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27th Apr '16 6:08:17 PM ChuckleheadTom
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* The whole shtick of the Mound-Makers covenant in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls3''. Unlike other PvP based covenants, which require you to kill the host to fulfill your goal, Mound-Makers can kill just about anyone to do so, including summoned players, invaders, and even other Mound-Makers.
17th Apr '16 5:04:47 PM Berrenta
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** The show's biggest wild card is arguably '''The Man In The X T-Shirt'''. [[spoiler:Olivia has absolutely no memories of the man despite the fact that he was in her mind. Even more creepy is that he ''wasn't'' a normal "mental projection". Because Olivia regressed and hid because of her fears deep in her subconciousness, all of her memories of everyone she knew turned malevolent, seeking to harm her as well as anything that "doesn't belong" (i.e, Peter, Water and Bell). This man, on the other hand, ''wasn't'' a malevolent entity - he simply sought to escape the zeppelin he was trapped in. And finally, after [[ItGotBetter Olivia returned better than ever]], this man's image simply appeared in her mind, and she nonchalantly stated that "he's the man who's gonna kill her."]] WordOfGod says that he's somehow connected to [[MysteriousWatcher September]], and [[DiabolicalMastermind David Robert Jones]].

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** The show's biggest wild card is arguably '''The Man In The X T-Shirt'''. [[spoiler:Olivia has absolutely no memories of the man despite the fact that he was in her mind. Even more creepy is that he ''wasn't'' a normal "mental projection". Because Olivia regressed and hid because of her fears deep in her subconciousness, all of her memories of everyone she knew turned malevolent, seeking to harm her as well as anything that "doesn't belong" (i.e, Peter, Water and Bell). This man, on the other hand, ''wasn't'' a malevolent entity - he simply sought to escape the zeppelin he was trapped in. And finally, after [[ItGotBetter Olivia returned better than ever]], ever, this man's image simply appeared in her mind, and she nonchalantly stated that "he's the man who's gonna kill her."]] WordOfGod says that he's somehow connected to [[MysteriousWatcher September]], and [[DiabolicalMastermind David Robert Jones]].
14th Apr '16 11:27:48 PM aye_amber
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* King Bulbin from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess.'' Though he only stays on the evil side for the course of the game, his only text in the game states that this the type of guy he is after you beat him for the last time. [[TropeNamer He fights for the]] [[IFightForTheStrongestSide stronger side.]]

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* King Bulbin from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess.'' Though he only stays on the evil side for the course of the game, his only text in the game states that this the type of guy he is after you beat him for the last time. [[TropeNamer [[TropeNamers He fights for the]] [[IFightForTheStrongestSide stronger side.]]
14th Apr '16 11:27:21 PM aye_amber
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* Scorpion from ''MortalKombat'' frequently switches sides, though in fairness this is frequently the result of being duped or enslaved by the higher-ups. It's especially apparent during the third game, where his single-minded pursuit of his hated rival Sub-Zero causes him to attack good and evil characters alike, and in the ninth game where he said he would only ''defeat'' Sub-Zero in battle, but ended up killing him anyway when Quan-Chi reminded him of what Subby supposedly did to his clan, wife and child.
-->'''[[WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay Pat]]''': Scorpion's not evil, he's just ''insane'' with the spirit of vengeance!
* [[spoiler:Roy and Meilin]] in ''{{Terranigma}}''.
* King Bulbin from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. Though he only stays on the evil side for the course of the game, his only text in the game states that this the type of guy he is after you beat him for the last time. [[TropeNamer He fights for the]] [[IFightForTheStrongestSide stronger side]].
* From ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', all three members of [[AntiHeroTeam Team Dark]]. In spite of ending up the right thing, they have a shaky allegiances. Shadow fights whoever gets in the way of his goals, Rouge is only interested in jewels, and Omega attacks whatever the former two point him at.
** This is played with in [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog Shadow's own game]]. You can change Shadow's allegiance at any time, even during a mission. Sometimes your allegiance will be changed for you if you accidentally collide with a different Mission Character.
* The player characters in the ''{{Mercenaries}}'' series are [[PrivateMilitaryContractors private contractors]]. They have an overarching goal (The substantial bounty on General Song's head in the original, payback on Ramon Solano in the sequel), but are willing to play any side of the conflict, as long as it gets them closer to that goal. For instance, in the original, they ''had'' to work with the Allied Nations, since they were the ones giving out the Ace missions, but in order to get intel leading to the Aces, the players had to do missions for the Chinese Army, South Koreans, and Russian Mafia. Since the Chinese and South Koreans were hostile to one another, and the Mafia was at cross purposes with pretty much everyone, that meant the players had to fight for, and against, pretty much every faction at one point or another in order to maximize profits.

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* Scorpion from ''MortalKombat'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' frequently switches sides, though in fairness this is frequently the result of being duped or enslaved by the higher-ups. It's especially apparent during the third game, where his single-minded pursuit of his hated rival Sub-Zero causes him to attack good and evil characters alike, and in the ninth game where he said he would only ''defeat'' Sub-Zero in battle, but ended up killing him anyway when Quan-Chi reminded him of what Subby supposedly did to his clan, wife wife, and child.
-->'''[[WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay Pat]]''': --> '''[[WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay Pat:]]''' Scorpion's not evil, he's just ''insane'' with the spirit of vengeance!
* [[spoiler:Roy [[spoiler: Roy and Meilin]] in ''{{Terranigma}}''.
''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}.''
* King Bulbin from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess.'' Though he only stays on the evil side for the course of the game, his only text in the game states that this the type of guy he is after you beat him for the last time. [[TropeNamer He fights for the]] [[IFightForTheStrongestSide stronger side]].
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* From ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog,'' all three members of [[AntiHeroTeam Team Dark]]. Dark.]] In spite of ending up the right thing, they have a shaky allegiances. Shadow fights whoever gets in the way of his goals, Rouge is only interested in jewels, and Omega attacks whatever the former two point him at.
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** This is played with in [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog Shadow's own game]]. game.]] You can change Shadow's allegiance at any time, even during a mission. Sometimes your allegiance will be changed for you if you accidentally collide with a different Mission Character.
* The player characters in the ''{{Mercenaries}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}'' series are [[PrivateMilitaryContractors private contractors]]. contractors.]] They have an overarching goal (The substantial bounty on General Song's head in the original, payback on Ramon Solano in the sequel), but are willing to play any side of the conflict, as long as it gets them closer to that goal. For instance, in the original, they ''had'' to work with the Allied Nations, since they were the ones giving out the Ace missions, but in order to get intel leading to the Aces, the players had to do missions for the Chinese Army, South Koreans, and Russian Mafia. Since the Chinese and South Koreans were hostile to one another, and the Mafia was at cross purposes with pretty much everyone, that meant the players had to fight for, and against, pretty much every faction at one point or another in order to maximize profits.
11th Apr '16 12:20:47 PM terry78
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* Kind of played with in the case of TheIncredibleHulk, as he genuinely is a good guy, but whether you're a good guy or a bad guy, if you do something he views as a betrayal or an attempt to hurt or hound him, it doesn't end well.
22nd Mar '16 10:07:17 PM M84
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** Angel himself is destined to be the wild card in the apocalypse who will sway the odds in favor of good or evil. The Senior Partners want to make sure that Angel sides with evil when the time comes.
26th Feb '16 7:45:14 PM somebob
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* Josip from ''Literature/FlightToTheLonesomePlace'' only wants the reward for finding the Blue Boy, not realizing that the reward was put in place so that Ronnie would have a harder time escaping those who want to kill him.
11th Feb '16 10:02:25 PM ultimomant
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* [[BenTen Ben Tennyson]] is seen as this in ''Fanfic/FateStayNightUltimateMaster'' by everyone else in the [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Holy Grail War]]; his only interest is in preventing casualties or lost of innocent lives, including the other Masters. As such, he will team up with anybody just to protect other Masters, but will just as easily turn against them if they cross that line. Rin even refers to Ben as such.

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* [[BenTen Ben Tennyson]] is seen as this in ''Fanfic/FateStayNightUltimateMaster'' by everyone else in the [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Holy Grail War]]; his only interest is in preventing casualties or lost loss of innocent lives, including the other Masters. As such, he will team up with anybody just to protect other Masters, but will just as easily turn against them if they cross that line. Rin even refers to Ben as such.
6th Feb '16 5:04:38 PM Vios
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* ''Videogame/BaldursGate'' has a few, but Haer'Dalis from ''Baldur's Gate II'' is a shining example of the trope. He's a tiefling (demonkin) from a wholly different plane of existence who joins the party to do some sightseeing, seduction, and provocation.

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* ''Videogame/BaldursGate'' ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' has a few, but Haer'Dalis from ''Baldur's Gate II'' ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' is a shining example of the trope. He's a tiefling (demonkin) from a wholly different plane of existence who joins the party to do some sightseeing, seduction, and provocation.
2nd Feb '16 11:07:37 PM Karxrida
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* [[Characters/KingdomHeartsOrganizationXIII Axel]][=/=]Lea from the ''KingdomHearts'' series is this trope all-over (in ''ChainOfMemories'' especially, where he was quite the aforementioned "Getting The Job Done" type), until ''KingdomHearts3D'' where his character development had him graduate from AntiVillain to [[HeelFaceTurn outright-good-guys territory.]]

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* [[Characters/KingdomHeartsOrganizationXIII Axel]][=/=]Lea from the ''KingdomHearts'' ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series is this trope all-over (in ''ChainOfMemories'' ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'' especially, where he was quite the aforementioned "Getting The Job Done" type), until ''KingdomHearts3D'' where his character development had him graduate from AntiVillain to [[HeelFaceTurn outright-good-guys territory.]]
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