The Loop (TV)
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Basic Trope: A character who is initially heroic, but is slowly becoming as evil as the things he fights.
- The protagonist is a person who takes up two swords named KiraKira and Happiness Change to kill computer Hackers only to become monster himself.
- The protagonist then traps all computer hackers in a video game where if he kills them in the game, they will be killed in real life, becoming the Dreaded in the process. Eventually Kirito and Asuna Yuuki asks the protagonist why is he is trapping hackers in his video game, to which he tells him that they are wronging other people who use computer devices (iPhone, computers, and any form of electronic media) in real life and they need to be beheaded so that they don't send people viruses through text messages, emails, and that they are heartless monsters who do not have a family and love to prey on the weak. Eventually Kirito points out to him that's a bad thing, but two wrongs do not make a right. Eventually, he keeps on killing the hackers to the point where the protagonist of the series becomes the Final Boss. Along the way Kirito and Asuna realize that some of the hackers he trapped have families, and he was stereotyping hackers negatively. After the protagonist is defeated, he thanks Kirito and Asuna for restoring his sanity, causing him to suffer a heel realization, and he takes the hacks he severely wounded to his hospitals where if they are healed in the game, they are healed in real life. This causes the hackers to realize that sending malicious text messages isn't worth their time due to them having PTSD from the video game, to which the hackers he trapped earlier suggest that he work on his temper and using less violent methods in the process. This allows the protagonist to send the hackers back into the real world, alive and well.
- Justified: Norbert is catching The Virus from his kills.
- He's heard too many Hannibal Lectures, and they're starting to stick.
- He is starting to doubt the existence of morality due to the monsters he fought against, while pure desire takes over.
- Black and White Morality slowly shifts to Gray and Gray Morality during the battles, turning Norbert mad from doubt about what he is doing.
- As the protagonist fights more and more criminals, his eyes become bloodshot red, and an evil side develops within him.
- Inverted: Heel Realization.
- Subverted: Norbert learns valuable lessons from his battles with evil.
- Norbert doesn't become evil. He was always evil. He's just gotten worse at controlling his impulses and/or justifying his actions, so it's only now that the mask is starting to slip.
- Double Subverted: ...but becomes evil anyway.
- Parodied: He actually starts to look and speak like his enemies.
- Norbert writes a note to a bad guy telling him to stop being evil, Norbert then immediately turns into a Complete Monster who kills random people for no reason
- Deconstructed: Every day, his foes show him new depths of horror, keeping him on the straight and narrow.
- Reconstructed: The depression caused by what he sees causes him to despair and give in to evil.
- However, the heroes also recognize that Norbert is reckless in his pursuit, and is more of a threat to the public at large than the individual he's after. No matter what context Norbert is fighting in, the heroes realize that the masses are what's ultimately at stake, and must stop him before he himself crosses the Moral Event Horizon.
- Zigzagged: Norbert's morality seems to jump between good and evil whenever he kills a monster.
- Averted: Norbert is unchanged by his work.
- Norbert was always evil, and only targets people worse than he is as a way of trying to keep the heat off himself.
- Enforced: "We can't have one of the good guys killing people. Let's make him one of the bad guys instead!"
- The author is writing a Tragedy.
- Lampshaded: "You are Not So Different!"
- Invoked: Serial Killer Alice knows that, eventually, she's going to be caught by Norbert. She kills his little sister in order to make Norbert more like herself as revenge.
- Norbert is killing the monsters for the sake of becoming one, either physically or mentally.
- Defied: Norbert vows to never become like his enemies, even if it means subjecting himself to a Fate Worse Than Death.
- Exploited: A Manipulative Bastard uses the fact that Norbert is turning into a villain to create discord within the Five-Man Band which Norbert is part of.
- Dicussed: "Well, what did you expect? Norbert was always the best at his job."
- Conversed: "If you are planning revenge, don't. You'll become exactly like your enemies, like what happened in this show."
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