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  • Reisen Udongein Inaba of the Touhou series. Despite being abused by her masters and her subordinate (And anyone she comes in contact with), she is STILL willing to protect them at all costs.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Also, all three of Birth By Sleep's protagonists.
    • Sora definitely winds up here a few games in; memory tampering, a year in a coma, forced into fighting across most of Disney's canon, multiple friends corrupted, finding out he's The Unchosen One after all of this? The more the multiverse kicks him in the face, the more hell-bent he is on arguing back with Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!.
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  • So many characters in the Metal Gear franchise. Solid Snake, Big Boss, The Boss, Ocelot, etc. Snake is a notable example with all the shit you see him go through during the entire series especially in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
  • Fear Effect: Hana Tsu-Vachel is very much this.
  • Many of the characters in Left 4 Dead, but Zoey most of all. Much of the supplemental material shows she's on the verge of breaking down, yet she keeps on fighting her way through waist-deep hordes of zombies.
  • Inazuma Eleven has not one, but a team of Iron Woobies.
  • Cole from inFAMOUS. The hero path version anyway.
  • Clive Barker's Undying: Patrick Galloway has been through a LOT that we know of and even more that we don't, most of which is all but stated to have scarred him in various fashions. Not that you would know it from how he acts.
  • Fire Emblem Fates:
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    • The Avatar definitely experiences their fair share of trauma, but they never let that deter them from the path they choose.
    • The Power Trio of Laslow, Odin, and Selena are revealed to be this, since they are Inigo, Owain, and Severa from Fire Emblem Awakening. (Or at very least, one of the Ylissean worlds there.) This means these three have led incredibly hard lives: they saw their original world die, time traveled with their True Companions to go Screw Destiny, were contacted by Anankos' Good Side and followed him to his world, landed in Nohr and rebuilt their lives there as much as they could... while being perfectly aware that one day, they'll have to decide whether to stay or not, which could destroy these new lives and identities. And yet neither of them whines, cries, or wangsts, and keep doing as well as they can. In fact, when Laslow/Inigo finds out through supports that his partner Peri also lost her mother in a horrible way, he's the one comforting her!
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  • BJ Blazkowicz in Wolfenstein: The New Order qualifies, and it's best summed up in one line early in the game.
    BJ: And they grieve their dead. Such raw sorrow. Can't partake. Mine would flood oceans. It would drown me if I let it out.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link. Even when he earns his happy ending, the nature of the cycle he's trapped in means he'll be back for another round with the forces of Evil.
  • Shirou and Archer in Fate/stay night. Archer may be a Badass Longcoat and memetic badass number one, but who would actually want to be him? Even Shirou pities him.
    • Also, Saber. She doesn't just get over the terrible, heartbreaking events of her life; they're actually her bizarre form of motivation.
  • xkcd presents Spirit this way.
  • El Goonish Shive: Surprisingly enough, Adrian Raven also counts, as was hinted before. When one feels kinship with an enchanted boar because the critter also doesn't belong anywhere, well...
  • The Order of the Stick: Redcloak of the same series also counts.
  • Homestuck:
    • WV was a simple farmer who rose up and led a rebellion against the Black King, then had to watch helplessly as his entire army was slaughtered by Jack Noir.
    • Sollux Captor, and every Gemini troll incarnation, get a particularly massive dose of Iron Woobie treatment. The Psiioniic is enslaved as a living ship for far past his natural lifespan, and finally dies overexerting his powers in a last-ditch attempt to prevent his race from being destroyed. Sollux: dies - well, sort of - twice, both times bleeding out every orifice, both times while saving his friends. One of these is also caused by power overexertion. Mituna: burns out his psionic powers and ends up with permanent brain damage in a sacrifice to save his friends. Are we seeing a theme here? Knowing that they're all heroes of Doom might help.
  • Jacob from Precocious fits this to a T, and knows it.
  • Tex of Red vs. Blue - She was literally designed to fail at everything she does.
    • The show also features Wash and Church, who despite all the terrible things they've gone through (psychological torture, losing the love of his life multiple times, having an AI whose mind is connected to his own go crazy and commit suicide, dying, going to prison, being shot in the back more than once...) still keep putting themselves in harm's way for what they think is important, even when they know it's not going to be easy.
  • In the best-known Let's Play for the So Bad, It's Good Pokémon romhack Pokémon Quartz, a young girl named Foxy contends with a land filled with rapists, idiots who mangle the English language, a villainous band with the stupidest goal in the history of the Pokemon world, a creepy molesting stalker, Groudon and Kyogre's deformed cousins, a Pokemon family based on the idea of Memetic Molesters (one of which she catches and trains), a Pokemon professor who's a huge creep and a Marty Stu Author Avatar, an over-abundance of flying-types, and gym leaders who have an infinite supply of full restores. She also wins, and pulls a katana on her stalker-rival.
  • Vladimir Lenin comes off this way in Epic Rap Battles of History, having watched his top disciple dismantle everything he ever built, yet remaining completely badass.
  • In Dave Madson's Looney Tunes Intro Bloopers, Radar Overseer Scotty is a definite example of this, especially with him having to deal with Sam's abuse, and Sam firing him almost every single episode.
  • Ashe from Thrilling Intent has it pretty rough, what with her powers slowly carving away at her, but she never seems to indul* Courage the Cowardly Dog. This trope is more or less the premise of the show.
    Courage: The things I do for love.
  • Raven of Teen Titans.
  • South Park:
    • Kenny is revealed to be this when it turns out that, in addition to having a crappy home life, he remembers every time he died, but nobody else does.
    • Kyle, starting with Season 12's "Tonsil Trouble" (where Cartman gives him friggin' AIDS, to which he responds by breaking everything Cartman owns—including his favorite stuffed animal—in retaliation), and has been in situations of increasing frequency ever since.
  • All four of the protagonists of Up.
  • Tom of Tom and Jerry.
  • Dukey from Johnny Test.
  • Ed Otter from Brandy & Mr. Whiskers.
  • Milton (Stephen Root) in Office Space. After enduring bureaucratic neglect, managerial indifference, and stapler deprivation, he walks into the Initech office complex, finds and steals an envelope full of embezzled cash, and burns the place down.(Destroyer-Type)
  • From Kill Bill: O-Ren Ishii. At age seven, she saw her parents die horribly. At age eleven, she was a bitter Little Miss Badass skilled enough to kill the Yakuza lord who orphaned her. At age twenty, she was among the top female assassins in the world. Now, she's the most powerful Yakuza leader.(Destroyer-Type)
  • Star Trek:(Destroyer-Types)
    • Star Trek: Generations: Dr. Tolian Soran's homeworld is destroyed by the Borg, causing him to lose his family. He then ends up in a Lotus-Eater Machine where (presumably) he's reunited with them, only to be torn away by people trying to rescue him. No wonder he gets obsessed with getting back what he lost.
    • Star Trek (2009): Nero was a Romulan miner who tried saving his homeworld from being destroyed by a supernova, only for the galactic bureaucrats to dismiss him and becoming driven insane with grief and a thirst for vengeance against Spock, the man who promised to save his world.
  • Elijah Price in Unbreakable is afflicted with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which creates a brittleness in his bones that make them very susceptible to fracture. He can't do things other kids can do in his childhood, is constantly in casts, and only has comicbooks to bring him joy. Then he decides that his purpose in life is to be a supervillain...(Destroyer)
  • The Toad from Flushed Away. He was once Prince Charles' favorite pet. Then someone brought in a rat and flushed the Toad down the toilet so Charlie could focus all his attention on the replacement pet. This became his motivation for attempting to wipe out the Sewer-London. Seriously, we can't blame him for what he is now.(Destroyer)
  • The theatrical version of Wicked.(Destroyer)
  • Seymour Krelborn, the protagonist of Little Shop of Horrors.(Destroyer)
    • From the same musical, Audrey applies even moreso. Not because she contributed more to the destruction of the world, but because she's even more of a Woobie. Her dying words made humanity's salvation impossible - entirely by accident.(Destroyer)
  • Vince in the third act of Buried Child.(Destroyer)
  • Voldemort in A Very Potter Musical is only the way he is because no one ever loved him...and maybe with Quirrel, things would be okay?(Destroyer)
  • Children of the Red King: Billy Raven has this hard. Each book introduces some new torment that the poor kid has to go through.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh:
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Pooh goes through all sorts of abuse throughout The Honey Tree, at the end of it all he seems perfectly content that he got some honey out of all of it.
    • Owl loses his house in a storm in Blustery Day and is left homeless for the large part of the short. Which is just enough time for him to talk about his Uncle Clyde...
  • Pretty Little Liars:
    • Iron Woobie: Alison. Despite being nearly murdered and having to spend over two years on the run, she still keeps up her confident smile and has done whatever she can to help the girls
    • Jerkass Woobie:
      • TV Verse Jenna. She comes off as creepy and kind of a bitch, plus she abused and raped her stepbrother, but nonetheless, she got blinded in a fireworks accident the Liars caused and had someone try to set her on fire., and her girlfriend was killed by Aria.
      • TV-Verse Alison. She was a total bitch who caused everyone - even her friends - a lot of trauma in her heyday, but she had to go into hiding because someone wanted to kill her, and risks her life to protect her friends.
    • The Woobie: To a lesser degree, Ashley Marin, who has become aware of the fact that someone called A is threatening her daughter and wants nothing more than to help out, except that her daughter refuses to tell her anything and is angry with her for seeking help from the only other person she thinks can provide it. Admittedly, Hannah has an excellent reason to not want her mother in the loop, but still...
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time:
    • Jerkass Woobie:
      • Christopher is a difficult person, but his familiar issues are heartbreaking.
      • Christopher's father. Even though he did kill Wellington, just look at the man; his wife leaves him, leaving him to take care of Christopher by himself. Later, Chris hates him for lying about Chris's mother, and doesn't talk to him for a long time, leaving his father to sit on the floor next to Chris's bedroom. This guy needs a hug for all he's been though.
    • The Woobie: The elderly neighbor, to an extent, she does show Christopher that she is a friend, and she certainly acts like one, supportive, caring, but unfortunately, he rejects her, because he does not trust her, and in general, most people. This does not stop her from caring though.
  • 101 Dalmatians
    • Jerkass Woobie:
      • 1961 Animated Film: Horace and Jasper could qualify considering they have to endure the berating of their Bad Boss Cruella.
      • 1996 Live-Action Remake: Skinner, arguably. Horrible and scary though he is, after what the dog did to him, it's not completely beyond the power of imagination how he ended up the way he did.
  • Outnumbered:
    • Iron Woobie:
      • Sue in Series 2 and a small bit of Series 3.
      • Karen in Series 4, particularly when she's stuck trying to impress a group of friends led by a manipulative Rich Bitch.
    • Jerkass Woobie:
      • How do you make Angela sympathetic again after what she's done? Have her new husband turn out to be violently abusive to both her and to their kids, who now serve as her Morality Pets.
      • Jake and Granddad fit more under "Jerk With A Heart of Gold Woobie". The former struggles with girls and clearly struggles to get out of his parents shadow. The latter has senile dementia and was abandoned by Angela, and eventually loses his ability to remember things without medication, forgetting even his own daughter.
    • The Woobie:
      • Alexa, the daughter of Jane. Stuck in a messy argument between an angry and implied to be abusive father and her mum, who is too eager to share her problems with others and can't get her act together.
      • Sue rockets into this status at the end of Series 1 and throughout Series 2 due to Angela's behaviour and her dad's deteriorating condition.
      • Jake throughout Series 1 as he's struggling with some pretty horrible bullying and too scared to tell anyone.
      • There are a few offscreen ones too. Karen's friend Maisie suffers from an abusive father who's implied to have tried entering her house.
      • Series 4 turns all of Brick's children into these.
  • ER:
    • Jerkass Woobie: Dr. Romano, particularly once he loses his arm.
    • The Woobie:
      • Robert "Rocket" Romano: Despite being the epitome of Jerkass, still gains sympathy from having his arm chopped off by a helicopter. Followed by his eventual death by helicopter.
      • Neela Rasgotra: Neela perhaps suffered the most angst of anyone in the last few years, but enduring the death of her husband Gallant in the Season 12 finale is probably the standout moment.
      • Sam Taggart: Frequently butts heads with her ex-husband, leading to his kidnapping her and their son Alex and then his raping her. Also has to constantly deal with the troubles of raising her son as a single parent.
  • Changeling: Christine Collins.
  • Fire Emblem Gaiden:
    • Jerkass Woobie: Both Fernand and Berkut have quite the dark and troubled pasts, with the first losing his beloved family in horrifying circumstances and the latter being raised by very harsh parents and then by a well-intentioned but duty-bound uncle (who kept a life-wrecking secret from him). However, both lash out at the world in extremely reprehensible ways, cause lots of misery to their loved ones, and ultimately die regretting their cruel actions and asking for forgiveness.

Jerkass Woobie Entries

  • Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits: Tatjana. Dilzweld essentially raises her, and when she manages to survive a Deimos attack, gets instead captured by the resistance and Dilzweld tosses her aside like a used tissue. The resistance will happily have her executed, and only the kindness of Kharg saves her from being sent to prison.
  • Viconia from Baldur's Gate is a drow outcast who can be a huge jerk towards your companions, especially Aerie. She's often harassed herself, both before and during the event of the game, mostly because of her race rather than her attitude.
    • Morrigan of Dragon Age: Origins has had no human contact except for her uncaring and sometimes cruel mother for her entire life and has spent a lot more time as an animal than as a human. Her trust issues and pragmatism-at-the-expense-of-compassion attitude follow naturally.
  • Dragon Age II
    • Isabela is a milder example, her irresponsible temperament and resistance to attachment are depressingly well-justified by the backstory she reveals if Hawke romances her.
    • In keeping with his remarkable similarities to Fenris, Anders can fall into this, especially if you played the Awakening DLC. Originally a surprisingly upbeat person given that an accident of birth had condemned him to a life of either captivity or flight, he'd managed to retain some semblance of ethics and a sense of humour. Then the Grey Wardens, the one group he thought had accepted him, took away his cat and mocked him for being "weak", he formed a permanent alliance with a spirit of Justice, which began to go a bit crazy on exposure to his barely repressed resentments, and moved to Kirkwall, city slogan "Not Quite Hell On Thedas, But We're Trying". While many of his personal mannerisms are annoying and assholish - a significant percentage of his party-banter exchanges consist of him yelling at everyone for being less committed to mage freedom than he is - and his actions in the endgame are spoilerific but certainly not what we might call friendly, it's heartbreaking to see how he ended up where he did. There's even a significant group of fans who maintain that his endgame actions were entirely justified, but even if they weren't, it's not hard to see how he ended up in a place where they seemed to be.
  • In the Dragon Quest series:
    • Terry in Dragon Quest VI. It's implied that his loner nature and thirst for power are a result of him and his sister having been sold into slavery.
    • Doctor Zeppot from Dragon Quest VII isn't exactly a nice man, but his backstory as to why he's a jackass makes him oddly sympathetic.
  • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn: Shinon, dear god Shinon. Racist, Rival Turned Evil to Ike. Turns out he had some torrid love affair in the beginning when he was younger involving a Laguz and was very poor. The reason he betrays you and joins Daein? Daein doesn't care about social status and didn't mind that he was a poor man who owes his life to Gawain/Greil.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening: Henry. The jerkass part comes from him being a Sociopathic Hero who joins in just to spill more blood since he couldn't fight in the former wars, and how he's more than a bit unhinged even after coming in. The Woobie part comes from his massive Dark and Troubled Past, which has Parental Abandonment, being partially Raised by Wolves, the death of his Only Friend, a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, being sent to either an Orphanage of Fear (original Japanese) or a Wizarding Boarding School of Horrors (international versions).
  • Alma Wade from First Encounter Assault Recon. Sure, she's a psychotic Yandere that tries and succeeds at raping you, but she's also went through hell itself trying to save her children, and the flashbacks that we see of her past, where she's taken to the vault, are horrible.
    • Grand Theft Auto V:
      • Michael is seen as this by some fans when he actually trying to be a good father despite his questionable actions and criminal activity. Especially later parts of the game and his missions. The fact that his family (especially Jimmy) responds to all of his early attempts to be a good father by flinging insults at him and rubbing his face in his criminal past doesn't help.
      • Franklin. He was born in a Big, Screwed-Up Family, was orphaned at a very young age, his friends are a bunch of incompetent idiots who live in the past, his aunt is an unpleasant woman, and by the end of the game, he ends up being rich, but in the same way a lonely person with very few friends.
      • Michael's family as well, sure they may act like jerks a lot of the time, but he isn't exactly nice to them either and considering that he's a career criminal, you can't help but feel somewhat sorry for them for having put up with Michael's issues for so many years.Terra
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Axel may also count, particularly in 358/2 Days. As an emotionless Nobody, he's fundamentally self-centered, and eventually loses Roxas's trust, but it can be sad seeing him watch Roxas walk away, claiming that no one in the Organization would miss him and, in the Secret Report for Day 357, forgetting that Xion even existed as she dies. Then, of course, he tries to kill Roxas, and feels so bad about it later that he tries to bring Roxas back until, after realizing that this won't happen, he sacrifices himself so that Roxas's "true self", Sora, can succeed in his quest. Axel returns in Dream Drop Distance as his somebody Lea as a protagonist, making him more of an Iron Woobie.
    • Also, Terra, toward the start of Birth By Sleep. Not so much a jerkass as a villain-trusting idiot who keeps doing the wrong thing and making you want to bitchslap him for it, while pitying him all the while. When he finally gets over these character defects, he becomes an Iron Woobie instead.
    • There's also, Ienzo/Zexion, No. VI in the Organization and the youngest of Ansem the Wise's six disciples. The "Woobie" comes from Birth by Sleep, where it's revealed that his parents were killed, with the now-orphaned (and noticeably withdrawn) Ienzo living as Ansem's adopted son. The "Jerkass" comes from banishing said father figure into the Realm of Nothingness after convincing him to continue experiments on the darkness in people's hearts and, later, attempting a Mind Screw on Riku in Chain of Memories. This makes his Alas, Poor Villain moment (which is perhaps one of the most brutal deaths of the Organization members; instead of a straight up death sequence, Re:COM reworked his final moments to have a Riku Replica suck out his lifeforce) even worse, as not only was his life horrendously tragic, but Zexion was seen to be unquestionably loyal to the Organization's cause (regardless of their actions).
    • Vexen in Chain of Memories, who, despite being an arrogant, twisted Mad Scientist, dies a horrible death at the hands of Axel (either literatelly stabbed in the back or burned alive depending on which version of the game you're playing) all while begging for mercy. Even Sora, who hated Vexen, is horrified and saddened by this.
    • Saïx, given the glimpses we've seen of him and Axel in the past (as their Somebodies, Isa and Lea - seen in BbS), is another possible qualifier. And yes, he, too, had an Alas, Poor Villain moment.
    • Demyx is an infamous example. He's lazy, cowardly, funny, and would much rather play his sitar than do evil. Not a nice person, but not a mean one either. But when he finally gives in to his true, evil Nobody nature, he's killed by Sora, dying with a pitiful scream of "NO WAAAAAY!" and a sob.
    • To round out the above Organization XIII examples, the (albeit seldom canonical) novels implies that Larxene went through a particularly depressing number of troubles concerning the matters of the heart, which could explain her sadistic nature. And even in actual, undeniable canon, Larxene's death is played quite sadly. She's even played by Yuko Miyamura, who voiced the poster girl of this trope!
  • Herschell Biggs from L.A. Noire. He refuses to accept Cole as his partner after his affair with Elsa got out, but he begins to like him afterwards. It's just that during World War I, he has witnessed people burned and is close to retirement.Church Guy
  • Left 4 Dead:
    • The church guy. He locks you out of the safe room, and deliberately rings a bell to get the other survivors killed by a hoard of zombies, yet he's had such a rough time that you can't help but want to wrap him up in a blanket and give him a hug - especially as, at various times, he's almost sobbing his lines and obviously absolutely terrified. The poor guy also spends a lot of the time desperately trying to convince himself that he's immune. He's not.
    • A less traditional example might be the witch. A pathetic, sobbing heap...until you get too close.
  • In the The Legend of Zelda series:
    • Ganondorf in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, to a certain extent. Before that game, he was generally portrayed as a typical Evil Overlord. His speech before the final battle in Wind Waker, however, shows that his desire to conquer Hyrule stemmed from the awfully harsh life he had in the unforgiving desert. Any sympathy he gains from players, however, gets a little diluted when he subsequently proceeds to beat the crap out of Link in order to snatch the Triforce of Courage.
    • Scrapper from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is another example. He's generally very rude to Link, and unlike Midna, never really gets any nicer. However, he is the last remaining one of his species. The fact that he's blissfully unaware of this, though, may qualify him as a full on Jerkass.
  • Mass Effect 2:
    • A Renegade Shepard can be this. They're an asshole, but they have also been dead for 2 years, and if you picked Ash or Kaidan, they also get dumped. Poor Shepard. Oh, and Liara has...changed, which also has the ability to make him/her a Woobie.
    • Miranda is rude, harsh and cruel, especially towards the aforementioned Jack and is also a member of a racist terrorist organisation... She was also raised by an abusive father who would have killed her if she wasn't perfect and also made it so she couldn't have children, which was what she most wanted.
  • In the MOTHER series:
    • Giygas from Earthbound Beginnings is an alien that loved Maria and she cared for him. However, he was forced to kill her when his people ordered an attack as vengeance on George stealing their PSI information.
    • The end of MOTHER 3 implies this about Porky. While being the main villain and an Omnicidal Maniac who's doing it For the Evulz, Dr. Andronuts believes that the fact that he lived his life knowing that everyone hates him made him the insecure Psychopathic Manchild he was. In the end, a self-induced And I Must Scream is the only way he can be happy.
  • A lot of the boxers are this in Punch-Out!! as most of them are smug but sympathetic, but the most prominent example of this trope comes from the Totally Radical Super Macho Man. An Attention Whore that pushes his fans and the referee aside when they happen to be in his way, his true colors start to show after he loses for Little Mac. All those fans go straight to Mac, and Super Macho Man can only express bitterness towards him as he plays more into being a Heel. With lines like "Why don't you love me?", it becomes obvious that all he wants is their approval.
  • Silent Hill 4: Walter. As mentioned on the Anti-Villain page, it's hard to decide whether or not you want to kill him because of what he did or because he needs to be put out of his misery.
  • Agnes Crumplebottom from The Sims franchise. In the first game, she appears as an old spinster with very old-fashioned ideas of dating, hitting couples over the head with her purse if they showed any kind of affection in public. In The Sims 3, it's revealed that her husband died shortly after they got married, something she never really got over.
  • In the Soul Series: While the fanbase is strongly split on her character, a decent number of Soul Calibur fans consider Tira to be this. Tira is a Psychopathic Woman-Child and Magnificent Bitch extraordinaire, but certain elements to her character besides her sadism and manipulation of others causes some people to feel for her a little, particularly the All There in the Manual expansion of where she came from. Tira was trained to be an assassin since birth; training that involved killing her mother figure at a young age and being treated like an object by the other members of her organization. After the assassin's guild she was in fell apart, she tried to live a normal life, but snapped and killed her family, deciding she couldn't live with normal people and devoting herself to Nightmare. While in-game she's mostly used as The Dragon and The Corrupter, there are some in-game hints that Tira is motivated not so much by sadism as by Undying Loyalty so that she doesn't have to be alone; even after all she's done, her ending in IV where she begs the dying Nightmare not to leave her alone is still a very humanizing moment.
  • Jamie Washington from Splinter Cell: Double Agent. He has no real redeeming qualities, but he's just so trusting and devoted to Sam that it makes you feel bad for him knowing you'll, as a double agent, eventually kill him. Even his Last Words before being killed by Sam are to claim he knew Sam wasn't a traitor.
  • The Warcraft universe has a few examples:
    • Illidan Stormrage is a Type V Anti-Hero at best and batshit insane, but his instability is the result of ten thousand years of imprisonment plus watching all of his attempts at heroism backfiring horribly.
    • Jaina Proudmoore is heading toward this after Tides of War and Patch 5.1. Her ruthless devotion to fighting the enemy, such as considering destroying Orgrimmar and expelling the Sunreavers from Dalaran gets her multiple What the Hell, Hero? speeches from neutrals and members of the Alliance, even hard-liners like Varian, and she often coldly brushes them off, sometimes while calling the people giving them cowards. However, not only did she lose her entire city, but she has had a history of fighting for peace, only to be let down or betrayed by virtually everyone else, making her bitterness understandable.
  • Soulcalibur V: Pyrrha. People who try to get close to her all die, causing many to see her as a bad omen. She's then sold into slavery. The noble that bought her turns out to be not that bad and they fall in love, making things look like they're improving... only for him to be murdered the same night he proposed, leading to Pyrrha being imprisoned. What makes this worse is that this is the same girl Sophitia fought and possibly died for in hopes of giving her a better life.
    • In her Time Out quote against Patroklos, Pyrrha will even sadly voice her opinion that she doesn't deserve a family. Great Hera.
    • Not only does Tira manipulate the poor girl, but Pyrrha eventually turns into a Malfested (i.e. Pyrrha Omega) due to being misguided into killing innocents, causing Patroklos to run off in fear. Pyrrha, shunned, hurt, confused, emotionally fragile, and only wanting someone to tell her "You Are Not Alone," decides to place her trust in Tira (who was planning on all of this) and is made the new host of Soul Edge. It doesn't help that Patroklos is lured by Soul Calibur/Elysium's trickery, almost becoming a Knight Templar; in fact, he would've killed Pyrrha had he not conveniently been given a Reset Button by Edge Master. In the end, the two siblings get a happy ending (with Pat even being able to accept her as a Malfested), but good gravy...
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