The dark, logical corollary to The Golden Rule. […] Welcome to a special kind of morality where otherwise evil actions are considered okay because the victims deserved it.
Source: Pay Evil unto Evil – TV Tropes
A male version is usually Troubled, but Cute, and his heart of gold should never outweigh his inner jerk because All Girls Want Bad Boys, though it can if Single Woman Seeks Good Man. If his jerkishness threatens to overshadow his good qualities, he’s likely to attract a Love Martyr.
A character who has been through utter hell, and came out sad, cynical, and Wise Beyond Their Years. Part of their wisdom is knowing that it is wasted on most people, so they don’t go around babbling it to everybody. Instead, they wait until they see somebody who is worthy, and serve as the worthy one’s Mentor.Like an ancient Zen master, a Zen Survivor never gives straight advice. Instead they speak in odd riddles and hints, delighting in Cryptic Conversation. They also make bizarre demands, and do cruel, seemingly pointless things to their student.
Source: Zen Survivor – TV Tropes
This mentor helps the hero very, very grudgingly (most likely because he/she was bored and/or had nothing better to do). Never gives encouragement or compliments, except maybe right before the hero’s final test/battle, and even then it might be a longshot.There’s a fair to good chance that said mentor either is a Knight in Sour Armor or Retired Badass.
Source: Cynical Mentor – TV Tropes
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