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16th Jan '17 4:29:12 AM bwburke94
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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the [[NominalHero "hero"]] [[spoiler:Sophia Hess/Shadow Stalker]] was not only one of the many whose treatment of [[spoiler:Taylor/Skitter]] drove her to villainy, but was directly responsible for causing said villain's TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening in the first place.



* In Literature/{{Worm}}, the hero [[spoiler:Shadow Stalker]] was not only one of the many [[NominalHero non-heroic "heroes"]] whose treatment of [[spoiler:Taylor i.e. Skitter]] drove her to villainy, but was directly responsible for causing said villain's TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening in the first place.
8th Jan '17 10:51:25 AM nombretomado
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* In ''StarWarsLegacy'', Obi-Wan Kenobi is inadvertently responsible for [[spoiler: A'Sharad Hett]]'s transformation into Darth Krayt. Nice going, Ben. You'd think training Vader would have been enough.

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* In ''StarWarsLegacy'', ''ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'', Obi-Wan Kenobi is inadvertently responsible for [[spoiler: A'Sharad Hett]]'s transformation into Darth Krayt. Nice going, Ben. You'd think training Vader would have been enough.
20th Dec '16 1:47:58 AM OgreProdigy
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* In ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'', it's revealed that Handsome Jack became the BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' only after Roland, Lilith and Moxxi destroyed Helios Station's WaveMotionGun and Lilith [[FacialHorror branded Jack's face]] with the relic found in the Vault of the Sentinel, sending him on a path of revenge to murder everyone on Pandora that wouldn't submit to him.

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* In ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'', it's revealed that while Handsome Jack was always [[ManipulativeBastard immoral]], he only [[ChaoticEvil went off the deep end]] and became the BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' only after when Roland, Lilith and Moxxi destroyed Helios Station's WaveMotionGun and Lilith [[FacialHorror branded Jack's face]] with the relic found in the Vault of the Sentinel, sending him on a path of revenge to murder everyone on Pandora that wouldn't submit to him.
10th Dec '16 11:23:40 AM Pilomotor
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* Double subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''. Megamind tries to create a new ''hero'' to fight, but said person ends up becoming an even worse villain.
** Also, Metro Man is partially responsible for turning Megamind into a villain. He knocked Megamind's ship into a prison, causing him to be raised by criminals. He also picked on Megamind in school.

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* Double subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''. After defeating his old nemesis and realizing VictoryIsBoring, Megamind tries to create a new ''hero'' to fight, but said person ends up becoming an even a worse villain.
villain than Megamind ever was.
** Also, Metro Man is partially responsible for turning Megamind into a villain. He knocked Megamind's ship into a prison, causing him to be raised by criminals. He also picked on Megamind in school. [[spoiler: However, by refusing to come out of retirement to fight the new villain, he forced Megamind to take responsibility for his actions, which finally pushed him into his HeelFaceTurn.]]
10th Dec '16 9:39:02 AM MisterDrBob2
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** Man-Bat originally doped himself with [[LegoGenetics bat serum extract]] in hopes of giving himself a bat's sonar -- so he could fight crime like his hero, Batman.
25th Nov '16 10:30:18 PM WillBGood
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** Klaus notices that something is off about Agatha. Him trying to kill her not only causes her to leave ''his own airship where she was safely contained'', it also leads to events where she [[spoiler: becomes possessed by [[BigBad the Other]].

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** Klaus notices that something is off about Agatha. Him trying to kill her not only causes her to leave ''his own airship where she was safely contained'', it also leads to events where she [[spoiler: becomes possessed by [[BigBad the Other]].Other]]]].
25th Nov '16 10:15:42 PM WillBGood
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* ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}'': The TwistedEnding reveals that [[spoiler:Elijah]] purposefully created ''himself'' by becoming a mass murderer criminal mastermind.

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* ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}'': The TwistedEnding TwistEnding reveals that [[spoiler:Elijah]] purposefully created ''himself'' by becoming a mass murderer criminal mastermind.
13th Nov '16 1:33:21 AM Mhazard
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Maybe TheHero accidentally wronged some InnocentBystander -- say, they or their loved ones were casualties in the [[HeroInsurance collateral damage from a super-battle]] -- and said bystander decides to turn evil to settle the grudge. Alternatively, the character may already be evil, but the Hero's intervention results in the villain gaining superpowers, and [[ItsPersonal a super-grudge]] to boot.

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Maybe TheHero accidentally wronged some InnocentBystander -- say, they or their loved ones were casualties in the [[HeroInsurance collateral damage from a super-battle]] -- and said bystander decides to [[ThenLetMeBeEvil turn evil to settle the grudge.grudge]]. Alternatively, the character may already be evil, but the Hero's intervention results in the villain gaining superpowers, and [[ItsPersonal a super-grudge]] to boot.
30th Oct '16 4:31:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has quite a delicious one: ''You'' become the villain, potentially. Early on in the game, your PlayerCharacter is almost executed by Imperial soldiers due to a clerical error. Thanks to [[VillainousRescue Alduin]], you manage to escape. Later, you can join [[LaResistance the Stormcloaks]], and be the driving force behind kicking the Empire out of Skyrim. [[spoiler:You can take this even further if you join the Dark Brotherhood as well, because then you can ''murder their Emperor'' as well]]. What's scary is the fact that [[spoiler:this double whammy may effectively lead to the collapse of the Empire]]. Moral of the story: '''never''' fuck with the [[{{Badass}} Dragonborn]].

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has quite a delicious one: ''You'' become the villain, potentially. Early on in the game, your PlayerCharacter is almost executed by Imperial soldiers due to a clerical error. Thanks to [[VillainousRescue Alduin]], you manage to escape. Later, you can join [[LaResistance the Stormcloaks]], and be the driving force behind kicking the Empire out of Skyrim. [[spoiler:You can take this even further if you join the Dark Brotherhood as well, because then you can ''murder their Emperor'' as well]]. What's scary is the fact that [[spoiler:this double whammy may effectively lead to the collapse of the Empire]]. Moral of the story: '''never''' fuck with the [[{{Badass}} Dragonborn]].Dragonborn.
15th Oct '16 3:36:03 PM MarqFJA
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* [[spoiler: Inverted]] in ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic''. [[spoiler: The last original founder of Amalgam, Mr. Mercury, was so disgusted with what his organization had become that he ''created'' Mithril to oppose them.]]



** This is {{inverted|Trope}} in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. As shown in ''Dragon Ball Minus'' Frieza recalled all the Saiyans back to their home planet so he could kill as many of them at once. This alerted Bardock and Gine that something was wrong, so they sent their youngest child away to protect him. That child is Goku, the same Saiyan Frieza meets on Namek. Despite having the advantage, Frieza toys with Goku, giving him time to form the Spirit Bomb that nearly kills him. In anger, Frieza picks off Goku's friends until he becomes the legendary Super Saiyan, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain the very thing he was trying to prevent]]. In the end, Frieza is beaten by a monster that he himself created.



* Inverted in ''Manga/BananaFish''. BigBad Dino Golzine spent years training Ash Lynx, first as a SexSlave, then later as the ultimate CulturedBadass. It works too well; when Ash eventually finds the means to take Golzine down, he does soŚ''hard''.
* Inverted in ''Manga/FairyTail''. ''Fairy Tail Zero'' reveals that [[spoiler:Black Mage Zeref]] is the one who taught the founders of Fairy Tail magic in the first place. The eponymous guild would not exist if not for him.



* ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'' (the manga ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is a spin-off of) shows that the Dark Kingdom (through its subdivision the Dark Agency) {{Inverted}} the trope ''thrice'' with Sailor Venus:
** At first Minako wasn't exactly thrilled by Artemis' attempts at getting her to become Sailor V (in fact at first she thought it was a joke)... Then the boy she was crushing on revealed himself as a youma and attacked her, leading to Minako first becoming Sailor V.
** At one point Minako has decided to retire... Cue ''another youma attack'', this time specifically directed at her, [[TenMinuteRetirement getting Minako to unretire for the time being]].
** In the final chapter Minako is still considering retiring once the thing is settled. Then [[BigBad Danburite]] succeeds in awakening Minako's memories of her past life and [[MarriedToTheJob her legendary sense of duty]], resulting in Minako deciding to stay Sailor Venus for good. Worth noting that Danburite [[spoiler:''did it on purpose'': [[ReincarnationRomance he was in love with her since their past lives]], and knowing they would never be able to stay together planned to have her fall for him and then kill him to make sure she rediscovered her sense of duty when she could still recover from the shock]].



** Ironically {{Inverted}} with Batman itself: it was the mob and the Court of Owls' rule over Gotham, and the death of the Waynes in particular, to drive Bruce Wayne into becoming Batman.

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** Ironically {{Inverted}} [[CreateYourOwnHero inverted]] with Batman itself: it was the mob and the Court of Owls' rule over Gotham, and the death of the Waynes in particular, to drive Bruce Wayne into becoming Batman.



* ''ComicBook/IronMan'' villains the Crimson Dynamo and Titanium Man got their start because the DirtyCommunists decided they needed their own counterparts to Tony Stark's "bodyguard." Later armored entities such as the Iron Monger and Firepower were created at the behest of Stark's [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corrupt business rivals]], Obidiah Stane and Edwin Cord, respectively. Stane and Cord would both see this trope [[InvertedTrope inverted]] right back on them, however, as their actions directly led to the birth of a "new" Iron Man each time.

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* ''ComicBook/IronMan'' villains the Crimson Dynamo and Titanium Man got their start because the DirtyCommunists decided they needed their own counterparts to Tony Stark's "bodyguard." Later armored entities such as the Iron Monger and Firepower were created at the behest of Stark's [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corrupt business rivals]], Obidiah Stane and Edwin Cord, respectively. Stane and Cord would both see this trope [[InvertedTrope [[CreateYourOwnHero inverted]] right back on them, however, as their actions directly led to the birth of a "new" Iron Man each time.



* Inverted in Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/{{Supreme}}''. [[spoiler: Due to a StableTimeLoop, the villain becomes the source of the hero's powers.]]
* Played with then inverted in ''ComicBook/LesLegendaires'', where the protagonist Razzia, who was initially an innocent pacifist kid, became a vengeful barbarian villain as well as TheDragon to [[EvilSorcerer Darkhell]] after his village was seemingly destroyed by the heroic 1000 Wolves Army for no reason. Later however, [[spoiler:his dying sister Sheyla reveals him it was Darkhell who destroyed the village and blame the 1000 Wolves for it. Enraged by the betrayal, Razzia turned against Darkhell and joined the Legendaries, becoming part of the sorcerer's worst enemies.]]
* Inverted in a more indirect manner is ComicBook/RedSkull. Namely, the Skull proved to be such a terrifyingly potent propaganda mascot for UsefulNotes/NaziGermany that the US decided to counter it by making Steve Rogers ComicBook/CaptainAmerica.
* Inverted into Create Your Own Hero in ''ComicBook/CaptainAtom'': Wade Eiling led the experiment that transformed Nathaniel Adam into Captain Atom and also led the conspiracy that manipulated Nate into volunteering for the experiment.
* Also inverted (although this is really more Create Your Own Antihero) with the ComicBook/{{Huntress}}: Helena Bertinelli is the ultimate MafiaPrincess, being the supposed daughter of the leader of one of Gotham's five families, the biological daughter of the leader of another one of the five families, and the niece of the leader of a third. She was trained as an assassin by her cousins, who were hitmen for the mafia in Sicily. The mob's machinations transformed her into a ruthless vigilante who hunts and kills gangsters.
** Her case is about as literal as it gets: her biological father, Santo Cassamento, literally created her in the biological sense, and he was also responsible, along with Stephen Mandragora, for the murder of the rest of her family, which is what drove her to become the Huntress. Unsurprisingly, she eventually murdered both Cassamento and Mandragora.

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* Inverted in Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/{{Supreme}}''. [[spoiler: Due to a StableTimeLoop, the villain becomes the source of the hero's powers.]]
* Played with then inverted
Zig-zagged in ''ComicBook/LesLegendaires'', where the protagonist Razzia, who was initially an innocent pacifist kid, became a vengeful barbarian villain as well as TheDragon to [[EvilSorcerer Darkhell]] after his village was seemingly destroyed by the heroic 1000 Wolves Army for no reason. Later however, [[spoiler:his dying sister Sheyla reveals him it was Darkhell who destroyed the village and blame the 1000 Wolves for it. Enraged by the betrayal, Razzia turned against Darkhell and joined the Legendaries, becoming part of the sorcerer's worst enemies.]]
* Inverted in a more indirect manner is ComicBook/RedSkull. Namely, the Skull proved to be such a terrifyingly potent propaganda mascot for UsefulNotes/NaziGermany that the US decided to counter it by making Steve Rogers ComicBook/CaptainAmerica.
* Inverted into Create Your Own Hero in ''ComicBook/CaptainAtom'': Wade Eiling led the experiment that transformed Nathaniel Adam into Captain Atom and also led the conspiracy that manipulated Nate into volunteering for the experiment.
* Also inverted (although this is really more Create Your Own Antihero) with the ComicBook/{{Huntress}}: Helena Bertinelli is the ultimate MafiaPrincess, being the supposed daughter of the leader of one of Gotham's five families, the biological daughter of the leader of another one of the five families, and the niece of the leader of a third. She was trained as an assassin by her cousins, who were hitmen for the mafia in Sicily. The mob's machinations transformed her into a ruthless vigilante who hunts and kills gangsters.
** Her case is about as literal as it gets: her biological father, Santo Cassamento, literally created her in the biological sense, and he was also responsible, along with Stephen Mandragora, for the murder of the rest of her family, which is what drove her to become the Huntress. Unsurprisingly, she eventually murdered both Cassamento and Mandragora.
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* Inverted in the film ''Film/BlackScorpion'' as the the villain of the first film creates the ''hero'' by killing her father. Played straight with the mayor in the second film as he ends up turning Dr. Undershaft into Aftershock when his men sabotage her invention. This repeats several times in the series with the mayor's crooked schemes creating several villains. Little wonder most of them want to kill him.

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* Inverted in the film ''Film/BlackScorpion'' as the the villain of the first film creates the ''hero'' by killing her father. Played straight with the ''Film/BlackScorpion'':
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mayor in the second film as he ends up turning Dr. Undershaft into Aftershock when his men sabotage her invention. This repeats several times in the series with the mayor's crooked schemes creating several villains. Little wonder most of them want to kill him.



* ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}'': The TwistEnding reveals this as an [[InvertedTrope inversion]]. [[spoiler:Elijah, aka "Mr. Glass", kills hundreds of people in order to find a real-life superhero, then convince him to follow [[CallToAdventure the call]]. Also played with, as the supervillain purposefully created ''himself'' by becoming a mass murderer criminal mastermind.]]

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* ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}'': The TwistEnding TwistedEnding reveals this as an [[InvertedTrope inversion]]. [[spoiler:Elijah, aka "Mr. Glass", kills hundreds of people in order to find a real-life superhero, then convince him to follow [[CallToAdventure the call]]. Also played with, as the supervillain that [[spoiler:Elijah]] purposefully created ''himself'' by becoming a mass murderer criminal mastermind.]]



* Inverted in ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Dumbledore underlines the fact that Voldemort created his own foe. Villain creating his own hero. Voldemort [[spoiler:accidentally shoved a piece of his soul into Harry]]. Voldemort did this because having been informed of a prophecy that one of two possible children (Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom both fit the exact description given) will have the power to defeat him, he tries to preempt it by killing Harry. (Presumably his plan was to also kill Neville afterward just to be safe.) What he was unaware of was the second half of the prophecy, that Voldemort would mark the child as his equal, which he did to Harry by [[spoiler:accidentally putting that piece of his soul into him]]. He ''never realizes'' that the reason Harry is TheChosenOne is that ''Voldemort chose him''.

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* Inverted in ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Dumbledore underlines the fact that Voldemort created his own foe. Villain creating his own hero. Voldemort [[spoiler:accidentally shoved a piece of his soul into Harry]]. Voldemort did this because having been informed of a prophecy that one of two possible children (Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom both fit the exact description given) will have the power to defeat him, he tries to preempt it by killing Harry. (Presumably his plan was to also kill Neville afterward just to be safe.) What he was unaware of was the second half of the prophecy, that Voldemort would mark the child as his equal, which he did to Harry by [[spoiler:accidentally putting that piece of his soul into him]]. He ''never realizes'' that the reason Harry is TheChosenOne is that ''Voldemort chose him''.''Literature/HarryPotter'':



* ''Series/KamenRider'': InvertedTrope in the original show, where [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Shocker]] had not one, but TWO super-cyborgs [[PhlebotinumRebel escape from them]] and [[NiceJobFixingItVillain become superheroes!]] This inverted trope is VERY common throughout the Showa era.
** This inversion is actually a recurring trope, so much so that it has been given an InUniverse name: The Cross of Fire, and for the most part, it ''has'' happened a couple of times. [[Series/KamenRiderWizard A villain causing an eclipse caused a wizard to be born,]] [[Series/KamenRiderGaim a corporation using kids as guinea pigs ended up with several kids gunning for them]], [[Series/KamenRiderGhost even killing a guy ends up in them becoming a Kamen Rider]]...



* Inverted in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Malcolm Merlyn, the Dark Archer and BigBad of season one, instigated the series of events that transformed Oliver into the Green Arrow by rigging the Queen's Gambit to sink, thereby creating his own hero.
** Slade Wilson, Deathstroke, the BigBad of season two, was the one who trained Oliver on Lian Yu, so he also had a hand in transforming Oliver into a hero.
* Likewise inverted in ''Series/TheFlash2014'': the main in yellow, also known as the Reverse-Flash, [[spoiler:deliberately]] played a major role in making Barry Allen into the Flash. The irony is that [[spoiler:Eobard Thawne deliberately traveled back in time to try to kill Barry as a child. Future!Barry saved his past self, so Thawne ended up killing his mother. His trip back in time messed up his connection to the Speed Force, making him unable to return to his own time. Determined to bring about the Flash sooner than in his own history, he stole Harrison Wells's identity (and killed the real one) and built the particle accelerator 6 years earlier than expected. His eventual goal is to train Barry to be at his best and then drain him of the Speed Force]].
** While Leonard Snart has been a criminal since he was little, the most he does is robbery. In fact, he usually insists on not killing people [[PragmaticVillainy to avoid starting a manhunt]] (he actually has no compunction about killing). After being stopped by the "Streak" (Barry's original nickname), he becomes obsessed with one-upping him and manages to get his hands on Cisco's [[FreezeRay cold gun]]. He then thanks the Flash for helping him up his game. There's also a minor tidbit where Cisco's penchant for naming Barry's enemies gives Snart an idea to call himself "Cold", becoming a typical supervillain. He is one of the most recurring villains in the show, first coming back with his partner [[PyroManiac Heatwave]], and then adding his also sociopathic sister to the team.

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* Inverted in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Malcolm Merlyn, the Dark Archer and BigBad of season one, instigated the series of events that transformed Oliver into the Green Arrow by rigging the Queen's Gambit to sink, thereby creating his own hero.
** Slade Wilson, Deathstroke, the BigBad of season two, was the one who trained Oliver on Lian Yu, so he also had a hand in transforming Oliver into a hero.
* Likewise inverted in
''Series/TheFlash2014'': the main in yellow, also known as the Reverse-Flash, [[spoiler:deliberately]] played a major role in making Barry Allen into the Flash. The irony is that [[spoiler:Eobard Thawne deliberately traveled back in time to try to kill Barry as a child. Future!Barry saved his past self, so Thawne ended up killing his mother. His trip back in time messed up his connection to the Speed Force, making him unable to return to his own time. Determined to bring about the Flash sooner than in his own history, he stole Harrison Wells's identity (and killed the real one) and built the particle accelerator 6 years earlier than expected. His eventual goal is to train Barry to be at his best and then drain him of the Speed Force]].
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While Leonard Snart has been a criminal since he was little, the most he does is robbery. In fact, he usually insists on not killing people [[PragmaticVillainy to avoid starting a manhunt]] (he actually has no compunction about killing). After being stopped by the "Streak" (Barry's original nickname), he becomes obsessed with one-upping him and manages to get his hands on Cisco's [[FreezeRay cold gun]]. He then thanks the Flash for helping him up his game. There's also a minor tidbit where Cisco's penchant for naming Barry's enemies gives Snart an idea to call himself "Cold", becoming a typical supervillain. He is one of the most recurring villains in the show, first coming back with his partner [[PyroManiac Heatwave]], and then adding his also sociopathic sister to the team.



** Inverted in Minuteman's origin story, where he is shot by an American traitor during his meeting with Sukhov. The mortally wounded man crawls to the statue of a minuteman nearby, which has been hit with [[SuperSerum Energy X]] and absorbs the energy.



* Inverted in ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'', where Ridley's attack on three-year-old Samus' colony and the murder of her parents ended up creating his [[ArchEnemy greatest enemy]].



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'':
** Inverted: Plastic Man was a henchman and thief until he was CursedWithAwesome as a result of Batman's actions. Batman personally sees to Plas' reform and rehabilitation; now, larceny-related issues aside, Plastic Man is a genuine superhero thanks to Batman's influence.
** Another inversion (a villain creates a hero) is from "Chill of the Night!" Batman confronts Joe Chill (the man who murdered his parents) during a weapons auction, where many of his Rogues Gallery are in attendance. In the fight, Batman reveals to Chill that he's Bruce Wayne. Chill realizes that by killing Thomas and Martha Wayne, he inspired Bruce to fight crime. He's the reason Batman exists. In a panic, Chill admits this to the Rogues. They aren't amused (except for Joker; he thinks it's hilarious).



* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' presents the darkest inversion of this trope in "Epilogue", where WellIntentionedExtremist Amanda Waller reveals to [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Terry McGinnis]] that [[spoiler:when she noticed Bruce Wayne was getting too old to be {{Franchise/Batman}}, she decided to create her own hero by collecting Batman's DNA, finding a couple with an identical psychological make-up as Thomas and Martha Wayne, overwrite the husband's reproductive DNA with Batman's without the man's knowledge, with Terry being the resultant child. Then when he was 7 years old, Waller commissioned [[WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm the Phantasm]] to assassinate Terry's parents in his presence. Thankfully, the Phantasm decided to abort the operation to honor Bruce's legacy, instead of taint it]].
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