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27th Dec '15 9:03:58 PM nombretomado
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* The early 1990s Marvel series ''{{Sleepwalker}}'' featured a nerdy psychology student who was regularly made fun of by his JerkJock enemy, who teased him about being a "dateless bookworm." When he gains superhuman powers after an accident involving Sleepwalker, he immediately gets revenge on the Jerk Jock by conjuring a gang of murderous warriors from his book on Myth/ClassicalMythology to kill him. Ticking time bomb, anyone?
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* The early 1990s Marvel series ''{{Sleepwalker}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}'' featured a nerdy psychology student who was regularly made fun of by his JerkJock enemy, who teased him about being a "dateless bookworm." When he gains superhuman powers after an accident involving Sleepwalker, he immediately gets revenge on the Jerk Jock by conjuring a gang of murderous warriors from his book on Myth/ClassicalMythology to kill him. Ticking time bomb, anyone?
3rd Dec '15 7:49:07 AM FF32
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* The early 1990s Marvel series ''{{Sleepwalker}}'' featured a nerdy psychology student who was regularly made fun of by his JerkJock enemy, who teased him about being a "dateless bookworm." When he gains superhuman powers after an accident involving Sleepwalker, he immediately gets revenge on the Jerk Jock by conjuring a gang of murderous warriors from his book on Myth/GreekMythology to kill him. Ticking time bomb, anyone?
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* The early 1990s Marvel series ''{{Sleepwalker}}'' featured a nerdy psychology student who was regularly made fun of by his JerkJock enemy, who teased him about being a "dateless bookworm." When he gains superhuman powers after an accident involving Sleepwalker, he immediately gets revenge on the Jerk Jock by conjuring a gang of murderous warriors from his book on Myth/GreekMythology Myth/ClassicalMythology to kill him. Ticking time bomb, anyone?
25th Nov '15 7:43:55 AM Godzillawolf
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* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/251660/tales-from-the-dark-side-of-the-mirror Tales from the Dark Side of the Mirror]]'', the [[MirrorUniverse Mirror Mane Six]] are largely HarmlessVillains and losers, but [[spoiler:Mirror Twilight]] in particular feels like she's been disrespected and wronged her entire life [[spoiler:and her family became a laughing stock and disgraced when her older brother eloped with Empress Cadenza.]] She also [[spoiler:feels the School for Gifted Unicorns wronged her by kicking her out instead of teaching her the focus to handle her power, which even Mirror Trixie admits is true.]] Ultimately, she accidentally [[spoiler:overloads her [[ManaDrain Mana Collector]], and the resulting explosion combined with her bitterness and envy over this fact turns her into [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Spotlight]], who goes full on this trope. She plans to publicly humiliate and take revenge on everypony who did her wrong, and nearly destroys Canterlot in the process.]] She outright admits [[spoiler:after she's defeated and purified, that everything she did as Spotlight was basically her power fantasies brought to life]]. She even ended up giving a version of the Syndrome page quote.
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* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/251660/tales-from-the-dark-side-of-the-mirror Tales from the Dark Side of the Mirror]]'', the [[MirrorUniverse Mirror Mane Six]] are largely HarmlessVillains {{Harmless Villain}}s and losers, but [[spoiler:Mirror Twilight]] in particular feels like she's been disrespected and wronged her entire life [[spoiler:and her family became a laughing stock and disgraced when her older brother eloped with Empress Cadenza.]] She also [[spoiler:feels the School for Gifted Unicorns wronged her by kicking her out instead of teaching her the focus to handle her power, power after her mana surge, which even Mirror Trixie admits is true.]] Ultimately, she accidentally [[spoiler:overloads her [[ManaDrain Mana Collector]], and the resulting explosion combined with her bitterness and envy over this fact turns her into [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Spotlight]], who goes full on this trope. She plans to publicly humiliate and take revenge on everypony who she believes did her wrong, and nearly destroys Canterlot in the process.]] She outright admits [[spoiler:after she's defeated and purified, that everything she did as Spotlight was basically her power fantasies brought to life]]. She even ended up giving a version of the Syndrome page quote.
25th Nov '15 7:42:02 AM Godzillawolf
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* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/251660/tales-from-the-dark-side-of-the-mirror Tales from the Dark Side of the Mirror]]'', the [[MirrorUniverse Mirror Mane Six]] are largely HarmlessVillains and losers, but [[spoiler:Mirror Twilight]] in particular feels like she's been disrespected and wronged her entire life [[spoiler:and her family became a laughing stock and disgraced when her older brother eloped with Empress Cadenza.]] She also [[spoiler:feels the School for Gifted Unicorns wronged her by kicking her out instead of teaching her the focus to handle her power, which even Mirror Trixie admits is true.]] Ultimately, she accidentally [[spoiler:overloads her [[ManaDrain Mana Collector]], and the resulting explosion combined with her bitterness and envy over this fact turns her into [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Spotlight]], who goes full on this trope. She plans to publicly humiliate and take revenge on everypony who did her wrong, and nearly destroys Canterlot in the process.]] She outright admits [[spoiler:after she's defeated and purified, that everything she did as Spotlight was basically her power fantasies brought to life]]. She even ended up giving a version of the Syndrome page quote.
30th Oct '15 11:55:50 AM Josef5678
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* Invoked by ''TheEconomist'' on the subject of UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} intervention in [[UsefulNotes/MiddleEastUprising2011 Libya's civil war]]:
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* Invoked by ''TheEconomist'' ''Magazine/TheEconomist'' on the subject of UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} intervention in [[UsefulNotes/MiddleEastUprising2011 Libya's civil war]]:
23rd Oct '15 6:46:38 PM Discar
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'''Syndrome:''' See?! ''Now'' you respect me, because I'm a ''threat!'' That's the way it works. Turns out there are a lot of people, ''whole countries'' who want respect, and they will ''pay through the nose'' to get it! [[ArmsDealer How do you think I got rich? I invented weapons, and now I have a weapon that only I can defeat!]]
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'''Syndrome:''' See?! ''Now'' you respect me, because I'm a ''threat!'' That's the way it works. Turns out there are a lot of people, ''whole countries'' who want respect, and they will ''pay through the nose'' to get it! [[ArmsDealer How do you think I got rich? I invented weapons, and now I have a weapon that only I can defeat!]]defeat!

* From ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' -->'''Durkon''': Now who's the short one?
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* From ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' -->'''Durkon''': ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': ** A goblin calls Durkon short. He casts ''Thor's Might'', going up two size categories and towering over the goblin. --->'''Durkon''': Now who's the short one?
14th Oct '15 1:16:27 PM ChaoticNovelist
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This can occur with victims of a world full of {{Jerk Jock}}s, where the KidsAreCruel and TeensAreMonsters. You can bet it will lead to this [[AnAesop aesop]]: said victim doesn't realize the irony, that by taking revenge they have [[HeWhoFightsMonsters become as bad as those who victimized them]]. Or perhaps they know this very well and are simply so fed up they don't care anymore. This could also result in the ButtMonkey being pushed back down into the former position, or the character could become relatively harmless but still extremely annoying. May result in the character becoming {{Arch Enem|y}}ies with the most abusive.
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This can occur with victims of a world full of {{Jerk Jock}}s, where the KidsAreCruel and TeensAreMonsters. You can bet it will lead to this [[AnAesop aesop]]: said victim doesn't realize the irony, that by taking revenge they have [[HeWhoFightsMonsters become as bad as those who victimized them]]. Or perhaps If they know this very well and are simply so fed up they don't care anymore.do realize it, expect an IgnoredEpiphany. This could also result in the ButtMonkey being pushed back down into the former position, or the character could become relatively harmless but still extremely annoying. May result in the character becoming {{Arch Enem|y}}ies with the most abusive.
14th Oct '15 1:11:14 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* Ephialtes from ''ComicBook/ThreeHundred''--who, as far as Who's Laughing Now? people go, was treated rather reasonably by Leonidas, particularly in the comic (as what happened later in the movie seemed to put the lie to the idea of the Spartans' strength being the phalanx formation). ** Leonidas got him back though, wishing him, apparently rather charitably, to live a long life. But since a Spartan's greatest honor is to die in battle, [[FateWorseThanDeath this is a rather awesome backhand to the traitor]]. *** A second meaning makes it even worse: in name at least, Ephialtes ''has'' lived forever - known as one of the worst traitors in Greek history. To this day, the name "Ephialtes" in Greece carries the same connotations that "Benedict Arnold" does in the US. ** It's worse in the comic. He tries to commit suicide after his rejection by jumping off a cliff but survives, in agony. He blames the gods for forcing him to live his torturous existence. That's what makes him renounce his Spartan heritage and the Greek gods in favour of one who actually appears to give a shit about him.
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* Ephialtes from ''ComicBook/ThreeHundred''--who, as far as Who's Laughing Now? people go, was treated rather reasonably by Leonidas, particularly in the comic (as what happened later in the movie seemed to put the lie to the idea of the Spartans' strength being the phalanx formation). ** Leonidas got him back though, wishing him, apparently rather charitably, to live a long life. But since a Spartan's greatest honor is to die in battle, [[FateWorseThanDeath this is a rather awesome backhand to the traitor]]. *** A second meaning makes it even worse: in name at least, Ephialtes ''has'' lived forever - known as one of the worst traitors in Greek history. To this day, the name "Ephialtes" in Greece carries the same connotations that "Benedict Arnold" does in the US. ** formation). It's worse in the comic. He tries to commit suicide after his rejection by jumping off a cliff but survives, in agony. He blames the gods for forcing him to live his torturous existence. That's what makes him renounce his Spartan heritage and the Greek gods in favour of one who actually appears to give a shit about him.

** Professor Snape plays with this, since he ''was'' bullied his attempts at revenge and betrayal ultimately lead him into remorse and to seek redemption. That said he spends his profession making the majority of Hogwart's pupils' studies hell. ** Peter Pettigrew is another example, with WordOfGod confirming that his [[spoiler:triumph over Sirius, whereby FakingTheDead he got Sirius locked up in Azkaban for years and framed him for betraying the Potters]] was this.
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** Professor Snape plays with this, since he ''was'' bullied his attempts at revenge and betrayal ultimately lead him into remorse and to seek redemption. That said he He spends his profession making the majority of Hogwart's pupils' studies hell. ** Peter Pettigrew is another example, with WordOfGod confirming that his [[spoiler:triumph over Sirius, whereby FakingTheDead he got Sirius locked up in Azkaban for years and framed him for betraying the Potters]] was this.this trope.

** Professor Snape plays with this, since he ''was'' bullied *''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Caffour spent his attempts at revenge and betrayal ultimately lead him into remorse and life kowtowing to seek redemption. That said he spends his profession making the majority of Hogwart's pupils' studies hell. ** Peter Pettigrew is another example, with WordOfGod confirming mortal powers that be and hated it. Once he is granted necrocraft, he announces his [[spoiler:triumph over Sirius, whereby FakingTheDead he got Sirius locked up in Azkaban for years plan to overthrow them and framed him for betraying the Potters]] was this.finally gain respect.

* Has happened pretty often in Wrestling/{{WWE}} in an attempt to give a comedy character a bigger push by making them "more serious" notably with Wrestling/{{Rikishi}} (went from dancing with Too Cool to running over Stone Cold), Wrestling/GregoryHelms (originally a superhero parody) and most recently with [[Wrestling/RonKillings R-Truth]] (originally rapped his way to the ring). Nine times out of ten, it doesn't work.
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* Has happened pretty often in Wrestling/{{WWE}} in an attempt to give a comedy character a bigger push by making them "more serious" notably with Wrestling/{{Rikishi}} (went from dancing with Too Cool to running over Stone Cold), Wrestling/GregoryHelms (originally a superhero parody) and most recently with [[Wrestling/RonKillings R-Truth]] (originally rapped his way to the ring). Nine times out of ten, it doesn't work.

* Someday... ** Oh yes... As Fred Dagg said "If I ruled the world/Certain people would have to wake up their ideas" * The UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} High shooters are sometimes falsely portrayed as this. Many other school shooters, both before and after, were this trope to a T. Most notably is the 2007 Virginia Tech shooter Seung Hui Cho. His videos that he mailed to NBC directly stated that this was his motive.
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* Someday... ** Oh yes... As Fred Dagg said "If I ruled the world/Certain people would have to wake up their ideas" * The UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} High shooters are sometimes falsely portrayed as this. Many other school shooters, both before and after, were this trope to a T. Most notably is T but they were not. There's also the 2007 Virginia Tech shooter Seung Hui Cho. His videos that he mailed to NBC directly stated that this was his motive.

* When Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar was a young man, he was once kidnapped and ransomed by pirates. During his captivity, Caesar told them that he will have them executed and they mocked him for what seemed a joke. However after being freed, Caesar assembled a fleet, captured the pirates and carried out his threat.
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* When Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar was a young man, he was once kidnapped and ransomed by pirates. During his captivity, Caesar told them that he will have them executed and they mocked him for what seemed a joke. However after After being freed, Caesar assembled a fleet, captured the pirates and carried out his threat.
5th Sep '15 8:19:18 PM nombretomado
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* Invoked by ''TheEconomist'' on the subject of {{NATO}} intervention in [[UsefulNotes/MiddleEastUprising2011 Libya's civil war]]:
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* Invoked by ''TheEconomist'' on the subject of {{NATO}} UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} intervention in [[UsefulNotes/MiddleEastUprising2011 Libya's civil war]]:
27th Aug '15 11:22:13 AM Tuol
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This can occur with victims of a world full of {{Jerk Jock}}s, where the KidsAreCruel and TeensAreMonsters. You can bet it will lead to this [[AnAesop aesop]]: said victim doesn't realize the irony, that by taking revenge they have [[HeWhoFightsMonsters become as bad as those who victimized them]]. This could also result in the ButtMonkey being pushed back down into the former position, or the character could become relatively harmless but still extremely annoying. May result in the character becoming {{Arch Enem|y}}ies with the most abusive.
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This can occur with victims of a world full of {{Jerk Jock}}s, where the KidsAreCruel and TeensAreMonsters. You can bet it will lead to this [[AnAesop aesop]]: said victim doesn't realize the irony, that by taking revenge they have [[HeWhoFightsMonsters become as bad as those who victimized them]]. Or perhaps they know this very well and are simply so fed up they don't care anymore. This could also result in the ButtMonkey being pushed back down into the former position, or the character could become relatively harmless but still extremely annoying. May result in the character becoming {{Arch Enem|y}}ies with the most abusive.
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