'''Basic Trope''': A character engages in excessive, annoying, or poorly-written self-pitying or angsty behavior.
* '''Straight''': Alice repeatedly brings up a past trauma, acting tormented and brooding about it in the process. The trauma was the death of her beloved parents.
* '''Exaggerated''': Alice repeatedly brings up a past trauma, acting tormented and brooding about it in the process. The trauma was ''[[AgonyOfTheFeet stepping on]] a Franchise/{{LEGO}} brick''.
* '''Downplayed''':
** Alice sighs and mopes every now and then about recently losing her job.
** Alice's [[DoomedHometown entire hometown and everyone in it met a horrific end]], and her mourning wasn't written skillfully enough for the audience to truly empathize with the depth of her pain.
* '''Justified''':
** Alice has clinical depression.
** The trauma Alice is fixated on actually is a pretty big deal, or something that is not easily dealt with.
* '''Inverted''':
** AngstWhatAngst
** IronWoobie.
** StoicWoobie.
** DontYouDarePityMe
** [[WithFriendsLikeThese Alice's friends]] constantly remind Alice of her past traumas.
** For some reason, Alice ''celebrates'' her past trauma. Her friends are confused.
* '''Subverted''': Alice pretends to be tormented over an event in her past because she's attempting to manipulate the other characters; she actually got over it a long time ago.
* '''Double Subverted''': Alice pretends to be tormented over an event in her past because she's attempting to manipulate the other characters; deep down, however, she still hasn't managed to get over it.
* '''Parodied''':
** Alice acts in such an excessively self-pitying fashion that she might even feel self-pity about having nothing to feel self-pity about.
** Alice angsts about something stupid, like the time her mom didn't get her a pony for Christmas.
** Alice angsts about comparatively recent things and switches topic rapidly- there's no mayonnaise left, we're going by bus, that hobo is asking for a sandwich, etc.
** Alice angsts over some trivial loss or injury... then [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction shows no serious concern when she suddenly loses her right arm]].
** Alice is complaining and about to commit suicide over a crappy sandwich, only to get [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny distracted by]] (and possibly start eating) that very same sandwich.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Alice experiences rapid MoodWhiplash, from Wangst to good cheer and back again.
* '''Averted''':
** Alice's reaction to the past trauma is appropriate to the nature of the trauma, and raised only when relevant. They are able to function sufficiently beyond the trauma.
** [[SugarBowl Alternatively, nothing bad]] [[MarySuetopia or worth angsting about]] [[SugarWiki happens in this world]].
* '''Enforced''':
** "TrueArtIsAngsty, people; we should give Alice something to feel bad about. And have them mention it often, so that the audience is aware of it."
** Alice is intentionally written as a whiney EmoTeen because it makes her both [[IncomingHam funny]] and [[TroubledButCute sympathetic]], and also a FountainOfMemes.
* '''Lampshaded''':
** "Boy, Alice sure does a lot of brooding, doesn't she?"
** "Since you're busy whining and brooding like usual, Alice, I'll [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere see myself outta here]] before I catch the emo bug."
* '''Invoked''':
** "[[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry I'm incredibly tormented about this]]!"
** A {{Troll}} kept on mentioning about her horrific past.
** A villain tries to (re)create traumatic experiences in order to [[IThinkYouBrokeHim break]] Alice mentally.
* '''Exploited''': ???
* '''Defied''':
** "You'd like me to lose myself in self-pity about this, wouldn't you? [[ThePollyanna Well, I'm not going to]]!"
** Alice realizes that human sympathies have limits, so she decides to keep quiet about it.
** TheChick encourages the protagonist to let go of the already done horrific past and savor their current moment.
* '''Discussed''': "You know, maybe it's time you stopped moping about this and moved on..."
* '''Conversed''': "Characters who spend all their time moping really irritate me. I don't like to spend time with people like that in real life; why does this author think I want to ''read'' it?"
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Alice's excessive self-pity and refusal to engage with her past and trauma in favour of lengthy self-indulgent brooding and complaining eventually drives away anyone who initially cared, resulting in the character ending up alone and even more miserable.
** Alternatively, Alice's excessive self-pitty results in someone [[BoomHeadshot blowing her brains out]] just to spare themselves any more headaches.
** Meta-example - The audience, likewise, find Alice [[TheScrappy unbearable as a character]] as a result of her excessive whining.
** Alice is still legitimately depressed over the trauma, and ends up [[DrivenToSuicide commiting suicide]] because [[HumansAreBastards everybody was too busy feeling irritated to realize.]]
* '''Reconstructed''':
** Alice starts brooding about how alone and miserable they are instead.
** But even the smallest things can have a negative impact in their lives and that Alice seriously is unable to help herself, so a group of not-unsympathetic characters who actually can't find any way to feel irritated with help Alice deal with her problems.
** But Alice finds out that [[NotSoDifferent everyone complains about the smallest things like her]], making her realize that [[YouAreNotAlone she isn't alone]].
** Alice learns not to whine when around people and avoid getting berated for it.
** But even if Alice is totally depressed, she uses this as a crutch [[FaceHeelTurn to begin her journey of evil]].
** But when an appropriately traumatic event occurs, this has caused Alice to end her angsty attitude, and when others realize that she didn't care about the tragedy, they all wished that she was a whiner again.
* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': Alice is intentionally made overly angsty in order to deliberately make her unsympathetic, by indicating that she refuses to deal with her problems in favour of whining about them.
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Back to {{Wangst}} ...Oh, please! Cut it off already!
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