrigailov]] has
a full 30 points (in a game where level-ups come every 50 points) on defeat, making them great for grinding.
** Also in the second game, after you beat the game, you can talk to Prof. Scatterly to "reenact" the final battle with Zongazonga. By thee end of the game your vivosaurs will probably be strong enough to take him out no problem, and he
HeelRealization, [[PetTheDog gives you 50 points, so any dinosaurs can be leveled up just by being put his money to charity]] and [[spoiler: becomes unhinged and commits suicide in the support group.
* PlanetEater: [[spoiler:Guhnash.
public.]]
* PlayableEpilogue: A whole crop of stuff opens up after you beat In ''TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara'', Grianne Ohmsford, aka the game. UnusableEnemyEquipment becomes [[InfinityPlusOneSword usable]], new areas open up, everyone becomes a BonusBoss, you get ''both'' Ilse Witch touches the OlympusMons...
* PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs: [[spoiler:Inverted; Dinosaurs were introduced on Earth by the Dinaurians.]]
* PopQuiz: The second go through the Secret Tunnels has you correctly answering dinosaur trivia to advance in the maze.
** In ''Champions'' there's a roaming quiz show sidequest run by Tess Score.
* PowerTrio: Hunter, Rosie, and Holt become one
Sword of these in the mini-manga. In ''Champions'', it's the player, Todd, and Pauleen; with Rupert as SixthRanger.
* PowerupLetdown: Getting the upgrade for Dark Fossils lets you find red fossils,
Shannara, which you could already find anyway, jewels, which you could find anyway, and dino droppings, which you ''couldn't''. Also, dark fossils have an outer shell forces her to accept the truth about herself--namely that can only be broken with she's a hammer. If there's a speck of outer shell covering that perfect red fossil, expect to lose some points smashing it.
** Yes, but you don't get challenged for finding Dark Fossils in the original. Meaning you don't have to fight tooth-and-nail for every [[VendorTrash Emerald and Diamond]] that you dig up. In addition, the best jewels are available in Dark Fossils, meaning you can now get those all-important case, sonar, and cleaning tool upgrades without running around swinging a pickaxe like a maniac for hours on end. BoringButPractical.
* PunnyName / MeaningfulName: Where to start? We've got name changer Ty Tull, advice giver Tipper, Sam Inaro
manipulative, backstabbing bitch who teaches seminars... And these are just has built her entire life on a lie. She ends up going comatose from the ''first'' game.
** Gets lampshaded:
--->'''Rosie:''' Oh, I can't believe I didn't make the connection before... Knickknacks... ''Nick Nack''. Ugh. Waa ha ha! To think we're out looking for knickknacks for a guy named Nick Nack... It's like some awful joke!
** NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Even the [=NPC=]s warn you that "We've heard all the jokes" about Bea Ginner (who teaches novices).
* PurelyAestheticGender: Your gender has no effect on the plot in ''Champions'' or ''Frontier''.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: In ''Champions,'' both Professor Scatterly
shock, and Rupert show signs of it. Rupert is more of a nascent one, though he certainly shows signs of Britishness.
* RandomlyDrops: Some fossils are ''much'' rarer than others, and you'll have to go back and forth between the main town and the area where they're found if you want to complete your fossil collection. Averted in ''Frontier'', where fossils for a specific vivosaur can be counted on to show up near each other and always in the same areas; plus they're identified on sight and you no longer need to go back to town to excavate them.
* TheReptilians: [[spoiler:The dinaurians in the original game.]]
* RibcageRidge: Treasure Lake in the second game has a gigantic skull of some variety, smack dab in the middle of the lake.
** Could also be a parody DesertSkull. Food for thought.
* RichBitch: Bling sisters Ruby and Sapphire, aka "the Posh Pair", in ''Frontier'''s postgame; who consider the player a commoner and recruit him/her in a few schemes to get rare jewels. Averted with [[spoiler:Penny]], who is only revealed to come from a rich family in the postgame and is SpoiledSweet.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: A great deal of the Fossil Fighters are implied to be this.
* RoadApples: Yes, you can dig up fossilized dino dung. Nick Nack and John Guano are the only ones who want it for whatever reason (the shop will ''accept'' it, but will pay next to nothing).
* RobotBuddy: [=KL-33N=], the cleaning robot. Rupert has a prototype digging robot called [=Di66-R=]. In ''Frontier'', the Bone Buggies have an onboard AI called [=VR-00M=] (whose picture looks like the robots from the prior games).
* RoseHairedSweetie: Nate from ''Frontier'' is a RareMaleExample, in {{Adorkable}} flavor.
* RuleOfCool: Dinosaurs battling it out is cool enough, but the sequels give them even more powerful, awesome-looking forms.
* RunningGag: In ''Champions'', every time [[spoiler: someone's skull jumps into your pocket]], it is always described as "lumpy."
* SamusIsAGirl: In ''Frontier,'' it's revealed that the MascotMook T-Rex--the big red, yellow, and black one that appears on the box art of every game--is specifically a female version (named [[GeniusBonus Sue]]). The male version is a [[RealMenWearPink purple]] variant named [[FluffyTheTerrible Stan.]]
* SaveScumming: If you save before you talk to the cleaning robot, you can reload the save until he gives satisfactory results. No longer the case in ''Frontier'', where you do all the cleaning out in the field where you ''can't'' save.
* SchmuckBait: The Secret Tunnels of the Mole Brothers contain several treasure chests, but a nearby plaque warns you that "greed is its own setback." Opening them keeps you from advancing in the maze. It's later confirmed that opening these chests is why Lemo and O'Mel got separated in the first place.
* SetBonus: Putting three vivosaurs with something in common on the field can unlock a special attack for each.
* ShoutOut:
** One poor nameless NPC is tasked with standing guard over a warehouse, and nothing else. Keep talking to him, and he'll eventually reveal the "deep, philosophical" thoughts he's been having: "'''What is a man''''s life worth? Nothing but guarding '''a miserable pile of secrets?'''"
** The cleaning robots resemble Japanese emoticons.
** A cinematic from the sequel shows [[Film/JurassicPark a helicopter transporting new people to the island.]]
** In ''Champions'', one park staffer is trying to come up with new ideas:
-->Fast cars are exciting, right? Maybe we could [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds have people battle while driving around a racetrack]]! [[TakeThat No, you're right. That's a dumb idea.]]
** Stella, Staff leader of Ribular Island informs the Hero(ine) that "[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Your dig site is on another island!]]" once they progress past Round 2 of the Cup. She then wonders why that sounds familiar.
** ''Champions'' also features a fisherman who became lost at sea. His name is [[Literature/RobinsonCrusoe Robinson,]] and he also talks to [[Film/CastAway a ball, whom he calls his best friend]].
** When its programming goes haywire, Rupert's robot says things such as "[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda I AM ERROR.]]" and "[[Videogame/ProWrestling A WINNER IS YOU.]]"
** In ''Frontier'', if you talk to a shopkeeper about cleaning a daily random fossil, they'll say [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda "It's a secret to everybody."]] During a tournament during one of the postgame quests, one character will also reference [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem "playing with power"]].
* ShownTheirWork: The information on the extinct animals, also see MythologyGag above.
* SignificantAnagram: The Mole Brothers' names are Lemo and O'Mel. Hm. I wonder what ''those'' [[SarcasmMode are anagrams of]]?
* SinisterSchnoz: Snivels, no question.
* SkullForAHead: Don Boneyard [[spoiler:and anyone else who became a victim of Zongazonga]].
* SlasherSmile: [[spoiler: Guhweep]] has one, but it's not immediately obvious until it [[spoiler: uses Tears of Dark Light... and turns upside down]].
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: The Glacier dig site from the first game, though it
doesn't open up recover until near the endgame.
** All
end of the Ilium Island digsites final book.
* Elizabeth Bathory
in ''Champions'' apply. Ilium ''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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* 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]].
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** This is exactly what the Gypsies did to Angel after he killed a daughter of their clan. The curse turned him into the FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire he is today. But only after a century of being paralyzed by guilt at all the atrocities he'd committed.
** There is also an unintentional example happens at the end of ''Buffy'', season 5. Tearing down the walls between dimensions allows Glory to feel Ben's human emotions, for some reason. She...
isn't called "The island where warmth goes to die" for nothing!
* TheSlowPath:
** In
happy.
*** It's
the first game, [[spoiler:Dr. Diggins after he's sent back to tearing down the Jurassic. Thank goodness he manages to find the Stone Sleep device!]]
** Also seen in ''Frontier''. [[spoiler:While time-traveling, your vivosaur partner gets left behind in the late Cretaceous in order to make sure you get home safely. Eventually, you realize that a fossilized Dino Gear-like artifact you'd found earlier in the game really ''is'' your partner's Dino Gear.]]
* StanceSystem: Used in ''Frontier''. While previous games had tactical systems based on a vivosaur's placement on the field, ''Frontier'' instead focuses on how your vivosaur is standing: straight ahead, rearing up, ducking down, or turned around and baring its tail. Each vivosaur has a different set of strong and weak stances, and different attacks can change your or your opponents' stances (though a vivosaur's stance is always reset when it takes its turn).
* StarterMon: Each game in the series does it differently:
** ''Fossil Fighters:'' You start the game with a Spinax who, while common, is decently powerful. However, at the game start, you also get a free bonus fossil of a dinosaur based on how you answer some questions about what you like in your dinos.
** ''Champions:'' Joe Wildwest lets you pick
separation between dinos of Glory and Ben that's the four basic elements, which are hard to get until late game. All can [[MagikarpPower Super Evolve.]] Plus, boys get a T-rex and girls get a Tricera.
** ''Frontier:'' You befriend Chomp, the most traditionally mons-like dino in the series.
problem. He's no recognizable dinosaur species, he's quite powerful, getting her ruthlessness and he evolves at certain points in the game. Plus, he's your TeamPet and your close friend.
* StatGrinding: A mild case in the first game; most stat gains are at levelups but vivosaurs also gain HP gradually between levels. ''Champions'' removes this.
* StockDinosaurs: But also includes any new prehistoric mammals and dinosaurs discovered during the creation of the game.
self-absorption, she's getting his caring. Neither one is happy about it.
** The sequel appears Mayor suffers a brief one when he finds Faith in a coma.
---> '''Mayor:''' "She's going
to be continuing this, including many other prehistoric creatures from before and after the age of dinosaurs.
* StopHavingFunGuys: [[{{In-Universe}} Rupert]] in ''Champions''. After witnessing Todd take his loss to you in stride, he's baffled as to why Todd's not upset about losing. Though it turns out it's less arrogance that his way is the right one and more ignorance that there are other ways in the first place.
** Turns out it comes from his dad, who tried to drive the "have fun" mentality out of him and wanted him to bail out when facing even a 50% chance of failure. [[spoiler:This game being high on the idealistic end of the scale, this was just dad trying to protect Rupert from the pain of losing. [[ManipulativeBastard Or so he says...]]]]
* StrangelyEffectiveDisguise: [[spoiler: Somehow, the majority of the Dinaurians are fooled by yours and Dr. Diggins' masks.]]
** See also ''Champions'', where the hero(ine) receives a Ty Ranno mask for disguise purposes. No other mask keeps [=NPC=]s from immediately knowing who he/she is; how is this mask different?
* SummonBiggerFish: Calling up Ignosaur to fight Frigisaur.
* TakeThat: After completing the main quest and
all the sidequests of ''Frontier'', you'll take a group photo with the main cast; to which Dahlia comments "And it's a PICTURE, got it? Not a selfie. That word is so overused these days.right. She'll be all right. She'll be all right."
* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:The [[LizardFolk dinaurians]] have technology that can do this. The technology that un-stones them is *** It also responsible for how you can revive dinosaurs leads to the [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness only slip]] in his polite, AffablyEvil demeanor when he runs into Angel and Buffy a few minutes later, he makes some very angry threats and refers to her as Angel's "whore".
* Arguably, Sylar in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' goes through this
in the first place.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.
]]
* ATasteOfPower: Do you go straight to In ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation'', the confrontation revealed 5th (and female) turtle named Venus with [[spoiler: Ignosaur]] in your party... or do you have some fun with rather spiritual abilities, turns Shredder's mind against itself. His suddenly activated conscience angrily wills Shredder into submission and destroys the [[OlympusMons godlike beast]] beforehand?
* TerribleTrio: The BB Gang. Also counts as the GoldfishPoopGang for the first half
Foot Clan. This is likely one of the game. In reasons most fans say the sequel, it's the Barebones Brigade. ''Frontier'' has Baron von Blackraven and his gang.
* TheTetrisEffect: Expect to see fossils in various states of cleaning every time you close your eyes.
* TyrannosaurusRex: The game's mascot, and somewhat of the InfinityPlusOneSword. One NPC ensures the player near the end of the game that "all the hype you've ever heard about it is true!"
* TheUnintelligible: Rex of the BB Bandits.
** EloquentInMyNativeTongue: [[spoiler:His true speech patterns tend toward SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. Those kooky English bulldogs...
series [[CanonDisContinuity never happened.]]
* UnknownItemIdentification: In Dukat in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has a particularly bad one while the first two games, fossils had 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 brought back to base main characters) from prison, and excavated before they 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 be identified. In ''Frontier'', fossils are "unknown" the first time they're excavated but the sonar will be able to ID them afterward.
* UnusableEnemyEquipment: Boy, the Dinatomatons sure are cool, aren't they? Who wouldn't want a [[VideoGame/RobotDinosaursThatShootBeamsWhenTheyRoar Robot Dinosaur That Shoots Beams When It Roars?]] Well, sorry, but ''you don't get none.'' And you'll have to keep your paws off [[spoiler:Duna, Dynal,
moderate his ruthless streak]]. Without her, [[TheUnfettered he has no voice of reason and Raptin]] too... [[spoiler:until they all become available in the postgame, that is.nothing left to lose.]]
* VendorTrash: Digging up and cleaning gemstones [[MagnificentBastard Malcolm Tucker]] is finally driven to one in series 3 of ''Series/TheThickOfIt'': "I USED TO BE THE FUCKIN' PHARAOH!"
* The Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'' uses this with many, many villains. Azal in
the only way Daemons is a particularily good example.
** Most memorably, this trope was used
to make money. The better give the gem, the more money.
* VerbalTic: The Digadigs, including Pauleen
titular character in ''Champions''. Rosie [[GotMeDoingIt picks it up]] [[TheLoneDalek "Dalek"]] an AlasPoorVillain moment.
** Cassandra has one in her second appearance,
when she is mystically made part of her continuous body-surfing lands her inside the tribe, and she is body of a leper. She very ''diga-''displeased.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Roise asks "you probably hate me now, don't you?". You actually are ABLE
suddenly [[BreakTheHaughty realises what it's like]] to say "yes".
''actually'' suffer.
** In ''Frontier,'' when you Arguably, [[spoiler: travel back 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 time]], you can encounter dino nests. You can cheerfully drive your Bone Buggy over them and shatter 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.]]
* One episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' had a patient who was a psychopath. Sociopath. Well, one of those 'paths. She had no problem with cheating on her rich husband (whom she was only using for his money), drugging people to cause
them to pieces, for no other reason than they're there. (Though they magically reform make themselves if you wait.)
look bad, and lying to try to get one of her doctors in deep trouble, among other things. Then they fixed her underlying medical condition and the lack of empathy and conscience wore off, resulting in this trope.
* XMeetsY: ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' meets {{Mon}}s. (''Magazine/NintendoPower'' said "meets ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''", but "meets ''VideoGame/{{Spectrobes}}''" is 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 more apt.)
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.]]
** To compound things, Kelso sees some other doctors walking towars him, and tries to [[StepfordSmiler fake his usual happiness and cheery attitude]], making one [[FridgeLogic wonder how many other times he's gone through a similar BSOD]].
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: In ''{{Series/Breaking Bad}}'', Walter White is struck by one in the episode "Ozymandias," following the death of [[spoiler:Hank Schrader.]]
*
In the first game's Master-rank Level-Up Battles, losing even one vivosaur makes you lose the whole fight.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Rupert's father is... difficult to please, shall we say.
* {{Whateversaurus}}: Along
final episode of ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'''s eighth season, Crowley, after having been [[spoiler: repeatedly injected with the term "vivosaur" itself, 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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[[folder:Music]]
* 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:
-->Seeing clearer what I've done \\
I'd refuse to let things go \\
I could never once admit I'm wrong \\
And what do I have to show? \\
Seeing clearer what's at stake \\
And the things I have to change \\
I just hope I can, it's not too late \\
To get a chance to end
this is pain
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/CMPunk underwent one after losing the WWE Championship after 434 days and failing to defeat Wrestling/TheUndertaker at Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}. He hugged Wrestling/PaulHeyman and left for a couple of months until his return to action in [[AHeroToHisHometown Chicago]] undergoing a HeelFaceTurn.
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* The Dark Angels in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} have a Psyker power available (in the main tabletop game it was solely
used liberally by their most badass Librarian, Ezekiel) that causes this. And can cause a [[AxCrazy Greater]] [[UnstoppableRage Daemon]] [[TheBerserker of]] [[BloodKnight Khorne]] to break down in InelegantBlubbering over every single misdeed he's ever done.
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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.]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* President Eden, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' has [[spoiler: a quite literal]] one of these upon finding out just how insane his plan really is. Eden, being [[spoiler: an AI supercomputer]] [[AIIsACrapshoot didn't understand]] he was trying to destroy the very remnants of America he thought he was rebuilding, and as a result either shuts down or self-destructs depending on how the player handles the situation.
** Sadly, the dialogue
for the various made-up species.
* WindIsGreen: Air-type Viviosaurs are revived from green fossils.
* WombLevel: The Bonehemoth in ''Champions.''
* WordSaladTitle: In ''Champions,'' all the songs in the sound test have silly and non-indicative names, like "Sleepy Robin," "Chocolate Soiree," or "Raspberry Bell."
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Rosie's pink hair could be passed off as an [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis artistic rendtion]] of a strawberry blonde, but there's
final confrontation with Eden wasn't written particularly well, so that unless you look ''really'' closely, it just seems like you tell him he sucks and should die, and he just agrees with you for no explaining why Dr. Diggins' hair reason.
** The same can be done to the [[BigBad Master]] in the original ''Fallout'' game, in which he will commit suicide if you reveal to him that his plan
is ''green.''
doomed to fail, having realized how crazy its plan really was and guilty over what it did in order to undertake it.
* You have to do this to Giygas in ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'' by singing a lullaby his human mother sang to him. This drives him insane and he vows to return with much more power. In fact, when he does return, he becomes so powerful, he transforms into [[EldritchAbomination the Giygas we know from]] ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}''. NiceJobBreakingItHero.
** Siamo 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.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'': GhostPirate [=LeChuck=] has a brief one during the ending when he DidNotSeeThatComing. ([[spoiler: Governor Elaine, whom he was going to marry, is revealed to have escaped and the one in the wedding dress is two monkeys]]) He just utters lines such as: "Hey...", "What..." "How...". But he recovers quickly.
* When you finally catch up with Takahisa Kandori in ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei: VideoGame/{{Persona}}'', he's realized that he's gotten everything he's ever wanted and it ''absolutely sucks''. He's demotivated to the point that Nanjo has to needle him about how he's achieved his nigh-godhood through borrowed power in order to prompt the requisite boss fight.
* 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 blue hair, 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.]]
** Flowey also gets a more minor one at the end of a Neutral run, should you choose to spare him, over and over again.
-->''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ...What are you doing? Do you really think I've learned anything from this? No.\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' Sparing me won't change anything. Killing me is the only way to end this.\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' If you let me live... [[WeWillMeetAgain I'll come back.]]\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' I'll kill you.\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ''I'll kill everyone.''\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ''I'll kill everyone you love.''\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' [[StunnedSilence ...]]\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ...?\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ...Why?\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ...Why are you being... [[EvilCannotComprehendGood so nice to me...?]]\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' I can't understand.\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' [[VillainousBreakdown I can't understand!]]\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' [[TearJerker I just can't understand...]]\\
''[[[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.
* At the conclusion to ''Videogame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'' DLC ''Hearts of Stone'', when Geralt brings Olgierd von Everic evidence of his long-dead wife Iris' love for him, Olgierd suffers a sudden and agonizing burst of regret and sadness over what he's done to his wife and family in the name of power and immortality. Having spent the last decades having little emotion or feeling in his life due to his bargain with Gaunter O'Dimm, Olgierd was completely unprepared for any kind of genuine emotion would feel like, and the impact of pain and regret is so intense it drives him to his knees.
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* In ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'', after [[FalseFriend completely crushing the PC's heart]], [[spoiler: Damien]] goes through one of these, causing him to run away and live in the woods for a month.
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* In ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'', Sonata ignores Trixie at first, and when she complains, says Trixie is nothing but a loser who pretends to be great to make herself feel better. Trixie spends almost a half-hour staring at the ground in shame after that, though she eventually pulls herself together.
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* Warning: this comic is not safe for sanity. They have no nudity, but there is a lot of adult content on the site in terms of language and subject matter. In Something Positive's bonus story, Super Stupor, specifically pages http://www.superstupor.com/sust12272010.shtml and http://www.superstupor.com/sust12282010.shtml , a villain goes through a BSOD when the hero he captured to keep him from interfering in the villain's plans for his arch enemy [[DumbassHasAPoint points out the]] [[TooDumbToLive sheer stupidity of his plan]] before it goes off.
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* On WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment, Dr. Insano had a brief one after creating the Son of Insano, and cried about how his MadScience never comes out right. His son quickly cheers him up by wanting to help him TakeOverTheWorld, ending the moment and turning it into a CMOH.
* Vegeta (yes, him again) has one during his playthrough of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' in the ''LetsPlay/TwoSaiyansPlay'' series. While playing he [[EvilCannotComprehendGood is completely baffled by Toriel's selfless kindness]], and begins getting attached to her even as he [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas starts reflecting on how much he misses his own long-dead mother]]. At the end of the playthrough, when he is forced to fight Toriel and kills her, he quits rather than play the game further, then can be heard breaking down and sobbing in the background before the video ends.
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* ''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]].''"
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', most villains never quite get the point; Zhao, for example goes to his death without compromising, but Azula's VillainousBreakdown appears to contain a little of this. AntiVillain [[HeelFaceTurn Zuko]] never quite goes into BSOD, since he has gradual CharacterDevelopment instead, although his BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind VisionQuest sort of resembled this.
** Pre-series, Iroh after the death of Lu Ten and breaking the siege of Ba Sing Se would probably be seen as this by the Earth Kingdom, although he'd apparently been struggling with his father's goals for some time, since he lied about the dragons and had presumably already joined the Order of the White Lotus.
* 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.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** 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.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** 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.]]''
** Followed up in "Twilight's Kingdom", when the new villain, Tirek [[spoiler:convinces Discord that [[WeCanRuleTogether they can rule together]]. Then once Tirek is powerful enough, he turns on Discord and [[EnergyAbsorption steals his power]], [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness leaving Discord in shock]]]].
--->'''[[spoiler:Discord]]:''' I had magic ''and'' friendship, and now I don't have either.
** Diamond Tiara reacts this way in "Crusaders Of The Lost Mark" after her only friend, Silver Spoon, rejects her due to
being bullied one too many times.
** 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 dinosaur.
----
[[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.
* At the conclusion of the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' finale Predacons Rising, Megatron is free from Unicron's control, and he and Starscream have the Autobots at gunpoint.
-->'''Starscream:''' "Your new battle-armor will take things to the next level, my liege! Together we will reunite all Decepticons, and once again grind Cybertron under your mighty heel!"\\
'''Megatron:''' "NO!!"\\
'''Starscream:''' "What?! Why?"\\
'''Megatron:''' "Because I now know the true meaning of oppression... and have thus lost my taste for inflicting it."\\
'''Starscream:''' "(chuckles nervously) You've clearly been traumatized, master. A good power-down and a stroll around the smelting pit will put you back in touch with your inner warlord--"\\
'''Megatron:''' "Enough! The Decepticons are no more, and that is final."
* 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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->''"Seeing clearer what I've done \\
I'd refuse to let things go \\
I could never once admit I'm wrong \\
And what do I have to show? \\
Seeing clearer what's at stake \\
And the things I have to change \\
I just hope I can, it's not too late \\
To get a chance to end this pain."''
-->-- '''Music/HammerFall''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mj6GRrYmgI "Last Man Standing"]]

Only a scant few villains work under a conventional moral framework with [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]], fewer acknowledge the [[ItsAllAboutMe egocentricity]] implicit in the wrong they do, a distressing number are [[ShutUpKirk beyond all attempts at being reasoned with]]. And to make things worse, these also tend to be too powerful [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil to beat]].

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.

The exact reaction depends on the villain and the weight of his sins. One that hadn't yet gotten to do much more than PokeThePoodle or KickTheDog once may survive with emotional counseling. If he [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope slipped further]]? The black hole he's become will finally crush him. Things can get really interesting if the character, through his own fault, invited in MindControl, DemonicPossession, or TheVirus, and entirely remembers all the evil things he did under its control -- that wouldn't have happened if he'd fought it off, but which he had no control over.

One unlikely, but possible, outcome is that he reacts not with unbearable sadness but ''overwhelming anger'' at the heroes for daring to make him ''"feel like this!"'' This tends to [[TurnsRed make him]] ''[[TurnsRed even more]]'' [[TurnsRed dangerous]]. NiceJobBreakingItHero.

A common subversion has the villain turn out to be so evil that when they are forced to realise all the pain they've caused they either [[ItsAllAboutMe don't care]] or [[ForTheEvulz are downright happy about it]].

Despite the intense emotional anguish this causes, Heroes can pull this with impunity since it's not killing anyone (directly, anyway), saves lives, and in the long run is a fairly elegant form of justice that may even bring about a HeelFaceTurn. Then again, they may do this knowing the effects are temporary and only do it to weaken the villain psychologically long enough to kill him. Even normal, moral people can turn evil, and they may [[IDidWhatIHadToDo reason they don't want to give him a second chance]].

Subtrope of VillainousBreakdown. See also BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood and AlasPoorVillain

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->''"Seeing clearer what I've done \\
I'd refuse to let things go \\
I could never once admit I'm wrong \\
And what do I have to show? \\
Seeing clearer what's at stake \\
And the things I have to change \\
I just hope I can, it's not too late \\
To get a chance to end this pain."''
-->-- '''Music/HammerFall''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mj6GRrYmgI "Last Man Standing"]]

Only a scant few villains work under a conventional moral framework with [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]], fewer acknowledge the [[ItsAllAboutMe egocentricity]] implicit
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->''"Awaken an era."''
[[caption-width-right:200:Can you dig it?]]

A {{Mons}} series from Creator/{{Nintendo}} and Creator/RedEntertainment, ''Fossil Fighters'' (''Kaseki Horider'', or "Fossil Hunters",
in the wrong they do, a distressing number are [[ShutUpKirk beyond all attempts at being reasoned with]]. And to make things worse, these also tend to be too powerful [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil to beat]].

In these cases, the only solution
Japan) is a collection Mon RPG/paleontology sim series for the heroes to actively CareBearStare him into growing a conscience to make him voluntarily stop his rampage... because DS and 3DS.

On
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 tropical Vivosaur island, the Richmond archaeological foundation has built a fantastic resort. Using the brilliance of Dr. Diggins, they have used MindRape on him but developed a process to revive dead animals from fossil fragments. ([[Film/JurassicPark Sound familiar?]]) As a side-effect of this process, the dead animals are not complete copies of the creatures they might as well have, because now that he originally were in life--they gain unusual appearances and best of all--superpowers. Vivosaur Island has the heart and conscience of a hero he can't help but suffer a HeroicBSOD. He'll [[TearsOfRemorse weep openly]], [[DrivenToSuicide become suicidal]], a playground for the rich where wealthy young dinosaur fanatics can revive extinct animals in the form of superpowered monsters 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 fight them against each other for glory and fame.

Like most games, this one stars
a conscience.

The exact reaction depends on
[[KidHero young boy]] (or girl, starting with the villain second game) who aspires ToBeAMaster. You hunt fossils, battle other fans, and raise in the weight ranks, with the help of his sins. One that hadn't yet gotten to do much more than PokeThePoodle or KickTheDog once may survive friends. But the island is lousy with emotional counseling. If he [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope slipped further]]? The black hole he's become will finally crush him. Things can get really interesting if groups of fossil thieves and general schemers who, naturally, want to TakeOverTheWorld.

Games in
the series:
* ''Fossil Fighters'' (''Bokura wa Kaseki Horider'', or "We Are Fossil Hunters", in Japan), 2008 JP/2009 US Nintendo DS
* ''Fossil Fighters: Champions'' (''Super Kaseki Horider'', or "Super Fossil Hunters" in Japan), 2010 JP/2011 US Nintendo DS: This game features improved, [[CelShaded cel-shaded graphics]] (with FMV cutscenes), a female player
character, through his own fault, invited in MindControl, DemonicPossession, or TheVirus, a revamped movement system, new islands, new villains, and the ability to Super Revive certain Vivosaurs into evolved forms.
* ''Fossil Fighters: Frontier'' (''Kaseki Horider Mugengear'', or "Fossil Hunters Infinite Gear" in Japan), 2014 JP/2015 US Nintendo 3DS: The new feature for this title is the ability to fight wild Vivosaurs and to drive around in customizable vehicles. The combat system has also been
entirely remembers all the evil things he did under its control -- that wouldn't have happened if he'd fought it off, but which he had no control over.

One unlikely, but possible, outcome is that he reacts not with unbearable sadness but ''overwhelming anger'' at the heroes for daring to make him ''"feel like this!"'' This tends to [[TurnsRed make him]] ''[[TurnsRed even more]]'' [[TurnsRed dangerous]]. NiceJobBreakingItHero.

A common subversion has the villain turn out to be so evil that when they are forced to realise all the pain they've caused they either [[ItsAllAboutMe don't care]] or [[ForTheEvulz are downright happy about it]].

Despite the intense emotional anguish this causes, Heroes can pull this with impunity since it's not killing anyone (directly, anyway), saves lives, and in the long run is a fairly elegant form of justice that may even bring about a HeelFaceTurn. Then again, they may do this knowing the effects are temporary and only do it to weaken the villain psychologically long enough to kill him. Even normal, moral people can turn evil, and they may [[IDidWhatIHadToDo reason they don't want to give him a second chance]].

Subtrope of VillainousBreakdown. See also BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood and AlasPoorVillain

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* 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]].
* In ''Anime/AngelBeats'', Otonashi defeats Naoi by forcing him to face that in the end he was ultimately responsible for his own misery; Naoi's motivation stemmed partly from his belief that his life had been empty, and Otonashi forced him to realize that Naoi could only blame himself for that.
* ''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.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'''s Digimon Emperor/Kaiser when he realizes that Digimon are real, and Wormmon has just made a HeroicSacrifice to stop him, the boy freaks out, throwing away his costume, crying, and screaming that he's sorry before wandering alone into the desert.
** In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', this happens to Beelzemon, the Mega form of the human-hating Digimon, Impmon. After being granted the power to digivolve like he always wanted, Beelzemon attacked the children and destroyed one of their partners (who unfortunately, don't have the pleasure of being reborn as digi-eggs as it was in the previous series). After being defeated in battle and spared, he begins to come to realize the atrocities he had committed and wanders around, guilt-ridden, depressed and haunted by memories of what he did. After surviving what was essentially a suicide attempt (not fighting back when he's attacked by a swarm of digimon which quickly render him powerless), he eventually sets off to make things right, by first making amends with the humans he had abandoned and then by helping the others in the battle against the D-Reaper, and saving the girl who's partner he killed.
* 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.
** [[spoiler:Envy]] experiences this when Ed points out the entire reason he was so vicious and hateful of humanity was his jealousy of their ability to rely upon one another, while [[spoiler:Envy]] was all alone. He begins weeping in frustration at having a ''human'', and the one he despised most of all at that, understand him so deeply and [[spoiler:commits suicide rather than deal with the humiliation]].
** 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''.
* In ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'', Fernand Morcef's response to losing virtually everything he has worked and sacrificed for [[spoiler:including and especially his conscience and morality]] due to Edmond Dante's successful revenge is taking down his planet with him as he crashes and burns. [[spoiler:Even if it means rejecting a LastSecondChance offered by his wife, despite the fact that it was his LoveMakesYouEvil for her which ultimately caused his StartOfDarkness]].
* 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.]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'': T-the sky! It's falling! [[BigNo NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!]]
* ''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''!
* Seto Kaiba of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' had one of these as well, over the course of the first half of the second series' first season. Back then, prior to the end of the first episode, Kaiba didn't take dueling seriously at all and believed that power was the only way to win a game. Then he received a big shock when Yami summoned Exodia the Forbidden One and obliterated all three of his Blue-Eyes White Dragons (which at the same time led to Mokuba using a "ThisCannotBe" line) and afterwards used Mind Crush on him. Ever since then, Kaiba came to realization that he didn't know who he himself was anymore, and began to seek redemption. He eventually learned that Mokuba was taken prisoner by [[AffablyEvil Pegasus]] and went to rescue him only for both's souls to be captured by Pegasus later... until Yami finally won his duel with him with [[ThePowerOfFriendship the help of his friends]].
* ''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).
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* One arc of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' has the heroes forced to give the previous The Doctor (a mass murderer) his powers back for an hour, during which he one handedly thrashes the team. The current Doctor is berated because the old Doctor can alter time to make his one hour infinite, but as it turns out each Doctor is the sum of all previous ones, and that made the old one gain the new one's conscience. He realizes the horror he's done, begs for {{forgiveness}}, and is then killed point blank (The Authority are like that).
* In the comics, Comicbook/DoctorStrange reawakened ComicBook/{{Galactus}}' conscience, invoking this trope.
* In Devil's Due's ''GIJoe vs. the {{Transformers}}'', Serpent O.R. captures Optimus Prime to gain access to the Matrix of Leadership. When he achieves this, he becomes enlightened to just how horrible the things he's doing are, and tries to have himself destroyed. Then Cobra Commander hijacks his body from Earth, and to stop him, Hawk has to expose both himself and the Commander to the Matrix. The revelation breaks Cobra Commander's mind.
* {{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.)
* There was one DCU story where all the people on earth were {{depower}}ed. SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker became sane as a result, and committed suicide over the guilt of everything he'd done.
* Joker also gets one towards the end of ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''. He genuinely doesn't understand why he couldn't break Gordon or why Batman is still coming at him. He stops smiling and pitifully asks "Why aren't you laughing?" right before Bruce smashes through a wall and brings him back to the here and now.
** He gets another one when Batman offers to try to help him recover. Joker seemingly regains his sanity just long enough to realize there's no hope left for either of them.
* 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.
* The conclusion of [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} KnightsEnd]] has Franchise/{{Batman}} force [[ComicBook/{{Azrael}} Jean-Paul Valley]] to dump his armored Batsuit to confront him then blind him with Night Vision-enhanced sunlight, forcing Jean-Paul to finally remove the mask. Weary and defeated, Jean-Paul can only say one thing:
-->'''Jean-Paul:''' "You're Batman. You've always been Batman. And I am nothing."
* 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.]]
* In ''Comicbook/TrinityWar'', ComicBook/VandalSavage tries to open PandorasBox, a box that can only be opened by someone who is either [[IncorruptiblePurePureness purely good]] or [[PureIsNotGood purely evil]]. It turns out that even Vandal, who practically invented evil as a human concept, isn't evil enough to open the box. Instead, the box's power unleashes all of Vandal's deeply repressed guilt over his sins and leaves him a weeping broken man.
* 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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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* 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.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'':
** Mecha-Freeza gets a ''literal'' one (we see his point of view, then a few seconds later a BSOD appears on the screen) after [[spoiler: Super Saiyan Trunks]] cuts him in half in Episode 33. Justified in that he had various cybernetic attachments implanted into his body.
** Vegeta suffers one after Cell [[NiceJobBreakingItHero absorbs Android 18 thanks to Vegeta letting him go]] and getting entirely curbstomped (Piccolo and Tenshinhan, [[EvilVersusEvil confused at who they should be rooting for]], settle on being against Cell rather than for Vegeta).
* In the WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures fic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', Jade has one after [[spoiler: Scruffy turns on her]].
* 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}}.
* [[http://tavoriel.deviantart.com/art/Mr-Harrison-please-388577881 This]] FanArt of ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''.
* 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 one of the last chapters of ''Fanfic/TheVow'' (an AlternateUniverseFic about ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2''), [[VillainProtagonist Lord Shen]] is shown to have been in a broken-hearted state for days after [[spoiler:sending away [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes his newlywed wife Lianne]] to [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy give her a chance to be happy]] rather than be chained to him on his dark path]]. He mostly broods in silence on his lost loved ones and [[WhatHaveIBecome the choices that have brought him to that point]]. Only the routine of preparing for his conquest of China keeps him moving at all, and when the time comes to set sail, he doesn't bother to gloat to the imprisoned Furious Five like he does in canon. The sudden attack by [[NinjaMaid Jade]] brings him out of this somewhat.
* 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.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The air conditioner in ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' delivers a HannibalLecture and when the other appliances tell him to ShutUpHannibal, has a breakdown and spontaneously combusts. Also, when he is repaired by his owner, he actually seems to feel a tinge of remorse.
* Gru, the [[AntiVillain Anti]]-VillainProtagonist of ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' goes into a deep depression after his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Dr. Nefario sends the girls he's adopted and just recently bonded with back to the orphanage so that he could focus on their plans to steal the moon.
* Scar in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' undergoes a very brief one when Simba returns, mistaking him for Mufasa (his tone implying guilt or at the very least fear):
-->'''Scar:''' Mufasa? No, you're dead...
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', President/Lord Business undergoes one when [[spoiler:Emmet tells him that he ''is not'' the bad guy.]]
* In ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'', Br'er Fox has one at the end of the "Tar Baby" sequence: a sickly look on his face after Br'er Rabbit tricked him and hopped off. Br'er Bear silently clubs the fox on the head, knocking him out, then walks off, leaving the fox lying there.
-->'''Uncle Remus:''' ''[narrating]'' So now it's Br'er Fox's turn to feel humble-come-tumble. But ol' Br'er Bear, he don't say nothin'. And Br'er Fox, he lay low. Mighty low.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 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 ''Film/GhostRider'' movie fits this trope, since the BigBad was soulless (and thus immune to GR's Penance Stare) until the movie's climax.
-->'''Ghost Rider:''' A thousand souls to '''BURN!!!'''
* In ''Film/TheNeverendingStory II'', Bastian beats [[AnthropomorphicPersonification The Emptiness]] by wishing she had a heart. The result is that she is filled, and as she realizes what she's done/is doing, she weeps [[SwissArmyTears a single tear]] that [[PuffOfLogic undoes her]].
* 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}}.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Cutler Beckett suffers this in his final moments in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', when both the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman actually flank both sides of his ship: When he witnesses this, he couldn't even give the order to fire, as he was rendered virtually catatonic from witnessing it, and could only reply in a very soft but shocked tone "It's just... good business...", and [[StrollingThroughTheChaos walked, not ran, but walked]] as his crew abandoned ship and his ship was being destroyed, and couldn't even react when the flames from the ship exploding engulfed him.
*** This is despite the fact that his ship has more guns than the ''Pearl'' and the ''Dutchman'' put together. On the other hand, the ''Dutchman'' can't be sunk. And really, if a pair of ghost ships suddenly stopped fighting each other and decided to team up against ''you'', [[OhCrap soul-crushing fear]] is an understandable reaction.
** Davey Jones tried to avoid this by removing his heart.
** Barbossa's in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first movie]] is nicely understated. The apple may be a bit much, though.
** Blackbeard in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides fourth film]] when Jack reveals that he gave the the chalice with the mermaid's tear to Angelica instead of him.
* 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.
* In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', Silva is at last about to fulfill his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, as he holds the mortally wounded M in his grasp and puts his gun to her face...before he starts crying and puts the gun in M's own hand, presses his temple against hers, then guides the gun to her other temple, and he begs her to kill them both with the same bullet.
* ''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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[[folder:Literature]]
* Caine from the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series, during the period between ''Gone'' and ''Hunger''.
* Galbatorix in the final novel of ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' ...and how! Eragon channels his AppliedPhlebotinum to force Galby to understand the suffering his actions has caused - a whole century's worth of it. Galbatorix promptly turns himself into a literal nuclear bomb, complete with earth-shattering explosion and massive radiation fallout.
* ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' [[spoiler: have the Storm King suffer this as the climax of the last book.]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', it is mentioned that a Horcrux can be destroyed and a [[OurSoulsAreDifferent Soul]] made whole if its creator feels enough regret, which may be fatal to him. In a twist, it is done the old-fashioned way after all.
** On the other hand, in ''The Tales of Beedle the Bard'', one story ("The Warlock's Hairy Heart") does end this way. It has commentary from Albus Dumbledore explaining it.
* 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.
* Very common in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' among people tainted by Chaos, when Chaos ceases to blind them:
** In Creator/SandyMitchell's Literature/CiaphasCain novel ''Cain's Last Stand'', the Sisters of Battle completely lose control after Jurgen's blank status frees them from mind-control; they jump to their deaths.
** 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.
** In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's Literature/HorusHeresy novel ''False Gods'', when Horus mortally wounds Temba, Temba recovers from the Chaos taint, realizes the scale of his betrayal, and [[TearsOfRemorse sobs]].
** 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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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* 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]].
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** This is exactly what the Gypsies did to Angel after he killed a daughter of their clan. The curse turned him into the FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire he is today. But only after a century of being paralyzed by guilt at all the atrocities he'd committed.
** There is also an unintentional example happens at the end of ''Buffy'', season 5. Tearing down the walls between dimensions allows Glory to feel Ben's human emotions, for some reason. She... isn't happy.
*** It's the tearing down the separation between Glory and Ben that's the problem. He's getting her ruthlessness and self-absorption, she's getting his caring. Neither one is happy about it.
** The Mayor suffers a brief one when he finds Faith in a coma.
---> '''Mayor:''' "She's going to be all right. She'll be all right. She'll be all right."
*** It also leads to the [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness only slip]] in his polite, AffablyEvil demeanor when he runs into Angel and Buffy a few minutes later, he makes some very angry threats and refers to her as Angel's "whore".
* 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!"
* The Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'' uses this with many, many villains. Azal in the Daemons is a particularily good example.
** 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.]]
* One episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' had a patient who was a psychopath. Sociopath. Well, one of those 'paths. She had no problem with cheating on her rich husband (whom she was only using for his money), drugging people to cause them to make themselves look bad, and lying to try to get one of her doctors in deep trouble, among other things. Then they fixed her underlying medical condition and the lack of empathy and conscience wore off, resulting in this trope.
* 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.]]
** To compound things, Kelso sees some other doctors walking towars him, and tries to [[StepfordSmiler fake his usual happiness and cheery attitude]], making one [[FridgeLogic wonder how many other times he's gone through a similar BSOD]].
* 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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[[folder:Music]]
* 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:
-->Seeing clearer what I've done \\
I'd refuse to let things go \\
I could never once admit I'm wrong \\
And what do I have to show? \\
Seeing clearer what's at stake \\
And the things I have to change \\
I just hope I can, it's not too late \\
To get a chance to end this pain
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/CMPunk underwent one after losing the WWE Championship after 434 days and failing to defeat Wrestling/TheUndertaker at Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}. He hugged Wrestling/PaulHeyman and left for a couple of months until his return to action in [[AHeroToHisHometown Chicago]] undergoing a HeelFaceTurn.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Dark Angels in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} have a Psyker power available (in the main tabletop game it was solely used by their most badass Librarian, Ezekiel) that causes this. And can cause a [[AxCrazy Greater]] [[UnstoppableRage Daemon]] [[TheBerserker of]] [[BloodKnight Khorne]] to break down in InelegantBlubbering over every single misdeed he's ever done.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* 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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[[folder:Video Games]]
* President Eden, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' has [[spoiler: a quite literal]] one of these upon finding out just how insane his plan really is. Eden, being [[spoiler: an AI supercomputer]] [[AIIsACrapshoot didn't understand]] he was trying to destroy the very remnants of America he thought he was rebuilding, and as a result either shuts down or self-destructs depending on how the player handles the situation.
** Sadly, the dialogue for the final confrontation with Eden wasn't written particularly well, so that unless you look ''really'' closely, it just seems like you tell him he sucks and should die, and he just agrees with you for no reason.
** The same can be done to the [[BigBad Master]] in the original ''Fallout'' game, in which he will commit suicide if you reveal to him that his plan is doomed to fail, having realized how crazy its plan really was and guilty over what it did in order to undertake it.
* You have to do this to Giygas in ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'' by singing a lullaby his human mother sang to him. This drives him insane and he vows to return with much more power. In fact, when he does return, he becomes so powerful, he transforms into [[EldritchAbomination the Giygas we know from]] ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}''. NiceJobBreakingItHero.
** 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.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'': GhostPirate [=LeChuck=] has a brief one during the ending when he DidNotSeeThatComing. ([[spoiler: Governor Elaine, whom he was going to marry, is revealed to have escaped and the one in the wedding dress is two monkeys]]) He just utters lines such as: "Hey...", "What..." "How...". But he recovers quickly.
* When you finally catch up with Takahisa Kandori in ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei: VideoGame/{{Persona}}'', he's realized that he's gotten everything he's ever wanted and it ''absolutely sucks''. He's demotivated to the point that Nanjo has to needle him about how he's achieved his nigh-godhood through borrowed power in order to prompt the requisite boss fight.
* 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.]]
** Flowey also gets a more minor one at the end of a Neutral run, should you choose to spare him, over and over again.
-->''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ...What are you doing? Do you really think I've learned anything from this? No.\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' Sparing me won't change anything. Killing me is the only way to end this.\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' If you let me live... [[WeWillMeetAgain I'll come back.]]\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' I'll kill you.\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ''I'll kill everyone.''\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ''I'll kill everyone you love.''\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' [[StunnedSilence ...]]\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ...?\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ...Why?\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ...Why are you being... [[EvilCannotComprehendGood so nice to me...?]]\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' I can't understand.\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' [[VillainousBreakdown I can't understand!]]\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' [[TearJerker I just can't understand...]]\\
''[[[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.
* At the conclusion to ''Videogame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'' DLC ''Hearts of Stone'', when Geralt brings Olgierd von Everic evidence of his long-dead wife Iris' love for him, Olgierd suffers a sudden and agonizing burst of regret and sadness over what he's done to his wife and family in the name of power and immortality. Having spent the last decades having little emotion or feeling in his life due to his bargain with Gaunter O'Dimm, Olgierd was completely unprepared for any kind of genuine emotion would feel like, and the impact of pain and regret is so intense it drives him to his knees.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'', after [[FalseFriend completely crushing the PC's heart]], [[spoiler: Damien]] goes through one of these, causing him to run away and live in the woods for a month.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'', Sonata ignores Trixie at first, and when she complains, says Trixie is nothing but a loser who pretends to be great to make herself feel better. Trixie spends almost a half-hour staring at the ground in shame after that, though she eventually pulls herself together.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Warning: this comic is not safe for sanity. They have no nudity, but there is a lot of adult content on the site in terms of language and subject matter. In Something Positive's bonus story, Super Stupor, specifically pages http://www.superstupor.com/sust12272010.shtml and http://www.superstupor.com/sust12282010.shtml , a villain goes through a BSOD when the hero he captured to keep him from interfering in the villain's plans for his arch enemy [[DumbassHasAPoint points out the]] [[TooDumbToLive sheer stupidity of his plan]] before it goes off.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* On WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment, Dr. Insano had a brief one after creating the Son of Insano, and cried about how his MadScience never comes out right. His son quickly cheers him up by wanting to help him TakeOverTheWorld, ending the moment and turning it into a CMOH.
* Vegeta (yes, him again) has one during his playthrough of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' in the ''LetsPlay/TwoSaiyansPlay'' series. While playing he [[EvilCannotComprehendGood is completely baffled by Toriel's selfless kindness]], and begins getting attached to her even as he [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas starts reflecting on how much he misses his own long-dead mother]]. At the end of the playthrough, when he is forced to fight Toriel and kills her, he quits rather than play the game further, then can be heard breaking down and sobbing in the background before the video ends.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''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]].''"
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', most villains never quite get the point; Zhao, for example goes to his death without compromising, but Azula's VillainousBreakdown appears to contain a little of this. AntiVillain [[HeelFaceTurn Zuko]] never quite goes into BSOD, since he has gradual CharacterDevelopment instead, although his BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind VisionQuest sort of resembled this.
** Pre-series, Iroh after the death of Lu Ten and breaking the siege of Ba Sing Se would probably be seen as this by the Earth Kingdom, although he'd apparently been struggling with his father's goals for some time, since he lied about the dragons and had presumably already joined the Order of the White Lotus.
* 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.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** 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.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** 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.]]''
** Followed up in "Twilight's Kingdom", when the new villain, Tirek [[spoiler:convinces Discord that [[WeCanRuleTogether they can rule together]]. Then once Tirek is powerful enough, he turns on Discord and [[EnergyAbsorption steals his power]], [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness leaving Discord in shock]]]].
--->'''[[spoiler:Discord]]:''' I had magic ''and'' friendship, and now I don't have either.
** Diamond Tiara reacts this way in "Crusaders Of The Lost Mark" after her only friend, Silver Spoon, rejects her due to being bullied one too many times.
** 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.
* At the conclusion of the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' finale Predacons Rising, Megatron is free from Unicron's control, and he and Starscream have the Autobots at gunpoint.
-->'''Starscream:''' "Your new battle-armor will take things to the next level, my liege! Together we will reunite all Decepticons, and once again grind Cybertron under your mighty heel!"\\
'''Megatron:''' "NO!!"\\
'''Starscream:''' "What?! Why?"\\
'''Megatron:''' "Because I now know the true meaning of oppression... and have thus lost my taste for inflicting it."\\
'''Starscream:''' "(chuckles nervously) You've clearly been traumatized, master. A good power-down and a stroll around the smelting pit will put you back in touch with your inner warlord--"\\
'''Megatron:''' "Enough! The Decepticons are no more, and that is final."
* 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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* AbsentMindedProfessor: Dr. Diggins in the first game, Professor Scatterly in ''Champions''.
* AbsurdlyLowLevelCap: In the first game, it's set surprisingly low at just twelve, and you can get as high as rank eight by fossil cleaning alone (''ten'' if you get a full set of rare red fossils). The second game ups the cap to 20, though viviosaurs gain stats more slowly to go with it.
* AcceptableHobbyTargets: InUniverse. The three commanders of the Barebones Brigade? They're a hipster, a hippie, and a metalhead. The game especially has fun taking potshots at Cole, the hipster, and Todd remarks that it's no wonder everyone was so terrified of him.
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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 later {{deconstructed}}. The fact that Akito should treasure they were such acceptable targets meant [[FriendlessBackground no one wanted to have anything to do with them]], meaning they desperately attached themselves to the ones she cares for]].
* In ''Anime/AngelBeats'', Otonashi defeats Naoi by forcing him
first charismatic figure who appeared to face them and had no trouble [[WhosLaughingNow turning on those who mocked them]]. But it's also why, despite the fact that in the end they were used, they can't stay mad at said figure--they know he was ultimately responsible for his own misery; Naoi's motivation stemmed partly from his belief that his life had been empty, and Otonashi forced him tried to realize that Naoi could only blame himself for that.
* ''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.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'''s Digimon Emperor/Kaiser when he realizes that Digimon are real, and Wormmon has just made a HeroicSacrifice to stop him, the boy freaks out, throwing away his costume, crying, and screaming that he's sorry before wandering alone into the desert.
** In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', this happens to Beelzemon, the Mega form of the human-hating Digimon, Impmon. After being granted the power to digivolve like he always wanted, Beelzemon attacked the children and destroyed one of their partners (who unfortunately, don't have the pleasure of being reborn as digi-eggs as it was in the previous series). After being defeated in battle and spared, he begins to come to realize the atrocities he had committed and wanders around, guilt-ridden, depressed and haunted by memories of
do what he did. After surviving what thought was essentially a suicide attempt (not fighting back when he's attacked by a swarm of digimon which quickly render him powerless), he eventually sets off to make things right, by first making amends with the humans he had abandoned and then by helping the others they were ecstatic that they'd been shown ''any'' [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe kindness at all]].]]
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Nevada Montecarlo, who is a DarkSkinnedRedhead version of [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] (with Franchise/IndianaJones' whip).
** ''Champions'' has an even more direct CaptainErsatz of Franchise/IndianaJones called Joe Wildwest.
* AllNaturalGemPolish: Everything you find
in the battle against the D-Reaper, and saving the girl who's partner he killed.
Jewel Rocks.
* Self-inflicted (of sorts) example with Greed in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. AncientAstronauts: [[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.
** [[spoiler:Envy]] experiences this when Ed points out the entire reason he was so vicious and hateful of humanity was his jealousy of their ability to rely upon one another, while [[spoiler:Envy]] was all alone. He begins weeping in frustration at having a ''human'', and the one he despised most of all at that, understand him so deeply and [[spoiler:commits suicide rather than deal with the humiliation]].
** 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.
dinaurians.]]
* In AndYourRewardIsClothes: The first two games include a series of masks that your character can collect and wear.
* AgentPeacock: Ryne from
the 11th LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya novel, ''Champions'' DLC. He wears the only pink Brigade suit in the game and draws attention to himself because of it. But he is also the first character in the franchise to actually make his own Vivosaur, discounting [[spoiler: Kyouko Tachibana has one when she realizes how bad Zongazonga and his [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack purple evil]] zombiesaurs. [[WordSchmord Magic shmagic.]] [[MemeticMutation Booo!]]]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Cole in ''Champions''. It's hard to tell which parts of his campness just come from his obsession with fashion, and which parts come from... somewhere else.
* AnnouncerChatter: In
the goal she's been working toward really is, first two games, the two announcers like to prattle on with each other about nonsensical things only tangentially related to the battles taking place.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: ''Frontier'' cleans up some of the issues with finding fossils in the field; identifying fossils on sight
and when her two teammates decide that allowing immediate excavations, rather than requiring the player to haul an entire inventory back to base before they want to KILL Haruhi to accomplish it. This naturally leads to even know what they have. Vivosaurs can also be revived from any fossils, not just the heads.
* ArtEvolution: ''Champions'' featured a much more detailed, and more {{Animesque}}, art style than the original's more cartoony look.
** ArtShift: [[spoiler: Rosie's icon in ''Champions'' is in the same style as the first game, making
her HeelFaceTurn.stand out next to the anime-style characters from the second game.]]
* Agahnim ** ''Fossil Fighters: Frontier'' seems to have significant change in the wizard has one of these, in [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda the Akira Himekawa manga]] of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''.
design of... just about everything, really.
* In ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'', Fernand Morcef's response to losing virtually everything he has worked and sacrificed for [[spoiler:including and especially his conscience and morality]] due to Edmond Dante's successful revenge is taking down his planet with him as he crashes and burns. [[spoiler:Even if it means rejecting a LastSecondChance offered ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Fully justified by his wife, despite the fact that it was vivosaurs are explicitly stated to be dinosaur-''like'' creatures and not actual dinosaurs. Beyond that, it's generally averted since the creators have ShownTheirWork and keep their data as accurate as possible.
* AuthorAvatar: The first game's announcers are the game's two creators, and the idea of putting them in the game started out as a joke.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Many high-level vivosaurs with really high Attack or LP are devastating from the Attack Zone... but if they end up in the Support Zone somehow, they'll turn your attacker into a quivering pile of useless mush. T-Rex is a perfect example--he has the highest attack in the game and can attack all of your enemies at once, but, if he ends up in the support zone, he reduces all your attacker's stats by ''30%!''
** Zino and Centro. Every hit from them will be a critical-but their accuracy is so terrible that the rest of the team needs to be focused around buffing accuracy/evasion stats to get them to even land a hit. In other words: CriticalHitClass meets ATeamFiring.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Joe Wildwest in ''Champions'' and Captain Stryker in ''Frontier''.
* [[BadJobWorseUniform Bad Sidequest, Worse Costume]]: So... how 'bout that Hare Club? Y'know, the one where you have to wear a bunny mask, then clean 100 fossils to 80 points or higher?
* BagOfHolding: We really have ''no'' idea how a twelve-year-old can lug around up to ''64'' fossils as long as
his LoveMakesYouEvil for her entire body and not get sore, esecially when some of those rocks contain an ''entire skeleton''. Justified and averted in ''Frontier'', where A) you travel by car, which ultimately caused his StartOfDarkness]].
can much more easily accommodate the size and weight, and B) fossils are processed automatically, so you're not even carrying them around in the first place.
* AntiVillain Coyote Stark from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has two of these. A powerful BigOlEyebrows: The samurai, with a BigOlUnibrow chaser.
* BittersweetEnding: Subverted in the first game. [[spoiler:Guhnash]] is defeated,
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 your partner didn't quite make it out of it, convincing him to avenge Barragan instead. [[spoiler:In [[spoiler:stone sleep]]. You've saved the anime, however, Lilynette's consciousness world, at a cost, and that's how it has to be... [[spoiler:and then the Digadig chieftain shows up and tells you to use the hip-shaker dance!!]]
* BlackAndNerdy: Dr. Diggins in the first game
is destroyed by TakingTheBullet for Stark, which clearly destroys a professional-grade [[Series/{{Scrubs}} blerd]]. Who's dorky enough to wear shorts and a Hawaiian shirt beneath his will to fight, lab coat, no less.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: It's no wonder Nick Nack mangles foreign languages so bad--he barely gets ''English!'' "I can have my snacks
and to live; moments later, Stark's opponent and GoodCounterpart Kyoraku cuts him down as well.feet them too!"
* BodySurf: This is how [[spoiler:Zongazonga's immortality spell]] works in ''Champions''. His latest victim is actually [[spoiler:the owner of the Fossil Park, Joe Wildwest.
]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'': T-the sky! It's falling! [[BigNo NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!]]
* ''Anime/TheBigO''.
BonusBoss: After receiving you beat the final boss of the first game, almost ''every character you've fought before becomes 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
BonusBoss.'' Almost all of them have maxed-out teams, some of them you have to fight one right after [[spoiler:his youngest son, Garma, is killed.]] By the end, other, and the prizes for beating them range from "BraggingRightsReward" to "OlympusMons." You can even take on the FinalBoss again as often as you like! The most difficult BonusBoss fight, however, is probably against [[spoiler: Dynal, Duna, and Raptin]] ''all at once.''
** There's also an {{Early Bird|Boss}} BonusBoss named Petey, who requires you fight him with three very specific vivosaurs. If you take the time to max out said three and wait until you're near the end of the game,
he's had enough not so tough... But try him ''without'' copius LevelGrinding, and he proves to be quite the KillerRabbit.
* ABoyAndHisX: Thanks to the player getting a sidekick, ''Frontier'' is a "Boy/Girl and his/her dinosaur" story.
* ButtBiter: A RunningGag in ''Frontier'' involves your little vivosaur sidekick chomping down on Nate's butt. In the little guy's defense, Nate is usually literally asking for it by sticking his butt out and taunting him.
* ButtMonkey: Rosie.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: The names have been changed to emphasize that Vivosaurs aren't really dinosaurs, and to trim down the {{Overly Long Name}}s that real dinos often have. There's a mode that gives detailed information on the animals that inspired each dinosaur.
* CanonName: The main character
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, first doesn't give him really have one, but Nintendo's guide suggests "Buckland", after an early paleontologist. The official mini-manga gives his name as "Hunter." The second game's protagonists, though, are [[AnimalThemeNaming Dino and Dina]].
** ''Frontier'' has nameable protagonists "Jura" and "Tria". The puns just don't stop. The canonical name for their little dino sidekick is "Nibbles".
* CardboardPrison: Only in the first game, but it's exaggerated. [[PoliceAreUseless What happens in
that chance - he can only watch as the rest of his children get plucked off before [[spoiler:Char takes over.police station is anybody's guess.]]
* In ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'', Comet Empire series, CelShading: ''Champions'' uses cel-shaded graphics, as well as more detailed graphics 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''!
* Seto Kaiba of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' had one of these as well, over the course of the first half of the second series' first season. Back then, prior to the end of the first episode, Kaiba didn't take dueling seriously at all and believed that power was the only way to win a game. Then he received a big shock when Yami summoned Exodia the Forbidden One and obliterated all three of his Blue-Eyes White Dragons (which at the same time led to Mokuba using a "ThisCannotBe" line) and afterwards used Mind Crush on him. Ever since then, Kaiba came to realization that he didn't know who he himself was anymore, and began to seek redemption. He eventually learned that Mokuba was taken prisoner by [[AffablyEvil Pegasus]] and went to rescue him only for both's souls to be captured by Pegasus later... until Yami finally won his duel with him with [[ThePowerOfFriendship the help of his friends]].
* ''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.
general.
** [[spoiler: Annie Leonhart]] breaks down more than once, when forced * ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler:The hip-shaking dance, used 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
revive Rosie/Duna 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).
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* One arc of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' has the heroes forced to give the previous The Doctor (a mass murderer) his powers back for an hour, during which he one handedly thrashes the team. The current Doctor is berated because the old Doctor can alter time to make his one hour infinite, but as it turns out each Doctor is the sum of all previous ones, and that made the old one gain the new one's conscience. He realizes the horror he's done, begs for {{forgiveness}}, and is then killed point blank (The Authority are like that).
* In the comics, Comicbook/DoctorStrange reawakened ComicBook/{{Galactus}}' conscience, invoking this trope.
* In Devil's Due's ''GIJoe vs. the {{Transformers}}'', Serpent O.R. captures Optimus Prime to gain access to the Matrix of Leadership. When he achieves this, he becomes enlightened to just how horrible the things he's doing are, and tries to have himself destroyed. Then Cobra Commander hijacks his body from Earth, and to stop him, Hawk has to expose both himself and the Commander to the Matrix. The revelation breaks Cobra Commander's mind.
* {{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.)
* There was one DCU story where all the people on earth were {{depower}}ed. SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker became sane as a result, and committed suicide over the guilt of everything he'd done.
* Joker also gets one towards the end of ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''. He genuinely doesn't understand why he couldn't break Gordon or why Batman is still coming at him. He stops smiling and pitifully asks "Why aren't you laughing?" right before Bruce smashes through a wall and brings him back to the here and now.
** He gets another one when Batman offers to try to help him recover. Joker seemingly regains his sanity just long enough to realize there's no hope left for either of them.
* 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.
tainted stone sleep.]]
** Lex gets one earlier * [[TheChiefsDaughter The Chief's Granddaughter]]: [[spoiler:Pauleen.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Trip Cera
in the mainstream storyline ''The Fall second game. His first name [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs seems appropriate]].
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The vast majority
of Metropolis''. With his finger on Vivosaurs are absent in ''Frontier'', in particular nearly all of the non-dinosaur Vivosaurs are gone, with the exception of a button ready few pterosaurs.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Since you can't use them
to launch missiles revive vivosaurs, nobody wants dropping fossils. Except Nick Nack...
** John Guano replaces him in the sequel. John's even ''weirder,'' if that's possible. He's standing not three feet away from a lady who offers dropping fossils in exchange for fossil cleaning. The only catch is, he'd have
to wear the Hare Mask to join the club to do so. EveryoneHasStandards?
* CombatCommentator: In ''Fossil Fighters'', they're {{Author Avatar}}s. In ''Champions'' we have a two talking Vivosaurs. ''Frontier'' doesn't have any announcers.
* ContinuityNod:
** In ''Champions'', Pauleen is a throwback to the first game's Digadig tribe. [[spoiler:You also get to fight Rosie in the post-game.]] [[spoiler:Duna, Raptin, and Dynal]] also make appearances in some bonus content.
** In ''Frontier'', the Vivosaur Island and Caliosteo Fossil Parks from the first two games get mentioned occasionally. Characters from ''Champions'' (or at least people with the same names) can show up in the in-game tournaments; one such team is Joanie, Pooch, and Tonzilla and another is Todd, Rupert, and Pauline.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Mt. Lavaflow in the first game, and Mt. Krakanak in the second.
* CowardlyLion: Todd in ''Champions''.
* CrooksAreBetterArmed: Wanted vivosaur thief Blambeau carries around a shotgun. The [[PoliceAreUseless unarmed and largely ineffective police force]] send [[KidHero Hunter]] after him. Thrice.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Nevada Montecarlo, who also likes to WhipItGood.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Rosie can be seen as a deconstruction of TheLoad[=/=]DamselInDistress. She is those things, but realizes it, and is sorry for the times when you have to save her. After one instance she even asks if you hate her.
* DefiedTrope: The final boss of ''Fossil Fighters Champions'':
-->''"Yes, well, [[BondVillainStupidity let's not waste any more time with empty threats]] or [[JustBetweenYouAndMe the revealing of plans]], mmm?"''
* DemBones: The [=BareBones=] Brigade's boneysaurs in ''Champions''.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Averted. When the bad guy pulls out an {{Olympus Mon|s}}, you need to get your own before you can properly challenge him. (Unfortunately, you can't keep it - see NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup below)
** However, it's later played straight with [[spoiler:Guhnash--apparently, all you have to do is
destroy Metropolis in a TakingYouWithMe moment, Superman appeals to Luthor's vanity, asking if he really wants to be remembered as his brains. Easy-peasy.]]
** In ''Champions'' [[spoiler:The FinalBoss, Zongazonga, is pretty much exactly this. A body-snatching skull
that kind of monster. Luthor, dying from a clone-related malady, tearfully replies "No."... Which sends his assistant, Sydney Happersen, turns into a VillainousBreakdown and launch literally on fire zombie T-Rex with giant, bloody skeleton arms coming out of it? Just send some kid with his pet dinosaurs to beat it up.]]
* DinosaursAreDragons: The Fire-type Vivosaurs breathe fire, but remember - they're no longer Dinosaurs, they're ''[[CallARabbitASmeerp Vivosaurs]]''.
** In ''Champions'',
the missiles himself.
* In ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'',
Super Revive function in the sequel plays this is [[BigBad Winnowill's]] reaction when Leetah tries to heal her, forcing her the hilt, essentially morphing your Vivosaurs from dinosaur-like creatures into more draconic monsters. Also, [[spoiler:the BigBad Zongazonga literally refers to relive her memories of how the dinosaurs as dragons in his magic chant in the penultimate battle.]]
* [[AnimalMotif Dinosaur Motif]]: In ''Champions,'' the male PC has a T-Rex motif, while the female PC has a triceratops motif.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Frigisaur,
and why she turned to evil, and of everything she's done since. Too proud to spend the rest leader 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
BB Bandits 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 him.
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: Boy, isn't Mt. Lavaflow climactic! The lava! The HeelFaceTurn! The impending epic battle
between her phasing the opposing forces of Frigisaur and Magneto's powers). It could well mark Ignosaur! ...Wait, whaddiya ''mean'' half the plot threads still haven't been followed up on?
* DiscOneNuke: The Spinax you're given at
the beginning of the first game is strong enough to last you until endgame.
** In ''Champions'' the starters are powerful enough to last you the entire game, particularly Dimetro.
** The 'Donation Point' dinosaurs also count, particularly Compso in the first game. There's nothing to stop you from grinding all the way to him the moment you get access to your first dig-site, and his support-effects will make you basically unstoppable for the rest of the game. To
a HeelFaceTurn lesser degree, Stego - being the cheapest of the DP-dinosaurs, you can, again, fairly easily get all 4 parts of him, in [[RareRandomDrop 'red' quality]], for an instantly high-level 'Tank' who can solo practically anything up to late-mid-game if needs be.
** Giga Raja in Champions, which is created by evolving Raja (available in the first area) with a gold fossil (can be found early with some dedication). Giga Raja's already powerful attacks can be bolstered by his ability to Charge-Up for a turn, causing him to hit like a meteor and deal damage exceeding the highest possible Life Points for anything in the game!
* DoWellButNotPerfect: In ''Champions,'' there's a man who wants your help making hard-boiled eggs in the hot springs. They need to be in there for 10 seconds ''exactly,'' and hardly a millisecond longer. However, boiling the eggs for ''9.9 seconds exactly'' is the only way to get the [[spoiler: elemental chick]] fossils. Better bring a stopwatch. Or learn how to count to 7-1.
* DownloadableContent:
** The original game briefly featured four of the five Mysterious Egg fossils available for download on the Nintendo Channel, but they were taken down eventually. (They're still available in-game, though; it just takes longer.)
** ''Champions'' features [[OlympusMons Frigisaur and Ignosaur]] from the first game, along with sidequests from a... ''strange'' character named Ryne, and downloadable fights with [[spoiler: Duna, Raptin, and Dynal.]]
** ''Frontier'' distributed its bonus content through AR cards rather than actual downloads; including some Bone Buggys, versions of Yutie in all four elements, the villains' dark vivosaurs, and some ''actual'' dinosaurs.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Averted. The [=NPC=]s' dialogue changes to praise you as you progress through the story and ranks.
* {{Eagleland}}: The Fossil Park America in ''Frontier''. The whole place is lit up like Las Vegas, the Warden in charge is TotallyRadical and [[AmericansAreCowboys dresses like a cowboy]], and the first dig site is in a southwest canyon. To its' credit, the Starry Falls dig site is a South American jungle instead of being a US stereotype. Fossil Parks Asia and Europe aren't all
that culminated much better when it comes to cultural stereotypes.
* ElementalPowers: It turns out that the cloning process gives these to animals as a [[CursedWithAwesome side-effect]].
** BlowYouAway
** DishingOutDirt
** MakingASplash
** PlayingWithFire
** NonElemental
** InfinityPlusOneElement: "Legendary" in the first two games, though in practice these vivosaurs are treated as Neutral; they just have better stats. The first game has [[spoiler:Frigisaur, Ignosaur, and all the parts of Guhnash]] and ''Champions'' has [[spoiler:Zombie Tricera, Zombie Ptera, Zombie Rex, Zombie Plesio, and Zongazonga; plust the return of Frigi and Igno]]. ''Frontier'' drops the designation.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Fire beats Air, which beats Earth, which beats Water, which beats Fire. Neutral has no advantages or disadvantages.
* ElvisImpersonator: Rockin' Billy from ''Champions.'' Did you catch the PunnyName?
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Duh!
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Everything's Better With Princessaurs]]: Maia (Maiasaurus) is a pink dinosaur
with him some 50 issues a feminine face and a princess-crown. She's also a support-skill powerhouse, the only one in the game to have both healing and anti-status-ailment skills.
* EvolutionaryLevels: [[spoiler:The Dinaurians have a devolution beam. It turns humans into "triconodonta", a ratlike mammal ancestor.]]
** The three "Transformation-Class" Vivosaurs also transform into
later taking over the X-Men descendants of theirs: Guan turns into T-Rex, and Proto turns into Tricera. Aoptryx is somewhat more confusing--it can turn into ''any'' neutral-type Vivosaur. Even those that technically came before it. And even those it ''could not possibly be related to'' (Apato isn't even a ''theropod!'').
** In ''Champions'', some vivosaurs can "Super Evolve" into stronger forms.
* {{Expy}}: Pauleen in ''Champions'' has a lot in common with Rosie
from the first game. In addition to being your designated female hanger-on and being surprisingly powerful for such a young age, both have bright pink TwinTails... and the same (accidental, in Rosie's case) VerbalTic.
* FeatheredFiend: Aopteryx. It can semi-reliably steal FP with Thieving Talons, recover LP with Life Drain and as mentioned above, transform into any Neutral vivosaur. [[JokeCharacter Unfortunately, it needs significant support to dish out and/or take damage...]]
* FetchQuest: AND HOW. The first game is loaded with these. Thankfully, most of them go by quickly enough to keep the story rolling.
* FireWaterJuxtaposition: Frigisaur and Ignosaur in the first game represent the Fire/Ice version.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: And [[WaterIsAir inverted]] when fighting in [[UnderTheSea Bottomsup Bay]].
* FossilRevival: ...It's the backbone of the series.
* GeniusSweetTooth: Dr. Diggins has a weakness for Dino Cakes.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
Professor X.
** His Ultimate counterpart also had a notable one. Upon learning of
Scatterly in the mutants true origins, he second game manages to slip a [[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch "Sod it"]] past the radar. Similarly, the game goes to absolutely ''zero'' lengths to disguise the fact that Pauleen has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment [[HoYay girl crush]] on the female protagonist. She grabs the female PC's hands, stares deeply into her eyes, and then admits she has no idea why she's blushing.
* GlobalCurrencyException: Redundant fossils are donated to the museum, which gives you donation points based on how good they are. These points are the only currency the cleaning station store accepts. Averted in ''Frontier'', where you just get cash for extra fossils.
* {{Gonk}}: Baron von Blackraven, especially compared to his two PrettyBoy associates.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:Don Boneyard and the [=BareBones=] Brigade, trying to stop the Caliosteo Cup in order to stop Zongazonga's scheme. Well, the Brigade didn't know Don Boneyard was a good guy, but they don't have a problem
with tears it when they find out.]]
* GottaCatchEmAll
* GreenHillZone: Greenhorn Plains
in his eyes says that Xavier will understand the first game, Treasure Lake in ''Champions'', and forgive him; Paradise Beach in ''Frontier''.
* HarmlessFreezing: Frigisaur freezes you and Rosie
completely forgetting he had snapped Xaviers neck not too long ago.
after your first fight with it. But you're still OK.
* 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 HarmlessVillain: The Barebones Brigade aren't exactly 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 you'd call menacing at first. Their eeeeevil plans go involve such plots as "Pampering girls so they forget to hell, participate in a tournament," and when she's trapped Zayne tries to save her despite all "Fill 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.
* The conclusion of [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} KnightsEnd]] has Franchise/{{Batman}} force [[ComicBook/{{Azrael}} Jean-Paul Valley]] to dump his armored Batsuit to confront him then blind him
hot springs up with Night Vision-enhanced sunlight, forcing Jean-Paul to finally remove the mask. Weary powdered gelatin so people get stuck and defeated, Jean-Paul can only say one thing:
-->'''Jean-Paul:''' "You're Batman. You've always been Batman. And I am nothing.
can't participate."
* In ** NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler: Their fourth plan, 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 one Don comes up with, is 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.
''entire Caliosteo island system''. Egads.]]
* In ''Comicbook/TrinityWar'', ComicBook/VandalSavage tries to open PandorasBox, a box that can only be opened by someone who is either [[IncorruptiblePurePureness purely good]] or [[PureIsNotGood purely evil]]. It turns out that even Vandal, who practically invented evil as a human concept, isn't evil enough to open the box. Instead, the box's power unleashes all of Vandal's deeply repressed guilt over his sins and leaves him a weeping broken man.
* 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 It's later {{justified|Trope}} when you learn that Don Boneyard is, in fact, the real Joe Wildwest in disguise. He didn't want to hurt anybody. When he remembers him for "who he was".[=OKed=] the third plan, things were getting ''extremely'' desperate, and it went slowly enough to give the people plenty of time to evacuate.]]
-->'''Shockwave''' * HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: What have I done? What happened to me? WHAT HAVE THEY TURNED ME INTO?!]]
* Happened to
The BB Bandits - well, the Joker once when TerribleTrio team, anyway; the Jim Corrigan version of the Spectre attempted {{Mooks}} don't seem 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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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* 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.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'':
** Mecha-Freeza gets a ''literal'' one (we see his point of view, then a few seconds later a BSOD appears on the screen) after [[spoiler: Super Saiyan Trunks]] cuts him in half in Episode 33. Justified in that he had various cybernetic attachments implanted into his body.
** Vegeta suffers one after Cell [[NiceJobBreakingItHero absorbs Android 18 thanks to Vegeta letting him go]] and getting entirely curbstomped (Piccolo and Tenshinhan, [[EvilVersusEvil confused at who they should be rooting for]], settle on being against Cell rather than for Vegeta).
* In the WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures fic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', Jade has one after [[spoiler: Scruffy turns on her]].
* 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.
turn.]]
* 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.
The entire [=BareBones=] Brigade.]]
* In HelloInsertNameHere: All games actually allow you to change your main character's name at any time! The first game doesn't allow you to name your {{Mon}}s, strangely, though this was changed 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.second.
* HopelessBossFight: [[spoiler: Round one against Frigisaurus.
]]
* Another ''Friendship Is Magic'' example happens HotSpringsEpisode: In the second game, there's a hot spring-themed dig site called Hot Spring Heights. Not surprisingly, most of the plot 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 that area revolves around the hot springs.
* HumansAreSpecial [[spoiler: Not only do they
have felt like for the Mane Six]] when he broke sci-fi standard "pluck," but the dinaurians are impressed by 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}}.
* [[http://tavoriel.deviantart.com/art/Mr-Harrison-please-388577881 This]] FanArt of ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''.
* In ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', this is often the reaction of [[SuperPoweredEvilSide a Nightmare]] being purified
capacity for both compassion 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''.
forgiveness.]]
*** [[spoiler:Her CoDragons experience this as well when it's revealed they survived Eclipse's defeat and were spiritually purified.* HypnotizeThePrincess: Comes into play late in Champions. [[spoiler: It's Todd.]]
** [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis]] gets hit ''hard'' * InconsistentDub: ''Frontier'' changes a couple names from previous games. The coin-like items vivosaurs are stored in were "Dino Medals" but are now "Dino Gears", and Becklespinax's vivosaur name goes from "Spinax" to "Beckles" - of course, the first two games identified it as an Altispinax, and its Japanese name was "Altis", which would explain the change.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: T-Rex in the first game, natch. Also, [[KillerRabbit Compso, who debuffs the enemy's attack power by 90%]]. Even moreso are [[spoiler:Duna, Dynal, and Raptin]],
with this when [[spoiler:her plan their ridiculous support effects, and crazy abilities.
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler:Before the final battle with Guhnash, you can choose
to [[AGodAmI become an Alicorn]] by being hit bring either Rosie or Duna with you. Choosing Duna leads to this. And considering that little mishap 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''.devolution ray, Rosie technically counts for this too.]]
* ItemGet: Every last fossil is one of these in the first two games. The hero bends over, picks up the rock, faces the camera and thrusts it above his/her head triumphantly. The fanfare plays, and a blurb appears stating the nature of the rock found. It's a thing of beauty.
* JokeCharacter:
In the first game, Anato. Its expression can only be described as "derpy," and even the ''game'' goes out of its way to point out how stupid it looks. It's a vivosaur who tries to sell itself based ''solely on'' the fact that it looks ridiculous. From a gameplay perspective, it also tries to lay claim to having a 100% effective [[StandardStatusEffects Confusion skill]], but said skill also does no damage and costs ''240 FP.'' Similar skills on other vivosaurs not only do damage, they also cost ''over 100 FP less.''
** LethalJokeCharacter in ''Champions '' It gets an [[TookALevelInBadass upgrade]] to gold confusion which means that the vivosaur inflicted has a chance of attacking itself or any of its allies. In addition its super evolver form Papygon, is widely accepted as
one of the last chapters best in the game.[[note]]However, it's worth nothing that Papygon's PaletteSwap brother Teffla is much more the fan favorite of ''Fanfic/TheVow'' (an AlternateUniverseFic about ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2''), [[VillainProtagonist Lord Shen]] is shown the two, and can deal heavier direct damage.[[/note]]
* JustifiedTrope: The game goes out of their way
to emphasize that Dinosaurs didn't really have been in superpowers, and a broken-hearted state for days after [[spoiler:sending away [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes his newlywed wife Lianne]] to [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy give her a chance to be happy]] great deal of the Vivosaurs aren't even really revived from Dinosaurs, per se, but are rather than be chained to him on his dark path]]. He mostly broods in silence on his lost loved ones and [[WhatHaveIBecome the choices that have brought him to that point]]. Only the routine of preparing for his conquest of China keeps him moving at all, and when the time comes to set sail, he doesn't bother to gloat to the imprisoned Furious Five like he does in canon. The sudden attack by [[NinjaMaid Jade]] brings him out of this somewhat.
* 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.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The air conditioner in ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' delivers a HannibalLecture and when the
other appliances tell him to ShutUpHannibal, has a breakdown and spontaneously combusts. Also, when he is repaired by his owner, he actually seems to feel a tinge forms of remorse.
* Gru, the [[AntiVillain Anti]]-VillainProtagonist of ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' goes into a deep depression after his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Dr. Nefario sends the girls he's adopted and just recently bonded with
prehistoric life.
** Driven home in ''Frontier'', where [[spoiler:you travel
back to the orphanage so that he could focus on in time and encounter ''real'' dinosaurs. Unlike vivosaurs, dinosaurs are all Neutral-type, [[RealIsBrown have brown skin]], and are identified by their plans to steal the moon.
full names (like "Triceratops" instead of "Tricera")]].
* Scar KatanasAreJustBetter: Mihu, a ceratopsian found in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' undergoes a very brief one when Simba returns, mistaking him Japan, has ''katanas for Mufasa (his tone implying guilt or at the very least fear):
-->'''Scar:''' Mufasa? No,
horns.''
* KidHero: The main characters.
* KingIncognito: During ''Champions'',
you're dead...
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', President/Lord Business undergoes one when [[spoiler:Emmet tells him
tasked with finding the Princess of Nomadistan, who has quietly entered the tournament; and are shown a picture of a girl and her dog that he ''is not'' you ran into earlier. [[spoiler:The Princess turns out to be ''the dog''; the bad guy.girl's her retainer. Both the fact that this would have been good to know earlier and the absurdity of [[CaligulasHorse appointing dogs as royalty]] is lampshaded.]]
* In ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'', Br'er Fox has one at LampshadeHanging: The {{Combat Commentator}}s sometimes do this.
-->'''P.A. Leon''': I was wondering, why do we talk through every fight?
-->'''Slate Johnson''': I'm wondering how we can ''see'' every fight happening!
-->'''P.A. Leon''': Excellent point, Slate.
* LargeHamAnnouncer: All
the end of the "Tar Baby" sequence: a sickly look on his face after Br'er Rabbit tricked him and hopped off. Br'er Bear silently clubs the fox on the head, knocking him out, then walks off, leaving the fox lying there.
-->'''Uncle Remus:''' ''[narrating]'' So now it's Br'er Fox's turn
announcers, but special mention must be given to feel humble-come-tumble. But ol' Br'er Bear, he don't say nothin'. And Br'er Fox, he lay low. Mighty low.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 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
Trip Cera. A couple choice quotes:
-->Not as excited as me! BOOYAH, GRANDMA!

-->'''Trip:''' Just like my wife
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 ''Film/GhostRider'' movie fits this trope, since the BigBad was soulless (and thus immune to GR's Penance Stare) until the movie's climax.
-->'''Ghost Rider:''' A thousand souls to '''BURN!!!'''
* In ''Film/TheNeverendingStory II'', Bastian beats [[AnthropomorphicPersonification The Emptiness]] by wishing she had a heart. The result is that she is filled, and as she realizes what she's done/is doing, she weeps [[SwissArmyTears a single tear]] that [[PuffOfLogic undoes her]].
* 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.
credit card! Zing!\\
'''Ty:''' You're not married, Trip.
\\
'''The Operative:''' You won't. There '''Trip:''' I'M SO LONELY!

-->There
is nothing left to see.
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' (''specifically''
a literal river of sweat running over my laptop! Seriously, I may electrocute myself before the film): [[spoiler:Ozymandias appears day is over!
* LastLousyPoint: The five elemental [[spoiler:baby birds]] in the first game, who can only be obtained by getting every other vivosaur in the game and then ''maxing their levels.'' Yikes! They used
to be going through one of these downloadable from the Nintendo Channel on the Wii, but have since disappeared, as the aforementioned channel is no longer supported.
** More generally, you may find yourself gritting your teeth over
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. lousy point of every single fossil you can clean. Properly-cleaned fossils are worth a ton of experience points, way more than you can reasonably give any specific vivosaur through combat. It's a bit complicated, given not ''mandatory'' to get everything perfect, but for perfectionists...
* LeakedExperience: Three vivosaurs participate in each fight, but all five
that his mass murder actually saved you're carrying (including defeated ones) get the world from a greater threat, experience. Averted in ''Frontier'', where all vivosaurs are available to use at all times but unlike in only the comic, he can't just calmly meditate on his utopia, and one used in battle gets experience.
* LizardFolk: In
the sped-up footage showing New York being rebuilt, it's possible second half of the game [[spoiler:a race of dromaeosauridae that evolved into hyper intelligent humanoids become the main antagonists after the BB Bandits are defeated. They want to pick out Veidt Enterprises building equipment taking care of things.KillAllHumans, naturally.]]
* ''Film/SawIII'' was supposed to have [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Gratuitous Foreign]] {{Malaproper}}: Nick Nack does this. Jigsaw was Airy cat oh! Donkey shine!
* MaskedLuchador: There seems
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 be a monster and a killer. The thought, naturally, was to have occurred too late thriving masked-battler community, since each game involves some:
** Saurhead
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}}.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Cutler Beckett suffers this in his final moments in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', when both the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman actually flank both sides of his ship: When he witnesses this, he couldn't even give the order to fire, as he was rendered virtually catatonic from witnessing it, and could only reply in a very soft but shocked tone "It's just... good business...", and [[StrollingThroughTheChaos walked, not ran, but walked]] as his crew abandoned ship and his ship was
first game, who wears [[RefugeInAudacity no less than]] ''[[RefugeInAudacity thirty]]'' full-head dinosaur masks at any given time. [[TheUnreveal Can't risk]] [[DramaticUnmask being destroyed, and couldn't even react when the flames from the ship exploding engulfed him.
*** This is despite the fact that his ship has more guns than the ''Pearl'' and the ''Dutchman'' put together. On the other hand, the ''Dutchman'' can't be sunk. And really, if a pair of ghost ships suddenly stopped fighting each other and decided to team up against ''you'', [[OhCrap soul-crushing fear]] is an understandable reaction.
** Davey Jones tried to avoid this by removing his heart.
** Barbossa's in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first movie]] is nicely understated. The apple may be a bit much, though.
** Blackbeard in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides fourth film]] when Jack reveals that he gave the the chalice with the mermaid's tear to Angelica instead of him.
* 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.
* In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', Silva is at last about to fulfill his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, as he holds the mortally wounded M in his grasp and puts his gun to her face...before he starts crying and puts the gun in M's own hand, presses his temple against hers, then guides the gun to her other temple, and he begs her to kill them both with the same bullet.
* ''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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[[folder:Literature]]
* Caine from the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series, during the period between ''Gone'' and ''Hunger''.
* Galbatorix in the final novel of ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' ...and how! Eragon channels his AppliedPhlebotinum to force Galby to understand the suffering his actions has caused - a whole century's worth of it. Galbatorix promptly turns himself into a literal nuclear bomb, complete with earth-shattering explosion and massive radiation fallout.
* ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' [[spoiler: have the Storm King suffer this as the climax of the last book.]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', it is mentioned that a Horcrux can be destroyed and a [[OurSoulsAreDifferent Soul]] made whole if its creator feels enough regret, which may be fatal to him. In a twist, it is done the old-fashioned way
unmasked]], after all.
** On the other hand, in ''The Tales of Beedle the Bard'', one story ("The Warlock's Hairy Heart") does end this way. It has commentary Pauleen from Albus Dumbledore explaining it.
* 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
''Champions'' also wears 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.
* Very common in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' among people tainted by Chaos, when Chaos ceases to blind them:
** In Creator/SandyMitchell's Literature/CiaphasCain novel ''Cain's Last Stand'', the Sisters of Battle completely lose control after Jurgen's blank status frees them from mind-control; they jump to their deaths.
** 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.
** In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's Literature/HorusHeresy novel ''False Gods'', when Horus mortally wounds Temba, Temba recovers from the Chaos taint, realizes the scale of his betrayal, and [[TearsOfRemorse sobs]].
** A hideously dark version in Age of Darkness. A failed CareBearStare attempts to
mask. [[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
wears 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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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* 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]].
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** This is exactly what the Gypsies did to Angel after he killed a daughter of their clan. The curse turned him into the FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire he is today. But only after a century of being paralyzed by guilt at all the atrocities he'd committed.
** There is also an unintentional example happens at the end of ''Buffy'', season 5. Tearing down the walls between dimensions allows Glory to feel Ben's human emotions, for some reason. She... isn't happy.
*** It's the tearing down the separation between Glory and Ben that's the problem. He's getting her ruthlessness and self-absorption, she's getting his caring. Neither one is happy about it.
** The Mayor suffers a brief one when he finds Faith in a coma.
---> '''Mayor:''' "She's going to be all right. She'll be all right. She'll be all right."
*** It also leads to the [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness only slip]] in his polite, AffablyEvil demeanor when he runs into Angel and Buffy a few minutes later, he makes some very angry threats and refers to her as Angel's "whore".
* 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!"
* The Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'' uses this with many, many villains. Azal in the Daemons is a particularily good example.
** 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.]]
* One episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' had a patient who was a psychopath. Sociopath. Well, one of those 'paths. She had no problem with cheating on her rich husband (whom she was only using for his money), drugging people to cause them to make themselves look bad, and lying to try to get one of her doctors in deep trouble, among other things. Then they fixed her underlying medical condition and the lack of empathy and conscience wore off, resulting in this trope.
* 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.]]
** To compound things, Kelso sees some other doctors walking towars him, and tries to [[StepfordSmiler fake his usual happiness and cheery attitude]], making one [[FridgeLogic wonder how many other times he's gone through a similar BSOD]].
* 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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[[folder:Music]]
* 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:
-->Seeing clearer what I've done \\
I'd refuse to let things go \\
I could never once admit I'm wrong \\
And what do I have to show? \\
Seeing clearer what's at stake \\
And the things I have to change \\
I just hope I can, it's not too late \\
To get a chance to end this pain
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/CMPunk underwent one after losing the WWE Championship after 434 days and failing to defeat Wrestling/TheUndertaker at Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}. He hugged Wrestling/PaulHeyman and left for a couple of months until his return to action in [[AHeroToHisHometown Chicago]] undergoing a HeelFaceTurn.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Dark Angels in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} have a Psyker power available (in the main tabletop game it was solely used by their most badass Librarian, Ezekiel) that causes this. And can cause a [[AxCrazy Greater]] [[UnstoppableRage Daemon]] [[TheBerserker of]] [[BloodKnight Khorne]] to break down in InelegantBlubbering over every single misdeed he's ever done.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* 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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[[folder:Video Games]]
* President Eden, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' has [[spoiler: a quite literal]] one of these upon finding out just how insane his plan really is. Eden, being [[spoiler: an AI supercomputer]] [[AIIsACrapshoot didn't understand]] he was trying to destroy the very remnants of America he thought he was rebuilding, and as a result either shuts down or self-destructs depending on how the player handles the situation.
** Sadly, the dialogue for the final confrontation with Eden wasn't written particularly well, so that unless you look ''really'' closely, it just seems like you tell him he sucks and should die, and he just agrees with you for no reason.
** The same can be done to the [[BigBad Master]] in the original ''Fallout'' game, in which he will commit suicide if you reveal to him that his plan is doomed to fail, having realized how crazy its plan really was and guilty over what it did in order to undertake it.
* You have to do this to Giygas in ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'' by singing a lullaby his human mother sang to him. This drives him insane and he vows to return with much more power. In fact, when he does return, he becomes so powerful, he transforms into [[EldritchAbomination the Giygas we know from]] ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}''. NiceJobBreakingItHero.
** 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.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'': GhostPirate [=LeChuck=] has a brief one during the ending when he DidNotSeeThatComing. ([[spoiler: Governor Elaine, whom he was going to marry, is revealed to have escaped and the one in the wedding dress is two monkeys]]) He just utters lines such as: "Hey...", "What..." "How...". But he recovers quickly.
* When you finally catch up with Takahisa Kandori in ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei: VideoGame/{{Persona}}'', he's realized that he's gotten everything he's ever wanted and it ''absolutely sucks''. He's demotivated to the point that Nanjo has to needle him about how he's achieved his nigh-godhood through borrowed power in order to prompt the requisite boss fight.
* 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 shy, and anger are actually emotions. This trope results, as it falls into a despair in which it simply lets you go, finding no helps her feel more meaning to its life.
* ''VideoGame/Infamous2'': in
confident--but the Evil Ending, [[spoiler:John White, aka: "[[PersonOfMassDestruction The Beast]]", becomes mask is enchanted to bestow confidence, and ''evil,'' so weary from it takes over the death and destruction following his rebirth as a super-powerful Conduit that he no longer has it wearer's body in him to carry out his plan to "save" humanity by setting off Ray Sphere explosions to uplift Conduits at the expense a rather literal case 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''.
BecomingTheMask.]]
* ''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
** In ''Frontier'', it's only a matter Dino Gigante. You have to find his old rival, the Flying Smile Kid, and draw him out of time before he's reduced retirement to a bawling, apologetic wreck.try and win his belt in order to get the piece of MacGuffin on it.
* MetalDetectorPuzzle: This is your entire means of finding {{Mons}}--you have sonar and need to search the ground for stuff.
* MisterMuffykins: Joannie and Madame Pooch in ''Champions''. [[spoiler:Joannie's pampering is justified as Madame Pooch is legitimately royalty as "Princess Pooch"; see KingIncognito above.
]]
** Flowey also gets * {{Mon}}: It's a more minor one at dinosaur-collecting and battling game.
* MythologyGag: Many visual details of
the end of a Neutral run, should you choose to spare him, over Vivosaurs are based on facts about their dinos:
** Some are [[PunnyName name puns]] (Krona is covered in clock-like Roman numerals,
and over again.
-->''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ...What
Coatlus was made to look like its namesake, Quetzalcoatl.)
** Others
are you doing? Do you really think I've learned anything from this? No.\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' Sparing me won't change anything. Killing me is
based on the only way location of their discovery (U-Raptor (''Utahraptor'') has feathers that look like a Native American headdress, Carchar has Egyptian details, Chinese Shanshan is designed to end this.\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' If you let me live... [[WeWillMeetAgain I'll come back.]]\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' I'll kill you.\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ''I'll kill everyone.''\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ''I'll kill everyone you love.''\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' [[StunnedSilence ...]]\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ...?\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ...Why?\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' ...Why are you being... [[EvilCannotComprehendGood so nice to me...?]]\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' I can't understand.\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' [[VillainousBreakdown I can't understand!]]\\
''[MERCY.]''\\
'''Flowey:''' [[TearJerker I just can't understand...]]\\
''[[[spoiler:Flowey ran away.]]]''
* [[spoiler:Castor]] of ''VideoGame/LastScenario'' undergoes one
look like a ChineseGirl crossed with an Asian dragon.)
*** The fact that Breme (''Bradycneme draculae'') is vampiric is both a name and location reference, as it was discovered in Transylvania and and consequently named
after failing to defeat Hilbert's party {{Dracula}}.
** And more have their own fun facts (M-Raptor was exceptionally bird-like and so resembles
a second time, as it reminds him parrot; Megalo was one of how [[spoiler:he nearly died in Cromwell 14 years prior the first discoveries ever, so according 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
graphic designer "[[http://www.fossilfighters.com/html/making-of/5/ I deliberately 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 design of the entire justification a dinosaur as it was conceived by showing how the people long ago.]]")
* {{Nerf}}: Support effects
were actually cheering an unrepentant evil-doer nerfed quite heavily in ''Champions.'' In the first game, vivosaurs had their full support effects regardless of their level, making things like him on to kill Cole. Cole destroys Lord Recluse's entire force and tries to shrug it off... at first. By [[GameBreaker Compso]] incredibly dangerous. In 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.
* At the conclusion to ''Videogame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'' DLC ''Hearts of Stone'',
sequel, support effects grow when Geralt brings Olgierd von Everic evidence of his long-dead wife Iris' love for him, Olgierd suffers a sudden and agonizing burst of regret and sadness over what he's done to his wife and family in the name of power and immortality. Having spent the last decades having little emotion or feeling in his life due to his bargain with Gaunter O'Dimm, Olgierd was completely unprepared for any kind of genuine emotion would feel like, and the impact of pain and regret is so intense it drives him to his knees.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'', after [[FalseFriend completely crushing the PC's heart]], [[spoiler: Damien]] goes through one of these, causing him to run away and live in the woods for a month.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'', Sonata ignores Trixie at first, and when she complains, says Trixie is nothing but a loser who pretends to be great to make herself feel better. Trixie spends almost a half-hour staring at the ground in shame after that, though she eventually pulls herself together.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Warning: this comic is not safe for sanity. They have no nudity, but there is a lot of adult content on the site in terms of language and subject matter. In Something Positive's bonus story, Super Stupor, specifically pages http://www.superstupor.com/sust12272010.shtml and http://www.superstupor.com/sust12282010.shtml , a villain goes through a BSOD when the hero he captured to keep him from interfering in the villain's plans for his arch enemy [[DumbassHasAPoint points out the]] [[TooDumbToLive sheer stupidity of his plan]] before it goes off.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* On WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment, Dr. Insano had a brief one after creating the Son of Insano, and cried about how his MadScience never comes out right. His son quickly cheers him up by wanting to help him TakeOverTheWorld, ending the moment and turning it into a CMOH.
* Vegeta (yes, him again) has one during his playthrough of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' in the ''LetsPlay/TwoSaiyansPlay'' series. While playing he [[EvilCannotComprehendGood is completely baffled by Toriel's selfless kindness]], and begins getting attached to her even as he [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas starts reflecting on how much he misses his own long-dead mother]]. At the end of the playthrough, when he is forced to fight Toriel and kills her, he quits rather than play
your levels do... meaning the game further, then can be heard breaking down and sobbing gives you a Compso in the background before ''very beginning of the video ends.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Comicbook/GhostRider'''s "Penance Stare." Especially notable when he used it on freakin' [[PlanetEater Galactus]]
game,'' and feels no remorse.
** But there's also an inversion, as some game mechanics got stronger
in the ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'' cartoon.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''' nemesis, Mojo Jojo, has one after realizing
transition from the original game to ''Champions''. In the original game, only the vivosaur in the Attack Zone could have a negative status effect put on them, and switching zones got rid of status effects. This made attacks whose only purpose was to cause a status effect somewhat weak, but this hurt poison attacks especially--you would need to use a chain of either knockback or [[StandardStatusEffect excite]] skills to get a poison attack to work, and the extra damage frequently wasn't that [[spoiler: while he was still The Professor's lab assistant, he inadvertently created spectacular. In the Powerpuff Girls]].
-->"[[spoiler: [[MadnessMantra It was me. It was me. It was me. It was me.....]]]]."
* Demona
sequel, however, all zones can have status effects and rotating doesn't get rid of them, meaning the extra damage from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' goes through a very temporary one at poison is more likely to stick around.
** A similar inversion applies to counterattacks. In
the end first game, counterattacks only had a 40% chance of working, making them a rather weak and luck-based strategy. In 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]] sequel, counterattacks were ultimately upped to a 70% success rate, making them far more dangerous.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The Dinomatons are robot dinosaurs, and
the results of her own actions, whether overly suspicious or outright evil. The shock aforementioned Breme is enough to make her reveal a vampire dinosaur.
** And
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]].''"
sequel brings us skeleton [[spoiler:and zombie]] dinosaurs.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', most villains never quite get the point; Zhao, for NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: A rare living example goes to his death without compromising, but Azula's VillainousBreakdown appears to contain a little of this. AntiVillain [[HeelFaceTurn Zuko]] never quite goes into BSOD, since he has gradual CharacterDevelopment instead, although his BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind VisionQuest sort of resembled this.
** Pre-series, Iroh after
in [[OlympusMons Frigi(saur) and Igno(saur)]]. As soon as you defeat the death of Lu Ten and breaking former, the siege of Ba Sing Se would probably be seen latter vanishes as this by the Earth Kingdom, although he'd apparently been struggling with his father's goals for some time, since he lied about the dragons and had presumably already joined the Order of the White Lotus.
* The guy who encouraged Palpatine
well due 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
them cancelling each other's powers out. Still, it removes a god-like power 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 your party 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 prevent a Game Breaker. [[spoiler:Until you 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 win them from enacting their vengeance. [[spoiler:When he recovers, he teleports away to commit suicide on the graves of his family.post-game {{Bonus Boss}}es, anyway.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** Baby Doll gets one of these when confronted with a funhouse mirror that ''somehow''
NothingIsScarier: When [[spoiler: the BB Bandits take over Vivosaur Island]], no music plays even in friendly areas.
* NotQuiteBackToNormal: Poor Rosie. The other girl's ending
shows her what she might have looked like but hasn't fully thrown off the effects of the Digadig charm ''or'' the [[spoiler: deevolution ray]].
* OddNameOut: Three of Holt's V-Raptors in the mini-manga are Odin, Thor, and Steve.
* OlympusMons: Frigisaur and Ignosaur.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:The main villains of both ''Champions'' and ''Frontier'' turn themselves into monstrous dino-beasts
for her [[NotAllowedToGrowUp growth issue that has preserved her]] as a [[OlderThanTheyLook Shirley Temple looking toddler.the final battle.]]
** * OverlyLongName: Avoided. Many dinos have these, but their Vivosaur counterparts have them cut short.
* PaletteSwap:
In "Judgement Day", it is heavily implied ''Frontier,'' certain dinos have variants (based off famous specimens) that [[spoiler:Two-Face]] experiences this are colored differently. They sometimes differ in his final appearance. [[spoiler:He developed a third personality called elements and skills, too--Hypsi comes in Air, Water, and Fire versions.
* {{Panspermia}}: Subverted. [[spoiler:
The Judge, one Dinaurians seeded the planet with life, but it was Earth's own species 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.survived instead.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** One episode has [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]], of all ponies, is charged
PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: There's a bonus boss post-game that most people have trouble with. However, with the less than enviable task of reforming [[MadGod Discord]]. Knowing it will be a difficult undertaking, right team (ex. Seismo, Hoplo, 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
Compso) you can just consistently defeat said bonus boss Discord around? You think I'm going to turn over and over again in about 6 turns each time by abusing a team skill and how long-range attacks work, making leveling up all this back because you say so? [[BecomingTheMask Because if I don't, I'll lose your vivosaurs to rank 12 easy.
** In
the one friend I ever had?]]([[HeelRealization reflective pause]]) ''[[{{Touche}} Well played, Fluttershy. Well played.]]''
** Followed up in "Twilight's Kingdom", when
second game, there's the new villain, Tirek [[spoiler:convinces Discord that [[WeCanRuleTogether they can rule together]]. Then once Tirek is three Barebones Brigade officials. They use teams made up entirely of Boneysaurs; although Boneys have powerful enough, he turns support effects, they're also extreme {{Glass Cannon}}s, meaning vivosaurs several levels lower of them can take them out with some decent planning. They grant a full 30 points (in a game where level-ups come every 50 points) on Discord defeat, making them great for grinding.
** Also in the second game, after you beat the game, you can talk to Prof. Scatterly to "reenact" the final battle with Zongazonga. By thee end of the game your vivosaurs will probably be strong enough to take him out no problem,
and [[EnergyAbsorption steals his power]], [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness leaving Discord he gives you 50 points, so any dinosaurs can be leveled up just by being put in shock]]]].
--->'''[[spoiler:Discord]]:''' I had magic ''and'' friendship,
the support group.
* PlanetEater: [[spoiler:Guhnash.]]
* PlayableEpilogue: A whole crop of stuff opens up after you beat the game. UnusableEnemyEquipment becomes [[InfinityPlusOneSword usable]], new areas open up, everyone becomes a BonusBoss, you get ''both'' the OlympusMons...
* PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs: [[spoiler:Inverted; Dinosaurs were introduced on Earth by the Dinaurians.]]
* PopQuiz: The second go through the Secret Tunnels has you correctly answering dinosaur trivia to advance in the maze.
** In ''Champions'' there's a roaming quiz show sidequest run by Tess Score.
* PowerTrio: Hunter, Rosie,
and now I Holt become one of these in the mini-manga. In ''Champions'', it's the player, Todd, and Pauleen; with Rupert as SixthRanger.
* PowerupLetdown: Getting the upgrade for Dark Fossils lets you find red fossils, which you could already find anyway, jewels, which you could find anyway, and dino droppings, which you ''couldn't''. Also, dark fossils have an outer shell that can only be broken with a hammer. If there's a speck of outer shell covering that perfect red fossil, expect to lose some points smashing it.
** Yes, but you don't get challenged for finding Dark Fossils in the original. Meaning you
don't have either.to fight tooth-and-nail for every [[VendorTrash Emerald and Diamond]] that you dig up. In addition, the best jewels are available in Dark Fossils, meaning you can now get those all-important case, sonar, and cleaning tool upgrades without running around swinging a pickaxe like a maniac for hours on end. BoringButPractical.
* PunnyName / MeaningfulName: Where to start? We've got name changer Ty Tull, advice giver Tipper, Sam Inaro who teaches seminars... And these are just from the ''first'' game.
** Gets lampshaded:
--->'''Rosie:''' Oh, I can't believe I didn't make the connection before... Knickknacks... ''Nick Nack''. Ugh. Waa ha ha! To think we're out looking for knickknacks for a guy named Nick Nack... It's like some awful joke!
** NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Even the [=NPC=]s warn you that "We've heard all the jokes" about Bea Ginner (who teaches novices).
* PurelyAestheticGender: Your gender has no effect on the plot in ''Champions'' or ''Frontier''.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: In ''Champions,'' both Professor Scatterly and Rupert show signs of it. Rupert is more of a nascent one, though he certainly shows signs of Britishness.

** Diamond Tiara reacts this way * RandomlyDrops: Some fossils are ''much'' rarer than others, and you'll have to go back and forth between the main town and the area where they're found if you want to complete your fossil collection. Averted in "Crusaders Of The Lost Mark" after her only friend, Silver Spoon, rejects her due ''Frontier'', where fossils for a specific vivosaur can be counted on to being bullied one too many times.
** Subverted
show up near each other and always in the Season 5 finale. Twilight Sparkle ''tries'' same areas; plus they're identified on sight and you no longer need to defeat Starlight Glimmer this way by dragging her go back to town to excavate them.
* TheReptilians: [[spoiler:The dinaurians in
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 original game.]]
* RibcageRidge: Treasure Lake in the second game
has to convince her they can teach her to make new friends to [[HeelFaceTurn turn Starlight around]]. The BSOD set a gigantic skull of some variety, smack dab 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.
* At the conclusion
middle of the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' finale Predacons Rising, Megatron is free from Unicron's control, and he and Starscream have the Autobots at gunpoint.lake.
** Could also be a parody DesertSkull. Food for thought.

-->'''Starscream:''' "Your new battle-armor * RichBitch: Bling sisters Ruby and Sapphire, aka "the Posh Pair", in ''Frontier'''s postgame; who consider the player a commoner and recruit him/her in a few schemes to get rare jewels. Averted with [[spoiler:Penny]], who is only revealed to come from a rich family in the postgame and is SpoiledSweet.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: A great deal of the Fossil Fighters are implied to be this.
* RoadApples: Yes, you can dig up fossilized dino dung. Nick Nack and John Guano are the only ones who want it for whatever reason (the shop
will take things to the ''accept'' it, but will pay next level, my liege! Together we will reunite all Decepticons, and once again grind Cybertron under to nothing).
* RobotBuddy: [=KL-33N=], the cleaning robot. Rupert has a prototype digging robot called [=Di66-R=]. In ''Frontier'', the Bone Buggies have an onboard AI called [=VR-00M=] (whose picture looks like the robots from the prior games).
* RoseHairedSweetie: Nate from ''Frontier'' is a RareMaleExample, in {{Adorkable}} flavor.
* RuleOfCool: Dinosaurs battling it out is cool enough, but the sequels give them even more powerful, awesome-looking forms.
* RunningGag: In ''Champions'', every time [[spoiler: someone's skull jumps into
your mighty heel!"\\
'''Megatron:''' "NO!!"\\
'''Starscream:''' "What?! Why?"\\
'''Megatron:''' "Because I now know the true meaning of oppression... and have thus lost my taste for inflicting it."\\
'''Starscream:''' "(chuckles nervously) You've clearly been traumatized, master. A good power-down and a stroll around the smelting pit will put you back in touch with your inner warlord--"\\
'''Megatron:''' "Enough! The Decepticons are no more, and that
pocket]], it is final.always described as "lumpy."
* SamusIsAGirl: In ''Frontier,'' it's revealed that the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Northwest Mansion Mystery", Dipper [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech rips into]] local AlphaBitch Pacifica Northwest MascotMook T-Rex--the big red, yellow, and her parents black one that appears on the box art of every game--is specifically a female version (named [[GeniusBonus Sue]]). The male version is a [[RealMenWearPink purple]] variant named [[FluffyTheTerrible Stan.]]
* SaveScumming: If you save before you talk to the cleaning robot, you can reload the save until he gives satisfactory results. No longer the case in ''Frontier'', where you do all the cleaning out in the field where you ''can't'' save.
* SchmuckBait: The Secret Tunnels of the Mole Brothers contain several treasure chests, but a nearby plaque warns you that "greed is its own setback." Opening them keeps you from advancing in the maze. It's later confirmed that opening these chests is why Lemo and O'Mel got separated in the first place.
* SetBonus: Putting three vivosaurs with something in common on the field can unlock a special attack
for doing each.
* ShoutOut:
** One poor nameless NPC is tasked with standing guard over a warehouse, and
nothing else. Keep talking to stop a 150-year-old curse that their ancestors brought upon their family because [[LackOfEmpathy they simply didn't give a damn about him, and he'll eventually reveal the common folk]]. "deep, philosophical" thoughts he's been having: "'''What is a man''''s life worth? Nothing but guarding '''a miserable pile of secrets?'''"
**
The next time Dipper sees her, she's left a [[HeelRealization self-loathing]] [[BreakTheHaughty husk of her old self]], fresh cleaning robots resemble Japanese emoticons.
** A cinematic
from the realization sequel shows [[Film/JurassicPark a helicopter transporting new people to the island.]]
** In ''Champions'', one park staffer is trying to come up with new ideas:
-->Fast cars are exciting, right? Maybe we could [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds have people battle while driving around a racetrack]]! [[TakeThat No, you're right. That's a dumb idea.]]
** Stella, Staff leader of Ribular Island informs the Hero(ine)
that her whole ancestry "[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Your dig site is comprised of nobody but apathetic liars, cheats, and frauds.
-->"You were right about me... I ''am'' just
on another link island!]]" once they progress past Round 2 of the Cup. She then wonders why that sounds familiar.
** ''Champions'' also features a fisherman who became lost at sea. His name is [[Literature/RobinsonCrusoe Robinson,]] and he also talks to [[Film/CastAway a ball, whom he calls his best friend]].
** When its programming goes haywire, Rupert's robot says things such as "[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda I AM ERROR.]]" and "[[Videogame/ProWrestling A WINNER IS YOU.]]"
** In ''Frontier'', if you talk to a shopkeeper about cleaning a daily random fossil, they'll say [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda "It's a secret to everybody."]] During a tournament during one of the postgame quests, one character will also reference [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem "playing with power"]].
* ShownTheirWork: The information on the extinct animals, also see MythologyGag above.
* SignificantAnagram: The Mole Brothers' names are Lemo and O'Mel. Hm. I wonder what ''those'' [[SarcasmMode are anagrams of]]?
* SinisterSchnoz: Snivels, no question.
* SkullForAHead: Don Boneyard [[spoiler:and anyone else who became a victim of Zongazonga]].
* SlasherSmile: [[spoiler: Guhweep]] has one, but it's not immediately obvious until it [[spoiler: uses Tears of Dark Light... and turns upside down]].
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: The Glacier dig site from the first game, though it doesn't open up until the endgame.
** All of the Ilium Island digsites in ''Champions'' apply. Ilium isn't called "The island where warmth goes to die" for nothing!
* TheSlowPath:
** In the first game, [[spoiler:Dr. Diggins after he's sent back to the Jurassic. Thank goodness he manages to find the Stone Sleep device!]]
** Also seen in ''Frontier''. [[spoiler:While time-traveling, your vivosaur partner gets left behind
in the world's worst chain.late Cretaceous in order to make sure you get home safely. Eventually, you realize that a fossilized Dino Gear-like artifact you'd found earlier in the game really ''is'' your partner's Dino Gear.]]
* StanceSystem: Used in ''Frontier''. While previous games had tactical systems based on a vivosaur's placement on the field, ''Frontier'' instead focuses on how your vivosaur is standing: straight ahead, rearing up, ducking down, or turned around and baring its tail. Each vivosaur has a different set of strong and weak stances, and different attacks can change your or your opponents' stances (though a vivosaur's stance is always reset when it takes its turn).
* StarterMon: Each game in the series does it differently:
** ''Fossil Fighters:'' You start the game with a Spinax who, while common, is decently powerful. However, at the game start, you also get a free bonus fossil of a dinosaur based on how you answer some questions about what you like in your dinos.
** ''Champions:'' Joe Wildwest lets you pick between dinos of the four basic elements, which are hard to get until late game. All can [[MagikarpPower Super Evolve.]] Plus, boys get a T-rex and girls get a Tricera.
** ''Frontier:'' You befriend Chomp, the most traditionally mons-like dino in the series. He's no recognizable dinosaur species, he's quite powerful, and he evolves at certain points in the game. Plus, he's your TeamPet and your close friend.
* StatGrinding: A mild case in the first game; most stat gains are at levelups but vivosaurs also gain HP gradually between levels. ''Champions'' removes this.
* StockDinosaurs: But also includes any new prehistoric mammals and dinosaurs discovered during the creation of the game.
** The sequel appears to be continuing this, including many other prehistoric creatures from before and after the age of dinosaurs.
* StopHavingFunGuys: [[{{In-Universe}} Rupert]] in ''Champions''. After witnessing Todd take his loss to you in stride, he's baffled as to why Todd's not upset about losing. Though it turns out it's less arrogance that his way is the right one and more ignorance that there are other ways in the first place.
** Turns out it comes from his dad, who tried to drive the "have fun" mentality out of him and wanted him to bail out when facing even a 50% chance of failure. [[spoiler:This game being high on the idealistic end of the scale, this was just dad trying to protect Rupert from the pain of losing. [[ManipulativeBastard Or so he says...]]]]
* StrangelyEffectiveDisguise: [[spoiler: Somehow, the majority of the Dinaurians are fooled by yours and Dr. Diggins' masks.]]
** See also ''Champions'', where the hero(ine) receives a Ty Ranno mask for disguise purposes. No other mask keeps [=NPC=]s from immediately knowing who he/she is; how is this mask different?
* SummonBiggerFish: Calling up Ignosaur to fight Frigisaur.
* TakeThat: After completing the main quest and all the sidequests of ''Frontier'', you'll take a group photo with the main cast; to which Dahlia comments "And it's a PICTURE, got it? Not a selfie. That word is so overused these days.
"
[[/folder]]* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:The [[LizardFolk dinaurians]] have technology that can do this. The technology that un-stones them is also responsible for how you can revive dinosaurs in the first place.]]
* ATasteOfPower: Do you go straight to the confrontation with [[spoiler: Ignosaur]] in your party... or do you have some fun with the [[OlympusMons godlike beast]] beforehand?
* TerribleTrio: The BB Gang. Also counts as the GoldfishPoopGang for the first half of the game. In the sequel, it's the Barebones Brigade. ''Frontier'' has Baron von Blackraven and his gang.
* TheTetrisEffect: Expect to see fossils in various states of cleaning every time you close your eyes.
* TyrannosaurusRex: The game's mascot, and somewhat of the InfinityPlusOneSword. One NPC ensures the player near the end of the game that "all the hype you've ever heard about it is true!"
* TheUnintelligible: Rex of the BB Bandits.
** EloquentInMyNativeTongue: [[spoiler:His true speech patterns tend toward SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. Those kooky English bulldogs...]]
* UnknownItemIdentification: In the first two games, fossils had to be brought back to base and excavated before they could be identified. In ''Frontier'', fossils are "unknown" the first time they're excavated but the sonar will be able to ID them afterward.
* UnusableEnemyEquipment: Boy, the Dinatomatons sure are cool, aren't they? Who wouldn't want a [[VideoGame/RobotDinosaursThatShootBeamsWhenTheyRoar Robot Dinosaur That Shoots Beams When It Roars?]] Well, sorry, but ''you don't get none.'' And you'll have to keep your paws off [[spoiler:Duna, Dynal, and Raptin]] too... [[spoiler:until they all become available in the postgame, that is.]]
* VendorTrash: Digging up and cleaning gemstones is the only way to make money. The better the gem, the more money.
* VerbalTic: The Digadigs, including Pauleen in ''Champions''. Rosie [[GotMeDoingIt picks it up]] when she is mystically made part of the tribe, and she is very ''diga-''displeased.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Roise asks "you probably hate me now, don't you?". You actually are ABLE to say "yes".
** In ''Frontier,'' when you [[spoiler: travel back in time]], you can encounter dino nests. You can cheerfully drive your Bone Buggy over them and shatter them to pieces, for no other reason than they're there. (Though they magically reform themselves if you wait.)
* XMeetsY: ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' meets {{Mon}}s. (''Magazine/NintendoPower'' said "meets ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''", but "meets ''VideoGame/{{Spectrobes}}''" is much more apt.)
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: In the first game's Master-rank Level-Up Battles, losing even one vivosaur makes you lose the whole fight.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Rupert's father is... difficult to please, shall we say.
* {{Whateversaurus}}: Along with the term "vivosaur" itself, this is used liberally for the various made-up species.
* WindIsGreen: Air-type Viviosaurs are revived from green fossils.
* WombLevel: The Bonehemoth in ''Champions.''
* WordSaladTitle: In ''Champions,'' all the songs in the sound test have silly and non-indicative names, like "Sleepy Robin," "Chocolate Soiree," or "Raspberry Bell."
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Rosie's pink hair could be passed off as an [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis artistic rendtion]] of a strawberry blonde, but there's ''really'' no explaining why Dr. Diggins' hair is ''green.''
** Siamo actually has blue hair, despite being a dinosaur.
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* 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.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'':
** Mecha-Freeza gets a ''literal'' one (we see his point of view, then a few seconds later a BSOD appears on the screen) after [[spoiler: Super Saiyan Trunks]] cuts him in half in Episode 33. Justified in that he had various cybernetic attachments implanted into his body.
** Vegeta suffers one after Cell [[NiceJobBreakingItHero absorbs Android 18 thanks to Vegeta letting him go]] and getting entirely curbstomped (Piccolo and Tenshinhan, [[EvilVersusEvil confused at who they should be rooting for]], settle on being against Cell rather than for Vegeta).



* In ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'', Sonata ignores Trixie at first, and when she complains, says Trixie is nothing but a loser who pretends to be great to make herself feel better. Trixie spends almost a half-hour staring at the ground in shame after that, though she eventually pulls herself together.



* 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.

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* Although he's not a villain--he's villain -- he's really not even a {{Jerkass}}, just an annoyance--Spectrem annoyance -- Spectrem of Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'': The Soft World goes through the wimpiest one possible of these after Paul destroys him with a series of questions and statements.



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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie The LEGO Movie]]'', President/Lord Business undergoes one when [[spoiler: Emmet tells him that he ''is not'' the bad guy.]]
* In ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'', Br'er Fox has one at the end of the "Tar Baby" sequence: a sickly look on his face after Br'er Rabbit tricked him and hopped off. Br'er Bear silently clubs the fox on the head, knocking him out, then walks off, leaving the fox lying there.
-->'''Uncle Remus:''' ''(narrating)'' So now it's Br'er Fox's turn to feel humble-come-tumble. But ol' Br'er Bear, he don't say nothin'. And Br'er Fox, he lay low. Mighty low.

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie The LEGO Movie]]'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', President/Lord Business undergoes one when [[spoiler: Emmet [[spoiler:Emmet tells him that he ''is not'' the bad guy.]]
* In ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'', ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'', Br'er Fox has one at the end of the "Tar Baby" sequence: a sickly look on his face after Br'er Rabbit tricked him and hopped off. Br'er Bear silently clubs the fox on the head, knocking him out, then walks off, leaving the fox lying there.
-->'''Uncle Remus:''' ''(narrating)'' ''[narrating]'' So now it's Br'er Fox's turn to feel humble-come-tumble. But ol' Br'er Bear, he don't say nothin'. And Br'er Fox, he lay low. Mighty low.



--> '''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.

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--> '''Mal:''' -->'''Mal:''' They take you down, I don't expect to grieve overmuch. Likely to kill you myself, I see you again.
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again.\\
'''The Operative:''' You won't. There is nothing left to see.



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* One parody of ''TheGrinch'' had 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 ''TheGrinch'' had him die of a heart attack when his heart "grew three sizes too large" Wrestling/CMPunk underwent one after witnessing losing the Whos' good cheer.WWE Championship after 434 days and failing to defeat Wrestling/TheUndertaker at Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}. He hugged Wrestling/PaulHeyman and left for a couple of months until his return to action in [[AHeroToHisHometown Chicago]] undergoing a HeelFaceTurn.



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* Wrestling/CMPunk underwent one after losing the WWE Championship after 434 days and failing to defeat Wrestling/TheUndertaker at Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}. He hugged Wrestling/PaulHeyman and left for a couple of months until his return to action in [[AHeroToHisHometown Chicago]] undergoing a HeelFaceTurn.
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* President Eden, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has [[spoiler: a quite literal]] one of these upon finding out just how insane his plan really is. Eden, being [[spoiler: an AI supercomputer]] [[AIIsACrapshoot didn't understand]] he was trying to destroy the very remnants of America he thought he was rebuilding, and as a result either shuts down or self-destructs depending on how the player handles the situation.

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* President Eden, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' has [[spoiler: a quite literal]] one of these upon finding out just how insane his plan really is. Eden, being [[spoiler: an AI supercomputer]] [[AIIsACrapshoot didn't understand]] he was trying to destroy the very remnants of America he thought he was rebuilding, and as a result either shuts down or self-destructs depending on how the player handles the situation.



* In ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'', after [[FalseFriend completely crushing the PC's heart]], [[spoiler: Damien]] goes through one of these, causing him to run away and live in the woods for a month.



* ''VideoGame/{{Infamous 2}}'': 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.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Infamous 2}}'': ''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.]]



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* Warning: this comic is not safe for sanity. They have no nudity, but there is a lot of adult content on the site in terms of language and subject matter. In Something Positive's bonus story, Super Stupor, specifically pages http://www.superstupor.com/sust12272010.shtml and http://www.superstupor.com/sust12282010.shtml , a villain goes through a BSOD when the hero he captured to keep him from interfering in the villain's plans for his arch enemy [[DumbassHasAPoint points out the]] [[TooDumbToLive sheer stupidity of his plan]] before it goes off.

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* Warning: this comic is not safe for sanity. They have no nudity, but there is a lot of adult content on In ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'', after [[FalseFriend completely crushing the site in terms of language and subject matter. In Something Positive's bonus story, Super Stupor, specifically pages http://www.superstupor.com/sust12272010.shtml and http://www.superstupor.com/sust12282010.shtml , a villain PC's heart]], [[spoiler: Damien]] goes through a BSOD when the hero he captured to keep one of these, causing him from interfering to run away and live in the villain's plans woods for his arch enemy [[DumbassHasAPoint points out the]] [[TooDumbToLive sheer stupidity of his plan]] before it goes off.a month.



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* In ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'', Sonata ignores Trixie at first, and when she complains, says Trixie is nothing but a loser who pretends to be great to make herself feel better. Trixie spends almost a half-hour staring at the ground in shame after that, though she eventually pulls herself together.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Warning: this comic is not safe for sanity. They have no nudity, but there is a lot of adult content on the site in terms of language and subject matter. In Something Positive's bonus story, Super Stupor, specifically pages http://www.superstupor.com/sust12272010.shtml and http://www.superstupor.com/sust12282010.shtml , a villain goes through a BSOD when the hero he captured to keep him from interfering in the villain's plans for his arch enemy [[DumbassHasAPoint points out the]] [[TooDumbToLive sheer stupidity of his plan]] before it goes off.
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* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'':
** Mecha-Freeza gets a ''literal'' one (we see his point of view, then a few seconds later a BSOD appears on the screen) after [[spoiler: Super Saiyan Trunks]] cuts him in half in Episode 33. Justified in that he had various cybernetic attachments implanted into his body.
** Vegeta suffers one after Cell [[NiceJobBreakingItHero absorbs Android 18 thanks to Vegeta letting him go]] and getting entirely curbstomped (Piccolo and Tenshinhan, [[EvilVersusEvil confused at who they should be rooting for]], settle on being against Cell rather than for Vegeta).
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* At the conclusion to ''Videogame/TheWitcher3TheWildHunt'' DLC ''Hearts of Stone'', when Geralt brings Olgierd von Everic evidence of his long-dead wife Iris' love for him, Olgierd suffers a sudden and agonizing burst of regret and sadness over what he's done to his wife and family in the name of power and immortality. Having spent the last decades having little emotion or feeling in his life due to his bargain with Gaunter O'Dimm, Olgierd was completely unprepared for any kind of genuine emotion would feel like, and the impact of pain and regret is so intense it drives him to his knees.

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* At the conclusion to ''Videogame/TheWitcher3TheWildHunt'' ''Videogame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'' DLC ''Hearts of Stone'', when Geralt brings Olgierd von Everic evidence of his long-dead wife Iris' love for him, Olgierd suffers a sudden and agonizing burst of regret and sadness over what he's done to his wife and family in the name of power and immortality. Having spent the last decades having little emotion or feeling in his life due to his bargain with Gaunter O'Dimm, Olgierd was completely unprepared for any kind of genuine emotion would feel like, and the impact of pain and regret is so intense it drives him to his knees.
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