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13th Oct '17 8:35:04 AM CosmicFerret
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* Also in ''Spec Ops'' and in the same vein, Bruce Boxleitner as Col. Konrad is an inversion of his roles as TheCaptain following ''BabylonFive'', a good leader that had become a military despot, a ColonelKilgore with a nice voice and good use of words. And then we find out that Walker has charged into the situation without being given all the information and things are not what they seem... [[spoiler:like the fact most of the rantings Walker (and the player) has heard throughout the game are ''Walker's own hallucinations'']].

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* Also in ''Spec Ops'' and in the same vein, Bruce Boxleitner as Col. Konrad is an inversion of his roles as TheCaptain following ''BabylonFive'', ''Series/BabylonFive'', a good leader that had become a military despot, a ColonelKilgore with a nice voice and good use of words. And then we find out that Walker has charged into the situation without being given all the information and things are not what they seem... [[spoiler:like the fact most of the rantings Walker (and the player) has heard throughout the game are ''Walker's own hallucinations'']].
8th Oct '17 5:19:37 PM Psyclone
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* Creator/TomCruise is one of the quintessential confident, competent and easy on the eyes action heroes. In ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'', he plays US Army Major William Cage, and we are introduced to him giving interviews looking like every bit like an experienced war hero...and then the minute he's ordered to go into combat, we learn that he's a glorified PR drone who has never been in combat a day in his life and proceeds to do ''everything'' he can in order to avoid fighting, such as grovelling, blackmail and outright desertion. After being dragged kicking and screaming into battle and dying fairly quickly, a twist of fate gives him the power to trigger a time loop after death. We then see him spend the rest of the movie (and LOTS of death triggered loops) [[CharacterDevelopment slowly becoming the Tom Cruise hero we all know and love]].

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* Creator/TomCruise is one of the quintessential confident, competent and easy on the eyes action heroes. In ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'', he plays US Army Major William Cage, and we are introduced to him giving interviews looking like every bit like an experienced war hero...and then the minute he's ordered to go into combat, a war zone, we learn that he's a glorified PR drone who has never been in combat a day in his life and proceeds to do ''everything'' he can in order to avoid fighting, such as grovelling, blackmail blackmail, and outright desertion. After being dragged kicking and screaming into battle and dying fairly quickly, a twist of fate gives him the power to trigger a time loop after death. We then see him spend the rest of the movie (and LOTS of death triggered loops) [[CharacterDevelopment slowly becoming the Tom Cruise hero we all know and love]].
17th Sep '17 1:00:24 AM Doug86
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* MarkSheppard is very well known for playing [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal slightly sinister, slimy sons-of...]] whom you can't help but admire even as they're stabbing your protagonists in the back. Then he appeared as one of the Regents on ''Film/{{Warehouse13}}''. When an episode was centered around Pete getting assigned by Mrs. Frederic to find out which Regent was TheMole, IKnewIt was the immediate reaction when Sheppard's character quickly turned out to be an evil bastard making some kind of play for control of the warehouse. Then it turned out that Pete hallucinated the entire thing, and in a later episode Sheppard's character would even made a HeroicSacrifice to save the main characters.

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* MarkSheppard Creator/MarkSheppard is very well known for playing [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal slightly sinister, slimy sons-of...]] whom you can't help but admire even as they're stabbing your protagonists in the back. Then he appeared as one of the Regents on ''Film/{{Warehouse13}}''. When an episode was centered around Pete getting assigned by Mrs. Frederic to find out which Regent was TheMole, IKnewIt was the immediate reaction when Sheppard's character quickly turned out to be an evil bastard making some kind of play for control of the warehouse. Then it turned out that Pete hallucinated the entire thing, and in a later episode Sheppard's character would even made a HeroicSacrifice to save the main characters.
21st Jul '17 12:58:50 PM Morgenthaler
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** Likewise in ''TheTrumanShow'', in which his character's superficial friendliness and wacky charm hides his inner loneliness and yearning to escape his dreary life.

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** Likewise in ''TheTrumanShow'', in which his character's superficial friendliness and wacky charm [[StepfordSmiler hides his inner loneliness and yearning to escape his dreary life.life]].
21st Jul '17 12:57:35 PM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/BryanCranston was best known for his performance as Hal in sitcom ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', an archetypal BumblingDad and HenpeckedHusband frustrated by his dead-end job and poor financial standing. His character in ''Series/BreakingBad'', Walter White, starts off as a very similar sort of character, which makes his transformation into a vicious, ruthless drug dealer all the more shocking.
* Also in ''Breaking Bad'', for those who watched ''Series/FridayNightLights'' first, it at first seemed that Jesse Plemons as Todd was playing a criminal version of Landry: an extreme NiceGuy and even a little {{Adorkable}}. Then [[WouldHurtAChild he unexpectedly murders a child with no hesitation]] and [[TheSociopath only gets more creepy as the show progresses.]]

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Creator/BryanCranston was best known for his performance as Hal in sitcom ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', an archetypal BumblingDad and HenpeckedHusband frustrated by his dead-end job and poor financial standing. His character in ''Series/BreakingBad'', the series, Walter White, starts off as a very similar sort of character, which makes [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain his transformation into a vicious, ruthless drug dealer dealer]] all the more shocking.
* Also in ''Breaking Bad'', for ** For those who watched ''Series/FridayNightLights'' first, it at first seemed that Jesse Plemons as Todd was playing a criminal version of Landry: an extreme NiceGuy and even a little {{Adorkable}}. Then [[WouldHurtAChild he unexpectedly murders a child with no hesitation]] and [[TheSociopath only gets more creepy as the show progresses.]]
4th Jun '17 7:35:20 AM cwf123
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* Creator/GreyDeLisle as Major Doctor Ghastly from ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'' shows her as a Mad Scientist who actually cares about other people compared to her [[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy other]] [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents villainous]] [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender roles]].
27th Apr '17 2:46:45 PM BookReaderUSA
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* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' Anthology film ''Film/RogueOne'', Creator/MadsMikkelsen - who is primarily typecast as villains in American films and television - plays a scientist working for ''''THE''' TropeCodifier, if not the TropeNamer, of the EvilEmpire. The catch? In this film, he's actually a ''[[Relucant ReluctantMadScientist]]'' MadScientist ([[Pun pardon the pun]]) who ''helps'' the heroes in this movie [[spoiler:destroy the Death Star]].

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* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' Anthology film ''Film/RogueOne'', Creator/MadsMikkelsen - who is primarily typecast as villains in American films and television - plays a scientist working for ''''THE''' TropeCodifier, if not the TropeNamer, of the EvilEmpire. The catch? In this film, he's actually a ''[[Relucant ReluctantMadScientist]]'' ''[[ReluctantMadScientist Reluctant]]'' MadScientist ([[Pun ([[{{Pun}} pardon the pun]]) who ''helps'' the heroes in this movie [[spoiler:destroy the Death Star]].
27th Apr '17 2:44:31 PM BookReaderUSA
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* In ''Film/RogueOne'', Creator/MadsMikkelsen - who is primarily typecast as villains in American film and television. Here in this movie, he plays a scientist working for ''''THE''' TropeCodifier, if not the TropeNamer, of the EvilEmpire. The catch? He's a ''[[Relucant ReluctantMadScientist]]'' MadScientist ([[Pun pardon the pun]]) who actually ''helps'' the heroes in this movie [[spoiler:destroy the Death Star]].

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* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' Anthology film ''Film/RogueOne'', Creator/MadsMikkelsen - who is primarily typecast as villains in American film films and television. Here in this movie, he television - plays a scientist working for ''''THE''' TropeCodifier, if not the TropeNamer, of the EvilEmpire. The catch? He's In this film, he's actually a ''[[Relucant ReluctantMadScientist]]'' MadScientist ([[Pun pardon the pun]]) who actually ''helps'' the heroes in this movie [[spoiler:destroy the Death Star]].
17th Apr '17 6:32:19 PM BookReaderUSA
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* In ''Film/RogueOne'', Creator/MadsMikkelsen - who is primarily typecast as villains in American film and television. Here in this movie, he plays a scientist working for ''''THE''' TropeCodifier, if not the TropeNamer, of the EvilEmpire. The catch? He's a ''[[Relucant ReluctantMadScientist]]'' MadScientist ([[Pun pardon the pun]]) who actually ''helps'' the heroes in this movie [[spoiler:destroy the Death Star]].
21st Mar '17 4:31:28 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/JohnTravolta has a natural screen presence that can be described as a complete embodiment of the NiceGuy in TV shows and movies like ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter'', ''Film/{{Phenomenon}}'', and ''Film/LookWhosTalking''. On the other hand, he seems to LOVE subverting that niceness by playing AffablyEvil or FauxAffablyEvil characters in movies like ''[[Film/BrokenArrow1996 Broken Arrow]]'' and ''Film/TheTakingOfPelhamOneTwoThree''. His role in the movie ''Film/FaceOff'' zigzags this trope, where he starts out as a NiceGuy FBI agent who has to swap faces with evil terrorist NicolasCage. This allowed Travolta (and Cage) to play both sides of their personas in the same movie.

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* Creator/JohnTravolta has a natural screen presence that can be described as a complete embodiment of the NiceGuy in TV shows and movies like ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter'', ''Film/{{Phenomenon}}'', and ''Film/LookWhosTalking''. On the other hand, he seems to LOVE subverting that niceness by playing AffablyEvil or FauxAffablyEvil characters in movies like ''[[Film/BrokenArrow1996 Broken Arrow]]'' and ''Film/TheTakingOfPelhamOneTwoThree''. His role in the movie ''Film/FaceOff'' zigzags this trope, where he starts out as a NiceGuy FBI agent who has to swap faces with evil terrorist NicolasCage.Creator/NicolasCage. This allowed Travolta (and Cage) to play both sides of their personas in the same movie.
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