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30th Nov '16 7:22:29 PM AtticusOmundson
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25th Nov '16 3:35:01 PM nombretomado
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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 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.

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* [[BenTen [[WesternAnimation/Ben10 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 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.
18th Nov '16 12:17:36 PM Jokubas
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* Illidan Stormrage from ''Franchise/{{Warcraft}}''.
29th Oct '16 1:08:54 AM Morgenthaler
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** Heck, his ship is even called [[IncrediblyLamePun The Wild Karrde]]!

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** Heck, his ship is even called [[IncrediblyLamePun The Wild Karrde]]!Karrde!
29th Oct '16 1:08:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* Sadi, Chief Eunich of the Nyssian Royal Court in the ''{{Belgariad}}'' really shows hints of this in the sequel series, the ''Mallorean''. He shanghais the heroes to escape from some rivals' plots (Of course, his part in the prophecies didn't help matters either), manages to trick the leader of the Dagashi (ninja-like assassins) to the point that even said leader is impressed with his cleverness, and then near the end, represents his government (despite at that time having no legal standing whatsoever) in a set of very lucrative accords, and uses his standing in the accords to buy himself back into his queen's good graces.

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* Sadi, Chief Eunich of the Nyssian Royal Court in the ''{{Belgariad}}'' ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' really shows hints of this in the sequel series, the ''Mallorean''. He shanghais the heroes to escape from some rivals' plots (Of course, his part in the prophecies didn't help matters either), manages to trick the leader of the Dagashi (ninja-like assassins) to the point that even said leader is impressed with his cleverness, and then near the end, represents his government (despite at that time having no legal standing whatsoever) in a set of very lucrative accords, and uses his standing in the accords to buy himself back into his queen's good graces.



* In the ''ForgottenRealms'', Jarlaxle is a MagnificentBastard Wild Card. One excellent example of his playing both sides ''and'' the middle is when he captured a young woman, made a half-hearted attempt at seducing her, and set things up so his own ally would "betray" him and free her, so they could go rescue her would-be boyfriend and the ally's rival, who was being held by Jarlaxle's employer. Ta-daaa.

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* In the ''ForgottenRealms'', ''Literature/ForgottenRealms'', Jarlaxle is a MagnificentBastard Wild Card. One excellent example of his playing both sides ''and'' the middle is when he captured a young woman, made a half-hearted attempt at seducing her, and set things up so his own ally would "betray" him and free her, so they could go rescue her would-be boyfriend and the ally's rival, who was being held by Jarlaxle's employer. Ta-daaa.



* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', we have Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish and Lord Varys, both of whom have switched sides at least three times (Lannister to [[spoiler:Tyrell to himself]] in Littlefinger's case, Targaryen to Baratheon to Lannister to [[spoiler:Targaryen]] for Varys) depending on who happens to be able to help them out. Varys [[LampshadeHanging actually mentions]] more than once that his big talent in life is sucking up to whoever is in power. Both come from very humble backgrounds for the circles they operate in (the littlest of Lordlings for Littlefinger, foreign eunuch for Varys) but through raw talent became Councilors and major players in the realm, and both are aware of how they have to secure themselves at all costs. Particularly Varys, who despite decades as a major player has ''no title or wealth whatsoever of his own''.

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* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', we have Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish and Lord Varys, both of whom have switched sides at least three times (Lannister to [[spoiler:Tyrell to himself]] in Littlefinger's case, Targaryen to Baratheon to Lannister to [[spoiler:Targaryen]] for Varys) depending on who happens to be able to help them out. Varys [[LampshadeHanging actually mentions]] more than once that his big talent in life is sucking up to whoever is in power. Both come from very humble backgrounds for the circles they operate in (the littlest of Lordlings for Littlefinger, foreign eunuch for Varys) but through raw talent became Councilors and major players in the realm, and both are aware of how they have to secure themselves at all costs. Particularly Varys, who despite decades as a major player has ''no title or wealth whatsoever of his own''.
21st Oct '16 7:51:52 AM themisterfree
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* A literal example on ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' -- a sparkly red "Wild Card" is placed on the Wheel. When you land on the space with it and call out a correct letter, you pick it up. Lucky players who don't hit Bankrupt can then take it to the Bonus Round, where it gives them an additional consonant of their choice.
** And from their semi-sister series ''Series/TheJokersWild'', the titular Joker acted as this -- if you landed on on, you could make it double as a second category symbol and play that category for double its' value. You could also use a Joker to call for a category that hadn't been spun (termed "going off the board"). Spinning three Jokers pretty much won the game, though you needed to give a correct answer to win.

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* A The GameShow equivalent would be the BonusSpace, but there's two particular examples that fit here:
** ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' has a
literal example on ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' -- a sparkly red "Wild Card" is placed on the Wheel. When you land on the space with it and call out a correct letter, you pick it up. up and if you want, you can call for an extra consonant. Lucky players who don't haven't used it, didn't hit Bankrupt can then take ''and'' make it to the Bonus Round, BonusRound get a boost there, where it gives them an additional consonant of their choice.
** And from their semi-sister sister series ''Series/TheJokersWild'', the titular Joker acted as this -- if you landed on on, spun one or two, you could make it double as a second category symbol and play that category for double its' value. You could also use a Joker to call for a category that hadn't been spun (termed "going off the board"). Spinning three Jokers pretty much won the game, though you needed to give a correct answer to win.
17th Oct '16 1:26:22 PM Bassball_Batman
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** Even Jake the Dog can be like this; he's generally good at heart, but very irresponsible and lazy. He'll sit out entire episodes if he doesn't feel like helping, usually [[StoryBreakerPower when his powers could resolve the conflict too quickly]].

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** Even Jake the Dog can be like this; he's generally good at heart, but very irresponsible and lazy. He'll sit out entire episodes if he doesn't feel like helping, usually [[StoryBreakerPower when when[[StoryBreakerPower his powers could resolve the conflict too quickly]].



* 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]].

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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". 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]].
17th Oct '16 1:13:29 PM Bassball_Batman
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* In ''Roleplay/{{DC Nation}}'''s Olympics plot, Terra was one of these. Both Hades and Troia tried to recruit her because she was too damn dangerous NOT to. True to form, however, she took the divinity potion Hades offered her, and betrayed him as soon as he pissed her off. She is now a minor deity of Strife and Chaos (and a pain in the ass for the Titans' shapeshifters), a position that suits her perfectly.

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* In ''Roleplay/{{DC Nation}}'''s Olympics plot, Terra was one of these. Both Hades and Troia tried to recruit her because she was too damn dangerous NOT '''''not''''' to. True to form, however, she took the divinity potion Hades offered her, and betrayed him as soon as he pissed her off. She is now a minor deity of Strife and Chaos (and a pain in the ass for the Titans' shapeshifters), a position that suits her perfectly.
17th Oct '16 1:09:22 PM Bassball_Batman
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* Kyrie in ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'', who thanks to a mixture of [[WellIntentionedExtremist Personal Goals]] and being a ManipulativeBitch, switches sides at several points in the game whenever it will help her [[spoiler:save her home planet]].
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has arguably a few, but from the point of view of most organisations and unaligned people Shepard seems like this. 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.

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* Kyrie in ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [[VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable A's Portable]]: The Gears of Destiny'', who Destiny'': Kyrie who, thanks to a mixture of [[WellIntentionedExtremist Personal Goals]] and being a ManipulativeBitch, switches sides at several points in the game whenever it will help her [[spoiler:save her home planet]].
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has arguably a few, but from the point of view of most organisations and unaligned people Shepard seems like this. 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 civilization (such as the Illusive Man) can be badly disappointed at how Shepard treats the problem.



* Vile from ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' really doesn't care whose side he's on, as long as it's not X or Zero's. The remake of the first game, ''[[VideoGameRemake Maverick Hunter X]]'', even has a [[AnotherSideAnotherStory non-canon bonus mode]] where you play as him and fight Sigma's other minions just because they piss him off (and [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou he wants to kill X himself]]). In his opening stage, he even explicitly identifies himself as such.

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* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'': The bounty hunter Vile from ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' really doesn't care whose side he's on, as long as it's not X or neither X's nor Zero's. The remake of the first game, ''[[VideoGameRemake Maverick Hunter X]]'', even has a [[AnotherSideAnotherStory non-canon bonus mode]] where you play as him Vile and fight Sigma's other minions just because they piss him off (and [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou he wants to kill X himself]]). In his opening stage, he even explicitly identifies himself as such.



* The player characters in the ''VideoGame/{{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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* The player characters in the ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}'' series are [[PrivateMilitaryContractors private contractors]]. They have an overarching goal (The (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.



* The Monquistans from ''{{Pirate101}}'' act like this because they are easily insulted . The most famous of them is Mr. Gandry who had served in three different navies before he became a pirate.

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* The Monquistans from ''{{Pirate101}}'' act like this because they are easily insulted .insulted. The most famous of them is Mr. Gandry who had served in three different navies before he became a pirate.



* 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.

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* From ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', all three members of [[AntiHeroTeam Team Dark]]. In spite of ending up doing the right thing, they have a shaky allegiances. Shadow fights whoever gets in the way of his goals, goals; Rouge is only interested in jewels, 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 switch 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.



** To a lesser extent, Byakuya Togami from the first game, ''VisualNoval/DanganRonpa'' may also qualify. He loudly proclaims his intent to graduate (which means killing someone) and is willing to meddle with crime scenes to "make things more interesting". However, he does [[SubvertedTrope eventually get over it]] and [[HeelFaceTurn join forces with the other students]] to escape.
* Lambdadelta in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' for differing reasons throughout the story. First is because she doesn't want an outright winner between Beatrice and Battler, later she acts in a fair manner because it's more interesting and, when pressed, is even capable of saying in [[LanguageOfTruth red]] that she is completely neutral. While she's helping everyone out in order to amuse herself, you just need to remember the part about 'in order to amuse herself.'

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** To a lesser extent, Byakuya Togami from the first game, ''VisualNoval/DanganRonpa'' may also qualify. He loudly proclaims his intent to graduate (which means killing someone) and is willing to meddle with crime scenes to "make things more interesting". interesting." However, he does [[SubvertedTrope eventually get over it]] and [[HeelFaceTurn join forces with the other students]] to escape.
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* Lambdadelta in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' for differing reasons throughout the story. First is because she doesn't want an outright winner between Beatrice and Battler, Battler; later she acts in a fair manner because it's more interesting and, when pressed, is even capable of saying in [[LanguageOfTruth saying in red]] that she is completely neutral. While she's helping everyone out in order to amuse herself, you just need to remember the part about 'in order to amuse herself.'
17th Oct '16 11:53:01 AM Bassball_Batman
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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has Mr. Gold, a.k.a. Rumplestilstkin, the type of Wild Card [[The Chessmaster in control of virtually everything that goes on]] in the series, even other villains and Wild Cards. He has made deals left and right, from the miller's daughter Cora her two daughters [[spoiler:Zelena the Wicked Witch]] and Evil Queen Regina, all the way down to Jekyll and Hyde. Gold/Rumple does many things that help the heroes and defeated his own villainous father [[spoiler:Peter Pan]], telling him that villains don't get happy endings... only to turn around later and try to help three other villains (Cruella, Maleficent, and Ursula) get their happy endings! He really seems to know how to make others owe him! Other than his loyalty solely to himself, it is [[InMysteriousWays hardly possible to understand his rhyme or reason]] a lot of times for whose he picks-and-chooses as temporary ally.

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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has Mr. Gold, a.k.a. Rumplestilstkin, the type of Wild Card [[The Chessmaster in control of virtually everything that goes on]] in the series, even other villains and Wild Cards. He has made deals left and right, from the miller's daughter Cora her two daughters [[spoiler:Zelena the Wicked Witch]] and Evil Queen Regina, all the way down to Jekyll and Hyde. Gold/Rumple does many things that help the heroes and defeated his own villainous father [[spoiler:Peter Pan]], telling him that villains don't get happy endings... only to turn around later and try to help three other villains (Cruella, Maleficent, and Ursula) get their happy endings! He really seems to know how to make others owe him! Other than his loyalty solely to himself, it is can be [[InMysteriousWays hardly possible hard to understand decode his rhyme or reason]] a lot of times for whose he picks-and-chooses as temporary ally.



* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] kinda fits this example too. Whether he's a Face or a Heel, he will attack anybody just because he simply doesn't like him (examples: [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin). Also, even when he's supposed to be a heel post-1999, fans will still cheer him on such as his fight with Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}. His charisma and obvious desire to entertain the fans even as a heel makes it really REALLY hard for fans to legitimately hate his character.

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* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] kinda fits this example too. Whether he's a Face or a Heel, he will attack anybody just because he simply doesn't like him (examples: [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin). Also, even when he's supposed to be a heel post-1999, fans will still cheer him on such as his fight with Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}. His charisma and obvious desire to entertain the fans even as a heel makes it really REALLY '''''really''''' hard for fans to legitimately hate his character.
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