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[[caption-width-right:350:The TropeNamer herself, by Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret]]

->''"Thought and affliction, passion, hell itself,''\\
''She turns to favour and to prettiness."''
-->-- '''Laertes''', ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''

In RealLife mental illness is rarely pretty but in fiction, there's just something about a lovely young woman, often with [[MessyHair long, disheveled hair]], running around [[TalkativeLoon babbling lyrically]] about the strange visions flashing through her deranged mind, singing [[IronicNurseryTune creepy little rhymes]], [[FlowerMotifs scattering flowers]] and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick occasionally]] [[AxCrazy bashing people's heads in.]]

Maybe this particular cutie was just [[BreakTheCutie broken particularly hard]], maybe it was [[IllGirl an illness]] or maybe she was born that way, but the result is the same, a tragically beautiful, ethereal waif who's mad as a box of frogs. Her beauty is an important point here, underlining her fragility and the sadness of her fate. She usually talks in [[CrypticConversation riddles]] and [[RhymesOnADime rhymes]], can be sad or joyfully happy [[MoodSwinger (or switch between these states)]]. Her mind may be so far gone that [[InsaneEqualsViolent she's likely to murder people]], but she'll always have clear skin while doing it; at other times, though, her madness may allow her to retain childlike innocence, resulting in her being [[LoonWithAHeartOfGold more kindhearted and compassionate than the "normals"]]. Sometimes, too, she has [[WaifProphet important knowledge]] the sane may lack, in which case she'll often have [[CassandraTruth terrible trouble]] getting anyone to listen (a classical example of MadOracle). The original [[TheCassandra Cassandra]] from ''Literature/TheIliad'' was often depicted as a bit of an Ophelia.

It's difficult to pin down the appeal of this trope. Perhaps a strange young maiden communing with nature harkens back to earlier figures like nymphs or pagan witches. Perhaps there is an underlying FetishFuel at the thought that a crazy girl might be CrazyAwesome in the sack. Or perhaps there's something endearing to men about cradling a girl in your arms and [[{{Moe}} protecting her]] from the demons in her own head.

There's often [[EccentricArtist a surprisingly artistic bent]] to The Ophelia's madness; she may sing, dance wildly, or try to paint her delusions. She may be a WomanInWhite, and look extra ghostly and wraithlike. She would often be an UnkemptBeauty because crazy people usually don't care about trendy clothes and make-up. The Ophelia is often [[CloserToEarth tied to nature]] (including [[BarefootLoon walking around barefoot]], [[FlowerInHerHair wearing flowers]], etc.), particularly water, probably as a nod to the original Ophelia (in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Hamlet'') who winds flowers in her hair before drowning herself. That last bit can overlap with InstantOracleJustAddWater if she's also a WaifProphet and/or a MadOracle.

The Victorians fell crazy (so to speak) in love with this trope and Ophelias in the form of wronged maidens and deranged brides go pirouetting and flower-strewing through art, poetry and literature of the period while the "mad scene" for the soprano heroine became a staple of opera. Insanity was linked to [[http://herstoria.com/?p=90 female sexuality and desire for independence]]. (Not coincidentally, the vibrator was invented in this same period as a treatment for hysteria in women.) In fact, psychiatrists at that time used to encourage female patients in madhouses -- especially if they were youthful and pretty -- to dress the part and carry sheaves of flowers.

If a male character is shown the same way, odds are good he's very [[{{Bishonen}} feminine and delicate-looking anyway]].

Compare/contrast with NightmareFuelStationAttendant, {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, FaintingSeer, AxeCrazy, MysteriousWaif, WaifProphet, HystericalWoman. For the (usually) "harmlessly kooky" variant see ManicPixieDreamGirl and PerkyGoth. See CuteButPsycho when mental issues are not part of the appeal.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Ophelia ([[MeaningfulName duh]]) from ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', who became obsessed with getting revenge on her brother's murderer (Priscilla). Her polite exterior disappears real fast when people interrupt her.. [[LeaveNoWitnesses fun.]] Her death scene after turning into a [[ScaledUp snake-like awakened being]] naturally occurred in a lake with her usually-braided hair flowing freely around her.
* Again, Ophelia ([[MeaningfulName duh]]), from ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet''; a [[AxCrazy fantastically batshit crazy]] HalfHumanHybrid [[MysteriousWaif priestess]] [[CrazyAwesome to a dying tree-god]].
* Quon Kisaragi from ''Anime/RahXephon'' is this and/or an extreme CloudCuckooLander.
* The ''Anime/ErgoProxy'' episode named "Ophelia" ([[CaptainObvious duh]]) contains liberal amounts of symbolism referencing the titular Shakespearian character. This includes the lead female character's [[spoiler:doppelganger]] floating in a lake and pulling the famous pose.
* Sunako in ''Manga/TheWallflower'' when she's out of her chibi form. She's creepy but still downright gorgeous. Because she is often acting truly dhsieveld and insane, she might be closer to a {{Deconstruct|edTrope}}ion.
* [[WaifProphet Kotori Monou]] became one in ''Manga/{{X1999}}'', after [[spoiler:seeing her mother Saya die]] as a little girl. She apparently recovered her mind, but some years later she turned into one full-time when [[spoiler:seeing Kamui's aunt Tokiko die in the same way, and spends some time [[AlasPoorYorick carting around the poor woman's severed head]]]]. And then soon after, [[spoiler:''she'' dies! And at the hands of her {{Face Heel Turn}}ed older brother!]] The poor girl can't catch a break...
** Subverted in the TV series: [[spoiler:Kotori ''does'' shows some signs of this trope when Tokiko dies, but unlike in the manga [[AdventuresInComaLand she falls in a coma]]. Her subconscious is still active and more or less sane, however, so she begins to use her DreamWeaver powers instead of going crazy; she's still comatose when Fuuma kills her, so she never gets the chance to enact the trope.]]
** A darker version is Seishirou's mother Setsuka, the previous Sakurazukamori. In the CD dramas she often spoke about things that looked like nonsense, then counteracted with something quite unsettling and did so with a smile.
--->'''Setsuka:''' ''[has an ikebana arrangement]'' Camellias. Red camellias.\\
'''Seishirou:''' Your favorite flower.\\
'''Setsuka:''' I love it. I love camellias best when they fall (gets a dreamy look) It falls on the ground.... plop, like a human head. ''I love it.''
* Dilandau from ''Manga/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' eventually dissolves into a male version of this as his mental stability shatters from a variety of influences. Given that he ''started the series'' as an AxeCrazy PsychoForHire, that's saying quite a lot. And then you find out that he actually started out [[spoiler:as a girl]].
* Sylvia of ''Anime/CrossAnge'' becomes one of these after her sister Angelise is revealed to be a Norma (the one thing shunned by society), her parents are both killed in their attempt to hide the secret, and while her sister is in exile, elder brother [[TheEvilPrince Julio]], the one responsible, turns Sylvia against her and lures her out of exile by having his sister pull a WoundedGazelleGambit. After capturing their disinherited sister, Sylvia laughs hysterically, blames Ange for the death of her parents and demands she apologize for being a Norma as she whips for before an execution. After Ange escapes, things only get worse. After having a nightmare over what just happened, an attempt to seek comfort from Julio goes south when she spots his secretary ([[TheMole and mole from a dimension of dragonic humanoids]]) Riza, who promptly captures her and puts her under her thrall, which causes her to scream the name of her once beloved sister. Episodes later, with Julio dead and Embryo freeing her from Riza's control, she's even worse, whipping Riza in retaliation and for [[DisproportionateRetribution failing to bring her what she wanted to read]], and buckles under terror when Ange shows up, asking if she plans to kill her like she the rest of her family as she still blames her for. From then on, with nobody else in the Imperial Palace, she looks increasingly unkempt scared for her life as the palace is under siege, and later, [[TheMagicGoesAway the Mana is cut off]] with her left out of the loop. [[CreepyChild She is presented in an unsympathetic and cowardly light]], [[spoiler:as it turns out she was healed from her crippling long ago]], but she ''also'' undergoes a TraumaCongaLine in a station she is in no way fit for.
* [[spoiler:Charlotte de Polignac]] from ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', after she cracks from the pressure on her and right before she [[spoiler:commits suicide]], acts like a mixture of this and a CreepyChild. She lets her hair down, babbles madly in front of everyone, takes off her shoes and finally [[spoiler:throws herself off a tower, while still giggling and babbling madly]].
* Casca from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' spends no fewer than two years and two to three full arcs as a nearly mute version of this after she [[GoMadFromTheRevelation goes mad from the horrible trauma she suffered during the Eclipse]]. [[spoiler:She only gets better after a visit to Elfheim and a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind courtesy of the Flowerstorm Queen, but she still has some ''serious'' PTSD]].
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. Kaname acts like this during her Whispered moments, including hallucinations and self-inflicted ClothingDamage.
* Nina Fortner from ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', when we first meet her. Overlaps with CreepyChild.
* Kagami Mikage's mother in ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres''. Kagami himself is a cruel MagnificentBastard, but his interaction with his mom is pretty much the only PetTheDog side we see of him.
* Diva from ''Anime/BloodPlus'', who also happens to be the BigBad. A good example is a scene where she's seen giggling, dancing and prancing around in a cute and very princessy gown, [[LettingHerHairDown with her hair down]] and [[DoesNotLikeShoes lacking footwear]]... and then she [[spoiler:captures her twin sister and rival Saya and almost kills her.]]
* [[spoiler:Princess Emeraude]] in the ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' OVA's. How gone is she? So much that [[spoiler:she barely realises that Zagato has died, and throws herself at the feet of the throne where his corpse sits]]
** [[spoiler:Alcyone]] in the second part of the TV series zig-zags between EmptyShell and this trope. [[spoiler:When she is captured by Cephiro after having become the BrainwashedAndCrazy minion of Debonair, the poor woman is seen despondent and quiet, only reacting at the sight of Lantis -- and that's because she's so far gone that ''she thinks Lantis is Zagato''.]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Asuka's mother Kyouko, after a Contact Experiment with EVA 02 caused [[SoulFragment a part of her soul]] to be sucked into it. This left the woman so deeply insane that she would not recognize her daughter at all, instead being convinced that one of said daughter's dolls is really "Asuka".
** Asuka herself touches on this trope after she suffers the TropeNamer for MindRape.
* Tomoe Yukishiro from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' has a fit of this after [[spoiler:her fiance Akira Kiyosato is murdered.]] The first time she meets Kenshin, she's drunk and her only reaction to [[RainOfBlood getting splattered by the blood of someone Kenshin just eviscerated]] is to say that he made it rain blood. She then promptly faints.
* Rin Sohma, Ren Sohma, [[spoiler:Akito]] Sohma, and Machi Kuragi from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' have moments like this.
* Momo Hinamori from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', when at her lowest point. She ''sorta'' begins to get better with time.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'''s Stella Loussier blissfully dances her way through her first scene of the series... And, minutes later, [[KnifeNut shanks]] her way through the second. [[PsychopathicManchild It only goes downhill from there.]]
* Cordelia Glauca from ''Anime/TanteiOperaMilkyHolmes'' is a humorous take of this trope, complete with flowers. [[FlowerInHerHair Which unexplainably appears on her hair]].
* An AxCrazy and openly villainous version is [[spoiler:Crimson Miroku]] from the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV TV series]]. After [[spoiler:Sumire kills her and Satan Aoi brings her BackFromTheDead]], she appears in front of the main cast with her clothes loose, [[LettingHerHairDown her long hair down]], and only being able to speak a MadnessMantra: "[[spoiler:Sumire]], [[spoiler:Sumire]]... I want your life... I'll take your life..."
* Rei Asaka from ''Manga/OniisamaE'' has her moments as this, and ''specially'' when she's drugged.
* In the 2003 anime version of ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'', [[spoiler:Rose Thomas]] is either drugged or hypnotized by [[spoiler:the BigBad Dante]]. In addition to [[BreakTheCutie the other terrible events]] that traumatized her, this makes the poor woman nearly catatonic, vacant, and either completely still or dancing. [[spoiler:But she gets better.]]
* Misaki from ''{{Manga/Loveless}}'' is arguably a very dark version.
* Several of these appear in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** [[spoiler:Ran Mouri]] spends a good part of the fourth movie, ''Captured in her eyes'', as one [[spoiler:due to a ''bad'' case of TraumaInducedAmnesia. She recovers towards the end, however.]]
** Also, a young woman mentioned in the backstory of the [[spoiler:Detectives Koshien]] arc. More exactly: [[spoiler:a mentally and emotionally unstable socialite who committed suicide via hanging herself in a room of her BigFancyHouse (nicknamed "the Lavender mansion") in an island near Fukuoka. The "young mistress"'s death was wrongfully catalogued as a murder, however, and the main suspect was her maid Kana Mizoguchi. Poor Kana was the one who fulfilled Ophelia's association with water, however, [[StartsWithASuicide having thrown herself into the sea]] after she couldn't prove her innocence.]]
** In the [[spoiler:Kimono Goddess]] case, the audience actually gets introduced to the episode via a scene in which a beautiful, sad-looking Ophelia ''[[StartsWithASuicide throws herself off a building]]'' in front of everyone in her women's college. [[spoiler:Her name was Sakurako Suzuka, and [[BrokenBird she]] [[BreakTheCutie ended up]] [[DespairEventHorizon that way]] after being framed for drug trade by two cruel {{Alpha Bitch}}es, Ema Anzai and Asuka Shibazaki, who already hated her for being a WideEyedIdealist. Five years later, Ema and Asuka would become the case's {{Asshole Victim}}s at the hands of Eri, Sakurako's estranged older sister.]]
** Maya Tachibana from the Beautiful Amnesiac Woman {{filler}} case, who has lost her memories due to injuries and acts like a textbook case. [[spoiler:Then it's subverted: she's a DarkActionGirl who has been hired to kill Kogoro by a dude that got tossed into jail and then escaped, and while her memory loss is genuine at first, she recovers her memories around halfway the episode and then pretends to still be amnesiac so she can corner Kogoro and murder him. Conan barely manages to save Kogoro and then capture her.]]
* The unsettling fate of Mie Iwamoto from ''Manga/{{Shigurui}}'' after a particularly traumatizing incident. Eventually she recovers, but is still deeply disturbed.
* [[spoiler:Kamille Bidan]] becomes a ''very'' RareMaleExample in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]''. Understandable: [[spoiler:he is barely recovering from having been {{Mind Rape}}d into insanity by Scirocco. And once he reappears in the series, the ColonyDrop on Dublin [[FromBadToWorse and Hayato's death in battle take place]]...]]
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Misa Amane. Beautiful? Check. Insane? Check. Puts on pretty dresses and murders people? Definitely. [[spoiler:Commits suicide at the end]]? Yeah.
* ''Manga/SakuraGari'' features the young and pretty maid from the Saiki household who becomes this [[spoiler:after ''surviving'' Sakurako's [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]]/murder of Souma's lovers, but losing the baby of Souma's that she was pregnant with.]] The reader meets the girl shortly after [[spoiler:Souma attempts to kill himself]]; she looks pretty but frail and pale in her dark kimono, attempts to speak to the Saikis and then to Masataka to learn what's going on -- but then she catches a glimpse of [[spoiler:Sakurako herself]] and has a ''massive'' [[HeroicBSOD meltdown]], screaming for a "[[spoiler:white-haired]] demon" that is around the gardens, so the policemen have to calm her down. Considering that [[spoiler:she was tied up in UnwillingSuspension manner, gagged, savagely beaten ''and'' then photographed while half-naked and still BoundAndGagged]], she can't be blamed.
* From the manga-only Onisarashi-Hen (Demon Exposing Arc) in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler:Natsumi Kimiyoshi]] becomes this in the story's epilogue. After failed attempts at living with relatives, later living with [[spoiler:Akira Toudou]], who married her so she would be able to drop her maiden name and move past [[spoiler:her murdering her grandmother and parents]], she's consigned to a psychiatric hospital. Though she seems to be doing better, she's actually aware of her crimes, even though [[spoiler:Akira]] is shouldering her guilt for her. By contrast, she was more of a tragic Ophelia with her relatives than after she was moved to the hospital, where she was more of a MadwomanInTheAttic.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[NoExportForYou PSP-game only]]. [[spoiler:Kyouko Sakura]]'s witch form is known as Ophelia, and it integrates the mythology of Ophelia into its motifs.
* Several of Creator/JunjiIto's characters, particularly the one from the short story ''Army of One'' who [[spoiler:killed people and sewed their corpses together. And she was the protagonist's girlfriend too!]]
* In ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'', [[spoiler:Manji's sister Machi]] crosses the DespairEventHorizon and reverts to a child-like stage after [[spoiler:Manji kills her husband without knowing who he is]]. She remains like that until [[spoiler:she's murdered in front of her brother by enemy ronin; her death leads him to protect Rin, as he doesn't want to fail her like he failed to Machi]].
* At his most vulnerable, Clair Leonelli from ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'' can seem like a male version of this trope.
* ''Manga/PrivateActress'' by Creator/MichiyoAkaishi has two:
** One of these is [[spoiler:the legal wife of [[HeroicBastard Shiho's]] DisappearedDad, Masakazu Ogata, a sickly and sad lady who is often alone at her BigFancyHouse. Her son Kyousuke tells Shiho that she is "a little mentally unstable", implied to be a consequence of Ogata's constant womanizing on top of ''already'' being an IllGirl. This is confirmed when, after seeing Shiho, Mrs. Ogata tries to kill herself; for worse, when Shiho and Kyosuke try to aid her, she mistakes her for Shiho's mother Sayuri (the better known of Ogata's flings) again and begins to insult and threaten her. (Though she later comes to her senses, realises the mistake and asks Shiho who she ''actually'' is.)]]
** Later, in the BoardingSchool two-parter, Ophelia the character becomes vital to [[spoiler:the confrontation between Shiho and the murderous AlphaBitch Kana Juumonji, who scream Hamlet lines to each other with Kana playing Ophelia so perfectly that she's still reciting her lines as she's taken away by the police, her deceit uncovered. Kana/Satoka ''actually'' becomes this towards the end, after Shiho successfully scares her into TraumaInducedAmnesia [[ItsPersonal as specific punishment]] for having caused the deaths of Misaki and later Yuuichiro's, aside of the people whose deaths she provoked before.]]
* ''{{Anime/Perfect Blue}}'' could be considered an extremely dark case study on this trope, where former pop idol Mima struggles with her [[NotAllowedToGrowUp previous]] [[ContractualPurity image]] as she tries to break into serious acting ''before'' things take a sharp left turn into MindScrew. An even clearer example is [[spoiler:Mima's manager Rumi, herself a former idol who goes completely IJustWantToBeYou to the point of dressing as Mima and in the final scene is shown in a mental institution carrying a bouquet of flowers and seeing herself as Mima in a mirror]].
* Yuki from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' is the cute GenkiGirl protagonist who just so happens to also be very delusional. Her mind has blocked out the memories that she's living in a ZombieApocalypse and her friends play along.
* [[spoiler:Shuu Tsukiyama]] becomes a RareMaleExample in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul Re''. At the start of the series his health and mental state degrade ''seriously'' and he looks beautiful and frail when he isn't having episodes of violence. This comes after [[spoiler:Kaneki's two years-long disappearance]] has left him ''very'' distressed, and it takes him a ''lot'' of effort to recover and begin making up to his family for the grief that came with his madness.
** Eto Yoshimura/Sen Takatsuki in the sequel chapter 56. Remember Kankeki's kakuja-induced madness in Kanou's laboratory, complete with the nonsensical ramblings and erratic behavior? Kaneki's attack on Eto drives her into a similar state, and her kakuja body begins undergoing a series of lovely mutations such as extra eyes and mouths on top of mouths. All while she pursues him across the surface of a building, spouting random and confused sentences. It turns a scene that should have been Badass into pure horror. She also varies between trying to kill Kaneki and declaring her love for him while licking his eye. It doesn't help that she's naked and missing her legs. While she keeps appearing with very little left to the imagination, it's during the process of committing utterly horrifying acts of violence. In general, her nudity is secondary to the torture, mind rape, and general mayhem being committed on-screen by her.
** Rize Kamishiro initially looks like a ProperLady but is actually a FemmeFatale ghoul who lures men she finds attractive in with her beauty before satisfying her gluttonous nature by eating them or "scrambling their insides" with her kagune.
** Tooru Mutsuki was born as a girl but insists on living as a man. When he's captured by Saeki aka Torso, he puts him into a white dress while declaring they are going to get married. Mutsuki's good looks are accentuated by the dress and flowers Torso puts him in and then [[spoiler:true horror starts when his past is revealed of him having murdered his abusive father and family, mutilated animals, and cannibalized corpses before he's seen in the present with his dress covered in blood from him having mutilated and dismembered his stalker Torso to death.]]
* ''LightNovel/GroundControlToPsychoelectricGirl'' has Erio, Makoto's cousin who believes she is an alien. In the first few episodes she spoke in CreepyMonotone and she overall has NoSocialSkills. [[spoiler:It's revealed that her believing she is an alien started after she turned up after having been missing for six months the previous years. Erio has no memories of what happened while she was missing.]]
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': To say Roberta she lost her shit following her master Diego's death is a very mellow way of putting it. Lots of guns? Check. Boiling blood? Check. Munching on stimulants like candy? Double check. Hallucinating? Oh yes. Delusions of still serving Garcia in the middle of a gunfight? That too. And that's not even factoring in the gratituious amounts of evil laughs and slasher smiles. She also goes around toting her weaponry and killing massive amounts of people off while looking pretty in her maid's dress. Subverted in the anime, [[AnArmAndALeg with her state]] at the end of the arc.
* Yuno Gasai of ''Manga/FutureDiary''. She's beautiful and adorable which throws one off as she's [[{{Yandere}} killing and mutilating for the sake of Yuki]]. One scene has her wearing a black dress while mowing down soldier's with a gun.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' there's a beautiful, cheerful redheaded woman named [[spoiler:Russian]], who completely lost it and became this after [[OutlivingOnesOffspring her son]] [[spoiler:Gimlet]] died of illness and her husband, [[spoiler:Doflamingo's subordinate Senor Pink]], wasn't at home. The next time she was seen after such a tragedy she was in the hospital, looking as beautiful as always but acting like a [[DullEyesOfUnhappiness dull-eyed]] EmptyShell... [[spoiler:Senor Pink dresses like an adult baby because [[TheLostLenore the now-dead]] Russian would only react and smile when she saw him in baby clothes, and since she's dead he wants to remember her.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Ooku}}: The Inner Chambers'' Shige, Shogun Ienari's consort, lost all her senses after her son was poisoned and she was accused of doing so to frame O-Shiga, Ienari's concubine for it, to the point that she often mistakes Ienari for the deceased son. [[spoiler:Except it was all an act to lure her mother-in-law Harusada into a false sense of security so she and O-Shiga (who also had her child poisoned) could get their revenge on Harusada, who was the real poisoner.]]

* "Crazy Jane" by Richard Dadd fits this trope to the T. So much so that she was inspiration for the character's name in Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' (While that other Crazy Jane does NOT fit this trope).
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolism_(arts) Symbolist]] movement of the 1890s was fond of Ophelia as a subject.

* In the Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries, Diamond Tiara's mother Golden Tiara - a.k.a. "Screwball" - is like this, a former BlitheSpirit whose mind broke years ago under the pressure of cutthroat high society. However, we later learn that there's a [[TheMadHatter lot]] [[CrazyAwesome more]] [[TheDeterminator to]] [[MamaBear her]]...
* Syaoran in "Fanfic/ShatteredSecrets" is a male example of this trope - and lacks most characteristics of a {{Bishounen}}, to boot.
* Feferi from {{Fanfic/Hemostuck}}. A very beautiful [[FishPeople seadweller]] who spends her days singing to herself, swimming, and having a somewhat tenuous grasp on reality.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Delirium from ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' is sometimes portrayed this way.
-->[Some] say that Delirium has no tragedy, but here they speak without reflection. For Delirium was once Delight. And although that was long ago now, even today her eyes are badly matched: one eye is a vivid emerald green, spattered with silver flecks that move. The other eye is vein blue. Who knows what Delirium sees, through her mismatched eyes?
* Ginny, the post-traumatic fairy in ''Aria''. Her cousin Kildare, the protagonist, refers to her as "beautiful and damaged" (or some permutation).
* Subverted in the ''ComicBook/YokoTsuno'' story "The Prey and the Shadow". [[spoiler:Everyone ''thinks'' that Cecilia, the local NonRoyalPrincess, is one of these after the death of her mother Mary... but she's actually ''sane'', just extremely sheltered, and it's her EvilUncle who makes everyone think otherwise so he can set her up for an "accidental" death.]]
** Subverted again in ''The Devil's Organ'', where Ingrid is introduced as one but it's just temporary [[spoiler:since she was not only depressed by her father's death, but she was ''drugged'' by someone else. After an incident where she was thrown into the Rhin but Yoko saved her, she mostly recovers.]]
* Alice, the first major villain in ''ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'', has many hallmarks of an Ophelia, dressing in bizarre Victorian-esque clothes, speaking almost entirely in quotes from ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', carrying a poisoned razor blade in her mouth and frequently having her makeup run down her face. She also turns out to be [[spoiler:Beth, Kate's long-lost twin sister, and there's a heavy implication that she underwent serious MindRape after she was captured in the shootout that killed their mother when they were 12. And the icing on the cake is that she drowns in the river and essentially commits suicide]].

* In ''Film/ADangerousMethod'' Sabina Spielrin is portrayed like this.
* Brittany Murphy's character in ''Don't Say A Word'' and in ''Film/GirlInterrupted''
* Rachel Weisz plays twin sisters in ''Film/{{Constantine}}'', one of whom is a sort of peripheral Ophelia - confined to a mental hospital, she commits suicide by leaping from a building, plunging through a ''roof'' and into a ''swimming pool'' (a ''cross-shaped'' one to boot) where, naturally, she can float all flowing-haired and dead. The other twin begins to manifest aspects of the trope - visions and immersion in water - without actually losing her mind.
* Crazy Cora in ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder'' goes between this and being more or less sane. She has very long hair which is sometimes down and tangled, though no flowers or water motif as it takes place in the Australian Outback.
* Kirsten Dunst's character Justine in ''{{Film/Melancholia}}'' could be a variation of this trope. She has few of the above mentioned traits, but a certain aesthetic scene in the movie is a clear reference to her. Justine is also mentally ill, but this is portrayed in a much more realistic and thus even more heartbreaking way.
* Lucy Barker from ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' after [[spoiler:her [[DrivenToSuicide attempt at suicide]], brought on by being raped and having her daughter taken away]].
* The Italian film ''Film/TheBestOfYouth'' centers around the lives of two brothers. A pivotal moment at the beginning of the film that ultimately influences their life choices is when the brothers meet Giorgia, a mental patient who has been subjected to electrotherapy. One of the brothers, Nikola, comments that they were both kind of in love with Giorgia at the time.
* Gina, Tony Montana's sister, in her last scene in ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}''. Tony has been playing KnightTemplarBigBrother to her throughout the movie, having a [[MySisterIsOffLimits violently territorial reaction]] every time her virginity is the least bit endangered, to the point of being a {{Yandere}}. This culminates with him discovering her post-sex with Manny Ribera (his best friend) and shooting him dead right in front of her, only for her to tearfully reveal that they'd gotten married the previous day. At his mansion that night, amidst the attack by Alejandro Sosa's men, she appears semi-nude and drugged out, telling him he can have her now since he clearly wants her for himself, all the while shooting at him with a revolver. One of the attackers kills her; Tony kills him in turn and then basically loses his mind over her body. Of course, ''he's'' the one who has the swimming pool death. (Incidentally, IncestSubtext is a somewhat popular reading of Laertes's overprotective attitude toward [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} the original Ophelia]].)
* ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'' is framed as the story of how Jane was driven this particular shade of crazy.
* In ''Film/ComeAndSee'' Glasha manages to switch from pretty but weird to merely creepy.
* The titular character of ''Film/AgnesOfGod'' fits this trope to a tee. Agnes is rather childlike and naïve, and she also constantly speaks of random things that make sense only after being pieced together. It is unclear whether she was born mentally challenged; she says she was "dropped on her head" as a baby. The local doctor, Martha, is never sure whether Agnes is really mentally challenged or it's a result of [[spoiler:her mother's virtually imprisoning her for years.]]
* Ofelia of ''Film/PansLabyrinth''. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Maybe...]] [[spoiler:Averted, in the end: according to WordOfGod, everything she saw in the Underworld was real.]]
* Mal from ''Film/{{Inception}}''. She was driven mad after being unable to tell between dreaming and reality, causing her to kill herself.
* Part of the attraction Blue has to Baby Doll in ''Film/SuckerPunch'' is that she appears to be this. But she's really exploiting ObfuscatingStupidity to plot to escape the asylum behind his back. [[spoiler:When she's lobotomised, this trope is subverted]].
* Helena Ravenclaw is portrayed as more of an Ophelia in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. In the book, she's more proud and haughty. In the film she's far more haunting and dreamlike.
* Eleanor in ''Film/TheHaunting1963'', as it's left open whether or not she's mentally ill or she's being haunted by ghosts. She spends the last act of the movie running around in her nightgown with her hair loose too.
* Hinted at with Miss Jessel's ghost in ''Film/TheInnocents''. This comes with FridgeBrilliance with the open-ended nature of the story - that Miss Giddens could be imagining the ghosts. She knows that Miss Jessel killed herself after her lover's death - and she's said to have a great imagination. So she's imagining Miss Jessel appearing as a ghostly Ophelia. For added bonuses, she killed herself by jumping into the lake.
* PL Travers's mother in ''Film/SavingMrBanks''. Driven mad by her husband's alcoholism and illness, one night she walks to a river in her nightgown and nearly drowns. Thankfully her daughter stops her - and she immediately is horrified at what she's almost done.

* ''Literature/DragonBones'' has the protagonist's mother. Her abusive husband, and (maybe) life in the HauntedCastle Hurog caused her to drug herself with herbs, but she's [[CloudCuckoolander not really there]] when she didn't take something, either. She's fond of her garden and flowers, and occasionally says something that makes sense in a weird way.
* ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite'' by Wilkie Collins has not one but ''two'' Ophelias, Anne Catherick, the titular woman in white, and her near-doppelganger, (and secret half-sister) Laura Fairlie. Both are sane (although seemingly at least a bit odd in Anne's case) when confined, in turn, to an insane asylum by the villain in a BatmanGambit involving substituting one for the other, but both are driven mad by their incarceration there.
* Catherine of ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' has attacks of this towards the end.
* Marianne Engel from ''Literature/TheGargoyle''. Surprisingly, it is she who helps the (seriously injured) main character, and not the other way round.
* Jeanne from Charles Baxter's ''Literature/ShadowPlay'' could have had a touch of this in her young years: she was apparently rather pretty, but lived in her own universe. When she got older, she turned into a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* In ''The Lady of the Lake'' by Sir Creator/WalterScott, a bride carried off and raped on her wedding day wanders the highlands decked with flowers and singing.
* While still a child, Creator/JaneAusten parodied the hell out of this in her spoof romance ''Literature/LoveAndFreindship'' (sic). When the husbands of the two heroines suddenly die in front of them, they each exhibit the standard Gothic romance reactions -- one [[{{Fainting}} swoons]], while the other [[HeroicBSOD has a fit of madness]]. This proves the healthier choice, as lying unconscious for two hours on the wet grass [[CatchYourDeathOfCold gives the other girl a cold that ultimately kills her]], and she dies exhorting her friend ''"Beware of swoons, dear Laura. . . . A frenzy fit is not one quarter so pernicious; it is an exercise to the Body and if not too violent, is I dare say conducive to Health in its consequences--Run mad as often as you chuse; but do not faint."''
* Fuchsia Groan in ''Literature/{{Gormenghast}}''. Unusually, she's rather more like this earlier on, with the dark events of the plot giving her a more conventionally depressed outlook. [[spoiler:She does ultimately drown herself, although it's unclear how deliberate it was.]]
* Subverted with Elfine in ''Literature/ColdComfortFarm'' by Stella Gibbons -- Elfine runs around in a green cloak "like a Pharisee of the woods" (i.e., a faerie), making cryptic remarks, until the main character, Flora, gives her a makeover and sets her up with a cute guy. Then she's normal.
* In the YA novel ''Black Jack'' by Leon Garfield, the hero finds himself falling in love with Belle, a fragile young girl who's first encountered in a wood, having a vision of "A white tower with a shining top." She's been swinging between gentle strangeness and violent hysteria since an illness in childhood. Much of the drama turns on whether her madness is the result of an illness exacerbated by neglect and isolation (in which case it's assumed to be curable) or hereditary (in which case it's not).
* Creator/MargaretAtwood has [[http://www.owtoad.com/ophelia.pdf an interest in the trope]] and deconstructs it in ''Literature/TheBlindAssassin''. The narrator's sister, Laura, is a beautiful, intensely spiritual young woman given to loopy statements, odd activities like painting "the colour of people's souls" onto old photographs and falling/jumping into rivers. She seems incapable of fending for herself and is revealed on the first page to have driven a car off a bridge, killing herself, at the age of twenty-five. However it later appears that it's only in the arid context of pre-war upper class society that she can't function, and there are people who have a vested interest in discrediting her insights as mere insane babble.
** Charis in ''Literature/TheRobberBride'' has also exhibited symptoms of this, the more so during her university days. Arguments can be constructed on both sides of the crazy/not crazy spectrum.
* ''Literature/TheWarlordChronicles'' takes a moment out of deconstructing the KingArthur mythos and pulling it into TheDungAges to deconstruct this trope in the person of Olwen the Silver, an insane {{Cloudcuckoolander}} first used by Merlin, (her etheral beauty, a little paint and special effects convinced people that she was a spirit and Merlin was summoning the old gods back to Britain) and later by Merlin's KnightTemplar former pupil Nimue.
* In Mary Jo Putney's ''The Wild Child', the titular heroine appears to be mutely insane or at least mentally handicapped, but in the pretty, well-groomed way. However it turns out she's just really stubborn and unsocial.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'' [[spoiler:Ariana Dumbledore, minus the TalkativeLoon part.]]
** Luna Lovegood has shades of this, more-so in the movies.
* ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'': Lady Pole ''looks'' like an Ophelia to the casual observer. In fact, she's under an enchantment that forces her to spend every night dancing to exhaustion in [[TheFairFolk Faerie]] and causes her to [[TalkativeLoon speak nonsense]] [[CassandraTruth whenever she tries to tell anyone about it]]. Adding to it, [[spoiler:once one of her friends is taken away to Faerie to join the dances she attempts revenge on the man responsible with a pistol, though she fails.]]
* Odiana in ''Literature/CodexAlera'' is something like this trope... as well as most of the others listed under "compare/contrast". She's also an UnhappyMedium, a powerful empath driven [[AxCrazy completely nuts]] by slavery, gang-rape, and brainwashing. She's gorgeous, [[TheMadHatter cheerfully open]] about her own insanity, and ''way'' [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} out there]].
** The water motif is filled by [[MakingASplash her particular magical abilities]]. Unlike Ophelia, she doesn't drown, but she is certainly willing to make others do so.
* ''Literature/WickedLovely''
** Sorcha, TheHighQueen of [[TheFairFolk faerie]] seemed to become one temporarily in the fourth book, due to missing her son, Seth.
** Her twin sister, [[AxCrazy Bananach]] is a murderous and mercilessly cruel version of this trope. InTheBlood?
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''The Blue Angel'', the Doctor is basically like this. Since he's [[TheNthDoctor the Eighth Doctor]][[note]]who is undeniably somewhere in the top three of the Doctor's prettiest incarnations[[/note]], the prettiness and long, unkempt hair are a given, and he's rather sickly and delicate, he wanders barefoot through his garden (in the snow, even!), and either all of ''Doctor Who'' [[CuckooNest is actually just his psychotic delusions]], or he's a WaifProphet DreamingTheTruth. [[spoiler:And, [[http://www.google.com/search?q=ophelia+pregnant like Ophelia]], [[MisterSeahorse he's pregnant]]. [[MagicalRealism Sort of]].]]
* From Literature/TheHungerGames: [[spoiler:Katniss near the end of the third book, after killing Coin]]. Annie fulfills this trope much more consistently, being unstable at the best of times. She even has the water motif (she's from the seaside District 4 and won the Hunger Games when she was young by swimming through her flooded arena while the other tributes drowned).
* In Patrick Rothfuss's ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle'', the supporting character Auri is a shy young woman who lives underneath The University, hiding from almost everyone. She makes grave but seemingly nonsensical statements and presumably was driven mad by the University's demand on her mental faculties. The companion novella based on her, ''Literature/TheSlowRegardOfSilentThings'', provides more insight into her mind, showing that she believes that all inanimate objects are sapient and is consumed by an OCD-like obsession with rearranging things to make them "right." There are also hints at a DarkAndTroubledPast.
* Eponine from ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' is actually compared to the TropeNamer.
* In ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' Raistlin and Caramon's mother is written as never having been quite sane and likely driven mad by her latent magic. She's described as being ethereal, beautiful and will often talk to people who aren't there or randomly start dancing. Eventually she slipped into an episode that killed her when she couldn't be woken up.
* Isabelle Angelfield in ''Literature/TheThirteenthTale''. Highlighted and foreshadowed by an incident where she falls into a lake at a picnic.
* Lee Smith's epistolary novel ''Literature/{{Fair and Tender Ladies}}'' features the narrator's sister Silvaney, who is depicted as ''odd' (possibly retarded or mentally ill) and is eventually institutionalized and lobotomized. Prior to that, however, she runs around singing and laughing, and is mostly let alone by her family. This trope was especially prominent in the musical version produced by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
* In Creator/AletheaKontis's ''Literature/{{Enchanted}}'', "full of woe" Wednesday is dreamy and poetical [[spoiler:and ends up leaving human lands for the fairy at the end]].
* Susie becomes this in the second half of ''Repeat It Today With Tears'' by Anne Peile; although she chops off her RapunzelHair after being committed to a psychiatric hospital.
* Two gender inversions of this occur in ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths'' by Sarah Monette. In ''Melusine'', wizard and former prostitute Felix Harrowgate goes mad from MindRape and wanders around saying things that people either don't understand or [[TheCassandra don't believe]], sometimes to their peril. [[UnhappyMedium Vincent Demabrien]], a boyhood acquaintance whom Felix meets again in ''The Mirador'', is both a gender inversion and a subversion, as his affinity for ghosts makes him seem insane, but he really isn't. Interestingly, both characters are [[PrettyBoy pretty boys]] described as delicate and beautiful.
* Vibeke in Scott G. F. Bailey's ''The Astrologer'' is a full-blown {{Expy}} for Ophelia, as the novel is a ShoutOut to ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. Unlike the original, though, she's having a secret relationship with [[spoiler:the King, who has impregnated her]], and she commits suicide by [[spoiler:burning herself alive atop her father's corpse.]]
* [[spoiler:Felix]]'s MissingMom in the Chilean novel ''Golondrina de Invierno'' (''Winter Sparrow''). [[spoiler:Her son describes her as gentle, sweet and a bit sad, and after her death he learns that she spent months in an institution when Felix himself was very young; the discovery causes him to fall in a brief DrowningMySorrows state, as he believes he has inherited her mental unstability.]] [[spoiler:And he's right: later in the book he mentally collapses and becomes a RareMaleExample, but he ultimately manages to get better.]]
* Nerissa from ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'', with a side order of WaifProphet and BlessedWithSuck to boot.
* This is what happens to Sisa in ''Literature/NoliMeTangere'' after [[spoiler:her son Crispin, was killed.]] All she ever says in the streets [[spoiler:before she dies]] is [[SayMyName Basilio!]] [[MemeticMutation Crispin!]]
* Martha in ''Literature/ClocksThatDontTick''. She's attractive, day dreams often, and is prone to extreme mood swings.
* Eleanor Flood in the ''Adrian Mole'' series: a beautiful but unbalanced woman who becomes obsessed with Adrian when he hires her as a tutor for his sons. [[spoiler:She ultimately burns his house down because he rejected her.]]
* Creator/VCAndrews has a few examples: The protagonist of ''Literature/MySweetAudrina'' has strong echoes of this trope, although [[spoiler:she's not so much mentally ill as has been brainwashed by her family]]. Both [[spoiler:Celeste]] in the ''Gemini'' series and [[spoiler:Karen]] in the ''Shadows'' series become the trope when they end up committed to psychiatric hospitals for life.
* Celeste Draconi, nee Sterling, in the ''Literature/BlackBlade'' series. Her madness is mainly the fault of her abusive husband.
* Alison Sedge in ''The Crystal Prison'', the second ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' book. She was driven insane after the death of her love, [[spoiler:Jenkin]], stopped taking care of her appearance, and withdrew into her own little dream world.
* The original ''Literature/TheRing'' and its Japanese film adaptation actually subverts this in the case of its main villain, Sadako Yamamura. While she is the source of the cursed video tape and died by being trapped in a well, she wasn't insane in the usual definition of the word (though she did have the tendency to ''make other people'' insane); the one that fits as Ophelia better is actually Sadako's ''mother'', Shizuko, who was described as weird and liked to babble unintelligible sentences near the sea (the film heavily implies that she [[spoiler:conceived Sadako by having an affair with an oceanic deity]]).
** However, the trope is played straight in the US remake with Sadako's counterpart, Samara. She was an outright CreepyChild who drove horses to commit suicide and her adoptive mother to be confined in a mental facility. Her adoptive ''and'' biological mothers (Anna and Evelyn, respectively) are also examples of this: Anna felt remorse for killing Samara and eventually committed suicide by jumping into the sea, while Evelyn tried to drown Samara and as a result is confined to a sanitarium.
* ''Literature/ShutterIsland'' and its [[Film/ShutterIsland film adaptation]] has [[spoiler:Edward Daniels ‒ oh sorry, Andrew Laeddis' wife, Dolores Chanal (AKA Rachel Solando). She had an undisclosed mental illness described as "insects in her brain" and had tried to seek treatment, which Andrew ignored. [[OffingTheOffspring Then she killed their three children. By drowning them in a lake.]] Followed by Andrew shooting her.]] [[ArcWords "Why are you all wet, baby?"]]
* Creator/BernardCornwell's ''[[Literature/TheSaxonStories Uhtred]]'' series, set in Alfred the Great's England, sees Thyra, sister of Jarl Ragnall, taken captive after a raid that kills their father. It takes the best part of two years for Ragnall and his foster-brother Uhtred to fulfil the blood-feud with the captors and rescue Thyra. Taken hostage by the family who sexually abused her as an adolescent [[note]]Thyra's father, noting the youth who was set to rape her only suceeded in uncovering one breast before Uhtred drove him off, is lenient. As he only saw one bared breast, Ragnall the elder is content to blind him in only ''one'' eye. He then made the whole family outlaws. [[/note]] Kjartan's family have [[BreakTheCutie taken revenge on Thyra]] by making her a sex slave and subjecting her to repeated gang-rapes. When Uhtred and Ragnall capture the castle where she is being held, they see a wild-eyed scarecrow of a woman with dead flowers tangled in her hair, dressed only a filthy matted cloak. Understandably, her ordeal has driven her crazy. Kjartan and his son, the principal abusers, die horribly.
* Multiple characters in ''Literature/PareidoliaAndTheGildedScar'' are deconstructions of this trope.

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* Creator/JossWhedon loves his gibbering brunette Ophelias.
** There's River Tam from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', who is also a [[CassandraTruth Cassandra]] of course, but her lyrical madness fits the trope to the letter, and Ophelia's River is even there in her ''name''. She has a [[BigBrotherInstinct faithful Laertes]] in Simon./
** Drusilla from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. ''"Do you like daisies? Hmm? I plant them, but they always die. Everything I put in the ground withers and dies."'' She was driven mad by [[BreakTheCutie being terrorized]] by Angelus.
** You could make the argument for Faith as well, even before her FaceHeelTurn she had some serious issues, and even though some of them got resolved when she joined the Mayor, most of them got much, much worse.
** In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Fred recovers relatively quickly, but gets in a fair amount of babbling and scribbling on the walls first. ''"You're not real! Or I'm not real. Somebody here isn't real and I suspect it's you..."'' She was stuck in a demon dimension where humans were treated like cattle for five years and, after escaping her captors, stayed in a cave by herself for months until the team ended up in the dimension and saved her.
** Glory's sanity stealing powers provided an entire season of these at the ready. Most notably, [[spoiler:Tara]].
** The ensouled Spike has his own moments of Male Ophelia Syndrome. ''This is my place! You need permission to be here! You need a special slip with a stamp!''
** And frankly, "Restless" turned the entire cast of ''Buffy'' into this.
** ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' gives us Aida, the Life Model Decoy, who descends slowly into this the more sentient she becomes. [[spoiler:Culminates near the end of the Framework arc, after creating a virtual world that she traps the agents in, where she rules a dictatorship as Madame Hydra, she manages to finally create a human (or rather, Inhuman) body for herself, with actual emotions instead of simulations of such. She becomes increasingly erratic thanks to experiencing true emotions for the first time, eventually exploding into a violent, murderous temper.]] By this point, she actually adopted the human name 'Ophelia' (though this [[OlderThanTheyThink was from the comics]] rather than referencing this trope).
*** A season earlier, Daisy herself was briefly this, as she recovered from Hive's brainwashing. She had delusions about being trapped on Maveth, wore dishevelled clothing, and broke down multiple times.
*** Coulson also provided a middle aged male example before this, thanks to the effects of the T.A.H.I.T.I. process used to resurrect him. The process left multiple people in this state, and the solution to it didn't fix matters; after it began to happen to him, Coulson became concerned about it happening to Daisy (who was saved from certain death using the same chemical), and the fact it ''didn't'' do this to her became a sign that she's not completely human.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the episode "The Doctor's Wife", Idris/[[spoiler:the TARDIS]] is this when she's put into human form. Of course, experiencing your own past, present and future at the same time would make anyone a bit mad.
** When Susan Foreman is in her more alien moods, she becomes like this, particularly in "The Edge of Destruction", which she spends drifting around waifishly in a long kimono-like dress babbling about visions in her mind, staring blankly into space with her big sad eyes, and shredding furniture with scissors while screaming and crying hysterically. (When she's in a more human mood, she's TheIngenue.)
** There's also the BigBad's daughter in "The Crimson Horror", although she is not so much mad as desperately craving for affection. And blind.
* "All the Sinners, Saints", a thoroughly depressing, ShootTheShaggyDog episode of ''Series/WithoutATrace'', features Katie, a beautiful young woman who's suffered from a severe and apparently untreatable mental illness for years and believes she's possessed and vanishes after suffering visions of a murder. [[spoiler:after discovering that she ''committed'' the murder in question, she slits her wrists in a bath, fulfilling the trope's association with water.]]
* ''Series/{{Skins}}'':
** Anorexic Cassie is an Ophelia who just about manages to function socially, except for when she... doesn't. When thoroughly out of it [[spoiler:as she attempts suicide]], she is seen dancing ethereally in floaty clothes on a hilltop bench against the setting sun.
** Subverted in the second series. The Ophelian tendencies go out of the window and it's just plain ''disturbing'' when she's out of it.
** Effy straddles the line between "pretty" and "disturbing" during the fourth series.
* There was an age where every Hispanic SoapOpera heroine snapped in an Ophelia Phase if [[BreakTheCutie broken enough]]. Given its roots in Victorian romantic literature, it's not a surprise. They tended to get back into sanity in time for their RoaringRampageOfRevenge, although by the time they snapped back they had already do something unforgivable, like giving their newborn to beggars.
* In ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'', Morticia's older sister (also played by Caroline Jones in the series; seen for about two seconds in the movies) fits much of this trope. She wears flowers in her hair (if you try to pluck one, her leg lifts up); she's vague at least, though not babbly; and [[WaifFu she's very good at karate]], not noticing that it hurts when she flips men to the ground. Oh, did I mention her name is Ophelia?
* In an episode of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Xena is driven mad by the Furies. Oh, she can still kick butt(in a Three Stooges style) but she suddenly wants to weave daisies in her hair.
* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' has a suspected murderer, who seems dazed and begins babbling about law procedings. As it turns out, she's just a sleepwalker that only just woke up. Bonus points for her name actually being Ophelia.
* Annie from ''Series/{{Community}}'', especially back in her Adderall days.
* Daisy on ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}''. Bit of an ActorAllusion, as the actress Amy Manson also played Lizzie Siddal, the model of the famous pre-Raphaelite painting ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3e/Millais_-_Ophelia.jpg Ophelia]]'' on ''Series/DesperateRomantics''.
* In ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' Opie fills this role as part of the Hamlet setting update. After [[spoiler:Donna's death]], he becomes, like his Shakespearian counterpart, melancholy and suicidally crazy.
* Lila West from Season 2 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' is stunningly beautiful and possesses an artistic streak with which she sculpts a RoomFullOfCrazy. She also has some unfortunate [[StickyFingers kleptomaniac]], [[{{Pyromaniac}} arsonist]] and {{Yandere}} tendencies.
* Helena from ''Series/OrphanBlack'' is beautiful, ethereal, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WMIzmO-Ycw one hell of a dancer]]...and all-around AxCrazy.
* Sienna Blake in ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'' is portrayed this way.
* The Mad Hatter from ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is a {{gender inverted|Trope}} version. After being trapped in Wonderland, he became willing to {{break|TheCutie}} and {{corrupt|TheCutie}} and is generally not the sanest person to be around, especially after Regina steals his hat. It's somewhat justified as [[spoiler:he told his daughter that he would only leave her with the neighbors for a day, and ends up trapped in Wonderland constantly worried about her.]]
-->[[MadnessMantra "Get it to work, get it to work, get it to work, get it to work..."]]

* This is more or less Katie-Jane Garside's (Of Daisy Chainsaw and Queenadreena fame) stage persona. Actually, imagine the girl in the picture at the top of this page stumbling around in a terrified daze and you're practically there.
* The basis for the Music/EmilieAutumn album ''Opheliac'', which was described by Autumn as "being another drowning story". And as the album is somewhat autobiographical, the attractiveness part is arguably passed too.
* Music/YoshikiHayashi in both stage persona and RealLife is a male example of the trope, though somewhat less, both as he's gotten older and as therapy for the conditions from which he has suffered has improved from what it was. Arguably, from Yoshiki's autobiography, Yoshiki's father was also a RealLife male Ophelia, one whose life sadly ended from suicide at 33.
* [[Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine Florence + The Machine]] used this idea in at least The Drumming Song off of the ''Between Two Lungs'' album. Other songs also feature this idea, and any DrinkingGame involving how often she mentions drowning will quickly result in liver failure.
* The folk song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMPdXzyzucQ Maid in Bedlam]]
* Marianne Faithfull, who went from early 60's [[TheIngenue ingenue]] to late 60's wild child with an almost suicidal eagerness. She even played Ophelia alongside Nicol Williamson's Hamlet.
* [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison]] [[http://www.people.nnov.ru/thedoors/wilderness2.htm wrote a poem]] in tribute to Brian Jones, guitarist for Music/TheRollingStones, which compared him to Ophelia; Jones had drowned in a swimming pool.
* Most of Music/{{Evanescence}}'s {{Sanity Slippage Song}}s give off this vibe.
* Lacey Sturm, the original lead singer for the band Music/{{Flyleaf}}, has an Ophelia-like air in their music videos, and sometimes, even on stage. Bare feet and all.
* Music/LanaDelRey shows [[ShoutOut shades of]]... [[OrphanedSetup it]].
* Music/RufusWainwright name drops Ophelia in the song "Memphis Skyline", which is about his friend Music/JeffBuckley, who died by accidental drowning in the Wolf River after he waded in, fully dressed, shouting the lyrics of "Whole Lotta Love" by Music/LedZeppelin.

* "Mad Scenes" were a popular convention of early 19th Century French and Italian opera, frequently afflicting the soprano heroine. They are famously difficult to sing and were often written as a way for a particularly talented singer to show off her technical prowess in a dramatically plausible way.
** Lucia in ''Lucia di Lammermoor''. [[spoiler:She [[AxCrazy stabs]] her [[ArrangedMarriage forced bridegroom]] Arthur to death, then shows up babbling (re: singing) madly about her beloved Edgard in the middle of the wedding party - [[BloodSplatteredWeddingDress blood splattered dress and all]], few before she passes away as well.]] (In the original novel, Walter Scott's "Bride of Lamermoor" which was VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, Lucia's madness is surprisingly un-aestheticised, so doesn't count).
** Linda in ''Linda di Chamounix'' has the unusual good fortune of getting over it and having a happily-ever-after.
** Margeurite in Gounod's ''Faust'' goes mad after falling pregnant and committing infanticide, and sings, of course, about flowers.
** Elvira, the heroine of Bellini's ''I Puritani,'' goes mad after her beloved Arturo apparently jilts her (he was actually on an important spy mission). She spends all of act II and most of act III in a very extended mad scene before being reunited with Arturo and getting a happy ending.
** Anna Bolena in Donizetti's opera of the same name fades in and out of madness at the place of execution. She imagines she is back at her wedding day to the King, and is terrified lest her true lover, Percy, should discover her treachery. She comes out of it at the end to go to her death with dignity and with dubious words of forgiveness for Enrico and Giovanna on her lips.
** Imogene in Vincenzo Bellini's ''Il Pirata'' loses it completely as her former lover turned Pirate is led to his execution. She ends the scene with a plea to the sun to veil its light, so she will not have to witness the hanging of her true love.
** Ambroise Thomas has an actual Ophelia in his operatic version of ''Hamlet'' complete with a mad scene complete with flowers and visions of mermaids.
* Creator/GilbertAndSullivan parody the type with Mad Margaret in ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}.'' Her supposed madness does no more than make her a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} (and a sympathetic one, to boot). In the second act, she's mostly reformed but sometimes bursts into hysterical fits, which can be quieted by reminding her of the word "Basingstoke" (an English town which is noted for not being Birmingham; both towns start with the same letter as [[BedlamHouse Bedlam]], though this is not mentioned in the play).
* Male example: In the Stravinsky opera ''The Rake's Progress'', Tom imagines himself as Adonis after he goes insane.

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* Wrestling/DaffneyUnger patterned herself after Harley Quinn from Batman and Wrestling/{{WCW}}, envisioned her as an {{expy}} to ''[[Film/NaturalBornKillers Mallory Knox]]''. You know, criminally insane people? WCW also put her in a wedding gown match with [[Wrestling/StacyKeibler Miss Hancock]] so apparently no one thought it took away from the appeal.
* [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria]] was WWE's version. Despite being mad to the point of seeing and interacting with things that simply were not present, an affinity swinging heavy metal objects and questionable relationship with Wrestling/StevieRichards, she still got put in the bikini and other photo shoots on the website.
* Wrestling/AJLee dipped into this when Daniel Bryan told her he wished she'd never been born. She eventually became known for skipping around the ring, usually with her hair in GirlishPigtails and with a childishly innocent expression on her face. Depending on the week, she'd sometimes switch between this and {{Yandere}}.

* ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' used CampGay character Flowerdew (voiced by Peter Sellers) in this way in The Canal. His lines include "This is madness, do you hear me? Madness!" and "I'm a daisy, father's a plum, that's why we stoned him. I hear music and there's only Max Geldray there." In the episode's convoluted insurance swindle plot, the canal gives the water aspect.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Then, there's Dolores [[BigScrewedUpFamily Whateley]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}''. Ethereally beautiful? Check. Long, raven-black hair? Check. Access to [[BrownNote mind-breaking knowledge]]? Check. Dancing through the graveyard at night singing nursery rhymes to her "friends" in the graves? [[ShoutOut Ooh. That's a big check.]] In the short-lived ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' [[CollectibleCardGame CCG]], she provided some of the best Flavor Text, such as the quote on the "Event Card" where every [[DeadlyEuphemism aced]] character became playable again for exactly one round.
-->'''Dolores:''' ''Everyone's coming out to play!''
* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' we're provided with an entire vampire clan of these, courtesy of the Malkavians. Subverted, in that while some of them are genuine Ophelias, just as many are AxCrazy or [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Manchildren]], or have less obvious kinds of crazy like personality disorders or compulsions, and a fair number are just pretending to be The Ophelia to put the rest of the world off their guard.

* Ophelia from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', the TropeNamer. She starts out the play as a proper young lady, obedient to her father, even when he tells her she must end her relationship with Prince Hamlet, which means a lot to her. When Hamlet begins to fake his antic disposition (or actually go nuts, depending on your reading), Ophelia bears the brunt of his crazy behavior, which includes verbal abuse both public and private. Hamlet then kills Ophelia's father, and her sanity decays quickly. In a chilling scene, she walks around the King, Queen, and her own brother, without recognizing any of them, but strewing flowers[[note]]in performance the flowers are sometimes depicted as weeds, or as figments of her imagination[[/note]], singing, and sobbing. A little later, the Queen enters with a report of Ophelia's death by drowning, saying she was so distracted that she didn't even realize the danger when she fell into a river and sank. But the men who dig her grave darkly assert she was DrivenToSuicide. Ophelia remains a popular figure for art, poetry, and reinterpretation.
* In ''Theatre/KingJohn,'' also by Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Constance reads like a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], but she precedes the writing of ''Hamlet'' by two years. Constance suffers the loss of her little son, Arthur, and everyone around her says she is mad. But when Constance enters the stage, she sharply rebukes that she is still completely sane, that if she was mad, she wouldn't feel each grief as keenly as she does. Stephen Greenblatt hypothesizes that Constance's monologue is based on Shakespeare's grief over the death of his son.
* Probably inspired by Shakespeare's example, any young woman in Renaissance drama who enters "with her hair about her ears" (i.e. down).
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare himself parodied this type with the Jailer's Daughter in ''Theatre/TheTwoNobleKinsmen''.
* Shakespeare uses a male example in ''Theatre/KingLear''. After the titular king has been undermined by his two scheming eldest daughters - and possibly driven mad with regret over banishing his beloved Cordelia - he flees the castle and goes out into the stormy night. He reappears with flowers in his hair, clearly having gone mad. The DespairEventHorizon gets even worse when [[spoiler:Cordelia is hanged. He dies convincing himself he can see her regaining consciousness when she's clearly dead]].
* Mary Tyrone in the final scene of ''Theatre/LongDaysJourneyIntoNight'', when she wanders into the room so intoxicated by morphine that she thinks she's a young convent girl again and rambles accordingly. Her acerbic son James even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this: "The mad scene. Enter Ophelia!"
* Some productions choose to go down this path with post-VillainousBreakdown [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} Lady Macbeth]].
* Blanche [=DuBois=] in ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire''. Tennessee William's use of this trope is believed to be inspired by his own life. Williams was very close to his sister Rose, who was described as a "slim beauty"; she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent much time in mental hospitals before having a lobotomy that incapacitated her. Williams never got over it and it is believed to have played a part in his drug addiction and alcoholism.
* Some productions of ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' do this to Johanna.
* Diana of ''Theatre/NextToNormal'' is a deconstruction of this trope. Her husband, Dan talks about how wild and beautiful she was as a college student, but got worse as time went on. The show makes a point to show [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped there's nothing mystical or glamorous about mental illness.]]
* Lucy Westenra becomes this trope as a vampire in ''[[Theatre/DraculaALoveStrongerThanDeath Dracula: a Love Stronger Than Death]]'', down to the loose hair, white gown, and flower crown. This is a big change from the book, where she's an utter monster after her transformation.
* The ''Oresteia's'' rendition of the aforementioned [[CassandraTruth Princess Cassandra]] zigzags the trope around. This beautiful FallenPrincess from Troy who has been taken to Argos as Agamemnon's concubine and servant is among the few characters who is clearly aware of what's going on and knows what will happen, but since she's the TropeNamer for CassandraTruth after being {{curse}}d by Apollo, everyone else believes [[GoMadFromTheRevelation she's been driven mad]] [[BreakTheCutie by her ordeals...]] until she begins to describe the bloody story of the city of Argos and Agamemnon's lineage ''as clearly as if she had been there'', which is impossible for obvious reasons, so the Elders of Argos start showing more sympathy to her plight. [[spoiler:Not that it helps her when she's killed by Clytemnestra almost immediately after Agamemnon dies.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ophelia from ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}'': Caleb's backstory mentions her home was burned down by the Cabal after her husband tried to leave them. She is left there for some time, mindlessly babbling on and blaming her husband's cowardice for the death of her son. She, well, gets better, then worse, [[DeathIsNotPermanent then better again]].
* Yeesha from ''VideoGame/{{Uru}}'' has a touch of this- her speeches have her dancing about the room, using odd phrases, and describing the flow of water.
* Princess Charlotte from Creator/AdamCadre's interactive fiction work ''VideoGame/{{Varicella}}''.
* ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.'s]]'' Alma appears to have many Ophelia-esque aspects, particularly in ''Project Origin''. She is shown singing in several hallucinations, and in the prequel videos she dances around a doctor who she's been gleefully [[MindRape mindraping]]. Water shows up often in her hallucinations, which makes sense, as, like Ophelia, she drowned to death (in her case, in amniotic fluid). And her hair in her "child" form tends to be wild and frazzled.
* ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'': Similar to [[Manga/{{Berserk}} Casca]], Danua's trauma has left her mentally and emotionally debilitated, though to not as an extreme degree. While she retains enough to be self-sufficient and independent, she has difficulty speaking, sucks her thumb, and is overall very childish and naive.
* Penny from ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars: Days of Ruin'' vacillates between being an Ophelia and being AxCrazy, mainly depending on the wishes of her stuffed Mr. Bear.
-->'''Penny:''' Hee hee! Penny likes you... but Mr. Bear ''[=HATES YOU!=]''\\
'''Will:''' Why are you helping me?\\
'''Penny:''' ...Because Mr. Bear told me to.
* [[spoiler:Lilian]] in ''VideoGame/LauraBow''.
* Tira from the ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' games, who leans towards the "AxCrazy" variety.
* This is the backstory of Nadia Grell in ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', bar that rather than being mentally ill, her talent with the Force was awakening and her species had no history or awareness of the Force. She snaps out of it when the Jedi teach her how to control her powers.
* [[spoiler:Ophelia's SuperpoweredEvilSide]] in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''. Lampshaded as she uses a lot of metaphors for drowning when commanding her army, the [[{{Anvilicious}} Drowning Doom]], to attack.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** Sara from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776'' is regarded as such by [[spoiler:her grandfather Manfroy and the Loptyr cult]]. She's more of a slightly-off but otherwise functional OracularUrchin, however, and she eagerly joins Leif's group as soon as she has the chance so she can strike out against her much hated grandpa.
** [[spoiler:Ninian]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'' spends a brief time like this. When she's found in either Eliwood's or Hector's path, she's adrift in a small rowboat and totally amnesiac, so the cast takes her in since she can't be left alone. Soon it's shown why she's like that: [[spoiler:she and Nils tried to escape from the Dread Isle to not be forced to open the Dragon Gate and call other dragons through it, with the help of Eliwood's captured father Elbert; however, Nils fell into the sea and the already unstable Ninian snapped, blocking everything from her mind. She doesn't recover until Nils reappears and snaps her out -- and just in time, as she's BrainwashedAndCrazy and just about to open the Dragon Gate under Nergal's orders.]] From then on she's mostly sane, if [[ShrinkingViolet extremely shy and reserved]].
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'': Despite having an actual character named Ophelia, she isn't really this trope and is more of a mix between GenkiGirl and MagicalGirlWarrior, plus some SharedFamilyQuirks. The real Ophelia-type character is [[GenderInvertedTrope Takumi]] in the ''Conquest'' path. He is a LongHairedPrettyBoy who, in this particular path, falls into madness for several reasons: his hate and jealousy of the Avatar, his sorrow from losing his mother [[spoiler:(actually, his ParentalSubstitute)]], his InferioritySuperiorityComplex, and the depression he got from all of that. Following the water theme of Ophelia, his clothes are mostly blue and white, unlike his siblings who wear red and white - blue and white are both common color themes for water. Not to mention, the kanji for his name can be read as "ocean". Granted, he is actually [[spoiler:under a ''huge'' MoreThanMindControl state caused by a water dragon god]], but it doesn't change the fact he exhibits several archetypical traits of this trope. While both hate and sorrow are the reasons for his madness, the game emphasizes more on his hatred while fanworks emphasize more on his sorrow, perfectly depicting the "beautifully broken" trait of this trope (and sometimes reducing him ''solely'' to that). He also often babbles to himself in that path.
* Depending on how well you do on a certain event, Garry from ''VideoGame/{{Ib}}'' can lapse into this temporarily or permanently. After being terrorized literally out of his wits, he begins babbling to himself and ignoring the world around him. He follows the tradition of male Ophelias, in that he is feminine, pretty, and gentle.
* Phantom of the Opera in ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' can be interpreted as a RareMaleExample particularly after his [[BishonenLine third accession]], due to his Mental Pollution skill which makes him incapable of understanding or be understood by anyone without the same level of distorted mentality and penchant for singing at seemingly inappropriate times. Best exemplified with the Prison Tower Event as he sings of love and envy before disappearing after being defeated.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'':
** [[spoiler:Shannon]] seems a perfectly normal, if shy {{Meido}}, until Will asks her to bring [[spoiler:Kanon]] into the room with her, at which point she quite literally [[HeroicBSOD short-circuits]]. The entire seventh arc is spent showing just how [[SplitPersonality broken]] [[BreakTheCutie this cutie]] is since it's revealed that [[spoiler:she ''is'' Kanon, or rather, he's her alternate personality --[[MindScrew to put it mildly]].]]
** By extension, not only is [[spoiler:Shannon]] The Ophelia, but also her creator, [[spoiler:Sayo "Yasu" Yasuda, also known as Beatrice and Kanon]].
* In the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen beta version]] of ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' [[spoiler:Hanako Ikezawa]] would eventually become this. She already had a DarkAndTroubledPast [[spoiler:where her parents died in a fire, she was treated well at her orphanage but ostracized at her former school, and she saw her childhood crush die]], which combined with her [[ShrinkingViolet current anxiety]] didn't mix well. In her prototype arc, she snaps after believing she's caused her boyfriend's death. She's sent to the psychiatric wing of the hospital Hisao is staying at, but if Hisao visits her she thinks he's a ghost [[spoiler:and a Bad End is caused when she kills him.]] If the player doesn't visit her and later avoids the sex scene they'd get the BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Hanako [[DrivenToSuicide jumping in front of a train]].]] The true Good End could have only been unlocked if you already beat [[spoiler:Hanako's]] arc than played Lilly's arc, until an option to essentially make it Hanako's arc appeared.

* Lucy of ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' [[spoiler:after Michael is believed to have died during the hiking trip]]
* Young [[spoiler:Reisen]] of ''Webcomic/ABrokenWinter'' is a rare male example. We're introduced to him sitting on the desk with his headphones in and the fire extinguishers merrily destroying his room, while he muses as to the music of the gods. It's portrayed as a very classic Ophelia moment.
* Arkady of ''Webcomic/{{Freakangels}}''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Quinn from ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' babbles nonsense and rubs mud on her face after she eats the "[[IntoxicationEnsues glitterberries]]" along with the rest of her family, save the title character.
* When ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' do their take on Hamlet, at one point someone says that Hamlet (played by Bart) was acting crazy, Ophelia (played by Lisa) says nobody outcrazies her, she proceeds to jump on the tables, kicking off food and singing before jumping off a window and into a pond...
* Queen Skyla from ''WesternAnimation/SkyDancers'' misses her husband so much she sleep-dances with him on the anniversary of his death.
* Sarah Lynn from ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' is a beautiful Pop Star driven to Alcoholism and Drug Addiction by the demands of Show biz and the pressures of becoming a child star at the age of three. She is often seen having very public breakdowns and being dissociated from reality, but is portrayed as a sympathetic, tragic character. She even has a painting of herself as Ophelia hanging over her bed in a cartoon parody of Millais's famous painting on the same subject so the creators make it pretty clear that we're meant to see her that way.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Lucia Joyce, daughter of Creator/JamesJoyce. Schizophrenic. Institutionalised. Pretty (rather Flapper-like), with an artistic temperament: she was a skilled dancer in her youth, good enough to train with Isadora Duncan.
* ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'''s seasons 12 and 17 contestant Allison Harvard (also known on the Internet as "Creepy-chan"). Long, messy hair, weird, crazy vibe and everything.
* In 1720, Susan Mountfort, an institutionalized actress who had been known for playing Ophelia, escaped her keepers, went to her former theater, hid in the wings, and took the current actress's place in Ophelia's "mad" scene, dying shortly afterwards.
* The aforementioned sister of Tennesee Williams, Rose.
* UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton's eldest daughter, Angelica, became this when her older brother Philip was killed in a duel. Thanks to a nervous breakdown, she reverted to a childlike state from which she never recovered, and was reported to have played piano incessantly.