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4th Jul '16 6:23:17 AM Morgenthaler
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-->-- ''TheTick, "Armless But Not Harmless"''

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-->-- ''TheTick, ''WesternAnimation/TheTick, "Armless But Not Harmless"''
4th Jul '16 5:39:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* In a non-evil variant, an investigator in the (awful) horror novel ''{{Creepers}}'' poses as a destitute New York City tunnel-dweller. To prove his identity and grit to the head of an underground homeless enclave, he has to eat a fire-roasted rat, guts and all.
* In ''TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness'', Torak takes the place of an apprentice Soul Eater, in order to infiltrate them and save [[NonHumanSidekick Wolf]]. He has to help them with a ceremony that involves killing one of each of hunting animals: A bear, a lynx, an eagle, a wolverine, a wolf, an otter, an owl and [[spoiler:a human. The Soul Eaters are planning on Torak being the human.]] In the book's society, killing a hunter is seen as extremely dishonorable and evil. He's asked to kill the owl, and for Wolf's sake, he does.
* In the back-story of the SherlockHolmes novel ''The Valley of Fear'', the narrator describes being inducted into a Molly Maguires-type gang, including going along with them on criminal activities, including one raid in which a man is killed. [[spoiler: At the end, he is revealed to have been a Pinkerton detective who infiltrated the gang.]]

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* In a non-evil variant, an investigator in the (awful) horror novel ''{{Creepers}}'' ''Literature/{{Creepers}}'' poses as a destitute New York City tunnel-dweller. To prove his identity and grit to the head of an underground homeless enclave, he has to eat a fire-roasted rat, guts and all.
* In ''TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness'', ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness'', Torak takes the place of an apprentice Soul Eater, in order to infiltrate them and save [[NonHumanSidekick Wolf]]. He has to help them with a ceremony that involves killing one of each of hunting animals: A bear, a lynx, an eagle, a wolverine, a wolf, an otter, an owl and [[spoiler:a human. The Soul Eaters are planning on Torak being the human.]] In the book's society, killing a hunter is seen as extremely dishonorable and evil. He's asked to kill the owl, and for Wolf's sake, he does.
* In the back-story of the SherlockHolmes Literature/SherlockHolmes novel ''The Valley of Fear'', the narrator describes being inducted into a Molly Maguires-type gang, including going along with them on criminal activities, including one raid in which a man is killed. [[spoiler: At the end, he is revealed to have been a Pinkerton detective who infiltrated the gang.]]



* In ''{{Sharpe}}'s Tiger'', Sharpe and Lawford are infiltrating the enemy by pretending to be deserters. To prove they're truly deserters, Sharpe's ordered to fire on a captured British prisoner (the same one they are supposed to be rescuing). He does so without hesitation because he knew the gun had no powder. Although he later assures him that he still would have done it without hesitation even if the gun had been loaded.
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* In ''{{Sharpe}}'s ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'s Tiger'', Sharpe and Lawford are infiltrating the enemy by pretending to be deserters. To prove they're truly deserters, Sharpe's ordered to fire on a captured British prisoner (the same one they are supposed to be rescuing). He does so without hesitation because he knew the gun had no powder. Although he later assures him that he still would have done it without hesitation even if the gun had been loaded.
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23rd Jun '16 5:23:42 PM LentilSandEater
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* Both played straight and subverted in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Kaldur [[spoiler: kills ([[ReverseMole not really]]) Artemis]] in line with this trope, but what really convinces his father to trust him is that he didn't take credit for something he didn't do. Unfortunately, the rest of the Light still don't think that's enough, and give an "eat this kitten" ultimatum in capturing Blue Beetle. [[spoiler: He goes above and beyond, capturing Blue Beetle, Impulse and Beast Boy, ''and'' blowing up Mount Justice. It's still all a ruse, but it's a pretty darn convincing one.]]

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* Both played straight and subverted Used in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Kaldur [[spoiler: kills ([[ReverseMole not really]]) Artemis]] in line with this trope, but what really convinces his father to trust him is that he didn't take credit for something he didn't do. Unfortunately, the rest of the Light still don't think that's enough, and give an "eat this kitten" ultimatum in capturing Blue Beetle. [[spoiler: He goes above and beyond, capturing Blue Beetle, Impulse and Beast Boy, ''and'' blowing up Mount Justice. It's still all a ruse, but it's a pretty darn convincing one.]]
20th Jun '16 5:34:41 PM JackG
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* Subverted in the Franchise/CthulhuMythos short story ''The Disciple'' by David Karr Kirtley. Those wanting to join an exclusive study program run by a DarkMessiah professor have to drown a mouse as their 'application'. It turns out to be a sting operation by Miskatonic University to get rid of potentially dangerous people, and the mouse-drowning test is just to assuage the professor's conscience, so he can tell himself the applicants are evil and deserve their FateWorseThanDeath.
11th Jun '16 3:55:54 PM nombretomado
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* In Terry Goodkind's SwordOfTruth series; the final stage of Mord Sith training requires them to [[BreakTheCutie torture their own parents to death]]. Those who are unable to do so don't survive long.

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* In Terry Goodkind's SwordOfTruth ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series; the final stage of Mord Sith training requires them to [[BreakTheCutie torture their own parents to death]]. Those who are unable to do so don't survive long.
4th Jun '16 4:00:50 PM nombretomado
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* In one of the ''AbleTeam'' novels, Carl Lyons pretends he's defected to the Unomondo organization. To test him they use Carl for the assassination of a US senator. A junkie is to rob, then shoot the senator, whereupon Carl will fire a second bullet into the senator's head to ensure his death. Carl works himself up to kill the senator, only to have the junkie (who's wired up and bouncing around) jump into the line of fire and get shot instead.

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* In one of the ''AbleTeam'' ''Literature/AbleTeam'' novels, Carl Lyons pretends he's defected to the Unomondo organization. To test him they use Carl for the assassination of a US senator. A junkie is to rob, then shoot the senator, whereupon Carl will fire a second bullet into the senator's head to ensure his death. Carl works himself up to kill the senator, only to have the junkie (who's wired up and bouncing around) jump into the line of fire and get shot instead.
19th May '16 11:18:11 PM Acebrock
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* Mafia members are required to kill someone before becoming a "made man", the highest rank of the organization. This rule was introduced after undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone (alias ''Film/DonnieBrasco'') was almost inducted as a made man. According to Pistone, he specifically chose being a thief as his persona so that the Mafia wouldn't expect him to commit acts of violence.
* Zig-zagged for undercover cops taking drugs. They are not supposed to take drugs - unless they are in a position where not taking them would endanger their lives. And even then, they are supposed to immediately go to a hospital, as well as report to their superiors. Most UC do their best to avoid being in this spot, or otherwise attempt to fool their "testers". For example, undercover ATF agent William Queen (who wrote about the experience in his book "Under and Alone") faked taking meth by placing his body between the person he was with and the table, and sweeping it into the carpet while pretending to snort it. Most of the time, he was able to explain his reluctance to indulge by his identity being that of a man who worked as, essentially, an airplane parts mechanic who was regularly tested for drugs.
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* Mafia members are required to kill someone before becoming a "made man", the highest rank of the organization. This rule was introduced after undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone (alias ''Film/DonnieBrasco'') was almost inducted as a made man. According to Pistone, he specifically chose being a thief as his persona so that the Mafia wouldn't expect him to commit acts of violence.
* Zig-zagged for undercover cops taking drugs. They are not supposed to take drugs - unless they are in a position where not taking them would endanger their lives. And even then, they are supposed to immediately go to a hospital, as well as report to their superiors. Most UC do their best to avoid being in this spot, or otherwise attempt to fool their "testers". For example, undercover ATF agent William Queen (who wrote about the experience in his book "Under and Alone") faked taking meth by placing his body between the person he was with and the table, and sweeping it into the carpet while pretending to snort it. Most of the time, he was able to explain his reluctance to indulge by his identity being that of a man who worked as, essentially, an airplane parts mechanic who was regularly tested for drugs.
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5th May '16 8:07:58 AM hullflyer
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* Zig-zagged for undercover cops taking drugs. They are not supposed to take drugs - unless they are in a position where not taking them would endanger their lives. And even then, they are supposed to immediately report to a hospital and report to their superiors. Most UC do their best to avoid being in this spot, or otherwise attempt to fool their "testers". For example, undercover ATF agent William Queen (who wrote about the experience in his book "Under and Alone") faked taking meth by placing his body between the person he was with and the table, and sweeping it into the carpet while pretending to snort it. Most of the time, he was able to explain his reluctance to indulge by his identity being that of a man who worked as, essentially, an airplane parts mechanic who was regularly tested for drugs.

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* Zig-zagged for undercover cops taking drugs. They are not supposed to take drugs - unless they are in a position where not taking them would endanger their lives. And even then, they are supposed to immediately report go to a hospital and hospital, as well as report to their superiors. Most UC do their best to avoid being in this spot, or otherwise attempt to fool their "testers". For example, undercover ATF agent William Queen (who wrote about the experience in his book "Under and Alone") faked taking meth by placing his body between the person he was with and the table, and sweeping it into the carpet while pretending to snort it. Most of the time, he was able to explain his reluctance to indulge by his identity being that of a man who worked as, essentially, an airplane parts mechanic who was regularly tested for drugs.
5th May '16 8:07:18 AM hullflyer
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* Zig-zagged for undercover cops taking drugs. They are not supposed to take drugs - unless they are in a position where not taking them would endanger their lives. And even then, they are supposed to immediately report to a hospital and report to their superiors. Most UC do their best to avoid being in this spot, or otherwise attempt to fool their "testers". For example, undercover ATF agent William Queen (who wrote about the experience in his book "Under and Alone") faked taking meth by placing his body between the person he was with and the table, and sweeping it into the carpet while pretending to snort it. Most of the time, he was able to explain his reluctance to indulge by his identity being that of a man who worked as, essentially, an airplane parts mechanic who was regularly tested for drugs.
1st May '16 2:20:57 PM Redaka
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** In "Bubble Boy", after kidnapping Boomer, Bubbles dresses up as him to spy on the Rowdyruff Boys. In order to maintain her cover she has to prove that she's evil which involves [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking taking a beating, shooting a snot rocket and graffiti.]] Brick does eventually get suspicious at one point and forces "Boomer" to eat cockroach to prove its really him. Bubbles actually complies leading Butch to comment on how [[EvenEvilHasStandards even ''he'' found that disgusting.]]

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** In "Bubble Boy", after kidnapping Boomer, Bubbles dresses up as him to spy on the Rowdyruff Boys. In order to maintain her cover she has to prove that she's evil which involves [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking taking a beating, shooting a snot rocket and graffiti.]] Brick does eventually get suspicious at one point and forces "Boomer" to eat a cockroach to prove its really him. Bubbles actually complies leading Butch to comment on how [[EvenEvilHasStandards even ''he'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards found that disgusting.]]
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