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5th Jun '16 1:37:16 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Wrestling/{{KENTA|Kobayashi}} was this to Mohammad Yone. He showed his loyalty to Yone by taking out his own TagTeam partner, Go Shiozaki, after which Yone granted KENTA entry into his PowerStable, Disobey. KENTA would then gather Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Genba Hirayanagi to oust Yone from the group, which he then renamed No Mercy. History repeated when Maybach Taniguchi showed his loyalty to KENTA by taking out his own tag team partner, the very same Go Shiozaki. Taniguchi would go so far as to help KENTA win the GHC Heavyweight Tag Team titles off of Wrestling/{{TNA}} wrestlers Magnus and Wrestling/SamoaJoe, but even while this was going on he introduced a new partner for himself in Maybach Taniguchi Jr. When the belts were lost, the Taniguchis turned on KENTA and revealed they were moles within Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH, who had infiltrated its most powerful stable on the behalf of CHAOS. Maybach then stole KENTA's GHC Heavyweight (singles) title belt.
28th May '16 3:58:09 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Richard Smith-Jones to [[PunnyName Holly Day]] in ''SlingsAndArrows''. Although he didn't so much usurp her as [[spoiler:tell her to piss off, after his HeelFaceTurn. It didn't stick]].

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* Richard Smith-Jones to [[PunnyName Holly Day]] in ''SlingsAndArrows''.''Series/SlingsAndArrows''. Although he didn't so much usurp her as [[spoiler:tell her to piss off, after his HeelFaceTurn. It didn't stick]].
14th May '16 3:08:36 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Wrestling/ChrisJericho spent all but his first few sentences of the first Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}} contest talking about how great his 'rookie' Wrestling/WadeBarrett was. When Wrestling/TheNexus was started by Barrett, who won by virtue of Jericho refusing to support anyone but Barrett, Jericho decided to cash in on his loyalty and join them, only to get beaten down and thrown aside.

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* Wrestling/ChrisJericho spent all but his first few sentences of the first Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}} contest talking about how great his 'rookie' Wrestling/WadeBarrett was. When Wrestling/TheNexus was started by Barrett, who won by virtue of Jericho [[BiasSteamroller refusing to support anyone but Barrett, Barrett]], Jericho decided to cash in on his loyalty and join them, only to get beaten down and thrown aside.
10th May '16 10:49:55 AM TVRulezAgain
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* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen serves as the Bastard Understudy to Baron Harkonnen. Feyd-Rautha actually launches at least one assassination-attempt against his uncle, but fails primarily due to bad luck. Notable in that he never really gets around to usurping the throne - the Baron dies by the Gom Jabbar before he gets the chance.

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* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen serves as the Bastard Understudy to Baron Harkonnen. Feyd-Rautha actually launches at least one assassination-attempt against his uncle, but fails primarily due to bad luck. Notable in that he H never really gets around to usurping the throne - the Baron dies by the Gom Jabbar before he gets the chance.



** A rather literal one happens when Little Walder Frey becomes TheSquire to [[BastardBastard Ramsey]] [[CompleteMonster Bolton]]. He took to the lessons so well, he didn't manage to get to the "kill the mentor" stage; [[spoiler: turns out that aiming for monsterdom with little native cunning means somebody else with a bit more of it will have enough motive and ability to murder you, first.]]

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** A rather literal one happens when Little Walder Frey becomes TheSquire to [[BastardBastard Ramsey]] [[CompleteMonster Ramsey Bolton]]. He took to the lessons so well, he didn't manage to get to the "kill the mentor" stage; [[spoiler: turns out that aiming for monsterdom with little native cunning means somebody else with a bit more of it will have enough motive and ability to murder you, first.]]



** However, this just reveals that Malcolm has chosen his BastardUnderstudy carefully; while Jamie is useful to Malcolm and certainly is not unintelligent or incompetent, compared to the MagnificentBastard Malcolm Jamie is basically a bit of a shouty, violent bully whose HairTriggerTemper and resulting lack of charm means he lacks the ability to truly be a threat. Accordingly, Malcolm is largely unconcerned by Jamie’s manoeuvre because he knows it will ultimately fail, as it does.

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** However, this just reveals that Malcolm has chosen his BastardUnderstudy Bastard Understudy carefully; while Jamie is useful to Malcolm and certainly is not unintelligent or incompetent, compared to the MagnificentBastard Malcolm Jamie is basically a bit of a shouty, violent bully whose HairTriggerTemper and resulting lack of charm means he lacks the ability to truly be a threat. Accordingly, Malcolm is largely unconcerned by Jamie’s manoeuvre because he knows it will ultimately fail, as it does.
9th May '16 11:52:25 AM Euodiachloris
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** A rather literal one happens when Little Walder Frey becomes TheSquire to [[BastardBastard Ramsey]] [[CompleteMonster Bolton]]. He took to the lessons so well, he didn't manage to get to the "kill the mentor" stage; [[spoiler turns out that aiming for monsterdom with little basic cunning means somebody else will have enough motive to murder you, first.]]

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** A rather literal one happens when Little Walder Frey becomes TheSquire to [[BastardBastard Ramsey]] [[CompleteMonster Bolton]]. He took to the lessons so well, he didn't manage to get to the "kill the mentor" stage; [[spoiler [[spoiler: turns out that aiming for monsterdom with little basic native cunning means somebody else with a bit more of it will have enough motive and ability to murder you, first.]]
9th May '16 10:27:02 AM Euodiachloris
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' gives us an example of how this kind of relationship can develop. Sansa Stark starts out a lost FishOutOfWater in a DeadlyDecadantCourt and pays for it. But, she does end up being taken under the wing by somebody willing to train her up, even though she is still very much being used and nothing about the relationship is particularly healthy. There are a number of ways it could end up, but her killing her mentor by direct or indirect means is possibly one of them, as she has enough motive to go that route.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' gives us an example of how this kind of relationship can develop. Sansa Stark starts out a lost FishOutOfWater in a DeadlyDecadantCourt DeadlyDecadentCourt, and pays for it. But, it in spades. However, she does end up being taken under the wing by of somebody willing to train her up, even though she is still very much being used and nothing about the relationship is particularly healthy. There are a number of ways it could end up, but her killing her mentor by direct or indirect means is possibly one of them, as she has enough motive to go that route.route.
** A rather literal one happens when Little Walder Frey becomes TheSquire to [[BastardBastard Ramsey]] [[CompleteMonster Bolton]]. He took to the lessons so well, he didn't manage to get to the "kill the mentor" stage; [[spoiler turns out that aiming for monsterdom with little basic cunning means somebody else will have enough motive to murder you, first.]]
30th Apr '16 1:10:09 PM howdotheyriseup
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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Tarvek temporarily acts as a Bastard Understudy to Lucrezia after she [[spoiler:[[GrandTheftMe takes over Agatha's body]]]]. He helps her with her projects, mixes her stimulants so she can get more work done in the time they have available, and puts up with (and occasionally reciprocates) her incessant flirting. He even agrees to sabotage Agatha's project [[spoiler:that she worked on when she managed to temporarily regain control of her body]] and implants another of Lucrezia's personalities into the [[ItMakesSenseInContext mechanical body of his dead sister]]. [[MagnificentBastard The entire thing is a trick]] to keep himself and Agatha alive after his plan to help her escape failed, and in helping Lucrezia with her work he discovered enough to be able to reverse the effects of her [[MindControlDevice slaver wasps]], create a potion to make people ImmuneToMindControl, and work out how to [[spoiler:get Lucrezia out of Agatha's head]].
15th Apr '16 6:17:48 PM Doug86
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* In TheDCU, during ''Rogues Revenge'', Zoom freed Inertia to train him into torturing superheroes on the grounds that it would make them better heroes. At the end of the series, Inertia murders the [[InfantImmortality Weather Wizard's child]] and calls himself ''Kid Zoom''. Zoom objects because that would not improve them. Inertia says he just wants to hurt them and reverts Zoom back to the cripple without superspeed. (The Rogues then kill him.)

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* In TheDCU, Franchise/TheDCU, during ''Rogues Revenge'', Zoom freed Inertia to train him into torturing superheroes on the grounds that it would make them better heroes. At the end of the series, Inertia murders the [[InfantImmortality Weather Wizard's child]] and calls himself ''Kid Zoom''. Zoom objects because that would not improve them. Inertia says he just wants to hurt them and reverts Zoom back to the cripple without superspeed. (The Rogues then kill him.)
6th Apr '16 7:28:41 PM FordPrefect
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* Tasha Simone complained that this was a common problem in professional wrestling. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint She then offered to take Mschif under her wing, to her bring out her full potential]]. Wrestling/MsChif [[DidntThinkThisThrough came to PGWA to avenge her own student by kicking Simone's ass]]. Not hard to see how Tasha ended up with so many bastard understudies.

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* Tasha Simone complained that this was a common problem in professional wrestling. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint She then offered to take Mschif under her wing, to her bring out her full potential]]. Wrestling/MsChif [[DidntThinkThisThrough came to PGWA to avenge her own student by kicking Simone's ass]]. Not hard to see how Tasha ended up with so many bastard understudies.
13th Mar '16 12:01:42 AM nombretomado
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* ''CodeGeass'': This is the ''modus operandi'' of the BigBad SocialDarwinist Emperor. By raising a family of Bastard Understudies and then encouraging them to plot and scheme against each other - and himself - over the throne, the Emperor hopes to produce a strong leader for Britannia. If [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]] is anything to go by, his methods are quite effective. [[spoiler:In reality, this is all a feint to distract them from his true motive: activating the Sword of Akasha and destroying God.]]

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* ''CodeGeass'': ''Anime/CodeGeass'': This is the ''modus operandi'' of the BigBad SocialDarwinist Emperor. By raising a family of Bastard Understudies and then encouraging them to plot and scheme against each other - and himself - over the throne, the Emperor hopes to produce a strong leader for Britannia. If [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]] is anything to go by, his methods are quite effective. [[spoiler:In reality, this is all a feint to distract them from his true motive: activating the Sword of Akasha and destroying God.]]
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