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* Since ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}} became a globally prominent superhero, some characters have occasionally accused him of forgetting his roots as a hero of the downtrodden in New York City. [[BerserkButton He doesn't take it very kindly]], especially not when a young upstart uses this to justify taking up Luke's abandoned "Power Man" codename.

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* Since ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}} ComicBook/LukeCage became a globally prominent superhero, some characters have occasionally accused him of forgetting his roots as a hero of the downtrodden in New York City. [[BerserkButton He doesn't take it very kindly]], especially not when a young upstart uses this to justify taking up Luke's abandoned "Power Man" codename.


* ''VideoGame/NightInTheWoods'' has this as a theme, as it’s centered on a small DyingTown. Protagonist Mae is the first in her family and friend circle to go to college, but drops out and returns home after a mental breakdown. Another friend, Casey, has gone missing and they think he's hopped on a freight train. 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.]]

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* ''VideoGame/NightInTheWoods'' has this as a theme, as it’s centered on a small DyingTown. Protagonist Mae is the first in her family and friend circle to go to college, but drops out and returns home after a mental breakdown. Another friend, Casey, Casey Hartley has gone missing and they his friends think he's hopped on a freight train. 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. [[spoiler:Casey turned out to have never made it out of Possum Springs, having been sacrificed by the town cult.]]


*** 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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*** 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 to [[TheDon 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.]]free]].


* ''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.]]

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* ''VideoGame/NightInTheWoods'' has this as a theme, as it’s centered on a small DyingTown. Protagonist Mae is the first in her family and friend circle to go to college, but drops out and returns home after a mental breakdown. Another friend, Casey, has gone missing and they think he's hopped on a freight train. 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.]]

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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 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.


* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'', the Jedi Exile is the only one of Revan's renegade Jedi who did ''not'' become a Sith. Whether or not that stays the case depends on the player's actions.

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* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'', ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'', the Jedi Exile is the only one of Revan's renegade Jedi who did ''not'' become a Sith. Whether or not that stays the case depends on the player's actions.


* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', this is a major theme for wardens of the Dwarf Commoner origin. A Dwarf Commoner warden was born into abject poverty as a casteless "untouchable" and was forced to be an enforcer for a petty crime lord before being conscripted into the Grey Wardens, who among dwarves are a highly respected order. When they return to their home city later in the game, several casteless (including their former best friend) will berate them for forgetting how hard life is in the slums there, and the Guardian Spirit in the Temple of Sacred Ashes will ask the player if they feel they failed their friends and family by abandoning them to become a Grey Warden.

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In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', this is a major theme for wardens of the Dwarf Commoner origin. A Dwarf Commoner warden was born into abject poverty as a casteless "untouchable" and was forced to be an enforcer for a petty crime lord before being conscripted into the Grey Wardens, who among dwarves are a highly respected order. When they return to their home city later in the game, several casteless (including their former best friend) will berate them for forgetting how hard life is in the slums there, and the Guardian Spirit in the Temple of Sacred Ashes will ask the player if they feel they failed their friends and family by abandoning them to become a Grey Warden.Warden.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', should the player convince Iron Bull to [[spoiler:order his mercenary company to retreat and allow the Qunari ship to be destroyed and]] become Tal-Vashoth, Cole's dialogue with Bull indicates Bull's old Tamassran (teacher-cum-parent) views him this way.
-->'''Cole:''' I remember the little boy, too wise, eager to help. Words break in small secret spaces. He got away. He got away.

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', this is a major theme for wardens of the Dwarf Commoner origin. A Dwarf Commoner warden was born into abject poverty as a casteless "untouchable" and was forced to be an enforcer for a petty crime lord before being conscripted into the Grey Wardens, who among dwarves are a highly respected order. When they return to their home city later in the game, several casteless (including their former best friend) will berate them for forgetting how hard life is in the slums there, and the Guardian Spirit in the Temple of Sacred Ashes will ask the player if they feel they failed their friends and family by abandoning them to become a Grey Warden.

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* ''Literature/HillbillyElegy'': The author is one of the few who left his DyingTown, becoming a lawyer in New York and trying to hide his poor rural background. However, he seems to have some form of contempt for those who couldn’t or wouldn’t leave.


* In ''The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian'', the protagonist realizes that if he stays in his American Indian reserve, he'll lose hope and [[HistoryRepeats go nowhere like everyone else in the reservation]]. He is encouraged to go to an off-reserve school (where the education is better than in the reserve) by a teacher who helps him see this.

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* In ''The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian'', ''Literature/TheAbsolutelyTrueDiaryOfAPartTimeIndian'', the protagonist realizes that if he stays in his American Indian reserve, he'll lose hope and [[HistoryRepeats go nowhere like everyone else in the reservation]]. He is encouraged to go to an off-reserve school (where the education is better than in the reserve) by a teacher who helps him see this.


* "[[{{Music/Evermore2020}} dorothea]]" by Music/TaylorSwift is a LoveNostagliaSong towards the titular woman, who left her small, sleepy hometown to become a famous celebrity. The narrator stayed behind and hasn't seen her in many years, and still carries a torch for her and holds out hope that she'll come back.

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* "[[{{Music/Evermore2020}} dorothea]]" by Music/TaylorSwift is a LoveNostagliaSong LoveNostalgiaSong towards the titular woman, who left her small, sleepy hometown to become a famous celebrity. The narrator stayed behind and hasn't seen her in many years, and still carries a torch for her and holds out hope that she'll come back.


* "[[{{Music/Evermore2020 dorothea]]" by Music/TaylorSwift is a LoveNostagliaSong towards the titular woman, who left her small, sleepy hometown to become a famous celebrity. The narrator stayed behind and hasn't seen her in many years, and still carries a torch for her and holds out hope that she'll come back.

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* "[[{{Music/Evermore2020 "[[{{Music/Evermore2020}} dorothea]]" by Music/TaylorSwift is a LoveNostagliaSong towards the titular woman, who left her small, sleepy hometown to become a famous celebrity. The narrator stayed behind and hasn't seen her in many years, and still carries a torch for her and holds out hope that she'll come back.

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* "[[{{Music/Evermore2020 dorothea]]" by Music/TaylorSwift is a LoveNostagliaSong towards the titular woman, who left her small, sleepy hometown to become a famous celebrity. The narrator stayed behind and hasn't seen her in many years, and still carries a torch for her and holds out hope that she'll come back.

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* A major theme of ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'' is Travis' status as this in the [[CarnivalOfKillers UAA]]. During the events of [[VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes the first game]] he managed to kill his way up to being Rank 1 in the rankings and then just... left. When he eventually comes back and is forced to restart from the lowest rank, motivated by the new Rank 1 [[ItsPersonal killing his best friend]], multiple assassins, most notably [[DeathSeeker Alice Twilight]], ask how he managed to get away from both the lifestyle and UAA itself.
-->'''Alice''': We've all become trapped, don't you see? Addicted to the violence, to a life in the shadows. Once we join the ranks, we can never get out.\\
'''Travis''': Don't be stupid. If you get tired of the battles, just [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] quit!\\
'''Alice''': But that's why we all want to fight you. To learn your secret. Don't you get it?\\
'''Travis''': Get what?\\
'''Alice''': You are the [[RedBaron Crownless King]], the one who got out. You reached the top, then walked away.

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* The Ghost With The Lizard from ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'' is the only Ghost we see who accepts redemption and becomes a Person.

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