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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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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.
10th Feb '17 10:40:22 AM Argon2
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** [[FaceHeelTurn Hell]] Kaiser Ryo suffered a similar breakdown--one major loss for the undefeated champion made him lose all sense of self-worth until a FreakOut transformed him into a CombatSadomasochist.

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** [[FaceHeelTurn Hell]] Kaiser Ryo suffered a similar breakdown--one breakdown-- one major loss for the undefeated champion made him lose all sense of self-worth until a FreakOut transformed him into a CombatSadomasochist.


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* The ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' character [[spoiler:Retsu Unohana]] is an eminent warrior even in the setting's WorldOfBadass, a beloved leader, incredibly beautiful, and the Soul Society's best doctor (she has more than once brought characters back from the dead)! Unfortunately, she also was(/is?) a psychopath who gets off on violence and gore. Her determination to become the above stems from literal insanity and the desire to atone for [[spoiler:sealing Zaraki's powers when he was young]] (also, having millennia to hone her skills helped). Unusually for the trope, ''she'' isn't upset by her 'broken-ness', but everyone sane is.
8th Feb '17 2:07:15 PM StFan
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* ''ComicBook/IronMan'': Tony Stark is one of the smartest, richest, and most popular people on Earth, snarky, a ladykiller who had everything anybody could ever wanted in their life. However, deep inside he suffers from self-hatred (which has even developed into suicidal tendencies), alcoholism, control issues, and the scars left by his abusive father. He has even stated he feels he doesn't deserve the friends and good things in life he has.
** This was taken UpToEleven following the ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', where Tony's guilt over Captain America's death and the actions he took would make him occasionally break down.

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* ''ComicBook/IronMan'': Tony Stark is one of the smartest, richest, and most popular people on Earth, snarky, a ladykiller who had everything anybody could ever wanted in their life. However, deep inside he suffers from self-hatred (which has even developed into suicidal tendencies), alcoholism, control issues, and the scars left by his abusive father. He has even stated he feels he doesn't deserve the friends and good things in life he has.
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has. This was taken UpToEleven following the ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', where Tony's guilt over Captain America's death and the actions he took would make him occasionally break down.



* ''TheSagaOfAvatarKorra'': Korra is even [[AdaptationalBadass stronger]] than she is in canon. However, being kidnapped by the Red Lotus and put through a TrainingFromHell regiment for fourteen years has affected her psyche, and she has very little clue about things outside training.

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* ''TheSagaOfAvatarKorra'': ''Fanfic/TheSagaOfAvatarKorra'': Korra is even [[AdaptationalBadass stronger]] than she is in canon. However, being kidnapped by the Red Lotus and put through a TrainingFromHell regiment for fourteen years has affected her psyche, and she has very little clue about things outside training.



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* Raven Reyes from ''Series/{{The 100}}'' had, by age 18, become quite possibly the best mechanic on the Ark, a master at operating in Zero-G, and a certified badass, who traveled down to Earth solo in a space shuttle she rebuilt herself. Yet almost everything in her life ''not'' related to those skills is a complete mess. [[ParentalAbandonment She was abandoned by her mother,]] [[YourCheatingHeart loses her boyfriend to another girl]] [[AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder after just two weeks of separation,]] [[WheelchairWoobie becomes paralyzed in her left leg]] [[DontYouDarePityMe and resists others' attempts to help with her condition,]] [[NeverBeHurtAgain acts distant towards the men she sleeps with so she won't become attached,]] [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl and tends to put all other moral concerns on the backburner when her (ex-)boyfriend's safety is at stake.]]

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* Raven Reyes from ''Series/{{The 100}}'' ''Series/The100'' had, by age 18, become quite possibly the best mechanic on the Ark, a master at operating in Zero-G, and a certified badass, who traveled down to Earth solo in a space shuttle she rebuilt herself. Yet almost everything in her life ''not'' related to those skills is a complete mess. [[ParentalAbandonment She was abandoned by her mother,]] [[YourCheatingHeart loses her boyfriend to another girl]] [[AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder after just two weeks of separation,]] [[WheelchairWoobie becomes paralyzed in her left leg]] [[DontYouDarePityMe and resists others' attempts to help with her condition,]] [[NeverBeHurtAgain acts distant towards the men she sleeps with so she won't become attached,]] [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl and tends to put all other moral concerns on the backburner when her (ex-)boyfriend's safety is at stake.]]



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* In modern takes on the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' character Optimus Prime, Optimus is often presented as being a great warrior, inspiring leader, brilliant commander, and so on, but also having hints of some sort of personality disorder or otherwise being neuro-atypical. Most commonly it's presented as depression (despite his reputation, someone he commands ''always'' dies) or post-traumatic stress (four ''million'' years of war can do that to you). There are also some who argue that in various elements of the Franchise/TransformersAlignedUniverse, including High Moon Studios' games and the TransformersPrime series, Optimus is subtly coded as being autistic. Some critics of [[Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries Michael Bay's movies]] even snark that the long war has unhinged ''that'' Optimus into a [[SociopathicHero psychopathic monster]].
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* In modern takes on the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' character Optimus Prime, Optimus is often presented as being a great warrior, inspiring leader, brilliant commander, and so on, but also having hints of some sort of personality disorder or otherwise being neuro-atypical. Most commonly it's presented as depression (despite his reputation, someone he commands ''always'' dies) or post-traumatic stress (four ''million'' years of war can do that to you). There are also some who argue that in various elements of the Franchise/TransformersAlignedUniverse, including High Moon Studios' games and the TransformersPrime series, Optimus is subtly coded as being autistic. Some critics of [[Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries Michael Bay's movies]] even snark that the long war has unhinged ''that'' Optimus into a [[SociopathicHero psychopathic monster]].
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* Jin Kisaragi from ''Franchise/{{BlazBlue}}''. Handsome, smart, strong, rich, highly ranked, popular with girls despite his [[{{Jerkass}} cold attitude]], a hero for ending a long civil war, and so on. As he put it himself, he was showered with everything men would kill for. His only problem was [[NietzscheWannabe his inability to care about all of those]] because his household name, the Kisaragis only exploited Jin for their own gain and hardly cared about him as an individual. Jin said he was more like a tool who did what he was told than an actual member of the family, especially since most of them actually resented him for his achievements and status. And this is ''after'' he lost his first family in a fire and most of his memories of the event. He's a major {{Jerkass}} throughout the series, but it's hard not to [[JerkassWoobie feel at least a ''little'' sorry for him.]]

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* Jin Kisaragi from ''Franchise/{{BlazBlue}}''.''Franchise/BlazBlue''. Handsome, smart, strong, rich, highly ranked, popular with girls despite his [[{{Jerkass}} cold attitude]], a hero for ending a long civil war, and so on. As he put it himself, he was showered with everything men would kill for. His only problem was [[NietzscheWannabe his inability to care about all of those]] because his household name, the Kisaragis only exploited Jin for their own gain and hardly cared about him as an individual. Jin said he was more like a tool who did what he was told than an actual member of the family, especially since most of them actually resented him for his achievements and status. And this is ''after'' he lost his first family in a fire and most of his memories of the event. He's a major {{Jerkass}} throughout the series, but it's hard not to [[JerkassWoobie feel at least a ''little'' sorry for him.]]



* Creator/BioWare pulled this one out in spades for ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''--[[DysfunctionJunction most of the crew]] of both games, including the PlayerCharacter, are this trope.

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* Creator/BioWare pulled this one out in spades for ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''--[[DysfunctionJunction ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' -- [[DysfunctionJunction most of the crew]] of both games, including the PlayerCharacter, are this trope.



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* Pyrrha Nikos of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is a ''prodigy'' in combat and viewed as a celebrity for her tournament victories and endorsement deals. She can single handedly defeat entire teams of fellow students, and possesses one of the most powerful Semblances seen thus far, and still remains a HumbleHero and NiceGirl, determined to spend her life protecting people. But all of this leads to a major case of LonelyAtTheTop: everyone else avoids socializing with her because they assume she's too good for them, or they want to use her for her fame the way Weiss did in Volume 1, and is implied to have had no real friends before coming to Beacon Academy. All this eventually [[spoiler: leads to her death in Volume 3, when her ingrained belief that she is ''destined'' to be a hero leads her to take on an opponent even she can't hope to defeat without help, in a (futile) bid to reverse the desperate situation. In the end, the most she accomplished was that her death triggered Ruby's TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening.]]
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* Pyrrha Nikos of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is a ''prodigy'' in combat and viewed as a celebrity for her tournament victories and endorsement deals. She can single handedly defeat entire teams of fellow students, and possesses one of the most powerful Semblances seen thus far, and still remains a HumbleHero and NiceGirl, determined to spend her life protecting people. But all of this leads to a major case of LonelyAtTheTop: everyone else avoids socializing with her because they assume she's too good for them, or they want to use her for her fame the way Weiss did in Volume 1, and is implied to have had no real friends before coming to Beacon Academy. All this eventually [[spoiler: leads to her death in Volume 3, when her ingrained belief that she is ''destined'' to be a hero leads her to take on an opponent even she can't hope to defeat without help, in a (futile) bid to reverse the desperate situation. In the end, the most she accomplished was that her death triggered Ruby's TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening.]]
23rd Jan '17 8:06:05 AM Njein
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*** Hans, the main antagonist of ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'', is outwardly handsome, charming, honourable and a prince! However, a desperate hunger for recognition and glory corrupted him long ago. He spent his whole life ignored and [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex overshadowed by his 12 older brothers]], and it's been confirmed by WordOfGod that he indeed grew up without love, sparking his desire to take the Arendelle throne in the first place. His actions are still inexcusable, but taking his glaringly relatable backstory into account, you can't help but feel sorry for the guy anyway. This was only added to with the book ''A Frozen Heart'', in which it is shown that his brothers, save for one, constantly bully him, ranging from verbal abuse to ''throwing glass at him'' for simply daydreaming. His mother loves him but is too weak to spend time with him, and [[DaddyIssues his father coldly regards him as a nuisance]] and sends him to do horrific tasks, such as butchering a village that fails to pay its taxes on time. Despite this, [[WellDoneSonGuy Hans often daydreams about having a loving and caring father, even as an adult, and is forced to use violence against his father's subjects in order to gain respect]]. It's even heavily implied that he is a self-harmer, and may or may not have clinical depression. He simply wanted a way out of his home kingdom, and planned to marry Elsa as an excuse to leave the Southern Isles and his abusive family for good. Unfortunately, that goal was overriden once Hans began exercising his newfound power after being left in control of Arendelle, and became more and more power-hungry until he was willing to execute Elsa. By the time the book ends, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Hans is starting to regret his actions]], but has done enough damage to be sent back to the Southern Isles to be humiliated and punished by his brothers.
13th Jan '17 2:18:57 PM MattP5557
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**** The revived series has gone on to show he was broken before he became an ace, growing up he spent his nights in a barn crying himself to sleep, his OnlyFriend eventually went insane and became his ArchEnemy and he eventually admitted the real reason he left Gallifrey was because he was scared.



*** [[Creator/JohnHurt The War Doctor]] is the only doctor who is openly this.
*** The ultimate NiceGuy Fifth Doctor had become this by the end of his run resulting in him becoming the DarkerAndEdgier 6th and 7th Doctors. The same thing then happened when the Eighth Doctor transitioned to the War and 9th Doctors.



* Series/{{Sherlock}} is, [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes as always]] the world's greatest detective, he's both [[GeniusBruiser one of the smartest people you'll ever meet and a very capable fighter]] and regularly [[InsufferableGenius enjoys making the police look like idiots.]] But at the same time he's a self-destructive drug addict who can't measure up to his AloofBigBrother, seems to have something of an InferioritySuperiorityComplex and has a very co-dependent on his best/only friend John Watson (who is himself a bit of a broken ace) [[spoiler:and that's not even mentioning his sister.]]



** Before Dipper there was the author [[spoiler:Stanford Pines]] who is implied to have been exactly like Dipper before he [[spoiler:fell out with Stan, was driven crazy with paranoia and spent 30 years trapped in an EldritchLocation.]]



* Barney from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Flashbacks to his early life reveal him to have been (and still is) brilliant and talented. Homer noted that he was too serious and never had any fun so he got him to drink with him one night. If Barney wasn't broken, he never would have become TheAlcoholic so easily.

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* WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons like to give their characters these kinds of back story's
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Barney from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Gumble, Flashbacks to his early life reveal him to have been (and still is) brilliant and talented. Homer noted that he was too serious and never had any fun so he got him to drink with him one night. If Barney wasn't broken, he never would have become TheAlcoholic so easily.easily.
** Elanor Abernathy achieved her childhood dream of being [[RenaissanceMan a doctor and a lawyer at the same time,]] but the stress and loneliness caused her to take comfort in drinking and buy tons of cats eventually leading to her becoming the CrazyCatLady we all know and love.
** Sideshow Bob has too many talents to name and could easily have been anything from a professor to mayor (which he was twice) but he ended up being Krusty's sidekick and had to suffer years [[ButtMonkey of humiliation and physical abuse from him]] this followed by the Springfield prison system broke his sanity and turned him into The AxCrazy [[TheSociopath sociopath]] he is today.
** Ned Flanders started out as Homers AlwaysSomeoneBetter being HappilyMarried, with a nice house, well behaved kids, [[HeroicBuild a surprisingly muscular body]], and generally being a NiceGuy with lots of friends and loved ones. Since then he's lost two wives, had to struggle to keep his business going and had his past revealed showing his NiceGuy / ExtremeDoormat ways stem from years of [[StepfordSmiler repressing his anger.]] Ned is arguably the only one of these that isn't PlayedForLaughs.
* Joe Swanson of WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy used to be a highly respected cop with multiple awards, who was in peak physical condition, HappilyMarried and implied to be at least something of a [[TheCasanova Cassonover]] but since losing the use of his legs he now spends all his time [[WithFriendsLikeThese being abused by his friends]], his wife is completely apathetic to him, [[RunningGag his penis doesn't work and he needs a poop-bag]] and those are just two of the many physical issues that make Peter claim he makes everything depressing. He dose still manege to be a HandicappedBadass though.
12th Jan '17 12:14:53 PM Dravencour
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* Griffith from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. An excellent commander, a masterful swordsman, graceful, elegant, and charismatic. He's also got ''[[{{Yandere}} serious problems]]'', mostly involving his greatest warrior Guts. When Guts leaves the Hawks, it starts a downward spiral for Griffith that would culminate in [[spoiler:the betrayal of all the Hawks in order to become Femto during the Eclipse]].

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* Griffith from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. An excellent commander, a masterful swordsman, graceful, elegant, and charismatic. He's also got ''[[{{Yandere}} serious problems]]'', mostly involving an incredible narcissist who sees everyone else in the Band of the Hawk as an extension of himself, has severe self-loathing problems, and develops a growing dependency on and obsession with his greatest warrior Guts. When Guts leaves the Hawks, it starts a downward spiral for Griffith that would culminate in [[spoiler:the betrayal of all the Hawks in order to become Femto during the Eclipse]].
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