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6th Jan '16 1:55:24 PM FF32
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* ''LANoire'''s Cole Phelps was a Marine in the war. Specifically, he was TheNeidermeyer who [[spoiler:ended up leading an attack on Japanese civilians.]]

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* ''LANoire'''s ''VideoGame/LANoire'''s Cole Phelps was a Marine in the war. Specifically, he was TheNeidermeyer who [[spoiler:ended up leading an attack on Japanese civilians.]]
11th Jul '15 12:50:11 PM pablo360
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* Leroy Jethro Gibbs in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' (Former Marine sniper) [[spoiler: Gibbs also killed his wife's and daughter's murderer.]]

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* Leroy Jethro Gibbs in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' (Former Marine sniper) [[spoiler: Gibbs also killed his wife's and daughter's murderer.murderer, although he has stated that he "never lost a day of sleep over [him]".]]
14th Oct '14 5:17:43 AM FoolishCatalyst
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*[[Literature/CharlieParkerSeries Charlie Parker]], the eponymous detective from a series of books by Creator/JohnConnolly, embodies this trope. He slips off the deep end after the death of his wife and child and spends the rest of his life making up for what he did after their death. He's still not shy about killing people though - he just makes sure that the people he's killing are truly evil. [[spoiler: ''The Black Angel'' suggests that this is the whole reason for Parker's existence in-universe. He is one of the angels the fell from heaven after Lucifer's revolt, but rather than descending to hell, he became stranded on earth, spending his many lifetimes helping others - dead and alive - in penance for his sins. However, the ending of ''The Wrath of Angels'' seems to refute this theory - according to various in-universe authorities there ''is'' a fallen angel present in the series recurring cast, but it isn't Charlie.]]
26th Feb '14 11:44:44 AM Viira
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* A less severe example in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' is Ron [=DeLite=], a former thief, opening a security business that helped other businesses defend themselves against thieves. [[spoiler: Of course the twist is that he then turns around and sells the plans to other thieves. At least his wife's in on it this time.]]

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* A less severe example in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' is Ron [=DeLite=], a former thief, opening a security business that helped other businesses defend themselves against thieves. [[spoiler: Of course the twist is that he then turns around and sells the plans to other thieves. At least his wife's in on it this time.]]
15th Dec '13 11:51:41 PM MangaManiac
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* ''SkulduggeryPleasant'': It's never given as an explicit reason ''why'' he became a Detective, but he does have a very dark past which includes [[spoiler: having once been exactly the sort of mass-murdering supervillain he now spends his days defeating]].

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* ''SkulduggeryPleasant'': ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'': It's never given as an explicit reason ''why'' he became a Detective, detective, but he does have a very dark past which includes [[spoiler: having once been exactly the sort of mass-murdering supervillain he now spends his days defeating]].
18th Aug '13 6:27:39 AM Nohbody
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* LarryNiven's [[Literature/KnownSpace Gil Hamilton]] lost an arm in an accident in space. However, only prosthetics are available in space, as accidents in space tend to quickly ruin transplant stock and the minarchist Belters ''don't'' [[OrganTheft regularly execute "criminals" for their organs]]. He thus immigrates to Earth to take advantage of the UN-sponsored organ harvesting programme, justifying it to himself that his new arm would most likely come from an executed murderer(forgetting that an earlier Niven story had people broken up for ''running traffic lights''). Surprise - his brand-new limb came not from a villain, but from the seized stockpile of a ''criminal'' who [[NotSoDifferent killed people for their organs]]. Lacking the moral composure to have the arm removed, he joined the Amalgamated Regional Militia ([[MeaningfulName aka ARM]]), the agency which polices illegal body harvesting... but spends more time [[EnforcedTechnologyLevels suppressing inconvenient technologies]] and [[PopulationControl hunting illegal pregnancies]].
* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Commander Vimes]] has killed a ''lot'' of people, and even though they were mostly self-defence, he's aware that he wasn't really thinking about that when he killed them. He explicitly tells TheDragon in Discworld/{{Snuff}} that he recognised him as a killer the moment he saw him - because he's used to seeing a killer's face every day in his own mirror.

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* LarryNiven's [[Literature/KnownSpace In Creator/LarryNiven's ''[[Literature/KnownSpace Gil Hamilton]] the Arm]]'' stories, Gil Hamilton lost an arm in an accident in space. However, only prosthetics are available in space, as accidents in space tend to quickly ruin transplant stock and the minarchist Belters ''don't'' [[OrganTheft regularly execute "criminals" for their organs]]. He thus immigrates to Earth to take advantage of the UN-sponsored organ harvesting programme, justifying it to himself that his new arm would most likely come from an executed murderer(forgetting that an earlier Niven story had people broken up for ''running traffic lights''). Surprise - his brand-new limb came not from a villain, but from the seized stockpile of a ''criminal'' who [[NotSoDifferent killed people for their organs]]. Lacking the moral composure to have the arm removed, he joined the Amalgamated Regional Militia ([[MeaningfulName aka ARM]]), the agency which polices illegal body harvesting... but spends more time [[EnforcedTechnologyLevels suppressing inconvenient technologies]] and [[PopulationControl hunting illegal pregnancies]].
* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', Commander Vimes]] Vimes has killed a ''lot'' of people, and even though they were mostly self-defence, he's aware that he wasn't really thinking about that when he killed them. He explicitly tells TheDragon in Discworld/{{Snuff}} that he recognised him as a killer the moment he saw him - because he's used to seeing a killer's face every day in his own mirror.



* SkulduggeryPleasant. It's never given as an explicit reason ''why'' he became a Detective, but he does have a very dark past which includes [[spoiler: having once been exactly the sort of mass-murdering supervillain he now spends his days defeating]].

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* SkulduggeryPleasant. ''SkulduggeryPleasant'': It's never given as an explicit reason ''why'' he became a Detective, but he does have a very dark past which includes [[spoiler: having once been exactly the sort of mass-murdering supervillain he now spends his days defeating]].



* Leroy Jethro Gibbs in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' (Former Marine sniper) [[spoiler: Gibbs also killed his wife's and daughter's murderer]]

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* Leroy Jethro Gibbs in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' (Former Marine sniper) [[spoiler: Gibbs also killed his wife's and daughter's murderer]]murderer.]]
14th Aug '13 11:34:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mac Taylor in ''{{CSINY}}'' (Former Marine)

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* Mac Taylor in ''{{CSINY}}'' ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' (Former Marine)



* Horatio Caine in ''CSIMiami'' (Kinda) He tries to catch as many murderers as subject him to SuicideByCop. Preferably ''not'' by SuicideByCop.

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* Horatio Caine in ''CSIMiami'' ''Series/CSIMiami'' (Kinda) He tries to catch as many murderers as subject him to SuicideByCop. Preferably ''not'' by SuicideByCop.



* He never really killed, but Sebastian Stark of ''{{Shark}}'' was once a defense attorney . However, after one of his clients who he managed to get acquitted went on to kill his wife shortly after, Stark switched teams and becomes a prosecutor.
* Likewise, Patrick Jane of ''TheMentalist'' didn't kill anyone, but his family was killed by a serial killer whom he'd offended with his fake psychic routine. Assisting the police is his way of making amends for this error, as well as his former career of conning people.
* The CowboyCop protagonist of the show ''{{Maou}}'' became a detective out of guilt over having accidentally killed someone when he was younger (and having been let off scot-free because his rich and influential father pulled some strings).
* ''{{Castle}}:'' [[spoiler:Captain Montgomery]] spent his career trying to atone for his actions as a rookie, when among other things he was complicit in [[spoiler: the death of Beckett's mother.]]
* In ''BodyOfProof'', former neurosurgeon Megan Hunt is trying to atone for killing a patient on the table after neurological damage causes her hands to numb occasionally. She becomes a medical examiner because she can't kill anyone if they're already dead.

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* He never really killed, but Sebastian Stark of ''{{Shark}}'' ''Series/{{Shark}}'' was once a defense attorney . However, after one of his clients who he managed to get acquitted went on to kill his wife shortly after, Stark switched teams and becomes a prosecutor.
* Likewise, Patrick Jane of ''TheMentalist'' ''Series/TheMentalist'' didn't kill anyone, but his family was killed by a serial killer whom he'd offended with his fake psychic routine. Assisting the police is his way of making amends for this error, as well as his former career of conning people.
* The CowboyCop protagonist of the show ''{{Maou}}'' ''Series/{{Maou}}'' became a detective out of guilt over having accidentally killed someone when he was younger (and having been let off scot-free because his rich and influential father pulled some strings).
* ''{{Castle}}:'' ''Series/{{Castle}}:'' [[spoiler:Captain Montgomery]] spent his career trying to atone for his actions as a rookie, when among other things he was complicit in [[spoiler: the death of Beckett's mother.]]
* In ''BodyOfProof'', ''Series/BodyOfProof'', former neurosurgeon Megan Hunt is trying to atone for killing a patient on the table after neurological damage causes her hands to numb occasionally. She becomes a medical examiner because she can't kill anyone if they're already dead.
14th Jul '13 6:27:40 PM Austin
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* LarryNiven 's Gil Hamilton lost an arm in an accident in space. However, only prosthetics are available in space, as accidents in space tend to quickly ruin transplant stock and the minarchist Belters ''don't'' [[OrganTheft regularly execute "criminals" for their organs]]. He thus immigrates to Earth to take advantage of the UN-sponsored organ harvesting programme, justifying it to himself that his new arm would most likely come from an executed murderer(forgetting that an earlier Niven story had people broken up for ''running traffic lights''). Surprise - his brand-new limb came not from a villain, but from the seized stockpile of a ''criminal'' who [[NotSoDifferent killed people for their organs]]. Lacking the moral composure to have the arm removed, he joined the Amalgamated Regional Militia ([[MeaningfulName aka ARM]]), the agency which polices illegal body harvesting... but spends more time [[EnforcedTechnologyLevels suppressing inconvenient technologies]] and [[PopulationControl hunting illegal pregnancies]].

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* LarryNiven 's LarryNiven's [[Literature/KnownSpace Gil Hamilton Hamilton]] lost an arm in an accident in space. However, only prosthetics are available in space, as accidents in space tend to quickly ruin transplant stock and the minarchist Belters ''don't'' [[OrganTheft regularly execute "criminals" for their organs]]. He thus immigrates to Earth to take advantage of the UN-sponsored organ harvesting programme, justifying it to himself that his new arm would most likely come from an executed murderer(forgetting that an earlier Niven story had people broken up for ''running traffic lights''). Surprise - his brand-new limb came not from a villain, but from the seized stockpile of a ''criminal'' who [[NotSoDifferent killed people for their organs]]. Lacking the moral composure to have the arm removed, he joined the Amalgamated Regional Militia ([[MeaningfulName aka ARM]]), the agency which polices illegal body harvesting... but spends more time [[EnforcedTechnologyLevels suppressing inconvenient technologies]] and [[PopulationControl hunting illegal pregnancies]].



* Ezekiel Stone of ''Series/{{Brimstone}}'' killed the man who raped his wife. When Ezekiel was later killed in the line of duty he was sent to Hell because, no matter how deserving of death the rapist had been, Stone's actions had been motivated by anger and the need for revenge instead of a desire for justice. The Devil sent him back to Earth to hunt down and return 113 escaped souls with the promise of a chance at entering Heaven (Not a guarantee, just the offering of a chance) if he captured all the escapees.

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* Ezekiel Stone of ''Series/{{Brimstone}}'' killed the man who raped his wife. When Ezekiel was later killed in the line of duty he was sent to Hell because, no matter how deserving of death the rapist had been, Stone's actions had been motivated by anger and the need for revenge instead of a desire for justice. The Devil sent him back to Earth to hunt down and return 113 escaped souls with the promise of a chance at entering Heaven (Not a guarantee, just the offering of a chance) if he captured all the escapees. Notably, Ezekiel has no personal regrets about what he did.
26th Jun '13 5:12:46 AM corruptmalemenace
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* SkulduggeryPleasant. It's never given as an explicit reason ''why'' he became a Detective, but he does have a very dark past which includes [[spoiler: having once been exactly the sort of mass-murdering supervillain he now spends his days defeating]].
8th Mar '13 4:31:02 PM LongLiveHumour
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* In the "FatherBrown" stories by Creator/GKChesterton, Father Brown (the series detective) meets and bests a thief named Flambeau, who, because he wants to atone for his crimes, then assists Father Brown in solving crimes by providing information about how professional criminals work.

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* In the "FatherBrown" "Literature/FatherBrown" stories by Creator/GKChesterton, Father Brown (the series detective) meets and bests a thief named Flambeau, who, because he wants to atone for his crimes, then assists Father Brown in solving crimes by providing information about how professional criminals work.
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