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16th Sep '16 11:08:30 PM Sharysa
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* PlayedWith regarding Cord Cai in ''[[{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}} Takotsubo: The story of a superhero.]]'' Cord is a very troubled young man who was trying to get his life in order, before [[DeathByOriginStory his fiance Roland got shot in a carjacking.]] Thanks to the [[PoliceAreUseless Oakland police-force majorly fucking up,]] he tracks the murderer down, shoots him in the head, and starts a gang as the vigilante Tin Man because he thinks he has no other choice. However, while Cord ''thinks'' he's [[InternalizedCategorism another Asian failure who can't escape the gang life]], he doesn't even notice that he's gone through the classic SuperheroOrigin Story.

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* PlayedWith regarding Cord Cai in ''[[{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}} Takotsubo: The story of a superhero.]]'' Cord is a very troubled young man who was trying to get his life in order, before [[DeathByOriginStory his fiance Roland got shot in a carjacking.]] Thanks to After the [[PoliceAreUseless Oakland police-force police force majorly fucking fucked up,]] he tracks the murderer down, shoots him in the head, and starts a gang as the vigilante Tin Man because [[HeroicSelfDeprecation he thinks he has no other choice. doesn't think he's good enough for anything else.]] However, while Cord ''thinks'' he's [[InternalizedCategorism another Asian failure who can't escape the gang life]], he doesn't even notice that he's gone through the classic SuperheroOrigin Story.
3rd Sep '16 11:06:15 AM TrollBrutal
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* ''Series/TheWire''
** Avon Barksdale is a fundamentally good man who just happens to be a drug lord. To him, The Game is just a means to an end into helping his community. Never does he do someone a favor and ask something in return. He prizes family most of all and treats String like a brother. It all goes wrong when he finds out String had his nephew D'Angelo killed and helps him cover it up. Avon then finds out String played off Omar and Mouzone against each other and the latter almost got killed. Mouzone threatens to cut his New York mob connections so he gives up his best friend to be killed but not before String betrays him to the police because he won't back down from his war with Marlo (which String promised he would back like always) after the New Day Co-Op threatens to cut off their drug supply. Avon realizes too late how wasteful everything has been but he gets arrested for parole violations and must serve the remainder of his 25 year sentence. In prison he is still formidable but everything he valued, his family most of all, has abandoned him.
** Randy's journey into villainy underscores the theme of the police's inability to protect citizens.
28th Aug '16 11:24:38 AM KingLyger
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** From ''Trials and Tribulations,'' there's Godot. [[spoiler:His plan to kill Misty Fey [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot could have been entirely avoided]] had he just gone to Phoenix for help. But he hated both Phoenix and himself for failing to protect a woman in their lives. Godot's desire for {{Revenge}} nearly got Maya killed, and required Godot to kill Misty Fey to get what he wanted. Godot even admits his faults when Phoenix exposes his crimes.]]
22nd Aug '16 3:07:38 PM Premonition45
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** Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker. Sure, he's pretty evil (although nowhere near as evil as [[BigBad Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious]]. ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' has Vader sacrifice himself in order to save his son, but it is the Prequel Trilogy and that makes further use of this trope, as it is revealed that Anakin was manipulated by Emperor Palpatine and [[FallenHero fell to the dark side]] out of a desire to save the lives of his wife and unborn children. To add insult to injury ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' reveals that Vader's [[spoiler:only grandson, Ben Solo,]] developed an obsession with following in his foosteps, falling to the dark side, betraying Luke and murdering his own father.

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** Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker. Sure, he's pretty evil (although nowhere near as evil as [[BigBad Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious]]. ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' has Vader sacrifice himself in order to save his son, but it is the Prequel Trilogy and that makes further use of this trope, as it is revealed that Anakin was manipulated by Emperor Palpatine and [[FallenHero fell to the dark side]] out of a desire to save the lives of his wife and unborn children. To add insult to injury ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' reveals that Vader's [[spoiler:only grandson, Ben Solo,]] developed an obsession with following in his foosteps, falling to the dark side, betraying Luke and [[spoiler:and murdering his own father.father]].
6th Aug '16 11:58:49 PM damus2300
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* ''Film/VantagePoint''
** Enrique is a patsy of the terrorists because he's in love with one.
** Javier is forced to help [[spoiler:abduct the president because terrorists kidnapped his brother. They are both killed when they served their purpose]].
3rd Aug '16 6:06:29 AM damus2300
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* ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'' has Daemon Blackfyre II who tries to start a rebellion but he is just a pawn by other nobles and his support evaporates when he loses a jousting match. He possibly spent the rest of his life as a prisoner in the Red Keep.
3rd Aug '16 5:49:45 AM damus2300
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* Helga from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is raised by an emotionally coarse father and a mother with substance abuse problems and she grows up mean and angry. This makes it almost impossible for her to admit her true feelings for Arnold.
3rd Aug '16 5:27:07 AM damus2300
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* The Akuma from ''Manga/DGrayMan'' could count, especially the ones given backstories, like [[spoiler: Mimi, Crea/Claire from the first few episodes, and the witch from the witch arc.]]

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* %%* The Akuma from ''Manga/DGrayMan'' could count, especially the ones given backstories, like [[spoiler: Mimi, Crea/Claire from the first few episodes, and the witch from the witch arc.]]



* [[spoiler:Vincent Volaju]] from ''Anime/CowboyBebop: TheMovie''.

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* %%* [[spoiler:Vincent Volaju]] from ''Anime/CowboyBebop: TheMovie''.



** Bane sometimes.

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** Dr. Octopus in ''Film/SpiderMan2''.

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** Dr. Octopus in ''Film/SpiderMan2''.''Film/SpiderMan2'' is eaten up by guilt after a FreakLabAccident and is driven mad by the AI controlling his cybernetic arms .



* 2014 Disney movie ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the villain of the original story, Maleficent, who seeks vengeance after her fairy wings are taken.

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* 2014 Disney movie ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the villain of the original story, Maleficent, who seeks vengeance after her fairy wings are taken.



* The Candyman of the Film/{{Candyman}} films. After falling in love with a white woman, he was tortured and killed by her father and the cruel villagers, who cut off his hand, covered him in honey, and let him get stung to death by bees. Lessened in that after his death, he returns to kill innocent people unrelated to his death, even going as far as to target babies.

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* The Candyman of the Film/{{Candyman}} films.Film/{{Candyman}}. After falling in love with a white woman, he was tortured and killed by her father and the cruel villagers, who cut off his hand, covered him in honey, and let him get stung to death by bees. Lessened in that after his death, he returns to kill innocent people unrelated to his death, even going as far as to target babies.
2nd Aug '16 7:18:04 AM damus2300
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* The terrorists from ''Series/TwentyFour'' season 5 often have grievous reasons to attack the Russian government (and the US for helping it). One of them has a wife who has been in prison for many years and a child in a "government facility" because of his anti-imperialist beliefs.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has its share, both in the Horus Heresy and the 41's millenium.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has its share, both in the Horus Heresy and the 41's 41st millenium.


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** Ahriman of the Thousand Sons is revealed to be sorry for the spell that locked his comrades' souls into their armor but continues to commit vile acts to find the knowledge to cure them.
1st Aug '16 7:47:28 PM Mario1995
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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** An ''unsympathetic'' example is Khan Noonien Singh in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. He has the central hallmark of a tragic character: he suffers a catastrophic event (i.e. a freak planetary disaster that leads to the deaths of his wife and most of his crew) that effectively drives him into committing evil......except given that he was already a ruthless evil dictator in [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original TV series]], he goes from being AffablyEvil into a completely-deranged demagogue blinded by his desire to get revenge on James T. Kirk, who he blames solely for the deaths of his loved ones. Still, it's not completely hard to feel sorry for Khan when [[spoiler:he's left to die in the exploding ''Reliant'' starship]].
** The alternate reality universe gives Khan a ''much'' better tragic representation in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''. Although he is the same genocidal dictator as the prime universe, [[spoiler:he and his people end up being exploited by Starfleet Admiral Alexander Marcus with the intent of drumming up war against the Klingons]]. Khan was against [[spoiler:Marcus' scheme, but was forced to comply when Marcus threatened to ''kill his crew'' if he didn't comply]]. Thus, not everyone is disgusted at Khan when [[spoiler:he crushes Marcus' skull in retaliation]].
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