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23rd Jul '16 12:35:14 AM 88y53
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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has arguably a few, but from the point of view of most organisations and unaligned people Shepard seems like this. She has a clear goal that is essentially a good one (prevent the Reapers from destroying all advanced organic life) but most people either don't know about the Reapers at all or don't believe they're real. Even those few who do believe the Reapers are real and a threat to all civilisation (such as the Illusive Man) can be badly disappointed at how Shepard treats the problem.
** In the first game, Shepard is mostly a diplomatic investment for the Alliance and a tool for incarcerating a rogue Spectre for the Council. She's in a position where it's impossible to please both and for them Shepard turns out to be something of a liability until right at the end of the game.
** In the second game the player ''can'' have Shepard be very cooperative with Cerberus, but because of how the game mechanics work, Shepard remains a wild card for them as well. And of course, because she's technically working for Cerberus, the Council and the Alliance don't really know where Shepard stands.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has arguably a few, but from the point of view of most organisations and unaligned people Shepard seems like this. She He/She has a clear goal that is essentially a good one (prevent the Reapers from destroying all advanced organic life) but most people either don't know about the Reapers at all or don't believe they're real. Even those few who do believe the Reapers are real and a threat to all civilisation (such as the Illusive Man) can be badly disappointed at how Shepard treats the problem.
** In the first game, Shepard is mostly a diplomatic investment for the Alliance and a tool for incarcerating a rogue Spectre for the Council. She's S/He's in a position where it's impossible to please both and for them Shepard turns out to be something of a liability until right at the end of the game.
** In the second game the player ''can'' have Shepard be very cooperative with Cerberus, but because of how the game mechanics work, Shepard remains a wild card for them as well. And of course, because she's s/he's technically working for Cerberus, the Council and the Alliance don't really know where Shepard stands.



** In the third game Shepard is reinstated in the Alliance Military, but that doesn't mean that she does everything they tell her to or in the way they hoped she would. However, by the time there's no intergalactic politics to meddle in in the game and most of the organizations more or less admit that WeAREStrugglingTogether. Shepard is more of the BigGood at this point, being the symbol of hope and unity as well as the Reapers' feared enemy. So you could argue that most other factions that don't get their shit together and side with him/her are the Wild Cards. There are, of course, still plenty of occasions to piss people off and blur the line between friend and foe.

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** In the third game Shepard is reinstated in the Alliance Military, but that doesn't mean that she s/he does everything they tell her him/her to or in the way they hoped she s/he would. However, by the time there's no intergalactic politics to meddle in in the game and most of the organizations more or less admit that WeAREStrugglingTogether. Shepard is more of the BigGood at this point, being the symbol of hope and unity as well as the Reapers' feared enemy. So you could argue that most other factions that don't get their shit together and side with him/her are the Wild Cards. There are, of course, still plenty of occasions to piss people off and blur the line between friend and foe.
17th Jul '16 9:33:16 AM Nazetrime
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* [[spoiler:Arthéon]] becomes this in later parts of ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', as he has a goal that puts him at odds with most of the player community, but is permitted to temporarily ally with players if it can help accomplish the goal in question faster.
9th Jul '16 2:49:03 PM nombretomado
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* Vezon from ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' would work for whoever had the best chance of killing him at the given moment, however he was mostly out to follow his own twisted yet never quite defined plans. After he gained the power to travel between dimensions, this mostly stopped being a problem for him, although even so, he was once seen doing errands for another, highly powerful character.

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* Vezon from ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' would work for whoever had the best chance of killing him at the given moment, however he was mostly out to follow his own twisted yet never quite defined plans. After he gained the power to travel between dimensions, this mostly stopped being a problem for him, although even so, he was once seen doing errands for another, highly powerful character.
28th Jun '16 1:48:38 PM res20stupid
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* Team Q of ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma''. Teams C and D, while also introducing a character each with Carlos and Diana, they also have veteran from the past ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'' games, Junpei and Akane for Team C and Sigma and Phi for Team D. Team Q are made up of three people introduced in their game with their leader, Q, being an amnesiac who got thrown in with the others for the Decision Game (everyone else was a coworker in the DCOM facility).
24th Jun '16 11:33:03 PM GlassSpires
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The Wild Card is so used to swinging between teams that they have no default "good" or "evil" CharacterAlignment or even a "home team". This trope, on the other hand, truly isn't interested in consistently remaining with either side, and will very often simply want both to leave him alone. He can be the sort of person who will stay out of things entirely, until someone else (usually the hero or other sympathetic character) asks him for help.

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The Wild Card is so used to swinging between teams that they have no default "good" or "evil" CharacterAlignment or even a "home team". This trope, on the other hand, He truly isn't interested in consistently remaining with either side, and will very often simply want both to leave him alone. He can be the sort of person who will stay out of things entirely, until someone else (usually the hero or other sympathetic character) asks him for help.
23rd Jun '16 5:16:34 PM Discar
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* Captain Jack Sparrow in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.
-->'''Elizabeth:''' Whose side is Jack on?
-->'''Will:''' At the moment?

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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
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Captain Jack Sparrow in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.
-->'''Elizabeth:'''
Sparrow.
--->'''Elizabeth:'''
Whose side is Jack on?
-->'''Will:'''
on?\\
'''Will:'''
At the moment?
11th Jun '16 7:17:35 AM karstovich2
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* The page quote comes from Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, a French diplomat who embodied this trope a couple of hundred years ago. He started out under the Gallic Church and King Louis XVI, switched sides to the anti-Church, anti-Royalist Republic, ditched them to help Napoleon seize power, converted ''back'' just as Napoleon had allied with Russia, convened the Senate that legally dismissed Napoleon, and finally threw his support to the Citizen King Louis-Philippe. All this time he remained powerful and influential, and even managed to stay out of prison. TheOtherWiki says he was known as "The Prince of Diplomats" but Napoleon himself came up with the perhaps equally fitting (if less flattering) label "shit in a silk stocking".

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* The page quote comes from Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, a French diplomat who embodied this trope a couple of hundred years ago. He started out under the Gallic Church and King Louis XVI, switched sides to the anti-Church, anti-Royalist Republic, ditched them to help Napoleon seize power, converted ''back'' just as Napoleon had allied with Russia, convened the Senate that legally dismissed Napoleon, and finally threw his support to the Citizen King Louis-Philippe. All this time he remained powerful and influential, and even managed to stay out of prison. TheOtherWiki says he was known as "The Prince of Diplomats" but Napoleon himself came up with the perhaps equally fitting (if less flattering) label "shit in a silk stocking". More recent scholarship suggests that he saw himself not as betraying any particular regime, but [[LoyalToThePosition always serving the interests of France as a state and nation]].
5th Jun '16 10:43:26 PM lavendermintrose
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* The Colorless King from ''Anime/{{K}}'' is called this InUniverse by the other Kings, due to the fact that his power "to affect other Kings" is unknown until it manifests in a particular generation. [[spoiler: The character himself counts as this as well, once he is finally revealed]].
** Mercenary [[GratuitousNinja ninja]] Douhan Hirasaka might also count, seeing as she ends up [[spoiler: helping Scepter 4 defeat the Green Clan, JUNGLE,]] even while remaining a U-rank member of JUNGLE. The Green King anticipated that not all members would be loyal, but I doubt he anticipated the extent of damage one or two members could cause.
28th May '16 7:03:58 PM wanderlustwarrior
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* Wrestling/ChrisJericho makes a career out of doing this, knowing well how to manipulate the crowd. Once, he returned from a year-and-a-half hiatus, trolled the audience with a video that had nothing to do with him, did nothing but walk around saying "Come on, baby!" for ''ten minutes'', and left. And he was still cheered.

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* Wrestling/ChrisJericho makes a career out of doing this, knowing well how to manipulate the crowd. Once, he returned from a year-and-a-half hiatus, trolled the audience with a video that had nothing to do with him, and did nothing but walk around saying "Come on, baby!" for ''ten minutes'', and left. And minutes''. After that, when he was still cheered.finally started getting booed, he just ''left''. The announcers remarked that they weren't even sure of what they'd just seen.
28th May '16 6:58:40 PM wanderlustwarrior
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* Wrestling/ChrisJericho makes a career out of doing this.

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* Wrestling/ChrisJericho makes a career out of doing this.this, knowing well how to manipulate the crowd. Once, he returned from a year-and-a-half hiatus, trolled the audience with a video that had nothing to do with him, did nothing but walk around saying "Come on, baby!" for ''ten minutes'', and left. And he was still cheered.



* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels. [[DiabolusExMachina Montreal Screwjob]] aside, whether he's a heel or a face, even if he's just playing a commissioner, he's cheered out of the building.

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* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels. [[DiabolusExMachina Montreal Screwjob]] aside, whether he's a heel or a face, even if he's just playing a commissioner, he's cheered out of the building.building, despite being notorious for ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.



* Wrestling/KurtAngle will often be cheered regardless of his status as a face or heel due to his incredible in-ring ability. In fact, he once cut a promo proving exactly this: After saying that he is not a fan of "the black people" and wanting to make Jesus Christ tap out, he said people ''still'' wouldn't boo him because they knew he was the best in the world. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ydZDLLtp8Y&t=0m32s The crowd promptly cheered.]]

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* Wrestling/KurtAngle will often be cheered regardless of his status as a face or heel due to his incredible in-ring ability. In fact, he once cut a promo proving exactly this: After saying that the US should lose in Iraq, France is better, he is not a fan of dislikes "the black people" people", and wanting to would make Jesus Christ JesusChrist tap out, he said people ("idiots") ''still'' wouldn't boo him would cheer him, because they knew he was the best in the world. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ydZDLLtp8Y&t=0m32s dailymotion.com/video/x6oyft_kurt-angle-dislikes-black-people-an_sport The crowd promptly cheered.]]
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