History Main / HourglassPlot

25th May '16 6:32:16 PM TheMightyHeptagon
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** 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.

to:

** 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[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.

to:

* [[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
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* 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.]]
1st May '16 1:29:46 AM Eddy1215
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* On ''Series/NewsRadio'', Matthew is usually the office ButtMonkey, suffering through the cruel pranks of office big shot Bill. Dave tells Matthew to assert himself to Bill, which he does by punching him in the face. Suddenly, Matthew is the office jerk, while Bill becomes meek and passive. The SnapBackButton is pressed when Bill, defending Matthew, accidentally slaps him, snapping Matthew out of his ego trip.

to:

* On ''Series/NewsRadio'', Matthew is usually the office ButtMonkey, suffering through the cruel pranks of office big shot Bill. Dave tells Matthew to assert himself to Bill, which he does by punching him in the face. Suddenly, Matthew is the office jerk, while Bill becomes meek and passive. The SnapBackButton ResetButton is pressed when Bill, defending Matthew, accidentally slaps him, snapping Matthew out of his ego trip.
4th Apr '16 6:49:55 PM johnsmithxxi
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': The penultimate episode of the television series, "Principal For A Day", has Miss Brooks appointed principal and Mr. Conklin become a History (not English) teacher. Because StatusQuoIsGod, their respective positions are restored at the end. Neither seem to learn much from the episode. Miss Brooks enjoys herself thoroughly, and other than adding feminine touches to her office and spending some quality time with [[LoveInterest Mr. Boynton]] doesn't abuse her power. Mr. Conklin's temporary humility, and appreciativeness to Miss Brooks' giving him the teaching position, is cast off as soon as he becomes principal again. It helps that Mr. Conklin is a pompous JerkWithAHeartOfGold than an outright villain.
12th Mar '16 6:24:39 PM Landis
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''{{Warbreaker}}'', the sisters Vivenna and Siri are initially introduced with Vivenna as a well-mannered and seemingly perfect PrincessClassic, and Siri as a disobedient RebelliousPrincess. 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 and leaves her old life behind to [[WalkingTheEarth walk around and atone]], and Siri settles into the role of TheHighQueen.

to:

* In ''{{Warbreaker}}'', the sisters Vivenna and Siri are initially introduced with Vivenna as a well-mannered and seemingly perfect PrincessClassic, PrincessClassic all set to become queen of Hallandren, and Siri as a disobedient RebelliousPrincess.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 and leaves ActionGirl, running from her old life behind to [[WalkingTheEarth walk around and atone]], and responsibilities while [[JourneyToFindOneself she figures out who she is]], while Siri settles into the role is [[TheHighQueen all set to become queen of TheHighQueen.Hallandren]], for good this time.
7th Mar '16 3:41:16 PM DoctorCooper
Is there an issue? Send a Message


The pathos from the Hourglass Plot comes from how neither character learns from the situation -- they act just the same to each other as they did before, but with roles reversed. Particularly cruel shows will create an infinite-loop HourglassPlot, where two hostile characters keep swapping positions and treating each other as badly as ever. In rare cases, such plots will involve the characters barely interacting with each other... a pure comparison of one person's rise to another person's fall.

to:

The pathos from the Hourglass Plot comes from how neither character learns from the situation -- they act just the same to each other as they did before, but with roles reversed. Particularly cruel shows will create an infinite-loop HourglassPlot, Hourglass Plot, where two hostile characters keep swapping positions and treating each other as badly as ever. In rare cases, such plots will involve the characters barely interacting with each other... a pure comparison of one person's rise to another person's fall.



* ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'' features an HourglassPlot between Hester and Dimmesdale on several levels, especially at the end of the novel.

to:

* ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'' features an HourglassPlot Hourglass Plot between Hester and Dimmesdale on several levels, especially at the end of the novel.
14th Dec '15 6:00:12 PM Eddy1215
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In the ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' episode "Nurse Stimpy", 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 is all too happy to return the favor Stimpy gave him.

to:

* In the ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' episode "Nurse Stimpy", [[SickEpisode Ren has gotten sick 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 to]] [[CaretakerReversal return the favor Stimpy gave him.him]].
14th Dec '15 2:28:16 PM Discar
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Over the course of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', Guinevere and Morgana swap places. Gwen is [[ShrinkingViolet shy serving girl]] whilst Morgana is the [[ThePresidentsDaughter confident ward of the king]]. Gwen dislikes Prince Arthur, whilst [[SlapSlapKiss Morgana flirts with him]]. Fastforward four seasons and Guinevere is TheHighQueen of Camelot, married to KingArthur, whilst Morgana is living in a hovel, stewing in bitterness and hate for her former family.

to:

* Over the course of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', Guinevere and Morgana swap places. Gwen is [[ShrinkingViolet shy serving girl]] whilst Morgana is the [[ThePresidentsDaughter confident ward of the king]].king. Gwen dislikes Prince Arthur, whilst [[SlapSlapKiss Morgana flirts with him]]. Fastforward four seasons and Guinevere is TheHighQueen of Camelot, married to KingArthur, whilst Morgana is living in a hovel, stewing in bitterness and hate for her former family.
This list shows the last 10 events of 83. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.HourglassPlot