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4th Jun '17 12:54:26 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' begins with a bank robbery in which disposable thugs kill each other one after another. Finally just two are left, and one is GenreSavvy enough to realize the other guy probably has orders to kill him, so he tries to strike first. Unfortunately for him, this other mook is SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, and he was already expecting it and planning to kill the NEXT guy who was coming to kill this guy for him.

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' begins with a bank robbery in which disposable thugs kill each other one after another. Finally just two are left, and one is GenreSavvy enough to realize realizes the other guy probably has orders to kill him, so he tries to strike first. Unfortunately for him, this other mook is SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, and he was already expecting it and planning to kill the NEXT guy who was coming to kill this guy for him.
16th Apr '17 5:51:15 PM 3_D_S
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* ''Podcast/TheAdventureZone'' has Barry Bluejeans: first encountered as an irrelevant mercenary hired by [[AdaptationalVillainy Gundren]] and presumed dead in the destruction of Phandalin by the end of the first arc. Over fifty episodes later, he is revealed to be one of the most important characters in the entire show, having traveled to the current universe aboard the same IPRE ship as the protagonists.
22nd Mar '17 5:01:59 PM Linwe
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* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', Chekov has to put on a red shirt to take the resigned Scotty's place as Chief Engineer. He's even [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall visibly distressed]] when ordered to do so. Fortunately, he lives. In addition, Kirk orders two unnamed crewmen to take off their red shirts and don more casual clothing for their undercover mission to capture John Harrison. In the film, they live. In the novelization, they don't. It does help that one of the redshirts is in fact the previously-established "Cupcake" who partook in Kirk's "Epic Beating" in [[Film/StarTrek the first film]] and later threw him off the ship on Spock's orders.

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* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', Chekov has to put on a red shirt to take ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', [[spoiler:Alex/Skynet]] can be seen standing among the resigned Scotty's place watching Resistance fighters as Chief Engineer. He's even [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall visibly distressed]] when ordered to do so. Fortunately, he lives. In addition, Kirk orders two unnamed crewmen to take off their red shirts and don more casual clothing Kyle Reese approaches the time machine. The camera does linger on him for their undercover mission a moment, but there's no reason to capture think anything of it. [[spoiler:Until he attacks John Harrison. In the film, they live. In the novelization, they don't. It does help that one of the redshirts is in fact the previously-established "Cupcake" who partook in Kirk's "Epic Beating" in [[Film/StarTrek the first film]] and later threw him off the ship on Spock's orders.Connor...]]
20th Nov '16 4:10:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* This trope is what makes the Imperial Guard campaign of ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War II: Retribution]]'' so satisfying. The faction universally considered the weakest and the biggest joke in the entire setting, usually existing only to be [[RedShirtArmy utterly crushed to display how awesome the opposing group is,]] can go on to single-handedly defeat fallen [[BadAss Space Marines]], escape a planet undergoing [[EarthShatteringKaboom Exterminatus,]] survive a [[EverythingTryingToKillYou Space Hulk,]] and finally wind up defeating a [[BigBad demon]].

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* This trope is what makes the Imperial Guard campaign of ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War II: Retribution]]'' so satisfying. The faction universally considered the weakest and the biggest joke in the entire setting, usually existing only to be [[RedShirtArmy utterly crushed to display how awesome the opposing group is,]] can go on to single-handedly defeat fallen [[BadAss Space Marines]], Marines, escape a planet undergoing [[EarthShatteringKaboom Exterminatus,]] survive a [[EverythingTryingToKillYou Space Hulk,]] and finally wind up defeating a [[BigBad demon]].
11th Nov '16 3:24:47 PM Morgenthaler
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* In OnePiece, [[WorldsStrongestMan Whitebeard]] is first introduced during a scene in which a new recruit of fellow Yonko Shanks boards his ship to discuss a meeting between the two. The first crew member to speak to the recruit ([[SmallNameBigEgo who had been bragging about his fame]]) is a lazy-looking blonde man who mentions that he's never heard of the recruit before. This crew member only has the one line, and is even drawn in a generic, sloppy way in the anime adaptation (complete with incorrect color palette). Several hundred chapters later, and the crew member is revealed to be Marco "[[RedBaron The Phoenix]]", Whitebeard's first mate, and a pirate [[Main/BadAss strong enough to fight two admirals to a standstill]]!

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* In OnePiece, [[WorldsStrongestMan Whitebeard]] is first introduced during a scene in which a new recruit of fellow Yonko Shanks boards his ship to discuss a meeting between the two. The first crew member to speak to the recruit ([[SmallNameBigEgo who had been bragging about his fame]]) is a lazy-looking blonde man who mentions that he's never heard of the recruit before. This crew member only has the one line, and is even drawn in a generic, sloppy way in the anime adaptation (complete with incorrect color palette). Several hundred chapters later, and the crew member is revealed to be Marco "[[RedBaron The Phoenix]]", Whitebeard's first mate, and a pirate [[Main/BadAss strong enough to fight two admirals to a standstill]]!standstill!
1st Sep '16 8:49:53 AM infernape612
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* During Book 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Kuvira appeared in the background of many scenes as a common soldier in Zoafu,, before she is introduced during the season finale. In Book 4, she is revealed as a [[VillainWithGoodPublicity charismatic, tyrant]] who is determined to conquer the whole Earth Kingdom and eventually the world.

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* During Book 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Kuvira appeared in the background of many scenes as a common soldier in Zoafu,, Zoafu, before she is introduced during the season finale. In Book 4, she is revealed as a [[VillainWithGoodPublicity charismatic, charismatic tyrant]] who is determined to conquer the whole Earth Kingdom and eventually the world.
14th Aug '16 6:58:59 PM Daylight
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* During Book 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Kuvira appeared in the background of many scenes as a common soldier in Zoafu,, before she is introduced during the season finale. In Book 4, she is revealed as a [[VillainWithGoodPublicity charismatic, tyrant]] who is determined to conquer the whole Earth Kingdom and eventually the world.
8th May '16 2:36:49 PM bwburke94
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* Thor "Lemon Boy" Herring (whose name is probably not related to the trope) in ''VideoGame/BackyardSports''.




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* By their nature, a lot of [[MurderMystery Murder Mysteries]]' culprits.
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9th Apr '16 12:03:37 PM FordPrefect
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* Jonathan from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' starts out as just a generic Sunnydale High Student/Monster Fodder, being used pretty much as scenery. Then he gets a handful of episodes where his insignificance is played up for all it's worth. Then he becomes a major character. hen he's murdered by one of his best friends.

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* Jonathan from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' starts out as just a generic Sunnydale High Student/Monster Fodder, being used pretty much as scenery. Then he gets a handful of episodes where his insignificance is played up for all it's worth. Then he becomes a major character. hen Then he's murdered by one of his best friends.
8th Mar '16 3:49:21 AM harostar
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* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', the leader of [[TheSyndicate Aogiri Tree]] turns out to be Eto, the child-like Ghoul, a seemingly minor member that appears from time to time. Even the majority of the organization doesn't appear to realize their true importance. [[KingIncognito And that's]] exactly how they seem to like things. Come the sequel, they're now shown actively [[TheChessmaster manipulating]] people and events to further their own goals.

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* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', the leader of [[TheSyndicate Aogiri Tree]] turns out to be Eto, the ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'':
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child-like Ghoul, Eto, a seemingly minor seemingly-minor member of Aogiri Tree that appears from time acts like a TagAlongKid to time. Even the majority higher-ranking members. Instead, she's not only the [[KingIncognito true leader]] of the organization, she is the legendary One-Eyed Owl and the enstranged, HalfHumanHybrid daughter of [[BigGood Yoshimura]]. Come the sequel, she steps out of the shadows and begins manipulating people openly. Eventually, she even reveals herself to her followers.
** Nimura Furuta, an easily-missed young Investigator introduced as the subordinate of the deranged, ObviouslyEvil Shiki Kijima. Once his superior is killed in action, however, he reveals himself to be one of the major players of the story -- a TykeBomb in the service
of the organization doesn't appear '''V'''. He's spent the last several years infiltrating various groups, posing as a ghoul named "Souta" in order to realize their join the Ghoul Restaurant and the [[WildCard Clowns Gang]]. Under this guise, he dropped the steel beams on Rize and caused Kaneki's transformation into an One-Eyed Ghoul. While working for the CCG as an Investigator, he's been aiding [[MadScientist Dr. Kanou]] in his experiments, and leaking sensitive information out to Aogiri. Suffice to say, it isn't clear where his true importance. [[KingIncognito And that's]] exactly how they seem to like things. Come the sequel, they're now shown actively [[TheChessmaster manipulating]] people and events to further their own goals.loyalties lie or what his real goals might be.
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