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19th Jul '17 3:47:10 PM Kadorhal
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* The source of the page image is [[https://comicvine.gamespot.com/blood-hunter/4005-102029/ Bloodhunter]], one such anti-hero who is also a vampire, from [[http://comicbookdb.com/publisher.php?ID=572 Brainstorm]], one of the many independent publishers that emerged in the 90s. He first appeared in the indicatively titled ''Vamperotica'', but his solo comic was a one-shot.

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* The source of the page image is [[https://comicvine.gamespot.com/blood-hunter/4005-102029/ Bloodhunter]], Blood Hunter]], one such anti-hero who is also a vampire, from [[http://comicbookdb.com/publisher.php?ID=572 com/title.php?ID=17752 Brainstorm]], one of the many independent publishers that emerged in the 90s. He first appeared in the indicatively titled ''Vamperotica'', but his solo comic was a one-shot.
16th Jul '17 3:00:20 PM igordebraga
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* The source of the page image is [[https://comicvine.gamespot.com/blood-hunter/4005-102029/ Bloodhunter]], one such anti-hero who is also a vampire, from [[http://comicbookdb.com/publisher.php?ID=572 Brainstorm]], one of the many independent publishers that emerged in the 90s. He first appeared in the indicatively titled ''Vamperotica'', but his solo comic was a one-shot.
15th Jul '17 2:12:17 PM Kadorhal
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* During ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman, Franchise/{{Superman}} had an AntiHeroSubstitute in the form of the Eradicator, one of the four replacement Supermen who appear after he dies.]] He's portrayed as a negative version of the trope, finding himself being lauded by Guy Gardner, which makes him question things, and chewed out by Lois Lane and ComicBook/{{Steel}} for using the S-Shield and causing death and destruction in its name.
* After having his back broken in ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}, Batman is [[AntiHeroSubstitute replaced by]] Jean-Paul Valley a.k.a. Comicbook/{{Azrael}}, a character with no compunctions about killing. Azrael is chosen by Bruce, who is then chewed out by Nightwing over it, and Bruce himself admits it was one of his worst mistakes. Azrael, especially his time as Batman, was written as a TakeThat towards those who wanted Batman to act more like ComicBook/ThePunisher, though he was still written as a sympathetic deconstruction, in that he is shown to suffer from mental illness from his [[DarkAndTroubledPast brutal upbringing]] by the Order of St. Dumas' Program rather than being a TautologicalTemplar {{Jerkass}} like many other examples of this archetype were. From the moment after he meets and befriends psychiatrist Brian Bryan, Valley becomes more of reconstruction of the trope.

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* During ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman, Franchise/{{Superman}} had an AntiHeroSubstitute in the form of the Eradicator, one of the four replacement Supermen who appear after he dies.]] He's portrayed as a negative version of the trope, finding himself being lauded by Guy Gardner, which makes him question things, and chewed out by Lois Lane and ComicBook/{{Steel}} for using the S-Shield and causing death and destruction in its name.
* After having his back broken in ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}, Batman is [[AntiHeroSubstitute replaced by]] by Jean-Paul Valley a.k.a. Comicbook/{{Azrael}}, a character with no compunctions about killing. Azrael is chosen by Bruce, who is then chewed out by Nightwing over it, and Bruce himself admits it was one of his worst mistakes. Azrael, especially his time as Batman, was written as a TakeThat towards those who wanted Batman to act more like ComicBook/ThePunisher, though he was still written as a sympathetic deconstruction, in that he is shown to suffer from mental illness from his [[DarkAndTroubledPast brutal upbringing]] by the Order of St. Dumas' Program rather than being a TautologicalTemplar {{Jerkass}} like many other examples of this archetype were. From the moment after he meets and befriends psychiatrist Brian Bryan, Valley becomes more of reconstruction of the trope.



** H.A.R.D. Corps: A group of Vietnam veterans who where revived from comas by a corporation who fits them with brain implants that give them psionic powers, and [[YourHeadAsplode explodes if they're killed, or caught]]. One of them [[KillEmAll dies in every other issue]], so they're always being replaced.

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** H.A.R.D. Corps: A group of Vietnam veterans who where were revived from comas by a corporation who fits them with brain implants that give them psionic powers, and [[YourHeadAsplode explodes if they're killed, or caught]]. One of them [[KillEmAll dies in every other issue]], so they're always being replaced.



* ComicBook/{{Doom}} has the Doomguy going around and punching and/or shooting things...just because. He's also borderline psychopathic. What makes him stand out from the crowd is that he doesn't brood or snark, and is instead a LargeHam and a bit of a BoisterousBruiser. It's oddly endearing.

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* ComicBook/{{Doom}} has the Doomguy going around and punching and/or shooting things... just because. He's also borderline psychopathic. What makes him stand out from the crowd is that he doesn't brood or snark, and is instead a LargeHam and a bit of a BoisterousBruiser. It's oddly endearing.
23rd Jun '17 2:04:46 PM StFan
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* Killy from ''Manga/{{Blame}}'' ''is'' this trope - minus the "hip" clothing and ridiculous muscle mass. The series was even created in the mid-90's.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' is full of ''non-human'' examples (though many look humanoid), especially the early generations created during the nineties, reaching from Badass Furries to HollywoodCyborg dinosaurs. However, the characterization seen in ''Manga/CMonDigimon'' and ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'', the earliest works in the series, didn't reflect this trope and the ''designs'' of Digimon as originally shown in "C-mon" didn't even reflect it, though [[ArtShift this was quickly corrected]] and [[MythologyGag referenced]] in "V-tamer".

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* Killy from ''Manga/{{Blame}}'' ''is'' this trope - -- minus the "hip" clothing and ridiculous muscle mass. The series was even created in the mid-90's.
mid-'90s.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' is full of ''non-human'' examples (though many look humanoid), especially the early generations created during the nineties, reaching from Badass Furries to HollywoodCyborg dinosaurs. dinosaurs.
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However, the characterization seen in ''Manga/CMonDigimon'' and ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'', the earliest works in the series, didn't reflect this trope and the ''designs'' of Digimon as originally shown in "C-mon" didn't even reflect it, though [[ArtShift this was quickly corrected]] and [[MythologyGag referenced]] in "V-tamer".



* Vegeta of ''Manga/DragonBall'' started off as just another psychotic villain, but evolves into this trope during the Freeza and Cell sagas. Even after becoming a full-on good guy in the fight against Buu, he still retains a shred of his former badassery, such as punching out his opponent for mouthing off to him at the World Martial Art Tournament.
** ''Dragon Ball'' as a whole is a very Iron Age-ish anime, except it still doesn't take itself very seriously in that spot.

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* Vegeta of ''Manga/DragonBall'' started off as just another psychotic villain, but evolves into this trope during the Freeza Frieza and Cell sagas. Even after becoming a full-on good guy in the fight against Buu, he still retains a shred of his former badassery, such as punching out his opponent for mouthing off to him at the World Martial Art Tournament. \n** ''Dragon Ball'' as a whole is a very Iron Age-ish anime, except it still doesn't take itself very seriously in that spot.



** Endeavor is a man who became a hero solely for the prestige and attention. Otherwise, he has absolutely no regard for anyone else, is always moody and surly, uses a lot of force when in battle, and is emotionally consumed by rage. He is particularly furious that [[TheCape All Might]], an idealistic Silver Age-style hero, always seems to one-up him in the public eye. He has since become a father--[[AbusiveParents bringing his anti-hero morality into parenthood]]. His son, Shouto, absolutely ''hates'' Endeavor with every ounce of his being, and refuses to use his powers he inherited from Endeavor to spite him.

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** Endeavor is a man who became a hero solely for the prestige and attention. Otherwise, he has absolutely no regard for anyone else, is always moody and surly, uses a lot of force when in battle, and is emotionally consumed by rage. He is particularly furious that [[TheCape All Might]], an idealistic Silver Age-style hero, always seems to one-up him in the public eye. He has since become a father--[[AbusiveParents father -- [[AbusiveParents bringing his anti-hero morality into parenthood]]. His son, Shouto, absolutely ''hates'' Endeavor with every ounce of his being, and refuses to use his powers he inherited from Endeavor to spite him.



** ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', had his personality largely unchanged, but despite having been nicknamed "Slim" his whole life suddenly developed a chest that pro wrestlers would find intimidating.
*** His personality ''has'' changed later though. During Creator/GrantMorrison's New X-Men and especially after he became pretty much Nineties AntiHero despite the fact that it started in 2003.
** {{SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool}} (created by none other than Liefeld himself) started out as a villain, then moved into AntiHero territory, and when [[MyRealDaddy a non-Liefield writer got a hold of him]] became more of an AffectionateParody.
*** As with Cable, Deadpool ''also'' has guns coming out his ass. [[AssShove It involves an awful lot of lubricant]].

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** ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', ''ComicBook/XMen'', had his personality largely unchanged, but despite having been nicknamed "Slim" his whole life suddenly developed a chest that pro wrestlers would find intimidating.
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intimidating. His personality ''has'' changed later though. During Creator/GrantMorrison's New X-Men ''New X-Men'' and especially after after, he became pretty much Nineties AntiHero Anti-Hero despite the fact that it started in 2003.
** {{SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool}} ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} (created by none other than Liefeld himself) started out as a villain, then moved into AntiHero territory, and when [[MyRealDaddy a non-Liefield writer got a hold of him]] became more of an AffectionateParody.
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AffectionateParody. As with Cable, Deadpool ''also'' has guns coming out his ass. [[AssShove It involves an awful lot of lubricant]].



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* Being a six-year-old NightmareFetishist, [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]] thinks these are the coolest comics ''ever''.
-->'''Calvin:''' Oh no, Captain Napalm's [[BloodyHilarious getting his kidneys punched out]] with an ''I-beam!''
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* The Franchise/{{Terminator}}: More specifically the one from 1991's ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' who is a [[HeroicBuild Muscle bound]], [[HellBentForLeather Leather clad]] cyborg with no hesitation against destroying anyone who got in the way of his directive until he was ordered by [[KidWithTheLeash John Connor]] not to kill anyone.

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* The Franchise/{{Terminator}}: More specifically the one from 1991's ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' who is a [[HeroicBuild Muscle bound]], Musclebound]], [[HellBentForLeather Leather clad]] Leather-clad]] cyborg with no hesitation against destroying anyone who got in the way of his directive until he was is ordered by [[KidWithTheLeash John Connor]] not to kill anyone.



* Ace became one of these in the ''DoctorWhoNewAdventures''. On TV, she had been a rather messed up but still quite bubbly and exuberant school-girl with a taste for explosives and chemistry. In the books, she became a hardened and gritty BloodKnight space marine. It was relatively mild compared to some examples of the time, but it was this trope nonetheless.

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* ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'':
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Ace became becomes one of these in the ''DoctorWhoNewAdventures''. these. On TV, she had been a rather messed up messed-up but still quite bubbly and exuberant school-girl schoolgirl with a taste for explosives and chemistry. In the books, she became a hardened and gritty BloodKnight space marine. It was relatively mild compared to some examples of the time, but it was this trope nonetheless.



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* OlderThanFeudalism example: In ''Literature/TheBible'', we have [[Literature/SamsonAndDelilah the story of Samson]] in the Literature/BookOfJudges. While most Bible heroes had their flaws, Samson was characterized almost entirely by vengeance; and would often commit mass slaughter when something pissed him off - but those slaughters were of Philistines, whom God wanted dead too, so it's all right. His other major point of characterization was a weakness for women, to the point of committing a TooDumbToLive blunder with Delilah. He even fired off a stereotypically-badass BondOneLiner at one point - a possible English translation would be "[[ImprobableWeaponUser With an asses' jawbone]], I have made asses of my enemies."

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* OlderThanFeudalism example: In ''Literature/TheBible'', we have [[Literature/SamsonAndDelilah the story of Samson]] in the Literature/BookOfJudges. While most Bible heroes had their flaws, Samson was characterized almost entirely by vengeance; and would often commit mass slaughter when something pissed him off - -- but those slaughters were of Philistines, whom God wanted dead too, so it's all right. His other major point of characterization was a weakness for women, to the point of committing a TooDumbToLive blunder with Delilah. He even fired off a stereotypically-badass BondOneLiner at one point - -- a possible English translation would be "[[ImprobableWeaponUser With an asses' jawbone]], I have made asses of my enemies."



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* Being a six-year-old NightmareFetishist, [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]] thinks these are the coolest comics ''ever''.
-->'''Calvin''': Oh no, Captain Napalm's [[BloodyHilarious getting his kidneys punched out]] with an ''I-beam!''
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]

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* Being a six-year-old NightmareFetishist, [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]] thinks these are the coolest comics ''ever''.
-->'''Calvin''': Oh no, Captain Napalm's [[BloodyHilarious getting his kidneys punched out]] with an ''I-beam!''
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[[folder:Professional
[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]




* Given the cyberpunk setting, the player characters in ''Shadowrun'' can be this since the game's rules include giving the character cybernetic body parts, edgy clothing and a variety of exotic weapons and deadly powers. Most Shadowrunners in-universe are also relatively amoral mercenaries, and many pay little heed to the lives of civilians (though spree killing is generally seen as StupidEvil).

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\n* Given the cyberpunk setting, the player characters in ''Shadowrun'' ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' can be this since the game's rules include giving the character cybernetic body parts, edgy clothing and a variety of exotic weapons and deadly powers. Most Shadowrunners in-universe are also relatively amoral mercenaries, and many pay little heed to the lives of civilians (though spree killing is generally seen as StupidEvil).



** The default costumes for the [[PoisonousPerson Scourge]], the [[KatanasAreJustBetter Blade]] and the [[DualWielding Specialist]] archetypes, being based on {{Spawn}}, Deathstroke and {{Deadpool}} respectively.

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** The default costumes for the [[PoisonousPerson Scourge]], the [[KatanasAreJustBetter Blade]] and the [[DualWielding Specialist]] archetypes, being based on {{Spawn}}, ComicBook/{{Spawn}}, Deathstroke and {{Deadpool}} ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} respectively.



-->'''Alchemiss:''' ''[sarcastically]'' So how did ''you'' spend your sabbatical, Tombstone? Performing in musical theater? Raising puppies?
-->'''Tombstone:''' [[AC:animals wither in my presence.]]

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-->'''Alchemiss:''' ''[sarcastically]'' So how did ''you'' spend your sabbatical, Tombstone? Performing in musical theater? Raising puppies?
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puppies?\\
'''Tombstone:'''
[[AC:animals wither in my presence.]]



* The titular ''Webcomic/WeaponBrown'': mechanical arm, likes big guns, doesn't care about innocents, brutally kills his enemies, DeadpanSnarker and his sidekick is a man-eating dog.
** Pretty much the whole webcomic is what happens if the characters from the various classic comic strip series are re-invented by Rob Liefeld and Mark Millar.

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* The titular ''Webcomic/WeaponBrown'': mechanical arm, likes big guns, doesn't care about innocents, brutally kills his enemies, DeadpanSnarker and his sidekick is a man-eating dog.
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dog. Pretty much the whole webcomic is what happens if the characters from the various classic comic strip series are re-invented by Rob Liefeld and Mark Millar.



* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall '90s Kid's]] ideal comic book hero is ''Bloodgun'', a faceless dude with a gun that shoots ''other guns''.

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* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': '90s Kid's]] Kid's ideal comic book hero is ''Bloodgun'', a faceless dude with a gun that shoots ''other guns''.
4th Jun '17 10:53:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* The titular ''WeaponBrown'': mechanical arm, likes big guns, doesn't care about innocents, brutally kills his enemies, DeadpanSnarker and his sidekick is a man-eating dog.

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* The titular ''WeaponBrown'': ''Webcomic/WeaponBrown'': mechanical arm, likes big guns, doesn't care about innocents, brutally kills his enemies, DeadpanSnarker and his sidekick is a man-eating dog.
4th Jun '17 2:14:34 AM ACW
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* This is a common criticism of [[Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jotaro Kujo]], the protagonist of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'', although he ends up being more of a subversion. He's a [[TheStoic stoic]], aloof, badass [[JapaneseDelinquent delinquent]] who delivers one-liners and punches his enemies senseless, who is as [[WorldOfMuscleMen ripped as anyone]] at the time and wears a modified uniform with a giant, pointless chain hanging off of it. This is all in [[ContrastingSequelMainCharacter stark contrast]] to his [[TheHero gentleman]] of an ancestor and his GuileHero grandfather. However, his EstablishingCharacterMoment is him putting himself in jail to protect others from a power he doesn't understand while he researches it as a result of him also being a BadassBookworm. He doesn't kill every villain he encounters, and explains that he ''is'' going to kill the final villain specifically because of what an utter CompleteMonster he is. Further, the edgier traits he ''does'' have are toned down in later parts of ''[=JoJo=]'', coming off as more of a BigBrotherMentor in ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Diamond is Unbreakable]]'' and being given a DeconReconSwitch as a flawed but well-meaning father in ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean Stone Ocean]]''.

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* This is a common criticism of [[Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jotaro Kujo]], the protagonist of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'', although he ends up being more of a subversion. He's a [[TheStoic stoic]], aloof, badass [[JapaneseDelinquent delinquent]] who delivers one-liners and punches his enemies senseless, who is as [[WorldOfMuscleMen ripped as anyone]] at the time and wears a modified uniform with a giant, pointless chain hanging off of it. This is all in [[ContrastingSequelMainCharacter stark contrast]] to his [[TheHero gentleman]] of an ancestor and his GuileHero grandfather. However, his EstablishingCharacterMoment is him putting himself in jail to protect others from a power he doesn't understand while he researches it as a result of him also being a BadassBookworm. He doesn't kill every villain he encounters, and explains that he ''is'' going to kill the final villain specifically because of what an utter CompleteMonster monster he is. Further, the edgier traits he ''does'' have are toned down in later parts of ''[=JoJo=]'', coming off as more of a BigBrotherMentor in ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Diamond is Unbreakable]]'' and being given a DeconReconSwitch as a flawed but well-meaning father in ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean Stone Ocean]]''.
3rd Jun '17 2:06:58 AM Jokubas
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* This is a common criticism of [[Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jotaro Kujo]], the protagonist of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders''. He's a [[TheStoic stoic]], aloof badass who delivers one-liners and punches his enemies senseless. However, his edgier traits are toned down in later parts of ''[=JoJo=]'', coming off as more of a BigBrotherMentor in ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Diamond is Unbreakable]]'' and being given a DeconReconSwitch as a flawed but well-meaning father in ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean Stone Ocean]]''.

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* This is a common criticism of [[Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jotaro Kujo]], the protagonist of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders''. ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'', although he ends up being more of a subversion. He's a [[TheStoic stoic]], aloof aloof, badass [[JapaneseDelinquent delinquent]] who delivers one-liners and punches his enemies senseless. senseless, who is as [[WorldOfMuscleMen ripped as anyone]] at the time and wears a modified uniform with a giant, pointless chain hanging off of it. This is all in [[ContrastingSequelMainCharacter stark contrast]] to his [[TheHero gentleman]] of an ancestor and his GuileHero grandfather. However, his EstablishingCharacterMoment is him putting himself in jail to protect others from a power he doesn't understand while he researches it as a result of him also being a BadassBookworm. He doesn't kill every villain he encounters, and explains that he ''is'' going to kill the final villain specifically because of what an utter CompleteMonster he is. Further, the edgier traits he ''does'' have are toned down in later parts of ''[=JoJo=]'', coming off as more of a BigBrotherMentor in ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Diamond is Unbreakable]]'' and being given a DeconReconSwitch as a flawed but well-meaning father in ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean Stone Ocean]]''.
3rd Jun '17 1:39:27 AM Jokubas
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* Accelerator from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. Rough but cool name, rough outlook and [[SuperPowerLottery oversized power]].
31st May '17 2:53:14 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ComicBook/GhostRider: The various holders of the mantle have had varying degrees of this with most having Demonic/Infernal derived powers received via a DealWithTheDevil ([[{{Expy}} Actually]] [[BiggerBad Mephisto]], but you get the point) and [[HellBentForLeather leather clad]] [[BadassBiker biker]] outfits, complete with [[ChainedByFashion chains]] and [[SpikesOfVillainy spikes]]. The most blatantly exaggerated example is Vengeance who can see [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vengeance_(comics) here]].

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* ComicBook/GhostRider: The various holders of the mantle have had varying degrees of this with most having Demonic/Infernal derived powers received via a DealWithTheDevil ([[{{Expy}} Actually]] [[BiggerBad Mephisto]], Mephisto, but you get the point) and [[HellBentForLeather leather clad]] [[BadassBiker biker]] outfits, complete with [[ChainedByFashion chains]] and [[SpikesOfVillainy spikes]]. The most blatantly exaggerated example is Vengeance who can see [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vengeance_(comics) here]].
29th May '17 9:35:58 PM Dravencour
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* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' became one of these in an alternate future where Gosalyn disappeared (because she had been sucked through time into that alternate future). He might've been this earlier on, but by the time Gosalyn ran into him he had long ago [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope crossed the line]] and was solidly in the KnightTemplar category.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' became one of these these, Darkwarrior Duck, in an alternate future where Gosalyn disappeared (because she had been sucked through time into that alternate future). He might've been this earlier on, but by the time Gosalyn ran into him he had long ago [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope crossed the line]] and was solidly in the KnightTemplar category.
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