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19th Apr '16 11:22:25 AM Blazer
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* The Na'Khul in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''. All they want is their world back, nothing more, nothing less. However, because of their heavy xenophobic leanings, all attempts to help them rebuild have been rebuffed, they blame the Federation for dooming their planet when it was actually the Tholians who did so and they go so far as to use time travel to ruin everything for this very reason.
30th Mar '16 8:11:24 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* A lot of the boxers are this in ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' as most of them are smug but sympathetic, but the most prominent example of this trope comes from the TotallyRadical Super Macho Man. An AttentionWhore that pushes his fans and the referee aside when they happen to be in his way, his true colors start to show after he loses for Little Mac. All those fans go straight to Mac, and Super Macho Man can only express bitterness towards him as he plays more into being a {{Heel}}. With lines like "Why don't you love me?", it becomes obvious that all he wants is their approval.
5th Mar '16 10:20:54 AM AsForMyHandle
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* [[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 - ''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 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 - 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 - and-- now possessed by the demonic spirit of his deceased adoptive sibling - ''brutally sibling-- you brutally slaughter him just ''just because you can'']].
31st Jan '16 1:01:03 PM EarlOfSandvich
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* [[AscendedFanboy Travis Touchdown]] from ''NoMoreHeroes'' and its sequel. He's a perverted fanboy who kills for money and enjoys it, but [[spoiler:he's being conned the whole time and, when he finds out, genuinely feels bad about killing all those people for no real reason. His parents were also killed by his first love who, he later discovered, was his [[LukeIAmYourFather half-sister]], who revealed that she had been molested on a regular basis by his father.]] Poor guy's trapped in an endless cycle of violence. No wonder he wanted to "find the exit".

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* [[AscendedFanboy Travis Touchdown]] from ''NoMoreHeroes'' and its sequel.''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''. He's a perverted fanboy who kills for money and enjoys it, but [[spoiler:he's being conned the whole time and, when he finds out, genuinely feels bad about killing all those people for no real reason. His parents were also killed by his first love who, he later discovered, was his [[LukeIAmYourFather half-sister]], who revealed that she had been molested on a regular basis by his father.]] Poor guy's trapped in an endless cycle of violence. No wonder he wanted to "find the exit".
29th Jan '16 1:28:03 AM jormis29
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* The ''{{Warcraft}}'' universe has a few examples.

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* The ''{{Warcraft}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' universe has a few examples.
20th Jan '16 10:45:46 PM CountDorku
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** In keeping with his [[NotSoDifferent remarkable similarities]] to Fenris, Anders can fall into this, especially if you played the ''Awakening'' DLC. Originally a surprisingly upbeat person given that an accident of birth had condemned him to a life of either captivity or flight, he'd managed to retain some semblance of ethics and a sense of humour. Then the Grey Wardens, the one group he thought had accepted him, took away his cat and mocked him for being "weak", he formed a permanent alliance with a spirit of Justice, which began to go a bit crazy on exposure to his barely repressed resentments, and moved to [[WretchedHive Kirkwall]], city slogan "Not Quite Hell On Thedas, But We're Trying". While many of his personal mannerisms are annoying and assholish - a significant percentage of his party-banter exchanges consist of him yelling at ''everyone'' for being less committed to mage freedom than he is - and his actions in the endgame are spoilerific but certainly not what we might call friendly, it's heartbreaking to see how he ended up where he did. There's even a significant group of fans who maintain that his endgame actions were entirely justified, but even if they weren't, it's not hard to see how he ended up in a place where they seemed to be.
6th Jan '16 10:27:49 PM nombretomado
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* While the fanbase is strongly split on her character, a decent number of ''[[SoulSeries Soul Calibur]]'' fans consider Tira to be this. Tira is a [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Woman-Child]] and MagnificentBitch extraordinaire, but certain elements to her character besides her sadism and manipulation of others causes some people to feel for her a little, particularly the AllThereInTheManual expansion of where she came from. Tira was trained to be an assassin since birth; training that involved killing her mother figure at a young age and being treated like an object by the other members of her organization. After the assassin's guild she was in fell apart, she tried to live a normal life, but snapped and killed her family, deciding she couldn't live with normal people and devoting herself to [[BigBad Nightmare]]. While in-game she's mostly used as TheDragon and TheCorrupter, there are some in-game hints that Tira is motivated not so much by sadism as by UndyingLoyalty so that she doesn't have to be alone; even after all she's done, her ending in IV where she ''begs'' the dying Nightmare not to leave her alone is still a very humanizing moment.

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* While the fanbase is strongly split on her character, a decent number of ''[[SoulSeries ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur]]'' fans consider Tira to be this. Tira is a [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Woman-Child]] and MagnificentBitch extraordinaire, but certain elements to her character besides her sadism and manipulation of others causes some people to feel for her a little, particularly the AllThereInTheManual expansion of where she came from. Tira was trained to be an assassin since birth; training that involved killing her mother figure at a young age and being treated like an object by the other members of her organization. After the assassin's guild she was in fell apart, she tried to live a normal life, but snapped and killed her family, deciding she couldn't live with normal people and devoting herself to [[BigBad Nightmare]]. While in-game she's mostly used as TheDragon and TheCorrupter, there are some in-game hints that Tira is motivated not so much by sadism as by UndyingLoyalty so that she doesn't have to be alone; even after all she's done, her ending in IV where she ''begs'' the dying Nightmare not to leave her alone is still a very humanizing moment.
6th Jan '16 2:04:41 PM FF32
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* Herschell Biggs from ''LANoire''. He refuses to accept Cole as his partner [[spoiler:after his affair with Elsa got out]], but he begins to like him afterwards. It's just that during World War I, he has witnessed people burned and is close to retirement.

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* Herschell Biggs from ''LANoire''.''VideoGame/LANoire''. He refuses to accept Cole as his partner [[spoiler:after his affair with Elsa got out]], but he begins to like him afterwards. It's just that during World War I, he has witnessed people burned and is close to retirement.
27th Dec '15 6:07:55 PM RuridovanRepublic
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* [[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 doesn't have a SOUL, due to having died long ago and subsequently being resurrected in a failed experiment with Determination]]. In the good ending, [[spoiler:he briefly goes back to his normal self, allowing tearful apologies -- 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 ''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 just a ginormous {{Jerkass}}, but if you take either of the other paths, you learn in great detail ''why'' -- [[spoiler:he doesn't have was brutally murdered as a SOUL, due child for refusing to having died long ago and subsequently being kill those attacking him, then unintentionally resurrected in as a failed experiment with Determination]]. 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 tearful apologies -- 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 - ''brutally slaughter him just because you can'']].
28th Oct '15 12:25:25 PM FF32
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* The Origami Killer aka [[spoiler:Scott Shelby]] in ''HeavyRain'' gets abused by the hands of his father, along with his twin brother, John, tries to help him by getting their father, but refuses. This is how he becomes the villain that he is. His goal is to find a father who can give up his life to save his son. How does he do that? Kidnap the son and place the father through sadistic tests. If you played the level where [[spoiler:it's the last one where Scott is playable]], then you can have sympathy for him.

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* The Origami Killer aka [[spoiler:Scott Shelby]] in ''HeavyRain'' ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' gets abused by the hands of his father, along with his twin brother, John, tries to help him by getting their father, but refuses. This is how he becomes the villain that he is. His goal is to find a father who can give up his life to save his son. How does he do that? Kidnap the son and place the father through sadistic tests. If you played the level where [[spoiler:it's the last one where Scott is playable]], then you can have sympathy for him.
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