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15th May '16 1:28:26 AM TARINunit9
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* In a mostly non-violent example, Pepper Potts from the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'' is '''the''' GirlFriday. She's utterly MarriedToTheJob, and that job is whatever [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob Tony Stark]] [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder needs her to be]]. From breaking into a supervillain's office to steal files to running a multi-billion dollar company so he can focus on his gadgets, Pepper can do it all. Despite clearly being Tony's love interest, she has a history of refusing to date him if his immaturity interferes with her job (and, by extension, his own). The only thing that she's missing is the stoic demeanor, though [[WorldOfSnark that's hardly her fault]].
15th May '16 1:17:15 AM TARINunit9
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The '''Consummate Professional''' is most often a [[TheStoic very serious character]], and often involved in a profession that warrants violence or is on the shadier side of the law like a [[PrivateMilitaryContractors soldier of fortune]], [[SpyFiction professional spy]], {{Courier}}, or [[ProfessionalKiller professional assassin]]. Regardless of precisely who employs them or what their actual job is, being a Consummate Professional is standard for [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]] types as well. Alternatively, he can also belong to a more conventional profession, but be ruthlessly dedicated to it, such as a profession in the legal system or a corporate position. He has a very strict code of conduct to which he adheres meticulously, and instantly dislikes anyone who implies he should lighten up. He also instantly dislikes anyone who's a little too friendly (after all, BeingPersonalIsntProfessional). This attitude is most of the time justified: his line of work makes any personal connection or moral compunction a liability. This doesn't mean he's a complete cold fish, it just means he prefers ethics to morals. Morals are broad and prone to emotional interpretation, ethics are specific and more efficient. While he might be willing to have a softer disposition towards friends or family, any client is treated impersonally and no better than the job demands. If there are [[CharacterAlignment alignments]] in play, they stick most to Lawful and Neutral alignments, rarely to Good ones (since an altruistic attitude doesn't lend itself to their ruthless dedication to their job) and NEVER to Chaotic. LawfulNeutral or LawfulEvil are the most common alignments associated with this trope.

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The '''Consummate Professional''' is most often a [[TheStoic very serious character]], and often be it by choice or by requirement. Use of this trope is often, though not always, involved in a profession that warrants violence or is on the shadier side of the law like a [[PrivateMilitaryContractors soldier of fortune]], [[SpyFiction professional spy]], {{Courier}}, or [[ProfessionalKiller professional assassin]]. Regardless of precisely who employs them or what their actual job is, being a Consummate Professional is standard for [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]] types as well. Alternatively, he can also belong to a more conventional profession, but be ruthlessly dedicated to it, such as a profession in the legal system or a corporate position. He has a very strict code of conduct to which he adheres meticulously, and instantly dislikes anyone who implies he should lighten up. He also instantly dislikes anyone who's a little too friendly (after all, BeingPersonalIsntProfessional). This attitude is most of the time justified: his line of work makes any personal connection or moral compunction a liability. This doesn't mean he's a complete cold fish, it just means he prefers ethics to morals. Morals are broad and prone to emotional interpretation, ethics are specific and more efficient. While he might be willing to have a softer disposition towards friends or family, any client is treated impersonally and no better than the job demands. If there are [[CharacterAlignment alignments]] in play, they stick most to Lawful and Neutral alignments, rarely to Good ones (since an altruistic attitude doesn't lend itself to their ruthless dedication to their job) and NEVER to Chaotic. LawfulNeutral or LawfulEvil are the most common alignments associated with this trope.
29th Mar '16 12:31:09 AM KenKevinStriker
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* Leon, the titular character in ''Film/TheProfessional.''

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* Leon, Léon, the titular character in ''Film/TheProfessional.''''[[Film/TheProfessional LÉON: The Professional]]''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Duh]].
24th Mar '16 8:18:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* Leon, the titular character in ''TheProfessional.''

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* Leon, the titular character in ''TheProfessional.''Film/TheProfessional.''



* Another Tarantino example is Mr. Wolf in ''PulpFiction''. Never will you see a man as calm and collected in the business of disposing dead bodies.

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* Another Tarantino example is Mr. Wolf in ''PulpFiction''.''Film/PulpFiction''. Never will you see a man as calm and collected in the business of disposing dead bodies.



* ''AnitaBlake'': Most all of the security/bodyguards and assassins in the series, including Claudia and Edward, up to the point that many of them, unless you are actively trying to hurt them, won't kill you unless they are get paid for it. That would be giving out their services for free.

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* ''AnitaBlake'': ''Literature/AnitaBlake'': Most all of the security/bodyguards and assassins in the series, including Claudia and Edward, up to the point that many of them, unless you are actively trying to hurt them, won't kill you unless they are get paid for it. That would be giving out their services for free.



* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' gives us many examples of the trope. There are HiredGuns, PrivateMilitaryContractors and straightforward assassins of various stripes and ideologies who live by a code. From the [[KnightErrant Hedge Knight]] who tries to stick to his vows while selling his lance/ sword/ horse/ whatever he's got to use for a meal, to the pit fighters in Essos (who, although slaves, definitely have honor-codes as well as their professional status to defend), to the Faceless Men who won't kill anybody not targeted as a "client" as part of the "prayer" or "petition" or "appeal" to their version of Death, to the sellsword who won't sell anything without a contract agreement upfront with stipulated termination clauses. But, for a single character? Take [[spoiler: Ser]] Bronn [[spoiler: of the Blackwater]] as an exemplar. He'll do practically anything to the best of his ability... as long as his price for it is met and the remuneration enough to offset the difficulty/ social stigma/ the gaps in his skill-set. If it isn't: he won't do it. End of.

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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' gives us many examples of the trope. There are HiredGuns, PrivateMilitaryContractors and straightforward assassins of various stripes and ideologies who live by a code. From the [[KnightErrant Hedge Knight]] who tries to stick to his vows while selling his lance/ sword/ horse/ whatever he's got to use for a meal, to the pit fighters in Essos (who, although slaves, definitely have honor-codes as well as their professional status to defend), to the Faceless Men who won't kill anybody not targeted as a "client" as part of the "prayer" or "petition" or "appeal" to their version of Death, to the sellsword who won't sell anything without a contract agreement upfront with stipulated termination clauses. But, for a single character? Take [[spoiler: Ser]] Bronn [[spoiler: of the Blackwater]] as an exemplar. He'll do practically anything to the best of his ability... as long as his price for it is met and the remuneration enough to offset the difficulty/ social stigma/ the gaps in his skill-set. If it isn't: he won't do it. End of.
14th Mar '16 2:36:38 AM Medinoc
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* In the ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'' Bond notes to Felix Leiter after touring Emilio Largo's yacht the ''Disco Volante'', that it's crew members don't drink or smoke, which indicates they are disciplined professionals.

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* In the ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'' Bond notes to Felix Leiter after touring Emilio Largo's yacht the ''Disco Volante'', that it's its crew members [[StraightEdgeEvil don't drink or smoke, smoke]], which indicates they are disciplined professionals.
4th Mar '16 5:43:12 AM Hanz
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** Of the {{NPC}}s, Conrad Marburg embodies this trope. The quickest way to gain [[WorthyOpponent his respect]] is by being just as stone-cold professional as him. Alan Parker and Albatross are close to this trope, but they each have a MoralityPet that bring out ItsPersonal if they get killed or hurt. However, it is possible to push Marburg off the edge with a casual and unprofessional approach topped with a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.

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** Of the {{NPC}}s, Conrad Marburg embodies this trope. The quickest way to gain [[WorthyOpponent his respect]] is by being just as stone-cold professional as him. Alan Parker and Albatross are close to this trope, but they each have a MoralityPet that bring out ItsPersonal if they get killed or hurt. However, it is possible to push Marburg off the edge with a by consistently acting casual and unprofessional approach topped with a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.around him and dig up enough dirt on him to properly goad him into fighting you to the death.
28th Feb '16 7:51:26 PM nombretomado
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* {{Wolverine}} has served countless times in the military, and has picked up a great many habits and skills with the years. Interestingly enough, he's always shown to be VERY serious and professional in that role, contrary to his usual authority-sticking personality. In fact, unless explicitly screwed by the hierarchy, he shows utmost respect for the chain of command. CaptainAmerica is one soldier in particular he respects immensely.
* Despite being a self employed vigilante, Frank Castle aka {{The Punisher}} exemplifies this trope. He fights vampires and ninjas with the same stoic frown he has when fighting petty thugs.

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* {{Wolverine}} ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} has served countless times in the military, and has picked up a great many habits and skills with the years. Interestingly enough, he's always shown to be VERY serious and professional in that role, contrary to his usual authority-sticking personality. In fact, unless explicitly screwed by the hierarchy, he shows utmost respect for the chain of command. CaptainAmerica ComicBook/CaptainAmerica is one soldier in particular he respects immensely.
* Despite being a self employed vigilante, Frank Castle aka {{The ComicBook/{{The Punisher}} exemplifies this trope. He fights vampires and ninjas with the same stoic frown he has when fighting petty thugs.
23rd Feb '16 6:45:46 AM MiinU
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* Casca from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' was very much this when she is first introduced. Later on when we discover more of her backstory, some of her sternness [[SugarAndIcePersonality melts aways]] and she's revealed to be much more of [[AFatherToHisMen mother to her men]] and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
11th Feb '16 6:06:16 AM Prometheus117
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* Locus in seasons 11 & 12 of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. He's a cold blooded killer, [[spoiler:willing to wipe out a planet]], but follows orders and doesn't care for evil gloating. As far as he's concerned, kill them and get it done with. [[spoiler:His partner, Felix, on the other hand...[[EvilGloating not]] [[VillainBall so]] [[BondVillainStupidity much]].]]

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* Locus in seasons 11 & 12 of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. He's a cold blooded killer, [[spoiler:willing to wipe out a planet]], but follows orders and doesn't care for evil gloating. As far as he's concerned, kill them and get it done with. [[spoiler:His partner, Felix, on the other hand...[[EvilGloating not]] [[VillainBall so]] [[BondVillainStupidity much]].]]]] Season 13 reveals, however, [[spoiler:that deep down Locus is also a [[BrokenBird heavily traumatized soldier]] from his experiences fighting the Covenant in the Great War and acting the role of the professional is just as much a [[BecomingTheMask way to cope]] as it is a lifestyle, something that [[ManipulativeBastard Felix]] exploits to keep him around]].
20th Jan '16 7:52:01 AM Willbyr
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* Played straight ''and'' subverted in the case of Kuroudou Akabane (a.k.a. Dr. Jackal) from ''GetBackers''. He will take on any {{Courier}} job with no questions asked and carry it through to the end regardless of obstacles, is almost frighteningly competent at what he does and often describes himself as a consummate professional. But give him an opponent who he considers "worthy of his skills", and he'll decide to take certain...''liberties'' with his assignment.
* The ''{{Gungrave}}'' anime shows us that Brandon Heat was this with UndyingLoyalty when he was a hitman for Millenion. It causes problems with his best friend.

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* Played straight ''and'' subverted in the case of Kuroudou Akabane (a.k.a. Dr. Jackal) from ''GetBackers''.''Manga/GetBackers''. He will take on any {{Courier}} job with no questions asked and carry it through to the end regardless of obstacles, is almost frighteningly competent at what he does and often describes himself as a consummate professional. But give him an opponent who he considers "worthy of his skills", and he'll decide to take certain...''liberties'' with his assignment.
* The ''{{Gungrave}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' anime shows us that Brandon Heat was this with UndyingLoyalty when he was a hitman for Millenion. It causes problems with his best friend.



* Casca from ''{{Berserk}}'' was very much this when she is first introduced. Later on when we discover more of her backstory, some of her sternness [[SugarAndIcePersonality melts aways]] and she's revealed to be much more of [[AFatherToHisMen mother to her men]] and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.

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* Casca from ''{{Berserk}}'' ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' was very much this when she is first introduced. Later on when we discover more of her backstory, some of her sternness [[SugarAndIcePersonality melts aways]] and she's revealed to be much more of [[AFatherToHisMen mother to her men]] and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
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