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19th Apr '18 9:08:03 AM IdumeanPatriot
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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.

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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. (Strictly speaking, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman this is not a crime]] in this setting, but it's still not ''nice''.)
19th Apr '18 9:06:13 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* A minor example in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' Mako and Bolin probably never committed anything more than petty crime, but they used to "run numbers and stuff" for the Triple Threat Triad because they were orphans living on the street. The actual villains of the story, the [[CommieNazis Equalists]], are shown to have some legitimate grievances, but ultimately not justified, since they are [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope too extreme]] about how they try to address them.

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* A minor example in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' Mako and Bolin probably never committed anything more than petty crime, but they used to "run numbers and stuff" for the Triple Threat Triad because they were orphans living on the street. The actual villains of the story, the [[CommieNazis Equalists]], are shown to have some legitimate grievances, grievances about discrimination, but ultimately not justified, since they are [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope too extreme]] about [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized how they try to address them.them]].
19th Apr '18 9:04:22 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* A minor example in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' Mako and Bolin probably never committed anything more than petty crime, but they used to "run numbers and stuff" for the Triple Threat Triad because they were orphans living on the street.

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* A minor example in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' Mako and Bolin probably never committed anything more than petty crime, but they used to "run numbers and stuff" for the Triple Threat Triad because they were orphans living on the street. The actual villains of the story, the [[CommieNazis Equalists]], are shown to have some legitimate grievances, but ultimately not justified, since they are [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope too extreme]] about how they try to address them.
18th Apr '18 10:41:57 PM Kalaong
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See also JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife, for when the crime that started it all was ''pathetic'', but still more than enough to cast one out of civilized society.
13th Apr '18 11:03:46 AM TompaDompa
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* ''Film/{{Deewaar}}'': Ravi shoots an escaping young thief in the leg, but takes this view of him after finding out all he stole was some bread, and goes to the boy's family with groceries out of guilt. The boy's father, however, does not share this view:
-->"Millions die of hunger in India. Should they all become thieves?"
18th Oct '17 3:51:31 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* Kang In-goo from ''Film/TheShowMustGoOn'' is a high-ranking gangster, but he's trying to provide for his family, who live in less than ideal conditions.

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* Kang In-goo from ''Film/TheShowMustGoOn'' ''Film/TheShowMustGoOn2007'' is a high-ranking gangster, but he's trying to provide for his family, who live in less than ideal conditions.
18th Oct '17 3:50:01 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* Kang In-goo from ''Film/TheShowMustGoOn'' is a high-ranking gangster, but he's trying to provide for his family, who live in less than ideal conditions.
24th Sep '17 11:12:47 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'': The Ugly describes himself as this.
19th Sep '17 7:01:53 AM Silverblade2
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* Based on the most-popular version of his origin (the Alan Moore version), SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker qualified before he became the Joker. He was just an ordinary non-criminal who had to do one job to help support his pregnant wife...Then again, it's the Joker, [[MultipleChoicePast so who knows how true that story is.]]

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* Based on the most-popular version of his origin (the Alan Moore version), SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker qualified before he became the Joker. He was just an ordinary non-criminal who had to do one job to help support his pregnant wife...Then again, it's the Joker, [[MultipleChoicePast so who knows how true that story is.]]
15th Aug '17 11:17:57 PM Jupree
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* Most Mob and Mafia movies fit this trope to the maximum extent
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