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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.]]
26th May '16 8:42:08 AM DannWoolf
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** ComicBook/EmmaFrost she is any ally of the X-Men but occasionally sides with the villains depending on what she can get out of it.

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** ComicBook/EmmaFrost she is any an ally of the X-Men but occasionally sides with the villains depending on what she can get out of it.
13th May '16 7:06:20 PM mrbits
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*** The Straw Hats are one of the best examples out there. Most pirate crews are motivated by money or power. The Straw Hats do whatever amuses Luffy and legitimately don't care what the consequences are. This has led to them taking down two of the [[CarnivalOfKillers Seven Warlords of the Sea]] (going on three as of the Dressrosa arc), declaring war on the [[OneWorldOrder World Government]], and picking a fight with one of the [[TheDreaded Four Emperors]].

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*** The Straw Hats are one of the best examples out there. Most pirate crews are motivated by money or power. The Straw Hats do whatever amuses Luffy and legitimately don't care what the consequences are. This has led to them taking down two three of the [[CarnivalOfKillers Seven Warlords of the Sea]] (going on three as of the Dressrosa arc), Sea]], declaring war on the [[OneWorldOrder World Government]], and picking a fight with one of the [[TheDreaded Four Emperors]].
13th May '16 12:38:26 PM FordPrefect
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* The Mizdow Tag Team are a tweener tag team. One half, Wrestling/TheMiz is a heel that gets booed, while his "stunt double" Wrestling/DamienSandow, who copies everything Miz does is over as a face.

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* The Mizdow Tag Team are a tweener tag team. One half, Wrestling/TheMiz Wrestling/TheMiz, is a heel that gets booed, while his "stunt double" Wrestling/DamienSandow, who copies everything Miz does does, is over as a face.
6th May '16 8:21:16 PM Eievie
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--> -- '''Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord'''

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.

The Wild Card doesn't care whose toes they stamp on, even if they're supposed to be their team. In fact, the Hero probably only got them on the team (if they even manage to do that) because the Wild Card [[IOweYouMyLife owes him big time]]. The Wild Card can really shake up a team - the more suspicious characters will quite rightly not trust him.

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--> -- -->-- '''Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord'''

The Wild Card is so used to swinging between teams that they have no default 'good' "good" or 'evil' "evil" CharacterAlignment or even a 'home team'."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.

The Wild Card doesn't care whose toes they stamp on, even if they're supposed to be their team. In fact, the Hero probably only got them on the team (if they even manage to do that) because the Wild Card [[IOweYouMyLife owes him big time]]. The Wild Card can really shake up a team - the team--the more suspicious characters will quite rightly not trust him.



* BystanderSyndrome - "As long as that rampaging evil beast doesn't get in my way, it's not my problem. But if it does... well, the good guys just got a new ally."
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor - "It's all about being on the team currently closest to my personal goal."
* TheUnfettered - "There's a job to be done, and it doesn't matter whose feet I step on, or who gets in my way, I'm going to do it."
* Personal Goals - "I'm after something else, and I can achieve it without needing to be a good guy. Or a bad guy."
* Self-Preservation: DirtyCoward[=/=]LovableCoward - "I'm not in it for my reputation. Or yours. If push comes to shove, I'm going to save my own hide."
* ManipulativeBastard - "Sure, I'm on a team right now. That's because that team has the AppliedPhlebotinum, PlotCoupon, MacGuffin, or other doohickey I need. As soon as they let me get my hands on it, I'll be selling it to the highest bidder. Even if it's the team I just stole it from."
* TheChessmaster - "Why shouldn't I manipulate both teams at once if it'll help me get what I want?!"
* A Distraction - "I'm not really evil enough to be the real BigBad. I may have distracted the good guys from what's important and endangered the world, but that wasn't my intention. On another day I might divert the BigBad's attention away from [[TheHero the heroes]]."
* BecomingTheMask - "Although it doesn't necessarily last forever, my unsteady moral compass often gets in the way of what I'm trying to do, especially when I'm trying to stick it to the good guys."
* RedemptionEqualsDeath - "My redemption is never to turn 'good' (what does that mean to someone like me, anyway?) But as soon as I become steady, reliable, and predictable, I'm usually gone."
* ItAmusedMe - "I don't care whose side I'm on, as long as I get to have fun!"
* PunchClockVillain / PunchClockHero - "I only get paid if I do the job, and I like getting paid."

Sometimes Wild Cards fall in love. Love is the bane of the Wild Card, because no longer does the world revolve around one amazing and easy to understand person - there's somebody else. Oh my god, WhatIsThisFeeling?! Knowing how erratic the Wild Card can be, it could be somebody from either team - or both. With [[MoralityPet somebody to care about]], the Wild Card may well [[LoveRedeems become more reliable]] for a team. Or if there's multiple people to care about, they may become ''less'' reliable. There are also some Wild Cards who became so ''because'' they fell in love with someone.

Wild Cards are very rarely {{Big Bad}}s, though; they aren't really ''dedicated'' enough to evil - or to ''anything'' - to be ''that'' evil. However much they may enjoy doing what they do, most Wild Cards have either some form of morality, or high survival instincts, and are likely to turn on their evil employer because they were betrayed, don't want to be blown up with the planet, or even just because they just don't like being ''that'' evil. Wild Cards are more likely to be a BigBad's poor choice of BastardUnderstudy, or even the Good Team's TokenEvilTeammate.

While the average Wild Card sees their 'friends' as a handy BulletproofHumanShield, they have just enough conscience to feel bad about abandoning them when the fight turns ugly. No Wild Card switches teams because they ''care'' about their friends - they switch teams because it means a better life for them.

On rare occasions, a Wild Card may unexpectedly pull a sudden act of HeroicSacrifice, though it'll likely be because they guessed that if they didn't sacrifice themselves, they'd probably die anyway - along with everybody else.

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* BystanderSyndrome - BystanderSyndrome: "As long as that rampaging evil beast doesn't get in my way, it's not my problem. But if it does... does… well, the good guys just got a new ally."
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor - HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: "It's all about being on the team currently closest to my personal goal."
* TheUnfettered - TheUnfettered: "There's a job to be done, and it doesn't matter whose feet I step on, or who gets in my way, I'm going to do it."
* Personal Goals - Goals: "I'm after something else, and I can achieve it without needing to be a good guy. Or a bad guy."
* Self-Preservation: DirtyCoward[=/=]LovableCoward - DirtyCoward[=/=]LovableCoward: "I'm not in it for my reputation. Or yours. If push comes to shove, I'm going to save my own hide."
* ManipulativeBastard - ManipulativeBastard: "Sure, I'm on a team right now. That's because that team has the AppliedPhlebotinum, PlotCoupon, MacGuffin, or other doohickey I need. As soon as they let me get my hands on it, I'll be selling it to the highest bidder. Even if it's the team I just stole it from."
* TheChessmaster - TheChessmaster: "Why shouldn't I manipulate both teams at once if it'll help me get what I want?!"
* A Distraction - Distraction: "I'm not really evil enough to be the real BigBad. I may have distracted the good guys from what's important and endangered the world, but that wasn't my intention. On another day I might divert the BigBad's attention away from [[TheHero the heroes]]."
* BecomingTheMask - BecomingTheMask: "Although it doesn't necessarily last forever, my unsteady moral compass often gets in the way of what I'm trying to do, especially when I'm trying to stick it to the good guys."
* RedemptionEqualsDeath - RedemptionEqualsDeath: "My redemption is never to turn 'good' (what does that mean to someone like me, anyway?) But as soon as I become steady, reliable, and predictable, I'm usually gone."
* ItAmusedMe - ItAmusedMe: "I don't care whose side I'm on, as long as I get to have fun!"
* PunchClockVillain / PunchClockHero - PunchClockVillain[=/=]PunchClockHero: "I only get paid if I do the job, and I like getting paid."

Sometimes Wild Cards fall in love. Love is the bane of the Wild Card, because no longer does the world revolve around one amazing and easy to understand person - there's person--there's somebody else. Oh my god, WhatIsThisFeeling?! Knowing how erratic the Wild Card can be, it could be somebody from either team - or team--or both. With [[MoralityPet somebody to care about]], the Wild Card may well [[LoveRedeems become more reliable]] for a team. Or if there's multiple people to care about, they may become ''less'' reliable. There are also some Wild Cards who became so ''because'' they fell in love with someone.

Wild Cards are very rarely {{Big Bad}}s, though; they aren't really ''dedicated'' enough to evil - or evil--or to ''anything'' - to ''anything''--to be ''that'' evil. However much they may enjoy doing what they do, most Wild Cards have either some form of morality, or high survival instincts, and are likely to turn on their evil employer because they were betrayed, don't want to be blown up with the planet, or even just because they just don't like being ''that'' evil. Wild Cards are more likely to be a BigBad's poor choice of BastardUnderstudy, or even the Good Team's TokenEvilTeammate.

While the average Wild Card sees their 'friends' "friends" as a handy BulletproofHumanShield, they have just enough conscience to feel bad about abandoning them when the fight turns ugly. No Wild Card switches teams because they ''care'' about their friends - they friends--they switch teams because it means a better life for them.

On rare occasions, a Wild Card may unexpectedly pull a sudden act of HeroicSacrifice, though it'll likely be because they guessed that if they didn't sacrifice themselves, they'd probably die anyway - along anyway--along with everybody else.



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4th May '16 12:58:34 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Lambdadelta in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' 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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* Lambdadelta in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' ''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.'
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.]]
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