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23rd Dec '17 4:12:07 PM nombretomado
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* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Artemis]] in the book ''Acheron'', one of the most recent books in Sherrilyn Kenyon's ''[[TheDarkHunters Dark Hunter]]'' series starts out as a friendly and curious goddess at the beginning of the book. At the end, you just want to smack her for her [[JerkassGod unadulterated meanie]] abilities.

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* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Artemis]] in the book ''Acheron'', one of the most recent books in Sherrilyn Kenyon's ''[[TheDarkHunters ''[[Literature/TheDarkHunters Dark Hunter]]'' series starts out as a friendly and curious goddess at the beginning of the book. At the end, you just want to smack her for her [[JerkassGod unadulterated meanie]] abilities.
3rd Dec '17 5:35:47 PM Prometheus117
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', the White Fang started out as an organization seeking better treatment of the Faunus race. However, when the old leadership gave way for new ones, the CycleOfRevenge decided that peace wasn't worth it and decided to go wreck shit, especially if its human-made and especially if it involves the Schnee Dust Company

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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', the White Fang started out as an organization seeking better treatment of the Faunus race. However, when race through peaceful protests. Then the old leadership gave way for to new ones, who decided that they'd use violence to force humans to give them the CycleOfRevenge equality they felt they deserved. Then ''they'' got replaced by newer ones, who decided that peace and equality wasn't worth it and decided to go wreck shit, especially if its it's human-made and especially if it involves the Schnee Dust CompanyCompany, in order to reign supreme over humanity.
20th Oct '17 10:08:18 PM Discar
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->''"I used to have goals. They were evil goals, but they were goals"''

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->''"I used to have goals. They were evil goals, but they were goals"''goals."''
24th Jun '17 8:28:09 PM Discar
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-->-- '''Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz''', after another defeat by Perry. ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''

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-->-- '''Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz''', after another defeat by Perry. Perry, ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
18th Mar '17 5:23:44 PM TheUnknownUploader
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::Note that all around him the stage and background are going haywire and falling apart, (corresponding to the condition of Yeltsin era Russia) and yet he doesn't care about the fact that conditions for the people are essentially the same as they were under the Tsar, except that he's now the one with the money now.

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::Note ** Note that all around him the stage and background are going haywire and falling apart, (corresponding to the condition of Yeltsin era Russia) and yet he doesn't care about the fact that conditions for the people are essentially the same as they were under the Tsar, except that he's now the one with the money now.
18th Feb '17 2:07:13 AM riothegod
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->''"I used to have goals!"''
-->-- '''Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz''', ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''

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->''"I used to have goals!"''
goals. They were evil goals, but they were goals"''
-->-- '''Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz''', after another defeat by Perry. ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
30th Oct '16 3:27:52 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, this explicitly happens to BigBad Ma'ar, alongside and combined with his VillainDecay. In the Mage Wars he was a WellIntentionedExtremist who united the barbarian tribes and sought to impose a UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans. Through successive reincarnations and overuse of BloodMagic, he eventually devolves into a twisted, megalomaniacal schemer whose grandiose plans to TakeOverTheWorld end up thwarted by generation after generation of heroes. This all turns out to have been a scheme of [[ThePowersThatBe the gods]], who needed his knowledge to avert the return of the magical Cataclysm that started with his original death.

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* In the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, this explicitly happens to BigBad Ma'ar, alongside and combined with his VillainDecay. In the Mage Wars he was a WellIntentionedExtremist who united the barbarian tribes and sought to impose a UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans. Through successive reincarnations and overuse of BloodMagic, he eventually devolves into a twisted, megalomaniacal schemer whose grandiose plans to TakeOverTheWorld end up thwarted by generation after generation of heroes. This all turns out to have been a scheme of [[ThePowersThatBe the gods]], who needed his knowledge to avert the return of the magical Cataclysm that started with his original death.
13th Oct '16 8:30:33 AM HasturHasturHastur
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This is often someone who starts out with a specific goal, as a WellIntentionedExtremist or someone out for [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge revenge against the perpetrators]] of a particular wrong (real or imagined), or someone who is driven to actions by unfortunate circumstances. This can make a very deep and often tragic character, but it's hard for the writers to keep it up, especially in a long-running franchise. Perhaps the author simply has trouble following through on their original idea, [[PlotTumor other parts of the story got more important]], or the creator [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants was making up as they went]]. Perhaps later writers who come on in the middle of a work's run just don't "get" it. Sometimes the writer is trying to give some kind of {{Aesop}} that because their original motive was grey, this leads to [[BlackAndWhiteMorality monochrome]] quickly. [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Too quickly.]]

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This is often someone who starts out with a specific goal, as a WellIntentionedExtremist or someone out for [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge revenge against the perpetrators]] of a particular wrong (real or imagined), or someone who is driven to actions by unfortunate circumstances. This can make a very deep and often tragic character, but it's hard for the writers to keep it up, especially in a long-running franchise. Perhaps the author simply has trouble following through on their original idea, [[PlotTumor other parts of the story got more important]], or the creator [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants was making up as they went]]. Perhaps later writers who come on in the middle of a work's run just don't "get" it. Sometimes the writer is trying to give some kind of {{Aesop}} that because their original motive was grey, this leads to [[BlackAndWhiteMorality monochrome]] quickly. [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Too quickly.]]
]] On the other hand, it sometimes is intentional. The character may very well have lost track of what they were fighting for and kept going on in spite of this because [[IveComeTooFar they have nothing else left]].
7th Sep '16 10:27:25 AM aidreamer
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* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', throughout most of the story, the BigBad, King Radical, has the main goal of saving his world and people by sacrificing the Doctor's world. But when the Doctor ruins his plans beyond repair, the only motive King Radical has left is to make the Doctor suffer as much as possible.
26th Jul '16 3:34:33 AM Chabal2
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** A lot of Chaos cults start out as organizations for actual reform (removing corrupt leaders, purging mutants, killing criminals...). Unfortunately, while a lot of what the Imperium does ''is'' stupid and wasteful, a lot of what it does is also a NecessaryEvil, and Chaos is all too happy to exploit this.
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