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Defeat/Death equals sanity

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Azederach on Aug 9th 2018 at 10:09:38 PM
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When a villain who has been shown to be insane is struck down and as they are dying the mania fades and they realize that their actions were mad.

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Aug 10th 2018 at 9:32:01 AM


  • Inverted in The Illiad after Ajax has a psychotic break and kills a herd of cattle thinking they're the other Greek leaders who voted to give Achilles' armor to Odysseus instead of him. When it passes and he realizes his madness he falls on his sword in shame.

Aug 11th 2018 at 3:13:25 AM

The villain may say What Have I Done or apologize for their misdeeds before dying.

The What Have I Done description has a lot of tropes that could be related to this one.

Aug 11th 2018 at 5:09:24 AM

Compare This Was His True Form for "Death Equals De-transforming".