History VillainousBreakdown / Literature

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.
6th Mar '16 7:54:44 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 "SHUT UP!" at Oberyn again and again. 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 "SHUT UP!" "[[StopSayingThat SHUT UP!]]" at Oberyn again and again.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.
18th Jan '16 11:40:24 AM HeraldAlberich
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* Although he hasn't been the most composed guy over the course of the book, Grevane in seventh book in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' Dead Beat by Jim Butcher has a Villainous Breakdown that saves Harry's (or maybe Ramirez') life - right at the instant of his death. The entire time he's been trying to fight Harry he's been continuing a major necromantic working, and when Ramirez strikes the killing blow, his mind snaps and refuses to accept that he's dead. As a result, he keeps trying to finish the spell, instead of casting a Death Curse that would take Harry with him.

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Although he hasn't been the most composed guy over the course of the book, Grevane in seventh book in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' Dead Beat by Jim Butcher ''Literature/DeadBeat'' has a Villainous Breakdown that saves Harry's (or maybe Ramirez') life - right Ramirez's) life--right at the instant of his death. The entire time he's been trying to fight Harry he's been continuing a major necromantic working, and when Ramirez strikes the killing blow, his mind snaps and refuses to accept that he's dead. As a result, he keeps trying to finish the spell, instead of casting a Death Curse that would take Harry with him.



*** [[spoiler: In ''Literature/SkinGame'', he breaks completely after Harry kept rubbing it in about how he, by his own hand, sacrificed his own loyal daughter for power. When he fails kill Harry, he goes after the Carpenter family. There, he brings about circumstances to reforge the broken Sword of Faith before his cult of mortal followers, making him flee in terror and shattering the faith his cult had in him]].
** Arianna Ortega experiences this in book 12. Throughout the book she's been a SmugSnake, and the fact that she plans to murder a little girl purely for selfish reasons only adds to this. Eventually she faces [[spoiler:the father of her would be victim in single combat and ultimately looses badly, getting impaled by numerous ice spears (including one as thick as a man's fist.)]] As Harry stands over her she simply looses her cool and first says "no no no" over and over again before telling Dresden that he is cattle. He replies "[[PreMortemOneLiner Moo]]," and blows her head off.

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*** [[spoiler: ** In ''Literature/SkinGame'', he breaks [[spoiler:breaks completely after Harry kept rubbing it in about how he, by his own hand, sacrificed his own loyal daughter for power. When he fails to kill Harry, he goes after the Carpenter family. There, he brings about circumstances to reforge the broken Sword of Faith before his cult of mortal followers, making him flee in terror and shattering the faith his cult had in him]].
** Arianna Ortega experiences this in book 12.''Literature/{{Changes}}''. Throughout the book she's been a SmugSnake, and the fact that she plans to murder a little girl purely for selfish reasons only adds to this. Eventually she faces [[spoiler:the father of her would be victim in single combat and ultimately looses badly, getting impaled by numerous ice spears (including one as thick as a man's fist.)]] As Harry stands over her she simply looses her cool and first says "no no no" over and over again before telling Dresden that he is cattle. He replies "[[PreMortemOneLiner Moo]]," and blows her head off.



* Prince Xizor in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire''. At numerous earlier points in the novel, Xizor is shown to consider himself superior to "mere humans" because his cold-blooded nature leaves him incapable of going into an uncontrollable rage. Turns out it's not that he can't, just that it takes a lot longer. As his palace collapses underneath him and Darth Vader lets him know that he's quite aware of Xizor's attempt to kill Vader's son, he starts to get a little... antsy.
** Tarkin has a very brief one at the end of ''Literature/DeathStar'', when he is simply refusing to accept that his prized station has a weakness even when Luke has ''fired the [[UnusualEuphemism kriffing]] torpedoes through it''. Essentially, it boiled down to "Unthinkable. Unthinkable - " Kaboom.
** A very, very minor one in Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy. Grand Admiral Thrawn was able to anticipate and counter almost anything the Rebellion and anyone else did. ''[[SpannerInTheWorks Almost]]''. His reaction when those things he hadn't anticipated all came together to thwart him was to get maybe a little flustered, a little distracted, enough so that he didn't see the BodyguardBetrayal until it was too late. Though, to his credit, after being stabbed he [[GoOutWithASmile smiled]] and said "[[FamousLastWords But... it was so artistically done.]]"

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Prince Xizor in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire''. At numerous earlier points in the novel, Xizor is shown to consider himself superior to "mere humans" because his cold-blooded nature leaves him incapable of going into an uncontrollable rage. Turns out it's not that he can't, just that it takes a lot longer. As his palace collapses underneath him and Darth Vader lets him know that he's quite aware of Xizor's attempt to kill Vader's son, he starts to get a little... antsy.
** Tarkin has a very brief one at the end of ''Literature/DeathStar'', when he is simply refusing to accept that his prized station has a weakness even when Luke has ''fired the [[UnusualEuphemism kriffing]] torpedoes through it''. Essentially, it boiled down to "Unthinkable. Unthinkable - " Kaboom.
Unthinkable--" ''Kaboom.''
** A very, very minor one in Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy. Grand Admiral Thrawn was is able to anticipate and counter almost anything the Rebellion and anyone else did. ''[[SpannerInTheWorks Almost]]''. His reaction when those things he hadn't hasn't anticipated all came come together to thwart him was is to get maybe a little flustered, a little distracted, enough so that he didn't doesn't see the BodyguardBetrayal until it was it's too late. Though, to his credit, after being stabbed he [[GoOutWithASmile smiled]] smiles]] and said says, "[[FamousLastWords But... it was so artistically done.]]"



--->'''C'baoth''': [[{{ILLKILLYOU}} You will die for that]], Mara Jade. Slowly, and in ''great pain''.

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--->'''C'baoth''': [[{{ILLKILLYOU}} --->'''C'baoth:''' [[IllKillYou You will die for that]], Mara Jade. Slowly, and in ''great pain''.



** The real bad guys, at least for the characters in the main plotline, of the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology are the [[BigBadDuumvirate Big Bad Triumvirate]] of Moff Disra, Major Grodin Tierce, and the ConMan Flim. They work to [[DeadPersonImpersonation make it look]] as if Thrawn has come BackFromTheDead. When Pellaeon [[BigDamnHeroes exposes their whole plot at a crucial moment]], Tierce has an incredibly sudden, violent breakdown/MotiveRant [[spoiler:where it's revealed that not only is he secretly a clone, but a clone with a bit of Thrawn engineered into his brain.]] If you read carefully there are hints of this, like the way he very slowly changes over the course of the novel and the way he comes up with tactics becomes creepy.
** Happens to [[ManipulativeBastard Ysanne Isard]] in slow motion during ''[[Franchise/XWingSeries The Bacta War]]''. She's out of her seat of power, her XanatosGambit hasn't gone ''quite'' to plan, then someone breaks out of her [[TheAlcatraz secret prison]], "defiling" it, and she starts letting things get personal. As the Rogues continue to accumulate victories, parts of her empire start splintering off, and one of her Star Destroyer captains sends her a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech explaining why he's defecting to the New Republic. TheDragon notices her changing, and ''she'' notices it too. She claims to have recovered by ''Isard's Revenge'', but even then she's still quietly obsessing over her defeat, letting her enemies predict her ultimate goal and stop her for good.
** Zsinj's breakdown in ''[[Franchise/XWingSeries Solo Command]]'', when he learns that the Wraiths have not only evaded the deathtrap he set for them, but have taken a key person alive. ''He goes absolutely [[PardonMyKlingon kriffing]] berserk'', destroying everything in his office on ''Iron Fist'', [[SubvertedTrope except for]] [[BearerOfBadNews the messenger who brought the bad news in the first place]].

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** The real bad guys, at least for the characters in the main plotline, of the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology are the [[BigBadDuumvirate Big Bad Triumvirate]] of Moff Disra, Major Grodin Tierce, and the ConMan Flim. They work to [[DeadPersonImpersonation make it look]] as if Thrawn has come BackFromTheDead. When Pellaeon [[BigDamnHeroes exposes their whole plot at a crucial moment]], Tierce has an incredibly sudden, violent breakdown/MotiveRant [[spoiler:where it's revealed that not only is he secretly a clone, but a clone with a bit of Thrawn engineered into his brain.]] brain]]. If you read carefully there are hints of this, like the way he very slowly changes over the course of the novel and the way he comes up with tactics becomes creepy.
** Happens to [[ManipulativeBastard Ysanne Isard]] in slow motion during ''[[Franchise/XWingSeries ''[[Literature/XWingSeries The Bacta War]]''. She's out of her seat of power, her XanatosGambit hasn't gone ''quite'' to plan, then someone breaks out of her [[TheAlcatraz secret prison]], "defiling" it, and she starts letting things get personal. As the Rogues continue to accumulate victories, parts of her empire start splintering off, and one of her Star Destroyer captains sends her a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech explaining why he's defecting to the New Republic. TheDragon notices her changing, and ''she'' notices it too. She claims to have recovered by ''Isard's Revenge'', but even then she's still quietly obsessing over her defeat, letting her enemies predict her ultimate goal and stop her for good.
** Zsinj's breakdown in ''[[Franchise/XWingSeries ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Solo Command]]'', when he learns that the Wraiths have not only evaded the deathtrap he set for them, but have taken a key person alive. ''He goes absolutely [[PardonMyKlingon kriffing]] berserk'', destroying everything in his office on ''Iron Fist'', [[SubvertedTrope except for]] [[BearerOfBadNews the messenger who brought the bad news in the first place]].



** In the novelization of ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'', Dooku's starts when he realizes he [[IAmNotLeftHanded underestimated Obi-Wan and Anakin]] and culminates in him begging for his life when Palpatine's UriahGambit becomes all too clear to him. This part was removed from the movie, since Creator/ChristopherLee thought it was out of character, so Anakin just executes him without Dooku saying a word.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' always has Voldemort close to the edge but somehow maintaining his cool... until ''Deathly Hallows'' at least, where Voldemort has so completely ripped his soul apart from his repeated killing and use of Horcruxes that he completely loses it on several occasions, at one point [[ShootTheMessenger killing everyone in the room]] because a helpless goblin [[BearerOfBadNews delivered some bad news]]. Even when he BSOD's during the final fight against Harry he transfers the shock of that into rage and denial.
** Also, Bellatrix, too. Though she was insane to begin with, throughout the series, she just loses it, especially in the final battle. [[spoiler:Especially taunting Mrs. Weasley, who was living on grief and adrenaline, producing the ever-famous "NOT MY DAUGHTER, BITCH!!!" reaction.]]

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Voldemort is always close to the edge edge, but somehow maintaining maintains his cool... until ''Deathly Hallows'' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' at least, where Voldemort has so completely ripped his soul apart from his repeated killing and use of Horcruxes that he completely loses it on several occasions, at one point [[ShootTheMessenger killing everyone in the room]] because a helpless hapless goblin [[BearerOfBadNews delivered delivers some bad news]]. Even when he BSOD's during the final fight against Harry Harry, he transfers the shock of that into rage and denial.
** Also, Bellatrix, too. Though she Bellatrix was insane to begin with, throughout the series, she just loses it, especially in the final battle. [[spoiler:Especially taunting Mrs. Weasley, who was living on grief and adrenaline, producing the ever-famous "NOT MY DAUGHTER, BITCH!!!" reaction.]]
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