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19th May '18 11:21:25 AM Muppet
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* In ''Fanfic/TheRoyalProtector'' Star Butterfly's personality is split between a PrincessClassic and a BloodKnight personalities due to abuse, she almost gets killed when an assassin attacks her while the former is in control.
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3rd Mar '18 7:35:53 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', when the Tiger Talisman splits Jackie into two sides, Jackie's light side, often referred to as ''Pussycat'' by his darker side, acts much like this. Case in point, he cried when he stepped on a bug. However, as Jackie was Jackie, he's still able to kick ass.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', when ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'':
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the Tiger Talisman splits Jackie into two sides, Jackie's light side, often referred to as ''Pussycat'' by his darker side, acts much like this. Case in point, he cried when he stepped on a bug. However, as Jackie was Jackie, he's still able to kick ass.
2nd Mar '18 7:01:25 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' had a variant of this when Rachel morphed starfish and was split into two Rachels. Her 'Nice Rachel' side was this trope, weak, scared, freezing up under stress, not good for much of anything. However, unlike most examples of this trope, her 'Bad Rachel' side was just as big a liability because she couldn't think of anything more complex than [[AttackAttackAttack "hit it till it falls over"]]. ''Both'' of them realized that as much as they didn't like the other, they needed each other. They worked together, and eventually recombined of their own free will.

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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' had a ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
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variant of this occurred when Rachel morphed starfish and was split into two Rachels. Her 'Nice Rachel' side was this trope, weak, scared, freezing up under stress, not good for much of anything. However, unlike most examples of this trope, her 'Bad Rachel' side was just as big a liability because she couldn't think of anything more complex than [[AttackAttackAttack "hit it till it falls over"]]. ''Both'' of them realized that as much as they didn't like the other, they needed each other. They worked together, and eventually recombined of their own free will.
12th Jul '17 5:35:21 AM xelldx
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* In ''Anime/SailorMoon S'', Hotaru is still present in the mind of Mistress 9 after she takes over her body. She fights against her constantly as she grows weaker and weaker. When her light finally peters out, Mistress 9 announces triumphantly to Usagi that Hotaru has died.

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* In ''Anime/SailorMoon S'', Hotaru is still present in the mind of Mistress 9 after she takes over her body. She fights against her constantly as she grows weaker and weaker. When her light finally peters out, Mistress 9 announces triumphantly to Usagi that Hotaru has died. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for her she didn't take Sailor Saturn into account.]]
26th May '17 9:35:12 PM DoctorCooper
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So Bob has the heroes on the ropes. They've given everything they had, and it hasn't been enough. Worse, it seems to have just ticked him off more. Things are looking grim. But just as Bob prepares to finish them off, something happens. Suddenly, Bob backs away, first looking confused, then scared. Within moments, Bob has curled into the the fetal position and started crying, begging for mercy, and referring to himself as Tim. Wait, Tim? Congratulations, you've just met the HelplessGoodSide.

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So Bob has the heroes on the ropes. They've given everything they had, and it hasn't been enough. Worse, it seems to have just ticked him off more. Things are looking grim. But just as Bob prepares to finish them off, something happens. Suddenly, Bob backs away, first looking confused, then scared. Within moments, Bob has curled into the the fetal position and started crying, begging for mercy, and referring to himself as Tim. Wait, Tim? Congratulations, you've just met the HelplessGoodSide.
Helpless Good Side.



* Ed Norton's character in ''Film/PrimalFear'' is at first revealed to have 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)]].

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* Ed Norton's character in ''Film/PrimalFear'' is at first revealed to have 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 Helpless Good Side 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)]].



* In ''VideoGame/{{Nox}}'', [[spoiler:Hecubah]], of all people, is revealed to have a HelplessGoodSide in the Wizard ending.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Nox}}'', [[spoiler:Hecubah]], of all people, is revealed to have a HelplessGoodSide Helpless Good Side in the Wizard ending.
25th Dec '16 1:04:43 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Ben's presence almost saved their lives as they transformed back into him just before Buffy would have dealt the killing blow and she leaves him alive instead. Too bad for him that Giles is GenreSavvy enough to just take care of the DirtyBusiness and ShootTheDog.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Ben's presence almost saved their lives as they transformed back into him just before Buffy would have dealt the killing blow and she leaves him alive instead. Too bad for him that Giles is GenreSavvy savvy enough to just take care of the DirtyBusiness and ShootTheDog.
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.
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