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** Angel himself crossed it in Season 2; after firing his staff and descending into a KnightTemplar phase to stop Wolfram & Hart, he tries to break into their Home Office and kill them once and for all... only to discover said Home Office is Earth itself and Wolfram & Hart's power comes not from demons, but from [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil from the evil within humanity itself]]. With his spirit broken and his resolve exhausted, he tries to shed his soul by having sex with Darla, an encounter he outright describes as "perfect despair." However, thanks to an [[EpiphanyTheory epiphany]], Angel manages to bounce back, realizing [[TheAntiNihilist his purpose was still to do all the good he could, even if he couldn't do all the good he wanted to]].

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** Angel himself crossed it in Season 2; after firing his staff and descending into a KnightTemplar phase to stop Wolfram & Hart, he tries to break into their Home Office and kill them once and for all... only to discover said Home Office is Earth itself and Wolfram & Hart's power comes not from demons, but from [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil from the evil within humanity itself]]. With his spirit broken and his resolve exhausted, he tries to shed his soul by having sex with Darla, an encounter he outright describes as "perfect despair." However, thanks to an [[EpiphanyTheory [[EpiphanyTherapy epiphany]], Angel manages to bounce back, realizing [[TheAntiNihilist his purpose was still to do all the good he could, even if he couldn't do all the good he wanted to]].


** ''Series/{{Angel}}'': As revealed in a flashback in "Double or Nothing", Gunn seemingly crossed it at age 17, to the extent that he [[DealWithTheDevil selling his soul]] to the demon Jenoff [[MundaneWish for a truck]], believing he had nothing to live for; at that time, Gunn was maybe a notch above homeless, in a city where the homeless are basically a vampire buffet:

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** ''Series/{{Angel}}'': As revealed in a flashback in "Double or Nothing", Gunn seemingly crossed it at age 17, to the extent that he [[DealWithTheDevil selling sold his soul]] to the demon Jenoff [[MundaneWish for a truck]], believing he had nothing to live for; at that time, Gunn was maybe a notch above homeless, in a city where the homeless are basically a vampire buffet:


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** Angel himself crossed it in Season 2; after firing his staff and descending into a KnightTemplar phase to stop Wolfram & Hart, he tries to break into their Home Office and kill them once and for all... only to discover said Home Office is Earth itself and Wolfram & Hart's power comes not from demons, but from [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil from the evil within humanity itself]]. With his spirit broken and his resolve exhausted, he tries to shed his soul by having sex with Darla, an encounter he outright describes as "perfect despair." However, thanks to an [[EpiphanyTheory epiphany]], Angel manages to bounce back, realizing [[TheAntiNihilist his purpose was still to do all the good he could, even if he couldn't do all the good he wanted to]].


* Halfway through season four of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', the fleet [[spoiler: discovers that Earth has been destroyed]], causing borderline cases of this for many characters, and a full-blown case for both [[spoiler: Dualla and Number Three.]]

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* Halfway through season four of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', the fleet [[spoiler: discovers [[spoiler:discovers that Earth has been destroyed]], causing borderline cases of this for many characters, and a full-blown case for both [[spoiler: Dualla [[spoiler:Dualla and Number Three.]]



** The Twelfth Doctor undergoes a horrific TraumaCongaLine in the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven final]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent three]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent episodes]] of Series 9: First, he is betrayed by [[spoiler:Ashildr, who owed her now-immortal life to him]]. This accidentally leads to [[spoiler:the death of his companion Clara via a foolish, Senseless Sacrifice]], which he is helpless to stop. Then, his enemies imprison him in a giant torture chamber; save for a mute monster, the place is deserted and he has no TARDIS or anyone to help him through his anguish and rage. The enemies turn out to be [[spoiler:'''his own people''']]. By the time he finally escapes [[spoiler:four-and-a-half '''billion''' years later, all of which he remembers]] he has undergone a SanitySlippage and become a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds obsessed with [[spoiler: saving Clara by preventing her death, heedless of the paradox]] and, while this is at first actually successful, he firmly crosses the horizon when he realizes [[spoiler:that she won't, and can't, fully return to life]] even as he is risking '''the entire universe''' in hopes of making it so. No one can convince him to come back across it; it isn't until he has a HeelRealization that he does so by [[spoiler: not only parting from Clara for good, but losing many of his memories of her namely those that made him love her]]. This relieves him of his burden of sorrow and resultant madness, thus he is able to come back and be a selfless hero once again.
** In a comparatively minor example of the trope, near the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E2TheGhostMonument "The Ghost Monument"]], the Thirteenth Doctor briefly hits this when [[spoiler:she thinks that her and her friends are stranded on Desolation and will die because the TARDIS (stuck in a thousand-year materialization loop) won't appear in time. Fortunately, it does.]]

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** The Twelfth Doctor undergoes a horrific TraumaCongaLine in the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven final]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent three]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent episodes]] of Series 9: First, he is betrayed by [[spoiler:Ashildr, who owed her now-immortal life to him]]. This accidentally leads to [[spoiler:the death of his companion Clara via a foolish, Senseless Sacrifice]], which he is helpless to stop. Then, his enemies imprison him in a giant torture chamber; save for a mute monster, the place is deserted and he has no TARDIS or anyone to help him through his anguish and rage. The enemies turn out to be [[spoiler:'''his own people''']]. By the time he finally escapes [[spoiler:four-and-a-half '''billion''' years later, all of which he remembers]] he has undergone a SanitySlippage and become a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds obsessed with [[spoiler: saving Clara by preventing her death, heedless of the paradox]] and, while this is at first actually successful, he firmly crosses the horizon when he realizes [[spoiler:that she won't, and can't, fully return to life]] even as he is risking '''the entire universe''' in hopes of making it so. No one can convince him to come back across it; it isn't until he has a HeelRealization that he does so by [[spoiler: not only parting from Clara for good, good but losing many of his memories of her namely those that made him love her]]. This relieves him of his burden of sorrow and resultant madness, thus he is able to come back and be a selfless hero once again.
** In a comparatively minor example of the trope, near the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E2TheGhostMonument "The Ghost Monument"]], the Thirteenth Doctor briefly hits this when [[spoiler:she thinks that her she and her friends are stranded on Desolation and will die because the TARDIS (stuck in a thousand-year materialization loop) won't appear in time. Fortunately, it does.]]



** Meera is at her wit's end when the wights finally catch up with her and Bran after they barely escape the Three-Eyed Raven's cave. She embraces him crying, convinced of their ultimate fate, to provide a last protection to her one remaining friend. Then, Benjen fends off the wights and saves their lives.

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** Meera is at her wit's end when the wights finally catch up with her and Bran after they barely escape the Three-Eyed Raven's cave. She embraces him crying, convinced of their ultimate fate, to provide a the last protection to her one remaining friend. Then, Benjen fends off the wights and saves their lives.



** Although Cersei doesn't become a monster, after she and Robert have a conversation where it initially looks like they're going to reconcile and improve their relationship, she is then rejected by Robert. This scene ends with Robert asking her how she feels, and her responding that she doesn't feel anything. Her subsequent actions make a lot more sense in light of this. And then, if she hadn't crossed it before, she certainly does when Joffrey dies in her arms in "The Lion and the Rose". Later, it turns out there was still some sanity for her to lose, which she finally does when Tommen abandons her to her fate in the hands of the Sparrows, which prompts Cersei to mass murder all of her enemies she can at once along with a good chunk of bystanders and even give up on her son himself.
** Selyse reaches it in "The Dance of Dragons" as Shireen is being burnt at the stake. She kills herself shortly afterwards.

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** Although Cersei doesn't become a monster, monster after she and Robert have a conversation where it initially looks like they're going to reconcile and improve their relationship, she is then rejected by Robert. This scene ends with Robert asking her how she feels, and her responding that she doesn't feel anything. Her subsequent actions make a lot more sense in light of this. And then, if she hadn't crossed it before, she certainly does when Joffrey dies in her arms in "The Lion and the Rose". Later, it turns out there was still some sanity for her to lose, which she finally does when Tommen abandons her to her fate in the hands of the Sparrows, which prompts Cersei to mass murder all of her enemies she can at once along with a good chunk of bystanders and even give up on her son himself.
** Selyse reaches it in "The Dance of Dragons" as Shireen is being burnt at the stake. She kills herself shortly afterwards.afterward.



*** The death of Saki Momose is this to her boyfriend, Hiiro Kagami/Kamen Rider Brave, who became a self-hating bundle of repressed emotions afterwards. She developed the Game Disease (partially also because of his aloofness and neglect) and he didn't know about anything until he was called in to be with her in her final moments.
*** Kiriya Kujo/Kamen Rider Lazer told his friend that he is infected with (then) untreatable Game Disease, because he didn't want to lie to him. This led to his friend getting into an accident that might have been a suicide and Kiriya lost any hope in trusting people or telling the truth.

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*** The death of Saki Momose is this to her boyfriend, Hiiro Kagami/Kamen Rider Brave, who became a self-hating bundle of repressed emotions afterwards.afterward. She developed the Game Disease (partially also because of his aloofness and neglect) and he didn't know about anything until he was called in to be with her in her final moments.
*** Kiriya Kujo/Kamen Rider Lazer told his friend that he is infected with (then) untreatable Game Disease, Disease because he didn't want to lie to him. This led to his friend getting into an accident that might have been a suicide and Kiriya lost any hope in trusting people or telling the truth.



* [[spoiler:Joseph Bede]] crosses it in the final episode of ''Series/TheShadowLine''. [[spoiler:His wife, whose Alzheimer's treatment he intends to pay for with the proceeds from his drug deal, tries to kill herself and is hospitalised. This prompts him to leave his gun behind when meeting Jay, who he already know intends to betray him, which leads to his death.]]

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* [[spoiler:Joseph Bede]] crosses it in the final episode of ''Series/TheShadowLine''. [[spoiler:His wife, whose Alzheimer's treatment he intends to pay for with the proceeds from his drug deal, dealer, tries to kill herself and is hospitalised. hospitalized. This prompts him to leave his gun behind when meeting Jay, who he already know knows intends to betray him, which leads to his death.]]



** Dean Winchester crosses the line in the season 2 finale, after his brother Sam dies in his arms. He ends up selling his soul to bring him back, and after a year is sent to hell. This leads to him crossing the line ''again''; after 30 years of torture he breaks and takes up on Alistair's offer to torture other souls. Ironically, in the Season 5 finale, Dean is the only one of the main characters ''not'' to lose hope after Lucifer possesses Sam. Dean still had enough faith in his brother to wade into an apocalyptic showdown and try to get through to Sam. Although to be fair, he made it clear that he had absolutely nothing to lose at that point. In Season 9, [[spoiler:he is so wracked with guilt over ''everything'' that has gone wrong as a result of his initially ill-thought decision to have an angel possess Sam that he trashes the room he's in, takes off as soon as he ascertains that Sam is alright, then takes on the deadly Mark of Cain- while literally cutting off Cain mid-sentence when he tries to explain the consequences of the Mark. He literally no longer cared what happened to him at that point.]]
** Sam has also had several of these over the course of the series, especially times when Dean has died/Sam has believed him to be dead. In particular, after Dean went to Hell at the end of Season 3, Sam drank himself into a near-stupor and was overtly suicidal until Ruby propelled him into a revenge mission. When Dean disappeared at the end of Season 7, Sam "imploded," stopped any kind of hunting, and drove aimlessly for months- which was quite unfortunate, as Dean was in fact alive and could have really used the help. Between Sam's shame at not saving Dean (combined with other mistakes he'd made over the course of the series) and being worn down and ill by the Trials in Season 8, he seemed to hit that point again and by the end of Season 8 was entirely okay with dying to finish the Trials (after taking them on initially because he wanted to live and thought Dean would use the Trials as an elaborate suicide). [[spoiler: Then ''again'' in "First Born" in Season 9, when Sam discovered that Dean tricked him into accepting an angel possession to save his life, resulting in Kevin's death at Sam's hands, he became suicidal again and practically urged Cas to kill him in a slim-chance attempt to track the aforementioned angel, as he felt he never should have survived in the first place.]]

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** Dean Winchester crosses the line in the season 2 finale, finale after his brother Sam dies in his arms. He ends up selling his soul to bring him back, and after a year is sent to hell. This leads to him crossing the line ''again''; after 30 years of torture he breaks and takes up on Alistair's offer to torture other souls. Ironically, in the Season 5 finale, Dean is the only one of the main characters ''not'' to lose hope after Lucifer possesses Sam. Dean still had enough faith in his brother to wade into an apocalyptic showdown and try to get through to Sam. Although to be fair, he made it clear that he had absolutely nothing to lose at that point. In Season 9, [[spoiler:he is so wracked with guilt over ''everything'' that has gone wrong as a result of his initially ill-thought decision to have an angel possess Sam that he trashes the room he's in, takes off as soon as he ascertains that Sam is alright, then takes on the deadly Mark of Cain- while literally cutting off Cain mid-sentence when he tries to explain the consequences of the Mark. He literally no longer cared what happened to him at that point.]]
** Sam has also had several of these over the course of the series, especially times when Dean has died/Sam has believed him to be dead. In particular, after Dean went to Hell at the end of Season 3, Sam drank himself into a near-stupor and was overtly suicidal until Ruby propelled him into a revenge mission. When Dean disappeared at the end of Season 7, Sam "imploded," stopped any kind of hunting, and drove aimlessly for months- which was quite unfortunate, as Dean was was, in fact fact, alive and could have really used the help. Between Sam's shame at not saving Dean (combined with other mistakes he'd made over the course of the series) and being worn down and ill by the Trials in Season 8, he seemed to hit that point again and by the end of Season 8 was entirely okay with dying to finish the Trials (after taking them on initially because he wanted to live and thought Dean would use the Trials as an elaborate suicide). [[spoiler: Then ''again'' in "First Born" in Season 9, when Sam discovered that Dean tricked him into accepting an angel possession to save his life, resulting in Kevin's death at Sam's hands, he became suicidal again and practically urged Cas to kill him in a slim-chance attempt to track the aforementioned angel, as he felt he never should have survived in the first place.]]



* Series 3 of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has multiple Despair Event Horizons - as you would expect from a plot that involves [[spoiler:the governments of the world caving into an alien race's demands for 10% of the Earth's children. ObstructiveBureaucrat AntiVillain Frobisher is told by the [[PresidentEvil Prime Minister]] that, for PR purposes, his daughters will be among the 10% given to the aliens - so Frobisher takes a gun home and kills his wife and children, before turning it on himself. Then Jack, who has just had to [[DyingDeclarationOfLove watch his boyfriend die pointlessly]], realises that there's a way to defeat the aliens after all... but it will mean killing a child. And the only child close to hand is his own grandson, who he is forced to murder in front of his screaming daughter. Safe to say, Jack doesn't hang around on Earth for very long after that.]]

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* Series 3 of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has multiple Despair Event Horizons - as you would expect from a plot that involves [[spoiler:the governments of the world caving into an alien race's demands for 10% of the Earth's children. ObstructiveBureaucrat AntiVillain Frobisher is told by the [[PresidentEvil Prime Minister]] that, for PR purposes, his daughters will be among the 10% given to the aliens - so Frobisher takes a gun home and kills his wife and children, before turning it on himself. Then Jack, who has just had to [[DyingDeclarationOfLove watch his boyfriend die pointlessly]], realises realizes that there's a way to defeat the aliens after all... but it will mean killing a child. And the only child close to hand is his own grandson, who he is forced to murder in front of his screaming daughter. Safe to say, Jack doesn't hang around on Earth for very long after that.]]

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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': In "Glyphic", every child in the small town of Tolemy (with the exception of Cassie and Louis Boussard) died of a rare form of brain cancer due to contamination from the town's mill. This resulted in the townspeople losing all hope for the future.

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* ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'': "Haunting The Barn" is about a recently-retired officer who is driven to this by the accumulation of traumatic memories from his years on the job, capped off by one case where he blamed himself for getting a teenage boy killed. Ed manages to talk him off the ledge.
** Ed himself comes precariously close to this in "Fit For Duty" (though it's mostly a delayed reaction to what happened in "Broken Peace"). Luckily for him, something in his subconscious drives him into the arms of a psychologist, who is able to help him before he falls apart completely.


* ''Series/HouseOfCards'': Congressman Peter Russo, who's running for Governor of Pennsylvania, has this after [[spoiler: the drunken radio interview he gave after Underwood set him up to fall off the wagon with an ex-call girl who owed him favors]]. He hid from the press and disappeared for a few days, leaving his campaign in limbo, before being found by Underwood [[spoiler: who plied him with more liquor and murdered him, making it look like a suicide.]]

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* ''Series/HouseOfCards'': ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'': Congressman Peter Russo, who's running for Governor of Pennsylvania, has this after [[spoiler: the drunken radio interview he gave after Underwood set him up to fall off the wagon with an ex-call girl who owed him favors]]. He hid from the press and disappeared for a few days, leaving his campaign in limbo, before being found by Underwood [[spoiler: who plied him with more liquor and murdered him, making it look like a suicide.]]


** After two seasons of being a powerless king, and then Tommen witnesses the Great Sept of Baelor exploding, he is so devastated by the death of hundreds, including his beloved Margaery, the destruction of the center of his new-found faith, and the realization that his own mother was responsible, he simply removes his crown and jumps to his death from a window in the Red Keep.

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** After two seasons of being a powerless king, and then Tommen witnesses the Great Sept of Baelor exploding, he is so devastated by the death of hundreds, including his beloved Margaery, the destruction of the center of his new-found faith, and the realization that his own mother was responsible, that he simply removes his crown and jumps to his death with ''zero'' hesitation from a window in the Red Keep.

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** Anton Karidian (the alias of mass murderer Kodos the Executioner) remains in control of himself even as Kirk's suspicions become increasingly evident, but breaks down in horror when he learns that his daughter Lenore -- the one part of his life that he thought was untainted by his past -- knows the truth and has been killing people to protect him.


* In the 1st episode of season five of ''Series/{{Community}}'', Jeff informs his old law firm partner that he isn't giving up on his career (even though repo men are taking his furniture away as they talk), for he still has a beacon of hope left. A repo man takes the glass of scotch he was holding. ''That'' was it.
* In ''Film/TheChristmasThatAlmostWasnt'', after the BigBad Prune buys Prim's Department Store and basically steals the money Santa earned to pay for toys he damaged, deliberately screwing Santa over from paying the rent he owes to Prune, Santa and Whipple stroll listlessly down the street, hoping desperately for a miracle...

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* In the 1st episode of Halfway through season five four of ''Series/{{Community}}'', Jeff informs his old law firm partner ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', the fleet [[spoiler: discovers that he isn't giving up on his career (even though repo men are taking his furniture away as they talk), Earth has been destroyed]], causing borderline cases of this for he still has a beacon of hope left. A repo man takes the glass of scotch he was holding. ''That'' was it.
* In ''Film/TheChristmasThatAlmostWasnt'', after the BigBad Prune buys Prim's Department Store
many characters, and basically steals the money Santa earned to pay a full-blown case for toys he damaged, deliberately screwing Santa over from paying the rent he owes to Prune, Santa both [[spoiler: Dualla and Whipple stroll listlessly down the street, hoping desperately for a miracle...Number Three.]]



** ''Series/{{Angel}}'': As revealed in a flashback in "Double or Nothing," Gunn seemingly crossed it at age 17, to the extent that he [[DealWithTheDevil selling his soul]] to the demon Jenoff [[MundaneWish for a truck]], believing he had nothing to live for; at that time, Gunn was maybe a notch above homeless, in a city where the homeless are basically a vampire buffet:
-->'''Jenoff''': You will sell your future in exchange for present happiness?\\

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** ''Series/{{Angel}}'': As revealed in a flashback in "Double or Nothing," Nothing", Gunn seemingly crossed it at age 17, to the extent that he [[DealWithTheDevil selling his soul]] to the demon Jenoff [[MundaneWish for a truck]], believing he had nothing to live for; at that time, Gunn was maybe a notch above homeless, in a city where the homeless are basically a vampire buffet:
-->'''Jenoff''': --->'''Jenoff''': You will sell your future in exchange for present happiness?\\



* In ''Film/TheChristmasThatAlmostWasnt'', after the BigBad Prune buys Prim's Department Store and basically steals the money Santa earned to pay for toys he damaged, deliberately screwing Santa over from paying the rent he owes to Prune, Santa and Whipple stroll listlessly down the street, hoping desperately for a miracle...
* A Serial Killer uses this as part of his MO in the ''Series/ColdCase'' episode "The Road". A SerialKiller known as John Smith would capture women, [[SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere seal them in a room in the middle of nowhere]], and subject them to MindRape. Once they lost the will to live, which he would prove by standing aside and giving them the option of walking out, he would seal them in completely and let them starve. He comments that once someone gives up hope, dying is just a formality. [[spoiler: The fact that his last victim ''didn't'' cross the Despair Event Horizon really rattles him]].
* In the 1st episode of season five of ''Series/{{Community}}'', Jeff informs his old law firm partner that he isn't giving up on his career (even though repo men are taking his furniture away as they talk), for he still has a beacon of hope left. A repo man takes the glass of scotch he was holding. ''That'' was it.
* ''Series/DeadSet''. [[spoiler:Space agrees to unlock the Diary Room so Kelly can make a futile attempt to fight her way out only after seeing a zombie Pippa (his former girlfriend) hammering on the glass outside.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor The Eighth Doctor]] was ready to die permanently upon realizing that the Last Great Time War was making it impossible for him to do any more good as a Time Lord. He was convinced to regenerate and to find a way to bring the war to an end for the sake of the universe... but decided to give up his principles as a healer to do so. The result? After years of fighting, the War Doctor was ultimately willing to destroy both the Daleks and ''his own people, including billions of innocent children'', to bring the war to an end. His later incarnations deliberately forgot about him for this and other dirty deeds though after the events of [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], in which [[spoiler:he helped them '''save''' Gallifrey instead]], he was acknowledged once more.
** The Twelfth Doctor undergoes a horrific TraumaCongaLine in the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven final]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent three]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent episodes]] of Series 9: First, he is betrayed by [[spoiler:Ashildr, who owed her now-immortal life to him]]. This accidentally leads to [[spoiler:the death of his companion Clara via a foolish, Senseless Sacrifice]], which he is helpless to stop. Then, his enemies imprison him in a giant torture chamber; save for a mute monster, the place is deserted and he has no TARDIS or anyone to help him through his anguish and rage. The enemies turn out to be [[spoiler:'''his own people''']]. By the time he finally escapes [[spoiler:four-and-a-half '''billion''' years later, all of which he remembers]] he has undergone a SanitySlippage and become a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds obsessed with [[spoiler: saving Clara by preventing her death, heedless of the paradox]] and, while this is at first actually successful, he firmly crosses the horizon when he realizes [[spoiler:that she won't, and can't, fully return to life]] even as he is risking '''the entire universe''' in hopes of making it so. No one can convince him to come back across it; it isn't until he has a HeelRealization that he does so by [[spoiler: not only parting from Clara for good, but losing many of his memories of her namely those that made him love her]]. This relieves him of his burden of sorrow and resultant madness, thus he is able to come back and be a selfless hero once again.
** In a comparatively minor example of the trope, near the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E2TheGhostMonument "The Ghost Monument"]], the Thirteenth Doctor briefly hits this when [[spoiler:she thinks that her and her friends are stranded on Desolation and will die because the TARDIS (stuck in a thousand-year materialization loop) won't appear in time. Fortunately, it does.]]



** River Tam's dialogue indicates that she has no hope of ever being "normal" again. At one point, she even rails against the drugs Simon is giving her, saying that she ''hates'' being able to think clearly because she knows she'll just [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness slip back into madness sooner or later]]. You can actually ''see'' the very moment River breaks in the R. Tam Sessions, in the third video where the "counselor" tells River that her brother "is very busy". She stops, silently nods, then whispers "Yes...." and starts crying. ''[[BreakTheCutie (crack)]]''
* Halfway through season four of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', the fleet [[spoiler: discovers that Earth has been destroyed]], causing borderline cases of this for many characters, and a full-blown case for both [[spoiler: Dualla and Number Three.]]

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** River Tam's dialogue indicates that she has no hope of ever being "normal" again. At one point, she even rails against the drugs Simon is giving her, saying that she ''hates'' being able to think clearly because she knows she'll just [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness slip back into madness sooner or later]]. You can actually ''see'' the very moment River breaks in the R. Tam Sessions, in the third video where the "counselor" tells River that her brother "is very busy". She stops, silently nods, then whispers "Yes...."Yes..." and starts crying. ''[[BreakTheCutie (crack)]]''
* Halfway through season four of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', the fleet [[spoiler: discovers that Earth has been destroyed]], causing borderline cases of this for many characters, and a full-blown case for both [[spoiler: Dualla and Number Three.]]
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* Series 3 of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has multiple Despair Event Horizons - as you would expect from a plot that involves [[spoiler:the governments of the world caving into an alien race's demands for 10% of the Earth's children. ObstructiveBureaucrat AntiVillain Frobisher is told by the [[PresidentEvil Prime Minister]] that, for PR purposes, his daughters will be among the 10% given to the aliens - so Frobisher takes a gun home and kills his wife and children, before turning it on himself. Then Jack, who has just had to [[DyingDeclarationOfLove watch his boyfriend die pointlessly]], realises that there's a way to defeat the aliens after all... but it will mean killing a child. And the only child close to hand is his own grandson, who he is forced to murder in front of his screaming daughter. Safe to say, Jack doesn't hang around on Earth for very long after that.]]
* ''Series/DeadSet''. [[spoiler:Space agrees to unlock the Diary Room so Kelly can make a futile attempt to fight her way out only after seeing a zombie Pippa (his former girlfriend) hammering on the glass outside.]]
* In ''Series/{{Spooks}}'',[[note]] ''Serious'' series 9 spoilers, FYI[[/note]] [[spoiler: Lucas North]] shuts down when Harry tells him that [[spoiler: "Albany", the biological weapon blueprint he betrayed all his friends over, getting his NewOldFlame killed in the crossfire as he did so...[[PyrrhicVillainy is a fake]]]]. [[DrivenToSuicide The "express elevator down" option off the top of the building they're on soon follows]].
-->'''Harry''': Who are you [[spoiler: Lucas]]? Who are you?
-->'''[[spoiler: Lucas]]''': ...I'm nothing.
* [[spoiler:Joseph Bede]] crosses it in the final episode of ''Series/TheShadowLine''. [[spoiler:His wife, whose Alzheimer's treatment he intends to pay for with the proceeds from his drug deal, tries to kill herself and is hospitalised. This prompts him to leave his gun behind when meeting Jay, who he already know intends to betray him, which leads to his death.]]

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* Series 3 of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has multiple Despair Event Horizons - as you would expect from a plot that involves [[spoiler:the governments ''Series/HoratioHornblower'': Young midshipman Archie Kennedy loses his will to live in "The Duchess and the Devil", the third episode of the world caving into an alien race's demands for 10% of the Earth's children. ObstructiveBureaucrat AntiVillain Frobisher is told by the [[PresidentEvil Prime Minister]] that, for PR purposes, his daughters will be among the 10% given to the aliens - so Frobisher takes a gun home miniseries. He was horribly tormented and kills his wife and children, before turning it on himself. Then Jack, who has just had to [[DyingDeclarationOfLove watch his boyfriend die pointlessly]], realises that there's abused by a way to defeat the aliens after all... but it will mean killing sadistic bully of a child. And the only child close to hand is his own grandson, who he is forced midshipman. He got lost at sea during a stealth raid (his tormentor tried to murder him), and he ended up in front Spanish jail. His escape attempts earned him ColdBloodedTorture in a PunishmentBox. When, by some incredible chance, his friend and fellow middie Horatio appears in the very same cell, it brings back memories of his screaming daughter. Safe tormentor and he also feels that his life is one big screw-up, compared to say, Jack the heroic and successful Horatio. When Hornblower insists that they will all try to escape together once he gets better, he doesn't hang around on Earth want to. He decides to starve himself to death so that Horatio and his men needn't deal with him. When Horatio realizes what's happening at the last moment, Archie refuses his help. [[spoiler:Horatio convinces him that he ''needs'' him. He eventually gets better, but it was a hard and painful process. That said, Archie ends up paying this forward both later in the episode and later in the series. First by being the one to encourage a hostile shipmate named Hunter to eat and get strong as Horatio did for very long him after that.Hunter's disastrous head-on escape attempt ends with Horatio landing himself in the PunishmentBox by refusing to sell him out, then by testifying against himself to save Horatio's life while he's dying of a massive wound in series two.]]
* ''Series/DeadSet''. [[spoiler:Space agrees to unlock the Diary Room so Kelly can make a futile attempt to fight her way out only ''Series/HouseOfCards'': Congressman Peter Russo, who's running for Governor of Pennsylvania, has this after seeing a zombie Pippa (his former girlfriend) hammering on [[spoiler: the glass outside.drunken radio interview he gave after Underwood set him up to fall off the wagon with an ex-call girl who owed him favors]]. He hid from the press and disappeared for a few days, leaving his campaign in limbo, before being found by Underwood [[spoiler: who plied him with more liquor and murdered him, making it look like a suicide.]]
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In ''Series/{{Spooks}}'',[[note]] ''Serious'' series 9 spoilers, FYI[[/note]] [[spoiler: Lucas North]] shuts down when Harry "King of the Fleas", Roscoe Martin tells the story how had as a POW during UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar been tricked into revealing the names of the pilot inmates at the POWCamp, and was then forced to watch as the Vietcong executed the rest of them, which had plagued him ever since. Subverted in that [[spoiler: "Albany", the biological weapon blueprint after he betrayed all his friends over, getting his NewOldFlame had killed the camp commander in the crossfire present-day (1997-98), he regained hope again, as he did so...[[PyrrhicVillainy is a fake]]]]. [[DrivenToSuicide The "express elevator down" option off the top of the building they're on soon follows]].
-->'''Harry''': Who are you [[spoiler: Lucas]]? Who are you?
-->'''[[spoiler: Lucas]]''': ...I'm nothing.
* [[spoiler:Joseph Bede]] crosses it
evidently seen in the final episode of ''Series/TheShadowLine''. [[spoiler:His wife, whose Alzheimer's treatment he intends to pay for with the proceeds from his drug deal, tries to kill herself and is hospitalised. This prompts him to leave his gun behind when meeting Jay, who he already know intends to betray him, which leads to his death.]]"The Martin Baker Fan Club".



* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}''. Quite a few plots are centered around crossing the line, most notably in [[spoiler:Reset, where H.G. Wells turns on the agents to put the world into a new ice age, effectively resetting human life. She is stopped at the last second by Myka Bering.]]

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* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}''. Quite Invoked in-universe in an episode of ''Series/NightCourt'' when a few plots woman claims to have shot her husband, when in fact he killed himself due to being terminally ill and in constant pain. She confessed to the shooting to avoid having people think her husband was weak. But Mac cites this trope in telling her there's no shame because "We all have our limits, and beyond those limits is a place that God just does not want us to go."
* [[spoiler:Joseph Bede]] crosses it in the final episode of ''Series/TheShadowLine''. [[spoiler:His wife, whose Alzheimer's treatment he intends to pay for with the proceeds from his drug deal, tries to kill herself and is hospitalised. This prompts him to leave his gun behind when meeting Jay, who he already know intends to betray him, which leads to his death.]]
* In ''Series/{{Spooks}}'',[[note]] ''Serious'' series 9 spoilers, FYI[[/note]] [[spoiler: Lucas North]] shuts down when Harry tells him that [[spoiler: "Albany", the biological weapon blueprint he betrayed all his friends over, getting his NewOldFlame killed in the crossfire as he did so... [[PyrrhicVillainy is a fake]]]]. [[DrivenToSuicide The "express elevator down" option off the top of the building they're on soon follows]].
-->'''Harry''': Who
are centered around crossing you [[spoiler: Lucas]]? Who are you?\\
'''[[spoiler: Lucas]]''': ...I'm nothing.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** Commodore Decker in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' was already in this when we first meet him in "The Doomsday Weapon", having witnessed
the line, most notably in [[spoiler:Reset, where H.G. Wells turns on death of his crew to the agents to put planetkiller weapon when he had hoped that he saved them. He's later DrivenToSuicide by this action.
** Both Benjamin Sisko and Worf his this in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''[='s=] "Image in
the world into a new ice age, effectively resetting human life. She is stopped at Sand" - Sisko had already been there due to the last second by Myka Bering.]]fact that he failed to stop the Wormhole from collapsing, sealing the Prophets away, and getting Jadiza Dax killed. Worf has it pretty bad when he learns of how Jadiza died, realizing she'll never ascend to Sto-Vo-Kor. They spend that episode and the next fixing those little problems.



* A Serial Killer uses this as part of his MO in the ''Series/ColdCase'' episode "The Road". A SerialKiller known as John Smith would capture women, [[SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere seal them in a room in the middle of nowhere]], and subject them to MindRape. Once they lost the will to live, which he would prove by standing aside and giving them the option of walking out, he would seal them in completely and let them starve. He comments that once someone gives up hope, dying is just a formality. [[spoiler: The fact that his last victim ''didn't'' cross the Despair Event Horizon really rattles him]].
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In "King of the Fleas", Roscoe Martin tells the story how had as a POW during UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar been tricked into revealing the names of the pilot inmates at the POWCamp, and was then forced to watch as the Vietcong executed the rest of them, which had plagued him ever since. Subverted in that after he had killed the camp commander in the present-day (1997-98), he regained hope again, as evidently seen in "The Martin Baker Fan Club".
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'': Young midshipman Archie Kennedy loses his will to live in "The Duchess and the Devil", the third episode of the miniseries. He was horribly tormented and abused by a sadistic bully of a midshipman. He got lost at sea during a stealth raid (his tormentor tried to murder him), and he ended up in Spanish jail. His escape attempts earned him ColdBloodedTorture in a PunishmentBox. When, by some incredible chance, his friend and fellow middie Horatio appears in the very same cell, it brings back memories of his tormentor and he also feels that his life is one big screw-up, compared to the heroic and successful Horatio. When Hornblower insists that they will all try to escape together once he gets better, he doesn't want to. He decides to starve himself to death so that Horatio and his men needn't deal with him. When Horatio realizes what's happening at the last moment, Archie refuses his help. [[spoiler:Horatio convinces him that he ''needs'' him. He eventually gets better, but it was a hard and painful process. That said, Archie ends up paying this forward both later in the episode and later in the series. First by being the one to encourage a hostile shipmate named Hunter to eat and get strong as Horatio did for him after Hunter's disastrous head-on escape attempt ends with Horatio landing himself in the PunishmentBox by refusing to sell him out, then by testifying against himself to save Horatio's life while he's dying of a massive wound in series two.]]
* ''Series/HouseOfCards'': Congressman Peter Russo, who's running for Governor of Pennsylvania, has this after [[spoiler: the drunken radio interview he gave after Underwood set him up to fall off the wagon with an ex-call girl who owed him favors]]. He hid from the press and disappeared for a few days, leaving his campaign in limbo, before being found by Underwood [[spoiler: who plied him with more liquor and murdered him, making it look like a suicide.]]

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* A Serial Killer uses this as part Series 3 of his MO in the ''Series/ColdCase'' episode "The Road". A SerialKiller known as John Smith would capture women, [[SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere seal them in a room in the middle of nowhere]], and subject them to MindRape. Once they lost the will to live, which he would prove by standing aside and giving them the option of walking out, he would seal them in completely and let them starve. He comments that once someone gives up hope, dying is just a formality. [[spoiler: The fact that his last victim ''didn't'' cross the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has multiple Despair Event Horizon really rattles him]].
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In "King
Horizons - as you would expect from a plot that involves [[spoiler:the governments of the Fleas", Roscoe Martin tells the story how had as a POW during UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar been tricked world caving into revealing the names an alien race's demands for 10% of the pilot inmates at Earth's children. ObstructiveBureaucrat AntiVillain Frobisher is told by the POWCamp, [[PresidentEvil Prime Minister]] that, for PR purposes, his daughters will be among the 10% given to the aliens - so Frobisher takes a gun home and was then kills his wife and children, before turning it on himself. Then Jack, who has just had to [[DyingDeclarationOfLove watch his boyfriend die pointlessly]], realises that there's a way to defeat the aliens after all... but it will mean killing a child. And the only child close to hand is his own grandson, who he is forced to watch as the Vietcong executed the rest of them, which had plagued him ever since. Subverted in that after he had killed the camp commander in the present-day (1997-98), he regained hope again, as evidently seen in "The Martin Baker Fan Club".
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'': Young midshipman Archie Kennedy loses his will to live in "The Duchess and the Devil", the third episode of the miniseries. He was horribly tormented and abused by a sadistic bully of a midshipman. He got lost at sea during a stealth raid (his tormentor tried to
murder him), and he ended up in Spanish jail. His escape attempts earned him ColdBloodedTorture in a PunishmentBox. When, by some incredible chance, his friend and fellow middie Horatio appears in the very same cell, it brings back memories front of his tormentor and he also feels that his life is one big screw-up, compared screaming daughter. Safe to the heroic and successful Horatio. When Hornblower insists that they will all try to escape together once he gets better, he say, Jack doesn't want to. He decides to starve himself to death so that Horatio and his men needn't deal with him. When Horatio realizes what's happening at the last moment, Archie refuses his help. [[spoiler:Horatio convinces him that he ''needs'' him. He eventually gets better, but it was a hard and painful process. That said, Archie ends up paying this forward both later in the episode and later in the series. First by being the one to encourage a hostile shipmate named Hunter to eat and get strong as Horatio did hang around on Earth for him very long after Hunter's disastrous head-on escape attempt ends with Horatio landing himself in the PunishmentBox by refusing to sell him out, then by testifying against himself to save Horatio's life while he's dying of a massive wound in series two.]]
* ''Series/HouseOfCards'': Congressman Peter Russo, who's running for Governor of Pennsylvania, has this after [[spoiler: the drunken radio interview he gave after Underwood set him up to fall off the wagon with an ex-call girl who owed him favors]]. He hid from the press and disappeared for a few days, leaving his campaign in limbo, before being found by Underwood [[spoiler: who plied him with more liquor and murdered him, making it look like a suicide.
that.]]



* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}''. Quite a few plots are centered around crossing the line, most notably in [[spoiler:Reset, where H.G. Wells turns on the agents to put the world into a new ice age, effectively resetting human life. She is stopped at the last second by Myka Bering.]]



* This has happened at least twice to the protagonist of ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** The Eighth Doctor was ready to die permanently upon realizing that the Last Great Time War was making it impossible for him to do any more good as a Time Lord. He was convinced to regenerate and to find a way to bring the war to an end for the sake of the universe...but decided to give up his principles as a healer to do so. The result? After years of fighting, the War Doctor was ultimately willing to destroy both the Daleks and ''his own people, including billions of innocent children'', to bring the war to an end. His later incarnations deliberately forgot about him for this and other dirty deeds -- though after the events of the special "The Day of the Doctor", in which [[spoiler: he helped them '''save''' Gallifrey instead]], he was acknowledged once more.
** The Twelfth Doctor undergoes a horrific TraumaCongaLine in the final three episodes of Series 9: First, he is betrayed by [[spoiler: Ashildr, who owed her now-immortal life to him]]. This accidentally leads to [[spoiler: the death of his companion Clara via a foolish, Senseless Sacrifice]], which he is helpless to stop. Then, his enemies imprison him in a giant torture chamber; save for a mute monster, the place is deserted and he has no TARDIS or anyone to help him through his anguish and rage. The enemies turn out to be [[spoiler: '''his own people''']]. By the time he finally escapes -- [[spoiler: four-and-a-half '''billion''' years later, all of which he remembers]] -- he has undergone a SanitySlippage and become a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds obsessed with [[spoiler: saving Clara by preventing her death, heedless of the paradox]] and, while this is at first actually successful, he firmly crosses the horizon when he realizes [[spoiler: that she won't, and can't, fully return to life]] even as he is risking '''the entire universe''' in hopes of making it so. No one can convince him to come back across it; it isn't until he has a HeelRealization that he does so by [[spoiler: not only parting from Clara for good, but losing many of his memories of her -- namely those that made him love her]]. This relieves him of his burden of sorrow and resultant madness, thus he is able to come back and be a selfless hero once again.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** Commodore Decker in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' was already in this when we first meet him in "The Doomsday Weapon", having witnessed the death of his crew to the planetkiller weapon when he had hoped that he saved them. He's later DrivenToSuicide by this action.
** Both Benjamin Sisko and Worf his this in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''[='s=] "Image in the Sand" - Sisko had already been there due to the fact that he failed to stop the Wormhole from collapsing, sealing the Prophets away, and getting Jadiza Dax killed. Worf has it pretty bad when he learns of how Jadiza died, realizing she'll never ascend to Sto-Vo-Kor. They spend that episode and the next fixing those little problems.
* Invoked in-universe in an episode of ''Series/NightCourt'' when a woman claims to have shot her husband, when in fact he killed himself due to being terminally ill and in constant pain. She confessed to the shooting to avoid having people think her husband was weak. But Mac cites this trope in telling her there's no shame because "We all have our limits, and beyond those limits is a place that God just does not want us to go."

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* This has happened at least twice to the protagonist of ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** The Eighth Doctor was ready to die permanently upon realizing that the Last Great Time War was making it impossible for him to do any more good as a Time Lord. He was convinced to regenerate and to find a way to bring the war to an end for the sake of the universe...but decided to give up his principles as a healer to do so. The result? After years of fighting, the War Doctor was ultimately willing to destroy both the Daleks and ''his own people, including billions of innocent children'', to bring the war to an end. His later incarnations deliberately forgot about him for this and other dirty deeds -- though after the events of the special "The Day of the Doctor", in which [[spoiler: he helped them '''save''' Gallifrey instead]], he was acknowledged once more.
** The Twelfth Doctor undergoes a horrific TraumaCongaLine in the final three episodes of Series 9: First, he is betrayed by [[spoiler: Ashildr, who owed her now-immortal life to him]]. This accidentally leads to [[spoiler: the death of his companion Clara via a foolish, Senseless Sacrifice]], which he is helpless to stop. Then, his enemies imprison him in a giant torture chamber; save for a mute monster, the place is deserted and he has no TARDIS or anyone to help him through his anguish and rage. The enemies turn out to be [[spoiler: '''his own people''']]. By the time he finally escapes -- [[spoiler: four-and-a-half '''billion''' years later, all of which he remembers]] -- he has undergone a SanitySlippage and become a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds obsessed with [[spoiler: saving Clara by preventing her death, heedless of the paradox]] and, while this is at first actually successful, he firmly crosses the horizon when he realizes [[spoiler: that she won't, and can't, fully return to life]] even as he is risking '''the entire universe''' in hopes of making it so. No one can convince him to come back across it; it isn't until he has a HeelRealization that he does so by [[spoiler: not only parting from Clara for good, but losing many of his memories of her -- namely those that made him love her]]. This relieves him of his burden of sorrow and resultant madness, thus he is able to come back and be a selfless hero once again.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** Commodore Decker in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' was already in this when we first meet him in "The Doomsday Weapon", having witnessed the death of his crew to the planetkiller weapon when he had hoped that he saved them. He's later DrivenToSuicide by this action.
** Both Benjamin Sisko and Worf his this in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''[='s=] "Image in the Sand" - Sisko had already been there due to the fact that he failed to stop the Wormhole from collapsing, sealing the Prophets away, and getting Jadiza Dax killed. Worf has it pretty bad when he learns of how Jadiza died, realizing she'll never ascend to Sto-Vo-Kor. They spend that episode and the next fixing those little problems.
* Invoked in-universe in an episode of ''Series/NightCourt'' when a woman claims to have shot her husband, when in fact he killed himself due to being terminally ill and in constant pain. She confessed to the shooting to avoid having people think her husband was weak. But Mac cites this trope in telling her there's no shame because "We all have our limits, and beyond those limits is a place that God just does not want us to go."

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** Selyse reaches it in "The Dance of Dragons" as Shireen is being burnt at the stake. She kills herself shortly afterwards.

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** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'':
*** Prequel special ''Kamen Rider Snipe: Episode Zero'' shows the backstory of [[DoctorJerk Taiga Hanaya]]/Kamen Rider Snipe. He used to be a kind radiologist working at Seito University Hospital. Then the [[ApocalypseHow Zero Day]] came and he failed to save a patient suffering from Game Disease, which caused him to lose his medical license and become a FallenHero. Main story doesn't pull any punches at showing how much this messed him up.
*** The death of Saki Momose is this to her boyfriend, Hiiro Kagami/Kamen Rider Brave, who became a self-hating bundle of repressed emotions afterwards. She developed the Game Disease (partially also because of his aloofness and neglect) and he didn't know about anything until he was called in to be with her in her final moments.
*** Kiriya Kujo/Kamen Rider Lazer told his friend that he is infected with (then) untreatable Game Disease, because he didn't want to lie to him. This led to his friend getting into an accident that might have been a suicide and Kiriya lost any hope in trusting people or telling the truth.
** ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'':
*** Ryuga Banjou/Kamen Rider Cross-Z crossed the line after his girlfriend was turned into a monster and didn't survive the restorative process. She died in his arms and Ryuga just stopped caring what happens to him.
*** Sento Kiryu/KamenRiderBuild is slowly pushed towards his breaking point by events pilling up on (being powerless to save some people, finding out his true [[AmnesiacHero identity]], war breaking out because of his inventions). He finally snaps under the horror of [[spoiler: killing a man while in [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Hazard Trigger]] induced berserk state]]. He recovered only some of his marbles from then on as apparent by developing a general apathy towards his life and anything relating to it.


** When his HumiliationConga of a trial finally breaks him, Tyrion lets all his pent-up bitterness and rage loose upon the court.

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** When his HumiliationConga of a trial finally breaks him when Shae testifies against him, Tyrion lets all his pent-up bitterness and rage loose upon the court.


** After Tommen witnesses the Great Sept of Baelor exploding, he is so devastated by the death of his beloved Margaery, the destruction of the center of his new-found faith, and the realization that his own mother was responsible, he simply removes his crown and jumps to his death from a window in the Red Keep.

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** After two seasons of being a powerless king, and then Tommen witnesses the Great Sept of Baelor exploding, he is so devastated by the death of hundreds, including his beloved Margaery, the destruction of the center of his new-found faith, and the realization that his own mother was responsible, he simply removes his crown and jumps to his death from a window in the Red Keep.


* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': As revealed in a flashback in "Double or Nothing," Gunn seemingly crossed it at age 17, to the extent that he [[DealWithTheDevil selling his soul]] to the demon Jenoff [[MundaneWish for a truck]], believing he had nothing to live for; at that time, Gunn was maybe a notch above homeless, in a city where the homeless are basically a vampire buffet:

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* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
**
''Series/{{Angel}}'': As revealed in a flashback in "Double or Nothing," Gunn seemingly crossed it at age 17, to the extent that he [[DealWithTheDevil selling his soul]] to the demon Jenoff [[MundaneWish for a truck]], believing he had nothing to live for; at that time, Gunn was maybe a notch above homeless, in a city where the homeless are basically a vampire buffet:


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** ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Buffy crosses it in the final episodes of Season 5; when all of her efforts to [[BigSisterInstinct protect Dawn]] are rendered moot when Glory finally captures her, Buffy loses it and is [[AngstComa rendered catatonic]]. Willow goes on a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind to snap her out of it, and during said journey, Buffy confesses to Willow that she'd long since given up hope of actually beating Glory, to the extent that part of her actually ''wanted'' her to win just so the fear would finally end.


* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'': Young midshipman Archie Kennedy loses his will to live in "The Duchess and the Devil", the third episode of the miniseries. He was horribly tormented and abused by a sadistic bully of a midshipman. He got lost at sea during a stealth raid (his tormentor tried to murder him), and he ended up in Spanish jail. His escape attempts earned him ColdBloodedTorture in a PunishmentBox. When, by some incredible chance, his friend and fellow middie Horatio appears in the very same cell, it brings back memories of his tormentor and he also feels that his life is one big screw-up, compared to the heroic and successful Horatio. When Hornblower insists that they will all try to escape together once he gets better, he doesn't want to. He decides to starve himself to death so that Horatio and his men needn't deal with him. When Horatio realizes what's happening at the last moment, Archie refuses his help. [[spoiler:Horatio convinces him that he ''needs'' him. He eventually gets better, but it was a hard and painful process. That said, Archie ends up paying this forward both later in the episode and later in the series. First by being the one to encourage a hostile shipmate named Hunter to eat and get strong after much as Horatio did for him after Hunter's disastrous head-on escape attempt ends with Horatio landing himself in the PunishmentBox by refusing to sell him out, then by testifying against himself to save Horatio's life while he's dying of a massive wound in series two.]]

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* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'': Young midshipman Archie Kennedy loses his will to live in "The Duchess and the Devil", the third episode of the miniseries. He was horribly tormented and abused by a sadistic bully of a midshipman. He got lost at sea during a stealth raid (his tormentor tried to murder him), and he ended up in Spanish jail. His escape attempts earned him ColdBloodedTorture in a PunishmentBox. When, by some incredible chance, his friend and fellow middie Horatio appears in the very same cell, it brings back memories of his tormentor and he also feels that his life is one big screw-up, compared to the heroic and successful Horatio. When Hornblower insists that they will all try to escape together once he gets better, he doesn't want to. He decides to starve himself to death so that Horatio and his men needn't deal with him. When Horatio realizes what's happening at the last moment, Archie refuses his help. [[spoiler:Horatio convinces him that he ''needs'' him. He eventually gets better, but it was a hard and painful process. That said, Archie ends up paying this forward both later in the episode and later in the series. First by being the one to encourage a hostile shipmate named Hunter to eat and get strong after much as Horatio did for him after Hunter's disastrous head-on escape attempt ends with Horatio landing himself in the PunishmentBox by refusing to sell him out, then by testifying against himself to save Horatio's life while he's dying of a massive wound in series two.]]

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