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30th Jun '17 4:58:46 AM Codefreak5
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* Lucius from ''VideoGame/FireEmblem''. He was brutally tormented in an orphanage after his parents died when he was three, yet he still treats everyone with compassion and fairness, even going so far as to say that he wished that the man that abused him could still live well.
** If I'm thinking of the same character here he also ''forgives the man who murdered his parents, and caused his terrible childhood.''
*** Well, technically the man he forgave had only killed his father, and his mother by proxy (she died later of grief and stress), but ... yes, Lucius is an absolute paragon of compassion (most people wouldn't forgive such a person, even though they [[TheAtoner felt remorse for their past sins]], so Lucius definitely stands out).

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* Lucius from ''VideoGame/FireEmblem''. He was brutally tormented in an orphanage after his parents died when he was three, yet he still treats everyone with compassion and fairness, even going so far as to say that he wished that the man that abused him could still live well.
** If I'm thinking of the same character here he also ''forgives
well. He even forgives the man who murdered his parents, father (and by proxy, his mother), and caused his terrible childhood.''
*** Well, technically the man he forgave had only killed his father, and his mother by proxy (she died later of grief and stress), but ... yes, Lucius is an absolute paragon of compassion (most people wouldn't forgive such a person, even though they [[TheAtoner felt remorse for their past sins]], so Lucius definitely stands out).
28th Jun '17 8:26:21 AM KOeiginalAddict
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* Castiel fits this trope perfectly, in the great escapist it was revealed that [[Castiel repeatedly rebelled for mankind against whatever order he deemed too dangerous for them like the slaughter in Egypt, which lead his superiors to use torture, wiping out his memory and brainwashing to punish him and force him to be obedient again, which never lasted for long as Naomi complained about having to do it too many times]] without counting all the times he was used, given up on by his so called friends [[When dean kicked him out of the bunker right after he died to be homless again without any help]] told over and over how useless and expandable he is by everyone, he still finds it in him to help save people and show mercy even to the people who wronged him [[like how he decided to let metatron go on Season 11 after he took his grace, destroyed most of it to cause the fall which made him a target to all the angels and hated by them]]

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* ** Castiel fits this trope perfectly, in the great escapist it was revealed that [[Castiel [[spoiler:Castiel repeatedly rebelled for mankind against whatever order he deemed too dangerous for them like the slaughter in Egypt, which lead his superiors to use torture, wiping out his memory and brainwashing to punish him and force him to be obedient again, which never lasted for long as Naomi complained about having to do it too many times]] without counting all the times he was used, given up on by his so called friends [[When [[spoiler:When dean kicked him out of the bunker right after he died to be homless again without any help]] told over and over how useless and expandable he is by everyone, he still finds it in him to help save people and show mercy even to the people who wronged him [[like [[spoiler:like how he decided to let metatron go on Season 11 after he took his grace, destroyed most of it to cause the fall which made him a target to all the angels and hated by them]]
28th Jun '17 8:23:06 AM KOeiginalAddict
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* Even though his BackStory is revealed almost immediately in the pilot episode (or would have been if it hadn't been shown last...), Malcolm Reynolds of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' qualifies.

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* Castiel fits this trope perfectly, in the great escapist it was revealed that [[Castiel repeatedly rebelled for mankind against whatever order he deemed too dangerous for them like the slaughter in Egypt, which lead his superiors to use torture, wiping out his memory and brainwashing to punish him and force him to be obedient again, which never lasted for long as Naomi complained about having to do it too many times]] without counting all the times he was used, given up on by his so called friends [[When dean kicked him out of the bunker right after he died to be homless again without any help]] told over and over how useless and expandable he is by everyone, he still finds it in him to help save people and show mercy even to the people who wronged him [[like how he decided to let metatron go on Season 11 after he took his grace, destroyed most of it to cause the fall which made him a target to all the angels and hated by them]]
Malcolm Reynolds of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' qualifies.
* Even though his BackStory is revealed almost immediately in the pilot episode (or would have been if it hadn't been shown last...), Malcolm Reynolds of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' qualifies. )
8th Jun '17 8:08:35 AM H8FearADRLuv
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* Heavily {{deconstructed}} in ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman''. As it turns out, becoming a decent and caring person in spite of the horrid experiences suffered might bring rather dire implications if [[AngstWhatAngst the person doesn't deal directly with his psyche]]; as such, he could resort to becoming TheParagon and hollow himself as the happy façade he puts on becomes thinner and thinner (like [[StepfordSmiler Secretariat]]), he could keep the "helping and comforting" part by doing noble deeds out of selfish motives or a guilty conscience (like [[MightyWhitey Sebastian St. Claire]]) or without being a bad person themselves, he could let the pent-up fury and sadness leak through the surface until becoming outright nastiness (like [[SourOutsideSadInside [=BoJack=]]]). You can be a BrokenHero but without real help or support, ''it will cost you''.

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* Heavily {{deconstructed}} in ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman''. As it turns out, becoming a decent and caring person in spite of the horrid experiences suffered might bring rather dire implications if [[AngstWhatAngst the person doesn't deal directly with his psyche]]; as such, he could resort to becoming TheParagon and hollow himself as the happy façade he puts on becomes thinner and thinner (like [[StepfordSmiler Secretariat]]), he could keep the "helping and comforting" part by doing noble deeds out of selfish motives or a guilty conscience (like [[MightyWhitey Sebastian St. Claire]]) or without being a bad person themselves, he could let the pent-up fury and sadness leak through the surface until becoming outright nastiness (like [[SourOutsideSadInside [=BoJack=]]]). You can be a BrokenHero but without real help or support, ''it ''[[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped it will cost you''.you]]''.
7th Jun '17 8:58:39 AM FringeBenefits
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* All the Outcasts of ''Literature/{{Tasakeru}}'' in one way or another.



** Actually subverted on nearly all counts. Teal'c only lost his father, not his mother, and while Daniel certainly did lose his biological parents, his foster parents were never mentioned in [[{{Canon}} canon]]. If he did lose them, too, we didn't hear about it. And his backstory was alluded to since the original [[Film/{{Stargate}} Stargate movie]], as was Jack's particular tragedy - Jack O'Neill having made his first appearance trying to commit suicide with a nuclear bomb. Daniel's being 'polite' is often strewn with pithy and/or patronizing comments, and his having faith in humanity could be considered gullibility. Jack's open hostility, sometimes snide cynicism and occasional moral pragmatism disqualify him completely, though in the [[{{DarkAndTroubledPast}} trauma stakes]] he could probably trump Daniel. Teal'c has a similar problem to Jack, and Sam was never broken enough to qualify.

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** Actually subverted on nearly all counts. Teal'c only lost his father, not his mother, and while Daniel certainly did lose his biological parents, his foster parents were never mentioned in [[{{Canon}} canon]]. If he did lose them, too, we didn't hear about it. And his backstory was alluded to since the original [[Film/{{Stargate}} Stargate movie]], as was Jack's particular tragedy - Jack O'Neill having made his first appearance trying to commit suicide with a nuclear bomb. Daniel's being 'polite' is often strewn with pithy and/or patronizing comments, and his having faith in humanity could be considered gullibility. Jack's open hostility, sometimes snide cynicism and occasional moral pragmatism disqualify him completely, though in the [[{{DarkAndTroubledPast}} trauma stakes]] he could probably trump drumpf Daniel. Teal'c has a similar problem to Jack, and Sam was never broken enough to qualify.
31st May '17 9:26:55 PM mouschilight
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** Naruto, who was [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer shunned by nearly his entire hometown]] because of the demon sealed inside him. He is nevertheless cheerfully nice and compassionate to anyone he meets, especially to those [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe who were always nice to him]]. His {{Foil}}, [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Gaara]], is basically what Naruto would be if he was never acknowledged by (in chronological order, according to [[WordOfGod Kishimoto]]) [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]], the [[BigGood Third Hokage]], [[BigBrotherMentor Iruka]], and [[TrueCompanions Team 7]].

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** Naruto, who was [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer shunned by nearly his entire hometown]] because of the demon sealed inside him. He is nevertheless cheerfully nice and compassionate to anyone he meets, especially to those [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe who were always nice to him]]. His {{Foil}}, [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Gaara]], is basically what Naruto would be if he was never acknowledged by (in chronological order, according to as [[WordOfGod Kishimoto]]) Kishimoto]] confirmed) [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]], the [[BigGood Third Hokage]], [[BigBrotherMentor Iruka]], and [[TrueCompanions Team 7]].
31st May '17 9:25:33 PM mouschilight
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** Naruto, who was [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer shunned by nearly his entire hometown]] because of the demon sealed inside him. He is nevertheless cheerfully nice and compassionate to anyone he meets, especially to those [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe who were always nice to him]]. His {{Foil}}, [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Gaara]], is basically what Naruto would be if he was never acknowledged by the [[BigGood Third Hokage]], [[BigBrotherMentor Iruka]], [[TrueCompanions Team 7]], and [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]].

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** Naruto, who was [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer shunned by nearly his entire hometown]] because of the demon sealed inside him. He is nevertheless cheerfully nice and compassionate to anyone he meets, especially to those [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe who were always nice to him]]. His {{Foil}}, [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Gaara]], is basically what Naruto would be if he was never acknowledged by (in chronological order, according to [[WordOfGod Kishimoto]]) [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]], the [[BigGood Third Hokage]], [[BigBrotherMentor Iruka]], and [[TrueCompanions Team 7]], and [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]].7]].
31st May '17 9:21:01 PM mouschilight
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** Naruto, who was [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer shunned by his entire hometown]] because of the demon sealed inside him. He is nevertheless cheerfully nice and compassionate to anyone he meets, especially to those [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe who were always nice to him]]. His {{Foil}}, [[AxCrazy Gaara]], is basically what Naruto would be if he was never acknowledged by the [[BigGood Third Hokage]], [[BigBrotherMentor Iruka]], [[TrueCompanions Team 7]], and [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]].

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** Naruto, who was [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer shunned by nearly his entire hometown]] because of the demon sealed inside him. He is nevertheless cheerfully nice and compassionate to anyone he meets, especially to those [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe who were always nice to him]]. His {{Foil}}, [[AxCrazy [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Gaara]], is basically what Naruto would be if he was never acknowledged by the [[BigGood Third Hokage]], [[BigBrotherMentor Iruka]], [[TrueCompanions Team 7]], and [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]].



** Obito was also this, considering that he was basically Uchiha Naruto, and lived a life similar to his. [[spoiler: Then he became Tobi.]]

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** Obito was also this, considering that he was basically the Uchiha Naruto, version of Naruto and lived a life similar to his. [[spoiler: Then he became Tobi.]]
31st May '17 9:02:06 PM mouschilight
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** Naruto, who was [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer shunned by his entire hometown]] because of the demon sealed inside him. He is nevertheless cheerfully nice and compassionate to anyone he meets, especially to those [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe who were always nice to him]]. His {{Foil}}, [[BetaBaddie Gaara]], is basically what Naruto would be if he was never acknowledged by [[BigGood the Third Hokage]], [[ParentalSubstitute Iruka]], [[TrueCompanions Team 7]], and [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]].

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** Naruto, who was [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer shunned by his entire hometown]] because of the demon sealed inside him. He is nevertheless cheerfully nice and compassionate to anyone he meets, especially to those [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe who were always nice to him]]. His {{Foil}}, [[BetaBaddie [[AxCrazy Gaara]], is basically what Naruto would be if he was never acknowledged by the [[BigGood the Third Hokage]], [[ParentalSubstitute [[BigBrotherMentor Iruka]], [[TrueCompanions Team 7]], and [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]].
21st Apr '17 6:55:01 PM AgentS7
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'': The dialogue options and reactions of other characters to [[PlayerCharacter the Fallen Child]] in the Neutral and [[GoldenEnding True Pacifist]] endings seem to indicate that our main character is a cheerful goofball...a goofball that apparently climbed a mountain that no one has ever come back from alive. A few characters are troubled by [[DarkAndTroubledPast what exactly could drive a child to do that.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'': The dialogue options and reactions of other characters to [[PlayerCharacter the Fallen Child]] in the Neutral and [[GoldenEnding True Pacifist]] endings seem to indicate that our main character is a cheerful goofball...a goofball that apparently and an AllLovingHero...and [[AmbiguousGender they]] also climbed a mountain that no one has ever come back from alive. A few characters are troubled by [[DarkAndTroubledPast what exactly could drive a child to do that.]]
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