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24th Jul '16 6:42:47 AM TheNerfGuy
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* Two very literal examples in the ''Franchise/{{Shadowchasers}}'' series, explained in ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersAscension'':

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* Two very literal examples in the ''Franchise/{{Shadowchasers}}'' series, ''FanFic/ShadowchasersSeries'', explained in ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersAscension'':
22nd Jun '16 7:48:59 PM nombretomado
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* The first half of ''BrutalLegend'' sees Eddie Riggs help out rebel leader Lars Halford, who's trying to free his people from the tyrannical rule of General Lionwhyte. They succeed, but the instant they do [[TimCurry Emperor Doviculus]] turns up, [[spoiler: kills Lars]], and shatters the rebel army. Turns out Lionwhyte was the only guy able to convince [[BigBad Doviculus]] not to KillAllHumans.

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* The first half of ''BrutalLegend'' ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' sees Eddie Riggs help out rebel leader Lars Halford, who's trying to free his people from the tyrannical rule of General Lionwhyte. They succeed, but the instant they do [[TimCurry [[Creator/TimCurry Emperor Doviculus]] turns up, [[spoiler: kills Lars]], and shatters the rebel army. Turns out Lionwhyte was the only guy able to convince [[BigBad Doviculus]] not to KillAllHumans.
16th Jun '16 4:00:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''PotsworthAndCompany'' episode "When Bubba Rules" featured the [[BigBad Nightmare Prince]]'s mother demoting him and hiring another villain. Despite knowing they'd have to face a new enemy, the heroes were happy they'd no longer have to worry about the Nightmare Prince. However, once they tried to stop the new villain, the heroes decided to trick TheManBehindTheMan into firing the new villain and reinstating the Prince.

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* ''PotsworthAndCompany'' ''WesternAnimation/PotsworthAndCompany'' episode "When Bubba Rules" featured the [[BigBad Nightmare Prince]]'s mother demoting him and hiring another villain. Despite knowing they'd have to face a new enemy, the heroes were happy they'd no longer have to worry about the Nightmare Prince. However, once they tried to stop the new villain, the heroes decided to trick TheManBehindTheMan into firing the new villain and reinstating the Prince.
15th Jun '16 8:43:32 PM Doug86
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* In the MarvelComics storyline ''[[ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet Infinity War]]'', Adam Warlock has been captured by his EnemyWithout, the Magus, who is minutes away from reactivating an artifact that will give him godhood. Then, they're attacked by Doctor Doom and Kang The Conqueror, who naturally want this artifact for themselves. After a moment's hesitation, Warlock begins helping the Magus against the would-be usurpers, telling himself "Better the devil you know..." And what devil could you know better than the one who's part of you?

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* In the MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics storyline ''[[ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet Infinity War]]'', Adam Warlock has been captured by his EnemyWithout, the Magus, who is minutes away from reactivating an artifact that will give him godhood. Then, they're attacked by Doctor Doom and Kang The Conqueror, who naturally want this artifact for themselves. After a moment's hesitation, Warlock begins helping the Magus against the would-be usurpers, telling himself "Better the devil you know..." And what devil could you know better than the one who's part of you?
26th May '16 8:47:53 PM KizunaTallis
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* This is one of the reasons why Comicbook/SpiderMan, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, and the Comicbook/{{Punisher}} are usually hesitant to take out ComicBook/TheKingpin- they know that there'll be chaos without him. In fact, in one story, the Kingpin was legitimately out of the crime business but he was asked back to New York City in order to help calm the chaos of myriad gang wars.

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* This is one of the reasons why Comicbook/SpiderMan, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, and the Comicbook/{{Punisher}} are usually hesitant to take out ComicBook/TheKingpin- ComicBook/TheKingpin - they know that there'll be chaos without him. In fact, in one story, the Kingpin was legitimately out of the crime business but he was asked back to New York City in order to help calm the chaos of myriad gang wars.



* Invoked in ''ComicBook/Irredeemable'' a few times. First was when [[spoiler: Qubit used the candlewax bullet to kill Orian instead of Plutonian, as Orian had a demonic army ready to invade the moment Plutonian is defeated.]] The second was when [[spoiler: Qubit feels that The Survivor is becoming Plutonian 2.0, and worked with Modeus to bust him out of TheAlcatraz.]]

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* Invoked in ''ComicBook/Irredeemable'' ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'' a few times. First was when [[spoiler: Qubit used [[spoiler:used the candlewax bullet made from the wax of the Nahru Visna Candle (the only known [[PowerNullifier object in existence to depower the Plutonian]]) to kill Orian instead of Plutonian, instead, as Orian had a demonic army ready to invade earth the moment the Plutonian is defeated.]] defeated]]. The second was when [[spoiler: Qubit feels fears that The Survivor is becoming Plutonian 2.0, and worked thus works with Plutotian's ArchEnemy Modeus to bust him out of TheAlcatraz.]]TheAlcatraz prison he's being held in]].
21st May '16 1:20:09 AM lorgskyegon
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': King Robert's reason for keeping [[DirtyCoward Janos Slynt]] in charge of the Gold Cloaks. Better to know what kind of corruption to expect.
13th Apr '16 9:41:26 PM zequeins
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* Invoked in ''ComicBook/Irredeemable'' a few times. First was when [[spoiler: Qubit used the candlewax bullet to kill Orian instead of Plutonian, as Orian had a demonic army ready to invade the moment Plutonian is defeated.]] The second was when [[spoiler: Qubit feels that The Survivor is becoming Plutonian 2.0, and worked with Modeus to bust him out of TheAlcatraz.]]
23rd Mar '16 4:01:23 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Even before Castro, this was the United States' attitude towards his predecessor. In 1934 Fulgencio Batista took over the Cuban government in what became known as "The Revolt of the Sergeants." For the next twenty-five years he ruled Cuba with an iron fist, and the full blessing and endorsement of the United States government, who feared a social and economic revolution and saw him as a stabilizing force with respect for American interests. (The general policy towards him was, "He may be an S.O.B., but he's ''our'' S.O.B.") This is of course, why they had a hard time accepting Castro.
5th Feb '16 4:45:01 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''GurrenLagann'' invokes this to an extent after the seven-year TimeSkip: [[spoiler: the tyrannical Lordgenome has been deposed, but his cryptic prediction upon his death comes to nightmarish reality as the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Anti-Spiral]] invade and prove to be a far more powerful and terrifying threat than Lordgenome ever was. Lordgenome may have oppressed humankind, [[WellIntentionedExtremist but it turns out he did it to protect the world from the Anti-Spiral,]] who seek to ''[[KillAllHumans destroy]]'' [[KillAllHumans humankind]].]]

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* ''GurrenLagann'' ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' invokes this to an extent after the seven-year TimeSkip: [[spoiler: the tyrannical Lordgenome has been deposed, but his cryptic prediction upon his death comes to nightmarish reality as the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Anti-Spiral]] invade and prove to be a far more powerful and terrifying threat than Lordgenome ever was. Lordgenome may have oppressed humankind, [[WellIntentionedExtremist but it turns out he did it to protect the world from the Anti-Spiral,]] who seek to ''[[KillAllHumans destroy]]'' [[KillAllHumans humankind]].]]
21st Jan '16 1:12:14 PM missmoon
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* "Better the Devil you Know" by KylieMinogue is about going back to the guy who treated you badly because of this.

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* "Better the Devil you Know" by KylieMinogue Music/KylieMinogue is about going back to the guy who treated you badly because of this.
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