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edited 14th Jun '15 9:40:54 AM by SeptimusHeap
- Unfortunately, Pixar may be heading down this trail, at least in the critic's eyes: Cars 2 received very negative reception from critics, and Brave was released to mixed reviews.
edited 8th Jul '12 1:19:44 PM by Midna
edited 8th Jul '12 3:09:38 PM by Fighteer
edited 8th Jul '12 6:09:14 PM by Indigo12ash
- For several weeks, it was teased that Madison Rayne had a crush on someone in the company. It started with her fussing over what she was going to wear, progressed to her coming out during matches to act like a smitten schoolgirl, then even asking Garett Bischoff what her crush was like. On the 7/5/12 edition of Impact, she came out after Devon's TV title defense and revealed who her crush was by kissing him near-senseless. Her crush? Earl Hebner.
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edited 9th Jul '12 8:30:25 PM by Willbyr
- Buzz Lightyearof Star Command has some, but the particular example is Evil Buzz Lightyear from an alternate universe. He manipulates Gravitina, who's in love with him, by pretending he loves her as well, but when her life is in danger, he doesn't even try to help! He even reacts to her cries sarcastically. Let's also mention NOS-4-A2. He is a vampire robot who enjoys torturing other machines and he brainwashed XR into becaming evil. Actually, his goal is pretty evil. He wants to turn the WHOLE UNIVERSE INTO MACHINES! As a result, he's one of the few villains to get Killed Offfor Real in his last appearance. Ironically, Zurg himself, who was considered as the most evil villain in the whole galaxy, avoids falling into this trope due to being very much an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
- The Tracker. His horrifying appearance and complete lack of personality besides relentlessly trying to kill the heroes definitely solidifies him as the show's most evil character.
- Phobos could count as well. He abducts and tortures Will, and he wishes to kill his own sister.
- Prodigal Hero: It appears to have originated this trope.
- The Trope Namer of sorts is Jesus' fable of the Prodigal Son, in which a boy leaves home, loses all of his money gambling, becomes a wreck, and finally returns home, only to be greeted with love and open arms. However, because the son has no real dire reason to leave, and because there is no conflict upon his return, this isn't exactly a straight version of the trope at work.
- A more direct version of the trope, however, comes from earlier in The Bible with the tale of Moses fleeing Egypt, living happily in the desert, and then returning to Egypt to free the Jews from the tyrannical Pharaoh.