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22nd Mar '17 12:48:35 AM TheSinful
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* Balalaika from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is a [[TheMafiya Mayfiya]] [[TheDon Don]] who runs her criminal organization like a hardened military unit... [[FormerRegimePersonnel because they used to be one]]. Dutch as well, though his operation tends to focus on smuggling and other extra-legal errands. This is probably why the Lagoon Company and Hotel Moscow have such a good business relationship.

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* Balalaika from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is a [[TheMafiya Mayfiya]] [[TheDon Don]] who runs her criminal organization like a hardened military unit... [[FormerRegimePersonnel because they used to be one]]. Dutch as well, though his operation tends to focus on smuggling and other extra-legal errands. This is probably why the Lagoon Company and Hotel Moscow have such a good business relationship. Dutch openly states in the third episode that he'll work for anyone who pays his fees, and at one point knowingly does a job for a Nazi general.
18th Feb '17 10:35:27 PM infernape612
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* In ''Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'', Wilhelm and Athena are professional mercenaries, though with different approaches. Wilhelm takes the emotionally-detached route, caring for nothing other than getting paid. Athena, while much more moral believes in seeing a job to the end despite any personal objections, which is the only reason she sticks around with Jack after he starts becoming more villainous (though by the end, vengeance is a partial motivator for both of them.).

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* In ''Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'', Wilhelm and Athena are professional mercenaries, though with different approaches. Wilhelm takes the emotionally-detached route, caring for nothing other than getting paid. Athena, while much more moral believes in seeing a job to the end despite any personal objections, which is the only reason she sticks around with Jack after he starts becoming more villainous (though by the end, vengeance is a partial motivator for both of them.).them).
6th Nov '16 5:32:43 PM Zaptech
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* A defining feature of the titular [[Franchise/TheWitcher Witchers]] is that they are professional monster hunters. They ride in to a town, they take the contract, they research and deal with the problem, they take the agreed amount of money for their work, and they leave. They avoid personal entanglements and matters of religion and politics, so that they can continue to ply their trade anywhere in the world, without fear of being stopped. And when an ugly situation comes along that [[NeutralNoLonger they cannot ignore]], they still deal with it quickly and efficiently, and then move on.
5th Nov '16 9:03:02 PM Dorkus
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** Thane Krios, who's been working as an assassin since he was twelve. He once expresses disgust with mercenaries who 'think painted armor makes t*hem professionals'.

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** Thane Krios, who's been working as an assassin since he was twelve. He once expresses disgust with mercenaries who 'think painted armor makes t*hem them professionals'.
21st Sep '16 2:29:22 PM LentilSandEater
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* You can play Shepard this way in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' games. ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is filled with them:

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'':
** Kaidan has to be ''repeatedly'' encouraged to speak freely in order to get any actual insight out of him. He's a lot less uneasy around people of lower rank, but someone of higher rank, like - say - Shepard...
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You can play Shepard this way in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' games. all the games, often by ignoring the Paragon/Renegade dialogue options and going for the neutral options. You do suffer from a mild version of NoPointsForNeutrality for the first two games, but the third allows this approach unequivocally.
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''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is filled with them:



** Thane Krios, who's been working as an assassin since he was twelve. He once expresses disgust with mercenaries who 'think painted armor makes them professionals'.

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** Thane Krios, who's been working as an assassin since he was twelve. He once expresses disgust with mercenaries who 'think painted armor makes them t*hem professionals'.



** Back in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Kaidan has to be ''repeatedly'' encouraged to speak freely in order to get any actual insight out of him. He's a lot less uneasy around people of lower rank, but someone of higher rank, like - say - Shepard...
14th Sep '16 8:58:11 PM Technicolourtardis
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** Apollo Justice has shades of this. While he's quirky like literally everyone else in the franchise, he goes out of his way to be exceedingly professional and serious on the job and is rather ruthless in court. He dislikes when people get off track and shows deep disdain for Klavier Gavin since Gavin doesn't act like a serious professional in court. He's one of the characters who is extremely dedicated to his job of finding the truth, regardless of what the answer will be.
12th Aug '16 1:10:20 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The Master Chief from the ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' universe fits this. To quote Bungie artist Eddie Smith, John-117 is "pretty much the consummate professional. He does his job, walks off, doesn't even get the girl, he's that cool he doesn't need her." He is given an objective and ordered to "Win" and he will execute on that order to the best of his ability, pulling out a victory by any means necessary. He does so because he was raised to be one, along with all the other [=Spartan-IIs=], and fights simply because that is who he is, rather than for any kind of profit or glory. In fact, he displays some discomfort at any media attention, preferring to conduct himself humbly but with absolute self-confidence.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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The Master Chief from the ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' universe fits is very much this. To quote Bungie artist Eddie Smith, John-117 is "pretty much the consummate professional. He does his job, walks off, doesn't even get the girl, he's that cool he doesn't need her." He is given an objective and ordered to "Win" and he will execute on that order to the best of his ability, pulling out a victory by any means necessary. He does so because he was raised to be one, along with all the other [=Spartan-IIs=], and fights simply because that is who he is, rather than for any kind of profit or glory. In fact, he displays some discomfort at any media attention, preferring to conduct himself humbly but with absolute self-confidence.self-confidence.
** Jameson Locke is this too; he treats each assignment as just another job, whatever his private doubts are, and is particularly well-served by his ability to not hold grudges or take things personally.
23rd Jul '16 10:27:47 PM foxmccloud4387
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->''"When a true soldier is told to kill, he kills. He does not question why, he does not mourn the fallen; he fulfills his role and moves on to the next."''
-->-- '''Locus,''' ''Machinia/RedVsBlue'',

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->''"When a true soldier is told to kill, he kills. He does not question why, why; he does not mourn the fallen; he fulfills his role and moves on to the next."''
-->-- '''Locus,''' ''Machinia/RedVsBlue'',
''Machinima/RedVsBlue''
12th Jun '16 4:28:26 PM nombretomado
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* Of the MarvelUniverse mercs, {{Taskmaster}} is the one that most fits. Pretty much all the other mercs are nowhere near as professional or emotionally detached.

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* Of the MarvelUniverse mercs, {{Taskmaster}} ComicBook/{{Taskmaster}} is the one that most fits. Pretty much all the other mercs are nowhere near as professional or emotionally detached.
5th Jun '16 5:14:38 PM eroock
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The '''Consummate Professional''' is most often a [[TheStoic very serious character]], 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.

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The '''Consummate Professional''' Consummate Professional is most often a [[TheStoic very serious character]], 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.
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