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14th Jun '16 8:51:06 AM Anicomicgeek
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* Creator/GrantMorrison acknowledged this in [[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman his run]], where Bruce was temporarily "killed off" during ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' and ''Batman R.I.P.'', leading to [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] becoming the new Batman. Morrison has flat out stated that he knew there was no way in hell DC and Creator/WarnerBros would ever let him permanently replace Batman, so he purposefully structured the story in such a way that [[HesJustHiding left the door open for Bruce's return]]. He also admitted that he killed off [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Bruce's son Damian]] for similar reasons, since having a kid clashes too heavily with Batman's iconic "brooding loner" image. Damian has since come back, however.

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* ** Creator/GrantMorrison acknowledged this in [[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman his run]], where Bruce was temporarily "killed off" during ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' and ''Batman R.I.P.'', leading to [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] becoming the new Batman. Morrison has flat out stated that he knew there was no way in hell DC and Creator/WarnerBros would ever let him permanently replace Batman, so he purposefully structured the story in such a way that [[HesJustHiding left the door open for Bruce's return]]. He also admitted that he killed off [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Bruce's son Damian]] for similar reasons, since having a kid clashes too heavily with Batman's iconic "brooding loner" image. Damian has since come back, however.



** There are stories where [[TheCommissionerGordon Jim Gordon]] is removed from the post of Commissioner only to end up back in the post. While naturally some of these are the result of ongoing subplots such as the early stuff with Hamilton Hill[[note]]replacing Gordon with fellow Rupert Throne crony Peter Pauling and only reinstating Gordon after Throne was busted and Pauling killed[[/note]] and the ''Batman'' comics between ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' (including Prodigal) and ''Contagion''[[note]]Gordon was pissed about Batman appointing ComicBook/{{Azrael}} and ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} to fill in without telling him, resulting in Gordon refusing to trust him further. The then Mayor Armand Krol, who'd been saved Batman and approved some of Azrael's actions as Batman demoted Gordon and appointed Gordon's then-wife Sarah Essen to replace him and rathering than take it, Gordon quits. ''Contagion'' ends with Gordon regaining his trust in Batman and new Mayor Marion Grange reinstating Gordon[[/note]], others are done after other stories. ''Officer Down'' saw Gordon resign after getting shot (though the decision was based more of his age and the fact he missed his second wife, Sarah Essen than the fact that his shooter seemed to get away with it). That was the status quo for five years until ''Face the Face'', part of the ''One Year Later'' TimeSkip of ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', which saw Gordon return to the role of Police Commissioner, (as Harvey Bullock return to the force after being forced out by Gordon's successor Michael Akins when he got wind that Bullock sold out Gordon's shooter to the mob and Harvey Dent becoming Two-Face after his face was fixed in ''ComicBook/BatmanHush''). [[spoiler: Despite his name being cleared, Gordon wasn't reinstated in the end of ''ComicBook/BatmanEternal'' and even wonders what he'll do now, {{foreshadowing}} "Superheavy", where he becomes Batman after Bruce's presumed death in "ComicBook/BatmanEndgame". "Superheavy" not only ends with Bruce once again as Batman, but Maggie Sawyer, who'd become Commissioner during the final issues of ''Eternal'', returning to the MCU and Gordon being reappointed Commissioner.]]

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** There are stories where [[TheCommissionerGordon Jim Gordon]] is removed from the post of Commissioner only to end up back in the post. While naturally some of these are the result of ongoing subplots such as the early stuff with Hamilton Hill[[note]]replacing Gordon with fellow Rupert Throne crony Peter Pauling and only reinstating Gordon after Throne was busted and Pauling killed[[/note]] and the ''Batman'' comics between ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' (including Prodigal) and ''Contagion''[[note]]Gordon was pissed about Batman appointing ComicBook/{{Azrael}} and ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} to fill in without telling him, resulting in Gordon refusing to trust him further. The then Mayor Armand Krol, who'd been saved Batman and approved some of Azrael's actions as Batman demoted Gordon and appointed Gordon's then-wife Sarah Essen to replace him and rathering than take it, Gordon quits. ''Contagion'' ends with Gordon regaining his trust in Batman and new Mayor Marion Grange reinstating Gordon[[/note]], others are done after other stories. \\\
''Officer Down'' saw Gordon resign after getting shot (though the decision was based more of his age and the fact he missed his second wife, Sarah Essen than the fact that his shooter seemed to get away with it). That was the status quo for five years until ''Face the Face'', part of the ''One Year Later'' TimeSkip of ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', which saw Gordon return to the role of Police Commissioner, (as Harvey Bullock return to the force after being forced out by Gordon's successor Michael Akins when he got wind that Bullock sold out Gordon's shooter to the mob and Harvey Dent becoming Two-Face after his face was fixed in ''ComicBook/BatmanHush''). [[spoiler: Despite his name being cleared, Gordon wasn't reinstated in the end of ''ComicBook/BatmanEternal'' and even wonders what he'll do now, {{foreshadowing}} a SequelHook to "Superheavy", where he becomes Batman after Bruce's presumed death in "ComicBook/BatmanEndgame". "Superheavy" not only ends with Bruce once again as Batman, but Maggie Sawyer, who'd become Commissioner during the final issues of ''Eternal'', returning to the MCU and Gordon being reappointed Commissioner.]]
14th Jun '16 8:49:20 AM Anicomicgeek
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* Old Franchise/{{Batman}} foe The Riddler reformed in 2006 and became a private detective. Not only is he good at it and indulges his obsession a bit, but it changed him morally for the better. Of course, a few years later, a severe head injury sent him right back to his villainous ways.
* Another Batman foe: Poor [[ComicBook/TwoFace Harvey Dent]] is a ''victim'' of this. No matter how many times his face and sanity are restored, soon he is driven back to his (half)disfigured face and insanity, even in some out-of-mainstream-continuity stories, like ''Batman: Black and White''. In an Alternate Future from Creator/FrankMiller's limited series ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', [[spoiler: only his face is restored, not his sanity. FromBadToWorse: His good side vanished, leaving him all "normal" outside and all monstrous inside]].

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* Old Franchise/{{Batman}} foe The ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''
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Riddler reformed in 2006 and became a private detective. Not only is he good at it and indulges his obsession a bit, but it changed him morally for the better. Of course, a few years later, a severe head injury sent him right back to his villainous ways.
* ** Another Batman foe: Poor [[ComicBook/TwoFace Harvey Dent]] is a ''victim'' of this. No matter how many times his face and sanity are restored, soon he is driven back to his (half)disfigured face and insanity, even in some out-of-mainstream-continuity stories, like ''Batman: Black and White''. In an Alternate Future from Creator/FrankMiller's limited series ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', [[spoiler: only his face is restored, not his sanity. FromBadToWorse: His good side vanished, leaving him all "normal" outside and all monstrous inside]].inside]].
* Creator/GrantMorrison acknowledged this in [[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman his run]], where Bruce was temporarily "killed off" during ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' and ''Batman R.I.P.'', leading to [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] becoming the new Batman. Morrison has flat out stated that he knew there was no way in hell DC and Creator/WarnerBros would ever let him permanently replace Batman, so he purposefully structured the story in such a way that [[HesJustHiding left the door open for Bruce's return]]. He also admitted that he killed off [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Bruce's son Damian]] for similar reasons, since having a kid clashes too heavily with Batman's iconic "brooding loner" image. Damian has since come back, however.
** An almost appalling example of this is shown with the Barbara Gordon incarnation of Batgirl. In the well-acclaimed graphic novel ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', she was shot in the spine by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, rendering her permanently paralyzed. Barbara then took on the persona of Oracle, working behind the scenes to aid the Bat-Family with her hacking skills and computer expertise, during which she became an inspiration and idol for many real life disabled readers, and led the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey. But after the 2011 reboot Comicbook/{{New 52}}, Barbara was back on her legs as Batgirl, despite spending almost exactly ''half'' her publication history as Batgirl.\\
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Averted concerning her long-time ally and love interest, Dick Grayson, the original ComicBook/{{Robin}}, after he became ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}. As he was succeeded by several others in the role of Robin, most prominently [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]], as well as the general census that the Nightwing identity is much more [[RuleOfCool badass]], [[RuleOfDrama interesting, dramatic]], and [[RuleOfSexy sexy]] than the Robin identity, the idea of him returning to being Robin is ''incredibly'' unlikely to ever happen. This, of course, causes some resentment for those who were fans of Oracle, as its seen as unfair that Barbara isn't allowed to outgrow ''her'' identity as Batgirl, but Dick returning to being Robin is unlikely to happen, with many seeing it as a DoubleStandard.
** There are stories where [[TheCommissionerGordon Jim Gordon]] is removed from the post of Commissioner only to end up back in the post. While naturally some of these are the result of ongoing subplots such as the early stuff with Hamilton Hill[[note]]replacing Gordon with fellow Rupert Throne crony Peter Pauling and only reinstating Gordon after Throne was busted and Pauling killed[[/note]] and the ''Batman'' comics between ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' (including Prodigal) and ''Contagion''[[note]]Gordon was pissed about Batman appointing ComicBook/{{Azrael}} and ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} to fill in without telling him, resulting in Gordon refusing to trust him further. The then Mayor Armand Krol, who'd been saved Batman and approved some of Azrael's actions as Batman demoted Gordon and appointed Gordon's then-wife Sarah Essen to replace him and rathering than take it, Gordon quits. ''Contagion'' ends with Gordon regaining his trust in Batman and new Mayor Marion Grange reinstating Gordon[[/note]], others are done after other stories. ''Officer Down'' saw Gordon resign after getting shot (though the decision was based more of his age and the fact he missed his second wife, Sarah Essen than the fact that his shooter seemed to get away with it). That was the status quo for five years until ''Face the Face'', part of the ''One Year Later'' TimeSkip of ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', which saw Gordon return to the role of Police Commissioner, (as Harvey Bullock return to the force after being forced out by Gordon's successor Michael Akins when he got wind that Bullock sold out Gordon's shooter to the mob and Harvey Dent becoming Two-Face after his face was fixed in ''ComicBook/BatmanHush''). [[spoiler: Despite his name being cleared, Gordon wasn't reinstated in the end of ''ComicBook/BatmanEternal'' and even wonders what he'll do now, {{foreshadowing}} "Superheavy", where he becomes Batman after Bruce's presumed death in "ComicBook/BatmanEndgame". "Superheavy" not only ends with Bruce once again as Batman, but Maggie Sawyer, who'd become Commissioner during the final issues of ''Eternal'', returning to the MCU and Gordon being reappointed Commissioner.]]



* Creator/GrantMorrison acknowledged this in [[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman his run on]] ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', where Bruce was temporarily "killed off" during ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' and ''ComicBook/BatmanRIP'', leading to [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] becoming the new Batman. Morrison has flat out stated that he knew there was no way in hell DC and Creator/WarnerBros would ever let him permanently replace Batman, so he purposefully structured the story in such a way that [[HesJustHiding left the door open for Bruce's return]]. He also admitted that he killed off [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Bruce's son Damian]] for similar reasons, since having a kid clashes too heavily with Batman's iconic "brooding loner" image. Damian has since come back, however.



* An almost appalling example of this is shown with the Barbara Gordon incarnation of Batgirl. In the well-acclaimed graphic novel ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', she was shot in the spine by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, rendering her permanently paralyzed. Barbara then took on the persona of Oracle, working behind the scenes to aid the Bat-Family with her hacking skills and computer expertise, during which she became an inspiration and idol for many real life disabled readers, and led the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey. But after the 2011 reboot Comicbook/{{New 52}}, Barbara was back on her legs as Batgirl, despite spending almost exactly ''half'' her publication history as Batgirl.\\
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Averted concerning her long-time ally and love interest, Dick Grayson, the original ComicBook/{{Robin}}, after he became ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}. As he was succeeded by several others in the role of Robin, most prominently [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]], as well as the general census that the Nightwing identity is much more [[RuleOfCool badass]], [[RuleOfDrama interesting, dramatic]], and [[RuleOfSexy sexy]] than the Robin identity, the idea of him returning to being Robin is ''incredibly'' unlikely to ever happen. This, of course, causes some resentment for those who were fans of Oracle, as its seen as unfair that Barbara isn't allowed to outgrow ''her'' identity as Batgirl, but Dick returning to being Robin is unlikely to happen, with many seeing it as a DoubleStandard.
2nd Jun '16 9:58:42 PM Josef5678
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* At the end of the ''WebVideo/AngryVideoGameNerd'' [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Christmas Carol]], the Nerd decides to only play good games after what he saw of the future... [[spoiler:and not ten seconds later, decides to keep on playing shitty games.]]
15th May '16 7:45:01 PM Gabo2oo
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** Ash will never have a love interest, and will always be oblivious to the feelings of his female companions. The current series seems to be subverting this, as Ash may actually have feelings for Serena.

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** Ash will never have a love interest, and will always be oblivious to the feelings of his any female companions. The current series seems to be subverting this, as Ash may actually have feelings for Serena.that is interested in him.
15th May '16 5:21:31 PM Steven
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* After the end of the ''Trepasser'' DLc for VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition, no maater [[spoiler: who you choose as the next Divine]], The Circles are back.

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* After the end of the ''Trepasser'' DLc for VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', no maater matter [[spoiler: who you choose as the next Divine]], The Circles are back.back.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has the trope used as a plot point. The world of Spira is always under the constant threat of the gigantic monster Sin, that destroys everything it comes across. Summoners, who are the followers of the Yevon religion, go on pilgrimages so that they can obtain the final aeon and use it to kill Sin while [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing their lives in the process]]. This brings out a period known as the Calm where people can live in peace for a while until Sin is reborn and the cycle starts all over again. The cycle has gone on for so long (a thousand years to be exact!) that nobody questions it. When the main character, Tidus, starts questioning everything and the teachings of Yevon, that's when everyone starts to wonder why things never change and they vow to actually change the status quo once and for all. Yevon doesn't like people questioning them and threatening the status quo (Yevon ruled all of Spira for a thousand years are aren't going to let that go anytime soon), so they brand the main characters as traitors that are sentenced to death. [[spoiler: The party does find a way to defeat Sin once and for all while also exposing the lies that Yevon had upheld for a thousand years.]]
7th May '16 4:37:58 PM fruitstripegum
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* One of the main criticisms people have with ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' is the show's fetish for this trope, especially surrounding Vicky. It didn't help that [[{{Flanderization}} her personality became]] ''much, much worse'' after Poof was born (to the point where she [[spoiler: tries to murder Timmy in the newer episodes]].)


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** One of the main criticisms people have with the show is it's fetish for this trope, especially surrounding Vicky. It didn't help that [[{{Flanderization}} her personality became]] ''much, much worse'' after Poof was born (to the point where she [[spoiler: tries to murder Timmy in the newer episodes]].)
26th Apr '16 1:04:16 PM Chabal2
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** And Warhammer has now ended with TheBadGuyWins, segueing into ''TabletopGame/AgeOfSigmar'' via ''TabletopGame/WarmmaherEndTimes''.
25th Apr '16 1:15:48 PM MsChibi
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* For the most part, this was played straight in ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''. In fact, it was a policy for ''all'' of the [[{{Nickelodeon}} Nicktoons]] of TheNineties. But then the creators wanted Filburt and Dr. Hutchison to get married, and to do that, they had to fight with the higher-ups. Eventually, they relented, and Filburt and Dr. Hutchison get engaged in "The Big Question", and actually married in "The Big Answer." They also have BabiesEverAfter. It was the first Nicktoon to subvert the status quo.
21st Apr '16 1:28:40 PM ShorinBJ
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** Other lampshades pop up with the page quote, another from principal Skinner ("Well I guess we all learned something important today... there's no thing like the status quo!") and a season 22 episode, that ends with Marge (after [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption once again failing]] to get a social life outside of the house) reading a book called "The Joy of the Status Quo".

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** Other lampshades pop up with the page quote, another from principal Principal Skinner ("Well I guess we all learned something important today... there's no thing like the status quo!") and a season 22 episode, that ends with Marge (after [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption once again failing]] to get a social life outside of the house) reading a book called "The Joy of the Status Quo".


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** A subtle lampshading: When informed that half his wages will be paid to Bart, who's just been emancipated, Homer protests, "Half already goes to my Vegas wife!" He references a major change in a past episode that has had no apparent effect on present episodes -- the family's standard of living seems no lower than before.
18th Apr '16 11:47:36 PM erforce
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* Franchise/IndianaJones: see Film/JamesBond. He finds lost treasures, and they're never heard from again. The Lost Ark? After its display of power, TheGovernment packs it away and nothing bad happens despite the biblical prophecy that anyone who kept the Ark from the rightful Israelites would suffer God's wrath. The Shankara Stones? It's just a rock without the others (and, uh, no one ever will go down to that river). The Holy Grail? Trapped behind a cursed barrier. The Crystal Skull? Reunites with its body, and flies off to space... and another dimension.

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* Franchise/IndianaJones: see Film/JamesBond. He finds lost treasures, and they're never heard from again. [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk The Lost Ark? Ark]]? After its display of power, TheGovernment packs it away and nothing bad happens despite the biblical prophecy that anyone who kept the Ark from the rightful Israelites would suffer God's wrath. [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom The Shankara Stones? Stones]]? It's just a rock without the others (and, uh, no one ever will go down to that river). [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade The Holy Grail? Grail]]? Trapped behind a cursed barrier. [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull The Crystal Skull? Skull]]? Reunites with its body, and flies off to space... and another dimension.
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