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29th Apr '16 1:24:39 PM Theokal3
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** [[MagicalGirl Princesses]] from the fan-made supplement ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' deserve a special mention, as they are possibly the only kind of supernatural beings to be unambiguously good and heroic (the few exceptions being at worse {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s), yet most Hunters ''still'' want them dead like the others, either because they [[TotallyNotAWerewolf mistake them]] for [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening witches]], met with the aforementioned extremists first and think they are the same, [[FantasticRacism consider all supernatural creatures as monsters]], or just don't like to be told what they should do by people they perceive as self-righteous idealists.

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** [[MagicalGirl Princesses]] from the fan-made supplement ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' deserve a special mention, as they are possibly the only kind of supernatural beings to be unambiguously good and heroic (the few exceptions being at worse {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s), yet most Hunters ''still'' want them dead like the others, either because they [[TotallyNotAWerewolf mistake them]] for [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening witches]], met with the aforementioned extremists first and think they are the same, [[FantasticRacism consider all supernatural creatures as monsters]], or just don't like to be being told what they should do by people they perceive as self-righteous idealists.
29th Apr '16 1:23:01 PM Theokal3
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* Like Call of Cthulhu above, player characters in ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' risk running afoul of authority. Well, it's kind of inevitable when the authority is likely to be controlled by vampires or mages. Defied by [[TheMenInBlack Task Force VALKYRIE]] (or VASCU, or Division Six, or the Barrett Commission), since they belong to the (U.S.) government. [[spoiler: In the case of Division Six, they are immune to this trope because ''they'' are unwitting pawns of those who don't want humankind to Awaken into magic.]]
* Any player characters in the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', really.
** The Werewolves are especially prone to this. You just want to be a good werewolf and hunt spirits who don't know their place, but good luck doing it without: 1) humans ganging-up on you, 2) [[EvilCounterpart The Pure]] and their spirit allies stabbing you from behind at the most unfortunate moment.

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* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'':
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Like Call of Cthulhu above, player characters in ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' risk running afoul of authority. Well, it's kind of inevitable when the authority is likely to be controlled by vampires or mages. Defied by [[TheMenInBlack Task Force VALKYRIE]] (or VASCU, or Division Six, or the Barrett Commission), since they belong to the (U.S.) government. [[spoiler: In the case of Division Six, they are immune to this trope because ''they'' are unwitting pawns of those who don't want humankind to Awaken into magic.]]
* ** Any player characters in the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', really.
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really. The Werewolves are especially prone to this. You just want to be a good werewolf and hunt spirits who don't know their place, but good luck doing it without: 1) humans ganging-up on you, 2) [[EvilCounterpart The Pure]] and their spirit allies stabbing you from behind at the most unfortunate moment.
29th Apr '16 1:21:22 PM Theokal3
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** [[MagicalGirl Princesses]] from the fan-made supplement ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' deserve a special mention, as they are possibly the only kind of supernatural beings to be unambiguously good and heroic (the few exceptions being at worse {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s), yet most Hunters ''still'' want them dead like the others.

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** [[MagicalGirl Princesses]] from the fan-made supplement ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' deserve a special mention, as they are possibly the only kind of supernatural beings to be unambiguously good and heroic (the few exceptions being at worse {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s), yet most Hunters ''still'' want them dead like the others.others, either because they [[TotallyNotAWerewolf mistake them]] for [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening witches]], met with the aforementioned extremists first and think they are the same, [[FantasticRacism consider all supernatural creatures as monsters]], or just don't like to be told what they should do by people they perceive as self-righteous idealists.
29th Apr '16 1:13:36 PM Theokal3
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** Any player characters in the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', really. The Werewolves are especially prone to this. You just want to be a good werewolf and hunt spirits who don't know their place, but good luck doing it without: 1) humans ganging-up on you, 2) [[EvilCounterpart The Pure]] and their spirit allies stabbing you from behind at the most unfortunate moment.

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** * Any player characters in the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', really. really.
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The Werewolves are especially prone to this. You just want to be a good werewolf and hunt spirits who don't know their place, but good luck doing it without: 1) humans ganging-up on you, 2) [[EvilCounterpart The Pure]] and their spirit allies stabbing you from behind at the most unfortunate moment.
29th Apr '16 9:17:40 AM Theokal3
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** [[MagicalGirl Princesses]] from the fan-made supplement ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' deserve a special mention, as they are possibly the only kind of supernatural beings to be unambiguously good and heroic (the few exceptions being at worse {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s), yet most Hunters ''still'' want them dead like the others.
27th Apr '16 4:18:27 PM btr154
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The trope starts with a bad thing about to happen. Maybe local supervillain Alice is about to rob a bank. Superbob suddenly appears and asks her to stop. A fistfight ensues and Carol the cop arrives. In other words, normally Bob would expect Carol to help him, but as far as Carol is concerned, Bob was the villain. He might be charged with anything from PoliceBrutality to attempted murder to a charge that had nothing to do with the incident. Sometimes the issue is resolved in a KangarooCourt and the hero is given SoapOperaJustice. In the worst case scenario, having been fed up with being accused by the others, it can result in ThenLetMeBeEvil situation.

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The trope starts with a bad thing about to happen. Maybe local supervillain Alice is about to rob a bank. Superbob suddenly appears and asks her to stop. A fistfight ensues and Carol the cop arrives. In other words, normally Bob would expect Carol to help him, but as far as Carol is concerned, Bob was the villain. He might be charged with anything from PoliceBrutality to attempted murder to a charge that had nothing to do with the incident. Sometimes the issue is resolved in a KangarooCourt and the hero is given SoapOperaJustice.soap opera justice. In the worst case scenario, having been fed up with being accused by the others, it can result in ThenLetMeBeEvil situation.
28th Feb '16 1:53:58 PM nombretomado
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25th Feb '16 1:19:26 PM red+blue=purple
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Mr. Incredible gets sued for "saving someone who didn't want to be saved", the person in question being a man who had jumped off a building to commit suiside. This leads to more lawsuits and the eventual government banning of superheroes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Mr. Incredible gets sued for "saving someone who didn't want to be saved", the person in question being a man who had jumped off a building to commit suiside.suicide. This leads to more lawsuits and the eventual government banning of superheroes.
12th Feb '16 3:51:22 AM zerohelix
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* Happens quite often to paramedics and security officers. Many are fired for going above and beyond their jobs to save lives. While the general rule is "you don't have to rescue, but if you do don't screw it up," liability varies heavily by state. Some states are more plaintiff-friendly regarding faulty rescues. Other states you have to show that the rescuer was "grossly negligent" (i.e. completely incompetent beyond all reason). Some states extend this protection to general good Samaritans who aren't professional rescuers or medical personnel.

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* Happens quite often to paramedics and security officers. Many are fired for going above and beyond their jobs to save lives. While the general rule is "you don't have to rescue, but if you do do, don't screw it up," liability varies heavily by state. Some states are more plaintiff-friendly regarding faulty rescues. Other states you have to show that the rescuer was "grossly negligent" (i.e. completely incompetent beyond all reason). Some states extend this protection to general good Samaritans who aren't professional rescuers or medical personnel.



* A terrorist attack on a U.S. logistics convoy in Iraq left several soldiers killed or injured early in the fighting and a contractor truck driver picked up a rifle from an injured soldier and started fighting alongside the rest of the soldiers. The convoy commander even stated that the driver's actions played a substantial role in driving off the attack. Said contractor was awarded a Bronze Star for Valor and subsequently fired for violating above-stated prohibition.
* Three security members at a Wal-Mart confronted a shoplifter from trying to steal a laptop. When the man brandished a gun and tried to escape, they brought him and kept him down. For their actions, Wal-Mart summarily fired them as it was company policy to ''let the man go'' if he was proven to be a threat.

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* A terrorist attack on a U.S. logistics convoy in Iraq left several soldiers killed or injured early in the fighting and so a contractor truck driver picked up a rifle from an injured soldier and started fighting alongside the rest of the soldiers. The convoy commander even stated that the driver's actions played a substantial role in driving off the attack. Said contractor was awarded a Bronze Star for Valor and subsequently fired for violating the above-stated prohibition.
* Three security members at a Wal-Mart confronted a shoplifter from trying to steal a laptop. When the man brandished a gun and tried to escape, they brought him and kept him down. For their actions, Wal-Mart summarily fired them as it was company policy to ''let the man go'' if he was proven to be a threat.



* In Germany (and presumedly many other countries), there are several laws that allow very extreme measures in cases of emergency. As long as you can justify how you thought it would help preventing a greater disaster, you can get away with almost anything. If you think an attacker threatens your or someone else's life, even lethal force is justified. When it was proposed that people who called the fire department without an actual emergency taking place should pay for the costs, fire fighters refused to collect any such fees as they feared people would hesitate to call them in situations where fire fighters arriving just a minute earlier could save lots of lives. There's even an officially recognized organization that is providing free HeroInsurance for everyone, so people won't hesitate to trash property if it could help saving people in emergencies.

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* In Germany (and presumedly many other countries), there are several laws that allow very extreme measures in cases of emergency. As long as you can justify how you thought it would help preventing a greater disaster, you can get away with almost anything. If you think an attacker threatens your life or someone else's life, else's, even lethal force is justified. When it was proposed that people who called the fire department without an actual emergency taking place should pay for the costs, fire fighters refused to collect any such fees as they feared people would hesitate to call them in situations where fire fighters arriving just a minute earlier could save lots of lives. There's even an officially recognized organization that is providing free HeroInsurance for everyone, so people won't hesitate to trash property if it could help saving people in emergencies.



* In Canada you can be charged for giving first aid to someone without both introducing yourself as a first aider and asking their permission to help. Even if they're unconscious you're expected to say this, even though them being unable to answer gives you implied consent to help.

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* In Canada you can be charged for giving first aid to someone without both introducing yourself as a first aider and asking their permission to help. Even if they're unconscious unconscious, you're expected to say this, even though them with the rationalisation that being unable to answer gives you implied consent to help.
12th Feb '16 3:44:42 AM zerohelix
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* In the ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'', Harry Potter is forced to use magic outside school to defend himself and Dudley from two Dementors. He's promptly expelled from Hogwarts, ''un''-expelled when Dumbledore reminds the Ministry they don't actually have the authority to do that, and put on trial. The Ministry only goes to such lengths to discredit Harry, since they don't believe Voldemort is back and don't want anyone else to either. [[spoiler: It turns out that it was a Ministry official, Umbridge, who sent them after him in the first place, and she [[KarmaHoudini gets away with it too]].]]

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* In the ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'', Harry Potter is forced to use magic outside school to defend himself and Dudley from two Dementors. He's promptly expelled from Hogwarts, ''un''-expelled when Dumbledore reminds the Ministry they don't actually have the authority to do that, and put on trial. The Ministry only goes to such lengths to discredit Harry, Harry since they don't believe Voldemort is back and don't want anyone else to either. [[spoiler: It turns out that it was a Ministry official, Umbridge, who sent them after him in the first place, and she [[KarmaHoudini gets away with it too]].]]



* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] often has no worse enemy than his own side. The causes are numerous- his genuinely DarkAndTroubledPast puts him under a certain amount of legitimate suspicion and a great deal of irrational suspicion from InspectorJavert types in the White Council. Rumor has him in league with "Gentleman Johnny" Marcone, the chief crime boss of Chicago- [[EnemyMine mostly because he kind of is, very much against his will]]. He has a bad habit of withholding important information from allies to try to protect them. Maybe most importantly, as much as he brings the bad guys down, many of his methods are, well, [[WrongfulAccusationInsurance still totally illegal]].

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* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] often has no worse enemy than his own side. The causes are numerous- numerous - his genuinely DarkAndTroubledPast puts him under a certain amount of legitimate suspicion and a great deal of irrational suspicion from InspectorJavert types in the White Council. Rumor has him in league with "Gentleman Johnny" Marcone, the chief crime boss of Chicago- Chicago, [[EnemyMine mostly because he kind of is, very much against his will]]. He has a bad habit of withholding important information from allies to try to protect them. Maybe most importantly, as much as he brings the bad guys down, many of his methods are, well, [[WrongfulAccusationInsurance still totally illegal]].



* Justin Allard gets this treatment in the ''[[Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse Warrior]]'' trilogy, specifically early right in the first book. In charge of a unit of trainee MechWarriors in light machines out of an exercise, they get ambushed by Liao troops and he in particular finds himself in single combat against an enemy warrior in a ''Rifleman'' that outmasses his own ''Valkyrie'' by a factor of two. He doesn't win, but acquits himself well enough that that enemy 'Mech never enters the battle proper even after he's lost his own machine and one arm...only to find out upon eventual recovery that (because nobody else actually saw that fight and his own half-Capellan heritage that's helped him connect with the locals now makes him an ideal suspect) he's on trial on trumped-up charges of collusion with the enemy. And the KangarooCourt finds him ''guilty''...thereby setting off the chain of events that will land him in the arenas on Solaris VII and ultimately in the position of [[spoiler:one of House Liao's own head spymasters]].

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* Justin Allard gets this treatment in the ''[[Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse Warrior]]'' trilogy, specifically early right in the first book. In charge of a unit of trainee MechWarriors in light machines out of an exercise, they get ambushed by Liao troops and he in particular finds himself in single combat against an enemy warrior in a ''Rifleman'' that outmasses his own ''Valkyrie'' by a factor of two. He doesn't win, but acquits himself well enough that that enemy 'Mech never enters the battle proper even after he's lost his own machine and one arm...only to find out upon eventual recovery that (because nobody else actually saw that fight and his own half-Capellan heritage that's helped him connect with the locals now makes him an ideal suspect) he's on trial on trumped-up charges of collusion with the enemy. And the KangarooCourt finds him ''guilty''...''guilty'' ...thereby setting off the chain of events that will land him in the arenas on Solaris VII and ultimately in the position of [[spoiler:one of House Liao's own head spymasters]].



* The boys from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' have to constantly evade the authorities, unless they want to be tried for multiple murders (various human-form monsters or possessed humans), grave desecration (having to burn the remains of a ghost), etc. On the other hand, they ''do'' commit other crimes (credit card fraud and cheating at games) to support their monster-hunting lifestyle, but those are secondary to the crimes they get charged for while actually doing a heroic thing--on top of the murders, they've been charged with kidnapping and armed robbery.

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* The boys from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' have to constantly evade the authorities, unless they want to be tried for multiple murders (various human-form monsters or possessed humans), grave desecration (having to burn the remains of a ghost), etc. On the other hand, they ''do'' commit other crimes (credit card fraud and cheating at games) to support their monster-hunting lifestyle, but those are secondary to the crimes they get charged for while actually doing a heroic thing--on thing. On top of the murders, they've been charged with kidnapping and armed robbery.



* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' has a rather major one. [[spoiler: John Marston, forced to work for the government so three criminals can be put to justice, not only gets rid of the criminals, but unintentionally helps end a Mexican Civil War, prevents various disasters, and helps many kind hearted folk in the community. His reward: the same government men come to his house and shoot him while he tries to help his family.]]

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* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' has a rather major one. [[spoiler: John Marston, forced to work for the government so three criminals can be put brought to justice, not only gets rid of the criminals, but unintentionally helps end a Mexican Civil War, prevents various disasters, and helps many kind hearted folk in the community. His reward: the same government men come to his house and shoot him while he tries to help his family.]]



* In ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'', [[spoiler: Once you defeated the dragon, Gran Soren is ruined and Duke Edmun is aged, he immediate accused you for bargaining with the dragon while he was the one who indeed took that option. Everyone in Gran Soren turns against you and [[EverythingTryingToKillYou kills you on sight]], resulting in PersonaNonGrata situation. But, who is to say you cannot [[ThenLetMeBeEvil repay their favour by killing everyone of them]]?]]

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'', [[spoiler: Once you defeated the dragon, Gran Soren is ruined and Duke Edmun is aged, he immediate accused accuses you for of bargaining with the dragon while he was the one who indeed took that option. Everyone in Gran Soren turns against you and tries to [[EverythingTryingToKillYou kills kill you on sight]], resulting in PersonaNonGrata situation. But, who is to say you cannot [[ThenLetMeBeEvil repay their favour by killing everyone every one of them]]?]]



* At the end of ''[[Machinima/RedVsBlue Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction]]'', Agent Washington wiped out Project Freelancer, [[TheJuggernaut the Meta]], and all the project's [[AIIsACrapshoot experimental AIs]] with one blow. However, in doing so he also erased any evidence the Oversight Subcommittee needed to properly put the [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Director of Project Freelancer]] behind bars (except for the Epsilon [=AI=], which he handed to [[TheDitz Caboose]] to take away before firing the [=EMP=]). As a result, Wash ended up behind bars for his vigilante actions.

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* At the end of ''[[Machinima/RedVsBlue Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction]]'', Agent Washington wiped out Project Freelancer, [[TheJuggernaut the Meta]], and all the project's [[AIIsACrapshoot experimental AIs]] with one blow. However, in doing so he also erased any evidence the Oversight Subcommittee needed to properly put the [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Director of Project Freelancer]] behind bars (except for the Epsilon [=AI=], which he handed to [[TheDitz Caboose]] to take away before firing the [=EMP=]). As a result, Wash ended ends up behind bars for his vigilante actions.



** In an earlier episode, Homer's mother became a hippie back in TheSixties, and she and a bunch of friends went and destroyed the germs that Mr. Burns was trying to weaponize in a lab. In a subversion of this trope, although Mr. Burns wants her arrested for destroying his property, she was not arrested for this particular stunt. She is, however, constantly on the run from Mr. Burns and the police, so she became a MissingMom.

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** In an earlier episode, Homer's mother became a hippie back in TheSixties, and she and a bunch of friends went and destroyed the germs that Mr. Burns was trying to weaponize in a lab. In a subversion of this trope, although Mr. Burns wants her arrested for destroying his property, she was not arrested for this particular stunt. She is, was, however, forced to be constantly on the run from Mr. Burns and the police, so she became a MissingMom.



** Played much more seriously in "When Extremes Meet". Tarrlok responds to the anti-bending WellIntentionedExtremist faction by cracking down on ''all'' non-benders, effectively proving the bad guys right. When Korra tells him to stop, siding with the non-benders, Tarrlok arrests [[spoiler:Korra's friends Asami, daughter of an Equalist, Mako and Bolin for defending Asami. Korra is about to attack Tarlock when Mako tells him to stop as it wouldn't do anyone any good for her to be locked up as well.]]

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** Played much more seriously in "When Extremes Meet". Tarrlok responds to the anti-bending WellIntentionedExtremist faction by cracking down on ''all'' non-benders, effectively proving the bad guys right. When Korra tells him to stop, siding with the non-benders, Tarrlok arrests [[spoiler:Korra's friends Asami, daughter of an Equalist, and Mako and Bolin for defending Asami. Korra is about to attack Tarlock Tarrlok when Mako tells him to stop as it wouldn't do anyone any good for her to be locked up as well.]]



* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' opens with Scooby and the gang getting arrested right after solving a mystery. The police threaten to arrest them several times over the course of the series. This is because Crystal Cove enjoys having a bunch of {{Scooby Doo Hoax}}es to attract tourists (mostly not caring about how the bad guys are mostly doing this to steal something), and they don't appreciate a bunch of [[YouMeddlingKids meddling kids]] spoiling the extra revenue.

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* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' opens with Scooby and the gang getting arrested right after solving a mystery. The police threaten to arrest them several times over the course of the series. This is because Crystal Cove enjoys having a bunch of {{Scooby Doo Hoax}}es to attract tourists (mostly not caring about how the bad guys are mostly usually doing this to steal something), and they don't appreciate a bunch of [[YouMeddlingKids meddling kids]] spoiling the extra revenue.
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