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3rd May '16 11:45:23 AM Tron80
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* In ''FanFic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', after having a long talk with Asuka about their mothers, where she tells him about her mother's death, her father remarrying and ditching her, her abandonment and loneliness issues... Shinji thinks her ego and anger issues are only a mask and she's more complex than people credits her for.
23rd Apr '16 5:34:55 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': Asuka. Few people could guess that boastful, cranky, rash, childish teenager is [[spoiler:in reality a mature young wife and mother who is trying to save the same world who took her family away from her again.]]
20th Apr '16 2:21:50 AM Doug86
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* In quite a number of ''AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fanfics, Zuko is portrayed as his usual arrogant self, [[{{AlternateCharacterInterpretation}} but deep inside is actually desperate to regain his title as Crown Prince to protect]] ''the Fire Nation'' from the rule of his ruthless younger sister, Azula.

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* In quite a number of ''AvatarTheLastAirbender'' ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fanfics, Zuko is portrayed as his usual arrogant self, [[{{AlternateCharacterInterpretation}} but deep inside is actually desperate to regain his title as Crown Prince to protect]] ''the Fire Nation'' from the rule of his ruthless younger sister, Azula.
14th Apr '16 1:48:39 AM Tron80
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* Asuka from ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'' came across to other people like as an arrogant, brash girl, but when they knew her a little better, most of them realized that she was trying to mask her insecurities and psychological issues, and she could be real nice.
21st Mar '16 5:59:56 AM Tron80
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* Both Manga/{{Naruto}} ''and'' his best friend/enemy Sasuke have cases of this. Naruto is loud and boastful because he needs someone, ''anyone'', to notice him as a person and not a thing. Sasuke, meanwhile, grew up in the shadow of his genius older brother, and arrogant pride in his own talent covers up some massive insecurity.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Both Manga/{{Naruto}} ''and'' Naruto and his best friend/enemy Sasuke have cases of this. Naruto is loud and boastful because he needs someone, ''anyone'', to notice him as a person and not a thing. Sasuke, meanwhile, grew up in the shadow of his genius older brother, and arrogant pride in his own talent covers up some massive insecurity.



* J. Jonah Jameson:
** Behind his gruff, skinflint exterior, Creator/{{Marvel}} has established that his hatred of Franchise/SpiderMan stems from the fact that deep down, he knows Spidey '''is''' a selfless hero, and the fact that he can't compare makes him jealous. This close-up first happened towards the end of ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #1. I.e., he got his BigEgoHiddenDepths ''in the issue he was introduced''.

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* Franchise/SpiderMan has J. Jonah Jameson:
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Jameson. Behind his gruff, skinflint exterior, Creator/{{Marvel}} has established that his hatred of Franchise/SpiderMan Spider-Man stems from the fact that deep down, he knows Spidey '''is''' a selfless hero, and the fact that he can't compare makes him jealous. This close-up first happened towards the end of ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #1. I.e., he got his BigEgoHiddenDepths ''in the issue he was introduced''.


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* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', Asuka has -apparently- a big ego, but Shinji thinks that she's earned the right to gloat because she was a beautiful, intelligent woman, an excellent warrior and a mecha pilot who had risen from her ashes after going through Hell when she was three.
4th Mar '16 4:46:12 PM Wyldchyld
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* Professor Peter Port from ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'' is introduced as a self-important bore and a bit of a DirtyOldMan. The succeeding episode, however, shows him to be very perceptive of people he calls out Weiss's doubts regarding making Ruby leader over her.
** Weiss herself starts off as an haughty RichBitch who believed that she deserved leadership more than Ruby. Also, she thinks little of the Faunus, and hates the White Fang. It's implied that her hatred of the White Fang (and mistrust of Faunus) was because they attacked her family for years, killing people working under her father's company, which in turn caused her father to lash out at her, and it's hinted many other times that she comes from a broken family. She becomes a much kinder person as the series goes on, supporting her teammates emotionally and in combat, and resolves to be a great teammate rather than continue vying for leadership.
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6th Feb '16 8:34:09 AM Koveras
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* Dorian Pavus in [[DragonAgeInquisition Dragon Age]] is introduced as a snarky and arrogant aristocrat from the [[TheEmpire Tevinter Imperium]] who nearly everyone mistrusts. It's eventually revealed that he's the white sheep of his family who left after his father tried to [[CureYourGays change his sexuality]] with [[BlackMagic blood magic]]. He joined the Inquisition genuinely wanting to help and hopes to one day return to his homeland to change it for the better, [[spoiler:and the end-game epilogue shows he's doing just that]]. On top of all that, he's kind and intelligent and ends up being one of the most loyal companions in the game.

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* Dorian Pavus in [[DragonAgeInquisition Dragon Age]] ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is introduced as a snarky and arrogant aristocrat from the [[TheEmpire Tevinter Imperium]] who nearly everyone mistrusts. It's eventually revealed that he's the white sheep of his family who left after his father tried to [[CureYourGays change his sexuality]] with [[BlackMagic blood magic]]. He joined the Inquisition genuinely wanting to help and hopes to one day return to his homeland to change it for the better, [[spoiler:and the end-game epilogue shows he's doing just that]]. On top of all that, he's kind and intelligent and ends up being one of the most loyal companions in the game.
2nd Feb '16 5:50:20 AM TMNTFanGirl
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* Kind of downplayed in ''MeanGirls'': When [[CoolTeacher Ms. Norbury]], a math teacher at North Shore High School, asks the 11th-grade girls, "How many of you have ever felt personally victimized by [[AlphaBitch Regina]] [[RichBitch George]]," and everyone in the gym, including the teachers, raises their hand, [[{{Jerkass}} Regina]]--oddly enough--seemed genuinely surprised and hurt when she ''finally'' realizes how much people dislike her.

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* Kind of downplayed in ''MeanGirls'': When [[CoolTeacher Ms. Norbury]], a math teacher at North Shore High School, asks the 11th-grade girls, "How many of you have ever felt personally victimized by [[AlphaBitch Regina]] [[RichBitch George]]," and everyone Implied in the gym, including case of Regina George from ''MeanGirls'' -- She acts like a stereotypical AlphaBitch for nearly the teachers, raises their hand, [[{{Jerkass}} Regina]]--oddly enough--seemed entire movie, but it's revealed by [[BetaBitch Gretchen]] that her parents are apparently having some serious marital problems and near the end of the movie, Regina seems genuinely surprised and hurt surprised/hurt when she ''finally'' realizes how much people her schoolmates (and even some of her teachers) [[{{Understatement}} dislike her.her]].
16th Jan '16 10:55:39 PM MechWarrior
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* Under his JerkAss exterior and massive ego, Rin Matsuoka from ''Anime/{{Free}}'' is a ''deeply'' wounded young man who can barely cope with [[spoiler: his father's death]].

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* Under his JerkAss [[{{Jerkass}} sour]] exterior and massive ego, Rin Matsuoka from ''Anime/{{Free}}'' is a ''deeply'' wounded young man who can barely cope with [[spoiler: his father's death]].



** Behind his gruff, skinflint exterior, Creator/{{Marvel}} has established that his hatred of {{Spider-Man}} stems from the fact that deep down, he knows Spidey '''is''' a selfless hero, and the fact that he can't compare makes him jealous. This close-up first happened towards the end of ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #1. I.e., he got his BigEgoHiddenDepths ''in the issue he was introduced''.

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** Behind his gruff, skinflint exterior, Creator/{{Marvel}} has established that his hatred of {{Spider-Man}} Franchise/SpiderMan stems from the fact that deep down, he knows Spidey '''is''' a selfless hero, and the fact that he can't compare makes him jealous. This close-up first happened towards the end of ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #1. I.e., he got his BigEgoHiddenDepths ''in the issue he was introduced''.



** ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' also suggests that Jameson's hatred of superheroes stems from the fact that as a child, he idolized CaptainAmerica's KidSidekick ComicBook/{{Bucky|Barnes}}. When Bucky was killed near the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (something Jameson saw as Cap's fault), Jonah became bitter and disillusioned with the very idea of costumed heroes.

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** ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' also suggests that Jameson's hatred of superheroes stems from the fact that as a child, he idolized CaptainAmerica's ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's KidSidekick ComicBook/{{Bucky|Barnes}}. When Bucky was killed near the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (something Jameson saw as Cap's fault), Jonah became bitter and disillusioned with the very idea of costumed heroes.



* Ted Baxter on ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow''. Also a [[Administrivia/RenamedTropes former]] TropeNamer. (TedBaxterCloseUp) This came about a couple of years after ''[=MTM=]'' became a success, and Ted Knight became concerned about Baxter becoming a one-dimensional buffoon. As such, the Ted Baxter character soon gained morals, got married and had a family ... all while his on-air buffoonery and over-the-top delivery was de-emphasized and his desire to be the best newscaster (despite his inherent lack of skill) was shown to be driven by more than his inflated ego.

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* Ted Baxter on ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow''. Also a [[Administrivia/RenamedTropes former]] TropeNamer. (TedBaxterCloseUp) [[TropeNamer Trope Namers]]. (Ted Baxter Close-Up) This came about a couple of years after ''[=MTM=]'' became a success, and Ted Knight became concerned about Baxter becoming a one-dimensional buffoon. As such, the Ted Baxter character soon gained morals, got married and had a family ... all while his on-air buffoonery and over-the-top delivery was de-emphasized and his desire to be the best newscaster (despite his inherent lack of skill) was shown to be driven by more than his inflated ego.



* Radon in ''{{WebComic/WastedAway}}'' starts out as a negligent social climber - but when he actually has to confront his issues after losing his family, he starts to rethink things.

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* Radon in ''{{WebComic/WastedAway}}'' ''{{WebComic/Wasted Away}}'' starts out as a negligent social climber - but when he actually has to confront his issues after losing his family, he starts to rethink things.
16th Jan '16 5:42:11 PM FekketCantenel
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* From the outside, the title character in ''Literature/EdenGreen'' comes off as an egotistical bitch, but since the story is first-person, she is revealed to be very uncomfortable with and afraid of the people around her.
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