* [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2002-09-15 This]] strip from the sketchbook really shows how complex the relationship between an author and his characters can be. Also, it made me cry.

* {{Lampshaded}} in the comic title [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-01-16 here]], but is an example nonetheless.
* Ellen became a DeathSeeker after she was convinced she had a [[CloneDegeneration month to live]] then she throws away that precious month to fight a monster attacking innocents. She wanted to be a HeroicSacrifice.
* [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-10-02 "You look in the mirror, but someone else looks back. You remember a life you never had, one that cannot be yours. You are the piece that does not fit; you don't belong in this game. The board has been knocked over, you shall be swept away..."]]

[[AC:Painted Black]]
* In a SympathyForTheDevil way, Damien. [[spoiler: He was made by extremists who wanted him to usher Armageddon, he destroys everything he touches and he is desperate to find other labs. He isn't looking for an army, he's looking for a family. He was raised with fear and intimidation used to keep him in line and he used those tactics because he thought that's how authority figures are supposed to act. He's Grace's SpearCounterpart. She had kindness. He had hate. They were led down different paths.]]
* [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=555 Here]], we see a much more human side of the previously monstrous Vlad(ia). It is small, but poignant.

[[AC: Grace's Birthday]]
* The Demonic Duck [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=747 pulls a quick prank on Female!Justin]] in an attempt to cheer her up. Suffice to say, [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=748 Justin is not amused]].
-->'''Demonic Duck''': Oh c'mon! That guy as a chick ticklemonger wearing a bikini? ''How is that not funny''?! Wait a sec-- "taking an interest" in you? ...Oh. ''[[IncompatibleOrientation That's]]'' [[FunnyAneurysmMoment how that's not funny]]...

[[AC:Shadows After Dark]]
* [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-09-22 This]] strip. What's worse is that is how Tedd acted in the main universe too, until he was given the TF Gun. Congratulations, Shive, you've just made a seriously depressed five year old.
** [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming And then Ellen wakes up and gives Tedd a hug.]]

[[AC:Hidden Genesis]]
* After Grace's birthday, we get to see Susan in an actual cheerful mood [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-02-19 as she admires her new hair color.]] Which is then [[MoodWhiplash promptly ruined]] when said look brings up [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-02-23 some very painful memories.]] Within seconds she's back to the BrokenBird we're all familiar with.
* [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-03-17 This]] may also count.
** Best. Cookies. Ever.
* Grace, a GenkiGirl incarnate, [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=880 starts to learn about one of the bloodiest]], horrifying conflicts [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in global history]] - BreakTheCutie ensues. [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=885 A few strips later]] showed that it carries a bit of a RealitySubtext for her.
-->'''Grace''': Why should we cry when reading about the ''death and torture'' of ''[[AMillionIsAStatistic millions]]'' of people when it happened so long ago? And it's not like any of ''them'' were preoccupied with thoughts comparing ''[[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]]'' and ''[[AGodAmI Damien]]'' and realizing that ''millions of people'' [[IDidWhatIHadToDo are willing to follow their ideals]] and that giving him a chance to ''surrender'' was probably ''stupid'' and ''wrong'' and--

[[AC:Sister II]]
* [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-09-27 This strip]], full stop. Nanase trying desperately to save her best friend [[spoiler: and lover]]'s life with the only spell that can possibly do anything to help, essentially ''eating away at her own life force every time she casts it'', and having it fail time and again is nothing short of heart breaking.
** And let's not forget that she feels EVERYTHING the doll does. So, everytime the doll is killed, she feels it. And her doll is being cut in half with a battle axe. Most people wouldn't be able to withstand the pain of that once. She did it ''twelve times in a row'', in quick succession. To the point where she collapses, but keeps going in the hopes of reinforcements that may or may not come.
---> "God...help me..." She fully expected to die in the attempt to save [[spoiler:Ellen]]. She kept going anyway.
*** In fact, the only reason she stops? [[spoiler: She gains a spell that allows her to take the form of a Guardian Angel. And remember, spell casters in the series get spells that relate to who they are. Taken into account her actions, it's no surprise.]]

[[AC:Bringing Silly Back]]
* And [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-05-31 this]]. You can see the exact moment where Susan goes from being a literal WideEyedIdealist into her current personality.
--> '''Dan Shive (in commentary):''' I have frequently seen Susan described as having a "bored" look on her face. For a long time now, I have seen it as something else.
* And [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-08-02 this]] could count as well.
* A very subtle one sandwiched in [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-11-24 a joke strip]], but one of the things Tedd imagines the "ideal" men that Grace rejects in favor for him is "[[ParentalAbandonment Our mothers love us]]!" Ouch.
* [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1255 This exchange]] regarding Dex's magic mark.
-->'''Grace''': Summoning is his innate talent?\\
'''Noah''': Innate talents are rare. It is more likely something he has yearned for. If I had to guess... [[IJustWantToHaveFriends he is lonely]].\\
* [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2011-06-28 The resolution of Justin and Melissa.]] Knowing what they had beforehand, it just makes things worse.

[[AC:9001% Serious]]
* [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-01-12 After Grace tells Tedd the truth about her "going for a walk":]]
-->'''Tedd:''' You should have told me where you were going.\\
'''Grace:''' I didn't want you to worry.\\
'''Tedd:''' But you ''lied'' to me.\\
'''Grace:''' It's okay to lie to people if you think it's for their own good!\\
'''Tedd:''' Who gave you ''that'' idea?\\
'''Grace''' [''unhappily'']: [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder Everyone I have ever known ever]].

[[AC:The Dawn]]
* A more subtle one with [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1749 Susan trying to rationalize her attraction]] towards [[spoiler: Elliot.]] Not only is she frustrated because she can't understand it, but there's a ''lot'' of guilt and self-esteem issues in the subtext. Despite all the CharacterDevelopment she's had - especially with regards to [[spoiler: Elliot]] - she's still a BrokenBird.
* [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1817 This]] right here. Diane realizes for the first time that she [[spoiler: has biological family]]. It puts her previous denials into context and makes you realize that they're not her being dense, but actually her being ''in denial''. Thinking about it, she hasn't had that all her life, and now at long last she does.

[[AC:Pandoras Box]]
* [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2012 This strip]] depicts Tedd, who several strips prior was ecstatic about realizing that his gender fluidity was not unique and that there was a name for it, being afraid to tell his father about his magic mark, that grants him a "make your body the gender you feel without time limits" spell obviously related to that realization, for fear of disapproval, given his father's attitude and concern about him spending so much time female.

[[AC:Sister III]]
* [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2214 Blaike Raven's death]], just ten years after the birth of his son. To make matters worse, he failed his mission: the people he tried to protect were killed by a rampaging monster. Even Dan described it as a very difficult comic to make.
* Ted takes it very badly when he finds out that magic itself will sabotage his efforts to give it to everybody. Voltaire actually wishes he tried traumatizing him that way instead of trying to kill Elliot.
* Susan takes the idea of her having a half-sister close to her age very badly, insisting that her parents had good years before [[YourCheatingHeart the cheating incident]] and being adamant that her father ''wasn't'' cheating before she was born.
* Adrian quietly lays out TheReasonYouSuckSpeech [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2290 to his mother]]. Especially notable because the next strip [[StunnedSilence is completely silent]].
-->'''Pandora''': I helped rid the world of werewolves. I'd say I've done ''enough'' for the world at large.
-->'''Adrian''': You helped yourself get {{revenge}} on victims of a curse. [[VanHelsingHateCrime You made no effort to find a cure]].
-->'''Pandora''': '''[[BerserkButton They killed your father]]'''!
-->'''Adrian''': [[AllLovingHero Father]] [[DisappointedInYou would hate what you've become]].
** And apparently, [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2294 the speech worked]], causing Pandora to undergo something of a HeelRealization.
* When Pandora realizes just how Tedd would take the news about magic, she goes to him and finds him still in the middle of his BSOD.
-->'''Pandora''': Magic has not been kind to you.