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* ''Webcomic/TrueVillains'': Six-year-old Mia's OrphansOrdeal background is PlayedForLaughs as she happily joins the VillainProtagonist, and she's a cheerful [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]] on his team, but hints of the horrors she's been exposed to come through when she murders a woman with the same childlike satisfaction she'd find in winning a board game.

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* ''Webcomic/TrueVillains'': Six-year-old Mia's OrphansOrdeal background is PlayedForLaughs as she happily joins the VillainProtagonist, and she's a cheerful [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]] on his team, but hints of the horrors she's been exposed to endured come through when she murders a woman with the same childlike satisfaction she'd find in winning a board game.

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* ''Webcomic/TrueVillains'': Six-year-old Mia's OrphansOrdeal background is PlayedForLaughs as she happily joins the VillainProtagonist, and she's a cheerful [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]] on his team, but hints of the horrors she's been exposed to come through when she murders a woman with the same childlike satisfaction she'd find in winning a board game.
-->'''Villager:''' You killed the Chosen One!\\
'''Mia:''' ''[Confused]'' Yeah? So what? People die all the time.


* In ''FanFic/NeverHadAFriendLikeMe'', this is the reason why Amanda doesn't have fairies. She has long accepted her parents words that she is a waste of time and money to be miserable about it. The fact that [[JackassGenie Norm]], a being without sympathy toward other humans, [[EvenEvilHasStandards is genuinely disturbed and angered by this, speaks volumes]].

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* In ''FanFic/NeverHadAFriendLikeMe'', this is the reason why Amanda doesn't have fairies. She has long accepted her parents parents' words that she is a waste of time and money and thus believes she doesn't deserve to be miserable about it. The fact that [[JackassGenie Norm]], a being without sympathy toward other humans, [[EvenEvilHasStandards is genuinely disturbed and angered by this, speaks volumes]].



* It shouldn't surprise anybody that this is a ''goal'' in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', what with it being the veritable poster child for VideogameCrueltyPotential. Unhappy dwarves are prone to fits of violence, and nothing makes a dwarf unhappier than seeing loved ones and treasured pets die. The solution? Drip feed them a steady stream deaths until they acquire the coveted "doesn't really care about anything anymore" trait. [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans All in the name of progress of course]]!

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* It shouldn't surprise anybody that this is a ''goal'' in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', what with it being the veritable poster child for VideogameCrueltyPotential. Unhappy dwarves are prone to fits of violence, and nothing makes a dwarf unhappier than seeing loved ones and treasured pets die. The solution? Drip feed them a steady stream of deaths until they acquire the coveted "doesn't really care about anything anymore" trait. [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans All in the name of progress of course]]!



* Very nearly everyone who lives long enough to develop a discernable personality in ''Webcomic/GoneWithTheBlastwave'', but unlike most of the examples on this page, this is not a result of some kind of supervillan scheme or GovernmentConspiracy. (Well, not as far as we know.) It's just that they've been fighting this apparently [[ForeverWar endless war]] that's [[HopelessWar long past the point of being winnable]] -by ''any'' of the participants- for so long and seen so much death and mutiliation and human misery in all its myriad forms that they've become completely desensitised to it all. The more normal squaddies seem to be operating on a mild form of HeroicSafeMode, whilst a couple have descended into outright ComedicSociopathy, and all but the sniper (the closest thing the comic has to an OnlySaneMan) [[DeathSeeker have a highly-developed death wish.]] WarIsHell.

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* Very nearly everyone who lives long enough to develop a discernable discernible personality in ''Webcomic/GoneWithTheBlastwave'', but unlike most of the examples on this page, this is not a result of some kind of supervillan scheme or GovernmentConspiracy. (Well, not as far as we know.) It's just that they've been fighting this apparently [[ForeverWar endless war]] that's [[HopelessWar long past the point of being winnable]] -by ''any'' of the participants- for so long and seen so much death and mutiliation mutilation and human misery in all its myriad forms that they've become completely desensitised to it all. The more normal squaddies seem to be operating on a mild form of HeroicSafeMode, whilst a couple have descended into outright ComedicSociopathy, and all but the sniper (the closest thing the comic has to an OnlySaneMan) [[DeathSeeker have a highly-developed death wish.]] WarIsHell.



* ''WebComic/{{Erma}}'': Having grown used to the various horrifying things that Erma either does or attracts, either causally or as part of pranks, most of the recurring cast shrug off the many unnatural things that occur with [[SeenItAll slight shock or annoyance at best]] unless the actual threat of death is involved. This is even used as a plot point in one story arc, where the principal [[spoiler:points this out to a society of rat people that live underneath the school as a sign that the world may be ready to accept them]]. The page image comes from an early strip, with the Erma trying to spook her human father, who has naturally gotten used to such antics thanks to his experience raising the little monster with his StringyHairedGhostGirl wife.

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* ''WebComic/{{Erma}}'': Having grown used to the various horrifying things that Erma either does or attracts, either causally or as part of pranks, most of the recurring cast shrug off the many unnatural things that occur with [[SeenItAll slight shock or annoyance at best]] unless the actual threat of death is involved. This is even used as a plot point in one story arc, where the principal [[spoiler:points this out to a society of rat people that live underneath the school as a sign that the world may be ready to accept them]]. The page image comes from an early strip, with the Erma trying to spook her human father, who has naturally gotten used to such antics thanks to his experience raising the little monster with his StringyHairedGhostGirl wife.


* Just remember all the good Film/ThePurge does.

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* Just remember all the good Film/ThePurge ''Film/ThePurge'' does.


* In ''WebComic/{{Goblins}}'', Biscuit's orc tribe conditions its young to stoically cope with loss by deliberately confiscating each orc child's favorite plaything and destroying it while the child watches. Their conditioning methods seem to be effective, as Biscuit endures [[spoiler:untold years of demonic torture, followed by the loss of his leg]] without complaint or even disappointment.

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* In ''WebComic/{{Goblins}}'', Biscuit's orc tribe conditions its young to stoically cope with loss by deliberately confiscating each orc child's favorite plaything and destroying it while the child watches. Their conditioning methods seem to be effective, as Biscuit endures [[spoiler:untold years of demonic torture, followed by the loss of his leg]] without complaint or even disappointment. Note that this mindset also compels him to ''help'' someone driven insane by her crippled deformity ''by crippling her even further and telling her to get over losing everything''. This just makes her insanity worse, even though he genuinely thought he was healing her mind.

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* ''Anime/DarlingInTheFranxx'': Zero Two has been a prized military asset of APE and sent to fight on the front lines for so long that she has no regard for human life or her own, since [[ChildSoldiers they all exist to fight and die]] and [[AMillionIsAStatistic become a statistic anyway]]. Heck, even when her beloved is dying, perhaps the one person she unambiguously cares about, she hardly bats an eye at it because, to her, it's just a fact of life that everyone dies.

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has most of the younger characters develop shades of this, being more or less unfazed by absolutely horrifying situations, which get little response beyond CasualDangerDialogue at most. Both adults and more normal young people find it distinctly disturbing, and it's explicitly stated to be a coping mechanism.
** [[spoiler: Maddie Pryor a.k.a. Rachel Grey]] is a textbook example in the sequel, having been raised to believe that she was an ArtificialHuman created solely to be a LivingWeapon, and through a steady process of dehumanisation from infancy [[spoiler: (she was stolen the night she was born, and replaced with a dead infant, faking a case of SIDS)]], to accept it without question. MoreThanMindControl doesn't even begin to describe it, and it takes all the persuasive powers and concerted effort of Gambit, over a period of months, to get her to even ''begin'' asserting some form of individuality, a process accelerated by [[spoiler: Harry]] and, strangely enough, [[spoiler: Mjolnir]]. Even after her HeelFaceTurn, it's noted as being somewhat disturbing how nonchalant she is about horror, but how even being treated with basic kindness can leave her in baffled tears.


** The most heartbreaking is probably a young mother who was brutally sexually abused by her stepfather and now believes she can't leave her own daughter (who's about the same age she was when the abuse started) alone with an adult male because they'll rape her. She's also been through a string of abusive relationships, which she sees as normal.

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** The most heartbreaking is probably a young mother who was brutally sexually abused by her stepfather and now believes she can't leave her own daughter (who's about the same age she was when the abuse started) alone with an adult male because they'll she's convinced any man will rape her.her daughter if given the chance. She's also been through a string of abusive relationships, which she sees as normal.

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* In ''FanFic/NeverHadAFriendLikeMe'', this is the reason why Amanda doesn't have fairies. She has long accepted her parents words that she is a waste of time and money to be miserable about it. The fact that [[JackassGenie Norm]], a being without sympathy toward other humans, [[EvenEvilHasStandards is genuinely disturbed and angered by this, speaks volumes]].


* From the 17th to the 19th century, sailors that were PressGanged or willingly accepted a position aboard a slave ship [[FallenOnHardTimesJob out of sheer need,]] reported that on their first voyage to Africa, they felt incredibly guilty over the fact that they were being forced to chain up and cram as many horrified people into the cargo hold as possible, watch as the higher ranking crewmen beat the captives mercilessly or raped them. However, as the voyage went on, the new sailors began to accept that capturing people and selling them as chattel was just another part of the job, and didn't even flinch when the captives were severely flogged by their superiors, or when they did it themselves. Some even joined in future enslaving expeditions.

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* From the 17th to the 19th century, sailors that were PressGanged or willingly accepted a position aboard a slave ship [[FallenOnHardTimesJob out of sheer need,]] reported that on their first voyage to Africa, they felt incredibly guilty over the fact that they were being forced to chain up and cram as many horrified people into the cargo hold as possible, watch as the higher ranking crewmen beat the captives mercilessly or raped them. However, as the voyage went on, the new sailors began to accept that capturing people and selling them as chattel cattle was just another part of the job, and didn't even flinch when the captives were severely flogged by their superiors, or when they did it themselves. Some even joined in future enslaving expeditions.


* Though it's an example of BlackComedy to us, can we take a moment to consider how society in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' got to the point where suicide is so widespread that they even found a way to capitalize on it with Suicide Booths?

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* Though it's an example of BlackComedy to us, can we take a moment to consider how society in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' got to the point where suicide is so widespread that they even found a way to capitalize on it with Suicide Booths?Booths and that no-one in the setting calls attention to them?



* From the 17th to the 19th century, sailors that were PressGanged into, or willingly accepted a position aboard a slave ship [[FallenOnHardTimesJob out sheer need,]] reported that on their first voyage to Africa, they felt incredibly guilty over the fact that they were being forced to chain up, and cram as many horrified people into the cargo hold, and watch as the higher ranking crewmen beat the captives mercilessly, or raped them. However, as the voyage went on, and even joined in future enslaving expeditions, the sailors began to accept that capturing people and selling them as chattel was just another part of the job, and didn't even flinch when the captives were severely flogged by their superiors, or when they did it themselves.

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* From the 17th to the 19th century, sailors that were PressGanged into, or willingly accepted a position aboard a slave ship [[FallenOnHardTimesJob out of sheer need,]] reported that on their first voyage to Africa, they felt incredibly guilty over the fact that they were being forced to chain up, up and cram as many horrified people into the cargo hold, and hold as possible, watch as the higher ranking crewmen beat the captives mercilessly, mercilessly or raped them. However, as the voyage went on, and even joined in future enslaving expeditions, the new sailors began to accept that capturing people and selling them as chattel was just another part of the job, and didn't even flinch when the captives were severely flogged by their superiors, or when they did it themselves.themselves. Some even joined in future enslaving expeditions.


* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw:'' the title character was BornUnlucky, and has come to cheerfully accept the weird and dangerous things that are going to happen to him every day. His family and friends also fall into this trope, due to [[TheJinx having to cope with every disaster alongside him]]. This is most evident in Zack, a LogicalLatecomer who starts season one in complete shock over the property damage Milo's presence can have on a football game and ends it with expressions of DullSurprise towards time travelers and pistachio monsters.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw:'' the title character was BornUnlucky, and has come to cheerfully accept the weird and dangerous things that are going to happen to him every day. His family and friends also fall into this trope, due to [[TheJinx having to cope with every disaster alongside him]]. This is most evident in Zack, a LogicalLatecomer who starts season one in complete shock over the property damage Milo's presence can have on a football game and ends it with expressions of DullSurprise towards time travelers and fighting pistachio monsters.


-->Buffy took a deep breath as the Maid of Might flew them in for a swift landing. They touched ground by the doughnuted demons. The sight didnít agree with Kara. She noticed that Buffy took it in a more businesslike manner.\\

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-->Buffy took a deep breath as the Maid of Might flew them in for a swift landing. They touched ground by the doughnuted demons. The sight didnít didn’t agree with Kara. She noticed that Buffy took it in a more businesslike manner.\\



* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw:'' the title character was BornUnlucky, and has come to cheerfully accept the weird and dangerous things that are going to happen to him every day. His family and friends also fall into this trope, due to [[TheJinx having to cope with every disaster alongside him]].

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw:'' the title character was BornUnlucky, and has come to cheerfully accept the weird and dangerous things that are going to happen to him every day. His family and friends also fall into this trope, due to [[TheJinx having to cope with every disaster alongside him]]. This is most evident in Zack, a LogicalLatecomer who starts season one in complete shock over the property damage Milo's presence can have on a football game and ends it with expressions of DullSurprise towards time travelers and pistachio monsters.


* In ''Literature/{{Touch}},'' Caspar, who is TheEmpath, senses [[DirtyMindReading someone having sex]] with someone who seems simply bored. After a moment, he realizes that the latter is actually a child who has endured this enough that they're no longer horrified by it. PlayedWith, however, since [[spoiler:Father's MindControl]] is also involved.

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* In ''Literature/{{Touch}},'' Caspar, who is TheEmpath, senses [[DirtyMindReading someone having sex]] with someone who seems simply bored. After a moment, he realizes that the latter is actually a child who has endured this enough that they're no longer horrified by it. Possibly PlayedWith, however, since [[spoiler:Father's MindControl]] Father's MoreThanMindControl is also involved. involved.
** Caleb never fully accepted his position as an enslaved ChildSoldier, but he shrugs off Hideyoshi's attempts to intimidate him, with the narration commenting "He almost wished the threat of harm still meant something to him."

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* In ''Fanfic/BloodRustyAU'', most city cats understand that death always follows them and that they could die any moment of any day. They quickly get used this way of life. They also become used to killing other cats.

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