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23rd Sep '17 9:24:31 PM DVB
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* Rika Nonaka from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', who before her CharacterDevelopment is cold, brooding, and ruthless on the outside, hiding a deep angst over her workaholic mother's absence.

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* Rika Nonaka from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', who before her CharacterDevelopment is CharacterDevelopment, was cold, brooding, and ruthless on the outside, hiding outside. She was a deep angst over fierce battler, both in the Digimon card game and with her workaholic mother's absence.partner, with having the drive for being the strongest. She also has a strained relationship with her mother, a professional model who tries to get her daughter into a similar way and Rika is quite bothered by it. She also tries to keep her distance from Takato and Henry at first. While she does remain snarky and cool-headed, she does become more amicable and openly-caring for those clsoe to her and she reaches an understanding with her mother, her even informing Rika that she is responsible and will choose her path (for those needing context, Rika's mom was implied to have been a teenager when she had her and thus, is referring to her own lack of regret on being a model and single mom.)
23rd Sep '17 9:20:14 PM DVB
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** Brian has grown into a straighter 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 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 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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** Brian has grown into a straighter 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 he's hindered by his fragile ego hinders his ability to accomplish anything when he tries. puts a great deal of effort and seems to suffer from an inferiority complex as a result of being... well, a talking dog (which may explain the ego bit.) He and Stewie come to be {{Foil}}s for each other, ultimately having the closest and most closely-examined interpersonal relationship in the series.
series. Stewie often is the one who keeps Brian in check yet also views Brian as his confidant and when [[MakesSenseInContext Brian journeyed to Stewie's head to stop a monster in his nightmares]], it turns out that Stewie is busting Brian's chops because he holds Brian in such high regard.
* ''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.allow him and still being the everyman.



%%* ComicBook/{{Superboy}} in his ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' incarnation.
%%** In season 2, it seems he passed the torch to Miss Martian.

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%%* * ComicBook/{{Superboy}} in his ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' incarnation.
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incarnation. he suffers from CloningBlues and an increased temper as a result of [[spoiler: being the clone of Superman and Lex Luthor.]] His initial aloof relationship with Superman doesn't help, but he gets alot better over time as seen in Season 2.
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In season 2, it seems he passed the torch to Miss Martian.Martian. Once the [[TheHeart bubbly moral center]], she has become much more pragmatic in her psychic power usage and it led to her's and Superboy's breakup. She is crushed by guilt when [[spoiler: she attacks Aqualad only to discover he is a ReverseMole and she realizes what she's become.]]



** Mordecai to an extent. While he acts like 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}}.
* 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 radical activism and 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.

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** Mordecai to an extent. While he acts like 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's also a true artist has an appreciation for the obscure stuff, initially veyr nervous when talking to Margaret and uncomfortable during group photos (barring when he's not in the middle of having fun or such). 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}}. Despite this, he still tries to do the right thing and in the series finale, manages to EarnYourHappyEnding with the rest of the group, [[spoiler: he doesn't end up with either of the two mentioned ladies, but settles down with a fellow artist who is a bat woman.]]
* 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 radical activism and 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. He's more well-rounded in the animated series since this version of Huey is a CompositeCharacter of him and his best friend of the comics, who serves as his straight man.



* Rick from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''. There are minor hints here and there that Rick has a pretty troubled past. He is also moody, cynical, and very passionate about his science. However, while his scientific habits may not be self-destructive as much as they are outwardly destructive, his drug habits most certainly are, and he occasionally shows cracks in his narcissism that betray a strong self-loathing.
* 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.

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* Rick from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''. There are minor hints here and there that Rick has a pretty troubled past. He is also moody, cynical, and very passionate about his science. However, while his scientific habits may not be self-destructive as much as they are outwardly destructive, his drug habits most certainly are, and he occasionally shows cracks in his narcissism that betray a strong self-loathing.
self-loathing. He's also caused similar damage to his family, namely his daughter Beth and his grandson/traveling companion Morty. In fact, Morty hiself may be slowly becoming one.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', the Crystal Gems (barring the more cheerful and sociable Steven) Steven Universe, since he wasn't born then) 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.Quartz and the fact that Pearls are a SlaveRace in Gem hierarchy. 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. Despite this, all three are becoming much less Byronic. Garnet has become more open and comfortable, Amethyst is happy with herself and Pearl is slowly moving on while also becoming closer friends with Greg, the man Rose chose over her and Steven's dad.
** We can now add Lapis and Peridot to this. While neither are official members, they both have some damage. Peridot started out as a prideful and surly being while having hidden a complex for being a second generation Peridot and thus inferior to her predecessors and reliant on gadgets. She ends up stuck on Earth, knowing of the doomsday trap for it (though that is no longer an issue.) As of now, she is discovering her own powers and viewing Earth as her home. Lapis meanwhile endured more hardship and trapped in a cracked state for centuries. She doesn't have much loyalty to anyone except Steven and she endured being fused with Jasper to use her as a punching bag (in a not-too-subtle allegory for toxic relationships.) While she has brighten up a bit and befriended Peridot, she is the most prone to being moody and sullen and it's clear that she doesn't wanna fight anymore.
23rd Sep '17 9:02:24 PM DVB
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** Vaarsuvius is an [[InsufferableGenius arrogant, condescending]] [[SquishyWizard Elf Wizard]] with a taste for ultimate arcane knowledge and power, and is very [[LargeHam long-winded]] [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness and verbose]] in speech. Though not without a soft spot for teammates, and V is dedicated to stopping the forces of evil. As for a DarkAndTroubledPast? Well, we have [[spoiler: making a deal with some fiends to gain ultimate arcane power to save Vaarsuvius' family from a vengeful black dragon, which lead to V's mate opting divorce and V committing one of the greatest evil acts in recent history in the genocide of 1/4 of the black dragon population. Vaarsuivius then went on to battle [[BigBad Xykon]], but lost due to hubris, managing to narrowly avoid death at his skeletal hands.]] The reason why Vaarsuvius [[spoiler: accepted the deal with the fiends?]] Being too proud to accept not having enough power, although Vaarsuvius is learning from those mistakes.
** Also, [[DarkMessiah Redcloak]], [[spoiler: who is leading a RageAgainstTheHeavens plot to bring equality to the Goblin people,]] as well as being an {{Ubermensch}} who follows his own moral code, and is highly intelligent and witty.

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** Vaarsuvius is an [[InsufferableGenius arrogant, condescending]] [[SquishyWizard Elf Wizard]] with a taste for ultimate arcane knowledge and power, and is very [[LargeHam long-winded]] [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness and verbose]] in speech. Though not without a soft spot for teammates, and Despite this, V is dedicated to stopping the forces of evil. As evil, does care quite a bit for their teammates, not above indulging a DarkAndTroubledPast? Well, we bit of silliness, and even has a family. Another unique example is that rather than a DarkAndTroubledPast, shi has a Dark and Troubled Present. We have [[spoiler: making a deal with some fiends to gain ultimate arcane power to save Vaarsuvius' family from a vengeful black dragon, which lead to dragon (who's son V killed during the starmetal thing) and the fallout over V's mate opting priorities would lead to Inkyrius suing for divorce and full custody of the children. V committing then proceeds incommitting one of the greatest evil acts in recent history in the genocide murder of 1/4 of the black dragon population.population and their relatives... which includes the whole Draketooth line, a family that reproduces by seducing strangers and stealing the children and due to the nature of Familicide, V not only kills the family of the target, but the family of the families... resulting in literally ''thousands'' dead with a single word. Vaarsuivius then went on to battle [[BigBad Xykon]], but lost due to hubris, managing to narrowly avoid death at his skeletal hands.]] The reason why Vaarsuvius [[spoiler: accepted the deal with the fiends?]] Being too proud fiends in the first place?]] Because the alternate would mean asking his comrades and his master for help, which would mean admitting in failing ''again'' (V's attitude has taken a sharp downtown due to accept not having enough power, although Vaarsuvius guilt over their failure in Azure City and Haley, their closest friend, being trapped there). Ultimately, while V is learning from those mistakes.
improving on attitude and humility, they still carry a great burden over their decision, as one strip cuts to V looking forlornly at a picture of Inkyrius, clearly missing hir former mate.
** Also, On Team Evil, we have [[DarkMessiah Redcloak]], [[spoiler: who is leading a RageAgainstTheHeavens plot to bring equality to the Goblin people,]] peopl on behalf of their god,]] as well as being an {{Ubermensch}} who follows his own moral code, and is highly intelligent and witty.witty. He also has a DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: His whole town was killed by Azure City paladins and he was forced to raise his baby brother on his own. He would then learn about the goblin people's fate of being cannon fodder for other races upon taking the Crimson Mantle and thus would try and fulfill his god's wishes to overturn this. Eventually, he has to kill his younger brother (by this point, middle to old age for goblins, so in 50s) to prevent him from killing Xykon. Xykon then crushes Redcloak's spirit on how Redcloak is dependent on him to justify all the sacrifices and atrocities committed so he does not have to feel the weight.]] While Redcloak has improved a bit, he still has not come to the same sort of conclusion as V has and that his motivations also come from the fact he hasn't changed from the angsty teenager he was when he first put on the Crimson Mantle (literally, since the Mantle provides quasi-immortality through prevention of aging.)
23rd Sep '17 10:24:31 AM MrUnderhill
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* ''{{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.

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* %%* ''{{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.
20th Aug '17 12:22:42 PM Aliya
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* Gabriel Belmont in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' is willing to commit countless murders in order to achieve his goals - primarily concerned with his own interests rather than the greater good, even though he has [[RousseauWasRight inherent good]] in him, and does commit himself to achieving the greater good.

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* Gabriel Belmont in from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' ticks pretty much all traits mentioned above. He's a fatalistic, ambivalent and revengeful individual who, nonetheless, is willing a decent, kindhearted and assiduous hero who strives to commit countless murders in order make the world a better place. At least he tried to achieve be one before the death of his goals - primarily concerned childhood sweetheart disillusioned him. He became obsessed with his own interests rather than trying to bring her back, often dismissing the greater good, even though havoc he has [[RousseauWasRight inherent good]] had wreaked or how much pain he had caused along the way. This culminates in him, him [[spoiler: abandoning everything that made him human and does commit himself to achieving becoming the greater good.thing he had sworn to destroy.]]
16th Aug '17 5:58:30 PM Kittencakes
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* ''Film/ScentOfAWoman'': Frank Slade is this. Sarcastic, womanizing, and very intelligent, he's also got a hard shell to get through initially. It doesn't help that his mother prefers to avoid him and he reclused himself off from the world after his blinding accident.
7th Aug '17 3:52:24 PM gb00393
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* As in the [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire source material]], brothers Tyrion and Jaime Lannister in ''Series/GameOfThrones''. The show treats Jaime more sympathetically than the early books, so he qualifies much earlier on.

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* As in the [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire source material]], brothers ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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Tyrion Lannister is the lighter end of this trope. While he might not be physically attractive, he is quite charismatic, very passionate, driven, jaded, and emotionally unstable.
** His brother
Jaime Lannister in ''Series/GameOfThrones''. also qualifies. The show treats Jaime more sympathetically than the early books, so he qualifies much earlier on.on, though is still the darker end of this trope. Killing the Mad King was the best thing he ever did, but doing so cost him his integrity and everyone hates Jaime for it. This has made him an outcast in Westeros society. He continues to be haunted by the Mad King's last words (the king came very close to torching all of King's Landing), and his true reasons for Kingslaying are a closely-guarded secret very few other people know. As a consequence, Jaime decided to embrace his amoral image by doing dark things in the name of self-preservation such as pushing Bran off the tower and killing his cousin although he is trying his best to reform. Jaime is also handsome, a prodigy with a sword, both proud and self-loathing, cynical, and has a very sharp wit. Oh, and he's had an incestuous affair with his own sister for several years.
28th Jul '17 3:22:52 PM Brotacon
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* In ''Wecomic/TemplarsOfTheShiftingVerse'' Augustus is a man wrapped up in his own thoughts and loneliness, he is reckless and uncaring about how his actions might not be the best course.
24th Jul '17 10:18:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'', The Vampire With Soul!

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'', ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Angel,
The Vampire With Soul!
17th Jul '17 10:13:45 PM PippinInTheSky
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* Chloe from ''VideoGame/{{Life Is Strange}}''. While she is the deuteragonist, she makes a lot of highly amoral decisions like stealing her step-fathers gun when she has no training whatsoever, or breaking and entering into the school,[[spoiler: or stealing several thousand dollars from the school's fund that would have been used to make the dorms ADA compliant]]). She performed well as a student before being kicked out for her violent outbursts. She is so charismatic though that Max (whom one could argue Chole treats more like a tool than a friend) rarely calls her out on most of her bad behavior.
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