Created By: TheHandle on December 3, 2012

Vicious Hero

A hero who enjoys hurting the bad guys

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They're not a Sociopathic Hero; their motivations are pure, their heart is in the right place. They're not a Heroic Comedic Sociopath, because they're not played for laughs. They aren't addicted to being In Harm's Way, nor do they Blood Knights who seek the thrill of combat for its own sake. But they will take pleasure in defeating villains; it's not just deterrence or protection that motivates them, but punishment, and they take satisfaction in paying evil unto evil.

I thought this was a missing link in the Sliding Scale of Anti-Heroes. Enjoying hurting villains and having a sadistic streak when dealing with them does not a sociopath make, not when the cruelty is only expressed in such a narrow context, and the person is otherwise nice and normal, especially if the villains are very villainous.
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  • January 2, 2018
  • January 2, 2018
    Comic Books: Batman is often portrayed this way, taking delight in using his reputation and skill set to make the criminals feel powerless, likely stemming from the fact that he felt powerless the night he lost his parents
  • January 3, 2018
    I'm pretty sure this is related to Anti Hero
  • January 3, 2018
    Has Batman ever been portrayed as enjoying hurting criminals/having a sadistic streak/cruelty, which is what this trope requires?

    Just making them feel powerless would be "hurting their feelings".
  • January 3, 2018
    Yes, this is Smiting Evil Feels Good. Bombing this
  • January 3, 2018
    Any examples? Maybe Deadpool?
  • January 3, 2018
    Isn't this sort of Unscrupulous Hero?