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15th Nov '17 1:21:13 PM nighttrainfm
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** Like the comic book character he is based upon, Loki from ''Film/{{Thor}}'' is prone to this sort of behavior. In the first film in which he appears, he [[spoiler: lets enemies into his family's weapons' vault, attempts to kill his adoptive brother, and tricks an enemy king (who is also his biological father) into trying to kill his adoptive father, only to kill him in order to prove his loyalty to said adoptive father]]. Ironically, in that first movie he seemed to be motivated, at least in part, by [[WellIntentionedExtremist loyalty towards Asgard,]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds and desperation to prove that he was a good son.]] In ''[[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld The Dark World]]'', Thor takes it as a given that Loki will eventually betray him and so do Lady Sif and the Warriors Three. He doesn't, unless you count a FakeDefector trick, but he ''does'' fake his own death in order to usurp and impersonate Odin. By ''[[Film/ThorRagnarok Ragnarok]]'', he's become ''so'' predictable that Thor is able to effortlessly turn his latest betrayal against him.

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** Like the comic book character he is based upon, Loki from ''Film/{{Thor}}'' is prone to this sort of behavior. In the first film in which he appears, he [[spoiler: lets enemies into his family's weapons' vault, attempts to kill his adoptive brother, and tricks an enemy king (who is also his biological father) into trying to kill his adoptive father, only to kill him in order to prove his loyalty to said adoptive father]]. Ironically, in that first movie he seemed to be motivated, at least in part, by [[WellIntentionedExtremist loyalty towards Asgard,]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds and desperation to prove that he was a good son.]] In ''[[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld The Dark World]]'', Thor takes it as a given that Loki will eventually betray him and so do Lady Sif and the Warriors Three. He doesn't, unless you count a FakeDefector trick, but he ''does'' fake his own death in order to usurp and impersonate Odin. By ''[[Film/ThorRagnarok Ragnarok]]'', he's become ''so'' predictable that Thor is able to effortlessly turn his latest betrayal against him.him effortlessly.
15th Nov '17 1:20:55 PM nighttrainfm
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** Like the comic book character he is based upon, Loki from ''Film/{{Thor}}'' is prone to this sort of behavior. In the first film in which he appears, he [[spoiler: lets enemies into his family's weapons' vault, attempts to kill his adoptive brother, and tricks an enemy king (who is also his biological father) into trying to kill his adoptive father, only to kill him in order to prove his loyalty to said adoptive father]]. Ironically, in that first movie he seemed to be motivated, at least in part, by [[WellIntentionedExtremist loyalty towards Asgard,]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds and desperation to prove that he was a good son.]] In ''[[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld The Dark World]]'', Thor takes it as a given that Loki will eventually betray him and so do Lady Sif and the Warriors Three. He doesn't, unless you can't a FakeDefector trick, but he ''does'' fake his own death in order to usurp and impersonate Odin. By ''[[Film/ThorRagnarok Ragnarok]]'', he's become ''so'' predictable Thor is able to effortlessly turn his latest betrayal against him.

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** Like the comic book character he is based upon, Loki from ''Film/{{Thor}}'' is prone to this sort of behavior. In the first film in which he appears, he [[spoiler: lets enemies into his family's weapons' vault, attempts to kill his adoptive brother, and tricks an enemy king (who is also his biological father) into trying to kill his adoptive father, only to kill him in order to prove his loyalty to said adoptive father]]. Ironically, in that first movie he seemed to be motivated, at least in part, by [[WellIntentionedExtremist loyalty towards Asgard,]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds and desperation to prove that he was a good son.]] In ''[[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld The Dark World]]'', Thor takes it as a given that Loki will eventually betray him and so do Lady Sif and the Warriors Three. He doesn't, unless you can't count a FakeDefector trick, but he ''does'' fake his own death in order to usurp and impersonate Odin. By ''[[Film/ThorRagnarok Ragnarok]]'', he's become ''so'' predictable that Thor is able to effortlessly turn his latest betrayal against him.
15th Nov '17 1:19:59 PM nighttrainfm
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** Like the comic book character he is based upon, Loki from ''Film/{{Thor}}'' is prone to this sort of behavior. In the first film in which he appears, he [[spoiler: lets enemies into his family's weapons' vault, attempts to kill his adoptive brother, and tricks an enemy king (who is also his biological father) into trying to kill his adoptive father, only to kill him in order to prove his loyalty to said adoptive father]]. Ironically, in that first movie he seemed to be motivated, at least in part, by [[WellIntentionedExtremist loyalty towards Asgard,]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds and desperation to prove that he was a good son.]] In ''[[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld The Dark World]]'', Thor takes it as a given that Loki will eventually betray him and so do Lady Sif and the Warriors Three.

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** Like the comic book character he is based upon, Loki from ''Film/{{Thor}}'' is prone to this sort of behavior. In the first film in which he appears, he [[spoiler: lets enemies into his family's weapons' vault, attempts to kill his adoptive brother, and tricks an enemy king (who is also his biological father) into trying to kill his adoptive father, only to kill him in order to prove his loyalty to said adoptive father]]. Ironically, in that first movie he seemed to be motivated, at least in part, by [[WellIntentionedExtremist loyalty towards Asgard,]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds and desperation to prove that he was a good son.]] In ''[[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld The Dark World]]'', Thor takes it as a given that Loki will eventually betray him and so do Lady Sif and the Warriors Three. He doesn't, unless you can't a FakeDefector trick, but he ''does'' fake his own death in order to usurp and impersonate Odin. By ''[[Film/ThorRagnarok Ragnarok]]'', he's become ''so'' predictable Thor is able to effortlessly turn his latest betrayal against him.
14th Nov '17 1:35:29 PM TheWanderer
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* ''Series/TheWire'': [[TheChessmaster Stringer Bell]] betrays [[RuleOfThree three]] people, all of them main characters, and all of them considering him trustworthy. They are, in order, [[spoiler:Wallace, D'Angelo (coming and going), and ''Avon Motherfucking Barksdale'']].
** Jimmy [=McNulty=] also tends to backstab his superiors constantly.

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* ''Series/TheWire'': ''Series/TheWire'':
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[[TheChessmaster Stringer Bell]] betrays [[RuleOfThree three]] people, all of them main characters, and all of them considering him trustworthy. They are, in order, [[spoiler:Wallace, D'Angelo (coming and going), and ''Avon his [[BloodBrothers blood brother]] ''[[TheDon Avon Motherfucking Barksdale'']].
Barksdale]]'']]. On top of that, Stringer frequently tries to cheat or set up the people he's bargaining with, regardless of whether they're enemies or people who supposed to be on his side.
** Jimmy [=McNulty=] also tends to backstab his superiors constantly. Regardless of whether those superiors are Obstructive Bureaucrats like [[DaChief Rawls]] and [[FatBastard Landsman]] or a genuine ReasonableAuthorityFigure like Daniels. As soon as they get in the way of what [=McNulty=] tries to do or thinks is the priority, he will work against and backstab them, regardless of how many good turns they've done him in the past.
4th Nov '17 10:11:22 AM Geoduck
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* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Dr. Schlock switches between helping the [[FiveManBand main characters]], helping [[BigBad Hereti Corp]], and just looking out for himself over half a dozen times. It gets to the point where Riff insists that Schlock roleplay betraying the gang, just to get it out of his system.

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* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'':
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Dr. Schlock switches between helping the [[FiveManBand main characters]], helping [[BigBad Hereti Corp]], and just looking out for himself over half a dozen times. It gets to the point where Riff insists that Schlock roleplay betraying the gang, just to get it out of his system.system.
** Also Dr. Marcus Chen, which is again lampshaded in the comic.
3rd Nov '17 9:24:35 AM PistolsAtDawn
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** Elizabeth: Whose side is Jack on?
** Will: At the moment?

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** Elizabeth: -->'''Elizabeth:''' Whose side is Jack on?
** Will:
on?\\
'''Will:'''
At the moment?
31st Oct '17 11:04:31 AM infernape612
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* In the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' games ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'', Naesala betrays everyone several times over, to the point that the habit is hilariously {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when another character exclaims "Naesala betrayed us? ''Again''?" [[spoiler:He did have an excuse, though, as we learn in ''Radiant Dawn''.]]

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* In the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' games ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance Path of Radiance]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn Radiant Dawn]]'', Naesala betrays everyone several times over, to the point that the habit is hilariously {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when another character exclaims "Naesala betrayed us? ''Again''?" [[spoiler:He did have an excuse, though, as we learn in ''Radiant Dawn''.]]
28th Oct '17 12:53:47 PM morenohijazo
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** Much, ''much'' earlier, in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII,'' Claude is prepared and often encouraged to assassinate his allies if another client pays more. The mostly-justified killing of [[TheMafia Salvatore Leone]], the [[TheYardies Yardie-sponsored]] shooting of former allies among the Diablos, the drive-by shooting of Kenji Kasen... the list goes on.

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** Much, ''much'' earlier, in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII,'' ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', Claude is prepared and often encouraged to assassinate his allies if another client pays more. The mostly-justified killing of [[TheMafia Salvatore Leone]], the [[TheYardies Yardie-sponsored]] shooting of former allies among the Diablos, the drive-by shooting of Kenji Kasen... the list goes on.



** Even the 2D games have had their share of this: ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto2'' has ''you.'' In order to complete all missions, you will have to eventually start killing members of a previously friendly gang to get their rival to offer you jobs. Once all missions from all gangs in an area are completed, [[spoiler: the gangs catch on and all their leaders will be out to get you.]]

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** Even the 2D games have had their share of this: ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto2'' has ''you.'' In order to complete all missions, you will have to eventually start killing members of a previously friendly gang to get their rival to offer you jobs. Once all missions from all gangs in an area are completed, [[spoiler: the gangs catch on and all their leaders will be out to get you.]]]] Note that the other way is to simply accumulate enough money where you'll be shown the way to escape the city.
27th Oct '17 12:10:56 PM Nyao
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** Char Aznable of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Bonus points in the first series for being rehired by the very government he betrayed and deserted; yet, Char states at the end of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' that he'll leave his ambitions of escorting mankind to space to the AEUG. In the years that follow, however, he gets tired of waiting around, culminating in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack''. He was forced into leaving AEUG, after [[spoiler:faking his death after losing to Haman]]. He was never really comfortable in the AEUG anyway, and being presumed dead helped him get out of his obligations; it's not really treason so much as not renewing his contract for another term.

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** Char Aznable of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''.''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' shows all the symptoms. Bonus points in the first series for being rehired by the very government he betrayed and deserted; yet, Char states at the end of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' that he'll leave his ambitions of escorting mankind to space to the AEUG. In the years that follow, however, he gets tired of waiting around, culminating in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack''. He was forced into leaving AEUG, after [[spoiler:faking his death after losing to Haman]]. He was never really comfortable in the AEUG anyway, and being presumed dead helped him get out of his obligations; it's not really treason so much as not renewing his contract for another term.
16th Oct '17 6:44:02 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'', Pak Protectors were in a perpetual state of war, because every one was biologically hardwired to serve the short-term interest of its own clan. Even when clans tried to be allies, the protectors would instantly, involuntarily backstab each other as soon as any opening appeared. In one book, a protector is friends with the main characters and needs them to save its whole world, but finds itself trying to kill them anyway because they are a threat to some of its own relatives.

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* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'', Pak Protectors were in a perpetual state of war, because every one was biologically hardwired to serve the short-term interest of its own clan. Even when clans tried to be allies, the protectors would instantly, involuntarily backstab each other as soon as any opening appeared. In one book, ''Literature/TheRingworldEngineers'', a protector is friends with the main characters and needs them to save its whole world, but finds itself trying to kill them anyway because they are a threat to some of its own relatives.
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