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Although an "AntiHero" once referred to one specific kind of character archetype, over time the term has evolved to cover several, many very different but all having one key aspect in common: serving as [[{{foil}} contrast]] to traditional hero types such as the KnightInShiningArmor, TheAce, and the IdealHero. Ranking them along the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism lends itself well to a [[TitleDrop sliding scale of antiheroes]], although the original definition exists somewhat outside of it.

CharacterDevelopment may cause an anti-hero to shift up or down this scale. See the SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness for characters that would be the AntiHero, but they play the antagonist in the work. Compare with the SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains.

The morality of the scale, starting from Type II, goes from unambiguously good to evil, but the specific morality of any particular character (in particular their CharacterAlignment) is an issue of major mileage variance.

'''Type I, ClassicalAntiHero''': The original anti-hero, this exists somewhat outside of the scale and thus does not have a set morality, but still tends to be good at best or ALighterShadeOfGray neutral at worst.

'''Type II, Disney AntiHero''': These are more unambiguously morally good, and some would even laud examples as [[TheCynic grumpier versions]] of IncorruptiblePurePureness PillarsOfMoralCharacter. KnightInSourArmor is the defining trope here.

'''Type III, Dangerous or [[PragmaticHero Pragmatic Anti-Hero]]''': These are iffier, but no worse than neutral. Some stay in the "good" category throughout. This type is willing to ShootTheDog or otherwise [[IDidWhatIHadToDo do what they must do]]. GoodIsNotNice is the defining Trope here.

'''Type IV, [[UnscrupulousHero Vicious Anti-Hero]]''': These are the darkest possible while having fundamentally good intentions, making them always neutral. PayEvilUntoEvil is the defining Trope here.

'''Type V, [[NominalHero "Hero" in Name Only]]''': These are a DarkerAndEdgier neutral at best, and recurrently ALighterShadeOfBlack aimed [[EvilVersusEvil against greater evils]]. See BlackAndGrayMorality, HeWhoFightsMonsters.

!!Type I: ClassicalAntiHero

This was actually the original understanding of the term, a character who is a protagonist but lacks the qualities of the hero as seen by the Greeks (probably closest to the TragicHero). See UnfazedEveryman and ThisLoserIsYou for related concepts. A Type I may transform into a full hero over the course of the story if they manage to overcome their inner demons, discover their courage, find their reason to fight, etc. Whether or not this happens is heavily dependent on the story's placement in the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism; a Type I Antihero in an even slightly idealistic story is all but guaranteed to find true heroism by the end, whereas a Type I in a more cynical setting is much less likely.

'''UnfazedEveryman''' and '''ClassicalAntihero''' are specific tropes.

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!!Type II: Disney AntiHero
This is arguably what the term often means in common speech - a character who contrasts with a squeaky clean KnightInShiningArmor--perhaps a KnightInSourArmor. The term "Disney" is used, because giving it some thought, this character is actually pretty much a hero, with HeroicSpirit, except that they don't have the positive mental attitude that comes with being a straight hero. Very frequent amongst the MrViceGuy. Like a Type I, a Type II antihero stands a good chance of transforming into a straight hero over the course of the story once they confront their internal conflicts, find someone they want to protect, etc. The CharacterAlignment is good at best and ALighterShadeOfGray neutral at worst

'''KnightInSourArmor''' and '''MrViceGuy''' are specific tropes.

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!!Type III: Dangerous or Pragmatic AntiHero

While some of these share the snarkiness associated with a Type II AntiHero, they are somewhat darker than the previous version, as their AntiHero status is associated with their willingness to do good through "not nice" actions. Also, as is demonstrated by Granny Weatherwax of ''Literature/{{Discworld}},'' this character can very easily be humorless while still being rather BadAss. Essentially a [[DarkerAndEdgier meaner]] version of Type II. Type III antiheroes may get nicer and turn into straight heroes over the course of the story, but they just as likely may not. The CharacterAlignment is a DarkerAndEdgier good at best and neutral at worst.

There is some division in this slot as to the acceptability of lethal force. Some will [[ThouShaltNotKill side against it]], but others deem it a viable solution. In the latter case, it is generally a matter of last resort, but they will [[IDidWhatIHadToDo do what they have to do]].

'''GoodIsNotNice''', just as '''PragmaticHero''', has more info on this trope.

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!!Type IV: Vicious AntiHero

This type of AntiHero will recurrently be extremely vicious. In some cases they might simply live in a very CrapsackWorld setting, and could have been a "Disney AntiHero" in a more idyllic setting. Any heroic character who is DangerouslyGenreSavvy is likely to be this type. This character may have [[BrokenBird underwent something incredibly traumatic]] that made them beyond cynical. Their idea of justice towards someone who made their life a living hell may be serving {{revenge}} not as a side dish, but as the main course, because they feel that person [[PayEvilUntoEvil fully deserves it]]; at the same time, these enemies will be unsympathetic to begin with, [[KickTheSonOfABitch to the point where getting rid of them would still be doing the world a favor]]. There's also the HeroWithAnFInGood. There is some chance that a Type IV may see the error in their ways, get rid of the bloodthirst, and change into a straight hero over the course of the story, but don't hold your breath; a more likely scenario is that they'll remain an AntiHero and retain many of their flaws, but shift up the scale to a more unambiguously good Type III, or in rare cases type II. The CharacterAlignment is always Neutral due being the darkest possible anti heroes whilst having fundamentally good intentions.

Note that there is also a separate flavour of this category, which trades the heroic objectives for somewhat nicer methods, or at least more redeeming qualities. Their objectives tend to be neutral to leaning somewhat unsavoury (but never outright evil), balanced by having lines they will not cross, soft spots for their friends and loved ones etc., as well as often being on the good guys' side, even if only by chance or because it turns the greatest profit. [[note]](Actually, you could argue that this type must ''always'' be on the good guys' side to qualify as {{AntiHero}}es, otherwise they're just non-evil bystanders.)[[/note]] Essentially, whereas the former flavour of Type IV is more or less a [[WellIntentionedExtremist more (too) extreme]] Type III, this is a Type V with fewer vices and more virtues. That doesn't mean they can't become a Type III, or even a Type II, however, if they decide they like the good guys enough to join them whole-heartedly; however, it does mean that they're also prone to falling to a Type V or a VillainProtagonist if the good points start to lose out to their bad points.

'''PayEvilUntoEvil''' is a defining {{trope}} for this category. See also '''UnscrupulousHero''', '''NinetiesAntiHero''', and '''ByronicHero'''. Particularly cynical portrayals of the LovableRogue tend to be the latter variety.

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!!Type V: [[NominalHero Hero in Name Only]]
Far from MostDefinitelyNotAVillain, and range from being [[NotInThisForYourRevolution simply amoral characters who happen to be pointed at the villains for one reason or another,]] to being actively malevolent characters, [[BlackAndGrayMorality only considered heroes]] because the villains they fight are [[EvenEvilHasStandards much]] [[OmnicidalManiac worse]]. These [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]] stand virtually no chance of becoming straight heroes; if they do, the very credibility of the story itself is actually threatened. The CharacterAlignment is a DarkerAndEdgier neutral at best and evil at worst.

{{Sociopathic Hero}}s and many [[ByronicHero protagonists from]] Creator/LordByron fit on this trope, as well as many NinetiesAntiHero characters, but the tendency was hardly limited to that era, either backwards or forwards.

However, it should be noted that if the conflict is '''EvilVersusEvil''' or '''BlackAndGreyMorality''', the antihero is the lesser of two evils.

'''NinetiesAntiHero''', '''NobleDemon''', '''SociopathicHero''', and '''ByronicHero''', recurrently, but do not always, feature this type of character. When on a team, likely to be a '''TokenEvilTeammate'''. When PlayedForLaughs, see '''HeroicComedicSociopath''' and the most of '''UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist''' (When aren't villains).

See NominalHero.

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Although an "AntiHero" once referred to one specific kind of character archetype, over time the term has evolved to cover several, many very different but all having one key aspect in common: serving as [[{{foil}} contrast]] to traditional hero types such as the KnightInShiningArmor, TheAce, and the IdealHero. Ranking them along the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism lends itself well to a [[TitleDrop sliding scale of antiheroes]], although the original definition exists somewhat outside of it.

CharacterDevelopment may cause an anti-hero to shift up or down this scale. See the SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness for characters that would be the AntiHero, but they play the antagonist in the work. Compare with the SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains.

The morality of the scale, starting from Type II, goes from unambiguously good to evil, but the specific morality of any particular character (in particular their CharacterAlignment) is an issue of major mileage variance.

'''Type I, ClassicalAntiHero''': The original anti-hero, this exists somewhat outside of the scale and thus does not have a set morality, but still tends to be good at best or ALighterShadeOfGray neutral at worst.

'''Type II, Disney AntiHero''': These are more unambiguously morally good, and some would even laud examples as [[TheCynic grumpier versions]] of IncorruptiblePurePureness PillarsOfMoralCharacter. KnightInSourArmor is the defining trope here.

'''Type III, Dangerous or [[PragmaticHero Pragmatic Anti-Hero]]''': These are iffier, but no worse than neutral. Some stay in the "good" category throughout. This type is willing to ShootTheDog or otherwise [[IDidWhatIHadToDo do what they must do]]. GoodIsNotNice is the defining Trope here.

'''Type IV, [[UnscrupulousHero Vicious Anti-Hero]]''': These are the darkest possible while having fundamentally good intentions, making them always neutral. PayEvilUntoEvil is the defining Trope here.

'''Type V, [[NominalHero "Hero" in Name Only]]''': These are a DarkerAndEdgier neutral at best, and recurrently ALighterShadeOfBlack aimed [[EvilVersusEvil against greater evils]]. See BlackAndGrayMorality, HeWhoFightsMonsters.

!!Type I: ClassicalAntiHero

This was actually the original understanding of the term, a character who is a protagonist but lacks the qualities of the hero as seen by the Greeks (probably closest to the TragicHero). See UnfazedEveryman and ThisLoserIsYou for related concepts. A Type I may transform into a full hero over the course of the story if they manage to overcome their inner demons, discover their courage, find their reason to fight, etc. Whether or not this happens is heavily dependent on the story's placement in the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism; a Type I Antihero in an even slightly idealistic story is all but guaranteed to find true heroism by the end, whereas a Type I in a more cynical setting is much less likely.

'''UnfazedEveryman''' and '''ClassicalAntihero''' are specific tropes.

%%Don't add examples here. They should be added to the ClassicalAntiHero page.
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!!Type II: Disney AntiHero
This is arguably what the term often means in common speech - a character who contrasts with a squeaky clean KnightInShiningArmor--perhaps a KnightInSourArmor. The term "Disney" is used, because giving it some thought, this character is actually pretty much a hero, with HeroicSpirit, except that they don't have the positive mental attitude that comes with being a straight hero. Very frequent amongst the MrViceGuy. Like a Type I, a Type II antihero stands a good chance of transforming into a straight hero over the course of the story once they confront their internal conflicts, find someone they want to protect, etc. The CharacterAlignment is good at best and ALighterShadeOfGray neutral at worst

'''KnightInSourArmor''' and '''MrViceGuy''' are specific tropes.

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!!Type III: Dangerous or Pragmatic AntiHero

While some of these share the snarkiness associated with a Type II AntiHero, they are somewhat darker than the previous version, as their AntiHero status is associated with their willingness to do good through "not nice" actions. Also, as is demonstrated by Granny Weatherwax of ''Literature/{{Discworld}},'' this character can very easily be humorless while still being rather BadAss. Essentially a [[DarkerAndEdgier meaner]] version of Type II. Type III antiheroes may get nicer and turn into straight heroes over the course of the story, but they just as likely may not. The CharacterAlignment is a DarkerAndEdgier good at best and neutral at worst.

There is some division in this slot as to the acceptability of lethal force. Some will [[ThouShaltNotKill side against it]], but others deem it a viable solution. In the latter case, it is generally a matter of last resort, but they will [[IDidWhatIHadToDo do what they have to do]].

'''GoodIsNotNice''', just as '''PragmaticHero''', has more info on this trope.

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!!Type IV: Vicious AntiHero

This type of AntiHero will recurrently be extremely vicious. In some cases they might simply live in a very CrapsackWorld setting, and could have been a "Disney AntiHero" in a more idyllic setting. Any heroic character who is DangerouslyGenreSavvy is likely to be this type. This character may have [[BrokenBird underwent something incredibly traumatic]] that made them beyond cynical. Their idea of justice towards someone who made their life a living hell may be serving {{revenge}} not as a side dish, but as the main course, because they feel that person [[PayEvilUntoEvil fully deserves it]]; at the same time, these enemies will be unsympathetic to begin with, [[KickTheSonOfABitch to the point where getting rid of them would still be doing the world a favor]]. There's also the HeroWithAnFInGood. There is some chance that a Type IV may see the error in their ways, get rid of the bloodthirst, and change into a straight hero over the course of the story, but don't hold your breath; a more likely scenario is that they'll remain an AntiHero and retain many of their flaws, but shift up the scale to a more unambiguously good Type III, or in rare cases type II. The CharacterAlignment is always Neutral due being the darkest possible anti heroes whilst having fundamentally good intentions.

Note that there is also a separate flavour of this category, which trades the heroic objectives for somewhat nicer methods, or at least more redeeming qualities. Their objectives tend to be neutral to leaning somewhat unsavoury (but never outright evil), balanced by having lines they will not cross, soft spots for their friends and loved ones etc., as well as often being on the good guys' side, even if only by chance or because it turns the greatest profit. [[note]](Actually, you could argue that this type must ''always'' be on the good guys' side to qualify as {{AntiHero}}es, otherwise they're just non-evil bystanders.)[[/note]] Essentially, whereas the former flavour of Type IV is more or less a [[WellIntentionedExtremist more (too) extreme]] Type III, this is a Type V with fewer vices and more virtues. That doesn't mean they can't become a Type III, or even a Type II, however, if they decide they like the good guys enough to join them whole-heartedly; however, it does mean that they're also prone to falling to a Type V or a VillainProtagonist if the good points start to lose out to their bad points.

'''PayEvilUntoEvil''' is a defining {{trope}} for this category. See also '''UnscrupulousHero''', '''NinetiesAntiHero''', and '''ByronicHero'''. Particularly cynical portrayals of the LovableRogue tend to be the latter variety.

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!!Type V: [[NominalHero Hero in Name Only]]
Far from MostDefinitelyNotAVillain, and range from being [[NotInThisForYourRevolution simply amoral characters who happen to be pointed at the villains for one reason or another,]] to being actively malevolent characters, [[BlackAndGrayMorality only considered heroes]] because the villains they fight are [[EvenEvilHasStandards much]] [[OmnicidalManiac worse]]. These [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]] stand virtually no chance of becoming straight heroes; if they do, the very credibility of the story itself is actually threatened. The CharacterAlignment is a DarkerAndEdgier neutral at best and evil at worst.

{{Sociopathic Hero}}s and many [[ByronicHero protagonists from]] Creator/LordByron fit on this trope, as well as many NinetiesAntiHero characters, but the tendency was hardly limited to that era, either backwards or forwards.

However, it should be noted that if the conflict is '''EvilVersusEvil''' or '''BlackAndGreyMorality''', the antihero is the lesser of two evils.

'''NinetiesAntiHero''', '''NobleDemon''', '''SociopathicHero''', and '''ByronicHero''', recurrently, but do not always, feature this type of character. When on a team, likely to be a '''TokenEvilTeammate'''. When PlayedForLaughs, see '''HeroicComedicSociopath''' and the most of '''UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist''' (When aren't villains).

See NominalHero.
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* Domon Kasshu from ''GGundam''. He never strays from the good side, even after [[spoiler:his master turns out to be working with the Devil Gundam]], but is generally pissed off about everything and doesn't let anyone get close to him. Lightens up a bit in the second season.
* Usopp from ''OnePiece''. Probably Sanji as well, as he is a gentleman who will always help women in need, and is usually very honourable in general, just easily angered. Nami would also qualify - she starts out as a Type IV (though [[GuileHero less violent]] than most other examples), but [[CharacterDevelopment moves up the scale as time goes on]] to the point where [[TookALevelInKindness she tends to be one of the first crew members to suggest helping someone in need]].
* Duo Maxwell and Trowa Barton from ''GundamWing''.
* Ichigo Kurosaki from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', he may look a Type III, and act like a JerkWithAHeartOfGold towards everyone he meets, but he always saves someone when they are in danger, never loses sight on what's good and what's evil, and will [[MartyrWithoutaCause sacrifice himself for the well-being for others]].
* Kamille Bidan of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]''
* Judau Ashta of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]''.
* Edward Elric from ''FullmetalAlchemist''.
* Ryoji Kaji of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* Juuza of the Clouds in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' tends to be a little more smart-mouthed and free-wheeling than, say, [[TheMessiah Kenshiro]], but that doesn't change the fact that he is every bit as self-sacrificing and heroic as his comrades.
* Kuwabara from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', who develops past Type I where he starts.
* Roger Smith from ''Anime/TheBigO''.
* Keima Katsuragi from ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' tends to average out as a Type II overall. On the one hand, his method of exorcising evil spirits from the girls around him involves emotional manipulation, tricking the girls into falling in love with him, then discarding them after they get a dose of LaserGuidedAmnesia so that he can get back to his beloved DatingSim games. However, as CharacterDevelopment settles in, he's shown to be willing to take great personal risks to help his targets, as well as honoring promises he's made which even the girls themselves had forgotten.
** Even then he didn't want to do be a part of this. He only does what he has to in order to help them and stay alive in the process. Also, after further CharacterDevelopment he is shown being somewhat upset by his actions but recognizes them as a NecessaryEvil to protect the girls.
* Inuyasha of ''Anime/InuYasha''.
* Pip Bernadette of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' after his CharacterDevelopment. Prior to that, he was a Type IV.
* Toru Muhyo of ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'' is snarky to virtually everyone except when he's lecturing them over mistakes or denouncing their evil behavior, but at heart, is devoted to ensuring that spirits get the outcome that they deserve, generally avoiding sending them to eternal damnation unless they truly deserve it. He also works to bring his friend Enchu back to the side of good, even if he dies in the effort.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' Kallen Kouzuki, even though she's used by not-so-Type II [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch.]] She used to be a Type III and had moments of sadism as well, when fighting soldiers, taking some pleasure in killing them, but that does mellow out to here once she accepts that Britannians aren't all evil. She only takes pleasure in offing the ones who show extreme bloodlust towards killing Numbers in the first place. Or just plain killing, in the case of Luciano Bradley.
* Isamu Kurogane, the rebellious pilot from ''GoLion'', particularly in contrast with the relatively squeaky clean Akira Kogane.
** Conversely, Kyon starts out as Type I and becomes Type II as the series progresses.
* Gain Bijou from ''Anime/OvermanKingGainer'' is TheCasanova [[TheGunslinger gunslinger]] who does his best to help the people around him, even when he outwardly doesn't show.
* Aoi Hidaka from ''Anime/DancougarNova''. She might not care much about being a Dancougar pilot and all that stands behind it, but when the chips are down, she'll do the right thing.
* Inner Moka from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is essentially this in the later part of the series, although she started off as a definite Type IV.
* Abel Nightroad from ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood''. It's apparent that he wants to be a true hero, but he knows that he's too [[AxCrazy messed up]] and [[TheAtoner sorrowful]] for it to happen.

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* IronMan [[PillarsOfMoralCharacter in the Matt Fraction, David Michelinie, and Warren Ellis portrayals]] and [[TheAtoner he started out]] [[AntiVillain as a third world weapons-dealer]]... [[JerkJustifications although due to inheriting the firm from his much more extreme father]].
* ComicBook/HowardTheDuck, which is even more amusing if you notice that he vaguely resembles DonaldDuck.
* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} also tends to have this attitude. Considering that he's a demon, it could be a lot worse.
* Calvin of CalvinAndHobbes. You root for him to win, even though he's a despicable twerp who doesn't deserve to.
* {{Batman}} is often portrayed this way, DependingOnTheWriter.
* Captain Haddock from ''{{Tintin}}'' had his share of heroic moments. However, the reason he does said heroic things was because he was dragged into it by the titular character. Also, he often complains about the situation that he got into.

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* Shugo Kino from ''FanFic/PrettyCureHeavyMetal'' is usually this, when she's not in WellIntentionedExtremist mode. In the latter case she'd probably fall into Type IV, most notably in episode 45. Oh, and in some episodes of ''World Tour'' she acts more like a VillainProtagonist.
* Lina Eastwood from ''FanFic/PrettyCureHollywoodStars'' is at least nicer than the [[Anime/{{Slayers}} anime character]] [[NamesTheSame she was named after]], though she does swear a lot and is snarky even when she's not [[ClusterFBomb dropping f-bombs]]. Oh, and like Shugo, she has a VillainProtagonist side to her, which sometimes emerges when it looks like she's being nicer than Type II.
* Boreas from FanFic/TheSurprisingAdventuresOfAGlaceonInUnova. He's a CombatPragmatist, having done things like winning a battle by taking the enemy trainer hostage to make him surrender or digging his claws into his enemy's eyes, but is in the end a decent guy who's always willing to help someone in need, even at personal risk.
* Despite starting as a Type V as in canon, [[MaiHime Nao]] develops into one over the course of ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated''

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* Rick from ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' is a classic example, [[TrueNeutral acting apathetic to the situation around him]], [[HiddenDepths but actually quite heroic and self-sacrificing.]] This is suggested early on where he speaks of his participation in the Spanish Civil War as being [[MoneyDearBoy financially motivated]], but as Renault notes, [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules he could have earned more fighting on the other side.]]
** Most of HumphreyBogart's roles are this, typically Bogart's character is the hard-boiled cynic with the heart of gold who often tries to do the right thing even if he's not quite sure what that is. ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' gains a lot of mileage from this dynamic.
* Philo Beddoe from the ''Every Which Way'' movies.
* Disney's Disney/{{Aladdin}} could be argued to be this seeing as he only steals what he needs to survive, like food and would probably never steal had he had enough to survive. In the cartoon series, he is contrasted to thieves who steal to get rich. Then again, he is willing to trick and manipulate good people like Jasmine and the Genie, keeping him firmly in anti-hero territory.
* [[Disney/RobinHood Disney's version]] of RobinHood also counts, as he only steals out of necessity and from the corrupt prince, and on the behalf of those who are starving.
* [[HeterosexualLifePartners Han Solo and Chewbacca]] from ''StarWars''.
** It takes Han a while to get there. In the first half of ''ANewHope'' he's a Type IV at best, [[ItsAllAboutMe a selfish bastard]] whose sole motivations are [[MoneyDearBoy greed and self-preservation]], and is [[SomeoneElsesProblem apathetic towards Leia's impending execution.]] He later mellows out, risking his life to help Luke and Leia fight the stormtroopers. In ''[[TheEmpireStrikesBack Empire]]'' and ''[[ReturnOfTheJedi Jedi]]'' he's more consistently a Type II. [[CharacterDevelopment The change in his character]] can be attributed to [[ChangedMyMindKid his decision to come back and save Luke]] during the Battle of Yavin.
** The EU suggests he always had these tendencies (got kicked out of the Evil Empire's military for saving a wookie slave, guess who), but then had to gain a heap-load of cynicism in a hurry when he had to turn to crime. But his conscience, often in the form of a wookie (guess who again), would always bother him until he gave in and did the right thing.
** The EU also gives us the whole Ylesia incident, which would have *really* soured Han towards the Rebellion. [[spoiler:Having the love of your life betray and use you for "the greater good" while shafting your oldest friend and killing another. Yeah, Han is allowed to be a *tad* bitter about the Rebellion.]]
** Considering Han is a sci-fi version of Rick from Casablanca, it's probably safe to say that his more self-serving tendencies are probably an affectation.
* Ash becomes this type of anti-hero in ''[[EvilDead Army of Darkness]]''.
* IndianaJones may be a snarky CombatPragmatist who can be [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a little rough around the edges]], but that doesn't change the fact that he is, at heart, a good man who does his best to do what is right, even if it means sacrificing his MacGuffin in order to do so.
* Bluebeard from ''{{Felidae}}''.
* Captain Kirk slips into this in the film series sometimes. His more rebellious and reckless attitude in [[Film/StarTrek the 2009 film]] certainly fit, as he brawls, cheats and mouths off every other minute but when the shit breaks out he'll always be ready for anything. But even that was small fry next to ''[[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry The Undiscovered Country]]'', where with a blunt, 'Let them die,' Kirk goes straight to Type III.
* Cinematic Film/JamesBond more often than not comes into this territory (and ''sometimes'' literary Bond: he has a major PetTheDog in ''Film/DrNo''), especially the Roger Moore interpretation. Sure, he might be a womanizing drinker who doesn't hesitate to kill when the occasion calls for it, but his actions are almost always in the service of the nation's security.

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* Creator/RaymondChandler's Literature/PhilipMarlowe is a classic FirstPersonSmartass and a ChivalrousPervert, but also compared by his creator to the KnightInShiningArmor. Many FirstPersonSmartass detectives would also apply, with DashiellHammett's Sam Spade as perhaps the snarkiest (though still principled), and Harry Dresden of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' being a good example in more recent times.
** Though one could make a case for Sam Spade being Type 3, as at the time the story kicks in he is banging his partner's wife and his first act after he learns about said partner's murder is to have his name taken off the office door.
*** It really depends on what version of Spade is being discussed. Book Spade is described as looking like the devil, uses Brigid O'Shaugnessy for his personal sex toy until he throws her over to the police, he's the one who ransacked her apartment, and to top it off he makes her strip just to see if she stole one of the $1000 bills Gutman gave him. Movie Spade doesn't do any of those, yes he's implied to be sleeping with O'Shaugnessy but that's about it, Movie Spade fits in more with the Humphrey Bogart hero archetype.
* CiaphasCain is one of these, a character who considers himself a DirtyCoward but whom the [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis "editor"]] considers heroic deep-down, an interpretation the reader is also encouraged to hold. Interestingly, while he was originally inspired by the thought of a CaptainErsatz of {{Flashman}}, Harry Flashman is more of a Type IV on a good day and Type V on a bad one. (WordOfGod is that he's shifted by the origin.)
* In Steven Erikson's ''MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', Anomander Rake looks like a morally ambiguous AntiVillain at first. But as the series progresses, it becomes clear that underneath his {{Badass}} image he is actually pure noble and good (''Toll the Hounds'' leaves no doubts about this), so he probably fits here.
* JimButcher's [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]]. Only occasionally pragmatic, and only for good reason.
** However, as the series gets more GrimDark and finds more and more inventive ways to abuse him, he starts sliding further and further down the scale. Get him angry enough, and he can even start to resemble Type IV. ([[spoiler:[[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique Right]], [[SmugSnake Cassius]]?]])
** While his morals are still intact, [[MoralEventHorizon where he draws the line]] and decides that he'll go to Hell to punish or save someone has changed throughout the series. ([[spoiler:I seem to recall something about ''encasing a ghoul or two in glassed over orange juice'' and ''leaving it for the fire ants to eventually devour.'' In the middle of a desert.]]) The fact is, though, after [[WhamEpisode Changes]], his status as an anti-hero could go anywhere. And yes, it's [[BreakTheCutie breaking]] [[TearJerker our hearts.]]
* LarryNiven's [[KnownSpace Beowulf Schaeffer]] and [[spoiler:his stepson]] Louis Wu.
* SolomonKane
* Jayfeather in ''Literature/WarriorCats''.

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* In ''{{Smallville}}'', [[TheCape Clark Kent]] could slip into type I or II territory on his bad days. Type III on one of his very, very bad days.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'''s main characters.
** Dean Winchester lives here, though lately we've seen him also creeping into Type I (with his lack of self-worth and suicidal tendencies, along with the lack of any life outside hunting) and he's strayed to a Type III [[BigBrotherInstinct whenever his brother's threatened]], in episodes such as "Devil's Trap" and "Malleus Malificarum", and in much of season seven.
** Early on, and again in season seven, Sam Winchester's a sweet, puppy-dog-eyed [[TheHeart hero]]. He's a Type II, but if he loses Dean ("Mystery Spot") or his inhibitions (Early Season 4, with help from [[PsychoSerum demon blood addiction]]), he falls to a Type III. In season six, [[spoiler:without a soul, he has no conscience and might stray into a Type IV]].
* Malcolm Reynolds of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' sort of straddles between Type II and Type III, and precisely where he sits [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation depends on the viewer.]]
** Given that he can ''kick a bound man into a jet intake'' without batting an eye, he proves that GoodIsNotNice. By the end of the movie (and thus the series), though, [[CharacterDevelopment he's rediscovered some of his old idealism]] and becomes more of a KnightInSourArmor.
* The members of ''Series/TheATeam'' fit quite nicely into this slot--they'd probably be normal heroes if they weren't wrongly persecuted by the government for a crime they didn't commit.
* [[ChoujinSentaiJetman Gai Yuuki/Black Condor]]. As a loner rebel guy, he is much more of a jerk compared to the more straight-laced heroes, he smokes, he drinks whisky, he's a big flirt, has a gambling habit and is rude when talking. However, he really did have his own sense of justice and will do the right thing when things really demand him to do it. Originally started at type V and IV, though.
* [[Series/DoctorWho The Second, Fourth and Eighth Doctors]] are Type II, and the Seventh and Tenth Doctors start out like this. Four qualifies because he's one of the more peaceful incarnations, and Eight has more time for humans than some of the other Doctors.
* Peter Bishop from ''Fringe'', though it does take him a while to get there. At the start of the show, he's apathetic, selfish, and a Type IV at best, but he eases out during the first season, while still having some extreme methods. From season 2 on, he's a pretty solid Type II.
* Lt. Gerard from ''The Fugitive'' in both the [[Series/TheFugitive 1960s TV series]] and the [[Film/TheFugitive 1993 film]]. He's noble for upholding the law, but equally ignoble for relentlessly pursuing a man framed for murder. Eventually Gerard discovers the identity of the real killer.
* Emma Swan from ''Series/OnceUponATime''.

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* SonicTheHedgehog, due to his somewhat arrogant attitude and being rather vocal about his SuperSpeed.
** This aspect of him was {{flanderiz|ation}}ed away once the series [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure went 3D]]. ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' [[CharacterRerailment fixed that]].
* Yuri Lowell and Rita Mordio from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''.
** Yuri fluctuates between this and Type III, considering his habit of [[spoiler:ruthlessly executing corrupt government officials. They deserved it,]] but it definitely goes beyond simple cynicism. All in all he's a good guy with his heart in the right place, he's just far more willing to [[spoiler:dirty his hands doing "what needs to be done" than the rest of the cast]], and is entirely aware of the [[spoiler:moral implications]] of what he's done. It makes him awkward to place.
* Yosuke from ''{{Persona 4}}''.
* Lightning from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', at least starting toward the middle.
** Lightning may be leaning more toward Type III since she has no qualms with killing as many "brainwashed" soldiers as needed to complete her goals (she even scoffs and scolds Snow for even trying to reason with them during Chapter 8), is rather dog eat dog in her philosophy on killing ("Couldn't shoot, got himself shot instead", "Target's a target", "Nothing personal", "Anyone in my way is a target"), and never makes it a secret that she is more than willing to kill the antagonist in each of the games that she appears in. Some of her quotes ("I did what I had to do", "Not even worth my time", "Ha! This will be over quick", "My blade'll fix this") also pushes her more toward Type III since they show her disdain disdain for her opponents all the while showing a willingness to use violence.
* Nathan Drake from ''{{Uncharted}}'' may be a snarky fella who's perfectly happy to indulge in quite blatantly illegal dealings, but he'll put himself in harm's way without a second thought to do the right thing, will go out of his way to avoid using lethal force on those who don't deserve it, and if the situation warrants it he'll throw himself into danger for the greater good. Sully fits this category quite well, though his sexual morals (or lack thereof) probably makes him a tad harder than his protégé.
* Dante from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry''
* [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Solid Snake]] fits quite nicely into this category, though he occasionally exhibits shades of Type III and, especially in ''{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'', Type I. Depending on the actions of the player (e.g. whether they never kill, use lethal force sparingly, or slaughter all enemies in sight), he may fall anywhere between II and V on the scale, with some story stuff also hinting that, at least during the Shadow Moses Incident, he was borderline Type V (See Type V entry below).
** Colonel Campbell blackmails Snake into participating in Shadow Moses by threatening him with all the questionable stuff he did as a CIA hitman/freelance mercenary between (presumably) the original ''Metal Gear'' and ''Metal Gear 2'', putting Snake (in that period) perhaps firmly in the Type V category.
** Big Boss starts out as this, but gradually slips into a Type III, then an AntiVillain, [[spoiler:before finally coming back around to a Type II in his final moments]].
* [[{{Banjo-Kazooie}} Kazooie]] is this due to her tendency to snark a lot and be selfish and greedy, but ultimately always does the heroic thing.
* Oddly enough, in spite of being influenced by Kratos below, Asura from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' fits in this category much more so then any other category (He was even a striaght hero before being betrayed).

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* The title character of ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'' fits here nicely. He's almost a KnightInSourArmor but is generally too cheerful.
* ''RonPlanet''

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* WhateleyUniverse example: Phase, who doesn't even want to '''punch''' the bad guys, but most certainly will, when push comes to shove. But Phase is very clearly the DeadpanSnarker with character flaws.

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* A literal Disney Anti-Hero, WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck actually sometimes borders on Type III thanks to his egomania, manic-depressive personality, and a tendency to be overly judgemental.
* Ben from the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' series.
* Terry [=McGinnis=] of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' is much snarkier than his counterpart in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', but is nevertheless just as heroic.
* Gwen of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''. Noah becomes this in the third season.
* Edd of ''EdEddNEddy''.
* Arcee of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''.
** Wheeljack from the same series also counts.
* Twilight Sparkle, pre-CharacterDevelopment, in the pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. She definitely wants to protect Equestria, but she starts off as kind of an antisocial jerk (she gets better though character development though). She still shows signs of this occasionally though (her AgentScully act in Feeling Pinkie Keen comes to mind).
** On that matter, there are also Rainbow Dash and Rarity. The former is an egocentric and snarky pegasus [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold with a heart of gold]], and the latter is a SpoiledSweet unicorn who can be a jerk sometimes when the situation concerns fashion, diamonds and Equestria's high society.
* Sokka from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
* Sandy Cheeks of ''SpongeBobSquarePants''.
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* In ''Anime/ToAruMajutsuNoIndex'', [[spoiler:Accelerator becomes this during and after the Last Order ark. He is willing to kill people to protect those he cares about (and this is mention mentioned by the Heaven Canceler himself when he compared Accelerator to TheHero Touma. This is because Accelerator happens to a AxCrazy who took part on the Level 6 project where he brutally killed over 10,000 MISAKA. Fortunately, he's highly aware of his flaws and admits that he can't fully consider himself to be a hero ]]. He's still quite quick to kill people if they come at him with lethal force, and is quite sadistic about it. [[spoiler:Last Order theorises that Accelerator was here from the start, and the only difference is that he's got friends now. After all, the MISAKA Sisters did come after him with lethal force.]]
** GROUP counts as this -- blackmailed into doing dirty jobs in the dark side of Academy City, they do the dirty jobs while working on the sides to find a way to retaliate against Academy City. Each of them is willing to kill those who are in the way of their goals, but they won't harm anyone who's innocrent.
* From ''{{Naruto}}'', believe it or not, but [[RevengeBeforeReason Sasuke]] actually is one of these for about the first half of Shippuden. After learning what he can from Orochimaru, he kills the latter because of all the [[MoralEventHorizon Moral Event Horizons]] he crossed. He then proceeds to rescue a number of prisoners from Orochimaru's facility, keeps Jugo's SuperPoweredEvilSide in check, and orders Suigetsu not to kill anybody while searching for info on Itachi. [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope When he finds out the truth about Itachi, though.....]]
* Kisugi sisters from CatsEye. Sure, they are thieves. But they don't steal for money, they have good intentions at their hearts. Also, the fact they are criminals doesn't stop them from doing really heroic things, like rescuing children from burning house or saving lives of their antagonists from police more than once.
* Genjyo Sanzo of ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but a pretty extreme one with much interest in [[HiddenHeartofGold hiding it]]. Likes to dish out advice in the form of caustic insults.
* Re-L Mayer of ''Anime/ErgoProxy''
* Yami Yugi from ''Anime/YuGiOh'', though early on he was more of a Type IV.
* Edo Phoenix and Manjyoume Jun of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', after they mellow out, though Jun has a good deal of Type I in him.
* Spike Spiegel from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', while being perfectly willing to capture a bounty alive, causes serious property damage whenever he goes after a bounty head, and has a dark side that usually comes out to play when his enemy Vicious and [[TheSyndicate the Red Dragon]] get involved.
** In their world bounties aren't "dead or alive" like in the WildWest, it's "alive or nothing".
*** The way Spike simply headshots the guy who was holding a gun to Faye's head in Episode 5 as well as the first scene from the Movie seem to make it pretty clear that he cares little about human casualties. Or, according to WordofGod, pretends not to care in the case of Faye.
* Heero Yuy of ''GundamWing''
* Setsuna F. Seiei of ''{{Gundam 00}}''
* Souske Sagara from ''FullMetalPanic''.
* Kaiman and Nikaido from ''Manga/{{Dorohedoro}}''. Despite their being overall nice guys, they are ruthlessly violent with magic users or anyone who dares to hurt their friends or antagonizes them. Kaiman especially, as sometimes he even falls in Type IV.
* Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune from ''Anime/SailorMoon'', particularly in the manga (in the anime, they veer close to Type IV territory due to actions taken in the final season.)
* In ''FullmetalAlchemist'', Scar ends up as this after he cools his jets and realizes that there are more sinister things at work in Amestris.
* Yusuke and Kurama from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''.
* Nicolas Wolfwood from ''{{Trigun}}'' often acts as though he is Type II, or even a full-fledged hero, but his willingness to fight and kill, [[spoiler:and his association with the Eye of Michael]] keep him solidly in this tier.
* Rei Ayanami of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', since she has no emotional attachment to anything at first.
* Piccolo from ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' after his HeelFaceTurn, though he goes to Type II after he merges with Kami.
** [[Manga/DragonBall Vegeta]], [[WarriorPrince The Prince of]] [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy all Saiyans]], who spends most of the series in Type V, after starting out committing serial-genocide for sport against assorted alien races, may fit here after finally conceding that Goku is better than he is and risking his own existence to ensure a plan that he himself hatched to save the world from Kid Buu. He is also handled as reformed in ''[[DragonBallGT GT]]'' and ''Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!''.
* Monkey D. Luffy from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is either this or a type II. He exhibits a great many heroic qualities, but makes an explicit point of ''not'' wanting to be a Hero, as he explains that he considers himself too selfish. When he stands up to defends others, it's primarily either because they're individuals Luffy befriended or an unintended effect of what he was doing anyway. Franky and Nami from the same series are also probably somewhere around here, but both move up the scale significantly after their introductory arcs. Zoro and Nico Robin start out as the most brutal out of the Straw-Hats, but Robin in particular seems to mellow out a lot over time. She considers the Straw Hats more important than the rest of the world, but this is justified in that they were the first people who did not intend to betray her when her presence endangered them or she was no longer useful.
* Miroku and Kikyo of ''Anime/InuYasha''.
* Anime/LupinIII may or may not end up here on account of his tendency to slip and slide all over the scale. His early manga appearances place him firmly as a lecherous adrenaline-junkie master thief (in the ''Shin Rupan Sansei'' manga series ['''NOT''' to be confused with the concurrently-running anime series] Monkey Punch even goes as far as to depict Lupin as something of a rapist), and as HeroAntagonist Zenigata calmly explained in a recent movie, he is a criminal who should be put to justice. On the other hand, in the anime he is played a mostly harmless/FunPersonified RuleOfFunny partial UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist if you get down to it, and at least in the movies consistently opposes villains much worse than he is, seldom uses lethal force against them, and has a chivalrous streak along with the lechery that causes him to help any maidens in distress that he comes across, regardless if they will get interested in him or not. All of this makes him hard to gauge, as he does not fit into the scale well. Possibly a type I, possibly a type IV, but not anywhere nearly bloodthirsty or malicious enough to be a type V.
* DefrostingIceQueen Integra Hellsing of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. Integra is a stern, controlled and dedicated DeadpanSnarker who still cares for those under her command and risks her life on a daily basis to save England.
* Homura Akemi in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', as a somewhat softer {{Expy}} of [[FateZero Kiritsugu Emiya]] and [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Archer]]. After finding out the AwfulTruth about being a MagicalGirl firsthand, she makes a wish [[spoiler:save Madoka, allowing her to repeat several timelines in order to save her]]. Unfortunately, this only makes things worse and worse for her [[spoiler:and Madoka]], eventually causing her to lose hope in the other magical girls and only focusing on her goal.
* The Black Knights of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' as an organisation, While many of their organisation are people who wanted to free their fellow Japanese from oppression, but aren't willing to engage in random violence to achieve an uncertain result, (whom are covered above) the core Black Knights are, for the most part, former terrorists. Though some fit in this category better than others, [[spoiler:all of those who survive past the second battle of Tokyo [[TheMutiny assist in the attempted assassination of Lelouch, their superior]].]]
** Lelouch himself started out somewhere around here. While he killed his fair share of people over the first few episodes, all of them had sent themselves soaring across the MoralEventHorizon before their death. By the halfway point of R1, the ratio of evil bastards to {{Punch Clock Villain}}s killed by Lelouch had declined and the amount of collateral damage increased to the point where arguing he hasn't gone down to Type IV is nothing short of DracoInLeatherPants.
* In Anime/DigimonTamers, Mitsuo Yamaki and Impmon/Beelzemon, post-{{Heel Face Turn}}s.
* [[TheAtoner Masaomi Kida]] of ''Literature/{{Durarara}}''.
* Van from ''Anime/GunXSword'' averages here. He's single-mindedly driven to avenge the murder of his wife, and he doesn't seem to care much about anything else, to the point of coming across as cold and brutal. Still, he takes care not to involve innocents in his personal vendetta and does help people without expecting anything in return. If you're a minion of his wife's killer, though, the chips are off. [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Ray]], on the other hand, dangerously fluctuates between Type IV and Type V.
* The titular assassins in ''WeissKreuz''.
* Both [[JerkWithaHeartofGold Jack Atlas]] and [[TheAtoner Kyosuke Kiryu]] from Yugioh5Ds
* Onishi and Toyama from {{Texhnolyze}}.
* Joe the Condor from {{Gatchaman}}. [[TheHero Ken's]] righteousness and lecturing will influence him toward Type II, along with having to talk Ken down when he goes on one of his hothead streaks. Yet, his naturally rebellious nature along with his strong desire for revenge against the Galactor organization pull him towards Type IV, balancing him. Of all the team members, he is the least bothered by having to kill the bad guys and the most willing take them out.
* Rock from BlackLagoon becomes a Type III after CharacterDevelopment.

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* John Hartigan from ''SinCity'' would likely very much be pure hero material within a cleaner setting, but type III is really the best that the CrapSackWorld of '''SinCity''' allows for. He's the cleanest cop in the city and arguably the purest hero in the comic. However, again, this is Sin City, so Hartigan personally castrated the same guy twice, which puts him in this trope per definition. However, he started out as a type II.
** Wallace and Dwight tend to mind their own business until something forces their hands into action. Once that happens, matters [[FrankMiller can get very messy]]. At the very least it is very arguable that Dwight is a type IV, as he has been perfectly fine with working with Miho to assassinate dozens of criminals, or shooting a "clean"/decent cop [[note]] He ''was'' once a good cop, a hero cop even, but as Miller himself states in the film's commentary, Jackie Boy became worn down from years on the force, in Sin City, he slowly spiraled downward, eventually reaching rock bottom as we see in ''The Big Fat Kill''[[/note]] in order to protect his friends. Unlike Dwight, Wallace didn't really seem to have an idealistic drive but was a war hero during the time he served the Navy Seals.
* Comicbook/ScottPilgrim is probably somewhere in-between this and Type IV, as he's a lazy, video game obsessed slacker with somewhat good intentions, but also tends to use lethal force on not particularly evil people.
* Jack Knight of ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}'' starts out as this, being a snarky fanboy junkshop owner who insults his family, potential customers whose tastes he disagrees with, and the total stranger who is trying to comfort him when his dad is in the hospital. He is even told by a former girlfriend that just because he's a hero doesn't make him a nice/good person. Eventually mellows into Type II and debatably becomes a true hero by the series end.
* Mina Murray from ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''.
* {{Batman}} is placed here DependingOnTheWriter. However, [[TheFettered he has a very strict]] [[ThouShaltNotKill code of conduct]], and under GrantMorrison and within the {{DCAU}} he is a Type II approaching PillarsOfMoralCharacter territory as a dedicated philanthropist. In some of his earlier appearances he was presented within the type IV territory (using guns to kill criminals independent of the law). In ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder'' he is more of a type V however.
* Comicbook/{{Hardware}} is one of these. He starts out as a Type IV in the beginning of his career, when he kills bad guys indiscriminately and enjoys it, but tones down his violence after receiving a WhatTheHellHero from his love interest, and realizing that he's becoming as bad as the people he fights against.
* [[CarlBarks Scrooge McDuck]].
* MarvelComics' [=USAgent=] began as a bit of a KnightTemplar low-level type IV, calling himself the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Superpatriot]] at that point. When confronted by the darkest mirror of himself in the [[BloodKnight drug-addicted spree-killing xenophobic Vietnam war-criminal Nuke]], he decisively casts off the backlog once and for all, manages to beat Nuke, and calls the latter a cancer unfit to be a soldier. Nowadays he's firmly a type III.
* TheSavageDragon fits this trope. He often groans at the thought of having to bring in the bad guys and is a generally snarky guy but he has shown a strong desire to do good as a cop, superhero, or government agent, and generally strictly works within the system. He regularly brutally kills, maims, and rips people into pieces though, but only when he has no other recourse. He will definitely not intentionally do it against outmatched opponents or unless it is a last recourse, and is recurrently afraid of hurting regular people (citing the [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech World of Soap Bubbles]] analogy).
* The "childlike" and "merged" incarnations of the original Comicbook/IncredibleHulk mix elements from this and types I and II, fitting the requirements for all of them. He is far less ruthless/more averse towards killing than virtually any type III around though.
* Kate Spencer, the modern incarnation of Comicbook/{{Manhunter}}, falls somewhere between this and Type IV, since she is more than willing to use lethal force to take down criminals that escape justice through her day job as a federal prosecutor.
* {{Storm}} flirted with this level of Anti-Heroism during, and for some time after, her [[PowerLossMakesYouStrong Mohawk phase]]; still retaining her moral core, but being much less discerning about doing what was necessary to safeguard her teammates' lives. She even dropped her ThouShaltNotKill code during this period, though it still takes a lot to push her into being willing to take a life.
* TheShadow.

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* Emiru Omemi [[spoiler:(a.k.a. Millusion)]] from ''FanFic/FutariWaPrettyCureBlueMoon'' fits into this category ever since episode 13.

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* ClintEastwood's "[[DollarsTrilogy Man With No Name]]" (he's "[[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly The Good]]", after all) and all the rest of his Western characters, though some may veer further down at any given moment due to their greed.
* John [=McClane=] from ''Film/DieHard''.
* Billy Costigan of ''TheDeparted'' is a good person at heart, and does his best in his job as TheMole, but boy howdy does he have a terrible temper to get through.
* The title character from ''DonnieDarko''.
* Butch in ''PulpFiction''. He's easily the most unambiguously good character in the film. The only crime he commits is cheating a mob boss. He later saves said mob boss from a very unpleasant death. On the other hand, he kills his boxing opponent and maintains that he feels nothing about it, and doesn't hesitate to kill Vincent. (Vincent was there to kill him, but still.)
** Butch ''claims'' to not feel bad about killing his opponent, but it's pretty clear that he does. He's still solidly a Type III, though.
* Woodrow Dolarhyde from ''Film/CowboysAndAliens''.
* Gerry Boyle in ''TheGuard''.
* [[TrueGrit Rooster Cogburn.]]
* The title character from ''Film/{{Hancock}}''.
* "Darker" interpretations of Film/JamesBond, especially those of Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig, fall into this category. When Bond's best friend gets mangled by the BigBad's sharks (and worse happens to his wife), he dismantles the bad guy's criminal empire bit by bit, before setting him on fire in ''Film/LicenceToKill''. Daniel Craig's Bond has no compunctions about kneecapping TheChessmaster and throwing him in a car boot (and then initiating a CarChase), and in general is the most brutal version to date.

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* Janie from ''TheirEyesWereWatchingGod'' is one of these or just the most harmless antivillain protagonist ever.
* DashiellHammett's Continental Op is this, with occasional venture into Type 4.
** Incidentally the basis for Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name, with the exact same traits.
* As mentioned above, Granny Weatherwax. Also Sam Vimes. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Maybe Havelock Vetinari]]. Most ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' heroes fall into this category, except Carrot ... ''usually.'' And Cohen the Barbarian.
** A lot of the recurring heroes are this. But a lot of the one-shots -- Brutha, Mort, Victor Tugelbend -- are Type I.
* Max Pesaro from ''TheGardellaVampireChronicles''.
* RepairmanJack.
* Holden Caulfield from ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye''.
* Roland Deschain of ''TheDarkTower''.
* Ginny Fistolari of Stephen Donaldson's ''Man Who'' series.
* ''HarryPotter/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' reveals [[spoiler:Albus Dumbledore]] to be this, even crossing over into Type IV at times.
* Axis, the sometimes [[TheHero Hero]] and sometimes [[TheLancer Lancer]] on several series by Sara Douglass. He is most particularly a {{Jerkass}} when it comes to any women who make the mistake of falling in love with him. In fact this fits ''all'' of Douglass' male heroes.
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl''. Being the brightest criminal mastermind in the world before he's even hit puberty kind of leads to that expectation. He's The {{Villain|s}} in the first book, but he helps fight evil throughout the rest of the books, gradually sliding closer to Types II and I.
** Perhaps Type II on a good day, but I'd say he starts out as a Type V in the first book (if not a VillainProtagonist) then slips into Type IV for the next two. After Opal Deception, he's pretty solidly Type III, but then, with the events of [[DownerEnding Atlantis Complex...]]
* Kelsier of ''{{Mistborn}}'' fits pretty squarely here. He's a staunch foe of TheEmpire and determined to bring freedom to his people, but he's also arrogant, ruthless, and merciless to ''anyone'' who works for aforementioned empire, even {{Punch Clock Villain}}s. He's ultimately a good guy, but there's a very real darkness in him too. His protege, [[ActionGirl Vin]], who takes over as protagonist after [[spoiler:his death]] is somewhere between a Type III and a Type II, moving more towards the latter by the third book.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': Aivars Terekhov and Thomas Theisman fall somewhere between Type II and here, as does Harrington herself, and most other Honorverse protagonists to varying degrees.
* Literary JamesBond is squarely in this category, but he has many PetTheDog moments. Besides his MrViceGuy habits (smoking, drinking, womanizing), he's willing to kill when the job needs it, and makes few friends (although the friendships he ''does'' forge are often close...[[InHarmsWay but brief]].) He is cynical about his work, but ultimately remains loyal to his nation in the end.

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* In ''{{Smallville}}'', Oliver is between this and type IV. Same goes for Chloe [[spoiler:when she is infected by Brainiac.]]
* [[Series/{{House}} Dr. House]] is this on his [[PetTheDog good days]] and continually skirts the line between Type III and Type IV. He has been leaning more towards Type III since he [[CharacterDevelopment dropped Vicodin]] in Season 6.
* The whole ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' crew.
* Omar Little of ''TheWire'' robs drug dealers, but is also a fairly moral, caring individual.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', by the time the Volume 3 future episode rolls around, it's pretty established that Future Peter is one of these. The unexplained contradiction of personality settled a little during a tender moment with Present Claire. Also fits under What The Hell, AntiHero. In fact, most characters in Heroes, particularly future versions (with the unusual exception of Noah Bennett and Sylar/Gabriel Gray, who both, in fact, seem more normal than their Present versions).
* Jack Harkness of ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
** Although past and present occurrences of WouldHurtAChild could put Jack further down the scale.
** On the subject of ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Third, [[BewareTheNiceOnes Fifth]], Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors are all Type III, due to being more willing to get their hands dirty.
* Gleb Zheglov from ''TheMeetingPlaceCannotBeChanged''.
* Cal Lightman from ''Series/LieToMe''.
* Winston from ''Series/HumanTarget''.
* [[BadassBookworm Rupert Giles]] from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
** Faith is harder to place on the list. As a good guy she has shades of Type I (lacking the qualities of the hero,) Type II (KnightInSourArmor, [[MrViceGuy Mrs. Vice Girl,]]) Type III (meaness, IDidWhatIHadToDo) and Type IV (a bloodthirsty HeroWithAnFInGood.) For about the past ten years she's been a pretty solid Type II save the odd ShootTheDog moment.
* Series/{{Luther}}.
* Aikawa Hajime from ''KamenRiderBlade''. He mellowed out eventually and become type II.
* Most of Moya's crew on ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' fit here most days, with some fluctuation to Type II and IV depending on how cynical the episode is. On their ''worst'' days they may slip as far as Type V: "DNA Mad Scientist," for example, sees D'Argo, Zhaan and Rygel teaming up to hack Pilot's arm off just for a chance to get home; in another episode, Crichton very nearly abandons Moya and Pilot as a lost cause when the opportunity to access the wormhole data on the Pathfinder ship rears its ugly head.
* Derek Hale from ''Series/TeenWolf'' is usually here, although at times he could be considered a Type II instead. He is willing to take lethal action, but only against the most monstrous of enemies. For example, despite having ample reason to hate Hunters generally and the Argent's in particular, he never seems to consider actually killing them, or even seeking opportunities to hurt them, unless they come after him. However, his willingness to kill [[spoiler: Jackson]] in order to stop the Kanima puts him at odds with [[TheHero Scott]]. Also, his general [[GoodIsNotNice temperament]] makes it possible for some people to perceive him as a villain despite the fact that most of his actions are devoted to protecting others.
* Walter Bishop from ''Fringe''. He initially seems like a Type I, due to his insanity, but the more we learn about his past, the more we come to realize how arrogant and dangerous he was. He even seemed to cross over to Type IV at times, willing to sacrifice dozens of lives just to save a child who looked like his son. Heck, he even ASKED [[spoiler:William Bell to remove pieces of his brain because he was scared of what he was becoming]].
* Detective Kevin Corcoran of ''Series/{{Copper}}'' straddles the line between this and Type IV.
* Minako/Sailor Venus in ''PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', though not in the original anime and manga.
* Miles from ''Series/{{Revolution}}''.
* Brenda Leigh Johnson from ''Series/TheCloser''.

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* [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]]. Started out as a Type IV after his HeelFaceTurn but [[MoralityPet Mick Foley]] softened him up.
* {{Batista}} if he isn't being a Type II or a {{Heel}}.
* JohnCena during much of his Dr. of Thuganomics face run.
* Wrestling/SamoaJoe

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* Axel in the main game of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', after being a straight-up villain in ''Chain of Memories'' and more of an AntiVillain in ''358/2 Days'' and [=KH2's=] prologue. In the main game, he's against his former evil teammates, Organization XIII, but still uses not-so-nice methods of getting what he wants, like kidnapping the hero's love interest and intending to turn the hero into a Heartless to get his friend back.
** Also, Riku was this type of Anti-Hero in ''358/2 Days'' and [=KH2=]'s prologue, as was his mentor [=DiZ=].
* Emil in his "Ratatosk-Mode" in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' would fit here, whereas his normal self is a wimpy non-action guy.
* Jimmy Hopkins in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' would fit here. Although his underlying nature is decent ("I only give people what they have coming to them"), he's willing to fight dirty and tends to be a JerkAss to everyone around him. Although the player controlling Hopkins could play him as a Type 2 or Type 4 if they wanted to.
* Squall from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' is initially introverted, uncommunicative, and cynical, but that is only surface level, as he actually cares a lot, opens up, and does a lot of good and self-sacrificing actions. This in itself would place him as a solid type II, but he initially works as a mercenary (a very light idealistic fantasized version), which may or may not bump him here.
* Garrett from ''{{Thief}}''. Though he's not without a rather tarnished sense of decency, ultimately he looks out for himself and has no problem telling you that if you ask for more.
* Asch from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' veers into this, and sometimes Type IV.
* Garrus Vakarian in the ''VideoGame/MassEffect'' series. If [[spoiler:you don't kill him on Virmire Urdnot Wrex becomes this in the second game]],
** [[DeadlyDoctor Professor Mordin Solus]] is a doctor who is both compassionate and ruthless. He is very benevolent but is willing to get his hands dirty to ensure that he is serving the greater good. However, he does have strong ethical boundaries noted by his complete disgust at the practice of experimenting on sapient beings.
** Miranda originally starts as a Type IV, but under Paragon Shepard's influence, moves into this territory by the end of the game. By ''3'', she's arguably a Type II.
* Sol Badguy from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''.
* From ''BlazBlue'':
** Sol's SpiritualSuccessor Ragna the Bloodedge, who is an easily pissed off human being who will slaughter any member of the NOL he comes across and in general a really rude ignorant guy who just minds his busines, but [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold is a good man at heart.]] He could skirt on Type V, as on contrary belief, he's not there to free the world from the NOL's grasp, but because the NOL pissed him off and contains Terumi Yuuki, the one who screwed his life so badly. There's also the fact that even if you're a personable, innocent man, if you get in his way, he'll kill you all the same.
** [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Hakumen]] is also a very strong Type III, and [[spoiler:considering he's the reincarnation of {{Jerkass}} extraordinaire Jin Kisaragi, it's hardly surprising.]]
* Cipher from ''AceCombat Zero'', in the Soldier path. He's focused on freeing his country and stopping Belka, but he's still a mercenary and will occasionally take out noncombatants or disabled enemies for the extra pay.
* ''MegaManZero'': The title character himself. He is a good guy at heart, but he's not particularly nice. He's very cold, and he always seems focused on his missions. Also, he never calls himself a 'hero', he just fights for the people he believes in, because he knows that a simple fighting machine like him can't change the world on his own.
* Tombstone from ''FreedomForce''. Sure, he's the vengeful ghost of a (wrongly) convicted murderer, come back to punish the guilty. Sure, he talks back to his fellow heroes and refers to them as 'fools'. Sure, he possesses people, fires electricity from his execution at his foes and is implied to ignore ThouShaltNotKill. Sure, his presence makes animals wither. He's still harmless to the innocent and fights to save the world alongside his fellow [[TheCape Capes]] without going against their methods, and never does anything directly constructed as evil.
* Axel Almer in ''SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'', post HeelFaceTurn in OGs / OG Gaiden, is this. He just minds his own business, which was coincidentally good, but he wouldn't associate himself with the actual good guys, since he was once their enemy, nor would he claim heroic stuffs. He ends up being some sort of force who helps out in the timings you wouldn't expect.
* Grolla Seyfarth in ''{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' is a very strong Type III Anti-Heroine, seeing how she's willing to rip bad people like [[spoiler:Iris]] apart and would rather stain her hands and her Grollschwert with blood than spare them and give them another chance. Anyone who hits her BerserkButton is unwary of pissing her off; [[UnstoppableRage doing things to make her furious at you is not good for your health]].
* K' from the 1999 (and onwards) installment of ''TheKingOfFighters'' very generously fits here (whether he's a III or a IV is a matter of perception). His intentions are good (to put the vile NESTS cartel out of business for good) but his focus is very narrow as it's a personal vendetta, causing him to be very caustic towards everyone in his way, be they good or otherwise. Kula Diamond helps him mellow somewhat but in general, he's a very coarse individual who keeps to himself and bares his teeth to everyone outside his inner circle. GameplayAndStorySegregation means equal-opportunity smackdowns during actual matches but his pre-fight quips with his opponent in ''XIII'' do suggest his demeanor is not one of restraint, even to the most altruistic characters.
** Similarly, LadyOfWar Elisabeth Blanctorche. She's sharp-tongued, bitter, sarcastic, ruthless powerful when she fights, and focused on defeating the friend who betrayed her, Ash Crimson. We also learn later that she's a huge BrokenBird and the [[LastOfHisKind last member of her clan]], which explains a lot about her attitude: she'll help you if you need it and your problem's related to her mission, but she will NOT be sweet and kind to you. [[spoiler:Unless you manage to touch her heart, like Ash did when he revealed that she was his MoralityChain and all he did [[DeclarationOfProtection was to shield and protect her]]. Then she'll [[CryCute shed tears for you]] [[TearJerker and make almost everyone cry with her]].]]
* Shinjiro Aragaki in ''{{Persona 3}}'' is an antisocial, rude 'tough guy' friend of Akihiko who uses the same methods as the Strega (drugs) to keep his Persona in check, and overall displays himself as a rude jackass. He still helps bailing out the heroes from bullies at one time, and after an umpteenth time refusing to rejoin SEES, he finally gave in, only so [[spoiler:he can atone for an incident he created that caused the death of Ken's mother, and ended up dying as planned and saved Ken from a path of bloody vengeance.]] Several recorded skits also reveal that he's actually fond with cooking and is good with dogs, not that he's ever going to reveal it to everyone else.

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* Gilgamesh Wulfenbach from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. He's inherited his father's {{Badass}} in full measure, and he's starting to see himself following in his father's footsteps. "This is how my father must feel-ALL THE TIME!"
** The contrast between Gil and his father, Klaus (see below), is actually a pretty good illustration of the differences between Type III and Type IV. Gil may be cynical, grumpy, and more than a tad insensitive, but he will at least listen to your side of the story before assuming that you're an enemy. [[KnightTemplar The same cannot be said]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist of his father,]] whose typical reaction would be to KillItWithFire.
* Nenshe from ''RumorsOfWar'' is likely a Type III. He's a [[TheLoad lazy]], [[JerkAss unapologetic]] ManipulativeBastard.
* Sixx from Webcomic/{{Collar 6}} is actually quite hard to place due to the BlueAndOrangeMorality of the series. Arguments could probably be made for her being anything from a Type II to a Type V (the latter primarily due to her treatment of [[spoiler:Linda Knight]]). However, to date she hasn't committed any major atrocities, but is clearly not a DisneyAntiHero, so this category is probably the best fit.

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* Oran from ''BrokenSaints''.
* Agent Washington from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' is hard to pin down and fan opinion varies widely, but most would probably agree that he's a Type III--sure, he shoots Donut [[spoiler:but doesn't kill him--and come on, this is ''Wash'' we're talking about, that had to be on purpose]], willingly works with the Meta, and so on, but ultimately, he's trying to take down the Freelancer project once and for all and tries to protect both Tex and Church.
* Youtube Ranter The Archfiend seems to go between this and Type IV along with UndertakerFreak1127.
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation is around this level.
* WhateleyUniverse example: Lady Astarte, who still has a 1930's - 1940's sense of right and wrong, but when pushed did her best to kill Deathlist.

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* Toph from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Also, [[spoiler:[[TheAtoner Zuko]], after he becomes the SixthRanger and joins Aang's team]].
* Kevin from ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and its sequels is usually this, but can slide up to Type II or down to Type IV on occasion.
* Buttercup from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' is normally this, though can sometimes veer into Type IV.
* The title character from {{Shrek}}.
* [[KnightInSourArmor Kyle]] from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' averages out to this, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters going to extremes]] when he's dealing with Cartman.
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* ByronicHero[=/=]WellIntentionedExtremist Lelouch, and BrokenBird C. C. are the two most predominant examples of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', although Lelouch can also be perceived as an AntiVillain. [[spoiler:Ohgi starts out as a Type II/III, but shifts downward to this after he leads the betrayal against his leader, and Jeremiah Gottwald starts out as a Type II AntiVillain but ultimately arrives here as soon as he finds out Lelouch's reasons for fighting Britannia, and joins him, though one could make the argument that he's the exact same person, but with a more favorable boss. The one thing keeping him at this level is his sense of chivalry.]]
* [[VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi Keiichi]] during Tatarigoroshi-hen (Curse Killing Chapter) spends the arc trying to kill his friend's abusive uncle, and then is forced to deal with the consequences. Although it was an awful action, as the audience watching the story unfold from his point of view, you see poor Satoko shatter under her uncle's abuse and listen to Keiichi struggling to comprehend why his world is falling apart, ultimately making him rather sympathetic.
* Faye Valentine of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is not above stealing her fellow bounty hunters' rightly earned catches, and will constantly free load and eat their food. That said, she is not above performing the occasional good deed here or there, and, by the end of the series, seems to have developed a HiddenHeartOfGold, if her actions toward [[spoiler:Spike leaving on what is most assuredly a death mission are to be believed.]]
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' is in large part a spiritual study in the evolution of the main characters from Type IV in Kirika's case (arguably Type IV or V in Mireille's) up to Type II through introspection, hardship, and love.
* Green (English)/Blue (Japanese) from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', initially completely out for herself, then eventually turns into a weird {{Chessmaster}} with [[FreudianExcuse a tragic past]]. Develops into a Type II overtime.
** Her surrogate brother Silver is the same case; begins Type IV and ends up Type II.
* L from ''Manga/DeathNote''. He is willing to go to nearly any extreme to stop Light.
** Similarly, Near.
*** Light himself also counts before JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope.
* Hei in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''. He mostly just [[PunchclockVillain does what his bosses ask him to without worrying about it too much]], and considering he works for TheSyndicate this isn't exactly heroic. However, he can also be a genuinely nice guy and he'll buck his orders if he feels it's necessary, and at the end [[spoiler:he makes himself a target for the organization rather than letting a lot of people die.]] He's also a lot more attached to [[TrueCompanions his friends]] than is [[LackOfEmpathy usual]] for a Contractor.
* [[spoiler:Greed]] of ''FullmetalAlchemist'' strays to this type of AntiHero after [[spoiler:his HeelFaceTurn]].
* Lina Inverse and Zelgadis Graywords of ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'' both fall in this category in different ways. Lina is fully conscious of her status as one of the greatest magical prodigies in the world, she's not above using her vast power to intimidate and extort. She frequently acts in a petty and vindictive manner, and her KickTheDog moments border on the genocidal. On the other hand she fearlessly braves certain death to save the world, she exhibits a no-nonsense approach to fighting the forces of evil and she's never shown any real inclination of falling in to the dark side. To quote a [[Literature/{{Discworld}} different work]], her mind is tangled but it ain't twisted. As far is Zelgadis is concerned, he is bent on [[IJustWantToBeNormal changing his chimeric body back to normal]], and is even nastier than Lina in the intimidate/extort department. Unlike Lina, who manages to [[EvenEvilHasStandards control who's more deserving of death,]] Zelgadis isn't above [[ShootTheDog murder and arson]] to achieve ends, and also [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope falls into more dangerous behavior.]] It can be contributed to the fact that, at least in the LightNovel series, that he was once a ChaoticEvil berserker that [[GottaKillEmAll served as his manslaughtering brute]] to achieve the ends of a [[VillainWithGoodPublicity deceptive and slightly twisted priest.]] Like Lina, though, he will help in saving the world if he cannot avoid it.
* Raul Creed of ''Anime/ErgoProxy''.
* Seto Kaiba of ''Anime/YuGiOh'', after his HeelFaceTurn; he can slip into villain territory if the plot demands it but stays in vicious Anti-Hero territory due to his continued refusal to get involved in issues that don't concern him, his brother, his vast gaming company or his blue-eyes white dragons.
* Hell Kaiser Ryo of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' in Season 3.
* Yukiteru of ''Manga/MiraiNikki'' can be seen as this. Thrown in to a game where 11 people are trying to kill him on a quest to become God, he eventually responds in kind. Despite this, he continues to show regret for his actions and wants everyone to live a happy life. It helps that he [[spoiler:mistakenly believes that he can [[ResetButton bring everyone back to life]] and intends to do so once he wins the game.]] Could also be seen as a Type V.
* Hajime Saito as portrayed in ''Anime/RurouniKenshin'' is an excellent example of this. He is humorless, grimacing, confident, and has absolutely no qualms about killing anyone he considers "evil".
** Kenshin Himura also was of this type [[GreyAndGrayMorality in the revolution]].
* Motoko Kusanagi, Batou, and the other members of [[GhostInTheShell Section 9]] fall into this category, and occasionally even border on Type V (depending on which continuity and incidents you're looking at). Their job is to uphold the law by any means necessary, and they're more than willing to use violence, hacking, and other, shadier means to do so.
* Asuka Langley Souryu from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. She does her job only to get approval and attention from everyone, nothing else matters to her. She is also the most ruthless in battle against the Angels.
* [[spoiler:Itachi Uchiha]] from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
* Kurama of ''Manga/ElfenLied''.
* Chang Wufei of ''GundamWing''
* Shinn Asuka of ''GundamSeedDestiny''
* Most of the protagonists of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' are Type [=IV=]s; the girls themselves are Punch Clock Heroines and EnfantTerrible (though depending on your point of view some of them, particularly Henrietta, could also fit as Type I, especially considering what they went through), and the more sympathetic members of the Social Welfare Agency, such as Jose, are good people even though they are part of a (to say the least) morally questionable initiative. Some of the less sympathetic members, such as Jean, come closer to Type V, and some of the assignments of the Social Welfare Agency, such as assassinating a congressman on request from a political rival, thrust them all into this category.
* Sesshoumaru, Koga, and Kagura of ''Anime/InuYasha'' (Post- CharacterDevelopment).
* Kai Hiwatari of ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}''. Snarky, antisocial and somewhat psychotic in battle; but very deep down, he has a good heart and cares about his friends, even though [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder he keeps betraying them.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist and ViolentGlaswegian Alexander Anderson of ''{{Hellsing}}''. Though he truly believes in the ChurchMilitant Iscariot's mission to punish all evil, he has standards for his behaviour and, unlike his boss, avoids killing innocents.
** Anderson's subordinates; {{Bifauxnen}} Heinkel Wolfe and CutePsycho Yumie Takagi also this. All three of them are also Type III Anti-Villains.
* Graham "Mr. Bushido" Aker of ''{{Gundam 00}}''.
* ImplacableMan Inspector Lunge of ''Anime/{{Monster}}''.
* [[BadassAbnormal Shizuo Heiwajima]] from ''Literature/{{Durarara}}''.
* San from ''PrincessMononoke''.
* Chirico Cuvie in ''ArmoredTrooperVotoms'', and the titular character in the spinoff, ''Armor Hunter Mellowlink'', powered by the [[ThePowerOfHate thirst for]] {{Revenge}} for his dead comrades.
* [[spoiler:Flit Asuno]] becomes one at the end of the First Generation of ''GundamAge'', to the point of bordering at Type V.
* Ichhise from ''{{Texhnolyze}}''.
* Tao Ren from ''ShamanKing''.
* [[spoiler:Gin Ichimaru]] from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
* Rock from BlackLagoon becomes a Type IV in the El Baile de la Muerte arc.

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* WarMachine, during his [[CatchPhrase "Sometimes the world needs a...]]" phase. Previously in-between type II and III.
* The Shade from ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}''. According to his own mini-series, he was a mercenary GentlemanAdventurer for a long while and he only became a GentlemanThief out of boredom. He is polite and well-mannered while still possessing a rather wicked and - pardon the pun - dark sense of humor. Still, he does have a defined code of ethics about who and where he will not steal from and has acted secretly to help superheroes prevent the unnecessary loss of life. Indeed, if it weren't for his own habit of [[BerserkButton gruesomely killing anyone who tries to kill him or harm his city]], he'd easily be a Type II or Type III.
* This is [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] on a good day. There are times when he falls off the scale -- in "Hard Time", after being sent to prison for a murder he didn't commit, he goes from just surviving to screwing over absolutely anyone he'd met in the course of his time there and conquering the prison, seemingly [[ForTheEvulz just for the hell of it]].
* {{Huntress}} may or may not belong here. She is in many ways what Batman would be if he had no qualms about using deadly force. However, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo as a last resort]] this is not enough in itself to go beyond type III (the area of a by real world standards non-war criminal idealistic soldier), depending on how serious the situation is, and she is generally strictly playing within type III territory, not a serial-killer. What may place her here is that she is occasionally perfectly willing to kill an already captured opponent, or potentially cripple lawful police officers when her vigilantism puts her in conflict with them.
* Sam of ''SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''
* JonahHex
* V from ''VForVendetta''.
* ''{{Spawn}}'', He started out as a type V war criminal PsychoForHire, who was assigned to one of the deepest pits of hell, and chosen as the new [[TheAntiChrist Anti Christ]]. On the other hand, after his "resurrection" (still dead) he generally only acted in self-defence or to protect his former wife and the hobos he hung around with, but he regularly did thoroughly nightmarish things to his opponents, and eventually turned into a pure [[GodOfEvil arch-devil]].
* Marv from ''SinCity''. He is extremely loyal to his friends, generally strictly minds his own business/will leave you alone, is actually somewhat of a gentleman despite his rough appearance, and if somebody worse hurts any acquaintance that he has taken a shine to, he will enthusiastically [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique torture]] [[ColdBloodedTorture and]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath brutally]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge kill]] them. However, Marv does have his heroic moments and has stood up against injustice a few times. For example, in ''Just Another Saturday Night'' he saves a hobo from being burned alive by some street punks. And in ''Silent Night'' he tracks down and rescues a little girl who had been kidnapped and used as a sex slave by a gang of pimps.
* The main character in any adaptation of ''Comicbook/TheCrow'' usually is this. In the original the only thing that separates him from be a Type V is the fact that he tries to save innocents, grants some of his enemies painless death and spares some of his enemies.
* {{Wolverine}} has gone anywhere from Type II to Type V, DependingOnTheWriter, but he's usually this.
** [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Emma Frost]] has settled into being this after GrantMorrison's ''New X-Men'' run, being perfectly happy to perform ruthless acts of MindRape and murder for the good of mutantkind, though still solidly in the X-Men's camp.
* Xadhoom from PaperinikNewAdventures. while she combines traits of types 2, 3 and 4, her reaction to the genocide of her race, is the systematic murder of every last one of them, making her a clear type 4.

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* Takashi Shimazu from the ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' fanfic series called the ''FanFic/DevaSeries''. Willing to go to some pretty objectionable extents to protect Hayate, who he sees as an adoptive daughter, he employs a TortureTechnician [[TheDragon Dragon]] and [[spoiler:kills via MindRape the leaders of Hayate's enemies.]] This is balanced by the fact that Daishi Prime [[MoralEventHorizon shows in no uncertain terms the extents to which]] the xenophobic KnightTemplar AncientConspiracy seeking to kill Hayate and friends and subvert her students is willing to descend to. Some of the aforementioned facts mean that he walks the tightrope between Types IV and V.
* Shugo Kino from ''FanFic/PrettyCureHeavyMetal'' is this on a bad day (the most notable example being the first episode where her FaceHeelTurn lasts longer than a minute), and if she falls into this category she's a WellIntentionedExtremist. If her day's any worse, she'll play the part of VillainProtagonist, particularly in ''World Tour'', where she creates closed space in her mind and goes through a "murder sim" out of pure boredom in one episode.

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* TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}''. In the first film he's a reasonably light Type III who only overtly uses lethal force once in self defence, and tried to save Jack from falling into the acid vat (YMMV on his reasons for dropping him.) In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', however his methods start to become unduly brutal, such as wasting time setting a mook on fire in the middle of a frantic fight scene, and the sadistic pleasure he seems to take from blowing up one of the clowns.
** This [[AuthorsSavingThrow ends up being addressed]] in ''Film/BatmanForever'', and Batman slides back into Type III. By ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', unfortunately, he lost all Anti-Hero qualities and was just a squeaky-clean hero.
* Ray and Ken from ''Film/InBruges'' have a strong sense of loyalty to each other and Ray is guilt ridden over his accidental murder of a child. However, they're still hitmen who murder an unarmed man at the start of the film.
* The Bride of ''KillBill'' is perfectly willing to [[WhatMeasureIsAMook cut down any mook]] who gets in the way of her and her revenge, doesn't care a whit about whether or not a target of hers has changed in the four years since she's known her, and can get downright ruthless when it comes to [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique torturing villains' minions for information]], but she does have her moments of kindness, even if it comes in the form of, say, spanking the one mook from the Crazy 88 battle who is [[MinionWithAnFInEvil obviously not cut out for this]] and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny sending him home to his mother]].
* Rick Deckard of ''Film/BladeRunner''.
** This is mostly due to the... ''uncomfortable'' undertones of his... ''seduction'' of Rachel. Otherwise, he's a somewhat dark type III.
* Many {{Cowboy Cop}}s in action movies, if they're not type III, will fall into this. ''DirtyHarry'' is not a by-the-book cop by any stretch of the imagination. He generally cares a lot about what happens to innocent people, but lord have mercy on you if you happen to be one of those who get their jollies off hurting said innocent people. In the first movie, Harry gets [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique absolutely brutal]] with the Scorpio Killer on the football field to make him give up the location of a girl that the latter had kidnapped.
* [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]].
* The majority of the Basterds, Shosanna, Marcel and Hammersmark of ''InglouriousBasterds''
* Sergeant William James of ''TheHurtLocker'' doesn't really give a damn about the conflict of war or whatever regulations might get in his way, only about the rush he gets from defusing bombs. However, he functions as a deconstruction of the MilitaryMaverick, as his antics wind up alienating him from the rest of the unit, and he winds up getting [[spoiler:Owen Elridge]] injured enough to be sent back home.
* [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork Snake Plissken.]]
* Max Rockatansky from ''MadMax'' trilogy.
** In Mad Max 2/The Road Warrior he goes straight into Type V territory. More than that. If not the final act and comparison with bikers he would be more of VillainProtagonist than AntiHero.
* Film/TheMask is this, Even though he isn't as violent as most anti-heroes, he's still willing to do many unheroic things with little regard for those around him.
* The main character of the Creator/AkiraKurosawa film ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}''; he does protect the truly innocent and/or just, but not only is everyone else fair game, he takes pleasure in deceiving and slaughtering them. These traits carry over (for the most part) into the equivalent character played by ClintEastwood in the film's Western remake, ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars''.
** For whatever reason, his Eastwood equivalent as well as his inspiration, the Continental Op, are both listed as type III. In any case, the Kurosawa character probably develops into a type III in the LighterAndSofter sequel ''{{Sanjuro}}'' wherein he's OlderAndWiser and has more of a MartialPacifist outlook.
** That's only when the old woman's around to be his moral compass. When she's not, it turns into a blood bath. Look at the way he slaughtered all those men at that Palace.
*** The Op is mostly type III, but in ''Red Harvest''-- the source material for ''Yojimbo''-- he slides into type IV with an ease that unnerves him:
--->'''The Op:''' Look, I sat at Willsson's table tonight and played them like you'd play trout, and got just as much fun out of it. I looked at Noonan and knew he hadn't a chance in a thousand of living another day because of what I'd done to him, and I laughed, and felt happy inside. That's not me. I've got hard skin all over what's left of my soul, and after twenty years of messing around with crime I can look at any sort of murder without seeing anything in it but my bread and butter, a day's work. But this getting a rear out of planning deaths is not natural to me. It's what this place has done to me.
* [[StarWars Han Solo]] is a classic example of the second flavour for much of ''A New Hope''; the conclusion and the later films are also a classic example of how this type can become a Type II through CharacterDevelopment.
* Luke in ''{{Cherrybomb}}''. He may be on the wrong side of the tracks, but he's devoted to Malachy, to the point where [[BerserkButton if you deliberately try to kill Malachy]] [[KilledOffForReal he'll avenge your attempt on his life sevenfold]].
* Tom Regan from ''Film/MillersCrossing''.
* Bryan Mills from {{Taken}} is a ruthless vigilante who has 96 hours to find his daughter and save her from slave trafficking ring. To accomplish his task Bryan employs some drastic methods such as being [[PayEvilUntoEvil incredibly ruthless towards his enemies]], [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique torturing a mook for information and then killing him afterwards]], and shooting an innocent woman in the arm to force her husband to give some information about a particular individual involved in the trafficking ring.
* The Spartans in ''ThreeHundred''. Fighting for freedom while at the same time would [[WouldHurtAChild commit infanticide]], [[ShootTheMessenger kill enemy messengers]], and [[TakeNoPrisoners took no prisoners]].
** Ironically, even this was a case of HistoricalHeroUpgrade. The real ancient Spartans were incredibly brutal, especially to the people they ruled. Use of stealth and terror tactics were a core part of their military training. The coming-of-age ritual for young Spartan men involved going out and murdering one of their serfs. The governing system amounted to a combination of militaristic communism (for citizens) and virtual slavery (all their subject peoples).
* The Driver from ''Drive''.
* David Sumner from ''StrawDogs'' is an interesting case. It's easy to justify his unforgiving retaliation against the home invaders who have been antagonizing him throughout the movie, but he's distant and rather passive-aggressive as a husband, and it's ultimately unclear whether he's just a normal man driven to extremes, or a cold-blooded figure with very repressed violent tendencies that have finally boiled over.
* [[SpiderMan Spidey]] starts as this in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. Stopping crooks and helping people is only an incidental by-product of hunting down the crook who killed Uncle Ben. It takes the whole run of the film for him to figure out [[ComesGreatResponsibility the moral of the story]] and settle into the ClassicalAntiHero role he's best known as.
* Catwoman in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' is firmly in this territory; unlike the Batman, she has no qualms about staining her hands with the blood of bad guys, and she's also a cat burglar, stealing Bruce Wayne's car in an early scene.

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* JRRTolkien's TheSilmarillion is ''full'' of these. Given to that Beleriand was a CrapsackWorld and that exile ''noldor'' fell under the Doom of Mandos, nearly ''all'' Elven characters fall on this type. Most notable is Feänor, who could well be TropeCodifier. Other notable Type IV Anti-Heroes in ''QuentaSilmarillion'' are Elu Thingol, sons of Feänor (all ''seven'' of them), Fingolfin and Fingon.
* [[{{Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos]] is a FirstPersonSmartass who solves mysteries, but he is also a(n) (ex-)mobster and assassin who admits on several occasions that he entered his profession so that he could harm and kill [[OurElvesAreBetter "Dragaerans"]] who [[FantasticRacism bullied him as a child]] and get paid for it. He also decides to slaughter his wife's revolutionary but harmless group to free her. Over the course of the series, he mellows slightly in the middle, in the wilderness away from his criminal empire, then when he gets back, tortures a name out of a small time criminal in Dzur.
** This may be a feature of [[CrapsackWorld the world Vlad functions in]] as much as his own inclinations. Given he's been tortured a number of times, often for no reason other than [[FantasticRacism being an obvious target]], torture-for-information may seem like a lesser evil.
** Come to that, Vlad's personal goddess should be counted here, too. Verra has been directly responsible for saving the world, and Vlad, a number of times... but she's messed with his memories without his consent, possibly on an ongoing basis, and she's also fine with telling Vlad to go assassinate the king of some place he's never been because she ''thinks'' it will work out the way she wants. Part of Vlad's moral development is centered around his reactions to that request, rather explicitly (the definition of a god is given early in the book as, essentially, "a being whose actions are by definition morally right". By the end, Vlad openly expresses doubt about that.
* Virtually all "good guy" protagonists in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' media, such as ''GauntsGhosts''. These are the more sympathetic and idealistic ones-the other good guys are Type V's (see below). Still readily distinguishable from the ''bad'' guys of the setting.
* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Moist von Lipwig]]. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Maybe Havelock Vetinari]].
* [[Literature/TheHungerGames Gale Hawthorne]].
* [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Jaime Lannister]], after receiving SympatheticPOV and having a HeelFaceTurn.
** The same goes for {{Sociopathic Hero}}s [[AxCrazy Arya]] [[LittleMissBadass Stark]] and [[BloodKnight Sandor]] [[NietzscheWannabe Clegane]], too.
* Literature/TakeshiKovacs from ''Literature/AlteredCarbon'' fits in here. He's not afraid to kill people dead (even in a world that has developed a mostly reliable way to avoid death, there are ways to cause real death), and he sure isn't nice, but he mostly wants to take down a highly corrupt person with a very major support structure and solve the case he was brought in for.
* ''AnitaBlake'' is not above a little use of the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique from time to time [[IDidWhatIHadToDo if the situation calls for it]]. If you stand in her way, kidnap her friends, or hurt her loved ones, [[MamaBear she will hunt you down]] and [[BoomHeadshot put bullets in your brain.]] [[ColdSniper Your death will mean nothing to her.]] Not even if you're her [[spoiler:[[AnyoneCanDie lover]].]][[note]]Although to be fair she's not too kosher on that last one. She's well on her way to a HeroicBSOD right after she kills Haven.[[/note]]
* Raistlin Majere of the {{Dragonlance}} series.
* Jake from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' becomes this in the series' final story arc. Not only does he become a total JerkAss, by excluding Cassie and blackmailing and manipulating his friend and ally Erek into helping them, but he orders the bombing of the town's shopping mall and flushes the Yeerk mothership's pool into space, which kills thousands of sentient creatures. To be fair, being stuck in a HopelessWar from the age of [[ChildSoldier thirteen]] and essentially having the role of leadership (and thus the Keep Everyone Alive pressure) forced on your shoulders is probably going to play a large role in shifting your moral boundaries. That, and it's arguable that the ''only'' thing Jake did that was completely unnecessary in a strategical sense was the [[PayEvilUntoEvil flushing of the Yeerks into space]].
* IanFleming's JamesBond, as well as Creator/DanielCraig's movie portrayal. The other movie Bonds are Type III, except Roger Moore who is a Type II.
** Timothy Dalton was very vocal about playing it close to the book, his Bond is almost certainly Type IV if Ian Fleming's is. PierceBrosnan's Bond could be incredibly vicious if he wanted to be, he killed at least two women during his run, one in cold blood. One might even argue that Daniel Craig's Bond is more of a type V, given that he indiscriminately kills everyone who gets in his way in Quantum of Solace, even some of the people who were on his side, indirectly or otherwise.
* Nathaniel Starbuck of Bernard Cornwell's CivilWar era ''Starbuck Chronicles'' a Copperhead (a Northerner who fought for the South) who also has touches of Type I but is too much of a {{Badass}} to fit there. He's not fighting out of misplaced idealism but because circumstances put him in the right/wrong place at the right/wrong time but has a principled core which he continuously denies having and is very loyal to the men under him.
* Henry/Whistle of Kit Whitfield's ''In Great Waters'', largely due to being raised by [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Deepmen]]. Has the potential to become a Type V but is held back by [[MoralityPet John]] and later [[MoralityChain Anne]].
* Lisbeth Salander, the ruthless BrokenBird savant protagonist of ''TheMillenniumTrilogy'', is practically the living incarnation of PayEvilUntoEvil. [[ColdBloodedTorture She has good reason]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast to feel this way, however.]]
* Literature/AlexRider. He only kills bad guys, but there have been a few moments where his actions seem unnecessary. He nearly kills a drug dealer in the second book, in a completely planned attack, and in the third book he shoves a guy in a freezer and turns the temperature as far down as he can. While shoving him in the freezer in the first place was self defence, he is called out on turning down the temperature, which he didn't really need to do. In the 5th book he briefly joins SCORPIA, the evil criminal organisation of the series, and accepts an ''assassination job''. He can't bring himself to do it, but he comes pretty close.
** He finally does bring himself to do it in Scorpia Rising. When he executes [[spoiler:his clone Julius]] in cold blood near the end.
* Simon Templar of ''The Saint''. Essentially a GentlemanAdventurer, who [[JustLikeRobinHood donates most of his gains to charity]], and shows no compunctions about murdering criminals execution-style.
* [[Literature/HarryPotter Snape,]] [[MemeticMutation Snape,]] [[PotterPuppetPals Seve-rus Snape....]]
* Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian generally hangs around at this level. He's a thief, a reaver, a slayer... and everything else you can think of where there's an opportunity for violence, wenches and loot. Including piracy, assassination, mercenary work and becoming warrior-king of the richest country on the continent. Although the movies have him as a pretty solid III, the Marvel comics had him straddle the line between II and III and the cartoons mostly played him as Type II.
* ''Sisterhood'' series by FernMichaels: The Vigilantes are firmly in this category. The first 7 books have each member getting {{Revenge}} on the person(s) who is a KarmaHoudini and wronged her in some way. They never murder anyone in the series, which is a good thing. However, they have given three rapists the JohnWayneBobbit treatment. They have captured the son of a Chinese ambassador who committed a hit and run while drunk and was not punished because he used DiplomaticImpunity and skinned him alive. They went to the house of Karl Woodley, a National Security Advisor who is good buddies with the President and a DomesticAbuser who broke every bone in his wife's body, and broke every bone in ''his'' body. Talk about a FateWorseThanDeath! The last 13 books have them going on missions to protect their friends and bring down very bad people, as well as trying to get pardoned. Admittedly, their methods come off as DisproportionateRetribution at times, but the people they go after are such monsters that you will root for the Vigilantes.
* Sun Wukong during titular journey in JourneyToTheWest. It's an improvement over [[JerkSue how he was before]]. [[spoiler:He mellows out (more or less) by the end of the journey.]]
* Ig from ''{{Horns}}'' and its in-development film adaptation.
* Valentinian from BelisariusSeries. He is a ferocious man who can kill without a twinge and does so many times not just in combat but as Belisarius' personal executioner. He would most likely have been a career criminal if he wasn't a soldier. But he does have a residual [[EvenEvilHasStandards sense of honor]] and is loyal to his friends.

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* In ''{{Smallville}}'':
** Lionel Luthor is frequently going back and forth between type III and V, even with touches of II occasionally, but IV seems to fit him better. Not helped by the fact that he is a difficult character to read.
** [[spoiler:Lana Lang]] is a type III or IV around season six and seven.
** [[spoiler:Kara]] is usually a type I, but unexpectedly drops to type IV in ''Arctic'' when she does some HighAltitudeInterrogation from a plane then smashes out of it, leaving the guy to die. [[spoiler:It is actually {{Brainiac}}.]]
* Ambassador Londo Mollari in Babylon5, on his good days. Slips into AntiVillain territory when his greed and self interest get the better of him.
* FatherTed. His main aspirations are money and self adulation, and he can be extremely callous and mean spirited towards his friends, especially in the Christmas special. He can be very brave and determined in pressure situations however, and sometimes his conscience will poke through.
* Michael of ''Series/BurnNotice'' helps the innocent victims of various criminals through clever use of the BatmanGambit. However, the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain of each episode]] often ends up dead, either through Michael's plotting or at his hands in a fight.
** Sam gets in one himself; in a recent episode he's standing outside, watching the badguys get themselves into a paranoid MexicanStandoff, then shoots the ground to set things off inside. And he kinda chuckles as he watches.
* Kate, Sayid, Sawyer and Locke from ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
** Jack, though he starts out as a Type III, DrJerk seems headed in this direction.
*** He [[spoiler:nuked The Island (still populated with people who he knew would otherwise survive,) just so he could undo the plane crash and possibly his sordid history with Kate. That's right: he committed what amounts to a peacetime war crime because of [[StrangledByTheRedString some red string.]]]]
*** [[spoiler:Although WordOfGod is that the nuke didn't actually go off and became intergrated into the failsafe in the Hatch that was detonated in Series 2... which still didn't nuke anything then either... did ''anything'' in Series 6 actually make sense?]]
*** In season six, however, he retreats back to Type III, and arguably becomes a Type II by the finale.
* Jax and Opie straddle the line between this and Type V in ''SonsOfAnarchy''
* Given that he ''[[TropeNamer named]]'' the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, ''Series/TwentyFour'''s Jack Bauer is NotSoDifferent from the terrorists he fights - he just happens to be ''[[{{Eagleland}} American]]''.
** Occasionally he can also go up to Type III (mainly when it involves working with civilians and one-shot characters). In the final 6-7 episodes of the series he actually goes down to a mix of Type V and [[AntiVillain (Anti-)Villain]] [[VillainProtagonist Protagonist]]
* The Brigadier from ''Series/DoctorWho''. In ''Doctor Who & the Silurians'' he wiped out the titular species [[RetCon (or so it seemed)]]. While they had attempted to use a bioweapon to wipe out humanity members of them had been shown to be reasonable, had been rendered harmless by suspended animation and the Doctor made it clear there were other possible alternatives. To be fair this event was a one off and given his normal status as a straight good guy it could be argued that the Brig's a very dark Type III.
** The [[GoodIsNotNice Sixth]] and [[{{Chessmaster}} Seventh]] Doctors are Type [=IVs=], arguably being the most violent and manipulative incarnations respectively, and the [[GrumpyOldMan First Doctor]] starts out as one.
* Jimmy [=McNulty=] of ''TheWire'' is this by way of being a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction of]] the CowboyCop. He's insubordinate, profane, loud-mouthed, a womanizer, and usually comes up with the creative solutions for most of the cases he's faced with, and refuses to play along with the department's political interests in order to do what he believes is right. However, we begin to learn that while the things he does usually turn out to work for the greater good, it's usually for satisfying his own ego and proving how great he is to others as opposed to simply doing the right thing.
* Mr. Chapel in ''Series/VengeanceUnlimited''. Sometimes being a TechnicalPacifist was the only thing that kept him out of Type V.
* [[MadMen Don Draper]] usually stays around here. He can slide to Type V during his crueler moments, like his [[spoiler:refusal to help Sal after he's fired]], and occasionally hits Type III during his PetTheDog moments.
* The Sea Shepard crew from ''Series/WhaleWars''.
* [[RobotGirl Cameron]] in ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' sits roughly around here, while most of the rest of the cast sits further up in Type III. She is a cold, calculating, merciless killer when she determines there is a threat to John Connor, but she is not inherently ''cruel''. She even admits that she is not built to be cruel - just to be cold.
* VeronicaMars. Just...don't even think about hurting anyone she cares about, because it will mean your doom. This doesn't just apply to Veronica, but also Logan, Weevil, and Duncan goes there if you press him enough.
* Elliot Stabler from ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''
* Nathan Petrelli and Noah Bennett from ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
* Brian Kinney of the U.S version of ''QueerAsFolk''. Though, through CharacterDevelopment, he becomes a Type III later on.
* Masato Kusaka from ''KamenRiderFaiz'' start as this, but he eventually sinks to Type V [[MoralEventHorizon by episode 30.]]
* [[TheChessmaster Emily Thorne]] from the ABC series ''Series/{{Revenge}}''. Being an {{Expy}} of [[Literature/TheCountofMonteCristo Edmond Dantes]], she only wants revenge on the [[AssholeVictim people who arranged for her father's death]], but she also cares very little of the innocent bystanders in her way.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'': Kerr Avon. He veers between Types III to V DependingOnTheWriter but, even when he hasn't got Blake to act his conscience, he mostly seems concerned with making things as unpleasant as possible for the Federation.
* Alex Russo from ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''.
* Gene Hunt of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and ''AshesToAshes''
* The Strike Team from ''TheShield'': Lem and Ronnie are probably type IV while Vic and Shane are normally type V. You may interpret them as Anti Villains or straight out Villain Protagonists too.

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* The original heroes of ClassicalMythology fit anywhere from type III to V depending on the hero. The original definition of hero (as in, Heracles, Odysseus, [[UrExample Gilgamesh]] etc.) was not a man who did good deeds. It was [[UberMensch a man with the strength to do]] [[JerkSue whatever he wanted]]. Sometimes the heroes had good intentions, but due to the times they lived in used brutal methods. Then there is ValuesDissonance. Often it would depend on the hero. Some like Perseus, Beowulf, and Hector were killers because of the times they live in. Others like Achilles range much more into VillainProtagonist territory. They killed for glory and little else. Others, such as Hercules depend from story to story, and different versions of them.

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* StoneColdSteveAustin, who was a Type V, becomes this after his injury return and main event push.
* The face run of MickFoley's "Cactus Jack" persona is this.
* CMPunk becomes this in mid-2011.
* RandyOrton, who can fall close to a Type V, is also this in mid-2011, especially in his feud with MarkHenry for the World Heavyweight Championship.
* [[RonKillings R-Truth]] after his HeelFaceReturn in early-2012

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* [[Characters/SonicTheHedgehogNeutralCharacters Shadow the Hedgehog]] from the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series. He's generally found fighting against evil. He seems to enjoy fighting against evil most of all when he needs to kick Sonic's ass somehow. He's also a most unpleasant person whose 'best friends' (if you can call one of them that) is the [[RoboticPsychopath robot Omega]], and an amoral government agent/jewel thief Rouge the Bat.
* Jack Cayman of ''MadWorld''. Looks like Hellboy, acts like Marv, sounds like Wolverine, has a {{Chainsaw|Good}} [[EvilDead built into his]] [[ArtificialLimbs artificial arm]]... kills people in ways that cannot be easily described. But yeah, he really is a hero, and he won't kill innocents. Fortunately, there [[CrapsackWorld aren't a lot of innocents around]] to cramp his style...
* The title character of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne''.
* Fenris of DragonAgeII, though he may count as a Type III on his rare good days, especially late in the game.
** His [[HeadbuttingHeroes rival]] Anders, a WellIntentionedExtremist with a SuperpoweredEvilSide, is either a very dark Type IV, kept out of Type V territory by having a noble rather than amoral motivation, or an AntiVillain.
* Alessa Gillespie, from ''SilentHill''. On some level, she's trying to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt by stalling the birth of an [[ReligionOfEvil evil cult's]] goddess. On every other level, though, she's trying to kill you with monsters from Lovecraft's nightmares.
* Archer of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' fits around here. He's a sour, cynical, sarcastic Servant who was originally devoted to his ideal to save everyone. However, this began to continuously bite him in the ass over the years, and eventually realized that he had to sacrifice the few to save the many. Eventually, his final goal is to simply travel back in time where he could hopefully [[spoiler:kill his past self, Shirou Emiya, or at least convince him to give up on his ideals]] to spare himself the heartache.
** [[spoiler:The above's father]], TragicHero Kiritsugu Emiya of ''FateZero'' is a Type IV as well.
* VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} takes a lot of pleasure in playfully tormenting her angelic enemies before she kills them in often the most brutal way she can think of
* [[LegacyOfKain Raziel]] is good only by virtue of not being like 90% of the rest of the characters, and he's pretty nasty in his methods. He doesn't particularly ''enjoy'' killing random mooks, but he doesn't hesitate to do so. Raziel does eventually become a true hero [[spoiler:thanks to his sacrifice to cure Kain's insanity]], but he spends most of the series fixated on revenge and other selfish pursuits, which keeps him in Anti-Hero territory.
* The SAS and Task Force 141 of ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' fit this placement. On the one hand, they have a job to do, and have a fundamentally heroic objective to accomplish. However, their methods include the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, threatening of allies, the execution of an unarmed noncombatant, and [[spoiler:launching a nuke at the United States to cause an EMP strike that will give the United States a chance to fight back. However, that was specifically the actions of Captain Price, the rest of Task Force 141 were trying to stop the nuke from going off completely and covered Price expecting him to avoid its launch.]]
* Jin Kazama in ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 6'' seems to have changed into this, seeming as how he's willing to start World War III for the sake of ending his heritage. [[spoiler:Then he makes a HeroicSacrifice...]]
* Jackie Estacado from the video game of ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'' exhibits shades of this - killing people for the mafia is his job, but he was groomed to do it from a young age and acknowledges that he is a scumbag; when he's not brutally slaughtering other mobsters or corrupt police officers, players can make him do favors for people he meets, such as retrieving an elderly woman's wedding ring from the subway tracks, and the single biggest factor in his motivation is love for his girlfriend Jenny, the only connection to a "normal" life that he has. By contrast, the character in the original comics is strictly a Type V, and in the game players can refuse to help anyone and make him kill unarmed civilians, including women and the elderly.
* Zelos Wilder from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' begins the game as a Type IV; he is a [[SelfishGood self-centered]], [[TheCasanova womanizing]] [[{{Bishonen}} pretty boy]] who uses his position as Tethe'alla's [[TheChosenOne chosen one]] to feed his own ego and live a hedonistic life, [[spoiler:[[LovableTraitor while cheerfully backstabbing those he considers to be on the "losing side" of conflicts.]]]] After going through significant CharacterDevelopment and revealing more about his [[ParentalAbandonment tragic backstory]], he becomes a lot less cynical and more heroic and shifts up the scale to a Type II, [[spoiler:(provided you don't kill him, that is).]]
** Yuan tends towards this as well, being firmly grounded in his cause and never straying from it or degrading in his motives, but also has no qualms with killing a handful (or possibly more given the number of failed Chosens) of innocent people if it's the most expedient method towards his goals
* In the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Tiberium'' series, [[DarkMessiah Kane]] is generally portrayed as a villain in the GDI campaign and as this type of anti-hero in the Nod campaigns. In ''Tiberium Twilight'' he is potentially even a Type III.
* Sam Fisher in ''SplinterCell''. He wouldn't kill innocents, but he's not above JackBauerInterrogationTechnique and cold-blooded killing of {{Mooks}}
* NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors has [[spoiler:[[TheChick Akane/June]] / [[TheChessmaster Zero]], surprisingly enough. The trauma of being stuck in an incinerator at age 12, plus [[NecessarilyEvil the need to prevent a]] TimeParadox does that. WordOfGod is that she was intended to be the worst kind of hero possible.]]
* Commander Shepherd in ''MassEffect'' should the player chooses Renegade options.

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* ''Webcomic/AxeCop''.
* Ariel of ''{{Drowtales}}'' has done some pretty bad stuff that may or may not put her over the MoralEventHorizon, but her MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment after she accidentally kills a slave in a fit of rage pulls her out of an outright VillainProtagonist role. It also helps that she's still a young kid whose moral compass has not fully stabilized, and at the end of the day she just wants to survive in a CrapsackWorld. Possibly moves up to a Type III after a 15 year timeskip.
* Klaus Wulfenbach from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is either this or a type V. Antagonistic to Agatha, but still the source of the Pax Wulfrenbach, which, despite being pretty harsh is a whole lot better than the madness and widespread warring that preceded it... when he's not [[EmperorScientist out taking over the world]], performing dangerous experimental surgeries on unwilling subjects or [[SinkOrSwimMentor testing his son's survival skills.]]
** Although, even most of that is heroically motivated. He took over the world because it was the only way he could see to create a lasting peace (he had previously tried diplomacy, but all it took was a few short years' absence for that to fall apart), and he ''has'' to make sure his son is up to snuff since Gil is going to be running the empire one day, and holy shit you do not want to be in Klaus Wulfenbach's shoes unless you're prepared for it. The dangerous experiments...well, he's a MadScientist, you can't expect to be able to justify EVERYTHING.

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* Adam Dodd from ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', at least during his [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge hunt for his girlfriend's killer and his friend's rapist]]. He kills everyone who gets in his way, and finishes by [[spoiler:stabbing Cody Jenson, the perpetrator of the above, to death, and carving the word 'rapist' on his chest.]] He remained very sympathetic, however, especially because of who he was trying to kill.
* Taras Jacobs of ''[[http://n-somniack.tumblr.com/ The Chronicles of Taras]]'' has, despite being a [[WrenchWench teenage]] [[ActionGirl girl]], [[http://n-somniack.tumblr.com/post/28757030978/taras-jacobs-the-cause-of-the-great-2008-london#notes killed entire SWAT teams]], is mind-shatteringly obsessed with revenge, Has little humanity after the [[FreudianExcuse dark events]] [[TheUnreveal of her past]] and of [[HeWhoFightsMonsters the ''Chronicles of Taras'' story]], and [[OnceKilledAManWithANoodleImplement once killed a man with a bowl of Old Nachos and a Golden Retriever Puppy]]. She seems to take relish in [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge psychologically torturing]] and [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech taunting her victims]]. But so far, she's never shown active hostility towards any character who wasn't asking for it.
* Tinkerballa from ''TheGuild''.
* Chief from ''Machinima/ArbynTheChief'' is a moron and a Jerkass, but has at times punished some incredibly annoying assholes from his stupidity, and once even motivated Arbiter into [[spoiler:getting Jon's drug-addicted, Halo-hacking roommate evicted- read killed]]. At other times he falls into Type V.
* WhateleyUniverse example: Generator, who when attacked by Bloodwolf (a superpowered character who has the spirit of the werewolf for strength and fast healing) not only nailed him to a tree with railroad spikes, but also burned a message on his chest with mithril.

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* Hubert J. Farnsworth of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is this, due to his horrendous safety record and the fact that most of his previous crew members ended up dead.
* The Blue Spirit ([[spoiler:Zuko]]) of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has a stint being this type of anti-hero during the second season.
* Fang from DaveTheBarbarian.
* Dib from InvaderZim.
* Courtney of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''. Heather becomes this in the third season. She was originally a villain.
* Craig Tucker of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is this throughout the run of the show.
** Eric Cartman of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' pre- CharacterDevelopment, but in the fifth season becomes a villain. However, starting in the second half of season 15, he starts to become this again.
* Buford in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''.
* Jerry of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' sometimes a Type V. Although he's generally a FriendToAllLivingThings (that aren't cats), he's definitely not above using violence to deal with Tom, either because Tom wronged him first, or sometimes, because he's bored.
* {{Daria}}
* Valerie Gray from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
* [[AbusiveDad Homer Simpson]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' falls here on average, though he's had a fair share of Type I and V moments.
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* TokenEvilTeammate Diethard and [[spoiler:Rolo]] of ''Anime/CodeGeass''.
* Vegeta from ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' slowly becomes this (and more slowly bypasses this), first starting out as the BigBad of the Saiyan arc who had committed serial genocide while working for Frieza. Then as a VillainProtagonist seeking to overthrow his former master in the Namek arc. Then as an antihero who helps defend the planet, but only for his own selfish reasons in the Cell and Buu arcs. At the very end of the Buu arc he may have transitioned to a Type III. NobleDemon Bardock is another example.
* Mello from ''Manga/DeathNote''. He is solely dedicated to being the one to stop Kira and is more than willing to become a mob boss, kidnap innocent girls, and in the manga, even threaten the President to sabotage his rival so said rival can't catch Kira.
** Near is initially just as bad, but (particularly in a bonus chapter taking place after the story) starts to develop more toward L's Type IV territory. He's thoroughly sympathetic in ''Film/LChangeTheWorld''.
* Alucard of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}.''
* Guts of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' during his phase as the vengeance-obsessed Black Swordsman was very much this. An utterly ruthless warrior who cared about nothing except killing demons, and would not lift a finger to help innocents caught in the crossfire, considering them small fry without the strength to truly live -- and in many cases, he could be seen as even more horrifying than the Apostles that he was driven to kill. Only after finding Casca again has he been able to move out of this territory into Type III-IV, though he still has to deal with a particularly nasty EnemyWithin that represents who he used to be.
** Also Griffith prior to the Eclipse.
* Revy, Dutch and Roberta of ''Anime/BlackLagoon''.
* Mugen of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' is a BloodKnight who will frequently abandon his companions in the name of pursuing a good fight, and cares little for his promise to Fuu, instead trying to fulfill his promise to kill his rival, Jin. [[spoiler:That said, he goes through a lot of CharacterDevelopment by the end. Enough so that he honors his companions as true friends.]]
* Hibari Ginza of ''Anime/SpeedGrapher''. Chaotic, ruthless, selfish and very dedicated to her job as a cop.
* Kanta from ''Manga/DesertPunk''. He has no real redeeming moral qualities and doesn't care about anything except money, boobs and staying alive. However, much of his work ends up being vaguely heroic because of the jobs he's assigned tend to be things like "Take out this gang terrorizing our town." [[spoiler:By the end of the series he crosses the MoralEventHorizon and does a FaceHeelTurn]].
** Kanta has elements of a Type I as well, being a short, ugly little perv who is hated by everyone.
*** Other characters in the series also qualify. Junko is Kanta's (physically) attractive female counterpart and is equally amoral and only not a villain because her job is taking out people who tend to be worse [[spoiler:and like Kanta, she ultimately pulls a FaceHeelTurn]]. Rainspider is a heartless enforcer for [[LoanShark loan sharks]] and implied deviant who has a tendency to abandon his teammates when battles are stacked against them. However, he's [[LaughablyEvil hilarious]], and always follows his fleeing by a BigDamnHeroes moment at the right time. He's kind of more likable than Kanta, if no morally better.
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}'': the title characters (or at least Mireille) start off like this. Also, [[spoiler:it's open to interpretation but in Noir the position seems to be an attempt by the Soldats to intentionally create type V anti heroes]].
* The main character of ''Anime/AfroSamurai'' (in the Anime) is something of a tragic example of this; he is not without some humanity in him, but ends up burying it in his all-consuming pursuit of vengeance and adherence to his brutal code of honor.
** It's actually questionable if Afro counts for even that much, or if he's just a full-out VillainProtagonist. Most Type V anti-heroes are distinguished from villains by the fact that they're marginally better than those they fight. Afro's goals are, effectively, identical to those that he fights, and a strong argument could be made that the audience only sympathizes with him because we saw his back story, and didn't see theirs.
* [[spoiler:Ryoko Asakura]] in ''Literature/HaruhiSuzumiya'', from Book 10 and onward.
* Bando (in the manga) from ''Manga/ElfenLied''.
* BloodKnight Kyoya Hibari of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''.
* Thorfinn of ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' is as clear-cut a Type V Anti Hero there is, what with his uncaring partaking into as much slaughter and destruction he can hope to muster. The only thing that prevents him from being a full-on VillainProtagonist is the fact that he doesn't enjoy it.
* Mayuri and Kenpachi from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. They start out as full-on antagonists, but even after the ConspiracyRedemption they still remain as TokenEvilTeammate and a largely amoral BloodKnight.
** Ichigo's AxCrazy SuperpoweredEvilSide, [[FanNickname Shirosaki]] also qualifies as a Type V AntiHero.
* Yukiteru of ''Manga/MiraiNikki'' eventually [[TookaLevelinBadass becomes]] this, by [[MoralEventHorizon slaughtering orphans]], and getting ''[[SerialEscalation worse from there.]]''
* In ''FullmetalAlchemist'', Scar starts off the beginning of the series as this trope, going about murdering [[PersonOfMassDestruction State Alchemists]] for their participation in the wholesale slaughter of his ethnic group.
* NobleDemon Dark Schneider (And his subordinates) from ''Manga/{{Bastard}}'' (with moments of Type IV). Although he has some PetTheDog moments toward his allies and more specifically Yoko, he is a complete egocentric JerkAss who destroy his enemies in a huge level of sadism, openly admits that as soon as he takes down the BigBad of the series, he will subjugate the world through mass-murder and warfare, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking treats nearly everyone in the rudest manner possible, and gropes girls without any sense of shame]].
* ''[[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sasuke Uchiha]]'' jumps from Type III to Type V before [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope cannonballing off the slippery slope]] into being a straight-up VillainProtagonist.
* Hiei, resident NobleDemon of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', though over time he start to mellow out into Type IV.
* The Rail Tracer [[spoiler:(Claire Stenfield)]] of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', [[spoiler:saves a train and its passengers from being hijacked from two enemy factions, all the while [[HighHeelFaceTurn winning the heart]] of a [[TheSpeechless silent beauty]]. Nevermind that he's a trained mafia assassin who brutally murders dozens of people from both factions and [[BreakTheCutie tortures]] a [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld little boy]].]]
** [[spoiler:That the little boy is an immortal and, just little bit earlier, was trying to convince the leader of one of the factions to massacre everyone on the train helps takes the sting out of it a little.]]
* Kyo of ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo''- see the description of Dark Schneider, except in Sengoku Japan and with no interest in world domination.
* Kuroudo Akabane of ''Manga/GetBackers''.
* Giuse of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. As he reveals to Henrietta, he's only nice to her... until things go to hell and Henrietta is "reset to factory settings", leading Giuse to take a ''very'' steep dive over the DespairEventHorizon and [[TookALevelInJerkass treat her like he does practically everybody else]] following the realization that he could do nothing to help her. [[spoiler:[[LaserGuidedKarma Later on, though, he thinks his behavior led Henrietta to]] [[UnfriendlyFire frag him during the nuclear power plant strike]].]]
* ''{{Gundam 00}}'' has two; Hallelujah Haptism, the SuperpoweredEvilSide of ReluctantWarrior Allelujah Haptism, and Nena Trinity in the second season by virtue of being against [[CompleteMonster Ali Al-Saachez]] and [[BigBad Ribbons Almark]], who are much, ''much'' worse than her.
* Yuri from ''Anime/AngelBeats'', at first. The OVA (released after the anime was completed) made her out as a VillainProtagonist by having her run toward the MoralEventHorizon... [[ForegoneConclusion then stopping right at the edge]]. She matured to Type III following the Naoi incident that nearly ended with her disappearing through false happy memories, and after Kanade's HeelFacePirouette she's more of a Type II, especially after her redemption at the end of the Shadows incident with an act that sealed her HeelFaceTurn.
** In the manga, her tenure as VillainProtagonist lasts from the moment she decides to [[spoiler:kill all the students at the Afterlife School]] to the moment where Hinata convinces her to not follow through with the murders. Other than that, she's a Type V in the manga as well.
* The Three protagonists, Mataichi, Ogin and Nagamimi of ''Literature/RequiemFromTheDarkness''.
* [[MagnificentBastard Kokujo]] of ''Anime/DuelMasters''.
* Nougami Neuro from ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro''.
* [[DirtyCoward Joichiro Nishii]] and [[BloodKnight Shion Izumi]] of ''Anime/{{Gantz}}''. Though Izumi at the very end of his life falls into type IV as his very last act was a heroic sacrifice to save a girl who was arguably his love
** Many of the Osaka members on the other hand are type V at best. Several of them are sadists who get off on hurting defenseless aliens who just happen to be their enemies. For the most part they could care less about their own team mates and threaten to kill innocent people who simply irritate them and one is a serial rapist who because its illegal simply rapes female aliens before murdering them. They are complete monsters who just happen to be fighting for the good of mankind.
* Paul, ArrogantKungFuGuy and {{Jerkass}} {{Badass}} extraordinaire from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''.
* Ninjas Anastasia of the Glacier and Kamonosuke Yuri of the ''{{Brave 10}}''. The former just cares for herself, her master and somewhat reluctantly about her team mates; besides that, she'll do ''anything'' to do her job. The latter is an AxCrazy sociopath who loves killing and stealing but gets [[FoeYay strangely infatuated]] by the hero of the story after being thoroughly beaten by him.
* The eponymous SkullMan, at least in ShotaroIshinomori's original 1970 manga. He carves a bloody swathe of violence through the story, killing both {{Yakuza}} and policemen in his quest for {{Revenge}}, and does so with an EvilGrin on his face the whole time. When Ishinomori tried to get ''[=SkullMan=]'' turned into a TV series, Toei rejected it in part because of this, leading him to revamp the concept and produce a much more heroic character: KamenRider.
* All members of the [[WellIntentionedExtremist Chronos Organization]] from ''Manga/BlackCat''.
* Kurei Mori/Hanabishi from ''FlameOfRecca''. Even after his HeelFaceTurn, he's still as ruthless as before. 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.
* Kyoko Sakura from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is this when we first meet her, willing to sacrifice humans to familiars if it means she gets more Grief Seeds. Her bond with [[spoiler: Sayaka]] causes her to move up the ranks, to about a Type II or III. It's also implied that she used to be more of a straight hero, before [[spoiler: her father's murder-suicide of her mother and sister [[BreakTheCutie broke her]].]]
* Nao Yuuki of ''MaiHime'' is one, strongly believing that the Himes should use their powers for whatever they want, although she does help the other Himes against the Searrs Foundation. [[spoiler:And then, after she's attacked on suspicion of attacking Yukariko and [[EyeScream loses an eye]], she does a FaceHeelTurn.]]

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* ComicBook/TheGoon and Franky of ''The Goon'' comic are both tried and true, card-carrying gangsters with all that would imply. However, what prevents them from being {{Villain Protagonist}}s are the fact that they possess strict honor codes, will always protect those who need it, and only fight those who've done wrong.
* ThePunisher (the original NinetiesAntiHero) generally sits here, especially in the MAX series, but is sometimes played as a type IV. He is a BloodKnight VigilanteMan SerialKillerKiller who won't hesitate to use mass murder and the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique in his war on crime. He is also extremely diligent in [[NeverHurtAnInnocent not killing innocents]] (although there have been a few exceptions), and the guys he fights are usually [[CompleteMonster considerably worse]], [[AntiVillain but]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist not]] [[NobleDemon always.]] Personality-wise he's also an UngratefulBastard who will kill you if you're on the "black" side of his BlackAndWhiteMorality viewpoint regardless of if you saved his life.
* The last ''SinCity'' "hero" to be mentioned here would be Miho, who is at least as bad as Marv, and probably even more extreme. Her true motives are mostly unknown since she is mute. She seems to have loyalty almost exclusively to Old Town. She has assisted Dwight in the past only because he once saved her life but that didn't stop her from essentially threatening to kill him if he interfered while she was torturing a corrupt cop in the middle of a street. This incident was so violent and brutal that Dwight and the Old Town girls showed open disgust with her actions. Otherwise, the best you can say about her is that she doesn't target innocent people.
* From ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', the Comedian: a laughing thrill-killing BloodKnight torturer, rapist, war criminal and all-around PsychoForHire.
** The Creator/AynRand-like KnightTemplar Rorschach (who idolizes the Comedian as "a patriotic war hero"), is either this or a type IV. [[WellIntentionedExtremist His goals are generally noble]], [[BlackAndGreyMorality most of the people he kills are far worse than him]] and he has a number of PetTheDog moments such as [[ChildrenAreInnocent his sympathy towards his landlady's children]] and disgust over what happened to Kitty Genovese.
* Hyde, Nemo, and Griffin in ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''. A couple of serial rapists and murderers (and a psychopathic pirate in Nemo's case) who are offered an official pardon if they'll turn those qualities against the Empire's enemies.
** Rather (un)fortunately, the [[Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen film version]] could not secure Griffin, so they exchanged him for freshly-created [[LoveableRogue Rodney Skinner]], which was a good or a bad change, depending on who you ask.
* [[TheAntiChrist Daimon]] [[AntiAntiChrist Hellstrom]].
* MarvelComics' original Comicbook/{{Venom}}, Eddie Brock. And 1990s Comicbook/GhostRider sometime "substitute", Vengeance.
* The NobleDemon HeroicComedicSociopath {{Deadpool}} is this, and an AntiVillain [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type I]]. He easily eclipses even the Punisher, as he frequently finds it ''funny'' to casually torture, dismember, and murder people.
* The SecretSix are this, and {{Antivillain}}s [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type I]]. Even the most sociopathic of the Six are, in some manner, sympathetic characters, who generally fight villains for money or out of personal grudges. Black Alice may or may not be a type IV though.
* [[SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Max.]] Dear God, Max. He admittedly lacks any form of a conscience, considers it a compliment to be called a grade-A sociopath, and was even dubbed the most terrifyingly dangerous force in the universe by ''the villain'' in the video games. The only thing that really seems to keep him in line is his less sociopathic partner.
* DependingOnTheWriter, {{Lobo}} is sometimes portrayed as one, instead of a SatireParodyPastiche of a RuleOfCool BadAss [[VillainSue unstoppable villain-full-stop]]. Considering that he is worse than Hitler, ''without any hyperbole involved'', [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed as he wiped out his own]] PillarsOfMoralCharacter utopian species for kicks and giggles... when he was a teenager, this reveals a lot about certain media conventions.
* {{Fables}}' [[WouldHurtAChild Frau Totenkinder]].
* The Superhero team TheAuthority largely started as types IV under WarrenEllis, extremely violent with great collateral damage, but only against potential world-ending threats that were a sufficient danger to not hold back against, although Warren much later stated that he wrote them as [[EvilVersusEvil villains aimed at greater evils]], so it is definitely arguable. However, they were extremely benevolent in other respects; and overall genuinely attempted to make the world into a better place. On the other hand, from the point MarkMillar got a hold of them and onwards they turned into outright proud extreme psychopath hedonists, who used overkill extremes of inventive torture, mutilation, dehumanisation, and mass-murder against completely outmatched normal human opponents, and casually {{Mind Rape}}d, permanently transformed/mutilated, or otherwise routinely went to petty DisproportionateRetribution extremes against harmless bystanders, exes, anybody they disagreed with, because they were bored and found it funny, and so onwards based on personal whims, while sprouting flippant arrogant sadistic {{OneLiner}}s.
* {{Garfield}}. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/crosses_5856.png See here.]]
* All the [[ComicBook/TheMetabarons Metabarons]]. Steelhead in particular tends more towards VillainProtagonist in his darker moments.
* Comicbook/{{Ares}} of ''DarkAvengers'' and ''IncredibleHercules'' fame - during his time as a member of IronMan's ''Mighty Avengers'' he was a TokenEvilTeammate - misogynistic, AxeCrazy, disobeying orders because he wanted to fight Hercules and knocking out his teammate when he tried to talk things out with Herc. Yet in DarkAvengers he was a TokenGoodTeammate, mostly because the team was full of [[VillainProtagonist Villain Protagonists]] and somebody had to keep them in line. AFatherToHisMen, loves his son and may jump into a time vortex to finish a fight.
* Ladytron of ''{{Wildcats}}''. Mr. Majestic didn't want to recruit her onto the team, citing the fact that ''she's a spree killer''. A violent sociopath and an unrepentant criminal, she only does good because one of her teammates, Tao (the Tactically Augmented Organism), is the ultimate manipulator. Of course, even ''he'' can't change her attitude -- it's all he can do to keep her from killing everyone else in the group.
** ''TheBoys'', they are designated as the good guys sent to fight superheroes gone rouge. The Team however are extremely ruthless with their methods involving ripping peoples faces. Three members are violent sociopaths. The Female kills for the Mafia or has withdraw symptoms from not killing. The Frenchman rips people to pieces for insulting him. Billy takes great joy in his work and becomes a BigBad by the end of the series. The only thing keeping them in line is Mother's Milk who is more of a type III. You root for them because the "heroes" are just as bad if not far worse.

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* The main character of Fanfic/ChristianHumberReloaded, when he isn't being a VillainProtagonist. At times, he's willing to atone for the crimes he or his corrupted side committed and hunt down criminals or other villains. However, he not only has no qualms about killing people, but seems to enjoy doing so and tends to use lethal force even when it's unnecessary.
* The forces of [=newChaos=] from ''FanFic/TheOpenDoor'' straddle the thin line between this and outright VillainProtagonist; they do have a good motivation in wanting to protect their universe's branch of humanity and stop the OmnicidalManiac C'tan, and they [[EvenEvilHasStandards do have standards]], such as going MamaBear[=/=]PapaWolf on child abusers, but they also have a lengthy list of atrocities against them more befitting of evildoers.
* Many ''many'' {{Original Character}}s fit this trope, thanks to SturgeonsLaw. [[FanFic/MyImmortal Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way]] is perhaps the most well-known example.

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* [[Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick Riddick]] (Conan/Snake in Space).
* [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork Snake Plissken.]] Practically counts as type IV and V.
* Tyler Durden, the nihilistic anarchist of ''Film/FightClub''.
* Film/{{Beetlejuice}}
* Takuma "Terry" Tsurugi of ''Film/TheStreetFighter'' is a brutal and pitiless man. He's especially nasty in the first film, where he sells a girl into slavery and kills her brother when they're not able to pay him for services rendered, and he's not above sacrificing innocents that he's not directly helping. He avoids VillainProtagonist territory by fighting against {{Yakuza}}, whom he despises, and working to protect the good guys, even though he does so for his own reasons. He's more of a Type IV in ''The Street Fighter's Last Revenge.''
* Hugo Stiglitz and Aldo Raine of ''InglouriousBasterds'' are either this or at least Type iV.
* Jules Winnfeld of ''Film/PulpFiction''.
** By the end, Jules shows signs of mellowing out to a Type II or III, as he decides to quit his job as a hitman and take on a spiritual life. He solidifies this in the diner scene where he deals with Honey Bunny and Pumpkin peacefully and acknowledges that he's not a good man but he'll try to do better.
* Tuco in ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''. What stops him from becoming a full VillainProtagonist are his PetTheDog moments with his "partner" Blondie and his priest brother (whose scene where they meet is a straight TearJerker) and his being less evil than the antagonist of the film, Angel Eyes.
** This is debatable. While he's no paragon of integrity, Tuco doesn't really do anything outright evil in the movie, which places him at Type IV, but how you fit him depends on whether or not you believe he was actually guilty of the crimes he's wanted for.
* Royce of ''Film/{{Predators}}''.
* Steven the Irishman of ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''. He seems to have only joined the Scots because he'll be able to kill Englishmen, not to help the Scots to get freedom.
* Ronnie Barnhard of ''ObserveAndReport''.
* Captain Barbossa in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd''. In [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl the first movie]], he was an AntiVillain.
* The Heisei incarnation of {{Godzilla}} falls under this. He's '''faaaaaar''' from being a "good guy", but he does save the world (mostly [[TheTokyoFireball Japan]]) from more-dangerous monsters and is absolutely [[PapaWolf devoted to his son, "Junior".]]
* Travis Bickle from ''Film/TaxiDriver'' is somewhere between this and a Type IV. A SociopathicHero, he genuinely wishes to save Iris from a life of prostitution, but his methods are... extreme. It also should not be forgotten that, had his whole plan worked out, he would have [[spoiler:assassinated a senator and presidential candidate.]]
* The Swedish Chef in TheMuppets. He roasted innocent talking vegetables to death in the 2011 movie and ''attempted to kill and eat [[SesameStreet Big Bird]].'' In a ''Christmas special.''
* Oilman Daniel Plainview from ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood''. By the near end of the film he jumps into VillainProtagonist territory.
* [[TheChessmaster Michael Corleone]] from ''Film/TheGodfather''.
* Wesley Gibson of Film/{{Wanted}} is this type of anti-hero in the movie, but a VillainProtagonist in the [[ComicBook/{{Wanted}} comic books]].
* The starring columbiana from ''Columbiana''. She even admits to it.

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* Karsa Orlong from Steven Erikson's ''MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' is as anti as a hero can get. Being something of a {{deconstruction}} of the ProudWarriorRaceGuy, Karsa aims to improve the world... by slaughtering millions of people and smashing civilization back to barbarism.
* Mike Harmon in John Ringo's ''Literature/PaladinOfShadows'' series is this in ''Ghost'', the first book of the series, and is much of the reason for the famous cry "OH JOHN RINGO NO." He later moves towards Type IV. As he himself puts it, "I'm a very, very bad man who tries to be nice."
* Thomas Covenant of ''The ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' is a mix of this and Type I in the first trilogy. In the second trilogy he's more of a Type III.
* Yarol, the Venusian sidekick in C.L. Moore's Literature/NorthwestSmith stories, is heavily implied to be a Type V antihero. The narration never specifies his enormities, but hints that his [[{{Bishonen}} angelic beauty]] belies his absolutely evil nature. That Northwest Smith himself enjoys Yarol's company does not speak well of his own moral character, either, though he seems to be more of a Type IV character.
* Maldoror in Isidore Ducasse's ''Songs of Maldoror''.
* Frank Dominio, the [[SuperOCD supremely]] [[TheUnfettered obsessive]] [[VillainProtagonist narrator]] of ThomasLigotti's ''My Work Is Not Yet Done''.
* [[{{Everworld}} Senna Wales]], the witch of ''Everworld.'' She is motivated by her completely selfish goal of overthrowing the powers of Everworld, seizing control over the foundations of reality, and then [[DimensionLord ruling over the universe]] as [[AGodAmI an absolute god]]. However, she is kept from being a VillainProtagonist because most of the real villains that she opposes (Huizilopocli, Hel, Ka Anor) are complete monsters, she [[TokenEvilTeammate helps the other protagonists more often than she goes against them]], and she seems to genuinely think that Everworld and its people would be better off with her ruling them all.
* Meursault from TheStranger.
* Lestat of TheVampireChronicles.
* Raskolnikov, ByronicHero of ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment''.

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* [[Series/TheSopranos Tony Soprano]] is a con artist, a thug, a womanizer, a thief, a murderer, an extortionist, and an adulterer - and yet somehow it's nearly impossible not to sympathize with him. The only things separating him from a VillainProtagonist are his genuine love for his family, kindness to his friends, and occasional pangs of guilt and moments of vulnerability. Oh, and the fact that his friends (and enemies) are even worse than he is.
* [[Series/{{Dexter}} Dexter Morgan]] is at the far, dark end of this to the point where he could fairly be considered simply a likeable VillainProtagonist, being a SerialKiller who is [[strike: moral]] clever enough to restrict his victims to other evildoers.
** Which, ultimately, just makes him a vigilante rather than much of a serial killer. Though that [[IncrediblyLamePun cuts both ways.]]
* Walter White of ''Series/BreakingBad'', in addition to being a Type III AntiVillain. He works his way down the sliding scale as the show progresses, until he becomes a definite Type V by the fourth season. What keeps him from being a pure villain is the fact that many of the drug dealers he faces, including Tuco and Gus, are much worse than him. In the fifth season, however, he becomes a full-blown VillainProtagonist.
* The eponymous biker gang of ''SonsOfAnarchy'' with the possible exceptions of Jax and Opie who are more Type IV and the definite exceptions of Clay and Gemma who are outright [[VillainProtagonist Villain Protgonists]], especially in Season 4
* J.R. Ewing of ''{{Dallas}}'' could probably be best categorized as this, although he has moments of being both Type IV and just a plain villain.
* Bernard Black of ''BlackBooks''.
* [[JerkAss Reese]], [[TheSociopath Francis]], and [[ControlFreak Lois]] from MalcolmInTheMiddle.
* Malcolm Tucker of ''TheThickOfIt'' is a Type V for the most part, treading a fine line and occasionally crossing it during his more VillainProtagonist moments.
** In TheMovie, ''InTheLoop'', Malcolm is more of a full-on VillainProtagonist: he starts off as a Type V AntiHero primarily because his antagonist, Linton Barwick, is a CompleteMonster. By the end of the film he has become an unsympathetic villain.
* [[{{Blackadder}} Edmund Blackadder]] in his first, second and fourth itierations (although the fourth one could be a Type IV at better moments, being the best of the lot). The third Blackadder is more of an outright VillainProtagonist.
* Nucky Thompson of ''BoardwalkEmpire'', initially, though after his [[spoiler:murder of Jimmy Darmody]], he jumps solidly to VillainProtagonist territory.
* Tony Stonem from ''Series/{{Skins}}'', at least in the first season.
* Guerrero of ''HumanTarget''.
* [[NobleDemon Spike]] from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. He later transitions to a Type III.
* George Sr., GOB, and especially Lucille from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' all fit here. They are clearly self-centered, show general apathy towards the lower class, and often attempt to maintain their power within the family.
** Lindsay is either this or a strong Type IV. She's generally self-centered and shallow as well, though she also has her PetTheDog moments, due to her low self-esteem.
* Ankh from KamenRiderOOO. He's only helping Eiji against the other Greeed because it's in his own best interests, and has no qualms about who is hurt so long as he gets what he wants. [[spoiler:Gradually becomes Type II in the end.]]
* [[NobleDemon Jade]] from ''{{Victorious}}''.
* Although in most adaptations and in the original books Sherlock Holmes is, if not a straight hero, at least closer to the top of the Anti-Hero scale, in the [[Series/{{Sherlock}} 2010 BBC modernization]] Sherlock is a self-proclaimed [[HeroicSociopath Sociopath]] although he prefaces that moniker with "High-Functioning" as opposed to "Heroic." In fact, in a conversation with Dr. Watson, Sherlock says, "Don't make people into heroes, John. Heroes don't exist, and if they did, I wouldn't be one of them," showing not only that his motivations are not those of a typical straight hero, but also that he has a very cynical worldview.
* Father Jack Hackett in ''FatherTed'' is a violent, selfish, perverted alcoholic and flashbacks suggest he was once a bullying fire and brimstone preacher and a paedophile. The only thing keeping him from being a villain protagonist is that his alcoholism usually renders him to docile to harm anyone. And sometimes it does the exact opposite.
* After joining the crew of Moya, ''Series/{{Farscape}}'s'' Scorpius generally straddles the line between Type V and AntiVillain, possibly rising as high as Type IV AntiHero at his best. As always, he's ruthless, calculating and cold-hearted, but he's also fiercely dedicated to protecting Crichton- which usually means that he's also prepared to protect the other members of the crew just to keep the defences stable.
* Child prostitute Annie in ''Series/{{Copper}}'' is either this or a Type II AntiVillain.
* Sheldon Cooper in ''TheBigBangTheory''

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* StoneColdSteveAustin in 1997. Although the [[FaceHeelTurn double turn]] between him and BretHart made him firmly a face in the fans' eyes, he retained all of the aspects that made him a heel, to the point where some fans thought he was just a DesignatedHero. He beat up people who tried to help him, [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown smashed Bret Hart's leg into oblivion with a chair and then hijacked an ambulance to beat him up some more]] and generally acted like a massive JerkAss to everyone. After he broke his neck, he went through a brief period where he nearly crossed the line between Type V and VillainProtagonist, making a hitlist for the top three authority figures in the WWF - JimRoss (head of talent relations), Sgt. Slaughter (commissioner), and VinceMcMahon (the boss). They were all babyfaces and did nothing to cross the MoralEventHorizon - they were merely looking out for his safety (his stunner on JR was presented as a KickTheDog moment and he mercilessly mocked him for it afterwards). A similar angle where {{Vader}} beat up then-president Gorilla Monsoon had been done 18 months earlier to get Vader over as a [[CompleteMonster monster heel]], yet now is was being done by the top face! After Austin returned to competition, however, and Vince [=McMahon=] slowly became more evil, Austin became a Type IV, as he still didn't follow the rules, but wasn't as much of a JerkAss anymore. Since his retirement, he's become more of a HeroicSociopath.
* RandyOrton after his 2010 [[HeelfaceTurn face turn]] becomes this. Much like Austin above, he still acted as a heel and [[KickTheDog beats]] [[KickTheSonOfABitch up]] ([[FinishingMove sometimes]] [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown literally]]) anyone who gets in his way.
* Wrestler/{{Kane}} everytime he isn't heel.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker

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* Pink from ''Music/TheWall'' by Music/PinkFloyd, though it's subverted. The whole point of the album seems to be about his achieving of redemption.
* Eminem's alter ego, Slim Shady, sits pretty solidly here, occasionally shifting to VillainProtagonist territory.

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* Voiree Misallo from ''8 Bit Gamers'' moves from Type V to IV to avoid going to hell after a religious experience and a genetic examination revealing her to be born with a semi-sociopathic defect. But the decision mostly has to do with wanting to avoid hell, keep her boyfriend and stay a {{True Companion|s}} with the crew she's joined.

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* Kratos, of ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' - to the point that, particularly after the first game, many consider him an outright VillainProtagonist, even worse than the people (or gods) he's trying to kill.
* Caim from ''{{Drakengard}}'' is this in the first game.
** The only thing that made him "heroic" in the first place was the fact that he was fighting against an evil empire that was [[BlackAndGreyMorality even worse.]] Once they're defeated, he defaults back to [[KillEmAll RIP AND TEAR.]]
* Any given player character from the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series, though starting with ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'' some have had Type IV tendencies.
* Alex Mercer from ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}''. [[spoiler:Or at least Blacklight-Mercer. Real Alex was a CompleteMonster.]]
** Arguably, Alex starts to drift into Type IV by the end, [[spoiler:considering he expresses [[IDidWhatIHadToDo fury and honest regret]] over having to kill so many [[SemperFi Marines]] to get to Taggart, but it was [[ItsTheOnlyWay the only way]] to stop Manhattan from being ''nuked''. He also very nearly [[HeroicSacrifice gave up his own life]] to save Manhattan]]. In spite of that, though, Alex still won't be completely leaving this territory anytime soon, if ever.
*** [[spoiler: Goes to full villain in Prototype2, and dies as such]]
* Jack from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has always no redeeming qualities. Having been kidnapped as a child to [[TykeBomb test genetic modifications]] that enhance her [[PsychicPowers biotic abilities]] by a human extremist groups, she's as messed up as one would expect. After escaping the research facility in her early teens by slaughtering the guards with her powers, her life became one long crime spree until [[SealedEvilInACan she ended up in a freezer]] on one of the galaxies most [[TheAlcatraz high security prison stations in outer space]], where someone was paying a fortune to keep her locked up. After freed, her first suggestion is to forget about the whole mission she was recruited for and instead use their state of the art stealth warship to become pirates.
** She gets interesting character development in the third game, where she has taken up a legitimate job as [[spoiler:a teacher in a school for teens and young adults with biotic powers to help them [[WithGreatPowersComesGreatInsanity not ending up on a wrong track because of their superhuman powers]].]] She still curses like a sailor and yells at everyone half the time, but still seems to be very popular with the students.
** Zaeed Massani is a ruthless revenge obsessed merc on Commander Shepard's team. During his loyalty mission, he burns a refinery to the ground while callously disregarding the innocent lives trapped inside just to get revenge on another merc who screwed him over 20 years prior.
* [[NobleDemon Laharl]] from ''DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' although he [[spoiler:maybe a Type III by the end.]] Etna, on the other hand, could fall into this category. She becomes a type IV after [[spoiler:she regains her memories.]] In her AlternateContinuity extra mode, this plot point does not occur [[spoiler:until the end,]] keeping her as a Type V throughout (or even a VillainProtagonist).
** [[MadScientist Mao]] from [[{{Disgaea3}} the third game]] fits into this category as well.
* Cole from ''VideoGame/InFamous'' if you decide to make him go the evil way.
** [[spoiler:To list just some of the things he does: He pumps extra mind control tar into the water system so he doesn't get some in his eyes, he randomly slaughters innocents for the fun of it (if you do it the right way), he lets himself get taken over by the insane woman that made the mind control tar in the first place and does whatever she tells him to willingly, he starts a riot next to some cops so they'll ignore him and focus on the rioters, he steals all the food in a food drop for three people (himself included), he activates the stupid thing that started the entire mess again, killing untold amounts of people for a little over a thousand XP, and, worst of all, he completely ignores the lesson Future Him gives him about the fact that a monster WAY stronger than him is coming so that he can turn the sky red and play around the city being a ruler boy.]]
* Kain of the LegacyOfKain series may be the [[spoiler:Scion of Balance destined to restore the Pillars and stop Nosgoth's downward spiral into a CrapsackWorld]], but do not mistake him for a nice guy. For starters, he is ''literally'' a megalomaniacal SociopathicHero, and enjoys killing anyone who gets in the way of his goals. He also doesn't have much of a problem with snacking on helpless prisoners. His intentions are pure, in the end, but his methods are pretty much indistinguishable from those of your average villain.
* Any character in a game with a KarmaMeter will usually be a Type V if played as a straight "evil" character, considering that most of them will have MoralEventHorizon-crossing and KickTheDog choices which will inevitably lead you to CompleteMonster status.
* In the first three ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games an evil player character could be seen as this, since you have the freedom to blow of civilianís heads with absolutely zero provocation, enslave children and nuke entire cities. However, this is somewhat moderated by the main story pitting you against complete monsters who want to wipe out the vast majority of the remaining human race. With New Vegas Caesarís Legion gives player the option of falling of the scale into full Villain protagonist territory as the bring the region under the grip of a nation of Complete Monsters who endorse rape, slavery, child molestation and murder for public entertainment.
** If the player listens to Caesar when invited to his camp, he states the reason why his tribe embodies the fullest extent of the Roman Empire was because of the failing of the NCR in emulating Western Civilization. That his tribe is only as vicious as the wasteland itself. It is also explained that Caesar plans to create Vegas as a capital for the wasteland, and given how traders are more protected in Legion territory and Raiders are non existent it's easy to see why some players would choose a Legionary playthrough.
** The Legion may protect caravans but the domestic situation they enforce is just as nightmarish as the wasteland. They flatout allow their soldiers to rape women (both Jimmy and Siri, a slave at his fort support this) and though he tries to hide it Caesar loves violence for its own sake. If you refuse to work for him Caesar will threaten to have you cut to pieces for his enjoyment and will scold you for lacking sadism if you try to relase Benny. He also sacked New Cannan, a peaceful community that was trying to help the Wasteland purely to get back at Joshua Graham. He also only wants to take over Vegas to change the Legion's structure from nomands to a centralized empire, and never expresses any desire to improve their morality, something wich his bloodthirst only supports.
* Demitri Maximoff from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''. He only confronts PlanetEater Pyron and DarkMessiah Jedah because they are a threat to his plans in conquering the Makai, and treats everyone who aren't his servants with great disdain. His [[RyuAndKen counterpart rival]], Morrigan Aensland, shows more heroic tendencies than him, and she is a Type IV.
* Although by default Solid Snake from the Metal Gear series is a Level II if not Level III in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', it is heavily implied in the same game that he either came very close to crossing the boundary into Level V or was already in that territory in the present; Meryl, Psycho Mantis, and Liquid say that he enjoys combat and killing, with the second character telling him that he's far worse than Liquid, and by extension, himself, are. Mantis wanted to kill everyone he could, and that Liquid intended to invoke a warrior's paradise.
* Reaver from ''VideoGame/FableII'' and ''[[VideoGame/FableIII III]]'' dances on the line between this and being a CompleteMonster. He attempts to double cross the hero at least twice and only helps the hero because [[spoiler:the BigBad proceeds to double cross him when Reaver attempts to turn the hero over to him.]]
* Travis Touchdown is this in the first ''NoMoreHeroes''. The only thing that makes him any kind of hero is that the rest of the assassins are sociopaths. In the second, character development made him better.
* Maleficent becomes one in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', in that she's still evil and not "good" in any sense of the word, but is allied with the heroes in a common goal.
* Grom Hellscream and Illidan of ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'': the first is an amoral BloodKnight and the other is a subject obsessed with demonic power.
* Wario from the ''SuperMarioBros'' series is willing to take on {{Evil Overlord}}s and the like, but only if there's treasure at the end of the road. Otherwise, he couldn't care less.
* Rouge and Omega, Shadow's alleged "friends" from SonicTheHedgehog, are this when they are at their worst. However, in some games, such as ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', they are probably closer to Type IV.
* Caleb from the ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}'' series spends the entirety of both games killing everything that moves. The only reason he's the good guy is that, [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential excluding a few mimes and other innocents]], everything that moves is part of the world-spanning [[ReligionOfEvil Cabal]].
* Cipher from ''{{Ace Combat Zero|TheBelkanWar}}'' on the Mercenary path. As opposed to Soldier, on this path he's willing to take out ''anything'' not specifically on his side, be it enemy combatants, disabled enemy units, or even civilians on occasion.
* Kokonoe from ''BlazBlue'' skirts on this and Type 3. She has a few soft spots here and there, but REALLY has no problems in nuking a whole city just so she can claim the frag of Terumi's head... never mind thousands and thousands of innocents who will die along the way.
* ''TheKingOfFighters'' main character Iori Yagami (introduced in 1995 as the rival of Kyo Kusanagi) plays this role for his series. A loner and a very angry and consumed character, he lives to see the defeat of Kyo and won't stop until that happens. He does do genuinely heroic things ([[TeethClenchedTeamwork even teaming up with Kyo]] when the situation warrants it) but only so that he can [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou resume thirsting for Kyo's blood]]. He has no friends and has attacked his own team members in the past (be it willingly or unwillingly when his Orochi blood goes out of control).
** Ash Crimson even more so. His first debut seemingly put him straight in VillainProtagonist as while he's considered the protagonist, his crafty but smug disposition as well as his actions to take over some of the Sacred Treasures for his own gain seems to genuinely make him an enemy of the other heroes. It wasn't until XIII that it's revealed that [[spoiler:he's planning to use that to stop the ultimate BigBad, his ancestor Saiki, from his plan, effectively creating a RetGone for himself.]]
* Alphonse Lohrer in ''TacticsOgre: Knight of Lodis''
* Agent 47 of the VideoGame/{{Hitman}} series. For the most part, his targets are scumbags, but he'll strangle the life out of anyone just to make some money.

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* Bun-Bun from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Any time he does something good in the series, Pete Abrams is always careful to give him a completely selfish reason (usually either that the good guys bribed him, or that the villain happened to piss him off). Very rarely, it's implied that he does something solely because he cares about a member of the main cast. This is ... [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment rare]].
* The Light Warriors in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', except [[TokenGoodTeammate Fighter]], are {{Designated Hero}}es who only own the distinction of being protagonists due to showing up at the recruiting station at the right time. In-story and by WordOfGod, they are far worse than any of the monsters they end up facing. The worst of the lot are Black Mage (a pure VillainProtagonist who wants to deliver the world to Chaos) and Thief (a JerkAss MiserAdvisor who's only in it to screw over as many people as possible). Red Mage is an amoral {{Munchkin}} who's in it for the XP but will happily commit atrocities toward that end. Fighter, on the other hand, is an IdiotHero who is only going along because he [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter thinks they're actually on the side of good]].
* The only difference between [[AnsemRetort Axel]] and the villains he fights is that the villains want to destroy all of humanity at once while Axel would prefer to do it one person at a time.
* It was expected in the CiemWebcomicSeries that as Candi grew up to embrace her role as Ciem, Miriam would be always right by her side. However, Erin's senseless murder by the Soorfelt brothers and the destruction of parts of the girls' hometown left Miriam as [[BrokenBird an amoral drifter through life]], who indulged in all sorts of forbidden pleasures [[GoodBadGirl trying to test her limits]]. As a hacker, she's gained notoriety for pulling pranks on countless random targets who didn't deserve to be pranked. ([[EvenEvilHasStandards Though she only actually steals from actual villains]].) Steve McLaine shows up and [[DefrostingIceQueen reforms her]]; but she still shows signs of bitter and anti-social tendencies. Her motives are mostly selfish, even when saving the world with Candi's help. It is debatable if becoming a mother truly and completely turned her away from the things that made her the family's BlackSheep.
** Some people like to give their work that extra personal touch.
* Belkar Bitterleaf of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a poster-boy for SociopathicHero, of the no actual redeeming qualities version. [[TheHero Roy]] openly admits that the main reason they keep him around is because they can direct his violence towards the bad guys. Interestingly, he's gotten some CharacterDevelopment, which has mainly served to move him from ChaoticStupid[=/=]StupidEvil to plain old ChaoticEvil. One outcome of this arc was to give him an actual MoralityPet of sorts, his RightHandCat, Mr. Scruffy.
** There are some wrong points. Roy says that because he is [[spoiler:being judged to enter Lawful Good Heaven.]] He makes it up in the moment, it's not something he had already thought of. Besides, Belkar doesn't get any true CharacterDevelopment: [[spoiler:he starts feigning it after what may or may not be a ghost appearance from Lord Shojo (and has already been [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0687.html rewarded for it]]).]]
*** Even if Belkar rationalized it that way in the moment, he has at least been less overtly hostile toward his teammates. As for Roy's statement about keeping Belkar around, although the deva handling his case didn't buy it as a deliberate stratagem on Roy's part, the Heavenly projections showed it to be nonetheless correct. So long as Belkar sees value in having the Order of the Stick on his side, they keep his more destructive tendencies somewhat in check.
** Although Vaarsuvius is nominally a Type IV, [[AmbiguousGender s/he]] may have strayed into Type V territory during [[spoiler:the Soul Splice Arc, where s/he makes a deal with some fiends for ultimate arcane power,]] and commits [[spoiler:one of the greatest evil acts in recent history when s/he kills 1/4 of the Black Dragon population, which is made even more heinous when you find out s'he ''was not'' drunk on the dark side; this was something s/he wanted to do.]] And because [[spoiler:his/her family divorced him/her for the faustian deal]], the only thing keeping him/her out of Type V after [[spoiler:losing to Xykon]] is the advice of her familiar, Blackwing, providing Vaarsuvius with a much needed conscience, as well as keeping him/her from being destroyed by guilt.
*** Vaarsuvius also [[spoiler:murdered Kubota while he was tied up and completely unarmed]] in a disturbingly calm and matter-of-fact way. S/he then freely admitted that s/he only did it (despite having no idea what was going on) because it seemed like the Genre Savvy thing to do.
* In ''RustyAndCo'', the Princess smokes, wears revealing clothes, is greedy, loves a wight, and has no qualm at all beating up a bunch of mind-controlled innocent bystanders.

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* In ItsJustSomeRandomGuy's Website/YouTube ''FanFic/ImAMarvelAndImADC'' sketches, this trope is played around with. Usually Type IV {{Wolverine}} says to [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} The Comedian]]: "[[{{Dissimile}} You kinda remind of myself at your age ... except I've got ethics... and I'm not a sociopath... or a rapist... you know what, maybe you remind me of someone else.]]"
* Captain Hammer of ''DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' may look like TheCape, but underneath his dashing, larger-than-life demeanor is a misogynistic, self-centered, bigoted glory hound who's far more interested in his image than in actually helping people. This makes him the [[HeroAntagonist antagonist]] of the story, set against the nerdy, TechnicalPacifist, ShrinkingViolet [[VillainProtagonist protagonist]], Dr. Horrible.
* Florence (Yami Bakura) of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''.
* Shadow the Hedgehog in ''SuperMarioBrosZ''.
* WhateleyUniverse example: the Scourge, which in the distant past has destroyed entire galactic civilizations in its efforts to defeat Mythos monsters. Jobe Wilkins probably fits here, as well as in SociopathicHero.
* Cid Love aka Wrestling Jesus/Rantgodtv is someone that'll cross any line without hesitation, however he has spoken out against vloggers that have ebegged and those that have done shady activities according to him. He goes up and down the scale alot but for the most part he stays in this category.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick is a VillainProtagonist who has been confirmed as only slightly less awful than a quasi-demonic, intergalactic force of evil, but she still fought to save the world against an EvilLuddite with her friends in SuburbanKnights.
* Sonic in SonicForHire.
* The personnel of the Wiki/SCPFoundation.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** Mr. Krabs from between the SeasonalRot and [[WordOfGod the events of]] TheMovie.
* Mandy and Grim from ''TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', the first is an EnfantTerrible and the other is death personified.
* Gaz from ''InvaderZim''.
* Heloise of ''JimmyTwoShoes'', is an EnfantTerrible. The only thing that separates her from being a villain protagonist are moments of PetTheDog.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Zapp Brannigan is a Type V AntiHero at best; a cowardly, vain, selfish and ignorant womaniser. Nonetheless most of the time he is working under the orders of the good guys, the DOOP, which, combined with his childish stupidity, just barely saves him from the status of VillainProtagonist.
*** You really did feel sorry for him when he was temporarily stripped of command, even though he deserved it. And then he went and blew your sympathy by being a prick about three seconds later.
** Bender is an extremely selfish kleptomaniac. However, much of this can be excused by the fact that he is a robot, often not fully understanding human needs and emotions. He also has sufficient PetTheDog moments towards his friends to keep him from VillainProtagonist Status.
* ConMan Eddy of ''EdEddNEddy''.
* Duncan of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''. Arrogant, capricious and absentmindedly cruel, [[EvenEvilHasStandards but with standards.]]
** Eva and Jo count as well.
* Brock Sampson from ''TheVentureBrothers'' is a SociopathicHero with a license to kill and a case of UnstoppableRage. However, he is loyal to his friends, and seems to genuinely care for the show's boy adventurers. The same cannot be said for Doctor Venture, who has almost no redeeming qualities and falls into VillainProtagonist.
** By the end of the third season, he starts to question how easily he can kill someone. By season 4, he's mellowed into a Type III.
* WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce has Master Shake and to a lesser extent, Carl.
* WesternAnimation/AssyMcGee, a trigger-happy CowboyCop. Collateral damage is a horrendous understatement for the damage he causes.
* AeonFlux has a rather bizarre example both its protagonist and its "villian" technicaly fall under this trope durring various times. Other times they are straight up {{Villain Protagonist}}s.
* Peter Griffin of ''FamilyGuy'', pretty consistently throughout the SeasonalRot.
* Bloo and Duchess (post-pilot) from FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends.
* [[LawfulStupid Sergeant Harrison Yates]] from WesternAnimation/SouthPark.
** Also [[TheBully Shelley Marsh]], [[AbusiveParents Stephen]], and [[ControlFreak Linda Stotch]] count as well.
* Eustace from CourageTheCowardlyDog sways between this, Type I, and outright villain, due to his FreudianExcuse.
* The second trilogy of sequel comics to ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', "The Search", will have [[spoiler:Azula, of all people]] as one.
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18th Feb '13 5:58:04 AM Jojolavache
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Far from MostDefinitelyNotAVillain, and range from being [[NotInThisForYourRevolution simply amoral characters who happen to be pointed at the villains for one reason or another,]] to being actively malevolent characters, [[BlackAndGrayMoraliy only considered heroes]] because the villains they fight are [[EvenEvilHasStandards much]] [[OmnicidalManiac worse]]. These [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]] stand virtually no chance of becoming straight heroes; if they do, the very credibility of the story itself is actually threatened.The CharacterAlignment is a DarkerAndEdgier neutral at best and evil at worst.

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Far from MostDefinitelyNotAVillain, and range from being [[NotInThisForYourRevolution simply amoral characters who happen to be pointed at the villains for one reason or another,]] to being actively malevolent characters, [[BlackAndGrayMoraliy [[BlackAndGrayMorality only considered heroes]] because the villains they fight are [[EvenEvilHasStandards much]] [[OmnicidalManiac worse]]. These [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]] stand virtually no chance of becoming straight heroes; if they do, the very credibility of the story itself is actually threatened. The CharacterAlignment is a DarkerAndEdgier neutral at best and evil at worst.
16th Feb '13 12:49:38 PM cclosina
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* Bando (in the manga) and [[VillainProtagonist Lucy]] from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' and anime versions, respectively.

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* Bando (in the manga) and [[VillainProtagonist Lucy]] from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' and anime versions, respectively.''Manga/ElfenLied''.



* [[NobleDemon Spike]] from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. He later transitions to a Type IV.

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* [[NobleDemon Spike]] from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. He later transitions to a Type IV.III.
16th Feb '13 12:35:06 PM cclosina
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Note that there is also a separate flavour of this category, which trades the heroic objectives for somewhat nicer methods, or at least more redeeming qualities. Their objectives tend to be neutral to leaning somewhat unsavoury (but never outright evil), balanced by having lines they will not cross, soft spots for their friends and loved ones etc., as well as often being on the good guys' side, even if only by chance or because it turns the greatest profit. [[note]](Actually, you could argue that this type must ''always'' be on the good guys' side to qualify as {{AntiHero}}es, otherwise they're just non-evil bystanders.)[[/note]] Essentially, whereas the former flavour of Type IV is more or less a [[WellIntentionedExtremist more (too) extreme]] Type III, this is a Type V with fewer vices and more virtues. That doesn't mean they can't become a Type III, or even a Type II, however, if they decide they like the good guys enough to join them whole-heartedly; however, it does mean that they're also prone to falling to a Type V if the good points start to lose out to their bad points.

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Note that there is also a separate flavour of this category, which trades the heroic objectives for somewhat nicer methods, or at least more redeeming qualities. Their objectives tend to be neutral to leaning somewhat unsavoury (but never outright evil), balanced by having lines they will not cross, soft spots for their friends and loved ones etc., as well as often being on the good guys' side, even if only by chance or because it turns the greatest profit. [[note]](Actually, you could argue that this type must ''always'' be on the good guys' side to qualify as {{AntiHero}}es, otherwise they're just non-evil bystanders.)[[/note]] Essentially, whereas the former flavour of Type IV is more or less a [[WellIntentionedExtremist more (too) extreme]] Type III, this is a Type V with fewer vices and more virtues. That doesn't mean they can't become a Type III, or even a Type II, however, if they decide they like the good guys enough to join them whole-heartedly; however, it does mean that they're also prone to falling to a Type V or a VillainProtagonist if the good points start to lose out to their bad points.



Far from MostDefinitelyNotAVillain, and range from being [[NotInThisForYourRevolution simply amoral characters who happen to be pointed at the villains for one reason or another,]] to being actively malevolent characters, [[DesignatedHero only considered heroes]] because the villains they fight are [[EvenEvilHasStandards much]] [[OmnicidalManiac worse]]. These [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]] stand virtually no chance of becoming straight heroes; if they do, the very credibility of the story itself is actually threatened. These kinds of Anti Heroes frequently overlap with VillainProtagonist due to having no fundamentally good intentions. The CharacterAlignment is a DarkerAndEdgier neutral at best and evil at worst.

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Far from MostDefinitelyNotAVillain, and range from being [[NotInThisForYourRevolution simply amoral characters who happen to be pointed at the villains for one reason or another,]] to being actively malevolent characters, [[DesignatedHero [[BlackAndGrayMoraliy only considered heroes]] because the villains they fight are [[EvenEvilHasStandards much]] [[OmnicidalManiac worse]]. These [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]] stand virtually no chance of becoming straight heroes; if they do, the very credibility of the story itself is actually threatened. These kinds of Anti Heroes frequently overlap with VillainProtagonist due to having no fundamentally good intentions. The CharacterAlignment is a DarkerAndEdgier neutral at best and evil at worst.
16th Feb '13 12:32:16 PM cclosina
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A defining trope for this type of Anti-Hero is the '''DesignatedHero'''.

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A defining trope for this type of Anti-Hero is the '''DesignatedHero'''.

Contrast with: AntiVillain
16th Feb '13 12:08:02 AM erforce
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* Cinematic JamesBond more often than not comes into this territory (and ''sometimes'' literary Bond: he has a major PetTheDog in ''DrNo''), especially the Roger Moore interpretation. Sure, he might be a womanizing drinker who doesn't hesitate to kill when the occasion calls for it, but his actions are almost always in the service of the nation's security.

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* Cinematic JamesBond Film/JamesBond more often than not comes into this territory (and ''sometimes'' literary Bond: he has a major PetTheDog in ''DrNo''), ''Film/DrNo''), especially the Roger Moore interpretation. Sure, he might be a womanizing drinker who doesn't hesitate to kill when the occasion calls for it, but his actions are almost always in the service of the nation's security.
15th Feb '13 7:16:44 AM morane
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* JRRTolkien's TheSilmarillion is ''full'' of these. Given to that Beleriand was a CrapsackWorld and that exile ''noldor'' fell under the Doom of Mandos, nearly ''all'' Elven characters fall on this type. Most notable is Feänor, who could well be TropeCodifier. Other notable Type IV Anti-Heroes in ''QuentaSilmarillion'' are Elu Thingol, sons of Feänor (all ''seven'' of them), Fingolfin and Fingon.
14th Feb '13 9:30:27 AM erforce
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* The title character from ''Hancock''.
* "Darker" interpretations of JamesBond, especially those of Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig, fall into this category. When Bond's best friend gets mangled by the BigBad's sharks (and worse happens to his wife), he dismantles the bad guy's criminal empire bit by bit, before setting him on fire in ''LicenceToKill''. Daniel Craig's Bond has no compunctions about kneecapping TheChessmaster and throwing him in a car boot (and then initiating a CarChase), and in general is the most brutal version to date.

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* The title character from ''Hancock''.
''Film/{{Hancock}}''.
* "Darker" interpretations of JamesBond, Film/JamesBond, especially those of Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig, fall into this category. When Bond's best friend gets mangled by the BigBad's sharks (and worse happens to his wife), he dismantles the bad guy's criminal empire bit by bit, before setting him on fire in ''LicenceToKill''.''Film/LicenceToKill''. Daniel Craig's Bond has no compunctions about kneecapping TheChessmaster and throwing him in a car boot (and then initiating a CarChase), and in general is the most brutal version to date.
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