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->''"It's like going to heaven and finding God smoking crack!"''
-->-- '''Riley Freeman''', ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''

There are people we admire, even idolize; people who are everything we want to be. Even if we meet them only briefly, they have the power to change our lives. These mentors and idols teach us to use our full potential and do great things, and not only do we love them for it, we imagine nothing could ever tarnish the memory we hold of them...

...unless you're a fictional character and this trope is in play.

If you're in fiction and you look up to someone, chances are good that they're [[{{Jerkass}} the scum of the earth]]. At least, they’re not what you think they are -- or they ''were'', but time has passed and the luster has faded. (This is particularly likely if the audience has just heard about them for the first time). If you're in law enforcement, you'll probably suffer the double blow of seeing their darkest secrets ''and'' being the one to put them in handcuffs. If your idol was your teacher, you'll find yourself repeating -- with bitter irony -- some maxim or mantra that you still hold but your mentor has since abandoned.

What makes a pedestal break varies, but it runs anywhere from a good person who abandoned their ideals or [[FaceHeelTurn switched sides]] to a monster who was EvilAllAlong. Most of the time, the idol kept his shining image by hiding or suppressing anything damning, but sometimes the fault was in those who worshiped him and saw an overly idealized image instead of the real person. Expect them to ask, "WasItAllALie"

Anyone who has experienced betrayal at least once in their lives would concur that this trope is TruthInTelevision. In fact, this trope just may be one of, if not the single most frequently happening trope in RealLife out there; an average real life Joe will experience this far more than any fictional character you know. It doesn't always have to involve celebrities, either. It can also be the last person you'd expect (or want), like your ChildhoodFriends or [[DisappointingOlderSibling your older brother (or sister)]]. Affiliates whom you thought you had a close friendship with could one day all of a sudden turn on you, making you ever regret having any respect toward them at all.

When the mentor or idol is both worthy of admiration but flawed enough to make them unlikeable, that's WartsAndAll.

Related to BeleagueredChildhoodFriend and BigBadFriend. Compare FallenHero and HistoricalHeroUpgrade. Also compare DefiledForever and MyGirlIsNotASlut. Contrast with EvilMentor, who was ObviouslyEvil from the beginning. Not to be confused with BrokenBase. Also contrast RebuiltPedestal, when a formerly Broken Pedestal is forgiven or exonerated. Contrast with BlindObedience, where this usually isn't the case.

Due to the nature of the trope, there will be unmarked spoilers abound. You have been warned.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'' has several occuring during the story.
** Setsuna gets an early one with Kira-sempai when he learns that Kira is actually not a normal human, but a ghost that has been following Alexiel's incarnations for a long time now. Includes the WasItAllALie question and Kira bluntly affirms it.
** Setsuna 'The Messiah' Mudo is an idol and, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the messiah]] prophecized to appear and clean up the mess that heaven is. Zaphikel actually asks Setsuna to play the appropriate messiah role for his people, to motivate them. Setsuna starts this, but then reveals his true nature: he's nothing but 'this cute little boy who doesn't care about heaven or fixing anything, he just wants to save the earth and get back the girl he loves'. As inspirational as those words initially were, the pedestal is quickly broken when the rebels see that Setsuna really acts nothing like the messiah and a lot of people have senselessly given their life to protect him. They do call him out on how nobody would even help him, if Zaphikel hadn't ordered them to.
*** Fortunately, after a HeroicBSOD that the above deaths have given him, Setsuna promises to actually become a better person and not just get a big head by being called the messiah. He even meets a kid later that admits that his honest words really did inspire him.
** What Zaphikel ''thought'' would happen, if Raziel learned the truth behind Zaphikel, that [[spoiler:Zaphikel used to be a horrible person who enjoyed killing, was betrayed by the government and later decided to become the leader of the rebels in heaven, given how honest and earnest Raziel was about being a help and thinking heaven was fine]]. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], Raziel says he's honored that Zaphikel told him and retains his pedestal for Zaphikel.
*** Raziel loses his pedestal for the entirety of heaven, particularly the higher ups like Sevothtarte, after [[spoiler:he begins to like an angel in the lower layers of heaven, where a lot of unregistered, forbidden children live. Thinking that he really was bettering heaven, Raziel asked for supplies from the higher ups, which ended up to be all laced with bombs, killing the children and the angel Raziel liked]]. His pedestal broke, realizing how messed up heaven is and [[ItsAllMyFault blaming himself for the events]].
*** Raziel loses his pedestal for Setsuna as the messiah, too. He thought Setsuna would be a wonderful messiah, but then realized that he's a headstrong boy, who is ignoring his more rationaly-thinking friends, and is disgusted when he hears that Setsuna [[BrotherSisterIncest is in love with his twin-sister Sara]]. The kicker really came when Setsuna returns from the failed messiah mission in heaven and Raziel learns that [[spoiler:Zaphikel has been captured and will soon be executed by the government]] because of Setsuna's actions. He explodes at Setsuna and yelling 'You want to be our messiah!? [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Who could you possibly save]]?!', leading into Setsuna's aforementioned HeroicBSOD.
* [[spoiler:Reiner Braun]] from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is admired and highly respected by others, as well as being the TeamDad to his comrades. Eren in particular looks up to him, as the person who taught him the value of honor and duty. Then, it's revealed that [[spoiler:he's [[TheMole the Armored Titan]] that destroyed the inner gate of Wall Maria and doomed roughly 20% of the human population to a horrible death]].
** The military itself could be considered this to many young soldiers, due to the massive corruption and WeHaveReserves attitude. The Military Police in particular, a prestigious group of soldiers that only the top 10 graduates in any class can even get into, are a far cry from the protectors of the kingdom the more naive new recruits might have thought.
* Season 1 of ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler'' has Baki looking up to his absent father and constantly training and fighting to follow in his footsteps...and then when he finally appears, it turns out he [[spoiler:hospitalizes Hanayama, kills the Yasha ape and presents its severed head to Baki, beats and humiliates Gaiya, mercilessly beats on Baki when the fight finally occurs even when he's knocked unconscious, kills Emi when she finally comes around to protect her son, then beats up all of Baki's friends before leaving Japan.]] He didn't just break the pedestal, he ''pulverized'' it.
* Guts has the misfortune of having gone through ''two'' of these in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', both of whom betrayed him in unforgivable fashion. The first was his adoptive father Gambino, who first taught him how to fight as a wee little boy, but who [[spoiler:had him raped by one of his men and eventually got drunk and tried to murder him, both acts of which were done out of hatred for him born from blaming him for the death of his lover Sys, itself born from the superstitious belief that a child taken from a corpse is bad luck]]. The other was Griffith, who refined Guts' fighting skills and made him an able battle commander, but who was also a ManipulativeBastard who became obsessed with him over time, which would lead to him [[spoiler:falling apart when Guts left the Hawks, growing to hate him during his year of torture, and finally hitting his DespairEventHorizon upon learning Guts was in a relationship with Casca, his NumberTwo, and were discussing the possibility of leaving him behind, which would set off the events of the Eclipse in which Griffith betrayed and sacrificed everyone he'd led to the Godhand to become their fifth member, Femto -- and then went on to personally betray Guts further with [[RapeAsDrama what he did to Casca]] [[ForcedToWatch right in front of him]]]].
* Kanata of ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName'' is Yuki's childhood friend who grew up with him in the orphanage. Yuki considers him to be like an older brother figure and looks up to him. However, as it turns out, Kanata is actually the BigBad Reiga who tried to kill Yuki's friends numerous times.
* Captain [[spoiler:Sosuke Aizen]] to everyone in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', especially to his lieutenant, [[spoiler:Momo Hinamori]].
** With [[spoiler:Tousen with both his long-time friend Komamura and his vice captain Hisagi]]. The two are especially shocked to learn that he [[spoiler:was motivated by the desire for revenge for his friend's death since he saw that revenge as justice and saw a peaceful life with her dead and her murderer unpunished by the Central 46 as evil]].
** In the anime-only Zanpakuto Unknown Tales arc, Koga for Muramasa, [[spoiler:who betrays him after being freed from his seal]].
** Soifon regarded Yoruichi this way after her defection [[spoiler:though, truthfully, it had more to do with abandoning her than breaking the law.]] What's worse, Yoruichi never offers her an explanation for it. Emotionally spent and, having lost the will to fight, Soi Fon submitted to her former master, in the end. According the Official Bootleg, they've since reconciled their differences and their [[RebuiltPedestal bond is as strong as ever.]]
* In ''Manga/BloomIntoYou'', Touko always looked up to her older sister Mio, who was a well-respected StudentCouncilPresident and popular student who died in an accident while in high school. Touko, who'd been shy, unconfident and a mediocre student, spent the next seven years working hard to improve herself, and eventually succeeded her sister as student council president, but never fully overcame her insecurity. While in the process of trying to revive the school play, a school tradition that ended the year Mio died, Touko meets with Ichigaya, a classmate of Mio's, who reveals that Mio [[spoiler:was actually a bit lazy, tending to delegate work to the other student council members and even making them do her summer homework]], and Touko is probably a better president than her sister. Touko's fairly shaken by the idea that she may have never known her sister's "real" personality, prompting Sayaka to tell her the following.
-->"[[Heartwarming/BloomIntoYou The part of your sister that you knew was as real as the rest of her. Tell me who she was to you, Touko]]."
* Its implied in episode 20 of ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'', and confirmed in the subsequent episode, that [[spoiler:Empress Marianne]] is Lelouch's broken pedestal, by virtue of [[spoiler:being complicit in her husband's AssimilationPlot and abandoning Lelouch and Nunnally for years, among other things]]. [[spoiler:She's certainly quite the [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]] and LadyMacbeth, instead of the borderline PuritySue that Lulu thought she was.]]
* ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'': Greg for Ian. Ian near idol worshiped his father, and you feel really bad for the poor guy when he finds out that [[spoiler:his father was beating and raping his step-brother.]] Especially considering this revelation leads to Ian's massive MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment.
** This also applies to Jeremy's view on Sandra when [[spoiler:he finds her diary and reads that she knew all along he was being abused.]] Leads to his GoMadFromTheRevelation and DrivenToSuicide.
* Machiya from ''Manga/DeadTube'' is betrayed by the whole Film Research Club, which hits him hard but the Club’s President betrayal hurt him the most, Oushima was his beloved Senpai, Machiya admired and harbored romantic feelings for her; when she revealed to be part of DEAD Tube, also being a completely different person personality-wise and had sex orgies behind his back knowing full well he liked her, Machiya quickly doomed Oushima to her death.
* Matsuda in ''Manga/DeathNote'' is very fond of Light. [[spoiler:After he finds out Light is Kira, and hears him personally denigrate his own father, who Matsuda also looked up to, Matsuda loses any and all respect he had for him, gets very angry, and gets ''very'' close to killing him, shooting him several times]].
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' loves to apply this trope to murderers and victims.
** The best example comes when Conan Edogawa, during the "3K's of Osaka" storyline, realizes that his idol, the famous European soccer player Ray Curtis, is [[spoiler:the murderer of the week]]. Not only that, but the rumors about [[spoiler:his heroin addiction]] were, in fact, true.
** Ran goes through this ''twice''. First, [[spoiler:the karate champion she idolizes is TakingTheHeat for his girlfriend, the true murderer]]. Second, she not only finds out that [[spoiler:her favorite school teacher also was the killer of the week]], but has to actually ''reveal the truth'', making said episode a ''massive'' TearJerker.
** Another instance involves [[spoiler:a woman who worked at a pastry shop and was kind to Ayumi...who had lured her downstairs neighbor under her window and dropped a flower pot on her head. Ayumi didn't want to believe she could have done it, and was broken-hearted when it turned out she did.]]
** It happened again when [[spoiler:the Detective Boys investigated a case of "self-defense" by a man Mitsuhiko idolized and discovered it was actually premeditated murder.]]
** And then there's a subversion... [[spoiler:Shiratori is genuinely saddened when he meets a girl who seemed to be his [[LoveAtFirstSight "girl of destiny"]] and it turns out she's a WomanScorned who has just killed her boyfriend [[LoveHurts after he screwed her over]] ''and'' tried to use him to strengthen her alibi... but soon he finds out she ''isn't'' the girl he's been pining for. [[ChildhoodFriendRomance And he later]] [[FirstGirlAfterAll finds out]] [[HotTeacher who she *actually* is]].]]
** It's played straight ''twice'' for Kogoro, too. First, [[spoiler:one of his TrueCompanions turns out to have killed another person from their friend circle.]] Later, [[spoiler:a young lady whom he tutored in the past kills her older sister.]]
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', when Vegeta and Bulma's [[KidFromTheFuture future son]] [[FutureBadass Trunks]] goes back in time to warn Goku about the androids who [[BadFuture devastated his timeline]] and murdered all of the Z-Fighters, he's very eager to meet his father who died when he was a baby. Later, when he finally gets a chance to meet Vegeta and fight by his side, he realizes that his father is actually a vicious BloodKnight who didn't really care that much about Bulma or his infant son and [[KickTheDog would have let them die in a plane crash]] had Trunks not rescued them. And that's before Vegeta makes it clear that he's perfectly willing to let Cell [[OneWingedAngel ascend to his perfect form]] to have a stronger opponent, regardless of the risk that Cell would destroy the world if he got too powerful. [[BewareTheNiceOnes This is what actually pushed Trunks into blasting his father and nearly killing him]]. Thankfully, in part due to [[MoralityPet Trunks's influence]], Vegeta [[TookALevelInKindness eventually becomes a nicer person and a better father]].
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'':
** Renton learns not too long into the series that his idol Holland is not quite what he imagined him to be. Holland beating Renton repeatedly and essentially using him as a physical outlet for his frustrations may have had something to do with that... [[spoiler:Their relationship gets a lot better though, after Holland gets a heavy dose of CharacterDevelopment.]]
** Charles and Ray Beams also become one for Renton when he learns that [[spoiler:they are planning to kill Eureka and have a grudge against the Gekkostate, including Holland]].
* ''Manga/FairyTail''
** Hades, also known as Precht Gaebolg, is this to Makarov. He was one of the founding members of Fairy Tail, the second master of the guild and a friend of Makarov's father. As such, Makarov looks up to him, and is dismayed to find out that since leaving the guild, he's founded the Dark Guild Grimoire Heart and is trying to resurrect Zeref.
** Gajeel was this to Rogue, who idolized Gajeel as one of Phantom Lord's best mages, but was dismayed when, after Phantom Lord was disbanded, Gajeel joined Phantom Lord's ArchEnemy Fairy Tail. Gajeel, however, points out that there was nothing admirable about the way he was back then.
** The Agria sisters are a strange example in which the one on the pedestal is the one who realizes how far she's fallen. Yukino deeply loves her older sister Sorano([[spoiler:also known as Angel of the Oracion Seis]]), but when they finally meet again, Sorano [[IHaveNoSon denies being Yukino's sister]], because while Yukino is a decent person, Sorano has committed many terrible crimes since they were separated, and doesn't feel a though she deserves to be around Yukino [[TheAtoner until she's atoned]].
* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', when [[{{Delinquents}} Arisa Uotani]] was in junior high, she deeply admired the "Red Butterfly", a legendary gang leader. When she learned that she lived nearby, Arisa was eager to find her. When she finally did, she discovered that the tough Red Butterfly, Kyouko Honda had turned into a DotingParent. She wasn't happy, but she eventually warmed up to her, especially after Kyouko [[spoiler:helped her quit her gang, who weren't about to let her leave]].
* May Chang from ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'', imagines Edward Elric to be a tall, handsome, princely figure, and spends half of her time [[LovingAShadow daydreaming about him]]. When she actually meets him and finds that Ed's a short snarker with a bad temper, she just about flips her lid, accusing Ed of toying with her heart.
* Zaied from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' is a mild version of this. Not that Sousuke really worshipped him or felt so eternally grateful to him...but Zaied was a respected memory to Sousuke of an honorable, dead comrade of the past. Needless to say, any feeling of goodwill on Sousuke's part completely vanishes when he realizes that Zaied decided to team up with Gauron and kill a bunch of his current comrades. Let's face it - Zaied's alliance with Gauron was enough to piss Sousuke off to the point where he thinks absolutely nothing of killing Zaied, and is afterwards never shown to ever think about the guy again.
* In ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada'' (a.k.a. ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'''s Invid Invasion saga), Stig ("Scott") Bernard's mentor and hero, Major Johnathan ("Colonel Johnathan Wolff") has sold out to the Inbit, running a free town of would-be rebels while leading the most serious ones into certain death. He does experience [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Redemption Through Death]] by the end of the episode.
** The ''Robotech'' example gets subverted in ''WesternAnimation/RobotechTheShadowChronicles''. There we see Marcus Rush, Marlene's little brother who wants to avenge their (presumed for Scott) deaths. When he meets Scott, he is overjoyed and regards him with high respect...until he finds out about Ariel, at which point he goes berserk. The subversion is that Ariel IS a friend, even if she is Invid.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'': One of Batou's idols was a former boxer and a silver-medalist in the Paralympics. He had the skill to easily take the gold, but he threw the fight. It's not like his life had been devastated by that decision he made, as he still lived a comfortable life. Batou find out that he's actually a very decent man, someone actually worthy of looking up to. [[spoiler:However, he had lost his way and started spying on the country just to earn ''a little extra cash.'']] Batou didn't take this revelation very lightly...
* Poor Sugi of ''Manga/GirlFriends'', in her DayInTheLimelight chapter, had a most awkward reunion with her idolized former elementary school teacher and first crush when the latter [[spoiler:[[TheChikan molested her while she was commuting on a train]]]], completely shattering her rose-tinted memories of him. Tamamin had a good laugh at her expense when she told her abut it.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Miho has this with [[spoiler:her older sister Maho]] [[RebuiltPedestal for a brief time]]. In the prequel manga ''Little Army'', Miho is upset to learn that [[spoiler:Maho once fired on an enemy flag tank (whose being disabled is an InstantWinCondition) that was going to save one of her team's tanks that fell off a cliff]], especially when she not only admits to it, but coldly brushes Miho off. After Miho summons the nerve to ask her mother whether this was necessary, [[spoiler:her sister]] goes up to her, apologizes for her aloof behavior and tells Miho to find her own way of tankery; the last scene of the chapter also indicates that [[spoiler:Maho is trying as hard as she is to be a good Nishizumi heiress so that Miho can live the way she wishes]]. The incident, however, did cause Miho to question the Nishizumi style's philosophy of winning regardless of the cost, and inspired her to seek out her own way of tankery.
* A humorous example in ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters''. Ricardo Fellini is usually regarded as not just an excellent world-level builder and fighter, but as [[TheCasanova a suave lady killer]] as well. Which just sets up Sei and Mao for a big DisappointedInYou reaction when they see him derailing a so far successful pickup with a drunken nerdy rant about the new ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam 08th MS Team]]'' animated short.
--> '''Sei and Mao in unison''': So disillusioned...
* Subverted in ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}''. Laura finds out that her favorite pop singer, Glitter, is a sharp-tongued {{Yandere}} who tried to steal her crush Travis, but at the end of the episode, she writes in her diary saying that she feels sorry for her.
* Iona attempts this on Hime towards Megumi and Yuuko in ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' by revealing Hime's DarkSecret: [[spoiler:opening the Axia Box and releasing the Phantom Empire.]] [[AvertedTrope It doesn't work.]] This was more geared towards Megumi more than Yuuko, though, as it was through Hime that Megumi became a Cure.
* There are few examples of this in ''Manga/HellGirl''. One example is during Season 3, when a teenage girl, who was mostly ignored by her classmates, suddenly becomes popular after it is discovered that she was able to get all of her letters read on air during a popular late night radio that is catered to teenage girls. Later in the episode, she along with another fangirl, find out that the whole show is scripted and written by a"creative producer" and that the disc jockey the girl became infatuated with was just reading lines that the creative producer written. [[spoiler:The teenage girl sends the other fangirl to hell so the secret can be kept from everyone else.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Jin}}'', Saki is heartbroken when she learns that kabuki actor she admires doesn't care that a woman he's made pregnant is heavily sick and he won't give money to heal her. [[spoiler:Later subverted, as he does end up paying a debt Jin made to afford a medicine for her.]] Not that he cares.
* This happens to Nanami from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' when she finds out the IdolSinger she has a crush on, Kurama, is something of {{Jerkass}}, and later, isn't really human.
* Azusa to Yui in ''Manga/KOn'' is a mild example because her worship doesn't turn to hate like every other case here, but it still fits: she's inspired to join the Light Music Club after their performance in the high school entrance ceremony, admiring especially the frontwoman (whose little sister is a friend of hers). As it turns out, she knows more about musical theory than Yui (who really doesn't know one iota of it) and is absolutely appalled to see that she spends 90% of her time in the club slacking off rather than actually, you know, rehearsing or training. In the end, it's Azu-nyan who snaps at Yui when she screws up horribly at their school festival performance. And all of this in one manga volume.
* In The Mutineer arc of the second ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes Gaiden'' series, First Officer Lieutenant Bertram was idolised by the crew of the destroyer ''Hameln II'' for being the role model of common-born soldiers. However, when crisis struck the destroyer, he was revealed to be selfish person willing to throw the ''Hameln II'' into certain doom just to preserve his name as an "honourable Imperial officer". The crew members were so disappointed with him upon that revelation that they decided to join the Chief Navigator Reinhard von Lohengramm (then Müsel) and start a mutiny to wrest back control of the ship. Eventually however, Bertram had a HeelRealization and redeemed himself with a HeroicSacrifice.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' has [[spoiler:the [[CatGirl Lieze sisters]] and [[TreacherousAdvisor Gil Graham]]]] for [[spoiler:Chrono]], though they were less evil and more of the WellIntentionedExtremist types. Naturally, [[spoiler:he's]] the one who figured out their scheme and arrested them.
** [[spoiler:Graham]] could very well be one for [[spoiler:Hayate]], too, but we don't know if she knows the truth about him. Granted too, he still did a lot that was respectable, [[spoiler:accepted he was in error and got off with just resigning his TSAB post]].
** After being rescued, by the titular character in the first episode of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', Subaru had admired Nanoha almost to the point of worship and was genuinely happy that she has been given the opportunity to work with her idol. When [[spoiler:Nanoha shot down her partner and friend mercilessly during training as punishment for insubordination and afterwards removed said partner from combat readiness during an operation]] she was visibly upset. The trope gets subverted after she learns why Nanoha acted the way she did: [[spoiler:she was looking out for her trainees' well being by planning their training regimens step by step to avoid the necessity of TrainingFromHell, something that Subaru's partner constantly subjects herself into as Nanoha herself suffered almost career ending injuries when she was younger because of overtraining]]. After this, [[RebuiltPedestal Subaru's admiration for Nanoha returned and possibly intensified even more]].
* In ''Manga/MarchenAwakensRomance'', Galian is this to Nanashi. The former leader of the thief guild Luberia erases Nanashi's memories of him and joins the Chess Pieces.
* Master Asia is Domon's broken pedestal in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''. [[spoiler:He eventually turns out to be a WellIntentionedExtremist who dies seeing the error of his ways--but at the same time, his death from this is ensured that it won't be in vain.]]
* Gilbert Durandal in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. Just...everything about him qualifies. As ZAFT's GloriousLeader and an apparent moderate he was idolised by his own followers and much of the world. And then we find out that he's a WellIntentionedExtremist who aims to make the world a better place by imposing a genetic determinist utopia. In the end, much of his fleet switches sides after this gets outed. His last real follower, Rey Za Burrel, is the one who does him in after Kira gives him a BreakingSpeech.
** In a milder example, AcePilot Athrun Zala is one to the younger crew of the ''Minerva''. They were expecting TheAce that the news told them about. They got a ShellShockedVeteran with NoSocialSkills and an inability to see anything but shades of grey.
** ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray'' has a lesser version, Kisato Yamabuki is shown to be a ''major'' fan of George Glenn, the first Coordinator. When the GG Unit, a device containing the algorithms of the man's brain, is hooked up to a hologram on the [=ReH.O.M.E.=], Kisato's shocked to find out that Glenn is laid-back and scatterbrained and not the larger-than-life pioneer that she envisioned him to be. Later on Glenn tells Kisato that legends rarely match up with reality and he's just an ordinary man like anyone else, and thus convinces her to give him a second chance.
* At the start of ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', Tenma greatly looks up to his boss and seems to view him as a father figure. Said boss exploits his surgical skills for media publicity, plays political games that get one of Tenma's patients killed, and screws Tenma's career over for daring to defy him.
** Nine years later, Tenma still tells his patients about that young boy he's so proud to have saved. [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished Yeah...]]
** Another case happens to Jan Suk, who [[spoiler:admires a police who is actually corrupt]].
* [[spoiler:Rio Kurotori]] for [[spoiler:Biko, and to a lesser degree, Muhyo and Yoichi]] in ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'', [[spoiler:although Biko seems to forgive her after she defects from Ark]].
* At the start of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', Deku suffers this when not only he finds out about All Might's weak form, but All Might himself tells him to grow up, that being Quirkless means he'll never be a Hero. [[RebuiltPedestal Fortunately, this soon changes]] after Deku attempts to save his classmate Bakugo even without a Quirk, ultimately giving All Might a HeroicSecondWind which he later thanks Deku for, deciding that his selfless act makes him [[PassingTheTorch the right person he needed to inherit his Quirk]] and become a hero after all.
* PlayedForLaughs ([[RomanticComedy like just about every other trope]]) in ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'', where [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Shirou]] realizes that Akari ([[ItMakesSenseInContext his other personality Shiho's teacher]]) is the legendary delinquent known as "Akari of the Hundred Visits" and asks [[OnlySaneMan Asahi]] to introduce him. Unfortunately, [[{{Troll}} Principal Akane]] and later Akari herself reveal that all the "legends" about her were just about her [[BerserkButton going nuts]] when she got rejected by guys. Subverted when Shirou says that he admires Akari all the more for having [[{{Determinator}} the courage to get back up after being rejected]]; Akari mistakes this for a LoveConfession, but when Shiro denies it and says [[MaamShock she's too old for him]], Akari {{Megaton Punch}}es him into the nearest wall.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** It's revealed that [[spoiler:Itachi's massacre of the Uchiha clan happened with the approval of Konoha's elders, the end result of the village's fear and suspicion of the Uchiha clan ever since Madara's one-man rebellion when he was denied the position of 1st Hokage. However, this is somewhat mitigated by the fact that the Uchihas really were planning a coup. It's also worth noting that while the Third Hokage knew the truth behind the massacre, he did try to prevent it from happening]].
** An interesting example is Naruto toward the Fourth Hokage. In the first chapter Naruto admits to having a deep respect for the Fourth due to his actions and abilities. He never shows any change in attitude towards the man until [[spoiler:actually meeting him, at which point Naruto promptly punches him while yelling about how tough his life was thanks to the sealing. However, this might have compounded by the fact the Fourth literally just dropped the bombshell about [[LukeIAmYourFather being his dad]].]]
** In the second Shippuden movie [[spoiler:Shinnou]] turns out to be one for [[spoiler:Amaru]]. [[spoiler:Amaru]] is quite shocked, but separates the person who taught [[spoiler:her]] medicine and served as an inspiration to save lives and the person who is the BigBad.
** In the Six-Tails arc, Utakata has one in his master, [[spoiler:whom he killed as he tried to extract the Six-Tailed Beast]]. It's played with as Utakata hears that his master did it for his own good, but Utakata refuses to believe it [[spoiler:until it's finally subverted when Utakata realizes, with Naruto's help, that his master wanted to help him]]. In the same arc, there's also [[spoiler:Shiranami]] for Hotaru.
** Chapter 599. [[spoiler:The look on Kakashi's face once he realizes just ''who'' Tobi is is heart wrenching, especially considering that Obito was remembered as a hero of Konoha and was the one who inspired Kakashi to consider bonds with comrades most important. The fact that Kakashi spent ''years'' trying to live up to Obito's loyalty and kindhearted nature, to the point of emulating his personality and mannerisms as a memorial to him, just makes it worse and drives the knife in even deeper than it already was.]]
** This occurs to Hanabi in [[ADayInTheLimelight two anime episodes about her]]. She deeply admired her older sister Hinata as a toddler but when she was able to beat her despite being several years younger than her that's when she became confused. After years of their relationship being rocky she begins rebuilding the pedestal after noticing her sister really isn't as weak as she seems and is shown to have a good relationship with her when Hinata is an adult.
* In ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'' we have Kii-chan, who looks up to Tomoko as a CoolBigSis character. But when she finds out that Tomoko, to appear like an experienced high schooler, lied about having a boyfriend and being popular, and even cheating at a card game with kids to impress her, she lost a lot of respect for her. [[spoiler:And now has taken to treating her like a pitiful puppy.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Dr. Hogback for Tony Tony Chopper, as Chopper realizes that he was doing research on zombies, and enabling Moria to create an army of beings that should not naturally be alive. Hogback also admits that he was in medicine for the money and he doesn't particularly care what Chopper thinks of him (although he does point out that he plans to kill Chopper and reanimate his corpse with a shadow so that he can serve the doctor he admired).
** [[spoiler:Vice Admiral Vergo]] for the marines of G-5, who admired him for taking command of marines who couldn't fit in anywhere else, until it turned out that he [[spoiler:was working as TheMole for Donquixote Doflamingo and was responsible for the children being kidnapped]].
** Caesar Clown for Brownbeard, who pretty much worships the ground he walks on after he saved him and his crew, only to find out that he doesn't return the respect in the slightest and only treats them as expendable forces.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Charmander. Completely oblivious to the fact that his {{Jerkass}} of a trainer abandoned him because he was weak, waited for the day for that trainer to return, even through a fierce storm (which would be fatal to Charmander, had it not been for Ash and friends).
*** Similarly, Shamus for Tepig. After the pedestal is crushed and he suffers a brief HeroicBSOD, Tepig evolves into Pignite in a HeroicResolve.
** A major plot point in ''Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew'' is that Lucario believed that the Knight of Aura that he looked up to, Sir Aaron, abandoned Cameron Palace in its time of need. It was not helped by the fact that, the last time Lucario saw him, Sir Aaron sealed Lucario inside of a staff seemingly for no reason at all. However, Lucario would later learn that [[spoiler:Sir Aaron in fact did save the kingdom by [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing himself]], and he sealed Lucario because he didn't want the Pokémon to follow him and do the same thing.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Ratman}}'', the Hero Organization fits this at first, since some of its members like Ankaiser are jerks who care more for fame and fortune than about actually helping people. As the series progresses, [[RebuiltPedestal they ultimately prove to be well intentioned and decent, if not perfect, people]]. The ''real'' Broken Pedestal is [[spoiler:Shiningman]] who Shuuto long idolized as the perfect hero but turned out to be anything but.
* The mysterious prince that inspires Utena so much in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is...not so princely.
* Chibi-Usa in the 90s ''Manga/SailorMoon'' anime experienced this. Finding out that the great warrior Sailor Moon was actually the clumsy and crybaby Usagi Tsukino really incensed her to the point where, once she found out that she ''did'' have the Silver Crystal she was looking for, she stupidly and impulsively sole it and the brooch it was in and decided to go back home with it, one-sidedly deeming Usagi unworthy of having it or the title of Sailor Moon. This really bit Chibi-Usa in the ass one Rubeus showed up and kidnapped the Senshi ''because'' Chibi-Usa, by taking the Crystal away, got Usagi needlessly BroughtDownToNormal; naturally, Usagi is ''pissed off'' and Chibi-Usa [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone is emotionally crushed]].
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', [[FallenAngel Lucifer]] was a mentor to Judas and Luca who were crestfallen when he was banished to hell for defying Zeus. Zeus is also subject to this considering that as a god he has no shortage of angels who worship and idolize him. Being as [[JerkassGods horrible]] as he is, there are also many who become disillusioned with him, such as Lucifer, Gabriel, and the protagonists.
* The eponymous character of ''Manga/{{Saki}}'' looked up to her older sister Teru when they were younger, but their parents separated, and Teru stopped speaking with her. Saki held out hope in being able to reconnect with Teru through mahjong, but that was severely shaken when she learned that Teru had [[IHaveNoSon stopped considering her a sister]].
* Another pedestal is smashed in its gaiden series ''Manga/SakiAchigaHen''. Arata really idolized Akado Harue and was greatly disappointed when the latter stopped playing mahjong after a crushing defeat in a very important match (cross-checking with Saki reveals that she lost to Sukoya). Arata decided not to join the club Harue was teaching at because she didn't want to see Harue playing with kids, but playing as a pro. However, the pedestal is quickly rebuilt (and the parties involved make amends) when Harue become the coach to team Achiga, and Arata joins it after learning that Harue's resolve has been renewed.
* An indirect example: In the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV TV series]], Kohran idolizes the inventor of the ''kohbu'' armor, whom she knows only by reputation and from the notes and plans he left behind. When she discovers that he [[FaceHeelTurn switched sides]] long ago and now leads the demonic forces against which she and the other Hanagumi fight, she undergoes a [[HeroicBSOD crisis of faith]].
* In ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', Eita Tanaka greatly admired Margery Daw for her [[AmazonChaser strength]] and [[CoolBigSis coolness]], doing everything he could to assist her in battle. One day, Margery, in a fit of UnstoppableRage, blew up Eita's girlfriend Ogata with a stray energy blast without even noticing. Although Margery quickly brought Ogata back to life and Ogata has no memory of this, Eita was traumatized for life. He broke off ties with Margery and said he never wants to see her again. However, he did care about Margery enough to help her when she later went into a coma.
* ''Anime/ShatteredAngels'' has [[spoiler:Ayanokouji Kazuya]], the [[spoiler:presumed]] deceased older brother of the main lead, Ayanokouji Kyoushirou. [[spoiler:Kazuya]] was originally portrayed as Kyoushirou's, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter unsurpassable better]]: the handsome, intelligent, diligent scientist who sacrificed himself in an attempt to prevent a lab accident involving the release of the Absolute Angels from destroying the world. [[spoiler:Toward the end of the series, Kyoshiro and Kuu find out that Kazuya engineered the accident with the intent on wiping out all life on the planet so that he could be alone in his {{utopia}} with his beloved, the most powerful of the Absolute Angels. Also, he survived the first explosion and is more than willing to try it again.]]
* Zelgadis from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' looked up to his guardian and great-grandfather Rezo, a powerful spellcaster, as the epitome of good, nobility and selflessness. He even allows himself to be turned into a monstrous chimera (part human, part golem, part demon) in order to be stronger and more able to further Rezo's cause. Understandably, Zel is quite bitter when he finds out that everything Rezo was doing, up to and including his experiment on Zelgadis, was intended only to find a cure for his blindness. [[spoiler:What Rezo failed to realize is that his blindness is a seal. By opening his eyes a fragment of [[GodOfEvil Ruby-Eyed Shabranigdo]] awoke, destroyed his body, and nearly destroyed the world.]]
* Sara Werec of ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry'' learns that her beloved brother has gone insane, [[FaceHeelTurn defected]] and killed her friends. (Pithy statement: "Only you can do what you've decided to do. If you feel that way, there's nothing you can't do.")
* In ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', Tenchi suffers this towards his ''mother''. For years, Tenchi believed his mother, Kiyone, was this sweet and kind-hearted woman. Then, years after her death, he finally gets Noboyuki and Katsuhito to tell him what happened to her. They tell this tale of all the adventurous things she did, getting wilder and fantastical... then, [[spoiler:they can't go through with it anymore and tell Tenchi the truth - what they just told him was from a script, a script she ''willed them to say'', that Kiyone was a massive practical joker and that she died in her sleep beside Tenchi at the age of ''487''. What's worse, he's come to realize that those memories of the kind-hearted woman? Were that of Rea, Noboyuki's secretary/possible second girlfriend while he was still married.]] Tenchi is ''clearly'' pissed off at these revelations.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Kotetsu's been inspired since childhood by Sternbild's first superhero, Mr. Legend, to dedicate his life to saving others. Guess who fell into [[TheAlcoholic alcoholism]] and [[DomesticAbuser domestic abuse]] after losing his powers and career? Kotetsu is told about arrests being setup and the loss of power. Only the audience see the worst of it through a flashback revealing that the ex-greatest hero in Stern Bild was killed in self-defence by his son, [[StartOfDarkness Yuri Petrov]] aka Lunatic.
* [[spoiler:Yoki]] for Shio in ''Waq Waq'', as he turns out to be working for the villains. [[spoiler:He's actually a bit of a WellIntentionedExtremist FakeDefector, but his plan to kill an innocent red-blooded girl to permanently end the tyranny of the red-blooded "kami" is quite disturbing to Shio]].
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Joey Wheeler idolizes the movie star and kung-fu master Jean-Claude Magnum--until he actually meets the man. His behavior towards Mai makes Joey like him less and less. The final nail in the coffin is when Mai finds herself in real danger and Magnum has no idea what to do, forcing Joey to save the day.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Crow idolizes the Legendary D-Wheeler, the first person to escape from Satellite, until he finds out that he is really [[spoiler:Rex Godwin, the tyrant fostering the poverty and discrimination in Satellite]].
* In ''Manga/ZatchBell'', when under Zofis's control, it seems like Koko is this for Sherry.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Chief (Niles Caulder) of the ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol''. [[RetCon Turns out]] that, believing that greatness comes from overcoming tragedy, he engineered the accidents that gave the original Doom Patrol their powers. He eventually tried to take his plan global before he was finally stopped. He's supposedly reformed since then, but let's hope the Patrol is smart enough to keep an eye on him. Half of them are just as nuts as he is, at least [[ComicBook/TeenTitans one fell in with a better crew]], and all of them follow the ManipulativeBastard even though they know full well he's a ManipulativeBastard. At least other, non-Doom Patrol superheroes are always visibly put out of sorts when Caulder's around.
* In Franchise/TheDCU, ComicBook/{{Deadshot}} who takes a contract to kill his mentor David Cain from Lex Luthor, and is disgusted by how much Cain, his former idol, has fallen apart.
* ''[[ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo Space Usagi]]'': [[spoiler:Usagi's mentor, who happens to be his slain lord's brother and the current lord's uncle, is actually the one who hired the ninjas that killed his lord in the first place. He's also kidnapped his nephew to mind probe the location of the royal treasury. In a separate story, the person who killed Usagi's own father was someone that both of them respected and admired. Both stories lead to an inevitable showdown.]]
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'': Jesse Custer's father figure (past the age of 5) who taught him how to fight, shoot, and grow up was Jody, the CorruptHick who ruined his life and killed his father. But he knew this the entire time, [[spoiler:and eventually paid him back for it by choking him to death with his bare hands instead of using the "Word of God". His last words to Jessie before his murder at Jesse's hands "Proud o' you boy".]]
* Sinestro was once considered to be the greatest Franchise/GreenLantern to have ever existed and was a mentor to Hal Jordan. But eventually, it came out that Sinestro was a tyrant on his homeworld and was exiled, becoming an enemy to the Corps (especially Hal). This trope is invoked a lot when they go head to head.
* Antos Wyrick is probably going to become this for Jarael in ''ComicBook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. While Jarael believed in him as a great man, he's actually a murderous psychopath who views his students only as ways to advance his own agenda.
* Xavier is ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}' broken pedestal in ComicBook/XMen. Since learning of Xavier's various misuses of his telepathic powers to rewrite Scott's memories and cover up old shame, Cyclops has had great difficulty dealing with Xavier's betrayal. It eventually culminated with Cyclops financially seizing control of the Xavier Institute and kicking Professor Xavier out of his own home.
* In '' ComicBook/MsTree'', Dan Green worshipped his older brother Victor who went MIA during UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. Dan ultimately undertook a mission to Vietnam attempting to locate his brother's body, only to discover that Victor was still alive and living as a crimelord.
* ComicBook/LexLuthor, especially in modern continuity, has gone through two major cycles of this: first as a CorruptCorporateExecutive and second as PresidentEvil. In the former case, Lex was a hero to the city who employed half of Metropolis. He kept his criminal activities hidden until clone degeneration affected his second body, triggering a rampage. The second time, Lex rose to even greater heights as the rebuilder of Metropolis and Gotham (in the public's eyes), who won the presidency as the darkhorse third party candidate and helped save the world from [[OmnicidalManiac Imperiex]], only to go crazy from Kryptonite injections as he prepared to use all his resources and goodwill to take down Franchise/{{Superman}} once and for all.
* In ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'', ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' befriended ''Comicbook/LexLuthor'' shortly after arriving on Earth. She regarded him as a good friend and a surrogate father and mentor, and she thought that he was a very, very good man who loved helping people. Then she discovered that he was a bigoted, selfish, egomaniac, uncaring, murderous, manipulative bastard.
* Eddie Bloomberg aka Kid Devil idolized ComicBook/BlueDevil and wanted to be a hero just like him. When he made the DealWithTheDevil that turned him into the superpowered Kid Devil, said Devil Neron stated that Eddie's soul would belong to him if his trust in Blue Devil was ever broken. After the deal was made, Neron told Eddie that Blue Devil had made a deal with Neron for movie stardom that accidentally (on Blue Devil's part) claimed the life of Eddie's aunt Marla. When Eddie confronted Blue Devil about it and Blue Devil confirmed it, Eddie resigned himself to becoming Neron's slave because he would ''never'' trust Blue Devil again.
* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'': Superboy-Prime gave up his home, family and friends to save the Multiverse during the [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]]. He then was imprisoned in a pocket dimension to make sure he survived the reconstruction of creation. How is he repaid? He has to watch his heroes get [[DarkerAndEdgier corrupted for years]]. How does he react? [[UnstoppableRage Not well.]]
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'':
** Around the time Spider-Man finally officially joined ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'', [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] became something of a mentor to Peter. The two gravitated to each other, being the only members of the team at the time who were scientifically minded, and after the infamous ''The Other'' storyline, Tony even designed Peter a new Spider-Man armor much like his own. This "mentorship" culminated during ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' when Tony essentially made Peter his NumberTwo on the Pro Registration side. Eventually, their friendship completely dissolved when Peter learned [[WellIntentionedExtremist the extremes Tony was resorting to]] during the event.
** Speaking of Spidey, the entire run of ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' is this, watching various heroes and villains just being utterly gobsmacked by this much more vicious Spidey, not knowing that Dr. Octopus had taken over Peter's body and has no idea how Spidey truly operates.
** In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Spidey looked up to the Ultimates and had Tony Stark and Nick Fury ready to train him at a moment's notice. However, Captain America wasn't as forgiving and tore down the webslinger claiming he wasn't ready to be a hero. [[DyingMomentOfAwesome He, then, proceeds to save Cap from a sniper's bullet, beat down the Sinister Six and take down Norman Osborn before succumbing to his wounds.]]
* In the crossover ''ComicBook/SpiderManAndBatmanDisorderedMinds'', we learn that Carnage is a massive fanboy towards ComicBook/TheJoker. However, that all goes down the pot when Carnage grows tired of Joker's theatrics and the Joker just absolutely hates Carnage's idea of randomly murdering people without any form of comedy.
* Despite utterly loathing the ComicBook/BlackPanther, Erik Killmonger actually idolized ComicBook/TheAvengers as a young man. During the brief period where he became the new Black Panther after defeating T'Challa, he petitioned to gain membership in the group, and even teamed up with them during a battle involving ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}. The battle in question caused him to lose his respect for the Avengers, as he felt the fact that they abide by rules imposed on them by the government made them a pack of spineless cowards.
* UsefulNotes/FidelCastro became this for Creator/{{Rius}}, after the latter became disappointed with the state of things in Cuba after half a century of revolution.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', [[spoiler:the Batfamily is unhappy with Batman for keeping at least one secret from them. In fact, Joker could be counting on this trope to sabotage his enemies. That was his motive, to figuratively cause the death of the Bat-family by breaking their trust in each other.]]
** This is how Batman finally defeats Deacon Blackfire in ''ComicBook/BatmanTheCult'' - he realizes Blackfire wants to die at Batman's hands so he can become a martyr, thus Batman attacks him to show his followers that he isn't immortal, but just a man. His drugged and broken followers are so enraged by the weakness that they finish the job.
** Before becoming [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]] himself Tim Drake was in awe of [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]], Jason Todd and Bruce. The one who should have had the hardest time failing to live up to Tim's expectations was the deceased Jason who instead came back from the dead and turned on the Batfamily, became a serial killer, and repeatedly attacked Tim because he felt the lesson of his death wasn't learned by the superhero community and because he was furious at being "replaced".
* In ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Star Wars]] ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'', Imperial Knight Antares Draco looked up to his master Eshkar Niin as a wise teacher and still values the lessons he taught, but his faith in his master was shattered when Niin deserted the Order and murdered the Empress for seemingly no reason, forcing Draco to kill his renegade master in a duel to the death. [[spoiler:Draco is understandably shaken when he later learns that Niin not only survived their duel, but has since become a Sith Inquisitor under the name Darth Havok.]]

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In an early ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' strip, Milo searches for ''Betty Crocker'', of all people, someone he believes represents America as it should be: pure, unspoiled, and decent. Sadly, when he finds the now-elderly founder of the company, she's the same as any other CEO, and is OnlyInItForTheMoney. (Even worse, she knows nothing about actual cooking.) Still, Milo takes small comfort at the end:
-->'''Milo:''' Y'know, I came looking for the real America in Betty Crocker... and know what? I think I found her. Farewell.\\
''[{{beat panel}} as Betty thinks about it]''\\
'''Betty:''' [[SpoofAesop Overhyped but basically a good broad!]]\\
'''Milo:''' Bingo.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WebVideo/PokemonPals'': First Ash finds out Professor Oak is skilled at helping people fake their deaths. He then finds out the professor was just about to euthanize Pikachu when he showed up. Finally, he discovers the whole reason that Professor Oak helped him on his way to leave Pallet Town was so he could seduce Ash's mother.
* Parodied in ''WebVideo/MyLittlePonyTheMentallyAdvancedSeries'': Starlight Glimmer's StartOfDarkness was when her cute childhood friend, whom she was convinced was going to be hot when he was older, moved away. [[spoiler:She finds out from Twilight that he was at best a "7 out of 10" and that was ''before'' he contracted herpes.]] She's very disappointed and loses all interest in him and continuing to be evil.
* This trope is given an interesting dimension in the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries''. [[spoiler:Ace flyer Spitfire has a breakdown over how her team, the Wonderbolts, are useless when they actually try to help out and be heroes (a deconstruction of their poor track record in the [=FiM=] series itself). This is then reconstructed when Dash refuses to accept Spitfire's claims of being a Broken Pedestal, pointing out how they still inspire others to be heroes.]]
* In the ''Fanfic/TamersForeverSeries'', this happens to Takeru in the eyes of the Tamers once they find out he [[spoiler:plans to allow Takato to die in order to prevent Daemon from acquiring the power of God]].
* Hobbes initially idolized [[ThePrankster Socrates]] in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', but after suffering a HumiliationConga at his hands (in an uncharacteristic fit of rage), he loses all his respect and finds him as annoying as the rest of the cast.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Maya idolizes Ritsuko to the point of having a crush on her. However Ritsuko sees herself as an idiot who makes awful things in order to try to seduce an asshole who does not care about her, and she is afraid that she will become this to Maya if her assistant realizes how she really is. In chapter 8 Ritsuko thinks she is not who Maya thinks she is.
* ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': Kensuke was a military otaku who worshipped the army and the Fourth Division… until they hit Tokyo-3 and slaughtered everybody in NERV.
* ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'': Maya idolizes Ritsuko. After Maya learns about [[spoiler:the Rei clones in the basement]] Ritsuko asks her: “You still think that I am wonderful?”. Maya was disappointed, but even so, she still looked up to Ritsuko.
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'':
** [[spoiler:Kaji to Asuka]] when she finds out that he was willing to let himself get murdered after [[spoiler:discovering the secrets of Project Eva]] and he never ever thought about [[spoiler:Misato and Asuka's reaction to his death.]] After she calls him out on it he apologises for disappointing her.
** Asuka finding out that she's very close to becoming one to Hamilton (without him even knowing it) [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone is one of the factors]] [[ComesGreatResponsibility in her decision to become a heroine without looking for glory.]]
* In Red Witch's ''Tangled Web'' series for ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'', the entire team has one of these about [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Commander Walsh]] and Dr. Negata when they find out the full extent of what went on at Wolf Den, including vivisection of the {{Artificial Human}}s and forced deathmatches (with visiting Senators encouraged to gamble on the results).
* In ''Fanfic/FaithAndDoubt'', Twilight suffers one towards Celestia thanks to the end of ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1]]''. However, as Celestia points out, Twilight had been losing faith in her for some time, citing several examples from the series. It turns into a WhatTheHellHero moment when Twilight reveals it was when Celestia proved willing to put her in danger to save her hateful, OmnicidalManiac of a sister.
* Fanfic/SummerDaysAndEveningFlames: Sergeant Shared Justice, or "Sherry," was the closest thing to a mother figure Iron Bulwark had in his early days after joining the guard. [[spoiler:When Iron learns that Sherry was responsible for a gang war that got dozens of officers under his command murdered, he's beyond appalled]].
* In ''Fanfic/WhiteDevilOfTheMoon'', this turns out to be the Sailor Senshi's thoughts on Princess Serenity: they had thought of her as a martyr-like figure, representing the values of Love and Justice. Then her reincarnation, Nanoha Takamachi, comes along and reveals that their princess was a lazy and incompetent child who shirked her responsibilities to keep going to the Earth who ultimately killed herself when her beloved died, possibly dooming those who did survive the Dark Kingdom's attack. Interestingly, while Luna does see it as that, she also sees it as a chance for a better queen to rise up once Nanoha takes up her responsibilities.
* Many ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fics do this for Hermione towards authority figures but ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9641777/8/Harry-Potter-and-the-Three-Rules Harry Potter and the Three Rules]]'' does this far sooner than most. After [[TheStationsOfTheCanon saving her from the troll]] by slitting its throat, Harry's given two months detention, docked 50 points, and told he'll be expelled if he's caught with a knife again. Made even worse by Snape punishing him further for having his potions knife on him almost immediately after potions class.
* ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}''; Gamzee is at first overjoyed to discover his own ancestor, the Grand Highblood, is taking him as a personal apprentice. [[RapeAsDrama That]] [[VillainousIncest doesn't]] [[ColdBloodedTorture last]] [[BodyHorror long]].
* ''Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury'':
** [[spoiler:the pedestal Light has been on becomes broken when it's found out that he really is Kira and had been all along. It's also implied that the task force loses a lot of trust and respect for L too, given everything he did throughout the investigation. L ends up DyingAlone by the end, mostly by choice.]]
--->'''Erin:''' Forget trust and respect, I don't even know how they ''stand'' you after what you've done to them.
** In [[Fanfic/AndTheStoryContinues the sequel]], this is what triggers Mello's FaceHeelTurn. It can be inferred that Near has undergone a similar reaction since he found out about [[spoiler:L's death]] around the same time, but he takes on his title anyway and so far hasn't shown signs of being explicitly evil. [[{{Jerkass}} Dickish]] and [[CreepyChild creepy]], though? Definitely.
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', Harry briefly has this towards his Asgardian family when he finds out about human sacrifices to them. The pedestal is rebuilt, however, when he finds out that this was a large part of why Thor and Loki stopped visiting Earth in the first place.
** This happens with most people towards Doctor Strange after they find out the sheer scale of his manipulations and what he's been doing, with the pedestal only partly rebuilt.
* In ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', Celestia and particularly Luna's reputations take a severe hit over the course of the story, as various events and scandals catch up with them. It is suggested that Luna is trying to drag her sister down with her as well.
* Subverted in the MLP fanfic [[FanFic/FallingBackwards Falling Backwards]], [[spoiler:after Rainbow Dash's brain damage leaves her mentally a child,]] it looks like Scootaloo will have this. But, after her brief shock, she accepts the situation for what it is and that it was great while it lasted.
* In ''Fanfic/{{The Masks We Wear|AvatarTheLastAirbender}}'', Prince Zuko learns that General Iroh and the Order of the White Lotus want him to "redeem" the Fire Nation by helping the Avatar overthrow his father and become a puppet Fire Lord in all but name. It does not end well.
* ''Fanfic/SystemRestore'':
** Hinata struggles with this after it comes out that [[spoiler:Komaeda]], whom he considered an easygoing and helpful friend, was secretly planning to [[spoiler:murder somebody at Togami's party]]. This is made worse by how he isn't able to get any closure, due to how [[spoiler:Komaeda ended up being the first victim, meaning he never got a chance to explain himself]].
** The second chapter has a double-whammy of this. Togami's hit hard when he realizes that [[spoiler:Pekoyama]], whom he saw as one of his most dependable allies, [[spoiler:let Kuzuryuu play ''Twilight Syndrome'' and set into motion the second murder]], and Koizumi is also upset to hear that [[spoiler:Pekoyama, whom she regarded as a friend, tried to convince Kuzuryuu to kill her]]. Before Togami can properly recover from that, '''everyone''' gets blindsided by the second murderer's identity, especially [[spoiler:Souda and Tanaka, who had feelings for her]].
* In ''[[http://ficwad.com/story/222436 Eroninja]]'', this also occurs between [[NotQuiteDead Kushina]] and [[PosthumousCharacter Minato]]. After she and Naruto are accidentally sent to the past, Kushina admitted to herself that she could accept Minato's refusal to attempt to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong after realizing Naruto was right and they couldn't predict what, if any, affect it'd have on the future. What she couldn't forgive though, was that Minato erased his own knowledge that eventually his wife would die and he'd make their son into a jinchuuriki. In her mind, it showed Minato was willing to make horrible sacrifices but but did so in a way he wouldn't have to live with himself for making them.
** Much later, Naruto admits that while Minato was a great Hokage, he was a terrible husband and father, having chosen the village over his family. [[spoiler:This later causes Naruto to decline Tsunade's offer of the job as he would someday have to choose between his village and his family.]]
** Yugito is crushed to hear the Raikage claim that she and the Nibi are interchangeable. It devastates her further when she recalls that years earlier she'd bragged to Naruto how Kumo treated their jinchuuriki far better than the other villages. In the end, Kumo still saw them as jinchuuriki first and people second.
** Hinata is described by Tsume as "looking like she just got sucker-punched and is trying to figure out why" when she learns that not only is Hanabi being trained specifically to defeat her, but she never needed to prove herself against her sister. As the firstborn of the Clan Head, in order to become the true heir all she'd have to do is declare her intention to do so.
** After learning Suzume set her up as bait for someone she thought was a serial rapist who brainwashed his victims, Moegi is furious with her former sensei for encouraging her feelings for Naruto.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManReawakened'', Robert admired Wily and his work until he turned evil.
* In ''Fanfic/ForHisOwnSake'', [[Manga/LoveHina Naru's]] career advisor believes that she's hard-working and dedicated enough to become a fantastic teacher and contribute a lot to society. Needless to say, she's stunned when Naru [[ATragedyOfImpulsiveness randomly]] [[MegatonPunch assaults]] a man for [[UnprovokedPervertPayback teasing his wife]] -- and outright refuses to apologize, [[NeverMyFault blaming the victim]] even after learning the full situation.
* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', [[spoiler:Ishigami]] becomes one to [[spoiler:his]] student, Akira when she learns about [[spoiler:his]] plan to [[spoiler:manipulate Yukariko into helping him gain control of the Hime Star, which would likely involve defeating her and killing Takumi in the process]]. Her reaction is understated, but it's implied that she's more upset about it than she lets on.
* In the ''{{Manga/Saki}}'' fanfic, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5329089/1/Yumi Yumi]]'', [[OriginalCharacter Maiko Miura]] Yumi's [[SenpaiKohai senpai]] and old girlfriend turned out to be this, after moving on to university and dumping Yumi for someone else without even telling her.
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'':
** Moka and Kokoa both respected Akua and Kahlua until they discover that the two had been working for Fairy Tale. When the two have switched sides and are being punished by their father in the opening of Act IV, Moka and Kokoa have NoSympathy, with Moka remarking in disgust that she can't believe she and Kokoa actually used to respect them. However, they rebuild that pedestal as the series progresses.
** During Act III, Tsukune and co. trust and respect Hokuto until chapters 41 and 42, where he reveals that he personally orchestrated Kuyou's attack on Yokai Academy to serve as a distraction while he stole an ArtifactOfDoom from the secured levels. Ruby in particular is completely disgusted with herself for ever having trusted him.
** Dark always lived his life in honor of Arial, who granted him his freedom before she died, while Mizore often gave thanks to Arial at night as well. Come Act VI, when Arial comes BackFromTheDead, they discover that she had become infatuated with Dark, nearly killing Mizore in a jealous rage. Dark himself suffers a major HeroicBSOD which, several chapters later, results in a massive FreakOut, believing that everything he had fought for in Arial's name was meaningless. Mizore sums it up quite nicely in Act VI chapter 17:
-->'''Mizore''': Damn it, I've had enough of this girl. She's not the angel my Dark spoke of. She's not the angel I gave my thanks to at night. She's a [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] nightmare!!
** Come Act VI chapter 27, however, Arial realizes and accepts that she is Dark's guardian angel/mother figure and nothing more, and they reconcile. In the case of herself and Mizore, however, things are still quite frosty, [[AnIcePerson no pun intended]].
* ''FanFic/EscapeFromTheHokagesHat'': Jiraiya to the Third Hokage. As when Jiraiya goes over both Konoha's and ROOT's history, he finds that the Third left Danzo and the council unchecked and made a few questionable choices that ultimately made things worse for Konoha.
* ''FanFic/{{Shatterheart}}'': [[spoiler:Clone!]]Syaoran has always looked up to Kurogane as a mentor and father-figure and hoped that Kurogane would do the same for his son, [[spoiler:Tsubasa/Real!]]Syaoran. [[spoiler:Clone!]] Syaoran is rather horrified when he finds out that Kurogane has a romantic relationship with [[spoiler:Real!]]Syaoran. [[spoiler:Clone!]]Syaoran doesn't like it but he grows to accept it.
* ''FanFic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness'':
** Harry is... confusing, when viewed through Neville's eyes. While Neville and the D.A. had spent the whole year planning, drilling, accepting the likelihood of their wholesale slaughter against the Death Eaters, they've also been relying on each other for friendship, love and support. Harry, on the other hand, has experienced isolation, panic and dread with barely any respite, so when he finally stumbles back into Hogwarts, he has all the disconnect and [=PTSD=] you'd expect. But from the D.A.'s perspective, Harry has none of the spark of revolution or excitement they'd expected. It's strongly implied that Neville's summoning of the entire D.A. and allies from the wizarding world for the final battle is less a function of his gee-whiz enthusiasm (as presented in the official canon) and more a tactic to keep the D.A. from imploding out of disappointment.
** Also, a different pedestal breaks in Seamus and Neville's horrified reactions when they find out that Dumbledore's "plan" was a lot more of GambitRoulette than BatmanGambit:
--->"Din't you know ol' Dumbledore din't tell them anythin'? They were out there, tryin' not ta get killed, wanderin' around for better part o' a year on a little breadcrumb scavenger hunt, no bleedin' idea o' what they were doin', or what they'd do when they were done."\\
'There has to be a reason, Seamus.' He fought to keep his voice calm, reasonable, but he could hear the tremble of fury and newly-awakened pain at the edges. 'I'm sure he had a reason.'
* In the [[FanFic/TwilightThenTwilightNowUniverse Firehooves Cycle]], we have three major examples:
** When Celestia finally managed to destroy Discord through a HeroicSacrifice, most ponies in Equestria started to view the Princesses as frauds who weren't immortal deities after all.
** During the destruction of the Crystal Empire, Cadence left along with the nobility and with a mortally Shining Armour on tow. This caused the other Crystal Ponies that were left behind to renounce their hospitality and loyalty towards Cadence and turn themselves into nomadic Snow Ponies.
** In ''Applejack Through the Ages'', Luna's depression-induced hostile behaviour when Applejack and Kimono told her off for mismanagement of the kingdom had cost her all of their faith for Luna. This also made Applejack renounce her loyalty to her.
* In ''Fanfic/RainbowFactory'', Scootaloo has a strong response to learning that Rainbow Dash is the Mare in Charge of the facility.
* In ''{{FanFic/Vapors}}'' the Third Hokage becomes this twice for different reasons.
** First is when, after his retirement, he informs Tsunade of the truth about Itachi, Danzo, and the Uchiha massacre. She is disgusted and horrified, as are the people she then informs of this, and the 'bodyguard' she gives him has orders to prevent him from discussing this with anyone else until she figures out how to manage the information.
** Second is when she goes to ask him about who raised the Uzumaki twins when they were children. It turns out that the man she'd viewed as the invincible God of Shinobi all her life is clinically depressed and suffering memory lapses so bad that he believes Tsunade is asking about "little Kushina" who he thinks he recently started teaching sealing to.
* In ''FanFic/TheFifthAct'' [[PeggySue Cloud]] [[BrokenAce Strife ]] is looked up to even with the First Classes as the strongest and most skilled among them. He falls off it when they find out that he was essentially planning a [[spoiler:murder-suicide.]] This ends up for the best, [[spoiler:they put him on suicide watch and finally get his past barriers to truly befriend him.]]
* ''Film/{{Tron}}: Endgame Scenario'': The pedestal didn't get broken as much as eroded to nothing, but Jet and Yori are not able to forgive Kevin Flynn for abandoning the Programs to Clu's "mercy" after the coup [[spoiler:doubly so because of what happened to Tron]]. Jet in particular simmers with rage about it, as he views building The Grid in the first place [[PlayingGod a horrible breach of ethics]] that makes his godfather no better than [[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Thorne and F-Con's Datawraiths]].
* In the ''Fanfic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', much like with Vlad Plasmius, Jack goes through this with the Guys In White when [[spoiler:they kidnap Danielle]].
* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'':
** Subverted. Shinji's faith in Misato takes a serious hit after she asks him to pilot Unit-01 again despite promising him that he would never have to return to active duty, and as a result he freezes her out for several days on end. But he eventually forgives Misato after Asuka –- who had her own issues with Misato -- tells him that he was being completely unfair.
** Played straight when [[spoiler:Maya found out that Ritsuko, whom she idolized, was working with [[ManipulativeBastard Kluge]]]] and betraying her principles voluntarily. The reveal all but crushed her spirit.
* In ''Fanfic/TheStalkingZukoSeries'', Toph admires June, the bounty hunter, when they first met for being a badass, but gradually becomes disillusioned when she finds out that June is OnlyInItForTheMoney. However, this is tempered when Toph realizes that she'd held June to a standard she couldn't possibly meet, and when June, [[EveryoneHasStandards realizing the Gaang wasn't kidding about the fate of the world hanging in the balance, goes into overdrive to find Aang]]. This parallels Katara's disillusionment with Aang, as in this fic, she placed him on a pedestal for being the Avatar, only to be disappointed in him when he (supposedly) ran away before the GrandFinale, and when he didn't kill Ozai.
* Due to the events with the Kurama clan, Kurenai's genin in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3665921/50/ Black Flames Dance in the Wind: Rise of Naruto]]'' are at best indifferent to her. A large part of it is because, unlike most fanfictions that portray Kurenai as a TeamMom, here she's only training them to advance her own career. After Kurenai abandons her team to attempt to deal with Yakumo, Naruto threatens to kill her if she ever comes near Hinata again after the girl shows up on his doorstep in tears.
* Naruto loses all respect in the Third Hokage in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12288523/2/Plucking-the-Strings-Redux Plucking the Strings Redux]]'' after the man refuses to believe Naruto could reverse engineer Suna puppet techniques on his own. After spending hours convincing the Hokage, Naruto's furious when Sarutobi "has the gall to tell him he's proud of him".
* In ''FanFic/HerInnerDemons'', Human Twilight explains that she held Abacus Cinch, [[DeanBitterman of all people]], in high regard because she was one of the few people in Crystal Prep who actually gave her ''any'' kind of respect and reward for her hard work. Cinch's [[{{Blackmail}} threat to have her application denied]] if she didn't compete in the Friendship Games [[note]] and you know, for a student body that gave her no love or appreciation[[/note]] was a knife into Human Twilight's heart, and it added to her growing desire for revenge.
* On ''Blog/AskTheNewHopesPeak'', [[KidFromTheFuture Sora]]'s idealised projection of her adopted older sister, Monaca, is shattered after meeting the Monaca from fifteen years in the past, and having her detail her actions in ''VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls''
* Tonks loses all faith in the [=DMLE=] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11669575/41/For-Love-of-Magic For Love of Magic]]'' when she learns that not only is raping muggle women fairly common, but the Aurors don't do anything about it beyond wiping their memory of the event. They'll arrest anyone they catch in the act of raping a muggle but they won't actually try to catch them for it.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11674317/19/When-Harry-met-Wednesday When Harry met Wednesday]]'', besides Harry losing faith in Dumbledore, most of the Order of the Phoenix does as well because his habit of withholding information costs several of them severely. Of the three Order members who help Dumbledore attempt to retrieve one of Voldemort's horcruxes, only Tonks survives. Things actually reach the point that not only does Tonks quit and encourage everyone else to as well, but Moody demands Dumbledore disband the Order of the Phoenix before he gets everyone killed.
* In ''[[http://cartoon.adult-fanfiction.org/story.php?no=600095039 How I Learned to Love the Wild Horse]]'', Ranma always believed that his father didn't use the Umi-Sen Ken to steal beyond pickpocketing because it was too horrible even for him. He eventually learns that the technique doesn't work on cameras and thus his father never used it because he'd have to rob several lower income places rather than one mansion or museum and be set for life. Ranma actually admits he didn't think his opinion of his father could sink any lower, but learning that he didn't steal because he was too lazy is a new low.
* In the core story of the ''Fanfic/TriptychContinuum'', Rarity is a devout believer in the divinity of Princesses Celestia and Luna. Therefor, when she learns that [[spoiler:the sisters are actually ordinary ponies who were transformed into Alicorns during the Discordian Era]], she is forced to confront the fact that her faith is based on a lie. [[spoiler:What's even worse for her is the revelation that the sisters didn't beat Discord alone, as conventional wisdom holds, but were actually part of their own "Bearers of Harmony" sextet, who have been completely forgotten by ponydom.]]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10766595/21/Harry-Potter-Three-to-Backstep Harry Potter - Three to Backstep]]'' Remus takes it pretty hard when he realizes that Dumbledore is just as manipulative and controlling as Harry and Sirius claimed he was.
-->'''Remus:''' What do you do when the man you most look up to and admire, is proven by his own words and actions to be nothing but a manipulative old goat... molester?\\
'''Sirius:''' You promise yourself ''never'' to fall for his silver-tongued bullshit ever again, and move on with your life.
* ''Fanfic/WhereTalentGoesToDie''
** Discussed in one conversation between Miura and Kagami. Kagami notes that people felt betrayed when Prime Minister Ishimaru ended up getting caught up in a scandal, but he argues that Ishimaru was probably always flawed, and people couldn't notice that- or refused to accept it- because they were in awe of his talent.
** Played straight with the second murderer, [[spoiler:Mitamura]], who'd gotten along well with the group, [[spoiler:Iwasawa]] in particular. [[spoiler:It turns out that she cheated on a test in the past, and with Monokuma threatening to make their secrets known, committed murder and tried to graduate (which would have doomed everyone else)]].
** Averted with Edogawa. While Miura looks up to Edogawa as a writer, since Edogawa is Miura's favorite author, Miura's admiration is gradually replaced by friendship, as she starts seeing Edogawa as an equal, rather than an idol.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'': Red Puckett is hurt when Granny's secret extreme sports life is revealed.
* In ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', Jim's trust in Silver is broken when he finds out that [[spoiler:he is a pirate and the mastermind behind the ship's mutiny]]. Silver makes up for it in the end, though.
** Much the same thing happens in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland''.
* Mr. Incredible, Bob Parr, is this for [[BigBad Syndrome]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. As a child, Buddy Pine starts out as Mr. Incredible's self-proclaimed biggest fan, and spends the entire opening sequence of the film trying to persuade the superhero into letting him become his sidekick, "[=IncrediBoy=]". However, he repeatedly gets on Bob's nerves until he coldly tells him, "IWorkAlone." Soon after, Buddy's attempts to prove himself cost Bob his chance of apprehending one of his archenemies, and he turns the boy over to the police to take him home. This act disillusions Buddy from not just Bob, but all superheroes in general, leading him to take his frustrations out on all supers as the villainous Syndrome.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', on arriving in Venezuela, Carl Frederickson meets his childhood hero, the explorer Charles Muntz, who has spent his life trying to capture a rare bird that lives on the plateau near Paradise Falls...and has become dangerously obsessed with his quest, to the point of [[spoiler:killing people he even ''thinks'' are trying to get the bird back to civilization before him, and threatening Carl and Russell.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}'': [[spoiler:Skipper when Dusty learned he exaggerated his accomplishments]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs2'', [[spoiler:Flint becomes disillusioned to Chester V when the latter intends to make the harmless foodimals into food bars]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'': [[spoiler:Waternoose becomes this to Sulley when the latter finds out the former's plans of kidnapping children to solve the energy crisis.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HomeOnTheRange'': [[spoiler:Rico is this for Buck after it's revealed that he's been Alameda Slim's lackey all along]].
* ''Disney/BigHero6'': [[spoiler:Hiro idolized Professor Callaghan to the point of giving up underground robot fights to study under him at Tadashi's college. Unfortunately, Callaghan stole Hiro's microbots project for personal reasons and started a fire to cover his tracks, which resulted in Tadashi's death when he tried to save Callaghan. When confronted about this, Callaghan tells Hiro right in his face that it was Tadashi's own fault for dying. In the resulting violent (though understandable) fit of HeroicBSOD Hiro orders Baymax to [[NeverSayDie destroy]] Callaghan. Callaghan only narrowly survives because Hiro's friends intervene.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'', Oh idolizes Captain Smek, even though the guy's an egomaniac and a complete moron and looks down on Oh for not being successfully socialized and believing in things like friendship and individuality. [[spoiler:Tip's influence gradually helps Oh figure that Captain Smek doesn't need to be listened to]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/MuneGuardianOfTheMoon'', Glim is a huge FanGirl of all things Guardian and is quite impressed by Sohone, the new Guardian of the Sun, at first. When she finds out that he's a JerkJock CasanovaWannabe, she cools on him quickly.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'', Miguel idolizes Ernesto de la Cruz, a famous singer and actor who inspired Miguel's dreams of becoming a musician, despite the rest of his family hating music after Miguel's great-great grandfather walked out on the family to pursue his dreams of stardom. Then Miguel learns [[spoiler: Ernesto ''murdered'' his partner, Miguel's great-great grandfather Héctor, when he wanted to leave showbiz to go home to his family. Not only was de la Cruz responsible for generations of anguish and a major rift between Miguel and his family, he then proceeded to steal the credit for Héctor's songs and use them to pave his way to stardom.]]
* In ''Film/ScoobyDooAndTheWitchsGhost,'' the gang meets famed horror writer Ben Ravencroft, who Velma is a huge fan of, and they agree to help him look for a journal that once belonged to his ancestor, Sarah Ravencroft, who Ben claims was wrongfully accused of being a witch back in the 1600s, and he believes that finding the journal will help clear her name. But by the end of the movie, Ben's true colors are revealed. He was using the gang to help him find not a journal, but a spell book that belonged to Sarah, who really was a witch, and Ben planned on using it to help him bring Sarah back from the dead so that they can rule the world together.
** Ben gets hit with this himself after Sarah is resurrected and she decides to destroy the world rather than take it over.
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', after spending the entirety of the movie believing in her sister, Anna seems to have lost her faith in Elsa when in their meeting at the Ice Castle where in not only did her attempts to reconnect got completely rejeced once again but also got struck in the heart and got sicced with a giant ice monster that almost killed her. This is clearly evident by the fact that after this moment, she never tried to defend her sister for her actions (wherein she previously did when the Duke calls her a monster), even admitting to Hans that she was wrong about Elsa not hurting her during the TrueLovesKiss that is said to thaw her frozen heart. [[spoiler:And then Hans betrays her, leaves her to die, and gleefully reveals he can now kill Elsa with no negative consequences, embracing this trope to its fullest. Fortunately, Elsa and Anna save each other from him and rebuild their sisterly bond by the end of the movie.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* [[ItWasHisSled As everyone knows]], in ''Franchise/StarWars'' Luke Skywalker grows up wondering what happened to his father Anakin, but his foster parents only tell him vaguely that he had been a pilot of a civilian ship and died during the Clone Wars. Obi-Wan Kenobi meets Luke and tells him that Anakin was once his apprentice and one of the most noble and powerful Jedi he had ever known and that he was also skilled as a fighter pilot. Anakin was a war hero who was the very best at what he did, he could fight on sea, air, or land, even in space, and was known as the hero with no fear-his father was someone to be admired. Luke wonders aloud how such a great hero could have died and Obi-Wan tells him that his father was betrayed and killed by the Empire's dark enforcer Darth Vader during the Clone Wars and this causes Luke to hate Vader, even more so when Vader eventually kills Obi-Wan too. However, Vader eventually reveals the truth to Luke--''he'' is Luke's father, once named Anakin Skywalker, and the Empire's ruthless enforcer of terror and fear Galaxy-wide. Needless to say, he [[BigNo doesn't take this very well]].
** Speaking of Luke; in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', the big plot of the movie was hunting down the missing Luke Skywalker, who was their last hope in fighting the First Order. After so much adventure and searching, we finally get to the scene where Rey meets Luke at the very end of the movie, her handing him [[spoiler:Anakin's old lightsaber]]. The start of ''Film/TheLastJedi''? [[spoiler:Starts with Luke taking and casually tossing away the lightsaber over his shoulder. We learn that Luke has become a very bitter old man and he'd rather be left alone.]]
* In the second ''Film/LegallyBlonde'' movie, Elle heads to Washington to push a bill to help out animals who are used for product testing. She works under Victoria Rudd, a Congresswoman Elle has long seen as a champion and trailblazer to get ahead. Elle is hurt when Rudd's chief of staff, Grace, has been working to get a homeowners bill pushed against Elle's bill. But when Grace reveals she has nothing to do with this, Elle realizes Victoria herself was blocking her bill. It turns out a major donor will invest in Victoria's opponent if she doesn't kill Elle's bill and she went along with it. Elle realizes Victoria has long given up any of her "change Washington" spirit and independent fire and is just another career politician doing anything to keep hold of her seat.
* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', Zefram Cochrane is revered as a visionary, the man who invented warp drive and ushered humanity into the stars. In person, he's an alcoholic and depressed man whose only motivation is his own self-benefit. As he puts it: "You wanna know what my vision is? Dollar signs. Money. I didn't build this ship to usher in a new era for humanity. You think I wanna go to the stars? I don't even like to fly! I take trains!" Unlike most examples of this trope, the crew doesn't actually seem that disappointed, or at the very least they hide it well. Ultimately, first contact turns Cochrane into the man that the crew remembers.
** Cochrane himself seems to become aware later on that he becomes a Broken Pedestal, and that the reasons he really did it will be lost to history.
-->'''Cochrane:''' This other guy you keep mentioning, this historical figure? I never met him. I can't imagine I ever will.\\
'''Riker:''' Someone once said, "Don't try to be a great man; just be a man, and let history make its own judgments."\\
'''Cochrane:''' That's rhetorical nonsense. Who said that?\\
'''Riker:''' ''[grinning]'' You did, ten years from now.
* Dr. Paul Ruth of ''Film/{{Scanners}}''. Turns out [[spoiler:he's responsible for the entire BizarreBabyBoom, he [[GuineaPigFamily unethically tested ephemerol on his pregnant wife]], and [[ParentalAbandonment severed all connections with his two sons]], the older one ending up committed to a mental hospital at one point until he later became a psychopathic terrorist leader, while his younger son was sent out into the world as a drifter and monitored regularly until he might find some use for him.]]
* Nicholas Angel relates such a story about his uncle in ''Film/HotFuzz''.
-->'''Nicholas Angel:''' I don't remember a time when I didn't want to be a police officer... apart from the summer of 1979 when I wanted to be Kermit the Frog. It all started with my Uncle Derek. He was a Sergeant in the Met. He bought me a police pedal car when I was five. I rode around in it every second I was awake - arresting kids twice my size for littering and spitting. I got beaten up a lot when I was young, but it didn't stop me. I wanted to be like Uncle Derek.\\
'''Danny Butterman:''' He sounds like a good bloke.\\
'''Nicholas Angel:''' Actually, he was arrested for selling drugs to students.\\
'''Danny Butterman:''' What a cunt...\\
'''Nicholas Angel:''' Probably bought the pedal car with the proceeds. Needless to say, I never went near it again. I just let it rust. But I never lost the profound sense of right and wrong I felt at the wheel of that pedal car. I had to prove to myself that the law could be proper and righteous and for the good of humankind. It was from that moment that I was destined to be a police officer.
* Baines (who is a composite of several historical characters, but none actually ended up the way he gets portrayed) in ''Film/MalcolmX'' helps Malcolm to turn his life around, but is later shown to have motives much less pure than Malcolm's.
* In ''Film/TheRocketeer'', Jenny Blake greatly admires film star Neville Sinclair until she finds out he's a creep [[spoiler:and a Nazi spy.]]
* In ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', Optimus reunites with his mentor Sentinel Prime, who was believed to have been lost in Cybertron's final battles. Optimus, with all due respect, offers Sentinel back the Matrix of Leadership, but Sentinel declines, saying that Optimus knows more about the human world than he does. It's later revealed that Sentinel [[spoiler:has sided with Megatron, compromising the beliefs he taught Optimus in order to ensure the survival of the Cybertronian race. Optimus, after recovering from his shock, battles Sentinel, eventually executing him with (the now dead) Megatron's fusion shotgun.]]
* ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'': By this time, the humans Optimus and the Autobots fought so hard to protect have turned on them, with a CIA faction actively working with their alleged Creators to hunt them down. And then Optimus learns about their role in Ratchet's death.
* Sean to Mark in ''Film/TheSocialNetwork''. Mark admires Sean's power and ideas but [[spoiler:his faith wavered when he finds out about Sean's arrest for partying and doing drugs with under-aged interns.]]
* ''Film/BlackPanther2018'':
** T'Challa's admiration towards his father is shaken when he learns that [[spoiler: T'Chaka killed his brother N'Jobu and abandoned his nephew Erik in the slums of Oakland as a child; said child would endure a life of racism and suffering only to grow up into the villain Killmonger. He wonders what kind of king, or what kind of ''man'' would do such a thing.]]
** W'Kabi's closeness and faith in T'Challa takes a serious dent when he [[spoiler: failed to apprehend Klaue the first time, especially since his desire for vengeance was established earlier. This basically sets him up to destabilize T'Challa's reign when Erik comes to see him with the dead Klaue.]]
* In the 1980 Creator/JohnRitter movie ''Hero at Large'', Steve Nichols becomes a national hero for foiling a robbery while dressed as Captain Avenger. But when a reporter announces that the last robbery he foiled was staged, specifically to make him look like a hero, the crowd turns on him.
* Senior narcotics officer Alonzo Harris to rookie cop Jake Hoyt in ''Film/TrainingDay''.
* In ''Film/TheInnkeepers'', Claire is a huge fan of former sitcom star Leanne, and is incredibly disappointed when Leanne makes her feel like a loser for not doing anything with her life. [[SubvertedTrope They warm up to each other, though.]]
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'':
** ''Film/BatmanBegins'', Henri Ducard turns out to be the real Ra's Al Ghul and an elitist KnightTemplar who doesn't mind destroying cities because they are corrupt.
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'':
*** John Blake is an idealistic young cop, whom Commissioner Gordon quickly promotes to Detective, seeing something of himself in Blake. Blake looks up both to Gordon (for being an honest cop who cleaned up the department) and Batman (whose identity he figures out pretty quickly). However, he ends up being disappointed in both: at Batman for his RefusalOfTheCall, and at Gordon after finding out that [[spoiler:Gordon lied about Harvey Dent]].
*** [[spoiler:Harvey Dent become this to the entire population when Bane exposes his rampage eight years ago. With the White Knight's reputation in the gutter, it doesn't take long for the population to start, in Joker's own words, "losing their minds" as they simply give up on everything and start to riot when Bane encourages them to do so.]]
* In ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord'', Robert Ford just wanted to be like his idol Jesse, but Jesse turns out to be a murderous and depressed bully who looks down on him. Part of his reason for killing Jesse is disappointment.
* In ''Film/IronMan2'', Whiplash sets out to invoke this trope among the public regarding Iron Man.
* Randy Robinson in ''Film/TheWrestler'' is this to his daughter, Stephanie. [[spoiler:After disappointing her by missing out on his promise to have dinner with her, is abandoned by her for the final time with no chance of forgiveness, which leads to his final journey to self-destruction.]]
* In ''Film/{{Eraser}}'', John Kruger is a US Marshal working for Witness Protection and is the best at what he does, learning everything he knows from [[spoiler:his mentor Robert DeGuerin, who turns out to be one of the key figures behind the conspiracy to sell top-secret {{magnetic weapon}}s to TheMafiya]].
* ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'': A mutual example between Gary, and then the gang to him, especially Andy. Gary has the good old days so ingrained in his head that when he meets Andy, Steve, Oliver, Peter and Sam years later, he feels like he's talking to strangers. Whereas they are concerned that he's been doing nothing with his life and making self-destructive choices that have hindered any growth in him as a person. Gary ends up disappointed that his friends and the girl he fancied at school have changed and they're disappointed that he hasn't.
* In ''Film/CloudAtlas'', Zachry and his people worship a goddess called Sonmi. It comes as a shock to him to learn that Sonmi, in fact, was a human being.
* In ''Film/TrickOrTreat'', Eddie, the protagonist was a fanboy of the film's BigBad, Sammi Curr, who gradually shows his true colors over the film. When Eddie tries to break off contact with him, we get this gem.
--> You got to be loyal to your heroes...they can turn on you.
* In ''A Pure Formality'', the inspector is a huge fan of the French author Onoff. His admiration comes to an end when he meets the author, accused of murder, in person in his office.
* Happens in ''Film/{{Snowpiercer}}'', when the hero learns that his elderly mentor actually was TheMole.
* ''Film/SpiderMan3'': Spider-Man is believed to be this courtesy of a fake photo submitted by Eddie Brock that resembles Spider-Man robbing the bank. He becomes a RebuiltPedestal after Peter exposes the scam and gets Eddie fired.
* "It is me, your grandfather!" "I buried my grandfather." Ichiro and Mariko, respectively, later on in ''Film/TheWolverine''. [[spoiler:Right before she stabs him in the throat. Also, Yukio's look right before the latter did it suggests that she felt disappointed realizing what kind of a person the man who saved her life is.]]
* ''Film/TheGreatWhiteHype:''
** Mitchell Kane, after his FaceHeelTurn, to his documentary team. They idolised him and he sold out.
** [[spoiler:Terry. That poor kid in the wheelchair.]]
* In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'', April started the film admiring [[spoiler:Eric Sacks]] for publicly opposing the actions of the Foot Clan, until it was revealed that [[spoiler:not only is he a member of the Foot Clan, he is the Shredder's [[TheDragon right-hand-man]].]] That pedestal was completely obliterated by the end of the film when it was revealed [[spoiler:Sacks [[YouKilledMyFather killed April's father]] after the later discovered the true purpose of Project Renaissance and tried to stop the former.]]
* In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesOutOfTheShadows'', Shredder teams up with Krang to TakeOverTheWorld. [[spoiler:Just before the climax, Krang reveals he had been using Shredder all along, and he promptly turns his back on Shredder and freezes him.]]
* ''Film/MysteryDate'': Tom idolized his older brother, Craig, but soon learns that Craig is hiding his real life...
* The first half of ''Film/KeinPardon'' is all about this: Peter has been a huge fan of entertainer Heinz Wäscher for some twenty years, then discovers what a jerk he is behind the scenes. Despite this (and the generally silly tone of the movie), [[spoiler:the moment when Wäscher gets fired (okay, when he finally realizes it) is a TearJerker]].
* ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'' Done twice to Kyle Reese. [[spoiler:The reveal that John Connor was overtaken by Skynet and became its most deadly enforcer, T-3000, is this to him after he goes to the year 2017 to stop Skynet from going online under the name Project Genisys. And this is after Kyle learned that the alternate timeline changed everything in the 1980s, so that Sarah Connor is already a battle harden soldier and not a DamselInDistress before he shows up, and the original T-800 and T-1000 are trying to kill him so he doesn't remember that he needs to stop Skynet in 2017.]]
* ''Film/{{Hits}}'' has the Internet rally around a common citizen who rails against his city government in an effort to simply fix the pothole outside of his house. When he finally gets his triumphant moment in a live-streamed town hall, he digresses into a racist and antisemitic tirade that horrifies all of his erstwhile supporters.
* This is the crux of TheReveal in ''Film/CorvetteSummer'' -- the one who orchestrated the theft of [[Creator/MarkHamill the protagonist's]] [[CoolCar prized custom Corvette Stingray]] was [[spoiler:his auto shop teacher, who oversaw the car's restoration and is strongly implied to be a ParentalSubstitute to the protagonist]]. [[spoiler:The teacher's]] explanation is ... inadequate, to say the least (money problems are understandable, [[spoiler:betraying your star pupil to solve them]], not so much). The car is recovered, but the pedestal isn't rebuilt.
* In ''Film/SharpaysFabulousLife'', Sharpay admires Amber Lee Adams, the star of the Brodway musical ''My Best Friend And Me'', and spends most of the film kissing up to her and even works as her assistant so that her dog Boi can get the leading role. However, it is later revealed that Amber Lee is really a backstabbing dog-hating and even bigger AlphaBitch than Sharpay herself. While Sharpay didn't believe Peyton about her at first, she discovers the harsh truth when she overhears Amber Lee discussing how she plans to completely write out the dog role so she can remain the star of the show leaving Sharpay heartbroken.
* In ''Film/AnchormanWakeUpRonBurgundy'', the counterpart film to ''Film/{{Anchorman}}'', Ron visits his mentor Jess Moondragon for advice. Moondragon recommends that Ron walk around naked in the desert. When a disappointed Ron says that isn't very helpful, Moondragon admits that he never understood why Ron looks up to him.
* ''{{Film/Silence}}'': Rodrigues doesn't want to believe that his mentor Fr. Ferreira apostasized, and is horrified to find out it's true. This helps lead him to apostasize himself.

* In [[Creator/AgathaChristie Agatha Christie's]] ''The Hollow'' it is revealed to be [[spoiler:the motive of the murderess who used to idolize her husband and then caught him cheating]].
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''
** For Jake, at least:
--->'''Jake:''' It's all your fault! I used to see you as a hero, Elfangor. A leader. But the truth is you just couldn't see another way out! You sentenced us to hardship and pain and suffering. We were just kids! You made us question every value we had ever learned! You had no right to heap that weight on us, huge and impossible. You used us!
** Andalites in general for all of the kids. They start out viewing the war as a holding action until the Andalites get there to save them. It slowly becomes clear that a) this will take a while, and b) the Andalites aren't above shady tactics and won't necessarily have Earth's best interests at heart.
* The main character is this for a whole lot of people in ''Literature/TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar'', as he seems to have made a complete FaceHeelTurn from writing an incisive social satire to seemingly becoming one of the characters he has satirised. He realizes this too, though it's technically all rather more complex than that.
* In Kai Meyer's ''Die Seiten der Welt'', the heroine Furia finds a true soulmate in a young boy Severin who lives two hundred years earlier, as they are able to communicate with the help of a magical book. [[spoiler:Then she finds out that it was him in the adulthood who caused her family's downfall and exile. Plus a war between fractions of book mages. Moreover, Furia's father was murdered and the girl and her brother barely escaped only because of the plotting of Severin's spurned lover – the latter was insanely jealous since Severin has never truly gotten over Furia. When the girl finally meets her former crush in person (elderly and broken), she is, to put it mildly, not enthusiastic]].
* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy''
** As a poet, the protagonist worshipped the great author of ''Literature/TheAeneid'', Virgil. The idolization mellows into light respect come Canto 9, where Virgil walks straight into a dead end, implies their situation is hopeless, and "reassures" the protagonist by explaining how he once helped an evil sorceress raise a ghost from the darkest pit of the Inferno.
** Dante considered the man who taught him poetry, Brunetto Latini, a second father. Once he sees Latini burning in Hell and grieves that great poet, Dante is well prepared to find truer fathers throughout his quest to God.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Ebenezar [=McCoy=] took Harry in after he used magic to kill his evil mentor, and taught Harry all about how magic comes from human life, and how using it to kill perverts its very purpose. Which makes it all very ironic when [=McCoy=] turns out to [[spoiler:be the Blackstaff, the one member of the White Council allowed to use magic to kill. In fact, the very reason Harry was paired with [=McCoy=] was so that someone could take him out if it happened again.]] It's downplayed from a normal example in that he's not terribly happy about it, and dislikes the role. Harry still doesn't take it very well.
** In ''Literature/GhostStory'', Harry[[spoiler:'s suicide]] has left Chicago's supernatural community in ruins, as [[spoiler:he wasn't there to protect it against the Fomor's incursions]]. [[TheApprentice Molly]] is exceedingly bitter about this, and makes a speech to the effect of; "If ''[[BigGood you]]'' snapped under pressure, what hope is there for ''me!?''"
** As a result of the above and his actions in ''Literature/ColdDays'', Butters also has this towards Harry in ''Literature/SkinGame'', and presents, from his point of view, fairly compelling evidence that Harry's SlidingDownTheSlipperySlope, which Harry himself inwardly acknowledges makes perfect sense from his point of view (which lacks some context). After all, Harry ''is'' now working for Mab [[spoiler:as the Winter Knight]], being much more secretive and living on an island which is an archetypal EldritchLocation and tends to MindRape anyone on it who isn't him (in the latter case, Harry didn't actually know that it was still doing this to other people and considers what it must have been like for those without his psychic defence training and Molly, who didn't have that training and also happens to be a powerful Sensitive). During the book, he steadily has the pedestal rebuilt until, appropriately, [[spoiler:Butters becomes the new wielder of ''Fidelacchius'', the Sword of Faith, now a holy lightsabre]].
* The Amazing Indestructo in ''Literature/TheExtraordinaryAdventuresOfOrdinaryBoy'' series is the most popular superhero in Superopolis, the leader of the League of Ultimate Goodness, and admired by the title character. The main characters later discover that The Amazing Indestructo is a [[DirtyCoward cowardly]], [[ItsAllAboutMe egotistical]] {{Jerkass}} who doesn't particularly care about his teammates on the LUG - he deliberately chose people with [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway weak powers]] to make himself look better, and kicked out the original, more competent membership. He also isn't above making merchandising deals with supervillains to benefit himself. Ordinary Boy loses all respect for him immediately. His own team [[LaserGuidedKarma abandons him]] later in the series when they realize this, too.
* A gradual thing in ''[[Literature/SpaceMarineBattles Fall of Damnos]]'', but the longer Praxor - a supporter, if not believer in Cato Sicarius - spends with his idol, the more he sees that Sicarius is not TheGoodCaptain, but a GloryHound.
* Jason Black to Hayleigh Griffin in ''Literature/{{Fat}}''. Hayleigh is harbouring a massive crush on Jason, based on tv interviews, his music and magazines for teenage girls. Jeremy arranges for them to meet while she's in the hospital. Unfortunately, Jason is coked up to the eyeballs the entire time and hasn't washed in at least a week. This freaks Hayleigh out somewhat, but is actually the turning point for her, as getting over her crush on Jason is what triggers her recovery.
* In ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'', both Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace love and are obsessed with the book ''An Imperial Affliction'' by Peter Van Houten. Augustus uses his one wish to take Hazel to meet Van Houten in Amsterdam. Unfortunately [[spoiler:he turns out to be a total cynical {{Jerkass}}, not the wise and poetic writer they'd imagined him to be when they read the book. This is because he lost his daughter to cancer, and it is implied that Hazel painfully reminds him so much of his beloved daughter]].
* In ''Literature/TheGiver'', [[spoiler:Jonas's parents are this to Jonas. It's especially so for the father after Jonas saw a recording of the former "[[ReleasedToElsewhere releasing]]" a twin baby. In the sequels Jonas does not even refer to them as his parents anymore, instead calling them "the people who raised him."]]
* ''Literature/GoSetAWatchman'', the first draft to ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', has been mistaken for a sequel by millions of readers -- partly because it takes place years after TKAM so Scout is an adult returning to Maycomb.[[note]]Harper Lee's publisher told her that the flashback sequences to Scout's childhood were best, and had her write the entire book from that perspective. Lee drastically revised the characters and incidents in the process.[[/note]] This initial draft reveals [[spoiler:Atticus Finch -- who was famously portrayed in TKAM as a kind, compassionate, racially-colorblind soul -- was originally written as insanely bigoted against black people all along, even ''attending a KKK meeting''. The now-grown Scout doesn't take it well]].
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Harry's father James. In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', when Harry gets a glimpse into the past via Snape's memories, he sees his father as a young man and finds out that he used to be a JerkJock that bullied Snape. Sirius and Lupin ''do'' concede James was an idiot but say that James he grew out of it -- which, considering that James died in a HeroicSacrifice trying to save Lily and Harry from Voldemort, is true as well.
** It happens again in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' when Harry learns that [[spoiler:the recently-killed Albus Dumbledore once consorted with Wizard Hitler. A conversation with Dumbledore's spirit in FluffyCloudHeaven gives the old man the chance to admit that he was once on the road to becoming a villain until his sister's death snapped him out of it.]]
** [[spoiler:The aforementioned Wizard Hitler, Gellert Grindelwald, was this to Dumbledore himself. They met when they were teenagers, and Dumbledore, having never interacted someone on the same intellectual and magical level as him, was entranced by Grindelwald, who was all those things on top of being handsome and charismatic. He was so besotted with Grindelwald that he ignored some glaring red flags, such as the fact that Grindelwald had been expelled by AcademyOfEvil Durmstrang for experiments in TheDarkArts that even they found disgusting. It took Grindelwald attacking Dumbledore's younger brother Aberforth and the aforementioned death of his sister for Dumbledore to see Grindelwald for who he truly was]].
* In ''Literature/HeroWorship'', Marvin idolizes The Core and his goal in life is to be able to use his powers to help them defend the city. After he meets Eliza, and she starts to introduce him to what they're actually like, the pedestal starts to crack. They're not bad people, but they're cynical and deal with the stress of the job with hedonism and drugs, and [[spoiler:they've been forced to fund themselves by seizing drugs from the criminals and reselling them themselves]].
* Subverted in ''The High King'', the final book of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'', when Taran is horrified by [[strike:Prince]] King Gwydion inviting him to share in the treasures of Annuvin. [[spoiler:Luckily, a tiny GlamourFailure is enough to make Taran quickly realize that it's not really Gwydion but Arawn Death-Lord in disguise.]]
* ''Literature/TheIncredibleWorldsOfWallyMcDoogle'': In the twelfth book, ''My Life as a Bigfoot Breath Mint'', Wally goes to California and meets his Uncle Max, a famous stuntman. At first, Max seems like the cool guy everyone (including Wally) thinks he is. As the book goes on, though, it becomes clear that Max is just a shallow, selfish scumbag who only lives and cares for himself (and is a target of loan sharks), to the point that he [[DirtyCoward leaves Wally to drown in a flooded stadium just to save his own skin]], and then tells the media that he saved Wally when it was actually Wally's dad who risked his life to save Wally. Needless to say, Wally isn't happy when this happens.
* ''Literature/JoePickett'': In ''Open Season'', Joe's former mentor turns out to be in bed with a CorruptCorporateExecutive and conspires to wipe a population of an endangered species. This escalates to murder, and he even attempts to kill Joe's wife Marybeth.
* In Creator/JohnBrunner's ''Galactic Consumer Reports No. 1: Inexpensive Time Machines'', the titular devices have restrictions on what eras one can travel. As the report states, it's not a matter of messing up with history - there is a TimePolice from the 11th millennium which handles this far better than any built-in safeguards can. It's a matter of avoiding a this, so a Jew, for example, can set his machine to avoid accidentally seeing what really happened on Mount Sinai.
* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'': Eric idolized Dengel ever since he read the ancient mage's book, "The Spirit and It's Power". After he becomes a HeroicHost for Dengel, he exclaims that he keeps that book on his bed side table. [[spoiler:Then he pulls a GrandTheftMe and Eric realizes that he's a treacherous and power hungry opportunist.]]
* ''[[Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus The Mark of Athena]]''
** Minor, but present in , of the [[Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus Heroes of Olympus]] series. Hazel, who looked up to Jason as a fair and capable leader, is enraged when he votes [[spoiler:against rescuing her kidnapped brother Nico]] because he thought his behavior suspicious. [[spoiler:Everything is soon settled.]]
** Later, Jason and Piper encounter Hercules, who seems a decent guy at first, but soon turns out to be a world-class jerk. Piper calls him out on it. Hercules' pedestal has in fact been crumbling since ''[[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians The Titan's Curse]]'' when Percy realized that Hercules was the one who betrayed Zoe Nightshade and ruined her life.
* Literature/NimsIsland: When Nim finds out that Alex, the writer she has been corresponding with, is a girl and didn't actually do the exploring she wrote about in her books, she's not happy.
* ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'': In the book ''Martin the Warrior'', Felldoh was a slave all his life, Brome was completely innocent towards the evil in the world but looked up to Felldoh as an older brother and a badass. Yet as the story goes on, Felldoh becomes darker and obsessed with killing in his quest for revenge against the slavers. To the point where Brome didn't even know who he was anymore, he hated what Felldoh became to the point where he vowed to be as un-Felldoh-ish as possible by becoming a complete pacifist.
* The dad in ''Literature/TheNightOfTheHunter'', who is hanged for robbing a bank around the beginning. And Uncle Bertie, who for all his talk of being there to help, is uselessly drunk the moment something bad happens. And Harry Powell, although we learn he's a SerialKiller before his fans do. And, if you look carefully, you can see that Rachel Cooper is too proud of her parenting skills to realize that her foster-children are in dire need of attention lest they go crazy.
* ''Literature/PegasusInFlight'' has a minor example, but still depressing: while they're searching for Tirla, Carmen starts to build up an idea of her as a strong, smart and talented runaway, but who is also an innocent who needs their help. When they meet, Tirla's callousness about the horrible situation the kids she rescued are in makes Carmen quite dismayed.
* In ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'', King Jonathan breaks his pedestal for Keladry when he accedes to Lord Wyldon's demand that she be admitted as a ''probationary'' page, despite the fact that there was no such provision attached to the law allowing girls to train for knighthood when it was signed ten years ago.[[note]]Keladry is the first girl to try.[[/note]] It gets worse when she learns that he stopped his daughter from becoming a page, making Keladry one of the few female [[Literature/TortallUniverse Tortallan]] characters who never loves King Jon. (Later she comes to understand the political necessity of such decisions, but that doesn't mean she likes it.)
* Occurs to Gideon Literature/{{Ravenor}} between him and his mentor/father figure, Gregor Eisenhorn. Both Inquisitors start out their respective series as staunchly Puritanical in their outlook and through adversity both are required to perform increasingly Radical acts in order to win the day. In his own trilogy Eisenhorn willingly goes far, far further into heresy than Ravenor is ever forced to, and significant parts of Ravenor's trilogy--plus the continuing Bequin Trilogy by author Creator/DanAbnett - deals with the younger Inquisitor atoning for his own actions while trying to rationalise and then eventually condemn his mentor for his.
* In ''Literature/TheSecretHistory'', Julian Morrow's students look upon him as a divinity. By the end of the book, however, Richard sees his characteristic warmth and kindness as a mask for his essential lack of concern for his students or insight into their lives.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': While nothing decisive is explicitly revealed, it is hinted in the last two books that the much-revered [[spoiler:Baudelaire parents were involved in the murder of Olaf's parents.]]
* In ''Literature/SevenDaysInMay'', Colonel Martin "Jiggs" Casey is a Marine who finds out that his CO, General James Scott, is heading a conspiracy to initiate a MilitaryCoup and overthrow the President. In TheFilmOfTheBook, Casey also gets a nice ShutUpHannibal moment when General Scott demands "Are you familiar with who Judas was?" when his part of the conspiracy is unmasked:
-->"Yes, I know who Judas was. He was a man I worked for and admired until he disgraced the four stars on his uniform."
* ''Literature/SisterhoodSeries'' by Creator/FernMichaels: Played as straight as an arrow with Henry "Hank" Jellicoe, owner of Global Securities. In ''Game Over'', the Vigilantes and the Big Five, particularly Charles Martin, look up to Hank and think he's the best there is. ''Cross Roads'' ends up having them lose their respect for the guy, and Charles was just upset that his friend could possibly pull a FaceHeelTurn. ''Deja Vu'' goes further and makes it clear that Hank was EvilAllAlong, and that it's only now that the disguise has worn thin, and nobody can deny it any longer.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Daenerys Targaryen suffers this when she learns from Barristan Selmy that the stories of her father being "the [[TheCaligula Mad King]]" weren't just lies.
** In a similar vein, Cersei Lannister's view of her father Tywin was broken when she found a dead prostitute in his bed. She had always believed her father was above sleeping with prostitutes, and desperately grasps at alternative explanations to explain why this woman was in her father's bed.
** Jon Snow has few himself:
*** He heard wonders about Robert Baratheon from his father Ned Stark, but is somewhat disappointed when he sees he's now an AdiposeRex.
*** After years of aspiring to join The Order of Night's Watch to become a first ranger like his uncle (as the Night's Watch is seen as a noble calling in the North), the Watch itself comes as a considerable disappointment to Jon. It takes him quite a while to adapt.
*** A bit with his father too. Although he loves Ned, thinks highly of him and defends him when someone puts his honor in doubt, sometimes he can not help but feel a "small voice" that whispers to him that his father ''did'' actually father a bastard out of wedlock. His refusal to reveal anything about [[MissingMom his mother]] doesn't help either. Also, after aspiring to join the Night's Watch but seeing what it is actually like, Jon is disappointed - partially because of his feeling that he believes his father allowed him to join and thinks he must have known what the Night's Watch is like, though it is seen as a noble calling in the North. [[note]]Ned didn't give details about the Night's Watch to Jon because he did not plan for Jon to join it. When Maester Luwin told Ned that his brother Benjen (a First Ranger in the Night's Watch) explained Jon's desire to join the Night's Watch, Ned was against allowing Jon to go, indicating his hope for different plans for Jon. However, because Ned was caught off guard by King Robert's arrival and immediate summons to be his Hand -- in addition to Catelyn's refusal to be responsible for Jon at Winterfell while Ned was gone -- he had to make hasty plans for all of his children's futures and thus, gave into Jon's wish to take the black, reflecting Jon would rise high there, and allowed Jon to go with Benjen.[[/note]]
** Sansa is shocked to hear criticism of Baelor the Blessed from [[spoiler:her husband Tyrion Lannister]].
* In the early ''Literature/{{Sweep}}'' books, Morgan looks up to Selene Belltower after she discovers she's a witch, admiring her power, her reputation, even the way she makes her own essential oils (for spell ingredients). Then Morgan discovers what Selene really wants from her...
* Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote series:
** Aya's first impression with Wakatake, Kuroki and Uesugi falls into this. Aya, like all other schoolgirl, admires them as members of [[AcademicAthlete Soccer Team KZ]], and would want to be friends with them. But one day after school, Wakatake {{crash|intohello}}ing his bike on Aya, with Uesugi and Kuroki stopping by. First, Wakatake [[InnocentlyInsensitive calls Aya a "moving mailbox."]] And then Kuroki [[HandsomeLech greets Aya as if he is picking her up]]. This followed by Uesugi [[FourEyesZeroSoul coldly commented Kuroki for "hitting on a girl again."]] Understandably, it's hardly a very good first impression for her. Although her opinions on the boys were rebuilt after spending more time with them.
--->'''Aya''': My admiration for KZ had just crumbled spectacularly.
** In ''The Youkai Computer Knows'', Nanaki's computer mentor pretty much made Nanaki's computer system her botnet. Nanaki was extreme distressed at this development.
* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'': After spending all the novel swimming in StockholmSyndrome for Captain Nemo, Aronnax has seen him crossing the MoralEventHorizon by a terrible KickTheDog moment. And yet...
-->''I returned to the saloon, fearing and yet hoping to see Captain Nemo, wishing and yet not wishing to see him. What could I have said to him? Could I hide the involuntary horror with which he inspired me? No. It was better that I should not meet him face to face; better to forget him. And yet—''
* In ''Literature/{{Uprooted}}'', Agnieszka is thrilled to hear that Prince Marek is visiting the Dragon's tower. He's a well-known hero who not only battles the malevolent creatures of the Wood without fear, but has a reputation for treating peasants fairly, and she hopes he'll help her escape. When he arrives, one of the first things he does is attempt to rape her because he thinks he's spooking the Dragon. (She uses magic to get away and then beats him nearly to death with a metal tray.) It becomes clear from that point on that Marek is quite a nasty individual, and some of his monster-slaying tales are exaggerated to boot.
* Lissa Dragomir from ''Literature/VampireAcademy'' idolizes her loving brother Andre following his death. She learns after his death that he was a casanova who mistreated non-royal Moroi girls. She is thoroughly disappointed and crushed at the revelation, and finds it hard to accept that side of her brother. She also always believed that her father Eric was a good guy, so [[spoiler:she's very upset to learn that he cheated on her mother once]].
* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** Miles Vorkosigan and Elena Bothari learning about [[spoiler:Sergeant Bothari's mental instability and the atrocities he committed while working for Admiral Vorrutyer]] in ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice''.
** Emperor Gregor's depression and self-destructive behavior in ''Literature/TheVorGame'' when he first learns that his father Prince Serg wasn't the hero Barrayaran history makes him out to be, but rather whose death in a botched invasion was the best thing that could have happened to Barrayar.
** The series also features a major inversion. Mark had been made to believe in his parents'[[note]]The parents of the person from whom he was cloned, to be precise-- in-universe, at least on the mother's home planet of Beta Colony, it's considered the same thing[[/note]] alleged tyranny. (His father is ''undeservedly'' known far and wide as "TheButcher of Komarr.") Then he meets Aral and Cordelia and they're kind, loving, genuinely good people rather than what he's been led to expect. Because he'd built so much of his identity on opposing their supposed evil, the shattering effect on his worldview is just as severe as if the trope had been played straight.
* Happens often in ''Literature/WarriorCats'', especially where [[BigBad Tigerstar]] is concerned.
** In the first book, ''Into the Wild'', the main character Fireheart puts Tigerclaw/Tigerstar on a pedestal. Then he finds out that Tigerclaw is a team-killing psycho, and they become [[ArchEnemy arch enemies]].
** In the ''Tigerstar and Sasha'' manga SpinOff, Sasha is in love with Tigerstar until she finds out about his evil actions.
** In the ''Omen of the Stars'' arc, [[spoiler:all of the Dark Forest apprentices except Breezepelt and Redwillow eventually have this when they realize how evil the Dark Forest is.]]
** Jagged Peak from ''Dawn Of The Clans'' used to look up to Clear Sky, his older brother, until the latter kicks him out of the forest for having an unhealed broken leg. The pedestal crumbles to dust when Clear Sky starts [[KickTheDog bullying him in front of Gray Wing]], causing Gray Wing to defend their brother and Jagged Peak to call him out on his behavior.
* ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'' (first book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Kaladin respects Highmarshal Amaram as the only "true" [[BlueBlood lighteyes]], a noble general like the stories, who has done everything in his power to give Kaladin and his brother a fair chance. [[spoiler:Then Amaram murders Kaladin's squad and brands Kaladin a slave in order to steal the [[SoulCuttingBlade Shardblade]] Kaladin had just won]], and Amaram becomes Kaladin's symbol of everything wrong with the world. He literally dreams of murdering him on multiple occasions.
* In military thriller ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', Captain John Rumford has always believed in the US Marine Corps, but loses his faith in it when his CO, Colonel Ryan, sides with the feminists [[LicensedSexist against him]]. He was always hostile to the political corruption in Washington, but now he realizes that is has permeated the Corps as well. So he quits and begins his search for new ideals to believe in.

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* Jack Bauer, on ''Series/TwentyFour'' has seen this happen with two of his mentors; Christopher Henderson, who brought him into CTU, first turns out to be embezzling assets seized by the government and later becomes the point-man for a conspiracy that kills an ex-president and several of his best friends.
** James Hellar, the Secretary of Defence, is probably the show's first BenevolentBoss and someone that Jack admits he "looked up to like a father". The pedestal gets broken over the course of three seasons as Hellar fails to live up to Jack's high standards: he obtains evidence against the PresidentEvil but tries to use it for political leverage, he leaves Jack to rot in a Chinese prison for two years, and generally treats him like a mindless disposable resource. His remarks on Jack being "a curse" to everyone around him are particularly harsh, if more than a little true. There's the minor complication of Jack being in a relationship with Hellar's daughter...
** No one on ''24'' can ever manage to retain their original loyalties throughout a season. Including Bauer himself.
* In a ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'' episode, Liz met her idol, a 1970s-era female comedy writer, discovering that she is now a lonely failure and that there's a reason she could only find work in the '70s.
* ''Series/{{Arliss}}'' used this several times, most notably when Arliss helps a retired ballplayer accused of beating his second wife. His first wife says that the two were together but then confesses to Arliss that she's covering for her husband. When Arliss asks why, she responds "why do you think we got divorced in the first place?" and she'd rather the world think her husband a cheater than a wife-beater. Arliss is rocked to discover his idol is this way and, while not calling him out on it, does drop him as a client.
* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Oliver Queen always believed that his father and mother had worked to better Starling City. After his father's yacht went down, he admitted to Oliver that he was responsible for much of the corruption, greed and crime plaguing their city.
-->'''Robert Queen:''' [[SpannerInTheWorks I'm so sorry, I thought I had more time I'm not the man you think I am. I didn't build our city, I failed it!]] [[TheConspiracy And I wasn't the only one!]]
* Subverted in the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "Atonement". Delenn is afraid that her pedestal will be broken when Lennier finds out her [[KillAllHumans darkest secret]]. However, Lennier accepts her WartsAndAll.
* In the ''Series/{{Black Mirror}}'' episode "USS Callister," programmer Nanette Cole starts a new job at Callister Inc., where she meets one of her idols in the field, programmer and CTO of the company Robert Daly. When she wakes up aboard a simulated starship, however (the titular USS Callister), she discovers that Daly has built a sadistic, narcissistic fantasy world for himself, using the consciousnesses of his colleagues as playthings. Pedestal smashed.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'':
** Brennan's old professor, whom she had and currently was dating, was an expert witness for the opposing side of the case she was working on. To specify, he's not doing it in service of the truth, which Brennan would respect him for, but because he's being paid to do it. Then he implies, on the stand, that she's not an objective researcher even though he and the scientific community recognize Brennan as the best and most objective in her field. He is also outright lying, since he had previously called Brennan's case irrefutable, meaning everything he said about other possibilities was wrong and he knew it. In the end she dumps him via a WhatTheHellHero moment.
--->'''Brennan:''' This one isn't about winning a pasta dinner or showing up your former student. It's about putting two people away who murdered a 19-year-old girl.\\
'''Michael''' [the professor]''':''' Tempe, you can't personalize the work.\\
'''Brennan:''' Do you remember in Central America standing in a mass grave being guarded by soldiers? We knew that they were probably the same soldiers who had killed the people we were digging up. I was just a student. I was scared. I turned to you and I asked, "What do we do?"\\
'''Michael:''' That was a different place and a radically different context.\\
'''Brennan:''' You said, "We tell the truth. We do not flinch." [[TearJerker You flinched, Michael.]]
** Also Brennan's brother, who left her shortly after their parents were forced to flee their past. They reconcile later.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Boomtown}}'' has the officers trying to defuse a hostage situation at a sporting goods store. Ray gets excited when he finds out the manager was the star of a television series he used to enjoy and volunteers to go in undercover. The pedestal starts to crumble when he sees how washed up the former star is and completely breaks when he fails to recognize his own CatchPhrase. The broken pedestal is further pulverized when [[spoiler:Ray discovers the former star was collaborating with the criminals.]]
* Walter White from ''Series/BreakingBad'' has progressively become this more and more for his protege and partner-in-crime, Jesse, over the course of his slide into evil, as Jesse becomes more and more troubled and guilt-ridden over his actions and what Walter orders him to do. [[spoiler:It seems to reach a head after Walt's rationalization over a child's murder and seeing through his manipulations. But it has finally culminated in him figuring out that Walter had Brock poisoned.]]
** Mike from both ''Series/BreakingBad'' and ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' was this to his son, Matt. Matt was a cop, just like his father, and saw him as a hero and inspiration. When he found himself faced with the opportunity to take a cut from some drug bust money, he called up his father, looking for advice. However, Matt found out that his father was not the beacon of goodness he thought he was, but, in Mike's own words, "down in the gutter with the rest of them." Although Mike had a very good reason. He knew that in a precinct full of {{Dirty Cop}}s, ''not'' being down in the gutter with the rest of them meant you were almost certainly going to be killed, just in case you were thinking of ratting on everyone. Hearing this from his father broke Matt, but ultimately convinced him to take the money. [[spoiler:Unfortunately his hesitation was reason enough for two of his fellow cops to [[ShootTheShaggyDog kill him anyway]].]]
* This happens a lot on ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'':
** Peralta is initially thrilled to meet his idol, reporter Jimmy Brogan, who wrote a true crime novel about 1970s New York cops that inspired Peralta to become a cop. He gradually becomes disillusioned with Brogan's hard-edged 'old school' ways [[spoiler:until he eventually punches Brogan after Brogan uses a homophobic slur about Captain Holt.]]
** Holt is thrilled to have a case involving a classical musician he admires. Naturally, it turns out the musician staged the whole thing as an attempt at insurance fraud.
--->'''Holt:''' I finally understand the old adage that you should never meet your heroes. This is like when I found out that Robert Frost was from...California.
** Terry goes through something similar while working with an author he loves. He's innocent, but the experience is still disappointing.
--->'''Scully:''' Never meet your heroes. [[NoodleIncident Marie Callender was a real bitch.]]
** Jake and Rosa are excited about working with legendary tough cop Melanie Hawkins...then they find out she's corrupt and running a gang of bank robbers. And that's ''before'' she has them framed for her crimes.
** Amy loves filling out forms and sees it as a "perfect system." Then, when having to get a permit, she discovers how bloated and ridiculous the entire thing is. She meets a woman who she gushes about being a "legend" in the filing world with a great system. Not only is she now a CrazyCatLady but it turns out her "system" was a combination of sloth, incompetence and dyslexia.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Buffy has moments like this with Giles, although she usually eventually gets over them. [[spoiler:Until Season 7, when Giles conspires with Robin Wood to kill Spike behind her back; Buffy tells Giles point-blank that he's taught her everything she needs to know and shuts the door in his face.]]
--->'''Buffy:''' Yep. I thought you were a grownup. Now, it turns out that you're a person.\\
'''Giles:''' Most grownups are.
** Wishverse Buffy was built up to be the one to save the world. Not only is she personally not nice, she fails.
** Dawn [[HeroWorshipper hero-worships]] Spike throughout Seasons 5 and 6 and looks up to him as a surrogate big brother, but finding out from Xander in "Grave" that Spike [[AttemptedRape tried to rape Buffy]] completely shatters that. When they next interact in Season 7, Dawn outright threatens to set him on fire if he hurts Buffy without batting an eye. Nonetheless, upon the reveal that Spike regained his soul, they eventually begin to [[RebuiltPedestal rebuild their friendship]], with Dawn readily defending Spike when Andrew asked by Buffy was so desperate to save him from the First.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' has [[spoiler:Tom Card]] to Michael, who turns out to have been [[spoiler:responsible for the whole Michael's woes]].
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' has one of these for almost every member of the team:
** Sara's best friend, a prosecuting attorney, is confined to a wheelchair -- ostensibly shot by an unknown man who killed her husband. When Sara reopens the investigation, she learns that [[spoiler:there was no intruder -- her friend was the one who shot her husband]]. (Sara doesn't quite use the stock dialogue, but does point out the hypocrisy the attorney has been demonstrating in her demands for justice.)
** Catherine discovered that the cop who inspired her to become a CSI rather than a stripper had [[spoiler:planted evidence in a homicide investigation]]. (Pithy statement: "Good evidence doesn't need help.") She points out that he threw away his integrity, which is the thing that he himself taught her that you can never give up.
** Warrick's mentor lost it after the murder of his daughter and assaulted the suspect, who turned out to be innocent. (Pithy statement: "An eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind.")
** Oddly enough, the trope was subverted in this show as well. The episode revolved around the murder of a psychic; one of Brass's buddies, on the verge of retirement, showed up saying that he had been consulting the psychic regarding a cold case he has been pursuing, and that his suspect murdered the psychic to stop her from providing the location of the body. The suspicion is raised that the old cop is trying to frame his suspect, but he turns out to be completely legit.
** ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' gets in on the action as well, although they play around with it a little. Flack's mentor and friend is found to have [[spoiler:tampered with a crime scene in order to protect his son]], who was present when the murder took place. The mentor is arrested, but Mac is the one driving the investigation; Flack is pissed to have to go after a friend and remains bitter about the incident for some time.
** Also from New York, Stella discovers that the Greek professor she looked up to since she was a little girl was part of an antique smuggling ring.
* Various NBC Saturday morning sitcoms like ''Series/CaliforniaDreams'' would have the plot of a character meeting their singing idol and showing off songs only to have the idol steal them as his own and put down the character for how the music business really is.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' has quite a few of these:
** The training officer who taught Beckett everything she knew betrayed her for a chance to find a treasure, [[spoiler:though she did chase his killer to Los Angeles]]. Just two episodes after this, [[spoiler:Captain Montgomery]], who was her mentor as a detective turns out to [[spoiler:be involved in her mother's death]].
** Castle's old school friend who inspired him to be a writer.
** While having a brief relationship, Castle also looked up a lot to Sophia Turner, a CIA agent who inspired one of his characters. You can thus imagine his reaction when it's revealed that [[spoiler:not only is Sophia working with a terrorist group trying to start WorldWarIII, but she's actually a KGB mole who infiltrated the CIA only to be left on her own when the USSR collapsed and has never been loyal to America.]]
** "[[Recap/CastleS5E6TheFinalFrontier The Final Frontier]]": The cast of ''[[ShowWithinAShow Nebula 9]]'' (a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' clone), specifically [[TheCaptain Captain]] Max Rennard and Lieutenant Chloe, for Beckett. She used to love the show (which only lasted 12 episodes) despite the cheesy premise, over-the-top acting, and awful-looking aliens and cosplayed as Lieutenant Chloe. Then, while investigating a murder at a 'con, Beckett meets the actors playing them. Rennard's actor is a pompous {{Jerkass}} and a washed-out actor who can't get a decent role and seems to think he really ''is'' Captain Rennard. Besides acting the "''Nebula 9'' Experience" to ridiculous extent, he tries to pick up any woman in the vicinity. Chloe's actress is a bitch who hates being type-casted because of the show and [[spoiler:turns out to be the killer, trying to prevent the revival]]. Despite this, Beckett resolves not to let her affect her memories of the show. After all, her idols were the characters, not the actors playing them.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
** Casey's mentor comes back and is [[spoiler:a Fulcrum agent]].
** Also, Chuck's old college girlfriend turned out [[spoiler:to not only be a spy, but also a Fulcrum agent]]. In all honesty it seems like everyone in any way connected to Chuck is involved with Fulcrum in some way...
** Not exactly. [[spoiler:Nowhere in the episode is it stated that Ty Bennett was working for Fulcrum, and he is instead set up as having instead been working independently and forming his own mercenary/terrorist organization. It's revealed in a later episode in which Casey is reunited with his former commanding officer--another Broken Pedestal who is now working for the Ring--that Bennett was actually working directly with or for ''him''.]]
** [[spoiler:Daniel Shaw makes for one ''huge'' Broken Pedestal. Set up as Chuck's mentor in using the Intersect, and a great spy and everything Chuck was aspiring to become once accepting his destiny as a hero (YMMV how well this was played). Then he gets manipulated, broken, and turned by the Ring to become one of the most dangerous villains in the entire series. Only Quinn in the fifth season came close to hurting the team as deeply and personally as Shaw did.]]
* In the Korean Series ''Series/TheCityHunter'', Kim Jong Shik, Young Joo's father, turns out to have been part of a group who engineered the deaths of 20 special forces soldiers in order to further his political career, as well as hid a drunk driving vehicular homicide. Young Joo, an idealistic detective, doesn't take it well.
* One episode of ''Series/TheCommish'' features Scali's friend who is working in Drugs' Department - an upright man who also spends his free time training children to refuse drugs. When he is murdered, Scali swears to bring whoever did it to justice. Turns out the murderer[[spoiler:s were the friend's kids, whom he had beaten regularly for the slightest mishap. He beat his wife too. Ouch.]]
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** In the episode "[[Recap/CommunityS2E10MixologyCertification Mixology Certification]]", Troy experiences one towards Jeff and Britta. Troy has spent all night listening to their advice on growing up, only to learn they've also spent all night bickering over the ''same bar'', believing that this bar was actually two different places:
--->'''Troy:''' I just spent the last two years thinking you guys knew more than me about life, and I just found out that you guys are just as dumb as me.\\
'''Britta:''' ...[[CaptainObvious Duh-doy]].\\
'''Jeff:''' Yeah, duh-doy.
** Inverted, again with Troy, in "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking". Troy asks Pierce for a picture of Creator/LevarBurton. Burton shows up in person, much to Troy's shock... because he was worried about disappointing Burton.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'':
** Dexter has gone through a lot of these. He idolizes his foster father Harry, adhering rigidly to the "Code of Harry" when he kills, only targeting criminals who've escaped justice, and never taking risks of being caught. Then, in Season 1, he finds out Harry knew Dexter's biological father was alive and kept the info from him, and destroyed the file on Dexter's HarmfulToMinors moment. If that's not enough, in Season 2, [[spoiler:Dexter decides to abandon the Code -- or at least shift it to suit his means -- when he finds out that Harry likely killed himself because he couldn't stand what he'd made Dexter into]]. [[spoiler:He also had an intimate relationship with Dexter's birth mother, which was directly responsible for her murder.]]
** In season 6, Dexter meets the man who inspired him to be a serial killer -- the Tooth Fairy, a man who ripped the teeth out of his victims, and once dumped a fresh body on a District Attorneys lawn and still managed to elude capture. [[spoiler:He's become an abusive, drunk old pervert waiting to die in a retirement home. Granted, it's not like we'd expect much more from a serial killer, but the impact it has on Dexter certainly shows elements of Broken Pedestal. Also, he apparently only dumped the body cause he was drunk and lazy -- he got away by pure stupid luck.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** A minor version appears in the episode "The Shakespeare Code". The Doctor and Martha Jones attend the premiere performance of ''Love's Labours Lost'' and Shakespeare himself appears on the stage at the end. The Doctor is initially thrilled at the prospect of meeting the greatest writer in the English language -- until he acts boorishly in front of the audience. Somewhat amused, Martha quips to the Doctor, "You should never meet your heroes." It gets even worse when he starts (quite unsuccessfully) hitting on her.
** Played with in terms of Rose's affection for her dad, Pete. Since he died when she was a baby, he was built up by Jackie as being the perfect father- so when she travels back in time to his death, only to find that her parents were having marital problems, Pete was failing as a businessman and liked flirting with other women, she was upset. However, in the end, he proved to still be a good man; incredibly devoted to his wife and daughter, and willing to sacrifice his life to save others.
** The Doctor breaks his own pedestal in regards to [[spoiler:Amy Pond]], by telling her how he truly views himself; not as a hero, but a vain mad man who's willing to put the people he loves in danger.
** Matthew Waterhouse [[http://drwhointerviews.wordpress.com/category/matthew-waterhouse/ makes no big secret]] about the fact that his first day working with his hero Creator/TomBaker was quite unpleasant.
** The Doctor to Jack, and in turn Jack to ''Torchwood'', both when the admirer finds out that the Doctor/Jack ''isn't'' the omniscient hero they thought he was.
** The Doctor goes through this when he meets Omega, one of the first Time Lords who apparently died giving the Time Lords the power source of time travel. Omega survived and is trying to drain away the Time Lord's power, driven mad by millennia of isolation.
** The Doctor suffers it again in "The Five Doctors", in which Borusa, his old Academy tutor, who he never exactly ''liked'' but [[SternTeacher deeply respected]] and who was a major influence on his life, turns out to have gone mad with power and become the story's BigBad.
** At the end of audio drama "Zagreus" the Doctor says this has happened with all his Time Lord heroes, Omega, Borusa, Morbius and Rassilon.
** In "Kill the Moon", the Twelfth Doctor inadvertently breaks the pedestal Clara has put him on by abandoning her on the moon and forcing her to make a world-changing decision, after which she gives the Doctor a TheReasonYouSuck speech and terminates her relationship with him. In the following episode, "Mummy on the Orient Express," Clara agrees to go on one last trip with the Doctor as a last hurrah, during which the pedestal is rebuilt.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' did an arc about Drs. Benton and Carter being taken under the wing of the illustrious Dr. Vucelich, the only doctor at County General to have never lost a patient. [[spoiler:This is because he's a slimy cheat who drops every patient he knows is going to die from his care ahead of time]].
* Alex goes through this on ''Series/FamilyTies'' when he discovers that his Uncle Ned, who he idolized, is an alcoholic. And then [[MemeticMutation he hit Alex]].
* A strange inversion occurs in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. [[MagnificentBastard Scorpius]], the BigBad who puts a lot of value on patience and [[TheChessmaster planning]], makes a big deal about the intelligence and cunning of [[BadassNormal John Crichton]], his archnemesis, and sees him as a WorthyOpponent. Imagine the sheer disappointment when circumstances force Scorpius to become part of Crichton's crew, and he realises that all of Crichton's victories come from [[IndyPloy Indy Ploys]] so [[PardonMyKlingon frelling]] [[CrazyAwesome insane]] that he makes Franchise/IndianaJones look like TheChessmaster.
** Played a bit straighter in other situations, usually involving the Peacekeepers:
*** Captain Durka was a legendary figure among the Peacekeepers, and his ship, ''Zelbenion'', was rightly feared throughout the Uncharted Territories. Then it's eventually learned that Durka [[spoiler:was actually a coward and probably psychotic as well, faking his own death and surrendering to the Nebari when they attacked his ship.]]
*** A later episode has Sub-Officer Dacon, a legendary Peacekeeper officer who sacrificed his life to safely end an assault on a monastery filled with nothing but women and children. [[spoiler:When the crew gets accidentally sent back in time to this event, turns out Dacon is just a cook. He ''is'' a decent person though, and it turns out his commanding officer was the real hero of legend, so there's that]].
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'':
** "Harrison Wells" becomes a pariah to most of the city after the particle accelerator explosion, but is venerated by every promising mind in the ''Arrowverse''. Caitlin, Cisco and Barry still look up to him as a hero and a mentor and Felicity and Ray admire him, but cracks start to appear in his pedestal when Hartley Rathaway returns seeking revenge on "Wells" for ruining his career [[spoiler:after he discovered the particle accelerator was intended to fail]]. "Dr Wells" manages to retain their faith in him by finally owning up to his mistakes, but then the plot happens and [[spoiler:Barry starts to suspect that he is actually the Reverse Flash. Cisco and Caitlin are reluctant to believe him, but then it is revealed he is a villain and not Wells at all.]]
** Eobard Thawne turned on The Flash when he discovered the two were "destined" to become enemies, and then he swore to be the Reverse-Flash.
** "Jay Garrick", the Flash of Earth-2, became good friends with Team Flash, even starting a romance with Caitlin, while they try to defeat [[BigBad Zoom]]. When it appears he is killed by Zoom, Barry constructs a small monument to Jay, with his helmet in a glass case, vowing to honor him. Unfortunately, when they start noticing certain clues about Zoom, they have Cisco use his powers to confirm what they're figuring out... [[spoiler:"Jay" is Zoom. It would later be revealed his real name is Hunter Zolomon, a serial killer who kidnapped the ''real'' Jay Garrick from another Earth and stole his identity, and has been making Barry get faster to steal his speed]]. In a literal sense of this trope, when Barry gets suspicious, he shatters the glass container on the pedestal Jay's helmet was resting on.
** Barry Allen was seen by his fellow Arrowverse heroes as the paragon. However, after Zoom [[spoiler:murders Henry Allen]] Barry creates a time aberration called "Flashpoint" to [[spoiler:recover his parents]], then he has to undo it all. Although Thawne agrees to undo Flashpoint, [[CloseEnoughTimeline a few things were not quite the same]]. In the Invasion! event, [[JerkassBall Cisco]] forces Barry to confess his time aberration and almost everyone gets disappointed on him, excluding Supergirl, Felicity, Oliver, Martin and Jax.
* Played with on ''Series/{{Frasier}}''; after discovering that his mentor and Roz are having a relationship, Frasier ''believes'' he's experiencing this (and it's not helped by the fact that he saw his mentor wearing nothing but Roz's robe) but he comes to realize that it's ''actually'' jealousy that Roz has become attracted to someone very similar to him whilst having never demonstrated any kind of attraction towards him.
-->'''Roz:''' Frasier, did you ever stop to think there may be something special about not being picked?\\
'''Frasier:''' Roz, that didn't work when I was cut from pee-wee football, it's not gonna work now.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Jon's discovery that the Night's Watch is an ArmyOfThievesAndWhores rather than the ancient and noble order he believed them to be. He is even more disappointed to learn the Lord Commander turns a blind eye to Craster's depravity because he's too valuable an asset.
** Sansa idolizes Cersei ("I'll be a queen just like you!") until the events of "Baelor" and "Fire and Blood".
** Daenerys always assumed (as her brother believed) that the rumours about her father's madness were just MaliciousSlander until Barristan explains they are true. Later, she tells Tyrion that if she ever returns to Westeros, she will not return to the old form of feudalism that created something like her father and that she will break from her family traditions as well.
** Olly clearly idolizes Jon but is definitely not pleased to learn Jon really means to ally with the wildlings since his entire village was slaughtered by them.
** Bran is disappointed when his visions of the past reveal that his father Ned stood no chance against Arthur Dayne in their duel and Ned only won because Howland Reed stabbed Dayne in the back. Ned had earlier told him that he had defeated Dayne in single combat. He is even more stunned to learn that his father [[spoiler:[[FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo lied to everyone about Jon Snow's]] [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold parentage in order to protect Jon]] -- who is actually Ned's nephew and the son of Ned's sister Lyanna]].
** Robb breaking his marriage vows ended up causing him to become this to his men in the third season.
** Stannis is this to Davos, especially after he learnt that he agreed with Melisandre to sacrifice Shireen.
** After training under the Maesters of Oldtown for a while, Sam Tarly gets fed up and leaves when they don't take his warnings about the White Walkers and the Army of the Dead seriously and reveal they have no interest in using their knowledge to improve society, only in maintaining the status quo.
** Downplayed with Rhaegar Targaryen. Oberyn had made fun of all of Elia's suitors but even he was taken by Rhaegar's charisma and good looks. He became rightfully angry when Rhaegar spurned Elia and absconded with Lyanna Stark. In the "Conquest and Rebellion" series, Jaime, as well, thought that Rhaegar could have been a better ruler than Aerys II until his affair with Lyanna which made him conclude that Rhaegar is NotSoDifferent than his father.
--> '''Oberyn:''' My sister loved him. She bore his children. Swaddled them, rocked them, fed them at her own breast. Elia wouldn't let the wet nurse touch them. And beautiful, noble Rhaegar Targaryen... left her for another woman.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'': Rory Gilmore's worst nightmare is meeting CNN's Christiana Amanpour and finding out she's stupid.
* On ''Series/TheGoodFight'' Maia Rindell is rocked when her father is arrested for running a massive Ponzi scheme. At first thinking he might be innocent, Maia realizes he is guilty and stole the life savings of thousands of people (including Maia's godmother, Diane) which leads to Maia's own life ruined. Worse, Maia discovers that not only did her mother know about what her father was doing but has been sleeping with Maia's uncle.
* In ''Series/GrowingPains'', Ben is devastated to find out that his favorite rock singer (Creator/BradPitt in an early role), who he believed to be a nice guy devoted to his wife, is actually an ill-tempered serial cheater.
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Hiro grew up being told of the legendary {{samurai}} warrior Takezo Kensei and his incredible battles against evil. When he actually travels back to the past and meets him, however, he discovers that the great Takezo Kensei is actually a DirtyCoward ConMan (who's not even Japanese). And then he gets back to the present day and it gets worse: [[spoiler:Kensei, who is still alive in the 21st century, is the season's BigBad. However, the trope is ultimately subverted when it's revealed that the legend of Takezo Kensei was actually based on Hiro all along]].
* In ''Hyperdrive'', Henderson idolises the show-in-show Captain Helix, and finally gets to meet the actor [[spoiler:only to find out that he's an alien spy who's hypnotised Henderson into stealing Britain's new superweapon.]]
* The opening episode of ''Series/{{Imposters}}'' has Ezra discovering his new bride, Ava, is a con artist who just took him for everything. His father wants to go after her but Ezra says if they do, Ava will reveal the contents of a folder. He slaps it down before his father, who he's worked for and admired for years and the man blanches saying "no one has to know."
-->'''Ezra''': Know what? That you've been cheating on Mom for 20 years? With a woman named...what is it? Chanterelle?...Or that you stole the patent for the Bloom heel from Uncle Joe?
** Maddie works with Max and Sally, a pair of older grifters who took her under their wing, working cons and teaching her the ropes. Maddie especially sees Max as an almost father figure. She's thus devastated when she learns [[spoiler: Max sold Sally out to the ruthless Lenny, knowing she'd be killed and did it without hesitation to save his own skin and just shrugging it off as "rules of the game."]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' has a self-inflicted version of this: [[spoiler:Micchy starts off the series viewing Kouta as [[BigBrotherMentor the big brother he never had]]. Unfortunately, then they get caught in TriangRelations: both Kouta and Micchy like their teammate Mai, but she obviously likes Kouta. As a result, Micchy starts gradually changing his view of Kouta, viewing him as a naive idiot whose idealism only causes trouble. This leads to Micchy pulling a full FaceHeelTurn, to the point where it looks like he's going to become the show's BigBad. However, Kouta never stops viewing Micchy as his friend even after he finds out, and his HeroicSacrifice to save Micchy from a [[CastFromHitPoints life-draining Lockseed]] is what starts Micchy's [[RedemptionEqualsLife path to redemption]]. It's ultimately subverted, as at the end of the series they're even stronger friends than they were at the start, and Micchy follows the example Kouta set with his determination to protect all his friends, even supposed "lost causes" like himself.]]
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'':
** Goren doesn't find it especially hard to believe that his FBI profiler mentor might also be the SerialKiller who kidnapped his partner. The twist reveals [[spoiler:the killer is actually the profiler's ''daughter'', who washed out of the FBI and wants to disprove her father's theory that women can't be {{Serial Killer}}s (let's just say he couldn't leave the shop talk at work and she liked to use his recordings of people being [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] as a test for prospective high school boyfriends ''before getting intimate with them'') in a desperate bid to get his attention. Needless to say, it worked.]]
** Then, in a later episode, [[spoiler:said mentor helps Goren's archnemesis kill his younger brother, and then kills her himself, in order to become closer to Goren. Goren doesn't understand it either.]]
* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'': Professor Martin Stein meets his idol UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein via time travel... and is dismayed to find he is an obnoxious DirtyOldMan, plus he stole many of his ideas from his ex-wife. Stein ends up punching him out (to save his life).
* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'': Gene's [[IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine never-before-mentioned mentor]] turns up. The inevitable ensues.
* In a sketch on ''Series/LittleBritain'', Sebastian (in love with his boss, the Prime Minister) is asked to destroy some secret papers which reveal that the Prime Minister reneged on a disarmament pact. Sebastian obeys, but sadly whispers "I thought you were perfect ..."
* The episode "Fallen Idol" of ''Series/{{MASH}}''. Hawkeye has to leave the O.R., due to a hangover. This breaks the pedestal Radar (and, according to Radar, many others as well) has put Hawkeye on. Hawkeye, on the other hand, does not want to have the stress of being someone's idol. (Just in this episode; normally, Hawkeye would not mind).
* Sally Draper on ''Series/MadMen'' idealizes father Don over her mother Betty. This changes catastrophically when she [[ItMakesSenseInContext breaks into the apartment of a young man she has a crush on]] and finds Don having sex with the boy's mother.
* From ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', Arthur is a huge WellDoneSonGuy who's basically spent his entire life having it hammered into him that whatever he does, his father Uther does it better. After about three years of ruling as king, he gets a chance to contact Uther from the otheworld, who immediately [[{{Jerkass}} reams him out on all the]] [[SarcasmMode "stupid"]] [[{{Jerkass}} decisions he's made to bring equality to the land.]] Arthur's heartbroken, and accidentally lets Uther's spirit free, who proceeds to wreck the Round Table, attack Percival with an ax, and tries to set Guinevere on fire. Arthur's in denial for a lot of this, but he finally breaks and realizes just how terrible a man his father was.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' had this happen in the episode "Rita's Pita." One of Tommy's karate students, Danny, looks up to Tommy. That is until Rita plants a monster inside Tommy's stomach that makes him crave nothing but junk food. Danny is pretty upset about this, especially since Tommy just gave him a big speech about the importance of healthy eating. When Tommy gets the monster out of him, he apologizes to Danny for the way he acted and Danny's respect for his teacher returns.
* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'': [[spoiler:Georges Sanderson to Jack]], in the second-to-last episode of the second season.
* In an episode of the 80s ''Series/MissionImpossible'' revival, Russell Acker -- one of the founders of the Impossible Missions Force and creator of the latex mixture used for the IMF trademark masks -- has started killing women and built a frame by getting caught on tape while wearing a Jim Phelps mask.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': Though not quite a mentor, a child actress from Monk's [[strike: childhood favorite TV show]] ''the only TV show he ever watched and the only thing that made him happy as a child'' ("[[Series/TheBradyBunch 'The Cooper Clan']] was my other family. Heck, the Coopers ''were'' my family, ''my'' family was my other family") wrote a tell-all memoir about her very sordid life and the lives of her costars. There wasn't enough BrainBleach to help Monk after reading it. Not only that, [[spoiler:the child star herself is later revealed to be a murderer.]]
* A CoolTeacher arrives in ''Series/MySoCalledLife'' who challenges and inspires the students, but after a few days he's carted off by the cops for some skeletons in his closet.
* Subversion: Former Special agent Mike Franks, ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', mentor of Agent Gibbs. Something of a jackass, but a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, though a very small heart of gold and a HUGE jerk. Some of Gibbs's more notable mannerisms came from him, but the main difference is he retired, Gibbs didn't (not permanently, anyway).
* In ''Series/NipTuck'', Sean's old teacher, Dr. Grayson, shows up as a pathetic alcoholic performing underground surgery on transsexuals in a filthy apartment.
* Hook three times in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' season 5. [[spoiler:First with Emma, who turns him into a Dark One against his will and tries enslaving him with Excalibur, pushing his BerserkButton. Then in the mid season finale. Young Killian Jones is rocked to find out his father had abandoned his sons and sold them into servitude. Especially when earlier on in the episode, he told his father "I want to be just like you".Then later with Liam, who as it turns out was more flawed and less noble than Killian had thought he was.]]
* Shawn and Gus from ''Series/{{Psych}}'' see a bounty hunter (played by Hercules) bringing in a thug in the prologue of "Bounty Hunters" (season 2 episode 9), and immediately decide he's the coolest thing on the planet. Then he turns his head and winks at them, taking a level in awesome, and the Hero Worship begins in earnest. Years later (i.e. later that same episode) they meet him again and it turns out he's a complete douche, the "wink" was just a tic, and he even tries to kill Shawn and Gus near the end of the episode.
* In season 3, episode 8 of BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'' series, Robin's mentor appears, having agreed to help Prince John fake out the people of Nottingham with a lifelike wax dummy of King Richard, pretending that he's died. His reason for treason falls to Never Remove a BloodKnight From The Battlefield. He is taken off active duty because Richard believes he's gotten too old, but is given the prestigious position of guarding the crown jewels. Despite his age, he nearly bests Robin when they fight, but is unprepared for the guerrilla tactics Robin has developed in his absence.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' does this a lot, usually JD reversing one of Dr Cox's pieces of wisdom back on him. Though Cox was a dick from day one.
** Subverted, however, in the episode ''My Fallen Idol'', where JD convinces himself that he's furious and disgusted with Cox for being a hypocrite about the advice he gave JD in [[WhamEpisode the previous episode]] "My Lunch" after accidentally killing three patients, and then coming in to work stinking drunk the next day. However, JD gradually realizes that he actually doesn't care about what Cox did at all, and in fact admires the fact that even after years as a doctor, a patient's death could still affect Cox that deeply -- he was just terrified over the idea of his tough, unshakable mentor being so badly shaken, and was using the things he did as an excuse to avoid him.
* Happens retroactively in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Pegasus". The eponymous starship was Riker's first post-Academy assignment. The ship's former captain (now an admiral) was conducting illegal cloaking-device experiments until the crew mutinied. Riker defended his captain, and helped cover up the truth later. When said admiral comes back to retrieve said device, Riker admits that, given a second chance, he would have joined the mutineers instead (a claim he gets to fulfill in spirit later on).
-->'''Riker:''' I wasn't a hero, and neither were you! What you did was wrong, and I was wrong to support you, but I was ''too young'' and ''too stupid'' to realize it! You were the captain; I was the ensign. I was [[JustFollowingOrders just following orders]].
** Happens also in “The Drumhead” - Picard is initially thrilled to have the revered Admiral Satie on board to assist their investigation into a possible saboteur on the Enterprise, but his pedestal is quickly broken when Satie starts ruthlessly persecuting his crew, including the captain himself.
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', we get Admiral Leyton, whom Sisko admired... [[spoiler:until he tries to usurp power and declare martial law]].
** Then we learn that Odo had not always placed justice first [[spoiler:and 3 innocent Bajorans were executed as a result]].
** And Admiral Ross [[spoiler:works with section 31!]]
** Played straight and subverted in "Valiant": Nog meets Red Squad, the elite Cadet group from Starfleet (whom he adored) and they are stubborn, hubris-filled and intolerant, [[spoiler:and get themselves killed, with Nog, Jake and some girl barely escaping. However, said girl ''still'' maintains her blind admiration of the group's leader, Tim Watters, refusing to accept that he was responsible for the whole disaster.]]
** Sisko gets to play the role himself once, to the audience. The entire episode uses a FramingDevice of a log over the past week or so. [[spoiler:During this week, he lied, broke laws, and was an accessory to murder in his quest to bring the Romulans into the Dominion War on the side of the Federation.]]
** An in-universe example, Kor (one of the Original Klingons) joins Worf and General Martok on a raid in Dominion space. He is able to captivate the crew with tales of fighting the Federation. However, during the battle with the Dominion, when command falls to Kor, [[spoiler:he believes he is fighting the Federation with his long-deceased friend Kang. This nearly destroys the ship.]]
** In a Peter David-written novel, Kira and Ro work together to stop a plague hitting Bajor and Kira seeks an old trusted member of the resistance. She's stunned when the man first demands payment in gold for his help and then when Ro reveals the guy is into smuggling and even child slavery. At first, Kira thinks the guy had to be broken somehow by the war. However, meeting other former fighters into criminal behavior, Kira is forced to acknowledge that these people were never as high moral as she thought, they were always corrupt and fighting the Cardassians were all they had in common.
** Kai Opaka, a wise spiritual leader of Bajor until her death, once provided the Cardassians with the location of a Bajoran resistance cell so they could destroy it. She did this because she believed it was the best option -had she not given up the rebels, the Cardassians would have obliterated the entire area, killing thousands of others- but Kira is still shocked and disgusted to learn that such a beloved figure had aided the regime that enslaved their people. When details of this secret threatened to become public knowledge, [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Vedek Bareil]] decided to take the blame rather than allow Opaka's reputation and legacy to be tarnished, even though doing so utterly destroyed his own chances of becoming Kai and meant [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Vedek Winn]] was free to take the position for herself.
* In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', T'Pol meets her hero, Ambassador V'Lar, who has just been accused of criminal misconduct. The pedestal collapses as V'Lar admits that "there is no defense" against the charges. Then it turns out that the charges were fabricated to draw attention from her mission to bring down a criminal syndicate, [[RebuiltPedestal and she's a hero again]].
** One episode later, Archer finds himself on the pedestal when an alien named Zobral asks for his help in fighting a war, having heard how Archer defeated an entire army to save thousands of oppressed Suliban. He's disappointed to learn how exaggerated the stories are (Archer and his crew defeated a small Tandarin RedshirtArmy to free 89 Suliban), and Archer tells him that even if the stories were accurate, that's not why he's out in space.
* On ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' Janeway talks of how she was inspired to join Starfleet by the stories she'd been told of her ancestor, Shannon O'Donnell. Janeway speaks with pride on how Shannon single-handedly created a special Millennium Gate Tower against massive opposition and became a star at NASA. But going over some old Earth records, Janeway discovers the truth: Shannon was never an astronaut, she was only a consultant on the project and there was no opposition to it. Chakotay points out that Janeway shouldn't be upset with Shannon as the woman had no idea she would have to live up to Janeway's expectations. Janeway tries to brush it off by saying her big concern is how to break it to her aunt that the great family legend is false.
* In the ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'' episode [[Recap/Supergirl2015S2E8Medusa "Medusa"]], [[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]] discovers her father Zor-El is responsible for [[spoiler:creating a bioweapon capable of killing any non-Kryptonians]].
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' - '''''God himself'''''. Castiel, a [[FallenAngel steadily descending]] angel spends most of season five looking for his ''father'' for guidance on how to prevent the apocalypse, only to discover that God just doesn't give a damn about any of them anymore, has effectively left them alone to get on with it, and doesn't care whether the apocalypse happens or not. [[NotSoStoic This does not have a good effect on Castiel.]]
** Castiel later becomes this to the Winchesters and the angels who follow him in the Angelic Civil War after it becomes clear that he has become a ends-justify-the-means WellIntentionedExtremist and is making deals with demons.
** Metatron invokes this when he positions Castiel to become a leader again during the Second Angelic Civil War, only to then frame Castiel as the mastermind behind a series of suicide bombings. The undecided angels respected Castiel for stopping the Apocalypse and thus flocked to him until Metatron's scheme showed them Castiel's flaws. Disillusioned, Castiel's followers switch their allegiance to Metatron. Castiel then turns it right back on Metatron by showing Metatron's most loyal followers what a ManipulativeBastard Metatron really is.
** It comes up majorly in season 11 when God [[spoiler:who's been living as writer Chuck]] is shown to have been in hiding for so long. Metatron lets him have it over how he's been praying to him all this time and God just dismisses it as nothing really changing. A big bit is Metatron talking of how happy he was when God chose him to be his Scribe only to learn that he was chosen simply because he was the closest angel.
* ''Series/TheTonightShow'' with Conan O'Brien:
-->'''Conan:''' Tell us about this scene. This is a fight scene?\\
'''Dean the Foley artist''': Yes. This is between two principal characters, [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Chris Meloni and James Brolin]]. Chris Meloni just found out that James Brolin, who is his mentor, actually killed someone.\\
'''Conan:''' They always do. Mentors always disappoint, just as you've disappointed me today.
* ''Series/TopGear'':
** Variant: when James May and Richard Hammond get to drive their childhood dream vehicles (a Lambourgini Countach and a Vincent Black Shadow motorbike, respectively), they find that the real things are harder to drive and less comfortable than they had imagined.
--->'''May:''' And [the Countach] looked so good on the poster. In fact, I wish it had stayed there. I'm absolutely gutted. But you know it's not the car's fault; it's mine. I've broken the Golden Rule: You never, ever meet your childhood heroes. ...Stick with the memories. They're just better.
** Mentioned again -- but blatantly averted -- by Hammond in another episode in which he gets the chance to drive two more of his dream cars.[[note]]a Porsche 959 and a Ferrari F40[[/note]] He giddily enjoys every moment behind the wheel of both.
--->'''Hammond:''' So often it is, "Don't drive your heroes." Not this time!
* ''Series/MakingHistory2017'': History teacher Chris is heartbroken to actually meet some of his idols and heroes and find out that they're kind of jackasses and not the larger-than-life figures he expected. Reaches its breaking point when his hero John Hancock tricks him into urine.
* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' has Ryder Daniels, who has a reputation of taking girls under his wing...only to use them for class projects to help him get a good grade and then ditch them without any prior notice.
* In ''Series/WireInTheBlood'', an old colleague of Tony Hill's returns and proceeds to attempt, apparently out of pure bitterness over his failures in life, to turn Tony and DI Fielding against each other.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'': Neal when he realizes that nothing matters to [[spoiler:his dad]] more than himself. He makes it clear he's not above hurting his son to avoid even the chance of getting caught and Neal looks absolutely shattered.
* ''Series/MurderInTheFirst'': Police captain [[spoiler:Ernie Knubbins]], whom Terry had respected and looked up to, is revealed to be the "head man" of the corrupt police group called the Union.
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower:''
** In "The Examination For Lieutenant / The Fire Ships", Horatio is a wide-eyed admirer of LivingLegend Captain "Dreadnought" Foster, whose nickname says it all, and thinks that the ''Indefatigable'' could stand to follow his fighting example. Then, after he ends up commanding a supply ship that is also under quarantine, Foster insists on taking provisions from it before the period is up. Hornblower realizes that Foster is just a FearlessFool who disregards the lives of everyone around him as well as his own.
** Captain Sawyer in the second series. Horatio notes bitterly that he and Archie got totally drunk in celebration when they learned they would be serving under him and have learned painfully that despite his past heroism, Sawyer is now TheParanoiac verging on insanity. Lieutenant Bush similarly arrives full of admiration for Sawyer, but over the course of the episode sees the destructive effect his behavior has on the ship.
* ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'':
** Cheryl Blossom loved her twin brother Jason and clearly thought the best of him. When Veronica is "slut-shamed" by a football player, she discovers other girls at the school were and they share how the players kept a book "keeping score" of their conquests. Cheryl rejects the idea as Jason would have told her given how they shared everything. She joins Betty and Veronica to discover that not only does the book exist but Jason's name is all over it with several conquests, including Betty's sister, Polly, who suffered a breakdown after their encounter. Cheryl (who had long thought Polly a crazy ex-girlfriend) is rocked to realize her brother wasn't this saintly man and apologizes to Betty for what he did and what she's thought of Polly.
** Veronica Lodge had believed her father was being set up on charges of corruption and imprisoned falsely. She also accepted her mother as a moral compass helping her get through it. Veronica soon discovers that her father is not only guilty but, from his prison cell, is still running his plan to devalue the real estate of Riverdale so he can "tear it down and start over." Worse, her mother not only knew of her father's corruption but is helping him in his scheme.
* ''Series/TimeAfterTime'': Wells feels this for the ''future'' rather than a person. He had expected a utopia where war, hunger and other ills had been overcome, but instead discovers those things are still very much around in 2017, to the point of him almost crying while he watches the news. Ironically as this series is related to ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'', that was one of his novels where the future ''isn't'' depicted as a utopia.
* On ''Series/{{Veep}}'' Selina Meyer talks warmly of her father, a great businessman who built the family fortune, bought her a horse as a kid and always brought her snowglobes for family vacations. To her, he was a much better parent than her cold mother who sold the horse off. But during a visit home, Selina finds out the truth: Her father had been cheating with his secretary for years and in fact, died during sex with her. ''He'' was the one who sold the horse to pay off debts as he was a horrible businessman and her mother had converted the barn into his private place to be with his mistress so not to be caught in a hotel. Every "business trip" was just him off with the secretary and ''she'' was the one who bought Selina the snowglobes. Selina is so upset that she ends up destroying the office her dad had and realizing how she ended up marrying a guy just as slimy as her father.
* ''Series/{{Voyagers}}'': "[[Recap/VoyagersS1E3BullyAndBilly Bully and Billy]]" has Jeff encountering Billy the Kid, who he thinks is not honestly such a bad person. He changes his mind after seeing how mean and dishonorable he could be.

* Music/TheWho's ''Music/{{Quadrophenia}}'' brings us the Ace Face, a mod whom Jimmy, the album's protagonist, idolized during the Mod days. When he meets him later, he finds that he's sold out and is now a bell boy. The whole album is about Jimmy being let down by his idols.
* Subject of the short {{Music/TISM}} track "I'm A Genius":
-->Heroes seem so from a far\\
But if you meet 'em you'll think twice.\\
[[InsufferableGenius Genius is different from the rest of us]]...\\
Most of us are nice!
* Robbie Williams' song "Strong", from his album ''I've Been Expecting You'', was an attempt by Williams at invoking this trope and breaking the pedestal that some of his more {{Loony Fan}}s had put him on, by painting his lifestyle as being less glamorous than they were imagining:
-->My breath smells of a thousand fags\\
And when I'm drunk I dance like my dad\\
I've started to dress a bit like him\\
And early morning, when I wake up\\
I look like Music/{{Kiss}} but without the make-up...
* Mentioned in Music/DanielAmos's "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (from ''Music/VoxHumana''):
-->The clergy dresses you in tights and cape\\
And so the pressure's on to make no mistake\\
In truth, there is no way that you won't break\\
You're gonna fall\\
You're much too small
* The trope is interestingly deconstructed in Music/ImeldaMay's "Human", in which the singer insists on being loved for her true self instead of being idealised:
-->So come adore me, but know I'm gonna fall\\
Off of this pedestal that I hope you've put me on\\
And as God's above me, I swear I'll try to be\\
All that you ever want and I'll be the best of me\\
''I wanna be your human...''

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* Chuck Palumbo and Wrestling/BillyGunn wrestled as an ambiguously gay duo TagTeam that eventually revealed they were planning to get married and hired their stylist Wrestling/RicoConstantino as their wedding planner. At the last minute they revealed they were in fact heterosexual, would not be getting married and that Palumbo wouldn't be Gunn's type even if he was gay. This outraged Rico, who formed Three Minute Warning with [[Wrestling/{{Umaga}} Jamal]] and Rosey in revenge, and the long running Christopher Street Connection exoticos Mace Mendoza and Buff E(whose own marriage failed [[YourCheatingHeart for different reasons]]).
* Silas Young said he had as much respect for Davey Richards as he did for Wrestling/SamoaJoe, Wrestling/CMPunk and the [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson three]] Wrestling/RingOfHonor [[Wrestling/LowKi founding]] [[Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels fathers]] until he saw Richards compete in a dance off against the Hoopla Hotties on the unauthorized ''A Night Of Hoopla'', confirming to Silas that he really was the last real man.
* Noemi Bosques gave SHINE wrestling some much welcome publicity when the and coming boxer went to their 19th show to see Niya and [[Wrestling/BlackRose La Rosa Negra]]. However, she quickly became disappointed by Niya's behavior and defaulted to ''just'' La Rosa Negra's corner in future visits.
* Wrestling/RomanReigns was taken in by two veteran wrestlers as part of Wrestling/TheShield, the some kind of insane Wrestling/DeanAmbrose and the calculated risk taker Wrestling/SethRollins. Many familiar with Rollin's work prior to being put underneath Vince [=McMahon=]'s thumb know he had a tendency to {{sell out}} but it was initially the BigBadWannabe Ambrose that Reigns had the most problems getting along with. Then Rollins sold them both out to Wrestling/TheAuthority, just as he and Ambrose were starting to get along.
* Wrestling/AJStyles was TheHeart of Wrestling/{{TNA}}, having been there since the beginning, giving his all and more to the company, getting the respect of everyone and not being an embarrassment like other wrestlers. They repeatedly paid him back and others like him by sticking them in midcard hell, forever jobbing to Over-The-Hill wrestlers and WWE rejects, and when his contract was up, they offered him a contract that would have cut 40% of his salary. He turned it down and went to Wrestling/{{NJPW}} and Wrestling/{{ROH}} and made himself the biggest name in ProfessionalWrestling to have never signed with Wrestling/{{WWE}}. Meanwhile, TNA went into a complete nosedive, being cancelled twice in two years, having most of their signature talent be signed by their biggest competitor, the aforementioned WWE, and more-or-less becoming a sinking ship. Fast forward to late 2015. TNA desperately needs publicity and a big star to help turn things around when they debut on their new channel. They contact AJ, break the bank with an offer for him, discuss storyline, merchandise, the whole enchilada. But AJ, no doubt jaded from his time with them and wishing to do what's best for his family, turned them down a few days later and went to -- where else? -- WWE. In this scenario, TNA has no one else to blame but themselves. If that weren't enough, TNA would then nuke the bridge into oblivion and destroy any chance of him coming back post-WWE by posting this [[http://impactwrestling.com/aj-styles/ statement]] on their website two days before his debut in WWE, trying to throw him under the bus and paint him as some treacherous backstabber in hopes of getting sympathy from the fans. The [[SmartMark IWC]], knowing full well how terribly AJ and other workers were treated by TNA, proceeded to put the company on blast and bash on them for trying to ruin his prosperity.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** While some Chaos Space Marines abandoned the Imperium for power, ForTheEvulz or simply because of [[ToxicPhlebotinum spending too much time around]] [[TheCorruption Chaos energies]], others defected (and continue to do so) because of disillusionment with the Imperium or the God-Emperor. "Death to the False Emperor!" is a common BattleCry among Chaos warbands. Among the Traitor Primarchs, [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels Horus]] turned against the Emperor after becoming convinced by prophetic visions that the Emperor would lead humanity to ruin, and [[BadassPreacher Lorgar]] worshipped the Emperor like a god until he was given a brutal, humiliating BreakTheBeliever session that shattered his faith and led him to turn to the Chaos Gods.
*** Horus' successor as leader of his legion, Abaddon the Despoiler, is similarly disillusioned with his own Primarch, angry that he led the Traitor Legions to defeat during the Siege of Terra and failed to kill the Emperor. He renamed his legion from the Sons of Horus to the Black Legion to symbolically wipe his and their hands of Horus' very name, and after discovering Fabius Bile [[YouClonedHitler creating a clone of Horus]], he personally destroyed said clone without hesitation or remorse, while throwing in another disavowal as he did so.
--->'''Abaddon:''' [''to Clone Horus''] I am not your son.
** Commander Farsight was a loyal servant of the Tau Empire before he learned that the ruling caste were actively suppressing knowledge of Chaos from the general populace and engaging in other UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans-type behaviour. Unlike the Chaos Marines, however, he didn't fight their rule, believing that the alternative (a return to the pointless and destructive civil war among his people that had ended with the Ethereal's arrival long ago) was worse, and chose self-imposed exile instead.
*** Farsight himself became one to the soldier caste of the Tau because of his defection -- to his successor, Commander Shadowsun, in particular. Her first act upon receiving his position was to go to a statue of Farsight and blow it up in front of her soldiers, to demonstrate that a new regime was now in play.
** Roboute Guilliman's faith in the Emperor was broken after he met him face to face again in ''Dark Imperium'' and realized that the Emperor never saw him or the other Primarchs as anything but tools. He now fights for the Emperor's ''ideals'' and the Imperium, and not for the Emperor.

* ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'': 'Farewell my fallen idol and false friend/We had such hopes but now those hopes lie shattered... Angel of Music, you deceived me/I gave you my mind blindly.' Erik goes from being a StalkerWithACrush into a full-blown wack job when he, in a convoluted WifeHusbandry plan [[spoiler:kidnaps Christine and threatens to kill her fiance unless she agrees to marry him (Erik, that is)]].
* Subverted with the protagonists' relationship in ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', as Elphaba and Glinda, who sing about how "People come into our lives, for a reason," genuinely feel that they have been changed for the better for knowing the other, even though Elphaba has turned her back on society, and Glinda has sold out to the love of the citizens of Oz.
** ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' also contains a straight example in [[spoiler:the Wizard]], beloved by all of Oz and idolized by Elphaba and Glinda, who turns out to be [[spoiler:a con man and the BigBad]]. Though the revelation takes longer for Glinda to process, she eventually accomplishes more with the knowledge than Elphaba.
* Arthur Miller's ''All My Sons'' revolves around this trope after TheReveal.
* ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'': Biff, the elder of the two Loman sons, is the high school football star and pretty nearly guaranteed a full scholarship to the University of Virginia...until his Broken Pedestal moment. [[spoiler:He gets into a scrape at school and goes to find his father, the eponymous traveling salesman, with the hope that his father can get him out of it. The result is that he discovers his father is a serial philanderer.]] He's so disillusioned by the fall of his idol that he ends up dropping out and throwing away his very promising future.
* ''The Nerd'' by Larry Shue revolves around the title character ruining the professional and romantic life of the man he saved in Vietnam, to the latter's increasing exasperation. [[spoiler:{{Subverted}} in that the Nerd is an actor who was hired by a friend of said man to make him realize his priorities]].
* In ''Theatre/ThatChampionshipSeason'', four of the five players of the 1952 Pennsylvania State High School Basketball Championship winning team of Fillmore High are still relying heavily on their coach, whom most of them view as a father figure, for life advice twenty years later. However, near the end of the play, one of the players reveals that Coach's philosophy emphasising winning above all else led to the incident which caused the fifth team member to turn his back on the others, and it is becoming apparent to all of them that Coach's advice revolves entirely around pep talk platitudes which may rally a team to victory in a basketball game but leave them completely unequipped to deal with the trials and tribulations of adult life, and that he is a bigoted, bullying fraud.
* To an extent [[Theatre/{{Hamilton}} Alexander Hamilton]] and Aaron Burr. Upon first meeting, Hamilton gushes about Burr and wanting to follow in his footsteps. By the end of the show, the two are feuding and Hamilton dies at Burr's hand.

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* You can see this in Lloyd's reaction to [[spoiler:Kratos betraying them]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'':
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'': [[spoiler:Your mentor Al Mualim turns out to have been sending you on missions the entire time to distract you from his plot to use a mythical object to mind control all of the assassins, his allies.]]
** In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'', Connor eventually learns that [[spoiler:George Washington and not Charles Lee was behind the razing of his village Kanatahséton and thus the death of his mother -- and just ordered a new attack on it, to exterminate his people and salt the earth]]. Although Connor [[spoiler:isn't fooled by how thick Haytham lays on the disdain]], Connor's relationship with [[spoiler:Washington]] never really recovers even after [[spoiler:he prevents the attack by killing off Washington's messengers]].
** In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'', Arno had considered Napoleon a friend in the main campaign, falling for Napoleon's charm. In the Dead Kings DLC, he becomes even more bitter upon overhearing Napoleon's conceited speeches and witnessing how ruthless he really is.
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedOrigins'' has Aya, wife of Beyek, who deals with the grief of losing her son by fulling serving Cleopatra as a hired mercenary and going on sea campaigns to battle Ptolemy's army to help her get on the throne of Egypt. She does this because she looks up to Cleopatra almost like a Goddess, and doesn't listen to Beyek's warnings about her being shady, thinking he is being jealous. [[spoiler: After meeting Julius Caesar and convincing him to pick up where Alexander The Great left off, Cleopatra betrays Aya and Beyek by siding with the Roman's and The Order she claimed to be fighting against. In reality she was just having them remove future threats to her getting on the throne, and afterwards tells Aya her services are no longer needed. Aya confronts Cleopatra after this and warns her she will be dealt with if she goes too far and becomes a tyrant. It is revealed that Aya, as one of the Hidden Ones, ends up killing Cleopatra by poison, which goes against the story of her committing suicide with the snake.]]
* [[spoiler:Sanchez]] of ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' is an excellent example. A part of your army since the very beginning, it eventually turns out [[spoiler:he was a spy working for the enemy the entire time, and when the Empire is close to losing he gets desperate and fatally injures your army's chief strategist.]] The icing on the cake and what makes the situation relevant is that [[spoiler:your faction ultimately decides that the newly-formed government could not withstand the scandal of one of its founding members turning out to be a traitor the entire time, and he lives out the rest of his life peacefully under a secret house arrest. Publicly speaking, his image as a hero is never tarnished.]]
** A subtle hint is provided since the castle is founded: [[spoiler:if you took the time to look at the massive tablet that has the 108 stars and people's names, you'll notice he's not on the list. You'll also notice he is the ''only one living in the castle'' who's not on the list.]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has this happening at least twice.
** [[spoiler:Van Grants for Luke, Tear and Guy]], [[spoiler:Legretta for Tear]], possibly [[spoiler:Ingobert for [[strike:his daughter]] Natalia; the two ultimately reconcile after the truth comes to light, but Guy suggests that they can't necessarily go back to the way they were before]].
*** Interestingly enough, [[spoiler:Legretta]], in a final letter [[spoiler:read after her death]], mentions feeling concerned that [[spoiler:her student Tear]] saw [[spoiler:her]] as an ideal, and hopes that [[spoiler:Tear]] will follow [[spoiler:her]] own path, a rare case in which the character on the broken pedestal attempts to dispel the admirer's notions.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' has [[spoiler:Richter Abend.]] [[LoveHurts Poor,]] [[BreakTheCutie poor,]] [[TheWoobie Emil.]]
* [[spoiler:Palaxius]] in ''VideoGame/AtelierIris2TheAzothOfDestiny''.
* You can actually point out that [[spoiler:Aribeth]] in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' has done this to your player as part of convincing [[spoiler:her]] to [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn come back from the dark side]]]].
* Played to the hilt in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', where [[spoiler:Master Li, [[TheChessmaster The Glorious Strategist]], takes over the Jade Empire by torturing and siphoning the power of the newly-corrupted Water Dragon for his own, [[UnwittingPawn after using you to remove the previous ruler]]...upon whose success he immediately kills you. [[UnexplainedRecovery You get better]].]]
** Also, [[spoiler:The Emperor for his daughter, Sun Lian/Silk Fox.]] Even the revelation that [[spoiler:Master Li is the BigBad and the root cause of the plan to usurp the Water Dragon's power]] does not absolve him in his daughter's eyes. In several endings of the game she deliberately steps up to be the Emperor he wasn't
** [[spoiler:Master Li]] is not only the Broken Pedestal for the PlayerCharacter but also for Dawn Star, especially when [[spoiler:she finds out he's her father who doesn't give a shit]].
* Happened in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia''. [[spoiler:Turns out Barlowe is a Dracula worshipper and uses the organization and Shanoa as a tool to revive Dracula]]. Depending on how the game is played, [[spoiler:Shanoa]] may [[spoiler:end up following him blindly (and dying in vain)]], or wises up and performs a RageAgainstTheMentor.
* Frimelda Lotice in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' had this happen to her. She was revered as a powerful Blademaster, and fought alongside her friend Luc Sudarc in many battles. She, however, didn't know that Luc was ''hugely'' jealous of her, as he just wanted to surpass her but couldn't no matter how much he trained. So, ''he poisoned her'', sentencing her to wander Ivalice as a pink zombie...until Luso and the gang rescue her. They return her to human form with the help of a special potion, and to return the favor, she joins Luso's clan. And she's cute, to boot.
** She starts off as a Paladin with Dual Wield already mastered AND she has two swords equipped from the get-go, along with great stats.
* ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad 3''. The main character becomes a Hunter because one saved his life when he was young. He later finds that Hunter working for the BigBad.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/Persona3''. Yukari Takeba's father became her main source of hope and believed he was innocent after a traumatic event left her father dead as well as hundreds of other scientists. Said event not only ostracized her family courtesy of the public backlash, but also subsequently strained her relationship with her mother after she abandoned Yukari for other men, being unable to cope with her husband's death. Growing up lonely but willful, Yukari's belief in her father being falsely accused for the accident that claimed his life [[spoiler:was the reason she transferred to Gekkoukan Highschool, two years prior before joining S.E.E.S. Couple that with her receiving a letter from her father addressed for her to receive ten years later, was the catalyst for her Persona [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Io's]] awakening.]] Yukari's belief gets severely tested in "The Journey" and for a time after a certain event, was forced to admit that her father was guilty of mass murder, she stays with S.E.E.S. to atone for her father's mistakes. [[spoiler:Eventually it's revealed that he only did what he had to do, being one of the few scientists left with their sanity intact he delayed the coming of the end of the world, with that revelation combined with his message of immense love for Yukari, the scene becomes both CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming and RebuiltPedestal rolled into one, being the moment Yukari awakens her ultimate Persona [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Isis]] with a renewed will to fight.]]
* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. After [[spoiler:a major character is seemingly KilledOffForReal]], the protagonist's surrogate father figure, a by-the-book and thoroughly incorruptible policeman, runs off apparently to kill the man thought responsible; [[spoiler:this is part of a BatmanGambit on the part of the writers to induce the player to kill the suspect when given the opportunity, which is a one-way ticket to the BadEnding.]] Later on, after having some time to chill out (like the player characters) he was able to see that the evidence surrounding him just didn't fit and wanted to just get some more info from him.
* In ''Videogame/Persona5'', Yusuke Kitagawa was raised by the famed artist Ichiryusai Madarame, who has been plagiarizing him and other apprentices for years. After learning that [[spoiler:Madarame let Yusuke's mother die in order to take credit for her work as well as to take Yusuke]], he loses all sense of admiration for the man. His personal Confidant storyline deals heavily with his feelings regarding his former mentor. He eventually comes to peace with him after a former colleague of Madarame stated that when Yusuke fell ill as a child, Madarame was desperate to save him, indicating at least some sense of affection (albeit [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatic]]).
* PlayedForLaughs with FourthWallObserver Raiho in ''Videogame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy''. Raiho was originally a Jack Frost who profoundly admired Raidou and wished to become Raidou the Fifteenth, fusing himself with a Bancho uniform to create Raiho. The funny part? Raiho ''defines'' SmallNameBigEgo, and promptly forgets his fanboying of Raidou, realizing he's so much cooler now.
* ''VideoGame/TrueCrimeNewYorkCity'' had Terry Higgins, a cop who helped Marcus from slipping off the slope; he is presumably dead early on. It was revealed he was TheMole and was quite corrupt despite how Marcus saw him. Marcus will either kill him immediately if his ethics are less than questionable or attempt to arrest him but Terry dying.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'':
** The reveal that the leader of the anti-terrorist black ops unit FOXHOUND was also the leader of the international terrorist organization Outer Heaven caused Snake to intentionally ban his use on Big Boss' CQC techniques, among other things.
** Subverted in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater Metal Gear Solid 3]]'', in which we are initially led to believed that Naked Snake's mentor, The Boss, had defected to the Soviet Union. It turns out [[spoiler:that the defection was a ruse to gain Volgin's trust and acquired the Philosophers' Legacy, but after Volgin framed The Boss for the destruction of Sokolov's Research Facility, alerting her presence to Khrushchev, the U.S. sent Snake to kill her and cover up her involvement. This essentially shifts the target of his broken pedestal moment from his mentor to his government. Increases even further in later games when it is revealed that the U.S. government fully intended to have Snake kill off The Boss from the very beginning regardless.]]
** Double-Subverted in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', Snake doesn't lose his respect of The Boss, but it turns out she betrayed him and her entire squad, and even herself, for the greater good: [[spoiler:By pursuing world peace, she effectively deemed every soldier she trained and everyone who fought alongside her to be disposable in her ideal world order, decommissioned for retirement and their skills and dreams marked as a hindrance. Snake really doesn't like it when people are considered disposable]]. As a result, he goes from passive soldier to the infamous military commander that we all know him for.
** Played completely and tragically straight in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain''. [[spoiler:In the post-credits scene of the True Ending, Ocelot tells Kaz of Big Boss's true plan: leaving everyone he ever knew behind so he could conduct his own war against Cipher, building the true "Outer Heaven" without his old comrades, and having the current Diamond Dogs acting as their decoy, complete with creating an exact body double of Big Boss (who is the character you play as throughout the whole game). After losing his comrades, his limbs, and even his dream, Kaz finally gets his revenge on those who wronged him, only to find out that he feels completely hollow and that his best friend is an impostor, the real Big Boss having abandoned him without a goodbye. Having truly lost everything, Kaz furiously swears that Big Boss will pay for his betrayal, and that he will be more than happy to train the phantom and both his sons to oppose him.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series, this applies to (in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]]'') [[spoiler:Most of the Begnion senators]], and (in ''Radiant Dawn'') [[spoiler:The god that most of the populace worshiped]]. There are also {{inver|ted trope}}s: Micaiah dismisses Sothe's constant praise of Ike as exaggerated at best, while Soren describes Micaiah, not without reason, as the figurehead of a zealous fanatic movement. When they all team up in the finale, they see that all the praise really is warranted.
* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' has [[spoiler:Super Hero Aurum]], beloved by humans (and some demons) and idolized by Almaz. By the end of the game, you discover that he [[spoiler:has gone out of his way to make Mao into the most horrible villain imaginable, trying to manipulate him into ''attacking the human world'', simply out of boredom from having no "worthy" opponents. And when this fails thanks to the PowerOfFriendship, even the demons of the party call him out for his blatantly villainous actions, with Mao declaring cowardly Almaz a far more superior hero than Aurum.]]
* A minor example in ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten''; "Angel of Avarice" Vulcanus is more than a little put out when she realizes that the Archangel she admires [[spoiler:is none other than the flaky otaku Flonne, who used the money Vulcanus collected to build a giant robot.]]
* [[spoiler:Captian Qwark]] in ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank''. The eponymous duo start out the series looking up to Captain Qwark, until they discover he's in league with [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Chairman Drek's]] plans. It only gets worse by the time of ''Up Your Arsenal'', when they discover that Qwark had faked his own death and flat-out bailed on the rest of the galaxy to [[DirtyCoward save himself]] rather than help beat Dr. Nefarious ([[spoiler: although to his credit, he does perform a HeelFaceTurn later]]). Boy, does Ratchet get pissed:
-->'''Ratchet''': You're pathetic, Qwark! I can't ''believe'' I once looked up to you!
* ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'': Lara used to admire James Whitman, but by the time of the game has seen him for the {{narcissist}}ic SlaveToPR and KnowNothingKnowItAll he really is. When she discovers a note to his soon-to-be ex-wife, in which he tries to convince her to wait until after the Yamatai expedition to divorce him largely because he wants to avoid negative publicity, she explicitly remarks she's disgusted with herself for ever having looked up to him.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'': ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', Republic hero Carth Onasi was scarred when his mentor and idol, Saul Karath, turned out to be working for the Sith. He retains a deep mistrust of all Jedi, and [[TheReveal the revelation]] that the player character [[spoiler:is the amnesiac Darth Revan, former commander of the Sith rebellion]] doesn't help matters.
** Mission's quest involves finding out her brother deliberately left her behind when he left Taris.
* A morality-swapped variant occurs the second game, ''[[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords The Sith Lords]]''. Visas Maar's master, Darth Nihilus, is constantly portrayed as [[HumanoidAbomination a vortex of death, more a force of nature than a human being]], whom Visas is obviously terrified of (she [[MadeASlave didn't exactly become his apprentice by choice]]). Until you defeat him, at which point you can let Visas take his mask off. When you ask her what she saw when she took the mask, she'll calmly reply "A man, nothing more."
** Atris has this attitude towards a female Exile, having idolised her prior to the Mandalorian Wars.
* A Sith Warrior in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' invokes this trope when recruiting Jaesa. Jaesa is a gifted, but inexperienced Padawan who can "see" the true nature of others. Her master and Darth Baras (your handler) have a long-running feud. When confronting the old Jedi, you can force Jaesa to "see" her master has been hopelessly warped by his grudge, causing her to abandon him, and serve you instead. It ''is'' up to you if you want to keep her inclinations to the Light Side, or BreakTheCutie by twisting her into a ''very'' psychotic verion of TheDarkSide, however.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', Neku is a total CAT fanboy. Later on, he discovers that [[spoiler:Mr. Hanekoma]], a guy who's been real helpful to him, ''is'' the elusive CAT, and starts fanboying even harder. Then, in the final week, Neku discovers a lot of clues that suggest that CAT is the Composer, and goes through a textbook case of denial, then losing faith in CAT as they approach the Composer's chamber. Only, [[spoiler:as Kitaniji tells him, Hanekoma is ''[[SubvertedTrope not]]'' the Composer.]] The very end of the game, plus the Secret Reports, however, tell you that [[spoiler:[[DoubleSubversion he's still not someone to trust]], albeit better intentioned than Kitaniji or Joshua.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'', [[spoiler:Captain Blue]] turns out to be one for Joe, after he reveals himself as the BigBad.
** However, [[spoiler:After Blue has a HeelFaceTurn it seems Joe regains respect for him again]].
* ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'' takes this trope to the extreme, making the player think that the [[ChristianityIsCatholic Church]] of [[CrystalDragonJesus Granas]] has a plan to stop the resurrection of [[GodOfEvil Valmar]] and the arrival of the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Day of Darkness]]. As it turns out, [[spoiler:[[DevilButNoGod Granas is actually dead,]] [[CorruptChurch the Church knew this all along,]] and [[AGodAmI the Pope actually wants to resurrect Valmar to become the new God.]]]] In addition to that, [[spoiler:Granas and Valmar weren't actually gods, but really powerful scientists. The [[{{BFS}} Divine Sword]] is actually a sword-shaped spacecraft, and Valmar's legion of darkness is actually a robot army.]]
** Averted with Granas himself though. Whatever his nature, his ideals were genuine and the only thing he was guilty of was coddling his followers far too much, stagnating independent human development (why bother innovating if your god can conjure starships out of thin air?). In the end, [[spoiler:he died sacrificing himself to save his people.]]
*** [[spoiler:The cutscene where Ryudo gets the Granasaber implies that not only is he NotQuiteDead, but that he's actually Skye, Ryudo's eagle partner.]]
* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', [[spoiler:Jaheira]] has this in regards to the Harpers during her personal quest. [[spoiler:First, Galvarey, the regional Harper leader in Athkatla turns out to be an opportunistic SmugSnake who wants to use charname in his bid for power. Jaheira is understandably dismayed by this, especially since the other Harpers, who are unaware of Galvarey's intent, consider the incident an act of treason on her part and a murder on your part. Once that is cleared up, she discovers that Dermin, her old mentor, was actually in on Galvarey's plot, and is just as much of a SmugSnake as he was. Needless to say, the whole affair [[BreakTheCutie shook Jaheira to her core]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars Nightfall'', [[spoiler:Varesh Osha]] is seen by many as an ideal ruler of [[spoiler:her]] nation. [[spoiler:Turns out she's a batshit insane worshipper of the resident EldritchAbomination.]]
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers of Sky'', Wigglytuff's beginnings as an explorer are revealed. As a child, he met Armaldo in a deep forest. Armaldo told the then-Igglybuff that he was a retired explorer, and they went on lots of missions and found lots of treasure. Igglybuff idolised Armaldo and everything was going perfectly well...until Armaldo [[spoiler:got arrested. He was a wanted criminal, not an explorer.]] Igglybuff almost had a mental breakdown and refused to believe that Armaldo was bad, even as he was being led away in custody. Whether they met again after Armaldo got out of prison is unknown.
** And subverted. Armaldo really did care for Igglybuff and was curious to see how far he'd go as an explorer. Armaldo comforted Igglybuff and told him to continue exploring for him. And he promised to explore with him again once he did his time.
** This occurs again with [[spoiler:your partner and Dusknoir. When it is revealed Dusknoir is from the future and is only here to kill you, your partner, and Grovyle, he/she can hardly believe it until they hear it straight from Dusknoir. It doesn't help that the person you thought was a villain (Grovyle) is actually a hero and that you directly contributed to Grovyle's capture.]]
* Present in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' with [[spoiler:N finding out that he's nothing but a brainwashed child soldier and that his father Ghestis is intent on banning Pokemon use so Team Plasma can "liberate" them all and use their power to conquer Unova]].
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** [[spoiler:Jacob Taylor's father, Ronald, vanished 10 years ago. When they receive a message and go to the unhabited planet to save them, turns out that after his ship crashed and the captain died, Ronald forced the lower crew members to eat the planet's toxic food, which caused their minds to degrade, while they tried to fix a beacon to call for aid. Female crew members were assigned to officers, like pets. A year later, the beacon was ready, but Ronald figured the report would look bad and wanted to stay. He then had the other officers killed. Gradually the degraded males started to rebel, becoming "hunters" as even in a decayed state they knew things weren't right. Ronald held out for ten years, until his supplies ran low and he called for aid. Needless to say, Jacob was utterly disgusted and would've killed his old man, if not for the fact he "wasn't worth pulling the trigger". If your Shepard is a renegade, you can suggest Jacob to give his father a weapon with one bullet. If you pick the neutral option, [[HoistbyHisOwnPetard he will get killed by his own men.]]]]
** And then there is [[spoiler:Rael'Zorah, Tali's father and a part of the Admiralty Board. Her father is found dead on the ship and Tali was accused of treason. When she find out what happened, it turns out Rael'Zorah was willingly endangering his own crew's lives to create a measure to control the Geth much to her horror.]]
** A few people, most prominently Ashley/Kaidan (even more hardhitting if they were your love interest in ''[[VideoGame/MassEffect1 Mass Effect]]''), consider Shepard to be one since s/he's working with Cerberus, a terrorist organization in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. An [[FourthWallMyopia often overlooked factor]] in this is that they were [[LockedOutOfTheLoop unaware]] of [[BackFromTheDead the Lazarus Project]], so they were under the impression that Shepard had been FakingTheDead to join Cerberus, a conclusion [[InvokedTrope that the Illusive Man encouraged with strategic information leaks]].
** This is also brought up in a news story:
--> '''Newscaster:''' Emotions at Shepard's alleged survival are mixed. While some are overjoyed to see her/him return, [[HeroWithBadPublicity others believe her/his false death was a betrayal.]]
** This is how Captain Anderson describes his meeting with Saren. As a potential recruit into the SPECTREs, Anderson was sent on a mission while supervised by the most successful, well-known and feared Spectre of them all, Saren Arterius.... Who turned out to be a brutal BloodKnight whose ulterior motives used massive amounts of overkill that ultimately ended in the death dozens of civilians in the completion of his mission before finally laying the blame on Anderson when political backlash followed.
** Even before that, in the first game, you can make Shepard into one for [[HeroicWannabe Conrad Verner]].
** Through the first and second games, the Protheans have been regarded as a race of very advanced and powerful, but benign BenevolentPrecursors. [[spoiler:Then in the third game, we meet [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Javik]], the last Prothean warrior, and find out that the Protheans were actually a highly imperialistic society who conquered anyone they encountered and integrated them into their empire as "subservient races." Liara in particular is quite disappointed, once [[http://youtu.be/HuMWZZLkBnY implies that they were monsters]], and comes to consider her earlier writings on them as foolishly naive.]]
---> [[spoiler:'''Liara''': You're a ''Prothean!'' You were supposed to have all the answers!]]
*** Given more time, she changes her stance a little, no longer feeling betrayed and able to think of them more objectively.
** Liara gets another one when she finds out [[spoiler:her own government has maintained their technological superiority by hiding a Prothean Beacon from the rest of the galaxy, in defiance of Citadel laws. It's even worse when Liara realizes her own mother was probably in on the coverup, although EDI suggests that Benezia kept Liara out of the loop to protect her daughter]].
** Cerberus becomes one for Miranda at the end of ''2'' and in ''3''. Shepard themselves can invoke this in their conversations with The Illusive Man in ''3'', pointing out that not only has he turned his back on Shepard, but on everything Cerberus was supposed to stand for.
** Mordin Solus's student Maelon is so disgusted by his mentor's role in trying to maintain the genophage that he ends up resorting to extreme and barbaric means to cure it. This in turn, ends up infuriating Mordin when he finds out.
-->'''Maelon:''' I was your student! I looked up to you!
-->'''Mordin:''' Unacceptable experiments. Unacceptable goals. No choice. Have to kill you.
* Cloud got hit by this in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. As a teenager, he dreamed of joining the elite [=SOLDIER=] unit like his idol, the great warrior Sephiroth. When Cloud finally gets to go on a mission with Sephiroth, finding out that Sephiroth wasn't as noble as Cloud thought he was is the ''least'' of our hero's disappointments.
* ''VideoGame/{{Infamous}}'': Cole's girlfriend Trish breaks up with him when the Voice of Survival's MaliciousSlander leads her to believe that Cole deliberately set off the Ray Sphere explosion that claimed her sister's life. Depending on whether or not the player does Good or Evil Karma, she'll either reconcile with Cole or die cursing his name.
* Veronica's mentor Elijah in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', you are told about how he wants to know more about the outside world and how the Brotherhood Of Steel should be working to help the others. Then you find out about what he has done over the events of Dead Money where he used you to do his dirty bidding along with 3 others.
** One resident of Megaton in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' put the Enclave on a pedestal based entirely on their radio propaganda. When they actually ''show up'', they rapidly break their own pedestal. Kidnapping said fan was probably the least evil thing they did in the game.
* In the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' {{DLC}} "Soldier's Peak", Sophia Dryden becomes this (posthumously) to her descendant Levi Dryden. While her goal of opposing a tyrant was admirable, she still resorted to BloodMagic and demon summoning when the chips were down and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard suffered the consequences]].
* First Enchanter Orsino in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' can become this [[spoiler:to Bethany if she joins the Circle. If Hawke takes the side of the templars during the endgame battle sequence, they can get Orsino to admit that he protected the serial killer responsible for turning their mother into a Frankenstein bride. In the mage endgame, Orsino only mentions Quentin offhandedly and we don't see how either Hawke sibling reacts.]]
** The "Legacy" {{DLC}} turns [[spoiler:Malcolm Hawke]] into one [[spoiler:with TheReveal that he was a Blood Mage. Probably the most sympathetic example of this trope ever since he did it to seal away a powerful evil, was forced to do it with a threat to his lover, and he made sure his mage child(ren) knew of the dangers associated with it. Malcolm was ashamed of his past and hoped his family would never learn of it.]] His children still don't take the news very well but understand why he did it.
** The Grey Wardens can become this to [[spoiler:Carver if he joined them, after learning that Warden-Commander Larius gave the order to blackmail Malcolm Hawke into performing BloodMagic, because they threatened to kill Leandra if he refused. Particularly as Leandra was ''pregnant'' with his older sibling at the time]].
* Blackwall in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' becomes deeply disappointed in his fellow Grey Wardens over their reaction to [[spoiler:the fake Calling and their manipulation by the Elder One]]. [[spoiler:And ''most of the party'' feel this way towards Blackwall himself, after TheReveal that he's not the real Blackwall but a fugitive murderer who'd assumed the real Blackwall's identity.]]
* In ''VideoGame/CorpseParty'' Ayumi greatly respects Naho Saenoki, an occult expert despite just being in high school. She is disheartened when Naho reveals that she died in Tenjin Elementary and in Chapter 5 laments that they could have been friends. Shortly after that, however, she finds out that [[spoiler:the instructions for the Sachiko charm (which is what trapped them in Tenjin Elementary in the first place) that she found on Naho's blog were faulty...And Naho ''knew'' this]]. Ayumi calls her out on it. Naho doesn't really care and insults "occult freaks"...until Ayumi reveals that [[spoiler:after Naho [[TheCorruption succumbed to The Darkening]], she killed her beloved mentor, Kou Kibiki. [[FreakOut She doesn't take]] [[BadBlackBarf this revelation well]]]].
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/VandalHearts 2'' were the resident messiah figure, St. Nirvath, is revealed to have been a mass murderer and glory seeker, causing a crisis of faith in one of the characters. It turns out that while Nirvath is guilty of wiping out a large portion of humanity, he did so in order to save the remainder from a devastating disease and was convinced that history would remember him as a criminal and not as a saviour no matter how necessary his actions were.
* In ''VideoGame/WildARMs5'', Dean worships and tries to emulate the famous golem hunter Nightburn. When it turns out he's TheQuisling for the Veruni, his pedestal shatters.
* Red of ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' gets a {{Fangirl}} in the Duel Ship fights. When she finds out that Red is ordered around by his 13-year-old younger sister, she declares him extremely uncool. When she tries to beat Red in a battle later to find closure, he ends up on a RebuiltPedestal and she declares her fangirlish love for him again. This does not please her newly acquired male fanbase.
* [[SonicTheHedgehog Dr. Eggman]] looked up to his grandfather, Professor Gerald Robotnik. However, after Professor Gerald tried to exterminate humanity in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', narrowly averted by teaming up with Sonic, Eggman doesn't think of him nearly as highly anymore.
** Then in ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', it's revealed that Gerald Robotnik struck a deal with the Black Arms alien race (who at this point have [[AlienInvasion invaded the earth]] and revealed their intention to [[ToServeMan enslave humans for food]]) that in exchange for their help in his research (which led to the eponymous character's creation), the Black Arms could have the planet. Eggman upon discovering this is nothing short of aghast. [[spoiler:However, it is later revealed in the game's Final Story that Gerald regretted his decision and originally developed the Eclipse Cannon to destroy the Black Comet --the Black Arms' home planet-- and intended for Shadow to carry that task out in order to save their world.]]
* In ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', Regime Captain Marvel, still a kid here, looked up to Regime Superman, even going along with his ideas of a better world. However, [[spoiler:after witnessing Superman murdering Lex Luthor, learning people now hate him and finding out that he plans to wipe out Metropolis and Gotham City before marching over to the brighter universe and taking ''it'' over]], Captain Marvel calls it quits. Sadly, [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceDoorSlam Regime Superman kills him before he can bail]]]]. However, it does inspire another to do so: [[spoiler:Regime Flash]].
* ''VideoGame/LaNoire'' has [[spoiler:Cole Phelps, a hero from World War II and a cop who has solved tons of tough cases while sticking within the boundaries of his duties. He goes from patrolman all the way to Vice and the entire department is singing praises for him. However, Phelps is caught having an affair -- with a ''German'', no less -- and those same people start hating his guts while Phelps himself gets demoted to Arson.]]
* In ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}}'', part of the reason why Farnham became TheAlcoholic is the sense of betrayal he felt after Archbishop Lazarus betrayed him and the others to demons.
* ''Mage Gauntlet'' has [[spoiler:Whitebeard. The ritual to repair the Dark Realm seal requires sending a mage through the portal permanently, which is the ultimate fate of most of his apprentices. He only gave Lexi the gauntlet to make her an acceptable sacrifice. Furthermore, Hurgoth is merely a gatekeeper for much stronger creatures, and Whitebeard has been using his fame as an excuse for every kind of forbidden magical research in existence, ultimately getting one other mage turned into a lich, possibly getting another consumed by a slime hivemind, and creating an entire army of walking body horror]].
* In ''{{VideoGame/Robopon}}'', Prince Tail's father had a shady past with Dr. Zero, and won the Legend 1 title by nearly killing the doctor after Zero defeated him. Tail has a HeroicBSOD when Zero tells him the truth.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II}}'', Uni's respect for Noire goes down the Memory card when she sees that her happy place is where she is an idol/voice actress with no responsibilities of ruling her country
* ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'': In the "All Hail" trailer, with the Master Chief lying wounded in a ruined landscape at the base of an impossibly larger-than-life statue of himself, while Jameson Locke accuses him of betrayal and prepares to execute him. [[spoiler:[[NeverTrustATrailer In the actual game, Locke never loses his respect towards Chief.]]]]
-->'''Locke:''' All hail the conquering hero. Let us remember him as our protector and not the one who gave us... this. As our savior and not our betrayer. Let us see him forever as [[LivingLegend you]] ''[the statue]'' and not as [[FallenHero you]] ''[the real Master Chief]''. All hail the conquering hero. The one who was supposed to save us all! But now, I must save us from you.
* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'': [[spoiler:The Order of the Stone can be this when it's revealed they faked defeating the Ender Dragon. As with most of Jesse's reactions you can react however you want to and be as angry as the options allow. You also have the choice of whether or not to reveal their secret to the world.]]
* In TransformersDevastation, [[spoiler:it's revealed that Optimus and all other Autobots looked up to Nova Prime as an idealistic figure...until he became corrupted and Shockwave spilled the beans that it was ''he'' who wanted Earth to be terraformed into a new Cybertron.]]
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'': In both timelines, Raiden started out with great faith in the Elder Gods, only [[FaithHeelTurn to lose it due to their inaction]]. He even [[WhatTheHellHero calls them]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech out several times]] for their slackness in maintaining the stability of the realms.
** [[VideoGame/MortalKombat4 After being promoted to Elder God]], [[spoiler:he could not interfere [[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance when Shang Tsung and Quan Chi killed his protégé Liu Kang]] in the original timeline]]. Disgusted at his peers for their refusal to intervene, he renounces his position as an Elder God, gathering his mortal allies to stop [[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance the Deadly Alliance]].
** In the new timeline, the events of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' and ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' [[spoiler:have sapped the faith he had for the Elder Gods, so he begins to see them as more burden than help, considering they did nothing to stop Shao Kahn or Shinnok, both of whom regarded the Elder Gods as "toothless worms" and spineless cowards. This is clearly evident in TheStinger for ''MKX'', [[PayEvilUntoEvil where he decides to take matters into his own hands]] by [[KickTheSonOfABitch reducing Shinnok to a mere living head]] and [[KnightTemplar using a more hard-line stance]] on defending Earthrealm from external threats.]]
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'', Bruce Wayne suffers one when he learns that [[spoiler:his father, Thomas Wayne, [[AdaptationalVillainy was actually a corrupt man who used his power and influence to essentially rule Gotham along with Hamilton Hill and Carmine Falcone]]. And Alfred knew about this the entire time. You can also choose not to forgive Alfred for this, but will make sure he NeverLiveItDown.]]
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', Terra, who has been overly-conscious and quite a bit afraid by the darkness in his own heart, had quite a bit of respect for Master Xehanort, who assumed a guiding role in regards to channeling the darkness towards something good. [[spoiler:Sadly, his respect for the old master turned entirely into rage and hatred when Xehanort manipulated him into fighting his father-figure Eraqus, murdering said father figure, and revealing himself to have been screwing with everyone Terra knows for the sake of his evil plan. In fact, part of Xehanort's plan was to purposely set up this trope to maximize Terra's hatred and send his darkness into overdrive, giving the old man the chance to take that younger body for himself.]]
* [[MissionControl Dr. Roman]] of ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' is a {{Fanboy}} of King Solomon, so when it becomes clear that he's trying to destroy the world, he's incredibly shocked and tries to use Sheba to prove he's not behind it. When the protagonist and Mash return from London, he's having a nervous breakdown. [[spoiler:Later revelations indicate that his reaction [[SubvertedTrope has less to do with finding out his idol is evil]], and more to do with shock that ''his'' body and name were being used by someone else.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* From the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series:
** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', prosecutor Miles Edgeworth discovers that the man who raised him after his father's death (and taught him everything he knows about law and prosecution) is [[spoiler:his father's killer]]. And also a ruthless perfectionist who'd do anything to win, but he already knew that -- he was okay with it because he assumed everyone the man prosecuted was guilty.
** In another example for Edgeworth, he finds out that [[spoiler:Ernest Amano]], who financed his studies, and whom he respected enough that he would deliver the ransom money to his son's kidnappers as a personal favor, [[spoiler:obstructs justice by buying the haunted house in Gatewater Land so that his son won't be exposed as a murderer, and is also affiliated with the smuggling ring]]. The closest he gets to a pithy statement is saying in the ending that he owes him a debt of gratitude, but he must pay his debt to society.
** Edgeworth himself is this to Phoenix Wright, who remembers when he used to be an idealistic child who wanted to be a defense attorney. After some CharacterDevelopment, Edgeworth becomes his RebuiltPedestal and is able to support him when Phoenix has a crisis of conscience over [[spoiler:a client who really is guilty.]]
** Kristoph Gavin, the mentor of Apollo in the fourth game ends being [[spoiler:the murderer in the first case]] and [[spoiler:the BigBad of the game]]. Apollo is also livid to find out that [[spoiler:Phoenix, a former ace lawyer whom he treated with the utmost respect, gave him a fake clue to make Kristoph confess to the murder of Shadi Smith]], to the point of ''punching'' him. He only comes to work for him because with Kristoph's arrest, he's out of a job.
** [[spoiler:Damon Gant]] was the well respected chief of police. It turns out that [[spoiler:he murdered an innocent man in order to [[FramingTheGuiltyParty frame a serial killer]] and years later killed a cop who was trying to find out the truth and let someone else take the blame for it.]]
** Ema also has this reaction when [[spoiler:her sister admits to forging evidence, although it later turns out that she was blackmailed into doing so by Gant, who had arranged evidence to make it seem as though Ema accidentally killed Neil Marshall]].
** Morgan Fey for Mia and Maya, who both loved their aunt and are upset to find out that she would try to [[spoiler:frame Maya for murder out of jealousy, so that her daughter Pearl could become Master.]]
** The killer was planning to invoke this trope in the second case of ''Dual Destinies''. [[spoiler:The reason why Florent L'Belle didn't kill Mayor Tenma as part of the plan to frame him for murdering Alderman Kyubi was so that once Mayor Tenma was convicted and exposed as the true identity of the Amazing Nine-Tails (the hero that everyone who opposed the merger rallied around), the Amazing Nine-Tails' popularity would plummet once people realized he was also a murderer]].
** In ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth Investigations 2]]'', [[spoiler:Blaise Debeste]] becomes this for [[spoiler:his son]] Sebastian after it's revealed that [[spoiler:he's the killer in case 4 and that he never really cared for Sebastian in the first place]].
* In ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', [[spoiler:Mondo Oowada]] is this for Kiyotaka Ishimaru. At first, he refuses to believe that [[spoiler:Oowada was the murderer of Chihiro Fujisaki in the second case, but then he is forced to confront with the truth and the poor guy suffers a HeroicBSOD.]] What makes the whole thing more painful is that [[spoiler:Oowada was the [[OnlyFriend first real friend that he ever had]], since he was never able to make friends due to his focus on studying and working on school morals.]]
** This trope also turns out to be a large part of the mastermind's plan. [[spoiler:The first killing game between the student council was revealed to the world, causing people to shocked that humanity's best and brightest turned into murderers, under Hope's Peak Academy's watch. The effect of this trope was so strong that it outright caused global anarchy. During the main story of the videogame, the mastermind is trying to invoke this trope again by holding a live broadcast of the current class's killing game.]]
** Ironically, Kyoko ends up exploiting this trope to [[spoiler:force the mastermind to stop cheating, since if the mastermind frames the survivors for murder rather than actually pushing them to do it, she'll fail to get her point across to the audience.]]
* During ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', Sakuya only seems to have any respect for his father and [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Doctor Iwamine Shuu]], the latter of whom developed a medicine that saved the former. He's extremely defensive about criticism to either. Sakuya has been raised to think of his father as "pure", of the utmost value and to be obeyed unthinkingly. Through his route he can come to disobey, but it's in BBL that [[BreakTheHaughty things really change]]. He insists privately that "I must not disrespect him (Shuu)... because that is what father told me." but is unable to ignore mounting evidence. Eventually he despises Shuu just like everybirdie else.
* In ''VisualNovel/CodeRealize'', [[spoiler:Arsene Lupin's]] mentor betrays the values and morals he'd taught him, instead turning to selfish crime.
** Another example is [[spoiler:Jimmy Aleister]], who personally mentored [[spoiler:Van Helsing]] in the latter's entire career to the point where [[spoiler:both lost their families for their service]]. In a very ugly turn of events, he is revealed to [[spoiler:be an irredeemably twisted criminal mastermind who killed his own family and Van Helsing's all with his own hands, purely for the sake of trying to]] traumatize and [[TheCorrupter corrupt]] his student.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}} Mask of Arcadius'', [[TheDragon Veniczar Fontana]] idolized the revolutionary [[BigBad Arcadius]] for opposing the tyranny of the New Empire and joined his cause, quickly climbing through PACT’s ranks to become Arcadius’s right-hand man. But over the course of the game, Arcadius’s increasingly megalomaniacal actions and willingness to throw away the lives of his men[[note]]such as shooting through his own ships to hit enemy vessels that are taking cover behind them[[/note]] cause Fontana to become disillusioned with him, as they fly in the face of PACT’s principles. By the end of the game, Fontana is so disgusted that he stages a coup and puts a bullet in Arcadius’s head[[spoiler:, not that it inconveniences [[IAmLegion them]] much]]. [[spoiler:Surprisingly, this is actually [[AvertedTrope Averted]]: Fontana knows that “Arcadius” is really a successor to the original Arcadius (who died several years earlier), and he’s disgusted with [[SamusIsAGirl her]] for dragging the man’s good name through the mud.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** Agent Washington in regards to the Director of Project Freelancer. When first introduced, Washington is highly against the Director and is actively working to bring him down after [[spoiler:seeing the horrors the Director inflicted on the Alpha [=AI=]]]. Season 9 then shows a younger Washington, who is highly devoted to the Director and claims the man has given him everything.
** The same goes for [[spoiler:Agent Carolina]].
** Another example: [[CloudCuckooLander Caboose]] after [[spoiler:Epsilon-]]Church's FreakOut at the [[RagTagBunchOfMisfits Blood Gulch Crew]]. All he ever wanted was to be Church's best friend. Seeing that Church only saw him as a problem he had to deal with daily [[TearJerker really broke the poor kid.]]
* Played for laughs in ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'' when Karamazov meets with Torquemanda Coteaz, who's clearly his idol. Karamazov is disgusted when he finds out that Coteaz's secret tactic of victory is using barrels full of [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Jokaero]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has an example of this when Torg finds out that [[spoiler:[[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=020526 Riff is working for Hereti-Corp]], although as Riff mentally notes shortly afterward, he had no idea how they were using the information he was sending them.]] Torg ultimately forgives him by the end of the arc, noting the contrast between how he treated him with how he [[spoiler:believed Cloney was actually Aylee]].
* In ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'', Rudy is shocked to find out that [[spoiler:his biological father had an affair that resulted in Rudy's nemesis Vin Vulpen being born]]; Kell suspected this but didn't know for certain. Lindesfarne, after learning that Professor Antlerhead falsified his research on stem cells, notes that the only authority figures who have never let her down are her father and stepmother.
* Minmax in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' discovering [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/02162010/ his idol's]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/03022010/ tendencies]] ([[http://goblinscomic.com/comic/03032010 and the result]]). [[PayEvilUntoEvil Go Minmax]].
-->'''Minmax:''' He was being a dink.
* Happens in ''Webcomic/{{Juathuur}}''...sort of. [[spoiler:actually, Arvval stands by his principles from beginning to end. But when Faevv strays from her path, his bigotry becomes apparent and they don't really get along anymore.]]
* {{Popsicleman}} idolizes [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Popsicleman...until, by the use of 50,000 [[RunningGag Placeb-O's]] box tops, he gets an opportunity to meet him. It turns out the predecessor is chauvinistic and always on the lookout for [[RedScare foreign spies]], as well as having [[ItsAllAboutMe a hefty sense of entitlement]].
* Any convinces the rest of the [[WebComic/M9Girls M9 Girls]] in their eponymous comic to take an internship at the Professor's lab. She quickly develops a fascination with the Professor, which takes a hard hit when Any develops the ability to [[TheEmpath read emotions]] and more of his real intentions are revealed.
* [[spoiler:Reynder, a.k.a. Oosterhuis]] in ''Webcomic/{{Panthera}}'' turns out to be the BigBad of the first story arc. [[http://www.pantheracomic.com/?p=1269 Truer words were never said, Tigris.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'', Holiday enters her crush object Vanderbeam's mind to try and free him from an alien LotusEaterMachine. There, she discovers his long-harbored obsession [[LovingAShadow with the long-dead Jovia]] and the lengths Vanderbeem is willing to go to to get her back (i.e. throw his support behind a former criminal to gain technology that might enable him to save her, knowing the criminal wants the tech to try and regain his former power). When Vanderbeam refuses to see reason, reaffirming his willingness to do whatever it took to save Jovia, Holiday simply, and sadly says "[[DisappointedInYou You have no idea how much of my respect you've lost]]. For good." Ironically, this is enough to snap Vanderbeam out of it.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'':
** Antimony Carver learns in Chapter 31 that [[spoiler:Surma, her mother]], acted as [[spoiler:the Court's HoneyTrap to lure Reynardine into the court]]. When she tries to confirm this unpleasant truth ("[[spoiler:So my mother...'''tricked''' Reynardine into thinking she loved him?]]"), Kat's mother tries to justify with the threat [[spoiler:Reynardine]] posed if he were allowed to roam free.
** Katerina Donlan is rather upset upon learning what [[spoiler:the founders of the Court, where she has grown up all her life,]] did to [[spoiler:Jeanne and her lover]]. It sure doesn't help that [[spoiler:Diego, Kat's robot-building genius hero,]] came up with the horrifying plan, and did so [[IfICantHaveYou purely out of spite]] and [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]].
* ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' has [[spoiler:Alejandro, Paulo's original "coolness teacher," which was really just Paulo being messed with by the older kid.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'', [[NewMeat Daryl]] [[LightEmUp Smithson]] joined Platoon 113 because two of her idols ([[PlayingWithFire Cinna Grossul]] and [[GravityMaster Muneca Powell]]) were on the team, but on the very first day she met them, she discovered that they do [[HeadbuttingHeroes not like each other]], and [[TeethClenchedTeamwork can barely work together]]. She [[http://www.sailorenergy.net/MangaPacificators/MangaPacisV01CH01P173.html calls them]] [[http://www.sailorenergy.net/MangaPacificators/MangaPacisV01CH01P174.html out on this]] after she broke up a fight between them.
* In ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' the reader is lead to believe that [[NobleDemon Sakido]] genuinely cares for her little brother Buwaro. While it may be that way now, it turns out she is acting as TheAtoner for maiming and abandoning him 15 years ago. Her final line, recorded in a journal, really hammers home how tortured she was on [[http://www.sdamned.com/2010/11/11252010/ that choice.]]
-->"If you are reading this and I'm no longer around, then I've gotten what I deserved."
* Following the media smear campaign and everything else in ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'', Sonic has become this to the remaining Freedom Fighters and Mobius. Let's just say that, when you know the Sonicverse as a whole, it's pretty jarring to see even Amy hating Sonic; Tails is literally the ''only'' being on Mobius who still believes in him.
* In a guest comic for ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'', Jared Kowalski gushes over new arrival Creator/ChuckNorris and asks him to sign his fish... and then realizes that Norris is afraid of it ([[FluffyTheTerrible it's actually a Gyarados]]).
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', when Tedd [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-08-30 first learns about Gerald]] he thinks he sounds like a BullyHunter and ignores Nanase's attempt to dissuade him from holding that view. Later when [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-09-27 he actually meets him]] he sees what Nanase was talking about and stands up to him when he antagonizes Nanase.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has a few.
** In the beginning of the story, [[TheHeart Elan]] positively adores [[AmbiguousGender Vaarsuvius]], to the point where Elan dresses as a wizard to try to be like him/her. However, after [[spoiler:Therkla, a ninja who had a crush on Elan, dies, Elan is extremely upset and Vaarsuvius simply is unconcerned about it, caring more about the danger to the world for the quest they are on. V also disintegrates Kubota without knowing what Kubota did, and accuses Elan of cheating on Haley with Therkla when he expresses sympathy for Therkla's unrequited love for him. V's cruelty causes Elan to abandon him.]]
** Miko Miyazaki had a very troubled life, being orphaned at an early age and raised in a monastery. She found comfort in serving the Twelve Gods and Lord Shojo, serving him even when he became old and senile. Hinjo, Shojo's nephew, serves his uncle, the only family he has left, just as faithfully. When [[spoiler:Shojo is revealed to have lied to them about his senility, the Gates, and working with Belkar Bitterleaf and Roy, just having found out an army of hobgoblins is on the way, Miko and Hinjo are both crushed. Hinjo reacts lawfully, by wanting to try Shojo after dealing with the hobgoblins. Miko takes a different approach, and cuts Shojo in half.]]
** When Elan first meets his long-lost father Tarquin, each of them promptly goes onto the other's pedestal due to their extreme charisma and love of storytelling, and because Elan always wanted a father (Tarquin being absent from his childhood to conquer the Western Continent and raise Nale), and because Tarquin believed that Elan was the Protagonist of his story and would be the great hero to vanquish him when he is nearing the end of a very successful life. However, Tarquin's pedestal is broken when Elan realizes that the giant flames in the hills spelling out his name are actually [[spoiler:escaped slaves nailed to the ground and lit on fire]], and it's only further broken when [[spoiler:Tarquin kills Nale and tries to kill Roy, Belkar, Durkon, and Elan's father figure Julio Scoundrél, as well as snapping Haley's arm without a second thought and trying to crash the airship Elan was on]]. Likewise, when Tarquin realizes that his son is not the hero of his story like Tarquin thought he was, he is very disappointed and goes to insane lengths to attempt to try to ''make him'' the hero of the story (by taking the above spoilered actions).
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[RebelliousPrincess Meenah Peixes]] was raised to become a caretaker for her people, which she saw as glorified slavery. When she learns her AlternateUniverse counterpart, [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen the Condesce]], became a violent and wealthy warlord, she's thrilled. Then she learns that [[FanNickname Condy]] killed and enslaved most of the alternate versions of Meenah's friends, even using [[MoralityPet Mituna Captor/The Psiioniic]] as [[PoweredByAForsakenChild a living battery for her battleship]]. Also, now she's an ''actual'' slave to [[BigBad Lord English]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Spacetrawler}}'': Rickshaw Boans, founder of Interplanet Amity, is a huge inspiration to Krep. When Rickshaw returns from parts unknown, he's even more zealous than he used to be, while Krep has undergone CharacterDevelopment and is no longer so gung-ho about Rickshaw's "shoot first, ask questions later, and take no prisoners" approach.
* When Kevin Kolton in ''Webcomic/EvilPlan'' joins the superhero team The Company he discovers their business model is less of a [[http://evilplan.thewebcomic.com/comics/2456287/chapter-17-page-28-motives/ peacekeeping force and more of an entertainment company.]] By the end of this chapter he rationalizes super villains escaping prison rather than being killed or stripped of abilities is more a matter of profit than justice.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' ARG ''ARG/HuntTheTruth'', a number of people feel this way towards the Master Chief after footage surfaces of him seemingly attacking an interspecies peace conference. [[spoiler:[[RebuiltPedestal The pedestal is rebuilt when it's revealed that he was actually trying to save the delegates from human-supremacist terrorists.]]]]
* ''WebVideo/KateModern'' has Rupert van Helding, whose teachings are admired by so many in the Hymn of One. It's a shame he's such a hypocrite.
* The Literature/UnionSeries has a Captain Evan [=McNeil=], poster boy for much of the Colonial military. While made out to be a cheerful, war-is-an-adventure type paragon of soldiering, the hard reality recruits are confronted by is that he is truly a tired, run down man, aged beyond his years, who's spent most of his adult life being flung from one incredibly bloody conflict to the next, with only the sincere desire that someone will get lucky and put a bullet through his head to end his misery.
* Xandra from the ''Website/{{Neopets}}'' story ''The Faerie's Ruin'' was a powerful witch who was taken to Faerieland to study. Initially, like the rest of Neopia, she believed that the Faeries were {{Big Good}}s, but the Faeries repeatedly refused to intervene in cases where she felt they should have. Feeling betrayed and deceived, she set out to break the pedestal for everyone else. [[spoiler:She fucking crashed Faerieland into Neopia!]]
* In ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars'', [[GenderBender Catherine]] [[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Grayson]] looked up to Yumiko because the latter was the type of person the former desired to be and befriended her [[spoiler:until she took a part of Alduin's soul. Even though Catherine stole Tomes and resurrected the dead, [[EveryoneHasStandards she was horrified by the actions]], calling Yumiko out in a WhatTheHellHero speech.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[PowerTrio The Triumvirate]] becomes this for the superheroes of the Protectorate when they find out [[IDidWhatIHadToDo what they've done in the name of saving the world.]]
* Sort of semi-subverted for [[spoiler:Fantöm]] in the ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' franchise, as he turns out to have been LockedOutOfTheLoop. He still gets a hard time from some of the characters for not noticing that [[spoiler:things were much easier for him than they should be, which meant someone was pulling strings to give him an unfair advantage)]] on his own.
* At the beginning of ''WebAnimation/SilverQuill'''s review of the ''Bravestarr'' episode "Fallen Idol," he is looking at all of the news footage centered around the ''Person/BillCosby'' rape case, then talks about how Cosby was someone he looked up to when he was a kid and is pretty upset about hearing about this.
* In the Amazon series ''Betas'', Zuckerberg-esque entrepreneur Zack Casper is one. Protagonist Trey wants to be like Zack, whose chatroom was a haven for young Trey after the divorce of his parents, but he later discovers that Zack frequently guts Silicon Valley startups out of greed, and has no interesting in changing the world for the better.
* In ''Film/SonOfTheMask'', WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic is saddened to learn that cuddly BigGood Santa Christ has become a bit of a sadist. Mostly to him.
* Occasionally used comedically in Jon Era ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'', since Jon was a long-time fan of ''Creator/{{Egoraptor}}'''s before they got to know each other in person.
-->'''Jon:''' To think... To think I used to worship you...
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' takes the aspect of Trunks and Vegeta's dynamic from [[Anime/DragonBallZ the source material]] and turns it UpToEleven due to Vegeta being an even bigger {{Jerkass}} than in canon, to the point of TokenEvilTeammate. And that's on top of Vegeta just being a [[AbusiveParents bad dad]] to him (calling him a bastard, winding him when he pushes the [[TheRival Goku]] [[BerserkButton Button]], giving ''no'' positive reinforcement in the [[YearOutsideHourInside Hyperbolic Time Chamber]], etc). Needless to say, at this point, Trunks is completely disillusioned with him. Then there's this bit:
-->'''Trunks:''' Mom said that (Vegeta) was stubborn, but this is just asinine.\\
'''Piccolo:''' Yeah, but at least he's not trying to [[CallBack kill us all]] again.\\
'''Trunks:''' He tried to what!?\\
'''Krillin:''' [[WhatTheHellHero Jesus, Future Bulma, what the shit?]]
** Trunks himself, on the other hand, is a bit of an inversion to Vegeta due to not pointing them at the right androids, there constantly being more than two androids (three if you count Cell) in the present, and the aforementioned Goku Button. As time flies, Vegeta starts slowly respecting him, if only slightly; he mentions that Trunks is at least almost as strong as he is, acknowledges when Trunks makes a remark that's ActuallyPrettyFunny, and after Trunks "thwarts his plans", he has this to say:
-->'''Vegeta:''' Huh. This is a new feeling. [[SoProudOfYou Pride in someone else.]] (wipes some [[BloodUpgrade blood]] from his face) Unfortunately, it's overshadowed by all of this '''''[[UnstoppableRage UNYIELDING RAGE!]]'''''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E4WhereNoDuckHasGoneBefore Where No Duck Has Gone Before]]", Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Doofus idol worship Major Courage, hero of the TV show "Courage of the Cosmos." The boys go on the show and are blind to the fact that their hero is just a vain, egotistical actor, and pay no attention to Launchpad and Scrooge's statements to the effect that his derring-do isn't real. When they realize that they have really been launched into outer space and real aliens have captured them, Courage panics, and the boys see what a coward he really is ("real heroes just do their jobs!").
-->'''Courage:''' What happened? What's going on?\\
'''Huey:''' We're going home!\\
'''Dewey:''' No thanks to you!\\
'''Louie:''' Yeah!\\
'''Doofus:''' You've been saved by a ''real'' hero -- Launchpad [=McQuack=]!
* In ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'', Race Bannon's old mentor (and boss) is revealed to have been working for [[BigBad Dr. Zin]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'' had this as the CentralTheme of the aptly-titled episode "[[Recap/BravestarrS1E2FallenIdol Fallen Idol]]". Bravestarr's mentor and idol Jingles Morgan turns out to be wanted for murder, which devastates Bravestarr. Throughout the episode, Bravestarr often tells Jingles "You were my hero..." in a mournful tone of voice. Upon Jingle's arrest, he attempts to understand why his idol attempted to kill him (you see, it was [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten a test of his ruthlessness]] to join Tex Hex's gang), only for Morgan to show how far he has fallen from the beloved JerkWithAHeartOfGold Bravestarr remembers by saying "I never asked to be your 'hero'". After he's taken away, Bravestarr tells his deputy (who looks up to him) that "[[AnAesop If anyone ever, ever lets you down, just... remember them for what they did right, and not what they did wrong.]]"
* ''The Kingdom Chums'' special "The Original Top Ten" is about the 10 commandments. In the "Thou shalt not worship false idols" segment, the dumber of the kids finds himself among crumbling statues of sports and rock-and-roll idols, although exactly ''why'' these kinds of idols aren't good (other than "not being God") isn't explored or has been lost to memory.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' does this to some extent in the episode, "Beware the Gray Ghost". The eponymous character (voiced by Creator/AdamWest) was the hero of an in-universe TV show that Bruce Wayne loved as a child, and an inspiration to the latter's own vigilantism. The actor, although not mean, is a bitter old man who has suffered from longterm unemployment, and briefly [[CreatorBacklash grows to hate his old role]]. Batman is quite disappointed when this RealityEnsues, but once it turns out that rediscovering the past is vital to solving a crime, [[spoiler:the actor fortunately rediscovers his passion, aids Batman on his quest, and the episode ends on a very high note]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack: The Animated Series'': Kay's mentor Alpha betrays him and the MIB after merging with some alien technology that allows him to [[BodyHorror combine]] with anything.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'':
** Brock Samson's mentor Colonel Hunter Gathers is thought to have gone rogue and Brock is sent on a mission to hunt him down and kill him. Brock is disgusted to find that his mentor, who insisted on never killing women or children, apparently killed the woman he'd slept with the night before (she turns out not to be dead, but Brock doesn't know that). [[spoiler:In the end, we see that his mentor ran off to get a perfectly innocent sex change, and the morals he passed down to Brock invalidated the now-female mentor as a target.]] Though as it turns out in season 4, he [[spoiler:really did go rogue... but he wanted to do things his own way rather than following OSI's strict policies]]. And with the Season 4 finale, it appears that [[spoiler:Colonel Gathers is the new commander of OSI, letting him come full circle.]]
** Season 3 showed flashbacks where [[spoiler:Dr. Jonas Venture Sr. was either a complete {{Jerkass}} or just too naive to realize the damage he was inflicting on his son due to his womanizing and seeming disregard for human life.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'': "The Story of Gangstalicious" is all about this, as Riley finds out quickly that his idol [[FeetOfClay isn't exactly]] [[MilesGloriosus what he made himself out to be]]. [[{{Gayngster}} Amongst other things...]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'':
** The eponymous character tracked down his favorite author only to find that she'd become mean and surly because of years of writer's block. His insistence that she was still his favorite author, despite how terribly she treated him before and during the interview for his school report, is the catalyst for her future change of heart and eventual return to writing.
** Eugene turned bad when he found out the actor from his favorite TV show wasn't anything like the character he plays. The same episode also subverts it when the actor saves Eugene and Spot, a smaller kid neighbor influenced by Eugene's breakdown from falling to their deaths, at great personal risk. As a result, it becomes a case of WartsAndAll, since Eugene realizes that for all his flaws, the actor is still a fundamentally good person.
** Then there was the time Phoebe found out her favorite singer, Ronnie Matthews, was a lip-synching hack.
** "Monkeyman!" features Sid losing his faith and admiration for the episode's titular character when he gets mugged right outside a building where Monkeyman was attending a party and his cries for help go unheard.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** There's an episode where Lisa learns that Springfield's founder Jebediah Springfield, contrary to his rugged frontier hero image, was actually a bloodthirsty pirate who once attempted to kill UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington. Though initially dedicated to revealing the truth to the town, she changes her mind since she didn't want to take away the inspiring (fake) image people had of Springfield.
** Another episode has Lisa learning about her ancestor Eliza Simpson, who was part of The Underground Railroad and helped a black slave reach freedom. Lisa becomes crushed when she later learns that Eliza was a coward who did not stand up to Burns's ancestor when he came to reclaim his slave.
** Subverted by Bart and Krusty the Clown, star of his favorite TV show. Although Krusty has ''repeatedly'' shown that he's a terrible role model, and has been an UngratefulBastard despite all the times Bart has helped him, Bart nonetheless remains devoted to his hero.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' does this with Stewie's love of fictional kids show ''Jolly Farm''. He goes to London only to find out ''Jolly Farm'' isn't real, Pengrove Pig is a pervert in a suit and Mother Maggie hates children and speaks with a Cockney accent.
* In ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', Eddy's brother was respected by most of the other kids (except for Kevin and Rolf, who fear him because they, or at least Rolf, are old enough to remember what [[TheBully he's really like]]), but [[spoiler:when he finally shows up in TheMovie, they lose that respect when he [[MoralEventHorizon beats up his own brother]], ForTheEvulz, [[MoralEventHorizon and Double D]], [[WhatTheHellHero just for calling him out]].]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' has [[JerkJock Tommy Sherman]] in the episode "The Misery Chick," who disappoints and disgusts everyone who meets him, even Kevin Thompson who idolizes him. [[spoiler:As soon as he's killed in an accident,]] Kevin forgets all about his problems with Tommy's character.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': At first, Derek Maza/Talon admired Xanatos greatly. He's the richest man in the world and he gave him a high paying job. When Derek was mutated, Xanatos became his only hope for a cure. All this was shattered when he realized Xanatos used him for his own nefarious schemes and was the one responsible for his transformation in the first place.
-->'''Talon''': I don't believe it. Goliath wasn't Sevarius' partner - it was ''you'' all along! I ''trusted'' you! You turned me into a monster and I ''defended'' you!
* In Book 2 of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko is suddenly exposed to the horrors of what his beloved Fire Nation is actually doing to the world. He shoves it aside for a while, though, [[spoiler:and helps Azula defeat Aang so he can return to the Fire Nation, where he's welcomed back by their father, Fire Lord Ozai]] and almost goes completely back to his old self, until [[spoiler:Azula and Ozai plot to incinerate the entire Earth Kingdom, and he can no longer deny he's on the wrong side of the war.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** [[spoiler:The Equalists, specifically [[TheDragon the Lieutenant,]] to [[BigBad Amon.]] Amon preached equality and removed the Bending of people to achieve it. Amon was revealed to be a Waterbender, and that shook the support from his cause. When the lieutenant finds out, he smashes his equalist mask, and attacks Amon, calling him a traitor, and screaming that they all had trusted him.]]
** In the Book 2 premiere, Korra hasn't had a good opinion of her father Tonraq since she learned he was one of the people behind the compound (Tenzin had a hand in that too) along with his exile from the Northern Water Tribe, and the fact he is [[OverprotectiveDad treating her like a child]]. But later on, Korra swears off loyalty to Unalaq once it's revealed he not only fixed her father's trial to send Tonraq to prison and also to appear "merciful", but also [[spoiler:caused Tonraq to be banished so that he could become chief of the Northern Water Tribe]]. After that, she [[RebuiltPedestal reconciles with him and Tenzin]], though realistically she still wants answers regarding her own upbringing for him to fully regain her trust.
** In Book 4, the final season, this would be the reason for [[IronLady Kuvira's]] FaceHeelTurn. She look up to Suyin, the leader of Zaofu and a woman who took her in when she was a homeless child and raised her like a mother, until Suyin refused to help the Earth Kingdom during its time of need. Kuvira lost all respect for Suyin and would go on to become the very thing Suyin feared, a tyrant, using Zaofu's advanced technology and resources to conquer the world.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'': Mike did not take it well finding out that Kane, [[LikeASonToMe who was his adoptive father]], [[ParentalBetrayal was evil]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Clash" revolves around the entire Justice League (and in particular, Superman) becoming this to Captain Marvel, culminating in him giving them an epic mix of WhatTheHellHero and TheReasonYouSuckSpeech by the end as he becomes disenchanted with the team and leaves them.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' has four cases of this, only one of which was never [[RebuiltPedestal rebuilt]] -- that one being Master Zan towards Antauri.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': [[spoiler:When Ahsoka was framed for multiple murders, terrorism and sedition, the Jedi Council abandoned her and made no effort to conduct their own investigation, and the Senate Court were more than happy to sentence her to death. Anakin and Padmé were the only ones to support her in all what she went through, and even after it's discovered that she was innocent, and she was offered back to the Jedi Council with a promotion, the damage was already done. Her faith in the Council was shattered and she leaves them completely. The event in question also kickstarts the distrust Anakin displayed with the Order during ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.]]
** It gets worse in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels''. [[spoiler:The knowledge that Anakin Skywalker is now a Sith Lord fueled by rage and hatred utterly devastates her. By the end of the series, she learns to accept what has happened and moves on]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "[[Recap/SupermanTheAnimatedSeriesS2E12BraveNewMetropolis Brave New Metropolis]]", the authors specifically wrote ComicBook/JimmyOlsen as having this relationship to Franchise/{{Superman}} after he goes KnightTemplar following ComicBook/LoisLane's death.
* ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'': Princess Amber used to have a crush on Prince Hugo until she saw him cheating during a failed attempt to keep Sofia from entering Royal Prep's Derby Racing Team.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has this between Megatron and Orion Pax [[spoiler:in the beginning of season 2]]. Millennia ago, they were both heroic until Orion Pax's becoming Optimus Prime caused Megatronus' jealousy to lead him to becoming the villainous Megatron. [[spoiler:When Optimus loses his memory, Megatron quickly resumes the master-pupil relationship for as long as he can until Orion starts figuring out that Megatronus isn't quite as noble as he remembers.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'':
** Cree was formerly Numbuh Five's mentor, her CoolBigSis (literally ''and'' figuratively) and one of the best operatives of all time. As you might expect, then, the fact that she turned traitor made her one of the worst examples of this trope, becoming the [[CainAndAbel Cain to Numbuh Five's Abel]] in the process. To make it worse, if Operation: M.A.U.R.I.C.E. is any indication, Cree seems more than willing to reconcile with her sister, but only on ''her'' terms; she seemed overjoyed when Abby briefly seemed to be willing to join her. Fortunately, [[spoiler:Abby's other idol convinced her otherwise.]]
** A strange example would have to be Chad Dickson, f.k.a. Numbuh 274 and Soopreme Leader of the KND. Both his debut and his final appearance had shown him to be downright idolized by his subordinates (he had ''trading cards'', for God's sake), making his betrayal downright heartbreaking in hindsight. Numbuh 1 deftly points this out in their final confrontation, having been one of the ones most affected by this betrayal as Chad was both a mentor and a dear friend to him, only for his former comrade to shout that he doesn't care. [[spoiler:While Chad being a teen spy like Maurice has somewhat redeemed him, Nigel's forlorn expression at the end of the episode expresses how that doesn't detract from his legitimate negative qualities or what happened between them.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'', Otto learns that his favorite skateboarding action hero movie star is coming to town to film another one of his movies but is stunned to learn that the kid is a huge {{Jerkass}} who doesn't know how to skateboard, has all his stunts done by a (female) double, and rudely rejects Otto's request for an autograph.
* In a VerySpecialEpisode of ''Literature/TheLittles'' entitled "A Little Drunk" regarding alcohol abuse, Henry and the Littles are big fans of the action movie star Kurt Corwin, but when they go meet him in Hollywood they are dismayed to find that Kurt is a raging alcoholic that doesn't do his own stunts and is rude to the crew (the latter because of the alcohol).
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':
** Danielle, [[spoiler:Valerie, and Jack]] lose admiration, loyalty and respect for Vlad once they see his true colors by the end of the series.
** Maddie had viewed Vlad as a strange but trustworthy friend since their college years, but she changes her opinion after Vlad confesses that he always loved her and blames Jack for causing the portal accident (and [[EntitledBastard "stealing"]] Maddie from him).
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': In "Troq," the Titans all think that the alien superhero Val-Yor is cool... until they discover that he is [[FantasticRacism prejudiced against]] [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero Tamaraneans]] and that "Troq", the apparent nickname he gave Starfire, is actually a FantasticSlur.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Finn finds out his dad is trapped in the Citadel and is excited to meet him, even giving him the benefit of the doubt for abandoning him as a baby. [[spoiler:But upon meeting his dad, Martin, he behaves like a {{Jerkass}} and doesn't even give Finn a real explanation for abandoning him in the forest. Then after Finn heals his injured leg, Martin proceeds to abandon Finn again for a group of escaped criminals. During said escape causes Finn's arm to get ripped off. Can you blame Finn for wanting revenge afterwards?]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries,'' Harvey discovers that his favorite action star isn't as tough in real life as he is in his movies. He doesn't do his own stunts, he enjoys cooking and he's scared of spiders. In the end though, the star saves Harvey, who was trapped inside a building that was about to collapse and [[RebuiltPedestal earns back his respect.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** In "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic", [=SpongeBob=] gets to spend the day with his idol, jellyfish enthusiast Kevin C. Cucumber, and is even offered the chance to join his group. However, Kevin is actually a {{Jerkass}} who only wants to humiliate [=SpongeBob=] (but has a [[ButtMonkey hard time doing it]]). He eventually plays a trick on [=SpongeBob=], leaving him feeling hurt and embarrassed when Kevin reveals that he thinks of him as nothing but a loser. Kevin gets his LaserGuidedKarma at the end when [=SpongeBob=] proves to be the better jellyfisher.
** In a later episode, [=SpongeBob=] meets another of his heroes, Kenny the Cat, who has the ability to hold his breath underwater for hours. [=SpongeBob=] is devastated when he discovers that Kenny has been using an oxygen tank for breathing.
** Mr. Krabs suffers this in "Selling Out" after he meets Howard Blandy, head of the Blandy Franchising Company and an ''extremely'' rich man. Blandy purchases the Krusty Krab and turns it into a generic franchise restaurant. Krabs doesn't seem to mind the changes until he discovers Blandy is now mass-producing Krabby Patties from piles of grey goop, at which point he goes utterly ''berserk''.
--->'''Mr. Krabs''': I used to kiss the ground you walked on, Blandy, but after seeing ''this''... I wouldn't even '''spit''' in yer direction!
* ''WesternAnimation/PowerpuffGirls'': Princess Morbucks wanted to join the Powerpuff Girls when she first met them, but after they rejected her she decided to destroy them so she can be the only powerpuff girl.
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'':
** In the episode "Lights, Camera, Mongoose" the pets meet Shahrukh, the famous movie star mongoose, who they all admire, only to discover that he is a lazy jerk who expects everyone to do everything for him, even blinking for him.
** In "The Big Feathered Parade," Blythe meets the famous fashion designer, Ramone, who she greatly admires. That is until he steals her designs for the titled parade and tries to pass them off as his own.
** Subverted in the episode "Lotsa Luck", where Pepper meets her comedy idol, an orangutan named Old Bananas. At first, it looks like that he is a miserable old grump who doesn't laugh at any of Pepper's jokes. But then it turns out that the whole thing was just an act to help Pepper get ready for the big leagues.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'', [[WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan Spider-Man]] suffers this towards Captain America when the latter quits and forms his own team after Ultron made fools of everyone.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In the season five episode "Rarity Investigates!", Rainbow Dash meets her idol Wind Rider, a famous Wonderbolt who holds the record in the Mustang Marathon. However, when Rainbow Dash is framed for the crime of getting rid of Spitfire so she can take her place in the Wonderbolts show, and will be kicked off the Wonderbolts reserves if she doesn't prove her innocence, Rarity takes matters into her own hands and her own investigation reveals [[spoiler:that Wind Rider was behind it all. He sent Spitfire away with a fake note that her mother was sick and framed Rainbow Dash by cutting off some of her hair and planting it. Why? Because he was afraid Rainbow Dash would break his flight record, and with her out of the way, his record would be totally secure. If lying and screwing around with Spitfire's personal life in order to sabotage Rainbow Dash's future for such a petty and selfish reason wasn't bad enough, Wind Rider is also revealed to be an extremely narcissistic SmugSuper who self-admits he isn't above playing dirty to get ahead, even if it means screwing over his teammates. Needless to say, Wind Rider's pedestal crumbled pretty quickly, and he was swiftly booted off the Wonderbolts team.]]
** Rainbow Dash has had this happen to her twice with the Wonderbolts, mostly with their leader, Spitfire, only for it to be subverted both times. The first time was in the episode "Wonderbolts Academy", where Spitfire makes Lighting Dust a lead pony and not Rainbow Dash, who is mostly upset about it because she thinks she deserves it. But then she gets upset about it when Lighting Dust starts to become reckless with her duties, even going as far as to creating a tornado to clear all of the clouds in the skies, which almost kills all of Rainbow's friends, and not showing any remorse for what she did. Rainbow almost quits the academy, thinking that only reckless ponies get in, but Spitfire stops her and tells her that Wonderbolts push themselves in the right direction. She then strips Lightning Dust of her leadership and gives it to Rainbow.
** The second time was in the episode "Rainbow Falls". During the tryouts for the Equestria Games, Soarin' injures his wing and Spitfire, along with another Wonderbolt member, Fleet Foot, convince Rainbow Dash to take his place until he's recovered. Later on, Spitfire and Fleet Foot tell Rainbow that Soarin's wing won't be healed in time for the tryouts and they ask her to be part of their team permanently. But then Rainbow Dash discovers that Soarin's wing is fully healed and that Spitfire and Fleet Foot lied to her just so they could get a better flyer. Rainbow refuses their offer, stating that they may be a winning team, but they're not the kind of team she wants to be a part of. Spitfire and Fleet Foot soon discover the errors of their ways and apologize to Soarin' and let him back on the team.
** Rainbow Dash is hit with this in turn with "Parental Glideance". With her parents constantly following her and cheering her on, Rainbow Dash is driven up the wall by it, embarrassed to no end. When they keep doing so when she enters the Wonderbolts locker room, she finally blows up on them... in front of Scootaloo, who was with Dash's parents at the time. The filly, upset to see her idol chew out her own parents, throws down her scrapbook she was creating about her and storms out. This makes Rainbow realize that she took it too far, and sets up a private Wonderbolts show as an apology gift for her parents, [[RebuiltPedestal earning Scootaloo's respect back in the process]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** Peridot holds up her leader, Yellow Diamond, as the most brilliant, rational, objective being in the universe. Over the course of a brief conversation, she discovers that the latter [[RevengeBeforeReason is unwilling to pursue any course of action]] that isn't "blow up the Earth [[EvilIsPetty out of spite]]". Peridot [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu does not take it well]], [[spoiler:cementing her HeelFaceTurn in the process]].
** During the [[GreatOffscreenWar Gem War]], Bismuth was a devoted follower of Rose Quartz and her ideals, but the two had a falling out when the former showed signs of JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope, resulting in a confrontation and Bismuth being [[SealedGoodInACan sealed away]] for millennia. When Steven releases her in the present, she still carries some resentment over said confrontation, and learning that [[spoiler:Rose [[WhatYouAreInTheDark never told their friends what happened to her]]]] doesn't help matters. After she [[spoiler:forces Steven to strike her down, he tells her that he won't make the same mistakes Rose did; Bismuth tells him that [[RebuiltPedestal he's already a better person than Rose was]].]]
** In return, Bismuth herself became one to the remaining Crystal Gems, who still thought of her as still dedicated to their cause of protecting the Earth and a potential leader in Rose's absence. But when they find out that she tried to kill Rose (and Steven) over an [[MoralEventHorizon ethical issue]] regarding [[GreyAndGreyMorality Homeworld's supporters]], and that she was [[TheUnfettered willing to even kill her own closest friends over it]] [[RevengeBeforeReason (putting her own personal goals of vengeance as her first priority)]], they become [[EtTuBrute heartbroken]] at her [[FaceHeelTurn betrayal]] and agree with Steven to keep her sealed away.
** The event described above, and TheReveal that Rose [[spoiler:''shattered'' Pink Diamond]] has deeply affected Steven's perception of Rose.
*** [[spoiler:Even though it turns out Rose ''didn't'' actually shatter Pink Diamond]], the pedestal is going to be broken even further with TheReveal that [[spoiler:Rose actually ''used to be'' Pink Diamond all along, faking her shattering with Pearl's help to save Earth]]. [[spoiler:Sapphire, in particular, did not take this revelation very well]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has Chicken Boo where his disguise fails, exposing him as a giant chicken and everyone turns against him.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndScrappyDoo'': Shaggy, Scrappy, and Scooby are all horrified when they believe their favorite comic book character has come to life and is acting like a villain. [[spoiler:Of course, [[ScoobyDooHoax it's just a hoax perpetuated by an assistant to the creator of that character]]. The assistant wanted to create his own comic book character because he no longer wanted to be an unknown assistant.]]
-->'''Scrappy:''' That's my hero... so why is he acting like a meanie?
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''
** In the episode "150 Piece Kit", Mordecai and Rigby are madly admiring the band Hair to the Throne that was arranged to come play their music and drum solo in their park (as opposed to Benson, who isn't taking too kindly to their visit). Then the band tricks Mordecai and Rigby into driving them to Benson's recently set up percussion kit to destroy it, which makes both of them lose all respect for the band.
--->''[Benson arrives and sees Hair to the Throne destroying his kit]''\\
'''Rigby:''' Stop!\\
'''Mordecai:''' You guys are supposed to be cool!\\
'''Oggy:''' We ''are'' cool. That's why we destroyed that loser's drum kit.\\
'''Gunner and Bass Player:''' Ooh!\\
'''Mordecai:''' No way. I don't care how good your first album was. You're just a bunch of jerks.
** Near the end of the episode, however, after Benson successfully performs his drum solo, the band members [[JerkassRealization realize how awful they were towards Benson and apologize]], and beg him to come back to their band.
--->'''Oggy:''' Benson, we're sorry, mate. It was pretty uncool of us to throw you out of the band and lie about you. We know that now. You're the heart and soul of the band, Benson. Please, come back.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Brickleberry}}'' Steve gets to meet his childhood icon, a Smokey the Bear expy named Flamey the Bear, who turns out to be a drug-addicted asshole who has sex with Ethel on Steve's bed and gives Steve a mean-spirited autograph.
* PlayedForLaughs in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'': In "The Wedding Crashers", Clover is so stoked to see Prince Charlie at the royal wedding. But upon witnessing that he's actually a cowardly PrinceCharmless, she immediately crosses his type off her dream boy wish list.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bobs Burgers}}'' has "Torpedo", where Bob meets a baseball player he's always been a fan of, though everyone keeps pointing out that it's a little weird that his hero is the same age as him. Due to certain events, Bob ends up providing him with burger grease that he uses to cheat at the games. When Bob decides to cut him off, Torpedo reveals that he has been cheating his whole career and flat out calls this trope out.
--->'''Torpedo:''' Word of advice. Next time you want a role model, find an older guy. By the time you grow up, they're dead.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** In the episode "Rainforest Shmainforest", we meet Miss Stevens, a woman who leads an environmentalist choir tour called "Getting Gay With Kids", whose primary objective is to save the rainforest from destruction and threatening the living things (and a tribal group) that make it its habitat. After actually venturing in the rainforest, nearly getting lost in the dark, getting attacked by guerrilla rebels, and nearly getting eaten alive by a giant native, she finally express her regret on ever respecting the rainforest in front of all the kids, and after escaping, she has modified the lyrics of her choir so it conveys the message of destroying the rainforest instead of saving it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' episode "Sea Fright", Ray Stantz starts admiring a treasure hunter named Max Pilopolous. Ray loses his respect for his hero when the Ghostbusters try to ask his permission to borrow the treasure he recently found so they can use it to make it easier to capture the ghosts of Captain Jack Higgins and his crew, only for Pilopolous to rudely turn them away.