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* Rorschach and The Comedian of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' are probably the joint {{Trope Codifier}}s. Unfortunately, [[MisaimedFandom nearly everyone failed to realize that they weren't supposed to be sympathetic characters,]] and things just deteriorated from there.
Image:
* And don’t get us started on the bulk of the “[[ComicBook/{{New52}} New 52]]” relaunch, which seemed to largely consist of the ailing DC realizing that “comics sold well during the nineties, eh? Eh?” and so flooding the market with questionable anatomy and grimdark storytelling. There have also been some comparisons of with the early days of ImageComics -- which may be something to be expected when you've got Image co-founders Jim Lee and Creator/RobLiefeld working for you.
** In particular, Superman is far more angsty and brooding than he was in the old continuity, and most of the superheroes seem to be far more violent as well.
** During Creator/GrantMorrison's run on ''ComicBook/ActionComics'', in one alternate universe Lois Lane, Clark Kent and Jimmy Olsen created a device that would allow the user to create a super powered Tulpa. They wanted to create TheCape, however the executives thought this trope would have more wide-market appeal, and deliberately attempted to invoke it. It didn't go quite [[GoneHorriblyWrong right]] though.
*** Except this is ''exactly'' what the executive who stole the idea from them wanted, to create a ridiculously over-the-top parody of Superman to kill him with, being as he was a demon from the 5th Dimension with a major grudge against the Man of Steel.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}} got [[AntiHeroSubstitute Anti-Hero Substitutes]]. For Superman, it was the Eradicator, [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman one of the four replacement Supermen who appeared after he died.]] For Batman, it was [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} Jean-Paul Valley, the man formerly (at the time), known as Azrael, who replaced him after Bane broke his back.]] Nightwing chewed Bruce out over it and Bruce himself admits it was one of his worse mistakes.
** Interestingly, both the Eradicator and Comicbook/{{Azrael}} are portrayed as being examples of this trope being ''bad''. The Eradicator found himself being lauded by Guy Gardner, which made him question things, and chewed out by Lois Lane and ComicBook/{{Steel}} for using the S-Shield and causing death and destruction in its name. Azrael, especially his time as Batman, was made as a TakeThat towards those who wanted Batman to act more like ComicBook/ThePunisher. They got it and when he took his first life, everyone agreed that Bruce is the better Batman and Azrael needed to go.
** In Jean-Paul Valley's case, it should be pointed out that while he was an unfavorable deconstruction, but he was also written as a [[JerkassWoobie sympathetic deconstruction]] in that he is shown to suffer from mental illness from his [[DarkAndTroubledPast brutal upbringing]] by the Order of St. Dumas' Program rather than being a TautologicalTemplar {{Jerkass}} like many other examples of this archetype were. From the moment after he meets and befriends psychiatrist Brian Bryan, Valley becomes more of reconstruction of the trope.
* Superman himself became this in the ElseWorld story ''ComicBook/SupermanAtEarthsEnd''.
* Likewise, another Batman-related character in TheDCU, Jason Todd (Batman's second Robin) has been a Nineties Anti Hero type ever since he came BackFromTheDead. Amusingly, he was absent for the entire decade.
* ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} became a version of this in TheNineties and lasting until InfiniteCrisis. He grew his beard out to adopt a FatherNeptune look, and lost one of his hands and had it replaced first by a hook and then by a form-changing magical water-hand. He also adopted a more aggressive attitude on behalf of Atlantis. These changes were actually very well-received by much of the DCU's fanbase, and is considered an implementation of this trope that actually worked, as the goal of Peter David's revamp was to essentially [[{{RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap}} rescue Aquaman from the scrappy heap]] that ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' had left him in. Unfortunately, years later much of the general public is ''still'' unaware of the revamp, and [[InkStainAdaptation still picture poor Arthur as he was in Superfriends]]. (One thing that saved Aquaman from the negative qualities of the 90s anti-hero is that the book was often ''funny'' and while he might have had more of an edge, he didn't take himself too seriously either. Because, you know, Peter David.)
* ComicBook/TheAuthority represent an entire Justice League of Nineties Anti-Heroes. They are, however, unusually idealistic for their kind, as part of their remit is to "make the world a better place". [[KnightTemplar Their methods,]] however, seem to involve copious amounts of ultra-graphic violence (no ThouShaltNotKill for them), ruthless cynicism towards their enemies, and disdain for opposing points of view -- they once overthrew the government of the United States.
* ComicBook/BlackAdam: He was never this in the original Fawcett owned [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] comics, but under DC's revival has [[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes portrayed as this archetype]], being someone [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor who has joined and fought alongside the Justice League as many times as joining battles against the league]], depending on whether which side benefits his own goal to regain the power of Shazam from Billy Batson [[KnightTemplar to enact justice as he sees fit]].
* During the early '90s, ''Bloodlines'', one of the most loathed CrisisCrossover to hit TheDCU, produced a glut of Nineties Anti Heroes, few of whom lasted more than a couple years, including Gunfire, Mongrel, Razorsharp, Edge, Shadowstryke, etc., etc. Probably the only one to be remembered fondly is ''Comicbook/{{Hitman}}'', a, well, super-powered ''hitman'', who alternated between being a paragon of the trope and a clever send-up.
** ''Hitman'' also blatantly parodies this trope when Tommy encounters Nightfist, a ''Batman'' ripoff who takes out drug dealers with a pair of giant metal fists (which he wears over his normal fists) and then steals their drugs.
** Ironically, the Bloodline character now most remembered as a Nineties Anti Hero, Gunfire, was actually a subversion. He had the name, the appearance (tacky armor, green goggles, and a ponytail mullet), and the powers (the ridiculous ability to turn any object into a gun), the actual character turned out to be an old-school ReluctantHero who rescues bystanders and fanboys over the Justice League. Naturally enough, ''Hitman'' still parodied him with a future version who accidentally shoots himself with a med pack and then turns his own ass into a hand grenade.
* In 1994, DC turned ComicBook/DoctorFate into an Anti-Hero named Fate who was a grave robber and had melted Dr. Fate's helmet into a knife.
* Around 1994, Guy Gardner, a roughnecked, "macho" member of the Franchise/GreenLantern Corps, was reinvented as "Warrior," with ridiculously huge muscles, tattoos all over his body, and the ability to form his arms into any kind of weapon he could think of, mainly gargantuan guns. Rumor has it that the reinvention was the result of writer Beau Smith writing the pitch as a joke and accidentally having it approved. He eventually reverted to his old (but still roughnecked) Green Lantern persona after the fad played itself out.
* ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, was in part a savage denouncement of Nineties Anti Heroes, and was one of the things that caused the changeover from UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}} to the ModernAge. One of the themes of the comic was the classic generation of superheroes fighting the violent "modern" heroes. Of course, the "classic" heroes shared some of the blame as well; many became just-as-violent {{Knight Templar}}s attempting to deal with it. The "face" of the anti-heroes, Magog, is practically every [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] stereotype rolled into one cybernetic, sacrilegious package (though Waid and Ross admitted a certain fondness for him due to how over-the-top he was). [[spoiler:In a brilliant twist of idealism, Magog realizes how screwed up he is, turns himself in, renounces violence, and is one of the people left alive at the end; in the prose novelization of the story, he becomes the Dean of Students at Paradise Island!]]
** Magog himself was able to pull a CanonImmigrant, and was introduced in the Main DCU in a JSA storyline. In 2009 he got his own solo series, which is something of an AffectionateParody of the old school Nineties Anti-Hero. His RoguesGallery includes an insane homeless man with mind control powers and a silver haired woman who talks like a 1980s valley girl.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} was [[WordOfGod created to parody]] this sort of character, even though he came out of the early 80s. Later played straight at times after he got a lot of MisaimedFandom popularity.
* The late eighties and early nineties had the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' sister team, the "Team Titans," who were this to the point that one of them took to calling himself Deathwing.
** Though that probably doesn't count since adopting the Deathwing identity marked the character's descent into villainy.

Marvel:
* The second-tier Marvel superheroes ''ComicBook/DarkHawk'' and ''ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}'', both of whom had their heyday in the early 1990s, are arguably subversions of this trope. While they have strange and bizarre appearances, neither one was especially dark in their tone, at least compared to titles like ''Spawn'', or the other characters that exemplify the Nineties Anti Hero. ''Darkhawk'' was about a kid who followed in his policeman father's footsteps by fighting crime with the mysterious alien armor he had obtained, while simultaneously keeping his NuclearFamily from falling apart. ''Sleepwalker'' was about an alien from another dimension that became trapped in a human's mind and manifested to fight crime while he was asleep, carrying on the similar role he had carried in his home world. There were, both in the letter columns of the old ''Sleepwalker'' comics and more recent web postings, positive responses from fans who ''liked'' the fact that Sleepwalker wasn't a violent antihero.
** ComicBook/{{Darkhawk}} is actually an interesting case of this, as he at one point finds a journal of his father's, the last entry stopping with him and his partner preparing to go in pursuit of a hit-and-run driver before seeking medical attention for his victim. Chris refers back to this several times to remind himself to take a harder edge, before discovering the journal had a stuck page, in which his father hesitates, calls an ambulance, and makes sure the old woman who was hit survives.

* A strange example is Deathlok the Demolisher, who was created well over two decades before the heyday of the trope. Each of the various version of Deathlok have very 90's Anti-Hero traits to them: he is always a dead man resurrected as a cyborg (cyborgs being common in 90's comics), and turned into an unliving cybernetic weapon that uses huge guns as it's primary method of offense. Usually however the plot often involves Deathlok's ''unwillingness'' to succumb to his programming and kill wantonly, instead struggling to non-lethally dispatch his foes.
* ComicBook/GhostRider: The various holders of the mantle have had varying degrees of this with most having Demonic/Infernal derived powers received via a DealWithTheDevil ([[{{Expy}} Actually]] [[BiggerBad Mephisto]], but you get the point) and [[HellBentForLeather leather clad]] [[BadassBiker biker]] outfits, complete with [[ChainedByFashion chains]] and [[SpikesOfVillainy spikes]]. The most blatantly exaggerated example is Vengeance who can see [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vengeance_(comics) here]].
* At the end of the "Omega Effect" ''ComicBook/ThePunisher''/''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' crossover, Daredevil [[DefiedTrope defies]] and {{deconstruct|edTrope}}s this to Frank Castle's partner, Rachel Cole.
-->'''Rachel:''' You know what gives me strength? My ''loss''. [[NotSoDifferent We're alike that way, I imagine.]] Admit it: ''nobody'' who's a stranger to that particular pain could ''ever'' be as driven as us.\\
'''Matt:''' ''Never...'' [[ShutUpHannibal *throws one of his sticks at a wall so hard behind her]] [[SwordPlant it plants in it*]] [[{{Beat}} ...]] Don't you ''ever'' say that to me again. That is a ''repellent'' statement. It is a ''vomitous insult'' to every cop -- every ''fireman'' -- every soldier ''alive'' who steps up to fight for those who can't! ''I am sorry'' for your ''loss''! But if you ''genuinely believe'' that only the ''death'' of a ''loved one'' can motivate a human being to take up a ''cause''... then get your ''[[TakeThat pathetic, cynical ass]]'' out of my ''way'' so I can ''do my job''!
* Penance in the MarvelUniverse, originally the happy-go-lucky character Speedball, is a strange version of this. After believing himself responsible for the death of 612 people in ''Comicbook/CivilWar'', he designs a costume in dark colors designed to give himself constant pain with 612 spikes. This was intended seriously, but having happened long after the 1990s, is treated like a parody in most of his appearances outside ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}''.
** And even ''in Thunderbolts'', he's not taken very seriously. [[DarkerAndEdgier While much of the cast is too deeply mired in their own psychoses to notice that anyone else exists]], the few teammates who do interact with Penance generally express disgust at what they see as his "[[{{Wangst}} adolescent self-pity]]". Very tellingly, he's sent to see a psychologist!
* Speaking of ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'', he definitely fits this trope [[DependingOnTheWriter when written by certain authors]]. He's vacillated between a somewhat reasonable vigilante fully willing to abide by other heroes no-killing rules during team-ups, to an frothing lunatic who'll murder jaywalkers (retconned into being due to drugs he was exposed to without his knowledge), to being a serial killer who uses his family's deaths as a justification for the endless war he wages to sate his bloodlust.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'':
** ComicBook/{{Venom}}. First there was the "black suit" Spider-Man, basically a Nineties Anti-Hero before his time, caused by an alien symbiote bonding to him. He later removes the symbiote, and it bonds to another man, becoming Venom, basically an Evil Spider-Man. That would have all been well and good, except Venom proved to be something of an EnsembleDarkHorse, and entered his peak of popularity during the peak of the Nineties Anti-Hero's popularity, and thus Venom was given his own Comic and re-worked into one. Then they have Venom's Symbiote give birth to a second one, which bonded with a SerialKiller to become Carnage, an evil(er) Venom. This opened the floodgates. Venom's symbiote gave birth to 4 more Symbiotes, but these fused into a single one which bonded with a police officer to become another Nineties Anti-Hero Hybrid, meanwhile Carnage's Symbiote gives birth to yet another symbiote which bonded with another police officer to become yet another Nineties Anti-Hero called Toxin. Since then, however, the original Venom symbiote has exchanged hands a few times and and its current host is a normal AntiHero.
** Kaine. [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100128135717/marveldatabase/images/7/74/Peter_Parker_%28Kaine%29_%28Earth-616%29_0001.jpg Seriously, just look at him.]] (At least he was [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap salvaged]] in ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl''.) And in the 2012 ''ComicBook/ScarletSpider'' comic series written by Chris Yost, Kaine is now trying to be more of a traditional super-hero and move away from the Nineties Anti-Hero motif altogether.
** ComicBook/{{Morbius}}. Edgy leather gimp suit, magical demonic powers, slaughtering bad guys by the dozen, less moping and more badass-itude and even more exaggerated 90's villains to fight with... Only aversion might be that the 90's comic made him more generic handsome.
** The entire plot of ''Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' sees Doc Ock [[GrandTheftMe stealing Peter Parker]]'s body and using it to become a darker, more "badass" version of Spidey. He even has a black and red costume that was originally designed by Alex Ross for the [[Film/SpiderMan1 first movie]] (since MovieSuperheroesWearBlack). The entire thing is a bit of an IdiotPlot, since it requires all of Spider-Man's friends and teammates somehow not realizing that Peter Parker has been replaced. But like Azrael was to Batman, it ends up being a deconstruction; as Doc Ock slowly loses control over the situation until he's forced to concede that Peter Parker is, in fact, the "superior" hero.
** ComicBook/SpiderGirl has [[EvilTwin April]] [[CloningBlues Parker]], that is simply a jerk version of main protagonist with the powers of Venom. She fits this trope perfectly, right to the point that a woman she once saved from bandits run away, because she is more violent than they. Oh, and she [[spoiler:killed Tombstone]] too.
** One of Spider-Man's lesser villains, Cardiac, was one of these.
* The "Winter Soldier" mega-arc by Ed Brubaker in ''CaptainAmerica'' subverts a lot of these tropes. When Cap's sidekick ComicBook/Bucky|Barnes turned out to be NotQuiteDead after all, he was revived as a brainwashed assassin with a cyborg arm; it could have been really stupid, but it wasn't. Then, when Bucky took over as Captain America, he seemed poised to be a GrimAndGritty alternative to the more traditional model, with much made of him carrying a gun -- however, Bucky almost never uses the gun, and in fact tries overcome his past and be a more traditional superhero.
* The Franchise/XMen has featured plenty of these:
** ComicBook/{{Cable}}, of the New Mutants, X-Force, and the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} was a major TropeCodifier. Tragic and mysterious past? Check. {{BFG}}s coming out the ass? Check. A "{{Badass}}" look that used to be reserved for villains? Check. His first appearance was even in 1990. Over time, though, he's been developed into a more heroic[=/=]complex character, somewhere between MessianicArchetype and AGodAmI.
*** According to [[http://www.faqs.org/faqs/comics/xbooks/main-faq/part4/section-2.html the rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks FAQ]], Creator/RobLiefeld originally designed him as a villain, but later reused the original design when he was asked to create a "New Leader".
*** Cable's leadership was also a catalyst in giving the existing members of the New Mutants a 90's Anti-Hero look, even though many of them did not have the personality traits.
*** Not long after Cable's introduction, Liefeld followed up with Feral and Shatterstar, who were basically 90's Anti-Hero expies of Wolfsbane and Longshot respectively.
** ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', had his personality largely unchanged, but despite having been nicknamed "Slim" his whole life suddenly developed a chest that pro wrestlers would find intimidating.
*** His personality ''has'' changed later though. During Creator/GrantMorrison's New X-Men and especially after he became pretty much Nineties AntiHero despite the fact that it started in 2003.
** {{SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool}} (created by none other than Liefeld himself) started out as a villain, then moved into AntiHero territory, and when [[MyRealDaddy a non-Liefield writer got a hold of him]] became more of an AffectionateParody.
*** As with Cable, Deadpool ''also'' has guns coming out his ass. [[AssShove It involves an awful lot of lubricant]].
* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} went from being a complicated, interesting character in the 80's to "stabby stabby stabby!" in the 90's. It took "Enemy of the State" and "Wolverine: Origin" stories to restore his former glory.
* There's an obscure ''ComicBook/XMen'' character named "Random", who started out as a recurring character for the second incarnation of ''ComicBook/XFactor'' and can turn his arm into a gun. In ''ComicBook/GenerationHope'' #15, Pixie calls him "Johnny '90s". What's generally forgotten in later appearances is that Random is a shapeshifter who was [[YoungerThanTheyLook actually a 13-year-old kid when first introduced]], and took the form of a muscular giant with gun-arms because it's what he thought a badass was ''supposed'' to look like.

Image:
* ImageComics specialized in these for as long as the fad lasted:
** ComicBook/{{Spawn}}, quite possibly the most popular Nineties Anti-Hero. [[DarkAgeOfSupernames Edgy one-word name]], grim-n-gritty {{backstory}} (an assassinated mercenary damned to Hell and sent back as a soldier of Satan), killing bad guys who were slightly worse than him, and written and drawn by Todd [=McFarlane=].
*** Spawn is a very interesting example, as a lot of effort is put into humanizing him and he comes off as a far better character than the average Nineties Anti-Hero. But then, [[LongRunners being around for a while]] tends to do that.
*** The first issue of Spawn also had a little parody of the tropes common appearance. Entertainment TV TalkingHeads commenting that while the spikes and chains are "totally gauche", trying to bring back capes is a bad idea.
*** The Chase Lawlyer version of ''Comicbook/{{Manhunter}}'' from DC and ''Nightwatch'' from Marvel, both of whom were [[FollowTheLeader rather shameless rip-offs]] of ''Spawn''.
** ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'' and ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}'' both exemplified this trope. The former is a former mafia hitman who becomes a living vessel of the world's dark energies, complete with an army of flippant, happy-go-lucky demons who delight in every opportunity to torture someone; the second is a pornolicious detective with powers both lethal and which rip her clothes off whenever she uses them.
*** The former, however, is a {{Reconstruction}} of this trope, since he's much more subtle and complex than many other examples.
** ''{{Youngblood}}'', Creator/RobLiefeld's MagnumOpus. What this implies about Liefeld's abilities is for the reader to decide.
* ''ComicBook/{{Shadowhawk}}'' was an Creator/ImageComics title about a successful, [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules scrupulously honest]] African-American attorney who refused to fix a case for an organized crime outfit and, in revenge, was kidnapped by them and dumped after being given an injection of the AIDS virus... which prompted him, in a fit of rage and desire to try and make some sense out of the world, to don [[PoweredArmor exoskeletal armor]] and start brutalizing thugs as a vaguely Batmanish vigilante. The suits got more and more elaborate as the disease took its toll, to help compensate for his weakness, but he ended up dying of the disease anyway. Apparently even series creator Jim Valentino ''hated'' the character, and killed him off purely out of spite. Why he even bothered with the whole affair in the first place is anyone's guess. That may be why the second Shadowhawk ended up so... different.
* ComicBook/Supreme, who eventually moved from a Nineties Anti-Hero ripoff of Comicbook/{{Superman}} into an affectionate {{homage}} to UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Superman (largely because Creator/AlanMoore took control of the character).

Others:
* Pretty much everyone in Dark Age arc of ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', as one might expect in a deconstruction of UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. There is also lampshading aplenty. There is a notable subversion in the character of Hellhound who, despite having the demonic background, monstrous appearance, torn leather and chains costume and "edgy" name, is actually a NobleDemon, and a respected ally of the local Captain America and Spider-Man expies.
* The ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic introduced a full-blown Nineties Anti Hero to the ''Doctor Who'' universe in the shape of Abslom Daak, Dalek Killer. He's a "[[ChainsawGood chainsword]]"-loving professional criminal and multiple murderer who was exiled by a future Earth society to a Dalek-occupied world to kill as many Daleks as possible before his inevitable death (although he turned out to be {{Badass}} enough to survive). Of course, he first appeared in 1980 and in some ways was a deconstruction, so could be considered an UnbuiltTrope.
* ComicBook/{{Doom}} has the Doomguy going around and punching and/or shooting things...just because. He's also borderline psychopathic.
* ComicBook/HolyTerror: As one of the individuals who influenced the Dark Age of Comics, it was the natural evolution of Creator/FrankMiller that he would eventually create a Dark Age Anti-Hero of his own in the form of "The Fixer". He is a BloodKnight so [[AxCrazy psychopathic]] that even the darkest iterations of Batman (of which he is a CaptainErsatz), including even those by Miller himself, would seem saintly by comparison. This is demonstrated with The Fixer's slaughter of the Al-Qaeda cell [[spoiler:in the underground of Empire City]] with a multitude of guns, ranging from pistols to bazookas, as well as a chemical weapon of some sort ([[MoralEventHorizon and yes, you read correctly]]). Granted, while the setting tries to justify his methods in that he is fighting a Terrorist group who is orchestrating an act of war rather than the typical mobsters and other criminals that would be the purview of the Justice system to try and punish,[[note]] (and to what extent should either the military and/or law enforcement be involved in addressing terrorism is [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment another matter of debate]]).[[/note]] but this comic's portrayal of Al-Qaeda, and [[UnfortunateImplications Islam in general]] [[http://www.wired.com/2011/09/holy-terror-frank-miller/ for that matter]], is so cartoonishly over the top that it resembles something out of a ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'', thus ultimately [[{{Narm}} detracting]] from the serious message that is supposed to be expressed, thus unintentionally reminding audiences why this archetype [[DiscreditedTrope fell out of favor in the first place]] and could possibly [[CreatorKiller end Miller's own career]].
* ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' parodied both the male and female versions of this trope in one of its "Meanwhile" stories.
* ComicBook/LadyDeath: She is a {{Stripperific}} DarkActionGirl with a {{BFS}} who coincidentally first appeared in print in 1991.
* ComicBook/MarshalLaw is an AntiHero who specializes in hunting heroes, though as he always says, "I haven't found any yet."
* Joe Martin did a DeconstructiveParody of this in the one-shot comic book, ''Boffo in Hell'', starring the two main characters from his newspaper comic strip, ''MisterBoffo'' (although everyone and everything ''except'' these two were drawn in a more-realistic, superhero style); the title was a reference to ''{{Spawn}}''. In it, the government suspects that people are mean and violent because of self-esteem issues. As an experiment, they take a bunch of psychotics, [[TooDumbToLive give them a bunch of super-powers so that they'll feel "special"]] and then have them do community service among the public. Needless to say, it doesn't go as they planned. Earl Boffo, the dim-witted title character, winds up [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass gaining super-powers of his own (with a Spawn-like appearance to match) and - completely by accident - manages to subdue and kill the murderous anti-heroes]].
* After ''ComicBook/DarkEmpire'' revealed that [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett]] survived falling into the Sarlacc, Fett was given various one-shots and miniseries and basically acted like the Star Wars equivalent of this.
* The Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles were originally like this: later versions made them more unambiguously heroic and less feral.
** The Turtles actually predate this as they came out in 1984. They were more of an AffectionateParody of the sort of work that Creator/FrankMiller and [[ComicBook/CerebustheAardvark Dave Sim]] were putting out at the time.
* ValiantComics had a number of Nineties Anti Heroes.
** Bloodshot: Mobster Angelo Mortalli was framed by the Carboni crime family, forcing him to become a witness for the state. While under Federal protection, Mortalli was betrayed by his protectors and sold to Hideyoshi Iwatsu to become a test subject for Project Rising Spirit.
** H.A.R.D. Corps: A group of Vietnam veterans who where revived from comas by a corporation who fits them with brain implants that give them psionic powers, and [[YourHeadAsplode explodes if they're killed, or caught]]. One of them [[KillEmAll dies in every other issue]], so they're always being replaced.
* ComicBook/WarriorNunAreala: [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter "Shotgun"]] [[BikerBabe Mary]] [[BadassGay Delacroix]], who was created specifically [[RedOniBlueOni to complement]] the protagonist [[IdealHero Shannon Masters]]. Though Delacroix has many elements that other examples of the archetype (as can be read and seen [[http://www.comicvine.com/shotgun-mary/4005-48249/ here]]) such as her disdain for authority (particularly the Catholic Church for its disapproval of homosexuality) and her [[SuperheroPackingHeat preference for guns]] (with blessed bullets) to fight demons and other supernatural threats, she is a LighterAndSofter downplayed example and also a mild subversion in that she is more a KnightInSourArmor rather than an [[UnscrupulousHero Unscrupulous]] [[NominalHero Hero In Name Only]] like others on this list.
* In the DarkHorseComics superhero line ''Comics Greatest World'', ComicBook/{{X}} filled this role. He was at least willing to give you one warning, a vertical slash across the face. If the X across your face or an image of your face was completed, however, he killed you. No exceptions. He was willing to do whatever it took to cleanse the city of Arcadia of its crime and corruption.
* ''ComicBook/TheTick'': Big Shot, who also appeared in the animated series, was originally introduced as a one-off character in the comic as someone hanging out at the vigilante table in the superhero club. While other vigilantes had complicated backstories, Big Shot's reasons for being a gun-wielding vigilante? "I just like to kill people."

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* Bring on the Hate

Note: Adaptations that feature the same characters (including most of their associated personalities) and objects (with the associated appearances and functions) as the source, but have a plot and/or backstory that are invented whole cloth are not this trope. Therefore adaptations in question must be of Types 5-3 on the SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification to qualify.

Also for the benefit for those who are not knowledgeable of whatever works that are cited, please include specific as possible references in order to demonstrate how an example applies (e.g. "Bob didn't appear until episode 24 of the 26 episode long (92.3% into the plot) TV show, but arises in the beginning of the close of the film adaptation's first act of three acts (33% into the plot)." or "In the comics Bob was introduced well after that of his previously established mentor Alice, but in the movie he is introduced without Alice's existence being established").

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* Bring on the Hate

Note: Adaptations that feature the same characters (including most of their associated personalities) and objects (with the associated appearances and functions) as the source, but have a plot and/or backstory that are invented whole cloth are not this trope. Therefore adaptations in question must be of Types 5-3 on the SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification to qualify.

Also for the benefit for those who are not knowledgeable of whatever works that are cited, please include specific as possible references in order to demonstrate how an example applies (e.g. "Bob didn't appear until episode 24 of the 26 episode long (92.3% into the plot) TV show, but arises in the beginning of the close of the film adaptation's first act of three acts (33% into the plot)." or "In the comics Bob was introduced well after that of his previously established mentor Alice, but in the movie he is introduced without Alice's existence being established").
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Note: Adaptations that feature the same characters and objects as the source, but have a plot that is invented whole cloth are not this trope. Therefore Adaptations in question must be of Types 5-3 on the SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification.

For the benefit for the non-fans, please include specific references (e.g. Bob did appear until episode 24 of the 26

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Note: Adaptations that feature the same characters (including most of their associated personalities) and objects (with the associated appearances and functions) as the source, but have a plot and/or backstory that is are invented whole cloth are not this trope. Therefore Adaptations adaptations in question must be of Types 5-3 on the SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification.

For
SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification to qualify.

Also for
the benefit for the non-fans, those who are not knowledgeable of whatever works that are cited, please include specific as possible references in order to demonstrate how an example applies (e.g. Bob did "Bob didn't appear until episode 24 of the 2626 episode long (92.3% into the plot) TV show, but arises in the beginning of the close of the film adaptation's first act of three acts (33% into the plot)." or "In the comics Bob was introduced well after that of his previously established mentor Alice, but in the movie he is introduced without Alice's existence being established").


* Bring on the Hate

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* Bring on the HateHate

Note: Adaptations that feature the same characters and objects as the source, but have a plot that is invented whole cloth are not this trope. Therefore Adaptations in question must be of Types 5-3 on the SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification.

For the benefit for the non-fans, please include specific references (e.g. Bob did appear until episode 24 of the 26


* DarthWiki/ Yes These

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* DarthWiki/ Yes TheseThese Tropes Deserve To Die



* Bring on the Hate

[[folder: Rowena]]
!!Rowena (Ruth Connell)
!!!First Appears in [[Recap/SupernaturalS10E03SoulSurvivor "Soul Survivor" (S10, E03)]].

[[http://www.supernaturalwiki.com/index.php?title=Rowena Rowena]] is a witch, who is seeking to reclaim her lost power base.

* DissonantSerenity: Rowena calmly reads a book in her Tulsa hotel room while blood drips from the two bodies pinned to the ceiling.
* EvilRedhead
* VaguenessIsComing: Castiel tells Dean that he should take a few days off to recover after his cure. After all, Heaven and Hell are pretty quiet right now. Cut to Rowena's charnel-house hotel room.

[[/folder]]


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* Bring on the Hate

[[folder: Rowena]]
!!Rowena (Ruth Connell)
!!!First Appears in [[Recap/SupernaturalS10E03SoulSurvivor "Soul Survivor" (S10, E03)]].

[[http://www.supernaturalwiki.com/index.php?title=Rowena Rowena]] is a witch, who is seeking to reclaim her lost power base.

* DissonantSerenity: Rowena calmly reads a book in her Tulsa hotel room while blood drips from the two bodies pinned to the ceiling.
* EvilRedhead
* VaguenessIsComing: Castiel tells Dean that he should take a few days off to recover after his cure. After all, Heaven and Hell are pretty quiet right now. Cut to Rowena's charnel-house hotel room.

[[/folder]]

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* Film/WitchfinderGeneral (though YMMV page was pre-existent)
* CapitalismIsBad (Took over after Original Poster abandoned it)

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[[folder: Rowena]]
!!Rowena (Ruth Connell)
!!!First Appears in [[Recap/SupernaturalS10E03SoulSurvivor "Soul Survivor" (S10, E03)]].

[[http://www.supernaturalwiki.com/index.php?title=Rowena Rowena]] is a witch, who is seeking to reclaim her lost power base.

* DissonantSerenity: Rowena calmly reads a book in her Tulsa hotel room while blood drips from the two bodies pinned to the ceiling.
* EvilRedhead
* VaguenessIsComing: Castiel tells Dean that he should take a few days off to recover after his cure. After all, Heaven and Hell are pretty quiet right now. Cut to Rowena's charnel-house hotel room.

[[/folder]]


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* Sc H A P
* DarthWiki/ Yes These
* Progressive FallacyFallacy
* Arthur Godfrey Effect



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* ComicBook/WarriorNunAreala
* Literature/BrownsPineRidgeStories


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