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Omar Karindu

Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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Nitz the Bloody

Subj: Re: Who hasn't? The characters who are dead, that's who
Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 02:36:13 pm EDT (Viewed 323 times)
Reply Subj: Who hasn't? The characters who are dead, that's who
Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 11:13:44 pm EDT (Viewed 314 times)

    Iron Man counts, given Tony Stark's descent into alcoholism, to the point of piloting the armor under the influence.

And his non-alcoholic breakdown precipitating the original Armor Wars, and his externally-influenced madness during The Crossing, and (arguably) his reaction to the back-to-back blows of Ezekiel Stane destroying Stark Industries followed swiftly by his failure during Secret Invasion leading to Norman Osborn replacing him as head of the SHRA, and his latest alcoholism relapse in Fear Itself.

It's a good thing Tony's tech doesn't break down as often as he does...

    War Machine's flipped out multiple times too; once due to his jealousy over Tony Stark when Rhodey first wore the armor, and again during the Dark Reign story, where he starts going around the world killing his way through whoever his cybernetic brain deemed worthy of death.

Not to mention whatever the heck happened to him sometime before Priest's The Crew series.

    Storm recently joined the Avengers, but her punk phase and the loss of her powers in the 1980's has at least one example, such as going into a total Heroic BSOD during the Mutant Massacre.

There's also that time Arcade and Doctor Doom('s Doombot) trapped in her a chrome sheath, and her claustrophobia caused her to summon a storm that could have killed thousands up and down the USA's Eastern seaboard.

    Hawkeye's time in the Ronin suit probably qualifies, given his plan to assassinate an elected official without thinking through the consequences.

Like the head of any Cabinet department or intelligence/police agency, Osborn was appointed, not elected. But yes, between setting out to kill-or-rape-by-fraud the Scarlet Witch, turning his back on all of his principles to try and murder America's Greatest Hero, the Iron Patriot, and the like, he definitely went 'round the bend.

It's arguable that he had a quieter breakdown even earlier, when he abruptly quit the Avengers because he couldn't stand not being in charge, took over the Thunderbolts by telling a bald-faced lie about getting them pardoned, and then ended up in prison for it.

    Not sure if he's been mentioned yet, but Hercules was prone to warrior's madness...

According to the Incredible Hercules series, he blamed Hera for his murderous breakdown in classical times, but we haven't really seen him go nuts without someone else literally poisoning his mind in the modern era. He definitely has a drinking problem, though: it's how the Masters of Evil got to him during "Under Siege," and later his non-drugged drinking binges got him kicked off of the 1990s-era Heroes for Hire team.

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