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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.
20th Nov '15 2:58:49 PM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* In the ''DollarsTrilogy'' tie-in novel ''A Dollar to Die For'', Tuco is 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'' tie-in novel ''A Dollar to Die For'', Tuco Tuco, after being abducted by Apaches, is kidnapped 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.
16th Oct '15 6:26:16 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* In one of Creator/SimonRGreen's ''Hawk and Fisher'' tales, a corrupt politician who'd engineered a campaign of mayhem against his opponent and everyone who'd dared support his rival is killed, not by the heroes or any of the other Badass killers and traitors on either side of the election, but by the mousy, terrified wife he'd been beating for years, who seized the moment of his downfall to stab him thirty or forty times.

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* In one of Creator/SimonRGreen's ''Hawk and Fisher'' tales, a corrupt politician who'd engineered a campaign of mayhem against his opponent and everyone who'd dared support his rival is killed, not by the heroes or any of the other Badass killers and traitors on either side of the election, but by the mousy, terrified wife he'd been beating for years, who seized the moment of his downfall to stab him thirty or forty times.times.
* In the ''DollarsTrilogy'' tie-in novel ''A Dollar to Die For'', Tuco is 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.
10th Oct '15 11:19:47 AM Sharlee
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* 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 ''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]].Sun]].
* In one of Creator/SimonRGreen's ''Hawk and Fisher'' tales, a corrupt politician who'd engineered a campaign of mayhem against his opponent and everyone who'd dared support his rival is killed, not by the heroes or any of the other Badass killers and traitors on either side of the election, but by the mousy, terrified wife he'd been beating for years, who seized the moment of his downfall to stab him thirty or forty times.
11th Sep '15 6:16:00 AM DeepRed
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* Swedish writer Simona Ahrnstedt gives us a downplayed example of this in ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}''. The female protagonist Beatrice has been abused by her tyrannical uncle for five long years, to the point where she was forced into a marriage with a man, who was forty years older than her and treated women like dirt. But she gets a [[MomentOfAwesome moment of awesome]] towards the end of the story, where she gets a small revenge on her uncle. Not only does Beatrice claim the right to "his" house, which he basically had stolen from her, despite that she had inherited it from her grandmother. (What makes it even more awesome is that she sells the house to use the money for education for girls.) This leaves her uncle homeless, but do we really feel sorry for him? Beatrice also reminds him of that his daughter wants nothing more to do with him, and that even his wife has left him...

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* Swedish writer Simona Ahrnstedt gives us a downplayed example of this in ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}''. The female protagonist Beatrice has been abused by her tyrannical uncle for five long years, to the point where she was forced into a marriage with a man, who was forty years older than her and treated women like dirt. But she gets a [[MomentOfAwesome moment of awesome]] towards the end of the story, where she gets a small revenge on her uncle. Not only does Beatrice claim the right to "his" house, which he basically had stolen from her, despite that she had inherited it from her grandmother. (What makes it even more awesome is that she sells the house to use the money for education for girls.) This leaves her uncle homeless, but do we really feel sorry for him? Beatrice also reminds him of that his daughter wants nothing more to do with him, and that even his wife has left him...him...
* 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]].
2nd Jun '15 10:18:57 AM nombretomado
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* In JackChalker's ''Four Lords of the Diamond'' series, the antagonist had captured one of the four mental clones (mind-wiped criminals with the agent's personality and memory imprinted on them) of the agent sent to stop him and had changed him into a female sex-slave. He brings her to a face to face meeting with the agent in order to gloat...only for the agent to utter a [[BrownNote trigger phrase]] that causes her to assassinate the villain.

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* In JackChalker's Creator/JackChalker's ''Four Lords of the Diamond'' series, the antagonist had captured one of the four mental clones (mind-wiped criminals with the agent's personality and memory imprinted on them) of the agent sent to stop him and had changed him into a female sex-slave. He brings her to a face to face meeting with the agent in order to gloat...only for the agent to utter a [[BrownNote trigger phrase]] that causes her to assassinate the villain.
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