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18th Oct '15 4:59:41 PM nombretomado
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* ''ThePractice'' has at least one such episode (usually a 2-3 parter) per season.
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* ''ThePractice'' ''Series/ThePractice'' has at least one such episode (usually a 2-3 parter) per season.

* In ''ThirdWatch'', this character type was subverted slightly, as Bobby's drug addicted best friend ended up shooting him (Bobby) dead despite Bobby's efforts to help him.
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* In ''ThirdWatch'', ''Series/ThirdWatch'', this character type was subverted slightly, as Bobby's drug addicted best friend ended up shooting him (Bobby) dead despite Bobby's efforts to help him.
5th Aug '15 4:37:00 PM Capontheck
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* Jellal is (sometimes) this for Erza in ''Manga/FairyTail''.
2nd Jun '15 1:53:45 PM MarkLungo
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* One episode of ''MidsomerMurders'' ends with Jones [[spoiler:discovers not only that his ex-cop friend was guilty, but that he'd committed murder when he was ten ([[NeverFoundTheBody or so he thought]]).]]
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* One episode of ''MidsomerMurders'' ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' ends with Jones [[spoiler:discovers not only that his ex-cop friend was guilty, but that he'd committed murder when he was ten ([[NeverFoundTheBody or so he thought]]).]]
2nd Jun '15 1:53:29 PM MarkLungo
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* ''Series/ThePinkertons'' episode plays this completely straight with detective Kate Warne and [[spoiler:her childhood friend Henry Fox, who's now a crooked pugilist]].
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* ''Series/ThePinkertons'' episode "The Sweet Science" plays this completely straight with detective Kate Warne and [[spoiler:her childhood friend Henry Fox, who's now a crooked pugilist]].
2nd Jun '15 1:53:09 PM MarkLungo
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* In the O. Henry story ''After Twenty Years'', [[spoiler: two friends meeting for the first time after twenty years apart are a policeman and a criminal. The police officer, not recognized by his friend, gets a plainclothes detective to pose as him and apprehend the criminal since he can't bear to do it himself.]]
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* In the O. Henry Creator/OHenry story ''After Twenty Years'', [[spoiler: two friends meeting for the first time after twenty years apart are a policeman and a criminal. The police officer, not recognized by his friend, gets a plainclothes detective to pose as him and apprehend the criminal since he can't bear to do it himself.]]

* One episode of MidsomerMurders ends with Jones [[spoiler:discovers not only that his ex-cop friend was guilty, but that he'd committed murder when he was ten ([[NeverFoundTheBody or so he thought]]).]]
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* One episode of MidsomerMurders ''MidsomerMurders'' ends with Jones [[spoiler:discovers not only that his ex-cop friend was guilty, but that he'd committed murder when he was ten ([[NeverFoundTheBody or so he thought]]).]] * ''Series/ThePinkertons'' episode plays this completely straight with detective Kate Warne and [[spoiler:her childhood friend Henry Fox, who's now a crooked pugilist]].
23rd Jan '15 9:56:13 AM firejewel
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* Messala from ''Ben-Hur'' is a classic example of this. He's Judah's childhood friend, just returned to the area, and even appears to have a thing for Judah's sister. Then he betrays them all.
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* Messala from ''Ben-Hur'' ''Film/BenHur'' is a classic example of this. He's Judah's childhood friend, just returned to the area, and even appears to have a thing for Judah's sister. Then he betrays them all.
4th Nov '14 6:54:32 PM FuzzyBoots
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* ''Film/{{Spiral}}'' has Mason playing this role to Berkeley. They were close childhood friends when [[spoiler:Mason's father killed his mother]] and Berkeley has since done all he can to support Mason despite how Mason is becoming increasingly unhinged.
25th May '14 8:29:47 AM EarlOfSandvich
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* Not childhood, but this happened a number of times on ''HighlanderTheSeries'' where an old immortal friend of Duncan's would show up, reminisce some, and then turn out to have either gone bad since Duncan last saw them or to have always been a little bit rotten after all.
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* Not childhood, but this happened a number of times on ''HighlanderTheSeries'' ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' where an old immortal friend of Duncan's would show up, reminisce some, and then turn out to have either gone bad since Duncan last saw them or to have always been a little bit rotten after all.
24th May '14 8:07:27 PM X2X
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Not to be confused with UnluckyChildhoodFriend, which is about a childhood friend falling in love with [[ObliviousToLove the oblivious hero]]. Nor should it be confused with BigBadFriend, who is still guilty and even actively evil... they just have their life together. Finally, not to be confused with IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine, although the two can overlap if the friend is played by a former colleague of one of the cast.
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Not to be confused with UnluckyChildhoodFriend, PatientChildhoodLoveInterest or the "Unlucky Childhood Friend" subset of {{Childhood Friend Romance}}s, which is about a childhood friend falling in love with [[ObliviousToLove the oblivious hero]]. Nor should it be confused with BigBadFriend, who is still guilty and even actively evil... they just have their life together. Finally, not to be confused with IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine, although the two can overlap if the friend is played by a former colleague of one of the cast.
24th Jan '14 12:54:46 PM LongLiveHumour
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See Handling Spoilers. At least some part of the example should be unspoilered.
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' when [[spoiler: Elaine Mallory reenters Harry's life and asks for help unraveling a faerie fracas. She appears to betray him, but leaves him a way out only he would know, allowing him to save the world just in the nick of time.]] * In TheRegenerationTrilogy, Prior becomes a double agent of sorts--he's working for the Ministry of Munitions during WorldWarOne to apprehend pacifists, while trying to shelter a family of pacifists he had known as a child. His unique position looks like it could be very useful for helping his friends, and even getting one of them out of jail. [[spoiler: It doesn't end well.]]
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* Subverted in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' when [[spoiler: Elaine Mallory reenters Harry's life and asks for help unraveling a faerie fracas. She She]] appears to betray him, but leaves him a way out only he would know, allowing him to save the world just in the nick of time.]] time. * In TheRegenerationTrilogy, Prior becomes a double agent of sorts--he's working for the Ministry of Munitions during WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne to apprehend pacifists, while trying to shelter a family of pacifists he had known as a child. His unique position looks like it could be very useful for helping his friends, and even getting one of them out of jail. [[spoiler: It doesn't end well.]]

* In ''Franchise/StarWars: KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', your party comes across an old and strongly respected friend of [[spoiler: Jolee Bindo (the ObiWan of the party) named Sunry, Sunry]] has been accused of murder and asks for your aid in clearing his name. [[spoiler: In a twist, he's guilty but ostensibly on your side (his victim was a spy for the enemy faction) presenting the player with a nice moral dilemma in a game where the dark side seems to be almost all [[KickTheDog random pointless thuggery]] otherwise.]]
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* In ''Franchise/StarWars: KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', your party comes across an old and strongly respected friend of [[spoiler: Jolee Bindo (the ObiWan of the party) named Sunry, Sunry]] has been accused of murder and asks for your aid in clearing his name. [[spoiler: In a twist, he's guilty but ostensibly on your side (his victim was a spy for the enemy faction) presenting the player with a nice moral dilemma in a game where the dark side seems to be almost all [[KickTheDog random pointless thuggery]] otherwise.]]
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