History VillainousBreakdown / Literature

18th Jul '17 7:00:54 AM Vox
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** [[spoiler: Ser Gregor Clegane]], as he fights Oberyn Martell, gets progressively more enraged. A combination of his exceptionally dim wits and the realization that he is being publicly accused of his crimes in front of the entire court leads to him screaming "[[StopSayingThat SHUT UP!]]" at Oberyn again and again. This ends with him [[StupidEvil loudly declaring his guilt in front of a large crowd]], although he was probably past caring at that point. Even ''[[spoiler:killing]]'' Oberyn doesn't help, because the spear that Oberyn wounded him with during the fight is coated in poison, leaving [[spoiler:Clegane]] to die, slowly and painfully, over the course of days.

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** [[spoiler: Ser Gregor Clegane]], as he fights Oberyn Martell, gets progressively more enraged. A combination of [[DavidVersusGoliath the fight turning against him]], his exceptionally dim wits and the realization that he is being publicly accused of his crimes in front of the entire court leads to him screaming "[[StopSayingThat SHUT UP!]]" at Oberyn again and again. repeatedly. This ends with him [[StupidEvil loudly declaring his guilt in front of a large crowd]], although he was seriously wounded and probably past caring at that point. Even ''[[spoiler:killing]]'' Oberyn doesn't help, because the spear that Oberyn wounded him with during the fight is coated in poison, leaving [[spoiler:Clegane]] to die, slowly and painfully, over the course of days.
1st Apr '17 9:40:56 AM Kakai
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* In the ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' novels, Erebus snaps when Horus starts playing his own games rather than just following Erebus's plan, loses his cool and begins yelling at Horus - a far cry from the smooth manipulator of the Horus Rising trilogy. It doesn't get him killed, sadly, but Horus does peel off Erebus's face and keep it as a trophy.

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* In the ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' novels, Erebus snaps when Horus starts playing his own games rather than just following Erebus's plan, loses his cool and begins yelling at Horus - a far cry from the smooth manipulator of the Horus Rising trilogy. It doesn't get him killed, sadly, but Horus does peel off Erebus's face and keep keeps it as a trophy.



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----* ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'': whem the ArcVillain from the second book sees that Nikita's coming for him, he's reduced to tears and can't even beg for his life properly.
26th Feb '17 4:58:02 PM maylove25
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** In Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix, [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Dolroes Umbridge]] has one at the end. First [[spoiler:after she used up Snape's fake veritaserum, and he tells her making more will take a month]] Again, when she is [[spoiler:is tricked into going into the forest and is attacked by a herd of angry centaurs]], trying to hex them and calling them filthy half-breeds and ordering them to unhand her.

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** In Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix, [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Dolroes Umbridge]] has one at the end. First [[spoiler:after she used up Snape's fake veritaserum, and he tells her making more will take a month]] Again, when she is [[spoiler:is tricked [[spoiler:tricked into going into the forest and is attacked by a herd of angry centaurs]], trying to hex them and calling them filthy half-breeds and ordering them to unhand her.
18th Jan '17 9:40:30 PM cherrychels
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* Several from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Unfortunately, most of them come from minor villains, though, in due course, we hope to add several more ([[KarmaHoudini though we are not holding our breath]]):
** [[spoiler: Viserys Targaryen]], after it becomes clear that he will get a rather different "crown": "You cannot touch me, I am the dragon!"

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* Several from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Unfortunately, most of them come from minor villains, villains -- though, in due course, we hope to add several more ([[KarmaHoudini though but we are not holding our breath]]):
** [[spoiler: Viserys Targaryen]], after it becomes clear that he will get a rather different "crown": "crown" -- [[spoiler:a crown of molten gold poured over his head, which kills him]]: "You cannot touch me, I am the dragon!"



** [[spoiler: Janos Slynt]], the captain of the King's Landing city watch who deliberately betrayed Ned Stark, causing Ned Stark's death, when Ned was about to end the whole Lannister conspiracy in the first book, gets two. First, when Tyrion promptly strips him of all the rewards his betrayal of Ned Stark got him and sends him to the Night's Watch, and then when [[spoiler:he refuses to obey orders multiple times from the Night's Watch's newly elected Commander [[AChildShallLeadThem Jon Snow]]. Though Jon gives him multiple chances, Janos intends to do what he pleases and keeps refusing his orders. Jon explains that he'll be executed, but Slynt still doesn't take him seriously. Then he's dragged to the block and realizes Jon actually intends to go through with it, with Jon following the moral code his father instilled in him to do it himself. Janos starts pathetically begging for his life. It doesn't help.]] The latter is one of the series's most satisfying moments.
** Only seen in backstory, but Aerys Targaryen, the Mad King, was all set to [[spoiler: burn all of King's Landing to the ground with strategic stores of [[GreekFire wildfire]], spending his last hours just saying "Burn them all" over and over again]]. Then Jaime happened.
* Having a breakdown is the last thing that the usually stoic King Haggard does in Creator/PeterSBeagle's ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'' when he realizes Lady Amalthea is actually a unicorn.

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** [[spoiler: Janos Slynt]], the captain of the King's Landing city watch City Watch who deliberately betrayed betrays Ned Stark, causing Ned Stark's death, Stark when Ned was about to end the whole Lannister conspiracy in the first book, book and whose betrayal causes Ned Stark's [[spoiler:death]], gets two. two of these. First, when Tyrion promptly strips him Slynt of all the rewards he gained from his betrayal of Ned Stark got him (for which Slynt shows no remorse) and sends him to the Night's Watch, Watch but Slynt continues to betray, plot and then put together assassination schemes. However, his second one comes about when [[spoiler:he refuses to obey orders multiple times from the Night's Watch's newly elected Commander [[AChildShallLeadThem Jon Snow]]. Though Jon gives him multiple several chances, Janos Slynt intends to do what he pleases and keeps refusing his orders. Jon explains that he'll be executed, but Slynt still doesn't take him seriously. Then he's dragged to the block and realizes Jon actually intends to go through with it, with Jon following the moral code his father instilled in him to do it himself. Janos Slynt starts pathetically begging for his life. It doesn't help.]] The latter is one of the series's most satisfying moments.
** Only seen in backstory, but Aerys Targaryen, the Mad King, was all set to [[spoiler: burn all the whole of King's Landing and its inhabitants to the ground with strategic stores of [[GreekFire wildfire]], spending his last hours just saying "Burn them all" over and over again]]. Then Jaime happened.
* Having a breakdown is the last thing that the usually stoic and cold King Haggard does in Creator/PeterSBeagle's ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'' when he realizes Lady Amalthea is actually a unicorn.unicorn -- the only unicorn to have escaped Haggard's Red Bull sending all the unicorns into the sea.
18th Jan '17 8:30:24 PM cherrychels
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** [[spoiler: Ser Jaime Lannister]] remains his usual composed, snarky, debonair, and uncaring self despite being defeated in battle and imprisoned. But when [[spoiler: he loses his sword hand]], he goes completely to pieces, and [[DeathSeeker loses the will to live]]. He gets better thankfully fast, with a little help, which leads directly to a HeelFaceTurn.

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** [[spoiler: Ser Jaime Lannister]] remains his usual composed, snarky, debonair, and uncaring self despite being defeated in battle and imprisoned. But when [[spoiler: he loses his sword hand]], he goes completely to pieces, pieces and [[DeathSeeker loses the will to live]]. He gets better -- thankfully fast, fast -- with a little help, which leads directly to a HeelFaceTurn.



** [[spoiler: Janos Slynt]], the captain of the King's Landing city watch who betrayed Ned Stark when he was about to end the whole Lannister conspiracy in the first book, gets two. First, when Tyrion promptly strips him of all the rewards his betrayal got him and sends him to the Night's Watch, and then when [[spoiler:he refuses to obey a minor order from the Night's Watch's newly elected Commander Jon Snow. Jon declares that he'll be executed, but Slynt still doesn't take him seriously. Then he's dragged to the block and realizes Jon actually intends to go through with it, and starts pathetically begging for his life. It doesn't help.]] The latter is one of the series's most satisfying moments.

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** [[spoiler: Janos Slynt]], the captain of the King's Landing city watch who deliberately betrayed Ned Stark Stark, causing Ned Stark's death, when he Ned was about to end the whole Lannister conspiracy in the first book, gets two. First, when Tyrion promptly strips him of all the rewards his betrayal of Ned Stark got him and sends him to the Night's Watch, and then when [[spoiler:he refuses to obey a minor order orders multiple times from the Night's Watch's newly elected Commander [[AChildShallLeadThem Jon Snow. Snow]]. Though Jon declares gives him multiple chances, Janos intends to do what he pleases and keeps refusing his orders. Jon explains that he'll be executed, but Slynt still doesn't take him seriously. Then he's dragged to the block and realizes Jon actually intends to go through with it, and with Jon following the moral code his father instilled in him to do it himself. Janos starts pathetically begging for his life. It doesn't help.]] The latter is one of the series's most satisfying moments.



* Having a breakdown is the last thing that the usually stoic King Haggard does in Creator/PeterSBeagle's ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn''.

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* Having a breakdown is the last thing that the usually stoic King Haggard does in Creator/PeterSBeagle's ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn''.''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'' when he realizes Lady Amalthea is actually a unicorn.
21st Jul '16 10:01:13 AM Morgenthaler
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** According to WordOfGod, the Denarian leader Nicodemus hasn't been the same since Harry nearly killed him by strangling him with the Iscariot's Noose. The DangerouslyGenreSavvy XanatosSpeedChess[[{{Chessmaster}} master]] is "quite and thoroughly frightened of Harry at this point."

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** According to WordOfGod, the Denarian leader Nicodemus hasn't been the same since Harry nearly killed him by strangling him with the Iscariot's Noose. The DangerouslyGenreSavvy XanatosSpeedChess[[{{Chessmaster}} master]] is "quite and thoroughly frightened of Harry at this point."
1st Jul '16 12:24:40 AM PaulA
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* [[Literature/TheElenium The Tamuli]], by Creator/DavidEddings, has [[spoiler:Zalasta]]. He starts as TheChessmaster to such a degree that a total list of his manipulations takes twenty pages and covers centuries of history. The gradual loss of everything he cared about, his growing contempt for his son, coming into too-close contact with an EldritchAbomination, [[spoiler:trying and failing to kill Sephrenia]], and his plans coming crashing down around his ears multiple times, all contribute to making him a furious psychotic avenger by the end of the series.

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* [[Literature/TheElenium The Tamuli]], ''Literature/TheTamuli'', by Creator/DavidEddings, has [[spoiler:Zalasta]]. He starts as TheChessmaster to such a degree that a total list of his manipulations takes twenty pages and covers centuries of history. The gradual loss of everything he cared about, his growing contempt for his son, coming into too-close contact with an EldritchAbomination, [[spoiler:trying and failing to kill Sephrenia]], and his plans coming crashing down around his ears multiple times, all contribute to making him a furious psychotic avenger by the end of the series.
11th Jun '16 4:01:13 PM nombretomado
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* Emperor Jigang goes through one in ''[[SwordOfTruth Pillars of Creation]]'' when, upon arriving at the Confessor's Palace in the Midlands capital, he finds [[spoiler:the head of his friend and mentor, stuck on a pike in front of the palace, perfectly preserved by a magic spell until he approaches it, whereupon it decomposes in seconds.]]

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* Emperor Jigang goes through one in ''[[SwordOfTruth ''[[Literature/SwordOfTruth Pillars of Creation]]'' when, upon arriving at the Confessor's Palace in the Midlands capital, he finds [[spoiler:the head of his friend and mentor, stuck on a pike in front of the palace, perfectly preserved by a magic spell until he approaches it, whereupon it decomposes in seconds.]]
16th Apr '16 1:11:20 PM DrNoPuma
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* Aunt Annaconda from ''Literature/WarrenTheThirteenth'' gets so fed up with the heroes getting in her way that [[spoiler:she casts one final spell to destroy the hotel and everyone in it in a fit of rage]]. Adding to the NightmareFuel is the fact that she looks much more disheveled when she does this.
6th Mar '16 7:56:28 PM Vox
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** [[spoiler: Ser Gregor Clegane]], as he fights Oberyn Martell, gets progressively more enraged. A combination of his exceptionally dim wits and the realization that he is being publicly accused of his crimes in front of the entire court leads to him screaming "[[StopSayingThat SHUT UP!]]" at Oberyn again and again. This leads to him [[StupidEvil loudly roaring a confession of his most notorious crime in public]]. Even ''[[spoiler:killing]]'' Oberyn doesn't help, because the spear that Oberyn wounded him with during the fight is coated in poison, leaving [[spoiler:Clegane]] to die, slowly and painfully, over the course of days.

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** [[spoiler: Ser Gregor Clegane]], as he fights Oberyn Martell, gets progressively more enraged. A combination of his exceptionally dim wits and the realization that he is being publicly accused of his crimes in front of the entire court leads to him screaming "[[StopSayingThat SHUT UP!]]" at Oberyn again and again. This leads to ends with him [[StupidEvil loudly roaring a confession of declaring his most notorious crime guilt in public]].front of a large crowd]], although he was probably past caring at that point. Even ''[[spoiler:killing]]'' Oberyn doesn't help, because the spear that Oberyn wounded him with during the fight is coated in poison, leaving [[spoiler:Clegane]] to die, slowly and painfully, over the course of days.
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