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** In ComicBook/TheAvengers, IronMan and ComicBook/CaptainAmerica can be seen as foils to each other, especially in Comicbook/CivilWar. Cap is a Depression-era, [[NervesOfSteel strong-willed]], [[IncorruptiblePurePureness virtuous]] [[TheCape Cape]] embodying the eternal resilience of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream, and Iron Man is a rich, [[BrokenBird neurotic]], [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] genius constantly scrambling to cope with The [[DemocracyIsFlawed flaws of democracy]], the possibilities of PoliceBrutality, [[YanksWithTanks American abuses of power]], and CorruptCorporateExecutive|s.

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** In ComicBook/TheAvengers, IronMan ComicBook/IronMan and ComicBook/CaptainAmerica can be seen as foils to each other, especially in Comicbook/CivilWar. Cap is a Depression-era, [[NervesOfSteel strong-willed]], [[IncorruptiblePurePureness virtuous]] [[TheCape Cape]] embodying the eternal resilience of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream, and Iron Man is a rich, [[BrokenBird neurotic]], [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] genius constantly scrambling to cope with The the [[DemocracyIsFlawed flaws of democracy]], the possibilities of PoliceBrutality, [[YanksWithTanks American abuses of power]], and CorruptCorporateExecutive|s.




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* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'': Goku and Freeza. Freeza's cool and collected demeanor takes Goku's Idiot Hero personality Up To Eleven.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'', "Hippocratic Oafs". In [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the source material]], Trixie was already Twilight's ShadowArchetype. Here, the two of them are shown to be exactly the same -- Trixie is even renamed Blue Twilight -- in order to highlight the absurdity of Ponyville treating the two of them differently.
-->'''Twilight:''' There's no such pony as Blue Twilight!\\
'''Blue Twilight:''' Everyone look at my magical skills. I don't need friends!\\
'''Twilight:''' Holy crap, it really is blue me!



* The heart of much of the humor and drama in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' is the [[BirdsOfAFeather similarities]] and [[OppositesAttract differences]] of the leads.
** Steve Rogers vs. Tony Stark: Both are tied to Howard Stark and motivated by a sense of American patriotism and to bring peace. But where Steve is idealistic, sweet-natured, well-mannered and uses his intelligence to defeat his enemies, Tony is cynical, snarkish, rude and rushes in to fight.
** Bruce Banner vs. Tony Stark: Both are genius scientists with genuine respect for each other. They both have a dark side, but they have different personalities. Bruce is mild and cautious to control his id while Tony's flamboyance and irresponsibility are the tip of his self-destructive behavior.
** Steve Rogers vs. Thor: Both are old-fashioned in ideals and aesthetics, initially unease on modern Earth and are driven with a sense of duty for their homeland.
** Loki himself has traits that resonate or clash with each of the Avengers. He's from Asgard and of royalty (Thor). He's clever and loves theatrics (Tony). He manipulates emotions (Bruce). He blatantly disregards human life and freedom (Steve). He lacks empathy (Black Widow) and disregards free will (Hawkeye).
* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', Yondu Udonta serves as a foil to Thanos on a personal level. Both have a fearsome reputation, and "adopt" alien children and raise them to serve their own agendas (Peter as a Ravager and Gamora/Nebula as Thanos's personal muscle) and eventually their adopted kids betray both of them. However, Yondu genuinely cares about Peter and helps him out in the end, while Thanos tortured and abused Gamora and Nebula.

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* Franchise/MarveLCinematicUniverse:
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The heart of much of the humor and drama in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' is the [[BirdsOfAFeather similarities]] and [[OppositesAttract differences]] of the leads.
** *** Steve Rogers vs. Tony Stark: Both are tied to Howard Stark and motivated by a sense of American patriotism and to bring peace. But where Steve is idealistic, sweet-natured, well-mannered and uses his intelligence to defeat his enemies, Tony is cynical, snarkish, rude and rushes in to fight.
** *** Bruce Banner vs. Tony Stark: Both are genius scientists with genuine respect for each other. They both have a dark side, but they have different personalities. Bruce is mild and cautious to control his id while Tony's flamboyance and irresponsibility are the tip of his self-destructive behavior.
** *** Steve Rogers vs. Thor: Both are old-fashioned in ideals and aesthetics, initially unease on modern Earth and are driven with a sense of duty for their homeland.
** *** Loki himself has traits that resonate or clash with each of the Avengers. He's from Asgard and of royalty (Thor). He's clever and loves theatrics (Tony). He manipulates emotions (Bruce). He blatantly disregards human life and freedom (Steve). He lacks empathy (Black Widow) and disregards free will (Hawkeye).
* ** In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', Yondu Udonta serves as a foil to Thanos on a personal level. Both have a fearsome reputation, and "adopt" alien children and raise them to serve their own agendas (Peter as a Ravager and Gamora/Nebula as Thanos's personal muscle) and eventually their adopted kids betray both of them. However, Yondu genuinely cares about Peter and helps him out in the end, while Thanos tortured and abused Gamora and Nebula.Nebula.
** In ''Film/AntMan'', Scott and Hank. Hank is a respected scientist, an experienced hero, and a widower with a poor relationship with his daughter. Scott is a rookie hero, has a criminal record, and is a divorced man but has an excellent relationship with his daughter.



* In ''Film/AntMan'', Scott and Hank. Hank is a respected scientist, an experienced hero, and a widower with a poor relationship with his daughter. Scott is a rookie hero, has a criminal record, and is a divorced man but has an excellent relationship with his daughter.



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* The Tau Empire of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' serves as one to the Imperium of Man. While the Imperium is ancient, impossibly vast and slowly decaying, the Tau Empire is comparatively young, small and on a meteoric rise. They also serve as a foil to every other established race to a lesser extent: while other races use traditional, FantasyCounterpartCulture inspired weapons and tactics, the Tau use modern military tactics and futuristic weapons in modern ways; they have MiniMecha with jump-packs and foot soldiers with plasma rifles, rather than, say, guys with [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon chainsaw-swords]] and PoweredArmor, or massive bayonet charges supported with artillery fire. Most notably, though, is that they inject a sense of hope and optimism in the otherwise deeply cynical {{Black And Gray|Morality}} CrapsackWorld that is the setting.

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* The Tau Empire of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' serves as one to the Imperium of Man. While the Imperium is ancient, impossibly vast and slowly decaying, the Tau Empire is comparatively young, small and on a meteoric rise. They also serve as a foil to every other established race to a lesser extent: while other races use traditional, FantasyCounterpartCulture inspired weapons and tactics, the Tau use modern military tactics and futuristic weapons in modern ways; they have MiniMecha with jump-packs and foot soldiers with plasma rifles, rather than, say, guys with [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon chainsaw-swords]] and PoweredArmor, or massive bayonet charges supported with artillery fire. Most notably, though, is that they inject a sense of hope and optimism in the otherwise deeply cynical {{Black And Gray|Morality}} CrapsackWorld that is the setting.



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* The following quote comes from [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0548.html this]] ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' strip, featuring Jirix and the AntiVillain Redcloak talking about their CardCarryingVillain partner Xykon. Coincidentally, this strip occurs just after several in which the paladin O-Chul and Redcloak had served as different but excellent foils for each other.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Blake and Sun. Both are [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]], but Blake hides her race to because she's afraid of what people will think of her, while Sun revels in his race and doesn't seem to care how people view him. Blake is ex-White Fang who believes in the need to fight for Faunus rights, while Sun views the White Fang as a cult who appointed themselves as Faunus representatives without say-so from other Faunus. Blake's Semblance produces shadow-based clones that are used for defence (deception, dodging and escaping), whereas Sun's Semblance produces light-based clones that are used offensively to attack the opponent directly. Sun helps Blake to loosen up while Blake helps Sun to show at least a little restraint.
** Jaune and Pyrrha. [[IdealHero Pyrrha]] is a very intelligent and competent warrior who has garnered [[TheAce in-universe fame]] for her personal exploits. [[ClassicalAntiHero Jaune]] is an naive, unassuming young man who has zero combat training but who has a famous ancestry. Her character arc is about learning from Jaune what it means to be a normal teenager with normal friends and relationships, while his character arc is about learning from Pyrrha what it means to be a true warrior. Both have self-esteem issues, with Jaune being the first person who ever treated her like a [[IJustWantToBeNormal normal human]] being and Pyrrha being the first person who ever had genuine faith in his ability to [[IJustWantToBeBadass become a warrior]].
** James and Qrow. While both serve under Ozpin, James is uptight, formal and likes getting straight to the point, while Qrow is drunk, grumpy and enjoys winding people up. James prefers approaching problems with open, physical and excessive displays of force, while Qrow prefers intelligence gathering, working from the shadows and playing his cards close to his chest. Both men are aggressive, but James focusses on macho, physical aggression that's backed up by verbal arguments, while Qrow prefers sarcastic, verbal attacks that's backed up by physical actions. Putting the two men in a room together is a recipe for fireworks; they both want the same thing, but their personalities clash on how best to achieve it.
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
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The following quote comes from [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0548.html this]] ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' strip, this strip]], featuring Jirix and the AntiVillain Redcloak talking about their CardCarryingVillain partner Xykon. Coincidentally, this strip occurs just after several in which the paladin O-Chul and Redcloak had served as different but excellent foils for each other.



'''Redcloak:''' That is a complicated question ... Our alliance with Xykon is one of the most powerful tools we have, and we cannot afford to screw that up. That does NOT mean we should trust him. I know he seems funny and charming, but believe me, when you see for yourself the depths to which he'll sink, you will never sleep well again.

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'''Redcloak:''' That is a complicated question ...question... Our alliance with Xykon is one of the most powerful tools we have, and we cannot afford to screw that up. That does NOT mean we should trust him. I know he seems funny and charming, but believe me, when you see for yourself the depths to which he'll sink, you will never sleep well again.



* {{Webcomic/Comc}}: Block and Krixwell are contrasts to each others. For example, while Block has yet to even smile in the comic (although he does have a slight smile or three in the [[https://sites.google.com/site/comccomic/archive/comccalendarfordecember2013 December 2013 calendar]]), Krixwell has yet to say something ''without'' smiling.[[note]]He does occasionally get the "neutral closed mouth", though.[[/note]]
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Zimmy and Gamma, "two strange girls", work as a pair of foils to the main characters Annie and Kat, the other "strange girls". [[spoiler:Jack]] is Kat's own foil: both are technical-minded, curious and slightly mischievous people who have a dramatic meeting with the supernatural world. Kat is baffled but eager to understand it, while [[spoiler:Jack]] [[FreakOut becomes suspicious and frustrated]] after a traumatic experience with psychic powers.

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* {{Webcomic/Comc}}: ''Webcomic/{{Comc}}'': Block and Krixwell are contrasts to each others. For example, while Block has yet to even smile in the comic (although he does have a slight smile or three in the [[https://sites.google.com/site/comccomic/archive/comccalendarfordecember2013 December 2013 calendar]]), Krixwell has yet to say something ''without'' smiling.[[note]]He does occasionally get the "neutral closed mouth", though.[[/note]]
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'':
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Zimmy and Gamma, "two strange girls", work as a pair of foils to the main characters Annie and Kat, the other "strange girls". [[spoiler:Jack]] is Kat's own foil: both are technical-minded, curious and slightly mischievous people who have a dramatic meeting with the supernatural world. Kat is baffled but eager to understand it, while [[spoiler:Jack]] [[FreakOut becomes suspicious and frustrated]] after a traumatic experience with psychic powers.



* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'': Goku and Freeza. Freeza's cool and collected demeanor takes Goku's Idiot Hero personality Up To Eleven.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'', "Hippocratic Oafs". In [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the source material]], Trixie was already Twilight's ShadowArchetype. Here, the two of them are shown to be exactly the same--Trixie is even renamed Blue Twilight--in order to highlight the absurdity of Ponyville treating the two of them differently.
-->'''Twilight:''' There's no such pony as Blue Twilight!\\
'''Blue Twilight:''' Everyone look at my magical skills. I don't need friends!\\
'''Twilight:''' Holy crap, it really is blue me!



* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Blake and Sun. Both are [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]], but Blake hides her race to because she's afraid of what people will think of her, while Sun revels in his race and doesn't seem to care how people view him. Blake is ex-White Fang who believes in the need to fight for Faunus rights, while Sun views the White Fang as a cult who appointed themselves as Faunus representatives without say-so from other Faunus. Blake's Semblance produces shadow-based clones that are used for defence (deception, dodging and escaping), whereas Sun's Semblance produces light-based clones that are used offensively to attack the opponent directly. Sun helps Blake to loosen up while Blake helps Sun to show at least a little restraint.
** Jaune and Pyrrha. [[IdealHero Pyrrha]] is a very intelligent and competent warrior who has garnered [[TheAce in-universe fame]] for her personal exploits. [[ClassicalAntiHero Jaune]] is an naive, unassuming young man who has zero combat training but who has a famous ancestry. Her character arc is about learning from Jaune what it means to be a normal teenager with normal friends and relationships, while his character arc is about learning from Pyrrha what it means to be a true warrior. Both have self-esteem issues, with Jaune being the first person who ever treated her like a [[IJustWantToBeNormal normal human]] being and Pyrrha being the first person who ever had genuine faith in his ability to [[IJustWantToBeBadass become a warrior]].
** James and Qrow. While both serve under Ozpin, James is uptight, formal and likes getting straight to the point, while Qrow is drunk, grumpy and enjoys winding people up. James prefers approaching problems with open, physical and excessive displays of force, while Qrow prefers intelligence gathering, working from the shadows and playing his cards close to his chest. Both men are aggressive, but James focusses on macho, physical aggression that's backed up by verbal arguments, while Qrow prefers sarcastic, verbal attacks that's backed up by physical actions. Putting the two men in a room together is a recipe for fireworks; they both want the same thing, but their personalities clash on how best to achieve it.
18th Feb '17 11:54:25 PM rva98014
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Judy looks like a ByTheBookCop, but is willing to be a CowboyCop in pursuit of justice and defy her species role, while Nick is a conman who [[spoiler: deliberately lives up to prejudices about foxes]] while following the law to the letter. [[note]] Almost. [[/note]] Both faced prejudice, but while Judy became a determined optimist (who can also be manipulative), Nick became a manipulative cynic (who's gradually becomes more of an optimist).

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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Judy looks like a ByTheBookCop, but is willing to be a CowboyCop in pursuit of justice and defy her species role, while Nick is a conman who [[spoiler: deliberately lives up to prejudices the stereotypes about foxes]] while following the law to the letter. [[note]] Almost. [[/note]] Both faced prejudice, but while Judy became a determined optimist (who can also be manipulative), Nick became a manipulative cynic (who's gradually becomes more of an optimist).
25th Jan '17 6:04:16 PM JoeG
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* FurAgainstFang
23rd Jan '17 9:49:30 AM Noah1
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[[caption-width-right:238:[[LordErrorProne Don]] [[KnightErrant Quixote]] & [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder Sancho]] [[LovableCoward Panza]].]]

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* FemaleFlatfootAndSnarkyGuy: [[WunzaPlot one's a]] {{By the Book|Cop}} FairCop, and one's a StreetSmart LovableRogue. TheyFightCrime.

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* FemaleFlatfootAndSnarkyGuy: [[WunzaPlot one's One's a]] {{By the Book|Cop}} FairCop, and one's a StreetSmart LovableRogue. LovableRogue. Together, TheyFightCrime.


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** GentleTouchVsFirmHand
20th Jan '17 4:38:23 PM TheBigBopper
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** Foil/{{Manga/Berserk}}

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** Foil/{{Manga/Berserk}}''Foil/{{Manga/Berserk}}''



** Foil/ASongOfIceAndFire

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** Foil/ASongOfIceAndFire''Foil/ASongOfIceAndFire''
10th Jan '17 6:29:57 PM nombretomado
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* WhateleyUniverse: roommmates and teammates Chaka and Fey are definitely foils for each other. One's black while the other's white, one's hyper and the other's calm, one's human and the other one's mostly [[TheFairFolk Sidhe]]. Also, Solange is a foil to Phase, since Solange is the RichBitch that Phase could have easily been.
* In Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars, Selim Bradley the Homunculus of Pride from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' and Selim Bradley from the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]] are polar opposites; the two have bad chemistry together.

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* WhateleyUniverse: ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': roommmates and teammates Chaka and Fey are definitely foils for each other. One's black while the other's white, one's hyper and the other's calm, one's human and the other one's mostly [[TheFairFolk Sidhe]]. Also, Solange is a foil to Phase, since Solange is the RichBitch that Phase could have easily been.
* In Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars, ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars'', Selim Bradley the Homunculus of Pride from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' and Selim Bradley from the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]] are polar opposites; the two have bad chemistry together.



* In ''TheLizzieBennetDiaries'', both Mr Collins and Darcy are initially disliked by Lizzie due to certain personality traits but eventually make their peace with her. Whereas Darcy knows what to say but [[BrutalHonesty not how to say it]], Collins talks a lot but [[KnowNothingKnowItAll says very little]].

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* In ''TheLizzieBennetDiaries'', ''WebVideo/TheLizzieBennetDiaries'', both Mr Collins and Darcy are initially disliked by Lizzie due to certain personality traits but eventually make their peace with her. Whereas Darcy knows what to say but [[BrutalHonesty not how to say it]], Collins talks a lot but [[KnowNothingKnowItAll says very little]].
10th Jan '17 9:37:13 AM Gaby007
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* Sasuke becomes this to Obito in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11022041/1/Growing-Strong Growing Strong]]''. Both are Uchiha boys who fell in love with a female teammate whose name starts by "Ri", who serves as their MoralityChain and whose death awakens the Mangekyo Sharingan for thir suitors. However, while Obito was unable to save Rin and decided to destroy reality for replacing it with an eternal dream, Sasuke ''did'' succeed to bring Riko back from the dead. Oh, and it costs him one Sharingan, which is another similarity with Obito.

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* Sasuke becomes this to Obito in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11022041/1/Growing-Strong Growing Strong]]''. Both are Uchiha boys who fell in love with a female teammate whose name starts by "Ri", who serves as their MoralityChain and whose death awakens the Mangekyo Sharingan for thir their suitors. However, while Obito was unable to save Rin and decided to destroy reality for replacing it with an eternal dream, Sasuke ''did'' succeed to bring Riko back from the dead. Oh, and it costs him one Sharingan, which is another similarity with Obito.Obito.
* When Dumbledore compares a young Tom Riddle and Artemis Fowl in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10482611/23/King-of-Serpents-Game-of-Shadows King of Serpents: Game of Shadows]]'', he reflects that both of them are brilliant, deceptive and curious handsome youths. However, while Riddle is able to associate with people without truly connecting with them, Artemis utterly fails to bond with people he doesn't actually like. Also, Artemis has no interest in ruling the world, because he refuses to deal with human stupidity.
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* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', there's Comicbook/{{Batman}} and Comicbook/{{Superman}}, a dark BadassNormal vigilante who relies on [[HorrifyingHero fear and terror]] contrasted with a [[SuperPowerLottery superpowered]] [[HumanAlien alien]] who tries to bring light and hope. There's as much foils as Bruce and Clark, a billionaire whose only family is a surrogate father figure in Alfred, contrasted with a reporter who lives in a fairly small apartment with his girlfriend, and whose family is his adoptive mother. Even there personas are foils - the [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob "Bruce Wayne"]] that the world sees is false, he's really himself when he's Batman, whereas while the Superman persona isn't completely false, Clark is much more himself when he's just ''Clark'', putting on a more authoriative and confident persona as Superman.
19th Dec '16 10:17:56 AM Gaby007
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* Sasuke becomes this to Obito in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11022041/1/Growing-Strong Growing Strong]]''. Both are Uchiha boys who fell in love with a female teammate whose name starts by "Ri", who serves as their MoralityChain and whose death awakens the Mangekyo Sharingan for thir suitors. However, while Obito was unable to save Rin and decided to destroy reality for replacing it with an eternal dream, Sasuke ''did'' succeed to bring Riko back from the dead. Oh, and it costs him one Sharingan, which is another similarity with Obito.
12th Dec '16 10:43:56 PM eyebones
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Jewelers often put shiny metal foil underneath a gem to make the stone shine brighter. A literary foil serves a similar contrast. This character highlights someone else's trait, usually by contrast.

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Jewelers often put shiny metal foil underneath a gem to make the stone shine brighter. A literary foil serves a similar contrast.purpose. This character highlights someone else's trait, usually by contrast.
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