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24th Apr '16 8:43:39 PM StrixObscuro
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** Happened in an episode where The Penguin had come out of jail and finally decided to "go straight". Batman refused to believe such thing was possible, and hounded him mercilessly... eventually, he ''does'' return to his old ways, after [[spoiler: being betrayed by a woman he'd fallen for]], and Batman has to bring him down. While remaining subtly convinced that he never ''really'' reformed. However, Penguin proves to be an aversion of both this trope and StatusQuoIsGod: later episodes show that the Penguin really ''does'' go straight(er), and runs a legitimate upscale night club and casino called the Iceberg Lounge. He's still engaged in some morally and legally shady business, but Batman tolerates it in order to occasionally [[TheStoolPigeon pump Penguin for underworld info]].

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** Happened in an episode where The Penguin had come out of jail and finally decided to "go straight". Batman refused to believe such thing was possible, and hounded him mercilessly... eventually, he ''does'' return to his old ways, after [[spoiler: being [[spoiler:being betrayed by a woman he'd fallen for]], and Batman has to bring him down. While remaining subtly convinced that he never ''really'' reformed. However, Penguin proves to be an aversion of both this trope and StatusQuoIsGod: later episodes show that the Penguin really ''does'' go straight(er), and runs a legitimate upscale night club and casino called the Iceberg Lounge. He's still engaged in some morally and legally shady business, but Batman tolerates it in order to occasionally [[TheStoolPigeon pump Penguin for underworld info]].



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* During the nineties, David Brock was, by his own admission, an attack dog for the Republican Party, authoring ''The Real Anita Hill'', which argued that Anita Hill was deluded when she accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. However, in 1997, he suddenly switched parties, becoming a Democrat, releasing a largely-sympathetic biography of Hillary Clinton, and later going on to found the unabashedly liberal Media Matters for America. While he's become very influential in the Democratic party thanks to Media Matters, many rank-and-file progressives have not forgotten about his past behavior, and have not forgiven him for it.
2nd Apr '16 9:16:42 AM OlfinBedwere
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* Played for laughs in ''FanFic/TintinAndAlphArtYvesRodier'', where it's revealed that Allan Thompson, who frequently acted as TheDragon to various villains in the series, swore off the criminal lifestyle after the events of ''Flight 714'' and tried to make an honest living as a postal worker. The next panel then shows him being chased by a large dog, and evidently finding his new life no less stressful than his old one.
11th Mar '16 11:03:49 PM InsidiousPack
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** [[spoiler:Some time after Rachel had gotten dumped by Tommy for cheating on him, she]] decided to meet Tommy at his parents house to try to convince him that she had changed. However, Tommy couldn't trust her, and so he left the house telling her that [[spoiler:he was now happy with 'someone else'(Lucy)]].

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** [[spoiler:Some time after Rachel had gotten dumped by Tommy for cheating on him, she]] decided to meet Tommy at his parents house to try to convince him that she had changed. However, Tommy couldn't trust her, and so he left the house telling her that [[spoiler:he was now happy with 'someone else'(Lucy)]].else' (Lucy)]].
11th Mar '16 11:02:46 PM InsidiousPack
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* ''Webcomic/Better Days'':
** [[spoiler:Some time after Rachel had gotten dumped by Tommy for cheating on him, she]] decided to meet Tommy at his parents house to try to convince him that she had changed. However, Tommy couldn't trust her, and so he left the house telling her that [[spoiler:he was now happy with 'someone else'(Lucy)]].
8th Mar '16 6:51:13 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'':

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5th Mar '16 7:52:23 PM nombretomado
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* After ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', [[IronMan Tony Stark]] had suffered a HeroicBSOD after Happy Hogan and CaptainAmerica, both of whom were very good friends of his, died because of his involvement, and tried to make amends to the superhero community he tore in half. While most Pro-Reg members suffered some stigma, Stark was the one most blamed. He ended up returning to Alcoholism and didn't quite get everyone's trust again until he [[ItMakesSenseInContext broke his own brain to stop Norman Osborn getting everyone's identity]].

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* After ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', [[IronMan Tony Stark]] had suffered a HeroicBSOD after Happy Hogan and CaptainAmerica, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, both of whom were very good friends of his, died because of his involvement, and tried to make amends to the superhero community he tore in half. While most Pro-Reg members suffered some stigma, Stark was the one most blamed. He ended up returning to Alcoholism and didn't quite get everyone's trust again until he [[ItMakesSenseInContext broke his own brain to stop Norman Osborn getting everyone's identity]].
27th Feb '16 2:37:57 AM phoenixy
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* This forms the main arc of the first season of ''Series/BetterCallSaul''. Jimmy [=McGill=], a former con artist, earns a law degree and tries to earn a respectable living protecting the elderly from exploitation. He becomes an unethical defense attorney only after learning that several mysterious setbacks in his career were caused by his brother, because he believes that Jimmy isn't truly reformed and shouldn't be a lawyer.

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* This forms the main arc of the first season of ''Series/BetterCallSaul''. Jimmy [=McGill=], a former con artist, earns a law degree and tries to earn a respectable living protecting the elderly from exploitation. He becomes an unethical defense attorney only after learning that several mysterious setbacks in his career were caused by his [[spoiler:his brother, because he believes that Jimmy isn't truly reformed and shouldn't be a lawyer.]]
27th Feb '16 2:36:17 AM phoenixy
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* This forms the main arc of the first season of ''Series/BetterCallSaul''. Jimmy [=McGill=], a former con artist, earns a law degree and tries to earn a respectable living protecting the elderly from exploitation. He becomes an unethical defense attorney only after learning that several mysterious setbacks in his career were caused by his brother, because he believes that Jimmy isn't truly reformed and shouldn't be a lawyer.
6th Feb '16 11:20:15 PM nombretomado
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons,'' Sideshow Bob, after one of his many stints in prison, has legitimately reformed. However, Bart and Lisa don't believe it (with good reason, given [[CivilianVillain past experience]]), and when Bob's brother's plot is foiled, they both get taken away to jail. Since the brothers are played by KelseyGrammer [[{{Frasier}} and David Hyde-Pierce]] we can be sure that they'll have plenty to talk about in jail.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons,'' Sideshow Bob, after one of his many stints in prison, has legitimately reformed. However, Bart and Lisa don't believe it (with good reason, given [[CivilianVillain past experience]]), and when Bob's brother's plot is foiled, they both get taken away to jail. Since the brothers are played by KelseyGrammer [[{{Frasier}} Creator/KelseyGrammer [[Series/{{Frasier}} and David Hyde-Pierce]] we can be sure that they'll have plenty to talk about in jail.
26th Jan '16 8:15:48 AM DarthHowie
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* Ghaleon in ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'' is attacked by the hero's party whenever he appears -- understandably, since he was the BigBad in the first game (this was a thousand years ago too, so Ghaleon has become the world's legendary symbol of evil). However, this time he is on the heroes' side from the start, although proving this eventually requires... [[RedemptionEqualsDeath you-know-what.]] This is a bit different though, as Ghaleon spends nearly the entire game making sure the heroes think he's really TheDragon to the new BigBad, while [[StealthMentor covertly training]] the heroes to beat said BigBad. He doesn't actually ''admit'' to being reformed until the [[MeaningfulName meaningfully named]] [[TheHero Hiro]] figures it out on his own, having realized that Ghaleon had passed up multiple opportunities to kill them.
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