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[[AC: VisualNovel/AceAttorney]]
* [[FanFic/IryaSheenAceAttorney Irya's]] first case. It involves the murder of her friend.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'']]
* ''Fanfic/{{Antiphony}}'':
** Laila. The suffering the girl goes through drives her insane and eventually turns her into an EmptyShell.
** Morathai. At age six, his entire family [[spoiler:except one sister]] is killed, his kingdom is destroyed and his mentor pulls a HeroicSacrifice in the span of ''one day''. Then he ends up living on the streets, has his kindness rewarded with betrayal, and is captured by slavers. [[ForegoneConclusion Guess who ends up buying him?]]
** Jasmine. Mozenrath’s [[spoiler:false]] warnings push her to a HeroicBSOD trying to figure out his plan, to the point she starts alienating and lying to her friends in case Mozenrath has a way of watching what she’s doing. She then ends up [[spoiler:losing her memories of Aladdin while delving into the Mirror of Fiereve]], [[spoiler:watching her father nearly die of poison]], and finally [[spoiler:is brutally [[MindRape Mind Raped]] by Mirage for a week]]. And yet despite all this, she ''[[PluckyGirl keeps]]'' ''[[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask going]]''.
** Xerxes and Raniye, too.

[[AC: ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'']]
* Tysha, in the end of ''Fanfic/WhereverWhoresGo''.

[[AC: ''Film/{{Avatar}}'']]
* ''FanFic/IntoTheWild'': [[spoiler:Marty kills the only person who ever cared about him.]]

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'']]
* ''Fanfic/ShadowOfTheDragonKing'':
** Zuko, dear Zuko.
** Also Lijin, Yenzi's younger brother.

[[AC: ''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia'']]
* In ''FanFic/ACastleOfSilenceAndBones'' Yao [[spoiler: was invaded, defeated, humiliated, his siblings are dead and their people annihilated, he has seen the world break apart and countries perish over decades of war, now his obsessive younger brother is all Yandere for him, violating him, insulting his masculinity, keeping him trapped emotionally, mentally and physically.]] In the end, China [[spoiler: shoots Japan and kills him]].
* Feliciano in ''FanFic/AufWiedersehenSweetheart'', when Ludiwg [[spoiler: gets imprisoned by the SS.]]
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': [[spoiler:Between being beaten, nearly raped, being bullied, and witnessing his closest friends [[CockFight attempting to fight each other to the death]] within hours of each other, [[{{Understatement}} Italy sure had a tough day]].]]
* ''FanFic/TheClockworkStranger'': In the case of both Alfred and (later) Arthur.
* ''Fanfic/HumanCuriosity'': Poor Liechtenstein. [[spoiler:Forced to leave her brother in the HCS facility (under his orders, but still!), nearly kidnapped a second time, and learning that her brother was killed. Oh, and when she tries to find some peace by seeing her brother's retrieved body, she finds that all of the Nations have vanished and that the floor is covered in blood and water. This understandably does nothing for her peace of mind.]]
* China and Korea in ''FanFic/{{Mistakes}}''.
* ''FanFic/ThePleasantvilleSeries'': Chapters 3-6 of ''Compiling'' reveal that [[spoiler:Francis was raped as a child by a caretaker who he trusted]].
* ''FanFic/VeraVerse'':
** Feliciano, when [[spoiler:told that Ludwig was captured by American forces.]]
** Also, Arthur qualifies when [[spoiler:he hears about Alfred's plane crashing and him being captured by special forces.]]
* ''FanFic/YouCantTakeTheSkyAwayFromMe'': Oh, ''America''.

[[AC: ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'']]
* ''[[http://www.robomod.net/pipermail/rec-arts-anime-creative/2005-May/000117.html Chiyobreak]]'' plays this straight with [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Chiyo]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin hence the name]]. [[spoiler: [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou Literally]], in the [[DownerEnding downer]] [[IncrediblyLamePun ending]].]]
* ''Fanfic/DifferingPaths'': [[spoiler: Sakaki's training. Later on, the death of Chiyo's parents and her entry to the police force.]]

[[AC: ''Series/{{Babylon5}}'']]
* Well, G'Kar is not exactly a cutie, but entered ''FanFic/TheDilgarWar'' as a naive idealist. Then he found himself having to help Ta'Kai [[spoiler: driving to suicide the greatest living hero of the Narns]], and he started to become more jaded and cynical. He thanked Ta'Kai for that right after [[spoiler: [[MagnificentBastard blackmailing her into stripping herself and the First Circle of all power and give it to the Third Circle G'Kar belonged to.]] ]]

[[AC: ''Series/BarneyTheDinosaur'']]
* ''FanFic/DayOfTheBarneyTrilogy'': Barney is such a cruel dinosaur.

[[AC: ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}'']]
* In Fanfic/AngelOfTheBat, The Seraphim wishes to capture Batman’s allies and force them to join his cult. He captures Cassandra and brutally tortures her, [[spoiler: but ultimately fails.]]

[[AC: ''Literature/BattleRoyale'']]
* ''FanFic/TheUnitedStatesRaisingHandProgram'': Poor, poor Demi.

[[AC: ''VideoGame/BioShock'']]
* Ava Glass in ''Fanfic/BlackGloves''. And Hester, to a lesser extent.

[[AC: ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'']]
* ''Fanfic/AProtectorsPride'': Poor Momo.
* In another fanfic %%previous link was wrong and needs to be replaced%% Ichigo had pretty lost everything prior to the [[PeggySue events of]] [[MissionFromGod the story]]. He had lost his entire family when his home got bombed, spent several years in a brutal war, nearly tortured to death, forced into prison by an ungrateful government and his remaining friends were executed. He nearly fell to DeathByDespair before the Soul King sent him to the past.
* A comedic example in ''FanFic/UninvitedGuests''. Shiro-chan undergoes at least three separate nervous breakdowns. Eventually, it becomes an effective battle tactic.
* Hanatarou in ''FanFic/WinterWar'' [[spoiler: has witnessed Rukia's hollowfication and death, Byakuya's apparent suicide, been enslaved in Hueco Mundo, his captain is MIA after escaping the lab, had several of his squad members killed in front of him, including Ogidou, who had just saved his life, and currently has a collar around his neck that [[OffWithHisHead could detonate at any moment]].]] And with all that he still manages to be the OnlySaneMan half of the time.

[[AC: ''Anime/BubbleGumCrisis'']]
* The results of [[spoiler:Nene and Bert's breakup]] are particularly harsh on Nene in ''Fanfic/TheBubblegumZone''.

[[AC: ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'']]
* TheCalvinverse "film" TroubleIsland briefly does this with Calvin thanks to Retro tricking him into thinking that Hobbes, his best friend in the entire world, was merely apart of his imagination.
** Also happens in an earlier addition: CalvinAndHobbesTheMovie has Calvin breaking down in the woods after escaping Rupert. Even Hobbes is shocked.
** TheRemake trailer of CalvinAndHobbesIILostAtSea implies this will happen to our two main protagonists.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'']]
* Veronica in ''Fanfic/IfImInLovePLEASESHOOTME'' [[spoiler: finally finds out that Edward is not in love with her, and her breakdown is painful to read. Fortunately a remorseful Edward wants to be JustFriends]].

[[AC: ''Anime/CardcaptorSakura'']]
* Pick a character in ''Fanfic/ChaosCardCaptorSakura'', any character.
** Or, more subtly, CorruptTheCutie, depending on the cutie in question.

[[AC: WesternAnimation/ChalkZone]]
* Bardot does this to Penny in ''Fanfic/PlayTheGame'' not long after her and Rudy's capture. He tells her a detailed story of how her father was killed and even shows her his tooth, which Bardot ripped away from him. Then later, he pours salt in the wound by eating her father's severed arm right in front of her. Needless to say, Penny did not react so well to that.
** Late in the story, he re-breaks her and breaks Rudy as well by having Droaw drag Penny out of the room, declaring his intent to keep them separated until they die. He then follows up by ripping Rudy's arm open.
** He breaks Barney prior to the story. He hunts him down for information. At first, Barney refuses, which prompts Bardot to start his torture. He breaks his legs one by one, and when that wasn't enough, Bardot completely shatters Barney's spirit by ''tearing out his eyes''. And just when things couldn't get worse for Barney, the hybrid zoner attacks him repeatedly over the course of a year and a half, torturing Barney again and again for information, even if Barney willingly gave it to him.
* [[PowerTrio Rudy, Penny and Snap]] of [=ChalkZone=] all get brutal treatment in ''FanFic/SinfulBehaviors'', prequel to ''Fanfic/PlayTheGame'', though the villain focuses more on the boys.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'']]
* ''[[Fanfic/TheNowakverse Under the Bridge]]'' explores Gadget's only [[{{Canon}} canonical]] BerserkButton, namely when someone threatens or harms her friends and deceives her, and drives it to an extreme. After several attempts of [[spoiler:her sister Widget]] to kill her and the other Rangers, one of which followed a staged but real rescue mission, she decides to take matters in her own hands. [[spoiler:She decides that the only way to save herself and her friends from Widget is to kill the latter. So she acquires an illegally imported ex-Soviet 14.5mm machine gun round and modifies it into a torpedo with a magnetic guidance system with which she plans to sink Widget's submarine ''Albacore''.]] Not few readers have declared this depiction of Gadget's quite OutOfCharacter.

[[AC: ''Franchise/CodeGeass'']]
* In Chapter 18 of ''FanFic/CodeGeassColorlessMemories'', it shows that Rai was a sweet, caring child who loved his mother and sister very much (much in the way Lelouch loved his mother and the way he dotes his sister) and got along well with his dad. [[spoiler:Then came the attack on his town and everything went to hell for Rai from then on]]. And it didn't stop there as Rai then lost his memories [[spoiler: thanks to C.C. mindwiping his mind for his own reasons and amusement.]]
** Chapter 30 shows this with Kallen as well after her brother went missing on a mission a few years before the start of the series.
* ''Fanfic/CodeGeassMaoOfTheDeliverance'': Revealed in several [[{{flashback}} flashbacks]] that Mao was just a TroubledButCute little boy until his Geass slowly drove him insane.
** He also [[MoralEventHorizon deliberately]] inflicts plenty of BreakTheCutie to [[NaiveEveryGirl Shirley]].

[[AC: ''Manga/{{Cyborg009}}'']]
* Aside from the main characters in ''FanFic/YoungOffender'', there's poor little [[spoiler:Ann Ember]]. [[spoiler:Her mother's murdered, her father will be converted into 0011, and she's been raised by Black Ghost and the Gamos into a TykeBomb who believes the first generation cyborgs are to blame.]]


[[AC: ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'']]
* ''FanFic/DespairsLastResort'' has poor [[spoiler: Shizuka Matsuki. Her mother was killed in an accident and she was bullied throughout her entire childhood. She thinks she'll get a break at Hope's Peak, but it's implied that she witnessed people die before she escaped. Then she watches the School Life of Mutual Killing and watches someone she was incredibly close to her die. Then when her memories are erased and it seems like she can have a second chance at happiness, Monokuma hijacks the trip and forces them to kill each other. To top it all off, she ends up killing two people and is executed.]] The girl needs a hug.
** Kumiko Akamine gets pretty broken after [[spoiler: her best friend Chiyo is found dead. She falls into a depressive state for most of the next chapter. It's implied that other events happened during the year at Hope's Peak that messed her up.]]

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'']]
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2910656/1/Checkmate Checkmate]]'', Vlad puts Danny through one of these. After first injecting Jazz with nanomachines that kill her red blood cells, and only sparing her if Danny leaves behind his friends and family to join him, Danny is forced to live at Vlad's mansion. Due to disuse while there, his ghost powers begin to go out of control, eventually leading to them going completely berserk and forcing Vlad to use a device to short out his ghost powers to get him under control. Due to not only the agony of the powers going wild, but the dream he had throughout the whole thing (it mostly occurred while he was asleep), he ends up backing into a corner and sobbing with terror, ending up in a state that caused even the almost heartless Vlad to ask himself; "What have I done?"
--> '''"Danny sat at the edge of the pool, crossed legged, watching carelessly the variety of fishes swimming about in the pool's surrounding aquarium. The tired and defeated expression on his face made him appear as if he had aged several years. There was no happiness or vigor in his eyes, leaving them a dull, lifeless blue. In short, he looked everything a broken hero would; and there was nothing more heartbreaking than that sight."'''
* The Curator tries this very hard with Danny in ''FanFic/TheCollector''.

[[AC: ''Manga/DeathNote'']]
* ''FanFic/ACureForLove'': L after [[spoiler: Light is poisoned by Astraea.]] It goes FromBadToWorse after [[spoiler: Light regains his Kira memories and kills Watari and Misa.]] Also Light [[spoiler: after breaking up with L... and [[LonelyAtTheTop taking over the world,]]]] and Matsuda [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter after discovering his faith in Light's innocence was unfounded,]] Sayu and Sachiko after they are told that [[spoiler: Souichiro and Light]] are dead, and Mello after discovering how L lied to him.
* ''Fanfic/AndTheStoryContinues'': All the kids at Wammy's House have been subjected to this, and it looks like Erin's going into another round of it...
* Misa, pre-story in ''FanFic/BrokenFacades''.
* Well, everyone in ''Fanfic/TheFaceless''.
* In the Light/L SlashFic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/430654/chapters/727997 Lies On]]'' this happens to [[VillainousBSOD Light]] after he becomes an incubus and his feeding isn't a pleasant experience for all involved. He's terrified of losing control and killing L, and it gets worse when [[MoralityPet a friend of his]] [[ObliviousGuiltSlinging points out some critical flaws]] in Kira's plan and L becomes angry with him for reasons he won't explain.
* L, Naomi Misora, and Light Yagami in ''FanFic/{{Paladin}}''.
* ''FanFic/PointOfSuccession'':
** [[WideEyedIdealist Light]] [[spoiler: after taking on Beyond Birthday as his subject of study.]]
** Matt [[spoiler: after discovering what Mello has done.]]
* Light in ''FanFic/{{Solitude}}''.
* ''Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury'': OriginalCharacter Erin, a NaiveNewcomer and IntrepidReporter wannabe gets involved in the Kira case (read: kidnapped by L after she sees Misa getting arrested and refuses to let the matter drop) and serves as the narrator for the rest of the case onwards. As well as bearing witness to all the murder and mind-games and developing a [[VitriolicBestBuds very]] [[BelligerentSexualTension rocky]] [[AMatchMadeInStockholm relationship]] with L, [[spoiler:she is briefly led to believe that her friend/babysitter Matsuda is killed, finds out that Light and Misa are Kira after all, goes to L to tell him about it only [[TheFarmerAndTheViper to have him betray her too due to moral differences (or so she thought), and is almost killed by Light and Misa when she goes to confront them herself]] after finding Watari’s dead body lying out in the hallway. After everything is said and done, L [[ShooTheDog unceremoniously forces her to leave]] so that he can [[DyingAlone die alone]] after having written his own name in the Death Note; it all accumulates to Erin losing it and giving L a long and vicious TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. Which [[PartingWordsRegret she deeply regrets later.]]]]
** Matsuda, Soichiro and Misa all fall victim to this trope, too. Matsuda gets constantly bashed by the other members of the task force [[spoiler:and is forced to shoot Light when he tries to kill everyone using a piece of the notebook hidden in his watch]], Soichiro [[spoiler:for all his troubles gets to live to see Light be exposed as Kira and then to have him [[DiedInYourArmsTonight die in his arms,]] and Misa mixes this trope with AlasPoorVillain when she is forced to watch Light die, unable to help him.]]

[[AC: ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'']]
* Promised with ''Fanfic/DigimonRewrite'' being a {{Deconstruction}}.
** Happenning already with Alison.
* ''Fanfic/DigimonXrosWarsAU02'' seems to be putting Kiriha through the ringer with the Seven Swords arc. [[spoiler: First Kiriha has to wait through a good portion of the six month time skip in the Digital World for Taiki and the others to return from earth; shortly before they do he learns that Deckerdramon is dying. Second: He has to watch [=MetalGureimon=] get broken apart by Dorbickmon's Aegisdramon's attack. Third: [=MetalGureimon=] is absorbed into Neo Vamdemon, and despite the fact that they get him out, [=MailBirdramon=] appears to be in a coma inside the Digi Xros at the end of chapter 35. Fourth: he sees Nene bleeding out in reality after being stabbed in a dream. FIFTH: it's heavily implied that in the gaps between chapters 45 and 46 that he tried to kill Nene, though the exact details aren't clear. ''FINALLY'': After rescuing Kiriha and Gureimon from the grimdark clutches of Anubimon, Deckerdramon is killed by Anubimon via one of his throwing daggers.]] Poor Kid.
** Akari gets a minor one in the Seven Swords finale when Shoutmon throws himself in the line of an attack to save her..
* ''Fanfic/MeinKamphyCouch'': Poor Rochelle.
* Daneel Rush, the author of the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'' is absolutely ''vicious'' in his psychological torment of Rika. First he expands on her BrokenBird nature, showing that her {{Jerkass}} behaviour and suicidally competitive personality is actually due to very ''low'' self esteem brought on by her father abandoning her and from being ostracised by her peers in her old school, to the point where she has come to believe that she can't have any real friends and that the only real worth she can ever find for herself is by being the best Tamer. Then Takato comes along and for the first time she finds herself truly able to connect with another human being.(he even helps her reunite with Renamon) But her aforementioned issues nearly lead her to shatter this relationship because she just can't accept Takato being a better Tamer than her which coupled with her fear of rejection, leads her to repeatedly break both Takato's and her own heart because she just can't find peace with herself. [[FromBadToWorse It Gets Worse]], [[spoiler: She finally let's go of her pride and truly fall in love with Takato, but although they share three days of happiness together, it's tainted by the horrible truth that Takato is [[CruelAndUnusualDeath slowly and painfully dying]] and there is nothing Rika can do to save him, not even ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome taking on twelve Diaboramon at once in order to protect him]]''. It makes her eventual [[DespairEventHorizon breakdown]] as she grieves for his death [[TearJerker absolutely]] '''''[[TearJerker SOUL SHATTERING]]'''''.]]
*** And from what's been seen so far, GOSPEL seems Hell bent on breaking her down even ''further''
** The Author then proceeds to take this trope to nightmarish levels ([[NightmareFuel/DigimonTamers Thus continuing a proud tradition]]) with what happens to Mimi. In short, [[spoiler: She is kidnapped, forced to undergo an unwilling abortion, and is left to wander the wilderness as her grief slowly drives her insane]] ''yeesh!!''
* ''FanFic/TamersRequiem'':
** Takato- [[spoiler: Watches Guilmon die IN THE FIRST BOOK; tries to recreate him, but ends up with a crazed [=BlackGuilmon=] instead; eventually gets killed himself near the end of Book Three and is split in to two separate kids, one of whom spends several years stuck in the Dark Ocean/Dark Area]].
** Noriko- [[spoiler: Just start from the moment where she is sucked into the Digital World (without a partner), gets combined with Lucemon and [=BlackGuilmon=], and proceed from there]].
** Impmon- [[spoiler: When trying to make things right with Jeri, he learns that they can't extract Leomon's data from him (and give the girl back her partner) without killing the rookie (which they won't do, which does little to help his guilt). Not long after that, he gets infected with the X-Program, which is supposed to kill off most of the Digimon. And, from the description, it is not a pleasant way to go]].
** Jeri- [[spoiler:Discovers she's still carrying a fragment of the D-Reaper, and is {{Mind Rape}}d by [=UlforceVeemon=] to get at it. Oh yeah, and did we mention that Milleniummon is using her to resurrect himself?]]
** Suzie- [[spoiler: Done very deliberately by Prometheus in an attempt to have her Dark Digivolve Lopmon (and it worked by the end of Book Four). He throws everything at her from schoolyard bully, to an evil therapist, to a nightmare-inducing Digimon in order to drag up any doubts or fears she might have. This is the clearest example of Break the Cutie you can have]].

[[AC: ''Franchise/DragonAge'']]
* ''FanFic/{{Wardens}}'': Happens to Shatele and Lily in their backgrounds, though they don't seem completely broken...

[[AC: ''Anime/DragonballZ'']]
* Broly's AlternateCharacterInterpretation in the Fanfic ''Worthy of Legends'' had it broken quite a bit ever since he was a child. He was taken by Cooler so he could be raised as a killing machine under Cooler's command, and it is also implied that Broly is really an unwilling grunt of Cooler's army and views several of Cooler's actions as being completely despicable (e.g., forcing females to sleep with him or else he destroys their planet, or destroying a planet shortly after his troops enjoyed themselves). Shortly thereafter, Cooler tries to get Broly angry enough to actually fight him and unveil his strength by murdering his mother in front of Broly. It worked too well, as Broly also ended up giving Cooler a serious injury towards his knee that also resulted in Cooler placing a c-plate on his head. Later on, he was framed by Frieza during the latter's visit to Cooler's ship for murdering two dignitaries in a restroom (worse still, this happened right after Broly was sent to get red wine that was apparently something Cooler was saving up for an occasion, implying that Frieza sent Broly to get the wine specifically so it could match blood), and because of Frieza's control over the courts, he was sentenced to a hellhole planetary prison, specifically to break Broly enough to actually allow Broly to become a psychopathic killer under Cooler's control. The guards also injected him with a drug that acted as a poison that would cause his Ki to rot as a security measure to ensure he doesn't escape, and was denied any instance of a cure. His friend, Sauzaa (who, unlike in the movie, was also secretly against Cooler) also ended up sacrificing himself to save Broly by cutting himself (as his species' blood was necessary to cure the drug). He then goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge where he does a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Cooler that culminated in tossing Cooler into the core of the planet, before taking Sauzaa's corpse and the director of the prison who was also the half-sister of Cooler and Frieza (the latter because she asked to escape with him, and was implied to have done a HeelFaceTurn, although Broly didn't entirely trust her), and it was also implied that the fight as well as his transformation resulted in the planet starting to explode. Afterwards, he went to a planet to free some Nameks who were enslaved by a despot, and eventually murdered the despot quite brutally due to the latter giving off a smirk that was far too similar to Cooler in Broly's mind, which caused Broly to break down.

[[AC: ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'']]
* The universe of ''Fanfic/FairVote'' hates Dorje just as much as it hates Dresden. But after he took this job from Ava, he will ''never'' be the same.

[[AC: ''Franchise/EvilliousChronicles'']]
* ''FanFic/MiraclesAU'': The heart and soul of Miracles.

[[AC: ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'']]
* ''FanFic/ChildrenOfTheAtom'': [[spoiler:Sarah Lyons]], thanks to Point Lookout. Again, when [[spoiler: The Citadel falls]].

[[AC: ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'']]
* Sakura in ''Fanfic/TheLetterSeries''.
* Happened to Assassin when she was alive in ''FanFic/TaintedIdeals''.

[[AC: ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'']]
* ''Fanfic/TheLionOfIvalice'':
** Meliadoul, who [[spoiler:heard her (possessed) father call her "[[WordOfGod and her mother a tramp in one sentence, and then tells her she is a disgrace]]". Ramza nearly had to drag her [[HeroicBSOD distraught self]] out of there alive. If that wasn't bad enough, she arrives back to Orbonne Monastery to see her brother dead, still not recovering from the bitter words her father said.]] What happens next leads to [[spoiler:the WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds entry below.]]
** Ramza himself counts; just think about it. His foster siblings (presumably) both die at Ziekden and it's his brothers' faults. He finds belonging and friends at the Southern Sky only to discover much later that not only is Delita alive, but he's become ruthless enough to [[spoiler: massacre the Northern Sky]] for his own ambitions. He [[spoiler: has to kill his demon-possessed elder brother]]. Many people he's considered friends or allies are either against him or in danger because of him. He's in love with a woman who's psyche has become fragile due to her beliefs being tested, and [[spoiler: he ends up losing her to the Lucavi when her brother is temporarily killed, followed by losing his beloved sister]]. To top all that off, his desire to learn Dark Knight training has twice pushed him to the brink of cold-blooded murder and yet it's a key element of his strength. I'd say all that definitely qualifies as somewhat 'broken'.

[[AC: ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'']]
* All over the damn place in ''FanFic/{{Casualties}}''. Points go to all of the kids from St. Ivalice in particular (the operative word here being 'kids').

[[AC: ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'']]
* Aerith's current personality is a result of her being broken long before ''Fanfic/MothersLegacy'' began. [[spoiler:For years, she was forced with train with Sephiroth, who dealt her a CurbStompBattle every time as Hojo mocked her powerlessness before him.]]

[[AC: ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'']]
* Both Eiko [[spoiler:and Tango/Vivi]] in ''FanFic/GoNotGently''.

[[AC: ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'']]
* Elincia gets broken severely in ''Fanfic/QueenOfSorrow''. Nephenee and Leanne also get their share.

[[AC: ''{{Series/Firefly}}'']]
* ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'' manages to break [[spoiler:River ''all over again'' after she started healing at the end of the movie]] by having [[spoiler:both River and Jayne captured and tortured by Niska, effectively undoing nearly a year's worth of mental healing for her.]]

[[AC: ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'']]
* Wrath, pre-story in ''Fanfic/SevenNamesOfEnvyAngevin''. [[spoiler: And, after chapter 21, Elysia counts as well.]]
* Yeah, there's a lot of that in ''FanFic/TheSwitchGlitch''.
* ''FanFic/AtGatesEdge'':
** Edward as he didn't survive the attempted resurrection of his mother and ended up dying to save Al. He was a peace with it only to end up as a ghost in a place he doesn't know, unable to communicate with anyone.
** In the same story poor Alphonse lost his father, mother and brother and gave up alchemy in response.

[[AC: ''Series/{{Glee}}'']]
* ''Fanfic/HuntingTheUnicorn'' is a Series/{{Glee}} fanfic that was [[FixFic made]] to [[DeconstructionFic pulverize Kurt and Blaine]], the latter especially through a fleet of {{Cerebus Retcon}}s. Blaine's RelationshipSue status is slowly broken down to show the emotional damage it would take to become one: His family lives at 432 DysfunctionJunction (and [[LonelyRichKid most of them aren't even home]]), he constantly makes excuses for his father's ParentalNeglect, and he suffers a ParalyzingFearOfSexuality because at sixteen, he had [[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest a horrific breakup]] with [[spoiler: the first guy he slept with. Who was never that serious about him, and didn't realize that Blaine thought SexEqualsLove(!)]]. That's not even getting into his [[HeroicSelfDeprecation incredibly low self-esteem]] and the FridgeHorror of his characterization.
** Or, you know, the ''plot.'' Which involves [[spoiler: Blaine's stalker Alex, who has a ''very'' warped idea of Kurt and Blaine's relationship. In the nineteenth chapter after several background appearances, he kidnaps Blaine, Wes, and David and locks them in his basement.]] Blaine accidentally got concussed, and has woken up with no memory of this.

[[AC: ''Literature/HarryPotter'']]
%% * ''Fanfic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness'' is all over this...poor, poor [[spoiler: Colin and Dennis]]!
* Almost everyone who is cute in any way gets this eventually in ''FanFic/GeorgeWeasleyAndTheComputationalError''.
* In ''Fanfic/TheOllivanderChildren'', Mark probably gets this worse than any of the other characters. An American Muggle who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, ends up mired in the British Ministry of Magic and charged with the crime of Presuming to be a wizard. He's imprisoned, found ''guilty,'' when he goes on the run he faces a [[MindRape Dementor attack]], and then [[spoiler: his LoveInterest is kidnapped, and when he tries to rescue her, he ends up in jail again]], which brings us to the start of ''The Ollivanders At War,'' where probably even more [[BlatantLies fun]] awaits.
* The ''Screams'' series and Hermione Granger. Take one betrayal to Voldemort (by ''Neville'', of all people). Add Ron's death, then mix in every torture method imaginable for her and Harry, including rape. What you get - well, in her words to Neville as he stood with Harry's wand pressed into the back of his neck: "I'm so looking forward to listening to your cries, Neville. Please fill me up and give me a lot of wonderful screams."

[[AC: ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'']]
* ''Fanfic/TheJacksonLegacy'': In Road Of Defiance, [[spoiler: we read a passage of Piper seeing a vision of an alternate Leo cradling Piper's dead body, and then suddenly breaking into laughter, implying that he lost his mind.]]

[[AC: ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'']]
* Most of the backstories in ''Fanfic/{{Brainbent}}''.
* {{Fanfic/Hivefled}} does this to Gamzee, [[UpToEleven and]] [[RapeAsDrama then]] [[TorturePorn some]], in the prequel Reprise, and he's still dealing with the fallout from it. WordOfGod states it was specifically intended to invoke the feelings of [[TheWoobie "must hug poor suffering troll"]].
** Happens to Eridan as well, albeit to a lesser extent.
* ''FanFic/RedDeadVirgo'': Poor, poor Kanaya and Jade.
* ''FanFic/UnwantedFreeUglyTroll'':
** Karkat and Sollux's backstories, but the point of the story is to reverse it.
** [[spoiler: Cronus falls under this category as well after it's revealed that he spent the vast majority of his life as a test subject for Crocker Corp's experiments, which got him addicted to smoking and drinking.]]
* in the post-Sburb fanfic ''FanFic/WarboundWidow'' a few characters go through that, either leading up the war between the Empire and Earth or during it. Jane gets captured and subjected to [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] at one point. Nepeta had it even worse, since she was caught by the Empire slave trade and by the time her friends free her she's far removed from her usual [[GenkiGirl cheerful]] self, instead being standoffish and largely unemotional while absolutely littered in scars from the abuse she suffered.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'']]
* ''FanFic/WhatYouMeantToMe'': [[spoiler:Toothless, when she slashes Hiccup.]]

[[AC: ''Literature/TheHungerGames'']]
* ''FanFic/AnUnsungSong'': [[spoiler:Namitha is very effectively broken by her allies' deaths.]]
* ''FanFic/TheCapitolGames'':
** Several of the kids, notably Liotta, Holland, Britney, Faye-Anna, and Galaxy seem to be going this direction.
** Minerva. Vinel gets there just a little too late...
* Almost all of the characters in ''Fanfic/{{Claustrophobia}}''. Brigan Knoll, Lux Solaris, Grey Slate, Darek, Maxim Bauer, Tambryn Delevinge, Harlow Bellamy, and Jayden all started off as nice characters, with some being particularly innocent (especially Grey and Harlow). As the story goes on and they get character development, they began to lose their innocence as they see their allies die and their situations groes even more dire.
* Over the course of ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'', heroine [[ShrinkingViolet Vale]] gets put through a lot of this. First, of course, she is selected to be in the 44th Hunger Games, alongside her younger brother's friend [[NonActionSnarker Kit]]... and crap only gets realer from there. She experiences great guilt over [[spoiler: murdering a girl to protect Kit]]. Then, [[spoiler: Kit falls out of a tree and is injured to the point where he can't walk... and is soon killed by a monstrous mutt]], which traumatizes Vale. She [[spoiler: makes new friends in the forms of District Five siblings Fen and Lark]], but [[spoiler: Lark dies by accidentally eating nightlock]] while under Vale's watch, and [[spoiler: Fen leaves her to go on a suicide mission to attack the Career camp as a "take that" to the Capitol]]. Vale soon [[spoiler: runs into the mutt that killed Kit]], breaks down, and [[spoiler: kills it in a berserker rage]]. She [[spoiler: allies with the ex-Career Obsidian against her better judgment]], only to realize that she is [[spoiler: falling for him--which wouldn't be such an awful thing if it weren't for the Hunger Games]]. Oh, yeah, and she also worries that she may be going crazy from her time in the arena and has constant struggles to maintain her morality. All of this culminates into the final confrontation where, [[spoiler: instead of killing Obsidian, Vale lashes out against the Capitol, knowing very well that the Gamemakers will forcibly and permanently silence her for it]].
* ''FanFic/{{Survival}}'': Poor Mary, [[spoiler: Riley]], and poor, poor [[spoiler: Parker]].
* Magnum definitely qualifies for this in ''FanFic/TwentyThreeCannonsTrilogy''. Alanna, too, albeit in a different way.

[[AC: ''Literature/TheInheritanceCycle'']]
* ''FanFic/TheStormDragons'':
** Ravana started off sweet and innocent, which ended when he first met his people and they immediately tried to kill him for (to him) no apparent reason. Galbatorix on the other hand, didn't start off quite as innocent as Ravana did, but there's still a significant difference between him at the beginning and end in ''From White To Black'' and ''especially'' when you decide to add ''The Shadowed Throne'' or ''Dragon's Blood'' into the mix. Strangely he seemed to be much happier during ''Black Dragon''.
** ''From White To Black'' is essentially one long example of Galbatorix being broken over and over again.

[[AC: ''Anime/InuYasha'']]
* Pretty much every character experiences this at some point in ''FanFic/{{Memoirs}}''.

[[AC: ''Franchise/IvaliceAlliance'']]
* ''FanFic/WeWhoSuggestOurselves'': Gurdy trying to find Boco in the storm, and failing. [[EpicFail Epicly.]]

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'']]
* ''Fanfic/TalesOfAResetMind'': Joy gets hit with this, ''hard'', especially in ''Part Nine''. She starts at her usual, lighthearted self...and then sees her home destroyed, Imagination Land in ruins, her fellow Emotions hurt, and Nico (the host) after he is [[spoiler: Tortured by Mania. Then he gets impaled, and he asks her to StayWithMeUntilIDie. Then, she watches him fall inside the Memory Dump after [[BigBad Mania]] throws him in.]]. She doesn't [[ColdBloodedTorture take it]] [[WhatTheHellHero well]]

[[AC: ''Anime/KillLaKill'']]
* Happens to both Nui Harime and Izanami Nishimura in fairly vicious fashion in ''FanFic/MaimDeMaim''.
* Mako and Mataro lose their parents at the start of ''Fanfic/AMinorMiscalculation'', and it rarely gets any better for them from then on.

[[AC: ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'']]
* Chou back at the Feylinus nest in ''FanFic/TheAdventuresOfKikoFluffyPants''.
* The author of ''Fill the Moon'' ''adores'' this trope and uses it whenever possible. From her own OC, Senayax, who gets it the worst in incidents ranging from [[spoiler:being forcibly impregnated by her lover, Zexion, who is also ''five years older than her'']] and being [[spoiler:forced to eat her own grandfather to survive]], things like [[spoiler:being DrivenToSuicide and almost dying after her lover's HeroicSacrifice after holding him and begging for him to PleaseWakeUp]] seem almost ''trivial'' in comparison.
** After what happens to Demyx, both as a Nobody and as a "somebody," you just want to give the poor kid a hug. While his breakdown isn't as triumphant as Senayax's, [[spoiler:trying to clean the castle even as your hands are bleeding, chemical-burned wrecks underneath you]] is sob-worthy.
** And considering that [[spoiler:he was emotionally and physically abused from cradle to grave as Myde]], when Xigbar finally--''finally''--snaps, so does the reader. [[spoiler:Good thing there's an adorable and Fetish-laden scene after Xigbar snaps.]]
** The kicker? The one abusing him was ''his own [[BigBrotherBully big]] [[TheSociopath brother.]]''
** Considering Larxene [[spoiler:was raped and abused by her husband of three years, and is implied to have had many other abusive relationships,]] she doesn't really catch much of a break, either. While she's still the same sadistic, snarky Larxene that is recognizable from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', there's a definite air of StepfordSmiler about her, especially during her [[spoiler:rape-based breakdowns.]]
** To sum it up; ''everyone in this fic has horrible things happen to them. EVERYONE.''
* The Kingdom Hearts AU fic ''[[FanFic/LostBoysSaga Lost Boys]]'' breaks Sora to pieces, and builds him back up in a twisted mirror of himself. After seeing his home and at least father get forcibly ripped away from him via X-Blade summoning by Ventus and Vanitas(the latter ends up possessing the former) he's hurtled off to Traverse Town as pretty much the only survivor, with his friend, Riku, of the Destiny Islands. Oh, and he's ''four'' at this point. Next eleven years he grows up into a mentally unstable teenager who is depressed, angry at the world, anti-social, suicidal, and pretty much everything he shouldn't be. He finally gets a break and life ''seems'' to get better: he meets Kairi, starts falling in love with her, gets a steady home for once, mentally recoops a bit. But then he fails to keep his promise to keep Kairi safe and [[spoiler: watches her get kidnapped by Maleficent,]] shortly after nearly dies TWICE and experiences severe pain along with it, [[spoiler: then he loses Riku]], gets even FURTHER depressed, to make things so much better Maleficient {{mind rape}}s him by [[spoiler: showing him how he's supposed to be canon-wise, and due to it, along with learning Riku's switched sides, attempts suicide.]] You think he'd finally get a break, right? NO, [[spoiler: He DIDN'T die, as much as he wanted to. He finds Riku, who by now is possessed by Ansem, who "helps" him find Kairi. They later split up again, and when they get back together he ends up nearly losing his heart to keep her safe and experiences unbearable pain in the process. Then, when chasing after Ansem, he gets drawn into an illusion of the islands and breaks down into a maniacally giggling, teen-child psychological mess. Oh, and facing Ansem himself once and for all? He gets so broken, Anti-Form just leaps out and mauls Ansem to death while Kairi watches in horror, and Sora finally just ends up collapsing from the exertion.]] [[UpToEleven And this is just the first one.]]
** Later in the sequel, ''Broken Heroes'', you can add [[spoiler:Ventus]] to the list. [[spoiler: Ventus has lived in Sora's heart this whole time, and understands EXACTLY where Sora is willing to go with revenge. He feels nothing but regret for his life, and even though he has his spots of hope and happiness, he also feels Terra and Aqua are pretty much gone. He was so guilt-ridden he WANTED Riku to kill him with his own Keyblade when he awoke. To quote the author:]]
--->[[spoiler: "He is insanely guilt-ridden from the fact he killed so many people and ruined Riku and Sora's lives because of his choice. He just wants to feel like he hasn't screwed up, that people have gotten the justice they deserve. "]]
*** [[spoiler: [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8762400/18/Broken-Heroes And then]](much later after several adventures and still getting chewed out by Sora) Ventus is brutally injured by Saïx, who he still believed to be friends with, and ends up [[KillTheCutie dying]] in Sora's arms still thinking he was unforgiven. [[HopeSpot He's brought back]], thanks to Aqua, gets to see her one last time, then DIES AGAIN. Granted, Sora finally forgives and lets go of his hate because of this- being replaced with just depression and regret -but it's crippling to everyone who witnessed it. Especially Aqua, who goes from badass to broken in an instant.]]
** This Troper dearly hopes you don't have strong feelings for Aqua. [[HeartbrokenBadass She gets her heart ripped out and into pieces too many times.]] A rather poignant example would be [[spoiler: finding Xemnas and trying to cling to the thought of at least Terra still being alive that she goes against Kairi and Sora. Xemnas does play along, but he was [[ILied lying]].]]
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3656471/1/Omega_Dawn Omega Dawn]]'', Both [[spoiler:Ruxik, Riku's Nobody,]] and Maleficent attempted to break Kairi by [[spoiler: killing Sora, defiled his body, attacking Destiny Islands, force her to fight a war against the Heartless, including Omegasis, the biggest and most ruthless heartless, who represent all evil, and later told her that they could bring back Sora, in order to make her stab herself with her own keyblade so she would become a Heartless and so, having the ultimate powers of the Princessess of Hearts at their hands]]. They almost succeeded on making her insane, but luckily, she regained her senses and fought back.
* Fanfic/TheShroudedPath has several cases of this.
** First, there's Aqua who ends up the most traumatized by Franchise/SilentHill. Not only does she face the general craziness of the town, but she [[spoiler: is nearly killed by her best friend and breaks her keyblade in a fight against Pyramid Head]]. The resulting mental and physical damage then allows [[spoiler: [[BigBad Vanitas]] [[BrainwashedAndCrazy to brainwash her into becoming his dragon]]]]. She was later freed from his control, but it's revealed in the last chapter that [[spoiler: she is now suffering from severe PTSD]].
*** Then just to drive the knife in, just when Aqua finally appears to be recovering in the sequel, [[spoiler: Vanitas kidnaps her.]] Not only does he [[spoiler: drag the Land of Departure into Silent Hill's [[DarkWorld otherworld]], but he also viciously [[MindRape mindrapes her by forcing her to experience the pain and deaths of other people.]]]] He then devotes all his energy into convincing Aqua that her friends never cared about her. When Aqua's[[spoiler: attempt to sleep with Vanitas to stop him from killing Ven winds up being the ''least'' traumatic experience she's gone through, it says a lot.]]
** Between The Shrouded Path and its sequel, [[spoiler: Sora goes through this. Not only are he and his friends drawn into Silent Hill, but he is taken hostage by Vanitas and used as bait for [[OneTrueLove Kairi]]. She attempts to rescue him, but is defeated by Vanitas and ends up ''losing her heart in front of Sora''. Then, when Sora finally escapes with her unconscious body, he is forced to leave [[HeterosexualLifePartner Riku]] behind.]] Is it any surprise Sora's a miserable wreck?
*** In Those Who Fight Monsters, Sora [[spoiler: returns to Silent Hill with Ven to try to rescue his friends. It isn't long before the town sends [[TheChewtoy Pyramid Head after poor Sora.]]]]
** Surprisingly averted with Terra. Although Terra's DarkAndTroubledPast seems to indicate that he will be broken, he not only gets through his trials, but realizes that [[DarkIsNotEvil he can control his inner darkness]] and uses that to [[spoiler: defeat Vanitas and rescue his friends.]]
*** As of the sequel, YMMV on whether or not he is broken
** ''Master Eraqus'' can be added to the list with recent chapters. Most of his breaking took place off-screen, but the implication is that during the TimeSkip between The Shrouded Path and its sequel, he had been wrestling with [[ItsAllMyFault extreme guilt over the fact that he was the one to send his apprentices to Silent Hill.]] Come Those Who Fight Monsters, and he's navigating Franchise/SilentHill all alone in an attempt to rescue Aqua. Whatever he experienced there, [[spoiler: it completely broke him and convinced him to give up being a Keyblade Master.]]
*** It's implied that while in Silent Hill, [[spoiler: Master Eraqus was forced to kill a copy of Master Xehanort. At least we hope it was a copy]].

[[AC: ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'']]
* ''FanFic/KnightErrant'': [[spoiler: Done to Kirby when he finds out that he’s been manipulated into working for [=NightMare=] Enterprises for over a century, all while he thought he was helping the Star Warriors.]]
* Magalor receives a ''harsh'' one in ''Fanfic/GalacticKnightmare'' when [[spoiler:he witnesses Kirby's tortured state. It only gets worse when Nightmare begin fusing Dark Meta Knight's soul with Kirby's in an incredibly painful display, and Marx giddily comments on how exciting it is. Later, Magalor is attacked by a Dark Matter drone and has to fight a being for [[PuppeteerParasite control over his own body]]. And on top of all that, he's forced to witness his best friend in the world, Bandana Waddle Dee, [[TearJerker die in his arms]].]] ''Ouch.''

[[AC: ''Manga/KOn'']]
* ''The Takotsuboya K-ON Trilogy'', over the course of three interlinked stories, breaks most of the ''K-ON!'' cast, though it does give them some hope at the end. Mio's is mostly self-inflicted, Azusa's is the primary focus. Only Mugi escapes relatively unscathed.

[[AC: ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'']]
* ''FanFic/RespectAWoman'': Poor Jockey.

[[AC: ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'']]
* ''FanFic/BlindMansBluff'': Poor, poor Rochelle and Ellis...
** To date, Rochelle had to witness [[spoiler: Chris getting his armed ripped off by a Witch when he saved her and Coach's lives. And then she had to hear his cries of agony as his arm was cauterized.]] And Ellis had his optimism in humanity challenged many times, starting with the ruthless female robber to [[spoiler: getting almost tortured then slaughtered by Jerry. Then he had to watch Jerry die.]]

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'']]
* ''Fanfic/PhantomSkinFeelingTheColdAir'': Ikki, [[spoiler:after losing her arm.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheSagaOfAvatarKorra'': When the Red Lotus kidnap Korra at the age of three, they tell her that her parents are dead and they will look after her from that point onward. It doesn't stop child Korra from crying herself to sleep at night at the thought that her parents are dead and she will never see them again.
* ''Fanfic/{{Strings}}'': Poor, poor Korra.
* ''Fanfic/TintedGreen'': [[spoiler: Bolin, when he got his bending taken away.]]
* ''Fanfic/WeWereFriends'': Korra becomes friends with an older man willing to listen to her and give her advice. She grows to have a huge crush on him [[spoiler: and even sleeps with him.]] Korra finds out after the fact that the man was '''Amon''' and [[HoneyTrap he had used her crush on him to get information out of her.]]

[[AC: ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'']]
* ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfSpyroANewDawn'': [[spoiler:Cyros manages to do this to Ember in one chapter, first revealing Cynder's anger towards her and forcing Spyro and Cynder to break her heart by revealing the truth about their relationship and tell her she can't be with Spyro. It continues next chapter were she's locked up in a mine and beat half to death by a Gargoyle. Thankfully, Siria the Phoenix Queen snaps her out of it.]]
* In a [[http://shalonesk.deviantart.com/gallery/11400696#/d1udcto prologue]] story for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro: Zonoya's Revenge'', Ember gets put through this due to her attempts to win Spyro's love. However, it ultimately does end up being for the better, as she realizes that Spyro isn't her true love after all, letting her move on and be with Flame, who really does love her.

[[AC: ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'']]
* ''Fanfic/DesertFortress'': Poor Ilia.
* ''FanFic/{{Fortitude}}'': And '''how'''. Just when you think things can't get worse for Link and Zelda, [[TemptingFate they do.]]
** There's numerous examples, but the most fitting is when [[spoiler: the couple are told there is no cure for Link's illness, and Zelda has to face the prospect of losing her husband and raising Link's son by herself, despite doing everything she can to prevent this from happening throughout all of Fortitude.]]
** Also, Heather. The poor girl gets whipped. Not only is this horrible for her, it's horrible for Zelda because Heather was taking punishment because Zelda defied Ashton.

[[AC: ''Disney/TheLionKing'']]
* Happens numerous times in ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'':
** Simba is devastated after [[spoiler: his parents and kingdom are destroyed by the Vimelea in Series Four. This sets him on the path to evil in Series Five.]]
** Nala temporarily [[spoiler: goes insane after being tortured by Hago.]]
** Haiba becomes distraught after [[spoiler: the death of his cousin, Binamu.]]
*** [[spoiler: That's nothing compared to him murdering Tama, though.]]
** [[spoiler: Tojo after becoming corrupted by Hago's staff. This leads to his death.]]

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'']]
* ''FanFic/SkeletonsInTheCloset'': Kim, a hamster who lived a life of complete isolation, breeding and experiments. It's no wonder why Sunil wants to help her ghost find peace.
** Sunil himself reveals the fact that he's so skittish is [[spoiler: that he can see ghosts and has been a victim of MindRape. On top of this, he has to help Kim find closure by searching for her dead body hidden in the basement of Littlest Pet Shop. Finally, she requests he cries at her funeral. Sunil finds himself sobbing for 25 minutes in the pouring rain over the grave of a girl he barely even knows and later tearfully blames himself for ruining the happy atmosphere of LPS by helping find Kim's body. The icing on the cake is when Sunil gets molested the very same thing that mind raped him when he moved to New York City.]]
* Happens to all the pets in ''Fanfic/TheTimesTheyAreAChangin''.

[[AC: ''Series/LostGirl'']]
* Happens to Lauren in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8180681/1/Mad-World Mad World]]'', Trick uses his [[RealityWarper powers]] to write that the [[{{BigBad}} Garuda]] will be defeated by a champion (who turns out to be Bo). The Garuda is aware of this, and knows that Lauren will be involved. So it and [[TheDragon Thane]] [[TraumaCongaLine utterly destroy her life]] trying to prevent it. Thane brutally murders 19 of her colleagues/friends in the Congo, and then murders her. She is then brought back by the Fae, is subsequently informed by them she is now their slave, and spends the next 5 years as slave facing their constant racism. Thane returns murders an additional 20 people, who look just like the victims from the Congo (including her) and arranges the bodies in the same manner. He then finally captures her, subjects her to MindRape and [[ColdBloodedTorture horrific torture]]. She is left very broken by all this, and is distinctly unamused when Trick confesses his role in it.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'']]
* Fanfic/RequiemForALoud: All the Loud Sisters who are aware of Lincoln's condition suffer this in varying degrees.
** Out of all the Loud sisters, Lynn has this the hardest because she is the reason why Lincoln is given another two weeks instead of being immediately dead in Chapter 1. Although Lincoln takes this as a good thing as it gives him the chance to [[TheLastDance settle things with his family and friends]], Lynn believes she actually CAUSED Lincoln's condition when she hit him in the head with her ball. How bad is it? While her other sisters in the know are in depression but haven't done anything reckless to themselves, she overworks her hands during exercising to obvious self-harm and even ''denied medical treatment'' when offered, and starts picking fights whenever she can to vent her frustration.

[[AC: ''Manga/LoveHina'']]
* Shinobu gets put through the ringer in ''FanFic/ForHisOwnSake'', but comes out a better person for it.

[[AC: ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'']]
* ''Fanfic/{{Game Theory|LyricalNanoha}}'' does this to [[spoiler:Nanoha.]]
* Fate has this happen in Chapter 5 of ''Fanfic/GracefulDegradation'' and it forces her into a Heroic BSOD.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'']]
* [[spoiler: Phoebe]] in ''FanFic/FirstImpressionsOfEarth''.
* Phoebe in ''FanFic/UnderCoverofDarkness'', considering [[spoiler: she woke up alone in an abandoned hospital after the apocalypse happens and the next day has to kill a friend to keep her from turning into a zombie]]. It has gone downhill from there, considering [[spoiler: she gets impaled with an arrow, scars her face, gets her nose broken, breaks up with Arnold because he got another girl pregnant, loses half her ear from a mauler, is wanted for murder, and is tortured when arrested]].

[[AC: ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'']]
* In ''Still Alive'' Jen started out as a sweet dancer girl. By the time she wakes up in 2014 she's a slightly pyromaniac, morally grey, broken woman who only seeks revenge.

[[AC: ''Franchise/MassEffect'']]
* ''Fanfic/ForTomorrowWeDie'':
** [[spoiler:Gabby, learning of Ken's death.]]
** [[spoiler: Tali, after the attack on the ''Rayya'' and the realization that no one in the galaxy is going to help them.]]
* This happens to [[spoiler:Tali]] in [[FanFic/MassVexations Mass Vexations 3]] after [[spoiler: an implied [[RapeAsDrama rape]] by an exile that had been allowed back onto the fleet.]]

[[AC: ''Manga/MedakaBox'']]
* ''Fanfic/WorldAsMyth'': Happens to [[spoiler:Koga. She]] seems to be getting better.

[[AC: ''Series/{{Merlin}}'']]
* ''FanFic/LoadedMarch'': [[spoiler:Merlin and Kay when they get captured]].

[[AC: MiraculousLadybug]]
* [[http://miyukey.deviantart.com/gallery/60808776/ML-comic-DOWN Down]] ''thoroughly'' breaks Adrien. First, he confesses to Ladybug, even revealing his identity; she slaps him and runs off. Then at school, Marinette is absent and Alya keeps looking at Adrien [[DeathGlare like she wants to kill him]]. After school, he goes home to be scolded for this whole mess by his father for no other reason than it makes Gabriel look bad. Adrien's [[CallingTheOldManOut attempt at calling Gabriel out]] ends up getting the kid slapped, causing him [[IHaveNoSon to decide to treat Gabriel as a boss instead of a father]]. Plagg's attempts to make Adrien feel better earlier completely fall through and Adrien discards the ring, which, combined with his emotional state, leads to the poor kid getting akumatized.

[[AC: ''VideoGame/MitadakeHigh'']]
* ''Fanfic/BloodySaint'': Kiera, [[spoiler:especially in the second story.]]

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'']]
* ''Fanfic/PostMULifeScream'':
** [[spoiler: Terry received a particularly bad one by a female monster named Merida Malicestorm that controlled a classic high school bully clique. The clique resembled PNK (albeit they were A LOT meaner) and pulled a prank on Terry specifically in a Carrie-like fashion that traumatized him and clearly shattered his perception on romance. This prank also resembled ROR's prank during the movie which implies that ROR's prank angered him so bad due to re-opening the wound.]]
** Laura is hinted to possibly have something like happen to her in the past that had a lasting effect on her in the form of anxiety attacks
** Each member of the Exceeda Zeta Sorority will experience this in subsequent chapters.
** [[spoiler: Katy was visibly distraught when her LoveInterest Terri of the Perry twins was severely injured due to the accident at the science labs.]]

[[AC: ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'']]
* Mulan undergoes this throughout ''FanFic/{{Hachin}}'' [[spoiler: but ultimately comes out stronger for it.]]

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'']]
* Twilight goes through this in ''Fanfic/AfterThatFatefulNight''.
* An interesting example is from ''[[http://aleximusprime.deviantart.com/art/quot-After-the-Gala-quot-255397965 After The Gala]]''. It's interesting because of ''what'' event from the series, [[spoiler: Fluttershy's eruption of anger at the Gala]], is turned into one of these. When she [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone calms down and realized what she did]], the poor girl is hit with this ''hard'' and reduced to a sobbing wreck to the point her friends can't even begin to think of how to comfort her. [[spoiler:Thankfully, she's unbroken by her friends and Princess Celestia.]]
* ''Fanfic/AllAmericanGirl'': The [[spoiler: Foalnapping Incident and misinterpreted "attempted rape"]] gave DJ [[HeroicBSOD PTSD]]; the subsequent custody trial a few months later shattered her psyche, pushing her over the DespairEventHorizon, giving her further grief and permanently changing her personality from cheerful and outgoing to jaded and sullen.
** Though she's apparently regained some of her old personality over the years.
* ''FanFic/ApplejacksLove'' is one long BreakTheCutie experience for Applejack [[spoiler: and Rainbow Dash. [[TearJerker The ending is especially painful.]]]]
* Twilight's gotten a continuous chain of these in the early chapters of ''Fanfic/AradsStardust'', starting with witnessing a Chryssalid slaughter some civilians, then having to kill it in self-defence, and going on from there. It happens again in chapter 33 when she recalls [[spoiler:Lana and Matt fighting the EXALT infiltrator and starts wondering if Shining Armor also has a killer within.]]
* Two examples in-story in ''Fanfic/ARobustSolution'':
** Happened to Fluttershy four years ago in ''[[Fanfic/FluttershysNightOut Fluttershy's Night Out]]''. This story is about ''healing'' her.
** Seems to have ''also'' happened to [[spoiler:''Rarity'']] around the same time, but not as badly, and she's long since recovered from the bad event.
* ''Fanfic/AVoiceAmongTheStrangers'': Jessica's first ponies she meets are the Flim Flam brothers, who are running a monster horror show. They added her to the monster roster, treating her poorly. This left her with a fear of unicorns and their magic, and a general distrust of ponies.
* In ''Fanfic/CadanceOfCloudsdale'' Cadance realizes that the Crystal Ponies have undergone this, and worries she doesn't truly deserve to lead them.
* ''Fanfic/TheChessgameOfTheGods'':
** Gilda, Violet Melody, Celestia, and Octavia each have a moment.
** A lot of chess pieces go through this, usually after they kill or watch someone die for the first time.
** For almost twenty chapters, Arrell's all happy and upbeat...then comes [[IDidWhatIHadToDo the Dusk of Ice and Fire.]]
* ''CollectionOfSacrifices'' is a good example of BreakTheCutie. A little filly is kidnapped from her family, forced to join the army, watches a sadistic torture session and gets no sympathy or friends. [[DarkerAndEdgier The author has said that's nowhere near as dark as it will get.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureauTheOtherSideOfTheSpectrum'' has ''many'' instances of these.
** TCB!Bon-Bon went [[DrivenToMadness completely insane]] after being ForcedToWatch Lyra get executed. Not helping matters is that she also gained [[MadOracle the chronological lobular desync disorder]], a mental disorder she got after [[spoiler:Doctor Whooves had to perform an emergency crossing of the time-dimensional barrier to extract her]].
--> "In simple words, she had suffered a temporal stroke, leaving the two halves of her brain in separate time zones. One was always in the present, while the other... wandered. Sometimes she babbled about events that had yet to happen, or screamingly re-experience past horrors, not just from her own life, but of Eldritch nightmares from eons before Equestria's founding. It was a painful, debilitating and humiliating fate. But at times, the ability to experience the future before it happened was extremely useful."
** Princess Celestia, briefly, after seeing [[ShellShockedVeteran Marcus']] memories of the atrocities the TCB!ponies are committing against his people.
** Prime!Lyra to a lesser extent. Not only does Marcus' account of what's happening to his world as well as finding out [[DeadAlternateCounterpart her counterpart was killed]] shake her up, but there's also how, in "War March and Past Sins", she realizes [[spoiler: that she could have become an UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom if she had gone on [[ForWantOfANail that scuba diving trip]] where her TCB counterpart uncovered a shipwreck that held the [[ArtifactOfDoom Bag of Tirek]] onboard]].
** Each of the Prime universe versions of the Mane Six go through this in varying degrees, most especially Twilight Sparkle.
** The chapter [[WhamEpisode "For Whom the Bell Tolls"]] reveals this is the case for [[spoiler: TCB!Twilight (and by extension, the rest of the Mane Six), owing to having their bodies hijacked by TCB!Celestia, who implanted dark personalities into their bodies and left the girls themselves [[AndIMustScream imprisoned in their own minds]], unable to do anything besides witness every atrocity the homonculi driving their bodies commit in the Queen's name. Twilight herself is all but reduced to begging and pleading ''desperately'' with Prime!Luna to kill her to end everyone else's suffering. And then Not!Twilight shows Luna the gruesome history of the ponification potion's development, capped off with the ''three thousand'' human test subjects it took to perfect it...]]
** In the Asia Side Story, TCB!Comet Tail starts off as a pretty [[CheerfulChild cheerful, carefree little girl]], but it's clear her positive attitude is slowly getting darkened in response to [[ChildSoldier growing up on the front lines of the war]]. Her Prime counterpart in ''The Other Side of the Mirror'' goes through a milder version of this for herself when she looks at the human culture exhibitions detailing the effects the war has had on Earth and TCB!Equestria.
* Happens to all three protagonists in ''Fanfic/CorruptionAtNightfall''.
** Lady Tourmaline, a classic SilkHidingSteel aristocratic heroine [[spoiler:is raped by Morion, gets a HopeSpot when she is able to escape to Equestria with her beloved Prince Crimson and develop a technology with him that allows him to compensate for his mutiliation, then gets broken all over again when she is forced to witness her lifelong lover's slow descent into madness and evil as Emperor Sombros]].
** Prince Crimson Quartz starts as a [[UsedToBeASweetKid bright and loveable colt]], becomes an idealistic ScienceHero, and then suffers [[spoiler:the rape of his lifelong love Tourmaline, maiming in the removal of the horn which lets him be a mage, and after his HopeSpot with Tourmaline in Equestria and on the battlefield defeating Morion, becomes increasingly evil and insane as a result of his traumas and finally merges with the Shadows to become evil Emperor Sombros]].
** Princess Luna, who has loved Crimson Quartz almost all his life, thinks that he finally returns her romantic love: instead [[spoiler:he seduces her, pretends to love her, leads her down a path of depraved evil and madness, and in the end casts her out, SPECIFICALLY to destroy her attunement to the Elements. He succeeds, which forces Luna to instead help her sister ''kill'' Sombros]]. At the end of this, Luna's emotions and sanity are so utterly shattered that within two decades of increasing alienation from everyone, she becomes [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon]].
* ''FanFic/EquestriaTotalWar''. [[ObligatoryWarcrimeScene Oh]] [[DespairEventHorizon so]] [[WarIsHell very]] [[SanitySlippage very]] [[TearJerker much]].
* ''FanFic/{{Eternal}}'': The war with Discord left serious psychological scars on Celestia. [[spoiler:The Sun was also innocent, naive and trusting until Celestia ''snapped''.]]
* Fiona is one of the hardest hit by her transformation in ''Fanfic/FiveScoreDividedByFour''.
* "Fanfic/FluttershysNightOut" has a teenaged (and [[TheIngenue ''very'' innocent]] even by her later standards) Fluttershy [[spoiler:seduced and abandoned by a [[TheCasanova smooth-talking stallion]]]]. The strong implication is that this is ''why'' she's the half-crazed hermit we see at the start of the TV series: she's terrified of strangers.
* Twilight Sparkle goes through this in ''Fanfic/FrigidWindsAndBurningHearts'' after Princess Luna comes to her for help. Though she tries her best, she doesn't fully trust Luna, in no small part because Luna ''insists'' her beloved mentor Celestia [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation is actually]] [[ManipulativeBitch a manipulative]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen tyrant]] who [[WrittenByTheWinners rewrites history on a whim]]. ...And as much as she'd love to deny this, it at least ''partly'' explains the discrepancies she'd discovered in her own research. To make matters worse, she's immediately labeled a traitor by [[SmugSnake a cruel captain of the Royal Guard]] who wants nothing more than to [[ColdBloodedTorture watch her break under extreme torture]]... and one of his soldiers happens to be [[spoiler:an old childhood friend]].
** Luna, meanwhile, [[BrokenBird comes almost completely pre-broken]]. Her past experiences have left her fearing that her own sister is a monster, causing her to [[HanlonsRazor assume the worst about everything she does]]. The real reason she went on the rampage as Nightmare Moon? [[spoiler: A thousand years of solitary confinement left her unstable enough to fall under Celestia's MindControl, forcing her to play the villain her sister had invented and get the Elements of Harmony unleashed upon her... an action that stripped her of her immortality]]. Learning that last bit completely shatters what little trust she had in her Celly. (Of course, [[PoorCommunicationKills it's more]] [[GrayAndGreyMorality complicated]] [[SeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime than that]]...)
* ''FanFic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'':
** Happens to Trixie at Checker's hooves after she's become a nicer person. Multiple times.
** [[spoiler:Checker does this in the final confrontation, using [[YourWorstNightmare their worst nightmares]] combined with {{Breaking Lecture}}s to nearly drive the Mane Cast over the DespairEventHorizon. They manage to recover when they realize that both their loved ones are cheering them on and that they're in a dream.]]
* ''FanFic/HarmonysWarriors'': Having your mother shot to death in front of you will do that. Poor Carrot Cake...
* ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/1111/Hormones Hormones]]'' chronicles Spike's descent into the depths of depravity. He begins the story like a normal sexually frustrated teenager, and through a series of inviting opportunities, ends up committing some very perverse acts. This culminates in chapter 4 (titled: "[[spoiler:Last Resort]]") where Spike [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon molests Winona]]]] and is caught by Applejack. [[WhatHaveIDone Fearing the consequences,]] he [[spoiler:hangs himself]].
** exemplified to a lesser extent in [[http://ciroton.deviantart.com/gallery/32588092#/d3fcu5a Sunset]] and [[http://ciroton.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=24#/d482cjm For Want of a Dawn]], both by Ciroton.
*** In Sunset, Twilight is broken through a series of events that lead to her finding out that [[spoiler: she is actually a golem Celestia planned to sacrifice]], which causes her to almost [[spoiler: murder both Luna and Celestia]].
*** In For Want of a Dawn, The events of Sunset have come to pass, but Twilight is FURTHER broken by being taken to an alternate reality where everyone wants to kill her, including her friends; except for Rainbow Dash, whom she [[spoiler: meets in hell after RD was killed by an alternate Twilight. Could be a happy ending except Rainbow is then killed AGAIN]].
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': The Mane Six.
** Pinkie Pie gets hit hard by this after [[spoiler: she thinks that Wrong!Dash killed Fluttershy]].
** Twilight has to watch her SuperPoweredEvilSide torture her friends [[spoiler: and later comes to the realisation that Celestia was manipulating her.]]
** Rainbow Dash gets MindRaped into hurting her friends.
** Applejack has healing Earth Pony magic. Awesome. She's traumatised by the amount of BodyHorror she's had to heal. Not Awesome.
** Fluttershy has lost her connection to the animals.
** Carousel Boutique, Rarity's dream, is burned down.
* Thoroughly to Pinkie Pie in chapters 10 and 11 of ''FanFic/TheLegendOfMareDoWell''.
* Pinkie Pie's nightmare pretty successfully did this to her in ''Fanfic/TheLightInTheDarkness''. [[spoiler: She gets better.]]
* Happens to both Quill and Filter in their backstories in ''Fanfic/{{Miscellaneous}}'', but doubly so for Filter.
* ''Fanfic/{{The Games We Play|FriendshipIsMagic}}'': [[spoiler:Happens thoroughly to Pinkie Pie after Rainbow Dash rejects her feelings.]]
* In ''Webcomic/MotherlyScootaloo'', this happens to Scootaloo on a few occasions, but she is recovering.
* Pinkie Pie in ''FanFic/MyLittleAnimaniacs'' because her Granny Pie died.
* In the novel-length ''Fanfic/MyLittleBalladeer'', this is attempted by [[EvilSorceror Rowley Thorne]] against[[spoiler:both Spike and the Cutie Mark Crusaders, by [[BalefulPolymorph turning]] them into [[BodyHorror monsters]] and the Mane Six, by trying to [[SadisticChoice force them]] to [[StakingTheLovedOne kill their loved ones]].]]
* In chapter 7 of ''FanFic/TheOrderOfKoaxia'', [[spoiler: Descartes]] begins their encounter by trying to deconstruct Fluttershy's worldview. He fails. Horribly.
* Twilight in ''Fanfic/PagesOfHarmony'' subjects all her friends to this in order to extract the essence of the Elements from them. And each of them is broken in different, terrifying ways before [[KillTheCutie they die]]. Even [[spoiler: Sweetie Belle]] and [[spoiler: her assistant Spike]] are subject to this due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Popped}}'', This slowly happens to Pinkie Pie over the course of the story, culminating in her developing PTSD and [[spoiler: eventually killing herself.]]
* [[spoiler:Nightmare]] attempts this several times in ''Fanfic/ThePartyNeverEnded'', on both Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie. By the end, this backfires epically when it comes to Pinkie.
* In ''FanFic/ThePathOfAbsolution'' the Cutie Mark Crusaders are exiled from the town and [[FromBadToWorse it only gets worse from there]].
* Rainbow Dash is both this and BreakTheHaughty, and either way, she ends up broken in ''Fanfic/{{Pattycakes}}''.
* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' is notable in that, thanks to [[BigBad Discord]], this has happened to ''every mane and side character in the show!'' This includes [[spoiler:Trixie, who was broken personally by Discord to the point Twilight had to enter her mind and manually free her.]] Later on, and unrelated to Discord directly, [[spoiler:Fluttershy gets broken and turns into a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds named Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper who serves as the second BigBad.]]
* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeriesChaosVerse'': [[spoiler:Fluttercruel breaks down crying after being forced to reveal her true form to Fluttershy to scare her out of the nightmare Nightmare Phobia put her in, ruining Fluttercruel's only chance to get to know her mother.]]
* Basically everypony in ''FanFic/PonyPsychologySeries'', but especially Twilight, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Scootaloo and Spike.
* This happens to Twilight and Rainbow Dash in the AlternateUniverseFic ''FanFic/RainboomsAndRoyalty'', in which Rainbow Dash is Celestia's student, [[ItMakesSenseInContext not Twilight]]. Since Princess Celestia was in Cloudsdale rather than in Canterlot (as in the show), Twilight's magic rages unchecked until she exhausts herself. The examiners for Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns admits her because they fear she would be a danger to society untrained. She feels that her cutie mark, which she earned during the fiasco, represents her potential to harm other ponies, rather than her talent with magic. Rainbow and Applejack soon set her straight. Rainbow is broken more than once. [[spoiler: First, after Nightmare Moon forces Rainbow Dash, reeling from the loss of Celestia, to publicly plead with her to not brainwash Shining Armor, Ditzy Doo, and two Pegasus royal guards, only to do so anyway and reveal that she only wanted to humiliate the proud Pegasus before Ponyville. The second break occurs when the corrupted Shining Armor reveals that he knew all about Rainbow Dash's crush on him, and that there was never any chance of him reciprocating his feelings, as she was little more than a child to him and because he was already spoken for.]] Note that despite this, and despite the fic is darker than the show, it not ''too'' dark, and remains closer to the show's LighterAndSofter feel than that of a DarkFic.
* ''Fanfic/SchoolDaze'': [[spoiler: Screwy in the last few chapters. She suffers internal hemorrhages of increasing severity whenever she tries to communicate normally. Narrowly averted in the end.]]
* In ''Fanfic/{{Sleepless}}'', [[spoiler:Zippoorwhill]] is broken when she finds [[spoiler:bodies of Alula and Twist]] in the Everfree Forest.
** Babs Seed in one of the sequels, ''Manehattan Blues'', when [[spoiler: she's raped by the mafia boss and his bodyguards]].
* [[spoiler:Swift]] took [[spoiler:Hardy]]'s death especially hard in ''Fanfic/StarlightOverDetrot''.
* Pretty much every humanized MLP character get's a moment like this in ''Fanfic/{{Stockholm}}''.
* ''Fanfic/SunshineAndFire'': The years have not been kind on Sunshine Fluttershy.
* ''FanFic/TimeStandStill'' is one long process of this for Fluttershy.
* This nearly happens with Ditzy in ''FanFic/TrailsAndTrials'', being on the receiving end of Destiny's constant bullying in the first chapter and later breaking down crying in front of a crowd of ponies after accidentally spilling all of her undelivered mail. Once Twilight shows up, things start to slowly look up for her, [[spoiler: until things take a turn for the worse by the end of chapter 5.]]
* ''FanFic/TwilightThenTwilightNowUniverse'': [[spoiler: It turns out that Ponyland-era's Applejack's "silly filly" behavior is due to her actually being the Equestria-era Applejack, who has been immortal for a thousand years and steadily traumatised by the increasing decline of ponies. Is it any wonder she is tempted by an offer to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, allowing her to prevent the Fall of Equestria?]]
* ''Fanfic/ValkyrStudios'':
** Ascentia does this constantly in ''Doomsday Ascending''. Explaining the harsh nature of the universe outside her little bubble to Twilight in the prologue. Explaining that war brings death with it to Fluttershy. Dragging Rainbow Dash away from what is insinuated to be a suicide attempt, sneering at her rationale.
** In ''Spiritus Khayyam'' after Cadance is killed by Lord Ryder, Twilight calmly asserts "He needs to die."
** ''Changing Times'': Fluttershy, when she's eventually rejected. Rainbow Dash broke after rejecting Fluttershy. Twilight has her own moments, especially in chapter five.
** Pretty much every humanized MLP character get's a moment like this in ''Stockholm''.
* ''Fanfic/WarmingUp'' is an sexually explicit fanfic (the kind with an [[PornWithPlot actual story]]) where Twilight and Spike starts having a relationship. What was initially a light-hearted (abet with explicit sex scenes) romantic fic takes a dark turn, when Spike is separated from Twilight, then due to him being in heat he starts attracting unwanted attention from the rest of the Mane 6, even getting ''raped'' by Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie.
* ''FanFic/{{Zenith}}'' as a whole is essentially one for Spike.
* An author who uses this trope a lot is [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/kalash93 Kalash93,]] especially in his WarIsHell stories. See a cute, young, happy, innocent, naive, character? Let the breaking commence!
** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/88520/welcome-to-the-brothel Welcome To The Brothel]] is a heartfelt letter written by the protagonist to his mother. By the end, it becomes obvious just how fucked up and broken the war has made him.
** Its followup story, [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/106068/1/relax/intimacy Relax,]] actually shows the "fixing" of a cutie from a shell-shocked mass of nerves into a stable youth. It's implied that the protagonist's sessions with the prostitute keep him sane.
** His most triumphant example is [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/90939/shell-shock Shell Shock.]] Fluttershy joins the army in order to protect her friends. She is sent into a war and ForcedToWatch atrocities being committed. When she finally get her chance to save a single life, she instead chooses to kill an unarmed fleeing zebra to safe her own life. The fic ends with her a sobbing wreck.
* Break the Cutie seems to be a trope invoked in general by the ''Friendship is Magic'' fanart and fanfiction community. Many of the longer stories out there invoke this plenty, and more than a few do so as a method to provide fetish appeal.

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* The first four chapters of [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9435987/1/A-Hero-s-Journey A Hero's Journey]] are a great TraumaCongaLine ProlongedPrologue in which Naruto is systematically broken from his CheerfulChild personality, all being a necessary part of a [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive prophecy]] for him to save the world.
* Implied with Agent Diamond in ''FanFic/AkatsukiKittenPhoenixCorporationOverhaul''. The effects are obvious.
* Chiro's backstory in ''FanFic/DiplomaticRelations''.
* ''FanFic/EpicficCycle'': Poor, poor Sai.
* Kakashi in ''FanFic/TheGirlFromWhirlpool'' [[spoiler: when Sakumo commits suicide]].
* Takeru attempts this on Yakata in ''FanFic/InTheBlood''. [[spoiler:When this first attempt doesn't work, he [[KickTheDog leaves the kid in the Forest of Death, alone.]]]]
* The author of ''Fanfic/{{Introverted}}'' must hate the kids for the sheer amount of angst.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3332676/1/Quotidian Quotidian]] is one long exercise in Hidan driving Temari to the breaking point by messing with her first mentally and then physically, (She contributes by [[spoiler: taking so many stimulant shots her body breaks down and fails * just after* he decides he's not going to kill her yet]]. It works so well that she [[spoiler:ends up attacking her brother Kankurou after hallucinating he's Hidan and then ending up in hospital and under psyche review (which she passes through merit of knowing the correct answers)]]. If Hidan could be seen as a cutie, this could also work both ways as [[spoiler:he ends up so obsessed with the idea she can kill him that he breaks down when he finds out she can't, and that his obsession is no sign from his god, just him being a bit of a StalkerWithACrush, even if he doesn't see it himself. Oh and he managed to agonize about betraying his beliefs in order to keep her alive (because he wants her to kill him later, naturally.)]]
* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5458763/1/The-Wrath-of-a-Woman-Scorned The Wrath of a Woman Scorned]] have this as the DarkandTroubledPast of Naruko/Aki. After being [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] when she was younger, her canonical happy-go-lucky attitude is replaced by that of a psycothic BloodKnight
-->'''Kakashi:''' "A Hidden Village is not a safe place for a little girl if nobody comes when she screams"
* ''FanFic/WindMonkBanishment'': Hinata was mentally bullied until she could no longer see Naruto as anything but the Kyuubi. She is to Naruto what '''canon Sasuke was to Itachi'''. It is '''that''' bad.

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* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': After the Angel War and the end of the world Shinji had to struggle to survive in the post-apocalyptic wastelands and help a semi-comatose Asuka to do the same. He became puppet of dictators, got beaten up and forcefully separated from his life’s love during three years while she was being raped by blood-thirsty monsters, got obliged to kill… when the story starts out he is very, very badly broken and he does not know whether things will get better.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': When Shinji and Asuka open up to each other, Shinji tells how he got abandoned by his father after his mother's death, with no explanation or apology, grew up with no friends, has nightmares about it the whole time... and finds out that Asuka understands him too much well. They get together and his life is apparently and finally getting better... and then an Angel hijacks an Eva with one of is friends inside, [[spoiler:Hikari]] gets absorbed into [[spoiler:her robot]], he and Asuka [[spoiler:get fired...]]
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Shinji had endured his mother dying and his father abandoning him straight after and summoning him back ten years later to fight giant alien monsters. He roomed with a beautiful red-head girl that he loved even though she claimed disliking him. Then he got her knocked up and she became more hostile and meaner to him. After a while her behaviour softened, they got together… and right when they were happy at last he found out that [[spoiler:his father was plotting something might kill Asuka and would take their daughter away him. Shinji got broken several times over, but ultimately he pulled himself together.]]
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': Meek, soft-spoken Shinji had been so thoroughly broken by the Angel War that after surviving the world ending [[spoiler:he decided to kill himself.]] He got sent to the past instead, and although he is trying to change things for better he is very fatalistic about his chances.
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': Shinji was a pretty nice, considerate guy. However when he was a little kid his mother died and his father entrusted his care to another person and later sent him away to school. When the story begins he makes new friends and finds [[HeroesWantRedheads his life's love]]. And then her girlfriend's life -and his- went to Hell: Asuka's war plane [[spoiler:crashes and she falls into a coma for several months.]] He spends most that time [[UnbrokenVigil by her bedside]], praying for she waking up. When she does, she is so unstable and wrecked with survivor guilt that she abuses him and herself. When she can not stand it anymore [[spoiler:she tries to commit suicide.]] He stops her but she runs away straight after, intending to leave his life forever. Fortunately [[spoiler:things got better for both from that point onward.]]
* ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': Shinji was severely broken during their teen years because of his mother's death, his father's abandonment and the War. After Third Impact he gets help and gets better, but his PTDS never really goes away.
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': After the battle of 2015 Shinji had been so thoroughly broken that [[spoiler:he attempted to kill himself at one point.]]
* ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'': Although Shinji had suffered a lot due to his missing mother and abusive father, Kaoru helped him to try and to get over his traumas and develop a more optimistic outlook. But even so Shinji still got to see Asuka breaking down and collapsing, and many of his friends getting hurt.
* Played straight, [[AvertedTrope averted]], and [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] alike in ''FanFic/NeonGenesisEvangelionR''. While Lyn and Aoi both go through some pretty serious breaking (along with mainstays Asuka and Shinji) they may come out of it alright (depending on which ending you're following).
* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Shinji wasn't a bad boy, but he was completely broken during the Angel War. When the story starts out, he's trying to pick the pieces.
* ''FanFic/NobodyDies''
** Chapters 31 through 33, for Shinji, Mana, and Asuka (as if Asuka wasn't already broken enough...).
** Chapter 36 takes the abuse of Asuka and Shinji [[FromBadToWorse even further]].
** Ichi at the end of the third "season" and the start of the fourth.
** What SEELE's experimentation did to the Keiwaru.
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': In case that seeing your mother dying and being abandoned by your father before your fourth birthday, being blackmailed into piloting a HumongousMecha to fight an alien monster, and being a child forced to fight a war against {{Eldritch Abomination}}s were not traumatic enough, in this story Shinji has to see how the two persons he cares the most about fall gradually apart until one of them loses all her memories after [[spoiler:trying to blow herself up]] and the other attempts to [[spoiler:commit suicide and falls in a coma.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': Shinji. After enduring parental abandonment, becoming a child soldier and surviving the end of the world, he managed to go past his issues, hook up with the woman he loved and [[spoiler:become a father.]] And then he got suddenly thrown back in the past without [[spoiler:his daughter,]] and he was forced to repeat everything.
* ''FanFic/WalkingInTheShadowOfDreams'': In hindsight, it probably wasn't the best idea to let a jaded and cynical Shinji guest lecture about his experiences as an Eva pilot. It's quite an accomplishment to make an entire room of trained pilots break into tears.

[[AC: ''Series/OnceUponATime'']]
* ''Fanfic/TheGolds'': Being held hostage, having one’s heart ripped out and used as leverage against her own family and being called a monster by an angry mob could really be traumatizing for any adult, let alone a four-year old Bella. She gets better though.

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* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4132768/1/Dark_Truth Dark Truth]]'': [[spoiler:One night, Luffy is tortured and nearly killed by his crew, who are possessed by the ghosts of a long-dead pirate crew who seek revenge on all captains traveling through their haunting grounds. He survives, but is a lethargic shell of his former self, and his crew can't remember what happened that night.]] Also contains {{Squick}}, horror, AndIMustScream, ToThePain, FateWorseThanDeath, and ''especially'' EtTuBrute.
* ''Fanfic/OnePieceParallelWorks'' has [[TheIngenue Aki]] [[AnimeChineseGirl Chung]]-[[{{Bishoujo}} Feng]], who has been through hell pretty much since she was born. In short, she's [[spoiler: born as an illegitimate child, loses her mother to a SoapOperaDisease when she is sixteen, is forced to join the Capricorns with her cousin, Showtarou, so she can get to her aunt's house for her ArrangedMarriage, is kidnapped by Kaoru and Mina before their HeelFaceTurn and the Baba Yaga, is forced away from the Capricorns to go through her arranged marriage, is almost raped while trying to save Enlai's sister, and she has to face a second ArrangedMarriage, which is arranged by her own father]]. And, then there's the fact that she and Heathcliffe are StarCrossedLovers because of Aki's family.

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* [[AmbiguousInnocence Tiasal,]] from ''[[FanFic/OneiroiSeries the Oneiroi Series]]'', was really raked across the coals until she was finally [[DrivenToMadness insane]], then she proceeded to break some Cuties herself, starting with [[AntiVillain Redcloak.]]

[[AC: ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'']]
* ''FanFic/FakeMe'': [[spoiler: BreakTheCutie: Minako...a lot...]]
* ''Fanfic/TheFoolsTurmoil'': [[spoiler:Minato....even more broken since chapter 2.]]

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'']]
* ''FanFic/TheBitternessTrilogy'':
** Poor, poor Phineas...
** Ferb too. [[spoiler: He ''died'' from internal bleeding!]]
* ''[[Fanfic/DecafGrub47393sPhineasAndFerbVerse Inator Anniversary Contest]]'' has Phineas and Isabella get hit with the Depressinator, which caused this effect within seconds. And that's not even counting the fact that they have to relive that day many times over 6 years, unable to stop crying.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists'']]
* ''Fanfic/ThePiratesverse'' could very well be called "Let's Torture Darwin."

[[AC: ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'']]
* ''FanFic/ArceusArchives'':
** While not exactly a Cutie in the first place, an incident with a pack of angry Luxrays left one of Holon's Gym Leaders much worse for wear. Cue the stacks of multipliers that made the next five years a living hell...
** To a lesser extent there's Torsten [[spoiler:"Tory" Lund]], the twentysomething who as a child constantly had an inferiority complex to his brother Lor (in adulthood it turned into a belief that he had botched up in a major way and that he was frankly a disgrace to his brother, who he believed to be a great scientist). He was dragged off to work for Team BDV, subjected to the wrath of Lemmy on multiple occasions, and after taking a good long time to reflect upon himself and how much he messed up. The kicker? He does actually meet Lor somewhere down the line, and finds much to his horror that [[spoiler: he's a mildly mad scientist and immortal, doing grunt work for the deity he once tried to control, and nowadays goes under the name 'Zero'.]] Naturally, he proceeds to give Torsten a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Reason You Suck Speech]] and basically tells him to man up.
* ''Fanfic/BetweenMyBrotherAndMe'': [[spoiler: The Swordsmen's plan to do this to May goes like this: 1) grab her wrists and make her unable to move, 2) cut her arms up with sharp knives, 3) punch her in the ribs until they nearly crack, 4) track her down and don't stop until she's DEAD]].
* ''FanFic/CindysStory''
** Cindy was such a happy little Cyndaquil. Then she met Anonimo...
** Although Alyssa
** The Quintuplets. [[spoiler:Seeing Dad as a sadistic evil demon Pokémon and Mom in Blue Fire Frenzy really frightened them. Amber got it the worst...]]
*** [[spoiler:Poor Blaze. He's been used and manipulated by his girlfriend to unleash Blue Fire Frenzy]]. brought it upon herself by taking Cindy in the first place, it's still harrowing to see a ten-year-old girl being abused by her own Pokémon. Eventually she snaps and gives Cindy a severe tongue-lashing. She does get better, though.
** [[spoiler:Jenna’s backstory reveals she was crushed when her trainer died, and Patch's flashback shows her breaking down when she realized where Kim's parents' arguments were headed]].
** [[spoiler:Patch was originally Anonimo's Pokémon, and was named Snap. He was a firsthand witness to Anonimo's StartOfDarkness, and broke down when Kim died and Jenna disappeared. Eventually, the use of his name disappeared, and he became bitter when Anonimo heaped abuse on a newly-captured baby Cyndaquil (Cindy). After said 'Quil's beating, he was chased off after his eye was harmed and his Pokeball was crushed]]. It hits him hard to the present day.
* In ''FanFic/TheDarkSideOfInnocence'', this occurs to possibly the most innocent Team Rocket member. Mondo starts out a spunky teenager and a low-ranking Rocket grunt. After he discovers he and James had been given potentially lethal drugs by Giovanni in order to make him more violent, he ends up meeting a Rocket scientist named Lana. The two become friends however [[spoiler:Lana meets an untimely demise when she's mawled to death by a drugged Persian]]. Mondo feels heavy SurvivorGuilt because he didn't help her [[spoiler:and because he locked her inside the room when he fled]]. His horrified feelings only get worse after he's involved in [[spoiler:the murder of his boss Giovanni]] and learns that [[spoiler:Giovanni had a child]]. Being involved in so much death and [[spoiler:leaving a child orphaned]] causes Mondo to become jaded, depressed, and apathetic.
* ''Fanfic/{{Forsaken}}''. Good ''Lord''.
* A male variant in ''FanFic/{{Morphic}}''. [[spoiler:Gabriel]] is the "snap" variety; he does not take well to [[spoiler:Brian's death]].
** Almost everything from [[spoiler: Chapter 7]] onwards could be considered BreakTheCutie for [[spoiler: Gabriel. His dad dies, he gets kidnapped, two of his friends die when they come to save him, and then he nearly dies after figuring out how to use fire attacks]].
* After what happened to [[spoiler: Mitzi, Ree]] definitely qualifies for this in ''Fanfic/PlaythingsSeries''.
* Miko was broken pretty badly in chapter 33 of ''FanFic/PokemonAcademyDragonsRoar''.
* ''FanFic/PokemonAdventuresAshGrayChapter'': [[spoiler: Ash is pretty much set up as a more innocent Red, but he is pounded on throughout the entire story, possibly coming to a climax around chapter 15?]]
* Krystal Spectrum going Shadow in ''FanFic/PokemonSepia''.
* Poor Missy ends up going through a lot of crap throughout ''FanFic/PokemonStormClouds''. [[spoiler: It's not until the very end that the author finally allows her to [[EarnYourHappyEnding Earn That Happy Ending]]]].
* There seems to be an enjoyment in tormenting the main characters of ''FanFic/PokemonXCell''.
* Anabel and Olivia in ''Fanfic/PokemonXDEnigmaShadowSeries''.
* ''Fanfic/PokeWars'':
** Ash and Tracy in ''The Subsistence''. Oh boy, do they ever get broken!
** Don't forget May, Drew, Solidad, Harley and [[HeroicBSOD Whitney]].
%% * ''FanFic/RedSun''
* ''Fanfic/{{Regret}}'':
** Mia, very much so.
** Erra also qualifies.
* ''FanFic/SilverBlood'': [[spoiler:It's implied that Wally and Brendan suffered at least one traumatic event together. While Brendan managed to keep much of his old, bubbly personality, the innocent, adorable Wally shown in other media has grown into a much colder and more serious teenager.]]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5367085/1/The_Sun_Soul The Sun Soul]]'' does this with [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash]] to no end. The story's overall feel is DarkerAndEdgier in every regard, but it seems like Ash was made for nothing if not to suffer one loss after another. It also contains multiple examples of HeroKiller villains, [[WhamEpisode Wham Episodes]], and {{HSQ}} in general.
%% * ''Fanfic/SylviaTheSylveon''.
* ''FanFic/{{Symbiosis}}'':
** [[spoiler:Sabrina]] is in the receiving end of the [[BrainwashedAndCrazy worst]] and most graphic so far.
** [[spoiler:Jesse and James]] could be an example, as they pretty much lost it after [[spoiler:being tortured.]] Not much is known about them before that though.
** While the "cute" is debatable , the story suggests that all Magikarp[[note]]Its original/Japanese name is Koiking and it ''is'' based on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Six_koi.jpg koi]][[/note]] go through this, and finally [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge snap]] when they evolve.

[[AC: ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'']]
* ''Fanfic/TargetAcquired'': Wheatley, to an extent. [[spoiler:Also possibly Carrie.]]

[[AC: ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'']]
* ''Fanfic/MagicaMadokaVeneficusPuella'':
** [[spoiler:Thought Sayaka got a raw deal in the original? In this fic, ''she was broken before the damn thing even began.'']] [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse]]. [[spoiler:''[[UnfortunateImplications She might be better off for it.]]'']]
** Yoshio Kiyomizu, the [[spoiler:saved/recovered]] human remnant of [[spoiler:witch Elly.]]
** Oriko Mikuni

[[AC: ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'']]
* May as well call ''FanFic/SlothelodiousQueens'' "BreakTheCutie the Series".

[[AC: ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'']]
* In ''FanFic/PrideComesBeforeTheFall'' Kasumi gets dumped by Tofuu in the aftermath of Ranma being disowned.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/8744/Thrythlind Thrythlind's]] explanation for Kodachi's personality in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/224016/1/Control Control]]'', which is set in the same world as but prior to ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/223012/1/The_Amazon_and_The_Moneylender The Amazon and the Moneylender]]''.

[[AC: ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'']]
* Tegast from ''FanFic/WhatLiesBeyondTheWalls''. His entire family is slaughtered in his debut chapter, forcing him to start wandering around Mossflower alone. At that point he's forced to kill, steal, and avoid contact with others all while trying to deal with the loss of his little brother. On top of that, [[spoiler:a fox tries to rape him]], and later on, he ends up getting stabbed after stumbling across Krassak's monitor lizards. Had he not found [[NiceGuy Grustur]], he definitely would've perished.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'']]
* Jack's already pretty broken in''FanFic/{{Zastruga}}'' , but after Pitch [[spoiler: makes him think he killed North]] things get much worse.

[[AC: ''Anime/RosarioToVampire'']]
* In ''Fanfic/HereInMyArms'' Moka breaks down into tears after discovering Tsukune became a vampire and that she turned down his LoveConfession for nothing.

[[AC: ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'']]
* The main OC in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6931679/1/Whisper_to_a_Scream this]] ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' fanfic goes through this. At the beginning of Arc One, she's a happy, if sarcastic teenage girl with friends and a caring family. By the beginning of the final arc, she's just...sad. And a bit mutilated.

[[AC: ''Series/{{Smallville}}'']]
* In ''FanFic/{{Crisis}}'' Chloe is physically abused and mentally shattered by Kal's sexual assault, but when you think it is bad enough, [[spoiler:Clark admits that he is not being controlled and actually wanted to hurt her. Chloe tortures him with kryptonite but it only makes it ''worse'' because despite what he did to her and she would never admit it, she still cares for him and it hurts her to hurt him.]] Chloe and her father both lost their jobs thanks to Lionel, they are about to lose their house and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the Torch is stripped clean]].

[[AC: ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'']]
* Pretty much has already happened to Tails by the start of ''FanFic/JourneyIntoDarkness''.
* ''Fanfic/PrisonIslandBreak''
** Life in prison is not kind to Silver. He finds himself breaking his ideals to survive.
** [[spoiler: Amy is forced to perform lewd sexual acts for Mephiles.]]
* Cinos does this to Amy in ''FanFic/SonicEvilRebornZero'', though with [[TookALevelInBadass positive]] long-term results.
* Pretty much '''everyone''' from '''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' are either pre-broken before the story even begins or become this. There are some particularly dramatic and heartbreaking examples though;
** Cosmo is left ''even worse off'' than the original ''Anime/SonicX'' show. [[spoiler: Killing Tails at the end]] certainly didn't help.
** Cream is utterly traumatized early on and eventually refuses to go to sleep because of nightmares.
** [[spoiler: Tsali's]] backstory/StartOfDarkness was pretty much the [[UpToEleven mother of all cutie-breaking stories]] - he [[spoiler: watched his family die and his entire world destroyed, lived through the Demon-Seedrian War, got roboticized into an android by his own adopted father Luke, committed genocide on the Seedrians, made a DealWithTheDevil, fought a thirty-year galactic civil war, and then got betrayed by his closest friends. ''All at the age of ten'']]. Needless to say, by the time the story begins, he's [[AxCrazy barely even remotely sane]] anymore.
* Cosmo from ''Anime/SonicX'' is broken enough in the series but ''DarthWiki/TailsReturns'' breaks her further.
* Physical abuse, mental abuse, emotional abuse... Mephy's been through it all in ''FanFic/TeachingDarkness''. And yet, he still finds it in his heart to be cheerful and forgiving.

[[AC: ''Anime/SoulEater'']]
* Literally every test subject Medusa has captured has undergone this in ''FanFic/NoirAnge''.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'']]
* ''FanFic/LexTalionis'': [[spoiler: Kyle, Tweek and Pip]] (although [[spoiler: Kyle]] is definitely the most severe case).

[[AC: ''Franchise/SpiderMan'']]
* ''Fanfic/UltimateSpiderWoman'':
** Kitty Pryde is getting this trope in spades after being publicly outed as a mutant.
** More generally, Mary Jane has been enduring this trope for pretty much all of her life. She's grown up in a broken home, suffered the stresses of being a TripleShifter, been the target of public hate campaigns, been sexually harassed by men old enough to be her father, [[spoiler:and nearly had her very identity shattered by Jack O' Lantern when he targeted her with a sophisticated revenge plan.]]

[[AC: ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'']]
* ''Fanfic/SpyroMadnessSaga'': [[spoiler: Terrador performs ColdBloodedTorture on Ember in Chaos. But it ends up turning Ember into a serious warrior.]]

[[AC: ''Franchise/StarTrek'']]
* For some reason, [[Franchise/StarTrek Jim Kirk]] is given a BreakTheCutie back story to [[FreudianExcuse explain]] his JerkWithAHeartofGold behavior. Witnessing a massacre on Tarsus IV, child abuse, mentally ill mother, and rape as backstory are all favorite plotlines. There is even a link on the ''Film/StarTrek'' fanfic recs to a Hurt!Jim site consisting entirely of fics involving Kirk getting hurt. Chekhov tends to take a lot of pain, too.
** To be fair, the Tarsus IV massacre is straight from TOS canon.

[[AC: ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'']]
* ''FanFic/SwimmingInTerror'' tries to do that in the first few chapters, but by chapter six, it quickly moves on.

[[AC: ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'']]
* Most of ''Fanfic/WeFoundLoveInAHopelessPlace'' is dedicated to wrecking Castiel.
* This happens to Michael in ''Fanfic/AHistoryOfHeavenAndItsAngelsAsUnderstoodByArchangelGabriel''

[[AC: ''VideoGames/SuperMarioBros'']]
* ''FanFic/WithBigShellsAndWings'':
** Eddard. He's captured by Trowzer's forces (although rescued later on), some of his friends are killed, [[spoiler:his village is burned down by Dracolin and his mother is presumably killed, he kills someone merely because he was angry, and then the only Yoshi he considered to be his father is executed right in front of him.]] To top all that off, [[spoiler:Eddard gets his brains blown out, which is especially jarring since the author made it seem like he'd end up surviving through the story]].
** Black. It isn't until around chapter 51 that this trope hits him hard, and it gets worse as the story progresses. By chapter 55, Black is completely broken, and he even went as far as to list ''every single bad thing'' that has happened to him since [[spoiler:Yellow died]].
** Geno and Kooper. [[spoiler:They try so hard to drive out Trowzer's forces from Yoshi's Island, but in the end it proves to be pointless when both of them are cornered and later captured by Marcus' commandos. It doesn't help that both of them were forced to watch Ned get executed, which sent both of them into a HeroicBSOD]].

[[AC: ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'']]
* [[spoiler:Lucas]] in ''FanFic/AttackOfGiygas''.
* Many characters go through this a lot in ''FanFic/TheSubspaceEmissarysWorldsConquest'', especially in the Werehog Saga.
** Chris gets this whenever Lucario suffers from lethal injuries and is put near death.
** [[spoiler:When Ness dies, it put Lucas into heavy depression.]]
* ''FanFic/WhatGoesOn'': Lucas does ''unspeakable'' things to Toon Link when he feels like he's cramping him and Ness' style. That doesn't stop TL from joining the group eventually though.

[[AC: ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheWorld'']]
* ''FanFic/RadiantMythologyII'' [[spoiler:Tribilin's]] backstory in . Subverted when Alex hears it, he says despite what happened, it doesn't excuse any of his actions.

[[AC: ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'']]
* ''FanFic/DevilWithABlueDress'': [[spoiler:The Soldier, or more specifically the young Jane Doe]], surprisingly enough.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'']]
* Beastboy and Starfire in ''FanFic/{{Avatar}}''.
** Just about everyone on the team is broken, physically or mentally by the end of Avatar.
* ''FanFic/DownTheRabbitHole'': Poor Kid Flash.
* ''FanFic/TeenTitansAscension'':
** [[spoiler: Beastboy and Starfire]]
** [[spoiler: Just about everyone on the team is broken, physically or mentally by the end of Avatar.]]

[[AC: ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'']]
* [[FanFic/TengenToppaGurrenSolvernia Nia]] [[spoiler:basically ''shatters'' after Kamina dies.]]

[[AC: ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'']]
* The early FanFic/HookerVerse does this to everyone, from the {{Original Character}}s to Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses people. With the existence of the club, however, while things are still pretty bad, it's definitely a step up from the streets.
** Even if we don't count the FanFic/HookerVerse, Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses fandom is evidently composed primarily of sadist fangirls who take delight in breaking the characters as much as they possibly can. The most common victim tends to be WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, as per the whole 'everyone likes seeing him in pain' thing. One AU even managed to break GigglingVillain [[MadScientist Insano]] via gratuitous amounts of MoreThanMindControl, Linkara as the RivalTurnedEvil, rape, and killing his son. Lets put it this way- the more the TGWTG fans like you, the more they will probably torture you.
* The [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Channel Awesome]] team in the AU ''Fanfic/ThatGuyWithTheGlassesInSpace'' were essentially broken by the beginning of the fic. It's prequel, though, explores this breakage in much more detail.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'']]
* In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7771854/1/The-Kid-s-Going-To-Be-All-Right The Kid's Going To Be Alright]]. Otto from the beginning of the fic is heartbroken by Tuddrussel and Larry, who seemingly abandoned him in the last episode, "Orphan Substitute". Larry and Tuddrussel stead-fastly make things worse for the kid as they try to understand what is going on with him. Otto becomes sensitive, withdrawn, irritable, and has a couple of breakdowns due to Tuddrussel's JerkAss behavior and Larry's motherly/snooping nature. First when Larry and Tuddrussel argue over Otto within earshot of him and Tuddrussel says some cruel things that drops Otto's emotions over the edge. Second being when Otto figures out that Larry and Tuddrussel had been snooping through his most personal possession, his scrap book from the orphanage and memories of Sister Thornly's abuse runs through his terrified mind. It's not until the info is dragged out of him by Tuddrussel that the reason why Otto feels so betrayed and hurt by Tuddrussel is because he allowed Otto to get kidnapped by his former caretaker, Sister Thornly, who whipped him for running away. But Otto didn't have the heart to tell them. Thankfully, with a little love and patience, he gets better.

[[AC: ''Anime/TokyoMewMew'']]
* ''FanFic/WoofWoofPower'':
** Kish [[spoiler: turns Ichigo into an evil alien queen after the death of Masaya]].
** Nhu/Mint’s backstory.
** Mew Scarab, who starts as a shy and friendless girl, makes close friends with the rest of Egypt's Mew Mews. They then are torn away from her by a curse, and she hardens up, choosing to go on a solitary path for revenge.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'']]
* ''FanFic/ACodetteWorldTour'': Cody didn't get on the team with his crush, was vilified by Alejandro, lost Gwen to Duncan, and got his heart stomped on by Gwen on TV, then lost Bridgette to Alejandro. Bridgette gets close seconds for losing Geoff, finding out her anger at Cody was misplaced, her friend turning into a jerk, then falling for Alejandro only to learn he manipulated her.
* In ''Fanfic/CourtneyAndTheViolinOfDespair'', the [[ArtifactOfDeath Violin]] spirit is initially content to repeatedly humiliate Courtney because it deems killing a little girl to be not worth the effort, but decides that [[KillTheCutie humiliation is no longer enough]] when Courtney becomes a public figure.
* Gwen from ''Fanfic/ThePhraseThatPais''.
* Laura got subjected to these in ''FanFic/TotalAlternateIsland'' even before coming to the island.

[[AC: ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'']]
* Towards the end of the first story in Fanfic/Gensokyo20XX, and, after she escaped to the Outside World, while she waiting for her maternal figure, Yukari Yakumo, Reimu's health started to decline and she was soon hospitalized, caused by the stress, misery, and grief of all that is and has happened to her. To further drive the point home, she was starting to lose hope of ever seeing her maternal figure again and her declining health may not have permitted her to live.
** In 20XXI, we have Eirin, which ends in suicide, Yukari, when she goes insane, and then Yuuka who just decided to leave Chen alone so she could walk off and die.
** In 20XXII, we have Nitori, who attempts suicide
** In 20XXIV, we have Ran, after she was nearly raped, leading for her to attempt suicide multiple times.
*** Also from 20XXIV, we have Chen, twice, with latter time driving her to the point of suicide. Towards the end of 20XXIV, apparently an age-regressed Reimu going through a BreakTheCutie time when she starts to show signs of a mental illness.
* ''FanFic/ImperfectMetamorphosis''
** [[spoiler:Rin Satsuki]] has gone through many ordeals. In [[spoiler:chapter 24]], she has definitely snapped.
** [[spoiler:Yuuka pretends to be Remilia to drive Flandre towards the DespairEventHorizon, before [[KillTheCutie killing her]]]].
* ''WebVideo/KoishiKomeijisHeartThrobbingAdventure'':
** Sanae. She gets viciously bullied, beaten up, [[AttemptedRape almost raped]], her house is burnt down and her parents are killed.
** The induced madness aside, Flan gets this in spades. Torn apart by Koishi, felt even more abandoned than before by Remilia, and then given {{Breaking Speech}}ed by [[spoiler: Koakuma]] to further break her spirit...[[HumiliationConga along with a rainstorm INDOORS to weaken her further.]]
* ''Fanfic/ScarletMasquerade'': [[spoiler:Kokoro, after learning of Tenshi true intention. Her fox mask even shatters because of it.]]
* Happens to poor [[BadPowersGoodPeople Yuyuko]] in ''Fanfic/TouhouTonari''. [[{{Deconstruction}} Boy]] [[DespairEventHorizon did]] [[DrivenToSuicide she break]].
* Youmu in ''FanFic/YuyukosWonderfulMidnightSnackTour''.

[[AC: ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'']]
* ''FanFic/AChildShallLeadThem'': Poor Swoop…
* ''Fanfic/BlackCrayons'': [[spoiler:Annabelle, in chapter 11 of "A Child's Innocence," is reduced to heart-broken, crying child after witnessing the Xanthium explode]].
* ''FanFic/FalloutTransformers'': [[spoiler: Danny. By far the most idealistic of the group, just being with Wheeljack for the entirety of her childhood and never suffering any early losses. After she joins the main cast, though, Goddard dies early on. She grieves, but grows closer to Wildrider and the rest of the team. And then Wheeljack dies sending her and the rest of the group to another timeline. Like the rest of the humans, she gets professionally diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. And, like that isn't enough, she has to deal with meeting an alternate-universe version of Wheeljack when they shift to another timeline. Yeah.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' OCStandIn fanfic TroperWorks/PathsLessTraveledBy has the adorable, child-like Cosmos ''watch his father figure die horribly '''four different times'''''. [[spoiler: The fact it's AllJustADream doesn't help.]]
* ''FanFic/TransformersAlterVerse'': [[spoiler: Quite a lot of cuties are broken and had their hearts crushed in this Transformers Fan Fiction]].

[[AC: ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'']]
* ''FanFic/ReversalOfFate'' might as well be called a Break the Cutie: The fan fiction as with each world, Sakura has experienced a lot of heartwrenching shit from physical to psychological damage to herself.
* ''FanFic/{{Shatterheart}}'' already has [[spoiler: R!]]Syaoran pre-broken from the group's hatred and ostracization of him. In story, it gets worse as he gets his trust and heart broken by Kurogane, the only person who cares for him, kidnapped and tortured for sixteen hours by serial killers, suffer from PTSD and watch his loved ones ''die''.

[[AC: ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'']]
* Hugo gets broken over and over and over again in ''[[FanFic/BrewdeningLoveExpandedUniverse A Bitter Eden]]''.

[[AC: ''Music/{{Vocaloid}}'']]
* ''FanFic/LookingForYouInTheSky'': Miku, Rin, Meiko, Gakupo, Len...the list goes on.

[[AC: ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'']]
* ''FanFic/TheWalkingDeadRealMonsters'':
** Poor, poor Vaughan. The combination of cancer and a zombie apocalypse is bad enough [[spoiler:without having to deal with dying babies and lying doctors]].
** Casey [[spoiler:catches AIDS on an exchange trip to Japan and is forced to forego medical treatment to hide it from his father.]]

[[AC: ''Literature/WarriorCats'']]
* One particular scene in chapter five of ''FanFic/HiddenProphices'', in which Lilypaw attempts to do this to Gaypaw with... short-term results.
* Plenty in ''Fanfic/{{Shattered}}'' , but Belladonna[[spoiler:[=/=]Nightshade]] is probably the best example.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'']]
* ''FanFic/WitchPower'': [[spoiler: More like Kill The Cutie in regards to Irma.]]

[[AC: ''Literature/{{Worm}}'']]
* Taylor goes through a lot of shit in the first chapters of [[{{Literature/Worm}} Worm]], but getting powers helps take the edge off it. In ''FanFic/{{Gather}}'', it makes it ''[[TurnedUpToEleven worse]]''.

[[AC: ''Disney/WreckItRalph'']]
* The plot of ''FanFic/GhostBoy'' appears to enjoy putting Turbo through every misery it can get away with.
** Now project that onto [[LikeBrotherAndSister a close sibling]] and you'll see what Vanellope goes through.



* Kurt in ''FanFic/EvenAngelsHaveScars'', big time.


* Michelle pretty much starts off broken in ''FanFic/AbigailAndTheRatsOfNIMH''. Abigail breaks soon after.
* Ami in ''FanFic/ABLUHairedMedic''.
* ''[[{{Fanfic/AceCombatEquestriaChronicles}} Ace Combat: The Equestrian War]]'' takes a darker turn since chapter 7 where Firefly meets [[spoiler: Black Star]], a griffon who [[spoiler: burned her home, killed her parents and destroyed her dreams of becoming a Wonderbolt]]. Fluttershy is clearly traumatized in chapter 10 after she [[spoiler: killed Razor]] while trying to save Cloud Kicker's life, but that's nothing compared to Rainbow Dash suffering a heart-wrenching {{Heroic BSOD}} after being beaten up and betrayed by [[spoiler: Gilda]]. Medley becomes ''literally'' broken when [[spoiler: Gilda]] breaks her wings.
** ''[[FridgeLogic And that's not counting many nameless ponies who experience the horror of the war.]]''
** Turned UpToEleven in [[TearJerker chapter 15]]. [[spoiler: Two of Derpy's best friends die, with Carrot Top [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dying in her arms]]. In fit of grief and rage, she attacks Firefly (who tried to sympathize with her!), but due to Fluttershy's intervention, she calms down. After Derpy leaves to see Dinky, Cloud Kicker, unable to damp her emotions any longer, bursts into tears, scared of hearing about several ponies dying and the scene mentioned earlier. Additionally, she fears her best friend, Lightning Bolt, may die in the war as well]]. Yes, the most cheerful pony among the main heroines is briefly reduced to a ''sobbing wreck''.
* This certainly seems to be the direction the story is taking with Twilight in ''FanFic/AHollowInEquestria''.
* ''Fanfic/ATriangleInTheStars''
** This trope seems to have liked ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' from the very moment he took Bill Cipher's statue in.
** Also, in a way, Bill Cipher, the main antagonist of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', suffers from this. Or, ''suffered''.
* [=GLaDOS=] does this to most of the main cast in ''FanFic/BetterLivingThroughScienceAndPonies''.
* Rapture is not kind to the Mane Six in ''FanFic/BeyondTheSea''.
* ''Fanfic/BloodRainingNight'': [[spoiler:Reicheru's eyes get gouged out and her limbs get pulled off in a rack after her father throws her baby off a cliff in Chapter 22.]]
* ''FanFic/BloodThatFlows'':
** Poor Lutecia. She never had a chance.
** What Garoth did to Nanoha would leave lasting mental scars on her.
* In ''FanFic/TheBoyWithTheMagicNotebook'', Maxwell decides to use his experience from saving his sister and working with the DC Universe to help the heroes of ''Literature/{{Worm}}''. While he certainly starts off with a good effort, the attack from Shatterbird not only brings him to the brink but his efforts to heal people accidentally make it ''worse'', leaving him hiding in an alleyway and making Super Medicine for hours on end without stopping or rest while crying the whole time through.
* ''FanFic/BrutalSeries'':
** Russia.
** Amer.
** Shiran comes dangerously close to this, almost losing all hope after [[spoiler: being shot with an arrow. Winning the Games and meeting Amer]] seems to help him get somewhat better, though.
** Feli. A process which apparently started with [[spoiler: her sister's]] death.
** Palis. Although it’s more like 'broken from the moment we meet her.'
** Lili completely gives up and waits for death after [[spoiler: Yao hits her the first time.]]
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', there are several candidates, but [[spoiler: Diana]] stands out. From infancy, she had to endure murder attempts from [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Hera]] simply because of her heritage, was [[BlessedWithSuck blessed with]] [[PsychicPowers Empathic abilities]] from a very young age which she cannot turn off (and mean that she's somewhat prone to getting the classic PsychicNosebleed and [[IAmHavingSoulPains catching psychic backlash]]), contributing to her WiseBeyondTheirYears demeanour. After that, her parents managed to get sent to Asgard as a Ward of the Throne, on the grounds that Hera wouldn't dare to cross Odin (or perhaps more accurately, [[MamaBear Frigga]]), under the partial guardianship of her aunt Athena. Oh, and there's BloodKnight tendencies that are literally InTheBlood, and she has to struggle against them, or they could turn her into TheBerserker. Then, after briefly being aged up and being battered by the psychic impressions of some fairly vile monsters, she sees most of her few friends almost killed by a KillerRobot, one of them nearly incinerated by it. She steps in and nearly goes the same way, snapping. Mercifully, she's given a cool-down hug, but it's close. This isn't an exhaustive list. And she's about 12.
** Carol also comes pre-broken, having physically developed, as it were, at a young age and by the age of 14, looks like a hot college student, leading to considerable harassment from guys her own age and much, much older. Most guys who try to befriend her are just out to get in her pants, other girls tend not to like her for the same reason, her excelling in the sports that she loves leads to her being tested for steroids and prior to meeting Harry she only has two close friends, Jean-Paul and Lex. The latter is her self-appointed KnightTemplarBigBrother and as a result, she sometimes has to act as a MoralityChain for him. And then she gets swept up with Harry and company and ends up [[spoiler: pulling what nearly becomes a SenselessSacrifice, barely surviving, nearly being eaten alive by a giant werewolf]]. And then, later, [[spoiler: she winds up in a truly colossal battle and actually almost dies, only surviving because she's wearing what she is unaware is the dormant Green Lantern Ring, surviving only because it sparks into life and she proves [[{{Determinator}} literally too stubborn to die.]]]] Needless to say, she has BadDreams afterwards.
** Ditto Jean-Paul. He's gay, a mostly closeted mutant and [[spoiler: his twin sister is apparently insane and only really responds to him]], is visibly discriminated against because of this, and what little he reveals of his considerable HiddenDepths suggests that he's a StepfordSmiler under the happy-go-lucky [[CampGay camp]] ChivalrousPervert persona.
** Harry himself is something of an example, shown more clearly by the fact that his coming into the care of a loving family means that he starts to open up, stop repressing and sometimes, show how much damage the Dursleys really did. A couple of examples are an apparently throwaway comment to the Avengers that he's not used to [[{{Muggles}} 'normal people']] being nice to him and his tear jerking rant at Odin for, as he saw it, abandoning him (the truth is considerably more nuanced). [[spoiler: It becomes even worse when it's revealed that Jean's family, who visited when Harry was about seven, had every intention of adopting him and raising him in a loving family with Jean showing every sign of being a CoolBigSis[=/=]displaying a considerable BigSisterInstinct towards Harry, and would have done if not for the telepathic intervention of Sinister, who preferred to have Harry at his immediate disposal at Privet Drive. As Dumbledore laments when he hears about this, 'so much sorrow could have been averted'.]] And that's all before [[spoiler: Luna's death, his own brief death at the hands of Daken, Avengers Tower - his de facto home - being all but destroyed, his father being put into a coma, his running into Daken again, his being possessed by Chthon...]] really, it's a wonder the poor boy is sane.
*** And then, in the sequel, he's tortured by the Red Room and [[spoiler: his mind is removed from his body in an attempt to protect it from being overwritten, resulting in his BlankSlate being reprogrammed into the Red Son, a new Winter Soldier with PsychicPowers, who causes absolute carnage across two continents.]] Harry winds up with those memories and snaps, [[spoiler: becoming the Dark Phoenix.]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': Throughout the story Shinji has to fight {{Eldritch Abomination}}s from the Franchise/CthulhuMythos. In the process he gradually stops being human, loses his -blood and surrogate- family and almost all his friends and [[spoiler:although they win, he and Asuka are so removed from baseline humans that they say goodbye to their last remainder friends and leave human civilization forever.]]
* In the Massive Crossover ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8064924/1/Character_Chronicles Character Chronicles]]'', poor [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Sora]] gets absolutely broken to bits.
* Ryoko comes pre-broken in ''Fanfic/ChiAndChakra''.
* Oh dear heavens, the events in the first season of ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime''.
** Literature/SherlockHolmes is the first character to get this treatment, being framed for murder and having [[spoiler:his sentence carried out: [[AndIMustScream having his consciousness pulled out of his body and his body put into stasis]].]] Of course, with him being one of the heroes, he ends up physically okay but mentally shaken. BadDreams are implied to follow.
** In the very next episode, [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]] gets this. The circumstances differ from "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood", but his human self still does ''not'' want to die. His pleading with Watson is ''heartbreaking''.
** Beth Lestrade in the season finale: see BrokenBird for further details. Even worse, she undergoes this ''twice'', the second time occurring off-screen between seasons.
** Poor Sherlock gets one more time, himself, in a far milder but more tear-jerking way, also in-between seasons. [[spoiler:He spends forty-two years waiting for his wife to return to him, and he barely gets through the first ''ten''.]]
* In the Franchise/CodeGeass[=/=]TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} crossover ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7002819/1/Code_Geass_There_Is_Only_War Code Geass: There Is Only War]]'', the sole fact that Shirley is in the cast makes you expect this trope. And it happens in the first chapter, [[spoiler: Shirley accidentally kills Rivalz]].
* ''FanFic/TheCriesOfHaruhiSuzumiya'': Ok, [[spoiler:Itsuki]] isn't exactly one, but seeing him breaking down is....rather unsettling.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5593633/1/The_Dead_Are_Undead The Dead are Undead]]'' has Karin Kurosaki subjected to nightmares unlike anything imaginable. Her world is turned upside down by a ZombieApocalypse and worst of all [[spoiler: Yuzu is shot in the face, right before her eyes.]] Then it just goes downhill as each new friend she makes dies in horrific ways including having their guts yanked out, being torn to shreds, being eaten alive and also DrivenToSuicide.
* ''Fanfic/DeadOrAlive4TheDevilFactor'': Over the course of several chapters, Ayane is repeatedly {{Mind Rape}}d by a [[spoiler:newly resurrected, demonized Raidou]], who sends her thoughts and nightmares about the loved ones she's lost to the point where she begins to question her sanity. It reaches its climax when he manipulates her into attempting to seduce Dante, who resists her attempts and gets her to snap out of it. By that point, however, Ayane is so scared and heartbroken over it all that she asks to stay with Dante for the night because she doesn't want to be alone.
* ''Fanfic/DeathNoteEquestria'': The first two Kiras were both nice ponies before a KarmaHoudini villain made them hit the DespairEventHorizon, and the Third Kira only started killing after being forced into the role by Mer (and it seems to be taking a psychological toll).
* Kari Kamiya/Celesta X during the War Games Saga of ''FanFic/DigimonFusionKai''. She recovers but delves into the darkside and becomes bloodlusted. She gets better again after that.
* Alice, the little girl in Chapter 2 of ''Fanfic/EaglesFall'' who watches a GDI sniper die before her. [[spoiler:By Chapter 7, the sheer fatigue of the war has left her drained of all emotion, which may have played a part in her mother committing suicide. And she doesn't even realise it.]]
* ''Fanfic/ElfenLiedChildrenOfDestruction'': [[{{TearJerker}} Several cuties, actually.]]
** [[spoiler: Played straight and deconstructed with Gohan. In comparison with the original series, he actually does get broken over his traumatic childhood experiences. This eventually leads to Gohan making several mistakes that result in the deaths of his friends, most of his family and the destruction of his homeworld. It effects Gohan immensely at the start of the story and causes him to be [[SelfDeprecation highly critical and over jugdemental of his actions.]] After moving into Maple House, he slowly starts to get better.]]
** Mayu is already broken at her introductory chapter. [[spoiler: [[RapeAsDrama Being raped by your stepfather,]] [[EtTuBrute betrayed by your own mother when you finally tell her what happened,]] [[TheRunaway being forced to run away from your home to escape it all,]] [[YankTheDogsChain then having your only friend taken away will do that to you...]] [[SerialEscalation oh, and said child molesting stepfather finding you after running away.]] Like Gohan, after moving into Maple House she slowly starts to get better.]]
** [[{{TragicVillain}} Lucy.]] [[{{BrokenBird}} Enough]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds said.]]
** Inverted with Nana. Despite her harsh life in the facility, she is probably the most optimistic girl you'll ever meet.
** [[spoiler: Inverted with Juuichi. Instead of breaking under the facilities experiments, she grows stronger, both physically and mentally, to the point of developing a cocky and haughty personality that takes great pride in not only having survived, but even thrived in the harsh evironment.]]
* Twilight Sparkle does her best to comprehend [[TheEmpire the Imperium of Man]] in ''[[FanFic/TheGodEmpressOfPonykind The Empress Returns]]'', but it all comes crashing down when a rogue Inquisitor captures her and her friends (almost shooting her in the head in the process). That alone isn't enough to break her, but getting attacked by orks, watching the transport her friends were on go up in flames (they survive, but Twilight doesn't stick around long enough to learn this), observing the scale of slaughter present in ''TableTopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' battles, and ''then'' seeing the rogue Inquisitor getting eviscerated and decapitated by an ork proves to be too much for her.
* ''Fanfic/{{Equestrylvania}}'' has several moments where the main characters get broken. Twilight's brother [[spoiler: gets bitten by the Giant Bat and is driven violently insane]], Fluttershy's [[spoiler: critter friends all go rabid and slaughter each other before going out and attacking Ponyville]], and worst of all, Sweetie Belle sees her childhood come to an abrupt and terrifying end.
-->''As they run by a burning building, Sweetie Belle looks aside and sees herself and Rarity there, with their parents. It's a restaurant and everypony is having fun, laughing as the flames around them swallow them whole.''
-->''Shooting down the next street, Sweetie Belle looks at Rarity and suddenly she is much younger, and pushing Sweetie Belle down this very street in her stroller she loved so much when she was not even a year old. There is an overturned stroller on this street, and as she runs by, Sweetie Belle looks into the eyes of the zombie stepping over it.''
-->''They run by the lake, and Sweetie Belle sees herself and her parents there, feeding the ducks as strange, fishlike monsters jump out and begin to chase her and Rarity as they run by.''
** Roseluck gets {{Mind Rape}}d by [[EldritchLocation the Castle]], reducing to a broken, paranoid wreck who has to be institutionalized.
* Naruto/Rad in ''FanFic/EyeOfTheFox'', though he doesn’t really ‘break’ until [[spoiler:Kira gets put into a coma]], and even then he’s still optimistic since [[spoiler:he knows Kira is going to wake up later on]]. Arguably Kira, [[DeliberatelyCuteChild when he was still 'cute']].
* [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Bella]] in ''FanFic/FaceTheStrange''. She gets [[RapeAsDrama raped]], [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization blamed for the whole thing]], and then [[DieForOurShip murdered]]. Keep in mind that Bella actually acts pretty kind from what little we see of her in this story.
* The ''Manga/LuckyStar''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' crossover fic ''Fanfic/FallingStars'' has this in ''spades''. Kagami, Konata, and Tsukasa all get their turns being broken, and it is ''extremely'' jarring for anyone who enjoyed ''Lucky Star'' to see it happen.
* ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'':
** Poor Pinkie takes Twilight's BreakingLecture about her drug addiction quite hard, but continues to take the Mint-Als, [[spoiler: until she meets Littlepip through her boosted Pinkie Sense.]]
%% ** Fluttershy.
* This is happening to Cobalt over the course of ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaAChildsHope'', and has been confirmed by WordOfGod to be pretty much the point of the story; show how the Wasteland would affect a child who can survive as well as an adult.
** Happens to Hope during her imprisonment at a raider camp. [[spoiler: However, she's soon back to being cheerful after getting back home.]]
* Life in Fillydelphia is harsh in ''FanFic/FalloutEquestriaMurkyNumberSeven''.
* ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons'':
** Happens to Morning Glory frequently, most notably when [[spoiler: she is betrayed by the Enclave and branded a Dashite.]] Again later, when [[spoiler: she loses a wing.]]
*** Yet again when [[spoiler: the killing joke turns her into Rainbow Dash—possibly even including a bit of her ''personality''—the one thing the Enclave hates more than a Dashite]].
*** And ''again'' when [[spoiler: her mother is revealed to be the leader of a violent cult and a monstrous cyborg besides, revealing this by brutally wounding Sky Striker]].
** [[spoiler: Fluttershy. A moment of indiscretion from Goldenblood destroyed their relationship and cost them their unborn daughter.]]
* ''FanFic/FateMegamiAtelier'': Considering who they're [[Literature/FateZero crossing]] [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei over]] with, this happens to pretty much the entire Atelier universe.
* ''Fanfic/ForciblyUnited'' is a sort-of cheesy look at ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' crossed-over with ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Then the Rock's Little Sister arc drops.
* [[spoiler: Tali's MindRape]] in ''Fanfic/GuiltySparks''
* In the second season of FanFic/HalkegeniaOnline, the endgame is absolutely brutal to [[LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero Louise]] pictures that [=TriggerHappy=] uses as inspiration state that Louise never smiled again.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3505392/1/Hell-is-a-Martial-Artist Hell is a Martial Artist]]'', [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma]] finally breaks after the failed wedding ceremony after he realizes several things, most of them relating to Akane.
** First, Akane will always see him as a pervert for turning into a girl, even after he himself has come to accept his female side.
** Second, Akane will never trust him as when she learns he has a martial arts student that's female, she accuses him of getting more fiances.
** Third, Akane knew that their parents had acquired a cure for his curse and hid it from him.
** Lastly, Ranma learns his mother will never truly accept him until he's fully cured of his curse, something he no longer desires. The last causes Ranma to run to [[Manga/AhMyGoddess Hild]] in tears and accept her offer of adoption.
* ''Fanfic/TheHillOfSwords'': As a result of the dream cycle, Louise has been witnessing the many battles Shirou fought in back on Earth in all their [[Awesome/FateStayNight glory]], [[NightmareFuel/FateStayNight horror]], and [[TearJerker/FateStayNight heartache]]. It also becomes CorruptTheCutie as Louise can no longer see normal girly dreams as good dreams; If she isn't dreaming of swords and battles then she might as well be having unproductive sleep.
* Happens to each of the mane 6 in FanFic/IAgainstIMeAgainstYou as they're exposed to more and more of Project Freelancer's atrocities, but special mention goes to Twilight, who [[spoiler:discovers that she's actually a magical A.I. created by Sunset Shimmer and the Director, and suffers [[ColdBloodedTorture the same fate as the Alpha A.I.]]]]
* No so much as 'cute' in Kira's case, but after Chapter 9 of ''FanFic/InfiniteStratosPrototypeSpartan'', things take a turn for the worse.
* ''Fanfic/TheInfiniteLoops'': The events of the failed initial Loops were not kind to the three prospective Anchors, Roll and Blues especially. The fact that they all somehow retain glitchy, corrupted memories of said events (which isn't supposed to be possible) doesn't help, either.
* In ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'' Brainiac designs the SadisticChoice below in order to do this to Supermare, so that she's easier to assimilate into his storage machinery.
* ''FanFic/JusticeSocietyOfJapan'': [[spoiler: Sayaka gets hit with this a lot harder than in canon. Not only does Hitomi snatch Kyosuke, but she then gets a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown by Sho Minamimoto, and THEN she gets kidnapped by a bunch of monsters after trying to rescue Milly.]]
* ''FanFic/JustJoking'': [[spoiler:Joker tries to do this to Twilight. It is yet unknown whether or not he succeeded.]]
* ''Fanfic/LanternsOfEquestriaBlackestNight'': [[spoiler:The Black Lantern attack on Sweet Apple Acres does this to Applejack, in part because her ''dead family'' and '''Zecora''' are among the Black Lanterns.]] The sight of [[spoiler:Black Lantern Zecora]] also does this to Apple Bloom.
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': Although Shinji had spent ten years living alone after his father left him in the wake of his mother's death, he was getting better. And then [[spoiler:Bardiel hijacked Unit-03. Asuka got emotionally hurt, Touji got one arm and one leg removed and Hikari blamed ''him'' for it.]] When he confronted Gendo [[spoiler:his father used a kryptonite chunk against him.]] Shinji had to fight Zeruel straight after and he [[spoiler:got blown to the Moon.]] Literally. When he returned he rallied his friends to stop Gendo together, but his father was prepared, their assault failed and [[spoiler:Maya got maimed.]] And Kaji blamed ''him'' for it.
* Mostly Pre-broken in ''FanFic/TheMadScientistWars'', but that hasn't stopped this from occouring in game as well.
* ''Fanfic/MagicalPonyLyricalTwilight'':
** Fate Testarossa. Also, to a lesser extent, Arf in MPLT.
** Fate's case put a rather interesting twist on this trope. [[spoiler: It was triggered by Princess Celestia in a safe environment via {{Armor Piercing Question}}s because she had noticed that Fate's psyche had been left balanced on a razor's edge by Presea. So she decided to prevent Presea from potentially causing irreparable damage to Fate's psyche when she would set this off by breaking her early on, but gently and in a situation where it would be easy to pick up the pieces.]]
* Hibiki suffers from this in ''Fanfic/MuvLuvDYRL'' due to his time at a mental asylum. Not only was he subjected to be told his previous life was all in his head but he's also is disgusted with the xenophobia and racism by the Imperial Japanese forces.
* Pinkie has a bit of a bluescreen when the party finds the dead scout in ''Fanfic/MyLittleChronoTriggersAreMagic''.
* All of the Denarian's holders in ''Fanfic/MyLittleDenarians'', to some extent, after they have realized what they did under the coin's influence.
** An especially harsh example for [[spoiler: Twilight.]] She was completely and utterly broken, in mind, body, and spirit.
* In ''FanFic/MyLittlePonyNakamaIsMagic'', all of the mane six are traumatized after the run-in with Aokiji.
* In ''FanFic/OneAndOnlySon'' Soran saw Marianne's corpse and a traumatized Nunnally before Cornelia covered his eyes.
* In ''Fanfic/ThePersistenceOfLoss'' Xion undergoes a number of awful situations that gradually eat away at her naivete, [[spoiler: the peak of which being when she has to kill Riku at Venus Lighthouse.]]
* It seems that Peter's kidnapping will do this to him in ''FanFic/PiracyTheGeneticPirateOpera''. So far, he seems unfazed by the events and sees it as an opportunity to defeat Arthur.
* FanFic/PonyGearSolid has each of the mane 6 forced to face the kind of ponies they'd need to become to protect their loved ones, fitting with the WarIsHell theme of Franchise/MetalGearSolid
* Trenchard [[spoiler: Akari]] in ''Fanfic/ReflectionsLostOnADarkRoad''.
* ''FanFic/{{Respect}}'' does this to [[Anime/SmilePrettyCure Yayoi Kise]] [[spoiler:after she fails to save a fellow [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Puella Magi]] and an attempt to teach TheBully a lesson [[GoneHorriblyWrong goes horribly]] [[OffWithHerHead wrong.]]]]
* ''FanFic/TheReturn'' is so dedicated to breaking Usagi that it is verging on HumiliationConga territory.
** It doesn't help that her powers were significantly {{Nerf}}ed with no reason yet given.
* Sarah Squall gets hit with this trope in ''Fanfic/RiseOfTheGaleforces'', when [[spoiler:she is separated from her family and is forced to watch the plot spiraling off a cliff due to Ludlow's "intervention." Ludlow also tries to invoke the trope on Violet by turning her into a TyrannosaurusRex, [[BewareTheNiceOnes and predictably he fails miserably.]]]]
** Played straighter with the baby T. rexes, albeit with potentially deadly consequences. When the protagonists meet them, they have been separated from their parents and each other, and it's heavily implied that [[spoiler:Ludlow flat-out abused them before they were rescued. Then he shoots their father in the face, ''right in front of them,'' when he comes to their defense. Deconstructed in that this fills the babies with so much pent-up rage and hatred for Ludlow that the moment they're finally freed, [[TheDogBitesBack they promptly turn on him and tear him to pieces.]]]]
* ''Fanfic/SilentPonyvilleChronicles'': And how. If what happens to Pinkie in 1, and Fluttershy in 2 doesn't qualify, then this troper can't imagine anything that DOES. And from the look of it, 3 is shaping up to do the same to Twilight...
** [[spoiler: KillTheCutie: Prevalent in the '[[MultipleEndings bad ends]]'. [[DownerEnding One particular bad end]] in 2 was so soul-crushingly depressing that it prompted the aforementioned FixFic.]]
* England in ''FanFic/{{Snakeskins}}'', after [[spoiler:Italy's death]], he ends up crying over his best friend's mangled body calling out for his older brother.
* ''Blaine'' in ''FanFic/SolarWinds''. Oh so much.
* ''FanFic/SoulChess''
** Mia wants to do this to [[spoiler:Orihime]], but is stopped before she can.
** Sheesh if you thought [[TheStationsOfTheCanon the Hueco Mundo kidnapping was bad]] wait until you see how Orihime handles [[spoiler:coping with Ichigo’s death.]]
** [[spoiler:Kasumi used to actually enjoy living in hell, mostly because she knew no other life. [[RapeAsDrama Then she got raped]] and [[ChildByRape pregnant]]. [[DarkAndTroubledPast And other things]]]].
** [[spoiler:This is happening to Cornelia over and over and over again to the point of slowly hitting SanitySlippage. The only thing holding her together is Euphie and we [[ForegoneConclusion all know]] [[RhetoricalRequestBlunder how that turns out]]]]. [[spoiler:It [[DrivenToSuicide drives her to near suicide]] which then has Cornelia stay alive only to clear Euphie's name and eliminate Zero, which in turn causes her to find Nunnally and live for her. [[TraumaCongaLine Nonette dies along the way]], but Cornelia seems like she's slowly getting better, but she'll [[DespairEventHorizon never be the same]]]].
** Yachiru. In more of a literal sense as [[spoiler: her Zanpakuto [[CurbstompBattle beats her to a mess]]]] and it leaves Yachiru heartbroken [[spoiler: as well as severely injured.]]
* ''[[FanFic/StarlightSeries Starlight]]'': Lilo starts off the story dreaming about the deaths of her parents. [[spoiler: Then, after her assimilation by the Borg, not only is she forced to assimilate hundreds of people personally, but then to attempt to kill her best friend. This leaves Lilo in an emotionless state of detached apathy after she is rescued and severed from the Borg Collective.]]
** [[spoiler: Stitch himself after not only failing to rescue Lilo, but failing to ''find'' her as well.]]
** Experiment 628's plan for all of them is [[spoiler:to have the Borg assimilate them so they can [[AndIMustScream watch themselves slowly break beyond the point of no return.]] ]]
* In ''FanFic/StarsAbove'', [[Manga/LuckyStar Kagami]] goes through this [[spoiler:in the 2012 timeline. Tsukasa is killed right in front of her eyes, with her death serving as a StartOfDarkness that culminates in the destruction of the entire world.]]
** Let's be frank: by the later chapters, ''[[UpToEleven everyone]]'' in ''Stars Above'' has gone through this.
* In ''FanFic/TheStarsWillAidTheirEscape,'' Herald does this to Fluttershy through BreakThemByTalking during the attack on Canterlot, and also tries it with Celestia and the other Element Bearers (and seems to succeed in Pinkie's case). He also manages to break [[spoiler:Twilight]] by exploiting the fact that if you see him without his mask on, you go insane. Thankfully, everyone recovers by the time everything's done with.
* ''FanFic/SuperSentaiVsSuperSentai'', the story provides a CrossOver between old school and new school Franchise/SuperSentai team members, and one of the team members is ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleFive'''s [[TheChick Miki Momozono/Goggle Pink]], who in her original series kept being a cheery and caring but still responsible and headstrong girl in a Sentai series considered still LighterAndSofter. Then in the 11th chapter... she witnessed her mother (who was added solely for the fic) brutally murdered in front of her eyes by someone considered one of [[Monster/SuperSentai the worst Complete Monsters in Sentai history]], [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman Radiguet]]. It left Miki completely broken and started realizing fully that this time the enemy is much more brutal than Deathdark. She still tried to keep a strong face, but every of her friends knew she has been broken from the inside.
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': In case that being an orphan whose surviving parent is a bastard and being forced to fight giant monsters before being fifteen was not traumatic enough, Shinji gets targeted by all kind of super-powerful thugs and terrorists want to get him or the girl he is in love with.
* Tails begins to suffer this in ''Fanfic/TailsOfTheOldRepublic'' as he experiences the death and destruction around him.
* Slade in ''FanFic/TekkaDread'', despite his power had been put through the wringer after the mutiny on the Nirvana, then after witnessing the Melanos fleet fall before the Harvesters.
* ''FanFic/ThroughTheLookingGlass'':
** Almost happens to Cream in Penance. [[NearRapeExperience Key word being "almost".]]
** And then it happens to [[spoiler:Tooty]] in part 1 as backstory.
* ''FanFic/TotalMagicPonyIsland'':
** Happens quite thoroughly to Silver Spoon after her fight with Diamond Tiara, as she proceeds to [[spoiler: watch as her mentor, Zecora, is eliminated next, quickly followed by her, just as she was in love with Spike]].
** Also to [[spoiler: Apple Bloom, when Trixie turns her against Twilight for a short while before eliminating her just to stay in the game.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheTurnOfHaruhiSuzumiya'': [[spoiler:Battler]] starts off pretty broken, and [[spoiler:Haruhi]] breaks down over the course of the story, culminating in the Tea Party.
* Noriko Takaya and Nanami Kiryuu in ''FanFic/UndocumentedFeatures''.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Unfamiliar}}'' Louise promptly goes catatonic after she sees Alex [[CurbStompBattle effortlessly and ruthlessly kills some thugs]] with his {{Lovecraftian Superpower}}s right in front of her.
* Alicia and Hotaru go through quick and milder forms of this when they learn that their parents are monsters (figuratively in the former's case and literally in the latter's) in ''FanFic/WhiteDevilOfTheMoon''; their friendship provides a shelter for them both.

* [[spoiler:Atoli]] in ''FanFic/DotHackGUTheStaircaseToNowhere''.
* Happens a lot in ''FanFic/ArmoredCoreFromTheAshes''.
* The whole reason for Gold Psy's actions in ''FanFic/BlogCast'' were to cause this for Power, in order for him to move on and grow to be the man he's meant to be; The Double Road Alchemist.
* ''FanFic/ChaosAU'': [[spoiler: Christine is a hacker who worked in a program for young computer programers founded by Nathan Ingram. She idolized him. Then her mentally ill father was killed in a police shoot-out. In front of her. Sadly, he was the parent who cared about her, her mother was an abusive alcoholic that presumably drunk herself to death. Out of sorrow, Christine becomes a junkie. Finch finds her and checks her into a rehab program in New York. A week later, 9/11 happens.]] Strangely, she's somewhat stable. Somewhat.
* ''FanFic/CrusadePaladins'':
** Empress Love.
** Gretchen Faust in the first sequel's Good End Route.
* Laura Silverman in ''Fanfic/DeathVerdict''. And ''how''.
* ''FanFic/GameOver'': [[spoiler:[[{{Tropers/Niv}} Shard]] isn't the well of pure dark aura that [[SuperpoweredEvilSide DC]] desires so much because of Kumori, no. Because Shard's [[IdiotHero naive to the point of idiocy]], she's never tapped into her inner darkness; because of this, it has never mixed with her light aura, resulting in a [[SupernaturallyDeliciousandNutritious high delicacy for]] [[EmotionEater dark aura devourers like DC]]. In order to prevent DC's desire for her influencing his decisions, especially since his romantic interest has shifted, SC is working on a way to make Shard tap into her darkness, mixing it with light and preventing DC from finding it so appealing. So far he has a good lead: her crippling fear of [[NothingIsScarier being alone]].]]
** [[spoiler:This has been successful by making her think her best friend was [[FalseFriend planted by SC for when he needed a guinea pig]].]]
%% * ''FanFic/ImmortalitySyndrome''.
%% * ''Fanfic/{{Name}}''.
* [[NonLinearCharacter Pascha]], Diaglo and Devlin in ''Fanfic/OfficerMisako''.
* The Nickelodeon fanon series ''TheRainbowBlade'' has [[spoiler: most of Web's friends getting killed]], leaving Web a paranoid, vengeful, sociopathic wreck.