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15th Aug '17 11:17:57 PM Jupree
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* Most Mob and Mafia movies fit this trope to the maximum extent
18th Jul '17 9:47:24 AM Codefreak5
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* Wolf from ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'', in contrast to the other heisters in the crew. He was once just a software developer, until his company went bankrupt from a combination of clients who wouldn't pay, and the 2008 economic recession. Completely broke, out of options, and driven to the edge of sanity, Wolf [[FreakOut snapped]] and turned to crime. He took to it [[FromNobodyToNightmare a bit]] [[AxCrazy too]] [[TokenEvilTeammate well]], and hasn't looked back since.
26th Jun '17 10:51:02 AM ectostar
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* There's a (possibly apocryphal) story about Fiorello LaGuardia, when he was sitting as a judge, had a woman brought before him on the charge of stealing a loaf of bread. The woman explained that she only did it because she had no money and was desperate to feed her poor and sick daughter. LaGuardia. moved by the woman's plight, asked the shopkeeper to drop the charges. When he refused (for fear of setting a precedent), LaGuardia fined the woman five dollars for theft. He then fined everyone in the courtroom (himself included) five dollars for living in a city where a woman had to steal to feed her children, and handed the money over to the defendant.

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* There's a (possibly apocryphal) story about Fiorello LaGuardia, [=LaGuardia=], when he was sitting as a judge, had a woman brought before him on the charge of stealing a loaf of bread. The woman explained that she only did it because she had no money and was desperate to feed her poor and sick daughter. LaGuardia.[=LaGuardia=]. moved by the woman's plight, asked the shopkeeper to drop the charges. When he refused (for fear of setting a precedent), LaGuardia [=LaGuardia=] fined the woman five dollars for theft. He then fined everyone in the courtroom (himself included) five dollars for living in a city where a woman had to steal to feed her children, and handed the money over to the defendant.
11th Jun '17 9:11:21 AM Gosicrystal
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May involve an AssholeVictim on the receiving end, particularly if the JustifiedCriminal is presented as sympathetic for committing assault or even murder in the defense of someone else. The most justified examples also steal for survival and non-violently.

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May involve an AssholeVictim on the receiving end, particularly if the JustifiedCriminal Justified Criminal is presented as sympathetic for committing assault or even murder in the defense of someone else. The most justified examples also steal for survival and non-violently.



* Half the point of ''Literature/LesMiserables''; justified because the messed-up justice system of the time is what the book is ''about''. Making Valjean a justified JustifiedCriminal. The book also makes it clear that the poverty of the Thenardiers is no excuse; so perhaps it's the HeelFaceTurn that's important and Valjean is really TheAtoner.

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* Half the point of ''Literature/LesMiserables''; justified because the messed-up justice system of the time is what the book is ''about''. Making Valjean a justified JustifiedCriminal.Justified Criminal. The book also makes it clear that the poverty of the Thenardiers is no excuse; so perhaps it's the HeelFaceTurn that's important and Valjean is really TheAtoner.
29th May '17 9:53:30 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* The city-nation of Champa in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'' is driven to piracy when the world upheaval of the plot ruins their fishing waters, the only reliable resource they had (there's a [[NeverMessWithGranny master blacksmith]] and an ancient {{Magitek}} forge, but no workable ore). There's indicated to be some reprieve after Briggs finds an island cave full of treasures, but [[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn thirty years later]] they've returned to piracy.

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* The city-nation of Champa in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'' ''VideoGame/GoldenSunTheLostAge'' is driven to piracy when the world upheaval of the plot ruins their fishing waters, the only reliable resource they had (there's a [[NeverMessWithGranny master blacksmith]] and an ancient {{Magitek}} forge, but no workable ore). There's indicated to be some reprieve after Briggs finds an island cave full of treasures, but [[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn thirty years later]] they've returned to piracy.
21st May '17 5:53:35 PM nombretomado
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* ''Fagin the Jew'', WillEisner's revision of ''Literature/OliverTwist'', portrays the eponymous character in this light.

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* ''Fagin the Jew'', WillEisner's Creator/WillEisner's revision of ''Literature/OliverTwist'', portrays the eponymous character in this light.
11th May '17 11:47:53 PM dunicha
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* Creator/SergioLeone was apparently quite fond of this sort of character. Examples include Tuco in ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' (who while not the most pleasant of people has a very emotional conversation with his brother where it is implied he grew up in poverty and had to become a bandit to survive), Cheyenne from ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' (who actually helps the protagonists after being framed for a series of murders he didn't commit, even going as far as to allow himself to be turned in so that the reward money can be used to keep Jill McBain's farm), and Juan Miranda from Film/DuckYouSucker, who is really just a poor man who loves his family and is trying to take care of them [[spoiler: and is genuinely heartbroken when they're killed by the Mexican army]].

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* Creator/SergioLeone was apparently quite fond of this sort of character. Examples include Tuco in ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' (who while not the most pleasant of people has a very emotional conversation with his brother where it is implied he grew up in poverty and had to become a bandit to survive), Cheyenne from ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' (who actually helps the protagonists after being framed for a series of murders he didn't commit, even going as far as to allow himself to be turned in so that the reward money can be used to keep Jill McBain's [=McBain's=] farm), and Juan Miranda from Film/DuckYouSucker, who is really just a poor man who loves his family and is trying to take care of them [[spoiler: and is genuinely heartbroken when they're killed by the Mexican army]].



** Sam leaped into a man who, along with his friend, robbed a church in order to pay for treatment for his friend's daughter's treatment for fever (which his friend's wife had died of). The church refused to give them any money from the donations as "They said we would spend it all on rum."

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** Sam leaped into a man who, along with his friend, robbed a church in order to pay for treatment for his friend's daughter's treatment for fever (which his friend's wife had died of). The church refused to give them any money from the donations as "They said we would spend it all on rum."
8th May '17 6:29:30 PM KaiYves
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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, HealthcareMotivation, in which the criminal wants money to pay a treatment or operation for a friend or sibling, TrappedByGamblingDebts for when the criminal is attempting to pay of debts, and TheCommiesMadeMeDoIt for people ForcedIntoEvil by those holding their loved ones hostage.

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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, HealthcareMotivation, in which the criminal wants money to pay a treatment or operation for a friend or sibling, TrappedByGamblingDebts for when the criminal is attempting to pay of off debts, and TheCommiesMadeMeDoIt for people ForcedIntoEvil by those holding their loved ones hostage.
8th May '17 6:29:05 PM KaiYves
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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 work, HealthcareMotivation, in which the criminal wants money to pay a treatment or operation for a friend or sibling.
sibling, TrappedByGamblingDebts for when the criminal is attempting to pay of debts, and TheCommiesMadeMeDoIt for people ForcedIntoEvil by those holding their loved ones hostage.
28th Apr '17 7:19:37 PM crowmagnon
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* Bo Wolffe, the protagonist of ''Sleight'', is a street magician by day, but a drug dealer by night in order to support himself and his kid sister after the death of their mother left them orphaned. When his boss, Angelo, starts dragging him into increasingly violent situations [[spoiler:including [[MoralEventHorizon forcing Bo to]] [[AnArmAndALeg hack off the hand of a rival dealer]]]] he does everything he can think of to get out of the life.
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