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7th Feb '16 8:06:42 PM StarSword
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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Aria Talok is a ruthless crime boss who ruled [[WretchedHive Omega]] until Cerberus threw her out. After you help her secure her position again, she turns around and throws every bit of support she can to you, because in her words "if the [[AbusivePrecursors Reapers]] win, it won't matter where I'm sitting." Most of humanity's allies are far more conservative with their support- only the Krogan leader Urdnot Wrex and the Geth can potentially provide more support to the war than she can.
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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Aria Talok T'loak is a ruthless crime boss who ruled [[WretchedHive Omega]] until Cerberus threw her out. After you help her secure her position again, she turns around and throws every bit of support she can to you, because in her words "if the [[AbusivePrecursors Reapers]] win, it won't matter where I'm sitting." Most of humanity's allies are far more conservative with their support- only the Krogan leader Urdnot Wrex and the Geth can potentially provide more support to the war than she can.can. * ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'' game mechanics encourage this on the part of the PlayerCharacter. Randomly revoking vassals' titles and imprisoning or beheading people increases the chance of a revolt against your rule, but a king who is "good" [[DeliberateValuesDissonance by modern definitions]] doesn't tend to last long. Doing things like [[PretextForWar faking claims on foreign lands so you can conquer them]] and assassinating heirs ([[WouldHurtAChild prepubescent children included]]) so that particular people will inherit are key components of gameplay.
6th Feb '16 6:12:04 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''{{FanFic/Empire}}'' when [[Franchise/HarryPotter Lucius Malfoy]] learns that Snape used his rep to help the Boy-Who-Lived he gives his actual support because it's a politically smart move.
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* In ''{{FanFic/Empire}}'' ''FanFic/{{Empire}}'' when [[Franchise/HarryPotter Lucius Malfoy]] learns that Snape used his rep to help the Boy-Who-Lived he gives his actual support because it's a politically smart move.

* In a chapter of ''Fanfic/TheNuptialverse'' series, [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/147356/21/direction/the-victor-go-the-spoils Directions]]. [[spoiler: [[BiggerBad Discord]] scolds Queen Chrysalis for trying to kill the Mane Five,]] in that doing so would alert the llamas of their presence and they no longer provide a threat [[spoiler: without Twilight.]]
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* In a chapter of ''Fanfic/TheNuptialverse'' series, [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/147356/21/direction/the-victor-go-the-spoils Directions]]. [[spoiler: [[BiggerBad Discord]] [[spoiler:Discord scolds Queen Chrysalis for trying to kill the Mane Five,]] in that doing so would alert the llamas of their presence and they no longer provide a threat [[spoiler: without [[spoiler:without Twilight.]]
6th Feb '16 6:02:54 PM TheSinful
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* Jennifer Black in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9937462/11/Black-Princess-Ascendant Black Princess Ascendant]]'' releases Cedric Diggory from a [[IOweYouMyLife Life Debt]] after deciding that the potential ill-will from him and the rest of Hufflepuff aren't worth having the Head Boy at her beck and call. The goodwill she builds up by doing so also helps. She's extremely annoyed however to learn that, despite her beliefs, Cedric ''didn't'' expect her to release him from the debt.
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* Jennifer Black in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9937462/11/Black-Princess-Ascendant Black Princess Ascendant]]'' ''Fanfic/PrincessOfTheBlacks'' releases Cedric Diggory from a [[IOweYouMyLife Life Debt]] after deciding that the potential ill-will from him and the rest of Hufflepuff aren't worth having the Head Boy at her beck and call. The goodwill she builds up by doing so also helps. She's extremely annoyed however to learn that, despite her beliefs, Cedric ''didn't'' expect her to release him from the debt.

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* Jennifer Black Combines with EvenEvilHasLovedOnes in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9937462/11/Black-Princess-Ascendant Black Princess Ascendant]]'' releases Cedric Diggory from a [[IOweYouMyLife Life Debt]] net/s/11265467/5/Petrification-Proliferation Petrification Proliferation]]'' when Narcissa Malfoy throws Lucius under the bus after deciding that he's arrested for opening the potential ill-will from him Chamber of Secrets. The Malfoy name is ruined and she has to do everything she can to salvage their reputation, including possibly reaching out to the rest recently freed Sirius. Also, a Basilisk is considered a Weapon of Hufflepuff aren't worth having the Head Boy at her beck Mass Destruction and call. The goodwill she builds up by doing so also helps. She's extremely annoyed however to learn that, despite her beliefs, Cedric ''didn't'' expect her to release him from the debt.could have killed their son Draco.
27th Jan '16 8:30:49 AM DannWoolf
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' has the eponymous hero confront [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Tombstone]] after beating up a pair of his {{Mook}}s. Tombstone lands a few good blows on Spider Man and seems poised to [[CurbStompBattle give him the beating of his wall-crawling life]], but instead calls the police and informs them that Spider Man just trespassed, assaulted his employees, and threatened his well-being. These all being valid facts, the police try to ''arrest Spider Man'' while Tombstone sits back and watches.
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' has the eponymous hero confront [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Tombstone]] after beating up a pair of his {{Mook}}s. Tombstone lands a few good blows on Spider Man and seems poised to [[CurbStompBattle give him the beating of his wall-crawling life]], but instead calls the police and informs them that Spider Man just trespassed, assaulted his employees, and threatened his well-being. These all being valid facts, the police try to ''arrest Spider Man'' Spider-Man'' while Tombstone sits back and watches.
25th Jan '16 4:40:23 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', Xenilla decides to act civil to the ponies instead of attacking them because it's too risky to incur the wrath of Princess Celestia, who is more powerful than him in his current state, and other Equestrians might have potent gifts like Fluttershy, who can subdue any creature with [[DeathGlare The Stare]]. He encourages Destroyah to do the same. He also mentions that he doesn't engage in "brutish behavior" like random destruction because it's pointless and will not help him achieve his goals. This later comes to the forefront when he decides his research in the Crystal Empire be more stable with Princess Cadance in charge, as oppose to the returning King Sombra; causing him to [[EvilVsEvil go after the latter]].
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* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': ** Xenilla decides to act civil to the ponies instead of attacking them because it's too risky to incur the wrath of Princess Celestia, who is more powerful than him in his current state, and other Equestrians might have potent gifts like Fluttershy, who can subdue any creature with [[DeathGlare The Stare]]. He encourages Destroyah to do the same. He also mentions that he doesn't engage in "brutish behavior" like random destruction because it's pointless and will not help him achieve his goals. This later comes to the forefront when he decides his research in the Crystal Empire be more stable with Princess Cadance in charge, as oppose to the returning King Sombra; causing him to [[EvilVsEvil go after the latter]].latter]]. ** Bagan is an OmnicidalManiac and desires nothing more than to snuff out every living being in the universe. However, he's in a weakened state and needs outside help to restore him. After gathering several servants, he strikes up the appearance of a BenevolentBoss so that they will obey him, and curbs his desire to kill them until he's been restored to full strength because they can't serve him if they are dead, and hurting one would get the others to turn on him. He also has his troops act subtly most of the time to avoid damaging the artifacts they have been sent to retrieve.
19th Jan '16 9:15:17 AM Morgenthaler
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15th Jan '16 7:47:47 AM Goukenimaru
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* Aur from ''LightNovel/MaouNoHajimekata'' treats those who have become his subjects with decency, even if he has fooled some demons to become part of his army or the women he violated to submission, he gives them what they want by being at his side thus ensuring loyalty, erasing suspicion and lingering hatred from those who hated him before they joined his ranks.
15th Jan '16 12:11:16 AM plcthecd
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* In a chapter of ''Fanfic/TheNuptialverse'' series, [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/147356/21/direction/the-victor-go-the-spoils Directions]]. [[spoiler: [[BiggerBad Discord]] scolds Queen Chrysalis for trying to kill the Mane Five,]] in that doing so would alert the llamas of their presence and they no longer provide a threat [[spoiler: without Twilight.]]
14th Jan '16 7:40:40 PM FordPrefect
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** Tywin's view is encapsulated this in Season 3, with a quote regarding [[spoiler:the fact that he essentially signed off on the Red Wedding by promising the conspirators protection for their violating [[SacredHospitality guest right]]]]:
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** Tywin's view is encapsulated this in Season 3, 3 with a quote regarding [[spoiler:the fact that he essentially signed off on the Red Wedding by promising the conspirators protection for their violating [[SacredHospitality guest right]]]]:
14th Jan '16 7:37:53 PM FordPrefect
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* In ''Series/AlienNation'', Aphossno, the overseer scout, helps Cathy do develop a therapy against a genocide-attempt by genetically engineered from a "Purist" (Anti-Tenctonese hate groups) group. He does that, because the overseers can't profit from dead "cargo" (He plans not only to re-enslave the former Tenctonese slaves, but also to enslave humanity, since the overseers military technology, according to the overseers, is vastly superior).
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* In ''Series/AlienNation'', Aphossno, the overseer scout, helps Cathy do develop a therapy against a genocide-attempt by genetically engineered from a "Purist" (Anti-Tenctonese hate groups) group. He does that, group-- because the overseers can't profit from dead "cargo" (He (he plans not only to re-enslave the former Tenctonese slaves, but also to enslave humanity, since the overseers overseers' military technology, according to the overseers, is vastly superior).
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