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22nd Apr '17 9:18:48 AM DoctorNemesis
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** However, this just reveals that Malcolm has chosen his Bastard Understudy carefully; while Jamie is useful to Malcolm and certainly is not unintelligent or incompetent, compared to Malcolm Jamie is 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 Bastard Understudy carefully; while Jamie is useful to Malcolm and certainly is not unintelligent or incompetent, compared to Malcolm Jamie is just 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.
8th Apr '17 5:51:11 PM LentilSandEater
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* In ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'', the seven princes of Stormhold are ''always'' killing each other to strengthen their claim on the crown. Septimus is clearly the champion at this, and the reigning MagnificentBastard of the book/film. So it should come as no surprise that Tertius, his much older brother, makes an attempt on his life. And fails, miserably. While Primus, the oldest and wisest, spends most of his time avoiding Septimus.
** This apparently the expected method of gaining the throne - the old king is quite disappointed he still has more than one surviving son on his death.

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* In ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'', the seven princes of Stormhold are ''always'' killing each other to strengthen their claim on the crown. Septimus is clearly the champion at this, and the reigning MagnificentBastard of the book/film. So it should come as no surprise that Tertius, his much older brother, makes an attempt on his life. And fails, miserably. While Primus, the oldest and wisest, spends most of his time avoiding Septimus.
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Septimus. This apparently the expected method of gaining the throne - the old king is quite disappointed he still has more than one surviving son on his death.
8th Apr '17 5:50:40 PM LentilSandEater
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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. H never really gets around to usurping the throne - the Baron dies by the Gom Jabbar before he gets the chance.
** And Feyd dies in a duel against Paul soon after anyway.
** Feyd is punished by the Baron as a result of the attempt on his life. Not for trying to kill him, but for FAILING.

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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. H never really gets around to usurping the throne - the Baron dies by the Gom Jabbar before he gets the chance.
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chance. And Feyd dies in a duel against Paul soon after anyway.
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anyway. Feyd is punished by the Baron as a result of the attempt on his life. Not for trying to kill him, but for FAILING.
7th Apr '17 6:48:02 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': By the end of Season 4, Sansa becomes this to Littlefinger, impressing him by willingly protecting him with manipulation techniques while gaining some leverage against unwanted advances.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': By the end of Season 4, Sansa becomes this to Littlefinger, impressing him by willingly protecting him from the nobles of the Vale with manipulation techniques she's learned from his various monologues. She has also thrown in with his plans while gaining some leverage against unwanted advances.advances. Needless to say, Petyr is impressed by this.
28th Feb '17 12:14:17 PM HighCrate
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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]], 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.
1st Jan '17 7:02:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* At first, almost completely averted, then played straight with a twist in ''AmericanGothic'': Sergeant Ben Healy is certainly not being groomed to be Sheriff Buck's replacement--instead he lives constantly on the edge as his conscience (in the form of Merlyn) is at war with his cowardice and his loyalty to Buck, whose only {{plan}} consists of constantly balancing the two sides of Ben [[{{Blackmail}} so that the cop won't reveal what he knows about Merlyn's death]]. Meanwhile, Buck actually ''is'' grooming a successor...his son, Caleb, who does indeed turn on him in the end.

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* At first, almost completely averted, then played straight with a twist in ''AmericanGothic'': ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'': Sergeant Ben Healy is certainly not being groomed to be Sheriff Buck's replacement--instead he lives constantly on the edge as his conscience (in the form of Merlyn) is at war with his cowardice and his loyalty to Buck, whose only {{plan}} consists of constantly balancing the two sides of Ben [[{{Blackmail}} so that the cop won't reveal what he knows about Merlyn's death]]. Meanwhile, Buck actually ''is'' grooming a successor...his son, Caleb, who does indeed turn on him in the end.
21st Dec '16 3:53:06 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': By the end of Season 4, Sansa becomes this to Littlefinger, impressing him by willingly protecting him with manipulation techniques while gaining some leverage against unwanted advances.
17th Nov '16 2:09:04 PM WillBGood
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* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' Bo Crowder was grooming his eldest son Bowman to be his right hand man and heir but while Bo was in prison, Bowman's wife had enough of [[SpousalAbuse the beatings he gave her]] and shot him dead. Bo then tries to recruit his second son Boyd to be TheDragon of his criminal empire but Boyd is going through a HeelFaithTurn and rejects Bo. Bo finally turns to his nephew Johny who accepts the position but is secretly quite resentful of the 'third choice' part. Soon enough Johny is conspiring with Boyd to take Bo down but Bo is onto him and Johny ends up crippled for life. When Bo dies and Boyd takes over Bo's operations, Johnny becomes Boyd's second in command and this time hides his resentment better. However, when Johnny does make another grab for power, he is outmaneuvered by Boyd and has to go into hiding.

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* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' Bo Crowder was grooming his eldest son Bowman to be his right hand man and heir but while Bo was in prison, Bowman's wife had enough of [[SpousalAbuse [[DomesticAbuse the beatings he gave her]] and shot him dead. Bo then tries to recruit his second son Boyd to be TheDragon of his criminal empire but Boyd is going through a HeelFaithTurn and rejects Bo. Bo finally turns to his nephew Johny who accepts the position but is secretly quite resentful of the 'third choice' part. Soon enough Johny is conspiring with Boyd to take Bo down but Bo is onto him and Johny ends up crippled for life. When Bo dies and Boyd takes over Bo's operations, Johnny becomes Boyd's second in command and this time hides his resentment better. However, when Johnny does make another grab for power, he is outmaneuvered by Boyd and has to go into hiding.
29th Sep '16 12:50:07 PM neoamon
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* In 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.)

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* In 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.Inertia.)
24th Sep '16 1:49:58 PM ACW
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** A rather literal one happens when Little Walder Frey becomes TheSquire to [[BastardBastard Ramsey Bolton]]. He took to the lessons so well, he didn't manage to get to the "kill the mentor" stage; [[spoiler: as it turns out, aiming for [[CompleteMonster monsterdom]] as a career when you have little native cunning means [[RealityEnsues somebody else with a bit more insight as to where this is going will have enough motive and ability to murder you, first]]. Most likely out of pre-emptive self-defence.]]

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