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Her deep experience and emotional detachment almost always give the impression of competence, though she doesn't always live up to her own hype. Varying between CoolBigSis, EmotionlessGirl, LittleMissSnarker, and [[TheSnarkKnight Snark Knight]], she marks herself as more experienced and worldly than the other characters, even if the CompetenceZone means she herself is barely out of her teens.

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Her deep experience and [[SafetyInIndifference emotional detachment detachment]] almost always give the impression of competence, though she doesn't always live up to her own hype. Varying between CoolBigSis, EmotionlessGirl, LittleMissSnarker, and [[TheSnarkKnight Snark Knight]], she marks herself as more experienced and worldly than the other characters, even if the CompetenceZone means she herself is barely out of her teens.


* Raz, in the D. Gray Man fanfic [[''Wanderers in the Dark''https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11823853/1/Wanderers-in-the-Dark]]. She is found by the protagonist, Allen, and is a member of the villains of the manga, a Clan settled in destroying the human race and like them, she has proved herself to be able to be quite dangerous and frightening (if you mess with someone she cares about, anyway)... However, this is a girl who has no memories of her past, has cried upon recalling people she killed (which was, by the way, the ''first'' memory she remembered, along with her best friends who are both ''dead''). Against all odds, she decides to stay by Allen's side no matter what, even when the chance to go back home and remember her life is offered to her. The way she is written gives her a hauntingly innocence at times that is just heartbreaking.

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* Raz, in the D. Gray Man fanfic [[''Wanderers in the Dark''https://www.''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11823853/1/Wanderers-in-the-Dark]].net/s/11823853/1/Wanderers-in-the-Dark Wanderers in the Dark]]''. She is found by the protagonist, Allen, and is a member of the villains of the manga, a Clan settled in destroying the human race and like them, she has proved herself to be able to be quite dangerous and frightening (if you mess with someone she cares about, anyway)... However, this is a girl who has no memories of her past, has cried upon recalling people she killed (which was, by the way, the ''first'' memory she remembered, along with her best friends who are both ''dead''). Against all odds, she decides to stay by Allen's side no matter what, even when the chance to go back home and remember her life is offered to her. The way she is written gives her a hauntingly innocence at times that is just heartbreaking.

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* Raz, in the D. Gray Man fanfic [[''Wanderers in the Dark''https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11823853/1/Wanderers-in-the-Dark]]. She is found by the protagonist, Allen, and is a member of the villains of the manga, a Clan settled in destroying the human race and like them, she has proved herself to be able to be quite dangerous and frightening (if you mess with someone she cares about, anyway)... However, this is a girl who has no memories of her past, has cried upon recalling people she killed (which was, by the way, the ''first'' memory she remembered, along with her best friends who are both ''dead''). Against all odds, she decides to stay by Allen's side no matter what, even when the chance to go back home and remember her life is offered to her. The way she is written gives her a hauntingly innocence at times that is just heartbreaking.
** And what she is the Noah of? Loneliness.
-->'''Raz''':''It seems useless, doesn't it? To cry when no one bothers to see your tears… To speak, when no one really cares to listen… It feels useless and senseless… But… I am your friend. So, I'll see your tears. Even if you don't cry them…


Popular with ByronicHero. A subtrope of TroubledButCute, which sometimes they start as before [[BreakTheCutie becoming]] [[BreakTheHaughty broken]]. Overlaps with StoicWoobie and JerkassWoobie. Also see DarkMagicalGirl when the Broken Bird happened to be a MagicalGirl, RapeAsBackstory and RapeAsDrama for when the traumatic event involved [[SexualHarassmentAndRapeTropes sexual violence]], MyGreatestFailure for when the trauma was brought on by a mistake the character made (or ''[[GuiltComplex thinks]]'' she made) and ShellshockedVeteran when her trauma was brought by warfare.

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Popular with ByronicHero. A subtrope of TroubledButCute, which sometimes they start as before [[BreakTheCutie becoming]] [[BreakTheHaughty broken]]. Overlaps with StoicWoobie and JerkassWoobie. Also see DarkMagicalGirl when the Broken Bird happened to be a MagicalGirl, RapeAsBackstory and RapeAsDrama for when the traumatic event involved [[SexualHarassmentAndRapeTropes sexual violence]], MyGreatestFailure for when the trauma was brought on by a mistake the character made (or ''[[GuiltComplex thinks]]'' she made) and ShellshockedVeteran when her trauma was brought by warfare.
warfare. Do note that in RealLife, not everyone who experiences trauma (even the same type of trauma) will react or respond in this way; just because they don't act like or come across as this trope doesn't mean they're lying about whatever it was they experienced.

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** Addressed more in ''Film/TheLastJedi'', when Kylo Ren deliberately presses this button to try and convince Rey to join him. Rey breaks down crying when he forces her to admit that [[spoiler: she's always known deep down that her parents were nobodies who sold her for drinking money]]. It's implied that she showed so much admiration for Han Solo and Luke Skywalker because she saw them as the father figures she never had (or possibly even believed that [[spoiler: one of them could be her real father]]), making the BrokenPedestal she suffers with Luke even harsher. Throughout the third act, however, [[spoiler: Rey begins to come to terms with the fact that she can be the hero the Resistance needs [[UnlikelyHero no matter where she came from]]]].


* Loki from the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''. In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', we see that he is actually a relatively nice person deep down, who loves his brother and looks up to him immensely. Sure, he's manipulative most of the time, ruining Thor's coronation just because he thought Thor wasn't ready (he wasn't, but that's not the point), but learning that [[TheReveal his whole life and family is a lie]], and that [[YouAreWhatYouHate he's actually part of a race he's been taught to hate his entire life]] is still pretty devastating. This is what ultimately makes him snap and go about violently trying to prove his [[WellDoneSonGuy worth]] in the worst way possible. After this, the [[BigBadSlippage downward spiral only continues]]... [[spoiler:although he does seem to get some redemption in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' and even more so in ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' and ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar.]]

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* Loki from the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''. In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', we see that he is actually a relatively nice person deep down, who loves his brother and looks up to him immensely. Sure, he's manipulative most of the time, ruining Thor's coronation just because he thought Thor wasn't ready (he wasn't, but that's not the point), but learning that [[TheReveal his whole life and family is a lie]], and that [[YouAreWhatYouHate he's actually part of a race he's been taught to hate his entire life]] is still pretty devastating. This is what ultimately makes him snap and go about violently trying to prove his [[WellDoneSonGuy worth]] in the worst way possible. After this, the [[BigBadSlippage downward spiral only continues]]... [[spoiler:although he does seem to get some redemption in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' and even more so in ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' and ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar.]]'']]


* The Hatter in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010''. Mercury poisoning is only part of what drove him mad.

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* %%* The Hatter in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010''. Mercury poisoning is only part of what drove him mad.



* Maggie in ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' has the attitude, although the audience learns very little about her past.
* The Bride and O-Ren Ishii, in ''Film/KillBill''.

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* %%* Maggie in ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' has the attitude, although the audience learns very little about her past.
* The Bride and O-Ren Ishii, in ''Film/KillBill''.''Film/KillBill'':



** As for O-Ren: when she was seven, she watched her parents be brutally murdered right before her eyes, leading her to avenge them by hunting down their killer. At age [[LittleMissBadass eleven]], she found him and stabbed him to death. That act of revenge proved to be a slippery slope, as she grew up having taken professional killing as her career, joining Bill's Deadly Viper Assassination Squad and eventually becoming a feared yakuza leader. Even after all that, she's still shown to be affected by her parents' death, and insulting the Chinese-American heritage she gained from them is a big BerserkButton of hers.

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** As for O-Ren: when she When O-Ren was seven, she watched her parents be brutally murdered right before her eyes, leading her to avenge them by hunting down their killer. At age [[LittleMissBadass eleven]], she found him and stabbed him to death. That act of revenge proved to be a slippery slope, as she grew up having taken professional killing as her career, joining Bill's Deadly Viper Assassination Squad and eventually becoming a feared yakuza leader. Even after all that, she's still shown to be affected by her parents' death, and insulting the Chinese-American heritage she gained from them is a big BerserkButton of hers.



* ''Film/SuicideSquad'': Katana. The death of her husband has driven mad and she is left with very poor temper.

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* ''Film/SuicideSquad'': Katana. The death of her husband has driven her mad and she is left with very poor temper.



* Sarah Packard (Piper Laurie) in ''Film/TheHustler'' is this both mentally and physically.

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* %%* Sarah Packard (Piper Laurie) in ''Film/TheHustler'' is this both mentally and physically.



* Kat in Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou was once a happy, relatively popular student at Padua High before her social life was ruined by rich, popular jerk Joey Donner. Ever since, she's been a quintessential Broken Bird and DeadpanSnarker who acts disgusted with the inanity of her high school existence and cynically mocks everyone around her, including teachers, her father, fellow students, and her younger sister, Bianca, whom she particularly scorns for all her grasping attempts at popularity. Kat displays many of the traits of the Broken Bird, including a tendency to punch people and a history of having been a "hero" before she became a pariah. She actually has a streak of CoolBigSis for her sister, thought, despite constantly reminding Bianca of how annoyed she is.

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* Kat in Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'' was once a happy, relatively popular student at Padua High before her social life was ruined by rich, popular jerk Joey Donner. Ever since, she's been a quintessential Broken Bird and DeadpanSnarker who acts disgusted with the inanity of her high school existence and cynically mocks everyone around her, including teachers, her father, fellow students, and her younger sister, Bianca, whom she particularly scorns for all her grasping attempts at popularity. Kat displays many of the traits of the Broken Bird, including a tendency to punch people and a history of having been a "hero" before she became a pariah. She actually has a streak of CoolBigSis for her sister, thought, despite constantly reminding Bianca of how annoyed she is.



* Blanche Dubois of ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' is strictly the badass type. She is definitely not emotionless, but she does tend to put herself in charge.

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* %%* Blanche Dubois of ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' is strictly the badass type. She is definitely not emotionless, but she does tend to put herself in charge.



* The titular Lizzie Borden in ''Theatre/{{Lizzie}}''

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* Red from ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBirdsMovie'' (no pun intended). On the outside. he may appear as a Jerkass to those around him, but given he [[spoiler:neither knew his parents nor had friends growing up]], who can blame him?

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* Red from ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBirdsMovie'' (no pun intended). On the outside. outside, he may appear as a Jerkass to those around him, but given he [[spoiler:neither knew his parents nor had friends growing up]], who can blame him?



* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', Nick Wilde is a rare male example. As a child, he was an idealistic dreamer like Judy until his dreams were broken when he was bullied and muzzled for being a fox by prey animals. This made him cynical and bitter, deciding that he was never going to let anyone see that they got to him and [[ThenLetMeBeEvil resign himself to being the shifty, untrustworthy fox he's expected to be]].

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* [[spoiler:Agatha "Aggie" Prenderghast]] from ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'' UsedToBeASweetKid until she became a angry, bitter [[spoiler:and very sad]] VengefulGhost after she was being accused of witchcraft and executed by the townspeople.
* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', Nick Wilde is a rare male example.RareMaleExample. As a child, he was an idealistic dreamer like Judy until his dreams were broken when he was bullied and muzzled for being a fox by prey animals. This made him cynical and bitter, deciding that he was never going to let anyone see that they got to him and [[ThenLetMeBeEvil resign himself to being the shifty, untrustworthy fox he's expected to be]].



-->“My own mother thought I was a monster. *{{Beat}}* She was right, of course, but it still hurt."
** Zuko could definitely be considered a male example. His father [[AbusiveParents burned half his face]] and banished him, sending him on a SnipeHunt to find the Avatar, all when he was only thirteen. And that's only the beginning. [[spoiler: Luckily, he gets better.]]

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-->“My --->"My own mother thought I was a monster. *{{Beat}}* She was right, of course, but it still hurt."
** Zuko could definitely be considered a male example.RareMaleExample. His father [[AbusiveParents burned half his face]] and banished him, sending him on a SnipeHunt to find the Avatar, all when he was only thirteen. And that's only the beginning. [[spoiler: Luckily, he gets better.]]


* [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]] from the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''. In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', we see that he is actually a relatively nice person deep down, who loves his brother and looks up to him immensely. Sure, he's manipulative most of the time, ruining [[Characters/MCUThor Thor]]'s coronation just because he thought Thor wasn't ready (he wasn't, but that's not the point), but learning that [[TheReveal his whole life and family is a lie]], and that [[YouAreWhatYouHate he's actually part of a race he's been taught to hate his entire life]] is still pretty devastating. This is what ultimately makes him snap and go about violently trying to prove his [[WellDoneSonGuy worth]] in the worst way possible. After this, the [[BigBadSlippage downward spiral only continues]]... [[spoiler:although he does seem to get some redemption in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' and even more so in ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' and ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar.]]

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* [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]] Loki from the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''. In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', we see that he is actually a relatively nice person deep down, who loves his brother and looks up to him immensely. Sure, he's manipulative most of the time, ruining [[Characters/MCUThor Thor]]'s Thor's coronation just because he thought Thor wasn't ready (he wasn't, but that's not the point), but learning that [[TheReveal his whole life and family is a lie]], and that [[YouAreWhatYouHate he's actually part of a race he's been taught to hate his entire life]] is still pretty devastating. This is what ultimately makes him snap and go about violently trying to prove his [[WellDoneSonGuy worth]] in the worst way possible. After this, the [[BigBadSlippage downward spiral only continues]]... [[spoiler:although he does seem to get some redemption in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' and even more so in ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' and ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar.]]


* [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]] from the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''. In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', we see that he is actually a relatively nice person deep down, who loves his brother and looks up to him immensely. Sure, he's manipulative most of the time, ruining [[Characters/MCUThor Thor]]'s coronation just because he thought Thor wasn't ready (he wasn't, but that's not the point), but learning that [[TheReveal his whole life and family is a lie]], and that [[YouAreWhatYouHate he's actually part of a race he's been taught to hate his entire life]] is still pretty devastating. This is what ultimately makes him snap and go about violently trying to prove his [[WellDoneSonGuy worth]] in the worst way possible. After this, the [[BigBadSlippage downward spiral only continues]]... [[spoiler:although he does seem to get some redemption in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' and even more so in ''Film/ThorRagnarok''. Or does he?]]

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* [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]] from the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''. In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', we see that he is actually a relatively nice person deep down, who loves his brother and looks up to him immensely. Sure, he's manipulative most of the time, ruining [[Characters/MCUThor Thor]]'s coronation just because he thought Thor wasn't ready (he wasn't, but that's not the point), but learning that [[TheReveal his whole life and family is a lie]], and that [[YouAreWhatYouHate he's actually part of a race he's been taught to hate his entire life]] is still pretty devastating. This is what ultimately makes him snap and go about violently trying to prove his [[WellDoneSonGuy worth]] in the worst way possible. After this, the [[BigBadSlippage downward spiral only continues]]... [[spoiler:although he does seem to get some redemption in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' and even more so in ''Film/ThorRagnarok''. Or does he?]]''Film/ThorRagnarok'' and ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar.]]

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* Mrs Linde, Nora's childhood friend, from ''Theater/ADollsHouse'', sacrificed marrying the man she loved to marry for money to help her sick, widowed mother and little brothers. By the start of the play, she is so tired and thin Nora doesn't recognize her, and she admits she only feels adrift, not grief, now her mother and husband are both dead and she has no further task to work for.


* From ''Fanfic/KillLaKillAU'', we have this Ryuuko, who is a bit young for one, however, she seems to have a rather cynical view of the world, especially when it comes to her poor health, having been in and out of the hospital, along with the fact that she was separated from her mother when she was two, meeting her again fairly recently. Apparently, due to the aforementioned poor health, she counts how much time she might have to live, considering death to be a release.

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* From ''Fanfic/KillLaKillAU'', ''Webcomic/KillLaKillAU'', we have this Ryuuko, who is a bit young for one, however, she seems to have a rather cynical view of the world, especially when it comes to her poor health, having been in and out of the hospital, along with the fact that she was separated from her mother when she was two, meeting her again fairly recently. Apparently, due to the aforementioned poor health, she counts how much time she might have to live, considering death to be a release.


* Gwen from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', in spades. She's [[FriendlessBackground never had many friends]] and gets picked on by every villain.
** Courtney becomes this following her downfall in [[Recap/TotalDramaSundaeMuddySundae Sundae Muddy Sundae]]


* The titular Lizzie Borden in ''Theatre/Lizzie''

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* The titular Lizzie Borden in ''Theatre/Lizzie''

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