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4th Feb '17 12:12:53 PM I_love_dragons
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* [[Film/{{War}} Rogue Assassin]] is doing this. [[spoiler:Subverted as it turns out he is not actually Rogue.]]
30th Jan '17 10:00:43 AM Xivitai
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*** Ryugen also betrays pretty much everyone he knows for half of season.
27th Jan '17 9:03:07 AM Ghilz
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27th Jan '17 8:41:47 AM rakerip
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6th Jan '17 10:16:27 AM AnonFangeekGirl
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* ''Film/SpyKids'' - The real BigBad, Mr. Alexander [[MeaningfulName Minion]] made a business out of this. He was a [[TheDragon Dragon]] for hire that always ended up betraying his master and hijacking their {{Evil Plan}}s for his own purposes.

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* ''Film/SpyKids'' - The real BigBad, Mr. Alexander [[MeaningfulName Minion]] Minion]], made a business out of this. He was a [[TheDragon Dragon]] for hire that always ended up betraying his master and hijacking their {{Evil Plan}}s for his own purposes.



--->'[[MagnificentBastard Palpatine]], as gatekeeper of the Telos Holocron': "Choose someone as successor and you will inevitably be succeeded. Choose someone hungrier and you will be devoured. Choose someone quicker and you won't dodge the blade at your back. Choose someone with more patience and you won't block the blade at your throat. Choose someone more devious and you'll hold the blade that kills you. Choose someone more clever and you'll never know your end. Despite these cautions, an apprentice is essential. A Master without an apprentice is a Master of nothing."

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--->'[[MagnificentBastard Palpatine]], --->'''[[MagnificentBastard Palpatine]]''', as gatekeeper of the Telos Holocron': Holocron: "Choose someone as successor and you will inevitably be succeeded. Choose someone hungrier and you will be devoured. Choose someone quicker and you won't dodge the blade at your back. Choose someone with more patience and you won't block the blade at your throat. Choose someone more devious and you'll hold the blade that kills you. Choose someone more clever and you'll never know your end. Despite these cautions, an apprentice is essential. A Master without an apprentice is a Master of nothing."
5th Jan '17 11:27:14 AM AgentSkyblueM7
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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'', [[spoiler:TechnicalPacifist engineer "Huey" Emmerich goes from a GenerationXerox of his NiceGuy son Hal/"Otacon" to securing himself a place in XOF by helping them destroy the MSF base. When Huey learns that the Diamond Dogs are out to avenge that betrayal and Skull Face is questioning his relevance, he defects to Mother Base, only to eventually lash out against their (understandable) disdain for him and recapture XOF's support by mutating a strain of vocal cord parasites. The Diamond Dogs try Huey in a KangarooCourt ([[SubvertedTrope albeit one where it wasn't that hard for them to prove he really is guilty]]) and exile him from Mother Base for planning to use his young son as a pilot for his battle mech...then murdering his wife when she refused to comply. Years later, Huey's suicide nearly becomes one final horrible backstab, as he attempts to drag his stepdaughter into the pool to drown with him]].

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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'', [[spoiler:TechnicalPacifist engineer "Huey" Emmerich goes from a GenerationXerox of his NiceGuy son Hal/"Otacon" to securing himself a place in XOF by helping them destroy the MSF base. When Huey learns that the Diamond Dogs are out to avenge that betrayal and Skull Face is questioning his relevance, he defects to Mother Base, only to eventually lash out against their (understandable) disdain for him and recapture XOF's support by mutating a strain of vocal cord parasites. The Diamond Dogs try Huey in a KangarooCourt ([[SubvertedTrope albeit one one]] [[ImplausibleDeniability where it wasn't that hard for them to prove he really is guilty]]) and exile him from Mother Base for planning to use his young son as a pilot for his battle mech...then murdering his wife when she refused to comply. Years later, Huey's suicide nearly becomes one final horrible backstab, as he attempts to drag his stepdaughter into the pool to drown with him]].
5th Jan '17 11:25:41 AM AgentSkyblueM7
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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'', [[spoiler:TechnicalPacifist engineer "Huey" Emmerich goes from a GenerationXerox of his NiceGuy son Hal/"Otacon" to securing himself a place in XOF by helping them destroy the MSF base. When Huey learns that the Diamond Dogs are out to avenge that betrayal and Skull Face is questioning his relevance, he defects to Mother Base, only to eventually lash out against their (understandable) disdain for him and recapture XOF's support by mutating a strain of vocal cord parasites. The Diamond Dogs try Huey in a KangarooCourt ([[SubvertedTrope albeit one where they actually have evidence to prove him guilty]]) and exile him from Mother Base for planning to use his young son as a pilot for his battle mech...then murdering his wife when she refused to comply. Years later, Huey's suicide nearly becomes one final horrible backstab, as he attempts to drag his stepdaughter into the pool to drown with him]].

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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'', [[spoiler:TechnicalPacifist engineer "Huey" Emmerich goes from a GenerationXerox of his NiceGuy son Hal/"Otacon" to securing himself a place in XOF by helping them destroy the MSF base. When Huey learns that the Diamond Dogs are out to avenge that betrayal and Skull Face is questioning his relevance, he defects to Mother Base, only to eventually lash out against their (understandable) disdain for him and recapture XOF's support by mutating a strain of vocal cord parasites. The Diamond Dogs try Huey in a KangarooCourt ([[SubvertedTrope albeit one where they actually have evidence it wasn't that hard for them to prove him he really is guilty]]) and exile him from Mother Base for planning to use his young son as a pilot for his battle mech...then murdering his wife when she refused to comply. Years later, Huey's suicide nearly becomes one final horrible backstab, as he attempts to drag his stepdaughter into the pool to drown with him]].
4th Jan '17 10:01:34 PM AgentSkyblueM7
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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'', [[spoiler:TechnicalPacifist engineer "Huey" Emmerich goes from a GenerationXerox of his NiceGuy son Hal/"Otacon" to securing himself a place in XOF by helping them destroy the MSF base. When Huey learns that the Diamond Dogs are out to avenge that betrayal and Skull Face is questioning his relevance, he defects to Mother Base, only to eventually lash out against their (understandable) disdain for him and recapture XOF's support by mutating a strain of vocal cord parasites. The Diamond Dogs try Huey in a KangarooCourt and exile him from Mother Base for planning to use his young son as a pilot for his battle mech...then murdering his wife when she refused to comply. Years later, Huey's suicide nearly becomes one final horrible backstab, as he attempts to drag his stepdaughter into the pool to drown with him]].

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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'', [[spoiler:TechnicalPacifist engineer "Huey" Emmerich goes from a GenerationXerox of his NiceGuy son Hal/"Otacon" to securing himself a place in XOF by helping them destroy the MSF base. When Huey learns that the Diamond Dogs are out to avenge that betrayal and Skull Face is questioning his relevance, he defects to Mother Base, only to eventually lash out against their (understandable) disdain for him and recapture XOF's support by mutating a strain of vocal cord parasites. The Diamond Dogs try Huey in a KangarooCourt ([[SubvertedTrope albeit one where they actually have evidence to prove him guilty]]) and exile him from Mother Base for planning to use his young son as a pilot for his battle mech...then murdering his wife when she refused to comply. Years later, Huey's suicide nearly becomes one final horrible backstab, as he attempts to drag his stepdaughter into the pool to drown with him]].
2nd Jan '17 5:46:48 PM gb00393
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** Littlefinger, who has betrayed literally everyone he's ever allied with the moment it became more convenient for him. And yet still [[MagnificentBastard somehow keeps convincing people to work with him]].

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** Littlefinger, who has betrayed his patron Jon Arryn (who made him Master of Coin), Ned Stark to the Lannisters, the Lannisters to the Tyrells and Lysa Arryn - literally everyone he's ever allied with the moment it became more convenient for him. And yet still [[MagnificentBastard somehow keeps convincing people to work with him]].


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** The City Watch of King's Landing will always support whoever pays them the most.
** House Frey is infamously unreliable because of their passive self-interest: they avoid taking sides unless they have something significant to gain. Most houses are smart enough to assume the Freys will sell them out the moment they receive a better offer.
** Balon Greyjoy led a failed rebellion against Robert in the backstory, causing his son Theon to be taken hostage by Ned Stark. He rebels again the moment his son returns because turmoil engulfs the realm.
** Cersei politely insinuates that Brienne has this, seeing how she swore to serve Renly, then Catelyn, then Jaime. Brienne replies that she does not serve Jaime.
** The Stark family seems to be an inversion of this as multiple members are victims of betrayals which lead to their deaths.
*** Ned Stark was betrayed by Littlefinger and Janos Slynt to the service of Cersei and King Joffrey, ultimately leading to his beheading.
*** Rob and Catelyn were betrayed by the Freys and Boltons leading to their deaths well as that of Robb's wife, unborn child and bannermen in the infamous Red Wedding.
*** Jon Snow was tricked and betrayed by Olly and Allister Thorn along with other members of the Night's watch, all of whom took turns stabbing him then left him to bleed out. He got better.
26th Dec '16 6:35:59 PM infernape612
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* {{Deconstructed}} in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' where the Empire (with all the infrastructure and political stability of a third-world BananaRepublic crossed with 1600's Italy) stockpiled and invaded the Republic (who were caught with their pants down [[spoiler: because Revan and Exile were idiots charging into an obvious trap and made no provision to warn the Republic these guys still ''existed'']]). As along as they had the Republic to fight, they were fine. Once the Treaty of Coruscant was signed, the Sith predictably started passing the time backstabbing each other with everyone else from the military, the intelligence service, and even low-level officials trying to undermine each other while individual Sith occasionally spinter off into their own feifs [[spoiler: Out of the four Imperial player classes, only the ''BountyHunter'' is actually fighting a Republic target for their FinalBoss, and the Hunter can actually choose to make a HeelFaceTurn and kill the Darth hiring them instead! Even Darth Malgus and the Dread Masters that Imperial players free on Belsalvis decide to start their own empires and wage war on ''both'' factions]]. The Republic, inefficient as it can be, stands united. By the time the Makeb storyline rolls around, Darth Marr is telling Imperial players that the lack of experienced Sith, officers, and officials, along with their military losses and lack of infrastructure, have pretty much left the Empire screwed.

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* {{Deconstructed}} in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' where the Empire (with all the infrastructure and political stability of a third-world BananaRepublic crossed with 1600's Italy) stockpiled and invaded the Republic (who were caught with their pants down [[spoiler: because Revan and Exile were idiots charging into an obvious trap and made no provision to warn the Republic these guys still ''existed'']]). As along long as they had the Republic to fight, they were fine. Once the Treaty of Coruscant was signed, the Sith predictably started passing the time backstabbing each other with everyone else from the military, the intelligence service, and even low-level officials trying to undermine each other while individual Sith occasionally spinter splinter off into their own feifs fiefs. [[spoiler: Out of the four Imperial player classes, only the ''BountyHunter'' is actually fighting a Republic target for their FinalBoss, and the Hunter can actually choose to make a HeelFaceTurn and kill the Darth hiring them instead! Even Darth Malgus and the Dread Masters that Imperial players free on Belsalvis decide to start their own empires and wage war on ''both'' factions]]. The Republic, inefficient as it can be, stands united. By the time the Makeb storyline rolls around, Darth Marr is telling Imperial players that the lack of experienced Sith, officers, and officials, along with their military losses and lack of infrastructure, have pretty much left the Empire screwed.



* Captain Scarlett in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' DLC ''Captain Scarlett's Pirate Booty.'' Her intro even outright says "Will absolutely stab you in the back." She's also completely upfront and honest about how she fully intends to backstab you once you've recovered the treasure. [[spoiler: Which makes the fact that backstabs you ''before'' you both get the treasure all the more surprising.]]

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* Captain Scarlett in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' DLC ''Captain Scarlett's Pirate Booty.'' Her intro even outright says "Will absolutely stab you in the back." She's also completely upfront and honest about how she fully intends to backstab you once you've recovered the treasure. [[spoiler: Which makes the fact that she backstabs you ''before'' you both get the treasure all the more surprising.]]
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