Created By: ladyofprocrastination on June 25, 2012 Last Edited By: AndreaTx on May 27, 2018
Troped

Symbolically Broken Object

The destruction of an object represents the death of someone/something important.

Name Space:
Main
Page Type:
Trope
Grabbed by Andrea TX, Rolling Updates in Progress

Something has been broken. It may be a spell, a relationship, a life. Whatever it is, it was important, and now it's been destroyed.

And so has something else.

An excellent way for a writer to demonstrate the destruction of something intangible is to break something tangible. The broken object could be anything, but the symbolism is usually obvious. When Bob and Alice break up, a picture of the two of them is destroyed. When Charlie dies, his prized possession is smashed to bits. When the Big Bad is defeated, his stronghold falls apart.

The extent of the damage to the Symbolically Broken Object frequently indicates the extent of the damage to the thing it symbolizes. If the object has been destroyed beyond repair, there's a good chance that the same is true of whatever else was broken. If the object can be repaired, so can the thing it smbolizes.

Frequently overlaps with Load-Bearing Boss, Insignia Rip-Off Ritual, and Wrecked Weapon. Supertrope to Break-Up Bonfire and Let the Past Burn. Sister Trope to Dying Candle

Compare Reality Changing Miniature when one can make the change intentionally with an object that's meant as a representative of a bigger thing, Dying for Symbolism where a living person represents an ideal, and Smash the Symbol where a character intentionally destroys something that symbolizes an ideal for another character.

Contrast It's All Junk where nothing means anything.

See also Tattered Flag, Crush the Keepsake, Empathy Doll Shot, and Dead Hat Shot

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • In a picture drama of Code Geass after Nuannally reminisce about a plate that she, Lelouch and Euphemia looked at, Euphemia is heard on the radio, suddenly the radio is cut off and after that, the plate drops and breaks on the floor.
  • Macross: the protagonist is sitting in hospital amusing himself with a miniature biplane, when told his friend/squadron leader is dead. Cue dramatic slow-mo shot of the biplane falling to the floor and breaking.
  • Fate's Heroic B.S.O.D. in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha is marked by her weapon shattering after she drops it. In turn, it's repaired when she recovers.
  • In Nana, the breaking of the strawberry glasses represents the breaking of contact between Nana K and Nana O
  • When Asuma dies in Naruto, his girlfriend Kurenai's teacup breaks.
  • One Piece invokes this with the Vivre Card, a piece of paper linked to the condition of its owner/creator. It burns and dwindles if that person is weak or in danger, and returns to normal when he's healthy. When a character with a Vivre Card is Killed Off for Real, it's symbolized by the Vivre Card burning into nothing.
  • Pokmon: Part of the way a Stoutland's death in S M 021 is shown is its furniture breaking apart.
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, both Mami's teacup and saucer shatter and are further shown covered in blood, symbolizing her gruesome death by the witch Charlotte

Comic Books
  • In Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, the flashback to Martha Wayne's death shows her necklace breaking and the pearls scattering as she falls to the ground.

Fan Fiction

Films-Animated
  • Happens twice in Brave: the tapestry Merida slices in anger explicitly represents the broken bond between her and her mother. Later, we see a carving of the four princes that has been similarly broken.
  • Pocahontas: As Kokoum is shot, he grasps at Pocahontas' necklace (which belonged to her mother) and it breaks off and falls to the floor in pieces, signifying how the shooting breaks relationships between the two sides and brings them to the brink of war.
  • Disney's adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan has Kala the ape lead Tarzan to the treehouse where Tarzan was found as an infant. On the floor, Tarzan finds a photograph in a broken frame with cracked glass of three humans: himself as an infant, his father and his mother. The vicious leopard Sabor had killed Tarzan's parents, leaving only himself for Kala to rescue and adopt.

Films-Live-Action
  • In The Parent Trap, both girls have half of a ripped picture of their divorced parents.

Literature
  • The Bible:
    • Moses spends a great amount of time in the mountains getting God's rules for the Israelites to adhere to. Bored of waiting, the Israelites creating golden idols to worship, hoping to get insight from their new pagan gods. When Moses returns bearing the two heavy stone tablets inscribed with the commandments, he is appalled to find the Israelites drunkenly celebrating their golden idol and smashes the tablets in outrage.
    • When Jesus dies during his crucifixion, the veils in the temples that separate the priests from their parishioners tore from top to bottom, symbolizing that the priests were no longer the only ones who could pray to God.
  • In Terry Pratchett's Carpe Jugulum, Granny Weatherwax vacates her cottage, leaving everything neatly arranged by threes. Where she has a surplus fourth plate, it is broken and in the bin. Nanny Ogg works out that this is her way of telling the other witches the original three is no more - Granny is represented by the broken plate, whose time is past. The remaining witches have to form a new symbolic triad - Nanny Ogg as the Crone, Magrat Garlick as the Mother, Agnes Nitt as the Maiden.
  • Clan of the Cave Bear: Mog-ur has a vision of the Clan dying out and the Others taking over the world. When Ayla accidentally breaks the ceremonial bowl Iza uses to prepare one of her potions, Mog-ur sees it as a sign that his vision will come true
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Sirius gives Harry a magic mirror that will allow them to communicate. Harry tries using it after Sirius' death but it doesn't work, so he throws it in his trunk and it smashes. It later becomes a Chekhov's Boomerang.
  • In Tennyson's The Lady of Shallot, the eponymous Lady imprisoned in a tower knows her death is near, when:
    Out flew the web and floated wide”
  • When Aslan returns from the dead in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe the Stone Table splits in half.
  • In Lord of the Flies, the destruction of the conch shell symbolizes the breakdown of civilization.
  • In How Firm a Foundation, Sailys Trahskhat's lucky baseball bat earned that status because it's the one bat that never broke during a game. When he has to go Batter Up! on three armed rioters threatening to rape and murder his family, he wins the fight but his lucky bat breaks in the process. That fight was the point when Trahskhat changed from a Temple Loyalist exile to a Reformist soldier.
  • In Tad Williams's The War of the Flowers, Mud Bug Button shows up on television and breaks a small stick. The goblin underclass of The City immediately begin rioting and revolting against their Faerie overlords because that stick was the physical manifestation of the treaty that kept them in subjugation.

Live Action TV
  • Doctor Who:
    • When Adric dies in the Doctor Who serial Earthshock, the Doctor has to use his star badge to kill a Cyberman, destroying it in the process. Then they run the Silent Credits over the image of the broken star.
    • In the episode "Father's Day", when Rose's father is hit by a car we don't see him hit but rather see the vase he's carrying fall to the ground and break. When Rose saves him, the vase falls but does not break.
  • In the Series Finale of Friends, the replacement chick and duck Chandler bought for Joey get trapped inside Joey's foosball table. Joey and Chandler can't bring themselves to destroy the table, so Monica does. Given that Chandler is Joey's best friend and is moving to the suburbs with Monica, breaking up the close circuit of the six characters' lives, it's pretty symbolic.
  • An episode of Sex and the City had an episode where Samantha gets her boyfriend a framed painting of a heart. His reluctance to hang it on his wall symbolises his inability to give her the commitment she wants, and later he smashes it... having broken her heart.
  • Supernatural:
    • A really bad car wreck leaves Dean comatose and not expected to live. After seeing the Winchesters' badly damaged Impala, Bobby suggests scrapping the car. Sam goes on an emotional, not-at-all subtle rant that if there is even one salvageable piece of the car, he won't give up on it.
    • After John's death, Dean is working to repair the Impala but can't quite get the car to work like it should. After insisting that he was fine all episode, Dean wails on the car with a crowbar. Anyone who watches the show knows how out of character this is for Dean, but it perfectly represents how helpless and destroyed he feels following his father's death.

Music
  • In the blink-182 video for "Always", this happens to a vase of gladioli at the beginning of the video, symbolising the broken relationship between the guy(s) and the girl.

Real Life

Theater
  • In The Glass Menagerie, one of Laura's glass animal figurines is broken by her "Gentleman Caller". The figure is a unicorn. Its horn breaks off, making it "just like all the other horses". It's symbolic of Laura herself, who is fragile and special and no one understands her.
  • In The Platform Kyle destroys the dream catcher that Agatha has been playing with. Not only does it call her, it symbolizes that the guilt she has carried, thinking she killed her son, has also been destroyed.
  • In Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, the doll that Roo gives Olive at the beginning gets broken near the end, in the same scene that sees the irretrievable breakdown of Roo and Olive's relationship.

Toys
  • BIONICLE: The Bohrok Online Animations begins with a storm over the Mata Nui rock, after which the rock shatters, representing the Bohrok coming to "cleanse" the island of Mata Nui.

Video Games
  • In Halo 4, Master Chief and his rapidly-deteriorating AI Cortana work together to destroy the Big Bad's starship. They succeed in the end, but it takes the last of Cortana's strength to save Chief, even though he was adamant she'd be cured soon. As she vanishes, the starship is seen falling to pieces behind him, representative of his shattered worldview.
  • In The King of Fighters, after Rugal (his nemesis) is confirmed dead, Col. Heidern feels that he can finally move on with his life and he chooses to rip his family photo (Rugal murdered his family back then).
  • In Mortal Kombat 9 the cracked amulet represents Armageddon: the further it's cracked, the closer it is.
  • Twilight Princess: After Midna uses the Fused Shadows to fight Ganon one-on-one, the scene cuts to Hyrule Field where she'd teleported Link and Zelda. After a massive explosion shakes the castle, Ganon appears on horseback, holding the Fused Shadow Midna had been wearing as a hat... and crushes it. Cue the last two phases of the final boss fight.

Western Animation
  • Gravity Falls: Mabel rips up a photo with her, Candy and Grenda in the episode "Boyz Crazy" after temporary breaking up with them. In the next episodes where the photo is shown, it is fixed.
  • In Wander over Yonder, Dominator destroying a heart-shaped planet represents breaking Hater's heart.

Indices: Symbolism, Breaking And Destruction Tropes
Community Feedback Replies: 68
  • June 25, 2012
    randomsurfer
    The Ten Commandments in The Ten Commandments. Oh, and in The Bible too.
  • June 25, 2012
    Duncan
    In The Glass Menagerie, one of Laura's glass animal figurines is broken by her "Gentleman Caller". The figure is a unicorn. Its horn breaks off, making it "just like all the other horses". It's symbolic of Laura herself, who is fragile and special and no one understands her. Currently listed under What Do You Mean Its Not Symbolic on the works page.
  • June 25, 2012
    DmM
    You could keep this thread going forever and not get all the examples... Of the top of my head:
    • Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix: Sirius gives Harry a magic mirror that will allow them to communicate. Harry tries using it after Sirius' death but it doesn't work, so he throws it in his trunk and it smashes. It later becomes a Chekhovs Boomerang.
    • In the Blink182 video for "Always", this happens to a vase of gladioli at the beginning of the video, symbolising the broken relationship between the guy(s) and the girl.
  • June 25, 2012
    animeg3282
    In Nana , the breaking of the strawberry glasses represents the breaking of contact between Nana K and Nana O
  • June 25, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    An episode of Sex And The City had an episode where Samantha gets her boyfriend a framed painting of a heart. His reluctance to hang it on his wall symbolises his inability to give her the commitment she wants, and later he smashes it... having broken her heart.
  • June 25, 2012
    KZN02
    BIONICLE: the Bohrok Online Animations begins with a storm over the Mata Nui rock, after which the rock shatters, representing the Bohrok coming to "cleanse" the island of Mata Nui.
  • June 25, 2012
    LordGro
    I think Wrecked Weapon is a subtrope.
  • June 25, 2012
    julyjack73
    In mortal kombat 9 the cracked amulet represents Armageddon, the further it's cracked, the closer it is.
  • June 25, 2012
    Polarbear2217
    Twilight Zone In "Time Enough At Last", Bemis' pocket-watch breaks right before the world explodes.

  • June 25, 2012
    Snowfly
    In [1], both Mami's teacup and saucer shatter and are further shown covered in blood, symbolizing her gruesome death by the witch Charlotte.
  • June 25, 2012
    JonnyB
    Related to Scale Model Destruction.

  • June 25, 2012
    Snowfly
    Sorry, I meant Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
  • June 25, 2012
    TonyG
    Pocahontas: As Kokoum is shot, he grasps at Pocahontas' necklace (which belonged to her mother) and it breaks off and falls to the floor in pieces, signifying how the shooting breaks relationships between the two sides and brings them to the brink of war.
  • June 27, 2012
    DmM
    In the The Magic School Bus Fan Fic The Life And Times Of The Fantasmic Four, just before she leaves Texas for university in North Carolina, Phoebe breaks the head off a toy dinosaur that her ex-boyfriend Arnold had given her in a Noodle Incident years before (later depicted in The Best Chrismukkah Ever) because she's upset that their relationship is over and that she ended it despite the fact that they both still loved each other.
  • June 27, 2012
    WhySoSerious
    Kind of sounds like a version of the Butterfly Effect (explanation provided on Wikipedia, of course). Maybe this should be included in the description somehow? Just a suggestion.
  • June 27, 2012
    WhySoSerious
    ^Whoops, forgot a link. [1]
  • June 27, 2012
    Frank75
    See also: Its All Junk
  • June 27, 2012
    JoeG
    In Lord Of The Flies, the destruction of the conch shell symbolizes the breakdown of civilization.
  • June 30, 2012
    Koveras
  • June 30, 2012
    MrInitialMan
    In Voyager, when Janeway has compromised her principles, the plaque ends up falling off the wall of the titular ship.
  • June 30, 2012
    DmM
    In the Series Finale of Friends, the replacement chick and duck Chandler bought for Joey get trapped inside Joey's foosball table. Joey and Chandler can't bring themselves to destroy the table, so Monica does. Given that Chandler is Joey's best friend and is moving to the suburbs with Monica, breaking up the close circuit of the six characters' lives, it's pretty symbolic.
  • June 30, 2012
    sgamer82
    • One Piece invokes this with the Vivre Card, a piece of paper linked to the condition of its owner/creator. It burns and dwindles if that person is weak or in danger, and returns to normal when he's healthy. When a character with a Vivre Card is Killed Off For Real, it's symbolized by the Vivre Card burning into nothing.
    • In the Doctor Who episode, "Father's Day", when Rose's father is hit by a car we don't see him hit but rather see the vase he's carrying fall to the ground and break. When Rose saves him, the vase falls but does not break.
  • July 2, 2012
    surgoshan
    • In Tad Williams's The War Of The Flowers, Mud Bug Button shows up on television and breaks a small stick. The goblin underclass of The City immediately begin rioting and revolting against their Faerie overlords because that stick was the physical manifestation of the treaty that kept them in subjugation.
  • July 2, 2012
    AgProv
    literature: in Terry Pratchett's Carpe Jugulum, Granny Weatherwax vacates her cottage, leaving everything neatly arranged by threes. Where she has a surplus fourth plate, it is broken and in the bin. Nanny Ogg works out that this is her way of telling the other witches the original three is no more - Granny is represented by the broken plate, whose time is past. The remaining witches have to form a new symbolic triad - Nanny Ogg as the Crone, Magrat Garlick as the Mother, Agnes Nitt as the Maiden.
  • July 2, 2012
    Hedgi
    Theater: In The Platform Kyle destroys the dream catcher that Agatha has been playing with. Not only does it call her, it symbolizes that the guilt she has carried, thinking she killed her son, has also been destroyed.
  • July 2, 2012
    Ghilz
    • In The Lord Of The Rings, the health of the White Tree of Gondor is generally representative of the health of the kingdom. The tree has died multiple times, to be replaced by a sapling when the kingdom flourished anew. The first tree died when Minas Ithil was taken by Sauron. The second tree died during the great plague. The third tree died as Gondor was kingless, and no sapling could be found, the dead tree was left in the courtyard as Gondor weakened with the passing Age. When Aragorn becomes king at the end of the trilogy, he plants a new White Tree, a Sapling he found, and the dead tree was placed in the Tombs of the Kings with the honors of a dead monarch.
      • The White Tree's forefather, Nimloth in Numenor, was destroyed by loyalist to Sauron as a sacrifice to Melkor, which was a sign of how far the Numenoreans had been corrupted.
  • April 23, 2016
    DAN004
    Compare Reality Changing Miniature when one can make the change intentionally with an object that's meant as a representative of a bigger thing.
  • April 26, 2016
    69BookWorM69
    I seem to recall part of the funeral rituals for kings and princes in England in the Middle Ages (into the early Tudor period, I think) included household officers breaking their staves of office and dropping the pieces in the grave to symbolize the end of their service to that particular prince. Not sure offhand when that started and when it ended (assuming it has).
  • April 26, 2016
    tropesinreadiness
    Three of The Four Gospels say that when Jesus died on the cross, the sanctuary curtain in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem was torn in half. (Unsurprisingly, given the vast array of different denominations and traditions, readers often disagree on exactly what the destruction is meant to symbolize.)
  • April 26, 2016
    Pichu-kun
    This covers eye-glasses, right? I don't think we have a trope for breaking glasses.
  • April 26, 2016
    Pichu-kun
    Double post
  • April 26, 2016
    iNfiniTeSe7eNz
    Puella Magi Madoka Magica: When Mami is killed by Charlotte, a shattered teacup is shown afterwards. The Compilation Movie takes this further by showing her Soul Gem shatter. Soul Gems shattering is also indicative of the death of a magical girl, or transformation into a witch.
  • April 26, 2016
    KTera
    Also see Tattered Flag.
  • April 26, 2016
    Tuckerscreator
    In Halo 4, Master Chief and his rapidly-deteriorating AI Cortana work together to destroy the Big Bad's starship. They succeed in the end, but it takes the last of Cortana's strength to save Chief, even though he was adamant she'd be cured soon. As she vanishes, the starship is seen falling to pieces behind him, representative of his shattered worldview.
  • April 27, 2016
    FerrousFaucet
    In the example for The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe, what does the broken table symbolize?

    Also I think The Ten Commandments example should be reworded. Is it meant to say that the stone tablets literally broke to represent the commandments that were broken (which were inscribed on the tablets)?
  • April 27, 2016
    Pichu-kun
    • In Bokura No Hentai, when Tamura broke off ties with his abusive ex-crush he smashed his glasses after calling him out.
  • April 28, 2016
    Aubren
    • In Western Animation/Wander Over Yonder, Dominator destroying a heart-shaped planet represents breaking Hater's heart.
  • April 29, 2016
    DAN004
    Compare Dead Hat Shot
  • April 29, 2016
    shadowbeast
    Robotech/Macross: the protagonist is sitting in hospital amusing himself with a miniature biplane, when told his friend/squadron leader is dead. Cue dramatic slow-mo shot of the biplane falling to the floor and breaking.
  • August 9, 2016
    DAN004
    Compare Dying For Symbolism, this trope applied to living people.
  • August 13, 2016
    69BookWorM69
  • August 13, 2016
    69BookWorM69
    Also according to The Other Wiki, state funerals in the U.K. include a household official (such as the Lord Chamberlain), breaking a staff of office at the graveside to symbolize the end of service to the dead person.
  • August 13, 2016
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Disney's adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan has Kala the ape lead Tarzan to the treehouse where Tarzan was found as an infant. On the floor, Tarzan finds a photograph in a broken frame with cracked glass of three humans: himself as an infant, his father and his mother. The vicious leopard Sabor had killed Tarzan's parents, leaving only himself for Kala to rescue and adopt.
  • June 11, 2017
    Getta
    Uh, for Naruto example, it's one of Kurenai's flowers that has its petals fall instead of her cup breaking. (or maybe it was both? I forgot)
  • June 11, 2017
    Getta
    Uh, for Naruto example, it's one of Kurenai's flowers that has its petals fall instead of her cup breaking. (or maybe it was both? I forgot)
  • June 27, 2017
    Kindle4Light
    • Pokemon: Part of the way a Stoutland's death in SM 021 is shown is its furniture breaking apart.
  • June 27, 2017
    KTera
    • Clan of the Cave Bear: Mog-ur has a vision of the Clan dying out and the Others taking over the world. When Ayla accidentally breaks the ceremonial bowl Iza uses to prepare one of her potions, Mog-ur sees it as a sign that his vision will come true.
  • June 27, 2017
    intastiel
    Looks like this would be a supertrope to Break Up Bonfire and Let The Past Burn; and a Sister Trope to Dying Candle?
  • June 28, 2017
    Antigone3
    Does this have to be cases where it's noted (in-universe or via the narrator) that this is happening? In How Firm a Foundation, Sailys Trahskhat's lucky baseball bat earned that status because it's the one bat that never broke during a game. When he has to go Batter Up on three armed rioters threatening to rape and murder his family, he wins the fight but his lucky bat breaks in the process. That fight was the point when Trahskhat changed from a Temple Loyalist exile to a Reformist soldier.
  • June 28, 2017
    Getta
    Lots of comparable tropes needed to be added.
  • May 20, 2018
    FGHIK
    • In The Bible, the veil of the temple is torn in half, representing that the people can now communicate with God directly instead of through a priest.
  • May 20, 2018
    eroock
    Compare Crush The Keepsake, when a character's defeat is emphasized by a memento of theirs getting destroyed by the villain.
  • May 20, 2018
    4tell0life4
    • In The King Of Fighters, after Rugal (his nemesis) is confirmed dead, Col. Heidern feels that he can finally move on with his life and he chooses to rip his family photo (Rugal murdered his family back then).
  • May 22, 2018
    AndreaTx
    • Supernatural:
      • A really bad car wreck leaves Dean comatose and not expected to live. After seeing the Winchesters' badly damaged Impala, Bobby suggests scrapping the car. Sam goes on an emotional, not-at-all subtle rant that if there is even one salvageable piece of the car, he won't give up on it.
      • After John's death, Dean is working to repair the Impala but can't quite get the car to do what he wants. After insisting that he was fine all episode, Dean wails on the car with a crowbar. Anyone who watches the show knows how out of character this is for Dean, but it perfectly represents how helpless and destroyed he feels following his father's death.
  • May 22, 2018
    Miss_Desperado
    Hello, is OP still around? There are a LOT of comments with content needing to be added to the draft!
  • May 23, 2018
    Arivne
    ^ The OP ladyofprocrastination never posted here after creating this proposal.

    As you can see from the page history in the upper right corner, they never edited the page after June 25th, 2012, the day it was created.

    If you check for recent posts on TV Tropes by ladyofprocrastination:

    Their latest edit was on November 4th, 2017.

    tl:dr The OP forgot about this proposal back in 2012, and hasn't been around TV Tropes since 2017.
  • May 23, 2018
    AndreaTx
    I'll grab it then if that's okay.
  • May 23, 2018
    AgProv
    Poetry/Literature:

    • In Tennyson's The Lady of Shallot, the eponymous Lady imprisoned in a tower knows her death is near, when:

      Out flew the web and floated wide—
      "The curse is come upon me," cried
      The Lady of Shalott.

  • May 23, 2018
    Chabal2
    ^^ Clearly not a name chosen at random.

    • Twilight Princess: After Midna uses the Fused Shadows to fight Ganon one-on-one, the scene cuts to Hyrule Field where she'd teleported Link and Zelda. After a massive explosion shakes the castle, Ganon appears on horseback, holding the Fused Shadow Midna had been wearing as a hat... and crushes it. Cue the last two phases of the final boss fight.
  • May 23, 2018
    mahidevrans
    Not all these examples are objects; perhaps Symbolic Destruction would be a more suitable name?
  • May 23, 2018
    henke37
    • Mulan has the bad guy find a doll as he ransacks a village. The doll is later seen when the army arrives at the village.
  • May 23, 2018
    AndreaTx
    ^^ I may go through and filter out the non-objects so we don't get overly broad or have trope drift.
  • May 23, 2018
    mahidevrans
    May I suggest keeping the symbolic destruction of a place also be covered? (e.g. the Dark Lord's tower in the description). I think it would fall under the same purview of the description.

    I'm on my mobile but I'll provide examples when I can get to a computer.
  • May 23, 2018
    Gamermaster
  • May 24, 2018
    PaulA
    Comics:
    • In Batman The Dark Knight Returns, the flashback to Martha Wayne's death shows her necklace breaking and the pearls scattering as she falls to the ground.

    Theatre:
    • In Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll, the doll that Roo gives Olive at the beginning gets broken near the end, in the same scene that sees the irretrievable breakdown of Roo and Olive's relationship.
  • May 26, 2018
    AndreaTx
    Removed some examples that would fit better under some of the other symbolism tropes:

    • Removed Lord of the Ring Example. A very important tree dying is not the same as an object breaking.

    • Removed Voyager example. While symbolically important, the plaque fell but did not break.

    • Removed Persona 5 example. It was unclear how the Joker and the tea cup were related.

    • Did not include Mulan example because it was unclear how it was broken or what that may have symbolized.
  • May 26, 2018
    MinecraftFan11
    Gravity Falls: Mabel rips up a photo with her, Candy and Grenda in the episode "Boyz Crazy" after temporary breaking up with them. In the next episodes where the photo is shown, it is fixed.
  • May 26, 2018
    4tell0life4
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=g23mg61xzy7uulqf0m9pi1ri