Playing With / Designated Hero

Basic Trope: A character who's supposed to be the hero, but doesn't act like it.
  • Straight: Hiro is treated like a hero but steals from innocent people, kills without any mercy, and never bathes
  • Exaggerated: Hiro rapes and tortures anyone and anything he can find, intentionally causes mass genocide that leads to the deaths of millions of people, and even overthrows and brutally murders Emperor Evulz just to take his place. And yet is still treated like a hero...
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • Hiro has had a really rough past, and he's putting his anger into his actions.
    • In a Rashamon style of events to find out what happened, Hiro tells his version of the story where is painted as much more heroic, even if his actions for the most part stay the same.
    • Hiro is not a good person, and he knows it, but in the end the actions he takes are for the greater good, even if he doesn't come out smelling like roses before that point.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • But he gets away with the jerk part. And sometimes the writers forget the heart of good part. So he ends up becoming a Jerk Sue.
    • It looks like Hiro is going to become more heroic due to Character Development. However the character development later ends up leading to some Values Dissonance.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig-Zagged: Sometimes he acts heroic, other times he doesn't.
  • Averted: Hiro is unquestionably heroic.
  • Enforced: Hiro is a historical figure in the country who he had fought for history textbook. Even though he enslaves, kills, and commits genocide against many innocent people, he is still treated as a hero in the book because he had done great things for the country.
  • Lampshaded: "Is Hiro even the good guy at all? Seriously, you would think otherwise given the way he acts."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Hiro sets out to be a more ideal hero.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Hiro's poor decisions lead to his allies deciding they're much better off without him, and leave him until he manages to get his act together.
  • Reconstructed: Same as the second Subverted example.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Hiro is a Nominal Hero or Villain Protagonist who is (to hear him tell it) just fine. Initially, the audience doesn't pick up on his bullshit, but soon realizes that he does not change or do any good. Why? Because he's not the actual focus or main character of the story anyway. (Not that he's noticed.) Perhaps Hiro does make out just fine in the end and gloats about how he's somehow getting his due (or fails and whines during his closing chapters) but not without inadvertently revealing the actual heroes' fates and character arcs as well.
  • Played for Laughs: Hiro is an idiot who saves the world by accident.

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