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25th Mar '17 1:10:17 PM bwatts92
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* Achilles from ''Literature/The Iliad'' is a very early and definitive example.

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* Achilles from ''Literature/The Iliad'' ''TheIliad'' is a very early and definitive example.
25th Mar '17 1:09:47 PM bwatts92
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* Achilles from ''The Iliad'' is a very early and definitive example.

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* Achilles from ''The ''Literature/The Iliad'' is a very early and definitive example.
25th Mar '17 1:09:13 PM bwatts92
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* Achilles from ''The Iliad'' is a very early and definitive example.
19th Mar '17 8:00:24 AM OlmoJV
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* In ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'', the [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron Horned King]] becomes this in a case of AdaptationalHeroism and CharacterDevelopment after he's [[ResurrectedForAJob resurrected]] for his ''only'' chance to earn redemption by earning a human's love. {{The dreaded}} and calculative warlord lich is [[IAmAMonster aware of what a monster he is]] and doesn't believe he can succeed, deciding to use his "parole" to find and kill the boy who foiled his plans and caused his death. However, after he takes the peasant girl [[MoralityPet Avalina]] as his prisoner and [[LimaSyndrome grows fond of her]], the pure girl gradually brings out of him positive traits, even [[spoiler:bringing his dormant heart back to life]]. While the Horned King remains ruthless and brooding to everyone else but Avalina, he eventually decides that he cares more about her safety and company than revenge.

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* In ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'', the [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron Horned King]] becomes this in a case of AdaptationalHeroism and CharacterDevelopment after he's [[ResurrectedForAJob resurrected]] for his ''only'' ''[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything only]]'' [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything chance to earn redemption by earning a human's love. love]]. {{The dreaded}} and calculative warlord lich is [[IAmAMonster aware of what a monster he is]] and doesn't believe he can succeed, deciding instead to use his "parole" to find and kill the boy who foiled his plans and caused his death. However, after he takes the peasant girl [[MoralityPet Avalina]] as his prisoner and [[LimaSyndrome grows fond of her]], the pure girl gradually brings out of him positive traits, even [[spoiler:bringing his dormant heart back to life]]. While the Horned King remains ruthless and brooding to everyone else but Avalina, Avalina and wrestles with darker temptations, he eventually decides that he cares more about her safety and company than revenge.
17th Mar '17 4:13:16 PM OlmoJV
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* In ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'', the [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron Horned King]] becomes this in a case of AdaptationalHeroism and CharacterDevelopment after he's [[ResurrectedForAJob resurrected]] for his ''only'' chance to earn redemption by earning a human's love. {{The dreaded}} and calculative warlord lich is [[IAmAMonster aware of what a monster he is]] and doesn't believe he can succeed, deciding to use his "parole" to find and kill the boy who foiled his plans and caused his death. However, after he takes the peasant girl [[MoralityPet Avalina]] as his prisoner and [[LimaSyndrome grows fond of her]], the pure girl gradually brings out of him positive traits, even [[spoiler:bringing his dormant heart back to life]]. While the Horned King remains ruthless and brooding to everyone else but Avalina, he eventually decides that he cares more about her safety and company than revenge.
14th Mar '17 11:21:04 AM Sapphirea2
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** 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.

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** 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, support when he was little, 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.



** Stewie comes off as a {{parody}} of this type, being an antisocial GadgeteerGenius EnfantTerrible determined to TakeOverTheWorld. The parody aspect comes from him being a baby whom no-one sees for who he truly is, the ones who do not taking him seriously.
** Brian has grown into a straighter example. Highly intelligent and troubled, he struggles with the possibility of having done nothing meaningful in his life, but his fragile ego hinders his ability to accomplish anything.
* ''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.

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** Stewie comes off as a {{parody}} of this type, being an antisocial GadgeteerGenius EnfantTerrible determined to TakeOverTheWorld. The parody aspect comes from him being a baby whom no-one sees few see for who he truly is, is -- and the ones who do not aren't taking him seriously.
** Brian has grown into a straighter example. example, even though he's a ''dog''. Highly intelligent and troubled, he struggles with the possibility of having done nothing meaningful in his life, but his fragile ego hinders his ability to accomplish anything.
anything when he tries. He and Stewie come to be {{Foil}}s for each other, ultimately having the closest and most closely-examined interpersonal relationship in the series.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Stan Marsh has endured a lot of anguish from the idiotic citizens of South Park (Let (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.
14th Mar '17 11:13:42 AM Sapphirea2
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** The Twelfth Doctor, coming off of a previous life in which he spent ''nine centuries'' defending one town from an endless parade of villains, is one of the broodiest, frostiest incarnations. He's constantly struggling with his darker inclinations, fears, and regrets, particularly regarding his Time War atrocities. His character arc in Series 8 is figuring out if he can be called a good man or a bad man, or an officer (who gives orders) or a soldier (who carries orders out) -- neither of the latter options appeals to him. He finally realizes that he is [[spoiler: "an idiot!" devoting his life to "passing through, helping out, learning"]] and this helps him solve a seemingly impossible crisis. In Series 9, his ChronicHeroSyndrome causes him a great deal of grief, and when he [[spoiler: loses his companion Clara Oswald (partially because she became too similar to him)]] in "Face the Raven", the combination of that and a heap of other miseries piled upon him triggers a FreakOut that puts him on a path of being driven by rage, anguish, and self-interest instead in the finale "Hell Bent" two episodes later.

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** The Twelfth Doctor, coming off of a previous life in which he spent ''nine centuries'' defending one town from an endless parade of villains, is one of the broodiest, frostiest incarnations. He's constantly struggling with his darker inclinations, fears, and regrets, particularly regarding his Time War atrocities. His character arc in Series 8 is figuring out if he can be called a good man or a bad man, or an officer (who gives orders) or a soldier (who carries orders out) -- neither of the latter options appeals to him. He finally realizes that he is [[spoiler: "an idiot!" devoting his life to "passing through, helping out, learning"]] and this helps him solve a seemingly impossible crisis. In Series 9, his ChronicHeroSyndrome combined with his struggle to accept that he, as a near-immortal, will inevitably lose '''everyone''' he loves causes him a great deal of grief, and when grief. When he [[spoiler: loses his companion Clara Oswald (partially because she became too similar to him)]] in "Face the Raven", the combination of that and a heap of other miseries piled upon him triggers a FreakOut that puts him on a path of being driven by rage, anguish, and self-interest instead in the finale "Hell Bent" two episodes later.later; returning to his best self involves [[spoiler: Mind Rape]]. After this, things ''finally'' improve when he [[spoiler: fulfills his relationship with River Song]], but after that stretch of his life ends he becomes ''really'' determined to move on by way of coping as Series 10 begins.
12th Mar '17 4:51:01 PM OlmoJV
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* [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen]] gets this portrayal in ''FanFic/TheVow''. He's a highly intelligent and proud noble who has faced alienation because of his white coloring and seeks to assert his worth to the world. Unfortunately, [[AmbitionIsEvil he crosses the moral line in his fervent ambition]], commits mass murder [[ScrewDestiny to prevent his prophesied downfall]] and faces exile as a result. He then dedicates three decades in preparation of taking revenge for all the perceived wrongdoings thrown at him. He cannot let go of his love toward his former fiancée Lady Lianne even in hatred, but he [[IveComeTooFar can't consider stepping from his dark road because that would be a waste of everything he has prepared for so long]]. In the end, Shen [[spoiler:[[SparedByTheAdaptation survives]] the destruction of his army, loses his freedom and becomes crippled, but he can live with his wife Lianne and their son Zian in anonymity]].
9th Mar '17 1:07:18 AM Adept
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* ''VideoGame/Destiny'' is a literal example; the Year 2 Crucible handcannon is called Byronic Hero. It's not very good, being easily outclassed by better handcannons such as Imago Loop.

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* ''VideoGame/Destiny'' is ''{{VideoGame/Destiny}}'' has a literal example; the Year 2 Crucible handcannon is called Byronic Hero. It's not very good, being easily outclassed by better handcannons such as Imago Loop.
8th Mar '17 8:57:51 AM Synch
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* Londo Mollari from ''Series/BabylonFive'' is an old, bitter, and cynical republican who dreams of days of bygone glories, and is willing to undergo a DealWithTheDevil to see his ideals come to fruition. He spends most of the show's run highlighting and showcasing the darker sides of both the overhanging conflict and Babylon Five itself, and while he is almost as important to the story as [[TheHero Sheridan]], Londo's part of it is decisively darker and is won with backstabbing and intrigue. [[spoiler:In the end, Londo ends up more of a TragicHero when he is forced to pay the piper for his past misdeeds.]]

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Londo Mollari from ''Series/BabylonFive'' is an old, bitter, and cynical republican who dreams of days of bygone glories, and is willing to undergo a DealWithTheDevil to see his ideals come to fruition. He spends most of the show's run highlighting and showcasing the darker sides of both the overhanging conflict and Babylon Five itself, and while he is almost as important to the story as [[TheHero Sheridan]], Londo's part of it is decisively darker and is won with backstabbing and intrigue. [[spoiler:In the end, Londo ends up more of a TragicHero when he is forced to pay the piper for his past misdeeds.]]]]
** Season 5 introduced a group of telepath refugees looking for a place to create a home for their kind, away from the prejudices of others. Their leader's name is Byron, and that's [[MeaningfulName not a coincidence]].
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