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4th Jun '16 9:31:25 AM FurryKef
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Most people take an understandably dim view of abandoning a military post. Even works that [[ArmiesAreEvil disapprove of warfare on general principles]] usually won't approve, especially if it took place "in the heat" of battle, (thus leaving more loyal soldiers hanging). So those who say ScrewThisImOuttaHere to a legitimate group tend to be [[VillainByDefault bad people]].

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Most people take an understandably dim view of abandoning a military post. Even works that [[ArmiesAreEvil disapprove of warfare on general principles]] usually won't approve, especially if it took place "in the heat" of battle, battle (thus leaving more loyal soldiers hanging). So those who say ScrewThisImOuttaHere to a legitimate group tend to be [[VillainByDefault bad people]].
5th Apr '16 11:34:29 AM MadCat221
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** The third entry in the series, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', features the Freemen of the Dales, deserters from both sides of the Orlesian Civil War. Unfortunately, they see the Inquisition as yet another warmongering oppressor, and also end up colluding with the Venatori and Red Templars, who are two of the Inquisition's primary targeted enemy factions. The nature of the Tal-Vashoth is also deconstructed with [[spoiler:Iron Bull if he goes Tal-Vashoth. If he does, he is unsure what he's more afraid of: becoming this trope, or discovering that he won't, and that all the Tal-Vashoth he hunted down as a member of the [[SecretPolice Ben-Hassrath]] were ''not'' this trope too.]]

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** The third entry in the series, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', features the Freemen of the Dales, deserters from both sides of the Orlesian Civil War. Unfortunately, they see the Inquisition as yet another warmongering oppressor, and also end up colluding with the Venatori and Red Templars, who are two of the Inquisition's primary targeted enemy factions. The nature of the Tal-Vashoth is also deconstructed with [[spoiler:Iron Bull if he goes Tal-Vashoth. If he does, he is unsure what he's more afraid of: becoming this trope, or discovering that he won't, and that all the Tal-Vashoth he hunted down as a member of the [[SecretPolice Ben-Hassrath]] were ''not'' ''[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone not]]'' this trope too.]]
5th Apr '16 11:33:25 AM MadCat221
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** The third entry in the series, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', features the Freemen of the Dales, deserters from both sides of the Orlesian Civil War. Unfortunately, they see the Inquisition as yet another warmongering oppressor, and also end up colluding with the Venatori and Red Templars, who are two of the Inquisition's primary targeted enemy factions.

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** The third entry in the series, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', features the Freemen of the Dales, deserters from both sides of the Orlesian Civil War. Unfortunately, they see the Inquisition as yet another warmongering oppressor, and also end up colluding with the Venatori and Red Templars, who are two of the Inquisition's primary targeted enemy factions. The nature of the Tal-Vashoth is also deconstructed with [[spoiler:Iron Bull if he goes Tal-Vashoth. If he does, he is unsure what he's more afraid of: becoming this trope, or discovering that he won't, and that all the Tal-Vashoth he hunted down as a member of the [[SecretPolice Ben-Hassrath]] were ''not'' this trope too.]]
21st Mar '16 3:24:30 PM FaceofEvil
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* Pretty strongly averted in the case of Finn from ''Film/StarWarsTheForceAwakens,'' who abandons the First Order on moral grounds.



** One sidequest in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' involves tracking down a trio of deserters from a mercenary group known as the Blackstone Irregulars, who stole valuable materials from the mercenary company. In a twist, the mercenaries don't want to punish the deserters (though they don't care if you kill them) they just want their property returned. All three deserters attack the player immediately upon identifying who they represent, even if they're just trying to peacefully recover the supplies.

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** One sidequest in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' involves tracking down a trio of deserters from a mercenary group known as the Blackstone Irregulars, who stole valuable materials from the mercenary company. In a twist, the mercenaries don't want to punish the deserters (though they don't care if you kill them) them), they just want their property returned. All three deserters attack the player immediately upon identifying who they represent, even if they're just trying to peacefully recover the supplies.
21st Mar '16 3:22:48 PM FaceofEvil
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* Pretty strongly averted in the case of Finn from ''Film/StarWarsTheForceAwakens,'' who abandons the First Order on moral grounds.
17th Mar '16 8:27:49 PM Vios
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* In ''Literature/GunsOfTheDawn'', most able-bodied men are away fighting in the war, and a gang of men who theoretically ''should'' be fighting in the war see an opportunity to prey on undefended lands well behind the front lines. Wealthier households such as the protagonist's are prime targets, especially when they contain [[spoiler:people like the protagonist's sister, who's unwise enough to be lured a supposed romantic rendezvous by a hostage-seeking bandit]].
14th Feb '16 8:36:21 AM Discar
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* In the first demonstration of a [[Literature/TheStormlightArchive Lightweaver's]] true power, Shallan Davar transforms a band of deserters back into loyal soldiers. Some even die rescuing a civilian convoy from bandits.

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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': In the first demonstration of a [[Literature/TheStormlightArchive Lightweaver's]] Lightweaver's true power, Shallan Davar transforms a band of deserters back into loyal soldiers. Some even die rescuing a civilian convoy from bandits.
9th Feb '16 10:01:44 AM ClearMadness
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* ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'' web serial has a lot of these. Deserters that have turned to banditry are quite common in the North.
15th Jan '16 9:13:39 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in ''TheEyesOfTheDragon'' where two deserters are in line for execution, despite having only deserted to help their families survive an unusually harsh winter, then returned to their posts. Queen Sasha manages to persuade her husband to pardon them, unknowingly earning the ire of court magician Flagg, who wanted the men executed for his own political reason. This incident leads Flagg to have her murdered, disguised as death by childbirth. Flagg also happens to be another incarnation of Stephen King's recurring villain [[TheStand Randall]] [[TheDarkTower Flagg]].

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* Averted in ''TheEyesOfTheDragon'' where two deserters are in line for execution, despite having only deserted to help their families survive an unusually harsh winter, then returned to their posts. Queen Sasha manages to persuade her husband to pardon them, unknowingly earning the ire of court magician Flagg, who wanted the men executed for his own political reason. This incident leads Flagg to have her murdered, disguised as death by childbirth. Flagg also happens to be another incarnation of Stephen King's recurring villain [[TheStand [[Literature/TheStand Randall]] [[TheDarkTower Flagg]].
31st Dec '15 1:31:13 AM Morgenthaler
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->''"In truth, the man was an oathbreaker, a deserter from the Night's Watch. No man is more dangerous. The deserter knows his life is forfeit if he is taken, so [[CrimeAfterCrime he will not flinch from any crime]], no matter how vile."''

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->''"In truth, the man was an oathbreaker, a deserter from the Night's Watch. No man is more dangerous. The deserter knows his life is forfeit if he is taken, so [[CrimeAfterCrime he will not flinch from any crime]], crime, no matter how vile."''
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