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3rd Nov '16 9:11:04 AM __Vano
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A very common trait of the MarySue.

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A very common trait of the a MarySue.
3rd Nov '16 6:54:02 AM __Vano
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Expect "authority" to be heavily tainted in TheWarOnStraw in some way or another, when the audience inevitably asks "[[FridgeLogic What's so bad]] about [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure the authority figure]], anyway?". Indeed, {{deconstruction}}s and {{parodies}} of this trope are becoming more and more common. Some works may point out that acting 'rebellious' to be cool is just another way to conform to a different authority. Others might portray the rebel as a needlessly belligerent and pretentious douchebag. They might also remind us that "TheMan" is capable of good things (Governments protect people and provide services while big businesses produce things and hire people) as well as bad. This ValuesDissonance can result in audiences RootingForTheEmpire. See also SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers.

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Expect "authority" to be heavily tainted in TheWarOnStraw in some way or another, when the audience inevitably asks "[[FridgeLogic What's so bad]] about [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure the authority figure]], anyway?". Indeed, {{deconstruction}}s and {{parodies}} of this trope [[DeadHorseTrope are becoming more and more common.common]]. Some works may point out that acting 'rebellious' to be cool is just another way to conform to a different authority. Others might portray the rebel as a needlessly belligerent and pretentious douchebag. They might also remind us that "TheMan" is capable of good things (Governments protect people and provide services while big businesses produce things and hire people) as well as bad. This ValuesDissonance can result in audiences RootingForTheEmpire. See also SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers.
12th Aug '16 8:11:32 PM nombretomado
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** Garrett, a vampire who was transformed while fighting for the US during the AmericanRevolution, makes a RousingSpeech against the Volturi despite the fact that he's aware his side could all be killed and their entire plan hinges on ''not'' fighting [[spoiler: and since they don't fight it means the Volturi can find him later and end his rebellious streak for good]].

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** Garrett, a vampire who was transformed while fighting for the US during the AmericanRevolution, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, makes a RousingSpeech against the Volturi despite the fact that he's aware his side could all be killed and their entire plan hinges on ''not'' fighting [[spoiler: and since they don't fight it means the Volturi can find him later and end his rebellious streak for good]].
3rd Aug '16 9:01:52 PM 0nyx
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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Averted with Kankri Vantas. He ''wanted'' to be a rebel and fight injustice but in the LighterAndSofter world of Beforus his righteous fury is just annoying. By the time we meet him he's become an insane social justice warrior, taking offense to everything while being oblivious to how offensive he really is.
** He gets his wish when he's "reincarnated" into the DarkerAndEdgier Alternia: He becomes a MessianicArchetype and is horribly executed for standing up to the evil Empress.
23rd Jul '16 12:41:59 PM nombretomado
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** Skye does this by default, because she's a hackivist, but her CharacterDevelopment moves her away from "SHIELD is made of scary [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]]" and more towards "SHIELD is the nice BigBrother". Even she herself gets a few WhatTheHellHero moments when she goes too far.

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** Skye does this by default, because she's a hackivist, but her CharacterDevelopment moves her away from "SHIELD is made of scary [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]]" and more towards "SHIELD is the nice BigBrother".[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Big Brother]]". Even she herself gets a few WhatTheHellHero moments when she goes too far.
8th Jul '16 8:46:24 AM Andyroid
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* Zig-zagged with the "Cool Kids" (Jenny Pizza, Buck Dewey, and Sour Cream) in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. While they do insist on wearing seat-belts when driving ("There's nothing 'lame' about seat belt safety"), they also blithely ignore a web of police tape Pearl set up to keep humans away from some alien moss growing in a marsh.
3rd Jul '16 8:19:53 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'', Lynn-Kyle plays with this in a rather interesting way, as he ''looks'' like he ought to be a Cool Guy; he's TallDarkAndHandsome, self-disciplined, a master of combat martial arts, and unquestionably intelligent, plus the ladies drool over him. Some of his opinions about the situation they're all in are valid. Yet... his rebelliousness rings false, he comes across, over time, as self-righteous and selfish, increasingly so as time passes and his ''personal'' resentments against various people overcome the principles that he originally did espouse. By the end, he merely comes across as a selfish and destructive jerk.

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* In ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'', Lynn-Kyle ''{{Anime/Robotech}}''/''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', [[DubNameChange Lynn-Kyle]]/Lynn Kaifun plays with this in a rather interesting way, as he ''looks'' like he ought to be a Cool Guy; he's TallDarkAndHandsome, self-disciplined, a master of combat martial arts, and unquestionably intelligent, plus the ladies drool over him. Some of his opinions about the situation they're all in are valid. Yet... his rebelliousness rings false, he comes across, over time, as self-righteous and selfish, increasingly so as time passes and his ''personal'' resentments against various people overcome the principles that he originally did espouse. By the end, he merely comes across as a selfish and destructive jerk.
** The ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' continuity ups his jerkishness even more; he becomes the manager of a [[Anime/Macross7 Fire Bomber]] knockoff that claims ''it's'' the original.
29th May '16 1:46:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Music/American Idiot}} plays this straight at first, with the main character Jimmy (styling himself "Jesus of Suburbia") leaving his town to live a punk life in the city. Then the trope is [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] when he eventually despairs and returns home to life the conformist life he rebelled against.
* Parodied by "Threw It On The Ground" by Music/TheLonelyIsland in which a bespectacled {{hipster}} overreacts to imagined insults by angrily ranting about "the system." And, of course, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin throwing things on the ground]].

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* {{Music/American Idiot}} plays this straight at first, with the main character Jimmy (styling himself "Jesus of Suburbia") leaving his town to live a punk life in the city. Then the trope is [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] when he eventually despairs and returns home to life the conformist life he rebelled against.
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3rd May '16 5:32:00 AM Flame
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* In ''{{Film/Serenity}}'' Mal finally had enough of TheAlliance and decides to pay them back for everything, starting with his famous line "I aim to misbehave". His statement of rebellion is not exactly unreasonable as TheAlliance is not well-meaning government and did many truly despicable things.



* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' has this in ''The Serenity'''s crew. Mal "aims to misbehave" and loves ticking off TheAlliance.

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* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' has this going on with the crew of the Serenity. They rebel by avoiding their not exactly well-meaning government while earning a living in ''The Serenity'''s crew. Mal "aims to misbehave" and loves ticking off TheAlliance. a number of morally ambigious ways.
1st May '16 11:29:23 AM Kalaong
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* ComicBook/JohnConstantine's defining trait; he's a BlueCollarWarlock who dares to kick the [[SlobsVersusSnobs snobs]] - [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney rich]], [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections well-connected]] or [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers supernatural]] - in the bollocks. {{Deconstructed}} in that while it always proves a worthy pursuit - he has no difficulty finding high-status AssholeVictims in desperate need of [[KickTheSonOfABitch humiliation, pain and death]] - but going to war with the people who own the world inflicts a ''lot'' of collateral damage on [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized the world]], on [[HurtingHero him]], and on [[StuffedIntoTheFridge his allies]]. None of them let him forget that, either. Some of them suggest that he's not so much a champion of the oppressed so much as an [[AllergicToRoutine adrenaline junkie]] who uses powerful and amoral opponents as a source of [[SmitingEvilFeelsGood schadenfreude]].
-->'''Clarice''': Sticking your hand in something nasty, getting good and pissed off, getting the blood flowing--vintage John Constantine.
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