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23rd Jul '16 12:43:54 PM nombretomado
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%%* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' features copious amounts of DirtyBusiness, both in the past and present. Reese was a black-on-black ops specialist for the government, Finch built the closest thing to BigBrother, and Fusco was a DirtyCop who has apparently dumped bodies in the past. A big theme has been their struggle with how this has affected them and how helping the Persons of Interest has slightly redeemed them.

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%%* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' features copious amounts of DirtyBusiness, both in the past and present. Reese was a black-on-black ops specialist for the government, Finch built the closest thing to BigBrother, a ShadowDictator, and Fusco was a DirtyCop who has apparently dumped bodies in the past. A big theme has been their struggle with how this has affected them and how helping the Persons of Interest has slightly redeemed them.
14th Jul '16 12:05:10 AM drakensis
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* ''Fanfic/WearingRobertsCrown'': Drakebert has to deal with the fact he executed [[spoiler: a twelve year old for murder]]. And earlier with Tywin having had Rhaegar's family killed.
-->'''Drakebert''':''"It's no secret that two of your knights slew Princess Elia and you know how hot-headed the Dornish can be."''\\
'''Tywin''':''"It needed to be done."''\\
'''Drakebert''':''"The children, yes. And I doubt she'd have stood by for it. But dammit, man! But don't brag about it! Dark deeds are done in the dark where no one can see them."''
27th Jun '16 11:03:40 PM thatmadork
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* In the backstory of ''VideoGame/WeHappyFew'', England did [[NoodleIncident A Very Bad Thing]] to survive the German invasion. To deal with their guilt, they take the drug Joy.

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* In the backstory of ''VideoGame/WeHappyFew'', England did was invaded by the Nazis during World War II and had to do [[NoodleIncident A Very Bad Thing]] to survive survive. Whatever it was, it was so abjectly horrifying that the German invasion. To deal with people of Britain resorted to self-inflicted GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul just to prevent complete societal collapse, [[SubvertedTrope despite the fact that]] the victims of their guilt, they take the drug Joy.actions were, you know, ''[[AssholeVictim Nazis]]''.
19th Jun '16 2:16:16 PM nombretomado
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* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''OutboundFlight'', this is how Commander Thrawn feels about the deaths of the fifty thousand civilian passengers of the titular ship. (Of course, in his [[TheThrawnTrilogy later-set appearances]], he's much more comfortable with acts of villainy; this is almost his StartOfDarkness.) Kinman Doriana isn't exactly happy about it, either, though it's unclear whether he actually cares about the deaths or he simply ends up sympathizing with Thrawn. Likely the latter, since he'd been intending to have everyone on Outbound Flight killed all along, but he says, "I'm content. I wouldn't say I'm happy."

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* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''OutboundFlight'', ''Literature/OutboundFlight'', this is how Commander Thrawn feels about the deaths of the fifty thousand civilian passengers of the titular ship. (Of course, in his [[TheThrawnTrilogy [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy later-set appearances]], he's much more comfortable with acts of villainy; this is almost his StartOfDarkness.) Kinman Doriana isn't exactly happy about it, either, though it's unclear whether he actually cares about the deaths or he simply ends up sympathizing with Thrawn. Likely the latter, since he'd been intending to have everyone on Outbound Flight killed all along, but he says, "I'm content. I wouldn't say I'm happy."
15th Jun '16 6:28:51 PM Doug86
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* In the WorldWarII novel, ''The Young Lions'', one of the protagonists, an American soldier stationed in England listens to a sermon, where the priest says that soldiers should treat the entire war as DirtyBusiness; they shouldn't be proud about the Germans they killed, they should mourn them. "Kill, if you must, because in our weakness and in our error, we have found no other road to peace, but kill remorsefully, kill with a sense of sorrow, kill with economy for the immortal souls, who leave this life in battle".

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* In the WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII novel, ''The Young Lions'', one of the protagonists, an American soldier stationed in England listens to a sermon, where the priest says that soldiers should treat the entire war as DirtyBusiness; they shouldn't be proud about the Germans they killed, they should mourn them. "Kill, if you must, because in our weakness and in our error, we have found no other road to peace, but kill remorsefully, kill with a sense of sorrow, kill with economy for the immortal souls, who leave this life in battle".
28th May '16 7:56:12 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' has Negi stressing out over whether [[spoiler:helping to protect TheMasquerade]] was the right thing to do. Everyone else tells him that what's done is done and he should stop worrying about it. Then it happens ''again'' during the magic world arc when it turns out that the BigBad [[AntiVillain actually has a pretty good reason for what he's doing]]. One of the main themes of ''Negima'' is that you can't always be sure if you're doing the right thing and sometimes you just have to push forward anyway.

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* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has Negi stressing out over whether [[spoiler:helping to protect TheMasquerade]] was the right thing to do. Everyone else tells him that what's done is done and he should stop worrying about it. Then it happens ''again'' during the magic world arc when it turns out that the BigBad [[AntiVillain actually has a pretty good reason for what he's doing]]. One of the main themes of ''Negima'' is that you can't always be sure if you're doing the right thing and sometimes you just have to push forward anyway.
10th May '16 11:00:23 PM erforce
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%%* [[RobotGirl Cameron]] of ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' is perfectly willing and able to do horrible and violent things to people. She isn't inherently cruel, but she uses very cold and literally mechanical logic when it comes to dealing with threats, and will often kill people who the Connors refuse to.

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%%* [[RobotGirl Cameron]] of ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' is perfectly willing and able to do horrible and violent things to people. She isn't inherently cruel, but she uses very cold and literally mechanical logic when it comes to dealing with threats, and will often kill people who the Connors refuse to.
5th Apr '16 12:46:50 AM JulianLapostat
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* ''Series/{{Vinyl}}'' shows the music business without any romanticism or varnish. Artists and musicians are treated as commodities and not equal partners, their work and labour is exploited and their actual wishes and desires are overriden by executives who barely have taste in music:
--> '''Morrie''': Musicians are not your friends. They are products.
15th Mar '16 8:18:33 PM YamiVizziniX
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* In [[Fanfic/TheDearSweetieBelleContinuity "Dear Dinky Hooves"]], Time Turner and [[spoiler:Nevermore]] reluctantly [[spoiler:killed Rarity's parents]] as one step in saving the timeline from annihilation.
4th Mar '16 9:17:35 PM GentlemensDame883
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* In ''Literature/DebtOfHonor'', the US does some ambiguous things to even the odds against the Japanese, like using a gadget to blind the pilots of two AWACS planes so they crash on landing, but several of the POV characters seen doing so don't enjoy it.
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