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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has ''many'' of these: Snape, Dudley, Draco, etc. Some would argue that, at their worst, Harry and Ron themselves fit too.
** Dudley Dursley is a FatBastard, a SpoiledBrat whose parents spoil him even more. Dumbledore points out that his spoiled attitude is purely caused by the way said parents treated him, and pities the way he's been traumatized as well as raised into believing that he is entitled to treat others badly. Also, despite bullying Harry for their entire childhood, after he [[spoiler:gets attacked by dementors, he's forced to see himself for how he really is. He reforms and tries to make it up to his cousin, and the two continue to visit each other as adults.]]
** Draco Malfoy is classist, spoiled, egotistical, and a supporter of FantasticRacism, and an extreme coward. However, once again, many argue that it's simply caused by indoctrination and his upbringing. [[spoiler: When he joins the Death Eaters to kill Dumbledore, he suffers a mental breakdown at the first-row sight of what the Death Eaters will do, the knowledge that he's not talented enough, and Voldemort's threat of killing his parents if he fails. Even though he never supports Harry, in the final battle, he stops fighting for the Dark Lord.]]
** And Severus Snape, the champion of this trope in the Harry Potter universe. He is cruel and rude, not only to Harry, but plenty of other characters. However, [[AbusiveParents his parents weren't exactly the best]] (it's all but stated that Tobias was abusive, while Eileen was neglectful) and he lived a lonely childhood where [[spoiler:his only friend was Lily Evans, who he grew to love. At school, he was bullied by his rival James Potter, Sirius Black and Pettigrew, and at some point, a very stupid trick by Sirius Black nearly led to him being killed, with only James' timely intervention saving him. He joined the Death Eaters, thus committing the grave mistake of embracing FantasticRacism. However, one day, while being hung upside down by James in front of the many students, he pressed Lily's BerserkButton to the core, [[KickTheMoralityPet via calling her "mudblood"]]; she was so upset after having been patient with him for years that she cut off all ties to him, and as he refused to leave the Dark Arts behind, he lost her friendship forever, and thus he watched her get married to his bully. His working for Lord Voldemort had a part in her death... and having seen how his actions had cost him his only friend, he spent the rest of his life grieving for her and protecting her son, who happened to look ''just'' like James, and whom he very undeservedly abused -- only to discover that he was about to be killed in the end, eventually. He had to live for years as a spy, to kill the mentor he respected and cared for, and then was murdered himself]].
** Petunia Dursley, Harry's nasty aunt who does everything she can to put down her sister Lily, Harry's mother, in front of him. [[spoiler: We see then through Snape's memories that she was mean even as a child and had a tendency to demean others to feel better about herself. But later it turns out that she wanted to go to Hogwarts so badly that she actually wrote to Dumbledore begging to be allowed to go along with Lily, only to be rejected. She claims to have spent her childhood as TheUnfavorite compared to Lily because of Lily's magical talents. Small wonder she did everything she could to convince herself that magic was rotten and she was really better off without it. One of the most powerful moments in the series is when she sees the wizarding families and the world she will never be a part of, while asking ''you think I want to be a...'' and finally adds ''freak?'' making clear that this was not the word, that she really had in mind.]]
** Tom Riddle Sr. was a pompous, snobby aristocrat who apparently abandoned his wife and unborn son after he discovered she was a witch, as per his son's claims. [[spoiler:Except it turns out that the only reason he even married his wife in the first place was because she drugged him with a LovePotion. Nothing about their relationship, including the conception of their son, was consensual on his part and, once the enchantment was lifted, he was horrified by what happened to him and simply wanted to get away from the whole nightmare. Years later, he and his parents are unceremoniously murdered by his now teenaged son because of what happened.]]
* [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Greg Heffley]] from ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid''. He's lazy, self-centered, a mild example of a SmallNameBigEgo and [[WithFriendsLikeThese a bad friend to Rowley]]...but he suffers from MiddleChildSyndrome, gets picked on by bullies at school and Rodrick at home, and Rowley's parents consider him to be a bad influence on their son. It's really easy to see why he's prone to {{Jerkass}} moments.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has ''many'' Alex Fierro from ''Literature/MagnusChaseAndTheGodsOfAsgard''. Very much a case of these: Snape, Dudley, Draco, etc. Some would argue that, at their worst, Harry SourOutsideSadInside. Alex is [[HairTriggerTemper angry,]] condescending, and Ron themselves fit too.
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** Draco Malfoy is classist, spoiled, egotistical, and a supporter of FantasticRacism, and an extreme coward. However, once again,
isn't okay. But many argue that it's simply caused by indoctrination and his upbringing. [[spoiler: When he joins the Death Eaters to kill Dumbledore, he suffers a mental breakdown at the first-row sight of what the Death Eaters will do, the knowledge that he's not talented enough, and Voldemort's threat of killing his parents if he fails. Even though he never supports Harry, in the final battle, he stops fighting for the Dark Lord.]]
** And Severus Snape, the champion of this trope in the Harry Potter universe. He is cruel and rude, not only to Harry,
people can't help but plenty of other characters. However, [[AbusiveParents his parents weren't exactly the best]] (it's all but stated that Tobias was abusive, while Eileen was neglectful) and he lived a lonely childhood where [[spoiler:his only friend was Lily Evans, who he grew to love. At school, he was bullied by his rival James Potter, Sirius Black and Pettigrew, and at some point, a very stupid trick by Sirius Black nearly led to him being killed, with only James' timely intervention saving him. He joined the Death Eaters, thus committing the grave mistake of embracing FantasticRacism. However, one day, while being hung upside down by James in front of the many students, he pressed Lily's BerserkButton to the core, [[KickTheMoralityPet via calling her "mudblood"]]; she was so upset after having been patient with him for years that she cut off all ties to him, and as he refused to leave the Dark Arts behind, he lost her friendship forever, and thus he watched her get married to his bully. His working for Lord Voldemort had a part in her death... and having seen how his actions had cost him his only friend, he spent the rest of his life grieving feel for her and protecting her son, who happened to look ''just'' like James, and whom he very undeservedly abused -- only to discover that he was about to be killed in when you see the end, eventually. He trash life she had to live for years as a spy, to kill during the mentor he respected and cared for, and then was murdered himself]].
** Petunia Dursley, Harry's nasty aunt who does everything she can to put down her sister Lily, Harry's mother, in front of him. [[spoiler: We see then through Snape's memories that she was mean even as a child and had a tendency to demean others to feel better about herself. But later it turns out that she wanted to go to Hogwarts so badly that she actually wrote to Dumbledore begging to be allowed to go along with Lily, only to be rejected. She claims to have spent her childhood as TheUnfavorite compared to Lily because of Lily's magical talents. Small wonder she did everything she could to convince herself that magic was rotten and she was really better off without it. One of
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** Tom Riddle Sr. was a pompous, snobby aristocrat who apparently abandoned his wife and unborn son after he discovered she was a witch, as per his son's claims. [[spoiler:Except it turns
kicked out that the only reason he even married his wife in the first place was because she drugged him with a LovePotion. Nothing about their relationship, including the conception of their son, was consensual on his part and, once the enchantment was lifted, he was horrified by her home. Magnus certainly did, since that's what happened he had to him and simply wanted to get away from the whole nightmare. Years later, he and his parents are unceremoniously murdered by his now teenaged son because of what happened.]]
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* [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Greg Heffley]] from ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid''. He's lazy, self-centered, a mild example of a SmallNameBigEgo and [[WithFriendsLikeThese a bad friend to Rowley]]...but he suffers from MiddleChildSyndrome, gets picked on by bullies at school and Rodrick at home, and Rowley's parents consider him to be a bad influence on their son.son (though it's true). It's really easy to see why he's prone to {{Jerkass}} moments.


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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has ''many'' of these: Snape, Dudley, Draco, etc. Some would argue that, at their worst, Harry and Ron themselves fit too.
** Dudley Dursley is a FatBastard, a SpoiledBrat whose parents spoil him even more. Dumbledore points out that his spoiled attitude is purely caused by the way said parents treated him, and pities the way he's been traumatized as well as raised into believing that he is entitled to treat others badly. Also, despite bullying Harry for their entire childhood, after he [[spoiler:gets attacked by dementors, he's forced to see himself for how he really is. He reforms and tries to make it up to his cousin, and the two continue to visit each other as adults.]]
** Draco Malfoy is classist, spoiled, egotistical, and a supporter of FantasticRacism, and an extreme coward. However, once again, many argue that it's simply caused by indoctrination and his upbringing. [[spoiler: When he joins the Death Eaters to kill Dumbledore, he suffers a mental breakdown at the first-row sight of what the Death Eaters will do, the knowledge that he's not talented enough, and Voldemort's threat of killing his parents if he fails. Even though he never supports Harry, in the final battle, he stops fighting for the Dark Lord.]]
** And Severus Snape, the champion of this trope in the Harry Potter universe. He is cruel and rude, not only to Harry, but plenty of other characters. However, [[AbusiveParents his parents weren't exactly the best]] (it's all but stated that Tobias was abusive, while Eileen was neglectful) and he lived a lonely childhood where [[spoiler:his only friend was Lily Evans, who he grew to love. At school, he was bullied by his rival James Potter, Sirius Black and Pettigrew, and at some point, a very stupid trick by Sirius Black nearly led to him being killed, with only James' timely intervention saving him. He joined the Death Eaters, thus committing the grave mistake of embracing FantasticRacism. However, one day, while being hung upside down by James in front of the many students, he pressed Lily's BerserkButton to the core, [[KickTheMoralityPet via calling her "mudblood"]]; she was so upset after having been patient with him for years that she cut off all ties to him, and as he refused to leave the Dark Arts behind, he lost her friendship forever, and thus he watched her get married to his bully. His working for Lord Voldemort had a part in her death... and having seen how his actions had cost him his only friend, he spent the rest of his life grieving for her and protecting her son, who happened to look ''just'' like James, and whom he very undeservedly abused -- only to discover that he was about to be killed in the end, eventually. He had to live for years as a spy, to kill the mentor he respected and cared for, and then was murdered himself]].
** Petunia Dursley, Harry's nasty aunt who does everything she can to put down her sister Lily, Harry's mother, in front of him. [[spoiler: We see then through Snape's memories that she was mean even as a child and had a tendency to demean others to feel better about herself. But later it turns out that she wanted to go to Hogwarts so badly that she actually wrote to Dumbledore begging to be allowed to go along with Lily, only to be rejected. She claims to have spent her childhood as TheUnfavorite compared to Lily because of Lily's magical talents. Small wonder she did everything she could to convince herself that magic was rotten and she was really better off without it. One of the most powerful moments in the series is when she sees the wizarding families and the world she will never be a part of, while asking ''you think I want to be a...'' and finally adds ''freak?'' making clear that this was not the word, that she really had in mind.]]
** Tom Riddle Sr. was a pompous, snobby aristocrat who apparently abandoned his wife and unborn son after he discovered she was a witch, as per his son's claims. [[spoiler:Except it turns out that the only reason he even married his wife in the first place was because she drugged him with a LovePotion. Nothing about their relationship, including the conception of their son, was consensual on his part and, once the enchantment was lifted, he was horrified by what happened to him and simply wanted to get away from the whole nightmare. Years later, he and his parents are unceremoniously murdered by his now teenaged son because of what happened.]]


** To name a few: Jaime Lannister, who consistently does horrible things to protect his family, but [[NeverLiveItDown who is widely despised]] for the ''best'' thing he ever did; Tyrion Lannister, who has even worse publicity than his brother, and responds by [[SnarkKnight acting like a jerk despite having good intentions]]; Arya Stark, a bitter girl with increasingly [[ShellShockedVeteran disjointed emotional reactions]] [[spoiler:following the murder of her family]] and harrowing, war-torn journey through the Riverlands; Sansa Stark starts out as quite the naïve (and [[LovableAlphaBitch usually unintentional]]) [[AlphaBitch little Libby]] on bad days, until [[RoyalBrat Joffrey]] and King's Landing knock that out of her and she ''really'' starts having to [[BastardUnderstudy pay attention]] to the darker side simply just to survive; Sandor Clegane, a ruthless killer who turns out to be a conflicted [[TheWoobie Woobie]]; Daenerys Targaryen, a ruthless warlord whose brother deliberately put her through hell well before she took up fire and blood (not that Viserys' life was a bed of roses, either -- he basically used her as, alternatively, a safety blanket and a stress ball... because he was going through hell); Theon Greyjoy, whose [[spoiler:treason]] and {{Jerkass}} tendencies arise from [[WellDoneSonGuy a need for acceptance]] and who has recently undergone [[spoiler:ColdBloodedTorture]]...yep, the list goes on.

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** To name a few: Jaime Lannister, who consistently does horrible things to protect his family, but [[NeverLiveItDown who is widely despised]] for the ''best'' thing he ever did; Tyrion Lannister, who somehow has even worse publicity than his brother, brother does, and responds by [[SnarkKnight acting like a jerk despite having good intentions]]; Arya Stark, a bitter girl with increasingly [[ShellShockedVeteran disjointed emotional reactions]] [[spoiler:following the murder of her family]] and harrowing, war-torn journey through the Riverlands; Sansa Stark starts out as quite the naïve (and [[LovableAlphaBitch usually unintentional]]) [[AlphaBitch little Libby]] on bad days, until [[RoyalBrat Joffrey]] and King's Landing knock that out of her and she ''really'' starts having to [[BastardUnderstudy pay attention]] to the darker side simply just to survive; Sandor Clegane, a ruthless killer who turns out to be a conflicted [[TheWoobie Woobie]]; Daenerys Targaryen, a ruthless warlord whose brother deliberately put her through hell well before she took up fire and blood (not that Viserys' life was a bed of roses, either -- he basically used her as, alternatively, a safety blanket and a stress ball... [[TheChainOfHarm because he was going through hell); hell]]); Theon Greyjoy, whose [[spoiler:treason]] and {{Jerkass}} tendencies arise from [[WellDoneSonGuy a need for acceptance]] and who has recently undergone [[spoiler:ColdBloodedTorture]]...yep, the list goes on. TheChainOfHarm looms over the characters like a mushroom cloud.

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* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': Crowfeather, formerly Crowpaw, is one of the cats sent by [=StarClan=] to represent [=WindClan=] on the Great Journey. He's prickly to a fault, but his troubles began when he fell in love for a [=RiverClan=] cat named Feathertail, who gave her life to protect him. After the Journey happens, he chooses his warrior name after Feathertail. After the journey, he meets Leafpool of and the two have a one night stand. Their love for each other seemed even stronger, yet Leafpool had to abandon him. By the third series, he's settled down with a third mate and had a son whom he treats [[ParentalNeglect poorly]]. After the first four series are resolved, Crowfeather breaks up with Nightcloud and vows to be a better father to Breezepelt and his [=ThunderClan=] kits. He ultimately remains AmicableExes with both Nightcloud and Leafpool.


* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has ''many'' of these: Snape, Dudley, Draco, etc. Some would argue that, at their worst, Harry and Ron themselves fit too. But ask about this [[InternetBackdraft and it'll be like asking for your own death]].

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has ''many'' of these: Snape, Dudley, Draco, etc. Some would argue that, at their worst, Harry and Ron themselves fit too. But ask about this [[InternetBackdraft and it'll be like asking for your own death]].


* [[TheScrooge Ebenezer Scrooge]] of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' is one of these. He's initially seen as a gruff, penny-pinching old man who doesn't care about people, content to live alone in the truest sense of the word. However, as we see his past, we come to understand that his father hated him when his mother died giving birth to him, and stuffed him in a boarding school, not even bringing him home when school was out of session. He watched the other children go home to their families as he stayed there alone. The only one who truly ever loved him was his sister, Fan. Without learning how to put love before reason, he continually put off his marriage to the woman he loved until he could amass enough wealth to ensure that they would be financially safe. She leaves him. Also, Fan dies. To make matters worse, all of these tragedies had strong ties to Christmas, often happening on Christmas or Christmas Eve, justifying his disdain for that time of the year. Needless to say, all of this causes him to become a bitter man -- the one we see at the opening of the story. Scrooge even gets to see his fiancée with her husband and children, seeing what he lost when he didn't fight to keep her.

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* [[TheScrooge Ebenezer Scrooge]] of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' is one of these. He's initially seen as a gruff, penny-pinching old man who doesn't care about people, content to live alone in the truest sense of the word. However, as we see his past, we come to understand that [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild his father hated him when his mother died giving birth to him, him]], and stuffed him in a boarding school, not even bringing him home when school was out of session. He watched the other children go home to their families as he stayed there alone. The only one who truly ever loved him was his sister, Fan. Without learning how to put love before reason, he continually put off his marriage to the woman he loved until he could amass enough wealth to ensure that they would be financially safe. She leaves him. Also, Fan dies. To make matters worse, all of these tragedies had strong ties to Christmas, often happening on Christmas or Christmas Eve, justifying his disdain for that time of the year. Needless to say, all of this causes him to become a bitter man -- the one we see at the opening of the story. Scrooge even gets to see his fiancée with her husband and children, seeing what he lost when he didn't fight to keep her.


* [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Greg Heffley]] from ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid''. Greg is lazy, self-centered, and a mild example of a SmallNameBigEgo...but he suffers from MiddleChildSyndrome, gets picked on by bullies at school and Rodrick at home, and Rowley's parents consider him to be a bad influence on their son. It's really easy to see why he's prone to {{Jerkass}} moments.

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* [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Greg Heffley]] from ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid''. Greg is He's lazy, self-centered, and a mild example of a SmallNameBigEgo...SmallNameBigEgo and [[WithFriendsLikeThese a bad friend to Rowley]]...but he suffers from MiddleChildSyndrome, gets picked on by bullies at school and Rodrick at home, and Rowley's parents consider him to be a bad influence on their son. It's really easy to see why he's prone to {{Jerkass}} moments.


* [[TheScrooge Ebenezer Scrooge]] of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' is one of these. He's initially seen as a gruff, penny-pinching old man who doesn't care about people, content to live alone in the truest sense of the word. However, as we see his past, we come to understand that his father hated him when his mother died giving birth to him, and stuffed him in a boarding school, not even bringing him home when school was out of session. He watched the other children go home to their families as he stayed there alone. The only one who truly ever loved him was his sister, Fan. Without learning how to put love before reason, he continually put off his marriage to the woman he loved until he could amass enough wealth to ensure that they would be financially safe. She leaves him. Also, Fan dies. To make matters worse, all of these tragedies had strong ties to Christmas, often happening on Christmas or Christmas Eve, justifying his disdain for that time of the year. Needless to say, all of this causes him to become a bitter man - the one we see at the opening of the story. Scrooge even gets to see his fiancée with her husband and children, seeing what he lost when he didn't fight to keep her.
* ''Literature/LAConfidential'': Bud White is, well, a thug with all the strength and self-control of a rabid rhino. But his backstory is nothing short of heartbreaking and he gets surprisingly many [[SugarWiki/Heartwarming genuinely touching]] scenes.

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* [[TheScrooge Ebenezer Scrooge]] of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' is one of these. He's initially seen as a gruff, penny-pinching old man who doesn't care about people, content to live alone in the truest sense of the word. However, as we see his past, we come to understand that his father hated him when his mother died giving birth to him, and stuffed him in a boarding school, not even bringing him home when school was out of session. He watched the other children go home to their families as he stayed there alone. The only one who truly ever loved him was his sister, Fan. Without learning how to put love before reason, he continually put off his marriage to the woman he loved until he could amass enough wealth to ensure that they would be financially safe. She leaves him. Also, Fan dies. To make matters worse, all of these tragedies had strong ties to Christmas, often happening on Christmas or Christmas Eve, justifying his disdain for that time of the year. Needless to say, all of this causes him to become a bitter man - -- the one we see at the opening of the story. Scrooge even gets to see his fiancée with her husband and children, seeing what he lost when he didn't fight to keep her.
* ''Literature/LAConfidential'': Bud White is, well, a thug with all the strength and self-control of a rabid rhino. But his backstory is nothing short of heartbreaking and he gets surprisingly many [[SugarWiki/Heartwarming [[SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming}} genuinely touching]] scenes.


** And Severus Snape, the champion of this trope in the Harry Potter universe. He is cruel and rude, bullies and torments not only Harry, but plenty of other characters, and has threatened animal abuse (though, to be fair, this seems fairly common in the wizarding world). However, [[AbusiveParents his parents weren't exactly the best]] (it's all but stated that Tobias was abusive, while Eileen was neglectful) and he lived a lonely childhood where [[spoiler:his only friend was Lily Evans, who he grew to love. Nonetheless he believed already in blood superiority and only made an exception for Lily. At school, he was bullied by his rival James Potter, Sirius Black and Pettigrew, and at some point, a very stupid trick by Sirius Black nearly led to him being killed, with only James' timely intervention saving him. He joined the Death Eaters, thus committing the grave mistake of embracing FantasticRacism. However, one day, while being hung upside down by James in front of the many students, he pressed Lily's BerserkButton to the core, [[KickTheMoralityPet via calling her "mudblood"]]; she was so upset after having been patient with him for ''years'' that she cut off all ties to him, and as he refused to leave the Dark Arts behind, he lost her friendship forever, and thus he watched her get married to his biggest rival. His working for Lord Voldemort directly led to her death... and having seen how his actions had cost him his only friend, he spent the rest of his life grieving for her and protecting her son, who (he thinks) happened to look ''just'' like James, and whom he '''still''' horribly and very undeservedly abused -- only to discover that he was about to be killed in the end, eventually. He had to live for years as a spy, bitter and alone, forced to kill the mentor he respected and cared for, and then was murdered himself]].

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** And Severus Snape, the champion of this trope in the Harry Potter universe. He is cruel and rude, bullies and torments not only to Harry, but plenty of other characters, and has threatened animal abuse (though, to be fair, this seems fairly common in the wizarding world).characters. However, [[AbusiveParents his parents weren't exactly the best]] (it's all but stated that Tobias was abusive, while Eileen was neglectful) and he lived a lonely childhood where [[spoiler:his only friend was Lily Evans, who he grew to love. Nonetheless he believed already in blood superiority and only made an exception for Lily. At school, he was bullied by his rival James Potter, Sirius Black and Pettigrew, and at some point, a very stupid trick by Sirius Black nearly led to him being killed, with only James' timely intervention saving him. He joined the Death Eaters, thus committing the grave mistake of embracing FantasticRacism. However, one day, while being hung upside down by James in front of the many students, he pressed Lily's BerserkButton to the core, [[KickTheMoralityPet via calling her "mudblood"]]; she was so upset after having been patient with him for ''years'' years that she cut off all ties to him, and as he refused to leave the Dark Arts behind, he lost her friendship forever, and thus he watched her get married to his biggest rival. bully. His working for Lord Voldemort directly led to had a part in her death... and having seen how his actions had cost him his only friend, he spent the rest of his life grieving for her and protecting her son, who (he thinks) happened to look ''just'' like James, and whom he '''still''' horribly and very undeservedly abused -- only to discover that he was about to be killed in the end, eventually. He had to live for years as a spy, bitter and alone, forced to kill the mentor he respected and cared for, and then was murdered himself]].


* ''Literature/LAConfidential'': Bud White is, well, a thug with all the strength and self-control of a rabid rhino. But his backstory is nothing short of heartbreaking and he gets surprisingly many [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming genuinely touching]] scenes.

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* ''Literature/LAConfidential'': Bud White is, well, a thug with all the strength and self-control of a rabid rhino. But his backstory is nothing short of heartbreaking and he gets surprisingly many [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/Heartwarming genuinely touching]] scenes.

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* Greg Heffley from ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid''. Greg is lazy, self-centered and a mild example of a SmallNameBigEgo...but he suffers from MiddleChildSyndrome, gets picked on by bullies at school and Rodrick at home, and Rowley's parents consider him to be a bad influence on their son. It's really easy to see why he's prone to {{Jerkass}} moments.

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* [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Greg Heffley Heffley]] from ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid''. Greg is lazy, self-centered self-centered, and a mild example of a SmallNameBigEgo...but he suffers from MiddleChildSyndrome, gets picked on by bullies at school and Rodrick at home, and Rowley's parents consider him to be a bad influence on their son. It's really easy to see why he's prone to {{Jerkass}} moments.


* ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'': Colin and Mary both, pre-CharacterDevelopment.

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** Tom Riddle Sr. was a pompous, snobby aristocrat who apparently abandoned his wife and unborn son after he discovered she was a witch, as per his son's claims. [[spoiler:Except it turns out that the only reason he even married his wife in the first place was because she drugged him with a LovePotion. Nothing about their relationship, including the conception of their son, was consensual on his part and, once the enchantment was lifted, he was horrified by what happened to him and simply wanted to get away from the whole nightmare. Years later, he and his parents are unceremoniously murdered by his now teenaged son because of what happened.]]


* ''Literature/BimbosOfTheDeathSun'' has the murder victim, fantasy author Appin Dungannon, who's shown to be a short-tempered, perverted, weasel who acts like a ''prima donna'' just to screw with convention organizers and is openly contemptuous of his fans[[note]]Put simply, plenty of readers come away from ''Bimbos'' thinking he's a TakeThat to Creator/HarlanEllison[[/note]]. However, the story also shows that he's suffering from severe CreatorDisillusionment, since he's quite passionate about Myth/CelticMythology and wants to write serious fantasy stories, but can't because his publishers and fans are only interested in the schlocky ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian''-esque series that made him famous (which is a large part of the reason he's so venomous towards his readers). There's also a bit where he {{Troll}}s a fan in the autograph line as payback for his bringing a stack of books to be signed, which as Dungannon points out is incredibly inconsiderate to everyone else in line.

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* ''Literature/BimbosOfTheDeathSun'' has the murder victim, fantasy author Appin Dungannon, who's shown to be a short-tempered, perverted, weasel who acts like a ''prima donna'' just to screw with convention organizers and is openly contemptuous of his fans[[note]]Put simply, plenty of readers come away from ''Bimbos'' thinking he's a TakeThat to Creator/HarlanEllison[[/note]]. However, the story also shows that he's suffering from severe CreatorDisillusionment, ArtistDisillusionment, since he's quite passionate about Myth/CelticMythology and wants to write serious fantasy stories, but can't because his publishers and fans are only interested in the schlocky ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian''-esque series that made him famous (which is a large part of the reason he's so venomous towards his readers). There's also a bit where he {{Troll}}s a fan in the autograph line as payback for his bringing a stack of books to be signed, which as Dungannon points out is incredibly inconsiderate to everyone else in line.

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** Not to mention [[TheHero Liu Bei]], who spends far more time bursting into tears than fighting, and actually spends most of the novel getting his ass handed to him.

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