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->''He drowns in his dreams, an exquisite extreme I know''
->''Hes as damned as he seems, and more heaven than a heart could hold...''
->''He's so beautiful''
->''Such a beautiful disaster...''
-->-- '''Music/KellyClarkson''', "Beautiful Disaster"
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A hottie, usually in high school and usually male, whose first name is spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e, often expressed through fondness for leather jackets and antisocial behavior. Has {{fangirl}}s in both his own universe and the real one because AllGirlsWantBadBoys. They may be revealed to have [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a heart of gold]] or a [[FreudianExcuse difficult home life]]. [[TheLadette Ladettes]] and {{Femme Fatale}}s also sometimes fit here.

See also: TheWoobie, BrokenBird, DracoInLeatherPants, EvilIsCool, EvilIsSexy, DontYouDarePityMe, and JerkassWoobie. Can overlap with MrFanservice.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
%% * Hakuron from ''Manga/HaouAiren''.
* Harima Kenji from the anime ''SchoolRumble'' takes a lot from this trope. Being rather antisocial and a juvenile delinquent, with a liking for leather jackets and bikes, he likes beating up Yakuza goons and is all around good-looking...except that, beneath all that, he's an oaf with a heart of gold who likes drawing manga and is too scared of confessing his love for a classmate. All while obliviously gaining the attention of several other girls.
* Hayato Gokudera from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' - a smoker, [[{{Delinquents}} delinquent]], and lover of [[StuffBlowingUp high explosives]]. Naturally, the girls go wild for him. The only break in his TroubledButCute personality is that he [[HoYay turns all mushy and affectionate]] for [[ButtMonkey Tsuna]].
* Kouji Kabuto from ''Anime/MazingerZ''. High-school student, male, JerkWithAHeartOfGold with love for bikes and reputation for being a {{Delinquent}}. And he pilots a HumongousMecha. Girls gush over him (especially Sayaka Yumi).
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Sasuke completely misses the look (or at least, the [[HollywoodDressCode dress code]]), though - that turtleneck, shorts, and kneesocks combination fairly scream "scrawny kid". Then again, {{Ninja}} are ''supposed'' to cultivate an unassuming personal appearance, even if, in fiction, [[HighlyVisibleNinja they usually don't]]. [[spoiler:He gets...better when he gets an [[BadAssLongCoat Akatsuki trench coat]] and a KillEmAll attitude later on.]]
%% ** Gaara, considering his antisocial attitude and his bad past.
* Fakir from ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. He even has a fanclub at his school, although it's likely none of his fangirls have ever talked to him, given his anti-social nature.
%% * Ikuto from ''ShugoChara''. Though his only fangirl appears to be his sister.
%% * Seto Kaiba from ''Anime/YuGiOh''
%% * At least half the cast of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' (Manjyome, Ryo, Edo, [[IneffectualLoner Judai]]...)
* Kyo Sohma from ''FruitsBasket'', an antisocial [[ArrogantKungFuGuy martial artist]] with DontYouDarePityMe attitude who's [[FoeYay obsessed with beating Yuki]]. Tohru seems to genuinely like him, though, and in his defense, he ''does'' have a good FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: his mother was DrivenToSuicide, his father rejected him completely after that, and being the cat of the Sohma clan has brought him lots of unhappiness, Akito's scorn, and an uncertain future.]]. His reason for obsessively trying to beat Yuki doesn't make him a bad guy at all: [[spoiler:Akito said that if he beat Yuki fairly (at anything), he won't be locked in isolation until he's dead.]] His general issues with Tohru are revealed at the very end of the manga to be the result of how [[spoiler:he could have stopped her mother Kyoko from being hit by the car, but grabbing her would have caused him to transform into a cat. He blamed himself for being a coward (a running theme in his CharacterDevelopment) and thought her dying words were her blaming him and telling him to stay away from Tohru (in reality, Kyoko was trying to ask him [[DeclarationOfProtection to protect Tohru]], but she was dying at that moment and couldn't finish).]]
%% * Joe "The Condor" Asakura in ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''.
%% * Both Ryoma Echizen and Akaya Kirihara from ''ThePrinceOfTennis''.
* Sagara Sousuke from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. Although he's not "troubled" in the normal rebellious sense, and more just plain troubled. It's pretty obvious that the poor boy has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and an automatically violent personality that he can't control. His extreme paranoia has him doing things like bombing his school, planting land mines everywhere, and pointing guns/shooting at people. All of this is [[ComedicSociopathy played for laughs]], and he [[AngstWhatAngst tends not to angst]] (considering his past and current situation, he angsts ''remarkably'' little). And despite all this, ''any'' girl (or [[EvenTheGuysWantHim guy, even]]) who has watched him or gotten to know him well enough seems to [[ChickMagnet fall for him]] - even the series' resident {{Tsundere}}. On one occasion, Kaname was kidnapped by a group of thugs who planned to back him into a corner. He retaliated in a way so nightmarish that, that particular episode wasn't aired for a while because of a similar incident in real life. Then, when she got kidnapped AGAIN by the Yakuza, Sousuke went after her with a rival gang clad in '''theme park mascot suits converted into powered armors'''. Seriously, who would convert theme park mascots into powered armor and try to sell it to the military and law enforcement sector, then wonder why didn't it sell? He first stole the suit while trying to keep an eye on Kaname while she was at an amusement park and decided to make it more useful in the future by upgrading it. He's dumbfounded by it not selling because his raised-by-wolves attitude left him without a sense of aesthetics, so he didn't realize just how silly it looked.
* Ciel Phantomhive from ''Manga/BlackButler'' is a HollywoodAtheist in Victorian England. Check that page for his FreudianExcuse, if you don't know his backstory already. The result is a stubborn, bitter teenager who honestly believes that once something is lost, you can't get it back (a plot point in the anime) and has a serious issue with showing his real emotions unless it's anger. Despite this, there are still girls ([[EvenTheGuysWantHim and two or three men]]) in universe who like to fawn over him, and aside from Sebastian, he has an extremely large fanbase out of universe.
%% LIST CONCRETE CHARACTERS * ''Anime/CodeGeas'': Many of the show's famous male characters are insanely and inhumanly good-looking and less-than-rosy in their moral leanings, and [JerkassWoobie suffering horribly]] [[FreudianExcuse (one way or another)]].
%% * Most prominently with main character Edward Elric of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Also shown pretty well with his superior Colonel Roy Mustang.
%% * ''GameXRush'' has Yuuki.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Inuyasha is considered cute ([[RunningGag especially his ears]]!) but had a very rough life. His parents died when he was young, leaving him with only a few memories of both of them[[labelnote:*]]The third film changes this to his father dying on the day he was born and his mother dying when he's an older, but still pre-teen, child[[/labelnote]]. As a HalfHumanHybrid he is ostracised by both human and {{youkai}} societies. Even his older brother mocked or ignored him when he was growing up, escalating into SiblingRivalry and a temporary bout of CainAndAbel when they both discovered Inuyasha had inherited their father's famous InfinityPlusOneSword. He was torn apart from his FirstLove by the BigBad who framed them both, causing them to turn on each other in anger and hatred in the moments before she was brutally murdered and he was sealed to a tree for fifty years. Only after he meets Kagome, Miroku and Sango does his life begin to improve for the better. Eventually, he even makes peace with his brother.
%% * Ryoki from ''HotGimmick''.
%% * Asuka Langley Sohryu from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is the perfect female example of this trope.
* Bishop Frau in ''[[ZeroSevenGhost 07 Ghost]]''. Badass badboy who disregards convention and does as he pleases. Still, he has a difficult backstory and is a genuinely caring person.
* Mikael from ''TenshiNiNarumon'' is a very, VERY troubled and unstable pretty boy. You wouldn't guess that because [[spoiler: for the first 13 episodes, he acts very little, and when he does, he's usually calm, polite, always smiling gently - an epitomy of sanity in a crapsack world. Then, in the second season, we get to see the real him under that mask - a very stubborn, obsessive, and insecure boy. And at the end, he goes all evil and insane and has an epic breakdown - and then he returns back to his former self. He remains stubborn, unfortunately.]]
* Akemi Homura from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has the same vibe as most characters on this page, with a few exceptions: she's a girl and she's in junior high. But boy, doesn't she make up for this with an extremely troubled past.
%% * Gilbert of ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'', who doubles as a ''rare'' male BrokenBird, with the whole DarkAndTroubledPast, antisocial and cynical nature, and whatnot.
* Chapter 36.5 of ''NatsumeYuujinchou'' shows that Natsume, [[NiceGuy of all people]], had a reputation as the pretty-but-seriously-disturbed boy back in middle school. That sort of thing happens when you're regularly attacked by things almost no one else can see.
%% * Natsume, of ''GakuenAlice''.
%% * Former BadassBiker and SexSlave Riki in ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' is a male BrokenBird.
* Bridget L. Satellizer in ''{{Freezing}}'' is known as "[[RedBaron The Untouchable Queen]]" because of her skill and tendency to beat the crap out of anyone who touches her. Because ThereAreNoTherapists, everybody avoids and ostracizes her without realizing her problems are the result of [[FreudianExcuse being abused both emotionally and sexually by a family member]].
%% * Vegeta in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Antisocial, violent, [[{{Wangst}} overly angsty]], but Bulma notices he seems to just be very lonely.
%% * ''Manga/VenusWars'' gives us Hiro "Ken" Seno who was expelled from high school just two weeks before graduating. When he joins the army's mobile unit, he still has a knack for attracting trouble.
* [[ButNotTooForeign (Half-)]][[JapaneseDelinquents Japanese Delinquent]] Jotaro Kujo of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' manages to be [[ChickMagnet hit on by nearly every woman he's come in contact with]], much to his ire. Unfortunately for him, attempts to dissuade it [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys tend to backfire]].
* ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena'': Wakaba sees Saionji as this, playing [[BroodingBoyGentleGirl Gentle Girl to his Brooding Boy]] even after [[spoiler:he's expelled for ambiguous reasons.]] Unfortunately, he's a bit more of a {{Jerkass}} than most examples and their brief relationship does ''not'' end well.
* Jonah Von Brucken from ''AmazingAgentLuna'' is a perfect example of this. He is [[ChickMagnet considered handsome by nearly everyone in the series]], and has a [[DarkAndTroubledPast dark and troubled past]] with an attitude to match.
* Tomoe from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' is a LittleBitBeastly {{Bishounen}} {{Kitsune}} and Manga/InuYasha {{Expy}} that is a RetiredMonster (ex-demonic bandit and warlord to be exact) with a DarkAndTroubledPast that has slowly mellowed into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* Rin Okumura from ''BlueExorcist''.
* Light Yagami of ''DeathNote'' fits this to some degree, though he's more Cute, but Troubled - since the former is far more obvious than the '[[BrokenAce troubled]]' part. You're not likely to think him troubled unless you're privy to his [[SerialKiller hobbies]], in which case you're [[AxCrazy not likely to be around for very long]].
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'':
** [=ThugBoy=]. The trouble's in the name, and the leather jacket is also included.
** Ninjette is alcoholic and on the run from her abusive, psychopathic father, who fully intends to amputate her limbs and use her as a breeding machine. Despite this, she is adorable and way tougher than your average BrokenBird, and she can kick an army's butt single-handedly.
** Spooky (female example), even before she had a breakdown as the result of her girlfriend [[spoiler: dying horribly]], Spooky has paralyzing self-esteem and bullying issues (and seems to lack a family, despite being high school age). She is cute and tough as nails (She's able to kick an army on her own).
%% * ''Characters/BatmanAndBatFamily'': Jason Todd, all over.
* Franchise/{{Batman}}. Has attracted a number of women, including [[FoeYay Villains]], and is the TropeNamer for DatingCatwoman. But he also lost his parents at a young age, he suffers from SurvivorsGuilt, has seen some of the orphans he took in and [[spoiler:his own son]] die, and another [[spoiler: become a Main/SerialKiller]]
* {{X-23}}. Troubled is an understatement. She was created to be a living weapon, tried to rebel against her training, ended up as a teenage prostitute, and then, after joining Xavier's School, ended up conscripted to ComicBook/XForce, a squad created specifically to kill people that Cyclops deemed a threat to mutantkind, which has alienated many of her very few friends. The books make it very clear that Laura is a very beautiful young woman: several characters have outright called her hot, when planning to pull a GrandTheftMe on her Miss Sinister expressed satisfaction she would be getting a very attractive new body, and she caught the attention of both pretty boy Hellion, and the time-displaced teenaged Cyclops (and this despite being on a team with the teenaged ''Jean Grey'').
* Franchise/SpiderMan. Brilliant, athletic (in secret most of the time), magnet for beautiful women of all hairstyles... and yet he's haunted by death, failure and the worst luck in Marvel Comics.
* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'':
** Chase is a cute bad boy who's still haunted by the death of his girlfriend and for a long time believed that he'd killed his own uncle.
** Victor Mancha is a LongHairedPrettyBoy who's also the son of a genocidal robot, and may be fated to become an OmnicidalManiac. In one alternate future, he's also the only surviving Runaway after his evil dad went on a rampage.
** Klara Prast is an adorable plant controller with unaddressed psychological issues stemming from sexual abuse. She also still believes that she's responsible for the apparent death of the team's beloved pet deinonychus.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Tommy from ''Film/{{Warrior}}''. He's ridiculously damaged, and has got a fractured (to the extreme) relationship with his father and his brother. But he's a good guy, as shown by his reason for entering the tournament and by how he [[spoiler: selflessly saved a bunch of marines in the war]].
* Dan from ''Film/PeacefulWarrior''. Bitter, arrogant and anti-social, especially after his leg is severely injured in a motorcycle accident. Nonetheless, he's very handsome and athletic, and manages to attract the attention of Joy
%% * Billy Costigan in ''TheDeparted'', to Madolyn.
* Roger Davis from ''Film/{{Rent}}''. The guy has HIV and is really, really cranky, but is still beloved by any straight girl.
%% * John Bender in the mid-1980s Creator/BratPack film, ''TheBreakfastClub''
%% * Jason Dean from the film ''Film/{{Heathers}}'' fits this trope, though he eventually reveals himself to be a psychopath.
%% * The ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'''s JamesDean-esque version of Harry Osborn. [[spoiler:He's scarred in ''Spider-Man 3''.]].
%% * Danny Zuko from the film/musical ''{{Grease}}''.
%% * Warren Peace of ''SkyHigh'', proving you can never go wrong with [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything a Firebender]] [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender with father issues]].
* This trope is Discussed and mocked through Zeke in Disney Channel's movie ''{{Minutemen}}'', when girls come up to him and ask, "You know, you're kind of scary and unapproachable... can we sit with you?"
* Fans of ''RepoTheGeneticOpera'' are divided over whether or not Grave-Robber is actually troubled or just a sociopath with a sense of humour, but there's no denying he's incredibly foxy. The fact that he canonically lives out of dumpsters seems like it would be enough to make him the former.
%% * Patrick Verona from ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou''. However, [[spoiler: as we learn later, he is more in the line of "he doesn't deny any of this, so it must be true". He does stay away from most of his peers, but that's mostly because he just does have different tastes. Kate is the real Troubled But Cute, with her open disgust of the people around her and with her "the reason I am so angry at everyone" backstory.]]
%% * Billy Tallent and Joe Dick of ''HardCoreLogo'' are what happens when examples of this trope hit their thirties, with emphasis on the "troubled" part (especially in Joe's case).
* Kovu from ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' definitely fits this trope - if he wasn't, you know, a lion, he would definitely wear leather jackets and ride a motorcycle. he has dark charms and mysterious vibes and Princess Kiara likes him immediately. His family makes his life difficult and miserable because they supported Scar, Simba's (Kiara's father) arch-enemy.
%% * Donnie Darko from ''DonnieDarko''.
%% * Mathilda (as played by a young NataliePortman) in ''Film/TheProfessional''.
* Luke from ''Film/{{Cherrybomb}}''. One the one hand, he's a violent, arrogant drug-dealer who treats his best friend like crap. On the other, he's a lonely, [[http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lg38dzSJAs1qc7bo0o1_r1_500.jpg angel-faced]] sixteen-year-old boy whose father abused and abandoned him.
* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', pre-[[StartOfDarkness supervillainy]] [[{{Magneto}} Erik Lehnsherr]] is a {{Badass}} [[NaziHunter Nazi-hunting]] ByronicHero with an intensely DarkAndTroubledPast (involving the Holocaust, loss of his parents, ''and'' being a victim of human experimentation) and bucketloads of trauma and cynicism. He also wears a leather jacket on a few occasions.
* AudieMurphy had a number of TroubledButCute roles early on in his career, including his portrayal of Jesse James in the bland and highly inaccurate ''Kansas Raiders''. Universal stopped putting him in these roles once they realized that his fans preferred him in BewareTheNiceOnes mode.
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[[folder:Literature]]
%% * Edward Cullen, in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. Robert Pattinson himself certainly believes this, describing him as "self-loathing" and a "108-year-old virgin".
* Sirius Black in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', though, rather than being antisocial, he is represented as popular, despite various acts of callous teen cruelty. At least, as an adult, he is a good person at heart. Judging from his possessions, before the Potters got slaughtered by Voldemort, he was a biker.
%% * AntiHero Edmund Pevensie from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.
* Turin Turambar from {{Children of Hurin}} and Aragorn from ''Literature/{{The Lord of the Rings}}'' are both described at points as being handsome but grim, though Aragorn downplays both the handsomeness and grimness in comparison to Turin.
** Feanor of {{Literature/The Silmarillion}} however is the logical conclusion of this trope.
%% * Roiben from [[ModernTalesOfFaerie Tithe and Ironside]]. A knight of the Seelie Court, he was traded to the Queen of the Unseelie Court to seal a peace treaty.
* Nico di Angelo from ''PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''. Emphasis on the "cute", since he's only twelve years old, but he's certainly troubled after his sister's death. Taken to a whole new level in ''TheHeroesOfOlympus'' after he's been [[spoiler: through Tartarus, literally]] and we find out that [[spoiler: he used to have a crush on Percy that he couldn't deal with]], causing him to avoid other demigods.
* Yozo Oba of ''No Longer Human'', who is always depressed and fears other people, cannot help but attract women throughout his life due to his apparent good looks.
%% * ''InDeath'': Roarke is sexy, with a DarkAndTroubledPast to match.
* Rafael Gives Light, from the ''Literature/GivesLight'' trilogy, a loner who is known for getting into fights at school and his dad's a serial killer. Only the [[StraightGay main character]] ever describes him as attractive however, and only after he's already falling in love with him.
* ''Literature/TheChangeover'': Sorenson 'Sorry' Carlisle, something of a subversion in that his troubled side doesn't show when he's in public, rather he holds up a facade of a polite, well-behaved young man. Was abused as a child, and suffers from an inability to emotionally express himself, or connect with others, as well as somewhat sinister behavior towards the main character near the beginning of the story.
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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]
%% * ''SonsOfAnarchy'':
%% ** Jax Teller.
%% ** Same with Opie.
%% * Sawyer from ''Series/{{Lost}}'' fits backwards and forwards. Eventually, Jack catches up to him, though he loses some of his cuteness by [[{{Wangst}} crying all the time]].
* Spike and Angel from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and later spinoff ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Bad boys. Leather coats. Troubled by their love for a pretty slayer. Hearts (well, souls) of gold! [[ParentalIncest Creepy mom]] (in Spike's case), being ridiculed while alive, and, later, guilt for the "troubled" part. Low social skills for the "cute" one.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Dr. Cox. Troubled? He perpetually sees a shrink, regularly abuses the people he cares about, and is in love with a woman that he hates. Cute? He appears to be the only doctor in the place that regularly exercises. Plus, he's very proud of being forty and retaining all of his hair. Cox's violent temper wins over him being a perfectionist. The cute/honorable part is that his perfectionism is over saving his patients' lives.
%% * Jordan Catalano on ''MySoCalledLife.''
%% * Series/DoctorWho:
%% ** The Fifth Doctor.
%% ** The Ninth
%% ** Jack Harkness.
%% ** The Tenth especially post-season 2.
* Most of Claire's love interests on ''Series/SixFeetUnder''. She was dark in a way, but beautiful, kind and caring and a magnet for all the troubled boys. Her mother lampshades it by saying that she's an angel, so naturally, they are attracted to her and want to be "saved" and redeemed. However, the real question was why Caire felt compelled to start a relationship with them, knowing how messy it would be.
** Gabriel was Claire's high school boyfriend with certain charms and jerk vibes. He wore dark clothes and jeans, and he had tattoos and piercings. Gabe gave her strong drugs and told everybody about their sex experience (she sucked his toes, which made her a laughing stock). His family background was horrible: a white trash mother, a father who abandoned them, a jerk of a step-father, and he had to deal with a death of his small brother. He later got suicidal and then committed burglaries. He got lost later, and Claire sort of learnt about his fate when she might or might not have visited afterlife.
** Claire dated Russell in college. He was very insecure and possibly gay or bisexual who was uncomfortably with his sexuality. She told him he was hot, but he said the best he would get was cute, considering it DamnedByFaintPraise. He's a talented artist, though, and attractive enough to be sought out by their male professor who had sex with him while he and Claire were dating.
** Brenda's brother Billy once used Claire when she was a teenager, trying to get to close to Brenda and Claire's bother Nate. He had a weird relationship with Brenda, verging on brother-sister incest, and his parents screwed them both up horribly, over-analyzing them constantly. They had some happy moments, but once bipolar Billy decided to stop his medication, it went to poop.
%% * ''Series/TeenWolf'':
%% ** Derek.
%% ** Scott.
%% * Nick and Jake on ''Series/TheSecretCircle''.
%% * ''VeronicaMars'' RUNS on this trope, plus a good helping of BreakTheCutie.
%% ** Logan.
%% ** Weevil, a gangster who loves his grandma and falls for a blonde.
%% ** Duncan, who had to go through being told his girlfriend was [[spoiler: probably his sister]] and a mental disorder, and, at least for a while, thinking he had killed his sister.
%% ** Given that Veronica herself falls into the female version of this trope.
%% * ''BeverlyHills90210'':
%% ** Dylan
%% ** Liam especially as they're now setting him up for a fling with good-girl protagonist Annie.
* Gregory House of ''Series/{{House}}'', both in-universe women seem to adore him unless he does show his DrJerk tendencies. He has lots of emotional baggage from his past relationships, abusive father, and his chronic pain in leg. He is played by Hugh Laurie who is TallDarkAndHandsome with deep blue eyes and sense of humour.
%% * Michael on ''{{Roswell}}''.
* Jess on ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', who never actually got around to having a heart of gold. He got to heart of bronze-silver alloy, but it's a rather subtle thing. He probably would have gotten the heart of gold if they hadn't [[PutOnABus put him on a bus]] to California to live with his biological father in order to set up a spinoff that never happened, and moreover, his heart of gold got to shine later in when he reappeared for two episodes in the sixth season, having grown out of his jerkiness and into some responsibility (paying Luke back for at least the car and NOT making out with Rory when she reveals she's still with Logan).
* Christian Troy on ''NipTuck''. He's shallow, sex-obsessed, and in the habit of treating his sex partners like dirt -- but he's also handsome, successful, and ''really'' good in bed, plus the [[FreudianExcuse unexpected vulnerable streak]].
%% * Dean from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', and it didn't take long for his brother Sam to catch up. Castiel also fell into this before too long, further proving that [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys improbably good-looking men]] angsting a lot is kind of the show's main draw.
%% * Jo from ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'' is a woman.
%% * Shawn Hunter in ''BoyMeetsWorld''. The rampart trailer park trash jokes started as innocent and one dimensional character traits. Then, for a good while from season two onward, it seemed like every other episode was a Shawn pity-party fest. And he got girls to boot.
%% * Hyde on ''Series/That70sShow''.
%% * Tim Riggins on ''Series/FridayNightLights'', who is a drunkard.
* Daniel Desario from ''FreaksAndGeeks'' is a JamesDean-looking, scholasticly-challenged heart breaker from the wrong side of the tracks, yet manages to have both female leads wanting him
%% * Ricky from ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', who has one of the biggest {{Freudian Excuse}}s ever seen. %%%% TROPERS and READERS will wonder what the excuse is.%%%%
%%* Mark and David from ''{{Roseanne}}''.
%% EXAMPLE INDENTATION!! * Dean from WizardsOfWaverlyPlace is painted with this trope in mind, but Alex Russo pulls it off much better. Alex manages this without being a BrokenBird, as a part of her CoolLoser goal and charm.
%% * Mitchell from ''Series/BeingHuman''. He's TheAtoner. Then he's the [[spoiler:BigBad]]. Things get pretty messy.
%% * Rare female Amber Braverman from ''Series/{{Parenthood}}''.
%% * Cole Turner from ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
%% * Oscar Cole of ''MIHigh'', although [[spoiler:his dad eventually came back and his mum was put into prison for good, so life got better from there]].
%% * Some early episodes of ''HappyDays'' show Fonzie coaching the boys on how to act this way in order to arouse female interest.
%% * Willa from ''Series/TheFinder'' is often in trouble with the law but is shown to have a softer side.
* Neal Caffrey of ''Series/WhiteCollar''. Troubled is a given, considering he's a con artist and everything, and cute... well, just look at those eyes.
* Played for laughs with Bud Bundy from ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. He tries to create different troubled but cute persona's to get young women, like his infamous [[PrettyFlyforaWhiteGuy Grand Master B character.]] The funny thing is, it mostly works until one of the family members interrupt and reveal his true character.
%% * ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': First Lady Mellie Grant.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Both Oliver Queen and Roy Harper.
** The former is a traumatized survivor of a shipwreck that left him stranded on an island; he's self loathing, has lost most of his former social skills, and is plagued by guilt, both survivors guilt and guilt for hurting his ex girlfriend, who he's still in love with. He's also an in-universe MemeticSexGod of sorts.
** Roy Harper is a brooding orphan who's spent his life fighting to survive poverty and looking out for himself, is a petty crook that most write off as a thug, and like Oliver he's a self-loathing bag of guilt with no social skills [[BigDamnHeroes who always looks out to help others when he can.]]
* Logan Echolls from ''Series/VeronicaMars'' ReallyGetsAround (not to mention manages to be an on-again, off-again boyfriend for the title character). He's an entitled rich kid prone to [[DeathSeeker self-destructive behavior]] and [[TheBully bullying]], who winds up as a murder suspect with alarming regularity and has some serious [[AbusiveParents daddy issues]] - but also [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a heart of gold]] and good timing for BigDamnHeroes moments.
** Eli "Weevil" Navarro for a straighter "BadAss leather-clad biker from the wrong side of the tracks who is kinder than he lets on" example.
* Jeff from ''{{Series/Community}}''. Has attracted the attention of every female main character, as well as several one shot girls and [[EvenTheGuysWantHim a few guys]], but he's narcissistic, moody, has anger issues, a drinking problem and when it comes down to it is a severely depressed broken man.
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%% * [[TheAtoner JJ Sturn]] from ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', naturally only before he ''became'' TheAtoner.
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%% * ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'':
%% ** Jake Muller in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6''.
%% ** Chris too, in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6''. He's pretty damaged, but a good guy, and cute too.
%% * Squall Leonhart from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' (although he actually graduated early in the game).
%% * N from VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite. [[spoiler:Granted, he's more deluded than troubled.]]
%% * ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' Silver
%% * ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'': Wes.
%% * ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'': Cyrus has more "[[OmnicidalManiac trouble]]" than "cute", but his [[CryForTheDevil issues]] actually make him more endearing to many fans.
%% * Atton in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II''.
* ''{{Persona 3}}'':
** The main character applies, with his [[HeadphonesEqualIsolation ever present headphones]], [[FreudianExcuse sad past]], [[TheQuietOne reclusive attitude]], and, finally, his [[PeekABangs damn]] [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue]] [[EmoTeen hair]]. He's also a ChickMagnet.
** Shinjiro Aragaki, though he's not a Chick Magnet. The UpdatedRerelease takes it [[UpToEleven well past eleven]] in the [[DistaffCounterpart female protagonist's]] path. This is played with, though. [[spoiler:Despite all of his troubles (the ones he [[StoicWoobie doesn't complain about]]), it's made clear that he's a ''very'' nice guy (downright {{Moe}}, even!) and that quite a bit of his [[JerkassFacade behavior]] is because he's fairly certain that he doesn't have much time left.]]
* [[AlphaBitch Renee]] of ''ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlrevis'' cites this as a reason why she puts up with her partner Tony's "quirks".
-->'''Renee''': Ugh, you're so stubborn... I kinda like that.
-->'''Tony''': Now's not the time for that!
%% * The protagonist from ''JakAndDaxter'' in the second game. After all the ''Dark Eco experimentation''.
%% * ''VideoGame/MassEffect'' presents [[FanNickname FemShep's]] potential male love interests, in order of least-to-most emotional baggage: Jacob (refuses to be thought of as a "baggage guy") -> Kaidan (TrainingFromHell, BlessedWithSuck) -> Garrus (CowboyCop with a lot of survivor guilt come the second game) -> Thane (former assassin who made his first kill when he was twelve). Now, where [[BiTheWay Liara]] would fit on this scale is another question...
* Both non-DLC male Love Interests in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] on occasion by [[GenreSavvy Varric]]. The girls count to a lesser extent as well, particularly Merrill. It's just the boys who get the "brooding" jokes (especially Fenris).
* Zelos Wilder from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': he's a young, playful womanizer with long, red hair, flirting with every woman and having a bunch of Fangirls (his "Hunnies"). But later in the game, it is revealed that [[spoiler:he never had any real parents, his father was absent due to his forced marriage to Zelos' mother, who states that he "should never have been born". This made him develop a great self-loathing and the feeling of worthlessness. In the superficial society of Meltokio, he was forced to lock his emotions away, therefore adapting to their expectations. This made him becoming the playful, careless guy he pretends to be]].
* All three ''Franchise/MetalGear'' protagonists so far:
** Solid Snake is considered by the women and men of his universe to be extremely attractive and glamorous (at least, before [[PlotRelevantAgeUp he gets old]]), but has a history involving drinking problems, mental illness, emotional isolation, and murder, as well as being difficult to handle and having a moody personality. However, another character tells him, "That's what I like about you. That's what makes you human."
** Big Boss is an EvenTheGuysWantHim character, known for his charisma, presence, and magnanimity, who has had romantic and pseudo-romantic relationships with both women and men. He killed his mentor, and spends the rest of his life attempting to come to terms with it and trying to stick it to TheMan...who turns out to be an actual character ([[spoiler:his former best friend!]])
** Raiden at first comes across as well-adjusted, but turns out to have been a recovering ex-child soldier with messed-up standards of intimacy. But...so bishie!
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' doesn't have highschools in it[[note]]IOSYS remixes notwithstanding[[/note]], but Fujiwara-no-Mokou definitely screams this trope. She's a {{bifauxnen}}, she's cursed with {{immortality}}, she has a DarkAndTroubledPast (and it's an arguably-masculine, daddy-why-wont-you-acknowledge-me FreudianExcuse), she distances herself from others, yet will help when help is needed. HighschoolAU doujins where she appears typically cast her as a [[JapaneseDelinquents Japanese Delinquent]] who mellows out to Keine.
* Norman Jayden from ''HeavyRain'' is quite handsome, but spends most of the game struggling with a debilitating addiction to [[spoiler: triptocaine]] and [[spoiler: his overuse of the ARI]]. Things get even less pretty when he starts having [[DeadlyNosebleed withdrawal symptoms]] from trying to break himself out of the habit.
%% * Lightning in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' is a female example.
* Miguel Caballero Rojo in ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 6'' is the black sheep of his family who keeps on picking fights, arguing mostly with his parents, and running away from home at an early age. But in all this, he has a soft spot for his sister.
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* Inui Arihiko in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', until Shiki [[TheUnwantedHarem stole all his luck with girls away,]] which made him a little bitter. In-story, Shiki himself might actually count, despite practically being a paragon of virtue. However, he actually tends to ''scare'' people due to familiarity and closeness to death. Yet the same people find themselves falling in love with him (Satsuki, Arcueid, Akiha, etc.) regardless.
%%* Kōya Aotsuki from the gay DatingSim ''{{Morenatsu}}''.
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* Rumisiel from ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}''. Semi-Fallen [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angel]], check. History with [[TheStoner Drugs and Alcohol]], check. PermaStubble, check. [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Strangely attractive]] to the opposite sex, [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2009-07-17 check]], Master of the IndyPloy, frequent [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]], seeking [[TheAtoner redemption]], and JerkWithAHeartOfGold, check, check, check, and check.
* Eiji of ''Webcomic/RedString''. It annoys him to no end when it [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys attracts a fanclub of bimbos]].
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%% * Brutally deconstructed in [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/im-sorry-but-i-only-date-men-my-friends-are-afraid,10898/ this]] article in TheOnion.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic has lots and lots of issues. He also has a lot of fangirls. Those two facts are probably related.
* WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses is an extreme example from the same actor, an incredibly sexualized mess of problems and psychosis.
* ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'': Mr Rochester is out of the preferred young teenage phase, being about thirty in this SettingUpdate. Otherwise he fits perfectly: a pair of jeans, a leather jacket, tattoos, and PermaStubble. He can be extremely harsh or even rude to Jane, but he's still attractive and fangirls have been swooning over him since he first appeared. The creators teased their viewers with the constant [[TheUnreveal Unreveal]], but the wait was worth it.
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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Ron tries to ''become'' this character to get a date. It doesn't work, and through a little accidental AppliedPhlebotinum, he becomes a full-on supervillain.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Zuko. A leather jacket wouldn't fit the medieval Asian "look" of the show, so he makes up for it with a [[GoodScarsEvilScars facial scar]] linked to his tragic BackStory.
%% ** WellIntentionedExtremist Jet... [[TeamMom Katara]] [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys was goo gaa over him]] until his plan was revealed.
* Mako from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. Growing up on the streets while simultaneously raising your little brother will make even the hottest firebender stoic and brooding.
%%* Roger Klotz in ''{{Doug}}''. He and Doug even get along once in a while, to show that he's not just a horrible jerk. He's also somewhat of a [[TheWoobie woobie]]. Sometimes, his mom doesn't spend a lot of time with him, and his dad lives in the next town over (his parents are divorced), AND lives in a trailer park (in the Nickelodeon version). Kinda makes you wonder why he started bullying in the first place.
* In one episode of ''{{Birdz}}'', we meet Riley Raven, a good-looking bad boy who does whatever he wants, and is considered a "bad egg" for it. We later learn that he acts this way because of his workaholic parents never having time for him.
* Franchise/{{Batman}}, as epitomized here in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', where he's trying to convince Wonder Woman why they they wouldn't be good together:
-->'''Batman:''' "You're a princess from a society of immortal warriors. I'm a rich kid with issues. ''Lots'' of issues."
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Millhouse temporarily became one of these, complete with anti-socialness, a leather jacket, and in-universe fangirls. Even Lisa found that attractive
-->'''[[HoYay Nelson]]:''' He's troubled, but I can save him!
* Terry [=McGinnis=] in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' seems to be Troubled, but Cute in the first couple of episodes before he opens up and reveals that he's actually a responsible, altruistic young man. He was a straight example in his BackStory, which included a stint in juvie.
* ''XMenEvolution'':
** Lance Alvers, aka Avalanche, post-CharacterizationMarchesOn. At first he was just a straight up criminal, then he gained some NobleDemon aspects and a soft spot for the Kitty of the X-men.
** Gambit is handsome and charming, able to leave people paralyzed via them being DistractedByTheSexy, and a criminal who grew up being used by his adopted father and hunted by the rival gang.
** Evan Daniels. Scruffy athletic teen rebel with a penchant for trouble, but, even after his secondary mutation, is still not exactly ugly.
* Johnny 13 of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', complete with rebel bike and all. He already has a girlfriend whom he loves despite his flirtatious nature and her constant nagging to keep his eyes focused on her at all times.
* The characterisation of Jim Hawkins in the original ''TreasureIsland'' mostly revolved around his maturation to a man who knows the meaning of honour and duty and can be held responsible for his actions. The Disney adaptation of ''TreasurePlanet'' Woobiefied him by making him more of a troubled troublemaker trying to find his place in the world, with low self-worth and [[ParentalAbandonment paternal abandonment]] issues.
%% * Lance from ''SymBionicTitan''.
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* Hollywood actor JamesDean is the definitive example here and possibly the TropeCodifier.
* ByronicHero Lord Byron.
* Music/KurtCobain.
** The front men of the other big four grunge bands as well.
* MelanieLynskey is cute as a bug's ear, but tends to play characters that are, to say the least, quirky.
* River Phoenix.
* John Lennon was a drug addict, had a quick and fiery temper, and generally could be a downright JerkAss a lot of the time; but being a Beatle, he had no shortage of screaming fans, and Paul Mc Cartney has been quoted as saying of those who actually KNEW John, "[[EvenTheGuysWantHim Everyone]] was in love with John; [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold John was lovable]], John was a very lovable guy."
* Ian Curtis of JoyDivision fame.
* Peter Steele of TypeONegative fame.
* Based on his Draw My Life video, ShaneDawson is this a big way
* Russell Brand (read "My Booky Wook").
* FriedrichNietzsche certainly had his emotional troubles, but was a kind, mild-mannered individual despite the grandiose nature of his philosophy, as his female pen pals attested.
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