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6th May '16 1:14:48 PM StFan
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* The Captain America movies in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse received this treatment especially hard. The first movie, ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger The First Avenger]]'' starts off as a straight forward BlackAndWhiteMorality World War II period flick with the titular character fighting Hydra - ANaziByAnyOtherName. The first sequel, ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier The Winter Soldier]]'' has the hero fighting the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. [[spoiler:that was infiltrated by Hydra ever since its creation]] but the antagonist raise valid points about security vs free will in a world of superhero. Come to full blown in the third movie, ''[[CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]]'', the antagonist this time is Steve's own former Avengers teammates and the government over whether or not superheroes should work with the government, making it cross right into GrayAndGreyMorality.

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* The Captain America ''Captain America'' movies in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse received this treatment especially hard. The first movie, ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger The First Avenger]]'' starts off as a straight forward straightforward BlackAndWhiteMorality World War II period flick with the titular title character fighting Hydra - HYDRA -- ANaziByAnyOtherName. The first sequel, ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier The Winter Soldier]]'' has the hero fighting the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. [[spoiler:that was infiltrated by Hydra HYDRA ever since its creation]] but the antagonist raise valid points about security vs vs. free will in a world of superhero. superheroes. Come to full blown in the third movie, ''[[CaptainAmericaCivilWar ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]]'', the antagonist this time is Steve's own former Avengers teammates and the government over whether or not superheroes should work with the government, making it cross right into GrayAndGreyMorality.
25th Apr '16 7:42:21 PM shatterstar
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* The Captain America movies in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse received this treatment especially hard. The first movie, ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger The First Avenger]]'' starts off as a straight forward BlackAndWhiteMorality World War II period flick with the titular character fighting Hydra - ANaziByAnyOtherName. The first sequel, ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier The Winter Soldier]]'' has the hero fighting the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. [[spoiler:that was infiltrated by Hydra ever since its creation]] but the antagonist raise valid points about security vs free will in a world of superhero. Come to full blown in the third movie, ''[[CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]]'', the antagonist this time is Steve's own former Avengers teammates and the government over whether or not superheroes should work with the government.

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* The Captain America movies in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse received this treatment especially hard. The first movie, ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger The First Avenger]]'' starts off as a straight forward BlackAndWhiteMorality World War II period flick with the titular character fighting Hydra - ANaziByAnyOtherName. The first sequel, ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier The Winter Soldier]]'' has the hero fighting the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. [[spoiler:that was infiltrated by Hydra ever since its creation]] but the antagonist raise valid points about security vs free will in a world of superhero. Come to full blown in the third movie, ''[[CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]]'', the antagonist this time is Steve's own former Avengers teammates and the government over whether or not superheroes should work with the government.government, making it cross right into GrayAndGreyMorality.
25th Apr '16 7:41:44 PM shatterstar
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* The Captain America movies in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse received this treatment especially hard. The first movie, ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger The First Avenger]]'' starts off as a straight forward BlackAndWhiteMorality World War II period flick with the titular character fighting Hydra - ANaziByAnyOtherName. The first sequel, ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier The Winter Soldier]]'' has the hero fighting the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. [[spoiler:that was infiltrated by Hydra ever since its creation]] but the antagonist raise valid points about security vs free will in a world of superhero. Come to full blown in the third movie, ''[[CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]]'', the antagonist this time is Steve's own former Avengers teammates and the government over whether or not superheroes should work with the government.
2nd Apr '16 12:46:10 PM Joysweeper
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* It really depends on the ending route of ''VideoGame/AviaryAttorney'' how this goes; in 4B (Égalité) [[RosseauWasRight everything seems brighter]] and in 4C (Fraternité) circumstances make the [[BlackAndWhiteMorality heroic characters more heroic and the unheroic characters much worse]]. But in 4A (Liberté) Jayjay Falcon [[spoiler: loses all his faith in justice and becomes a VigilanteMan]]. His assistant Sparrowson loses most of his ComicRelief characteristics, becomes more serious about justice, and can decide whether to let a known murderer [[spoiler: go free or burn to death, as well as whether to turn in Falcon to be tried and executed]].
13th Jan '16 1:41:54 PM Kartoonkid95
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* In ''FanFic/WhyAmICrying'', Scootaloo believes that Diamond Tiara and all bullies were born pure evil and that she was incapable of changing their ways. As the story goes on, Scootaloo finds out that Diamond Tiara had a HiddenHeartOfGold and that her kindhearted teacher Miss Cheerilee was a horrible bully in her high school days, and she soon realizes that bullies ''can'' change for the better.

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* In ''FanFic/WhyAmICrying'', Scootaloo believes that Diamond Tiara and all bullies were born pure evil and that she was they were incapable of changing their ways. As the story goes on, Scootaloo finds out that Diamond Tiara had a HiddenHeartOfGold and that her kindhearted teacher Miss Cheerilee was a horrible bully in her high school days, and she soon realizes that bullies ''can'' change for the better.
13th Jan '16 1:41:13 PM Kartoonkid95
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13th Jan '16 1:40:48 PM Kartoonkid95
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* In ''FanFic/WhyAmICrying'', Scootaloo believes that Diamond Tiara and all bullies were born pure evil and that she was incapable of changing their ways. As the story goes on, Scootaloo finds out that Diamond Tiara had a HiddenHeartOfGold and that her kindhearted teacher Miss Cheerilee was a horrible bully in her high school days, and she soon realizes that bullies ''can'' change for the better.
29th Dec '15 12:53:00 AM Q4
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* The ''Series/JohnFinnemoresDoubleActs'' episode "Wysinnwyg" pulls this off within a single 28-minute radio play.
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22nd Nov '15 4:09:25 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheSagaOfDarrenShan'' series developed along these lines due to the CharacterDevelopment of the protagonist and narrator. While most of the adult vampires would admit that there was some good in themselves and the rival vampaneze, the story is told form Darren's point of view. The effect was that the act of taking blood went from a horrifying abuse of other people to everyday routine, vampire culture went from rigid and savage to traditional but noble, and even the Vampaneze, a branch of vampires who serve as the main antagonists, killing every time they had to drink blood and killing several of Darren's friends, went from being regarded as monsters to seen with a respect almost similar to that between diffrent countries or rival political parties.

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* ''TheSagaOfDarrenShan'' ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'' series developed along these lines due to the CharacterDevelopment of the protagonist and narrator. While most of the adult vampires would admit that there was some good in themselves and the rival vampaneze, the story is told form Darren's point of view. The effect was that the act of taking blood went from a horrifying abuse of other people to everyday routine, vampire culture went from rigid and savage to traditional but noble, and even the Vampaneze, a branch of vampires who serve as the main antagonists, killing every time they had to drink blood and killing several of Darren's friends, went from being regarded as monsters to seen with a respect almost similar to that between diffrent countries or rival political parties.
2nd Oct '15 10:43:22 PM Extraintrovert
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* This is a common theme throughout ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''. It starts out with Skynet being clearly evil and the Connors being clearly good, but the Connors' efforts to stop Judgment Day quickly make them NotSoDifferent from the robots they're fighting, to the point that they [[AntiHero openly admit to being terrorists]]. Their Graying Morality is really driven home in "Dungeons and Dragons", when Sarah [[IronicEcho repeats]] Kyle Reese's warning about the Terminators from [[TheTerminator the first movie]]... but this time it applies to Derek murdering [[spoiler: Andy Goode]] in cold blood.

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* This is a common theme throughout ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''. It ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' starts out with Skynet being clearly evil and the Connors being clearly good, but the Connors' efforts to stop Judgment Day quickly make them NotSoDifferent from the robots they're fighting, to the point that they [[AntiHero openly admit to being terrorists]]. Their Graying Morality is really driven home in "Dungeons and Dragons", when Sarah [[IronicEcho repeats]] Kyle Reese's warning about the Terminators from [[TheTerminator [[Film/TheTerminator the first movie]]... but this time it applies to Derek murdering [[spoiler: Andy [[spoiler:Andy Goode]] in cold blood.



* In the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, the first game is very straightforward: you are to stop the leader of Outer Heaven to prevent war. [[spoiler:Even though the leader turns out to be your commanding officer, it's very clear that you're supposed to stop him anyway.]] As the series goes on, it becomes less and less clear who, if anyone, is actually evil and not just a WellIntentionedExtremist.

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* In the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, [[VideoGame/MetalGear1 the first game game]] is very straightforward: you are to stop the leader of Outer Heaven to prevent war. [[spoiler:Even though the leader turns out to be your commanding officer, it's very clear that you're supposed to stop him anyway.]] anyway]]. As the series goes on, it becomes less and less clear who, if anyone, is actually evil and not just a WellIntentionedExtremist.


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* ''WebVideo/CarmillaTheSeries'' Season 1 has the completely good RagtagBunchOfMisfits against the completely evil vampire coven, with one of the seemingly evil vampires being GoodAllAlong. Meanwhile the apparent villain of Season 2 is not as evil as everyone assumes, the apparent helpful character is a WellIntentionedExtremist, and the main characters [[NiceJobBreakingItHero make a lot of things worse]] and keep performing morally questionable actions just to stay ahead.
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