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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.
26th Nov '15 8:30:01 PM dmcreif
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* Douglas Stamper in ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS''. Ruthlessly cold, calculating and efficient at his job, and has no problem getting his hands dirty to get things done. It's no wonder he's Frank's right-hand man. And true to the trope, [[spoiler:when he lets [[BeingPersonalIsntProfessional his obsession with Rachel]] get the better of him is when things start to go ''fatally'' wrong for him]].

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* Douglas Stamper in ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS''.From ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'', we have Doug Stamper, Frank Underwood's Chief of Staff. Ruthlessly cold, calculating and efficient at his job, and has no problem getting his hands dirty to get things done. It's no wonder he's Frank's right-hand man. And true to the trope, [[spoiler:when he lets [[BeingPersonalIsntProfessional his obsession with Rachel]] Rachel Posner]], a call-girl mixed up in some of Frank's schemes, get the better of him is when things start to go ''fatally'' wrong for him]].
25th Nov '15 6:34:46 PM Jake
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* In his own way, [[DontFearTheReaper Death]] from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. When he bends the rules, and he does so fairly often, it's because he believes that quality of customer service trumps adhering to the letter of regulations.
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