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* The [[Creator/DCComics DC]] universe has its fair share of hard luck heroes, e.g. Franchise/{{Batman}} (his parents were killed by some mugger in a dark alley), [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] (an orphaned boy whose evil uncle stole his inheritance and was left on the streets on his own), [[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] (his home city was destroyed and was possessed by Parallax)...

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* The [[Creator/DCComics DC]] universe has its fair share of hard luck heroes, e.g. Franchise/{{Batman}} (his heroes:
** Franchise/{{Batman}}'s
parents were killed by some mugger in a dark alley), alley changing his outlook on life and convincing him as a child to dedicate his life to fighting and trying to prevent crime.
** Dick Grayson (ComicBook/{{Robin}} I[=/=]ComicBook/{{Nightwing}})'s parents (and in some versions aunt, uncle and cousin) fell to their deaths in front of him, he was threatened by the mobsters responsible, separated from the circus he'd considered extended family, and thrown in a juvenile detention center because the Gotham Child Services workers were corrupt and overworked. He then escaped and tried to track down his parent's killers himself before becoming Bruce Wayne's ward.
** Jason Todd (ComicBook/{{Robin}} II[=/=]ComicBook/RedHood) watched his mother slowly succumb to her addictions while his deadbeat father died in jail and was forced to eek out a living as a homeless teen. Then he was placed in a home that turned out to be run by a criminal using the kids to commit crimes before being taken in by Bruce and becoming Robin. [[note]]His further misfortunes had him turn to murder rather than stay a hero, but given his violent death, the manipulation ComicBook/TaliaAlGhul put him through for years, and his forced dip in a mind altering Lazarus Pit this is understandable.[[/note]]
** Cass Cain (ComicBook/{{Batgirl|2000}} II[=/=]Black Bat) was raised as a human weapon by her father who didn't even allow her to learn to speak, and then ran away after her first kill as she saw the horror and pain of her victim and drifted homeless and without language to aid her until she came to Gotham determined to join the Bat's crusade due to Bruce's determination not to kill.
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[[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] (an is an orphaned boy whose evil abusive uncle stole his inheritance and was left abandoned him on the streets on his own), to fend for himself.
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[[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] (his Jordan]]' home city was destroyed and he was possessed by Parallax)...Parallax.


* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Negi is one of these despite only being ten. No parents, no family except a cousin that was away most of the year and then that whole bit where ''demons invaded his village and turned everyone to stone''. Everyone was horrified to see his memories of said event, which worked exactly opposite to how it was supposed to.

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': ''Manga/NegimaMagisterNegiMagi'': Negi is one of these despite only being ten. No parents, no family except a cousin that was away most of the year and then that whole bit where ''demons invaded his village and turned everyone to stone''. Everyone was horrified to see his memories of said event, which worked exactly opposite to how it was supposed to.



* ''Manga/AkatsukiNoYona'': Zeno is unceasingly cheerful, often providing the most comedy of the group. [[spoiler:Unlike the others who are descendants of the dragons, he's the original one, having been blessed/cursed with immortality and invulnerability, a power that only activates if he takes enough damage (and of course it still hurts him as much as it would a regular human).]]

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* ''Manga/AkatsukiNoYona'': ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'': Zeno is unceasingly cheerful, often providing the most comedy of the group. [[spoiler:Unlike the others who are descendants of the dragons, he's the original one, having been blessed/cursed with immortality and invulnerability, a power that only activates if he takes enough damage (and of course it still hurts him as much as it would a regular human).]]



* Pretty much [[DysfunctionJunction everybody]] in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. There's ComicBook/CaptainAmerica (grew up poor during the Great Depression, parents died when he was young, dead sidekick and identity issues), [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] (grew up in a bad part of New York, wrongly jailed for drug possession), ComicBook/IronMan (alcoholism, depression, self-worth issues, romantic issues and massive survivor's guilt), ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} (disfigured, partially reformed murderer, crazy), every single [[ComicBook/XMen X-Man]] (FantasticRacism and often some of the most stupidly dysfunctional families imaginable), the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Fantastic "I promise I'll make you normal again someday, Ben!" Four]], a certain Dr. [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]], Rick "the Hulk is my fault and I'm often trapped in the Negative Zone" Jones, the seething mass of neuroses that is {{Franchise/Spider Man}}, everything that's wrong with [[ComicBook/AntMan Henry Pym]], and... yeah, pretty much everybody else.
** The [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Initiative]] in the Marvel Universe is a government subsidized effort to train the next generation of superheroes, which includes some old characters and new ones. Those that weren't ''already'' broken when they went into the program...are quickly and ''brutally'' broken down by the events in the Initiative series.

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* Pretty much [[DysfunctionJunction everybody]] in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. There's ComicBook/CaptainAmerica (grew up poor during the Great Depression, parents died when he was young, dead sidekick and identity issues), [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] (grew up in a bad part of New York, wrongly jailed for drug possession), ComicBook/IronMan (alcoholism, depression, self-worth issues, romantic issues and massive survivor's guilt), ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} (disfigured, partially reformed murderer, crazy), every single [[ComicBook/XMen X-Man]] (FantasticRacism and often some of the most stupidly dysfunctional families imaginable), the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Fantastic "I promise I'll make you normal again someday, Ben!" Four]], a certain Dr. [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]], Rick "the Hulk is my fault and I'm often trapped in the Negative Zone" Jones, the seething mass of neuroses that is {{Franchise/Spider Man}}, Franchise/SpiderMan, everything that's wrong with [[ComicBook/AntMan Henry Pym]], and... yeah, pretty much everybody else.
** The [[Comicbook/TheAvengers [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Initiative]] in the Marvel Universe is a government subsidized effort to train the next generation of superheroes, which includes some old characters and new ones. Those that weren't ''already'' broken when they went into the program...are quickly and ''brutally'' broken down by the events in the Initiative series.



* ''FanFic/Flashpoint2AdventSolaris'' shows us a Barry Allen that has lived through the events of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDarkApokolipsWar'' and he is not the same after what he went through, constantly fighting through bouts of PTSD as he tries to save the world from it's latest crisis.

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* ''FanFic/Flashpoint2AdventSolaris'' ''Fanfic/Flashpoint2AdventSolaris'' shows us a Barry Allen that has lived through the events of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDarkApokolipsWar'' and he is not the same after what he went through, constantly fighting through bouts of PTSD as he tries to save the world from it's latest crisis.



* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Shinji, Asuka and Rei were abused children. When they convert to ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Chaos]]'', though, they focus on the positive aspects of their dark gods, and although neither of them is nice, Shinji becomes optimistic and hopeful, Rei happy and mirthful, and Asuka courageous and passionate.

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* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Shinji, Asuka and Rei were abused children. When they convert to ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ''[[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Chaos]]'', though, they focus on the positive aspects of their dark gods, and although neither of them is nice, Shinji becomes optimistic and hopeful, Rei happy and mirthful, and Asuka courageous and passionate.



* ''Series/StargateSG1''. All the characters have suffered tragedy to some extent, Jack lost his son, Sam lost her mother, Teal'c lost both parents, etc. But Daniel wins this trope for being more or less cheerful despite losing his parents as a child in an accident, losing his foster parents in another accident, spending most of his professional career having his theories scorned at (most of which, as he points out, turned out to be right) and had just been evicted from his apartment at the start of the movie. As soon as the TV series starts, his wife is [[PeoplePuppets taken]]. He spends [[strike:five]] two and a half series trying to rescue her, [[spoiler: then Teal'c kills her to save Daniel. Once he gets over losing his wife, he runs into an ex-girlfriend, who is promptly made into a host,]] but is ''still'' polite, has faith in common humanity, and ''chides Jack on being so snarky''.
** Actually subverted on nearly all counts. Teal'c only lost his father, not his mother, and while Daniel certainly did lose his biological parents, his foster parents were never mentioned in [[{{Canon}} canon]]. If he did lose them, too, we didn't hear about it. And his backstory was alluded to since the original [[Film/{{Stargate}} Stargate movie]], as was Jack's particular tragedy - Jack O'Neill having made his first appearance trying to commit suicide with a nuclear bomb. Daniel's being 'polite' is often strewn with pithy and/or patronizing comments, and his having faith in humanity could be considered gullibility. Jack's open hostility, sometimes snide cynicism and occasional moral pragmatism disqualify him completely, though in the [[{{DarkAndTroubledPast}} trauma stakes]] he could probably trump Daniel. Teal'c has a similar problem to Jack, and Sam was never broken enough to qualify.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1''. All the characters have suffered tragedy to some extent, Jack lost his son, Sam lost her mother, Teal'c lost both parents, etc. But Daniel wins this trope for being more or less cheerful despite losing his parents as a child in an accident, losing his foster parents in another accident, spending most of his professional career having his theories scorned at (most of which, as he points out, turned out to be right) and had just been evicted from his apartment at the start of the movie. As soon as the TV series starts, his wife is [[PeoplePuppets taken]]. He spends [[strike:five]] two and a half series trying to rescue her, [[spoiler: then Teal'c kills her to save Daniel. Once he gets over losing his wife, he runs into an ex-girlfriend, who is promptly made into a host,]] but is ''still'' polite, has faith in common humanity, and ''chides Jack on being so snarky''.
** Actually subverted on nearly all counts. Teal'c only lost his father, not his mother, and while Daniel certainly did lose his biological parents, his foster parents were never mentioned in [[{{Canon}} canon]].{{canon}}. If he did lose them, too, we didn't hear about it. And his backstory was alluded to since the original [[Film/{{Stargate}} Stargate movie]], as was Jack's particular tragedy - Jack O'Neill having made his first appearance trying to commit suicide with a nuclear bomb. Daniel's being 'polite' is often strewn with pithy and/or patronizing comments, and his having faith in humanity could be considered gullibility. Jack's open hostility, sometimes snide cynicism and occasional moral pragmatism disqualify him completely, though in the [[{{DarkAndTroubledPast}} [[DarkAndTroubledPast trauma stakes]] he could probably trump Daniel. Teal'c has a similar problem to Jack, and Sam was never broken enough to qualify.



* Both Sam and Dean from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', due to their crappy childhood and their status as [[{{Cosmic Plaything}} Cosmic Playthings]]. Except that while they're nice guys, you could probably get frustrated with them very easily because of all those issues.

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* Both Sam and Dean from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', due to their crappy childhood and their status as [[{{Cosmic Plaything}} Cosmic Playthings]].{{Cosmic Plaything}}s. Except that while they're nice guys, you could probably get frustrated with them very easily because of all those issues.



* Malcolm Reynolds of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' qualifies, even though his BackStory is revealed almost immediately in the {{pilot}} (or would have been if it hadn't been shown last...)

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* Malcolm Reynolds of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' qualifies, even though his BackStory is revealed almost immediately in the {{pilot}} (or would have been if it hadn't been shown last...)



* ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'': Dr Halsey's interrogator accuses ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] Master Chief as this, as despite all of his Badass abilities, he is considered an empty shell, and Cortana is the only thing that's keeping him from falling apart.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'': ''VideoGame/Halo4'': Dr Halsey's interrogator accuses ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] Master Chief as this, as despite all of his Badass abilities, he is considered an empty shell, and Cortana is the only thing that's keeping him from falling apart.

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* ''FanFic/Flashpoint2AdventSolaris'' shows us a Barry Allen that has lived through the events of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDarkApokolipsWar'' and he is not the same after what he went through, constantly fighting through bouts of PTSD as he tries to save the world from it's latest crisis.


* Pretty much [[DysfunctionJunction everybody]] in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. There's ComicBook/CaptainAmerica (grew up poor during the Great Depression, parents died when he was young, dead sidekick and identity issues), [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] (grew up in a bad part of New York, wrongly jailed for drug possession), ComicBook/IronMan (alcoholism, depression, self-worth issues, romantic issues and massive survivor's guilt), ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} (disfigured, partially reformed murderer, crazy), every single [[ComicBook/XMen X-Man]] (FantasticRacism), the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Fantastic "I promise I'll make you normal again someday, Ben!" Four]], a certain Dr. [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]], Rick "the Hulk is my fault and I'm often trapped in the Negative Zone" Jones, the seething mass of neurosis that is {{Franchise/Spider Man}}, everything that's wrong with [[ComicBook/AntMan Henry Pym]], and... yeah, pretty much everybody else.

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* Pretty much [[DysfunctionJunction everybody]] in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. There's ComicBook/CaptainAmerica (grew up poor during the Great Depression, parents died when he was young, dead sidekick and identity issues), [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] (grew up in a bad part of New York, wrongly jailed for drug possession), ComicBook/IronMan (alcoholism, depression, self-worth issues, romantic issues and massive survivor's guilt), ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} (disfigured, partially reformed murderer, crazy), every single [[ComicBook/XMen X-Man]] (FantasticRacism), (FantasticRacism and often some of the most stupidly dysfunctional families imaginable), the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Fantastic "I promise I'll make you normal again someday, Ben!" Four]], a certain Dr. [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]], Rick "the Hulk is my fault and I'm often trapped in the Negative Zone" Jones, the seething mass of neurosis neuroses that is {{Franchise/Spider Man}}, everything that's wrong with [[ComicBook/AntMan Henry Pym]], and... yeah, pretty much everybody else.


A BetaTestBaddie and a Broken Hero often have a complicated relationship of sympathy tied with dislike, until the former finally loses patience with the latter.

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A BetaTestBaddie and a Broken Hero often have a complicated relationship of sympathy tied with dislike, until the former finally loses patience with the latter.
latter. Compare IronWoobie if TheHero still keeps on going, despite all the misery they endure.



* WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack becomes this trope by the time of the final season. Having spent literally decades trapped in the BadFuture and unable to find a way back home or to destroy EvilOverlord Aku due to having lost his sword, he has hit rock bottom and became a shell of his former self hallucinating with all the people that he failed to save. He also expresses suicidal thoughts with an sinister version of himself on his head.

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* WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack becomes this trope by the time of the final season. Having spent literally decades trapped in the BadFuture and unable to find a way back home or to destroy EvilOverlord Aku due to having lost his sword, he has hit rock bottom and became a shell of his former self hallucinating with all the people that he failed to save. He also In fact, he expresses suicidal thoughts with an sinister version of himself on inside of his head.head. Nevertheless, Jack still continues his journey, [[spoiler: overcomes his inner demons, and kills Aku for good, thanks to the help of Ashi.]]


* While he may not necessarily be the main hero of the story, Momiji Sohma of ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' is impeccably cheerful and caring despite having his mother rejecting him and eventually going insane due to Momiji's curse (turns into a rabbit when hugged by the opposite sex or very stressed like when sick).
** Tohru, who is the main character, lost her father at a very young age, her mother in her teens, and ended up living in a tent. Nevertheless, she is cheerful and bright -- so much that other characters who want to help and provide moral support have to figure out on their own that she's in need of it.

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* While he may not necessarily be the main hero of the story, Momiji Sohma of ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' is impeccably cheerful and caring despite having his mother rejecting him and eventually going insane due to Momiji's curse (turns into a rabbit when hugged by the opposite sex or very stressed like when sick).
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** Tohru, who is the main character, Tohru Honda lost her father at a very young age, her mother in her teens, and ended up living in a tent. Nevertheless, she is cheerful and bright -- so much that other characters who want to help and provide moral support have to figure out on their own that she's in need of it.it.
** While he may not necessarily be the main hero of the story, Momiji Sohma is impeccably cheerful and caring despite having his mother rejecting him and eventually going insane due to Momiji's curse (turns into a rabbit when hugged by the opposite sex or very stressed like when sick).

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': James Tiberius Kirk [[GenocideSurvivor survived a massacre]] that killed half the people in the Taurus IV colony (according to the eventual timeline, as a teenager) and undergoes all manner of other heartbreaking circumstances through the series (including, but not limited to, the deaths of a number of people he loves, torture, betrayal, and having to ShootTheDog very occasionally. One would never know that he's suffered such trauma from his usual OfficerAndAGentleman self.


* Jarod Series/ThePretender is this, though we find out the basics of his backstory pretty quickly. He was kidnapped as a child; mentally, emotionally, and physically abused; kept as a slave for most of his life; and as the series progresses it [[TraumaCongaLine gets worse]], but his personality is that of a cheerful, {{Adorkable}}, mischievous, and insatiably curious ManChild (at least until he gets into psycho badass avenger Pretender mode or has the occasional HeroicBSOD).

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* Jarod Series/ThePretender is this, though we find out the basics of his backstory pretty quickly. He was kidnapped as a child; mentally, emotionally, and physically abused; kept as a slave for most of his life; and as the series progresses it [[TraumaCongaLine gets worse]], but his personality is that of a cheerful, {{Adorkable}}, adorkable, mischievous, and insatiably curious ManChild (at least until he gets into psycho badass avenger Pretender mode or has the occasional HeroicBSOD).



* Gulcasa of the [[VideoGame/YggdraUnion Ancardia]] [[VideoGame/BlazeUnion series]] [[VideoGame/YggdraUnison of]] ''VideoGame/DeptHeaven'' games. You don't see as much of his normal disposition in ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' due to his [[HeroAntagonist fighting for the opposite side]], but in the other two games especially, he's revealed to be the sweetest, most idealistic and {{Adorkable}} [[AntiAntiChrist demonic Christ figure]] you ever did see. His mother abandoned him when he was a toddler, his father brutally abused him all his life, and he grew up in extreme squalor. When his life finally started to turn around at age seventeen when he was a part of LaResistance, his father figure betrayed him, his childhood friend/surrogate mother/possibly first crush died because of it, he had to kill said father figure because of this, he was reunited with his mother only to be forced into a DuelToTheDeath with her, and then [[EtTuBrute his other childhood friend and his mentor backstabbed and deserted him]]. The TraumaCongaLine made him a lot more driven, but didn't put much of a dent in his wholehearted love for and trust in his TrueCompanions or his determination to create a peaceful world.

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* Gulcasa of the [[VideoGame/YggdraUnion Ancardia]] [[VideoGame/BlazeUnion series]] [[VideoGame/YggdraUnison of]] ''VideoGame/DeptHeaven'' games. You don't see as much of his normal disposition in ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' due to his [[HeroAntagonist fighting for the opposite side]], but in the other two games especially, he's revealed to be the sweetest, most idealistic and {{Adorkable}} adorkable [[AntiAntiChrist demonic Christ figure]] you ever did see. His mother abandoned him when he was a toddler, his father brutally abused him all his life, and he grew up in extreme squalor. When his life finally started to turn around at age seventeen when he was a part of LaResistance, his father figure betrayed him, his childhood friend/surrogate mother/possibly first crush died because of it, he had to kill said father figure because of this, he was reunited with his mother only to be forced into a DuelToTheDeath with her, and then [[EtTuBrute his other childhood friend and his mentor backstabbed and deserted him]]. The TraumaCongaLine made him a lot more driven, but didn't put much of a dent in his wholehearted love for and trust in his TrueCompanions or his determination to create a peaceful world.


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* ''Webcomic/{{MAG ISA}}'' -- Eman Cruz was abused [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119198 by his parents]] and by [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119177 bullies]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{MAG ISA}}'' -- Eman Cruz was abused [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119198 by his parents]] and by [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119177 bullies]]Alexander Hamilton in ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'' certainly counts.



* Der Trihs of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' gets revealed as one in his DayInTheLimelight arc.



* Alexander Hamilton in ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'' certainly counts.


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* ''Webcomic/{{MAG ISA}}'' -- Eman Cruz was abused [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119198 by his parents]] and by [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119177 bullies]]
* Der Trihs of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' gets revealed as one in his DayInTheLimelight arc.
* Ben Park from ''Webcomic/WeakHero''. Throughout middle school he faced constant jeering by his peers who believed, due to his non-confrontational nature, that his strength was all for show. This ended with his best friend Alex becoming distanced from him and getting involved with the wrong crowd. When Alex got in trouble because of it, Ben came to his rescue and not only got thoroughly beaten by [[InvincibleVillain Donald Na]], but suffered from a severe arm injury while protecting Alex. Though he has every reason to angst about it, Ben is a constantly cheerful guy who barely seems to care, and instead it's Alex who blames himself for what happened and beats himself up over it.


* Krista Renz from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. She's a sweet, beautiful girl adored by everyone because of her kindness and considered the "Goddess" of the 104th Trainees Squad. However, it turns out that she's [[spoiler:a HeroicBastard disowned by her noble family, with massive issues concerning her self-worth. She's a DeathSeeker so desperate to die in a way that will get her praised that she was willing to risk the life of an injured comrade, and joins the [[RedShirtArmy Recon Corps]] while crying]]. [[BadassGay Ymir]] calls her on it numerous times, and she's begun to improve as a result.

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* Krista Renz from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. She's a sweet, beautiful girl adored by everyone because of her kindness and considered the "Goddess" of the 104th Trainees Squad. However, it turns out that she's [[spoiler:a HeroicBastard disowned by her noble family, with massive issues concerning her self-worth. She's a DeathSeeker so desperate to die in a way that will get her praised that she was willing to risk the life of an injured comrade, and joins the [[RedShirtArmy Recon Corps]] while crying]]. [[BadassGay Ymir]] Ymir calls her on it numerous times, and she's begun to improve as a result.


* Marona from ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave''. Her parents died when she was five and the world as a whole, including her HonoraryUncle, seems to hate her for her spirit-seeing power, but she's a AllLovingHero nonetheless. There's quite a bit of terror in realizing that this is a prepubescent child who's only real companions are dead people for the majority of the game. Ash is a dependable guy, but he's not exactly fit to do the bills and the vacuuming, meaning that Marona basically manages an entire island ''by herself.''
* Lucius from ''VideoGame/FireEmblem''. He was brutally tormented in an orphanage after his parents died when he was three, yet he still treats everyone with compassion and fairness, even going so far as to say that he wished that the man that abused him could still live well. He even forgives the man who murdered his father (and by proxy, his mother), and caused his terrible childhood.
* Gulcasa of the [[VideoGame/YggdraUnion Ancardia]] [[VideoGame/BlazeUnion series]] [[VideoGame/YggdraUnison of]] VideoGame/DeptHeaven games. You don't see as much of his normal disposition in ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' due to his [[HeroAntagonist fighting for the opposite side]], but in the other two games especially, he's revealed to be the sweetest, most idealistic and {{Adorkable}} [[AntiAntiChrist demonic Christ figure]] you ever did see. His mother abandoned him when he was a toddler, his father brutally abused him all his life, and he grew up in extreme squalor. When his life finally started to turn around at age seventeen when he was a part of LaResistance, his father figure betrayed him, his childhood friend/surrogate mother/possibly first crush died because of it, he had to kill said father figure because of this, he was reunited with his mother only to be forced into a DuelToTheDeath with her, and then [[EtTuBrute his other childhood friend and his mentor backstabbed and deserted him]]. The TraumaCongaLine made him a lot more driven, but didn't put much of a dent in his wholehearted love for and trust in his TrueCompanions or his determination to create a peaceful world.
* Commander Shepard of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series can fit this depending on you play Him/Her. Two of the back stories, [[StreetUrchin Earthborn]] and [[DoomedHomeTown Colonist]] has Shepard being an orphan, the former has Shepard being a product of the streets while the latter had Shepard's entire family killed.

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* Marona from ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave''. Her parents died when she was five and the world as a whole, including her HonoraryUncle, seems to hate her for her spirit-seeing power, but she's a an AllLovingHero nonetheless. There's quite a bit of terror in realizing that this is a prepubescent child who's whose only real companions are dead people for the majority of the game. Ash is a dependable guy, but he's not exactly fit to do the bills and the vacuuming, meaning that Marona basically manages an entire island ''by herself.''
* Lucius from ''VideoGame/FireEmblem''.''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade''. He was brutally tormented in an orphanage after his parents died when he was three, yet he still treats everyone with compassion and fairness, even going so far as to say that he wished that the man that abused him could still live well. He even forgives the man who murdered his father (and by proxy, his mother), and caused his terrible childhood.
* Gulcasa of the [[VideoGame/YggdraUnion Ancardia]] [[VideoGame/BlazeUnion series]] [[VideoGame/YggdraUnison of]] VideoGame/DeptHeaven ''VideoGame/DeptHeaven'' games. You don't see as much of his normal disposition in ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' due to his [[HeroAntagonist fighting for the opposite side]], but in the other two games especially, he's revealed to be the sweetest, most idealistic and {{Adorkable}} [[AntiAntiChrist demonic Christ figure]] you ever did see. His mother abandoned him when he was a toddler, his father brutally abused him all his life, and he grew up in extreme squalor. When his life finally started to turn around at age seventeen when he was a part of LaResistance, his father figure betrayed him, his childhood friend/surrogate mother/possibly first crush died because of it, he had to kill said father figure because of this, he was reunited with his mother only to be forced into a DuelToTheDeath with her, and then [[EtTuBrute his other childhood friend and his mentor backstabbed and deserted him]]. The TraumaCongaLine made him a lot more driven, but didn't put much of a dent in his wholehearted love for and trust in his TrueCompanions or his determination to create a peaceful world.
* Commander Shepard of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series can fit this depending on you play Him/Her. Two of the back stories, backstories, [[StreetUrchin Earthborn]] and [[DoomedHomeTown Colonist]] has Shepard being an orphan, the former has Shepard being a product of the streets while the latter had Shepard's entire family killed.



** Leanne . Several times it's remarked how cute and sweet she is, and she is a perpetually upbeat, cheerful, determined and playful little thing. (At one point, a dorky, strange, not physically attractive possibly, uh, 'special' character hires her to go on a date with him as a job. At the end, she refuses the money and flirts honestly with him, saying 'It wouldn't be a date if I took that, now WOULD it?' With a wink and a sweet grin.) She's also totally girly, even when kicking ass and taking names in gun battles. Meanwhile, she's actually the only survivor out of twenty experimental children who were all supposed to die at set dates in an attempt to control the human lifespan. She is very aware of it, and, in fact, attempted to commit suicide immediately before her time was supposed to 'run out', so she would control her own fate. Only one person in her life cared for her, and she's not sure if he's even alive- the last she saw of him, he was being dragged away after setting her free, assuming she had only a year left to live. Perhaps not as tragic as some examples here, but it certainly counts.
** Vashyron. He is often relied on for comic relief and comedic moments in the game, he is rarely very serious for long unless on a job, he seems to get along with pretty much everyone he comes across, he's a womanizer, [[PapaWolf protective]], and a fun loving eccentric. He is another lone survivor, however, after his entire military squad was wiped out. By a lone little girl. Well, okay, so she only looked like a little girl. If you don't count the horns. [[spoiler: or the wings, or the creepy too-old woman's voice and super-ninja powers. Seriously, what IS this chick, any way?]] Two of them originally escaped the carnage, but after a rather heart wrenching sacrifice- only Vashyron was left standing.

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** Leanne .Leanne. Several times it's remarked how cute and sweet she is, and she is a perpetually upbeat, cheerful, determined and playful little thing. (At one point, a dorky, strange, not physically attractive possibly, uh, 'special' character hires her to go on a date with him as a job. At the end, she refuses the money and flirts honestly with him, saying 'It wouldn't be a date if I took that, now WOULD it?' With a wink and a sweet grin.) She's also totally girly, even when kicking ass and taking names in gun battles. Meanwhile, she's actually the only survivor out of twenty experimental children who were all supposed to die at set dates in an attempt to control the human lifespan. She is very aware of it, and, in fact, attempted to commit suicide immediately before her time was supposed to 'run out', so she would control her own fate. Only one person in her life cared for her, and she's not sure if he's even alive- the last she saw of him, he was being dragged away after setting her free, assuming she had only a year left to live. Perhaps not as tragic as some examples here, but it certainly counts.
** Vashyron. He is often relied on for comic relief and comedic moments in the game, he is rarely very serious for long unless on a job, he seems to get along with pretty much everyone he comes across, he's a womanizer, [[PapaWolf protective]], and a fun loving fun-loving eccentric. He is another lone survivor, however, after his entire military squad was wiped out. By a lone little girl. Well, okay, so she only looked like a little girl. If you don't count the horns. [[spoiler: or the wings, or the creepy too-old woman's voice and super-ninja powers. Seriously, what IS this chick, any way?]] Two of them originally escaped the carnage, but after a rather heart wrenching sacrifice- only Vashyron was left standing.


* Pretty much [[DysfunctionJunction everybody]] in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. There's ComicBook/CaptainAmerica (grew up poor during the Great Depression, parents died when he was young, dead sidekick and identity issues), [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] (grew up in a bad part of New York, wrongly jailed for drug possession), ComicBook/IronMan (alcoholism, depression, self-worth issues, romantic issues and massive survivor's guilt), {{SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool}} (disfigured, partially reformed murderer, crazy), every single [[ComicBook/XMen X-Man]] (FantasticRacism), the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Fantastic "I promise I'll make you normal again someday, Ben!" Four]], a certain Dr. [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]], Rick "the Hulk is my fault and I'm often trapped in the Negative Zone" Jones, the seething mass of neurosis that is {{Franchise/Spider Man}}, everything that's wrong with [[ComicBook/AntMan Henry Pym]], and... yeah, pretty much everybody else.

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* Pretty much [[DysfunctionJunction everybody]] in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. There's ComicBook/CaptainAmerica (grew up poor during the Great Depression, parents died when he was young, dead sidekick and identity issues), [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] (grew up in a bad part of New York, wrongly jailed for drug possession), ComicBook/IronMan (alcoholism, depression, self-worth issues, romantic issues and massive survivor's guilt), {{SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool}} ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} (disfigured, partially reformed murderer, crazy), every single [[ComicBook/XMen X-Man]] (FantasticRacism), the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Fantastic "I promise I'll make you normal again someday, Ben!" Four]], a certain Dr. [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]], Rick "the Hulk is my fault and I'm often trapped in the Negative Zone" Jones, the seething mass of neurosis that is {{Franchise/Spider Man}}, everything that's wrong with [[ComicBook/AntMan Henry Pym]], and... yeah, pretty much everybody else.


* Although not the hero, Iroh of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' embodies this trope rather well. Introduced as Zuko's happy-go-lucky crazy old uncle, it's later show that he was a badass general before [[spoiler:his father and son were both killed]] and his younger brother [[spoiler: took the throne instead of him]].

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* Although not the hero, Iroh of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' embodies this trope rather well. Introduced as Zuko's happy-go-lucky crazy old uncle, it's later show that he was a badass general before [[spoiler:his father and son were both killed]] killed (Azulon was a major AssholeVictim, though)]] and his younger brother [[spoiler: took the throne instead of him]].



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* Optimus in ''Fanfic/TFAKaleidoscope'' is this more than his canon counterpart in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' could ever hope to be. Growing up under the oppressive rule of a ruthless caste system, being drafted into a seemingly endless war where he killed countless and witnessed all manner of death and destruction, then losing everything to hide the ultimate source of power in the universe and effectively cutting himself off from all life of his own volition is '''way''' too much for any normal bot to bear. Yet he perseveres all the same.


** However, unusually for this trope and setting, he - and others - gets therapy, which helps his recovery, and he's fundamentally a kind and decent person (if not always a nice one), [[ChronicHeroSyndrome a hero down to the bone]] even [[KnightInSourArmour in his grumpier moods]], comes to believe that while [[TheAntiNihilist there's no justice or mercy in the universe... that just means he should make some.]] There's a reason that a suit of armour designed for him in the sequel is codenamed 'Project Galahad'.

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** However, unusually for this trope and setting, he - and others - gets therapy, which helps his recovery, and he's fundamentally a kind and decent person (if not always a nice one), [[ChronicHeroSyndrome a hero down to the bone]] even [[KnightInSourArmour [[KnightInSourArmor in his grumpier moods]], comes to believe that while [[TheAntiNihilist there's no justice or mercy in the universe... that just means he should make some.]] There's a reason that a suit of armour designed for him in the sequel is codenamed 'Project Galahad'.

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