It's all fun and games until someone's psyche [[HeroicBSOD crashes and burns]].

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* Hyacinth of ''SquidNinja'' has this happen a couple of times. Of Course, her TricksterMentor messing with her head doesn't help much.
* In ''{{Megatokyo}}'', after a dramatic conversation with Miho, Ping the RobotGirl ends up with all of her emotional statistics jumbled up.
** Piro nearly turns catatonic when he finally [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/535 connects the dots]] between 'co-worker' and 'my favourite VA ever that I had a body pillow of'.
** Erika has a minor one when Largo starts explaining, completely truthfully, why he's late for dinner. [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/1095 He probably shouldn't have mentioned the zombies]].
** Inspector Sonoda [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/1117 underwent one upon finding out his daughter was a troublesome magical girl]].
** More recently, after a quick-thinking intervention by Ping, our plucky RobotGirl may have just [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/1169 broken the Junko]]. In deference to the [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/1000 last time this happened]], which didn't stick, we'll see how much of that really registered to the [[ClassRepresentative class rep]].
** As a possible subversion, Ping (A robot, and therefore possibly capable of a literal BSOD) seems to be having one after nearly accidentally hurting her friend [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/794 here]]. It's commented upon by Piro [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/808 here]].
* In ''Webcomic/CityOfReality'' Todo gets this after seeing [[spoiler:AV gets shot]] in the Do You Believe In Magic storyline.
* In ''{{Erfworld}}'', when Jillian is unable to rationalize her way around a conflict between Wanda's [[MoreThanMindControl influence]] and [[ThePowerOfLove her loyalty to Ansom]], she briefly collapses. [[spoiler: She recovers and charges into battle, resulting in a major victory for Ansom's side. This stuns Wanda into a considerably more severe BSOD of her own.]]
** Later, it turns out that this may simply be [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erf0093.html backlash]] from the breaking of Wanda's suggestion spell.
* Parodied in ''ExterminatusNow!'' After hearing that an old friend of his is behind an assassination attempt on his boss, Eastwood goes into a trance and spends a few minutes repeating his name. His teammates take the opportunity to steal his wallet.
* Grace in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' ''kinda'' has one of these after [[spoiler:making BigBad Damien blow himself up.]]
** Yeah that's an example. Ellen also went through one of these when she was created.
** Elliot [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-04-04 suffers from one]] when he has the revelation that he loves Sarah as a sister not as a girlfriend.
* ''[[Webcomic/EightBitTheater 8-Bit Theater]]'':
** In one of the rare dramatic moments, Fighter has a [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/02/12/episode-383-spinal-snap/ brief moment of sadness]] when [[spoiler:Black Mage is killed by Lich]]. He replaces it with [[UnstoppableRage a screaming rage]] though.
** Black Mage later ''[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy fakes]]'' one when he [[spoiler: accidently killed White Mage. She got better.]]
** When White Mage realizes that all of her well-intended acts inevitably lead to ruin, she experiences a BSOD that actually turns her evil for a while. Of course, because it's White Mage, it doesn't work, and she quickly reverts back.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' features a few, of varying forms and degrees, mostly but ''not'' all the comedy version:
** Not too surprisingly, consider Faye after [[spoiler: her dad died]].
** OCD-fastidious Hanners has one after learning [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1187 her underwear was showing]] while she was drumming -- from both of her male bandmates.
** Marten sorta suffers from one when he and Dora break up.
** Pintsize, being an AI, comically suffers from a near-literal version on occasion.
** Steve does this ... only in his case, he ends up going on adventures, becoming a spy and all that ... unless that's just a case of PutOnABus.
** Mega-nerd (or possibly just kilo-nerd) Marigold suffers a minor but nigh-lampshaded BSOD [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2608 here]].
* Ash from ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' suffers one during his first defeat at the hands of [[BigBad Kamikaze Kate]] in [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2005-05-13 this strip]].
** Although having [[GenderBender his]] first [[NoPeriodsPeriod period]] might have contributed to that emotional roller coaster.
** Ash gets it ''[[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2008-10-27 again]]'' when Vashiel tells him that Rumisiel won't be able to return to Heaven for another ''72 years'', meaning he won't be able to correct his misfile mistake until then. Considering the average human lifespan, Ash realizes that he will have to stay the way he is for the rest of his life. It takes a [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2008-11-03 visit from Emily]] to snap him out of it.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''
** "That Which Redeems": ZoŽ from the [[SugarBowl Dimension of Lame]] gets a minor one -- when Torg, ZoŽ and that dimension's Bun-bun climb up to what they think to be the Demon King's abode and Torg is snatched inside immediately at the door, ZoŽ sits down (instead of running away) and sits still, staring ahead, and pets Bun-bun, not responding to his questions.
** Still in "That Which Redeems", Torg goes through a mild one of these after [[spoiler:an AlternateUniverse version of ZoŽ he'd been dating]] dies, and immediately jumps to Roaring Rampage Of Revenge mode. He never completely ''stops'' being his goofy self after the ordeal and returning to his home dimension, but he is a lot angrier and mopier for a while, especially around [[spoiler:Zoe]].
** In "Wayang Kulit", Torg, Kiki and Bun-bun enter a shadow world where the local beings basically try to induce a HeroicBSOD in anyone coming there to make them stay forever. [[PlayedForLaughs Kiki is driven to despair over some toast.]] Torg is faced with visions of the events in "That Which Redeems" and more about how women who love him or whom he loves are doomed and breaks down, hiding from the images in a castle created for him and claiming to be happy there. [[BadAss Bun-bun]] faces his worst fears immediately (he does have a brief period uncharacteristic moment of shock) and starts threatening the guardians testing him with physical harm.
* Lilah's miscarriage in ''CtrlAltDel'' forces Ethan to go into HeroicBSOD mode. He spends the next several comics wandering around in a zombie-like state (the lack of sleep might have contributed to that), and was seen trying to get a soda out of a vending machine until moments later, when he says he's not even thirsty and that seeing Lilah inconsolable was far too much for him.
* Dan from ''DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' experiences one of these in [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_529.php this strip]] due to a troubling suggestion.
* The innocent titular character in ''RiceBoy'' has to [[spoiler: travel the harsh wilderness, be dosed with liquid despair, learn cosmic secrets at the cost of other people's lives, see a hundred clones of himself spawned and cut down, and know that he must save the world and die. Suffering a HeroicBSOD he throws himself off a cliff ... into the next stage of his quest.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0245.html "I think we broke Haley."]]
** Vaarsuvius as well, as the result of what the elf perceives as a great [[MyGreatestFailure failure]] back in Azure City and in everything that has happened since, to the point where everything the elf does has the underlying tone of being horrifically, terribly afraid of continuing to fail in new and horrifying ways.
** Elan goes through this after he realizes his father Tarquin is evil, and not in a NobleDemon sort of way. It gets worse when he tries to kill him, only for his father to tell him that [[MortonsFork he'll win either way]]: If he wins then he wins and if he loses then he'll at least he'll go down in legend and that he'll at least have lived a great life.
** Vaarsuvius, again, has the mother of all Heroic BSOD when [[spoiler:s/he realizes that the earlier casting of the Familicide spell had not only killed black dragons, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0843.html but numerous human families on the Western Continent]] through the dragonblooded Draketooth clan.]]
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0881.html Roy has one]], hearing of [[spoiler:Durkon]]'s death, and tries to talk the rest of the team into LosingTheTeamSpirit. Belkar, of all people, gives him a RousingSpeech.
* In ''FletcherApts'', Doug often blanks out and mentally reboots when he sees a girl flash her breasts. Like in [[http://www.fletcherapts.com/archive/20060217.html this strip]], he forgot the answer to the homework problem he was talking about, and in [[http://www.fletcherapts.com/archive/20060331.html this strip]] his brain literally flashes a BSOD, causing Doug to forget his lesson and possibly the entire week beforehand.
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}!'' When Ethan realizes how gratuitously evil he's being, his shock and horror causes the strip itself to "crash"--[[http://www.shortpacked.com/blog/2009/03/31/gpf/ complete with BSOD]].
** As an added bonus, that entire chapter was ''named'' [[LampshadeHanging Heroic BSOD]]
* A comedic version appeared in ''VGCats'', when Aeris had a major FreakOut on the subject of ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'''s stare.
* In "4our-Calendar Cafe", Cambel and Sara both had a BSOD moment when they heard of MichaelJackson's death in [[http://4calendarcafe.cloverian.net/2009/06/25/gone-too-soon-or-blue-screen-of-death/ this strip]]. Although clearly not part of the cannon, the author himself said "pretty much all of us entered a state of Blue Screen of Death when we heard about the news".
* Misho, from ''KeychainOfCreation'', suffers one of these in [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0220.html #220]] as a result of his Heart of Tears Limit Flaw.
* Torvald of ''Dante Residential'' gets a literal BSOD in [[http://community.livejournal.com/dante_res_comic/25635.html this strip]] after being liked and rejected by the same girl within mere seconds.
* Parodied in [[http://concessioncomic.com/index.php?pid=20090320 this]] ''{{Concession}}'', where [[VirginityMakesYouStupid Matt]] (post-destupidification) [[AmbiguousInnocence seemingly]] goes into a HeroicBSOD when he learns that TheInternetIsForPorn.
* Kate of ''InstantClassic'' suffers one after learning that Orson Welles (whom she idolizes) voice acted in an anime (a genre that she regards as the lowest, least dignified form of filmmaking).
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', John is given the command [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002879 "mental breakdown"]] after discovering Fruit Gushers are made by Betty Crocker. [[spoiler:In actuality, this trope is brilliantly and hilariously subverted. THIS IS STUPID]]
** However, this is played very straight immediately before the above example, [[spoiler: where John's discovery that his dad is just a boring businessman and [[MindScrew isn't really into "harlequins" at all]] is enough to send him into the fetal postion.]]
** Surprisingly, ''[[JerkAss Karkat]]'' is by far the most prone to this trope:
*** He his first one after [[spoiler: he fails to get Sollux into the Medium in time.]] [[MoodWhiplash It doesn't last for very long, though.]]
*** He gets another one when [[spoiler: [[EtTuBrute Eridan kills Feferi and Kanaya]]]]. His horrified face became a popular photoshop target within the fandom thereafter.
*** ''And'' another very shortly thereafter when [[spoiler: he finds out that Gamzee [[AxCrazy flipped]] [[FromNobodyToNightmare the]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes fuck]] [[MonsterClown out]]. Much later on, it's implied in a conversation with John that he's only just recovered from another following encountering post-flipout Gamzee in person and presumably having to kill him. (Although it's revealed Karkat was able to calm him down rather than kill him)]]
*** And another, less serious one when he freaks out about [[spoiler: possible troll-human relationships that might develop during the three years on the asteroid]], complete with a CallBack to the first example in this list.
** Dave has a pretty nasty nervous breakdown after finding his Bro dead, impaled on his own katana. He tries to play it off for a little while, but after failing to retrieve the sword from the body, his cool shatters in the middle of his conversation with Terezi. Combined with the stress of managing stable time loops and watching many doomed timeline selves die horribly, Dave remains something of a shell-shocked mess for the rest of Act 5. He seems to have gotten some of his mojo back during the 3-year meteor journey but is still dealing with the lingering trauma in Act 6.
** WV gets one after the demolition of his rebellion. Complete with MoodWhiplash.
** Not too surprisingly, Dirk seems to be in this state post-[S] GAME OVER.
* [[SplitPersonality Yumiko]] experienced one in ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'' when she finds out [[spoiler: not only isn't she the original personality, but she has ''eleven'' split personalities in total. She then suffers a second one when Heinkel releases them, while the personalities sort themselves out.]]
* [[spoiler: Dejoru]] in ''{{Juathuur}}'', after being abandoned by everyone and seeing [[spoiler: Mijuu]] die in front of him.
* Peanut of ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' is prone to having these when confronted with his socially unacceptable attraction to cats, most recently [[spoiler: when his best friend and adopted sister Grape revealed that she knew about his secret, long-time crush on her]].
* Fumbles of ''{{Goblins}}'' experienced this twice. The first was when he [[spoiler: [[KickTheWrongDog injured an elven child]] and realized he had become as bad as adventurers]]; the second came after [[spoiler: [[KnightTemplar Goblinslayer]] [[ColdBloodedTorture carved the word monster into his forehead]] and he was left alone in the torture cell by his friends]]. Following the second, [[spoiler: Big Ears has stated [[AngstComa his mind is completely broken]].]]
* Lloyd from ''MurphysLaw'' experiences this after he discovers that [[spoiler: the dragon that he had been fighting, wasn't evil.]]
* Rikk had one in ''{{Fans}}'' when a fellow Aegis member Hilda committed suicide right in front of him. [[spoiler: Shortly after the suicide, Rikk learned that "Hilda" was an [[SpotTheImposter artificially constructed homunculus]] created by the Aegis' enemies, and the "suicide" was staged to create just that response in Rikk.]]
* Not the most heroic example, but the Nameless Grad Student of ''[[Webcomic/{{PHD}} Piled Higher and Deeper]]'' experiences one when his experimental results turn up lacking. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by his advisor: [[http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1383]].
* In PennyArcade, Tycho goes into one when he sees an ad for a place called "Gamez N Flix", which made the always elegant Tycho go mad.
* Antimony, in chapter 31 of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' after being told that [[spoiler: she was the reason for her mother's death]], reels back in shock and proceeds to run out of the Court and into the Forest, setting off the alarm, and creating a huge firewall of death to prevent anyone following her.
** It helps that the art is also [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=808 bizarrely warped]] to represent her crazed state of mind
* [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Gilgamesh Wulfenbach]] suffers one of these when he thinks that [[spoiler: Agatha's dead.]] Agatha later has one of her own when [[spoiler: Lars dies]], but hers involves a calliope and an attack carousel. Given the GrayandBlackMorality of the characters, the degree of Heroic in HeroicBSOD may vary.
* ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'':
** Germany literally BSOD's in [[http://satwcomic.com/cute-puppy this comic]] when faced with a dog that Finland trained to give a Nazi salute. He's sorry! [[TheAtoner He's changed! He really, really has!]] [[ApologisesALot He's sorry!]] [[MadnessMantra He's sorry!]] [[RuleOfThree He's sorry!]]
** Not the first time Germany [=BSODs=]. [[http://satwcomic.com/evil-flag He did it before]] when, after he begs the Scandinavian countries not to fly his flag around cause it makes his people prideful, it's pointed out that his ''shirt'' has the flag on it too.
* ''ItsWalky!'': During the strip's climax, Linda Walkerton was taken out of commission by [[spoiler: Her preserved, pre-resurrection corpse and the information that she'd died, been brought back, and manipulated into doing the will of Dargon Chesterfield and his compatriots, which turned her understanding of the most important moment in her life and the aftermath thereof on its head.]]
* [[Webcomic/SluggyFreelance Riff]] [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/100610 went through a minor one]] upon finding out that [[spoiler: Zoe was not dead as he had thought, but instead was [[FateWorseThanDeath horrifically burned and in constant agony, kept alive by life-support]].]] What's worse is that he thinks it's ''all his fault''. He gets over it quickly though and vows to [[MercyKill set things right.]]
* ''SquidRow'' [[http://squidrowcomics.com/?p=454 Total system shutdown]]
* In ''WapsiSquare'', Shelly [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/are-you-there-2/ went through one of these]] after [[spoiler:being trapped in another world as a sphinx for 80,000 years, while [[YearInsideHourOutside no time at all passed for her friends.]] She got better surprisingly quickly.]]
* [[WideEyedIdealist Julie]] suffers one in ''{{Our Little Adventure}}'' after [[spoiler: her friend Pauline dies.]]
* Scarlett from ''PlusEV'' declares that {{poker}} and [[ShowWithinAShow Princess Amazia]] are her two favorite things, and she couldn't do without either. Then Amazia [[AnAesop comes out against]] gambling.
* ''NinthElsewhere'': Carmen enters this when she [[spoiler: accidentally destroys the key that unlocks her mind because of her lack of self-control of her lucidity.]]
* DubiousCompany's Leeroy has one [[UndyingLoyalty complete]] with OhCrap stare when the magic fades from the latest [[QuantumLeap leap]] to AnotherDimension and [[ChildhoodFriends Sal]] is missing.
* In ''BlueYonder'', [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1332262/blue-yonder-chapter-1-page-34/ Jared shows it when they are attacked again]]
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-02-06 after]] Ventura [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-01-24 faced an angry mob]] with green belt... and low-profile {{powered armor}}. Her commander is good at snapping people out of such problems and knows this, but forgot Para was ''not'' really trained as a soldier, so [[spoiler:it worked only as a quick-fix and [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2011-01-30 she froze]] in the next fight]].
-->'''Doctor Bunnigus''': It's not her blood, sir.
-->'''Captain Tagon''': What do you want me to do, give her a bath?
-->'''Doctor Bunnigus''': It's worse than that. I think she needs a hug.
* In GoblinHollow, by the creator of Tales Of The Questor, the protagonist Ben Bruin's brain shorts out after he receives news of his impending fatherhood.
* In ''{{Sinfest}}'' [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2310 Lil' Evil wants a film]] with BadGuysWin and HumiliationConga, ending in this.
* [[TheAce Ace]] in ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' suffers from one after [[HyperCompetentSidekick Mittens]] hatches a plan to foil [[BigBad Zenith]] that outclasses anything he could come up with. He snaps out of it when MOUSE lets him listen in on a completely innocent conversation between Mittens and Freeda [[AccidentalInnuendo that sounded a lot dirtier than it really was]], [[CrazyJealousGuy sending him into a rage]] that ends with poor Mittens stripped by the transporter and shunned by the crew.
* The newly elevated Dark Eldar Archon in EATATAU!!! has a Brain Leech [[http://eatatau.smackjeeves.com/comics/1438010/insight-iii/ that causes these.]]
* The titular character of SerenityRose has several of these on the backstory. A partial list:
** She freezes a few square miles of lake Michigan when her Mother dies.
** She takes a bus with a dozen or so people in it on a joyride 300feet in the are ending in a swamp when her father dies [[spoiler:and she's rejected by the girl she had a crush on after failing to protect her from bullies.]]
* Hope from ''AloneInACrowd'' has one of these [[http://aiacrowd.com/archives/155 when she realises]] her parents have [[spoiler: abandoned her and aren't coming back]]. Made all the more tear-jerking because she could only actively ignore it until she had to say it out loud.
* Nelson in ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity'' somehow managed to respond '''even worse''' to the Red Wedding in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' than his co-gamers, spending an entire strip silent apart from mumbling a little and bearing a traumatised expression.
* [[http://www.grrlpowercomic.com/archives/253 Sydney]] in ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' after a bullet was fired [[BulletCatch in the direction of]] her face. [[http://www.grrlpowercomic.com/archives/262 Continued]] the next week.
* Few of the cast of ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' really qualify as "heroic," but the writers seem to like using the comedy version of this trope. Sometimes the characters respond to stress with hysteria, but sometimes they blank out:
** [[StatuesqueStunner [=DiDi=]]] can induce a BSOD in various people just by walking into a room in a tight top. (Strip #10, June 06, 2008; NSFW, because it's [=DiDi=] in a tight top.)
** The prospect of dating two girls at once is too much for Gary; Zii and [=DiDi=] find him lying on the floor in a TroubledFetalPosition. He gets another, consciousness-destroying BSOD when he realizes that he has just [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/can_i_have_your eaten out his favorite porn star while blindfolded]] (it's a long story), and suffers similar effects on other occasions.
** Zii seems to blue-screen as she realizes that [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/like_any_other Erik may be more than a quick fling to her.]]
** Allie the waitress occasionally suffers minor shut-downs in the face of her colleague Sonya's odder behaviour, leading to reactions such as [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/mad%EF%BC%9F_mad%EF%BC%9F dropped coffee jugs]] [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/you_take_the_initiative and trays.]]
** [=DiDi=] is stunned in the face of [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/it_is_just_a_mild_craving Zii's attempt to clarify her feelings for her.]] It's probably the "nothing to worry about" that makes Zii's speech confusing. Or maybe terrifying.
* [[FishOutOfWater Ruby]] of ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' tends to suffer frequent traumatic confusion, for comedy effect, due to her being an easily embarrassed, naive {{virgin|ityMakesYouStupid}} and the comic's ButtMonkey:
** [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/banish_these_thoughts She suffers a complex, pop art-styled blue screen effect]] after her date Andy accidentally hits her ([[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/i_am_curious_about_her_work here]]) with what should be an insult but which actually serves as an ArmourPiercingQuestion.
** Seconds later, [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/your_expectations_of_me she suffers a more serious BSOD,]] which lasts for some time and multiple strips -- simply because of the prospect of her first kiss.
* Invoked in [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2014/04/17/0573-next-step-ii/ this]] ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' strip, complete with a parody BSOD screen.
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