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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.
26th Oct '16 1:44:04 AM rafi
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Shinji Ikari manages to save the day several times in spite of all his self-doubt, angst, and neuroses.
** WordOfGod describes Misato as this, too, but unlike Shinji, who is ResignedToTheCall, she is much more proactive in looking past her BrokenBird issues and moving forward (particularly by the tail end of the series).

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Shinji Ikari manages to save the day several times in spite of all his self-doubt, angst,
In ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'', Kenji starts as this.
* Short, chubby,
and neuroses.
** WordOfGod describes Misato
no small amount a crybaby, Haruyuki Arita doesn't start out ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' as this, too, but unlike Shinji, who is ResignedToTheCall, she is much more proactive in looking past her BrokenBird issues and moving forward (particularly anybody's idea of a hero. But by the tail end of the series).Dusk Taker arc, he is more than capable of dropping a villain like a bad habit.



* Nozomu Itoshiki of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. AKA Mr. Despair, he is constantly attempting suicide and angsting about the most ridiculous of things. Interestingly, he isn't an example of ThisLoserIsYou, as he's very good looking, intelligent, and comes from a very wealthy (if bizarre) family. In fact, the irony of his character is that he acts the way he does despite having these advantages.
* Tatsuhiro Satou of ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' is a highly unstable NEET who places all of the blame for his highly unstable life on a conspiracy organization known to him as the NHK. And yet he is ultimately a good-hearted person who wants to be a productive member of society, most of his angst stems from feeling he is unable to lead a productive life.

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* Nozomu Itoshiki of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. AKA Mr. Despair, Nobita from ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' is a total loser, a crybaby, and a lazy bum who prefers using tools to cheat than trying to improve himself, but he is constantly attempting suicide naturally a kid with a gentle heart who can be brave and angsting about reliable when he needs to.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** Gohan. He tries to play
the most ridiculous of things. Interestingly, IdealHero when he isn't an example of ThisLoserIsYou, as is the Great Saiyaman, but he's very good looking, intelligent, much closer to this trope since he's often plagued with self-doubt in himself, has no real love for fighting outside of sport (which greatly affects his power), and comes from a very wealthy (if bizarre) family. In fact, often depends on his father and Piccolo to protect him when he screws up (which has cost them both their lives at one point). He still fights to protect the irony of his character is that he acts the way he does world, despite having these advantages.
* Tatsuhiro Satou of ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' is a highly unstable NEET who places all of
his shortcomings.
** Mr. Satan tries to be an IdealHero to
the blame citizens of Earth and everyone, save for his highly unstable life on a conspiracy organization known to the Z-Fighters, sees him as the NHK. And yet he savior of the universe. Truth is, Mr. Satan is ultimately a good-hearted person an unapologetic GloryHound who wants to be a productive member of society, most of his angst stems stole credit for killing Cell from feeling Gohan. He is more often than not scared of fighting anyone stronger than him and will bribe others to throw fights so he can keep his reputation. At the same time, he does have a noble heart and will fight to protect others, even if it means risking his own life. He helps Goku and Vegeta kill Kid Buu by using his heroic status to get the people of Earth to loan energy for the Spirit Bomb.
* Early on, Vincent Law of ''Anime/ErgoProxy''
is unable to lead very poor material for a productive life.traditional protagonist; he's shy, awkward, holds little social standing, and works doing a very dangerous job. He considerably bulks up his credentials as the series progresses.



* In ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'', Kenji starts as this.



* The protagonist of ''Literature/TheTatamiGalaxy'', who is something of a Zetsubou-sensei {{expy}}, and is described in some promotional materials as a "not-so-lovable loser".
* Saji Crossroads, Shinji Ikari's {{expy}} of sorts, during the second season of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]''. [[TookALevelInBadass He gets better]].
* Usopp from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is pretty much this in the beginning and mostly in the Water 7/Enies Lobby arc.
* Early on, Vincent Law of ''Anime/ErgoProxy'' is very poor material for a traditional protagonist; he's shy, awkward, holds little social standing, and works doing a very dangerous job. He considerably bulks up his credentials as the series progresses.
* Amuro Ray and Kai Shiden from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Both get better; Amuro in particular develops into a KnightInSourArmor in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack''.
* Kou Uraki of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Gundam 0083]]'' is not an AcePilot, has no psychic power, and has only a blind rage against the main antagonist (who doesn't even consider him a worthy opponent until half-way through).

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* The protagonist of ''Literature/TheTatamiGalaxy'', who is something of a Zetsubou-sensei {{expy}}, and is described in some promotional materials as a "not-so-lovable loser".
* Saji Crossroads, Shinji Ikari's {{expy}} of sorts, during the second season of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]''. [[TookALevelInBadass He gets better]].
* Usopp from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is pretty much this in the beginning and mostly in the Water 7/Enies Lobby arc.
* Early on, Vincent Law of ''Anime/ErgoProxy'' is very poor material for a traditional protagonist; he's shy, awkward, holds little social standing, and works doing a very dangerous job. He considerably bulks up his credentials as the series progresses.
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''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
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Amuro Ray and Kai Shiden from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Both get better; Amuro in particular develops into a KnightInSourArmor in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack''.
* ** Kou Uraki of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Gundam 0083]]'' ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'' is not an AcePilot, has no psychic power, and has only a blind rage against the main antagonist (who doesn't even consider him a worthy opponent until half-way through).through).
** Saji Crossroads, Shinji Ikari's {{expy}} of sorts, during the second season of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]''. [[TookALevelInBadass He gets better]].



* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Shinji Ikari manages to save the day several times in spite of all his self-doubt, angst, and neuroses.
** WordOfGod describes Misato as this, too, but unlike Shinji, who is ResignedToTheCall, she is much more proactive in looking past her BrokenBird issues and moving forward (particularly by the tail end of the series).
* Usopp from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is pretty much this in the beginning and mostly in the Water 7/Enies Lobby arc.
* The eponymous main character of ''Manga/OyasumiPunpun'' fits this to a tee; there's nothing particularly exceptional or admirable about him. He's a good person at heart, but is meek, withdrawn, depressed, and bad with people. The story is about his growing disillusionment with life and how this turns him into a progressively worse person.



* Usagi Tsukino from ''Manga/SailorMoon'' is lazy, clumsy, cowardly, overemotional, ditzy, and BookDumb; but she is essentially a girl of good heart and IncorruptiblePurePureness. She grows into a stronger heroine as time goes on, although she continues to be a slacker in school.



* Nobita from ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' is a total loser, a crybaby, and a lazy bum who prefers using tools to cheat than trying to improve himself, but he is naturally a kid with a gentle heart who can be brave and reliable when he needs to.

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* Nobita from ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' is a total loser, a crybaby, and a lazy bum who prefers using tools to cheat than trying to improve himself, but Nozomu Itoshiki of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. AKA Mr. Despair, he is naturally constantly attempting suicide and angsting about the most ridiculous of things. Interestingly, he isn't an example of ThisLoserIsYou, as he's very good looking, intelligent, and comes from a kid with a gentle heart very wealthy (if bizarre) family. In fact, the irony of his character is that he acts the way he does despite having these advantages.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/TheTatamiGalaxy'',
who can be brave is something of a Zetsubou-sensei {{expy}}, and reliable when he needs to.is described in some promotional materials as a "not-so-lovable loser".



* Usagi Tsukino from ''Manga/SailorMoon'' is lazy, clumsy, cowardly, overemotional, ditzy, and BookDumb; but she is essentially a girl of good heart and IncorruptiblePurePureness. She grows into a stronger heroine as time goes on, although she continues to be a slacker in school.
* Short, chubby, and no small amount a crybaby, Haruyuki Arita doesn't start out ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' as anybody's idea of a hero. But by the end of the Dusk Taker arc, he is more than capable of dropping a villain like a bad habit.
* The eponymous main character of ''Manga/OyasumiPunpun'' fits this to a tee; there's nothing particularly exceptional or admirable about him. He's a good person at heart, but is meek, withdrawn, depressed, and bad with people. The story is about his growing disillusionment with life and how this turns him into a progressively worse person.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** Gohan. He tries to play the IdealHero when he is the Great Saiyaman, but he's much closer to this trope since he's often plagued with self-doubt in himself, has no real love for fighting outside of sport (which greatly affects his power), and often depends on his father and Piccolo to protect him when he screws up (which has cost them both their lives at one point). He still fights to protect the world, despite his shortcomings.
** Mr. Satan tries to be an IdealHero to the citizens of Earth and everyone, save for the Z-Fighters, sees him as the savior of the universe. Truth is, Mr. Satan is an unapologetic GloryHound who stole credit for killing Cell from Gohan. He is more often than not scared of fighting anyone stronger than him and will bribe others to throw fights so he can keep his reputation. At the same time, he does have a noble heart and will fight to protect others, even if it means risking his own life. He helps Goku and Vegeta kill Kid Buu by using his heroic status to get the people of Earth to loan energy for the Spirit Bomb.

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* Usagi Tsukino from ''Manga/SailorMoon'' Tatsuhiro Satou of ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' is lazy, clumsy, cowardly, overemotional, ditzy, and BookDumb; but she is essentially a girl of good heart and IncorruptiblePurePureness. She grows into a stronger heroine as time goes on, although she continues to be a slacker in school.
* Short, chubby, and no small amount a crybaby, Haruyuki Arita doesn't start out ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' as anybody's idea of a hero. But by the end
highly unstable NEET who places all of the Dusk Taker arc, he is more than capable of dropping a villain like a bad habit.
* The eponymous main character of ''Manga/OyasumiPunpun'' fits this to a tee; there's nothing particularly exceptional or admirable about him. He's a good person at heart, but is meek, withdrawn, depressed, and bad with people. The story is about
blame for his growing disillusionment with highly unstable life and how this turns him into on a progressively worse person.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** Gohan. He tries
conspiracy organization known to play the IdealHero when he is the Great Saiyaman, but he's much closer to this trope since he's often plagued with self-doubt in himself, has no real love for fighting outside of sport (which greatly affects his power), and often depends on his father and Piccolo to protect him when he screws up (which has cost them both their lives at one point). He still fights to protect the world, despite his shortcomings.
** Mr. Satan tries to be an IdealHero to the citizens of Earth and everyone, save for the Z-Fighters, sees
him as the savior of the universe. Truth is, Mr. Satan NHK. And yet he is an unapologetic GloryHound ultimately a good-hearted person who stole credit for killing Cell wants to be a productive member of society, most of his angst stems from Gohan. He feeling he is more often than not scared of fighting anyone stronger than him and will bribe others unable to throw fights so he can keep his reputation. At the same time, he does have lead a noble heart and will fight to protect others, even if it means risking his own life. He helps Goku and Vegeta kill Kid Buu by using his heroic status to get the people of Earth to loan energy for the Spirit Bomb.productive life.



* Franchise/ScoobyDoo and Shaggy.
* Cody and Sierra ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama World Tour]]''. First season, Cody was a standard hero, but developed less heroic traits in the third season.


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%%* Franchise/ScoobyDoo and Shaggy.
* Cody in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''. First season, Cody was a standard hero, but developed less heroic traits in the third season.
27th Sep '16 11:59:38 AM Tuckerscreator
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* Wikus van de Merwe of the film ''Film/{{District 9}}''.

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* Wikus van de Merwe of the film ''Film/{{District 9}}''. Before the incident that [[spoiler:mutates him into a "prawn" alien]], he's a racist ObstructiveBureaucrat with little concern for the aliens in District 9. But one accident causes his life to be targeted from all sides, and when only a prawn is willing to help him, Wikus is forced to grow up.
27th Sep '16 7:14:26 AM Nithael
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* Officer Jong-goo from ''Film/TheWailing'' is a [[CluelessDeputy fat, bumbling officer]] who can't get anything right, completely panics when he has to restrain a lone frail woman, gets no respect from his family or superiors, and according to one comment from his wife isn't exactly spectacular in bed either. It's only when his daughter falls victim to a curse that he has to TakeALevelInBadass to try and save her.
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