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30th Aug '16 1:56:16 AM NEX7
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* Grant Ward from ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' starts off as the perfect spy, TheBigGuy for Coulson's team of specialists. He wasn't the most sociable, but even that gave him a James Bond-like quality, forgoing a social life for king and country. Still, he becomes friends with the rest of Team Coulson and has a budding romance with Skye. Then it later turns out that he's TheMole working for HYDRA, and he betrays SHIELD and his friends. Then we learn the circumstances of his recruitment and just how screwed up his life was up to that point. At the end of the season, Ward's mentor is killed and he's arrested for his crimes, and attempts suicide in jail. In the second season, Coulson and his crew make it ''very'' clear that they do not trust or forgive him for his actions. When circumstances require them to work together again, pretty much everyone wants to kill him. Even when he gives some FreudianExcuse, he's shut down by Agent May, whose PTSD is often a plot point ("We all have our traumas, Ward, they didn't make us traitors.") He escapes at the end of that mission and has since become a recurring villain.

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* Grant Ward from ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' starts off as the perfect spy, TheBigGuy for Coulson's team of specialists. He wasn't the most sociable, but even that gave him a James Bond-like quality, forgoing a social life for king and country. Still, he becomes friends with the rest of Team Coulson and has a budding romance with Skye. Then it later turns out that he's TheMole working for HYDRA, and he betrays SHIELD and his friends. Then we learn the circumstances of his recruitment and just how screwed up his life was up to that point. At the end of the season, Ward's mentor is killed and he's arrested for his crimes, and attempts suicide in jail. In the second season, Coulson and his crew make it ''very'' clear that they do not trust or forgive him for his actions. When circumstances require them to work together again, pretty much everyone wants to kill him. Even when he gives some FreudianExcuse, he's shut down by Agent May, whose PTSD is often a plot point ("We all have our traumas, Ward, they didn't make turn any of us traitors.into psychopaths.") He escapes at the end of that mission and has since become a recurring villain.
26th Aug '16 9:53:40 PM Ramona122003
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** All the of the Seven Warlords of the Sea are supposed to be {{The Ace}}s who can match the Four Empires along with the Marines, however, all of the Warlords, saved for Black Beard and [[spoiler: Buggy]], are people with severe emotional and mental issues. Crocodile had his will broken by the harshness of the Grand Line, and tries to take over a kingdom and turn it into a military state. Mihawk is constantly bored since [[VictoryIsBoring no one can challenged his sword skills]]. Hancock was enslaved as a child by the World Nobles and has a tattoo permanently embedded on her back. Jimbei lost his captain and friend who was betrayed by humans, his queen was killed by an assassin, and Arlong went on to terrorized East Blue after he was freed since he became a Warlord. Doflamingo [[spoiler: is a former World Noble who was exiled, hunted and tormented by people who were wronged by the World Nobles, lost his mom to illness, and was raised by a gang who treated him like a god]]. Moriah had his entire crew wiped out by one of the Four Empires and tried to create a pirate crew of zombies so he never has to experience that lost again. Kuma was slowly turned into a mindless cyborg and now has no will of his own. [[spoiler: Law, the newest member after the two year time-skip, had his life ruined because the government covered up how his home got lead poisoning (which caused other kingdoms to wall off his city and kill anyone who tried to escape), he only had a few years to live because of said poisoning, his entire family was murdered by people who thought his illness could be spread, and his mentor figure was murdered saving his life both from Doflamingo and his illness]].

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** All the of the Seven Warlords of the Sea are supposed to be {{The Ace}}s who can match the Four Empires Emperors along with the Marines, however, all of the Warlords, saved for Black Beard Blackbeard and [[spoiler: Buggy]], are people with severe emotional and mental issues. Crocodile had his will broken by the harshness of the Grand Line, and tries to take over a kingdom and turn it into a military state. Mihawk is constantly bored since [[VictoryIsBoring no one can challenged his sword skills]]. Hancock was enslaved as a child by the World Nobles and has a tattoo permanently embedded on her back. Jimbei lost his captain and friend who was betrayed by humans, his queen was killed by an assassin, and Arlong went on to terrorized East Blue after he was freed since he became a Warlord. Doflamingo [[spoiler: is a former World Noble who was exiled, hunted and tormented by people who were wronged by the World Nobles, lost his mom to illness, and was raised by a gang who treated him like a god]]. Moriah had his entire crew wiped out by one of the Four Empires Emperors and tried to create a pirate crew of zombies so he never has to experience that lost again. Kuma was slowly turned into a mindless cyborg and now has no will of his own. [[spoiler: Law, the newest member after the two year time-skip, had his life ruined because the government covered up how his home got lead poisoning (which caused other kingdoms to wall off his city and kill anyone who tried to escape), he only had a few years to live because of said poisoning, his entire family was murdered by people who thought his illness could be spread, and his mentor figure was murdered saving his life both from Doflamingo and his illness]].
23rd Aug '16 2:09:52 PM Willbyr
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* [[DepravedBisexual Souma Saiki]] of ''SakuraGari''. A man with borderline-unearthly beauty who's extremely cultured and a genius businessman...but also a cynical DepravedBisexual who has been through severe abuse of all kinds.

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* [[DepravedBisexual Souma Saiki]] of ''SakuraGari''.''Manga/SakuraGari''. A man with borderline-unearthly beauty who's extremely cultured and a genius businessman...but also a cynical DepravedBisexual who has been through severe abuse of all kinds.
21st Aug '16 12:44:14 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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In RealLife, this is rather common. Real people have flaws no matter how perfect they seem to be at first glance.

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In RealLife, this is rather common. [[HumansAreFlawed Real people have flaws no matter how perfect they seem to be at first glance.glance]].
5th Aug '16 8:55:53 AM oneuglybunny
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* The rooster Chanticleer from Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' starts out as the Big Bird of the Barnyard with his power to raise the sun each morning. However, after a battle with one of TheVillain's {{mooks}}, Chanticleer was too weary to crow, and the sun came up nonetheless. His farmyard peers laughed and jeered at Chanticleer, so he ambled away to the big city. There, he became a singing sensation, though still morose about losing his "sun-raiser" status.
3rd Aug '16 10:28:40 PM DoctorCooper
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** Lelouch may also count--as a student, he's a [[{{Bishonen}} gorgeous]], BrilliantButLazy GentlemanSnarker who half the school is a bit sweet on, and as Zero, he's a {{Badass}} MagnificentBastard and [[TheStrategist tactical genius]]. What neither of these descriptions mentions is that he's mostly driven by [[ByronicHero rage]] and ''extremely'' severe ParentalIssues.

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** Lelouch may also count--as a student, he's a [[{{Bishonen}} gorgeous]], BrilliantButLazy GentlemanSnarker who half the school is a bit sweet on, and as Zero, he's a {{Badass}} badass MagnificentBastard and [[TheStrategist tactical genius]]. What neither of these descriptions mentions is that he's mostly driven by [[ByronicHero rage]] and ''extremely'' severe ParentalIssues.



* James Gordon of ''Series/{{Gotham}}''. Gordon might be a rookie detective, but he's a former soldier and a very good hand-to-hand combatant, effortlessly disarming and taking down a large heavily-armed man and then later delivering a beatdown to two mob enforcers among other {{Badass}} moments. He's also [[MrFanservice good looking]] with a [[EvenTheGuysWantHim laundry list of admirers]] who will always strive to do what is right and clean up Gotham. However, most of his admirers are AxCrazy and he's constantly fighting with his own dark side which others take note of. Also, there are frequent hits on his life (by two of his admirers even) and the lives of those close to him. In addition, Galavan worming in his way out of justice, combined with Gordon netting a 40 year sentence for his vigilante execution, seems to have stripped Gordon of any notion that the law can work in Gotham which is what he firmly believed separated the villains from the heroes.

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* James Gordon of ''Series/{{Gotham}}''. Gordon might be a rookie detective, but he's a former soldier and a very good hand-to-hand combatant, effortlessly disarming and taking down a large heavily-armed man and then later delivering a beatdown to two mob enforcers among other {{Badass}} badass moments. He's also [[MrFanservice good looking]] with a [[EvenTheGuysWantHim laundry list of admirers]] who will always strive to do what is right and clean up Gotham. However, most of his admirers are AxCrazy and he's constantly fighting with his own dark side which others take note of. Also, there are frequent hits on his life (by two of his admirers even) and the lives of those close to him. In addition, Galavan worming in his way out of justice, combined with Gordon netting a 40 year sentence for his vigilante execution, seems to have stripped Gordon of any notion that the law can work in Gotham which is what he firmly believed separated the villains from the heroes.



* Squall in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVIII''. He goes out of his way to come off as a {{stoic}}, professional {{badass}} who doesn't need other people, and succeeds admirably--he stands out as an exceptional soldier even among [[BadassArmy SeeDs]]. Much of the student population at Balamb Garden admires him for his extraordinary skills, and [[{{Bishonen}} "gorgeous" goes without saying for a Final Fantasy protagonist]]. But the entire thing is a JerkassFacade he puts on to hide his massive emotional insecurities. Underneath it, he's a ChildSoldier with NoSocialSkills who avoids getting close to people because he's afraid of the pain of losing someone he cares about.

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* Squall in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVIII''. He goes out of his way to come off as a {{stoic}}, professional {{badass}} badass who doesn't need other people, and succeeds admirably--he stands out as an exceptional soldier even among [[BadassArmy SeeDs]]. Much of the student population at Balamb Garden admires him for his extraordinary skills, and [[{{Bishonen}} "gorgeous" goes without saying for a Final Fantasy protagonist]]. But the entire thing is a JerkassFacade he puts on to hide his massive emotional insecurities. Underneath it, he's a ChildSoldier with NoSocialSkills who avoids getting close to people because he's afraid of the pain of losing someone he cares about.
1st Aug '16 7:46:21 PM Ramona122003
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** All the of the Seven Warlords of the Sea are supposed to be TheAce and can match the Four Empires along with the Marines, however, all of the Warlords, save for Black Beard and [[spoiler: Buggy]], are people with severe emotional issues. Crocodile had his will broken by the harshness of the Grand Line, and tries to take over a kingdom and turn it into a military state. Mihawk is constantly bored since [[VictoryIsBoring no one can challenged his sword skills]]. Hancock was enslaved as a child by the World Nobles and have a tattoo permanently embedded on his back. Jimbei lost his captain and friend who was betrayed by humans, his queen was killed by an assassin, and Arlong went on to terrorize East Blue after he was freed after he became a Warlord. Doflamingo [[spoiler: is a former World Noble who was exiled, hunted and tormented by people who were wronged by the World Nobles, and lost his mom to illness]]. Moriah had his entire crew wiped out by one of the Four Empires and tries to create a pirate crew of zombies so he never experience that lost again. Kuma was slowly turned into a mindless cyborg and now has no will of his own. [[spoiler: Law, the newest member after the two year time-skip, had his life ruined because the government covered up how his home got lead poisoning (which caused kingdoms to wall off his city and kill anyone who tried to escape), he only had a few years to live because of said poisoning, his entire family were murdered by people who thought his illness could be spread, and his mentor figure was murdered saving his life]].

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** All the of the Seven Warlords of the Sea are supposed to be TheAce and {{The Ace}}s who can match the Four Empires along with the Marines, however, all of the Warlords, save saved for Black Beard and [[spoiler: Buggy]], are people with severe emotional and mental issues. Crocodile had his will broken by the harshness of the Grand Line, and tries to take over a kingdom and turn it into a military state. Mihawk is constantly bored since [[VictoryIsBoring no one can challenged his sword skills]]. Hancock was enslaved as a child by the World Nobles and have has a tattoo permanently embedded on his her back. Jimbei lost his captain and friend who was betrayed by humans, his queen was killed by an assassin, and Arlong went on to terrorize terrorized East Blue after he was freed after since he became a Warlord. Doflamingo [[spoiler: is a former World Noble who was exiled, hunted and tormented by people who were wronged by the World Nobles, and lost his mom to illness]]. illness, and was raised by a gang who treated him like a god]]. Moriah had his entire crew wiped out by one of the Four Empires and tries tried to create a pirate crew of zombies so he never has to experience that lost again. Kuma was slowly turned into a mindless cyborg and now has no will of his own. [[spoiler: Law, the newest member after the two year time-skip, had his life ruined because the government covered up how his home got lead poisoning (which caused other kingdoms to wall off his city and kill anyone who tried to escape), he only had a few years to live because of said poisoning, his entire family were was murdered by people who thought his illness could be spread, and his mentor figure was murdered saving his life]].life both from Doflamingo and his illness]].
1st Aug '16 7:35:21 PM Ramona122003
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'''s Portgas D. Ace. One of the most powerful pirates under Whitebeard's command, owning nearly everyone he comes across...[[spoiler:until he meets Blackbeard]]. After being imprisoned in Impel Down, he is revealed to have a lot of angst about his father ([[spoiler:none other than Gold Roger]]) and barely even wanting to live. And once his little brother Luffy frees him and gives him a second chance? [[spoiler:He takes a lava punch from a GeneralRipper to protect the poor kid, then dies in his arms]]. To explain how badly broken Ace was, one must know the DrivingQuestion of his life. The question which he spent his ''entire'' life searching for, that he continued to live to find the answer to...was whether or not he deserved to be born. He was ''that'' broken

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Portgas D. Ace. One of the most powerful pirates under Whitebeard's command, owning nearly everyone he comes across...[[spoiler:until he meets Blackbeard]]. After being imprisoned in Impel Down, he is revealed to have a lot of angst about his father ([[spoiler:none other than Gold Roger]]) and barely even wanting to live. And once his little brother Luffy frees him and gives him a second chance? [[spoiler:He takes a lava punch from a GeneralRipper to protect the poor kid, then dies in his arms]]. To explain how badly broken Ace was, one must know the DrivingQuestion of his life. The question which he spent his ''entire'' life searching for, that he continued to live to find the answer to...was whether or not he deserved to be born. He was ''that'' brokenbroken.
** All the of the Seven Warlords of the Sea are supposed to be TheAce and can match the Four Empires along with the Marines, however, all of the Warlords, save for Black Beard and [[spoiler: Buggy]], are people with severe emotional issues. Crocodile had his will broken by the harshness of the Grand Line, and tries to take over a kingdom and turn it into a military state. Mihawk is constantly bored since [[VictoryIsBoring no one can challenged his sword skills]]. Hancock was enslaved as a child by the World Nobles and have a tattoo permanently embedded on his back. Jimbei lost his captain and friend who was betrayed by humans, his queen was killed by an assassin, and Arlong went on to terrorize East Blue after he was freed after he became a Warlord. Doflamingo [[spoiler: is a former World Noble who was exiled, hunted and tormented by people who were wronged by the World Nobles, and lost his mom to illness]]. Moriah had his entire crew wiped out by one of the Four Empires and tries to create a pirate crew of zombies so he never experience that lost again. Kuma was slowly turned into a mindless cyborg and now has no will of his own. [[spoiler: Law, the newest member after the two year time-skip, had his life ruined because the government covered up how his home got lead poisoning (which caused kingdoms to wall off his city and kill anyone who tried to escape), he only had a few years to live because of said poisoning, his entire family were murdered by people who thought his illness could be spread, and his mentor figure was murdered saving his life]].
31st Jul '16 7:09:19 PM appealus
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* Liu Kang from ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' is this. He may be the Mortal Kombat Champion of Earthrealm and a protege of Raiden, but starts to becomes this as the series goes on, especially in the new timeline. Getting murdered by Shang Tsung causes his vengeful zombie to kill many of his own allies, an act he still feels responsible for in the original timeline. It gets FromBadToWorse in ''[=MK9=]'', [[spoiler:when he loses his many of his friends and allies over the course of the game, loses his love interest (Kitana) and best friend (Kung Lao), and [[FaithHeelTurn loses faith in his mentor Raiden.]] In ''[=MKX=]'', after becoming a revenant, he still views his former mentor with great contempt (AND ''explicitly'' tells that to Raiden in his face), and [[DragonAscendant willingly ascends]] to become the [[TheEmperor new ruler of the Netherrealm]] alongside Kitana at the end of ''[=MKX=]''.]]

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* Liu Kang from ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' is this. He may be the Mortal Kombat Champion of Earthrealm and a protege of Raiden, but starts to becomes this as the series goes on, especially in the new timeline. Getting murdered by Shang Tsung causes his vengeful zombie to kill many of his own allies, an act he still feels responsible for in the original timeline. It gets FromBadToWorse in ''[=MK9=]'', [[spoiler:when he loses his many of his friends and allies over the course of the game, loses his love interest (Kitana) and best friend (Kung Lao), and [[FaithHeelTurn loses faith in his mentor Raiden.]] In ''[=MKX=]'', after becoming a revenant, he still views his former mentor with great contempt (AND ''explicitly'' tells that to Raiden in his face), and [[DragonAscendant willingly ascends]] to become the [[TheEmperor new ruler of the Netherrealm]] alongside Kitana at the end of ''[=MKX=]''.]]
31st Jul '16 6:58:12 PM appealus
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* Riku, Sora's best friend from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', to an extent, at least in the very first game. Better than TheProtagonist Sora and the other island kids at pretty much everything; older, stronger, cooler, more attractive, and (most importantly) seemingly "closer" to Kairi, whom he and Sora--quite awkwardly for them--both have feelings for. Riku, as a result, takes position as the leader of the group. While Sora is jealous of these aspects about Riku, it turns out later in the game that ''Riku'' is the one with a ''massive'' inferiority complex to Sora, becoming very jealous when Sora finds new friends in and Goofy ''and'' Sora turns out to be the ChosenOne for the Keyblade; and last but not least, it gets even worse when it turns out that Riku feels as though Kairi likes Sora more despite the fact that he (Riku) has "done more for her". The villains, naturally, exploit Riku's issues with Sora soon enough and draws him into the Darkness and have the two fighting against each other.

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* Riku, Sora's best friend from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', to an extent, at least in the very first game. Better than TheProtagonist Sora and the other island kids at pretty much everything; older, stronger, cooler, more attractive, and (most importantly) seemingly "closer" to Kairi, whom he and Sora--quite awkwardly for them--both have feelings for. Riku, as a result, takes position as the leader of the group. While Sora is jealous of these aspects about Riku, it turns out later in the game that ''Riku'' is the one with a ''massive'' inferiority complex to Sora, becoming very jealous when Sora finds new friends in Donald and Goofy ''and'' Sora turns out to be the ChosenOne for the Keyblade; and last but not least, it gets even worse when it turns out that Riku feels as though Kairi likes Sora more despite the fact that he (Riku) has "done more for her". The villains, naturally, exploit Riku's issues with Sora soon enough and draws him into the Darkness and have the two fighting against each other.



*** And THAT gets turned on its head in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' though in a positive way. Sora and Riku end up taking the Mark of Mastery Exam in order to deal with issues in the Worlds in the Realm of Sleep. While Riku still harbored some feelings of self-doubt (which lead to Sora agreeing to take the exam in the first place), things play out interestingly enough. [[spoiler: Throughout the game, it's [[MessianicArchetype Sora]] who ends up going through MindRape via the [[StandardEvilOrganizationSquad New Organization XIII]]. Riku, due to said CharacterDevelopment and past experiences, actually got his body immune to any Darkness-based issues caused by [[BigBad Xehanort]]. In the end, after all hell breaks loose, it's [[TheLancer Riku]] who ends up being named Keyblade Master over Sora. Good thing Sora is an all around NiceGuy and is genuinely happy for Riku,so no jealousy issues crop up again]].

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*** And THAT gets turned on its head in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' though in a positive way. Sora and Riku end up taking the Mark of Mastery Exam in order to deal with issues in the Worlds in the Realm of Sleep. While Riku still harbored some feelings of self-doubt (which lead to Sora agreeing to take the exam in the first place), things play out interestingly enough. [[spoiler: Throughout the game, it's [[MessianicArchetype Sora]] who ends up going through MindRape via the [[StandardEvilOrganizationSquad New Organization XIII]]. Riku, due to said CharacterDevelopment and past experiences, actually got his body immune to any Darkness-based issues caused by [[BigBad Xehanort]]. In the end, after all hell breaks loose, it's [[TheLancer Riku]] who ends up being named Keyblade Master over Sora. Good thing Sora is an all around NiceGuy and is genuinely happy for Riku,so Riku, so no jealousy issues crop up again]].
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