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Billy Peltzer: What is this? A black armband?
Gizmo: Armband.
Billy Peltzer: Is that what happened to the man who took care of you?
~ Gizmo on Mr. Wing's death.
Your story may not have such a happy beginning, but that doesn't make you who you are. It is the rest of your story, who you choose to be.
~ Soothsayer to Po

Tragic Heroes have been part of a longstanding literary concept. While mainly due to some fatal flaw, these heroes have less control over their emotions and have suffered some circumstances so unfortunate that they win over the sympathy of the audience, as they didn't choose to be alone, they are victims of misfortune. Tragic heroes commonly have their unfulfilled or broken dreams.

There are many ways to deem a Pure Good tragic:

  • Pure Goods who have or had problems with their family such as:
    • Those who lost their loved ones: Umi Matsuzaki (who lost her father as a child), Batman (who lost both his parents), Robin (who lost both his parents), Young Link (who lost his adopted father; The Great Deku Tree), Black Panther (who lost his father), and Princess Zelda who lost her mother, The Queen of Hyrule and, exclusive to Breath of the Wild, her father King Rhoam.
    • Those who are related to villains and they have to fight them: Starfire (who had to defeat her sister), Jack Kline (who is the son of Lucifer and has to fight his own father, who is a Pure Evil).
  • Pure Goods who grew up or live in less than acceptable conditions:
    • Poor Pure Goods who have little to no money: Falcon and Ali Abdul.
    • Pure Goods who grow up in a society that does awful or unwantable actions: Hiccup Haddock (who was raised in a Viking clan that wanted to rid any dragons from their village despite them having some sentience) and Sunny Starscout (who was raised during the time where pony races are against each other despite neither of them are harmless).
    • Outcasts who desire to be with and or loved by the people around them: Izuku Midoriya (who was born Quirkless and mocked because of it, with almost no one believing he had what it takes to be a hero).
  • Possessed/Brainwashed or Misguided Pure Goods who have done wrong things without their own choice. (Tommy Oliver and Lloyd Garmadon)
  • Remorseful Pure Goods who deeply regret actions they have done in the past, to the point where it affects their mental health: Peeta Mellark, The Chosen One, Flint Lockwood and Eri
    • Pure Goods who brought their misery upon themselves, but take responsibility for their own actions or feel great remorse for them. (Madoka Kaname)
  • In many cases they have a mixture of the circumstances above: Anne Boonchuy (who were being pushed and abused by her childhood friend Sasha, being separated from her friends and missing her family and her life once they were teleported to Amphibia, were treated as a monster by Wartwood residents since her arrival at Amphibia, and being betrayed by Sasha due to their conflicts), Captain America (who lost both his parents, and grew lived in America which was in World War II), Aang (who lost all his friends and family when Sozin ended them all, and was an outcast to the Fire Nation), Mark Evans (Who lost his mother and baby cousin, is the cousin of the monstrous Henry Evans, and nobody believes that Henry is evil), She-Ra (who lost her people at the hands of Horde Prime, raised as a child soldier by the Horde against the Princesses and the Rebellion, was subjected under Shadow Weaver's abuse, and was forced to abandoned Catra due to the atrocities that the Horde has committed)

It is important that the Pure Good does not let their tragedies make them due terrible things on their own volition and use their tragedies to become better people overall. Also, not every tragic Pure Good is automatically a Scapegoat since they may rise above their tragedies to live better lives, or get the rewards they deserve (e.g Umi Matsuzaki, and Batman).

They are the good opposites of Fake Tragic Pure Evil villains.

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