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* This is what [[FinalGirl Sidney Prescott]] becomes after surviving the horrors of the ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' movies, specially after the events of [[Film/{{Scream 2}} the second movie]]. Poor girl needs to catch a break.

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* This is what [[FinalGirl Sidney Prescott]] becomes after surviving the horrors of the ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' ''Film/{{Scream}}'' movies, specially after the events of [[Film/{{Scream 2}} the second movie]]. Poor girl needs to catch a break.


* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's Lazarus Long is a Zen Survivor. Over four thousand years old. His [[HeroicBSOD utter hell]] has been watching the people he loves grow old and die while he lives on.

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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's Lazarus Long is a Zen Survivor. Over four two thousand years old. His old, his [[HeroicBSOD utter hell]] has been watching the people he loves grow old and die while he lives on.on. He flat out tells Ira Weatheral that he doesn't give advice because people learn -- if they learn at all -- from experience.


* Medivh from ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'', as of the third game. After being defeated in 1, he makes a HeelFaceTurn, and becomes a prophet, uniting the three living races (orcs, humans, night elves) against the Scourge. His role in ''WorldOfWarcraft'' seems to be less prominent.

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* Medivh from ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'', as of the third game. After being defeated in 1, he makes a HeelFaceTurn, and becomes a prophet, uniting the three living races (orcs, humans, night elves) against the Scourge. His role in ''WorldOfWarcraft'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' seems to be less prominent.



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* Zhi Wong in ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'' ''seems'' like this, [[SubvertedTrope but he isn't]]. He acts like a [[DissonantSerenity calm]], stereotypical old monk (in the middle of a ZombieApocalypse, no less), but that's a pretense. He's really got a [[HairTriggerTemper horrible temper]] and [[DisproportionateRetribution kills other survivors for disturbing his meditation]]. And his "wisdom" is all about lashing out in anger.


* Armitage in ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'', the first book in WilliamGibson's Literature/SprawlTrilogy.

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* Armitage in ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'', the first book in WilliamGibson's Creator/WilliamGibson's Literature/SprawlTrilogy.


* [[TheDragon Neo Roanoke]] of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'' functions as an EvilMentor to the three [[{{Tykebomb}} Extended]], all while still projecting the BigBrotherMentor vibe he gave off in the previous show. The results are not pretty.

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* [[TheDragon Neo Roanoke]] of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'' functions as an EvilMentor to the three [[{{Tykebomb}} Extended]], all while still projecting the BigBrotherMentor vibe he gave off that Mu la Flaga had in the previous show. last show [[spoiler: for good reason]]. The results are not pretty.pretty.
** Kira Yamato has also become one of these.

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** It's worth noting that just by going through the pilgrimage until you reunite with Auron will you understand why he's doesn't just tell them. Picture this: You and only you know your religion is crap but you're in a team full of people (sans Rikku, but even then she and by extension the Al Bhed doesn't really have an alternative to stopping anything) who know that Yevon and Sin is THE ONLY way of life in their world and trying to go against it will earn you disbelief and scorn, not to mention the Church likely to take an extensive interest in your head. Only by allowing the exposure of their hypocrisy in person would it allow the devoted such as Wakka and Lulu to really see what the score is; ostensibly, the same way he did himself. As he said earlier: "Had I told you, would it have stopped you?"


* ''{{Life}}'': Charlie Crews, the hero, a homicide detective wrongfully accused of murder but proven innocent after 12 years of hard time, is explicitly into Zen, although in his case somewhat twisted as he did go [[CloudCuckoolander a bit nuts]] in the Big House.

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* ''{{Life}}'': ''Series/{{Life}}'': Charlie Crews, the hero, a homicide detective wrongfully accused of murder but proven innocent after 12 years of hard time, is explicitly into Zen, although in his case somewhat twisted as he did go [[CloudCuckoolander a bit nuts]] in the Big House.



* ''SouthOfNowhere'': Ashley is a high school girl with negligent parents who had a miscarriage, lost her boyfriend, and came out as bisexual -- all during the {{Backstory}}. She serves as a teacher and love interest to the heroine, teaching her about sexual orientation and what kind of people can be trusted. Ashley abuses her OmniscientMoralityLicense to absurd levels -- anything she does, no matter how callous, is always for the best.
* ''TrueDetective'': Matthew [=McConaughey=]'s Detective Rustin Spencer "Rust" Cohle offers a solid example.

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* ''SouthOfNowhere'': ''Series/SouthOfNowhere'': Ashley is a high school girl with negligent parents who had a miscarriage, lost her boyfriend, and came out as bisexual -- all during the {{Backstory}}. She serves as a teacher and love interest to the heroine, teaching her about sexual orientation and what kind of people can be trusted. Ashley abuses her OmniscientMoralityLicense to absurd levels -- anything she does, no matter how callous, is always for the best.
* ''TrueDetective'': ''Series/TrueDetective'': Matthew [=McConaughey=]'s Detective Rustin Spencer "Rust" Cohle offers a solid example.

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** In perhaps his most triumphant example of this trope, Auron hides the critically-important fact that [[spoiler: completing her pilgrimage will kill Yuna]] from Tidus until the most emotionally-traumatizing moment possible. This is ''very'' deliberate: [[spoiler: Auron wants Tidus to be as shocked and disgusted by the revelation as possible, so that he'll be more motivated to try and find an alternative.]]


* Uncle Scrooge has gone through several levels of hell in The Life and Times of Uncle Scrooge. He usually allows Donald Duck to get into trouble knowing the lessons will be worth it. "Someone's about to learn a lesson lads." What's more, Donald and his nephews are worthy of Uncle Scrooge's wisdom and money... he'll just never tell them that.

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* Uncle Scrooge has gone through several levels of hell in The ''The Life and Times of Uncle Scrooge.Scrooge''. He usually allows Donald Duck to get into trouble knowing the lessons will be worth it. "Someone's about to learn a lesson lads." What's more, Donald and his nephews are worthy of Uncle Scrooge's wisdom and money... he'll just never tell them that.


* Nessiah in ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion''. [[BaseBreaker Jury's out]] on whether he's actually evil or just [[JerkassWoobie kind of messed up]], but [[MultipleEndings depending on the route]] he's either the team's mentor or the antagonist.

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* Nessiah in ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion''. [[BaseBreaker Jury's out]] out on whether he's actually evil or just [[JerkassWoobie kind of messed up]], but [[MultipleEndings depending on the route]] he's either the team's mentor or the antagonist.


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* Uncle Scrooge has gone through several levels of hell in The Life and Times of Uncle Scrooge. He usually allows Donald Duck to get into trouble knowing the lessons will be worth it. "Someone's about to learn a lesson lads." What's more, Donald and his nephews are worthy of Uncle Scrooge's wisdom and money... he'll just never tell them that.
* High school outcast Shelley in ''ComicBook/TheUnderburbs''.
* V in ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''. Though not as much in the movie.



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* Uncle Scrooge has gone through several levels of hell in The Life and Times of Uncle Scrooge. He usually allows Donald Duck to get into trouble knowing the lessons will be worth it. "Someone's about to learn a lesson lads." What's more, Donald and his nephews are worthy of Uncle Scrooge's wisdom and money... he'll just never tell them that.
* High school outcast Shelley in ''ComicBook/TheUnderburbs''.
* V in ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''. Though not as much in the movie.


* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' with Lordgenome. The Anti-spirals almost, but not quite, fit as they foresee the hell down the road and stop themselves before reaching it. Then simply kill anyone who nears their road block. If only they were a bit vague in their answers once they did talk...

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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' with Lordgenome. The Anti-spirals almost, but not quite, fit as they foresee the hell down the road and stop themselves before reaching it. Then simply kill anyone who nears their road block. If only they were a bit less vague in their answers once they did talk...


* Kreia from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' could practically be this trope's patron saint. She's both [[spoiler:a fallen jedi ''and'' a fallen sith]] and now occupies a strange middle road in the Force, dispensing her bitterly-earned wisdom to the main character.

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* Kreia from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' could practically be this trope's patron saint. She's both [[spoiler:a fallen jedi ''and'' a fallen sith]] and now occupies a strange middle road in the Force, dispensing her bitterly-earned wisdom to the main character.


* In the sequel to WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda of all places Master Shifu tells Po that some masters achieve inner peace through great pain and suffering.

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* In the sequel to WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda of all places WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda, Master Shifu tells Po that some masters achieve inner peace through great pain and suffering.

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