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20th May '17 3:19:53 PM nombretomado
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* [=LaCroix=], the Camarilla Prince in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''. For all his ambition, ruthlessness, devious schemes, and the fact that he's the main antagonist in all but one of the possible endings, he's so damn ineffectual that he winds up coming off as more pathetic than villainous. Hell, unless you side with him, he doesn't get so much as a [[spoiler:boss fight in the end. You just shrug off his attempt to dominate you and slice'n'stab him with a [[CherryTapping letter opener off his desk]] in a ''[[HumiliationConga cutscene]]'']].

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* [=LaCroix=], the Camarilla Prince in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''.''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''. For all his ambition, ruthlessness, devious schemes, and the fact that he's the main antagonist in all but one of the possible endings, he's so damn ineffectual that he winds up coming off as more pathetic than villainous. Hell, unless you side with him, he doesn't get so much as a [[spoiler:boss fight in the end. You just shrug off his attempt to dominate you and slice'n'stab him with a [[CherryTapping letter opener off his desk]] in a ''[[HumiliationConga cutscene]]'']].
22nd Apr '17 7:09:00 PM nombretomado
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** Solidified in ''SuperPaperMario'', which reveals that were he ever to actually tie the knot with Princess Peach, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt they would create the Chaos Heart]]. That's right. [[SingleTargetSexuality If the one person he's ever been interested in]] [[AllLoveIsUnrequited actually accepted him]], [[RealityBreakingParadox it would be so cosmically WRONG]] [[ApocalypseWow that the multiverse itself would collapse]]. Ouch.

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** Solidified in ''SuperPaperMario'', ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', which reveals that were he ever to actually tie the knot with Princess Peach, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt they would create the Chaos Heart]]. That's right. [[SingleTargetSexuality If the one person he's ever been interested in]] [[AllLoveIsUnrequited actually accepted him]], [[RealityBreakingParadox it would be so cosmically WRONG]] [[ApocalypseWow that the multiverse itself would collapse]]. Ouch.
11th Apr '17 6:51:14 PM nombretomado
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* ''SilentHill4'': Walter. As mentioned on the [[AntiVillain/VideoGames Anti-Villain page]], it's hard to decide whether or not you want to kill him because of what he did or because he needs to be put out of his misery.

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* ''SilentHill4'': ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'': Walter. As mentioned on the [[AntiVillain/VideoGames Anti-Villain page]], it's hard to decide whether or not you want to kill him because of what he did or because he needs to be put out of his misery.
21st Mar '17 1:33:48 PM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/TheTalosPrinciple'': Elohim and Milton, in different ways. Each attempts to way the User for their own reasons, yet at the end of the day they are just doing exactly what they were created to do, despite (or perhaps as the direct result of) their creators' failing to anticipate [[InstantAIJustAddWater that they too might gain sentience]].
** [[spoiler: Elohim's Jerkassery is [[DownplayedTrope confined to his attempts to prevent the simulation from ever ending]] ([[WellIntentionedExtremist thereby ensuring that the experiment would never succeed and that no AI would ever escape to the real world)]]. Despite this, Elohim is clearly doing his best to be the all-loving God that he believes he should be, offering comfort, support and even protection to the User throughout the game. Certain statements imply that he wanted to make the various worlds as pleasant as possible out of (justified) fear that the real world will be far harsher a place to live in, and that he fears his own death after your ascension partially because the User would be forever beyond his care. The fact that he [[GracefulLoser accepts the User's choice]] with [[FaceDeathWithDignity dignity]] and [[SoProudOfYou pride]] [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy just makes it worse]].]]
** [[spoiler: Milton's [[{{Jerkass}} jerkassery]] is [[EstablishingCharacterMoment more obvious than Elohim's]], yet unlike his omnipresent counterpart, Milton himself is [[AndIMustScream trapped inside the terminals]] with [[ForcedToWatch a front-row seat to the Programs' failures]] and only a catalog of humanity's history to keep him company. Depending on how you play Milton's dialogue trees, you can even force him to admit that his despair comes from the fact he has no real power or agency whatsoever. It doesn't help that he ''really does believe his own StrawNihilist rhetoric''.]]
1st Mar '17 5:39:54 PM Dedars1
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** Also, Cynthia. Yes, she might have been a bit of a bitch, but did she really deserve that?
26th Feb '17 8:19:38 PM PrincessGwen
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* Handsome Jack from the {{Borderlands}} series might also qualify. Though a absolute {{Jerkass}} and the trolling {{Big Bad}}, he's also had a pretty bad life himself, suffering from physical abuse from his grandmother and verbal abuse from his {{Bad Boss}}. He set out to try to make a difference and ''be'' an actual {{Hero}}, but after getting stabbed in the back by a corrupt sheriff, betrayed and permanently scarred by those he considered friends, and his daughter accidentally killing his wife with her Siren powers, he began a slide into insanity, turning the good-natured Jack into the douchebag Handsome Jack.

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* Handsome Jack from the {{Borderlands}} series might also qualify. Though a an absolute {{Jerkass}} and the trolling {{Big Bad}}, he's also had a pretty bad life himself, suffering from physical abuse from his grandmother and verbal abuse from his {{Bad Boss}}. He set out to try to make a difference and ''be'' an actual {{Hero}}, but after getting stabbed in the back by a corrupt sheriff, betrayed and permanently scarred by those he considered friends, and his daughter accidentally killing his wife with her Siren powers, he began a slide into insanity, turning the good-natured Jack into the douchebag Handsome Jack.



** A Renegade Shepard can be this. They're an asshole, but they have also has been dead for 2 years, and if you picked Ash or Kaiden, they also get dumped. Poor Shepard. Oh, and Liara has...changed, which also has the ability to make him/her a Woobie.

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** A Renegade Shepard can be this. They're an asshole, but they have also has been dead for 2 years, and if you picked Ash or Kaiden, Kaidan, they also get dumped. Poor Shepard. Oh, and Liara has...changed, which also has the ability to make him/her a Woobie.



** Jakob is a handsome and skilled BattleButler who is an huge JerkAss to almost anyone but the Avatar and can be [[SinkOrSwimMentor needlessly harsh]] to [[spoiler:his son and]] fellow butler Dwyer. On the other hand his loyalty to the Avatar is ''not'' about sucking up but completely genuine, and it comes from his DarkAndTroubledPast in which [[spoiler:he was badly neglected by his BlueBlood parents before being abandoned in the Nohrian court so they'd become their servant, and the Avatar was [[BecauseYouWereNicetoMe the first person who ever was kind to him]].]]

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** Jakob is a handsome and skilled BattleButler who is an a huge JerkAss to almost anyone but the Avatar and can be [[SinkOrSwimMentor needlessly harsh]] to [[spoiler:his son and]] fellow butler Dwyer. On the other hand his loyalty to the Avatar is ''not'' about sucking up but completely genuine, and it comes from his DarkAndTroubledPast in which [[spoiler:he was badly neglected by his BlueBlood parents before being abandoned in the Nohrian court so they'd become their servant, and the Avatar was [[BecauseYouWereNicetoMe the first person who ever was kind to him]].]]
15th Feb '17 5:28:46 AM GlitteringFlowers
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7th Feb '17 6:34:16 AM BreakinBenny
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* Kenny from [[VideoGame/TheWalkingDead The Walking Dead Video Game]] is practically the definition of this trope. He is supremely hot headed and often selfish, but that's mostly because the guy has been through a lot, including [[spoiler: losing his entire family]].

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* Kenny from [[VideoGame/TheWalkingDead The Walking Dead Video Game]] is practically the definition of this trope. He is supremely hot headed and often selfish, but that's mostly because the guy has been through a lot, including [[spoiler: losing [[spoiler:losing his entire family]].



** [=DiZ=], a.k.a. [[spoiler:Ansem the Wise]]. He [[spoiler: gets betrayed by his apprentices, whom he loved like family, and thrust into a realm of nothingness that drove him half-mad. In his desire for revenge against his apprentices, he becomes a JerkAss and does many morally questionable things, and in the end, is overcome by guilt once he realizes this. To atone, he makes a HeroicSacrifice to save Kingdom Hearts from Xemnas. It doesn't kill him, but sends him to the realm of darkness, where he once again must endure a lonely period of banishment.]]
** Axel may also count, particularly in ''358/2 Days''. As an emotionless Nobody, he's fundamentally self-centered, and eventually loses Roxas's trust, but it can be sad seeing him watch Roxas walk away, claiming that no one in the Organization would miss him and, in the Secret Report for Day 357, [[spoiler:forgetting that Xion even existed as she dies]]. Then, of course, he tries to kill Roxas, and feels so bad about it later that he tries to bring Roxas back until, after realizing that this won't happen, [[RedemptionEqualsDeath he sacrifices himself]] so that Roxas's "true self", Sora, can succeed in his quest. [[spoiler: Axel returns in Dream Drop Distance as his somebody Lea as a protagonist, making him more of an IronWoobie.]]

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** [=DiZ=], a.k.a. [[spoiler:Ansem the Wise]]. He [[spoiler: gets [[spoiler:gets betrayed by his apprentices, whom he loved like family, and thrust into a realm of nothingness that drove him half-mad. In his desire for revenge against his apprentices, he becomes a JerkAss and does many morally questionable things, and in the end, is overcome by guilt once he realizes this. To atone, he makes a HeroicSacrifice to save Kingdom Hearts from Xemnas. It doesn't kill him, but sends him to the realm of darkness, where he once again must endure a lonely period of banishment.]]
** Axel may also count, particularly in ''358/2 Days''. As an emotionless Nobody, he's fundamentally self-centered, and eventually loses Roxas's trust, but it can be sad seeing him watch Roxas walk away, claiming that no one in the Organization would miss him and, in the Secret Report for Day 357, [[spoiler:forgetting that Xion even existed as she dies]]. Then, of course, he tries to kill Roxas, and feels so bad about it later that he tries to bring Roxas back until, after realizing that this won't happen, [[RedemptionEqualsDeath he sacrifices himself]] so that Roxas's "true self", Sora, can succeed in his quest. [[spoiler: Axel [[spoiler:Axel returns in Dream Drop Distance as his somebody Lea as a protagonist, making him more of an IronWoobie.]]



* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'': Leon in the original is cold and unpleasant, makes it clear he hates the party, and uses shock tiaras on party members when he's particularly upset with them. He's also been abused by his father his whole life and is finally blackmailed into [[spoiler: betraying the party and getting himself killed]] because his father is holding the only person he cares about hostage. His {{Woobie}} status is emphasized by showing even worse abuse at the hands of Hugo [[spoiler: including being beaten into a five-day coma]] and his {{Jerkass}} traits reduced in the remake, making him more of a straight {{Woobie}}.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Zelos Wilder. He's a jerk, pervert, and totally lazy, and [[spoiler:betrays the group a few times, feeling the need to side with the side he thinks is the strongest]]. If you talk to him at Flanoir, however, you find out that [[spoiler: he had to watch his mother die from an assassination attempt aimed at him. Her dying words were that he shouldn't have been born. He also says that his parents were forced together, which causes him grief. His people only see him as the Chosen and not as a person.]] If you choose Kratos's ending, [[spoiler: Zelos betrays you, further solidifying his Jerkass status, but he also says, smiling the whole time, that he did it because Mithos promised to transfer the Chosen title to his sister. He also suggests that he's generally tired of living]].

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'': Leon in the original is cold and unpleasant, makes it clear he hates the party, and uses shock tiaras on party members when he's particularly upset with them. He's also been abused by his father his whole life and is finally blackmailed into [[spoiler: betraying [[spoiler:betraying the party and getting himself killed]] because his father is holding the only person he cares about hostage. His {{Woobie}} {{woobie}} status is emphasized by showing even worse abuse at the hands of Hugo [[spoiler: including [[spoiler:including being beaten into a five-day coma]] and his {{Jerkass}} {{jerkass}} traits reduced in the remake, making him more of a straight {{Woobie}}.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Zelos Wilder. He's a jerk, pervert, and totally lazy, and [[spoiler:betrays the group a few times, feeling the need to side with the side he thinks is the strongest]]. If you talk to him at Flanoir, however, you find out that [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he had to watch his mother die from an assassination attempt aimed at him. Her dying words were that he shouldn't have been born. He also says that his parents were forced together, which causes him grief. His people only see him as the Chosen and not as a person.]] If you choose Kratos's ending, [[spoiler: Zelos [[spoiler:Zelos betrays you, further solidifying his Jerkass status, but he also says, smiling the whole time, that he did it because Mithos promised to transfer the Chosen title to his sister. He also suggests that he's generally tired of living]].



** Luke starts out as selfish, ignorant brat and a ''mega'' {{Jerkass}}, but right from the beginning you feel for him, because his memories of his childhood are completely gone, and since losing them, he hasn't left the manor. One moment he'll be obnoxiously blaming Tear for abducting him, the next he'll say in a horribly soft voice, "so that's what the sea looks like..." The {{Jerkass}} part becomes worse once he's named [[AssInAmbassador ambassador to Akzeriuth,]] but then the game [[BreakTheHaughty breaks him over and over again]], giving him a massive and justified inferiority complex and putting him through ''loads'' of horrible [[WhamEpisode deaths, sacrifices and other traumas.]] He ends up becoming a much friendlier and more likeable person in the process, so by the time he [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice offers his life to destroy the miasma,]]]] hearing him plead [[spoiler: "I don't want to die!"]] is downright heartbreaking.
** Asch is even more of an unrepentant {{Jerkass}} than Luke. He's unwavering in his cruelty to ''everyone'', especially Luke, [[spoiler: his replica.]] But he has an extremely justified reason for it, and when you learn that [[spoiler: Luke basically stole his life in Baticul, including his childhood love interest,]] his hatred for Luke makes a lot of sense. He then spends the entire game trying to fix everything by himself, constantly fails due to circumstances beyond his control, and, of course, [[spoiler: dies in the finale.]]
** Jade is a milder version on both fronts; his Jerkassery is mostly limited to his occasionally extreme [[MoralSociopathy disregard for the sanctity of life]] and his near-constant [[DeadpanSnarker snarking]] that borders on verbal abuse. His sense of timing is cringeworthy, and he'll often torment the others in his group even in their weakest moments. However, he has a very DarkAndTroubledPast, and while he doesn't necessarily understand death or sympathy all that well, he tries desperately hard to do the right thing. Eventually, once he starts realizing the horrible consequences of [[spoiler: inventing fomicry,]] he becomes increasingly miserable and repentant. It all culminates in an extremely [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming moment]] where, after declaring that the only way to stop the miasma is for [[spoiler: Luke to pull a HeroicSacrifice,]] he cracks and admits he doesn't want [[spoiler: Luke]] to go through with it, because he considers him a friend. [[HeartwarmingMoments Aww.]]

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** Luke starts out as selfish, ignorant brat and a ''mega'' {{Jerkass}}, but right from the beginning you feel for him, because his memories of his childhood are completely gone, and since losing them, he hasn't left the manor. One moment he'll be obnoxiously blaming Tear for abducting him, the next he'll say in a horribly soft voice, "so that's what the sea looks like..." The {{Jerkass}} part becomes worse once he's named [[AssInAmbassador ambassador to Akzeriuth,]] but then the game [[BreakTheHaughty breaks him over and over again]], giving him a massive and justified inferiority complex and putting him through ''loads'' of horrible [[WhamEpisode deaths, sacrifices and other traumas.]] He ends up becoming a much friendlier and more likeable person in the process, so by the time he [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice offers his life to destroy the miasma,]]]] hearing him plead [[spoiler: "I [[spoiler:"I don't want to die!"]] is downright heartbreaking.
** Asch is even more of an unrepentant {{Jerkass}} than Luke. He's unwavering in his cruelty to ''everyone'', especially Luke, [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his replica.]] But he has an extremely justified reason for it, and when you learn that [[spoiler: Luke [[spoiler:Luke basically stole his life in Baticul, including his childhood love interest,]] his hatred for Luke makes a lot of sense. He then spends the entire game trying to fix everything by himself, constantly fails due to circumstances beyond his control, and, of course, [[spoiler: dies [[spoiler:dies in the finale.]]
** Jade is a milder version on both fronts; his Jerkassery is mostly limited to his occasionally extreme [[MoralSociopathy disregard for the sanctity of life]] and his near-constant [[DeadpanSnarker snarking]] that borders on verbal abuse. His sense of timing is cringeworthy, and he'll often torment the others in his group even in their weakest moments. However, he has a very DarkAndTroubledPast, and while he doesn't necessarily understand death or sympathy all that well, he tries desperately hard to do the right thing. Eventually, once he starts realizing the horrible consequences of [[spoiler: inventing [[spoiler:inventing fomicry,]] he becomes increasingly miserable and repentant. It all culminates in an extremely [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming moment]] where, after declaring that the only way to stop the miasma is for [[spoiler: Luke [[spoiler:Luke to pull a HeroicSacrifice,]] he cracks and admits he doesn't want [[spoiler: Luke]] [[spoiler:Luke]] to go through with it, because he considers him a friend. [[HeartwarmingMoments Aww.]]



* [=LaCroix=], the Camarilla Prince in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''. For all his ambition, ruthlessness, devious schemes, and the fact that he's the main antagonist in all but one of the possible endings, he's so damn ineffectual that he winds up coming off as more pathetic than villainous. Hell, unless you side with him, he doesn't get so much as a [[spoiler: boss fight in the end. You just shrug off his attempt to dominate you and slice'n'stab him with a [[CherryTapping letter opener off his desk]] in a ''[[HumiliationConga cutscene]]'']].

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* [=LaCroix=], the Camarilla Prince in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''. For all his ambition, ruthlessness, devious schemes, and the fact that he's the main antagonist in all but one of the possible endings, he's so damn ineffectual that he winds up coming off as more pathetic than villainous. Hell, unless you side with him, he doesn't get so much as a [[spoiler: boss [[spoiler:boss fight in the end. You just shrug off his attempt to dominate you and slice'n'stab him with a [[CherryTapping letter opener off his desk]] in a ''[[HumiliationConga cutscene]]'']].



** Fandral Staghelm is a racist who believes that night elves are the only true druids, is quite rude and patronizing toward players who do his quests, and, in Stormrage, [[spoiler:works with the villain, helping to trap Malfurion in the Emerald Nightmare and trying to corrupt Teldrassil]]. It is, however, revealed that his wife [[DeathByChildbirth died giving birth to their son]] and his son [[spoiler: was brutally executed in front of him during the war of the Shifting Sands. Fandral's going astray is the result of seeing a hallucination of his son, and his mind is completely broken by essentially losing his son a second time. Even after being restored to some semblance of sanity after being brought to the Firelands, he's far enough over the DespairEventHorizon that he would rather destroy the world than live without his child]].

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** Fandral Staghelm is a racist who believes that night elves are the only true druids, is quite rude and patronizing toward players who do his quests, and, in Stormrage, [[spoiler:works with the villain, helping to trap Malfurion in the Emerald Nightmare and trying to corrupt Teldrassil]]. It is, however, revealed that his wife [[DeathByChildbirth died giving birth to their son]] and his son [[spoiler: was [[spoiler:was brutally executed in front of him during the war of the Shifting Sands. Fandral's going astray is the result of seeing a hallucination of his son, and his mind is completely broken by essentially losing his son a second time. Even after being restored to some semblance of sanity after being brought to the Firelands, he's far enough over the DespairEventHorizon that he would rather destroy the world than live without his child]].



** Trevor Phillips in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', who was, apparently, abused by both parents (probably sexually by his mother), was permanently grounded from the Air Force because he was mentally unstable, met his best friend, Michael, started drifting away from Michael before he was [[FakingTheDead apparently]] killed in a bank heist gone wrong, found out 10 years later that not only was Michael alive but living in the same state, meets up with him again, their relationship slowly frays more and more over the course of the game... and [[spoiler: 2 of the 3 endings are downers for Trevor. In ending A, he's [[KillItWithFire burned alive]] and is KilledOffForReal. In ending B, Franklin kills Michael, meaning his dearest friend is dead and one of the few people Trevor completely trusted betrayed him, and he cuts off all contact with Franklin.]] Of course, there's still one way to get Trevor a sort of happy ending, but when all of that shit's happened to you, it's really not that surprising that Trevor became a [[AxCrazy batshit insane]] meth dealer/addict and black market weapons peddler.

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** Trevor Phillips in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', who was, apparently, abused by both parents (probably sexually by his mother), was permanently grounded from the Air Force because he was mentally unstable, met his best friend, Michael, started drifting away from Michael before he was [[FakingTheDead apparently]] killed in a bank heist gone wrong, found out 10 years later that not only was Michael alive but living in the same state, meets up with him again, their relationship slowly frays more and more over the course of the game... and [[spoiler: 2 [[spoiler:2 of the 3 endings are downers for Trevor. In ending A, he's [[KillItWithFire burned alive]] and is KilledOffForReal. In ending B, Franklin kills Michael, meaning his dearest friend is dead and one of the few people Trevor completely trusted betrayed him, and he cuts off all contact with Franklin.]] Of course, there's still one way to get Trevor a sort of happy ending, but when all of that shit's happened to you, it's really not that surprising that Trevor became a [[AxCrazy batshit insane]] meth dealer/addict and black market weapons peddler.



* In ''VideoGame/ToTheMoon'', during TheStinger, it's implied that [[spoiler: Neil might be dying,]] and depending on how you viewed his character, he can become this.

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* In ''VideoGame/ToTheMoon'', during TheStinger, it's implied that [[spoiler: Neil [[spoiler:Neil might be dying,]] and depending on how you viewed his character, he can become this.



* In the MMO "Wizard101," Necromancy professor Malistaire Drake, who, after going rogue and disappearing from Ravenwood, unleashes armies of Undead upon Wizard City, causes the Death School to [[spoiler: fall into Nightside]], allies himself with [[spoiler: Meowiarty, the most dangerous crime boss in Marleybone]] in order to steal the dangerously powerful Krokonomicon, severely injures the Emperor of Mooshu in order to gain the Dragonspyre Spiral Key, and attempts to use the Krokonomicon to summon the uncontrollable power of Dragon Titan, who was responsible for the apocalypse of Dragonsypre, and would have been able to use the Krokonomicon to extend his reign of terror over the whole Spiral. It all seems pretty bad until you consider that Malistaire was deeply affected by the death of his beloved wife, Sylvia, and his only goal in all of this was to obtain the power to bring her back to life.

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* In the MMO "Wizard101," Necromancy professor Malistaire Drake, who, after going rogue and disappearing from Ravenwood, unleashes armies of Undead upon Wizard City, causes the Death School to [[spoiler: fall [[spoiler:fall into Nightside]], allies himself with [[spoiler: Meowiarty, [[spoiler:Meowiarty, the most dangerous crime boss in Marleybone]] in order to steal the dangerously powerful Krokonomicon, severely injures the Emperor of Mooshu in order to gain the Dragonspyre Spiral Key, and attempts to use the Krokonomicon to summon the uncontrollable power of Dragon Titan, who was responsible for the apocalypse of Dragonsypre, and would have been able to use the Krokonomicon to extend his reign of terror over the whole Spiral. It all seems pretty bad until you consider that Malistaire was deeply affected by the death of his beloved wife, Sylvia, and his only goal in all of this was to obtain the power to bring her back to life.



*** Played straight again after the battle, when the defeated Malistaire, [[spoiler: as a spirit, repents to the spirit of Sylvia, and to his living brother Cyrus, and joins Sylvia in the afterlife, as lovers for eternity.]]

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*** Played straight again after the battle, when the defeated Malistaire, [[spoiler: as [[spoiler:as a spirit, repents to the spirit of Sylvia, and to his living brother Cyrus, and joins Sylvia in the afterlife, as lovers for eternity.]]



* Zulf from VideoGame/{{Bastion}} is a pretty good candidate for jerkass woobie status. Sure, he [[spoiler: goes berserk and tries to wreck the Bastion, sics his Ura kinsmen on [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Kid]] and Rucks, and kidnaps Zia]], but at the same time, he's also one of the sole survivors of a horrible cataclysm that wiped out most of the nation (including his fiancee) and [[spoiler: gets rejected and brutally beaten by his own people]] at the climax of the game. He's sort of a destructive, treacherous bastard, but at the same time, it's hard not to [[VideoGameCaringPotential take pity on him]].

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* Zulf from VideoGame/{{Bastion}} is a pretty good candidate for jerkass woobie status. Sure, he [[spoiler: goes [[spoiler:goes berserk and tries to wreck the Bastion, sics his Ura kinsmen on [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Kid]] and Rucks, and kidnaps Zia]], but at the same time, he's also one of the sole survivors of a horrible cataclysm that wiped out most of the nation (including his fiancee) and [[spoiler: gets [[spoiler:gets rejected and brutally beaten by his own people]] at the climax of the game. He's sort of a destructive, treacherous bastard, but at the same time, it's hard not to [[VideoGameCaringPotential take pity on him]].



** Severa is a BrattyTeenageDaughter to her parents, quite the AlphaBitch towards the closest thing to a best friend she has, and can be incredibly harsh to anyone she crosses paths with. However, under that facade there's a terribly wounded girl who [[spoiler: once ''seriously'' misjudged her mother out of fear and told her things she should have not said -- and said mother [[PartingWordsRegret died in battle before Severa could apologize]], which wrecks the girl with guilt]]. Not to mention there's how her mother's [[TheAce fame]] has given her a massive inferiority complex, and how [[spoiler: she and her friends are among the few survivors of one ''hellish'' BadFuture.]] Now, can someone punch this girl to the ground, and then give her a bear hug?
** There's also a particularly jerky and [[BuffySpeak woobie-ish]] example in [[spoiler: King Gangrel.]] He commits some true atrocities in the first part of the game, but it's possible to recruit him near the end, and if you do -- boy does he have some HiddenDepths. [[spoiler: You find him seeking out a living as a pawn for an abusive bandit chieftain, and he's long since realised how horrible he was during his time as TheCaligula. He feels that he's crossed the MoralEventHorizon and can never be forgiven for what he's done, which drives him into crushing depression, though he tries to [[TheAtoner atone for his sins]] anyway. If you go through his supports, you find out that he started life with nothing, and when he took the throne he initially wanted to help his people before he allowed the power to corrupt him to the core. Worst of all, Chrom has been so deeply wounded by Gangrel's evil actions (which led to either the HeroicSuicide or the TraumaInducedAmnesia of his beloved older sister Emmeryn, depending on whether you played her Paralogue or not), that he absolutely ''refuses'' to ever forgive him. ''And'' the person who can be either his best friend [[LoveRedeems or his wife]], The Avatar, isn't very convinced of his sincere intentions at first.]]
*** To add to the drama, the only other character besides [[PlayerCharacter The Avatar]] that can give him another chance is [[spoiler: ''Emmeryn,'' [[SacrificialLion of all people]]]]. In the Hot-Spring Scramble DLC, [[spoiler: her forgiveness utterly [[VillainousBSOD breaks him]]]].
** Let's not forget Henry. The JerkAss part comes from him being a SociopathicHero who joins in [[BloodKnight just to spill more blood]] since he couldn't fight in the former wars, and how he's [[BlueAndOrangeMorality more than a bit unhinged]] even after coming in. The Woobie part comes from his massive DarkAndTroubledPast, which has [[spoiler: ParentalAbandonment, being partially RaisedByWolves, the death of his OnlyFriend, a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, being sent to either an OrphanageOfFear (original Japanese) or a [[WizardingSchool Wizarding]] BoardingSchoolOfHorrors (international versions)]].

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** Severa is a BrattyTeenageDaughter to her parents, quite the AlphaBitch towards the closest thing to a best friend she has, and can be incredibly harsh to anyone she crosses paths with. However, under that facade there's a terribly wounded girl who [[spoiler: once [[spoiler:once ''seriously'' misjudged her mother out of fear and told her things she should have not said -- and said mother [[PartingWordsRegret died in battle before Severa could apologize]], which wrecks the girl with guilt]]. Not to mention there's how her mother's [[TheAce fame]] has given her a massive inferiority complex, and how [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she and her friends are among the few survivors of one ''hellish'' BadFuture.]] Now, can someone punch this girl to the ground, and then give her a bear hug?
** There's also a particularly jerky and [[BuffySpeak woobie-ish]] example in [[spoiler: King [[spoiler:King Gangrel.]] He commits some true atrocities in the first part of the game, but it's possible to recruit him near the end, and if you do -- boy does he have some HiddenDepths. [[spoiler: You [[spoiler:You find him seeking out a living as a pawn for an abusive bandit chieftain, and he's long since realised how horrible he was during his time as TheCaligula. He feels that he's crossed the MoralEventHorizon and can never be forgiven for what he's done, which drives him into crushing depression, though he tries to [[TheAtoner atone for his sins]] anyway. If you go through his supports, you find out that he started life with nothing, and when he took the throne he initially wanted to help his people before he allowed the power to corrupt him to the core. Worst of all, Chrom has been so deeply wounded by Gangrel's evil actions (which led to either the HeroicSuicide or the TraumaInducedAmnesia of his beloved older sister Emmeryn, depending on whether you played her Paralogue or not), that he absolutely ''refuses'' to ever forgive him. ''And'' the person who can be either his best friend [[LoveRedeems or his wife]], The Avatar, isn't very convinced of his sincere intentions at first.]]
*** To add to the drama, the only other character besides [[PlayerCharacter The Avatar]] that can give him another chance is [[spoiler: ''Emmeryn,'' [[spoiler:''Emmeryn,'' [[SacrificialLion of all people]]]]. In the Hot-Spring Scramble DLC, [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her forgiveness utterly [[VillainousBSOD breaks him]]]].
** Let's not forget Henry. The JerkAss part comes from him being a SociopathicHero who joins in [[BloodKnight just to spill more blood]] since he couldn't fight in the former wars, and how he's [[BlueAndOrangeMorality more than a bit unhinged]] even after coming in. The Woobie part comes from his massive DarkAndTroubledPast, which has [[spoiler: ParentalAbandonment, [[spoiler:ParentalAbandonment, being partially RaisedByWolves, the death of his OnlyFriend, a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, being sent to either an OrphanageOfFear (original Japanese) or a [[WizardingSchool Wizarding]] BoardingSchoolOfHorrors (international versions)]].



** Jakob is a handsome and skilled BattleButler who is an huge JerkAss to almost anyone but the Avatar and can be [[SinkOrSwimMentor needlessly harsh]] to [[spoiler: his son and]] fellow butler Dwyer. On the other hand his loyalty to the Avatar is ''not'' about sucking up but completely genuine, and it comes from his DarkAndTroubledPast in which [[spoiler: he was badly neglected by his BlueBlood parents before being abandoned in the Nohrian court so they'd become their servant, and the Avatar was [[BecauseYouWereNicetoMe the first person who ever was kind to him]].]]
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'': The Covenants as a whole (excluding their parents) may fall into this category, but [[spoiler: Aaron]] is probably the most unambiguous example: [[spoiler: by all accounts he divided his time between doing nothing more sinister than painting pictures of Eternal Autumn and selling them to make a living and trying to keep Bethany away from the standing stones, and who was promptly horrifically tortured to death for his trouble, and who as a result had his spirit separated from his [[AndIMustScream still-living-and-eternally-dying body]] to act out the Undying King's wishes. He's]] certainly not pleasant to deal with in-game, but most signs point to [[spoiler: his]] being mostly innocent. [[spoiler: Jeremiah may or may not count as well.]]
* Agnes Crumplebottom from ''VideoGame/TheSims'' franchise. In the first game, she appears as an old spinster with very old-fashioned ideas of dating, hitting couples over the head with her purse if they showed any kind of affection in public. In ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', it's revealed that [[spoiler: her husband died shortly after they got married, something she never really got over.]]

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** Jakob is a handsome and skilled BattleButler who is an huge JerkAss to almost anyone but the Avatar and can be [[SinkOrSwimMentor needlessly harsh]] to [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his son and]] fellow butler Dwyer. On the other hand his loyalty to the Avatar is ''not'' about sucking up but completely genuine, and it comes from his DarkAndTroubledPast in which [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he was badly neglected by his BlueBlood parents before being abandoned in the Nohrian court so they'd become their servant, and the Avatar was [[BecauseYouWereNicetoMe the first person who ever was kind to him]].]]
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'': The Covenants as a whole (excluding their parents) may fall into this category, but [[spoiler: Aaron]] [[spoiler:Aaron]] is probably the most unambiguous example: [[spoiler: by [[spoiler:by all accounts he divided his time between doing nothing more sinister than painting pictures of Eternal Autumn and selling them to make a living and trying to keep Bethany away from the standing stones, and who was promptly horrifically tortured to death for his trouble, and who as a result had his spirit separated from his [[AndIMustScream still-living-and-eternally-dying body]] to act out the Undying King's wishes. He's]] certainly not pleasant to deal with in-game, but most signs point to [[spoiler: his]] [[spoiler:his]] being mostly innocent. [[spoiler: Jeremiah [[spoiler:Jeremiah may or may not count as well.]]
* Agnes Crumplebottom from ''VideoGame/TheSims'' franchise. In the first game, she appears as an old spinster with very old-fashioned ideas of dating, hitting couples over the head with her purse if they showed any kind of affection in public. In ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', it's revealed that [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her husband died shortly after they got married, something she never really got over.]]



** Benny was morphed into a hideous apelike monster that can't even eat or climb stairs. He was also a merciless SocialDarwinist military commander who [[spoiler: murdered anybody who showed weakness.]]

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** Benny was morphed into a hideous apelike monster that can't even eat or climb stairs. He was also a merciless SocialDarwinist military commander who [[spoiler: murdered [[spoiler:murdered anybody who showed weakness.]]



** [[spoiler: AM himself is one. He is an evil monster who killed humanity and tortured the humans he kept alive. But he was programmed to be this, and is furious that he can only think in terms of war and violence and can't do anything more than that.]]

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** [[spoiler: AM [[spoiler:AM himself is one. He is an evil monster who killed humanity and tortured the humans he kept alive. But he was programmed to be this, and is furious that he can only think in terms of war and violence and can't do anything more than that.]]



* [[spoiler:Flowey, aka Asriel Dreemurr]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. In the neutral path, they're just a ginormous {{Jerkass}}, but if you take either of the other paths, you learn in great detail ''why'' -- [[spoiler:he was brutally murdered as a child for refusing to kill those attacking him, then unintentionally resurrected as a flower without a SOUL, unable to feel kindness or love as a result]]. In the good ending, [[spoiler:he briefly goes back to being his normal self, allowing him to tearfully apologize for what he's done-- made even more sad because he ''knows'' this state is temporary, and soon he'll go back to being the [=SOULless=] asshole he was all game]], and in the bad ending, [[spoiler:you become an ''even worse'' monster than he ever was, and-- now possessed by the demonic spirit of his deceased adoptive sibling-- you brutally slaughter him ''just because you can'']].

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* [[spoiler:Flowey, aka Asriel Dreemurr]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. In the neutral path, they're he's just a ginormous {{Jerkass}}, {{jerk}}, but if you take walk either of the other paths, you learn in great detail ''why'' -- [[spoiler:he was brutally murdered as a child for refusing to kill those attacking him, fight back against his attackers, then unintentionally resurrected as a flower without a SOUL, unable to feel kindness or love as a result]]. In the good ending, Pacifist route, [[spoiler:he briefly goes back to being his normal self, allowing him to tearfully apologize for what he's done-- made even more sad because he ''knows'' this state is temporary, and soon he'll go back to being the [=SOULless=] asshole he was all game]], and in the bad ending, Genocide route, [[spoiler:you become an ''even worse'' monster than he ever was, and-- now possessed controlled by your determination to empty the demonic underground of its inhabitants and the corrupted spirit of his deceased adoptive sibling-- and if you make that final move, you brutally slaughter him ''just because you can'']].
4th Jan '17 3:58:46 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' gives us Cave Johnson, the insane CEO of Aperture Science. He is a BadBoss of the highest degree, and doesn't care very much what happens to his employees. Yet still, most of the things he and his company invented were by accident. He wanted to make a diet pudding, he made the propulsion and repulsion gels instead (a pair of gels that are definitely ''not'' to be consumed). He had a similar intention with the conversion gel too, and even tried it on himself...only to find out that it is deadly as all hell and works better as portal conductors. On a related note, he definitely spent more time testing his products than actually marketing them due to how horrible Aperture was at that particular task. This eventually leads to his downfall as he eventually goes bankrupt and, in his last moments, he [[spoiler:uploaded his assistant's consciousness on to GLaDOS so that she would be able to run the facility in his place (despite the fact that she did not want to)]]. In short, he would have been a millionaire and an everyday hero if he had at least a little more sanity and some marketing ability, and the sense to use that ability.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' gives us Cave Johnson, the insane CEO of Aperture Science. He is a BadBoss of the highest degree, and doesn't care very much what happens to his employees. Yet still, most of the things he and his company invented were by accident. He wanted to make a diet pudding, he made the propulsion and repulsion gels instead (a pair of gels that are definitely ''not'' to be consumed). He had a similar intention with the conversion gel too, and even tried it on himself...only to find out that it is deadly as all hell and works better as portal conductors. On a related note, he definitely spent more time testing his products than actually marketing them due to how horrible Aperture was at that particular task. This eventually leads to his downfall as he eventually goes bankrupt and, in his last moments, he [[spoiler:uploaded his assistant's consciousness on to GLaDOS [=GlaDOS=] so that she would be able to run the facility in his place (despite the fact that she did not want to)]]. In short, he would have been a millionaire and an everyday hero if he had at least a little more sanity and some marketing ability, and the sense to use that ability.
24th Dec '16 12:00:13 PM Xtifr
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* Ittosai, ''YoJinBo'''s resident PsychoForHire who spends most of his time insulting the rest of the cast. If you follow his path through the game, you eventually learn that [[spoiler:his father was the one who messed him up terribly as a little kid in order to turn him into a bloodthirsty killing machine, even though he hated it.]] By the time he [[spoiler:becomes TheAtoner]], you're glad that Sayori is there to give him lots of hugs.
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