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5th Feb '16 8:56:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/SinCity'' plays with this. The mafia is seen as living a rich and powerful lifestyle but many of them get killed off en masse by the heroes. Then again, they remain in power despite the heroes' efforts, usually. [[spoiler: And in some cases, they outlive the heroes but usually at great cost.]]
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* ''ComicBook/SinCity'' ''Film/SinCity'' plays with this. The mafia is seen as living a rich and powerful lifestyle but many of them get killed off en masse by the heroes. Then again, they remain in power despite the heroes' efforts, usually. [[spoiler: And in some cases, they outlive the heroes but usually at great cost.]]

* At the end of ''JohnnyDangerously'', Johnny admonishes the audience that "Crime doesn't pay" -- and then when his limo pulls up and two dames drape themselves over his arms, he admits, "Well, it pays a little."
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* At the end of ''JohnnyDangerously'', ''Film/JohnnyDangerously'', Johnny admonishes the audience that "Crime doesn't pay" -- and then when his limo pulls up and two dames drape themselves over his arms, he admits, "Well, it pays a little."
29th Jan '16 6:26:51 AM HighCrate
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** [[Music/WuTangClan Raekwon]]'s debut album ''[[MagnumOpus Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...]]'' is probably the TropeCodifier for gangsta rap deconstructing this trope.
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** [[Music/WuTangClan Raekwon]]'s debut album ''[[MagnumOpus Only ''Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...]]'' '' is probably the TropeCodifier for gangsta rap deconstructing this trope.
29th Jan '16 3:31:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* GuyRitchie movies in general, i.e. ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'', ''Film/{{Snatch}}'', ''RockNRolla''.
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* GuyRitchie Creator/GuyRitchie movies in general, i.e. ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'', ''Film/{{Snatch}}'', ''RockNRolla''.''Film/RockNRolla''.
23rd Jan '16 11:18:23 AM rjd1922
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** This goes further. Wocky's father, the current head of the "Kitaki clan", wants to get out of the gangster life style and become a legitimate businessman, however Wocky doesn't want any of it believing that "a "G" can't be a "G" unless they are living the "G" life". Wocky eventually agrees to quite being a gangster however after [[spoiler: it's revealed that his father is trying to earn clean money in order to pay for a extremely expensive surgery that will save his live. His father doesn't want to use the money they have now because "it was the gangster life that nearly killed him", and he doesn't want to us the "money that nearly killed him" for the operation to save his life.]]
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** This goes further. Wocky's father, the current head of the "Kitaki clan", wants to get out of the gangster life style and become a legitimate businessman, however Wocky doesn't want any of it believing that "a "G" can't be a "G" unless they are living the "G" life". Wocky eventually agrees to quite being a gangster however after [[spoiler: it's revealed that his father is trying to earn clean money in order to pay for a extremely expensive surgery that will save his live. His father doesn't want to use the money they have now because "it was the gangster life that nearly killed him", and he doesn't want to us use the "money that nearly killed him" for the operation to save his life.]]
16th Jan '16 2:53:14 AM lostbirdinatree
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* ''Manga/ShouwaGenrokuRakugoShinjuu'' has Kyoji (reformed criminal who wants to pursue rakugo, so an aversion) and his boss (played straight). The boss tries to preach this lifestyle, only to get trumped by Kyoji's performance of Dekigokoro, about a boss and the underling who tries to prove himself to him.
15th Jan '16 11:00:09 AM BattleMaster
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* In TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}, the player characters are specialized criminals for hire, living double lives on the wrong side of the law. The mega-corporations often use them as deniable/disposable assets for espionage and sabotage against each other, as well as "extraction" (kidnapping) and "wetwork" (assassination).
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* In TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}, the player characters are specialized criminals for hire, living double lives on the wrong side of the law. The mega-corporations often use them as deniable/disposable assets for espionage and sabotage against each other, as well as "extraction" (kidnapping) and "wetwork" (assassination). Played especially straight with the 4th Edition supplement book Vice, which is unsurprisingly all about all the various forms of crime a runner can commit and the various criminal elements in the world that runners can work with, including rules for how to play a high-rolling Made Man.
26th Dec '15 4:35:12 PM nombretomado
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The critic Robert Warshow wrote a famous essay called ''The Gangster as TragicHero'', in which he posited that gangsters like those in ''Film/{{Scarface|1932}}'' are Americanized versions of Greek or Shakespearian tragic heroes-dark mirrors of the AmericanDream, or the "great no" to the American promise of success. He argued that they were a counter to the films made in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, and were a form of WishFulfillment for working class audiences with their RagsToRiches stories and charismatic, tragic characters. Even when ExecutiveMeddling had the bad guys getting punished, the film-makers and actors conspired to give the villain protagonists a memorable [[DyingMomentOfAwesome death scene]] that made audiences CryForTheDevil, similar to classic tragic heroes and villains. This essay made a big impact on the likes of Creator/FrancisFordCoppola and Creator/MartinScorsese and informed their GenreDeconstruction in ''Film/TheGodfather'' and ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}''.
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The critic Robert Warshow wrote a famous essay called ''The Gangster as TragicHero'', in which he posited that gangsters like those in ''Film/{{Scarface|1932}}'' are Americanized versions of Greek or Shakespearian tragic heroes-dark mirrors of the AmericanDream, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream, or the "great no" to the American promise of success. He argued that they were a counter to the films made in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, and were a form of WishFulfillment for working class audiences with their RagsToRiches stories and charismatic, tragic characters. Even when ExecutiveMeddling had the bad guys getting punished, the film-makers and actors conspired to give the villain protagonists a memorable [[DyingMomentOfAwesome death scene]] that made audiences CryForTheDevil, similar to classic tragic heroes and villains. This essay made a big impact on the likes of Creator/FrancisFordCoppola and Creator/MartinScorsese and informed their GenreDeconstruction in ''Film/TheGodfather'' and ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}''.
12th Dec '15 2:35:05 PM rjd1922
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* Wocky Kitaki is this in ApolloJusticeAceAttorney. He family are the biggest organized crime syndicate in the city, however despite them being a traditional and rather [[NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters neighborhood friendly criminal organization]] Wocky himself is completely different, instead believing that being an "O.G" is all about living rough, not being scared of cops, killing people, and dying young. He even goes so far as to not care that he [[spoiler: has a bullet pressed up against his heart that could kill him at any moment (although it's implied that is slightly afraid of dying, he never lets these emotions known)]]. ** This goes further. Wocky's father, the current head of the "Kitaki clan", wants to get out of the gangster life style and become a legitimate businessman, however Wocky doesn't want any of it believing that "a "G" can't be a "G" unless they are living the "G" life". Wocky eventually agrees to quite being a gangster however after [[spoiler: it's revealed that his father is trying to earn clean money in order to pay for a extremely expensive surgery that will save his live. His father doesn't want to use the money they have now because "it was the gangster life that nearly killed him", and he doesn't want to us the "money that nearly killed him" for the operation to save his life]] * Chains "Damn it feels good to be a robber" from VideoGame/{{Payday}}. It helps that almost all robberies will result in at least one hundred grand in cash (most of which is sent to the swiss banks), ''and the blood of fifty courageous coppers'' on a non-stealth run.
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* Wocky Kitaki is this in ApolloJusticeAceAttorney. He family are the biggest organized crime syndicate in the city, however despite them being a traditional and rather [[NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters neighborhood friendly criminal organization]] Wocky himself is completely different, instead believing that being an "O.G" is all about living rough, not being scared of cops, killing people, and dying young. He even goes so far as to not care that he [[spoiler: has a bullet pressed up against his heart that could kill him at any moment (although it's implied that is slightly afraid of dying, he never lets these emotions known)]]. ** This goes further. Wocky's father, the current head of the "Kitaki clan", wants to get out of the gangster life style and become a legitimate businessman, however Wocky doesn't want any of it believing that "a "G" can't be a "G" unless they are living the "G" life". Wocky eventually agrees to quite being a gangster however after [[spoiler: it's revealed that his father is trying to earn clean money in order to pay for a extremely expensive surgery that will save his live. His father doesn't want to use the money they have now because "it was the gangster life that nearly killed him", and he doesn't want to us the "money that nearly killed him" for the operation to save his life]] * Chains "Damn it feels good to be a robber" from VideoGame/{{Payday}}.''VideoGame/{{Payday}}''. It helps that almost all robberies will result in at least one hundred grand in cash (most of which is sent to the swiss banks), ''and the blood of fifty courageous coppers'' on a non-stealth run.

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* Wocky Kitaki is this in ApolloJusticeAceAttorney.''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''. He family are the biggest organized crime syndicate in the city, however despite them being a traditional and rather [[NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters neighborhood friendly criminal organization]] Wocky himself is completely different, instead believing that being an "O.G" is all about living rough, not being scared of cops, killing people, and dying young. He even goes so far as to not care that he [[spoiler: has a bullet pressed up against his heart that could kill him at any moment (although it's implied that is slightly afraid of dying, he never lets these emotions known)]]. ** This goes further. Wocky's father, the current head of the "Kitaki clan", wants to get out of the gangster life style and become a legitimate businessman, however Wocky doesn't want any of it believing that "a "G" can't be a "G" unless they are living the "G" life". Wocky eventually agrees to quite being a gangster however after [[spoiler: it's revealed that his father is trying to earn clean money in order to pay for a extremely expensive surgery that will save his live. His father doesn't want to use the money they have now because "it was the gangster life that nearly killed him", and he doesn't want to us the "money that nearly killed him" for the operation to save his life]] * Chains "Damn it feels good to be a robber" from VideoGame/{{Payday}}. It helps that almost all robberies will result in at least one hundred grand in cash (most of which is sent to the swiss banks), ''and the blood of fifty courageous coppers'' on a non-stealth run.life.]]
29th Nov '15 10:31:30 PM JRDelta
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* Subverted in ''{{Film/The Limey}}''. "I embrace this lifestyle," insists Stacy the Hitman, [[spoiler: only to be knooked off well before the credits roll.]]
29th Nov '15 3:37:23 PM MsChibi
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* Mello from ''Manga/DeathNote''. He ''took over the mafia,'' and spent most of his time in it wearing leather, eating [[TrademarkFavoriteFood chocolate]], and making MagnificentBastard Light and TeenGenius Near look like idiots.
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* Mello from ''Manga/DeathNote''. He ''took over the mafia,'' and spent most of his time in it wearing leather, eating [[TrademarkFavoriteFood chocolate]], lounging on a garish zebra-print sofa (or sometimes a decadent leather chair), and making MagnificentBastard Light and TeenGenius Near look like idiots.
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