Corner of Woe
"I really feel like sobbing to myself in a dark corner right now..."When things look depressing for our comical anime hero, what's the best course of action? Why, go Super-Deformed, sit in a corner, wrap your arms around your knees, and sulk like you've never sulked before! Preferably in a Dramatic Spotlight. Bonus points if you manage to act gloomy enough to attract Ghost Lights or grow mushrooms in your dark, damp corner of woe. Often combined with Color Failure. See also Shower of Angst. The technical term for this is latibulating.
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- City Hunter: Ryo Saeba does this a few times when his Obfuscating Stupidity act gets so annoying people yells at him. In one of those times he even muttered "Why must a hitman be always serious?"
- In the beginning of Part II of Naruto, Naruto and Sakura would do this whenever Sasuke was mentioned.
- Konata of Lucky Star does this when lamenting the cable company's inability to install cable TV (and hence Anime-channels) in her suburb.
- In Ouran High School Host Club, this is Tamaki's signature move, as seen above. He does it very well. (Yes, he has been ordered to "Stop growing mushrooms in other peoples' closets!", so bonus points.)
- Haruka from Lovely Complex does this all the time, especially after Otani and Koizumi finally get together.
- Sun's Father in My Bride Is a Mermaid does this after Sun cuts her bond from the Seto family.
- When Brock first returned after the Orange Islands arc, he would go into the Corner Of Woe any time someone mentioned Professor Ivy.
- In same episode, Ash does that later when Misty mentions Gary!
- Ash, Brock and Pikachu all go into a corner after boasting their "expertise" in falling into Team Rocket's pitfalls...and May and Max point out that that's not something to be proud of.
- Dororo on Keroro Gunsou tends to do this when his "Trauma Switch" activates.
- Fullmetal Alchemist:
- This happens quite often in Yakitate!! Japan; most of the characters get a scene like this.
- In The World God Only Knows, Keima did this when he was unable to beat a buggy game.
- Nyamo did this once in Azumanga Daioh at the beach house, after being upstaged, embarrassed, and verbally and utterly trashed by Yukari.
- Shiratori Ryushi did this the first time he got picked on for his "girly looks" in Mahoraba. He even got the ghost lights in the manga.
- In Air, Uraha and Ryuya do this when Kanna tells them not to sit so close to her. Repeatedly.
- Soul Eater:
- Every time you mention Death the Kid's "Sanzu Lines" (the three lines that only wrap around the left side of his head), he goes into a spiral of depression due to his obsession over symmetry.
- Crona spends so much time in the Corner of Woe that s/he's nicknamed it Mr. Corner/Roomsky Kornerkov. S/He can even inflict the corner on others; Crona once wrote a poem so depressing that Maka, Marie, Soul, and even Black☆Star crept into a corner mumbling "I wish I'd never been born," after reading it. Sid the zombie followed them with "I wish I'd never come back to life," — not because he read the poem, but because he couldn't get Crona to stop being afraid of him.
- One Piece:
- In the Whiskey Peak arc, Nami desperately tries to convince Luffy not to go up against Crocodile, but he just won't listen. At one point, she ends up getting so frustrated she does the trope, as Vivi tries to cheer her up with money.
- Jyabura does this in an episode of after finding out that Fukurou told everyone Jyabura's girlfriend dumped him.
- Perona's Negative Hollow's force anyone hit by them into this trope. Except for Usopp; she merely adopted the Corner Of Woe; Usopp was born in it.
- Hidamari Sketch:
- The Four Girl Ensemble are having a chankonabe — or sumo wrestler's hot pot — prepared mainly by the weight-conscious cook Hiro. And then Miyako and Sae utter lines usually reserved for sumo wrestlers — likely to be incidental — and prompt Hiro herself to leave her apartment and sit in the Corner Of Woe in the backyard.
- Yuno almost walked off into a garbage pile of woe in one chapter upon discovering that someone she thought as more talented than her was forced to leave school while she was still there. The anime handled the chapter somewhat differently, by only giving Yuno the spotlight.
- In one Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pure episode, it happens sometime after the heroines find a videoke house (unknowingly) set up by the bad guys that somehow had the songs they sang against their enemies. In trying out their songs, they somehow keep getting low scores. When Rina sings one of her image songs "Piece of Love", when she got a measly 16, she enters this pose.
- Happens at least Once per Episode in Oruchuban Ebichu, usually after Ebichu gets pulverized by OL.
- Happens during THAT SCENE in Girls Bravo, coupled with a Heroic BSOD moment, when Kazuhara finds out one of the girls is packin' a nasty surprise...
- Fushigi Yuugi does this twice, though both instances aren't actually in corners.
- In the first instance, we see Miaka trying to cheer Tamahome up after the Kodoku arc. She tells him that none of the evil things he did, which she bluntly explains in detail, was his fault.
- The second instance occurs in the omake, where everyone is disguised as a woman. Chichiri is so awesome that he changes his appearance entirely, and Miaka wonders aloud if he was trying to look like the fiance his best friend stole from him, driving him to kill said best friend.
- Mio goes into the corner not when she's upset, but whenever something scary or disgusting happens. In one episode, Yamanaka-sensei tries to enter the corner for some good old-fashioned weeping, only to find Mio there already.
- Yui did this once in the Manga after Ritsu tears off the protective film on Yui's guitar.
- Bleach: Surprisingly, it happens to Ichigo Kurosaki when he is told by Isshin to stay out of the way while Isshin, Yuzu and Karin tend to victims of an accident.
- Ah! My Goddess: Keiichi goes into the corner, complete with dark clouds and spirals, after returning home from a visit to the sea where he accidentally confessed his love to Skuld, not Belldandy.
- In the Rurouni Kenshin anime, Kenshin does this a few times whenever Seijuuro Hiko brings up a funny or otherwise embarrassing memory of Kenshin in his youth. This comes complete with purple floating spirits.
- In Busou Renkin, Kazuki has one of these instants when Okakura's report card grade turns out to be higher than his.
- Axis Powers Hetalia:
- Germany has one of these incidents in his cell after Italy reveals his deepest, darkest, fetishes to the Allies.
- England also has one as well when he and France decide to let little America choose who he wants to be his big brother. France offers America a gourmet meal, which England knows he can't compete against with his cooking.
- Even Ranmaru has done this in a chapter of The Wallflower when the gang ate some strange mushrooms. Of course, it isn't really a corner, since they're outside, but it still manages to give that impression.
- In Mai-Otome, Nina does this after her plan to capture the Gelle Anguille fails because the labels on the sugar and salt were switched, although she doesn't realize it at the time. She had been hoping her plan would succeed to make up for the humiliation of almost drowning because of the Gelle Anguille.
- In one of the Death Note four panel comics, Ryuk does this after Light tells him that he's more human than most of the human characters, and should quit being a Shinigami.
- Ranma ˝:
- In the manga, Ranma starts sulking in a corner when he sees Shinnosuke's head on Akane's lap.
- He sulks again when he is seperated from Akane by moving out of the Tendō household.
- Popura in Working pulls one when she feels Takanashi doesn't trust her.
- A strip◊ of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha omake has Lindy doing this after being reminded of her age.
- Bertie Wooster does this in the manga Please, Jeeves after he overhears Jeeves calling him "mentally negligible".
- Midori no Hibi: Invoked by Ayase, after failing to seduce Seiji with her new swimsuit, which she'd chosen for the express purpose of showing off her figure.
- Kyo Koi O Hajimemasu: Tsubaki ends up like this during the Christmas chapter because Sakura reminds her she has to stay and study. Complete with Ghost Lights.
- The Pet Girl of Sakurasou: While they're outside, Yuko does this in episode 7 when she boasts that she's slept in Sorata's bed the year before. Then Mashiro says she slept in his bed too, causing her to retreat into this trope. (Of course, this is just one of Mashiro's Not What It Looks Like moments)
- In episode 7 of Kotoura-san, both Manabe and Haruka's grandfather sit in one after they find out the mixed bathhouse is closed due to repairs.
- Bizarrely, the Tastes Like Diabetes intro for Oreshura has a couple of these as a Freeze-Frame Bonus.
- In Kimi ni Todoke, Kazehaya does this after unintentionally 'proposing' to Sawako and being mocked by Pin. Yeah, long story.
- During Chapter 083 of Shinryaku! Ika Musume, after trying and failing to win at least one match of Rock-Paper-Scissors, Ika demands a rematch from Eiko, saying that she can use a special move so that she can't lose...and Eiko tells Ika that every Rock-Paper-Scissors player needs to use the three signs. This results in Ika ending up like this.
- Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note: Wakatake has one of this (on top of his dad's spiral chair) at episode 8, due to losing the chance to publicly name and shame Sunahara Meats.
- In The Mad Scientist Wars, third-rung character "Calypso", a Caribbean Retired Badass James Bond parody who now works as a secretary, is described as doing this briefly in one scene, supposedly due to being beaten in arm wrestling by the new girl. It's likely he was fooling, as he recovers suspiciously quickly.
- Phoenix expresses his desire to do this in Turnabout Storm after the poor guy gets his masculinity mocked by Pinkie Pie, a freaking pink pony.
- Super Sentai:
- A rare live-action version occurs in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, when the team meets Kyosuke Jinnai, the former Red Racer. He tells Don that since losing his powers he's become cowardly (and assumes the hugging-the-knees pose). Don, himself a scaredy cat, says he can sympathize and sits down next to Kyosuke in the same pose. This results in the two of them nodding solemnly to one another as the Monster of the Week shouts at them in confused frustration.
- In order for Ninjaman to relinquish the Ninja Sentai Kakuranger Grand Power, the Gokaigers try various ways to impress him (Luka dresses up in a kimono, Joe bakes him a cupcake shaped in Ninjaman's likeness, and Marvelous performs a comedy routine with Navi). When Marvelous' routine goes awry, the food gets ruined, and Joe was devastated when the Ninjaman cupcake was destroyed. In a Funny Background Event, he spends the rest of the scene in the Galleon sitting inside a treasure chest, moping.
- Eiji Hino, a.k.a. Kamen Rider OOO, puts himself in one of these when he doesn't figure out that the Victim of the Week has feelings for her teacher, a fact that both his Evil Mentor and the Second Rider found out instantly.
- Farscape. John Crichton has a habit of flying off in Farscape One when he wants to be alone. This backfires on him when Moya starbursts away without warning, leaving him drifting in space.
- The best way to describe the current page image, courtesy of REM:
That's me in the corner
That's me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
- This is the shot you get when finishing a Tokimeki Memorial 1 playthrough with a Bad Ending (i.e. without getting a confession of love from any girl).
- In Tales of Graces, this is one of Asbel's possible reactions for his failure to lead the "We are...awesome!" victory pose.
- 100% Orange Juice!: Suguri reacts like this when K.O.'d. And it looks adorable.
- Ash occasionally engages in this in Misfile.
- Scandinavia and the World:
- The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: Galatea has a breakdown on realizing she's just as lousy a parent as her dad.
- A Redtail's Dream has Hannu demonstrate this in classic form in this strip.
- Magick Chicks has this happen to Tiffany (complete with gloom flames), in this scene, as a result of being left out Cerise's evil plans. It doubles as a Funny Background Event, since Mel and the others focus on questioning Cerise for her actions and fail to notice Tiffany sulking behind them.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Party of One", Pinkie Pie gets one of these scenes when she believes her friends don't want to be her friend anymore. She remains sad even after the spotlight on her is turned off and revealed to be the same one she was using to interrogate Spike.
- Happened once to the Crimson Chin from The Fairly OddParents, to the point where a comic Timmy purchased has all the panels showing CC in a fetal position and sucking his thumb.