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11th Jul '16 12:51:20 AM WillBGood
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* Sydney Prosser in ''Film/AmericanHustle''. She's a con artist who, it's strongly indicated, got into the game with a highly Romanticized view towards the life. Throughout the film, she's put through the emotional ringer--especially from her conflicting feelings towards whether she should abandon her lover for the FBI agent who's offering her a different path--as she struggles to decide what path she should take for herself. Bonus points for being played by Creator/AmyAdams, who is well known for typically playing heroines with a highly Romantic worldview (e.g. [[Film/{{Enchanted}} Princess Giselle]] or [[Film/ManOfSteel Lois Lane]]).

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* Sydney Prosser in ''Film/AmericanHustle''. She's a con artist who, it's strongly indicated, got into the game with a highly Romanticized view towards the life. Throughout the film, she's put through the emotional ringer--especially wringer--especially from her conflicting feelings towards whether she should abandon her lover for the FBI agent who's offering her a different path--as she struggles to decide what path she should take for herself. Bonus points for being played by Creator/AmyAdams, who is well known for typically playing heroines with a highly Romantic worldview (e.g. [[Film/{{Enchanted}} Princess Giselle]] or [[Film/ManOfSteel Lois Lane]]).
8th Jul '16 1:13:06 AM Agathaumas
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->''"I mean, he's not some common vampire. He'sI don't know ''what'' he is. A giant. A titan straddling good and evil, serving no master but his own considerable desires. ''And'' spiritual! Did you know he spent 150 years in a Tibetan monastery? (Which I guess explains all the desire.)"''

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->''"I mean, he's not some common vampire. He'sI He's—I don't know ''what'' he is. A giant. A titan straddling good and evil, serving no master but his own considerable desires. ''And'' spiritual! Did you know he spent 150 years in a Tibetan monastery? (Which I guess explains all the desire.)"''



* 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 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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* 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 sophisticated [[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]].
6th Jul '16 9:57:50 PM ThePat
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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]'' not only has [[{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]], but also [[spoiler:[[Series/KamenRiderGaim Mitsuzane Kureshima]]. Micchy is a cynical and self-destructive BrokenBird who is forever haunted by guilt over the sins he committed in the past]], unlike [[spoiler:Kaito Kumon]], who seems to spur his SocialDarwinist filibusters about his distaste for strongarming. [[spoiler:Micchy, as a whole, is also passionate and charismatic, as most of his backstories involving the Forbidden Fruit Saga is treated with [[MagneticHero respect and sympathy]] from other characters, and at the same time he follows Samus throughout her adventures to prove himself. For bonus points, he becomes Samus's LoveInterest.]]

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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]'' not only has [[{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]], but also [[spoiler:[[Series/KamenRiderGaim Mitsuzane Kureshima]]. Micchy is a cynical and self-destructive BrokenBird who is forever haunted by guilt over the sins he committed in the past]], past,]] unlike [[spoiler:Kaito Kumon]], Kaito Kumon (listed below), who seems to spur his SocialDarwinist filibusters about his distaste for strongarming. [[spoiler:Micchy, as a whole, is also passionate and charismatic, as most of his backstories involving the Forbidden Fruit Saga is treated with [[MagneticHero respect and sympathy]] from other characters, and at the same time he follows Samus out of motivation throughout her adventures to prove himself. For bonus points, he becomes Samus's LoveInterest.]]
5th Jul '16 7:46:52 PM ThePat
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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]'' not only has [[{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]], but also [[spoiler:[[Series/KamenRiderGaim Mitsuzane Kureshima]]. Micchy is a cynical and self-destructive BrokenBird who is forever haunted by guilt over the sins he committed in the past]], unlike [[spoiler:Kaito Kumon]], who seems to spur his SocialDarwinist filibusters about his distaste for strongarming. [[spoiler:Micchy, as a whole, is also passionate and charismatic, as most of his backstories involving the [[spoiler:Forbidden Fruit Saga]] is treated with [[MagneticHero respect and sympathy]] from other characters, and at the same time he follows Samus throughout her adventures to prove himself. For bonus points, he becomes Samus's LoveInterest.]]

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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]'' not only has [[{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]], but also [[spoiler:[[Series/KamenRiderGaim Mitsuzane Kureshima]]. Micchy is a cynical and self-destructive BrokenBird who is forever haunted by guilt over the sins he committed in the past]], unlike [[spoiler:Kaito Kumon]], who seems to spur his SocialDarwinist filibusters about his distaste for strongarming. [[spoiler:Micchy, as a whole, is also passionate and charismatic, as most of his backstories involving the [[spoiler:Forbidden Forbidden Fruit Saga]] Saga is treated with [[MagneticHero respect and sympathy]] from other characters, and at the same time he follows Samus throughout her adventures to prove himself. For bonus points, he becomes Samus's LoveInterest.]]
5th Jul '16 7:45:27 PM ThePat
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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]'' not only has [[{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]], but also [[spoiler:[[Series/KamenRiderGaim Mitsuzane Kureshima]].]] Micchy is a cynical and self-destructive BrokenBird who is forever haunted by guilt over the sins he committed in the past, unlike [[spoiler:Kaito Kumon]], who seems to spur his SocialDarwinist filibusters about his distaste for strongarming. Micchy, as a whole, is also passionate and charismatic, as most of his backstories involving the [[spoiler:Forbidden Fruit Saga]] is treated with [[MagneticHero respect and sympathy]] from other characters, and at the same time he follows Samus throughout her adventures to prove himself. For bonus points, he becomes Samus's LoveInterest.

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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]'' not only has [[{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]], but also [[spoiler:[[Series/KamenRiderGaim Mitsuzane Kureshima]].]] Micchy is a cynical and self-destructive BrokenBird who is forever haunted by guilt over the sins he committed in the past, past]], unlike [[spoiler:Kaito Kumon]], who seems to spur his SocialDarwinist filibusters about his distaste for strongarming. Micchy, [[spoiler:Micchy, as a whole, is also passionate and charismatic, as most of his backstories involving the [[spoiler:Forbidden Fruit Saga]] is treated with [[MagneticHero respect and sympathy]] from other characters, and at the same time he follows Samus throughout her adventures to prove himself. For bonus points, he becomes Samus's LoveInterest.]]
5th Jul '16 5:35:23 AM ThePat
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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]'' not only has [[{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]], but also [[spoiler:[[Series/KamenRiderGaim Mitsuzane Kureshima]].]] Micchy is a cynical and self-destructive BrokenBird who is forever haunted by guilt over the sins he committed in the past, unlike [[spoiler:Kaito Kumon]], who seems to spur his SocialDarwinist filibusters about his distaste for strongarming. Micchy, as a whole, is also passionate and charismatic, as most of his backstories involving the [[spoiler:Forbidden Fruit Saga]] is treated with [[MagneticHero respect and sympathy]] from other characters, and at the same time he follows Samus throughout her adventures to prove himself. For bonus points, he becomes Samus's LoveInterest.
26th Jun '16 8:41:10 PM PaulA
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* Stavrogin in Creator/FyodorDostoevsky's ''Literature/{{Demons}}'' is a particularly nasty deconstruction; it's lampshaded early in the book that this character type was common in Russian literature (and society) at the time.
22nd Jun '16 12:30:33 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' the Doctor qualifies, if only for his collateral damage count, including the genocide in the Time War to save the universe. However, how ''much'' of a Byronic hero he is is ''highly'' dependent on the episode and era. The Ninth Doctor fits the trope very closely, as did the First. Other incarnations that come close are the Tenth, though he tries ''very'' hard to throw off the "cynical and jaded" part; and the Seventh, although he doesn't qualify for the aesthetic aspects and has some [[ConsummateLiar prominent]] [[ManipulativeBastard traits]] atypical for this trope. The Sixth Doctor, modelled by his actor after [[Literature/PrideAndPrejudice Mr Darcy]], ''wishes'' he was this, but it's an affectation, and hardly a convincing one either. And the Fourth Doctor, with his TallDarkAndSnarky traits, unpredictable and often quite broody personality, tendency towards AntiquatedLinguistics, head of dark curls, [[CleopatraNose striking]], otherworldly and magnetic appearance, gothic Victoriana motifs and taste for beautiful dark velvet frock coats, is a conscious take on this trope and aesthetically the most straightforwardly Byronic of the lot... except for the fact that unlike the typical archetype he's also a [[ComicalOverreacting funny]] {{Adorkable}} ManChild who eats lots of jelly babies. Possibly an in-character affectation?

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' the Doctor qualifies, if only for his collateral damage count, including the genocide in the Time War to save the universe. However, how ''much'' of a Byronic hero he is is ''highly'' dependent on the episode and era. The Ninth Doctor fits the trope very closely, as did the First. Other incarnations that come close are the Tenth, though he tries ''very'' hard to throw off the "cynical and jaded" part; and the Seventh, although he doesn't qualify for the aesthetic aspects and has some [[ConsummateLiar prominent]] [[ManipulativeBastard traits]] atypical for this trope. The Sixth Doctor, modelled by his actor after [[Literature/PrideAndPrejudice Mr Darcy]], ''wishes'' he was this, but it's an affectation, and hardly a convincing one either. And the The Fourth Doctor, with his TallDarkAndSnarky traits, unpredictable and often quite broody personality, tendency towards AntiquatedLinguistics, head of dark curls, [[CleopatraNose striking]], striking, otherworldly and magnetic appearance, gothic Victoriana motifs and taste for beautiful dark velvet frock coats, is a conscious take on this trope and aesthetically the most straightforwardly Byronic of the lot... except for the fact that unlike the typical archetype he's also a [[ComicalOverreacting funny]] {{Adorkable}} ManChild who eats lots of jelly babies. Possibly an in-character affectation?
9th Jun '16 4:56:17 PM JRads47
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* Solid Snake in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series. He is not opposed to commit countless murders in order to achieve his goals[[note]]if you play him that way[[/note]] - 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.
** Less so early on, when Snake is a soldier following orders. It's not until Metal Gear Solid 2 that he starts operating on his own agenda. [[spoiler: Which in the original series ending, saw him executed as a terrorist.]]

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* Solid Snake in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series. He is not opposed to commit countless murders in order to achieve his goals[[note]]if you play him that way[[/note]] - 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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good. Less so early on, when Snake is was just a soldier following orders. It's not until Metal ''Metal Gear Solid 2 2'' that he starts operating on his own agenda. [[spoiler: Which in the original series ending, saw him executed as a terrorist.]]



* Samus Aran from the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' franchise is a female example.

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* %%* Samus Aran from the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' franchise is a female example.



* Skips from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has some traits from this, most notably in his backstory (appropriately set in the early 19th century, [[spoiler:when Skips was known as "Walks"]]). He came to meet his "immortal circle" after his behavior got him expelled from his previous school. His only romantic relationship ocurred here, [[spoiler:and ended tragically]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'':
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Skips from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has some traits from this, most notably in his backstory (appropriately set in the early 19th century, [[spoiler:when Skips was known as "Walks"]]). He came to meet his "immortal circle" after his behavior got him expelled from his previous school. His only romantic relationship ocurred here, [[spoiler:and ended tragically]].tragically]].
** 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}}.
3rd Jun '16 10:01:12 AM Doug86
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* Hans von Hammer, the ''ComicBook/EnemyAce'', is a very heroic example, being a charismatic nobleman who hates war, but is very good at it. His ideals are often at odds with those of his country: true when fighting for UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, and more so in ''War In Heaven'', where he's fighting for UsefulNotes/NaziGermany. And he's always ''extremely'' broody.

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* Hans von Hammer, the ''ComicBook/EnemyAce'', is a very heroic example, being a charismatic nobleman who hates war, but is very good at it. His ideals are often at odds with those of his country: true when fighting for UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and more so in ''War In Heaven'', where he's fighting for UsefulNotes/NaziGermany. And he's always ''extremely'' broody.
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