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03:06:10 PM Feb 21st 2014
Per the TRS thread, I am removing examples that do not fit the new definition or are ZCEs. These examples can be rewritten if they do fit here (as I am clearly not familiar with all the different works), or possible moved to Noble Demon or a related trope if they fit there.

Anime and Manga:
  • Yuuri and, later, Mimi and Sheshe from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch.
  • L and Light from Death Note, only emphasizing the fact that the show has a Villain Protagonist.
  • Ashram from Record of Lodoss War, at least in the TV version.
    • He was this in the OVA, too — it's just that, for most of the series, he was Kashue's Worthy Opponent, not Parn's (or rather, Parn had to level up quite a bit to be a worthy opponent for him).
  • Viral from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann ended up doing a Heel–Face Turn and became The Lancer.
  • Shimi from Outlaw Star makes a great drinking buddy to Gene until he has to kill him. He eventually decides to settle this in a duel where his gun jams and the crew bury him before setting off...until he digs himself out ("They should have buried me deeper.") and reveals that he faked the whole thing since he hated being a space pirate and was looking for a way to quit.
  • Sendoh Akira and Sawakita Eiji to Rukawa Kaede in Slam Dunk.
  • Rambal Ral from Mobile Suit Gundam, who actually did befriend Amuro before they battled to the death.
    • Char Aznable exhibits some of these traits as a recurring character, but he and Amuro later become Fire-Forged Friends, until he becomes a Rival Turned Evil.
    • Dozle Zabi goes out with the expressed purpose of giving his men time to escape.
    • And from The08th MS Team, Norris Packard to the titular protagonists.
    • Andrew Waltfeld of Gundam SEED probably counts as well.
    • From Gundam 00, Graham Aker is this to Setsuna F. Seiei, and Soma Peries is this to H/Allelujah Haptism, who happened to be Forgotten Childhood Friends. Sergei Smirnov has traits of this as well.


Live Action TV:


Video Games:
  • General Leo of Final Fantasy VI worked for the Empire, but was otherwise an honorable person. And, like the trope states, he was killed off by Kefka (a power-hungry lunatic also working for the Empire).
    • Final Fantasy V's Gilgamesh, who thanks you before he is thrown into the void by his own master.
  • Meta Knight in the Kirby games, who will give the hero a sword in their battles so they can fight on more or less even terms. In many games, he will even refuse to fight unless Kirby picks up the sword.
    • Admittedly, the latter half was partially so that he wouldn't get stuffed in a pot and cooked or suffer similar fates possible in some of the games.
    • In Amazing Mirror, the fact that he doesn't give you a sword is a sign that it's not really him.
    • In Revenge of Meta Knight, he'll wait thirty seconds for you to pick up the sword before starting the fight. This seems insignificant until you realize that you are both on a giant warship that is about to crash into the ocean.
    • His Dragon, Ser Cauthrien, fits this trope nicely. (Dragon Age: Origins example)
10:01:43 AM Sep 14th 2011
What's the deal with changing the page quote?
02:25:45 PM Sep 14th 2011
I don't know, but I changed it back, for the reasons I gave in the edit history. The old one's been there forever for a reason.
06:49:42 AM Sep 18th 2011
Yeah, my bad. I just watched the movie that day and got so buzzed and decided to change it. Now the buzz is gone, I realized that it was stupid. :/
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