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15th Jan '17 10:59:44 AM nombretomado
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* Done twice in TheAdventuresofJimmyNeutron:
** Eggpire Strikes Back has King Goobot and the other Yokians coming to Earth and pretending to have reformed. Everyone falls for it except Jimmy.
** My Big Fat Spy Wedding has Beautiful Gorgeous pretending to have changed and fallen in love with Jet Fusion. The two are getting married and Jimmy will be the best man. Beautiful hypnotizes Jet just before the wedding so he will kill Jimmy after he says "I have the ring".

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* Done twice in TheAdventuresofJimmyNeutron:
''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'':
** Eggpire "Eggpire Strikes Back Back" has King Goobot and the other Yokians coming to Earth and pretending to have reformed. Everyone falls for it except Jimmy.
** My "My Big Fat Spy Wedding Wedding" has Beautiful Gorgeous pretending to have changed and fallen in love with Jet Fusion. The two are getting married and Jimmy will be the best man. Beautiful hypnotizes Jet just before the wedding so he will kill Jimmy after he says "I have the ring".
19th Nov '16 5:34:50 PM ThatFanwiththeGlasses
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** They do it again in the new series episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]], including "[[AC:[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Would you care for some teeeea?]]]]"

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** They do it again in the new series episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]], including "[[AC:[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Would you care for some teeeea?]]]]"teeeea?]]]]" and a straight-up shout out to the previous story with "[[AC:I am your sol-dier!]]"
14th Sep '16 1:20:34 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* The Tinkerer from the canon ComicBook/SpiderMan comics plays it straight. After numerous failures that nearly killed him and destroyed his android assistant Toy, he gave up personally fighting good guys. However, he's still in the business of selling black market weaponry to villains (and [[EveryManHasHisPrice anyone else with money]], such as the Black Cat).
30th Jun '16 9:31:45 AM Pichu-kun
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* In SonicTheComicOnline villains Max Gamble and Nack the Weasel both have allegedly gone straight becoming zone leaders and helping groups of people out of the goodness of their hearts, Nack helping the weasels and Gamble helping insect refugees from the Special Zone (who are certainly not Family members), the truth is that Gamble is work for [[TheDon Don Long-Legs]] head of [[TheMafia The Family]], and Nack is trying to take over the Ocean Falls Zone.

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* In SonicTheComicOnline ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'' villains Max Gamble and Nack the Weasel both have allegedly gone straight becoming zone leaders and helping groups of people out of the goodness of their hearts, Nack helping the weasels and Gamble helping insect refugees from the Special Zone (who are certainly not Family members), the truth is that Gamble is work for [[TheDon Don Long-Legs]] head of [[TheMafia The Family]], and Nack is trying to take over the Ocean Falls Zone.
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.
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