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There are several variant forms of {{Angst}}. There is {{Wangst}}, the angst of whiners. There is AngstWhatAngst, which is angst that is barely felt by heroes. Then there is Mangst, the angst of [[StoicWoobie stoics]].

A man who feels Mangst is the kind of guy who carries around [[MementoMacGuffin a picture of the wife and child]], both of whom were killed by the villain. Every once in a while he picks up that picture..... when [[DontYouDarePityMe no one is looking...]] and stares at it for a couple of hours. [[TheStoic He never talks to other people about his private pain]] because several things keep him closed up about it. First, he's [[MenDontCry not the kind of guy to get all weepy]] (unless you count the occasional bout of ManlyTears). Second, [[TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason he's not the kind of person who loads his problems on other people]].

Mangst usually involves a man trying to fix his problem, right the wrong, [[MyGreatestSecondChance prevent his tragedy from occurring to someone else]], seek {{revenge}}, etc. If he's not doing any of those things, it's because something's holding him back. He may have an inner monologue, during which the source of his Mangst gets a regular mention. However, to mitigate potential AngstDissonance, the character's monologue often is deceptively [[CozyVoiceForCatastrophes calm]] or [[PrivateEyeMonologue metaphorical]].

One of the things that turns basic {{Angst}} into Mangst is the source of the character's pain. When ThatOneCase involved someone dying (especially if it was [[ChildrenAreInnocent an innocent kid]]), [[CollateralAngst the hero will most likely end up Mangsting]]. Having one's wife or girlfriend [[StuffedIntoTheFridge horribly killed]] is the most common cause of Mangst. [[TheAtoner Guilt over some past misdeed, or from failing to stop someone else's past misdeed, can also be a cause]].

[[DoubleStandard You don't see many women Mangsting]] though it does happen, as many female mangsters are more likely to be {{Broken Bird}}s who ultimately break down crying and need to be comforted before all is said and done. Although, with more modern depictions, women are just as likely as men to suffer horrible tragedies, yet have the fortitude (or unhealthy coping mechanisms) to bear their burdens in silence.

Compare ManlyTears, which a Mangster occasionally engages in, but only in private. Often accompanied by BadDreams or DrowningMySorrows. Very often the fuel which powers a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Mangst is generally the cause of a MookHorrorShow. Often combined with BestServedCold -- though just as often it's combined with [[UnstoppableRage Best Served Steaming Hot With Lots Of Screaming]].

Often derogatively referred to as "manpain" outside of this wiki.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be understood]] as a {{JustForFun/Tropemanteau}} of "{{Manga}} and {{Angst}}"; the end result of that would be something like "Mangangst".



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is a prime example in the manga and second anime.
** To begin with, our hero, Edward Elric carries on his shoulders the guilt of [[GoneHorriblyWrong resurrecting his mother as a horrific THING and believing he killed her again]], and [[MyGreatestFailure damning his brother to life as a animate suit of armor in the process]]. He bottles this up for years and never once asks his brother if he blames him for this, all the while blaming himself. He even carved the date they burned down their home on the inside of his pocket watch so he'll be reminded whenever he checks the time. Note that this started when he was 11. After years of bottling it up, Ed finally cries when his father not only offers his last bit of energy to bring back Al, but also apologize for not being there when his sons needed him.
*** Becomes a DiscussedTrope in an early episode; [[WillTheyOrWontThey Winry]] [[BelligerentSexualTension Rockbell]] is talking with [[TheHeart Maes Hughes]] about how she feels Ed keeps her at a distance and tries not to let her see past his facade of blithe confidence, and Hughes explains this trope to her. [[MarsAndVenusGenderContrast He specifically cites it as the way men tend to deal with their pain, in contrast to the openness of Winry's own emotions]], and that she shouldn't assume he doesn't appreciate or care for her just because he doesn't show it.
** There's Roy Mustang. A [[WideEyedIdealist idealistic young soldier who learned flame alchemy to better protect his countrymen]]. [[WarIsHell Then he was brought into a genocidal war]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone where he personally]] [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife burned alive more]] of his own [[FantasticRacism (ethnically and religiously different)]] countrymen than most people ever speak to. He's since become determined to change the country by [[PuttingOnTheReich becoming the Fuhrer]] and putting himself on war trials to save his subordinates. This has to be pointed out to the audience.
** [[AntiHero Scar]] is one of those very people targeted in the Ishbalan Civil War. He lived through a genocide campaign which left his country erased, his people nearly extinguished, his family dead and his brother's arm grafted to his shoulder. Just as insult to injury, the arm also means he can use alchemy with ease; an act that as a former monk he views as sinful. He embarks on a ferocious RoaringRampageOfRevenge that he implies is supposed to end with suicide by State Alchemist. Some monolouging reveals that he's insane with grief for his people and family, and after encountering the daughter of a pair of doctors he murdered, he begins to change because she cuts close to home for him. Notably, his backstory is never divulged by him: [[MoralityPet Mei Chang]] has to learn of the Ishbalan genocide by a disenfranchised officer to realize why Scar pities her.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Kagome, after breaking [[MacGuffin the jewel of four souls]].
** And Inuyasha himself, who as a half-demon has had to bear the prejudices of both humans and demons his entire life.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Lelouch, many times, but most obviously over the whole 'massacre princess' incident.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Variably in both the anime and manga. Yami Yugi has the habit of not openly speaking about his increasing curiosity/nerves about his lost past, to the point of only telling Yugi that he wants to fight for his memories when first discovering he was a Pharaoh in a previous life, for fear of hurting Yugi, who depends on him.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', being a [[WorldOfBadass series about ninjas]] with [[{{Understatement}} plenty]] of {{Angst}}, is naturally ridden with this.
** Naruto himself engaged in this for approximately one arc of the plot (Pain Invasion). Then he immediately went right back into {{Wangst}}, but then got out of the overall angst phase. For now...
** Kakashi is a better example. He doesn't usually talk about it, but his family, all of his original team and many of his close friends are dead. He makes sure to spend time every day remembering them (usually while standing in front of the monument to fallen heroes). However, once his angst is dealt with for the day, he returns to being his snarky cheerful self (albeit an hour or two late).
* Guts from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. He's got plenty of things to Mangst about.
* Shiki from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' does this in Akiha's route, over [[spoiler:Sacchin's death by MercyKill, a TearJerker in and of itself.]]
* Conrad from ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' has lots of Mangst concerning what happened to Julia and the events of the war 20 years ago.
* Shizuo Heiwajima from ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' is a [[IJustWantToBeNormal very]] [[IAmAMonster broken]] [[JerkassWoobie man]]. Nonetheless, any sort of angsting he does over it is restricted to occasional quiet chats he has with Celty.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is full of this, to the point that it's harder to find a character that doesn't have some kind of [=Mangst=] going on.
* Zoro from ''Manga/OnePiece'' carries [[TragicKeepsake his dead friend's sword]] with him always and rarely if not never talks about it to the rest of the Straw Hats.
* ''Anime/WolfsRain'': What do TheAlcoholic with [[InspectorJavert a vendetta against wolves,]] the gangster wolf AntiHero, TheChosenOne, and the cynical leader of the pack who works the train-yard have in common? They're sure less likely to break down in front of [[TheHeart Cheza]] than [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Darcia]] or [[TagalongKid Toboe]]...
* Joe Asakura of ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' spends the first series with a serious hate on for Galactor. When he was a child, his parents were murdered by a Galactor assassin -- who then tried to kill him.
* Balsa of ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit'' is the rare female example, living her life as TheAtoner and never unloading her feelings on someone else.
* Mangst over the death of his fiance is Stig Bernard's motivation in ''Anime/{{Genesis Climber MOSPEADA}}''. He caries a holo-locket that she gave him, and often looks at it meaningfully before going into battle. He has a monologue or two, too.
* Yoshino from ''Manga/ZetsuenNoTempest''. His girlfriend Aika died a year before the plot begins, but because he was in a SecretRelationship with her, he maintains a calm and cool exterior regarding her death. He is so good at keeping this a secret that even though all the other characters know he has a girlfriend and that Aika had a boyfriend, he has managed to convince everyone that said girlfriend/boyfriend are other people. But whenever he is alone, Yoshino often looks sadly at pictures of Aika on his cell phone or old text messages she sent him before her death. Much later in the series, [[spoiler: when Hakaze admits she's in love with him, he finally lets her in on the identity of his girlfriend. Hakaze is astonished that he could be so emotionless regarding her death, which leads to a massive emotional breakdown for Yoshino when he tries to maintain his facade but quickly breaks and ends up crying in Hakaze's arms while relating to her how he nearly went catatonic upon learning of Aika's death and his doubt that he will ever be happy in a world without her.]]
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** Kenshin spends ten years mangsting (behind his StepfordSmiler [[{{ObfuscatingStupidity}} facade]]) and WalkingTheEarth due to a combination of general disillusionment and [[spoiler: accidentally killing his wife]].
** Aoshi [[{{StoicWoobie}} stoically]] mangsts his way through a RoaringRampageOfRevenge [[spoiler: and into DeathSeeker territory]] due to his [[spoiler: followers' deaths]].

* Marv from ''ComicBook/SinCity'' is filled to the brim with Mangst after Goldie's murder.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. There is a reason his dead parents get mentioned on average every second issue.
** Other heroes tend to either roll their eyes at this or take it way too seriously. The former think his coping mechanism is whacked and he must be dangerously close to insanity because of it, while the latter have gone through ''much'' worse (like the ComicBook/MartianManhunter, whose planet was decimated and family killed, and unlike Franchise/{{Superman}}, actually ''remembers'' them) yet still think that Batman's experience was so horrible that it excuses JerkAss behavior that wouldn't be tolerated from anyone else.
*** Perhaps a bit of FridgeBrilliance on the Manhunter's part, if he's aware of the fact that Batman has total recall (which he very well could, being psychic). In that case, it's not what happened to Batman, but the fact that because he has an eidetic memory, ''the pain of his parents' deaths has never and will never fade.''
* ComicBook/ThePunisher, much like Batman, is defined by this, although the deaths of his wife and kids sometimes are overshadowed by the sheer brutality he brings upon mobsters, villains and lowlifes in general. Some characters show concern that he will become an example of HeWhoFightsMonsters, because he's that far gone into his campaign of revenge.
* [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} Wolverine's]] Adamantium skeleton and healing factor are the result of horrific experimentation, and were given to him by Weapon X to make him into a killing machine. His days as their assassin, as well as the traumatic experiences he had before then are muddled by fake memories that contribute to his status as an AmnesiacHero and TheAtoner. And then there's all the love interests who've been killed off over the years. Despite (or because) of this, he's still the gruff, Canadian badass we all know and love.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/MementoVivere'', a VideoGame/FinalFantasyX fanfiction, every male protagonist engages in this at some point in time.
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': Gendo apparently has a bit of a penchant for, as he himself puts it, sequestering himself in his office for brooding and manly angst purposes. He also attempts to use this as an excuse to sequester himself in his office out of embarrassment after [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy getting drunk and making a fool of himself in public]], not that Fuyutsuki is remotely fooled.

[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'': Ronin's facial expressions show that he's visibly upset over [[spoiler:Tara's death]] well, but he takes it in stride.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': Sweeney Todd. Otherwise known as the God of this trope and its surrounding territories. In the Tim Burton version he literally has pictures of Lucy and baby Johanna in his attic, and we can safely assume he takes them out and Mangsts the hell out of them whenever nobody's looking. In fact, the only time he ''isn't'' Mangst personified is when he's killing people, or thinking about killing them.
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'': Khan Noonian Singh. But then, he is portrayed by Ricardo Montalban, so what do you expect?
* The Arnold Schwarzenegger film ''Film/CollateralDamage'', where Ahnold's dead wife and son are the motivation for his RoaringRampageOfRevenge. The first ten minutes or so are him wallowing in angst (while occasionally beating things up); the rest of the movie is him beating things up (while occasionally wallowing in angst).
* You'd think someone as tough as ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' would suffer from [[AngstWhatAngst no Angst at all]], but you'd be wrong. His comrade states that he cries for Conan, since Conan cannot cry.
%%* ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}''.
%%* Martin Riggs from the ''Film/LethalWeapon'' series.
* ''Film/TheThinRedLine''. Every character. ([=Mangst=]).
* Col. Mortimer from ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' is made of this trope so much that it's not until the {{Denouement}} that Manco figures out that he has any [=Mangst=] at all.
* Leonard Shelby from ''Film/{{Memento}}''. The guy's in a pretty shitty situation (his wife violently raped and killed in front of him, literally not being able to remember anything that just happened a few minutes after the fact), but is so revenge-minded that it comes off more badass than woobie.
* Ross Rhea from ''Film/{{Goon}}''. After a teammate takes a vicious elbow to the face, Rhea smacks the offender in the head with his stick and is suspended and sent down to the minors. He winds up at St. Johns where he grew up and got his start playing hockey. When on TV, he is glad to be back home, but throughout the movie is shown sitting alone night after night in an all-hours dirty spoon by himself with no friends, no fans, constantly keeping tabs on an up-and-coming player who has been labeled by the sports media as the "next great enforcer." Turned Up to Eleven when he faces the younger version of himself, when his normal level of thuggery on the ice turns brutal as he doesn't want to be remembered as going down as a "Nancy-Boy Fuck."
* Parodied in ''Film/TheNakedGun'' where after defeating the worst people on earth in the intro, Frank gives a speech to a crowd [[SmallNameBigEgo he thinks were waiting for him]] at the airport cause his wife just left him.
-->''"Don't you know how much a man can hurt on the inside?"''
* ''Film/StarGate'' brings us Colonel Jack O'Neil, who has become secluded with grief over the death of his son (the result of his son [[RecklessGunUsage finding and playing with O'Neil's pistol]].) As it happens, the Air Force recruits him for the mission because of this, giving him the secret objective of [[spoiler: staying behind to set off a nuke if Abydos turns out to be a threat to Earth.]]
* Deconstructed in ''ManchesterByTheSea'', about a man whose Mangst has rendered him totally emotionally closed off and unable to get over the tragedies in his past.

* Eddard Stark from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is a loving father and husband, a firm and just ruler, a decent warrior, and a honest and down-to-earth advisor to his friend King Robert. However, chapters from his point of view show that he is forever plagued with grief over the loss of his father, brother, and most of all his sister Lyanna in the civil war some fifteen years ago. He often recalls a promise he made at her deathbed, but the books have yet to reveal what that promise was. Being a [[TheStoic stoic]], he never shows any of his inner torment to others.
* Seregil in the ''Literature/{{Nightrunner}}'' series has a massive case of this. He basically feels guilty about, well, pretty much ''everything'' and studiously resists the efforts of those closest to him to get him to talk about any of it. He just undertakes a variety of efforts to correct any harm he has caused (including some instances that were not his fault). But often he needs to be manhandled by his family, friends and partner when he gets too melancholy and/or does something stupid.
** Though Seregil is not nearly so stoic and macho as most of the male characters on this list. When [[spoiler: his confidants in the Cockerel get killed and Alec gets abducted]], he basically just waits until his best friend arrives a few hours later to have a good, hard, completely unashamed crying fit on the man's shoulder to release the shock, if not the guilt. And he has no problem crying in front of Alec either, in the end of the second book, when his months-long depression[[note]]Contrary to popular ideas, depression more often causes emotional numbness, not unremitting sadness.[[/note]] finally eases enough to let him ''feel'' some of his grief [[spoiler: over Nysander's death]]. Though he had been trying to run away and deal with it all alone just earlier that day.
* Odo in [[Literature/StarTrekTheFall ''Star Trek: The Fall'']]. He was always a stoic character, given to keeping his identity issues bottled up and rarely showing his feelings to others, but after the only person who really, truly matters to him is left missing-presumed-dead, and he no longer believes his home nation would benefit more from his direct manipulation than his absence, he spends his time mangsting away.
* The readers know that [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] carries around a lot of angst, but he rarely expresses it outside his inner monologue, only admitting it to a few ''very'' trusted friends.
* Neville Longbottom from ''HarryPotter'' is a subtle example. He's usually down on himself for his lack of skill or talent with magic, and shy and quiet, but otherwise quite friendly and sympathetic to the pain of others. Harry is ''horrified'' to learn that while his own parents died, Neville's suffered a FateWorseThanDeath for the exact same reason. Reading between the lines, Neville has basically suffered unintentional emotional abuse at the hands of his grandmother all his life, constantly being compared to his father, on top of being one of the biggest victims of bullying in the school, and it is established in the series that emotions affect magic, and a lack of confidence can be crippling. At no point during the series does ''anyone'' learn this from Neville himself.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Upon hearing of his father's execution, Robb Stark substitutes a nearby tree for one of the Lannisters.
--> '''Catelyn:''' You've ruined your sword.
* Desmond on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' does this plenty.
* Derek Reese from ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' did this a lot.
** His brother Kyle, from [[Film/TheTerminator the original movie]] qualifies also, though less so.
** A ''female'' ([[RobotGirl sorta]]) example of this is Cameron, who shows the closest thing to [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless angst]] over the various problems she has, including a private but deep-down fear that she will "go bad" again and try to kill John. In fact, this fear and the conflict in her programming is a defining element of her character. It is mostly internalized and she doesn't talk about it, except very occasionally when she contemplates issues about suicide, or when she asks Sarah if she's like a bomb waiting to go off.
* Giles on ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' tends to do this quite a bit. Notably, he did this when Joyce Summers died. He sat in his house, drinking scotch and listening to Tales of Brave Ulysses, a song that both he and Joyce had enjoyed.
** Buffy pulls this in season five, and it's part of Riley's own angst. When her mom is sick, she waits until she's alone to cry about it, and turns the music up real loud, to boot.
** Faith in season 4 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'': after being defeated by Angelus, and just narrowly escaping, she cries while taking a [[ShowerOfAngst shower of mangst]] and takes her frustrations out of the tiles.
* [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]], especially in the new series. he lost his home and his family, as well as many companions. He rarely talks about them and never cries about it, but whenever he does, he is very clearly hurting from the loss.
** Well, the Ninth Doctor does shed a [[ManlyTears silent tear]] about it when a stranger tries to express her condolences in the second episode, but it's very blink-and-you-miss-it. The Ninth Doctor in general is noticably more raw and NotSoStoic compared to the other New Who Doctors, though it mainly shows in him getting overly defensive, loudly angry, or getting a complete HeroicBSOD when new grief is piled on top of what he already carries.
* [[Series/TheMentalist Patrick Jane]] epitomizes this trope: intense tragedy about which he generally will not speak, revenge seeking, and a single bout of ManlyTears - all wrapped up and hidden behind a JerkassFacade with a side helping of TheAtoner.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Leroy Jethro Gibbs; for the first three seasons neither the audience nor the other characters are is aware of the fact that his [[spoiler:first wife and child]] were murdered by a Mexican thug after witnessing a crime. Gibbs being Gibbs, the drug lord has been [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge more than dealt with]]. The emotional issues, though...that's another story.
* In ''Series/TheWire'' Omar Little, the ultimate badass, does this quite a bit. When his [[StraightGay boyfriend]] is brutally tortured and murdered, he channels his pain into a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. He does the same thing in the fifth season when his friend Butchie is murdered to get to him. [[spoiler: It doesn't go well.]]
* Most of the major male characters on ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'', especially Spartacus himself. Although the death of his wife has made him a CrusadingWidower leading a GladiatorRevolt, he does not use it as a rallying cry and indeed generally only speaks of her to the people he is closest to. It does interfere with his subsequent romances though, as he cannot get past it, nor does he even seem to want to try.
* The Winchester brothers from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' can be like this, though most of the time it's just {{Wangst}}.
** Bobby, however, fits this trope to a tee. He secretly mangsts about the death of his wife and her zombification, which he mainly deals with via alcoholism and gruffness. One good thing about the Bobby character is that he tends to get the Winchesters to man up and not be so wangsty. And Meg seems to mangsts a little about Lucifer's death, although of course, [[ManipulativeBastard she might just be acting]].
** When [[spoiler: John dies [[BalancingDeathsBooks to save Dean's life]]]], Sam keeps asking Dean if he's all right and tries to get him to express himself, but Dean just refuses to talk about it. When he's alone, however, he smashes his beloved car.
* Cain from ''Series/TinMan''. Considering he's an DarkerAndEdgier counterpart to Nick Chopper from the original Oz books, this makes sense. Eight years in a metal coffin with the [[ForcedToWatch holographic recording of his family's torture on an endless loop]]...Yeah, he's got some of this to burn off.
* Vince of ''Series/TheCape'', who started out as a devoted and loving father but is framed and [[FakingTheDead supposedly killed]]. The only things he can do for his family now is to protect them as a costumed vigilante and occasionally give his son "messages from his father".
* Vorenus from ''Series/{{Rome}}''. His [[TheStoic total stoicism]] is ironically the cause of much of his angst, since he has trouble adjusting to civilian life with his family after years of fighting in the army.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Harold Finch had to [[FakingTheDead fake his own death]] because the government is after him to kill him and anyone connected to him because of the wildly powerful computer system he built for them, [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies letting his fiancee believe him dead so she will be safe]] and can occasionally be seen gazing at a photo of her or very occasionally watching her from a distance.
* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'' provides a female example, in which Jessica deals with her multitude of problems using alcohol and isolation.
* Justin of ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', when he lost Juliet.
* Lexa of ''Series/{{The 100}}'' has had several people she's cared about die, one of whom she had to execute herself. She claims that, while these losses initially devastated her, she's taught herself to no longer feel anything for anyone, and has instead devoted herself entirely towards serving as her people's Commander. However, when receiving a memento from her dead mentor, or recounting the circumstances of a past love's murder, she betrays subtle signs that she's not as unaffected by their deaths as she'd like to be, something that Clarke calls her on.

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i65fMJh2pg Oblivion]], the opening song of ''Crack the Skye'' by Music/{{Mastodon}} absolutely drips with this trope.
** The entire album pretty much falls under this trope.
* Music/TheRollingStones: Paint It Black. Classic.
* SludgeMetal band Music/{{Crowbar}} is pretty much the musical embodiment of this trope.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Squall from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' deconstructs this one pretty brutally. So he never met his parents, never really got along with the other orphans, and was abandoned by his "sister". Sure there's the traditional manliness where he's always there for his TrueCompanions, no matter what, even if he won't say that he cares for them, but the solution to his personal problem? Never have close relationships again. He gets better, because LoveRedeems.
* Auron of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has a laundry list of reasons to cry himself to sleep every night, were he so inclined. But the only way you'll hear about them is from comments by others, recordings by Jecht, the echoing visions of Zanarkand (which he seems to resent), and direct questioning by other characters. Only ONCE in the entire game does he ever volunteer any hint of his pain... then he walks away like a badass, ending the conversation before anybody can dump their pity on him.
-->"Legendary guardian? I was just a boy. A boy about your age, actually. I wanted to change the world, too. But I changed nothing. [[ArcWords That is my story.]]"
* Snow is definitely in this territory as of ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'' after Serah died in the previous game. He drowns out the pain by simply focusing on managing the city of Yusnaan, [[spoiler: and working on absorbing the ungodly amount of Chaos that threatens to engulf the city.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'': Heidern fits the article description '''word for word'''. Yet he is currently commanding a [[BadassCrew top-rate]] [[VideoGame/IkariWarriors mercenary squad]] and raised an adopted daughter with a SuperpoweredEvilSide. And he [[ColonelBadass kicks ass.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has Beat. He beaks out into ManlyTears on Beat Day 4, but all and all he's doing it to save his dead little sister.
* ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'' has Gorath, whose entire life has been tough decisions upon tough decisions (with the occasional sprinkling of disaster and tragedy), but - as befits a badass 260-year-old dark elf chieftain - keeps a tight lid on it, because he's wise and tough enough to draw whatever conclusions need drawing, take it like a man, and move on the next objective already.
* Female example, ([[DiscountLesbians well, sort of...]]) Samara from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. [[spoiler: She gave up her retirement and half her life to go hunt down and kill her daughter, a DepravedBisexual who kills people by having sex with them.]] If you try to console her, she gets [[DontYouDarePityMe slightly pissy.]]
** Garrus Vakarian as well. Has had his life fall apart and by the time Shepard finds him he's hold up and being assaulted by mercenaries. What does he do? He channels it all into being Space Franchise/{{Batman}} and turns his disappointment in having his former BandOfBrothers killed into unrelenting hatred for the one who betrayed him [[spoiler:and even then Shepard can teach him to forgive]].
** Many of the characters are dealing with this in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', most particularly [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]], who by the end of the game is [[HurtingHero visibly starting]] to [[HeroicFatigue fall apart]] with the strain of carrying the fate of the galaxy on his/her shoulders.
** Creator/BioWare shoots for this pretty often, especially with their MrFanservice characters. [[VideoGame/JadeEmpire Sky]] is hunting Gao the Greater's slavers (and tends to extend the vendetta to ''any'' slaver). [[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Carth Onasi]] is hunting his SmugSnake of a former commander who turned his planet into ash, killed his wife, and [[spoiler: turned his son to the DarkSide]].
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' deals with the death of his wife and child by shooting up entire armies of mobsters and [[PrivateEyeMonologue thinking in metaphors]].
* [[VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption John Marston]] displays shades of this trope. He tells people that his wife and child are being kept by the government (and he does it in copious amounts), but channels it into anger against the government.
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'', or more exactly, Marcus, [[TheLancer Dom]], and [[TheBigGuy Cole]]. Marcus does it because of a shitty childhood. Dom's kids were killed, his brother, and [[spoiler:[[{{Tearjerker}} he had to euthanize his wife]]]]. Cole never got to say a lot of things to his Momma. Now that she's dead, he still writes her letters to tell her things so that he can vent his problems. Not too sure about Baird though; he's just an asshole hiding his problems with {{Deadpan Snarker}}y.
* Alistair in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', on the death of his mentor. Sten keeps his very much to himself. Oghren vacillates between this and AngstWhatAngst, though he can descend into {{Wangst}}. Loghain, if he lives to be TheAtoner, though he'll more often deflect it with bitterness. Nathaniel Howe in ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]'', over the actions of his father in ''Origins''.
** The Warden themselves can be played as this. Notable examples being, the Human Noble having their entire family murdered by Arl Howe, the Dwarf Noble was framed for the murder of their older brother and exiled and the Dalish Elf's best friend ending up a ghoul after being infected with the Darkspawn Taint.
** If having played a male Warden who pursued a romance with Morrigan, this is invoked by your companion Ariane in ''Witch Hunt'' when she notices that The Warden unconsciously fiddles with the ring that Morrigan gave him when he thinks no-one is looking.
** It continues into ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. Hawke has his/her younger brother/sister killed during the introduction, which deeply affects both of them and their mother in different ways. Aveline has a female version of this as her husband Wesley also dies during the intro, though a bit of CharacterDevelopment through the first two acts actually let her get over it. Fenris was an elf slave of a Tevinter Magister, who underwent a ritual that grafted lyrium into his skin like tattoos, which are actually quite beautiful and grant him phenomenal melee abilities, but were so agonizing they completely wiped all memory of his life; Fenris is a very, very, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge VERY]] [[PhlebotinumRebel angry]] elf. Finally there's Varric, [[spoiler:betrayed by his brother and left to die at the end of Act I, with his Companion Quest in act II being raw revenge where you convince him to either kill Bartrand or care for him in his now-maddened state.]] He plays it off as AngstWhatAngst but the occasional slip shows it really does have him broken up.
* Boone, from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' could well be the poster boy for this trope. His pregnant wife, Carla, [[MercyKill is dead]], he's not speaking to his best friend [[IncompatibleOrientation (who may have feelings for him)]], and he's still [[HurtingHero hurting]] about [[spoiler: having been at Bittersprings and being forced to kill dozens of non-combatants, including women and children]]. Yikes. It takes a lot of work before he will talk about any of it.
* Jim Raynor spends pretty much all of ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft II}}'' in this state over Kerrigan getting turned into the Queen of Blades
* Aya Brea from the ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' games tends toward this. An elevator ride toward the end of the first game demonstrates it nicely: while waiting for it to stop, she briefly indulges in a private "woe is me" moment, but as soon as those doors open, her gun's ready and she says what amounts to "welp, back to work."
* Virtually anyone who deals with angst in the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' series has this, since even the women possess manly souls. Mitsunari might be the only exception, [[{{Wangst}} being extremely vocal about his feelings of despair]].
* Believe it or not, Asura from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' fits this perfectly, and is probably one of the most well written examples of this. His anger and own bouts of Mangst can be attributed not just to his Wife being Killed and his Daughter being kidnapped and being imprisoned for 12,000 years, but also at the cruelty done by his former allies, that killed and kidnapped said wife and daughter, to regular humans and the suffering of the planet of Gaea's people. And when [[spoiler: a Little girl that looks just like his daughter get killed in a bomabing raid by one of his former allies, he goes into both this and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge a]] [[UnstoppableRage massive]] [[BurningWithAnger rage]] AT THE SAME TIME!]]
* The {{Interactive Fiction}} game ''Tears of a Tough Man'' featured the dead-girlfriend variety.
* ''VideoGame/NieR'' the eponymous protagonist has a lot to angst, losing his wife of a horrible disease called the Black Scrawl, and having his daughter currently being slowly killed is not good for his psyche. So he goes through hell and back to find a cure for his daughter.
* In ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'', Maria, though female, engages in this kind of angst over the death of a former love interest (which she feels she should have prevented). She doesn't talk about it much, but sometimes she'll sit in her room with the door closed and stare sadly at his picture, and she frequently has {{Flashback Nightmare}}s about it.
* VideoGame/SoulSeries: Siegfried Schtauffen back in the day when he [[spoiler: killed his father]], he snapped, and tried to blame somebody else, then, when he comes in contact with [[EvilWeapon Soul Edge]], [[DealWithTheDevil he accepts to gather souls so he can revive his father]], however, this doesn't work, so he ends up atoning for his past deeds as [[BigBad Nightmare]]. You can see in his quotes that he has a [[TheAtoner lot of regret]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone and is very uncomfortable with what he did]]. On the other hand, he's man enough to keep on [[TheHero fighting for the best of the world and to atone for his sins.]] [[TimeSkip Soulcalibur V]] shows that he's [[EarnYourHappyEnding forgiven.]]
* This trope is the reason Killia from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 5}}'' occasionally monologues with a frozen Lieze flower every so often; it's a keepsake from his days with his adoptive sister, Liezerota, who was accidentally murdered by Void Dark ([[TakingTheBullet she got between them in an attempt to end the fight]]), and Killia deeply holds himself responsible for the event.