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31st Aug '17 4:38:03 AM HalcyonDayz
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* The player characters in ''Racial Holy War'' (which somehow manages to suck even worse than the the title implies) are White Warriors- the last hope of the dying white race, out to cleanse the world of evil Latinos (which the game constantly misspells as 'latrinos'), blacks, Asians, middle easterners, and of course [[GreedyJew Jews]]. And even aside from that, the totally broken rules mean that they are corrupt enough to accept bribes not to attack ''in the middle of combat'' (Jews have the 'special attack' of bribing PCs to skip their turn), and [[DirtyCoward will run whenever they're outnumbered, even if it's by babies]] (the MoraleMechanic doesn't account for anything other than number of combatants).

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* The player characters in ''Racial Holy War'' (which somehow manages to suck even worse than the the title implies) are White Warriors- the last hope of the dying white race, out to cleanse the world of evil Latinos (which the game constantly misspells as 'latrinos'), blacks, Asians, middle easterners, and of course [[GreedyJew Jews]]. And even aside from that, the totally broken rules mean that they are corrupt enough to accept bribes not to attack ''in the middle of combat'' (Jews have the 'special attack' of bribing PCs [=PCs=] to skip their turn), and [[DirtyCoward will run whenever they're outnumbered, even if it's by babies]] (the MoraleMechanic doesn't account for anything other than number of combatants).
8th Aug '17 8:33:14 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Stanley from ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark''. Aside from just being a delusional idiot, his "perfect world" is filled with trolls who look and think exactly like him, he acts ''[[LoliCon waaayyy]]'' too happy when a toddler kisses him, and at the end of the film he ''[[spoiler: covers New York City in vegetation]]'', [[InferredHolocaust causing untold devastation and no doubt killing hundreds of people]].

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* Stanley from ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark''. Aside from just being a delusional idiot, his "perfect world" is filled with trolls who look and think exactly like him, he acts ''[[LoliCon ''[[NoYay waaayyy]]'' too happy when a toddler kisses him, and at the end of the film he ''[[spoiler: covers New York City in vegetation]]'', [[InferredHolocaust causing untold devastation and no doubt killing hundreds of people]].
4th Aug '17 9:30:11 AM CaptainTedium
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* Batman borders on this in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoBatmanMovie'', since he is a self-centered, glory-seeking {{Jerkass}} for most of the film and at one point breaks into the Fortress of Solitude, inconsiderately destroys a lot of Superman's belongings, and takes the Phantom Zone projector without permission ''all so he can use it to imprison the Joker in the Phantom Zone and never have to deal with him again''[[note]]The Joker is portrayed as a somewhat sympathetic AntiVillain in this adaptation[[/note]]. Even after Batman learns to be more considerate toward others and the importance of allowing people to help him in his battle against crime, it's excruciatingly ignored that he broke into and defiled Superman's lair.
23rd Jul '17 8:33:01 AM ngh93
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* ''WesternAnimation/BebesKids''. Seriously, they destroy a theme park and cause trouble for many innocent people there, yet they never get punished for it. Worse, the audience is expected not to think badly of them because they have a poor life and have "attitude." In the original stand up routine the movie was based on, they were clearly the antagonists. Robin Harris was criticizing irresponsible parents who were too selfish to raise and discipline their ill-behaved children. Also, Robin Harris' character in the movie ALSO qualifies for this trope; generally acting like a major {{Jerkass to everyone yet actually being praised as a good guy despite doing nothing good whatsoever.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BebesKids''. Seriously, they destroy a theme park and cause trouble for many innocent people there, yet they never get punished for it. Worse, the audience is expected not to think badly of them because they have a poor life and have "attitude." In the original stand up routine the movie was based on, they were clearly the antagonists. Robin Harris was criticizing irresponsible parents who were too selfish to raise and discipline their ill-behaved children. Also, Robin Harris' character in the movie ALSO qualifies for this trope; generally acting like a major {{Jerkass {{Jerkass}} to everyone yet actually being praised as a good guy despite doing nothing good whatsoever.
23rd Jul '17 8:32:44 AM ngh93
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* Sinbad in ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas''. Aside from the obvious fact that he is sent because he's their only option, the general way Sinbad acts for almost the entire movie makes him little to no different then a villain. He starts the movie trying to rob a ship, not even caring when it's his childhood friend Proteus he's robbing. Sinbad is then set up to be executed for a crime he ''didn't'' commit, and Proteus decides to take Sinbad's place in exchange for Sinbad retrieving the Book of Peace. Oh, yes, did we mention that Proteus is a prince who is next in line to inherit the throne? That means his death would result in a SuccessionCrisis and doom his entire country. Yet despite this overwhelming amount of faith Proteus puts in Sinbad, the pirate responds by ''leaving him behind to die'', believing that King Dymus would never let them execute his son (he's correct, but when Dymus later engineers Proteus' escape, [[HonorBeforeReason Proteus refuses to leave]]). And Sinbad very well would have gotten away with had it not been for Proteus' fiancee Marina stowing aboard the ship to make sure he keeps his word. When she saves the crew from a Siren attack, Sinbad actually has to be pressured into showing her any gratitude at all. But the two gradually warm up to each other and start to fall in love, despite Marina's prior engagement. [[BigBad Eris]] even calls Sinbad out on this, saying that even if he's not betraying Proteus by running away, he ''is'' stealing Proteus' girl. He does go back in the end, but it's very hard to see what goodness is in him that others are seeing. The worst part? He's the one who ends up with Marina in the end.

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* Sinbad in ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas''. Aside from the obvious fact that he is sent because he's their only option, the general way Sinbad acts for almost the entire movie makes him little to no different then a villain. He starts the movie trying to rob a ship, not even caring when it's his childhood friend Proteus he's robbing. Sinbad is then set up to be executed for a crime he ''didn't'' commit, and Proteus decides to take Sinbad's place in exchange for Sinbad retrieving the Book of Peace. Oh, yes, did we mention that Proteus is a prince who is next in line to inherit the throne? That means his death would result in a SuccessionCrisis and doom his entire country. Yet despite this overwhelming amount of faith Proteus puts in Sinbad, the pirate responds by ''leaving him behind to die'', believing that King Dymus Dymas would never let them execute his son (he's correct, but when Dymus Dymas later engineers Proteus' escape, [[HonorBeforeReason Proteus refuses to leave]]). And Sinbad very well would have gotten away with had it not been for Proteus' fiancee Marina stowing aboard the ship to make sure he keeps his word. When she saves the crew from a Siren attack, Sinbad actually has to be pressured into showing her any gratitude at all. But the two gradually warm up to each other and start to fall in love, despite Marina's prior engagement. [[BigBad Eris]] even calls Sinbad out on this, saying that even if he's not betraying Proteus by running away, he ''is'' stealing Proteus' girl. He does go back in the end, but it's very hard to see what goodness is in him that others are seeing. The worst part? He's the one who ends up with Marina in the end.
2nd Jul '17 2:00:21 PM boatsnot
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* According to their ad campaign, anyone with AT&T's 4G is entitled to act like a total {{Jerkass}} to anyone who DARES try to tell them the latest news: "That's SO Xsty seconds ago!" Not that these people ever see fit to share the information when they learn it ''first''; no, it's just an excuse to degrade and insult the 'uninformed masses'.

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* According to their ad campaign, anyone with AT&T's 4G is entitled to act like a total {{Jerkass}} to anyone who DARES try to tell them the latest news: "That's SO Xsty X-sty seconds ago!" Not that these people ever see fit to share the information when they learn it ''first''; no, it's just an excuse to degrade and insult the 'uninformed masses'.



** Kraft then started airing ones with the parents making honest mistakes, and giving their kids the macaroni to apologize... though you still kind of want to punch the mom for not recognizing her own daughter playing hockey.
* The "ugly Bill" commercial where a woman is on a date with a cute guy, but then he becomes overweight, gets yellow teeth and a mole. She immediately starts insulting his looks. When the poor man asks if she's talking about him or her overpriced direct TV bill she's asks, "Does it make a difference?" Maybe he got fat from the stress of dealing with such a shallow person.

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** Kraft then started airing ones with the parents making honest mistakes, and giving their kids the macaroni to apologize... though you still kind of want to punch the mom for not recognizing her ''her own daughter daughter'' playing hockey.
* The "ugly Bill" commercial where a woman is on a date with a cute guy, but then he becomes overweight, gets yellow teeth and a mole. She immediately starts insulting his looks. When the poor man asks if she's talking about him or her overpriced direct TV Directv bill she's she asks, "Does it make a difference?" Maybe he got fat so disheveled from the stress of dealing with such a shallow person.
23rd Jun '17 2:17:18 PM ngh93
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* Sinbad in ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas''. Aside from the obvious fact that he is sent because he's their only option, the general way Sinbad acts for almost the entire movie makes him little to no different then a villain. He starts the movie trying to rob a ship, not even caring when it's his childhood friend Proteus he's robbing. Sinbad is then set up to be executed for a crime he ''didn't'' commit, and Proteus decides to take Sinbad's place in exchange for Sinbad retrieving the Book of Peace. Oh, yes, did we mention that Proteus is a prince who is next in line to inherit the throne? That means his death would result in a SuccessionCrisis and doom his entire country. Yet despite this overwhelming amount of faith Proteus puts in Sinbad, the pirate responds by ''leaving him behind to die'', believing that King Dymus would never let them execute his son (he's right on that one, but when Dymus later engineers Proteus' escape, [[HonorBeforeReason Proteus refuses to leave]]). And Sinbad very well would have gotten away with had it not been for Proteus' fiancee Marina stowing aboard the ship to make sure he keeps his word. When she saves the crew from a Siren attack, Sinbad actually has to be pressured into showing her any gratitude at all. But the two gradually warm up to each other and start to fall in love, despite Marina's prior engagement. [[BigBad Eris]] even calls Sinbad out on this, saying that even if he's not betraying Proteus by running away, he ''is'' stealing Proteus' girl. He does go back in the end, but it's very hard to see what goodness is in him that others are seeing. The worst part? He's the one who ends up with Marina in the end.

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* Sinbad in ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas''. Aside from the obvious fact that he is sent because he's their only option, the general way Sinbad acts for almost the entire movie makes him little to no different then a villain. He starts the movie trying to rob a ship, not even caring when it's his childhood friend Proteus he's robbing. Sinbad is then set up to be executed for a crime he ''didn't'' commit, and Proteus decides to take Sinbad's place in exchange for Sinbad retrieving the Book of Peace. Oh, yes, did we mention that Proteus is a prince who is next in line to inherit the throne? That means his death would result in a SuccessionCrisis and doom his entire country. Yet despite this overwhelming amount of faith Proteus puts in Sinbad, the pirate responds by ''leaving him behind to die'', believing that King Dymus would never let them execute his son (he's right on that one, correct, but when Dymus later engineers Proteus' escape, [[HonorBeforeReason Proteus refuses to leave]]). And Sinbad very well would have gotten away with had it not been for Proteus' fiancee Marina stowing aboard the ship to make sure he keeps his word. When she saves the crew from a Siren attack, Sinbad actually has to be pressured into showing her any gratitude at all. But the two gradually warm up to each other and start to fall in love, despite Marina's prior engagement. [[BigBad Eris]] even calls Sinbad out on this, saying that even if he's not betraying Proteus by running away, he ''is'' stealing Proteus' girl. He does go back in the end, but it's very hard to see what goodness is in him that others are seeing. The worst part? He's the one who ends up with Marina in the end.
23rd Jun '17 2:14:49 PM ngh93
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* Sinbad in ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas''. Aside from the obvious fact that he is sent because he's their only option, the general way Sinbad acts for almost the entire movie makes him little to no different then a villain. He starts the movie trying to rob a ship, not even caring when it's his childhood friend Proteus he's robbing. Sinbad is then set up to be executed for a crime he ''didn't'' commit, and Proteus decides to take Sinbad's place in exchange for Sinbad retrieving the Book of Peace. Oh, yes, did we mention that Proteus is a prince who is next in line to inherit the throne? That means his death would result in a SuccessionCrisis and doom his entire country. Yet despite this overwhelming amount of faith Proteus puts in Sinbad, the pirate responds by ''leaving him behind to die'', believing that Proteus' father would never let them execute his son (though when Dymas later engineers Proteus' escape, Proteus refuses). And Sinbad very well would have gotten away with had it not been for Proteus' fiancee Marina stowing aboard the ship to make sure he keeps his word. When she saves the crew from a Siren attack, Sinbad actually has to be pressured into showing her any gratitude at all. But the two gradually warm up to each other and start to fall in love, despite Marina's prior engagement. [[BigBad Eris]] even calls Sinbad out on this, saying that even if he's not betraying Proteus by running away, he ''is'' stealing Proteus' girl. He does go back in the end, but it's very hard to see what goodness is in him that others are seeing. The worst part? He's the one who ends up with Marina in the end.

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* Sinbad in ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas''. Aside from the obvious fact that he is sent because he's their only option, the general way Sinbad acts for almost the entire movie makes him little to no different then a villain. He starts the movie trying to rob a ship, not even caring when it's his childhood friend Proteus he's robbing. Sinbad is then set up to be executed for a crime he ''didn't'' commit, and Proteus decides to take Sinbad's place in exchange for Sinbad retrieving the Book of Peace. Oh, yes, did we mention that Proteus is a prince who is next in line to inherit the throne? That means his death would result in a SuccessionCrisis and doom his entire country. Yet despite this overwhelming amount of faith Proteus puts in Sinbad, the pirate responds by ''leaving him behind to die'', believing that Proteus' father King Dymus would never let them execute his son (though (he's right on that one, but when Dymas Dymus later engineers Proteus' escape, [[HonorBeforeReason Proteus refuses).refuses to leave]]). And Sinbad very well would have gotten away with had it not been for Proteus' fiancee Marina stowing aboard the ship to make sure he keeps his word. When she saves the crew from a Siren attack, Sinbad actually has to be pressured into showing her any gratitude at all. But the two gradually warm up to each other and start to fall in love, despite Marina's prior engagement. [[BigBad Eris]] even calls Sinbad out on this, saying that even if he's not betraying Proteus by running away, he ''is'' stealing Proteus' girl. He does go back in the end, but it's very hard to see what goodness is in him that others are seeing. The worst part? He's the one who ends up with Marina in the end.
15th Jun '17 7:59:10 AM QuinineGlow
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* ''[[https://youtu.be/GRx5-U0Re2s A Stranger's Voice]]'', a Stalinist Soviet propaganda film made during the early stages of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar in 1994, is chock-full of this. It's about a nightingale who delights the forest's other birds with his beautiful singing, until a magpie who "has been abroad too long" shows up and proposes to teach him some "modern" singing. She tries to reciprocate American Jazz music, at which point all the other birds start not only start jeering, but ''attacking'' her, tearing her costume and jewellery to shreds, laughing at her misery, and [[YankTheDogsChain even stealing the flower basket they had gifted her only moments earlier]]. She flees in absolute terror, and all the birds who actually dared to ''like'' the Jazz are cowed into silence. Needless to say, [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality the nightingale and his friends are supposed to be the heroes of the tale]].

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* ''[[https://youtu.be/GRx5-U0Re2s A Stranger's Voice]]'', a Stalinist Soviet propaganda film made during the early stages of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar in 1994, 1949, is chock-full of this. It's about a nightingale who delights the forest's other birds with his beautiful singing, until a magpie who "has been abroad too long" shows up and proposes to teach him some "modern" singing. She tries to reciprocate American Jazz music, at which point all the other birds start not only start jeering, but ''attacking'' her, tearing her costume and jewellery to shreds, laughing at her misery, and [[YankTheDogsChain even stealing the flower basket they had gifted her only moments earlier]]. She flees in absolute terror, and all the birds who actually dared to ''like'' the Jazz are cowed into silence. Needless to say, [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality the nightingale and his friends are supposed to be the heroes of the tale]].
5th Jun '17 9:18:59 PM merotoker
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Note that ValuesDissonance can sometimes be a factor with this since the exact definition of what constitutes heroism has changed over time; a character that comes across as a Designated Hero to a modern audience might well have been TheParagon when the story was written in FeudalJapan or AncientRome. Of course even in modern society people will have [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation different standards of what constitutes heroism]].

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Note that ValuesDissonance can sometimes be a factor with this since the exact definition of what constitutes heroism has changed over time; a character that comes across as a Designated Hero to a modern audience might well have been TheParagon when the story was written in FeudalJapan or AncientRome. Of course even in modern society people will have [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation different standards of what constitutes heroism]].



* The kids of "Trix are for kids" advertising campaign love to torment that poor rabbit with the fact that he will never ever get to eat the damn cereal. By far the most {{egregious}} example was when the rabbit legitimately purchased some Trix with his own money, only for the kids to take it away when he left the store, essentially mugging him. Nobody points out the sadistic glee the kids seem to take in excluding and denying the rabbit over and over.

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* The kids of "Trix are for kids" advertising campaign love to torment that poor rabbit with the fact that he will never ever get to eat the damn cereal. By far the most {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} example was when the rabbit legitimately purchased some Trix with his own money, only for the kids to take it away when he left the store, essentially mugging him. Nobody points out the sadistic glee the kids seem to take in excluding and denying the rabbit over and over.



* In some of the commercials for Golden Crisp, mascot Sugar Bear came across as this. He was always pursuing Granny Goodwitch to steal her cereal instead of getting his own, even though she never did anything to him except try to hide from him so she could ''finish her cereal'', and share it with him during the Christmas season.
** There were numerous Golden Crisp throughout the 90s where the Sugar Crisp bear would actively '''steal''' the cereal. One would have him break in the factory at night and rush off with its entire contents, another would have him hijack a delivery truck full of the stuff, all the while singing off his "Can't get enough of that Sugar Crisp" slogan, coming off much more as a {{smug|Snake}} addict than anything worth sympathy.

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* In some of the commercials for Golden Crisp, mascot Sugar Bear came across as this. He was always pursuing Granny Goodwitch to steal her cereal instead of getting his own, even though she never did anything to him except try to hide from him so she could ''finish her cereal'', and share it with him during the Christmas season.
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season. There were numerous Golden Crisp throughout the 90s where the Sugar Crisp bear would actively '''steal''' the cereal. One would have him break in the factory at night and rush off with its entire contents, another would have him hijack a delivery truck full of the stuff, all the while singing off his "Can't get enough of that Sugar Crisp" slogan, coming off much more as a {{smug|Snake}} addict than anything worth sympathy.



** In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhOqikF9cic one ad,]] he went as far as to disguise himself as a villain called the Purple Phantom and told Fred that Barney was being held hostage. That's right, Barney uses the very friendship he has with Fred as a tool to get Fred to hand over a box of cereal.

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** In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhOqikF9cic [[https://youtu.be/jhOqikF9cic?t=1m31s one ad,]] he went as far as to disguise himself as a villain called the Purple Phantom and told Fred that Barney was being held hostage. That's right, Barney uses the very friendship he has with Fred as a tool to get Fred to hand over a box of cereal.



** Barney himself says in a parody: "Damn it, Fred, I just want some of your f***ing cereal." This parody is from ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', where Barney kills Fred for his cereal, then kills all the animal appliances for witnessing the crime, then gets hanged.

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** In a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' parody, Barney himself says in a parody: "Damn it, Fred, I just want some of your f***ing cereal." This parody is from ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', where Barney hanged after he kills Fred for his cereal, cereal and then kills all the animal appliances for witnessing the crime, then gets hanged.crime.
-->'''Barney''': "Damn it, Fred, I just wanted some of your f***ing cereal."



* A Skittles commercial has one guy eating Skittles from an hourglass that represents his friend's lifetime. The friend comes in as an old man and as he continues to age before the guy's eyes, the guy ''continues to eat the Skittles''. Apparently we're supposed to laugh as the guy is so addicted to candy he's dooming his friend to an early grave.

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A Skittles commercial has one guy eating Skittles from an hourglass that represents his friend's lifetime. The friend comes in as an old man and as he continues to age before the guy's eyes, the guy ''continues to eat the Skittles''. Apparently we're supposed to laugh as the guy is so addicted to candy he's dooming his friend to an early grave.






* Jack, the protagonist from, well ''WesternAnimation/JackAndTheCuckooClockHeart'' is that, if only for the fact that at the very end of the movie, [[spoiler: he willingly throw the key that allow his heart to even function onto a cliff, [[StupidSacrifice with no real justification]], wich wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that, for one, his adoptive mother died trying to save his life, and two, that the girl he loved tried everything she could to be at Edinburgh in time to bring him this very key, and she came from Andalousia, no less, seemingly rendering both of their effort meaningless. The fact that he seems perfectly content with dying in front of a girl who loves him, as the final image of the movie is his ghost looking down on her and smiling doesn't help]]

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* Jack, the protagonist from, well ''WesternAnimation/JackAndTheCuckooClockHeart'' is that, if only for the fact that at the very end of the movie, [[spoiler: he willingly throw the key that allow his heart to even function onto a cliff, [[StupidSacrifice with no real justification]], wich wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that, for one, his adoptive mother died trying to save his life, and two, that the girl he loved tried everything she could to be at Edinburgh in time to bring him this very key, and she came from Andalousia, no less, seemingly rendering both of their effort meaningless. The fact that he seems perfectly content with dying in front of a girl who loves him, as the final image of the movie is his ghost looking down on her and smiling doesn't help]] help]].



* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin was a NinetiesAntiHero during The Attitude Era and it worked because everyone was either a villain or an AntiHero, and the villains he faced in particular were into things like [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporate corruption]], {{nepotism}}, and HollywoodSatanism. Ever since around 2003 he's presented as a {{face}} (and is still popular) but hasn't changed his act so he's a straight up jerk. He once stunned Wrestling/StacyKeibler simply because she didn't like the taste of beer and also Linda [=McMahon=] (a middle aged woman who is not a trained wrestler) just for the hell of it. If any other wrestler had done this, Wrestling/JimRoss on commentary would have villified them but with Stone Cold just said "[[DoubleStandard I may not like it but that's the way he is.]]" He also stunned Wrestling/BookerT at ''[=WrestleMania=]'' for doing a spinaroonie in the ring (apparently Austin doesn't like the attention being stolen from him) and also Josh Matthews for [[ShootTheMessenger simply reading a message from the Raw GM]] that Austin didn't like.

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* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin was a NinetiesAntiHero during The Attitude Era the Wrestling/AttitudeEra and it worked because everyone was either a villain or an AntiHero, and the villains he faced in particular were into things like [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporate corruption]], {{nepotism}}, and HollywoodSatanism. Ever since around 2003 he's presented as a {{face}} (and is still popular) but hasn't changed his act so he's a straight up jerk. He once stunned Wrestling/StacyKeibler simply because she didn't like the taste of beer and also Linda [=McMahon=] (a middle aged woman who is not a trained wrestler) just for the hell of it. If any other wrestler had done this, Wrestling/JimRoss on commentary would have villified them but with Stone Cold just said "[[DoubleStandard I may not like it but that's the way he is.]]" He also stunned Wrestling/BookerT at ''[=WrestleMania=]'' for doing a spinaroonie in the ring (apparently Austin doesn't like the attention being stolen from him) and also Josh Matthews for [[ShootTheMessenger simply reading a message from the Raw GM]] that Austin didn't like.



* Wrestling/JohnCena frequently. One evening he hurled a hurricane of fat jokes at Wrestling/VickieGuerrero who admittedly used to be overweight but has since slimmed down considerably. He also frequently bullies his opponents, [[BlatantLies spins and distorts the truth]] [[BerserkButton to get into their heads]], and generally acts like a [[SmugSuper smug prick]] when he's called on his behavior, but is still presented as a role model and leads the B.A. Star Anti Bullying campaign as well as most (if not all) WWE's charity causes.
** As a specific example, when Zack Ryder got over with the crowd, Cena became Ryder's "Broski," did his damnedest to whore ALL of the attention, then stole Ryder's girlfriend and never bothered to lift a finger while Kane repeatedly assaulted Ryder. This wasn't a heel turn, he was still being treated as a face in-universe.

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* Wrestling/JohnCena frequently.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxUpZT4Z5nI frequently]]. One evening he hurled a hurricane of fat jokes at Wrestling/VickieGuerrero who admittedly used to be overweight but has since slimmed down considerably. He also frequently bullies his opponents, [[BlatantLies spins and distorts the truth]] [[BerserkButton to get into their heads]], and generally acts like a [[SmugSuper smug prick]] when he's called on his behavior, but is still presented as a role model and leads the B.A. Star Anti Bullying campaign as well as most (if not all) WWE's charity causes.
** As a specific example, when Zack Ryder Wrestling/ZackRyder got over with the crowd, Cena became Ryder's "Broski," did his damnedest to whore ALL of the attention, then stole Ryder's girlfriend and never bothered to lift a finger while Kane repeatedly assaulted Ryder. This wasn't a heel turn, turn; he was still being treated as a face in-universe.



* Wrestling/{{Paige}} from ''[=WWE NXT=]'' is a subversion. She was a heel in FCW but [[EnsembleDarkhorse got insanely popular]] so appeared as a face on TV without a proper character change. However she was presented as more of a WildCard and the announcers don't imply that her behaviour is justified (or at least particularly heroic) at all. She appears to treat faces and heels equally.

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* Wrestling/{{Paige}} from ''[=WWE NXT=]'' is a subversion. She was a heel in FCW but [[EnsembleDarkhorse got insanely popular]] so she appeared as a face on TV without a proper character change. However she was presented as more of a WildCard and the announcers don't imply that her behaviour is justified (or at least particularly heroic) at all. She appears to treat faces and heels equally.



* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: The Grim Darkness of the 41st Millennium might as well be the poster boy of this trope. The only reason the Imperium of Man appears to be good guys is because they are human. Beyond this they are xenophobic, fascist, anti-progress extremists that have committed just as many atrocities as any other faction. The closest thing the setting comes to actual good guys would be one of the more benevolent Chapters of SpaceMarines, such as [[SpaceRomans the Ultramarines]] or the [[ScaryBlackMan Salamanders]], just because they actually care about the lives of Human civilians enough to ''usually'' rate their defense of a world's population as being slightly more important than exterminating the enemy.

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* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': The Grim Darkness of the 41st Millennium might as well be the poster boy of this trope. The only reason the Imperium of Man appears to be good guys is because they are human. Beyond this they are xenophobic, fascist, anti-progress extremists that have committed just as many atrocities as any other faction. The closest thing the setting comes to actual good guys would be one of the more benevolent Chapters of SpaceMarines, {{Space Marine}}s, such as [[SpaceRomans the Ultramarines]] or the [[ScaryBlackMan Salamanders]], just because they actually care about the lives of Human civilians enough to ''usually'' rate their defense of a world's population as being slightly more important than exterminating the enemy.



* Theatre/{{Hamlet}}. There's a fine line between being a TragicHero, an overall good person undone by a FatalFlaw, and being a DesignatedHero, a character treated by the narrative as a hero despite doing nothing heroic, and it's a line Hamlet crosses more than twice. After learning from the ghost of his father that his father was murdered by Claudius, Hamlet spends the next act or so mocking and taunting Polonius, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern, while also verbally abusing and SlutShaming Ophelia, despite that they had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the murder of Hamlet's father. When Hamlet finally does something, he murders Polonius because he heard a voice behind some curtains and jumps to the conclusion that it must be Claudius. He then hides the body and jokes that everybody will smell him soon enough. This murder drives Ophelia to insanity and her death (she may even have been DrivenToSuicide). Hamlet then deliberately brings about the deaths of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern [[DesignatedVillain despite little to no evidence that they actually did anything wrong.]] He finally gets around to the one person he was supposed to be killing, Claudius, only after the latter has poisoned Gertrude and gotten Laertes to poison Hamlet who then gets accidentally poisoned by Hamlet. So it could be argued that every death that occurs from the start of the play onward is all Hamlet's fault.

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* Theatre/{{Hamlet}}. There's a fine line between being a TragicHero, an overall good person undone by a FatalFlaw, and being a DesignatedHero, Designated Hero, a character treated by the narrative as a hero despite doing nothing heroic, and it's a line Hamlet crosses more than twice. After learning from the ghost of his father that his father was murdered by Claudius, Hamlet spends the next act or so mocking and taunting Polonius, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern, while also verbally abusing and SlutShaming Ophelia, despite that they had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the murder of Hamlet's father. When Hamlet finally does something, he murders Polonius because he heard a voice behind some curtains and jumps to the conclusion that it must be Claudius. He then hides the body and jokes that everybody will smell him soon enough. This murder drives Ophelia to insanity and her death (she may even have been DrivenToSuicide). Hamlet then deliberately brings about the deaths of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern [[DesignatedVillain despite little to no evidence that they actually did anything wrong.]] He finally gets around to the one person he was supposed to be killing, Claudius, only after the latter has poisoned Gertrude and gotten Laertes to poison Hamlet who then gets accidentally poisoned by Hamlet. So it could be argued that every death that occurs from the start of the play onward is all Hamlet's fault.



** There are those who believe that Shakespeare intended for the play to be taken this way, and that it was deliberately written to ''[[SubvertedTrope subvert]]'' anti-Jewish bigotry. There is basis in the text to support this interpretation, but it of course remains a matter of interpretation.

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** There are those who believe that Shakespeare intended for the play to be taken this way, and that it was deliberately written to ''[[SubvertedTrope subvert]]'' ''{{subvert|edTrope}}'' anti-Jewish bigotry. There is basis in the text to support this interpretation, but it of course remains a matter of interpretation.



* The Lego [[Toys/LEGOPowerMiners Powerminers]] theme officially involved heroic miners armed with Dynamite and heavy digging equipment fighting rock and lava men deep beneath the earth while collecting valuable crystals. However, the packaging often depicted the the "heros" as imperialists coming to exploit the rock-men's food supply and then dynamiting the rock men when they resisted. The 2nd wave talked about how the miners had gone deeper down, which sort of contradicts the idea they are defending the surface.

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* The Lego [[Toys/LEGOPowerMiners Powerminers]] theme officially involved heroic miners armed with Dynamite and heavy digging equipment fighting rock and lava men deep beneath the earth while collecting valuable crystals. However, the packaging often depicted the the "heros" as imperialists coming to exploit the rock-men's food supply and then dynamiting the rock men when they resisted. The 2nd wave talked about how the miners had gone deeper down, which sort of contradicts the idea they are defending the surface.



* Ariel from ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}''. As the narrator and viewpoint character, she considers herself a hero, in a [[CrapsackWorld world where nobody can decently be called such.]] Though the fact that she considers herself a 'hero' is toned down in the remake. She just wants to live, and some of her more [[KickTheDog dubious actions]] have been {{retconned}} or changed. Her [[spoiler:not really]] mother Quain'taina, is also portrayed as this {{in-universe}}, because to the Drow the definition of a great person is capability to great deeds; morality does not enter into the matter. Quain'tana's virtue is in her skills and charisma that allowed her to rise from a [[SatisfiedStreetRat homeless street rat]] to one of the greatest political powers in the city, while the fact that she's a horrifically [[AbusiveParents cruel mother]] is not particularly important to the drow. She isn't a sociopath, incidentally; it's more of a case of a cycle of abuse.

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* Ariel from ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}''. As the narrator and viewpoint character, she considers herself a hero, in a [[CrapsackWorld world where nobody can decently be called such.]] Though the fact that she considers herself a 'hero' is toned down in the remake. She just wants to live, and some of her more [[KickTheDog dubious actions]] have been {{retconned}} {{retcon}}ned or changed. Her [[spoiler:not really]] mother Quain'taina, is also portrayed as this {{in-universe}}, InUniverse, because to the Drow the definition of a great person is capability to great deeds; morality does not enter into the matter. Quain'tana's virtue is in her skills and charisma that allowed her to rise from a [[SatisfiedStreetRat homeless street rat]] to one of the greatest political powers in the city, while the fact that she's a horrifically [[AbusiveParents cruel mother]] is not particularly important to the drow. She isn't a sociopath, incidentally; it's more of a case of a cycle of abuse.



** To highlight the complete disconnect between Makoto's portrayl in the comic and how the author wants him to be seen, in one of the final scenes of the comic, [[spoiler: Makoto insults Kazuo for having an abusive home and for becoming so ill from it that he tried to commit suicide. Kazuo points out that Makoto entered his life by declaring the then-engaged Miharu and her family's business as his property, both of which he'd gotten his hands on with no actual effort, and pointing out that his life has been nothing but one lucky break or parental bail out after another.]] We are supposed to take Makoto's side. Oh, and his parents ''do'' bail him out once again, leaving him in a ''better'' position than he was before the argument...so [[StrawmanHasAPoint Kazuo was completely correct that Makoto is completely useless as a protagonist.]]
** Miharu devolves into this as well. By the end of the comic, anything about her that indicates she exists to be anything ''except'' Makoto's girlfriend has departed the comic and she can't even make the simplest decisions without relying on him to do them for her. Miharu's goal at the start of the comic is eating and being Kazuo's wife. All that changes in the end of the comic? [[spoiler: She just intends to be Makoto's wife instead.]] In the meantime, while the story tries to tell us that she's brave, thoughtful, and spunky, her actions come off as a spoiled bratty teenager that's never been told no. She's kicked out of high school (which is ''very'' hard to do in Japan and doubly so at her school in particular) due to her antagonism of her teachers and complete disregard for schoolwork. The story started to show her realizing that she was on her last chance at her new school...then dropped any pretense of showing her ever working on fixing her grades or having any plans beyond marrying [[spoiler: the guy that just threw his job away to date her full time and has shown no indication of actually planning on getting another one.]] In addition, she treats her parents like crap [[spoiler:when they rightfully point out her secretly dating Makoto could put her entire family (including Karen's family!) in serious peril if she isn't taking it seriously.]] Naturally, since Makoto just solved the problem for her, Miharu is never put in a position to admit she's wrong and the last scene of the comic is her mocking her parents. Oh, and Kazuo, the guy she was supposed to marry who she now knows had a physically and emotionally abusive home and who she claimed to still care about and that she'd "always be there for him?" even after his family pressured him (physically) into ending the marriage? Yea, she cuts him off entirely and can't even be arsed to tell him in person. She also seems to think she can magically solve his ''abusive homelife'' by manipulating him into participating in cooking contests and then gets angry and offended when he finally realizes she had convinced a woman to ''pretend to love him'' to convince him to cook. Only in that last scenario is Miharu ever shown to admit she did something wrong. The story still expects us to sympathize only with Miharu and be angry with Kazuo despite the fact that [[StrawmanHasAPoint he's absolutely right to be angry with her for treating his problems so flippantly.]]

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** To highlight the complete disconnect between Makoto's portrayl portrayal in the comic and how the author wants him to be seen, in one of the final scenes of the comic, [[spoiler: Makoto insults Kazuo for having an abusive home and for becoming so ill from it that he tried to commit suicide. Kazuo points out that Makoto entered his life by declaring the then-engaged Miharu and her family's business as his property, both of which he'd gotten his hands on with no actual effort, and pointing out that his life has been nothing but one lucky break or parental bail out after another.]] another]]. We are supposed to take Makoto's side. Oh, and his parents ''do'' bail him out once again, leaving him in a ''better'' position than he was before the argument...so [[StrawmanHasAPoint Kazuo was completely correct that Makoto is completely useless as a protagonist.]]
** Miharu devolves into this as well. By the end of the comic, anything about her that indicates she exists to be anything ''except'' Makoto's girlfriend has departed the comic and she can't even make the simplest decisions without relying on him to do them for her. Miharu's goal at the start of the comic is eating and being Kazuo's wife. All that changes in the end of the comic? [[spoiler: She just intends to be Makoto's wife instead.]] In the meantime, while the story tries to tell us that she's brave, thoughtful, and spunky, her actions come off as a spoiled bratty teenager that's never been told no. She's kicked out of high school (which is ''very'' hard to do in Japan and doubly so at her school in particular) due to her antagonism of her teachers and complete disregard for schoolwork. The story started to show her realizing that she was on her last chance at her new school...then dropped any pretense of showing her ever working on fixing her grades or having any plans beyond marrying [[spoiler: the guy that just threw his job away to date her full time and has shown no indication of actually planning on getting another one.]] one]]. In addition, she treats her parents like crap [[spoiler:when they rightfully point out her secretly dating Makoto could put her entire family (including Karen's family!) in serious peril if she isn't taking it seriously.]] seriously]]. Naturally, since Makoto just solved the problem for her, Miharu is never put in a position to admit she's wrong and the last scene of the comic is her mocking her parents. Oh, and Kazuo, the guy she was supposed to marry who she now knows had a physically and emotionally abusive home and who she claimed to still care about and that she'd "always be there for him?" even after his family pressured him (physically) into ending the marriage? Yea, she cuts him off entirely and can't even be arsed to tell him in person. She also seems to think she can magically solve his ''abusive homelife'' by manipulating him into participating in cooking contests and then gets angry and offended when he finally realizes she had convinced a woman to ''pretend to love him'' to convince him to cook. Only in that last scenario is Miharu ever shown to admit she did something wrong. The story still expects us to sympathize only with Miharu and be angry with Kazuo despite the fact that [[StrawmanHasAPoint he's absolutely right to be angry with her for treating his problems so flippantly.]]
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