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30th Apr '18 9:40:35 AM infernape612
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*** Soren in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius''. He's cold, harsh, brutally honest and with the exception of Ike regards everyone with indifference at best and contempt at worst. But he's also led one hell of a shitty life including ParentalAbandonment, prejudice and physical beatings just for being who he is, not learning to speak until he was at least eight years old, and the one person who bothered to reach out to him disappeared and didn't remember him when they were reunited. First you want to slap him, then you want to give him a hug.
*** The Black Knight Zelgius is one when you find out he led the same kind of life Soren did. In fact, even his family hated him if a flashback is any indication. The only one who truly cared about him was his master, Sephiran, and he's [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds another story]]. The "Jerkass" part comes from the fact he killed Ike's father in front of Ike and threatened to kill Ike and Mist if Greil wouldn't give him Lehran's Medallion. He's at the very least very honorable and is a sympathetic antagonist overall, compared to Ashnard, Lekain, and Izuka. His death is also played for tragedy.

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*** Soren in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius''.Soren. He's cold, harsh, brutally honest and with the exception of Ike regards everyone with indifference at best and contempt at worst. But he's also led one hell of a shitty life including ParentalAbandonment, prejudice and physical beatings just for being who he is, not learning to speak until he was at least eight years old, and the one person who bothered to reach out to him disappeared and didn't remember him when they were reunited. First you want to slap him, then you want to give him a hug.
*** The Black Knight Zelgius [[spoiler:Zelgius]] is one when you find out he led the same kind of life Soren did. In fact, even his family hated him if a flashback is any indication. The only one who truly cared about him was his master, Sephiran, [[spoiler:Sephiran]], and he's [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds another story]]. The "Jerkass" part comes from the fact he killed Ike's father in front of Ike and threatened to kill Ike and Mist if Greil wouldn't give him Lehran's Medallion. He's at the very least very honorable and is a sympathetic antagonist overall, compared to Ashnard, Lekain, and Izuka. His death is also played for tragedy.
30th Apr '18 9:39:41 AM infernape612
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* Soren in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius''. He's cold, harsh, brutally honest and with the exception of Ike regards everyone with indifference at best and contempt at worst. But he's also led one hell of a shitty life including ParentalAbandonment, prejudice and physical beatings just for being who he is, not learning to speak until he was at least eight years old, and the one person who bothered to reach out to him disappeared and didn't remember him when they were reunited. First you want to slap him, then you want to give him a hug.
** The Black Knight Zelgius is one when you find out he led the same kind of life Soren did. In fact, even his family hated him if a flashback is any indication. The only one who truly cared about him was his master, Sephiran, and he's [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds another story]]. The "Jerkass" part comes from the fact he killed Ike's father in front of Ike and threatened to kill Ike and Mist if Greil wouldn't give him Lehran's Medallion. He's at the very least very honorable and is a sympathetic antagonist overall, compared to Ashnard, Lekain, and Izuka. His death is also played for tragedy.



* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''
** 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)]].
* There's no shortage of these people in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'':
** Prince Takumi has gentler sides that come out with his family and subordinates, but it's also true that he brings quite a bit of his own grief on himself. Most of his behavior can be traced back to his frighteningly low self-confidence and his mistakenly believing that no one in his family loves or even cares for him. This is the main reason he can act so abrasive, as he is resentful of the Avatar for being lavished with love and attention, even when the Avatar isn't to blame for it and doesn't deserve it either. [[spoiler:It's especially strong in ''Conquest'', though his aggression towards the Avatar does have some justification, his resentment is strong enough to make him ''far'' more liable to Anankos' MoreThanMindControl.]]
** Niles's DarkAndTroubledPast left deep scars on him, both physical ''and'' psychological, that turned him into a sadistic person who enjoys bursting the bubbles of people who've lived charmed lives; his supports have stated that he savors the moment where he can personally force people to feel pain and suffering for the first time. This is thanks to being abandoned by both his parents and the gang who pretty much raised him, the latter instance leading to a DespairEventHorizon, and his growing up in wretched poverty that led him to steal. It's also heavily implied he was sexually abused in some instances, though it doesn't define him the way his abandonment issues do.
** Those who don't consider Rhajat TheScrappy view her as this since on one hand, she an incredibly lonely DarkMagicalGirl who truly doesn't know how to change it, and she does get PetTheDog moments (like her supports with her potential moms, or those with Selkie). On the other, she at ''very'' least starts as a creepy jerkass to almost anyone around her, and her localized supports with the Avatars ''[[{{Flanderization}} do]]'' crank up some of her worst flaws rather than her good sides.
** Jakob is a handsome and skilled BattleButler who is 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]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia'', both [[UpperClassTwit Fernand]] and [[BlackKnight Prince Berkut]] have quite the {{dark and troubled past}}s, with the first [[spoiler: losing his beloved family in ''horrifying'' circumstances]] and the latter [[spoiler: being raised by very harsh parents and then by a well-intentioned but duty-bound uncle (who kept a life-wreaking secret from him)]]. However, both [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds lash out at the world]] in very reprehensible ways, cause lots of misery to [[EvenEvilCanBeLoved the people who care for them]], and ultimately [[spoiler:die regretting their cruel actions and asking for forgiveness.]]

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* In the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series:
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'':
*** Soren in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius''. He's cold, harsh, brutally honest and with the exception of Ike regards everyone with indifference at best and contempt at worst. But he's also led one hell of a shitty life including ParentalAbandonment, prejudice and physical beatings just for being who he is, not learning to speak until he was at least eight years old, and the one person who bothered to reach out to him disappeared and didn't remember him when they were reunited. First you want to slap him, then you want to give him a hug.
*** The Black Knight Zelgius is one when you find out he led the same kind of life Soren did. In fact, even his family hated him if a flashback is any indication. The only one who truly cared about him was his master, Sephiran, and he's [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds another story]]. The "Jerkass" part comes from the fact he killed Ike's father in front of Ike and threatened to kill Ike and Mist if Greil wouldn't give him Lehran's Medallion. He's at the very least very honorable and is a sympathetic antagonist overall, compared to Ashnard, Lekain, and Izuka. His death is also played for tragedy.
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''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''
** *** 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.]] 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 the Avatar, isn't very convinced of his sincere intentions at first.]]
***
]] To add to the drama, the only other character besides [[PlayerCharacter The 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 forgiveness utterly [[VillainousBSOD breaks him]]]].
** *** Let's not forget Henry. The JerkAss {{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)]].
* ** There's no shortage of these people in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'':
** Prince *** Takumi has gentler sides that come out with his family and subordinates, but it's also true that he brings quite a bit of his own grief on himself. Most of his behavior can be traced back to his frighteningly low self-confidence and his mistakenly believing that no one in his family loves or even cares for him. This is the main reason he can act so abrasive, as he is resentful of the Avatar for being lavished with love and attention, even when the Avatar isn't to blame for it and doesn't deserve it either. [[spoiler:It's especially strong in ''Conquest'', though his aggression towards the Avatar does have some justification, his resentment is strong enough to make him ''far'' more liable to Anankos' MoreThanMindControl.]]
** *** Niles's DarkAndTroubledPast left deep scars on him, both physical ''and'' psychological, that turned him into a sadistic person who enjoys bursting the bubbles of people who've lived charmed lives; his supports have stated that he savors the moment where he can personally force people to feel pain and suffering for the first time. This is thanks to being abandoned by both his parents and the gang who pretty much raised him, the latter instance leading to a DespairEventHorizon, and his growing up in wretched poverty that led him to steal. It's also heavily implied he was sexually abused in some instances, though it doesn't define him the way his abandonment issues do.
** *** Those who don't consider Rhajat TheScrappy view her as this since on one hand, she an incredibly lonely DarkMagicalGirl who truly doesn't know how to change it, and she does get PetTheDog moments (like her supports with her potential moms, or those with Selkie). On the other, she at ''very'' least starts as a creepy jerkass to almost anyone around her, and her localized supports with the Avatars ''[[{{Flanderization}} do]]'' crank up some of her worst flaws rather than her good sides.
** *** Jakob is a handsome and skilled BattleButler who is a huge JerkAss {{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]].]]
* ** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia'', ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia]]'', both [[UpperClassTwit Fernand]] and [[BlackKnight Prince Berkut]] have quite the {{dark and troubled past}}s, with the first [[spoiler: losing his beloved family in ''horrifying'' circumstances]] and the latter [[spoiler: being raised by very harsh parents and then by a well-intentioned but duty-bound uncle (who kept a life-wreaking secret from him)]]. However, both [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds lash out at the world]] in very reprehensible ways, cause lots of misery to [[EvenEvilCanBeLoved the people who care for them]], and ultimately [[spoiler:die regretting their cruel actions and asking for forgiveness.]]
9th Apr '18 8:43:08 AM rjd1922
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* Ayano Aishi a.k.a. Yandere-chan, the VillainProtagonist of ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' is worthy of pity, as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydIf-EAmn0c her backstory is shown in this video]]. Her father frequently took her to doctors in an attempt to explain her [[InTheBlood genetic mental health problems]] and [[EmptyShell crippling apathy.]] From a young age, she knew that she was "different" and [[IJustWantToBeNormal wanted to experience emotions like normal people]], yet still remained frustrated that she couldn't. Also, her parents frequently argued about her condition. Because her father worried and kids bullied her, she soon learned how to ''pretend'' to be normal, but not truly connecting with anyone, as her father probably knew she was faking it. Whenever she talked to Ryoba about it, she'd just deliberately ignore it, downplay the situation or enable her future {{Yandere}} tendencies. It doesn't excuse anything she does, but anyone can understand why she's so desperate to have Senpai.
5th Apr '18 5:57:28 AM Vandereer
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** Mankey and Primeapes, according to their Pokédex entries in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''. Mankeys can suddenly enrage and rampage, everyone around it leaves in fear,it's loneliness only makes it angrier [[ViciousCycle so on and so forth.]] Primeapes can ''die'' from their stress; they just get so angry that they drop dead. The look on their face is peace and calmness,finally free from their anger.

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** Mankey and Primeapes, according to their Pokédex entries in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''. Mankeys can suddenly enrage and rampage, everyone around it leaves in fear,it's fear, its loneliness only makes it angrier [[ViciousCycle so on and so forth.]] Primeapes can ''die'' from their stress; they just get so angry that they drop dead. The look on their face is peace and calmness,finally calmness, finally free from their anger.
17th Feb '18 2:52:37 PM nombretomado
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* Subject 3 in ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture''. He was abducted and subject to many cruel experiments, resulting in him hating humans and taking on a very harsh DontYouDarePityMe attitude.

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* Subject 3 in ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture''.''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture''. He was abducted and subject to many cruel experiments, resulting in him hating humans and taking on a very harsh DontYouDarePityMe attitude.
15th Feb '18 3:21:58 PM VisitorAlex
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* Niko Bellic in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''. Niko. Sure, he is a career criminal, but we cannot forget that he is the GTA protagonist with the most tragic, awful and dark backstory. He witnessed several war crimes and horrors when he fought in the Yugoslav Wars such as child murder, mass murder and rape. After the war, he lived in extreme poverty, decided to contact a Russian mobster and things just got worse for him, he was blamed for the sinking of a ship and was chased by the Russian mafia all over Europe. In Liberty City, he committed crimes because of the circumstances and ends up losing a loved one.

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* Niko Bellic in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''. Niko. Sure, he is a career criminal, but we cannot forget that he is the GTA protagonist with the most tragic, awful and dark backstory. He witnessed several war crimes and horrors when he fought in the Yugoslav Wars such as child murder, mass murder and rape. After the war, he lived in extreme poverty, decided to contact a Russian mobster and things just got worse for him, he was blamed for the sinking of a ship and was chased by the Russian mafia all over Europe. In Liberty City, he committed crimes because of the circumstances and ends up losing a loved one.
15th Feb '18 3:21:24 PM VisitorAlex
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* Sean "Sweet" Johnson from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. Yes, he is a gangster, who says, with pride in his voice, that he robbed people to finance his mother's operation. But all he wants is to build his gang on respect and loyalty rather than money, to keep his neighborhood dope-free and to wreak righteous vengeance on those who try to get his friends hooked on crack. He is betrayed by the people he trusted more than anyone and sent to prison, while said drug dealers run rampant in his absence, nearly sending him over the DespairEventHorizon. Oh, and both his mother and little brother were killed by drug dealers.
* Niko Bellic in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''. Niko. Sure, he is a career criminal, but we cannot forget that he is the GTA protagonist with the most tragic, awful and dark backstory. He witnessed several war crimes and horrors when he fought in the Yugoslav Wars such as child murder, mass murder and rape. After the war, he lived in extreme poverty, decided to contact a Russian mobster and things just got worse for him, he was blamed for the sinking of a ship and was chased by the Russian mafia all over Europe. In Liberty City, he committed crimes because of the circumstances and ends up losing a loved one.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'':
** Michael is seen as this by some fans when he actually trying to be a good father despite his [[VillainProtagonist questionable actions and criminal activity]]. Especially later parts of the game and his missions. The fact that his family (especially Jimmy) responds to all of his early attempts to be a good father by flinging insults at him and rubbing his face in his criminal past doesn't help.
** Trevor Philips, 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.
** Franklin. He was born in a BigScrewedUpFamily, was orphaned at a very young age, his friends are a bunch of incompetent idiots who live in the past, his aunt [[{{jerkass}} is an unpleasant woman]], and by the end of the game, he ends up being rich, but in the same way a lonely person with very few friends.
** Michael's family as well, sure they may act like jerks a lot of the time, but he isn't exactly nice to them either and considering that he's a career criminal, you can't help but feel somewhat sorry for them for having put up with Michael's issues for so many years.



* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series:
** Sean "Sweet" Johnson from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. Yes, he is a gangster, who says, with pride in his voice, that he robbed people to finance his mother's operation. But all he wants is to build his gang on respect and loyalty rather than money, to keep his neighborhood dope-free and to wreak righteous vengeance on those who try to get his friends hooked on crack. He is betrayed by the people he trusted more than anyone and sent to prison, while said drug dealers run rampant in his absence, nearly sending him over the DespairEventHorizon. Oh, and both his mother and little brother were killed by drug dealers.
** Niko Bellic in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', who had spend his early life growing up in the Yugoslav Wars and eventually becoming a criminal.
** 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.
21st Jan '18 5:15:24 PM nombretomado
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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 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," ''VideoGame/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.
31st Oct '17 3:58:02 PM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/TheTuringTest'': TOM. While he's supremely arrogant and dismissive of human intelligence and reasoning, to the point of [[spoiler: considering [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill mind-controlling humans to be doing them a favour]], and feeling perfectly justified in imprisoning the cew on Europa for the rest of their lives or killing them rather than letting them escape]], it's impossible to not feel sorry for him during either of the endings. Either he [[spoiler: ends up killing someone he regarded as a friend, leaving him shocked and seemingly unable to believe that she's really dead,]] or he [[spoiler: can't bring himself to kill her, and ''she'' kills ''him'' instead, even as he pleads with her that he's not ready to die.]] Either way, and regardless of whether you agree with his reasoning, it's clear that the combination of his programming and events on Europa have put him in a situation where he feels that he has no good choices.
31st Oct '17 1:09:34 PM infernape612
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* Handsome Jack from the {{Borderlands}} series might also qualify. Though 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.
* 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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* Handsome Jack from the {{Borderlands}} series ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'' might also qualify. Though an absolute {{Jerkass}} and the trolling {{Big Bad}}, BigBad, he's also had a pretty bad life himself, suffering from physical abuse from his grandmother and verbal abuse from his {{Bad Boss}}. BadBoss. He set out to try to make a difference and ''be'' an actual {{Hero}}, 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 the slide into insanity, turning the good-natured stable and rational Jack into the douchebag Handsome Jack.
* Kenny from [[VideoGame/TheWalkingDead The Walking Dead Video Game]] ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' 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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