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8th May '16 10:39:14 PM damus2300
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* Walter from ''Series/TheGoodGuys'' is a terrible getaway driver who just got out of jail but he can't keep his promise to his daughter to stay on the straight because he craves the excitement of crime. He goes back to prison knowing staying out of his daughter's life is for the best.

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* Walter from ''Series/TheGoodGuys'' ''Series/TheGoodGuys''
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is a terrible getaway driver who just got out of jail but he can't keep his promise to his daughter to stay on the straight because he craves the excitement of crime. He goes back to prison knowing staying out of his daughter's life is for the best.best.
** Senator Buddy Haverton is a greedy politician but it's implied his appetite for money and women led him astray from doing public service. Thanks to his VillainousBreakdown, the investigation into a company dumping toxic waste (which he was being paid to bury and he was secretly responsible for) will get trashed and [[KarmaHoudini the company will get away with it]].
5th May '16 8:42:41 PM damus2300
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* Ray Finkle [[spoiler: aka Lois Einhorn]] from AceVenturaPetDetective. He simply missed a 26-yard field goal that cost the Miami Dolphins a Super Bowl game, but it caused him to lose his place on the team and vilified him in his hometown, enough for him to blame the whole thing on quarterback Dan Marino and plot to kidnap him and the team's mascot for revenge years later. As Ace himself said, "Poor guy with a motive, baby."

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* Ray Finkle [[spoiler: aka Lois Einhorn]] from AceVenturaPetDetective.Film/AceVenturaPetDetective. He simply missed a 26-yard field goal that cost the Miami Dolphins a Super Bowl game, but it caused him to lose his place on the team and vilified him in his hometown, enough for him to blame the whole thing on quarterback Dan Marino and plot to kidnap him and the team's mascot for revenge years later. As Ace himself said, "Poor guy with a motive, baby."
5th May '16 8:40:12 PM damus2300
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5th May '16 8:40:03 PM damus2300
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' season 1 had Ulrich Kohl, a former East German government assassin. He found out his team sold him out to the Americans when Communism fell so he took his wife Anja and tried to escape but she was killed and he was imprisoned for 30 years before escaping to track down and kill his traitorous former allies. [[spoiler: It turned out the Americans helped Anja fake her death after she found out what Kohl did for a living. Kohl also found out too late that he has a daughter. Kohl also planned to kill himself after he was done.]]

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' season ''Series/PersonOfInterest''
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1 had Ulrich Kohl, a former East German government assassin. He found out his team sold him out to the Americans when Communism fell so he took his wife Anja and tried to escape but she was killed and he was imprisoned for 30 years before escaping to track down and kill his traitorous former allies. [[spoiler: It turned out the Americans helped Anja fake her death after she found out what Kohl did for a living. Kohl also found out too late that he has a daughter. Kohl also planned to kill himself after he was done.]]


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** Season 3 had Peter Collier whose brother was wrongfully arrested on suspicion of being a terrorist until he killed himself. The government refused to take responsibility for his death and Collier joins Vigilance to get revenge but turns it from a bunch of glorified vandals into a domestic terror group. [[spoiler: Decima created Vigilance as it's UnwittingPawn and they were all killed once they've served their purpose.]]
5th May '16 8:33:06 PM damus2300
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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' with Mojo Jojo, who claimed that he was once Professor Utonium's faithful lab assistant who was ignored following the girls' creation and his transformation into an EvilGenius, thus leading him to become a villain. In reality, he was a destructive chimp who broke everything he touched and Professor Utonium finally threw him out after the girls were born.
29th Apr '16 9:05:01 PM damus2300
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* Cole from ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' is a half-demon sent to kill the Charmed Ones but he falls in love with Phoebe. He wants to stay good for her but fate keeps causing him to turn to evil until they finally kill him. It's only as a disembodied spirit does he get a little but of redemption.
24th Apr '16 7:04:34 AM damus2300
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* Deleted scenes from ''Film/EmpireRecords'' reveal Rex Manning to be this. He is a genuinely talented artist but he sold out and now he can't perform the music he wants. His attempt at redemption by joining in the rooftop concert in the climax [[HeelFaceDoorSlam ends with him getting arrested]].
21st Apr '16 8:29:48 PM damus2300
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* Walter from ''Series/TheGoodGuys'' is a terrible getaway driver who just got out of jail but he can't keep his promise to his daughter to stay on the straight because he craves the excitement of crime. He goes back to prison knowing staying out of his daughter's life is for the best.
19th Apr '16 2:10:37 PM Angeldeb82
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** The original game has [[spoiler: Yanni Yogi]], whose fiance was DrivenToSuicide after he was arrested under suspicion of murder. His lawyer got him an insanity verdict, but [[spoiler: Yogi]] lost everything. Years later he [[spoiler: killed his lawyer and tried to frame Edgworth]].

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** The original game has [[spoiler: Yanni Yogi]], whose fiance fiancée was DrivenToSuicide after he was arrested under suspicion of murder. His lawyer got him an insanity verdict, but [[spoiler: Yogi]] lost everything. Years later he [[spoiler: killed his lawyer and tried to frame Edgworth]].Edgeworth]].



** The same game has [[spoiler: Acro]]. He and his brother were abandoned by their parents at a young age. Thewy were adopted into a circus, and [[spoiler:Acro]] came to see the ringmaster as a father figure. After a prank gone wrong, [[spoiler: Acro]] ended up being crippled in a lion attack while his brother was placed in a coma. [[spoiler: Acro]] tried to kill the ringmasters daughter (who was responsible for the accident) but ended up accidentaly killing the ringmaster instead. He ended up unintentionally framing an innocent man for the crime. He wanted to turn himself in and clear the other man's name, but couldn't because he was still waiting for his brother to recover from his coma.

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** The same game has [[spoiler: Acro]]. He and his brother were abandoned by their parents at a young age. Thewy They were adopted into a circus, and [[spoiler:Acro]] came to see the ringmaster as a father figure. After a prank gone wrong, [[spoiler: Acro]] ended up being crippled in a lion attack while his brother was placed in a coma. [[spoiler: Acro]] tried to kill the ringmasters ringmaster's daughter (who was responsible for the accident) but ended up accidentaly accidentally killing the ringmaster instead. He ended up unintentionally framing an innocent man for the crime. He wanted to turn himself in and clear the other man's name, but couldn't because he was still waiting for his brother to recover from his coma.
19th Apr '16 2:04:48 PM Angeldeb82
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May also be a TragicMonster; there is strong overlap. Highly sympathetic ones may be [[AntiVillain Anti-Villains]] and [[SortingAlgorithmOfFaceHeelTurning prime candidates for]] [[HeelFaceTurn redemption]], but also [[RedemptionEqualsDeath everything]] [[RedemptionEarnsLife associated]]. Compare to WellIntentionedExtremist, who commits evil actions in hopes of producing good results. Also compare ByronicHero, who is a similarly sympathetic but flawed and morally conflicted character. Overlaps with WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds when their destruction is a result of the extreme mistreatment they have endured. There's also LoveMakesYouEvil, where they act out of villainous actions, due to either losing the ones they love, or have never been loved before, which overlaps with IJustWantToBeLoved.

Contrast CompleteMonster, a villain who is pure evil and devoid of relatable qualities. (a Tragic Villain could become such if they [[DisproportionateRetribution act worse than,]] [[TookALevelInJerkass or lose their sympathetic traits]]).


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May also be a TragicMonster; there is strong overlap. Highly sympathetic ones may be [[AntiVillain Anti-Villains]] and [[SortingAlgorithmOfFaceHeelTurning prime candidates for]] [[HeelFaceTurn redemption]], but also [[RedemptionEqualsDeath everything]] [[RedemptionEarnsLife associated]]. Compare to WellIntentionedExtremist, who commits evil actions in hopes of producing good results. Also compare ByronicHero, who is a similarly sympathetic but flawed and morally conflicted character. Overlaps with WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds when their destruction is a result of the extreme mistreatment they have endured. There's also LoveMakesYouEvil, where they act out of villainous actions, due to either losing the ones they love, or have never been loved before, which overlaps with IJustWantToBeLoved.

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Contrast CompleteMonster, a villain who is pure evil and devoid of relatable qualities. (a (A Tragic Villain could become such if they [[DisproportionateRetribution act worse than,]] [[TookALevelInJerkass or lose their sympathetic traits]]).

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