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23rd Apr '17 11:49:38 AM JulianLapostat
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* A lot of songs by Music/TheKinks. "Do You Remember Walter" deals with someone who has made it out, singing about his friend Walter, who hasn't and the huge gulf that separates the two:
--> "Walter, you are just an echo of a world I knew so long ago\\
If you saw me now you wouldn't even know my name.\\
I bet you're fat and married and you're always home in bed by half-past eight.\\
And if I talked about the old times you'd get bored and you'll have nothing more to say.\\
Yes people often change, but memories of people can remain."
* "Dirty Blvd." by Music/LouReed:
--> "And back at the Wilshire, Pedro sits there dreaming\\
he's found a book on magic in a garbage can\\
He looks at the pictures and stares at the cracked ceiling\\
'At the count of 3' he says, 'I hope I can disappear'\\
And fly fly away, from this dirty boulevard "
23rd Apr '17 11:39:37 AM JulianLapostat
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-> ''"When the soul of a man is born in this country, there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets."''
-->--'''Stephen Dedalus''', ''Literature/APortraitOfTheArtistAsAYoungMan''.



But every so often, there's one who makes it out - maybe an incredible talent proved their ticket out of there. Maybe they won their way to a great, faraway college or to a lucrative job... but sometimes they just up and leave. Peers and elders in the town usually admire them for their tenacity, but tend to resent them for leaving if the community isn't as close-knit. Impressionable youngsters, though, might look up to them and get ideas of maybe leaving one day themselves...

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But every so often, there's one who makes it out - maybe an incredible talent proved their ticket out of there. Maybe they won their way to a great, faraway college or to a lucrative job... but sometimes they just up and leave. Peers and elders in the town usually admire them for their tenacity, but tend to resent them for leaving if the community isn't as close-knit. Impressionable youngsters, though, might look up to them and get ideas of maybe leaving one day themselves...
themselves. Expect, for the hero after achieving success to come back home and find out how much or how little is changed, as well as why YouCantGoHomeAgain.



Character trope. Can overlap with TheRunaway.

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Character trope. Can overlap with TheRunaway.TheRunaway, SocialClimber, WorkingClassHero.


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* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' has Edward Kenway, the son of poor Welsh farmers who wants to become "a man of fortune" and see the wide world. In the process he becomes a {{Privateer}}, a {{Pirate}}, an Assassin and finally a rich gentlemen albeit not without a lot of painful sacrifices along the way.
* ''Franchise/GrandTheftAuto'' largely deals with protagonists who for a variety of reasons want to escape their hood and face consequences for trying to do so.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' has Tommy Vercetti raised poor and a gangster in Liberty City, the son of his father who worked as a printer. He wanted to get out, and so worked for the Forelli Family who sold him out and Tommy spent a decade or so in prison. Naturally when he gets dispatched to the titular Vice City to oversee a drug deal, Tommy is not going to miss a chance of making up for losing out a huge chunk of his life.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' has CJ who gets a lot of grief from his brother Sweet for walking out of Los Santos to Liberty City after past tragedy. In the middle point of the game, CJ is exiled and banished from Los Santos and becomes a powerful mercenary who is OneDegreeOfSeparation from every mob-boss and power broker on the West Coast but Sweet insists that he has to do something for the Hood.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' and its DLC MissionPackSequel also deal with this. Niko Bellic is an immigrant to America who is frustrated and miserable that in the new world he's more or less doing the same kind of work he did in the old world. Luiz Lopez and Gay Tony likewise are kind of miserable about their mutual aspirations, friendships and how a lot of it depends on their ties to the poor homes they came from. Johnny Klebitz doesn't want to escape the hood, but he does want to make his biker gang powerful again, and in the process, he destroys it.
22nd Mar '17 4:50:14 PM Sharysa
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* In ''{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}},'' the trope is heavily referenced in the prologue: Cord Cai is a Chinese-American boy from {{UsefulNotes/Oakland}} with gang history, who desperately wants to get out of the street life. [[DespairEventHorizon His fiance Roland's death and the police force's uselessness utterly trash that plan,]] so after a suicide attempt, [[TragicVillain he shoots Roland's murderer and starts a gang again.]] He's constantly calling himself [[InternalizedCategorism a failure or a "bad Asian,"]] but his gang alias is "the TinMan," Cord's gang [[NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters is constantly helping out civilians and the police,]] and the tagline is [[SuperheroOrigin "the story of a superhero."]]
21st Mar '17 9:43:03 AM JulianLapostat
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* Although this is often an American trope, Creator/JamesJoyce, explored it in a specifically Irish context as well. In his short stories, ''Literature/{{Dubliners}}'', and ''Literature/APortraitOfAnArtistAsAYoungMan''.

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* Although this is often an American trope, Creator/JamesJoyce, explored it in a specifically Irish context as well. In his short stories, ''Literature/{{Dubliners}}'', and ''Literature/APortraitOfAnArtistAsAYoungMan''.''Literature/APortraitOfTheArtistAsAYoungMan''.
21st Mar '17 9:42:39 AM JulianLapostat
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15th Mar '17 12:44:50 AM JulianLapostat
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* C. P. Cavafy's famous poem ''[[http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=58&cat=1 The City]]'' deals with someone longing for escape from their surroundings and going out in the big world for adventure but they get so caught up in their yearnings, that they never truly escape where they come from:
--> "This city will always pursue you. You will walk\\
the same streets, grow old in the same neighborhoods,\\
will turn gray in these same houses.\\
You will always end up in this city. Don’t hope for things elsewhere:\\
there is no ship for you, there is no road.\\
As you’ve wasted your life here, in this small corner,\\
you’ve destroyed it everywhere else in the world."
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16th Jan '17 1:20:50 PM nielas
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** Bowman Crowder and his wife Ava wanted to get out of Harlan and believed that as a local football star Bowman would get a college scholarship and then have a professional sports career. When it turned out that he was not good enough for a scholarship, he went to work in the coal mine and became an AbusiveSpouse. After Ava kills Bowman she has a chance to leave Kentucky but decides to stay.

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** Bowman Crowder and his wife Ava wanted to get out of Harlan and believed that as a local football star Bowman would get a college scholarship and then have a professional sports career. When it turned out that he was not good enough for a scholarship, he went to work in the coal mine and became an AbusiveSpouse. After Ava kills Bowman she has a chance to leave Kentucky but decides to stay. When Ava finally gets away from Kentucky, [[spoiler: she is a fugitive wanted for murder]].


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** The Crowes are a family of poor criminals and Wendy Crowe is desperate to get away from that environment. She works as a paralegal and is studying to be a lawyer. However, she is pulled back into the criminal life when her brothers get in trouble with the US Marshals. It turns out that Kendell Crowe is actually her son and she lacks the means to support them both so has to rely on her brothers to help raise him. [[spoiler: She finally has a chance for a fresh start with Kendell when her brothers are killed.]]
19th Dec '16 8:38:17 PM darkabomination
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* Nina from ''Theatre/InTheHeights'' escaped the barrio and got into Stanford. Subverted in that she struggled to meet her financial obligations, her grades suffered as a result, and she lost her scholarship and dropped out. When she returns home for a visit she's embarrassed and ashamed when everyone tells her how proud they are of her.

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* A major motivation of many characters of ''Theatre/InTheHeights'', and whether or not this is necessarily for the best.
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Nina from ''Theatre/InTheHeights'' escaped the barrio and got into Stanford. Subverted in that she struggled to meet her financial obligations, her grades suffered as a result, and she lost her scholarship and dropped out. When she returns home for a visit she's embarrassed and ashamed when everyone tells her how proud they are of her. DoubleSubverted when she uses the money from her father selling off his business to go back in the fall.
** Vanessa wants to find a better place to work and get an apartment downtown in West Village. She ultimately goes through with it, but not before getting a date with Usnavy.
** Abuela Claudia came from Cuba with her family, and is happy to have a home and close relationships with the community until her death.
** Usnavy wants to leave the Heights and return to his parents' home on a beach in the Dominican Republic, believing the place is changing and with many of his friends leaving, there's not much left for him. At the end after seeing Sunny's beautiful mural of Abuela, he decides to stay and use his lottery money to fix up the coffee shop, get a date with Vanessa, and remember all the stories the customers have to tell as the community changes with the times.
29th Sep '16 12:25:42 PM StrixObscuro
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* DependingOnTheWriter, continuity reboot status, medium, etc., in various permutations of the ''{{Superman}}'' franchise, Clark Kent is occasionally given this treatment for having made it from Smallville to Metropolis.

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* DependingOnTheWriter, continuity reboot status, medium, etc., in various permutations of the ''{{Superman}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' franchise, Clark Kent is occasionally given this treatment for having made it from Smallville to Metropolis.




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* In ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'', Angie Spica came from a lower-class background where her dad drove a bus and all of her sisters ended up pregnant before they finished high school. She escaped the same fate by applying herself to her studies, replacing her blood with nine pints of liquid machinery (which transformed her into the superhero known as the Engineer), and [[spoiler:travelling back in time to turn Jenny Sparks into a Century Baby so that she could go on to recruit the future members of the Authority]].
* In ''ComicBook/XStatix'', Phat supposedly comes from a lower-class background before getting spotted by a recruiter for ComicBook/XForce. In reality, he came from the suburbs, and his old neighborhood is less than thrilled by how he portrays in interviews, resulting in him getting the shit kicked out of him when he tries to go home.




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* The premise of ''Series/SurvivorsRemorse'' is that two cousins from a rough neighborhood made it big in professional basketball, and now have to contend with being in the spotlight and the effects it has on their family.



* If Shepard has the 'Earthborn' background in ''Franchise/MassEffect'', s/he escaped a childhood of petty crime on the streets as a member of the Tenth Street Reds by joining the military. In the [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 first game]], a member of the Reds who is still active approaches Shepard and tries to blackmail him/her by threatening to reveal his/her criminal past to the galaxy, with embellishments to also make Shepard seem like an anti-alien xenophobe. Shepard has multiple options on how to deal with the situation. In [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 the sequel]], Finch will send you an e-mail saying that, even if you are not a member of the Reds anymore, he is glad it is you going after the Collectors.

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* If Shepard has the 'Earthborn' "Earthborn" background in ''Franchise/MassEffect'', s/he they escaped a childhood of petty crime on the streets as a member of the Tenth Street Reds by joining the military. In the [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 first game]], a member of the Reds who is still active approaches Shepard and tries to blackmail him/her them by threatening to reveal his/her their criminal past to the galaxy, with embellishments to also make Shepard seem like an anti-alien xenophobe. Shepard has multiple options on how to deal with the situation. In [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 the sequel]], Finch will send you an e-mail saying that, even if you are not a member of the Reds anymore, he is glad it is you going after the Collectors.



** According to an in-universe documentary, Thugnificent's hometown was so poor that many locals couldn't afford ''clothes''. The crime was so out of control, that the underfunded police department gave up on the place, and just built an electric fence around it. Bu thanks to his musical career, Thugnificent can now afford a BigFancyHouse in Woodcrest.

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** According to an in-universe documentary, Thugnificent's hometown was so poor that many locals couldn't afford ''clothes''. The crime was so out of control, that the underfunded police department gave up on the place, and just built an electric fence around it. Bu But thanks to his musical career, Thugnificent can now afford a BigFancyHouse in Woodcrest.


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** From the same show, Diane is the only member of her family who actually has a job.
29th Sep '16 11:43:06 AM Sammettik
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** The anime actually showed multiple people with different badges than ones the games showed. The trainer with the Marowak and a trainer Jesse attempted to steal from had ''very'' unknown looking badges.
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