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27th Sep '16 5:39:46 PM pinkdalek
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* Squall Leonheart from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' is a handsome loner who is plagued by a deeply troubled past and [[NoSocialSkills his inability to communicate with other people.]] While a genuine Wangst material, him being surrounded by quirky friends especially the PluckyGirl love interest causes him to come off as an {{Adorkable}} super soldier who [[FacePalm facepalms]] and [[DeadpanSnarker snarks]] a lot. That, and he has a tendency to show his [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther actual cares]] toward friends as he develops more as a person, usually through monologues.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'':
** Lightning as a rare female example. She's a beautiful soldier who was forced to become the head of her house at a young age following her parents' death, and fought long and hard as a soldier in order support and protect her younger sister, Serah. She puts up a cold, stern mask to hide her vulnerability, but in doing so estranges the very person she sought to protect, not even realizing when Serah was turned into a l'cie during her absence. When trying to save Serah from the government captivity, Lightning herself was turned into l'cie and was hunted as a fugitive.
** Similarly, Cid Raines, a young Brigadier General who, despite his high position and good looks, holds a very dark secret: namely that he is a l'cie working under [[BigBad Barthandaleus]] in order to help the heroes (themselves were turned l'cie) to destroy Cocoon. His datalog in ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'' expands his BackStory further, mentioning how had sought to defy the gods and free humanity from the Fal'cie's rule, but lost the fight and was cruelly turned into their puppet.

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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Invoked by Cloud's JerkassFacade SexierAlterEgo in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', a hardened and highly-decorated mercenary with a mysterious past, a disaffected, sulky attitude and a love of striking poses and riding motorbikes. This attitude leads to women swarming around him, with [[SacrificialLamb Jessie]] outright telling Cloud she finds him attractive because of his bad-boy attitude. He later shifts to a slightly different form of 'troubled' once it becomes clear that he's insane, and Tifa and Barret continue to adore him anyway. Once he has a HeroicBSOD and admits to Tifa that in reality he'd just been a lonely, angry town misfit who'd been trying to prove his strength by picking fights so that people would like him, she admits she found that part of him fascinating as a teenager.
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Squall Leonheart from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' is a handsome loner who is plagued by a deeply troubled past and [[NoSocialSkills his inability to communicate with other people.]] He's also a schoolboy in a white tshirt and leather jacket, playing off the stereotypical appearance of this type. While a genuine Wangst material, him being surrounded by quirky friends especially the PluckyGirl love interest causes him to come off as an {{Adorkable}} super soldier who [[FacePalm facepalms]] and [[DeadpanSnarker snarks]] a lot. That, and he has a tendency to show his [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther actual cares]] toward friends as he develops more as a person, usually through monologues.
* ** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'':
** *** Lightning as a rare female example. She's a beautiful soldier who was forced to become the head of her house at a young age following her parents' death, and fought long and hard as a soldier in order support and protect her younger sister, Serah. She puts up a cold, stern mask to hide her vulnerability, but in doing so estranges the very person she sought to protect, not even realizing when Serah was turned into a l'cie during her absence. When trying to save Serah from the government captivity, Lightning herself was turned into l'cie and was hunted as a fugitive.
** *** Similarly, Cid Raines, a young Brigadier General who, despite his high position and good looks, holds a very dark secret: namely that he is a l'cie working under [[BigBad Barthandaleus]] in order to help the heroes (themselves were turned l'cie) to destroy Cocoon. His datalog in ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'' expands his BackStory further, mentioning how had sought to defy the gods and free humanity from the Fal'cie's rule, but lost the fight and was cruelly turned into their puppet.
22nd Sep '16 9:03:48 PM nombretomado
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%% * ''BeverlyHills90210'':

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19th Sep '16 7:48:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* FriedrichNietzsche certainly had his emotional troubles, but was a kind, mild-mannered individual despite the grandiose nature of his philosophy, as his female pen pals attested.

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* FriedrichNietzsche Creator/FriedrichNietzsche certainly had his emotional troubles, but was a kind, mild-mannered individual despite the grandiose nature of his philosophy, as his female pen pals attested.
1st Sep '16 6:21:43 PM BB8ForPresident
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* Jess on ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', who never actually got around to having a heart of gold. He got to heart of bronze-silver alloy, but it's a rather subtle thing. He probably would have gotten the heart of gold if they hadn't [[PutOnABus put him on a bus]] to California to live with his biological father in order to set up a spinoff that never happened, and moreover, his heart of gold got to shine later in when he reappeared for two episodes in the sixth season, having grown out of his jerkiness and into some responsibility (paying Luke back for at least the car and NOT making out with Rory when she reveals she's still with Logan).

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* Jess on ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', who never actually got around to having a heart arrived fresh out of gold. He got to heart of bronze-silver alloy, but it's a rather subtle thing. He probably would have gotten the heart rougher side of gold if they hadn't New York, and horrified the idyllic, small-town Stars Hollow with his rebelliousness, rudeness and prank-pulling. He also carried a lot of personal baggage from his DisappearedDad, neglectful, unstable mother and her rounds of scummy boyfriends and husbands. That said, he turned out to be very intelligent and a total bookworm which was enough for good-girl, straight-A student Rory to fall for him despite his issues. He also did genuinely care about her and his uncle Luke, although he was terrible at showing it. After being [[PutOnABus put him on a bus]] to California to live with his biological father in order to set up a spinoff that never happened, and moreover, his heart of gold got to shine later in when he reappeared for two episodes returned in the sixth season, season having grown out shed most of his jerkiness troubled aspects, matured greatly, actually learned to communicate and into some responsibility (paying Luke back for at least the car and NOT making out reconnected with Rory when she reveals she's still with Logan).and Luke.
3rd Aug '16 8:51:10 AM whereismytea
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* In ''Anime/{{Endride}}'', Emilio is the princely version of this trope. He is quite {{bishonen}} and has an [[ChildhoodFriendRomance interested childhood friend]], but his personality became completely warped after hearing his ParentalSubstitute killed his father, and he started wanting [[RevengeBeforeReason revenge beyond all reason]].
23rd Jun '16 5:48:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* In one episode of ''{{Birdz}}'', we meet Riley Raven, a good-looking bad boy who does whatever he wants, and is considered a "bad egg" for it. We later learn that he acts this way because of his workaholic parents never having time for him.

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* In one episode of ''{{Birdz}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdz}}'', we meet Riley Raven, a good-looking bad boy who does whatever he wants, and is considered a "bad egg" for it. We later learn that he acts this way because of his workaholic parents never having time for him.



* ''XMenEvolution'':

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%% * Lance from ''SymBionicTitan''.

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%% * Lance from ''SymBionicTitan''.''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''.
10th Jun '16 11:05:35 PM Doug86
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%% * Ryoki from ''HotGimmick''.

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%% * Ryoki from ''HotGimmick''.''Manga/HotGimmick''.
27th May '16 4:30:17 AM erforce
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%% * Billy Costigan in ''TheDeparted'', to Madolyn.

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%% * Billy Costigan in ''TheDeparted'', ''Film/TheDeparted'', to Madolyn.



%% * John Bender in the mid-1980s Creator/BratPack film, ''TheBreakfastClub''

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%% * John Bender in the mid-1980s Creator/BratPack film, ''TheBreakfastClub''''Film/TheBreakfastClub''



%% * Warren Peace of ''SkyHigh'', proving you can never go wrong with [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything a Firebender]] [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender with father issues]].

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%% * Warren Peace of ''SkyHigh'', ''Film/SkyHigh'', proving you can never go wrong with [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything a Firebender]] [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender with father issues]].
15th May '16 12:02:18 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', pre-[[StartOfDarkness supervillainy]] [[{{Magneto}} Erik Lehnsherr]] is a {{Badass}} [[NaziHunter Nazi-hunting]] ByronicHero with an intensely DarkAndTroubledPast (involving the Holocaust, loss of his parents, ''and'' being a victim of human experimentation) and bucketloads of trauma and cynicism. He also wears a leather jacket on a few occasions.

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* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', pre-[[StartOfDarkness supervillainy]] [[{{Magneto}} [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} Erik Lehnsherr]] is a {{Badass}} [[NaziHunter Nazi-hunting]] ByronicHero with an intensely DarkAndTroubledPast (involving the Holocaust, loss of his parents, ''and'' being a victim of human experimentation) and bucketloads of trauma and cynicism. He also wears a leather jacket on a few occasions.
8th May '16 1:59:33 PM Morgenthaler
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%% * ''InDeath'': Roarke is sexy, with a DarkAndTroubledPast to match.

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%% * ''InDeath'': ''Literature/InDeath'': Roarke is sexy, with a DarkAndTroubledPast to match.
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