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12th Sep '16 8:02:11 PM SolidSonicTH
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* In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', Phoenix Wright has been out of the law business for the better part of a decade. When met with an opportunity not only to identify a murderer but [[spoiler:get back at the person who drummed him out of the work in the first place]], he does so by [[spoiler:relying on the tactic (evidence forgery) that derailed his career in the first place]]. At least this time he did it for the right reason ([[spoiler:since the evidence necessary to convict the killer was taken by said killer at the scene]]), as opposed to being on the wrong end of it ([[spoiler:where the tainted evidence was used to sabotage his case instead of provide a falsified advantage]]). Still, it's certainly not something he'd ever have resorted to otherwise.

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* In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', Phoenix Wright has been out of the law business for the better part of a decade. When met with an opportunity not only to identify a murderer but [[spoiler:get back at the person who drummed him out of the work in the first place]], he does so by [[spoiler:relying on the tactic (evidence forgery) that derailed was originally responsible for derailing his career in the first place]].career]]. At least this time he did it for the right reason ([[spoiler:since the evidence necessary to convict the killer was taken by said killer at the scene]]), as opposed to being on the wrong end of it ([[spoiler:where the tainted evidence was used to sabotage his case instead of provide a falsified advantage]]). Still, it's certainly not something he'd ever have resorted to otherwise.
6th Sep '16 7:00:53 AM valkorus
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' gives us Dominar Rygel of Hyneria, a [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere cowardly]], [[StickyFingers kleptomaniacal]], [[NobleFugitive dethroned monarch]] (only in the figurative sense - he still has a flying throne he uses for transportation) with [[ItsAllAboutMe shaky moral values]], and who is implied (and sometimes shown) to be capable of some [[DecapitationPresentation very]] [[SuicideAttack dark]] [[TheJoysOfTorturingMooks deeds]]. However, he is still unquestionably a hero, and it is suggested that many of his more vile character traits are a direct result of his being dethroned, exiled, and tortured for cycles on end by a sadistic Peacekeeper.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' gives us Dominar Rygel of Hyneria, a [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere cowardly]], [[StickyFingers kleptomaniacal]], [[NobleFugitive dethroned monarch]] (only in the figurative sense - he still has a flying throne he uses for transportation) with [[ItsAllAboutMe shaky moral values]], and who is implied (and sometimes shown) to be capable of some [[DecapitationPresentation very]] [[SuicideAttack [[MoralPragmatist dark]] [[TheJoysOfTorturingMooks deeds]]. However, he is still unquestionably a hero, and it is suggested that many of his more vile character traits are a direct result of his being dethroned, exiled, and tortured for cycles on end by a sadistic Peacekeeper.
6th Sep '16 6:48:45 AM valkorus
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' gives us Dominar Rygel of Hyneria, a [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere cowardly]], [[StickyFingers kleptomaniacal]], [[NobleFugitive dethroned monarch]] (only in the figurative sense - he still has a flying throne he uses for transportation) with [[ItsAllAboutMe shaky moral values]], and who is implied to be capable of some [[DecapitationPresentation very]] [[SuicideAttack dark]] [[TheJoysOfTorturingMooks deeds]]. However, he is still unquestionably a hero, and it is implied that many of his more vile character traits are a direct result of his being dethroned, exiled, and tortured for cycles on end by a sadistic Peacekeeper.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' gives us Dominar Rygel of Hyneria, a [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere cowardly]], [[StickyFingers kleptomaniacal]], [[NobleFugitive dethroned monarch]] (only in the figurative sense - he still has a flying throne he uses for transportation) with [[ItsAllAboutMe shaky moral values]], and who is implied (and sometimes shown) to be capable of some [[DecapitationPresentation very]] [[SuicideAttack dark]] [[TheJoysOfTorturingMooks deeds]]. However, he is still unquestionably a hero, and it is implied suggested that many of his more vile character traits are a direct result of his being dethroned, exiled, and tortured for cycles on end by a sadistic Peacekeeper.
6th Sep '16 6:30:42 AM valkorus
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' gives us Dominar Rygel of Hyneria, a [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere cowardly]], [[StickyFingers kleptomaniacal]], [[NobleFugitive dethroned monarch]] (only in the literal sense - he still has a flying throne he uses for transportation) with [[ItsAllAboutMe shaky moral values]], and who is implied to be capable of some [[DecapitationPresentation very]] [[SuicideAttack dark]] [[TheJoysOfTorturingMooks deeds]]. However, he is still unquestionably a hero, and it is implied that many of his more vile character traits are a direct result of his being dethroned, exiled, and tortured for cycles on end by a sadistic Peacekeeper.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' gives us Dominar Rygel of Hyneria, a [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere cowardly]], [[StickyFingers kleptomaniacal]], [[NobleFugitive dethroned monarch]] (only in the literal figurative sense - he still has a flying throne he uses for transportation) with [[ItsAllAboutMe shaky moral values]], and who is implied to be capable of some [[DecapitationPresentation very]] [[SuicideAttack dark]] [[TheJoysOfTorturingMooks deeds]]. However, he is still unquestionably a hero, and it is implied that many of his more vile character traits are a direct result of his being dethroned, exiled, and tortured for cycles on end by a sadistic Peacekeeper.
6th Sep '16 6:30:04 AM valkorus
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* ''Series/{Farscape}'' gives us Dominar Rygel of Hyneria, a [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere cowardly]], [[StickyFingers kleptomaniacal]], [[NobleFugitive dethroned monarch]] (only in the literal sense - he still has a flying throne he uses for transportation) with [[ItsAllAboutMe shaky moral values]], and who is implied to be capable of some [[DecapitationPresentation very]] [[SuicideAttack dark]] [[TheJoysOfTorturingMooks deeds]]. However, he is still unquestionably a hero, and it is implied that many of his more vile character traits are a direct result of his being dethroned, exiled, and tortured for cycles on end by a sadistic Peacekeeper.

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* ''Series/{Farscape}'' ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' gives us Dominar Rygel of Hyneria, a [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere cowardly]], [[StickyFingers kleptomaniacal]], [[NobleFugitive dethroned monarch]] (only in the literal sense - he still has a flying throne he uses for transportation) with [[ItsAllAboutMe shaky moral values]], and who is implied to be capable of some [[DecapitationPresentation very]] [[SuicideAttack dark]] [[TheJoysOfTorturingMooks deeds]]. However, he is still unquestionably a hero, and it is implied that many of his more vile character traits are a direct result of his being dethroned, exiled, and tortured for cycles on end by a sadistic Peacekeeper.
6th Sep '16 6:28:06 AM valkorus
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* ''Series/{Farscape}'' gives us Dominar Rygel of Hyneria, a [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere cowardly]], [[StickyFingers kleptomaniacal]], [[NobleFugitive dethroned monarch]] (only in the literal sense - he still has a flying throne he uses for transportation) with [[ItsAllAboutMe shaky moral values]], and who is implied to be capable of some [[DecapitationPresentation very]] [[SuicideAttack dark]] [[TheJoysOfTorturingMooks deeds]]. However, he is still unquestionably a hero, and it is implied that many of his more vile character traits are a direct result of his being dethroned, exiled, and tortured for cycles on end by a sadistic Peacekeeper.
10th Aug '16 2:25:09 PM starkitty93
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* Frank Bannister in ''Film/TheFrighteners. He cons people by sending ghosts to haunt houses so he can come and "exorcise" them, disrupts funerals in order to promote his business, and is shown to be quite rude to the ghosts he works with; however at least he isn't like [[BigBad Johnny Bartlett]] who murders people for game. By the end of the film, Frank has become a better person.

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* Frank Bannister in ''Film/TheFrighteners.''Film/TheFrighteners''. He cons people by sending ghosts to haunt houses so he can come and "exorcise" them, disrupts funerals in order to promote his business, and is shown to be quite rude to the ghosts he works with; however at least he isn't like [[BigBad Johnny Bartlett]] who murders people for game. By the end of the film, Frank has become a better person.
10th Aug '16 2:24:16 PM starkitty93
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* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', especially Jake. They mean well enough as they just want to save the orphanage they grew up in, but they're not above scamming patrons, acting like jackasses and endangering bystanders more than they really need to.

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* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', Frank Bannister in ''Film/TheFrighteners. He cons people by sending ghosts to haunt houses so he can come and "exorcise" them, disrupts funerals in order to promote his business, and is shown to be quite rude to the ghosts he works with; however at least he isn't like [[BigBad Johnny Bartlett]] who murders people for game. By the end of the film, Frank has become a better person.
*''Film/TheBluesBrothers'',
especially Jake. They mean well enough as they just want to save the orphanage they grew up in, but they're not above scamming patrons, acting like jackasses and endangering bystanders more than they really need to.
31st Jul '16 5:01:13 AM eowynjedi
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* Thomas Cromwell is portrayed as this in ''Literature/WolfHall'', with a ''very'' colourful past, and being quite willing to abuse the system to have his enemies executed.



* Thomas Cromwell, as portrayed in ''Literature/WolfHall''. He's portrayed as having many good qualities: a fair-minded businessman and lawyer, a good husband, determined to give his children a better upbringing than [[AbusiveParents the one he got]], and intensely loyal to Cardinal Wolsey. However, he is rumored to have killed a man as a teenager, spent time as a mercenary on the Continent, and willingly engineers the execution of Anne Boleyn and her supposed "lovers" because of the role they played in Wolsey's downfall. So he is shown as a good man in most aspects, but tarnishes himself by his unwillingness to forget insults and willingness to serve the ruthless and capricious Henry VIII.

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* Thomas Cromwell, as portrayed in ''Literature/WolfHall''. He's portrayed as having many good qualities: a fair-minded businessman and lawyer, a good husband, determined to give his children a better upbringing than [[AbusiveParents the one he got]], and intensely loyal to Cardinal Wolsey. However, he is rumored to have killed a man as a teenager, spent time as a mercenary on the Continent, and willingly engineers the execution of Anne Boleyn and her supposed "lovers" because of the role they played in Wolsey's downfall. So he is shown as a good man in most aspects, but tarnishes himself by his unwillingness to forget insults and willingness to serve the ruthless and capricious Henry VIII.
27th Jul '16 2:36:52 PM wname8037
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* [[PayEvilUntoEvil Vino]] from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is one of the [[MostTriumphantExample most quintessential examples]], gruesomely killing and torturing unsympathetic characters throughout the show.



* The protagonists of ''Anime/HellGirl'' seem to be this at first, especially Hone-Onna. They've always gone after the AssholeVictim...well, until much later on that is, where they start being less restrained about who gets sent to hell.



** [[spoiler:His successors Near and Mello]] are a mix of this and NominalHero.

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** [[spoiler:His successors Near and Mello]] are Near]] is a mix of this and NominalHero.



* ''ThePunisher'' [[VigilanteMan kills criminals]], and tends to be ruthlessly practical about how to do it.



* ''Series/{{Revenge}}'': Emily Thorne/[[spoiler:Amanda Clarke]], true to form as an expy of the Count of Monte Cristo, sets out to get payback against the people responsible for [[spoiler:supposedly]] the death of her father and the loss of her childhood. Ruthless as she is, most of her targets however are treacherous and indecent, particularly BigBad Conrad Grayson [[spoiler:who it turns out was part of the very terrorist ring Emily's father was accused of being in on]], making her takedowns all the more karmic and satisfying. To her credit, Emily never kills on purpose outside of self defense, and ascends to a KnightInSourArmor in season 4 after capping off her revenge on Victoria as she tries to make amends by living more honestly.

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* ''Series/{{Revenge}}'': Emily Thorne/[[spoiler:Amanda Clarke]], Clarke]] is this or a NominalHero, true to form as an expy of the Count of Monte Cristo, sets out to get payback against the people responsible for [[spoiler:supposedly]] the death of her father and the loss of her childhood. Ruthless as she is, most of her targets however are treacherous and indecent, particularly BigBad Conrad Grayson [[spoiler:who it turns out was part of the very terrorist ring Emily's father was accused of being in on]], making her takedowns all the more karmic and satisfying. To her credit, Emily never kills on purpose outside of self defense, and ascends to a KnightInSourArmor in season 4 after capping off her revenge on Victoria as she tries to make amends by living more honestly.



* Sarah Kerrigan in ''VideoGame/StarCraftII''. She's no longer the VillainProtagonist she was in ''Brood War'', thanks to being freed from the Overmind's programming, but she's still capable of controlling a HordeOfAlienLocusts by force and chooses to use them to kill Emperor Mengsk, mainly for personal revenge. She [[spoiler: can be persuaded to give civilians a chance to get out of her way, but she really had to think about it first.]]
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