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20th Sep '17 12:32:59 PM BeerBaron
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** Hunting down dangerous criminals to collect the bounty on their heads is a common quest for the Fighters Guild, as seen repeatedly in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''.

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** Hunting down dangerous criminals to collect the bounty on their heads is a common quest for the [[AdventureGuild Fighters Guild, Guild]], as seen repeatedly in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''.



*** As the Fighters Guild does not operate in Skyrim due to the presence of the Companions, the Companions fill this void instead.

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*** As the Fighters Guild [[SupermanStaysOutOfGotham does not operate in Skyrim Skyrim]] due to the presence of the Companions, the Companions fill this void instead.
12th Aug '17 8:00:55 AM SallyShears
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* ''Film/{{Domino}}'' staring Creator/KeiraKnightley, based (very loosely) on real-life bounty hunter Domino Harvey. Unfortunately, it basically deletes or downplays all of the things that make Domino's story unique, and turns the character into a typical Hollywood cliche.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domino_Harvey Domino Harvey]]

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domino_Harvey Domino Harvey]]Harvey]], whose real life story is significantly more unique than the cliche Hollywood turned her into.
3rd Jul '17 1:39:45 PM Tractical_Chunder
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** Sol Badguy is a more experienced and competent example, [[spoiler:and it's a career that fits nicely with his "hunting down and killing the other Gears" thing]].

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** Sol Badguy is a more experienced and competent example, [[spoiler:and it's a career that fits nicely with his "hunting down and killing the all other Gears" thing]].thing]].
** The Whole premise of ''Guilty Gear X'' was that a large bounty was placed on mysterious command-type Gear [[TechnicalPacifist Dizzy's]] head, so most of the characters introduced in that game and its derivatives are also Bounty Hunters, such as Bridget and Jam.
15th Jun '17 8:38:09 PM JackTheHammer
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* Today, civilian bounty hunting is legally practiced only in the United States, and its former colony, the Philippines. Though it should be noted that modern bounty hunting is a very different practice than in the old days. In the United States a bounty hunter is usually under contract with a bail bondsman and can't work without their sanction. The US and the Philippines are the only countries which allow for corporations to make bail on behalf of criminals, which means that a) much more people in America can make bail, and thus b) more people in America skip bail than the police can handle on their own; also bail in America can get ludicrously expensive, which makes bounty hunting a lucrative career. Most states also require strict licensing and training for bounty hunters, and a few states ban bounty hunting entirely. And of course, "dead or alive" bounties are completely illegal. A bounty hunter who killed their quarry would have to face a lot of questions from the police and could easily find themselves blacklisted in the bail bondsman industry for it (especially since killing the bounty would mean the bail bondsmen wouldn't be getting their money back). As it is, unlike law enforcement they don't have quasi-immunity and can be much more easily sued or prosecuted for any excessive force against fugitives.

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* Today, civilian bounty hunting is legally practiced only in the United States, and its former colony, the Philippines. Though it should be noted that modern bounty hunting is a very different practice than in the old days. In the United States a bounty hunter is usually under contract with a bail bondsman and can't work without their sanction. The US and the Philippines are the only countries which allow for corporations to make bail on behalf of criminals, which means that a) much many more people in America can make bail, and thus b) more people in America skip bail than the police can handle on their own; also bail in America can get ludicrously expensive, which makes bounty hunting a lucrative career. Most states also require strict licensing and training for bounty hunters, and a few states ban bounty hunting entirely. And of course, "dead or alive" bounties are completely illegal. A bounty hunter who killed their quarry would have to face a lot of questions from the police and could easily find themselves blacklisted in the bail bondsman industry for it (especially since killing the bounty would mean the bail bondsmen wouldn't be getting their money back). As it is, unlike law enforcement they don't have quasi-immunity and can be much more easily sued or prosecuted for any excessive force against fugitives.fugitives.
** Speaking of the Philippines, bounty hunting is starting to make a comeback in the middle of TheNewTens, especially after the election of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016, and [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/20/philippine-mayor-offers-1000-bounty-for-killing-criminals-after/ it looks a lot more]] like the classic [[WantedPoster "dead or alive"]] style.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_the_bounty_hunter Dog the Bounty Hunter.]]

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_the_bounty_hunter Dog the Bounty Hunter.]]Hunter]] is probably the most famous contemporary example, in no small part thanks to his [[Series/DogTheBountyHunter hit reality TV show]].
26th May '17 10:51:56 AM Kadorhal
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* Gondar the Bounty Hunter in ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' is a rather ninja-ish hero who specializes in tracking the enemy heroes and assassinating them. Treating his targets as his bounties, his Ultimate lets him net an even bigger amount of gold in case he killed a tracked hero, which he shares to his nearby teammates if able.

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* Gondar the Bounty Hunter in ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' is a rather ninja-ish hero who specializes in tracking the enemy heroes and assassinating them. Treating his targets as his bounties, his Ultimate lets him net an even bigger amount of gold in case he killed a tracked hero, which he shares to with his nearby teammates if able.



* ''Videogame/GranblueFantasy'' nods to this with the "Bounty" status effect, which can be stacked on an enemy to increase the chance of getting a chest with good loot from defeating them. The skills available to the player that increase the bounty level on an enemy are even outright called "Bounty Hunter".



** While it's technically not their job. Xin Fu and Yu, a pair of professional Earthbenders, were also hired to capture Toph and return her to her parents (serving the role but never being called bounty hunters), but they had no experience bounty hunting. Xin Fu, however is willing to sell anyone out to the Fire Nation, because they pay more. This is one reason they were so unsuccessful at capturing and returning her. The other reason is that Toph Bei Fong is just too badass to be contained. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Not even by metal]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' has faced many bounty hunters due to a high reward on his head set by Aku. In one episode, Jack faced 6 highly-skilled bounty hunters all at once, and they'd even had a fair bit of lead time to plan out and prepare a multi-pronged trap. [[CurbStompBattle They went down easily in less than a minute]]. After it was over, Jack just kept on walking as if nothing had happened. (A good part of why Jack is such a badass is because ever since arriving in the future, his already considerable skills have been tested and improved upon by constant surprise attacks by seasoned bounty hunters.) Another episode revolves around an encounter with two of these on a train; it laters turns out the pair are a former married couple, and [[SouthernBelle the female hunter]] very nearly succeeded in capturing Jack.

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** While it's technically not their job. job, Xin Fu and Yu, a pair of professional Earthbenders, were also hired to capture Toph and return her to her parents (serving the role but never being called bounty hunters), but they had no experience bounty hunting. Xin Fu, however is willing to sell anyone out to the Fire Nation, because they pay more. This is one reason they were so unsuccessful at capturing and returning her. The other reason is that Toph Bei Fong is just too badass to be contained. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Not even by metal]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' has faced many bounty hunters due to a high reward on his head set by Aku.Aku; a good part of why Jack is such a badass is because ever since arriving in the future, his already considerable skills have been tested and improved upon by constant surprise attacks by seasoned bounty hunters. In one episode, Jack faced 6 highly-skilled bounty hunters all at once, and they'd even had a fair bit of lead time to plan out and prepare a multi-pronged trap. [[CurbStompBattle They went down easily in less than a minute]]. After it was over, Jack just kept on walking as if nothing had happened. (A good part of why Jack is such a badass is because ever since arriving in the future, his already considerable skills have been tested and improved upon by constant surprise attacks by seasoned bounty hunters.) Another episode revolves around an encounter with two of these on a train; it laters turns out the pair are a former married couple, and [[SouthernBelle the female hunter]] very nearly succeeded in capturing Jack.
19th May '17 6:37:42 PM lalalei2001
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SpacePOP'', Geela hires a bounty hunter named Khang to capture the girls and retrieve the Ring of Grock.
7th May '17 3:52:46 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' features the Bounty Hunter class, a unit whose primarily uses are marking enemies for {{Armor-Piercing Attack}}s and for pulling units from the back to the front among others.
6th May '17 3:46:01 PM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheHanSoloTrilogy'': A number of them are sent after Han over stealing from the Besilijic clan, including Boba Fett, who becomes his nemesis.

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* ''Literature/TheHanSoloTrilogy'': A a number of them are sent after Han over stealing from the Besilijic clan, including Boba Fett, who becomes his nemesis.nemesis.
* ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'': in the Council Kingdoms, bounties and, by extension, bounty hunters are how most criminals are pursued and imprisoned. Most notable bounty hunter in the series is Josef, who actually left the job a year prior to the beginning of the story, when Eli convinced him that going with him would let Josef find better opponents.
4th May '17 10:12:56 PM Kadorhal
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* In ''VisualNovel/{{SNATCHER}}'', due to understaffing, JUNKER is forced to hire bounty hunters to help in taking down the titular SNATCHERS. However, only one (named Random/Randam Hajile) plays a major role in the story.
* When they aren't racing on the ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}'' tracks, Captain Falcon and Samurai Goroh are rival bounty hunters.

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* In ''VisualNovel/{{SNATCHER}}'', due to understaffing, JUNKER is forced to hire bounty hunters to help in taking down the titular SNATCHERS.eponymous [=SNATCHERs=]. However, only one (named Random/Randam Hajile) plays a major role in the story.
* When they aren't racing on the ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}'' ''VideoGame/FZero'' tracks, Captain Falcon and Samurai Goroh are rival bounty hunters.



** Sol Badguy is a more experienced and competent example, [[spoiler:and its a career that fits nicely with his "hunting down and killing the other Gears" thing]].

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** Sol Badguy is a more experienced and competent example, [[spoiler:and its it's a career that fits nicely with his "hunting down and killing the other Gears" thing]].



* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' has an entire Bounty Hunter class, complete with it's own story and companions, for the Imperial faction. You start off as a competitor in a Mandalorian Bounty Hunting competition, to hunting high-profile targets from an exclusive list and ultimately ending up as [[spoiler:the most wanted criminal of the Galactic Republic]].

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* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' has an entire Bounty Hunter class, complete with it's its own story and companions, for the Imperial faction. You start off as a competitor in a Mandalorian Bounty Hunting competition, to hunting high-profile targets from an exclusive list and ultimately ending up as [[spoiler:the most wanted criminal of the Galactic Republic]].



* The ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga'' features Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors, who are these at least in the general sense that ''Star Wars'' doesn't really distinguish between mercenaries, which the duo are actually labeled as, and bounty hunters; the main difference is that they do jobs for the Rebellion and later New Republic rather than the Empire or unaffiliated criminals like Jabba. Specifically, they're doing a job for someone else for the entirety of the original ''VideoGame/DarkForces'' (the opening level has them stealing the Death Star plans to [[Film/ANewHope deliver them to Leia]], then the rest of the game is a more involved mission to investigate a Dark Trooper project) and the first two levels of ''VideoGame/JediKnightIIJediOutcast'' (investigating transmissions coming from an Imperial outpost thought to have long since been abandoned, then the source of power crystals Kyle found samples of in that outpost).



* {{Bounty Hunter}}s are recurring antagonists in the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series, with Dynamo in ''X5'' and ''X6'', Red Alert in ''X7'', and Spider in ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission''.

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* {{Bounty Hunter}}s Bounty hunters are recurring antagonists in the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series, with Dynamo in ''X5'' and ''X6'', Red Alert in ''X7'', and Spider in ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission''.



* Gondar the BountyHunter in ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' is a rather ninja-ish hero who specializes in tracking the enemy heroes and assassinating them. Treating his targets as his bounties, his Ultimate lets him net an even bigger amount of gold in case he killed a tracked hero, which he shares to his nearby teammates if able.

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* Gondar the BountyHunter Bounty Hunter in ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' is a rather ninja-ish hero who specializes in tracking the enemy heroes and assassinating them. Treating his targets as his bounties, his Ultimate lets him net an even bigger amount of gold in case he killed a tracked hero, which he shares to his nearby teammates if able.



** While its technically not their job. Xin Fu and Yu, a pair of professional Earthbenders, were also hired to capture Toph and return her to her parents (serving the role but never being called bounty hunters), but they had no experience bounty hunting. Xin Fu, however is willing to sell anyone out to the Fire Nation, because they pay more. This is one reason they were so unsuccessful at capturing and returning her. The other reason is that Toph Bei Fong is just too badass to be contained. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Not even by metal]].

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** While its it's technically not their job. Xin Fu and Yu, a pair of professional Earthbenders, were also hired to capture Toph and return her to her parents (serving the role but never being called bounty hunters), but they had no experience bounty hunting. Xin Fu, however is willing to sell anyone out to the Fire Nation, because they pay more. This is one reason they were so unsuccessful at capturing and returning her. The other reason is that Toph Bei Fong is just too badass to be contained. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Not even by metal]].
1st May '17 11:08:05 PM Fireblood
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* Today, civilian bounty hunting is legally practiced only in the United States, and its former colony, the Philippines. Though it should be noted that modern bounty hunting is a very different practice than in the old days. In the United States a bounty hunter is usually under contract with a bail bondsman and can't work without their sanction. The US and the Philippines are the only countries which allow for corporations to make bail on behalf of criminals, which means that a) much more people in America can make bail, and thus b) more people in America skip bail than the police can handle on their own; also bail in America can get ludicrously expensive, which makes bounty hunting a lucrative career. Most states also require strict licensing and training for bounty hunters, and a few states ban bounty hunting entirely. And of course, "dead or alive" bounties are completely illegal. A bounty hunter who killed their quarry would have to face a lot of questions from the police and could easily find themselves blacklisted in the bail bondsman industry (especially since killing the bounty would mean the bail bondsmen wouldn't be getting their money back). As it is, unlike law enforcement they don't have quasi-immunity and can be much more easily sued or prosecuted for any excessive force.

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* Today, civilian bounty hunting is legally practiced only in the United States, and its former colony, the Philippines. Though it should be noted that modern bounty hunting is a very different practice than in the old days. In the United States a bounty hunter is usually under contract with a bail bondsman and can't work without their sanction. The US and the Philippines are the only countries which allow for corporations to make bail on behalf of criminals, which means that a) much more people in America can make bail, and thus b) more people in America skip bail than the police can handle on their own; also bail in America can get ludicrously expensive, which makes bounty hunting a lucrative career. Most states also require strict licensing and training for bounty hunters, and a few states ban bounty hunting entirely. And of course, "dead or alive" bounties are completely illegal. A bounty hunter who killed their quarry would have to face a lot of questions from the police and could easily find themselves blacklisted in the bail bondsman industry for it (especially since killing the bounty would mean the bail bondsmen wouldn't be getting their money back). As it is, unlike law enforcement they don't have quasi-immunity and can be much more easily sued or prosecuted for any excessive force.force against fugitives.
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