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17th Jan '17 6:51:00 PM Blazer
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* In the ''[[ComicBook/LukeCage Power Man]] and ComicBook/IronFist'' (2015) series, [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/{{Runaways}} Alex Wilder]]]] says this word for word after viciously taking over one of the gangs in Harlem.
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21st Dec '16 10:41:21 PM wyattte
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* Powerman 5000's song ''Super Villain'' is this, just with {{supervillain}}y rather than regular gangbanging.

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* Powerman 5000's Music/Powerman5000's song ''Super Villain'' is this, just with {{supervillain}}y rather than regular gangbanging.
20th Dec '16 11:03:17 AM DeisTheAlcano
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** Averted with Vito, the PlayeCharacter of the game, even before things start going down in the last act, he spent years in prison for stealing gas stamps so he could pay back a loan his mother inherited from her husband, she dies of sickness while he is in jail, his welcome back party ends up with him having to bury a corpse and it turns out everyone safe Joe tried to abuse of his trust. by the third game he is pretty jaded.

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** Averted with Vito, the PlayeCharacter PlayerCharacter of the game, Vito, even before things start going down in the last act, he spent years in prison for stealing gas stamps so he could pay back a loan his mother inherited from her husband, she dies of sickness while he is in jail, his welcome back party ends up with him having to bury a corpse and it turns out everyone safe save for Joe tried to abuse of his trust. by By the third game '''VideoGame/MafiaIII he is pretty jaded.
19th Dec '16 9:45:26 AM __Vano
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Criminals are ''[[EvilIsCool cool]]''. It might be a [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop terrible thing to say]], but it's true. One of the most enduring images in modern fiction is that of the glamorous gangster -- a streetwise, SelfMadeMan who's rich, powerful, badass, [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys irresistible to women]], [[BadassInANiceSuit fashionable]], and [[TheUnfettered unfettered by conventional morality]]. In short, a perfect EscapistCharacter for times when [[GoodIsBoring being a good guy is just too dull]].

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Criminals are ''[[EvilIsCool cool]]''. It might be a [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop terrible thing to say]], but it's true. One of the most enduring images in modern fiction is that of the glamorous gangster -- a streetwise, SelfMadeMan who's rich, powerful, badass, [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys irresistible to women]], [[BadassInANiceSuit fashionable]], and [[TheUnfettered [[TheSociopath unfettered by conventional morality]]. In short, a perfect EscapistCharacter for times when [[GoodIsBoring being a good guy is just too dull]].
13th Dec '16 11:46:29 AM Cronosonic
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** Although ''VideoGame/MafiaII'' just simply went down the route of having two-thirds of the game glamorize being a gangster before having everything fall apart for the protagonist in the last act.

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** Although ''VideoGame/MafiaII'' just simply went down the route of having two-thirds of the game glamorize being a gangster before having everything fall apart for the protagonist in the last act. However, it comes off as a subversion for much of the game, as much of the protagonist's activities in the mafia pretty much come off as yet another dead-end-job that's much riskier - there's no real advancement, no path to the top, and it all ends up being not remotely worth the effort.
25th Nov '16 10:49:16 PM trixus
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** Averted with Vito, the PlayeCharacter of the game, even before things start going down in the last act, he spent years in prison for stealing gas stamps so he could pay back a loan his mother inherited from her husband, she dies of sickness while he is in jail, his welcome back party ends up with him having to bury a corpse and it turns out everyone safe Joe tried to abuse of his trust. by the third game he is pretty jaded.



** By the fourth installment, the Boss is so cool, he's been elected ''President of the United States''.

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*** Subverted in the kill Killbane ending. The Boss choosing being a real gangster instead of a public icon it ends up with lieutnants dead and the Boss wondering if it was all worth it.
** By the fourth installment, the Boss is so cool, he's been elected ''President of the United States''. Saving the country from a nuclear missile helped a lot for P.R (even then he couldn't poll for shit according to his campaign leader before he was hired)
13th Nov '16 7:33:04 AM HasturHasturHastur
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** The Geto Boys deconstruct it themselves in "Mind Playing Tricks On Me", a harrowing depiction of what it's like to be a paranoid, guilt-ridden drug dealer.

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** The Geto Boys deconstruct it themselves in "Mind Playing Tricks On Me", a harrowing depiction of what it's like to be a paranoid, guilt-ridden drug dealer.dealer, as does the song that named the trope, which stresses that if you are one, you'll know it and won't have to prove yourself; instead of talking, you act and let your actions speak for themselves.
2nd Nov '16 6:21:59 PM Morgenthaler
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** TheNotoriousBIG's ''Ready to Die'' both plays it straight and deconstructs it, in that the first part of the album is comprised of the protagonist rapping about the issues he faces getting to the top, including his [[CrapsackWorld bleak surroundings]] ("Things Done Changed"), criminality ("Gimme the Loot"), people out to get him ("Warning") and the fact that he can die at any moment ("Ready to Die"). Only after he has made it do we get songs like "Juicy", "Big Poppa" and "One More Chance", which play it straight. Even then however, the album talks about how being a gangster (and a [[CelebrityIsOverrated celebrity]]) means he can't trust anybody ("Me and My Bitch") and how everything now is a struggle ("Everyday Struggle"). Eventually, on the album's last track ("Suicidal Thoughts"), he contemplates whether it's worth living at all.

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** TheNotoriousBIG's Music/TheNotoriousBIG's ''Ready to Die'' both plays it straight and deconstructs it, in that the first part of the album is comprised of the protagonist rapping about the issues he faces getting to the top, including his [[CrapsackWorld bleak surroundings]] ("Things Done Changed"), criminality ("Gimme the Loot"), people out to get him ("Warning") and the fact that he can die at any moment ("Ready to Die"). Only after he has made it do we get songs like "Juicy", "Big Poppa" and "One More Chance", which play it straight. Even then however, the album talks about how being a gangster (and a [[CelebrityIsOverrated celebrity]]) means he can't trust anybody ("Me and My Bitch") and how everything now is a struggle ("Everyday Struggle"). Eventually, on the album's last track ("Suicidal Thoughts"), he contemplates whether it's worth living at all.
30th Oct '16 4:48:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' and its mafioso families who are very BadAss. There are ten of 'em and it RunsInTheFamily.

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* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' and its mafioso families who are very BadAss.badass. There are ten of 'em and it RunsInTheFamily.



* The pirate equivalent in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. The pirate lifestyle in general is depicted to be a romanticized BadAss madcap {{swashbuckler}} life of adventure where you get to wear awesome clothes, bed a different salty wench in every port, go through fortunes of doubloons like water, outwit mythical beings, stick it to the man, and most of all ''have the freedom to determine your life's course.''

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* The pirate equivalent in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. The pirate lifestyle in general is depicted to be a romanticized BadAss badass madcap {{swashbuckler}} life of adventure where you get to wear awesome clothes, bed a different salty wench in every port, go through fortunes of doubloons like water, outwit mythical beings, stick it to the man, and most of all ''have the freedom to determine your life's course.''
20th Aug '16 7:10:31 PM kquinn0830
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* ''Film/ABronxTale'': C thinks this is true after hanging out with Sonny and getting to see all the perks. However, his father Lorenzo and Sonny himself try to convince him otherwise. Lorenzo points out that everyone in the neighborhood treats him great because they fear him and he can't trust anybody and Sonny tells C that [[IDidWhatIHadToDo he just did what he had to do]] and C would be better off going to college.
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