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11th May '17 9:21:44 AM Daethalion
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*** Thirded! Gimli is a wonderful example of HiddenDepths, especially considering that Tolkien practically codified the OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame trope. His reverence for the history of his people, the natural beauty of the world, and for the legends of the age (especially when he engages in his CourtlyLove with Galadriel) is so powerful that it can bring tears to the eyes of ''elves''. His {{Flanderization}} in the films is arguably one of the worst mistakes Peter made during the production.
11th May '17 9:11:28 AM Daethalion
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** God Emperor Leto II, from [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune]]. This guy is the walking definition of IDidWhatIHadToDo. First, he, together with his twin sister, discovers the Golden Path, which is effectively the only way for humanity to survive the trap that Paul's prescience created (which even Paul couldn't figure a way out of). He then makes himself a living sacrifice by merging with sandtrout to become an immortal HalfHumanHybrid, takes over Paul's empire after Paul dies, and becomes the most oppressive tyrant that ever lived. He then spent 4000 years turning the entire populated universe into a CrapsackWorld so that when he died and people were free from his rule, they would scatter into the cosmos to find better lives for themselves and guarantee the future of the human race. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And it worked.]] Also, he is just a wonderfully well-written character, with a great combination of angst from having to leave the human condition behind mixed with resolution because he is just that dedicated to making sure the human species can endure.

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** God Emperor Leto II, from [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune]].Literature/GodEmperorOfDune. This guy is the walking definition of IDidWhatIHadToDo. First, he, together with his twin sister, discovers the Golden Path, which is effectively the only way for humanity to survive the trap that Paul's prescience created (which even Paul couldn't figure a way out of). He then makes himself a living sacrifice by merging with sandtrout to become an immortal HalfHumanHybrid, takes over Paul's empire after Paul dies, and becomes the most oppressive tyrant that ever lived. He then spent 4000 years turning the entire populated universe into a CrapsackWorld so that when he died and people were free from his rule, they would scatter into the cosmos to find better lives for themselves and guarantee the future of the human race. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And it worked.]] Also, he is just a wonderfully well-written character, with a great combination of angst from having to leave the human condition behind mixed with resolution because he is just that dedicated to making sure the human species can endure.
11th May '17 9:10:17 AM Daethalion
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** God Emperor Leto II, from [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune]]. This guy is the walking definition of IDidWhatIHadToDo. First, he, together with his twin sister, discovers the Golden Path, which is effectively the only way for humanity to survive the trap that Paul's prescience created (which even Paul couldn't figure a way out of). He then makes himself a living sacrifice by merging with sandtrout to become an immortal HalfHumanHybrid, takes over Paul's empire after Paul dies, and becomes the most oppressive tyrant that ever lived. He then spent 4000 years turning the entire populated universe into a CrapsackWorld so that when he died and people were free from his rule, they would scatter into the cosmos to find better lives for themselves and guarantee the future of the human race. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And it worked.]] Also, he is just a wonderfully well-written character, with a great combination of angst from having to leave the human condition behind mixed with resolution because he is just that dedicated to making sure the human species can endure.
8th Apr '17 11:02:45 AM nombretomado
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* Speaking of Edwards who rock, Edward the Blue Engine from ''TheRailwaySeries''. Patient, kind, and even-tempered, and still giving it his all in spite of his age. There's also Rheneas and Skarloey. Even more {{Determinator}} than Edward, and older to boot - 2015 will be their railway's 150th anniversary. They both gave it their all to keep the trains running in spite of being in increasingly decrepit condition. They're awesome, and an inspiration to others.

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* Speaking of Edwards who rock, Edward the Blue Engine from ''TheRailwaySeries''.''Literature/TheRailwaySeries''. Patient, kind, and even-tempered, and still giving it his all in spite of his age. There's also Rheneas and Skarloey. Even more {{Determinator}} than Edward, and older to boot - 2015 will be their railway's 150th anniversary. They both gave it their all to keep the trains running in spite of being in increasingly decrepit condition. They're awesome, and an inspiration to others.
22nd Feb '17 10:49:46 PM Unicorndance
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* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'', Maia. Like the hobbits in the LoTR example above, his superpower is resistance to the corrupting influence of power. He was mistreated for about half of his life, and then becomes emperor overnight, but he still doesn't use his new power to take revenge. It is not that he doesn't ''want to'' take revenge, it is that he acknowledges he would become a tyrant by doing so, and he just doesn't want to be that kind of person.

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* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'', Maia. Like the hobbits in the LoTR example above, his superpower is resistance to the corrupting influence of power. He was mistreated for about half of his life, and then becomes emperor overnight, but he still doesn't use his new power to take revenge. It is not that he doesn't ''want to'' take revenge, it is that he acknowledges he would become a tyrant by doing so, and he just doesn't want to be that kind of person.person.
* Mog from Judith Kerr's ''Mog'' series. She is a fictional cat with no CatStereotype's.
** Also Rumpus. He's a CuteKitten, what else is there to say?
** Debbie. Especially, how she often sticks up for Mog using reason.
23rd Jan '17 9:02:06 PM GrammarNavi
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** Yes! I would like to add Tom and Carl, as well as Macchu Picchu. Hell, all the YoungWizards character are great.
** No words for the main characters? Nita and Kit are more believable than Dairine (who will always be amazing, but really, what human is a [[spoiler:computer nerd, jujitsu star and DeadpanSnarker all at the same time?]] And they manage to have at least one CrowningMomentOfAwesome each. Per book. While remaining completely normal, completely believable, and most importantly completely relatable characters. Of course, now I feel obligated to list every other YoungWizards character in the series, because every single one is a master feat of characterization. Diane Duane is amazing. Read the books.

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** Yes! I would like to add Tom and Carl, as well as Macchu Picchu. Hell, all the YoungWizards Literature/YoungWizards character are great.
** No words for the main characters? Nita and Kit are more believable than Dairine (who will always be amazing, but really, what human is a [[spoiler:computer nerd, jujitsu star and DeadpanSnarker all at the same time?]] And they manage to have at least one CrowningMomentOfAwesome each. Per book. While remaining completely normal, completely believable, and most importantly completely relatable characters. Of course, now I feel obligated to list every other YoungWizards Literature/YoungWizards character in the series, because every single one is a master feat of characterization. Diane Duane is amazing. Read the books.
9th Jan '17 2:42:04 PM MasterFuzzy
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* Danny Saunders from The Chosen. He was something of a Woobie. He was destined to be Rebbe of a Hassidic congregation and therefore subjected to a TrainingFromHell that included being shunned by his own father because a Rebbe "Needs to know what it is to suffer". He was always bewildered but tried to struggle on like TheDutifulSon he was. I have sometimes wondered if Danny was meant to be a metaphor for the Jewish People. That sounds like something Chaim Potek would do.

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* Danny Saunders from The Chosen. He was something of a Woobie. He was destined to be Rebbe of a Hassidic congregation and therefore subjected to a TrainingFromHell that included being shunned by his own father because a Rebbe "Needs to know what it is to suffer". He was always bewildered but tried to struggle on like TheDutifulSon he was. I have sometimes wondered if Danny was meant to be a metaphor for the Jewish People. That sounds like something Chaim Potek Potok would do.


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***The best part of his character? He's all of that-and a FriendToAllChildren, to boot. [[spoiler: After being kidnapped and brutally tortured, once he was rescued, he made sure Ivy was taken care of first.]]
7th Jan '17 9:37:47 AM nombretomado
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** I have a thing for Bella. Even if [[MarySue her]] [[TheSociopath character]] [[DamselScrappy suffers with]] [[DesignatedHero each]] [[SuetifulAllAlong book]], I can at least always love her for PerverseSexualLust reasons (though that's mainly due to KristenStewart rather than the character.)

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** I have a thing for Bella. Even if [[MarySue her]] [[TheSociopath character]] [[DamselScrappy suffers with]] [[DesignatedHero each]] [[SuetifulAllAlong book]], I can at least always love her for PerverseSexualLust reasons (though that's mainly due to KristenStewart Creator/KristenStewart rather than the character.)
14th Dec '16 11:10:36 PM PaulA
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* [[Literature/TheElenium Sparhawk]]. An aging, world-weary knight whose conviction he's nothing more than an old soldier, driven almost entirely by loyalty. He might ''look'' far from the KnightInShiningArmor and have no shortage of flaws, but he's clever, poetic, compassionate, and noble. He was [[Tropers/{{Roland}} this troper's]] first fantasy hero, and he remains one of his favorites.

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* [[Literature/TheElenium Sparhawk]].''Literature/TheElenium'':
** Sparhawk.
An aging, world-weary knight whose conviction he's nothing more than an old soldier, driven almost entirely by loyalty. He might ''look'' far from the KnightInShiningArmor and have no shortage of flaws, but he's clever, poetic, compassionate, and noble. He was [[Tropers/{{Roland}} this troper's]] first fantasy hero, and he remains one of his favorites.
11th Nov '16 4:11:15 PM Berrenta
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* I almost can't say enough good things about [[Literature/TheHungerGames Katniss Everdeen]]. Her unflinching narration, her complex psychology, her, let's face it, awesome survival skill. The fact that she can have a troubled backstory, wear flaming dresses, be deadly in combat, sacrifice herself for her sister, inspire just about everyone, ''and'' have two guys throwing themselves at her--all without being even remotely a MarySue--is a feat you won't believe unless you read the series. She's damaged, deeply flawed, and highly believable. Underneath everything, she's just trying to do the right thing. I'm not one to complain that GirlsNeedRoleModels, but seriously--''that'' is a heroine.

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* I almost can't say enough good things about [[Literature/TheHungerGames Katniss Everdeen]]. Her unflinching narration, her complex psychology, her, let's face it, awesome survival skill. The fact that she can have a troubled backstory, wear flaming dresses, be deadly in combat, sacrifice herself for her sister, inspire just about everyone, ''and'' have two guys throwing themselves at her--all without being even remotely a MarySue--is a feat you won't believe unless you read the series. She's damaged, deeply flawed, and highly believable. Underneath everything, she's just trying to do the right thing. I'm not one to complain that GirlsNeedRoleModels, girls need role models, but seriously--''that'' is a heroine.
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