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13th Jul '16 9:54:44 PM lavendermintrose
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* In the Vampire Mountain arc of ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'', Darren meets [[spoiler: Kurda, who has been elected to become a Vampire Prince]]. They become friends, until the end of the fifth book, when [[spoiler: Darren has been condemned to death for failure to complete a task, and Kurda helps him escape... and Darren finds out that Kurda has [[WellIntentionedExtremist betrayed]] all of the vampires]]. Darren returns to the mountain and exposes the plot, resulting in [[spoiler: Kurda being executed, and the Vampire Princes making Darren a Prince because it's the [[HonorBeforeReason only way to avoid executing him]]]]. It's one of the many places where this series ends up being [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids far deeper than it looks]]. This is lampshaded by Darren in the manga adaptation - drawn by Takahiro Arai who would later draw a truly stellar manga adaptation of ''Literature/LesMiserables''.
11th Jul '16 10:30:39 AM SSJMagus
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* In the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, Tony Stark is introduced as a fiercely independent businessman who plays by his own rules and despises government bureaucracy, while Steve Rogers is a patriotic working-class kid from Brooklyn who believes in self-sacrifice and jumps at the chance to serve his country in World War II. Accordingly, when they meet in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', Tony regularly chafes at authority and almost loses his spot on the Avengers, while Steve remains loyal to SHIELD from start to finish. But as the series goes on, both men's character arcs move in opposite directions. Tony becomes much more willing to submit to authority after [[Film/TheAvengersAgeOfUltron one of his inventions grows beyond his control and endangers the world]], while Steve becomes much more willing to question authority after [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar he discovers a massive HYDRA conspiracy within the ranks of SHIELD]]. By ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', their roles are completely reversed: Tony leads an effort to put the Avengers under government control, while Steve is the one who rebels against the government and fights to remain independent.

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* In the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, Tony Stark is introduced as a fiercely independent businessman who plays by his own rules and despises government bureaucracy, while Steve Rogers is a patriotic working-class kid from Brooklyn who believes in self-sacrifice and jumps at the chance to serve his country in World War II. Accordingly, when they meet in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', Tony regularly chafes at authority and almost loses his spot on the Avengers, while Steve remains loyal to SHIELD from start to finish. But as the series goes on, both men's character arcs move in opposite directions. Tony becomes much more willing to submit to authority after [[Film/TheAvengersAgeOfUltron one of his inventions grows beyond his control and endangers the world]], while Steve becomes much more willing to question authority after [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier he discovers a massive HYDRA conspiracy within the ranks of SHIELD]]. By ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', their roles are completely reversed: Tony leads an effort to put the Avengers under government control, while Steve is the one who rebels against the government and fights to remain independent.
29th Jun '16 12:29:50 PM Vir
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' episode "Nurse Stimpy", [[SickEpisode Ren has gotten sick]] and Stimpy takes it upon himself to nurse him back to health. After enduring Stimpy's well-meaning but humiliating treatments throughout the entire episode, Ren is healthy again, but Stimpy has spent so much time watching over Ren that now ''he'' is sick, and Ren [[TheDogBitesBack is all too happy to]] [[CaretakerReversal return the favor Stimpy gave him]].

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' episode "Nurse Stimpy", [[SickEpisode Ren has gotten sick]] and Stimpy takes it upon himself to nurse him back to health. After enduring Stimpy's well-meaning but humiliating treatments throughout the entire episode, Ren is healthy again, but Stimpy has spent so much time watching over Ren that now ''he'' is sick, and Ren [[TheDogBitesBack is all too happy to]] [[CaretakerReversal return the favor Stimpy gave him]].
16th Jun '16 4:51:20 AM erforce
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* Between ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' and ''Donkey Kong Jr.'', Mario and Donkey Kong switch roles, the antagonist capturing somebody the protagonist cares about and holding them hostage. They must have worked things out though, as by the time ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' was released, each were the hero in their own respective series.

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* Between ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' and ''Donkey Kong Jr.'', ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongJr'', Mario and Donkey Kong switch roles, the antagonist capturing somebody the protagonist cares about and holding them hostage. They must have worked things out though, as by the time ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1'' was released, each were the hero in their own respective series.
15th Jun '16 2:38:19 PM eroock
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[[caption-width-right:260: BookEnds of the first and last acts of the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE22JokersFavor "Joker's Favor"]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:260: BookEnds {{Bookends}} of the first and last acts of the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE22JokersFavor "Joker's Favor"]]]]
9th Jun '16 11:53:02 PM gewunomox
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* In ''{{Phoenix}}: Karma'', Gao begins as a ruthless bandit with a FreudianExcuse and Akanemaru is a simple artisan who winds up [[KickTheDog stabbed by him for no good reason]]. As the story progresses, Gao finds salvation through art while Akanemaru discovers his own ambition; by the end, both are changed men, and Gao is a sculptor whose talents outshine even Akanemaru's. The petty Akanemaru will not stand to be upstaged by Gao and throws away his own redemption, telling the tale of Gao's origins as the bandit who wounded him; Gao's remaining arm is taken as punishment and he is thrown into exile. However, Akanemaru himself [[KarmicDeath dies in a fire trying to save his work]], and as he dies, the Phoenix tells him that he will never be reborn as a human; Gao, on the other hand, manages to return to his art despite his disability.

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* In ''{{Phoenix}}: ''Manga/{{Phoenix}}: Karma'', Gao begins as a ruthless bandit with a FreudianExcuse and Akanemaru is a simple artisan who winds up [[KickTheDog stabbed by him for no good reason]]. As the story progresses, Gao finds salvation through art while Akanemaru discovers his own ambition; by the end, both are changed men, and Gao is a sculptor whose talents outshine even Akanemaru's. The petty Akanemaru will not stand to be upstaged by Gao and throws away his own redemption, telling the tale of Gao's origins as the bandit who wounded him; Gao's remaining arm is taken as punishment and he is thrown into exile. However, Akanemaru himself [[KarmicDeath dies in a fire trying to save his work]], and as he dies, the Phoenix tells him that he will never be reborn as a human; Gao, on the other hand, manages to return to his art despite his disability.
25th May '16 6:32:16 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* In the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, Tony Stark is introduced as a fiercely independent businessman who plays by his own rules and despises government bureaucracy, while Steve Rogers is a patriotic working-class kid from Brooklyn who believes in self-sacrifice and jumps at the chance to serve his country in World War II. Accordingly, when they meet in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', Tony regularly chafes at authority and almost loses his spot on the Avengers, while Steve remains loyal to SHIELD from start to finish. But as the series goes on, both men's character arcs move in opposite directions. Tony becomes much more willing to submit to authority after [[Film/TheAvengersAgeOfUltron one of his inventions grows beyond his control and endangers the world]], while Steve becomes much more willing to question authority after [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar he discovers a massive HYDRA conspiracy within the ranks of SHIELD]]. By ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', their roles are completely reversed: Tony leads an effort to put the Avengers under government control, while Steve is the one who rebels against the government and fights to remain independent.
19th May '16 5:55:33 AM nighttrainfm
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** As revealed in the finale book, [[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, [[Severus [[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.
19th May '16 5:55:15 AM nighttrainfm
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* [[spoiler: Severus Snape and James Potter]] in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. In the beginning, [[spoiler: Snape]] is the neglected but overall sweet boy who befriends muggle-born Lily Evans. When they go to school, he becomes incredibly bullied by the cruel and arrogant [[spoiler: James Potter]]. Lily's friend spends more and more time retreating into the dark arts to escape his abuse, but becomes indoctrinated by the cause- one day in a fit of embarrassment, he calls Lily a slur because of her parents. Because of it, [[spoiler: Snape]] loses her friendship forever, despite secretly loving her. While [[spoiler: James Potter]] matures and becomes kinder and more heroic, eventually gaining Lily's hand in marriage, [[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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* [[spoiler: Severus ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** As revealed in the finale book, [[Severus
Snape and James Potter]] in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Potter.]] In the beginning, [[spoiler: Snape]] is the neglected but overall sweet boy neglected, awkward outsider who befriends muggle-born Lily Evans. When they go to school, both he becomes incredibly bullied by and Lily take a dislike to the cruel and arrogant wealthy, popular JerkJock [[spoiler: James Potter]]. Lily's friend spends more and more time retreating into Potter.]] However, as the dark arts to escape his abuse, but becomes indoctrinated by the cause- one day in a fit of embarrassment, he calls Lily a slur because of her parents. Because of it, years go by, [[spoiler: Snape]] falls in with a gang of Voldemort supporters and loses her friendship forever, despite secretly loving her. While [[spoiler: James Potter]] matures and becomes kinder and more heroic, eventually gaining Lily's hand in marriage, 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.
6th May '16 2:38:51 AM konekootome
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* In ''FanFic/MyMirrorSwordAndShield'' when OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Suzaku joins Emperor Lelouch in [[TimeTravel the past]], he's surrounded by Lelouch's friends and family and finds shelter and a new identity as a royal knight and mecha pilot. [[spoiler: When Lelouch is taken by Suzaku to the future, he's surrounded by Suzaku's friends and family and finds shelter and a new identity as a normal college student.]]
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