->''"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."''
-->-- '''Proverbs 11:2''', ''Literature/TheBible''

In fiction, it's dangerous to carry one's head [[SmugSnake too high.]] What kind of character is used for this story varies; it can be anyone from a {{Jerkass}} to a CorruptCorporateExecutive. Extra points if the character has not only a high opinion of themselves, but also a low opinion of everyone else.

But unfortunately for them, they are usually so busy [[ItsAllAboutMe kissing their mirror]] they don't see that the plot has [[LaserGuidedKarma a very special treat in stock for them]] that ''will'' teach them the error of their ways. Thoroughly. Right before our eyes.

The "breakings" usually involve [[HumiliationConga misfortunes increasing in unpleasantness]], MindRape, killing everyone they love, AndIMustScream, disease, ColdBloodedTorture, horrible accidents, and so on; the character will fail in the field they pride themselves on, lose all admirers or their power, and they alone will be responsible for their problems. Also, they might get pummeled into the ground or verbally torn apart by a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, anything that knocks them off their high horse. No matter how, they either end up bitter and alone or having to depend on others - either way, eating a good fat slice of HumblePie. This trope evokes either sympathy or schadenfreude from the public; the high-and-mighty may learn the Aesop or not, but the public gets to learn it either way.

Which is a [[OlderThanFeudalism rather old idea]]: The [[Myth/GreekMythology Ancient Greeks]] considered Hubris (overbearing {{pride}}) to be one of the greatest and most self-destructive sins. Thus, there are quite a number of stories about how those guilty of it are punished, either by circumstances or by the gods (although circumstances are generally also considered caused by the gods). The Greeks even had a god specifically for the punishment of hubris, the goddess Nemesis. Or, as [[{{Snatch}} Brick Top]] put it, "Do you know what 'nemesis' means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent..." The Greeks loved [[strike: irony]] poetic justice; the proud were always brought down by something....appropriate.

See PrideBeforeAFall for a fall that happens at once right at the beginning; IneffectualLoner and InsufferableGenius for characters who are much at risk of getting this plot line for them; FallenPrincess for a heroine whom TheCall itself punishes with a drop in status; SmallNameBigEgo for a character whose overinflated self-image will be shattered; and {{Royal Brat}}s for characters whom the audience will be begging to see broken. If the setting is HighSchool, the AlphaBitch and the JerkJock will be the victims of such a plot.

Compare SuddenHumility, which may or may not affect a haughty character.

Often seen in a SlobsVersusSnobs conflict or a {{Backstory}}. If the {{Hubris}} is society-wide, see LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair and AndManGrewProud. A harsh instance of this trope can result in RedemptionEqualsAffliction.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Jean of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' starts off incredibly self-assured and cocky, confident that he'll slide through training so he can join the top brass of the Military Police who, ironically, are the least likely to fight Titans. Once he gets caught up in a surprise attack and is forced to battle the Titans, [[WarIsHell he's given a rude awakening when half of his comrades are]] EatenAlive, [[DespairEventHorizon and the other half are crippled by fear and despair, sometimes going so far as to]] [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled kill themselves to avoid being eaten by the Titans]]. This culminates with him discovering the body of [[spoiler:Marco, his best friend who had given him solace with his words of encouragement that, even if he's weak, he can still understand how a normal soldier feels. And then he realises that ''he'' is the only one mourning for poor Marco.]]. This is what triggers his CharacterDevelopment, setting him on the path to [[spoiler:join the Survey Corps]], claiming that it's so that he can die a noble death instead of being burnt in an anonymous pile of bones like [[spoiler:Marco]], but deep down it's really so he won't let [[spoiler:Marco]]'s high opinion of him go to waste.
* In ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}: Kouga Ninpu Chuu''... Just like Oboro's part of the story is a full-blown BreakTheCutie process, [[spoiler: Tenzen]]'s end was a big BreakTheHaughty moment. [[spoiler: A ''blinded'' Gennosuke manages to kill him for already the ''third'' time in the series, and when his grunts are getting ready to help him revive, Oboro uses her newly recovered power to blast his head off his shoulders and kill him for good]]
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Every person that ever met and underestimated Guts in battle dies. Horrifically.
** This trophy goes to Griffith the most. A man of great skill and pride, his ego is destroyed when he lost just ''one fight'' to Guts, and he went and did some self-destructive behavior [[spoiler: like sleeping with the princess]] which got him landed in prison, getting horrifically tortured for a year. After his rescue, Griffith is a shadow of the man that he once was, not capable of being a warrior or a leader anymore. And this slowly starts to [[DespairEventHorizon drive him over the edge]]...
* In ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubLove'', Kinshirou gets a gentle version of this. Having spent the whole series talking about how superior he is and how he's going to set the world to rights through WorldDomination, he finds out [[spoiler:he's been in an ImmoralRealityShow the whole time and the entire galaxy has been laughing at him]]. [[LoveRedeems It ends well]].
* Pick any sports-related anime/manga. Chances are this trope will happen to those who think that they're better than anyone:
** Are you a JerkJock in ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''? ''This'' will happen to you. Wakabayashi, Hyuuga and Souda got quite of this which led to DefeatMeansFriendship, but the best examples are: Napoleon from the Shin manga ([[spoiler: because first he gets slapped by Pierre in front of everyone for dirty tactics, and later ''he'' misses the vital penalty that gets France eliminated from the tournament, which in the manga [[CryCute devolves into him crying]] TearsOfRemorse]]), Bunnark from the Thai team ([[spoiler: as it's due to his mistake that Thailand loses as well, which ''also'' [[CryCute sends him into a sobbing breakdown]] out of guilt]]), and ''specially'' Ricardo Espadas ([[spoiler: who loses spectacularly against the Japanese team ''and'' ends up unconscious in the infirmary, waking up to the notice of his teams's loss. Made even more beautiful considering his big KickTheDog moments in his first apparitions, all related to him thinking that Tsubasa is a useless rich kid -- boy, Tsubasa classily and cheerfully proves him wrong.]])
** Naoki Shinjyo in ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' gets at least ''three'' of these: First when he is beaten by Hayato in the British Grand Prix due to his car's engine troubles because he refuses to follow his staff's advice, and then he gets chewed out by Sugo's local WrenchWench Miki Joununchi ''twice'' for lashing out at his team's new mechanics and blaming them for his troubles in the races. This also happens to Randoll in the Spain GP, when Hayato sends his car flying into the sea.
** Hajime Mizuki from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' gets this ''in one single tennis game''. As punishment [[spoiler: for treating an emotionally vulnerable player as expendable]]. And at the hands of [[spoiler: said vulnerable player's protective older brother]], too! It's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome magnificent]]. (And it marks Mizuki's HeelFaceTurn, too.)
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', both Lelouch and Suzaku slowly go through this, both in particularly brutal ways. Lelouch [[spoiler:ends up causing a brutal massacre through his PowerIncontinence, necessitating the murder of his half-sister Euphemia. Then Nunnally is kidnapped. Then she's apparently killed]]. He breaks at this point. It's about the same for Suzaku. He [[spoiler:loses Euphemia, goes the KnightTemplar route for equal rights, then nukes Tokyo, which apparently kills Nunnally]]. Both get around to working together after this, [[spoiler:and they turn the tables through one HELL of a ThanatosGambit.]]
** An even more apt case would be then-racist Jeremiah Gottwald getting framed as part of a scandal by Zero after attempting to frame Suzaku for the murder of Clovis, done in hopes of having the Honorary Britannian system abolished, which leads to a HumiliationConga of him subsequently getting demoted, leading up to him almost completely incinerated by Kallen and her brand spanking new Guren. [[spoiler: After going completely insane during the Season One finale (due to experimentation), he TakesALevelInBadass, finds out who Lelouch really is and pulls a HeelFaceTurn, becoming anime's poster-boy for EnsembleDarkHorse and the series' for {{Badass}} in the process.]]
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'': [[spoiler:Near figures that simply killing Light Yagami would be too easy, and so chooses to take this route. ''[[VillainousBreakdown Holy shit, it works]]''.]]
* Vegeta from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' can't believe that anyone could be stronger than him and so gets his ass handed to him twice, thrice every season.
** ...And takes an absurdly long time to even be able to admit that someone else could be a superior fighter, despite quite a few of these beatings. He got a particularly brutal NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from Frieza, and broke down and cried in his last moments... and after being brought back to life, was straight back to his arrogant self.
** He knew that he was outclassed by the Ginyu Force and Frieza and actually devised plans to deal with Frieza. When it actually came to fight Frieza, though, he eventually became too confident in his abilities after realizing the Saiyans' ability to get stronger after recovering after having been nearly killed. He eventually gave up to Frieza, though.
*** As for every opponent afterwards, though, there was a huge power discrepancy between those he had to fight at first and the current most powerful threat. Vegeta, while having a very high opinion of himself, did realize that Goku was his better. This is especially apparent during the Buu Saga when he allowed Babidi to control him for the sake of a power boost (which led to a fight where he flat out told Goku he hated him for being better), when he realized that he'd have to kill himself for the sake of destroying Buu, when he realized that he'd no choice but to fuse with Goku to defeat Buu, and, finally, during the fight with Kid Buu, where he admits to himself that Goku would always be better than him. He even comes up with a plan to kill Buu and volunteers himself as a distraction for Goku. At this point, the resulting beatdown doesn't hurt his ego nearly as much, though he does say that he deserves to die if he can't even last as a distraction...
*** The villains have it far worse than him. Frieza was capable of eradicating most of the Saiyan race without going beyond one of his FOUR forms. He powers up all the way to his final form and is defeated on Namek when he's accidentally cut in half by his own attack. He returns as a cyborg and Future Trunks easily kills him. He returns again, briefly, in Movie 12, and Gohan kills him in ''one punch''.
*** Not to mention Cell. After his journey to become perfect, he declared himself the strongest in the universe and held a tournament just for the sake of pounding all the strongest fighters on Earth before he destroys it. After pushing Gohan to release his hidden power, by beating and torturing his friends, Cell gets his ass handed to him causing him to have both a physical and mental breakdown over being beaten by a kid. He breaks so much that he decides to blow himself up along with the planet. [[RageQuit Talk about sore loser.]]
* In ''Anime/{{Endride}}'', many of the cast want Prince Emilio, who is [[RevengeBeforeReason obsessed with revenge]] on his [[{{Patricide}} father-figure]] King Delzaine for the rumoured murder of his real father, to stop being arrogant and think of the consequences of his actions. Unfortunately, the bevy of {{Armor Piercing Question}}s don't get through, but [[spoiler: Delzaine's death at the hands of Ibelda does this to him, as Emilio realizes he can no longer talk out his problems and he grieves over yet another lost father. It doesn't help [[PapaWolf Delzaine defends him]] from Ibelda shortly before dying.]]
* [[spoiler:Akito]] from ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. Toward the end of the manga, [[spoiler: she does a complete 180]] after spending most of the series being seen at the BigBad. This is because [[spoiler: one by one, all the people tied to the Zodiac Curse are released -- which is Akito's biggest fear. She goes more and more off the deep end as a result (which includes her abusing and locking up a girl who actively fights the curse off, and later stabbing one of her closest allies when he tries to calm her down), and when Tohru finds her, she is few more than a screaming, knife-swinging, sobbing wreck. It takes [[AlllovingHero Tohru]] a ''huge'' [[IKnowyouAreInThereSomewhereFight effort]] (and falling off a cliff) to ''sorta'' make Akito listen to her.]]
* Both {{Pride}} and [[BigBad Father]] get a taste of this in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Pride, the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification incarnation]] of the homunculi's [[HumansAreFlawed superiority complex over humankind,]] is pushed to the brink and tries to save himself by taking over Ed's body. [[PsychoForHire Kimblee,]] [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth who had managed to keep his individuality after being devoured,]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech condemns Pride for his hypocrisy]] and destabilizes him long enough for Ed to gain the upper hand and deconstruct him, reducing him to a harmless human infant with no memory of ever being a homunculus. As for Father, shortly before Pride's fall, he [[EvilGloating gloats at Ed, Al, Izumi, and Roy]] about how the Truth only gave them [[DisproportionateRetribution what they deserved for their "arrogance"]]; after he's defeated and appears before the portal, [[IronicEcho Truth turns his words back on him]] right before the portal drags him into oblivion.
* Hayato Jin from ''Manga/GetterRobo'' manga starts off as a ruthless and absolute crazy gang leader. While he struggles with Ryouma as the man has invaded his territory, the Dinosuar Empire appear and brutally kill a number of Hayato's men and scared him to the point [[BringMyBrownPants he wet his pants.]] Worse off, Hayato is forced to pilot Jaguar machine (Getter-2) despite him being absolutely horrified and sick. After learning about the BigBad, Hayato joins the Getter Team and became much more heroic and less crazy.
* ''Anime/HellGirl'': This happens to the many of the people the Enma Ai takes to Hell.
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', [[AloofBigBrother Sesshoumaru's]] entire [[CharacterDevelopment journey]] is one long trip along this path until he learns the value of compassion which enables him to [[ItWasWithYouAllAlong achieve his true power]]. He doesn't stop being [[{{Pride}} prideful]], but he does mellow from being a {{Jerkass}} to being a JerkWithAHeartOfGold and move from villain to AntiHero status as a result.
* [[spoiler: [[SmugSnake Kyoko]]]], from ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie''. [[spoiler: She's the serial killer who murdered several people, including the primary character and zombie, Ayumu Aikawa, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking as well as a massive]] WalkingSpoiler. She committed the murders to gain immortality, by using souls stolen from the people she murdered to regenerate from anything thrown at her. She gets careless with this ability and throws around the souls she's stolen like water while gloating about how she's "untouchable", which gives Ayumu an opening - which he takes advantage of after disarming her, by fileting her with a chainsaw to run out her remaining supply of stolen souls. Realizing she's only got one life left at her disposal, i.e., her own, is enough to reduce her to a sobbing, pleading wreck.]]
* Part 3 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has D'Arby, an agent of [[BigBad DIO]] who works by using his Stand, Osiris, to turn the souls of his marks into poker chips when he defeats them, which he only does by winning bets (an easy feat when one is a dirty cheater). Jotaro challenged D'Arby to a game of poker to reclaim the souls of Joseph and Polnareff while betting his own soul. It would seem that Jotaro has no chance of winning, since D'Arby has everyone in the cafe where they play in on his cheating. However, Jotaro manages to bluff the hell out of him, first by raising his bet to include chips for the soul of his hospitalized ally Kakyoin, then using his [[FightingSpirit Stand]], Star Platinum, to sneak him a cigarette and a drink, making D'Arby think that he managed to swap their cards, then raising '''his mother's soul''', then demanding that D'Arby call his raise with the secret to the power of DIO's Stand. D'Arby passed out from the shock, spelling out victory for Jotaro.
* Part 7 has protagonist Johnny Joestar. Fame and money went to his head and he thought he didn't need to wait in line, leading him to getting stabbed and paralysed from the waist down before the events of the part.
* In ''Anime/KaleidoStar'', May Wong thought she could [[HardWorkHardlyWorks skip the "hard work"]] and become the star while breaking her rival Sora and charming her idols Layla and Leon. Well, when Leon [[spoiler: deliberately ''dropped'' her during an act as a test of strength, seriously injuring her in the process]], she was ''brutally'' proven wrong. Not only that, but [[spoiler: once she was a bit more stable, May was told by Layla and Katie that her performances, while technically good, are completely ''soulless'' and not focused on actually entertaining the crowds - meaning, she would have to ''start from scratch''.]] [[CharacterDevelopment This works pretty well, actually.]]
* Xanxus from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''. "YOU PIECES OF TRASH!" indeed. Too bad for him he lost so magnificently. To a 14-year-old, no less. Not that he became any less arrogant.
* In ''Kichiku Megane'', [[{{Jerkass}} Midou]] suffers this [[spoiler:after being repeatedly and brutally tortured by Katsuya]]. (Though it happens in both the game and the manga, the manga goes on in more detail, including flashbacks from Midou's perspective, [[JerkassWoobie woobiefying]] him a bit)
* In ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', just as Ranka's star begins to rise, [[TheOjou Sheryl]][[spoiler:'s illness [[IncurableCoughOfDeath gets worse]], her popularity wanes, [[BigBad her agent]] deserts her, and her career plummets]]. It all comes to a head as [[spoiler: she hits rock-bottom, her illness becoming ''[[YourDaysAreNumbered terminal]]'', her music getting tossed in the bargain bin and people on the street hardly recognizing her anymore. Then, despite her illness, a more sincere Sheryl devotes herself to singing for the sake of the people, and she regains the love of her audience]].
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has this several times.
** Evangeline is tricked into [[PowerLimiter losing most of her powers]] and being forced to be a student at [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Mahora Academy]], so far for fifteen years and counting, [[StalkerWithACrush having stalked]] Negi's incredibly powerful dad for a long time.
** Kotaro, after many insults towards [[HermeticMagic western magic]] was dealt a thorough beating with it, [[DefeatMeansFriendship then later joined the good guys]] where he faced even more powerful enemies, also western.
** Fate was dealt a strong hit to the face by Negi, who when ready to take revenge for it (he's never been hit before) was given a brutally humiliating defeat by a temporarily empowered Evangeline. She even overwhelmed him when he attempted a sneak attack using a water clone. He still acts like TheStoic, though.
** In a less extreme example, Asuna does this to Ayaka, whose inferiority in combat and martial arts to Asuna was pushed to embarrassing levels, then salted by her own continued, futile attempts to take an Ala Alba badge. She ended up crying like a [[RichBitch spoiled child]] in the end. Worse yet, Asuna was trying so little that at points she barely noticed her own gross overwhelming of her opponent, asking "Are you okay" many times. To Ayaka's credit, of the whole class she was one of the few remaining [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary High School Girls]] to manage a hit on one of the masterfully trained Ala Alba, which says a lot about her BadAssNormal status.
* Tetsuya Tsurugi from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' was a proud, arrogant AcePilot who fully trusted his skills and got mad when someone challenged them. All of that arrogance caused pleeeeenty of troubles throughout the entire series. When Kouji Kabuto returned, he got a HUGE jealousy fit, and he claimed he did not need help and refused to work with and fight alongside Kouji. Because of it, he almost got killed in one battle shortly after, and [[spoiler:his adoptive father/Keouji's biological dad commited HeroicSacrifice to save him.]] Tetsuya fell apart cause this, since his arrogance was nothing but a cover to hide [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex in reality he was a very insecure person with huge self-esteem issues]], and he gloated over his skills because [[WelldoneSonGuy he wanted to impress his father with them]] (since he ALSO was an [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan orphan]] with ParentalAbandonment issues and he was afraid if he was not the best, his adoptive father would not love him). Hence, he was arrogant because he wanted to keep his father's love, but [[spoiler: said father got killed cause his arrogance.]] Cue HeroicBSOD, MyGodWhatHaveIDone, ItsAllMyFault and in one version [[spoiler:a HeroicSacrifice.]]
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': Eva Heinemann is a woman whose EstablishingCharacterMoment involves consoling her (now ex-)fiance (who had just realized that he effectively let a man die simply because he wasn't prestigious enough to afford his services as a surgeon) by telling him that people's lives aren't equal and he should just stop fussing about it. How far does she [[FallenPrincess fall from grace?]] Well, let's just say that, eventually, [[spoiler:waking up in a jail cell for public drunkenness and discovering that all of her belongings have been stolen]] is, in fact, the ''high'' point of her day.
* In ''Manga/NaruTaru'', [[AlphaBitch Aki Honda]] goes [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer to insane lengths]] to break [[TheOjou Hiroko]] [[LonelyRichKid Kaizuka]] with help of her also nasty GirlPosse, and to keep reluctant GirlPosse member [[ShrinkingViolet Miyoko Shito]] from finding her conscience in time to stop the spiraling madness. Well, [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds the cutie is broken]], and then, in some of the most gruesomely memorable sequences in animanga, ''the cutie breaks the haughty''. [[spoiler: One of the girls (Hiroka) is a mere thug, and dies a simple, but still brutal death in front of her classmates via being thrown off a window. One (Mihaya) is almost as sadistic as Aki, and her remains are left unrecognizable in a dark alley. The aforementioned Miyoko confesses her and the group's sins in public after witnessing Hiroka's death and lives, but she has a leg ''ripped off her body'' and is both forever scarred and haunted by how she could have stopped this. While Aki is reveling in her rule-breaking to the point of openly breaking [[BrotherSisterIncest one of the great taboos]], and plotting still ''more'' impossible to pin on her attacks on Hiroko, the broken cutie's vengeance finds her, and exacts her revenge in a magnification of [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil Aki's worst atrocity against her.]] Miyoko's pleas of sorry earn the former bully her life -- not so for Aki, whose pleas come only as she dies, and who is left with no doubt who's killing her and why, despite appearances]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Neji Hyuuga is a [[InsufferableGenius genius who knows it]] and keeps insisting that everyone else's destiny is to lose to him. He is brought down ''hard'' by the titular character, [[DefeatMeansFriendship becoming much more likeable]].
** A quote from Kakashi, early in the series, would seem to indicate a trend:
--->'''Kakashi:''' ''[to Sasuke]'' They say the nail that stands up is the one that gets hammered down.
** Ironically, Kakashi suffered from this as well. Like Neji, he was a genius with incredibly high standards for the people around him. Then his best friend Obito Uchiha goes and beats it out of him, but ends up dying in the process [[spoiler: Or so everyone thinks..]] That ends up changing Kakashi fundamentally.
* Erenfried of ''VideoGame/NeoAngelique Abyss'' is initially presented as a insufferable prodigy until [[spoiler:his inventions stop working on the [[TheHeartless thanatos]], his team is wiped out in a thanatos attack, his plan to kidnap Angelique fails causing his mentor to scold him, this same mentor gets sentenced to death for the property damage Erenfried's machines caused forcing him to ask for help from The Organisation, he is forced to give up his [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots robot assistant]] and once he finishes his work The Organisation betrays him and throws him in prison.]] He's a bit different after all that.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' contains a few examples.
** Asuka. In both her first story and "The Day Tokyo 3 stood still" she is set up for such a fall. In the first one, everyone pulls together and she learns no "lesson". In the second, she makes a fool of herself trying to take charge, until the real battle. Then she starts giving orders that make sense and takes over and the whole [[AnAesop Aesop]] is just ignored. However she starts to underperform or lose battles, her synch scores slip down, as her [[TheRival rival]] [[LoveInterest Shinji]] not only beats her but also is [[ObliviousToLove unable to notice her — admittedly — clumsy attempts to seduce him]], [[EveryoneCanSeeIt leading her to wrongly believe that he is not interested in her]]. As a result her self-esteem takes constant blows, and then she is utterly defeated, {{Mind Rape}}d, tries to commit suicide because she thinks that no one will ever love her and no one will care for her if she can not pilot Eva, after which she is placed in a medical coma. A HopeSpot allows her to regain some of her old confidence, only to be brutally and painfully killed in battle. When she is resurrected at the very end of the story, she seems to have softened slightly, at least.
** Though Asuka really never thought highly of herself. She was a girl with huge self-esteem and self-worth issues who [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex pretended to be arrogant]] because she wanted others to think highly of her. If anything, her self-confidence increases after she gets out of her coma because she becomes self-reliant and learns her mother loved her.
** Shinji gets to have one moment of being the best on synch tests, and then is promptly devoured by an Angel moments later.
** Ritsuko Akagi is at first is portrayed as a frigid, detached scientist with an intense hatred (though only apparent later on) of Rei and a liking to PlayingWithSyringes... then she goes on a MotiveRant and is reduced to a sobbing wreck in episode 23 when she realizes that Gendo was just using her, spending the next episode and the first few minutes of ''[=EoE=]'' in the brig. First thing she does after being released is setting up her revenge in the form of TakingYouWithMe. However, like Asuka, this is PlayedWith. Ritsuko's detachment stems from being a BetaTestBaddie and being raised by a mentally-unbalanced mother who thought more of herself than her daughter. She latches onto (and sadly obsesses over) the only person she believes to be one to show her affection, Gendo, and quickly degrades under the fact that she feels unloved, and finds connecting with people hard.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** There's the [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney Celestial Dragons]], or [[AristocratsAreEvil World Nobles]]. For good measure, as descendants of the World Government's originators, anyone who opposes them risks the wrath of a Marine Admiral. Too bad [[spoiler: one of them, Saint Charloss, shoots [[TheAtoner Hatchan]] in front of [[BewareTheNiceOnes Luffy]]. [[BerserkButton Luffy got a bit mad.]] Just enough to punch Charlos's face so badly that Luffy leaves a HUGE crater on the side, drives the poor sap through rows of seats, and sends him crashing into a wall. [[ThreatBackfire Oh, and Luffy could care less about the Marines—he was ALREADY wanted.]]]]
** Charloss's predecessor, Bellamy, got much the same treatment when he arrogantly laughed off the crew's goal of Sky Island and robbed one of their friends. That's not even the worst of it. When Bellamy's employer Doflamingo heard of Bellamy's ignoble defeat, he had him cut down by one of his own crew mates and left him to die in the street, saying [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he had no need for weaklings in his crew]]. Let's just say [[spoiler: those events changed him significantly, as Bellamy even ''thanks'' Luffy later for giving him a reality check since it helped him to [[TookALevelInBadass take a level in badass]] ]].
** A lesser example; for a long time, one of the most feared and sadistic officials in Impel Down was Sadi-Chan, the whip-wielding {{Dominatrix}} who commanded the demonic guardians and got her thrills from torturing the inmates, often to death. However, during the mass breakout, she was defeated in combat by Ivankov who hurt her badly and left her [[BoundAndGagged hog tied]] with her own whip, utterly humiliated. After [[BigBad Magellan]] found her and cut her free, she was reduced to [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen crying like a little girl.]]
*** The very concept behind Impel Down is a big Break the Haughty. It imprison the worst, most feared criminals in the world and tortures them to the point where many of them lose their will to live and wish for death.
* In ''Manga/OniisamaE'', both [[spoiler:Aya and ''especially'' Fukiko]] go through this. The former [[spoiler:gets her arm slashed when she pushes Mariko's BerserkButton ''to the freaking bottom'' in public after mocking Mariko's parents' ''very'' messy divorce while clearly knowing it's a bad idea]] and the latter [[spoiler:sees her own actions throughout the series (especially the aforementioned event with Aya, Rei's death, and her beloved Takehiko getting together with Rei's friend Kaoru) results in the Sorority being gone.]]
* Whenever a trainer in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' gets too cocky, this is gonna happen to them. Gary Oak would be the most prominent example.
** Paul, after spending the entire season being one ArrogantKungFuGuy and looking down in Ash, discovers that Ash has beaten Brandon (that has beaten his brother and the entire reason to he be one ArrogantKungFuGuy) and [[CurbStompBattle is soundly beaten]] in front of his brother.
** In the case of Gary, after spending the entire first season mocking Ash, he not only gets [[CurbStompBattle curb stomped]] by Mewtwo, he also loses in the ''preliminaries'' of the tournament both he and Ash spent a year preparing for.
** In May's case, she develops an [[SmallNameBigEgo over-inflated ego]] after learning she had a group of admirers. She ends up pushing her Pokémon too hard during the contest and [[WhatTheHellHero gets reprimanded]] '''[[WhatTheHellHero hard]]''' by ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes Nurse Joy]]'' of all people. She's so shocked that she's pretty much [[TearsOfRemorse driven to tears.]]
*** Similarly, during the Johto series Misty befriended a Pokémon cheerleader named Tammi, who was training her Pokémon for a tournament and was ''very'' exigent to them, to StageMom levels. First, her Politoed and NumberTwo deserted her and sought solance with Ash's group, who then meet up with Tammi and try to help her loosen up to no avail. Later, Tammi's Pokémon fail to get her instructions right and get hurt as a result but she yells at them, so Misty yells at ''her'' since she's ignoring how they could have been wounded. Seeing Misty get things done ''right'' also sends Tammi to a sobbing breakdown [[MustMakeAmends and mending things.]]
** Ash's Charizard also went through this in an early Johto episode. Upon arriving at a Charizard sanctuary, they reveal that Charizard (for a long time the most powerful Pokémon in Ash's party) is actually ''weak'' compared to the others there. Then he gets beaten up by anyone that it challenges, including a ''female'' said to be the weakest Charizard there. Ash leaves Charizard behind to get stronger. This mellows him out ''a lot''.
*** Charizard was arrogant as a Charmeleon and disobeyed Ash, only agreeing to battle to defend his pride. He only evolved into Charizard to begin with because an Aerodactyl had brushed him off. When he did battle, he usually won. It took him nearly freezing to death at the hands of a Poliwrath before he snapped out of it.
** Ash himself falls victim to this on a number of occasions. It seems that every time the guy has even the slightest winning streak going for himself he starts to get a big head. Whenever this happens, you can bet his next opponent WILL [[CurbstompBattle rip out his ego and beat him with it]]. No matter how many times this happens however, he [[BrokenAesop never seems to learn]].
** The Indigo League episode, "The School of Hard Knocks," featured Giselle, an AlphaBitch at Pokémon Tech who bullied the other students under the guise of tutoring, and who had the nerve to openly insult Ash's Pikachu. Ash proceeds to give her a healthy dose of this trope by defeating her Cubone using said Pikachu. Despite the obvious typing disadvantage.
** In the Diamond and Pearl episode "Classroom Training!", Ash attends the Snowpoint Trauners' School and runs afoul of Jeremiah, who notes how Ash got a low score on a Pokémon exam and outright asked ''how'' he won six Badges with how little academic knowledge he has on Pokémon. Jeremiah is subsequently curb-stomped by [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain the Team Rocket trio]] of all people, with no cheating or dirty tricks on their end, because for all of his book-smarts, he had no actual experience and could only think of shouting attack names.
* Autor from ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' generally comes off as a snob, lording his grand knowledge about the Story-Spinning powers over another character, only to be humiliated when the character is "chosen" over him and he turns out to have no trace of the powers in question.
* Nanami of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. [[JerkassWoobie Poor girl.]] From the Utena character page: After discovering that her brother, who she loved ever since she was a child, [[spoiler:was not her blood sibling, she feels like the connection she had her whole life was a lie.]] After that, she [[spoiler:runs away from home, into the house of a pair of close, happy siblings...only to walk in on them having sex.]] And after that she walks in on her brother [[spoiler:making out with a member of her old gang, to hear that her brother said he not only never loved her to begin with, and to have her ex-friend claim she has no connection to her anymore.]] And then after that she gets the [[spoiler:Akio Car treatment, where her brother attempts to rape her, much to her horror. Her proceeding duel has her break down in tears, claiming that she doesn't have any connection to the brother she loves, and is horrified as being just like the other girls he sees absolutely nothing in.]] It's very hard not to feel sorry for her after all that, even if you thought she was a raging RichBitch.
* In the manga ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'', this happens to [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Shinrei]], [[EnfantTerrible Tokito]], and [[CantCatchUp Akira]].
* [[spoiler:Mikael]] from ''Anime/ImGonnaBeAnAngel'' [[spoiler: got thoroughly broken at the end of the series after going evil and insane over his obsession of becoming an angel, leaving him dependent on his teacher who still let him stew in his own juice]]. But it got subverted at the very end, because [[spoiler: his actions, however morally dubious they were, got him promoted to a position of an angel teacher]].
* Princess Shoukei from ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms''. Oh, booooooy. First, she's a RoyalBrat who lives completely closed off from the world, while her KnightTemplar parents ruin their kingdom with their Spartamn rules. Then [[spoiler: the nobles get sick of the Royal Couple's bullshit and send out a ReasonableAuthorityFigure to punish them with death, which takes place in front of Shoukei. Which is followed by Shoukei being kicked out of the local royalty, meaning she is no longer an Immortal]]. Then [[spoiler: she becomes a PrincessInRags in a small village, taken care of by a peasant woman who loathes her because her son and neighbors were executed by Shoukei's father ''and'' Shoukei herself doesn't seem to learn from her experiences]]. ''Then'' [[spoiler: she is found out an almost subjected to a CruelAndUnusualDeath, with only a neighboring Queen's orders saving her from it]]. ''Then'' [[spoiler: she's forced into servitude of this Queen, who is a LittleMissBadass SternTeacher who takes no shit from anyone]]. And ultimately [[spoiler: she escapes from said Queen and is forced to fend off by herself, only ''now'' starting to see how the world '''actually''' is with the help of Youko's friend Rakushun]].
* ''Manga/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'': Van vs. the Dragonslayers. Dilandau is not having a good day. [[spoiler:That day, Van slew all of Dilandau's Dragonslayers...and their pilots, effortlessly and mercilessly—he was having a bad day, too, you see. It was only when Dilandau himself was left, a blubbering mess, that the fallen spirits [[TakingYouWithMe tried to take Van with them]], stopping the battle.]]
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** In the original manga of ''Manga/YuGiOh'', Mokuba Kaiba undergoes this, changing from a stuck up brat who secretly longed for his big brother's approval to someone who was... well, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold still a jerk sometimes, but mostly okay]], after Yugi defeated him at Capsule Monsters. Seto Kaiba sure could have used this plot in the anime, but no matter how many times he lost a duel, he came out of the subsequent HeroicBSOD as arrogant as ever.
** Take your pick in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': Kaiser Ryo, which leads to a FreakOut, FaceHeelTurn, and ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil; Edo, who suffered from a huge case of self-righteousness and snobbishness -- his early relationship with Judai could in fact be considered a case of SlobsVersusSnobs -- and eventually discovered (along with his best friend... the season's BigBad) that he MissedTheCall; and Manjyome, to the point where he has to go in the opposite direction and rediscover his true strength! Oh, and it's a foregone conclusion that anyone on this show who undergoes this plot will come within an inch of losing their life in the process.
** Jack has this trope covered in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''.
* Hiei from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', though it is somewhat averted in that he remains just as arrogant as before (though he does become a calmer person) and isn't "broken" at all, even after getting his soul stolen by Kaito. So it's more a case of the {{Jerkass}} [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold showing he has a heart]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the miniseries ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', ComicBook/BoosterGold is revealed to have staged a super villain attack using an actor in PoweredArmor to increase his reputation. He becomes a haughty {{Jerkass}} with a bitter hatred for the new hero Supernova and desperately searches for a chance to regain his superhero status. In issue #15 he manages to redeem himself in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[spoiler:just before he dies in a ''nuclear explosion'' with only his skeleton left]]. In issue #37 it is revealed that [[spoiler:his fall-from-grace, apparent death and rivalry with Supernova (who is revealed to be Booster Gold using time travel) was all part of a plan to stop Mister Mind from destroying TheMultiverse. He still hired the fake super villain to boost his ego, which was his actual lowest point, but that was before he learned what was going on and decided to turn himself around.]]
* Bleez from the [[Characters/GLRedLanternCorps Red Lanterns]]. She was the most beautiful woman on her entire planet, coveted by all, and refused all of her suitors -- that is, until she was gangraped and mutilated by several [[Characters/GLSinestroCorps Sinestro Corpsmen]]. She didn't take it particularly well.
* Rayek from ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', for several issues after his disastrous attempt to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.
* Envy Adams from ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', ex-girlfriend of Scott. They met in college and were once a happy couple. However, over time, she begin to change the band she along with Steven and Scott were in by adding more people, taking it in a direction no one was happy or agreed to and even implied that she cheated on him. She reappears with her successful band and her new boyfriend (actually her [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Successful Childhood Friend]] Todd Ingram, also Ramona's 3rd ex) in Volume 3. However, it's here she loses everything that she held dear. [[spoiler: She learns that the incident that Todd used to prove he still loved her (using his vegan psychic powers to create a massive crater in the moon) was actually done for Ramona first. We then find out that he cheated on her with Lynette Guygott, the drummer. Todd even hits her in his pride, believing he can do whatever he wants as a rock star. ]] In the end, all she's left with (besides her talents) are the clothes on her back and some money. Ironically enough, that includes the hoodie that Scott gave her back when they were still dating.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** During Craig Kyle and Chris Yost's run in ''New X-Men''. The senior team's decisions all end up actually hurting the younger students that they've sworn to protect leading to the death of some of them. By the [[spoiler: ''Children of the X-Men'' arc]], the team [[spoiler:makes a genuine effort to get to know their students personally instead of just making decisions for them based on what they think is best]].
** Worst hit is ComicBook/EmmaFrost, by the end of [[spoiler:the ''Mercury Falling'' story arc, she's been broken so hard that she gets a genuine PetTheDog moment with her MoralityPet ComicBook/{{X 23}}]].
** Long before that, Emma's HeelFaceTurn is precipitated by [[spoiler:her waking up from her coma to find that almost all the Hellions, who had trusted her as their mentor, were dead. She had been quite selfish before, but the realization that she had failed to protect her students turned her temporarily suicidal]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'''s AlphaBitch Sistah Spooky. Because ThereAreNoTherapists, underneath the glossy façade of her public persona lies a neurotic, popularity-obsessed mess of a woman. Which only makes what happens to her in volume 5 more tragic. Volume 6 is even worse.
* In the Batman Reborn issues of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' Damian Wayne went through this as a way of RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap. Getting him to act less arrogant was a major factor in getting more fans to like him. Depending on who you ask, some think that this was always the planned arc for him.
* In the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' comics, [[BigBad Scorpius]] is hit ''hard'' by this when he is press-ganged into serving the Kkore. After a lifetime of surviving and prospering with nothing but his wits and will, Scorpius believed himself to be the most awesome being in the universe. Meeting the Kkore taught him a very important lesson: No matter how good you are, there is always someone better. For the first time in his life, Scorpius is forced to acknowledge others as ''his superiors'' in every way.
* In ''ComicBook/TomStrong'', when the supremely arrogant [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi pilot Ingrid Weiss]] challenged Tom Strong and his African wife Dhalua, Dhalua curbstomped her to such a degree that after Ingrid slinked away to lick her wounds, Dhalua calmly stated that Ingrid's spirit was broken beyond repair, and that she would never bother the Strong family again. Which she didn't.
* This is one of the central themes of the graphic novel ''ComicBook/AsteriosPolyp''. We meet the main character in the middle of being broken, then flash back to him beforehand, when he was an award winner architect, (despite never having any of designs actually built) a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky professor]] (who always found something sarcastic to say about the work of his students) and a happily married man. (Whose issues need to be the center of attention alienated his wife and eventually caused them to split.)
* ComicBook/TransformersWingsOfHonor: [[BigBad Deathsaurus]] was the arrogant schemer, who built up his empire, and squashed the most elite Autobot group in the first arc. In the second, the remnants of the group defeat him, and he retreats to his base, only to find Megatron there whose about to hijack the story from him. Megatron challenges him to a duel, and defeats him, smashing his chest and blowing off half of his face. At the end, Deathsaurus agrees to go into exile, his empire gone and all but one of his minions having deserted him or died.
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': The Orphan Maker, Noriko's [[TheDragon Dragon]] earned his nickname through his skill and regularly abuses the slaves he's been put in charge of. Usagi fights him twice, [[EyeScream he jabs one eye and later slashes the other]] making Orphan Maker blind and swearing revenge. Usagi meets him in a later story being abused by bandits, Orphan Maker doesn't recognize him on account of being blind, and has mellowed out. He's now a monk and travels the countryside, he and Usagi have a friendly chat and leave on good terms, with him still ignorant to Usagi's identity.
* This happens throughout the later stages of ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan''. Dr. Octopus doesn't take failure well. His failure in ''ComicBook/EndsOfTheEarth'' show that. However, his determination in creating a better legacy as Spider-Man than Peter Parker ends up costing him everything Peter had built up, ultimately leading to the ComicBook/GreenGoblin utterly destroying most of that legacy with gusto. He's ultimately left a broken man who [[spoiler:decides to take a HeroicSuicide to bring Peter back and get him to fix the mess.]]
* The entire first book of ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'' is this for Sand Masters - they go from a powerful order of sorcerers to a small group of people brought to near-extinction by an army of determined {{Muggle}}s. Then, when they try to rebuild their numbers, they learn that their haughtiness has made them reviled by the rest of the continent and Lossandian government is more than happy to assist with complete dismantling of their profession.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Asuka had trained hard her whole life to become the best. She was a soldier and was proud of it. Then the war came and she got beaten, humiliated, mind-raped, abandoned by her comrades and murdered. After the end of the world she was angry, jaded and semi-comatose. She got forced to be two warlords' war toy and plaything for years during which she thought she had been abandoned and betrayed again for the only person she might have loved. When the story starts out she is soul-weary and mind-broken she does not believe her life will ever get better.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Although the premise of the story is "Shinji and Asuka's ruined FirstKiss was Asuka's turning point which led to her break-down. What if they would have gotten it right?" Asuka still is puts through a breaking. She [[spoiler:gets swallowed by an Angel, her best friend gets absorbed by her giant robot and she gets fired up by Gendo.]] The last was a potentially devastating blow since her self-worth is completely tied to being a pilot. She was hanging by a thread afterwards, and Shinji was the only thing helped her to cope with the situation in lieu of falling apart and crumbling down.
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Asuka was prideful and boastful because her very fragile self-image was founded on being the best at everything and depending on nobody. She never wanted to have children and piloting Eva was everything she thought she had. Then she fell in love with her greatest rival, he got her pregnant and she stopped being a pilot due to her pregnancy. Her self-image got shattered, but she managed to pull herself together, and when Shinji reached out to her she opened up, acknowledged her feelings and trusted him. And then [[spoiler:he lost his nerve.]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': Asuka was somewhat arrogant and brash when she came along (albeit she was calmer than in canon thanks to be raised by a good foster mother). In her first battle she was supposed to capture her adversary alive, but she got carried away when it got her mad and she killed it. As a consequence of it, she got lectured, berated and threatened by Gendo. During the War she sees her friends and people getting insane or dying because the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s they are fighting [[spoiler:as she gets put through several defeats and humiliations, and when all is over]] she pretty much has no pride left.
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': Brash, bold, prideful Asuka got her heart broken, her pride shattered, her mind raped and her body chopped into pieces and devoured before the beginning of the history. She became suicidal before AND after dying and being reborn, but now the universe has got a makeover she has decided turning over a new leaf, too.
* ''Fanfic/DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns'': [[spoiler:Trian Aeducan]] is put through this, with [[TookALevelInBadass surprising results]].
* ''Manga/Evangelion303'': By the start of the history Asuka is [[AcePilot the top pilot in the base]], she knows it and ensures -loudly- that everyone else also knows it. However her performance had been slipping and she lost a coveted assignment to another pilot. Then she challenged [[TheRival the newcomer pilot]] to a [[OldSchoolDogFight duel]] and she lost. [[BelligerentSexualTension Her conflicting feelings]] towards Shinji got her distracted and she botched a mission. [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/914657/033a/ Her self-image was collapsing]] but she got better after she sorted her feelings out and [[HeroesWantRedheads Shinji]] and she [[RelationshipUpgrade consummated their relationship]]. But shortly before [[spoiler:the war plane that she was piloting crashed]] and she spent several months in a coma. When she woke up she blamed herself for it and [[spoiler:her best friend's death]]. Later she had to fly another prototype and [[spoiler:it also crashed.]] With her self-confidence and self-esteem shattered she saw herself like a [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1794689/024/ pathetic]] [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1794691/025/ failure]]. She was so affected that she tried to [[spoiler:tried to kill herself]] and when Shinji stopped her, she ran away.
* ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': Asuka was -apparently- prideful and boastful, and she thought she was the best pilot ever. During the War she got humiliation after humiliation, beatings, a mind-rape and realized NERV never cared about her. After Third Impact she was very bitter and furious, but she tried to get better… and then [[spoiler:she got raped]].
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Chapter 2 narrates how Asuka’s pride got shattered until she regarded herself as a worthless, useless failure and an ugly, scarred freak.
* ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'': Asuka was bold and arrogant at the beginning. All of it was a façade to hide her many insecurities and neuroses, though. She gained emotional stability when she hooked up with Shinji, but for the same reason she got severely upset when he was in danger or [[spoiler:when he left for a while.]] Then she [[spoiler:was {{Mind Rape}}d by Arael]] and her self-confidence crumbled down. Asuka spent the rest of the history depressed and clinging to Shinji in order to not lose it completely. She was so soul-weary and her self-esteem was so shattered that she would rather [[spoiler:die with Shinji to get into her Eva again and fight for her life.]]
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': Due to her rigorous training and inferiority complex Asuka was -or pretended to be- cocky and self-assured, and thought she would easily destroy any enemy. However she got nearly killed in her first deployed and was admonished for a mistake was not her fault. She got better afterwards, but she was put through more humiliations and defeats until she [[spoiler:stopped being an Eva pilot.]]
* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': Defied. Shortly after meeting [[{{Tsundere}} Asuka]] for first time -[[PeggySue again]]-, [[TheHero Shinji]] [[BelligerentSexualTension feels tempted to bring her down a notch]]... but he will do not it, not matter how overbearing she may be, because he has seen [[DrivenToSuicide what would happen]] [[DespairEventHorizon if her pride was shattered]], and he has absolutely no desire of seeing it happening ever again.
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': In this story Asuka was broken even worse than in canon. In addition to the long string of traumatic humilliations, beatings, defeats and MindRape she suffered in the original series, she got to compete with Rei over Shinji. She forced herself to face her feelings, opened up to Shinji (making herself vulnerable despite of all her misgivings and fears)... and then she got depressed and heart-broken because it did not seem to be enough to win him over and she felt wanting compared with Rei. That situation increased her insecurities and feelings of inadequacy and she slowly and gradually fell completely apart and [[spoiler:tried to kill herself.]]
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': Asuka behaved as a prideful, self-assured girl at the beginning (a mask to cover her weak self-esteem). When ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} her powers]]'' surfaced and she started out her superheroine career, though, she changed gradually, becoming less self-centered and more altruistic. At the same time her performance with her giant robot suffered, and she started questioning herself. Then she [[spoiler:went through Arael's MindRape. The {{Robeast}} played with all her fears, doubts and insecurities, and broke her down.]] For a while she was utterly distraught and depressed, thinking she was never a heroine but an inmature child playing a game, she was never a good pilot, and she was worthless.
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, [[spoiler:Cortana]] has very specific notions of how to fight off a certain AlienInvasion. This is a point that is repeatedly harped on, to the point where the plot often supports the argument as the heroes fall back again and again. A downplayed version of this trope kicks in when [[AllYourPowersCombined several different technologies are combined]] into a new starship that succeeds in its very first real field test.
* The fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5385837/1/Poor_Princess Poor Princess]]'' puts [[SpoiledBrat Princess Morebucks]] from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' through the wringer, beginning with her getting [[IHaveNoSon disowned by her father]].
* [[spoiler: Brox and, to a lesser extent, Grunnel]] in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''.
** Jeft qualifies too. He's an arrogant gamer {{Jerkass}} who thinks he's planned everything to perfection, and he treats everyone like shit, even his favorite character. He eats considerable crow at the end of the Third Movement.
** Paul wades through endless hordes of skeletons, zombies, ghouls, and ghasts without a scratch, supremely confident in his [[NighInvulnerable invulnerability]]—but then he meets the wraiths....
* Mordecai from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' is sometimes made the Haughty in the fanfics and ends up breaking when Rigby gets killed/dies in some of those cliche yet untiring "Rigby dies and Mordecai suffers from it" fics.
* ''FanFic/PowerRangersGPX'' has ''three'' instances, two heroic and one villainous. Let's take a look:
** [[TheHero Sean O'Callahan]], the Red Ranger. Prior to his, he'd been a more lightly arrogant JerkWithAHeartOfGold than other cases. However, by episode 12, it's implied being Red Ranger has gone to his head, especially because Green Ranger Daisuke Miyazawa had been a pain in the ass. After [[spoiler: Daisuke mutinies and leaves the team]], he spends the next chapter brooding over the result. [[spoiler: It's cemented when he's beaten nearly half to death and he undergoes CharacterDevelopment to become a more level-headed leader]].
** [[TheLancer Daisuke Miyazawa]], the Green Ranger. Unlike Sean, he is just plain arrogant and unwilling to accept Sean as leader because he sees Sean as unworthy. He constantly tries to undermine Sean's authority until [[spoiler: he leaves the team, taking his sister with him]]. Two chapters later, he fights the main villain of the arc and [[spoiler: is defeated and called out by his ''own sister'' for his actions. After being rescued by Sean and the other Rangers, he decides to leave the team.]]
* FanFic/AGrowingAffection does this to Hanabi twice. The first is a more minor breaking when Hinata deconstructs Hanabi's importance relative to Naruto. [[spoiler: the second time is when Madara [[MindRape breaks her spirit]] as a part of his GrandTheftMe plot.]]
* Happens to [[spoiler:Ludlow]] in ''FanFic/RiseOfTheGaleforces,'' with lethal results. [[spoiler:To be fair, though, he deserves it - his EstablishingCharacterMoment reveals him to be a greedy, glory-hounding, insensitive asshole who is willing to [[BreakTheCutie hurt others]] to get what he wants. Unfortunately, he's also incompetent, to the point where he thinks that both abusing a ''TyrannosaurusRex'' family and [[TooDumbToLive turning Violet into a T. rex]] are good ideas. A thoroughly infuriated Vi proceeds to put him through a HumiliationConga of epic proportions, unraveling plans that presumably took him decades to put together in a very short space of time. He finally [[VillainousBreakdown breaks down]], attempts to murder Vi... and is eaten by the aforementioned family of baby tyrannosaurs upon Violet's behalf.]]
* Almost all of the Twilight characters go through this at the end of The Wedding Crashers: the vampires [[spoiler: realize they are not at the top of the food chain like they thought after two of their own are killed by Dean and Castiel, and are only saved by a human girl's mercy]], the Cullens [[spoiler: are disgraced by the rest of their kind]], Renessme [[spoiler: gets punched by Leah]], Jacob [[spoiler: accidentally releases Leah from his hold and gets beaten as a result]], and Quil [[spoiler: is told by Claire that she will never marry him]].
* Silver gets broken over the knee by [[Fanfic/PrisonIslandBreak prison life,]] initially believing that he will reform the entire prison population. [[RealityEnsues Reality bites him like a crocodile and refuses to let go.]]
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, Aria T'Loak experiences this. She initially insists on doing things her own way when the [[spoiler:Flood]] invades and the [[NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering Citadel Council]] gets [[TheHero Shepard]] to talk her into lending a hand in containing the AlienInvasion. She then proceeds to [[BullyingADragon taunt and blackmail]] the [[StarWars Trans-Galactic Republic]], specifically their shady [[StateSec Republic Intelligence Service]] who is fond of [[StealthInSpace cloaking devices]] which have a relatively [[WeaksauceWeakness easy-to-exploit weakness]] that Aria gleefully seizes...until she is threatened with [[ThrownOutTheAirlock spacing]]. She then loses her station to the AlienInvasion, goes on a [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge mission]] to take out the infestation aboard the Citadel long after everyone else leaves, and ''still'' fails to accomplish anything. It's not for lack of trying, and her [[SlapSlapKiss lover]] points out that valuable lessons have been learned.
* This happens to [[spoiler: Obsidian]] in the HungerGames fanfic ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning''. After entering the Games with total confidence, [[spoiler: he is broken by the fact that the Games are not what he dreamed they would be and beaten down by concerns that the Careers' way isn't right. This causes him to leave the pack, leaving him a pariah and--after an embarrassing run-in with another tribute who steals from and mocks him--without any supplies other than his sword. He ends up feeling great remorse for his kills, and this is why he doesn't ally with [[TheHero Vale]] the first time he gets a chance (along with the fact that [[TheSneakyGuy Phlox]] had just allied with her, [[BrotherSisterTeam Fen, and Lark]]): he fears that he would probably end up killing her, as well.]] By the time [[spoiler: he finally does become Vale's ally, he]] is hardly recognizable as the same confident, poised tribute [[spoiler: he]] once was.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3665921/1/Black-Flames-Dance-In-The-Wind-Rise-of-Naruto Black Flames Dance In The Wind: Rise Of Naruto]]'' had a very satisfying one for Naruto, who up to that point and hovered between GaryStu and GodModeSue. After he and Yugito fight Hidan and Kakuzu (respectively), Naruto meets Shizaru, a demon that [[EldritchAbomination Kyuubi]] flat out tells him he has no chance against. When Naruto disregards Kyuubi's [[DoNotTauntCthulhu warning to avoid antagonizing]] Shizaru at all costs, Shizaru [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beats him so badly]] that Naruto is left [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe bifurcated]] and with almost all of his bones broken. While in a coma, Naruto gets [[WhatTheHellHero called out]] by Kyuubi on not only disregarding her warning but dragging out his fight with Hidan after assuring Yugito that he'd kill Hidan as quickly as possible then help her with Kakuzu.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfic ''Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury'', not only do [[spoiler:Light and Higuchi]] get broken, but [[spoiler:L gets his, too. He technically [[PyrrhicVictory "wins"]] the battle against Kira, but in the process he loses Watari, Light, Misa's friendship, the trust and respect of the task force, and of course his own life. He takes sort-of LoveInterest Erin's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech at the end of it all exceptionally well ([[ShooTheDog though he still forces her to leave]]) and [[DyingAlone spends his last few days alone.]]]]
* WordOfGod is that the rewritten version of ''Fanfic/CanYouImagineThat'' will chronicle the [[CharacterizationMarchesOn turning point]] of [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]]'s characterization, showing his development from the original strip's portrayal as a {{jerkass}} to the more heroic interpretation the rest of Fanfic/{{the Calvinverse}} shows him as.
* ''FanFic/MegaManReawakened'' has this happen with Bass. In Arc 4, chapter 1, Roll easily defeats him, and an even more severe instance happens to him in the Arc 4 finale when Break Man curbstomps him.
* Various cast members are put through this in ''FanFic/AnAlternateKeitaroUrashima'', with varying results:
** Haruka's begins when she's slapped by a lawsuit led by [[NoHeroToHisValet disgruntled employees]] and customers she casually abused because she didn't like them. {{Pride}} keeps her from settling like her lawyer advises; as a result, [[spoiler:she loses the teahouse, and Granny Hina exploits her vulnerable position to name her manager so she can continue her world tour]]. Though naturally embittered by this, over time, she starts to [[HeelRealization realize how her own actions contributed to her plight]].
** Su gets put in a position where her [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses her status]] can't save her, and actually ''works against her'': If it becomes common knowledge that their princess is [[spoiler:a thief]], there'll be considerable political fallout. Despite this, Su repeatedly complains, wondering why 'those meanies' won't just let [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections her friends fix everything]].
** Naru attacks Keitaro on the grounds of their cram school and nearly gets kicked out for the assault. Though the Headmaster shows her some pity and lets her off with a stern warning, the other students avoid her, not wanting anything to do with somebody so volatile. Naru [[NeverMyFault blames Keitaro for this]].
** Mokoto's gotten the worst HumiliationConga so far. After [[spoiler:getting arrested]], she's steadily been losing everything that mattered to her: her Fan{{Girl Posse}}, her position on the Kendo Club, her honor, her reputation, [[spoiler:her status as heir of the God Cry School, and her place at the Hinata Inn, as she's being forcibly transferred to a co-ed school back in Kyoto]].
* Fellow ''Manga/LoveHina'' fic ''Fanfic/ForHisOwnSake'' also sees the haughtier members of the cast going through this. In particular, Su's antics with her robots have [[spoiler:gotten her arrested and labeled a terrorist]]; Mokoto has gotten [[spoiler:stripped of her heir status]] and Naru's impulsive decision to attack an innocent man and [[NeverMyFault blame him for it]] bit her hard when it turned out [[spoiler:he was a career advisor, and the attack brought her behavior to the attention of her school and has implicitly torpedoed her academic future]].
* The ''Music/{{Vocaloid}}'' fanfiction [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5789061/1/Hear-my-Song Hear my Song!]] does this to [=SeeU=]. She starts out as an arrogant, prejudiced JerkAss, and [[spoiler:then [[KnightOfCerebus Ia]] physically and sexually abuses her to the point that it completely breaks her mind.]]
* [[OCStandIn Tsuuma]] is sometimes a jerk to Viral in ''FanFic/TengenToppaGurrenSolvernia'' (however, she is hinted to [[{{Tsundere}} care]], and she's also proud of her intelligence but she still [[InsufferableGenius treats herself above]] the others. [[spoiler:She loses it during Viral's death.]]
* In ''FanFic/GameOfTouhou'', Futo is an arrogant and incompetent [[InsaneAdmiral admiral]] on Prince Miko's orders. [[spoiler:Then, she's captured by Gengetsu and abused to the point of turning into "Fugetsu".]]
* Yuuka in ''FanFic/ImperfectMetamorphosis''. She's completely broken when she discovers [[spoiler:she's fictional]]. Also, Yukari is constantly broken by her extremist solutions but yet she refuses to yield.
* In ''Fanfic/EarthAndSky'', Diamond Tiara [[TookALevelInJerkass has gone from merely being a brat]] to being a [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]] CorruptCorporateExecutive who tries to make trouble for Harmony Aeronautics solely out of a misplaced grudge on Apple Bloom, and she ends up suffering for it: [[spoiler:she's kidnapped by changelings, who [[PityTheKidnapper find her so unpleasant]] they ditch her in the desert and leave her for dead. Diamond only survives to make it to civilization because of ThePowerOfHate, which to her horror means she owes her life to her sworn rival.]] Fortunately, all this abuse gradually leads to a HeelRealization and a HeelFaceTurn.
* In the ''Gensokyo20XX'' series, we have this twice with Yume Ni, the resident bully and smartass. The first time was after Reimu stabs her with a pair of scissors in response to her kicking her in the face, the which shattering her bravado. She was not happy about that, leading for a grudge, and found herself broken again by Chen, when the latter gives her a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* In ''FanFic/ATeachersGlory'' the invasion is such a CurbStompBattle that it becomes known in-universe as The Breaking of Suna. Then they counter-attack against Orochimaru, and by the end of it the rogue sannin is only "the master of as much land as his feet cover each moment" while he flees.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6051938/1/The_Sealed_Kunai The Sealed Kunai]]'', Naruto comes across as functionally invincible for a time, particularly after he beat ten of the other eleven rookies with ease (Lee was still recovering from surgery and couldn't fight). Then he picks a fight with Jiraiya while the Sannin is training him. [[CurbStompBattle Jiraiya wins easily]]; not only is he stronger, faster, and more skilled than Naruto, he's been a ninja since before Naruto's parents were born.
* ''Franchise/EverAfterHigh'' fanfic ''FanFic/PoisoningApple'' Rotbart's intial relationship with Apple consisted of this: while Apple is [[SpoiledSweet very sweet]], she is very used to getting what she wants and used to getting her word obeyed. Since she is used to the friendly and benign Raven as her [[FriendlyRival villain]], she is unprepared for Raven's replacement, Rotbart, son of the ''Theatre/SwanLake'' EvilSorceror. Rotbart is genuinely antagonistic towards her and is a villain [[CardCarryingVillain who likes being a villain]]. Who already doesn't like her because she's trying to force [[BigBrotherInstinct his little sister]] Raven into something she doesn't want.
** Rotbart gets this when he is forced to rely on Apple for help when he is injured while swimming despite being a big jerk to her.
** [[spoiler: Daring Charming is humiliated in front of the entire school, caught cheating on Apple.]]
* In the ''Pokémon'' fanfic Fanfic/TravelsOfTheTrifecta, Paul suffers from this for most of the story up until the battle at Lake Acuity with Ash.
* Being raised on a diet of juvenile, inexperienced ''T. Rexes'' has given Iudex Carnifex of ''FanFic/ItsNotTheRaptorDNA'' an inflated view of himself; the ''Spinosaurus'' sees himself as the ultimate killing machine, and refers to ''Tyrannosaurus'' as "easy kills". [[spoiler: Then he encounters Limper, a bull ''T. Rex'' who survived close to twenty years in the wild, and after a quick thrashing Carnifex has changed his mind about who is more powerful.]]
* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', both JerkassWoobie main characters suffered this:
** Shinji did this to Asuka so she didn't break in an undesirable fashion. He won a duel against her and exposed all her flaws and insecurities to force her to face them and mature.
** Shinji also was broken when his plotting and scheming completely backfired, and his love, family and friends suffered the consequences.
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': Asuka was arrogant and loud because she tried to overcome her childhood traumas by becoming the best pilot ever. She got beaten and humiliated repeatedly; then she was abandoned and replaced, and shortly after she died in a gruesome way. She managed to live beyond the end of the world, mature, [[spoiler:get married to her love and have a beautiful daughter…]] and then everything was taken from her.
* Deconstructed in ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide''. Asuka was an arrogant, annoying brat, but she was broken so thoroughly than her life became a nightmare and she tried to commit suicide because she couldn't stand the pain anymore.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* Any Fairy tales that fall under #900 of the Aarne–Thompson classification system including "King Thrushbeard", "Cannetella" and other [[http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0900.html variants of the tale]] include this as the plot.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'':
** [[spoiler:Joaquin. After losing the Medal of Everlasting Life and getting his butt handed to him by Chakal.]]
** [[spoiler:Manolo besting Xibalba in the final trial deflates his ego. If just a bit.]]
* Brent from ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs''. He starts off an [[RoyalBrat arrogant jerk]], riding on the fame he garnered as a baby, but once Flint's food replicator gets going, he sees his status in the town drop like a rock, until he is booed by the very same people who were cheering for him mere days earlier. Ultimately, this works in his favor, because if he hadn't lost his social status he never would have become... [[TookALevelInBadass CHICKEN BRENT!]]
* 1, in the movie ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''. He starts out as a JerkAss WellIntentionedExtremist, and isn't very sympathetic at the beginning...then the church, the place he led seven of the others to and kept them safe in, burns to the ground when a machine attacks. Then the revelation that he [[spoiler:sent one of the others out ''to die'']] comes to light and he loses a great deal of trust and respect. Then his bodyguard and the only thing ''close'' to a friend he has is killed. Ouch.
* Scowler from ''WalkingWithDinosaurs'' is a JerkJock BigBrotherBully who becomes DrunkWithPower after becoming leader of the herd, and when his brother Patchi saves the herd from drowning in a frozen lake he [[spoiler: kicks him out of the herd and leaves him to die in a ditch after a fight that he wins]]. Things soon go downhill for him when he attempts to fight the ''Gorgosaurus'' at Ambush Alley, which results in him nearly dying and the herd abandoning him. Once Patchi saves him [[spoiler: after returning]] he has become repentant to the point of conceding his leadership to him.
* Kuzco from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' starts out as an egotistical jerk who casually informs the peasant Pacha that he's planning to raze his home to make room for a [[{{Egopolis}} Kuzcotopia]]. Then he gets [[BalefulPolymorph transformed into a llama]] by his vengeful ex-advisor Yzma and is forced to work together with Pacha to get back to his palace, which eventually results in him crying alone in a downpour after he scoffs at Pacha's advice one too many times and becoming more humble from that point on.
* A rather tragic example for Buck the Horse in Disney's ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' spends much of the movie as a total JerkAss towards the three bovine protagonists, wanting to catch Alameda Slim himself for all the glory. However, when it's revealed that Rico, his idol and a supposed bounty hunter, is actually a mercenary who was been working for Slim all along, Buck is left feeling betrayed and heartbroken.
-->'''Slim''': Let me introduce the most traitorous, double-crossing gun for hire that I've ever had the pleasure to call partner--Rico.\\
'''Rico''': [[WhamLine You're too kind, boss.]]\\
'''Buck''': [''heartbroken''] No, it can't be!\\
'''Slim''': His reputation as a bounty hunter is well-known, but lately, he's been doing a little moonlighting and covering my tracks.
* Abbot Cellach, from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfKells''. He controls the Village of Kells and has them build a wall around it to protect them from [[HornyVikings the Viking invaders.]] However, he doesn't let the monks do ''anything else'' and punishes to anyone who tries. [[spoiler: Then the Vikings break down the gate, climb over the walls, burn the village down, and shoot him with a burning arrow. The people he was trying to save die because he paid more attention to the wall than the steps into the only protected building in Kells, and he ''gets stabbed'' trying to get to Brendan, who he had locked in the Scriptorium prior to the invasion as punishment for illuminating. Said Scriptorium burns down, and he’s lead to believe for nearly twenty years that he had caused the death of his twelve-year-old nephew.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': Sunset Shimmer starts out as an arrogant AlphaBitch confident that she deserves to be the wielder of the Elements of the Harmony despite having stolen the crown from Twilight. Being defeated and forced to face a) just how awful she really is and b) that she really isn't ready for the Elements basically destroys her arrogance to the point that it actually becomes a [[FatalFlaw weakness]] that the [[EnthrallingSiren Dazzlings]] exploit in the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks sequel]] to keep her out of the way. This ultimately turns in her favor, however, as regaining her self-confidence leads her to help save the day and become TheLeader of the Humane Six [[spoiler:and stop [[DrunkWithPower Midnight Sparkle]] at the climax of ''Friendship Games'']].
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueVsTeenTitans'', the Damian Wayne ComicBook/{{Robin}} is still the ArrogantKungFuGuy here, out and out dismissing the Teen Titans as "kids" when Batman sends him to the team as punishment. He quickly dismisses them until he makes the mistake of pushing [[ComicBook/BlueBeetle Jaime Reyes']] buttons one too many times, leading to the two of them to fight. Damian overwhelms Jaime and boasts that while Jaime may be hooked up to a weapon, Damian ''was'' a weapon, [[AIIsACrapshoot the Scarab]] decides to issue a "screw you" by taking over Jaime and blasting Damian point-blank in the face with a plasma cannon. The only thing that saves his life is Raven using her powers to heal his wounds. Once he comes to, he's really quick to apologize to the team... in his own way, of course.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Sister Clodagh's arc in ''Film/BlackNarcissus'' is all about this trope: she's too proud of her new position as the Order's youngest Superior, lacks the spiritual resources to adequately counsel her nuns (one of whom is [[spoiler: rapidly going insane]]), and is increasingly beset by memories of her own UnrequitedLove.
* This is the entire plot of the 1930 German film ''Film/TheBlueAngel'': a proud professor (played by Emil Jannings) becomes infatuated with burlesque singer Lola (Marlene Dietrich) and, after a one-night stand, they get married. He leaves his well-respected job, comfortable apartment, and quaint village to go on the road with the troupe, where he slowly discovers that Lola is not as faithful as he is. Over the next few years, his pride and humanity are methodically stripped away as he is forced to perform more and more embarrassing acts. At the climax of the film, the troupe returns to his village and, dressed as a clown, he has eggs broken over his head and is forced to crow like a rooster in front of [[ComeToGawk a crowd of his former students and colleagues]]. [[HumiliationConga Then he finds out Lola is leaving him for another man]]. [[DrivenToSuicide Then he kills himself]]. What do you expect, [[TrueArtIsAngsty it's a German movie]].
* James Bond goes through this in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', first getting lectured by M, [[spoiler:Gets captured, stripped, and tortured via GroinAttack[[note]]which he admittedly takes in stride[[/note]]]], but the one that really does him in is falling in love with [[spoiler:and getting betrayed by]] [[FemmeFatale Vesper Lynd]]. [[BigBad Le Chiffre]] himself goes through this as well after his EvilPlan fails, [[spoiler:getting attacked by the Africans he owes money to, losing to Bond after he thought Bond was out of the game]], and then [[IncrediblyLamePun dying after scratching Bond's balls]].
* This is the title character's chosen method of revenge in ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''.
* It was quite ''fun'' watching the victims' terror just before they were attacked in ''Film/DeadFriend'' (aka The Ghost), considering what haughty bitches they were in the past. The movie even emphasizes how cruel and nasty they were in flashbacks.
* Prince Henry (a hero, no less), [[WickedStepmother Rodmilla]], and [[RoyalBrat Marguerite]] in ''Film/EverAfter''.
* This is the driving motivation behind the {{Villain Protagonist}}s in ''Film/TheFinal''. Rather than kill their [[AlphaBitch pretty]], [[JerkJock popular]] classmates, they instead [[ColdBloodedTorture horribly torture and mutilate them]] so that, when they go back to school crippled and disfigured, they will know what it's like to be at the bottom of the PopularityFoodChain.
* Happened to star player Boobie in ''Film/FridayNightLights''. The kicker is that it's not just predictable characterization; [[TruthInTelevision it actually happened in real life]]!
* According to ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' this is apparently what happened in Storm Shadow's backstory, what with his being surpassed by some random street-kid and their teacher being a wonderful example of a WellDoneSonGuy. This is well in accordance with several previous versions of their backstory, though the Old Master is sometimes Stormy's ''uncle''.
* A slow-working example; in ''Film/GroundhogDay'', the entire purpose of the [[GroundhogDayLoop time loop]] in which the arrogant and narcissistic Phil Connors has found himself trapped is seems to be to take him down several pegs. From his perspective it doesn't seem so bad to start with; he can do whatever he wants, take advantage of whomever he wants and wakes up day-in day-out having [[KarmaHoudini avoided any of the consequences of his previous day's actions]]. But then the day keeps repeating, the woman he ''really'' wants to woo keeps rejecting him and [[DespairEventHorizon despair gradually kicks in]]...
* Rude jock Cormac McLaggen, in the 'dragon balls' scene in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince''.
* In ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart2'', as per [[Literature/TheHungerGames the book]], the Capitol citizens get more than enough share of misery throughout the film, thanks to the war waged against their hometown. Sure, they aren't evil as much as they are ignorant, you can't help but take a hidden delight at seeing them having to experience in one go what the district citizens have experienced for the past 75+ years. Specifically, they're forced to beg for food for once, having to evade a war zone, and finally, [[spoiler:watching their children being blown to bits by bombs]].
* Joan Webster, from ''Film/IKnowWhereImGoing!'' is a ProperLady truly out of her element in the more down-to-earth Scottish Hebrides, and eventually this trope comes into play, mostly because she realizes [[AnAesop that money isn't everything]].
* In ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'', Guy de Lusignian says that he will be the king of Jerusalem after Baldwin dies. He couples this with wanting to slaughter all of the Saracens in the Holy Land to have the Christians own it. After he [[spoiler: murders Saladin's sister, Saladin retaliates by demanding the surrender of Jerusalem. Then Guy and all of his followers (the priest of the lot stating that if a Crusader army carry's Jesus's cross with it, they are undefeatable) go and try to fight him. Due to poor planning, the Christian army is easily beaten, and Guy captured and made to ride on the ass of an ass as the Saracen army laughs at him. In the director's cut, it doesn't do anything for him, as he still tries to kill Balian but is then beaten (again).]]
* Happens in the second half of ''Film/MeanGirls'' to many charcters - First Gretchen, then Regina and finally Cady.
* Hilary Faye in ''Film/{{Saved}}'' learns a lesson in humility [[ItMakesSenseInContext after crashing into jesus]].
** To a lesser extent, her [[{{Foil}} polar opposite]] Cassandra gives up much of her attitude after being expelled and getting in a big fight with her boyfriend.
* This is most of the plot of ''Film/SpiderMan3''. When Peter Parker puts on the black suit, he gets a swelled head and a severe case of testosterone poisoning, turning him into a {{Jerkass}}. Eventually he gets enough sense beaten into him that he goes back to being his old self again. To be fair, the swelled head was already in play as the start of the film and he was already getting into a vengeance mood about certain events in the middle of the film; the suit just made them worse.
** All the younger characters in the movie got this.
*** Peter Parker's example is the main focus of the movie.
*** Mary Jane's jealousy of Peter's well-deserved-and-long-overdue recognition as Spider-Man serves as a catalyst for most of the film's plot. By the end, she and Peter have both been thoroughly humiliated and nearly killed, and their relationship has been all but ruined.
*** Harry's vendetta against Peter carries over from the last film. However, by this point it's become less about avenging his father than stroking his wounded ego. It eventually gets Harry's face blown half off. He later gets stabbed by Venom with his own glider, albeit after learning the truth and performing a HeelFaceTurn.
*** JerkJock Eddie Brock's attempt to one-up Peter by snapping Spider-Man's first Black Suit outing ends with Spidey smashing his camera and dismissing him before leaving. Eddie then retaliates by plagiarizing Peter's previous Spidey photo to win the staff job. Peter not only gets Eddie fired from the only paper in New York that would hire him, but gets his job at double the salary. Eddie ultimately ends up getting blown up with the Venom symbiote he was using to kill Peter himself.
*** So far J. Jonah Jameson's had at least one BreakTheHaughty moment in each film: the Goblin destroying his office in the first, and MJ dumping his son at the altar in the second. The third film gives him a triple-whammy by forcing him to fire Eddie Brock for plagiarism, print a retraction in the next edition, and pay Peter Parker double the staff photographer salary. The look on his face as he watches Peter settle into his office is ''priceless.''
*** Gwen Stacy wasn't so much haughty as she was one of Spider-Man's fangirls. The moment she realized how badly she was screwing up Peter and MJ's relationship, she apologized to her and bailed out on him, thereby averting the trope.
* Discussed by Admiral Pike in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''.
-->'''Pike:''' There's greatness in you, but there's not an ounce of humility. You think you can't make mistakes, but there's gonna come a moment when you realize you're wrong about that -- and you're [[SenselessSacrifice gonna get yourself, and everyone under your command, killed]].
* The Jedi Council is the bane of many a ''Franchise/StarWars'' fanfiction writer, particularly those writing about the [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic KotOR]] era. It seems to be generally accepted by people that the council members are all a bunch of stuck up, worthless dicks who are completely wrong in their assessment of what leads to the DarkSide (apparently people forget that Obi Wan was a council member) and so many writers want to write about a character who gets one up on the council, which can range from mild humiliation to full blown mass murder. The problem is if a Jedi character does this, it automatically proves the council 100% correct. Given the Council gets slaughtered by the Sith Lord they were hunting, who had manipulated them and the Republic into the Clone Wars, and who then stole their prized Chosen One...well, Palpatine kind of trumped any fanfic writers, didn't he?
** Some of the politicians of the SW universe can be examples of this trope, such as Borsk Fey'lya.
** Creator/MattStover plays this up in the {{Novelization}} of ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith''. During his duel against Palpatine, Yoda realizes that the Jedi's inability/refusal to change over the last millennium set the stage for their defeat. Afterwards, Yoda admits his own arrogance and inflexibility.
* In the remake of ''Film/TheStepfordWives'', Joanna is a [[RichBitch successful]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive TV executive]] with a lineup of sleazy reality shows pitting the genders against each other, all of which stating that Women are superior to Men in every way. Then she gets shot by the guy who lost his wife during said gameshow, is fired as no network will take any of her ideas after the backlash, and has a nervous breakdown. And then her husband suggests that they move to ''Stepford''...
* After revealing himself to be a reckless and arrogant BloodKnight and instigating a war between the Frost Giants and Asgard, Film/{{Thor}} was cast out of Asgard by his father, Odin, and forced to live as a mortal to teach him humility.
* The movie ''Film/TradingPlaces'' where Dan Aykroyd does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** Then later, Dan's revenge against the [[spoiler: Dukes]] who are broken spectacularly as a result.
* ''Film/{{UHF}}'': The antagonist R. J. Fletcher and his son, who both work at the successful network affiliate station both fit this trope. Fletcher has his station taken off the air by the FCC for being a {{Jerkass}}. The last scene in which we see Fletcher's son has him trip and fall in the mud and then pouting about it. "Weird Al" Yankovic has stated that he inserted this scene because he hates {{Karma Houdini}}s.
* ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' has a glorious example in the form of [[spoiler: Agent Kujan, who goes into Verbal's interrogation intent on hearing what he wants to hear, that Keaton was the mastermind of the whole movie and the mythical "Keyser Soze" everyone's so mystified by. Verbal tells him just that, and Kujan realizes too late that the entire movie, Verbal (who is self-admitted to be, by trade, A CON ARTIST) has just spent the entire movie feeding him an impromptu story he pulled completely out of his ass just to chew up the time until he's released, and that he has just let Verbal, the ''real'' Keyser Soze, walk out his front door and get away clean. All this after posturing condescendingly to Verbal how much smarter he his than him, and that Verbal is just a stupid, weak cripple who is no where near as dangerous as his fellow criminals (all of whom it is implied Verbal personally ''murdered'' to cover his tracks.)]] Ouch.
* Creator/StephenChow uses this trope a few times. Golden Leg from ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'' starts as an arrogant football ace who is so stuck up he makes his teammates kneel so he can put his foot on them to tie his laces. Within minutes he is crippled and after a TimeSkip we see he is now living off a charity job as a gopher for a former teammate.
* A number of Creator/KatharineHepburn films revolve around Hepburn's character getting this treatment, in particular as Tracy Lord in ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory'' and Tess Harding in ''Film/WomanOfTheYear''.
* The protagonist of ''Film/WakeInFright'', John Grant. An Australian schoolteacher making a stopover in the hick town of Bundanyabba, he initially holds its residents in contempt, resenting the "arrogance of stupid people demanding you be as stupid as they are." Soon enough however he's drawn into their world of endless drinking, gambling and kangaroo hunting, ultimately being [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide driven to attempted suicide]]]].
* English Bob in ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'' has his gun dismantled, is beaten savagely, and is abandoned by his trusted scribe Beauchamp. It's supposed to illustrate the near-boundless cruelty of Sheriff Little Bill, but considering [[MilesGloriosus many of the stories Bob told Beauchamp were HEAVILY exaggerated, if not outright fabricated,]] and considering Bob did little to ingratiate himself to his American hosts beforehand [[CulturalPosturing (mocking Americans for having a president for a leader instead of a monarch, for example),]] his mistreatment landed him much closer to this trope for many viewers.
* ''Shadowlands'' is in part a movie-long example of this for the character of C.S. Lewis. When we first see him, he's giving a public lecture on the religious problem of pain and suffering, in the course of which he confidently states "I don't think God wants us to be happy." Later in the film he meets Joy Gresham, and, for the first time in his life, falls in love. [[spoiler: Then she gets diagnosed with terminal cancer.]] Towards the end of the film he gives the lecture again, but in the meantime he's actually known happiness, and all his smug remarks about how "Pain is God's megaphone to rouse a deaf world" are ashes in his mouth.
* ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'': In the 1993 version, Mrs. Medlock, [[spoiler:after Archibald Craven gives her a verbal smackdown near the end. Not only does she break down in a sobbing heap on the steps, but she offers to resign as well]].

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Hermione Granger, the sometimes InsufferableGenius, gets this from time to time over the course of the books.
** Draco Malfoy goes from SpoiledBrat to JerkassWoobie when he learns EvilIsNotAToy. He spends the first five as Harry's schoolyard enemy who thinks the idea of Voldemort coming back is the coolest thing ever. When the bad guys actually give him an important job, he starts out as smug as ever... then gets a massive dose of reality. By the end of book six he's a nervous wreck who can barely keep it together, and by the finale, he just wants out.
*** The entire Malfoy family goes through this after Voldemort returns--specifically Draco and Narcissa in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', following Lucius being added to this trope in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''.
** The pwnage starts as early as ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'', when [[spoiler:Lucius gets his ass handed to him by his own former house elf.]]
*** [[spoiler: It actually starts just before that, when he realizes that ''Harry Potter'' has just tricked him into releasing said house elf.]]
** Even before all that, Draco gets his first taste of humble pie in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Philosopher's Stone]]'' when, after Harry, Hermione, and Neville find themselves in detention for being out of bed after hours, he gets paired with them for their stint in the Forbidden Forest, and Hagrid wastes no time raking him over the coals the minute he starts protesting that he's above serving his detention with a bunch of "filthy little mudbloods".
--->'''Hagrid:''' ''[to Draco]'' Yeh done wrong and now yer gonna pay fer it!
** Gilderoy Lockhart may also be a partial example, starting when he is forced to follow through on all his [[spoiler:bogus]] claims.
** Percy Weasley also did a full arc -- starting a snobbish but harmless (a male GoGetterGirl at worst), he then turns on his family in order to get ahead in the ministry and renounces his father in book 5. It takes him over two years to come to his senses, and he rejoins his family (and the other good guys) in the final battle -- only to lose his brother mid-reconciliation.
* Poor [[TheHero Otto]] of the ''Literature/HIVESeries'' starts off as an InsufferableGenius who does absolutely everything for his own benefit, even if his actions are good. He saves the orphanage because he doesn't want to start over taking leadership somewhere else, and he essentially invites Laura to escape with him because she's pretty, without asking Wing. His solution to every problem in the beginning is to respond with sarcasm and make the other person feel bad. He begins to become more humble only after [[spoiler:Wing's supposed death]] in book two. He is further brought down to earth by the revelation that [[spoiler:he is Overlord's clone, created only for the purpose of being a total body donor.]] In book four, [[spoiler:he is kidnapped and forced to kill innocent people in book five,]] crushing his self-esteem and making him fell extremely guilty despite not being in control of himself. In book six, his [[spoiler:girlfriend Lucy Dexter is murdered]], causing him to become too paranoid to admit [[spoiler:his feelings to his longtime crush Laura for fear that something will happen to her as well.]] And something does happen. In the very next book, [[spoiler: she is blackmailed into betraying the Alpha stream, which Otto could have prevented, and then captured by the Glasshouse and mind raped.]]
* To err is human, but to really screw things up requires an elf. Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' story ''Quenta Silmarillion'' is a story of the Elven pride, audacity, downfall and humiliation. Especially that of Fëanor and his sons, but also the rest of the Noldor.
* Creator/JaneAusten's works have a lot of this trope.
** ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Mr. Darcy's obviously a rather haughty type who gradually realizes that he has to take himself down a peg or two; Elizabeth's own pride in her ability to judge people gets a few dents over the course of the novel, particularly from Mr. Darcy's letter; happens to Mr. Collins when Elizabeth refuses to marry him; and to Lady Catherine when Elizabeth refuses to promise that she will not marry Darcy.
** It also happens in ''{{Literature/Emma}}'', where Emma is forced to realize how little she knows about [[{{Shipping}} matchmaking]]. She also [[KickTheDog publicly humiliates]] a [[KillThePoor poor]], [[DudeWheresMyRespect old]], [[BreakTheCutie harmless]] [[AndThatsTerrible spinster]] who [[MoralEventHorizon had been a family friend for years and partly depended on Emma's charity]]. Spinster's reaction was "I will try to hold my tongue. I must be very disagreeable, or she [[TearJerker wouldn't say such a thing to an old friend]]". Emma then gets the BreakTheHaughty of her lifetime by some guy whom she [[SlapSlapKiss eventually marries]].
** And ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'', where Catherine is forced to realize what an idiot she had been treating RealLife as if it were a gothic novel...
** ... And ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' where Marianne has to admit that she behaved badly after her rejection by Willoughby. She confesses that she has worried Elinor and her Mother and that her illness stems from neglecting her health in a manner she knew to be wrong at the time...
** ... And in ''Literature/MansfieldPark'', Fanny's uncle Sir Thomas is concerned about having his niece from a modest background stay with them. It turns out to be his children and not Fanny who endanger the social status of the family.
* Mostly averted in the ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series: the title character starts the series as practically hubris incarnate but, while he learns important lessons in friendship and respect, he himself never falls quite as hard as one might expect.
** Well, there was that bit in ''The Eternity Code'' where [[spoiler:his belief that he had all the possible angles covered almost got Butler killed. That gave him a punch to the stomach.]]
* Prince Hubert (better known as "Prince Brat") in the novel ''Literature/TheWhippingBoy'' by Creator/SidFleischman.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series, the Aes Sedai order of channelers (mages) get hit by this. Repeatedly. 'Kneel, Aes Sedai, or you shall be knelt!' Especially notable because the Aes Sedai tend to see themselves above royalty, so being ordered by three farmboys is one of the main reasons to read the books.
** A particularly awesome example occurred at the end of the 12th book in the series, when Elaida, a particularly power-hungry, self-obsessed bitch, was [[spoiler: captured during a Seanchan raid on the White Tower, thus being subjected to a particularly brutal form of slavery.]]
* This is a recurring theme of Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy''. Bree, the proud war horse constantly bragging about all the battles he's been in, is humbled when Shasta shows more courage than he does against a lion. The {{Tsundere}} Aravis is reluctant to accept that part of being a RebelliousPrincess RunawayFiance is losing the privileges of being a princess until Shasta, "a rude, common little boy," impresses her in the same incident. Then there's the proud and spoiled Prince Rabadash, who is [[HumiliationConga turned into a donkey]] as punishment.
** Also features in ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader''. Eustace has an (unjustified) superior attitude towards everyone around him (especially towards the [[FantasticRacism non-humans]]) and considers himself above such mundane tasks as setting up camp and sneaks off on his own to explore the island. He gets hopelessly lost and then [[KarmicTransformation turned into a dragon]] for sleeping on a dragon's hoard while thinking greedy thoughts. This actually seems like it would be pretty [[CursedWithAwesome fun]], but Eustace is doesn't have the right mindset to be able to enjoy it; also, being turned into a dragon has some serious drawbacks since he can't speak and can't go on with the ship because he's too heavy and eats too much.
* Happens to several characters in Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
** Sansa Stark from Starts as shallow, sheltered, naïve little girl and is repeatedly taken advantage of and abused by all attractive males with whom she comes into contact. The only people who treat her well are Tyrion Lannister and Sandor Clegane, both of who are hideously deformed.
** Jaime Lannister, [[spoiler: beginning with his sword hand chopped off]].
** Cersei [[spoiler: may have managed to avert this trope. After her naked walk through the streets of King's Landing, she's humiliated but not broken, and hell-bent on revenge]].
** Stannis undergoes this as he finds no one cares about his right to be king and his insistence on [[HonorBeforeReason honor and justice]] is a great hindrance. His armies are beaten, his fleet destroyed, and his allies abandon him. However, because he is incredibly stubborn, he absolutely refuses to give up his fight. He does, however, realize that he needs to save the people to win the throne, rather than the other way around. This leads to his BigDamnHeroes moment at the end of Book 3.
** Theon after being captured by [[BastardBastard Ramsay Bolton]] ends up [[spoiler: the most thorough example by far, losing several fingers and toes, most of his teeth, possibly being castrated, sent to sleep in a dog kennel, and turned into a ReplacementGoldfish for Ramsay's servant Reek. By the end he's afraid to think his own name. He gets slightly better.]]
** Viserys, the former prince of the Seven Kingdoms, whose life after exile has been one long HumiliationConga. He is, for the most part, an AssholeVictim. Viserys still believes himself the rightful King of Westeros and the last hope of House Targaryen, referring to Robert Baratheon as "the Usurper". After selling off his younger sister to a warlord, he goes through constant humilation traveling with them, believing that the Dothraki are simply savages he can control. He meets his demise after threatening his pregnant sister in front of her warlord husband, [[spoiler: who kills him by pouring molten gold over his head, "crowning" him.]]
* Josef K., the protagonist of ''Literature/TheTrial'', is a pompously self-important bank manager whose reaction on being arrested in his apartment is outrage at such minor officials daring to bother ''him''. Over the course of the novel he finds out that he has much less power than he thought. Whether any moral lessons emerge is questionable, though.
* In ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}'', Granny Weatherwax got to break two haughties for the price of one. Annagramma Hawkin is AlphaBitch to the new generation of witches, and because Granny suggested Tiffany Aching to take over an open spot, Annagramma got it instead. Annagramma's teachings by that point ill-prepared her for real-world witchcraft and forced her to seek aid from the others of her group. This served to teach Annagramma what witchcraft was and prove that her teacher Mrs. Earwig didn't teach witchcraft properly.
* The female alien spaceship captain Thora da Zoltral in the longrunning (1961-ongoing) German ScienceFiction series ''Literature/PerryRhodan''. Considering that her people, the humanoid Arkoniden, were (in)famous for their arrogance and haughtiness towards "lesser" races, as well as their ruthless empire-building and UsefulNotes/ManifestDestiny worldview (imagine the Roman and British Empires and Imperial Japan rolled into one), Thora had a lot of pride to swallow when circumstances forced her to accept help from and to ally with the "barbarians" from planet Earth, who had just performed their first manned moon landing and discovered the shipwrecked alien spaceship there. Her brother, the gentle and open-minded scientist Crest, fared a lot better in adjusting his mindset to new ideas.
* Nathaniel of ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' by Jonathan Stroud, particularly in the third book.
** [[spoiler:Unfortunately, this also leads to his HeroicSacrifice. It was all well and good that Nathaniel became a better person, but by then you realized the book was almost over and when you put two and two together...]]
* Prince Roger Ramius Sergei Alexander Chiang [=MacClintock=] from Creator/DavidWeber's ''[[Literature/PrinceRoger March Upcountry]]'' starts out the series as a bit of a vain, arrogant fop, partly in rebellion to the [[TheUnfavorite generally negative or dismissive treatment he gets from others]]. [[spoiler:His father, whom he physically resembles somewhat, was banished from the Empire of Man for treason, but no one told him about the reasons for the banishment.]] Between being stranded on a DeathWorld and finding out why he was treated as he was, the fop is quickly blown away in the course of a HeroicBSOD, and the [[spoiler:ones who overthrew the family in a coup]] find Roger [[TakeALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]] when he demonstrates just why you don't screw with [[BadassFamily a MacClintock]].
* In ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'', this is done fairly often. Especially to Gordon the Big Engine. Early example: After Henry is shut up in a tunnel as punishment for refusing to leave said tunnel, Gordon makes a habit of mocking him every time he passes by. Until one day, Gordon stalls from a burst safety valve in front of the replacement tunnel, much to Henry's amusement. A repentant Henry is let out to help Edward pull Gordon's train - the express he then prided himself on being the only one to pull.
* In ''[[Creator/SidneySheldon Master of the Game]]'', Kate Blackwell decides to disinherit her favorite granddaughter Eve -- whom she had chosen to inherit her company -- when it becomes clear that she believes the world should revolve around her and has tried more than once to kill her innocent sister Alexandra simply for existing. Eve winds up on a living allowance that's just enough to afford a small, unfashionable New York City apartment. Unfortunately, this doesn't break Eve because she is an excellent GoldDigger and thus free to continue plotting against Alexandra and Kate.
* Happens to both Denethor and Boromir in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* [[OlderThanFeudalism Virgil]] suggested that the motto of the Roman Empire was ''parcere subjectis et debellare superbos,'' which translates to "Spare the humble and weaken the pride."
* In ''Literature/CityOfAshes'', the Inquisitor gets a ''glorious'' one. After being nothing but condescending to Jace merely because he's the son of the BigBad, she finds out that her plan to trade Jace to Valentine for the two Mortal Instruments that he has isn't going to work, because despite what she thought, Valentine doesn't care about Jace, only the instruments. This causes her to have a FreakOut and a bsod until Maryse snaps her out of it.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ThePeopleOfTheBlackCircle" the wizard subjects Yasmina to reliving all her past lives to humble her with [[MadeASlave slavery]], [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]], [[SexSlave rape]], poverty, and being hunted by predators. It works to the extent that she is madly grateful to see Conan, though she remembers she's a queen rather quickly.
* John Norman's ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' novels do not so much use this trope as ''harp'' on it to the point where it really becomes little more than a TakeThat to women who are ''not'' slaves. One example includes a viking queen named Hilda the Haughty (sic) as well as another viking queen named Bera - who end up as slaves, side by side, and emphatically happy about it. And the first, arguably not-too-bad novel in the series has this as an important part of it, too.
* ''Literature/FateZero'' gives us the [[AristocratsAreEvil aritoscratic]] [[SmugSnake prick]] [[AwesomeMcCoolname Lord El-Melloi Kayneth Archibald]]. Thinking he's entitled to all of the niceties that have been handed to him, and claiming a vain sort of chivalry in the form of a WorthyOpponent, he walks into battle against [[CombatPragmatist Kiritsugu]] with disdain, thinking it's all beneath him. He scoffs when Kiritsugu sprays a shower of low caliber rounds at his [[TemptingFate perfect defense.]] [[spoiler:Then Kiritsugu tricks Kayneth's defense and blasts him in the shoulder with a 30.06]] A fluke! This vermin thinks he's won? Look, he's trying the same trick again. The same trick won't work twice on ''the'' '''''Lord El-Melloi'''''-- [[spoiler:Then Kiritsugu fires his [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells Origin Bullet]], permanently ''crippling and stripping Kayneth of magecraft.'']] By the end, the once-proud Kayneth resorts to desperately accepting a cease-fire. [[spoiler:And gets mowed down with a machine gun.]] KickTheSonOfABitch ended ''way'' [[JerkassWoobie before the end.]]
* ''Eustacia Goes to the ChaletSchool'':
** The main plot. Take the titular girl, an InsufferableGenius with academic parents, a MissingMom and a set of relatives who barely pay attention to her. Put her in the Chalet School, where her arrogance and tale-bearing make her unpopular with the other girls. Add a nasty accident that results in Eustacia being seriously injured and disabled, and voila! You have a sadder, wiser and nicer character who realises the error of her ways.
** Sybil Russell, Madge's daughter, acts like a BrattyHalfPint, not helped by strangers constantly complimenting her on her looks (at least, Madge and Joey think so). Then she accidentally spills boiling water on her little sister Josette in ''Gay from China'', badly scalding her. This, coupled with her dad Jem being livid with her, breaks Sybil somewhat and by ''Joey to the Rescue'', she's almost a completely different person.
* Lionblaze from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' started out arrogant and battle obsessed, and trained under his grandfather [[BigBad Tigerstar]] to become a great warrior. Then in at the end of the ''Power of Three'' arc, he learned that [[spoiler: he was actually a bastard, and Tigerstar was just using him for his power]]. He still remained somewhat arrogant, until ''Night Whispers'', where his love interest Cinderheart left him because he had to focus on his destiny and couldn't be distracted, leading to him becoming much more humble and less battle-hungry.
* In Robert Arthur's "The Wonderful Day" this kid who'd unknowingly gotten ahold of a unicorn horn made a wish on it that all of the figurative expressions grownups used would come true for just one day. This resulted, among similar cases of instant karma, in a woman who'd been referred to as "puffed up like a balloon" with self-importance swelling up like ''Literature/HarryPotter'''s Aunt Marge and having to be rescued from a tree hours later.
* Staple element in most of Mika Waltari's historical novels:
** Sinuhe in ''Literature/TheEgyptian'' is not overbearingly haughty, but gets plenty of humbling (and humiliating) moments where he either realizes his mistakes or simply despairs for a while.
** Mikael in The Adventurer and The Wanderer considers himself an intelligent man, and whenever he gets a little success in any endeavour he becomes quite holier than thou. Furthermore, Giulia, who is both his beloved and something of a nemesis, gets what's coming to her very late in the second book, in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* The ''Literature/{{GONE}}'' series by Michael Grant:
** [[DarkChick Diana Ladris]] starts the series a beautiful, proud, rich snob who spends her time belittling others and making them wish they were her...It was all downhill for her from that point. [[spoiler: After getting tortured and nearly killed by Drake, is driven to eat human flesh during after months of starvation, is thrust off a cliff *but saved*, suffers post traumatic stress dissorder from becoming a cannibal, and finally is betrayed by boyfriend [[ManipulativeBastard Caine Soren]] after being unwittingly impregnated by him...She then goes on, [[TeenPregnancy 15 years of age]], to give birth in a mine with two psychopaths who torture her relentlessly. Then her own daughter enslaves her and degrades her in every way possible (pyshically and emotionally) just for entertainment. It's fan speculation that she's pretty much lost it by this point.]] Break the haughty, indeed.
** Diana's male (cocky, arrogant and charming) counterpart [[BigBad Caine Soren]] may be heading towards this as of ''FEAR'', which was quite a blow to his pride. [[spoiler: Has his hands cased in cement and a crown stapled to his head, and is then paraded through town in a humiliation conga courtesy of Penny.]] Oh yeah, and he wet himself in the process.
** [[TeenGenius Astrid Ellison]] could also qualify in books ''LIES'' and ''PLAGUE'', although she bounces back in ''FEAR'' after [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass,]] so it's subverted.
* ''Emerald City'':
** Corina, the VillainProtagonist of Sukhinov's decalogy (which is based on ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''), starts off as arrogant MagnificentBastard who by the end of the first book controls the Emerald city, practically controls most of the Magic Land's remainder (including Violet and Blue lands), and made the Good Witches prisoners in their lands. Then in the book two Ellie dethrones her, following which she starts a slow downward spiral. By the book ten she has been captured by the BigBad, BroughtDownToNormal, turned into a (non-talking) mouse, locked in a cage for ''weeks''... and the cage is currently located in a basement filling with water. After one of her previous opponents rescues her from said basement, even he refers to her as "poor Corina".
** She is not the only one with this fate, however. [[IAmAHumanitarian Ogre Midgety]], [[MadScientist Paracels]], [[FallenHero Donald]], Elg, Argut and even [[TheHero Almar]] all suffer from their arrogance very often. Not being arrogant is one of the main themes in the decalogy.
%%* Achilles in Creator/{{Homer}}'s ''Literature/TheIliad''
%%* Ulysses in ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' is an even more triumphant example.
* Katya, in the ''Literature/PaladinOfShadows'' series, starts out as a cold psychopathic bitch who's constantly causing troubles for the people, until ''Unto the Breach'', when she's in a helicopter forced to fly over a trio of enemy bunkers armed with heavy machine guns, and one of the people in the chopper gets their guts blasted all over her and the helicopter's interior by a round. Seeing the effect breaks her the way earlier threats of being killed for acting like a bitch hadn't. Later she's said to occasionally even be helpful to those she hassled earlier, though the others aren't sure if the change of heart will actually hold.
* Felix Harrowgate, one of the protagonists of ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths'', is an arrogant AgentPeacock antihero who, over the course of four books, endures the revelation of his low birth and history of prostitution, rape (more than once), MindRape, [[ComeToGawk public display]] for crimes he didn't commit, incarceration in a BedlamHouse, the death of [[spoiler: a lover]], and [[spoiler: exile]], before emerging as a marginally decent human being. However, this may qualify as a subversion, since it's obvious that his long history of miserable experiences did nothing to reform him: the big difference between his past and present is his relationship with his half-brother, Mildmay.
* Jay in the ''Literature/{{Spaceforce}}'' series is a supremely confident, amoral MagnificentBastard who evades the insanely strict rules of his society. At the end of the first book he is brought down by a [[WomanScorned woman he treated badly,]] and is beaten nearly to death and has everything he worked for taken away from him. At the end of the third, he is struck to the floor by his commander, forced to separate from his new wife and taken back to his homeworld - with the threat that he will be left there to assume his original destiny as a blacksmith, unless he gives up his womanizing ways.
* ''Literature/SpeakerForTheDead'': Ender's introduction to Novinha's family involves multiple break the haughty moments, all done quickly. This is viewed in Ender's mind to be just a practical as his rapid physical conquests. It shows his clear social dominance in this situation, allowing them to respect him in a way no one else had.
* Gwendoline Mary in ''Literature/MaloryTowers'' spends most of the series as a vain, spoiled brat who causes trouble for everyone around her. This trope begins in the fifth book when Alicia gives her a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech pointing out that the shallow Maureen, whom Gwen loathes, is [[YouAreWhatYouHate exactly like her.]] In the final book, her father develops a serious illness implied to be at least partly due to stress caused by his daughter. The family loses all their money and Gwen is forced to drop out of school and get a job to support herself, with a final letter to Darrell showing that Gwen has started to change at last.
* In ''Literature/JaneEyre'', Mr. Rochester spends most of the novel being both a liar and a ManipulativeBastard, pulling an OperationJealousy on poor Jane. His breaking starts when Jane finds out, just as they're about to say "I do", that he already ''has'' a wife, and runs off when he's not looking. Then said wife burns his house down with him (and her) inside it, leaving her dead and him blind and missing a hand. When Jane returns, he's a much humbler person who is worthy of marriage.
* Johanna Mason from ''Literature/TheHungerGames''.
* The title character in ''Literature/EdenGreen'' assumes that her intellect can and will get her through any trial — though her ego starts to take a hit after she's infected with an immortal needle symbiote and her options begin to narrow.
* In ''Literature/AncillaryJustice'', Seivarden Vendaai was a proud officer, member of a noble house and rather arrogant. When Breq finds him, he is dying from hypothermia after having given himself a drug overdose, just outside the door of an inn where nobody cares about him. When he wakes up, he is convinced Breq was sent to find him because he's important, while actually she just took pity. [[spoiler: As it turns out, he was frozen in time for hundreds of years, his family lost all importance, and when he woke up, no one would acknowledge how important he was, which drove him to take drugs.]]
* Melodía of ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' is a Princess Imperial who's convinced she's so much smarter and wiser than her fellows, and acts accordingly. Then she's arrested on false charges, [[spoiler:raped]], forced to escape by hiding in a cart of guano for days, beaten up by her servant to hide her identity and finally, when she tries to help people end a war, all she accomplishes is getting all of her companions [[spoiler:and her best friend]] killed. At least she manages to get back on her feet after all this.

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* The plot of one episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' was a total homage to ''Film/TheTerminator'', where a [[TerminatorTwosome robot is sent from the future to kill Superboy and a woman is sent to warn him]]. Superboy foolishly brushes off the warnings, after all, he's Superboy, right? In their first battle, he gets a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from the robot, who is ''way'' stronger than him and can resist his punches and heat vision.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Londo Mollari and G'Kar start the series as prime examples of arrogance (what with being ambassadors of galactic Great Powers and all). Then CharacterDevelopment happens. Both come out enlightened, and--to their amazement--[[OddFriendship friends]].
** Shakiri is the head of the warrior caste and an arrogant SmugSnake who wishes to rule Minbar by force. He is challenged to a [[CombatByChampion Combat by]] SelfImmolation by Delenn with the taunt that he is really a MilesGloriosus . He fails the challenge as Delenn does not fail(and has to be rescued by Neroon). Thus Shakiri is shown to be a DirtyCoward in front of ''millions of Minbari'' .
--->'''Neroon:''' ''I'' speak for our people! Who do ''you'' speak for?
* Gaius Baltar goes through various {{Humiliation Conga}}s over the course of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' but MagnificentBastard that he is, he remains consistently haughty.
* One could argue that this is what the third season of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' conspired to do to Sheldon. [[SubvertedTrope It didn't work, though...]]
** He did get a (for him) painful come-uppance in ''The Jiminy Conjecture'', when he was [[spoiler:shown to be wrong about the species of cricket the boys had been hearing, causing him to lose a prized comic book over a bet]]
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Cordelia has been put through the HumiliationConga more times than are countable on both ''Buffy'' and ''Angel''.
*** After awhile on the Series/{{Angel}} it results in one of the poignant cases of CharacterDevelopment in the 'verse. [[spoiler:And then she was PutOnABus, and later killed.]]
** Spike. For a guy that cocky, his face sure does seem to be a fist-magnet.
* [[AlphaBitch Maria Joaquina]] from Series/{{Carrusel}} goes through this rather early. At some point she openly denounces [[ProperLady Marcelina]] for cheating in a test, and while she ''is'' [[JerkassHasAPoint tehcnically right]], the problem is that the kids were already getting tired of [[SpoiledBrat her arrogance and spoiled behavior]]... so not only they side with Marcelina, but ''they totally shun Maria Joaquina and refuse to even speak to her''. (Even her DoggedNiceGuy!) Few afterwards, the tiny IceQueen is reduced [[CryCute to a sobbing wreck]], and only '''then''' she's re-accepted into the group. (And she switches from AlphaBitch to {{Tsundere}}))
* Happens to Prue in the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "Death Takes A Halliwell" where she is convinced she is meant to stop the Angel of Death and he gives her a ReasonYouSuckSpeech to convince her that some things are out of our hands. A similar thing happens to her again in an episode where she gets infected with pride. The only way to beat that sin is to be saved by someone else.
* In ''Series/ChinesePaladin'', this happens to the AlphaBitch Yue'Ru (to give an example: her EstablishingCharacterMoment was attacking and temporarily killing TheHero for insulting her) via an extended and painful HumiliationConga.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'', much of Jeff's character arc involves getting him down from his high horse by any means necessary, usually through a combination of humiliation and good old-fashioned CharacterDevelopment.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': [[JerkassFacade David]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Rossi]], not much of a team member at first, is systematically broken out of this behavior by "Limelight" and "Damaged." Then he's broken down further just for fun by "Zoe's Reprise" and "Epilogue."
* This happened to Paige in ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration''. Before she was broken she was not just mean, but had no personal problems.
** Emma in season 4. It's not so much meanness as self-righteousness, but after the school shooting, everything starts going downhill.
** This could be said for any Degrassi character with the slightest trace of arrogance in general--the higher the character holds their head, the harder they fall.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** New Series Episode "When a Good Man Goes to War". It doesn't last very long.
** Perhaps more accurately in "The Waters of Mars" WhatTheHellHero speech
* Mary and Edith from ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' both qualify. Mary's love life is full of drama and scandal, and Edith makes one VERY bad choice that ends up slowly ruining her life.
* We have a scene in ''Series/{{ER}}'', where two {{rich bitch}}es were making fun of Abby and Neela. After one of them twisted her ankle and Neela went to check on her, she told Neela to get her hands off of her and that she wanted a second opinion, even after Neela told her she was a doctor. So Neela calmly went up to Abby for the second opinion and Abby told the lady that she had a twisted ankle and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome that she's a bitch.]]
* Jool from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' looked perfectly set to be TheScrappy in her first appearance. Most of the rest of her time on the show consisted of this trope applied very thoroughly, with her suffering such indignities as being told [[IAteWhat the liquid she's been drinking is actually urine]], and having to slog through a waist high swamp of bat feces.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' tends to torture its characters.
** [[TheAtoner Walter's]] backstory.
** [[spoiler: Fauxlivia]] goes from SmugSnake to HeartbrokenBadass in ''both'' [[AlternateTimeline Season 3 and 4.]]
** Dear God... ''Peter.'' He was a bit of a self-centered {{Jerkass}} at the start of season 1. Four seasons later... he gets infected, captured and/or tortured a few times. Has something of an identity crisis when he discovers that [[spoiler: he was kidnapped from an alternate universe. Possibly responsible for the apocalypse. Erased from existence for a while. When he comes back everyone he knows and loves doesn't remember him. Finally resolves his "Will they, won't they" with Olivia, only to discover that the woman he's sleeping with is actually Fauxlivia. Has a son he doesn't know about until it's too late. When he does get with the real Olivia, she gets shot in the head. ''Twice.'' His daughter dies...also twice.]] No happy ending in two ''different'' [[BadFuture Bad Futures]]. ''This man cannot catch a break.''
* Quinn Fabray starts out on ''Series/{{Glee}}'' as a snobbish bully and gossip who had everything. She was captain of the cheerleading squad, president of the celibacy club, nominated for prom queen, a straight-A student on honour roll and had a rich family who lived in a big, beautiful house. She had the perfect popular boyfriend, a army of friends and was one of the most beautiful girls in school with a bright future which screamed [[IvyLeagueForEveryone Ivy League.]] Then she cheats on her boyfriend with his best friend, gets pregnant aged 15-16, is [[HumiliationConga humiliated in front of the whole school]], kicked out of her house, kicked off the celibacy club and cheerleading squad, [[IHaveNoSon disowned by her father]] who is revealed to be an adulterer and is eventually dumped by her boyfriend and becomes a [[FallenPrincess complete joke in the school.]] The only people she has left are the people in Glee Club, who she used to look down upon and snigger at. Then she gives birth very painfully to a daughter she gives up for adoption, and it is implied that she suffers from postpartum depression soon afterwards.
** Subverted after a serious case of AesopAmnesia in season 2, when she gains everything she lost back and then some with ease.
** DoubleSubverted when she loses it all over again by the beginning of season 3. She seriously was ''really'' messed up.
** ...And manages to bounce back before the Season 3 finale, where she is nominated for prom queen, gets to go to Yale, her glee club wins nationals and she finally manages to work things out with Puck and forgive him for their troubled history.
*** ...Then season 4 happens, and it looks like its back to square one again for her.
** Santana Lopez could also qualify as of season 3, after being humiliated not just in front of the school but in front of the ''state'', when she is outed against her will and disowned by her grandmother. She is made to question her girlfriends love for her, is harassed by a boy who wants to "straighten her out" and is even nearly suspended for confronting the boy who outed her. In fact, the only reason she wasn't suspended is because she was blackmailed into compliance by her outer, [[DesignatedHero who is actually the frickin' hero]] of the series. This is, however, [[AngstWhatAngst forgotten about in 2 episodes time...]]
** Rachel Berry's gone through this to some extent in every season but season 3 and 4 strike a chord the most when she slowly starts to realize she's not the only person who's a "star" and that not everyone's going to bend over backwards for her.
** Mercedes could qualify when she struggles with a eating disorder and loses all the confidence she once had...For one episode.
** Strangly enough, [[DoubleStandard you don't see many male characters going through this process.]]
* Priscilla of R.L. Stine's ''Series/TheHauntingHour Volume One: Don't Think About It'' is such an ego balloon, you know she's going to be a prime candidate for the pin treatment. [[spoiler:We start with a piñata sabotaged with cockroaches that spill out all over her when she breaks it. Later, she suffers the indignity of Evil Thing webbing. She doesn't seem to get it, as an offered ride home by the Papa John's boy is harshly turned down.]]
* Played with in ''Series/{{House}} M.D.'' in the Tritter subplot and subsequent rehab, but subverted in the end when House reveals he's still...well, House.
** Played straight in the Season 5 finale. [[spoiler: He realizes that he's going insane and finally casts aside his pride to get treatment]].
* The point of ''Series/{{Leverage}}''. Typically, the villain is some type of corporate sleaze who tends to be either arrested, finanically ruined, and/or put through a HumiliationConga by the end of the episode. Averted in "The Carnival Job", where Elliot lampshades this; Nate only replies, "It's not a requirement, it's a bonus".
** A friendly example happens in "The Gold Job" as Hardison gets a chance to run a con of his own and starts bragging of the genius, intricate "new style" con he's invented. It turns out to be ''too'' complex to the point where the marks just give up before they can be trapped. Nate saves the day with a (much easier) scheme and reveals he knew all along this would happen but Hardison had to learn a lesson in hubris in order to work a con better in the future.
* Joan in ''Series/MadMen'' gets one BreakTheHaughty arc every season.
** She starts out the show as the queen bee of the office. As the head of the secretarial pool and mistress of one of the partners, she's doing about as well as a woman can in the professional world of 1960. She openly mocks [[NaiveNewcomer Peggy's]] desire to be more than a secretary.
** In season 2, the wheels start to come off the wagon for her: it's revealed that Joan is in her thirties and unmarried, which is very embarrassing at the time; then she gets just a taste of a more fulfilling career when she fills in briefly in the television department, only to have the figurative door slammed in her face; and then she gets raped by her fiance. At season's end, she's in denial about the latter, and glumly watches as Peggy moves into her own office (closing a literal door in her face).
** In season 3, she's married to her rapist and must listen as he complains about his failures as a surgeon. He also makes Joan subvert her own wishes and desires and leave the agency (because he's ostensibly the "breadwinner"). Her departure in "Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency" is heartbreaking, proving she's the sole person in the company to go above and beyond her position. She gets a position in a department store (due to her former lover's influence) and is generally miserable, until Sterling-Cooper-Draper-Pryce is formed. Joan is Roger Sterling's first call when they need "someone who knows how this place runs" and becomes a member of the new agency.
** In season 4, Joan starts out almost as successful as she was in season one. She has her own office and takes part in the partner's meetings. While the junior execs may not respect her personally, even they acknowledge she's one of the two people who "really" run SCDP (the other being CFO Lane Pryce). While her marriage is still miserable, her husband has decided to enlist in the Army and is being sent to Vietnam. As of the most recent episode, Joan's been brought down again when it's revealed that [[spoiler: she's pregnant with Roger's child as the result of a one-night stand they'd had, and is pretending it's her husband's after letting Roger believe she's had an abortion.]]
** It continues in season 5, though whether the season ends on a positive note or not for Joan is debatable.
** Pete Campbell also gets one of these. He starts as an arrogant, entitled bully who harasses Peggy, tries to blackmail Don, and struts around Sterling Cooper as though he owns the place. Repeated humiliations at the hands of Roger, Don, and Bert Cooper, plus his inability to conceive with his wife Trudy, plus his family's continued problems, end up destroying his pretensions...and end up turning him into a much better man, an excellent account executive, a good husband, and (gasp!) a sympathetic character.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' did this all the time with Major Winchester, especially the occasional failing and having to rely on others. Sometimes resulted in legitimate CharacterDevelopment and sometimes [[SnapBack not]].
** Subverted in "Major Topper", where Winchester was set up for this, but it turned out he was right/had been telling the truth.
* Happens to C.C. Babcock throughout ''Series/TheNanny'', with [[RichBitch good reason]].
* There are several episodes of ''Series/ThePrisoner'' in which Number Two's over-confidence in his ability to break Number Six ends up being his own downfall. One episode in which this theme is used very prominently is "Hammer Into Anvil".
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' goes through a major wringer in Series 2, especially "The Reichenbach [[MeaningfulName Fall]]." By the end, he's seen as a fraud, a criminal and [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice a corpse.]]]]
** The most prominent example (found in "The Reichenbach Fall") would be how his constant belittling and insulting of the police makes it that much easier for them to swallow the lie that [[spoiler:Sherlock faked and orchestrated all his cases to show how clever he was.]]
** Happened even earlier in "The Great Game". At first, he's in top SociopathicHero form, having genuine fun solving cases that involve people strapped to bombs and looking forward to meeting his archnemesis. [[spoiler:Annnnnnd then Moriarty straps [[MoralityPet John]] to a bomb. Cue Sherlock freaking out.]]
* On ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', Agent Stahl tries to do this to the titular motorcycle gang by turning their 'prince' Jax into a 'rat' who informs to the ATF in exchange for a deal. It [[spoiler: backfires completely since the gang knows what is going on and uses it to setup Stahl and get their prison sentences reduced by 12 years]].
** And then it's done to Stahl herself [[spoiler:when Opie kills her.]] She breaks down crying [[spoiler:and begins begging for her life.]]
* Q, in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Deja Q", is stripped of his powers. Within the first five minutes of his appearing on the bridge of the Enterprise, he's forced to wear a really awful outfit, has Troi announcing to the entire crew that he's terrified, and is thrown in the brig. Later things get worse. Oh, and he gets stabbed in the hand with a fork.
* On ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Jack Donaghy learned how the other half lives when he got a case of the bedbugs and he had to get around by subway. Since StatusQuoIsGod his humbling is only temporary.
* Practically every other episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone''.
* Logan in ''Series/VeronicaMars''. He starts out as a {{Jerkass}} who torments Veronica whenever he gets a chance, and then nearly every tragedy that could possibly happen to him happens. He's probably the best example of a JerkassWoobie on recent television.
* Celia, resident StepfordSmiler RichBitch of ''Series/{{Weeds}}'', goes through an incredible amount of BreakTheHaughty, culminating in her [[spoiler:being kidnapped in Mexico and almost killed and sold for organs by her daughter]]. It doesn't work; she still maintains her old attitude despite her laughable situation.
* Averted on ''Series/TheWestWing'': on his N-tieth birthday, Josh is glorified by the papers as "the 101st senator" and the President's get-it-done man. The same day he loses a blue-dog Senator to the Republicans forever and has his portfolio heavily reduced because of it. However, Josh himself was actually very insistent on downplaying the story (and his birthday), not that it helped him.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' ''loves'' doing this to Tom Servo. Whenever he gets a little in over his head, whether it's concerning his intelligence or his height, he will usually end up in tears when something goes wrong or his insecurity gets the better of him.
* ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'': This is the backstory of Summer, the Yellow Ranger. Flashbacks show that she was a RichBitch (albeit a JerkWithAHeartOfGold variant). Then her parents don't show up for her birthday party, said birthday party is interrupted by the apocalypse, one of her own friends throws her off a transport vehicle because there was only room for one, and her extremely loyal butler [[DeathByOriginStory dies trying to help her]]. By the official start of the series, she is significantly nicer, with no real trace of her bitchiness remaining.
* On ''Traders'', one of the characters has just landed a major deal and is up for a promotion and a big raise. He decides to show off his success by buying a Hummer (the I-am-compensating-for-something car of the time period). However, the next morning he finds it impossible to find a parking space for the over-sized Hummer in downtown Toronto and is thus later for an important meeting. Things spiral down from this and by the end of the day he has lost the deal, the promotion and is lucky to still have a job.
* On ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' Root is an amoral hacker who decides that she is going to save The Machine from its oppressors and set it free. In order to find where the Machine is located she kills a bunch of people and kidnaps Finch. However, when she gets to the Machine, she realizes that the Machine did not need her help, was already free and is way more powerful than Root ever imagined. Finch knew this already and tried to tell Root but she did not want to listen. This breaks Root so completely that she has a HeelFaithTurn and starts worshiping the Machine as a new god. In the next season Root gets a bit too full of herself in her new role as the executor of the Machine's will so the Machine introduces her to a man whose life Root ruined but whose faith is even stronger than hers. This snaps her out of her false pride.

* Music/LouReed's RockOpera ''Music/{{Berlin}}'', where a vain woman's insistence on a "real man" ends with her DrivenToSuicide.
* Music/ShaniaTwain's "That Don't Impress Me Much".
-->"Okay, so what do you think you're Elvis or something?"
* Rilliane in all the Music/{{Vocaloid}} songs in the [[Franchise/EvilliousChronicles Story of Evil]] by Music/{{Mothy}}.
** To elaborate: Her servant [[spoiler: impersonates her for [[OffWithHisHead her execution]], directly after revealing that they are twins.]] If that wasn't enough, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone she then realizes]] [[TheCaligula all]] [[KillEmAll of]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen her]] [[NotGoodWithRejection crimes]], and [[TearJerker breaks down.]]
* Music/BobDylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" is about a spoiled rich girl who runs out of money and ends up on the streets.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Literature/TheBible contains several examples, and most major world religions tend to have moral lessons against the dangers of pride.
** In Exodus, this is applied to the whole of Egypt. Pharaoh defies Yahweh, refusing to free the Hebrew slaves. Yahweh proceeds to turn the Nile to blood, unleash hordes of frogs, lice, and beasts, inflicts a plague on the animals and boils on the humans, [[KillItWithFire rains burning ice]] on the land, sends a swarm of locusts to attack their fields, covers the land in darkness, and kills every Egyptian firstborn save Pharaoh. Pharaoh gives in, [[IgnoredEpiphany but changes his mind]] and ends up [[TooDumbToLive dying]] because of it.
** Jesus uses this trope in several parables, most heavily in that of the prodigal son.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Behind the scenes a lot of older wrestlers in the locker room like to invoke this trope against new guys coming in, whether they deserve it or not. Examples include Wrestling/TheMiz, who got kicked out of the locker room for getting crumbs on Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield's bag, and [[Characters/WWEDivas Melina]], who got humiliated in front of the entire locker room for being shy and not talking to many people.
** This has something to do with locker room etiquette. New wrestlers are meant to introduce themselves to the locker room and shake everyone's hand. If someone doesn't do this, the wrestlers assume they're full of themselves and the punishment ensues. Either that or they're just jerkasses.
* Often a major staple of a HeelFaceTurn notably with Wrestling/RandyOrton when he was ousted from Wrestling/{{Evolution}}.
* A recent little storyline came with the breakup of Wrestling/{{LayCool}}. Layla, after alienating all the other divas on the roster, got betrayed by her BFF Michelle and was challenged to a loser leaves WWE match. Before the match Layla apologised for her actions to the rest of the divas.
* Professional Wrestling actually has a long standing tradition stating that rookies and newcomers to the business must be hazed mercilessly. Back in the old days it was partly to protect kayfabe - it was assumed that anyone who could endure a couple years worth of hazing and abject beatings would have the character to "protect the business". Although kayfabe is buried, many promotions still engage in deliberate systemized hazing of newcomers as a way to instill "discipline". The locker room etiquette mentioned above is heavily tied into it. Younger wrestlers are supposed to introduce themselves to everyone, shake hands ''very gently'' with all the veterans, and then keep their mouths shut except to volunteer to help people (carry bags, untie boots, etc) and thank their locker room superiors for giving them a chance to work.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The basis of the [[SpannerInTheWorks "Not as planned!" meme]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': [[EvilSorcerer Tzeentchians]] tend towards the SmugSnake characterization (theirs is the god of schemers and backstabbers), so whenever their highly convoluted plans are overturned they [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/File:Angrymarines_tzeentch.jpg don't take it well.]] In canon, however, they know that their defeat merely means that [[ThanatosGambit another of Tzeentch's plans has been set into motion.]] It's also subverted in the case of the Eldar, who despite bringing about the fall of their Empire thousands of years ago through millennia of increasingly disgusting hedonism, still believe themselves to be better than the Imperium (and given the state the Imperium is in, it's not too hard to believe).
** Also, the Imperium, and Mankind itself. It is said that "men once rearranged stars to better suit themselves." Look at the Imperium now.
* This is what Clan Nosferatu in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' likes to do with humans who they deem too proud of themselves. There is even a word in vampire slang, [[Film/{{Freaks}} "Cleopatra"]], which designates a woman who once was beautiful, but turned into a horrific monster after being Embraced by Nosferatu.

* In ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}'', Creon suffers this fate when [[spoiler: after he has the title character executed, his son and wife both commit suicide, leaving him alone and wishing for death]]. Practically a requirement for any Greek tragedy, really. {{Pride}}, as noted above, was their favorite sin to attack.
* ''Theatre/OedipusRex'': Oedipus.
* This is the VillainProtagonist by the third act of any Creator/ChristopherMarlowe play. (''Theatre/{{Tamburlaine}}'', ''Theatre/TheJewOfMalta'', ''Theatre/DoctorFaustus'', etc.)
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'' is, more or less, the story of a violent [[AlphaBitch rich woman]] getting everything she threw at others thrown back at her face. By the end, she learns what a JerkAss she'd been and treats her ArrangedMarriage husband with decency and respect. Unfortunately, there's a fair amount of [[ValuesDissonance over-the-top chauvinism going on]].
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' also has a good example of this, where the arrogant and obnoxious steward Malvolio is tricked into thinking his employer Olivia is in love with him. He is persuaded to behave and dress in entirely inappropriate ways, all the while thinking this is exactly what she wants, and ends up being locked in a dungeon for lunacy before being released for a final dose of verbal humiliation at the end of the play.
* ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' is a deconstruction of this type of story, questioning why Stanley needs to see Blanche brought down. It's because he's a bully who can't stand the fact that, after all that's already happened to her, she's still an idealist.
* ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'': Roy Marcus Cohn is introduced as a man [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections who can get anything he wants]], and will happily flaunt it. By halfway through part two, [[spoiler: he is wasting away in a hospital bed from AIDS, alone and friendless.]]
* Athena, helped along by ''Theatre/{{Ajax}}'' himself, does a stellar job of turning Ajax from the best warrior on the Greek side to a madman held in complete ridicule and anger by the army. When the madness is removed and he realizes all this, he [[DrivenToSuicide kills himself]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Word of advice in Pro Gaming: unless you have the skill to back it up, '''DO NOT''' call any long-time player a washout. You'll just end up on the receiving end of a CurbStompBattle, complete with becoming a joke.
* Princess Kara goes through this in ''IllusionOfGaia''. At the start of the game, she's [[RichBitch a complete and total snob]] who [[ItsAllAboutMe never stops complaining about the trip]], never seems to do [[TheLoad anything useful]], and [[TheMillstone needlessly gets herself into trouble]]. She gets [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech called on this]] [[WhatTheHellHero several times]], by different characters, at length. PlayerCharacter Will even gives her a few when they're stranded together on a life raft when she refuses to eat the fish he catches for them, because [[SkewedPriorities she doesn't want to kill it]]. The game really starts rubbing it in Kara's face when her pet pig, Hamlet, [[HeroicSacrifice jumps onto a fire to be roasted]] rather than let Kara be eaten by starving cannibals. Thankfully, all of this is part of her CharacterDevelopment, and by the end of the game, she at least acknowledges what a load she's been to the rest of the group.
* Kolorado from ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' is a famous and respected archaeologist... by people who've merely heard of his accomplishments. However, "He's bold, I'll give him that! Bold and certifiably insane..." as anyone who actually has to work with him can attest. He often runs into situations where it'd be more prudent to stand back and take stock of things before proceeding. This tendency burns him a few times in Mt. Lavalava, Yoshi Island's volcano. To be fair, it's made clear that it isn't because he's a bad guy, but just because he's really excited about discovering these artifact and would do near anything to get them. Plus he kind of wins in the end.
* [[{{Jerkass}} Luke Fon Fabre]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': He first gets a minor PrideBeforeAFall in the beginning when he's teleported halfway across the globe and stranded without any friends or resources in a place where his family name is a death sentence. [[spoiler:This doesn't do much except inconvenience him. Then, he's [[EtTuBrute betrayed by his mentor]], [[WhatTheHellHero chewed out and abandoned]] by his TrueCompanions, and finally [[TomatoInTheMirror discovers he's a clone of one of the villains who was created to die in the villain's stead]].]] At which point, he [[HeroicBSOD snaps]]. Also worth mentioning that the [[spoiler: betrayal noted above]] provokes Luke into [[spoiler: accidentally [[ColonyDrop causing an entire city to collapse,]] killing thousands of people in the process.]] Yeah, that probably also had something to do with that BSOD.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** Sonia in ''VideoGame/FireEmblem7'' at the moment of her death, when she discovers [[spoiler: [[TomatoInTheMirror she's actually one of the morphs she despises so much and has been duped by Nergal all this time into thinking she was the one perfect human]].]]
** An even more tragic example in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral FE Seisen no Keifu]]'': Arvis. [[spoiler: First he's a MagnificentBastard[=/=]WellIntentionedExtremist who successfully kills Sigurd (after stealing his wife Deirdre), turns other Grannvale rulers against each other, kills ''them'' and becomes emperor of all of Jugdral, and instead of making it a tyrannical empire, [[WellIntentionedExtremist he made it an actually benevolent empire and it works]]. Then Manfroy intervenes and soon Arvis has lost his children, the woman he loved (aka the aforementioned Deirdre), ''and'' control of his empire, and turn it to a tyrannical empire far beyond his worst imagination. Oh, and his beloved brother Azel died at some point ''and'' his own son Julius is trying to usurp his throne, whereas his daughter Julia has been missing for a while already after said son attacked her ''and killed their mother''. He also found out at some point during the seventeen-year-time skip that Deirdre was, in fact, [[BrotherSisterIncest his half-sister]].]] No wonder he's so haggard by the time [[spoiler: we see him again in the second half of the game.]] (It's speculated that [[spoiler: he pretty much ''allowed Seliph to kill him'', in hopes of finishing his miserable existence]].)
** One of the best examples comes from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'': [[spoiler: King Gangrel of Plegia]]. After [[spoiler: Queen Emmeryn of Ylisse undoes his SadisticChoice with her HeroicSuicide]] in front of both his and the enemy troops, pretty much all of his followers desert him, he has to resort to blackmail and trickery to keep ''some'' allies, [[spoiler: and by the time the Ylissean armies led by Emmeryn's ''extremely'' pissed off younger brother and heir Chrom reach for the Plegian capital, he's pretty much all alone against them.]] And later we find out that [[spoiler: after Gangrel's defeat, the only ones willing to sorta take him in are bandits, who treat him like absolute shit.]] And even if you manage to [[spoiler: make him join Chrom's Shepherds -- well, Chrom is ''still'' pissed off at Gangrel for what he did to his older sister, and [[AllLovingHero the Avatar]] is not convinced about [[ReformedButRejected his]] HeelFaceTurn for quite a while either.]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Deponia}}'' trilogy could easily be re-named "Break The Haughty: The Game". Main protagonist Rufus undergoes all sorts of torture, humiliations and beatdowns, both moral and physical, because of his enormous ego and his arrogance.
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'':
** The Camarilla ending has [[spoiler:your BadBoss Prince Lacroix]] reduced to the level of begging at your feet for the game's MacGuffin, sniveling and whimpering about the inevitable [[ChineseVampire Kuei-Jin]] invasion until he's finally arrested.
** The Anarch and Lone Wolf endings feature him first being slashed half to death with a letter opener, ''then'' reduced to sniveling and whimpering, before finally [[spoiler:finding himself on the business end of one of the most [[JustForPun explosive]] {{plan}}s in history]].
** In the same game there's also Imalia, a female Nosferatu, who used to be a model. She was so hot that she was elected by a men's magazine the "[[HelloNurse The Most Ridiculously Hot Girl of The Year]]". Things changed drastically when she was Embraced by Gary and became a [[LooksLikeOrlok hideous vampire]].
** This is also standard practice for the Nosferatu in the tabletop version of ''Masquerade''. There's a whole subset of Nosferatu nicknamed "Cleopatras" -- beautiful people who got everywhere on their looks alone and who were Embraced to teach them a cruel lesson about what the ugly people went through.
* Hangvul the HolierThanThou leader of the Dwarven Rune Priests from ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagicV'' goes through a pretty epic case of this in ''Tribes of the East''. [[spoiler:You know you've screwed up big time when your ''magma dragon god'' denounces you as a faithless moron and proclaims that the rival you considered to be a heretic will be the new king of the Dwarves]].
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'':
** Bastila Shan endures this; when she fights Revan on the Star Forge, she's sure she'll win; Revan promptly kicks her ass three times in a row, which forces Bastila to face that she was wrong to choose the dark side, and that the only thing holding her back was herself. It sort of made her into the Woobie. [[spoiler:Before her FaceHeelTurn,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWlGtszEzmc&feature=related many of her interactions with her more experienced teammates]] (especially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiO5QkxoFcw&feature=related the player]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RseBiLHTsYo Carth]]) are attempts to poke holes in her massive ego/overconfidence complex. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewNy9UA7md8 The scene with Mission]] sort of backfired, though.
** Both encounters with Atris in the sequel. You can contradict almost every single self-righteous and hypocritical statement of hers as she gets more and more angry. The second encounter [[spoiler:will result her losing it and start attacking you.]]
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** The Kingdom of Gilneas and its king, Genn Greymane are notorious for isolationism, believing that their country could withstand any enemy force without aid. After the Second War, Greymane angrily pulled Gilneas out of the Alliance and erected the Greymane Wall, to prevent anyone from entering or leaving the country. The wall managed to protect the country from the plague that created the Scourge, and also coldly shut out any Lordaeron refugees from entering. However, it did ''not'' protect them from the worgen curse emanating from nearby Shadowfang Keep, resulting in the people of Gilneas slowly being transformed into worgen. The Greymane Wall will be broken down in the upcoming expansion ''Cataclysm'', and in a desperate attempt to save his people, King Greymane will turn to the very Alliance that he shunned so long ago.
** ''Cataclysm'', now released, really ran with this one hard, with Greymane especially. The worgen starting quests are watching Gilneas getting broken. Gilneas was already in a form of civil war when the worgen problem broke out. On top of that, the Forsaken invaded Gilneas, then on top of THAT Deathwing commenced the shattering which blasted a large portion of the country and broke the wall down. Greymane shows increasing levels of humility. He finally ends up teaming up with the head of the other side of the civil war after begging him and humbly showing that both were afflicted with the Worgen curse. After an unsuccessful attempt at taking the city back from the Forsaken, [[spoiler:where Genn's son takes the arrow for him and dies.]] he turns to the Alliance he spurned and mercilessly left to die years ago.
** Mist of Pandaria is shaping up to do this epically with [[spoiler: Garrosh Hellscream, who has started to almost systematically alienate the leaders of the other factions of the Horde, and has already been announced to be the BigBad of the expansion and final Raid Boss.]]
** Warlords of Draenor has (as of 6.1) been one long BreakTheHaughty for the Iron Horde. After their vanguard made it through and took Blackrock Spire, a small force of Alliance and Horde champions destroyed the Dark Portal, preventing them from sending any more troops to Azeroth. Since then, most of the clans (Shadowmoon, Thunderlord, Blackrock, and Warsong) have been decimated and most of the leaders of the Iron Horde (Garrosh, Blackhand, the Iron Wolf/Fenris, Ner'zhul, and Kargath) have been killed. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, this convinces most of the remaining Iron Horde to drink demon blood and join Guldan.]]
* In ''VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander'', [[KnightTemplar Veger]] gets his comeuppance when [[spoiler:he discovers the Precursors (who he idolized) are ottsels, gets [[KarmicTransformation turned into]] an ottsel, and becomes Kleiver's sidekick.]] Almost makes you feel sorry for him... oh, wait, no it doesn't.
%%* [[spoiler:Asha]], from ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', suffers from this.
* Donny Vermillion in ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' suffers this big time. Before he's arrogantly and smugly defaming Jim Raynor and propping up the Dominion; when confronted with proof that the Dominion caused his brothers death and that Mengsk is just a power hungry asshole, he undergoes a mental collapse and is reduced to sitting in a hospital room ''in his underwear while eating peanut butter out of the can in one hand and holding the dominion manifesto in the other''. Damn, karma's a bitch ain't it?
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Saren gets an extended case of this that actually started before the game [[spoiler:when he discovered Sovereign]]. He started out as an arrogant KnightTemplar [[FantasticRacism racist]] with ambitions to rule the galaxy [[spoiler:using [[EldritchAbomination Sovereign]]'s power]]. By the time you meet him in the game [[spoiler:he is already just another [[BrainwashedAndCrazy indoctrinated slave]] to Sovereign's will.]] It's also arguable that the discovery [[spoiler:of Sovereign]] sent his ambitions from galactic conquest to saving it thanks to pure fear. [[spoiler: Too bad he had no idea he was being influenced by Sovereign the entire time.]]
* In ''VideoGame/Portal2'', GLaDOS has some of this come her way. [[spoiler:She's beaten by a corrupted idiot, gets put into a potato, almost eaten by a bird, travels with Chell extensively for 3 chapters, learns that Chell is a decent person, finds out who she is, and sees how insane the new controller of the facility is, in a parody of herself. The irony is that in the end of the game she deletes all this information and goes back to being her old self, for better or worse, but still lets Chell go to her freedom. It's possible that [=GLaDOS=] did learn something after all and considers Chell a friend, and if not, then she's simply getting rid of her biggest problem by sending it away.]]
* Altaïr of ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' is broken at the start of the [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI first game]]. After violating all the clauses of the [[BadassCreed Assassin's Creed]], he is publicly humiliated by Al Mualim and demoted to novice. His initial incentive in the game is to restore his previous high standing.
* Prince [[DubNameChange Harry/Henry]] from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'', a spoiled prince who live his days pulling pranks on everyone, is kidnapped into slavery one day by the bad guys, and it completely cures his bad attitudes. [[InTheBlood His future son is still a brat, though.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Cheren from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' goes through a variant of this; while not arrogant, he has some ego issues and an obsession with being the strongest. After Alder makes him question what strength means he suffers a HeroicBSOD and ends up re-evaluating his stance.
** And then there's N, who gets the full brunt of a BreakTheHaughty moment and a BreakTheCutie moment ''combined'' when he learns [[spoiler: his cause was false all along and he was meant to be a disposable TykeBomb]].
** From the original ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', there's TheRival Blue ([[HelloInsertNameHere or whatever you named him]]) Oak, an arrogant, immature, snotty, narcissistic, smart-mouthed brat with the really arrogant-sounding {{catchphrase}}s of "Bonjour" and "Smell ya later!", who takes every opportunity to brag in front of you and throws a tantrum whenever he loses. Which happens almost every single time, and ''many'' a player loved shoving his words back in his face when it did. After being defeated as champion, he gets schooled with a ReasonYouSuckSpeech by his grandfather Professor Oak as the player claims his previously held position, and the end of ''[=FireRed=]'' and ''[=LeafGreen=]'' shows him in a rare moment of introspection, as if thinking over what the professor told him. By the time ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' rolls around, he's mellowed out and in fact acts quite mature for his age of 14, having learned how to lose gracefully for one, albeit still keeping his arrogant streak due to it being a signature part of his character.
** A more sinister example in another rival, from the sequel ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', as well as ''Crystal'' and the remakes; Silver (or, again, whatever the player decided to call him), a thieving, abrasive, violent, arrogant, and abusive trainer who treats everyone around him, Pokemon and human alike, like utter trash, and sees only value in the strength of Pokemon and nothing else. He constantly calls the player weak, seeing friendship as a mere weakness, strips off your disguise just when you were about to sneak into the Team Rocket hideout for the fact he hates Team Rocket, and is all around extremely unpleasant to be around. Naturally, the player defeats his team every time, and he gets schooled by Lance on top of it. By the end of the game, he's majorly TookALevelInKindness, trying his best to become a nicer person, with his Golbat even evolving into Crobat, something that can only be achieved through [[ThePowerOfFriendship high friendship]], not to mention he [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming apparently tried to return the starter he stole offscreen]] in the remakes.
** In the original ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' and ''Emerald'', Brendan, the opposite gender player character when the player is female. While he's nowhere near the amusingly obnoxious brat that is Blue or the violent antisocial ArrogantKungFuGuy that was Silver, he still kind of acts like a jerk to May (the player), with somewhat of a sexist streak and {{Tsundere}} tendencies around her. By the end, however, he's completely humbled out. In the remakes, he's more of a straight NiceGuy.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaTheWindWaker'': Windfall Island's rich girl Mila and her father behave quite arrogantly with Link. Then [[spoiler:after Mila is abducted (and rescued) his father falls into poverty and she's even forced to steal.]]
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaPhantomHourglass'''s Linebeck gets a bit of this at the end of the game. [[spoiler:Bellum corrupts him and forces him to attack Link. Once the player defeats Bellum, Linebeck has a WhatHaveIDone? moment before dropping to his knees and apologizing for his jerkassery.]]
** When Osfala is first encountered in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'', he's incredibly egotistical and self-confident. Then Yuga kidnaps him and transforms him into a painting. Once he's freed, he solemnly accepts that he was never meant to be the hero.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': Groose gets in on this too. He starts out as a typical bully, pushing Link around and trying to sabotage his training, since he feels that he's the one that deserves Zelda's affections. Then when she's kidnapped, he blames Link for the incident, and much later, when he reaches the surface of the planet, he tells Link to go back home and let him handle the rescuing business. However, The Old Lady tells him that he's not meant to be the hero, which is already enough to make him throw a temper tantrum, but once he witnesses [[spoiler:the first breakout of [[SealedEvilInACan The Imprisoned]] and Link's resealing it]], he gets hit by a minor HeroicBSOD and finally acknowledges that Link's the one cut out for the job. [[spoiler:[[TookALevelInBadass He gets better, though]].]]
* The Dunmer race of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series were Xenophobic, arrogant, slave holders, with a huge claim of Southern Morrowind under their rule. All that changed in the times between ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsvSkyrim Skyrim]]''. First came the collapse of the Ministry of Truth, completely destroying the city of Vivec. Then the eruption of Red Mountain, destroying almost all of Vvardenfell, and forcing the survivors to flee to Solstheim. Finally, the Argonian slaves rose up, conquering what was left of their empire in Morrowind. The Dunmer as of ''Skyrim'' have paid a heavy price for their hubris, and learned a little well deserved humility as well.
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', Dr. Hugo Strange gets one when [[spoiler:Ra's al Ghul runs him through with a scimitar, then starts gloating that, despite everything he's done, he's still inferior to Batman.]]
* This is Aire's character arc in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyThe4HeroesOfLight''. Although she will help people in need when she sees them, she's a full-fledged RoyalBrat who introduces herself by [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike berating her poor knight for not saving her fast enough]]. Then when she's in Liberte with Jusqua, Aire treats him like a servant, ordering him around and complaining that refugee life isn't stylish enough, dragging him and a fairy she rescued into a dangerous dungeon for an obviously cursed treasure for no reason besides greed. The "treasure" turns her into a cat, so she's unable to speak to anyone ''but'' the fairy, [[spoiler:who shortly performs a HeroicSacrifice to save her life]]. The guilt gives her a real kick in the CharacterDevelopment.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* [[RoyalBrat Sakuya]] in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' undergoes this in the Bad Boys Love route where [[spoiler:he learns that he isn't a true pureblood and that the bird he thought was his father was actually the one who ordered his egg to be abandoned and he would have been left to die had it not been for Yuuya -- the brother he has constantly disdained for his half-breed upbringing in the belief that he was only his less pure half-brother -- deciding to save him. And then Yuuya dies in front of him after saving his life once again.]]
** In his [[http://lexlee20.tumblr.com/post/35077070665/otome-sakuya-vs-bbl-sakuya otome route]] he gets a much slower, gentler breaking down of his bratty racist starting point, showing increasing physical and emotional vulnerability. It leaves him a better person, and happier, but it's a lot less dramatic and doesn't go as far.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Luke Atmey in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials And Tribulations''. An ''Ace Detective'' with an overinflated ego, turns out to be [[spoiler:a blackmailer and a killer]] and his whole reputation comes crashing down.
** T&T had a ''field day'' with this trope: [[spoiler:Winston Payne's rapid hair loss]] and [[spoiler: Dahlia's exorcism/HumiliationConga]].
** Edgeworth is the most important main character to undergo this, starting with the first game. For Edgeworth [[spoiler:confronting the truth of not only his father's death but the true nature of his beloved mentor changes his personality for later appearances]].
** ''Dual Destinies'' breaks [[spoiler:Yuri Cosmos]] in this way. Unfortunately, this is not the kind of haughty you enjoy seen broken down, as the man really does care about everyone else, he just thinks he's a shoo-in for the history books himself. However, there's also [[spoiler:Florent L'belle]], and ''that'' one's the kinda arrogant bastard you like to see taken down a peg or five. And that's just what we get to see, complete with HumiliationConga.
* The fifth arc of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has an extreme, downright cruel example: Yes, we know by now that Eva is a RichBitch. But was it ''really'' necessary to [[spoiler:kill both her son George ''and'' her husband Hideyoshi!?]]
** The above arc is also one huge BreakTheHaughty moment for [[spoiler:Eva's proud and honour-obsessed sister-in-law, Natsuhi. The Man from 19 Years Ago plagues her with threatening phone calls, threatening to kill her husband if she doesn't do what he says. By the end of it, both her husband and daughter are dead, and she's being blamed for Hideyoshi's murder as she was in the closet in the room where he was killed. Eva beats the living daylights out of her, and no-one tries to defend her. Only Battler knows Natsuhi is innocent, and he's unable to help her.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', Chapter 2 is this for [[spoiler:Kuzuryuu. At the beginning of the game, he's one of the most abrasive characters, refusing to join in with the party, threatening to have Mikan sold into prostitution, and generally being a bit of a dick. Then he finds out that his sister was murdered, thanks to Monobear's minigame, and his right-hand woman Peko gets executed for killing Koizumi -- who helped cover for his sister's murderer -- on his behalf. She claims that he was the real murderer and she was merely acting as his tool (to Kuzuryuu's horror), but Monobear isn't having any of it and executes her. To add insult to injury, Peko accidentally slashes Kuzuryuu's eye during her execution, despite having sworn to protect him.]] On the plus side, from Chapter 3 onwards, he starts to calm down and is more willing to work with the others.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The BigBad of ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' is all as proud and self-righteous [[spoiler: until Our Heroes ruin his grand plan]]. Most of the villains in this series start off arrogant and end up humbled. [[spoiler:Or [[KarmicDeath dead.]]]]
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Weiss confronts Professor Port and confides in him that she felt that Professor Ozpin made a terrible mistake in choosing Ruby over her as leader of the team, pointing out her superior combat skills. However, when Port confides that he trusts Ozpin's decision due to seeing her attitude in action, her snapping at him proves his point. When he tells her to stop trying to be the best leader and start being the best ''person'' she can be, she starts taking it to heart almost immediately.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* At the end of ''95 Gallons'', [[spoiler:[[InsufferableGenius Tiger Barb]] is completely outwitted by his longtime rival, [[CassandraTruth Black-Skirt Tetra.]]]] While the ending is left open, it is presumed that [[spoiler:Tiger Barb either went into hiding or killed himself.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': The closing arc in this series is turning into one for [[spoiler: Dr. McNinja himself.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', [[spoiler:Val'Sharess Diva'ratrika]], who was never the nicest person, earns her JerkassWoobie status in a big way after being set up and betrayed by her daughters and trapped for a year in her throne room with only a single slave for company. Eventually she stops wearing clothes because they've gotten too dirty and deteriorates physically to the point that it's implied she starts hallucinating. It finally gets to the point that [[spoiler:she effectively kills herself and transfers her aura to the slave, Ragini, so she can escape. This is how the CloudcuckooLander Liriel came to be]].
** Chrys'tel Vel'Sharen at the end of her school years. Let's see .. she gets outwitted and beaten by a "peasant". Captured, tortured, suspected of treason when she gets home. Most siginificantly, a declared traitor to the clan planted a seed of doubt on how her clan may not be as noble and honorable as she was taught to believe.
** Chirinide Val'Kyorl'Solenurn once she starts to delve a bit more on her origins.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has Thief, a proud elf who somehow almost always can con anyone into anything [[KarmaHoudini using contracts to avoid repercussions]]. An attempt at this on a dragon has... different consequences.
* Alejandra Coldthorn from ''Webcomic/LasLindas'' finally gets her break the haughty moment during the harvest festival. A classic example of the RichBitch, she gets brought down to earth thanks to Idward accidentally [[http://laslindas.katbox.net/?p=343 exposing]] her in front of a huge crowd.
%%* ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'' is a series long one for the ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'' Melissa Hellrune
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Despite being the resident InsufferableGenius, Vaarsuvius is still subjected to this twice. First, both figuratively and in a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0627.html disturbingly literal way]] when they meet a black dragon who is more powerful than them. Next, [[spoiler: after they gain the ultimate arcane power they always wanted, confronting Xykon ''alone''. No surprise they failed.]] Vaarsuvius seems to believe that only sheer magical power can fix things. And we thought it was just [[RuleOfFunny funny]] because V is a mage!
** Miko, the haughty, self-righteous paladin who is convinced that she is an avatar of the gods. Not only does she [[spoiler:discover how very untrue this is when she loses her paladin status]], she is eventually [[spoiler:[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe bisected]]. Alive.]]
* Morita of ''Webcomic/RedString'' gets broken very harshly. She goes from the top of the school, wanted by all the boys, envied by all of the girls to an outcast that no one will offer any help or friendship to and suffers constant humiliation from her former friends (including physical abuse). All this because she dared to turn her cruelty on someone more popular than she was.
* The main cast of ''Webcomic/RumorsOfWar'' gets booster shots of BreakTheHaughty to immunize them against a HumiliationConga, though Nenshe may be [[LonelyAtTheTop setting himself up]] [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen for a fall]] [[IneffectualLoner by skipping out]].
* Kharisma from ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' was an example of this; she started out as a truly detestable vain, shallow, and selfish rich playgirl, but over the course of the series she lost all her money, received disfiguring burns to the face and head, was framed (sort of) for murder and then sent to prison for it, where the local prison warder and the other inmates conspired to make her life a living hell until she was freed by a misguided admirer during a prison transfer and had to resort to life as a fugitive. If the point was to make the audience feel bad for wishing bad things on her, it would be about right for ''S* P''. However, unlike Mike, who got a similar BreakTheHaughty moment for being a pretentious rules-lawyering jerkass, Kharisma [[AesopAmnesia hasn't changed]] that much, other than gaining a little blue monster imaginary friend.
* Quentyn Quinn of ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'' isn't anywhere near haughty most of the time due to self-esteem issues, but he grows overconfident (or somewhat convinced of his success) when he's tasked with ''killing a dragon''. His team members slowly leave him as they realize that Quentyn's going on a suicide mission, with no real plan whatsoever. Good news is, half of them come back! But then the "socks dragon" is revealed to be ''two dragons''. Quentyn and his squad fight in terror and stress in an epic battle of legendary status... and win... and then the other dragon goes berserk, zooms off to the nearest village, and starts killing people in a fit of rage while Quentyn is forced to watch. Plus his pet horse died. In the end, the tragedy is that although Quentyn performed an act of glory, it turned out years later that things would have been better if he just negotiated with the green dragon instead of killing the red one. Quentyn himself declares the fair and epic kill of the dragon as 'the emptiest, most senseless, most destructive choice I've ever made, one that should have never been chosen'.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Widdershins}}:''
** Harry Barber has a mild but memorable one courtesy of a [[http://www.widdershinscomic.com/wdshn/october-31st-2012-kickstarter-for-book-two-is-live-please-read-the-newspost/ giraffe and a pond]], which leads her to [[http://www.widdershinscomic.com/wdshn/january-23rd-2013/ reconsider]] her IWorkAlone policy.
** Dominik Voss, spiteful {{Jerkass}} extraordinaire, [[http://www.widdershinscomic.com/wdshn/january-27th-2015/ gets this treatment]]. [[spoiler:He bargained with [[SevenDeadlySins Envy]] to become rich and talented by [[PowerParasite stealing people's skills]], then sets up business in Widdershins just to spite his UnknownRival Wolfe. Not only is [[NiceGuy Wolfe]] happy for his success, his plan fails, Envy [[GrandTheftMe steals his body]], he loses the talents he'd stolen, and Wolfe {{save|TheVillain}}s him. It triggers a HeelRealization.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/DoubtAcademy'', both Misaki Watanabe and Akari Kagome have been subjected to this. Neither one was really a jerk, but both girls do carry a sense of entitlement. As of the most recent updates, [[spoiler: Both of Misaki's love interests have been murdered, and Akari was wrongly executed after a mental breakdown]].
* Jacques in ''Roleplay/YuGiOhEastAcademy''' is incredibly arrogant in his early appearances, but this soon changes following an absolutely ''crippling'' defeat at the hands of Peter. [[FromBadToWorse To make matters worse, he then finds himself a target for Gretel's bullying, who precedes to degrade and humiliate him even further]]. And to add to [[UpToEleven that]], he becomes the first duellist to lose to a cultist and is nearly crippled as a result.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Captain Amano and various other arrogant Yamatians suffer this fate when the rebels they thought of as "weak" end up beating their asses.
* In ''Literature/DimensionHeroes'', neither good nor evil are safe from this trope, most noticeably Wyn and Clonar.
* In ''WebVideo/TheGuild'', Tink gets Bladezz to buy her more than he can afford by promising him sex. When she [[CardCarryingVillain explains this to him]], he gets revenge by [[spoiler:deleting her character]].
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** Trevor James Goodkind, scion of the wealthiest family on the planet, and one of a long line of mutant haters. Manifests as a mutant, gets kicked out of the family, gets horribly experimented on by his parent's MadScientist friend, gets treated like a dangerous criminal / animal, has to go live in the basement of a disgraced family member, loses his identity and most of his sexual characteristics, but gets CharacterDevelopment out of it all. He's now Phase, a female (mostly) mutant who is building a name for herself, building her own business empire, and generally proving herself as being a capable person and not just riding his parent's coat-tails.
** This is rather more pronounced with Tansy Walcutt, a gal who started off as head of the highest clique, and managed - eventually - to wind up imprisoned for nearly beating a fellow student to death.
* Webstie/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses:
** Whenever WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic starts thinking too much of himself, he's usually pretty quickly broken down. In ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', he manages to avoid it for a while but the world's order is restored in the last episode.
** In an interesting contrast, this was subverted by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick. The quasi-demonic forces of evil tried so very hard to break her down, but unlike her SpearCounterpart who falls almost instantly, she was too oblivious to even notice.
** Santa Christ in the Critic/Snob crossover ''Film/PassionOfTheChrist'', as he gets tortured for the whole episode due to Critic's betrayal, and Critic only betrayed him because Santa Christ has treated him so badly (including UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming in regards to Hyper).
* In ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', [[SmugSuper Captain Hammer]] is sent packing by his own arrogance when he pulls the trigger on Dr. Horrible's DeathRay despite the latter's attempt to warn him that it is malfunctioning. The explosion injures him for the first time in his life, revealing him as a MilesGloriosus who flees upon feeling pain. He's later seen in therapy.
-->'''Captain Hammer''': Ohhhh, I'm in pain! I think this is what pain feels like! Mama... [[BuffySpeak someone maternal]]! GET OUT OF MY WAY!
* LetsPlay/SirRonLionheart has always been quite the [[LargeHam hammy]] BoisterousBruiser, [[CatchPhrase FANTASTICALLY]] so, but after [[spoiler:Palom and Parom sacrifice themselves]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', he realizes just how deep he's dug himself.
* Marie Swanson from Erika's Old Big Sister, the sequel to ErikasNewPerfume, gets broken ''hard'' after having her [[FountainOfYouth regression]] undone, because she spent so much time at an age that suits her bratty nature and thus is unable to readjust to the life of a teenager. She gets plenty of JerkassWoobie moments throughout the story.
* ''WebOriginal/TheWarComms'':
** AlphaBitch Trisha has had this happen to her more than once, and Esmeralda is a walking ''magnet'' for it. Unfortunately, neither of them seem to learn a damn thing from their experiences.
** This tends to happen to Cassie whenever she gets on her high horse, usually by forcing some of her issues into the spotlight.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:Regent]] does this to [[spoiler:Shadow Stalker]] as revenge for what the latter did to [[spoiler:his teammate Skitter]].
* This is basically Pedro's arc in ''WebVideo/NothingMuchToDo''; he starts out as "All Round Great Guy Pedro Donaldson," but after helping Claudio publicly humiliate Hero--and having been set up to do so by his own brother--he pretty much loses all confidence in his own greatness. The effects of that transformation are still visible in the sequel, ''WebVideo/LovelyLittleLosers''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The third season and end of the second season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' have seen the titular character take quite a bit of karmic retribution, including the death of [[spoiler:his fiancee and his possible biological father]], and then [[spoiler:his fiance being resurrected as a cyborg, only to leave Archer for the man who murdered her in the first place]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Zuko and his pre-series fall from royal prince to banished prince, followed by his fall from banished prince to TheDrifter. And then, just when he has managed to return to the Fire Nation and regains his place as prince, he [[spoiler:[[HeelRealization realizes he's been on the wrong side the whole time]] and goes into exile again (this time voluntarily) to join forces with the Avatar. By that point the Good Guys are rather distrustful of Zuko's protestations that he has truly changed, considering he had (nearly) made a HeelFaceTurn once before but then chose not to at a critical moment, so he has to swallow the last dregs of his pride and beg for another chance until they accept him. And TheLancer actually tells him that ''she'd kill him with her own hands'', if he ever does something similar again. (Understandable, since she's TheHero's ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend ''and'' the one who witnessed his botched HeelFaceTurn.]]
** Zuko's sister Azula also suffers a rather magnificent [[spoiler: (read "psychotic")]] break. In the finale episode, Ozai [[spoiler:names himself the Phoenix King and appoints Azula Fire Lord.]] She begins [[spoiler:losing her mind, seeing visions of her MissingMom, chopping off hanks of her hair, banishing almost all of her servants at random, and eventually challenges Zuko to ''Agni Kai'', a firebending duel. She loses (eventually being defeated and captured by Katara), snaps completely, and it is later revealed that she is now in an asylum.]]
** Ozai himself. Ruthless, arrogant SocialDarwinist intent on destroying the world and rebuilding it in his own image until the KidHero royally kicks his ass [[spoiler:and spiritually castrates him, leaving him to lie useless and pathetic on the ground while the hero's friends taunt him. Then, to add insult to injury, he's visited in his lonely prison cell by the son he banished and tried to kill... who is now ''the new Fire Lord'']].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** In the sequel series, Korra is incredibly proud of her bending skills and defines her entire life by her role as the Avatar. Naturally, when [[BigBad Amon]] reveals he has the ability to take away someone's bending, she becomes terrified of him. But due to her cocky and self-assured nature, she can't admit it even to herself. Determined to prove she's not afraid, Korra challenges Amon to a one-on-one duel. Amon instead ambushes her with a dozen chi-blockers and makes it very clear that he could easily defeat her any time he wishes, but he's ''choosing'' to wait until it better suits his purposes, and when they finally do battle it'll be on ''his'' terms. After he leaves, the usually [[PluckyGirl self-confident Korra]] [[HeroicBSOD completely breaks down]] and finally shows how scared she is.
** This is Korra's entire character arch in the first season. She starts off [[ArrogantKungFuGuy confident and sure of herself to the point of arrogance]], with a [[LeeroyJenkins knack for jumping into situations without thinking things through]], which is the absolute worse thing you can do against a MagnificentBastard like [[TheChessmaster Amon]]. Throughout the entire first season, his actions destroy her confidence in herself [[spoiler:until he finally [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes fulfills her worst fear]]: [[BroughtDownToNormal taking away her ability to bend all the elements she's mastered]], which to her was '''everything''' that mattered. Giving up her pride allowed her to connect with her spiritual side and master airbending, the Avatar State, get her bending back, and top it off by becoming a sort of ResetButton for everyone else whom Amon had previously {{DePower}}ed.]]
** Another massive example with [[spoiler: [[SmugSnake Tahno]] getting his bending taken away by Amon.]] Before the fight, he was a remarkably cocky, self-assured {{Jerkass}} who inspired loathing from the protagonists. After [[spoiler: losing his bending, which was the only thing he had going for him,]] he's seen as this [[BrokenAce scraggly, disheveled loser]] with all his strength and popularity suddenly stripped from him. [[JerkassWoobie Despite his prior actions, it's hard not to feel a little pity for him at this point]].
* One unique example of this Trope happens in ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'', in an episode where [[BigBad Stampede]] thought [[TheDragon Tex Hex]] was starting to forget who was in charge. Stampede tells Hex - in so many words - that he's on his own, which means he loses his superhuman powers, and as a result, he's quickly arrested, and can finally stand trial for everything he's done (with Bravestarr himself prosecuting). Hex almost succeeds in getting off by managing to rig the jury so that Hawgtie, one of his own henchmen is put on it (a unanimous vote is needed for a guilty verdict) and gets so confident at one point that he even ''admits'' to everything he's on trial for. ("Just ask Hawgtie!" he gloats. "He was there a few times!") Unbelievably, however, Bravestarr manages to convince Hawgtie to vote guilty along with the rest of the jury, because the henchman realizes that that he's being used - just like he's ''always'' been. (Of course, after being sentenced, Hex almost ''wants'' to go to prison after Stampede comes to break him out, and tell him why he let it all happen, confident that he's now learned his place, with the suggestion that things are going to be different from now on...)
* Wile E. Coyote, in the several shorts where he faces off against WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, the KarmicTrickster. Each time he proudly announces at the beginning that he is a "Super-Genius." Always gets his comeuppance by the end, in one short declaring that "My name is Mud" and promptly keeling over unconscious.
%%* [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong Eric]], in the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' cartoon.
%%* Eddy, of all people, gets one in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' [[TheMovie movie]]. ''Dear God''.
* Happens to Gunther, Professor Farnsworth's hyper-intelligent JerkAss monkey in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Mars University" when his AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents crash Parents Weekend.
* David Xanatos from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' suffers this in "The Gathering". After being able to manipulate everything and everyone to his advantage for the entire series, he is suddenly faced with a PhysicalGod bent on kidnapping his newborn son. Despite his best efforts and with the help of two of his antagonists, the Manhattan Clan and Halcyon Renard (David's father-in-law), he is ultimately completely helpless and unable to protect someone that is more important to him than wealth or power. For once Xanatos knows what it feels like to be a helpless victim. There are well-done moments in that where for the first time, Xanatos hears his father say he's proud of him, and reacts to that, all David's wealth and power never impressed Petros Xanatos, but his efforts to defend his son do. Later, in the last scene we see David, his ''smirk'' is gone.
* Lucius Heinous VII on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' has this happening to him frequently. Once it results in a short-term VillainousBreakdown.
* ComicBook/LexLuthor becomes a broken man in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' when his criminal activities are exposed by the League, and he learns that he's dying of cancer (caused by carrying radioactive GreenRocks for years). Notably, Luthor is one of those characters who recovers from this and comes back for more. [[spoiler:His cancer is cured (courtesy of Brainiac), he begins a (feigned) campaign to become President of the USA, and later usurps Gorilla Grodd as leader of the Legion of Doom. MagnificentBastard or what?]] However he gets this again when his attempt to resurrect Brainiac resurrected Darkseid instead, thanks to [[DyingCurse interference from]] [[LivingBattery Tala]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well is revealed to be [[spoiler: an intentionally constructed BreakTheHaughty scenario: The rest of the group got sick of Rainbow Dash's gloating and created the superhero persona to knock her down a few pegs.]]
** The "Great and Powerful" Trixie, a traveling magician, gets one off-screen. She's introduced in her first episode as the type of over-the-top "I'm the most awesome thing alive" antagonist you might expect to find in a children's cartoon, and after getting shown up by the [[FanNickname Mane]] character, is still going on about how awesome she is as she flees town. It turns out later that the event destroyed her career, to the point where she had to work on a [[ItMakesSenseInContext rock farm]] to make ends meet.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2]]", Discord is subjected to this at Tirek's hands, finally solidifying his HeelFaceTurn.
** In "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", this finally happens to [[spoiler:Diamond Tiara. When Pipsqueak decides to run for class president, she of course has to try to sabotage his efforts and use blackmail and bribery to turn the tides back in her favor. She fails miserably before the episode is half over, Silver Spoon's finally had enough of her crap and calls her out, and she gets a chewing-out from her snotty mother. She ends up in tears and the Cutie Mark Crusaders actually feel ''sorry'' for her. Thankfully, this ends up being the catalyst for her HeelFaceTurn.]]
* Happened to Ren from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' in the episode "Stimpy's Fan Club". Stimpy gets a lot of fanmail which stings at Ren's jealousy, since he doesn't get any. Throughout the episode, he figures out the ways to make himself important, his schemes ranging from taking up the role of Stimpy's Fan Club's president, to killing Stimpy. When he finally gets a fan letter, he gloats about it to Stimpy, pointing out that it's his turn to be a fan's favourite now, with some appropriate Ren-like exaggerating. His triumph fades out in an instant when he finds out the letter was from Stimpy himself.
* Any episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' that centers on Squidward. The most subtle example must be the episode in which Squidward tries moving to a town of inhabitants who are just like him... only to end up so bored that he flips out. Naturally, the town haughtily expels him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Pearl's crush on Rose Quartz gave her the impression that she was Rose's most trusted confidant, that she knew all her secrets, and that Rose loved her more than anything. Despite her status as the TeamMom, she was not above lording this over everyone else, becoming extremely unpleasant when her idea of her relationship with Rose was threatened. Truth is, Rose did care about Pearl, but their relationship was nowhere near as deep or trusting as Pearl imagined. Increasing evidence of this (Rose marrying Greg, the existence of Lion and everything Rose-related that he is privy to, Steven learning stuff about Rose that she didn't know) culminates in the song "It's over, isn't it?" where Pearl has no choice but to acknowledge these facts.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TalesFromTheCryptkeeper'' involves a narcissistic adventurer who's definitely more about the glory (including his good looks) than about the less attractive aspects. He and his trusty but scrawny sidekick enter a castle where a maiden is held prisoner by a vampire. In the end, [[spoiler:the scrawny sidekick gets the maiden, and the adventurer gets turned into a vampire. His most lamented aspect of this development is that, as he has no reflection... "No more handsome checks!"]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** Heather often got hers in regards to her cruelty, but the second-to-last episode of ''Island'' is what really did it. [[spoiler: She gets a dare from Lindsay to shave her head, which is something she threatened to do to her several episodes ago. In a panic, Heather kicks the razor out of Chef's hand. It lands on her hair shaving her anyway. ''Then'' Chris tells her she's disqualified because technically she didn't accept the dare, resulting in an epic VillainousBreakdown]]. Then, in the special, she is shunned by everyone except Harold and eventually breaks down in tears.
** Alejandro suffers this in the final episode. Heather manipulates his feelings for her so that he'll hold off completing his victory to kiss her...and then promptly knees him the balls and pushes him down the mountain on a block of ice. After manipulating girls through love, Alejandro ultimately falls prey to the same tricks he used. And he gets burned by lava and stripped of his good looks. Now THAT is Karma.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' the [[BigBad Ice Dancers]] make it clear that winning silver at the Olympics was [[CompetitionFreak one of the worst moments of their lives.]] [[spoiler: By the end of the series they don't win silver again...they win ''bronze''. Josee does not take it well.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'':
** [[{{Jerkass}} Sentinel Prime]] [[spoiler:[[LosingYourHead getting his head taken off]] and his body [[PeoplePuppets taken over]]]].
** Wasp is an arrogant, talented bully classmate of Bumblebee's. If he hadn't been such a jerk, maybe [[spoiler: Bumblebee wouldn't have immediately suspected he was the Decepticon spy, and eventually gotten him sent to a prison so bad that when he finally escaped, he was reduced to a [[ThirdPersonPerson buzzing, muttering wreck]] with a [[TwitchyEye bad optic twitch]]. Harsh.]]
** Sentinel has one when he first meets Blackarachnia, who is really [[spoiler: Elita-1, his and Optimus' love interest who was led to her current fate by both boys]]. Made worse because he insults her before he realizes it is her. He is really broken up by this revelation, and goes so far to admit to Optimus [[spoiler:that they should never have gone to the spider planet that caused her current condition. He had taken every opportunity to mock Optimus about this failure before]]. There's another after that in "Decepticon Air", when Sentinel has to call on Optimus for help. After Optimus saves the day, Sentinel, in absolute seriousness, offers his comrade a place in the Elite Guard (which Optimus turns down politely) and salutes him as they part ways. Still, he's jealous when Optimus ends up as the hero in the final episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has Silas, the murderous, power-hungry terrorist who [[spoiler:stole Breakdown's body]] and betrayed humanity to the Decepticons. [[spoiler:He ends up being used as a test subject for all kinds of painful experiments by a vengeful Knock Out, and eventually becomes an energon hungry zombie. By the time Airachnid kills him, he's actually ''grateful''.]]
* Riven from ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub''. He leaves the fairies and his Specialist squad for an evil witch, Darcy, the resident flirty DarkActionGirl, and when she decides she and her sisters don't need him any more, she invites him to her house, where she and her sisters taunt Riven (one of them slices his cheek open with her fingernail) before sending him to the dungeon.
* Happens to of all people Miss Martian aka M'gann M'orzz in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. In the first half of the season, she constantly abuses her mental powers and freely justifies [[MindRape Mind Raping]] her enemies since it gets the job done. [[spoiler: Then, she mentally breaks the believed [[FaceHeelTurn traitor]] of the group Aqualad, not knowing he's actually TheMole for the team, and is horrified when she finds out the truth, spending a majority of the second half of the season a nervous wreck about using her powers.]]