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1st Feb '16 6:43:44 PM nombretomado
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* [[ATaleOfTwoCities Sydney Carton]]! The man [[spoiler: gives up the woman he loves to who he thinks is the better man, then [[HeroicSacrifice gives his life]] to allow them to be together. And he goes gladly.]]
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* [[ATaleOfTwoCities [[Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities Sydney Carton]]! The man [[spoiler: gives up the woman he loves to who he thinks is the better man, then [[HeroicSacrifice gives his life]] to allow them to be together. And he goes gladly.]]

* Bren Cameron of Creator/CJCherryh's ''Foreigner'' novels. Having the guts and mind to forge his way to a top spot in an alien culture which doesn't even have a concept for 'friend' and assasination is acceptable problem-solving... and being the ''only'' human there? And his position was supposed to be more like a low-order clerk and dictionary maker? Part {{Woobie}}, part MoralityChain, part BadassBookworm. Crazy. Awesome.
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* Bren Cameron of Creator/CJCherryh's ''Foreigner'' novels. Having the guts and mind to forge his way to a top spot in an alien culture which doesn't even have a concept for 'friend' and assasination assassination is acceptable problem-solving... and being the ''only'' human there? And his position was supposed to be more like a low-order clerk and dictionary maker? Part {{Woobie}}, part MoralityChain, part BadassBookworm. Crazy. Awesome.
10th Jan '16 6:00:52 AM HermioneP
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* Aragorn is our king!
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* ** Aragorn is our king!
10th Jan '16 6:00:19 AM HermioneP
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** Oh and Umbrige. Love to hate her. For me she turned out more compelling and more believable than Voldemort.
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** Oh and Umbrige.Umbridge. Love to hate her. For me she turned out more compelling and more believable than Voldemort.

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** Oh and Umbrige. Love to hate her. For me she turned out more compelling and more believable than Voldemort.* Aragorn is our king!
31st Dec '15 4:34:01 PM Fredda
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* It's not massively well known, but my love for [[{{Badass}} Paul Turner]] from the ''Department 19'' series knows no bounds. In the first book, he's not really anything more than a mildly menacing presence and a pair of cold eyes, but gradually we learn more about him. In-universe, he's a MemeticBadass who has a reputation for being cool, calculating and almost robotic. He scares the hell out of most people. Then his son dies in the second book and we see him ''cry''. It's absolutely heartwrenching, and that's only the start. He makes friends with said son's girlfriend and their friendship is one of the most adorable things in the whole series, and it only gets better from there. Finding out that one of the most feared Operators in the department is actually an IronWoobie who has ''so many'' feelings of despair and inadequacy in him but ''[[TheDeterminator just keeps going]]'' is simply amazing.
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* It's not massively well known, but my love for [[{{Badass}} Paul Turner]] from the ''Department 19'' series knows no bounds. In the first book, he's not really anything more than a mildly menacing presence and a pair of cold eyes, but gradually we learn more about him. In-universe, he's a MemeticBadass who has a reputation for being cool, calculating and almost robotic. He scares the hell out of most people. Then his son dies in the second book and we see him ''cry''. It's absolutely heartwrenching, and that's only the start. He makes friends with said son's girlfriend and their friendship is one of the most adorable things in the whole series, and it only gets better from there. Finding out that one of the most feared Operators in the department is actually an IronWoobie who has ''so many'' feelings of despair and inadequacy in him but ''[[TheDeterminator just keeps going]]'' is simply amazing.amazing. *[[Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant Skulduggery Pleasant.]]
29th Dec '15 4:55:32 PM BlacklightOperator
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** Sheriff Heck Tate is a genuinely good man who doesn't try to put ''any'' spin on his testimony in the courtroom, is a friend to Atticus, and has an unbelievably strong sense of justice. The scene where he argues with Atticus on the porch about who killed Bob Ewell, and what to do about it, is ''so'' powerful.

*** A.E. Pessimal, a tiny, weak clerk, ''ran at a troll and attacked it with his teeth''.

* Elinor Dashwood from ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility''. All of Creator/JaneAusten's heroines are awesome in their own ways, but Elinor is just so perfectly sensible, it's delightful to read about her. She's protective of her younger sister, the OnlySaneMan of her family to the point where she is her mother's main advisor at only nineteen because she's just that reasonable, she bears everything that happens to her with dignity and is a [[TheStoic stoic]] SilentSnarker with a StiffUpperLip all without being an EmotionlessGirl.
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* Elinor Dashwood from ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility''. All of Creator/JaneAusten's heroines are awesome in their own ways, but Elinor is just so perfectly sensible, it's delightful to read about her. She's protective of her younger sister, the OnlySaneMan of her family to the point where she is her mother's main advisor at only nineteen because she's just that reasonable, she bears everything that happens to her with dignity and is a [[TheStoic stoic]] SilentSnarker with a StiffUpperLip all without being an EmotionlessGirl.EmotionlessGirl. * It's not massively well known, but my love for [[{{Badass}} Paul Turner]] from the ''Department 19'' series knows no bounds. In the first book, he's not really anything more than a mildly menacing presence and a pair of cold eyes, but gradually we learn more about him. In-universe, he's a MemeticBadass who has a reputation for being cool, calculating and almost robotic. He scares the hell out of most people. Then his son dies in the second book and we see him ''cry''. It's absolutely heartwrenching, and that's only the start. He makes friends with said son's girlfriend and their friendship is one of the most adorable things in the whole series, and it only gets better from there. Finding out that one of the most feared Operators in the department is actually an IronWoobie who has ''so many'' feelings of despair and inadequacy in him but ''[[TheDeterminator just keeps going]]'' is simply amazing.
12th Dec '15 6:01:15 PM nombretomado
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** Ditto to each of the three above, but also [[XWingSeries Wedge Antilles]]. Just... god, Wedge Antilles. He's both so normal and so incredibly not, and his sense of [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan duty and responsibility...]]
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** Ditto to each of the three above, but also [[XWingSeries [[Literature/XWingSeries Wedge Antilles]]. Just... god, Wedge Antilles. He's both so normal and so incredibly not, and his sense of [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan duty and responsibility...]]
2nd Dec '15 1:00:19 PM JaywalkersNeverProsper
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* Bombur From The Hobbit Is Awesome! He got judged a lot for his weight but he persevered through enchanted streams, murderous spiders, and companions that could be very cruel. Some see him as {{The Load}}, but I see him as a dwarf who spoke his mind. He had to go last so many times because he was fat, and even when he just wanted to go not last for once they put him down. He was one of the three dwarves to be the least swayed by the vast wealth of Erebor, and of those three he was not remembered for it. Yet for 70 years, he's put up with them, with US, smiled and cried, once even died, and lives on in our memories. That takes courage.
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* Bombur From The Hobbit from ''Literature/TheHobbit'' Is Awesome! He got judged a lot for his weight but he persevered through enchanted streams, murderous spiders, and companions that could be very cruel. Some see him as {{The Load}}, but I see him as a dwarf who spoke his mind. He had to go last so many times because he was fat, and even when he just wanted to go not last for once they put him down. He was one of the three dwarves to be the least swayed by the vast wealth of Erebor, and of those three he was not remembered for it. Yet for 70 years, he's put up with them, with US, smiled and cried, once even died, and lives on in our memories. \n That takes courage.courage. * Elinor Dashwood from ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility''. All of Creator/JaneAusten's heroines are awesome in their own ways, but Elinor is just so perfectly sensible, it's delightful to read about her. She's protective of her younger sister, the OnlySaneMan of her family to the point where she is her mother's main advisor at only nineteen because she's just that reasonable, she bears everything that happens to her with dignity and is a [[TheStoic stoic]] SilentSnarker with a StiffUpperLip all without being an EmotionlessGirl.
17th Oct '15 8:45:11 AM crazysamaritan
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** Rincewind. He's just such a neat character and his weary, jaded GenreSavviness and hilarious suffering and cowardice... *** Rincewind remains to me one of the strongest fictional characters ever created. He may be cowardly and pessimistic, but he's much more sensible than anyone else he comes across. He's a massive JerkwithaHeartofGold who seems to care only for himself but has shown genuine kindness towards people such as Coin from Sourcery, whom he defeated without resorting to any kind of violence. He's both shy and outgoing. He prefers to be alone by himself, yet he has a [[DeadpanSnarker sharp tongue]] and an attitude when the situation calls for it. He has run the gamut of emotions due to being a CosmicPlaything. His being favoured by LadyLuck gives him unbelievable amounts of tenacity. This is one of the most expressive, most well developed three dimensional characters ever. ** DEATH. TheGrimReaper really shouldn't be that sympathetic and charming, but... yeah. *** The moment for him that won [[Tropers/{{Ryumaru}} me]] over? In Discworld/{{Hogfather}}, when he rescues the little match girl. I had to read the original poem in my sophomore english class, and it just about caused a HeroicBSOD. And then, two years later, I read that scene and almost [[ManlyTears teared up.]] [=GodDAMN=], Pterry deserved getting knighted for that scene alone. He made the freaking Grim Reaper a goddamn hero. Hell, rereading that passage gets the same reaction from me every. single. time.
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** Rincewind. He's just such a neat character and his weary, jaded GenreSavviness and hilarious suffering and cowardice... *** Rincewind remains to me one of the strongest fictional characters ever created. He may be cowardly and pessimistic, but he's much more sensible than anyone else he comes across. He's a massive JerkwithaHeartofGold who seems to care only for himself but has shown genuine kindness towards people such as Coin from Sourcery, whom he defeated without resorting to any kind of violence. He's both shy and outgoing. He prefers to be alone by himself, yet he has a [[DeadpanSnarker sharp tongue]] and an attitude when the situation calls for it. He has run the gamut of emotions due to being a CosmicPlaything. His being favoured by LadyLuck gives him unbelievable amounts of tenacity. This is one of the most expressive, most well developed three dimensional characters ever. ** DEATH. TheGrimReaper really shouldn't be that sympathetic and charming, but... yeah. *** The moment for him that won [[Tropers/{{Ryumaru}} me]] over? yeah. In Discworld/{{Hogfather}}, when he rescues the little match girl. I had to read the The original poem is read in my sophomore english class, English classes, and it just about caused a HeroicBSOD. And then, two years later, I read that scene and almost [[ManlyTears teared up.]] [=GodDAMN=], Pterry deserved getting knighted for that scene alone. He made the freaking Grim Reaper a goddamn hero. Hell, rereading that passage gets the same reaction from me every. single. time.
10th Sep '15 6:22:18 PM Starshock
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** So I'm ''not'' the only one who finds Javert appealing! Purrrrr. [[PerverseSexualLust There's part of me that wants to grab Javert by the collar and throw him on the ground.]] He is delicious.
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** So I'm ''not'' the only one who finds Javert appealing! Purrrrr. [[PerverseSexualLust There's part of me that wants to grab Javert by the collar and throw him on the ground.]] He is delicious.
14th Aug '15 3:58:07 PM Starshock
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* [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn]] from the StarWars ExpandedUniverse. He's the consummate strategist and a student of "alien" cultures. Plus he's one of the few aliens to gain significant rank in the Empire. And, my God, he does it all with ''[[MagnificentBastard style]]''.
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* [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn]] from the StarWars ExpandedUniverse. He's the consummate strategist and a student of "alien" ''alien'' cultures. Plus he's one of the few aliens to gain significant rank in the Empire. And, my God, he does it all with ''[[MagnificentBastard style]]''.

** So I'm ''not'' the only one who finds Javert appealing! There's part of me that wants to grab Javert by the collar and throw him on the ground. He is delicious.
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** So I'm ''not'' the only one who finds Javert appealing! Purrrrr. [[PerverseSexualLust There's part of me that wants to grab Javert by the collar and throw him on the ground. ground.]] He is delicious.

** Irial. Such a heady mix of darkness and selflessness. Seemed so cruel, and yet can be so kind. Almost mockingly polite, with a very seductive and dangerous edge. AllGirlsWantBadBoys, afterall.
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** Irial. Such a heady mix of darkness and selflessness. Seemed so cruel, and yet can be so kind. Almost mockingly polite, with a very seductive and dangerous edge. AllGirlsWantBadBoys, afterall.after all.

** Irial. Such a heady mix of darkness and selflessness. Seemed so cruel, and yet *** Anyone who can be so kind. Almost mockingly polite, with start a very seductive and dangerous edge. AllGirlsWantBadBoys, afterall.revolution through fashion gets my vote.

** Irial. Such a heady mix of darkness [[TheBaroness Alma]] [[IronLady Coin]] may be evil, but this troper can't help but admire her talent for governing and selflessness. Seemed so cruel, and yet can be so kind. Almost mockingly polite, with a very seductive and dangerous edge. AllGirlsWantBadBoys, afterall.her resolute fortitude.

* ''Literature/Dracula'' has a few often overlooked examples.
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* ''Literature/Dracula'' ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' has a few often overlooked examples.

Piratika: Art Blastside is simply wonderful. She is cunning, slippery, arrogant, Cold-hearted and nice att the same time. She started a pirate craze in London after her husband had saved from being executed for being a pirate. And she is crazy and haughty! She is simply great. ---- Bombur From The Hobbit Is Awesome! He got judged a lot for his weight but he persevered through enchanted streams, murderous spiders, and companions that could be very cruel. Some see him as {{The Load}}, but I see him as a dwarf who spoke his mind. He had to go last so many times because he was fat, and even when he just wanted to go not last for once they put him down. He was one of the three dwarves to be the least swayed by the vast wealth of Erebor, and of those three he was not remembered for it. Yet for 70 years, he's put up with them, with US, smiled and cried, once even died, and lives on in our memories.
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\n\nPiratika: *Piratica: Art Blastside is simply wonderful. She is cunning, slippery, arrogant, Cold-hearted and nice att at the same time. She started a pirate craze in London after her husband had saved from being executed for being a pirate. And she is crazy and haughty! She is simply great. ---- Bombur *Bombur From The Hobbit Is Awesome! He got judged a lot for his weight but he persevered through enchanted streams, murderous spiders, and companions that could be very cruel. Some see him as {{The Load}}, but I see him as a dwarf who spoke his mind. He had to go last so many times because he was fat, and even when he just wanted to go not last for once they put him down. He was one of the three dwarves to be the least swayed by the vast wealth of Erebor, and of those three he was not remembered for it. Yet for 70 years, he's put up with them, with US, smiled and cried, once even died, and lives on in our memories.
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