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** Of all people, [[spoiler: Johnny Gat]] has quite the hidden depths to his character. Once he's saved in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow4'', he confesses to the Boss that despite the virtual hell he had to go through of seeing [[spoiler: Aisha]] die over and over again, it gave him time to come to terms with himself and letting go of his past. Likewise, if you have him and Shaundi together as homies, Shaundi will pour her heart out to him, saying how much she had to go through after believing that he had died. He reassures her that it's not her fault and that he won't have anything like that happen to him ever again. This all comes from a guy who kills people by the hundreds and isn't having fun unless he is killing someone.


* ''VideoGame/{{Record Of Agarest War}}'': Considering how many party members join during the game, (The game is split into generations where the hero of the next generation is the son of the previous one) it's par for the course in this game. The {{LoveInterest}}'s generally show some more depth as you increase the RelationshipValues. One notable one is [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom Sherufanir]]. She is generally TheTease but get to know her better and she shows a clear disdain for fighting and tends to offer Ladius (2nd gen hero) a chance to run away and live with her in peace away from the war. Putting her down softly has Ladius say he has a destiny to fulfill. Her response is said with [[OutOfCharacter a sad and solemn tone]]:

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* ''VideoGame/{{Record Of Agarest War}}'': Considering how many party members join during the game, journey, (The game story is split into generations where the hero of the next generation is the son of the previous one) it's par for the course in this game.story. The {{LoveInterest}}'s generally show some more depth as you increase the RelationshipValues. One notable one is [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom Sherufanir]]. She is generally TheTease but get to know her better and she shows a clear disdain for fighting and tends to offer Ladius (2nd gen hero) a chance to run away and live with her in peace away from the war. Putting her down softly has Ladius say he has a destiny to fulfill. Her response is said with [[OutOfCharacter a sad and solemn tone]]:


* ''VideoGame/Record Of Agarest War'': Considering how many party members join during the game, (The game is split into generations where the hero of the next generation is the son of the previous one) it's par for the course in this game. The {{LoveInterest}}'s generally show some more depth as you increase the RelationshipValues. One notable one is [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom Sherufanir]]. She is generally TheTease but get to know her better and she shows a clear disdain for fighting and tends to offer Ladius (2nd gen hero) a chance to run away and live with her in peace away from the war. Putting her down softly has Ladius say he has a destiny to fulfill. Her response is said with [[OutOfCharacter a sad and solemn tone]]:

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* ''VideoGame/Record ''VideoGame/{{Record Of Agarest War'': War}}'': Considering how many party members join during the game, (The game is split into generations where the hero of the next generation is the son of the previous one) it's par for the course in this game. The {{LoveInterest}}'s generally show some more depth as you increase the RelationshipValues. One notable one is [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom Sherufanir]]. She is generally TheTease but get to know her better and she shows a clear disdain for fighting and tends to offer Ladius (2nd gen hero) a chance to run away and live with her in peace away from the war. Putting her down softly has Ladius say he has a destiny to fulfill. Her response is said with [[OutOfCharacter a sad and solemn tone]]:


* ''VideoGame/AgarestSenki'': Considering how many party members join during the game, (The game is split into generations where the hero of the next generation is the son of the previous one) it's par for the course in this game. The {{LoveInterest}}'s generally show some more depth as you increase the RelationshipValues. One notable one is [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom Sherufanir]]. She is generally TheTease but get to know her better and she shows a clear disdain for fighting and tends to offer Ladius (2nd gen hero) a chance to run away and live with her in peace away from the war. Putting her down softly has Ladius say he has a destiny to fulfill. Her response is said with [[OutOfCharacter a sad and solemn tone]]:

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* ''VideoGame/AgarestSenki'': ''VideoGame/Record Of Agarest War'': Considering how many party members join during the game, (The game is split into generations where the hero of the next generation is the son of the previous one) it's par for the course in this game. The {{LoveInterest}}'s generally show some more depth as you increase the RelationshipValues. One notable one is [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom Sherufanir]]. She is generally TheTease but get to know her better and she shows a clear disdain for fighting and tends to offer Ladius (2nd gen hero) a chance to run away and live with her in peace away from the war. Putting her down softly has Ladius say he has a destiny to fulfill. Her response is said with [[OutOfCharacter a sad and solemn tone]]:


* Say what you will about ''[[VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries God Of War's]]'' Kratos, he still cares about the children when he's not murdering [[OmnicidalManiac everyone else]] for looking at him funny.

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* Say what you will about ''[[VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries God Of War's]]'' ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'''s Kratos, he still cares about the children when he's not murdering [[OmnicidalManiac everyone else]] for looking at him funny.


* Shadow from ''SonicTheHedgehog'' is much smarter than he looks. Though this aspect only shows up in [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 the awful 2006 game]], it shows how dangerous Shadow can be. He was the only person in the entire game who was aware of what was really going on and sought to put a stop to it, even convincing Silver that he was duped. Unfortunately, Shadow's plan was only 99% effective as one fragment that escaped caused the last story. He does give an awesome ShutUpHannibal speech in the end of his story.

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* Shadow from ''SonicTheHedgehog'' ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' is much smarter than he looks. Though this aspect only shows up in [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 the awful 2006 game]], it shows how dangerous Shadow can be. He was the only person in the entire game who was aware of what was really going on and sought to put a stop to it, even convincing Silver that he was duped. Unfortunately, Shadow's plan was only 99% effective as one fragment that escaped caused the last story. He does give an awesome ShutUpHannibal speech in the end of his story.


** Hanako, a FragileFlower suffering from having been badly burned in a house fire that claimed the lives of her parents [[spoiler:who would prefer it if you did *not* pity her thank you very much and will really let you have it if you try too hard to white knight for her.]]

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** Hanako, a FragileFlower suffering from having been badly burned in a house fire that claimed the lives of her parents [[spoiler:who would prefer it if you did *not* pity her thank you very much and will really let you have it if you try too hard to white knight for her.]]


* Every character in VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}} has more depth than they might seem to have at first. Even Yamada, who initially seems like just a one-note otaku comic relief character who spouts video game references turns out to be very passionate about a certain magical girl show, that he considered saved his life when he was at a really low point, and wants to do the same for other people with the doujinshi he creates.

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* Every character in VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}} ''Franchise/{{Danganronpa}}'' has more depth than they might seem to have at first. Even Yamada, who initially seems like just a one-note otaku comic relief character who spouts video game references turns out to be very passionate about a certain magical girl show, that he considered saved his life when he was at a really low point, and wants to do the same for other people with the doujinshi he creates.

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* This is a bit of a CentralTheme in the ''Franchise/TouhouProject''; the same person can be both good and evil, a genius and an idiot, a hard worker and a lazy bum, without contradiction, though usually we only ever see one side of them. E.g., main character Reimu Hakurei can, depending on what material you're going by, either be a no-nonsense hardass with a single-minded focus on doing her job, i.e., exterminating youkai, or a lazy, money-grubbing bum who cares more about {{Get Rich Quick Scheme}}s than doing her job, to the extent that she sometimes have to be [[WhatTheHellHero yelled at]] just to get off her ass and actually do something. Some comedy is even derived from this, such as when Kosuzu, the main character of ''Manga/ForbiddenScrollery'', sees Reimu in one of her get-rich-quick moods, which are common in ''Manga/WildAndHornedHermit,'' and cannot reconcile this with her idea of who Reimu is but simply assumes that she has to be joking.


* ''{{VideoGame/Yakuza}}'': EnsembleDarkhorse Goro Majima is originally portrayed as a [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation boggle-eyed weirdo who dresses like he shops for clothes in the dumpster behind the pet clinic]], but every game in the series seems to add new layers to the man. By the end of ''Yakuza 6'', his portrayal is that of an intelligent, emotional and introspective man who created the "Mad Dog of Shimano"-persona he has worn as a way of dealing with the harsh reality of yakuza life. He has also wrestled his way into the top echelons of the Tojo clan and can block the new blood without even trying. He turned at least three flagging legitimate businesses into serious money-makers. He has a keen interest in music and a very good singing voice, and will gleefully participate whenever anyone suggests karaoke. He has a serious BigBrotherInstinct, especially when it comes to kids and abused women. And he is ''very'' serious about environmentalism and recycling.

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* ''{{VideoGame/Yakuza}}'': EnsembleDarkhorse Goro Majima is originally portrayed as a [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation boggle-eyed "boggle-eyed weirdo who dresses like he shops for clothes woke up naked in the dumpster behind the a pet clinic]], cemetary"]], but every game in the series seems to add new layers to the man. By the end of ''Yakuza 6'', his portrayal is that of an intelligent, emotional and introspective man who created the "Mad Dog of Shimano"-persona he has worn as a way of dealing with the harsh reality of yakuza life. He has also wrestled his way into the top echelons of the Tojo clan and can block the new blood without even trying. He turned at least three flagging legitimate businesses into serious money-makers. He has a keen interest in music and a very good singing voice, and will gleefully participate whenever anyone suggests karaoke.karaoke (and he isn't above deliberately singing off-key to mess with people). He has a serious BigBrotherInstinct, especially when it comes to kids and abused women. And he is ''very'' serious about environmentalism and recycling.

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* ''VideoGame/UntilDawn'':
** Despite Jessica being portrayed as a sexpot DumbBlonde, the player can find out she actually has a lot of self-esteem issues and is generally insecure. Also, in chapter 3, should Mike fail to make any decisions, Jess will take the lead, can call Mike out on his hesitation and do something while chewing Mike out even further.
** Emily is an AcademicAlphaBitch and is generally very rude and self-centered. But she is also one of the more resourceful characters, able to make a torch out of her top (even if she complains about it) and she can think very quickly on her feet as seen during the chase with [[spoiler: the Wendigo]] in the mines. She can also show concern, sadness and distress when she found clues regarding Hannah and Beth in the mines and when she heard Josh was killed. It's also suggested her abrasiveness is due to her own insecurities and fear of failure. If she and Matt have a high enough relationship stat by the end of the game, she will ask the police about him in a worried tone and wonder if Matt still thinks of her as a good girlfriend.


* ''{{VideoGame/Yakuza}}'': EnsembleDarkhorse Goro Majima is originally portrayed as a [[WebVideo/ZeroPunctuation boggle-eyed weirdo who dresses like he shops for clothes in the dumpster behind the pet clinic]], but every game in the series seems to add new layers to the man. By the end of ''Yakuza 6'', his portrayal is that of an intelligent, emotional and introspective man who created the "Mad Dog of Shimano"-persona he has worn as a way of dealing with the harsh reality of yakuza life. He has also wrestled his way into the top echelons of the Tojo clan and can block the new blood without even trying. He turned at least three flagging legitimate businesses into serious money-makers. He has a keen interest in music and a very good singing voice, and will gleefully participate whenever anyone suggests karaoke. He has a serious BigBrotherInstinct, especially when it comes to kids and abused women. And he is ''very'' serious about environmentalism and recycling.

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* ''{{VideoGame/Yakuza}}'': EnsembleDarkhorse Goro Majima is originally portrayed as a [[WebVideo/ZeroPunctuation [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation boggle-eyed weirdo who dresses like he shops for clothes in the dumpster behind the pet clinic]], but every game in the series seems to add new layers to the man. By the end of ''Yakuza 6'', his portrayal is that of an intelligent, emotional and introspective man who created the "Mad Dog of Shimano"-persona he has worn as a way of dealing with the harsh reality of yakuza life. He has also wrestled his way into the top echelons of the Tojo clan and can block the new blood without even trying. He turned at least three flagging legitimate businesses into serious money-makers. He has a keen interest in music and a very good singing voice, and will gleefully participate whenever anyone suggests karaoke. He has a serious BigBrotherInstinct, especially when it comes to kids and abused women. And he is ''very'' serious about environmentalism and recycling.


* ''{{VideoGame/Yakuza}}'': EnsembleDarkhorse Goro Majima is originally portrayed as a [[WebOriginal/ZeroPunctuation boggle-eyed weirdo who dresses like he shops for clothes in the dumpster behind the pet clinic]], but every game in the series seems to add new layers to the man. By the end of ''Yakuza 6'', his portrayal is that of an intelligent, emotional and introspective man who created the "Mad Dog of Shimano"-persona he has worn as a way of dealing with the harsh reality of yakuza life. He has also wrestled his way into the top echelons of the Tojo clan and can block the new blood without even trying. He turned at least three flagging legitimate businesses into serious money-makers. He has a keen interest in music and a very good singing voice, and will gleefully participate whenever anyone suggests karaoke. He has a serious BigBrotherInstinct, especially when it comes to kids and abused women. And he is ''very'' serious about environmentalism.

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* ''{{VideoGame/Yakuza}}'': EnsembleDarkhorse Goro Majima is originally portrayed as a [[WebOriginal/ZeroPunctuation [[WebVideo/ZeroPunctuation boggle-eyed weirdo who dresses like he shops for clothes in the dumpster behind the pet clinic]], but every game in the series seems to add new layers to the man. By the end of ''Yakuza 6'', his portrayal is that of an intelligent, emotional and introspective man who created the "Mad Dog of Shimano"-persona he has worn as a way of dealing with the harsh reality of yakuza life. He has also wrestled his way into the top echelons of the Tojo clan and can block the new blood without even trying. He turned at least three flagging legitimate businesses into serious money-makers. He has a keen interest in music and a very good singing voice, and will gleefully participate whenever anyone suggests karaoke. He has a serious BigBrotherInstinct, especially when it comes to kids and abused women. And he is ''very'' serious about environmentalism.
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* ''{{VideoGame/Yakuza}}'': EnsembleDarkhorse Goro Majima is originally portrayed as a simple AxCrazy nutter, but every game in the series seems to add new layers to the man. By the end of ''Yakuza 6'', his portrayal is that of an intelligent, emotional and introspective man who created the "Mad Dog of Shimano"-persona he has worn as a way of dealing with the harsh reality of yakuza life. He has also wrestled his way into the top echelons of the Tojo clan and can block the new blood without even trying. He turned at least three flagging legitimate businesses into serious money-makers. He has a keen interest in music and a very good singing voice, and will gleefully participate whenever anyone suggests karaoke. He has a serious BigBrotherInstinct, especially when it comes to kids and abused women. And he is ''very'' serious about environmentalism.

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* ''{{VideoGame/Yakuza}}'': EnsembleDarkhorse Goro Majima is originally portrayed as a simple AxCrazy nutter, [[WebOriginal/ZeroPunctuation boggle-eyed weirdo who dresses like he shops for clothes in the dumpster behind the pet clinic]], but every game in the series seems to add new layers to the man. By the end of ''Yakuza 6'', his portrayal is that of an intelligent, emotional and introspective man who created the "Mad Dog of Shimano"-persona he has worn as a way of dealing with the harsh reality of yakuza life. He has also wrestled his way into the top echelons of the Tojo clan and can block the new blood without even trying. He turned at least three flagging legitimate businesses into serious money-makers. He has a keen interest in music and a very good singing voice, and will gleefully participate whenever anyone suggests karaoke. He has a serious BigBrotherInstinct, especially when it comes to kids and abused women. And he is ''very'' serious about environmentalism.

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