History VillainousBreakdown / Literature

12th Jan '18 8:46:24 AM Derkhan
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* Karos Invictad in ''Literature/ReapersGale'', seventh installation of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' as Tehol Beddict continually outwits him, really losing it when Tehol demonstrates his superior intellect by solving a puzzle he deemed impossible (and that Tehol created, incidentally).

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* SecretPolice chief Karos Invictad breaks down in ''Literature/ReapersGale'', the seventh installation book of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' as ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', when Tehol Beddict continually outwits him, really losing it when Tehol demonstrates his superior intellect by solving a puzzle he Karos Invictad deemed impossible (and that -- and which Tehol created, incidentally).incidentally, in order to distract Karos Invictad.
10th Jan '18 2:51:09 AM Cryoclaste
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* In ''TheHungerGames'', when Katniss destroys a stockpile of food and supplies belonging to the "Career" tributes that had given them a nigh-unbeatable edge, their leader, Cato, has a thrashing, screaming meltdown -- Katniss, who manages to hide in the bushes just before he makes it back, marvels in a frightened way that people really can snap like that -- and finally [[spoiler:''kills'' the engineer he'd had working for him]], which obviously doesn't help his odds.

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* In ''TheHungerGames'', ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', when Katniss destroys a stockpile of food and supplies belonging to the "Career" tributes that had given them a nigh-unbeatable edge, their leader, Cato, has a thrashing, screaming meltdown -- Katniss, who manages to hide in the bushes just before he makes it back, marvels in a frightened way that people really can snap like that -- and finally [[spoiler:''kills'' the engineer he'd had working for him]], which obviously doesn't help his odds.
2nd Jan '18 9:13:05 AM sgamer82
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* When Vicar Zhaspahr Clyntahn, Grand Inquisitor of the ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series' CorruptChurch, is finally brought down and captured, he maintains a high level of arrogance throughout his trial, confident that when he's executed he'll have a place at the Archangels' side for all he did in their names. He even shows contempt for his enemies for not having the conviction to use the same methods of ColdBloodedTorture ''he'' had employed many times over. That changes when Merlin Athrawes and Nimue Chwaeriau visit him in his cell. During the visit they gone him proof even he can't deny proves that the church he committed atrocities for was never anything but a man-made made PathOfInspiration. The revelation ''shatters'' Clyntahn, leaving him a gibbering wreck who can only manage to sputter out that all of it wasn't his fault because he'd been lied to.

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* When Vicar Zhaspahr Clyntahn, Grand Inquisitor of the ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series' CorruptChurch, is finally brought down and captured, he maintains a high level of arrogance throughout his trial, confident that when he's executed he'll have a place at the Archangels' side for all he did in their names. He even shows contempt for his enemies for not having the conviction to use the same methods of ColdBloodedTorture ''he'' had employed many times over. That changes when Merlin Athrawes and Nimue Chwaeriau visit him in his cell. During the visit they gone give him proof even he can't deny proves that the church he committed atrocities for was never anything but a man-made made PathOfInspiration. The revelation ''shatters'' Clyntahn, leaving him a gibbering wreck who can only manage to sputter out that all of it wasn't his fault because he'd been lied to.
2nd Jan '18 9:12:12 AM sgamer82
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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.

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* ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'': whem When 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.properly.
* When Vicar Zhaspahr Clyntahn, Grand Inquisitor of the ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series' CorruptChurch, is finally brought down and captured, he maintains a high level of arrogance throughout his trial, confident that when he's executed he'll have a place at the Archangels' side for all he did in their names. He even shows contempt for his enemies for not having the conviction to use the same methods of ColdBloodedTorture ''he'' had employed many times over. That changes when Merlin Athrawes and Nimue Chwaeriau visit him in his cell. During the visit they gone him proof even he can't deny proves that the church he committed atrocities for was never anything but a man-made made PathOfInspiration. The revelation ''shatters'' Clyntahn, leaving him a gibbering wreck who can only manage to sputter out that all of it wasn't his fault because he'd been lied to.
21st Dec '17 12:49:57 PM WillBGood
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** Arianna Ortega experiences this in ''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.

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** Arianna Ortega experiences this in ''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 would-be victim in single combat and ultimately looses loses 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.
23rd Oct '17 8:08:02 PM Isaac_Heller
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* In ''Literature/NoCountryForOldMen'', Anton Chigurh [[TheStoic cannot express any emotion]], including in his breakdown, but he has one when [[spoiler: Carla says that it's not fate or anything compelling him to kill her, and that it's just him making his own choice. Anton then refuses to kill her until after he has pontificated at length about how she's wrong and how he's right and justified, almost as if he's actually talking to reassure himself.]]
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.
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