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19th Nov '17 8:12:26 AM Odacon_Spy
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* ''Webcomic/GrieferBelt'''s main cast work for The Belt, a company that specializes in [[ProfessionalKiller professional killing]] as well as organ harvesting, and they have no qualms over it.

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* ''Webcomic/GrieferBelt'''s main cast work for The Belt, a company that specializes in [[ProfessionalKiller professional killing]] as well as [[OrganTheft organ harvesting, harvesting]], and they have no qualms over it.
18th Nov '17 9:31:36 PM Monolaf317
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Contrast HeroAntagonist, both in terms of morality and role in the story. Compare and contrast VillainAntagonist and HeroProtagonist.

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Contrast HeroAntagonist, both in terms of morality and role in the story. Compare and contrast VillainAntagonist and HeroProtagonist. Do not mix up with VanillaProtagonist.
16th Nov '17 2:09:08 AM FoxBluereaver
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* [[ExpandedUniverse Several sidestories]] of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' have bad guys as the protagonists. These include the Dakim, Sabrina and Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaidens, and the Cipher and Guzma Interludes.
13th Nov '17 9:39:42 AM Shadowgazer
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* Kuzco from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. He's very mean and arrogant, and everyone hates him, but his EvilChancellor Yzma is way eviler than him, and the film revolves around him going on an odyssey that [[HeelFaceTurn helps him become a better person]].
9th Nov '17 7:25:52 PM CyberTiger88
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A Villain Protagonist (especially in a comedy) is quite likely to go down in flames at the end. Whether this counts as a DownerEnding or not generally depends on [[KickTheDog how many dogs they kick along the way]] and/or how entertaining their HumiliationConga or KarmicDeath is. They may also do a HeelFaceTurn and become a HeroProtagonist. This doesn't necessarily mean they ''will'' lose or perform a HeelFaceTurn. In fact, their status as a main character just makes it more likely that the story will end with [[TheBadGuyWins the villain winning]] than any other story would.

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A Villain Protagonist (especially in a comedy) is quite likely to go down in flames at the end. Whether this counts as a DownerEnding or not generally depends on [[KickTheDog [[SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness how many dogs they kick along the way]] and/or how entertaining their HumiliationConga or KarmicDeath is. They may also do a HeelFaceTurn and become a HeroProtagonist. This doesn't necessarily mean they ''will'' lose or perform a HeelFaceTurn. In fact, their status as a main character just makes it more likely that the story will end with [[TheBadGuyWins the villain winning]] than any other story would.
25th Oct '17 11:10:03 AM 313Bluestreak
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* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin. While there's no question that he was an AntiHero from 1998 onward, it could be argued that he was basically this in 1997. Although the crowd was firmly on his side against the Hart Foundation, he acted like the same vicious heel he had always been - beating up on babyfaces, even the ones who helped him. When [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] helped him in a handicap match, for example, he hugged him and then gave him a Stunner and told him he'd never work with a freak like him. When he was forced to relinquish the Intercontinental and Tag Team Titles [[RealLifeWritesThePlot thanks to his neck injury]], he made a hitlist of the three main authority figures (lead announcer Wrestling/JimRoss, Commissioner Wrestling/SgtSlaughter, and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon) and made sure to beat them all up while mocking them for it the whole time. Mind you, they were all babyfaces and were looking out for his safety. Just 18 months earlier, that same type of storyline was used to get Wrestling/{{Vader}} over as a monster heel.
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21st Oct '17 5:26:48 PM jasonbres
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* When ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' started out, Dr. Doofenshmirtz started out as a standard cartoon villain. But as time went on, he became more and more sympathetic, idiotic, and hilarious, to the point where he and Perry the Platypus were becoming the real stars of the show, even more so than the titular characters.
13th Oct '17 1:14:11 PM a83hg
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* Many WebAnimation/YoutubePoop protagonists will murder, rape, and do all kinds of horrific things for little to no reason.

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* Many WebAnimation/YoutubePoop and {{Website/GoAnimate}} protagonists will murder, rape, and do all kinds of horrific things for little to no reason.
5th Oct '17 8:21:09 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Kuzco from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. He's very mean and arrogant, and everyone hates him, but his EvilChancellor Yzma is way eviler than him, and the film revolves around him going on an odyssey that [[HeelFaceTurn helps him become a better person]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' counts. ([[AntiVillain Well, if you consider him a villain at all...]])
* The eponymous ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' stars an oldschool arcade villain who's tired of being ostracized for being the bad guy. He goes on a quest to prove that he can be just as heroic as his good-guy rival, Fix-It Felix Jr.
** Ralph is actually a bit of a subversion, since he's [[PunchClockVillain the villain]] [[MeanCharacterNiceActor in name only]]. He's actually just as much of a hero as Felix, but because it's his job to be the bad guy, the [=NPCs=] are [[{{Jerkass}} assholes]] to him [[spoiler:until the end of the film, when they grow to respect him.]]
5th Oct '17 8:18:44 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** [[AvertedTrope That's what the story would]] [[UnreliableNarrator sound like]] if [[BlatantLies narrated by]] [[RunningGag Baron Leopold]].
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