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** Not... quite the only one. Vecna, demigod, {{Lich}} and {{Sorcerous Overlord}} extraordinaire, once was imprisoned as the Darklord of Cavitius for a while, stuck in a ForeverWar against his treacherous lieutenant, the vampire Kas, Darklord of Tovag... but in a series of adventure modules towards the end of 2nd edition ''DungeonsAndDragons'', he managed to break out of the Demiplane of Dread, put planar metropolis Sigil under siege and nearly killed its ruler, the Lady of Pain in a bid to become ultimate ruler of the D&D multiverse... and when thwarted by the PCs, still managed to get away scot-free, with enough of a power boost to rise in divine rank [[OurGodsAreDifferent from demigod to lesser god]], and with the fabric of the multiverse so irrevocably altered it's implied to be the in-game reason for the changes between 2e and 3e, cementing Vecna as one of the most {{Magnificent Bastard}}s in the game's history. When Vecna makes it out, he makes it out in '''style'''.



* Throughout ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'', several chacters -- including the lead Arthur Morgan -- keep suggesting John Marston (TheProtagonist of the [[VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption first game]]) to take his family and leave the outlaw life behind. [[SavedByCanon As the first game tells us]], John eventually does so. Once Arthur [[spoiler:finds out he's [[YourDaysAreLimited slowly dying to tuberculosis]], he chooses to use his remaining time to help John leave]]. He even uses this as a taunt of sorts [[spoiler:as part of his last words]]; an another gang member believes he's made it simply by surviving a single encounter, which slightly offends Arthur.

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* Throughout ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'', several chacters characters -- including the lead Arthur Morgan -- keep suggesting John Marston (TheProtagonist of the [[VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption first game]]) to take his family and leave the outlaw life behind. [[SavedByCanon As the first game tells us]], John eventually does so. Once Arthur [[spoiler:finds out he's [[YourDaysAreLimited slowly dying to tuberculosis]], he chooses to use his remaining time to help John leave]]. He even uses this as a taunt of sorts [[spoiler:as part of his last words]]; an another gang member believes he's made it simply by surviving a single encounter, which slightly offends Arthur.


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* Jack Atlas of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', who made it out of the slums of Satellite by betraying Yusei in his backstory.

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* Jack Atlas of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', who made it out Monkey D. Luffy, in ''Manga/OnePiece'', is one of the slums few people born and raised in the East Blue sector of Satellite by betraying Yusei the world to achieve international notoriety as a pirate. His first mate, Roronoa Zoro, shares this distinction. The people of the East Blue have a reputation as weak and unable to compete with people from other regions, almost every pirate from there quickly fizzling out when they attempt to sail the Grand Line looking for the One Piece treasure. This is why Luffy and Zoro repeatedly shock the world with their accomplishments. However, Gold Roger, the legendary pirate who owned the One Piece in his backstory.the first place, also comes from the East Blue, suggesting that while few East Blue pirates become notable, those few are the best of the best.



* ''LightNovel/RebuildWorld'': Applies in two ways to Akira, RecruitedFromTheGutter by an ancient ArtificialIntelligence Alpha, becoming a successful PrivateMilitaryContractor and moving up in UrbanSegregation class to the Lower District:
** Amongst Sheryl’s Gang he runs with her in the slum, views on Akira's success vary quite wildly. Generally, Akira cultivates an image as TheDreaded, using MakeAnExampleOfThem to prevent people in the slums from betraying him. Erio, after DefeatMeansFriendship becomes a {{Determinator}} to catch up to Akira in combat skill. Akira earns the envy of Sebla who wishes it could have been him and that Akira was just lucky (which Akira agrees), leading to Sebla being TheMole. And multiple women in the gang want to make moves on him for GoldDigger reasons, but are too afraid of Sheryl's jealousy.
** Akira earns TheResenter hatred from his competing hunter Airi for having gotten out of the WrongSideOfTheTracks seemingly by himself, while she needed helped by Katsuya (though she doesn't know Akira had Alpha's VirtualSidekick assistance). This led to Airi hiding her intuition that a pickpocket who stole from Akira but claimed otherwise was in fact guilty, and after a certain incident, Airi swears vengeance on Akira.



* Monkey D. Luffy, in ''Manga/OnePiece'', is one of the few people born and raised in the East Blue sector of the world to achieve international notoriety as a pirate. His first mate, Roronoa Zoro, shares this distinction. The people of the East Blue have a reputation as weak and unable to compete with people from other regions, almost every pirate from there quickly fizzling out when they attempt to sail the Grand Line looking for the One Piece treasure. This is why Luffy and Zoro repeatedly shock the world with their accomplishments. However, Gold Roger, the legendary pirate who owned the One Piece in the first place, also comes from the East Blue, suggesting that while few East Blue pirates become notable, those few are the best of the best.

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* Monkey D. Luffy, in ''Manga/OnePiece'', is one of the few people born and raised in the East Blue sector of the world to achieve international notoriety as a pirate. His first mate, Roronoa Zoro, shares this distinction. The people of the East Blue have a reputation as weak and unable to compete with people from other regions, almost every pirate from there quickly fizzling out when they attempt to sail the Grand Line looking for the One Piece treasure. This is why Luffy and Zoro repeatedly shock the world with their accomplishments. However, Gold Roger, the legendary pirate who owned the One Piece in the first place, also comes from the East Blue, suggesting that while few East Blue pirates become notable, those few are the best of the best.


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* Jack Atlas of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', who made it out of the slums of Satellite by betraying Yusei in his backstory.

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* ''Fanfic/BeyondTheWall'': Before Whisperleaf was born, her older sister Whispersilk successfully escaped the village and never came back. Their parents told Whisperleaf that her sister was eaten by forest monsters.


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* ''TheSimpsons'' originally portrayed world boxing heavyweight champion Drederick Tatum this way, to the point where he once said if he ever moved back to Springfield "you know he'd messed up bad". Ironically, when he became a minor recurring character, the show implied he never left despite his success.

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* ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The show
originally portrayed world boxing heavyweight champion Drederick Tatum this way, to the point where he once said if he ever moved back to Springfield "you know he'd messed up bad". Ironically, when he became a minor recurring character, the show implied he never left despite his success.

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* ''Film/{{Umrika}}'': At the beginning of the film, Rajan and Udai are the pride of their small village for going out and getting good jobs. Rajan stays in Mumbai and keeps in correspondence with the village; Udai straight-up vanishes ({{forged|message}} letters aside).


** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Rey manages to escape her dead-end life as a scavenger on Jakku -- where she'd been stuck since ever since her parents abandoned her -- when she gets caught up in the search for Luke Skywalker, with Han Solo also offering her a job. Initially, she actually wants to return to Jakku in the vain hope her parents will come back, but after learning she's Force-sensitive she joins the Resistance and seeks out Luke herself.

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** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Rey manages to escape her dead-end life as a scavenger on Jakku -- where Jakku--where she'd been stuck since ever since her parents abandoned her -- when her--when she gets caught up in the search for Luke Skywalker, with Han Solo also offering her a job. Initially, she actually wants to return to Jakku in the vain hope her parents will come back, but after learning she's Force-sensitive she joins the Resistance and seeks out Luke herself.


But every so often, there's one who makes it out - maybe an incredible talent proved their ticket out of there. Maybe they won their way to a great, faraway college or to a lucrative job... but sometimes they just up and leave. Peers and elders in the town usually admire them for their tenacity, but tend to resent them for leaving if the community isn't as close-knit. Impressionable youngsters, though, might look up to them and get ideas of maybe leaving one day themselves. Alternately, the one who made it out could be despised for [[CategoryTraitor "forgetting where they come from"]] or trading their "roots" for material success and comfort. Expect, for the hero after achieving success to come back home and find out how much or how little is changed, as well as why YouCantGoHomeAgain.

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But every so often, there's one who makes it out - -- maybe an incredible talent proved their ticket out of there. Maybe they won their way to a great, faraway college or to a lucrative job... but sometimes they just up and leave. Peers and elders in the town usually admire them for their tenacity, but tend to resent them for leaving if the community isn't as close-knit. Impressionable youngsters, though, might look up to them and get ideas of maybe leaving one day themselves. Alternately, the one who made it out could be despised for [[CategoryTraitor "forgetting where they come from"]] or trading their "roots" for material success and comfort. Expect, for the hero after achieving success to come back home and find out how much or how little is changed, as well as why YouCantGoHomeAgain.



** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Rey manages to escape her dead-end life as a scavenger on Jakku - where she'd been stuck since ever since her parents abandoned her - when she gets caught up in the search for Luke Skywalker, with Han Solo also offering her a job. Initially, she actually wants to return to Jakku in the vain hope her parents will come back, but after learning she's Force-sensitive she joins the Resistance and seeks out Luke herself.

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** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Rey manages to escape her dead-end life as a scavenger on Jakku - -- where she'd been stuck since ever since her parents abandoned her - -- when she gets caught up in the search for Luke Skywalker, with Han Solo also offering her a job. Initially, she actually wants to return to Jakku in the vain hope her parents will come back, but after learning she's Force-sensitive she joins the Resistance and seeks out Luke herself.



** Season four introduces a group of children from West Baltimore's projects and rowhouses. Each friend follows a different path and Namond Brice, the son of a reputed drug soldier, is the only kid able to escape the doomed background of a troubled childhood, a dysfunctional family -at best- and the notion that crime is the only way to earn a living. Sadly, it only happens thanks to a remarkable, extremely unusual and unique adoptive parent, Howard Colvin, a former cop who identifies Namond's potential.

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** Season four introduces a group of children from West Baltimore's projects and rowhouses. Each friend follows a different path and Namond Brice, the son of a reputed drug soldier, is the only kid able to escape the doomed background of a troubled childhood, a dysfunctional family -at best- and family--at best--and the notion that crime is the only way to earn a living. Sadly, it only happens thanks to a remarkable, extremely unusual and unique adoptive parent, Howard Colvin, a former cop who identifies Namond's potential.



* Deconstructed with the title superhero himself in ''Series/SupermanAndLois'' - Clark moved out of the little Midwest farming town of Smallville, got a job in the city with a prestigious newspaper, and (unbeknownst to the people of Smallville) became the world's most beloved and famous superhero. Over the years meanwhile, Smallville fell victim to many of the same socioeconomic problems plaguing other small towns in FlyoverCountry, and when Clark returns in the wake of his mother's death, he's appalled at how bad things have gotten, taking it upon himself to turn things around.
* Played for tragedy with Sang-woo in ''Series/SquidGame'' - he came from a low-class beginning with a mother who operated a market stall selling fish, attended a prestigious university, and became a successful businessman and the pride of his neighborhood. However, he wound up getting involved with some {{White Collar Crime}}s, which led to him getting into deep debts and trouble with the law. He's desperate enough to compete in the titular DeadlyGame, where he's willing to put his life (and the lives of others) at risk to win the equivalent of $45 million. He's called out on this by his childhood friend Gi-hun, whose own dire financial situation is something [[IAmWhatIAm he fully owns up to]] as being his own fault.

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* Deconstructed with the title superhero himself in ''Series/SupermanAndLois'' - -- Clark moved out of the little Midwest farming town of Smallville, got a job in the city with a prestigious newspaper, and (unbeknownst to the people of Smallville) became the world's most beloved and famous superhero. Over the years meanwhile, Smallville fell victim to many of the same socioeconomic problems plaguing other small towns in FlyoverCountry, and when Clark returns in the wake of his mother's death, he's appalled at how bad things have gotten, taking it upon himself to turn things around.
* Played for tragedy with Sang-woo in ''Series/SquidGame'' - -- he came from a low-class beginning with a mother who operated a market stall selling fish, attended a prestigious university, and became a successful businessman and the pride of his neighborhood. However, he wound up getting involved with some {{White Collar Crime}}s, which led to him getting into deep debts and trouble with the law. He's desperate enough to compete in the titular DeadlyGame, where he's willing to put his life (and the lives of others) at risk to win the equivalent of $45 million. He's called out on this by his childhood friend Gi-hun, whose own dire financial situation is something [[IAmWhatIAm he fully owns up to]] as being his own fault.

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** This also applies to Ash -- he and Gary were the only ones out of the original four trainers that started their journey in Pallet Town that got at least 8 badges, never mind getting a decent place in the tournament (Ash in the top 16, Gary in the top 32). Ash manages to work his way up the ranks with each region, while Gary decides to become a researcher like his grandfather (while still traveling to learn new information).


** Older brother Nate ran away from his dysfunctional and overbearing family so he could live outside their influence and without having anything to do with their family business. This condemned younger brother David to suspend his ambitions to go to law school as he felt responsible for the family and he got saddled into a line of work he had no interest in. When their father dies at the beginning of the show, Nate returns, clearly afraid of getting stuck at home for good this time while David's resentment at being left behind to deal with everything boils to surface.

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** Older brother Nate ran away from his dysfunctional and overbearing family so he could live outside their influence and without having anything to do with their family business. This condemned younger brother David to suspend his ambitions to go to law school as he felt responsible for the family and he got saddled into a line of work he had no interest in. When their father dies at the beginning of the show, Nate returns, clearly afraid of getting stuck at home for good this time while David's resentment at being left behind to deal with everything boils to the surface.


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* Deconstructed with the title superhero himself in ''Series/SupermanAndLois'' - Clark moved out of the little Midwest farming town of Smallville, got a job in the city with a prestigious newspaper, and (unbeknownst to the people of Smallville) became the world's most beloved and famous superhero. Over the years meanwhile, Smallville fell victim to many of the same socioeconomic problems plaguing other small towns in FlyoverCountry, and when Clark returns in the wake of his mother's death, he's appalled at how bad things have gotten, taking it upon himself to turn things around.
* Played for tragedy with Sang-woo in ''Series/SquidGame'' - he came from a low-class beginning with a mother who operated a market stall selling fish, attended a prestigious university, and became a successful businessman and the pride of his neighborhood. However, he wound up getting involved with some {{White Collar Crime}}s, which led to him getting into deep debts and trouble with the law. He's desperate enough to compete in the titular DeadlyGame, where he's willing to put his life (and the lives of others) at risk to win the equivalent of $45 million. He's called out on this by his childhood friend Gi-hun, whose own dire financial situation is something [[IAmWhatIAm he fully owns up to]] as being his own fault.


* Jack Atlas of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', who did it by betraying Yusei in his backstory.

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* Jack Atlas of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', who did made it out of the slums of Satellite by betraying Yusei in his backstory.



* Monkey D. Luffy, in ''Manga/OnePiece'', is one of the few people born and raised in the East Blue sector of the world to achieve international notoriety as a pirate. His first mate, Roronoa Zoro, shares this distinction. The people of the East Blue have a reputation as weak and unable to compete with people from other regions, almost everyone pirate from there quickly fizzling out when they attempt to sail the Grand Line looking for the One Piece treasure. This is why Luffy and Zoro repeatedly shock the world with their accomplishments. However, Gold Roger, the legendary pirate who owned the One Piece in the first place, also comes from the East Blue, suggesting that while few East Blue pirates become notable, those few are the best of the best.

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* Monkey D. Luffy, in ''Manga/OnePiece'', is one of the few people born and raised in the East Blue sector of the world to achieve international notoriety as a pirate. His first mate, Roronoa Zoro, shares this distinction. The people of the East Blue have a reputation as weak and unable to compete with people from other regions, almost everyone every pirate from there quickly fizzling out when they attempt to sail the Grand Line looking for the One Piece treasure. This is why Luffy and Zoro repeatedly shock the world with their accomplishments. However, Gold Roger, the legendary pirate who owned the One Piece in the first place, also comes from the East Blue, suggesting that while few East Blue pirates become notable, those few are the best of the best.best.
* In ''Manga/TegamiBachi'', Jiggy Pepper grew up in the DyingTown of Kyrie, a town in the poor district to Yodaka on the bridge leading to the middle-class district of Yuusari. Determined to give hope to his town, he become a Letter Bee, being one of two known Letter Bees to come from Yodaka(the other being Lag Seeing, TheHero of the series). He proves himself to be TheAce among the Letter Bees, and earns enough money to buy a bell for Kyrie's church.

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* Given a cruel twist in ''The Only Good Indians'', whose four protagonists grew up together on the Blackfeet reservation in Montana. Two of them left for career reasons, initially with some success, but supernatural forces from an event in their past ultimately catch up with them, [[spoiler:causing their deaths. [[RayOfHopeEnding The final chapter]] suggests that one protagonist's daughter may "make it out" for real, no strings attached]].


** Franklin Clinton's goal in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' is to be one of these. He wishes to escape his impoverished, violent neighborhood of Chamberlain Hills not because he's an honest man, but because the local gangs have no prospects compared to more experienced and hardened criminals like Michael DeSanta and Trevor Philips. Via successful robberies and assassinations, he quickly makes a name for himself and buys a mansion in Vinewood Hills, but pretty much all of his old acquaintances from the hood (including his aunt and ex-girlfriend, the latter of whom became this trope by marrying well) castigate him for forgetting his roots when they're not accusing him of being a male prostitute. [[spoiler: In Ending C, Franklin settles into an upper-class lifestyle, but still demonstrates his loyalty to his friends from the ghetto.]]

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** Franklin Clinton's goal in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' is to be one of these. He wishes to escape his impoverished, violent neighborhood of Chamberlain Hills not because he's an honest man, but because the local gangs have no prospects compared to more experienced and hardened criminals like Michael DeSanta [=DeSanta=] and Trevor Philips. Via successful robberies and assassinations, he quickly makes a name for himself and buys a mansion in Vinewood Hills, but pretty much all of his old acquaintances from the hood (including his aunt and ex-girlfriend, the latter of whom became this trope by marrying well) castigate him for forgetting his roots when they're not accusing him of being a male prostitute. [[spoiler: In Ending C, Franklin settles into an upper-class lifestyle, but still demonstrates his loyalty to his friends from the ghetto.]]

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** Franklin Clinton's goal in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' is to be one of these. He wishes to escape his impoverished, violent neighborhood of Chamberlain Hills not because he's an honest man, but because the local gangs have no prospects compared to more experienced and hardened criminals like Michael DeSanta and Trevor Philips. Via successful robberies and assassinations, he quickly makes a name for himself and buys a mansion in Vinewood Hills, but pretty much all of his old acquaintances from the hood (including his aunt and ex-girlfriend, the latter of whom became this trope by marrying well) castigate him for forgetting his roots when they're not accusing him of being a male prostitute. [[spoiler: In Ending C, Franklin settles into an upper-class lifestyle, but still demonstrates his loyalty to his friends from the ghetto.]]

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* Lord Soth stands out as the only Darklord ever to escape from ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}''. After nobody-knows-how-long trapped in the Mists, [[HeelRealization he finally came to understand that his punishment was entirely his fault and admitted his guilt for the actions that brought him there]]. As the setting lore repeatedly stated would happen, admitting his own guilt rendered his punishment effectively meaningless, and the plane eventually got bored with him and kicked him back out again.
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