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16th Jun '16 2:54:06 PM Kate
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%% * Happens to the Lady Door in Neil Gaiman's book ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''.

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%% * Happens to the Lady Door in Neil Gaiman's book ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''.''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''. She hires Hunter, the very best fighter in the Underside, to be her bodyguard. Unfortunately, the two villains she's in most danger from hired Hunter ''first'', with instructions to protect Door from all threats except them.
15th Jun '16 8:16:29 AM JackG
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* An InvokedTrope in the mini-series ''Shaka Zulu''. The king has been assassinated via witchcraft, so Shaka has the king's bodyguards tortured until they confess to doing the deed, to avoid a panic in his army.
9th Jun '16 2:37:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Jaime Lannister, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, known as "The Kingslayer". It says something about how [[CrapsackWorld bad things had gotten]] that when Jaime is made Lord Commander he probably was the best left. The ''Kingslayer'' was the best one they had left. He had [[TheCaligula a good reason]], though. That no one else knows that reason and he was still made Lord Commander just further reinforces both the dominance of his House and the general crapsackiness of the situation given that, bar Barristan Selmy, he was better than any others.

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Jaime Lannister, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, known as "The Kingslayer". It says something about how [[CrapsackWorld bad things had gotten]] that when Jaime is made Lord Commander he probably was the best left. The ''Kingslayer'' was the best one they had left. He had [[TheCaligula a good reason]], though. That no one else knows that reason and he was still made Lord Commander just further reinforces both the dominance of his House and the general crapsackiness of the situation given that, bar Barristan Selmy, he was better than any others.
25th Apr '16 7:55:22 AM mfarah
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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Londo's girlfriend is killed by the Shadows, who plant evidence to suggest that Lord Reefa is the culprit, as revenge for Londo keeping Reefa on a half-poison leash. Londo spends a ''long'' time planning his revenge. It culminates in Reefa traveling to Narn (occupied by the Centauri) with his personal guards. They go into a bunker, which turns out to be full of angry Narns. Londo appears as a hologram to let Reefa know that it was Londo's plan and ''the bodyguards came from Londo's House''. The bodyguards then do an about-face and calmly march away, as Reefa is swarmed by the Narns.

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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Londo's girlfriend is killed by the Shadows, who plant evidence to suggest that Lord Reefa Refa is the culprit, as revenge for Londo keeping Reefa Refa on a half-poison leash. Londo spends a ''long'' time planning his revenge. It culminates in Reefa Refa traveling to Narn (occupied by the Centauri) with his personal guards. They go into a bunker, which turns out to be full of angry Narns. Londo appears as a hologram to let Reefa Refa know that it was Londo's plan and ''the bodyguards came from Londo's House''. The bodyguards then do an about-face and calmly march away, as Reefa Refa is swarmed by the Narns.
17th Mar '16 5:41:03 PM ObsidianFire
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* Averted in ''The Religion War'' by Scott Adams. The antagonist abandons his base when the war starts because he knows his bodyguards will [[GenreSavvy inevitably betray him for money/favors]].

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* Averted in ''The Religion War'' by Scott Adams. The antagonist abandons his base when the war starts because he knows his bodyguards will [[GenreSavvy inevitably betray him for money/favors]].money/favors.



** This happened so often that the Eastern Roman/Byzantine Emperors got GenreSavvy and defied this trope by creating the [[CadreOfForeignBodyguards Varangian Guard]] to replace the PraetorianGuard, the logic being that mercenary guards would be very loyal to the paycheck and nothing else.

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** This happened so often that the Eastern Roman/Byzantine Emperors got GenreSavvy were smart and defied this trope by creating the [[CadreOfForeignBodyguards Varangian Guard]] to replace the PraetorianGuard, the logic being that mercenary guards would be very loyal to the paycheck and nothing else.
19th Feb '16 6:57:39 AM ScrewySqrl
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* Attempted on Coordinator [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Theodore Kurita]] in the course of the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' history. The Black Dragon Society, an AncientConspiracy of extremely traditionalist, xenophobic ultranationalists, managed to subvert the Otomo, the Coordinator's bodyguard company. They very nearly killed him while marching by in their Battlemechs during a military parade, but a BigDamnHeroes movement by an irregular army regiment [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores comprised of military dregs]] and the {{Yakuza}}, reinforcements from loyalist members of the SecretPolice, along with a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Ragtag Bunch of Mercenary Msifits]], managed to save the Coordinator.

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* Attempted on Coordinator [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Theodore Kurita]] in the course of the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' history. The Black Dragon Society, an AncientConspiracy of extremely traditionalist, xenophobic ultranationalists, managed to subvert the Otomo, the Coordinator's bodyguard company. They very nearly killed him while marching by in their Battlemechs during a military parade, but a BigDamnHeroes movement by an irregular army regiment [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores comprised of military dregs]] and the {{Yakuza}}, reinforcements from loyalist members of the SecretPolice, along with a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Ragtag Bunch of Mercenary Msifits]], managed to save the Coordinator. Based of the RealLife assassination of Anwar Sadat.


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** In 1981, Egyptian President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Anwar Sadat was assassinated by his royal guard during a military Parade.
18th Jan '16 5:50:11 PM dmcreif
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** There was also Paulie when Vito was shot on the same day he called in sick.

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** There was also Vito's bodyguard Paulie when Vito was shot on the same day he called in sick.sick the day that an attempt was carried out on Vito's life. Naturally, it's not a coincidence.
15th Jan '16 8:31:54 PM Angeldeb82
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* In the BackStory of Andy Hoare's ''Literature/WhiteScars'' novel ''Hunt for Voldorius'', how the governor died.

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* In the BackStory {{Backstory}} of Andy Hoare's ''Literature/WhiteScars'' novel ''Hunt for Voldorius'', how the governor died.



* TimothyZahn's ''[[Literature/{{Blackcollar}} The Backlash Mission]]'' has bodyguards subjected to [[{{Brainwashing}} "loyalty conditioning"]]. One guard in particular knows '''very''' well how much reason he has to want a certain official dead, but loyalty conditioning means he'd give his life to defend the man. And then he gets dosed with a drug that neutralizes the conditioning...

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* TimothyZahn's ''[[Literature/{{Blackcollar}} The Backlash Mission]]'' has bodyguards subjected to [[{{Brainwashing}} [[{{Brainwashed}} "loyalty conditioning"]]. One guard in particular knows '''very''' well how much reason he has to want a certain official dead, but loyalty conditioning means he'd give his life to defend the man. And then he gets dosed with a drug that neutralizes the conditioning...



* Inverted in the Literature/CiaphasCain ('''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM''') novel ''Death or Glory'': Cain and Jurgen accidentally stumble upon Korbul, the warboss leading the invasion of Perlia, along with his nob bodyguards. However, the nobs don't attack, as to do so would imply the warboss is too weak to do the job himself, and therefore a challenge to his authority (which to orks would count as BodyguardBetrayal). For the same reason, Jurgen stays out of the fight, as this would give the nobs a reason to attack him. Once Korbul goes down, the nobs start arguing over who's in charge.

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* Inverted in the Literature/CiaphasCain ('''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM''') novel ''Death or Glory'': Cain and Jurgen accidentally stumble upon Korbul, the warboss leading the invasion of Perlia, along with his nob bodyguards. However, the nobs don't attack, as to do so would imply the warboss is too weak to do the job himself, and therefore a challenge to his authority (which to orks would count as BodyguardBetrayal).Bodyguard Betrayal). For the same reason, Jurgen stays out of the fight, as this would give the nobs a reason to attack him. Once Korbul goes down, the nobs start arguing over who's in charge.



** Jaimie [[RedBaron "The Kingslayer"]] Lannister killed the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mad King]] seventeen years before the series started. He's been regarded with suspicion ever since for breaking his oath to protect the king, even though [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing everyone was delighted the crazy old git was dead.]]

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** Jaimie [[RedBaron "The Kingslayer"]] Lannister killed the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mad King]] seventeen years before the series started. He's been regarded with suspicion ever since for breaking his oath to protect the king, even though [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing everyone was delighted the crazy old git was dead.]]dead]].



* A bodyguard in ''WalkerTexasRanger'' kidnaps the wealthy girl he was protecting because he wanted to have her father pay a ransom.

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* A bodyguard in ''WalkerTexasRanger'' ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' kidnaps the wealthy girl he was protecting because he wanted to have her father pay a ransom.



* Bruno from ''[[Pinball/WHODunnit WHO dunnit]],'' who is actually Victoria's ex-husband, Tex; after surviving an attempt on his life, he gets plastic surgery, then works as a bodyguard at Tony's Palace while awaiting an opportunity for revenge on Tony and Victoria.

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* Bruno from ''[[Pinball/WHODunnit WHO dunnit]],'' ''Pinball/WHODunnit,'' who is actually Victoria's ex-husband, Tex; after surviving an attempt on his life, he gets plastic surgery, then works as a bodyguard at Tony's Palace while awaiting an opportunity for revenge on Tony and Victoria.



* In ''{{Warhammer}}'' this is suspected of one the kings of the high elves, Tethlis the Slayer. After enacting a campaign of genocide on the dark elves that led many to worry that they were [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becoming no better]], Tethlis made a pilgrimage to the Sword of Kaine, an ArtifactOfDoom wielded by the first Phoenix King. The official story is that a dark elf assassin was waiting for him on the isle, but it's strongly suspected that the truth is he tried to draw the sword and his bodyguards cut him down in fear that he might succeed.

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* In ''{{Warhammer}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' this is suspected of one the kings of the high elves, Tethlis the Slayer. After enacting a campaign of genocide on the dark elves that led many to worry that they were [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becoming no better]], Tethlis made a pilgrimage to the Sword of Kaine, an ArtifactOfDoom wielded by the first Phoenix King. The official story is that a dark elf assassin was waiting for him on the isle, but it's strongly suspected that the truth is he tried to draw the sword and his bodyguards cut him down in fear that he might succeed.



* In the expansion to ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun'', ''Firestorm'', the Inner Circle are murdered by their cybernetic bodyguards via [[NoKillLikeOverkill minigun to the face]] when their super advanced tactical bio-computer, CABAL, betrays them and takes command of the Brotherhood of Nod's Cyborgs. The player character's commanding officer, Anton Slavik, is able to escape because he doesn't have Cyborg bodyguards. Justified by information provided in C&C3: Slavik's chapter of the Brotherhood, the Black Hand, is generally distrustful of advanced machines. CABAL was an exception, and only due to the fact that it possessed knowledge of Kane's plans in the long run... or so it seemed.

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* In the expansion to ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun'', ''Firestorm'', the Inner Circle are murdered by their cybernetic bodyguards via [[NoKillLikeOverkill [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill minigun to the face]] when their super advanced tactical bio-computer, CABAL, betrays them and takes command of the Brotherhood of Nod's Cyborgs. The player character's commanding officer, Anton Slavik, is able to escape because he doesn't have Cyborg bodyguards. Justified by information provided in C&C3: Slavik's chapter of the Brotherhood, the Black Hand, is generally distrustful of advanced machines. CABAL was an exception, and only due to the fact that it possessed knowledge of Kane's plans in the long run... or so it seemed.



* In ''SuikodenV'', Georg Prime is accused of killing the queen and kidnapping you. He really did kill the Queen, but it was a ShootTheDog moment that she and her husband had him agree to [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity so she doesn't blow everything up with the Sun Rune]]. [[YouCantThwartStageOne You also run away with him by choice.]] Straighter examples of this would be Zahhak and Alenia, [[RantInducingSlight filthy Godwin devils]].
** In the [[SuikodenI first Suikoden]], Pahn betrays the young master after Ted comes back from his fateful meeting and reveals the secret of his Rune to them. In this case, Pahn is trying to keep ''them'' from betraying TheEmpire, which would be bad, given that the hero's father is one of their best officers and all... Pahn also eventually regrets his actions and [[HeelFaceTurn switches back to your side]]; however, this can lead to a delayed case of RedemptionEqualsDeath if you don't pump enough time and money into leveling him up before he pulls a YouShallNotPass.

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* In ''SuikodenV'', ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'', Georg Prime is accused of killing the queen and kidnapping you. He really did kill the Queen, but it was a ShootTheDog moment that she and her husband had him agree to [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity so she doesn't blow everything up with the Sun Rune]]. [[YouCantThwartStageOne You also run away with him by choice.]] Straighter examples of this would be Zahhak and Alenia, [[RantInducingSlight filthy Godwin devils]].
** In the [[SuikodenI [[VideoGame/SuikodenI first Suikoden]], Pahn betrays the young master after Ted comes back from his fateful meeting and reveals the secret of his Rune to them. In this case, Pahn is trying to keep ''them'' from betraying TheEmpire, which would be bad, given that the hero's father is one of their best officers and all... Pahn also eventually regrets his actions and [[HeelFaceTurn switches back to your side]]; however, this can lead to a delayed case of RedemptionEqualsDeath if you don't pump enough time and money into leveling him up before he pulls a YouShallNotPass.



* A dramatic, awesome, and oddly enough ''heroic'' variant in ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick.'' [[spoiler: During the Godsmoot, Roy finally realizes how the undead Durkon--really the High Priest of Hel--has tricked him, and how enormous the stakes are. However, by the rules of the Godsmoot, none of the other bodyguards may intervene; a bodyguard that dares raise his weapon against another cleric is put to death. However, [[LoopholeAbuse there are no rules for a cleric being attacked by their own bodyguard...]]]]

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* A dramatic, awesome, and oddly enough ''heroic'' variant in ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick.'' [[spoiler: During the Godsmoot, Roy finally realizes how the undead Durkon--really the High Priest of Hel--has tricked him, and how enormous the stakes are. However, by the rules of the Godsmoot, none of the other bodyguards may intervene; a bodyguard that dares raise his weapon against another cleric is put to death. However, [[LoopholeAbuse there are no rules for a cleric being attacked by their own bodyguard...]]]]bodyguard]]...]]
21st Dec '15 2:04:47 AM Adept
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* Happens to Darcy Parker in ''StrangersInParadise'', after she was publicly outed as a [[TheMafia mafia]] boss with political ties.
* {{Marvel}}'s ComicBook/TheKingpin was hired as a bodyguard for Don Rigoletto. He used this position to secretly unite the mobs behind his boss' back. His final step in usurping Rigoletto's power was to snap his neck.

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* Happens to Darcy Parker in ''StrangersInParadise'', ''ComicBook/StrangersInParadise'', after she was publicly outed as a [[TheMafia mafia]] boss with political ties.
* {{Marvel}}'s Creator/{{Marvel}}'s ComicBook/TheKingpin was hired as a bodyguard for Don Rigoletto. He used this position to secretly unite the mobs behind his boss' back. His final step in usurping Rigoletto's power was to snap his neck.
12th Nov '15 9:08:12 PM Mhazard
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** In ''Film/RevengeoftheSith'', all the clones "betray" their Jedi charges when they're told to execute Order 66 by Palpatine.
** In ''Film/ReturnoftheJedi'', this is [[HeelFaceTurn done by]] [[TheDragon Darth Vader]] [[HeroicSacrifice towards]] [[BigBad Palpatine]] himself.

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** In ''Film/RevengeoftheSith'', ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', all the clones "betray" their Jedi charges when they're told to execute Order 66 by Palpatine.
** In ''Film/ReturnoftheJedi'', ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', this is [[HeelFaceTurn done by]] [[TheDragon Darth Vader]] [[HeroicSacrifice towards]] [[BigBad Palpatine]] himself.
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