History JerkassWoobie / Literature

27th May '16 3:10:17 AM MacronNotes
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* [[BlondesAreEvil Phaidor]] in ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' is a cruel [[LightIsNotGood White Martian]] [[AlphaBitch princess]], member to a [[MasterRace supremacist]], [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] race of [[GodGuise god pretendants]] that promote a ReligionOfEvil to enslave all other Martian peoples. Yet, she had been ObliviouslyEvil about her people's ways, since they don't see nothing morally wrong with enslaving and devouring the lesser people, and is completely baffled when [[TheHero John Carter]] reacts appropriately disgusted. When she is [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty captured by her people's arch-enemies]], which would presumably lead her to AFateWorseThanDeath, she learns that her own people are victims to a similar ruse created by said enemies and all she had ever known was a lie, [[BreakTheHaughty doesn't take this revelation very well,]] breaking down into tears like a unhappy little girl. Even Carter can't help himself, but pity her, specially after she pleads to save her life and also [[VillainessesWantHeroes due to having a crush on him]], though she loses [[TheWoobie woobie]] points when [[{{Yandere}} she tries to murder Carter's wife in a fit of jealousy]] while they are both trapped inside the Temple of the Sun.

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* [[BlondesAreEvil Phaidor]] Phaidor in ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' is a cruel [[LightIsNotGood White Martian]] [[AlphaBitch princess]], member to a [[MasterRace supremacist]], [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] race of [[GodGuise god pretendants]] that promote a ReligionOfEvil to enslave all other Martian peoples. Yet, she had been ObliviouslyEvil about her people's ways, since they don't see nothing morally wrong with enslaving and devouring the lesser people, and is completely baffled when [[TheHero John Carter]] reacts appropriately disgusted. When she is [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty captured by her people's arch-enemies]], which would presumably lead her to AFateWorseThanDeath, she learns that her own people are victims to a similar ruse created by said enemies and all she had ever known was a lie, [[BreakTheHaughty doesn't take this revelation very well,]] breaking down into tears like a unhappy little girl. Even Carter can't help himself, but pity her, specially after she pleads to save her life and also [[VillainessesWantHeroes due to having a crush on him]], though she loses [[TheWoobie woobie]] points when [[{{Yandere}} she tries to murder Carter's wife in a fit of jealousy]] while they are both trapped inside the Temple of the Sun.
25th May '16 1:30:55 PM Anddrix
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* Van Houten from ''Film/TheFaultInOurStars''. Yes, hes a drunk asshat, but you have to admit he is sort of a tragic character. [[spoiler:His daughter died of cancer, and he's been a depressed alcoholic ever since]].
19th May '16 12:26:56 PM kataangluvr
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* Christian Grey in ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''. He's a dominant who stalks Anastasia and uses BDSM as a way of satisfying his sadistic pleasure. He at one point rapes Anastasia in her apartment in response to a message that she sent that sounded like a breakup. However, his twisted personality is apparently justified since he had an equally abusive childhood at the hands of his father and he doesn't know how to love.
25th Mar '16 5:06:06 AM Shadowgazer
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** And Severus Snape, the champion of this trope in the Harry Potter universe. He is cruel and rude, bullies and torments not only Harry, but plenty of other characters, and has threatened animal abuse (though, to be fair, this seems fairly common in the wizarding world). However, [[AbusiveParents his parents weren't exactly the best]] (it's all but stated that Tobias was abusive, while Eileen was neglectful) and he lived a lonely childhood where [[spoiler:his only friend was Lily Evans, who he grew to love. At school, he was bullied by his rival James Potter and his friends, and at some point, a very stupid trick by Sirius Black nearly led to him being killed, with only James' timely intervention saving him. He joined the Death Eaters, thus committing the grave mistake of embracing FantasticRacism. However, one day, while being hung upside down by James in front of the many students, he pressed Lily's BerserkButton to the core, [[KickTheMoralityPet via calling her "mudblood"]]; she was so upset after having been patient with him for ''years'' that she cut off all ties to him, and as he refused to leave the Dark Arts behind, he lost her friendship forever, and thus he watched her get married to his biggest rival -- because James learned his lesson and grew into a decent guy. His working for Lord Voldemort directly led to her death... and having seen how his actions had cost him his only friend, he spent the rest of his life grieving for her and protecting her son, who (he thinks) happened to look ''just'' like James, and whom he '''still''' horribly and very undeservedly abused -- only to discover that he was about to be killed in the end, eventually. He had to live for years as a spy, bitter and alone, forced to kill the mentor he respected and cared for, and then was murdered himself]].

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** And Severus Snape, the champion of this trope in the Harry Potter universe. He is cruel and rude, bullies and torments not only Harry, but plenty of other characters, and has threatened animal abuse (though, to be fair, this seems fairly common in the wizarding world). However, [[AbusiveParents his parents weren't exactly the best]] (it's all but stated that Tobias was abusive, while Eileen was neglectful) and he lived a lonely childhood where [[spoiler:his only friend was Lily Evans, who he grew to love. Nonetheless he believed already in blood superiority and only made an exception for Lily. At school, he was bullied by his rival James Potter Potter, Sirius Black and his friends, Pettigrew, and at some point, a very stupid trick by Sirius Black nearly led to him being killed, with only James' timely intervention saving him. He joined the Death Eaters, thus committing the grave mistake of embracing FantasticRacism. However, one day, while being hung upside down by James in front of the many students, he pressed Lily's BerserkButton to the core, [[KickTheMoralityPet via calling her "mudblood"]]; she was so upset after having been patient with him for ''years'' that she cut off all ties to him, and as he refused to leave the Dark Arts behind, he lost her friendship forever, and thus he watched her get married to his biggest rival -- because James learned his lesson and grew into a decent guy.rival. His working for Lord Voldemort directly led to her death... and having seen how his actions had cost him his only friend, he spent the rest of his life grieving for her and protecting her son, who (he thinks) happened to look ''just'' like James, and whom he '''still''' horribly and very undeservedly abused -- only to discover that he was about to be killed in the end, eventually. He had to live for years as a spy, bitter and alone, forced to kill the mentor he respected and cared for, and then was murdered himself]].
25th Mar '16 4:59:31 AM Shadowgazer
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** Petunia Dursley, Harry's nasty aunt who does everything she can to put down her sister Lily, Harry's mother, in front of him. [[spoiler: It turns out that she wanted to go to Hogwarts so badly that she actually wrote to Dumbledore begging to be allowed to go along with Lily, only to be rejected. She claims to have spent her childhood as TheUnfavorite compared to Lily because of Lily's magical talents. Small wonder she did everything she could to convince herself that magic was rotten and she was really better off without it.]]

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** Petunia Dursley, Harry's nasty aunt who does everything she can to put down her sister Lily, Harry's mother, in front of him. [[spoiler: It We see then through Snape's memories that she was mean even as a child and had a tendency to demean others to feel better about herself. But later it turns out that she wanted to go to Hogwarts so badly that she actually wrote to Dumbledore begging to be allowed to go along with Lily, only to be rejected. She claims to have spent her childhood as TheUnfavorite compared to Lily because of Lily's magical talents. Small wonder she did everything she could to convince herself that magic was rotten and she was really better off without it. One of the most powerful moments in the series is when she sees the wizarding families and the world she will never be a part of, while asking ''you think I want to be a...'' and finally adds ''freak?'' making clear that this was not the word, that she really had in mind.]]
28th Jan '16 1:07:37 PM TheNerevarine
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* [[BlondesAreEvil Phaidor]] in ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' is a cruel [[LightIsNotGood White Martian]] [[AlphaBitch princess]], member to a [[MasterRace supremacist]], [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] race of [[GodGuise god pretendants]] that promote a ReligionOfEvil to enslave all other Martian peoples. Yet, she had been ObliviouslyEvil about her people's ways, since they don't see nothing morally wrong with enslaving and devouring the lesser people, and is completely baffled when [[TheHero John Carter]] reacts appropriately disgusted. When she is [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty]] captured by her people's arch-enemies which would presumably lead her to AFateWorseThanDeath, she learns that her own people are victims to a similar ruse created by said enemies and all she had ever known was a lie, [[BreakTheHaughty doesn't take this revelation very well.]]

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* [[BlondesAreEvil Phaidor]] in ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' is a cruel [[LightIsNotGood White Martian]] [[AlphaBitch princess]], member to a [[MasterRace supremacist]], [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] race of [[GodGuise god pretendants]] that promote a ReligionOfEvil to enslave all other Martian peoples. Yet, she had been ObliviouslyEvil about her people's ways, since they don't see nothing morally wrong with enslaving and devouring the lesser people, and is completely baffled when [[TheHero John Carter]] reacts appropriately disgusted. When she is [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty]] [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty captured by her people's arch-enemies arch-enemies]], which would presumably lead her to AFateWorseThanDeath, she learns that her own people are victims to a similar ruse created by said enemies and all she had ever known was a lie, [[BreakTheHaughty doesn't take this revelation very well.]] well,]] breaking down into tears like a unhappy little girl. Even Carter can't help himself, but pity her, specially after she pleads to save her life and also [[VillainessesWantHeroes due to having a crush on him]], though she loses [[TheWoobie woobie]] points when [[{{Yandere}} she tries to murder Carter's wife in a fit of jealousy]] while they are both trapped inside the Temple of the Sun.
28th Jan '16 12:57:01 PM TheNerevarine
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* [[BlondesAreEvil Phaidor]] in ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' is a [[LightIsNotGood White Martian]] [[AlphaBitch princess]], member to a [[MasterRace supremacist]], [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] race of [[GodGuise god pretendants]] that promote a ReligionOfEvil to enslave all other Martian peoples. She also had been ObliviouslyEvil about her people's ways, since they don't see nothing wrong with enslaving and devouring the lesser people, and is completely baffled when [[TheHero John Carter]] reacts appropriately disgusted. When she is captured by her people's arch-enemies which would presumably lead her to AFateWorseThanDeath, she learns that her own people are victims to a similar ruse created by said enemies and all she had ever known was a lie, [[BreakTheHaughty doesn't take this revelation very well.]] Even Carter himself can't help but pity her.

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* [[BlondesAreEvil Phaidor]] in ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' is a cruel [[LightIsNotGood White Martian]] [[AlphaBitch princess]], member to a [[MasterRace supremacist]], [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] race of [[GodGuise god pretendants]] that promote a ReligionOfEvil to enslave all other Martian peoples. She also Yet, she had been ObliviouslyEvil about her people's ways, since they don't see nothing morally wrong with enslaving and devouring the lesser people, and is completely baffled when [[TheHero John Carter]] reacts appropriately disgusted. When she is [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty]] captured by her people's arch-enemies which would presumably lead her to AFateWorseThanDeath, she learns that her own people are victims to a similar ruse created by said enemies and all she had ever known was a lie, [[BreakTheHaughty doesn't take this revelation very well.]] Even Carter himself can't help but pity her.
28th Jan '16 12:48:19 AM TheNerevarine
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* [[BlondesAreEvil Phaidor]] in ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' is a [[LightIsNotGood White Martian]] [[AlphaBitch princess]], member to a [[MasterRace supremacist]], [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] race of [[GodGuise god pretendants]] that promote a ReligionOfEvil to enslave all other Martian peoples. She also had been ObliviouslyEvil about her people's ways, since they don't see nothing wrong with enslaving and devouring the lesser people, and is completely baffled when [[TheHero John Carter]] reacts appropriately disgusted. When she is captured by her people's arch-enemies which would presumably lead her to AFateWorseThanDeath, she learns that her own people are victims to a similar ruse created by said enemies and all she had ever known was a lie, [[BreakTheHaughty doesn't take this revelation very well.]] Even Carter himself can't help but pity her.
3rd Dec '15 9:00:51 AM Anddrix
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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'':
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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.
* Marcie Miller from the ''Literature/HushHush'' series. Yes she's a bitch to Nora, but Nora and Vee constantly mock her for daring to have an active sex life and only be interested in casual dating. At one point, she's clearly horrified at the thought that Nora stole and read her diary (while Nora didn't read it, she ''did'' steal it to do so, and with Vee wanting to publish it in the school paper, no less!) Later, we find out that she's so resentful towards Nora because [[spoiler:Nora's mom seemed to be having an affair with her dad, and Nora was Marcie's illegitimate sister]]. In ''Silence'', she tries to help out her dad, only to be broken when she learns just how corrupt he actually is. In ''Finale'', she's clearly upset by how he's disappeared and most likely dead and no one else knows about it. [[spoiler:It's revealed that she was manipulated by Dante, out of jealousy that her father chose Nora as his successor over her]]. Oh, and we find out that this is because [[spoiler:Marcie is allegedly weak and sickly and was lucky to even survive birth. Because of this, she dies while in her late teens. Only ''seven people'' attend her funeral, including her mother. And Vee is of the opinion that she deserved this]].
16th Oct '15 8:00:54 AM Divra
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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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