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Characters who enter a state of depression when a specific action occurs around them. Vote on the Crowner

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 13 hours ago
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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 woe 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 and contrast Berserk Button which is an action that sends a character into a state of rage.


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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.

Feedback: 15 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.


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

13 hours ago

^ 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.