The human mind is a wondrous thing. It's capable of adjusting to many things, even extreme situations. However, when the pressure becomes to great it can break. This trope is for those cases where a character loses his mind in a way that helps him deal with his hardships. Just hardening in response to misfortune isn't enough. The character must actually have lost his mind to some degree to qualify for this trope.
Related to Crazy Survivalist
and Power Born Ofmadness
. See Heroic Safe Mode
for a specific kind of madness that helps a character survive sticky situations.
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Anime and Manga:
- Hansel and Gretel from Black Lagoon snapped at some point during the time when they were forced to take part in pedophilic Snuff Films where they were alternatively raped or forced to kill other children their age to avoid being killed themselves. At some point they broke and began to love killing in general, becoming hired guns for the guys in charge.