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1st Jul '16 4:20:55 PM Anddrix
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* [[SmugSnake Vriska]] from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' would embody this trope were [[BaseBreaker opinions on her not split further than the San Andreas Fault.]] [[AbusiveParents Forced by her lusus to become a]] SerialKiller from a very young age, she soon grows to embrace the role and [[KillerGameMaster kills thousands of trolls through FLARPing.]] Her EstablishingCharacterMoment is throwing one of her players off a cliff with MindControl ''because she can''. She then goes on to try and establish a [[FoeYay caliginous relationship]] with him - only he doesn't return her feelings, so her "courtships" come off as [[BastardGirlfriend abusive, even for the twisted culture she exists in.]] Later she even goes as far as [[spoiler:turning [[BigBad Jack Noir]] into a PhysicalGod just so that she can have some impact on the story and murdering said caliginous crush for having the guts to stand up to himself.]] And yet through all this, she has every intention of defeating [[BigBad Jack Noir]] and spends much of her time assisting [[TheHero John]] on his quest, [[spoiler:developing romantic feelings for him as time goes by.]] In her mind, she is following the footsteps of her powerful, infamous and morally bankrupt ancestor, but at crucial points proves she is either too cruel or ''not cruel enough'' to play that part.

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* [[SmugSnake Vriska]] from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' would embody this trope were [[BaseBreaker opinions on her not split further than the San Andreas Fault.]] Fault. [[AbusiveParents Forced by her lusus to become a]] SerialKiller from a very young age, she soon grows to embrace the role and [[KillerGameMaster kills thousands of trolls through FLARPing.]] Her EstablishingCharacterMoment is throwing one of her players off a cliff with MindControl ''because she can''. She then goes on to try and establish a [[FoeYay caliginous relationship]] with him - only he doesn't return her feelings, so her "courtships" come off as [[BastardGirlfriend abusive, even for the twisted culture she exists in.]] Later she even goes as far as [[spoiler:turning [[BigBad Jack Noir]] into a PhysicalGod just so that she can have some impact on the story and murdering said caliginous crush for having the guts to stand up to himself.]] And yet through all this, she has every intention of defeating [[BigBad Jack Noir]] and spends much of her time assisting [[TheHero John]] on his quest, [[spoiler:developing romantic feelings for him as time goes by.]] In her mind, she is following the footsteps of her powerful, infamous and morally bankrupt ancestor, but at crucial points proves she is either too cruel or ''not cruel enough'' to play that part.
28th Jun '16 5:08:59 PM BentusiAvatar
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* The [[TheEmpire Imperium of Man]], the [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar] and the [[TheGreys Tau]] of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are traditionally the "good guy" factions of the setting and better than the "bad guy" factions [[note]]that would be the [[ReligionOfEvil Forces of Chaos]], the [[OmnicidalManiac Necrons]], the [[BugWar Tyranids]] and the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Dark Eldar]][[/note]], [[AbsoluteXenophobe but]] [[MagnificentBastard not]] [[ScaryDogmaticAliens by]] [[BloodKnight much]]. Pretty much the only thing they all have in common is that everyone is out to get them, they have ''some'' noble motives (if not exactly pleasant ways to achieving them) and no matter what horrid things they do, [[ShootTheDog they usually do it for a justifiable reason]], and the bad guys do far worse things than they could ever do anyway.

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* The [[TheEmpire Imperium of Man]], the [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar] Eldar]] and the [[TheGreys Tau]] of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are traditionally the "good guy" factions of the setting and better than the "bad guy" factions [[note]]that would be the [[ReligionOfEvil Forces of Chaos]], the [[OmnicidalManiac Necrons]], the [[BugWar Tyranids]] and the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Dark Eldar]][[/note]], [[AbsoluteXenophobe but]] [[MagnificentBastard not]] [[ScaryDogmaticAliens by]] [[BloodKnight much]]. Pretty much the only thing they all have in common is that everyone is out to get them, they have ''some'' noble motives (if not exactly pleasant ways to achieving them) and no matter what horrid things they do, [[ShootTheDog they usually do it for a justifiable reason]], and the bad guys do far worse things than they could ever do anyway.
18th Jun '16 4:32:18 PM king2000
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* ''Manga/ViolenceJack'' himself. Although he starts off being somewhere between a Protagonist Villain and a Nominal Hero, as the story progresses he becomes more heroic and the people he kills are always only evil people.
15th Jun '16 6:05:57 AM Couran
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* The [[TheEmpire Imperium of Man]], the [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]], the [[TheGreys Tau]] and to an extent the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are traditionally the "good guy" factions of the setting and better than the "bad guy" factions [[note]]that would be the [[ReligionOfEvil Forces of Chaos]], the [[OmnicidalManiac Necrons]], the [[BugWar Tyranids]] and the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Dark Eldar]][[/note]], [[AbsoluteXenophobe but]] [[MagnificentBastard not]] [[ScaryDogmaticAliens by]] [[BloodKnight much]]. Pretty much the only thing they all have in common is that everyone is out to get them, they have ''some'' noble motives (if not exactly pleasant ways to achieving them) and no matter what horrid things they do, [[ShootTheDog they usually do it for a justifiable reason]], and the bad guys do far worse things than they could ever do anyway.

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* The [[TheEmpire Imperium of Man]], the [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]], Eldar] and the [[TheGreys Tau]] and to an extent the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are traditionally the "good guy" factions of the setting and better than the "bad guy" factions [[note]]that would be the [[ReligionOfEvil Forces of Chaos]], the [[OmnicidalManiac Necrons]], the [[BugWar Tyranids]] and the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Dark Eldar]][[/note]], [[AbsoluteXenophobe but]] [[MagnificentBastard not]] [[ScaryDogmaticAliens by]] [[BloodKnight much]]. Pretty much the only thing they all have in common is that everyone is out to get them, they have ''some'' noble motives (if not exactly pleasant ways to achieving them) and no matter what horrid things they do, [[ShootTheDog they usually do it for a justifiable reason]], and the bad guys do far worse things than they could ever do anyway.
20th May '16 7:03:46 AM 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.
15th May '16 10:51:50 PM JayRomeo
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* ''VideoGame/Uncharted'': Samuel Drake of ''A Thief's End'' is a harsher, colder version of Nate. [[spoiler:When he puts a gun on Nadine Ross' head, he threatens to shoot her and Nate pulls him at the last moment setting the shot in the air, proving that he was indeed going to murder her. Then Rafe reveals that he's a manipulative liar, whose only redeeming virtue is that he genuinely does love Nate.]]

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* ''VideoGame/Uncharted'': ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'': Samuel Drake of ''A Thief's End'' is a harsher, colder version of Nate.his younger brother Nathan. [[spoiler:When he puts a gun on Nadine Ross' head, he threatens to shoot her and Nate pulls him at the last moment setting the shot in the air, proving that he was indeed going to murder her. Then Rafe reveals that he's a manipulative liar, whose only redeeming virtue is that he genuinely does love Nate.]]
15th May '16 10:46:22 PM JayRomeo
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* ''VideoGame/Uncharted'': Samuel Drake of ''A Thief's End'' is a harsher, colder version of Nate. [[spoiler:When he puts a gun on Nadine Ross' head, he threatens to shoot her and Nate pulls him at the last moment setting the shot in the air, proving that he was indeed going to murder her. Then Rafe reveals that he's a manipulative liar, whose only redeeming virtue is that he genuinely does love Nate.]]
12th May '16 5:54:06 AM GM_3826
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* Though far nicer than most examples here, [[ActionGirl Yang Xiao Long]] of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' will admit herself that her whole motive for being a Huntress is to travel the world and get wrapped in as many crazy adventures as she can. Helping people along the way is just a bonus, [[BloodKnight as is the chance to fight some of them]]. Of the four heroines, she's the most temperamental and the one most likely to employ violence and [[CombatPragmatist dirty fighting]]. [[spoiler:In Volume 3, [[HeroWithBadPublicity this eventually comes around to bite her hard]].]]
25th Apr '16 5:27:18 PM thatmadork
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* Though far nicer than most examples here, [[ActionGirl Yang Xiao Long]] of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' will admit herself that her whole motive for being a Huntress is to travel the world and get wrapped in as many crazy adventures as she can. Helping people along the way is just a bonus, [[BloodKnight as is the chance to fight some of them]]. Of the four heroines, she's the most temperamental and the one most likely to employ violence and [[CombatPragmatist dirty fighting]]. [[spoiler:In Volume 3, [[HeroWithBadPublicity this eventually comes around to bite her hard]].]]
19th Mar '16 1:26:17 PM thatother1dude
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* If the show wasn't Batman in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', AntiVillain Mr. Freeze could have been this if not a ByronicHero or NominalHero, since the CorruptCorporateExecutive he was opposing was [[BlackAndGrayMorality far worse than he ever was]].
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