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19th Sep '16 10:39:09 AM Mhazard
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See also: DesignatedHero and ByronicHero. Should not be confused with the HeroicComedicSociopath, who is blatantly evil and PlayedForLaughs. Generally, Nineties Anti-Heroes tend to stay in NominalHero territory though some can be {{Villain Protagonist}}s.

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See also: SociopathicHero, DesignatedHero and ByronicHero. Should not be confused with the HeroicComedicSociopath, who is blatantly evil and PlayedForLaughs. Generally, Nineties Anti-Heroes tend to stay in NominalHero territory though some can be {{Villain Protagonist}}s.
19th Sep '16 12:39:27 AM Mhazard
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* Guts from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', who debuted with the publication of the manga in 1990, has almost all the characteristics of a nineties anti-hero. He has a [[DarkAgeOfSupernames gritty but simple name]], is missing an arm and an eye, [[HeroicBuild has ridiculous muscles]] but relies on his lethal equipment instead of superpowers, wears a black costume with lots of [[BadassBandolier bags and bandoliers]], is a {{Badass}} with a DarkAndTroubledPast and [[DeadpanSnarker sarcasm]] to boot, and uses a ludicrous {{BFS}} as his main weapon. During the early Black Swordsman Arc he tells Puck that he doesn't care about anything except {{Revenge}}, considering any bystanders who get caught up in his vengeance as [[TheSocialDarwinist weaklings who didn't deserve to live]], and he [[ColdBloodedTorture brutally tortures]] any villains he defeats. In spite of all this he turns out to be something of an UnbuiltTrope example, or at least a more subtle one, as the state we first see him in is when he's at his very worst and using a JerkassFacade to hide from his pain. He goes through several shades of AntiHero through his CharacterDevelopment, but always has some redeeming qualities such as loyalty to his friends and sympathy for those who have suffered like he has.

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* Guts from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', who debuted with the publication of the manga in 1990, has almost all the characteristics of a nineties anti-hero. He has a [[DarkAgeOfSupernames gritty but simple name]], is [[AnArmAndALeg missing an arm and an eye, eye]], [[HeroicBuild has ridiculous muscles]] but [[CombatPragmatist relies on his lethal equipment instead of superpowers, superpowers]], wears a black costume with lots of [[BadassBandolier bags and bandoliers]], is a {{Badass}} with a DarkAndTroubledPast and [[DeadpanSnarker sarcasm]] to boot, and uses a ludicrous {{BFS}} as his main weapon. During the early Black Swordsman Arc he tells Puck that he doesn't care about anything except {{Revenge}}, considering any bystanders who get caught up in his vengeance as [[TheSocialDarwinist weaklings who didn't deserve to live]], and he [[ColdBloodedTorture brutally tortures]] any villains he defeats. In spite of all this he turns out to be something of an UnbuiltTrope example, or at least a more subtle one, as the state we first see him in is when he's at his very worst and using a JerkassFacade to hide from his pain. He goes through several shades of AntiHero through his CharacterDevelopment, but always has some redeeming qualities such as loyalty to his friends and sympathy for those who have suffered like he has.
14th Sep '16 1:36:31 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Ace became one of these in the ''DoctorWhoNewAdventures''. On TV, she had been a rather messed up but still rather 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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* Ace became one of these in the ''DoctorWhoNewAdventures''. On TV, she had been a rather messed up but still rather 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.
27th Aug '16 11:13:30 AM CaptainMar-Vell92
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* 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 are also mercenaries who are not concerned with the safety of civilians.

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* 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 mercenaries who are not concerned with the safety of civilians.
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27th Aug '16 10:50:09 AM CaptainMar-Vell92
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* 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 are also mercenaries who are not concerned with the safety of civilians.
27th Aug '16 10:07:39 AM pinkdalek
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** In later installments of ''VII'', Cloud Strife is played completely straight this way, but in the original game itself, he was a rather cheerful (if at first apathetic) fellow with some backstory problems and memory issues, but mostly averted this. Following his appearances in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games and ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', he could be the poster boy for this trope. He certainly [[http://semna4.webs.com/KH_Cloud_1.jpg looks the part]] in the first ''Kingdom Hearts''.

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** In later installments of ''VII'', Cloud Strife is played in the original ''VII'' was something of a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype version of this, attempting to act like this as a conscious affectation, and soon abandoning it. Played completely straight this way, but in the original game itself, he was a rather cheerful (if at first apathetic) fellow with some backstory problems and memory issues, but mostly averted this. Following most of his appearances later appearances, especially in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games and ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', he could be the poster boy for this trope.Children]]''. He certainly [[http://semna4.webs.com/KH_Cloud_1.jpg looks the part]] in the first ''Kingdom Hearts''.
20th Aug '16 5:50:21 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* [[Wrestling/{{FMW}} Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling]] founder Atsushi Onita, along with his rival\sidekick and ''Shin'' FMW founder Tarzan Goto, who naturally got it started in 1989. Onita was more [[CloudCuckooLander cheery and off base than most examples]], with the trademark 'brooding' and willingness to destroy his own allies or even uninvolved bystanders to "make men out them" being Goto's trait but both were fond of extreme violence and believed everything up to landmines should be allowed in Puroresu. Onita also sometimes parodied top stars of "mainstream" Japanese promotions such as Wrestling/TheGreatMuta and also challenged kick boxers and mixed martial artists from K-1 and Pride Fighting Championships to face him in no rope exploding barbed wire death matches.

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* [[Wrestling/{{FMW}} Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling]] founder Atsushi Onita, along with his rival\sidekick and ''Shin'' FMW founder Tarzan Goto, who naturally got it started in 1989. Onita was more [[CloudCuckooLander cheery and off base than most examples]], with the trademark 'brooding' and willingness to destroy his own allies or even uninvolved bystanders to "make "[[RatedMForManly make men out them" them]]" being Goto's trait but both were fond of [[GarbageWrestler extreme violence violence]] and believed everything up to landmines should be allowed in Puroresu. Onita also sometimes parodied top stars of "mainstream" Japanese promotions such as Wrestling/TheGreatMuta and also challenged kick boxers and mixed martial artists from K-1 and Pride Fighting Championships to face him in no rope exploding barbed wire death matches.



* Late 90s [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] saw most of the baby {{face}} in this era act as such, with the charge being led by acts such as [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stone Cold" Steve Austin]], [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], and Wrestling/DGenerationX.
* The WWF trend was the direct result of having to compete with Wrestling/{{WCW}}, who hit on this concept with the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder. While the [=nWo=] were essentially just [[EvilIsCool popular villains]], the [[AHouseDivided Wolfpac]] formed and as definite 90s antiheroes up until the FingerPokeOfDoom. The most successful aspects of the WWF's Wrestling/AttitudeEra were directly inspired by the [=nWo=], the Austin vs. [=McMahon=] feud, almost universally considered the key to the WWF's resurgence, is the [=nWo=] vs. WCW with the roles reversed. WWE also borrowed heavily from the growing underground success story known as Wrestling/{{ECW}} and allowed a number of wrestlers to develop their own grittier [[TheGimmick gimmicks]] but the need to change was a result of WCW's runaway success with the [=nWo=] angle.

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* Late 90s [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] saw most of the baby {{face}} in this era act as such, with the charge being led by acts such as [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stone Cold" Steve Austin]], Austin]](originally given a stoic SerialKiller gimmick but then grabbed the microphone at ''King Of The Ring'' and became an anti authority rebel), [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], Rock]](given a 1980s baby face gimmick ten years too late before lashed out at the fans and Wrestling/DGenerationX.
then targeted Austin), and Wrestling/DGenerationX (a copy of the nWo with a more playful, less megalomaniac slant).
* The WWF trend was the direct result of having to compete with Wrestling/{{WCW}}, who hit on this concept with the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder. While the [=nWo=] were essentially just [[EvilIsCool popular villains]], the [[AHouseDivided Wolfpac]] formed and as definite 90s antiheroes up until the FingerPokeOfDoom. The most successful aspects of the WWF's Wrestling/AttitudeEra were directly inspired by the [=nWo=], the Austin vs. [=McMahon=] feud, almost universally considered the key to the WWF's resurgence, is the [=nWo=] vs. WCW with the roles reversed. WWE also borrowed heavily from the growing underground success story known as Wrestling/{{ECW}} Wrestling/{{ECW}}(Austin shared many traits with [[Wrestling/JimFullington The Sandman]] for instance) and allowed a number of wrestlers to develop their own grittier [[TheGimmick gimmicks]] but the need to change was a result of WCW's runaway success with the [=nWo=] angle.



* Wrestling/{{Carl|itoColon}}y was a late bloomer, as though he certainly looked like a nineties antihero when he debuted, in the the nineties, wrestled similarly to both The Rock and Stone Cold ''and'' had a [[WeaponOfChoice signature foreign object]] in the form of a shovel, he was a nice enough guy who simply had to resort to such tactics to save the family business(the Puerto Rican version of the World Wrestling Council) from La Familia Del Milenio. It wasn't until the mid 2000s that he became a complete jerkass too, such that he at one point hated getting baby face pushes because he felt someone who insults, spits on and ''{{poison|isevil}}s'' people shouldn't be cheered.

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* Wrestling/{{Carl|itoColon}}y was a late bloomer, as though he certainly looked like a nineties antihero when he debuted, in the the nineties, wrestled similarly to both The Rock and Stone Cold Cold, ''and'' had a [[WeaponOfChoice signature foreign object]] in the form of a shovel, he was a nice enough guy who simply had to resort to such tactics to save the family business(the Puerto Rican version of the World Wrestling Council) from La Familia Del Milenio. It wasn't until the mid 2000s that he became a complete jerkass too, such that he at one point hated getting baby face pushes because he felt someone who insults, spits on and ''{{poison|isevil}}s'' people shouldn't be cheered.
19th Aug '16 10:25:07 PM CaptainMar-Vell92
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** 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.
19th Aug '16 3:13:31 PM CaptainMar-Vell92
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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.
7th Aug '16 12:47:41 PM nombretomado
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* Likewise, in TheDCU, Jason Todd (Batman's second Robin) has been a Nineties Anti Hero type ever since he came BackFromTheDead. Amusingly, he was absent for the entire decade.

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* Likewise, in TheDCU, Franchise/TheDCU, Jason Todd (Batman's second Robin) has been a Nineties Anti Hero type ever since he came BackFromTheDead. Amusingly, he was absent for the entire decade.
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