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Characters who enter a state of depression when a specific action occurs around them. Vote on the Crowner (closes when one candidate reaches ten votes)

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
Zerukin on Nov 5th 2018 at 3:16:21 PM
Last Edited By:
Zerukin on Jan 14th 2019 at 11:25:35 AM
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Page Type: trope

These characters tend to be pretty upbeat most of the time they appear onscreen. While they may get angry on occasion, they still remain active. That is until you find the very thing that hits them in the feelings the hardest.

Whether it's a word, an action, or anything else, these characters will fall apart when this button of theirs is pushed. Effects of pushing this button include but are not limited to crying, moping, loss of focus on their task, going into a corner to pout, etc.

These characters may even trigger their own button unintentionally. Whenever the button is pushed, it often takes the effort of other characters to get them moving again. Alternatively, they may get over it after a certain amount of time, but they will still collapse in sadness if the switch is pushed again.

If everything makes the character sad, then they are more than likely The Eeyore. Compare Trauma Button, when the trigger is a past trauma. Compare to Brown Note, where something can induce sorrow just from exposure. Compare and contrast Berserk Button which is an action that sends a character into a state of rage when pushed. See also Made Myself Sad for self-inflicted versions.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • One Piece:
    • Foxy the Silver Fox tends to be pretty full of himself, but he has a really hard time taking insults as he becomes extremely mopey whenever somebody says something to offend him. In the anime, Nami and Usopp take advantage of this by constantly pushing this button and also his pride in an effort to keep him from firing his slow-slow beam.
    • Brook frequently makes jokes at his own expense, but he get pretty sad when somebody steals his punchlines.
  • Pokémon: When Brock rejoins the team after staying at Professor Ivy's lab for the duration of the Orange Islands arc, any reference to Ivy is met with him curling up in a fetal position and muttering, "Don't mention that name."
  • Parodied in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, where pretty much any aspect of the modern society can trigger the main character's very theatrical despair phases — and usually does Once per Episode.
  • Soul Eater: Lack of Symmetry is more often than not a Berserk Button for Death the Kid. However, pointing out that Kid himself isn't symmetrical because of his hair is enough to turn him into a Nervous Wreck.

    Fan Works 
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged: Unless you are Goku, proving to Vegeta exactly how much you outclass him is enough to make him start crying like a bitch. Freeza and Cell both manage to push this button, while Cell also pushes Vegeta's Berserk Buttons at the same time just because he felt like adding insult to injury.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Friends: In a season two episode every time Ben is being held or even moved close to Monica he instantly starts crying. This in turn pushes Monica's button, causing her to start worrying about her maternal abilities.

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner: Whenever Homestar sees a picture of Li'l Brudder, he ends up being reduced to a crying mess. In Li'l Brudder's debut, it's downplayed as his appearance is capable of making anybody cry. Played a bit more straight in later appearances in which Homestar is the only one shown to have a reaction to him.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Sheen is such a big fan of Ultra Lord that telling him that Ultra Lord was cancelled is enough to make him have a crying fit.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Pinkie Pie is almost always a very cheerful pony, but telling her you never want to be her friend can cause her a lot of grief.
  • Rugrats: In one episode, Tommy is kidnapped by two thugs. Every time Tommy is crying, one of the thugs try to give him a banana. By the end of the episode, Tommy is happily back home, but the moment his mother attempts to give him a toy banana, the sight of it causes him to start crying.
  • Wacky And Packy: Packy always cries whenever he hears somebody say the word "Home". Even when it comes from his own mouth.

Feedback: 46 replies

Nov 5th 2018 at 6:35:43 PM

Compare Trauma Button, when the trigger is a past trauma.

Nov 6th 2018 at 7:14:39 AM

Friends: In a season two episode every time Ben is being held or even moved close to Monica he instantly starts crying. This in turn pushes Monica's button, causing her to start worrying about her maternal abilities.

Nov 7th 2018 at 3:13:43 PM

Nov 7th 2018 at 6:23:24 PM

Would make for a good Alt. Title. Then again, any word having to do with sadness would work for a good alternate title.

Nov 11th 2018 at 12:58:29 AM

^ But I think "despair" would be too extreme. "Woe" is succinct and short enough.

Nov 11th 2018 at 2:51:30 AM

Woe seemed a bit passive to me, I don't think despair is particularly extreme. I also thought Despair sounded more in line with Berserk and Trauma, being more conversational.

Nov 11th 2018 at 7:59:54 AM

Alright then. A vote. That's what we will do. Here's a title crowner with six different options. More may be added.

Winner will be the default title. The rest can be alternates... However that works.

Nov 11th 2018 at 1:46:28 PM

I like Sorrow Switch and I like Misery Button/Grief Trigger even better, but it's not recording my vote at the moment. Added Misery Trigger.

Nov 11th 2018 at 5:05:33 PM

Something I have decided to do. Once the voting is all done, I'll take the top three, make the most voted the main title, and the other two will be redirects.

Nov 12th 2018 at 3:15:18 PM

Anime and manga:

Nov 12th 2018 at 3:50:08 PM

Crowner's still not recording my votes. Put me down for Sorrow Switch, Misery Trigger, and Misery Button if it comes down to a tiebreaker.

Nov 13th 2018 at 7:17:16 AM

^ A little odd... Anybody else having that problem?

Nov 14th 2018 at 11:00:57 AM

^ That is bizarre. In any case, you votes will be taken into note if you don't manage to get your votes into the system, Unsung. Just keep trying in the meantime, and let me know if you manage to get it working.

Nov 16th 2018 at 4:50:16 PM

Looks like Sorrow Switch will be the main title of this trope. Although things could change. Let's see if we can get a few more votes for potential redirects then look into getting some hats.

Nov 16th 2018 at 7:52:06 PM

With how high the votes are for it, I decided to change the title to sorrow switch now. Leaving the crowner open for decisions on redirects. Title is still open to change though.

Nov 16th 2018 at 8:40:00 PM

I still prefer having "button" in the title since it's related to Trauma Button.

Nov 16th 2018 at 9:34:03 PM

^ true, Though I saw "switch" as being synonymous to "button" in this situation, so when you think about it, the title can still be "Sorrow Button". I just went with Sorrow Switch because I liked the idea of an alliterative title.

Nov 16th 2018 at 9:45:38 PM

Compare to Brown Note, where something can induce sarrow just from exposure.

Nov 17th 2018 at 2:50:21 AM

^^ I think it's a fairly easy association for people to make, and we did vote for it. I wouldn't have voted for Sorrow Button, for instance — I do think Sorrow Switch and Misery Button sound better.

Nov 17th 2018 at 12:06:12 PM

Curious about the bombs. If there is a reason behind the three bombs, I would like to know so I could resolve it.

Nov 28th 2018 at 7:57:29 AM

hats and examples have been pretty slow lately, and with the three bombs, that means this hasn't gotten much of anywhere.

I wish the people who bombed could explain their reason, then I could see about fixing it.

Alternatively, I close and open a new one, but I'd rather not resort to that.

Nov 28th 2018 at 1:46:34 PM

^ This one doesn't require having a trauma built in in the past.

Nov 28th 2018 at 4:03:42 PM

Trauma Button is specifically repressed trauma, at least in the description. That might mean some examples on that page might actually fit better here, or that Trauma Button is a subtrope.

For the record, I still can't hat/bomb things because of the bug on TLP.

Dec 13th 2018 at 1:33:49 PM

I wonder of the bug has been fixed yet...

Dec 13th 2018 at 1:43:53 PM

^ It has, a few weeks ago.

This is related to the "Sorrowful Stutter" draft in that a Sorrow Switch may cause someone to have Sorrowful Stutter.

Dec 13th 2018 at 4:04:31 PM

It hasn't, TLP, Trope Finder, Discussion, and crowners are all seem very hit or miss for me. For what it's worth I'd still vote up Sorrow Switch, Misery Trigger, or Misery Button. I'd hat it if I could.

Dec 16th 2018 at 7:14:18 PM

I voted in the crowner. See also Made Myself Sad for self-inflicted versions.

Dec 17th 2018 at 6:57:03 PM

Since it seems like nobody else is having trouble with the hat/bomb thing, I have a solution for Unsung. Clear your cookies. Once you have done that, log back in and try again. Then let me know if that worked. Sometimes, clearing your cookies is the solution to a website problem.

It did wonders for me on the Funimation site.

Dec 18th 2018 at 3:33:11 PM

Apparently I didn't vote as thoroughly as I thought in the crowner last time, so I went through it again.

Dec 18th 2018 at 5:24:06 PM

Was able to vote on this computer, I didn't have access to it for a few days. I did try clearing my cookies and cache and a few different browsers before on the other computer, so I'm not sure if that was it or not. Regardless, voted now.

Dec 19th 2018 at 7:59:49 AM

so then, once the title has been decided (I'll wait until one of the crowners reach ten likes, eleven for those with a dislike), and I get enough hats to outweigh the bombs, I think then will be a good time to prep this for launch. In the meantime, more examples are welcome.

Dec 21st 2018 at 9:08:29 PM

I agree with 4tell0life4, I also prefer "button" in the title because it fits the pattern of Trauma Button, Berserk Button, etc.

Dec 22nd 2018 at 8:16:28 AM

It's not too late for "Sorrow Switch" to be outvoted. If either Misery Button, Woe Button, or (because the desire for button) the newly added Sorrow Button manage to get more votes, then they will take the crown away.

Dec 23rd 2018 at 11:50:00 AM

I see that the proposal now has the hats needed to be launched. That leaves the crowner to be decided. As I said in a previous post, I plan to discuss with mods to have 2nd and 3rd place serve as redirects if possible.

Dec 24th 2018 at 12:04:49 PM

let's do another bump. I'm sure we'll see a winner soon.

Jan 9th 2019 at 3:21:40 PM

  • In Yokai Watch, there's actually a youkai that brings back sad, traumatic, and/or embarrassing memories at inappropriate moments. He's a turtle yo-kai named "Flushback".