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* ''Disney/BigHero6'': Fred is a DitzyGenius, Wasabi is a NervousWreck, [=GoGo=] is a ThrillSeeker, Honey Lemon is a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}... Hiro is a grief-stricken teenager who will [[spoiler: try to kill you if you hit his BerserkButton]], and the BigBad is an AxCrazy WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' has the titular DysfunctionalFamily plus the AxCrazy villains of both movies.
* ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'': North and Tooth are {{cloudcuckoolander}}s, Bunny is [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a bit of a jerk]], Jack has some bitterness over being ignored for 300 years, and only Sandy seems [[OnlySaneMan sane]]. [[BigBad Pitch]] is the WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.

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* ''Disney/BigHero6'': Fred is a DitzyGenius, Wasabi is a NervousWreck, [=GoGo=] is a ThrillSeeker, Honey Lemon is a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}... Hiro is a grief-stricken teenager who will [[spoiler: try to kill you if you hit his BerserkButton]], and the BigBad is an AxCrazy WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.


* Referenced in "Polarize" by Music/TwentyOnePilots.
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** The topic of "Heathens".
--->''Just because we check the guns at the door\\
Doesn't mean our brains will change from hand grenades\\
You're loving on the psychopath sitting next to you\\
You're loving on the murderer sitting next to you''

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' has the titular DysfunctionalFamily plus the AxCrazy villains of both movies.
* ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'': North and Tooth are {{cloudcuckoolander}}s, Bunny is [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a bit of a jerk]], Jack has some bitterness over being ignored for 300 years, and only Sandy seems [[OnlySaneMan sane]]. [[BigBad Pitch]] is the WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.


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* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', everyone has or is implied to have a DarkAndTroubledPast, and it shows. Anna is a [[FearlessFool reckless]] LoveMartyr with an AmbiguousDisorder, Elsa is a BrokenBird suffering from anxiety and InternalizedCategorism, Hans is [[spoiler:TheSociopath]], and Kristoff is a bit of a [[HatesEveryoneEqually misanthrope]].
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* ComicBook/BettyRoss with her father. It has developed more and more of them.
* With few exceptions, almost all of the ''Comicbook/XMen'' have tragic pasts, poor childhoods, dead parents or all three. This is compounded by the series' use of ExpansionPackPast, which tends to add on progressively more tragedies in the character's personal history the longer the series goes on, continually "revealed" to the audience whenever a character is focused on. Some of this is {{retool}}ing to more clearly explain the animosity of mutants rejected by society, but a fair bit has existed from the team's earliest days.
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' comes close; the only superheroes in it that are pretty well-adjusted are the two Nite Owls and the second Silk Spectre. They have some of their own baggage too, but they're generally pretty normal people (Nite Owl II, in particular, is ultimately a mildly depressed guy who feels most comfortable and meaningful--personally and, uh, ''sexually''--in superhero mode, a major step up from a ''mainstream'' hero like Franchise/{{Batman}}).
* On ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'', the unifying aspect of the group is that everyone had super villain parents.
** Joss Whedon's run added Klara, a twelve-year-old abused child bride from 1907.
** Aside from Klara, Whedon's run dials this trope back a bit; surprising, considering he usually gleefully subjects characters to as much as they can take and then some. Quite a few of the Runaways actually come out better or no worse off from their adventure. Chase gets new weapons and manages to move on from [[spoiler:Gert's death]], resisting the temptation to [[spoiler: go back in time to save her]]. Xavin manages to overcome his/her gender issues. Nico gets a new staff and powers (kind of like Willow). Molly remains unchanged. About the only one messed up further is Victor; [[spoiler:he falls for a new girl, Nico dumps him, and new girl doesn't go with him back to the present]]. One gets the feeling Whedon didn't like Victor.
* The ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol''. To descend into just how screwed up everyone in that group's roster is would take up the whole page.
** To give you a taste: The team roster for Keith Giffen's run includes a man whose [[BrainInAJar brain]] was preserved by putting it in a robot, an off-kilter EnergyBeing with identity issues, a former BMovie actress with low self-esteem whose ex-husband is a telepathic stalker, a girl with 64 [[SplitPersonality multiple personalities]], and an amoral bastard of a MadScientist who treats [[GeniusCripple losing his legs]] as an inconvenience.
* It's not exactly dwelt on, so it's easy to forget the [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] have included [[ComicBook/IronMan an alcoholic ex-prisoner of war with recurrent relationship issues]], [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica a man who once woke up to the news that his best friend was dead and it was several decades in the future]], [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire a man who struggled with race and class issues all his life and was jailed for a crime he didn't commit]], [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} a brainwashed and surgically altered killing machine who works constantly to suppress his savagery]], and a former brainwashed terrorist who was experimented on by her father while in a coma, to name just a few.
** The founding members consist of the aforementioned [[ComicBook/IronMan alcoholic ex-prisoner of war with recurrent relationship issues]], [[ComicBook/AntMan a man whose wife was abducted and murdered on their honeymoon]] who happens to be a literal MadScientist (bipolar disorder, dissociative episodes, borderline personality disorder (self-sabotage), impostor syndrome... the guy's a mess), [[ComicBook/TheWasp a young socialite who witnessed her father's murder]], then latched onto her father's colleague as a means to avenge her father/father figure/love interest, who bounces between TheDeterminator (she came up with the Avengers name and the idea to form the team) and ClingyJealousGirl as much as that origin might suggest, [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor a Norse God whose father brainwashed him into thinking he was a human who turned into a superhero using a magic hammer]], and [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk a scientist with latent multiple personality disorder caused by an abusive father, whose anger management issues can potentially destroy planets]].
** And that's not even getting started on ComicBook/SpiderMan...
** The ComicBook/YoungAvengers, if anything, are worse. We've got everything from accidentally almost killing bullies to juvenile delinquency, steroid abuse, and rape.
*** These angst-filled tragic backstories are so common in Marvel, it may explain the popularity of ComicBook/SquirrelGirl, who is well-adjusted and is a hero because she wants to help people.
** ComicBook/AntMan (or Giantman, or whatever he calls himself, it changes a lot) is constantly reminded, and remembered, by ''everybody in the Marvel Universe'' as [[NeverLiveItDown "the guy who beat his wife"]]. He ''did'' hit her, but it was only once and he wasn't fully in control of himself.
*** The animated Ultimate Avengers really didn't care for him, and flat out took him out, because, [[RedemptionEqualsDeath say it with me now...]]
** This explicitly seems to be the premise of ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy''. The student body consists of six teenagers who were forcibly and torturously given powers by [[ComicBook/DarkReign Norman Osborn]]. They include a guy who's stuck in a metal body, a radioactive girl who gave her parents cancer and a girl who's slowly dissipating. They're all revealed to be "damaged goods" who are most likely to turn into villains and are given training to preempt that. Accordingly, their instructors are some of the most troubled members of the Avengers, who are supposed to benefit the kids with their experience of dealing with their problems.
* Three words: [[Franchise/{{Batman}} The Bat Family.]] We might as well just say Gotham ''is'' Dysfunction Junction. Just ''living there'' practically counts as an {{angst}}y past.
** [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne's]] parents were shot dead in front of him when he was eight. He dealt with this by repressing his emotions, dressing as a bat to fight crime, and reguarly inducting children and teenagers into his basement cult.
** [[Characters/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson's]] parents were killed in front of him when someone sabotaged their trapeze act. He was taken in by Bruce, an emotionally distant billionaire, who would later sack him as Robin and kick him out when he became old enough to disagree with him. Bruce would then replace him with Jason, further straining their relationship. Later, after they've made up, Bruce is killed. This forces Dick to become Batman (something he's never wanted to do) and take on Damian so that the kid didn't return to the League of Assassins, damaging his relationship with Tim in the process. Bruce eventually returns, but soon after Damian dies, followed swiftly by Dick himself being unmasked, killed, and resuscitated. Whilst he's emotionally broken from the aforementioned events, Bruce kicks the ever-loving shit out of him until he agrees to go undercover at Spyral, something he really doesn't want to do because it involves telling everyone he loves that he's dead. When he returns, they're all mad at him as he predicted and the fact that Bruce beat him up until he agreed to do it is never brought up (possibly because Bruce had amnesia at that point). The fact that this guy is so well-adjusted is, frankly, a miracle.
** [[Characters/{{Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon]] ''used'' to be a gymnastic crime fighter until she was shot and paralyzed by The Joker to break her dad.
** [[Characters/{{Robin}} Jason Todd]], whose parental issues include thinking himself TheUnfavorite because Batman [[ThouShaltNotKill didn't avenge his death]] at the hands of the Joker, worded thusly: "I'm talking about killing him. Just him. And doing it... because he took me away from you." Before meeting Bruce he rarely saw his biological father, a criminal who cycled into and out of prison until his boss (Two-Face) finally offed him, and Jason had to look after his mom as she died, likely due to drug abuse. His biological mother, without any remorse whatsoever, later lured him into a trap set by the Joker and calmly looked on as he was beaten within an inch of his life.
** [[Characters/RobinSeries Tim Drake]], whose parents are dead (including step parents and fake ones). Said parents were also neglectful towards him. When Jason Todd, who Tim idolised, returns from the dead, he tries to kill him. Then, towards the end of his run as Robin, a frankly ridiculous number of his friends and allies died leading to him becoming a far more angsty character than he was when he started out. Damian then turns up and tried to prove himself to his father by murdering Tim, because how else would a child assassin prove themselves? Then Bruce seemingly dies, Dick takes Damian on as Robin, effectively forcing Tim out of the role. Everyone then proceeds to treat Tim like he's crazy for insisting that Bruce is alive...not that he has any evidence to support his claim given that it's essentially the last hope of a grief-stricken, depressed teenage boy.
** [[Characters/{{Batgirl}} Stephanie Brown]], aka the Spoiler! Her father was Cluemaster, a third-string Batman villain who was a Riddler rip-off. So when she was growing up, her home housed a steady stream of criminals, her dad was in and out of jail, and her mom was addicted to prescription drugs. Her father used her in his various plots, once getting her kidnapped and put in danger of death as part of an elaborate trap for Batman. During high school she got pregnant and ultimately made the heartbroken decision to give up her baby for adoption. She became Robin, was fired for doing the job, and promptly accidentally started a massive gang war that killed hundreds of people and ended with her nearly dying at Black Mask's hands. When she was able to return to Gotham she found her boyfriend (ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}}) still loved her but felt betrayed that she left him thinking her dead while all his family and close friends died in quick succession, and then continued to lie to him after her return so finally joined the ranks of those who told her to stop acting as Spoiler. Since she has become ComicBook/{{Batgirl|2009}} and begun a relatively well-adjusted life as a college freshman while her mother (now off drugs) works a steady job at a hospital.
** [[Characters/{{Batgirl}} Cassandra Cain]] who was raised in TheSpartanWay to be the world's greatest assassin and wasn't even taught how to read or talk.
** [[Characters/{{Robin}} Damian Wayne]] is the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al Ghul. He was raised in the League of Assassins but rejected their ways in favour of working with his father and Dick Grayson as Robin. His mother responded by disowning him and, eventually, sending his clone to kill him. He got better. Being the only Batfamily member to be forced on Bruce Wayne rather than chosen, he's extremely insecure of his place. Trying to hide this with arrogance only makes him more unpopular within the family.
** Some universes also include [[ComicBook/{{Huntress}} Huntress]] as a member, whose parents were shot dead in front of her when she was eight.
** And that's without counting the myriad of traumas and psychoses behind almost all the Batman villains.
* [[ComicBook/{{Preacher}} Jesse Custer]] has familial issues and then some, although not what you would expect.
** His parents were fine, upstanding people who did not balk at showing their love. Sadly the same did not hold for his maternal grandmother, who in her attempts to control Jesse's upbringing [[spoiler: kept him and his parents hostage from an early age on, and had his father murdered for attempted escape. His mother was later to suffer the same fate, for attempting to intervene when Jesse was to be punished by being left to stew in his own feces and urine, with no nutrition, in a submerged coffin, for a week.]] [[FelonyMisdemeanor For using a swearword]] in anger against her personal henchmen, who had recently murdered his puppy.
* The ComicBook/TeenTitans. It's arguably more of a support group for superpowered teens than an actual team of superheroes. Considering how many of them have died and/or gone insane, it doesn't do a very good job.
* While ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' typically avoids this trope (due to its [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism idealistic nature]]), it is played straight with the Williams brothers during the aptly-named "[[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]]" story arc. After seeing their parents gunned down during a super-hero fight, Royal becomes a [[JadeColoredGlasses jaded]] [[StickyFingers petty thief]], while Charles becomes a ByTheBookCop who gets shot InTheBack by {{Dirty Cop}}s; the two eventually become vigilantes in a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against [[YouKilledMyFather their parents' killer.]] [[spoiler:They abandon their quest after realizing [[HeWhoFightsMonsters what they've become,]] and retire to run a chartered fishing business instead.]]
* ''[[ComicBook/XForce X-Statix]]'' had this essentially as its core premise -- this was a team of ''celebrities'', not heroes, and as such, extreme[[note]]read "clusterfuck"[[/note]] personalities clashing is to be expected. But to go into detail: the Orphan has an adversarial relationship with the Anarchist, who in turn is bitter rivals with the Spike. Phat and Vivisector don't get along with anyone except occasionally each other. El Guapo disrupts the team when it starts to gel, the Mysterious Fan Boy's naivety grates on everyone but forces them to at least ''pretend'' to like each other, Venus Dee Milo draws flak from fans and the media, which lessens her stock among the team members themselves, and Dead Girl is just... weird. U-Go Girl is probably the only one who functions semi-normally within the group.
* Can somebody say [[spoiler:"Todd Casil"]] also known as [[ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac Squee?]] His parents explicitly state on several occasions "I wish you'd never been born," his neighbor is a homicidal psychopath, and he has a 1-sided friendship with [[spoiler:the son of Satan!]]
* The Comicbook/FantasticFour were actually a groundbreaking feat in superhero comics because of this trope. Before their creation, it was unthinkable for a superhero team to have such blatantly dysfunctional interpersonal dynamics and depressing personal issues. Not including all the crap that they go through after they get superpowers, from the very beginning the group includes a guy whose entire normal life was ruined by getting turned into a giant, hideous rock monster who can't hide his identity. And as for screwed-up backstories, they have the guy whose [[EvilFormerFriend former]] friend [[ArchEnemy hates him with such a]] [[ThePowerOfHate blinding passion]] that every single thing said friend has done in his career as an [[SuperVillain evil]], [[TakeOverTheWorld world-dominating]] MagnificentBastard can be traced back to his [[FoeYay obsessive]] desire for [[BestServedCold revenge.]]
** In ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'' their issues are so bad that the team eventually falls apart [[spoiler:and Reed becomes Ultimate Doctor Doom.]]
* ''Comicbook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' gives us the crew of the Lost Light. Almost half of the crew suffers from extreme mental, social, and personality disorders. Rodimus is a self-loathing GloryHound, Ultra Magnus is SuperOCD, Drift is implied to be suffering PTSD, Swerve is a StepfordSmiler who feels like he doesn't have any friends, Tailgate is a PhonyVeteran who secretly hates himself, Cyclonus has difficulty forming emotional attachments, Trailbreaker is an alcoholic, Chromedome is constantly depressed and [[spoiler: has suffered the CartwrightCurse ''four'' times]], and Whirl is literally ''insane''. Even the OnlySaneMan, Hoist, has a traumatic past that has left him with a crippling phobia of being alone. Just to top it off? They only have ''one'' therapist... who might have just as many issues as the rest of the crew, if not ''more''.
** Elsewhere, there's the Wreckers. Aforementioned Whirl isn't even the ''worst'' example present. There's three ways of leaving the Wreckers: Death, dishonourable discharge and dementia. There's Sandstorm, who [[spoiler:went insane after the war and started killing people he thought had escaped justice]], Guzzle, [[spoiler:who only joined so he could murder Kup, and then went insane and started violently killing enemies]], Impactor, Megatron's former drinking buddy who caused the big guy's StartOfDarkness, and got thrown in prison for summarily executing all of Squadron X, and Roadbuster, who [[spoiler:used to be a drill instructor who heard a voice telling him to push his trainees to the point of death, sometimes even giving them a nudge over the edge.]] And those are just the big names.
** Then there's the Dinobots, or, as they were originally called, the Dynobots. Originally formed before the war, Grimlock and Slug met when they were both in the brig for pissing off theri commanding officers (Slug having shot his). After teaming up with four other misfits, Swoop, Sludge, Snarl, and Skar, they became a black ops unit that was highly effect in spite of Slug's insistence that they not be an actual team. Things were actually going well for them until an op looking for terrorist lead to an encounter with viscous cyber-morphic predators that resulted in the death of Skar and the other five being left with unstable, uncontrollable altmodes of those same creatures. When the Cybertronian government decided to use them to study Skar's dynamic altmode adaption program rather than cure them, so they went on the run, feeling betrayed. They wound up rallying to help Optimus Prime when he called for everyone to rise against the Decepticons, but by then their altmodes' aggression was starting to seriously affect them and they turned to crime as a means of earning enough money to purchase passage off Cybertron before they became a danger to innocents. They ended up receiving help from the Autobots and joined the team, but even upon being cured they still stayed vicious {{Blood Knight}}s who committed numerous war crimes during the war. Against orders, they chased Shockwave to Earth, and Grimlock set up a dead-man's switch on their ship without telling the others, which caused it to fire on the battlefield as they fought Shockwave. This triggered a volcanic eruption that buried them all in lava. When they were dug out in the present day, the others confronted Grimlock over this, who defended himself by saying that yes, of course he did it because the Dynobots are a bunch of vicious amoral bastards who do that sort of thing. The others agreed that that was a valid reason. They could barely function while the war was raging and there was an actual ''need'' for a group that "does the things that allow heroes to stay heroes", once the war's over they're left without a purpose in life and unable to function in normal society.
-->'''Grimlock:''' We watch each other's back, we stick together through thick and thin, and no one '''ever''' tells us what to '''do!'''
** And then there are the Scavengers, who were at exactly the bottom of the Decepticon hierarchy while there was still a Decepticon hierarchy. Fulcrum is a paranoid coward, Crankcase seems to have a form of anxiety, Krok suffers from trauma and is in severe denial, Misfire is [[CloudCuckoolander just kind of nuts]], Spinister is delusional, paranoid and violent, even he ''is'' a genius with his hands, Grimlock is brain-damaged, and cons4eva is [[spoiler:a renegade Dire Wraith]].
* ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'':
** All together now: Frank Castle's family was accidentally murdered in a Mafia shootout, Frank has been killing criminals ever since as punishment... [[spoiler:for them or himself, as he was thinking of leaving his family due to his PTSD and newly-discovered BloodKnight tendencies]].
** Strangely enough, many of the ''villains'' get dysfunctional backstories as well, despite rarely making it to the end of the book: Nicky Cavella was manipulated into murdering his family (and repeatedly raped) by his aunt, a creepy homeless guy living in a pile of corpses had to eat his way out of his morbidly obese mother when she had a heart attack and fell on him, Barracuda's sociopathy comes from his being unable to find and kill his abusive dad, the Kingpin had ''his'' abusive dad eaten by rats and underwent PrisonRape...
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* The most normal person in ''VisualNovel/AProfile'' is the girl that alternates between cold and aloof and a shrinking violet at the drop of a hat. Things just get worse from there, though on the surface everyone at least looks normal.
* This is a given for ''VisualNovel/CrossChannel'', which takes place at a school for the emotionally disturbed. (Interestingly, a lot of the characters are twisted variants of recognizable archetypes -- a {{Tsundere}}, an EmotionlessGirl, etc.)
* The premise of ''VisualNovel/FamilyProject''. All the main characters are there precisely ''because'' they have messed up lives, families and are all generally on the edge of homelessness. The various issues vary drastically in seriousness and some also make things worse for everyone else. [[spoiler:Such as Chunhua's escape inciting a war between mafia groups and the house being burned down as a result in every route.]]
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' has many characters with disabilities, yet in most cases, their greatest issues are either unrelated or not directly related to their disabilities.
** Hisao suffered his first heart attack just as a girl he loved confessed her feelings, was later hospitalized for months with nobody visiting him besides his parents, and upon getting out, he left completely embittered and cynical.
** Emi not only lost her legs in a car accident, [[spoiler:but also lost her father]] and as such, does not let people close to her.
** Hanako was severely scarred and lost her parents in a house fire, [[spoiler:her mother shielding her from the fire]]. She was abandoned and cruelly treated by her friends for her scars, resulting in her becoming withdrawn, as she saw most people who didn't show her contempt to be pitying her.
** Lilly was left behind in Japan by her parents for six years, and according to Akira (who drops her carefree facade when talking about this), Lilly's blindness was a major reason for this. She developed the facade of a "perfect", collected mother figure (mostly toward Hanako), which gives her difficulties in expressing her own desires.
** Rin struggles to be understood by others as an artist, and worries about whether she will have to choose between success and being herself.
** Shizune wanted to make friends by helping people, but her deafness and competitive personality resulted in her driving most of the rest of the Student Council away.
** Even Misha qualifies. [[spoiler:She made a LoveConfession to Shizune, but while Shizune rejected her, she kept her around as a friend, causing Misha pain, and in Shizune's route, she has to watch as Hisao gets closer to the girl she loves. It's also implied that she was bullied for being gay in the past and that she has some suicidal ideations]].
** Some minor characters also qualify: Yuuko shows signs of depression, has troubles managing her extremely busy life and blames herself for everything, while Mutou is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, but is quite socially awkward and struggles at getting the attention of anyone who isn't Hisao. The less said about Kenji, the better.
** Fanfictions trying to emulate routes for other girls also tend to apply the same treatment to them, making their personal flaws the basis of the conflict, along with Hisao's own shortcomings.
* Name a main or supporting character in the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} (besides [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Taiga]], but in a couple more games, I wouldn't be surprised) that does not have a major personality disorder. Some examples from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'':
** Filling the "normal" niche in the main cast is Hisui, who completely represses her emotions and has a pathological fear of being touched by men [[spoiler:(although she did it in her sister's place)]].
** Arihiko, support character and comic relief, got a very tragic and traumatic {{Backstory}} in ''Kagetsu Tohya''.
** Satsuki has no tragic backstory that we know of. The in-game story makes up for it.
** Isn't it nice when one of the most well balanced characters in the series is an 800-year-old vampire with less life experience than a teenager, no friends or family and who lives only to kill vampires? Arcueid ''does'' have the worst backstory, she just [[AngstWhatAngst doesn't let it get her down.]]
** Averted in a way in ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia''. While all the horrible stuff that happened in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is still canon, people have dealt with all of it.
* In ''VisualNovel/SharinNoKuni'', Kenichi is a stepford smiler atoner, Sachi's day has been cut in half and she has a gambling addiction, Touka's family is horribly broken, Natsumi is severely emotionally scarred and Ririko has vanished from the storyline [[spoiler:until you find she has the Maximum Penalty, a fate worse than death]]. Kyouko, Isono and several others have similar nasty backstories. Which means everyone but Houzuki, which is probably actually ''especially'' Houzuki.
* Almost every in ''VisualNovel/{{Suika}}'' either has a traumatic past or is secretly crazy or ends up so by the end of the chapter they star in. The final chapter is LighterAndSofter, but elements are still present.
* Creator/KeyVisualArts games naturally involve this, being {{Utsuge}}. For example, in ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' we have:
** Komari, who is troubled by recurring dreams of a brother she doesn't remember. [[spoiler:Eventually it turns out that said brother did exist, but he died when she was young, an event which traumatised her so much that she repressed the memory. Anytime she sees death or blood, they're triggered over again and she undergoes a HeroicBSOD.]]
** Haruka, who is regularly bullied to tears by the School Disciplinary Committee, [[spoiler:and is part of a BigScrewedUpFamily of epic proportions.]]
** Kud, who is [[ButNotTooForeign one-quarter Japanese]] and has lived all over the world, and so struggles with finding a place for herself and being treated like just a FunnyForeigner by her fellow students, not to mention the idea of living in the shadow of her successful mother.
** Kurugaya, who is a competent, intelligent ActionGirl and all-around [[TheAce Ace]]...[[BrokenAce except]] for the fact that she's quite lonely, and has lived her life drifting from one event to another without ever feeling real emotion.
** Mio, who is totally isolated from basically every other human being, almost to the point where it seems like her existence itself is fragile. [[spoiler:Which results from a huge guilt complex she holds over forgetting an imaginary friend turned real (or did she?) when she was a kid, resulting in her wishing that Midori had lived instead of her.]]
** Rin, who underwent some vague scary experience when she was very young, causing her to become very nervous and distrustful of strangers right up until high school.
** Riki himself, who has to deal with [[OrphansOrdeal his parents dying when he was young]], his narcolepsy (which the game does go to some lengths to point out really isn't just a cute flaw but a seriously limiting disease), and having to deal with helping out everyone else with their problems in their routes.
** And ''everyone'' has to deal with [[spoiler:the bus they were taking for their school field trip driving off a cliff and leaving them all bar Riki and Rin with fatal injuries. Only after a ''lot'' of pain and hard work are they able to change the situation enough that Riki and Rin are able to save them, albeit still with heavy injuries.]]
* The ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry'' franchise has plenty of this:
** Forget Oyashiro-sama and curses [[spoiler:and government conspiracies and [[HatePlague parasites]]]]. The abuse, betrayal and manipulation that the cast of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' has gone through in their {{backstory}} would make ''anyone'' go insane.
** ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has this as well, with the added bonus that [[BigScrewedUpFamily the Ushiromiya family are all to blame for each others' dysfunctions]].
* Just about every character you can name in ''{{VisualNovel/Nameless}} - The One Thing You Must Recall -'' is deeply traumatized and, in bad ends, nearly every guy [[{{Yandere}} can become violently and dangerously disturbed.]]
* Rarely does a student in ''Franchise/{{Danganronpa}}'' not have either a bullying problem, serious family issues or a certain level of insanity (probably why Toko Fukawa is thought to represent the series so well since she qualifies for all three). Makoto Naegi, the protagonist of [[VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}} the first game]], sticks out by how utterly normal his existence is, making him by-far the most approachable of the 15, and even he's long-suffered under a case of [[UnluckilyLucky teetertottering luck]]. Hajime Hinata [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2 of the second game]] meanwhile has a different sort of problem: he's so incredibly average (in his own eyes) that [[IJustWantToBeSpecial it's taken a toll on his self-esteem]].
* The [[CourtroomAntic overall]] [[KangarooCourt tone]] of ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' may belie it, but several of the main characters are packing some seriously sad backstories, often tied to the AlwaysMurder nature of the series and how many of its characters are related to ThatOneCase.
** Manfred von Karma is an AmoralAttorney obsessed with his perfect win record, to the point that [[spoiler: Gregory Edgeworth causing him to lose for the first time results in von Karma murdering him, framing the wrong guy for fifteen years, and traumatizing his young son forever (the DL-6 incident)]]. Von Karma adopts young Miles, and passes on ''much'' of his [[AmoralAttorney own philosophies]] onto him and his daughter Franziska, resulting in them being proud perfection-obsessed prosecutors. In fact, [[BrokenPedestal accepting that he was a bad man and moving past his teachings]] is a great part of both of their character developments. Speaking of DL-6, Maya and Mia lost their mother in the aftermath of it, which also disgraced the family.
** The Feys are a [[BigScrewedUpFamily dysfunctional]] ''[[TheClan clan]]''. Because of the long history of enforced SingleLineOfDescent causing the "weaker" sibling to be forced into a branch family, an EvilAunt jealous of the main family's prestige and scheming to get rid of them is not uncommon. In fact, Maya's aunt Morgan aims to do this through her prodigious daughter Pearl. It's also mentioned that the matriarchal culture of the family results in many unhappy marriages, such as Morgan's two mentioned ones.
** Athena's mother Metis was emotionally distant, and little Athena grew up lonely. Come the UR-1 incident, and she [[spoiler: witnesses and is suspected of her mother's murder at the age of ''eleven'', causing Simon Blackquill to take the heat for her and be jailed for seven years, being exonerated ''a day'' before his scheduled execution]]. She's repressed most of her direct involvement in the incident in the present day, and the cast has to talk it out of her to progress in the trial.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Grisaia No Kajitsu}}'': No matter how much the principal insists on Mihama Academy being a normal school, an institution like that can only be as normal as it's inhabitants, of there is only 6, and they are most certainly an odd bunch. In fact a prerequisite of getting into Mihama is having "comlicated cirumstances", which usually means [[DarkandTroubledPast dark pasts]] and the great amount of psychological issues caused by them.
* Every character in ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'' has some serious underlying issue, from Natsuki's tsundere tendencies [[spoiler: which are probably thanks to her abuse and neglect at the hands of her father]], to Yuri's awkwardness and inability to socialize [[spoiler: as well as her habit of cutting herself]], and even the chipper and carefree GenkiGirl Sayori [[spoiler: is simply using that as a mask to hide her crippling depression that eventually drives her to suicide]]. Not even NotLoveInterest Monika is safe, [[spoiler: only her dilemma is a lot stranger: namely that she's been driven to madness and despair due to a combination of possessing MediumAwareness and knowing that she's a fictional character in a dating sim, and the fact that she loves the player but doesn't even get a route of her own.]]
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* The Literature/BinderOfShame by [[http://albruno3.com/ Al Bruno III]] details possibly embellished accounts of many play sessions with a bunch of socially inept, incredibly messed-up and/or horrible people. The cast, given {{Meaningful Name}}s to protect the author, includes:
** Ab3, the author and OnlySaneMan... usually.
** Weasly Crusher, the ButtMonkey and ExtremeDoormat.
** Psycho Dave, "A bedwetting, racist pyromaniac" and KillerGameMaster to boot.
** The Amazing Boozehound, self-explanatory.
** Johnny Tangent, AttentionDeficitOohShiny personified.
** [[AnythingThatMoves Deviant Boy]], a fan of Literature/{{Gor}}. Nuff said.
** El Disgusto, a total {{Jerkass}}, {{Munchkin}} and career game-ruiner who always has to play a {{Ninja}}. [[{{Squick}} Also has a habit of urinating in bottles he stores around in his basement because he doesn't bother to use the bathroom upstairs]].
** Cheating Bastard, ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** Asenath, introduced as [[DungeonmastersGirlfriend Deviant Boy's girlfriend]], who's as equally depraved as him.
** Blobert Smith, TheRoleplayer and a LargeHam. However, this does not make him likeable in the least.
* ''Literature/TalesOfMU'':
** Mackenzie, a CuteMonsterGirl who was raised in isolation from others by her [[KnightTemplarParent viciously controlling grandmother]] after her mother died under unspecified circumstances;
** Steff, a [[spoiler: {{Transgender}}]] half-elf with [[OurElvesAreBetter serious inadequacy issues]] and an obsession with death;
** Ian, who is under family pressure to follow in his father's footsteps even though he has no talent for the type of magic his father practices;
** Sooni, an aristocratic [[PettingZooPeople foxgirl]] whose father doted on after the death of her mother, leaving her a spoiled AlphaBitch with [[WrongGenreSavvy serious reality issues]].
* WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum have to be a little abnormal in order to function at all. Agents include common-or-garden CloudCuckooLander types, [[TheBerserker berserkers]], drunkards and prescription-medication addicts, [[TheStoic characters theoretically incapable of feeling emotions at all]], and so on. They may or may not be entirely normal by the standards of their home continua, if said continua [[NoSocialSkills run on different standards of normalcy]].
* Let's see what we have in ''Literature/IlivaisX''...
** Iriana Estchell, our [[DesignatedHero not heroic in the slightest]] protagonist who combines [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji's]] ridiculously low self-esteem with Rei's repressed stoicism. In fact, she amplifies those, refusing to believe herself as a person simply because she was altered to not really be intended for a person, and fighting her conflicting emotional engines because she doesn't want to expose the squishy and vulnerable little girl within. And then there's her whole [[NotGrowingUpSucks disabled puberty]] and [[RapeAsBackstory several rape incidents]] and [[LongLostSibling Long Lost]] SiblingRivalry and [[TheChessmaster somewhat unsuccessful attempts to control everyone around her]] so as to feel like she has some control and a ton of other crap she's constantly dealing with, all by the age of 17.
** Mille Chanteau, her LoveInterest who's addicted to physical intimacy and is a bit conflicted about why she's so into Iriana (who likely directly manipulated her to feel that). Also has had tons of weird relationships with older guys, certainly gaining a complex from that seeing as [[spoiler:[[YoungerThanTheyLook she's only 14]] and]] it tends to ruin any and all attempts at friendship with others. While she is easily one of the most optimistic characters in the story, it's obvious that she has absolutely no idea how to communicate with anyone without sex, and thus is extremely dependent on Iriana, who provides the only emotional relationship she's ever had. It's VERY abusive, yes, but she's so starved for heart-felt affection that she doesn't even see that part.
** [[ThoseTwoGuys Sura and Essen]], having to deal with their above friend slipping slowly into insanity. Essen views Mille as a mom (seeing as she's the TeamMom and all), and therefore is somewhat upset that she's prioritizing a psychotic girl they just met over her friends she's known for a while. Sura sees excellent military potential in her, and so is somewhat upset that she's following the orders of a psychotic girl they just met over the faction they belong to and her equally-ranked friend [[spoiler: and ex]]. It's relatively justified that they're worried they'll similarly fall into acting that way. Especially given how the normally reserved Essen didn't hesitate to voice his opinion when Iriana didn't have any clothes on.
** The Specialized Weapon Units all have their own deal. Ashe believes people only care about her body, Arteya is sure he's outside natural laws due to being an Aztec, and Sycine [[spoiler: has a copious amount of {{Gayngst}} going on]].
** The GEKICOM Team is emotionally {{Flanderized}}, with emotional engines acting to make them extremist and single-minded.
** The four STRUQ sub-pilots have issues with the fact that individually they're useless, and when combined they have no real control.
** The Iberian commanders are [[PatrioticFervor dedicated to their countries]] that technically don't exist anymore, so they're obsessed with preserving dead cultures.
** The other three Phonos Weapons are little more than [[WetwareCPU Wetware CPUs]] with the body still attached. Not only that, but their minds are reduced to being fuelled on their given emotion alone, disallowing them to feel anything else.
** And really, everybody else who isn't that nameless one-shot MissionControl guy from the very beginning.
* Most of the characters on Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com.
* ''WebVideo/EightiesDan'': the wacky adventures of a cocaine-addicted manchild, his anal-retentive landlady, his asshole robot roommate, and the mutually-loathing married couple who live next door.
* WebVideo/DemoReel. Two people who have committed war crimes, a self-destructive FormerChildStar who lost his mother to suicide, a woman whose uncaring parents sent her on camping trips with her sexually abusive uncle, and an OnlySaneMan with a family who hates him because he exposed his father as a criminal. Notable because, unlike the rest of TGWTG, all of that is PlayedForDrama.
* WebVideo/FilthyFrank: A Downplayed example, everyone in the show are a bunch of messed up individuals who may or may not have several disorders. The closest to functional human beings are jerkasses who have trouble acting like decent human beings.
* All of [[TheExile the Outcasts]] in ''{{Literature/Tasakeru}}'' have their hang-ups. Having a DarkAndTroubledPast is a prerequisite for ''becoming'' one.
%%* Roleplay/MSFHighForum: Par for the course.
* Team Kimba of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Generator manifested while her father was trying to beat her to death. Phase was thrown out of his family and turned over to a MadScientist for experimentation that he barely survived. Tennyo was poisoned by her yougner brother and can't go home because a team of assassins is after her. Lancer manifested on an Army base and his brother ratted him out to the local mutant haters, leading to a battle against a heavily armed anti-mutant squad and '''a tank'''. Fey's parents are separated and she had the humiliation of slowly turning from a nerdy guy into a sexy redhead over about a year. Bladedancer's mom is dead and her dad has been captured by the Demon Lord of Fiery Immersion. Carmilla is the result when her mom was impregnated by a demon, she had to kill her mom when her mom started turning into [[EldritchAbomination a Deep One]], and then she died... and turned into Carmilla.
* Everyone in Machinima/RedVsBlue, from the teamkilled ghost with ex-girlfriend problems to the sycophantic cyborg with daddy issues, and that's not even getting into the Freelancers, who are a whole special bundle of issues... or the AIs and their creator, with the dubious honor of being the most messed up people on the show. About the only people who don't seem to have problems are Caboose (who's too stupid to realize he has problems) and Donut (who's... just Donut). Needless to say, this is largely PlayedForLaughs... except when it's not.
* Just about every major character in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has severe mental hangups, or acquires them over the course of the story.
** Justified as many of the characters seen are capes and trigger events occur when a person without anyone to rely on is pushed to their brink physically and emotionally. The superpowers gained at this point often reinforce the mental issues they're suffering and the need for secrecy further isolates them. A major reason villains outnumber heroes is that the system has already failed them by the time they gain powers.
* The ''Roleplay/Bay12KatawaShoujoRoleplay''. Some of the students have their own issues, in addition to their disabilities. It comes with the [[VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo territory.]]
* Website/SFDebris' {{alternative character interpretation}} of many ''Franchise/StarTrek'' characters tend to exaggerate dysfunctional traits that are somewhat present in Trek canon. Of special note is [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Harry Kim]], whom he described as "Mount Everest for psychologists." Harry is the namesake for two [[TwentyPercentMoreAwesome units of measure]]: the "Kim," which is the measure of sexual trauma applied per cubic meter/second; and the "metric-Kim," which is a measure of personal shame.
* When you look past all the cartoonish whimsy, the cast of ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' is pretty messed up:
** By far the biggest and most well-known example is the walking dysfunction that is Coach Z. His "more than two problems" includes [[PerpetualPoverty poverty]], [[ThePigPen poor hygiene]], [[TheAlcoholic alcoholism]], general creepiness, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a weird accent]].
** The eponymous Homestar Runner is a [[TheDitz brainless]] CloudCuckooLander who holds down an office job one day and attends kindergarten the next. His utter disconnect from the world around him has led him to do some rather insensitive things and not even notice.
** His on-again off-again girlfriend Marzipan is a self-righteous GranolaGirl who runs a bizarre new-age kindergarten class that she doesn't fully deny as being some sort of cult.
** The household of the Brothers Strong is so bitter that the Wiki/HomestarRunnerWiki feels the need to record anytime one of them cracks a smile. To start with, Strong Bad has a SmallNameBigEgo, and his greatest pastime is answering the FourthWallMailSlot.
** The Cheat, Strong Bad's lackey, gets frequently kicked around by him, both figuratively and literally.
** The eldest brother Strong Mad is a DumbMuscle NoIndoorVoice TerseTalker.
** The youngest brother Strong Sad is a dumpy emo sad sack due to [[BigBrotherBully years of getting picked on by his older brothers]].
** The King of Town has a tendency to eat everything in sight when he's not trying pathetically to get popular and liked.
** The only characters who don't come off as maladjusted in some way are Pom-Pom (being TheAce who is OutOfFocus), Bubs (If you look past the fact that he sells cheap crap at outrageous prices), the Poopsmith (since no-one knows anything about him due to the VowOfSilence he's taken long ago for unknown reasons), and Homsar (Who is just incomprehensibly weird).
* The entire ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' team have varying burdens and issues from their past.
** Ruby and Yang lost their mother, Ruby's mother Summer, at a young age and Yang later finds out her own biological mother disappeared shortly after Yang's birth.
** Weiss implies she has a bad relationship with her father and wants to redeem her family's name. She also seems to have MiddleChildSyndrome and has a tense relationship with the other members of her family as well, with the exception of her older sister.
*** There's also an implication that Weiss's mother is an alcoholic, for that perfect storm of misery.
** Blake has a strong desire to [[spoiler: atone for her time in White Fang]].
** Close friends JNPR are no better.
*** Jaune is considered a failure by his family, one with a long tradition of badassery, and has no self confidence.
*** Pyrrha is cripplingly lonely due to her celebrity status, is too self-sacrificing for her own good, and CannotSpitItOut.
*** Nora and Ren are both orphans who for many years had only each other to rely on.
** Some of the adults similarly have it bad as well.
*** Taiyang's first wife left him without a word and his second wife went missing (presumed dead) after a mission.
*** Qrow and Raven were raised by a tribe of bandits who Qrow describes as "killers and thieves".
*** Additionally, Qrow is an alcoholic who can't be around people because of his Semblance.
* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'' has its share:
** The Dark Angels' ruling clique must've stayed in charge only by the power of luck: Azrael is paranoid and panicky, Asmodai is a teary-eyed DramaQueen and Belial is hilariously violent.
** The Primarchs are shaping up like this: Magnus is a half-daemon InsufferableGenius with a massive InferioritySuperiorityComplex stemming from being bullied by his brothers and father, [[spoiler:Rogal Dorn hides for ten thousand years under his father's nose because his magic pain glove told him too and clearly has suffered some brain damage, Leman Russ is a battle-loving viking who's obsessed with wolves and has spent the last ten thousand years give or take drunk and pranking helpless daemons in the Warp, Vulkan is an incredibly cheery soul who sees the ghost of one of his dead brothers following him around that he constantly rebukes and has constant spazz-outs where he starts talking Orkish, and Corvus Corax is a depressed mess who sees the same ghost and agrees that he's worthless.]]
* ''WebAnimation/CampCamp'': The main trio seem to have messed up home lives. Max outright states his parents left him at camp so they wouldn't have to deal with them, Nikki offhandedly says that her mom regularly lies to her, and Neil plans on lying to his father about his time at camp so his mother will try to buy back his love. Nurf, another one of the campers, claims that [[HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook society made him a monster because]] [[RippedFromTheHeadlines he was suspended after he chewed a pop-tart into the shape of a gun]] and is ''also'' implied to have a messed-up home life. The camp staff aren't much better, the owner is of dubious moral character to put it lightly (He's on the run for offences bad enough for shoot on sight to be a reasonable response, and his summer home includes a lab full of sickening experiments and a torture sex dungeon), David can't or won't accept reality, Gwen appears to have had all her spirit crushed out of her by the weight of the world and the Quartermaster is... um, well, it says a lot when "being the bad guy from every horror movie ever" is the most normal thing about him.
* The Mighty Nein of ''WebVideo/CriticalRole''. We have:
** A homeless wizard [[spoiler: with PTSD from killing his own parents while brainwashed]]
** A goblin girl who's outcast from society [[spoiler: and from her own tribe, which had her work as a torturer's assistant, and is seeking to permanently change her own appearance]]
** A circus tiefling [[spoiler: with intense retrograde amnesia]]
** Another tiefling who seems happy [[spoiler: but clearly has issues from being trapped in her mother's brothel for most of her life]]
** A half-orc [[spoiler: who was bullied so severely as a child that he cut off his own teeth, and recently was in a boat accident that killed his mentor]]
** A monk with {{No Social Skills}} [[spoiler: who grew up in an abusive home; the ''best thing'' that ever happened to her was being kidnapped by monks]]
** A mysterious aasimar barbarian who's only hinted at having a mysterious, and possibly [[spoiler: bloody]] past; at least [[spoiler: one other close friend of hers has died in the past.]]
* WebVideo/MyLittlePonyTotallyLegitRecap: The Mane Six, as lampshaded by the ending of "Every Little Thing She Does".
-->'''Starlight:''' Look dudes, whatever Twilight and her stupid friendship lesson say, I know I'll probably never be a part of your clique and I'm okay with that. I mean, I'm a crazy bitch who's barely capable of casual social interaction.\\
'''Mane Six:''' Yep, you sure are. And that's why you fit right in.
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* WebVideo/MyLittlePonyTotallyLegitRecap: The Mane Six, as lampshaded by the ending of "Every Little Thing She Does".
-->'''Starlight:''' Look dudes, whatever Twilight and her stupid friendship lesson say, I know I'll probably never be a part of your clique and I'm okay with that. I mean, I'm a crazy bitch who's barely capable of casual social interaction.\\
'''Mane Six:''' Yep, you sure are. And that's why you fit right in.


* ''WebVideo/MyLittlePonyTheMentallyAdvancedSeries'' The cast consist of: A [[TheCynic miserable]] [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood and abused]] [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] magic student, her [[BeleagueredAssistant exploited slave/little brother]], a reasonable ( if alcoholic) farmer who [[FantasticRacism is treated like an idiot because of her species]], a miserable racist self serving fashionista, a [[ShrinkingViolet timid and]] socially incompatible animal caretaker and ExtremeDoormat, a [[ManChild naive mare child]] with serious insecurity problems, and a [[BloodKnight highly violent]], [[AxCrazy unstable]], [[SexIsViolence depr]][[PsychoLesbian aved]] and paranoid baker. And that is just the main cast of a show ''full'' AxCrazy, dysfunctional, and just downright insane cast members.

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** And then there are the Scavengers, who were at exactly the bottom of the Decepticon hierarchy while there was still a Decepticon hierarchy. Fulcrum is a paranoid coward, Crankcase seems to have a form of anxiety, Krok suffers from trauma and is in severe denial, Misfire is [[CloudCuckoolander just kind of nuts]], Spinister is delusional, paranoid and violent, even he ''is'' a genius with his hands, Grimlock is brain-damaged, and cons4eva is [[spoiler:a renegade Dire Wraith]].

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* ''VisualNovel/{{Grisaia No Kajitsu}}'': No matter how much the principal insists on Mihama Academy being a normal school, an institution like that can only be as normal as it's inhabitants, of there is only 6, and they are most certainly an odd bunch. In fact a prerequisite of getting into Mihama is having "comlicated cirumstances", which usually means [[DarkandTroubledPast dark pasts]] and the great amount of psychological issues caused by them.


** [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne's]] parents were shot dead in front of him when he was eight.
** [[Characters/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson's]] parents were killed in front of him when someone sabotaged their trapeze act.

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** [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne's]] parents were shot dead in front of him when he was eight. \n He dealt with this by repressing his emotions, dressing as a bat to fight crime, and reguarly inducting children and teenagers into his basement cult.
** [[Characters/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson's]] parents were killed in front of him when someone sabotaged their trapeze act. He was taken in by Bruce, an emotionally distant billionaire, who would later sack him as Robin and kick him out when he became old enough to disagree with him. Bruce would then replace him with Jason, further straining their relationship. Later, after they've made up, Bruce is killed. This forces Dick to become Batman (something he's never wanted to do) and take on Damian so that the kid didn't return to the League of Assassins, damaging his relationship with Tim in the process. Bruce eventually returns, but soon after Damian dies, followed swiftly by Dick himself being unmasked, killed, and resuscitated. Whilst he's emotionally broken from the aforementioned events, Bruce kicks the ever-loving shit out of him until he agrees to go undercover at Spyral, something he really doesn't want to do because it involves telling everyone he loves that he's dead. When he returns, they're all mad at him as he predicted and the fact that Bruce beat him up until he agreed to do it is never brought up (possibly because Bruce had amnesia at that point). The fact that this guy is so well-adjusted is, frankly, a miracle.



** [[Characters/RobinSeries Tim Drake]], whose parents are dead (including step parents and fake ones).

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** [[Characters/RobinSeries Tim Drake]], whose parents are dead (including step parents and fake ones). Said parents were also neglectful towards him. When Jason Todd, who Tim idolised, returns from the dead, he tries to kill him. Then, towards the end of his run as Robin, a frankly ridiculous number of his friends and allies died leading to him becoming a far more angsty character than he was when he started out. Damian then turns up and tried to prove himself to his father by murdering Tim, because how else would a child assassin prove themselves? Then Bruce seemingly dies, Dick takes Damian on as Robin, effectively forcing Tim out of the role. Everyone then proceeds to treat Tim like he's crazy for insisting that Bruce is alive...not that he has any evidence to support his claim given that it's essentially the last hope of a grief-stricken, depressed teenage boy.


* Three words: [[Franchise/{{Batman}} The Bat Family.]] It consists of a guy whose parents were shot dead in front of him when he was eight, a [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} guy]] whose parents were killed in front of him when someone sabotaged their trapeze act, a woman who ''used'' to be a gymnastic crime fighter until she was shot and paralyzed by someone after her dad, another [[ComicBook/RobinSeries guy]] whose parents are dead (including step parents and fake ones), a [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 girl]] who was raised in TheSpartanWay to be the world's greatest assassin and wasn't even taught how to read or talk, and a [[ComicBook/{{Huntress}} woman]] whose parents were shot dead in front of her when she was eight. We might as well just say Gotham ''is'' Dysfunction Junction. Just ''living there'' practically counts as an {{angst}}y past.
** And Stephanie Brown, aka the Spoiler! Her father was Cluemaster, a third-string Batman villain who was a Riddler rip-off. So when she was growing up, her home housed a steady stream of criminals, her dad was in and out of jail, and her mom was addicted to prescription drugs. Her father used her in his various plots, once getting her kidnapped and put in danger of death as part of an elaborate trap for Batman. During high school she got pregnant and ultimately made the heartbroken decision to give up her baby for adoption. She became Robin, was fired for doing the job, and promptly accidentally started a massive gang war that killed hundreds of people and ended with her nearly dying at Black Mask's hands. When she was able to return to Gotham she found her boyfriend (ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}}) still loved her but felt betrayed that she left him thinking her dead while all his family and close friends died in quick succession, and then continued to lie to him after her return so finally joined the ranks of those who told her to stop acting as Spoiler. Since she has become ComicBook/{{Batgirl|2009}} and begun a relatively well-adjusted life as a college freshman while her mother (now off drugs) works a steady job at a hospital.
** Then there's Jason Todd, whose parental issues include thinking himself TheUnfavorite because Batman [[ThouShaltNotKill didn't avenge his death]] at the hands of the Joker, worded thusly: "I'm talking about killing him. Just him. And doing it... because he took me away from you." Before meeting Bruce he rarely saw his biological father, a criminal who cycled into and out of prison until his boss (Two-Face) finally offed him, and Jason had to look after his mom as she died, likely due to drug abuse. His biological mother, without any remorse whatsoever, later lured him into a trap set by the Joker and calmly looked on as he was beaten within an inch of his life.

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* Three words: [[Franchise/{{Batman}} The Bat Family.]] It consists of a guy whose parents were shot dead in front of him when he was eight, a [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} guy]] whose parents were killed in front of him when someone sabotaged their trapeze act, a woman who ''used'' to be a gymnastic crime fighter until she was shot and paralyzed by someone after her dad, another [[ComicBook/RobinSeries guy]] whose parents are dead (including step parents and fake ones), a [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 girl]] who was raised in TheSpartanWay to be the world's greatest assassin and wasn't even taught how to read or talk, and a [[ComicBook/{{Huntress}} woman]] whose parents were shot dead in front of her when she was eight. We might as well just say Gotham ''is'' Dysfunction Junction. Just ''living there'' practically counts as an {{angst}}y past.
** [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne's]] parents were shot dead in front of him when he was eight.
** [[Characters/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson's]] parents were killed in front of him when someone sabotaged their trapeze act.
** [[Characters/{{Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon]] ''used'' to be a gymnastic crime fighter until she was shot and paralyzed by The Joker to break her dad.
** [[Characters/{{Robin}} Jason Todd]], whose parental issues include thinking himself TheUnfavorite because Batman [[ThouShaltNotKill didn't avenge his death]] at the hands of the Joker, worded thusly: "I'm talking about killing him. Just him.
And doing it... because he took me away from you." Before meeting Bruce he rarely saw his biological father, a criminal who cycled into and out of prison until his boss (Two-Face) finally offed him, and Jason had to look after his mom as she died, likely due to drug abuse. His biological mother, without any remorse whatsoever, later lured him into a trap set by the Joker and calmly looked on as he was beaten within an inch of his life.
** [[Characters/RobinSeries Tim Drake]], whose parents are dead (including step parents and fake ones).
** [[Characters/{{Batgirl}}
Stephanie Brown, Brown]], aka the Spoiler! Her father was Cluemaster, a third-string Batman villain who was a Riddler rip-off. So when she was growing up, her home housed a steady stream of criminals, her dad was in and out of jail, and her mom was addicted to prescription drugs. Her father used her in his various plots, once getting her kidnapped and put in danger of death as part of an elaborate trap for Batman. During high school she got pregnant and ultimately made the heartbroken decision to give up her baby for adoption. She became Robin, was fired for doing the job, and promptly accidentally started a massive gang war that killed hundreds of people and ended with her nearly dying at Black Mask's hands. When she was able to return to Gotham she found her boyfriend (ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}}) still loved her but felt betrayed that she left him thinking her dead while all his family and close friends died in quick succession, and then continued to lie to him after her return so finally joined the ranks of those who told her to stop acting as Spoiler. Since she has become ComicBook/{{Batgirl|2009}} and begun a relatively well-adjusted life as a college freshman while her mother (now off drugs) works a steady job at a hospital.
** Then there's Jason Todd, whose parental issues [[Characters/{{Batgirl}} Cassandra Cain]] who was raised in TheSpartanWay to be the world's greatest assassin and wasn't even taught how to read or talk.
** [[Characters/{{Robin}} Damian Wayne]] is the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al Ghul. He was raised in the League of Assassins but rejected their ways in favour of working with his father and Dick Grayson as Robin. His mother responded by disowning him and, eventually, sending his clone to kill him. He got better. Being the only Batfamily member to be forced on Bruce Wayne rather than chosen, he's extremely insecure of his place. Trying to hide this with arrogance only makes him more unpopular within the family.
** Some universes also
include thinking himself TheUnfavorite because Batman [[ThouShaltNotKill didn't avenge his death]] at the hands [[ComicBook/{{Huntress}} Huntress]] as a member, whose parents were shot dead in front of the Joker, worded thusly: "I'm talking about killing him. Just him. And doing it... because he took me away from you." Before meeting Bruce he rarely saw his biological father, a criminal who cycled into and out of prison until his boss (Two-Face) finally offed him, and Jason had to look after his mom as her when she died, likely due to drug abuse. His biological mother, without any remorse whatsoever, later lured him into a trap set by the Joker and calmly looked on as he was beaten within an inch of his life.eight.


* ''WebVideo/MyLittlePonyTheMentallyAdvancedSeries'' The cast consist of: A [[TheCynic miserable]] [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood and abused]] [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] magic student, her [[BeleagueredAssistant exploited slave/little brother]], a reasonable ( if alcoholic) farmer who [[FantasticRacism is treated like an idiot because of her species]], a miserable racist self serving fashionista, a [[ShrinkingViolet timid and]] socially incompatible animal caretaker and ExtremeDoormat, a [[ManChild naive mare child]] with serious insecurity problems, and a [[BloodKnight highly violent]], [[AxCrazy unstable]], [[SexIsViolence depr]][[PsychoLesbian aved]] and paranoid baker. And that is just the mane cast of a show ''full'' AxCrazy, dysfunctional, and just downright insane cast members.

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* ''WebVideo/MyLittlePonyTheMentallyAdvancedSeries'' The cast consist of: A [[TheCynic miserable]] [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood and abused]] [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] magic student, her [[BeleagueredAssistant exploited slave/little brother]], a reasonable ( if alcoholic) farmer who [[FantasticRacism is treated like an idiot because of her species]], a miserable racist self serving fashionista, a [[ShrinkingViolet timid and]] socially incompatible animal caretaker and ExtremeDoormat, a [[ManChild naive mare child]] with serious insecurity problems, and a [[BloodKnight highly violent]], [[AxCrazy unstable]], [[SexIsViolence depr]][[PsychoLesbian aved]] and paranoid baker. And that is just the mane main cast of a show ''full'' AxCrazy, dysfunctional, and just downright insane cast members.


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* The Mighty Nein of ''WebVideo/CriticalRole''. We have:
** A homeless wizard [[spoiler: with PTSD from killing his own parents while brainwashed]]
** A goblin girl who's outcast from society [[spoiler: and from her own tribe, which had her work as a torturer's assistant, and is seeking to permanently change her own appearance]]
** A circus tiefling [[spoiler: with intense retrograde amnesia]]
** Another tiefling who seems happy [[spoiler: but clearly has issues from being trapped in her mother's brothel for most of her life]]
** A half-orc [[spoiler: who was bullied so severely as a child that he cut off his own teeth, and recently was in a boat accident that killed his mentor]]
** A monk with {{No Social Skills}} [[spoiler: who grew up in an abusive home; the ''best thing'' that ever happened to her was being kidnapped by monks]]
** A mysterious aasimar barbarian who's only hinted at having a mysterious, and possibly [[spoiler: bloody]] past; at least [[spoiler: one other close friend of hers has died in the past.]]

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