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4th Feb '18 8:37:58 AM Chabal2
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* ''Manga/AkatsukiNoYona'': Zeno is unceasingly cheerful, often providing the most comedy of the group. [[spoiler:Unlike the others who are reincarnations of the dragons, he's the original one, having been blessed/cursed with immortality and invulnerability, a power that only activates if he takes enough damage (and of course it still hurts him as much as it would a regular human).]]
4th Jan '18 11:07:46 AM narm00
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* The [[Creator/DCComics DC]] universe has its fair share of hard luck heroes, e.g. Franchise/{{Batman}} (his parents were killed by some mugger in a dark alley), [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] (an orphaned boy whose evil uncle stole his inheritance and was left on the streets on his own), [[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] (his home city was destroyed and was possessed by Parallax).

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* The [[Creator/DCComics DC]] universe has its fair share of hard luck heroes, e.g. Franchise/{{Batman}} (his parents were killed by some mugger in a dark alley), [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] (an orphaned boy whose evil uncle stole his inheritance and was left on the streets on his own), [[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] (his home city was destroyed and was possessed by Parallax).Parallax)...



* Chuck in ''Series/PushingDaisies'' is extremely upbeat and [[GenkiGirl enthusiastic]] for someone who has never known her mother, had her father die when she was nine, the moved in with her aunts only to die herself and then be resurrected in such a way that she can't see them again either.

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* Chuck in ''Series/PushingDaisies'' is extremely upbeat and [[GenkiGirl enthusiastic]] for someone who has never known her mother, had her father die when she was nine, the then moved in with her aunts only to die herself and then be resurrected in such a way that she can't see them again either.



** Castiel fits this trope perfectly, in the great escapist it was revealed that [[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 [[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 [[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]]
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...)
** It should be noted, however, that Fox employed ExecutiveMeddling after viewing the pilot to make him more of a jokester; his portrayal in the PilotMovie was ''somewhat'' more low-key and bitter. But in all versions there's still an element of this depending on the circumstances and Mal's mood.

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** Castiel fits this trope perfectly, perfectly; in the great escapist "The Great Escapist" it was revealed that [[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, memory 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 times]], and that's not counting all the times he was used, given up on by his so called friends [[spoiler:When dean [[spoiler:(when Dean kicked him out of the bunker right after he died to be homless homeless again without any help]] help)]] and told over and over how useless and expandable he is by everyone, everyone. Nevertheless, he still finds it in him to help save people and show mercy even to the people who wronged him him, [[spoiler:like how he decided to let metatron Metatron go on in Season 11 after he took his grace, and destroyed most of it to cause the fall fall, which made him a target to all the angels and hated by them]]
them]].
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Malcolm Reynolds of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' qualifies.
* Even
qualifies, even though his BackStory is revealed almost immediately in the pilot episode {{pilot}} (or would have been if it hadn't been shown last...)
** It should be noted, however, that Fox employed ExecutiveMeddling after viewing the pilot to make him more of a jokester; his portrayal in the PilotMovie pilot episode was ''somewhat'' more low-key and bitter. But in all versions there's still an element of this depending on the circumstances and Mal's mood.
2nd Jan '18 12:46:29 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Gon Freecs from ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' lost his mother, his father is missing, and he has a knack for making enemies who want to gut him, but is still eternally cheerful. He's the BrokenHero and TheDitz rolled up in one.

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* Gon Freecs from ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' lost his mother, his father is missing, and he has a knack for making enemies who want to gut him, but is still eternally cheerful. He's the BrokenHero Broken Hero and TheDitz rolled up in one.



* 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, ''[[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped 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 Broken Hero but without real help or support, ''[[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped it will cost you]]''.



** To a degree, every member of his crew qualifies, too. [[strike: Except maybe]] Especially Ratchet. If not literally because of the little bit taken off his helmet/head crest thingy, then because of the events that led to him [[spoiler: being put in control of Omega Supreme]]
* Although not the hero, Iroh of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' embodies this trope rather well. Introduced as Zuko's happy-go-lucky crazy old uncle, it's later show that he was a badass general before [[spoiler: his father and son were both killed]] and his younger brother [[spoiler: took the throne instead of him.]]

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** To a degree, every member of his crew qualifies, too. [[strike: Except maybe]] Especially Ratchet. If not literally because of the little bit taken off his helmet/head crest thingy, then because of the events that led to him [[spoiler: being put in control of Omega Supreme]]
Supreme]].
* Although not the hero, Iroh of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' embodies this trope rather well. Introduced as Zuko's happy-go-lucky crazy old uncle, it's later show that he was a badass general before [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his father and son were both killed]] and his younger brother [[spoiler: took the throne instead of him.]]him]].
2nd Jan '18 12:42:30 PM Scorpion451
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2nd Jan '18 12:32:48 PM Scorpion451
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Their BackStory is usually learned in flashbacks sometime later in a show, sometimes without warning. This can shock the other characters, especially TheRival AntiHero, and earns them respect. By definition, they are also [[StepfordSmiler Stepford Smilers]].

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Their BackStory is usually learned in flashbacks sometime later in a show, sometimes without warning. This can shock the other characters, especially TheRival AntiHero, and earns them respect. By definition, they are usually also [[StepfordSmiler Stepford Smilers]].
Smilers]] or {{Sad Clown}}s.
17th Dec '17 5:31:30 PM TheNerevarine
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* WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack becomes this trope by the time of the final season. Having spent literally decades trapped in the BadFuture and unable to find a way back home or to destroy EvilOverlord Aku due to having lost his sword, he has hit rock bottom and became a shell of his former self hallucinating with all the people that he failed to save. He also expresses suicidal thoughts with an sinister version of himself on his head.
15th Nov '17 9:47:36 PM RuTsuna
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Their BackStory is usually learned in flashbacks sometime later in a show, sometimes without warning. This can shock the other characters, especially TheRival AntiHero, and earns them respect.

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Their BackStory is usually learned in flashbacks sometime later in a show, sometimes without warning. This can shock the other characters, especially TheRival AntiHero, and earns them respect.
respect. By definition, they are also [[StepfordSmiler Stepford Smilers]].
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. )
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