History Main / HelplessGoodSide

23rd Oct '16 6:44:32 PM DustSnitch
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Sometimes, when a character has a SplitPersonality, or two people sharing a body, one of them is a total wimp. This can range from merely being incompetent in a combat situation to being unable to take care of their own basic needs, such as feeding themselves and not wetting themselves in public. Regardless, when these come out in a combat situation, the character tends to be royally screwed. If they're on a team, this can transform them from a {{Badass}} into TheLoad. When the BigBad does this, they may become a ZeroEffortBoss.

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Sometimes, when a character has a SplitPersonality, or two people sharing a body, one of them is a total wimp. This can range from merely being incompetent in a combat situation to being unable to take care of their own basic needs, such as feeding themselves and not wetting themselves in public. Regardless, when these come out in a combat situation, the character tends to be royally screwed. If they're on a team, this can transform them from a {{Badass}} badass into TheLoad. When the BigBad does this, they may become a ZeroEffortBoss.
21st Oct '16 6:34:56 PM Chariset
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* In ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar The Mage Winds]]'' trilogy, vicious Mornelithe Falconsbane turns out to be a legendary BigBad from the past who is currently possessing a helpless boy named An'desha. An'desha doesn't want anything to do with this monster, but he doesn't dare fight him for fear that Falconsbane will snuff him out entirely. Fortunately, he gets allies who help him undermine Falconsbane from within; eventually they destroy him for good and An'desha can be himself again.
31st Jul '16 2:02:48 PM lalalei2001
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* In ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'', while [[spoiler:Alexander's]] good half is able to assist Yugi and his friends, when he merges with his evil half the evil side wins out, suppressing him completely until after the final battle.
27th Jul '16 5:43:28 PM SilentStranger
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* {{Miracleman}} has Johnny Bates, the non-superpowered alter ego of the mass-murdering Kid Miracleman. Not only is Bates timid and horrified by the monstrous actions of his other persona, he's also still a child due to Kid Miracleman having remained in superpower form since the early 60s, forcing Bates body to remain in stasis for most of it with his mind helplessly trapped in Kid Miraclemans. Miracleman is eventually forced to kill Bates to permanently stop Kid Miracleman after he destroys most of London and massacres the inhabitants.
23rd Feb '16 4:26:38 PM Kartoonkid95
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had Stan go inside Roger's mind. There, he meets his conscience, a withered [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Jiminy Cricket]] who is locked in a cage and dying from neglect.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had Stan go inside Roger's mind. There, he meets his Roger's conscience, a withered [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Jiminy Cricket]] who is locked in a cage and dying from neglect.
23rd Feb '16 4:25:53 PM Kartoonkid95
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had Stan go inside Roger's mind. There, he meets his conscience, a withered [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Jiminy Cricket]] who is locked in a cage and dying from neglect.
24th Jan '16 8:29:01 AM M84
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* In ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Jekyll is a sickly and emaciated man who is dominated by the ogre-like Hyde. Hyde remarks that he used to be a dwarf while Jekyll was more formidable since he was the embodiment of Jekyll's bad traits, and Jekyll wasn't really that bad a person. But as Hyde himself explains to Nemo, "Without me, Jekyll has no drive...while without him, I have no restraints."
17th Aug '15 7:23:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* Ed Norton's character in ''Film/PrimalFear'' is at first revealed to have a (not super-powered) SuperpoweredEvilSide that was probably the one responsible for the murder. After their stunt in the courtroom, with the trial finished, Richard Gere's lawyer character suddenly suspects it was the other way around, that the psycho killer in fact had a HelplessGoodSide and he's now helped that psycho use his good side to get out of real jail time. Turns out that's not quite right either as [[spoiler: there never was any good side at all, the whole thing was just the psycho doing an act and playing everybody (including a mental health professional)]].

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* Ed Norton's character in ''Film/PrimalFear'' is at first revealed to have a (not super-powered) SuperpoweredEvilSide an evil split personality that was probably the one responsible for the murder. After their stunt in the courtroom, with the trial finished, Richard Gere's lawyer character suddenly suspects it was the other way around, that the psycho killer in fact had a HelplessGoodSide and he's now helped that psycho use his good side to get out of real jail time. Turns out that's not quite right either as [[spoiler: there never was any good side at all, the whole thing was just the psycho doing an act and playing everybody (including a mental health professional)]].
5th Jul '15 3:37:29 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Smallville}}'', LexLuthor's good side, a boy who goes by "Alexander".

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* In ''{{Smallville}}'', LexLuthor's ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', ComicBook/LexLuthor's good side, a boy who goes by "Alexander".
23rd May '15 3:51:36 PM ShiningwingX
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* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' has Royal Sorcerer Navlaan. Talk to him while hollow, and you will meet a bloodthirsty assassin who will enlist your aid in killing a number of other NPCs. If human, however he will be meek and frightened, begging you to get as far away as possible and leave him there. It is implied that, rather than being a split personality, the former 'side' is actually another being [[SharingABody using Navlaan's body as a vessel, and that the latter is his true self]].

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* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' has Royal Sorcerer Navlaan. Talk to him while hollow, and you will meet a bloodthirsty assassin who will enlist your aid in killing a number of other NPCs.[[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]]. If human, however he will be meek and frightened, begging you to get as far away as possible and leave him there. It is implied that, rather than being a split personality, the former 'side' is actually another being [[SharingABody using Navlaan's body as a vessel, and that the latter is his true self]].
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