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Playing With: W Angst
Basic Trope: A character engages in excessively or poorly-written self-pitying or angsty behaviour about a particular event or events in their past.
  • Straight: Bob repeatedly brings up a past trauma, acting tormented and brooding about it in the process. The trauma was the death of his beloved parents.
  • Exaggerated: Bob repeatedly brings up a past trauma, acting tormented and brooding about it in the process. The trauma was a paper cut.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • Bob has clinical depression.
    • The trauma Bob is fixated on actually is a pretty big deal, or something that is not easily dealt with.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Bob pretends to be tormented over an event in his past because he's attempting to manipulate the other characters; he actually got over it a long time ago.
  • Double Subverted: Bob pretends to be tormented over an event in his past because he's attempting to manipulate the other characters; deep down, however, he still hasn't managed to get over it.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob acts in such an excessively self-pitying fashion that he might even feel self-pity about having nothing to feel self-pity about.
    • Bob angsts about something stupid, like the time his mom didn't get him a pony for Christmas.
    • Bob angsts about comparatively recent things and switches topic rapidly- there's no mayonnaise left, we're going by bus, that hobo is asking for a sandwich, etc.
    • Bob angsts over some trivial loss or injury... then shows no serious concern when he suddenly loses his right arm.
    • Bob is complaining and about to commit suicide over a crappy sandwich, only to get distracted by (and possibly start eating) that very same sandwich.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob experiences rapid Mood Whiplash, from Wangst to good cheer and back again.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Boy, Bob sure does a lot of brooding, doesn't he?"
    • "Since you're busy whining and brooding like usual, Bob, I'll see myself outta here before I catch the emo bug."
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • "You'd like me to lose myself in self-pity about this, wouldn't you? Well, I'm not going to!"
    • Bob realizes that human sympathies have limits, so he decides to keep quiet about it.
    • The Chick encourages the protagonist to let go of the already done horrific past and savor their current moment.
  • Discussed: "You know, maybe it's time you stopped moping about this and moved on..."
  • Conversed: "Characters who spend all their time moping really irritate me. I don't like to spend time with people like that in real life; why does this author think I want to read it?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob's excessive self-pity and refusal to engage with his past and trauma in favour of lengthy self-indulgent brooding and complaining eventually drives away anyone who initially cared, resulting in the character ending up alone and even more miserable.
    • Meta-example - The audience, likewise, find Bob unbearable as a character as a result of his excessive whining.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob starts brooding about how alone and miserable they are instead.
    • But even the smallest things can have a negative impact in their lives and that Bob seriously is unable to help himself, so a group of not-unsympathetic characters who actually can't find any way to feel irritated with help Bob deal with his problems.
    • But Bob finds out that everyone complains about the smallest things like him, making him realize that he isn't alone.
    • Bob learns not to whine when around people and avoid getting berated for it.
    • But even if Bob is totally depressed, he uses this as a crutch to begin his journey of evil.
    • But when an appropriately traumatic event occurs, this has caused Bob to end his angsty attitude, and when others realize that he didn't care about the tragedy, they all wished that he was a whiner again.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Bob is intentionally made overly angsty in order to deliberately make him unsympathetic, by indicating that he refuses to deal with his problems in favour of whining about them.

Back to Wangst ...Oh, please! Cut it off already!

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