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16th Nov '17 7:37:59 PM FRizer
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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). Although, there are some people who can [[WorkHardPlayHard make balance between friendliness and professionalism.]] 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]], 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'll likely say "NothingPersonal" and/or "JustFollowingOrders" when people asks him. He also instantly dislikes anyone who's a little too friendly (after all, BeingPersonalIsntProfessional). Although, there are some people who can [[WorkHardPlayHard make balance between friendliness and professionalism.]] 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. They may look down on BunnyEarsLawyer who, while also competent, act less professionally than they do. 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.
20th Jul '17 2:06:02 AM LentilSandEater
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* Played straight ''and'' subverted in the case of Kuroudou Akabane (a.k.a. Dr. Jackal) from ''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.

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* Played straight ''and'' subverted Downplayed in the case of Kuroudou Akabane (a.k.a. Dr. Jackal) from ''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 Courier from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' can be played this way.

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* The Courier from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' can be played this way. This can lead you to getting lead around by the nose, since a few of the important quest givers are ''not'' being straight with you.
3rd Jun '17 3:09:09 AM Euodiachloris
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* ''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.

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* ''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 and operational conditions for it is are met and the with remuneration enough to offset the difficulty/ social stigma/ the other fallout/ any gaps in his skill-set. If it isn't: doesn't meet his criteria, he just won't agree to do it.it -- at all. End of. Parachute clause engaged.
23rd May '17 5:43:47 PM SeekerSS
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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). Although, there are some people whom can [[WorkHardPlayHard make balance between friendliness and professionalism.]] 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]], 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). Although, there are some people whom who can [[WorkHardPlayHard make balance between friendliness and professionalism.]] 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.
23rd May '17 5:39:01 PM SeekerSS
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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 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). Although, there are some people whom can [[WorkHardPlayHard make balance between friendliness and professionalism.]] 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.
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...
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