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My God What Have I Done: Fanworks
Avatar: The Last Airbender

Axis Powers Hetalia
  • In the doujinshi Besame Mucho, Spain gets one of these (quoting the trope name included) when standing in front of a destroyed house in a village his army just slaugtered. He is passing by when he sees a dead child's arm peeking out of a pile of wreck, and it makes him remember about Romano. Something was in my eye when he says that they just killed people, who were the same as him or little Romano. His companion's answer? "You are wrong. You are not human.". Tear Jerker, indeed.
  • Also in an Axis Powers Hetalia fic, this is lampshaded by an authoress in the notes of the first chapter of her intense FACE bondage-dominance foursome. Repeat, the /first/ chapter.
  • In yet another Axis Powers Hetalia fanfiction Let me be Your Savior Romano/Lovino has one after stumbling across his brother (Italy/Feliciano) after Romano/Lovino had violently raped him crying, and it finally hits him that what he's been doing is wrong. This scene is a nice breakthrough, seeing as Romano/Lovino had seemed to cross Moral Event Horizon before.
  • Just about every fan-written sequel for the controversial Kink Meme story known as the Financial Crisis Gangrape has America's attackers all go through this in varying degrees. Depending on how forgiving or vindictive the individual author is, at least one of the rapist nations either gets Driven to Suicide from their guilt or suffer a massive BSOD.

Bleach

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Xander has two in Emerald Dawn. The first when he realizes one of the kids he shot with an arrow on Halloween died. The second when he overhears demons talking about the Robin Hood type hunter going around killing every demon he sees, including a young couple who left behind a three year old orphan.

Cross Over

Danganronpa

  • In Graduate Meeting Of Mutual Killing, has one of these in a flashback. It's shown that Ginchiyo, when she received the letter from Hope's Peak, tried to leave her sister out of the school and pass herself as the receiver of the letter, just to be told that the offer was for both her and her sister. She then hurried back home to tell her, and finds out her sister ran away from home in despair. Ginchiyo tries to atone for years, looking for her sister, and before the Filmmaker's death, she states she believes her sister is dead, as she couldn't find her.

Death Note

Digimon
  • In the Tamers Forever Series, when Chaos first emerges, but before Takato realizes he's a separate entity. From his perspective, he destroyed a significant part of the Internet just by having his Berserk Button pressed. You'd be a bit scared of yourself too.
    • This is also Takato's reaction when he uses the Omnivice to remove the pain from Azulongmon's Wind Electricity technique, only to find out that he'd transferred the pain to Rika, Henry, Renamon and Terriermon. His horror, frustration and grief combine to send him over the edge, unleashing the power of ChaosGallantmon.

For Better or for Worse
  • In The New Retcons, after Elly snaps out of her insanity and is confronted by the doctors with what happened to her and what she did to others, she's horrified at her actions, particularly when she reads the letters she wrote while insane, and realizes how much Connie enabled her.

The Green Hornet
  • Repeated word for word in the fanfiction Bad Medicine after the OC kills the man who abducted/tortured her in self-defense.

Harry Potter
  • In The Day He Was Pushed Too Far Dumbledore, in order to avoid legal repercussions, let a copy of Harry "die" and gave Harry a new identity after Harry shot Umbridge and then himself fifth year. Harry said "What have I done?" shortly after coming across Neville, who was dealing poorly with the "loss" of the only person who cared about him, trying to kill himself.
  • In Lily's Changes Voldemort said this almost word for word after eleven-year-old Harry, having future knowledge, convinced him to absorb the soul fragments in two of his Horcruxes, regaining his sanity.

Kingdom Hearts
  • Sora in Broken Heroes has this reaction twice: When Ventus dies and he realizes how much of a Jerk Ass he has been to him, which causes his character 180, and when he agrees to become Xemnas's slave (Implied to be Sex Slave) to keep Riku, Kairi, and his other friends safe, which spurs him into adopting the identity of Roxas.

The Legend of Spyro

Littlest Pet Shop (2012)
  • In The Times They Are A-Changin', Zoe is "horrified and ashamed of herself" after she gives Pepper an Eye Scream injury during a fight. She doesn't protest when Mrs. Twombly isolates her from the other pets, since she considers it "an appropriate punishment".

Lord of the Rings
  • In Left, Frodo has two of these. One happens during a dream sequence when he discovers that he killed Sam in a fit of Ring-jealousy. The other happens when he lashes out at Sam in Cirith Ungol and realizes how close he came to fulfilling the nightmare.

Mass Effect
  • The Quarian admiralty board has one in the second book of the Uplifted series, when they discover the Nazi concentration camps.

Mega Man (Classic)
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, this is Dr. Light's reaction to the Gamma ordeal, and Vickers' when he learns the truth about Bass and his creator.
    • Roll gets this in the episode 3 interlude after she brutally dispatches the cosmetic robot from "Electric Nightmare."
    • Dr. Wily gets this briefly in the episode 11 epilogue, but soon his rage outweighs the guilt.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • In Maternal Instinct, in a fit of unbridled rage, Queen Chrysalis exploded in a vicious tirade against her heavily mentally and physically disabled daughter and heir, Princess Pupa and proceeded to beat her. Savagely. But when Chrysalis came to her senses and saw her daughter on the floor, barely conscious and with blooding oozing out from wounds on her crown and temple, the aghast and repentant Queen immediately threw herself at her daughter's mangled form, kissing her face and trying to stop the bleeding, mentally crying, Kami above, forgive me! Please, forgive me!
  • After The Gala shows this as Fluttershy's reaction to her explosive display of anger at the Gala. She's outright horrified by what she did and left a sobbing wreck. Her friends console her, though, and manage to get her out of her Heroic BSOD both by their forgiveness and Celestia revealing everyone was okay and it wasn't entirely her fault (the animals were rather wild to begin with and Celestia apologises for not warning her beforehand).
  • Inner Demons: Twilight is horrified when she accidentally petrifies Princess Celestia in a fit of rage about the prophecy... at least until she's consumed by her "Queen of Darkness" persona and goes from regretting it to bragging about it.
    • Shining Armor also has this reaction when he realizes that the "Cadence" he slept with was actually Queen!Twilight in disguise.
    • Apple Bloom's reaction to accidentally killing Trixie.
  • Past Sins: Celestia has several lines of this during Luna's What the Hell, Hero? speech.
    "I do not need to be told the heinous nature of my actions!"
    • Subverted, however, because the author doesn't portray her as being entirely in the wrong for taking said actions. For those not familiar with the story, Celestia has been forced to separate a young filly from her adoptive mother -hopefully temporarily- in order to perform a complex diagnostic spell on her, acting against her better judgement but on the advice of an expert in the dangerous form of magic that the filly in question had been touched by. This would have been unpleasant but justifiable, save for the fact that Celestia did not find out that the person giving her that expert advice was being economical with the truth to further his own agenda until the shit hit the fan.
  • The Pony POV Series has several examples:
    • Rarity's reaction to yelling at Sweetie Belle and nearly hitting Sweetie Belle with a sharp circlet, coming close enough to cut a few hairs in her mane, in a fit of rage.
    Rarity: "Reality came down on top of me like Luna's moon fallen from orbit. What had I done? WHAT HAD I DONE-?!"
    • Fluttercruel's reaction when her attempt to teach Fluttershy about the crueler side of nature corrupted instead of helping her.
    • The denizens of Sunny Town have this reaction whenever Applejack's Living Lie Detector gaze forces them to remember their misdeed through Princess Gaia's spell.
    • Rainbow Dash's reaction to how her dealing with Discord's Sadistic Choice turned out.
    • Celestia had two in "Origins": first, when she realizes she helped Discord discover his sadism, and then when she realizes she was responsible for the Windigoes' rampage.
    • After Discord restores her sanity, Golden Tiara/Screwball remembers she tried to kill her daughter Diamond and has a rather nasty one of these, including saying this practically word for word:
    " Dear Cadence, what did I do?! WHAT DID I DO?! If Filthy hadn't stopped me... WHAT WOULD I HAVE DONE TO MY BABY?!"
  • The spy Lord Eminence in Under The Northern Lights when he realizes that his plot has been found out because he has been very careless because his special talent for being inobtrusive and even turning invisible doesn't work on reindeer, meaning there are lots of witnesses to his acts. He acted alone, convinced his success would force his superiors to accept a job well done, but Princess Luna is not only against the plan per se, she is also furious that he was so careless as to be found out. He doesn't say the actual phrase, but falls to the floor and moans "Mare in the Moon!" which prompts Luna to chastize him further for taking her name in vain when she is standing right there.
  • Twilight has a few of these as she copes with the fallout from Hard Reset. Especially given how she started treating ponies (herself included) during the "Groundhog Day" Loop.
  • According to A Brief History of Equestria, this was Smart Cookie's reaction when she realized that the plans she helped Puddinghead draw up for colonizing a new homeland would mean effectively leaving the other tribes to slow death by starvation and hypothermia.
  • Twilight Sparkle in Divided Rainbow... though she's far from the only one.
  • A Future of Friendship, A History of Hate: Rarity has this reaction in Episode 4 when she realizes that she's been blowing off her friends without a thought in order to spend time with Regal Rule, most prominent being that she completely forgot about Fluttershy's birthday.
  • The Powers Of Harmony: In the aftermath of the fight with the Changelings in Gallopfrey, Applejack nearly slips into a Heroic BSOD over the realization that she had to kill for the first time during said fight. Fortunately, a few reassuring words from Granny Smith are able to pull her out of it.
  • Spitfire has this reaction in the Reading Rainbowverse when she realizes how horrible she's been to her daughter.
  • Celestia reacts this way after she learns what she's inadvertently caused Navarone to become in Diaries of a Madman. Nav himself also shows this, when he sees first hand how cruel his suggestion for feeding the changelings is.
  • In Zenith, Celestia has this reaction when she finds out that her decision in letting Spike stay with Twilight rather than having him go back to Ponyville only made things even worse for him.
  • After essentially being brainwashed in My Brave Pony III Starfleet Magic, Ace Ray reacts this way to memories of his past actions.

Naruto
  • Sakura has one in Legacy of the Rasengan: Naruto after Naruto rips her apart for stealing his tin of personally created jutsu. Actually a Delayed Reaction when cerain facts hit her. In order: A)Naruto spent YEARS creating his jutsu for HIMSELF. B)She stole from him. C)The reason they have Uzumaki Family Scroll on them is because Naruto is an orphan and wanted to pass on something to his kids.
  • A Mother's Love: Fire and Blood: The Third Hokage for pretty much screwing Kushina and Naruto over (The Third made it so their lives would be miserable) and letting them get kicked out of the village. The village has one years later when they admit that kicking out them out was a dick move on their part since ''The fox in the desert'' might return for revenge.
  • Sasuke gets one in NBH when she gets captured after trying to defect to Sound. Not only does she has no hope of killing Itachi anymore (even if she was allowed to remain a ninja, Ino destroyed her Achilles tendons), but she once more lost everything; this time because she threw it all away herself.
  • In Echoes, Kazama has one after he burns down most of Konoha, and realizes that while he got his revenge on the Inner Council, he had hurt thousands of people who didn't even know him, on top of his friends in the Konoha 12, several of which he killed.

Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • This shows up in two different ways in the Neon Genesis Evangelion post-Third Impact fanfic Scar Tissue:
    • Asuka, who has been physically and sexually brutalizing Shinji for months, has minor moments of this whenever her temper finally abates, then has a massive moment of this coupled with Villainous Breakdown when she finally beats Shinji badly enough to nearly kill him. The fic starts after this moment; when it's not filling in backstory, it's detailing her attempts to atone for her actions.
    • Shinji, on the other hand, blames himself for everything Asuka has done to him, seeing his actions during the canon story (especially the hospital scene in Eo E) as so unforgivable that he can justify her abuse as karmic retribution.
  • The Second Try: Shinji and Asuka are at a lake with Asuka swimming in it. Trying to get Shinji to swim (he admits he can't) she pretends to drown, making him panic and jump in to save her. She takes a look at his face and realizes that she scared him shitless and, for a brief instant, made him think he was going to watch her die and be the last human alive in a post-Third Impact world.

Saki
  • In Saki After Story, Teru viciously attacks her younger sister Saki while denying that they're related, as well as Nodoka when she comes to help, injuring them badly enough to put them in the hospital. After her teammates run in and stop her, Sumire tells Teru that she knows that Saki is Teru's sister, and what Teru did to her and Nodoka is inexcusable. Teru says the following quote before she's arrested, both in reference to beating Saki up and for refusing to acknowledge her as her sister.
    Teru: Oh my god! What the fuck have I done?

Sherlock Holmes

Sonic the Hedgehog
  • In Blast to the Past Princess Elise managed to prevent the Metarex from changing the past, (without Eggman, they'd have no competition, and most likely none of the events of the Sonic games would have never happened) but latter finds out - much to her shock and disgust - that she was the one caused the events that started it all, something that was just as bad when Sonic was killed because of "That damned demon within her." Silver and Blaze managed to convince her that Sonic played an important factor in everyone's lives, almost the same way that Eilse convinced him.
  • In Episode 74 of Sonic X: Dark Chaos, Tsali's core systems are damaged in the previous Episode, causing his programming to become scrambled. Because of this, the programs preventing him from feeling regret or remorse for his crimes are disabled. When he and the heroes find out Maledict had been manipulating him from the beginning, he completely breaks down into a sobbing wreck from the trauma of his suppressed memories coming back.

Touhou
  • In chapter 82 of Gensokyo 20XXV, it was noted that, after she stabbed Yume Ni with a pair of scissors in a fit of rage, Reimu expressed remorse for her actions, recognizing it as something she shouldn't have done.
    • Earlier in the series, 20XXI, Ran and Kanako have both have this at different times. Ran has this when Reimu takes a horrible fall and loses the function of her legs while she was being negligent, while Kanako has this when she thinks she may have caused Sanae's death, after having been abusing her for some time.

Worm
  • In Cenotaph Taylor seeks revenge on Bakuda and the greater ABB for murdering her father. Over the course of an arc and a half she carefully tracks Lung and Bakuda down, then sets off Bakuda's own grenades in her workshop with both Lung and Bakuda in the blast radius. Little did did she know- Bakuda built in a deadman switch tied into several thousand bombs implanted in both gangmembers and kidnapped civilians in the event she was killed. Taylor dosen't find out until the next day, while enjoying a social breakfast with 'James' and Lisa. She... dosen't take it well.


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