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The Dog Bites Back: Real Life

  • This is a very common trope within organized crime. Leave it at that, please.
  • It has been estimated that some 30% of all Roman Emperors were fallen via this trope.
  • The Vlasov's Army. During World War II, a whole army corps of Soviet conscript prisoners of war, led by Major General Andrei Vlasov, turned their weapons against their own and fought on side of the Germans. Needless to say, Josef Stalin wasn't amused.
  • An act of this caused the Montgomery Bus Boycott; Rosa Parks recognized her driver on December 1, 1955, as the same one who had committed highway robbery against her 12 years before, and she refused to budge from her seat when told to.
  • During The American Civil War, President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis had house slaves. Did the man waging war to perpetuate black enslavement think that maybe, just maybe, his slaves might not be the best people to discuss his war plans in front of? Of course he didn't. His coach-slave, William A. Jackson, eventually fled Northwards with a good chunk of his secret war plans.
  • Part of the reason the Battle of Caporetto was a complete disaster for the Italian Army: upon realizing the Austro-Hungarians had broken through, many soldiers, after three years of overtly harsh discipline, exaggerated punishments and frontal attacks against machine guns, shot their officers and started walking home, immediately surrendering whenever they stumbled on the enemy troops. Had the commander in chief (personally responsible for all that) not been sacked then and there and the soldiers seen Italian civilians running from the enemy in terror, that could have been the start of a near-total mutiny of the army.
  • This often happens when cases of bullying has gone for too long, even if it's done in cyberspace.


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