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Jan 17 15 12:49 PM

(High fives back* lol.)

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Jan 17 15 12:51 PM

I want to sleep and never wake up. I begin to sob lightly. I was afraid of my own self. I was afraid and I felt alone. I struggled to get up.

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Jan 17 15 12:51 PM

(*shudders* i don't want to sleep in your room then Silver god i couldn't be doing with it XD anyway back to the thread to kill all fictional spiders?)

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Jan 17 15 12:53 PM

for now they wouldn't bother us just yet, fire seemed to be very effective on them. i crouch down near Silver and place a hand on her feathery shoulder "do not give up now Silver... for me?" i ask her, the ring of heart already glowing, ready to heal her but i don't just yet in case she really didn't want me too...

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Jan 17 15 12:55 PM

"I... am ... afraid. Please.... let.. it end..." I sob out

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Jan 17 15 12:55 PM

(My bad it's BSOD)

"Well, lad, the brain be a funny thing. Sometimes, it just stops workin' right when ye've been through a bad scene."
— Durkon, The Order of the Stick, Strip #247.

A stunning revelation or horrible event affects a character or someone they care deeply about, leaving them shocked to the point of mentally shutting down for a while, analogous to the Blue Screen of Death. The effect is similar to passing a Despair Event Horizon, but is temporary rather than permanent. Alternatively, if, say, this occurs during a fight, a hero may have a violent outburst, killing Evil Minions and hurling their own companions aside. They may run off and have to be tracked down by their friends for Epiphany Therapy. Alone in a Crowd typically represents a milder, non-disabling form of BSOD; a related trope is Heroic Safe Mode, wherein the hero "defaults" to a fight or flight mindset before rebooting in safety. A Shell-Shocked Veteran may have a BSOD in their back story.

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Jan 17 15 12:56 PM

(The trope name notwithstanding, the character suffering a Heroic BSOD may not necessarily be a fully-fledged hero. However, if something like this happens to a more ambiguous or mundane character, it is much more likely to be Played for Laughs or just taken less seriously. But a BSOD is never brief or trivial; the effect must involve some kind of total mental shut-down to qualify. Also, an outright villain suffering a similar effect will usually experience a Villainous Breakdown (often involving them going completely crazy instead of shutting down) or a Villainous BSOD (whereby they gain a conscience).

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Jan 17 15 12:57 PM

"i know..." i say quietly, i could feel her fear in her soul. i bring her into a hug "are you really ready to go Silver?" i ask her sadly but also a little seriously "are you really ready?"

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Jan 17 15 12:59 PM

Other people can attempt to reboot the character; get a hold of yourself Man may work (especially in the stories where violence is always the answer), as may telling them to quit your whining. The best thing that can happen to a hero suffering from a BSOD is meeting a friendly 'warrior therapist'; the worst thing is meeting a hostile 'warrior therapist', as such a foe can break them by talking.

Even after regaining some function, a BSOD sufferer may evince a Thousand-Yard Stare, or go into 10-Minute Retirement. In the longer term, a hero may become emotionally comatose (entering an Angst Coma), obsessive and guilt-ridden, mute, or in really bad cases, a jaded violent amnesiac. A really long-term BSOD would be catatonia; go mad from the revelation is the worst case. Those who remain functional but don't find a cure for the problem may eventually find safety In Indifference or emotion suppression; other people may fear that they have become a fallen hero.

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Jan 17 15 1:02 PM

(Pancakes!!!!!!!!!!!! I think....)

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