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Sometimes this character is the RebelliousPrincess if this trope is the reason the princess ran away. May also be the BlackSheep or WhiteSheep. If the character is defecting from the antagonists (or at least from a group whose goals or methods are less than admirable), perhaps because they are a GuiltRiddenAccomplice, expect the former cronies to become AllOfTheOtherReindeer. Compare RebelliousRebel. Beware that one is not RewardedAsATraitorDeserves, though. Particularly likely to happen if a character finds out that they were TheOnlyBeliever in whatever cause or system has become so decadent and corrupt. See also EvilVirtues and MrViceGuy. Compare RageWithinTheMachine and CultDefector.

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Sometimes this character is the RebelliousPrincess if this trope is the reason the princess ran away. May also be the BlackSheep or WhiteSheep. If the character is defecting from the antagonists (or at least from a group whose goals or methods are less than admirable), perhaps because they are a GuiltRiddenAccomplice, expect the former cronies to become AllOfTheOtherReindeer. Compare RebelliousRebel.RebelliousRebel, ResignInProtest. Beware that one is not RewardedAsATraitorDeserves, though. Particularly likely to happen if a character finds out that they were TheOnlyBeliever in whatever cause or system has become so decadent and corrupt. See also EvilVirtues and MrViceGuy. Compare RageWithinTheMachine and CultDefector.


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* ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'': This, and maybe a touch of DefeatMeansFriendship, is why Baron Soontir Fel left the Empire and joined Rogue Squadron. The page image is of him standing aloof in a celebration for a victory that he does not believe merited the name. Of course, the fact that he married Wedge Antilles' sister probably helped the switch along, too.

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* ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'': ''ComicBook/XWingRogueSquadron'': This, and maybe a touch of DefeatMeansFriendship, is why Baron Soontir Fel left the Empire and joined Rogue Squadron. The page image is of him standing aloof in a celebration for a victory that he does not believe merited the name. Of course, the fact that he married Wedge Antilles' sister probably helped the switch along, too.


** After [[spoiler: The Fall of Beacon]], Weiss and Ironwood show absolute disgust at the members of Atlas high society who are wrapped up in their trivial concerns and don't recognize what a tragedy it was or the sacrifices made during the battle.

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** After [[spoiler: The Fall of Beacon]], Weiss and General Ironwood show absolute disgust at the members of Atlas high society who are wrapped up in their trivial concerns and don't recognize what a tragedy it was or the sacrifices made during the battle.battle. Weiss ultimately flees home to rejoin her sister and friends. Ironwood, however, doesn't defect, but starts taking ''control''.
** Implied to be the case for May Marigold. Her cousin Henry is one of the [[UpperClassTwit Upper-Class Twits]] of the Atlas elite, blind to societal issues and interested far more in chatting up pretty girls at parties. May, meanwhile, is part of the Happy Huntresses, a team of [[VigilanteWoman vigilante]] political activists who seek to improve the lot of the impoverished city of Mantle.

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* In Series/TheDarkCrystalAgeOfResistance, SkekGra the Conquerer turned away from the evil Skeksis, being branded Heretic, all for the sake of saving Thra, and reuniting with his other half, UrGoh the Wanderer. As a result, he lives in exile with UrGoh in a mountain in a desert. It's not as glamorous as how he lived in the castle, but it's more inviting.


Sometimes this character is the RebelliousPrincess if this trope is the reason the princess ran away. May also be the BlackSheep or WhiteSheep. If the character is defecting from the antagonists (or at least from a group whose goals or methods are less than admirable), perhaps because they are a GuiltRiddenAccomplice, expect the former cronies to become AllOfTheOtherReindeer. Compare RebelliousRebel. Beware that one is not RewardedAsATraitorDeserves, though. Particularly likely to happen if a character finds out that they were TheOnlyBeliever in whatever cause or system has become so decadent and corrupt. See also EvilVirtues, MrViceGuy, and SpoiledSweet. Compare RageWithinTheMachine and CultDefector.

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Sometimes this character is the RebelliousPrincess if this trope is the reason the princess ran away. May also be the BlackSheep or WhiteSheep. If the character is defecting from the antagonists (or at least from a group whose goals or methods are less than admirable), perhaps because they are a GuiltRiddenAccomplice, expect the former cronies to become AllOfTheOtherReindeer. Compare RebelliousRebel. Beware that one is not RewardedAsATraitorDeserves, though. Particularly likely to happen if a character finds out that they were TheOnlyBeliever in whatever cause or system has become so decadent and corrupt. See also EvilVirtues, MrViceGuy, EvilVirtues and SpoiledSweet.MrViceGuy. Compare RageWithinTheMachine and CultDefector.

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* In ''Fanfic/{{SAPR}}'', Blake Belladonna leaves the White Fang because of her differing moral convictions much like she does in canon ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', but unlike there she gets wrapped up in [[TradingBarsForStripes an Atlesian penal soldier scheme to avoid jail time]], and as she works alongside the Atlesian Huntress team RSPT and interacts with the people of the northern kingdom she finds in Atlas everything that she thought she had in the White Fang and more. So she decides to enlist in their military full time as soon as the terms of her conscription are fulfilled. The chapter "Prologue II: Scattered Points of Light" sees her graduating from Atlas Academy and becoming a specialist in the military.
** In that same story [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Gilda Swiftwind]] eventually decides that the White Fang isn't worth fighting for either, but unlike Blake she instead goes and pledges her service to [[spoiler:House Belladonna]].

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* In ''WesterAnimation/StevenUniverse'', we learned that [[spoiler:Pink Diamond, one of the elites of the Gem Race was one. After sneaking down to Earth's surface when it was in the midst of becoming her colony, she learned that the process of creating new Gems takes away the planet's ability to form its unique organic life. When her attempts to convince her fellow Diamonds to end the colonization were dismissed, she donned the false identity of a rebellious Rose Quartz to scare the gems. Pinnk eventually expanded her cause to allow gems to be free from the restricting caste system. Her revolution ended when she faked her own shattering by her Rose Quartz identity, believing the Diamonds will abandon Earth as a lost cause. They do, but not before unleashing a devasting wave to wipe out whatever Gems were left on Earth's surface.]]

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**[[spoiler:General Hux]] leaks information to the republic in ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'' not out of sympathy for the republic but because, in [[spoiler: his]] own words, [[spoiler: he]] wants Kylo Ren to lose.

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*** An especially interesting case is clan Lasombra. The bulk of clan Lasombra are members of the Sabbat, and consider Camarilla-affiliated Lasombra to be the ''antitribu''. The Camarilla Lasombra consider ''themselves'' to be the clan proper, and will take any indication that they aren't extremely poorly.

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* A sizable chunk of Hargon's forces defect to the Builder over the course of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestBuilders2'', some out of genuine altruism, others for pragmatic issues. Kind of hard to keep loyalty when the edict you enforce makes it hard for your own forces to eat.

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* ''Literature/XandriCorelel'': Karrckchak, a planet in the [[TheFederation Starsystems Alliance]], contains several [[AbsoluteXenophobe Zechak]] refugee settlements. One Zechak works as a greengrocer in Trade Town.

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* In one version of the ComicBook/FreedomFighters, the [[Franchise/{{Superman}} last survivor of Krypton]] landed in Nazi Germany and became Overman. Overman steamrolled the Allies and defeated Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters, leading to the Nazis ruling the United States. However, Overman grew increasingly horrified and became disenchanted with the Nazis, leaving for space. His absence gave the Freedom Fighters a chance to return.

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** How did the Demon Hunters get the ability to make Assassin {{Magitek}} traps? In ''VideoGame/DiabloII'', there was Natalya, an Assassin NPC you can meet. After the events of the second game, it turned out that the Assassins were so fixated on hunting down renegade mages that almost all of them missed the far more important [[HellOnEarth demon invasion of Sanctuary]] and did nothing in the battle for Mount Arreat. Natalya became disgusted with them and became a Demon Hunter to atone.


Sometimes this character is the RebelliousPrincess if this trope is the reason the princess ran away. May also be the BlackSheep or WhiteSheep. If the character is defecting from the antagonists (or at least from a group whose goals or methods are less than admirable), perhaps because they are a GuiltRiddenAccomplice, expect the former cronies to become AllOfTheOtherReindeer. Compare RebelliousRebel. Beware that one is not RewardedAsATraitorDeserves, though. Particularly likely to happen if a character finds out that they were TheOnlyBeliever in whatever cause or system has become so decadent and corrupt. See also EvilVirtues and MrViceGuy. Compare RageWithinTheMachine and CultDefector.

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Sometimes this character is the RebelliousPrincess if this trope is the reason the princess ran away. May also be the BlackSheep or WhiteSheep. If the character is defecting from the antagonists (or at least from a group whose goals or methods are less than admirable), perhaps because they are a GuiltRiddenAccomplice, expect the former cronies to become AllOfTheOtherReindeer. Compare RebelliousRebel. Beware that one is not RewardedAsATraitorDeserves, though. Particularly likely to happen if a character finds out that they were TheOnlyBeliever in whatever cause or system has become so decadent and corrupt. See also EvilVirtues EvilVirtues, MrViceGuy, and MrViceGuy.SpoiledSweet. Compare RageWithinTheMachine and CultDefector.



** Captain Alberich of Karse presents an arguable subversion. Although he was deeply troubled by the [[CorruptChurch corruption of his homeland's ruling theocracy]], the practice of letting bandits run free in the borderlands to provide cover for raids against the [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar demon-riders]] to the north, and the not-so-occasional burning of those with [[PsychicPowers 'witch-powers']], he did not defect to Valdemar so much as get [[CallToAdventure shanghaied by]] one of the [[CoolHorse "White Demons"]] the place was known for.
** [=OTOH=], he ''was'' only snatched after he was beaten and locked in a shed, which was then set on ''[[BurnTheWitch fire]]'' by his own forces on the order of a prelate after his own less-than-controlled "witch-powers" warned him in time to rescue a Karsite hamlet from a nasty bandit raid.

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** Captain Alberich of Karse presents an arguable subversion. Although he was deeply troubled by the [[CorruptChurch corruption of his homeland's ruling theocracy]], the its practice of letting bandits run free in the borderlands to provide cover for raids against the [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar demon-riders]] to the north, and the not-so-occasional burning of those with [[PsychicPowers 'witch-powers']], he did not defect to Valdemar so much as get [[CallToAdventure shanghaied by]] one of the [[CoolHorse "White Demons"]] the place was known for.
for. But once he saw the truth of things for himself, he devoted his life to protecting the ''real'' good guys.
** [=OTOH=], he ''was'' only snatched after he was beaten and locked in a shed, which was then set on ''[[BurnTheWitch fire]]'' by his own forces on the order of a prelate after his own less-than-controlled "witch-powers" warned allowed him in time to rescue a Karsite hamlet from a nasty bandit raid.



-->''Then I did not fully realize the cowardice of my jeddak, or the bravery of you and the girl. I am an old man from another age and I love courage. At first I resented the girl's attack upon me, but later I came to see the bravery of it and it won my admiration, as have all her acts. She feared not O-tar, she feared not me, she feared not all the warriors of Manator. And you! Blood of a million sires! how you fight! I am sorry that I exposed you at The Fields of Jetan. I am sorry that I dragged the girl Tara back to O-Tar. I would make amends. I would be your friend. Here is my sword at your feet.''

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-->''Then I did not fully realize the cowardice of my jeddak, or the bravery of you and the girl. I am an old man from another age and I love courage. At first I resented the girl's attack upon me, but later I came to see the bravery of it and it won my admiration, as have all her acts. She feared not O-tar, she feared not me, she feared not all the warriors of Manator. And you! Blood of a million sires! how How you fight! I am sorry that I exposed you at The Fields of Jetan. I am sorry that I dragged the girl Tara back to O-Tar. I would make amends. I would be your friend. Here is my sword at your feet.''



* In the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' books, Atrus and his group happen across [[MeaningfulName Terahnee]], a land of seemingly infinite plenty, led by wise descendants of the survivors of the fall of D'ni. One such descendant, though, owing to the kindness shown him by the invisible, horrifically-treated underclasses when he grew sick, eventually leads the first steps towards a rebellion.

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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' books, Atrus and his group happen across [[MeaningfulName Terahnee]], a land of seemingly infinite plenty, led by wise descendants of the survivors of the fall of D'ni. One such descendant, though, owing to because of the kindness shown him by the invisible, horrifically-treated underclasses when he grew sick, eventually leads the first steps towards a rebellion.


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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' has Simon, a pampered heir who never questioned the Alliance's wisdom, or had any reason to...until he received a distress call from his beloved sister, who they were [[DarkSecret torturing for the Greater Good (tm)]]. So he committed his life and fortune to breaking her out, and then they went to live on a tin can with a bunch of outlaws so she would be safe. But Simon is content, because he did the right thing.

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* Geronima "Hero" de Vera of ''Literature/AmericaIsNotTheHeart'', who grew up as part of the landed, privileged, petty-oligarch de Vera family in the Ilocos region of the northern {{UsefulNotes/Philippines}}, but who left the shadow of privilege during Martial Law to join a rebel movement fighting the dictatorship of then-Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos (who, being Ilocano himself, was not only staunchly supported by the de Vera clan as a whole, but is actually distantly related to them by marriage).

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