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->''"Dryden explained that Van had gone into something called an "[[TropeNamer angst coma]]," which is what happens when the brain shuts down as it rapidly approached the [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sasuke]] Limit."''
-->-- '''Hitomi''', ''WebVideo/VisionOfEscaflowneAbridged''

Sometimes called Post Traumatic Catatonia, this refers to a situation in which a character enters a comatose or catatonic state that is either directly caused by his personal problems, or cured by dealing with his personal problems, or both. Often, the cure comes when the character confronts his demons in a hallucinatory VisionQuest, sometimes accompanied by one or more friends or loved ones who take a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind. For some reason, this condition is often associated with / exacerbated by GiantMecha.

A subtrope of the more general HeroicBSOD, this refers specifically to a comatose state to the exclusion of other forms of mental breakdown. A milder form is DeepSleep.

Compare VisionQuest and JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind, which don't have to include the coma part or necessarily any angst. May overlap with ConvenientComa, which serves the plot rather than the character. When done poorly see: {{Wangst}}.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', [[spoiler:Annie remembers her promise to her father to come home safely, then purposely enters a coma by [[CrystalPrison encasing herself in impenetrable crystal]] when she's about to be captured so she can't be interrogated]].
* ZetsuenNoTempest: [[spoiler: Yoshino tells Hakaze that when he heard his girlfirend Aika died over the phone, he went into shock.]]
* In ''VisionOfEscaflowne'', Van goes into an AngstComa after going berserk and killing a number of minor villains. Hitomi enters his mind to try to bring him out of it, but it is ultimately Merle's heartfelt pleas that do the job.
* ''Anime/TheBigO'': In the first episode of the second season, the main character goes introspectively catatonic as he struggles to figure out just who -- and ''[[TomatoInTheMirror what]]'' -- he is.
* In ''Manga/ElfenLied'', Kouta, the male lead, suffers amnesia and spends an entire year in a coma after [[spoiler: watching his little sister Kanae and his father get slaughtered right in front of him by Lucy]].
* In the manga ''ChronoCrusade'', after the carnival battle in volume 5, Chrono forces himself into a ConvenientComa to keep from hurting Rosette. It takes her [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind going into his mind and digging around in his memories]] before he's prepared to continue on his quest.
* In ''GundamSEED'', after the return to Earth, Kira Yamato goes into a coma (more like a nap though) partly from the stress of re-entry, and partly because he failed to prevent the destruction of a shuttle full of refugees.
* VisualNovel/{{Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni}}. Satoko enters one after [[spoiler: seeing her entire village massacred by a gas leak which she escaped by falling into a river.]] The aforementioned was inspired at least in part by the ending of Tatarigoroshi-hen (that was cut in the anime), where it's [[spoiler:Keiichi]] who does this in a similar situation. It's also inspired in part by a scene from the PS2-only Taraimawashi-hen, where [[spoiler:Mion]] enters this after having been rescued from events largely comparable to Watanagashi-hen/Meakashi-hen.
* Creator/{{CLAMP}} uses this trope more than once:
** Kamui in ''{{X1999}}'' ends up in one after [[spoiler:his former best friend Fuuma violently assaults him and kills [[BarrierMaiden Kotori]] right in front of him]]. It takes Subaru going on a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind to get him out of it.
** Subaru has experience in this, as in TokyoBabylon he pulled his childhood friend Midori from the one she fell in after being brutally raped. [[spoiler: And ''he'' fell into one almost at the end of the manga, after Seishirou revealed that he was the Sakurazukamori: he went catatonic until his twin sister Hokuto pulled a ThanatosGambit and perished at the hands of Seishirou.]] And in the ''X'' TV series [[spoiler: Subaru ''again'' has one of these few after he kills Seishirou, but with a pus from Hokuto's soul he recovers right before the end.]]
** Also in the ''X'' TV series [[spoiler: ''Kotori'' herself suffered one shortly before dying, as a consequence of Tokiko's death which {{trigger}}ed her memories of her mother's ''very'' similar death. She spends the rest of her screen time with her body in a coma and her subconscious hanging out in Kakyou's dream space thanks to her DreamWeaver powers, until Fuuma kills her.]] You could say that she had one in the old movie as well, [[spoiler: when her DreamWeaver ability kicks in after Kanoe gets a hold of her, and she spends a good part of the movie in a TroubledFetalPosition while getting glimpses of her status as a PersonOfHolding... until Fuuma ''also'' kills her here.]]
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Asuka suffers her infamous MindRape by the fifteenth Angel (not to mention that her life was already going down the drain before that). That puts her in an increasingly severe State of HeroicBSOD for the reminder of the Series. She ends up catatonic by episode 24. She gets better. For about five minutes.
** At the end of ''[[RebuildOfEvangelion Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo]]'', Shinji pretty much [[EmptyShell ceases to function]] due to sheer trauma overload (watch the movie and [[TraumaCongaLine you'll understand why]]).
* Fate Testarossa from ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' faints when her mother makes it clear beyond any terms that she rejects her ''and'' tells her [[spoiler: that she's [[CloningBlues a clone]].]] Fate herself [[HesBack comes back]] when she realizes [[YouAreNotAlone she is not alone.]]
* In ''Anime/PleaseTeacher'', it was revealed that the reason for Kei's "standstill" coma was him witnessing his sister's suicide. Not only does this psychically inhibit his aging (although he is legally 18 after a 3 year coma), modern science in his universe has catalogued and recognized it.
* Aki Izayoi from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' suffers from this after [[spoiler: watching Divine falling to his (supposed) death.]]
* Luffy from ''Manga/OnePiece'' suffers from this after [[spoiler: his attempted [[RescueArc rescue]] of his beloved older brother, Ace, ends with Ace [[TakingTheBullet sacrificing himself to save Luffy from Akainu]] and [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dying in Luffy's arms]].]]
* Keiko from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' suffered a brief but very through one while watching Yusuke being beaten up to almos death by Younger Toguro.
* [[spoiler: Fumika]] of ''Anime/{{Shigofumi}}'', after [[spoiler: shooting her father.]]
* Ken Ichijouji from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' slept for several days when he returned home after his defeat in the Digital World, his realisation that the Digital World is ''real'' ''and'' the death of his partner. In this sleep, he recalled memories of his deceased brother and resolved his feelings of abandonment and neglect.
* Clair Leonelli in ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'' goes into one after he is [[spoiler: deposed from his position as Mafia leader and loses his home and two Mooks/friends all in one day, in addition to his extant Daddy Issues.]]
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', Blue falls into one when she sees her long-lost parents vanish right before her eyes. Considering her rather [[DarkAndTroubledPast crappy circumstances]] and everything she put into getting over it, it's understandable. Props to her for managing to get back on her feet to keep fighting and save them.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''. After Tessa's ''very'' overt advances become too much for him (after her XO and father-figure informs Sousuke that if anything "happens between them" he'll [[OverprotectiveDad fire Sousuke out a torpedo tube]]), Sousuke faints from the stress. Well, that and the exhaustion of going four days straight without sleep.
* ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle''. I SEE NO POINT IN LIVING IF I CAN'T BE BEAUTIFUL.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' has Kenshin go into one when [[spoiler: Kaoru gets killed by Enishi. [[FakingTheDead Or so he's led to believe.]]]]
* Margery Daw from ''ShakuganNoShana'' goes into this after [[spoiler:discovering that the demon she was chasing for all her life was in fact a piece of herself.]]
* Manga/{{Naruto}} goes into an AngstComa when he can't come to terms with how hopeless Sasuke's situation is, though "coma" is something of an overstatement as it only lasted a couple hours and ended without any mental journey. It might be considered more of an Angst Nap.
* In ''Manga/AimForTheAce'' Hiromi goes into one after [[spoiler:Coach Munakata dies]]. Made worse because [[spoiler: Munakata died when she was in the USA, some of her friends knew but kept her LockedoutOfTheLoop so she wouldn't mentally splinter and lose her matches (like it happened to one of them when he found out), and she only learned about it ''when she came back home''.]]
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' introduced "zero point," a rare affliction that occurs when a Cybertronian's spark energy is unable to fully travel the course of the robot's body due to microscopic gaps caused by severe injury. The patient goes into a coma-like state of living death until their body fails and shuts down completely. Autobot psychiatrist Rung has theorized that talking to patients can trigger an emotional response that encourages the brain to force the spark to travel over the gap and revive the afflicted. This treatment has succeeded at [[ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers least]] [[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye twice]] so far.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Happens to Anne Wiazemsky's character in the [[LeFilmArtistique highly stylized]] ([[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible but good!]]) Pasolini film ''Teorema.''
* In ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', Freder falls into one after seeing [[spoiler: his father with a robotic replica of Maria.]]
* [[Film/BatmanBegins "Dr. Crane isn't here right now, but if you'd like to make an appointment..."]]
* ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'': Cameron goes into one after his dad's precious car gets wrecked.
* In ''Film/WhatAboutBob'', Leo Marvin slips into one when he accidentally gets his house blown up.
* Rosa Wasserstein in ''Film/DerLetzteZug'', after her husband is shot in front of her.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Ender enters one for a few days near the end of ''EndersGame'' when [[spoiler: he discovers that he unwittingly committed mass genocide against the buggers while believing he was only undergoing training for it.]] Possibly justified in that he was physically and mentally exhausted at the time: the angst was just what pushed him over the edge.
** Not to mention [[spoiler: that he was psychically/spiritually/emotionally connected to the Bugger Queens at the moment he killed them all. They had been trying to reach out to the mind of their enemy in order to understand him and try to communicate in some way.]]
* In Literature/{{Wicked}}, Elphaba goes into one of these for a year when [[spoiler: Fiyero dies]]. Because of this, she is unsure whether or not Liir is her son, as she may have given birth and been unaware of it.
* Talia of the ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar Arrows]]'' trilogy lapses into a self-induced coma after [[spoiler:being tortured nearly to death]]. Naturally, ThePowerOfLove brings her back.
** The coma was [[spoiler:more due to an overdose of smuggled-in poison. Not that the torture didn't ''help'', it meant that none of the Healers could convince her she wasn't being revived for another session or 15 with Ancar.]]
* Literature/HonorHarrington in ''Field of Dishonor'' upon learning of the death of [[spoiler:Paul Tankersley]].
* Happened to Myn Donos in the XWingSeries. He'd led a squadron of X-Wings into a trap. He, and his astromech, were the only survivors; after that he was emotionally dead but functional. Until his astromech was destroyed - the last Talon. His failure became complete. There's mention that his squadmates tried to talk to him, but he wouldn't respond.
--> "Myn just lies there, staring off into nowhere. He'll eat if you put food in his hand, drink if you put the cup to his lips. But he's gone somewhere."
** His squadmates eventually pull him out of it by putting him through a simulation of that same trap. He's understandably quite pissed, but this hair-of-the-dog technique forces him to deal with his emotions - after he gets through the anger, he can feel other things again. Not that he's fully healed, or anything; the trauma comes back to bite him later in the series.
* In the Book of Mormon, Alma the Younger got up to a lot of anti-church antics as a kid. After an angel appeared to chastise him for this behavior, Alma fell into a deep sleep that lasted two days and during which he faced his sins and was forgiven.
* Happens to Martini in ''TheAlienSeries'' a lot, as whenever his empathetic abilities overload, his body shuts down in self-defense.
* About a billion times in ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}''. Any time something bad happens, Victor seems to keel over into a months-long coma/sleep. And since it's ''Frankenstein'', bad things happen a LOT.
* Seen in French SciFi novel ''{{Literature/Malevil}}''. The cast barely survives WorldWarIII inside a castle cellar. The next day everyone mopes around in a silent daze. When one staggers to his feet to leave, convinced his wife is waiting for him, Emmanuel is angry that he has to leave his ''comfortable'' Angst Coma to stop his friend from killing himself.
* Subverted in the {{Dragonlance}} novel, Dragons of Spring Dawning. The [[BadassInDistress captive Golden General]], Laurana seems to go catatonic after hearing that [[FateWorseThanDeath she is going to be tortured to death and have her soul given to a death knight]] and seeing her LoveInterest Tanis Half-Elven serving her ArchEnemy, the Dragon Highlord Kitiara. In fact Laurana is just luring her enemies into a false sense of security and, as soon as Kitiara has completely disregarded her as a threat, she breaks free, [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps Kitiara]], and makes her escape.
* Túrin has one in ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'', after he finds out the princess he promised to protect is dead. He collapses on her grave and takes several days to be nursed back to health.
* Rebecca Morgan in Creator/CatherineAnderson's ''Cherish'' goes into one that nearly ''kills her'' after the outlaws who slaughtered her entire family return to finish her off.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}''. Candayce is so deeply dismayed at turning into a dinosaur and being stuck in the past with people she doesn't like that she briefly shuts down and has to be carried around, glassy-eyed and drooling. She comes out of it on her own after getting something to eat, but the dismay stays.

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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Gibbs from ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' plunges into one of them after his [[spoiler:wife and daughter are killed. He actually does this twice--because of an explosion/head wound/flashback . . . [[BuffySpeak thingy]]. Well, it made sense in context. Sort of.]]
* In ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'', Apollonia is in a vegetative state through which she can only communicate telepathically after giving birth to Sofie [[spoiler:who was conceived via rape at the hands of Justin Crowe, thus bequeathing Sofie an avataric nature, which means her birth is traumatic to her mother, as per the show's mythology. Whew!]].
* In a ''Series/{{Star Trek The Next Generation}}'' episode, Counselor Troi enlists the aid of a powerful alien telepath to enter the mind of her comatose mother and help her deal with [[spoiler: her first daughter's death.]]
* [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] spends most of the episode "The Weight of the World" in one of these after Glory kidnaps Dawn.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' has a comedic example: The stress of having to testify at his father's trial causes him to enter "a light to no coma", or in layman's terms "a heavy nap".
* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'': Artie after [[spoiler: his EnemyWithin kills Leena.]]
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': This happens to Sam after the "wall" in his mind is broken, which causes [[spoiler: all of his memories of being tortured by Michael and Lucifer back, after having regained his DamagedSoul.]]
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This is a game mechanic in ''{{Exalted}}''. Solar Exalts with high Compassion can take Heart of Tears as their virtue flaw, leaving them totally unable to do anything but weep (and flee from combat if attacked) for several days, once they've seen enough innocents suffer.
** Actually, it only lasts one day, or one scene in combat.
* Several games with a SanityMeter or a fear system can cause this to happen. ''RavenLoft, DarkHeresy,'' and ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' can each have this occur in different ways. Likewise, some of the most extreme possible results from a failed "Fright Check" in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' can put the character into a coma.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice'': The main plot is built through this trope as an adaptation of the classic ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' story.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Cloud's coma midway through the game may have been caused by Mako poisoning, but it's not until he deals with his amnesia and other psychological disorders that he's cured, with the help of Tifa.
* Happens twice in ''VideoGame/LastScenario''. First, Ethan collapses the moment he remembers that [[spoiler:Castor is his brother]]. The second time it happens to [[spoiler:Castor, after his first defeat by the party leads to a VillainousBreakdown. Apparently, it runs in the family.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', Main character Luke falls into one of these due to the shear amount of trauma brought about by the TheReveal / WhamEpisode / BreakTheHaughty.
* Desmond is stuck in one of these during the events of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations.''
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* A milder version happens to [[spoiler: Hanako]] from KatawaShoujo, after [[spoiler: hearing that her would-be boyfriend Hisao and her best friend Lilly are planning a birthday party for her, not knowing that birthdays are a trigger for her.]] This happens in the middle of class, so [[spoiler: the teacher has to stop the lesson and have her taken to the infirmary by Shizune. When we see her again, Hanako is in bed and a little bit more coherent, but extremely shaken]]
** In the unreleased beta, [[spoiler: Shizune]] would've fallen into this [[spoiler: if the player-as-Hisao took the SexForSolace option with Misha, since it would've been followed by Misha being DrivenToSuicide ''in front of Shizune herself''. The trauma would've driven her to catatonia, and optionally to a DeathByDespair]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''{{Goblins}}'', [[spoiler: Fumbles has fallen into one of these after [[ColdBloodedTorture his torture]] by [[KnightTemplar GoblinSlayer]]. Big Ears stated that his mind is broken beyond his ability to restore]].
** [[spoiler: Hundreds of comics later, Vorpal Kickassio returns in Chief's moment of need. It doesn't help.]]
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* WebVideo/VisionOfEscaflowneAbridged is the trope namer (see The VisionOfEscaflowne example above). The characters have a technical discussion of the precise number of megashinjis (the series' standard base unit for measuring angst) Van must have accumulated in order to enter his AngstComa.
* The Nostalgia Chick succumbs to a 'bad movie coma' in her review of Armageddon (part 2?), which is this in all but name.
* In MyJungleBookYourYear [[spoiler:Ribonista goes into one of these after Cones leaves.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheEarthKing The Earth King]]", Zuko undergoes a severe fever and enters a coma in which he has vivid dreams in which his uncle and sister appear as dragons and argue over his life choices and another in which he seems to awaken only to look in the mirror and see himself as the Avatar (Zukotar?). Iroh says that this is "not a natural illness" and the whole thing is apparently caused solely by Zuko self-conflict.
* Peter is in one of these when Venom is trying to bond with him in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': When she runs into the resurrected [[KnightOfCerebus Taurus Bulba]], Gosalyn goes catatonic for a minute, forcing Honker to take control of the vehicle they're both in. Considering what he did to her grandfather, it's perfectly understandable.
* Toki, from ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', enters this whenever his parents are around, due to his HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Word on the street in [[ModernEgypt Egypt]] these days is that the reason that former President Hosni Mubarak fell ill and became incredibly reclusive shortly after his resignation was shock from the realization that the country was ''nothing'' [[CaptainOblivious like the way he pictured it]].
* There's a story about Stalin going into a brief state of Angst Coma when he learned about the German invasion. It's unclear whether this was because he thought Hitler just wouldn't dare, or because he felt personally betrayed by him, or that he was despairing over how unprepared the USSR was for a war with Germany. The guy ''was'' very unstable to begin with, so it could've been any or all of those, if the story is true at all.
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