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17th Jul '17 11:46:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Getting initiated into ''TheUnit'' involves a TrainingAccident scenario. One case involved a ManOnFire.
* According to one of the ExpandedUniverse novels of ''BabylonFive'', a medical school had a hazing practice where first year students were required to research a non-topic and write a paper on their results with the same level of rigor that one would expect from a research paper that one is trying to publish in a real medical journal. A group of students decided to research telepathy, actually found some telepaths, and from there ended up setting in motion the creation of [=PsiCorps=].

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* Getting initiated into ''TheUnit'' ''Series/TheUnit'' involves a TrainingAccident scenario. One case involved a ManOnFire.
* According to one of the ExpandedUniverse novels of ''BabylonFive'', ''Series/BabylonFive'', a medical school had a hazing practice where first year students were required to research a non-topic and write a paper on their results with the same level of rigor that one would expect from a research paper that one is trying to publish in a real medical journal. A group of students decided to research telepathy, actually found some telepaths, and from there ended up setting in motion the creation of [=PsiCorps=].
13th Jul '17 3:11:20 PM SomberCaelifera
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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' it is explained, after many decades apparently, that 8-year-olds on Gallifrey must go to look into the heart of the Singularity that gives them their power. Some turn and run and keep running (like The Doctor) while others go mad (like The Master).

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' it is explained, after many decades apparently, that 8-year-olds on Gallifrey must go to look into the heart of the Singularity that gives them their people their power. Some turn and run and keep running (like The Doctor) while others go mad (like The Master).
24th Jun '17 12:59:25 PM nombretomado
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* In DoctorWho it is explained, after many decades apparently, that 8-year-olds on Gallifrey must go to look into the heart of the Singularity that gives them their power. Some turn and run and keep running (like The Doctor) while others go mad (like The Master).

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* In DoctorWho ''Series/DoctorWho'' it is explained, after many decades apparently, that 8-year-olds on Gallifrey must go to look into the heart of the Singularity that gives them their power. Some turn and run and keep running (like The Doctor) while others go mad (like The Master).
17th Jun '17 4:48:00 PM Njein
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* In order to become a made man in [[UsefulNotes/TheMafia the American Mafia]], the inductee has to be a male of full Italian descent (though this restriction has been loosened over time, some Mafia families are more restrictive of whom they want to bring in than others). An associate of a crime family who was in the police force or attended a police academy cannot become a made member of the Mafia. Before being inducted, a potential made man is required to carry out a contract killing. Traditionally, this was done in order to prove loyalty to the Mafia, but in modern times this also serves to show that one is not an undercover cop; any murder committed for [[ItsPersonal personal reasons]] "do not count". Committing one's first contract killing is referred to as "making your bones", and a potential inductee who does it earns his "button" in the Mafia - meaning that he is on track to becoming an official member. However, earning one's "button" does not always involve killing; good "earners," or experienced associates who have not necessarily murdered for the Mafia but are good in earning money, have in the past earned their "button," or become made men, due to their other valuable contributions beyond contract killing. Until the 1980s, one only had to be involved in a murder (such as driving the getaway car) or be a major "earner" for the family in order to fulfill the requirements. It was not until the Donnie Brasco fiasco, which revealed that undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone was on the verge of being made into the Bonanno crime family, that a rule was made that potential inductees must actually perform a killing.

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* In order to become a made man in [[UsefulNotes/TheMafia the American Mafia]], the inductee has to be a male of full Italian descent (though this restriction has been loosened over time, some Mafia families are more restrictive of whom they want to bring in than others). An associate of a crime family who was in the police force or attended a police academy cannot become a made member of the Mafia. Before being inducted, a potential made man is required to carry out a contract killing. Traditionally, this was done in order to prove loyalty to the Mafia, but in modern times this also serves to show that one is not an undercover cop; any murder committed for [[ItsPersonal personal reasons]] "do not count". Committing one's first contract killing is referred to as "making your bones", and a potential inductee who does it earns his "button" in the Mafia - meaning that he is on track to becoming an official member. However, earning one's "button" does did not always involve killing; good "earners," or experienced associates who have not necessarily murdered for the Mafia but are good in earning money, have in the past earned their "button," or become made men, "button" due to their other valuable contributions beyond contract killing. Until the 1980s, one only had to be involved in a murder (such as driving the getaway car) or be a major "earner" earner for the family in order to fulfill the requirements. It was not until the Donnie Brasco fiasco, which revealed that undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone was on the verge of being made into the Bonanno crime family, that a rule was made that potential inductees must actually perform a killing.
11th Jun '17 3:20:47 PM Jake
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* While it has never actually been conclusively proven whether or not a certain former British Prime Minister had to stick his manhood in the mouth of a dead pig before he was allowed to join the infamous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullingdon_Club Bullingdon Club]], but by all accounts that's the sort of thing they ''would'' do. The story about having to light a £50 note on fire in front of a homeless person ''is'' fairly well confirmed, however.
4th Jun '17 6:03:59 PM Njein
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* In order to become a made man in [[UsefulNotes/TheMafia the American Mafia]], the inductee has to be a male of full Italian descent (though this restriction has been loosened over time, some Mafia families are more restrictive of whom they want to bring in than others). An associate of a crime family who was in the police force or attended a police academy cannot become a made member of the Mafia. Before being inducted, a potential made man is required to carry out a contract killing. Traditionally, this was done in order to prove loyalty to the Mafia, but in modern times this also serves to show that one is not an undercover cop; any murder committed for [[ItsPersonal personal reasons]] "do not count". Committing one's first contract killing is referred to as "making your bones", and a potential inductee who does it earns his "button" in the Mafia - meaning that he is on track to becoming an official member. However, earning one's "button" does not always involve killing; good "earners," or experienced associates who have not necessarily murdered for the Mafia but are good in earning money, have in the past earned their "button," or become made men, due to their other valuable contributions beyond contract killing. Until the 1980s, one only had to be involved in a murder (such as driving the getaway car) or be a major "earner" for the family in order to fulfill the requirements. It was not until the Donnie Brasco fiasco, which revealed that undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone was on the verge of being made into the Bonanno crime family, that a rule was made that potential inductees must actually perform a killing.


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22nd May '17 1:50:23 PM WillBGood
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* In ''Anime/{{K}}'', which features a system of seven SuperEmpowering Kings and their Clans of followers, we are shown several of the clans' initiations.
** The Red Clan's initiation involves the Red King engulfing his hand in fire, and the prospective member shaking his hand. If you don't get burnt, you're in. No guarantees of safety, or survival, for that matter.
** The Blue Clan's initiation takes the form of a {{Knighting}}, with the new member kneeling before the Blue King in front of all of the troops, swearing an oath, and having the King tap them on either shoulder with the sword that will be theirs as a "Guardian of Blue Justice". When the Blue King gives them the sword, they receive their Blue aura and powers with it.
** The Green Clan is rather peculiar - one doesn't need to be a real Clansman to get their powers, they just need to download the Jungle game/social network app to their phones. By completing missions, they gain points and move up ranks, named after the letters of JUNGLE - E-rank, then L-rank, etc. to the highest, J-rank. Only J-rank members get to meet the King and become true Clansmen.
** The Gold and Grey Clans are shown to be rather formal, but their initiations are not shown. The Silver and Colorless clans are small and rather informal (as much as [[spoiler: Kuroh]] would rather have had a more formal way of dedicating himself to the Silver King).
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* Multiple types in ''Anime/{{K}}'', which features a system of seven SuperEmpowering Kings and their clans of followers:
** The Red Clan's initiation involves the Red King engulfing his hand in fire, and the prospective member shaking his hand. If you don't get burnt, you're in. No guarantees of safety, or survival, for that matter.
** The Blue Clan's initiation takes the form of a {{Knighting}}, with the new member kneeling before the Blue King in front of all of the troops, swearing an oath, and having the King tap them on either shoulder with the sword that will be theirs as a "Guardian of Blue Justice". When the Blue King gives them the sword, they receive their Blue aura and powers with it.
** The Green Clan is rather peculiar - one doesn't need to be a real Clansman to get their powers, they just need to download the Jungle game/social network app to their phones. By completing missions, they gain points and move up ranks, named after the letters of JUNGLE - E-rank, then L-rank, etc. to the highest, J-rank. Only J-rank members get to meet the King and become true Clansmen.
** The Gold and Grey Clans are shown to be rather formal, but their initiations are not shown. The Silver and Colorless clans are small and rather informal (as much as [[spoiler: Kuroh]] would rather have had a more formal way of dedicating himself to the Silver King).
20th May '17 3:50:00 PM nombretomado
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* The various Vampire covenants in White Wolf's ''VampireTheRequiem'' have initiation ceremonies that are both solemn and horrific. Since the ritual involves the applicant, well, ''dying'' and then feeding off of his first human, y'know...

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* The various Vampire covenants in White Wolf's ''VampireTheRequiem'' ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' have initiation ceremonies that are both solemn and horrific. Since the ritual involves the applicant, well, ''dying'' and then feeding off of his first human, y'know...
1st May '17 10:20:42 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TransformersAnimated'', joining the Decepticons involves being branded (literally) with their sigil; it's apparently ''very'' painful.

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* In ''TransformersAnimated'', ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', joining the Decepticons involves being branded (literally) with their sigil; it's apparently ''very'' painful.
26th Apr '17 12:36:34 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''AssassinsCreed2016'': The first scene is Aguilar's initiation into the Spanish sect of the Assassin Brotherhood. It is a quiet and solemn affair where Aguilar affirms his intention to preserve humanity's free will [[WhatIsOneMansLifeInComparison regardless of the sacrifice this might require]]. The {{fingore}} is kinda horrific but it is a blink-and-you-miss-it moment. [[spoiler: In contrast, Cal's initiation is quite pleasant. His deceased mom conducts the ceremony through an Animus hologram, his dad is also present and so are many of his ancestors. Instead of a theme of sacrifice, this one is much more about unity.]]

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* ''AssassinsCreed2016'': ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': The first scene is Aguilar's initiation into the Spanish sect of the Assassin Brotherhood. It is a quiet and solemn affair where Aguilar affirms his intention to preserve humanity's free will [[WhatIsOneMansLifeInComparison regardless of the sacrifice this might require]]. The {{fingore}} is kinda horrific but it is a blink-and-you-miss-it moment. [[spoiler: In contrast, Cal's initiation is quite pleasant. His deceased mom conducts the ceremony through an Animus hologram, his dad is also present and so are many of his ancestors. Instead of a theme of sacrifice, this one is much more about unity.]]
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