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28th Feb '16 11:39:12 AM nombretomado
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* In ''TheBoondocks'', Huey and Riley were originally from a run-down inner-city Chicago slum. They weren't all that happy about being sent away to live with their grandfather Robert in the suburb of Woodcrest. Robert himself is a former Tuskeegee Airman who has worked his whole life to get where he is.

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* In ''TheBoondocks'', ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'', Huey and Riley were originally from a run-down inner-city Chicago slum. They weren't all that happy about being sent away to live with their grandfather Robert in the suburb of Woodcrest. Robert himself is a former Tuskeegee Airman who has worked his whole life to get where he is.
29th Dec '15 3:24:23 PM Neakal
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* This trope is a running source of source of conflict in ''Series/SixFeetUnder'':
** Older brother Nate ran away from his dysfunctional and overbearing family so he could live outside their influence and without having anything to do with their family business. This condemned younger brother David to suspend his ambitions to go to law school as he felt responsible for the family and he got saddled into a line of work he had no interest in. When their father dies at the beginning of the show, Nate returns, clearly afraid of getting stuck at home for good this time while David's resentment at being left behind to deal with everything boils to surface.
** Over the course of the series, it is revealed that their mother, Ruth, had her own dreams but ended up staying home to take care of her sickly mother, resulting in life-long regret of WhatCouldHaveBeen.
** Towards the end of the series, their sister Claire receives a job offer in New York and takes it. Just before she is due to leave, she gets news that the offer is no longer available but she decides to move anyways as she is afraid of repeating the mistake her mom did.
-->'''Nate''': Claire, you can't stay here!\\
26th Dec '15 6:23:26 PM nombretomado
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This story is a particular fascination in several American films, books and plays partly because of its close relationship to the AmericanDream, the promise that anyone in America can transcend their origins and roots to get where they want to go.

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This story is a particular fascination in several American films, books and plays partly because of its close relationship to the AmericanDream, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream, the promise that anyone in America can transcend their origins and roots to get where they want to go.
11th Dec '15 4:55:03 PM nombretomado
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* Jack Atlas of ''YuGiOh5Ds'', who did it by betraying Yusei in his backstory.

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* Jack Atlas of ''YuGiOh5Ds'', ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', who did it by betraying Yusei in his backstory.
8th Oct '15 7:15:33 PM nombretomado
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* Since LukeCage became a globally prominent superhero, some characters have occasionally accused him of forgetting his roots as a hero of the downtrodden in New York City. [[BerserkButton He doesn't take it very kindly]], especially not when a young upstart uses this to justify taking up Luke's abandoned "Power Man" codename.

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* Since LukeCage ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}} became a globally prominent superhero, some characters have occasionally accused him of forgetting his roots as a hero of the downtrodden in New York City. [[BerserkButton He doesn't take it very kindly]], especially not when a young upstart uses this to justify taking up Luke's abandoned "Power Man" codename.
15th Aug '15 11:27:22 PM StarSword
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* Tasha Yar of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' was originally from a post-apocalyptic planet but managed to get into Starfleet.

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* Tasha Yar of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' was originally from a post-apocalyptic planet but managed to get into Starfleet. Ro Laren similarly managed to escape from the Cardassian Occupation of Bajor.
19th Apr '15 11:44:57 AM TVRulezAgain
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* Nina from ''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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* Nina from ''InTheHeights'' ''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.
28th Mar '15 11:31:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''OctoberSky'': Homer Hickam especially, but all of the rocket boys qualify. Their small West Virginia town is proud of them for their success.

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* ''OctoberSky'': ''Film/OctoberSky'': Homer Hickam especially, but all of the rocket boys qualify. Their small West Virginia town is proud of them for their success.



* ''DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood'': Parodied when Malik first arrives at college, but is shot by "The Man".
* Inverted in ''GoodWillHunting'', where mathematics prodigy Will Hunting wants to stay in Southie but his friends desperately want him to use his gifts to become the one who gets out.

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* ''DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood'': ''Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood'': Parodied when Malik first arrives at college, but is shot by "The Man".
* Inverted in ''GoodWillHunting'', ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', where mathematics prodigy Will Hunting wants to stay in Southie but his friends desperately want him to use his gifts to become the one who gets out.



* ''AfterschoolSpecial'': Subverted in "15 and Getting Straight," a 1989 "ABC Afterschool Special" starring Creator/DrewBarrymore, Corey Feldman and David Birney about junkies in a 12-step drug counseling program. A teen named Rick seems to have made tremendous progress and is mentoring some of the other teens who are in denial about their problem. The subversion is played as irony ... in the end, the lead counselor (Birney) comes in one day and announces to the group that Rick had overdosed on a new drug. Rick had run into some old friends and was trying to tell them to go away, but they persisted in getting him to try the drug and immediately had a seizure. The counselor himself an ex-drug user tells the group "I would have bet money" on Rick's future success in staying straight; instead, Rick is dead ... and  in playing the trope straight and part of this episode's irony [[WhereAreTheyNow all of the other teenagers who had been in denial are successful in their resolve to stay straight]].

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* ''AfterschoolSpecial'': ''Series/AfterschoolSpecial'': Subverted in "15 and Getting Straight," a 1989 "ABC Afterschool Special" starring Creator/DrewBarrymore, Corey Feldman and David Birney about junkies in a 12-step drug counseling program. A teen named Rick seems to have made tremendous progress and is mentoring some of the other teens who are in denial about their problem. The subversion is played as irony ... in the end, the lead counselor (Birney) comes in one day and announces to the group that Rick had overdosed on a new drug. Rick had run into some old friends and was trying to tell them to go away, but they persisted in getting him to try the drug and immediately had a seizure. The counselor himself an ex-drug user tells the group "I would have bet money" on Rick's future success in staying straight; instead, Rick is dead ... and  in playing the trope straight and part of this episode's irony [[WhereAreTheyNow all of the other teenagers who had been in denial are successful in their resolve to stay straight]].



* ''WelcomeBackKotter'': Gabriel Kotter made it out of the Brooklyn "ghetto", became a teacher, and then moved back to teach in his old neighborhood.

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* ''WelcomeBackKotter'': ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter'': Gabriel Kotter made it out of the Brooklyn "ghetto", became a teacher, and then moved back to teach in his old neighborhood.
27th Mar '15 3:23:44 PM Allronix
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* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'', the Jedi Exile is the only one of Revan's renegade Jedi who did ''not'' become a Sith. Whether or not that stays the case depends on the player's actions.
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the Sith Inquisitor was plucked from the slave auction when their Force sensitivity was discovered and sent to [[AcademyOfEvil Korriban]] [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors Sith]] [[TrainingFromHell Academy]] as just another recruit for the other hopefuls to kill on their way to the top. The Inquisitor ends up as one of the {{CoDragons}} of the Empire (along with the Sith Warrior).
5th Jan '15 8:24:10 PM 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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