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->''"All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy."''
-->-- '''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker''', ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''

When a character is NotHimself, but for real, and (usually) permanently. In the course of a single episode, the character goes through something traumatic enough to change their personality forever (even Freak Outs that are temporary have lasting effects on a character). It could be a MindRape or a really AwfulTruth, but it has to be pretty nasty. Sometimes a Freak Out is foreshadowed episodes in advance, but usually it just comes out of the blue.

A well-done Freak Out makes the [[WhamEpisode audience freak out as well]], and provides more CharacterDevelopment than an entire season could in the same. Sadly this is rare -- all too often, it is used as a desperate gimmick to "re-vitalize" a show. Viewers should beware if a Freak Out comes due to ExecutiveMeddling, if it comes after several seasons, if it makes the character DarkerAndEdgier, or [[HotterAndSexier if it makes the character hornier]]. If all four happen at once, chances are high that the show is JumpingTheShark.

May double with a HesBack or a BecameTheirOwnAntithesis. If the character's Freak Out turns them into a bad guy, it's also a FaceHeelTurn. Can also be compared to HeroicBSOD (a milder and less permanent freak-out, usually resolved before the climax) and LaughingMad. A villain doing this just as the tides turn against them is having a VillainousBreakdown. May overlap with BreakTheCutie and GoMadFromTheRevelation. HeroicSafeMode is the mind's attempt to avoid this. May involve BrokenTears.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Sasuke in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a massive one after finding out that Itachi killed their parents among many others, as well as when he gets put under MindRape. Arguably experienced a very controlled version when [[spoiler: Madara revealed the cause of the Uchiha massacre, leading to Sasuke's [[KillEmAll new life goal]]]].
** Gaara suffered this twice in his life. The first time was when [[spoiler:Yashamaru crushed all of Gaara's hopes and tried to kill him]] resulting in the homicidal maniac we all have vivid nightmares about. The second was when he saw his own blood after Sasuke injured him.
** Naruto had one when he thought Sasuke had been killed by Haku, and an even worse one when he saw [[spoiler: Pain, the man who had murdered his beloved mentor and blown up his village, stab Hinata with a giant spike just after she confessed her feelings]]. The Freak Out was of such proportions that it allowed him to skip immediately to [[SuperpoweredEvilSide the six-tail form]] and left his will to continue so battered he nearly knowingly released the Kyuubi.
*** And before that, he'd gone into his four-tailed form when Orochimaru goaded him to breaking point.
** Poor, poor [[spoiler:Obito]]. [[spoiler:Survived from being crushed with boulder, he ends up watching Rin die in Kakashi's arms. Both of them are his best friends. No wonder he snapped... and that's how Madara[=/=]Tobi was born.]]
* ''Manga/BlackCat'': Creed. Any time that Train is involved or even mentioned, or if someone [[MurderTheHypotenuse gets in the way]].
* ''OutlawStar'': Being shot in the shoulder by Gene, sends Harry over the edge, well even more so than before. Also, [[LoveMakesYouCrazy anything involving Melfina]] has this effect on him as well.
* Nina in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' puts the "[[AxCrazy psycho]]" back in PsychoLesbian after the [[spoiler:"Euphinator"]] incident late in the first season. When she sees [[spoiler:how many people her FLEIJA warhead killed]] in R2, she makes a similar but slightly less appalling face.
** Then there's Suzaku after [[spoiler:Euphemia]]'s death and Lelouch when he [[spoiler:kills his father the first time]].
*** Done even more epically with Suzaku after [[spoiler:he nukes Tokyo thanks to his "live" Geass]]. After spending an episode in a HeroicBSOD [[spoiler:at ground zero]], out of the blue he goes full-on LaughingMad, drops any [[TheFettered moral reservations]] he had about [[HonorBeforeReason using "dishonest" methods]], and adopts a new, much more [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans ruthless]] [[TheUnfettered mind-frame]] that lasts for the rest of the show.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Light Yagami towards the end of the anime, as well as after [[spoiler:L's funeral (where he crawls on top of L's grave and ''screams at it'')]], and after talking to L for the first time and learning his name.
** Also in the GrandFinale, [[spoiler: Teru Mikami freaks out when he sees his god, Light, get arrested by Near]], and starts makes crazy faces that outcrazy Nina's face above. In the anime, [[spoiler:he even stabs himself in the heart with his pen and [[HighPressureBlood spews a fountain of blood until he dies]]]].
** Touta Matsuda also has one when [[spoiler: he sees Light trying to write Near's name in a hidden death note and shoots his hand, goes into a rage and shoots him some more, and tries to deliver the killing blow but he is stopped.]]
* ''EurekaSeven'': While brutally mutilating an enemy LFO in Episode 20, Renton hallucinates a blob that reflects his own face. If [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Nightmare_6_5445.PNG this subsequent scream doesn't count]] as losing one's sanity, nothing will.
** Is that supposed to be a ShoutOut to KingCrimson's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:In_the_Court_of_the_Crimson_King.jpg In the Court of the Crimson King?]]
* Kish from ''TokyoMewMew'' gets this way when Ichigo rejects him, or when someone else threatens to come between him and Ichigo.
* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'': Sekai, after Kotonoha and Makoto make out in front of her, and Kotonoha after she is raped by Makoto's best friend and then dumped by Makoto.
* Keiichi from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' has a truly epic one in Tatarigoroshi-hen. He spends the majority of the arc having one of the most [[MindScrew surreal]] experiences this side of David Lynch. When he finds out that [[spoiler:he never killed Satoko's uncle, and he's been having paranoid delusions]], he goes batshit crazy and [[spoiler:tears up Satoko's house with a hatchet looking for him.]]
** [[spoiler:Except he really ''did'' kill Satoko's uncle.]] He only believes that [[spoiler:he's still alive because Satoko told him that he was, not realizing that Satoko is approaching a mental breakdown of her own.]] The one who has a true Freak Out is [[spoiler:Satoko herself, when she thinks Keiichi killed Rika. She ends up pushing him off a bridge.]]
** Earlier in the same arc, Satoko herself has a ''spectacular'' PostTraumaticStressDisorder-type Freak Out after Keiichi simply ''shows her affection''.
** As this is a series known almost famously for its levels of BreakTheCutie, several of the main characters go through one of these at least once, in at least one arc. Keiichi, then [[spoiler:Shion]], then Satoko ''and'' Keiichi, then [[spoiler:Rena in the Atonement Arc, mirroring Keiichi's first]], it gets to the point where we learn that even [[spoiler: Takano Miyo, the ''cause'' of Rika's repeated deaths, actually had one or more of these as a child, preluding the ''entire series'' and showing the reason for her villainous tendencies.]]
* This trope was perfected by the anime ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'', where the entire theme of the show was about nervous breakdowns. Whenever the show had a Freak Out, it would get deep inside the head of the victim, and about half the episodes ended with TheReveal that the victim had badly misunderstood the traumatic event.
** Although we don't see it onscreen, Maniwa presumably has one of these after being fired, as the next time we see him he's gone from a reasonably open-minded good cop archetype to a delusional homeless person who believes he is a SuperHero.
* Smoothly and successfully executed in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' in the case of Kaiser Ryo's transformation to "Hell Kaiser."
* Kai's first FaceHeelTurn in ''{{Beyblade}}'' was the result of a Freak Out.
* A few {{Face Heel Turn}}s in later episodes of ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'' came about via {{Freak Out}}s. Getting [[EyeScream stabbed in the eye]] or [[LoveMakesYouEvil being rejected by a potential suitor]] can do that to a person.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Shinji from episode 19 to the end of the series, TheMovie included. Also Asuka in episode 22 and after her MindRape, Ritsuko, Misato, and [[DysfunctionJunction everyone else]].
** ''End of Evangelion'' does this masterfully with Third Impact. Poor Shinji completely loses his sanity.
--->'''Shinji''': ''(whimpering)'' [[MadnessMantra I can't take it anymore, I can't take it anymore, I can't take it anymore...]]
* Gimmy from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' when [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice Jougan and Balinbou sacrifice themselves to save him and Darry]]]]. In the next episode, when [[spoiler:Kittan and Yoko are about to engage the Anti-Spirals that are trying to push the Chouginga Dai-Gurren into the depths where it will be crushed by pressure]], he's actually on the verge of following Darry's example from the previous episode and breaking down in tears.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'': Happens on numerous occasions to several characters. Most notable are Kouta after witnessing his sister and father being slaughtered in front of him by Lucy; happens again later on after he starts to remember bits and pieces of his traumatic past, and again when he sees Lucy slaughter people in front of him. Lucy during the event where a particularly [[KidsAreCruel nasty group of bullies]] KickTheDog that she had come to care for and beat it to death, forcing her to watch. Mayu after running away from home because of her [[AbusiveParents stepfather's sexual abuse]] and her mother's refusal to believe that her ''own daughter is being raped'' because she's jealous of her. Mayu gets another in the manga when she's about to get raped by The Unknown Man, which is directly related to the aforementioned abuse.
* Suzu after being raped in ''PeacemakerKurogane'' and as soon as he finds his master lying motionless and in pieces on the ground, supposedly killed by his (best and only friend) Tetsunosuke. [[BreakTheCutie Ouch.]] Even though Okita was the one who killed Yoshida. Also, Tetsunosuke has massive freak outs throughout the series, most notably after Yoshida attempts to kill him a second time.
* In ''{{Bokurano}}'' and ''{{Narutaru}}'' many of the characters are no stranger to this.
* Akito from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' often has violent, screaming fits on the least provocation.
* ''{{Shuffle}}'': Kaede, after finding out that her mother died and after Rin starts spending more time with Asa.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Ed has at least one of these, most notably when he saw the failed attempt at resurrecting his mother as a child.
** [[FanNickname Greedling]] suffers one after he encounters [[spoiler:the last surviving loyal chimera henchman of the previous Greed lurking under [=CentCom=]. He kills the chimera, and then the memories of the previous Greed all come rushing back]].
** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], Ed has one when he realizes that he has killed Greed.
* ''Anime/PerfectBlue'': Mima, coming home at the end of a particular traumatic day, finds her beloved pet fish dead, and loses control for a moment, trashing her apartment. The trauma was because of a rape scene, which [[MIndScrew may or may not have]] become genuine, as her screams got more and more convincing. She, as well as Rumi have numerous moments where they Freak Out throughout the rest of the movie.
* Ken in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' had two. The first was a nervous breakdown when he realized the [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential sins]] he'd committed were real -- further increased by his partner dying, which brought back all his repressed memories of his brother's death. The second was during when he found himself at the Dark Ocean again.
** Hikari had one, also when she returned to the black ocean, that she needed to be slapped out of it in a very GetAHoldOfYourselfMan moment.
* In the manga version of ''ChronoCrusade'', it's revealed in a flashback that Aion had one of these after finding out that [[spoiler:his mother was a human transformed into a demon, and she was pregnant with him and Chrono when it happened]]. It appears to be one of his underlying motivations for almost all of his actions in the series.
* This seems to be the main reason why Tetsuo from ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' became a villain. Years of bullying had given him an inferiority complex, and when he crashed into a psychic and had [[PlayingWithSyringes experiments done to him by the military to unlock his own psychic abilities]], when those powers awakened, [[ComesGreatInsanity they quickly drove him insane]].
* ''AxisPowersHetalia'' suggests that Russia became CuteAndPsycho after Bloody Sunday. Fandom speculation is that the execution of the Romanov dynasty is what drove him completely over the edge.
* In a flashback of ''MuhyoAndRoji'', Enchu is introduced as working hard to become an Executor to support his sick mother. He is called away when his mother's condition turns critical, and while he is away, she dies and Muhyo is chosen as Executor over him. In another flashback, this happens to a mother when her daughter dies in a car accident; she becomes obsessed with making copies of the doll that her daughter had wanted.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Sensui has one in the past [[spoiler:after finding out about humans torturing demons, which challenged his belief that demons were evil and that he should protect humanity from them]].
* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', Roberta is a [[{{Dojikko}} clumsy]] [[{{Meido}} maid]] by profession, but actually a retired FARC guerrilla with extensive knowledge in weaponry, combat tactics, and [[ImplacableMan near inhuman physical abilities]]. And she admires her employer very much. So when said employer dies thanks to [[{{Eagleland}} certain country]] operatives, she ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes snaps]]''.... And when she snaps, [[AxCrazy she]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome really]] [[OneManArmy snaps.]]''
* Hitomi from ''VisionOfEscaflowne'' has a few. Although they mostly occur after simple Tarot readings turn into MindRape.
** Her most extreme case was when she was forced to scry, learned the person she was talking to was a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]], then saw his impending death. [[spoiler:The moment she saw his body crushed in her mind, she freaked out so badly she went into ''[[YourMindMakesItReal cardiac arrest]]'' and had to be saved with chest compressions.]]
* [[Anime/{{Monster}} Johan]] has one of these after reading a picture book.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': [[PapaWolf Anji Yukyuzan]] had these after [[BackStory the children under his care burned alive]]. BewareTheNiceOnes, indeed
** Seta Sojiro also has a small one, as he transitions from being emotionless to freak out. This was intentional, as Kenshin was DefusingTheTykeBomb.
* In ''OnePiece'' anime expanding off of a scene in the manga, Luffy suffers one of these after [[spoiler:his entire crew is vanished by Kuma.]]
** Luffy also suffers another one of these after [[spoiler: his brother Ace is killed]].
* In ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', [[spoiler: c!Syaoran suffers one of these when he kills c!Sakura. This also when [[HeelFaceTurn he (re)gained his own heart]].]] Don't think so? the evidence is [[http://www.onemanga.com/Tsubasa_Reservoir_Chronicles/179/12/ right]] [[http://www.onemanga.com/Tsubasa_Reservoir_Chronicles/179/13/ here]].
* Faust VIII from ''ShamanKing'' is usually calm (being a doctor), but when Yoh Asakura calls Faust's beloved Eliza ([[spoiler:Eliza was Faust's wife who was brutally shot and killed, and now is Faust's spirit]]) a doll, he goes apeshit!
* For 21 episodes of ''[[Anime/LuckyStar Lucky Channel]]'', [[WideEyedIdealist Minoru Shiraishi]] calmly endures the ''[[ButtMonkey constant abuse and disrespect]]'' of his diva of a co-star, [[HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight Akira Kogami]]. Then he gets roped into trekking two weeks through the wilderness to retrieve a fresh bottle of spring water for her, getting [[BearsAreBadNews mauled by a bear]] in the process. When he returns to find himself replaced as co-star by Creator/DaisukeOno and ''then'' has Akira throw the water back in his face for being too warm, he goes ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes completely berserk]]''. He tells off Akira, trashes the set, clobbers crew members who try to restrain him, [[CameraAbuse attacks the cameraman]], and is last seen chasing Akira off-stage with presumably murderous intent. He eventually calms down, but in the concluding episode he is a completely different character, much less overtly cheerful and with a bitter, cynical inside.
** As aside, one can't help noting that his interactions with Akira in that last episode resemble the early phases of a BelligerentSexualTension plotline. The series ends before this can be explored very deeply. About damn time. For both the freakout, and the Sexual Tension.
* Darcia from ''WolfsRain'''s bloody self-mutilation and SkywardScream upon coming home to find that [[spoiler:his lover, Hamona, has been murdered]].
* Ken Hidaka, at the very end of the ''WeissKreuz'' [=OAVs=], goes from boy next door having a ''very bad day'' to AxCrazy BloodKnight in the time it takes him to pull a shotgun trigger. [[SlasherSmile And it shows]].
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Elfman and Mirajane both went through one of these around two or three years before the start of the series due to [[spoiler:the death of their youngest sibling, Lisanna]]. The former turned from a NiceGuy, domestic, overprotective crybaby kind of guy to a super MANLY... nice, domestic, overprotective ''secretly'' crybaby kind of guy. The latter turned from an ArrogantKungFuGuy delinquent[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold ish]] character into SilkHidingSteel.
** Sting also has one when his guild master [[spoiler:kills his cat companion and best friend Lector right in front of him.]] That he's scolded by Jienma for being appropriately upset doesn't help to prevent him from snapping.
* ''SpaceBattleshipYamato''. The scriptwriters love making Desslok freak. In season one, his home planet is [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomped]] and he freaks. In The New Journey, his planet is utterly destroyed, so he freaks. Then his love interest kills herself. He completely loses it and begs Wildstar to destroy his ship.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' [[spoiler:Mami in the third timeline]] undergoes this when she finds out the AwfulTruth first hand and [[spoiler:attempts [[MercyKill mercy killing]] everyone else before Madoka stops her.]]
** The ending of the third episode, the first of the series' several [[WhamEpisode Wham Episodes]], caused a small one from [[CarrieKeranen her English voice actress]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKraFH64gCo#t=5m15s as she recalls here]].
* After the horrible, ''horrible'' events [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot during the Eclipse]] in ''{{Berserk}}'', and awakening [[AsleepForDays days later]], Guts goes through a monumental freak out that consists of [[ManlyTears many tears]], [[DespairEventHorizon utter despair]], bursts of rage, and finally [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome an epic]] [[ThisMeansWar vow of revenge]] [[RedemptionInTheRain in the rain]], the point at which Guts becomes a changed man. It's too bad that his lover, Casca, [[BreakTheCutie came out of the Eclipse]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation even worse than Guts]] (her mentally damaged state also provoked Guts' freak out).
* ''[[Manga/BlackButler Black Butler II]]'' episode 10. It begins with Hannah talking to Ciel and saying that she has something to show him. Then her mouth opens unnaturally wide to reveal [[BodyHorror this black abyss where the inside of a human mouth would be]]. The eye she stole from Alois Trancy is rooted in the back of her throat, and since Ciel's soul has been partially fused with Alois's at this point, he's staring at himself from inside her. Hannah watches calmly while Ciel suffers a severe nervous breakdown and screams before falling unconscious.
* In ''DeadmanWonderland'' Ganta does this understandably as he's being forced to watch the Carnival of Corpses. Later, [[MadMathematician Rokuro]] has a ''massive'' one when [[DisproportionateRetribution his calculations were destroyed.]] In the dub, however, he was mad because [[spoiler:he thought the had found of out about his bomb, and the fact that they were still alive.]]
* ''Anime/BlackRockShooter'': Yomi Takanashi, over two episodes of the 2012 anime, goes from a [[ShrinkingViolet sweet girl]] into having one of the most [[{{Yandere}} devastatingly epic psychological breaks]] in anime history. [[spoiler:In the aftermath, though she mostly recovers, the damage was so severe that she completely forgot her best friend even existed.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' Rukia does this after Gin [[KickTheDog breaks her resolve with words]].
** [[CheshireCatGrin Shinji Hirako]] also went through one when Aizen revealed [[UnwittingPawn he was being]] [[OutGambitted used]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone by him]] [[BodyHorror all along]].
* ''PandoraHearts'': Leo's reaction to [[spoiler: Elliot's death]] had a lot of sobbing and screaming. He went on with this as Pandora was interrogating him until Vincent came along.
* Bird's Nest from ''Manga/CopernicusBreathing'' has several of these, most notably when [[spoiler: Mina (intentionally) falls off of the trapeze, which reminds him of the death of his younger brother.]] Other times this has happened were when [[spoiler: he hears news of Leo's juggling accident and when Michel finds his stash of drugs and attempts to take them away.]]
* In ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' Jeremy has almost too many of these to keep track of. Some good examples are when [[spoiler: Ian grabs his arm while trying to ease him out of his HeroicBSOD DumbStruck, Ian asks who Valentine is after Greg does something very unpleasant with the wooden egg she gave Jeremy, and when Ian finds Jeremy taking heroin after being sexually assaulted at school in UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}.]] His other major episode is when he [[spoiler: hallucinate Greg is following after he and Ian go over all of his {{Embarrassing Old Photo}}s]].
* Alice suffers this in ''Manga/MurasakiiroNoQualia'' when she sees Hatou in chapter 11.
* Nui Harime from ''Anime/KillLaKill'' goes through a major one in episode 22 [[spoiler: when Ryuko permanently destroys her arms, shocking her, and causing her cheery personality to become psychotically angry and vengeful]]. However this is subverted in the next episode when [[spoiler: Ragyo gives her replacement arms and]] she calms down a bit.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Rorschach from ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', despite coming from an absuive background, seemed to have a good head on his shoulders until he investigated the disappearance of a girl who turned out to have been murdered and cannibalized by her attacker. He then went Rambo-like insane and never went back.
** Notice that in flashbacks set before his Freak Out, Rorschach has a normal speech bubble. After the Freak Out, his speech bubble is more scrawly. That's how cuckoo he has become.
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is a firm believer in this trope, once saying that all it takes to separate the sane from maniacs such as himself is "one bad day." ''The Killing Joke'' storyline features him trying to give Commissioner Gordon his Bad Day.
** Ironically, his biggest success (HarleyQuinn) was apparently a [[CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure fairly meticulous process of chiseling away at her sanity and sense of self-worth]], though in her own series it was implied that she went through one of these before meeting him.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' is '''the''' poster comic of Freak Outs, with most Rogues' minds breaking at some point, [[StartOfDarkness creating the other selves]] which drive Batman's duality theme close to home.
** Virtually every member of his rogues gallery can have their defining transformation into villainy traced back to a single traumatizing event. Acid in the face, mutations, murdered parents, rescued parents, murdered spouse, etc.
* When ''GreenLantern'' Hal Jordan suddenly lost his marbles and became the universe-destroying maniac Parallax in the 1990's, after his home city was destroyed by a {{supervillain}}. Years later, it was later {{retcon}}ned that Hal was merely possessed by a giant yellow [[EldritchAbomination ancient]] [[AnthropomorphicPersonification embodiment-of-fear]] bug monster, and not evil after all. Um, sure, okay.
* [[AntMan Hank Pym]], of Comicbook/TheAvengers, had a period where he thought he was someone else, and apparently went full on mad scientist, to the point of setting killer robots on a major city just so he could destroy them to look good. He eventually recovered, and how much this gets played up depends on the writer. Some have him as having become fairly well adjusted, others have him just a medication bottle away from another psychotic episode. And then there's ''Secret Invasion''.
* ScarletWitch. And when ''she'' snapped, the entire {{Marvel}}verse suffered.
* Happens to Nuke from the ''SquadronSupreme'' after his parents died from radiation poisoning. Then again, he was probably not too stable to begin with, given that his attempt to solve the problem was asking a teammate to ''find a cure for cancer''...
* ComicBook/{{X 23}} naturally [[EmotionlessGirl isn't normally prone to these]], but even she has one (or at least, what passes as one for her) when she wakes up in a Weapon X facility after [[ComicBook/AllNewXMen Kitty Pryde and the O5]] find her wandering the streets of Miami in an amnesiac state following the events of ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'' and having been tortured by Purifiers after ''that''. She immediately panics and rampages through the place seeking a means of escape, before Teen!Scott manages to calm her with a CoolDownHug.
* ComicBook/SpiderMan has had plenty, thanks to his "Parker luck". The most infamous example probably being Gwen Stacy's death.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Happens to Kerrun, the Raleka leader, at the end of her VillainousBreakdown in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. She wasn't too stable to begin with, and the seeds are sown when she first realizes that the four are not on her side, as she'd originally thought. What really sends her over the cliff is when John is seen flying over the warehouse, having lured hundreds of skahs there. She completely cracks, screaming that all the skahs are actually Idris and that the Raleka should kill them all, and John if he reappears. This has the unintended effect of getting ''all'' the Raleka guarding the warehouse to focus on the skahs, who after all are mobbing the outside of the warehouse, and not to keep an eye out for John and Ringo, who are lurking about trying to sneak into the warehouse via the roof.
* In ''Bitter Leaves and Blossoms Bright'', Isra has a delayed and subtle one after her first (and very messy) kill. When Altair tells her ItGetsEasier she holds on to him shaking and as it sinks in.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Anakin Skywalker's turn. Yeah, there was the thing with the Tusken Raiders, and [[LoveMakesYouEvil his obsession with saving Padme Amidala]] but the actual turn happens when Mace Windu tries to execute Emperor Palpatine. After Anakin chops off his arm, Windu gets blown out the window by Palpatine's lightning. This is apparently Anakin's DespairEventHorizon, as he's completely a different person, from GoodIsNotNice, to a mass-murderer, [[WouldHarmAChild even when it comes to children]]. Justified in two ways: he knew that once he turned on Mace Windu, he had gone too far and would never be accepted back into the Jedi Order. At that point, allying himself to Palpatine was the only thing he felt he could do and it's firmly established in ''Star Wars'' canon that EvilFeelsGood and [[TheCorruption it also corrupts your mind]]. Once you allow just a taste of the TheDarkSide, you start JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope like it was going out of style.
** In the {{novelization}} Palpatine takes time after Windu's death to guide Anakin in a Sith technique that lets him separate from his emotions and calmly dissect them. Anakin uses it to crush his own fear, which has the bonus effect of turning him into TheSociopath. By the time he snaps out of it he's gone well past the MoralEventHorizon and killed or alienated everything worth turning back for.
* Mousy secretary Selina Kyle from ''Film/BatmanReturns'', after almost being killed by her boss Max Shreck for [[HeKnowsTooMuch knowing too much]] about a power plant that will ultimately hurt Gotham City, is in a very bad way. After being revived by her cat Miss Kitty and all of her feline friends, Selina returns to her apartment, repeating the words she said the last time she was there in a CreepyMonotone, and just manages to hold herself together until an ad on her answering machine that mentions "a candlelight staff meeting for two" ''with her boss'' proves to be the final straw that pushes Selina over the edge and drives her to trash her apartment and become the dark and dangerous Catwoman.
* ''Film/TheDescent''. A year after being in a car crash that killed her husband and daughter [which itself caused a Freak Out] Sarah goes on a caving trip with her friends. Then they get trapped down there. Then monsters arrive. Then she ends up alone and hiding about two feet from a group of monsters eating one of the other girls. Her long due full blown Freak Out occurs when she grants her best friend's ICannotSelfTerminate request, and she becomes a killing machine unable to feel emotions except for hate and bloodlust. By the end, [[spoiler:she's so crazy that she murders one of her other friends, then hallucinates that either her daughter or her murdered friend is right beside her, depending which version of the ending you're watching]]. Interestingly, Juno waffles back and forth on this trope. Alone, she starts down the same path as Sarah on the bloodlusty killing machine bit, but this stops once she finds two of the other girls. [[spoiler:They die - bloodlusty killing machine time. Sarah meets up with her, and for a minute Juno is normal again, but Sarah herself being a bloodlusty killing machine causes Juno to follow suit again before being murdered herself]].
* Harvey Dent suffers one of these after losing half his face in every version, but it's especially pronounced in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', where he spends two thirds of the film as the "White Knight" before losing half of his face to [[spoiler:a bomb planted by the Joker]] and it's hinted that he sustained brain damage in the accident. The BreakingSpeech afterwards exagerated it since [[spoiler:he had lost his girlfriend Rachel in the same SadisticChoice that led to his own scarring]]...
** In ''Film/BatmanBegins'' while in prison, Falcone tries to blackmail Crane into allowing him a part in the upcoming fear toxin project. Crane instead gasses him with the fear toxin, causing him to have a screaming fit.
* Harry Osborn, Norman Osborn, Eddie Brock, and Doc Ock have this happen in the ''Film/SpiderMan'' movies. As well as Peter after he finds his uncle dead on the ground, and anytime a villain kidnaps Mary Jane and threatens to kill her.
* Lon Chaney Sr. has a truly impressive one in the film ''The Unknown'' (1927). He plays Alonzo, a criminal fugitive who's hidden out at a circus disguised as an armless knife-thrower (he has his arms, but also a distinctive and identifiable hand deformity); Nanon (Crawford), the circus owner's daughter, has a distaste for being touched by men due to some past trauma and becomes friendly with him. As his love for her grows, he takes the next step and ''[[spoiler: has both his arms amputated]]''-- just in time for her to [[EpiphanyTherapy get over it]] thanks to the circus' handsome strong man... (Probably also qualifies as a VillainousBreakdown, given how quickly things get worse.)
* The infamous 'He's gonna pop' scene in ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* In Film/{{Thor}}, Loki has an unstated but quite evident one after learning that he is a Jotun. He then goes from mean-spirited trickery to ruin his brother's reputation to trying to kill him in order to protect a self-loathing rife genocidal scheme against [[spoiler:using all of Jotunheim destroy Jotunheim.]]
* Ralphie from ''Film/AChristmasStory''. He had a bad enough day after failing to win over his teacher with his Red Rider BB Gun essay, but then he had his glasses busted by Scut Farkus. Rather than run away, as he did many times before, Ralphie snaps and starts beating the snot out of Farkus.
* The title character of ''{{Carrie}}'' has a similar freak out to Ralphie, but the results are far more destructive: rather than simply beat the snot out of the bullies who poured pigs blood on her in front of the class, she burns the school down with everyone locked inside. This wasn't the first time she was bullied, but it was this moment that finally sent her over the edge.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Ivan's manic episode in ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov'' took its time in developing. You can see him start to go insane from very early on in the book. It becomes obvious to us when he starts to [[TheDevil talk to the devil]]. But he finally has his Freak Out moment at Dmitri's trial, when he [[spoiler:confesses that he killed his father through Smerdyakov, who has conveniently [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide]]]] which would sound ridiculous even to us if we didn't know it was the truth. When the people in the courtroom voice further doubt, Ivan loses it. Spectacularly.
* Done in ''EndersGame'' when Ender decided that if the people who run the games won't be fair, then he won't play the game.
** Ender suffers an even worse freak-out at the end of the story when he realizes [[spoiler: he's been tricked into committing mass genocide of an ''entire alien race'']].
* In book 8 of ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'', Bobby hears Twig say that they should go back to Ibara, which confuses him because he was on the territory of Ibara. This leads to him freaking out while asking why Twig said this. [[spoiler:Ibara is the name of an island: the planet is Veelox, in the far future]], and Bobby just realized how badly he's been played by the BigBad.
* In the ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' series of novels, it is revealed that Dexter [[spoiler:and his brother]] had their freak out early on, when [[spoiler:they saw their mom killed with a chainsaw and were hiding partially submerged in blood for hours]]. Clearly this was a defining event for both of their lives.
* Sgt. [=McCron=] from ''TheThinRedLine" suffers a nervous breakdown after all his men die in battle.
* In the steampunk science-fiction novel ''TheWomanBetweenTheWorlds'' by F.GwynplaineMacintyre, the narrator experiences horrifying encounters and wonders if he is insane, then realizes that only a sane man would question his own sanity. Near the end of the novel, the narrator no longer questions his sanity, not realizing that he has indeed become unbalanced by his ordeal.
* Happens tragically to [[spoiler:Xinemus]] in ''SecondApocalypse'', as well as [[spoiler:Achamian]]. The former becomes a broken shadow of his former self, while the latter is [[DarkerAndEdgier hardened]] by his ordeal.
* Happens to Bryce in the Donald E. Westlake book, ''The Hook'', where, after Wayne kills his wife Lucie, who he is going through a very long and bitter divorce with, in a deal to get Bryce to credit Wayne's (who can't get publishers to publish his work) manuscript to him and get half of the money. After the murder, Bryce begins to gradually go insane, kicked off by his love interest leaving him, and him becoming isolated in his house in Connecticut. He is unable to write anything but worthless nonsense. In an interview, all of his answers are complete nonsense. He becomes obsessed with how it was like to murder his wife, having constant dreams of violently murdering his wife, but being angered because he can never see here face, and wishes that he was the one that did it, even following a woman who wanted his autograph to her house and almost attempting to kill her. At the end, [[spoiler:it is implied that he murders Wayne's wife Susan in the last passage of the book]].
--> '''Bryce''': [[spoiler:The thing is, I just have to know what it was like, Lucie]].
--> '''Susan''': [[spoiler:My name is Susan]].
--> '''Bryce''': [[spoiler:Not anymore]].
* ''[[ASongOfIceAndFire A Storm of Swords]]'': [[spoiler: Catelyn Stark]] has hers at the Red Wedding. [[spoiler: With her husband executed, one of her daughters held a political hostage, the other missing, and two of her sons believed dead, Catelyn only really has Robb left as her family. Then Robb is killed by one of her turncoat bannerman. She starts laughing hysterically, claws at her face, and as her enemies move to slit her throat, all she can think is she hopes they don't cut her hair, as her husband loves her hair. The Freak Out then continues after [[CameBackWrong she comes back from the dead]]...]]
* In the second book of the second ''WellWorld'' series, a fairly subdued version happens to [[spoiler:[[strike:Julian]] Alowi, as she insists on being called from then on out]] when [[spoiler:she's afraid that her husband is dying and realizes that she loves him]]. [[GenderBender The fact that she'd been male (and very straight) until not long before the wedding]] played into that as well.
* After gradual SanitySlippage throughout the book, Dwayne Hoover finally loses it entirely in KurtVonnegut's ''BreakfastOfChampions'' and starts physically assaulting everybody unfortunate enough to be near him.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Doyle didn't take the news of his demonic heritage well, and ended up boarding himself up in an apartment and chain-smoking all day.
* ''Series/ICarly'': [[BewareTheNiceOnes Carly]] is quite susceptible, most notably in ''iThink They Kissed'' and ''iSpace Out''. Minor variations are the instances where she delivers long rants like in ''iSaw Him First'' and ''iDate a Bad Boy''. Also, Mrs. Benson will freak out of anything, usually hauling Freddie off for a tick bath, like in ''iFence''.
* Every now and then, [[{{Firefly}} River Tam]] will have some sort of freak out, some worse than others. The one in Objects In Space takes the cake for the series (but the movie outdoes it) with her feeling some people's emotions and reading others' minds. This freak out also gave us many peoples favorite scene, River rubbing herself (though not there, If You Know What I Mean) while watching Zoe and Wash have sex.
* On ''AllyMcBeal'', Billy started out as the straight man of the cast. Later, he suddenly dyed his hair blonde, and turned into a sexist, smug jerk (with an occasional flash of remorse). This was later explained as a brain tumor, which killed him.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In the early seasons, Angel had a Freak Out several times, due to AppliedPhlebotinum. Each Freak Out was played as [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything a metaphor for sudden changes in a boyfriend's behavior]].
** If you're going to come back to your arch-nemesis' place with a gun, be careful where you point that thing...
*** [[spoiler: Unless the last thing you want to hear before before being deprived of your epidermis is "Bored Now".]]
** After the accidental killing of the deputy mayor, Faith reacts by becoming simply and utterly psychotically monsterous. After something of a reformation, she does it again after the death of her father figure. The second (and possibly the first) time is because she is attempting [[SuicideByCop suicide by whomever she can anger enough into killing her.]]
** Exemplified by [[spoiler: Dark Willow]]. When [[spoiler: Tara]] is gunned down in cold blood, [[spoiler: Willow]] utterly loses it and in the space of the next 24 hours or so manages to kill Sunnydale's most powerful magic user, smack down the combined powers of the UK's strongest wiccans, effortlessly murder the season's Big Bad up to that point, beat the stuffing out of [[spoiler: the Slayer]], and nearly blow up the world.
** Dawn has one after learning she's the Key.
* Manny on ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' started out as a [[{{Kawaiiko}} cute, giggly girl]] who acted about half her real age. In a single episode, she finally realized that people didn't take her seriously -- and instantly transformed into a manipulative, sex-crazed attention hogger. She got worse.
** Also ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'': Campbell completely breaks down in an anxiety attack in ''Say It Ain't So''. Bianca finds him in a sobbing heap in the girls' bathroom which he didn't realize he had gone into until she calls him a stalker and he notices the tampon dispenser.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Every regeneration is a Freak Out in that it traumatically, completely and permanently changes the Doctor's personality and appearence, and catalyses and concludes whatever that particular Doctor's character development is. A few examples:
*** The Doctor dies from a combination of old age and Mondas's influence in "The Tenth Planet", and returns with a more mercurial but also quirkier personality and much, much better social skills. The 'change' process is apparently very traumatic (production documents reveal he was reliving all of his past traumatic memories during the process) and it takes him quite a while to come to terms with who he now is.
*** The Third Doctor spent his life exiled to Earth by the Time Lords and working as an agent in a MildlyMilitary setting, his personal philosophy placing a great deal in loyalty and authority. His death of radiation poisoning transformed him into a manic, crazy-eyed CloudCuckooLander ManChild who absolutely could not ''stand'' taking orders from anyone and would happily burn all authority to the ground if he could, with the implication that this was suppressed rage from his initial imprisonment finally breaking into his personality. In addition to this, he became detached and aloof around people he'd previously thought of as his best friends and even tried to suddenly abandon Sarah Jane so he could travel on his own, though this was done out of confusion rather than apathy and he [[ApologyGift gave her a jelly baby as an apology later]].
*** The Fifth Doctor had a fairly rough time of it as an incarnation anyway, but "The Caves of Androzani" is pretty much about [[BreakTheCutie torturing him to death]]. The experience forced him to make awful decisions, and as he began to regenerate he had hallucinations of the Master taunting him - the poisoning was bad enough that he almost died for real during the regeneration. The result of this was that the Sixth Doctor was a lot less mentally stable than the Fifth, with a difficult, sadistic and insane personality, experiencing strong feelings of painful body dysphoria. He even attempted to strangle his companion due to a delusion that she was evil.
*** The Seventh Doctor freaked out prior to becoming the Eighth, but for different reasons. He regenerated because the doctor trying to save his life was actually killing him due to her ignorance of his alien physiology. The Eighth Doctor, while more stable than the Sixth, also was a rather mentally flaky incarnation, being particularly prone to amnesia and detachment from reality.
*** During the transition from his Tenth to Eleventh incarnation, the Doctor was extremely reluctant and panicked when undergoing the regeneration process. The eventual energy release blew apart portions of the TARDIS bridge.
*** Over the course of a single episode full of [[TimeSkip Time Skips]] the Eleventh Doctor aged 900 years - over TheSlowPath - on Trenzalore while trying to stop the Time Lords coming through into the universe. Immediately after regenerating, in "Deep Breath", [[spoiler: he takes on a much more aggressive and commanding personality and tells Clara he's abandoned his interest in being her 'boyfriend' or acting like a human.]]
** Lesterson from "The Power of the Daleks" lost his marbles when he learned that the Doctor was right about the Daleks all along.
** The K1 in "Robot" was just about holding onto sanity until it killed its 'father' in self-defence, after which it snapped and started trying to start a nuclear holocaust to wipe out all of humanity [[MoralityPet apart from Sarah Jane]].
** The Tenth Doctor had a huge one in "The Waters of Mars", where he basically snaps after refusing to accept that a group of good people have to die just because history says so and basically turns into his archnemesis the Master briefly. This affects him for the rest of his run. That entire segment can basically be summed up in this line:
-->'''THE LAWS OF TIME ARE MINE! AND THEY WILL OBEY ME!"'''
* In ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', Will Graham has one when he wakes up in Dr. Lecter's office, with his last memory of standing on a beach at a crime scene in West Virginia. He understandably starts to panic, realizing that he was out of it for nearly four hours.
* Ryan on the US ''TheOffice'' in the season 5. After years of working at the surreal Dunder Mifflin, constant sexual harassment from Michael Scott, the horror of actually having a relationship with the vapid Kelly, getting promoted during a recession, getting addicted to cocaine (TruthInTelevision - it turns you into an asshole), running a massive fraud, and getting busted and fired, then starting all over again as a temp at Dunder Miflin, Ryan now carries a notebook filled with the names of people who piss him off. So he can "get back on them once I'm on the top again".
* In the last season of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', [[spoiler:Felix Gaeta]] loses it big time after [[spoiler:fellow BridgeBunny Dee shoots herself dead, being unable to cope with the consequences of the latest WhamEpisode.]] It had actually been [[BreakTheCutie building for some time]], but the change in his demeanor and attitude after this particular incident was quite drastic. Getting [[spoiler:shot in the leg by Anders and then losing said leg]] didn't help much either, nor did finding out that [[spoiler:the afforementioned Anders and the XO are Cylons]] and discovering that [[spoiler:as he half-suspected but was in denial about, he was involved in the deaths of several innocent people on New Caprica thanks to Cylon treachery]]. And [[spoiler: He was nearly airlocked as a Cylon collaborator... And half the people who were about to kill him turned out to ''be'' Cylons.]] That can't be good for the sanity.
* Buck Compton from ''BandOfBrothers'' showed signs of a HeroicBSOD after he got shot in the Netherlands, then he finally freaked out after seeing two of his friends get hit with artillery fire near Foy.
* On ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine,'' Sisko breaks through [[AffablyEvil Gul Dukat's]] wall of denial and makes him acknowledge that he really had been evil to the Bajorans when he was in charge of the planet. Dukat then [[GoneMadFromTheRevelation suffers]] an ''epic'' Freak Out, and decides that from then on, he's going to be outright openly evil and damn well ''enjoy'' it. Which could be seen as a NiceJobBreakingItHero moment, considering what he would go on to do.
* In ''Series/BigTimeRush'' the band and Gustavo are ordered to make 3 christmas songs by their stuck up manager by the end of the day, forcing Gustavo and Kelly to delay their vaction to Fiji. But after already making 3 songs, the manger orders them to make one more song, Gustavo finally snaps and starts smashing instruments in the studio.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': When Alex's schemes are involved, expect at least one.
* Take one [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]]. Slowly restore his faith in the better side of humanity after all the years he's spent fighting for the greater good only to lose nearly everything important in his life. Then put him back in the game, see his potential love interest get shot dead, and then have a traitorous president sideline him to protect the murderers for her own benefit. End result? Let's just say things don't go well.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/FreakOut (1966) is the name of FrankZappa's debut album. And it lives up to its name during "Help, I'm A Rock", "It Can't Happen Here", and "The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet".
* "Freaking Out" (2001) is the name of one of Music/{{Adema}}'s most well known hits and it's a truly chilling metal song about the symptoms of a helpless person finally at the brink of their breaking point.
* Pink has one in Music/PinkFloyd's RockOpera ''Music/TheWall'', after his wife leaves him. He eventually reemerges from the worst of its effects but not before becoming a Neo-Nazi styled would-be dictator and terrorizing the countryside with his hammer army.
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[[folder:Roleplay]]
In "Roleplay/DoubtAcademy", the usually very placid Roxy has a very violent one after discovering that [[spoiler: Kuu murdered Tama and let Akari (her former girlfriend) be executed in his place]]. This also leads to her delivering a "Main/GroinAttack".
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[[folder:{{Theatre}}]]
* Blanche has a permanent one in ''AStreetcarNamedDesire'' after she is [[spoiler: raped by Stanley]] and after Stanley tears off the paper lantern.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'', Zulf has one of these after he reads Venn's Journal. The second half of the game revolves around stopping what he does afterwards.
* Manah, the BigBad of ''{{Drakengard}}'', has one of these after being finally defeated when the AntiHero refuses to [[NotWorthKilling kill her.]] It becomes clear that she wasn't only [[DemonicPossession possessed]] but was genuinely insane. And in the sequel, she represses all those memories and joins your party. The moment she sees Caim, she screams for her mum and goes fetal. [[SlasherSmile Can't blame her]].
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]] started out as a good soldier seemingly admirable guy, [[TomatoInTheMirror but once he figured out who he was]], he went insane. [[MoralEventHorizon Absolutely.]] [[AGodAmI Freakin'.]] '''[[OmnicidalManiac Insane.]]''' In fact, since CrisisCore's release, we've learned that Sephiroth was ''the'' consummate SOLDIER. Powerful yet restrained, aloof yet compassionate, and considerate of others. Which just made his FaceHeelTurn all the more dramatic when [[spoiler: Zack confronts him and they beat the shit out of each other.]] Even though it's ''really'' not the focus of the story.
* VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII includes a couple of these as Squall is forced to gradually open up. The first is after losing [[spoiler: Ellone]] once more, when he realizes that even though he doesn't want to rely on anyone else that he could lose, he doesn't know how to keep going without someone else's help - he even asks himself whether anyone knows how to live for themselves before realizing that even that means he'd be asking for someone else to help him with his problems. Revelation after revelation breaks his normal, [[TheStoic stoic demeanor]] and he slowly changes, culminating in [[spoiler: his reaction to Rinoa's collapse after Edea's defeat, where he decides he absolutely will not let anyone else be taken away from him and ends up dragging Rinoa across a bridge that spans the length of a continent just to get to somebody who '''might''' be able to help and admits that he needs help from others to get what he wants.]] There's also another, minor one when [[spoiler: Rinoa turns out to be a sorceress and is taken away by Esthar]], where Squall nearly admits defeat before deciding he'll defend her to the very end with a little prodding from his friends, leading him to finally take command and open up to his team.
* [[{{Myst}} "Your sons, Atrus.]] Do you know what they did?"
* In VideoGame/TheSims games, at least in Sims 3, one of your Sims might do this whenever something they were using breaks.
* [[ActionGirlfriend Hello]] [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Saber]]. [[TheCorruption Goodbye Saber.]] [[BackFromTheDead Hello]] [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Saber Alter.]]
** [[TheWoobie Hello Sakura]]. [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil Don't do it]], Shinji! How are you, [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Dark Sakura]]?
* Princess Zelda turned into a creepy, screaming lunatic for one whole cutscene in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'', when Anjean revealed to her that a male demon was going to take over her body soon. She freaked out so badly that at one point the player has no control over the text boxes. She even scared Link while telling him that ''he'' needs to ''go out'' and ''bring back her body'' while ''she'' waits in the Tower like ''[[{{Lampshading}} a good princess]]''. It's played for laughs, still, the change was so frightening that not only was Link understandably scared to death, a good percentage of the players were as well. She snapped out of it rather quickly, when Anjean told her that she couldn't force Link to do it alone (like usual), since several traps in the Tower of Spirits needed teamwork to be survived.
* [[spoiler: Keisuke]] from ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' after finding out that the girl he was trying to protect Midori would be killed not by the demons she was slaying but by [[spoiler: the people she was trying to protect]].
* In ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia'', Adele did not take being an UnluckyChildhoodFriend [[LoveMakesYouCrazy well.]] She jumped off the slippery slope so fast she has skid marks, and she landed ''right'' in the first-class cabin of the crazy train.
* Happened to all the serial killers in ''VisualNovel/KaraNoShoujo''. The most sympathetic of the three described involved rape, parental incest, involuntary manslaughter on their part and [[MadArtist a beautiful work of art about their mother.]]
* A ''lot'' of witnesses in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', most likely the final villain, give '''epic''', cartoonishly over-the-top breakdowns when you start [[PullTheThread pulling the thread]] and back them into a corner, usually backed up with CrowningMusicOfAwesome.
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'': [[spoiler: Thomas]]. [[BreakTheCutie It]] [[EtTuBrute just]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation wasn't]] [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness his]] [[TheScapegoat week]].
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'': Near the end, [[spoiler:Daniel Cross]] has Desmond at gunpoint and is about to kill him when the cumulative Bleeding Effect of the Animus finally overwhelms him and he runs off, babbling insanely. Desmond finishing him off shortly thereafter is something of a MercyKill.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic had an absolute meltdown when he reviewed the 3rd and last Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action film. Before he watches it, he tells the viewer to sit back and enjoy it. 5 minutes later, he has a ShowerOfAngst, ''twice'', and starts to spew a lot of {{Angrish}} and screaming.
** [[Film/BatmanAndRobin BAT-CREDIT CARD]]!
** In the [[Film/TheHaunting1999 remake]] of Film/TheHaunting review, he loses it after the famous "It's about family!" line.
-->'''''"I AM THE MASTER OF FUCKING SUBTLETY!!!'''''
** In the "Master of Disguise" review, after some bad DoubleEntendre humour, he [[LaughingMad laughs maniacally]] before charging around beating the shit out of people with a baseball bat, including a generous dose of CameraAbuse.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YersIyzsOpc "Okay, my mom just cancelled my brother's World of Warcraft account and he's freaking out..."]]
* 4 words: [[UnstoppableRage Angry]]. [[ClusterFBomb Video]]. [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry Game]]. [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd Nerd]].
* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall ...Cause I've got a brand new combine harvester...]]
* Salad Fingers. Almost every episode. Although he's already so batshit insane that his Freak Outs are basically just a higher level of craziness.
* In ''WebVideo/DoomHouse'', Reginald's inability to understand [[spoiler: the anomalous nature of the CreepyDoll]] and his realization that [[spoiler: the doll cannot be removed from the house or destroyed]] causes him to have a very epic one.
--> '''Reginald P. Linux:''' Why? ''Whyyyy?'' '''''WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?'''''
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In the webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}'', one of the protagonists (Jodie) has a temporary Freak Out after being isolated too long from her friends, starting with [[http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/279 this]] strip.
* The eponymous character of ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' suffered one of these just before the [[BreatherEpisode breather arc]] where he and Luna [[WorldBuilding take a cruise around the world]]. A list of grievances include [[spoiler: losing his teaching job because ''no one'' signed up for his class the next semester, planning his upcoming wedding, one of his students becoming drastically ill, another teacher locking himself in ''his'' office, learning his longtime childhood comic book hero is [[CanonDefilement getting a]] DarkerAndEdgier makeover]] and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking worst of all]], [[spoiler: The stores in his area stop carrying his favorite type of candy]].
** In fact, the impetus for going on said cruise is because [[spoiler: if he didn't, he would have had a [[UnstoppableRage much]], ''[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt much]]'' [[ApocalypseWow worse]] FreakOut.]]
* Happens in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' when a character finally manifests the ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder. Especially [[spoiler: the main character Dave]].
* Mischievous and chummy [[spoiler:Jack]] from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' gets locked in a DarkWorld and becomes suspicious and frustrated about the supernatural and Antimony, the main character.
* In ''Theory of Everything comics'', Reverend Joeb Kim CPA, a priest/accountant has a [[http://theoryofeverythingcomics.com/god/01/ mental breakdown at work]]. But then again, it hasn't happened yet.[[http://theoryofeverythingcomics.com/god/ God(tm)]]
* Sal from ''[[{{Walkyverse}} It's Walky!]]'' is always full of {{Wangst}}, especially after [[spoiler: when her parents were threatened, she told the villian she didn't care if they died, and ''he recorded her saying it'', murdered her parents and taunted her with the recording]]. She a complete Freak Out after [[spoiler: having glass caskets holding the decayed corpses of her parents dropped right in front of her]].
* ''Webcomic/TheMeek''. This happens to Luca when [[spoiler: his wife is killed]].
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the [[HyperspaceMallet hammers]] are magical weapons women (who know how) can summon out of thin air whenever men make inappropriate comments about women. They hurt, but they don't cause any permanent damage. Turns out they were specifically created to ''encourage'' such comments, since it made the men feel like they had received their punishment, and the women just enjoyed hammering the men. When die-hard feminist Susan found about this, she was ''not'' happy.
-->'''Jerry the Immortal:''' Don't worry, it's just a minor [[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening angst-induced Awakening]]! She totally won't be in a murderous rage afterwards!
-->''(the dye from Susan's hair turns her clothes dark blue, her hair turns from blonde to dark blue, and her eyes glow black as she floats a few feet off the ground)''
-->'''Jerry the Immortal:''' Okay, so maybe it's a ''major'' angst-induced Awakening.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''
** [[spoiler: Gamzee has one of these shortly after Dave shows him ICP.]]
** Rose has two within a very short time-frame: first after she found out [[spoiler: Jack killed her mother]], and the second when [[spoiler: she asked an omniscient fortune-telling device whether or not the [[EldritchAbomination Gods of the Furthest Ring]] were evil. The answer appears to have turned her into a HumanoidAbomination.]]
** [[spoiler: although she seems to be (mostly) back to normal after dying, reviving as her dream self, then ascending to God Tier.]]
** You can tell when a First Guardian goes through one of these: their text becomes huge and crackles with energy. Examples: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004163 Doc Scratch]] and [[spoiler: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005117 Jadesprite]]]].
** Act 6 is all about main characters freaking out. John winds up snapping after Davesprite skips out on his birthday, having been previously worn down by the boredom and isolation of being on the ship; Terezi [[spoiler:allows Aranea to restore her sight]] because her confidence has been broken by meeting her dancestor and [[spoiler:caliginously dating Gamzee]]; the Beta Kids experience a collective Freak Out (except for Dirk, who's largely immune to its mental effects) when they [[spoiler:go Trickster]]; and Beta Jack Noir experiences one when he [[spoiler:receives Lil Cal while in prison and falls victim to its curse]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2004-08-23 Percy sometimes freaks out.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' Jean's ex-boyfriend Slick was already a certified MadScientist... but when he's confronted by Molly the Peanut Butter Monster attacking him with a TransformingMecha / [[SiegeEngines Giant Ballista]] [[{{Snowlems}} made of snow,]] he "loses his last marble." Having his life saved by the man he'd been trying to kill only minutes earlier only cements his new status as a crazy person.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Happens to Raven in her numerous appearances, most notably after her MindRape at the hands of Slade. The episode "Haunted" is devoted to one massive Freak Out after another that Robin endures when Slade [[MindScrew supposedly]] returns from the dead.
* Everyone in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' had done this at least once.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Vlad after his beloved clone of Danny is destroyed. He almost was ''this'' close to killing off two half ghosts if not for a timely intervene by Danny's friends. But he spent the rest of the series tormenting Danny. One could say that Vlad's Freak Out in that episode intentionally led into his different motives in the next season...or it could just be MotiveDecay as a result of different writers handling the show. The Freak Out did lead to Vlad having different motives at the start of season 3 (tormenting Danny), which was written by Marmel. After that, though, the newer writers led to MotiveDecay and made Vlad a run-of-the-mill villain who wanted to take over the world.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** Aang goes into an UnstoppableRage multiple times in the show whenever he suspects his friends to be in danger, when Appa goes missing, or when he finds Monk Gyatso, who was like a father to him, dead. Azula [[VillainousBreakdown has a permanent one]] and goes '''insane'''. But she was shipped off to a mental health facility and, according to WordOfGod, will possibly make a recovery in the future.
** Aang could be viewed as having undergone a Freak Out upon learning of the genocide of his race that lasted most of the first season, and then on and off until he finds peace in the GrandFinale. In the flashbacks with Gyatso and Bumi he's earnest but calm and somewhat reticent, and his [[{{Keet}} hyperactivity]] might just be a way of [[SadClown trying to distract himself from the horror]].
* In ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' Electro's FaceHeelTurn is the result of an [[ComesGreatInsanity inability to cope]] with the PowerIncontinence and loss of humanity that accompany the [[PsychoElectro electrical powers]] he gained in a FreakLabAccident. Doctor Octopus' is a result of the massive, traumatic [[LightningCanDoAnything electromagnetic shock]] that fused his [[ArtificialLimbs harness]] to his spine and changed him from meek to [[MadScientist megalomaniacal]].
* Kenai does this in ''BrotherBear'' when he realizes he turned into a bear.
* Being a failed science experiment with more mental issues than even the most skilled therapist could count, ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'''s Lemongrab is CONSTANTLY in the midst of a freak-out.
* Fry from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' suffers a Freak Out after being erroneously sent to an insane asylum for ''robots''. Obviously, the staff (all robots) don't notice this simple detail, and continue to treat him as such. He would be released weeks later when he, as described by the doctor, "no longer suffers delusions of humanity."
** He also freaks out in "Roswell that Ends Well", when he realizes he is his own grandfather.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Hurricane Ned.
-->'''Ned''': Calm down, Neddly diddily diddily diddily, doodily. They did their best shodaiddily iddily iddily diddily diddily. Gotta be nice, hostidididildilidilly ah HELL diddily ding dong ''crap!'' Can't you morons do anything RIGHT!?
-->[shocked gasps]
** Subverted in the episode "D'oh-in in the Wind." Homer, alongside his mother's hippie cohorts, attempted to "freak out squares" in Springfield. The joke was on them, however, as Ned Flanders took Homer's suggestion of "expand your mind" as a tip, apparently not knowing what Homer might have actually been referring to (ie, expanding the mind with drugs), Homer's cosmic fool stint was decried by Krusty the Clown as being "weirdos," and Skinner's reaction to Homer's closing the "conformist-factory" (ie, the elementary school) was simply dejection with the kids' reactions being a lot of cheers. In fact, the closest to an actual freakout that occurred was his son, Bart, and that's only because he was embarrassed that his dad arrived to pull off his hippie stunt at school.
* In WesternAnimation/TheBatman, Officer Bennet suffers a Freak Out when he gets captured and mentally tortured by the Joker, followed by getting exposed to chemicals that turn his body into morphable clay. After spending two seasons as the good friend of main character Bruce Wayne, Bennet becomes the villain Clayface after the two-part season finale that focuses around this event.
* Daffy Duck's Freak Out in WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck is the stuff of legends.
* ''TheRenAndStimpyShow''
** Ren is prone to these.
** Stimpy's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX672lZzZ6U "I Like Darren!" rant]] from "Mad Dog Höek". Especially towards the end, where he's screaming his lines out like a madman, his voice has an echo effect, and the music is all crazy.
-->'''Stimpy:''' '''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis HE... IS... NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICE!]]'''''
* Happens to Twilight Sparkle in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero "Lesson Zero"]]. When she realizes she doesn't have a weekly friendship lesson to present to Princess Celestia, she [[SanitySlippage grows increasingly crazy]] trying to find one, culminating in a fully-loaded Freak Out the likes of which have never been seen on the show before (which is saying something, given the show's other examples).
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver "The Best Night Ever"]]: Fluttershy tries to befriend the animals in the Canterlot gardens, but when they keep avoiding her she starts becoming frustrated just to get her hooves at them, and it all climaxes with her shouting [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "YOU'RE. GOING. TO LOVE MEEEE!"]].
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne "Party of One"]], Pinkie Pie gets it into her head that her friends don't like her parties any more, so she starts throwing parties with her new friends - a bag of flour, a bucket of turnips, a pile of rocks, and a collection of lint - all of which she's named and given voices. Then she starts imagining they really ''are'' talking to her...
** These freak outs have been classified by fanon as "Cutie-Mark Failure Insanity Syndrome" a condition that causes ponies to lose control and over-react to situations that cause them to doubt the purpose in life they found when they received their cutie-mark.
* [[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy AND DAD WILL JUST SIT THERE AND WATCH TV!!!!]]
* Lois of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' when they ran out of paper towels on Christmas.
* DonaldDuck's hunger-induced nervous breakdown in Mickey and the Beanstalk.
* Stu of ''{{Rugrats}}'' has one when Angelica starts to wear on him after she pretends to have broken her leg.
* T.J. from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', after being placed in "[[PunishmentBox the box]]" (A square drawn on the blacktop which students have to stand in for punishment). He mocks it at first, but soon, it begins to break him, eventually causing this.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtheadDoAmerica Beavis and Butt-Head Do America]]'', Beavis has one when the plane he and Butthead are on takes off, causing him to scream "WE'RE GONNA DIE!" over and over. Later on, when the duo fail to find Dallas, he has another one with his "We're Never Gonna Score" speech.
* Donna has this in the final episode of ''TheClevelandShow'' when she finds out that her ex-husband is sleeping with her mother.
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* If you've ever had a moment when you feel like you'll explode if you don't scream and let out your problems, odds are you're on the verge of one.
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