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24th Jul '17 11:23:29 AM Divra
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* Subverted in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Mob boss Johnny Marcone ''does'' run a monster protection racket, except the monsters are very real and not in his employ, he does provide genuine protection, and the people who pay him for protection generally recognize that he is one of the few people with both the muscle and the know-how to do anything and are happy to pay for the privilege of him intervening on their behalf. Chicago PD's Special Investigations unit, which is the alternative, is an underfunded and understaffed [[ReassignedToAntarctica place where careers go to die,]] and they are more than happy to let Marcone's boys give back a little to the community.
2nd Jul '17 12:15:24 PM nombretomado
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* The short story "The George Business" by Creator/RogerZelazny (possibly an influence on ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' per TheOtherWiki) ends with the dragon and George deciding to go into this business together.

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* The short story "The George Business" by Creator/RogerZelazny (possibly an influence on ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' per TheOtherWiki) Wiki/TheOtherWiki) ends with the dragon and George deciding to go into this business together.
2nd Jul '17 9:52:08 AM zarpaulus
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** Though Miroku is also not above robbing a client blind while fighting a real monster.
13th Jun '17 1:08:22 PM Julia1984
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Subtrope of EngineeredHeroics.

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Subtrope of EngineeredHeroics.
EngineeredHeroics. For legitimate heroes doing a legitimate paid job, see PunchClockHero.
19th Apr '17 12:07:58 PM Julia1984
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* One theory behind ''FairyTales/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin''. Continues to show up in most parodies and deconstructions.

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* One theory behind ''FairyTales/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin''.''Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin''. Continues to show up in most parodies and deconstructions.
19th Apr '17 12:06:05 PM Julia1984
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* Most fiction parodying/deconstructing ''The Pied Piper of Hamelin''.

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* Most fiction parodying/deconstructing ''The Pied Piper of Hamelin''.One theory behind ''FairyTales/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin''. Continues to show up in most parodies and deconstructions.
12th Apr '17 5:47:03 AM TheDocCC
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** The French did something similar with bounties paid for rat tails in Vietnam. The results were predictable in hindsight - rat ranchers chopping the tails off of rats, then letting them go.
9th Apr '17 9:27:41 AM nombretomado
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* The short story "The George Business" by RogerZelazny (possibly an influence on ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' per TheOtherWiki) ends with the dragon and George deciding to go into this business together.

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* The short story "The George Business" by RogerZelazny Creator/RogerZelazny (possibly an influence on ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' per TheOtherWiki) ends with the dragon and George deciding to go into this business together.
12th Feb '17 9:42:48 PM foxley
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* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': In "Crime and Punishment", the neighbourhood watch in a remote village faces having its funding cut as crime has dropped 70%. The organizer of the watch bullies one of her subordinates into staging a series of burglaries so the watch can justify its continued existence.
7th Feb '17 2:58:44 PM intastiel
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* A variant in ''Webcomic/{{Darken}}'', where the dragon menacing a village [[http://darkencomic.com/?webcomic_post=20040401 turns out]] to be an illusion created by a [[HonestJohnsDealership shopkeeper]] to boost sales of (bogus) anti-dragon {{Protective Charm}}s.
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