History Main / JustifiedCriminal

30th Dec '16 12:56:40 PM ectostar
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This trope is to be expected in a CrapsackWorld. See also KarmicThief and CaperRationalization. Compare to: IDidWhatIHadToDo. See also SingleMomStripper, in which necessity leads to degrading (but not necessarily criminal) work and HealthCareMotivation, in which the criminal wants money to pay a treatment or operation for a friend or sibling.

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This trope is to be expected in a CrapsackWorld. See also KarmicThief and CaperRationalization. Compare to: IDidWhatIHadToDo. See also SingleMomStripper, in which necessity leads to degrading (but not necessarily criminal) work and HealthCareMotivation, HealthcareMotivation, in which the criminal wants money to pay a treatment or operation for a friend or sibling.



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19th Dec '16 4:21:30 AM ectostar
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinz_dilemma The Heinz Dilemma,]] used in developmental psychology in the formulation of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kohlberg%27s_stages_of_moral_development Kohlberg's stages of moral development.]]

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinz_dilemma The Heinz Dilemma,]] Dilemma]], used in developmental psychology in the formulation of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kohlberg%27s_stages_of_moral_development Kohlberg's stages of moral development.]]
5th Dec '16 11:36:50 PM Ekelai
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* The BigBad's MotiveRant at the end of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' has shades of this.

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* The BigBad's MotiveRant at the end of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' has shades of this. [[spoiler: Ganondorf claims that, originally, his motive for attempting to usurp the King of Hyrule, take the land for his own and take the Triforce was because he was tired of watching the Gerudo people live in the dry, unforgiving desert as opposed to the lush plains and forests that the rest of Hyrule enjoyed]].
-->'''[[spoiler: Ganondorf]]''': I... coveted that wind, I suppose.
1st Dec '16 4:17:04 PM LordDynasmon
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* Zabuza of the Hidden Mist from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' could be considered this. A rogue ninja is usually considered the worst of the worst by the villages, selfish traitors that betrayed their oaths. Zabuza's goal was to be able to mount a rebellion to take down the Mizukage. Typical power hungry jerk, right? WRONG. When he was last a member of the Hidden Mist Village, the Village was still in its Bloody Mist phase, killing off useful bloodline families out of fear (or so it seemed at first), even if they had stopped forcing ninja students in the academy to kill one another in a survival of the fittest test that gave the Village it's Bloody Mist moniker. Zabuza's own adopted son/partner Haku also had a powerful bloodline ability, and was a very skilled ninja prodigy to boot, proof positive that the bloodline purges were a senseless waste that needed to be stopped, period. In other settings and stories, Zabuza could have been a rebel AntiHero protagonist!!

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* Zabuza of the Hidden Mist from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' could be considered this. A rogue ninja is usually considered the worst of the worst by the villages, selfish traitors that betrayed their oaths. Zabuza's goal was to be able to mount a rebellion to take down the Mizukage. Typical power hungry jerk, right? WRONG. When he was last a member of the Hidden Mist Village, the Village was still in its Bloody Mist phase, killing off useful bloodline families out of fear (or so it seemed at first), even if they had stopped forcing ninja students in the academy to kill one another in a survival of the fittest test that gave the Village it's its Bloody Mist moniker. Zabuza's own adopted son/partner Haku also had a powerful bloodline ability, and was a very skilled ninja prodigy to boot, proof positive that the bloodline purges were a senseless waste that needed to be stopped, period. In other settings and stories, Zabuza could have been a rebel AntiHero protagonist!!
31st Oct '16 10:00:27 AM kataangluvr
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* Light from ''Manga/DeathNote'' believes that his murders are justified since he meant to make the world a better place. This is combined with IDidWhatIHadToDo with Light trying to convince [[spoiler:Near and the SPK in the series finale that the world needs him to continue what he's been doing to no avail.]] He has fans in and out of universe who also agree with him.
19th Oct '16 6:54:58 PM billybobfred
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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' features Commander Shepard teaming up with Cerberus, the terrorist organization s/he fought in the first game (and would fight again in the third) because something needed to be done about the Collectors, and none of the legitimate authorities were willing. It is rightly pointed out that what s/he is doing could potentially be called "treason" and result in his/her trial and execution. [[ToBeLawfulOrGood S/He does it anyway.]]

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' features Commander Shepard teaming up with Cerberus, the terrorist organization s/he they fought in the first game (and would fight again in the third) because something needed to be done about the Collectors, and none of the legitimate authorities were willing. It is rightly pointed out that what s/he is they are doing could potentially be called "treason" and result in his/her their trial and execution. [[ToBeLawfulOrGood S/He does They do it anyway.]]
6th Oct '16 6:38:30 AM Dechstreme
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* Zabuza of the Hidden Mist from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' could be considered this. A rogue ninja is usually considered the worst of the worst by the villages, selfish traitors that betrayed their oaths. Zabuza's goal was to be able to mount a rebellion to take down the Mizukage. Typical power hungry jerk, right? WRONG. When he was last a member of the Hidden Mist Village, the Village was still in its Bloody Mist phase, killing off useful bloodline families out of fear (or so it seemed at first), even if they had stopped forcing ninja students in the academy to kill one another in a survival of the fittest test. Zabuza's own adopted son/partner Haku was also had a powerful bloodline ability, so his rebellion could also have been to make life better for him. In other settings and stories, Zabuza could have been a rebel AntiHero protagonist!!

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* Zabuza of the Hidden Mist from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' could be considered this. A rogue ninja is usually considered the worst of the worst by the villages, selfish traitors that betrayed their oaths. Zabuza's goal was to be able to mount a rebellion to take down the Mizukage. Typical power hungry jerk, right? WRONG. When he was last a member of the Hidden Mist Village, the Village was still in its Bloody Mist phase, killing off useful bloodline families out of fear (or so it seemed at first), even if they had stopped forcing ninja students in the academy to kill one another in a survival of the fittest test. test that gave the Village it's Bloody Mist moniker. Zabuza's own adopted son/partner Haku was also had a powerful bloodline ability, so his rebellion could also have been and was a very skilled ninja prodigy to make life better for him.boot, proof positive that the bloodline purges were a senseless waste that needed to be stopped, period. In other settings and stories, Zabuza could have been a rebel AntiHero protagonist!!
3rd Oct '16 6:50:47 PM bobwolf
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': By season 2, all Buff Frog wants to do is keep his kids fed. So he and other monsters attempt to steal some corn from the well off Royal Family whose ancestors stole all the good land.
13th Aug '16 11:25:32 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Before the show begins, Gunn has formulated a gang of homeless youths who swipe food and defend their ghetto from intruding vampires.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Before the show begins, Gunn has formulated a gang of homeless youths who swipe food and defend their ghetto from intruding vampires. Subverted in a later episode; after the running battle was won and Gunn left to join the main cast the gang devolved into murdering anything non-human, including several completely harmless "balance" demons, for fun.
12th Aug '16 9:04:52 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/{{Accused}}'': Willy steals out of desperation to pay for his daughter's wedding. Frankie snaps and kills the man who drove his friend to suicide. Helen burns the factory of the man whose negligence caused her son's death.



* King David entering the holy temple to eat the "showbread" - consecrated loaves that only priests are allowed to eat - along with his starving men. The priests allow him to do it, but it's still a violation of Mosaic law. Jesus recounts this incident as a TakeThat to the "law-abiding" Pharisees

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* King David entering the holy temple to eat the "showbread" - consecrated loaves that only priests are allowed to eat - along with his starving men. The priests allow him to do it, but it's still a violation of Mosaic law. Jesus recounts this incident as a TakeThat to the "law-abiding" PhariseesPharisees.
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