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22nd Nov '16 8:55:48 AM Shadozcreep
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* Roland, The Gunslinger of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' starts as one of these. He's even willing to [[spoiler: Let the boy he considered his son die for his quest]]. But as the series goes on, he definitely (re)grows a conscience.

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* Roland, The Gunslinger of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' starts as one of these.''Franchise/TheDarkTower''. He's even willing to [[spoiler: Let the boy he considered his son die for his quest]]. But as He defines this trope throughout the series goes on, he definitely (re)grows a conscience.entire series, only growing more tortured and emotional at the prospect of having to lose or sacrifice his companions, but never any less willing to do so.
4th Nov '16 8:57:55 AM 9thOutworldsMan
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* Griffith from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' fits this to a tee; his EstablishingCharacterMoment is [[spoiler: when he sells out his entire band of soldiers to a group of god-like demons in order to become one of them because he'd plateaued while attempting to reach his goal of having his own country]].
** Guts himself qualified when he was WalkingTheEarth alone. When demons tried to put an innocent girl between him and themselves, he didn't even blink before cleaving them in half and ''almost'' taking her with them (he just missed her by a ''tiny'' inch). Since then, he's gained another group of TrueCompanions and has softened up considerably.

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* Griffith from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' fits this to a tee; his EstablishingCharacterMoment is [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when he sells out his entire band of soldiers to a group of god-like demons in order to become one of them because he'd plateaued while attempting to reach his goal of having his own country]].
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** Guts himself qualified when he was WalkingTheEarth alone. When demons tried to put an innocent girl named Jill between him and themselves, he didn't even blink before cleaving them in half and ''almost'' taking her with them (he just missed her by a ''tiny'' inch). Since then, he's gained another group of TrueCompanions and has softened up considerably.
4th Nov '16 8:54:12 AM 9thOutworldsMan
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** Guts himself qualified when he was WalkingTheEarth alone. When demons tried to put an innocent girl between him and themselves he didn't even blink before cleaving her in half. Since then he has gained another group of TrueCompanions and has softened up considerably.

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** Guts himself qualified when he was WalkingTheEarth alone. When demons tried to put an innocent girl between him and themselves themselves, he didn't even blink before cleaving them in half and ''almost'' taking her in half. with them (he just missed her by a ''tiny'' inch). Since then he has then, he's gained another group of TrueCompanions and has softened up considerably.
2nd Nov '16 4:43:23 PM Morgenthaler
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* Cesare [[Series/TheBorgias Borgia]] wants to go from SinisterMinister to prince of state. [[MagnificentBastard He]] [[TheSociopath won't]] [[LackofEmpathy let]] anything or [[CainAndAbel anyone]] get in the way of his goal.

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* ''Series/TheBorgias'': Cesare [[Series/TheBorgias Borgia]] Borgia wants to go from SinisterMinister to prince of state. [[MagnificentBastard He]] [[TheSociopath won't]] [[LackofEmpathy let]] anything or [[CainAndAbel anyone]] get in the way of his goal.
2nd Nov '16 4:40:19 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/BurnNotice'' Michael is this early on in the show and is committed to clearing his name and going back as late as Season 3. It's clear that he didn't allow relationships or morality to hold him back from doing what he saw as his duty.

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* ''Series/BurnNotice'' ''Series/BurnNotice'':
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Michael is this early on in the show and is committed to clearing his name and going back as late as Season 3. It's clear that he didn't allow relationships or morality to hold him back from doing what he saw as his duty.



* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Sam after he [[CameBackWrong comes back]] in season 6 [[SoullessShell soulless]]. He was still dedicated to hunting but he didn't care about saving people (he flat out says he doesn't care about anything) and [[ShootTheDog became utterly ruthless]], prioritizing completing the job over everything. He used [[LivingEmotionalCrutch his brother]] as vampire bait at one point, letting Dean get turned to infiltrate their nest.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
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Sam after he [[CameBackWrong comes back]] in season 6 [[SoullessShell soulless]]. He was still dedicated to hunting but he didn't care about saving people (he flat out says he doesn't care about anything) and [[ShootTheDog became utterly ruthless]], prioritizing completing the job over everything. He used [[LivingEmotionalCrutch his brother]] as vampire bait at one point, letting Dean get turned to infiltrate their nest.
2nd Nov '16 4:36:11 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/HouseOfSaddam'': Saddam states this as the reason why he decides to personally execute his closest ally and friend, Adnan Hamdani, to display his ferocity. Adnan has been nothing but loyal to Saddam, but a man who could kill his best friend as a show of strength is a man who has no limits and is thus to be feared.
1st Nov '16 8:42:08 AM erforce
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* Standard in [[ExploitationFilm revenge films]]: ''Film/DeathWish'', ''Film/MadMax'', ''Film/RollingThunder'', ''HighPlainsDrifter'', ''Film/OrcaTheKillerWhale'' (that's right, [[WrongGenreSavvy to us it's]] a ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' ripoff, but the Orca thinks he's in ''Film/{{Irreversible}}'', and his rampage [[HumansAreBastards is justified]]), ''Film/ISpitOnYourGrave'', etc. etc., all feature a protagonist who is singlemindedly bent on revenge to the exclusion of all else. And that "revenge" can be assumed to mean "death", which may be disproportionate to the original offense, ''MassacreAtCentralHigh'' being a notable example. Presumably, they bother to eat because they need to so they can gain revenge, but a character on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge will not often be seen doing any basic daily maintenance activities, much less enjoying themselves at anything. Unless it's [[Literature/VenusInFurs a Jess Franco film]], in which case RuleOfSexy applies, and may even play into the revenge.
* Colonel Jessep from AFewGoodMen. Don't believe it? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hGvQtumNAY Just listen to his speech]] and see for yourself.

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* Standard in [[ExploitationFilm revenge films]]: ''Film/DeathWish'', ''Film/MadMax'', ''Film/RollingThunder'', ''HighPlainsDrifter'', ''Film/HighPlainsDrifter'', ''Film/OrcaTheKillerWhale'' (that's right, [[WrongGenreSavvy to us it's]] a ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' ripoff, but the Orca thinks he's in ''Film/{{Irreversible}}'', and his rampage [[HumansAreBastards is justified]]), ''Film/ISpitOnYourGrave'', etc. etc., all feature a protagonist who is singlemindedly bent on revenge to the exclusion of all else. And that "revenge" can be assumed to mean "death", which may be disproportionate to the original offense, ''MassacreAtCentralHigh'' ''Film/MassacreAtCentralHigh'' being a notable example. Presumably, they bother to eat because they need to so they can gain revenge, but a character on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge will not often be seen doing any basic daily maintenance activities, much less enjoying themselves at anything. Unless it's [[Literature/VenusInFurs a Jess Franco film]], in which case RuleOfSexy applies, and may even play into the revenge.
* Colonel Jessep from AFewGoodMen.''Film/AFewGoodMen''. Don't believe it? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hGvQtumNAY Just listen to his speech]] and see for yourself.



* ''Film/{{The Jungle Book 2016}}: Shere Khan. The reason everyone [[TheDreaded fears]] him is not just his [[LightningBruiser vast]] [[ImplacableMan power]], but his perfect willingness to [[TheSociopath violate]] the jungle law when it suits him.

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* ''Film/{{The Jungle Book 2016}}: 2016}}'': Shere Khan. The reason everyone [[TheDreaded fears]] him is not just his [[LightningBruiser vast]] [[ImplacableMan power]], but his perfect willingness to [[TheSociopath violate]] the jungle law when it suits him.
20th Oct '16 2:15:41 PM Discar
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* Some viewers feel that Lelouch and Suzaku achieve this mentality at the end of ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Lelouch in particular forces another character to back down by ''threatening suicide'', as he'd rather die than not achieve his goals. In general, while he might talk the talk, his [[MoralityChain ties to his]] [[MoralityPet friends (and ''especially'' sister)]] do act as fetters--for most of the series. It's only after [[spoiler:Lelouch loses most of them]] that he's really willing to do ''anything'' for his goals. [[spoiler:At which point he conquers half the world in about an hour]].

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* Some viewers feel that ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
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Lelouch and Suzaku achieve this mentality at the end of ''Anime/CodeGeass''.the series. Lelouch in particular forces another character to back down by ''threatening suicide'', as he'd rather die than not achieve his goals. In general, while he might talk the talk, his [[MoralityChain ties to his]] [[MoralityPet friends friends]] (and ''especially'' sister)]] sister) do act as fetters--for most of the series. It's only after [[spoiler:Lelouch loses most of them]] that he's really willing to do ''anything'' for his goals. [[spoiler:At which point he conquers half the world in about an hour]].
18th Oct '16 3:29:58 PM Zaptech
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* ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'' has Iron Legacy, an alternate universe version of the hero Legacy. Legacy himself is TheFettered: he's able to do a lot of damage with individual attacks but he focuses on buffing and protecting his teammates, holding back his strength. Iron Legacy is ''not'' holding back, coming from a universe where he lost everything to supervillains and deciding that the only way to protect the world is to utterly dominate it and crush all resistance. As a result, he deals colossal, continuous damage to the player heroes, often to the point that he'll knock out some weaker heroes by the start of the second turn.
13th Oct '16 7:08:24 PM Bassball_Batman
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Most characters in fiction, like people in real life, have broad lists of priorities and restrictions that determine their behaviour. We care about what other people think of us, how we will be able to feed ourselves in the future, the well-being of friends and family, our worldly goods, etc. etc. Of course how much we care about any given restriction or priority varies from person to person, but in general, we don't have any one given goal for which we would throw everything else away.

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Most characters in fiction, like people in real life, have broad lists of priorities and restrictions that determine their behaviour. We care about what other people think of us, how we will be able to feed ourselves in the future, the well-being of friends and family, our worldly goods, etc. etc. Of course how much we care about any given restriction or priority varies from person to person, but in general, we don't have any one given goal for which we would throw away everything else away.
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# '''[[IDidWhatIHadToDo Prioritizes ruthlessly:]]''' In the pursuit of Goal Z, there is no X that Unfettered Bob is not willing to sacrifice, whether X is money, the lives of friends and family, reputation, jobs, whatever. How ambitious the goal is does not matter; the only possible problem Unfettered Bob has with [[AmbitionIsEvil ambition]] is the chance of poor resource allocation. That's to say, he'll only pass up sacrificing X now if he needs X down the line and Goal Z would be equally served by sacrificing Y instead. Unfettered Bob can judge harshly and instantly weigh the costs and value of priorities relative to Goal Z. If he can achieve Goal Z without losing his girlfriend [[AliceAndBob Alice]], that's great, but if the enemies hold her hostage and saving her's not an option, Alice isn't going to get more than maybe an apology and a mental note by Bob to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge avenge her after Goal Z is completed]]. (Unless Goal Z is [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl "protect Alice at all costs"]], in which case the bad guys could hold the rest of humanity hostage in exchange for Alice and Bob wouldn't give a damn.)

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# '''[[IDidWhatIHadToDo Prioritizes ruthlessly:]]''' ruthlessly]]:''' In the pursuit of Goal Z, there is no X that Unfettered Bob is not willing to sacrifice, whether X is money, the lives of friends and family, reputation, jobs, whatever. How ambitious the goal is does not matter; the only possible problem Unfettered Bob has with [[AmbitionIsEvil ambition]] is the chance of poor resource allocation. That's to say, he'll only pass up sacrificing X now if he needs X down the line and Goal Z would be equally served by sacrificing Y instead. Unfettered Bob can judge harshly and instantly weigh the costs and value of priorities relative to Goal Z. If he can achieve Goal Z without losing his girlfriend [[AliceAndBob Alice]], that's great, but if the enemies hold her hostage and saving her's not an option, Alice isn't going to get more than maybe an apology and a mental note by Bob to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge avenge her after Goal Z is completed]]. (Unless Goal Z is [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl "protect "[[AlwaysSaveTheGirl protect Alice at all costs"]], costs]]," in which case the bad guys could hold the rest of humanity hostage in exchange for Alice and Bob wouldn't give a damn.)



# '''Devoid of apprehension or indecision in their actions:''' When Unfettered Bob makes decisions, he makes them ''now'', and doesn't waffle over them. Neither failure, ''nor anything else'', is feared by these characters, since for them regret is irrelevant if not impossible. It's not even a question of [[ImplacableMan not]] [[{{Determinator}} giving]] [[HeroicResolve up]] for these characters; they simply can not look at the world in a way where their goal appears impossible (unless they change their mind and their goal, in which case the new goal is likewise viewed). This doesn't mean Unfettered Bob is hasty, though; an unfettered character is willing to wait years to achieve their goal if that sort of patience is required.
# '''[[TheStoic Lacks emotions, or doesn't let them interfere in decision making:]]''' There are two reactions an unfettered character can have to doing something unsavory, like sacrificing comrades or innocents. They can react with callousness and indifference, showing no real emotion or feeling of loss. Alternatively, they can react with much emotional anguish--''but this anguish has no effect on how they behave''. Unfettered characters showing this second reaction may cry or be physically sick when in private, or even when publicly making the sacrifice, but that won't slow them down. They do not worry, since anxiety is irrelevant to achieving their goals.
# '''Is devoted to a specific goal, not a set of principles:''' TheFettered is the guy you're looking for if you want someone devoted unflinchingly to a moral code. The Unfettered has a specific goal state in mind. Even when devoted to a broader cause, an unfettered character can boil it down to something very specific and often personal; i.e. the cause of "overthrow the evil empire and make the world a better place" may in the eyes of The Unfettered boil down to [[Anime/CodeGeass "wipe that bastard Emperor off the face of the earth]] [[BestServedCold and send his oppressive imperial government with him"]]. It is not enough for The Unfettered to be devoted to a single person, either; there must be a goal accompanying them (i.e. [[PapaWolf "I want to protect that person at all costs"]], [[PoisonousFriend "I want to achieve that person's goals at all costs"]], [[TrainingFromHell "I want to make that person stronger at all costs"]], etc.) Some Zen-inspired philosophical Unfettered may have the specific goal of "do what you want to do at the moment without hesitation". These characters can be really scary.
# '''Has lost his fetters:''' Maybe he used to be a good man, a kind man, a family man. [[ComicBook/ThePunisher then everyone he loved was murdered.]] Now he just wants revenge. Or just doesn't care. Or, as Janis Joplin put it:

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# '''Devoid of apprehension or indecision in their actions:''' When Unfettered Bob makes decisions, he makes them ''now'', and doesn't waffle over them. Neither failure, ''nor anything else'', is feared by these characters, since for them regret is irrelevant if not impossible. It's not even a question of [[ImplacableMan not]] [[{{Determinator}} giving]] [[HeroicResolve up]] for these characters; they simply can not cannot look at the world in a way where their goal appears impossible (unless they change their mind and their goal, in which case the new goal is likewise viewed). This doesn't mean Unfettered Bob is hasty, though; an unfettered character is willing to wait years to achieve their goal if that sort of patience is required.
# '''[[TheStoic Lacks emotions, or doesn't let them interfere in decision making:]]''' making]]:''' There are two reactions an unfettered character can have to doing something unsavory, like sacrificing comrades or innocents. They can react with callousness and indifference, showing no real emotion or feeling of loss. Alternatively, they can react with much emotional anguish--''but this anguish has no effect on how they behave''. Unfettered characters showing this second reaction may cry or be physically sick when in private, or even when publicly making the sacrifice, but that won't slow them down. They do not worry, since anxiety is irrelevant to achieving their goals.
# '''Is devoted to a specific goal, not a set of principles:''' TheFettered is the guy you're looking for if you want someone devoted unflinchingly to a moral code. The Unfettered has a specific goal state in mind. Even when devoted to a broader cause, an unfettered character can boil it down to something very specific and often personal; i.e. the cause of "overthrow the evil empire and make the world a better place" may in the eyes of The Unfettered boil down to [[Anime/CodeGeass "wipe "[[Anime/CodeGeass wipe that bastard Emperor off the face of the earth]] [[BestServedCold and send his oppressive imperial government with him"]]. him]]." It is not enough for The Unfettered to be devoted to a single person, either; there must be a goal accompanying them (i.e. [[PapaWolf "I "[[PapaWolf I want to protect that person at all costs"]], [[PoisonousFriend "I costs]]," "[[PoisonousFriend I want to achieve that person's goals at all costs"]], [[TrainingFromHell "I costs]]," "[[TrainingFromHell I want to make that person stronger at all costs"]], costs]]," etc.) Some Zen-inspired philosophical Unfettered may have the specific goal of "do what you want to do at the moment without hesitation". hesitation." These characters can be really scary.
# '''Has lost his fetters:''' Maybe he used to be a good man, a kind man, a family man. [[ComicBook/ThePunisher then everyone he loved was murdered.]] murdered]]. Now he just wants revenge. Or just doesn't care. Or, as Janis Joplin put it:



** [[spoiler: Shou. Effing. Tucker.]] He was willing to [[spoiler: experiment on his wife, his daughter, and even himself in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] and turn them into mutated chimeras]] if it meant furthering his research.

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** [[spoiler: Shou. Effing. Tucker.]] Tucker]]. He was willing to [[spoiler: experiment on his wife, his daughter, and even himself in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] and turn them into mutated chimeras]] if it meant furthering his research.



* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', though it's tempting to say Light qualifies, he kills people he would normally consider good (threatening his goal), because they hurt his pride (example: [[spoiler: Lind L Tailor]]). Both L and Light sacrifice many things that seem important to them in pursuit of their goals, such as Light's family and L's privacy and safety, but neither are particularly expressive about what exactly they aim for or value [[IncrediblyLamePun In Light of this]], the series' best candidate for this trope is Misa. [[spoiler:She is willing to kill innocents in order to find her idol, Kira, and give half her life to make herself more useful to him. When she achieves this, she changes her goal to winning Light's affection. It is the threat of his displeasure rather than execution that prevents her from following him continually, she kills for him, she refuses to name him under mild torture, she is willing to help him catch Kira (when she doesn't know he is Kira) and she is pleased when he tricks her long-time companion, Rem, into dying to protect her, freeing him of suspicion.]]

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* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', though it's tempting to say Light qualifies, he kills people he would normally consider good (threatening his goal), because they hurt his pride (example: [[spoiler: Lind L Tailor]]). Both L and Light sacrifice many things that seem important to them in pursuit of their goals, such as Light's family and L's privacy and safety, but neither are particularly expressive about what exactly they aim for or value [[IncrediblyLamePun In Light of this]], the series' best candidate for this trope is Misa. [[spoiler:She is willing to kill innocents in order to find her idol, Kira, and give half her life to make herself more useful to him. When she achieves this, she changes her goal to winning Light's affection. It is the threat of his displeasure rather than execution that prevents her from following him continually, she kills for him, she refuses to name him under mild torture, she is willing to help him catch Kira (when she doesn't know he is Kira) and she is pleased when he tricks her long-time companion, Rem, into dying to protect her, freeing him of suspicion.]] suspicion]].



** On the heroes' side we have [[SociopathicHero Mayuri Kurotsuchi]]. He shows no hesitation in committing atrocities [[ForScience to further his understanding of the soul]]. Unlike Gin he never hid this personality trait, which is likely why he ended up being "resigned".

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** On the heroes' side we have [[SociopathicHero Mayuri Kurotsuchi]]. He shows no hesitation in committing atrocities [[ForScience to further his understanding of the soul]]. Unlike Gin he never hid this personality trait, which is likely why he ended up being "resigned"."resigned."



** Later on in the manga/novels [[spoiler:while he is searching the world for Chidori]] he truly does become The Unfettered. [[spoiler: Finding her becomes his purpose in life. All of his decisions come back to how he has to find her.]]

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** Later on in the manga/novels [[spoiler:while he is searching the world for Chidori]] he truly does become The Unfettered. [[spoiler: Finding her becomes his purpose in life. All of his decisions come back to how he has to find her.]]her]].



* Gendo Ikari from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' wants to [[spoiler: bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, both to [[AssimilationPlot merge all human souls into one]] so [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans they will be liberated of misunderstandings and suffering]] and to be [[TragicDream reunited with his wife]], whose soul is currently [[AndIMustScream trapped in a mecha.]]]] To achieve this, he's willing to use his own son and surrogate daughter (Both of which he actually cares about, even if it's all but apparent at first) as tools and guinea pigs, makes them fight monsters, does his fair share of large-scale scheming and manipulation, and goes even as far as ''offering his body'' to a pair of YanDere scientists whom he found annoying at best to keep them placated and thus useful for his plans. He's generally a very pragmatic person who's not above sacrificing the life of a 14-year old kid for the greater good (or what he sees as such), but will do the dirty work himself if he should be forced to. (For example, pulling ropes amongst some random technicians when there's a blackout.)

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* Gendo Ikari from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' wants to [[spoiler: bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, both to [[AssimilationPlot merge all human souls into one]] so [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans they will be liberated of misunderstandings and suffering]] and to be [[TragicDream reunited with his wife]], whose soul is currently [[AndIMustScream trapped in a mecha.]]]] mecha]]]]. To achieve this, he's willing to use his own son and surrogate daughter (Both of which he actually cares about, even if it's all but apparent at first) as tools and guinea pigs, makes them fight monsters, does his fair share of large-scale scheming and manipulation, and goes even as far as ''offering his body'' to a pair of YanDere scientists whom he found annoying at best to keep them placated and thus useful for his plans. He's generally a very pragmatic person who's not above sacrificing the life of a 14-year old kid for the greater good (or what he sees as such), but will do the dirty work himself if he should be forced to. (For example, pulling ropes amongst some random technicians when there's a blackout.)



** Not to mention Inspector Lunge, who follows this trope to a T. He is convinced Tenma is responsible for the deaths and that Johan doesn't exist to where he devotes every waking second of his life to tracking down Tenma and capturing him. Lunge even accepts a divorce from his wife without any second thoughts and made it absolutely clear to her that his investigation always comes first. [[spoiler: Lunge finally encounters Johan himself near the end of the series and does a HeelFaceTurn, at least after his world comes crashing down around him.]]

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** Not to mention Inspector Lunge, who follows this trope to a T. He is convinced Tenma is responsible for the deaths and that Johan doesn't exist to where he devotes every waking second of his life to tracking down Tenma and capturing him. Lunge even accepts a divorce from his wife without any second thoughts and made it absolutely clear to her that his investigation always comes first. [[spoiler: Lunge finally encounters Johan himself near the end of the series and does a HeelFaceTurn, at least after his world comes crashing down around him.]]him]].



* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[DarkMagicalGirl Akemi Homura]] characterises this trope as the ideal state of being for a [[MagicalGirlWarrior magical girl]], due to the nature of their contract. Fittingly enough, she is one herself, being willing to do absolutely anything in order to [[spoiler: save Madoka.]] Just check out this exchange between her and [[AllLovingHero Madoka]] in episode 5:

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[DarkMagicalGirl Akemi Homura]] characterises this trope as the ideal state of being for a [[MagicalGirlWarrior magical girl]], due to the nature of their contract. Fittingly enough, she is one herself, being willing to do absolutely anything in order to [[spoiler: save Madoka.]] Madoka]]. Just check out this exchange between her and [[AllLovingHero Madoka]] in episode 5:



-->'''Homura:''' That's right. [[IDidWhatIHadToDo I won't make excuses]] and say I'll try [[TheAtoner to atone.]] [[TheDeterminator I must continue my fight,]] [[ShootTheDog no matter what sin I must commit to do so.]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': This is the reason why Kid Buu is considered the most dangerous form of Majin Buu, despite not necessarily being the strongest form. Fat Buu was persuaded not to kill and destroy anymore [[ObliviouslyEvil since he didn't understand that what he was doing was wrong]], and Super Buu was (barely) reasoned with by appealing to his [[BloodKnight desire to fight strong opponents.]] Kid Buu, however, literally doesn't care about anything beyond destruction, and the first thing he does is destroy the Earth. Then the neighboring planets. Then he set his sights on the afterlife.

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-->'''Homura:''' That's right. [[IDidWhatIHadToDo I won't make excuses]] and say I'll try [[TheAtoner to atone.]] atone]]. [[TheDeterminator I must continue my fight,]] fight]], [[ShootTheDog no matter what sin I must commit to do so.]]
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': This is the reason why Kid Buu is considered the most dangerous form of Majin Buu, despite not necessarily being the strongest form. Fat Buu was persuaded not to kill and destroy anymore [[ObliviouslyEvil since he didn't understand that what he was doing was wrong]], and Super Buu was (barely) reasoned with by appealing to his [[BloodKnight desire to fight strong opponents.]] opponents]]. Kid Buu, however, literally doesn't care about anything beyond destruction, and the first thing he does is destroy the Earth. Then the neighboring planets. Then he set his sights on the afterlife.



* Lucy, Kurama, Bando, and Director Kakuzawa from ''Manga/ElfenLied''. Lucy has no reservations about doing anything in her considerable amount of power to kill all the humans and replace them with her species. Kurama's goal is to save the human race, even if it involves terminating innocent children and women alike. Bando's goal is to kill Lucy no matter what the cost is. Director Kakuzawa's goal is to wipe out the human race, replace it with the Diclonius, and be worshiped by them as their new "[[AGodAmI God]]".
* Yuno Gasai and Minene Uryu from ''Manga/FutureDiary''. Yuno's goal is to do ''[[MurderIsTheBestSolution any]][[MurderTheHypotenuse thing]]'' for Yukiteru, even going as far as to [[spoiler: keep the [[GroundhogDayLoop universe in an eternal time loop, forever replaying the Diary game]].]] Minene's goal is even simpler: to destroy religion.
* Aoshi in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', for a time. The goal: bring honor to fallen comrades (by defeating Kenshin, naturally). The sacrifices: [[spoiler:working for the omnicidal BigBad, attempted murder of his OldMaster, tossing out all morals, and (would have included) his own life.]] [[DefeatMeansFriendship He got better.]]

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* Lucy, Kurama, Bando, and Director Kakuzawa from ''Manga/ElfenLied''. Lucy has no reservations about doing anything in her considerable amount of power to kill all the humans and replace them with her species. Kurama's goal is to save the human race, even if it involves terminating innocent children and women alike. Bando's goal is to kill Lucy no matter what the cost is. Director Kakuzawa's goal is to wipe out the human race, replace it with the Diclonius, and be worshiped by them as their new "[[AGodAmI God]]".
God]]."
* Yuno Gasai and Minene Uryu from ''Manga/FutureDiary''. Yuno's goal is to do ''[[MurderIsTheBestSolution any]][[MurderTheHypotenuse thing]]'' for Yukiteru, even going as far as to [[spoiler: keep the [[GroundhogDayLoop universe in an eternal time loop, forever replaying the Diary game]].]] game]]]]. Minene's goal is even simpler: to destroy religion.
* Aoshi in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', for a time. The goal: bring honor to fallen comrades (by defeating Kenshin, naturally). The sacrifices: [[spoiler:working for the omnicidal BigBad, attempted murder of his OldMaster, tossing out all morals, and (would have included) his own life.]] life]]. [[DefeatMeansFriendship He got better.]]better]].



* Mr. Rictus, the Joker {{expy}} from Creator/MarkMillar's ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'', was once a decent man and a devout Christian until a near death experience disfigured him and he found out there was [[CessationOfExistence no afterlife.]] Since then, whenever he wants to [[TheHedonist kill, eat or screw something, he does.]]

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* Mr. Rictus, the Joker {{expy}} from Creator/MarkMillar's ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'', was once a decent man and a devout Christian until a near death experience disfigured him and he found out there was [[CessationOfExistence no afterlife.]] afterlife]]. Since then, whenever he wants to [[TheHedonist kill, eat or screw something, he does.]]does]].



* ''ThePunisher'' has the goal of punishing the guilty at any cost, and while in most depictions of him have him respect a code of sorts (don't hurt innocents or the police, etc.), some writers have made him truly unfettered. In ''The End'' oneshot from [[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX the MAX imprint]], he [[spoiler:destroys humanity's last chance for survival in a nuclear wasteland rather than show mercy to the men and women who ''made'' the world into that wasteland.]] Even by Unfettered standards, that's chilling. And at the same time, it has a nihilistic nobility to it; [[spoiler:Castle let humanity die out rather than leave it under the control of the people who brought the world to an end. Humanity's epitaph, as written by Frank Castle; "We died at the hands of evil men... ''but we did not let it go unpunished.''"]]

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* ''ThePunisher'' has the goal of punishing the guilty at any cost, and while in most depictions of him have him respect a code of sorts (don't hurt innocents or the police, etc.), some writers have made him truly unfettered. In ''The End'' oneshot from [[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX the MAX imprint]], he [[spoiler:destroys humanity's last chance for survival in a nuclear wasteland rather than show mercy to the men and women who ''made'' the world into that wasteland.]] wasteland]]. Even by Unfettered standards, that's chilling. And at the same time, it has a nihilistic nobility to it; [[spoiler:Castle let humanity die out rather than leave it under the control of the people who brought the world to an end. Humanity's epitaph, as written by Frank Castle; "We died at the hands of evil men... ''but we did not let it go unpunished.''"]]unpunished''."]]



** Thrown in her face in the end, as [[spoiler:the prophets were in the service of a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds who had gone insane from her civilization's obsession with domination through violence,("A world where murder is honor. Where children are nursed on the blood of the weak.") and decided to engineer the {{Mercy Kill}}ling of her entire world.]] She's notably humbled by the revelation that her lack of scruples enabled her to be manipulated to such an extent, which leads her to adopt the X-Men (Beast in particular) as {{Morality Pet}}s.

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** Thrown in her face in the end, as [[spoiler:the prophets were in the service of a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds who had gone insane from her civilization's obsession with domination through violence,("A world where murder is honor. Where children are nursed on the blood of the weak.") and decided to engineer the {{Mercy Kill}}ling of her entire world.]] world]]. She's notably humbled by the revelation that her lack of scruples enabled her to be manipulated to such an extent, which leads her to adopt the X-Men (Beast in particular) as {{Morality Pet}}s.



* Shockwave, of Creator/IDWPublishing's various ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' titles (''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise'', ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''), is ''very'' much this. While PragmaticVillainy can be relied upon to keep him somewhat in check, he will do anything from killing his [[TheDragon Dragon]] to test a theory to [[LeaveNoWitnesses slaughtering innocents who might help the heroes unravel his plans]]. It's eventually revealed to be a JustifiedTrope: [[spoiler:he was originally a good-hearted senator whose attempts at fighting injustice prompted his enemies to cut away the emotion and morality centers of his brain.]]

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* Shockwave, of Creator/IDWPublishing's various ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' titles (''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise'', ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''), is ''very'' much this. While PragmaticVillainy can be relied upon to keep him somewhat in check, he will do anything from killing his [[TheDragon Dragon]] to test a theory to [[LeaveNoWitnesses slaughtering innocents who might help the heroes unravel his plans]]. It's eventually revealed to be a JustifiedTrope: [[spoiler:he was originally a good-hearted senator whose attempts at fighting injustice prompted his enemies to cut away the emotion and morality centers of his brain.]]brain]].



* Definitely Mercury from [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/3779251/Ocadioan Ocadioan’s]] A dance of Shadow and Light series. Seriously, the guy’s first goal is to “Bring Galbatorix down by all means necessary”, and he first goes about this by [[spoiler: making a backdoor deal WITH Galbatorix to ensure that if it looks like plan A(the Varden’s attack) is about to fail, he will [[HeelFaceTurn switch sides]], sacrifice every friend and ally that he has gained until then and spend the next few decades serving Galbatorix while he [[NukeEm prepares to nuke the capital to get him]].]]
** In fact, later on, the different monarchs and leaders need to [[GodzillaThreshold exhaust all other options before they are willing to ask that guy for help]], because they know the calamities that ALWAYS follows in his wake.

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* Definitely Mercury from [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/3779251/Ocadioan Ocadioan’s]] A dance of Shadow and Light series. Seriously, the guy’s first goal is to “Bring Galbatorix down by all means necessary”, and he first goes about this by [[spoiler: making a backdoor deal WITH Galbatorix to ensure that if it looks like plan A(the Varden’s attack) is about to fail, he will [[HeelFaceTurn switch sides]], sacrifice every friend and ally that he has gained until then and spend the next few decades serving Galbatorix while he [[NukeEm prepares to nuke the capital to get him]].]]
him]]]].
** In fact, later on, the different monarchs and leaders need to [[GodzillaThreshold exhaust all other options before they are willing to ask that guy for help]], because they know the calamities that ALWAYS always follows in his wake.



** Not coincidentally, many Star Wars fans consider Qui-Gon to be a good movie example of a Gray Jedi--that is to say, [[GreyAndGrayMorality a Force-user that doesn't necessarily believe in the Light/Dark duality of the Force.]] The fact that he serves the Jedi as opposed to the Sith is inconsequential.

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** Not coincidentally, many Star Wars fans consider Qui-Gon to be a good movie example of a Gray Jedi--that is to say, [[GreyAndGrayMorality a Force-user that doesn't necessarily believe in the Light/Dark duality of the Force.]] Force]]. The fact that he serves the Jedi as opposed to the Sith is inconsequential.



* Denzel Washington in ''Film/ManOnFire''. To save one young girl and get revenge for her kidnapping, he kills dozens of people. He gives no regard to his own life or that of anyone around him. He tortures and kills anyone who has a connection to the kidnapping and kills anyone who gets in the way, at one point blowing up a whole building-- possibly with many innocents inside-- without any remorse. Finally, he [[spoiler:sacrifices himself in a trade for the girl.]] Admittedly, he was already suicidal, but he used his suicidal feelings to strip himself of all remaining inhibitions.

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* Denzel Washington in ''Film/ManOnFire''. To save one young girl and get revenge for her kidnapping, he kills dozens of people. He gives no regard to his own life or that of anyone around him. He tortures and kills anyone who has a connection to the kidnapping and kills anyone who gets in the way, at one point blowing up a whole building-- possibly with many innocents inside-- without any remorse. Finally, he [[spoiler:sacrifices himself in a trade for the girl.]] girl]]. Admittedly, he was already suicidal, but he used his suicidal feelings to strip himself of all remaining inhibitions.



* [[NoNameGiven "H"]], an interrogator who specializes in ColdBloodedTorture, in ''Film/{{Unthinkable}}''. After he is set to work on a terrorist who claims to have planted nuclear bombs in several American cities, he at several points tells his handlers that it is important that his subject believe that he "has no limits." As it turns out, he [[MoralEventHorizon really doesn't]].

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* [[NoNameGiven "H"]], "[[NoNameGiven H]]," an interrogator who specializes in ColdBloodedTorture, in ''Film/{{Unthinkable}}''. After he is set to work on a terrorist who claims to have planted nuclear bombs in several American cities, he at several points tells his handlers that it is important that his subject believe that he "has no limits." As it turns out, he [[MoralEventHorizon really doesn't]].



* The antagonist Kurt Hendricks from ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' is willing to go to any lengths to ignite a global nuclear war for the sake of "peace". This includes destroying the Kremlin in Russia to make off with the nuclear launch codes and putting the blame on the IMF, kidnapping the family of a nuclear code expert so he would cooperate with their schemes before dying when he was [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no longer useful]], and even jumping out of the top floor of a vehicle assembly factory and mortally wounding himself to keep the launch control device from Hunt's hands.

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* The antagonist Kurt Hendricks from ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' is willing to go to any lengths to ignite a global nuclear war for the sake of "peace". "peace." This includes destroying the Kremlin in Russia to make off with the nuclear launch codes and putting the blame on the IMF, kidnapping the family of a nuclear code expert so he would cooperate with their schemes before dying when he was [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no longer useful]], and even jumping out of the top floor of a vehicle assembly factory and mortally wounding himself to keep the launch control device from Hunt's hands.



* [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime]] in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' is revealed to be one of these. Over the course of the film and the events preceding it, he [[spoiler: betrays the Autobots who trusted and followed him, makes a pact with Megatron, brutally murders Ironhide, attempts to enslave the human race, murders countless innocent people, and nearly kills Optimus, to whom he had been a mentor and father figure. All of which proves that there was no depth that Sentinel was unwilling to sink to for the sake of restoring Cybertron and returning to a time where he was revered as a god.]]

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* [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime]] in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' is revealed to be one of these. Over the course of the film and the events preceding it, he [[spoiler: betrays the Autobots who trusted and followed him, makes a pact with Megatron, brutally murders Ironhide, attempts to enslave the human race, murders countless innocent people, and nearly kills Optimus, to whom he had been a mentor and father figure. All of which proves that there was no depth that Sentinel was unwilling to sink to for the sake of restoring Cybertron and returning to a time where he was revered as a god.]]god]].



* Howard Roark in ''Literature/TheFountainhead'' is willing to do anything to maintain the integrity of the buildings he designs. He goes into poverty rather than design buildings he dislikes, and he even[[spoiler: blows up the Cortlandt housing project while in construction since the owners built it differently than he designed it.]]

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* Howard Roark in ''Literature/TheFountainhead'' is willing to do anything to maintain the integrity of the buildings he designs. He goes into poverty rather than design buildings he dislikes, and he even[[spoiler: blows up the Cortlandt housing project while in construction since the owners built it differently than he designed it.]]it]].



* In Ken Follett's ''The Eye of the Needle'', Lucy Rose, the young wife and mother briefly steps over the line to being unfettered when she shorts out the power to the house by ''shoving her fingers into a light socket.'' When another character asks her why she did it that way later, she replies that [[IDidWhatIHadToDo there was nothing else she could have done]].
** He was asking her why she didn't use a screwdriver or tool to short out the power and she replied that she didn't realize that she could have used something else besides her fingers. The fact that she was willing to use her fingers still makes her The Unfettered, or as he puts it, "a hero".
* ''Literature/EndersGame'': Ender Wiggin. At school a gang of bullies, all older and stronger, decide to beat Ender up. Ender immediately decides that he not only wants to win this fight, but all the fights afterward, and goes straight for the [[GroinAttack groin.]] Ender proceeds to knock the kid to the ground and break the boy's nose by ''kicking him in the face'', [[spoiler: killing him]]. He wants to intimidate all present into leaving him alone, and they are convinced by his sheer brutality. ''[[TykeBomb Ender is six years old.]]'' He cries about what he's done as soon as he's out of sight, but he does it again and again whenever he's threatened for the rest of the book. As the description says, Ender takes the fight to a level where his opponents won't follow and destroys them so that there won't be a second fight. At the end of the book, Ender ends up [[spoiler:destroying an entire planet and almost commits genocide]] by following his methods to their logical conclusion (and is even more Unfettered in that fight than usual because [[spoiler:he thinks it's a wargame simulation]]). Overall, Ender is a rare example of an unfettered being who may have morals, but when he has to fight, he fights to win. See the [[Quotes/TheUnfettered quotes page]].

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* In Ken Follett's ''The Eye of the Needle'', Lucy Rose, the young wife and mother briefly steps over the line to being unfettered when she shorts out the power to the house by ''shoving her fingers into a light socket.'' socket''. When another character asks her why she did it that way later, she replies that [[IDidWhatIHadToDo there was nothing else she could have done]].
** He was asking her why she didn't use a screwdriver or tool to short out the power and she replied that she didn't realize that she could have used something else besides her fingers. The fact that she was willing to use her fingers still makes her The Unfettered, or as he puts it, "a hero".
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* ''Literature/EndersGame'': Ender Wiggin. At school a gang of bullies, all older and stronger, decide to beat Ender up. Ender immediately decides that he not only wants to win this fight, but all the fights afterward, and goes straight for the [[GroinAttack groin.]] groin]]. Ender proceeds to knock the kid to the ground and break the boy's nose by ''kicking him in the face'', [[spoiler: killing him]]. He wants to intimidate all present into leaving him alone, and they are convinced by his sheer brutality. ''[[TykeBomb Ender is six years old.]]'' old]]''. He cries about what he's done as soon as he's out of sight, but he does it again and again whenever he's threatened for the rest of the book. As the description says, Ender takes the fight to a level where his opponents won't follow and destroys them so that there won't be a second fight. At the end of the book, Ender ends up [[spoiler:destroying an entire planet and almost commits genocide]] by following his methods to their logical conclusion (and is even more Unfettered in that fight than usual because [[spoiler:he thinks it's a wargame simulation]]). Overall, Ender is a rare example of an unfettered being who may have morals, but when he has to fight, he fights to win. See the [[Quotes/TheUnfettered quotes page]].



** [[spoiler:It can be argued that the subversion of this trope is actually the core theme of the book; the idea of Ender's Game is that he is unheeded by morals simply because he tackles everything as a game. When he learns that it's not a game, he realizes there is more important things than winning and is horrified. Along these lines, the entire book acts as criticism of unfettered attitudes towards the Cold War.]]

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** [[spoiler:It can be argued that the subversion of this trope is actually the core theme of the book; the idea of Ender's Game is that he is unheeded by morals simply because he tackles everything as a game. When he learns that it's not a game, he realizes there is more important things than winning and is horrified. Along these lines, the entire book acts as criticism of unfettered attitudes towards the Cold War.]]War]].



* Creator/DashiellHammett's [[Literature/TheContinentalOp Continental Op]] ''will'' get the crooks he's after, no matter what it takes or how many laws he has to break. He is at one point referred to as a "monster". At his worst, the Op is like an unstoppably tenacious fireman: hose, axe, pack of matches and a can of gas.

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* Creator/DashiellHammett's [[Literature/TheContinentalOp Continental Op]] ''will'' get the crooks he's after, no matter what it takes or how many laws he has to break. He is at one point referred to as a "monster". "monster." At his worst, the Op is like an unstoppably tenacious fireman: hose, axe, pack of matches and a can of gas.



** The Haruchai "stake their lives on their abilities, and accept the outcome". At one point in the backstory, a number of them are so moved by the majesty of Revelstone, that they swear allegiance to the Lords, giving up "Sleep, death, and wives". You read that right, their dedication is so intense that it actually harnesses the magic of the world and turns them immortal.

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** The Haruchai "stake their lives on their abilities, and accept the outcome". outcome." At one point in the backstory, a number of them are so moved by the majesty of Revelstone, that they swear allegiance to the Lords, giving up "Sleep, death, and wives". wives." You read that right, their dedication is so intense that it actually harnesses the magic of the world and turns them immortal.



* Rashel of the ''Literature/NightWorld'' series has one goal: kill all vampires. Her single-minded determination is what gives her her ''zanshin'', basically her state of eternal readiness, because her reaction to a vampire is: 1) This is a vampire 2) Kill it as quickly as possible. It takes a bit of a hit when she finds some people who are torturing vampires, possibly because she considers it inhumane, possibly because it violates #2. [[spoiler:Her loss of it marks the culmination of her CharacterDevelopment.]]
* ''Literature/QuantumGravity'': This is ''the'' ideal for demons of any stripe. Yes, the closest thing they have to a morality system is pretty much a complete lack of it. [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Don't think about it too hard.]]
** We find out in the second book that Zal has been trying to do this [[spoiler:with his goal to give humans clear sight]]. [[spoiler:This is why he only set up a relationship with bandmates (annoying as can be) and Lila (too underconfident to leave, too strong to be taken).]] It should be noted that this is unthinkable to most elves--literally. The whole [[ConflictingLoyalty "conflicting allegiance"]] bit is their thing.

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* Rashel of the ''Literature/NightWorld'' series has one goal: kill all vampires. Her single-minded determination is what gives her her ''zanshin'', basically her state of eternal readiness, because her reaction to a vampire is: 1) This is a vampire 2) Kill it as quickly as possible. It takes a bit of a hit when she finds some people who are torturing vampires, possibly because she considers it inhumane, possibly because it violates #2. [[spoiler:Her loss of it marks the culmination of her CharacterDevelopment.]]
CharacterDevelopment]].
* ''Literature/QuantumGravity'': This is ''the'' ideal for demons of any stripe. Yes, the closest thing they have to a morality system is pretty much a complete lack of it. [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Don't think about it too hard.]]
hard]].
** We find out in the second book that Zal has been trying to do this [[spoiler:with his goal to give humans clear sight]]. [[spoiler:This is why he only set up a relationship with bandmates (annoying as can be) and Lila (too underconfident to leave, too strong to be taken).]] taken)]]. It should be noted that this is unthinkable to most elves--literally. The whole [[ConflictingLoyalty "conflicting allegiance"]] "[[ConflictingLoyalty conflicting allegiance]]" bit is their thing.



* Roland, The Gunslinger of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' starts as one of these. He's even willing to [[spoiler: Let the boy he considered his son die for his quest.]] But as the series goes on, he definitely (re)grows a conscience.
* The appropriately named Wildman in William Nicholson's ''Noble Warriors'' trilogy. He is a well known spiker gang leader (kind of lawless scavengers) who focuses single-mindedly on one goal at a time, to be achieved at any cost and is motivated by logic unfamiliar to your normal human. His VerbalTic is "Heya bravas, do you love me?" [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge God help you if you don't.]]

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* Roland, The Gunslinger of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' starts as one of these. He's even willing to [[spoiler: Let the boy he considered his son die for his quest.]] quest]]. But as the series goes on, he definitely (re)grows a conscience.
* The appropriately named Wildman in William Nicholson's ''Noble Warriors'' trilogy. He is a well known spiker gang leader (kind of lawless scavengers) who focuses single-mindedly on one goal at a time, to be achieved at any cost and is motivated by logic unfamiliar to your normal human. His VerbalTic is "Heya bravas, do you love me?" [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge God help you if you don't.]]don't]].



* Gavin Waylock, "hero" of Creator/JackVance's ''To Live Forever,'' wants to achieve immortality, and lets absolutely nothing deter him. Along the way his actions result in the deaths of his only real friend, countless innocent bystanders, and the near-total collapse of society. And, crucially, he gets away with it.

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* Gavin Waylock, "hero" of Creator/JackVance's ''To Live Forever,'' Forever'', wants to achieve immortality, and lets absolutely nothing deter him. Along the way his actions result in the deaths of his only real friend, countless innocent bystanders, and the near-total collapse of society. And, crucially, he gets away with it.



** Marco describes himself as this at the beginning of the series. He views himself as the most naturally ruthless of the team - the best at seeing the clear line from start to finish. Later, he will do anything to free his mother [[spoiler:and that could perfectly include killing her.]]
** In book nineteen, Cassie nearly gives up all the Animorphs' cover (which would mean losing the war and enslaving all humanity to the Yeerks) just to spare the life of Karen/Aftran and prove there's a way for them to coexist. In the final arc she also [[spoiler:gives the morphing cube to the Yeerks.]]

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** Marco describes himself as this at the beginning of the series. He views himself as the most naturally ruthless of the team - the best at seeing the clear line from start to finish. Later, he will do anything to free his mother [[spoiler:and that could perfectly include killing her.]]
her]].
** In book nineteen, Cassie nearly gives up all the Animorphs' cover (which would mean losing the war and enslaving all humanity to the Yeerks) just to spare the life of Karen/Aftran and prove there's a way for them to coexist. In the final arc she also [[spoiler:gives the morphing cube to the Yeerks.]]Yeerks]].



** Harry himself hit this trope in ''Changes''. He was willing to do absolutely anything to [[spoiler:[[PapaWolf rescue his daughter]]. He [[DealWithTheDevil accepts Mab's offer to become the Winter Knight]], and even sacrifices Susan to destroy the Red Court.]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone He regretted it afterwards, though.]]
*** To quote: [[spoiler:"Fine, let the world burn. The kid and I will roast marshmallows."]]

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** Harry himself hit this trope in ''Changes''. He was willing to do absolutely anything to [[spoiler:[[PapaWolf rescue his daughter]]. He [[DealWithTheDevil accepts Mab's offer to become the Winter Knight]], and even sacrifices Susan to destroy the Red Court.]] Court]]. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone He regretted it afterwards, though.]]
though]].
*** To quote: [[spoiler:"Fine, "[[spoiler:Fine, let the world burn. The kid and I will roast marshmallows."]]marshmallows]]."



* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', after 50 years of feeling like everyone was stepping over him, [[VillainProtagonist Walter White]] becomes this over the course of the show as his Heisenberg persona takes over more and more. By Season 5, he barely has any limits. From lying, abusing and/or manipulating those closest to him, to poisoning a child and murdering many people, [[ItsAllAboutMe nothing will keep him from getting what he wants.]]

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* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', after 50 years of feeling like everyone was stepping over him, [[VillainProtagonist Walter White]] becomes this over the course of the show as his Heisenberg persona takes over more and more. By Season 5, he barely has any limits. From lying, abusing and/or manipulating those closest to him, to poisoning a child and murdering many people, [[ItsAllAboutMe nothing will keep him from getting what he wants.]]wants]].



*** When the Doctor eventually goes ''Film/FantasticVoyage'' and plumbs the interior of a Dalek to make sure its damaged moral code suppressor stays inactive, [[spoiler:the Dalek in question later calls the Doctor on his desire to create a good Dalek; he calls the Doctor a good Dalek, recognizing the man's moral code as being the only thing holding the Time Lord back.]]

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*** When the Doctor eventually goes ''Film/FantasticVoyage'' and plumbs the interior of a Dalek to make sure its damaged moral code suppressor stays inactive, [[spoiler:the Dalek in question later calls the Doctor on his desire to create a good Dalek; he calls the Doctor a good Dalek, recognizing the man's moral code as being the only thing holding the Time Lord back.]]back]].



** During "The Waters of Mars", the normally fettered Doctor jumps off the deep-end and briefly becomes this... and it is ''[[NightmareFuel terrifying]]'' and it takes [[spoiler: a woman's ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids suicide]]]]'' to snap him out of it. During this state of mind, he dubs himself "Time Lord Victorious".

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** During "The Waters of Mars", the normally fettered Doctor jumps off the deep-end and briefly becomes this... and it is ''[[NightmareFuel terrifying]]'' and it takes [[spoiler: a woman's ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids suicide]]]]'' to snap him out of it. During this state of mind, he dubs himself "Time Lord Victorious".Victorious."



** The Doctor sums up why he is ''not'' usually The Unfettered in "A Good Man Goes to War".

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** The Doctor sums up why he is ''not'' usually The Unfettered in "A Good Man Goes to War".War."



** Meg states in one episode that her philosophy in life is to find a goal and go for it, and she doesn't care one jot what she does or who she kills in the process. Not even [[spoiler:if she's the one getting killed.]]
** Gordon Walker also qualifies. Unlike most hunters, he doesn't care at all about saving people or doing good or anything like that, [[FantasticRacism he just wants to see all supernatural beings die.]]

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** Meg states in one episode that her philosophy in life is to find a goal and go for it, and she doesn't care one jot what she does or who she kills in the process. Not even [[spoiler:if she's the one getting killed.]]
killed]].
** Gordon Walker also qualifies. Unlike most hunters, he doesn't care at all about saving people or doing good or anything like that, [[FantasticRacism he just wants to see all supernatural beings die.]]die]].



'''Janitor''': [[WorthIt Totally worth it.]]

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'''Janitor''': [[WorthIt Totally worth it.]]it]].



* Rumpelstiltskin of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has one real goal at the outset - [[KnightTemplarParent protect his son.]] Become the Dark One? Start a [[ChainOfDeals series of]] [[DealWithTheDevil monstrous deals]] to have every fairy tale character in his back pocket? Manipulate Regina into casting a curse? It's all part of the bigger plan. Of course, this is also [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] as his ruthlessness drives away the very people he went Unfettered to protect.

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* Rumpelstiltskin of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has one real goal at the outset - [[KnightTemplarParent protect his son.]] son]]. Become the Dark One? Start a [[ChainOfDeals series of]] [[DealWithTheDevil monstrous deals]] to have every fairy tale character in his back pocket? Manipulate Regina into casting a curse? It's all part of the bigger plan. Of course, this is also [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] as his ruthlessness drives away the very people he went Unfettered to protect.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVxrPt1nFOA&feature=fvwrel "Any Means Necessary"]] by Hammerfall

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* [[http://www."[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVxrPt1nFOA&feature=fvwrel "Any Any Means Necessary"]] Necessary]]" by Hammerfall



** This is also how Adorjan sees herself--truly free, free of attachments, free of despair, free of guilt. [[spoiler:Actually, she's got an epic-scale case of PTSD--she's just as chained as the other Yozis, but she dedicates a lot of effort to convincing herself she doesn't care.]] She Who Lives In Her Name, thanks to Cosmic Transcendence of (Virtue), is a straighter example--those with Cosmic Transcendence of Compassion are ruthlessly utilitarian in their pursuit of a better world and tend to resemble the Operative from ''Film/{{Serenity}}''.

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** This is also how Adorjan sees herself--truly free, free of attachments, free of despair, free of guilt. [[spoiler:Actually, she's got an epic-scale case of PTSD--she's just as chained as the other Yozis, but she dedicates a lot of effort to convincing herself she doesn't care.]] care]]. She Who Lives In Her Name, thanks to Cosmic Transcendence of (Virtue), is a straighter example--those with Cosmic Transcendence of Compassion are ruthlessly utilitarian in their pursuit of a better world and tend to resemble the Operative from ''Film/{{Serenity}}''.



** It's mentioned that illumination through losing all sense of [[KarmaMeter Obligation]] is, in fact, the least likely way to become illuminated. Focusing too much on Inspiration, or unmada letting their [[MadScientist madness]] overwhelm them are both far more likely sources of Illumination. Which means that [[ScienceHero paragon of justice and humanity]] that got just a little too obsessed with their new project [[ParanoiaFuel could easily have become illuminated.]] And he won't change much at all on the outside... until one day you find he's permanently grafted his body into his military-grade PowerArmor and has decided to become [[HeWhoFightsMonsters "justice incarnate".]]

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** It's mentioned that illumination through losing all sense of [[KarmaMeter Obligation]] is, in fact, the least likely way to become illuminated. Focusing too much on Inspiration, or unmada letting their [[MadScientist madness]] overwhelm them are both far more likely sources of Illumination. Which means that [[ScienceHero paragon of justice and humanity]] that got just a little too obsessed with their new project [[ParanoiaFuel could easily have become illuminated.]] illuminated]] And he won't change much at all on the outside... until one day you find he's permanently grafted his body into his military-grade PowerArmor and has decided to become [[HeWhoFightsMonsters "justice incarnate".]]"[[HeWhoFightsMonsters justice incarnate]]."



** In the storyline, there's Urza, a WellIntentionedExtremist planeswalker and NominalHero. There are a few times where he comes close to crossing the MoralEventHorizon--over the course of the storyline, he creates entire {{Slave Race}}s of soldiers through eugenics, destroys major landmasses (in one case starting an entire ice age), and in one case hires a psychopath to his party so that he'll have someone to drain the soul of when he inevitably betrays the team--but doesn't by sheer virtue of the fact that all of his deeds are for the purpose of killing Yawgmoth. [[spoiler:Which makes him seem like a total hypocrite when he ''sides with Phyrexia'' after he realizes that Phyrexia is basically everything he ever wanted out of life.]]

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** In the storyline, there's Urza, a WellIntentionedExtremist planeswalker and NominalHero. There are a few times where he comes close to crossing the MoralEventHorizon--over the course of the storyline, he creates entire {{Slave Race}}s of soldiers through eugenics, destroys major landmasses (in one case starting an entire ice age), and in one case hires a psychopath to his party so that he'll have someone to drain the soul of when he inevitably betrays the team--but doesn't by sheer virtue of the fact that all of his deeds are for the purpose of killing Yawgmoth. [[spoiler:Which makes him seem like a total hypocrite when he ''sides with Phyrexia'' after he realizes that Phyrexia is basically everything he ever wanted out of life.]]life]].



* ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'' has Father Elijah, the insane former leader of the Mojave Brotherhood of Steel chapter. Following a disastrous military defeat that saw the chapter driven into exile and terminal decline, Elijah sets out to unearth [[AppliedPhlebotinum lost pre-war technologies]] he can use to bring about the Brotherhood's revival, alongside [[spoiler: massacring the competitors who brought about their downfall in the first place.]] His pursuit of these technologies lead him to first begin fitting people with explosive collars to make them do his bidding, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness whom he kills once their use runs out]], and finally to [[spoiler:Attempt genocide.]]

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* ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'' has Father Elijah, the insane former leader of the Mojave Brotherhood of Steel chapter. Following a disastrous military defeat that saw the chapter driven into exile and terminal decline, Elijah sets out to unearth [[AppliedPhlebotinum lost pre-war technologies]] he can use to bring about the Brotherhood's revival, alongside [[spoiler: massacring the competitors who brought about their downfall in the first place.]] place]]. His pursuit of these technologies lead him to first begin fitting people with explosive collars to make them do his bidding, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness whom he kills once their use runs out]], and finally to [[spoiler:Attempt genocide.]]genocide]].



* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'': Magus does whatever it takes to [[spoiler: destroy Lavos and save his sister,]] including [[spoiler: leading the fiends in a war against humanity, learning dark magic, posing as an oracle to his own people, and even [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking joining the heroes' party.]]]]

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* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'': Magus does whatever it takes to [[spoiler: destroy Lavos and save his sister,]] sister]], including [[spoiler: leading the fiends in a war against humanity, learning dark magic, posing as an oracle to his own people, and even [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking joining the heroes' party.]]]]party]]]].



** [[spoiler:And then comes VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic where after spending three hundred years a prisoner of the Sith Emperor, he becomes completely determined to wipe out all traces of Sith DNA in the galaxy. Which includes 97.8% of the Imperial population.]]

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** [[spoiler:And then comes VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic where after spending three hundred years a prisoner of the Sith Emperor, he becomes completely determined to wipe out all traces of Sith DNA in the galaxy. Which includes 97.8% of the Imperial population.]]population]].



* VideoGame/MaxPayne: ''"Collecting evidence had gotten old a few hundred bullets back. I was already so far beyond the point of no return I couldn't remember what it had looked like when I had passed it."''
* A man has been [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare locked up in a gulag for five years]]. His first act upon getting out? Lead a commando raid on a Russian nuclear missile sub base to [[spoiler: fire a nuke at the US Eastern Seaboard to both garner sympathy for the US and to use the EMP to knock out all the Russian equipment and halt the invasion.]] Because after five years in hell, your mind begins to snap a bit. Or, in his view, your eyes begin to open to possibilities you wouldn't have considered before, and you'll do ''whatever it takes'' to win. Gentlemen, this is what happens to [[spoiler: Captain John Price.]]

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* VideoGame/MaxPayne: ''"Collecting "''Collecting evidence had gotten old a few hundred bullets back. I was already so far beyond the point of no return I couldn't remember what it had looked like when I had passed it."''
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* A man has been [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare locked up in a gulag for five years]]. His first act upon getting out? Lead a commando raid on a Russian nuclear missile sub base to [[spoiler: fire a nuke at the US Eastern Seaboard to both garner sympathy for the US and to use the EMP to knock out all the Russian equipment and halt the invasion.]] invasion]]. Because after five years in hell, your mind begins to snap a bit. Or, in his view, your eyes begin to open to possibilities you wouldn't have considered before, and you'll do ''whatever it takes'' to win. Gentlemen, this is what happens to [[spoiler: Captain John Price.]]Price]].



* Durandal from ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' goes Rampant and begins messing shit up apparently for giggles (typical of the "Anger" stage of Rampancy), but when he calms down, he becomes this: his single goal being prolonging his existence. Anything bad that might happen to the human race is irrelevant. Anything ''good'' that might happen to the human race is irrelevant. Durandal's morality pretty much boils down to "If it's useful, make use of it; if it's useless, ignore it; if it's a threat, kill it." The only reason he more or less "sides" with the player in the games is because the Pfhor are a greater threat to him than humanity is, and the player is "[[OneManArmy very good at killing things]]".

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* Durandal from ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' goes Rampant and begins messing shit up apparently for giggles (typical of the "Anger" stage of Rampancy), but when he calms down, he becomes this: his single goal being prolonging his existence. Anything bad that might happen to the human race is irrelevant. Anything ''good'' that might happen to the human race is irrelevant. Durandal's morality pretty much boils down to "If it's useful, make use of it; if it's useless, ignore it; if it's a threat, kill it." The only reason he more or less "sides" with the player in the games is because the Pfhor are a greater threat to him than humanity is, and the player is "[[OneManArmy very good at killing things]]".things]]."



* Arthas in the human campaign of ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' becomes this more and more as the campaign goes on, not caring what he has to sacrifice if he only can kill Mal'Ganis. [[TheCorruption It didn't end well.]]

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* Arthas in the human campaign of ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' becomes this more and more as the campaign goes on, not caring what he has to sacrifice if he only can kill Mal'Ganis. [[TheCorruption It didn't end well.]]well]].



** Raiden himself slips into this. Over the course of the game, he leaves his family, his job, breaks laws, [[spoiler:cuts through a little boy to get at the evil scientist holding him and other kids hostage, and [[CombatSadomasochist gives into his own bloodlust]].]] When the BigBad claims that they would both do anything to get their way, Raiden doesn't really disagree [[spoiler:and the epilogue reveals that by leaving Maverick to "fight his own wars", he's become the embodiment of Armstrong's ideals]].

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** Raiden himself slips into this. Over the course of the game, he leaves his family, his job, breaks laws, [[spoiler:cuts through a little boy to get at the evil scientist holding him and other kids hostage, and [[CombatSadomasochist gives into his own bloodlust]].]] bloodlust]]]]. When the BigBad claims that they would both do anything to get their way, Raiden doesn't really disagree [[spoiler:and the epilogue reveals that by leaving Maverick to "fight his own wars", he's become the embodiment of Armstrong's ideals]].



* The Batter, the stoic protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Off}}'', is on a mission to purify the world, and he ''will'' see that it's accomplished. [[spoiler:This means killing his supposed wife and child, and, if you choose his ending, throwing a switch that eliminates the ''entire'' world, including himself.]]

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* The Batter, the stoic protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Off}}'', is on a mission to purify the world, and he ''will'' see that it's accomplished. [[spoiler:This means killing his supposed wife and child, and, if you choose his ending, throwing a switch that eliminates the ''entire'' world, including himself.]]himself]].



** J from Verdict Day and the Raven from ArmoredCore 4, especially in the latter's [[RogueProtagonist later appearance in For Answer]]. [[spoiler:The two are heavily implied to be the same individual, despite the massive time gap between games--although they now share vastly different goals, the Raven's being to protect [[DoomedHometown Line Ark]] [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl (and moreover, his love interest Fiona Jarnetfeld, who lives there]] and J's being to [[DeathSeeker create a world in which he can die]].]]

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** J from Verdict Day and the Raven from ArmoredCore 4, especially in the latter's [[RogueProtagonist later appearance in For Answer]]. [[spoiler:The two are heavily implied to be the same individual, despite the massive time gap between games--although they now share vastly different goals, the Raven's being to protect [[DoomedHometown Line Ark]] [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl (and moreover, his love interest Fiona Jarnetfeld, who lives there]] and J's being to [[DeathSeeker create a world in which he can die]].]]die]]]].



* Colress of ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' will, by his own admission, do anything to advance his research into the hidden potential of Pokémon. [[spoiler:He allies himself with Team Plasma in pursuit of this goal, but ultimately acknowledges the merit of the [[ThePowerOfFriendship protagonist's methods]].]]

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* Colress of ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' will, by his own admission, do anything to advance his research into the hidden potential of Pokémon. [[spoiler:He allies himself with Team Plasma in pursuit of this goal, but ultimately acknowledges the merit of the [[ThePowerOfFriendship protagonist's methods]].]]methods]]]].



* Kotomine Kirei from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is possibly the least fettered man in the series. He's willing to [[spoiler:feed orphans to Gilgamesh, ensure Sakura keeps on killing, betray his former student, and unleash Angra Mainyu onto the world (which would ''definitely'' kill all humans)]] all for the sake of [[spoiler:finding out why he's so messed up.]]

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* Kotomine Kirei from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is possibly the least fettered man in the series. He's willing to [[spoiler:feed orphans to Gilgamesh, ensure Sakura keeps on killing, betray his former student, and unleash Angra Mainyu onto the world (which would ''definitely'' kill all humans)]] all for the sake of [[spoiler:finding out why he's so messed up.]]up]].



** The Baron is also an inversion in that ''all'' sparks (Mad Scientists) become unfettered when they enter "The Madness Place". Klaus is one of the few that can retain his focus on the greater good, at least as he defines it.

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** The Baron is also an inversion in that ''all'' sparks (Mad Scientists) become unfettered when they enter "The Madness Place". Place." Klaus is one of the few that can retain his focus on the greater good, at least as he defines it.



** [[spoiler:This is turned on its head in Order of the Stick itself. Tsukiko very much buys into Xykon's interpretation, and threatens to stand in the way of Redcloak creating that goblin utopia. Redcloak promptly spells out that his cooperation with Xykon is a ruse; the goblin utopia ''is'' the goal he places above all else. When she doesn't get it, he shows her exactly how foolish she was being and it doesn't even slow him down.]]

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** [[spoiler:This is turned on its head in Order of the Stick itself. Tsukiko very much buys into Xykon's interpretation, and threatens to stand in the way of Redcloak creating that goblin utopia. Redcloak promptly spells out that his cooperation with Xykon is a ruse; the goblin utopia ''is'' the goal he places above all else. When she doesn't get it, he shows her exactly how foolish she was being and it doesn't even slow him down.]]down]].



** Taylor herself shows little to no hesitation in achieving her goals. Rob a bank, threaten innocent people with black widows? Well, she has to play along if she wants to find out who the Undersiders are working for. Dragon standing in her way? Sorry Dragon, you've been cool, but [[spoiler: Taylor's going to need the inmates of the Birdcage if she's going to take down Scion.]]
** [[spoiler: All of Cauldron save Legend. All they care about is increasing humanity's chances of surviving Zion. Puppeting governments? Human experimentation? Mass kidnapping? Murder? Their own deaths? Whatever is needed.]]

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** Taylor herself shows little to no hesitation in achieving her goals. Rob a bank, threaten innocent people with black widows? Well, she has to play along if she wants to find out who the Undersiders are working for. Dragon standing in her way? Sorry Dragon, you've been cool, but [[spoiler: Taylor's going to need the inmates of the Birdcage if she's going to take down Scion.]]
Scion]].
** [[spoiler: All of Cauldron save Legend. All they care about is increasing humanity's chances of surviving Zion. Puppeting governments? Human experimentation? Mass kidnapping? Murder? Their own deaths? Whatever is needed.]]needed]].



** [[spoiler: As of season 13, he freely relinquishes his memories as they too were restricting him. Turning a light hearted comedy series into one of the most profound and longest written transformation of a character into an Ubermensch.]]

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** [[spoiler: As of season 13, he freely relinquishes his memories as they too were restricting him. Turning a light hearted comedy series into one of the most profound and longest written transformation of a character into an Ubermensch.]]Ubermensch]].



* [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce The Mooninites]] do whatever they want to whomever they want. [[ComedicSociopathy At all times.]]

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* [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce The Mooninites]] do whatever they want to whomever they want. [[ComedicSociopathy At all times.]]times]].



** In a similar vein, [[spoiler:season 2 BigBad Qilby]] is perfectly willing to drain entire worlds of their wakfu [[spoiler:so he can continue traversing the cosmos in the Zinit.]] His rather unique condition has given him an extreme ItsAllAboutMe complex so he believes anything he does is justified because he's the one doing it.

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** In a similar vein, [[spoiler:season 2 BigBad Qilby]] is perfectly willing to drain entire worlds of their wakfu [[spoiler:so he can continue traversing the cosmos in the Zinit.]] Zinit]]. His rather unique condition has given him an extreme ItsAllAboutMe complex so he believes anything he does is justified because he's the one doing it.



* RealLife Buddhist sage Linji: ''"Followers of the Way, if you want to get the kind of understanding that accords with the Dharma, never be misled by others. Whether you're facing inward or facing outward, whatever you meet up with, just kill it! If you meet a buddha, kill the buddha. If you meet a patriarch, kill the patriarch. If you meet an arhat, kill the arhat. If you meet your parents, kill your parents. If you meet your kinfolk, kill your kinfolk. Then for the first time you will gain emancipation, you will not be entangled with things, and you will pass freely anywhere you wish to go."'' For the record, that teaching is about ridding yourself of aspirations/goals: If you're set on attaining enlightenment, don't aspire to become like someone you look up to, respect or (wish to) agree with or please. Just walk the path. Your own path.

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* RealLife Buddhist sage Linji: ''"Followers "''Followers of the Way, if you want to get the kind of understanding that accords with the Dharma, never be misled by others. Whether you're facing inward or facing outward, whatever you meet up with, just kill it! If you meet a buddha, kill the buddha. If you meet a patriarch, kill the patriarch. If you meet an arhat, kill the arhat. If you meet your parents, kill your parents. If you meet your kinfolk, kill your kinfolk. Then for the first time you will gain emancipation, you will not be entangled with things, and you will pass freely anywhere you wish to go."'' go''." For the record, that teaching is about ridding yourself of aspirations/goals: If you're set on attaining enlightenment, don't aspire to become like someone you look up to, respect or (wish to) agree with or please. Just walk the path. Your own path.



* [=LaVeyan=] Satanism encourages its practitioners to become The Unfettered. This is to be expected, as its founder (Anton [=LaVey=]) took inspiration for his philosophy from Creator/FriedrichNietzsche and Creator/AynRand. This is backed up by the Nine Satanic Statements, which include among their number [[TheHedonist "indulgence instead of abstinence"]] and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge "vengeance instead of turning the other cheek"]].

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* [=LaVeyan=] Satanism encourages its practitioners to become The Unfettered. This is to be expected, as its founder (Anton [=LaVey=]) took inspiration for his philosophy from Creator/FriedrichNietzsche and Creator/AynRand. This is backed up by the Nine Satanic Statements, which include among their number [[TheHedonist "indulgence "[[TheHedonist indulgence instead of abstinence"]] abstinence]]" and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge "vengeance "[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge vengeance]] instead of [[TurnTheOtherCheek turning the other cheek"]].cheek]]."



** Finnish sniper Simo Häyhä killed 700 men over the course of 93 days, 500 with his rifle, 200 with his SMG. No sniper in history is more successful than he is. He hid in a tree all day, everyday, in the frozen Finnish winter with only his rifle and a tin can of rations. He kept snow in his mouth at all times to eliminate the fog from his breath, which would reveal his location. He used a rifle without a scope to present a smaller target and eliminate any glare from the sun, which would reveal his location. He froze the snow around his perch so it wouldn't kick up when he fired a shot, which would reveal his location. When asked how he felt about killing so many people, he said "I did what I was told to do as best as I could". When asked how he became so skilled, he said "Practice".
** Carlos Hathcock is another great example of a sniper being unfettered in his job. One of the greatest snipers that the American Military ever produced and a legend in the Marine Corps, Mr. Hathcock had over 90 confirmed sniping kills during the Vietnam War (this means that a fellow solider or officer had to be there to confirm that he made the kill, this doesn't mean he didn't make many more unconfirmed kills) and the enemy feared him so much that they placed a bounty on his head for 30,000 dollars (more than the average Vietnamese citizen made in a life time). His reputation among the Americans who produced him and the enemy he fought was well earned. You would think a guy like this would be a ColdSniper through and through, but he had a very simplistic view of his job as a sniper: "Hell, anybody would be crazy to like to go out and kill folks. I like shooting, and I love hunting. But I never did enjoy killing anybody. It's my job. If I don't get those bastards, then they're gonna kill a lot of these kids we got dressed up like Marines. That's just the way I see it".

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** Finnish sniper Simo Häyhä killed 700 men over the course of 93 days, 500 with his rifle, 200 with his SMG. No sniper in history is more successful than he is. He hid in a tree all day, everyday, in the frozen Finnish winter with only his rifle and a tin can of rations. He kept snow in his mouth at all times to eliminate the fog from his breath, which would reveal his location. He used a rifle without a scope to present a smaller target and eliminate any glare from the sun, which would reveal his location. He froze the snow around his perch so it wouldn't kick up when he fired a shot, which would reveal his location. When asked how he felt about killing so many people, he said "I did what I was told to do as best as I could". could." When asked how he became so skilled, he said "Practice".
"Practice."
** Carlos Hathcock is another great example of a sniper being unfettered in his job. One of the greatest snipers that the American Military ever produced and a legend in the Marine Corps, Mr. Hathcock had over 90 confirmed sniping kills during the Vietnam War (this means that a fellow solider or officer had to be there to confirm that he made the kill, this doesn't mean he didn't make many more unconfirmed kills) and the enemy feared him so much that they placed a bounty on his head for 30,000 dollars (more than the average Vietnamese citizen made in a life time). His reputation among the Americans who produced him and the enemy he fought was well earned. You would think a guy like this would be a ColdSniper through and through, but he had a very simplistic view of his job as a sniper: "Hell, anybody would be crazy to like to go out and kill folks. I like shooting, and I love hunting. But I never did enjoy killing anybody. It's my job. If I don't get those bastards, then they're gonna kill a lot of these kids we got dressed up like Marines. That's just the way I see it".it."
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