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** Robert Baratheon is a deeply flawed hero. He is charismatic and jolly but also jaded and brooding.

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* Wrestling/VinceMcMahon fits this trope to a T. He's shown himself to be: An incredibly driven visionary who's crushed almost all his competitors and helped make wrestling into a cultural phenomenon; an obsessive loner {{Workaholic}} who sleeps only a few hours a night and [[MarriedToTheJob structures his entire life around running his company]]; an obsessive ControlFreak who micromanages every aspect of his company, even to the point of directing ring announcers during live shows; a {{Determinator}} who does what he wants and doesn't give a damn what his many, many critics have to say about him; an employer who can vary between being a very BadBoss and a very supportive [[AFatherToHisMen father to his workers]]; and a NonIdleRich who will personally test out safety equipment and repeatedly get into brutal matches despite his advanced age, all to entertain the fans.


** [[Characters/MCUIronMan Tony Stark]]: cynical, womanizing, ex-weapons maker and alcoholic who is frequently haunted by his past. Over the course of the MCU films, he frequently does as much harm as good due to his Byronic traits. His arrogance, zealous passion, and guilt are even manipulated by [[spoiler:Scarlet Witch]], leading to the creation of [[spoiler:[[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Ultron]]]], resulting in [[spoiler:[[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar the Sokovia Accords]].]]
** [[Characters/MCUTheHulk Bruce Banner]] (both the Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo portrayals) has shades of this. He is a brilliant, non-confrontational scientist who is terrified of his own destructive potential, considering himself a monster because of the Hulk, though in reality the Hulk is more of a necessary darkness that Banner must one day accept as part of who he is.
** [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]]: The list of byronic traits was practically made for him. Is physically attractive and charismatic, but struggles with his own personal integrity -- check; is intelligent, perceptive, sophisticated, educated, cunning and adaptable, but also self-centered -- check; is emotionally sensitive and conflicted -- check; dwells on the perceived injustices of his life to the point of over-indulgence -- check; sees his own values and passions as above or better than those of others, manifesting as arrogance -- check.

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** [[Characters/MCUIronMan Tony Stark]]: Stark: cynical, womanizing, ex-weapons maker and alcoholic who is frequently haunted by his past. Over the course of the MCU films, he frequently does as much harm as good due to his Byronic traits. His arrogance, zealous passion, and guilt are even manipulated by [[spoiler:Scarlet Witch]], leading to the creation of [[spoiler:[[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Ultron]]]], resulting in [[spoiler:[[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar the Sokovia Accords]].]]
** [[Characters/MCUTheHulk Bruce Banner]] Banner (both the Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo portrayals) has shades of this. He is a brilliant, non-confrontational scientist who is terrified of his own destructive potential, considering himself a monster because of the Hulk, though in reality the Hulk is more of a necessary darkness that Banner must one day accept as part of who he is.
** [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]]: Loki: The list of byronic traits was practically made for him. Is physically attractive and charismatic, but struggles with his own personal integrity -- check; is intelligent, perceptive, sophisticated, educated, cunning and adaptable, but also self-centered -- check; is emotionally sensitive and conflicted -- check; dwells on the perceived injustices of his life to the point of over-indulgence -- check; sees his own values and passions as above or better than those of others, manifesting as arrogance -- check.


** Sasuke Uchiha, having been deliberately traumatized by Itachi, begins the series as a brooding revenge-obsessed loner. While he starts to grow out of this, he ends up running into Itachu again (who is targeting his best friend Naruto.) He not only gets beaten easily, but is forced to relive the slaughter of his family all over agai, undoing all of his recovery and breaking him further. In desperation and growing madness, he turns toward [[BigBad Orochimaru]] in search of more power. After learning the truth of his brother's past, Sasuke swears to avenge Itachi by destroying Konoha, casting aside his allies as his hatred consumes him. After speaking with the resurrected Itachi, Sasuke then decides [[spoiler:to overthrow the current system by killing the Kage and setting himself up as the ultimate evil, so that the villages will have to remain united to oppose him. He is finally snapped out of this in his final battle with Naruto]].

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** Sasuke Uchiha, having been deliberately traumatized by Itachi, begins the series as a brooding revenge-obsessed loner. While he starts to grow out of this, he ends up running into Itachu again (who is targeting his best friend Naruto.) He not only gets beaten easily, but is forced to relive the slaughter of his family all over agai, again, undoing all of his recovery and breaking him further. In desperation and growing madness, he turns toward [[BigBad Orochimaru]] in search of more power. After learning the truth of his brother's past, Sasuke swears to avenge Itachi by destroying Konoha, casting aside his allies as his hatred consumes him. After speaking with the resurrected Itachi, Sasuke then decides [[spoiler:to overthrow the current system by killing the Kage and setting himself up as the ultimate evil, so that the villages will have to remain united to oppose him. He is finally snapped out of this in his final battle with Naruto]].



** Homura as well. She's [[TheStoic on the other end of the extrovert-introvert scale]] as Kyoko ([[NotSoStoic at least at first]]), but she is no less committed to protecting Madoka despite the great amount of umbrage the other girls [[AllLovingHero save for Madoka]] take from her extreme actions - things like shooting Kyubey on sight even if Mami considers her an enemy for it and [[spoiler:seriously consider killing Sayaka in Episode 7 before the latter is consumed by her grief and becomes Oktavia von Seckandorff]]. Even into ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'', [[spoiler:where she would hijack Madoka's goddess powers and become the SatanicArchetype if it means giving Madoka the happy life she deserves. The very Byronic outcome is a tragic, albeit successful, revolution.]]

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** Homura as well. She's [[TheStoic on the other end of the extrovert-introvert scale]] as Kyoko ([[NotSoStoic at least at first]]), but she is no less committed to protecting Madoka despite the great amount of umbrage the other girls [[AllLovingHero save for Madoka]] take from her extreme actions - things like shooting Kyubey on sight even if Mami considers her an enemy for it and [[spoiler:seriously consider killing Sayaka in Episode 7 before the latter is consumed by her grief and becomes Oktavia von Seckandorff]]. Even into ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'', [[spoiler:where she would hijack Madoka's goddess powers and become the SatanicArchetype if it means giving Madoka the happy life she deserves. The very Byronic outcome is a tragic, albeit successful, revolution.]]revolution]].



* Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}, as presented in Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' and in his own series. Morpheus may initially give this impression, but is revealed to be more of a TragicHero as the series goes on, [[spoiler:especially considering how he dies/kills himself in the end.]]

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* Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}, as presented in Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' and in his own series. Morpheus may initially give this impression, but is revealed to be more of a TragicHero as the series goes on, [[spoiler:especially considering how he dies/kills himself in the end.]]end]].



* ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'': Al Simmons is a self absorved anti-hero who deeply loves his former wife and from time to time makes bad decisions due to thinking with the heart instead of the brain. He is also anti-social and doesn't have a good opinion about himself.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'': Al Simmons is a self absorved absorbed anti-hero who deeply loves his former wife and from time to time makes bad decisions due to thinking with the heart instead of the brain. He is also anti-social and doesn't have a good opinion about himself.



* [[DarkMessiah Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader]] from ''Franchise/StarWars'', was raised as a slave before joining a warrior order. His status as TheChosenOne made him arrogant, while the loss of his mother left him a brooding and temperamental figure who initially fights for good but is driven to villainy out of love for his wife, who he fears will die. Even after he turns to the Dark Side, he still believes himself to be on the side of justice.
** Furthermore, the television shows reveal further things, such as the travesty of war and seeing so many soliders die along with seeing his student undergo wanto cruelty and betrayal to where she refuses to rejoin the order when her name is cleared. Combine this with the stoicness and emotional control imposed by the Jedi Order and we see further how the young Skywalker became Vader.

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[[DarkMessiah Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader]] from ''Franchise/StarWars'', was raised as a slave before joining a warrior order. His status as TheChosenOne made him arrogant, while the loss of his mother left him a brooding and temperamental figure who initially fights for good but is driven to villainy out of love for his wife, who he fears will die. Even after he turns to the Dark Side, he still believes himself to be on the side of justice.
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justice. Furthermore, the television shows reveal further things, such as the travesty of war and seeing so many soliders die along with seeing his student undergo wanto wanton cruelty and betrayal to where she refuses to rejoin the order when her name is cleared. Combine this with the stoicness and emotional control imposed by the Jedi Order and we see further how the young Skywalker became Vader.



** Victor Frankenstein is a rather nice Byronic hero (who is [[IAmNotShazam not]] [[FrankensteinsMonster the monster!]]). His dangerous experiments with science and very troubled past makes him qualify. His lack of compassion and responsibility for his creation, who desperately longed for his love and affection, makes him less redeemable than characters who are just misunderstood by society; but he still does have some good traits, such as his adoration of Elizabeth and his admiration of his friend Henry Clerval.

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** Victor Frankenstein is a rather nice Byronic hero (who is [[IAmNotShazam not]] [[FrankensteinsMonster the monster!]]). His dangerous experiments with science and very troubled past makes him qualify. His lack of compassion and responsibility for his creation, who desperately longed for his love and affection, makes him less redeemable than characters who are just misunderstood by society; but he society. He still does have some good traits, traits though, such as his adoration of Elizabeth and his admiration of his friend Henry Clerval.



** Túrin Turambar was a great warrior and a prince, and he is the person he finally kills the dragon Glaurung. But when his father was captured by Morgoth, he was forced to live in exile. Túrin is serious and brooding, and his impulsiveness brings destruction to the people around him. For example, he accidentally kills his best friend Beleg when he mistakes Belen for an orc. Another example is that an elf princess named Finduilas falls in love with him (though he doesn't seem to notice) because he was handsome, with [[RavenHairIvorySkin black hair and pale skin]], ; but he fails to save her from Morgoth's army. But the most extreme example is that after Túrin finally slays the dragon Glaurung, he then commits suicide after learning that he accidentally married his sister Niënor (who also killed herself after this revelation).

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** Túrin Turambar was a great warrior and a prince, and he is the person he who finally kills the dragon Glaurung. But when his father was captured by Morgoth, he was forced to live in exile. Túrin is serious and brooding, and his impulsiveness brings destruction to the people around him. For example, he accidentally kills his best friend Beleg when he mistakes Belen for an orc. Another example is that an elf princess named Finduilas falls in love with him (though he doesn't seem to notice) because he was handsome, with [[RavenHairIvorySkin black hair and pale skin]], ; but he fails to save her from Morgoth's army. But the most extreme example is that after Túrin finally slays the dragon Glaurung, he then commits suicide after learning that he accidentally married his sister Niënor (who also killed herself after this revelation).



* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2'' portrays the elven partisan Iorveth this way. In his heart, he dreams of building a world where the races of the Continent coexist in peace, but he’s become embittered by years of struggle to the point of near-nihilism. He’s highly intelligent, a fact he flaunts by delivering [[ReasonYouSuckSpeech long, lyrical speeches]] in situations where a simple “fuck you” would suffice for most people. He’s also extremely handsome, with his looks marred only by the fact that the right side of his face is a mess of scar tissue swimming around an empty eye socket. Unlike Geralt, who is taciturn, aloof, and socially reserved, Iorveth is charismatic to the point that his elves hero-worship him.

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* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2'' portrays the elven partisan Iorveth this way. In his heart, he dreams of building a world where the races of the Continent coexist in peace, but he’s become embittered by years of struggle to the point of near-nihilism. He’s highly intelligent, a fact he flaunts by delivering [[ReasonYouSuckSpeech [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech long, lyrical speeches]] in situations where a simple “fuck you” would suffice for most people. He’s also extremely handsome, with his looks marred only by the fact that the right side of his face is a mess of scar tissue swimming around an empty eye socket. Unlike Geralt, who is taciturn, aloof, and socially reserved, Iorveth is charismatic to the point that his elves hero-worship him.



* In ''Wecomic/TemplarsOfTheShiftingVerse'' Augustus is a man wrapped up in his own thoughts and loneliness, he is reckless and uncaring about how his actions might not be the best course.

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* In ''Wecomic/TemplarsOfTheShiftingVerse'' ''Webcomic/TemplarsOfTheShiftingVerse'' Augustus is a man wrapped up in his own thoughts and loneliness, he is reckless and uncaring about how his actions might not be the best course.



* Dr. Rusty Venture of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' is a bitter, miserable,savvy DeadpanSnarker super-genius with an incredibly traumatic childhood as a former boy adventurer.

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* Dr. Rusty Venture of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' is a bitter, miserable,savvy miserable, savvy DeadpanSnarker super-genius with an incredibly traumatic childhood as a former boy adventurer.



* Creator/ChristopherHitchens. A brilliant, caustic, blunt, and uncompromising author, Hitchens was most well-known for his attacks on organized religion. However, this is far from the only controversy surrounding his political career: he started out as a socialist, but broke away from the movement in the 1990s, and even then he described himself as a Marxist until the day he died. He defied liberal expectations again by supporting the IraqWar and (reluctantly) supporting incumbent President Bush, *then* wholeheartedly supported Barack Obama in the 2008 election. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And he once said that men are generally funnier than women.]] An alcoholic and a chain smoker, he died in 2011 due to esophageal cancer.

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* Creator/ChristopherHitchens. A brilliant, caustic, blunt, and uncompromising author, Hitchens was most well-known for his attacks on organized religion. However, this is far from the only controversy surrounding his political career: he started out as a socialist, but broke away from the movement in the 1990s, and even then he described himself as a Marxist until the day he died. He defied liberal expectations again by supporting [[TheWarOnTerror the IraqWar Iraq War]] and (reluctantly) supporting incumbent President Bush, [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Bush]], *then* wholeheartedly supported Barack Obama UsefulNotes/BarackObama in the 2008 election. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And he once said that men are generally funnier than women.]] An alcoholic and a chain smoker, he died in 2011 due to esophageal cancer.



* Former [[CanadianPolitics Canadian Prime Minister]] Pierre Trudeau is a textbook example. A multimillionaire ChickMagnet who was often emotionally distant, intensely driven and passionately devoted to opposing both distinct status for his home province of Quebec and Quebec's separation from Canada, often uncaring of convention and popular opinion (whether support for Quebec nationalism or opposition to the promotion of French elsewhere in Canada), known for a long career as a public intellectual before going into politics and his flamboyant style (everything from wearing ascots and sandals in Parliament when everyone else wore suits, to the IconicItem of a rose in his lapel), Trudeau was passionately loved by some Canadians and passionately hated by others. His legacy is extremely controversial, but his impact on modern Canada is undeniable.

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* Former [[CanadianPolitics [[UsefulNotes/CanadianPolitics Canadian Prime Minister]] Pierre Trudeau is a textbook example. A multimillionaire ChickMagnet who was often emotionally distant, intensely driven and passionately devoted to opposing both distinct status for his home province of Quebec and Quebec's separation from Canada, often uncaring of convention and popular opinion (whether support for Quebec nationalism or opposition to the promotion of French elsewhere in Canada), known for a long career as a public intellectual before going into politics and his flamboyant style (everything from wearing ascots and sandals in Parliament when everyone else wore suits, to the IconicItem of a rose in his lapel), Trudeau was passionately loved by some Canadians and passionately hated by others. His legacy is extremely controversial, but his impact on modern Canada is undeniable.


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* The Creator/MarquisDeSade. A controversial libertine whose works and philosophy landed him in asylums and prisons for much of his adult life. His works, which explored the dark side of the human experience like no other before him (often featuring and providing [[SnarkBait sophisticated]] philosophical arguments for, among other things, murder, rape, incest, parricide, [[ValuesDissonance homosexuality, sodomy, abortion, promiscuity, blasphemy]] (at a time when these were considered taboo), and a number of sexual acts involving extreme degradation and sadistic behavior) have been called pornographic, blasphemous, and perverted, and were censored and banned for more than a century after his death. Living a life of constant scandal, Sade was rebellious, hot-tempered, manipulative, and in letters to his wife, often expressed his contempt for what he saw as a society of simpletons. Brilliant, irreverent, and once called "the freest spirit who ever lived," the "Divine Marquis" was the eternal outsider. Notably, he was opposed to the use of capital punishment during the [[UsefulNotes/FrenchRevolution Terror]].

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* The Creator/MarquisDeSade. A controversial libertine whose works and philosophy landed him in asylums and prisons for much of his adult life. His works, which explored the dark side of the human experience like no other before him (often featuring him, often featured and providing provided [[SnarkBait sophisticated]] philosophical arguments for, among other things, murder, rape, incest, parricide, [[ValuesDissonance homosexuality, sodomy, abortion, promiscuity, blasphemy]] (at a time when these were considered taboo), and a number of sexual acts involving extreme degradation and sadistic behavior) have been called behavior. Called pornographic, blasphemous, and perverted, and his writings were censored and banned for more than a century after his death. Living a life of constant scandal, Sade was rebellious, hot-tempered, manipulative, and in letters to his wife, often expressed his contempt for what he saw as a society of simpletons. Brilliant, irreverent, and once called "the freest spirit who ever lived," the "Divine Marquis" was the eternal outsider. Notably, he was opposed to the use of capital punishment during the [[UsefulNotes/FrenchRevolution Terror]].


** Vaarsuvius is an [[InsufferableGenius arrogant, condescending]] [[SquishyWizard Elf Wizard]] with a taste for ultimate arcane knowledge and power, and is very [[LargeHam long-winded]] [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness and verbose]] in speech. Despite this, V is dedicated to stopping the forces of evil, does care quite a bit for their teammates, not above indulging a bit of silliness, and even has a family. Another unique example is that rather than a DarkAndTroubledPast, they have a Dark and Troubled Present. We have [[spoiler: making a deal with some fiends to gain ultimate arcane power to save their family from a vengeful black dragon (who's son V killed during an earlier story arc) and the fallout over their priorities would lead to [[AmbiguousGender their]] [[Elfeminate partner]] suing for divorce and full custody of the children. V then proceeds in committing one of the greatest evil acts in recent history by casting [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Familicide]], an epic level spell that kills the dragon and all its family, comprising over 1/4 of the black dragon population... and the Draketooth line of humans, a family that reproduces by seducing strangers and stealing the children, and due to the nature of Familicide, V not only kills the family of the target, but the family of the families... resulting in literally ''thousands'' dead with a single word. Vaarsuivius then went on to battle [[BigBad Xykon]], but lost due to hubris, managing to narrowly avoid death at his skeletal hands]]. The reason why Vaarsuvius [[spoiler: accepted the deal with the fiends in the first place]]? Because the alternate would mean asking his comrades and his master for help, which would mean admitting in failing ''again'' (V's attitude has taken a sharp turn due to guilt over their failure in Azure City and Haley, their closest friend, being trapped there). Ultimately, while V is improving on attitude and humility, they still carry a great burden over their decision, as one strip cuts to V looking forlornly at a picture of Inkyrius, clearly missing their former mate.

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** Vaarsuvius is an [[InsufferableGenius arrogant, condescending]] [[SquishyWizard Elf Wizard]] with a taste for ultimate arcane knowledge and power, and is very [[LargeHam long-winded]] [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness and verbose]] in speech. Despite this, V is dedicated to stopping the forces of evil, does care quite a bit for their teammates, not above indulging a bit of silliness, and even has a family. Another unique example is that rather than a DarkAndTroubledPast, they have a Dark and Troubled Present. We have [[spoiler: making a deal with some fiends to gain ultimate arcane power to save their family from a vengeful black dragon (who's (whose son V killed during an earlier story arc) and the fallout over their priorities would lead to [[AmbiguousGender their]] [[Elfeminate [[{{Elfeminate}} partner]] suing for divorce and full custody of the children. V then proceeds in committing one of the greatest evil acts in recent history by casting [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Familicide]], an epic level spell that kills the dragon and all its family, comprising over 1/4 of the black dragon population... and the Draketooth line of humans, a family that reproduces by seducing strangers and stealing the children, and due to the nature of Familicide, V not only kills the family of the target, but the family of the families... resulting in literally ''thousands'' dead with a single word. Vaarsuivius then went on to battle [[BigBad Xykon]], but lost due to hubris, managing to narrowly avoid death at his skeletal hands]]. The reason why Vaarsuvius [[spoiler: accepted the deal with the fiends in the first place]]? Because the alternate would mean asking his comrades and his master for help, which would mean admitting in failing ''again'' (V's attitude has taken a sharp turn due to guilt over their failure in Azure City and Haley, their closest friend, being trapped there). Ultimately, while V is improving on attitude and humility, they still carry a great burden over their decision, as one strip cuts to V looking forlornly at a picture of Inkyrius, clearly missing their former mate.


** [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]], particularly in regards to his motivations, actions, and demeanor in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''. His Byronic traits in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', while present, are less emphasized.

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** [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]], particularly in regards to his motivations, actions, and demeanor in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''. His Byronic Loki]]: The list of byronic traits in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', while present, are less emphasized.was practically made for him. Is physically attractive and charismatic, but struggles with his own personal integrity -- check; is intelligent, perceptive, sophisticated, educated, cunning and adaptable, but also self-centered -- check; is emotionally sensitive and conflicted -- check; dwells on the perceived injustices of his life to the point of over-indulgence -- check; sees his own values and passions as above or better than those of others, manifesting as arrogance -- check.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'': Al Simmons is a self absorved anti-hero who deeply loves his former wife and from time to time makes bad decisions due to thinking with the heart instead of the brain. He is also anti-social and doesn't have a good opinion about himself.


** Vaarsuvius is an [[InsufferableGenius arrogant, condescending]] [[SquishyWizard Elf Wizard]] with a taste for ultimate arcane knowledge and power, and is very [[LargeHam long-winded]] [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness and verbose]] in speech. Despite this, V is dedicated to stopping the forces of evil, does care quite a bit for their teammates, not above indulging a bit of silliness, and even has a family. Another unique example is that rather than a DarkAndTroubledPast, shi has a Dark and Troubled Present. We have [[spoiler: making a deal with some fiends to gain ultimate arcane power to save Vaarsuvius' family from a vengeful black dragon (who's son V killed during the starmetal thing) and the fallout over V's priorities would lead to Inkyrius suing for divorce and full custody of the children. V then proceeds incommitting one of the greatest evil acts in recent history in the murder of 1/4 of the black dragon population and their relatives... which includes the whole Draketooth line, a family that reproduces by seducing strangers and stealing the children and due to the nature of Familicide, V not only kills the family of the target, but the family of the families... resulting in literally ''thousands'' dead with a single word. Vaarsuivius then went on to battle [[BigBad Xykon]], but lost due to hubris, managing to narrowly avoid death at his skeletal hands]]. The reason why Vaarsuvius [[spoiler: accepted the deal with the fiends in the first place]]? Because the alternate would mean asking his comrades and his master for help, which would mean admitting in failing ''again'' (V's attitude has taken a sharp downtown due to guilt over their failure in Azure City and Haley, their closest friend, being trapped there). Ultimately, while V is improving on attitude and humility, they still carry a great burden over their decision, as one strip cuts to V looking forlornly at a picture of Inkyrius, clearly missing hir former mate.

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** Vaarsuvius is an [[InsufferableGenius arrogant, condescending]] [[SquishyWizard Elf Wizard]] with a taste for ultimate arcane knowledge and power, and is very [[LargeHam long-winded]] [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness and verbose]] in speech. Despite this, V is dedicated to stopping the forces of evil, does care quite a bit for their teammates, not above indulging a bit of silliness, and even has a family. Another unique example is that rather than a DarkAndTroubledPast, shi has they have a Dark and Troubled Present. We have [[spoiler: making a deal with some fiends to gain ultimate arcane power to save Vaarsuvius' their family from a vengeful black dragon (who's son V killed during the starmetal thing) an earlier story arc) and the fallout over V's their priorities would lead to Inkyrius [[AmbiguousGender their]] [[Elfeminate partner]] suing for divorce and full custody of the children. V then proceeds incommitting in committing one of the greatest evil acts in recent history in by casting [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Familicide]], an epic level spell that kills the murder of dragon and all its family, comprising over 1/4 of the black dragon population population... and their relatives... which includes the whole Draketooth line, line of humans, a family that reproduces by seducing strangers and stealing the children children, and due to the nature of Familicide, V not only kills the family of the target, but the family of the families... resulting in literally ''thousands'' dead with a single word. Vaarsuivius then went on to battle [[BigBad Xykon]], but lost due to hubris, managing to narrowly avoid death at his skeletal hands]]. The reason why Vaarsuvius [[spoiler: accepted the deal with the fiends in the first place]]? Because the alternate would mean asking his comrades and his master for help, which would mean admitting in failing ''again'' (V's attitude has taken a sharp downtown turn due to guilt over their failure in Azure City and Haley, their closest friend, being trapped there). Ultimately, while V is improving on attitude and humility, they still carry a great burden over their decision, as one strip cuts to V looking forlornly at a picture of Inkyrius, clearly missing hir their former mate.

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* Creator/ChristopherHitchens. A brilliant, caustic, blunt, and uncompromising author, Hitchens was most well-known for his attacks on organized religion. However, this is far from the only controversy surrounding his political career: he started out as a socialist, but broke away from the movement in the 1990s, and even then he described himself as a Marxist until the day he died. He defied liberal expectations again by supporting the IraqWar and (reluctantly) supporting incumbent President Bush, *then* wholeheartedly supported Barack Obama in the 2008 election. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And he once said that men are generally funnier than women.]] An alcoholic and a chain smoker, he died in 2011 due to esophageal cancer.


* Former [[CanadianPolitics Canadian Prime Minister]] Pierre Trudeau is a textbook example. A multimillionaire ChickMagnet who was often emotionally distant, intensely driven and passionately devoted to opposing both distinct status for his home province of Quebec and Quebec's separation from Canada, often uncaring of convention and popular opinion (whether support for Quebec nationalism or opposition to the promotion of French elsewhere in Canada), a long career as a public intellectual before going into politics, known for his flamboyant style (everything from wearing ascots and sandals in Parliament to the IconicItem of a rose in his lapel), Trudeau was passionately loved by some Canadians and passionately hated by others. His legacy is extremely controversial, but his impact on modern Canada is undeniable.

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* Former [[CanadianPolitics Canadian Prime Minister]] Pierre Trudeau is a textbook example. A multimillionaire ChickMagnet who was often emotionally distant, intensely driven and passionately devoted to opposing both distinct status for his home province of Quebec and Quebec's separation from Canada, often uncaring of convention and popular opinion (whether support for Quebec nationalism or opposition to the promotion of French elsewhere in Canada), known for a long career as a public intellectual before going into politics, known for politics and his flamboyant style (everything from wearing ascots and sandals in Parliament when everyone else wore suits, to the IconicItem of a rose in his lapel), Trudeau was passionately loved by some Canadians and passionately hated by others. His legacy is extremely controversial, but his impact on modern Canada is undeniable.

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* Former [[CanadianPolitics Canadian Prime Minister]] Pierre Trudeau is a textbook example. A multimillionaire ChickMagnet who was often emotionally distant, intensely driven and passionately devoted to opposing both distinct status for his home province of Quebec and Quebec's separation from Canada, often uncaring of convention and popular opinion (whether support for Quebec nationalism or opposition to the promotion of French elsewhere in Canada), a long career as a public intellectual before going into politics, known for his flamboyant style (everything from wearing ascots and sandals in Parliament to the IconicItem of a rose in his lapel), Trudeau was passionately loved by some Canadians and passionately hated by others. His legacy is extremely controversial, but his impact on modern Canada is undeniable.


The Byronic Hero is a type of character popularized by the works of Creator/LordByron, whose protagonists often embodied this archetype, though they existed before him, it became prominent during {{Romanticism}}. Sometimes an AntiHero, others an AntiVillain, or even [[VillainProtagonist Just a Villain]], Byronic heroes are charismatic characters with strong passions and ideals, but who are nonetheless deeply flawed individuals who may act in ways which are socially reprehensible because he's [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight definitely contrary to his mainstream society]]. A Byronic hero is on his own side and has his own set of beliefs which he will not bow nor change for anyone. A Byronic hero is a character whose internal conflicts are heavily romanticized and who himself ponders and wrestles with his struggles and beliefs. Some are portrayed with a suggestion of dark crimes or tragedies in their past.

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The Byronic Hero is a type of character popularized by the works of Creator/LordByron, whose protagonists often embodied this archetype, though archetype (though they existed did exist before him, it became prominent him). This trope gained prominence during {{Romanticism}}. Sometimes an AntiHero, others an AntiVillain, or even [[VillainProtagonist Just a Villain]], Byronic heroes are charismatic characters with strong passions and ideals, but who are nonetheless deeply flawed individuals who may act in ways which are socially reprehensible because he's [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight definitely contrary to his mainstream society]]. A Byronic hero is on his own side and has his own set of beliefs which he will not bow nor change for anyone. A Byronic hero is a character whose internal conflicts are heavily romanticized and who himself ponders and wrestles with his struggles and beliefs. Some are portrayed with a suggestion of dark crimes or tragedies in their past.


* Jimmy Darmody of ''Series/Boardwalk Empire''. He is detached, intelligent, moody,yet charismatic and handsome. He is often seen in a brooding state of mind, tends to be abrasive towards those around him, yet he operates on a moral code.

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* Jimmy Darmody of ''Series/Boardwalk Empire''. ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''. He is detached, intelligent, moody,yet moody, yet charismatic and handsome. He is often seen in a brooding state of mind, tends to be abrasive towards those around him, yet he operates on a moral code.

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