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* In the opening scene of ''Film/TheIronBuddha'', Xiao Tian-zhun, a murderer and rapist, is granted a second chance by Master Liu-Peng, who accepts Xiao as his student and teaches him higher levels of martial arts skills. Upon graduation, Xiao then murders Master Liu and his daughters, hunts down and slays all his former classmates from the same school, and goes on a killing spree, having apparently learnt nothing from his tutelage in the martial arts school.

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* In the opening scene of ''Film/TheIronBuddha'', Xiao Tian-zhun, a murderer and rapist, is granted a second chance by Master Liu-Peng, who accepts Xiao as his student and teaches him higher levels of martial arts skills. Upon graduation, Xiao then murders Master Liu and his daughters, hunts down and slays all his former classmates from the same school, and goes on a killing spree, having apparently learnt nothing from his tutelage in the martial arts school.


** Happens in an in-universe fairytale told by Smolder, in which a cunning dragoness is taken in by the kindly old Dragon Lord, before exploiting his kindness to usurp and banish him. Because dragons value MightMakesRight, [[[[DeliberateValuesDissonance this is considered a happy ending]].

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** Happens in an in-universe fairytale told by Smolder, in which a cunning dragoness is taken in by the kindly old Dragon Lord, before exploiting his kindness to usurp and banish him. Because dragons value MightMakesRight, [[[[DeliberateValuesDissonance [[DeliberateValuesDissonance this is considered a happy ending]].

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** Happens in an in-universe fairytale told by Smolder, in which a cunning dragoness is taken in by the kindly old Dragon Lord, before exploiting his kindness to usurp and banish him. Because dragons value MightMakesRight, [[[[DeliberateValuesDissonance this is considered a happy ending]].


Correctly discerning the irredeemable from the redeemable is tricky, of course, and expect characters to argue over whether this trope even applies. After all, in RealLife, this belief is used to justify ignoring people in need, especially if they have ever done anything vaguely "bad". In fact, characters believing in this trope too passionately often creates unsympathetic-to-villainous characters - anything from uncaring zealots to psychotic serial murderers who believe they are purging society of its permanently corrupted evil dregs since there is no hope for redemption for them.

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Correctly discerning the irredeemable from the redeemable is tricky, of course, and expect characters to argue over whether this trope even applies. After all, in RealLife, this belief is used to justify ignoring people in need, especially if they have ever done anything vaguely "bad". In fact, characters believing in this trope too passionately often creates unsympathetic-to-villainous unsympathetic to outright villainous characters - anything from uncaring zealots to psychotic serial murderers who believe they are purging society of its permanently corrupted evil dregs since there is no hope for redemption for them.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'': Referenced by name in one of the ''Fast Forward'' episodes. After saving his PsychoRangers counterpart from danger and while helping nurse him back to health, Leo tells him (and the audience) the "Frog and Scorpion" version of the fable. However, the episode deconstructs the dynamic in two different ways; first, Leo [[GoodIsNotDumb isn't stupid, and fully anticipates Dark Leo's betrayal]]. The second is that, while Dark Leo does betray the turtles, he still [[CharacterDevelopment develops]] as a result of Leo's lesson and starts treating his [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes brothers]] better at the end of the episode ([[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove much to their bewilderment]]).


* ''FanFic/PrinceCharming'': {{Discussed}} by Adrien after Marinette breaks his curse and he realizes that he can never be with the girl he loves.

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* ''FanFic/PrinceCharming'': ''Fanfic/PrinceCharming'': {{Discussed}} by Adrien after Marinette breaks his curse and he realizes that he can never be with the girl he loves.


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* ''Fanfic/PointMeAtTheSkyrim'': Antares spares Raven's life, even though she's clearly a remorseless murderer and rapist of a bandit, and Raven attemps to clobber her as soon as Victoria turns her back on her.
-->'''Antares:''' "Fucking why?!"\\
'''Raven:''' "You let your guard down. I had to give it a shot."\\
'''Antares:''' "I held back. I gave you a second chance and saved you from giant spiders. From being executed even!"\\
'''Raven:''' "Ya. Thanks."\\
'''Antares:''' "''Fuck you''."


* ''WesternAnimation/Frozen2013'': From the moment they meet, Anna shows [[spoiler:Prince Hans]] nothing but kindness and love, and even considers him her OneTrueLove. In fact, both share their [[NotSoDifferent similar]] [[BirdsOfAFeather backgrounds]] of older siblings ignoring them, and even quickly agree to a FourthDateMarriage ''despite the fact that both met each other on the same day'', something which they get called on. That doesn't hinder [[spoiler:Hans's]] plans of [[spoiler:seizing control of Arendelle by faking his romance with Anna]] one bit and doesn't soften his attitude towards her in fact, when he [[EvilAllAlong reveals]] his [[BaitTheDog true colors]], he cruelly mocks her for quickly agreeing to marry him "[[DidYouActuallyBelieve just like that]]," which made his plan easier than expected. This briefly left her despondent, but Anna realizes there are others (Olaf and Kristoff) who still care for her. The spoilered individual has been confirmed to be a "frozen-hearted" man [[spoiler:and a [[PrinceCharmless subversion]] of the classical PrinceCharming Disney is known for]]. Also, [[spoiler:Hans]] is later revealed to be Anna's EvilCounterpart, {{Foil}}, and ShadowArchetype, as while she manages to reconcile with Elsa after 13 years of separation and retains her optimism, [[spoiler:he remains bitter against his 12 older brothers, and even made it clear to Anna that he will never reconcile with them]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/Frozen2013'': From the moment they meet, Anna shows [[spoiler:Prince Hans]] nothing but kindness and love, and even considers him her OneTrueLove. In fact, both share their [[NotSoDifferent similar]] [[BirdsOfAFeather backgrounds]] of older siblings ignoring them, and even quickly agree to a FourthDateMarriage ''despite the fact that both met meeting each other on the same day'', something which they get called on. That doesn't hinder [[spoiler:Hans's]] plans of [[spoiler:seizing [[spoiler:Hans's plot to seize control of Arendelle by faking his romance with Anna]] Anna one bit and doesn't soften his attitude towards her in fact, when he [[EvilAllAlong reveals]] his [[BaitTheDog true colors]], he cruelly mocks her for quickly agreeing to marry him "[[DidYouActuallyBelieve just like that]]," which made his plan easier than expected.expected]]. This briefly left her despondent, but Anna realizes there are others (Olaf and Kristoff) who still care for her. The spoilered individual has been confirmed to be a "frozen-hearted" man [[spoiler:and a [[PrinceCharmless subversion]] of the classical PrinceCharming Disney is known for]]. Also, [[spoiler:Hans]] is later revealed to be Anna's EvilCounterpart, {{Foil}}, and ShadowArchetype, as while she manages to reconcile with Elsa after 13 years of separation and retains her optimism, [[spoiler:he remains bitter against his 12 older brothers, and even made it clear to Anna that he will never reconcile with them]].

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* ''Webcomic/{{Wonderlab}}'': This is the backstory of the Servant of Wrath. She used to be a MagicalGirl named the "Magical Girl of Courage", and she made friends with the Hermit of the Azure Forest, who was an enemy of her homeworld. The Hermit used this friendship to take advantage of her, and destroyed her homeworld. The Magical Girl of Courage was so filled with guilt over what she had done that she transformed into the Servant of Wrath.

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* The Creator/ShawBrothers film, ''Film/TheIronBuddha'', has this as the backstory of it's VillainProtagonist, Xiao Tian-zhun, a former rapist and murderer who after being captured red-handed by a martial arts master, pleads that he will turn over a new leaf if he was accepted as a student. The benevolent master complies. Three years later, Xiao Tian-zhun had graduated from the Master's school as one of the top students, at which point he reveals he ''never'' have any intentions to reform whatsoever, deliberately hunting down his former schoolmates, killing all of them, then maiming his master and raping the master's daughter while said master is ForcedToWatch, before delivering a DeathOfAThousandCuts by hacking his former master at least 40 times to death.

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* In the ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "[[Recap/HowIMetYourMotherS2E02TheScorpionAndTheToad The Scorpion and the Toad]]", Barney takes newly single Marshall to bars, including one called [[TitleDrop The Scorpion and the Toad]]. But every time Marshall gets a girl interested, Barney charms her away and goes home with her instead.

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* The parable was implicitly referenced in [[https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2015/11/20/ this]] ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' strip (appropriately titled "Parabolic") about a developer and a games journalist, with the journalist represented by an actual scorpion. True to the trope, the developer makes the mistake of trusting the journalist in an unguarded moment and tells them the truth about their game, and is betrayed in response.


* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', Buzz and Woody risk their lives to save [[spoiler:Lotso]] from the dump shredder, even though he had previously tried to kill them. Then, at the dump incinerator a few minutes later, it's [[spoiler:Lotso]]'s turn to repay the favor. Instead, he [[spoiler:leaves Buzz, Woody, and all the toys to burn to death]]. Unfortunately for [[spoiler: Lotso]], karma makes sure he pays for the act by [[spoiler: having Sid, the villain from the first film who has grown up to be a garbage man, find him and attach him to the grille of his truck.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', Buzz and Woody risk their lives to save [[spoiler:Lotso]] from the dump shredder, even though he had previously tried to kill them. Then, at the dump incinerator a few minutes later, it's [[spoiler:Lotso]]'s turn to repay the favor. Instead, he [[spoiler:leaves Buzz, Woody, and all the toys to burn to death]]. Unfortunately for [[spoiler: Lotso]], karma makes sure he pays for the act by [[spoiler: having Sid, the villain from the first film who has grown up to be a garbage man, find him and attach him to the grille of his truck.]]


Correctly discerning the irredeemable from the redeemable is tricky, of course, and expect characters to argue over whether this trope even applies. After all, in RealLife, this belief is used to justify ignoring people in need, especially if they have ever done anything vaguely "bad". In fact, characters believing in this trope too passionately often creates unsympathetic-to-villainous characters - anything from uncaring zealots to psychotic serial murderers who believe they are purging society of its permanently corrupted evil dregs, since there is no hope for redemption for them.

Compare MoralityChain, where the Samaritan ''does'' somehow manage to restrain their ward's wickedness. TurnTheOtherCheek is probably the Samaritan's mindset. The receiver may turn out to be AlwaysChaoticEvil, a BitchInSheepsClothing or a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk. When combined with SaveTheVillain, this is sometimes used to set up a DisneyVillainDeath. Compare BadSamaritan, when it is the caregiver, not the care-receiver, who is evil. Also compare ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike. Plays with the traditional belief of SacredHospitality. If such an act makes a character give up on redeeming the villain, it's BeyondRedemption.

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Correctly discerning the irredeemable from the redeemable is tricky, of course, and expect characters to argue over whether this trope even applies. After all, in RealLife, this belief is used to justify ignoring people in need, especially if they have ever done anything vaguely "bad". In fact, characters believing in this trope too passionately often creates unsympathetic-to-villainous characters - anything from uncaring zealots to psychotic serial murderers who believe they are purging society of its permanently corrupted evil dregs, dregs since there is no hope for redemption for them.

Compare MoralityChain, where the Samaritan ''does'' somehow manage to restrain their ward's wickedness. TurnTheOtherCheek is probably the Samaritan's mindset. The receiver may turn out to be AlwaysChaoticEvil, a BitchInSheepsClothing BitchInSheepsClothing, or a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk. When combined with SaveTheVillain, this is sometimes used to set up a DisneyVillainDeath. Compare BadSamaritan, when it is the caregiver, not the care-receiver, who is evil. Also compare ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike. Plays with the traditional belief of SacredHospitality. If such an act makes a character give up on redeeming the villain, it's BeyondRedemption.



** Gowasu suffers it a second time in [[Manga/DragonBallSuper the manga]], when he [[spoiler:gives Goku Black a LastSecondChance. Black seems willing to accept his offer and takes his hand... and then immediately runs Gowasu through with his LaserBlade, openly [[DidYouActuallyBelieve calling him an idiot]] for thinking he could be swayed, especially since Black has already killed ''two'' [[AlternateSelf different incarnations]] for the sake of his plans]].

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** Gowasu suffers it a second time in [[Manga/DragonBallSuper the manga]], manga]] when he [[spoiler:gives Goku Black a LastSecondChance. Black seems willing to accept his offer and takes his hand... and then immediately runs Gowasu through with his LaserBlade, openly [[DidYouActuallyBelieve calling him an idiot]] for thinking he could be swayed, especially since Black has already killed ''two'' [[AlternateSelf different incarnations]] for the sake of his plans]].



** Also Scar himself, after he [[spoiler:kills Winry's parents after they give him lifesaving medical treatment. To his credit, it was a bit accidental but still, he managed to kill both.]] ...[[MultipleChoicePast depending on the source material]]. In the first anime, it was Mustang being forced to do his job.

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** Also Scar himself, after he [[spoiler:kills Winry's parents after they give him lifesaving life-saving medical treatment. To his credit, it was a bit accidental but still, he managed to kill both.]] ...[[MultipleChoicePast depending on the source material]]. In the first anime, it was Mustang being forced to do his job.



** Subverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. After defeating Ali Al-Saachez, destroying his Gundam Arche and cornering him in a hallway, Lockon Stratos gives the man who killed his family one last chance at redemption. True to form, Ali whips out a gun while Lockon's back is turned...[[spoiler:and is shot dead before he can pull the trigger.]]

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** Subverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. After defeating Ali Al-Saachez, destroying his Gundam Arche Arche, and cornering him in a hallway, Lockon Stratos gives the man who killed his family one last chance at redemption. True to form, Ali whips out a gun while Lockon's back is turned...[[spoiler:and is shot dead before he can pull the trigger.]]



* Sets up the plot in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', with George Joestar and his son [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventurePhantomBlood Jonathan]] as the Farmers and Dio Brando as the Viper. George and Jonathan's kindness costs them their lives, leads to countless other deaths, and nearly causes [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean the end of the universe]]. Contrasts to Speedwagon who was in a similar situation but when Jonathan spares him he becomes a life long (and beyond) friend and ally to the Joestar family.

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* Sets up the plot in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', with George Joestar and his son [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventurePhantomBlood Jonathan]] as the Farmers and Dio Brando as the Viper. George and Jonathan's kindness costs them their lives, leads to countless other deaths, and nearly causes [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean the end of the universe]]. Contrasts Contrast to Speedwagon who was in a similar situation but when Jonathan spares him he becomes a life long lifelong (and beyond) friend and ally to the Joestar family.



** In the Fishman Island arc, Robin references this trope; when Jimbei asks her to free the slaves Hammond is using for his Slave Tank, Robin is disgusted by what Hammond is doing, but expresses concern that the freed slaves will attack both her allies and enemies, hating Fishman Island after what they've been through. Jimbei says that they can simply fight them off if this happens and that he can't stand [[NotSoDifferent Hody's men acting like the Celestial Dragons]] any longer, persuading Robin to free the slaves, who help the Straw Hats against the New Fishman Pirates.

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** In the Fishman Island arc, Robin references this trope; when Jimbei asks her to free the slaves Hammond is using for his Slave Tank, Robin is disgusted by what Hammond is doing, doing but expresses concern that the freed slaves will attack both her allies and enemies, hating Fishman Island after what they've been through. Jimbei says that they can simply fight them off if this happens and that he can't stand [[NotSoDifferent Hody's men acting like the Celestial Dragons]] any longer, persuading Robin to free the slaves, who help the Straw Hats against the New Fishman Pirates.



* Played back in forth in a comic for ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' where Ratchet is shown helping a Decepticon suffering from "Cosmic Rust", a disease some Decepticons released in the middle of a battle. Ratchet does it on the grounds that while the commanders knew the score for doing such a thing, it's no reason to abandon a soldier. [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero Then it turns out]] the guy ''was'' the one that made the disease, and infects Ratchet with it after being cured. ''However'' in the process they made a cure for the disease that Ratchet was able to take back, and he'll probably be able to save plenty of Autobots if they can manage to replicate it]].

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* Played back in forth in a comic for ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' where Ratchet is shown helping a Decepticon suffering from "Cosmic Rust", a disease some Decepticons released in the middle of a battle. Ratchet does it on the grounds that while the commanders knew the score for doing such a thing, it's no reason to abandon a soldier. [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero Then it turns out]] the guy ''was'' the one that made the disease, and infects Ratchet with it after being cured. ''However'' in the process process, they made a cure for the disease that Ratchet was able to take back, and he'll probably be able to save plenty of Autobots if they can manage to replicate it]].



* Loki does it again in ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'', going so far to lampshade it. [[spoiler:While he keeps reassuring Thor of his good intentions, reciting him the first verses of ''The Scorpion and the Frog'', he still betrays him while telling "I'm no scorpion... for I am Loki!"]]

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* Loki does it again in ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'', going so far as to lampshade it. [[spoiler:While he keeps reassuring Thor of his good intentions, reciting him the first verses of ''The Scorpion and the Frog'', he still betrays him while telling "I'm no scorpion... for I am Loki!"]]



* ''[[ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures The Batman & Robin Adventures]]'' features this in an issue called "Dagger's Tale". The title character is relating to when he followed this to a young hotheaded inmate, revealing how when he attempted to break out of prison with an AxCrazy partner it went horribly wrong and said crazy partner decided [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness their partnership wasn't working out]]. Batman saves Dagger at the last minute. He's astonished for a second ("You-You saved me?!" "I save '''everyone'''."), but after a remembering that Batman had previously gotten him captured in the first place decided to pay him back by attempting to stab him in the back, only to be punched out by the Dark Knight. After finishing things, he urges the inmate to not make a stupid mistake as he did and just serve his time out.

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* ''[[ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures The Batman & Robin Adventures]]'' features this in an issue called "Dagger's Tale". The title character is relating to when he followed this to a young hotheaded inmate, revealing how when he attempted to break out of prison with an AxCrazy partner it went horribly wrong and said crazy partner decided [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness their partnership wasn't working out]]. Batman saves Dagger at the last minute. He's astonished for a second ("You-You saved me?!" "I save '''everyone'''."), but after a remembering that Batman had previously gotten him captured in the first place decided to pay him back by attempting to stab him in the back, only to be punched out by the Dark Knight. After finishing things, he urges the inmate to not make a stupid mistake as he did and just serve his time out.



** In Creator/DonRosa's ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcduck'', Scrooge encounters an unnamed South Afrikaner ([[spoiler:who later turns out to be a younger Flintheart Glomgold]]) after the mining camp he had been a part of left him for dead for his numerous acts of thievery by tying him to a wildebeast. Scrooge saves his life and even shares his camp with him. The Afrikaner repays him by stealing all his supplies in the middle of the night and leaves him stranded in the wastelands. It's even lampshaded with Scrooge calling the Afrikaner a viper; he had experience dealing with unapologetic crooks, but this kind of betrayal genuinely infuriated him.

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** In Creator/DonRosa's ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcduck'', Scrooge encounters an unnamed South Afrikaner ([[spoiler:who later turns out to be a younger Flintheart Glomgold]]) after the mining camp he had been a part of left him for dead for his numerous acts of thievery by tying him to a wildebeast.wildebeest. Scrooge saves his life and even shares his camp with him. The Afrikaner repays him by stealing all his supplies in the middle of the night and leaves him stranded in the wastelands. It's even lampshaded with Scrooge calling the Afrikaner a viper; he had experience dealing with unapologetic crooks, but this kind of betrayal genuinely infuriated him.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Arawn}}'', a farmer couple provides shelter for a wandering stranger in exchange for work. The stranger repays the kindness by killing the man in his sleep, raping his wife right next to his body and would have sacrificed their children if the woman didn't free herself in time and killed the bastard.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Arawn}}'', a farmer couple provides shelter for a wandering stranger in exchange for work. The stranger repays the kindness by killing the man in his sleep, raping his wife right next to his body body, and would have sacrificed their children if the woman didn't free herself in time and killed the bastard.



* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' storyline ''ComicBook/TwoForTheDeathOfOne'', Lord Satanis is cast out of Hell and into a medieval town after a long battle. Being on the brink of the death, he is found and nursed back to health by the townsfolk whom he kills as punishment for seeing him weak. Extra points for summoning poisonous snakes to do the work.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' storyline ''ComicBook/TwoForTheDeathOfOne'', Lord Satanis is cast out of Hell and into a medieval town after a long battle. Being on the brink of the death, he is found and nursed back to health by the townsfolk whom he kills as punishment for seeing him weak. Extra points for summoning poisonous snakes to do the work.



* In [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/234217/sympathy-for-the-siren Sympathy for the Siren]] Fluttershy finds Sonata Dusk alone and helpless in an alleyway, feels sorry for her and gives her a home and befriends her. But when she goes to sleep, she wakes to find Sonata gone. Where'd she go? [[spoiler: Well it turns out that this was just her plan to get the Dazzlings powers back using the ritual sacrifice of Fluttershy animal friends and she also plans on making Fluttershy her pet. [[TheBadGuyWins She succeeds, too.]]]]

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* In [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/234217/sympathy-for-the-siren Sympathy for the Siren]] Fluttershy finds Sonata Dusk alone and helpless in an alleyway, feels sorry for her and gives her a home home, and befriends her. But when she goes to sleep, she wakes to find Sonata gone. Where'd she go? [[spoiler: Well it turns out that this was just her plan to get the Dazzlings powers back using the ritual sacrifice of Fluttershy animal friends and she also plans on making Fluttershy her pet. [[TheBadGuyWins She succeeds, too.]]]]



* ''Film/TheDevilsCarnival'', which overtly bases chapters of the story on Literature/AesopsFables, uses the Scorpion and the Frog story in several ways. First, one of the female leads dies during a fight with her abusive boyfriend. Once in Hell, she comes across a hoodlum locked in jail and kindly returns his knife so he can use it to pick the lock and get free. Once freed he convinces her to take part in his "knife throwing act", where he sings a song mocking her before throwing a dagger into her heart. Finally, the story is summarized in a second, innuendo-heavy song about a trusting young frog falling for the "prick" of a scorpion's tail.

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* ''Film/TheDevilsCarnival'', which overtly bases chapters of the story on Literature/AesopsFables, uses the Scorpion and the Frog story in several ways. First, one of the female leads dies during a fight with her abusive boyfriend. Once in Hell, she comes across a hoodlum locked in jail and kindly returns his knife so he can use it to pick the lock and get free. Once freed he convinces her to take part in his "knife throwing "knife-throwing act", where he sings a song mocking her before throwing a dagger into her heart. Finally, the story is summarized in a second, innuendo-heavy song about a trusting young frog falling for the "prick" of a scorpion's tail.



** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': It all comes back to Erik in the end, when in the third movie, [[spoiler: having gone into hiding and adopted a civilian lifestyle as a steel mill worker, Erik had to secretly use his powers once to save a co-worker from getting crushed to death. His co-workers repays him by reporting Erik to the authorities and exposing him as a mutant, resulting in a team of police officers sent to arrest Erik accidentally killing Erik's wife and daughter in the process]].

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** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': It all comes back to Erik in the end, when in the third movie, [[spoiler: having gone into hiding and adopted a civilian lifestyle as a steel mill worker, Erik had to secretly use his powers once to save a co-worker from getting crushed to death. His co-workers repays repay him by reporting Erik to the authorities and exposing him as a mutant, resulting in a team of police officers sent to arrest Erik accidentally killing Erik's wife and daughter in the process]].



* ''Film/TrueLegend2010'': The movie's BigBad is the adoptive half-brother of TheHero but was treated with love and respect by the adoptive father like a biological son. When TheHero has a chance of promotion, he relinquishes his position as governor for his half-brother to make amends for their fathers' wars in the past. Refusing to let go of a grudge, he proceeds to kill his adoptive father, arrange for his adoptive family to be massacred, and tried to kill TheHero for daring to show any compassion towards him.

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* ''Film/TrueLegend2010'': The movie's BigBad is the adoptive half-brother of TheHero but was treated with love and respect by the adoptive father like a biological son. When TheHero has a chance of promotion, he relinquishes his position as governor for his half-brother to make amends for their fathers' wars in the past. Refusing to let go of a grudge, he proceeds to kill his adoptive father, arrange for his adoptive family to be massacred, massacred and tried to kill TheHero for daring to show any compassion towards him.



* Near the end of ''Film/SupermanII'', Superman asks Lex Luthor to help him trick Zod, Ursa and Nod into depowering themselves by getting him into a chamber that would take away their powers. Lex ''immediately'' informs Zod to get back into his good graces, despite Zod having turned on him earlier, and Zod promises to give him the ShinyNewAustralia he was asking for all along, Superman is forced into the chamber instead. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for Lex and Zod, Superman ''counted'' on Lex doing exactly that, [[BatmanGambit knowing]] that Lex was a SmugSnake with ChronicBackstabbingDisorder who couldn't help himself, and had rigged the chamber so that it worked in reverse- Superman was protected while ''inside'' the chamber, but Zod and his minions lost their powers because they ''weren't'', leaving Superman the only one with powers again.]]

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* Near the end of ''Film/SupermanII'', Superman asks Lex Luthor to help him trick Zod, Ursa Ursa, and Nod into depowering themselves by getting him into a chamber that would take away their powers. Lex ''immediately'' informs Zod to get back into his good graces, despite Zod having turned on him earlier, and Zod promises to give him the ShinyNewAustralia he was asking for all along, Superman is forced into the chamber instead. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for Lex and Zod, Superman ''counted'' on Lex doing exactly that, [[BatmanGambit knowing]] that Lex was a SmugSnake with ChronicBackstabbingDisorder who couldn't help himself, and had rigged the chamber so that it worked in reverse- Superman was protected while ''inside'' the chamber, but Zod and his minions lost their powers because they ''weren't'', leaving Superman the only one with powers again.]]



* ''Film/GoldenEye'': 007 once considered [[spoiler:006/Alec Trevelyan]] his best friend and comrade-in-arms, and even mourned his [[spoiler:supposed]] death during their mission to destroy the Arkhangelsk chemical weapons facility in Russia. But when [[spoiler:Trevelyan reveals that he not only survived the explosion, but is also the true BigBad]], Bond's [[EtTuBrute reaction]] changes to one of raw anger and shock. [[spoiler:Trevelyan]] even laces his {{Breaking Speech}}es to 007 [[HiddenDisdainReveal with derision]], pointing out his FatalFlaw for women, whether he has any qualms killing people, his loyalty to England, and even his skills as an agent. Near the end, [[spoiler:Trevelyan]] even tries to kill Bond near the climax.

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* ''Film/GoldenEye'': 007 once considered [[spoiler:006/Alec Trevelyan]] his best friend and comrade-in-arms, and even mourned his [[spoiler:supposed]] death during their mission to destroy the Arkhangelsk chemical weapons facility in Russia. But when [[spoiler:Trevelyan reveals that he not only survived the explosion, explosion but is also the true BigBad]], Bond's [[EtTuBrute reaction]] changes to one of raw anger and shock. [[spoiler:Trevelyan]] even laces his {{Breaking Speech}}es to 007 [[HiddenDisdainReveal with derision]], pointing out his FatalFlaw for women, whether he has any qualms killing people, his loyalty to England, and even his skills as an agent. Near the end, [[spoiler:Trevelyan]] even tries to kill Bond near the climax.



* Discussed in the novel ''Literature/{{Hannibal}}''. Barney, Hannibal Lecter's primary handler during his incarceration at the asylum, defies any notion that he fraternized with Lecter. According to Barney, Lecter is ''nobody's'' friend. Lecter was civil with Barney, genuinely thanked him for treating him decently and sent him a generous tip after his escape. Despite that, Barney had no delusions regarding Lecter's nature--at the end of the book, when he spots Lecter and [[spoiler: Starling]] at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, he hauls ass out of town ''that very same night'', knowing full well that Lecter wouldn't hesitate to kill him in order to ensure his freedom. Jack Crawford gives Clarice Starling a similar warning after Lecter's escape. In the end, Clarice decides to rescue Lecter from being tortured to death and in return Lecter [[spoiler:brainwashes her with hypnosis and drugs in an attempt to reprogram her with the personality of his dead sister. Clarice is able to resist total LossOfIdentity but still ends up with memories removed and a radical change in personality.]]

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* Discussed in the novel ''Literature/{{Hannibal}}''. Barney, Hannibal Lecter's primary handler during his incarceration at the asylum, defies any notion that he fraternized with Lecter. According to Barney, Lecter is ''nobody's'' friend. Lecter was civil with Barney, genuinely thanked him for treating him decently decently, and sent him a generous tip after his escape. Despite that, Barney had no delusions regarding Lecter's nature--at the end of the book, when he spots Lecter and [[spoiler: Starling]] at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, he hauls ass out of town ''that very same night'', knowing full well that Lecter wouldn't hesitate to kill him in order to ensure his freedom. Jack Crawford gives Clarice Starling a similar warning after Lecter's escape. In the end, Clarice decides to rescue Lecter from being tortured to death and in return Lecter [[spoiler:brainwashes her with hypnosis and drugs in an attempt to reprogram her with the personality of his dead sister. Clarice is able to resist total LossOfIdentity but still ends up with memories removed and a radical change in personality.]]



** A young Catelyn Tully saved her friend and admirer Paetyr Baelish from being killed by Brandon Stark in a duel for her hand. Years later he would repay her betraying her husband Ned Stark and cause his death as well as her own. It is however implied her plea for Paetyr's life came off as belittling to his character.

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** A young Catelyn Tully saved her friend and admirer Paetyr Baelish from being killed by Brandon Stark in a duel for her hand. Years later he would repay her by betraying her husband Ned Stark and cause his death as well as her own. It is however implied her plea for Paetyr's life came off as belittling to his character.



*** Notably, later in the series this earns House Bolton the hatred of all the North who no longer tolerate them and are ready to kill them off for good.

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*** Notably, later in the series series, this earns House Bolton the hatred of all the North who no longer tolerate them and are ready to kill them off for good.



* ''Literature/MoDaoZuShi'': Xiao Xingchen saves an injured man's life. Unfortunately the injured man is [[AxCrazy Xue Yang]]. When he recovers he tricks Xiao Xingchen into murdering people, including his own best friend. When he finds out Xingchen is so horrified [[DrivenToSuicide he kills himself]].

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* ''Literature/MoDaoZuShi'': Xiao Xingchen saves an injured man's life. Unfortunately Unfortunately, the injured man is [[AxCrazy Xue Yang]]. When he recovers he tricks Xiao Xingchen into murdering people, including his own best friend. When he finds out Xingchen is so horrified [[DrivenToSuicide he kills himself]].



* Two episodes of ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' featured an 800-year-old immortal named Kenneth, who is trapped in the body of a 10-year-old boy (Immortals stop aging whenever they are "killed" for the first time). Kenneth's standard procedure is to pretend to be a helpless immortal child who only recently found out he was immortal, and when he's taken in he waits for an opportune time and kills his protector from behind, stealing their power.

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* Two episodes of ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' featured an 800-year-old immortal named Kenneth, who is trapped in the body of a 10-year-old boy (Immortals stop aging whenever they are "killed" for the first time). Kenneth's standard procedure is to pretend to be a helpless immortal child who only recently found out he was immortal, and when he's taken in in, he waits for an opportune time and kills his protector from behind, stealing their power.



* In India there is the story of "The Tiger and the Farmer." The gist is that a farmer was traveling on a road, when he saw a tiger in a cage, the tiger promised that if the farmer opened the cage, he would flee into the jungle. The farmer was suspicious, but let the tiger go, only for the tiger to try and eat the farmer, [[ILied who blamed the predicament on the farmer for trusting a hungry predator.]] Just then a wise man came upon the scene, and asked what happened, when they told him what happened, the wise man asked if the tiger was too big to fit in the cage, the tiger got inside to prove he could fit, the wise man locked the cage and he and the farmer left the tiger locked in his cage.

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* In India there is the story of "The Tiger and the Farmer." The gist is that a farmer was traveling on a road, when he saw a tiger in a cage, the tiger promised that if the farmer opened the cage, he would flee into the jungle. The farmer was suspicious, suspicious but let the tiger go, only for the tiger to try and eat the farmer, [[ILied who blamed the predicament on the farmer for trusting a hungry predator.]] Just then a wise man came upon the scene, scene and asked what happened, when they told him what happened, the wise man asked if the tiger was too big to fit in the cage, the tiger got inside to prove he could fit, the wise man locked the cage and he and the farmer left the tiger locked in his cage.



** During the build to ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} Barely Legal,'' April 13, 1997, a masked man who was [[PaperThinDisguise believed to be]] Wrestling/RickRude was threatening [[Wrestling/ShaneDouglas "The Franchise" Shane Douglas]] and promised to unmask if Douglas successfully defended his [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-tv.html ECW World Television Championship]] against Pitbull #2 (w/Pitbull #1) at the [=PPV=]. Douglas won his match, and what was believed to be Rude's voice came over the sound system, saying that he'd take his mask off, but Douglas has to "give up the girl" (Wrestling/{{Francine}}) or he'd give Douglas "the ass-kicking of a lifetime." The masked man then walked out in Rude's trademark robe. Shane pushed Francine toward him. The masked man kissed Francine, who, believing it was [[MrFanservice Rude]], appeared to pass out in delight. Then, one of Douglas' riot guards took off his helmet, revealing ''himself'' to be Rick Rude. The masked man unmasked and took off his robe, revealing, instead, Douglas' Triple Threat ally "Bulldozer" Brian Lee, who then choke-slammed Douglas. Douglas, Wrestling/ChrisCandido and a clearly disgusted Francine ran off, vowing revenge.
** After a few more months of making trouble for Douglas for his own amusement (including pulling up Francine's dress to reveal her panties during Douglas' match with Chris Chetti at ''Buffalo Invasion'' on May 17th), he surprisingly turned on Wrestling/TommyDreamer and [[Wrestling/JimFullington the Sandman]] in a six-man-tag against Wrestling/RobVanDam, Wrestling/{{Sabu}} and Wrestling/JerryLawler at ''[=Heatwave=]'' on July 19th, giving the Triple Threat hand sign. Douglas defeated [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-h.html ECW World Heavyweight Champion]] Wrestling/{{Sabu}} and Wrestling/TerryFunk in a [[MeleeATrois three-way-dance]] to win the title at ECW's second [=PPV=], ''Hardcore Heaven,'' on August 17th. This led to Rude becoming a manager for the Triple Threat (now, Douglas, Candido and Wrestling/BamBamBigelow, w/Francine) and handpicking opponents for him, as thanks for Douglas giving Rude one night with Francine. Douglas defeated Wrestling/AlSnow, Wrestling/BallsMahoney and Phil [=LaFon=]. Then came the October 16th show at the Elk's Lodge in Queens, NY. Rude told Douglas that he had found him an opponent who "ran roughshod over the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF.]]" Douglas asked, "You got me [[Wrestling/ShawnMichaels the Boy Toy]]?"[[note]]This was during the time when, due to the inter-promotional relationship between ECW and Wrestling/{{WWE}}, Rude was going back and forth working with both Douglas and his hated enemy Shawn Michaels, stemming from Douglas' run-ins with [[Wrestling/TheKliq the Clique]] in WWE in 1995 as Dean Douglas.[[/note]] Then, [[Music/GunsNRoses "Welcome to the Jungle"]] started playing, with Douglas doing a great EyeTake, as BAM BAM BIGELOW was revealed to be Douglas' opponent, meaning that Rude had tricked Douglas [[IdiotBall TWICE in SIX MONTHS.]]

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** During the build to ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} Barely Legal,'' April 13, 1997, a masked man who was [[PaperThinDisguise believed to be]] Wrestling/RickRude was threatening [[Wrestling/ShaneDouglas "The Franchise" Shane Douglas]] and promised to unmask if Douglas successfully defended his [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-tv.html ECW World Television Championship]] against Pitbull #2 (w/Pitbull #1) at the [=PPV=]. Douglas won his match, and what was believed to be Rude's voice came over the sound system, saying that he'd take his mask off, but Douglas has to "give up the girl" (Wrestling/{{Francine}}) or he'd give Douglas "the ass-kicking of a lifetime." The masked man then walked out in Rude's trademark robe. Shane pushed Francine toward him. The masked man kissed Francine, who, believing it was [[MrFanservice Rude]], appeared to pass out in delight. Then, one of Douglas' riot guards took off his helmet, revealing ''himself'' to be Rick Rude. The masked man unmasked and took off his robe, revealing, instead, Douglas' Triple Threat ally "Bulldozer" Brian Lee, who then choke-slammed Douglas. Douglas, Wrestling/ChrisCandido Wrestling/ChrisCandido, and a clearly disgusted Francine ran off, vowing revenge.
** After a few more months of making trouble for Douglas for his own amusement (including pulling up Francine's dress to reveal her panties during Douglas' match with Chris Chetti at ''Buffalo Invasion'' on May 17th), he surprisingly turned on Wrestling/TommyDreamer and [[Wrestling/JimFullington the Sandman]] in a six-man-tag against Wrestling/RobVanDam, Wrestling/{{Sabu}} and Wrestling/JerryLawler at ''[=Heatwave=]'' on July 19th, giving the Triple Threat hand sign. Douglas defeated [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-h.html ECW World Heavyweight Champion]] Wrestling/{{Sabu}} and Wrestling/TerryFunk in a [[MeleeATrois three-way-dance]] to win the title at ECW's second [=PPV=], ''Hardcore Heaven,'' on August 17th. This led to Rude becoming a manager for the Triple Threat (now, Douglas, Candido Candido, and Wrestling/BamBamBigelow, w/Francine) and handpicking opponents for him, as thanks for Douglas giving Rude one night with Francine. Douglas defeated Wrestling/AlSnow, Wrestling/BallsMahoney Wrestling/BallsMahoney, and Phil [=LaFon=]. Then came the October 16th show at the Elk's Lodge in Queens, NY. Rude told Douglas that he had found him an opponent who "ran roughshod over the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF.]]" Douglas asked, "You got me [[Wrestling/ShawnMichaels the Boy Toy]]?"[[note]]This was during the time when, due to the inter-promotional relationship between ECW and Wrestling/{{WWE}}, Rude was going back and forth working with both Douglas and his hated enemy Shawn Michaels, stemming from Douglas' run-ins with [[Wrestling/TheKliq the Clique]] in WWE in 1995 as Dean Douglas.[[/note]] Then, [[Music/GunsNRoses "Welcome to the Jungle"]] started playing, with Douglas doing a great EyeTake, as BAM BAM BIGELOW was revealed to be Douglas' opponent, meaning that Rude had tricked Douglas [[IdiotBall TWICE in SIX MONTHS.]]



* In ''{{VideoGame/DemonsSouls}}'' If you save Yurt the Silent Chief he will follow you back to your home base and gradually kill every single [=NPC=] (making the game MUCH harder) before making an attempt on your life. Alternatively, if you meet Mestopholies (Yurt's accomplice) she will hire you to kill all the [=NPC=]s and after your mission is complete she then tries to kill you. This is because both are deadly assassins tasked by the Order of the Soul with the sole purpose of killing anyone aware of the ways of the Soul Arts in Boletaria order to keep it secret.

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* In ''{{VideoGame/DemonsSouls}}'' If you save Yurt the Silent Chief he will follow you back to your home base and gradually kill every single [=NPC=] (making the game MUCH harder) before making an attempt on your life. Alternatively, if you meet Mestopholies (Yurt's accomplice) she will hire you to kill all the [=NPC=]s [=NPC=]s, and after your mission is complete complete, she then tries to kill you. This is because both are deadly assassins tasked by the Order of the Soul with the sole purpose of killing anyone aware of the ways of the Soul Arts in Boletaria in order to keep it secret.



* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'': This is a core part of Arkham's backstory; he took pity on the insane man who murdered his family and tried to cure him. The killer pretended to be cured, and then murdered the nearest secretary he could get his hands on. Arkham lost faith in humanity from that point, along with his sanity.

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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'': This is a core part of Arkham's backstory; he took pity on the insane man who murdered his family and tried to cure him. The killer pretended to be cured, cured and then murdered the nearest secretary he could get his hands on. Arkham lost faith in humanity from that point, along with his sanity.



** In "The Old Man and the Lisa", Lisa makes it her goal to help Burns rebuild his lost fortune in a socially responsible way. He takes to her teachings with zeal but in his efforts to follow her instructions he creates a recycling plant that strip mines ocean life into an all-purpose slurry. It ends with the memorable scene of [[GranolaGirl Lisa]] running house to house begging people ''[[{{Irony}} not]]'' to recycle!
** It then happens again, many seasons down the road, when Burns is brain-damaged and has lost his memory. Most of the Springfieldians take advantage of this to get revenge on him for everything he did to them. Lisa takes pity on him and ends up restoring him to his former, evil self, with the added lesson that hatred is the only thing keeping him alive.

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** In "The Old Man and the Lisa", Lisa makes it her goal to help Burns rebuild his lost fortune in a socially responsible way. He takes to her teachings with zeal but in his efforts to follow her instructions instructions, he creates a recycling plant that strip strips mines ocean life into an all-purpose slurry. It ends with the memorable scene of [[GranolaGirl Lisa]] running house to house begging people ''[[{{Irony}} not]]'' to recycle!
** It then happens again, many seasons down the road, when Burns is brain-damaged and has lost his memory. Most of the Springfieldians take advantage of this to get revenge on him for everything he did to them. Lisa takes pity on him and ends up restoring him to his former, former evil self, with the added lesson that hatred is the only thing keeping him alive.



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseWorks'' involved Mickey rescuing Pete from the cold and warming him up inside the mouse's cabin. Being the greedy prick he is, Pete reveals he only pretended to be freezing to death as he and his cousin take over Mickey's cabin. Of course, being a cartoon about Disney's beloved mascot, Mickey not only managed to turn the two against each other but, in the end, tricked the criminal dimwits into turning themselves into the police.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseWorks'' involved Mickey rescuing Pete from the cold and warming him up inside the mouse's cabin. Being the greedy prick he is, Pete reveals he only pretended to be freezing to death as he and his cousin take over Mickey's cabin. Of course, being a cartoon about Disney's beloved mascot, Mickey not only managed to turn the two against each other but, in the end, tricked the criminal dimwits into turning themselves into in to the police.



* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' averts this to some extent in the 'Po Picks A Pocket' episode, wherein Po is initially tricked into being kidnapped by a group of adorable, seemingly-innocent child thieves, even as young as toddlers. During Po's imprisoning, the kids attempt to justify this by explaining that they have no other option besides this, due to being held captive by their thieving leader. Po offers to break them out of their situation, and leads them back to the Jade Palace, where they appear to be settling in just fine...that is until they trick Po ''again'', by imprisoning him in the Palace's dungeon so that the leader thief can steal a precious ruby. It isn't until Po points out they cannot split a single ruby between each other for profit, that the kids turn on their leader once again, now having completed the aversion of the trope.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' averts this to some extent in the 'Po Picks A Pocket' episode, wherein Po is initially tricked into being kidnapped by a group of adorable, seemingly-innocent child thieves, even as young as toddlers. During Po's imprisoning, imprisonment, the kids attempt to justify this by explaining that they have no other option besides this, due to being held captive by their thieving leader. Po offers to break them out of their situation, and leads them back to the Jade Palace, where they appear to be settling in just fine...that is until they trick Po ''again'', by imprisoning him in the Palace's dungeon so that the leader thief can steal a precious ruby. It isn't until Po points out they cannot split a single ruby between each other for profit, that the kids turn on their leader once again, now having completed the aversion of the trope.



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' has a well-meaning man attempt to take care of a wounded Taz, only for Taz to hurt him with each attempt. Every time, he jovially dismisses Taz's attacks by saying that he was a Tazmanian Devil, and it was in his nature, until the man, having reached his limit, demands to know why Taz has been so viscous to him when he's shown Taz nothing but kindness. Taz responds, "Well, I am a Tasmanian Devil. It's in my nature." The kindly man returns to his jovial state, saying Taz was absolutely right.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' has a well-meaning man attempt to take care of a wounded Taz, only for Taz to hurt him with each attempt. Every time, he jovially dismisses Taz's attacks by saying that he was a Tazmanian Devil, and it was in his nature, until the man, having reached his limit, demands to know why Taz has been so viscous vicious to him when he's shown Taz nothing but kindness. Taz responds, "Well, I am a Tasmanian Devil. It's in my nature." The kindly man returns to his jovial state, saying Taz was absolutely right.


* In Creator/TheCoenBrothers film ''Film/MillersCrossing'', Tom is supposed to take Bernie into the woods and kill him for grifting the wrong mobster, but Bernie's constant pleading and weeping convinces Tom to take pity on him and lets him go. Shortly thereafter, Bernie shows up at Tom's home and proceeds to blackmail him by threatening to walk around in public and expose the fact that Tom lied about killing him. While pleading, Bernie even makes the argument that he shouldn't have to die for grifting, because "I see an angle, I take it," somewhat paraphrasing the Scorpion's excuse, "It's my nature."

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* In Creator/TheCoenBrothers film ''Film/MillersCrossing'', Tom is supposed to take Bernie into the woods and kill him for grifting the wrong mobster, but Bernie's constant pleading and weeping convinces Tom to take pity on him and lets him go. Shortly thereafter, Bernie shows up at Tom's home and proceeds to blackmail him by threatening to walk around in public and expose the fact that Tom lied about killing him. While pleading, Bernie even makes the argument that he shouldn't have to die for grifting, because "I see an angle, I take it," somewhat paraphrasing the Scorpion's excuse, "It's my nature." [[spoiler: Tom doesn't repeat his mistake.]]

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