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1st Feb '17 12:31:19 PM Xtifr
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* In TheNightAngelTrilogy In the second and third books [[spoiler: Logan]] essentially puts this together. Some of them become his bodyguards, others go back to the life they had for a bit, but mostly, he does this to redeem the once crime ridden country and give it hope for a corruption light future.
* In the {{Literature/Emberverse}}, Norman Arminger recruits motorcycle gang members into his army to act as enforcers, and become part of his aristocracy, while establishing the Portland Protective Association.

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* In TheNightAngelTrilogy In ''Literature/TheNightAngelTrilogy'', in the second and third books [[spoiler: Logan]] essentially puts this together. Some of them become his bodyguards, others go back to the life they had for a bit, but mostly, he does this to redeem the once crime ridden country and give it hope for a corruption light future.
* In the {{Literature/Emberverse}}, Literature/{{Emberverse}}, Norman Arminger recruits motorcycle gang members into his army to act as enforcers, and become part of his aristocracy, while establishing the Portland Protective Association.
26th Jan '17 6:36:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* The [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Umbrella Corporation]] has multiple mercenary units. The Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service, first introduced in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'' is comprised largely of convicts, including death row inmates. While their stated goal was to rescue personnel trapped in Raccoon City, it's revealed in-game that the real reason Umbrella sent them in was [[RedShirtArmy so they'd get slaughtered]], allowing the corporation to evaluate the military applications of their various monsters.

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* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'': The [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Umbrella Corporation]] Corporation has multiple mercenary units. The Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service, first introduced in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'' is comprised largely of convicts, including death row inmates. While their stated goal was to rescue personnel trapped in Raccoon City, it's revealed in-game that the real reason Umbrella sent them in was [[RedShirtArmy so they'd get slaughtered]], allowing the corporation to evaluate the military applications of their various monsters.
26th Jan '17 6:35:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''StarCraft'', approximately 50% of the enlisted in the armed forces of the Confederacy of Man/Terran Dominion are brainwashed criminals (running the gamut from thieves and murderers to the occasional political prisoner).

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* In ''StarCraft'', ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', approximately 50% of the enlisted in the armed forces of the Confederacy of Man/Terran Dominion are brainwashed criminals (running the gamut from thieves and murderers to the occasional political prisoner).
27th Dec '16 6:40:14 AM Spotts1701
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* The Maquis in ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and ''StarTrekVoyager'' is a milder example. Sure, there are people like Chakotay, Cal Hudson and Michael Eddington who deeply believe the cause is just and noble. But there are also Starfleet washouts, thieves, headcases, folks with ''severe'' anger management issues, and sociopathic killers. As he points out when one of his former crew turns out be the last one, they didn't have the luxury of sending out applications - if you could wield a phaser or fly a ship they'd take you.

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* The Maquis in ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and ''StarTrekVoyager'' is a milder example. Sure, there are people like Chakotay, Cal Hudson and Michael Eddington who deeply believe the cause is just and noble. But there are also Starfleet washouts, thieves, headcases, folks with ''severe'' anger management issues, and sociopathic killers. As he Chakotay points out when one of his former crew turns out be the last one, they didn't have the luxury of sending out applications - if you could wield a phaser or fly a ship they'd take you.
26th Dec '16 6:39:39 PM Spotts1701
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* The Maquis in ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and ''StarTrekVoyager'' is a milder example. Sure, there are people like Chakotay , Cal Hudson and Michael Eddington who deeply believe the cause is just and noble. But there are also Starfleet washouts, thieves, headcases, folks with ''severe'' anger management issues, and sociopathic killers. As he points out when one of his former crew turns out be the last one, they didn't have the luxury of sending out applications - if you could wield a phaser or fly a ship they'd take you.

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* The Maquis in ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and ''StarTrekVoyager'' is a milder example. Sure, there are people like Chakotay , Chakotay, Cal Hudson and Michael Eddington who deeply believe the cause is just and noble. But there are also Starfleet washouts, thieves, headcases, folks with ''severe'' anger management issues, and sociopathic killers. As he points out when one of his former crew turns out be the last one, they didn't have the luxury of sending out applications - if you could wield a phaser or fly a ship they'd take you.
26th Dec '16 6:39:02 PM Spotts1701
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* The Maquis in ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and ''StarTrekVoyager'' is a milder example. Sure, there are people like Chakotay , Cal Hudson and Michael Eddington who deeply believe the cause is just and noble. But there are also Starfleet washouts, thieves, headcases, folks with ''severe'' anger management issues, and sociopathic killers. As he points out when one of his former crew turns out be the last one, they didn't have the luxury of sending out applications - if you could wield a phaser or fly a ship they'd take you.
20th Dec '16 2:05:25 PM gb00393
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* The Night's Watch from ''Series/GameOfThrones'', which offers atonement for anyone who joins. It ''used'' to be highly regarded by all and is still seen as a noble-calling in (only) the North, where there are still second/third sons and highborn illegitimate sons from noble Houses who join for the sake of honor and duty, but [[SealedEvilInACan because the ancient threat of the White Walkers is believed to be long-gone]] and few believe [[TheCassandra it actually has returned]], the Watch is seen by a joke by most southern realms and has become underfunded, forcing it to incorporate this trope to help fill out its ranks.

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The Night's Watch from ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Watch, which offers atonement for anyone who joins. It ''used'' to be highly regarded by all and is still seen as a noble-calling in (only) the North, where there are still second/third sons and highborn illegitimate sons from noble Houses who join for the sake of honor and duty, but [[SealedEvilInACan because the ancient threat of the White Walkers is believed to be long-gone]] and few believe [[TheCassandra it actually has returned]], the Watch is seen by a joke by most southern realms and has become underfunded, forcing it to incorporate this trope to help fill out its ranks.ranks.
** The men of the Brotherhood Without Banners proudly proclaim that some of them were once swineherds but now they all fight for the people.
18th Dec '16 5:15:07 PM cherrychels
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** In ''A Dance With Dragons'', Jon adds [[spoiler: wildling warriors and [[ActionGirl spearwives]]]] to the mix in an effort to build up their ranks and help defend the humanity (Westeros and wildlings alike) against ever approaching threat of [[ZombieApocalypse the Others]].

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** In ''A Dance With Dragons'', Jon adds [[spoiler: wildling warriors and [[ActionGirl spearwives]]]] to the mix in an effort to build up their ranks and help defend the humanity (Westeros and wildlings alike) against ever approaching threat of [[ZombieApocalypse the Others]].
18th Dec '16 5:13:48 PM cherrychels
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* In ''Film/RoboCop3'' [=McDaggett=], the boss of [=OCP=]'s armed force, orders the police to assist in evicting by force the populace of an entire district. The officers refuse and resign en masse. [=McDaggett=] decides the city's lowlives will do just fine, and proceeds to assemble a small army of them and attack. They're quite successful against the armed resistance thanks to being equipped with body armor and heavy weapons (plus OCP had a tank), but then Robocop shows up and slaughters the lot.

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* In ''Film/RoboCop3'' [=McDaggett=], the boss of [=OCP=]'s armed force, orders the police to assist in evicting by force the populace of an entire district.district by force. The officers refuse and resign en masse. [=McDaggett=] decides the city's lowlives will do just fine, and proceeds to assemble a small army of them and attack. They're quite successful against the armed resistance resistance, thanks to being equipped with body armor and heavy weapons (plus OCP had a tank), but then Robocop shows up and slaughters the lot.



* The Night's Watch in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' are like this; most of its members are criminals whose crimes were pardoned in return for joining, and many of the willing volunteers are misfits of some sort. Most people in Westeros consider service on the Wall to be essentially a glorified penal colony. After thousands of years without even seeing The Others they're supposed to defend the Wall from, the Night's Watch has become ridiculously underfunded, to the point that of the 19 forts in the Wall, they can barely man 3 of them by the time the story begins. In ''A Storm of Swords'', some local prostitutes help the Night Watch fight off a Wildling onslaught, making this a quite literal example of the trope. Though granted, many of the Northern houses still know that the Wall is important and look at taking the black as an honorable thing, unlike the southern lands of Westeros.
** In A Dance With Dragons, Jon adds [[spoiler: wildlings and [[ActionGirl spear wives]]]] to the mix.
** This world also has the Brave Companions, a.k.a. the Bloody Mummers, a mercenary company formed from everyone the rest of the sellsword community rejected. From what we've seen, they accept psychos, creeps, disgraced pedophile priests, mad doctors and common bandits from all Westeros and Essos.

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* The Night's Watch in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' used to be a universally highly regarded [[TheOrder order]] that was erected to defend Westeros against [[GreaterScopeVillain the]] [[ZombieApocalypse Others]] but nowadays, it involves this trope to a large degree. While there are like this; most second/third sons and highborn illegitimate sons from noble houses who still join for the sake of its duty and honor, many ''other'' members are criminals whose crimes were pardoned in return for joining, joining and many of the some willing volunteers are misfits of some sort. Most people in Westeros consider service on Other than the Wall to be North, where the Nightís Watch is still considered a noble calling, most other realms see the Watch as essentially a glorified penal colony. After thousands joke [[SealedEvilInACan because the ancient threat of years without even seeing The the Others they're supposed is believed to defend the Wall from, be long-gone]] and few believe [[TheCassandra it actually has returned]]. Consequently, the Night's Watch has become ridiculously underfunded, to the point that of the 19 nineteen forts in manning the Wall, they can barely man 3 garrison three of them by the time the story begins. In ''A Storm of Swords'', some local prostitutes help the Night Watch fight off a Wildling wildling onslaught, making this a quite literal example of the trope. Though granted, Granted, many of the Northern houses still know that the Wall Watch is important and [[AncientTradition look at taking the black Black as an honorable thing, unlike thing]] but the southern lands realms of Westeros.
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** In A ''A Dance With Dragons, Dragons'', Jon adds [[spoiler: wildlings wildling warriors and [[ActionGirl spear wives]]]] spearwives]]]] to the mix.
mix in an effort to build up their ranks and help defend the humanity (Westeros and wildlings alike) against ever approaching threat of [[ZombieApocalypse the Others]].
** This world also has the Brave Companions, a.k.a. the Bloody Mummers, a mercenary company formed from everyone those the rest of the sellsword community rejected. From what we've seen, they accept psychos, creeps, disgraced pedophile priests, mad doctors and common bandits from all Westeros and Essos.



* Another literal example in ''Literature/DarkOnesMistress'', with the ruler's army who are also TheSouless.

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* Another literal example in ''Literature/DarkOnesMistress'', with the ruler's army who are also TheSouless.TheSoulless.



* The Night's Watch from ''Series/GameOfThrones'', which offers atonement for anyone who joins.

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* The Night's Watch from ''Series/GameOfThrones'', which offers atonement for anyone who joins. It ''used'' to be highly regarded by all and is still seen as a noble-calling in (only) the North, where there are still second/third sons and highborn illegitimate sons from noble Houses who join for the sake of honor and duty, but [[SealedEvilInACan because the ancient threat of the White Walkers is believed to be long-gone]] and few believe [[TheCassandra it actually has returned]], the Watch is seen by a joke by most southern realms and has become underfunded, forcing it to incorporate this trope to help fill out its ranks.



* The eponymous Shtrafbat (penal battalion) of the Russian TV series ''Shtrafbat''. The 1st Company is made up from criminal convicts and the 2nd company is made up from political convicts. [[DownerEnding Very few survive in the end.]]

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* The eponymous Shtrafbat (penal battalion) of the Russian TV series ''Shtrafbat''. The 1st Company first company is made up from criminal convicts and the 2nd second company is made up from political convicts. [[DownerEnding Very few survive in the end.]]



* The Continental Army in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution started out as this. It was made of people who didn't have any experience of warfare, who didn't have any strong officers who could inspire strong discipline among them, many of them deserted the "army" to go back to their families and farms and didn't return in weeks. It suffered from lack of food, uniforms and ammunition, bad language and diseases were infecting the army so hard that hardened UsefulNotes/SevenYearsWar veterans were shocked by it, most of the soldiers only fought the revolution half-heartly, alcohol was consumed in great volumes, etc. It's said that when UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington got to see the "army" he had accepted command of, he had a HeroicBSOD for half a hour before he started cleaning it up.

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* The Continental Army in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution started out as this. It was made of people who didn't have any experience of warfare, who didn't have any strong officers who could inspire strong discipline among them, many of them deserted the "army" to go back to their families and farms and didn't return in weeks. It suffered from lack of food, uniforms and ammunition, bad language and diseases were infecting the army so hard that hardened UsefulNotes/SevenYearsWar veterans were shocked by it, most of the soldiers only fought the revolution half-heartly, half-heartedly, alcohol was consumed in great volumes, etc. It's said that when UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington got to see the "army" he had accepted command of, he had a HeroicBSOD for half a hour before he started cleaning it up.
17th Dec '16 3:01:29 PM igordebraga
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* ''Film/RogueOne'' has the [[Franchise/StarWars Rebel Alliance]] as one, hiring mercenaries, assassins, and saboteurs to get a chance against TheEmpire.
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