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  • To Hell and Back (Arrowverse): Malcolm Merlyn had this reaction when he realized that it was Oliver, not Robert, on the Queen's Gambit, where he just had Frank Chen plant a bomb on. While this didn't stop him from taking advantage of the incident to force the Queens under his heel, he still felt immensely guilty for what happened and was relieved when Oliver was found alive ten years later. The feeling returns with a vengeance when he learns he's Oliver's biological father, as this means he had unintentionally ruined his own son's life, which eventually transforms him into a full-on "Well Done, Dad!" Guy.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Axis Powers Hetalia

  • In the doujinshi Besame Mucho, Spain gets one of these (quoting the trope name included) when standing in front of a destroyed house in a village his army just slaughtered. He is passing by when he sees a dead child's arm peeking out of a pile of wreck, and it makes him remember about Romano. Something was in my eye when he says that they just killed people, who were the same as him or little Romano. His companion's answer? "You are wrong. You are not human.". Tear Jerker, indeed.
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  • Also in an Axis Powers Hetalia fic, this is lampshaded by an authoress in the notes of the first chapter of her intense FACE bondage-dominance foursome. Repeat, the /first/ chapter.
  • In yet another Axis Powers Hetalia fanfiction Let me be Your Savior Romano/Lovino has one after stumbling across his brother (Italy/Feliciano) after Romano/Lovino had violently raped him crying, and it finally hits him that what he's been doing is wrong. This scene is a nice breakthrough, seeing as Romano/Lovino had seemed to cross Moral Event Horizon before.
  • Just about every fan-written sequel for the controversial Kink Meme story known as the Financial Crisis Gangrape has America's attackers all go through this in varying degrees. Depending on how forgiving or vindictive the individual author is, at least one of the rapist nations either gets Driven to Suicide from their guilt or suffer a massive BSOD.
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  • Multiple examples in Soviet Insanity. In particular, Belarus when she stabs Lithuania and Russia once he realizes the extent of the psychological damage he has inflicted on his family.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  • Xander has two in Emerald Dawn. The first when he realizes one of the kids he shot with an arrow on Halloween died. The second when he overhears demons talking about the Robin Hood type hunter going around killing every demon he sees, including a young couple who left behind a three year old orphan.
  • Willow's parents are horrified by their actions in Xendra after the Mayor's death results in breaking The Masquerade. Namely, they can't believe they spent months away from their daughter at a time, to the extent they barely know anything about her or her friends.



  • In Graduate Meeting Of Mutual Killing, has one of these in a flashback. It's shown that Ginchiyo, when she received the letter from Hope's Peak, tried to leave her sister out of the school and pass herself as the receiver of the letter, just to be told that the offer was for both her and her sister. She then hurried back home to tell her, and finds out her sister ran away from home in despair. Ginchiyo tries to atone for years, looking for her sister, and before the Filmmaker's death, she states she believes her sister is dead, as she couldn't find her.
  • In Despair's Last Resort, Shizuka Matsuki has one of these upon realizing that she's caused Naomi's death and actively killed Shigeru, and that if she graduates then those actions will be for nothing.

Death Note


  • In the Tamers Forever Series, when Chaos first emerges, but before Takato realizes he's a separate entity. From his perspective, he destroyed a significant part of the Internet just by having his Berserk Button pressed. You'd be a bit scared of yourself too.
    • This is also Takato's reaction when he uses the Omnivice to remove the pain from Azulongmon's Wind Electricity technique, only to find out that he'd transferred the pain to Rika, Henry, Renamon and Terriermon. His horror, frustration and grief combine to send him over the edge, unleashing the power of ChaosGallantmon.

The Familiar of Zero

  • Derflinger reveals in Enslaved that the reason Brimir died was because in his quest to eradicate the elves, his elven familiar Sasha unknowingly killed her own family. Once she realized what she'd done, she "snapped" and ran Derflinger through Brimir's heart.

Five Nights at Freddy's

  • Almost every (if not every) Five Nights at Freddy's fanfic involving the animatronics being good-hearted and realizing that they've been killing people when they stuff them into animatronic suits (not helping exoskeletons get into costume) uses this trope.

For Better or for Worse

  • In The New Retcons, after Elly snaps out of her insanity and is confronted by the doctors with what happened to her and what she did to others, she's horrified at her actions, particularly when she reads the letters she wrote while insane, and realizes how much Connie enabled her.

The Green Hornet

  • Repeated word for word in the fanfiction Bad Medicine after the OC kills the man who abducted/tortured her in self-defense.

Harry Potter

  • In The Day He Was Pushed Too Far Dumbledore, in order to avoid legal repercussions, lets a copy of Harry "die" and gives Harry a new identity after Harry shoots Umbridge and then himself in his fifth year. Harry says "What have I done?" shortly after coming across Neville, who's been dealing poorly with the "loss" of the only person who cared about him, trying to kill himself.
  • In Lily's Changes, Voldemort says this almost word for word after eleven-year-old Harry, having future knowledge, convinces him to absorb the soul fragments in two of his Horcruxes, regaining his sanity.
  • Percy Weasley has this reaction in Fixing What Has Been Broken after he learns that James Potter kidnapped Harry from the Saint Mungo's nursery when the real Harry Potter died shortly after birth and consequently he'd been vilifying his own brother.
  • In Exfriends, Lovers and Brothers Ron, upset about Harry being gay, punches him in the stomach. He has this reaction after learning that he caused Harry to lose his unborn child.
  • Happens for more than a few characters in Brutal Harry.
    • Aunt Petunia had this reaction when Uncle Vernon's abuse of Harry escalated to the point that he nearly beat the then-nine-year-old boy to death with a golf club, triggering a soul fragment of Lily's that was hiding in Harry to manifest, viciously beat Vernon to a pulp and then call Petunia out on taking her resentment and jealousy out on her completely innocent nephew, promising to really make her suffer if she ever hurts Harry again. Since then, Petunia became The Atoner.
    • Dumbledore has both this reaction and I Need a Freaking Drink when he hears about the full scope of the abuse Harry suffered at the hands of the Dursleys.
    • Professor McGonagall goes through this after Harry calls her out for punishing him for fighting off the troll that almost killed Hermione, pointing out that she might as well have said that he should've just let Hermione be killed just to uphold the rules and that she did not take into account of her students' individual backgrounds before doing so. After this, she makes an effort to loosen up some, so that all her students will actually turn to her for help rather than be afraid of her Stern Teacher tendencies when they have issues.

Hey Arnold!

  • In the Furnace, both Harold and Sid commit suicide out of guilt for murdering Arnold and Stinky.

How to Train Your Dragon

  • In A Thing of Vikings, both Stoick and Bladewit all but explicitly state (Stoick in his own private musings and Bladewit in a talk with Fishlegs) that they had this moment after they learned the truth about the dragons' reasons for raiding Berk and stealing food; both of them are disgusted and horrified with themselves that they have spent their lives taking pleasure in killing dragons who were little more than enthralled children, and take efforts to correct their mistake.

Kill la Kill

  • In Maim de Maim, Nui gets two of these, one is from when she skinned a girl alive to make a kamui and another is after Ryuuko and Senketsu are brainwashed. Ragyou appears to have one in chapter 22 when she shows and appears to be feeling a twinge of regret, during one of the few times she shows genuine emotion.
  • In Cellar Secrets, we have this with Ragyou over what the abuse she's put her daughter (especially Ryuuko, to whom she locked in the titular cellar) and secretary through when Satsuki visits her in the mental asylum.
    Ragyou (articulating her regret): "I danced with the devil and I'm so ashamed."
    Satsuki: "Did he mention that you'd have to pay?"
    Ragyou: "Please forgive me."
  • The Outside:
    • Ragyou, when she finds out what happened to her girls in her absence
    "If I had known any of this were to happen, then I wouldn't have left."
    • The biggest example of this occurs with Satsuki in Chapter 48, when we see her POV
    "I thought about what got us here and it was then that I realized I had been quite selfish in all of these years. I couldn't live a normal life and, so, I had stolen one from her because I was afraid, afraid the outside world, and afraid of losing her. I wanted to protect her but, in doing so, I lost her. [...]] I was sorry. I was sorry for many things but, more importantly, I was sorry for the harm caused by my selfishness."
    • Chapter 51 gives Satsuki another one:
    "As I mused more on this, I had realized I had been projecting some of that resentment onto Ryuuko, as, in the end scheme of things, she could live a normal life but I had been selfish enough to take a good much of that away."

Kingdom Hearts

  • Sora in Broken Heroes has this reaction twice: When Ventus dies and he realizes how much of a Jerkass he has been to him, which causes his character 180, and when he agrees to become Xemnas's slave (Implied to be Sex Slave) to keep Riku, Kairi, and his other friends safe, which spurs him into adopting the identity of Roxas.

The Legend of Spyro

The Legend of Zelda

  • Prince Komali is implied to have one in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker where he goes into Dragon Roost Cavern to try and help Link save Medli, ashamed of how he had treated the former.
    Prince Komali: This place is dangerous and when I had processed enough, I decided to try and go with her.
    • In the same story, the King of Red Lions has one of these moments about his selfish desire to resurrect Hyrule.
    Link: Is something wrong? You've been nothing but a hero to me this entire journey! You deserve more than my thanks!
    King of Red Lions: Unfortunately not. I am not a good person. I went about this all wrong.

Littlest Pet Shop (2012)

  • In The Times They Are A-Changin', Zoe is "horrified and ashamed of herself" after she gives Pepper an Eye Scream injury during a fight. She doesn't protest when Mrs. Twombly isolates her from the other pets, since she considers it "an appropriate punishment".

The Lord of the Rings

  • In Left, Frodo has two of these. One happens during a dream sequence when he discovers that he killed Sam in a fit of Ring-jealousy. The other happens when he lashes out at Sam in Cirith Ungol and realizes how close he came to fulfilling the nightmare.

The Loud House

  • In A Dark House Inadequate, the entire family gets this reaction when they realize that the Butt-Monkey treatment they've been putting Lincoln through has driven him to Self-Harm, feeling worthless and ultimately trying to kill himself.
  • Lincoln's sisters have this reaction in Syngenesophobia after they beat him so badly that he has to be hospitalized and ends up developing an intense fear of them.
  • In Mother's Day, the Loud family and Clyde's parents have this reaction after they accuse him of panty raiding Lori, then learn that he was innocent (Lynn knocked into him, sending him spinning into Lori's room, and a pair of Lori's underwear fell on his head when he banged into her chest of drawers).

Marvel Cinematic Universe

  • Combined with a Heel Realization in Tony's Girl when Wanda is given incontrovertible proof that not only is Tony Stark not responsible for her parents' deaths, but that he (incidentally) killed the two who were and that, by helping Ultron, she was responsible for Pietro's death.

Mass Effect

  • The Quarian admiralty board has one in the second book of the Uplifted series, when they discover the Nazi concentration camps.
  • In the backstory of The Fourth Council Race, the "Six Minute War" ended when a Pakistani ship missed the Indian ship they were fighting and wiped out a colony of fifty thousand.
    • American President Andrew Goldwater refuses to join the Systems Alliance note  and calls for his fellow Americans to never join. In the following years, his speeches end up radicalizing the country to the point protests over the Systems Alliance have turned into riots. Goldwater attempts to talk both sides down but things escalate into all out civil war eventually leading to the United States of America fracturing into eight different countries.

Mega Man (Classic)

  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, this is Dr. Light's reaction to the Gamma ordeal, and Vickers' when he learns the truth about Bass and his creator.
    • Roll gets this in the episode 3 interlude after she brutally dispatches the cosmetic robot from "Electric Nightmare."
    • Dr. Wily gets this briefly in the episode 11 epilogue, but soon his rage outweighs the guilt.

My Hero Academia

  • In Bloom in Winter, Izuku gapes in horror when he realizes that the information he spouted to his father's coworkers earlier had been used to critically injure a rising hero. Then he's forced to analyze other heroes to find their weaknesses, which makes him feel just as responsible for their maiming and/or murder as the ones who actually did it.
  • In Karma In Retrograde, Ryouta, an aspiring hero student, is horrified to learn that he grows up to become the murderous villain Dabi. He's even more shaken when he learns that he was willing to attack his youngest brother.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • In Maternal Instinct (MLP), in a fit of unbridled rage, Queen Chrysalis exploded in a vicious tirade against her heavily mentally and physically disabled daughter and heir, Princess Pupa and proceeded to beat her. Savagely. But when Chrysalis came to her senses and saw her daughter on the floor, barely conscious and with blooding oozing out from wounds on her crown and temple, the aghast and repentant Queen immediately threw herself at her daughter's mangled form, kissing her face and trying to stop the bleeding, mentally crying, ‘Kami above, forgive me! Please, forgive me!’ note 
  • After The Gala shows this as Fluttershy's reaction to her explosive display of anger at the Gala. She's outright horrified by what she did and left a sobbing wreck. Her friends console her, though, and manage to get her out of her Heroic BSoD both by their forgiveness and Celestia revealing everyone was okay and it wasn't entirely her fault (the animals were rather wild to begin with and Celestia apologises for not warning her beforehand).
  • Inner Demons: Twilight is horrified when she accidentally petrifies Princess Celestia in a fit of rage about the prophecy... at least until she's consumed by her "Queen of Darkness" persona and goes from regretting it to bragging about it.
    • Shining Armor also has this reaction when he realizes that the "Cadence" he slept with was actually Queen!Twilight in disguise.
    • Apple Bloom's reaction to accidentally killing Trixie.
  • Past Sins: Celestia has several lines of this during Luna's What the Hell, Hero? speech.
    "I do not need to be told the heinous nature of my actions!"
  • The Pony POV Series has several examples:
    • Rarity's reaction to yelling at Sweetie Belle and nearly hitting Sweetie Belle with a sharp circlet, coming close enough to cut a few hairs in her mane, in a fit of rage.
    Rarity: "Reality came down on top of me like Luna's moon fallen from orbit. What had I done? WHAT HAD I DONE-?!"
    • Fluttercruel's reaction when her attempt to teach Fluttershy about the crueler side of nature corrupted instead of helping her.
    • The denizens of Sunny Town have this reaction whenever Applejack's Living Lie Detector gaze forces them to remember their misdeed through Princess Gaia's spell.
    • Rainbow Dash's reaction to how her dealing with Discord's Sadistic Choice turned out.
    • Celestia had two in "Origins": first, when she realizes she helped Discord discover his sadism, and then when she realizes she was responsible for the Windigoes' rampage.
    • After Discord restores her sanity, Golden Tiara/Screwball remembers she tried to kill her daughter Diamond and has a rather nasty one of these, including saying this practically word for word:
    " Dear Cadence, what did I do?! WHAT DID I DO?! If Filthy hadn't stopped me... WHAT WOULD I HAVE DONE TO MY BABY?!"
  • The spy Lord Eminence in Under The Northern Lights when he realizes that his plot has been found out because he has been very careless because his special talent for being unobtrusive and even turning invisible doesn't work on reindeer, meaning there are lots of witnesses to his acts. He acted alone, convinced his success would force his superiors to accept a job well done, but Princess Luna is not only against the plan per se, she is also furious that he was so careless as to be found out. He doesn't say the actual phrase, but falls to the floor and moans "Mare in the Moon!" which prompts Luna to chastize him further for taking her name in vain when she is standing right there.
  • Twilight has a few of these as she copes with the fallout from Hard Reset. Especially given how she started treating ponies (herself included) during the "Groundhog Day" Loop.
  • According to A Brief History of Equestria, this was Smart Cookie's reaction when she realized that the plans she helped Puddinghead draw up for colonizing a new homeland would mean effectively leaving the other tribes to slow death by starvation and hypothermia.
  • Twilight Sparkle in Divided Rainbow... though she's far from the only one.
  • In Equestria: A History Revealed, after the climactic battle of the Equestrian Civil War, Princess Luna finally realizes the extent of what she had done, and then suffers from a Villainous BSoD. This conflict in her heart acts as the catalyst to allow the Nightmare forces to possess her body and complete her transformation into Nightmare Moon.
  • A Future of Friendship, A History of Hate: Rarity has this reaction in Episode 4 when she realizes that she's been blowing off her friends without a thought in order to spend time with Regal Rule, most prominent being that she completely forgot about Fluttershy's birthday.
  • The Powers of Harmony: In the aftermath of the fight with the Changelings in Gallopfrey, Applejack nearly slips into a Heroic BSoD over the realization that she had to kill for the first time during said fight. Fortunately, a few reassuring words from Granny Smith are able to pull her out of it.
  • Spitfire has this reaction in the Reading Rainbowverse when she realizes how horrible she's been to her daughter.
  • Celestia reacts this way after she learns what she's inadvertently caused Navarone to become in Diaries of a Madman. Nav himself also shows this, when he sees first hand how cruel his suggestion for feeding the changelings is.
  • In Zenith, Celestia has this reaction when she finds out that her decision in letting Spike stay with Twilight rather than having him go back to Ponyville only made things even worse for him.
  • After essentially being brainwashed in My Brave Pony III Starfleet Magic, Ace Ray reacts this way to memories of his past actions.
  • A Taste of the Good Life, from the same author as Hard Reset, has this twice over in the aftermath of a climactic scene midway through the story. Scootaloo's mother, Ebony Glimmer, is hanging for her life off a cliff and the only pony around who can help her is Scootaloo; the pony to whom she'd been an emotionally abusive drunk, forcing the filly to run away. Scootaloo had said, repeatedly and clearly in the last few moments alone that she wanted nothing to do with Ebony, especially after Ebby used Foal Protection Services to essentially steal her from the ponies she loved in Ponyville. Scootaloo walks away, prepared to let Ebony fall and die because it would means she'd go away forever. Ebony is saved, but in the aftermath Scootaloo is horrified by what she had been prepared to do and Ebby comes to a Heel Realization about how she had been acting towards Scootaloo.
  • Friendship Is Magical Girls: This is Spike's reaction after he, in an Unstoppable Rage, kills Snips in cold blood for shooting Twilight. Once he realizes what he's done, he sinks into a Heroic BSoD that lasts a full day before Celestia is able to talk him out of it.
  • The entire point of the Lullaby for a Princess song is to express Celestia's sorrow over banishing Luna.
  • The Witch of the Everfree: Applejack gets snapped out of her blind rage at the Great White Wolf for killing her parents when seeing Sunset Shimmer slowly killing it for her. Her reaction in turn causes a milder one in Sunset, who then finishes it off quickly.
  • It Sounds Better Than "Pity Date": Sci-Twi feels guilty when she finds out that by ignoring Flash Sentry during The Friendship Games she accidentally hurt his feelings by making him think Princess Twilight lost interest in him. She tries to make it up to him by offering to take him out on a "simulation date" where he can pretend she's Princess Twilight if he wants. She has another moment later when she realizes she became attracted to Flash herself and tried to kiss him, panicking and calling herself a man-stealer.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell:
    • Night Blade's reaction when he realizes that was the real Page he was just beating up, having mistaken her true form for a Changeling impostor.
    • Xvital's reaction when she realizes she's been projecting her feelings toward a certain Ahuizotl noble onto Night Blade.
    • In the sequel Picking Up the Pieces, this is pretty much the entirety of the Blade family's reaction when they realize just how badly they've all messed up with Night, be it his siblings' distance or how his parents acted at his talentmitzvah. Lethal Blade and Sweet Dagger get another dose when they realize they never once showed up for any of their youngest's tournaments.
  • Escape From the Moon: In the sequel The Mare From the Moon, this is Twilight’s reaction when Spliced points out the damage she’s inadvertently done to Spike’s growth, meaning he’s physically a child who’s about to enter puberty with the wrong mindset for a dragon.


  • Sakura has one in Legacy of the Rasengan: Naruto after Naruto rips her apart for stealing his tin of personally created jutsu. Actually a Delayed Reaction when certain facts hit her. In order: A)Naruto spent YEARS creating his jutsu for HIMSELF. B)She stole from him. C)The reason they have Uzumaki Family Scroll on them is because Naruto is an orphan and wanted to pass on something to his kids.
  • A Mother's Love: Fire and Blood: The Third Hokage for pretty much screwing Kushina and Naruto over (The Third made it so their lives would be miserable) and letting them get kicked out of the village. The village has one years later when they admit that kicking out them out was a dick move on their part since ''The fox in the desert'' might return for revenge.
  • Sasuke gets one in NBH when she gets captured after trying to defect to Sound. Not only does she have no hope of killing Itachi anymore (even if she was allowed to remain a ninja, Ino destroyed her Achilles tendons), but she once more lost everything; this time because she threw it all away herself.
  • In Echoes, Kazama has one after he burns down most of Konoha, and realizes that while he got his revenge on the Inner Council, he had hurt thousands of people who didn't even know him, on top of his friends in the Konoha 12, several of which he killed.
  • In Vapors, because she is a self-insert original character into the Naruto world, Aiko holds herself responsible for every bad thing that happens in the story. Tsunade also has one of these, when she realizes that giving Aiko insufficient support during her mission to infiltrate Root, followed by handing her a student who would be at risk from Danzo, put Aiko in a position where she had to kill one of her teammates in cold blood, despite the man trusting her to help him.
  • Kurama has one in Played to Death when he realizes how much going along with Naruto's idea to make videogames real has damaged the boy. As he explains to Hana, he can barely get the boy to go outside as Naruto honestly prefers being in places where everything is trying to kill him to being in the village. As a result, Kurama outright begs Hana to give Naruto something, anything, to live for.
  • Kurotsuchi in Eroninja was tasked with killing D (an enhanced shadow clone of Naruto's) because he was inadvertently ruining Iwa's plans to take over Fang country and Claw country. Unfortunately for her, she learns he's not taking advantage of the situation like she'd hoped but is just an honestly nice man. Furthermore, she ends up In Love with the Mark and he easily accepts his death. As a result, she's haunted for months afterwards, unable to sleep and freezing up any time she might have to take a life.
  • Kakashi in A Case Study in the Sturdiness of the Rookie 9 when he learns that sending Team 7 (Shino, Sakura, and Choji) to spy on Genma as petty revenge has inavertibly taught them to betray their fellow Leaf Nins for their goals, which they do by tricking Team 10 (Naruto, Kiba, and Ino) in order to steal their scroll during the Chunin Exam, leading to chain of events that let Orochimaru place a Curse Mark upon Kiba.
    • Choji later comes to the same conclusion after Shikamaru makes him realize that he betrayed one of his childhood friends just for a test.
    • Asuma earlier allowed Ino to use her Mind-Possession Jutsu to keep Naruto and Kiba from fighting. But constant use has weakened the durability of Kiba's mind, making him more vulnerable to Orochimaru's Curse Mark.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

  • A Crown of Stars: Gendo’s reaction when he learns that Asuka means to his son so much as Yui means to him. It is right then when he realizes how badly he has screwed everyone’s lives.
  • Doing It Right This Time: Learning that Rei's her sister causes Ritsuko to have a slight breakdown upon considering how she's been treating the girl.
  • Ghosts of Evangelion: Asuka has several moments where she realizes she's crossed one line:
    • In the first chapter, Asuka is trying to convince Shinji to try and go past their many unresolved sex-related hang-ups and have sex once and for all, but Shinji is very wary. Frustrated, she unthinkingly asks if it would be easier if she was asleep or she was a boy. One second later she realizes she should not have said that, and apologized.
    • Asuka turned Shinji down harshly when he confessed. She states that he didn't love her but it was some sort of act to keep her appeased. After Touji and Hikari got her to realize his confession was real, Asuka falls apart.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, Asuka has this reaction when her Unit-02 goes berserker and brutally hurts Keiko.
  • Neon Metathesis Evangelion: After first learning that Shinji had tried to commit suicide, and then thinking Asuka may leave, which would cut down NERV's forces for the defence of the world, Misato realizes what she has done over the years: Raising child soldiers, sending them into battle after battle, never showing respect or gratitude or even only sympathy.
  • Once More with Feeling: After going back to the beginning of the War, Shinji has this reaction when he realizes Asuka, Rei, Misato and his friends suffered and died because he abandoned them and betrayed their trust when they needed him, and all humans died because he made that choice.
    The heart of the person… of the woman he could finally admit to himself he might well have fallen in love with.
    And then abandoned to die at the hands of SEELE.
  • This shows up in two different ways in Scar Tissue:
    • Asuka, who has been physically and sexually brutalizing Shinji for months, has minor moments of this whenever her temper finally abates, then has a massive moment of this coupled with Villainous Breakdown when she finally beats Shinji badly enough to nearly kill him. The fic starts after this moment; when it's not filling in backstory, it's detailing her attempts to atone for her actions.
    • Shinji, on the other hand, blames himself for everything Asuka has done to him, seeing his actions during the canon story (especially the hospital scene in "End of Evangelion") as so unforgivable that he can justify her abuse as karmic retribution.
  • The Second Try:
    • Shinji and Asuka are at a lake with Asuka swimming in it. Trying to get Shinji to swim (he admits he can't) she pretends to drown, making him panic and jump in to save her. She takes a look at his face and realizes that she scared him shitless and, for a brief instant, made him think he was going to watch her die and be the last human alive in a post-Third Impact world.
    • Asuka has this reaction when she damages her daughter's doll and scares her away with a pediophobia induced panic attack.

The Office (US)

  • Happens for several characters in the fanfic Insouciance.
    • Erin gets hit with this when she's made to watch a clip from the in-universe documentary showing her mistreatment of Jessica, realizing that she was a hypocrite for demanding that Andy accept and "get over" her choice to be with Pete when she wouldn't do the same for him.
    • Pete himself gets hit with this when he sees that his handling of the way his and Erin's relationship began, being "the other guy" in Erin's Your Cheating Heart situation, led to his family being targeted for harassment by some angry Internet denizens.
    • In a "deleted scene", Nellie is similarly hit with this when she realizes she was essentially directly responsible for the horrific Internet harassment Erin and Pete suffered through because she helped get them together.

One Piece

  • In This Bites!, this is Cross' reaction after he kills the Kestia before it can bite Nami.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

  • In Broken Bow, Artemis breaks down after The Reveal that Armani is her (immaculately born and conceived) son. This only gets worse when she accidentally lets loose the arrow she had aimed at him.


  • In The Dark Side Of Innocence, Mondo has this occur twice: The first time was after he left his friend Lana to die after being attacked by a Persian and the second time was when he learned that Giovanni had a son (implied to be Silver's anime counterpart) who is now an orphan after Mondo was involved in his father's death. Both instances caused him to have an existential crisis and led to him becoming depressed and cynical.


  • In Saki: After Story, Teru viciously attacks her younger sister Saki while denying that they're related, as well as Nodoka when she comes to help, injuring them badly enough to put them in the hospital. After her teammates run in and stop her, Sumire tells Teru that she knows that Saki is Teru's sister, and what Teru did to her and Nodoka is inexcusable. Teru says the following quote before she's arrested, both in reference to beating Saki up and for refusing to acknowledge her as her sister.
    Teru: Oh my god! What the have I done?

Sherlock Holmes

A Song of Ice and Fire

  • In Robb Returns, this is Theon's reaction when Robb tells him what he did in the original timeline, namely his attack on Winterfell and his murder of Bran and Rickon (Robb didn't know that the two had managed to escape).
    • Less intense from Eddard, who realizes he did Robb a great disservice by not teaching him the politics involved in being the Lord Paramount of the North.
  • In who else can take all your blood and your curses?, Robb has to use his Healing Hands on Theon to save him from a nasty case of literally split personalities. Then Theon confesses he can't remember anything about his blood family, which utterly horrifies Robb.

Sonic the Hedgehog

  • In Blast to the Past Princess Elise managed to prevent the Metarex from changing the past, (without Eggman, they'd have no competition, and most likely none of the events of the Sonic games would have never happened) but latter finds out - much to her shock and disgust - that she was the one caused the events that started it all, something that was just as bad when Sonic was killed because of "That damned demon within her." Silver and Blaze managed to convince her that Sonic played an important factor in everyone's lives, almost the same way that Eilse convinced him.
  • In Episode 74 of Sonic X: Dark Chaos, Tsali's core systems are damaged in the previous Episode, causing his programming to become scrambled. Because of this, the programs preventing him from feeling regret or remorse for his crimes are disabled. When he and the heroes find out Maledict had been manipulating him from the beginning, he completely breaks down into a sobbing wreck as his systems starts going into full Logic Bomb meltdown - and the horrors he unleashed come back to him.
    • Knuckles has one of these at the end of Episode 73 after setting Tails on fire to destroy his Shroud form, and nearly burning Tails to death when it changes him back to normal.

Star Wars

  • After months of training, Vader finally succeeds in turning Luke into a Sith in The Shadow, only to realize shortly afterwards how much he truly hates the idea. He ends up recruiting Leia (who's become a Jedi) in order to save Luke from the Emperor.
  • In Whisper Your Weakness, Luke is kidnapped, brutally tortured and ultimately raped by a Mad Doctor over the death of the doctor's father on the Death Star. Luke is broken and catatonic by the time he's rescued, but when the doctor, Victor Berdin, tries to attack the group of rescuers, Luke comes awake, stands up and uses the Force to squeeze Berdin's heart in his chest until it literally expodes. But almost immediately, he reacts with a horrified "what have I done?" before hiding once again within his catatonic state. Even after everything he endured at Berdin's hands, he still hated himself for what he perceived as giving into the dark side to kill the man. It takes a lot of reassurance from Mara, Leia, and the ghost of Anakin Skywalker to get Luke to accept that he was acting only to defend himself and his friends from a depraved man who nearly killed him, and that it doesn't mean he's slipping into darkness.

Steven Universe

  • Blue Diamond in Fractures comes to this conclusion after she finds that Pink Diamond has more or less gone completely catatonic after they shattered every last one of the Crystal Gems right in-front of her to teach her a lesson, missing the lovable, innocent, mildly obnoxious Pink she used to know. Yellow is in denial of this until long after White Diamond is shattered, finally seeing the scars her fellow diamonds have inflicted on her, being reason enough to allow her to leave Homeworld without protest.

Supergirl (2015)

  • At the beginning of Survivors, Kara trespasses on a farm and gets shot by a farmer who mistook her for a wild animal. When the man sees he’s shot a child, he’s horrified.
    Farmer: Hey, what are you... I didn't hit you, I just wanted to scare you... Oh God you're a little girl. I shot a little girl.

Teen Titans

  • In The End of Ends, the Titans, Doom Patrol and Terra have this reaction upon finding out about Beast Boy’s death. And soon Count Logan’s true identity.


  • In chapter 82 of Gensokyo 20XXV, it was noted that, after she stabbed Yume Ni with a pair of scissors in a fit of rage, Reimu expressed remorse for her actions, recognizing it as something she shouldn't have done.
    • Earlier in the series, 20XXI, Ran and Kanako have both have this at different times. Ran has this when Reimu takes a horrible fall and loses the function of her legs while she was being negligent, while Kanako has this when she thinks she may have caused Sanae's death, after having been abusing her for some time.

Touken Ranbu

  • Tales of the Undiscovered Swords: After Tsurumaru accidentally injures a suicidal Nikkō, he, Hasebe and Nansen, who have been working together to bring him down, shed tears of remorse for him. Nikkō goes Shinken Hissatsu at this.
    • Kiriha is so depressed by having to engage in a bloody fight against his brother Ishida in order to stop him from killing the saniwa he decides to spend the rest of his existence in a blanket closet and blame himself for manifesting a human form and bringing trouble to the Citadel before he presumably gets dragged out off-screen to be sent on kiwame.



Warhammer 40,000

  • All Guardsmen Party: When Doc runs away from a Flyrant, letting Sergeant Gravis get bisected (two thirds of the Inquisitorial Council ruled in his favor saying that his continuous shooting was an attempt to distract the Flyrant), the DM makes a roll and decides that Doc got an obsession with keeping the Marine alive. This manifests in the story as Doc becoming utterly determined in keeping the Marine alive until he got full medical treatment. (Though he does eventually lose the Marine's legs.) Gravis lives long enough to get put into a Dreadnaught.


  • In Cenotaph Taylor seeks revenge on Bakuda and the greater ABB for murdering her father. Over the course of an arc and a half she carefully tracks Lung and Bakuda down, then sets off Bakuda's own grenades in her workshop with both Lung and Bakuda in the blast radius. Little did did she know- Bakuda built in a deadman switch tied into several thousand bombs implanted in both gangmembers and kidnapped civilians in the event she was killed. Taylor doesn't find out until the next day, while enjoying a social breakfast with 'James' and Lisa. She... doesn't take it well.


  • In The Return-Remixed, Maria Kanellis has this reaction after other members of DEAR triple-powerbombed Eve Torres on the cement floor of the arena and spends the rest of the story feeling guilty, but not sure what to do. Near the end, she plans to get herself eliminated from the climactic battle royal first so someone from the Diva Army will win.


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