History Main / ByronicHero

19th Feb '17 9:24:48 PM MarOnaut
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[[caption-width-right:350:His soul is as turbulent as the clouds.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:His soul is as turbulent as the clouds.sea.]]
19th Feb '17 7:01:21 PM YT45
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* A modern example in [[Creator/JohnRingo John Ringo's]] ''Literature/PaladinOfShadows'' series: Petty Officer Mike "Ghost" Harmon, AKA Mike Jenkins, a former US Navy SEAL medically retired due to multiple injuries who, through a series of coincidences and perfectly-rational decisions in response to them, thwarts three major terrorist attacks in the course of a few months and becomes the millionaire lord of a clan of modern-day Vikings in the mountains of Georgia ([[RunningGag the country, not the state]]). Mike (who is constantly reminding those around him that he's ''not'' a good man) unabashedly considers himself a rapist at heart, but holds himself to a strict Warrior Code while channeling his baser urges into heavy BDSM. Any time he comes across a man who doesn't restrain his darker nature, things get ''nasty''. At the same time, he often shows a surprisingly compassionate side, especially to girls that he and his Keldara warriors have rescued from sex traffickers.
17th Feb '17 6:44:24 PM eowynjedi
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* Susanna Clarke's ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'': Jonathan Strange ends up as one for a while, although he did have a heroic motive. It was {{lampshaded}} with Strange explaining that he picked up some of Lord Byron's style from hanging out with him.

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* Susanna Clarke's ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'': Jonathan Strange ends up as one for a while, although he did have a heroic motive. It was {{lampshaded}} with Strange explaining that he picked up some of Lord Byron's style from hanging out with him. (Incidentally, the description of Byron himself is distinctly unimpressed; when Byron deliberately strikes a deep and brooding expression the narration compares it to the look of someone suffering indigestion.)
15th Feb '17 7:34:56 AM Denman
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** Wilson Fisk is also an example; his opposition to Daredevil comes from both having different ideas of how to improve Hell's Kitchen. Fisk does monstrous things, but ultimately believes [[WellIntentionedExtremist he is working for the greater good]], with this belief inspiring several [[UndyingLoyalty fiercely loyal]] associates. Coming from almost nothing, Fisk grew up with an absolutely terrible childhood that haunts him well into maturity. Introspective and emotionally complicated, his success as Daredevil's nemesis is due in large part to the fact that both of them are working to fix the city, but both also worry that they might be monsters.
15th Feb '17 7:25:17 AM Denman
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** Series/Daredevil2015 has the titular character, Matt Murdock (Daredevil), and later introduces Frank Castle, the Punisher. Murdock and Castle have both been changed by traumatic circumstances in their lives, and both have adopted lives of vigilantism because of those circumstances. Both are controversial figures in-story, dividing opinions and driving away others in their fervent pursuit of their ideals. The major difference between the two of them is that Murdock has not yet become convinced that he's an evil man (though he's nearly constantly questioning it), while Castle considers himself dead and damned. Castle's moral nihilism has pushed him to take far more drastic and deadly methods, while Murdock refuses to take a life.

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** * Series/Daredevil2015 has the titular character, Matt Murdock (Daredevil), and later introduces Frank Castle, the Punisher. Murdock and Castle have both been changed by traumatic circumstances in their lives, and both have adopted lives of vigilantism because of those circumstances. Both are controversial figures in-story, dividing opinions and driving away others away in their fervent pursuit of their ideals. The major difference between the two of them is that Murdock has not yet become convinced that he's an evil man (though he's nearly constantly questioning it), while Castle considers himself dead and damned. Castle's moral nihilism has pushed him to take far more drastic and deadly methods, while Murdock refuses to take a life.
15th Feb '17 7:23:28 AM Denman
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** Series/Daredevil2015 has the titular character, Matt Murdock (Daredevil), and later introduces Frank Castle, the Punisher. Murdock and Castle have both been changed by traumatic circumstances in their lives, and both have adopted lives of vigilantism because of those circumstances. Both are controversial figures in-story, dividing opinions and driving away others in their fervent pursuit of their ideals. The major difference between the two of them is that Murdock has not yet become convinced that he's an evil man (though he's nearly constantly questioning it), while Castle considers himself dead and damned. Castle's moral nihilism has pushed him to take far more drastic and deadly methods, while Murdock refuses to take a life.
12th Feb '17 4:51:28 PM JRads47
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* ''Franchise/BlackRockShooter'': The DarkMagicalGirl from the title is typically characterized like this, though the severity of her Byronism [[AlternateContinuity strongly depends on what kind of story she's starring in]]. (She's been a [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]], an anti-alien superweapon, and an entity of the collective subconscious).

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* ''Franchise/BlackRockShooter'': The DarkMagicalGirl from the title is typically characterized like this, though the severity of her Byronism [[AlternateContinuity strongly depends on what kind of story she's starring in]]. (She's been a [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]], an anti-alien superweapon, and an entity [[Anime/BlackRockShooter anime incarnation]] of the collective subconscious).titular character counts as one. Unlike her OVA, [[Manga/BlackRockShooter manga]], or [[VideoGame/BlackRockShooter video game]] counterparts, who all fall on the side of good, she just wants to make her real world counterpart Mato happy, and thus kills other people's Other Selves out of a desire to keep her happy. After triggering an event that makes Mato cry, she goes insane and goes on a rampage.
7th Feb '17 10:42:14 AM starlight9
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* Prince Vladimir from the ''Literature/NightfallSeries'' is very intelligent, sophisticated, and educated, but also self-centered and evil. Tristan also fits, including the time before he became a vampire.
7th Feb '17 5:41:57 AM RegularMuthias
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* The methodically loyal and incurably self-destructive Reuental from ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' Reinhard also qualifies in this area very much.

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* The methodically loyal and incurably self-destructive Reuental from ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes.'' Reinhard also qualifies in this area very much.
7th Feb '17 5:41:07 AM RegularMuthias
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* The methodically loyal and incurably self-destructive Reuental from ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes''.

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* The methodically loyal and incurably self-destructive Reuental from ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes''.''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' Reinhard also qualifies in this area very much.
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