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*Mark Felt, a.k.a. "Deep Throat", the informant who leaked details of the Watergate scandal to journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Woodward writes that Felt was a devoted disciple of J. Edgar Hoover, and was upset when L. Patrick Gray was chosen over himself as the new FBI Director. Felt may have leaked the incriminating information to the press as revenge against Nixon.


* According to some conspiracy theorists, President John F. Kennedy's assassination was masterminded by then-vice president Lyndon B. Johnson. Kennedy allegedly was planning to remove Johnson from the ticket for the upcoming 1964 election; Johnson was a very ambitious man who longed to be President of the United States.

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* According to some Some conspiracy theorists, theorists claim that President John F. Kennedy's assassination was masterminded by then-vice president Lyndon B. Johnson. Kennedy allegedly was planning to remove Johnson from the ticket for the upcoming 1964 election; Johnson was a very ambitious man who longed to be President of the United States.States, and did not want his political career to end.

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*According to some conspiracy theorists, President John F. Kennedy's assassination was masterminded by then-vice president Lyndon B. Johnson. Kennedy allegedly was planning to remove Johnson from the ticket for the upcoming 1964 election; Johnson was a very ambitious man who longed to be President of the United States.


* As of 2019, there has been an internal power struggle within the higher-ups of the National Rifle Association. Executives such as Chris Cox and Oliver North (along with many rank-and-file members) have become deeply dissatisfied with CEO Wayne LaPierre's leadership and have (so far unsuccessfully) tried to oust him. Many claim that the organization does not do enough to fight for gun rights, while LaPierre allegedly lives a lavish lifestyle.

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* As of 2019, there has been an internal power struggle within the higher-ups of the National Rifle Association. Executives such as Chris Cox and Oliver North (along with many rank-and-file members) have become deeply dissatisfied with CEO Wayne LaPierre's Lapierre's leadership and have (so far unsuccessfully) tried to oust him. Many claim that the organization does not do enough to fight for gun rights, while LaPierre Lapierre allegedly lives a lavish lifestyle.


* As of 2019, there has been an internal power struggle within the higher-ups of the National Rifle Association. Many executives, such as Chris Cox and Oliver North (along with many rank-and-file members), have become deeply dissatisfied with CEO Wayne LaPierre's leadership and have (so far unsuccessfully) tried to oust him. Many claim that the organization does not do enough to fight for gun rights, while LaPierre allegedly lives a lavish lifestyle.

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* As of 2019, there has been an internal power struggle within the higher-ups of the National Rifle Association. Many executives, Executives such as Chris Cox and Oliver North (along with many rank-and-file members), members) have become deeply dissatisfied with CEO Wayne LaPierre's leadership and have (so far unsuccessfully) tried to oust him. Many claim that the organization does not do enough to fight for gun rights, while LaPierre allegedly lives a lavish lifestyle.


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* As of 2019, there has been an internal power struggle within the higher-ups of the National Rifle Association. Many executives, such as Chris Cox and Oliver North (along with many rank-and-file members), have become deeply dissatisfied with CEO Wayne LaPierre's leadership; many claim that the organization does not do enough to fight for gun rights, while LaPierre allegedly lives a lavish lifestyle.
** at the NRA's 2019 annual meeting, there was a failed attempt to oust LaPierre.

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* As of 2019, there has been an internal power struggle within the higher-ups of the National Rifle Association. Many executives, such as Chris Cox and Oliver North (along with many rank-and-file members), have become deeply dissatisfied with CEO Wayne LaPierre's leadership; many leadership and have (so far unsuccessfully) tried to oust him. Many claim that the organization does not do enough to fight for gun rights, while LaPierre allegedly lives a lavish lifestyle.
** at the NRA's 2019 annual meeting, there was a failed attempt to oust LaPierre.[[/folder]]


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*As of 2019, there has been an internal power struggle within the higher-ups of the National Rifle Association. Many executives, such as Chris Cox and Oliver North (along with many rank-and-file members), have become deeply dissatisfied with CEO Wayne LaPierre's leadership; many claim that the organization does not do enough to fight for gun rights, while LaPierre allegedly lives a lavish lifestyle.
**at the NRA's 2019 annual meeting, there was a failed attempt to oust LaPierre.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainSimianAndTheSpaceMonkeys'': Rhesus-2 sometimes shows a rebellious attitude towards Nebula. [[spoiler:When Nebula is incapacitated in the series finale, he doesn't hesitate to take control for himself]]. When he uploads his brain patterns into the Holo-boon generator, turning them evil, they turn against him after driving off the Space Monkeys.


* In ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', [[spoiler: Cedric eats Phobos unexpectedly after Phobos agrees to give 'a fraction of his power' - which he decided to interpret as 3/3, 4/4 or equivalent]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', [[spoiler: Cedric eats Phobos unexpectedly after Phobos agrees to give 'a "a fraction of his power' - power" -- which he decided to interpret as 3/3, 4/4 or equivalent]].equivalent]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E13TheMean6 The Mean 6]]", the clone of Twilight Sparkle created by Queen Chrysalis secretly plots to steal the Elements of Harmony for herself and overthrow Chrysalis as soon as she is away from her would-be-ruler. And when Chrysalis finds out about her treachery, [[spoiler:Mean Twilight nearly succeeds into beating the changeling in a BeamOWar, before being interrupted by the Tree of Harmony]].


* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Jack Noir. In every Sburb session, Jack is strongly predisposed to loathe the [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Black Queen]] and will seek to overthrow her wherever possible. While normally he just begrudgingly offers to help the players dethrone her as he did in the trolls' session, in the kids' session he gets an opportunity more [[OmnicidalManiac suited to his tastes]] in the form of an [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Bunny]] - he uses it to kill the Black Queen, take her RingOfPower, go OneWingedAngel, take command of Derse for himself, and obliterate both the Prospitian and Dersite armies on the Battlefield. All because he ''really'' [[DisproportionateRetribution hated the harlequin/princess hat he had to wear.]]
** In the kids' session, he has taken on the title of "Sovereign Slayer". He's earned it.
** [[spoiler: The Condesce shows signs of chaffing under Lord English.]]

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Jack Noir. Noir.
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In every Sburb session, Jack is strongly predisposed to loathe the [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Black Queen]] and will seek to overthrow her wherever possible. While normally he just begrudgingly offers to help the players dethrone her as he did in the trolls' session, in the kids' session he gets an opportunity more [[OmnicidalManiac suited to his tastes]] in the form of an [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Bunny]] - he uses it to kill the Black Queen, take her RingOfPower, go OneWingedAngel, take command of Derse for himself, and obliterate both the Prospitian and Dersite armies on the Battlefield. All because he ''really'' [[DisproportionateRetribution hated the harlequin/princess hat he had to wear.]]
** *** In the kids' session, he has taken on the title of "Sovereign Slayer". He's earned it.
** [[spoiler: The Condesce shows signs of chaffing under Lord English.]]



* Redcloak is this to Xykon in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', but more subtle than most of examples.
** And Tsukiko is this to him [[spoiler: until she tries to take his position, which gets her killed]].

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* Redcloak ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'',
** [[TheDragon Redcloak]]
is this to Xykon in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', but [[BigBad Xykon]]. He is more subtle than most of examples.
other examples, and is content to wait until Xykon has outlived his usefullness before making his move.
** And Tsukiko [[TheNecromancer Tsukiko]] is this to him [[spoiler: until she tries to take his position, which gets her killed]].

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* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'': The Duke of Deception is Ares/Mars' right hand man and he's repeatedly attempted to betray the war god who granted him his powers.


** Makuta Icarax believes that BigBad Teridax's (''the'' Makuta) plan to take control of the universe (by putting the Great Spirit asleep and then reawaken him once preparations are complete) to be too convoluted, and prefers to batter people into submission instead. When Teridax was temporary unable to monitor the actions of his whole Brotherhood, Icarax decided to speed up the process by going to war. He had already claimed some areas when Teridax arrived and beat him up. He's only kept alive because of his talent at fighting and the fear he inspires in his foes.[[spoiler: After being deevolved by Toa Ignika, he later gets killed by some of his fellow members when he tries to ruin The Plan, making him a historical Starscream. The ones that killed him though suddenly [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlive their usefulness]].]]

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** Makuta Icarax believes that BigBad Teridax's (''the'' Makuta) plan to take control of the universe (by putting the Great Spirit asleep and then reawaken him once preparations are complete) to be too convoluted, and prefers to batter people into submission instead. When Teridax was temporary temporarily unable to monitor the actions of his whole Brotherhood, Icarax decided to speed up the process by going to war. He had already claimed some areas when Teridax arrived and beat him up. up, but those ambitions simply are put on the shimmer. He's only kept alive because of his talent at fighting and the fear he inspires in his foes.[[spoiler: After foes, and being their best physical fighter nobody aside from Teridax wants to actually tangle with him if they can avoid it. His first actual appearance in the books has him not only sitting on Teridax's throne in Destral like he owns it, he's wearing their leader's personal MaskOfPower and becomes nearly murderous when it's mentioned he needs to follow ThePlan. [[spoiler:After being deevolved by Toa Ignika, he later gets killed by some of his fellow members when he tries to ruin The Plan, making him a historical Starscream. The ones that killed him though suddenly [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlive their usefulness]].]]


Quite strongly related to the RuleOfTwo, where this is expected and quite nearly mandated. Also often carries strong undertones of AmbitionIsEvil -- it is the ambition to seize the {{BigBad}}'s throne for himself what drives a Starscream to betray his boss, after all.

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Quite strongly related to the RuleOfTwo, where this is expected and quite nearly mandated. Also often carries strong undertones of AmbitionIsEvil -- it is the ambition to seize the {{BigBad}}'s {{Big Bad}}'s throne for himself what drives a Starscream to betray his boss, after all.


Quite strongly related to the RuleOfTwo, where this is expected and quite nearly mandated. Also often carries strong undertones of AmbitionIsEvil -- it is the ambition to seize the [[BigBad]]'s throne for himself what drives a Starscream to betray his boss, after all.

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Quite strongly related to the RuleOfTwo, where this is expected and quite nearly mandated. Also often carries strong undertones of AmbitionIsEvil -- it is the ambition to seize the [[BigBad]]'s {{BigBad}}'s throne for himself what drives a Starscream to betray his boss, after all.

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