History Main / ByronicHero

27th Nov '16 7:27:19 PM JRads47
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** A third example is C.C. As a young girl, she was [[spoiler:unable to experience true love thanks to the Geass bestowed upon her]], and she was later cursed with a Code that sent her through centuries of torture. All this tragedy left her a BrokenBird and EmptyShell by the present day. After giving Lelouch his Geass, she makes it clear that she sticks with him for her own reasons (namely, [[spoiler:getting rid of her Code [[DeathSeeker so that she can finally die]]]]), but she regains her humanity through her interactions with him.



** [[SociopathicHero Mello]] . He's handsome, passionate, ruthless and VERY rebellious.

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** [[SociopathicHero Mello]] .Mello]]. He's handsome, passionate, ruthless and VERY rebellious.
25th Nov '16 1:17:29 PM Morgenthaler
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%%** PreCrisis Luthor was sometimes treated this way, too--mainly by ElliotSMaggin, but also in the story "Luthor Unleashed" by Cary Bates.

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%%** PreCrisis Luthor was sometimes treated this way, too--mainly by ElliotSMaggin, Creator/ElliotSMaggin, but also in the story "Luthor Unleashed" by Cary Bates.
11th Nov '16 1:23:47 PM DustSnitch
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* No one in the ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' books is ever entirely sure whether Kelsier is a revenge-obsessed GloryHound or a WellIntentionedExtremist GuileHero, but either way he's [[MagnificentBastard brilliant]], {{badass}}, and so much larger than life that even his ''handwriting'' is [[ShroudedInMyth legendary]][[note]]Legendarily ''bad'', that is[[/note]].

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* No one in the ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' books is ever entirely sure whether Kelsier is a revenge-obsessed GloryHound or a WellIntentionedExtremist GuileHero, but either way he's [[MagnificentBastard brilliant]], {{badass}}, brilliant]] and so much larger than life that even his ''handwriting'' is [[ShroudedInMyth legendary]][[note]]Legendarily ''bad'', that is[[/note]].
12th Oct '16 7:36:28 PM erforce
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%%* Captain Jack Sparrow from ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' has hints of this.

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%%* Captain Jack Sparrow from ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' has hints of this.
12th Oct '16 4:38:58 PM ryuclockwork
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** Merrill, an {{Adorkable}} female elf, is actually one of the best examples of this trope in the franchise. She's a brooding, self-critical scholar; she's haunted by the loss of a dear friend, which she blames herself for; her passionate beliefs about blood magic and stubborn drive to act on these beliefs make her an outcast in her clan and human society, even causing her to be exiled; her beliefs go against the societal norm basically ''everywhere'' in Thedas except maybe Tevinter. Unsurprisingly, her arc ends in total tragedy.
8th Oct '16 6:08:34 PM Noah1
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They are quite often a DracoInLeatherPants, often in-universe as well, due to the magnetic AllGirlsWantBadBoys appeal of this character. Frequently, a large part of their characterization involves being a ManipulativeBastard, a DeadpanSnarker, and/or TallDarkAndSnarky, perhaps with an AwesomeEgo. A great number will also be {{Rebellious Spirit}}s.

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They are quite often a DracoInLeatherPants, often in-universe as well, due to the magnetic AllGirlsWantBadBoys appeal of this character. Frequently, a large part of their characterization involves being a ManipulativeBastard, a DeadpanSnarker, CrazySane, and/or TallDarkAndSnarky, perhaps with an AwesomeEgo. A great number will also be {{Rebellious Spirit}}s.



* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' has two examples: Magnus, the WorldsStrongestMan who lost a child in war, and Dark Pit, Pit's ShadowArchetype determined to prove that he's more than an EvilKnockoff. Both are very cynical, aware of the failings of the Gods, and relentless fighters.



* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Brigand is a classic Byronic hero, complete with a tragic backstory that he attempts to avenge, despite the way this distances him from society's laws. However, in a superhero world, this makes you a supervillain.

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* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Brigand is a classic Byronic hero, complete with a tragic backstory that he attempts to avenge, despite the way this distances him from society's laws. However, in a superhero {{superhero}} world, this makes you a supervillain.{{supervillain}}.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Blake Belladonna has quite the DarkAndTroubledPast, burdened by both the FantasticRacism she endured as as Faunus and her previous association with Adam Taurus and the White Fang. She wants to fight the world's cruelty, but her zeal in doing so keeps her from thinking about things, and as a result she finds herself biting off more than she can chew and running away from the situation.
** Qrow Branwen is highly perceptive, cynical, and plenty willing to oppose authority. He comes off as a drunken bum, but is actually a world-weary veteran Hunstman who's SeenItAll.



* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko has several traits of a Byronic hero: conflicting emotions? Check. Poor integrity? [[FaceHeelRevolvingDoor Check]]. The status of exile? Big ol' Check. It's, like, his ''thing''. A [[DarkAndTroubledPast troubled past]]? Very much so. {{Pride}}? Big problem he has to deal with. He's also [[LonersAreFreaks a loner]], "prone to {{Melodrama}}", and as for intelligence...well, [[KidHero Aang says that he's smarter than people give him credit for]].
%%** Jet is a good example of this as well.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Bart Simpson is a cynical rebel who has far more potential than he's given credit for, but with his teachers and parents showing him little-to-no faith or support, he decided to take pride in his status as an underachieving bad boy. However, there are moments when his mask slips and he becomes very angst-ridden over his own failings.
** His sister Lisa is the poster girl for IntelligenceEqualsIsolation, and often opposes the moronic people of Springfield over her beliefs and causes. She's implied to suffer from depression, and her struggles with pride show whenever something provides competition over her intelligence and talents.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Stan Marsh has endured a lot of anguish from the idiotic citizens of South Park (Let alone [[AbusiveParents his father]]), to the point that his growing cynicism and depression was the subject of a particularly heavy two-parter. He is incredibly impassioned when he takes up a cause, and as close to TallDarkAndHandsome as the art-style will allow.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko has several traits of a Byronic hero: conflicting emotions? Check. Poor integrity? [[FaceHeelRevolvingDoor Check]]. The status of exile? Big ol' Check. It's, like, his ''thing''. A [[DarkAndTroubledPast troubled past]]? Very much so. {{Pride}}? Big problem he has to deal with. He's also [[LonersAreFreaks a loner]], "prone to {{Melodrama}}", and as for intelligence... well, [[KidHero Aang Aang]] says that he's smarter than people give him credit for]].
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Jet is a good example of this as well.well. Having lost his home and family to a Fire Nation raid, he become an accomplished [[JustLikeRobinHood freedom fighter]] determined to stop the Fire Nation [[WellIntentionedExtremist at any cost]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'': Lance fits this almost to the point of {{parody}}. He's TallDarkAndHandsome, an aloof ChickMagnet, has a DarkAndTroubledPast, and is a near godsend on the battlefield.



%%* The Brain from ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''.

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%%* * The concept was also alluded to in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': When Danny is trying to hide the fact that he's fighting a ghost, an editor for a woman genius magazine makes this observation:
-->Messy, reclusive? Those are the signs of a true genius! If only he was a woman...
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The Brain from ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''.''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' is equal parts genius and insane, forever trying to TakeOverTheWorld yet always foiled by his own oversights.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' has Helga G. Pataki. "Helga on the Couch" shows just how a combination of ParentalNeglect and peer pressure made her into the tough-as-nails LovingBully she is today, compelled to antagonize the very person she pines for. She's also far more astute than even she knows, and her talents and inner turmoil have inspired some incredible poetry.



** Mordecai to an extent. While he acts like a slacker most of the time, he also wants to prove his worth in the world and will do anything to prove he's not a waste of life. He also has a very conflicted romantic life; he can't seem to decide between his two {{Love Interest}}s, and when he's heartbroken, he falls into heavy lapses of {{Angst}}.

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** Mordecai to an extent. While he acts like a slacker TheSlacker most of the time, he also wants to prove his worth in the world and will do anything to prove he's not a waste of life. He also has a very conflicted romantic life; he can't seem to decide between his two {{Love Interest}}s, and when he's heartbroken, he falls into heavy lapses of {{Angst}}.{{Angst}}.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', Huey Freeman is defined by his cynicism and intelligence, being aware of an apparent "white supremacist power structure" and having several accounts of domestic terrorism under his belt in his efforts to tear it down. His Byronic nature was more pronounced and played for laughs in [[ComicStrip/TheBoondocks the comic strip]], where his pessimism often frustrated the few people who could be considered his friends.
* Dr. Rusty Venture of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' is a bitter, miserable, GenreSavvy DeadpanSnarker super-genius with an incredibly traumatic childhood as a former boy adventurer.



* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', the Crystal Gems (barring the more cheerful and sociable Steven) are varying degrees of Byronic, having fought a war in rebellion against the totalitarian Homeworld, and while they cherish and defend the Earth, they also remain aloof to its people. Pearl is brainy and skilled yet also has the most easily wounded pride, and is still struggling to move past the death of Rose Quartz. Amethyst is the most uncouth and rebellious, due to the circumstances of her creation making her feel as though doesn't truly belong anywhere. Garnet seems to be the least troubled, as she has to be strong and in control to bear TheChainsOfCommanding, and it took her a while to come out of her stoic shell.
** Jasper can be seen as a Byronic Villain, a skilled and powerful Homeworld soldier with a firmly ingrained belief that the purpose of all Gems is to serve the Diamond Authority. The Byronic aspect becomes apparent with TheReveal that [[spoiler: Rose killed her leader, Pink Diamond, leaving her emotionally hollow, self-loathing, and determined to seek {{revenge}}.]]



%%*People with UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome can be seen Byronic Heroes, key traits being their intelligence, introversion, sensitivity, egocentricity, and passionate nature.
* Creator/LordByron himself. He was surrounded by scandal in his own lifetime -- womanising, possibly man-ising as well, and rumours of incest with his half-sister to boot.
* Lord Byron was also something of an admirer of the deposed UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte, considering him to be the epitome of a Romantic hero[[note]]which is what Byron considered this very trope[[/note]] -- a persecuted, flawed, and ultimately lonely genius.
* A whole lot of Russian writers were Byron fanboys, and gravitated towards this to some extent or another, both in real life and in writing. Griboyedov, Lermontov, and some others come to mind, as well as simple socialites such as Tolstoy-Amerikanets.
* The Creator/MarquisDeSade. A controversial libertine whose works and philosophy landed him in asylums and prisons for much of his adult life. His works, which explored the dark side of the human experience like no other before him (often featuring and providing [[SnarkBait sophisticated]] philosophical arguments for, among other things, murder, rape, incest, parricide, [[ValuesDissonance homosexuality, sodomy, abortion, promiscuity, blasphemy]] (at a time when these were considered taboo), and a number of sexual acts involving extreme degradation and sadistic behavior) have been called pornographic, blasphemous, and perverted, and were censored and banned for more than a century after his death. Living a life of constant scandal, Sade was rebellious, hot-tempered, manipulative, and in letters to his wife, often expressed his contempt for what he saw as a society of simpletons. Brilliant, irreverent, and once called "the freest spirit who ever lived," the "Divine Marquis" was the eternal outsider. Notably, he was opposed to the use of capital punishment during the [[UsefulNotes/FrenchRevolution Terror]].

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%%*People with UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome can be seen Byronic Heroes, key traits being their intelligence, introversion, sensitivity, egocentricity, and passionate nature.
* Creator/LordByron himself. He was surrounded by scandal in his own lifetime -- womanising, possibly man-ising as well, and rumours of incest with his half-sister to boot.
* Lord Byron was also something of an admirer of the deposed UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte, considering him to be the epitome of a Romantic hero[[note]]which is what Byron considered this very trope[[/note]] -- a persecuted, flawed, and ultimately lonely genius.
* A whole lot of Russian writers were Byron fanboys, and gravitated towards this to some extent or another, both in real life and in writing. Griboyedov, Lermontov, and some others come to mind, as well as simple socialites such as Tolstoy-Amerikanets.
* The Creator/MarquisDeSade. A controversial libertine whose works and philosophy landed him in asylums and prisons for much of his adult life. His works, which explored the dark side of the human experience like no other before him (often featuring and providing [[SnarkBait sophisticated]] philosophical arguments for, among other things, murder, rape, incest, parricide, [[ValuesDissonance homosexuality, sodomy, abortion, promiscuity, blasphemy]] (at a time when these were considered taboo), and a number of sexual acts involving extreme degradation and sadistic behavior) have been called pornographic, blasphemous, and perverted, and were censored and banned for more than a century after his death. Living a life of constant scandal, Sade was rebellious, hot-tempered, manipulative, and in letters to his wife, often expressed his contempt for what he saw as a society of simpletons. Brilliant, irreverent, and once called "the freest spirit who ever lived," the "Divine Marquis" was the eternal outsider. Notably, he was opposed to the use of capital punishment during the [[UsefulNotes/FrenchRevolution Terror]].
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* Music/KanyeWest. The best example of a byronic rapper. Arrogant, rebellious, charismatic, moody, outspoken, and deeply troubled. He's constantly saying things that land him in trouble. The best example would be the VMA incident with Taylor Swift. The loss of his mother and multiple other tragic events in his personal life put him on a downward spiral leading up to that incident and in the aftermath he disappeared from the public eye only to come back a year later with the triumphant album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, where lyrically he is equally both arrogant and self-critical. In almost every interview he has given in the past few years he has challenged social norms and the way society forces people to have low self-esteem.

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* Music/KanyeWest. The best example of a byronic rapper. Arrogant, rebellious, charismatic, moody, outspoken, and deeply troubled. He's constantly saying things that land him in trouble. The best example would be the VMA incident with Taylor Swift. The loss of his mother and multiple other tragic events in his personal life put him on a downward spiral leading up to that incident and in the aftermath he disappeared from the public eye only to come back a year later with the triumphant album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Music/MyBeautifulDarkTwistedFantasy, where lyrically he is equally both arrogant and self-critical. In almost every interview he has given in the past few years he has challenged social norms and the way society forces people to have low self-esteem.



* Music/JohnLennon. Like Cobain, Morrison and Osbourne, another rock star with a controversial lifestyle. He distinguished himself as the "smart-ass [[Music/TheBeatles Beatle]]," stirred up quite a shitstorm with his political activism (most especially his rallying up young people in their opposition to UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar), apparently had a rocky relationship with his second wife, had a heroin addiction for a number of years, made no attempt to hide his propensity for mean-spirited put-downs, and expressed his cynical worldview through his lyrics both during and after his years as a Beatle. He was also violent and abusive in his younger days, the memories of which tormented him later in life: "I will have to be a lot older before I can face in public how I treated women as a youngster."
* UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. Intelligent and charismatic? Check. Cynical? Check. Brooding? Check. Passionate? Check. Intense drive that led to a tragic end? Check. As a complex, deeply flawed, and ultimately lonely man, he fits the role well. Well, except for the physically attractive part.
** Younger Nixon? [[IWasQuiteALooker A bit of a fox]]. [[http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/17g8xb1j3ylycjpg/original.jpg]]
* Creator/RobertDowneyJr. A deeply talented, clever, and charismatic man forced into the spotlight from a very young age who struggled with the incessant attention and later, his own drug issues. For many years, his career seemed to be in an irreversible downward spiral due to his frequent arrests and inability to stay sober. Unlike most of the other RealLife examples, Downey Jr. eventually overcame his self-destructive behavior and has since found his way back onto the path of mainstream success, beginning with his portrayal of [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]] (an above-listed Byronic hero).
* Florence Nightingale. Intelligent, passionate, and moody.
* Music/LudwigVanBeethoven, the big 'B' himself...where to begin? Not only was he a direct contemporary of Lord Byron himself, he was a ''quintessential'' Byronic hero, with such defining traits as:
** Being an emotional wreck and no less than [[{{Angst}} contemplating suicide]] over losing his hearing (which was apparantly incited by the explosive bombing of Vienna by UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte). He nevertheless wrote an entire symphony in honour of Le Petit Caporal in 1804, believing him to be the great revolutionary liberator of Europe...then tore that symphony's dedication to shreds upon learning that Napoleon had crowned himself Emperor (screaming "So...he is a tyrant like all the rest!") and retitled that symphony from "Bounaparte" to the "Heroic Symphony composed to celebrate the memory of a great man." He commented that he "wrote the music for this sad event seventeen years ago," upon learning of Napoleon's death in 1821 (with shades of John Lennon's "Elvis died when he entered the army" comment).

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* Music/JohnLennon. Like Cobain, Morrison and Osbourne, Music/JohnLennon, another rock star with a controversial lifestyle. He distinguished himself as the "smart-ass [[Music/TheBeatles Beatle]]," stirred up quite a shitstorm shit-storm with his political activism (most especially his rallying up young people in their opposition to UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar), apparently had a rocky relationship with his second wife, had a heroin addiction for a number of years, made no attempt to hide his propensity for mean-spirited put-downs, and expressed his cynical worldview through his lyrics both during and after his years as a Beatle. He was also violent and abusive in his younger days, the memories of which tormented him later in life: "I will have to be a lot older before I can face in public how I treated women as a youngster."
* UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. Intelligent and charismatic? Check. Cynical? Check. Brooding? Check. Passionate? Check. Intense drive that led to a tragic end? Check. As a complex, deeply flawed, and ultimately lonely man, he fits the role well. Well, except for the physically attractive part.
** Younger Nixon? [[IWasQuiteALooker A bit of a fox]]. [[http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/17g8xb1j3ylycjpg/original.jpg]]
* Creator/RobertDowneyJr. A deeply talented, clever, and charismatic man forced into the spotlight from a very young age who struggled with the incessant attention and later, his own drug issues. For many years, his career seemed to be in an irreversible downward spiral due to his frequent arrests and inability to stay sober. Unlike most of the other RealLife examples, Downey Jr. eventually overcame his self-destructive behavior and has since found his way back onto the path of mainstream success, beginning with his portrayal of [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]] (an above-listed Byronic hero).
* Florence Nightingale. Intelligent, passionate, and moody.
* Music/LudwigVanBeethoven, the big 'B' himself... where to begin? Not only was he a direct contemporary of Lord Byron himself, he was a ''quintessential'' Byronic hero, with such defining traits as:
** Being an emotional wreck and no less than [[{{Angst}} contemplating suicide]] over losing his hearing (which was apparantly incited by the explosive bombing of Vienna by UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte). He nevertheless wrote an entire symphony in honour of Le Petit Caporal in 1804, believing him to be the great revolutionary liberator of Europe...then tore that symphony's dedication to shreds upon learning that Napoleon had crowned himself Emperor (screaming "So... he is a tyrant like all the rest!") and retitled re-titled that symphony from "Bounaparte" to the "Heroic Symphony composed to celebrate the memory of a great man." He commented that he "wrote the music for this sad event seventeen years ago," upon learning of Napoleon's death in 1821 (with shades of John Lennon's "Elvis died when he entered the army" comment).



* Another musical example: Music/MichaelJackson. Jackson had a drive to be the world's top entertainer like nobody had before him. In 1982, he released the biggest album of all time--''Thriller''--and wanted his next two albums--''Bad'' and ''Dangerous''--to top it, but neither of them did. In his prime, Jackson was a lithe, handsome young black man with an amazing voice, even more amazing dance moves, and a dependable hitmaker, penning several #1 hits. Jackson had an almost obsessive desire to help children--a possible result of the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father--and often donated to charities and opened his ranch/amusement park to inner city kids who couldn't afford Disneyland. However, Jackson's controversial choreography (he often grabbed his crotch), love of juvenilia, penchant for publicity stunts, and addiction to painkillers and plastic surgery, caused many to see him as yet another music industry weirdo, and this dichotomy came to a head when Jackson was accused of molesting a young boy in 1993. From that point forward, he appeared to suffer from severe depression, his lyrics became angrier, and he was increasingly viewed as irrelevant. On the eve of a comeback/farewell tour, he was found dead in his home of an overdose of a drug typically used as a sleeping agent in hospitals.

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* Another musical example: Music/MichaelJackson. Jackson had a drive to be the world's top entertainer like nobody had before him. In 1982, he released the biggest album of all time--''Thriller''--and time -- ''Music/{{Thriller}}'' -- and wanted his next two albums--''Bad'' albums-- ''Music/{{Bad}}'' and ''Dangerous''--to ''Music/{{Dangerous}}'' -- to top it, but neither of them did. In his prime, Jackson was a lithe, handsome young black man with an amazing voice, even more amazing dance moves, and a dependable hitmaker, penning several #1 hits. Jackson had an almost obsessive desire to help children--a possible result of the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father--and often donated to charities and opened his ranch/amusement park to inner city kids who couldn't afford Disneyland. However, Jackson's controversial choreography (he often grabbed his crotch), love of juvenilia, penchant for publicity stunts, and addiction to painkillers and plastic surgery, caused many to see him as yet another music industry weirdo, and this dichotomy came to a head when Jackson was accused of molesting a young boy in 1993. From that point forward, he appeared to suffer from severe depression, his lyrics became angrier, and he was increasingly viewed as irrelevant. On the eve of a comeback/farewell tour, he was found dead in his home of an overdose of a drug typically used as a sleeping agent in hospitals.



** Jackson's obsession with youth may not have belied his cynicism, but was reputed to be very paranoid about his safety, and his SignatureSong "Billie Jean" betrayed his cynicism about groupies, by telling a tale about a young woman who claimed that Jackson fathered her son. In his 1995 album ''[=HIStory=]: the Past, Present and Future, Book 1," many of the songs display a cynicism about the media.
* John Rozanski, better known as WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter. He has AspergerSyndrome and a DarkAndTroubledPast involving AbusiveParents and an apathetic, close-minded school system, struggles with FleetingPassionateHobbies, is surprisingly erudite and insightful, and has made his disdain for society's {{double standard}}s and biases very clear at several points.

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** Jackson's obsession with youth may not have belied his cynicism, but was reputed to be very paranoid about his safety, and his SignatureSong "Billie Jean" betrayed his cynicism about groupies, by telling a tale about a young woman who claimed that Jackson fathered her son. In his 1995 album ''[=HIStory=]: the Past, Present and Future, Book 1," ''Music/HistoryPastPresentAndFutureBookI" many of the songs display a cynicism about the media.
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%%*People with UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome can be seen Byronic Heroes, key traits being their intelligence, introversion, sensitivity, egocentricity, and passionate nature.
* Creator/LordByron himself. He was surrounded by scandal in his own lifetime -- womanising, possibly man-ising as well, and rumours of incest with his half-sister to boot.
* Lord Byron was also something of an admirer of the deposed UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte, considering him to be the epitome of a Romantic hero[[note]]which is what Byron considered this very trope[[/note]] -- a persecuted, flawed, and ultimately lonely genius.
* A whole lot of Russian writers were Byron fanboys, and gravitated towards this to some extent or another, both in real life and in writing. Griboyedov, Lermontov, and some others come to mind, as well as simple socialites such as Tolstoy-Amerikanets.
* The Creator/MarquisDeSade. A controversial libertine whose works and philosophy landed him in asylums and prisons for much of his adult life. His works, which explored the dark side of the human experience like no other before him (often featuring and providing [[SnarkBait sophisticated]] philosophical arguments for, among other things, murder, rape, incest, parricide, [[ValuesDissonance homosexuality, sodomy, abortion, promiscuity, blasphemy]] (at a time when these were considered taboo), and a number of sexual acts involving extreme degradation and sadistic behavior) have been called pornographic, blasphemous, and perverted, and were censored and banned for more than a century after his death. Living a life of constant scandal, Sade was rebellious, hot-tempered, manipulative, and in letters to his wife, often expressed his contempt for what he saw as a society of simpletons. Brilliant, irreverent, and once called "the freest spirit who ever lived," the "Divine Marquis" was the eternal outsider. Notably, he was opposed to the use of capital punishment during the [[UsefulNotes/FrenchRevolution Terror]].
* UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. Intelligent and charismatic? Check. Cynical? Check. Brooding? Check. Passionate? Check. Intense drive that led to a tragic end? Check. As a complex, deeply flawed, and ultimately lonely man, he fits the role well. Well, except for the physically attractive part.
** Younger Nixon? [[IWasQuiteALooker A bit of a fox]]. [[http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/17g8xb1j3ylycjpg/original.jpg]]
* Creator/RobertDowneyJr. A deeply talented, clever, and charismatic man forced into the spotlight from a very young age who struggled with the incessant attention and later, his own drug issues. For many years, his career seemed to be in an irreversible downward spiral due to his frequent arrests and inability to stay sober. Unlike most of the other RealLife examples, Downey Jr. eventually overcame his self-destructive behavior and has since found his way back onto the path of mainstream success, beginning with his portrayal of [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]] (an above-listed Byronic hero).
* FlorenceNightingale. Intelligent, passionate, and moody.
* John Rozanski, better known as WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter. He has AspergerSyndrome and a DarkAndTroubledPast involving AbusiveParents and an apathetic, close-minded school system, struggles with his own passion, admitting to having difficulties [[CantTakeCriticism taking criticism]] and pursuing FleetingPassionateHobbies, is surprisingly erudite and insightful, and has made his disdain for society's {{double standard}}s and biases very clear at several points.
6th Oct '16 12:11:23 PM tommib27
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* Ryan Atwood from ''Series/TheOC''. Ryan is a sullen, melancholic, intelligent, brooding outcast yet is sympathetic and compassionate to those less fortunate than him and manages to attract some female characters.
2nd Oct '16 6:36:48 AM ACW
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* ''Literature/TheSeaWolf'': Wolf Larsen pings all the criteria listed in the page description. He doesn't hesitate to enforce his beliefs on his world (defined by his ship), and is something a NietzscheWannabe with an extremely [[TheHedonist hedonistic world-view]]. He is also the BigBad, and is completely open about the fact that he is an unrepentant asshole on his good days, and a CompleteMonster on his bad ones.

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* ''Literature/TheSeaWolf'': Wolf Larsen pings all the criteria listed in the page description. He doesn't hesitate to enforce his beliefs on his world (defined by his ship), and is something a NietzscheWannabe with an extremely [[TheHedonist hedonistic world-view]]. He is also the BigBad, and is completely open about the fact that he is an unrepentant asshole on his good days, and a CompleteMonster on his bad ones.BEST days.
26th Sep '16 3:32:08 PM Divra
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%%** Kincaid is this trope played straight. (side note - if you add context and unhide this example please remember to fix the example indentation)



* Fëanor from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. Started out as TheAce: a master linguist(he is essentially responsible for written Quenya as we know it) a master smith/artisan/crafstman (the greatest ever actually, crafted the eponymous Silmarils, created the Palantirs or at least their forerunners, so on and so forth) etc, however as non-extant slights and jealousy at away at his good parts, leaving only his quick temper and arrogance behind, he went on to become at best the very picture of NominalHero at worst a kind of VisionaryVillain who [[TheUnfettered commits genocide, betrays long time friends and even family]] and even ''[[RageAgainstTheHeavens declares war and]] [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu everlasting enmity on even gods should they get in his way]].''

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* Fëanor from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. Started out as TheAce: a master linguist(he is essentially responsible for written Quenya as we know it) a master smith/artisan/crafstman smith/artisan/craftsman (the greatest ever actually, crafted the eponymous Silmarils, created the Palantirs or at least their forerunners, so on and so forth) etc, however as non-extant slights and jealousy at away at his good parts, leaving only his quick temper and arrogance behind, he went on to become at best the very picture of NominalHero at worst a kind of VisionaryVillain who [[TheUnfettered commits genocide, betrays long time friends and even family]] and even ''[[RageAgainstTheHeavens declares war and]] [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu everlasting enmity on even gods should they get in his way]].''


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* ''Literature/TheSeaWolf'': Wolf Larsen pings all the criteria listed in the page description. He doesn't hesitate to enforce his beliefs on his world (defined by his ship), and is something a NietzscheWannabe with an extremely [[TheHedonist hedonistic world-view]]. He is also the BigBad, and is completely open about the fact that he is an unrepentant asshole on his good days, and a CompleteMonster on his bad ones.
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* ''Anime/CrossAnge'': Alektra Maria "Jill" von Loewenherz, a {{fallen princess}}, calculating, cold, and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]]. She's a hardened woman who is hellbent on killing [[BigBad Embryo]] to the point she wants to use anyone to that end. Also, fellow Norma Ange herself qualifies; much like Jill before her, a fallen princess who is exiled into Arzenal, whose life changed her forever to cynical levels. Unlike Jill, Ange survives so many adversities, such as from nearly falling into Embryo's control, and becomes the leader when the series heads towards the GrandFinale.
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