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14th Sep '17 6:22:41 AM kquinn0830
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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/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.

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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/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.independent.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' has Tony recruit Peter Parker to help him arrest Rogers and the other anti-registration heroes, though Peter doesn't want to go to Germany and miss school and has to be blackmailed into it. After the battle, Peter thoroughly enjoyed the experience and wants to join the Avengers full time, while Tony, horrified by the fact Peter almost got seriously injured, feels that bringing him along was a bad idea and wants him to stick to the streets. ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' features Peter trying to prove his worth to Tony while he steadfastly refuses to let him join. By the end, [[spoiler:Tony has decided that Peter has proven himself and wants to make him an official member of the team. However, Peter decides that he'd rather stay a street-level hero and fight for the little guys that the Avengers can't and turns the offer down.]]
27th Aug '17 9:10:19 PM mlsmithca
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* In the season five finale of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', "The Opposite", George, after realizing how terrible his life is, decides that, since his instincts have always been wrong, then going against them should be good for him. By doing so, he suddenly has a girlfriend, is able to move out of his parents' house, and lands his dream job for the New York Yankees. Meanwhile, Elaine, for whom things had been going great, suddenly finds herself unemployed, homeless, and in a romantic slump, realizing to her dismay that "I've become George!". Jerry lampshades the trope with his subplot of how he always manages to break even.

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* In the season five finale of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', "The Opposite", George, after realizing how terrible his life is, decides that, since his instincts have always been wrong, then going against them should be good for him. By doing so, he suddenly has a girlfriend, is able to move out of his parents' house, and lands his dream job for the New York Yankees. Meanwhile, Elaine, for whom things had been going great, suddenly finds herself unemployed, homeless, and in a romantic slump, realizing to her dismay that "I've become George!". Jerry lampshades the trope with his subplot of how he always manages to break even.
23rd Aug '17 1:02:49 AM Octorok103
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' features one of these; a rich man and a very poor man both have their daughters kidnapped, and the circumstances surrounding their return swaps them over, including general level of nastiness: The one who starts poor stays nasty and unsympathetic after gaining wealth, and the one who starts rich stays likeable after losing his wealth.

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' features one of these; a rich man and a very poor man both have their daughters kidnapped, and the circumstances surrounding their return swaps them over, including general level over. When you first arrive on Windfall Island, Mila's father is a snooty collector of nastiness: The one expensive vases who starts poor stays nasty resides in an opulent mansion, while Maggie's father is a timid beggar who pleads for anyone passing by to rescue his daughter. When the pirates return the girls, they extort Mila's father out of his fortune, leaving the newly-reunited family destitute and unsympathetic after gaining wealth, living on the street; the experience humbles Mila's father and teaches him that there are more important things than money. Meanwhile, Maggie's father manages to make a killing off the one rare Skull Necklaces that Maggie brought back with her, allowing them to move into the newly-vacated mansion; in the process, he becomes an arrogant snob who starts rich stays likeable after losing turns his wealth.nose up at everyone else and throws temper tantrums when the postman tries to deliver mail to his house.
6th Jul '17 6:38:16 AM Izzie
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** Eren and Armin start off with Eren as the one who believes that he will save the world from the titans, and Armin being the more reserved, cautious one who has absolutely no confidence in himself or his actions. As they go through the series, Armin's plans repeatedly succeed and he slowly grows more confident in them while Eren's plans repeatedly fail and/or are only successful after an immediate disaster. This cultimates in [[spoiler: chapter 84 when Eren demands that Levi give Armin the serum and save him because he believes that Armin will be the one to save the world, not Eren himself.]]
4th Jul '17 3:47:54 PM LinTaylor
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* ''Manga/BokuNoHeroAcademia'': The main characters Midoriya and Bakugou start off as the former being a ChewToy to their class, who is even mocked by their teacher who considers his dreams laughable, while every one of their classmates and teachers look up to Bakugou, who has a bully posse of his own, as someone who can become an amazing hero. When they get into UA, however, Midoriya becomes instantly popular among their class due to his charisma, strength, determination and his strong moral sense being considered characteristic fit to a real hero, after the first day of exercise everyone crowds around Midoriya praising his performance and several other characters start to look to Midoriya with interest in his professional future, he also gets a group of friends to hang out with (mainly Uraraka and Iida at first, later on Tsuyu and Mineta and even [[TheAce Todoroki]] [[DefrostingIceKing warms up to him]], thanks to Midoriya helping Todoroki start dealing with his issues and becoming his first friend to boot) while Bakugou is mocked by the class who has no interest in dealing with a bully whose behavior is more fitting to a villain than to a hero, with few people believing he can actually even make it as one, it takes a while for Bakugou to even get his OnlyFriend Kirishima and to make it worse, he is still seen as [[NeverLiveItDown the victim of the Sludge Villain attack]]. He is still respected for his capabilities though.

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* ''Manga/BokuNoHeroAcademia'': The main characters ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': At the start of the series, protagonist Izuku Midoriya and Bakugou start off as the former being is a massive ChewToy to their class, who is even gets mocked by their teacher who considers everyone, even his dreams laughable, while every one of their classmates teachers, and teachers look up to Bakugou, who his dream of attending [[SuperheroSchool U.A.]] is treated as a joke because he [[{{Muggle}} doesn't have a Quirk]]; meanwhile, Katsuki Bakugo (who has a bully posse [[StuffBlowingUp powerful Quirk]]) is treated as the golden child who's showered with praise and adoration by all those around him (and of his own, as someone who can become an amazing hero. course, he was the worst when it came to mocking Izuku). When they actually do get into UA, U.A., however, Midoriya becomes instantly popular among their class due to his charisma, strength, determination and his strong moral sense being considered characteristic fit to a real hero, after the first day of exercise everyone crowds around Midoriya praising his performance and several other characters start to look to Midoriya with interest in his professional future, he also gets a group makes tons of friends to hang out with (mainly Uraraka and Iida at first, later on Tsuyu and Mineta and even [[TheAce Todoroki]] [[DefrostingIceKing warms up to him]], thanks to Midoriya helping Todoroki start dealing with his issues and becoming his first friend to boot) while Bakugou is mocked by the class who has no interest in dealing with a bully whose behavior is more fitting to a villain than to a hero, with few people believing he can actually even make it as one, it takes a while for Bakugou to even get his OnlyFriend Kirishima and to make it worse, he is still seen as [[NeverLiveItDown the victim star of Class 1-A because he's a NiceGuy with all the Sludge Villain attack]]. He is still respected for his capabilities though.right qualities to be a true hero (bravery, charisma, intelligence, compassion, and determination), while practically nobody likes Bakugo because he's a loud-mouthed, short-tempered JerkAss with a very high opinion of himself.
27th Jun '17 5:15:00 PM Arcana4th
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* ''Manga/BokuNoHeroAcademia'': The main characters Midoriya and Bakugou start off as the former being a ChewToy to their class, who is even mocked by their teacher who considers his dreams laughable, while every one of their classmates and teachers look up to Bakugou, who has a bully posse of his own, as someone who can become an amazing hero. When they get into UA, however, Midoriya becomes instantly popular among their class due to his charisma, strength, determination and his strong moral sense being considered characteristic fit to a real hero, after the first day of exercise everyone crowds around Midoriya praising his performance and several other characters start to look to Midoriya with interest in his professional future, he also gets a group of friends to hang out with (mainly Uraraka and Iida at first, later on Tsuyu and Mineta and even [[TheAce Todoroki]][[TheStoic warms up to him]], thanks to Midoriya helping Todoroki start dealing with his issues and becoming his first friend to boot) while Bakugou is mocked by the class who has no interest in dealing with a a bully whose behavior is more fitting to a villain than to a hero, with few people believing he can actually even make it as one, it takes a while for Bakugou to even get his OnlyFriend Kirishima and to make it worse, he is still seen as [[NeverLiveItDown the victim of the Sludge Villain attack]]. He is still respected for his capabilities though.

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* ''Manga/BokuNoHeroAcademia'': The main characters Midoriya and Bakugou start off as the former being a ChewToy to their class, who is even mocked by their teacher who considers his dreams laughable, while every one of their classmates and teachers look up to Bakugou, who has a bully posse of his own, as someone who can become an amazing hero. When they get into UA, however, Midoriya becomes instantly popular among their class due to his charisma, strength, determination and his strong moral sense being considered characteristic fit to a real hero, after the first day of exercise everyone crowds around Midoriya praising his performance and several other characters start to look to Midoriya with interest in his professional future, he also gets a group of friends to hang out with (mainly Uraraka and Iida at first, later on Tsuyu and Mineta and even [[TheAce Todoroki]][[TheStoic Todoroki]] [[DefrostingIceKing warms up to him]], thanks to Midoriya helping Todoroki start dealing with his issues and becoming his first friend to boot) while Bakugou is mocked by the class who has no interest in dealing with a a bully whose behavior is more fitting to a villain than to a hero, with few people believing he can actually even make it as one, it takes a while for Bakugou to even get his OnlyFriend Kirishima and to make it worse, he is still seen as [[NeverLiveItDown the victim of the Sludge Villain attack]]. He is still respected for his capabilities though.
27th Jun '17 2:11:02 PM DVB
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* ''Manga/BokuNoHeroAcademia'': The main characters Midoriya and Bakugou start off as the former being a ChewToy to their class, who is even mocked by their teacher who considers his dreams laughable, while every one of their classmates and teachers look up to Bakugou, who has a bully posse of his own, as someone who can become an amazing hero. When they get into UA, however, Midoriya becomes instantly popular among their class due to his charisma and strength being considered characteristic fit to a real hero, after the first day of exercise everyone crowds around Midoriya praising his performance and several other characters start to look to Midoriya with interest in his professional future, he also gets a group of friends to hang out with (Uraraka, Todoroki, Iida mainly, but depending on the situation, anyone of the class really) while Bakugou is ostracized by the class who has no interest in dealing with a a bully whose behavior is more fitting to a villain than to a hero, with few people believing he can actually even make it as one, it takes a while for Bakugou to even get his OnlyFriend Kirishima and to make it worse, he is still seen as [[NeverLiveItDown the victim of the Sludge Villain attack]].
* ''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 eventually becomes Tobi, who deems no sacrifice too great for his mission.]]

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* ''Manga/BokuNoHeroAcademia'': The main characters Midoriya and Bakugou start off as the former being a ChewToy to their class, who is even mocked by their teacher who considers his dreams laughable, while every one of their classmates and teachers look up to Bakugou, who has a bully posse of his own, as someone who can become an amazing hero. When they get into UA, however, Midoriya becomes instantly popular among their class due to his charisma charisma, strength, determination and strength his strong moral sense being considered characteristic fit to a real hero, after the first day of exercise everyone crowds around Midoriya praising his performance and several other characters start to look to Midoriya with interest in his professional future, he also gets a group of friends to hang out with (Uraraka, Todoroki, (mainly Uraraka and Iida mainly, but depending at first, later on the situation, anyone of the class really) Tsuyu and Mineta and even [[TheAce Todoroki]][[TheStoic warms up to him]], thanks to Midoriya helping Todoroki start dealing with his issues and becoming his first friend to boot) while Bakugou is ostracized mocked by the class who has no interest in dealing with a a bully whose behavior is more fitting to a villain than to a hero, with few people believing he can actually even make it as one, it takes a while for Bakugou to even get his OnlyFriend Kirishima and to make it worse, he is still seen as [[NeverLiveItDown the victim of the Sludge Villain attack]].
attack]]. He is still respected for his capabilities though.
* ''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. comrades and puts them abvoe the mission. [[spoiler: Obito eventually becomes however, completely and utterly ''shatters'' at seeing the love of his life kill herself with his best friend's attack and is sent down the nihilstic path to becoming Tobi, who deems no will sacrifice too great anyone and everyone for his mission.]]



* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'': Rorscharch and Ozymandias exchange positions at the end. The latter calls the former a right-wing loony and the former regards him as a liberal hypocrite. As a young man, Rorscharch wrote gushingly about Harry Truman's decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the wisdom of WellIntentionedExtremist thinking. But he's appalled when Ozymandias comes around to it, and does it for real.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'': Rorscharch and Ozymandias exchange positions at the end. The latter calls the former a right-wing loony and the former regards him as a liberal hypocrite. As a young man, Rorscharch wrote gushingly about Harry Truman's decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the wisdom of WellIntentionedExtremist thinking. But he's appalled horrified [[spoiler: when Ozymandias comes around to it, and does it for real.real. However, it needs to be stated that Rorscharch's code is all about the rules. In his mind, Truman had authority to do what was needed, since he was President of the US and Commander-in-Chief while Ozymandias did not have any authority to do something similar.]]



** 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 (except for the physical abuse, and his sarcasm is way more on point).

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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, wealthy and popular JerkJock [[spoiler: James Potter.Potter, albeit for different reasons. Snape hates James because [[TheResenter James has a loving family and plenty fo talent while Snape has a crap home life and does not like anyone looking down on him.) James hates Snape because Snape is genuinely an asshole and a shady character though other reasons come into play. ]] 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 being antagonistic to those he deems lesser than him (except for the physical abuse, and (though namely through his sarcasm is way more on point).{{Jerkass}} behavior.)
11th Jun '17 6:09:41 PM jtierney50
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* The second and third songs of ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' emphasize the contrasting nature of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. "Aaron Burr, Sir" makes clear that Burr will not choose a side until he's certain that it's the right one (something that is codified in "Wait For It", "Non-Stop", and "The Room Where It Happens"), while "My Shot" shows that Hamilton "will not throw away [his] shot", is always one of the first to support something he thinks is right, and wears his emotions and beliefs on his sleeve. Over the show, Burr and Hamilton begin to learn from each other (they even say as much in "The Room Where It Happens" for Hamilton and "The Election of 1800" for Burr), and in the final duel, [[spoiler:Burr takes the rash, impulsive action of shooting Hamilton, while Hamilton decides to take his time to consider what to do and eventually chooses the safe option of firing at the sky, not Burr]].
14th May '17 2:09:06 PM Eddy1215
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* ''Manga/BokuNoHeroAcademia'': The main characters Midoriya and Bakugou start off as the former being a ChewToy to their class, who is laughed at even by their teacher who consider his dreams laughable while everyone of their classmates and teachers look up to Bakugou, who has a bully posse of his own, as someone who can become and amazing hero. When they get into UA, however, Midoriya becomes instantly popular among their class due to his charisma and strength being considered characteristic fit to a real hero, after the first day of exercise everyone crowds around Midoriya praising his performance and several other characters start to look to Midoriya with interest in his professional future, he also gets a group of friends to hang out with (Uraraka, Todoroki, Iida mainly, but depending on the situation, anyone of the class really) while Bakugou is ostracized by the class who has no interest in dealing with a a bully whose behavior is more fitting to a villain than to a hero, with few people believing he can actually even make it as one, it takes a while for Bakugou to even get his OnlyFriend Kirishima and to make it worse, he is still seen as [[NeverLiveItDown the victim of the Sludge Villain attack]].

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* ''Manga/BokuNoHeroAcademia'': The main characters Midoriya and Bakugou start off as the former being a ChewToy to their class, who is laughed at even mocked by their teacher who consider considers his dreams laughable laughable, while everyone every one of their classmates and teachers look up to Bakugou, who has a bully posse of his own, as someone who can become and an amazing hero. When they get into UA, however, Midoriya becomes instantly popular among their class due to his charisma and strength being considered characteristic fit to a real hero, after the first day of exercise everyone crowds around Midoriya praising his performance and several other characters start to look to Midoriya with interest in his professional future, he also gets a group of friends to hang out with (Uraraka, Todoroki, Iida mainly, but depending on the situation, anyone of the class really) while Bakugou is ostracized by the class who has no interest in dealing with a a bully whose behavior is more fitting to a villain than to a hero, with few people believing he can actually even make it as one, it takes a while for Bakugou to even get his OnlyFriend Kirishima and to make it worse, he is still seen as [[NeverLiveItDown the victim of the Sludge Villain attack]].
14th May '17 12:50:39 PM Arcana4th
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* ''Manga/BokuNoHeroAcademia'': The main characters Midoriya and Bakugou start off as the former being a ChewToy to their class, who is laughed at even by their teacher who consider his dreams laughable while everyone of their classmates and teachers look up to Bakugou, who has a bully posse of his own, as someone who can become and amazing hero. When they get into UA, however, Midoriya becomes instantly popular among their class due to his charisma and strength being considered characteristic fit to a real hero, after the first day of exercise everyone crowds around Midoriya praising his performance and several other characters start to look to Midoriya with interest in his professional future, he also gets a group of friends to hang out with (Uraraka, Todoroki, Iida mainly, but depending on the situation, anyone of the class really) while Bakugou is ostracized by the class who has no interest in dealing with a a bully whose behavior is more fitting to a villain than to a hero, with few people believing he can actually even make it as one, it takes a while for Bakugou to even get his OnlyFriend Kirishima and to make it worse, he is still seen as [[NeverLiveItDown the victim of the Sludge Villain attack]].
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