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When your whole universe is on the internet, it's only a matter of time.

  • The Critique's review of "Princess Molestia" all but wrecked him. The review itself contains very few jokes, and the storyline is the Critique just wandering around trying to make sense of his life.
  • In the backstory to Funny Business, after Jeannette grows old enough to understand that she hurt people by abusing her powers, she essentially loses the ability to ever be happy again. Of course, her parents noticed her sudden change in behavior but did not know of its cause, and once they started to worry about her mental health, she inflicted them with Laser-Guided Amnesia and pretends to be a Cheerful Child from then on, so that nobody would worry about her. She keeps the Masquerade up right up to the present time of the story.
  • Our first encounter of Stuart/Amy in The Jade Box is of her in a BSOD from her Gender Bender.
  • Life in a Game star Guy goes in to a particularly epic one after Subplott is killed by the player controlled Jackal. He gets better.
  • Sapphire: When Boris kills Ivanka. He even tries to shoot himself, but backs down before pulling the trigger.
  • In the SCP Foundation, one SCP is a benign entity that resides in a book, creating fantastic dream worlds for anyone who reads the book before going to sleep. One researcher spent 200 years in the dream world (he slept for 24 hours straight), and immediately committed suicide when the book entity forced him to wake up. The entity was so distraught by this, it stopped making dream worlds for three weeks, only able to write "I'm so sorry. I never intended for this to happen. I just wanted to make people happy..." on every page, the book leaking tears the whole time. Another researcher brings the entity out of this by talking to it and reminding it that the tragedy wasn't its fault.
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  • Shadow of the Templar: Jeremy gets one after shooting and killing someone for the first time. It doesn't help that it was a head shot, meaning the guy's brains exploded everywhere.
  • Starwalker (a.k.a. Starry) experiences this when the implications of the Stable Time Loop act as a Logic Bomb.
  • Vatsy, from the dark-humor webstory Vatsy and Bruno, suffers one of these shortly after receiving the following rejection letter:
    To whom it may concern: We do not regret to inform you that this submission is unusable, unintelligent and frequently illegible. We do not regret that your mental seepage, poured in such an ungainly fashion on your half-cent-per-thousand-sheet paper, will not be gracing this or any future publication of the Writer's Guild World Newsletter. We do not regret that you will - most probably — die alone, penniless, unloved and foul-smelling. We do, however, regret that we were exposed — even through this protective screen of incomprehensibility — to this most unspeakable body of work. We regret that our sanity and our lives can never be whole again after even a brief perusal of your first page. We regret that the stink of hideous purple prose and suspiciously fecal ink will forever saturate our desk space. Most of all, we regret that you had slithered, like a diseased rat infiltrating an unsuspecting granary, into this world on whatever dark day you were born (from the art inherent in your prose, we would estimate about a year ago.) If we ever see the name 'Vatsy' - or that name spelled differently, or any name with a superficial resemblance, or anything that even reminds us of you - on any volume, essay, poem, or bill that ever crosses our threshold, we will ensure that you will not survive the night that follows. Wishing you well, The Writer's Guild.
  • Oh, Whateley Universe, where would you be without these?
    • In "Ayla and the Great Shoulder Angel Conspiracy", Tennyo is attacked by ghosts from her past as The Star Stalker and she finally remembers. She remembers being a soulless, heartless monster capable of wiping out entire civilizations in her efforts to fight EldritchAbominations. She ends up nearly catatonic. For days.
    • After his initial manifestation, one of the things that kept Phase going was the belief that his intersexed transformation was due a genetic effect called 'Gross Structural Dystrophy'. When he finds that it is actually an expression of his Exemplar trait - a superpower that (supposedly) takes it's cues from the mutant' subconscious desires and fears - he spends the next week in a daze, convinced that he'd brought the whole things down upon himself.
    • Circuit Breaker goes through a Trauma Conga Line culminating with her seeing her closest friend brutally murdered right in front of her. She goes through a BSOD so severe that she ends up in ARC Red for over a month of intensive psychotherapy.
    • Both Fey and Kodiak experience the partial destruction of their own souls during the Battle in the Center of the Mind to free Cavalier and Skybolt from the demons Hekate had placed in their minds to keep them from recovering. Kodiak is only mildly shaken, but Fey goes into a state of despair lasting weeks.
    • Generator has had more than one, usually with the result that she went into an Unstoppable Rage. The worst of these was targeted at her own male genitals, which she repeatedly slashed at as they kept regenerating, until she finally passed out from blood loss.
    • Jobe goes on a rampage after learning her father had disowned her, though whether that should be classified as a Villainous Breakdown instead is a matter of perspective.
  • Happens to Eidolon in Worm when Scion tells him that he subconsciously created the Endbringers, making him indirectly responsible for tens of millions of deaths. It turns out that Scion was actually invoking this trope specifically so that Eidolon would drop his guard and let Scion kill him.
  • The human protagonist in Humans Don't Make Good Pets suffers a breakdown after one of the soldiers he was fighting mourns another he killed. He realizes that up until that point, he'd killed hundreds of aliens without knowing who he was fighting or why.


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