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Not even the galaxy's greatest Bounty Hunter is immune to this.

Heroic BSoD - The one BSoD that's not Microsoft's fault. Usually.

     Final Fantasy 
  • In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years an interesting blend of this and Villainous BSoD happens to poor Cecil. First, the Maenad forces him be Brainwashed and Crazy, to the point that he, among other things, wreaks disaster on the world, attempts to have his friend Edward assassinated, and personally raises arms against his best friend, wife, and child. After this, her control over him is broken, and he realizes precisely what it is he has done. He goes completely catatonic as a result. Fortunately, he can be snapped out of that, too.
  • Late in Final Fantasy V, the normally-optimistic and easygoing Bartz snaps and nearly destroys the airship when Exdeath apparently destroys his hometown with the Void.
  • Terra has one of these in Final Fantasy VI when she realizes that she's half-Esper. The player (along with the rest of her party) doesn't find this out until significantly later in the game, so the fact that she transforms, flies away, and becomes completely incoherent seems completely random when it first happens.
    • Terra also has another the end of the world, though not for the reason you might think. After adopting a village of orphans, she starts feeling things she doesn't understand and it saps her ability to fight completely, so Celes and Sabin have to save her (and the kids) from the monster Humbaba. When Humbaba comes back for a rematch later, Terra realizes that she's feeling love for her new family and pulls a Big Damn Heroes for the party this time around.
    • Cyan, meanwhile, is introduced as a noble samurai... and then Kefka wipes out everyone in his home kingdom (including his wife and son). Cyan's first response? Charge into a nearby Imperial camp and challenge everyone present to battle. He manages to get a hold of himself, but if you revisit Doma in the World of Ruin, you'll have to engage in what amounts to hands-on psychotherapy.
    • If Cid dies, then Celes winds up losing herself to despair and hurls herself off a cliff. Her suicide attempt fails and she wakes up to discover Locke's bandana, which causes her to realize she isn't alone and leads her to search to reunite with the rest of the party.
  • Final Fantasy VII
    • Sephiroth convinces the hero Cloud that he (Cloud) is not who he thinks he is; that he is in fact an attempt at "duplicating" the real Cloud, who had died several years earlier. The hero is so distraught at discovering he's the Tomato in the Mirror that he gives up the Weapon of Mass Destruction to his enemy. As all hell breaks loose, Cloud disappears, only to be found nearly comatose by his teammates a week later.
    • The prequel Crisis Core gives poor Cloud yet another BSoD during Zack's traumatic death scene.
    • Surprisingly, Sephiroth's current nature was implied to be the direct result of this, having found out his actual origins.
    • Though his BSoDs may pale in comparison to Cloud's, Vincent Valentine convinced himself that it was his fault for not protecting his beloved one, Lucrecia. So he laid in a coffin. For three decades.
    • In the original game, Barrett has a good one in Midgar when one of the city's upper plates crashes into the slums bellow killing his friends and, seemingly, his adoptive daughter Marlene. All he could do is scream and shoot into the rubble, until Tifa recalled something Aerith had said and realized that Marlene was safe and alive elsewhere.
  • Final Fantasy VIII has Squall suffer an interesting version of it beginning with the third disc. Up until then, he'd been the taciturn and reluctant hero, doing what he'd thought everyone wanted him to do as a good soldier. Then Rinoa ends up in a coma from which she might never wake up. Cue abandonment of his friends and his post to go on a long journey with a minimal chance of success just for her, something that would have been completely antithetical to his beliefs only a week or so before.
    • The end sequence of FFVIII also involves a more standard version when Squall tries and fails to make it out of Time Compression using The Power of Friendship, getting stranded alone outside of time and having an epic Heroic BSoD complete with hallucinations.
  • Final Fantasy IX. After her mother's death (suffered whilst trying to kill her, after finding out that she never loved her and just wanted her powers) closely followed by her witnessing the epic destruction of her new kingdom on the eve of her coronation, Garnet/Dagger spends a good chunk of the later game completely catatonic, unable to talk and just dragged around by her comrades. Oddly enough, she could still join you in battle, though her hit chance went right down, and occasionally, she just gave up, with the notice "Garnet can't concentrate". Her depressed state also prevents her from using her Trance abilities, which is signified by having her Trance gauge removed from the interface.
    • And then she becomes catatonic after her homeland is nearly wiped off the map by an invasion of undead monsters and an incredibly destructive magical attack that had been stolen from Garnet herself. You can hardly blame Garnet for developing post-traumatic stress disorder after a trauma like that.
    • Also, during her death scene, Brahne apologizes for it and claims that she did it out of overwhelming (and recently realized) greed, not that she never loved Garnet in the first place.
    • Another prime case of Heroic BSoD occurs near the end of the game to Zidane. After finding out his true origins and the morbid purpose of his existence he goes temporarily insane, turning into a raging, foul-mouthed misanthrope who attacks everything in his path both verbally and physically.
    • Heck, most of the main cast suffers some form of the trope after experiencing a personal trauma. Steiner doesn't know what to do or feel after he finally sees and gets that the Queen is truly a monster bent on conquering other nations and was planning to kill her own daughter off. Freya has a minor breakdown after seeing that the love of her life lost his memories and has no idea who she is. Vivi goes into complete shock after seeing the Black Mages being mass produced in a factory and they look just like him. The only people that don't go into a meltdown are Quina (too simple minded to really care about many things), Amarant (has a personal score to settle and focuses on nothing else), and Eiko (already gone through some tragedies when she was younger, so she's mostly over it).
  • In Final Fantasy X Auron has a rather spectacular one when he finds out that the religion he has devoted his life to is all false and Braska and Jecht died for nothing because Sin can never truly be vanquished. His BSoD leads him to his death as he gets so angry that he attacks a pseudo-God.
    • Tidus also has a major BSoD when Rikku and the Al Bhed tell him that Yuna will die if she finishes the pilgrimage., Valefor comforting him is probably one of the most touching scenes in the game.
    • Though not to the same degree as the other two, Tidus has another one earlier in the game when Auron reveals to him that Jecht, Tidus's father who he had believed to have died ten years earlier, is not only alive, but is the Big Bad that the party is on a mission to kill. This is made especially clear when you compare Tidus's extremely depressed mood during his interaction with Yuna in the subsequent cutscene to the much more cheerful mood he had shown during all his previous interactions with her up to that point.
    • Yuna gets a brief one of her own (combined with a very healthy dose of Oh, Crap! that she shares with the rest of the party and first time players) during the Operation Mi-ihen cutscene. She obviously knew well before this that Sin's destructive power was unmatched by anything else in Spira, but this was the first time that she had actually witnessed the full extent of it firsthand.
  • In Final Fantasy XII, Larsa has a brief one when Al-Cid reveals that his father passed away.
  • In Final Fantasy XIII, the Idiot Hero Snow has one of these when he learns that Hope, whom he previously though to be just an innocent Tagalong Kid, is actually son of the woman whom he let plummet to her death in the prologue and whose death has been gnawing at his conscience ever since. Not only that, but Hope actively hates his guts and really, really wants him dead (their previous lack of understanding is not helped any by Hope's inability to just spit it out and Snow living in his private happy-go-lucky world most of the time).
    • Every single character undergoes one of these as a plot point. Sazh's in Chapter 8 is probably the most memorable and chilling in the game, as the normally lighthearted, funny, friendly character is very nearly Driven to Suicide by the revelations of what happened to his son and having seemingly lost him forever.
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates:
    • Chelinka goes actually catatonic for several years after Latov dies, which combines with the effect of using her power for the first time.
    • When you find Meeth after the Time Skip, she's slipped into extended one of these as a result of being The Aloner and unable to escape Rela Cyel to help the twins.
  • Yunita in Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light falls into a self-pitying slump after Aire berates her, Brandt ditches her, the good people of Urbeth con her out of everything down to the clothes on her back, and she is absolutely nowhere close to saving Horne. When Jusqua turns up in town, she initially refuses to join him because she assumes she'll just drag him down. She snaps out of it after helping him save the town from monsters and getting up the Tower of the Sky on her own. (Because Jusqua ditched her.)
  • In Final Fantasy XIV, Alphinaud Leveilleur crashes headlong into this in the second-to-final mission of the A Realm Reborn saga heading into the Heavensward expansion when his pet project company, the Crystal Braves, had been compromised since its inception, leading to the not-actually assassination of Ul'dah sultana Nanamo ul Namo, the false accusation to her assassination towards the Scions of the Seventh Dawn (which includes you, the Player Character) and the disappearance of the group save a handful, that handful being forced to escape into exile in Ishgard.
  • In Final Fantasy XV, Noctis enters one for weeks after Ardyn kills Luna as he watched helplessly from the sidelines as he had been waiting to finally see Luna for 12 years, only to not quite make it in time.

     Metal Gear 
  • In Metal Gear Solid 2, Raiden quite understandably suffers one hell of a BSoD when Olga is shot by Solidus. Her death was merely the spark which was fueled by previous knowledge that his role as a rookie was a lie... and that he was actually a child soldier with years of experience (and trauma). Add that to one secret after another revealed beforehand, and not knowing of the unbelievable mess that awaited him in the next scene... it's a wonder Raiden even recovered enough to duel Solidus in the end.
    • Also happens to Otacon in MGS2, after his younger stepsister dies in his arms. Even after a motivational manly handshake/hug from Snake, he still ends up collapsing into a sobbing mess after his sister's parrot begins mimicking her and saying "Hal. I miss you." multiple times. He manages to recover from it and escort the hostages out of Big Shell.
    • Solid Snake constantly wrestles against the BSoD throughout the series, suffering a literal barrage of conspiracies and mindbenders that could be named by the entire Gambit Index right to the bitter end. Yet somehow, Snake generally manages to keep it together and not crash (though he comes pretty damn close at times in four, when he's obviously reached his limit). A true blue soldier he is!
      • Although... between Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (second game) and Metal Gear Solid it's said that a certain event shook him up a bit to the point he disappeared into Alaska for a while. This may be an off screen slight BSoD he suffered. Said incident was in fact learning that Big Boss was his father minutes before Snake killed him in a particularly horrific way. Evidently, this disillusioned him so heavily that he couldn't deal with people anymore.
      • Snake can have an on-screen BSoD in Guns of the Patriots; kill around fifty enemies (kill, not just knock out) and he'll have a flashback to his brother Liquid accusing him of enjoying all the killing he does before vomiting right then and there.
    • At the end of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Big Boss turns his quiet little BSoD at the revelation of his master, the Boss' many sacrifices into one of the most remembered examples of Manly Tears to ever appear on a gaming console.
      • Big Boss's Heroic BSoD was also implied to have worsened quite a bit in Peace Walker, as he was starting to sweat profusely when hearing people or The Boss's AI refer to him as Jack, as well as experience flashbacks to Operation Snake Eater. It's likely that Gene's revelation in Portable Ops may have affected him a lot more than in Metal Gear Solid 3.
    • Metal Gear Solid 4 relies heavily on this. With the Sons of the Patriot system, soldiers no longer experience fear or pain and are able to keep fighting effectively for much longer. But when the system is shut down, the emotion suppression immediately ends and everything comes crashing down on the soldiers, who never had to deal with their past or received any kind of counseling at all, sending every single one of them into a massive BSoD. When Ocelot does just that, the only unit that is still in any shape to fight are the fresh recruits on a training vessel. Also Johnny always managed to evade getting integrated with the system and while it seriously hampered him in combat, he never relied on the emotion suppression and was the only one unaffected when the system was gone, giving him the chance for several Big Damn Heroes moments.
    • Raiden experiences another BSoD in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance when his first encounter with Monsoon makes him realize that a large number of the Mooks he fights and kills aren't truly bad people. He shortly snaps out of it, but only after making a Face–Heel Turn and reawakening his "Jack the Ripper" persona, which he had suppressed since his days as a child soldier.

  • Luna in Lunar: Silver Star Story graces us with an epic one (almost as if she's staring right at you), complete with a dramatic close up. This happens after she helplessly watched as Ghaleon sealed up the White Dragon in a tiny ball... and ends up becoming the Distressed Damsel for the rest of the game.
  • Batman: Arkham Knight: Batman falls into one after witnessing Barbara commit suicide after being exposed to Scarecrow's fear gas. He recovers a little when he remembers Poison Ivy has the methods of counteracting Scarecrow's gas, but it's obviously clear he's deeply hurt. On the other hand, Robin will have one once Batman told him what happened... if the player decides to do so.
  • Creepy Castle
    • Due to the influence of Possessor, Moth goes through one and has to both fight his shadow and receive help from Butterfly to regain some composure.
    • Described as a virtuous hero by the game, Storm got lost to despair as he learned the message of the ruins he visited. It's implied that similarly Possessor had a hand in this and he too had to be helped by Butterfly to come back to normal.
  • The Hero of DragonFable suffers a BSoD after Breaking Speech from Jaania, leader of the enemy faction "The Rose" that wants to get rid of all magic. She reveals that if he/she hadn't saved Jaania, and therefore helped create The Rose, the Ax-Crazy pyromancer Xan would have set fire to the world. The normally joking and lighthearted hero takes a long time to think to him/herself about what the right thing to do is, even snapping at his/her allies in a brief fit of rage.
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  • Chris Redfield in Resident Evil 6, after his entire unit is killed. He runs off to Europe and forces himself to forget it, until Piers comes and kicks his ass into gear and forces him to confront what happened.
  • This occurs to Kratos from God of War after he unknowingly murdered his wife and child. He spends all of the first and second games in a constantly enraged state and on the brink of madness (although he may have had this personality even before his Heroic BSoD.
    • He has another one on II, during a Boss Battle, after accidentally killing the last surviving spartan (perhaps he should stop killing people in the dark...) He's so pissed off and distraught, shouting challenges to the gods and lamenting his fate that he completely ignores the giant monstrous Kraken climbing up the tower until it actually grabs him.
    • Even before that in Chains of Olympus when he discovers the harsh truth that if he helps the gods he will never be reunited with his family in death. Not being allowed even some redemption at the end of GOW 1 (which takes place a few years later and he has nightmares every night ever since) drives him to attempt suicide. He is not even allowed that.
  • In Fire Emblem, the half-human, half-Dragon bard Nils suffers a Heroic BSoD after his leader and protector, Eliwood, kills Nils' sister, the dancer Ninian, under the control of the powerful Durandal sword. He snaps out of it and returns two stages later.
    • Eliwood himself suffers one earlier on in the game, after seeing his father post-torture, and being powerless as he dies.
    • In Serra's B support with her prospect love interest Oswin, she suffers one when he harshly reprimands her and she mistakenly thinks he hates her. In the A support, she's still into it and cries as he asks her why she's avoiding him.
    • Averted in Path of Radiance. After his father's death, Ike seems afflicted with Heroic BSoD which manifests itself as insomnia. However, aside from appearing more tired than usual, the other characters do not notice. It doesn't affect his performance on the battlefield either. When he finally avenges Greil, the narration describes Ike as sleeping well past dawn the next day.
      • Ike went through something similar, but more severe, when he learned about his mother's death. At least, his insomnia that night was more obvious.
    • Ephraim and Eirika both also suffer of this when Lyon, their childhood friend, takes the titular Sacred Stone of their country, destroys it, and basically tells them that they HAVE to kill him to stop him. Either L'Arachel or Tana, depending on which route has been take, manage to snap them out of it by the next chapter.
      • Arguably more so for Ephraim's story. In Eirika's, when the Demon King tricks her into handing over the stone, she realizes that there is nothing of Lyon left; Ephraim on the other hand discovers that the mastermind is Lyon himself and he isn't as possessed as he thought.
    • Chrom and Lissa are hit with this HARD in Fire Emblem Awakening after Emmeryn's Heroic Suicide. It takes a You Are Not Alone speech from the Avatar and the rest of the Shepherds to make them snap out of it.
    • The Avatar from Fire Emblem Fates suffers several moments of Heroic BSoD in all three routes.
      • In Chapter 5, before the route split, they get a big, big one when their mother, Mikoto, dies in a Heroic Sacrifice to protect them. This causes him/her to go into their Dragon Form for the first time in the story, and it takes his/her new best friend, Azura, a LOT to bring them back.
      • In Birthright, it's when Lilith dies after sacrificing her life to prevent Hans from killing the Avatar in Chapter 23.
      • Also in Birthright, it's when both Elise and Xander die in Chapter 26.
      • In Conquest, the Avatar gets this after Ryoma commits Heroic Suicide to prevent the Avatar from killing him and to make it less likely for Garon to execute the Avatar for refusing in Chapter 25.
      • They also briefly suffer two moments of this in Revelation. The first is when Izana dies after doing a premonition that required his life to convince Takumi to believe in the Avatar at the end of Chapter 10. The second is when Scarlet is killed by an Anankos-possesed Gunter at the start of Chapter 18.
    • Also from Fates, Felicia, one of the Avatar's maids, gets this in Birthright after her sister, and co-maid, Flora, kills herself via Self-Immolation in Chapter 17. She comes to terms with it eventually, though.
    • Niles' backstory says that he got this, almost crossing the Despair Event Horizon, when the thieves that he had spent almost all his life with left him behind after their attempt to rob the Royal Palace of Nohr backfired on them. His mental state was so bad that when he was discovered by Prince Leo, he told him to execute him on the spot - ironically, that piqued Leo's interest and he decides to take Niles in as his subordinate, which let Niles recover and became the source of his Undying Loyalty to his lord.
  • Happens to the main character in Shadow Hearts 3, when he's killed by The Dragon. Effectively, it unleashes a Super-Powered Evil Side, and he nearly ends up killing his friends before being brought to his senses.
  • Suikoden likes to invoke this trope, usually when plotline death occurs. Examples below:
    • Suikoden suggests this as the hero's reaction to Gremio's horrific death by spores.
    • Slightly subverted in Suikoden II to the little girl Pilika, whom after watching her parents Polk get murdered in front of her by Luca Blight, is emotionally scarred and mute for the majority of the game. She eventually regains her speech when she's reunited with Jowy.
      • Nanami's death shuts down the war temporarily so the hero can recover.
    • Suikoden III:
      • This happens with assumed antagonist, Sasarai, when Luc reveals that the two of them are nothing but clones that only exist to hold their True Runes.
      • Hugo when Lulu gets a sword through the belly.
  • Frank gets one in the best ending of Dead Rising when he sees the helicopter that was supposed to get him and the survivors out of the mall go down and explode. He's so out of it that he doesn't notice and/or doesn't care about the zombie shambling up behind him. Thankfully, that isn't the true ending.
    • Then he has another one after Isabella rescues him and he learns that he's infected.
  • Chuck has one in the worst ending for Dead Rising 2: With his daughter dead due to his failure to give her Zombrex, he loses all will to live, so when zombies come busting into the security room, he puts up no resistance as they pull him down and devour him.
  • Kyosuke Nanbu in Super Robot Wars Original Generation Gaiden suffers this. Just when he thought he saved his Robot Girl companion Lamia Loveless, he got a bit distracted and that caused a cheap shot to get fired at him and promptly lose her, leading him to think that it's his fault she's dead. Heroic BSoD occurs for about 10 minutes, after the said killer was taken care of, and he vanished from the player's control for several missions. Shortly after he came back in action (or get controlled by the player again), he found out that Lamia is Not Quite Dead and Brainwashed and Crazy. Another Heroic BSoD occurs in Kyosuke for about 10 minutes again after the battle concludes. And in their next encounter, Kyosuke was about to suffer another Heroic BSoD recalling his failure to protect her, until his rival turned good Axel Almer proved otherwise and completely saved her. From thereafter, Kyosuke no longer suffers casual Heroic BSoDs, but it's kinda worth noting that in one game he suffers this trope THREE TIMES.
    • Calvina Coulange from Super Robot Wars Judgment suffers this in the early portion of the game, though this is justified that she hasn't been piloting for years and fears her skills have deteriorated so it doesn't ensure survival for the imminent battle.
    • Ryusei in Super Robot Wars Alpha 3 takes it very literally when Hazal destroyed his SRX and seemingly killed Aya. Took about a Time Skip (just several months) and several missions to get him back to fighting state. And since this hasn't happened in the OG Universe... He may get one later.
    • Kazuma Ardygun in Super Robot Wars W has one when Blessfield is apparently killed in a Boson Jump accident at the Bloody Valentine. A six-month timeskip later, his family finds him working with the Serpent Tail, seemingly amnesiac under the name of Kite.
    • After a scuffle with Lu Cain and his Demon Death Platoon and a duel with Master Asia in an Earth Route Scenario in Shin Super Robot Wars, the cave fell apart as a result of the fighting. Prof. Eri Anzai nearly faints, totally unable to comprehend how the hotheaded Domon Kasshu and Ryusei could ignore the cultural value of whatever was in that cave.
  • Flint from MOTHER 3 gets one halfway through chapter one. The good news? The Drago tooth his friend found would be an awesome weapon! The bad news? The tooth was found after it went through Flint's wife's heart! Flint literally has to be knocked unconscious after hearing the news and breaking down.
    • He gets another near the end of the game, when he finds out the Masked Man is Claus. He snaps out of it in time to take the bullet (well, PSI attack) for Lucas.
  • The PC for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness has one when they find out they have to die to save the world. Just when they're starting to snap out of it they have another one over Grovyle taking the hit from Dusknoir for them.
  • The rival in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (and Platinum) has one after he failed to defeat Commander Jupiter at Lake Acuity and Uxie got taken by Team Galactic.
  • Laharl from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness suffers his after Seraph Lamington kills Flonne. His only response, after a few seconds of silence, are a series of guttural growls followed by murderous rage. Afterwards, depending on what ending the player got, either Laharl spares Lamington and it's revealed that it was all a test, and Flonne is revived, Laharl spares Lamington... in the sense that he's still BREATHING... and Flonne is revived, though Laharl is so apalled by his actions that he departs, never to be seen again or, finally, flat out KILLS Lamington, only to go completely insane when the truth is revealed and kill himself.
  • Lloyd Irving of Tales of Symphonia does this when he discovers that Colette is giving up her life to save the world and then gets a front row seat to watch her "die", the angel Remiel who had previously acted as a guardian angel for the group is actually evil, and Kratos, who had previously been traveling with them to protect Colette, turns out to be Remiel's boss. Poor boy practically needed a kernel reinstall to get over that, which hidden pseudo-ally Yuan neatly provides.
    • Doesn't Emil's realization from the sequel that he's actually Ratatosk, he murdered Aster, he was getting ready to destroy the entire human race, and to put the icing on the guilt cake, he used Marta as bait for his enemies count?
  • Fellow Idiot Hero and Tales Series protagonist, Luke fon Fabre of Tales of the Abyss, also has an epic one when, after the first part of the game, he begins to realize the gravity of what he's done: killed thousands of people all at once, sunk a huge portion of the world, and refused to accept responsibility for it all until the entire party turns their backs and give up on him. Even his best friend and the love interest. Oh, and by the way, he's a clone, and the party seems to like the original better. He comes out of the BSoD with wide eyes and new resolution, deciding that he'll do whatever it takes to become a better person. Indeed, throughout the rest of the game he completes his transformation from Jerkass to All-Loving Hero.
  • Velvet Crowe from Tales of Berseria nosedives into despair when she learns the truth behind what happened during the Scarlet Night that killed her younger brother and caused him to come back as Innominat. Up to this point, she had spent the entire game becoming the enemy of the world to avenge him. He tears her down further and she almost gives up on living until she's snapped out of it.
  • Mitsuru Kirijo, in Persona 3 gets this when the Chairman betrays the party and murders her father in cold blood, and then, wounded himself, falls off the edge of the tower. During the Kyoto trip, it's Yukari that brings her to her senses. After Mitsuru gains her resolution, her persona ascends from Penthesilea to Artemisia.
    • Everybody in the party kind of emotionally checks out for a couple of weeks in December after the revelation that their efforts to defeat the twelve shadows have brought about The End of the World as We Know It, there's no way to stop it, and the only options they have are to wait for it to happen or have their memories of the whole thing erased so that they can go about their lives in peace for the few months or so that they have left. They manage to rally themselves out of it in time for Christmas.
    • Yukari herself also suffers one when she learns that her Disappeared Dad, whom she adored and idolized, was apparently involved in the creation of the Shadows that the group is fighting against.
  • Happens to everyone in Persona 4 if Nanako dies after the fight with Namatame. Dojima has a major one, too, once he finally joins them. Teddie also gets hit particularly hard, getting a one-two punch from Nanako's death and finally remembering his true nature.
  • Sera in Digital Devil Saga 2 gets one of these when she watches Heat kill Serph, in a scene that mimicks the scene where other Serph killed other Heat five years ago and threw her into her original BSoD that kinda started the destruction of the world. Unfortunately, watching this reiteration of the previous BSoD causing trauma caused God to decide to finish the job. Whoops.
    • Speaking of Serph, Serph didn't take the news well that his past-life was responsible for the world's problems in both Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2.
  • When confronting Hikawa at the Diet Building in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, Yuko is lined up for an extremely cruel one - the man just laughs at her and reveals how easily Aradia has been pulling her strings with honeyed lies and false hopes. Confronted with the fact the goddess she'd chosen to trust was nothing but a Manipulative Bastard spirit with little actual power, she collapses in despair. When the Dirty Coward spirit tries to get her to leave the Vortex World into whatever world is born of Kagutsuchi's power, Yuko brushes her off and chooses to remain to oppose Hikawa, fully knowing she has no way of surviving.
  • Jade from Beyond Good & Evil has one of these. When she returns home to her lighthouse, she discovers that it's been destroyed, and all of her adoptive children have most likely been killed. She breaks down and delivers a heart-wrenching soliloquy (It was once the quote at the top of this page.) about her uselessness. Said soliloquy was so impressive that they even included it on the official OST album under the trackname "Enfants Disparus".
  • Adrienne Delaney of Phantasmagoria is a shining example of this trope at game's end, walking away from her former home with an utterly blank expression on her face. Of course, by that point she had personally witnessed visions of Zoltan Carnovash brutally murdering his wives, been raped by her husband Don while he was possessed, lost her cat Spazz and her two new vagrant friends, murdered Don in order to keep him from killing her, and had successfully faced off against the demon who had possessed him, trapping it in a talisman. So yeah, it's easy to see why she'd be so messed up...
  • Higashizawa drives Shiki into one in The World Ends with You. The next day, she is quite silent, not even saying her usual run-away-from-battle quips.
    • The games end, where Neku realizes that Joshua actually DID kill him and is about to do it again and, subsequently, erase Shibuya. Seriously, to say it with Neku's words: WHAT THE HELL?!
  • Alien Syndrome had an early case of the Heroic BSoD when Aileen was searching for survivors on the Kronos, despite finding the survivors, they have all turned mad and tried to kill her (without much success) and when she got back, she entered a stage of Heroic BSoD before getting the pieces together in order to find her boyfriend. Needless to say, she hears of the fateful log where her boyfriend suffers something akin to Prey's second boss later on. It only gets worse as she learns of her roots and how the alien queen is really an young girl who is the sole sentient survivor of her people and she wants to die so she can finally rest in piece.
  • Wonderfully averted in Riviera: The Promised Land after Ein's memory block is released and he remembers that he's a Grim Angel who is supposed to destroy the world: instead of angsting about it, he immediately vows to find a better way to defeat the demons, because the Sprites really aren't so bad.
  • Wild ARMs series:
    • Clive in Wild Arms 3 has one when Beatrice awakens the Demondor Pillar - Rear near his hometown of Humphrey's Peak and he becomes convinced he needs to stop adventuring and protect his family. He is soon reminded by his daughter that his family is the reason why he must continue to fight for them and the planet.
    • Jude from Wild Arms 4 has one after witnessing the deaths of his mother and several of his former neighbors while escaping from the military's base. He snaps out of it after his teammates convince him to keep going and fulfill his mother's wish of seeing the Divine Weapon destroyed.
  • Lan Hikari has one of these in Mega Man Battle Network 3. Lan has just helped Mr. Match place fire data throughout Sci Lab, resulting in his father's injury. Lan misses school for about three days, even lashing out at Mayl and Yai, and it takes Chaud asking for his help after an "I didn't hear anything" to bring him out.
  • It takes three games, but Geo, the protagonist of Mega Man Star Force, finally gets one in the third game when his best friend is seemingly murdered in front of him. Just to rub it in, the villain immediately goes on to the Evil Laugh.
    • Geo was having BSoDs waaaay before that. In the first game he had a BSoD for 3 years or so when his dad went missing. Then he has ANOTHER one when Pat betrays him. And then ANOTHER one in the second game when he only manages to save just one of his friends from falling in a non-lethal hole of doom. Also, in the same game, ANOTHER one when Sonia / Harp Note, Geo's first person which who has formed a brotherband, betrays him and breaks their brotherband, due to a deal with the enemy to ensure Geo would be safe. Geo's the king of this trope, no kidding.
  • In the course of fighting off an alien invasion, Iji is shaken by the death of her father and sister, and she suffers a Heroic BSoD if she fails to save her brother, which is particularly heartbreaking because she goes on talking to him as if he's still alive. Also note that failing is very probable in the first playthrough unless you've read about it in advance.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm. The entire Tau faction has a Heroic BSoD when their Ethereal is slain at the finale of their stronghold mission, and retreat from the Kaurava system thoroughly shamed by their inability to protect them. The Tau Commander even exclaims something along the lines of "NOOOOOO! Noble Ethereal! We have lost you! We have lost all!"
    • It happens in any situation an Ethereal dies. And the commander didn't live, he joined the Ethereal in death
    • Another case is from the earlier Dark Crusade, when the objective in the Tau stronghold is to kill the Ethereal Aun'El. As Aun'El falls whispering "All is lost... all is lost...", a crisis commander begins to freak out before Shas'O Kais, barely keeping things together, announces "Fall back, now! All forces, fall back. Evacuate the city. We will return Aun'El to T'au for burial. There is nothing left for us here..."
      • Worth noting that about half the planet's population consists of Tau when they evacuate...
  • Link partially suffers one, collasping to his knees and breathing heavily, in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, after he learns how the Fused Shadows came into existence.
  • By Episode 3 of Phantasy Star Universe, Laia Martinez has gone through one after a series of events near the end of Episode 2. First she failed to save the virus-infected young Beast boy who turned into a SEED form, thus having to be purified. Then during an Illuminus attack on the GUARDIANS colony by SEED-infected CASTs, President Dallgun, her adopted father, is forced to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to save the residential area, leaving the rest of the colony (w/Dallgun still inside) to crash into Parum, destroying a city along with thousands of people. The fact that the GUARDIANS have lost the trust of the people for failing to prevent it from happening doesn't help. In the first chapter of Ep. 3, it's revealed that Laia had unceremoniously left the GUARDIANS and has no intention on returning. She gets better.
  • Oersted (Orsted in the first translation patch) from Live A Live has one following The Reveal. It doesn't end well.
  • Call of Duty: World at War, Sgt. Roebuck suffers this in the last American mission, when Pvt. Polonsky dies from a Japanese fake surrender ambush and they're forced to take on a massive wave of enemy forces. Alternatively Polonsky suffers this is it's Roebuck who dies in the ambush.
  • Silent Hill 2 has James do at least 3 (maybe 4) of these: when Maria is killed by Pyramid Head, when Maria is killed by Pyramid Head again, when he remembers that he killed his wife, and (arguably) a brief one when the Pyramid Heads kill Maria YET AGAIN.
    • Let's not beat around the bush, The entirety of the game is basically James having one massive BSoD. From getting out of the the bitter end, it's all the awful truth catching up to a man in deep denial.
  • Mio in Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly, right at the end of the game in the Bittersweet Ending. After all, she just murdered her twin sister Mayu via strangling to complete a ritual to keep demons away, resulting in Mio turning into a blubbering, disbelieving mess. She follows after the spirit of her sister, crying out that she's sorry and begging her to come back. And this is the canon ending!
    • Yae suffered from two of them: one in the second game where she was a teenager and the other in the first game. The first one was after she discovers everyone in her village is dead and the second one was after her daughter Mikoto goes missing along with her friends. This causes her to blame herself for giving Mikoto the camera obscura and ultimately drives her to suicide.
    • Miku appears to have shut down after the events of Fatal Frame 1, when her brother Mafuyu decided to stay in the mansion and got crushed to death. To the point where she refuses to remember what happened.
    • Every tattoo curse victim and rope curse victim has suffered from a BSoD moment at some point or another notably Yoshino Takigawa and Tomoe Hirasaka.
  • Will has one in Advance Wars Days of Ruin after Cpt. Brenner is destroyed by Caulder's new weapon. He snaps out of it when Isabella tells him that his happiness is her happiness. He then goes on to become the new commander of Brenner's Wolves.
    • Isabella has one when Caulder tells everyone his daughters are clones and Isabella is one of them. Being kicked out by the civilians doesn't exactly help her condition. But after the battle on the Great Owl, Will tells her it doesn't matter what she is.
  • Zero from Mega Man X4 gets an exceedingly narmtastic heroic BSoD after being forced to kill his girlfriend Iris. See it in all its glory here. He continues to wangst about it even in his last breath in Mega Man X5.
    • His BSoD is portrayed much, much better and much more seriously with the original Japanese voice-acting, so it is not so "narmtastic" after all
    • In the crossover game Project X Zone, Vile triggers Zero to have another one by showing that Iris is alive causing Zero to lose the will to fight and X trying to snap him out of it, requiring you to save them under a time limit.
  • Kingdom Hearts II. When Sora learns that his killing Heartless is exactly what the Organization wants him to do. He recovers really quickly, after a pep talk from Goofy, which basically boils down to "The Heartless still need to be stopped, because they hurt people."
    • And a less plot-relevant example is given to Hercules when he finds out that Olympus Coliseum was utterly demolished by the Hydra that he didn't quite kill in his hurry to save his girlfriend. You would think he suffered enough in the movie.
    • Mickey, Donald Duck, and Sora all slip into a shared one in when Goofy is seemingly killed. It only lasts a few seconds before all three of them quickly transition into Unstoppable Rage. After they finish ruthlessly slaughtering every last Heartless and Nobody in the immediate vicinity, Goofy catches up to them and reveals that he was not dead, only knocked unconscious.
    • Mickey Mouse has one in the ending of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep over his failure to save any of the protagonists from their fates worse than death. Master Yen Sid rouses him out of it fairly quickly, although there are some hints that it still haunted him years later in the original Kingdom Hearts I, just not cripplingly.
    • Sora has another one in Kingdom Hearts 3D over his nature as a Mind Hive and who he, exactly, is, which gets so bad he actually gets corrupted by darkness for a bit and goes into a coma.
  • Steve Burnside in Resident Evil – Code: Veronica gets a short one when he discovers that his father has been zombified, and he becomes unable to "kill" it. Only when Claire is threatened by the zombie does he finally turn his submachine guns on it, proceeding to drain his entire supply of bullets into the corpse, and his fingers remain locked into the triggers despite the clicking from the drained guns.
  • Isabelle in Shadowverse. She went into despair when she found out that her fiance was killed by a dragon, hence her drive to revive him through alchemy.
  • Edge Maverick from Star Ocean: The Last Hope gets a BSoD after he introduced futuristic technology to a 1950's Earth that will bypass that of the nuclear age, therefore avoiding the nuclear war that would eventually nearly cause massive destruction to Earth in the future. However, the scientist he gives it to immediately puts it into a technologically inept reactor, causing the destruction of the entire Earth.
    • Pretty major case of BSoD at that, too. Reimi, his Second-In-Command, is forced to take over as captain because Edge has become unfit for duty. For a while, Edge says very little in cutscenes and says nothing at all after a victory in battle or leveling up. It isn't until Reimi is afflicted with a sickness that turns people into stone that he finally starts to snap out of it.
  • Much of the entertainment value of the Let's Play videos of I Wanna Be the Guy comes from watching the LP'ers experiencing heroic BSoDs.
    • One particular epic heroic BSoD comes from a user who had a complete mental breakdown after MANY failed attempts to kill Mecha Birdo. In fact, he uploaded the attempted fights as a completely separate video in the LP he was doing of the game just to show how crazy he had went.
    • In the same vein, pokecapn has a major one during the five-part finale of the Sonic 2006 Let's Play. What follows is the most painful silence imaginable.
  • Ratchet gets one during the first Ratchet and Clank game after Qwark's betrayal. At this point, the only thing keeping him from dumping Clank and packing it all in is a need for mutual cooperation. He does become determined to get back at Qwark though.
  • In Mass Effect, Wrex's race, the krogan are dying out due to a specially designed bioweapon used on them during a Krogan Uprising. On Virmire, he learns that on the base you intend to blow up Saren is developing a cure. He storms off; you either have to convince him that extinction would be preferable to his race being the indoctrinated servants of Saren, or you have to kill him.
    • Shepard has one too, after the Council grounds him/her. His/her love-interest (or Anderson if no-one romanced) turns up and pulls him/her out of it.
    • Mordin in Mass Effect 2. During his loyalty mission, learns that his student was conducting live experiments and torture trying to figure out a cure for the Genophage, Mordin's greatest work... Kills student for barbarity, if Paragon option is not taken. Clearly sad. Gets over it quickly. Salarians deal with emotions faster due to shorter life cycles.
    • Joker gets one of this after the Normandy Crew gets captured by Collectors and chews Shepard out for what happened there before quickly calming down.
    • Some of your squadmates in Mass Effect 2 if you fail their loyalty mission. Tali, Thane and Samara will be brooding for the rest of the mission if you for some reason fail to get their loyalty.
    • Shepard is on the edge of one for ALL of Mass Effect 3, as the decisions that s/he's forced to make in the Reaper War and all the people who have died in the fight against the Reapers takes it's physical and mental toll on him/her. This is most evident after the fall of Thessia, where s/he really goes through a Heroic BSoD and is very near the edge of the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Cosette from Valkyria Chronicles II suffers a heroic BSoD when she gets her first true taste of warplace casualties as she could not tend to the dying due to her hematophobia in effect. She basically is frozen in complete terror when she saw the wounded and dying.
  • Happens to Holmes himself in Sherlock Holmes Versus Jack the Ripper, when he sees Mary Jane Kelly's dead body. He doesn't actually pass out, but is so shaken that Watson has to shepherd him home. Justified, as the last of the Whitechapel murders was by far the most gruesome of the killings.
  • In The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge if you do not succeed in the chapter Saving Sandy, Jack will limply fall to his hands and knees followed by the death screen. Meaning the shock killed him or Jack was too traumitized to defend himself and was killed by Oogie because of it.
  • Ellis from Left 4 Dead will go silent if a teammate dies, and refuses to talk until they are revived. This is in sharp contrast with his otherwise chatty nature.
    • Supposedly, this is due to a bug. At least, that's what TV Tropes said.
  • In Planescape: Torment, a good-aligned Nameless One will, throughout his journey, hear and learn of the actions of one of his past selves, the Practical Incarnation. As he learns more and more of the Incarnation's various atrocities, he is clearly disturbed. This ultimately reaches a head when he recalls how the Practical Incarnation played Dionarra's feelings for him like a fiddle, emotionally manipulated/tortured her, and ultimately deliberately sent her to her death, all without the slightest hint of feeling or remorse. Even worse, it turns out that Practical never actually loved her, and regarded her as nothing but a tool for him to use, just like everyone else. The sheer horror at what he once was and what he did causes the Nameless One to break down, complete with Tears of Blood.
  • Somewhat surprisingly, Garrosh Hellscream in World of Warcraft expansion Cataclysm. The short version: Cairne opposes his ascension to Warchief and challenges him to a non-lethal duel; however, Cairne has been severely weakened from the Grimtotems secretly poisoning him, and Garrosh accidentally kills him. He locks himself in his throne room and only comes out when Baine explains what happened and absolves him of his guilt.
    • Jaina Proudmoore at Icecrown Citadel. Realizing that your ex-fiancé really is pure evil and really does need to die is quite traumatic.
    • And more recently, Varok Saurfang is going through one of these - or perhaps a villainous one, from the Alliance's point of view - during the run-up to the release of the seventh expansion, Battle For Azeroth. With the ending of Legion now having revealed the existence of "Azerite", a powerful mineral literally consisting of the "life-blood" of the planet (hence its name), the Horde and Alliance both attempted to stake a claim to it. This led to the Horde - helmed by current Warchief Sylvanas Windrunnernote  - taking measures to hamstring their rivals' efforts. This culminated in the controversial move - both in-universe and out of it - for her to firebomb the Night Elven city of Darnassus and the World Tree it was standing on with artillery. Being an orc - and a long-serving, well-respected war hero at that - Varok greatly prides himself on the concept of honour. He instantly regretted impulsively leaping to Sylvanas' aid in Darkshore by hurling his axe at Malfurion Stormrage from behind and, when the firebombing occurred, his first instinct was to protest to Sylvanas' face that there was no honour in what she'd done and the only outcome would be an unprecedented Alliance reprisal. This leads him - as shown in the Old Soldier cinematic - to spend the moments before the battle at Lordaeron contemplating not the prospect of finding honour in the combat to come, but simply the hope that he can still die with it.
    "Zappy-Boy":note  This be my first battle. W-.. What should I do?
    Varok Saurfang: Hmph. Don't die.
    ZB: Yes, of course. But, if I do fall, may it be with honour in glorious battle!
    Saurfang lets out an irritated roar and throws his pauldron to the floor
    Varok Saurfang: There will be no glory today. Only pain.
  • In Metroid: Other M, Samus spends a good portion of the game struggling to come to terms with the brutal death of the Baby Metroid in Super Metroid, which takes place almost immediately before this game. At one point, she is attacked by Ridley, who killed Samus's mother right in front of her and used this history to torture her in the manga. Samus does not take well to suddenly encountering her mortal enemy whom she believes is dead, as she exploded the whole planet he was on in Super Metroid, with Adam in danger as well.
  • Soma Cruz experiences a Heroic BSoD in Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow when he witnesses a doppelganger of Mina Hakuba being executed by Celia Fortner, provided he's not holding Mina's Talisman when it occurs. This causes Soma to lose control of his identity as Dracula, and allows the Dark Lord to be fully resurrected through his body. With no other choice, Julius Belmont confronts him in the newly-freed Castlevania. This acts as one of the game's Multiple Endings.
  • Capell from Infinite Undiscovery has one when he sees vermiforms killing Faina and Leif. He starts resenting lunaglyphs and the people who use them because he believes that the Unblessed would have been protected if they had lunaglyphs of their own.
  • Judging by this cinematic from StarCraft II, Kerrigan's last act as a human is to have one, after realising that her allies have abandoned her and she has no ammo or energy. Then she sees a swarm of Zerg coming towards her.
    • The nameless marine in the Brood War opening cinematic has one as he sees the UED Battlecruiser pull away, leaving him to die at the hands of the zerg.
  • As a common trope in the fiction of H. P. Lovecraft, this is incorporated into games based on his works, such as the PC/console game Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, and the iPhone game Necronomicon. Dark Corners of the Earth emphasizes this with a system that causes a player to lose physical control of a character whose sanity dips too low. Hallucinations are an early warning sign.
  • Much of the challenge of the video game adaptation of The Thing (2002) is in keeping NPCs from falling into this, in the face of both horrifying events and rampant paranoia. If they snap, they may start firing on friendly characters (including the player); and it may trigger a transformation if they are already infected.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, Alistair has one after the battle at Ostagar that lasts until you reach Lothering.
  • There is a point in Dragon Age II where Hawke arrives home to discover that his/her mother has been abducted by a serial killer. Unfortunately, no matter what you do, there is no way to arrive in time to save her. The following two scenes with Gamlen and Hawke's love interest respectively depict Hawke completely shut off from reality.
    • If Bethany is still alive and Hawke sides with the Templars, after killing Orsino, she will, in despair, accept her fate as Meredith goes to execute her. Hawke can prevent her from doing this or allow it to happen.
    • At the conclusion of Merrill's final Companion Quest "A New Path", Merrill goes through one after she is forced to kill her mother figure Marethari who had made herself into an abomination to save Merrill. She collapses to her knees and begs her gods to let this all just be a terrible dream.
      Merrill: (falls to her knees) I didn't want this. I never wanted this! Please, Creators, let this all be a bad dream. I'll wake up, and she'll scold me for being an idiot...
    • Fenris's final Companion Quest has this as a potential outcome. If Hawke agrees to sell Fenris back to his old master, Fenris is so broken by Hawke's betrayal that he goes along with Denarius without even struggling.
  • In Dragon Age: Inquisition, Varric goes through one if Hawke sacrifices him/herself in the Fade to save the Inquisitor and the Grey Warden ally. After being told what happened, he is unable to even say anything, just walking away completely silently.
  • In the ending of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, present-day protagonist Desmond Miles was possessed upon touching the Apple of Eden and forced to stab his friend Lucy Stillman, after which he BSoDs so hard that he went into shock, and despite being put back into the Animus in an attempt to keep his mind busy he ended up going into a coma, which he remains in as of Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
    • If one starts the da Vinci Disappearance DLC after after one has already cleared the game's memory Sequences as opposed to before that, the opening dialogue changes to reflect the above BSoD, although either way the ending dialogue is set after the BSoD.
  • In RosenkreuzStilette, Tia gets this when Iris kills her father for having outlived his usefulness to her and then attacks and fatally injures her. Tia desperately demands to know WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON and Iris happily complies telling her a long story about the whole truth behind the war - the fact that she arranged for her father to have Karl imprisoned because He Knows Too Much, the fact that she started the war just for kicks, why she was at the training hall when the war started, why she killed her own father, the fact that she used her so-called innocent demeanor as a mask to fool and manipulate everyone, and the fact that she observed her every move through her pendant that Tia picked up and pitted everyone from RKS against her ideals, and not to mention the fact that she decided to make Zorne suffer by destroying he who she constantly yearned to someday accept her as his real daughter because she always hated her. Tia receives such a big shock from finding out the monster within Iris that she snaps in disbelief that Iris is the kind of kid who would cross the Moral Event Horizon, and is even more shocked and grief-stricken when she realizes that she was suckered by the mask Iris wore. Iris, no longer having a need for Tia, tries to finish her off and kill her with one last attack but Freu stops the attack with a room-freezing attack of her own that freezes the attack dead in its tracks to Tia's joy. After Iris leaves, Freu reveals to Tia's surprise that she overused the attack but would be fine, and tells her to go after Iris. At first, Tia refuses to abandon Freu and Karl while Freu's wounded and Karl's imprisoned, but Freu convinces her that she will be alright and will release Karl for her and take care of every problem left behind by Iris, and lets her know that she can rest assured. Knowing that only Tia has a chance of defeating Iris, Freu provides her with a special pick-me-up item she made for her and Tia, calming down and therefore ending her own Heroic BSoD, takes it and leaves to settle the score with Iris once and for all.
  • In Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, protagonist Edward Kenway suffers a mental and emotional breakdown after Mary Read's death, becoming a drunken mess for what appear to be several months.
  • Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon has the Player-Cheracter go through one extremely late-game when his brother Kane dies. The PC is so shocked by this that he is unable to speak for the rest of the game, and as a result the player can no longer use the escape-spell Egress.
  • In Heavy Rain, many of the parents who lost children to the Origami Killer are suffering from this, in particular Lauren, who seems to have fallen into a pit of despair and remains genuinely stoic throughout the entire game.
    • In all of his worst endings, Ethan commits suicide after learning of Shaun's death.
    • Ethan is going through one for nearly the entire game due to the death of his son at the beginning.
    • Norman. He is addicted to a substance which can kill him if he takes too much and really struggles with it. Even worse is that he takes this likely because of ARI, the glasses he uses at crime scenes to find clues, which can make him bleed from the eyes and even kill him. Not to mention if he fails to save Shaun it results in an ending where he overdoses on the triptocaine due to his guilt
  • In Baten Kaitos Origins, the Heart-to-Heart scene is Sagi going through a brief one after learning who and what his guardian spirit really is.
  • In Asura's Wrath, Asura experiences this in the aftermath of the unnamed girl being killed when Olga's fleet bombarded her village to try to take him out. Of course, this being Asura, when he hits his BSoD, he defaults to one state. And his wrath is awe-inspiring to behold.
  • In Advanced Variable Geo, after watching Miranda Jahana kill off K-1 and K-2, Yuka started having serious doubts about her Defeat Means Friendship philosophy, causing her to lose her powers until Tamao helps her find confidence again.
  • This happens to two characters in I Miss the Sunrise.
    • Tezkhra, after discovering that the Black One wasn't just spouting nonsense — the work that he loved so passionately nearly caused all of reality to be destroyed. This is what leads him to running away and crash-landing on the PLSE surface of The Reconstruction.
    • Mahk, after learning that the Machinatorium has been destroyed, becomes unresponsive and uncharacteristically quiet, eventually culminating in him freaking out and running away to find Tezkhra. It is also potentially kicked up a notch by Ivoronus' Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Bill Rizer from Neo Contra receives a brief one from Master Contra's Hannibal Lecture, until Mystery G does a Heroic Sacrifice that saves Bill and Jaguar and tells him that it doesn't matter that he's a clone or not, and that he still lives by the original Bill's ideals and that makes him the real Bill Rizer.
  • Sly Cooper
    • Murray suffers this at the end of Sly 2: Band of Thieves after Bentley is crippled following the gang's takedown of Clock-La which leads to him resigning from the Cooper Gang. This carries all the way to the beginning of Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, which sees Sly and Bentley trying to get Murray back into the gang during the first chapter.
    • Bentley get this in Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time by discovering the Black Knight is Penelope.
  • Lampshaded in The King of Fighters XIII. In their story mode, Maxima tells K' and Kula that he has trouble rebooting, K' asks "You're not gonna bluescreen on us, are ya?". Maxima says that he won't, but K' still asks him for a match to see what's going on.
  • In Word Realms this happens to the player if they get either the bad or the Nightmare Fuel bad ending. In the bad ending the player realizes that the rematch with Lord Nightmare didn't happen, they instead just attacked and destroyed the towns clock tower, causing it to blow up and damage the town and the player gets called crazy by the scribe's daughter. The player quits their quest and hopes that they can atone for their crime in the future. In the Nightmare Fuel bad ending it's the same as the bad ending except the nightmare monster versions of the townsfolk were the actual townsfolk and the player brutally murders each of them while under the effect of Lord Nightmare's illusions. The scribe's daughter is horrified and calls the player a monster and the player suddenly realizes that the "monsters" were the townsfolk while cut scenes of each member's brutal murder play and then the screen cuts to black and opens on the opening shot of the village with the silhouette of the player's body hanging from the tree.
  • In The Night of the Rabbit the protagonist Jerry Hazelnut has one once he returns to his home world just to find out that he had been missing for years, his home is condemned, his mother is no longer there (possibly dead) and his father has disappeared and erased from everyone's memory. But this gives him strength to set things right.
  • In Baldur's Gate, the largest dungeon by far is Durlag's Tower. Durlag was a good aligned dwarvish adventurer who lived many years before the game's events who spent some of his money making a tower and complex underneath it to be a place of peace and plenty for himself and the clan he gathered around him. Unfortuntely, a tribe of doppelgangers got wind of this and the large amount of remaining gold, and systematically took the place of Durlag's friends and family members in the tower. When they revealed themselves and attacked in the forms they had taken, Durlag managed to defeat them, but the experience of killing (it seemed) his loved ones drove him insane. Paranoid, he hired builders and converted the area below his tower to a massive, trap filled complex which no one has since breached the lower levels of. Naturally, the PCs have the opportunity to do this, and the atmosphere - and gradually revealed backstory - within the dungeon strongly emphasise Durlag's BSoD.
  • In Robopon, Prince Tail has one after he loses to both Dr. Zero and Cody, and Princess Darcy is trapped in a mirror as a result.
  • Princess Elise having a breakdown in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) is an actual plot point. If the princess should ever cry, the fire spirit, Iblis (who is one half of the godly being, Solaris), who is sealed within the princess' soul, would be freed and destroy the world. Mephiles, the other half of Solaris, knows of the seal and aims to get Elise to be consumed with despair that she'd cry by having Sonic die in front of her. After failing to get Silver to do the job, Mephiles does the job himself by attacking Sonic from behind. Elise witnesses Sonic dying before her eyes and lets out a Big NO, which breaks the seal on Iblis. Despite the world around her and everyone else teetering on the brink of destruction, Elise can't do anything but hold Sonic's lifeless body in her arms. It isn't until she feel Sonic's presence in the wind, which is then followed by Sonic's friends giving Elise a Rousing Speech that snaps her out of her despair, which has her become strong with resolve and uses the Chaos Emeralds to bring Sonic back to life.
  • Trevor from Grand Theft Auto V has two of these. One in the normal Single Player after realizing that all his hard work in one heist was for no profit at all, because the object the crew took would have gotten them all killed by the Government. The other is in Online, after the end of one of the Online Heists.
  • Sans from Undertale is by default super-chill, friendly, and encouraging (if passive), but if the second boss, his younger brother Papyrus, is killed on any playthrough, he'll only appear in mentions that he's either retreating from his day-to-day life or quietly watching the player until his final scenes, in which he'll comment on their stats and tell them not to come back respectively.
  • In the Evolve companion story The Sword, we learn this was Parnell's reaction to losing his ship and crew in an attempt to save innocents, as well as the innocents themselves. It doesn't help that the media painted him as a ruthless pirate trying to loot a dying ship.
  • In The Elder Scrolls backstory, during the 1st Era, the Nordic Empire, led by the Tongues (masters of the Thu'um), was expanding rapidly out of Skyrim. Their armies invaded deep into Morrowind, slaughtering both the Chimer (ancestors of the Dunmer) and Dwemer. The leaders of these long time enemy races, Lord Indoril Nerevar and Dumac Dwarfking, agreed to form an Enemy Mine. Their combined forces met at the base of Red Mountain, where the Chimer/Dwemer alliance "annihilated" the Nord army, a truly shocking defeat in this history of the Proud Warrior Race Nords. The most powerful of the Tongues, Jurgen Windcaller, survived but fell into despair. Despite the advantage conferred by the Thu'um, the Nord army was soundly crushed. For seven years, Windcaller meditated and reflected on the defeat, coming to the conclusion that it was a punishment from the gods for misusing the Thu'um. He would use the defeat as inspiration to discover the Way of the Voice and found the Greybeards, a monastic order who espouse nonintervention and pacifism, and only use the Voice to honor the gods. The aftereffects of this battle can still be felt in the plots of both Morrowind and Skyrim.
  • Rex from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 almost gives up on his quest entirely after failing to prevent Pyra from falling into Torna's hands at the end of Chapter 6. It takes half of the remaining party members to get him back on the proverbial horse; Nia and Brighid with the application of force and anger, and Poppi with tenderness and an emotional plea.
  • In BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm, Anonymous slips into one of these at the end of Chapter 7, after learning the truth about his identity as a fragment of Legion. He’s uncharacteristically quiet for the next few scenes, until Til snaps him out of it with just the right mixture of sympathy and snark.
  • In Grow Island, if the man is rejected by the woman, he will fall down, turn gray and stop moving until the end of the game.
  • Midway through Prince of Persia: Warrior Within the eponymous Prince learns his attempts to Set Right What Once Went Wrong were actually just making the wrong happen in the first place, collapses to his knees in utter defeat, and when he sees the Dahaka trying to get to him he surrenders and waits for death. Then he learns of an actual means of changing the past and goes for it, even taunting the Dahaka as he starts running again!
    Prince: You should have killed me when you had the chance!

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