This character did something heroic back in his day. Whatever he did, it required doing something horrific (like killing people) for the greater good. He was regarded as a hero for saving so many lives.
He is haunted by what he’s done and distances himself from others in his misery. Most nights, he awakes in a sweat from nightmares replaying what he did. And he refuses to let it go, because that would dishonor the victims. (Aspect Suggestion: I Can’t Forget What I’ve Done)
He is willing to suffer anything as punishment for what he’s done, truly believing he deserves it. (Aspect Suggestion: I Don’t Care What You Do To Me, I Deserve It)
Questions to Answer
What exactly did he do that was heroic, yet horrific?
Do the people remember what he has done?
- Is he more of a Benjamin Martin (from The Patriot; to break the enemies moral he sent the heads of their friends in baskets) where people still buy him drinks? (Aspect Suggestion: Strangers Buy Me Drinks)
- If so, do they do so in celebration? (Aspect Suggestion: Congratulated for <insert bad thing done here>)
- Or in somberness? (Aspect Suggestion: Nobody Forgets that Horrible Day)
- Or is he more of a John McClane (Die Hard series), where people moved on and don’t think about it anymore. (Aspect Suggestion: Heroes are Always Forgotten)
Would he do it again, given the chance? (Aspect Suggestion: if the answer is yes, Does What Needs to Get Done; if no, I Will Never “Do That” Again)
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