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08:26:52 AM Jun 9th 2014
So Severus Snape from Harry Potter is both in Unintentionally Sympathetic and Unintentionally Unsympathetic ? Well one should makes your mind. Personnally I do not think the narrative was tryng to excuse his jerkass behavior toward Harry. As for James and Lily's death, he's clearly The Atoner.
08:52:30 AM Jan 16th 2014
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't the the Star Trek: Insurrection example holds up. Picard wasn't protecting the Baku against an insidious Federation plot to replace them with Federation colonists. The plan was to totally remove the planet's "magic radiation junk" or whatever it was and move it elsewhere, after which it would *hopefully* continue to work as it did in its current configuration.

A different Star Trek captain might have pointed out that there is no guarantee the "stuff" will still work once it is disturbed, and it would probably be a much better idea to leave it as it is, assign a science team to study the phenomenon, establish a medical facility at some point sufficiently distant from the Baku to avoid disrupting their lifestyle, and hopefully replicate the effect elsewhere at some point... NOT rip it to shreds in the hopes that it will magically still work under completely different circumstances.
08:53:27 PM Jan 18th 2011
Is there any difference between this and Designated Hero and Designated Hero Syndrome
09:35:12 AM Jan 16th 2014
Yes. Designated Hero refers to a character who is treated as a hero but does not act like one. This trope is for any character, hero or not, that is intended to be sympathetic but comes off as not.
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