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23rd Dec '16 5:46:08 PM WillKeaton
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* A tradition in the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise, dating all the way to the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Indeed, the Universal Century branch of TheMultiverse had so much of this for the various editions of Zeon that RootingForTheEmpire is common enough that they are usually seen as ALighterShadeOfGray in the GreyAndGrayMorality.

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* A tradition in the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise, dating all the way to the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Indeed, the Universal Century branch of TheMultiverse had so much of this for the various editions of Zeon that RootingForTheEmpire is common enough that they are usually seen as ALighterShadeOfGray in the a world of GreyAndGrayMorality.
23rd Dec '16 5:45:33 PM WillKeaton
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* A tradition in the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise, dating all the way to the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Indeed, the Universal Century branch of TheMultiverse had so much of this for the various editions of Zeon that RootingForTheEmpire is common enough that they are usually seen as the LighterShadeOfGray in the GreyAndGrayMorality.

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* A tradition in the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise, dating all the way to the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Indeed, the Universal Century branch of TheMultiverse had so much of this for the various editions of Zeon that RootingForTheEmpire is common enough that they are usually seen as the LighterShadeOfGray ALighterShadeOfGray in the GreyAndGrayMorality.
17th Dec '16 1:45:00 PM KhymChanur
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** And in ''Thud!'' we see the trouble both the ''Times'' and, to a lesser extent, the Post Office are causing from the Watch's point of view.

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** And in ''Thud!'' ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' we see the trouble both the ''Times'' and, to a lesser extent, the Post Office are causing from the Watch's point of view.
19th Nov '16 6:31:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* Each WomenOfTheOtherworld book is written from a different point of view, so the obnoxious little upstart from ''Stolen'' becomes the sincere young woman struggling to fulfill too many varied responsibilities in ''Dime Store Magic'', and the antivillain motivated by greed in ''Bitten'' turns out in ''Personal Demon'' to have good reasons for his trust issues with the world in general and the former protagonists in particular.

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* Each WomenOfTheOtherworld ''Literature/WomenOfTheOtherworld'' book is written from a different point of view, so the obnoxious little upstart from ''Stolen'' becomes the sincere young woman struggling to fulfill too many varied responsibilities in ''Dime Store Magic'', and the antivillain motivated by greed in ''Bitten'' turns out in ''Personal Demon'' to have good reasons for his trust issues with the world in general and the former protagonists in particular.
2nd Nov '16 4:46:44 PM nombretomado
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* Will Parry of HisDarkMaterials comes across as very sinister to anyone who doesn't know him well in-universe.

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* Will Parry of HisDarkMaterials ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' comes across as very sinister to anyone who doesn't know him well in-universe.
28th Oct '16 2:53:23 PM Morgenthaler
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* Notable in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/TheTruth,'' in which the protagonist is a journalist who causes some friction with the City Watch (effectively the city's police force). The Watch had been portrayed in previous novels as likable good guys, but here they appear sinister and obstructive, even though they're just the same as they always were.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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Notable in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/TheTruth,'' in which the protagonist is a journalist who causes some friction with the City Watch (effectively the city's police force). The Watch had been portrayed in previous novels as likable good guys, but here they appear sinister and obstructive, even though they're just the same as they always were.



* Steven Brust does this very well in some of his Literature/{{Dragaera}} novels. For instance, the leader of LaResistance in the ''Taltos'' series was a servant of one of the heroes of the ''Literature/KhaavrenRomances'', and each is presented as a minor character in the opposite series. Similarly, through CanonWelding, the human hero Fenario, of an originally-unrelated novel based on Hungarian folklore, turns up as the leader of a somewhat unsympathetically-presented rebellion against TheEmpire in the ''Khaavren Romances'', and ultimately signs a treaty with the hero of that series.

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* Steven Brust does this very well in some of his Literature/{{Dragaera}} novels. novels.
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For instance, the leader of LaResistance in the ''Taltos'' series was a servant of one of the heroes of the ''Literature/KhaavrenRomances'', and each is presented as a minor character in the opposite series. series.
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Similarly, through CanonWelding, the human hero Fenario, of an originally-unrelated novel based on Hungarian folklore, turns up as the leader of a somewhat unsympathetically-presented rebellion against TheEmpire in the ''Khaavren Romances'', and ultimately signs a treaty with the hero of that series.
28th Oct '16 1:42:03 PM Morgenthaler
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* ASongOfIceAndFire has a couple of these, namely

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* ASongOfIceAndFire ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a couple of these, namely
14th Oct '16 5:05:53 AM LondonKdS
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* One of the earlier episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' deconstructed this by ''constantly'' switching the sympathetic POV and showing that anyone can look like the hero when the camera's fixed on them and there's epic background music. Even if they were just another nameless mook literally 2 seconds before.

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* One of A key point in the earlier episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' deconstructed this is to repeatedly deconstruct this:
** In the multi-part first season, or "pilot", Aeon is an assassin who slaughters a huge number of mooks, while Trevor, her target, cures an epidemic possibly
by putting his own life at risk to create a vaccine. However, she comes across as "hero" and he "villain" entirely thanks to shot design and background music. The second episode depicts the bloody pile of corpses Aeon left behind her and has a dying soldier hallucinating in tragic manner in the last moments of his life.
** In the second season, "War"
''constantly'' switching switches the sympathetic POV between individual fighters on the two sides, each character's section ending with their death and showing a switch of POV to the person who killed them. Thus demonstrating that anyone can look like the hero when the camera's fixed on them and there's epic background music. Even music, even if they were just another nameless mook literally 2 seconds before.
19th Sep '16 10:25:27 PM PaulA
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* ''For Love of Evil'', the sixth book of the series Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality, which [[POVSequel features different protagonists for each volume]], gets told from the POV of Satan, the antagonist of all the previous books, giving him [[SatanIsGood noble (or at least sympathetic) motives]] for all his actions in the previous novels. Turns out Satan is TheChessmaster who really does want for good to triumph ... he just doesn't want ''God'' ([[spoiler: whom we finally see for the first time in the series in Satan's book ... turns out He's a total narcissist completely absorbed in self-adoration, which is the real reason He hasn't been taking an active part in the series]]) to triumph. One example of something the reader only finds out from following Satan's POV: none of the characters except Satan and JHVH (who is distinct from God, and on friendly terms with Satan) remember the Holocaust, because Satan was appalled by it and ''changed history in order to make it not happen''.

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* ''For Love of Evil'', ''Literature/ForLoveOfEvil'', the sixth book of the RotatingProtagonist series Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality, which [[POVSequel features different protagonists for each volume]], gets told from the POV of Satan, the antagonist of all the previous books, giving him [[SatanIsGood noble (or at least sympathetic) motives]] for all his actions in the previous novels. Turns out Satan is TheChessmaster who really does want for good to triumph ... he just doesn't want ''God'' ([[spoiler: whom ([[spoiler:whom we finally see for the first time in the series in Satan's book ... turns out He's a total narcissist completely absorbed in self-adoration, which is the real reason He hasn't been taking an active part in the series]]) to triumph. One example of something the reader only finds out from following Satan's POV: none of the characters except Satan and JHVH (who is distinct from God, and on friendly terms with Satan) remember the Holocaust, because Satan was appalled by it and ''changed history in order to make it not happen''.
14th Sep '16 8:19:40 PM PaulA
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* ''Ender's Shadow'', the sequel to ''Literature/EndersGame,'' is mostly from the view point of Bean, whose POV is much more sympathetic and more profound. It's Bean who gives the actual final order of the War to detonate the MD device within the last fighter remaining.

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* ''Ender's Shadow'', ''Literature/EndersShadow'', the sequel to ''Literature/EndersGame,'' ''Literature/EndersGame'', is mostly from the view point of Bean, whose POV is much more sympathetic and more profound. It's Bean who gives the actual final order of the War to detonate the MD device within the last fighter remaining.
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