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28th Apr '16 7:11:59 PM TVRulezAgain
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* Count Olaf pulls this trope multiple times over the course of ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.

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* Count Olaf pulls this trope multiple times over the course of ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.
16th Apr '16 1:14:02 PM MsChibi
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** In an earlier episode, Man-Ray pretends to have changed in order to get revenge on Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. But, thanks to Spongebob's TickleTorture, when he goes to rob a bank, he decides to just open a checking account instead. Later, however, he forms the villain group, E.V.I.L.
** Spongebob also encounters the Atomic Flounder, another nemesis of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. He appears to be a regular old man, but when he's taunted by Spongebob, uses a BreathWeapon on him.
1st Apr '16 11:10:19 AM ObsidianFire
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* Exploited in ''Film/MysteryMen''. Captain Amazing is running out of villains to fight and is financially reliant on superheroics to attract sponsors, and he's GenreSavvy enough to know Casanova Frankenstein will commence with an EvilPlan once he is let out of the asylum, so he has him freed.

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* Exploited in ''Film/MysteryMen''. Captain Amazing is running out of villains to fight and is financially reliant on superheroics to attract sponsors, and he's GenreSavvy smart enough to know Casanova Frankenstein will commence with an EvilPlan once he is let out of the asylum, so he has him freed.
5th Dec '15 11:25:04 AM rjd1922
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Compare HeelFaceTurn (where the villain actually becomes an out-and-out hero), VillainWithGoodPublicity (where the villain cultivates a long-term respectable reputation while continuing his evil deeds out of the public eye), ChronicVillainy (the villain sincerely attempts to reform but cannot get over his old obsessions), and ReformedButRejected (the villain really does give up his evil ways -- but the hero still doesn't believe it). See also ThenLetMeBeEvil, where a character (re)turns to evil because everyone treats them with suspicion.

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Compare HeelFaceTurn (where the villain actually becomes an out-and-out hero), RetiredMonster (where the villain gives up villainy simply because he's tired of it), VillainWithGoodPublicity (where the villain cultivates a long-term respectable reputation while continuing his evil deeds out of the public eye), ChronicVillainy (the villain sincerely attempts to reform but cannot get over his old obsessions), and ReformedButRejected (the villain really does give up his evil ways -- but the hero still doesn't believe it). See also ThenLetMeBeEvil, where a character (re)turns to evil because everyone treats them with suspicion.
25th Nov '15 8:36:46 AM SteveMB
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An important part of this plot is that everyone else will usually believe the villain right away, it's the heroes who are made to look like fools by their paranoid suspicions. This can veer into ThroughTheEyesOfMadness territory. The villain may [[RedHerring set up a situation]] that looks like he's up to his old tricks, so that the heroes will come barging in to stop his... perfectly lawful activities. This makes the villain look like [[WoundedGazelleGambit an innocent victim]] of [[WhatTheHellHero petty harassment]] and discredits any heroes who continue to suspect that he's still up to no good.

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An important part of this plot is that everyone else will usually believe the villain right away, it's the heroes who are made to look like fools by their paranoid suspicions. This can veer into ThroughTheEyesOfMadness territory. The villain may [[RedHerring set up a situation]] that looks like he's up to his old tricks, so that the heroes will come barging in to stop his... perfectly lawful activities. This makes the villain look like [[WoundedGazelleGambit an innocent victim]] of [[WhatTheHellHero petty harassment]] and discredits any heroes who continue to suspect that he's still up to no good.
good. Matters may escalate to the point where the duped heroes end up with [[HeroWithBadPublicity tarnished reputations]] or [[ArrestedForHeroism trouble with the law]].
21st Nov '15 12:35:31 PM EDP
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* A recurring plot in [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Paperinik]] stories:
** On one occasion, the Beagle Boys opened a job school for ex-convicts, the trick being that ''all'' students were pulling this alongside the [=BBs=]... And the Beagle Boys actually ''using Paperinik to create an alibi for some of their students''. It ends when the Beagle Boys lead everyone in an assault to Scrooge's money bin... Only to find out that Paperinik had seen through their use of the security cameras to have him provide alibis and used it on them to make them believe he was at the school, and was waiting them with the entire police force.
** Another occasion is the apparent reform of Spectrus, who [[BroughtDownToNormal had apparently lost his]] [[HypnoticEyes hypnotic powers]] in an incident and reformed, even hypnotizing some dogs into attacking him so that everyone would believe he couldn't hypnotize anymore. After being released on parole, he took a honest job... And started committing heists with his hypnotic powers, with only Paperinik believing he hadn't lost his hypnotic powers. In the end, Spectrus is arrested when Paperinik catches him on camera as he hypnotizes some coworkers to provide him an alibi.
20th Oct '15 11:22:01 PM Kid
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** This Subverted ''again'' when the the Simpsons find Bob as the Mayor of a small town in Italy who has once again reformed and started a family. It doesn't stick as Lisa accidentally ruins it, and [[TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether Bob's new family want in on revenge]].

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** This is Subverted ''again'' when the the Simpsons find Bob as the Mayor of a small town in Italy who has once again reformed and started a family. It doesn't stick as Lisa accidentally ruins it, and [[TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether Bob's new family want in on revenge]].
20th Oct '15 11:20:32 PM Kid
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* in VideoGame/SpiderMan, at the beginning, Doc Ock is shown to have supposedly reformed. Later on, e turns out to be the BigBad.

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* in In VideoGame/SpiderMan, at the beginning, Doc Ock is shown to have supposedly reformed. Later on, e he turns out to be the BigBad.
18th Oct '15 1:55:04 AM Anddrix
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** Much like the animated version, ComicBook/TheRiddler has gone straight as both a ploy and legitimately several times, including (for a while) being a private detective who ''might'' actually exceed Batman in ability except he stays (mostly) by the book. He tends to relapse, though, and often. He's also one of the few members of Batman's rogue gallery that [[HeelRealization realized he has a serious compulsion]], [[{{Idiosyncrazy}} and "might actually be crazy".]]

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** Much like the animated version, ComicBook/TheRiddler The Riddler has gone straight as both a ploy and legitimately several times, including (for a while) being a private detective who ''might'' actually exceed Batman in ability except he stays (mostly) by the book. He tends to relapse, though, and often. He's also one of the few members of Batman's rogue gallery that [[HeelRealization realized he has a serious compulsion]], [[{{Idiosyncrazy}} and "might actually be crazy".]]
15th Sep '15 7:40:28 PM nombretomado
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* A PreCrisis Superman story had Luthor reforming after falling in love and deciding to marry. He even allowed Superman to scan his mind with a device to confirm it. Except it turned out to be a convoluted scheme even Luthor himself wasn't aware of ''[[MemoryGambit since erasing his own memories was part of the plan]]''-- so he really DID go straight, only to return to evil when the plan failed and ended up banishing his new wife to another universe instead of Superman.

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* A PreCrisis pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} Superman story had Luthor reforming after falling in love and deciding to marry. He even allowed Superman to scan his mind with a device to confirm it. Except it turned out to be a convoluted scheme even Luthor himself wasn't aware of ''[[MemoryGambit since erasing his own memories was part of the plan]]''-- so he really DID go straight, only to return to evil when the plan failed and ended up banishing his new wife to another universe instead of Superman.
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