Playing With / Wangst

Basic Trope: A character engages in excessive, annoying, or poorly-written self-pitying or angsty behavior.
  • Straight: Alice repeatedly brings up a past trauma, acting tormented and brooding about it in the process. The trauma was the death of her beloved parents.
  • Exaggerated: Alice repeatedly brings up a past trauma, acting tormented and brooding about it in the process. The trauma was stepping on a LEGO brick.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • Alice has clinical depression.
    • The trauma Alice is fixated on actually is a pretty big deal, or something that is not easily dealt with.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice pretends to be tormented over an event in her past because she's attempting to manipulate the other characters; she actually got over it a long time ago.
  • Double Subverted: Alice pretends to be tormented over an event in her past because she's attempting to manipulate the other characters; deep down, however, she still hasn't managed to get over it.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice acts in such an excessively self-pitying fashion that she might even feel self-pity about having nothing to feel self-pity about.
    • Alice angsts about something stupid, like the time her mom didn't get her a pony for Christmas.
    • Alice 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.
    • Alice angsts over some trivial loss or injury... then shows no serious concern when she suddenly loses her right arm.
    • Alice 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: Alice experiences rapid Mood Whiplash, from Wangst to good cheer and back again.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Boy, Alice sure does a lot of brooding, doesn't she?"
    • "Since you're busy whining and brooding like usual, Alice, 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!"
    • Alice realizes that human sympathies have limits, so she 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:
    • Alice's excessive self-pity and refusal to engage with her 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.
    • Alternatively, Alice's excessive self-pitty results in someone blowing her brains out just to spare themselves any more headaches.
    • Meta-example - The audience, likewise, find Alice unbearable as a character as a result of her excessive whining.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Alice 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 Alice seriously is unable to help herself, so a group of not-unsympathetic characters who actually can't find any way to feel irritated with help Alice deal with her problems.
    • But Alice finds out that everyone complains about the smallest things like her, making her realize that she isn't alone.
    • Alice learns not to whine when around people and avoid getting berated for it.
    • But even if Alice is totally depressed, she uses this as a crutch to begin her journey of evil.
    • But when an appropriately traumatic event occurs, this has caused Alice to end her angsty attitude, and when others realize that she didn't care about the tragedy, they all wished that she was a whiner again.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Alice is intentionally made overly angsty in order to deliberately make her unsympathetic, by indicating that she refuses to deal with her problems in favour of whining about them.

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