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23rd May '16 9:12:41 AM Morgenthaler
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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}}, 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]].



** ''Film/EasternPromises'', [[http://pandagon.blogsome.com/2007/10/01/6113/ as thoroughly described by Amanda Marcotte here.]] It's made excruciatingly clear that the gangsters' power rests on an endless heap of raped, abused and eventually murdered women. Two of the gangsters given character development are a monster and an ineffectual drunk; the one ambiguously nice {{Badass}} [[spoiler:turns out to be the ReverseMole]].

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** ''Film/EasternPromises'', [[http://pandagon.blogsome.com/2007/10/01/6113/ as thoroughly described by Amanda Marcotte here.]] It's made excruciatingly clear that the gangsters' power rests on an endless heap of raped, abused and eventually murdered women. Two of the gangsters given character development are a monster and an ineffectual drunk; the one ambiguously nice {{Badass}} badass [[spoiler:turns out to be the ReverseMole]].
23rd May '16 9:11:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'': Being set during Prohibition and TheRoaringTwenties, this show is full of this one. Half of the main cast are either really well-known gangsters (Arnold Rothstein, Johnny Torrio, Nucky Thompson, Jim Colosimo) or young gangsters just starting to make a name for themselves (the fictional Jimmy Darmody, and the very real Meyer Lansky, Charlie "Lucky" Luciano, and UsefulNotes/AlCapone).

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* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'': Being set during Prohibition and TheRoaringTwenties, this show is full of this one. Half of the main cast are either really well-known gangsters (Arnold Rothstein, Johnny Torrio, Nucky Thompson, Jim Colosimo) or young gangsters just starting to make a name for themselves (the fictional Jimmy Darmody, and the very real Meyer Lansky, Charlie "Lucky" Luciano, and UsefulNotes/AlCapone). With very few exceptions most gangsters end up meeting the short end of a gun sooner or later, however.
19th May '16 7:02:40 PM Az_Tech341
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*** While the game certainly glamorizes the life of a modern gangster -- and the characters themselves definitely enjoy this lifestyle -- it does have one notable subversion: as cool as the protagonists are, it still isn't enough to make up for the [[MoralEventHorizon horrific acts]] they commit and their [[TheSociopath general sociopathy]]. Moreover, although this is subject to interpretation, it can be seen that this is ''supposed'' to be how the audience reacts.
16th May '16 12:03:25 PM Doug86
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* [[Literature/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]] spends much of his time (and started his career) as a thief, but moves on to bigger and better things including mercenary soldier, mercenary general, and eventually king of Aquilonia. The original stories (and the 1980 movie treatment) note how much more honorable Conan is than the venal, corrupt wealthy noblemen who are usually his victims.

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* [[Literature/ConanTheBarbarian [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]] spends much of his time (and started his career) as a thief, but moves on to bigger and better things including mercenary soldier, mercenary general, and eventually king of Aquilonia. The original stories (and the 1980 movie treatment) note how much more honorable Conan is than the venal, corrupt wealthy noblemen who are usually his victims.
3rd May '16 11:59:44 PM InvisibleJester89
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* One of the many period-appropriate career choices for an Investigator or NPC in TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu, naturally. Depending on how high you roll for your spending level during character creation, being a gangster or criminal in general can be very, ''very'' lucrative indeed. That's not even counting how badass your character will look trying to gun down a shoggoth with a tommy gun.
19th Mar '16 7:16:51 PM 43110
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* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' and its mafioso families who are very BadAss. There are ten of 'em and it RunsThroughTheFamily.

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* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' and its mafioso families who are very BadAss. There are ten of 'em and it RunsThroughTheFamily.RunsInTheFamily.
13th Mar '16 11:27:17 AM nombretomado
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* [[{{Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos]]. Bit of a deconstruction in the later books of the time line, but ''Taltos'' in particular is made of this.
* [[ConanTheBarbarian Conan]] spends much of his time (and started his career) as a thief, but moves on to bigger and better things including mercenary soldier, mercenary general, and eventually king of Aquilonia. The original stories (and the 1980 movie treatment) note how much more honorable Conan is than the venal, corrupt wealthy noblemen who are usually his victims.

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* [[{{Dragaera}} [[Literature/{{Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos]]. Bit of a deconstruction in the later books of the time line, but ''Taltos'' in particular is made of this.
* [[ConanTheBarbarian [[Literature/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]] spends much of his time (and started his career) as a thief, but moves on to bigger and better things including mercenary soldier, mercenary general, and eventually king of Aquilonia. The original stories (and the 1980 movie treatment) note how much more honorable Conan is than the venal, corrupt wealthy noblemen who are usually his victims.
11th Mar '16 3:23:12 AM freesefan
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* In ''Literature/VoidMoon'', Cassie Black leaves the straight world behind to go back to her old life as a cat burglar. While the immediate motivation for returning to a life of a crime is the impending departure of her daughter, Cassie admits to herself that she really did enjoy being a criminal. She muses at length on the rush she always got while on a job.
--> "She remembered how after a while it hadnít even been about the money. It was about the charge it put in their blood. She remembered how they could stay up the rest of the night making love after a job was finished."
6th Mar '16 10:03:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Underbelly}}'': Attempts to dispel the myth that gangsters are cool, the bad guys are the JerkAss types who are put away by the few honest cops, or killed by the corrupt cops or each other. [[MisaimedFandom Don't stop idolization of Carl Williams and John Ibraham though]].

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* ''{{Underbelly}}'': ''Series/{{Underbelly}}'': Attempts to dispel the myth that gangsters are cool, the bad guys are the JerkAss types who are put away by the few honest cops, or killed by the corrupt cops or each other. [[MisaimedFandom Don't stop idolization of Carl Williams and John Ibraham though]].



* ''TheWire'': Omar. [[{{Gayngster}} Except the irresistible to women part.]]

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* ''TheWire'': ''Series/TheWire'': Omar. [[{{Gayngster}} Except the irresistible to women part.]]
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."
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