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* [[DefiedTrope Defied]] in ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn''; Pyrates plots to be this to [[EldritchAbomination the Storm King]] once he summons him, foolishly believing that [[SmallNameBigEgo he can control the King and than dispose of him once heís no longer useful]]. The Storm King, having no desire to play such games, [[JustEatGilligan just kills Pyrates on the spot as soon as heís summoned]], then sets about getting proper, non-traitorous minions.

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* [[DefiedTrope Defied]] in ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn''; Pyrates plots to be this to [[EldritchAbomination the Storm King]] once he summons him, foolishly believing that [[SmallNameBigEgo he can control the King and than dispose of him once heís no longer useful]]. The Storm King, having no desire to play such games, [[JustEatGilligan just kills Pyrates on the spot as soon as heís summoned]], then sets about getting proper, non-traitorous minions.minions.
* ''Literature/TheMentalState'' has a rare heroic version of this trope. Zack manipulates his way in Bones' gang in order to identify the source of his control over the other members. Once he does, he stage a coup and turns the rest of the gang against their leader. He then cuts off their drug supply, forcing them to go cold-turkey until they are cured of their addictions.


* In the ''Literature/ThousandSons'' novel ''Ahriman: Sorcerer'', the previously loyal Sanakht begins plotting against his master Ahriman out of fear that Ahrimanís obsession with casting the Rubric a second time will lead the Thousand Sons to ruin. [[spoiler:Ahriman knew of Sanakhtís treachery from the start, however, and [[OutGambitted Out Gambits]] him spectacularly.]]

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* In the ''Literature/ThousandSons'' novel ''Ahriman: Sorcerer'', the previously loyal Sanakht begins plotting against his master Ahriman out of fear that Ahrimanís obsession with casting the Rubric a second time will lead the Thousand Sons to ruin. [[spoiler:Ahriman knew of Sanakhtís treachery from the start, however, and [[OutGambitted Out Gambits]] him spectacularly.]]]]
* [[DefiedTrope Defied]] in ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn''; Pyrates plots to be this to [[EldritchAbomination the Storm King]] once he summons him, foolishly believing that [[SmallNameBigEgo he can control the King and than dispose of him once heís no longer useful]]. The Storm King, having no desire to play such games, [[JustEatGilligan just kills Pyrates on the spot as soon as heís summoned]], then sets about getting proper, non-traitorous minions.


** In ''Literature/{{Starchild}}'', Machine General Wheeler is fiercely loyal to the Plan of Man, but thinks the current Planner is weak and insufficiently ruthless, and believes he would be much better at the job.

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** In ''Literature/{{Starchild}}'', Machine General Wheeler is fiercely loyal to the Plan of Man, but thinks the current Planner is weak and insufficiently ruthless, and believes he would be much better at the job.job.
* In the ''Literature/ThousandSons'' novel ''Ahriman: Sorcerer'', the previously loyal Sanakht begins plotting against his master Ahriman out of fear that Ahrimanís obsession with casting the Rubric a second time will lead the Thousand Sons to ruin. [[spoiler:Ahriman knew of Sanakhtís treachery from the start, however, and [[OutGambitted Out Gambits]] him spectacularly.]]


* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', Ogan finds Ziantha after her return from the past. He tells her that [[SpacePirates the Jack]] is holding Yasa captive as a hostage, but he doesn't think he'll trade either the stones or Ziantha for her.

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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', ''Literature/ForerunnerForay'', Ogan finds Ziantha after her return from the past. He tells her that [[SpacePirates the Jack]] is holding Yasa captive as a hostage, but he doesn't think he'll trade either the stones or Ziantha for her.

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** The concept of a Sith apprentice's ambition, given place, and potential -- likely -- rebellion, and what the distressed Master would have to do then is [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] between Count Dooku and Asajj Ventress in ''Literature/DarkRendezvous''.

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** Both Magg and [[spoiler:King Pryderi]] try Starscream Arawn at different points, [[spoiler:both fail hard]].


* The most realistic one to date is Oscar Von Raquianus in the "Literature/ASymphonyOfEternity" series by Solea Razvan. He constantly plots againts his commander Metternich, but more in the sense of an ambitious soldier that's trying to advance his career and will constantly try to outshine his superior and curently hes under one that can handle him. But he does not saboutage Metternich's plans and he also respects him and event admits that he has a lot to learn from his curent commander, at least for now.

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* The most realistic one to date is Oscar Von Raquianus in the "Literature/ASymphonyOfEternity" series by Solea Razvan. He constantly plots againts against​ his commander Metternich, but more in the sense of an ambitious soldier that's trying to advance his career and will constantly try to outshine his superior and curently hes currently he's under one that can handle him. But he does not saboutage sabotage Metternich's plans and he also respects him and event admits that he has a lot to learn from his curent current commander, at least for now.


** During ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', the series' BigBad, [[MadScientist Borborygmus Gog]], is in the payroll of the Emperor, which he's fine with, and often subject to scrutiny and criticism from Darth Vader, which he definitely resents, but the Sith Lord is the Emperor's ranking representative. Gog adjusts elements of his big project, trying to figure out a way around TheForce that is Vader's biggest advantage. The project's name? Project Starscream.

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** During ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', the series' BigBad, [[MadScientist Borborygmus Gog]], is in the payroll of the Emperor, which he's fine with, and often subject to scrutiny and criticism from Darth Vader, which he definitely resents, but the Sith Lord is the Emperor's ranking representative. representative, the one he sees the most. Gog adjusts elements of his big project, trying to figure out a way around TheForce that is Vader's biggest advantage.advantage so he can kill him. The project's name? Project Starscream.


** An aversion in ''Literature/WithoutRemorse''. The heads of the villainous drug ring ''think'' one of their underlings is this, and have him executed. [[spoiler:Their real enemy was OutsideContextProblem John Clark, the ex-boyfriend of a woman they murdered]].

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** An aversion in ''Literature/WithoutRemorse''. The heads of the villainous drug ring ''think'' one of their underlings is this, and have him executed. [[spoiler:Their real enemy was OutsideContextProblem John Clark, the ex-boyfriend of a woman they murdered]].murdered]].
* ''Literature/TheStarchildTrilogy'' has:
** In ''Literature/TheReefsOfSpace'', Machine General Fleemer is personally ambitious, and desperately wants the job of Planner--the leader of Earth, responsible for carring out the instructions of the great [[MasterComputer Planning Machine]], and has been secretly undermining the Planner and lying to the machine.
** In ''Literature/{{Starchild}}'', Machine General Wheeler is fiercely loyal to the Plan of Man, but thinks the current Planner is weak and insufficiently ruthless, and believes he would be much better at the job.


* An unusual example comes from the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain''. Originally, Arawn, the dreaded Death Lord and BigBad of the series, was the consort and servant of Queen Achren, the ruler of Prydain in the series backstory, who taught him all of her secret arts. Arawn used this power to betray Achren and become Lord of Annuvin, at which point Achren became The Starscream to ''him.''

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* An unusual example comes from the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain''.''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain''. Originally, Arawn, the dreaded Death Lord and BigBad of the series, was the consort and servant of Queen Achren, the ruler of Prydain in the series backstory, who taught him all of her secret arts. Arawn used this power to betray Achren and become Lord of Annuvin, at which point Achren became The Starscream to ''him.''


** There's also Mazrim Taim, the leader of the Asha'man in [[TheChosenOne Rand's]] absence. While Rand has been off ignoring the Asha'man, Taim has been asserting control for no doubt [[DevilInPlainSight nefarious]] purposes. Not that anyone except [[GenreSavvy Logain]] seems to realise this. Taim visibly has to restrain himself when Rand presents him with a pin (as a mark of honour) because it places Taim on the same level as the other Asha'man. He names himself the 'M'hael' (leader), acquires a coat with dragons emblazoned on the sleeves in mimickry of the tattoos on Rand's arms that mark him as the Dragon Reborn, builds himself a palace and chooses Asha'man for private lessons to form his own personal army. [[spoiler: However, it's ultimately revealed that Taim is, in fact, a darkfriend himself, making him TheMole rather than this trope]].

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** There's also Mazrim Taim, the leader of the Asha'man in [[TheChosenOne Rand's]] absence. While Rand has been off ignoring the Asha'man, Taim has been asserting control for no doubt [[DevilInPlainSight nefarious]] purposes. Not that anyone except [[GenreSavvy Logain]] Logain seems to realise this. Taim visibly has to restrain himself when Rand presents him with a pin (as a mark of honour) because it places Taim on the same level as the other Asha'man. He names himself the 'M'hael' (leader), acquires a coat with dragons emblazoned on the sleeves in mimickry of the tattoos on Rand's arms that mark him as the Dragon Reborn, builds himself a palace and chooses Asha'man for private lessons to form his own personal army. [[spoiler: However, it's ultimately revealed that Taim is, in fact, a darkfriend himself, making him TheMole rather than this trope]].


* ''Literature/BlackCompany'' has the Taken, who spend more time sabotaging each other than actually fighting LaResistance. During the Battle of Charm, only Nightcrawler is apparently killed by enemy action: [[spoiler: Shapeshifter is said to have been ''lost under suspicious circumstances'', Stormbringer and Bonegnasher apparently kill each other, The Faceless Man and Moonbiter are assassinated and Soulcatcher openly attacks The Howler.]] Most of them get better.

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* ''Literature/BlackCompany'' ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' has the Taken, who spend more time sabotaging each other than actually fighting LaResistance. During the Battle of Charm, only Nightcrawler is apparently killed by enemy action: [[spoiler: Shapeshifter is said to have been ''lost under suspicious circumstances'', Stormbringer and Bonegnasher apparently kill each other, The Faceless Man and Moonbiter are assassinated and Soulcatcher openly attacks The Howler.]] Most of them get better.


* In TerryPratchett 's ''{{Discworld}}'' series, assassination formed the main method of advancement among the wizards of Ankh-Morpork's Unseen University (referred to as the rule of Dead Man's Pointy Shoes). This tradition came to an end with the arrival of head wizard Mustrum Ridcully, who, thanks to decades managing an estate before assuming the role, happens to be an expert marksman.

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* In TerryPratchett Creator/TerryPratchett 's ''{{Discworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, assassination formed the main method of advancement among the wizards of Ankh-Morpork's Unseen University (referred to as the rule of Dead Man's Pointy Shoes). This tradition came to an end with the arrival of head wizard Mustrum Ridcully, who, thanks to decades managing an estate before assuming the role, happens to be an expert marksman.


** An aversion in ''Literature/WithoutRemorse''. The heads of the villainous drug ring ''think'' one of their underlings is this, and have him executed. [[spoiler:Their real enemy was OutOfContextVillain John Clark, the ex-boyfriend of a woman they murdered]].

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** An aversion in ''Literature/WithoutRemorse''. The heads of the villainous drug ring ''think'' one of their underlings is this, and have him executed. [[spoiler:Their real enemy was OutOfContextVillain OutsideContextProblem John Clark, the ex-boyfriend of a woman they murdered]].

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* ''Literature/ParadiseRot'': [[spoiler: Dory Parthenia]] starts the whole [[GambitPileup shebang]] with a plan to get rid of [[spoiler: Jackson]].

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