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->That was the last time I saw Richard. Tonight I know what it is to be human. Tonight my super skin is still invulnerable, but my Richard is never coming back, and my heart is broken into a million pieces.
-->-- '''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}''', ''Solo #1''

A {{Badass}} falls head over heels in love and has their heart broken, sometimes because their love interest outright rejects them, sometimes because the object of their affections falls in love elsewhere or is already in a relationship with another, or some other tragic event happens that denies the badass the affections of their love interest. The worst case scenario by far is when their love interest is StuffedIntoTheFridge, killed off just to spite the badass.


See also YouKilledMyFather and DeadSidekick. Occasionally, after the rejection, the badass will fall victim to HeroicBSOD and BreakTheBadass.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Kenshiro is heartbroken when Yuria fails to recognize him when he faces Shin in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''. [[spoiler:Subverted, in that it wasn't Yuria at all, it was a doll that looked like her...]]
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' the most notable example is when Ash's Grovyle fell in love but was rejected; he had a HeroicBSOD just after. FromBadToWorse, as he evolved into Sceptile immediately afterward, and the shock of rejection made him unable to use his attacks!
** The Team Rocket trio's Meowth in "Go West, Young Meowth". (Note that he's not usually particularly badass, but he did wear a BadassLongcoat in that episode.) Meowzy rejected him even before she hooked up with the Persian Meowth had just fought.
** Mewtwo wins here by being both the strongest character by far, and the angstiest by even farther. He can switch between telekinetically throwing the strongest pokemon around like rag dolls and whining about clones not being accepted by people in the blink of an eye.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'':
** Simon, after he sees Kamina kiss Yoko. [[BrightSlap He snaps out of it thanks to blunt impact from Kamina]]. [[spoiler:Though he winds up becoming this again after Nia's death]].
** Yoko herself, due to [[spoiler:Kamina dying shortly afterwards]]. Much later, history repeats itself with [[spoiler:Kittan]], but at least she has a little forewarning there. The ending of the show implies that [[spoiler:she became so scared of romance as a result, [[TheMourningAfter she stayed single for the rest of her days]].]]
* All the women Manga/BlackJack’s even come close to loving at this point have been already married, enveloped in their careers or [[spoiler:more or less turned into a man]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' has [[spoiler: Yami, after Yugi's soul is taken ]] in the second half of season 4 (Atlantis/Doma arc)
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' has Jack Atlas falling in love with Carly, which leads to problems when [[spoiler: she is killed and revived as a Dark Signer, one of the people Jack is meant to fight against. And then she dies in his arms. And gets better.]].
* Seiji from ''Manga/MidoriDays,'' though it's played for laughs. He's so badass that girls are terrified of him, leading to him getting rejected over and over.
* Guts from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' fits this ''big time''. The romance that he had with Casca was cut tragically short by Griffith's actions during the Eclipse, which served to drive her completely insane. Casca's unfortunate condition has completely deprived Guts of the affection he wants from her so badly. And even worse, ever since [[spoiler:[[SuperpoweredEvilSide his personal Beast]] [[NearRapeExperience almost got him to rape her]]]], she wants nothing to do with him anymore, which only further frustrates him. Still, this might change if the [[FindTheCure quest to Elfhelm]] is successful. In the meantime, all that Guts really has left to hang onto are [[TearJerker the memories from the old days.]]
* ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'': The first time we actually get to see Jigen have a life, she turns out to be a BitchInSheepsClothing ([[spoiler: using Jigen to get rid of Lupin]]). Jigen gets over it pretty quickly though.
* Shizuo Heiwajima of ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' learned the hard way that [[PrecociousCrush schoolboy crushes]] and [[HairTriggerTemper uncontrollable rage disorders]] [[http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww262/CapZiggy/hescrewedup.jpg do not mix]]. In his words, "[[{{Understatement}} I screwed up.]]"
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** Suzaku Kururugi after [[spoiler:Euphemia’s death]].
** A different kind of badass, but Lelouch after [[spoiler:Shirley is killed]].
* Spike from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is pretty much a perfect example of this trope. He loses his love Julia, spends a large part of the series searching for her in vain, and [[spoiler: is finally reunited with her in the finale... just in time for her to be shot.]] This leads to an epic StormingTheCastle moment [[spoiler: which results in an uncertain fate for Spike, with a pretty large chance that he's dead.]]
* [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Kenshin ]] in the first OVA. Especially the fact that [[spoiler:he inadvertently killed Tomoe.]]
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Homura [[spoiler:was originally a {{Moe}} ShrinkingViolet with [[FriendlessBackground no friends]]. Then she met [[LesYay Madoka]], who [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe showed her kindness]] and became her OnlyFriend. So, when Madoka ultimately ended up dying to defeat Walpurgis, Homura became a MagicalGirl to turn back time and protect her. The more times she is forced to turn back time, the more determined she becomes that Madoka not die this time, and the more badass she is]].
* Issei Hyoudou in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' when it's revealed that [[spoiler: his heart was still broken when his ex-girlfriend killed him on his first date with her back in volume 1. It took him 6 months (9 volumes in RealLife) to even be able to move on and confess to Rias.]]
* D-Boy in ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' essentialy slowly become this throughout the story, [[spoiler:after losing his whole family member and friends, losing his little sister, experienced getting called as a monster, and losing his family for the second time because he had to kill them all, and the moment that breaks him was when he discovered that he actualy can save all of them, had he know how to. At the end of the series, he decided that [[ThatManIsDead his old self is dead]] and killed the last surviving member of his family who has become the leader of the Radam at that point. The end of the series shown him unable to talk or move. Thankfully, he got better in the sequel.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' multiverse loves this, with DisposableWoman and TheLostLenore at play. The trend was originated long ago since Matilda Ajan and Lalah Sune's deaths in the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''
-->''Amuro: [[SayMyName Matilda-saaaannn!!]]''
** If so, parodied in Anime/GundamBuildFighters by ButtMonkey Rainer Cziommer, who only want to take down Fellini for stealing his woman.
** A platonic version is revealed in ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry'' with original protagonist Sei Iori. [[spoiler:The Build Burning Gundam Sekai uses was meant for Reiji so he and Sei could continue their amazing adventures together. However, Reiji never came back, so he hid the Build Burning in a Dom, then sealed it (along with his happy memories of Reiji, as it was put) in the trophy they won. Seeing Sekai blazing through in action with the Build Burning kicked him out of his funk and asked China to give Yuuma a spare Build Burning and [[TakeUpMySword give his blessing to Sekai to keep using Build Burning]].]]
* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'': Captain-class Uryuu is considered a novice by his RetiredBadass father Ryuuken, whose RefusalOfTheCall has alienated his idealistic son. It's heavily implied that Ryuuken is trying to protect Uryuu's life from dangerous family secrets. [[spoiler:Uryuu mysteriously survived the [[TheEmperor Quincy King's]] instigation of ThePurge which wiped out all other "impure" Quincies, including his mother, grandmother and father's cousin. Both the [[DespairEventHorizon loss]] and continued threat to Uryuu has dictated Ryuuken's behaviour ever since.]]
* A platonic version of it, but Mana/Cure Heart of ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'' is pretty torn up when Regina suffers from BrainwashedAndCrazy. It takes Cure Ace showing up, snatching away her TransformationTrinket and getting her to remember what she's fighting for to get her head back into the game.
* Ironically, Minako Aino/Mina aka Sailor V aka Sailor Venus, the embodiment of love, in the [[Anime/SailorMoon original anime]] and [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] continuities of ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. In the manga, she has to [[spoiler: kill her own love interest]], with the knowledge that [[spoiler: she'll never be successful in love because she will always put her duty first]]. In the anime, she fell in love with a guy in England only to realize that he was instead in love with her older sister figure, who also loved him.
* Kurumi in ''Manga/SchoolLive'' is the most effective in killing zombies in their group but she remains affected by the death of the upperclassman she had a crush on, who she was forced to kill after he became a zombie.
* ''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'': {{Badass}} HumongousMecha AcePilot ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Kouji Kabuto]]'' was completely heartbroken and devastated when he saw Sayaka getting murdered in a Time Loop.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Hamato Yoshi of ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' in various continuities, including the [[TMNT2003 second animated series]].
* Marv of ''ComicBook/SinCity''. His only starring role in a full length story starts with him discovering the first woman to ever sleep with him has been murdered. Seeing how he normally responds to violence against women and violence against friends.... [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge you get the idea.]]
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'': Spider-Man lost Gwen Stacy to the Green Goblin. It's one of the most iconic moments in his history but damn, poor Peter. Meanwhile, in stories set in the future/{{Alternate Universe}}s/{{What If}}s, it's common for his most famous love interest, Mary Jane Watson, to die or disappear. (Just see the page image with Spidey doing a CradleOfLoneliness on Mary Jane's headstone.)
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}: In ''Solo #1'', Dick Malverne, Pre-Crisis Supergirl's childhood crush died after confessing he loved her and he knew her SecretIdentity all along, leaving her heart-broken.
-->That was the last time I saw Richard. Tonight I know what it is to be human. Tonight my super skin is still invulnerable, but my Richard is never coming back, and my heart is broken into a million pieces.
* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} from ''ComicBook/XMen'' has lost Jean ''twice''. He's often {{Misblamed}} for her loss the second time around.
* ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'': The titular main character made a DealWithTheDevil just so he could go back to earth to see his wife Wanda again, and what does he get to see? [[spoiler: Wanda - happily married to his best friend in life and with a daughter.]] Ouch.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', [[spoiler:Asuka's death]] broke Shinji down completely, up to the point of losing hope for first time in his life.
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': Misato was pretty heart-broken and hurt after [[spoiler:her boyfriend Kaji's death.]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'', when [[spoiler:[[HumongousMecha Unit-02]] blew itself up]] during the FinalBattle, Shinji believed that [[spoiler:Asuka was dead.]] He was so heart-broken that he almost ended humanity again.
* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'':
** Shinji was heartbroken when Asuka was in a coma and he couldn't do anything to help her.
** And later on, when [[spoiler:Asuka was dying,]] he was completely broken. When he realized that she couldn’t answer when he talked to her, he felt his heart breaking.
--->And in that silence, Shinji felt his own heart falling apart.
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'':
** After the battle against Zeruel, [[spoiler:when Shinji was supposedly killed-in-action,]] Asuka fell apart.
** In the rewrite, when [[spoiler:Shinji was mortally wounded,]] she was so grief-stricken that she ran out of their apartment and wandered for several hours.
* Shinji doesn't show it outwardly in ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'', but he’s traumatized because he abandoned his life’s love when she needed him the most, and he let her die.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' fic ''Fanfic/TheVow'', Lord Shen becomes this when he's banished from home for his crime of [[spoiler:massacring pandas]] while his parents and Lady Lianne, his fiancé, act in an outwardly cold way while doing that (in reality, they're sad at having to do it). Viewing it to be an unjust response to [[IDidWhatIHadToDo his efforts to prevent his fate]], Shen [[FaceHeelTurn swears to conquer China and have his revenge]]. Later, near the end of the story, Shen suffers a VillainousBSOD after [[spoiler:he releases his newlywed wife Lianne [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy out of love]]]] and [[WhatHaveIBecome ponders on how far he has fallen]]. It [[InSpiteOfANail doesn't]] prevent him from engaging in his final confrontation with Po in the same way as in canon though. [[spoiler:However, he [[SparedByAdaptation survives]], returns to Lianne and [[BittersweetEnding resigns to live with her]].]]
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[[folder:Film - Animation]]
* Manolo in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', [[spoiler:when it looked like Maria dies after saving him from a snake bite]].
* Sgt. Calhoun from ''Disney/WreckItRalph''. She's programmed to have the "the most tragic backstory ever": [[spoiler: Her fiancé was eaten by a bug at their wedding, which she then kills. Since the bugs become what they eat, Sgt. Calhoun had to kill a ''bug hybrid of her fiancé.'']]
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* The primary motivation for Max Rockatansky's adventures from the ''Film/MadMax'' series. After losing his family to a bunch of bandits and later avenging their deaths at the end of the first film, Max became such an empty shell of a man he simply traveled around with no real direction.
* Mina Harker, in ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', turns into one of these after she revives her old romance with TheMole only to have him show his TrueColors and take off.
* Film/JamesBond in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', following on from the events of ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', as well as (presumably) in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', following Tracy's death in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService''.
** He's also this in ''Film/LicenceToKill'', after reliving the ending to ''Majesty's'' when he finds Felix badly mauled and his (Felix's) wife murdered.
* By the end of ''Film/PacificRim'', Hercules Hansen has [[spoiler: outlived his son, his wife, his best friend, and his ''entire'' family. The last twenty minutes are obviously pure torture for Herc as he watches his only child make a HeroicSacrifice that had originally been planned for him, not the 21-year-old Chuck.]]
* [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] is revealed to be this trope. Sure he was pretty badass in the Clone Wars as Anakin Skywalker, but as soon as his wife died, well, ''Film/ANewHope'' and ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' can testify to just how more threatening he became.
** While the betrayal of his former Padawan is probably already sufficient to qualify, in the Expanded Universe poor Obi-Wan Kenobi goes through this no fewer than '''three''' times! [[spoiler: Siri Tachi and Satine Kryze die in front of him and Taria Damsin is stricken with a fatal illness.]]
** Han Solo [[Film/TheForceAwakens starts off]] the Sequel Trilogy with [[spoiler:32 years of cynical and resigned sorrow that his son, Ben, fell to the Dark Side whilst under Luke Skywalker's tutelage and it ruptured his marriage to Leia. His return to smuggling is primarily so he can leave his past behind him, despite being a hero to the Rebellion and New Republic]].
* The titular character from ''Film/TheOutlawJoseyWales'' starts out as this, though he later evolves into a BruiserWithASoftCenter, as well as the TeamDad.
* In ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'', it's revealed [[spoiler:Buck, Tallahassee's beloved puppy was actually his beloved son that he lost during the ZombieApocalypse. This at least explains why he takes particular pleasure in killing zombies.]]
* At the beginning of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', we see that Bruce Wayne has been grieving over the loss of [[spoiler:Rachel Dawes]] for eight years.
* Steve Rogers in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' when he wakes up seventy years after World War II had ended and realizes that Agent Peggy Carter who he promised to go dancing with is either dead or has likely moved on in her life without him.
--> '''Steve''': "I had a date."
** Also, Peggy herself was heartbroken and in tears when she and Steve had their final conversation with him going down on the Valkyrie aircraft in his HeroicSacrifice. The MarvelOneShot ''Agent Carter'' shows that she's still heartbroken after a year has passed since the events of the film.
* Bill in the ''Film/KillBill'' movies. As quoted in Vol. II before their fight as to why the bride was targeted in the first place.
--> '''The Bride''': You "overreacted"? Is that your explanation?
--> '''Bill''': I didn't say I was going to explain myself. I said I was going to tell you the truth. But if that's too cryptic, let's get literal. I'm a killer. A murdering bastard, you know that. And there are consequences to breaking the heart of a murdering bastard. You experienced some of them.
* Davy Jones of the Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean films is an unkillable, badass scourge of the seas. All because his love, Calypso, stood him up.
-->'''Davy Jones''': Ten years, I devoted to the duty you charged me! Ten years, I looked after those who died at sea! And finally, when we could be together again... '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis You! Weren't! There!]]'''
* Ash Williams, early in ''Film/EvilDead2'', has to kill his demonically possessed girlfriend. Twice.
* In ''Film/TheSuicideTheory'', Steve is emotionally wrecked after the hit-and-run death of his wife Annie.
* Katniss Everdeen in ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart2'' after [[spoiler:Peeta has been hijacked into hating her. She takes the loss of his love so hard that she almost begins to hate him for not loving her anymore.]] Still stays very badass though.
* In ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}'', Captain Wentworth introduces Anne and the Musgroves to his friend Captain Benwick--a gloomy man who is heartbroken over the death of his fiancee before their marriage, and a great lover of romantic poetry. Though we don't see it, Wentworth and Captain Harville assure the others that Benwick in battle is a fierce opponent.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Literature/{{Animorphs}} has quite a few, most prominently Tobias, after Rachel's death, and Aldrea, once her consciousness returned to a body only to find that Dak had been killed years before. Elfangor as well fits, though to a somewhat lesser extent, because of his loss of Loren.
* F. Scott Fitzgerald's ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'': Jay Gatsby, a genius from a humble background who, after returning from WWI to find his teenage crush married to a wealthier and hunkier man, turns himself into the richest and most popular playboy-gangster around. But of course, all he ever wanted was ''her''.
* Since Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' contains pretty much every other BadAss-related trope, it's not entirely surprising that they've got this one as well. Most of ''Literature/WizardAndGlass'' is spent exploring Roland's Heartbroken Badass past.
* KingArthur novels:
** OlderThanSteam: Sir Pelleas in ''Literature/LeMorteDarthur''. Sir Gawain promises to help him win the heart of Ettarde, who finds him weak and doesn't return his feelings. Upon meeting her, Sir Gawain forgets his vow to Pelleas and ends up falling in love with her. Some time later, Pelleas comes across the two sleeping together and he struggles with himself whether to kill them. He decides against it and goes off, heartbroken. Soon he finds love with Nimue, and Ettarde is heartbroken.
** In ''Literature/IdyllsOfTheKing'', it's also implied that Pelleas subsequently becomes the Red Knight of the North, who ends up horribly mutilating a peasant, among other things.
* Surprisingly, Nick Chopper in ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''. He's by far the best fighter in the party, and positively deadly with the axe when Baum still had death as part of Oz. Still, the whole reason he wants a heart? He wants to return to his girlfriend and be a proper husband for her. When he ''does'' find her again? It doesn't end well for Nick. One of his live-action counterparts had equally bad luck.
* In J.R. Ward's third entry in the ''Literature/BlackDaggerBrotherhood'' series, ''Lover Awakened'', [[spoiler: Tohrment]] falls victim to this [[spoiler: once he learns his most cherished wife, Weslie, and their unborn child, were viciously murdered.]]
* In Creator/EdMcBain's Literature/EightySeventhPrecinct novel ''Lady, Lady I Did It!'' Bert Kling is completely broken by [[spoiler:murder of his girlfriend Claire Townsend]]. It turns him not only to mere Heartbroken [=Badass=] but to real BadCopIncompetentCop. Despite his recovery from this, [=McBain=] made him constantly heartbroken because of [[spoiler:he is repeatedly kicked, cheated and betrayed by his girlfriends and wives]].
* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'': [[{{ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend}} Annabeth]] when her boyfriend [[{{TheHero}} Percy]] is kidnapped. Her few scenes show how distraught she is, knowing that even if he is still alive, his memory has probably been erased. [[spoiler: Thankfully this only lasts for the first book, the second book reveals he's alive and [[{{AmnesiaMissedASpot}} still remembers her]] and they reunite in the third book.]] The same thing goes for [[{{BadassGay}} Nico]] who was in love with his friend [[spoiler: Percy]] who couldn't return his love.
* VampireHunter Aeneas in ''MidnightWorld'', after losing his wife. It took him more than 2 months to recover from HeroicBSOD, and 2 years to start a new romance... which caused a new heartbreak.
* A Song of Ice and Fire: Robert Baratheon. After Lyanna died Robert gained "200 stones", became an alcoholic, and generally lost his will to live.
--> Robert: "I was never so alive as when I was winning this throne, or so dead as now that I've won it."
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Albus Dumbledore, who many decades ago had to defeat and help imprison the love of his young life, Grindelwald. Also, [[spoiler:Severus Snape, whose HeelFaceTurn and subsequent badassery were driven by the death of his childhood best friend, Lily. He was by no means a perfect person, but his drive to try and fight against his former friends in her memory is admirable ]].
** The supplementary website, Pottermore, has also revealed that Professor [=McGonagall=] is one. [[spoiler:She abandoned her Muggle fiancé because she couldn't part with the Wizarding World; something that her mother had done before her.]]
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': What [[BadassNormal Murphy]] has become in ''Literature/GhostStory'' following [[spoiler: Harry's death]]. A rare [[GenderSwap genderswapped]] version.
** This happens often to Harry, Susan being the cause on at least on occasion.
* Herald Vanyel in the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series. The love of his life commits suicide shortly after the near-fatal accident that turned Vanyel into a mage. He goes on to become one of the most powerful Herald-Mages adepts ever to live, yet to a large extent lives most of his life in mourning.
* Ripred, from ''The Underland Chronicles'' is revealed to be this in the final book. His entire family drowned in an attack and he was unable to save them, which made him suicidal (for a while). In particular, the loss of his young daughter Silksharp seems to have carried over into his "tender" and protective attitude towards Gregor's sister Lizzie.
* In'' [[Literature/TheHungerGames Catching Fire]]'', Katniss believes that Peeta will be able to make good use of this trope in the rebellion if [[spoiler:she dies in the Quarter Quell and he lives.]]
** In ''Mockingjay,'' the trope applies to [[spoiler:Katniss herself after losing Peeta's love.]]
* Luke Skywalker in the later part of the ''Literature/StarWarsLegends'' series; he's hit really hard when he loses his wife to, as he ultimately discovers, his own nephew.

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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* On ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', Gibbs has been this since before the series started, although it isn't until season 3 that we learn that his first wife and their daughter were killed. By season 10, he has still never really recovered and admits it.
** [[spoiler: Leon Vance's wife Jackie, and Ziva's father, Eli, both die in the tenth season episode "Shabbat Shalom". Each are handling the loss in their own ways, but it's clear that it is going to take a long time to begin to heal.]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', whenever Clark's TemporaryLoveInterest dies. He really should stay away from anyone not [[ForegoneConclusion protected by canon]].
** It still works for long term ones, although they are invariably NotQuiteDead.
* The Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'' can fall into this. His longevity and lifestyle means that he manages to out live most of his friends, family and loved ones. Although he rarely breaks down visibly, many an episode has ended with him standing in the TARDIS, alone, the pain clearly on his face.
** The Series 9 episode "Heaven Sent" is all about this trope as the Doctor spends ''literally'' an eternity in a sustained state of grief over [[spoiler: the death of Clara Oswald, his companion]], leading to a universe-endangering SanitySlippage.
* ''{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Most of the cast of ''Buffy'' could sometimes or often be described as a heartbroken [=Badass=] including Buffy, Angel, Spike (especially in Season 3, when Drusilla breaks up with him), Willow, Anya, and Giles. Some of them suffered BadAssDecay as a result, especially Spike and Angel.
** Mr. Wyndam-Pryce. He was heartbroken before he TookALevelInBadass, but every appearance of his in Angel's fourth season just SCREAMS Heartbroken Badass.
*** In Angel's fifth season, [[spoiler: he finally gets together with his love interest Fred, only for her to be killed off the ''next episode''.]]
* The main character in ''BoysBeforeFlowers'', has Jun Pyo collapsing to the floor in his Armani suit after his love interest told him to take a hike.
* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'': Echo, after [[spoiler: Paul becomes brain dead, and later after he is shot.]]
* On ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', Damon has been in love with [[ManipulativeBastard Katherine]] for over a century. [[LoveHurts It really didn't]] [[StartOfDarkness go well]].
** Rebekah becomes this when her brother basically disowns her and she learns the love of her life has moved on after 90 years.
* Sayid Jarrah of ''{{Series/Lost}}'', particularly in the episode "Sundown".
* John, Sam, and Dean Winchester on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' after the deaths of Mary (in the pilot), Jessica (also in the pilot), and Castiel (most notably after the season 7 premiere), respectively. Which is why each end up on [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge crusades]] against those who killed them. Sadly, said crusades are what indirectly led to the deaths of the [[CartwrightCurse latter two]].
** Castiel after the season 9 finale, when [[spoiler:Metatron kills Dean just to hurt Cas and then gloats about it]]. [[TearJerker His face]] as he listens...
* Chuck Bass falling for Blair Waldorf on ''Series/GossipGirl''.
* Wyatt Cain from ''Series/TinMan'' -- like his metallic counterpart in the literature section, he's arguably the best fighter in the party (though Glitch can be pretty scary if he sets his half a mind to doing so), but he's pretty much a broken man at the start, having endured ''eight years'' of being ForcedToWatch a holographic playback of his wife and son being tortured and dragged away by the Sorceress's {{Mooks}}.
* Jen in ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' seeing her boyfriend being killed before her very eyes, causing her to become TheStoic and disapproving of Wes who [[IdenticalGrandson physically resembles]] Alex.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Lennier loves Ambassador Delenn, who does not return his affection and goes on to marry somebody else ([[spoiler:the human Captain Sheridan)]]. He's devastated.
** Marcus Cole falls in love with Susan Ivanova, who staunchly refuses to return or even acknowledge any feeling she might have for him. He ends up sacrificing his life to save hers. She goes on to say "All love is unrequited."[[spoiler:She then leaves the station altogether to grieve.]] May be that both of them did this to the other, in the end.
** Ivanova again: her lover [[spoiler:Talia Winters]] was {{Mind Rape}}d by the Psy Corps and had her entire personality erased, turning her into somebody who totally hated Ivanova. But due to the MoralGuardian standards and practices of television companies, the writers couldn't outright say they were lovers, much less tell us how serious their relationship was. However, in a later episode she confesses to Delenn in confidence, that she believes she loved her.
* Gentaro Kisaragi a.k.a. ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' after the events of ''Movie Wars MEGAMAX''.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'': Jack Bauer becomes this very often: the most notable cases being the second season (after [[spoiler: his wife died]] at the end of season one), the fourth season (when Audrey breaks up with him [[spoiler: after he's forced to sacrifice the life of her husband whom she also has feelings for]]) and the eighth and final one (after [[spoiler: Renee Walker is killed]]).
* Mac Taylor on ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' spends most of the series as this, after losing his wife on 9/11...he does find love again near the end, though.
* Athos in ''Series/TheMusketeers'' is the stoic leader but his heart was very much broken by [[spoiler: his wife Milady whom he ordered her execution for killing his brother]].
* From ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Jorah Mormont. To quote from ''The Simpsons'': "if you look closely you can pinpoint the exact moment his heart breaks in two" after he returns from battle and Daenerys almost immediately asks after Daario Naharis.
* In the beginning of the pilot episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', [[CommandingCoolness Sisko's]] wife Jennifer is killed at Wolf 359. It takes him a two-year time-skip and an encounter with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien the Prophets]] to start getting over it.
** In the sixth-season finale, [[spoiler:Jadzia Dax is murdered, and [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Worf]] is incapable of getting over it until he gets a chance to avenge her]].
* Mulder and Scully from ''{{The X-Files}}'' are both good examples of this. Over the course of the series, Scully loses [[spoiler: her father, her sister (who took a bullet intended for her), her daughter (whom she only knew about for a couple of days), and her son]], not to mention nearly losing her partner multiple times. Mulder loses his sister (a primary driving force in his adult life), [[spoiler: his father, his mother, and his son]]. For both of these characters, the deaths of their loved only make them more determined to fight against the people seeking to tear them apart.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* The classic case is ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac''; the titular big nosed master swordsman helps his rival and best friend get the girl.
* In ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', the Phantom, Erik, was one of these. One of the main examples comes at the end of Act I.
* ''Theatre/MissSaigon'': Given that three years after being forced to abandon her in war-torn Vietnam, Chris is still having nightmares about Kim, he counts as this. His troubled marriage and Kim dying in his arms at the end of the show cinches it.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Any of the love interests from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' go through this in the timeskip between [=ME1=] and [=ME2=] (or even during, in Liara's case) after Shepard's death (s/he gets better). Shepard and Liara dealing with this trope is a significant aspect of the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC if that relationship exists. [[spoiler:And Liara takes this trope to its ultimate conclusion when she obliterates the Shadow Broker with extreme prejudice at the end of the DLC...]]
** Poor Female [[Franchise/MassEffect Shepard]], two of her three possible love interests in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' will wind up dead or break up with her (save for [[spoiler: Garrus]]. Male Shepard has only slightly better luck, [[spoiler: in that the deaths of all ''his'' love interests are preventable]], but can easily become this as well.
* Kain Highwind from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''; with Porom's "Cry" augment.
** [[SpoonyBard Edward]] from ''FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'' continues to grieve over his dead girlfriend Anna while he handles almost every threat harming his castle and people when he's at it. [[TookALevelInBadass He just got that better.]]
* Vincent Valentine from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
** Also, Rude. His entire reason for being uncomfortable talking to people is because the girl he fell in love with was a terrorist who was only using him for information.
** Cloud Strife spends most of ''Advent Children'' beating himself up over not being able to save Aerith.
* Locke and Cyan from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' (Fiancée killed by TheEmpire, wife and son poisoned by the same, respectively).
** [[BlackMagicianGirl Lulu]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' (boyfriend killed by the local EldritchAbomination).
** Ashe from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' (widowed by TheEmpire), in each case, the death of their loved one serves as their motivation to go after the Big Bad (Ashe comes pretty close to [[spoiler: starting a genocide against the Empire]]).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', [[spoiler:Master Chief displays far more emotion as he and Cortana say their goodbyes than at any other point in the series.]] ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' shows just how hard it hit him; [[spoiler:Chief's introduction is him looking into the port in his helmet Cortana would have been plugged into, while his hands are visibly shaking.]]
* Flik from {{Suikoden}} I and II, after the death of [[spoiler: Odessa]].
* Kratos Aurion and Regal Bryant from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', both of whom have [[spoiler: unintentionally killed their lovers]]. Kratos had the added layer of [[spoiler: thinking his son was dead]], until he meets up with your party.
* Yuri Lowell from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' also has shades of this when faced with [[spoiler:the possibility that he will likely have to kill [[LikeBrotherAndSister Estelle]] for the greater good]].
* Zero from ''VideoGame/MegaManX4''. In this case, however, Iris, the girl he had feelings for, [[spoiler: attacked him because he killed her brother The Colonel in a war and was forced to fight back in self-defense. Suffering from her injuries, she said all she wanted was to live happily with him before dying in his arms]]. Cue Zero's scream of grief.
--> [-"This isn't happening! There's no reason for me to go on! What...what am [[{{Narm}} I FIGHTING FOOOOOOOOOOOOOR?!]]-]
** And later he gets to break the heart of two other girls...[[ChickMagnet Geez...]]
* Johnny Vincent of ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}''. For some inexplicable reason, he's head over heels for Lola, even as he disparages her.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', if the Warden romances [[ProfessionalKiller Zevran]] and then [[spoiler: dies fighting the Archdemon]], the epilogue shows him becoming one of these.
* Elc from ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad II'': after what happens [[spoiler: to his first love]], it is no wonder he chooses to side with internationally wanted terrorists
* The Xeno series has a lot of them: the most famous are Fei in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', [[spoiler:watching his loved one getting killed ''repeatedly'' throught the centuries did not help his mental stability]], Shion, Junior and Ziggy in ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}''. And, of course, thanks to a couple of CrazyAwesome scenes in the end of the third game, [[spoiler:Allen, of all people, proves to be one of them.]]
* ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'': Captain Bartlett, about fifteen years ago in his backstory, hence his alternate callsign of "Heartbreak One". [[spoiler: His Ex still likes him enough to spring him from jail, though.]]
* Flint from ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' when [[spoiler: his wife is murdered by a robotic dinosaur and his son goes missing. His single-minded quest to find the latter causes him to neglect his surviving child.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'': Elisabeth Blanctorche spends most of the saga trying to stop the schemes of someone she called her brother [[spoiler: (Ash Crimson)]], the only one who remained from her past... only to find out that [[spoiler:he planed on sacrificing himself to stop an evil organization -- [[DeclarationOfProtection to save *her*]].]] [[CryCute Her reaction]] is something that most people would expect.
* Yoshiki Kishinuma from ''VideoGame/CorpseParty'' becomes heartbroken and often suicidal [[spoiler: in any bad end where Ayumi dies.]]
* [[MortalKombat Princess Kitana of Edenia]]. After her romantic relationship with Liu Kang [[RetCanon was ported over from the movies]], ''Mortal Kombat 4'' had Kitana outright propose to him in his ending. Liu Kang reluctantly declines as, due to his status as Champion of Mortal Kombat, his place is in Earthrealm, not in Edenia by Kitana's side. [[spoiler:Come ''Deadly Alliance'', Shang Tsung gets a jump on him, and with the help of Quan Chi, ultimately kills Liu Kang. A grieving Kitana subsequently joins Raiden and several other Earthrealm warriors to combat the villainous duo, presumably to enact revenge. Kitana's ending in ''DA'' has the princess mourning over her beloved as she holds a silent funeral in his honor, wishing that he had taken her up on her offer to rule as King and Queen of Edenia.]]
** [[spoiler:Canonically speaking, though, ''she dies too''. She's then revived by the Dragon King and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy forced into his servitude]]. Ultimately, it takes the efforts of Ermac and Liu Kang's ghost (his body had been revived by a CameBackWrong {{Dark|erAndEdgier}} Raiden to be used as his enforcer) to save her and the majority of the fighters Raiden assembled.]]
** And if you were thinking that things would get better for the two in [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 the reboot]], [[YankTheDogsChain guess again]]. Here, [[spoiler:it goes in reverse. Their sexual chemistry was going smoothly until--after a long chain of events culminating in Raiden killing Motaro to save Johnny Cage, [[GodzillaThreshold forcing]] [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] to empower Sindel (Kitana's mother, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy unwillingly serving the emperor]]) with Shang Tsung's soul)--Sindel ''[[KillEmAll kills most of]] [[BigGood Raiden's]] [[TheChosenMany chosen warriors]]''. Kitana is one of the few immediate survivors, but succumbs to her wounds and [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies in Liu Kang's arms]] wishing that she and her lover could have met under different circumstances. This ultimately shakes Liu Kang's faith in his {{mentor|s}} Raiden, and eventually gets him killed as well when Raiden accidently fires him in self-defense when trying to stop him from facing down Shao Kahn at endgame.]] [[StarCrossedLovers One would think that fate has it in for this couple]].
* ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheLostFuture'' reveals that [[spoiler: Don Paolo's [[StartOfDarkness descent into evil]] started when Layton starting dating Claire, with whom Paul (as he was then known) was infatuated.]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny The cutscene that shows his heart being broken is not very sympathetic towards him in the slightest.]]
** [[spoiler: Layton too. He lost the love of his life ''twice'']].
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'', [[spoiler: this is Godot's motivation. He was driven to change his name and seek revenge against Phoenix upon learning that his girlfriend, Mia Fey, was murdered while he was comatose.]]
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', at some point of their life. Ezio and Altaïr lose someone close to them and state how it felt like a part of them withered away. Ezio's situation was so bad that it became a repressed memory. [[spoiler:Altaïr has to suffer this ''twice''. And then he lost his best friend and youngest son as well.]]
* Johnny Gat from ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' [[spoiler:after his girlfriend Aisha is murdered by the Ronin]].
* Asura from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', both when his wife is killed and his daughter is taken from him, and when [[spoiler: The little girl that looked like his daughter is bombed to death with her village]].
* In ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', Sonic's darker counterpart Shadow the Hedgehog lost his surrogate-sister Maria during a raid of his home on the Space Colony ARK. He spends about three games dwelling on it before deciding to let it go.
* Plenty of this in ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, especially from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' onward, with the addition of [[DeterminedWidow Fortune]]. However, the most iconic of this is [[TookALevelInBadass Raiden]], who after losing his lover (due to combination of PTSD and [[YourCheatingHeart another guy's presence]]) and [[ConvenientMiscarriage baby]] [[spoiler:[[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim (the baby is actually alive, but hidden through marriage with "another guy", so the Patriots can't use him)]]]], always angsts outside the battlefield, but making [[DemonicSpider Gekkos]] his bitches when on the battlefield.
* ''All'' the second generation characters in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', are this, due to coming from a BadFuture where their families, and possibly everyone else, are all dead. The eldest of these, [[spoiler: Lucina]], handles it by becoming a ScrewDestiny {{Determinator}}.
* Ash Williams is a recovering Heartbroken Badass in ''VideoGame/PokerNight2'', happily engaged to a girl named Wendy. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he finds out she's a book needed to fend off a demonic invasion. Discouraged and embittered, he doesn't know how to turn her back into a woman or whether he wants to.]]
* Sol Badguy from the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' games. Imagine your [[BigBadFriend best friend]] transforms your lover (against her will) into a HumanoidAbomination who loses her memories, goes completely insane, and goes on to instigate a century of genocidal war against mankind - Japan is wiped off the map completely. Who has to put her down? You, of course, using the powers you gained from being transformed against your will as well. Five years later, you have to do the same to some pitiable clone of her who runs around like a dutiful child running errands for her "mother" and [[VillainousBreakdown descends into an insane fit]] when she fails. You're [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld at least 170 years old]], NighInvulnerable and have (almost) nothing to live for beyond finding that asshole "friend" of yours and beating some answers out of him.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* This has happened to Brooklyn from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' three times, two in the canon TV episodes and once in the canon comic book. He finally finds his true love in his ''Timedancer'' adventures, Katana, and starts a family by the time he gets to his home time period.
* WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom had one after he was put under a [[LovePotion love song]] by Ember into believe he was completely in love with Sam(antha). Though [[ShipTease she liked the attention]], even though he was going into StalkerWithACrush territory, he was unable to focus on anything but her almost causing their death several times. To snap him out of it, she kisses [[JerkJock Dash]] which causes him extreme heartbreak. However, he was able to deal with this by [[UnstoppableRage fighting Ember]].
* Razer from [[GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries Green Lantern]] is this after [[spoiler:Atrocitus]] started a war that resulted in the death of his wife alongside many others. Kilowog also lost his family and home planet, but finds another alien and becomes a part of her family.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': [[spoiler:Just as Artemis and Wally are reunited after her ReverseMole mission with Kaldur, Wally dies saving the Earth. Artemis then takes on the Tigress name full time in order to cope with his death.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Pearl is still mourning Rose Quartz, which is a large part of her character arc and the driving force behind several of her more "iffy" actions.
* Finn from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' succumbs to this first after he is rejected by Princess Bubblegum, and then to a greater extent when [[spoiler: Flame Princess dumps him]]. In both cases, he falls hard and takes quite a while to cheer up again.
* Vinnie becomes this in the 2006 revival of ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars''. In "[[GrandFinale Turf Wars]]", he finds out that his old girlfriend Harley is still alive, only to find out that she has [[FaceHeelTurn sided with the Nomad Rats]] because she was horribly scarred during the Plutarkian invasion and believed that the Biker Mice abandoned her. To make things worse, after Harley finally comes to her senses, [[spoiler: she [[NeverFoundTheBody supposedly dies]] after [[HeroicSacrifice taking it upon herself to stop the regenerator from going critical and causing Olympus Mons to erupt]].]]
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Supposedly T.E. Lawrence aka "Lawrence of Arabia" aka "Emir Dynamite" loved Janet Laurie who rejected him.
* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt was heartbroken over the death of his son in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. The [[{{Determinator}} sheer will]] that kept him in good health quickly faded. DeathByDespair soon followed.
** And decades before that, his first wife died on the same day as his mother did. His late-wife's use of "Teddy" as an AffectionateNickname for him is why he hated hearing it from anyone else.
* An iconic picture taken after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_the_Angels_School_fire Our Lady of the Angels School Fire]] shows [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_zmnThRVdmqI/Sd1ZuyKaLSI/AAAAAAAAAWg/wXp0MwhbdPI/s400/sm_CarryingJohnJajkowski.JPG tough and rugged firefighter Richard Scheidt openly weeping while holding the body of John Jajkowski in his arms]]. This image is credited as the poster image of major fire-safety reform.
** Which is eerily similar to a photo of a firefighter holding the body of a victim of the Oklahoma City bombing [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/54/Firefighterbabyocb.jpg here]]. [[{{TearJerker}} Damn]].
* A year or two ago, a picture was taken at the scene of a fatal car accident, where a cop had broken down, and was praying in tears on the side of the road. The victims had been seven and nine years old.
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