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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.]]
19th Sep '16 3:21:05 AM SurroundedByPerverts
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30th Aug '16 11:33:49 AM Willbyr
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* ''{{Naruto}}'': Kakashi starts as a shinobi who only cares about the mission, while Obito thinks that comrades are more important. After the battle of Kannibi Bridge, Kakashi becomes more concerned about comrades. [[spoiler: Obito becomes eventually Tobi, who deems no sacrifice too great for his mission.]]

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* ''{{Naruto}}'': ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Kakashi starts as a shinobi who only cares about the mission, while Obito thinks that comrades are more important. After the battle of Kannibi Bridge, Kakashi becomes more concerned about comrades. [[spoiler: Obito becomes eventually Tobi, who deems no sacrifice too great for his mission.]]
24th Aug '16 4:41:13 AM Baeraad555
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** In a wider sense, at the start of the series Sam has ''almost'' managed to [[RefusalOfTheCall escape]] his hunter upbringing in favour of a [[IJustWantToBeNormal normal life]], when he's dragged back to the hunt by Dean, who idolises [[WellDoneSonGuy their father]] and argues that a normal life is for chumps. Over the course of the first five seasons (which is to say, the arc of the show as originally plotted), Sam gets increasingly militant in the fight against evil, while Dean gets increasingly heartsick and tired of the whole thing. The SeriesFauxnale at the end of Season 5 sees [[spoiler: Sam giving up not just his life but his eternal afterlife to put Lucifer back in his cage and averting the apocalypse, and Dean retiring to a peaceful life with his girlfriend and her son.]] Since the series didn't end there, [[BackFromTheDead neither of those things]] [[TenMinuteRetirement lasted for very long,]] and by season eight the brothers had arguably switched places ''again'', but that's another story.
22nd Aug '16 7:15:47 PM vividgrim
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* In ''Anime/LoveLiveSunshine'', this happened with the third years; [[spoiler: at the beginning Mari was more reserved and had to be convinced to become a school idol whereas Dia and Kanan were passionate about it. After having PerformanceAnxiety in Tokyo and being crushed, Kanan and Dia are more closed off and want nothing to do with school idols, while Mari enthusiastically supports Chika's endeavor.]]
1st Aug '16 1:19:27 PM WillKeaton
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* In VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}, {{SelfDemonstrating/Wheatley}} begins as Chell (the player)'s friend, guiding her along, and helping her to defeat SelfDemonstrating/GLaDOS, the computer in charge of the facility, who is trying to kill Chell. Halfway through the game, though, Chell replaces [=GLaDOS=] with Wheatley and Wheatley subsequently decides to try to kill Chell, and [=GLaDOS=], running off a potato, accompanies Chell and helps her defeat Wheatley.

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* In VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}, ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}},'' {{SelfDemonstrating/Wheatley}} begins as Chell (the player)'s friend, guiding her along, and helping her to defeat SelfDemonstrating/GLaDOS, the computer in charge of the facility, who is trying to kill Chell. Halfway through the game, though, Chell replaces [=GLaDOS=] with Wheatley and Wheatley subsequently decides to try to kill Chell, and [=GLaDOS=], running off a potato, accompanies Chell and helps her defeat Wheatley.
25th Jul '16 12:17:56 PM Someoneman
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** Another example would be Neville Longbottom and Draco Malfoy. In the first book, Neville is a clumsy {{Buttmonkey}} who constantly bungles spells and is bullied by the Slytherins. Malfoy, on the other hand, is the arrogant [[AlphaBitch top dog]] of the Slytherins who makes Neville's life hell. By the seventh book, Neville develops into a brave and confident leader among the Gryffindors and all the other students who revolted in the Final Battle, [[spoiler: even distinguishing himself by [[AwesomeMoments decapitating Nagini with the Sword of Gryffindor]]!]] Malfoy meanwhile becomes a cringing coward whose former followers turn on him and just barely manages to scrape a HeelFaceTurn to avoid becoming another Death Eater casualty in the Final Battle.

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** Another example would be Neville Longbottom and Draco Malfoy. In the first book, Neville is a clumsy {{Buttmonkey}} who constantly bungles spells and is bullied by the Slytherins. Malfoy, on the other hand, is the arrogant [[AlphaBitch top dog]] of the Slytherins who makes Neville's life hell. By the seventh book, Neville develops into a brave and confident leader among the Gryffindors and all the other students who revolted in the Final Battle, [[spoiler: even distinguishing himself by [[AwesomeMoments decapitating Nagini with the Sword of Gryffindor]]!]] Gryffindor!]] Malfoy meanwhile becomes a cringing coward whose former followers turn on him and just barely manages to scrape a HeelFaceTurn to avoid becoming another Death Eater casualty in the Final Battle.
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]].
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