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5th Dec '17 3:46:47 AM foxley
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* Scourge's second-in-command (Bone) in ''Literature/WarriorCats'' spent his life bullying, beating, and even killing, those weaker than himself. His preferred targets were kits unfortunate enough to be born on the streets. He dies in battle against the Clans, disappearing under a pile of clawing, biting apprentices (warriors-in-training, typically 6 months to a year old). He had been trying to kill one of them, when her brother jumped him, followed by the rest.

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* Scourge's second-in-command (Bone) in ''Literature/WarriorCats'' spent his life bullying, beating, and even killing, those weaker than himself. His preferred targets were kits unfortunate enough to be born on the streets. He dies in battle against the Clans, disappearing under a pile of clawing, biting apprentices (warriors-in-training, typically 6 months to a year old). He had been trying to kill one of them, when her brother jumped him, followed by the rest.rest.
* ''Literature/YoungSherlockHolmes'': In ''Red Leech'', the BigBad Duke Balthassar has a pair of cougars that he uses as {{Right Hand Attack Dog}}s: having semi-trained through a combination of fear and cruelty. Sherlock is able to turn them against Balthassar by giving them a taste for his blood (by feeding them the eponymous red leech) at a point when he is in a weakened position. Blathassar falls off a cliff attempting to escape them.
31st Oct '17 5:54:48 PM darkemyst
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** A darker example would be Kreacher who after constant abuse by Sirius Black, eventually starts working for someone else and finally deceives Harry into going to the Department of Mysteries room. Indirectly Kreacher [[spoiler:got Sirius killed at the hands of Bellatrix]].

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** A darker example would be Kreacher who after constant abuse by Sirius Black, and hating him for "betraying" the family by running away from their abuse as a teenager, eventually starts working for someone else and finally deceives Harry into going to the Department of Mysteries room.room in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]''. Indirectly Kreacher [[spoiler:got Sirius killed at the hands of Bellatrix]].
17th Oct '17 2:55:37 AM NightShade96
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* Scourge's second-in-command (Bone) in WarriorCats spent his life bullying, beating, and even killing, those weaker than himself. His preferred targets were kits unfortunate enough to be born on the streets. He dies in battle against the Clans, disappearing under a pile of clawing, biting apprentices (warriors-in-training, typically 6 months to a year old). He had been trying to kill one of them, when her brother jumped him, followed by the rest.

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* Scourge's second-in-command (Bone) in WarriorCats ''Literature/WarriorCats'' spent his life bullying, beating, and even killing, those weaker than himself. His preferred targets were kits unfortunate enough to be born on the streets. He dies in battle against the Clans, disappearing under a pile of clawing, biting apprentices (warriors-in-training, typically 6 months to a year old). He had been trying to kill one of them, when her brother jumped him, followed by the rest.
7th Jul '17 4:13:51 PM SomberCaelifera
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** The aforementioned hobbits stuck Grí­ma full of arrows as soon as he killed Saruman and started his escape, most likely as payback for Wormtongue's murder of Lotho Sackville-Baggins, Frodo's kinsman and fellow accomplice. Either that, or they (correctly) figured a person who stabs someone in the back isn't someone you want running around your homes.

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** The aforementioned hobbits stuck Grí­ma full of arrows as soon as he killed Saruman and started his escape, most likely as payback for Wormtongue's murder of Lotho Sackville-Baggins, Frodo's kinsman and fellow accomplice. Either that, or they (correctly) figured a person who stabs someone in the back isn't someone you want running around your homes.



* This trope is the reason as to why Nezumi in ''Broken Gate'' put a curse on her brother Ryuuuji, as he had been cruel to her before then. However, while he was cruel to her, her curse wasn't out of deep-seated hatred or anything of the sort, actually, she put the curse on him out of punishment for his arrogance and necessity. While she cursed him, she did offer to lift it and make amends.

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* This trope is the reason as to why Nezumi in ''Broken Gate'' put a curse on her brother Ryuuuji, as he had been cruel to her before then. However, while he was cruel to her, her curse wasn't out of deep-seated hatred or anything of the sort, actually, she put the curse on him out of punishment for his arrogance and necessity. While she cursed him, she did offer to lift it and make amends.amends.
*Scourge's second-in-command (Bone) in WarriorCats spent his life bullying, beating, and even killing, those weaker than himself. His preferred targets were kits unfortunate enough to be born on the streets. He dies in battle against the Clans, disappearing under a pile of clawing, biting apprentices (warriors-in-training, typically 6 months to a year old). He had been trying to kill one of them, when her brother jumped him, followed by the rest.
2nd Jun '17 1:07:19 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''If This Goes On...'' the Prophet dies in the gap between when the women at his headquarters realize he will lose and the actual arrival of enemy forces.

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* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''If This Goes On...'' ''Literature/IfThisGoesOn'' the theocratic dictator called the Prophet dies in the gap between when the women at his headquarters realize he will lose and the actual arrival of enemy the rebel forces.
5th Nov '16 4:48:06 PM dlchen145
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* God bless Emilia of ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' fame, exposing her husband Iago for the scum he is. True, it doesn't turn out well for her, but considering she knew how he would react, she's definitely BadAss. She even has a smaller one ''before'' that, when she tells Iago off for thinking that she'd cheat on him with Othello. Keep in mind that Iago is a paranoid bugger who spends most of the play suspecting everyone of sleeping with his wife. Emilia is the only person who actually realizes and confronts him on this.

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* God bless Emilia of ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' fame, exposing her husband Iago for the scum he is. True, it doesn't turn out well for her, but considering she knew how he would react, she's definitely BadAss.badass. She even has a smaller one ''before'' that, when she tells Iago off for thinking that she'd cheat on him with Othello. Keep in mind that Iago is a paranoid bugger who spends most of the play suspecting everyone of sleeping with his wife. Emilia is the only person who actually realizes and confronts him on this.
29th Aug '16 8:04:23 PM Minni128
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* This is the main plot of ''Mice'' by Gordon Reece. The main characters are a timid, sensitive, conflict-averse teenage girl and her equally timid mother, who quietly endure extreme school bullying, spousal abuse, and workplace harassment until finally a burglar who breaks into their house and threatens them with rape and murder pushes them too far, and they discover that they are just as capable of violence and savagery as any other human being.

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* This is the main plot of ''Mice'' by Gordon Reece. The main characters are a timid, sensitive, conflict-averse teenage girl and her equally timid mother, who quietly endure extreme school bullying, spousal abuse, and workplace harassment until finally a burglar who breaks into their house and threatens them with rape and murder pushes them too far, and they discover that they are just as capable of violence and savagery as any other human being.being.
*This trope is the reason as to why Nezumi in ''Broken Gate'' put a curse on her brother Ryuuuji, as he had been cruel to her before then. However, while he was cruel to her, her curse wasn't out of deep-seated hatred or anything of the sort, actually, she put the curse on him out of punishment for his arrogance and necessity. While she cursed him, she did offer to lift it and make amends.
19th Apr '16 6:21:17 PM Levanah
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* This is the main plot of ''Mice'' by Gordon Reece. The main characters are a timid, sensitive, conflict-averse teenage girl and her equally timid mother, who quietly endure extreme school bullying, spousal abuse, and workplace harassment until finally a burglar who breaks into their house pushes them too far, and they discover that they are just as capable of violence and savagery as any other human being.

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* This is the main plot of ''Mice'' by Gordon Reece. The main characters are a timid, sensitive, conflict-averse teenage girl and her equally timid mother, who quietly endure extreme school bullying, spousal abuse, and workplace harassment until finally a burglar who breaks into their house and threatens them with rape and murder pushes them too far, and they discover that they are just as capable of violence and savagery as any other human being.
19th Apr '16 6:19:43 PM Levanah
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* In the ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'' tie-in novel ''A Dollar to Die For'', Tuco, after being abducted by Apaches, is re-kidnapped by outlaw Pinky Roebuck and tortured to starvation on where he buried the gold that the Count de Cabronet was going to use to save Maximilian I. As soon as they reach the gold, however, [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Tuco turns the tables and ties the treacherous truant to a tree]], camps out by his captive, revitalising himself with the food from the saddlebags, and leaves him there. This isn't the last he sees of him, though.

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* In the ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'' tie-in novel ''A Dollar to Die For'', Tuco, after being abducted by Apaches, is re-kidnapped by outlaw Pinky Roebuck and tortured to starvation on where he buried the gold that the Count de Cabronet was going to use to save Maximilian I. As soon as they reach the gold, however, [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Tuco turns the tables and ties the treacherous truant to a tree]], camps out by his captive, revitalising himself with the food from the saddlebags, and leaves him there. This isn't the last he sees of him, though.though.
*This is the main plot of ''Mice'' by Gordon Reece. The main characters are a timid, sensitive, conflict-averse teenage girl and her equally timid mother, who quietly endure extreme school bullying, spousal abuse, and workplace harassment until finally a burglar who breaks into their house pushes them too far, and they discover that they are just as capable of violence and savagery as any other human being.
9th Mar '16 7:46:31 PM merotoker
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* Literature/TheRadix: The Knight's plans of becoming the leader of the Knights of Malta was foiled not by heroes, but by a mere bum who recognized him as his pal's abductor and reported to authorities.

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* Literature/TheRadix: ''Literature/TheRadix'': The Knight's plans of becoming the leader of the Knights of Malta was foiled not by heroes, but by a mere bum who recognized him as his pal's abductor and reported to authorities.



* [[TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn]] dies in this way in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse - his Noghri bodyguard Rukh, finally realizing that the Empire has been poisoning his homeworld instead of helping the clean-up process as they say, [[BodyguardBetrayal stabs him in the back]].
--> '''Thrawn:''' ''[[FamousLastWords But... it was so artistically done]].''
* [[Literature/FateoftheJedi Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi]]: In ''Vortex'', [[spoiler: Lord Taalon beats Vestara twice. Later, when it becomes apparent that he's turning into an EldritchAbomination, she [[IntheBack cuts him open from behind]].]]

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* [[TheThrawnTrilogy ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''
** ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'':
Grand Admiral Thrawn]] Thrawn dies in this way in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse - his Noghri bodyguard Rukh, finally realizing that the Empire has been poisoning his homeworld instead of helping the clean-up process as they say, [[BodyguardBetrayal stabs him in the back]].
--> ---> '''Thrawn:''' ''[[FamousLastWords But... it was so artistically done]].''
* [[Literature/FateoftheJedi Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi]]: ** ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi'': In ''Vortex'', [[spoiler: Lord Taalon beats Vestara twice. Later, when it becomes apparent that he's turning into an EldritchAbomination, she [[IntheBack cuts him open from behind]].]]behind]]]].



* In ''[[{{Literature/Flashman}} Flash for Freedom!]]'' the evil slaver captain John Charity Spring is [[spoiler: shot in the back by a half-addled crew member he'd previously viciously whipped. Admittedly, the captain had good reasons to be angry with the fool, but still...]]

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* In ''[[{{Literature/Flashman}} Flash for Freedom!]]'' the evil slaver captain John Charity Spring is [[spoiler: shot in the back by a half-addled crew member he'd previously viciously whipped. Admittedly, the captain had good reasons to be angry with the fool, but still...]]still..]].



* Early in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', Lu Bu betrays and kills the warlord Dong Zhuo, his adoptive father-figure who had, up until that point, [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal been increasingly short-fused and abusive to him]]. It helps that Dong Zhuo was [[MurderTheHypotenuse the hypotenuse]] in an unfolding LoveTriangle that involved the two men and the pretty concubine with whom Lu Bu was in love.
** Lu Bu does not learn from his own experience. Mistreating his generals causes many of them to defect during the siege of Xia Pi. One steals his famous horse [[CoolHorse Red Hare]], while two others steal his weapon and bind him while he's sleeping.

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* Early in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', Lu Bu betrays and kills the warlord Dong Zhuo, his adoptive father-figure who had, up until that point, [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal been increasingly short-fused and abusive to him]]. It helps that Dong Zhuo was [[MurderTheHypotenuse the hypotenuse]] in an unfolding LoveTriangle that involved the two men and the pretty concubine with whom Lu Bu was in love.
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love. Lu Bu does not learn from his own experience. Mistreating his generals causes many of them to defect during the siege of Xia Pi. One steals his famous horse [[CoolHorse Red Hare]], while two others steal his weapon and bind him while he's sleeping.



* At the end of ''Literature/HarryPotter'', seemingly loyal Death Eater Narcissa Malfoy seizes the opportunity to help Harry fake his own death, thereby almost single-handedly ruining Lord Voldemort's final attempt to return to power. This is a bit of LaserGuidedKarma, as Voldemort had alienated Narcissa by treating her son Draco as more or less cannon fodder.

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* At the end of ''Literature/HarryPotter'', ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''
seemingly loyal Death Eater Narcissa Malfoy seizes the opportunity to help Harry fake his own death, thereby almost single-handedly ruining Lord Voldemort's final attempt to return to power. This is a bit of LaserGuidedKarma, as Voldemort had alienated Narcissa by treating her son Draco as more or less cannon fodder.



** A darker example would be Kreacher who after constant abuse by Sirius Black, eventually starts working for someone else and finally deceives Harry into going to the Department of Mysteries room. Indirectly Kreacher [[spoiler:got Sirius killed at the hands of Bellatrix.]]
* God bless Emilia of ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' fame, exposing her husband Iago for the scum he is. True, it doesn't turn out well for her, but considering she knew how he would react, she's definitely BadAss.
** She even has a smaller one ''before'' that, when she tells Iago off for thinking that she'd cheat on him with Othello. Keep in mind that Iago is a paranoid bugger who spends most of the play suspecting everyone of sleeping with his wife. Emilia is the only person who actually realizes and confronts him on this.

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** A darker example would be Kreacher who after constant abuse by Sirius Black, eventually starts working for someone else and finally deceives Harry into going to the Department of Mysteries room. Indirectly Kreacher [[spoiler:got Sirius killed at the hands of Bellatrix.]]
Bellatrix]].
* God bless Emilia of ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' fame, exposing her husband Iago for the scum he is. True, it doesn't turn out well for her, but considering she knew how he would react, she's definitely BadAss.
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BadAss. She even has a smaller one ''before'' that, when she tells Iago off for thinking that she'd cheat on him with Othello. Keep in mind that Iago is a paranoid bugger who spends most of the play suspecting everyone of sleeping with his wife. Emilia is the only person who actually realizes and confronts him on this.



* Katsa from ''{{Graceling}}'' has the Grace (enhanced ability) of death, and is used by her uncle, King Randa, as an enforcer- he sends her to kill criminals and torture those who defy his orders. Katsa founded the Council, an organization who help civilians who are persecuted by others, and grows a sense of morality through her actions as the founder... meaning that when Randa sends her to force a disobedient lord to send him one of his daughters (another lord asked Randa for help in finding a wife, and Randa asked the first lord, who had two daughters each with a large dowry; the understanding was that Randa would get the dowry and the second lord would get the bride) the lord refused. Katsa realises that this is probably one of the worst things that Randa has ever asked her to do (in fact, she says that had someone else been sent to torture the lord into giving up one of his daughters, the Council would have sent someone to stop them), so she refuses to do so and when Randa attempts to have her thrown in his dungeon, she gives him a ShutUpHannibal speech and leaves the country.

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* Katsa from ''{{Graceling}}'' ''Literature/{{Graceling}}'' has the Grace (enhanced ability) of death, and is used by her uncle, King Randa, as an enforcer- he sends her to kill criminals and torture those who defy his orders. Katsa founded the Council, an organization who help civilians who are persecuted by others, and grows a sense of morality through her actions as the founder... meaning that when Randa sends her to force a disobedient lord to send him one of his daughters (another lord asked Randa for help in finding a wife, and Randa asked the first lord, who had two daughters each with a large dowry; the understanding was that Randa would get the dowry and the second lord would get the bride) the lord refused. Katsa realises that this is probably one of the worst things that Randa has ever asked her to do (in fact, she says that had someone else been sent to torture the lord into giving up one of his daughters, the Council would have sent someone to stop them), so she refuses to do so and when Randa attempts to have her thrown in his dungeon, she gives him a ShutUpHannibal speech and leaves the country.



** Also seen with [[spoiler: Lancel Lannister]], who King Robert treats as a general dogsbody, humiliating and insulting him wherever possible. [[spoiler: This doesn't end well for Robert.]]

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** Also seen with [[spoiler: Lancel Lannister]], who King Robert treats as a general dogsbody, humiliating and insulting him wherever possible. [[spoiler: This doesn't end well for Robert.]]Robert]].



* At the end of the DaleBrown novel ''Edge of Battle'', [[spoiler: Zakharov gets killed by a sheriff who he had shot InTheBack earlier.]]

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* At the end of the DaleBrown Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Edge of Battle'', [[spoiler: Zakharov gets killed by a sheriff who he had shot InTheBack earlier.]]earlier]].



* RoaldDahl's ''The Enormous Crocodile'' has the titular character's abuse of his fellow jungle animals coming back to, well, bite him. One of these animals, Trunky the elephant, repays the favour by grabbing him and [[HurlItIntoTheSun throwing him into the Sun]].

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* RoaldDahl's Creator/RoaldDahl's ''The Enormous Crocodile'' has the titular character's abuse of his fellow jungle animals coming back to, well, bite him. One of these animals, Trunky the elephant, repays the favour by grabbing him and [[HurlItIntoTheSun throwing him into the Sun]].



* In the ''DollarsTrilogy'' tie-in novel ''A Dollar to Die For'', Tuco, after being abducted by Apaches, is re-kidnapped by outlaw Pinky Roebuck and tortured to starvation on where he buried the gold that the Count de Cabronet was going to use to save Maximilian I. As soon as they reach the gold, however, [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Tuco turns the tables and ties the treacherous truant to a tree]], camps out by his captive, revitalising himself with the food from the saddlebags, and leaves him there. This isn't the last he sees of him, though.

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* In the ''DollarsTrilogy'' ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'' tie-in novel ''A Dollar to Die For'', Tuco, after being abducted by Apaches, is re-kidnapped by outlaw Pinky Roebuck and tortured to starvation on where he buried the gold that the Count de Cabronet was going to use to save Maximilian I. As soon as they reach the gold, however, [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Tuco turns the tables and ties the treacherous truant to a tree]], camps out by his captive, revitalising himself with the food from the saddlebags, and leaves him there. This isn't the last he sees of him, though.
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