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24th Sep '16 8:07:39 AM ThePat
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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.
22nd Sep '16 12:07:51 AM leraluna
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%%* Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melnibone from ''Literature/TheElricSaga''.

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%%* Michael Moorcock's * Elric of Melnibone from ''Literature/TheElricSaga''.''Literature/TheElricSaga'' is a weak and frail [[HeroicAlbino albino]], heir of the VestigialEmpire of the Melniboneans, who unlike most others of [[TheEmpire his race]], struggles with his conscience. Because of his introspective self-loathing of [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Melnibonéan traditions]], his subjects find him a weak ruler. On the other side, he's a powerful sorcerer and has the BFS ever (which happens to also [[EvilWeapon eat souls]]), and is the [[TheChosenOne Eternal Champion]] destined to restore Balance to the Earth and allow the powers of Law a chance to create a better future world. All this things bring him as much angst as you would expect.



** His older brother Jaime is one as well. He's by reputation the most handsome man in Westeros and one of the most dangerous as well. He starts off presented as rather villainous, brash, rather cynical and prone to reckless behavior [[spoiler: such as slaughtering some of Ned's guard in response of his brother Tyrion's kidnapping by Ned's wife]], not to mention his BodyguardBetrayal of King Aerys, which is still frowned upon years after and [[spoiler: his incestuous passion for his twin sister Queen Cersei]]. Then the third book reveals he has his share of emotional baggage which mostly consist of [[spoiler: guilt for the death of Rhaegar's children and having lied about Tyrion's wife being a prostitute]]. After [[spoiler: having lost his sword hand and having met warrior girl Brienne]], he's actively moving to a more honorable behavior, though at his own interpretation of the rules.

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** His older brother Jaime is one as well. He's by reputation the most handsome man in Westeros and one of the most dangerous as well. He starts off presented as rather villainous, brash, rather cynical and prone to reckless behavior [[spoiler: such as slaughtering some of Ned's guard in response of his brother Tyrion's kidnapping by Ned's wife]], not to mention his BodyguardBetrayal of King Aerys, which is still frowned upon years after and [[spoiler: his incestuous passion for his twin sister Queen Cersei]]. Then the third book reveals he has his share of emotional baggage which mostly consist of [[spoiler: guilt for the death of Rhaegar's children and having lied about Tyrion's wife being a prostitute]]. After [[spoiler: having lost his sword hand and having met warrior girl Brienne]], he's actively moving to a more honorable behavior, though at his own interpretation of the rules.
21st Sep '16 1:52:47 AM PaulA
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* ''Literature/PhilipMarlowe'', the detective, is one.
13th Sep '16 1:45:35 PM leraluna
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* Rhett Butler from ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''. Strong passions and beliefs? Check. Introspective? Check. DarkAndTroubledPast? Check. TallDarkAndHandsome? Check. Many reviews figures him almost a classical example.

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* [[Literature/GoneWithTheWind Rhett Butler from ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''. Strong passions Butler]] is a TallDarkAndHandsome man with a DarkAndTroubledPast as a social outcast because of his unconventional opinions and beliefs? Check. Introspective? Check. DarkAndTroubledPast? Check. TallDarkAndHandsome? Check. Many reviews figures actions, which often sound [[ValuesResonance fine for modern audience]] [[BornInTheWrongCentury but awful for contemporary people]]. He's also morally ambiguous in his and quite opportunistic, but [[AtLeastIAdmitIt at least he admits this]] instead of being an hypocrite like most of the people around him almost a classical example.and lives to his own interpretation of honor. He's also [[HiddenDepths honorable and selfless to the people he cares the most]], and there are glimpse of his struggling conscience and occasional self-deprecation. Not to mention his self-destructive romance with equally impetuous Scarlett.
9th Sep '16 6:39:36 PM megagiga43
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* Another Bronte example. Anne Bronte's ''Literature/TheTenantOfWildfellHall'' has a rare ''female'' example in the titular tenant, Helen Graham. She's reclusive, broody, an outcast to society because of her outrageous actions (by Victorian social norms), is plagued by her DarkAndTroubledPast, and is really cold towards the narrator and her LoveInterest, Gilbert Markham. That said, she's very determined and has her understandable reasons for why she committed taboos.

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* Another Bronte example. Anne Bronte's ''Literature/TheTenantOfWildfellHall'' has a rare ''female'' example in the titular tenant, Helen Graham. She's reclusive, broody, an outcast to society because of her outrageous actions (by Victorian 19th-century English social norms), is plagued by her DarkAndTroubledPast, and is really cold towards the narrator and her LoveInterest, Gilbert Markham. That said, she's very determined and has her understandable reasons for why she committed taboos.
9th Sep '16 6:37:31 PM megagiga43
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* Another Bronte example. Anne Bronte's ''Literature/TheTenantOfWildfellHall'' has a rare ''female'' example in the titular tenant, Helen Graham. She's reclusive, broody, an outcast to society because of her outrageous actions (by Victorian social norms), is plagued by her DarkAndTroubledPast, and is really cold towards the narrator and her LoveInterest, Gilbert Markham. That said, she's very determined and has her understandable reasons for why she committed taboos.
8th Sep '16 1:15:45 PM leraluna
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** Tyrion Lannister seems to be almost exactly this, sans the good looks. He is an extremely cunning, intelligent guy who will made a supreme politician, if only someone gives him the credit he deserves. The tragedy of his life is that in a world of BeautyEqualsGoodness, it's very difficult for him to achieve the power or the he longs for, and his cast aside but his own father [[spoiler: and the woman he loved was horribly taken away from him because she was a commoner]]. Since he sides with his family, the supposed bad guys, he's an AntiVillain whose actions throughout the first part of the series help further the cause of House Lannister and when he acts ruthless is merely out of pragmatism. He's eventually getting darker after [[spoiler: discovering his commoner wife was not a prostitute hired for him and murdered his father for that. Sonce than he has defected his family and he's siding with the Targaryen, following his path of revenge.]]
** His older brother Jaime is one as well. He's by reputation the most handsome man in Westeros and one of the most dangerous as well. He starts off presented as rather villainous, brash and prone to reckless behavior [[spoiler: such as slaughtering some of Ned's guard in response of his brother Tyrion's kidnapping by Ned's wife]], not to mention his BodyguardBetrayal of King Aerys, which is still frowned upon years after and [[spoiler: his incestuous passion for his twin sister Queen Cersei]]. Then the third book reveals he has his share of emotional baggage which mostly consist of [[spoiler: guilt for the death of Rhaegar's children and having lied about Tyrion's wife being a prostitute]]. After [[spoiler: having lost his sword hand and having met warrior girl Brienne]], he's actively moving to a more honorable behavior, though at his own interpretation of the rules.

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** Tyrion Lannister seems to be almost exactly this, sans the good looks. He is an extremely cunning, intelligent guy who will made a supreme politician, if only someone gives him the credit he deserves. The tragedy of his life is that in a world of BeautyEqualsGoodness, it's very difficult for him to achieve the power or the he longs for, and his cast aside but his own father [[spoiler: and the woman he loved was horribly taken away from him because she was a commoner]]. Since he sides with his family, the supposed bad guys, he's an AntiVillain whose actions throughout the first part of the series help further the cause of House Lannister and when he acts ruthless is merely out of pragmatism. He's eventually getting darker and more cynic after [[spoiler: discovering his commoner wife was not a prostitute hired for him and murdered his father for that. Sonce than he has defected his family and he's siding with the Targaryen, following his path of revenge.]]
** His older brother Jaime is one as well. He's by reputation the most handsome man in Westeros and one of the most dangerous as well. He starts off presented as rather villainous, brash brash, rather cynical and prone to reckless behavior [[spoiler: such as slaughtering some of Ned's guard in response of his brother Tyrion's kidnapping by Ned's wife]], not to mention his BodyguardBetrayal of King Aerys, which is still frowned upon years after and [[spoiler: his incestuous passion for his twin sister Queen Cersei]]. Then the third book reveals he has his share of emotional baggage which mostly consist of [[spoiler: guilt for the death of Rhaegar's children and having lied about Tyrion's wife being a prostitute]]. After [[spoiler: having lost his sword hand and having met warrior girl Brienne]], he's actively moving to a more honorable behavior, though at his own interpretation of the rules.



*** Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers, bastard son of King Aegon IV, was the most important political figure during his time at King's Landing and most certainly the greatest Master of Spies to have ever served the Iron Throne. But he was a very controversial guy: rumored to be a sorcerer [[spoiler: (and indeed he was, since he could skinchange in his crows)]] who controlled the kingdom with his crows, and suppressed the Blackfyre Rebellion in blood. His ruthless actions to keep the Targaryens on the throne eventually earned him a one-way ticket to The Wall. But even there he managed to become Lord Commander until he disappeared Beyond the Wall. [[spoiler: It's revealed he didn't disappeared - he instead became a powerful half-weirwood figure in a cave with the Children of the Forest and ''he's still watching Westeros and his descendants'']]

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*** Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers, bastard son of King Aegon IV, was the most important political figure during his time at King's Landing and most certainly the greatest Master of Spies to have ever served the Iron Throne. But he was a very controversial guy: rumored to be a sorcerer [[spoiler: (and indeed he was, since he could skinchange in his crows)]] who controlled the kingdom with his crows, and suppressed the Blackfyre Rebellion in blood. His ruthless actions to keep the Targaryens on the throne eventually earned him a one-way ticket to The Wall. But even there he managed to become Lord Commander until he disappeared Beyond the Wall. [[spoiler: It's revealed he didn't disappeared - he instead became a powerful half-weirwood figure in a cave with the Children of the Forest and ''he's still watching Westeros and his descendants'']]descendants''.]]
8th Sep '16 12:08:29 PM leraluna
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** His older brother Jaime is one as well. He's by reputation the most handsome man in Westeros and one of the most dangerous as well. He starts off presented as rather villainous, brash and prone to reckless behavior [[spoiler: such as slaughtering some of Ned's guard in response of his brother Tyrion's kidnapping by Ned's wife]], not to mention his BodyguardBetrayl of King Aerys, which is still frowned upon years after and [[spoiler: his incestuous passion for his twin sister Queen Cersei]]. Then the third book reveals he has his share of emotional baggage which mostly consist of [[spoiler: guilt for the death of Rhaegar's children and having lied about Tyrion's wife being a prostitute]]. After [[spoiler: having lost his sword hand and having met warrior girl Brienne]], he's actively moving to a more honorable behavior, though at his own interpretation of the rules.

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** His older brother Jaime is one as well. He's by reputation the most handsome man in Westeros and one of the most dangerous as well. He starts off presented as rather villainous, brash and prone to reckless behavior [[spoiler: such as slaughtering some of Ned's guard in response of his brother Tyrion's kidnapping by Ned's wife]], not to mention his BodyguardBetrayl BodyguardBetrayal of King Aerys, which is still frowned upon years after and [[spoiler: his incestuous passion for his twin sister Queen Cersei]]. Then the third book reveals he has his share of emotional baggage which mostly consist of [[spoiler: guilt for the death of Rhaegar's children and having lied about Tyrion's wife being a prostitute]]. After [[spoiler: having lost his sword hand and having met warrior girl Brienne]], he's actively moving to a more honorable behavior, though at his own interpretation of the rules.
8th Sep '16 12:04:48 PM leraluna
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%%* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
%%** Tyrion Lannister seems to be almost exactly this, sans the good looks.
%%** His older brother Jaime is one of this, as well with Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers.

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%%* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
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* For being a franchise who counts LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' collects a large amount:
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Tyrion Lannister seems to be almost exactly this, sans the good looks.
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looks. He is an extremely cunning, intelligent guy who will made a supreme politician, if only someone gives him the credit he deserves. The tragedy of his life is that in a world of BeautyEqualsGoodness, it's very difficult for him to achieve the power or the he longs for, and his cast aside but his own father [[spoiler: and the woman he loved was horribly taken away from him because she was a commoner]]. Since he sides with his family, the supposed bad guys, he's an AntiVillain whose actions throughout the first part of the series help further the cause of House Lannister and when he acts ruthless is merely out of pragmatism. He's eventually getting darker after [[spoiler: discovering his commoner wife was not a prostitute hired for him and murdered his father for that. Sonce than he has defected his family and he's siding with the Targaryen, following his path of revenge.]]
**
His older brother Jaime is one as well. He's by reputation the most handsome man in Westeros and one of this, the most dangerous as well well. He starts off presented as rather villainous, brash and prone to reckless behavior [[spoiler: such as slaughtering some of Ned's guard in response of his brother Tyrion's kidnapping by Ned's wife]], not to mention his BodyguardBetrayl of King Aerys, which is still frowned upon years after and [[spoiler: his incestuous passion for his twin sister Queen Cersei]]. Then the third book reveals he has his share of emotional baggage which mostly consist of [[spoiler: guilt for the death of Rhaegar's children and having lied about Tyrion's wife being a prostitute]]. After [[spoiler: having lost his sword hand and having met warrior girl Brienne]], he's actively moving to a more honorable behavior, though at his own interpretation of the rules.
** The Targaryens by themselves have produced a great deal of them:
*** Rhaegar Targaryen seems to have been one. Rhaegar repeatedly stated to have had "melancholy eyes", that matched his brooding nature and was a charismatic [[TheWisePrince wise prince]] who played the harp and liked spending time alone. It also seems that his path was generally driven by a prophecy he read as a boy, and to keep faith to it, he became one of Westeros' finest swords. People expected him to became a great king, but he lost his life in a war for the woman he loved, whom he couldn't have since he was already married and her was about to marry his ''cousin''. He was also born under inauspicious circumstances (the Tragedy at Summerhall) and often mused about it. And most of all the true meaning of his actions are still shrouded in mystery and fount of speculations in-universe and out.
*** Prince Daemon Targaryen was a prince, a pirate and a rogue and lived and loved dangerously. His enemies at court were terrified of him for his mercurial and ruthless nature, and tried to keep him away from the throne when his brother King Viserys lacked of male heirs. After being passed over for the Iron Throne once, he flew off to conquer the Stepstones
with his dragon and made himself a petty pirate king until he got bored of fighting. In the years he leaded the City Guard he was fond of visiting brothels, gambling pits, consorting with lowlifes and generally hanging out with all sort of scums. He was also capable of great bravery and strength and died fighting the greatest dragon alive planting a TakingYouWithMe gambit.
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Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers.Rivers, bastard son of King Aegon IV, was the most important political figure during his time at King's Landing and most certainly the greatest Master of Spies to have ever served the Iron Throne. But he was a very controversial guy: rumored to be a sorcerer [[spoiler: (and indeed he was, since he could skinchange in his crows)]] who controlled the kingdom with his crows, and suppressed the Blackfyre Rebellion in blood. His ruthless actions to keep the Targaryens on the throne eventually earned him a one-way ticket to The Wall. But even there he managed to become Lord Commander until he disappeared Beyond the Wall. [[spoiler: It's revealed he didn't disappeared - he instead became a powerful half-weirwood figure in a cave with the Children of the Forest and ''he's still watching Westeros and his descendants'']]
4th Sep '16 9:34:52 AM SwampAdder
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** Denethor from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' is also a bit of a byronic hero: a beautiful, kingly and powerful man with enough strength of will to grapple with ''Sauron'' through the ''palantír'' and not submit to him (which even Saruman couldn't manage). He's devoted to the good of Gondor, of which he considers himself the rightful lord; but when he comes to believe that Gondor is doomed (along with his own line of succession), he proudly commits suicide (and attempts to have his son killed alongside him) rather than surrender or be slain by Sauron's forces.
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