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22nd Jun '16 7:18:24 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TigerAndBunny'', the inhabitants of Sternbild City are introduced to the concept of the Nineties Anti-Hero with Lunatic, a menacing vigilante who unhesitatingly kills criminals, racks up the property damage like nobody's business, and mocks the established superheroes for their idealistic 'weakness'. Given what end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism the show occupies, he serves as both a villain and a KnightOfCerebus during his introduction. Though later episodes in the series put him in a more sympathetic light.

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* In ''TigerAndBunny'', ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', the inhabitants of Sternbild City are introduced to the concept of the Nineties Anti-Hero with Lunatic, a menacing vigilante who unhesitatingly kills criminals, racks up the property damage like nobody's business, and mocks the established superheroes for their idealistic 'weakness'. Given what end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism the show occupies, he serves as both a villain and a KnightOfCerebus during his introduction. Though later episodes in the series put him in a more sympathetic light.
11th Jun '16 2:19:54 PM Tron80
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In hindsight, one could think of this phase as the teenage years of comic book characters. An age of awkward and angsty characters with often-dubious fashion sense, but also an age of innovative and more complex characters contrasting the flat heroes of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks silver age]] and further exploring the shades of heroism introduced in [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks bronze]] age. The more humanized superhero of the modern age is an answer to the question first asked in comics by the Nineties Anti-Hero: "What ''really'' makes the difference between a hero and a villain?".

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In hindsight, one could think of this phase as the teenage years of comic book characters. An age of awkward and angsty characters with often-dubious fashion sense, but also an age of innovative and more complex characters contrasting the flat heroes of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks silver age]] and further exploring the shades of heroism introduced in [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks bronze]] age. The more humanized superhero of the modern age is an answer to the question first asked in comics by the Nineties Anti-Hero: "What ''really'' makes the difference between a hero and a villain?".



*** Except this is ''exactly'' what the executive who stole the idea from them wanted, to create a ridiculously over-the-top parody of Superman to kill him with, being as he was a demon from the 5th Dimension with a major grudge against the Man of Steel.

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*** ** Except this is ''exactly'' what the executive who stole the idea from them wanted, to create a ridiculously over-the-top parody of Superman to kill him with, being as he was a demon from the 5th Dimension with a major grudge against the Man of Steel.
11th Jun '16 12:50:14 PM Stealth
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* This trope hit ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'' hard. A lot of the Autobots came off as gung-ho and violent; some who were already {{Blood Knight}}s, like Blades or the Dinobots, started killing downed opponents outright. Inexplicably, they also found ways to stick pouches and belts on robots, as well as redoing several of them with darker decos to be more grim and gritty--most notably, Sideswipe went from a red-painted BoisterousBruiser to a black-painted example of this trope.
28th May '16 8:09:20 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The general characterization of Kurei from ''FlameOfRecca'' after the TournamentArc. Despite separating himself and his loyal followers from the Uruha, and pursuing the same quarry as Recca and his allies, his vicious and ruthless nature remains unchanged, even until the end of the series.

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* The general characterization of Kurei from ''FlameOfRecca'' ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' after the TournamentArc. Despite separating himself and his loyal followers from the Uruha, and pursuing the same quarry as Recca and his allies, his vicious and ruthless nature remains unchanged, even until the end of the series.
27th May '16 4:21:45 PM Jake
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* [[VideoGa,e/{{Doom}} Doomguy]] was originally something of a FeaturelessProtagonist, but {{fanon}} rapidly turned him into one of these (aided and abetted by the infamous comic described above). ''VideoGame/BrutalDoom'' picked this interpretation up and ran screaming at a horde of demons to beat them to death with it, and then ''VideoGame/Doom2016'' [[AscendedFanon made it official]]. '''Rip and tear!'''

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* [[VideoGa,e/{{Doom}} [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Doomguy]] was originally something of a FeaturelessProtagonist, but {{fanon}} rapidly turned him into one of these (aided and abetted by the infamous comic described above). ''VideoGame/BrutalDoom'' picked this interpretation up and ran screaming at a horde of demons to beat them to death with it, and then ''VideoGame/Doom2016'' [[AscendedFanon made it official]]. '''Rip and tear!'''
27th May '16 4:21:04 PM Jake
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* [[VideoGa,e/{{Doom}} Doomguy]] was originally something of a FeaturelessProtagonist, but {{fanon}} rapidly turned him into one of these (aided and abetted by the infamous comic described above). ''VideoGame/BrutalDoom'' picked this interpretation up and ran screaming at a horde of demons to beat them to death with it, and then ''VideoGame/Doom2016'' [[AscendedFanon made it official]]. '''Rip and tear!'''
24th May '16 9:49:24 PM henry42
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[[caption-width-right:350:Everything that was wrong with [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks comics in the '90s]] in one cover. From the top: Title (if you can read it) includes "Blood"; Improbable blade; Torn cape; Wolverine knock-off mask that frames face; [[EyesAlwaysShut Youngblood's]] [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall disease]]; Gritted teeth; Improbable anatomy; Improbable muscles; [[BFG Improbably huge and just plain improbable gun]]; Lots of pouches; Huge boots; Artist's signature on rubble.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Everything that was wrong with [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks comics in the '90s]] in one cover. From the top: Title (if you can read it) includes "Blood"; Improbable blade; Torn cape; Wolverine knock-off mask that frames face; [[EyesAlwaysShut Youngblood's]] [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall disease]]; Gritted teeth; Improbable anatomy; Improbable muscles; [[BFG [[{{BFG}} Improbably huge and just plain improbable gun]]; Lots of pouches; Huge boots; Artist's signature on rubble.]]
24th May '16 9:48:50 PM henry42
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[[caption-width-right:350:From the top: Title (if you can read it) includes "Blood"; Improbable blade; Torn cape; Wolverine knock-off mask that frames face; [[EyesAlwaysShut Youngblood's]] [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall disease]]; Gritted teeth; Improbable anatomy; Improbable muscles; Improbably huge and just plain improbable gun; Lots of pouches; Huge boots; Artist's signature on rubble.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:From [[caption-width-right:350:Everything that was wrong with [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks comics in the '90s]] in one cover. From the top: Title (if you can read it) includes "Blood"; Improbable blade; Torn cape; Wolverine knock-off mask that frames face; [[EyesAlwaysShut Youngblood's]] [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall disease]]; Gritted teeth; Improbable anatomy; Improbable muscles; [[BFG Improbably huge and just plain improbable gun; gun]]; Lots of pouches; Huge boots; Artist's signature on rubble.]]
14th May '16 10:44:08 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* The later top faces of FMW, Megumi Kudo, "First Son" Wrestling/MasatoTanaka and Hayabusa were less insanely violent, more subdued and socially adjusted faces who just happened to be in a very violent promotion. Though that changed for the later when Kodo Fuyuki took control of FMW and declared he didn't want "superheroes" in his promotion, forcing Hayabusa to unmask and then putting the mask on a porn star to ruin his reputation. This caused the former Hayabusa to take on the name of [[OneLetterName H]] and become a delinquent who used the same tactics as the Fuyuki backed "Team No Respect". It was the less ironic face, Tanaka, who ended up being the one to personally defeat Fuyuki though.

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* The later top faces of FMW, Megumi Kudo, "First Son" Wrestling/MasatoTanaka and Hayabusa were less insanely violent, more subdued and socially adjusted faces who just happened to be in a very violent promotion. Though that changed for the later latter when Kodo Fuyuki took control of FMW and declared he didn't want "superheroes" in his promotion, forcing Hayabusa to unmask and then putting the mask on a porn star to ruin his reputation. This caused the former Hayabusa to take on the name of [[OneLetterName H]] and become a delinquent who used the same tactics as the Fuyuki backed "Team No Respect". It was the less ironic face, Tanaka, who ended up being the one to personally defeat Fuyuki though.
14th May '16 10:42:47 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* W*ING Kanemura from the rival promotion to FMW of the same name was initially a villain coming into FMW to invade but became a nineties antihero when ''[[EvilerThanThou another]]'' invasion from IWA Japan in the form of Victor Quinones's "Puerto Rican army" forced him to team up with the FMW Sekigun. Despite his HeelFaceTurn he still threatened his enemies death, even when they [[FriendlyEnemy weren't really enemies]] such as when wrestlers from ECW like Wrestling/BallsMahoney came to celebrate FMW's success.
* From 94 onward, Cibernético tended to be one whenever he made a HeelFaceTurn in Wrestling/{{AAA}}, as this was a "tecnico" who nonetheless killed off someone who betrayed him([[BackFromTheDead ever so briefly]]). Similar things can be said for his rivals Vampiro, Wrestling/LaParka, La Parka Jr and Mesías during their technico runs.
* When El Hijo Del Santo returned to Wrestling/{{CMLL}} from AAA, his long time nemesis Negro Casas had become an unironic tecnico and the two teamed together until September of 96 when Santo turned on him. As shocking as his FaceHeelTurn was though, it ''only'' worked in CMLL as Santo continued to be cheered everywhere else no matter what he did, making this a HeelFaceRevolvingDoor example. Even then, the CMLL fans [[RootingForTheEmpire gradually started cheering for him again]] too during and after a [[HumiliatingWager hair vs mask]] match with still tecnico Casas in 97, leading to him becoming this trope in CMLL before eventually softening in September of 98.

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* W*ING Kanemura from the rival promotion to FMW of the same name was initially a villain coming into FMW to invade but became a nineties antihero when ''[[EvilerThanThou another]]'' invasion from IWA Japan in the form of Victor Quinones's "Puerto Rican army" forced him to team up with the FMW Sekigun. Despite his HeelFaceTurn he still threatened his enemies with death, even when they [[FriendlyEnemy weren't really enemies]] such as when wrestlers from ECW like Wrestling/BallsMahoney came to celebrate FMW's success.
* From 94 onward, Cibernético tended to be one whenever he made a HeelFaceTurn in Wrestling/{{AAA}}, as this was a "tecnico" "{{tecnico}}" who nonetheless killed off someone who betrayed him([[BackFromTheDead ever so briefly]]). Similar things can be said for his rivals Vampiro, Wrestling/LaParka, La Parka Jr and Mesías during their technico tecnico runs.
* When El Hijo Del Santo returned to Wrestling/{{CMLL}} from AAA, his long time nemesis Negro Casas had become an unironic tecnico and the two teamed together until September of 96 when Santo turned on him. As shocking as his FaceHeelTurn was though, it ''only'' worked in CMLL as Santo continued to be cheered everywhere else no matter what he did, making this a HeelFaceRevolvingDoor example. Even then, the CMLL fans [[RootingForTheEmpire gradually started cheering for him again]] too during and after a [[HumiliatingWager hair vs mask]] match with still tecnico Casas in 97, leading to him Hijo Del Santo becoming this trope in CMLL too before eventually softening in September of 98.



* 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 ''poisons'' 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 ''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 ''poisons'' ''{{poison|isevil}}s'' people shouldn't be cheered.
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