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4th Dec '16 1:16:32 PM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', [[spoiler:Jean de Vrailly]] finally begins to understand that he's been tricked by his supposed ally and that perhaps what he's doing is [[HeelRealization not the right thing]]. Unfortunately for him, he can't really let go of the need to prove himself and it gets him killed.
3rd Dec '16 2:35:44 PM Silverblade2
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** Zuko, who has been trying to capture the protagonists for two seasons (and half-ignoring their insistence that he could be their friend for just as long), finally sees the error of his ways and, guilt-ridden and earnest, tries to join the Aang Gang so he can play a vital role in teaching Aang/saving the world. The protagonists unanimously decide that he's used up his chances and send him away. Then he accidentally injures the only protagonist still in doubt about him. Kid's got bad karma. [[spoiler:All is eventually well though!]]
17th Nov '16 3:56:39 AM ChrisX
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** Also, Sindel. True to ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', she's brought BackFromTheDead as a part of Shao Kahn's EvilPlan, BrainwashedAndCrazy. In the original timeline, she was able to break free of her mind control and was reunited with her daughter Kitana and their allies. [[spoiler:Here, Shao Kahn empowers her with Shang Tsung's soul, allowing her to ''{{kill|EmAll}}'' 90% of Raiden's chosen warriors (including Kitana). It takes a [[TakingYouWithMe kamikaze]] HeroicSacrifice on Nightwolf's part to kill her, and her and the fallen heroes' [[note]]Kitana, Nightwolf, Cyber Sub-Zero, Smoke, Jade, Jax, Stryker, and Kabal; Kung Lao had been killed by Shao Kahn previously, while Raiden and Liu Kang were away consulting the Elder Gods; only Sonya and Cage made it out alive[[/note]] souls descend into the Netherrealm, [[FromBadToWorse where they become Quan Chi's slaves.]]]] Sindel ''does'' make a HeelFaceTurn in her Arcade Ladder ending, but this is noncanonical in regards to the story. [[note]]Although it does provide a good WhatCouldHaveBeen and the true nature of Sindel (which is good, not cackling evil), which gives a proof that the reboot doesn't destroy her whole characterization, fate just becomes much unkinder for her.[[/note]]

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** Also, Sindel. True to ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', she's brought BackFromTheDead as a part of Shao Kahn's EvilPlan, BrainwashedAndCrazy. In the original timeline, she was able to break free of her mind control and was reunited with her daughter Kitana and their allies. [[spoiler:Here, Here, Shao Kahn empowers her with Shang Tsung's soul, allowing her to ''{{kill|EmAll}}'' 90% of Raiden's chosen warriors (including Kitana). It takes a [[TakingYouWithMe kamikaze]] HeroicSacrifice on Nightwolf's part to kill her, and her and the fallen heroes' [[note]]Kitana, Nightwolf, Cyber Sub-Zero, Smoke, Jade, Jax, Stryker, and Kabal; Kung Lao had been killed by Shao Kahn previously, while Raiden and Liu Kang were away consulting the Elder Gods; only Sonya and Cage made it out alive[[/note]] souls descend into the Netherrealm, [[FromBadToWorse where they become Quan Chi's slaves.]]]] ]] Sindel ''does'' make a HeelFaceTurn in her Arcade Ladder ending, but this is noncanonical in regards to the story. [[note]]Although it does provide a good WhatCouldHaveBeen and the true nature of Sindel (which is good, not cackling evil), which gives a proof that the reboot doesn't destroy her whole characterization, fate just becomes much unkinder for her.[[/note]][[/note]]
** It got worse in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''. Raiden, against all odds, managed to restore Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Jax from the aforementioned status as Quan Chi's slaves. Soon after, the remaining good guys managed to capture Quan Chi, in which Raiden have plans to have him restore the other revenants. [[spoiler:Then comes Scorpion, completely blinded by rage on the realization that Quan Chi was responsible of his family and clan's death, plowing through the heroes to reach out Quan Chi and behead him, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero thereby dooming the rest of the revenants to a permanent undead status.]]]]
28th Oct '16 12:42:19 PM Necrodomo
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* The [[AscendedDemon Redeemed]] in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' are tragic refugees from TheLegionsOfHell who heroically battle both the forces of evil and their own corrupted natures in a relentless, heroic push upward into the light. They walk a much narrower path even than the Angels, since so many of their powers call on their former demonic natures and are scorned by the Good PowersThatBe. Unless they're using their [[DarkIsNotEvil powers]] for good all the time, they will quickly fall victim to this trope and be rejected by both heaven and hell.
23rd Oct '16 10:28:55 PM merotoker
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* Boingo in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Part 3'' is one of of the weakest Stand Users in BigBad's group, a [[ShrinkingViolet very shy boy]] whose comic [[{{Seer}} tells the future]]. After his brother and Hol Horse get screwed over by one ProphecyTwist after another without even phasing [[TheHero Jotaro]], Boingo figures he'll have better luck using his power to help people and resolves to be more outgoing. Then he accidental hits [[BewareOfViciousDog Iggy]], who mauls him and makes him even more insecure than before.

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* Boingo in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Part 3'' is one of of the weakest Stand Users in BigBad's group, a [[ShrinkingViolet very shy boy]] whose comic [[{{Seer}} [[{{Seers}} tells the future]]. After his brother and Hol Horse get screwed over by one ProphecyTwist after another without even phasing [[TheHero Jotaro]], Boingo figures he'll have better luck using his power to help people and resolves to be more outgoing. Then he accidental hits [[BewareOfViciousDog Iggy]], who mauls him and makes him even more insecure than before.



* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', after [[TheBrute Senkaku]] escapes from prison, he reflects on the battle he had with [[TheHero Kenshin]]. Grateful that Kenshin spared his life, he decides to turn over a new leaf... only for [[TheDragon Seta Sojiro]] to [[DroppedABridgeOnHim unceremoniously assassinate him]] for [[BerserkButton challenging]] [[SocialDarwinist his worldview]].

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* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', after [[TheBrute Senkaku]] escapes from prison, he reflects on the battle he had with [[TheHero Kenshin]]. Grateful that Kenshin spared his life, he decides to turn over a new leaf... only for [[TheDragon Seta Sojiro]] to [[DroppedABridgeOnHim unceremoniously assassinate him]] for [[BerserkButton challenging]] [[SocialDarwinist [[TheSocialDarwinist his worldview]].



* At the end of ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' [[spoiler: Makoto realized playing with girl's hearts for sex caused a lot of social and emotional damage for many girls involved, especially Kotonoha whom he really loved from the beginning. He decides to become the honest and sincere boyfriend she deserves...and proceeds to catastrophically screw up things with Sekai Saionji, who loved Makoto just as strongly and claims she's pregnant with his child. Handling his breakup with her in one of the worst ways imaginable, he then pressures her to get an abortion. Needless to say, Makoto's tactless, insensitive behavior costs him dearly when Sekai snaps and kills him.]]

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* At the end of ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' [[spoiler: Makoto realized playing with girl's hearts for sex caused a lot of social and emotional damage for many girls involved, especially Kotonoha whom he really loved from the beginning. He decides to become the honest and sincere boyfriend she deserves...and proceeds to catastrophically screw up things with Sekai Saionji, who loved Makoto just as strongly and claims she's pregnant with his child. Handling his breakup with her in one of the worst ways imaginable, he then pressures her to get an abortion. Needless to say, Makoto's tactless, insensitive behavior costs him dearly when Sekai snaps and kills him.]]him]].



** Older example: Comicbook/TheKingpin's wife Vanessa once told him he had to choose between her and his crime syndicate. He chose her. (She gave him twenty-four hours to tie up loose ends, and he may well have killed Spider-Man, had the deadline not come right before he was about to make the killing blow.) Nevertheless, he retired with her to the South Seas. But many other crime bosses he had bequeathed his empire to didn't like having to run it without him, and felt that Vanessa was the cause, so sometime later, she was apparently killed by an assassin's bullet. (She got better later.) The Kingpin returned worse than even, not only seizing back full control of his former organization, but making sure the police ended up with incriminating evidence that led to the arrest of the ones responsible for his wife's apparent death (he hadn't been fooled for a minute) a true case of a plan GoneHorriblyRight.
* A Franchise/StarWars Tales comic tells the POV account of the first stormtrooper to rush into the ''Tantive IV'' in Film/ANewHope. Desperate to leave his backwater, dead-end planet, he murders a subversive man as a loyalty test for an Imperial officer and leaves with them to become a stormtrooper. He has witnessed horrors, committed unspeakable atrocities, and, all this time later, is beginning to lose his cold, ruthless demeanor. He wonders if he hadn't made the wrong decisions, and begins to consider jumping ship and finding the Rebel Alliance. Then Princess Leia shoots him in the face.
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderman'', Doctor Octopus refuses to help Norman Osborn kill Spider-Man. He explains that he is sick of being evil and wants to make a fresh start for himself. He also tries to convince Osborn not to kill Peter, since Spider-Man is their greatest "creation". Norman won't have any of that and kills Otto after a vicious fight.

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** Older example: Comicbook/TheKingpin's wife Vanessa once told him he had to choose between her and his crime syndicate. He chose her. (She gave him twenty-four hours to tie up loose ends, and he may well have killed Spider-Man, had the deadline not come right before he was about to make the killing blow.) Nevertheless, he retired with her to the South Seas. But many other crime bosses he had bequeathed his empire to didn't like having to run it without him, and felt that Vanessa was the cause, so sometime later, she was apparently killed by an assassin's bullet. (She got better later.) The Kingpin returned worse than even, ever, not only seizing back full control of his former organization, but making sure the police ended up with incriminating evidence that led to the arrest of the ones responsible for his wife's apparent death (he hadn't been fooled for a minute) a true case of a plan GoneHorriblyRight.
* A Franchise/StarWars Tales comic tells the POV account of the first stormtrooper to rush into the ''Tantive IV'' in Film/ANewHope.''Film/ANewHope''. Desperate to leave his backwater, dead-end planet, he murders a subversive man as a loyalty test for an Imperial officer and leaves with them to become a stormtrooper. He has witnessed horrors, committed unspeakable atrocities, and, all this time later, is beginning to lose his cold, ruthless demeanor. He wonders if he hadn't made the wrong decisions, and begins to consider jumping ship and finding the Rebel Alliance. Then Princess Leia shoots him in the face.
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderman'', ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Doctor Octopus refuses to help Norman Osborn kill Spider-Man. He explains that he is sick of being evil and wants to make a fresh start for himself. He also tries to convince Osborn not to kill Peter, since Spider-Man is their greatest "creation". Norman won't have any of that and kills Otto after a vicious fight.



* From ComicBook/{{X-Men}}: The Blob was the oldest-running villain to lose his mutant powers during M-Day, but afterwards, the future was looking bright for him; he had become a fitness guru in Japan, and would be staring in an upcoming movie filmed in San Francisco made by Kingo Sunen. However, he has since resumed his villainous ways, having been given the Mutant Growth Hormones by Mystique, restoring his powers. Clearly, super-villainy was just too much of a temptation for him.
* In ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', [[spoiler:Adam Susan is shot down by the time he began to ponder about his ways and the possibility to change them.]]

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* From ComicBook/{{X-Men}}: ComicBook/XMen: The Blob was the oldest-running villain to lose his mutant powers during M-Day, but afterwards, the future was looking bright for him; he had become a fitness guru in Japan, and would be staring in an upcoming movie filmed in San Francisco made by Kingo Sunen. However, he has since resumed his villainous ways, having been given the Mutant Growth Hormones by Mystique, restoring his powers. Clearly, super-villainy was just too much of a temptation for him.
* In ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', [[spoiler:Adam Susan is shot down by the time he began to ponder about his ways and the possibility to change them.]]them]].



* In Pre-Crisis ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics, after a particularly ignominious defeat, Lex Luthor finally decides [[VillainousBreakdown he can't go on like this any more.]] He travels to Lexor, a planet where a single uncharacteristically good deed on his part years earlier had made him their national hero. There he settles down with the Lexorian woman he loves, has a child, uses his brilliance to help the Lexorian people, and genuinely tries to put his evil past behind him. Except... to his own chagrin, he realizes he ''can't.'' Part of it's that he can't get over his obsession with needing to defeat Superman, but more than that, he psychologically ''needs'' [[KickTheDog dogs to kick.]] With [[NeglectfulPrecursors ancient Lexorian tech,]] he builds a suit of PoweredArmor, and uses it to become Lexor's first supervillain, the Mystery Marauder, for no other reason than to [[ForTheEvulz relieve his tensions by randomly destroying things.]] When Superman finally tracks Luthor down (ironically, one of Lex's old automatic systems had launched an attack on Metropolis without Lex even being there), Lex fights him using the armor. One of his blasts ricochets off Superman's invulnerable chest and strikes the Neutrarod, one of his inventions, ''destroying the entire planet, including his wife and son.'' Lex survives but vows to dedicate the rest of his life to a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Superman.

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* In Pre-Crisis ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics, after a particularly ignominious defeat, Lex Luthor ComicBook/LexLuthor finally decides [[VillainousBreakdown he can't go on like this any more.]] He travels to Lexor, a planet where a single uncharacteristically good deed on in his part years earlier had made him their national hero. There he settles down with the Lexorian woman he loves, has a child, uses his brilliance to help the Lexorian people, and genuinely tries to put his evil past behind him. Except... to his own chagrin, he realizes he ''can't.'' Part of it's that he can't get over his obsession with needing to defeat Superman, but more than that, he psychologically ''needs'' [[KickTheDog dogs to kick.]] With [[NeglectfulPrecursors ancient Lexorian tech,]] he builds a suit of PoweredArmor, and uses it to become Lexor's first supervillain, the Mystery Marauder, for no other reason than to [[ForTheEvulz relieve his tensions by randomly destroying things.]] When Superman finally tracks Luthor down (ironically, one of Lex's old automatic systems had launched an attack on Metropolis without Lex even being there), Lex fights him using the armor. One of his blasts ricochets off Superman's invulnerable chest and strikes the Neutrarod, one of his inventions, ''destroying the entire planet, including his wife and son.'' Lex survives but vows to dedicate the rest of his life to a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Superman.



* ComicBook/TheRedSkull once had the chance to at least die repentant. After being locked in a shelter in the middle of nowhere for days, starving and alone in the dark, he finally resigned himself to his fate and for the first and ''only'' time in his life, felt remorse for his evil deeds and privately conceded that he deserved this fate. But even this would be denied him, as was rescued shortly after, regained his will to live after seeing Captain America and remembering how much he hated him... well, he forgot everything he had considered down there, and after telling Cap as much, began ranting about how he would get revenge on Magneto.

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* ComicBook/TheRedSkull ComicBook/RedSkull once had the chance to at least die repentant. After being locked in a shelter in the middle of nowhere for days, starving and alone in the dark, he finally resigned himself to his fate and for the first and ''only'' time in his life, felt remorse for his evil deeds and privately conceded that he deserved this fate. But even this would be denied him, as was rescued shortly after, regained his will to live after seeing Captain America and remembering how much he hated him... well, he forgot everything he had considered down there, and after telling Cap as much, began ranting about how he would get revenge on Magneto.



* In a flashback in Chapter 7 of the ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' fanfic ''Fanfic/PostMULifeScream'', Big Red attempts to visit Oozma Kappa at Squishy's mother's house ''for the very first time''. He claims that he and the rest of Frat Row '''REALLY''' want to make it up to OK for laughing at them about the ROR prank as well as having rejected them since the fraternity's founding, announcing that a party is being made in their honor back at the JOX frat house. Knowing Terry had just delivered Johnny Worthington of all monsters a ReasonYouSuckSpeech, not only does he finally release his pent up emotions about what OK suffered even long before Mike and Sulley arrived, he makes it ''perfectly clear'' to the JOX president that he doesn't want to do ''anything'' with the Greek community (as well as the student body) any longer.

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* In a flashback in Chapter 7 of the ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' fanfic ''Fanfic/PostMULifeScream'', Big Red attempts to visit Oozma Kappa at Squishy's mother's house ''for the very first time''. He claims that he and the rest of Frat Row '''REALLY''' want to make it up to OK for laughing at them about the ROR prank as well as having rejected them since the fraternity's founding, announcing that a party is being made in their honor back at the JOX frat house. Knowing Terry had just delivered Johnny Worthington of all monsters a ReasonYouSuckSpeech, TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, not only does he finally release his pent up emotions about what OK suffered even long before Mike and Sulley arrived, he makes it ''perfectly clear'' to the JOX president that he doesn't want to do ''anything'' with the Greek community (as well as the student body) any longer.



* Blake from ''FanFic/ItsNotTheRaptorDNA'' started off as antagonistic towards Elise, allowing his alcoholism to become such a problem that he was a danger to himself, hos co-workers, and the park. After a brief leave of absence, he comes back and says he's getting better, going to therapy and staying away from booze. [[spoiler: Then he's shot dead by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Bridges]] when he stumbles across an operation to raid the old Visitor's Center for embryos]].

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* Blake from ''FanFic/ItsNotTheRaptorDNA'' started off as antagonistic towards Elise, allowing his alcoholism to become such a problem that he was a danger to himself, hos co-workers, and the park. After a brief leave of absence, he comes back and says he's getting better, going to therapy and staying away from booze. [[spoiler: Then he's shot dead by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Bridges]] when he stumbles across an operation to raid the old Visitor's Center for embryos]].embryos.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' has [[TheDragon the Wolf Boss]] refuse to fire cannons on his own men with a firm 'No', only to [[spoiler: be immediately killed by Lord Shen's throwing knives to the throat.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' has [[TheDragon the Wolf Boss]] refuse to fire cannons on his own men with a firm 'No', only to [[spoiler: be immediately killed by Lord Shen's throwing knives to the throat.]]throat]].



* In ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', David has been a dick towards everyone (but especially Shaun) pretty much throughout the entire movie, largely due to his unrequited love for Shaun's girlfriend Liz. This culminates in David forcing Shaun to shoot his own mother (not without cause, since she was a newly risen zombie, but his insensitive and smug way of handling it didn't help matters) and then trying to shoot Shaun himself. After being called out by his own girlfriend about his actions, David is on the cusp of sincerely apologising to Shaun for all he's done... when an army of zombies break through the window behind him, drag him out, tear him to pieces and eat him before he can actually say it. Ouch.

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* In ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', David has been a dick towards everyone (but especially Shaun) pretty much throughout the entire movie, largely due to his unrequited love for Shaun's girlfriend Liz. This culminates in David forcing Shaun to shoot his own mother (not without cause, since she was a newly risen zombie, ZombieInfectee), but his insensitive and smug way of handling it didn't help matters) and then trying to shoot Shaun himself. After being called out by his own girlfriend about his actions, David is on the cusp of sincerely apologising to Shaun for all he's done... when an army of zombies break through the window behind him, drag him out, tear him to pieces and eat him before he can actually say it. Ouch.



* We get a version of this in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', when Silva has M cornered and his gun in her face, [[spoiler:when he realizes she's already mortally wounded and will die no matter what he does. He breaks down, puts the gun in her hand, raises it up to one side of her head while pressing his own head to the other side, and begs her to kill both of them with the same bullet. Then Bond barges in and throws a knife into his back. Silva gets demonstrably annoyed at this before keeling over.]]

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* We get a version of this in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', when Silva has M cornered and his gun in her face, [[spoiler:when he realizes she's already mortally wounded and will die no matter what he does. He breaks down, puts the gun in her hand, raises it up to one side of her head while pressing his own head to the other side, and begs her to kill both of them with the same bullet. Then Bond barges in and throws a knife into his back. Silva gets demonstrably annoyed at this before keeling over.]]over]].



* In the ''Literature/ColdfireTrilogy,'' [[spoiler: the Hunter, finally no longer undead and free to try to redeem himself, is promptly killed.]] Sort of.

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* In the ''Literature/ColdfireTrilogy,'' [[spoiler: the Hunter, finally no longer undead and free to try to redeem himself, is promptly killed.]] killed]]. Sort of.



* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', [[spoiler: when Beetlewhisker says that he's going to leave the Dark Forest because he didn't know that they wanted to destroy the clans, Brokenstar leaps on him and kills him.]]

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* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', [[spoiler: when Beetlewhisker says that he's going to leave the Dark Forest because he didn't know that they wanted to destroy the clans, Brokenstar leaps on him and kills him.]]him]].



** Lindsey gets one of these when he tries to leave Wolfram & Hart. Angel first doesn't trust him, then doesn't care, and when he finally does agree to help Lindsey bring down the company, he winds up leaving him behind to get caught. While somewhat understandable, this still probably contributed to Lindsey's decision to stay. Later, when Lindsey [[spoiler: tried to join the team in the series finale, Angel had Lorne kill him. Interestingly, Lindsey knew this was coming and was only upset that he was killed by "a lackey".]]

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** Lindsey gets one of these when he tries to leave Wolfram & Hart. Angel first doesn't trust him, then doesn't care, and when he finally does agree to help Lindsey bring down the company, he winds up leaving him behind to get caught. While somewhat understandable, this still probably contributed to Lindsey's decision to stay. Later, when Lindsey [[spoiler: tried to join the team in the series finale, Angel had Lorne kill him. Interestingly, Lindsey knew this was coming and was only upset that he was killed by "a lackey".]]lackey"]].



* On ''Series/{{Lost}}'', we have [[spoiler:Charles Widmore]]. When he shows up claiming to have redeemed himself in season six, we aren't quite sure if he's legit or not. When we finally realize that he ''is'', he is [[spoiler:promptly shot and killed by Ben, though that's more because he didn't want Widmore to have a chance to save his daughter when Ben didn't get a chance to save his.]]

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* On ''Series/{{Lost}}'', we have [[spoiler:Charles Widmore]]. When he shows up claiming to have redeemed himself in season six, we aren't quite sure if he's legit or not. When we finally realize that he ''is'', he is [[spoiler:promptly shot and killed by Ben, though that's more because he didn't want Widmore to have a chance to save his daughter when Ben didn't get a chance to save his.]]his]].



* Wrestling/MollyHolly's career ended with a real-life one. After three years of playing a heel on TV, she had come to loathe the character and, in April 2005, pitched the idea of her doing a HeelFaceTurn. WWE's new Vice President of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis, bluntly told her "It'll never work", which led to her asking for her release and retiring from the wrestling business. It should be pointed out that Laurinaitis rated women entirely on their looks and saw Molly (a real-life devout Christian who refused to be MissFanservice like many of the other Divas) as unmarketable.

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* Wrestling/MollyHolly's career ended with a real-life one. After three years of playing a heel on TV, she had come to loathe the character and, in April 2005, pitched the idea of her doing a HeelFaceTurn. WWE's new Vice President of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis, Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis, bluntly told her "It'll never work", which led to her asking for her release and retiring from the wrestling business. It should be pointed out that Laurinaitis rated women entirely on their looks and saw Molly (a real-life devout Christian who refused to be MissFanservice MsFanservice like many of the other Divas) as unmarketable.



* Special Agent Kato in ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts Covenant'' [[spoiler:gradually grows disgusted with the motives of his superiors, and shifts focus towards his own dream of having a family with the clone of his murdered love (it's complicated), and living peacefully. Then the girl is killed a second time, and Kato decides to destroy the world.]]
* It is very possible to slam the door in the face of a character's redemption (Although, not necessarily canon) in every ''FireEmblem'', due to the fact that AnyoneCanDie, and there's lots of [[StrangeBedFellows potential allies who are enemies at first]].

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* Special Agent Kato in ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts Covenant'' [[spoiler:gradually grows disgusted with the motives of his superiors, and shifts focus towards his own dream of having a family with the clone of his murdered love (it's complicated), and living peacefully. Then the girl is killed a second time, and Kato decides to destroy the world.]]
world]].
* It is very possible to slam the door in the face of a character's redemption (Although, not necessarily canon) in every ''FireEmblem'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'', due to the fact that AnyoneCanDie, and there's lots of [[StrangeBedFellows [[EnemyMine potential allies who are enemies at first]].



** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', [[spoiler:Saren]], by it simply being too late for him by the time he [[HeelRealization realized that he'd]] [[spoiler: been [[BrainwashedandCrazy indoctrinated by]] the real BigBad.]]
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', the exact same thing happens with [[spoiler: [[HeWhoFightsMonsters The Illusive Man]]]]

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** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', [[spoiler:Saren]], by it simply being too late for him by the time he [[HeelRealization realized that he'd]] [[spoiler: been [[BrainwashedandCrazy indoctrinated by]] the real BigBad.]]
BigBad]].
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', the exact same thing happens with [[spoiler: [[HeWhoFightsMonsters The Illusive Man]]]]Man]]]].



** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the Blades want you to do this to [[spoiler:Paarthunax, the dragon leader of the Graybeards, for his past crimes… nevermind the fact that the only reason the atrocities were thwarted was because of his eventual notion that these mortals are worth something, and teaching them how to overcome Alduin.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the Blades want you to do this to [[spoiler:Paarthunax, the dragon leader of the Graybeards, for his past crimes… nevermind the fact that the only reason the atrocities were thwarted was because of his eventual notion that these mortals are worth something, and teaching them how to overcome Alduin.]]Alduin]].



* [[spoiler: Wheatley]] in ''VideoGame/Portal2'' realises how horrible and monsterous [[spoiler: he'd]] been to the protagonist...[[spoiler: almost immediately before being flung into space, almost certain never to return to Earth]] with [[BrokenRecord the Space Core]] and [[spoiler: his]] own regrets for company until the end of time.

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* [[spoiler: Wheatley]] in ''VideoGame/Portal2'' realises how horrible and monsterous monstrous [[spoiler: he'd]] been to the protagonist...[[spoiler: almost immediately before being flung into space, almost certain never to return to Earth]] with [[BrokenRecord the Space Core]] and [[spoiler: his]] own regrets for company until the end of time.



* [[spoiler: Shauna]] in the Normal Path of ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' [[spoiler: dies of Scarlet Iago immediately after she beings to be liked by the group.]]

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* [[spoiler: Shauna]] in the Normal Path of ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' [[spoiler: dies of Scarlet Iago immediately after she beings to be liked by the group.]]group]].



** Near the end of a neutral run, [[spoiler:If you choose to spare Asgore, he will promise to care for you. Then he dies, either through an ambush by Flowey or his own realization that keeping you underground would be against your wishes and his subsequent suicide so you can take his soul.]]

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** Near the end of a neutral run, [[spoiler:If you choose to spare Asgore, he will promise to care for you. Then he dies, either through an ambush by Flowey or his own realization that keeping you underground would be against your wishes and his subsequent suicide so you can take his soul.]]soul]].



** Zelda follows him down this road in the finale, in which [[spoiler:she attempts to sacrifice herself in place of the "not yet dead" Link. Unfortunately, Ganondorf's attack is so powerful, it takes them both out simultaneously.]]

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** Zelda follows him down this road in the finale, in which [[spoiler:she attempts to sacrifice herself in place of the "not yet dead" Link. Unfortunately, Ganondorf's attack is so powerful, it takes them both out simultaneously.]]simultaneously]].



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' features the robotic assassin X9, who was one of several murderours robots created by Aku, but was the only one given [[PersonalityChip emotions and feelings]] (As he explains it, the scientist who built him "was funny like that"). After years in the service of Aku all the other robots of his series have been destroyed, but he has survived ''because'' of his emotions. However, when he meets [[MoralityPet Lulu]] he finally hangs up his assassin hat for good, determined to settle down and spend his time playing music. Unfortunately, when Jack arrives, Aku becomes desperate and decides that he has to pull his greatest assassin out of retirement by [[IHaveYourWife holding Lulu hostage]]. Jack knows nothing of this, and when X9 launches his attack he is quickly destroyed, his final words are asking Jack to finish caring for his now abandoned charge. [[TearJerker/SamuraiJack Also notable for being one of the saddest things in the entire show.]]

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' features the robotic assassin X9, who was one of several murderours murderous robots created by Aku, but was the only one given [[PersonalityChip emotions and feelings]] (As he explains it, the scientist who built him "was funny like that"). After years in the service of Aku all the other robots of his series have been destroyed, but he has survived ''because'' of his emotions. However, when he meets [[MoralityPet Lulu]] he finally hangs up his assassin hat for good, determined to settle down and spend his time playing music. Unfortunately, when Jack arrives, Aku becomes desperate and decides that he has to pull his greatest assassin out of retirement by [[IHaveYourWife holding Lulu hostage]]. Jack knows nothing of this, and when X9 launches his attack he is quickly destroyed, his final words are asking Jack to finish caring for his now abandoned charge. [[TearJerker/SamuraiJack Also notable for being one of the saddest things in the entire show.]]
22nd Oct '16 1:56:03 PM SimiOfDoom
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* Of the less lethal variety we have Zaknafein from the {{Drizzt}} books, who realized the evil in his society but was unable to escape it or to fight against it and became resigned to being the least evil he could get away with.

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* Of the less lethal variety we have Zaknafein from the {{Drizzt}} ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'' books, who realized the evil in his society but was unable to escape it or to fight against it and became resigned to being the least evil he could get away with.
13th Oct '16 12:16:09 AM smalltime
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* In the Disney DirectToVideo CompilationMovie ''Once Upon a Halloween'', an unnamed villain obscured in shadow plots to take over Halloween and her cauldron shows her visions of other villains committing evil deeds. Upon seeing clips of the villains' defeats, she decides she doesn't want to go through with her plan anymore, but then the cauldron pulls her into itself, essentially punishing her simply planning an evil scheme before she could do it.
7th Oct '16 11:24:34 PM StrixObscuro
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* ''Manga/BattleRoyale'': LovableAlphaBitch [[spoiler: Hirono Shimizu]] is strangled and thrown into a well by [[spoiler: Toshinori Oda]]. She then climbs out of the well and joins the protagonists, but it's suddenly revealed to be [[spoiler: AllJustADream]].
* Deliberately invoked by [[spoiler: Klaus Von Bogoot]] on [[spoiler: Mary, Ibaraki and Oyamada]] in ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}''. [[spoiler: He had forcibly made them into Cyborgs, counting on them to kill their former [[TrueCompanions friend]] 009... but the moment the kids couldn't bring themselves to kill him, he [[ActionBomb activated the bombs they had implanted in their bodies.]] The three [[OhCrap look at each other in horror]], then Ibaraki tackles Joe so he won't get close, and they hug each other as they say their goodbyes and die.]]

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* ''Manga/BattleRoyale'': LovableAlphaBitch [[spoiler: Hirono [[spoiler:Hirono Shimizu]] is strangled and thrown into a well by [[spoiler: Toshinori [[spoiler:Toshinori Oda]]. She then climbs out of the well and joins the protagonists, but it's suddenly revealed to be [[spoiler: AllJustADream]].
[[spoiler:AllJustADream]].
* Deliberately invoked by [[spoiler: Klaus [[spoiler:Klaus Von Bogoot]] on [[spoiler: Mary, [[spoiler:Mary, Ibaraki and Oyamada]] in ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}''. [[spoiler: He had forcibly made them into Cyborgs, counting on them to kill their former [[TrueCompanions friend]] 009... but the moment the kids couldn't bring themselves to kill him, he [[ActionBomb activated the bombs they had implanted in their bodies.]] The three [[OhCrap look at each other in horror]], then Ibaraki tackles Joe so he won't get close, and they hug each other as they say their goodbyes and die.]]



* In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderman'', Doctor Octopus refuses to help Norman Osborn kill Spider-Man. He explains that he is sick of being evil and wants to make a fresh start for himself. He also tries to convince Osborn not to kill Peter, since Spider-man is their greatest "creation". Norman won't have any of that and kills Otto after a vicious fight.

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* In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderman'', Doctor Octopus refuses to help Norman Osborn kill Spider-Man. He explains that he is sick of being evil and wants to make a fresh start for himself. He also tries to convince Osborn not to kill Peter, since Spider-man Spider-Man is their greatest "creation". Norman won't have any of that and kills Otto after a vicious fight.



* In ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', [[spoiler:the head is shot down by the time he began to ponder about his ways and the possibility to change them.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', [[spoiler:the head [[spoiler:Adam Susan is shot down by the time he began to ponder about his ways and the possibility to change them.]]


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* Towards the middle of season 3 of ''Series/HaltAndCatchFire'', Cameron seems to have an epiphany about how self-destructive she's been, after her bratty behavior leaves her stranded in the middle of Texas for a week, and she starts making attempts to change, marrying Tom, returning to Los Angeles and trying to explain her behavior to Donna, and calling Diane to inform her that she will try to work with the two guys that she thinks Diane is forcing her to hire as a condition for her firm's investment. Unfortunately, during the conversation with Diane, Cameron learns that Diane was actually going to give her full discretion on hiring. Cameron realizes that Donna manipulated her, and takes this as a justification to turn back into a ControlFreak.
5th Oct '16 5:53:10 AM VicGeorge2011
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* Music/GeorgeMichael's "Waiting (Reprise)"'s lyrics point to either this or a HeelFaceTurn.
-->''But you once said there's a way back for every man,''
-->''So here I am.''
-->''Don't people change?''
-->''Here I am.''
-->''Is it too late to try again?''
-->''Here I am.''
** It can also apply to humanity as a whole in "Praying For Time".
-->''And the wounded skies above''
-->''Say it's much too, much too late.''
27th Sep '16 10:32:32 PM FordPrefect
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* Wrestling/TheRock averted this happening to Wrestling/HulkHogan after defeating him and [[DefeatMeansFriendship Hogan shaking hands with the Rock afterward]]. After that, fellow Wrestling/NewWorldOrder members, Wrestling/ScottHall and Wrestling/KevinNash started to beat down on Hogan until the Rock made the save and he and Hogan fought them off.

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* Wrestling/TheRock averted this happening to Wrestling/HulkHogan after defeating him and [[DefeatMeansFriendship Hogan shaking hands with the Rock afterward]]. After that, fellow Wrestling/NewWorldOrder members, members Wrestling/ScottHall and Wrestling/KevinNash started to beat down on Hogan until the Rock made the save and he and Hogan fought them off.
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