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27th Mar '18 4:02:19 PM StarSword
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* Many characters in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' are former members of the Imperial or Shogunate forces, including Kenshin himself. Many of them have become criminals or swords-for-hire.

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* Many characters in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' are former members of the Imperial or Shogunate forces, including Kenshin himself.himself (a former assassin for the pro-Imperial side). Many of them have become criminals or swords-for-hire.



* Popov from ''Literature/RainbowSix'' is Ex-KGB now renting his services to stage terrorist incidents (originally just as security consultant).

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* Popov from ''Literature/RainbowSix'' is Ex-KGB now renting his services to stage terrorist incidents (originally just as security consultant). [[spoiler:He pulls a HeelFaceTurn when he realizes his current employers are {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s.]]



* A plot point in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''. After the militaristic Cardassian government fell, a huge number of the former spies were now unemployed and out of power, which they weren't too happy with. Gul Madred, a recurring character from the TV series, hires many of them into the mining league, which helps to restart the planet's economy. The mining league is a cover for the "True Way" terrorist group, which wants to re-institute the fascist, authoritarian powers of the past. A number of pre-Season 11 missions dealt with fighting back this group, and eventually capturing Gul Madred. [[DummiedOut Season 11 removed the bulk of this story]] and the True Way are now little more than a footnote in a conglomeration of ''Series/DeepSpaceNine'' {{call back}}s.
* The mercenary companies available for hire in ''VideoGame/StarcraftIIWingsOfLiberty'' include several elite forces from the defeated Terran Confederacy, one from the defeated United Earth Directorate invasion force, and one that went rogue from the ''current'' (but threatened) iron-fisted dictatorship, the Dominion. The rest are typical thugs, pirates and adventure capitalists.

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* A plot point in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''. ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'': After the militaristic Cardassian government fell, fell at the end of the Dominion War, treaty-imposed reductions in the Cardassian military meant a huge number of the former soldiers and spies were now unemployed and out of power, which they weren't too happy with. Gul Madred, a recurring character from the TV series, Madred hires many of them into the mining league, which helps to restart the planet's economy. The mining league is a cover for the "True Way" terrorist group, which wants to re-institute the fascist, authoritarian powers of the past. A number of pre-Season 11 missions dealt with fighting back this group, and eventually capturing Gul Madred. [[DummiedOut Season 11 removed the bulk of this story]] and the True Way are now little more than a footnote in a conglomeration of ''Series/DeepSpaceNine'' {{call back}}s.
* The mercenary companies available for hire in ''VideoGame/StarcraftIIWingsOfLiberty'' ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty'' include several elite forces from the defeated Terran Confederacy, one from the defeated United Earth Directorate invasion force, and one that went rogue from the ''current'' (but threatened) iron-fisted dictatorship, the Dominion. The rest are typical thugs, pirates and adventure capitalists.
13th Mar '18 8:42:42 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Much like House Stark, many of Dany's allies and clients come from individuals who held offices in rival and enemy regimes. Ser Jorah Mormont, her oldest ally and retainer, fought alongside King Robert Baratheon and Lord Eddard Stark ''against'' House Targaryen during the Rebellion. Ser Barristan was loyal to House Targaryen and fought alongside Rhaegar at the Battle of Trident but he was also Kingsguard to King Robert, and briefly, King Joffrey, Tyrion Lannister is the son of Lord Tywin, who was responsible for the Sack of King's Landing and Varys the Spider was a spy who has undermined many regimes, as are Theon and Yara Greyjoy.
12th Mar '18 2:04:13 PM StarSword
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* A plot point in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' - After the militaristic Cardassian government fell, a huge number of the former spies were now unemployed and out of power, which they weren't too happy with. Gul Madred, a recurring character from the TV series, hires many of them into the mining league, which helps to restart the planet's economy. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the mining league is a cover for the "True Way" terrorist group, which wants to re-institute the fascist, authoritarian powers of the past. A number of missions deal with fighting back this group, and eventually capturing Gul Madred.]]

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* A plot point in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' - ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''. After the militaristic Cardassian government fell, a huge number of the former spies were now unemployed and out of power, which they weren't too happy with. Gul Madred, a recurring character from the TV series, hires many of them into the mining league, which helps to restart the planet's economy. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the The mining league is a cover for the "True Way" terrorist group, which wants to re-institute the fascist, authoritarian powers of the past. A number of pre-Season 11 missions deal dealt with fighting back this group, and eventually capturing Gul Madred.]]Madred. [[DummiedOut Season 11 removed the bulk of this story]] and the True Way are now little more than a footnote in a conglomeration of ''Series/DeepSpaceNine'' {{call back}}s.
4th Mar '18 11:17:08 AM MadAnthony94
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* ''Literature/JamesBond'' features Colonel von Hammerstein in ''Literature/ForYourEyesOnly''. He used to be in the Gestapo, then after the war fled to the Caribbean and worked his way up through the ranks of a Cuban crime syndicate.
25th Dec '17 10:58:13 AM StFan
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* Leonardo [=DiCaprio=]'s character in ''Film/BloodDiamond'' is a former Rhodesian mercenary turned diamond smuggler.
** His character is an inversion in this instance as Archer was never depicted as a former soldier of the Rhodesian state. He pretty much went straight into mercenary work (albeit under the wing of Colonel Coetzee) after the Rhodesia fell.

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* ''Film/BloodDiamond'':
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Leonardo [=DiCaprio=]'s character in ''Film/BloodDiamond'' is a former Rhodesian mercenary turned diamond smuggler.
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smuggler. His character is an inversion in this instance as Archer was never depicted as a former soldier of the Rhodesian state. He pretty much went straight into mercenary work (albeit under the wing of Colonel Coetzee) after the Rhodesia fell.



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* This becomes a problem in season 2 of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. With the dissolution of [[spoiler: S.H.I.E.L.D.]] a large number of highly trained people are out of work and seeking new opportunities. Most went into the private sector or were hired by various US government agencies. Some went underground like [[spoiler: Team Coulson]] in order to continue with their mission. However, many took whatever intelligence and/or secret technology they had and sold it to the highest bidder. In the worst cases, some were recruited willingly or unwillingly by [[spoiler: HYDRA]].

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* This becomes a problem in season 2 of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. With the dissolution of [[spoiler: S.[[spoiler:S.H.I.E.L.D.]] a large number of highly trained people are out of work and seeking new opportunities. Most went into the private sector or were hired by various US government agencies. Some went underground like [[spoiler: Team [[spoiler:Team Coulson]] in order to continue with their mission. However, many took whatever intelligence and/or secret technology they had and sold it to the highest bidder. In the worst cases, some were recruited willingly or unwillingly by [[spoiler: HYDRA]].[[spoiler:HYDRA]].
24th Nov '17 9:59:45 AM nombretomado
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* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' takes place in post-unification Germany, and has some ex-members of secret [[EastGermany GDR]] organizations.

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* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' takes place in post-unification Germany, and has some ex-members of secret [[EastGermany [[UsefulNotes/EastGermany GDR]] organizations.
14th Nov '17 3:31:13 AM Jhonny
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* After the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar ended, several soldiers and officers ''from both sides'' went to advise the Khedive of Egypt and to train his army. Ultimately it was all for nought as the British took over anyway.
25th Aug '17 6:21:01 PM nombretomado
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* A good deal of ex-KGB personnel turn up in ''Series/BurnNotice''. Sometimes these are employed by [[TheNewRussia Russian intelligence]], sometimes [[TheMafiya they]] [[PrivateMilitaryContractors are not]].

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* A good deal of ex-KGB personnel turn up in ''Series/BurnNotice''. Sometimes these are employed by [[TheNewRussia [[UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia Russian intelligence]], sometimes [[TheMafiya they]] [[PrivateMilitaryContractors are not]].
9th Jul '17 6:30:01 PM ironballs16
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* After [[WarOnTerror Baghdad fell to the US Army]], the interim government fired all Baath Party-related military and civilian personnel and barred them from participating. Since being part of the party was the only real way of advancing through the ranks during the Saddam era, many people had joined up simply to survive, have a decent income or help their communities without necessarily supporting Saddam. The firing of the civilian personnel left Iraq without vital utilities (water and electricity) that wouldn't be restored to ''pre-Saddam levels'' until 2008 and the firing of the military/police personnel caused anarchy to break out within hours of the Coalition taking control. A lot of these people also took their expertise to the insurgency, thus bolstering its ranks with knowledge and equipment.

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* After [[WarOnTerror Baghdad fell to the US Army]], the interim government fired all Baath Party-related military and civilian personnel and barred them from participating. Since being part of the party was the only real way of advancing through the ranks during the Saddam era, many people had joined up simply to survive, have a decent income or help their communities [[PunchClockVillain without necessarily supporting Saddam.Saddam]]. The firing of the civilian personnel left Iraq without vital utilities (water and electricity) that wouldn't be restored to ''pre-Saddam levels'' until 2008 and the firing of the military/police personnel caused anarchy to break out within hours of the Coalition taking control. A lot of these people also took their expertise to the insurgency, thus bolstering its ranks with knowledge and equipment.
26th Jun '17 3:09:07 AM JackG
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* ''Literature/Stasiland'' notes that the former East German secret police have adapted quite well to capitalism, as the skills needed to recruit informers are not that different from those needed to sell products.

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* ''Literature/Stasiland'' ''Literature/{{Stasiland}}'' notes that the former East German secret police have adapted quite well to capitalism, as the skills needed to recruit informers are not that different from those needed to sell products.
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