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A hero who enjoys hurting the bad guys

This trope has been Nuked
Proposed By:
TheHandle on Dec 3rd 2012 at 5:56:24 AM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: Trope

They're not a Sociopathic Hero; their motivations are pure, their heart is in the right place. They're not a Heroic Comedic Sociopath, because they're not played for laughs. They aren't addicted to being In Harm's Way, nor do they Blood Knights who seek the thrill of combat for its own sake. But they will take pleasure in defeating villains; it's not just deterrence or protection that motivates them, but punishment, and they take satisfaction in paying evil unto evil.

I thought this was a missing link in the Sliding Scale Of Anti Heroes. Enjoying hurting villains and having a sadistic streak when dealing with them does not a sociopath make, not when the cruelty is only expressed in such a narrow context, and the person is otherwise nice and normal, especially if the villains are very villainous.

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Jan 2nd 2018 at 10:23:44 PM

Comic Books: Batman is often portrayed this way, taking delight in using his reputation and skill set to make the criminals feel powerless, likely stemming from the fact that he felt powerless the night he lost his parents

Jan 3rd 2018 at 2:00:41 AM

I'm pretty sure this is related to Anti Hero

Jan 3rd 2018 at 2:03:27 AM

Has Batman ever been portrayed as enjoying hurting criminals/having a sadistic streak/cruelty, which is what this trope requires?

Just making them feel powerless would be "hurting their feelings".

Jan 3rd 2018 at 7:55:01 AM

Any examples? Maybe Deadpool?