No protagonist is perfect. Every man, woman, [[KidHero child]], or [[AmbiguousGender person of ambiguous or nonstandard gender]] brings their own unique flaws and difficulties to their role in a story. Often stories will be about a protagonist's struggles to overcome these flaws. However, whether they succeed or fail, many of them will experience at least one Moment of Weakness. That instant in which their emotions or the stress of a situation goes past critical and causes a thoughtless reaction that they would ''never'' have if they were thinking clearly.

A Moment of Weakness can come and go, but will usually be recognized very quickly by the perpetrating protagonist. The typical response is usually one of two extremes. Either they'll wonder with horror "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" and try to [[TheAtoner atone]] [[RedemptionQuest for it]] or it will be the [[StartOfDarkness first step]] in a [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope running jump off the slippery slope]]. On occasion, you can even get someone who [[IgnoredEpiphany realizes the horror of their action, but not have that be enough to stop the leap]].

To mitigate the potentially subjective nature of this trope: A Moment of Weakness is a single moment in which a character's emotions or stress levels run so high that they act contrary to their usual nature. This action almost always causes damage of some kind, most commonly to someone ''or'' something the protagonist truly cares about. This is one cause of OOCIsSeriousBusiness. Do not be surprised if an OhCrap follows.

It is not necessarily something that the character will look back on as MyGreatestFailure after the fact, but chances are that they definitely will be thinking of and agonizing over it as one of their more serious personal mistakes.

See MyGodWhatHaveIDone for more long-term examples and StartOfDarkness when the Moment of Weakness sends them the other way. If a rash action during such a moment leads to tragedy, see ATragedyOfImpulsiveness. Can potentially result in InsultFriendlyFire or KickTheMoralityPet. Compare InVinoVeritas, when this sort of thing can happen due to drunkenness. Contrast SuddenPrincipledStand.


[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* ''Manga/DragonBallZ'':
** Gohan considers the moment when he cowered behind a rock instead of attacking Nappa back in the Vegeta arc to be this. Moments afterward, Tien dies, and he blames himself for not being strong enough to prevent it. Worse, Piccolo ''agrees'' with him and chews him out even more, nearly dismissing him. Even in the Cell arc in the anime, it's shown that he ''still'' feels guilt over this, enough for it, and his other insecurities, to push him into a Super Saiyan transformation for the first time.
** Gohan has another when he lets his Super Saiyan 2-fueled bloodthirst get the better of him during his fight with Cell. Rather than finish Cell off, he decides to drag it out and torture the bioweapon. This leads to Cell getting desperate and self-destructing, [[spoiler: forcing Goku to perform a HeroicSacrifice]].
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': [=Lelouch=] [[PrideBeforeAFall boasted]] that if he had to abandon his conscience to exact revenge, he'd discard it -- [[{{Hypocrite}} mere minutes before abandoning the people who were relying on him]] to go search for his little sister during the 1st Assault on the Tokyo Settlement (quite literally as soon as he started it).
* ''Manga/{{Saki}}'''s Hajime Kunihiro gave in to the urge to use sleight of hand to win a Mahjong tournament in grade school. Even into high school this act haunts her, undermining her confidence to play without doing so. This is the reason she's ChainedByFashion and wears handcuffs much of the time.
* ''Manga/BitterVirgin'':
** Daisuke found himself falling for Hinako. But when she obliviously gives him a JustFriends line, he angrily blurts out that he knows her [[AbusiveParents dark secrets]]. He gets lucky that Hinako wasn't actually listening to him at that moment but is horribly ashamed of himself afterward.
** Same with his childhood friend Yuzu, she accidentally overhears Hinako's dark secret. At first she is willing to keep it to herself but after hearing that Daisuke has already confessed to her, she blurts it out. She feels utterly horrified at herself when she discovers that not only is Hinako right behind her, but that Daisuke already knew.
* Ling in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' knowingly makes a DealWithTheDevil and allows himself to become the new Greed because of his obsession with gaining immortality. It overlaps with AnOfferYouCantRefuse because Ling would have died otherwise and [[spoiler: Greed later did a HeelFaceTurn, so that it ultimately wasn't a bad decision.]]
* During the Water Seven arc of ''OnePiece'', while having a heated argument with Usopp, Luffy blurted out that if Usopp didn't like the way he did things then he should just leave the crew. Sanji immediately stepped in to shut Luffy up, and Luffy apologized as soon as he realized what he'd said. But the damage had been done, Usopp took Luffy at his word, and (temporarily) left the crew.
* Inverted in ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'' when Yuko throws a compliment to Mio while the two are having a fierce (read: MundaneMadeAwesome) argument, which leads to the whole thing defusing.
* Kyubey in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is consistently shown trying to take advantage of such moments to score a Magical Girl contract. This is, in fact, how he recruited Mami and Sayaka.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': In the filler Doma arc, Yami does this when he faces off against Raphael for the first time and ends up getting the Orichalcos card after Raphael plays a card that forces them to switch each others hands. As Raphael repeatedly chips away at Yugi's lifepoints and backs him into a corner. Yami, against Yugi's protests, play the Orichalcos card and while it gives him an advantage, he constantly sacrifices his monsters to do so. This leads to falling right into Raphael's tactics and losing both the duel and Yugi's soul who went in his place as the seal only needed one of them. Needless to say Yami has a HeroicBSOD for awhile after that.
* ''Anime/CardfightVanguard:''
** Aichi Sendou has his moment following a BreakTheCutie incident revolving around Kai walking out on Team Q4 [[spoiler: due to Aichi inadvertantly using [[PsychicPowers Psyqualia.]]]] Kai has no idea how to stop it and, as Aichi's been working to become strong enough for Kai to acknowledge him, takes himself out of the picture. That plays right into [[TheCorrupter Ren's]] hands, who hands Aichi [[spoiler: a Shadow Paladin deck, which Aichi can feel the power of due to his ability; resulting in him tossing away the Royal Paladin deck has spent years building, including the Blaster Blade that Kai gave him.]] For several episodes, Aichi becomes [[spoiler: DrunkOnTheDarkSide and uses tactics that sacrifice his allies, all in the name of his desperation to become stronger quickly]] - the opposite of his previous and something Aichi would never ordinarily do.
** Happens to [[spoiler:Kai]] during Season 3. When he realizes that [[spoiler:both Aichi and Ren have surpassed him in strength]] he begins to lose direction. It is when [[spoiler:Takuto, who has been possessed by [[TheCorruption Link Joker]], tells him throughout a tense fight that the power of Link Joker will grant him the strength he desires. Kai gives in and becomes Reversed. He then goes on to Reverse many other cardfighters. All of this is in the pursuit of becoming the strongest so he can defeat Aichi and Ren.]]
* In ''Manga/ShouwaGenrokuRakugoShinjuu'', an argument between Sukeroku and his master, the Seventh Yakumo, begins heated already, as Sukeroku thinks Rakugo needs to change survive the modern era while Yakumo feels that would be no different than killing it. Between that and a bit of alcohol, the fight starts in earnest when Sukeroku blurts out that Yakumo's rakugo was old-fashioned and boring. From there things escalate into Yakumo taunting Sukeroku with plans to pass his name to Sukeroku's fellow apprentice, Kikuhiko. Sukeroku gets riled up to the point of [[spoiler:nearly attacking his master, which gets him expelled]].

[[folder: Comic Book ]]

* This is the reasoning [[WordOfGod Dan Slott]] gave as to why Doc Ock was the "superior" one during his BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind with Peter Parker in ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' - Peter suffered a Moment of Weakness when he tried to stop Ock from using a device to save a girl that would end up finding him. Octavius is disgusted and uses that justification to [[spoiler:erase Peter from his mind]].
* In the last arc of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', Chase, having lost his beloved Old Lace, hits his moment of weakness and threatens to break every bone in Klara's body because she won't stop crying, and thus comes dangerously close to becoming an abuser like his old man. This in turn leads to a moment of weakness from Nico, who uses magic to force Klara to stop crying, because she doesn't want to stand up to Chase. Molly, whose own parents used to use their powers in similar fashion, [[WhatTheHellHero is NOT pleased by this]]...
* ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage'': In the future story "Swan Song," Radical, who had become Leonardo's Love Interest by that time, is attacked by her Arch-Enemy Complete Carnage, who snaps her neck right in front of Leo. Many years later, Leo, having become a Buddhist monk, tracks Carnage down to Hong Kong, where he has kidnapped several people, intending to forgive him for Radical's murder and free the hostages. During the ensuing fight, Leo tries to persuade Carnage to give up his evil ways and learn to understand the true value of life... but when Carnage gleefully kills one of his hostages and mocks Radical's death to Leo's face, Leo succumbs to his anger and slices Carnage in half, outright declaring that he's not worthy of forgiveness. Immediately afterwards, Leo, acknowledging his weakness, discards his katana and rededicates himself to spiritual cleansing.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'' spinoff graphic novel ''ComicBook/TrollhuntersTheSecretHistoryOfTrollkind'', Blinky admits that some of the trolls considered breaking the pact and subsisting on the human passengers on the Mayflower, he refuses to disclose who did so. The same panel shows a hysterical Blinky being the one to propose the idea.


[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', Mega has one in episode 8 when he presses Wily's BerserkButton while trying to negotiate with him and Drill Man; he regrets it almost immediately.
* In the ''My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic'' fanfic ''Fanfic/ATasteOfTheGoodLife'', Scootaloo unexpectedly reunites with her mother, Ebby, whom she wants ''nothing'' to do with due to her having been an emotionally abusive alcoholic. Ebby continually pleads to reconcile, even going so far as to bring in Foal Protective Services. When Scootaloo runs away, Ebby pursues her and winds up hanging from a cliff. Scootaloo, absolutely desperate to have her mother out of her life forever, [[spoiler:flat-out refuses to try and help her, leaving her to her fate]]. Scootaloo soon realizes she went too far and her mother ([[spoiler:who was rescued anyway]]) realizes just ''how'' much she's hurt her daughter. This leads to a slow but genuine reconciliation.
* A couple of sidestories of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' have examples of this:
** In the Butterfree Interlude, Ash's Butterfree becomes upset when the group reaches the spot where his species find mates, after having heard the mating Butterfree were caught by criminals. When Ash tries to talk to him, he angrily lashes out, thinking that Ash just dragged him back to his adventure without a care, and leaves in a huff to try and find his mate from the previous timeline. [[spoiler: He does find her, but it turns out she's in a relationship with another Butterfree, and she seems happier than she was with him, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy so he ultimately lets her be]].]] When he comes back, he apologizes to Ash, understanding that he never meant to cause him pain and that he still has a lot to live for.
** In the Hala & Hau Interlude, the former is getting depressed due to how the current generation is losing interest in the trials, as well as Kukui's proposal of creating an Alolan Pokémon League. When he asks Hau if he thinks the trials are getting old-fashioned, Hau says no, despite how appealing a Pokémon League could be. [[INeverSaidItWasPoison Hala remarks that he never said anything about a League]], and thinking that Hau is losing interest in the trials as well, he lashes out on him, even telling him to leave just like his father did years ago over similar disagreements. This scares Hau so much that he ''almost'' follows through with it.


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* Carl Fredricksen in ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' suffers two of these. The first at the beginning of the film. In a panic over his mailbox being knocked over, he hits a construction worker with his cane, getting him branded a public menace. The second is near the climax when [[BigBad Charles Muntz]] threatens to set fire to his house. He drops everything else, including protecting the MacGuffin bird, to put the fire out and snaps at Dug and Russel when the latter [[WhatTheHellHero calls him out]].
* In ''Disney/BigHero6'', Hiro discovers the identity of Yokai and, realizing [[spoiler:his brother died in vain]], tears out Baymax's healthcare chip to have him [[spoiler:kill Yokai for him]]. It is when his teammates stop him and him discovering his brother's true intentions for Baymax is that helps him see the error is his ways.
* In ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'', Simba, believing that Kovu planned the Outlander ambush that nearly killed him, banishes Kovu from the Pridelands, and defends his rash actions to his daughter Kiara by claiming that his father Mufasa would have done so. Kiara is furious with him, saying that Mufasa wouldn't want that and that he'll never be like him, causing Simba to reconsider his actions.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'', Twilight Sparkle, the "Princess of Friendship", faces her friends antics being unhelpful or liabilities in their quest to save Equestria and decides friendship won't work this time. This leads her to resort to [[IDidWhatIHadToDo dubious means]] she promptly comes to regret.


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars:''
** In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones,'' Anakin Skywalker was perfectly content to sneak around the Sand Peoples' camp and not start a fight up until his mother died in his arms. His rage at that moment prompted him to murder every Sand Person there. He felt guilt over it afterward, but it didn't stop his fall to the Dark Side. [[FromBadToWorse It only got worse from there]].
** In ''Film/TheLastJedi'', Luke reveals what [[CreateYourOwnVillain pushed Kylo Ren over the edge]]. One night, [[spoiler:Luke felt the immense darkness inside then-Ben Solo. Overcome by fear, Luke drew his lightsaber, thinking that if he killed Ben, he might stop the evil before it began]]. Although he instantly felt ashamed and dismissed the idea, [[spoiler:Ben awoke, and the sight of Luke standing over him with a lightsaber caused him to draw his own conclusions.]]
* In ''Film/EndOfDays'', Jericho's best friend betrays him and makes a DealWithTheDevil because "it's amazing what you'll agree to when you're on fire." Especially galling since the Devil was the one who set him on fire in the first place. Near the end he can't bring himself to betray Jericho a second time, and the Devil revokes their deal by setting him on fire again.
* Spoofed in ''Film/Water1985''.
-->'''Reverend:''' Am I never to be forgiven for one moment of weakness?\\
'''Baxter:''' According to our latest census you've had at least [[DirtyOldMonk fourteen moments of weakness]], Eric.

[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Literature/WhiteNight'' Harry is forced to acknowledge the steadily growing influence of Lash after he loses his cool and destroys part of a building with his magic. Something the nature of Dresden-verse magic would make impossible unless Harry really ''believed'' in what he was doing. One of the book's villains, the Skavis, specialized in provoking and manipulating Moments of Weakness to make his victims commit suicide.
* In the ''[[Literature/ThePendragonAdventure Pendragon]]'' series Bobby snaps and pushes a bad guy out of a helicopter. [[BigBad Saint Dane]] had wanted him to do it, and told him to, and he knew it would end up making things worse, but he was just that angry.
* In ''Literature/{{Memory}}'', Miles covers up an assignment that was horribly botched because of health problems which he had also been keeping from his superiors. Although he's always breaking rules, up to this point it had been for the greater good; this time it was mostly selfish and he is dismissed from imperial service as a result. Later in the novel, when considering the villain, Miles notes that this could have been the point at which he did a FaceHeelTurn, but unlike the villain, he stopped himself.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', it's revealed that it was exactly such a mistake that caused Severus Snape to forever destroy his friendship with the one person he cared for when [[spoiler:he called Lilly Potter (then Evans) a mudblood.]]
* In ''[[Literature/{{Mistborn}} Well Of Ascension]]'' , Vin gets frustrated by her inability to protect Elend and her general feelings of inadequacy at everything except killing and decides to [[spoiler: attack Cett and slaughter everyone who gets in her way]].
* Before Kayneth's assault on the Einzburns' castle in ''LightNovel/FateZero'', Irisviel is starting to wonder just how much she really knows Kiritsugu. The past few days has seen him return to his ColdSniper persona, in stark contrast to the loving father and doting husband she'd known for the last few years. As she's wondering, [[spoiler:he embraces her and, on the verge of tears, asks her if they can just forfeit the Grail War, rescue Ilya, and live together in peace]].
* In the first ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' book, ''Off Armageddon Reef'', Merlin acts entirely without thinking when a group of children are attacked by the Safehold equivalent of a shark; in the process revealing a portion of his [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot more-than-human]] abilities to someone whose trust he needs and could easily view his abilities as demonic. Merlin only realizes this a few seconds after he's already committed to action. Only the fact it was a blatant act of ChronicHeroSyndrome that Merlin never considered ''not'' doing allows him to retain the trust he's earned.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Tasio has been waiting for Eric to have a particularly bad day, because only then would he ask for help. The Trickster needs him to do this so he can deliver the CallToAdventure and [[TrappedInAnotherWorld drop him in another world.]]


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The short-lived television series ''Series/GVsE'' generally had villains who convinced people to make a DealWithTheDevil, and good guys getting them to break those deals at the cost of what they were given. One episode stands out, however, as the bad guy of the episode approached people on the verge of death from accidents and used these deals to save their lives.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Lennier at the end. In his case he [[TheAtoner pays penance]] for the rest of his life, apparently dying in the Telepath War.
** Delenn at the Earth-Minbari war. Like Lennier, she too [[TheAtoner pays penance]] for her tragic mistake.
** Sheridan while interrogating Mr Morden. Unlike the two previous, [[StagingAnIntervention he's stopped]] before his actions result in greater tragedy.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Even Commander Shepard from the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series isn't immune to this, though his/her single (so far) MomentOfWeakness potentially happens in a very sheltered environment and doesn't have any lasting consequences: in the end of the ''[[{{DLC}} Lair of the Shadow Broker]]'' storyline, [[UndyingLoyalty Liara]] comes to visit Shepard and asks him/her how s/he is ''truly'' feeling rather than what s/he tells the crew. The Paragon answer to that is the first and only occasion the Commander expresses any doubt about his/her mission in the entire series (depending on whether this takes place before or after the SuicideMission, Shepard will refer to the latter or to the impending Reaper invasion). Also, this speaks volumes about Shepard and Liara's relationship (regardless of whether [[RomanceSidequest romance]] was pursued).
** S/he also shows it if you pick the renegade options (not really renegade but just different emotional responses) where [[IronWoobie Shepard]] both talks about just how hopeless his/her war against the Reapers seems and how exhausted s/he is from dealing with Cerberus, the Citadel Council who always treat him/her like s/he's lying or insane, [[KnightInSourArmor and of his/her closest friends shunning him/her because s/he's working with Cerberus.]]
** S/he has a ton of them in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' where s/he finally starts to crumble, physically and mentally, under the pressure of being the spearhead of a war effort against a [[NighInvulnerability nearly unstoppable]] [[HopelessWar enemy force.]] All of his/her friends constantly worry about him/her and do what they can to keep her from going completely past the DespairEventHorizon. S/he very nearly has a HeroicBSOD after the [[DarkestHour Fall of Thessia.]]
** One particularly notable one is during the assault on the Cerberus HQ, when Shepard finds a video describing how bad his/her body's condition was following his/her death at the beginning of ''2''. Almost completely absentmindedly, without even thinking about what they're in the middle of or the people around him/her, s/he goes into a brief existential crisis over whether or not s/he's the real Shepard or just an advanced VI programmed to think it's Shepard, talking more to him/herself than anyone else. It takes his/her TrueCompanions and possible LoveInterest reassuring him/her that they believe s/he is real to snap him/her out of it.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', any companion you bring into the Fade in the sidequest 'Night Terrors', no matter how high their friendship or rivalry score is, will fall for the demon's offer and attack you (except for Anders, who's immune due to Justice, and Sebastian, who refuses to go in the first place).
* VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo: Go on. You know you want [[spoiler: Misha]], don't you? She's right there. All you need to do is say "yes"...
* Sonic has a particularly nasty one in ''[[VideoGame/SonicBoom Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric]]''. After warding a wave of robots outside of Lyric's Tomb, an even larger wave shows up. Whereas Knuckles, Amy and Tails move into place to face them, Sonic just sits there paralyzed; in his panic, he moves to open the door, with Amy telling him not to. Then Metal Sonic shows up, and Sonic caves, opening the tomb and leading everyone inside. Not only does this lead to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Lyric getting loose]], but Sonic gets on the bad side of everyone watching: Amy, Knuckles, Tails, and even Shadow, who saw the whole thing from above.
-->'''Tails''': Uh... I don't think those doors were built to keep us out... [[SealedEvilInACan they were meant to keep]] '''[[OmnicidalManiac that]]''' [[SealedEvilInACan in]]!\\
'''Amy''': Let's get out of here! [[WhatTheHellHero Oh, wait I forgot.]] ''[[WhatTheHellHero We can't.]]''\\
'''Knuckles''': [[WhatTheHellHero Not cool, Sonic! You locked us in!]]\\
'''Sonic''': Locked us in? I was saving you!\\
'''Knuckles''': We didn't ''need'' saving!\\
'''Amy & Tails''': Yeah!\\
'''Shadow''': Saving the world? You? Don't make me laugh. You're weak! And you know what makes you weak? Your loyalty to your pathetic friends! You're not going through that portal... I'm going to show you just how weak you are!
* In her background, as related in ''Manga/TouhouBougetsushou'', ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'s'' Fujiwara no Mokou followed a troupe of soldiers to the top of Mount Fuji when they were about to dispose of an ImmortalityInducer elixir. She kept on going after them as they fell one by one until only one, Iwakasa, remained. When he was about to dump the thing into the volcano, he received a divine message telling him not to, lest he trigger a permanent eruption. Mokou took advantage of the tired soldier and killed him, taking the elixir for herself. Centuries later, she still feels enormous guilt over killing Iwakasa.
* In ''VideoGame/TelepathTactics'', Emma does not take her reunion with [[DrillSergeantNasty Silithis Predat]] well. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness In a departure from her normally reserved behavior]], she immediately assumes the worst of Silithis and insults her when Silithis tries to apologize for her past abuse. [[spoiler:This ends up working out well for her, as it allows Silithis to realize that she really was too hard on Emma. Emma later accepts the apology when Silithis tries again.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'s'' backstory, the monsters' king, Asgore, declared war on humanity after [[spoiler:a group of violent humans directly caused the death of his son within a day of the death of his and his wife's adopted human child]]. Asgore made the decision in grief and anger, but by the time he realized what he had done his declaration had given the monsters hope of eventual freedom from the Underground in which they were sealed. This left him feeling unable go back on his decision. He tried to TakeAThirdOption by just taking the souls of humans who fell into the Underground. However that accomplished nothing except causing the monsters suffer more because Asgore did not want to dirty his hands. This act so disgusted his wife she left him soon after.
* Tiamat in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' admits to this when she tells her story to the Warrior of Light. Her brother, [[spoiler: Bahamut]], was killed by the Allagan Empire 5000 years prior. Filled with grief and rage, she consorted with the Ascians and learned how to bring her brother back to life. Said brother [[CameBackWrong came back as a bloodthirsty primal]] that rampaged across the land and was captured by the Allagans. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Realizing the horror she unleashed]], Tiamat, who was shackled in place by the Allagans, atones for her actions by keeping herself bound as punishment.
* In the ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries'', Kratos, as a Spartan, is usually as fearless as he is tough. But there was that one time he [[DealWithTheDevil pledged himself]] to Ares, the WarGod, because he feared dying to a barbarian horde. Kratos' life was saved. Then, Ares tricked him into killing his own family. ''It only got worse for him from there''.

[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Varsuuvius made the decision to make a DealWithTheDevil (and Demon, and Daemon). V knew that dealing with infernals was a bad idea, and they even offered an alternate method where the elf would owe them nothing. However, at that point, V was trance-deprived, guilt ridden, and both pride and body were crushed by a dragon, who was minutes away from killing the elf's family. Varsuuvius, unable to admit defeat like the alternate method would require, makes the deal and takes a step towards TheDarkSide. The strip is even titled [[ "The Wrong Reasons"]] in reference to a prophecy that Varsuuvius would obtain ultimate power by saying the right four words at the right time for all the wrong reasons.
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Antimony & Reynardine do this to each other. Annie tells Renard that he'd been used by someone he'd cared for when he kept badmouthing her father. He got back by revealing the real reason behind her mother's death.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[ after a Flashback]], [[ Fuchsia had a stabby episode]]. [[ Sometimes she just gets so angry at everything.]]


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond:''
** In the first five minutes of the series, an aging Bruce Wayne [[BatmanGrabsAGun is forced to pull a gun]] on a kidnapper who was beating him to death when his heart gives out during the battle. He retires from being Batman immediately afterwards.
** In "Out of the Past", Talia offers Bruce an opportunity to restore his youth using the Lazarus Pit. He resists the temptation, but changes his mind after he and an innocent bystander are nearly killed in a mugging he once could have handled easily. [[spoiler:It was a setup designed to trigger just that reaction.]]
* ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
*** Aang can't let go of his love for Katara; this turns out to be quite the problem.
*** Katara never forgave the Fire Nation for her mother's fate and [[spoiler: almost murders a man in a fit of vengeance.]]
*** Zuko subverts pulling a HeelFaceTurn despite having every reason to do so, which disgusts his uncle Iroh. Later, when Ozai revealed his plan to [[spoiler:burn the Earth Kingdom to ashes]], Zuko didn't protest it (because he remembered what happened the last time he did). That made Zuko realize that he had lost his courage, and that was the final push he needed to join Aang's side, double-subverting the HeelFaceTurn.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
*** Korra has a breakdown at the end of "The Voice In The Night". She makes a public challenge to fight [[BigBad Amon]] at an appointed time and place, and naively believes he'll play fair. Amon does eventually show up for the fight, [[CombatPragmatist except he brings a dozen armed henchmen with him.]] They ambush Korra, tie her up, and drag her off into the darkness where Amon makes it clear to her that the only reason he doesn't kill her or take her bending is because [[DontCreateAMartyr that would turn her into a martyr]], [[PragmaticVillainy and he's too smart for that]]. After they [[StealthHiBye take their leave]], Korra is left sobbing into her mentor Tenzin's chest.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic:''
** DoubleSubverted in the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sisterhooves Social]]." Throughout the first half, Rarity is actively trying not to blow her top at little sister Sweetie Belle's UnwantedAssistance. However, Sweetie Belle's frustration at Rarity not wanting to spend time with her eventually reaches a breaking point, prompting her to angrily disown Rarity as a sister, and Rarity finally loses her temper right back.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E20ForWhomTheSweetieBelleToils For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils]]," Sweetie Belle hits her RageBreakingPoint when she thinks Rarity deliberately upstaged her with costumes so good that the audience of the play she wrote, directed, and starred in found them more memorable than the play itself. In retaliation, she sabotages a headdress made for one of Rarity's most important clients. The episode focuses in getting her to realize her error and fix it before it's too late.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Rose's Scabbard", the discovery that Steven's mother Rose Quartz had secrets she kept even from Pearl, who thought herself Rose's closest confidante, sends her into a freak-out. When Steven tries to suggest that perhaps Rose was trying to protect Pearl with the information she kept from her, Pearl angrily blurts out that Steven couldn't possibly know that because he never met his mother. After a tense moment, Pearl flees the house, forcing Steven to go after her.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future" Mabel is tricked by Bill Cipher possessing Blendin to make her summer last forever when he's really trying to take physical form. The weirdmaggedon was directly caused by this and she did it for selfish reasons.