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* Naofumi in ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'', starts off quite upbeat and positive. However, the horrendous treatment he suffers at the hands of Malty, the King, and his fellow heroes sours his outlook considerably.


* [[spoiler:Oersted]] from ''VideoGame/LiveALive'', who became the BigBad because he was hated and he decided to return that hatred. Unfortunately for all of time and space, he had the powers of a demon king at his disposal.

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* [[spoiler:Oersted]] from ''VideoGame/LiveALive'', who became after being shunned by his kingdom for accidentally killing the BigBad because he was hated and he decided to return king, decides that hatred.if [[ThenLetMeBeEvil the world views him as a villain, he might as well become one]] and becomes the BigBad. Unfortunately for all of time and space, he had the powers of a demon king at his disposal.


* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'': Captain Nemo’s BackStory is not fully revealed in this novel, but [[ButtMonkey he declares he has lost all his family because of]] TheEmpire, and definitely he shows {{Angst}} about it. [[HandshakeRefusal He never shakes hands with Professor Aronnax]], he [[LonersAreFreaks has severed all contact with the "civilized" world]] [[AboveGoodAndEvil and its morality]], and [[StartMyOwn creates his own society]] of people that also had been maddened into misanthropy that will become an NGOSuperpower. Oh, and he tries to become an {{Ubermensch}}. When Aronnax calls him out about the cruelty implied in never letting them leave the Nautilus, he answers:

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* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'': Captain Nemo’s BackStory is not fully revealed in this novel, but [[ButtMonkey he declares he has lost all his family because of]] of TheEmpire, and definitely he shows {{Angst}} about it. [[HandshakeRefusal He never shakes hands with Professor Aronnax]], he [[LonersAreFreaks has severed all contact with the "civilized" world]] [[AboveGoodAndEvil and its morality]], and [[StartMyOwn creates his own society]] of people that also had been maddened into misanthropy that will become an NGOSuperpower. Oh, and he tries to become an {{Ubermensch}}. When Aronnax calls him out about the cruelty implied in never letting them leave the Nautilus, he answers:


Have you ever been '''''so''''' annoyed with life you just want to forget about "civilized" culture and become ADarkerMe? Or [[BeneathTheMask a different you?]] [[{{Ubermensch}} The kind of person]] [[BeneathTheMask who couldn't care less about social conventions]] and went about exacting [[DisproportionateRetribution Disproportionate (but poetic) Retribution]]?

Well in fiction, some characters ''do'' get that bothered.

Start with a NiceGuy, maybe even a DeadpanSnarker, or any character who plays by society's rules. Mix with [[ButtMonkey frustration]], add a dash of [[NiceGuysFinishLast romantic rejection]], [[EtTuBrute betrayal]], put in the oven to 300 degrees {{Angst}}ius for a few years, months, weeks, or in some cases ''days'' (Indeed, the time to completion varies a ''lot'' by the main ingredient's willpower) and voilá! You now have a man or woman who has been maddened into misanthropy.

What comes next is usually pretty fun. They will systematically deconstruct the parts of modern living, culture, work, and their own life that they dislike, and rebuild these relationships from their end into something workable (again, for them). They will reject conventions like white lies, [[BrutalHonesty saying exactly what they feel and think]]. They will not dress to expectation, going unkempt, wearing only things that are comfortable, or switching to a highly unique personal style. If someone annoys them, they won't bother acknowledging their presence. If they try to pester the misanthrope they won't hesitate to tell them exactly how much of a [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] they are. If the misanthrope dislikes them enough or outright ''[[MisanthropeSupreme hates]]'' them, they will use threats or slapstick level physical comedy to subdue or chase them off. They won't kill anyone, but likely because they now have such an efficient way of venting their anger they either don't ''get'' that angry anymore, or don't stay angry long enough to cause them stress.

It's not all an ego trip, though. They may act like a JerkAss, but they'll often be just as unrestrained in their positive impulses and aspects, seeing no reason not to do a nice thing for someone they like, such as helping them to release their own inner fears and limitations, or even [[TeachHimAnger "teaching them"]] that they can ignore social convention every once in a while. If they have been pining for someone, they will now proceed to confidently and unconventionally romance them.

Interestingly, they will only get mildly rejected for this behavior. Lifelong friends will be weirded out by the change, but nonetheless happy for their friend's newfound assertiveness and happiness. Of course, since they don't usually cause stress they will avoid the sharp end of this knife. {{Love interest}}s who are shrewish will be horrified away, while those who were {{oblivious|ToLove}} to them now take notice. While the PointyHairedBoss will want to fire them, his bosses will find his attitude refreshing and promote him up against the annoying middle-manager's wishes.

They do seem to temper this anti-social behavior some by movie's end, though often never completely. One thing is certain, they now live life without regrets.

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Have you ever been '''''so''''' annoyed with life life, you just want to forget about "civilized" culture and become ADarkerMe? Or [[BeneathTheMask a different you?]] you]]? [[{{Ubermensch}} The kind of person]] [[BeneathTheMask who couldn't care less about social conventions]] and went about exacting [[DisproportionateRetribution Disproportionate (but poetic) Retribution]]?

Well Well, in fiction, some characters ''do'' get that bothered.

Start with a NiceGuy, maybe even a DeadpanSnarker, or any character who plays by society's rules. Mix with [[ButtMonkey frustration]], add a dash of [[NiceGuysFinishLast romantic rejection]], rejection]] and [[EtTuBrute betrayal]], put him or her in the oven to 300 degrees {{Angst}}ius for a few years, months, weeks, or weeks or, in some cases cases, ''days'' (Indeed, (indeed, the time to completion varies a ''lot'' by the main ingredient's willpower) and voilá! You now have a man or woman who has been maddened into misanthropy.

What comes next is usually pretty fun. They The character in question will systematically deconstruct [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstruct]] the parts of modern living, culture, work, and their own life that they dislike, and rebuild these relationships from their end into something workable (again, for them). They will reject conventions like white lies, [[BrutalHonesty saying exactly what they feel and think]]. They will not dress to expectation, [[UnkemptBeauty going unkempt, unkempt]], wearing only things that are comfortable, or switching to a highly unique personal style. If someone annoys them, they won't bother acknowledging their presence. If they try to pester the misanthrope misanthrope, they won't hesitate to tell them exactly how much of a [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] they are. If the misanthrope dislikes them enough or outright ''[[MisanthropeSupreme hates]]'' them, they will use threats or slapstick level {{slapstick}}-level physical comedy to subdue or chase them off. They won't kill anyone, but likely because they now have such an efficient way of venting their anger anger, they either don't ''get'' that angry anymore, anymore or don't stay angry long enough to cause them stress.

It's not all an ego trip, though. They may act like a JerkAss, {{Jerkass}}, but they'll often be just as unrestrained [[TheUnfettered unrestrained]] in their positive impulses and aspects, seeing no reason not to do a nice thing for someone they like, such as helping them to release their own inner fears and limitations, or even [[TeachHimAnger "teaching them"]] that they can ignore social convention every once in a while. If they have been pining for someone, they will now proceed to confidently and unconventionally romance them.

Interestingly, they will only get mildly rejected for this behavior. Lifelong friends will be weirded out by the change, but nonetheless happy for their friend's newfound assertiveness and happiness. Of course, since they don't usually cause stress stress, they will avoid the sharp end of this knife. {{Love interest}}s who are shrewish will be horrified away, while those who were {{oblivious|ToLove}} to them now take notice. While the PointyHairedBoss will want to fire them, his bosses will find his attitude refreshing and promote him up against the annoying middle-manager's wishes.

They do seem to temper this anti-social behavior some by movie's story's end, though often never completely. One thing is certain, they certain: They now live life without regrets.


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-->-- '''Phantom''', Manga/{{MAR}}
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* The ManBehindTheMan of ''VideoGame/PathfinderKingmaker'' is [[spoiler: Nyrissa, aka the [[BitchInSheepsClothing helpful]] Guardian of the Forest you meet early into the adventure.]] However, they weren't always like that - it was only after [[spoiler: ''having her heart removed'' and banished from the First World until completes her RedemptionQuest of toppling a ''thousand'' kingdoms in apology for [[DisproportionateRetribution the one she'd "stolen"]] that she became the way she is now]]. Prior to this, they fell very much under the ChaoticGood, AllLovingHero category, based on the flashbacks the player can witness.

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* The ManBehindTheMan of ''VideoGame/PathfinderKingmaker'' is [[spoiler: Nyrissa, aka the [[BitchInSheepsClothing helpful]] Guardian of the Forest you meet early into the adventure.]] ]] However, they weren't always like that - it was only after [[spoiler: ''having her heart removed'' and banished from the First World until she completes her RedemptionQuest of toppling a ''thousand'' kingdoms in apology for [[DisproportionateRetribution the one she'd "stolen"]] that she became the way she is now]]. now]]. Prior to this, they fell very much under the ChaoticGood, AllLovingHero category, based on the flashbacks the player can witness.

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* The ManBehindTheMan of ''VideoGame/PathfinderKingmaker'' is [[spoiler: Nyrissa, aka the [[BitchInSheepsClothing helpful]] Guardian of the Forest you meet early into the adventure.]] However, they weren't always like that - it was only after [[spoiler: ''having her heart removed'' and banished from the First World until completes her RedemptionQuest of toppling a ''thousand'' kingdoms in apology for [[DisproportionateRetribution the one she'd "stolen"]] that she became the way she is now]]. Prior to this, they fell very much under the ChaoticGood, AllLovingHero category, based on the flashbacks the player can witness.


* Jack from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' certainly qualifies; when she was just an infant, she was kidnapped from her parents by Cerberus due to her biotic potential. She subsequently spent her entire childhood being tortured and experimented upon in an attempt to make her some sort of Biotic super-weapon until she and the other captives finally rebelled. But even then she didn't catch a break, and basically spent the next few years being used and sold from one person to the next, from pirates to gangs and so on, and causing all sorts of havoc along the way until she was finally captured and locked in cryo on a prison ship. By the time Shepard actually meets her, she is so jaded that the mere concept of someone genuinely wanting to help her for reasons other than their own personal gain is practically foreign to her.

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* Jack from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' certainly qualifies; when she was just an infant, she was kidnapped from her parents by Cerberus due to her biotic potential. She subsequently spent her entire childhood being tortured and experimented upon in an attempt to make her some sort of Biotic super-weapon until she and the other captives finally rebelled. But even then she didn't catch a break, and basically spent the next few years being used and sold from one person to the next, from pirates to gangs and so on, and causing all sorts of havoc along the way until she was finally captured and locked in cryo on a prison ship. By the time Shepard actually meets her, she is so jaded that the mere concept of someone genuinely wanting to help her for reasons other than their own personal gain [[EvilCannotComprehendGood is practically foreign to her.her]].

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** It could just be that he was awful in a different way; an earlier episode shows that when he is in love Bernard becomes pretty insufferable, showering his (believed) love interest with flowers and chocolates.


* This is [[Film/StarTrek Captain Nero's]] {{backstory}} in ''Franchise/StarTrek Countdown''. He started off as a hard-working family man, but then his wife died and his planet blew up, so he shaved his head and became the silent, tattooed psychopath we all know and love.

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* This is [[Film/StarTrek [[Film/StarTrek2009 Captain Nero's]] {{backstory}} in ''Franchise/StarTrek Countdown''. He started off as a hard-working family man, but then his wife died and his planet blew up, so he shaved his head and became the silent, tattooed psychopath we all know and love.

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* Inverted in ''Webcomic/LsEmpire'', where constantly exposure to {{Small Annoying Creature}}s caused [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Phala]] to ''regain'' her sanity.
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* Elisabet in ''Film/{{Persona}}'' (the Ingmar Bergman film, not the game) is an extreme version of this. She refuses to talk to anyone because she's sick of telling white lies. In a partial aversion, she's considered somewhat nuts, and a nurse is sent to take care of her.

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* Elisabet in ''Film/{{Persona}}'' (the Ingmar Bergman film, not the game) ''Film/{{Persona 1966}}'' is an extreme version of this. She refuses to talk to anyone because she's sick of telling white lies. In a partial aversion, she's considered somewhat nuts, and a nurse is sent to take care of her.


Related to BeneathTheMask. WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds is usually less fun than this. Compare the MirrorMoralityMachine. [[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] VideoGame/MaddenNFL. [[SeriousBusiness Well, at least not for most of us]]... See also DidYouThinkICantFeel

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Related to BeneathTheMask. WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds is usually less fun than this. Compare the MirrorMoralityMachine. [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] VideoGame/MaddenNFL. [[SeriousBusiness Well, at least not for most of us]]... See also DidYouThinkICantFeel


* Literature/NimsIsland: Mild example. After his wife's death, Jack effectively isolates himself and his daughter from human society and doesn't plan on returning anytime soon.

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* Literature/NimsIsland: ''Literature/NimsIsland'': Mild example. After his wife's death, Jack effectively isolates himself and his daughter from human society and doesn't plan on returning anytime soon.

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* Literature/NimsIsland: Mild example. After his wife's death, Jack effectively isolates himself and his daughter from human society and doesn't plan on returning anytime soon.

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