Most of the cast in general, really, but Shinji, Rei, Misato and Gendo stand out the most. She's very attractive and skilled at what she does , has lustful desires, and can bed the entire population of Daten City with little effort. However, she's also incredibly lazy, fights only for her own benefit, and does a bunch of insane things that go against what's expected of her.
Eventually, these flaws come to bite her in the ass, and she spends a good deal of the last two episodes suffering for them. Her Badass Boast in the final episode summarizes her character pretty well: But guess what, douchebag? That's not the point. News flash, I don't need special fucking powers to beat the shit out of you. Because I'm a bitch who doesn't give a fuck. You and your half-dead face can preach about hymens and demons and other weird words that supposedly mean shit, but that doesn't change the fact that if any of you fuckers get in my way, I'm gonna kick some twisted-ass ass.
You hear me dick? I'm a hot bitch angel named Panty. While her Byronic traits are less pronounced, she shares many traits with Panty, has strong romantic ideals compared to her, and is of demonic origin. Werner Locksmith from Planetes. A genius engineer and businessman, he is a total sociopath who, by his own words, "can love only spaceships". He does desire to bring a better life to humanity, but his emotional detachment makes him a ruthless case of Well-Intentioned Extremist , as he firmly believes that Utopia Justifies the Means.
The XY series gives us Alain. He is a good looking loner with has a pessimistic personality, but is extremely passionate in what he does, thus many people show him admiration. However he has numerous flaws that makes him easy to be manipulated while also driving away the people who really care for him.
Ange, the super-skilled savant of the five-girl band of spies, is a bit of a Bunny-Ears Lawyer due to her Byronic characteristics. She rarely shows emotion, mainly to conceal her true intentions and identity , since she does have her own subversive goals she cares deeply about, most of which revolve around Princess. Ange is actually the original princess, but she accidentally swapped places with a street-urchin child right when a bloody revolution broke out, and they both struggle to maintain their mixed-up sense of self.
Unlike the other characters, Ange doesn't care about the political-warfare goals of her bosses Ange has difficulty deciding whether to help Princess with her ambitions, or protect her from the world against her will. Puella Magi Madoka Magica: She was once a good girl with good intentions, but then those intentions backfired on her and she lost her innocence.
She stopped fighting for good as a result and became a selfish Blood Knight and social Darwinist who fights only for her benefit. Her arc is all about regaining the optimism she once had while Sayaka who she takes a shine to goes down the same dark path , redeeming the two of them in death. She's on the other end of the extrovert-introvert scale as Kyoko at least at first , but she is no less committed to protecting Madoka despite the great amount of umbrage the other girls save for Madoka take from her extreme actions - things like shooting Kyubey on sight even if Mami considers her an enemy for it and seriously consider killing Sayaka in Episode 7 before the latter is consumed by her grief and becomes Oktavia von Seckandorff.
Even into Rebellion , where she would hijack Madoka's goddess powers and become the Satanic Archetype if it means giving Madoka the happy life she deserves. The very Byronic outcome is a tragic, albeit successful, revolution. Ryo Narushima from Shamo fits almost all characteristics, after killed his parents for mostly unknown reasons at the beginning of the series, he goes on to live a violent and solitary life as he struggles with his personal demons, and later gives in to his own immorality and depravity.
Zelgadis Graywords from Slayers , more so in the anime than in the novels. His absolutely undeterred lifelong quest for a cure that could turn his chimeric body back into its former human state fits this trope, and toss in the fact that it was his own great-grandfather that did it. Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh! Abandoned at an orphanage with his little brother, Mokuba, by his relatives when their parents died, he grabbed an opportunity to get him and his brother adopted by a big shot CEO.
He beats him at chess Gozaburo Kaiba is very skilled at chess mind you and impresses Gozaburo so much that not only does he adopt the brothers, he decides to mold the young Seto into his protege and successor Seto is hardened by these experiences and successfully overthrows his adopted father to become the new head of the Kaiba Corp. However, he has become much like the man he despises, has a very hard time letting go of the past, and looks down most people notably Joey with the only soft spot being toward Mokuba and children in general along with his rivalry with Yami Yugi.
He's a complex, tragic , Secretly Dying Spirited Competitor with an indomitable drive to find a Worthy Opponent and go out on his own terms. Byronic Heroes don't get much more definitive. The passion in his dueling contrasts with both the "perfect" and collected duelist of Season 1 and the Blood Knight of Season 2.
Tetsuo from Yuureitou is one of these. He's noted early on to have a "scary" personality and has at multiple times shown a rather Grey and Gray Morality with Magnificent Bastard tendencies. He has no qualms with killing people, and in fact he killed his adopted mother two years prior to the manga beginning , but overall seems to be a heroic-neutral. Hiei of YuYu Hakusho. Think Yusuke, but dipped in liquid nitrogen, and you'll have a good idea of how cold this guy is. Alektra Maria "Jill" von Loewenherz, a fallen princess , calculating, cold, and manipulative. She's a hardened woman who is hellbent on killing Embryo to the point she wants to use anyone to that end.
Also, fellow Norma Ange herself qualifies; much like Jill before her, a fallen princess who is exiled into Arzenal, whose life changed her forever to cynical levels. Unlike Jill, Ange survives so many adversities, such as from nearly falling into Embryo's control, and becomes the leader when the series heads towards the Grand Finale. Freeze , the archetypal Anti-Villain from the DC comics and the 90s cartoon, qualifies due to his desire to get revenge on evil businessmen. Magneto is oftentimes this, as he has had a very troubling past being a victim of Nazi cruelty , sees himself as a freedom fighter, and will often do heinous things in what he believes is for the better good of mutantkind.
This tends to be Depending on the Writer. When operating alone Cable has no problem using any means at his disposal to achieve his goals, such as torturing Captain America prior to Avengers vs. But he has a habit of teaming up with morality pets to rein himself in, not unlike a certain other time traveler.
Doctor Doom fits the trope to a T. A poor Romani boy, brilliant in magic and science, carrying a unyielding and disproportionate grudge against his old classmate for showing him up as much as for any imagined sabotage, forever hiding his disfigured face. From nothing but a scholarship that ended in expulsion, he was able to conquer his homeland and make it into a technological power, styling himself king rather than merely dictator, and through it all, maintaining a sense of honour that somehow does not get in the way of his Magnificent Bastardry.
Hans von Hammer, the Enemy Ace , is a very heroic example, being a charismatic nobleman who hates war, but is very good at it. His ideals are often at odds with those of his country: And he's always extremely broody. Hunter Rose in Grendel , who becomes an arch-criminal simply because he thinks he deserves to dominate everybody else on the planet because he's so much more intelligent and imaginative than they are, and becoming a gangster is the quickest way.
Gradually deconstructed, as Matt Wagner became increasingly moral as he got older and started to gradually write Hunter as more and more of a sadistic thug.
Tony Stark is womanizing, self-destructive, and forever angsting over his past as an arms-dealer. Lucifer , as presented in Neil Gaiman 's The Sandman and in his own series. The Punisher sometimes has moments of this, being an utterly ruthless, brooding and intelligent former Vietnam vet vigilante going on a one man war against crime. Dwight and Wallace embody this trope more than any other Sin City protagonist: V of V for Vendetta certainly fills this trope for the comic book, being a dreamer who wishes to bring total anarchy to a corrupt and totalitarian government.
In fact Alan Moore specifically wrote V in this style in order to make the reader question whether V was actually the hero or just some lunatic who would rather screw over the whole world than be controlled by his government. Emma Frost from X-Men. Highly cynical and jaded, Dark and Troubled Past , intense drive and determination to live out her philosophy.
Scott Summers, aka Cyclops ; always troubled in life thanks to a childhood of trauma, abuse, and pain, when he was pushed into the limelight and got more focus following Decimation, he was forced to lead the X-Men through their darkest hour, and it led to a lot of personal loss as he did what he needed to do to keep the rest of the mutant population alive. Batman himself; traumatized as a child, he dedicated his life to a near-impossible mission of cleaning Gotham City of its criminal element, who's brooding, anti-social personality and obsessive, paranoid tendencies often push away those who befriend him, and while he fights for good, he's not really that much saner than the people he fights.
Dick Grayson and Stephanie Brown are the closest to aversions, but are ultimately subversions. They've both been pushed to do what they do by tragic childhoods Dick losing his parents when he was twelve, Steph living with an abusive criminal father , regularly go through traumatic experiences and troubled relationships, and have a handful of personal flaws, but are otherwise completely friendly , well adjusted people who get on with their lives despite their troubles.
Both of them are popular with their personal fanbases at least in part because of this. Jason Todd and Cassandra Cain are straighter examples. Jason was a street kid abandoned by his parents who was adopted by Bruce after he tried to steal the Batmobile's wheels. Cass was raised by an assassin and gun for hire who wanted a partner he could mould into the perfect killer, and so raised her in the art of killing from a young age, which she saw as a game including playing 'two for flinching' but with bullets ; but when he took her for her first kill, however, she was traumatized from actually taking a life and became a Death Seeker who wanted to atone for her single murder, and is now unable to live a normal life thanks to being raised in a manner without spoken or written language instead, she was raised to understand body language to make her a better fighter and suffering from dyslexia on top of that.
Tim Drake and Barbara Gordon are aversions who became straight examples as they went on. As Batgirl, Barbara was a Plucky Girl with her life ahead of her, until she was crippled and humiliated by Joker to drive her father insane; to cope, she worked on her computer skills and became Oracle, a cynical, angrier hacking expert who no longer shares the belief that killing is never justified, and while she's recovered from her trauma, she's no longer the person she once was.
Tim, meanwhile, was a nerdy Nice Guy who wanted to help his hero through his darkest moment, but life as a superhero lead to the loss of his family, his two best friends, and his girlfriend all of whom he blamed himself for, even though the latter three came back , and his minor neurotic tendencies became more prominent broodiness until he became detached from society completely.
He began getting better before the reboot though. More than Meets the Eye: Megatron , of all 'bots. Undeniably a genius, charismatic and a powerful warrior, he's decided that the revolution he espoused has more or less failed, and that he's failed, and now has to spend the rest of his life dwelling on where he went wrong on a ship full of people who hate him at best, while feeling the increasing sting of his encroaching age.
But he'll still snark at the madness that seems to surround the entire cast. Al Simmons is a self absorbed anti-hero who deeply loves his former wife and from time to time makes bad decisions due to thinking with the heart instead of the brain. He is also anti-social and doesn't have a good opinion about himself. All this leaves him with the potential to either become the next Captain America or the next Magneto, a terrifying Dark Messiah. Doctor Strange ticks all the boxes, being Tall, Dark, and Snarky , suave and sophisticated, charming, brilliantly intelligent, deeply arrogant, bitterly regretful for what he has had to do in the name of the greater good and riddled with self-hatred under the arrogance, and is entirely aware of what he has become.
Sherlock Holmes in the first season of Children of Time. Tall, Dark, and Handsome , check. Troubled, but Cute , check. Sugar-and-Ice Personality , check. It even goes to show somewhat at her own wedding: She distrusts the world around her so much that she wears a Kevlar dress. Dave Stdider Pokemon Traner 's protagonist Dave can be a real Jerkass sometimes, to both his friends and his enemies.
Usually it's unwarranted in both the former and latter categories, such as when he refuses to help his girlfriend while she's being blackmailed with a nude photo, and when he threatens to beat up Team Bad's Jack Noir and Karkat Vantas despite them not doing a single evil thing at this point in the chapter.
Equestria - Project Horizons is an alcoholic , barely functional whirlwind of self-destruction who is one of the Equestrian Wasteland's most morally upright ponies at her best, and a borderline monster when she isn't. And she leads a following of ponies that are so messed up she might as well have the Rune of Torment as a cutie mark.
That story's version of Harry Potter also has byronic tendencies, and Snape's nature as a canon byronic hero gets deconstructed. He's a passionate Broken Ace Villain Protagonist who begins with the Byronic tendencies when he goes into a self-imposed exile after murdering the Dursleys when he's only six years old. His driving goal is that he wants Revenge on his family and the world that abandoned him. Unlike Kaito, who is in the same series as him listed below Mitsuzane, throughout the story, is sarcastic , distant , cynical and jaded; and of course, self-destructive.
He is continuously tormented by his actions in his past that made him never the same , to the point he spends most of his time thinking that the world hates him. On the other hand, he is passionately driven of making amends on his past mistakes ever since becoming The Atoner. Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way, unintentionally unless it's a parody.
She's brooding to the point of being an Emo Teen , and does whatever she wants without any regard for authority. Necessary To Win , found here , not only has Maho Nishizumi , but also Teru Miyanaga , who, in this fic, is an accomplished tanker and one of Maho's two vice-captains. She lives and does tankery her own way without regard for others, especially not her parents, and is haunted by an as of yet unrevealed past incident that caused her to distance herself from Saki.
Light in No Hoper. In this universe he's an aspiring vampyre hunter turned vampyre and a soul in torment on a quest for vengeance. He definitely fits the bill: Spoofed in 3 Slytherin Marauders when Snape snarks that Sirius is just a poor "misunderstood Byronic hero.
Even otherdimensional psychic aliens can pass into this trope. Sleepwalker obviously isn't cute, but he: While Rick and his friends have tried to show Sleepwalker that he's not alone , they don't really understand that Sleepwalker doesn't feel he can belong in this world the way they do The two of them are Broken Aces prone to self-loathing and together they form a Destructive Romance that brings what feels like the whole world down with them. Mello in And The Story Continues. Ruthless, ill-tempered, cunning, implied to have abandonment issues as well as an inferiority complex.
He turns his back on L and his principles after he discovers the truth about his death in the prequel and believes that L abandoned him and everyone at Wammy's. After getting his hands on a Death Note for himself, he gains control of the mafia and becomes hell-bent on dismantling L's legacy, which is currently run by his rival Near. She and Mello bond over their similar grief, anger and disillusionment with their idols , and she is slowly revealed to be a twisted hybrid of part-atoner , part-hedonist , vaguely nihilist and total Death Seeker.
She seeks to tear down the power Light had built up as Kira in the meantime, to get back at him more than anything else. Mercury of Ocadioan's 'A dance of Shadow and Light' series is certainly one of these. Since the series as a whole is Darker and Edgier , it is also shown just how this affects those around him. At the end most that knew him or worked with him are either dead often because of him or per his direct order , deeply traumatized his Love Interest ends up being Driven to Suicide or generally unable to let go of his memory But hey, the world turned out slightly better The Alexandra Quick series has quite a few.
Not least is the main character. Aside from being female and not remarkably attractive physically, she fits all of the traits listed above being charismatic and magnetic, extremely intelligent and cunning, driven and rebellious but also brooding and arrogant, with severe self esteem issues arising from her Dark and Troubled Past.
The Dark Wizard Abraham Thorn, Alexandra's father , fits the bill even better, being a dark, idealistic, brilliant and ruthless political revolutionary as well as a womanizer and playboy. He has a Dark and Troubled Past of his own though less has been revealed. And Maximillian King, brilliant, brooding and devastatingly handsome but coping with lots of suppressed rage, shame, and more than a few dark secrets. Alexandra's classmate Darla Dearborn eventually turns into this: Special Inquisitor Diana Grimm.
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Check, Dark and Troubled Past and deep obsession? Lord Shen gets this portrayal in The Vow. He's a highly intelligent and proud noble who has faced alienation because of his white coloring and seeks to assert his worth to the world. When he sets his mind to something, he strives for perfection, even at a cost to himself. Unfortunately, he crosses the moral line in his fervent ambition , commits mass murder to prevent his prophesied downfall and faces exile as a result.
He then dedicates three decades in preparation of taking revenge for all the perceived wrongdoings thrown at him. In the end, Shen gets a Bittersweet Ending: In Hope for the Heartless , the Horned King becomes this in a case of Adaptational Heroism and Character Development after he's resurrected for his only chance to earn redemption by earning a human's love. The dreaded and calculative warlord lich is aware of what a monster he is and doesn't believe he can succeed, deciding instead to use his "parole" to find and kill Taran for foiling his plans and causing his death.
However, after he takes the peasant girl Avalina as his prisoner and grows fond of her , the pure girl gradually brings out of him positive traits, even bringing his dormant heart back to life. While the Horned King remains ruthless and brooding to everyone else but Avalina and wrestles with darker temptations, he eventually decides that he cares more about her safety and company than revenge. Rose, Robin's alternate-self-from-another-timeline, is a Rare Female Example. Intense drive and determination?
Oddly enough, Arturia Pendragon gets this treatment in the crossover A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor , albeit on the more lighter end of the spectrum. Coming fresh off of the events of the Fourth Holy Grail War , the exceptionally intelligent and introspective Arturia is grappling with the angst and regret born from being unable to prevent the fall of her kingdom, having constant inner reflections on her own shortcomings and failures prior to arriving to Thedas , which she takes immensely personally despite what the perfectly crafted persona she created during her reign would say otherwise.
Still, despite being so jaded from those experiences, Arturia is still very much determined to make sure that Thedas doesn't fall like Camelot had, seeing this has her opportunity to make up for the mistakes of her past life. As a man who recognized that he was a sociopath from a young age, he chose to exile himself rather that inflict misery on his friends.
He does develop some humanity at the end, but still remained a Professional Killer. He's obsessed with beating "Minnesota Fats" and proving himself the best pool player, despite the destructive effect it has on his life. Various incarnations of James Bond , especially the Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig interpretations, tend to fall under this category.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe offers several examples: Over the course of the films, he frequently does as much harm as good. His arrogance, zealous passion, and guilt are manipulated by Scarlet Witch , leading to the creation of Ultron , resulting in the Sokovia Accords. He is a brilliant, non-confrontational scientist who is terrified of his own destructive potential, considering himself a monster because of the Hulk, though in reality the Hulk is more of a necessary darkness that Banner must one day accept as part of who he is. Loki is the embodiment of Byronic traits.
He is physically attractive and charismatic, but struggles with his own personal integrity. He is intelligent, perceptive, sophisticated, educated, cunning and adaptable, but also self-centered. He sees his values and passions as above others, manifesting as arrogance. He is is emotionally sensitive and conflicted and dwells on the perceived injustices of his life to the point of over-indulgence. Noah has its title protagonist who hits just about every box: Flawed, angsty, passionate outright fanatical with his beliefs, an exile who lives far from the industrial civilization of Cain, an opposing philosophy that he wishes to impose upon the world and self destructive.
Both Johnny and Bodhi in Point Break.
Prisoners gives us two examples: Keller Dover, who takes extreme measures and does whatever he feels necessary to find his missing daughter while being uncooperative with the police investigation. Detective Loki has several characteristics that made him fit the bill of being Byronic: Arrogant, brooding, moody, sophisticated, mysterious, passionate and rebellious. Herbert West from the Re-Animator franchise is maybe an odd case. He genuinely doesn't want to hurt anyone, but his blind pursuit of science leads to him doing some REALLY dreadful stuff in its name. He also has many flaws, including bluntness and lack of social skills.
George Emerson in A Room with a View and its source material. This is lampshaded when Mr. Beebe finds a book of Byron in George's house and his only comment is "Exactly. He fits the bill in a few ways; Brooding, charismatic, and physically attractive but also incredibly vengeful, prideful and was once an Evil Overlord back in the day. His status as The Chosen One made him arrogant, while the loss of his mother left him a brooding and temperamental figure who initially fights for good but is driven to villainy out of love for his wife, who he fears will die. Even after he turns to the Dark Side, he still believes himself to be on the side of justice.
Furthermore, the television shows reveal further things, such as the travesty of war and seeing so many soliders die along with seeing his student undergo wanton cruelty and betrayal to where she refuses to rejoin the order when her name is cleared. Combine this with the stoicness and emotional control imposed by the Jedi Order and we see further how the young Skywalker became Vader. He's tormented by a split in his soul between the light and the dark, very emotional , extremely determined , sarcastic and cynical , an attractive Pretty Boy , and has unique and rather anarchic beliefs about destroying everything from the past.
He has the potential for good and has suffered quite a bit, but some of it is through his own doing and his adamance in his beliefs stops him from embracing that potential. Doc Holliday in Tombstone is a sympathetic example. Dangerous, charismatic, intelligent, and brooding due to his terminal tuberculosis. Elsa from Frozen , is a female example. She causes all the problems faced by her sister and her kingdom in the movie. But she is Not Evil, Just Misunderstood and emotionally fragile. Best of all, her legendary "Let It Go" song is essentially an anthem to a Romantic sort of Existentialism—she is letting go of the conventions of society that have shackled her and her abilities.
V from V for Vendetta though not as much as in the comic. He has a mysterious past and is verbosely eloquent , cultured, charismatic, brooding, and defiant of the authority that has wronged him. At the same time, he is driven by vengeance, murderous, sadistic, subversive, and wantonly destructive. Achilles in Troy has many of the distinct traits, although if you read the backstory , he may or may not be a Tragic Hero instead , depending on if his flaws were meant to be flaws at all. The Wages of Fear: The main characters Mario and Jo are unsympathetic people and combining it with their panache and friendship for one another fits this trope.
Tommy Conlon from Warrior , is a quiet, distant loner, who has very painful experiences in his family life and in the Marines. When fighting, he is very ruthless, curb-stomping his opponents in one hits. In addition, he is shown to have a certain disregard for rules, such as not attending press-conferences and leaving the ring immediately after matches. He also has quite the charisma, as he actually gains a huge number of fans because of this.
First Class is a milder case. Morally troubled, emotionally damaged, attractive, and very charismatic about his pro-mutant beliefs. Particularly to some of the impressionable younger characters like Mystique. The 's B-movie Single Room Furnished tells the story of a woman Jayne Mansfield Playing Against Type in one of her late films who, in spite of her looks, ended up as a hooker since her life spiraled down after being victim of the Cartwright Curse.
Citizen Kane is an archetypal example. As a little boy, he gets snatched from his family and introduced into the cold, ruthless world of media, politics, and business. By rising to the top of that ruthless world through cutthroat cunning, he becomes an internationally famous media tycoon and one of the richest men of all time. But under all that wealth, he's a broken man who can't hold down a relationship with anyone and desperately longs for his stolen childhood. Sydney Prosser in American Hustle. She's a con artist who, it's strongly indicated, got into the game with a highly Romanticized view towards the life.
Throughout the film, she's put through the emotional wringer—especially from her conflicting feelings towards whether she should abandon her lover for the FBI agent who's offering her a different path—as she struggles to decide what path she should take for herself. Bonus points for being played by Amy Adams , who is well known for typically playing heroines with a highly Romantic worldview e. Princess Giselle or Lois Lane. Victor possesses many classic traits of this trope: The single-minded pursuit of his goals becomes detrimental to both his mental health and his friendship with Igor.
Scent of a Woman: Frank Slade is this. Sarcastic, womanizing, and very intelligent, he's also got a hard shell to get through initially. It doesn't help that his brother prefers to avoid him and he reclused himself off from the world after his blinding accident. Prince Vladimir from the Nightfall Series is very intelligent, sophisticated, and educated, but also self-centered and evil.
Tristan also fits, including the time before he became a vampire. Valraven Palindrake in The Chronicles of Magravandias. He takes a step into Villain Protagonist territory for a while when he's possessed, but considering how hard he fights against it, he still comes out of it as heroic as the series allows. Played with in that the reader knows all about his Dark and Troubled Past but his second wife doesn't. The monster Grendel is depicted this way in the John Gardner's novel of the same name. A modern example in John Ringo's Paladin of Shadows series: Petty Officer Mike "Ghost" Harmon, AKA Mike Jenkins, a former US Navy SEAL medically retired due to multiple injuries who, through a series of coincidences and perfectly-rational decisions in response to them, thwarts three major terrorist attacks in the course of a few months and becomes the millionaire lord of a clan of modern-day Vikings in the mountains of Georgia the country, not the state.
Mike who is constantly reminding those around him that he's not a good man unabashedly considers himself a rapist at heart, but holds himself to a strict Warrior Code while channeling his baser urges into heavy BDSM. Any time he comes across a man who doesn't restrain his darker nature, things get nasty. At the same time, he often shows a surprisingly compassionate side, especially to girls that he and his Keldara warriors have rescued from sex traffickers. Perhaps one of the greatest ironies of literature is that, while the Public-Domain Character Don Juan is usually written as a selfish, haughty, shameless womanizer and fits this trope to a tee, Lord Byron's own version of the character doesn't.
The hero of Byron's mock epic , Don Juan , is not at all villainous or malicious, but easily manipulated and misunderstood. Raistlin Majere of the Dragonlance books fits this trope perfectly. He's arrogant, ruthless, cynical, emotionally troubled, and ultimately evil. He's also highly intelligent, strong-willed, and capable of extraordinary bravery.
Harry Dresden is an interesting subversion of this, in that the books suggest that much of the magical community sees him as this - at least, the ones who don't know him well personally. The fact that the books are in first-person, and therefore we get to see his often hilarious and self-deprecating inner monologue, tends to take away the 'dark and mysterious' image.
That, and his penchant for cracking wise at all of the wrong moments. Dresden's best frenemy, crime lord John Marcone, can be viewed in this light. The book "Death Masks" reveals that he bases his style of "doing business," which involves keeping collateral damage to an absolute minimum and punishing harshly any criminals who try to operate in Chicago without his go-ahead, on guilt over a young girl taking a bullet that was meant for him in his younger days, leaving her in a coma.
He provides for her medical care, reads to her and even arranges to have the Shroud of Turin stolen in an attempt to heal her, all while running what is implied to be the largest organized-crime empire in America. Elric of Melnibone from The Elric Saga is a weak and frail albino , heir of the Vestigial Empire of the Melniboneans, who unlike most others of his race , struggles with his conscience.
On the other side, he's a powerful sorcerer and has the BFS ever which happens to also eat souls , and is the Eternal Champion destined to restore Balance to the Earth and allow the powers of Law a chance to create a better future world. All this things bring him as much angst as you would expect. Dean Priest of the Emily of New Moon series embodies a number of these character traits.
He's well-educated and charismatic, but his disabilities have also made him cynical and bitter, as well as rather self-destructive. He travels often, which makes him a bit of a self-imposed exile. He is a loner. He is self-interested to a degree, but can also be selfless when he wants to be.
The title character of Eugene Onegin can be both seen as an example, a parody, and a deconstruction. While he fits the mold in his cynical, self-destructive nature, he has more than a little of the Upper-Class Twit in him and is kind of ineffectual compared to similar characters.
Lampshaded when Tatiana, Eugene's love interest, visits his library, understands that he has been invokng Romantic tropes when dealing with her, and asks herself: Victor Frankenstein is a rather nice Byronic hero who is not the monster! His dangerous experiments with science and very troubled past makes him qualify. His lack of compassion and responsibility for his creation, who desperately longed for his love and affection, makes him less redeemable than characters who are just misunderstood by society.
He still does have some good traits though, such as his adoration of Elizabeth and his admiration of his friend Henry Clerval. The Monster or the Creature, as he is more often called in the novel also qualifies. He is incredibly eloquent, brilliant, and persuasive in his best moments. He is also filled with characteristically Byronic anguish and despair due to being cut off from humanity as a result of his ugliness and unnatural birth or creation, depending on how you look at it.
He also murders everyone Victor ever loved. Some literary critics have interpreted the Creature as Victor's dark side. Rhett Butler is a Tall, Dark, and Handsome man with a Dark and Troubled Past as a social outcast because of his unconventional opinions and actions, which often sound fine for modern audience but awful for contemporary people. He's also morally ambiguous in his and quite opportunistic, but at least he admits this instead of being an hypocrite like most of the people around him and lives to his own interpretation of honor.
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He's also honorable and selfless to the people he cares the most , and there are glimpse of his struggling conscience and occasional self-deprecation. Not to mention his self-destructive romance with equally impetuous Scarlett. Jay Gatsby is maybe a sympathetic example. As poor soldier, he fell hopelessly in love with beautiful socialite Daisy, who got married to her equal, a Jerk Jock Tom from old money, but he is determined to win her back.
He would do — and does — anything for Daisy, who, sadly, doesn't quite deserve it. Gatsby heavily idealized and romanticized Daisy and everything about her. Gradually, it becomes obvious that Gatsby's opulent wealth comes from smuggling and organized crime, but he's more compassionate than most of the "law-abiding" characters. Grigoriy Aleksandrovich Pechorin in Mikhail Lermontov's A Hero of Our Time is both a good example and possibly a deconstruction , being very smart and all the more miserable for it.
Also, he's not even the protagonist as such and dies "off-screen". The author apparently intended to stretch the idea of the Byronic hero to its limits: In the Horatio Hornblower literature series, the title character is an honorable, dutiful, and humble man who acts with great courage under fire. However, he's also a brooding, melancholic mess whose humility verges on self-loathing, often shocked that people might care about him. Underneath his stoic facade is a world-class worrywart, and his courage under fire in spite of his fears is matched only by his cowardice in matters of the heart.
He's also tone-deaf and never gets over his seasickness, much to his humiliation. In Commodore Hornblower his wife thoughtfully provides him with a copy of Byron's newly-published Childe Harold to while away the hours at sea. It is not to his taste: A compassionate, fatherly person for most of his life, by the time the novel begins, he, while still brilliant, is isolated by his alchemical studies and ultimately doomed by his lust for Esmeralda. Jane Eyre 's Love Interest , Mr. Rochester is heroic version. He's dark and troubled, snarky and attractive despite his lack of good looks.
Society frowns upon his ways, but deep down he's a good person who suffered horribly. Good that in his case Love Redeems. Jonathan Strange ends up as one for a while, although he did have a heroic motive. It was lampshaded with Strange explaining that he picked up some of Lord Byron's style from hanging out with him. Incidentally, the description of Byron himself is distinctly unimpressed; when Byron deliberately strikes a deep and brooding expression the narration compares it to the look of someone suffering indigestion. Ferdinando Falkland from Caleb Williams qualifies.
In his younger days Falkland is a highly attractive, passionate, intelligent, and sophisticated man. He often muses on the injustices of life, and how to correct them.
He is intensely committed to live out his chivalric ideals and behave as a modern knight. Then he murders someone. Post-murder Falkland is haunted by his crimes and full of guilt and self-hatred, but nonetheless determined to defend his name, even to the point of self-destruction. He even wanders out to cliffs in stormy weather. With his willingness to break social conventions and everyday morality For Science!
Unlike the ruggedly handsome Smith, Yarol is androgynously, uncannily beautiful, and feminine beauty in its extreme is explicitly stated to denote evil in the universe of the stories. While the reader never learns the details of Yarol's villainy, he willingly participates in human trafficking merely to pay for his space booze.
At one point, Yarol's humanity is stripped away and he is transformed into a predatory beast-echo. When he is returned to his original state, it is surprisingly easy and the whole process seems to tax Yarol very little. Smith realizes that this is because Yarol had very little humanity to begin with. Satan himself, from Paradise Lost , is, perhaps, the grandfather of this trope. By the end of the book, he has organized and carried out an ancient Greek Dionysian ritual, killed one man by accident and one on purpose, successfully kept himself and his friends from being arrested, and says that he is finally happy because he can "live without thinking".
Most of the school dislikes or hates him, his few friends admire him, and one falls in love with him. He likes dead languages and growing roses. He also kills himself , and the fallout of his various plots arguably ruins his friends' lives. But when his father was captured by Morgoth, he was forced to live in exile. For example, he accidentally kills his best friend Beleg when he mistakes Belen for an orc. Another example is that an elf princess named Finduilas falls in love with him though he doesn't seem to notice because he was handsome, with black hair and pale skin , but he fails to save her from Morgoth's army.
Denethor from The Lord of the Rings is a bit of a byronic hero: He's devoted to the good of Gondor, of which he considers himself the rightful lord; but when he comes to believe that Gondor is doomed along with his own line of succession , he proudly commits suicide and attempts to have his son killed alongside him rather than surrender or be slain by Sauron's forces.
Wolf Larsen pings all the criteria listed in the page description. He doesn't hesitate to enforce his beliefs on his world defined by his ship , and is something a Nietzsche Wannabe with an extremely hedonistic world-view.
Peter David 's Sir Apropos of Nothing , who only became a squire because he would be killed otherwise. He loathes long tales of heroic derring-do, and became a full-fledged villain for a while. Tyrion Lannister seems to be almost exactly this, sans the good looks. He is an extremely cunning, intelligent guy who will made a supreme politician, if only someone gives him the credit he deserves.
The tragedy of his life is that in a world of Beauty Equals Goodness , it's very difficult for him to achieve the power or the he longs for, and his cast aside but his own father and the woman he loved was horribly taken away from him because she was a commoner. Since he sides with his family, the supposed bad guys, he's an Anti-Villain whose actions throughout the first part of the series help further the cause of House Lannister and when he acts ruthless is merely out of pragmatism.
He's eventually getting darker and more cynic after discovering his commoner wife was not a prostitute hired for him and murdered his father for that. Sonce than he has defected his family and he's siding with the Targaryen, following his path of revenge. His older brother Jaime is one as well. He's by reputation the most handsome man in Westeros and one of the most dangerous as well. He starts off presented as rather villainous, brash, cynical and prone to reckless behavior such as slaughtering some of Ned's guard in response of his brother Tyrion's kidnapping by Ned's wife , not to mention his Bodyguard Betrayal of King Aerys, which is still frowned upon years after and his incestuous passion for his twin sister Queen Cersei.
Then the third book reveals he has his share of emotional baggage which mostly consist of guilt for the death of Rhaegar's children and having lied about Tyrion's wife being a prostitute. After having lost his sword hand and having met warrior girl Brienne , he's actively moving to a more honorable behavior, though at his own interpretation of the rules. Somebody who goes to great lengths to both downplay and, therefore, "hide" exactly how mad he is by Westerosi standards both in love and philosophy , just how bad he is by just about anybody's standards in every category you could choose and how incredibly, bleeding dangerous just knowing him is , is Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish.
From his Start of Darkness to his justification that there's no other way for him to win than by completely changing the game in his favour, yeah He's what happens when a Byronic type goes really seriously dark on everybody for semi-justifiable reasons. Also, he thinks in very Braavosi terms in a place that quite clearly doesn't — and, consciously uses that to his advantage.
Which, should surprise nobody: The Targaryens by themselves have produced a great deal of them: Rhaegar Targaryen seems to have been one. Rhaegar repeatedly stated to have had "melancholy eyes", that matched his brooding nature and was a charismatic wise prince who played the harp and liked spending time alone. It also seems that his path was generally driven by a prophecy he read as a boy, and to keep faith to it, he became one of Westeros' finest swords.
People expected him to became a great king, but he lost his life in a war for the woman he loved, whom he couldn't have since he was already married and her was about to marry his cousin. He was also born under inauspicious circumstances the Tragedy at Summerhall and often mused about it. And most of all the true meaning of his actions are still shrouded in mystery and fount of speculations in-universe and out. Prince Daemon Targaryen was a prince, a pirate and a rogue and lived and loved dangerously.
His enemies at court were terrified of him for his mercurial and ruthless nature, and tried to keep him away from the throne when his brother King Viserys lacked of male heirs. After being passed over for the Iron Throne once, he flew off to conquer the Stepstones with his dragon and made himself a petty pirate king until he got bored of fighting. In the years he leaded the City Guard he was fond of visiting brothels, gambling pits, consorting with lowlifes and generally hanging out with all sort of scums.
He was also capable of great bravery and strength and died fighting the greatest dragon alive planting a Taking You with Me gambit. But he was a very controversial guy: His ruthless actions to keep the Targaryens on the throne eventually earned him a one-way ticket to The Wall. But even there he managed to become Lord Commander until he disappeared Beyond the Wall. It's revealed he didn't disappeared - he instead became a powerful half-weirwood figure in a cave with the Children of the Forest and he's still watching Westeros and his descendants. However, he gradually becomes more of a traditional hero and a messiah of sorts.
He is dark, moody, passionate, and his values are rather revolutionary. Edward Cullen of Twilight is lonely but can't stand how much he wants Bella Swan and her blood. This is the skin of a killer, Bella. Lord Ruthven of the novella The Vampyre , as well as the Lord Ruthven from a novel by Lady Lamb above, are both based on Byron — they are like their more famous literary descendant, Count Dracula , however, examples of Byronic villains rather than heroes. Irial from Wicked Lovely , although he definitely has redeeming qualities: He even admits to purposely trying to hurt Catherine, in her deathbed , for betraying him though he still loved her.
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Admired by millions of people throughout the world , even though he is quite clearly a very evil man. Harry Potter provides a few examples. Severus Snape is essentially a Byronic hero, as seen by a protagonist who sees much more of his negative qualities than his positive ones. He's an intelligent loner who's also completely insufferable, with a tragic backstory involving death and unrequited love which caused him to become embittered but also to go over to the side of good. Sirius is apparently quite clever and used to be very attractive before the strain of being locked up for twelve years for a crime he didn't commit ruined his good looks.
Plus, bonus points for being slightly mad, a wee bit homicidal, and the last heir of a noble family from which he inherited a spooky old house. And both he and Snape have a flair for the melodramatic. Simona Ahrnstedt's male protagonists are all Byronic when we first meet them. But as these novels belong to the Romance Genre , they will of course find love and be redeemed. In Ivanhoe Bois Guilbert is a perfect example. He is portrayed as a proud warrior and a passionate man who by his own admission holds nothing sacred save his given word. He gets infatuated with Rebecca, proceeds to kidnap her and over the course of the story begins to respect and admire her fortitude.
Yet unwittingly and tragically he ends up condemning her to a painful death at the stake. The most poignant scene of the book is the tournament to determine Rebecca's guilt where Bois Guilbert's immense pride and hatred for Wilfred of Ivanhoe contends with his desire to save Rebecca and make up for his mistake.
Unable to bring himself to strike and defeat Ivanhoe and indirectly seal Rebecca's fate and at the same time unable to bear the shame of accepting defeat at the hands of a wounded Ivanhoe, he dies, not a victim of any physical injury, but his own passions. Nearly every hero in The Hunger Games falls under this category, really. The book series goes to great lengths to show how most of the characters are flawed and troubled. Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments is handsome, brooding, charismatic, aloof, the list goes on. Also a Death Seeker and drenched in Mangst.
He has a very strong personal presence, but he's not exactly a source of much positivity. Stavrogin in Fyodor Dostoevsky 's Demons is a particularly nasty deconstruction; it's lampshaded early in the book that this character type was common in Russian literature and society at the time. She's reclusive, broody, an outcast to society because of her outrageous actions by 19th-century English social norms , is plagued by her Dark and Troubled Past , and is really cold towards the narrator and her Love Interest , Gilbert Markham.
That said, she's very determined and has her understandable reasons for why she committed taboos. The Count of Monte Cristo: The Count, a man so obsessed by revenge that no means of ensuring his enemies' destruction is too heinous for him to consider. It's superficially lampshaded early on when someone remarks that he looks an awful lot like the incarnation of Lord Ruthven, a fictional character based on Lord Byron himself. Captain John Rumford in post-apocalyptic Victoria is a very Romantic character, a tragic, passionate soldier-intellectual and revolutionist who will make any sacrifice and do whatever he has to in order to bring about his reactionary utopia.
And even what measures of success he does obtain do not seem to bring him any lasting happiness. Angel, The Vampire With Soul! I have to count my past sins, then alphabetize them. Oh, by the way, I'm thinking of snapping on Friday. Losing the love of his life to a demonic body-snatcher — and then being asked to coach said hellspawn to assimilate into mortal life — didn't do him any favors. Londo Mollari is an old, bitter, and cynical republican who dreams of days of bygone glories, and is willing to undergo a Deal with the Devil to see his ideals come to fruition.
He spends most of the show's run highlighting and showcasing the darker sides of both the overhanging conflict and Babylon Five itself, and while he is almost as important to the story as Sheridan , Londo's part of it is decisively darker and is won with backstabbing and intrigue. In the end, Londo ends up more of a Tragic Hero when he is forced to pay the piper for his past misdeeds.
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