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  • In Red Witch's Tangled Web series, the entire team has one of these about Commander Walsh and Dr. Negata when they find out the full extent of what went on at Wolf Den, including vivisection of the Artificial Humans and forced deathmatches (with visiting Senators encouraged to gamble on the results).


  • In A Mother's Love, Illyria forces Justine to experience this for Holtz when she gives Justine a brief glimpse of the next two years based on the memories Illyria retains of Fred, including how Justine's role in furthering Holtz's vendetta against Angel contributed to Jasmine nearly taking over the world, forcing Justine to realise that, despite his talk about wanting to stop a dangerous monster, in the end her mentor only cared about his own revenge.

Avatar: The Last Airbender



  • Second Generation: For all his anger towards Batman, Jason still thought he had a chance to convert him to his opinion. Until he learned Dick was raped, which utterly shattered what was left from his esteem and trust in Bruce since the man wouldn't even avenge his "favourite" son.

Calvin and Hobbes


  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton:
    • Kaji to Asuka when she finds out that he was willing to let himself get murdered after discovering the secrets of Project Eva and he never ever thought about Misato and Asuka's reaction to his death. After she calls him out on it he apologises for disappointing her.
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    • Asuka finding out that she's very close to becoming one to Hamilton (without him even knowing it) is one of the factors in her decision to become a heroine without looking for glory.
  • In White Devil of the Moon, this turns out to be the Sailor Senshi's thoughts on Princess Serenity: they had thought of her as a martyr-like figure, representing the values of Love and Justice. Then her reincarnation, Nanoha Takamachi, comes along and reveals that their princess was a lazy and incompetent child who shirked her responsibilities to keep going to the Earth who ultimately killed herself when her beloved died, possibly dooming those who did survive the Dark Kingdom's attack. Interestingly, while Luna does see it as that, she also sees it as a chance for a better queen to rise up once Nanoha takes up her responsibilities.
  • In Child of the Storm, Harry briefly has this towards his Asgardian family when he finds out about human sacrifices to them. The pedestal is rebuilt, however, when he finds out that this was a large part of why Thor and Loki stopped visiting Earth in the first place.
    • This happens with most people towards Doctor Strange after they find out the sheer scale of his manipulations and what he's been doing, with the pedestal only partly rebuilt.
  • In Harry Potter and the Mystic Force, after witnessing the power of the Mystic Force and learning more about the scale of magic out there, Harry gradually loses his old respect for Dumbledore, his former mentor’s constant suspicions of him (albeit unvoiced ones before they were brought out by Ooze’s spell) coming up short in favour of Udonna’s easy acceptance of him, culminating in Harry denouncing Dumbledore's attempt to talk to him after Ivan Ooze attacks Hogwarts in favour of following Ooze to Briarwood so that Harry can help the Rangers.
  • In Once Upon a Supernatural Time, Henry is devastated after meeting Baelfire when remembering the story Emma told him about his 'father', to the point that Henry compares Baelfire to Dean and wishes that Dean was his father.
  • In the Justice League The Spider sequel Web of Cadmus, Galatea is devastated when she learns that Professor Hamilton, who she considered a father, has been planning to have her killed and replaced if she ever showed any sign of betraying Cadmus.
  • The Last Son: Superman has this big time with General Zod. Before meeting the guy in person, he had read nothing but stories about his exploits as a Kryptonian war hero, and how he was a close friend of Superman's father Jor-El, to the point he was his best man in his wedding and named him godfather of his son. Naturally, Superman is devastated when he learns of Zod's war crimes against the Shi'ar, and even more because he unwittingly gave him the keys to conquer Earth.


  • System Restore:
    • Hinata struggles with this after it comes out that Komaeda, whom he considered an easygoing and helpful friend, was secretly planning to murder somebody at Togami's party. This is made worse by how he isn't able to get any closure, due to how Komaeda ended up being the first victim, meaning he never got a chance to explain himself.
    • The second chapter has a double-whammy of this. Togami's hit hard when he realizes that Pekoyama, whom he saw as one of his most dependable allies, let Kuzuryuu play Twilight Syndrome and set into motion the second murder, and Koizumi is also upset to hear that Pekoyama, whom she regarded as a friend, tried to convince Kuzuryuu to kill her. Before Togami can properly recover from that, everyone gets blindsided by the second murderer's identity, especially Souda and Tanaka, who had feelings for her.
  • On Ask The New Hope's Peak, Sora's idealised projection of her adopted older sister, Monaca, is shattered after meeting the Monaca from fifteen years in the past, and having her detail her actions in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls.
  • Where Talent Goes To Die
    • Discussed in one conversation between Miura and Kagami. Kagami notes that people felt betrayed when Prime Minister Ishimaru ended up getting caught up in a scandal, but he argues that Ishimaru was probably always flawed, and people couldn't notice that- or refused to accept it- because they were in awe of his talent.
    • Played straight with the second murderer, Mitamura, who'd gotten along well with the group, Iwasawa in particular. It turns out that she cheated on a test in the past, and with Monokuma threatening to make their secrets known, committed murder and tried to graduate (which would have doomed everyone else).
    • Averted with Edogawa. While Miura looks up to Edogawa as a writer, since Edogawa is Miura's favorite author, Miura's admiration is gradually replaced by friendship, as she starts seeing Edogawa as an equal, rather than an idol.

Danny Phantom

  • In the Facing the Future Series, much like with Vlad Plasmius, Jack goes through this with the Guys In White when they kidnap Danielle.

Death Note

  • Story of the Century:
    • The pedestal Light has been on becomes broken when it's found out that he really is Kira and had been all along. It's also implied that the task force loses a lot of trust and respect for L too, given everything he did throughout the investigation. L ends up Dying Alone by the end, mostly by choice.
      Erin: "Forget trust and respect, I don't even know how they stand you after what you've done to them."
    • In the sequel, this is what triggers Mello's Face–Heel Turn. It can be inferred that Near has undergone a similar reaction since he found out about L's death around the same time, but he takes on his title anyway and so far hasn't shown signs of being explicitly evil. Dickish and creepy, though? Definitely.


  • In the Tamers Forever Series, this happens to Takeru in the eyes of the Tamers once they find out he plans to allow Takato to die in order to prevent Daemon from acquiring the power of God.

Fate/stay night

  • Fate/Harem Antics:
    • Shielder tells stories of the Knights of the Round Table's various flaws (Gawain was arrogant, Lancelot had too many admirers, Tristan fell asleep too often, Gareth was boy crazy which made Gawain overprotective of her), causing Bazett to say her image of the Round Table has been shattered forever.
    • Having heard of how noble and pure Jeanne d'Arc was, Saber is shocked to learn that the homicidal maniac Avenger is Jeanne Alter.note 

Final Fantasy VII

  • In The Fifth Act Cloud Strife is looked up to even with the First Classes as the strongest and most skilled among them. He falls off it when they find out that he was essentially planning a murder-suicide. This ends up for the best, they put him on suicide watch and finally get his past barriers to truly befriend him.


  • A comparatively minor example occurs in Ice Fury; while Elsa misses her parents, she later muses that they never truly realized what she needed to properly control her powers.

Harry Potter

  • Many Harry Potter fics do this for Hermione towards authority figures but Harry Potter and the Three Rules does this far sooner than most. After saving her from the troll by slitting its throat, Harry's given two months detention, docked 50 points, and told he'll be expelled if he's caught with a knife again. Made even worse by Snape punishing him further for having his potions knife on him almost immediately after potions class.
  • Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness:
    • Harry is... confusing, when viewed through Neville's eyes. While Neville and the D.A. had spent the whole year planning, drilling, accepting the likelihood of their wholesale slaughter against the Death Eaters, they've also been relying on each other for friendship, love and support. Harry, on the other hand, has experienced isolation, panic and dread with barely any respite, so when he finally stumbles back into Hogwarts, he has all the disconnect and PTSD you'd expect. But from the D.A.'s perspective, Harry has none of the spark of revolution or excitement they'd expected. It's strongly implied that Neville's summoning of the entire D.A. and allies from the wizarding world for the final battle is less a function of his gee-whiz enthusiasm (as presented in the official canon) and more a tactic to keep the D.A. from imploding out of disappointment.
    • Also, a different pedestal breaks in Seamus and Neville's horrified reactions when they find out that Dumbledore's "plan" was a lot more of Gambit Roulette than Batman Gambit:
      "Din't you know ol' Dumbledore din't tell them anythin'? They were out there, tryin' not ta get killed, wanderin' around for better part o' a year on a little breadcrumb scavenger hunt, no bleedin' idea o' what they were doin', or what they'd do when they were done."
      'There has to be a reason, Seamus.' He fought to keep his voice calm, reasonable, but he could hear the tremble of fury and newly-awakened pain at the edges. 'I'm sure he had a reason.'
  • Tonks loses all faith in the DMLE in For Love of Magic when she learns that not only is raping muggle women fairly common, but the Aurors don't do anything about it beyond wiping their memory of the event. They'll arrest anyone they catch in the act of raping a muggle but they won't actually try to catch them for it.
  • In When Harry met Wednesday, besides Harry losing faith in Dumbledore, most of the Order of the Phoenix does as well because his habit of withholding information costs several of them severely. Of the three Order members who help Dumbledore attempt to retrieve one of Voldemort's horcruxes, only Tonks survives. Things actually reach the point that not only does Tonks quit and encourage everyone else to as well, but Moody demands Dumbledore disband the Order of the Phoenix before he gets everyone killed.
  • In Harry Potter - Three to Backstep Remus takes it pretty hard when he realizes that Dumbledore is just as manipulative and controlling as Harry and Sirius claimed he was.
    Remus: "What do you do when the man you most look up to and admire, is proven by his own words and actions to be nothing but a manipulative old goat... molester?"
    Sirius: "You promise yourself never to fall for his silver-tongued bullshit ever again, and move on with your life."
  • In The Power of Seven, Hermione develops this view in particular when she realises that Dumbledore is actively discouraging her from pursuing the only option she’s found that might legitimately negate the horcrux in Harry.

Heavy Rain


  • Hivefled; Gamzee is at first overjoyed to discover his own ancestor, the Grand Highblood, is taking him as a personal apprentice. That doesn't last long.

How to Train Your Dragon

  • In Black As Night, Astrid’s reputation is damaged after she injures Hiccup, and while she regains some respect as she proves her worth in dragon training, she ruins it all over again when her attempts to tame the Monstrous Nightmare result in her and Hiccup exposing the existence of Toothless. Then she gets it back after she and Hiccup save the village from the Red Death and uses the dragons to evacuate an unconscious, mangled Hiccup back to Berk.

The Legend of Zelda

  • In the one-shot While You Were Gone, a teenage Colin dislikes Link despite adoring him as a kid. He no longer trusts Link after he (unknowingly) abandoned a pregnant Ilia eight years ago.

Love Hina

  • In For His Own Sake, Naru's career advisor believes that she's hard-working and dedicated enough to become a fantastic teacher and contribute a lot to society. Needless to say, she's stunned when Naru randomly assaults a man for teasing his wife — and outright refuses to apologize, blaming the victim even after learning the full situation.


  • In Perfection is Overrated, Ishigami becomes one to his student, Akira when she learns about his plan to manipulate Yukariko into helping him gain control of the Hime Star, which would likely involve defeating her and killing Takumi in the process. Her reaction is understated, but it's implied that she's more upset about it than she lets on.

Marvel Universe

  • In A Prize For Three Empires, Carol Danvers loses her faith in the Avengers and the X-Men after the former unknowingly let her rapist walk away with her and the latter let her would-be murderer join the team.
    Carol: "I don't hate you, Cap. It's just hard for me to trust you all as fully as I once would have."

Mega Man

Miraculous Ladybug

  • There's plenty to go around in LadyBugOut:
    • Alya's decision to deliberately lie and mislead her followers with an out-of-context picture of Ladybug and Chat Noir kissing under an akuma's influence causes Marinette to see her in an ugly new light. Ladybug then starts her own blog and clarifies the situation, leading to backlash against Alya and the Ladyblog. Alya treats this as a personal betrayal and loses all respect for Ladybug, making for mutual pedestal-breakage.
    • Marinette's crush on Adrien takes a serious blow when he insists that Chat deserved that kiss from Ladybug regardless of the circumstances. It deteriorates further when he visits her just to try and learn more about Ladybug after learning that she's helping with her blog, and when he admits that he still feels like exposing Lila's lying was the wrong thing to do. By the time she learns that he was Chat Noir and felt entitled to her love, her old feelings for him are pretty much entirely gone.
    • Most of the class turns on Lila after she attempts to Play The Victim Card and gets caught in her own web of lies, causing them to realize and question just how many of her supposedly charitable and amazing deeds were just fabrications.
    • Miss Bustier's reputation as a Cool Teacher is ruined when the class overhears her trying to convince Marinette to delete Ladybug's blog behind Ladybug's back in a misguided effort to end the tension that had come up in class without actually addressing the real reasons for said tension.
    • Chat Noir loses a lot of regard in the eyes of all of Paris when they learn just how self-centered and entitled the Cat Hero is via Accidental Public Confession.
  • In Leave For Mendeleiev, Aurore admires and crushes heavily on Adrien. Unfortunately, he doesn't notice her feelings, and only pays attention to her when he thinks she might know Ladybug; once he decides that's likely not the case, he goes right back to neglecting and ignoring her. But the final straw ends up having nothing to do with how he treats her, but how he responds to the sight of Chloe cornering and bullying Marinette: with alarm. Not because Chloe's hurting Marinette, but because he's afraid that if Chloe's confronted over her behavior, it'll create an akuma. The realization that Adrien considers the bully's feelings to be more important than her victim's effectively kills her crush for good.
  • The One To Make It Stay:
    • Rose has two of hers broken in Thinking of Ways. First she's stunned to learn that Lila lied about knowing Prince Ali... and while investigating, she and the rest of Kitty Section overhear her threatening Marinette. Then when she suggests that Ms. Bustier would be able to help work things out, Marinette reminds her of how their teacher has refused to deal with Chloe's bullying, as well as mishandled other problems with her class. This causes Rose to realize that their teacher isn't quite the wonder worker she'd long regarded her as.
    • While Marinette's faith in Alya was already badly shaken by her refusal to listen to her regarding Lila, it takes a much harder blow after Oblivio. Not because she and Nino were akumatized, but because Alya secretly recorded Chat Noir confessing his feelings to his partner... and then cut up the footage to make it look like they got together, then posted the video on her Ladyblog. Alya's complete lack of remorse and refusal to acknowledge that she crossed any lines with this stunt, paired with her blithely ignoring Marinette's wishes and trying to push her into uncomfortable situations, causes confrontations with both identities, with Marinette making clear that she needs a break from her 'bestie'.
    • Over time, Marinette's crush on Adrien is worn away by his general lack of support with the Lila situation. But the tipping point comes when he offers her some unwanted advice regarding Alya — mainly that she should hurry up and apologize. His blithe presumption that she was either completely at fault or that her feelings about the fight don't matter as much strike a raw nerve, and she calls him out on it, much to his surprise.

My Hero Academia

  • Juxtapose: Hitoshi doesn't take it well that his idol, Eraserhead, just accused his friend Kensei for being a spy. He gets better about it later.
  • Apotheosis (MHA): Like many Villain!Izuku fics, Izuku's idolization of All Might dies when All Might says he can't be a hero without a quirk. It only becomes worse when he learns about One for All from All for One and that All Might himself was actually quirkless — he outright accuses the man of being a hypocrite.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • Parodied in My Little Pony: The Mentally Advanced Series: Starlight Glimmer's Start of Darkness was when her cute childhood friend, whom she was convinced was going to be hot when he was older, moved away. She finds out from Twilight that he was at best a "7 out of 10" and that was before he contracted herpes. She's very disappointed and loses all interest in him and continuing to be evil.
    • It is also implied that Twilight used to be more like her canon self and had a great deal of admiration for Princess Celestia... until she actually met Celestia...
  • This trope is given an interesting dimension in the Pony POV Series. Ace flyer Spitfire has a breakdown over how her team, the Wonderbolts, are useless when they actually try to help out and be heroes (a deconstruction of their poor track record in the FiM series itself). This is then reconstructed when Dash refuses to accept Spitfire's claims of being a Broken Pedestal, pointing out how they still inspire others to be heroes.
  • Loved And Lost: Princess Celestia, Shining Armor and Twilight's friends are this for most of the story when Prince Jewelius pins the blame for the Changeling invasion on them, effectively turning the public and even Twilight against them. Shining Armor and Princess Celestia are especially hit hard with this, for the former becomes a disgrace amongst his fellow guards (though it turns out that the majority of the guards who remain loyal to him and Celestia are killed in the infirmary and replaced by convicts loyal to Jewelius) and is disowned by his adoring little sister for breaking her heart at the wedding rehearsal. The latter loses the love and respect of her subjects and faithful student to the point that they allow Jewelius to sentence her to be hanged. Fortunately, Celestia's situation starts to become remedied during her hanging when she gives a heartfelt apology speech in which she takes full responsibility for her mistakes. The others get out of this as well afterwards once it becomes clear to everypony how evil Jewelius truly is.
  • In Faith and Doubt, Twilight suffers one towards Celestia thanks to the end of A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1. However, as Celestia points out, Twilight had been losing faith in her for some time, citing several examples from the series. It turns into a What the Hell, Hero? moment when Twilight reveals it was when Celestia proved willing to put her in danger to save her hateful, Omnicidal Maniac of a sister.
  • Summer Days And Evening Flames: Sergeant Shared Justice, or "Sherry," was the closest thing to a mother figure Iron Bulwark had in his early days after joining the guard. When Iron learns that Sherry was responsible for a gang war that got dozens of officers under his command murdered, he's beyond appalled.
  • In Diaries of a Madman, Celestia and particularly Luna's reputations take a severe hit over the course of the story, as various events and scandals catch up with them. It is suggested that Luna is trying to drag her sister down with her as well.
  • Subverted in Falling Backwards; after Rainbow Dash's brain damage leaves her mentally a child, it looks like Scootaloo will have this. But, after her brief shock, she accepts the situation for what it is and that it was great while it lasted.
  • In the Firehooves Cycle, we have three major examples:
    • When Celestia finally managed to destroy Discord through a Heroic Sacrifice, most ponies in Equestria started to view the Princesses as frauds who weren't immortal deities after all.
    • During the destruction of the Crystal Empire, Cadence left along with the nobility and with a mortally Shining Armour on tow. This caused the other Crystal Ponies that were left behind to renounce their hospitality and loyalty towards Cadence and turn themselves into nomadic Snow Ponies.
    • In Applejack Through the Ages, Luna's depression-induced hostile behaviour when Applejack and Kimono told her off for mismanagement of the kingdom had cost her all of their faith for Luna. This also made Applejack renounce her loyalty to her.
  • In Rainbow Factory, Scootaloo has a strong response to learning that Rainbow Dash is the Mare in Charge of the facility.
  • In Her Inner Demons, Human Twilight explains that she held Abacus Cinch, of all people, in high regard because she was one of the few people in Crystal Prep who actually gave her any kind of respect and reward for her hard work. Cinch's threat to have her application denied if she didn't compete in the Friendship Games note  was a knife into Human Twilight's heart, and it added to her growing desire for revenge.
  • In the core story of the Triptych Continuum, Rarity is a devout believer in the divinity of Princesses Celestia and Luna. Therefor, when she learns that the sisters are actually ordinary ponies who were transformed into Alicorns during the Discordian Era, she is forced to confront the fact that her faith is based on a lie. What's even worse for her is the revelation that the sisters didn't beat Discord alone, as conventional wisdom holds, but were actually part of their own "Bearers of Harmony" sextet, who have been completely forgotten by ponydom.
  • The Quiververse provides a few examples of this.
    • Princess Celestia admits to fearing becoming one of these for Twilight Sparkle, and has made efforts to avoid it as of the first installment, The Sun Also Rises. Twilight, for her part, is becoming increasingly aware of her faults, but has yet to call her out for anything serious.
    • By the time of A Shimmering New Year, however, Twilight finds herself becoming disgusted with another of her heroes, Starswirl the Bearded, when evidence of his Fantastic Racism towards dragons comes forth.
  • Princess Trixie Sparkle:
    • Celestia grew up idolizing her sister Astelle, but the pedestal was broken when Astelle came back a less noble pony than she remembered.
    • Luna always knew Celestia was as infallible as every other pony, but her trust in her sister was skewered after Celestia revealed she had hid the existence of Astelle from her.
  • In The Meaning Of Harmony, Sunset is shocked when Princess Celestia reveals that she has been using Destiny magic to influence Twilight's choices in life, considering it to be worse than outright mind control.


  • In Eroninja, this also occurs between Kushina and Minato. After she and Naruto are accidentally sent to the past, Kushina admitted to herself that she could accept Minato's refusal to attempt to Set Right What Once Went Wrong after realizing Naruto was right and they couldn't predict what, if any, affect it'd have on the future. What she couldn't forgive though, was that Minato erased his own knowledge that eventually his wife would die and he'd make their son into a jinchuuriki. In her mind, it showed Minato was willing to make horrible sacrifices but but did so in a way he wouldn't have to live with himself for making them.
    • Much later, Naruto admits that while Minato was a great Hokage, he was a terrible husband and father, having chosen the village over his family. This later causes Naruto to decline Tsunade's offer of the job as he would someday have to choose between his village and his family.
    • Yugito is crushed to hear the Raikage claim that she and the Nibi are interchangeable. It devastates her further when she recalls that years earlier she'd bragged to Naruto how Kumo treated their jinchuuriki far better than the other villages. In the end, Kumo still saw them as jinchuuriki first and people second.
    • Hinata is described by Tsume as "looking like she just got sucker-punched and is trying to figure out why" when she learns that not only is Hanabi being trained specifically to defeat her, but she never needed to prove herself against her sister. As the firstborn of the Clan Head, in order to become the true heir all she'd have to do is declare her intention to do so.
    • After learning Suzume set her up as bait for someone she thought was a serial rapist who brainwashed his victims, Moegi is furious with her former sensei for encouraging her feelings for Naruto.
  • Escape From The Hokage's Hat: Jiraiya towards the Third Hokage. As when Jiraiya goes over both Konoha's and ROOT's history, he finds that the Third left Danzo and the council unchecked and made a few questionable choices that ultimately made things worse for Konoha.
  • In Vapors the Third Hokage becomes this twice for different reasons.
    • First is when, after his retirement, he informs Tsunade of the truth about Itachi, Danzo, and the Uchiha massacre. She is disgusted and horrified, as are the people she then informs of this, and the 'bodyguard' she gives him has orders to prevent him from discussing this with anyone else until she figures out how to manage the information.
    • Second is when she goes to ask him about who raised the Uzumaki twins when they were children. It turns out that the man she'd viewed as the invincible God of Shinobi all her life is clinically depressed and suffering memory lapses so bad that he believes Tsunade is asking about "little Kushina" who he thinks he recently started teaching sealing to.
  • Due to the events with the Kurama clan, Kurenai's genin in Black Flames Dance in the Wind: Rise of Naruto are at best indifferent to her. A large part of it is because, unlike most fanfictions that portray Kurenai as a Team Mom, here she's only training them to advance her own career. After Kurenai abandons her team to attempt to deal with Yakumo, Naruto threatens to kill her if she ever comes near Hinata again after the girl shows up on his doorstep in tears.
  • Naruto loses all respect in the Third Hokage in Plucking the Strings Redux after the man refuses to believe Naruto could reverse engineer Suna puppet techniques on his own. After spending hours convincing the Hokage, Naruto's furious when Sarutobi "has the gall to tell him he's proud of him".
Neon Genesis Evangelion

  • Advice and Trust: Maya idolizes Ritsuko to the point of having a crush on her. However Ritsuko sees herself as an idiot who makes awful things in order to try to seduce an asshole who does not care about her, and she is afraid that she will become this to Maya if her assistant realizes how she really is. In chapter 8 Ritsuko thinks she is not who Maya thinks she is.
  • Ghosts of Evangelion: Kensuke was a military otaku who worshipped the army and the Fourth Division… until they hit Tokyo-3 and slaughtered everybody in NERV.
  • Higher Learning: Maya idolizes Ritsuko. After Maya learns about the Rei clones in the basement Ritsuko asks her: “You still think that I am wonderful?”. Maya was disappointed, but even so, she still looked up to Ritsuko.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide:
    • Subverted. Shinji's faith in Misato takes a serious hit after she asks him to pilot Unit-01 again despite promising him that he would never have to return to active duty, and as a result he freezes her out for several days on end. But he eventually forgives Misato after Asuka –- who had her own issues with Misato — tells him that he was being completely unfair.
    • Played straight when Maya found out that Ritsuko, whom she idolized, was working with Kluge and betraying her principles voluntarily. The reveal all but crushed her spirit.


  • Pokemon Pals: First Ash finds out Professor Oak is skilled at helping people fake their deaths. He then finds out the professor was just about to euthanize Pikachu when he showed up. Finally, he discovers the whole reason that Professor Oak helped him on his way to leave Pallet Town was so he could seduce Ash's mother.

Ranma ½

  • In How I Learned to Love the Wild Horse, Ranma always believed that his father didn't use the Umi-Sen Ken to steal beyond pickpocketing because it was too horrible even for him. He eventually learns that the technique doesn't work on cameras and thus his father never used it because he'd have to rob several lower income places rather than one mansion or museum and be set for life. Ranma actually admits he didn't think his opinion of his father could sink any lower, but learning that he didn't steal because he was too lazy is a new low.

Rizzoli & Isles

  • In Calamity Jane Meets Doctor Isles, Tommy’s admiration of Jane is shattered when he finds her about to get into a bath with Maura, unable to accept his sister’s relationship.


  • In Marque and Reprisal, Gabe reunites with his mentor, Lieutenant Vincent d'Honaire, who, like Gabe, crash landed on Earth after a failed attempt to reclaim the planet from the Invid Regency. Gabe later witnessed his mentor trying to commit war crimes against the Karen people of Burma. They fight in a duel as Gabe's allies rescue the karen, and d'Honaire is killed.

Rosario + Vampire

  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
    • Moka and Kokoa both respected Akua and Kahlua until they discover that the two had been working for Fairy Tale. When the two have switched sides and are being punished by their father in the opening of Act IV, Moka and Kokoa have No Sympathy, with Moka remarking in disgust that she can't believe she and Kokoa actually used to respect them. However, they rebuild that pedestal as the series progresses.
    • During Act III, Tsukune and co. trust and respect Hokuto until chapters 41 and 42, where he reveals that he personally orchestrated Kuyou's attack on Yokai Academy to serve as a distraction while he stole an Artifact of Doom from the secured levels. Ruby in particular is completely disgusted with herself for ever having trusted him.
    • Dark always lived his life in honor of Arial, who granted him his freedom before she died, while Mizore often gave thanks to Arial at night as well. Come Act VI, when Arial comes Back from the Dead, they discover that she had become infatuated with Dark, nearly killing Mizore in a jealous rage. Dark himself suffers a major Heroic BSoD which, several chapters later, results in a massive Freak Out!, believing that everything he had fought for in Arial's name was meaningless. Mizore sums it up quite nicely in Act VI chapter 17:
      Mizore: "Damn it, I've had enough of this girl. She's not the angel my Dark spoke of. She's not the angel I gave my thanks to at night. She's a fucking nightmare!!"
    • Come Act VI chapter 27, however, Arial realizes and accepts that she is Dark's guardian angel/mother figure and nothing more, and they reconcile. In the case of herself and Mizore, however, things are still quite frosty, no pun intended.


  • Ruby and Nora: Nebula really looked up to Winter... Until Jacques revealed that she had manipulated her into letting her help on a murder case, almost costing her her job.
  • Weight of the World: Ozpin's decision to persuade America to accept the rest of Vale's Aura and his willingness to leave Yang, Jaune, Nora, and Ren to die started the process, but finding out that Ozpin kept the Silver Eye's deadly side-effect and the circumstances surrounding Summer's death a secret is what finally breaks RWBY, JNPR, and the nations' trust in him. They realize they cannot trust that his motives will align with theirs and he may sacrifice their lives if he thinks their sacrifices will help defeat Salem. The realization that they might just be pawns hits Ozpin's students hard.


  • In Yumi, Maiko Miura Yumi's senpai and old girlfriend turned out to be this, after moving on to university and dumping Yumi for someone else without even telling her.

A Song of Ice and Fire

  • Bequeathed from Pale Estates: Robert Baratheon to the Starks. The Stark children initially had a high opinion of the king thanks to Ned's many stories about him when they fostered together in the Vale. Then Lyarra and Arya went to King's Landing and actually met Robert, and saw that he had become a fat, drunken oaf that routinely abused and slighted his wife, threw frivolous tourneys to relive his Glory Days despite the Crown currently being in major debt, and still pined for their dead aunt, of whom he only met once and spoke to a couple of times during that fateful tourney at Harrenhal. However, what really seals the deal is his inappropriate lust for Lyarra, who is 1) half his age, 2) Marked, and 3) Happily Married, all because she looks like Lyanna reborn and perfected. Obviously, none of them hold him in kind regard anymore, and by the end of their stay in King's Landing, even Ned is on his last thread with Robert.

Steven Universe

  • In Faded Blue, Steven and Greg's opinion of Blue Diamond takes a serious hit when Blue Pearl reveals she was essentially her slave, and much of what the Gems said about the Diamond is true. Greg admits that while she was gentle and kind with him, she was like that with only him.


  • Tron: Endgame Scenario: The pedestal didn't get broken as much as eroded to nothing, but Jet and Yori are not able to forgive Kevin Flynn for abandoning the Programs to Clu's "mercy" after the coup doubly so because of what happened to Tron. Jet in particular simmers with rage about it, as he views building The Grid in the first place as a horrible breach of ethics that makes his godfather no better than Thorne and F-Con's Datawraiths.

Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-

  • Shatterheart: Clone!Syaoran has always looked up to Kurogane as a mentor and father-figure and hoped that Kurogane would do the same for his son, Tsubasa/Real!Syaoran. Clone! Syaoran is rather horrified when he finds out that Kurogane has a romantic relationship with Real!Syaoran. Clone!Syaoran doesn't like it but he grows to accept it.

Yuri!!! on Ice

  • Rivals Series:
    • Yuuri adored and worshiped Viktor, doing what he can to emulate him in his skating, naming his poodle after him and getting a ton of Viktor memorabilia. Then his parents get him tickets to the Junior Grand Prix to meet Viktor in person. Yuuri is absolutely crushed when Viktor tells him that he’s too fat to be a skater and didn’t believe that Yuuri was one. Which leads to Yuuri being driven to surpass Viktor just to show up him.
    • Zig-zagged with Yuri regarding Yuuri, since despite his admiration for the older skater, he's conflicted on how he should feel due to the spreading rumors about Yuuri being a manipulative playboy and a cheat, even though he himself refuses to believe it. Part of the reason why he confronts Yuuri regarding the latter's relationship with Viktor is because he wants Yuuri to disprove those rumors.


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