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[[caption-width-right:348:''[[WarIsHell "If you have been inside my head, then you know what I've seen. All the suffering."]]'']]

->''"There's only so much fight in a person. Only so much death you can take before..."''
-->-- '''Commander Shepard''', ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''

WarIsGlorious? Not to this guy.

"Shell shock" is a nickname for what was eventually termed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posttraumatic_stress_disorder post-traumatic stress disorder]], a [[TruthInTelevision real]] condition that participants in a war commonly acquire, but that can also be caused by a multitude of other means, often involving high-stress situations.

In fiction, this character [[WarIsHell went through hell]] and [[AlwaysMale he]] has [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone done things]] that no amount of ([[ThereAreNoTherapists fictional]]) therapy will heal, and it's left him so irrevocably scarred that he has trouble [[TheStoic feeling, emoting, or caring about]] the people around him and even oneself. If he continues to feel anything, it's usually restricted to SurvivorGuilt. Thus he's usually the first to [[IDidWhatIHadToDo do what must be done]] and ShootTheDog. Most Shell-Shocked Veterans will, at some point or another, be seen exhibiting the classic ThousandYardStare; with a blank, emotionless expression and unfocused, empty eyes. The war clearly never ended for him.

In an [[{{Ensembles}} ensemble show]] or a FiveManBand, the Shell-Shocked Veteran is usually [[TheQuietOne the Quiet]] [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]] or [[TheLancer Lancer]]. This often crosses into AloofBigBrother territory if he insists on being a loner. The Shell-Shocked Veteran is usually, but not always, older than most of the cast; it seems war, like prison, doesn't take long to change you.

If the Shell-Shocked Veteran is out for revenge expect him to become an {{Antihero}}ic HunterOfMonsters, with [[IneffectualLoner varying degrees of success]] and [[LonersAreFreaks sanity]]. Many a ZenSurvivor has elements of the Shell-Shocked Veteran in his BackStory, though the Shell-Shocked Veteran is likelier to eventually prove he's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold or a KnightInSourArmor. Expect him to have a SympatheticMurderBackstory. They may be an OldSoldier, but are probably not a BloodKnight, and definitely not a PhonyVeteran. Some may go FromCamouflageToCriminal and take up a life of crime due to the mental distress they've been put under.

SubTrope of TheStoic. SuperTrope to TheVietnamVet.

Compare with HeroicBSOD, MurderMakesYouCrazy and RapeLeadsToInsanity. Contrast WarIsGlorious and BloodKnight (who is of that mindset).



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/AldnoahZero'' has Koichiro Marito, a survivor of the first war between Earth and Mars. He personally bared witness to a HumongousMecha that was able to manipulate gravity, was present during "Heaven's Fall" when the moon shattered and rained meteors on Earth, and was forced to kill his best friend and tank co-pilot [[MercyKill to spare him a painful death from being trapped in a burning tank]]. The very latter event causes him to come down with severe PTSD.
* ''Manga/Area88'' has Mickey Simon, a U.S. Navy pilot who served in the Vietnam War. He found it very difficult to adjust to civilian life and convinced himself that he could not live without war. [[spoiler: In the manga and OVA, Shin also becomes this after serving as a mercenary fighter pilot in the Asran civil war]].
* Almost every single soldier in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is one, if they manage to be among the 50% that survive their first battle with the Titans. It is stated explicitly that it usually takes 20 deaths to down a single Titan, making the chances of any individual soldier surviving fairly poor. Those that ''do'' survive are left with the SurvivorsGuilt of seeing their comrades die horribly. How well they function various from individual to individual, with all veteran soldiers in the [[RedShirtArmy Survey Corps]] being noticeably a little... ''strange'' in one way or another. The [[NewMeat 104th Trainees]] Squad has the dubious honor of becoming this the day after their graduation from boot camp, with several either going mad from terror or taking their own lives rather than fight again.
** [[spoiler:Eren Yeager]] pretends to be (at least a worse version than he already is) one of these in order to sneak into the enemy's military territory and "reunite" with [[spoiler:Reiner Braun]].
* The ex-revolutionary pirate Anime/CaptainHarlock of his own eponymous series was one of the earliest examples of this trope in anime.
* ''Manga/CityHunter'' offers us Ryo, Umibozu and Kaibara. All of them fought on a civil war in Central America, [[WarIsHell a war that left them devastated and with self-destructive tendencies]]:
** Umibozu started as a mercenary for the government and was being scarred by the war, but didn't really become this until his whole platoon was destroyed in an ambush. By the time of the series he has apparently recovered;
** Ryo was around three when the plane on which he was with his family was shot down in the crossfire, and [[ChildSoldier joined the rebels to survive]]. He became this after one of his companions dosed him with [[PsychoSerum Angel Dust]], horrified at what he did under its effects, and by the time the series starts he's a HitmanWithAHeart [[GoodIsNotNice with a terrifying sadistic streak]] and a StepfordSmiler, and those who knew him before he returned to Japan mentions he used to be a DeathSeeker before meeting [[MoralityChain Hideyuki Makimura and his sister Kaori]];
** Kaibara was a high-ranking member of the rebels, and [[spoiler:Ryo's adopted father]]. Years of battles took a heavy toll on his sanity, and at one point he [[WellIntentionedExtremist created Angel Dust to help the rebels and cut the war short, dosed Ryo with it and sicked him on Umibozu's platoon]]. By the time he shows up he's a madman [[DeathSeeker hoping someone will kill him and stop his crimes]].
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'':
** Havok. Understandable, since she had probably the highest body count of any contractor (which is saying something) whose remuneration was ''[[EatsBabies drinking children's blood]]''-- and then she got {{depower}}ed and [[VillainousBSOD her normal emotions came back]]. By the time we see her, she's an IronWoobie who begs Hei to kill her if her powers ever return.
** Hei himself, a {{stoic}}, disillusioned AntiHero who only really [[NotSoStoic lets his real feelings show through]] when someone hits his BerserkButton: his sister, who disappeared during the weirdness at the end of [[PhlebotinumWar Heaven's War]].
* It's heavily implied that Future Trunks of the Androids Saga of ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' is of this trope, referring to the horrific events of his future (where two Red Ribbon Androids are slaughtering several people), and at least once stopping what he was doing unwittingly to flash back to what was going on in his timeline before snapping back to reality.
* In ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', Colbert is haunted by his past as a soldier, and does his best to discourage his students from seeing war as a noble, idealistic quest, [[TheAtoner in an effort to prevent them from repeating his mistakes]].
* ''Franchise/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Dr. Knox is an Ishbal veteran who was so damaged by the war that his wife and son left him. He's incredibly scarred by what he had to do in the war, and hates any mention of the war or his comrades in it (though he does help out his old war buddy Roy Mustang when pressed). Knox may be redeemable, but he's still living in the war so far.
** The ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Brotherhood]]''-only Isaac [=McDougal=], AKA the Freezing Alchemist is very badly scarred by the war, and by [[spoiler:what he knows about the AncientConspiracy]]. He goes AWOL for a couple of years, and then shows up again one day, attempting to put all of Central City under ice. [[spoiler:Once you get further in the series, his plan doesn't seem so evil after all...]].
** In episode 16 of the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist first anime]] Ed comes across an Ishbal veteran (after getting off a train to find Al who was mistaken for cargo) who lost his leg in the war and refuses to have it replaced with automail because of the number of lives he took in the war.
** Roy Mustang himself is consumed with self-loathing, and is out to take over the country and then ''throw himself in prison'' as punishment for what he did in the war. He talks constantly about his familiarity with the smell of burnt flesh, is incapable of seeing himself in a positive light, and wants to [[TheAtoner fix Amestris or die trying]].
** Riza Hawkeye, to the degree that it transforms her personality from a sweet, idealistic girl into a cold and emotionless soldier ([[SugarAndIcePersonality at least on the surface]]), with self-destructive/suicidal tendencies that come out when she's under pressure. She ends up taking [[SociopathicSoldier Solf J. Kimblee]]'s advice, and memorising the faces of every person she's killed.
** Major Alex Louis Armstrong, who suffered his breakdown during the war when he saw the carnage he caused, and tried to help the only two survivors he could find escape. [[KickTheDog They were immediately blown up by]] [[MadBomber Kimblee]], [[PetTheDog who was ironically trying to help Armstrong avoid courtmartial]]. To make matters worse, he is actually considered a disgrace by his GeneralRipper of a sister, who constantly belittles him for cowardice despite not having served in Ishbal herself (though in this case, it's more that he didn't do anything about the injustice.)
** In the first anime, Roy Mustang also fits this trope for different reasons than his manga incarnation. He is shown [[spoiler: attempting to commit suicide after killing Winry's parents but being unable to pull the trigger on himself]]. After a flashback-based conversation with his friend Maes Hughes -- where Hughes [[WhatTheHellHero calls him out for his self-pity]] -- he becomes determined to [[TheAtoner use his abilities to fix the country of Amestris]].
* Sōsuke Sagara, and his EvilCounterpart, [[LackOfEmpathy Zaied]] from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' fit this trope perfectly. They're both ex-ChildSoldiers, they're both TheStoic and they both have serious mental issues. Sōsuke's are normally [[NoSocialSkills played for laughs]]. Zaied's [[SociopathicSoldier aren't]].
* Gintoki from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''. He lost a lot of allies while fighting on the losing side of the war, which is definitely not played for laughs (although almost every other aspect of his life is fair game).
* Miho Nishizumi, from ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer''. Surprisingly, for a {{Moe}} show. She's got a deer-in-the-headlights look whenever anyone puts more responsibility on her, has had a tremor in her left hand, and has something resembling a HeroicBSOD every time one of her allied tanks is taken out. She's got [=PTSD=].
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'': The horrible experiences he went through in the One Year War made Amuro "Shooting Star" Ray one of these. He only recovered 7 years later, in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam''. Side materials reveal that it took him just a little longer to get back into space because he was afraid [[TheLostLenore Lalah]] would be there.
** An even more extreme version is Kamille Bidan from Zeta Gundam, who...isn't doing well when he shows up in ''ZZ Gundam'', due to a combination of war trauma and MindRape from archvillain Scirocco. Sidematerials indicate that this is also true of [[StateSec Titans]] [[TheDragon second-in-command]] [[GeneralRipper Bask Om]]. Captured and [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil tortured]] in a Zeon POW camp during the One Year War, he emerged with a fanatical hatred of the colonials, and a desire to see them all dead. Bask may have physically left that camp, but mentally, he's still there.
** [[BrokenAce Athrun Zala]] becomes this by the time ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' rolls around. He's bitter, cynical, incapable of seeing anything but [[GreyAndGrayMorality shades of grey]], has some self-destructive tendencies, and cannot form meaningful connections to anyone who didn't serve alongside him in the first war. His ex-best friend/rival from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', Kira Yamato, slowly becomes one of these over the course of the original show, hitting rock bottom and mental breakdown around the halfway point in the series. He seems to get better, but if the ThousandYardStare, flashbacks, and newly [[TheStoic stoic]] personality he displays at the start of ''Destiny'' are any indicator, he really hasn't. As for [[DecoyProtagonist Shinn Asuka]], he goes into the second war without having gotten over the death of his family (and particularly his sister) in the first conflict. In a lot of ways, Shinn seems to have emotionally frozen at the age he was when he found his sister's body, and has never actually moved on.
** [[{{Anime/MobileSuitGundam00}} Setsuna F. Seiei]], was once a ChildSoldier tricked into murdering his own parents in the name of God and fighting a fruitless war. Years later, he's still in Krugis, especially when he sees a town getting razed to the ground.. He gets better thanks to the best friend in his life, [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Marina Ismail]].
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge Flit Asuno]] is slowly becoming one, too, joining the other Gundam protagonists as bitter war veterans. Woolf Enneacle even puts it clearly, that as he fights on, he would want to kill more and more Unknown Enemies, no longer satisfied with a peaceful life. [[spoiler:In the end, his son and his grandson manage to shock him out of his shell-shock]].
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' gives us Heero Yuy, who befriended a little girl and her puppy, and accidentally killed them both.
--> "How many times must I kill that girl and her dog?!"
** Treize Khushrenada is another example. He knows exactly how many men have died for him and remembers all their names. He thinks war is beautiful and later on commits SuicideByCop. This should tell you what kind of an affect war had on him.
** ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'' has Captain Jamil Neate. Flashbacks show him as a fresh-faced teenage AcePilot. Present-day Jamil is scarred on his face and soul both and has become one of the endlessly roving, scavenging Vultures in a quest to find other Newtypes and protect them from becoming soldiers like he was. Having fired the shot that provoked the rebels into the mass ColonyDrop that nearly wiped out humankind on Earth, Jamil has a hell of a guilt complex, lost his Newtype powers, and a severe cockpit phobia that he doesn't start overcoming until a third of the way through the series.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' gives a myriad of examples, due to most of the cast being ChildSoldiers, and many being former Human Debris, slaves sold to fight and die as cannon fodder. The protagonist, Mikazuki, is shown to disassociate to an extreme degree, allowing all of his decisions to be made by his friend Orga. And he is far from alone in this, as we see Tekkadan's younger members demand to watch as Mika disassembles an enemy commander who killed one of their own. Finally, on the opposing side we have Ein, a rookie pilot who is eventually consumed by his anger and guilt due to the death of his superior officer at Tekkadan's hands. [[spoiler:It ends with what's left of his body being installed inside a mobile suit, snarling at the Gundam as he rants about Crank and wildly flails his axes in hopes of crushing Mika]].
* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'': While this is mostly came from fan theories, it is truly possible that Jotaro Kujo developed a PTSD after his adventures in ''Stardust Crusaders'', particularly following the FinalBattle with DIO. Evidence of this can be seen in all of the parts that have Jotaro as a supporting character post-Stardust Crusaders.
** Part 4: He is seen to be frightened when Angelo mentions DIO, and he beats the living shit out of Kira [[spoiler:after Kira (a blonde-haired man like DIO) said that his Stand is now weak, says the word "Muda" (DIO's catchphrase and BattleCry), mentions how many time he has left before leaving (The World's [[TimeStandsStill time-stopping ability]] always have Dio mentioning how many seconds left when he do his time stop), and Jotaro seeing Koichi having a hole in the chest after being punched by Killer Queen (this is what kills Kakyoin in Part 3)]].
** Part 5: He sent [[spoiler:Koichi]] instead of himself to meet Giorno, DIO's illegitimate son.
** Part 6: He completely flips out when [[spoiler:Pucci]] throws a flurry of knifes towards his daughter Jolyne, much like what he experienced in ''Stardust Crusaders''.
* Valmet of ''Manga/{{Jormungand}}'' saw her entire unit wiped out during her first command in the field. The scars(Both mental, and [[EyeScream physical]]) are still carried with her, though she manages to not let it interfere with her work.
* [[ChildSoldier Teenage]] [[HiredGuns mercenary]] Kazuma Shudo of ''Manga/KagerouNostalgia'' is very, very shellshocked. He can't stand being touched, is prone to violent moodswings, suffers flashbacks and throws himself into every battle without any concern for his own well-being. It's a combination of war trauma, and what he went through when his DoomedHometown was destroyed. While he does get better, he's never far from a breakdown.
* In ''Manga/TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'', the crew encounters the corpse of a shell-shocked soldier from the imperial army. The soldier had been part of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_of_Nanking Rape of Nanking]] and broke. Upon his return home after the war he re-enacted what he'd lived through on his home village, only to have the massacre covered up because of the prestige loss if it had gone public.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', one of the ''villains'', specifically [[spoiler: Dynamis]], is like this due to being one of the only members of his organization who survived the 20+ years of being hunted down by the good guys.
* Nemo, deposed king of destroyed Atlantis from ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater''.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Surprisingly few shinobi suffer from this trope in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''; however, Kakashi Hatake seems to be a textbook example, having lost his father, his best friend Obito (who gave him his left eye as a permanent memento [[spoiler:and later turns up alive and a villain responsible for much of the bad things that have occurred in the last sixteen years, including their teacher Minato's death]]), his potential love interest Rin ([[spoiler:who ''he himself'' killed]]), and his mentor Minato. As such, when Sasuke demanded to know how Kakashi would react if he killed everyone that Kakashi cared about, his reply was to simply [[StepfordSmiler smile]] and say that he had already lost everyone precious to him. The reason Kakashi was always late for his training sessions with his genin team? [[CerebusRetcon Every morning he spends hours just standing in front of the Konoha memorial to dead shinobi to honor his comrades' memory]]. The anime goes in and does a masterful anime expansion of the immediate aftermath of [[spoiler:Rin's HeroicSacrifice]]. Kakashi has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, he keeps seeing [[spoiler:Rin die by his hands]], keeps having nightmares, becomes far, far more withdrawn, and he couldn't even ''use'' his Chidori anymore since he kept thinking of [[spoiler:Rin]]. All at [[ImprobableAge 13 years old]]. You have to wonder why Konoha doesn't have a grief counselor that Minato assigned to Kakashi.
** This is apparently why [[spoiler:Itachi]] became a WellIntentionedExtremist, and it's definitely what turned [[AGodAmI Pain]] and Konan to the dark side, with the latter in particular willing to follow the last friend she has all the way to the bottom of the slippery slope. In general, a major theme in the series is that senseless war and the system it produces are the primary culprits in creating most of the world's villains.
* ''Franchise/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Shinji Ikari from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' deserves a special mention, having had his mind broken at the tender age of 14 due to fighting [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Skyscraper-sized Aliens]] (or something) while being forced into it by his father. Oh, and Asuka Langley Soryu, who went through a similar process to Shinji, but also managed to have the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] of MindRape inflicted on her.
** The ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha 3'' version of Shinji fits this better, back in Alpha 1, along with the events of Evangelion (Including the End Of Evangelion but they stopped the MP'ed EVA's before the Third Impact could occur) happening, he was fighting a war with aliens, MORE monsters, and OTHER PEOPLE. Zoom forward about 2 years to Alpha 3(Eva missed @ Gaiden and @2) Shinji's freaked out by what he saw during the chaos, but tries to offset it by being OlderAndWiser and [[CharacterDevelopment has mostly shed his old hedgehog problem]]. Then the events of Eva start happening AGAIN, he's mostly prepared for it until [[spoiler:everyone except the Alpha Numbers are tanged]]. The shell-shocked part is finally dropped after [[spoiler:Third Impact is reversed]].
** In the third movie of Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion, [[spoiler:''nearly everyone'' from the cast becomes this due to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Third Impact]] and having to fight for the [[TimeSkip past 14 years]] in a war against SEELE]].
* ''Anime/RurouniKenshin'': The title character, who was a teenager with huge guilt issues and an extremely naive view of the world when he was recruited to be an assassin, and the ensuing strain on his conscience (combined with [[spoiler: accidentally killing the woman he loved, who fell in love with him while trying to get revenge for him murdering her original fiancee]]) broke him so hard he became a TechnicalPacifist and didn't resolve his issues until years later.
* By the time she debuts in the main manga, Minako Aino of ''Manga/SailorMoon'' is this, courtesy of what happened in [[Manga/CodenameSailorV her solo series]]: a year of battles alone, that started when she had to kill ''her crush'' and ended when [[spoiler:[[BookEnds she had to kill her true love]]]]. [[StepfordSmiler She refuses to let anyone know]].
* Kambei, the main protagonist of ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'', who has grown so tired of always leading the losing side that it is implied that he has become a DeathSeeker. The same goes for his counterpart in the original live-action classic movie.
* ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'':
** A bit inverted in ''Sound Of The Sky'', where the character who experienced a heavy level of trauma during the war ([[spoiler:Filicia]]) goes on to, rather than feel nothing, becomes TheExistentialist and her squad's TeamMom.
** Played straighter with [[spoiler: [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Noël]]]].
%%* 16-year-old Sara Werec of ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry''.
* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Kirito is a survivor of the titular death game. Not counting the game-master, Kirito has killed three murderers in close combat, and he made a mistake that directly led to the deaths of three of his comrades (including his girlfriend) and led to the suicide of a fourth in front of him. Both these experiences left him severely traumatized, to the point of becoming suicidal on one occasion and being filled with terror just being reminded about the people he killed a year later. Well, ThereAreNoTherapists in Aincrad, and after getting out, he put so much focus on his physical recovery that he didn't actually confront his mental state for a year.
* Violet is an unconventional case in ''LightNovel/VioletEvergarden''. Life as a soldier and weapon of war did not bother Violet as she never knew anything else but war. It wasn't until she finally lived as a civilian and understood her own emotions, the bloody memories of what she had done during the war are seen in a different light and she is appropriately horrified.
* Van from ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' after he mercilessly slaughtered the Zaibach pilots who destroyed his hometown when he merged with his Escaflowne fueled by rage and hatred, after it's over he became traumatized by the experience and was reminded of the event every time he picked up a sword.
* Kurosaki and Yuto from ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' both count, as survivors of [[spoiler: a genocide and inter-dimensional war that was enabled through Duel Monster disks empowered by {{Magitek}} to the point where a single duelist can and has used the game to fire-bomb an entire city]]. Both show violent tendencies and Kurosaki is clearly paranoid, plus both have PTSD-like flashbacks with Yuto's being strong enough to affect [[spoiler: Yuya, after absorbing Yuto's soul]].
* [[spoiler:Togo]] from ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' was a [[MagicalGirl Hero]] in elementary however has [[ForgotTheCall no memories]] of the fact. Even with her amnesia she is still subconsciously scared of [[CallToAdventure having to be a Hero]]. At first it seems like she is afraid [[spoiler:that she will be TheLoad due to her wheelchair]] however it's later revealed to be more sinister. She is still traumatized by her past experiences as a Hero.

* In one of his stand-up routines, Music/BillBailey discusses a conversation he had with someone about the traditional "things to do before you die" life-ambition of swimming with dolphins; apparently, the dolphins this person had swam with had previously been used for military service and consequently had "[[ThousandYardStare a glazed, far-away look in their eyes]]."
--> '''Bill:''' ''[as the dolphin]'' You weren't there, man. You weren't there.
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin during a routine criticizing euphemisms over more direct language, gave the use of alternative words to Shell-Shock as a primary example of such behavior.
** In the first World War it was simply "Shell-Shock", simple and direct. "''Almost sounds like the guns themselves''."
** The second World War comes along and the same condition is now "Battle Fatigue" which sounds much less terrible.
** Then during the Korean War became the more impersonal "Operational Exhaustion" which Carlin said sounded like something a car might suffer.
** Finally during the Vietnam war the term "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" was coined and in his opinion diluting the humanity of the condition entirely.
--> '''George Carlin:''' "I betcha if we'd still been calling it ''Shell-Shock'', some of those Vietnam veterans might have gotten the attention they needed at the time."

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/MarshalLaw'':
** Suicida, leader of Gang Green, is a Zone veteran who never got the chip off his shoulder. He runs with a gang of equally crazy superhero vets fighting other crazy superhero vets and anyone else who so much as meets his eye. He wears a necklace of human ears. The front of his jacket reads ''Nuke me slowly''. In his own words, "You can't turn me on an' off like a tap, man!" and "I just wanna punch the whole world in the mouth!"
** Of course, Marshal Law himself and virtually every "hero" he fights are also traumatized Zone veterans.
* ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'': After three brutal tours of duty in Vietnam, Frank Castle lost his wife and children to Mafia thugs and now wages a one-man war on crime. Various authors have toyed with Frank's mental state, and Creator/GarthEnnis has [[ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX suggested]] that in Vietnam, Frank started to love combat and killing people, with the death of his family possibly being only the spark that caused his killing.
* Batman in ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', at least in the first series. He somewhat softens up and chills out in the second series, at least enough to fall in love with girl-Robin and ''actually admit it directly'' to her.
** Franchise/{{Batman}} in all DC continuities. You know that he's shocked by the deaths of his parents when he goes out [[ComicBook/TheKillingJoke and dresses like a flying rat]].
** The Penguin, although varying based on the interpretation, usually exhibits at least seven symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, which is enough for a diagnosis. This is especially made obvious in ''ComicBook/PenguinPainAndPrejudice''.
* Any long-lived old-timer mutant in the Comicbook/XMen series such as ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, or ComicBook/{{Cable}}.
** It doesn't even have to be the older ones, many still young mutants can [[LaserGuidedTykebomb have nasty backstories leaving them with an equal mix of combat abilities and psychological trouble]] ala ComicBook/{{X 23}} (raised as perfect killing machine by a secret weapon developing organisation) or Marrow (raised in a hostile pocket dimension as super powered foot soldier).
** Rachel Summers came from a future where mutants were outlawed, hunted down by the military or locked into concentration camps. She was drugged, brainwashed and forced to use her telepathic abilities to track down mutants. Wolverine once compares her to Holocaust survivors.
** ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, at least since the start of the 00s. Losing two wives, being possessed by Apocalypse, and having his people repeatedly genocide'd and left on the brink of being wiped out has left him incredibly broken, which in large part is likely why he's became so ruthless in defending what little he has left. And let's not even get started on what happened after he killed his father while under the control of the Phoenix Force.
* ComicBook/BuckyBarnes, especially under his Winter Soldier identity. Captain America himself to some extent has shown shades of this in recent years.
* In ''Adventures in the Rifle Brigade'', we eventually see that Captain Hugo Darcy's father is a WWI veteran who lost all his limbs after going over the top and has been ranting about it ever since. "''Hand grenades'', they said! ''Artillery'', they said! ''Machine guns and barbed wire'', they said! Stuff and nonsense! ''Poppycock'', I told them!"
* Marv from ''ComicBook/SinCity'' is implied to be one. He says he fought in a war, he has a gruesomely scarred face, has an unnamed mental condition, is extremely proficient in hand-to-hand combat and tends to fly into psychotic rages.
* Jackie acts this way in ''ComicBook/AdolescentRadioactiveBlackBeltHamsters'' when pretending to be a Red Baron, a ShoutOut to [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]].
* The [[CanonDiscontinuity discredited]] ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron: Ghost In the Machine]]'' started out with this. The combination of literally living through a first-person shooter and the implications of what being a User means hit Jet like a speeding lightcycle. When the story opens, he has gone from a brilliant programmer and former PlayfulHacker to a technophobic shut-in, hunkered down in the remains of the old arcade.
* ''The ComicBook/UnknownSoldier'' was once assigned to impersonate a presumed dead American soldier who was known to be so ferocious in battle, he was nicknamed "The Edge." Eventually, the soldier found The Edge was alive, but a prisoner of the Japanese, with his mind utterly shattered with battle fatigue.
* PlayedForLaughs in one ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'', where he comes across a BananaRepublic soldier crying on a log. His traveling companion notes that it must be a fresh-faced newbie... or a very hardened veteran, sometimes it's hard to tell the difference.
* In ''ComicBook/TheFlintstones'' were guilt-tripped into fighting a war against the Tree People who were allegedly a threat to their families. Fred and Barney are still messed up from it, and the [[BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes]] is a support group for them and other participants.
* Ishmael of ''ComicBook/{{Copperhead}}'' seems to be one: in addition to his literal scars, he specifically avoids larger conflicts (though he's up for a fight now and then) and has retreated to a hermitage outside town to limit his contact with other people.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
%% * In the sequels to ''FanFic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness'', many characters fit this bill, [[spoiler: Seamus Finnegan, in particular]].
* [=Kalash93=] seems to love writing these.
** Most triumphantly, there is Shining Armor in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/90939/1/shell-shock/the-tower Shell Shock]].
** Telny from [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/81159/1/racer-and-the-geek/predawn Racer And The Geek]] is definitely this, although what exactly happened to him is not yet fully known.
** It's obvious from his letter that the protagonist of [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/88520/1/welcome-to-the-brothel/das-laufhaus Welcome To The Brothel]] is well on his way to becoming this.
** In the related story, [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/106068/1/relax/intimacy Relax]], the protagonist is obviously in a pretty bad way at the start, but a round of good old lovemaking does wonders to help him.
* Franchise/HarryPotter is already one of these, but many fanfics exaggerate this aspect of him.
** Frank and Alice Longbottom are portrayed as having a magical version of PTSD in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9517967/3/Hawk-Eyed-Charlie Hawk-Eyed Charlie]]''.
* Darkfic tends to turn Max from ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse'' into one of these. He's a bit of one in canon-- "everything below the neck works fine."
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' fics, like canon, feature this often.
** ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': When the story begins, Shinji and Asuka have gone through a war against giant aliens (in which they got constantly hurt, mind-raped and actually died), the end of the world, living in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by warlords, being forced to work for dictators... they have endured so much misery, pain and trauma after long years of conflict that when the story begins they are barely functional. They are bitter, jaded and soul-weary and not looking forward to the future. And they are not even nineteen.
** ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Shinji and Asuka are teen kids being forced to wage a war against {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. The constant battles and hardships were wearing down their precarious mental stability, but after getting together they lean on each other to try to overcome the pain and have something stable to cling to.
** ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': As seen in the sequels, Shinji and Asuka tried to put so much distance as possible between them and NERV after the war for their and their daughter's sake. However the ordeals of the past still affects them, and they still are forced to deploy their giant robots every so often, despite of Shinji telling they are sick of killing people.
** ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'':
*** After fighting and defeating a bunch of cosmic horrors from the Franchise/CthulhuMythos, Shinji and Asuka are so traumatized that they feel they no longer fit into human society [[spoiler:so that they say goodbye to their remaining friends and leave civilization forever]].
*** Rei, too. [[spoiler:She commits Heroic Sacrifice while stating that normal life is not for her]].
** ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': Before being sent back to the past Shinji and Asuka were heavily traumatized and barely sane after the Angel War and Third Impact. After a last violent fight they decided to kill themselves because even death seemed a better option than remaining in a dead world. Then the two of them and Rei got flung back to the past and they started dealing with their issues in... unique ways.
** ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': After surviving a failed mission, Asuka suffered from SurvivorGuilt. She was full of anger, hatred and self-loathing, and anything made her snapping. And she stopped laughing or getting fun. She did not even ''want'' to get fun. After a second failure she [[spoiler:tried to shoot her brains off, but Shinji stopped her. From that point he helped her to get better]].
** ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': Shinji and Asuka suffer from post-traumatic distress and other mental traumas after the war. Several decades after the Third Impact they are still struggling to keep their PTDS at bay, be functional people and decent parents.
** ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'':
*** Asuka survived the War but she had been beaten, humiliated, mind-raped and disfigured permanently. For many years she was mad at everything, everyone and herself, seeing herself as an ugly, scarred, one-eyed freak and a worthless failure. She needed a lot of therapy to learn to open up to others.
*** Shinji became quieter and more introvert after the battle of 2015. He hardly talked any of his schoolmates who were not his old friends and his ex-roommate. He was also severely depressed and a borderline suicidal.
** ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'': The constant, brutal battles against giant, super-powerful aliens as well as her MindRape wore Asuka's psyche down to the point that she was permanently depressed and barely functional at the end of the war.
** ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': After living through the war and Third Impact Shinji got sent to the beginning of everything. Although he is trying to grow a spine, become a better person and do things right this time, he is heavily traumatized and feeling inmensely guilty for everyone's deaths. Some characters note that he seems older and more tired than a fourteen-years-old should, and [[spoiler:Kaji]] is amazed that Shinji has not tried to kill himself yet.
** ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': Although Shinji, Asuka and Rei survived the War and their relationship made them slightly psychologically stronger they were still traumatized. Several years later Shinji still felt guilty for his friends' pain, Asuka was afraid of having children, and Rei regressed and became emotionless again for a while.
** In ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'', Shinji and Asuka were deeply traumatized after the Angel War and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Third Impact]]. The AfterTheEnd chapters narrate how they were forced to mature and overcome their issues in order to survive, and how they got better eventually.
** ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'':
*** Although Shinji has recovered a bit from Kaworu's death, he's badly traumatized, has given up any hope of having a healthy relationship with his father, and he doesn't know how to fix his relationship with Asuka.
*** At the beginning, Asuka is in a coma after having tried to kill herself. Although she eventually comes to, she's very bitter and angry due to her MindRape and believing no one cares about her at all.
*** Rei had gotten a bit better at socializing during the war, but with her HeroicSacrifice having resulted in her [[BodyBackupDrive getting brought back as Rei III]], she feels disconnected from the memories of her predecessor and regresses to her former emotionless state.
*** OriginalCharacter, Junichi Nakayima, a former grunt turned spy, also has a case, but it is {{Downplayed| Trope}}. Though he is quite mentally stable, he notes that his experiences in the military admittedly has damaged him psychologically and made it hard for him to care for and relate emotionally to the people around him and he also makes references to having been ordered to do several questionable things on the frontlines he has since come to regret, and in hindsight he considers his decision to join the army to be a pivotal mistake in his life, if not his worst mistake ever.
** In ''Fanfic/NeonMetathesisEvangelion'', Asuka and [[CanonImmigrant Mana]] acknowledge how piloting and fighting angels has ''already'' taken its toll on Shinji.
-->There was a certain logic to what Mana was saying. In a way, despite only being fourteen, Shinji was a kind ofÖ injured veteran. Who had done his duty heroically and saved everyone, but had the mental wounds to show for it. That idea fit very well to Asukaís notions of EVA pilots as an elite fighting troop. It wasnít that Shinji was weak; rather it was time that others took over for him. And Asuka was definitely up to the task.
* ''Digimon'' fanfiction turns the North Korean Digidestined into this. Justified in that WordOfGod states they exist, but we never see them and there's no telling what their lives are like behind closed doors. Of course, given that they live in ''[[CrapsackWorld North]] [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Korea]]'', unless they're Kim Jong's kids, having a horrible enough life to invoke this trope is almost a guarantee. Also of note: If the DPRK Digidestined is one of the tiny percentage of North Koreans who isn't dirt poor, they will be BrainwashedAndCrazy or otherwise a StepfordSmiler. Again, these are justified tropes given what is known so far about the DPRK from the rest of the world.
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', Samantha Shepard lands square in this category, from her HeroicBSOD that led to a series of barbaric acts to her painful realization that no matter how human she might be, the entire galaxy will keep throwing itself on her shoulders no matter how badly she screws up. She goes through a lot of crap.
* Frodo Baggins has become one in ''FanFic/BagEnders'', being six thousand years old and suffering from Post-Ringbearer Syndrome.
* Amazingly, Minato Namikaze seems to be one -- in the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/TheGirlFromWhirlpool'', he seems to be at least a mild example.
* ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows''
** Harry came to Middle-Earth with the original intention of a couple of months rest and relaxation away from it all. Four years on, he's one of the biggest badasses and most feared entities in Middle Earth. He's also just this side of being [[CrazyAwesome completely]] [[CloudCuckooLander insane]], occasionally doing a fair impersonation of ''{{SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool}}'' minus the active cases of BreakingTheFourthWall (though he [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall lean on it every now and then]]). By the end, he's somewhat more functional. Somewhat.
** Maglor's not much better. In fact, he's probably worse, his personality switching from ReallyGetsAround CrazyAwesome CloudCuckooLander to TheMentor to the BloodKnight without much, if any, warning.
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', by the same author as the above:
** It's implied that Tony's issues post New York have only been partially dealt with in the altered timeline and that they're still simmering under the surface.
** Harry gets some actual therapy in a surprising aversion of ThereAreNoTherapists from Charles Xavier (and later, Dani Moonstar), though that's mostly for his abandonment issues. Later on, he develops full on PTSD, as does Carol Danvers, [[ShownTheirWork with one reviewer who'd suffered from PTSD remarking that the descriptions were dead on]]. It only gets worse in the sequel.
** Harry Dresden most certainly qualifies as this, and like the other Harry, gets therapy from Charles Xavier, though his is rather more extensive.
* Crash from ''Fanfic/MSLNTestDummies'' has PTSD from his earlier run-in with the Numbers, such that meeting Combat Cyborgs, Subaru included, doesn't go down well. [[spoiler: He gets better after Subaru pushing him too far triggers his HeroicSafeMode and he trashes her]].
* Link in ''FanFic/{{Insomnia}}''. He's always watching his back no matter the situation, keeps his feelings bottled up almost airtightly, and counts his kills, apparently ever since the end of [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime his first adventure]].
* In the ''Fanfic/PokeWars'' series, practically all of the characters. [[ColdSniper Dawn]] is one of the most detailed examples.
* Pretty much every ''VideoGame/XCom'' member in ''Fanfic/{{XSGCOM}}''. You would be, considering their [[RedshirtArmy casualty rates]].
* ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'':
** It seems to come and go with River. On the one hand, she's (rightfully) traumatized by everything that's happened to her. On the other hand, when she's in control, she has a razor-sharp focus that lets her bury that sort of detail far below conscious thought. And on the third hand she's still a little bit crazy.
** Just about everyone else features shades of it, too. Mal and Zoe, of course, inherit theirs from canon, while Kaylee is still messed up over the NearRapeExperience in "Objects In Space" and Book's past (whatever that may be) is clearly still in the back of his mind.
* Uchiha Sasuke in ''Fanfic/WhiteRain'' -- the man has '''issues'''. [[Film/FightClub Multiple personal issues, for which he needs professional help]].
** Let's put this into perspective: Itachi Jr. is actually a all-around 12 year old NiceGuy. Sasuke uses [[MindRape Tsukuyomi]] on him just because he [Itachi Jr.] looks like his father.
* Used as part of the deconstruction of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' by ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'', where Littlepipís experiences and body count continue to exhibit a increasing toll on her sanity as the story goes on. Applesnack/Steelhooves also exhibits signs of severe combat stress, and getting him some therapy alongside Celestia, Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy might well have averted the apocalypse entirely. Itís suggested in story that Equestriaís lack of experience with fighting total war meant they were totally unprepared for large scale PTSD, or its consequences.
* Ichigo in ''Fanfic/AProtectorsPride''. His dad tells him to unwind after "The Winter War" saying he's only 15 or he might go insane. He proves his point by pointing Ichigo's posture is always in a defensive stance.
* ''FanFic/HogyokuExMachina'': Ishida is disturbed at how Ichigo the HotBlooded LeeroyJenkins with ChronicHeroSyndrome has become willing to murder in cold blood, yet is still mentally sound.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' story, ''[[Fanfic/LegacyTotalDrama Legacy]]'', one contestant enters a period of mental decline after seeing a fellow contestant [[spoiler: murdered before his eyes]].
* Dr Tofu fears this has happened to [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma]] in the fanfic, ''Cold Dragon''. This was especially worrisome given the combination of Ranma's end-of-manga skill level and a tendency of those in this state to deal with things in the most direct and effective manner possible. [[spoiler:Made worse when Tofu realizes that Genma had been effectively trying to create this state with his TrainingFromHell teaching style. And then Ranma becomes the eponymous 'Cold Dragon']].
* ''[[Fanfic/EakinsHardReset Hard Reset]]'' has this as the result of a GroundhogDayLoop. Especially since the usual reset condition was the protagonist's ''death'' instead of the end of the day. And the day ended up best filed under BugWar and ApocalypseHow. Things got so bad that the story went on past the end of the loop as Eakins, the author, was told by readers that just ending the story with the good guys winning seemed too pat (ViewersAreGeniuses, perhaps). This resulted in a sequel.
* A ''{{Manga/Naruto}}/{{Videogame/Doom}}'' Crossover fic has this happen to Naruto. Accidentally transported to Hell, Naruto spends approximately fifty years waging war against the forces of Hell to find a way home while insuring they can never reach his world. Made worse in that because he can never fall safely fall asleep, he has to devour the souls of the demons he kills to survive. Two scenes that really sell how different he's become: 1) Viewing a severed head on a pike as little different than a "stay off the grass" sign. 2) When he does get back, he's quickly banned from sparring with anyone, as he can barely keep himself from killing his partners.
* The protagonist of the 40k fan fic ''FanFic/SecretWar'', Attelus Kaltos, suffers from severe PTSD. His constant chain smoking barely helps his nerves and paranoia. He also always puts his hands in his pockets, in an instinctive way to hide his shaking hands even when they're not shaking. After the [[NightmareFuel horrid things]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast he's been through]], it's understandable.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2861969/1/Vietnam Vietnam]]'' and its [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11106078/1/Scars two]] [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11973897/1/Let-Sleeping-Dogs sequels]], by Rorschach's Blot, portrays ''[[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Shaggy]]'' as a burned-out UsefulNotes/VietnamWar veteran.
* In ''FanFic/MarijuanaSimpson'' Bart returns from Iraq but ultimately cannot readjust to the opulent, weed-centric lifestyle of the Simpsons.
* ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' has Mega Man himself, starting around episode 6. The trauma he's suffered starts getting to him, his doubts over himself grow, and he blames himself when anything goes wrong.
* ''FanFic/WingsToFly'' shows some of the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' characters dealing with their tendencies in this direction.
** Lucrezia Noin has nightmares about her first Gundam encounter and spends most of a chapter fighting off a funk caused by the discovery that nearly everyone she graduated from the Victoria Space Combat Academy is dead.
** One of the minor characters, Lieutenant Richard Dyer, had nearly his entire extended family wiped out during the canon's Operation Daybreak. He's described as having cold eyes and only has an expression when he's speaking, suggesting this.
** Another character says that Dyer is explicitly treating his new squadronmates like he would have replacement pilots during the war; most replacements died in their first five missions, so as a psychological self-defense mechanism experienced pilots didn't treat them as "real people" until they'd lived at least that long.
* Explored in the Thunderbirds fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5775006/1/Understanding Understanding]]''.
%%* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/2567701/Kur0Kishi Kur0Kishi]] loves this and use it for pretty much all of his Naruto crossovers.
* ''Fanfic/HopeOnADistantMountain'' recasts the events of ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' as an UnwinnableTrainingSimulation that Naegi managed to beat. However, the experience has left him with PTSD, feeling disconnected from his family and uncertain how to approach his classmates, who aren't quite as he remembers them.
* Most characters from ''FanFic/TheConversionBureauTheOtherSideOfTheSpectrum''. Marcus Renee, the ([[EnsembleCast usual]]) protagonist, is implied to have PTSD. As is Stephan Bauer, the other protagonist, who still has nightmares over being forced to MercyKill an entire classroom of children. Still, for pure war-related trauma, both pale in comparison to Viktor M. Kraber, the resident Sharlto Copley expy, who attempts to [[spoiler: shoot Luna twice, though he's stopped both times]]. He's a heavy drinker, has a habit of resorting to torture, and is perpetually bad-tempered. However, this is only because he lost his wife and children to TCB!Pinkie Pie.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/3189956 Aftershocks]]'', J.D. from ''{{Film/Heathers}}'' is one. The fic explores PTSD's strain on his already-unstable psyche and relationship with his family.
* In ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'', which is set after the events of ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', Taran the pig-keeper is revealed to have had {{Flashback Nightmare}}s of the Horned Kingís death almost every night for months. While his friends seem to have moved on with their lives, Taran's nightmares have driven him to [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor regret his dreams of becoming a warrior]], or wishing that he had never been involved in the lich's death, or even that he had [[HeroicSacrifice thrown himself to the Black Cauldron]] instead of Gurgi. He continuously dwells upon [[WhatHaveIBecome the morality of his actions back then]], never finding a comforting answer, and he hasn't told anyone of his dreams (though he suspects that [[TheMentor Dallben]] and [[LoveInterest Eilonwy]] have their suspicions). It leads him to become [[ThisCannotBe greatly shocked]] when [[spoiler:he encounters by chance the [[ResurrectedForAJob resurrected]] Horned King who attacks him yet spares him due to the lich's MoralityPet Avalina]].
* ''Fanfic/ShinnenNewYear'' gives us the canon version of [[Anime/GuiltyCrown Shu Ouma]], who is traumatized since he loss Inori years ago and is attempting to get over it by celebrating New Years with various crossover characters.
* Teresa in ''Fanfic/SecretDreamer'' was nearly killed when the Risen attacked Ylisstol. She eventually confides to Severa that she still has BadDreams.
* ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/255163 Green Ice]]'' [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation interprets]] [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster]] as one, having been so ''broken'' by his experiences in the trenches that he's in denial about the whole war ever having happened and retreated into a sort of fantasy. This seems to have affected more than just his memory, as his frivolousness, dependency on Jeeves and inability to plan for the future all appear to be the result of his experiences in WWI.
* Tsuji Anthony Ricardsen from ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'' becomes one in the third arc. Even with prior two-year training before enrollment, on just his second mission Tsuji tangoes with death and crushing defeat on Cobra Island and suffers a series of [[HeroicBSOD Heroic BSODs]] that makes him more somber in demeanor. He says he goes through nightmares in the middle of night and cannot move on. Not to mention, there is apparently something from his past coming back to haunt him. [[spoiler: He envisions the face of the Kishin Egg that nearly killed him five years back]]. He is only 15-years-old.
* In ''FanFic/MetroidKamenRiderGenerations'' ([[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series link]]):
** The events of the Forbidden Fruit Saga of ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' took a toll on [[TheWoobie Micchy]] as the result of his own nefarious actions. [[spoiler:What's left of a once [[TeenGenius young, intelligent]], [[ManipulativeBastard calculative and scheming]] person is now an insecure and isolated man, who can [[StepfordSnarker barely make fun]] of other people [[SadClown to hide his pain]]. He got better]].
** When Micchy is suffering from PTSD in one chapter, [[ActionGirlfriend Samus]] must defuse the situation by providing support and listening actively to his feelings.
* Link in ''Fanfic/{{Insomnia}}''. He is physically ten years old but due to [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime his earlier adventures]], he behaves like a weary warrior who's seen too many battles, including having flashbacks and [[spoiler: keeping count of his kills some time during Ocarina of Time]].
* In ''Fanfic/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'', Shining Armor shows signs of increasing paranoia and obsession as a direct result of Chrysalis' mind control. Estermann and the ex-soldier Mjoberg lampshade this heavily.
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rarity]] is this in ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'', to the extent that she willingly joined [[SoftSpokenSadist Fluttershy]]'s ApocalypseCult and made a sweater specifically designed to give the wearer hugs.
-->'''[[RobotGirl Sweetie Belle]]:''' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Well at least I don't spend every Veterans Day sobbing on the floor! ]]

* Chiaki Nanami in ''Fanfic/ExtraLife'' is left traumatized and afflicted with PTSD after [[Anime/DanganRonpa3 her torture]]. Besides having nightmares, [[TraumaButton the sight of an elevator causes her to flashback to the ordeal]], and she feels guilty for surviving when her friends came out, in her opinion, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy worse]]. She actually does get therapy from [[TheAce Izuru Kamukura]], and while that does help her learn to live with it, she's still haunted.
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Lt. Surge is a downplayed example. While he's for the most part a nice and respectful guy in general, if a bit cocksure, it's clear that his time in the war has taken his toll on him, and during Christmas time he often mourns his deceased war buddies.
* In ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'', ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} is finally getting burned out after spending fourteen years fighting endlessly crooks, villains and eldritch abominations day after day. To the point that, when the adult Legion of Super-Heroes comes along to drag her into another life or death battle, Kara has a break-down.
-->'''Dev-Em:''' Kara. Will you shut up and let them talk?\\
'''Kara:''' I will not shut up and they can damned well talk after Iím finished! And Iím not finished! I serve in the Crisis and I almost die, I get my guts torn open, and luckily I get helped out by another Supergirl and healed by Raven. Almost Death #1. Then the Legion, my Legion, has me come to the 30th and I have to go to Hell and fight Mordru, and Satan Girl almost beats me to death. I still donít know how Dev brought me back, but Iím thankful he did. Thank you, Dev.\\
'''Dev-Em:''' Youíre welcome.\\
'''Kara:''' Shut up! Thatís Almost Death #2, Then we go back to the 20th and everybody gets into a big gang war with everybody else, and I wind up on Apokolips and save everybody from that damned Anti-Life Equation, and Iím the only one on her feet to fight Darkseid, and he damned near disintegrates me. Almost Death #3. Am I seeing a pattern here? And now... now... you snatch me and Dev from what was supposed to be a peaceful weekend of relaxing and, and seeing the sights, and catching up with old Legion friends and, oh, you know what all else, and now whoomp! Iím in whatever time Iím in, and you say that magic word ĎDarkseidí, and Iím supposed to drop everything and sign up for the latest crusade, and I DONíT WANT TO!\\
'''Kara:''' (sighing, crouching and hiding her face) I. Am. Just. Getting. So. Damned. Tired.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Skipper, a WWII Corsair, from ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}'' is this, having lost his entire squadron on their first mission. It traumatized him so badly, that he cannot even bring himself to fly any more, which is pretty significant considering he's a ''plane''.
* Thoroughly played for laughs in ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', where the traumatized and cynical mercenary hired to help LaResistance is not discernibly older than the protagonists, themselves nine-year-olds.
* Both Calhoun and Markowski in ''Disney/WreckItRalph''. Calhoun was ''designed'' with a traumatic past by the [[JerkassGods designers of Hero's Duty]], while the unfortunate MauveShirt Markowski has gone into shell-shock after only two weeks.
--> '''Ralph:''' I thought it would be like ''Videogame/{{Centipede}}!'' When did video games become so violent and scary?!

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Major West from ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''. He starts off as your standard rational-minded, stoic OfficerAndAGentleman type but further probing reveals things are much, much worse. After the loss of what remains of his unit -- all of eight men -- to Jim's RoaringRampageOfRevenge, he just plain [[PapaWolf goes insane]].
* ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse'': By the time the film ends, the former DeadpanSnarker Ivy League frat boy Max has become this, because of Vietnam.
* In ''Film/ActOfViolence'', both Frank and Joe arenít integrating back into civilian life that well. Frank is able to keep up a happy façade, but eventually breaks down when the memories of his POW life haunt him. On the other hand, Joe could never possibly assimilate until he accomplishes his insane idea of murdering Frank.
* Spoofed in ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', where the protagonist is a shell-shocked fighter pilot who ends up having to fly a jet airliner.
** This was taken directly from ''Film/ZeroHour'', from which ''Airplane!'' was adapted.
** ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel''--"I lost my squadron." "Over Macho Grande?" "No. I don't think I'll ever get over Macho Grande."
* Ellen Ripley in the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' movies (after [[Film/{{Alien}} the first one]]) is another James Cameron example.
* ''Film/AmericanSniper'': Chris Kyle becomes this by the third act of this film, not because of all the people he's killed (or so he insists), but rather due to ChronicHeroSyndrome and SurvivorGuilt.
* Parodied in ''Film/AngerManagement'' with a Shell-Shocked Veteran...who fought in the Grenada Invasion, which lasted less than two months with very few casualties.
* Colonel Kurtz is ''technically'' still at war in ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', but boy has the cheese slid off his cracker.
** Also Captain Willard, who is already quite messed up when the film begins and we can only imagine what goes on in his head by the end. Lance eventually shows this as well.
* The three protagonists of ''Film/TheBestYearsOfOurLives'', returning home from WWII. Al can no longer relate to his wife or his children who grew up without him, and is turning into an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]]. Fred, a retired bomber pilot, finds himself having BadDreams wherein he relives dramatic war scenes. Homer lost his hands in the war and is now ashamed of his [[HookHand artificial hooks]] which makes him feeling uncomfortable around his family or his girl-next-door sweetheart.
* Walter Sobchak in ''Film/TheBigLebowski''. [[spoiler: Possibly subverted, as a cut scene reveals he was never in Nam]].
* Black Dynamite in ''Film/BlackDynamite'' speaks about his past and a his story about a dead Viet Cong child.
* Roy Scheider's character Frank Murphy in ''Film/BlueThunder'' is a Vietnam veteran who suffers occasional flashbacks of an NVA soldier falling out of a helicopter that he was piloting. This turns out to be plot-significant, as [[spoiler:his nemesis, Colonel Cochrane, is the one who [[KickTheDog threw the soldier out]]]]. The EpiphanyTherapy following this realization allows him to defeat Cochrane.
* Played for laughs in ''Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke'' when Pedro de Pacas (Cheech Marin) takes Man (Tommy Chong) to meet his cousin Strawberry (Tom Skerritt), the comedic epitome of this trope. Hilarity Ensues.
* Frankie Dunlan in ''Film/CombatShock'' is a Vietnam veteran who has flashbacks of being ambushed by an NVA squad and being tortured as a POW.
%%* Nick and Michael in ''Film/TheDeerHunter''.
* ''Film/DesertHeat'' features Eddie Lomax, a ReturningWarVet who's DrivenToSuicide at the begining of the film.
* All four main characters in ''Film/TheEnglishPatient''.
* In ''Film/TheEnglishmanWhoWentUpAHillButCameDownAMountain'', Hugh Grant plays a cartographer visiting the small and idyllic Welsh village of Ffynnon Garw. Many people there go by their nicknames alone: for example Thomos Twp and Thomas Twp Two, a pair of brothers with mental disabilities; Thommy Twostroke who fixes motor engines; Evans the End of the World; and poor Johnny (Shellshocked) Jones, normally referred to as Johnny Shellshocked. A good portion of the film dedicates itself to his difficult recovery from the War to End All Wars, as he overcomes his terror of large hills, starts talking again and joins the rest of the town in climbing it.
* Likewise, Creator/ClintEastwood in ''{{Film/Firefox}}''.
* ''Film/FlagsOfOurFathers'' is the [[BasedOnATrueStory true story]] of the aftermaths of the five Marines and Navy Hospital Corpsman who [[IwoJimaPose raised the American flag on Iwo Jima]] during the Battle of Iwo Jima in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* ''Film/Godzilla1954'' gives us Daisuke Serizawa, a brilliant but quiet scientist who wears a eyepatch. The reason he does so is because he's fought in World War II. The end result is losing his left eye and a horrible scar. And as the creator of the Oxygen Destroyer, he makes it clear he did not want to use it as a weapon, but the titular monster utterly destroys his hometown of Tokyo, forcing him to change his mind and use it against Godzilla.
%%* Walt from ''Film/GranTorino''.
* Senior Chief Randall in ''Film/TheGuardian'' wasn't in a war, unless you count the constant battle against the elements, but he still has flashbacks to one mission in particular in which he was the SoleSurvivor.
* Steve Butler (played by Creator/TommyLeeJones) in the 1993 movie ''Film/{{Heaven and Earth}}'', based on the Vietnam War.
* Tydeus in ''Film/{{Hercules 2014}}'' is an extreme example. His war experiences left him unable to speak, but Hercules tells us he relives them every night.
* Spoofed again in ''Film/HotShots'' with Tug Benson (Lloyd Bridges). [[TheFunInFuneral At a soldier's funeral]], he mistakes the 21-gun salute for an enemy attack... and responds in kind. Also, every possible part of him is [[ArtificialLimbs a replacement]] to a war loss (exception: "My skin's made of asbestos. Tanning parlor accident at Dien Bien Phu.").
** Similarly spoofed in [[Film/HotShotsPartDeux the sequel]], when Harbinger is reduced to a blubbering mess in the middle of a firefight [[WarIsHell due to his nerves being absolutely shot]]. After a quick pep-talk from Topper, though...
--->'''Harbinger''': War - [[WarIsGlorious it's fantastic]]!
* Katniss in ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart1''. Being in two Hunger Games and a civil war will do that to you. The very first scene even opens with her in a TroubledFetalPosition, desperately trying to calm herself before she's given tranquilizers.
* Jacob Singer in ''Film/JacobsLadder'' appears to be this at first, but instead it's an aversion:[[spoiler: he's already died, and has to come to terms with this fact and ultimately forsake his former life]].
%%* Quint in ''Film/{{Jaws}}''.
* ''Film/TheLastCommand'': Sergius, former general of the Russian Empire, now a struggling movie extra.
* Nathan Algren from ''Film/TheLastSamurai''.
* ''Film/{{Let There Be Light|1946}}'' is a 1946 U.S. Army documentary film by Creator/JohnHuston showing the therapy given to traumatized veterans returning from overseas. Although the film is actually quite optimistic, with all the soldiers fully recovered after an eight-week stay, the portrayal of deeply damaged veterans so displeased the Army that it shelved the movie. The film wasn't made available until 1980.
* Frodo becomes one at the end of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* In the 2015 film of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', Macbeth is portrayed as having PTSD, which gives a different angle to some of the story's supernatural elements: vision or hallucination?
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** In ''Film/IronMan3'', Tony Stark is traumatized by the events of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' -- where he not only spent hours fighting an alien horde, but nearly died destroying their mothership. As a result, he [[TheInsomniac barely sleeps]], has nightmares when he does, and has panic attacks every time someone asks about "the battle of New York."
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', Cap and the Falcon are "wounded warriors" who become friends through their mutual trauma of losing a close friend on the battlefield.
** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' shows Tony still had traces of it. Once Scarlet Witch makes him [[IKnowWhatYouFear see his worst fear]], that would be evil aliens attacking and killing the other Avengers dead [[SurvivorGuilt but leaving him alive]]. This inspires him to revive an old idea for defense against superpowered invaders -- [[CreateYourOwnVillain and it all goes down from there]].
* Agent K from ''Film/MenInBlack''. In the [[Film/MenInBlack3 third movie]], we find out [[spoiler:this isn't because of his career fighting aliens, but because he saw Agent J's father die and had to comfort J, who at the time was just a little boy named James looking for his father. And this was after he had met grown-up J, who had time-traveled from the future, and realized that he was talking to his future colleague]].
* [[DudeNotFunny Parodied]][[note]]PTSD is a very serious subject, so YMMV on whether or not this is an appropriate subject to make fun of.[[/note]] in ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'', with Randy Quaid's character. Doubles as a CastingGag: Quaid played a shell-shocked Vietnam Vet in the 80s teen film ''The Wild Life''.
* Addressed briefly in ''Film/{{Patton}}'', when the title general lambasts a traumatized soldier for what was then called "Battle Fatigue" but which Patton calls cowardice.
* ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' was a POW in Vietnam and was tortured thoroughly. In a scene in ''Film/FirstBlood'', cops have him locked down in the cell block and torture him with a firehose before restraining him to try shaving him. Rambo has a flashback to getting partially flayed in Vietnam and freaks out, beating his tormentors and escaping.
* Major Randolph Doryan, the commander of the British Army base near Kirrary in ''Film/RyansDaughter'', is a shell-shocked veteran of the trenches in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI; in one scene, village idiot Michael is absently tapping his leg on a pub bench, and the noise causes Doryan to flash back to his war experiences and temporarily go into a catatonic state.
* As summed up by world & war-weary Kambei in ''Film/TheSevenSamurai'' after the good guys have won at the cost of the lives of four of the seven comrades: ''So. Again we are defeated. The farmers have won. Not us''.
* In ''Film/{{Stalag 17}}'', Joey suffers from this and for much of the movie has a blank look on his face, Only when he is playing his ocarina and [[spoiler:watching the mole get his well-deserved fate]] does he smile.
* ''Film/StopLoss'' is considered a SpiritualSuccessor to ''The Best Years of Our Lives'', highlighting the troubles of returning Iraq War soldiers. One character in particular is an alcoholic who can't relate to his wife, and she opts to just slap him with a restraining order rather than deal with him. The protagonist also has hallucinations and nightmares over all the people he's killed.
* AxCrazy character Bronson in the movie ''Film/StreetTrash'' is an extreme example of this trope.
* In ''Film/TheSubstitute'', Shale clearly has some hangups about Vietnam and uses his experiences to discipline students. "You had to be '''''resourceful''''' in Vietnam!" - Said after injuring a student with a soda can.
* AssholeVictim Harry March in ''Film/SweetCountry'' is a veteran of the Boer War, and is hinted to have PTSD which contributes to his alcoholism and erratic behaviour.
* Sarah Connor in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' embodies this, and all its [[ActionMom positive]] and [[TookALevelInJerkass negative]] connotations.
** In the first movie, Kyle Reese fits this trope, having come from a post-apocalyptic BadFuture where a brutal RobotWar rages between killer machines and the few human survivors. He even gets a flashback to fighting in the war from a crane in a construction site.
* The character Parker in ''Film/TromasWar'', who seems to be a spoof of director Oliver Stone(apparently an old friend of the film's director Creator/LloydKaufman).
* Parodied, then subverted with ''Film/TropicThunder'''s Four Leaf Tayback, who it's later revealed [[spoiler: [[PhonyVeteran made everything up]], including his amputated hands]].
* Pretty much every survivor from Bingo Crepuscule trench in ''Film/AVeryLongEngagement''. Except [[spoiler: Manech]] has amnesia; he might not be scarred.
* ''Film/TheWar'': Stu's dad suffers from this and the prejudice people have toward it.
* In the 2011 film ''Film/{{Warrior}}'':
** Tommy is a veteran of the Iraq war.
** Paddy as well. If his drunken ramblings are historically accurate, he was reliving his closest friends and coworkers heading toward certain doom courtesy of a dumbass leader. %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.
* One of the news segments in ''Film/WNUFHalloweenSpecial'' is about a shellshocked Vietnam veteran, who shot a kid whom he mistook for a Vietcong insurgent when he appeared on his door for trick or treat.
* The film ''Film/{{Windtalkers}}'' begins by showing Sgt. Joe Enders fighting the Imperial Japanese Army in [=WW2=], which also shows events that leads to him being shell-shocked; events that would play a major role in developing his character throughout the film and how events proceeds.
* Charlie, the team's FriendlySniper in ''Film/WonderWoman2017'', has been officially discharged, but Steve convinces him to return for OneLastJob. When liberating Veld, the team comes under fire from a sniper in a bell tower. Charlie takes aim... and has a nervous breakdown. At another point, he wakes up screaming "Don't go in there!" He suggests he go home, but Diane (having even less concept of PTSD than anyone around her) suggests he stay, because they wouldn't have anyone to sing for them (Steve mentions he hadn't heard Charlie sing in years).
* Exaggerated in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', in a bedroom exchange between a traumatized Logan (whose healing powers make him well over a hundred years old) and his lover Silver Fox.
-->'''Silver Fox:''' Was it the war?\\
'''Logan:''' Yes.\\
'''Silver Fox:''' Which one?\\
'''Logan:''' All of them.
* ''Film/YouWereNeverReallyHere'': Joe is a severaly traumatized man who has frequent flashbacks to his time overseas. One particular moment that haunts him is giving a local boy a candy bar and then watching that boy get murdered over the candy bar only moments later.

* A [[GermanHumour German]] one: A man sits in the tram, almost obsessively rubbing the tip of his index finger against the tip of his thumb. A stranger approaches him and asks, "Sorry Sir, do you have that from the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo war]]?" The man replies, "Nah, my [[NoseNuggets nose]]."

* In the Creator/StephenKing short story ''[[Literature/FourteenOhEight 1408]]'', [[spoiler: Enslin]] becomes totally paranoid after his experience.
* ''Literature/AlexisCarew'' becomes one of these over the course of the first three books due to a string of misadventures: [[spoiler:losing several members of a prize crew she commanded when the SpacePirates they were riding herd on briefly retook the ship, sustained abuse by a sexist CO who meant to drive her out of the service altogether, and then losing almost her entire crew commanding a YouShallNotPass against a far superior ship]]. By ''HMS Nightingale'' she's developed recurring nightmares and a bit of a [[TheAlcoholic drinking problem]]. An EnforcedTrope: the author's notes on the subject state that he didn't find it credible that other MilitaryScienceFiction protagonists wouldn't develop issues dealing with their war experiences.
* All the characters in ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' become Shell-Shocked Veterans to one extent or another. Remarque wrote a sequel of shorts, ''The Road Back'', which describes the survivors trying to integrate back into society. The novels focus on young soldiers who are hit the hardest: older men can go back to their jobs and families, but the young know nothing besides the war.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
** The entire series is basically a case study in six ''teenagers'' becoming this trope. Once the war actually ends, Jake is the most obvious / classic form of this, while SadClown Marco is of the "successful life empty inside" kind.
** Rachel ''doesn't'' feel anything like this, though -- which gravely concerns her (and just about everybody) thanks to [[BloodKnight what it says about her]].
** Loren describes her father as a shell of his former self ever since he came home from Vietnam.
** Jake's great-grandfather was a World War II vet who, while no details are given, clearly saw a lot and never fully recovered. Jake gives a lot of thought to the possibility of ending up like him over the course of book 31. Interestingly, he saw a lot of his "old soul" in Jake before the series even began.
** The disgraced war-prince Alloran, aka Visser Three's Andalite host. He is already like this in ''The Andalite Chronicles'' and he even has a PetTheDog moment with Loren when he defends her father from Chapman's insensitive remarks. In ''The Hork-Bajir Chronicles'' we see a younger Alloran become the disgraced veteran that Elfangor meets in ''The Andalite Chronicles''. The image of Alloran painted in both books makes it clear that he's been deeply traumatized by the atrocities he witnessed [[spoiler:and ''committed'']] during the war against the Yeerks.
* Depending on which reality variant or which character iteration you're looking at, practically '''''all''''' the main characters in Hal Duncan's ''Literature/TheBookOfAllHours'' series are this at different points. Particularly Seamus/Prometheus (who is this in EVERY reality ([[BecauseDestinySaysSo unfortunately its a core staple of his archetype]]) and Jack (Carter) (in the iterations where he plays TheCaptain). [[{{Determinator}} Phreedom]] ''would'' have been this except she chose the ScrewDestiny route and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero went AWOL]].
* In ''Literature/BubbleWorld'', as Todd Piloski makes his war games more real, they start to mess with people's health like real war would.
* From Iain M. Bank's ''[[Literature/TheCulture Culture]]'' novels, [[MeaningfulName GSV Lasting Damage]] [[spoiler:later the Masaq' Hub mind]] is a rather [[DrivenToSuicide depressed]] veteran of the Culture-Idirian War.
** GSV ''Sleeper Service'' claimed this as the reason it went Eccentric. Although [[ObfuscatingInsanity we all know how]] ''[[{{BFG}} that]]'' [[LetsGetDangerous turned out]].
* Theatre/SweeneyTodd is one in Terry Pratchett's book ''Literature/{{Dodger}}'', rather than being a (deliberate) murderer - he keeps seeing his customers as horribly wounded comrades-in-arms, so he gives them an unwanted MercyKill.
* Most of the [[ChildSoldiers soldier boys]] in ''Literature/TheDrownedCities'' are this to one extent or another, with viewpoint character Sergeant Ocho, being a prime example. Hiding his trauma and anger behind a wall of bitterness, Ocho is a deeply screwed up Type IV SociopathicSoldier, who's just barely clinging to his humanity in the midst of the carnage. His troopers aren't much better, and tend to take out their problems on the civilian population.
* [[spoiler: Ellie]] shows signs of this in ''The Ellie Chronicles'', the sequel trilogy to Literature/TheTomorrowSeries. She doesn't seem to have full-blown PTSD, but the war changed her, and not always for the better.
** And it's mentioned in ''The Other Side of Dawn'', the last book in Literature/TheTomorrowSeries, that many of her neighbors show signs of having seen too much war.
* The protagonist of "For Esmé, With Love and Squalor" (in J.D. Salinger's ''Nine Stories''). The viewpoint switches from first-- to third-person during the time the WWII soldier is at his lowest ebb, emotionally. However, it's not difficult to guess "Sergeant X" is the narrator. In the paragraph preceding the POV shift, he writes, "I've [[LampshadeHanging disguised myself so cunningly]] that even the cleverest reader will fail to recognize me." (Unlike X, the other characters in this passage have names.)
* Several ''Literature/HarryPotter'' characters, including Harry and Snape. And Alastor Moody, who became badly scarred both physically and mentally during his career as an Auror, leading him to become ProperlyParanoid to the point where his CatchPhrase is "CONSTANT VIGILANCE!"
* Most characters from ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' end up like this, especially ones who actually participated in the Games.
** Katniss had this problem before she even set foot in the arena, as her father was killed in a mine explosion years ago. But the third novel in the trilogy, ''Mockingjay'', shows a Katniss which is the full-blown embodiment of this trope. A good chunk of the novel could even be considered a psychological breakdown of the effects of war and PTSD, including Katniss' addiction to 'morphling' and frequent panic attacks. It all culminates in her eventual [[spoiler: attempted suicide by nightlock]].
** [[PlayingWithATrope Zigzagged]] with Finnick, who initially seems possibly the most well-adjusted person to come out of the games, and even deals with [[SexSlave what happens to him after them]] quite well, but is severley depressed for a good chunk of ''Mockingjay'' when Annie is captured by the capitol. He seems to mostly be able to hold himself together, but its fragile and largely for other people's benefit.
* A well-known phenomenon in the ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' duology. They call it "soldier's dreams", and when Oreg gets the blank stare, Ward immediately correctly diagnoses him with PTSD, even though he doesn't know that name. It's a good thing he knows what it is, as Oreg's bouts of re-living past events tend to be ''visible'' -- Ward can see wounds appearing on his body.
* Charles Todd's ''Inspector Ian Rutledge'' suffers from an unusual form of shell-shock: he constantly hallucinates the presence of another soldier whom he was forced to execute during the war.
* In Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', the advantage of fighting for a nobler cause is that a Shell-Shocked Veteran, waking cold and shaking from BadDreams, can sometimes get back to sleep.
* In ''Literature/TheLastFullMeasure'' by Michael Shaara, the horror of the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar has turned several characters into this. Lee observes that General Pickett has lost his spirit after his division was shattered at Gettysburg. Chamberlain, though not despondent, is deeply affected by his experience and is startled when he meets a recently-recruited officer who is still eager about fighting.
* ''Lighter Than a Feather'', a WWII Alternate History novel, features a US Marine who believes every Japanese he kills is the same one, and thinks they/he is playing some kind of trick on him.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': How many there are...for example, almost all the Elves left in Middle-Earth (most of whom are thousands of years old, have fought in countless wars which all turned out to be pointless in the end, and have seen or are about to see everything they care about in Middle-Earth pass away). Bilbo, Frodo, and Sam, who all have scars from carrying the Ring. (Note: All the listed characters ultimately sail to Aman, the approximate equivalent of Heaven, where it is said anyone can heal from anything. The story really ends when Sam goes, on the very last ship, having lived a long, happy, full life, but never having entirely healed from the Ring.)
* ''Literature/LordPeterWimsey'', especially in the earlier books in the series. He suffered a nervous breakdown right after the war, and has two more {{Heroic BSOD}}s during the series.
** It's implied in ''Busman's Honeymoon'' that he's always vulnerable to relapse at the conclusion of a murder case -- because in doing his duty, he's sending the murderer to his or her death.
** In ''The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club'', one of the suspects, George Fentiman, is prone to panic attacks and bouts of shell-shock where he has no idea what he's doing. [[spoiler: He didn't do it]]. However, there are many veteran characters in the book, none of whom are so badly affected.
** Many books (especially mysteries and romances) written by British authors in the immediately post-war years featured characters who are "not quite right" anymore, due to things they saw or did while in service. Probably TruthInTelevision, considering that most of a generation of young men were in active service, and the proper treatment for shell-shock was basically considered to be "We just don't talk about the War around Joe."
* In ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'', Luke is subjected to a form of torture that amounts to mentally experiencing [[AndIMustScream thousands of years alone in space watching the stars go out]]; it doesn't break him, but he's affected for the rest of the book with a kind of nihilism and creeping despair. He tells a companion that it's like he's been infected, that "All I know is that it makes me want to die. No. Not die. Just... ''stop''." Being Luke Skywalker, though, he pushes on and tries to act like he would have before that happened in the hopes of BecomingTheMask.
* Seerdomin from the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has been thoroughly broken by the things he witnessed and did as a commanding officer under the Seer's tyrannic holy war. While he still sometimes tries to talk sense into his superiors, he wilts at the slightest resistance and accepts his reality stoically. He considers his ideals devoured by the world he lives in.
* Creator/TadWilliams's ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' series has two of these characters, although neither of them got that way via war ''per se''. Cadrach was a powerful sorcerer who [[GoMadFromTheRevelation fell into despair]] after reading ''[[TomeOfEldritchLore Du Svardenvyrd]]'' and was subsequently tortured into revealing his knowledge to EvilSorcerer Pryrates. Camaris was the greatest [[KnightInShiningArmor knight]] in Osten Ard, but suffered a HeroicBSOD after [[spoiler:falling in love with King Prester John's wife, the wife of his dearest friend, and then seeing her die in childbirth -- a child he sired]], and later attempted suicide. Twenty years later, he is found [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass witless]] in a backwater inn, but eventually recovers and becomes the page trope.
* Septimus of ''Mrs. Dalloway''. He watched his friend die in an explosion. As a result, he lost his humanity, he can't feel anything, he has hallucinations of the aforementioned friend, he's possibly schizophrenic, and he eventually kills himself.
* In the short story "Nightcrawlers", by Creator/RobertRMcCammon, the main character is a Vietnam vet. The kicker: his nightmares have ''come to life'' and stalk him at a truck stop. The story was adapt into an episode of ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1985}}''.
* Swedish writer Simona Ahrnstedt gives us an example of this in her debut novel ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}''. It has been several years since male protagonist Seth was in war, but he can still have nightmares about it.
* Aimon Behaim, in ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', was a Canadian [[TimeMaster chronomancer]] who served overseas against [[{{Ghostapo}} Nazi practitioners]], losing the use of a limb to the bite of a ghoul which left a WoundThatWillNotHeal. Returning home afterwards, he found himself [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand disconnected from his old life]], leading him to enter into a [[SlapSlapKiss not quite friendship]] with local [[TheLegionsOfHell diabolist]] Rosalyn Thorburn. They and their heirs would go on to shape the politics of the local practitioner scene when the story proper begins, after each of their deaths.
* ''Literature/ParadiseRot'': Oscar Pilson has been in so many wars and conflicts, as both a soldier and later a mercenary, that he can't seem to stop getting into even more.
* Featured ''heavily'' in ''Literature/PhoenixAndAshes'' by Creator/MercedesLackey, set in 1917 in an alternate universe identical to our own except that some individuals have magical powers. The protagonist's love interest has been severely wounded, mentally and physically, and after coming home to recover, spends a lot of time in the local pub that has been pretty much taken over by those in the same situation. Very realistic look at how PTSD (or "shell-shock") was viewed at the time.
* Scott from ''Literature/ThePowerOfFive'', [[MindRape With]] [[ColdBloodedTorture Good]] [[FateWorseThanDeath Reason]]. Poor guy.
* Taybard Jaekel in the later ''Literature/{{Rigante}}'' novels.
* Marshal Teddy Daniels of ''Literature/ShutterIsland'' has a lot of bad dreams and a drinking problem because of the things he saw at the liberation of Dachau.
* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': Beren is described as being like this in various ways in different versions of the story, at least when he arrives in Doriath -- unsurprisingly, given that Creator/JRRTolkien was a WWI veteran, the [[PyrrhicVictory disastrous]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne Somme campaign]] in particular. Fortunately, Beren has a half-elf, half-goddess lover to help him heal.
** Hurin also becomes this, especially after having to witness what happens to his son Turin.
** And the gravestone of Tolkien and his wife have "Beren" and "Lúthien" written under their names.
* Billy Pilgrim in ''Literature/SlaughterhouseFive''. It's implied (though not explicit) throughout the text of the book that his claimed time-traveling and alien encounters are nothing more than a coping mechanism for severe [=PTSD=].
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has several examples.
** Eddard Stark survived Robert's Rebellion with quite a few psychological scars. Seeing the bodies of Rhaegar Targaryen's murdered children was especially traumatic. He also has nightmares about his sister's death and the fight at the Tower of Joy.
** Sandor Clegane eventually has a psychological break during the Battle of Blackwater and deserts the Lannister army.
** [[ChildSoldiers Arya]] is implied to have PTSD; in any case, living through the War of Five Kings clearly did a number on her. For one thing, she has to recite the names of everyone she wants to kill in order to fall asleep.
** Discussed at length by Septon Meribald in the fourth book (full version [[http://www.reddit.com/r/asoiaf/comments/1wasjj/spoilers_affc_septon_meribalds_speech_as/ here]]).
--> War seems a fine adventure, the greatest most of them will ever know. Then they get a taste of battle. For some, that one taste is enough to break them. Others go on for years, until they lose count of all the battles they have fought in, but even a man who has survived a hundred fights can break in his hundred-and-first. [...] All thought of home is gone by then, and kings and lords and gods mean less to him than a haunch of spoiled meat that will let him live another day, or a skin of bad wine that might drown his fear for a few hours. The broken man lives from day to day, from meal to meal, more beast than man. Lady Brienne is not wrong. In times like these, the traveler must beware of broken men, and fear them... but he should pity them as well.
** Sansa Stark gets a different version of PTSD thanks to being held as a political hostage [[DeadlyDecadentCourt in King's Landing]]. At the beginning of the war, she's a SpoiledSweet thirteen-year-old already renowned for her beauty, raised by her loving parents Eddard/Ned and Catelyn Stark. Then her fiance Prince Joffrey ''executes Ned in front of her'', which sparks the War of Five Kings as her brother Robb goes on a war campaign for revenge. She's nearly gang-raped after getting lost in a bread-riot, and as the war goes on, Joffrey orders his guards to hit her [[DomesticAbuse if she says something he doesn't agree with]], [[RevengeByProxy publicly beat her for every victory Robb wins]], and he gleefully talks about [[MaritalRapeLicense how once they're married, he can have sex with her whenever he wants]]. And then [[spoiler: Robb and their mother are killed in a horrific breach of SacredHospitality called "The Red Wedding"]]. Over the several books (and years in the show) that this happens, the now-adult Sansa constantly ForgetsToEat and spends her time either [[DeadpanSnarker trolling people with courtesy]], [[BrokenTears crying in her room]], or walking around in the godswood. Most people think she's praying, but she tells Tyrion that [[BrokenBird it's the only place where people don't talk to her]].
* Leia is this in ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye''. Vader's [[MindRape torture of her]] in ''Film/ANewHope'' left invisible scars. All the same, Luke admires her for holding up as well as she does most of the time.
* The first Literature/SherlockHolmes book, ''A Study in Scarlet'': Dr. Watson, having just gotten back from war in Afghanistan. He is miserable, lost, and suffers from crushing boredom in the first chapter, wastes his money in an attempt to entertain himself, mentions that his nerves are so frayed he is temporarily unemployable and lists "cannot abide arguments" among his peculiarities when he moves in with Holmes. However, living with Holmes, and occupying himself with the adventures to be had there, appears to have done him good, as his shell-shock does not manifest itself in a noticeable way in the rest of the series, apart from occasional vociferous objections to war's stupidity and pointlessness.
* Harkins from ''The Tales of The Ketty Jay''. Basically had his nerves shot to pieces by fighting as a Pilot in BOTH Aerium Wars, to the point that he is considered a burden on ground missions and gets 'really terrified' about a dozen times a week. But then, ask a certain someone to give him a few words of encouragement, and [[LetsGetDangerous well...]].
* ''Literature/ThreeDayRoad'': Xavier/Elijah has come home to die, bringing a crippling morphine addiction with him.
* Gregor at the end of ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles''. He's [[KidHero twelve]]. Ripred is an older version of this.
* In ''[[Literature/SpaceMarineBattles Veil of Darkness]]'', Sicarius thinks that his jumping at shadows and growing paranoia about Necrons being everywhere are signs that he has PTSD. [[spoiler:While he may have it, the Necrons really did invade the Temple of Hera and hide in the shadows]].
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Vorkosigan]]'' novels:
** Sergeant Bothari's decidedly damaged personality is actually an '''''improvement''''' over his original post-incident situation; his original (politically motivated) therapy involved conditioning him to have violently agonizing migraines whenever he thought about his role in the war. He thought about it a lot.
** His commanding officer Aral Vorkosigan is incapable of seeing enemy soldiers as actual enemies, having long ago reached a point where all soldiers looked like children to him.
** Aral's son Miles realized how painful this trope could be during his first real adventure; at one point he looks upon an atrocity of his own devising and thinks, "so this is the crazy terror that prompts massacres in the night. I understand it now. I liked it better when I didn't."
** And that's not even touching on how bad it was for the physically and emotionally crippled protagonist of Bujold's ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion''.
* The ''entire cast'' of the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/GauntsGhosts novels are gradually turning into these, for some [[CrapsackWorld fairly]] [[YouCantGoHomeAgain obvious]] reasons.
** ''Any'' veteran of the Imperial Guard, who has undoubtedly had his or her nerves shredded by facing some of the [[EldritchAbomination worst horrors imaginable]] with nothing more than a flak jacket and a lasgun, as seen in ''Eisenhorn''. Not to mention they'll have watched lots of living things in general get shredded.
** Two words: "Gereon resists."
** Exception: [[Literature/CiaphasCain the 597th]]. Although Cain does quite frequently (and offhandedly) refer to them as sociopaths, which might go a ways towards explaining it.
* Eren dom Hasstrell from ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' is still recovering from his time as a [[EliteArmy Hell-Bard]] and spends his time drowing his sorrows and flashbacks in drink. [[spoiler:Or so he wants everyone to believe]].
* Basically everyone in ''Literature/WorldWarZ''.
* Several of the Wraiths from the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries''. They're all rather young -- in their thirties at the most -- but they've [[CareerBuildingBlunder all screwed up somewhere, which is why they're in the Wraiths at all]]. [[ColdSniper Donos]] was near the edge for most of the first book and [[HeroicBSOD went over it for a time]] until his friends dragged him back, only to relapse temporarily two books later. Dia Passik has [[BrokenBird issues]], too, as does Ton Phanan, everybody's favorite [[DeadlyDoctor homicidal]] [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul cybernetic]] [[CombatMedic doctor]].
** There's also Castin Donn, whose problems stem from witnessing firsthand the Empire's brutal crackdown post-Endor. He seems pretty normal on the surface, but underneath he has a very low-key but exceptionally powerful hatred for the Empire and its successors. And then there was Lara Notsil, who had a bit of a mental problem as a result of her intelligence mission and her failure to save seventeen thousand crew aboard the ''Implacable'' from their own captain, although she had more of an identity crisis than anything else. (It's suggested that, ironically, her Intelligence training helped her here -- since she was so used to totally assuming, and then totally discarding identities, she was more easily able to bury her past as Gara.)
* Pat Barker's WWI trilogy (''Regeneration'', ''The Eye in the Door'', ''The Ghost Road'') deals extensively with shell-shock, among other war-induced psychiatric disorders.

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* In the ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' Season 1 finale and Season 2 premiere Rommie appears as a Shell-Shocked Veteran when a hidden computer file of her first meeting with the magog comes to the surface and subverts her programming.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** An earlier page quote was Delenn's response to a veteran of the Earth-Minbari war who kidnapped her; decidedly one of the scarier foes she would face.
** Given the eventual revelations about Delenn's past, in some ways she herself could be considered a Shell-Shocked Veteran who turned her pain inwards. Many of her personality traits could be explained as a result of unresolved and deeply internalized grief over [[spoiler: what she started]]. It's unclear if this is how JMS designed the character but this is how Mira Furlan said she played the role.
** There's at least one group in the Minbari Warrior caste who want to resume the war, or at least kill Sheridan. And let's not even get started with the whole Narn-Centauri thing.
** Also, the man who thought he was [[NapoleonDelusion King Arthur]], in the episode "A Late Delivery from Avalon." [[spoiler:As it turned out, he was the gunner of the Earthship that fired first on the Mimbari vessel carrying Delenn and the revered leader of the Mimbari. By the end of the episode, Delenn's forgiveness and kindness to him helps him out of his pain]].
** There's also Sinclair in the first season, who is clearly suffering from the after-effects of the Earth-Minbari war. He particularly has nightmares about fighting at [[LastStand The Line]], where humanity suffered 90% casualties.
** And a lurker who once saw his entire squad wiped out by an nasty alien on an outer rim outpost.
--->'''Lurker''': "They're coming through the walls!"
--->'''Garibaldi''': "I know where he's been. I've had the same nightmare."
* ''Series/BabylonBerlin'': Most of the male characters are UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne veterans, so the shellshock sufferers are plentiful - and their treatment by society is quite awful. The protagonist Gereon Rath, for example, seems constantly just a morphine shot away from going catatonic from his trauma, but is still forced to hide it from his police superiors.
* Name a ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' character. '''Any''' ''Battlestar Galactica'' character, in no way limited to the ones currently in uniform. (The ''Razor'' movie is especially notable in allowing viewers to witness the events leading up to all three of its central characters becoming prime examples of the trope: one winds up as GeneralRipper, the other two ''both'' [[spoiler:become suicide bombers. For opposite sides]].)
* Played straight in ''Series/BlueHeelers'' with There Last Night, The Cull and a few others. For several years around Anzac Day or Rememberance Day there would be an episode where they invoked this trope.
* Jimmy Darmody and [[ColdSniper Richard Harrow]] of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' both served in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and came back with lingering injuries (Jimmy has consistent pain from a leg wound and Harrow had [[FacialHorror half of his face disfigured]]) and severe shell-shock. Both are so mentally damaged by all of the violence they experienced and committed in the trenches that [[FromCamouflageToCriminal they take up work as hired killers]] with few qualms, and while they are still nice to friends, they exhibit a notable LackOfEmpathy. (Especially Richard, who once proposed to draw a target out of hiding by killing innocent family members).
%%* ''Series/BombGirls'': Lorna's husband Bob.
* Detective Adrian Pimento in ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' spent twelve years working undercover for a vicious mobster, and as a result of the things he did is not quite... stable. In his first appearance he held a knife to Jake's throat and destroyed his keyboard yelling "Machine!" It's all PlayedForLaughs.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Buffy is this for awhile after she twice discovers that coming back from the dead is no picnic.
* Alan Bridges from the second Christmas special of ''Series/CallTheMidwife'' has serious PTSD after a particularly brutal experience in UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar (he was on [[{{Conscription}} National Service]] "[[SoldiersAtTheRear fixing spark plugs]]" but was forced to front-line duty--as in killing men with [[BayonetYa bayonets]]--when the [[UsefulNotes/ChineseWithChopperSupport Chinese]] [[ZergRush overwhelmed his unit's position]]). We learn as a result that Trixie's sunny, bubbly personality is in part derived from her constant need to cheer up her father, who was shell-shocked serving in the [[UsefulNotes/{{Iraq}} Mesopotamian Campaign]] of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* Colleen [=McMurphy=] on ''Series/ChinaBeach'' became an alcoholic because of her wartime experiences in Vietnam.
* Leonard on ''Series/{{Community}}'' claims to have participated in several wars, and this trope may be an explanation for his current wild and coarse nature.
* Aiden Black from ''Series/{{Cracked}}'' is a police officer who suffers from symptoms of PTSD after being involved in two fatal shootings. The episode "Old Soldiers" revolves around a shellshocked Afghanistan vet planning to go out in a [[SuicideByCop blaze of glory]] and ends with Aiden joining a support group. In "Faces" we meet ex-ChildSoldier Benjamin Omari, a veteran of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who ends up joining Aiden's support group.
* The killer in the ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Distress", who is committing his crimes because he's had a psychotic break and thinks he's still in combat.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The Doctor himself occasionally falls into this mode when he thinks about the Time War that [[LastOfHisKind killed the rest of the Time Lords]]; his role in the war outside of its final act hasn't yet been made explicit, but it's been made clear that he was directly responsible for the (more or less) complete genocide of both species as some kind of last resort to end the war since the Daleks were winning and [[spoiler:both sides would have wiped out ''every'' other species in the universe]].
--> '''Tenth Doctor:''' I'm so old now. I used to have so much mercy.
** In "The Doctor's Daughter," he explicitly confirmed he fought alongside other Time Lords as a soldier.
** Pictured above, the War Doctor. Instead of going by the name "Doctor", he was a warrior, choosing to shelve his principles to fight a war which was so big, he couldn't keep running from it and was eventually sucked right into the heart of the battle. He spent at least 400 years in battle through the Time War, and by the very end of it all, was absolutely sold on the notion of ending it by his own hand, unleashing a doomsday weapon which would cause a ''[[GodzillaThreshold double genocide]]''. [[spoiler:Thankfully, he got a miraculous second chance at avoiding this fate]]. After [[TheNthDoctor regenerating]], his dark legacy had such an effect on the Doctor that he [[UnPerson wiped him from his memory]] [[spoiler:until learning that he went out of that life as a hero]].
** In the show's 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor", the conscience of the Moment tells the War Doctor what his future regenerations will be -- the Tenth being "the one who regrets", and the Eleventh being "the one who forgets." But the one he didn't know about, his immediate successor, the Ninth Doctor, would turn out to be [[IHatePastMe a man who resents]].
** Also, in "The Ribos Operation" (part of the Fourth Doctor's ''Key to Time'' arc), the Graf Vynda-K has a bad case. At the end of the episode he is reliving and raving about battles long since fought, and ignoring the world around him.
** Captain Jack falls into this mode now and then in the series and in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', having lived through ''at least'' two Dalek wars (In "Bad Wolf", he recounts a fleet of ships being destroyed), UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII ''twice''.
** In series 8 of the new series, Clara's boyfriend Danny Pink was in Iraq and [[spoiler: accidentally killed a child]].
* Anthony/Victor from ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' became a Doll after returning home from Afghanistan with severe PTSD.
%%* Lang from ''Series/DowntonAbbey''.
* ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman''. When Dorothy's son comes to visit and is soon revealed to be a morphine addict. Later, when Dr. Mike's presumed dead fiance shows up, he explains that after being injured, he was held prisoner at Andersonville (a Confederate prison camp with conditions so dreadful that 1/3 of its inmates died and a visiting official became ill with influenza within ''one hour'' of his arrival). His staunch response to her horrified reaction--"I DON'T want to talk about that"--implies that his time there was particularly traumatic.
* This is PlayedForLaughs on ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' with their grandfather, who goes crazy and thinks everyone is a German spy out to get him and even talks into a ShoePhone.
* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow:''
-->'''Lewis:''' I think Santa doesn't want to kill us anymore. We didn't get any death threats, recently. And, when we threw Kate to him and left her for dead he didn't touch her.
-->'''Kate:''' Yeah, he told me not to worry and that he wasn't going to rape me. He told me that after what Santa saw in the Gulf War he could never be with a woman again.
* Parodied in ''Series/FatherTed'', when Ted and a local policeman are hunting the recently-escaped Father Jack:
-->'''Policeman:''' ''[haunted]'' This reminds me of Vietnam...\\
'''Ted:''' You fought in Vietnam?\\
'''Policeman:''' Ah, no man. You know -- the films.
* Mal Reynolds from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', as a result of the Unification War in general and Serenity Valley in particular.
** A deleted scene from pilot episode ''Serenity'' makes it clear that this applies to both Mal ''and'' Zoe.
--->'''Simon:''' If that battle was so horrible, why'd he name the ship after it?\\
'''Zoe:''' Once you've been in Serenity, you never leave. You just learn to live there.
** A non-military example appears in "Bushwhacked" with the only man to "survive" a Reaver attack. Though, as Mal says:
--->'''Mal:''' You call him a survivor. He's not.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Ned Stark, in [[JustForPun stark]] contrast to [[BloodKnight Robert]], who misses war and his glory days. Best shown in ''Lord Snow'', where Ned watches Arya practicing fencing with Syrio Forel with a wooden sword, only to have his amused expression slowly turns grim as he's gradually reminded of the hell of war, apparently hearing the distant sound of swords clashing and men dying instead of the wooden sounds of his daughter's fencing.
** It's clear Jon Snow is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after being murdered and brought back to life in "Oathbreaker."
** It's clear the loss of life during the war and the Red Wedding left Robett Glover broken.
** Even if he wasn't this before, the Battle of the Blackwater (specifically the Blackwater being on fire) ''really'' screwed the Hound up.
* Dr. Hunt in ''Series/GreysAnatomy''. His PTSD is contrasted with that of his wife Cristina, who later suffers from it after [[CodeSilver a shooting]] and again after a plane crash.
* ''Series/{{Homeland}}'' has Brody, returning home after several years of torture as prisoner-of-war. He blanks out, has mood swings, nightmares, sleeps on the floor so as not to hurt his wife and may well have undergone a FaceHeelTurn.
* The second series of ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' casts Captain Sawyer's paranoia and insanity as a result of this. At one point he mistakes Archie for an admiral he knew, only to correct himself because the man was decapitated in front of him during a battle. Later, he drowns out the noise of a prisoner uprising by plugging his ears and reading aloud his report of the battle where he defeated three French frigates with one ship. Though the battle began his reputation for extraordinary courage, the report itself recounts a bloody and brutal affair. Essentially being forced to fight heroically for his whole career made him see enemies everywhere and turned him into a DeathSeeker.
* ''Series/TheHour'': Both Hector Madden and Laurie Stern are this. It manifests in very different ways.
* From ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', Frank tries to pass himself off as this. The rest of the Gang see through it, but he doesn't miss a beat.
-->'''Frank:''' Look, I didn't go to Vietnam just to have pansies like you take my freedom away from me.\\
'''Dee:''' You went to Vietnam in ''1993'' to open up a ''sweatshop!''\\
'''Frank:''' [[CrossesTheLineTwice And a lot of good men died in that sweatshop!]]
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'':
** The only witness to the latest murder in "Déjà Vu" is a retired Navy SEAL who works as a groundskeeper at Arlington National Cemetery, and who spends much of his time [[DrowningMySorrows drinking]].
** J.D. in "Sightings", a former Navy SEAL who harbors a very strong distrust of the Government in general.
** Colonel Matt Anderson in "Survivors" has many flashbacks to UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar and believes his young son to be the {{Reincarnation}} of a dead war buddy.
** In the second season episode "The Guardian", Chief Petty Officer Paul Bauwer, a homeless former Navy SEAL, is accused of killing three men while thwarting a convenience store robbery [[spoiler:which he did to protect his young son who doesnít know who he really is]].
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'' has Raylan's father, Arlo, a Vietnam veteran who suffers from PTSD, early onset dementia, and bipolar disorder, and Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson, an Afghan war vet who spends most of his time drinking to forget his service. Season 4 gives Tim an EvilCounterpart in Boyd's new [[TheDragon Dragon]] Colton Rhodes, an Iraq and Afghan veteran, who battles with a heroin addiction that he gained to cope with his trauma. We also meet Tim's drug addicted friend Mark; when Colton says that "most of [Mike] died somewhere in Kandahar", he's not wrong, but he's also projecting.
* ''Series/LasVegas''. Danny [=McCoy=] when he returns from his second tour of duty with the Marines in season 2. He recovers later on.
* Averted with Commissaire Larosière in ''[[Series/LesPetitsMeurtresDAgathaChristie Les Petits Meurtres d'Agatha Christie]]''; he fought in World War One but is well adjusted to civilian life. It takes the death of his former commanding officer to trigger memories of how hellish the trenches were.
* In ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2006}}'', Reg Cole [[spoiler:is a subversion -- he didn't actually get to go to war, and that's a plot point]].
* Largely averted in ''Series/MagnumPI''. Although the main characters served in Vietnam and still bear the scars from it, they seemed to re-integrate back into civilian life.
** The recurring character Mac might be this, or he might just be using it as part of his ongoing cons. As part of the character's backstory is having had a serious brain injury in Vietnam, AND being a conman, it's hard to tell.
** Magnum meets other vets who didn't come home as healthy as he did, including one who lives in a patch of forest surrounded by tripwires and thinks he's in Vietnam much of the time.
%%* Nurse Veronica Callahan on ''Series/{{Mercy}}''.
* In the ''Series/{{Marple}}'' adaptation of ''The Moving Finger'', Jerry Burton is depicted as a BrokenAce war hero who, to paraphrase his sister, came through the war with flying colours yet seems to find the peace utterly defeating.
* Hawkeye Pierce in ''Series/{{MASH}}''. The goofy fun-lover of the first season descends through the years into an embittered shell of a man. By the series finale, he's committed to a sanitarium, suppressing traumatic memories and [[TalkativeLoon rambling at length]] whenever something triggers him.
* The ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "Kommando" basically runs the "drug-addicted Vietnam vet can't cope with civilian life, or [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone the memory of what he's done]]" storyline, only in UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar. There's the added twist that [[spoiler:his former comrades are hunting him, lest he tell the world ''exactly'' what they did]].
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Several episodes have featured veterans from a variety of wars suffering guilt or hallucinations due to the trauma and resulting stress.
** A few episodes show Gibbs having flashbacks to his RoaringRampageOfRevenge in his revenge murder of the drug lord who murdered his first wife and daughter.
* In ''Series/{{Odysseus}}'', the title character physically comes back to Ithaca, but his mind is still stuck in the war between the Greeks and Troy. He suffers from constant nightmares and paranoia, and his sanity is slowly slipping as the show goes on.
* [[SweetHomeAlabama Confederate]] vet Johnny Yuma on ''Series/{{The Rebel}}''.
* PlayedForLaughs on the last sketch of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'''s 34th season where a man (played by host and former cast member Will Ferrell) who vacationed in Vietnam acts like a Shell-Shocked Veteran and sings Billy Joel's "Good Night Saigon" (joined by all of the then-current cast members, celebrity guest stars Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Tom Hanks, Maya Rudolph, Anne Hathaway, Norm [=McDonald=], and Artie Lange [from ''Series/{{MADtv}}'', which at the time, was airing its final episode], and the musical guest for the episode [Green Day])
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': [[spoiler: Huck reveals himself to be this, due to his CIA black-ops training. He and his other operatives were conditioned to torture enemies and eventually grew to like it. Huck wanted out and was trying to "get sober" while living homeless when Olivia found him]].
* Parodied on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' with George's father Frank. He was a chef during the Korean War, but swore never to cook again after a horrifying incident ... he served some overseasoned/slightly rancid meat and "sent sixteen of my own men to the latrines that night!" He's eventually convinced to start cooking again and helps out at a big dinner, only [[spoiler:to go nuts when it looks like a guy's throwing up and knocks everyone's plates to the floor]].
-->'''Frank:''' They were just ''boys!''\\
'''Kramer:''' Frank, you were a boy too. And it was war! It was a crazy time for everyone.\\
'''Frank:''' Tell that to Bobby Colby. All that kid wanted to do was go home! Well, he went home, all right! ...With a crater in his colon the size of a cutlet!\\
'''Kramer:''' Frankó\\
'''Frank:''' Had to sit him on a cork the eighteen-hour flight home!
* Subverted with [[TheWatson Dr. Watson]] in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. His psychosomatic injuries and therapy indicate that he's suffering PTSD and haunted by his experiences during the war, since he ''did'' see people die on him, but the truth is actually that he ''[[InHarmsWay misses it]]''. This leads to him helping Sherlock Holmes, since it allows him to indulge his BloodKnight tendencies.
* Rick Simon on ''Simon & Simon'' experienced PTSD in the "I Thought The War Was Over" episode.
* ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld'': [[spoiler: Malone]] watched three comrades die in World War I while hallucinating when he's shot by a poison dart. It's also implied [[spoiler: Roxton]] had a rough time from World War I.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/{{Soap}}'' with the Major who's still convinced he's fighting in the second world war and attacks the neighbours because he believes them to be Nazi spies.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': Commodore Decker from "The Doomsday Machine." When Kirk finds him, his mind is about as wrecked as his ship, largely due to SurvivorGuilt.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has Captain Jean-Luc Picard himself suffer this trope due to the events of "The Best of Both Worlds", where he is assimilated into the Borg and obliterates an entire fleet of Starfleet ships. He is certainly ''not'' over it by the events of ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' where he turns much more brutal with the machines. This event connects Picard to the next Trek protagonist...
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', being DarkerAndEdgier than the rest of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', showed particular interest in PTSD. Not surprising when you consider that the last two seasons depict the largest and bloodiest war ever experienced by the Federation, but even pre-Dominion War episodes look into it.
** The first episode deals heavily with Commander Sisko's depression after losing his wife during a particularly [[CallBack notorious]] [[{{POV Sequel}} battle]]. And much later on, after the Dominion War is in full swing, he begins having hallucinations and several nervous breakdowns.
** Nog experiences PTSD after he loses a leg in combat and stays in Vic Fontaine's Las Vegas holosuite program for a while to cope.[[note]] According to the Star Trek Wikia, his acting in the episode ("It's Only A Paper Moon"), especially the part when he finally breaks down and starts to cry, was so close to real life that he afterwards was contacted by several combat veterans who complimented him on his work.[[/note]]
** Kira's entire character arc is about recovering from this. She starts out as obstructive and mistrustful of Starfleet, but gradually realizes how the emotional baggage she picked up as a freedom fighter can compromise her job and put Bajor at risk.
** A rare non-combat variant, in one of the many "torture O'Brien" episodes, he was put in a simulation for ([[YearInsideHourOutside what seemed to be]]) twenty YEARS. When poor O'Brien finally came out, he was a very changed man, constantly reminded of the horrors he faced, [[spoiler:and guilt for killing his cell mate]].
** In the seventh season episode "Field of Fire" shows what happens when this is mixed with [[spoiler:a Vulcan. One of only a handful of survivors of a crew after a traumatic battle, he repressed his emotions so much he snapped and became a cold sniper targeting anyone who was happy. Why? In his own words, "Logic demanded it"]].
* Season 3 of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' turns [[TheCaptain Archer]] into this. This is particularly evident during the after-action debriefing, when [[AssInAmbassador Soval's]] criticisms drive Archer to a ''very'' pissed-off TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about how the Vulcans wouldn't help him save Earth.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', a possible alternate future version of Dean Winchester turns into this after [[spoiler:Sam gives in to Lucifer, Bobby is killed, and the Croatoan virus wipes out most of the planet]].
** Castiel too, though his shellshock manifests a bit ... [[TheHedonist differently]].
** Sam and Dean are both examples of this trope, although the extent to which it applies comes and goes. It is implied that all hunters are as well, or soon will be. Dean becomes even more so after [[spoiler: spending a year in purgatory]] [[TimeSkip before]] season 8, where he had to be on constant alert and fight to survive.
** John Winchester averts this trope when younger, and plays it straight later in life. Averted, in that although he served as a Marine in Vietnam, he returns home and seems reasonably well adjusted. Once Mary dies and he becomes a hunter, the trope is played straight.
* Iraq war vet Terry Bellefleur on ''Series/TrueBlood''.
* Edgar from ''Series/YoureTheWorst'' suffers from PTSD after a stint in Iraq.
* All the men in ''Series/PeakyBlinders'' were in WWI, and none of them came home the same. The worst effected is Danny Whizz-Band, but Arthur is a close second, with Tommy coming in third.
** Grace was a British undercover agent in Ireland and participated in the dirty war being fought between the Irish revolutionaries and the British secret service.

* ''Fortunes of War'' by Music/IronMaiden describes in detail the emotional and psychological agony of a veteran with Post-Traumatic Stress, [[ShownTheirWork leaving out the myths propagated by pop culture about the condition]].
* Music/SonataArctica's song ''Replica'' is about this.
* 'Broken Soldier' by The Black Angels, deals with a crippled soldier suffering from PTSD, what caused him to become so and his difficulty returning to civilian life, never truly feeling safe.
* Music/BlueOysterCult's "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" appears to be a sufferer, though the lyrics leave ambiguous whether the war is real or not.
--> Wounds are all I'm made of. ''Dare you say that this is victory?''
* Mac Singleton from the music video for the Travis Tritt song [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anymore Anymore]].
* "Wild Irish Rose" by Music/GeorgeJones is about a homeless, alcoholic Vietnam vet.
** Also "The Door"
* "Still in Saigon" by The Charlie Daniels Band is about a shellshocked Vietnam Vet.
* "War Inside My Head" part of the second disc of Music/DreamTheater's "6 Degrees of Inner Turbulence" is about a shell-shocked Vietnam veteran who has hallucinations of the war.
* The narrator of Music/RichardThompson's "Al Bowlly's in Heaven" is a destitute WWII vet who "can't close me eyes on a bench or a bed/for the sound of some battle raging in my head."
* "Drive On" by Music/JohnnyCash.
** Also "The Ballad of Ira Hayes." It's based on the true story of Ira Hayes, one of the Marines on the iconic photograph of the flag raising on Iwo Jima. After the war, he turns to alcohol to dull the pain, and eventually drinks himself to death.
* "Hell Broke Luce" from ''Music/BadAsMe'' by Music/TomWaits tells the story of Jeff Lucey, an Iraq War veteran who killed himself due to the horrors he saw and committed.
* "I Don't Want To Wait" by Music/PaulaCole, that's right, the ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' theme song is about a man going to war and coming home with PTSD.
* "I Bombed Korea" by Music/{{Cake}}
* "Zombie" by Music/TheCranberries
* "Khe Sanh" by Music/ColdChisel
* "Sam Stone" by John Prine
* "Eighth of November" by Big and Rich
* Roger Waters' "Paranoid Eyes." Most of ''The Final Cut'', for that matter.
* [[SweetHomeAlabama Confederate]] vet Virgil Caine (the narrator) in "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" by Music/TheBand.
* The ''Series/{{Mash}}'' theme song, ''Suicide Is Painless''
* "The Girl Next Door" by Country Joe [=MacDonald=] is about a woman who develops PTSD while serving as an Army nurse in [[UsefulNotes/VietnamWar Vietnam]].
* "Born In The U.S.A." by Music/BruceSpringsteen.
* [[WordOfGod According to lyricist Bernie Taupin]], the title character in "Daniel" by Music/EltonJohn is one who wants to be left alone.
** "Talking Old Soldiers" from ''Tumbleweed Connection'' appears to be from the perspective of one [[DrowningMySorrows drowning his sorrows]] and bitterly relating to another war veteran of the horror of "hav(ing) a graveyard as a friend."
* [[UsefulNotes/VietnamWar Vietnam vet]] John Lee Pettimore (the narrator) in "Copperhead Road" by Music/SteveEarle.
--> "I wake up screaming like I'm back over there."
* Redgum's 'I Was Only 19 (A Walk In The Light Green)' is about the plight of Australian veterans of Vietnam, who came home scarred by shrapnel, Agent Orange, and psychological trauma:
-->And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can't get to sleep?
-->And night time's just a jungle dark and a barking M16?
-->And what's this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means?
-->God help me, I was only nineteen.
* "Too Long a Soldier" by Music/PatBenatar.
* The inmates from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ivnvKIu4mg "Red Sector A"]] by Music/{{Rush}}.
--> " A wound that will not heal. A heart that cannot feel."
--> "Hoping that the horror will recede..."
* Music/{{Cormorant}} provides this with "Ronin", an incomplete and unreleased song from their demo.
* Music/WarrenZevon's song ''Play it All Night Long'', (written in response to Music/LynyrdSkynyrd's ''Sweet Home Alabama''.)
--> Brother Billy has both guns drawn, he ain't been right since Vietnam
* PaulHardcastle's "19" features samples from the 1983 documentary ''Vietnam Requiem''.

* In "The Silent Avenger," Radio/TheShadow is up against one of his deadliest opponents: a shell-shocked WWI sniper whose condemned gangster brother has set him loose on the judge, jury, and governor.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' adventure [=OA6=] ''Ronin Challenge''. The {{PC}}'s can meet Nozumi Takahosho, an ex-cavalryman in the service of General Goyat. The terrible things he experienced during the pursuit of Governor Kawabi plus a dose of jungle diseases permanently addled his mind.
-->"We went to the jungle," he says excitedly, pointing in the direction of the Shao Mountains. His eyes then glaze over as he struggles to remember the details. "The jungle..." he stammers, "The devil-men...they had teeth like snakes...they killed everyone...everyone..." [he collapses to the ground, sobbing and shaking]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': The Imperial Guard has Sly Marbo, the OneManArmy. What he's seen and done has made him unable to function other than by killing the Emperor's enemies (he apparently has loads of medals piling up somewhere, having no use for them).
** Standard Guardsmen, in this [[AMillionIsAStatistic large]], [[CrapsackWorld terrible universe]], are unsurprisingly liable to get this... [[WeHaveReserves should they survive at all]].
** The Iron Warriors reached this point significantly before the Heresy, but kept being sent into combat anyway - their ''Index Astartes'' article mentions that combat fatigue and the relentless, grinding nature of siege warfare had brutalised them until bloodshed was the only real release they had left, leading to a murderous rampage across their rebellious homeworld, which in turn led to them joining Horus.
* The sanity rules in ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' include some symptoms that leave the characters Shell-Shocked Veterans. Not all triggers for [=SAN=] checks are even necessarily supernatural.
* Surviving the ''TabletopGame/WorldOfDarkness'' is no easy picnic, but the ''TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness'' book ''Dogs Of War'' explicitly delves into this territory (as its objective of expanding PlayerCharacter options for military-based campaigns) with optional rules to change the game's morality meter (which would turn a player character into a horrifying SociopathicSoldier if left as is) into a sanity meter that makes the characters become more distraught with PTSD as they lose points.

* Chris in ''Theatre/MissSaigon''. John too, though he's not as badly off.
* It is possible to see ''Theatre/{{Coriolanus}}'' as this. Even though it was written and set long before shell-shock was understood or the weapons that usually caused it had been developed, Coriolanus' public and point-blank refusal to talk about his many battles (even though he knows his refusal will severely damage him,) might indicate trauma. The Ralph Fiennes film version (which was set in modern times,) heavily implied this.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Auron in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', he's even [[GoodScarsEvilScars got the scars]] to prove it.
* Cyan Garamonde in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is a rare example of having their HeroicBSOD happen in-game.
** Shadow from the same game is also implied to be of this trope. Just have him sleep at the inn while playing as him and you'll see dreams relating to his past.
* Cloud from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is a prime [[TraumaCongaLine candidate]] for post-traumatic stress. He even spends a large portion of the game [[HeroicBSOD in a coma!]]
** Although he gets better by the end of the original game, ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' shows that he's far from fully recovered from his traumatic experiences.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' is made up of these characters. Solid Snake, in particular, was nearly completely emotionally crippled by war by the age of thirty and had to work his way out of it again. Big Boss's StartOfDarkness showed the beginning of his slide, but he didn't recover. [[spoiler:Even the young Raiden gets in on it, having been one of Africa's ChildSoldiers]].
--> '''Snake''' (''laying a cloth over the face of a woman[[note]]Sniper Wolf[[/note]] he just killed''): I don't need a handkerchief.
--> '''Otacon''': Why?
--> '''Snake:''' I don't have any more tears to shed.
* Kratos from ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' displays traits of a Shell-Shocked Veteran. This may be one of the reasons why he is such a ruthless SociopathicHero.
* Kratos from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' exhibits tendencies of this trope from the very beginning. As you get further out in the game, the party learns that he has a very, ''very'' long and rocky history to explain it.
* Most of the main cast of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', one way or another, though it seems to be played straightest with Basch.
** [[GenkiGirl Penelo]] lampshades how the party are a group of this trope, pointing towards the war between Rozarria and Arcadia as the cause of it. Rightfully so actually.
* Spoofed in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', where one of the guests on a radio talk show, ''Entertaining America'', is a washed up action movie hero who earnestly believes everything that happened in his movies, including his friend dying in Vietnam, happened for real. And the host gets shot and killed by him when he calls him out on it.
** Also in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', the player is tasked with sneaking into Colonel Fuhberger's house to steal his stock of Cold War era weapons. Anytime the player makes a noise that slightly stirred the old soldier from his sleep, he can be hear yelling things like "GET OFF MY RIDGE, YOU COMMIE BASTARDS!" In his dreams, he is back in the war.
** Then turned around and played ''terrifyingly'' straight in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', with Nico Bellic. You don't need to come up with complex justifications for any crimes he's committed; fighting in Eastern European civil wars, he's seen the very worst a human being can do. It says something about how bad a place is when going to Liberty City ''is an improvement''.
--> '''Niko Bellic:''' You remember, during the war... we did some bad things, and bad things happened to us. War, is where the young and stupid are tricked by the old and bitter into killing each other. I was very young, and very angry. Maybe that is no excuse.
* The Psychopath Cliff in ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' is a Vietnam vet caught in a flashback; he ambushes you from the vents and wields a machete. Once you take him down, he comes to his senses, and tells you as he dies that he went back to the war on seeing zombies devour his granddaughter.
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'':
** Marcus Fenix.
--> '''Carmine:''' Hey, are you ''the'' Marcus Fenix? The one who fought at Aspho Fields?
--> '''Marcus:''' Yeah.
--> '''Carmine:''' Hey, ''cool''!
--> '''Marcus:''' Not really.
** Dom, too.
--> (after encountering some grub holes)
--> '''Carmine:''' I used to have nightmares about those things when I was a kid.
--> '''Dom:''' Shit, I still do...
* In ''KingdomHearts'', Leon occupies this role, having changed his name (from [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall Leonhart]]) out of guilt over being unable to save his world from TheHeartless.
* Ciel in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' claims to be one of these, but we only see her through the eyes of Shiki. From the reactions of others to her and some of what she does even to him, it's likely true. After all, she goes [[EvilLaugh fufufufu...]]. Oh, and she's actually in her mid twenties despite looking the same age as Shiki or younger, and unlike Arcueid has actually lived for most of that time.
* After [[spoiler:a nuclear explosion kills 30,000 American troops]] in ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDuty Call of Duty 4]]'', the sequel introduces General Shepherd, who turns out to be [[spoiler:TheChessmaster who essentially started World War III just so he could avenge his fallen troops and exploit the full military might of "the most powerful fighting force in the world" on anyone and everyone he wanted]].
* The ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' universe has several. [[MemeticBadass Varok Saurfang]] and [[IronWoobie Farseer Nobundo]] come to mind. (Those two even qualified by being on opposite sides of the same conflict.)
** Drek'Thar feels remorse for the atrocities he committed as part of the Old Horde, and because the Forsaken commit similar deeds without feeling anything, he refuses to help them.
* Bao-Dur from ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords''.
** It's heavily implied that the Exile has this even worse then Bao-Dur; the game doesn't even allow (canonically) her to recount her experiences in the war, or any other part of her life. Other characters remark on this in her absence.
-->'''Kreia:''' Do you speak of all your battles? Or are there some you wish to forget?
* It was hinted at in ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'''s manga although how much was actually Samus's PTSD is never elaborated, especially when the ending has her defeating and mocking Ridley. Another hint at it was in the ending of ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'', where she sits in thought reflecting of the allies she was forced to kill.
** This was supposed to be the source of Samus's [[DullSurprise uncomfortably emotionless behavior]] in ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM''.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Depending on dialogue choices, [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] from the series can fit this trope. If the right dialogue is chosen, [[KnightInSourArmor s/he's cynical and bitter with major emotional scars]] [[IronWoobie from his/her past experiences]]. And s/he's '''especially''' this in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' where [[NotSoStoic it becomes pretty clear]] how [[HurtingHero emotionally burned out]] s/he really is. Particularly since ''3'' really highlights the fact that Shepard never really dealt with the trauma of ''dying'' in the previous game and has been simply putting on a [[StepfordSmiler brave face]] for everyone's benefit. Joker once mentions his concern that Shepard's vitals recorded by their armour registered them as being presently under more stress than they were at [[MultipleChoicePast Elysium/Torfan/Akuze]], just in their normal ''[[HeroicWillpower resting]]'' state. Fortunately, though, after two games of playing WarriorTherapist to his/her party members, Shepard's friends return the favor this round. The next line after the page quote is:
--->'''Garrus:''' ... Before your friend picks you up, dusts you off, and tells you you're the best soldier he's ever known.
** Also a few of the background characters, most particularly Corporal Toombs, the only survivor of [[BugWar the Akuze incident]] (except possibly Sole Survivor Shepard). His appearance in the game consists of holding the man who engineered Akuze at gunpoint, and if you don't talk him down, he can't even find peace in death.
** There's a volus in Noveria who exhibits a particularly bad case after [[IDidWhatIHadToDo Doing What He Had To Do]]: sealing an asari colleague in the hot labs with the rachni so they wouldn't escape and kill him and the others. Two years later in the sequel, you receive an email from him saying that he hopes this is his purgatory and that he "really" died trying to save her (but if not, thank you).
** There are several side-quests and NPC's dealing directly with post-traumatic stress, with one NPC's name literally being "PTSD Soldier", an Asari commando who was forced to kill a young girl ([[spoiler: heavily implied to be Joker's sister]]), after her crying from a broken leg threatened to alert Reaper forces. If Shepard uses their Spectre authorisation to grant her request to carry a gun "for defense", upon returning to the Citadel she's revealed to have [[DrivenToSuicide turned the gun on herself]].
* ''VideoGame/FearEffect'': Glas, especially since he was a soldier, and has now taken to binge drinking and playing games of Russian Roulette.
* In ''VideoGame/QuakeIIIArena'' this trope applies to many of the characters from previous Id games, especially from the Slipgate and Stroggos wars. Wrack, Grunt and Major are [[AllThereInTheManual said to be this]].
* Jack Krauser is strongly implied to be this in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheDarksideChronicles''. To put it simply, he held a long, extensive, and extinguished service in the military as a SOCOM operative, and also underwent mercenary business whenever he had any days off from SOCOM, he has spent enough time on the battlefield to sense something is terribly wrong in an area due to it "smelling like a battlefield," and lastly is unable to function in regular society and thus needs the battlefield to function. This last part is ultimately what drives his FaceHeelTurn by the time of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', as [[spoiler:a serious injury to his arm that he received during his fight against Hilda Hidalgo essentially resulted in SOCOM firing him due to it never recovering]].
* By the end of the game in ''VideoGame/RadiataStories'' in the human path, [[spoiler: Jack leaves Radiata, too shell-shocked with what he's done after being reinstated as a Radiata Knight by killing a lot of nonhuman characters, Ganz leaving him after finding out that he killed his father while being semi aware that Gawain may not have killed his father, and finally Ridley dying on him]].
* in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', one of your [[TheGoodKingdom Gallian]] militia snipers, Catherine O'Hara, was also a sniper during the first Europan war. Despite her friendly demeanor, [[TheWoobie she clearly has a number of mental scars from her experiences]]. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that she once ran out of ammunition and was helpless to watch a friend of hers get killed; [[CrazyPrepared She always has more ammo than the other snipers]], but [[HeroicBSOD she panics if she ever runs out]]]].
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' has John Konrad and quite a lot of his 33rd infantry battalion suffering from various stages of PTSD. [[spoiler:Your squad quickly picks it up as well -- Martin Walker is already implied to have initial stages of PTSD from his past in Afghanistan, which blossoms during the game into full-blown mental degradation. By the end, Walker is either dead by suicide or essentially catatonic]].
* [[BrokenBird Lara]] is this at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Tomb Raider|2013}}''. A crewman of the fishing boat that picks up the ''Endurance'' survivors specifically mentions Lara's ThousandYardStare, and WordOfGod is that one reason for her drive to continue her adventures is to "keep running" and avoid having to come to terms with [[BreakTheCutie the things that happened to her]] and [[IDidWhatIHadToDo what she had to do]] to survive on the island.
* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'': Booker was traumatized when he participated in the Battle of Wounded Knee -- to put it in perspective, it was more of a massacre than a real fight.
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' 3 features a Sorceress named Gem, who suffers this quite badly, judging by her dialogue in the Shadow of Death campaign. Through the urgings of one of her friends, she moved to the continent of Antagarich to escape the horrors she had endured during the Succession Wars. In the very first mission we get treated to infrequent prompts between in-game weeks of Gem's nightmares, starring her Rampart forces being butchered by the undead.
* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' your dwarfs can attain the personality trait "doesn't really care about anything anymore" if they witness too much violence. Players ''[[CruelPlayerCharacterGod actively try]]'' to make their dwarfs like this, because dwarfs who ''do'' care can be driven AxCrazy if too many of their friends die.
* The player characters of ''VideoGame/{{NAM 1975}}'', as shown in the intro and the back cover.
* Implied to be the fate of [[spoiler:everyone]] in ''VideoGame/RiskOfRain'', if they survive.
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'': Patrick's former profession as a soldier left him with some psychological scars, the Gel'ziabar Stone, and a life debt owed to Jeremiah Covenant.
* When your Roman party ambushes a few goblins resting by a campfire in ''VideoGame/{{Nethergate}}'', they are surprised that the greenskins act like war-weary veterans instead of behaving like savage beasts they are supposed to be.
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' Teemo's "Omega Squad" skin plays this trope straight, as a {{darker and edgier}} version of Teemo after so many fights.
* Non-combat variant: In ''VideoGame/TheLostCrown'', the Station Master's account of the Apple Train derailment suggests his father became this after witnessing that terrible calamity. The fact that his father was the one who'd ''tried'' to shift the stuck tracks and to warn the train off with a lantern, but failed in both attempts, more than justified such a diagnosis.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': It's taken a very long time to surface thanks to both Chief's mental training and his sheer force of will, but by the time of ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', some cracks are beginning to break through. The Chief has been pushing himself non-stop instead of taking some time off, and in Blue Team's intro cutscene, he can't stop his hands from shaking as he pilots his Pelican. Both are telling signs of PTSD. Considering that he's experienced the loss of nearly all his fellow Spartan-[=IIs=] and [[spoiler: Cortana]], his going AWOL to [[spoiler: follow a dream of Cortana]] is a relatively mild response.
* Slim of ''Videogame/{{Evolve}}'' is one of these, with good reason. The events of The Third Mutagen War killed all his friends, turned him into a HalfHumanHybrid, placed his homeworld under strict rule, put a massive bounty on his head, and apparently involved 'hurtling naked through deep space'. By the events of the game, he's hiding in the wilderness of[[EverythingTryingToKillYou Shear]] and suffers severe PTSD, repressing all memories before and of the war, including his own name.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Firewatch}}'', it turns out that Ned was this. He served in the war and was discharged due to personal issues.
* At the very end of the classic ''TrafficDepartment2192'', player character Velasques has become one of these. Particularly stands out since she starts the game as a full-on HotBlooded CowboyCop on a non-stop RoaringRampageOfRevenge - seemingly determined to singlehandedly wipe out every last soldier of the Vulture Cult Army for killing her father in front of her when she was 11. But after several campaigns, seeing [[KillEmAll countless fellow officers and friends die during the course of her crusade]], narrowly avoiding death numerous times (including being [[StuffBlowingUp blown up]] and [[WeCanRebuildHim patched back together again as a cyborg]] at one point) and more or less directly causing the [[ApocalypseHow destruction of her homeworld]] - all for her vengeance... she's just so, so tired.
* Bastion from ''{{VideoGame/Overwatch}}'' is a robot, and the LastOfHisKind from the Omnic War many years ago. His origin story, "The Last Bastion", reveals that he reverts to his original KillerRobot programming after hearing or seeing anything that reminds him of the Omnic Crisis. He reverts to his sentry mode and starts shooting everything in sight after mistaking a woodpecker for machine-gun fire, and downloading the memory of one of his fallen Bastion units shows him a vision of the war, with a Crusader clearing away many of his kind. After the vision, he reverts back to his programming, intent on hunting down humans, but his new bird friend Ganymede snaps him out of it.
* [[TheRedBaron The Bloody Baron]] from ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'' is one of the most WartsAndAll portrayals of this trope in gaming, as the horrors of what he'd seen on the battlefield [[DrowningMySorrows drove him to]] become TheAlcoholic. This, [[DisasterDominoes in turn]], [[spoiler: causes him to become distant from his wife, which causes her to cheat on him, causing ''him'' to kill her lover in a jealous rage before hitting her (as she was trying to kill him for this)]], and thus starts roughly 20 years of an absolutely ''wretched'' relationship for everyone involved.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
** Archer is not only one of these, but his magic is fueled by this. His Reality Marble, a representation of "the world he holds in his mind", is a featureless barren landscape riddled with discarded and heavily-used weapons, extending on forever, as giant metal gears endlessly turn in the sky.
** Shirou ([[spoiler:Archer's past self]]) still has flashbacks to the Great Fuyuki Fire, of which he is the sole known survivor. He has a pretty good lid on it most of the time, but anything that reminds him of that disaster can cause him to freak out.
* ''VisualNovel/CodeRealize'' depicts [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Abraham Van Helsing]] as a former soldier who was comprehensively broken into a "human weapon" by his experiences during the Vampire War. Most of the British public considers him a hero, but Van Helsing is clearly haunted by what he's done to the point of not caring if he dies.
* Atlas Molniya of ''VisualNovel/StarshipPromise'' was once a fighter pilot for the Union of Democratic Star Systems, and whatever prompted his break with the Union was traumatic enough to leave him with lasting emotional scars and a lot of bitterness toward the military he used to serve in. In his first season, he experiences a full-fledged flashback during a space dogfight, with only the player character in any position to try to talk him down before they're both killed.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Flippy from ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' is a vicious parody of this trope. Rather than breaking down when he sees a trigger, he efficiently eliminates any living being in the vicinity that could possibly pose a threat to him--and, for that matter, [[AxCrazy any living being that]] ''[[AxCrazy can't]]'' [[AxCrazy pose a threat to him]].
* It's hinted that [[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] is this in ''WebAnimation/SuperMarioBrosZ'' -- and given what happened to him and everyone on Mobius at the hands of Mecha Sonic, one can hardly blame him.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** There are hints that [[spoiler:the AI of Project Freelancer have PTSD. Due to the nature of the ColdBloodedTorture used to create them, they (or at least Delta and Theta) are always afraid that something bad will happen at any moment, and keep their owners awake at night worrying about it]].
** On Chorus, we meet [[spoiler:partner mercenaries Felix and Locus who are confirmed shell-shocked before their true colors are even revealed. They both have their own way of coping. Locus prefers to try and make himself believe he's a "[[ConsummateProfessional true soldier]]", a walking suit of armor with a gun with no feelings beyond accomplishing his mission. Washington correctly deduces this is to avoid the realization that he's simply become a monster. Meanwhile, Felix is a PsychopathicManChild who, despite his blustering, knows full well he can't function without Locus. So, he does everything he can to make sure Locus's psychological wounds never heal, ensuring he never abandons him. When Locus DOES abandon him, that's when [[VillainousBreakdown Felix lets his broken state show completely]]]].
* The PTSD episode of ''WebAnimation/TheDamnFew'' discusses and attacks this trope, or at least exaggerations of this trope as applied to Real Life.
* ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'' Given the events that happen near the end of Volume 3, it will ultimately surprise nobody to learn that quite a few of the central characters suffer from this in various forms in Volume 4. It might be a surprise to discover that one of the characters to suffer the most is the third volume's main villain, however.
** Made all the more heartwrenching because the "veterans" here are [[ChildSoldiers seventeen year old girls]]. [[spoiler:They have visibly gotten somewhat better by the end of Volume 4 though, thankfully. Especially [[TheWoobie poor]] [[AnArmAndALeg Yang]]]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Sekhmet from ''Webcomic/TheGreenEyedSniper'' is an AWOL soldier and a war criminal with obvious PTSD. Although it's unclear what exactly she's seen and done during war (except for building a weapon of mass destruction which she repeatedly sabotages), she has a [[http://ges.smackjeeves.com/comics/2542180/ges-part3-page034/ pained]] and rather strong restraining reaction in the presence of [[http://ges.smackjeeves.com/comics/2542180/ges-part3-page035/ wounded people]].
* Thaco the monk, from the webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', is the oldest of the main cast; in fact, the barbarian is his son. He was held captive and tortured some years ago. It took him long enough to get over it that his eventual recoveryó[[NotWorthKilling by ignominiously beating down]] the person responsibleówas a major character development point.
* Spoofed in ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' with Frank, a Vietnam vet turned EB Games store manager.
* Aiden from ''Webcomic/LaMacchinaBellica'' has a pretty bad (and well [[DidTheResearch researched]]) case of this combined with SurvivorsGuilt
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4324 Fuchsia's]] {{Flashback}}s are explicitly termed Post-Traumatic Stress -- though she is not technically a soldier, having only worked for {{Satan}}.
* ''Webcomic/AnnaGalactic'': Dilvan Ceylon has been a veteran of a war and he has troubles trying to cope with it.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Dave Strider shows signs of this, mostly from his [[AbusiveParents upbringing with Bro]], who regularly beat the shit out of him.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'': Bubbles the ex combat unit was an AI version of this, to the point [[spoiler: she let Corpse Witch "encrypt" (actually erase) a chunk of horrific memories]].
* Webcomic/HalfMan: Major Koda, has been experimented on/tortured by aliens for years, retrieved and then experimented on by humans when they got him back, and then frequently flung in battle after. His stability is...questionable.As he commanding officer puts it "I'm sure that if I'd been though a quarter of what he's been though, I'd be stuck in a hospital somewhere, screaming my lungs out night and day"

[[folder:Web Original]]
* This was the fate of several different characters in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG''. Kate Bishop and Sam Race were both in need of massive therapy to get over their trauma (the former of whom even developed a drug addiction). Sarah Bishop on the other hand is haunted by guilt over the people she killed. Then of course Rotor and Cabin's relationship quickly goes downhill because neither can really adjust to society after the war.
* Shoutan Himei from ''Literature/SailorNothing'' begins the story like a classic example of this trope. And just when you think things couldn't get worse for her, [[FromBadToWorse they inevitably do]].
* Miss Henderson, the librarian at Whateley Academy in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. She's the only survivor of a CosmicHorror experience. And probably Phase's mother, whose horrific trauma was when she was only six, and she's never really recovered from it.
* Adam Dodd from ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version three fits this trope, having been [[spoiler:the only survivor of version one]]. It was even pointed out in am old episode of the podcast run by the site members, where one of the hosts says "the game never ended for Adam Dodd; as far as he's concerned he never left the v1 island."
* [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/ptsd-clarinet-boy PTSD Clarinet Boy]] is this trope PlayedForLaughs.
* Carl Copenhagan from ''WebVideo/DemoReel'' has a DarkAndTroubledPast involving working with UsefulNotes/TheStasi. As is common with characters from the show, his pain only comes out when he's sick or alone.
* One of the key points of departure in the AlternateHistory timeline ''Literature/{{Reds}}'' is the United States entering the First World War on the side of the Allies in 1915, participating in the bloodiest engagements of the war and taking much worse losses than in our timeline. Even the less thoroughly traumatised veterans return home feeling very bitter indeed towards their political leadership. One of the most notable cases? ''George Patton''. Yep, old Blood and Guts himself came back a deeply changed man, his faith in God and his old ideological beliefs lying buried in Flanders fields along with roughly a million of his fellow soldiers.
* PlayedForLaughs in the Website/{{Twitter}} CharacterBlog for ''Film/JurassicPark''[='=]s [[https://twitter.com/The_Tim_Murphy Tim Murphy]]. More than twenty years later, that weekend where dinosaurs nearly killed him is still a haunting memory.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Steve Smith on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' becomes one after participating in a Vietnam War reenactment for one day at a golf club. Though it was really because [[WellDoneSonGuy participating in the reenactment was the only thing Stan was ever proud of him for]].
* Referenced in an an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''.
--> '''Err:''' Is he alright man?
--> '''Ignignokt:''' Cliff hasn't been 'all right' since the Lunar War.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': Wodehouse was an enlisted servant on a Royal Flying Corps base, and didn't see any combat... until the death of his officer, Reggie Thistleton, [[SingleTargetSexuality broke his heart]] and his mind and sent him on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. It's implied that his experiences are the reason for his heroin addiction, as he is seen smoking opium not long after the war.
* WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender:
** Iroh downplays it, but he's clearly haunted by his six-hundred-day siege of Ba Sing Se (including [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes the loss of his son]]). It doesn't stop him, notably, from taking it ''back'' in the finale.
** Zuko, whose childhood was a constant battle for survival against his father, grandfather, and sister tormenting him and/or trying to kill him. The way he reacts to reminders of his father's horrific abuse in "The Storm," the narrative flashbacks in "Zuko Alone," and his dreams in "The Earth King" (among other indicators) all seem to suggest a certain level of post-traumatic stress.
* It's hinted that the museum curator that Spellbinder brainwashes to steal the Princess Audrey line of clothes in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' was of this trope, as the method he used to brainwash him involved him in an unspecified war where he was carrying an injured comrade (actually the Princess Audrey line of clothes) through the jungle and then placing his "comrade" in a support chopper (actually Spellbinder's vehicle) to evacuate from the warzone, and told the chopper to leave without him when soldiers from the enemy's army approach (actually Batman), and it is hinted that the reason why Spellbinder chose that specific way to brainwash him was because [[spoiler:the curator, a parent of one of the High school students, told Spellbinder's true identity, the High School's guidance counselor, about it during a parent-teacher session]].
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' when Peter and Lois' restaurant becomes a popular hang-out for cripples:
-->'''Peter:''' Oh, God. I hope there's not one of those angry, handicapped Vietnam guys with a bandanna on his head. Oh, there he is.
-->'''Crazy Vietnam Guy:''' I've seen some ''things'', man, and some ''stuff''. I wouldn't recommend it!
* It is implied in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' that [[TwoTeacherSchool Mr. Barkin]] is this. He often refers to his time in 'Nam and at least once retreats into his private {{Cloudcuckooland}} when he and Ron are [[LockedInARoom trapped together]] in a [[{{Claustrophobia}} container]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Cotton Hill falls into this somewhat, although he seems to revel in his past war experiences a bit more than is healthy. This trope comes into full effect during an episode when Cotton's VFW group attempts to reach out to some Vietnam vets (whom Cotton thinks of as wimps who got off easy compared to him). This ends with the Vietnam vets suffering flashbacks and chasing Cotton and Hank into the woods, where they finally earn his respect by managing to capture him.
** In the first part where Hank, Peggy, and Bobby accompany Cotton to a peace ceremony in Japan, Cotton has to be restrained and stuffed into an overhead compartment of the plane after he hallucinates the 50 men he killed coming back for him.
* In Book Four of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[spoiler:Korra herself]] is a straightforward example; [[spoiler:her near death experience and paralysis at the hands of Zaheer]] left her unable to do much of anything. The second episode of the season shows her dealing with her PTSD [[spoiler:for roughly ''three years'', complete with flashbacks of being attacked by Zaheer and being stalked and attacked by an apparition of herself in the avatar state. This is after she tells her friends she'd only be gone for a few weeks]].
* Matrix from ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}''. The war for Mainframe, the loss of his hero to betrayal, and his own experiences in the games have left him this way.
* A parody of this trope is Principal Skinner on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', with his occasional 'Nam flashbacks, like the one on "I Love Lisa" where he saw his best friend (who was writing a love letter to his girlfriend) get shot in Da Nang in 1969 on Valentine's Day or the one on "Team Homer" where Skinner was put in a POW camp by Viet Cong after being distracted by a racy T-shirt slogan ("Up With Mini-Skirts") worn by one of his men.
** Parodied in ''Team Homer'', where it looks like he's going into angry flashback mode, except...
-->''I spent the next three years in a POW camp, forced to subsist on a thin stew made of fish, vegetables, prawns, coconut milk and four kinds of rice. I came close to madness trying to find it here in the States, but they just can't get the spices right!''
** Also, one episode (the one where Samantha arrives at the school as a new student) had Skinner at one point angrily reminiscing about Vietnam while Samantha was being checked out, the two flashbacks he was angrily thinking about was being trapped in a Tiger cage while in Vietnam, as well as his being spat on presumably when he returned from Vietnam when he was promised with a parade.[[note]]This is a TruthInTelevision, as Vietnam veterans were not treated well by some of the populace, some of their actions including, yes, being spat upon.[[/note]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' (of all things), Ratchet breaks down into this during his first in-series combat situation against Lockdown, complete with Vietnam-esque flashbacks. He gets over it eventually after talking it over with Optimus.
** And you really can't forget the helpful effect of [[spoiler:taking his revenge on Lockdown by forcibly removing the grapplers Lockdown stole and causing some apparently serious pain]].
** As the Season Three opener has shown through a combination of ''more'' traumatic flashbacks and severe self-esteem issues? He's got a lot more to get over.
** This can also be seen in his attitude towards life in general. He's usually cranky, especially at "turbo-revving young punks" like Bumblebee who enjoy putting on mods and show off their battle prowess, and is dismissive of Optimus Prime's idealization of what the Great War must have been like. He was in it, and it sucked. He's often described as "Having one servo in the scrapheap." That's robo-speak for "one foot in the grave", FYI.
** He also displays a pathological hatred of upgrades after being tortured at the hands of an upgrade addict. Problematic when they become necessary over the course of the series-- he practically has a FreakOut over Optimus getting a Jetpack.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Arcee has a slight form of PTSD, that didn't get showed until the twelfth episode, there she meet Airachnid again, the same Decepticon who captured her, tortured her and [[DeadPartner killed her partner]] in front of her eyes during the [[VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron war]]. She almost has a HeroicBSOD when she meets her again.
* [[HeroicComedicSociopath Brock Samson]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' shows elements of this, especially in the beginning of the series, as his name is basically a household word to most people in the army and he is described as a "god" by those who served with him. His first response to anyone who surprises him is to brutally murder them and the only emotions that he normally shows throughout the series is apathy, annoyance, and [[UnstoppableRage extreme sociopathic rage]].
* Played very straight in ''WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy'': Archer is forced to kill a fellow cadet who had gone insane and was going to destroy the ''[[TheBattlestar Tiger's Claw]]''. To twist the knife a little more, he had [[LoveConfession confessed his love to her]] only hours before. After that, Archer tended to hesitate before firing because she didn't [[WhatMeasureIsAMook want to take another life]], which nearly got her wingman killed at least twice because they were still ''actively fighting in a war''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' has become one of these in [[{{Revival}} Season 5]]. Jack, a OneManArmy ActionHero, was constantly fighting against [[EvilOverlord Aku]] and [[EvilMinions his troops]] for ''[[TimeSkip 50 years straight]]'', both for his own survival and to save as many innocent people as he can. However, the toll of seeing how many innocents he ''failed'' to save, combined with not being able to succeed at his original goal ([[TimeTravel of escaping]] [[BadFuture this wretched world]]), has caused Jack to fall into a deep state of insanity; he's now an extremely anxious, depressed, and paranoid shell of his former self, who suffers from [[{{Hallucinations}} nightmarish visions borne from his guilt and self-loathing]]. He even regularly [[TalkingToHimself argues with]] ''[[EnemyWithin his own subconscious]]'', as he's constantly considering whether or not to [[{{Seppuku}} commit "honorable" suicide]] just to put an end to his misery.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Sadly every war in the history of mankind will at least have one of these.
** This trope is OlderThanFeudalism as archeologists have found clay tablets dating from the Assyrian Empire recording that soldiers coming back from war suffered from nightmares consisting of people they killed in battle coming back to haunt them.
* As George Santayana puts it -- ''"Only the dead have seen the end of war."''
* At once more and less prevalent than it used to be. War is no longer so much about hacking apart other people at arm's length or closer, and more advanced weapons tend to make for less in-your-face combat, which takes some of the edge off. But those weapons are also far more lethal, more diverse and more easily made or obtained than ever before. The last century in particular has seen the advent of 'total war' and the rise of guerrilla warfare, which has redefined the relationship of civilians to warfare in a way that just asks for atrocities to happen.
** The primary difference between combat now and earlier is that combat during the previous two centuries has become far more sustained and intense. A human mind and psyche can stand up to a few hard knocks and come out ok; this was well suited to warfare up until the last couple of centuries, as wars usually consisted of long periods of doing other stuff interspersed with short, sharp battles. However, the intensity and length of combat gradually began to extend beyond the human psyche's ability to cope. Put a man in danger for a day and you'll give him the shakes that night. Put him in constant mortal danger for months or even years on end (see UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, for example) and soldiers begin breaking down.
* There's a saying among veterans and survivors of horror ordeals: There Last Night. As in: a discussion between two vets where one would say they were in Vietnam in '68, and the other might reply, "Mate, I was there last night." For some, they can never let it go. The tragic real life trope of Shellshocked Veteran led to the forming of groups such as Legacy.
* The term 'shell shock' originates in part from the trenches of the First World War. (Artillery) 'Destruction' doctrine was pioneered by the French in 1916 and entailed that "the artillery destroys, the infantry occupies." Accordingly the French and their allies/subordinates (the French retained military and political command throughout the war) attempted to utterly destroy the entirety of the enemy's tactical defenses in zones up to twenty kilometres wide and five kilometres deep through bombardments as long as a week in which a million rounds -- and in one case, the Commonwealth's ''Paschendaele'' campaign of 1917, ''four million'' -- were fired by at least five hundred and as many as two thousand artillery pieces firing at a rate of at least one every few seconds. If you were one of the up to fifty thousand soldiers on the receiving end of an Entente bombardment you might have to go thirsty and possibly hungry and live in filthy conditions for a week knowing that you could die at any moment [[note]] Whether you were taking shelter in a trench or shell hole (i.e. ''anything'' could kill you if it landed close enough) or in a bunker (if a medium-- or heavy-- artillery piece hit it, or just caved it in and buried you alive with no-one able to dig you out). Hell, you didn't even have to be killed outright to die in that time-- all it would take would be getting wounded, with no possibility of you getting medical care while you bled out or the wound slowly went septic and you died of infection [[/note]]. Germany and Austria-Hungary used Artillery 'Suppression' doctrine (the artillery suppresses, to help the infantry assault) instead, so their bombardments would only ever last for five hours at the very most, but all bombardments were highly stressful experiences: when the bombardment stopped, and you had no idea when that'd be, you would have to fight for your life against the attacking enemy infantry.
** These pre-offensive bombardments gave a name to a condition which had already become apparent among the troops when (after the 'Christmas Truce' of 1914) 'Trench Raids', constant sniping, and sporadic artillery 'harassment' bombardments became commonplace. While a soldier at a typical section of front might only be at the front lines for eight hours a day (including lunch/dinner), six days a week, this was still more than enough that many soldiers simply snapped from the pressure and suffered mental and emotional breakdowns. Fortunately for most of them, their immediate superiors shared their burdens and tried to be as understanding as they could and looked the other way. Unfortunately, several hundred of the millions who served ultimately were shot for 'cowardice' that we today would recognise as stemming from acute mental distress. Unsurprisingly the British and Russians, who had the most recent experience with warfare, treated the problem with the most sympathy and the French and Germans, who had the least and strong traditions of martial pride to boot (more so in the French case), the least. German non-recognition of the existence of 'Shell Shock' would ultimately continue until after of World War Two.
* One of (many) reasons why the French were so ill-prepared to resist the Nazis in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII may be attributed to nationwide trauma following UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Even though France ultimately won, [[PyrrhicVictory the cost of victory was so terrible]] that the French had nearly lost all appetite for war. Around 8 million Frenchmen (two fifths of the country's pre-war male population) fought in the war; about 1.3 million died, while another 4 million had been injured. The sheer number of men lost coupled with the physical and mental scars of the war led to a population decline for nearly three decades. By 1940, the population of France was 40 million, which was roughly the same as it was in 1914.
* For a contrast, illustrating that this trope is sometimes TruthInTelevision and sometimes not, consider the case of [[http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2002/04/07/IN237723.DTL Shaar Menashe]], a hospital in Israel dedicated to the care of mentally ill survivors of the Holocaust. Post-traumatic stress disorder's ravages have resulted in there being people in the world for whom the Shoah never ended, who are still in the camps after ''seventy years''.
** Not surprising; in real-life, people don't ever recover from or "get over" PTSD. They must learn to ''live with'' PTSD (which sucks for all concerned), because those ravages never go away. Sort of like cancer's remission. Tragically, in many cases, a UsefulNotes/{{trigger}}, a return to battle, a social situation requiring subtle grasp of nuance, or a random startle will instantly ratchet a sufferer right back up to their ''highest ever'' -- and most unbearable, undefusable, and unmitigated -- levels of PTSD symptoms.
** An issue has been a perception of weakness if a veteran were to seek treatment while in service; part of the US military's efforts as a result of Iraq (and particularly of "traumatic brain injury" due to so many explosions) has been to both facilitate treatment and to encourage service members to take advantage thereof.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audie_L._Murphy Audie Murphy]], one of the most highly decorated American soldiers in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, suffered from shell-shock. Later, based on his own experiences, he campaigned for support of UsefulNotes/KoreanWar and UsefulNotes/VietnamWar victims of what was called "battle fatigue" at the time Murphy served. Prior to that point, discussing war-related mental illnesses was considered taboo in many circles.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roméo_Dallaire Roméo Dallaire]], one of the most admired people in Canada, commanded UN forces in Rwanda during the genocide there and is credited with helping to save 32,000 lives. He later had problems with depression and alcohol, including a suicide attempt. He is often cited as an example of a strong and heroic person who was nevertheless vulnerable to PTSD, and has spoken about it publicly in order to destigmatize the condition.
* [[http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/peter_worthington/2010/06/11/14354816.html It is worth noting that there are soldiers who are not psychopaths or sociopaths yet are somehow 'immune' to PTSD, or at least able to behave normally after the end of the conflict]]. While there are undoubtedly a large number of people who suffer from PTSD, there are also people who, despite having been put into high-stress situations and lost friends, can still live the rest of their lives without suffering any symptoms of PTSD. They may just have more psychological resilience than most people, but the answer is still unclear.
** Other factors also greatly reduce or prevent PTSD. They include acknowledgement of the person's experience (it goes a surprisingly long way just to help the person know that they aren't flawed for feeling the way they do), having social support, and no previous history of mental illness. Also, the older a person is when the traumatic experience happens, the less likely they are to develop PTSD, possibly because they have established ways of coping with the trauma and context for what is happening to them.
** There is some evidence that certain types of activities that 'desensitize' a person to violence seems to reduce the effects of combat on many people. Given how debilitating PTSD is, anything that may help to reduce the incidence and severity needs to be looked at seriously.
* Creator/IshiroHonda, the creator of the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' series, became this after World War II. He was originally a optimistic man with a positive outlook on life. Alas, World War II happened, and he became a foot soldier. When he saw Hiroshima after it was hit by the Little Boy atom bomb, his life changed forever. Since then, ''Film/Godzilla1954'' was based on his PTSD of Hiroshima, and plenty of his films will end in a BittersweetEnding.
* William Tecumseh Sherman, second in command of the Union armies during the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar had previously been relieved after having a near-psychotic break. He's the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] for WarIsHell for a reason.
* UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant is also a likely sufferer of PTSD. He cried in his tent after every battle he commanded, and was so nauseated by the sight of blood that he couldn't eat undercooked meat.
** They were not alone. Doctors diagnosed "soldier's heart", which we can see, in hindsight, was PTSD. This was particularly likely in the final part of the war, where unrelenting campaigns racked up a fearful death toll.
*** UsefulNotes/TheDukeOfWellington was badly affected by the losses his army took; [[TheDeadHaveNames he always read the casualty list for every battle personally]]. After the Battle of Waterloo, he reportedly broke into tears.
* Charles White Whittlesey was the commander of The Lost Battalion in World War I. After the war, he received the Medal of Honor, and was much in demand for speeches and parades. Three years after the war he committed suicide. We don't know why exactly, but this trope seems like a pretty good guess.
* Adolfo Scilingo, a pilot responsible for participating in the infamous death flights-where hundreds of heavily drugged and barely conscious people were put into CementShoes and thrown into the ocean from planes to drown-during [[UsefulNotes/NationalReorganizationProcess Argentina's Dirty War]]. He's so thoroughly traumatised by his experience that he actually wants to go to prison for his crimes, doesn't sleep, can't interact with his children, and generally speaking, [[TheAtoner hates himself]].
** Apparently not uncommon among Argentine military personnel compelled to participate in the activities of the security services, presumably to [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten ensure their loyalty to the regime by making them accomplices]]. Several ended up in long-term psychiatric care.
* Finland ignored many international anti-drug treaties and refused to impose such laws because of PTSD -- and the drug abuse resulting from it -- being so commonplace amongst veterans after WWII. Only in the late 1970s were the drug laws taken seriously as many of the veterans were now in their fifties and sixties and past their prime.
** Much of the drug-related slang in the Finnish language can be traced to WWII.
* There was a psychologist who worked with autistic war veterans who had PTSD, but didn't get it from combat as one would expect. They had it because they had been bullied as children so badly that they had lasting psychological trauma from it.
* While talking about PTSD and Battle Fatigue was taboo in [=WW2=], not every unit treated it lightly. The 8th Air Force for example decided very shortly after commencing regular daylight raids on Occupied Europe (and the maiming of bomber formations that came with it), that after a crew flew so many missions, they were to be sent home. And while 24 missions sounded good on paper, before [[CoolPlane P51 Mustangs]] started taking the bombers all the way to their targets and back, it was seen as almost impossible. On top of that, many German pilots specifically targeted bombers that had a large number of missions to try and break the will of the crews. Needless to say, the fact that ''any'' bomber crew hit the magic number before 1944 can be counted as a major miracle.
* [[http://gustavhasford.blogspot.cz/2013/01/vietnam-means-never-having-to-say-youre.html Vietnam Means Never Having To Say You're Sorry]] -- an essay by writer Gustav Hasford, himself a UsefulNotes/VietnamWar veteran, discussing the use and abuse of the "shell-shocked veteran" trope. (Hasford's novel ''The Short-Timers'' was adapted into the film ''Film/FullMetalJacket''.)
* "No such thing as an ex-soldier" Even if someone has not been through any particularly traumatic experience, and is perfectly capable of functioning in society, just being trained as a soldier leaves a mark, to the point that one might recognize the other just by the way he walks or looks around.
* Tragically, post-traumatic stress disorder can develop, not only in war, concentration camps and prisons, ''but also in elementary schools''. Severe [[TheBully bullying and]] [[KidsAreCruel violence]] can cause children so dire emotional and psychological stress that they develop fully-fledged PTSD ''already in their early teens''. The emotional scars of Holocaust survivors and those who have experiences serious bullying in the school are remarkably similar.
* It's unfortunately common in a WretchedHive (or the WrongSideOfTheTracks in part of a city), especially with lots of gang violence and a lax police force--children and teenagers are frequently scarred from the deaths of their friends and family members, and are sometimes [[JustifiedCriminal forced to participate in criminal activities]] ''themselves'' through self-defense or lack of money. It's noted that in some ways, PTSD from living somewhere is even ''worse'' than combat--soldiers at least have the option to go home, but people who are ALREADY home have nowhere to go.