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10th Aug '16 11:15:54 AM ChronoLegion
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** Desmond, the true protagonist of the first three numbered titles, has run away from the Farm, unwilling to spend his life in a SecretWar against an AncientConspiracy, and becomes a bartender, until said conspiracy finds him and pulls him back in. He's reluctant, but ends up personally experiencing the lives of several of his Assassin ancestors, filling him with renewed confidence in the Assassin cause, as well as using the "bleeding effect" to learn his ancestors' skills. His ultimate [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]] sets him aside from all the other protagonists.
10th Aug '16 11:10:28 AM ChronoLegion
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*** The contrast between the two goes even further when their complete lives are viewed. Altaïr was extremely cynical all the way to the end, taking the view of HumansAreTheRealMonsters and seeing a CrapsackWorld. Ezio gained a real appreciation for life, taking the view that HumansAreFlawed, but overall decent people and that TheWorldIsJustAwesome.

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*** The contrast between the two goes even further when their complete lives are viewed. Altaïr was extremely cynical all the way to the end, taking the view of HumansAreTheRealMonsters and seeing a CrapsackWorld. Ezio gained a real appreciation for life, taking the view that HumansAreFlawed, but overall decent people and that TheWorldIsJustAwesome. Even their deaths are portrayed in contrast. Altaïr dies alone, locking himself in a vault, having lost his wife and one of his sons to inter-factional conflict within the Order. Ezio dies on a park bench, watching his daughter and grand-daughter play, content with his life.
4th Aug '16 12:40:55 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The first three ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' games are fought as the heroic Spartan super-soldier Master Chief. ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' reduces the player's fame and power by having them play as an [[ItsRainingMen Orbital Drop Shock Trooper]], an [[BadassNormal unaugmented special forces soldier]]. Additionally, [=ODSTs=] tend to [[TheRival resent Spartans and compete against them]] ([[UnknownRival though the Spartans themselves are too mission-oriented to really care]]). ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' has you as a super-soldier again, but now a cheaper Spartan-III who specialized in black-ops missions against humans, not [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]].

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* The first three mainline ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' games are fought as the heroic Spartan super-soldier Master Chief. ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' reduces the player's fame and power by having them play as an [[ItsRainingMen Orbital Drop Shock Trooper]], an [[BadassNormal unaugmented special forces soldier]]. Additionally, [=ODSTs=] tend to [[TheRival resent Spartans and compete against them]] ([[UnknownRival though the Spartans themselves are too mission-oriented to really care]]). ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' has you as a super-soldier again, but now a cheaper Spartan-III who specialized in black-ops missions against humans, not [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]].
3rd Aug '16 5:14:33 PM thatmadork
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* In Telltale's ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', the protagonist of Season One is a grown man who (both metaphorically and quite literally) crashes into the ZombieApocalypse and has to adapt from day one, but is given a chance to start anew and find redemption. Whereas the protagonist of Season Two is a young girl who comes of age during it, and has her happy life ripped from her and needs to avoid succumbing to corruption.
1st Aug '16 1:49:02 AM Anicomicgeek
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* The ''Franchiae/{{Godzilla}}'' franchise has this with its title character: [[Film/{{Gojira}} the original Godzilla]] was a TragicMonster, the Showa incarnation was a villain who eventually let go of his anger and became a hero, the Hensei incarnation was an indifferent NoNonsenseNemesis, [[Film/{{Godzilla 2014}} the Legendary version]] doesn't even seem to hate or even bear a grudge against humanity (even going out his way to avoid hurting people deliberately) and Film/ShinGodzilla is one of the more malevolent incarnations.
27th Jul '16 4:38:00 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'' subtly frames the members of its all-female Ghostbusters team as {{Foil}}s of the team from the original 1984 ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', resulting in them being recognizable stand-ins with their own distinct personalities.
** Erin Gilbert to Peter Venkman. Like Venkman, she's TheFace and the leader of the group who's initially the least enthused about busting ghosts, and joins the team after losing her university teaching gig. But where Venkman was a self-centered, slovenly, BrilliantButLazy AntiHero who started the Ghostbusters to turn a profit, Gilbert is idealistic, ambitious, and highly professional, and she gets into busting ghosts to help people. And while Venkman was TheCharmer who often used his charisma to get his way, Gilbert is the most shy and socially awkward of the group in spite of her determination and leadership skills.
** Abby Yates to Ray Stantz. Like Stantz, she's TheHeart of the group who's initially the ''most'' enthused about busting ghosts, she brings the most knowledge of the paranormal to the table, and she's known for her {{Adorkable}} enthusiasm and energy. But while Stantz was somewhat reserved and shy, and had to be convinced by his friend Venkman to use his paranormal knowledge to start a business, Abby is the most confident and outgoing of the group, and she's the one who convinces ''Gilbert'' to start a paranormal investigation business.
** Jillian Holtzmann to Egon Spengler. Like Spengler, she's [[TheSmartGuy The Brains]] of the group who brings the scientific know-how that makes busting ghosts possible, and knows much more about "hard" science and engineering than her companions. But while Egon was a stoic and somewhat emotionally stilted genius [[NotGoodWithPeople who felt more comfortable around science experiments than around people]], Holtzmann is a quirky, fun-loving BunnyEarsLawyer who's the most laid-back of the crew, and regularly makes jokes in dangerous situations. She's also something of a BloodKnight, and tends to charge into danger faster than any of her friends.
** Patty Tolan to Winston Zeddemore. Like Zeddemore, she's the street-smart, working-class TokenMinority of the group who joins the Ghostbusters to assist on missions, despite lacking the others' specialized scientific skills. But while Winston was openly apathetic about the paranormal, and only joined the Ghostbusters [[OnlyInItForTheMoney because they offered him a paying job]], Tolan ''[[JumpedAtTheCall volunteers]]'' to join the team because she believes that they need her skills, and she's initially their first client after she witnesses a haunting in the New York Subway. [[spoiler: Lampshaded, when it turns out that her uncle is played by Ernie Hudson.]]



** Connor Kenway of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' is an idealistic rookie Assassin who's treated as an outsider because of his Mohawk ancestry, and ends up directly at odds with [[spoiler: [[ArchnemesisDad his father Haytham, the Grandmaster of the Templar Order]]]] in the course of his mission. He's also driven by principle and a kind of nationalism due to his primary motive being to protect his tribe. He's also something close to an AllLovingHero (so long as you're not a templar), and something of an Assassin Messsiah who rebuilt the brotherhood from 1 member back to strength.

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** Connor Kenway of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' is an idealistic rookie Assassin who's treated as an outsider because of his Mohawk ancestry, and ends up directly at odds with [[spoiler: [[ArchnemesisDad his father Haytham, the Grandmaster of the Templar Order]]]] in the course of his mission. He's also driven by principle and a kind of nationalism due to his primary motive being to protect his tribe. He's also something close to an AllLovingHero (so long as you're not a templar), and something of an Assassin Messsiah who rebuilt the brotherhood from 1 member back to strength.
27th Jul '16 4:32:55 PM EricW
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** Connor Kenway of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' is an idealistic rookie Assassin who's treated as an outsider because of his Mohawk ancestry, and ends up directly at odds with [[spoiler: [[ArchnemesisDad his father Haytham, the Grandmaster of the Templar Order]]]] in the course of his mission.

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** Connor Kenway of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' is an idealistic rookie Assassin who's treated as an outsider because of his Mohawk ancestry, and ends up directly at odds with [[spoiler: [[ArchnemesisDad his father Haytham, the Grandmaster of the Templar Order]]]] in the course of his mission. He's also driven by principle and a kind of nationalism due to his primary motive being to protect his tribe. He's also something close to an AllLovingHero (so long as you're not a templar), and something of an Assassin Messsiah who rebuilt the brotherhood from 1 member back to strength.
22nd Jul '16 11:35:23 PM EricW
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** And this is in turn contrasted in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedSyndicate'' with the twin Jacob and Evie. Both of them are career assassins, with commitment to the cause first, though they differ over methodology. Jacob is also HotBlodded and tends to leap first at the templars before wondering about consequences. Evie meanwhile is methodical allmost to a fault, stoic, and more the stoic than most of the previous 3 protagonists.

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** And this is in turn contrasted in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedSyndicate'' with the twin Jacob and Evie. Both of them are career assassins, with commitment to the cause first, though they differ over methodology. Jacob is also HotBlodded and tends to leap first at the templars before wondering about consequences. Evie meanwhile is methodical allmost almost to a fault, stoic, devoted to her father's ideals (Jacob personally holds some resentment towards him due to being AlwaysSecondBest) and more the stoic than most of the previous 3 protagonists.
11th Jul '16 11:25:27 PM EricW
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* Due to the "Fresh cast" approach PowerRangers has, this is usually a given for the ranger who's generally the main focus of the season. (I.E. the red ranger)
5th Jul '16 12:54:26 PM narm00
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* In ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'' the main character starts out as a puppy, who trains to [[YouKilledMyFather avenge his father]]. He joins a pack of warrior dogs, and since he is smallest and youngest he has to fight hard to earn the respect of others. Eventually he is chosen to be the leader because of his deeds and he reaches the [[SpecialAttack peak of his powers]] at the last battle of the manga. In the sequel ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' his son somehow knows how to do his fathers ultimate move only by knowing that his father is a hero (he hasn't even met his father at this point) and everyone he meets threats him like an alpha male of the pack or something. The kid even lectures his father about how it [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim is not right to kill your enemy]] after the said enemy has tortured Gin and killed one of his closest friends in extremely brutal way.

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* In ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'' the main character starts out as a puppy, who trains to [[YouKilledMyFather avenge his father]]. He joins a pack of warrior dogs, and since he is smallest and youngest he has to fight hard to earn the respect of others. Eventually he is chosen to be the leader because of his deeds and he reaches the [[SpecialAttack peak of his powers]] at the last battle of the manga. In the sequel ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' his son somehow knows how to do his fathers father's ultimate move only by knowing that his father is a hero (he hasn't even met his father at this point) and everyone he meets threats treats him like an alpha male of the pack or something. The kid even lectures his father about how it [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim is not right to kill your enemy]] after the said enemy has tortured Gin and killed one of his closest friends in an extremely brutal way.



** The two Josukes also heavily contradict each other as well. Josuke Higashikata of "Diamond is Unbreakable" is one of the most "normal" protagonists in the series to date, with his only real quirks being a gambling addiction, his extreme sensitivity towards his hair, and the [[HeroicBastard circumstances]] of his birth; other than that, he's just a good-hearted schoolboy. "Josuke Higashikata" of "[=JoJolion=]", on the other hand, is easily one of the weirdest protagonists in the series, being a physically abnormal and eccentric amnesiac who happens to be [[spoiler:a [[FusionDance fusion]] of two different people]].

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** The two Josukes also heavily contradict contrast each other as well. Josuke Higashikata of "Diamond is Unbreakable" is one of the most "normal" protagonists in the series to date, with his only real quirks being a gambling addiction, his extreme sensitivity towards his hair, and the [[HeroicBastard circumstances]] of his birth; other than that, he's just a good-hearted schoolboy. "Josuke Higashikata" of "[=JoJolion=]", on the other hand, is easily one of the weirdest protagonists in the series, being a physically abnormal and eccentric amnesiac who happens to be [[spoiler:a [[FusionDance fusion]] of two different people]].



* This is done in the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' series; [[Anime/YuGiOhGX Judai]] is more outgoing and laid-back than [[Manga/YuGiOh Yugi]] (he's stated to be more a combination of Yugi's skill, but Jonouchi's personality). [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Yusei]] contrasts both Yugi and Judai by being much more serious than either of them. [[Anime/YuGiOhZexal Yuma]] keeps to the trend by being even less serious than Judai was and he lacks the skills of the previous protagonists at the beginning of the story, and he's very HotBlooded and hard-headed. [[Anime/YuGiOhArcV Yuya]] is a bit more like Judai with more serious issues, but he acts more comically whenever he is doing his finisher combos to entertain the audience. Also, Yuya isn't as laid-back as Judai and Yuma, and he's rather the quiet type when he's not dueling and his character is relatively well balanced.

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* This is done in the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' series; [[Anime/YuGiOhGX Judai]] is more outgoing and laid-back than [[Manga/YuGiOh Yugi]] (he's stated to be more a combination of Yugi's skill, but skill and Jonouchi's personality). [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Yusei]] contrasts both Yugi and Judai by being much more serious than either of them. [[Anime/YuGiOhZexal Yuma]] keeps to the trend by being even less serious than Judai was and he lacks the skills of the previous protagonists at the beginning of the story, and he's very HotBlooded and hard-headed. [[Anime/YuGiOhArcV Yuya]] is a bit more like Judai with more serious issues, but he acts more comically whenever he is doing his finisher combos to entertain the audience. Also, Yuya isn't as laid-back as Judai and Yuma, and he's rather the quiet type when he's not dueling and his character is relatively well balanced.
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