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26th Jul '16 5:45:44 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' fanfic ''FanFic/GameTheoryFanFic'' does this for first-season villain [[AbusiveParents Precia Testarossa]] by giving her [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy a small but significant competence boost]]. And that competence boost is realizing [[PragmaticVillainy that there are better ways to control your]] DarkMagicalGirl than by [[WhipItGood whipping her]]. The end result is that while this Precia is [[ManipulativeBastard still kind of a bitch]], she is also a sympathetic AntiVillain and an extremely competent [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] - a portrayal the reader can empathize with [[RootingForTheEmpire and even support]].

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* The ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' fanfic ''FanFic/GameTheoryFanFic'' does this for first-season villain [[AbusiveParents Precia Testarossa]] by giving her [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy a small but significant competence boost]].boost. And that competence boost is realizing [[PragmaticVillainy that there are better ways to control your]] DarkMagicalGirl than by [[WhipItGood whipping her]]. The end result is that while this Precia is [[ManipulativeBastard still kind of a bitch]], she is also a sympathetic AntiVillain and an extremely competent [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] - a portrayal the reader can empathize with [[RootingForTheEmpire and even support]].
9th Jul '16 11:43:40 AM nombretomado
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* Kiina from ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''. [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon Many fans]] disliked her brash, impatient GenkiGirl personality and her tendency to shout "WOOHOO!!!" at the top of her lungs as per her portrayal in ''The Legend Reborn''. However, in more recent ''Bionicle'' media, she seems to have undergone some CharacterDevelopment, being more sensible and thinking before she acts, as well as displaying a more gentle side -- but without being any less BadAss in battle. The novelization of said movie also retroactively justified her personality therein, explaining that she actively forced herself to appear joyful, fearing that otherwise TheHero (who she hoped would save her people) would have bailed.

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* Kiina from ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''.''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon Many fans]] disliked her brash, impatient GenkiGirl personality and her tendency to shout "WOOHOO!!!" at the top of her lungs as per her portrayal in ''The Legend Reborn''. However, in more recent ''Bionicle'' media, she seems to have undergone some CharacterDevelopment, being more sensible and thinking before she acts, as well as displaying a more gentle side -- but without being any less BadAss in battle. The novelization of said movie also retroactively justified her personality therein, explaining that she actively forced herself to appear joyful, fearing that otherwise TheHero (who she hoped would save her people) would have bailed.
8th Jul '16 11:58:27 AM Exxolon
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** [[PsychicPowers Psionics]] had been a ScrappyMechanic since the game's inception, with much grumbling about it being overpowered, underpowered, needlessly weird, and psionicist fitting in with neither [[QuirkyBard most parties]] nor many gameworlds. 3.5's Expanded Psionics Handbook saved the concept, dumping the "psionic combat" system in favor of a power point system to set manifesters apart from VancianCasting - which, as it turned out, wound up being far more intuitive, sensible, and better-designed than the clunky, oft-broken Vancian system. Add in a set of fun, playable races and classes ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and the soulknife]]), a massive amount of unique content that made an all-manifester campaign quite feasible, and being a generally more balanced alternative to the hideous GameBreaker that was 3.5's magic system, and for the first time in the game's history, "Can I play a psychic?" was met with something other than a weary groan.

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** [[PsychicPowers Psionics]] had been a ScrappyMechanic since the game's inception, with much grumbling about it being overpowered, underpowered, needlessly weird, and psionicist fitting in with neither [[QuirkyBard most parties]] nor many gameworlds. 3.5's Expanded Psionics Handbook saved the concept, dumping the "psionic combat" system in favor of a power point system to set manifesters apart from VancianCasting VancianMagic - which, as it turned out, wound up being far more intuitive, sensible, and better-designed than the clunky, oft-broken Vancian system. Add in a set of fun, playable races and classes ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and the soulknife]]), a massive amount of unique content that made an all-manifester campaign quite feasible, and being a generally more balanced alternative to the hideous GameBreaker that was 3.5's magic system, and for the first time in the game's history, "Can I play a psychic?" was met with something other than a weary groan.
8th Jul '16 11:56:24 AM Exxolon
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* Music/JamesBlunt when he appeared on ''TopGear'' via a healthy dose of SelfDepracation and good humour.

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* Music/JamesBlunt when he appeared on ''TopGear'' via a healthy dose of SelfDepracation SelfDeprecation and good humour.
8th Jul '16 11:56:05 AM Exxolon
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* James Blunt when he appeared on ''TopGear''.

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* James Blunt Music/JamesBlunt when he appeared on ''TopGear''.''TopGear'' via a healthy dose of SelfDepracation and good humour.
5th Jul '16 7:16:57 PM Theriocephalus
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* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse book ''Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia'' had an exceedingly two-dimensional, generic froth-at-the-mouth-when-things-go-wrong bad [[VillainOfTheWeek villain-of-the-book]]. Warlord Zsinj was also [[FatBastard visibly overweight]], petty, and [[FatIdiot rather stupid]]. In the early books in the ''Comicbook/XWingSeries'', set before ''Courtship'', which don't show him directly, he's said to be cautious and opportunistic, and a character believes he's more dangerous than the notes on his file indicate. In the later Creator/AaronAllston books of that series he's a major character, a very smart and clever warlord who uses ObfuscatingStupidity despite knowing that plenty of the people he worked with can see through the act. He's still evil, but entertainingly and memorably so. In fact Zjin was stated as being perhaps the most powerful third party in the galaxy, after the Empire and the New Republic. This means he was considered more powerful than the Hutts (who run a massive criminal empire), the Hapes Consortium (a high-tech amazon royalty with a very powerful military), and Kuat (a group of planets that's essentially a single ''massive'' shipyard). His biggest problem was his inability to properly administer his sector -- he was a military officer, not a good politician.

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* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse book ''Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia'' had an exceedingly two-dimensional, generic froth-at-the-mouth-when-things-go-wrong bad [[VillainOfTheWeek villain-of-the-book]]. Warlord Zsinj was also [[FatBastard visibly overweight]], petty, and [[FatIdiot rather stupid]]. In the early books in the ''Comicbook/XWingSeries'', set before ''Courtship'', which don't show him directly, he's said to be cautious and opportunistic, and a character believes he's more dangerous than the notes on his file indicate. In the later Creator/AaronAllston books of that series he's a major character, a very smart and clever warlord who uses ObfuscatingStupidity despite knowing that plenty of the people he worked with can see through the act. He's still evil, but entertainingly and memorably so. In fact Zjin Zsinj was stated as being perhaps the most powerful third party in the galaxy, after the Empire and the New Republic. This means he was considered more powerful than the Hutts (who run a massive criminal empire), the Hapes Consortium (a high-tech amazon royalty with a very powerful military), and Kuat (a group of planets that's essentially a single ''massive'' shipyard). His biggest problem was his inability to properly administer his sector -- he was a military officer, not a good politician.
5th Jul '16 7:16:06 PM Theriocephalus
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* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse book ''Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia'' had an exceedingly two-dimensional, generic froth-at-the-mouth-when-things-go-wrong bad [[VillainOfTheWeek villain-of-the-book]]. Warlord Zsinj was also [[FatBastard visibly overweight]], petty, and [[FatIdiot rather stupid]]. In the early books in the ''Comicbook/XWingSeries'', set before ''Courtship'', don't show him directly, he's said to be cautious and opportunistic, and a character believes he's more dangerous than the notes on his file indicate. In the later Creator/AaronAllston books of that series he's a major character, a very smart and clever warlord who uses ObfuscatingStupidity despite knowing that plenty of the people he worked with can see through the act. He's still evil, but entertainingly and memorably so. In fact Zjin was stated as being perhaps the most powerful third party in the galaxy, after the Empire and the New Republic. This means he was considered more powerful than the Hutts (who run a massive criminal empire), the Hapes Consortium (a high-tech amazon royalty with a very powerful military), and Kuat (a group of planets that's essentially a single ''massive'' shipyard). His biggest problem was his inability to properly administer his sector -- he was a military officer, not a good politician.

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* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse book ''Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia'' had an exceedingly two-dimensional, generic froth-at-the-mouth-when-things-go-wrong bad [[VillainOfTheWeek villain-of-the-book]]. Warlord Zsinj was also [[FatBastard visibly overweight]], petty, and [[FatIdiot rather stupid]]. In the early books in the ''Comicbook/XWingSeries'', set before ''Courtship'', which don't show him directly, he's said to be cautious and opportunistic, and a character believes he's more dangerous than the notes on his file indicate. In the later Creator/AaronAllston books of that series he's a major character, a very smart and clever warlord who uses ObfuscatingStupidity despite knowing that plenty of the people he worked with can see through the act. He's still evil, but entertainingly and memorably so. In fact Zjin was stated as being perhaps the most powerful third party in the galaxy, after the Empire and the New Republic. This means he was considered more powerful than the Hutts (who run a massive criminal empire), the Hapes Consortium (a high-tech amazon royalty with a very powerful military), and Kuat (a group of planets that's essentially a single ''massive'' shipyard). His biggest problem was his inability to properly administer his sector -- he was a military officer, not a good politician.
5th Jul '16 7:15:19 PM Theriocephalus
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* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse book ''Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia'' had an exceedingly two-dimensional, generic froth-at-the-mouth-when-things-go-wrong bad [[VillainOfTheWeek villain-of-the-book]]. Warlord Zsinj was also [[FatBastard visibly overweight]], petty, and [[FatIdiot rather stupid]]. Early books in the ''Comicbook/XWingSeries'', set before ''Courtship'', don't show him directly, he's said to be cautious and opportunistic. A character believes he's more dangerous than the notes on his file indicate. In the Creator/AaronAllston books he's a major character, a very smart and clever warlord who uses ObfuscatingStupidity despite knowing that plenty of the people he worked with can see through the act. He's still evil, but entertainingly and memorably so. In fact Zjins was stated as being perhaps the most powerful third party in the galaxy, after the Empire and the New Republic. This means he was considered more powerful than the Hutts (massive criminal empire), The Hapes Consortium (high tech amazon royalty), and Kuat (a group of planets that's essentially a MASSIVE shipyard). His biggest problem was his inability to properly administer his sector, he was a military officer not a good politician.

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* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse book ''Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia'' had an exceedingly two-dimensional, generic froth-at-the-mouth-when-things-go-wrong bad [[VillainOfTheWeek villain-of-the-book]]. Warlord Zsinj was also [[FatBastard visibly overweight]], petty, and [[FatIdiot rather stupid]]. Early In the early books in the ''Comicbook/XWingSeries'', set before ''Courtship'', don't show him directly, he's said to be cautious and opportunistic. A opportunistic, and a character believes he's more dangerous than the notes on his file indicate. In the later Creator/AaronAllston books of that series he's a major character, a very smart and clever warlord who uses ObfuscatingStupidity despite knowing that plenty of the people he worked with can see through the act. He's still evil, but entertainingly and memorably so. In fact Zjins Zjin was stated as being perhaps the most powerful third party in the galaxy, after the Empire and the New Republic. This means he was considered more powerful than the Hutts (massive (who run a massive criminal empire), The the Hapes Consortium (high tech (a high-tech amazon royalty), royalty with a very powerful military), and Kuat (a group of planets that's essentially a MASSIVE single ''massive'' shipyard). His biggest problem was his inability to properly administer his sector, sector -- he was a military officer officer, not a good politician.
25th Jun '16 12:47:35 AM TheSinful
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* Surprisingly, the normally universally hated Umbridge has this in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8914586/1/Harry-Potter-Junior-Inquisitor Harry Potter Junior Inquisitor]], largely because not only is she not against Harry but he's actually [[EnemyMine helping]] her discredit Dumbledore without alienating the entire student body.
** Likewise, Minister Fudge comes across as far more likable once it's shown that is plot to reform Hogwarts education is because the educations standards ''have'' fallen and Hogwarts has gone from one of the best schools in the world to well on its way to being a laughingstock. Granted his reasons are selfish ([[GlorySeeker wanting to be remembered for something after he leaves office]]) but it's nonetheless a noble cause.

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* Surprisingly, the normally universally hated Umbridge has this in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8914586/1/Harry-Potter-Junior-Inquisitor Harry Potter Junior Inquisitor]], Inquisitor]]'', largely because not only is she not against Harry but he's actually [[EnemyMine helping]] her discredit Dumbledore without alienating the entire student body.
** Likewise, Minister Fudge comes across as far more likable once it's shown that is his plot to reform Hogwarts education is because the educations standards ''have'' fallen and Hogwarts has gone from one of the best schools in the world to well on its way to being a laughingstock. Granted his reasons are selfish ([[GlorySeeker wanting to be remembered for something after he leaves office]]) but it's nonetheless a noble cause.
22nd Jun '16 11:03:25 PM digiman619
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** Pathfinder's take on Soulknife (via third party publisher Dreamscarred Press) ''finally'' reworked it to such a point that it was actually a viable choice by letting it wear medium armor, giving it full base attack bonus and good hit die, having its signature ability ''actually scale properly'', giving it a bunch of archetypes that let their mind blade be a LaserSword, EnergyBow, ElementalPunch, [[StormOfBlades a slew of]] [[FlyingWeapon floating blades]], and more, and giving it a bunch of nifty optional abilities.



** Pathfinder's take on Soulknife (via third party publisher Dreamscarred Press) ''finally'' reworked it to such a point that it was actually a viable choice by letting it wear medium armor, giving it full base attack bonus and good hit die, having its signature ability ''actually scale properly'', giving it a bunch of archetypes that let their mind blade be a LaserSword, EnergyBow, ElementalPunch, [[StormOfBlades a slew of]] [[FlyingWeapon floating blades]], and more, and giving it a bunch of nifty optional abilities.
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