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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.]]
19th Sep '16 7:30:50 AM Euodiachloris
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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]] 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.first]]. Most likely out of pre-emptive self-defence.]]
19th Sep '16 7:29:07 AM Euodiachloris
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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: 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 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 that out, aiming for monsterdom with [[CompleteMonster monsterdom]] as a career when you have little native cunning means [[RealityEnsues somebody else with a bit more of it insight as to where this is going will have enough motive and ability to murder you, first.first. Most likely out of pre-emptive self-defence.]]
31st Aug '16 3:25:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''LAConfidential'': Bud White becomes an enforcer for [[spoiler: MagnificentBastard Dudley Smith]], learns a few tricks on the way then turns on his mentor.

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* ''LAConfidential'': ''Literature/LAConfidential'': Bud White becomes an enforcer for [[spoiler: MagnificentBastard Dudley Smith]], learns a few tricks on the way then turns on his mentor.



* In C. S. Goto's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} BloodRavens trilogy ''Dawn of War'', Ahriman reflects on Magnus outdid the "False Emperor" and how he outdid Magnus -- and how he keeps his own Prodigal Sons down, so no one would supplant him. (For instance, there is no [[SpellBook Book of Ahriman]], as there as a Book of Magnus, because he stole it.)
* In ''TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara'' [[WickedWitch The Ilse Witch]] is BastardUnderstudy to her former EvilMentor, and current [[BigBadDuumvirate partner in crime]] [[EvilSorcerer The Morgawr]]. They're both ''very'' aware of it, and it defines their interactions with one another, the Witch always seeking to gain more authority in their relationship, while The Morgawr asserts every last ounce of control that he can over her due to his senior position. Interestingly, she never manages to replace him instead [[spoiler:pulling a HeelFaceTurn]]. Then again, [[JerkassWoobie she]] was never even remotely as evil as him.

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* In C. S. Goto's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} BloodRavens Literature/BloodRavens trilogy ''Dawn of War'', Ahriman reflects on Magnus outdid the "False Emperor" and how he outdid Magnus -- and how he keeps his own Prodigal Sons down, so no one would supplant him. (For instance, there is no [[SpellBook Book of Ahriman]], as there as a Book of Magnus, because he stole it.)
* In ''TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara'' ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara'' [[WickedWitch The Ilse Witch]] is BastardUnderstudy to her former EvilMentor, and current [[BigBadDuumvirate partner in crime]] [[EvilSorcerer The Morgawr]]. They're both ''very'' aware of it, and it defines their interactions with one another, the Witch always seeking to gain more authority in their relationship, while The Morgawr asserts every last ounce of control that he can over her due to his senior position. Interestingly, she never manages to replace him instead [[spoiler:pulling a HeelFaceTurn]]. Then again, [[JerkassWoobie she]] was never even remotely as evil as him.
15th Jul '16 7:15:18 PM SomeoneElse17
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* The Wrestling/BulletClub, Wrestling/{{NJPW}}'s ForeignWrestlingHeel stable, spent its first over 2½ years as a solid unit of TrueCompanions, whether led by [[Wrestling/FergalDevitt Prince Devitt]] or by Wrestling/KarlAnderson and Wrestling/AJStyles. During this time, they had brought in Kenny Omega as a PsychoForHire Film/{{Cobra}} [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Wesker]] to take care of business in the junior heavyweight division as Devitt used to before going to WWE. Then on New Year's Dash 2016, the night after Wrestle Kingdom 10, Kenny followed the example of the original Wesker before him, betraying AJ Styles and convincing the group to follow his leadership to send Styles on his way to join Devitt. Rather than fight for the leadership nod, Anderson left for the same pastures along with [[Wrestling/DrewHankinson Luke "Doc" Gallows]] less than two months later.[[/folder]]

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* The Wrestling/BulletClub, Wrestling/{{NJPW}}'s ForeignWrestlingHeel stable, spent its first over 2½ years as a solid unit of TrueCompanions, whether led by [[Wrestling/FergalDevitt Prince Devitt]] or by Wrestling/KarlAnderson and Wrestling/AJStyles. During this time, they had brought in Kenny Omega Wrestling/KennyOmega as a PsychoForHire Film/{{Cobra}} [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Wesker]] to take care of business in the junior heavyweight division as Devitt used to before going to WWE. Then on New Year's Dash 2016, the night after Wrestle Kingdom 10, Kenny followed the example of the original Wesker before him, betraying AJ Styles and convincing the group to follow his leadership to send Styles on his way to join Devitt. Rather than fight for the leadership nod, Anderson left for the same pastures along with [[Wrestling/DrewHankinson Luke "Doc" Gallows]] less than two months later.later, solidifying Omega's place along with Wrestling/TheYoungBucks as The Elite.[[/folder]]
15th Jul '16 7:14:17 PM SomeoneElse17
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* The Wrestling/BulletClub, Wrestling/{{NJPW}}'s ForeignWrestlingHeel stable, spent its first over 2½ years as a solid unit of TrueCompanions, whether led by [[Wrestling/FergalDevitt Prince Devitt]] or by Karl Anderson and Wrestling/AJStyles. During this time, they had brought in Kenny Omega as a PsychoForHire Film/{{Cobra}} [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Wesker]] to take care of business in the junior heavyweight division as Devitt used to before going to WWE. Then on New Year's Dash 2016, the night after Wrestle Kingdom 10, Kenny followed the example of the original Wesker before him, betraying AJ Styles and convincing the group to follow his leadership to send Styles on his way to join Devitt.[[/folder]]

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* The Wrestling/BulletClub, Wrestling/{{NJPW}}'s ForeignWrestlingHeel stable, spent its first over 2½ years as a solid unit of TrueCompanions, whether led by [[Wrestling/FergalDevitt Prince Devitt]] or by Karl Anderson Wrestling/KarlAnderson and Wrestling/AJStyles. During this time, they had brought in Kenny Omega as a PsychoForHire Film/{{Cobra}} [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Wesker]] to take care of business in the junior heavyweight division as Devitt used to before going to WWE. Then on New Year's Dash 2016, the night after Wrestle Kingdom 10, Kenny followed the example of the original Wesker before him, betraying AJ Styles and convincing the group to follow his leadership to send Styles on his way to join Devitt. Rather than fight for the leadership nod, Anderson left for the same pastures along with [[Wrestling/DrewHankinson Luke "Doc" Gallows]] less than two months later.[[/folder]]
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