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22nd Oct '17 5:55:25 PM nombretomado
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* This is what [[spoiler:the entity known as Angleton]] is revealed to be in CharlesStross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Laundry Files]]'', explored in the third book, ''The Fuller Memorandum''. If he were ever unfettered, the results would be very bad for everyone. Fortunately, [[spoiler:the Eater of Souls]] voluntarily accepts and prefers being a human--albeit a human of vast intelligence and terrifying sorcerous skill--to being its true self, saying that it makes life more interesting.

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* This is what [[spoiler:the entity known as Angleton]] is revealed to be in CharlesStross's Creator/CharlesStross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Laundry Files]]'', explored in the third book, ''The Fuller Memorandum''. If he were ever unfettered, the results would be very bad for everyone. Fortunately, [[spoiler:the Eater of Souls]] voluntarily accepts and prefers being a human--albeit a human of vast intelligence and terrifying sorcerous skill--to being its true self, saying that it makes life more interesting.
25th Sep '17 3:09:00 PM KingLyger
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* Kenshiro in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''. [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Incorruptible]], [[PapaWolf protective of]] [[FriendToAllChildren all children]] [[WifeBasherBasher and women]], intolerant of evil and [[MessianicArchetype dedicated to bringing hope and joy to a world ravaged by nuclear fire]]. Anyone who knows his name cries [[TearsOfJoy joyful tears]] when he walks into town, if they're a good guy. The bad guys tend to have [[OhCrap a different reaction]].

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* Kenshiro in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''. [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Incorruptible]], [[PapaWolf protective of]] [[FriendToAllChildren all children]] [[WifeBasherBasher and women]], intolerant of evil and [[MessianicArchetype dedicated to bringing hope and joy to a world ravaged by nuclear fire]].fire]], a typical IdealHero. Anyone who knows his name cries [[TearsOfJoy joyful tears]] when he walks into town, if they're a good guy. The bad guys tend to have [[OhCrap a different reaction]]. Said bad guys also usually try to either talk Ken into just taking what he wants with his power, or [[WeCanRuleTogether try to cut a deal with him]]. Their pleas fall on deaf ears with Ken, followed by [[YouAreAlreadyDead a rather violent death]].
23rd Sep '17 5:38:20 PM RoninMacbeth
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** Roose Bolton, one of Ned Stark's bannermen, walks the line between this and TheUnfettered. He is willing to stretch, bend, or even break the rules, but only does so when no one else is able to tell the tale. While he is definitely a sadistic monster, he fetters himself because he understands that sadistic monsters don't last long in Westeros.
15th Aug '17 8:57:57 AM zealots
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** Played with by WonderWoman in some ways. Her own moral code is just as stringent as Superman's or Batman's. Since ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', she is implicitly called a warrior it allows for killing to serve the greater good.

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** Played with by WonderWoman in some ways. Her own moral code is just as stringent as Superman's or Batman's. Since ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', she is implicitly called a warrior it allows for killing to serve the greater good. This difference is played for dramatic tension in the prelude to ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', where she is forced to [[ShootTheDog kill the villain Maxwell Lord]] and then condemned by both Superman and Batman for it.
15th Jul '17 1:22:42 PM nombretomado
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* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' is the embodiment of America's ideals and virtues, and has throughout his run has avoided killing whenever possible (well, there was a vampire that one time, but [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman he doesn't count]]). He's killed several times, but it's always been only when he has no choice, and causes much angst. During WorldWarII he did kill people, but he was a ''soldier'', and it's not something he boasts about. He also frets about damage to churches, and [[NiceToTheWaiter is very accommodating to accountants trying to total up superfight destruction]].

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* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' is the embodiment of America's ideals and virtues, and has throughout his run has avoided killing whenever possible (well, there was a vampire that one time, but [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman he doesn't count]]). He's killed several times, but it's always been only when he has no choice, and causes much angst. During WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII he did kill people, but he was a ''soldier'', and it's not something he boasts about. He also frets about damage to churches, and [[NiceToTheWaiter is very accommodating to accountants trying to total up superfight destruction]].
2nd Jun '17 7:51:36 PM LadyNorbert
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* Victoria, in ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]'', is much more this trope than her counterpart Mahanon. She's the AllLovingHero who wants what's best for everyone and tends to give people second chances they don't necessarily deserve.

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* Victoria, in ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]'', is much more this trope than her counterpart [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition fellow Inquisitor]] Mahanon. She's the AllLovingHero who wants what's best for everyone and tends to give people second chances they don't necessarily deserve.



* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' has Raspberyl and her GirlPosse Kyoko and Asuka, dedicated demon {{Delinquents}} who staunchly follow all the rules demons are ''supposed'' to break. They have to mantain their perfect attendence record, and have their own self-imposed curfew, which keeps them from joining your party full-time [[spoiler:until they graduate]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' has Raspberyl and her GirlPosse Kyoko and Asuka, dedicated demon {{Delinquents}} who staunchly follow all the rules demons are ''supposed'' to break. They have to mantain maintain their perfect attendence attendance record, and have their own self-imposed curfew, which keeps them from joining your party full-time [[spoiler:until they graduate]].



** In the sequel games, [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII Hawke]] and [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition the Inquisitor]] can be played this way as well.
** Varric Tethras, narrator of the second game, has become this by the time of the third game. As the game unfolds, it becomes increasingly obvious that he is very weighed down by everything which has happened, and blames himself for far more than his fair share of the events. He takes some consolation from his assorted friendships, especially with his best friend Hawke, but it doesn't ease any of his fettered feeling.



* The Grey-beards and the Blades in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' are both examples of this, though they have very different goals. The Gray-beards dedicate their lives to the "Way of the Voice", meditating on the meaning of the Thu'um instead of actually using it to accomplish anything. Makes sense since the Way was created by Jurgen Windcaller, who lost the Battle of Red Mountain presumably because of the Nords' overreliance on the Voice, and is followed by [[spoiler:the dragon Paarthurnax, who has spent thousands of years repressing his innate desire to dominate others]], and the fact that the Thu'um is incredibly deadly to anyone without the power of the Voice. The Blades are dedicated to serving the Dragonborn and exterminating the Dragons, whom they see as AlwaysChaoticEvil [[spoiler:they're right too -- even the "good" dragon Paarthurnax they want you to kill says it's not a good idea to trust a Dragon]]. The Blades will actually cut off ties with you despite everything you've done for them [[spoiler:if you refuse to kill Paarthurnax]].

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* The Grey-beards Greybeards and the Blades in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' are both examples of this, though they have very different goals. The Gray-beards Greybeards dedicate their lives to the "Way of the Voice", meditating on the meaning of the Thu'um instead of actually using it to accomplish anything. Makes This makes sense since the Way was created by Jurgen Windcaller, who lost the Battle of Red Mountain presumably because of the Nords' overreliance over-reliance on the Voice, and is followed by [[spoiler:the dragon Paarthurnax, who has spent thousands of years repressing his innate desire to dominate others]], and the fact that the Thu'um is incredibly deadly to anyone without the power of the Voice. The Blades are dedicated to serving the Dragonborn and exterminating the Dragons, whom they see as AlwaysChaoticEvil [[spoiler:they're right too -- even the "good" dragon Paarthurnax they want you to kill says it's not a good idea to trust a Dragon]]. The Blades will actually cut off ties with you despite everything you've done for them [[spoiler:if you refuse to kill Paarthurnax]].
10th May '17 12:59:04 AM CountDorku
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* For a villainous example, ComicBook/DoctorDoom, in at least some portrayals (Doom has been written by ''everyone'' at one point or another, and [[DependingOnTheWriter all of them have different opinions on him]]). He wants to TakeOverTheWorld. Well, fine, so do a lot of villains. However, the NobleDemon interpretation of Doom wants to TakeOverTheWorld ''without'' going against his principles, which aren't ''exactly'' heroic but do have positive aspects: always repay a debt; always keep [[ExactWords the letter of your word]] (some versions also value the spirit); [[VillainousValour never exhibit cowardice]] (to the point of giving enemies weakened by another's actions time to recover); [[{{Determinator}} never back down]]; [[{{Revenge}} never accept an insult]]; [[{{Pride}} never humble yourself before another]]; [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething protect the people under your rule]]. The NobleDemon version of Doom will never explicitly break these, although he doesn't seem to mind bending them a bit (for example, when put in Spider-Man's debt, he "repays" it by ''not'' killing Spidey for insulting him thirty seconds later).
9th Apr '17 5:43:22 PM nombretomado
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* All the saints in ''SaintSeiya'' had a bit of this, but Shun by virtue of his pacifist ideology would go to the point of nearly becoming a MartyrWithoutACause on several occasions. However, he twice managed to bring about a MookFaceTurn by sheer conviction and kindness, at other times he did kill when forced to, and at times he had to be bailed out by his older brother for his pacifism. At one point he [[spoiler:held Hades, in DemonicPossession of his body, immobile thanks to the strength of his wish that his body not be used to harm others, allowing his brother a chance to kill Hades]]. Surprisingly, the Aesop managed all outcomes of his behaviour in the series, never outright making him a fool for his ideals.

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* All the saints in ''SaintSeiya'' ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' had a bit of this, but Shun by virtue of his pacifist ideology would go to the point of nearly becoming a MartyrWithoutACause on several occasions. However, he twice managed to bring about a MookFaceTurn by sheer conviction and kindness, at other times he did kill when forced to, and at times he had to be bailed out by his older brother for his pacifism. At one point he [[spoiler:held Hades, in DemonicPossession of his body, immobile thanks to the strength of his wish that his body not be used to harm others, allowing his brother a chance to kill Hades]]. Surprisingly, the Aesop managed all outcomes of his behaviour in the series, never outright making him a fool for his ideals.
6th Apr '17 9:27:41 PM nombretomado
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* ''PlanescapeTorment'':

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6th Apr '17 10:47:56 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': This is the main factor in making the Starks the most sympathetic Great House, since in the beginning they are utterly wedded to love, honour, and justice. White and grey are even their House colours.

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This is the main factor in making the Starks the most sympathetic Great House, since in the beginning they are utterly wedded to love, honour, and justice. White and grey are even their House colours.colours.
** A Stark in all but name, Jon Snow won't hurt an innocent in cold blood. This blows his cover when the Wildlings force Jon to kill an old man to test his allegiance.
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