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Ax Crazy Protagonists?:

 1 Rynnec, Wed, 9th Mar '11 10:16:00 PM Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
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Title says it all.

I myself usually have atleast one Ax-Crazy character as a central character (Usually a Blood Knight or Psycho for Hire.) I just find them more interesting to write as (Anti)heroes, because you can give them a more complex and interesting moral code than you would a regular hero. That's not too say that non-sociopathic heroes are boring, per-say, but it's always interesting to have them contrast with a more insane one.

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 2 JHM, Thu, 10th Mar '11 1:21:06 AM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
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Two members of my main ensemble have serious Ax-Crazy streaks, both because of issues with repressed emotions and a lack of healthy outlets. The less stable of the two attempts to make up for this hidden tendency through Incorruptible Pure Pureness, with the rare slip of the mask being suitably unsettling; the other channels it into "ethical" violence, but often goes more than a little too far.

Neither is truly sociopathic, however. This being said, there is a sociopath on the "good" team, that being The Smart Guy, who, next to The Hero (classic Type I-cum-Non-Action Guy), is probably the least violent member of said group. For the most part, he's just manipulative and baffling.

edited 10th Mar '11 1:23:45 AM by JHM

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It can be hard to make a story comprehensible or involving with a sociopathic lead, but it's been done. Look no further than Johnny the Homicidal Maniac for examples.
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 4 Acesoldier Zero, Fri, 11th Mar '11 9:42:00 AM from Virginia Relationship Status: Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
Well, a lot of my leads start as full-on villain protagonists. I like mixing Ax-Crazy with Refuge in Audacity, however.
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I like to justify it, usually by combining it with The Good, the Bad, and the Evil, or with Black and Gray Morality settings.

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