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Basic Trope: A hero who lacks the moral character of a hero, but is slightly better than the villains.

  • Straight: Dracone is bloodthirsty and downright vicious for a hero, but he is nowhere near as evil as the Omnicidal Maniac Emperor Evulz.
  • Exaggerated: Dracone is a highly sadistic hero who enjoys seeing others suffer the most horrifying pain possible, yet even if he seems nowhere near a good guy, he isn't as bad as the even more sadistic Emperor Evulz.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Dracone starts out bitter and bloodthirsty, but faces a borderline Heel Realization that gets him to soften up.
  • Double Subverted: ...until that leads to the death of someone he cares about, forcing him to simultaneously revert to his old ways and deny himself any more emotional attachments.
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  • Parodied: Dracone is treated like a brutal antihero, but all he does is Poke the Poodle.
  • Zig Zagged: Dracone's heroic tendencies can sometimes overshadow his amoral behaviour, but he can just as often be seen as merely the lesser of two evils.
  • Averted: Dracone is just an ordinary hero who doesn't lack the moral character of a hero, but isn't entirely heroic.
  • Enforced: The author is interested in edgy heroes.
  • Lampshaded: "He may be vicious, but at least he's better than the villains we have to deal with."
  • Invoked: Dracone has seen a lot of good people die by trying to be honorable and noble to bad people, so he fights are ruthless and dirty as his enemies do.
  • Exploited:
    • Emperor Evulz purposely fights Dracone in populated areas because he knows he'll just unwittingly add to the collateral damage.
    • Or he uses his near-villainous behaviour to convince him that they're Not So Different.
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    • Or he'll try and ruin Dracone's popularity with the general populace, making them think that their hero is no better than the villain.
  • Defied: Dracone decides to tame his malevolent qualities and become more of a morally upright hero.
  • Discussed: "How could someone as amoral as Dracone be considered a hero?"
  • Conversed: "My take on Dracone's character is that he's simply an Anti-Hero with an emphasis on "anti"."
  • Played For Laughs: Dracone is a Heroic Comedic Sociopath.
  • Played For Drama: Dracone has a strong moral core, and is disgusted by himself. He sees him self getting worse all the time, and he worries he will become a villain once he finishes off Evulz.

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