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12th Mar '17 12:38:51 AM wedekit
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*** This is more opinion than fact... Discontented with his father's lack of spine while growing up? Yes. Still resentful of the weakness his father displayed? Yes. Fearing for his children? No. An important fact of his characterization is he sees the forest and not the trees when it comes to his family. Meaning, he cares more about the family than any individual person, including his own children. HOWEVER, I think you could aptly argue that Tywin descended into a shell of a person starting with the untimely death of his wife.
7th Mar '17 11:08:34 PM emmaliza
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** Jaime Lannister, who's renowned as the greatest swordsman in the kingdom and a member of TheBeautifulElite, but had his reputation permanently soiled in his youth by [[Main/TheKingslayer one dishonourable act]] that he nonetheless regards as the finest thing he ever did, increasingly falling under Main/ThenLetMeBeEvil as a result. And that's before his BreakTheHaughty ordeal that culminates in [[spoiler:him losing his swordhand, and hence the one ability he's always defined his self-worth by]].
** Robb Stark becomes this as the books progress, becoming a YoungConqueror at the age of 15 and [[Main/MemeticBadass gaining a fearsome reputation as 'The Young Wolf' who's never lost a battle]], but he frequently comes across as being overwhelmed by the pressure he's under. This worsens when despite all his success in the field, his own political errors cause the war to slip away from him. Perhaps the clearest illustration of this comes in ''Literature/AGameOfThrones'' when Robb, in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, successfully earns the Greatjon's respect by [[Main/DefeatMeansFriendship having his direwolf chew off two of the man's fingers for bearing steel against him]]... and later confides in his brother Bran [[Main/BeneathTheMask that he was terrified throughout, that he's scared of a lot of his bannermen, and he wishes their father was still there.]]
5th Mar '17 7:39:46 PM Lemia
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* ''VisualNovel/MysticMessenger'':
** Zen is a handsome and popular actor who receives piles of fan letters and constantly brags about his looks, but his vanity is actually overcompensation for how [[AbusiveParents his parents convinced him that he was ugly as a child]]. His older brother helped him realize that he wasn't ugly but became more like their parents as he got older, causing Zen to run away from home and become a delinquent. Even after becoming popular through his acting, he works himself to the point of risking injury to prove that his looks aren't the sole reason for his success as an actor. Compared to the game's other examples listed below, though, he's a fairly mild example of this trope.
** Jumin is an obscenely wealthy CEO good-looking enough to model for photo shoots and appears to be one of the most mature and level-headed members of the RFA, remaining completely unflappable during situations that have the other RFA members running around in panic. However, a combination of a childhood surrounded by people who only cared about his wealth and the few people he formed a genuine emotional connection with falling out of contact (V), dying (Rika), or paying more attention to his parade of girlfriends than him (his father) have left him emotionally stunted to the point where he has [[LackOfEmpathy frequent difficulty in empathizing with others]] and next to no idea of what being in a relationship entails, leading to him becoming a borderline {{Yandere}} towards the player character in his route (and a full-blown Yandere, if she makes the wrong choices).
** 707/Luciel is a genius hacker rich enough to afford multiple racing cars and smart enough to build robots in his spare time when he's feeling bored. He also, unlike Jumin, appears to have no difficulty in joking around and connecting with others. But all of his good cheer conceals how [[spoiler:he had to give up his identity to escape his abusive mother by working for an intelligence agency and and how the constant danger of his job causes him to be afraid of forming a real connection to anyone in case the agency forces him to "disappear" one day. Furthermore, the main reason he went through with all this in the first place was to save his twin brother Saeran from their mother too -- a decision that backfired ''horribly'' when one of the people he trusted the most betrayed him. When he learns on his own route about what he unknowingly let Saeran suffer through, he has a complete emotional shutdown that reveals the bitter, cynical side of himself. Even on other routes, he usually still has a HeroicBSOD when his "genius hacker" security measures fail to prevent the player character's life from being placed in jeopardy.]]
** By far the biggest example in this game, however, is [[spoiler:Rika, a beautiful, intelligent and kind woman who hosted grand parties for charity, inspired many members of the RFA to become better people, and genuinely wanted nothing more than to see everyone happy. Underneath her [[StepfordSmiler bright smile]], however, was a woman suffering from such severe depression and paranoia that she came to believe that the best way to make everyone free from pain was to brainwash them into joining her religious cult and also that the best way to protect sensitive information in her apartment was to install a ''bomb'' in it. By the end of the game, she's become a mute, barely-aware shell after witnessing the man she loved die right in front of her as an indirect result of her actions that caused suffering instead of happiness for many people.]]
5th Mar '17 10:29:07 AM ZombieAladdin
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See also TheAce, who's still better than you at everything but isn't so prone to mental disorders or emotional problems, and the ByronicHero, who's just as awe-inspiring and brooding but lacks the charming, polished façade and is rarely presented as pathetic. For a plot wherein The Ace is [[TheReveal revealed]] to have deep personal problems, see BrokenPedestal. Anyone who has experienced ThePerilsOfBeingTheBest is likely to become this. A WellDoneSonGuy with many accomplishments and much respect from other people would fall into this trope. In case you haven't noticed, this has nothing to do with {{Asexuality}}.

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See also TheAce, who's still better than you at everything but isn't so prone to mental disorders or emotional problems, and the ByronicHero, who's just as awe-inspiring and brooding but lacks the charming, polished façade and is rarely presented as pathetic. For a plot wherein The Ace is [[TheReveal revealed]] to have deep personal problems, see BrokenPedestal. Anyone who has experienced ThePerilsOfBeingTheBest is likely to become this. A Related to WellDoneSonGuy with many accomplishments if the child has accomplished much and gained much respect from other people would fall into this trope.people. In case you haven't noticed, this has nothing to do with {{Asexuality}}.
5th Mar '17 10:25:48 AM ZombieAladdin
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See also TheAce, who's still better than you at everything but isn't so prone to mental disorders or emotional problems, and the ByronicHero, who's just as awe-inspiring and brooding but lacks the charming, polished façade and is rarely presented as pathetic. For a plot wherein The Ace is [[TheReveal revealed]] to have deep personal problems, see BrokenPedestal. Anyone who has experienced ThePerilsOfBeingTheBest is likely to become this. In case you haven't noticed, this has nothing to do with {{Asexuality}}.

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See also TheAce, who's still better than you at everything but isn't so prone to mental disorders or emotional problems, and the ByronicHero, who's just as awe-inspiring and brooding but lacks the charming, polished façade and is rarely presented as pathetic. For a plot wherein The Ace is [[TheReveal revealed]] to have deep personal problems, see BrokenPedestal. Anyone who has experienced ThePerilsOfBeingTheBest is likely to become this. A WellDoneSonGuy with many accomplishments and much respect from other people would fall into this trope. In case you haven't noticed, this has nothing to do with {{Asexuality}}.
21st Feb '17 5:21:25 PM nombretomado
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* ''CrisisCore''. Sephiroth, Genesis, and Angeal. Their issues drive the first two to villainy and the third to perform SuicideByCop.

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* ''CrisisCore''.''VideoGame/CrisisCore''. Sephiroth, Genesis, and Angeal. Their issues drive the first two to villainy and the third to perform SuicideByCop.
21st Feb '17 2:07:10 PM babyhenchy1
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* Princess Azula from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', though she doesn't really bother with the good publicity part of VillainWithGoodPublicity, still fits. She's a beautiful, extraordinarily-talented young woman, even if she ''is'' DaddysLittleVillain, but most of her exterior aloofness and obsession with power stems from being desperate to ignore how ''[[AxeCrazy utterly psychotic]]'' she is thanks to her thinking that her mother hated her. Same inside, same overcompensation, different shell.

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* [[TheDragon Princess Azula Azula]] from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', though she doesn't really bother with the good publicity part of VillainWithGoodPublicity, still fits. She's a beautiful, extraordinarily-talented and extremely intelligent young woman, even if she ''is'' DaddysLittleVillain, but most of her exterior aloofness and obsession with power stems from being desperate to ignore how ''[[AxeCrazy utterly psychotic]]'' she is thanks to her thinking that her mother hated her. Same inside, same overcompensation, different shell.
20th Feb '17 8:18:56 PM bt8257
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[[caption-width-right:320:[[LiteralMinded Eh, no, not]] ''[[LiteralMinded that]]'' [[LiteralMinded kind of Ace.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:320:[[LiteralMinded Eh, no, No, not]] ''[[LiteralMinded that]]'' [[LiteralMinded kind of Ace.]]]]
18th Feb '17 3:30:34 PM Lemia
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* Amusingly, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ace]] from ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' is this. He's smart, noble, self-sacrificing, [[spoiler:and the sole culprit of the deaths that take place, as well as the ruthless and antisocial owner of the evil pharmaceutical company]].

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* Amusingly, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ace]] from ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' is this. He's smart, noble, self-sacrificing, [[spoiler:and the sole culprit of the deaths that take place, as well as the ruthless and antisocial owner of the evil pharmaceutical company]].company. He also suffers from prosopagnosia, a condition that contributed to his inability to care about people and one he was desperate to find a way to cure through the Nonary Game even if it meant kidnapping children and putting them into mortal danger]].
18th Feb '17 6:49:05 AM Derkhan
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* In the ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'', [[TheAce Ehiru]] is introduced as Hananja's favourite and the best Gatherer currently alive. However, messing up only once eats almost all of his confidence away and his lauded incorruptibility and devotion to Hananja's Law make him susceptible to being manipulated, creating a downward spiral of insecurity about his abilities and worth.
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