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Despair Event Horizon: Video Games
  • Oersted in Live A Live. After being tricked, he finds that everyone has now abandoned him and considers him a demon, his only remaining ally is dragged away to be tortured, and is blamed for the death of said ally who expends the last of his power to set Oersted free. Oh, then he finds out that his best friend betrayed him to this fate because he was jealous. Oh, and the 'Aesop' which has been so far in the game? "Don't lose hope as long as somebody believes in you". That went well. The last person who he hoped believed in him, the princess? After Oersted duels his traitorous friend and kills him, she asks why he didn't come to rescue her (ouch. He did. Straybow only got there first by faking his death and ruining Oersted's life), declares that she loves said traitor, and kills herself. That was the absolute last straw, the severing of his last tenuous tie to sanity. The result? Demon King Odio is (re)born and is bent on destroying humanity.
  • After spending a year in coma and seeing the destruction of the world firsthand, Cid's death in Final Fantasy VI proves to be Celes' final straw, driving her to toss herself off a cliff. She survives by a miracle, and seeing Locke's bandanna tied around a pigeon's wing gives her a new reason to live. This event can be prevented by successfully playing a minigame, but the path of failure is much better writtennote .
    • Several other characters get dangerously close as well. Strago, believing Relm is dead, allows himself to be brainwashed by the Cult of Kefka, although he snaps out of it once he sees that Relm is alive. Setzer, after losing his beloved airship, is found drinking at the bar in Kohlingen, and it takes a Rousing Speech from Celes to bring him around.
  • This is Seymour's motive in Final Fantasy X. After a fairly crappy childhood he hits when his mother (the only person who ever loved him) sacrifices her own life to give him the power to defeat Sin. His despair drives him to plot the destruction of all life in Spira because he sees it as the only way to bring an end to all suffering.
    • It also turns out to be the motive for why Yu Yevon originally created Sin a thousand years ago. Seeing that his beloved city of Zanarkand would be destroyed, he killed every living being in it and used their souls to create an eternal Dream Zanarkand, as well as an all-powerful destructive force (Sin) to provide the power needed to keep Dream Zanarkand alive.
    • And in the sequel Final Fantasy X-2, a Despair Event Horizon is the main motive for its Big Bad, Shuyin, who wants to destroy the world which let him and his beloved die a thousand years ago. To put it in perspective, Shuyin's concentrated despair festered in a hole for a millenia after his death until it reached a point where the only way he could think to end his pain would be to end the world itself.
      • Oh and the whole being forced to watch his beloved die on repeat for a thousand years might have also had something to do with it.
  • It isn't clearly shown onscreen, but the backstory of Tales of Symphonia makes it apparent that Mithos, Kratos and Yuan all suffered this upon the death of Martel, Mithos' sister and Yuan's fiancee, leading the heroes of the ancient world to become villains instead.
    • Kratos arguably claws his way back out of the Despair Event Horizon when he becomes disillusioned and meets his lover, Lloyd's mother, falls back in when he thinks they're both dead, and then claws back out again when he encounters Lloyd later.
    • Zelos spends much of the game near this line, despite hiding it, as his terrible childhood and lonely life gave him little self worth and no friends. Lloyd's friendship and trust helps him recover...until Flanoir where Lloyd either confirms his trust or questions it. The latter sends Zelos over the Despair Event Horizon, and he later commits suicide by cop.
    • The sequel has Alice fall into this when Decus is killed protecting her.
  • Final Fantasy XIII has each of the main characters going over the DEH. Some are more destructive than others.
    • Lightning, in frustration with PSICOM's persistence in hunting down the L'Cie and Hope's ineptitude finally goes over the edge. After what could be considered a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, she inadvertently summon's her Eidolon, Odin, who wastes absolutely no time in attacking Hope. What gives this example a more literal sense is noting that as long as Hope has health remaining, Odin will always target him first in battle.
    • Hope has a number of these. The first starts as a mere lack of will to live. Nothing too major. Then, he gets pushed into a state of Tranquil Fury against Snow after the man saves him, believing he didn't save his mother, marking Snow as irresponsible. Needless to say, Hope and Lightning begin to bond due to their mutual dislike of the man, with the latter unintentionally giving Hope the will to create a premeditated murder plan. Just to add to the blunder, she also give him a Survival Knife. This marks the longest in-game grudge, spanning for at least four chapters. Eventually, he comes to a Rage Breaking Point after fighting a boss, which causes him to explode with anger, blasting Snow off of a roof, leaving him hanging over the edge while Hope attempts to kill him with the same knife given to him. However, this alerts the PSICOM forces looking for them, blast Hope from the roof. This, however, is passed once the man saves his life. His final, albeit short, one is experienced on the surface of Gran Pulse; where Hope finds that the powerful forces of Pulse are too much for him. He goes on a Heroic Self-Deprecation rant, which unlocks his Eidolon, revealing the truth that Eidolons come when you are on your last legs to display your inner strength to you.
    • Sazh spends a good bit of his time with Vanille over the deep end. However, he has one of the more memorable ones in the game. After travelling with the girl, soon becoming rather attached to her; Sazh is confronted by Commander Jihl Nabaat, the woman who was to watch over his Cocoon l'Cie-branded son. The woman then reveals that Vanille was the reason Dajh was branded in the first place, and thus the reason he ended up as a crystal, which causes the girl to run in sadness of the revelation. And Sazh to go after her in a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. Soon, he succumbs to the sadness of his son's fate, opting to let his then summoned Eidolon, Brynhildr, kill him. After her defeat, he decides to attempt to commit suicide by pointing his own gun to his temple.
    • Snow has a large one after the first battle with the penultimate boss, who revealed to the group that Serah's Focus was to destroy Cocoon, instead of saving it. Snow becomes nearly catatonic, with both Vanille and Lightning having to help him out of his rut and restore his faith in Serah. Afterwards, Snow's brand was the farthest along to turning him into a Cie'th; as emotional distress increases the speed of the process. Both of these are lampshaded by Fang.
    • Vanille suffers a few of them. A famous one is her breakdown once Fang "remembered" everything, exposing Vanille's lies and her Eidolon. This is pushed to a climax after the battle, where Fang motions to knock Vanille a new one... only to stop and hug her, allowing the girl to cry into her shoulder.
    • Fang suffers two of these in-game. The first is shown when she summons her Eidolon, Bahamut, accidentally after her tirade against the Fantastic Racism Coccon is capable of. Opting to "blast Cocoon out of the sky", she very briefly turns on the group; even drawing her weapon out at them. She suffers a much more emotional, but brief, one after her friends are turned into Cie'th by Orphan's illusion.
  • In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Snow and Noel have both passed the DEH�Snow from the death of Serah, and Noel from both Serah's death and his role in Etro's death.
  • In Fallout, it is possible to send the Master over the Despair Event Horizon by convincing him that his plan to conquer humanity with his Super Mutants is doomed to failure.
    "But it cannot be! This would mean that all my work has been for nothing! Everything that I've tried to...a failure! It can't be! Be! Be! Be...I...don't think that I can continue. Continue? To have done the things I have the name of progress and healing...It was madness. I can see it now, madness. Madness? There is no hope. Leave now. Leave...while you still have hope..."
  • Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology has Kanonno, after her home world, Pasca, was consumed by war and mana abuse despite her efforts as its Descender. She even committed genocide, which led to Pasca's rapid decline.
  • Devil Survivor's Yasuyuki Honda crosses this in the Escape ending. He spends the whole week trying to escape the lockdown so he can see his hospitalized son, only to discover he's too late, and because they broke through the blockade, the whole world's gone to hell. This sends him completely over the edge, and he calls out the 'heroes' responsible in a nightmarishly backwards way, complete with Slasher Smile.
    • Earlier on, Keisuke, already destabilized by a whole childhood of witnessing and suffering bullying, finally snaps when he sees Midori being nearly lynched to death to the people she was trying to save. He spends the following days going Knight Templar and killing anyone that commits any kind of injustice.
  • Kratos from God of War, when Athena tells him that though they implied they would do so, they never actually said they'd let him forget killing his family. They only promised to forgive him.
  • This is the entire premise behind Knights of the Old Republic II, as Revan is revealed to have deliberately subjected his Jedi Knights to brutal, dehumanizing battles until their spirit breaks and they turn to the dark side. Your character is the only person who managed to undergo this treatment and not succumb (you can still be as light or dark as you wish).
  • Before Digital Devil Saga starts, Angel crossed this when her boyfriend died in her arms from injuries sustained in a terrorist attack on his hospital, all due to fear of the new, possibly not even infectious disease she'd been working on finding a cure for.
  • Breath of Fire IV has this in spades.
  • Kane and Lynch revels in this.
  • Hunter, in Darkness, an interactive fiction, plays this one and plays it hard. An early segment has you crawling, cut and bleeding, through a tight space with hundreds of feet of rock above and miles and miles of rock below. The game assures you repeatedly, even as you struggle ever closer to freedom, that this is it—your final resting place. This is where you die. Your light has flickered out and the invisible narrator insists that you will never leave this place, until finally you tear yourself away from the stone gullet and stumble blindly to freedom.
  • Wild ARMs 2: A certain Eldritch Abomination was sealed away "beyond the Event Horizon" in the backstory, and happens to be the source of the protagonist's Super Mode. Said protagonist is pushed to the edge of the Despair Event Horizon midway through, and teeters there for the entire game. After defeating the supposed final boss which involved his Magnificent Bastard commander sacrificing himself to give an Eldritch Location a physical body to kill, he suffers a Heroic BSOD that almost releases the demon. In other words, his despair formed a bridge across the Event Horizon.
  • Dwarf Fortress has this as a fundamental aspect of managing your dwarves. They can become unhappy through a variety of reasons from simply not having any alcohol to drink through to the deaths of close friends or family. Getting a dwarf depressed enough will push them over the edge and cause them to lose their sanity. Depending on several factors this can be anything from a minor nuisance to extremely dangerous. If you're lucky, events can contrive to make this game-ending depending on your fortress design and how close other dwarves are to being over the edge themselves. Indeed, events can (or more usually, do) spiral out of control until your entire fortress is over the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Hiroki in Canvas 2 in regards to painting. Many of the routes actually deal more with helping him get over his problems than helping the heroine.
  • In Dragon Age II, the player can push Fenris over the Despair Event Horizon by agreeing to give him back to the blood mage who had previously enslaved him. He's so gutted by the betrayal that he doesn't even get angry, just bows his head and leaves with the slaver without a fight.
    • Implied with Orsino at the end of the game. Seeing his fellow mages cut down one by one with no hope of surrender, he finally gives in and uses blood magic in a 'taking you with me' type deal. If you're *on* the side massacring the mages, he's downright Laughing Mad as he gives in. If you're helping the mages, the casualties are still too much for him. "Why don't they just drown us as infants? Why wait?"
  • Happens many, MANY times in the Fire Emblem franchise:
    • Seisen no Keifu: Lord Sigurd can hold himself up as well as possible when his wife Diadora is kidnapped, his father Byron is falsely accused of threason and dies, he himself is accused of treason, and bth his sister Ethlin and her husband/Sigurd's Lancer Cuan are murdered. However, the moment he sees that his kidnapped wife was actually mindwiped into marrying Alvis, who once was his sort-of ally, he can only scream in utter horror and betrayal right before Alvis himself burns him to death, and Sigurd's army is decimated shortly afterwards.
      • Sigurd's old friend and companion Tiltyu doesn't fare much better. In the second part of the game we learn that she crossed the DEH after not only being separated of her son Arthur as she and her daughter Teeny are kidnapped back into Freege, but also after being subjected to endless abuse from her sister-in-law Hilda, which finally drove her to sickness and death.
    • Thracia 776: Evayle once was close to this horizon. So much that whatever happened to her ( the Basttle of Barhera), robbed her not only of her husband and children, but of her memories of having ever been Bridget, the lost princess of Jungby and a member of Sigurd's troops. Much to our relief, at the end of the game we learn that some years after the second war of Grandbell, she recovered her memories and reunited with Patty and Faval.
      • Olwen and Misha also were pretty close to it, once they learned about the horrifying child hunts conducted by the Grandbellian empire. They both pulled through it via Heel Face Turns.
    • Fuuin no Tsurugi: The biggest example is King Mordred of Etruria, who completely lost the will to reign and left the government to his advisors (many of them treacherous) after his son and heir, Prince Mildain, died in an accident. And then this is subverted in the end: Mildain actually reappears, having survived the ambush that almost killed him, and is reunited with his father, so we know that Mordred ultimately got better.
    • Rekka no Ken: Eliwood and Nils were both pretty close to cross this, once Eliwood was tricked by Nergal into killing Nils's beloved sister Ninian with Durandal when she was forced into her Dragon form by Nergal himself.
      • Renault did cross it several years ago, when his partner and best friend was killed in battle. He was so utterly shattered that he threw himself into battle blindly (and killed Lucius's dad in the process) and collaborated with Nergal in hopes to have his friend revived, among other things. He recovered a part of his sanity, however, and became The Atoner in the end.
      • And then we have Harken, an Ace who was throughly broken after being the Sole Survivor of Lord Elbert's decimated crew. We meet him as a powerful enemy whom the Pherae charas must recruit as soon as possible lest he fights them to death, and his supports reveal how the horrors he witnessed and the helplessness he felt drove him into becoming an Empty Shell of the man he once was. For worse, some other supports (pecifically, with Marcus) heavily imply that he had severe self-esteem and abuse/abandonment issues before the whole Break the Cutie deal.
      • When we meet Lord Hausen, the old man has crossed the DEH since he has learned that his long-lost daughter (Lyn's mother) is dead, his health is failing more and more (and he's being poisoned), and his brother Lundgren is taunting him endlessly about all of it. He's going to succumb to Death by Despair by that point. But when Lyn reaches for him, he manages to come back.
    • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones: Prince Lyon never was the most self-assured person, despite his Badass Bookworm status and being the Imperial Prince of Grado. (His weak health didn't help either.) But then his beloved father and idol Emperor Vigarde died of illness, so the poor guy's mental health took a BIG nosedive.
    • Then Lyon's advisor, Knoll actually managed to return from the DEH, having witnessed Lyon's fall into despair and then having been slated for execution. Ephraim and Duessel reach for him in the nick of time, and Knoll decides to join them and do what he can to help save Grado.
    • In the Archanean Saga, Prince Hardin of Aurelis, now Emperor Hardin crossed the horizon when he learned that while Princess Nyna cared for him, she didn't romantically love him and only accepted to marry him for the sake of Archanea, This led him to locking himself in his personal room alone drowning his sorrows on drinks, until Gharnef disguised as a merchant offered him the Darksphere, and turns him into a megalomaniacal tyrant, setting off the events in Book 2 with Hardin himself as the Big Bad. His Famous Last Words are pretty much a Final Speech in which he begs Marth for forgiveness and begs him to apologize to Nyna in his stead for having been weak enough to give into the corruption of the Dragonsphere.
      • By the end of the saga, Nyna herself has crossed it too. Not just because she has lost both Camus and Hardin and was this close to be a Human Sacrifice (alongside Maria, Lena and Elice), but because, well, her life has been made of suck because of her position as the Princess of Archanea. It's next to no wonder that she pretty much disappears and leaves Archanea to Marth after all is said and done.
  • Persona 2's Nyarlathotep actively tries to force everyone in the game who raises a hand against him over the edge. Eldritch Abomination + A Form To Actively Horrify You + Hannibal Lecture + "The Reason You Suck" Speech = this trope. The heroes' actions might make all his effort worthless. Mind, he does not intend to go without a fight and without someone else for the ride...
  • The White's gambit in Shin Megami Tensei IV is to force Flynn into this so he will agree to turn his blade on the Yamato Perpetual Reactor, unleashing a black hole.
  • In Dante's Inferno, Dante's will is steadily broken as he goes deeper in Hell and he is forced to face the many sins he committed in life. When a corrupted Beatrice calls him out on his misdeeds and betrayal of her trust, he falls to his knees and gives up on trying to redeem himself, deciding that he deserves to be trapped in Hell.
  • In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Gabriel crosses it right after a moment of utter triumph when he kicks Satan's ass when he sees that Marie is about to leave for the afterlife forever and that he cannot go with her. Realizing that the hope he believed in was hollow, Gabriel collapses and cries silently. Even centuries later, he has not recovered. As the immortal Dracula, all he does is hide in shadows while longing for a death that may never come.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Gerald Robotnik crosses this hard in the Last Story of Sonic Adventure 2 when he finds out about Maria's death.
    • Shadow The Hedgehog can fall into this during certain endings of his titular video game (i.e. discovering he is an android, believing he is an experiment gone wrong). However, other endings he'll completely avert it. Ironically, no matter what happens, he will always end the story by saying "This is who I am."
      • Besides the Last Story, which he says "Goodbye forever, Shadow the Hedgehog."
    • Sonic hits this in Sonic Lost World. Despite continuing on, he's incredibly affected as everyone seemingly drops like flies thanks to his bull-headed stunt that lead to the Deadly Six breaking free: his world has been sucked dry, Amy and Knuckles been hit with it, Tails captured by the villains and, for extra measure, he's forced to watch Eggman, Orbot and Cubot plunge into lava. He almost seems resigned when he sees Tails turned into a cyborg of sorts until he reveals he's still in control and not a robot. Eggman even returns, ready to reclaim his victory and, at the end, everyone's revived. For such a bright and colorful game, it's probably also one of the darkest.
  • King's Quest III explains that King Graham passed this when Rosella (his remaining child) was picked for the annual Human Sacrifice to the dragon plaguing Daventry. This is why it falls to "Gwydion" (aka the lost Prince Alexander) to rescue her and the kingdom.
  • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend: During Makoto's bad ending, Relius Clover's prolonged and precision-guided Mind Rape slams Makoto Nanaya across the despair event horizon at terminal velocity - the earliest symptoms of this are her lack of will to move or even speak, and she eventually fades into oblivion as he begins to rewrite her soul for his own use.
    (I... need to save... Tsubaki... but... I feel like I... like I don't... have... anything...)
    • Terumi feeds on others' despair to survive. He happens to be very good at causing this to extraordinary levels in almost everyone, and does exactly that, even if it's just for his own amusement. Every single ending, except his own, ultimately is a Heads I Win, Tails You Lose situation for the character. He uses his abilities to turn Noel, the girl who is loyal to him and falsely believes him to be a force of good, into a sobbing wreck of self-loathing and hatred.
    • His Motive Rant, which is delivered after said Heads I Win, Tails You Lose situation sums up that he thinks everyone who have crossed the Despair Event Horizon are the only honest people, everything else are lies, those who believe them are liars and he's willing to make his own brand of truth of "Everyone, cross the Despair Event Horizon" to become the accepted truth in the world.
  • At the beginning of Act IV in Diablo III, everyone in Bastion's Keep who isn't dead following Leah's death and Diablo's resurrection as the Prime Evil at the end of Act III comes damned close to crossing this. Haedrig, the blacksmith who's followed you faithfully throughout the game, comes probably the closest to it:
    Haedrig: I thought I could make my wife's death mean something. It doesn't matter now, does it?
    Player: It does matter. You are here now, and we might still turn the tide of this battle.
    Haedrig: Right. I'm sure that's a comfort for Leah now that she's gone too. I've been a fool. You don't get to make things right. This world isn't made for redemption.
    • In addition, the angels of the High Heavens have also fallen to despair as a result of Rakanoth capturing Auriel, the Archangel of Hope. Only by killing Rakanoth and freeing her do you restore hope to both the angels and everyone else.
    • New material for the Diablo franchise reveals that Prince Aidan aka The Warrior from the first game went over this when he discovered that in killing Diablo, he killed his baby brother Albrecht, and saving Albrecht had been his driving goal. This may have driven him to jam Diablo's Soulstone into his forehead, an action that he probably would not have done otherwise!
  • Spec Ops: The Line - Walker goes through one at the end of the game when he realizes that he was hallucinating the villain, John Konrad, he slaughtered a U.S. Army regiment, and that he has doomed the entire city of Dubai to die slowly of dehydration. The rest of the squad goes through one much earlier after they unknowingly use white phosphorus on a refugee camp.
  • In I Miss the Sunrise, a lacertian man named Chac seems to have passed this; he was the lone survivor of a ship that was wrecked by the Shine, and is wracked with survivor guilt. In addition, he lost both his wife and his legs. Turns out he hasn't quite passed the brink; though it takes a Herculean effort, his sidequest involves bringing him back from the event horizon.
  • In Odin Sphere, when Oswald learns that Gwendolyn handed over the ring Titrel, which he'd given to her as a wedding gift, over to her father Odin, he takes it to mean that she does not love him and is trapped in their marriage. Given that Oswald had latched onto the possibility that Gwendolyn might love him as his last hope in the world, the thought that she has no feelings for him drives him so far into despair that he lays down his sword and lets the Halja drag him off to the Netherworld. Fortunately for Oswald, he's mistaken about Gwendolyn's feelings, and she promptly dons her battle tutu and storms the Netherworld to get him back.
  • This is what motivates Wolf to become a robber in PAYDAY: The Heist. According to his backstory, Wolf lost his job when the economic slump hit, his last client refused to pay him for his work, and he and his family became homeless. It was enough to send Wolf over the edge to the point where he suffered a mental breakdown and started to act out based on famous heist movies.
  • In the fourth expansion of World of Warcraft, Garrosh Hellscream nuking Theramore, counts as a Despair Event Horizon for Jaina Proudmoore, and altough Kalecgos saved her from becoming a Woobie Destroyer of Worlds, it was nonetheless the beginning of a chain of events which led her to become a Fallen Hero.
    • According to his own words, Archduke Benedictus fell across the line during Deathwing's attack on Stormwind.
    • The Sha of Despair is the Elemental Embodiment of this trope. Anyone who is affected by it loses all hope to live. The effects are shown in the Temple of the Red Crane and Zhu's Watch.
    • In the backstory, the Titan Sargeras fell into despair after defeating the Nathrezim, being unable to understand their For the Evulz attitude. This despair led to his conclusion that everything the Titans had done was wrong and the only way to fix the universe was by destroying it.
  • Happens to just about everybody - except you - in the Demon Path of Soul Nomad. But not before they go insane and/or die horribly.
  • Perfectio of Super Robot Wars Destiny and consequently Second Super Robot Wars Original Generation has a wave that will cause anyone who gets hit with it cross the horizon, due to his sheer power, malevolence and the fact that he's just plain impossible to kill off permanently. It does help that he himself is an Eldritch Abomination by nature. And usually when these people were despairing, he would feed on those emotions and make himself even more powerful.
  • In Suikoden V, the Prince will hit this at the end of the game if you recruit less than 60 Stars of Destiny; He wanders off into the frozen mountains, utterly broken by his experiences.
  • In Mass Effect 3, Tali suffers one if you allow the geth to wipe out the quarians. She throws herself off a cliff, and there is absolutely no way to stop her.
    • Conversely, Legion suffers this if you choose to save the quarians at the expense of the geth, in fact, Legion decides to try and kill Shepard out of hopeless spite, but Tali shoves a knife in his back and saves Shepard while Legion dies.
    • As implied by the dreams, Shepard seems to be running out of hope of ever defeating the Reapers. The Fall of Thessia nearly sends him/her over it completely. Played straight in the Extended Cut, Shepard can choose to not use any of the Catalyst's options. That choice concludes with everyone in Shepard's Cycle being killed or harvested by the Reapers.
    • Likewise, choosing to sabotage the genophage cure will cause Wrex to withdraw all krogan support from the fight against the Reapers and confront Shepard, which ends about as well as can be expected.
    • The krogan species as a whole is suffering from this - since their culture has a heavy focus on the idea that Might Makes Right, their defeat in the Krogan Rebellions due to the genophage has led them to view themselves as not even worthy of survival, and as a result they've degenerated into internecine warfare and mercenary work and don't put all that much effort into trying to cure the species-wide stillbirth plague.
    • Your clone, when Brooks abandons them in the Citadel DLC. If you take the Paragon option and try to save them, they flatly refuse to take your hand and simply...let go of the Normandy's ramp. Hundreds of feet above the Citadel streets.
    • Gavin Archer, if you took the Paragon choice at the end of the Overlord DLC and then fail to save Grissom Academy.
    God be with you, Commander Shepard. He was never with me. [gunshot]
  • In the prequel comic to Injustice: Gods Among Us, Superman's Moral Event Horizon was caused by this when he accidentally murders Lois Lane and his unborn child thanks to some Kryptonite-laced Fear Gas. Oh, and Lois was hooked to a detonator to a nuclear bomb that went off when her heart stopped beating... taking out Metropolis. The ones who did this? The Joker and Harley Quinn.
  • In The King of Fighters, Leona Heidern has spent years in the border of this after she killed her parents and townspeople under Goenitz's More Than Mind Control, with only a big dose of Trauma-Induced Amnesia and her life as a soldier holding the rests sanity. When she actually recovers her memories of this, she's almost fully crosses the line and then becomes Orochi Leona. Fortunately, her True Companions Ralf and Clark are there for her, so they manage to bring her back.
  • In Ib, Ib herself suffers this in two of the endings. If you do extremely poorly and then fail the Doll Room event, you get the "Welcome to the World of Guertena" or "A Painting's Demise" endings, in which Garry has been driven insane and Ib, though she tries, is unable to do anything about it. This leads to her collapsing in despair and never getting back up again, despite Mary's attempts to get her to wake up.
  • Dwayne crosses it in Grand Theft Auto IV if you decide to kill him in the mission "The Holland Play". It has been established that Niko is the only person he can rely on, and the closest thing he has to a friend. Realizing that Niko has decided to kill him pushes him past the event horizon. While most of the characters that you execute in the course of the game have to be chased down and cornered, Dwayne just turns his back and waits for Niko to end him. Thankfully, there is a much better alternative.
  • Elizabeth crosses it in Bioshock Infinite in the Bad Future that results from her being recaptured by Songbird. In Comstock's attempts to get her to take up his mantle, she is tortured both physically and mentally, but holds on to hope that Booker will rescue her. However, he doesn't, and Elizabeth is convinced that he abandoned her; in reality he was stopped and probably killed by Songbird. With nothing left to hope for, she goes full on Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds and accepts the role of Comstock's successor, sending Columbia into war-preparations and subjecting any dissenters to a Mind Rape that transforms them into easily-manipulated lunatics. And when she realizes why Booker didn't save her, all her attempts to try and stop the monsters she's created fail. It's only through the intervention of the Luteces that can she find the will to prevent this future from ever occuring with the help of another version of Booker, and even when this plan comes to fruition, Elizabeth still can't see any hope for herself.)
  • If Ethan Mars of Heavy Rain fails to save his son Shaun at the end of the game, he will fall into this, ultimately leading to suicide. It doesn't help things that his other son, Jason, was killed near the beginning of the game.
  • In Skies of Arcadia this ends up happening to Ramirez after his mentor figure Galacian is killed. This leads him to bring down the Rains of Destruction and destroy the whole planet instead of conquering it, reasoning that Galacian was the only one who could save the world.
    • As a bonus Galacian is killed because one of his subordinates, Belliza, crosses her own DEH after realizing that he will always be a power-hungry tyrant and never reciprocate her feelings towards him.
  • In NieR: Replicant the eponymous protagonist gets hit with this HARD in the end of the first half of the game when he completely fails to save his sister from the Shadowlord and is forced to sacrifice one of the only true friends he's ever had for a hollow victory against a Shade. This destroys the bubble of hopes and dreams he was trying to create for him and sister and turns him into an embittered and murderous Blood Knight who revels in killing Shades as an outlet for his anger and despair while trying to get his sister back.
  • Cody Travers from Final Fight and later the Street Fighter series. While it is not actually seen in the games, multiple games tell the story of his downfall, which occur after the ending of the original Final Fight. Cody and his friends go out to save his girlfriend from the Big Bad in Final Fight. On the way, he beats up a corrupt cop named Edi, who later arrests the hero for assault and battery. Next, his girlfriend dumps him, and leaves the country to study abroad. Afterwards, he is let out of jail and tries to get revenge by fighting criminals outside. He gets arrested again, and becomes addicted to fighting within prison. He then eventually breaks out, and joins the Street Fighting cast in their tournament(s). After all these events, he usually claims that he will never be the hero again, and often states that all he has left is fighting (which he often exclaims is pointless).
  • Schala Zeal of Chrono Trigger is left so broken in sadness and despair she willingly resigns to her fate of being trapped in the Dream Devourer. Not even her brother's will to save her lifts her spirits, infact his lust for power to that end only makes it worse.

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