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4th Jan '17 2:09:13 PM Tehrannotaur
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* MagnificentBastard (when heroic)
29th Dec '16 7:48:59 PM XndrK
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* Kit of ''Literature/OmegaGuardians'' falls into this territory. The guy means well, loves his brothers, and forms a strong bond with young Andy, but he also put the entire original team in the hospital when he got manipulated by a villain, put his youngest brother into a year long coma when Ace tried to talk him down, and in season 2 [[spoiler: Imprisons Matt just to keep him from stealing Andy back after he left the Guardians to join up with Kit's crew]].

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* Kit of ''Literature/OmegaGuardians'' falls into this territory. The guy means well, loves his brothers, and forms a strong bond with young Andy, but he also put the entire original team in the hospital when he got manipulated by a villain, put his youngest brother into a year long coma when Ace tried to talk him down, and in season 2 2, [[spoiler: Imprisons imprisons Matt just to keep him from stealing Andy back after he left the Guardians to join up with Kit's crew]].crew]].
* The ''entire'' title Wiki/SCPFoundation. Pros: largely responsible for the continued existence of a mundane, workable, livable Earth, protected against even the knowledge of things removed from the realm of understanding. Cons: [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1427 props up the North Korean government to keep a Keter-class secure]] and [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1012 partially contains another by killing every Svalbard whale on Earth]], to name a couple.
12th Dec '16 3:23:45 PM setay96
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* In ''FanFic/YuGiOhRealitysCurtain'', Lady Light is happy to torture and murder her enemies with a smile on her face, and probably only qualifies as a hero because she's [[NominalHero fighting the bad guys]]. Kimiko seems to be a lighter gray but is a huge JerkAss to just about everyone and happy to resort to physical violence even when the person she's assaulting was just trying to be her friend.
24th Nov '16 2:47:45 PM jeez
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* In ''Fanfic/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'', the protagonist who seems to have trouble showing basic human decency a lot of the time. Granted, the fact that he is appointed duty counsel for [[HiveQueen you-]][[SmugSnake know-]][[EmotionEater who]] doesn't help, of course.
12th Nov '16 8:28:08 PM DustSnitch
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** Chivalrous and unfailingly polite to women? Check (unless you insult his girlfriend. The worst you'll get is temporary hives. If you're a man [[spoiler: he will hold you at knife point]]). Total BadAss? Check. Total disregard for anything approaching authority? Check. Occasional habit of torturing enemies? Check. Complete disregard for the value of human life when it might constitute a threat to those he cares about? Check. Probable [[CloudCuckoolander mild insanity]] which leads to a near FaceHeelTurn on at least one occasion? Check. He generally hovers around Pragmatic Anti-Hero [[spoiler: until Ginny turns up]]. Then he's generally a Disney Anti-Hero, with Unscrupulous tendencies when someone he cares about is hurt.

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** Chivalrous and unfailingly polite to women? Check (unless you insult his girlfriend. The worst you'll get is temporary hives. If you're a man [[spoiler: he will hold you at knife point]]). Total BadAss? badass? Check. Total disregard for anything approaching authority? Check. Occasional habit of torturing enemies? Check. Complete disregard for the value of human life when it might constitute a threat to those he cares about? Check. Probable [[CloudCuckoolander mild insanity]] which leads to a near FaceHeelTurn on at least one occasion? Check. He generally hovers around Pragmatic Anti-Hero [[spoiler: until Ginny turns up]]. Then he's generally a Disney Anti-Hero, with Unscrupulous tendencies when someone he cares about is hurt.



* Riff from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is in many ways a {{Badass}} who saves his friends and the world at large from aliens, vampires, and the like. Thing is, thanks to his MadScientist experiments and reckless behavior, he's probably endangered the human race more times than he's protected it. What else do you call a hero who's on record saying this?

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* Riff from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is in many ways a {{Badass}} badass who saves his friends and the world at large from aliens, vampires, and the like. Thing is, thanks to his MadScientist experiments and reckless behavior, he's probably endangered the human race more times than he's protected it. What else do you call a hero who's on record saying this?
1st Nov '16 4:51:05 PM merotoker
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Sometimes, they are not the "star" (protagonist), but serve as TheRival or WorthyOpponent of the [[DesignatedHero protagonist]] and are prone to becoming a EnsembleDarkhorse as fans enjoy their interactions with the protagonist. If they are part of a FiveManBand, they will most certainly be TheLancer. Well liked ones may become a {{Deuteragonist}} or at least get a DayInTheLimelight to please the fans.

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Sometimes, they are not the "star" (protagonist), but serve as TheRival or WorthyOpponent of the [[DesignatedHero protagonist]] and are prone to becoming a EnsembleDarkhorse as fans enjoy their interactions with the protagonist. If they are part of a FiveManBand, they will most certainly be TheLancer. Well liked ones may become a {{Deuteragonist}} or at least get a DayInTheLimelight ADayInTheLimelight to please the fans.



* BlackKnight (when not evil)



* BlackKnight (when not evil)



* HeWhoFightsMonsters (when they're the hero)
* HeroWithAnFInGood



* HeroWithAnFInGood
* HeWhoFightsMonsters (when they're the hero)



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold



* VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft fic ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTheStars'' features Keleria, a raging, red-eyed, cackling beserker...with morals and a soft spot for adorable priestesses.

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* VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft fic ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTheStars'' features Keleria, a raging, red-eyed, cackling beserker...berserker...with morals and a soft spot for adorable priestesses.



* Ethan Sunderland, [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas the Courier]], was depicted as this trope in [[FanFic/MassFoundations Redemption in the Stars]], mostly a PragmaticHero. To start, he killed a batarian thug, stopping him from mugging him and looted the corpse for anything of value to use. He agreed to work with Cerberus on a project to repair his [[TeleportersAndTransporters Transportalponder]](though he was not happy about it himself), [[spoiler: abandoned Liara and Feron at the mercy of Tazzik when things turned for the worse during their pursuit of Shepard]], and took a Blue Suns Centurion hostage to extract information on Liara's and Feron's coordinates from her comrades. On the other hand, he had assisted the [[TheFederation NCR]] during his travels in the Mojave, according to the narration. He was also squeamish working with Cerberus but didn't see much of the choice but to go along.

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* Ethan Sunderland, [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas the Courier]], was depicted as this trope in [[FanFic/MassFoundations Redemption in the Stars]], mostly a PragmaticHero. To start, he killed a batarian thug, stopping him from mugging him and looted the corpse for anything of value to use. He agreed to work with Cerberus on a project to repair his [[TeleportersAndTransporters Transportalponder]](though [[{{Teleportation}} Transportalponder]] (though he was not happy about it himself), [[spoiler: abandoned Liara and Feron at the mercy of Tazzik when things turned for the worse during their pursuit of Shepard]], and took a Blue Suns Centurion hostage to extract information on Liara's and Feron's coordinates from her comrades. On the other hand, he had assisted the [[TheFederation NCR]] during his travels in the Mojave, according to the narration. He was also squeamish working with Cerberus but didn't see much of the choice but to go along.



* Subverted in ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry''. Shinji and Asuka were this in the original timeline and in the AfterTheEnd chapters (since they fought to save the world for selfish reasons or merely struggled to suvive), but in the "repeat" chapters they're straight up heroes: [[spoiler:They really don't have any reason to pilot the [[HumongousMecha EVAs]] anymore. They lost everything the first time around, they had dealt with their issues and regrets a long time ago, and now they've lost their daughter. They don't have any attachments to the world, nor anything to gain from saving it. But they choose to fight anyways, just to give the world another chance.]]

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* Subverted in ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry''. Shinji and Asuka were this in the original timeline and in the AfterTheEnd chapters (since they fought to save the world for selfish reasons or merely struggled to suvive), survive), but in the "repeat" chapters they're straight up heroes: [[spoiler:They really don't have any reason to pilot the [[HumongousMecha EVAs]] anymore. They lost everything the first time around, they had dealt with their issues and regrets a long time ago, and now they've lost their daughter. They don't have any attachments to the world, nor anything to gain from saving it. But they choose to fight anyways, just to give the world another chance.]]chance]].



** Venser in both of his appearances, albeit in different ways: in ''Time Spiral'', he's an arrogant, petulant stereotypical nerd who tries so hard to get into Jhoira's pants that he is more invested in scoring ''[[NominalHero than in the end of the world that's happening right around him]]'', while in ''Quest For Karn'' he is an arrogant {{Jerkass}} who is {{addict|iveMagic}}ed to [[FantasticDrug blinkmoth serum]] and constantly berates his teammates (which, to be fair to the man, dragged him there against his will). What's most jarring is that the set the second novel was written for tries to depict him as a straight up protagonist, in spite of his tract reccord and no attempts on Creative to fix it.

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** Venser in both of his appearances, albeit in different ways: in ''Time Spiral'', he's an arrogant, petulant stereotypical nerd who tries so hard to get into Jhoira's pants that he is more invested in scoring ''[[NominalHero than in the end of the world that's happening right around him]]'', while in ''Quest For Karn'' he is an arrogant {{Jerkass}} who is {{addict|iveMagic}}ed to [[FantasticDrug blinkmoth serum]] and constantly berates his teammates (which, to be fair to the man, dragged him there against his will). What's most jarring is that the set the second novel was written for tries to depict him as a straight up protagonist, in spite of his tract reccord record and no attempts on Creative to fix it.



* John from Shakespeare's ''[[Theatre/KingJohn The Life and Death of King John]]'' tracks this trope pretty closely, in his efforts to navigate the murky ''realpolitik'' of early-1200s west Europe. Contending with finicky noblemen at home, enterprising relatives with ambitions of coronation and control, foreign armies, and a heavily influential Vatican, John is completely overwhelmed. In spite of arguably having the military advantage over his foes, the events around him cause him to behave with irrational brashness: he orders the execution of his nephew in vague language, later rescinding the order once he realizes that popular support for such an action is nil; takes his army to continental Europe to battle France and Austria for control of a small ''départment'' (which he later offers just to give away), leaving England vulnerable to attack from a swift Franco invasion at the behest of the Pope; and he [[{{Pun}} royally]] pisses off the church in an attempt to levy unfair taxes on the church, [[spoiler:on account of which a priest poisons him]].
* Titus from Shakespeare's ''Titus Andronicus''. Titus kills his own son, Mutius, because he disagrees with his decision to force his own daughter, Lavinia, to marry the Emperor, Saturninus (who is already betrothed to Saturninus' brother, Bassianus). Despite this, Titus does show remorse for what he did, and after Lavinia is raped by Chiron and Dimetirius, he avenges her death by killing them and putting them in a pie to feed to their mother, Tamora.
* Macbeth from Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', before his descent into TragicVillain.

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* Creator/WilliamShakespeare plays featured a few.
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John from Shakespeare's ''[[Theatre/KingJohn The Life and Death of King John]]'' tracks this trope pretty closely, in his efforts to navigate the murky ''realpolitik'' of early-1200s west Europe. Contending with finicky noblemen at home, enterprising relatives with ambitions of coronation and control, foreign armies, and a heavily influential Vatican, John is completely overwhelmed. In spite of arguably having the military advantage over his foes, the events around him cause him to behave with irrational brashness: he orders the execution of his nephew in vague language, later rescinding the order once he realizes that popular support for such an action is nil; takes his army to continental Europe to battle France and Austria for control of a small ''départment'' (which he later offers just to give away), leaving England vulnerable to attack from a swift Franco invasion at the behest of the Pope; and he [[{{Pun}} royally]] pisses off the church in an attempt to levy unfair taxes on the church, [[spoiler:on account of which a priest poisons him]].
* ** Titus from Shakespeare's ''Titus Andronicus''.''Theatre/TitusAndronicus''. Titus kills his own son, Mutius, because he disagrees with his decision to force his own daughter, Lavinia, to marry the Emperor, Saturninus (who is already betrothed to Saturninus' brother, Bassianus). Despite this, Titus does show remorse for what he did, and after Lavinia is raped by Chiron and Dimetirius, he avenges her death by killing them and putting them in a pie to feed to their mother, Tamora.
* Macbeth from Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', ** Theatre/{{Macbeth}}, before his descent into TragicVillain.



* ''Webcomic/RoninGalaxy'': Cecil, despite having all the optimism and badassery that ideal heroes ought to, he only keeps that up for as long as itís convenient (or safe) for him to do. When heís outmatched he has no problem with [[spoiler: kicking his opponent in the [[http://www.roningalaxy.com/comics/chapter-1/page-36/ crotch.]]]]

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* ''Webcomic/RoninGalaxy'': Cecil, despite having all the optimism and badassery that ideal heroes ought to, he only keeps that up for as long as itís convenient (or safe) for him to do. When heís outmatched he has no problem with [[spoiler: kicking his opponent in the [[http://www.roningalaxy.com/comics/chapter-1/page-36/ crotch.]]]]crotch]]]].



* A lot of the main characters from Webcomic/ZokushoComics are anti-heroes to one degree or another. Serge kills a lot of people, without any remorse. Rotting Johnny is a [[TheUndead undead]] hitman who had a lot of moral ambiguity before he "died". Akira's team of [[WhoYouGonnaCall Wayward Cross]] operatives murder a lot of goblins. Raz does it with glee. Though this may be somewhat averted if Goblins are AlwaysChaoticEvil.

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* A lot of the main characters from Webcomic/ZokushoComics are anti-heroes to one degree or another. Serge kills a lot of people, without any remorse. Rotting Johnny is a an [[TheUndead undead]] hitman who had a lot of moral ambiguity before he "died". Akira's team of [[WhoYouGonnaCall Wayward Cross]] operatives murder a lot of goblins. Raz does it with glee. Though this may be somewhat averted if Goblins are AlwaysChaoticEvil.



* Sami Reese from ''WebVideo/LittleWhiteLie'', plagarizes a classmate by taking advantage of the fact that he's in a coma and that he has a crush on her to win a battle of the bands and to get a record deal. Oh, and she's a total bitch to everyone else in the process.

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* Sami Reese from ''WebVideo/LittleWhiteLie'', plagarizes plagiarizes a classmate by taking advantage of the fact that he's in a coma and that he has a crush on her to win a battle of the bands and to get a record deal. Oh, and she's a total bitch to everyone else in the process.
15th Oct '16 3:18:10 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* JustifiedCriminal
11th Oct '16 4:40:02 AM WillBGood
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* Music/GWAR, sometimes

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* Music/GWAR, Music/{{GWAR}}, sometimes
1st Oct '16 6:08:01 AM CellarTroll
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Antiheroes are spread all over the alignment chart, tending toward Neutral types.

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Antiheroes are spread all over the [[CharacterAlignment alignment chart, chart]], tending toward Neutral types.
16th Sep '16 3:59:13 AM KomasanS
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* TheGambler (when they're the hero)
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