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19th Nov '16 9:33:44 AM themanwithathousandtabs
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* In ''Film/ApartmentZero'', it turns out that [[spoiler: Jack]] was part of the death squads in Argentina.
1st Nov '16 5:30:33 AM TheWanderer
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May or may not wear a CommissarCap.

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May or may not wear a CommissarCap.
CommissarCap. When military personnel turn to crime without the country falling or undergoing some drastic change, that's FromCamouflageToCriminal.
4th Aug '16 6:31:49 AM Agelastos
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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. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It USA]].

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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. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It It]] [[TautologicalTemplar USA]].
31st May '16 10:28:47 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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* ComicBook/IronMan villain Boris Bullski, alias the Titanium Man, became a supervillainous mercenary following the collapse of the USSR. Several versions of the Crimson Dynamo have done the same.

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16th May '16 1:50:57 PM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/ShadowsInTheMoonlight'', ConanTheBarbarian was one of the mercenaries of a rebel prince until he made his peace.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/ShadowsInTheMoonlight'', ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian was one of the mercenaries of a rebel prince until he made his peace.
15th Apr '16 12:40:59 PM PlasmaTalon
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* Deathstroke's single player ending in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' sees him recruiting members of Superman's fallen Regime to form his own mercenary outfit called the New Titans.
10th Mar '16 2:08:42 PM Morgenthaler
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** Happened again after WWII, with the added distastefulness of lots of Nazis finding work with their former enemies. Gestapo personnel, German scientists, and other potential assets were recruited by both sides in the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, and Nazi soldiers worked throughout Europe as anti-communist activists (with varying levels of violence and government support). A fair number also made their way to other places with communist threats, and one (Special Operations chief [[ColonelBadass Colonel]] Otto Skorzeny) trained various [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict Arab]] armies for a while (they eventually ditched him in favor of Soviets, and then Americans in the case of post-Camp David Egypt).
** On the American front, the U.S. heavily downsized its army after the war ended. A lot of out-of-work veterans came home to various American cities and joined the various criminal gangs in their communities. TheIrishMob and TheMafia, in particular, recruited a lot of their muscle from this pool.

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** * Happened again after WWII, with the added distastefulness of lots of Nazis finding work with their former enemies. Gestapo personnel, German scientists, and other potential assets were recruited by both sides in the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, and Nazi soldiers worked throughout Europe as anti-communist activists (with varying levels of violence and government support). A fair number also made their way to other places with communist threats, and one (Special Operations chief [[ColonelBadass Colonel]] Otto Skorzeny) trained various [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict Arab]] armies for a while (they eventually ditched him in favor of Soviets, and then Americans in the case of post-Camp David Egypt).
** * On the American front, the U.S. heavily downsized its army after the war ended. A lot of out-of-work veterans came home to various American cities and joined the various criminal gangs in their communities. TheIrishMob and TheMafia, in particular, recruited a lot of their muscle from this pool.
15th Feb '16 1:10:54 PM bjshipley1
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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 Coulsen]] 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.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 Coulsen]] 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]].
5th Oct '15 1:33:50 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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When a large autocracy, particularly one with a major military force, changes government, you will find a lot of highly-trained people out of a job.

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When a large autocracy, particularly one with a major military force, changes to a more liberal and pacifist style of government, you will find a lot of highly-trained people out of a job.
26th Aug '15 11:19:20 PM Cinereous
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* A number of former Soviet soldiers now run training seminars dedicated to self-defense and firearms instruction in America and Canada. Two of the most well-known examples are Saulius "Sonny" Puzikas and Maxim Franz. They appeared on the "Green Berets vs. Spetsnaz" episode of ''Series/DeadliestWarrior.'' More infamously, Sonny is [[NeverLiveItDown also known]] for an incident where he negligently shot a fellow instructor during a training course in 2012. Fortunately, the instructor survived. [[labelnote:*]]Witness reports afterward stated that the incident took place in a "shoot house" at night where he was not aware someone else was in the building at the same time he was doing his runthrough.[[/labelnote]]

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* A number of former Soviet soldiers now run training seminars dedicated to self-defense and firearms instruction in America and Canada. Two of the most well-known examples are Saulius "Sonny" Puzikas and Maxim Franz. They appeared on the "Green Berets vs. Spetsnaz" episode of ''Series/DeadliestWarrior.'' More infamously, Sonny is [[NeverLiveItDown also known]] for an incident where he negligently shot a fellow instructor during a training course in 2012. Fortunately, the instructor survived. [[labelnote:*]]Witness reports afterward stated that the incident took place in a "shoot house" at night where he was not aware someone else was in the building at the same time he was doing his runthrough.[[/labelnote]][[/labelnote]] Another prominent former USSR soldier who runs similar training seminars is [[https://www.russianmartialart.com/founders.php Vladimir Vasiliev]], who moved to Canada in 1993 and now resides in Toronto.
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