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25th Mar '17 10:12:25 PM TudorRose
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* Isaac Nettle from the ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy is a [[TheFundamentalist religious fanatic]] who [[AbusiveParents abuses his son Jenkin]] and [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild blames him for the death of his wife]], who died while giving birth to him. It can easily be gathered that the loss of Isaac's wife was a CynicismCatalyst that soured his entire outlook on life. Also, it is made clear that deep down he does truly love his son... but then [[spoiler:Jenkin is carried off by an owl and eaten. The situation is made all the more traumatic when Isaac ''finds the owl pellet containing his son's mousebrass''.]] Poor guy.
20th Mar '17 5:04:17 AM Baeraad555
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* Rachel in ''Literature/PracticalDemonkeeping'' is a self-righteous StrawFeminist and clueless occult dabbler, so obnoxious that Travis claims that she's the only person he's ever met who he'd wish the fate on of being saddled with Catch. But given her backstory, which involves being used, abused and betrayed by just about everyone she's ever loved, you can't help but sympathise with her. She also genuinely seems to be [[WellIntentionedExtremist trying to do good]], she's just got [[BlueAndOrangeMorality her own idiosyncratic definition]] of what "good" is.
9th Dec '16 10:52:28 PM Euodiachloris
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** To name a few: Jaime Lannister, who consistently does horrible things to protect his family, but [[NeverLiveItDown who is widely despised]] for the ''best'' thing he ever did; Tyrion Lannister, who has even worse publicity than his brother, and responds by [[SnarkKnight acting like a jerk despite having good intentions]]; Arya Stark, a bitter girl with increasingly [[ShellShockedVeteran disjointed emotional reactions]] [[spoiler:following the murder of her family]] and harrowing, war-torn journey through the Riverlands; Sansa Stark starts out as quite the naïve (and usually unintentional) [[AlphaBitch little Libby]], until [[RoyalBrat Joffrey]] and King's Landing knock that out of her and she ''really'' starts [[BastardUnderstudy paying attention]] simply just to survive; Sandor Clegane, a ruthless killer who turns out to be a conflicted [[TheWoobie Woobie]]; Daenerys Targaryen, a ruthless warlord whose brother deliberately put her through hell well before she took up fire and blood (not that Viserys' life was a bed of roses, either -- he basically used her as, alternatively, a safety blanket and a stress ball... because he was going through hell); Theon Greyjoy, whose [[spoiler:treason]] and {{Jerkass}} tendencies arise from [[WellDoneSonGuy a need for acceptance]] and who has recently undergone [[spoiler:ColdBloodedTorture]]...yep, the list goes on.

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** To name a few: Jaime Lannister, who consistently does horrible things to protect his family, but [[NeverLiveItDown who is widely despised]] for the ''best'' thing he ever did; Tyrion Lannister, who has even worse publicity than his brother, and responds by [[SnarkKnight acting like a jerk despite having good intentions]]; Arya Stark, a bitter girl with increasingly [[ShellShockedVeteran disjointed emotional reactions]] [[spoiler:following the murder of her family]] and harrowing, war-torn journey through the Riverlands; Sansa Stark starts out as quite the naïve (and [[LovableAlphaBitch usually unintentional) unintentional]]) [[AlphaBitch little Libby]], Libby]] on bad days, until [[RoyalBrat Joffrey]] and King's Landing knock that out of her and she ''really'' starts having to [[BastardUnderstudy paying pay attention]] to the darker side simply just to survive; Sandor Clegane, a ruthless killer who turns out to be a conflicted [[TheWoobie Woobie]]; Daenerys Targaryen, a ruthless warlord whose brother deliberately put her through hell well before she took up fire and blood (not that Viserys' life was a bed of roses, either -- he basically used her as, alternatively, a safety blanket and a stress ball... because he was going through hell); Theon Greyjoy, whose [[spoiler:treason]] and {{Jerkass}} tendencies arise from [[WellDoneSonGuy a need for acceptance]] and who has recently undergone [[spoiler:ColdBloodedTorture]]...yep, the list goes on.
4th Dec '16 4:11:02 PM Euodiachloris
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** To name a few: Jaime Lannister, who consistently does horrible things to protect his family, but [[NeverLiveItDown who is widely despised]] for the ''best'' thing he ever did; Tyrion Lannister, who has even worse publicity than his brother, and responds by [[SnarkKnight acting like a jerk despite having good intentions]]; Arya Stark, a bitter girl with increasingly [[ShellShockedVetran disjointed emotional reactions]] [[spoiler:following the murder of her family]] and harrowing, war-torn journey through the Riverlands; Sandor Clegane, a ruthless killer who turns out to be a conflicted [[TheWoobie Woobie]]; Daenerys Targaryen, a ruthless warlord whose brother deliberately put her through hell (not that Viserys' life was a bed of roses, either -- he basically used her as, alternatively, a safety blanket and a stress ball... because he was going through hell); Theon Greyjoy, whose [[spoiler:treason]] and {{Jerkass}} tendencies arise from [[WellDoneSonGuy a need for acceptance]] and who has recently undergone [[spoiler:ColdBloodedTorture]]...yep, the list goes on.

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** To name a few: Jaime Lannister, who consistently does horrible things to protect his family, but [[NeverLiveItDown who is widely despised]] for the ''best'' thing he ever did; Tyrion Lannister, who has even worse publicity than his brother, and responds by [[SnarkKnight acting like a jerk despite having good intentions]]; Arya Stark, a bitter girl with increasingly [[ShellShockedVetran [[ShellShockedVeteran disjointed emotional reactions]] [[spoiler:following the murder of her family]] and harrowing, war-torn journey through the Riverlands; Sansa Stark starts out as quite the naïve (and usually unintentional) [[AlphaBitch little Libby]], until [[RoyalBrat Joffrey]] and King's Landing knock that out of her and she ''really'' starts [[BastardUnderstudy paying attention]] simply just to survive; Sandor Clegane, a ruthless killer who turns out to be a conflicted [[TheWoobie Woobie]]; Daenerys Targaryen, a ruthless warlord whose brother deliberately put her through hell well before she took up fire and blood (not that Viserys' life was a bed of roses, either -- he basically used her as, alternatively, a safety blanket and a stress ball... because he was going through hell); Theon Greyjoy, whose [[spoiler:treason]] and {{Jerkass}} tendencies arise from [[WellDoneSonGuy a need for acceptance]] and who has recently undergone [[spoiler:ColdBloodedTorture]]...yep, the list goes on.
4th Dec '16 4:00:29 PM Euodiachloris
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** To name a few: Jaime Lannister, who consistently does horrible things to protect his family, but [[NeverLiveItDown who is widely despised]] for the ''best'' thing he ever did; Tyrion Lannister, who has even worse publicity than his brother, and responds by [[SnarkKnight acting like a jerk despite having good intentions]]; Arya Stark, a bitter girl with increasingly sociopathic tendencies [[spoiler:following the murder of her family]]; Sandor Clegane, a ruthless killer who turns out to be a conflicted [[TheWoobie Woobie]]; Daenerys Targaryen, a ruthless warlord whose brother put her through hell; Theon Greyjoy, whose [[spoiler:treason]] and {{Jerkass}} tendencies arise from [[WellDoneSonGuy a need for acceptance]] and who has recently undergone [[spoiler:ColdBloodedTorture]]...yep, the list goes on.

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** To name a few: Jaime Lannister, who consistently does horrible things to protect his family, but [[NeverLiveItDown who is widely despised]] for the ''best'' thing he ever did; Tyrion Lannister, who has even worse publicity than his brother, and responds by [[SnarkKnight acting like a jerk despite having good intentions]]; Arya Stark, a bitter girl with increasingly sociopathic tendencies [[ShellShockedVetran disjointed emotional reactions]] [[spoiler:following the murder of her family]]; family]] and harrowing, war-torn journey through the Riverlands; Sandor Clegane, a ruthless killer who turns out to be a conflicted [[TheWoobie Woobie]]; Daenerys Targaryen, a ruthless warlord whose brother deliberately put her through hell; hell (not that Viserys' life was a bed of roses, either -- he basically used her as, alternatively, a safety blanket and a stress ball... because he was going through hell); Theon Greyjoy, whose [[spoiler:treason]] and {{Jerkass}} tendencies arise from [[WellDoneSonGuy a need for acceptance]] and who has recently undergone [[spoiler:ColdBloodedTorture]]...yep, the list goes on.
6th Oct '16 9:39:14 PM redandready45
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* Ignatius J. Reilly from ''Literature/AConfederacyOfDunces'' is a thoroughly disgusting and borderline-damaged human being who leaches off his mom and alienates everybody with his rudeness. [[spoiler: His own disgruntled neighbor reveals to Mr. Levy that his emotional problems stem from the death of his pet dog, and Irene berating him for trying to give the dog a funeral. Essentially, his horrible behavior is him still crying out over his dog]]. Mr. Levy after seeing Irene berate Ignatius [[spoiler: concludes that the dog was the only thing that ever brought him joy]].
17th Aug '16 1:26:43 AM PaulA
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* Tien in the Literature/VorkosiganSaga. He was incredibly insensitive to his wife Ekatrin. But he was himself burdened by genetic flaws and the Barrayaran prejudice that went with it.
** Plus he is a source of AdultFear. Few readers can imagine being a real villain; plenty can imagine being a failure as a spouse.

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* Tien in the Literature/VorkosiganSaga.''Literature/{{Komarr}}''. He was incredibly insensitive to his wife Ekatrin. But he was himself burdened by genetic flaws and the Barrayaran prejudice that went with it.
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it. Plus he is a source of AdultFear. Few readers can imagine being a real villain; plenty can imagine being a failure as a spouse.
22nd Jul '16 4:51:28 AM Anddrix
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* Senna Wales from the ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' series. Once you read her [[VillainEpisode POV book]] and learn about her FreudianExcuse, it's very hard not to pity her. [[BaseBreaker For most]].

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* Senna Wales from the ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' series. Once you read her [[VillainEpisode POV book]] and learn about her FreudianExcuse, it's very hard not to pity her. [[BaseBreaker For most]].
13th Jul '16 1:02:30 AM PaulA
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* Vera from Creator/VCAndrews's ''My Sweet Audrina''. She's a ManipulativeBastard who constantly belittles and schemes against her half-sister Audrina, tries to steal Audrina's boyfriend/husband away from her ([[TheVamp when she's not chasing after other guys]], that is), and crosses the MoralEventHorizon at least ''twice'' by [[spoiler:being heavily implied to be the one who pushed Audrina down the stairs, nearly killing her, and being revealed to be the one who set up Audrina to be raped by a pack of boys while walking home from school on her birthday, which so [[BreakTheCutie horribly traumatized]] Audrina that her father had to deliberately invoke TraumaInducedAmnesia for her to even be remotely happy again]]. And yet, the heavy implications that her being like this is mainly due to her adoptive father [[ParentalFavoritism constantly ignoring her in favor of his daughter Audrina]] and spanking her when she desperately tried everything she could think of to gain his love, plus her being [[IllGirl very prone to injury]], garners her enough Woobie points for the audience, along with Audrina herself, to constantly swing between hating her and feeling sorry for her.

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* Vera from Creator/VCAndrews's ''My Sweet Audrina''.''Literature/MySweetAudrina''. She's a ManipulativeBastard who constantly belittles and schemes against her half-sister Audrina, tries to steal Audrina's boyfriend/husband away from her ([[TheVamp when she's not chasing after other guys]], that is), and crosses the MoralEventHorizon at least ''twice'' by [[spoiler:being heavily implied to be the one who pushed Audrina down the stairs, nearly killing her, and being revealed to be the one who set up Audrina to be raped by a pack of boys while walking home from school on her birthday, which so [[BreakTheCutie horribly traumatized]] Audrina that her father had to deliberately invoke TraumaInducedAmnesia for her to even be remotely happy again]]. And yet, the heavy implications that her being like this is mainly due to her adoptive father [[ParentalFavoritism constantly ignoring her in favor of his daughter Audrina]] and spanking her when she desperately tried everything she could think of to gain his love, plus her being [[IllGirl very prone to injury]], garners her enough Woobie points for the audience, along with Audrina herself, to constantly swing between hating her and feeling sorry for her.
2nd Jun '16 2:31:44 AM Doug86
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Warden Donald Morgan. Presented throughout the series as an InspectorJavert out to frame the protagonist, and being an all-round unpleasant bastard, he was very easy to hate. Then, as the series moves on, the main character (and through him, the reader) finds out more about Morgan's background, to the extent that, by the end, even the main character, who has lived his entire life with Morgan as the ever-present embodiment of a system that hates him and literally wants him dead, and the noose around his neck, can bring himself to shed a few tears of sympathy. Morgan's TraumaCongaLine began with four years on the Western Front of WorldWarOne. After that, he spent a century walking the toughest beat of any police officer in existence, forever cut off from the person he loved more than anything, killing black magicians (many of whom were relatively innocent, but had to die due to the seductive nature of black magic) with very little in the way of respect or appreciation coming his way.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Warden Donald Morgan. Presented throughout the series as an InspectorJavert out to frame the protagonist, and being an all-round unpleasant bastard, he was very easy to hate. Then, as the series moves on, the main character (and through him, the reader) finds out more about Morgan's background, to the extent that, by the end, even the main character, who has lived his entire life with Morgan as the ever-present embodiment of a system that hates him and literally wants him dead, and the noose around his neck, can bring himself to shed a few tears of sympathy. Morgan's TraumaCongaLine began with four years on the Western Front of WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. After that, he spent a century walking the toughest beat of any police officer in existence, forever cut off from the person he loved more than anything, killing black magicians (many of whom were relatively innocent, but had to die due to the seductive nature of black magic) with very little in the way of respect or appreciation coming his way.
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