Playing With / Classical Anti-Hero

Basic Trope: A character who suffers from flaws and hindrances, whose story tends to be as much about overcoming their own weaknesses as about conquering the enemy.
  • Straight: Alice has a lack of confidence in her abilities and must overcome her own doubts in order to defeat the Big Bad.
  • Exaggerated: Alice has a long list of crippling neurosis and can't even get out of bed in the morning, but must defeat an Evil Overlord.
  • Downplayed: Good Is Not Soft
  • Justified: Alice grew up with Abusive Parents and has a reason for her lack of confidence.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice has an air of healthy self-confidence.
  • Double Subverted: her air of self-confidence is just an act and she is pretty insecure underneath her facade.
  • Parodied: Alice whines about her social problems to the point where the Big Bad leaves on his own because she just can't stand to hear anymore.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice overcomes her doubts when she gets a new boyfriend. He dumps her, however, so she reverts back to having a self-esteem issue, only to realize her brief stint with self-confidence was due to a renewed sex life. She then goes out and turns into Good Bad Girl, but soon realizes this shallow lifestyle made her feel even worse. She finally figures out she had self-confidence in her all along and vows to be more positive in life.
  • Averted: Alice has no major problems.
  • Enforced: The writers want to give the audience a hero they can relate to.
  • Lampshaded: "Everytime I think I've finally won, something always sets me back. It's as if my life is more interesting when I'm miserable."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz knows Alice is the one prophesied to eventually defeat him so he sets off to make her life miserable in hopes Alice will never have the drive to realize her destiny and defeat him.
  • Defied: Alice is The Pollyanna and doesn't let her problems get her down.
  • Discussed: "Alice has it rough, but it makes her more endearing somehow."
  • Conversed: "I like this character. She's going through the same problems as me."
  • Deconstructed: A rare optimistic deconstruction - Alice realizes that with her powers, she shouldn't have to worry about not getting a date, bullying, money issues, or anything else and uses them to solve her problems.
  • Reconstructed: And an even rarer cynical reconstruction - she ends up abusing her power and acting like a total Jerk Ass, which alienates the few people who cared about her. This, of course, just adds to her problems.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice saves the world, then has a "Why me?" expression when she can't get a date.
  • Played For Drama: Alice dealing with her personal problems show her determination in the face of adversity.

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