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10th Mar '18 10:52:58 PM foxley
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* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': In "Death Symbol", a squad of deserters from the Chinese Army takes over a small village and monastery in a remote valley in Tibet. Willie and Modesty have infiltrate the valley and battle the deserters to rescue the daughter of one of Willie's old friends who is being held prisoner.
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10th Mar '18 2:54:51 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* ''Literature/TheUnkownSoldier'' completely averts this. While some of the officer characters are bitter about the deserters, the narrator only has sympathy for the fear and the sufferings of the soldiers. The most reasonable officer explains that those who become deserters simply were taken to the limit of what a human could be expected to withstand... and then over it. They wouldn't have been of use in battle anyway, so let them go. One of the central characters tries to become a deserter but is lost from his companions and returns back to his platoon with nothing but a joke for an excuse for his absence. The others don't hold it against him.

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* ''Literature/TheUnkownSoldier'' ''Literature/TheUnknownSoldier'' completely averts this. While some of the officer characters are bitter about the deserters, the narrator only has sympathy for the fear and the sufferings of the soldiers. The most reasonable officer explains that those who become deserters simply were taken to the limit of what a human could be expected to withstand... and then over it. They wouldn't have been of use in battle anyway, so let them go. One of the central characters tries to become a deserter but is lost from his companions and returns back to his platoon with nothing but a joke for an excuse for his absence. The others don't hold it against him.
18th Feb '18 2:18:46 PM MaiaMaiden
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* ''Literature/TheUnkownSoldier'' completely averts this. While some of the officer characters are bitter about the deserters, the narrator only has sympathy for the fear and the sufferings of the soldiers. The most reasonable officer explains that those who become deserters simply were taken to the limit of what a human could be expected to withstand... and then over it. They wouldn't have been of use in battle anyway, so let them go. One of the central characters tries to become a deserter but is lost from his companions and returns back to his platoon with nothing but a joke for an excuse for his absence. The others don't hold it against him.
7th Feb '18 8:43:24 AM gb00393
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** The Hound provides a rare sympathetic example after his pyrophobia gets the better of him in "Blackwater".

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** The Hound provides a rare sympathetic example after his pyrophobia gets the better of him in "Blackwater". However, the Lannisters regard him as dangerous, especially after news of his slaughter of Polliver and his goons reaches the Small Council, after which Lord Tywin puts a sufficiently large bounty on him to tempt any idiot to take a shot at the Hound.
5th Feb '18 6:06:34 PM nombretomado
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* During the famines in the 1990s in UsefulNotes/NorthKorea, rogue members of the [[NorthKoreansWithNodongs Korean People's Army]] supposedly wreaked havoc across the countryside in search for food, going as far as waylaying civilians and other military units.

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* During the famines in the 1990s in UsefulNotes/NorthKorea, rogue members of the [[NorthKoreansWithNodongs [[UsefulNotes/NorthKoreansWithNodongs Korean People's Army]] supposedly wreaked havoc across the countryside in search for food, going as far as waylaying civilians and other military units.
3rd Feb '18 10:06:20 AM maxwellsilver
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* Snake Plissken in ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''.
25th Dec '17 10:59:54 AM StFan
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* ''Anime/PumpkinScissors'' starts with a confrontation with a tank unit that deserted after the war ends and formed a bandit group terrorizing a small village. Later on, there are several other former soldiers who became bandits in order to survive.
** It's clear the military high command knows about and tracks a number of these units, and chooses not to go after them. Most likely because it doesn't want to admit that they or their equipment were ever any part of the military, so they ''can't'' be hunted as deserters or allowed to talk as prisoners. It's not even certain all of them did technically desert; as insane as the idea of decomissioning special forces, letting them keep weapons of mass destruction, and turning them loose within your own borders is, it's actually within the bounds of this military's thinking processes.

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* ''Anime/PumpkinScissors'' starts with a confrontation with a tank unit that deserted after the war ends and formed a bandit group terrorizing a small village. Later on, there are several other former soldiers who became bandits in order to survive.
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survive. It's clear the military high command knows about and tracks a number of these units, and chooses not to go after them. Most likely because it doesn't want to admit that they or their equipment were ever any part of the military, so they ''can't'' be hunted as deserters or allowed to talk as prisoners. It's not even certain all of them did technically desert; as insane as the idea of decomissioning special forces, letting them keep weapons of mass destruction, and turning them loose within your own borders is, it's actually within the bounds of this military's thinking processes.



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11th Dec '17 4:40:43 PM InfectedBlood
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* In ''Webcomic/TheGreenEyedSniper'', Sekhmet is a wanted war criminal and a deserter. [[https://infectedbloodcomics.com/2016/07/04/part-3-page-41/ Here]] she claims to Blitz that being fed up with a never-ending war was the main reason she went AWOL, although she also confesses to Shanti that she lied about a lot of the circumstances she recounted later.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheGreenEyedSniper'', Sekhmet is a wanted war criminal and a deserter. [[https://infectedbloodcomics.com/2016/07/04/part-3-page-41/ [[http://ges.smackjeeves.com/comics/2542187/ges-part3-page41/ Here]] she claims to Blitz that being fed up with a never-ending war was the main reason she went AWOL, although she also confesses to Shanti that she lied about a lot of the circumstances she recounted later.
21st Nov '17 3:20:58 PM Smeagol17
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The problem is often not ''just'' their dishonorable abandonment. The real problem is their now-desperate situation. Desertion is usually punishable by death, so these people have no more incentive to refrain from other capital offenses, like murder, and every reason to ''engage'' in them if they think you'll turn them in. They tend to steal what they need from the surrounding countryside. And they can't just settle down, lest they be caught. They may try to pass themselves off as WarRefugees.

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The problem is often not ''just'' their dishonorable abandonment. The real problem is their now-desperate situation. Desertion is usually punishable by death, so these people have no more incentive to refrain from other capital offenses, like murder, and every reason to ''engage'' in them if they think you'll turn them in. They also tend to be armed. They tend to steal what they need from the surrounding countryside. And they can't just settle down, lest they be caught. They may try to pass themselves off as WarRefugees.
21st Nov '17 3:14:29 PM Malloon
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* There is a band of deserters from the Malloreon army in ''Literature/TheMalloreon''. The heroes don't see them, but they do come across a farmstead with its inhabitants brutally slaughtered. Garion reflects on how similar it is to Faldor's farm, where he grew up, which fills him with TranquilFury. [[spoiler:He hears them near their camp that night and goes and kills them all by himself. He never tells the others, but he does bring back the deserters' horses, and Belgarath hints he knows what happened.]]
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