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16th Jul '17 6:45:20 AM SeptimusHeap
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* The GameOfThrones fanfic ''A Push.'' Sansa goes through with shoving Joffrey off the ledge following her father's execution, killing him. In response, Cersei has Sansa executed by beheading. Then Robb Stark returns the favor by beheading Jamie Lannister.

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* The GameOfThrones Series/GameOfThrones fanfic ''A Push.'' Sansa goes through with shoving Joffrey off the ledge following her father's execution, killing him. In response, Cersei has Sansa executed by beheading. Then Robb Stark returns the favor by beheading Jamie Lannister.
9th Jul '17 11:33:52 AM otemple700
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->''"An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind."''
-->-- Attributed to '''UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi'''

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->''"An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.->''"Vengeance has consumed you. It's consuming them. I am done letting it consume me."''
-->-- Attributed to '''UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi'''
'''T'Challa/Black Panther''', ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''
28th Jun '17 9:33:37 PM memememememe
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The actual Golden Rule is about always attempting to look at things from the perspective of others, freely forgiving wrongs, and believing that no one should have to suffer at all, even if they deserve to. This warped form, however, becomes Newtonian EquivalentExchange "justice", and can further mutate into Entropy: Because of the complex web of genetic and social bonds that one forms over a lifetime, as well as the interactions between everyone entangled in that web, revenge might well begin with you but it most likely will not end with you. If he deserved to be treated how he treated you, ''his'' loved ones may also believe that ''you'' deserve to be treated like you treated him too. And yours may believe the same. And so on and so forth. The result of this is frequently what is called a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feud Blood Feud]] or Vendetta.

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The actual Golden Rule is about always attempting to look at things from the perspective of others, freely forgiving wrongs, and believing that no one should have to suffer at all, even if they deserve to. This warped form, however, becomes takes this literally as Newtonian EquivalentExchange "justice", and can further mutate "justice" or CallItKarma, not taking into Entropy: account that acts of revenge/justice [[HardOnSoftScience are not quantifiable laws of physics but social phenomena]]. Because of the complex web of genetic and social bonds that one forms over a lifetime, as well as the interactions between everyone entangled in that web, revenge might well begin with you but it most likely will not end with you. If he deserved to be treated how he treated you, ''his'' loved ones may also believe that ''you'' deserve to be treated like you treated him too. And yours may believe the same. And so on and so forth. The result of this is frequently what is called a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feud Blood Feud]] or Vendetta.
3rd Jun '17 10:05:15 AM nombretomado
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* In the second Jobe story of the WhateleyUniverse, Jobe and Counterpoint get into a cycle of revenge at SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy. Jobe wins a sparring match in aikido class, but he does it with poisons (Jobe starts the story with human strength and speed, just talent as a bio-devisor, while Counterpoint has strength, speed, a telekinetic shield, and any other powers he wants to copy). Counterpoint can't let it go, since he's some sort of incarnation of Ares. He gets some muscle to help him pound Jobe. Jobe can't let it go, since he's the crown prince of Karedonia (his father is a supervillain) and has obligations to make sure people know he can't be pushed around. At the end of the story, they are both in the hospital, and at least one of them might be hospitalized for a long time. And they haven't given up their grudges.

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* In the second Jobe story of the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Jobe and Counterpoint get into a cycle of revenge at SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy. Jobe wins a sparring match in aikido class, but he does it with poisons (Jobe starts the story with human strength and speed, just talent as a bio-devisor, while Counterpoint has strength, speed, a telekinetic shield, and any other powers he wants to copy). Counterpoint can't let it go, since he's some sort of incarnation of Ares. He gets some muscle to help him pound Jobe. Jobe can't let it go, since he's the crown prince of Karedonia (his father is a supervillain) and has obligations to make sure people know he can't be pushed around. At the end of the story, they are both in the hospital, and at least one of them might be hospitalized for a long time. And they haven't given up their grudges.
23rd May '17 5:13:11 PM tyouker
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*One of the oldest surviving plays, ''TheOresteia'', is about a set of interconnected cycles of revenge that stretch across three generations and involve multiple deities on different sides. In the end, Athena has to be brought in to sort it all out.
17th May '17 3:23:23 PM Timjames98
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Kind of makes you wish someone, in an attempt to counter this cancerous mutation of the Golden Rule, learned to TurnTheOtherCheek or ask for (and give) {{Forgiveness}}, or at least just deliver a RestrainedRevenge. [[WideEyedIdealist But it rarely works]], as chances are [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished you'll be punished anyway]] (for extra salt in the wounds, the enemy in question, especially if a {{Jerkass}} who deserved it, will [[KarmaHoudini continue their misdeeds unhampered]], continuing to ruin the lives of people, you still being one of them). Or you could just ''[[KillEmAll exterminate]]'' the opposing party [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide until there's no one left to want revenge on you]]. But [[GenocideBackfire it rarely works]], because [[NiceJobBreakingItHerod there's always a survivor]]. Or as Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet proposed, we can try ThePowerOfLove. But [[LoveHurts this rarely works either]], [[NoEnding so...]]

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Kind of makes you wish someone, in an attempt to counter this cancerous mutation of the Golden Rule, learned to TurnTheOtherCheek or ask for (and give) {{Forgiveness}}, or at least just deliver a RestrainedRevenge. [[WideEyedIdealist But it rarely works]], as chances are [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished you'll be punished anyway]] (for extra salt in the wounds, the enemy in question, especially if a {{Jerkass}} who deserved it, will [[KarmaHoudini continue their misdeeds unhampered]], continuing to ruin the lives of people, you still being one of them). Or you could just ''[[KillEmAll exterminate]]'' the opposing party [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide until there's no one left to want revenge on you]]. But [[GenocideBackfire it rarely works]], because [[NiceJobBreakingItHerod there's always a survivor]]. Or everyone can agree to [[RevengeByProxy only take revenge against the wrongdoing individual]] and to [[AvengingTheVillain not avenge those who deserved what they got]], but MoralMyopia and PoorCommunicationKills tend to get in the way. Or as Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet proposed, we can try ThePowerOfLove. But [[LoveHurts this rarely works either]], [[NoEnding so...]]
17th May '17 3:06:54 PM Timjames98
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Used poorly, this trope can come off as a FalseDichotomy, suggesting that if someone kills your loved one then your options are to either [[RevengeByProxy kill their loved one]] or [[KarmaHoudini let the person who killed your loved one get away with it]]. In reality you can narrow your revenge only to the guilty party (i.e. if you kill my loved one then I'll kill you but spare your loved one). Of course then your enemy's loved ones might try AvengingTheVillain, but then they'd just be in the wrong.
13th May '17 5:21:22 AM MangaShoggoth
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* By the time of the first ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' novel, the Atreides and Harkonnen families had been feuding for millenia, and the feud only ended with the death of Feyd, Rabban and Vladimir (the last surviving members of the Harkonnen family, not counting Vladimir's unacknowledged daughter Jessica and her Atreides descendants) at the end of the book. The feud apparently started because at some point thousands of years earlier, an Atreides general had reprimanded a Harkonnen subordinate for botching an assignment (Something which is normally considered acceptable behavior for a senior officer when someone under his command screws up).

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* By the time of the first ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' novel, the Atreides and Harkonnen families had been feuding for millenia, and the feud only ended with the death of Feyd, Rabban and Vladimir (the last surviving members of the Harkonnen family, not counting Vladimir's unacknowledged daughter Jessica and her Atreides descendants) at the end of the book. The Accoriding to the first book, the feud apparently started because at some point thousands of years earlier, an Atreides general had reprimanded a Harkonnen subordinate banished for botching an assignment (Something which is normally considered acceptable behavior for a senior officer when someone under his command screws up).cowardice.
6th May '17 1:51:41 PM Gamemaniac92711
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* The music video for "Cut The Cord" by {{Music/TheLivingTombstone}} details this between two designers. It starts when one designer kicked the other, the protagonist, out, the protagonist then becomes [[StartMyOwn their own up-and-coming designer]] getting touted as "The Next Big Thing" in a newspaper. The original designer gets jealous and sends some mannequin robots to sabatoge them by cutting up all their clothes. The protagonist then takes those cut up clothes and manages to make ''that'' the next fashion trend, then the protagonist makes their own mannequin robot army to fight them directly. After that fight the original designer's building is practically in ruins with broken robots all about, and the protagonist then makes an even bigger robot army to finish them off.

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* The music video for "Cut The Cord" by {{Music/TheLivingTombstone}} {{Music/The Living Tombstone}} details this between two designers. It starts when one designer kicked the other, the protagonist, out, the protagonist then becomes [[StartMyOwn their own up-and-coming designer]] getting touted as "The Next Big Thing" in a newspaper. The original designer gets jealous and sends some mannequin robots to sabatoge them by cutting up all their clothes. The protagonist then takes those cut up clothes and manages to make ''that'' the next fashion trend, then the protagonist makes their own mannequin robot army to fight them directly. After that fight the original designer's building is practically in ruins with broken robots all about, and the protagonist then makes an even bigger robot army to finish them off.
6th May '17 1:50:45 PM Gamemaniac92711
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* The music video for "Cut The Cord" by {{Music/TheLivingTombstone}} details this between two designers. It starts when one designer kicked the other, the protagonist, out, the protagonist then becomes [[StartMyOwn their own up-and-coming designer]] getting touted as "The Next Big Thing" in a newspaper. The original designer gets jealous and sends some mannequin robots to sabatoge them by cutting up all their clothes. The protagonist then takes those cut up clothes and manages to make ''that'' the next fashion trend, then the protagonist makes their own mannequin robot army to fight them directly. After that fight the original designer's building is practically in ruins with broken robots all about, and the protagonist then makes an even bigger robot army to finish them off.
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