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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.
9th Aug '15 6:27:13 AM Odacon_Spy
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The former USSR and South Africa are good sources for them. Many members of TheMafiya may be ex-Soviet military or ex-KGB, as many were let go without a pension. Note that before TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, it was kinda taboo among TheMafiya to accept ex-military or ex-KGB people, but during the Nineties it all broke.

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The former USSR [[RenegadeRussian USSR]] and [[AmoralAfrikaner South Africa Africa]] are good sources for them. Many members of TheMafiya may be ex-Soviet military or ex-KGB, as many were let go without a pension. Note that before TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, it was kinda taboo among TheMafiya to accept ex-military or ex-KGB people, but during the Nineties it all broke.
7th Jun '15 9:33:45 AM MadCat221
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* In ''Franchise/BattleTech'', some of the more prestigious mercenary companies are descendants of elite Star League regiments before the League's collapse, and can typically be counted on to be on better behavior than is (stereo?)typically expected of mercenaries.
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20th Apr '15 9:09:43 PM jormis29
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* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series features many examples, as the emotional motivations of soldiers is one of the series' main motifs, with many of the series' villains categorizing soldiers as people who need war, basically deducing that were there to be World Peace, people like them would create conflict just to have a purpose. Sergei Gurlukovich and Revolver Ocelot are both ex-Spetznaz, and Big Boss himself temporarily becomes a mercenary for hire after leaving the United States in Peace Walker. One heroic example, however, is Boris Popov in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', the head of Maverick Security and a former solder during the SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan.

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* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series features many examples, as the emotional motivations of soldiers is one of the series' main motifs, with many of the series' villains categorizing soldiers as people who need war, basically deducing that were there to be World Peace, people like them would create conflict just to have a purpose. Sergei Gurlukovich and Revolver Ocelot are both ex-Spetznaz, and Big Boss himself temporarily becomes a mercenary for hire after leaving the United States in Peace Walker. One heroic example, however, is Boris Popov in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', the head of Maverick Security and a former solder during the SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan.UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan.
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