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15th Jan '17 5:37:28 AM Doug86
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* {{Outnumbered}}': [[{{SiblingYinYang}} Jake and Ben]] have shades of this. At the beginning of the series, Jake is the serious, geeky older brother who is much closer to his parents, while Ben is the rebellious, outgoing son. As the series continues, Jake becomes a lot 'cooler' and distances himself from his family, while Ben embraces his geekier side and is a lot more affectionate.

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* {{Outnumbered}}': Series/{{Outnumbered}}': [[{{SiblingYinYang}} Jake and Ben]] have shades of this. At the beginning of the series, Jake is the serious, geeky older brother who is much closer to his parents, while Ben is the rebellious, outgoing son. As the series continues, Jake becomes a lot 'cooler' and distances himself from his family, while Ben embraces his geekier side and is a lot more affectionate.
25th Dec '16 8:44:41 PM Ymirsdaughter
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** As revealed in the finale book, [[spoiler: Severus Snape and James Potter.]] In the beginning, [[spoiler: Snape]] is the neglected, awkward outsider who befriends muggle-born Lily Evans. When they go to school, both he and Lily take a dislike to the wealthy, popular JerkJock [[spoiler: James Potter.]] However, as the years go by, [[spoiler: Snape]] falls in with a gang of Voldemort supporters and loses Lily's friendship forever when he publicly calls her a slur. The popular boy eventually wises up and matures into someone [[spoiler: Lily could actually marry,]] while [[spoiler: Snape]] grows more and more mean-spirited over the years, and spends his adulthood bullying schoolchildren the same way that was done to him.

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** As revealed in the finale book, [[spoiler: Severus Snape and James Potter.]] In the beginning, [[spoiler: Snape]] is the neglected, awkward outsider who befriends muggle-born Lily Evans. When they go to school, both he and Lily take a dislike to the wealthy, popular JerkJock [[spoiler: James Potter.]] However, as the years go by, [[spoiler: Snape]] falls in with a gang of Voldemort supporters and loses Lily's friendship forever when he publicly calls her a slur. The popular boy eventually wises up and matures into someone [[spoiler: Lily could actually marry,]] while [[spoiler: Snape]] grows more and more mean-spirited over the years, and spends his adulthood bullying schoolchildren the same way that was done to him. him (except for the physical abuse, and his sarcasm is way more on point).
17th Dec '16 4:56:52 PM BB8ForPresident
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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Rachel and Monica can fall into this. Before the series, Rachel was a RichBitch and engaged to be marry an equally wealthy guy, while Monica was a FormerlyFat poorly-paid assistant chef whose was constantly being told she'll die alone. During the series Rachel breaks off her engagement, works as a waitress and has a lot of disastrous boyfriends, while Monica works her way up the chef ranks (admittedly with a rough, unemployed patch in the middle) and builds a stable, fulfilling relationship. By Series 9, Rachel is a single-mother, has a good but not exceptional fashion job and a series of failed relationships (and a marriage) under her belt. Monica is a Head Chef at a very prestigious restaurant and HappilyMarried to her best friend, an equally great, successful guy. Things do improve for Rachel by the end of the series, but the contrast is still there.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' played this with Rory and Jess. In early seasons Rory's a hardworking, honours student, bound for an Ivy League, aiming to pursue journalism and the golden child of her family, while Jess is a high school drop out with zero life ambitions, his mom kicked him out and he's at odds with his uncle. Come Season 6, Rory has dropped out of college, abandoned her career dreams and is estranged from her mother, while Jess is a successful author, runs a publishing house with friends and is closer to his uncle than ever before. Luckily though Jess's transformation is exactly what Rory needs to get her life together.

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Rachel and Monica can fall into this. Before Monica. In the series, series' back story, Rachel was a RichBitch and engaged to be marry an equally wealthy guy, while Monica was a FormerlyFat poorly-paid assistant chef whose was constantly being told she'll who thought she'd die alone. During the series Rachel breaks off her engagement, works as a waitress and has a lot of disastrous boyfriends, while Monica works her way up the chef ranks (admittedly with - despite a rough, unemployed patch in the middle) middle - and builds a stable, fulfilling relationship. By Series 9, Rachel is a single-mother, has single mother, working a good but not exceptional fashion job and has a series of failed relationships (and a marriage) under her belt. Monica is a Head an Executive Chef at a very one of New York's most prestigious restaurant restaurants and is HappilyMarried to her best friend, an equally great, successful guy.friend. Things do improve for Rachel by the end of the series, but the contrast is still there.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' played this with Rory and Jess. In early seasons Rory's Rory is a hardworking, honours student, bound for an Ivy League, aiming to pursue journalism and the golden child of her family, while Jess is a high school drop out with zero life ambitions, his mom kicked him out and he's at odds with his uncle. Come Season 6, Rory has dropped out of college, abandoned her career dreams and is estranged from her mother, while Jess is a successful author, runs a publishing house with friends and is closer to his uncle than ever before. Luckily though Jess's transformation is exactly what Rory needs to get her life together.
17th Dec '16 4:51:48 PM BB8ForPresident
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* ''Series/OutNumbered'': [[{{SiblingYinYang}} Jake and Ben]] have shades of this. At the beginning of the series, Jake is the serious, geeky older brother who is much closer to his parents, while Ben is the rebellious, outgoing son. As the series continues, Jake becomes a lot 'cooler' and distances himself from his family, while Ben embraces his geekier side and is a lot more affectionate.

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* ''Series/OutNumbered'': {{Outnumbered}}': [[{{SiblingYinYang}} Jake and Ben]] have shades of this. At the beginning of the series, Jake is the serious, geeky older brother who is much closer to his parents, while Ben is the rebellious, outgoing son. As the series continues, Jake becomes a lot 'cooler' and distances himself from his family, while Ben embraces his geekier side and is a lot more affectionate.



* Attempted in the first two seasons of ''Series/{{Friends}}''. First Ross pines after Rachel as she dates [[RomanticFalseLead Paolo]]. Then Rachel pines after Ross as he dates Julie. How well this works is debatable, given that Julie was a wonderful person and Paolo was a jerk.
** On a broader level Rachel and Monica can fall into this. Before the series, Rachel was a AlphaBitch/RichBitch, engaged to be married, while Monica was a FormerlyFat poorly-paid assistant chef whose was constantly being told she'll die alone. During the series Rachel breaks off her engagement, works as a waitress and has a lot of disastrous boyfriends, while Monica works her way up the chef ranks (admittedly with a rough, unemployed patch in the middle) and builds a stable, fulfilling relationship. By Series 9, Rachel is a single-mother, has a good but not exceptional fashion job and a series of failed relationships (and a marriage) under her belt. Monica is a Head Chef at a very prestigious restaurant and HappilyMarried to her best friend, an equally great, successful guy. Things do improve for Rachel by the end of the series, but the contrast is still there.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' played this with Rory and Jess. Early on, she's a hardworking student, bound for a Journalistic career and beloved by her family; He's a high school dropout who doesn't trust anyone. Come Season 6, Rory has abandoned college and her dreams, estranged from her mother, while Jess has become a successful author and renewed relationships with his Uncle and Mother. Luckily, for Rory though, Jess's transformation is exactly what she needs...

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* Attempted in the first two seasons of ''Series/{{Friends}}''. First Ross pines after Rachel as she dates [[RomanticFalseLead Paolo]]. Then Rachel pines after Ross as he dates Julie. How well this works is debatable, given that Julie was a wonderful person and Paolo was a jerk.
** On a broader level
''Series/{{Friends}}'': Rachel and Monica can fall into this. Before the series, Rachel was a AlphaBitch/RichBitch, RichBitch and engaged to be married, marry an equally wealthy guy, while Monica was a FormerlyFat poorly-paid assistant chef whose was constantly being told she'll die alone. During the series Rachel breaks off her engagement, works as a waitress and has a lot of disastrous boyfriends, while Monica works her way up the chef ranks (admittedly with a rough, unemployed patch in the middle) and builds a stable, fulfilling relationship. By Series 9, Rachel is a single-mother, has a good but not exceptional fashion job and a series of failed relationships (and a marriage) under her belt. Monica is a Head Chef at a very prestigious restaurant and HappilyMarried to her best friend, an equally great, successful guy. Things do improve for Rachel by the end of the series, but the contrast is still there.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' played this with Rory and Jess. Early on, she's In early seasons Rory's a hardworking hardworking, honours student, bound for a Journalistic career an Ivy League, aiming to pursue journalism and beloved by the golden child of her family; He's family, while Jess is a high school dropout who doesn't trust anyone. drop out with zero life ambitions, his mom kicked him out and he's at odds with his uncle. Come Season 6, Rory has dropped out of college, abandoned college her career dreams and her dreams, is estranged from her mother, while Jess has become is a successful author and renewed relationships author, runs a publishing house with friends and is closer to his Uncle and Mother. Luckily, for Rory though, uncle than ever before. Luckily though Jess's transformation is exactly what she needs...Rory needs to get her life together.
8th Dec '16 8:47:19 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Shinji and Asuka start as the " shy failure" and the " confident AcePilot" and over the course of the series, Shinji racks up the most angel kills and Asuka has a breakdown because she doesn't.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Shinji and Asuka start as the " shy failure" and the " confident "confident AcePilot" and over the course of the series, Shinji racks up the most angel kills and Asuka has a breakdown because she doesn't.
19th Nov '16 6:40:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Warbreaker}}'', the sisters Vivenna and Siri are initially introduced with Vivenna as a well-mannered and seemingly perfect PrincessClassic all set to become queen of Hallandren, and Siri as a disobedient RebelliousPrincess running away from her responsibilities. Circumstances make it so that Vivenna has to play a RebelliousPrincess type role and Siri has to become a PrincessClassic, and over the course of the story, Vivenna's flaws and Siri's virtues become apparent. Ultimately, Vivenna becomes an ActionGirl, running from her responsibilities while [[JourneyToFindOneself she figures out who she is]], while Siri is [[TheHighQueen all set to become queen of Hallandren]], for good this time.

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* In ''{{Warbreaker}}'', ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', the sisters Vivenna and Siri are initially introduced with Vivenna as a well-mannered and seemingly perfect PrincessClassic all set to become queen of Hallandren, and Siri as a disobedient RebelliousPrincess running away from her responsibilities. Circumstances make it so that Vivenna has to play a RebelliousPrincess type role and Siri has to become a PrincessClassic, and over the course of the story, Vivenna's flaws and Siri's virtues become apparent. Ultimately, Vivenna becomes an ActionGirl, running from her responsibilities while [[JourneyToFindOneself she figures out who she is]], while Siri is [[TheHighQueen all set to become queen of Hallandren]], for good this time.
30th Oct '16 2:10:30 PM nombretomado
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%%%* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''HenryIV Part I''.

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%%%* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''HenryIV ''Theatre/HenryIV Part I''.
18th Oct '16 5:20:25 PM nombretomado
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* Attempted in the first two seasons of ''{{Friends}}''. First Ross pines after Rachel as she dates [[RomanticFalseLead Paolo]]. Then Rachel pines after Ross as he dates Julie. How well this works is debatable, given that Julie was a wonderful person and Paolo was a jerk.

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* Attempted in the first two seasons of ''{{Friends}}''.''Series/{{Friends}}''. First Ross pines after Rachel as she dates [[RomanticFalseLead Paolo]]. Then Rachel pines after Ross as he dates Julie. How well this works is debatable, given that Julie was a wonderful person and Paolo was a jerk.
20th Sep '16 11:00:18 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''; the episode "Jack Learns to Jump Good" starts with Jack rushing for a time portal which he believes will lead to his goal, only for Aku to appear out of nowhere, grab it, and mock the hero as he futilely tries to leap for it. End of the episode, the same thing happens, but now that Jack can [[InASingleBound "jump good"]], he [[ShutUpHannibal interrupts Aku's gloating]] by doing so with his sword drawn straight for Aku's face, [[OhCrap to the villain's utter horror.]]
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