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21st Jan '16 10:20:43 PM Pastykake
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Not all fictional heroes are the sort of person you might expect to be a hero of a story. The idea that there is an "IdealHero" and there are "{{antihero}}es" who deviate from the ideal has been around [[OlderThanFeudalism since classical antiquity if not earlier]]. Since then, writers have explored many types of {{antihero}}es, each of which lack one or more traits of an IdealHero. An Unscrupulous Hero is an {{antihero}} who is a step further down the slippery slope from the KnightInSourArmor and PragmaticHero; while the former lacks the '''positive outlook''' and the latter the '''moral cleanliness''' of the IdealHero, this archetype combines and amplifies both, especially the lack of moral character part, while remaining ALighterShadeOfGrey than the antagonists.
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Not all fictional heroes are the sort of person you might expect to be a hero of a story. The idea that there is an "IdealHero" and there are "{{antihero}}es" "[[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]]" who deviate from the ideal has been around [[OlderThanFeudalism since classical antiquity if not earlier]]. Since then, writers have explored many types of {{antihero}}es, each of which lack one or more traits of an IdealHero. An Unscrupulous Hero is an {{antihero}} Anti-Hero who is a step further down the slippery slope from the KnightInSourArmor and PragmaticHero; while where the former lacks the '''positive outlook''' and the latter the '''moral cleanliness''' of the IdealHero, Ideal Hero, this archetype combines and amplifies both, especially the lack of moral character part, while remaining ALighterShadeOfGrey than the antagonists.

In terms of sympathy, personality, etc., these characters can vary widely. For some, their admirable motivation may be their only good trait; others may be highly sympathetic, having all the characteristics of a compelling AntiHero combined with the fact that they are willing to sacrifice for a good cause. A heroic character on this part of the scale runs the risk of kicking one too many puppies and end up a FallenHero if they can't get over their demons. Often found in conjunction with TragicHero and ByronicHero. Compare with KnightTemplar and WellIntentionedExtremist. Compare and contrast with {{Nominal|Hero}} and {{Sociopathic Hero}}es (both of whom are more...well...[[CaptainObvious sociopathic]]). And also compare and contrast with the TautologicalTemplar and VisionaryVillain for villains who just ''think'' they're the good guys.
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In terms of sympathy, personality, etc., these characters can vary widely. For some, their admirable motivation may be their only good trait; others may be highly sympathetic, having all the characteristics of a compelling AntiHero Anti-Hero combined with the fact that they are willing to sacrifice for a good cause. A heroic character on this part of the scale runs the risk of kicking one too many puppies and end ending up a FallenHero if they he can't get over their his demons. Often found in conjunction with TragicHero and ByronicHero. Compare with KnightTemplar and WellIntentionedExtremist. Compare and contrast with {{Nominal|Hero}} and {{Sociopathic Hero}}es (both of whom are more...well...[[CaptainObvious sociopathic]]). And also Also compare and contrast with the TautologicalTemplar and VisionaryVillain for villains who just ''think'' they're the good guys.
14th Dec '15 4:49:09 AM Iwishtologin
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Dresden does not fit this trope at all.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden, despite being one of the best examples of ChronicHeroSyndrome you'll ever encounter, is not at all unwilling to get his hands dirty, and though he may have a MyGodWhatHaveIDone afterwards, it doesn't stop him doing it again. This comes to a head in ''Changes'' when [[spoiler: he agrees to become the Winter Knight in order to save his daughter, despite knowing that he would then be totally at the command of a manipulative and utterly ruthless [[TheFairFolk Faerie Queen]] who could then make him do anything.]]
13th Dec '15 8:25:50 PM nombretomado
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* If he's not being written as a NominalHero, ''[[SubMariner Namor]]'' tends to be this.
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* If he's not being written as a NominalHero, ''[[SubMariner ''[[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]]'' tends to be this.
9th Dec '15 10:33:02 PM tsstevens
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** By [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition the third game]] Leliana hates it but takes this view herself: given the threat no act is too vile, her loyalty is such that nothing is off limits. The Inquisitor has to intervene to keep her from continuing down this dark path.
11th Nov '15 6:59:20 AM thatmadork
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* Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian. He's not shy of any activity where there is an opportunity for violence, wenches and loot. Theft, piracy, assassination, mercenary work, Conan will do it all. He never kills anybody who doesn't deserve it or isn't trying to kill him first, he keeps his word, and he will fight without pay for someone who engages his sympathies. Despite his string of casual romances with different women, he is quite respectful to all of them, and while he is happy to [[RapePillageAndBurn burn and pillage]], rape is ''absolutely'' out of the question.
27th Oct '15 10:07:13 AM darksoul4242
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* Ryuko from ''Anime/KillLaKill''. While [[YouKilledMyFather her motives]] are self-serving, she's willing to help anyone if the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil starts messing with them. This is actually an ExploitedTrope, since both times she's done this, she gets screwed over by them. The first time, it was a student who tagged along with her and Mako for No Late Day who wanted to steal [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Senketsu]] from her. The second time, it was [[spoiler:Nui Harime]], who [[WoundedGazelleGambit who pretended to be bullied]] so [[spoiler:she could get close to her and destroy Senketsu, whose parts were used to power up [[DragonWithAnAgenda Satsuki's]] {{Mooks}}]].
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* Ryuko from ''Anime/KillLaKill''. While [[YouKilledMyFather her motives]] are self-serving, she's willing to help anyone if the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil starts messing with them. This is actually an ExploitedTrope, since both times she's done this, she gets screwed over by them. The first time, it was a student who tagged along with her and Mako for No Late Day who wanted to steal [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Senketsu]] from her. The second time, it was [[spoiler:Nui Harime]], who [[WoundedGazelleGambit who pretended to be bullied]] so [[spoiler:she could get close to her and destroy Senketsu, whose parts were used to power up [[DragonWithAnAgenda Satsuki's]] {{Mooks}}]].
30th Sep '15 12:30:31 AM LBHills
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A heroic character on this part of the scale runs the risk of kicking one too many puppies and end up a FallenHero if they can't get over their demons. See also ByronicHero for characters with this sort of conflict.
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A heroic character on this part of the scale runs the risk of kicking one too many puppies and end up a FallenHero if they can't get over their demons. See also ByronicHero for characters Often found in conjunction with this sort of conflict. TragicHero and ByronicHero.
7th Sep '15 10:29:02 AM nombretomado
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* Ammon Jerro of ''NeverwinterNights2'' is literally [[DealWithTheDevil Hell-bent]] on saving the Sword Coast from the [[OmnicidalManiac King of]] [[LivingShadow Shadows]] at all costs. He goes so far as to stealing the most sacred relic of a extraplanar race of [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Holy warriors]], making several infernal pacts with various demons and devils of the lower hells, killing any who oppose him (knowingly or not), abandoning any allies if they do not pull their weight, and even razing entire villages if it means he has a better shot at defeating the King of Shadows. He's even the DiskOneFinalBoss. [[spoiler:That is until he joins you anyways.]]
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* Ammon Jerro of ''NeverwinterNights2'' ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' is literally [[DealWithTheDevil Hell-bent]] on saving the Sword Coast from the [[OmnicidalManiac King of]] [[LivingShadow Shadows]] at all costs. He goes so far as to stealing the most sacred relic of a extraplanar race of [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Holy warriors]], making several infernal pacts with various demons and devils of the lower hells, killing any who oppose him (knowingly or not), abandoning any allies if they do not pull their weight, and even razing entire villages if it means he has a better shot at defeating the King of Shadows. He's even the DiskOneFinalBoss. [[spoiler:That is until he joins you anyways.]]
6th Aug '15 6:59:16 PM JRads47
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* Ryuko from ''Anime/KillLaKill''. While [[YouKilledMyFather her motives]] are self-serving, she's willing to help anyone if the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil starts messing with them. This is actually an ExploitedTrope, both times she's done this, she gets screwed over by them. The first time, it was a student who tagged along with her and Mako for No Late Day who wanted to steal [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Senketsu]] from her. The second time, it was [[spoiler:Nui Harime]], who [[WoundedGazelleGambit who pretended to be bullied]] so [[spoiler:she could get close to her and destroy Senketsu, whose parts were used to power up [[DragonWithAnAgenda Satsuki's]] {{Mooks}}]].
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* Ryuko from ''Anime/KillLaKill''. While [[YouKilledMyFather her motives]] are self-serving, she's willing to help anyone if the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil starts messing with them. This is actually an ExploitedTrope, since both times she's done this, she gets screwed over by them. The first time, it was a student who tagged along with her and Mako for No Late Day who wanted to steal [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Senketsu]] from her. The second time, it was [[spoiler:Nui Harime]], who [[WoundedGazelleGambit who pretended to be bullied]] so [[spoiler:she could get close to her and destroy Senketsu, whose parts were used to power up [[DragonWithAnAgenda Satsuki's]] {{Mooks}}]].
6th Aug '15 6:58:04 PM JRads47
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* Ryuko from ''Anime/KillLaKill''. While [[YouKilledMyFather her motives]] are self-serving, she's willing to help anyone if the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil starts messing with them. Ironically, both times she's done this, she gets screwed over by them. The first time, it was a student who tagged along with her and Mako for No Late Day who wanted to steal [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Senketsu]] from her. The second time, it was [[spoiler:Nui Harime]], who [[WoundedGazelleGambit who pretended to be bullied]] so [[spoiler:she could get close to her and destroy Senketsu, whose parts were used to power up [[DragonWithAnAgenda Satsuki's]] {{Mooks}}]].
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* Ryuko from ''Anime/KillLaKill''. While [[YouKilledMyFather her motives]] are self-serving, she's willing to help anyone if the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil starts messing with them. Ironically, This is actually an ExploitedTrope, both times she's done this, she gets screwed over by them. The first time, it was a student who tagged along with her and Mako for No Late Day who wanted to steal [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Senketsu]] from her. The second time, it was [[spoiler:Nui Harime]], who [[WoundedGazelleGambit who pretended to be bullied]] so [[spoiler:she could get close to her and destroy Senketsu, whose parts were used to power up [[DragonWithAnAgenda Satsuki's]] {{Mooks}}]].
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