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* [[TroubledButCute Fenris]] from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' won't pass up an opportunity to remind everyone how horrible and dangerous mages are and how magic spoils everything it touches. He happens to be an escaped slave from a country run by power-hungry mages and lost his memory of everything that happened before the ritual that gave him his lyrium markings (which amplify his fighting abilities at the cost of causing him pain and [[HatesBeingTouched an aversion to touching]]), so mages being horrible is literally all he knows of life before his escape. He has trouble adjusting to freedom, in part because his former master is still after him. He's illiterate, sucks at social interaction, justifiably paranoid, has trust issues, and often lets his temper get the better of him, for which he tends to apologize afterward. He also treats the mages in the party like crap; this is somewhat justified with Anders, as the story progresses, who is just as much of an ass, but he berates Merrill ceaselessly at the worst possible moments. Romancing him and helping him get over these issues is one of the many heartwarming moments in the game.

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* [[TroubledButCute Fenris]] from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' won't pass up an opportunity to remind everyone how horrible and dangerous mages are and how magic spoils everything it touches. He happens to be an escaped elven slave from a country run by power-hungry mages and lost his memory of everything that happened before the ritual that gave him his lyrium markings (which amplify his fighting abilities at the cost of causing him pain and [[HatesBeingTouched an aversion to touching]]), so mages being horrible is literally all he knows of life before his escape. He has trouble adjusting to freedom, in part because his former master is still after him. He's illiterate, sucks at social interaction, justifiably paranoid, has trust issues, and often lets his temper get the better of him, for which he tends to apologize afterward. He also treats the mages in the party like crap; this is somewhat justified with Anders, as the story progresses, who is just as much of an ass, but he berates Merrill ceaselessly at the worst possible moments. Romancing him and helping him get over these issues is one of the many heartwarming moments in the game.


* ''VideoGame/TheTuringTest'': TOM. While he's supremely arrogant and dismissive of human intelligence and reasoning, to the point of [[spoiler: considering [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill mind-controlling humans to be doing them a favour]], and feeling perfectly justified in imprisoning the cew on Europa for the rest of their lives or killing them rather than letting them escape]], it's impossible to not feel sorry for him during either of the endings. Either he [[spoiler: ends up killing someone he regarded as a friend, leaving him shocked and seemingly unable to believe that she's really dead,]] or he [[spoiler: can't bring himself to kill her, and ''she'' kills ''him'' instead, even as he pleads with her that he's not ready to die.]] Either way, and regardless of whether you agree with his reasoning, it's clear that the combination of his programming and events on Europa have put him in a situation where he feels that he has no good choices.

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* ''VideoGame/TheTuringTest'': TOM. While he's supremely arrogant and dismissive of human intelligence and reasoning, to the point of [[spoiler: considering [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill mind-controlling humans to be doing them a favour]], and feeling perfectly justified in imprisoning the cew crew on Europa for the rest of their lives or killing them rather than letting them escape]], it's impossible easy to not feel sorry for him during either of the endings. Either he [[spoiler: ends up killing someone he regarded as a friend, leaving him shocked and seemingly unable to believe that she's really dead,]] or he [[spoiler: can't bring himself to kill her, and ''she'' kills ''him'' instead, even as he pleads with her that he's not ready to die.]] Either way, and regardless of whether you agree with his reasoning, it's clear that the combination of his programming and events on Europa have put him in a situation where he feels that he has no good choices.

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* Despite killing a lot of people, betraying a ton of others, and generally making everything around them worse, there's something deeply tragic about the duo of ''VideoGame/KaneAndLynch'' .Both were, at one point, normal men with families who ended up losing everything - Kane's two year old killing himself by accident, with his wife dying and his daughter turning away from him later on, and Lynch unwittingly murdering his wife in a fit of psychosis. Both became violent criminals, and yet, over the course of two games, one can tell neither of them enjoy their criminal lifestyles. Come Dog Days, it becomes clear that the two are sick and tired of it and want to live normal lives, but are unable to due to their destructive tendencies. At their core, they are both desperate, broken men trapped in a cycle of crime and violence, likely for the rest of their lives.


* Basically '''everyone''' in ''VideoGame/Drakengard''
** Caim has killed child soldiers, kicked innocent people in the face, and overall has an absolutely absurd amount of murderous rage. Also literally watched his parents get eaten alive in front of him when he was, and has been fighting to protect his sister and home for most of his life. And that's just the background details

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* Basically '''everyone''' in ''VideoGame/Drakengard''
** Caim
''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' has the protagonist, Caim. He has killed child soldiers, kicked innocent people in the face, and overall has an absolutely absurd amount of murderous rage. Also He has also literally watched his parents get eaten alive in front of him when he was, was a child, and has been fighting to protect his sister and home for most of his life. And that's just the background detailsdetails; in the main story, he also [[spoiler:watches his sister and his only friend die]].

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* Basically '''everyone''' in ''VideoGame/Drakengard''
** Caim has killed child soldiers, kicked innocent people in the face, and overall has an absolutely absurd amount of murderous rage. Also literally watched his parents get eaten alive in front of him when he was, and has been fighting to protect his sister and home for most of his life. And that's just the background details


* Robloxian Myth Hunters: Nims (https://robloxianmythhunters.fandom.com/wiki/Nims), just Nims. Sure, he maybe based on SCP-096, but all he ever wants is just wants the child he is attached to to be happy and has to kill players in real life if they bully, hurt or harm them. Kinda sad if you think about it.

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* Robloxian Myth Hunters: Nims (https://robloxianmythhunters.fandom.com/wiki/Nims), just Nims. Sure, he maybe based on SCP-096, but all he ever wants is just wants the child he is attached to to be happy and has to kill players in real life if they bully, hurt or harm them. Kinda sad if you think about it.


** The main "[[AntiHero protagonist]]", Ragna the Bloodedge, qualifies as well. Though he does have his [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold good sides]] [[PetTheDog and moments]], he is for the most part rude, foul mouthed, verbally abusive and is perfectly willing to kill any and all innocent {{Punch Clock Villain}}s that get in his way on his quest to bring down the NOL... In fact, it could be argued that the only thing keeping him from being an AntiVillain [[VillainProtagonist Protagonist]] is the fact that 1) the ''real'' [[BigBadDuumvirate villains]] in the VideoGame/BlazBlue-verse are ''MUCH'' [[LackOfEmpathy worse]] than Ragna could ''EVER'' be, and 2) the most active of the {{Big Bad}}s have seemingly made Ragna his designated victim, and has put lots of effort into fucking Ragna's life up as badly as possible. For example by possessing the earlier mentioned Jin, Ragna's little brother, and, through Jin, cutting off Ragna's right arm.

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** The main "[[AntiHero protagonist]]", Ragna the Bloodedge, qualifies as well. Though he does have his [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold good sides]] [[PetTheDog and moments]], he is for the most part rude, [[SirSwearsALot foul mouthed, mouthed]], verbally abusive and is perfectly willing to kill any and all innocent {{Punch Clock Villain}}s that get in his way on his quest to bring down the NOL... In fact, it could be argued that the only thing keeping him from being an AntiVillain [[VillainProtagonist Protagonist]] is the fact that 1) the ''real'' [[BigBadDuumvirate villains]] in the VideoGame/BlazBlue-verse are ''MUCH'' [[LackOfEmpathy worse]] than Ragna could ''EVER'' be, and 2) the most active of the {{Big Bad}}s have seemingly made Ragna his designated victim, and has put lots of effort into fucking Ragna's life up as badly as possible. For example by possessing the earlier mentioned Jin, Ragna's little brother, and, through Jin, cutting off Ragna's right arm.


* [[spoiler:Flowey, aka Asriel Dreemurr]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. In the neutral path, he's just a ginormous {{jerk}}, but if you walk either of the other paths, you learn in great detail ''why'' -- [[spoiler:he was brutally murdered as a child for refusing to fight back against his attackers, then unintentionally resurrected as a flower without a SOUL, unable to feel kindness or love as a result]]. In the Pacifist route, [[spoiler:he briefly goes back to being his normal self, allowing him to tearfully apologize for what he's done-- made even more sad because he ''knows'' this state is temporary, and soon he'll go back to being the [=SOULless=] asshole he was all game]], and in the Genocide route, [[spoiler:you become an ''even worse'' monster than he ever was, and-- controlled by your determination to empty the underground of its inhabitants and the corrupted spirit of his deceased adoptive sibling-- and if you make that final move, you brutally slaughter him ''just because you can'']].

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* [[spoiler:Flowey, aka Asriel Dreemurr]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. In the neutral path, he's just a ginormous {{jerk}}, {{Jerk|ass}}, but if you walk either of the other paths, you learn in great detail ''why'' -- [[spoiler:he was brutally murdered as a child for refusing to fight back against his attackers, then unintentionally resurrected as a flower without a SOUL, unable to feel kindness or love as a result]]. In the Pacifist route, [[spoiler:he briefly goes back to being his normal self, allowing him to tearfully apologize for what he's done-- made even more sad because he ''knows'' this state is temporary, and soon he'll go back to being the [=SOULless=] asshole he was all game]], and in the Genocide route, [[spoiler:you become an ''even worse'' monster than he ever was, and-- controlled by your determination to empty the underground of its inhabitants and the corrupted spirit of his deceased adoptive sibling-- and if you make that final move, you brutally slaughter him ''just because you can'']].


* ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'': While how sympathetic James is is a matter of debate amongst fans, there is no doubt about the plight of these two characters he meets on his journey through Silent Hill:

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* ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'': While how sympathetic James is is a matter of debate amongst fans, there is no doubt about the plight of these two characters he meets on his journey through Silent Hill:


** Maria is a tulpa of Mary Shepherd-Sunderland who shares her memories, personality, and attachments, and unlike Pyramid Head, is an independent entity on at least some level. When she discovers the truth about her nature as a torture implement created by Silent Hill, she nearly shoots herself before accepting her destiny in the hopes of earning James' love. She meets up with him only to get separated from him later, and sobs when she finds him again. Throughout the game, she is killed repeatedly by Pyramid Head before facing off with James and attempting to kill him when he rejects her. Once she's at his mercy, all she can do is repeat his name over and over again. To drive the nail in further, it's implied that even though she got what she wanted from him, she is about to suffer the same fate as Mary.

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** Maria is a tulpa of Mary Shepherd-Sunderland who shares her memories, personality, and attachments, and unlike Pyramid Head, is an independent entity on at least some level. When she discovers the truth about her nature as a torture implement created by Silent Hill, she nearly shoots herself before accepting her destiny in the hopes of earning James' love. She meets up with him only to get separated from him later, and sobs when she finds him again. Throughout the game, she is killed repeatedly by Pyramid Head before facing off with James and attempting to kill him when he rejects her. Once she's at his mercy, all she can do is repeat his name over and over again. To drive the nail in further, further in one ending, it's implied that even though she got what she wanted from him, she is about to suffer the same fate as Mary.

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* ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'': While how sympathetic James is is a matter of debate amongst fans, there is no doubt about the plight of these two characters he meets on his journey through Silent Hill:
** Even in a game where depression is a central theme, Angela Orosco stands out as an exceptionally pitiful character. From a young age, her alcoholic father Thomas ó and her brother, in the novelization ó raped her repeatedly, and her mother only exacerbated the hopelessness of her plight by telling her she deserved it. She killed her father in self-defense before fleeing to Silent Hill, struggling with thoughts of suicide, and finds herself tormented by a monster she believes to be her father. The last time she meets James, she asks for him to return her knife and ascends a burning staircase to her demise when he refuses.
** Maria is a tulpa of Mary Shepherd-Sunderland who shares her memories, personality, and attachments, and unlike Pyramid Head, is an independent entity on at least some level. When she discovers the truth about her nature as a torture implement created by Silent Hill, she nearly shoots herself before accepting her destiny in the hopes of earning James' love. She meets up with him only to get separated from him later, and sobs when she finds him again. Throughout the game, she is killed repeatedly by Pyramid Head before facing off with James and attempting to kill him when he rejects her. Once she's at his mercy, all she can do is repeat his name over and over again. To drive the nail in further, it's implied that even though she got what she wanted from him, she is about to suffer the same fate as Mary.


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* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'': Neku Sakuraba is the 15-year-old snarky protagonist of the game. At first, he's extremely cold to the party members on his journey through the Reaper's Game because as it turns out according to Another Day, he lost his best friend before dying and couldn't handle the grief so he shunted himself off from people. It's only through Shiki Misaki's coercing that he is able to trust anyone again. When they win the first game, Shiki gets taken as his entry fee because the BigBad knew her connection to Neku and he is forced to play another game. There he examines Yoshiya "Joshua" Kiryu, his enigmatic new partner's memories and finds he was killed by Joshua. When he is about to confront Joshua about this, he is ignored and Joshua instead helps him defeat [[MadMathematician Sho Minamimoto]] but is supposedly killed by Minamimoto's Level i Flare, revealing that Joshua was shooting at Minamimoto who apparently shot Neku. Later on, it's revealed [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Joshua]] is the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Composer]] and the man who Neku stopped was trying to save Shibuya's UG. Then Neku finds out Joshua really did kill him, and after defeating Megumi Kitaniji, Neku is given a game of quick draw. Despite all the hell, Joshua put him through, Neku is unable to shoot Joshua and gets shot instead... again. Afterward, though Neku returns to life and finally has friends again and truly trusts them now, and lamenting that while Joshua was a jerk, he still spared Shibuya.


* ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' has its BigBad Cia. Prior to the events of the game, Cia was originally a kind person who served as the Guardian of Time, watching over the Triforce and the different time periods. During which, she fell in love with Link's reincarnating spirit even though he was eternally bound to the spirit of Princess Zelda. The feelings of doubt this created left her vulnerable to [[spoiler:Ganondorf's corruption]], which drove her insane with jealousy and caused her to declare war on Hyrule in a massive attempt to MurderTheHypotenuse. As the game progresses, she goes to increasingly desperate measures, even going so far as to [[CastFromLifespan use her own life force to bolster her magic]], knowing full well this would kill her. [[spoiler:And indeed it does]].



* ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' has its BigBad Cia. Prior to the events of the game, Cia was originally a kind person who served as the Guardian of Time, watching over the Triforce and the different time periods. During which, she fell in love with Link's reincarnating spirit even though he was eternally bound to the spirit of Princess Zelda. The feelings of doubt this created left her vulnerable to [[spoiler:Ganondorf's corruption]], which drove her insane with jealousy and caused her to declare war on Hyrule in a massive attempt to MurderTheHypotenuse. As the game progresses, she goes to increasingly desperate measures, even going so far as to [[CastFromLifespan use her own life force to bolster her magic]], knowing full well this would kill her. [[spoiler:And indeed it does]].


* ''VideoGame/ArcTheLadTwilightOfTheSpirits'':
** Darc is probably the biggest. He was half human and half Deimos. Unlike his brother, Kharg, was unable to hide that he is half human so he was considered a Deimos wannabe. His father dies, and he has to bury him himself. He is then taken in by Geedo and treated as a slave, and treated like crap by the local Orcon. He finally starts to get a friend in the form of Delma, and even gets her brother Densimo to help. Geedo sells him out to the Drakyr, his wings are ripped off, Delma tries to save Darc's life only to be double crossed by the Drakyr, Densimo ''eats'' the pyron that he and Delma kept safe from them...then everyone just taunts him and tries to have him killed for being weak. While anyone would want to hug him...they'd want to squeeze him a little too hard when they see how he acts towards humans...
** Tatjana. Dilzweld essentially raises her, and when she manages to survive a Deimos attack, gets instead captured by the resistance and Dilzweld tosses her aside like a used tissue. The resistance will happily have her executed, and only the kindness of Kharg saves her from being sent to prison.
* Viconia from ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' is a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil drow]] outcast who can be a ''huge'' jerk towards your companions, especially [[TheWoobie Aerie]]. She's often harassed herself, both before and during the event of the game, mostly because of her [[FantasticRacism race]] rather than her attitude.

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* ''VideoGame/ArcTheLadTwilightOfTheSpirits'':
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''VideoGame/ArcTheLadTwilightOfTheSpirits'': Darc is probably the biggest. He was half human and half Deimos. Unlike his brother, Kharg, was unable to hide that he is half human so he was considered a Deimos wannabe. His father dies, and he has to bury him himself. He is then taken in by Geedo and treated as a slave, and treated like crap by the local Orcon. He finally starts to get a friend in the form of Delma, and even gets her brother Densimo to help. Geedo sells him out to the Drakyr, his wings are ripped off, Delma tries to save Darc's life only to be double crossed by the Drakyr, Densimo ''eats'' the pyron that he and Delma kept safe from them...then everyone just taunts him and tries to have him killed for being weak. While anyone would want to hug him...they'd want to squeeze him a little too hard when they see how he acts towards humans...
** Tatjana. Dilzweld essentially raises her, and when she manages to survive a Deimos attack, gets instead captured by the resistance and Dilzweld tosses her aside like a used tissue. The resistance will happily have her executed, and only the kindness of Kharg saves her from being sent to prison.
* Viconia from ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' is a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil drow]] outcast who can be a ''huge'' jerk towards your companions, especially [[TheWoobie Aerie]]. She's often harassed herself, both before and during the event of the game, mostly because of her [[FantasticRacism race]] rather than her attitude.
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* In the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series:
** [[BlackMagicianGirl Morrigan]] of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has had no human contact except for her uncaring and sometimes cruel mother for her entire life and has spent a lot more time [[VoluntaryShapeshifting as an animal]] than as a human. Her trust issues and pragmatism-at-the-expense-of-compassion attitude follow naturally.
** [[TroubledButCute Fenris]] from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' won't pass up an opportunity to remind everyone how horrible and dangerous mages are and how magic spoils everything it touches. He happens to be an escaped slave from a country run by power-hungry mages and lost his memory of everything that happened before the ritual that gave him his lyrium markings (which amplify his fighting abilities at the cost of causing him pain and [[HatesBeingTouched an aversion to touching]]), so mages being horrible is literally all he knows of life before his escape. He has trouble adjusting to freedom, in part because his former master is still after him. He's illiterate, sucks at social interaction, justifiably paranoid, has trust issues, and often lets his temper get the better of him, for which he tends to apologize afterward. He also treats the mages in the party like crap; this is somewhat justified with Anders, as the story progresses, who is just as much of an ass, but he berates Merrill ceaselessly at the worst possible moments. Romancing him and helping him get over these issues is one of the many heartwarming moments in the game.
** Isabela is a milder example, her irresponsible temperament and resistance to attachment are depressingly well-justified by the backstory she reveals if Hawke romances her.
** In keeping with his [[NotSoDifferent remarkable similarities]] to Fenris, Anders can fall into this, especially if you played the ''Awakening'' DLC. Originally a surprisingly upbeat person given that an accident of birth had condemned him to a life of either captivity or flight, he'd managed to retain some semblance of ethics and a sense of humour. Then the Grey Wardens, the one group he thought had accepted him, took away his cat and mocked him for being "weak", he formed a permanent alliance with a spirit of Justice, which began to go a bit crazy on exposure to his barely repressed resentments, and moved to [[WretchedHive Kirkwall]], city slogan "Not Quite Hell On Thedas, But We're Trying". While many of his personal mannerisms are annoying and assholish - a significant percentage of his party-banter exchanges consist of him yelling at ''everyone'' for being less committed to mage freedom than he is - and his actions in the endgame are spoilerific but certainly not what we might call friendly, it's heartbreaking to see how he ended up where he did. There's even a significant group of fans who maintain that his endgame actions were entirely justified, but even if they weren't, it's not hard to see how he ended up in a place where they seemed to be.
* In the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series:
** Terry in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI''. It's implied that his loner nature and thirst for power are a result of [[spoiler:him and his sister having been sold into slavery.]]
** Doctor Zeppot from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' isn't exactly a nice man, but his backstory as to ''why'' he's a jackass makes him oddly sympathetic.

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* In the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series:
** [[BlackMagicianGirl Morrigan]] of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has had no human contact except for her uncaring and sometimes cruel mother for her entire life and has spent a lot more time [[VoluntaryShapeshifting as an animal]] than as a human. Her trust issues and pragmatism-at-the-expense-of-compassion attitude follow naturally.
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[[TroubledButCute Fenris]] from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' won't pass up an opportunity to remind everyone how horrible and dangerous mages are and how magic spoils everything it touches. He happens to be an escaped slave from a country run by power-hungry mages and lost his memory of everything that happened before the ritual that gave him his lyrium markings (which amplify his fighting abilities at the cost of causing him pain and [[HatesBeingTouched an aversion to touching]]), so mages being horrible is literally all he knows of life before his escape. He has trouble adjusting to freedom, in part because his former master is still after him. He's illiterate, sucks at social interaction, justifiably paranoid, has trust issues, and often lets his temper get the better of him, for which he tends to apologize afterward. He also treats the mages in the party like crap; this is somewhat justified with Anders, as the story progresses, who is just as much of an ass, but he berates Merrill ceaselessly at the worst possible moments. Romancing him and helping him get over these issues is one of the many heartwarming moments in the game.
** Isabela is a milder example, her irresponsible temperament and resistance to attachment are depressingly well-justified by the backstory she reveals if Hawke romances her.
** In keeping with his [[NotSoDifferent remarkable similarities]] to Fenris, Anders can fall into this, especially if you played the ''Awakening'' DLC. Originally a surprisingly upbeat person given that an accident of birth had condemned him to a life of either captivity or flight, he'd managed to retain some semblance of ethics and a sense of humour. Then the Grey Wardens, the one group he thought had accepted him, took away his cat and mocked him for being "weak", he formed a permanent alliance with a spirit of Justice, which began to go a bit crazy on exposure to his barely repressed resentments, and moved to [[WretchedHive Kirkwall]], city slogan "Not Quite Hell On Thedas, But We're Trying". While many of his personal mannerisms are annoying and assholish - a significant percentage of his party-banter exchanges consist of him yelling at ''everyone'' for being less committed to mage freedom than he is - and his actions in the endgame are spoilerific but certainly not what we might call friendly, it's heartbreaking to see how he ended up where he did. There's even a significant group of fans who maintain that his endgame actions were entirely justified, but even if they weren't, it's not hard to see how he ended up in a place where they seemed to be.
* In the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series:
** Terry in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI''. It's implied that his loner nature and thirst for power are a result of [[spoiler:him and his sister having been sold into slavery.]]
** Doctor Zeppot from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' isn't exactly a nice man, but his backstory as to ''why'' he's a jackass makes him oddly sympathetic.
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*** Shinon, dear god Shinon. [[FantasticRacism Racist]], RivalTurnedEvil to Ike. [[spoiler: Turns out he had some torrid love affair in the beginning when he was younger involving a Laguz and was very poor.]] The reason he betrays you and joins Daein? [[spoiler: Daein doesn't care about social status and didn't mind that he was a poor man who owes his life to Gawain/Greil.]]



*** Henry. The {{jerkass}} part comes from him being a SociopathicHero who joins in [[BloodKnight just to spill more blood]] since he couldn't fight in the former wars, and how he's [[BlueAndOrangeMorality more than a bit unhinged]] even after coming in. The Woobie part comes from his massive DarkAndTroubledPast, which has [[spoiler:ParentalAbandonment, being partially RaisedByWolves, the death of his OnlyFriend, a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, being sent to either an OrphanageOfFear (original Japanese) or a [[WizardingSchool Wizarding]] BoardingSchoolOfHorrors (international versions)]].



* Alma [[spoiler:Wade]] from ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon''. Sure, she's a psychotic {{Yandere}} that [[spoiler:tries and succeeds at raping you]], but she's also went through hell itself trying to save her children, and the flashbacks that we see of her past, where she's taken to the vault, are horrible.



** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'':
*** Michael is seen as this by some fans when he actually trying to be a good father despite his [[VillainProtagonist questionable actions and criminal activity]]. Especially later parts of the game and his missions. The fact that his family (especially Jimmy) responds to all of his early attempts to be a good father by flinging insults at him and rubbing his face in his criminal past doesn't help.
*** Trevor Philips, who was, apparently, abused by both parents (probably sexually by his mother), was permanently grounded from the Air Force because he was mentally unstable, met his best friend, Michael, started drifting away from Michael before he was [[FakingTheDead apparently]] killed in a bank heist gone wrong, found out 10 years later that not only was Michael alive but living in the same state, meets up with him again, their relationship slowly frays more and more over the course of the game... and [[spoiler:2 of the 3 endings are downers for Trevor. In ending A, he's [[KillItWithFire burned alive]] and is KilledOffForReal. In ending B, Franklin kills Michael, meaning his dearest friend is dead and one of the few people Trevor completely trusted betrayed him, and he cuts off all contact with Franklin.]] Of course, there's still one way to get Trevor a sort of happy ending, but when all of that shit's happened to you, it's really not that surprising that Trevor became a [[AxCrazy batshit insane]] meth dealer/addict and black market weapons peddler.
*** Franklin. He was born in a BigScrewedUpFamily, was orphaned at a very young age, his friends are a bunch of incompetent idiots who live in the past, his aunt [[{{jerkass}} is an unpleasant woman]], and by the end of the game, he ends up being rich, but in the same way a lonely person with very few friends.
*** Michael's family as well, sure they may act like jerks a lot of the time, but he isn't exactly nice to them either and considering that he's a career criminal, you can't help but feel somewhat sorry for them for having put up with Michael's issues for so many years.

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** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'':
*** Michael is seen as this by some fans when he actually trying to be a good father despite his [[VillainProtagonist questionable actions and criminal activity]]. Especially later parts of the game and his missions. The fact that his family (especially Jimmy) responds to all of his early attempts to be a good father by flinging insults at him and rubbing his face in his criminal past doesn't help.
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''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'': Trevor Philips, who was, apparently, abused by both parents (probably sexually by his mother), was permanently grounded from the Air Force because he was mentally unstable, met his best friend, Michael, started drifting away from Michael before he was [[FakingTheDead apparently]] killed in a bank heist gone wrong, found out 10 years later that not only was Michael alive but living in the same state, meets up with him again, their relationship slowly frays more and more over the course of the game... and [[spoiler:2 of the 3 endings are downers for Trevor. In ending A, he's [[KillItWithFire burned alive]] and is KilledOffForReal. In ending B, Franklin kills Michael, meaning his dearest friend is dead and one of the few people Trevor completely trusted betrayed him, and he cuts off all contact with Franklin.]] Of course, there's still one way to get Trevor a sort of happy ending, but when all of that shit's happened to you, it's really not that surprising that Trevor became a [[AxCrazy batshit insane]] meth dealer/addict and black market weapons peddler.
*** Franklin. He was born in a BigScrewedUpFamily, was orphaned at a very young age, his friends are a bunch of incompetent idiots who live in the past, his aunt [[{{jerkass}} is an unpleasant woman]], and by the end of the game, he ends up being rich, but in the same way a lonely person with very few friends.
*** Michael's family as well, sure they may act like jerks a lot of the time, but he isn't exactly nice to them either and considering that he's a career criminal, you can't help but feel somewhat sorry for them for having put up with Michael's issues for so many years.
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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** [=DiZ=], a.k.a. [[spoiler:Ansem the Wise]]. He [[spoiler:gets betrayed by his apprentices, whom he loved like family, and thrust into a realm of nothingness that drove him half-mad. In his desire for revenge against his apprentices, he becomes a JerkAss and does many morally questionable things, and in the end, is overcome by guilt once he realizes this. To atone, he makes a HeroicSacrifice to save Kingdom Hearts from Xemnas. It doesn't kill him, but sends him to the realm of darkness, where he once again must endure a lonely period of banishment.]]
** Axel may also count, particularly in ''358/2 Days''. As an emotionless Nobody, he's fundamentally self-centered, and eventually loses Roxas's trust, but it can be sad seeing him watch Roxas walk away, claiming that no one in the Organization would miss him and, in the Secret Report for Day 357, [[spoiler:forgetting that Xion even existed as she dies]]. Then, of course, he tries to kill Roxas, and feels so bad about it later that he tries to bring Roxas back until, after realizing that this won't happen, [[RedemptionEqualsDeath he sacrifices himself]] so that Roxas's "true self", Sora, can succeed in his quest. [[spoiler:Axel returns in Dream Drop Distance as his somebody Lea as a protagonist, making him more of an IronWoobie.]]
** Also, Terra, toward the start of ''Birth By Sleep''. Not so much a jerkass as a [[WhatAnIdiot villain-trusting idiot]] who [[AesopAmnesia keeps doing the wrong thing]] and making you want to bitchslap him for it, while pitying him all the while. When he finally gets over these character defects, he becomes an IronWoobie instead.
** There's also, [[spoiler:Ienzo/Zexion, No. VI in the Organization and the youngest of Ansem the Wise's six disciples.]] The "Woobie" comes from [[spoiler:''Birth by Sleep'', where it's revealed that his parents were killed, with the now-orphaned (and [[TheVoiceless noticeably withdrawn]]) Ienzo living as Ansem's adopted son.]] The "Jerkass" comes from [[spoiler:banishing said father figure into the Realm of Nothingness after convincing him to continue experiments on the darkness in people's hearts and, later, attempting a MindScrew on Riku in ''Chain of Memories''. This makes his AlasPoorVillain moment (which is perhaps one of the most brutal deaths of the Organization members; instead of a straight up death sequence, ''Re:[=COM=]'' reworked his final moments to have a Riku Replica [[EnergyAbsorption suck out his lifeforce]]) even worse, as not only was his life [[DarkAndTroubledPast horrendously tragic]], but Zexion was seen to be [[UndyingLoyalty unquestionably loyal to the Organization's cause]] (regardless of their actions).]]
** Vexen in ''Chain of Memories'', who, despite being an arrogant, twisted MadScientist, dies a horrible death at the hands of Axel (either literatelly stabbed in the back or burned alive depending on which version of the game you're playing) all while ''begging for mercy''. Even Sora, who hated Vexen, is horrified and saddened by this.
** Saïx, given the [[spoiler:glimpses we've seen of him and Axel in the past (as their Somebodies, Isa and Lea - seen in ''[=BbS=]'')]], is another possible qualifier. And yes, he, too, had an AlasPoorVillain moment.
** Demyx is an infamous example. He's lazy, cowardly, funny, and would much rather play his sitar than do evil. Not a nice person, but not a mean one either. But when he finally gives in to his true, evil Nobody nature, he's killed by Sora, dying with a pitiful scream of "NO WAAAAAY!" and a sob.
** To round out the above Organization XIII examples, the (albeit seldom canonical) novels implies that Larxene went through a particularly depressing number of troubles concerning the matters of the heart, [[WildMassGuessing which could explain her sadistic nature]]. And even in actual, undeniable canon, Larxene's death is played [[AlasPoorVillain quite sadly.]] She's even played by Creator/YukoMiyamura, who voiced the poster girl of this trope!
* Herschell Biggs from ''VideoGame/LANoire''. He refuses to accept Cole as his partner [[spoiler:after his affair with Elsa got out]], but he begins to like him afterwards. It's just that during World War I, he has witnessed people burned and is close to retirement.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'':
** The church guy. He [[spoiler:locks you out of the safe room, and deliberately rings a bell to get the other survivors killed by a hoard of zombies,]] yet he's had such a rough time that you can't help but want to wrap him up in a blanket and give him a hug - especially as, at various times, he's almost sobbing his lines and obviously absolutely terrified. The poor guy also spends a lot of the time desperately trying to convince himself that he's immune. [[spoiler:He's not.]]
** A less traditional example might be the witch. A pathetic, sobbing heap...[[KillerRabbit until you get too close]].

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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
**
''Franchise/KingdomHearts'': [=DiZ=], a.k.a. [[spoiler:Ansem the Wise]]. He [[spoiler:gets betrayed by his apprentices, whom he loved like family, and thrust into a realm of nothingness that drove him half-mad. In his desire for revenge against his apprentices, he becomes a JerkAss and does many morally questionable things, and in the end, is overcome by guilt once he realizes this. To atone, he makes a HeroicSacrifice to save Kingdom Hearts from Xemnas. It doesn't kill him, but sends him to the realm of darkness, where he once again must endure a lonely period of banishment.]]
** Axel may also count, particularly in ''358/2 Days''. As an emotionless Nobody, he's fundamentally self-centered, and eventually loses Roxas's trust, but it can be sad seeing him watch Roxas walk away, claiming that no one in the Organization would miss him and, in the Secret Report for Day 357, [[spoiler:forgetting that Xion even existed as she dies]]. Then, of course, he tries to kill Roxas, and feels so bad about it later that he tries to bring Roxas back until, after realizing that this won't happen, [[RedemptionEqualsDeath he sacrifices himself]] so that Roxas's "true self", Sora, can succeed in his quest. [[spoiler:Axel returns in Dream Drop Distance as his somebody Lea as a protagonist, making him more of an IronWoobie.]]
** Also, Terra, toward the start of ''Birth By Sleep''. Not so much a jerkass as a [[WhatAnIdiot villain-trusting idiot]] who [[AesopAmnesia keeps doing the wrong thing]] and making you want to bitchslap him for it, while pitying him all the while. When he finally gets over these character defects, he becomes an IronWoobie instead.
** There's also, [[spoiler:Ienzo/Zexion, No. VI in the Organization and the youngest of Ansem the Wise's six disciples.]] The "Woobie" comes from [[spoiler:''Birth by Sleep'', where it's revealed that his parents were killed, with the now-orphaned (and [[TheVoiceless noticeably withdrawn]]) Ienzo living as Ansem's adopted son.]] The "Jerkass" comes from [[spoiler:banishing said father figure into the Realm of Nothingness after convincing him to continue experiments on the darkness in people's hearts and, later, attempting a MindScrew on Riku in ''Chain of Memories''. This makes his AlasPoorVillain moment (which is perhaps one of the most brutal deaths of the Organization members; instead of a straight up death sequence, ''Re:[=COM=]'' reworked his final moments to have a Riku Replica [[EnergyAbsorption suck out his lifeforce]]) even worse, as not only was his life [[DarkAndTroubledPast horrendously tragic]], but Zexion was seen to be [[UndyingLoyalty unquestionably loyal to the Organization's cause]] (regardless of their actions).]]
** Vexen in ''Chain of Memories'', who, despite being an arrogant, twisted MadScientist, dies a horrible death at the hands of Axel (either literatelly stabbed in the back or burned alive depending on which version of the game you're playing) all while ''begging for mercy''. Even Sora, who hated Vexen, is horrified and saddened by this.
** Saïx, given the [[spoiler:glimpses we've seen of him and Axel in the past (as their Somebodies, Isa and Lea - seen in ''[=BbS=]'')]], is another possible qualifier. And yes, he, too, had an AlasPoorVillain moment.
** Demyx is an infamous example. He's lazy, cowardly, funny, and would much rather play his sitar than do evil. Not a nice person, but not a mean one either. But when he finally gives in to his true, evil Nobody nature, he's killed by Sora, dying with a pitiful scream of "NO WAAAAAY!" and a sob.
** To round out the above Organization XIII examples, the (albeit seldom canonical) novels implies that Larxene went through a particularly depressing number of troubles concerning the matters of the heart, [[WildMassGuessing which could explain her sadistic nature]]. And even in actual, undeniable canon, Larxene's death is played [[AlasPoorVillain quite sadly.]] She's even played by Creator/YukoMiyamura, who voiced the poster girl of this trope!
* Herschell Biggs from ''VideoGame/LANoire''. He refuses to accept Cole as his partner [[spoiler:after his affair with Elsa got out]], but he begins to like him afterwards. It's just that during World War I, he has witnessed people burned and is close to retirement.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'':
** The church guy. He [[spoiler:locks you out of the safe room, and deliberately rings a bell to get the other survivors killed by a hoard of zombies,]] yet he's had such a rough time that you can't help but want to wrap him up in a blanket and give him a hug - especially as, at various times, he's almost sobbing his lines and obviously absolutely terrified. The poor guy also spends a lot of the time desperately trying to convince himself that he's immune. [[spoiler:He's not.]]
** A less traditional example might be the witch. A pathetic, sobbing heap...[[KillerRabbit until you get too close]].
]]



* In the ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series:
** Ganondorf in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', to a certain extent. Before that game, he was generally portrayed as a typical EvilOverlord. His speech before the final battle in ''Wind Waker'', however, shows that his desire to conquer Hyrule stemmed from the awfully harsh life he had in the unforgiving desert. [[spoiler:Any sympathy he gains from players, however, gets a little diluted when he subsequently proceeds to beat the crap out of Link in order to snatch the Triforce of Courage]].
** Scrapper from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' is another example. He's generally very rude to Link, and unlike Midna, never really gets any nicer. However, he is the last remaining one of his species. The fact that he's blissfully unaware of this, though, may qualify him as a full on JerkAss.
** ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' has its BigBad Cia. Prior to the events of the game, Cia was originally a kind person who served as the Guardian of Time, watching over the Triforce and the different time periods. During which, she fell in love with Link's reincarnating spirit even though he was eternally bound to the spirit of Princess Zelda. The feelings of doubt this created left her vulnerable to [[spoiler:Ganondorf's corruption]], which drove her insane with jealousy and caused her to declare war on Hyrule in a massive attempt to MurderTheHypotenuse. As the game progresses, she goes to increasingly desperate measures, even going so far as to [[CastFromLifespan use her own life force to bolster her magic]], knowing full well this would kill her. [[spoiler:And indeed it does]].
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'':
** A Renegade Shepard can be this. They're an asshole, but they have also been dead for 2 years, and if you picked Ash or Kaidan, they also get dumped. Poor Shepard. Oh, and Liara has...changed, which also has the ability to make him/her a Woobie.
** [[SuperSoldier Jack]]! ''Nothing'' in that woman's life has gone right, leading to us ''nearly'' forgetting that it's turned her into a SociopathicHero with a persecution complex. It's also worth mentioning that the player can effectively turn her into even more of a woobie. She has been used and abused all her life and believes that everyone in the galaxy is only interested in themselves and what they can get out of other people. If Shepard chooses the Renegade sex option when she confronts him, that just confirms her belief, meaning she will continue to forever circle the drain of self destruction, making the realization that you could have been her first true friend and yet refused so much worse.
** [[AlphaBitch Miranda]] is rude, harsh and cruel, especially towards the aforementioned Jack and is also a member of a racist terrorist organisation... She was also raised by an abusive father who would have killed her if she wasn't perfect and also [[spoiler: made it so she couldn't have children, which was what she most wanted]].

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* In the ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series:
** Ganondorf in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', to a certain extent. Before that game, he was generally portrayed as a typical EvilOverlord. His speech before the final battle in ''Wind Waker'', however, shows that his desire to conquer Hyrule stemmed from the awfully harsh life he had in the unforgiving desert. [[spoiler:Any sympathy he gains from players, however, gets a little diluted when he subsequently proceeds to beat the crap out of Link in order to snatch the Triforce of Courage]].
** Scrapper from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' is another example. He's generally very rude to Link, and unlike Midna, never really gets any nicer. However, he is the last remaining one of his species. The fact that he's blissfully unaware of this, though, may qualify him as a full on JerkAss.
**
''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' has its BigBad Cia. Prior to the events of the game, Cia was originally a kind person who served as the Guardian of Time, watching over the Triforce and the different time periods. During which, she fell in love with Link's reincarnating spirit even though he was eternally bound to the spirit of Princess Zelda. The feelings of doubt this created left her vulnerable to [[spoiler:Ganondorf's corruption]], which drove her insane with jealousy and caused her to declare war on Hyrule in a massive attempt to MurderTheHypotenuse. As the game progresses, she goes to increasingly desperate measures, even going so far as to [[CastFromLifespan use her own life force to bolster her magic]], knowing full well this would kill her. [[spoiler:And indeed it does]].
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'':
** A Renegade Shepard can be this. They're an asshole, but they have also been dead for 2 years, and if you picked Ash or Kaidan, they also get dumped. Poor Shepard. Oh, and Liara has...changed, which also has the ability to make him/her a Woobie.
**
''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': [[SuperSoldier Jack]]! ''Nothing'' in that woman's life has gone right, leading to us ''nearly'' forgetting that it's turned her into a SociopathicHero with a persecution complex. It's also worth mentioning that the player can effectively turn her into even more of a woobie. She has been used and abused all her life and believes that everyone in the galaxy is only interested in themselves and what they can get out of other people. If Shepard chooses the Renegade sex option when she confronts him, that just confirms her belief, meaning she will continue to forever circle the drain of self destruction, making the realization that you could have been her first true friend and yet refused so much worse.
** [[AlphaBitch Miranda]] is rude, harsh and cruel, especially towards the aforementioned Jack and is also a member of a racist terrorist organisation... She was also raised by an abusive father who would have killed her if she wasn't perfect and also [[spoiler: made it so she couldn't have children, which was what she most wanted]].
worse.



* In the ''VideoGame/{{Mother}}'' series:
** Giygas from ''VideoGame/EarthboundBeginnings'' is an alien that [[spoiler:loved Maria and she cared for him]]. However, he was forced to kill her when his people ordered an attack as vengeance on George stealing their PSI information.
** The end of ''VideoGame/Mother3'' implies this about [[spoiler:Porky]]. While being the main villain and an OmnicidalManiac who's doing it ForTheEvulz, [[spoiler:Dr. Andronuts believes that the fact that he lived his life knowing that everyone hates him made him the insecure PsychopathicManchild he was. In the end, a self-induced AndIMustScream is the only way he can be happy.]]



* A lot of the boxers are this in ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' as most of them are smug but sympathetic, but the most prominent example of this trope comes from the TotallyRadical Super Macho Man. An AttentionWhore that pushes his fans and the referee aside when they happen to be in his way, his true colors start to show after he loses for Little Mac. All those fans go straight to Mac, and Super Macho Man can only express bitterness towards him as he plays more into being a {{Heel}}. With lines like "Why don't you love me?", it becomes obvious that all he wants is their approval.
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'': Walter. As mentioned on the [[AntiVillain/VideoGames Anti-Villain page]], it's hard to decide whether or not you want to kill him because of what he did or because he needs to be put out of his misery.
* Agnes Crumplebottom from ''VideoGame/TheSims'' franchise. In the first game, she appears as an old spinster with very old-fashioned ideas of dating, hitting couples over the head with her purse if they showed any kind of affection in public. In ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:her husband died shortly after they got married, something she never really got over.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'':
** While the fanbase is strongly split on her character, a decent number of ''Soul Calibur'' fans consider Tira to be this. Tira is a [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Woman-Child]] and MagnificentBitch extraordinaire, but certain elements to her character besides her sadism and manipulation of others causes some people to feel for her a little, particularly the AllThereInTheManual expansion of where she came from. Tira was trained to be an assassin since birth; training that involved killing her mother figure at a young age and being treated like an object by the other members of her organization. After the assassin's guild she was in fell apart, she tried to live a normal life, but snapped and killed her family, deciding she couldn't live with normal people and devoting herself to [[BigBad Nightmare]]. While in-game she's mostly used as TheDragon and TheCorrupter, there are some in-game hints that Tira is motivated not so much by sadism as by UndyingLoyalty so that she doesn't have to be alone; even after all she's done, her ending in IV where she ''begs'' the dying Nightmare not to leave her alone is still a very humanizing moment.
** Aeon Calcos, also known as Lizardman. While he's served as a minor villain and by ''Soul Calibur 5'' is a frightening man-eater with a case of RageAgainstTheHeavens, it's hard to find fault with ''why'' he hates the gods; he was a hero loyally fighting evil in Hephaestus's name before a rain of Soul Edge's power drove him temporarily insane and let priests of Ares turn him into a monster. Upon recovering his memories, Aeon is consumed with bitterness as he realizes his god abandoned him when he needed him the most, and is now caught between a man that wants revenge on the JerkAssGods and his bestial side, which wants to eat people. What makes it worse is nobody knows or cares that Aeon was a good man before outside forces turned him into a monster.
* Jamie Washington from ''[[VideoGame/SplinterCell Splinter Cell: Double Agent]]''. He has no real redeeming qualities, but he's just so trusting and devoted to Sam that it makes you feel bad for him knowing you'll, as a double agent, eventually kill him. Even his LastWords before being killed by Sam are to claim he knew Sam wasn't a traitor.

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* A lot of the boxers are this in ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' as most of them are smug but sympathetic, but the most prominent example of this trope comes from the TotallyRadical Super Macho Man. An AttentionWhore that pushes his fans and the referee aside when they happen to be in his way, his true colors start to show after he loses for Little Mac. All those fans go straight to Mac, and Super Macho Man can only express bitterness towards him as he plays more into being a {{Heel}}. With lines like "Why don't you love me?", it becomes obvious that all he wants is their approval.
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'': Walter. As mentioned on the [[AntiVillain/VideoGames Anti-Villain page]], it's hard to decide whether or not you want to kill him because of what he did or because he needs to be put out of his misery.
* Agnes Crumplebottom from ''VideoGame/TheSims'' franchise. In the first game, she appears as an old spinster with very old-fashioned ideas of dating, hitting couples over the head with her purse if they showed any kind of affection in public. In ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:her husband died shortly after they got married, something she never really got over.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'':
** While the fanbase is strongly split on her character, a decent number of ''Soul Calibur'' fans consider Tira to be this. Tira is a [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Woman-Child]] and MagnificentBitch extraordinaire, but certain elements to her character besides her sadism and manipulation of others causes some people to feel for her a little, particularly the AllThereInTheManual expansion of where she came from. Tira was trained to be an assassin since birth; training that involved killing her mother figure at a young age and being treated like an object by the other members of her organization. After the assassin's guild she was in fell apart, she tried to live a normal life, but snapped and killed her family, deciding she couldn't live with normal people and devoting herself to [[BigBad Nightmare]]. While in-game she's mostly used as TheDragon and TheCorrupter, there are some in-game hints that Tira is motivated not so much by sadism as by UndyingLoyalty so that she doesn't have to be alone; even after all she's done, her ending in IV where she ''begs'' the dying Nightmare not to leave her alone is still a very humanizing moment.
**
''VideoGame/SoulSeries'': Aeon Calcos, also known as Lizardman. While he's served as a minor villain and by ''Soul Calibur 5'' is a frightening man-eater with a case of RageAgainstTheHeavens, it's hard to find fault with ''why'' he hates the gods; he was a hero loyally fighting evil in Hephaestus's name before a rain of Soul Edge's power drove him temporarily insane and let priests of Ares turn him into a monster. Upon recovering his memories, Aeon is consumed with bitterness as he realizes his god abandoned him when he needed him the most, and is now caught between a man that wants revenge on the JerkAssGods and his bestial side, which wants to eat people. What makes it worse is nobody knows or cares that Aeon was a good man before outside forces turned him into a monster.
* Jamie Washington from ''[[VideoGame/SplinterCell Splinter Cell: Double Agent]]''. He has no real redeeming qualities, but he's just so trusting and devoted to Sam that it makes you feel bad for him knowing you'll, as a double agent, eventually kill him. Even his LastWords before being killed by Sam are to claim he knew Sam wasn't a traitor.
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* The ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' universe has a few examples.

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** [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Illidan Stormrage]] is a Type V {{Anti Hero}} at best and batshit insane, but his instability is the result of [[ThePunishment ten thousand years of imprisonment]] plus watching all of his attempts at heroism [[HeroWithAnFInGood backfiring horribly.]]



** [[spoiler:Jaina Proudmoore]] is heading toward this after ''Literature/TidesOfWar'' and Patch 5.1. Her ruthless devotion to fighting the enemy, such as [[spoiler:considering destroying Orgrimmar and expelling the Sunreavers from Dalaran]] gets her multiple WhatTheHellHero speeches from neutrals and members of the Alliance, [[EveryoneHasStandards even hard-liners like Varian]], and she often coldly brushes them off, sometimes while calling the people giving them cowards. However, not only did she lose [[spoiler:her entire city]], but she has had a history of fighting for peace, only to be let down or betrayed by virtually everyone else, making her bitterness understandable.


* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'': The Covenants as a whole (excluding their parents) may fall into this category, but [[spoiler:Aaron]] is probably the most unambiguous example: [[spoiler:by all accounts he divided his time between doing nothing more sinister than painting pictures of Eternal Autumn and selling them to make a living and trying to keep Bethany away from the standing stones, and who was promptly horrifically tortured to death for his trouble, and who as a result had his spirit separated from his [[AndIMustScream still-living-and-eternally-dying body]] to act out the Undying King's wishes. He's]] certainly not pleasant to deal with in-game, but most signs point to [[spoiler:his]] being mostly innocent. [[spoiler:Jeremiah may or may not count as well.]]

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* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'': The Covenants as a whole (excluding their parents) may fall into this category, but [[spoiler:Aaron]] is probably of the most unambiguous example: [[spoiler:by all accounts he Covenants [[spoiler: divided his time between doing nothing more sinister than painting pictures of Eternal Autumn and selling them to make a living and trying to keep Bethany away from the standing stones, and who was promptly horrifically tortured to death for his trouble, and who as a result had his spirit separated from his [[AndIMustScream still-living-and-eternally-dying body]] to act out the Undying King's wishes. He's]] certainly not pleasant to deal with in-game, but most signs point to [[spoiler:his]] being mostly innocent. [[spoiler:Jeremiah may or may not count as well.]]

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