'''Basic Trope''': A character who is a melancholic, brooding loner with a DarkAndTroubledPast, and is flawed, yet sympathetic.
* '''Straight''': Bob is a broken-hearted loner with anger management problems, and a rather dark streak that makes the heroes wary of him. And yet the heroes show sympathy for him.
* '''Exaggerated''': Bob is a nihilistic, violent misanthropist and yet the heroes still show sympathy for him.
* '''Downplayed''': Bob is fairly moody and unsociable, but the heroes get used to him eventually.
* '''Justified''':
** Bob's dark qualities are emotional armor, because he doesn't want to relive his DarkAndTroubledPast again.
** Bob routinely keeps getting into ShootTheDog situations, or has situations where ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer. He naturally broods over these villainous crimes, which weren't born from evil intent, but [[HeroWithBadPublicity everybody makes it out to be.]]
* '''Inverted''': IdealHero
* '''Subverted''': Bob's brooding, dark exterior is a facade that belies a friendlier personality...
* '''Double Subverted''': ...he was having a good day.
* '''Parodied''': Over the course of a hot day, Bob, a man stuck in a soul-crushing job as a [[MundaneMadeAwesome professional party inspector]], sacrifices everything he ever held dear, including his home and his family...to [[DisproportionateRetribution kill the man who took the last popsicle from the ice cream truck he missed.]]
* '''Zig Zagged''': Bob switches between moods on a regular basis, going from being an idealistic and upstanding individual despite all he's been through, to being a vindictive, moody man, sometimes finding peace, only to go back to being wracked by internal conflict.
* '''Averted''': Bob has no more flaws than anyone else, and is not troubled.
* '''Enforced''': ???
* '''Lampshaded''': "There must be something biting you. Why the long face?"
* '''Invoked''': Bob, having just [[IDidWhatIHadToDo one lapse of judgment]], is demeaned by the rest of his crew by being called an {{Emo}}.
* '''Exploited''': ???
* '''Defied''': "It was tragic that I ended up causing my sister's death, but I'm going to move on and become a genuinely good person, because that's what she would've wanted."
* '''Discussed''': "Bob sure has a lot of issues, doesn't he? So what is it about him that makes us like him?"
* '''Conversed''': "How many bad things can that guy get away with before he's just a douche?"
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Bob is a genuinely evil and dangerous character, not just misunderstood. His sympathetic traits blind the heroes ([[DracoInLeatherPants and the audience]]) to his true nature. Even when he crosses the MoralEventHorizon, people still believe that there is good in him and that he's really not that bad.
** Bob knows that giving a false story about his backstory will make people sympathetic to him so he can do whatever he wants with the convenient excuse of said backstory.
* '''Reconstructed''': Then Bob goes too far, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone and realizes]] that his actions are causing the suffering of not just him, but those around him.
* '''Played For Laughs''': Bob is an ''incredibly'' [[TroubledButCute brooding]], {{Camp}}y LargeHam DramaQueen who thinks [[ItsAllAboutMe it's all about him]]. HilarityEnsues. Then he makes a HeelFaceTurn. [[HeroWithAnFInGood Even]] ''[[SerialEscalation more]]'' [[DestructiveSavior hilarity ensues]].
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%%* '''Implied''': ???
%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???
%%* '''Played For Drama''': ???