History Main / CycleOfRevenge

25th May '16 1:54:20 AM erforce
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* Invoked in the ''VideoGame/{{Burnout}}'' series, namely Revenge onward. It keeps track of everybody you've started a rivalry with, and rewards you for getting revenge or keeping your rival from doing so.

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* Invoked in the ''VideoGame/{{Burnout}}'' series, namely Revenge ''[[VideoGame/BurnoutRevenge Revenge]]'' onward. It keeps track of everybody you've started a rivalry with, and rewards you for getting revenge or keeping your rival from doing so.
14th May '16 1:37:47 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''{{Timeline-191}}'', the Confederacy wins the Civil War and then, with help from Britain and France, defeats the USA in another war twenty years later. This leads to a culture of "Rememberance" and revanchism in the USA, who plan for victory in another war and make an alliance with Germany for that purpose. This comes during the Great War, when the USA soundly defeats the Confederates, who then embark on an even more brutal program of revanchism and preparing for the next war under Jake Featherston's Freedom Party. If this all sounds familiar, it's because the series is largely based off of European history (see the RealLife section below) moved to North America.

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* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''{{Timeline-191}}'', ''Literature/Timeline191'', the Confederacy wins the Civil War and then, with help from Britain and France, defeats the USA in another war twenty years later. This leads to a culture of "Rememberance" and revanchism in the USA, who plan for victory in another war and make an alliance with Germany for that purpose. This comes during the Great War, when the USA soundly defeats the Confederates, who then embark on an even more brutal program of revanchism and preparing for the next war under Jake Featherston's Freedom Party. If this all sounds familiar, it's because the series is largely based off of European history (see the RealLife section below) moved to North America.
9th May '16 8:53:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheBradyBunch'': "My Sister, Benedict Arnold" saw Greg and Marcia exercise this trope by bringing home dates deliberately picked out to annoy the other sibling. Mike and Carol make sure that neither Greg nor Marcia come out the winner, very bluntly pointing out that such behavior is unacceptable and making them apologize not only to each other but to their "dates" as well.

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* ''TheBradyBunch'': ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': "My Sister, Benedict Arnold" saw Greg and Marcia exercise this trope by bringing home dates deliberately picked out to annoy the other sibling. Mike and Carol make sure that neither Greg nor Marcia come out the winner, very bluntly pointing out that such behavior is unacceptable and making them apologize not only to each other but to their "dates" as well.



* An episode of ''KungFu'', appropriately titled "''An Eye for an Eye''", focuses on this situation.

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* An episode of ''KungFu'', ''Series/KungFu'', appropriately titled "''An Eye for an Eye''", focuses on this situation.



* This is a central theme on ''{{Series/Merlin}}''. King Uther is a KnightTemplar who has genocided all the magic users he can find. In retribution, quite a few magicians go overboard in their attack on him, attacking innocent civilians. Thus, Prince Arthur grows up being told that magic is evil and having it constantly proven to him. The eponymous Merlin, Arthur's manservant, best friend, and secretly a warlock, spends most of the series trying to convince Arthur to accept magic and therefore break the cycle, but his success has been limited.

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* This is a central theme on ''{{Series/Merlin}}''.''{{Series/Merlin 2008}}''. King Uther is a KnightTemplar who has genocided all the magic users he can find. In retribution, quite a few magicians go overboard in their attack on him, attacking innocent civilians. Thus, Prince Arthur grows up being told that magic is evil and having it constantly proven to him. The eponymous Merlin, Arthur's manservant, best friend, and secretly a warlock, spends most of the series trying to convince Arthur to accept magic and therefore break the cycle, but his success has been limited.
27th Apr '16 4:31:41 PM DarthWalrus
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* Make no mistake, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_of_Glencoe Massacre of Glencoe]] was a horrific crime on many, many levels. But the fact that there is ''still'' lingering resentment between some [=MacDonalds=] and Campbells, more than three centuries after the crime itself, gives you some idea how long people can hold a grudge.

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* Make no mistake, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_of_Glencoe Massacre of Glencoe]] was a horrific crime on many, many levels. But the fact that there is ''still'' lingering resentment between some [=MacDonalds=] and Campbells, Campbells[[note]]Not the Fast food chain and Canned soup company[[/note]], more than three centuries after the crime itself, gives you some idea how long people can hold a grudge.grudge.
* The origin of the widespread civilian bombing in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo. German bombers sent to oil storage got lost, and low on fuel, bombed the first urban target they saw, hoping they found their mark. They had instead bombed London, and Churchill ordered revenge bombing on Berlin, which in turn led to Adolf Hitler to rescind his prior order to the luftwaffe to focus military-industrial targets and to ignore civilians. This lasted throughout the war in Europe, with the British wasting nighttime bombing runs on petty terror bombing and leaving the US with the unenviable job of destroying German industrial production by themselves through high-risk daylight raids.
12th Apr '16 6:19:48 PM PaulA
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* OlderThanFeudalism: The House of Pelops in Myth/GreekMythology. The ''Theatre/{{Oresteia}}'' by Creator/{{Aeschylus}} was written in response to this legend. It concludes with Orestes and Athena breaking the cycle once and for all by inventing the trial by jury.

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* OlderThanFeudalism: The House of Pelops in Myth/GreekMythology. The ''Theatre/{{Oresteia}}'' ''Theatre/TheOresteia'' by Creator/{{Aeschylus}} was written in response to this legend. It concludes with Orestes and Athena breaking the cycle once and for all by inventing the trial by jury.
7th Apr '16 7:24:23 AM erforce
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* Similarly, in ''Film/{{Oldboy}}'', Oh Dae-su wants to find the mysterious 'Evergreen' and make him pay for imprisoning him for fifteen years. [[spoiler:It turns out that Evergreen is Lee Woo-jin, who was getting him back for carelessly outing an [[BrotherSisterIncest incestuous relationship he was having with his sister]] while they were back in high school, which [[DrivenToSuicide drove his sister to suicide]]. What's more, Lee's revenge was just beginning]].

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* Similarly, in ''Film/{{Oldboy}}'', ''Film/{{Oldboy 2003}}'', Oh Dae-su wants to find the mysterious 'Evergreen' and make him pay for imprisoning him for fifteen years. [[spoiler:It turns out that Evergreen is Lee Woo-jin, who was getting him back for carelessly outing an [[BrotherSisterIncest incestuous relationship he was having with his sister]] while they were back in high school, which [[DrivenToSuicide drove his sister to suicide]]. What's more, Lee's revenge was just beginning]].



* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', [[PapaWolf Bryan]] slaughters the members of a human trafficking ring, including one named Marko, to rescue his daughter. In ''Taken 2'', the villains' [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes families]], lead by Marko's father Murad, attempt to avenge them and attack Bryan and his family. Bryan attempts to end the cycle by sparing the life of Murad, but the man [[UngratefulBastard tries to kill him]] and Bryan kills him. Murad had two other sons.

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* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', [[PapaWolf Bryan]] slaughters the members of a human trafficking ring, including one named Marko, to rescue his daughter. In ''Taken 2'', ''Film/{{Taken 2}}'', the villains' [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes families]], lead by Marko's father Murad, attempt to avenge them and attack Bryan and his family. Bryan attempts to end the cycle by sparing the life of Murad, but the man [[UngratefulBastard tries to kill him]] and Bryan kills him. Murad had two other sons.
4th Apr '16 5:28:42 PM Kirayoshi
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* A recurring theme in ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', especially in any episode where [[AxeCrazy Callisto]] is the principal villain. In Callisto's first episode, Gabrielle attempts to avert this trope, by extracting a promise from Xena not to seek vengeance if Callisto kills her. In a later episode, when Callisto kills Gabrielle's newlywed husband Perdicus, Gabrielle nearly loses herself to grief and wants vengeance against Callisto herself.
1st Apr '16 2:55:05 PM LinTaylor
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** This trope dominates the latter half of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''[='=] first season. Galieo Baudin fought the Tekkadan kids throughout the series, but when they mangle his subordinate Ein and kill his childhood friend Carta, ItsPersonal. Carta herself was a target of this, since she killed Biscuit, causing Mikazuki to lay down some ExtremeMeleeRevenge. Biscuit's death caused the members of Tekkadan to fight for revenge, much to the dismay of their level-headed supervisor Merribell.
*** Ein himself is the most extreme example: Mikazuki kills his commanding officer Lt. Crank in Episode 3, and he spends the rest of the season hunting Tekkadan for payback; he even gets pissed off when he realizes they've salvaged Crank's mecha for their own use, and resolves to take it back in his honor. After getting mangled while [[DivingSave protecting Galieo]], Ein gladly becomes the "core" of a SuperPrototype (which involves amputating his limbs and hooking its computers directly into his nervous system) so he can keep chasing them. At that point he's clearly gone off the deep end, since he rants about how "sinful" Tekkadan and its allies are, and says the only way to "absolve" them is by killing them.
26th Mar '16 10:48:38 AM Rothul
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* In a sort of one-sided variation, old DCComics villain/antihero ''TheShade'' keeps being pursued by the descendants of a criminal he killed over a century ago.

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* In a sort of one-sided variation, old DCComics villain/antihero ''TheShade'' keeps being pursued by the descendants of the Ludlows a criminal he killed over a century ago.family of murderers who attempted to rob and kill him in the Victorian era. Unfortunately for the family, Shade had just experienced the event that would grant him his unexplained powers, and slayed the entire family with his shadow demons... except for the pair of twins living upstairs.
19th Mar '16 11:12:21 PM Oddstar6
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* Preventing this is a big part of the plot of ''The Spider's War'', the last book of ''Literature/TheDaggerAndTheCoin'' series. The tide of the war had actually begun to turn against Antea in the previous book, and the armies of Elassae and Sarakal are closing in during most of the fifth book, but even though the Anteans had committed horrible atrocities against the innocent people of those two countries, and even though the spider priests were not entirely to blame for everything the Anteans had done, Cithrin and the other heroes spend much of the book trying to figure out a way to get the Elassans and Sarakalese to forswear revenge, precisely to prevent it from leading to another war down the line.
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