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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.
17th Aug '16 6:48:21 AM Hemma
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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 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}}''.

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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 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}}''.
''Film/{{Goodfellas}}''; in the case of ''The Godfather'' it was essentially an UnbuiltTrope.
10th Aug '16 7:12:59 PM Willbyr
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* Mostly avoided in the ''GunGrave'' anime: While Big Daddy's mafia is quite stylish and honorable, and there are some scenes with cool cars and houses, it is never a major point of the series. Harry, with his fast cars, white suits, and beautiful women, comes closest to this trope... though of course, it doesn't last.

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* Mostly avoided in the ''GunGrave'' 'VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' anime: While Big Daddy's mafia is quite stylish and honorable, and there are some scenes with cool cars and houses, it is never a major point of the series. Harry, with his fast cars, white suits, and beautiful women, comes closest to this trope... though of course, it doesn't last.
5th Aug '16 12:14:49 AM PaulA
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* [[Literature/{{Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos]]. Bit of a deconstruction in the later books of the time line, but ''Taltos'' in particular is made of this.

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* [[Literature/{{Dragaera}} ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series protagonist Vlad Taltos]].Taltos. Bit of a deconstruction in the later books of the time line, but ''Taltos'' in particular is made of this.
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.
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