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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. 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.


* C. P. Cavafy's famous poem ''[[http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=58&cat=1 The City]]'' deals with someone longing for escape from their surroundings and going out in the big world for adventure but they get so caught up in their yearnings, that they never truly escape where they come from:

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* C. P. Cavafy's famous poem ''[[http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=58&cat=1 ''[[https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/51295/the-city-56d22eef2f768 The City]]'' deals with someone longing for escape from their surroundings and going out in the big world for adventure but they get so caught up in their yearnings, that they never truly escape where they come from:

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* ''VideoGame/NightInTheWoods'' has this as a theme, as it’s centered on a small DyingTown. Gregg recounts a story from his childhood about [[spoiler: how he accidentally let loose his uncle’s sheep and how nearly all of them either returned or died. Only one of them escaped to the woods, and Gregg says that he wants to do the same.]]


* Two examples from ''Film/{{Solo}}''.
** It's played straight with Han Solo. He manages to escape from his crappy life on [[CrapsackWorld Corellia]] and eventually earn his freedom by bribing his way past a check-point (more or less), joining the Imperial Army and then deserting to become a smuggler. He attempted to take his girlfriend Qi'ra with him, but she was unfortunately captured.
** Qi'ra, on the other hand, is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion.]] When she and Han meet for the first time since his escape from Corellia, he asks her how she made it out. She replies "I didn't". It's heavily implied she 'got out' by pledging her services to [[BigBad Dryden Vos]] and is clearly under his command now. She may be better off now than she was in the slums of Corellia, [[GildedCage but she isn't free.]]

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* Two examples from ''Film/{{Solo}}''.''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Anakin Skywalker manages to escape life as a slave on Tatooine, reluctantly leaving behind his mother in the process, and becomes a Jedi Knight at the center of galactic politics. When he returns after ten years, his former master Watto is surprised and impressed by how much he's changed. Unfortunately, this doesn't work out as well as Anakin hoped, ultimately ending in him [[FromNobodyToNightmare becoming Darth Vader]]. Anakin's tragic fate is what makes Uncle Owen very reluctant to let Anakin's son Luke leave Tatooine, as he fears he'll end up the same.

** In ''Film/ANewHope'', Luke's good friend Biggs Darklighter managed to make it off Tatooine, became a pilot for the Rebel Alliance and insinuates he's [[HeroOfAnotherStory had many adventures]]. Unfortunately, he's killed during the assault on the Death Star before he and Luke can have a proper catch-up.
** 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.
** Two examples from ''Film/{{Solo}}''.
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It's played straight with Han Solo. He manages to escape from his crappy life on [[CrapsackWorld Corellia]] and eventually earn his freedom by bribing his way past a check-point (more or less), joining the Imperial Army and then deserting to become a smuggler. He attempted to take his girlfriend Qi'ra with him, but she was unfortunately captured.
** *** Qi'ra, on the other hand, is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion.]] When she and Han meet for the first time since his escape from Corellia, he asks her how she made it out. She replies "I didn't". It's heavily implied she 'got out' by pledging her services to [[BigBad Dryden Vos]] and is clearly under his command now. She may be better off now than she was in the slums of Corellia, [[GildedCage but she isn't free.]]


* Beka Cooper and her friend Tansy make it out of the slum in ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' in different ways. Beka helps the Lord Provost arrest a gang that threatened his career, so he takes in her family to repay her. Tansy marries Herun Lofts, the NiceGuy son of the richest (and nastiest) man in the Lower City.

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* Beka Cooper and her friend Tansy make it out of the slum in ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' ''Literature/BekaCooper'' in different ways. Beka helps the Lord Provost arrest a gang that threatened his career, so he takes in her family to repay her. Tansy marries Herun Lofts, the NiceGuy son grandson of the richest (and nastiest) man in the Lower City.


-->--'''Stephen Dedalus''', ''Literature/APortraitOfTheArtistAsAYoungMan''.

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-->--'''Stephen -->-- '''Stephen Dedalus''', ''Literature/APortraitOfTheArtistAsAYoungMan''.
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* Throughout ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'', several chacters -- including the lead Arthur Morgan -- keep suggesting John Marston (The MainCharacter 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 -- including the lead Arthur Morgan -- keep suggesting John Marston (The MainCharacter (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.


* One way of interpreting the fate of Molly the pony from ''Literature/AnimalFarm''. While she's the only animal to leave the Farm and voluntarily return to the service of a human, she nevertheless seems happy with her new life and ends up with more luxuries and less work than almost any other animal on the Farm.

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* One way of interpreting the fate of Molly the pony from ''Literature/AnimalFarm''. While she's the only animal to leave the Farm and voluntarily return to the service of a human, she nevertheless seems happy with her new life and ends up with more luxuries and less work than almost any other animal on the Farm. Some people have even suggested that [[ObfuscatingStupidity Molly was smarter than she let on]], at least enough to realise that Napoleon and Squealer tended to hastily change the subject whenever [[OnlySaneMan Benjamin]] asked them [[AndThenWhat pointed questions about the finer details of their big ideas]], and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere took to her hooves]] before everything went wrong.

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* Throughout ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'', several chacters -- including the lead Arthur Morgan -- keep suggesting John Marston (The MainCharacter 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.
-->'''Arthur''': John made it. He's the only one. The rest of us... no. [[spoiler:But I tried. In the end I did]].


** Usnavi wants to leave the Heights and return to his parents' home on a beach in the Dominican Republic, believing the place is changing and with many of his friends leaving, there's not much left for him. At the end after seeing Sunny's beautiful mural of Abuela, he decides to stay and use his lottery money to fix up the coffee shop, get a date with Vanessa, and remember all the stories the customers have to tell as the community changes with the times.

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** Usnavi wants to leave the Heights and return to his parents' home on a beach in the Dominican Republic, believing the place is changing and with many of his friends leaving, there's not much left for him. At the end after seeing Sunny's Graffiti Pete's beautiful mural of Abuela, he decides to stay and use his lottery money to fix up the coffee shop, bodega, get a date with Vanessa, and remember all the stories the customers have to tell as the community changes with the times.


Character trope. Can overlap with TheRunaway, SocialClimber, WorkingClassHero.

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Character trope. Can overlap with TheRunaway, SocialClimber, WorkingClassHero.WorkingClassHero and RagsToRiches. Darker variations may overlap with FromNobodyToNightmare.

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* Two examples from ''Film/{{Solo}}''.
** It's played straight with Han Solo. He manages to escape from his crappy life on [[CrapsackWorld Corellia]] and eventually earn his freedom by bribing his way past a check-point (more or less), joining the Imperial Army and then deserting to become a smuggler. He attempted to take his girlfriend Qi'ra with him, but she was unfortunately captured.
** Qi'ra, on the other hand, is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion.]] When she and Han meet for the first time since his escape from Corellia, he asks her how she made it out. She replies "I didn't". It's heavily implied she 'got out' by pledging her services to [[BigBad Dryden Vos]] and is clearly under his command now. She may be better off now than she was in the slums of Corellia, [[GildedCage but she isn't free.]]


* In one episode of ''Series/{{NUMB3RS}}'', Che Lobo, a former gangster turned hip-hop CEO, tells Colby Granger that he wanted his ([[VictimOfTheWeek kidnapped]]) son to be this.

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* In one episode of ''Series/{{NUMB3RS}}'', Che Lobo, a former gangster turned hip-hop CEO, tells Colby Granger that he wanted his ([[VictimOfTheWeek currently kidnapped]]) son to be this.

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* Characters of this type show up from time to time in the various ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' series. Their past often ends up being related in some way to the case.
** Amanda Rollins of ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'' is implied to be this in her family. Her mother and sister are less than thrilled (though the latter eventually comes around), believing that Amanda thinks herself better than them because of this.

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* In ''Film/TheGodfather'', Michael Corleone, the youngest of Mafia Don Vito Corleone's three sons, is initially set up as this; he's a war hero who has put some distance between himself and the "family business". But [[spoiler:after an attempt on Vito's life, Michael ends up falling in deeper than either of the other two, eventually inheriting his father's position.]]

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