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12th Feb '17 5:48:32 PM mister-bittersweet
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* Riki Naoe from ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' starts out meek, passive, and overly reliant on his friends. The reason he's so dependent on them is because they were the only people there for him in [[OrphansOrdeal the aftermath of his parents' death]]. It's gotten to the point where Riki is content [[AlwaysSecondBest living in the shadows of his friends]]. Throughout the heroines' routes, he goes through CharacterDevelopment and becomes more self-reliant.
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9th Jan '17 10:17:22 AM MasterHero
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* Ichika Orimura from ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'' is brave, honest, quick to forgive, always wants to see the good in people and puts the needs of his friends above his own. Unfortunately, he isn't very bright, always jumps into conclusions and gets his ass kicked on a regular basis. His attempts to save his friends usually end with his friends saving ''him'' instead.
* Kazuma Satou from ''LightNovel/KonoSubarashiiSekaiNiShukufukuO'' only wants to have an easy, comfortable life in the [=RPG=]-style world he finds himself in. He has no interest in defeating the [[BigBad Demon Lord]] and even treats his own teammates as liabilities than assets. That said, he does care about his friends in his own way and when push comes to shove, he will do the right thing.
9th Jan '17 8:52:53 AM Ekelai
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* Shigeo Kageyama from ''Manga/MobPsycho100'' is very much this - he's lackluster in most mundane aspects of life; starts the series incredibly out of shape; and his strongest attribute, his incredible psychic power, is something he fears and tries to avoid using. He's shy, unsure of himself, emotionally fragile, and often relies on others for emotional support. However, he's also dedicated to self-improvement, inspires a number of other people around him, and is the strongest psychic in the setting so far.
2nd Dec '16 8:00:47 AM luckykaa
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* ''Literature/ThePowerAndtheglory'' The Whiskey Priest protagonist is a deeply flawed example of his profession. He is an alcoholic, plagued by self doubt and has even fathered a child. He is well aware of his flaws and his cowardice, and filled with self doubt, yet nevertheless does remain a priest, and do his duty.

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* ''Literature/ThePowerAndtheglory'' ''Literature/ThePowerAndTheGlory'' The Whiskey Priest protagonist is a deeply flawed example of his profession. He is an alcoholic, plagued by self doubt and a coward, and has even fathered a child. He is well aware of his flaws and his cowardice, and filled which fills him with self doubt, yet doubt and guilt. He does nevertheless does remain a priest, and do performs his duty.priestly functions.
2nd Dec '16 7:58:27 AM luckykaa
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* ''Literature/ThePowerAndtheglory'' The Whiskey Priest protagonist is a deeply flawed example of his profession. He is an alcoholic, plagued by self doubt and has even fathered a child. He is well aware of his flaws and his cowardice, and filled with self doubt, yet nevertheless does remain a priest, and do his duty.
23rd Nov '16 6:09:00 AM Tron80
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* Early ComicBook/SpiderMan, explicitly designed to be the first superhero with personal and internal conflicts besides super-villains and criminals. Spidey's runaway success was a major part of why such depictions came to be the [[TropeCodifier typical depiction of a hero]].

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* Early ComicBook/SpiderMan, Franchise/SpiderMan, explicitly designed to be the first superhero with personal and internal conflicts besides super-villains and criminals. Spidey's runaway success was a major part of why such depictions came to be the [[TropeCodifier typical depiction of a hero]].hero]].
* Although Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} is usually considered a classic example of TheCape, when she starts out her career she is an inexperienced, naive, temperamental teenager full of doubts and insecurities who is not even sure of wanting to be a hero and makes tons of mistakes which she has learn from them.
22nd Nov '16 10:58:25 PM PaulA
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* Mick "Brew" Axbrewder from Stephen R. Donaldson's ''Man Who'' series, a self-pitying alcoholic who makes Thomas Covenant look like [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends Binky the Clown]].

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* Mick "Brew" Axbrewder from Stephen R. Donaldson's Creator/StephenRDonaldson's ''Man Who'' series, a self-pitying alcoholic who makes [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant Thomas Covenant Covenant]] look like [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends Binky the Clown]].
13th Nov '16 5:13:17 AM thatother1dude
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* Gumball from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' is unathletic, not the sharpest tool in the shed, and lacks maturity, yet he's also bitterly self aware, snarky and GenreSavvy, all traits that make him as likely to cope with the CrapsackWorld he inhabits as likely he is to get in over his head.

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* Gumball from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' is unathletic, not the sharpest tool in the shed, and lacks maturity, yet he's also bitterly self aware, snarky and GenreSavvy, all traits that make him as likely to cope with the CrapsackWorld WorldOfWeirdness he inhabits as likely he is to get in over his head.
12th Nov '16 2:49:58 PM azul120
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* Gumball from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' is unathletic, not the sharpest tool in the shed, and lacks maturity, yet he's also bitterly self aware, snarky and GenreSavvy, all traits that make him as likely to cope with the CrapsackWorld he inhabits as likely he is to get in over his head.



27th Oct '16 3:29:05 PM DustSnitch
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Nowadays, an {{antihero}} is usually thought of as a {{badass}}, [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids bitter]], [[HatesEveryoneEqually misanthropic]], [[BloodKnight violent]], {{sociopathic|Hero}} angry person, but this is a recent enough development to be known as a NinetiesAntiHero. For much of history, the term ''antihero'' referred to a character type that is in many ways the opposite of this.

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Nowadays, an {{antihero}} is usually thought of as a {{badass}}, badass, [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids bitter]], [[HatesEveryoneEqually misanthropic]], [[BloodKnight violent]], {{sociopathic|Hero}} angry person, but this is a recent enough development to be known as a NinetiesAntiHero. For much of history, the term ''antihero'' referred to a character type that is in many ways the opposite of this.



** Homura used to be a SuperLoser even with her TimeStandsStill ability. Some traumatic cycles later, she's a {{Badass}} DarkMagicalGirl AntiHero with [[SuperheroPackingHeat loads and loads of guns]], and yet she's still losing... against [[HopelessBossFight Walpurgisnacht]]. Even with the universe's biggest literal DeusExMachina, technically she's still losing [[spoiler:Madoka]].

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** Homura used to be a SuperLoser even with her TimeStandsStill ability. Some traumatic cycles later, she's a {{Badass}} badass DarkMagicalGirl AntiHero with [[SuperheroPackingHeat loads and loads of guns]], and yet she's still losing... against [[HopelessBossFight Walpurgisnacht]]. Even with the universe's biggest literal DeusExMachina, technically she's still losing [[spoiler:Madoka]].



* [[Literature/TheTalesOfPaulTwister Paul Twister]] is portrayed as a strange mix of this and modern AntiHero. His "Paul Twister" persona is a snarky thief-for-hire whose soul has a bunch of chaotic Void power bonded to it, causing him to disrupt and destroy magic everywhere he goes, and when he's being Paul he deliberately plays up the {{Badass}} image he's crafted of the personal... but he really doesn't like it; he only does it because it's one of the few ways he can make a living. The rest of the time, he's a geek from modern-day earth [[TrappedInAnotherWorld trapped in a fantasy world]] and he's in over his head. He [[NonActionGuy doesn't like to fight, and tends to lose the few fights he gets into,]] almost every plan he makes blows up in his face and [[IndyPloy forces him to improvise his way out of the resulting mess,]] and being a 21st century guy in a Renaissance-tech-level world means [[FishOutOfTemporalWater he has very little in the way of useful skills,]] aside from [[AntiMagic the Twist.]] And yet for all his awkwardness and self-doubt, when the pressure's on, he'll find some way to use either [[ScienceHero science]] or [[GuileHero trickery]] to save the day.

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* [[Literature/TheTalesOfPaulTwister Paul Twister]] is portrayed as a strange mix of this and modern AntiHero. His "Paul Twister" persona is a snarky thief-for-hire whose soul has a bunch of chaotic Void power bonded to it, causing him to disrupt and destroy magic everywhere he goes, and when he's being Paul he deliberately plays up the {{Badass}} badass image he's crafted of the personal... but he really doesn't like it; he only does it because it's one of the few ways he can make a living. The rest of the time, he's a geek from modern-day earth [[TrappedInAnotherWorld trapped in a fantasy world]] and he's in over his head. He [[NonActionGuy doesn't like to fight, and tends to lose the few fights he gets into,]] almost every plan he makes blows up in his face and [[IndyPloy forces him to improvise his way out of the resulting mess,]] and being a 21st century guy in a Renaissance-tech-level world means [[FishOutOfTemporalWater he has very little in the way of useful skills,]] aside from [[AntiMagic the Twist.]] And yet for all his awkwardness and self-doubt, when the pressure's on, he'll find some way to use either [[ScienceHero science]] or [[GuileHero trickery]] to save the day.
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