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13th Jan '17 5:18:45 AM TheHeroHartmut
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* Grove Street Families and Varrios Los Aztecas from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', while still committing gang-warfare and gunrunning, nonetheless are shown to abhor the drugs trade, with the Grove Street Families cracking down hard on ''anyone'' who sells drugs on their turf.[[note]]It's even worth following this philosophy from the player's perspective, as drug dealers drop around $2,000 when killed, which, especially at the start of the game where it's much more difficult to come by, is very much worth your time[[/note]] Eventually however, the loss of drug revenue makes the gang splinter from the inside.

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* Grove Street Families and Varrios Los Aztecas from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', while still committing gang-warfare and gunrunning, nonetheless are shown to abhor [[DrugsAreBad the drugs trade, trade]], with the Grove Street Families cracking down hard on ''anyone'' who sells drugs on their turf.[[note]]It's even worth following this philosophy from the player's perspective, as drug dealers drop around $2,000 when killed, which, especially at during the start of the game where it's money is much more difficult to come by, is very much worth your time[[/note]] Eventually however, the loss of drug revenue makes the gang splinter from the inside.



* The Thieves Guild in Oblivion plays this trope straight. They're based in the waterfront (poor district) and refuse to steal from the poor as well as stealing their tax money back from the guard.
** In Morrowind as well. Gentleman Jim Stacey runs an orderly, profitable business and avoids bad PR. Members of the Guild do not kill, do not rob those who cannot afford to be robbed (no profit in stealing from the poor anyway), etc. The heroes of the Guild are Robin Hood-type figures, and later missions include things like saving a poor woman's home from a corrupt official by stealing his forged land deed, stealing a locket that a retired miner was forced to sell to pay his taxes and returning it to him, and stealing history books to give to a temple trying to help educate the community.

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* The Thieves Guild in Oblivion ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' plays this trope straight. They're based in the waterfront (poor district) and refuse to steal from the poor as well as stealing their tax money back from the guard.
** In Morrowind ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' as well. Gentleman Jim Stacey runs an orderly, profitable business and avoids bad PR. Members of the Guild do not kill, do not rob those who cannot afford to be robbed (no profit in stealing from the poor anyway), etc. The heroes of the Guild are Robin Hood-type figures, and later missions include things like saving a poor woman's home from a corrupt official by stealing his forged land deed, stealing a locket that a retired miner was forced to sell to pay his taxes and returning it to him, and stealing history books to give to a temple trying to help educate the community.



** The Skyrim branch of the Thieves Guild is mostly about stealing for the money and trophies; they don't condone murder during missions (you will get a penalty to your cut if you murder innocents), and most of the precious artifacts they do steal end up on a wall behind the guildmaster's desk for decorations and bragging rights. As for PR, Riften is run by the Black-Briar crime family to the point that Maven Black-Briar is ruler of Riften in all but name (and if you fight for the empire, she'll be officially crowned mayor), so all those good connections between the Thieves Guild and the Black-Briar family means that they're basically the town's mascots.

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** The Skyrim ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' branch of the Thieves Guild is mostly about stealing for the money and trophies; they don't condone murder during missions (you will get a penalty to your cut if you murder innocents), and most of the precious artifacts they do steal end up on a wall behind the guildmaster's desk for decorations and bragging rights. As for PR, Riften is run by the Black-Briar crime family to the point that Maven Black-Briar is ruler of Riften in all but name (and if you fight for the empire, she'll be officially crowned mayor), so all those good connections between the Thieves Guild and the Black-Briar family means that they're basically the town's mascots.
9th Jan '17 9:33:06 PM MadAnthony94
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** Of course, the Assassins were already getting involved in organized crime as early as ''AssassinsCreedII'', where Ezio's allies include the ThievesGuild of Venice.

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** Of course, the The Assassins were already getting involved in organized crime as early as ''AssassinsCreedII'', where Ezio's allies include before that game: In ''AssassinsCreedII'' Ezio works with the ThievesGuild Venetian ThievesGuild; in ''Unity'' Arno works with Marquis de Sade, the new King of Venice.Beggars. It's always treated as preferable to being under Templar control (except in ''Rogue'', which is from a Templar's point of view).
9th Jan '17 9:09:16 PM MadAnthony94
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* To combat the Templars and the Blighters gang who are under their control, Jacob and Evie Frye in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedSyndicate'' found their own gang the Rooks to take back the city of London bit by bit.

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* To combat the Templars and the Blighters gang who are under their control, Jacob and Evie Frye in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedSyndicate'' found their own gang the Rooks to take back the city of London bit by bit. Note that they are also technically working alongside the police of London; presumably Chief Inspector Abberline takes a "don't ask, don't tell" approach.
** Of course, the Assassins were already getting involved in organized crime as early as ''AssassinsCreedII'', where Ezio's allies include the ThievesGuild of Venice.
4th Dec '16 5:54:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Washimine group of the "Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise" arc in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is an ethical {{Yakuza}}, fighting an uphill battle against more ruthless {{Delinquents}} and TheMafiya headed by Balalaika. Ginji Matsuzaki, the ''wakagashira'' and resident {{Badass}} of the group, comments that while they're impoverished, it's more honourable than "selling women and meth."

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* The Washimine group of the "Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise" arc in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is an ethical {{Yakuza}}, fighting an uphill battle against more ruthless {{Delinquents}} and TheMafiya headed by Balalaika. Ginji Matsuzaki, the ''wakagashira'' and resident {{Badass}} badass of the group, comments that while they're impoverished, it's more honourable than "selling women and meth."
24th Oct '16 2:15:12 PM kome360
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** The Skyrim branch of the Thieves Guild is mostly about stealing for the money and trophies; they don't condone murder during missions (you will get a penalty to your cut if you murder innocents), and most of the precious artifacts they do steal end up on a wall behind the guildmaster's desk for decorations and bragging rights. As for PR, Riften is run by the Black-Briar crime family to the point that Maven Black-Briar is ruler of Riften in all but name (and if you fight for the empire, she'll be officially crowned mayor), so all those good connections between the Thieves Guild and the Black-Briar family means that they're basically the town's mascots.
11th Oct '16 7:17:23 PM FordPrefect
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* Creator/AlCapone had soup lines set up in Chicago during the Great Depression. He had a soft spot for children, once trying to see that they got good milk (this even lead to the creation of expiration dates on food!) and telling a paperboy to take the day off, before handing him 20 bucks. Ironically, the supplies for Al Capone's soup kitchens were acquired by threatening bakeries, packinghouses and other food suppliers if they didn't meet the quota the gangsters demanded. Al himself also tried to endear himself to Chicago, and had a reputation for magnificent PR skills. However, following [[NoKillLikeOverkill The St. Valentine's Day Massacre]] and as the MobWar put more and more civilians in danger, people began to turn against him.

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* Creator/AlCapone had soup lines set up in Chicago during the Great Depression. He had a soft spot for children, once trying to see that they got good milk (this even lead led to the creation of expiration dates on food!) food!), and telling a paperboy to take the day off, off before handing him 20 bucks. Ironically, the supplies for Al Capone's soup kitchens were acquired by threatening bakeries, packinghouses and other food suppliers if they didn't meet the quota the gangsters demanded. Al himself also tried to endear himself to Chicago, and had a reputation for magnificent PR skills. However, following [[NoKillLikeOverkill The the St. Valentine's Day Massacre]] and as the MobWar put putting more and more civilians in danger, people began to turn against him.
11th Oct '16 7:16:38 PM FordPrefect
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* 'Creator/AlCapone had soup lines set up in Chicago during the Great Depression. He had a soft spot for children, once trying to see that they got good milk (this even lead to the creation of expiration dates on food!) and telling a paperboy to take the day off, before handing him 20 bucks. Ironically, the supplies for Al Capone's soup kitchens were acquired by threatening bakeries, packinghouses and other food suppliers if they didn't meet the quota the gangsters demanded. Al himself also tried to endear himself to Chicago, and had a reputation for magnificent PR skills. However, following [[NoKillLikeOverkill The St. Valentine's Day Massacre]] and as the MobWar put more and more civilians in danger, people began to turn against him.

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* 'Creator/AlCapone Creator/AlCapone had soup lines set up in Chicago during the Great Depression. He had a soft spot for children, once trying to see that they got good milk (this even lead to the creation of expiration dates on food!) and telling a paperboy to take the day off, before handing him 20 bucks. Ironically, the supplies for Al Capone's soup kitchens were acquired by threatening bakeries, packinghouses and other food suppliers if they didn't meet the quota the gangsters demanded. Al himself also tried to endear himself to Chicago, and had a reputation for magnificent PR skills. However, following [[NoKillLikeOverkill The St. Valentine's Day Massacre]] and as the MobWar put more and more civilians in danger, people began to turn against him.
25th Sep '16 6:27:40 AM KillerClowns
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Mr. Big. As a crime boss, he would be the villain of the story. In fact, he nearly ''iced'' Nick and Judy for trespassing. But when [[MafiaPrincess his daughter]] reveals that Judy saved his life, he spares them and offers whatever information and services he can, [[spoiler: even threatening Duke Weaselton into coughing up the location of the toxin lab]]. Further implied in that when the apparently perfectly law-abiding [[spoiler:Emmet Otterton]] found out about [[spoiler:the Night Howelers plot]], he didn't go to the police; he went to Mr. Big.

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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Mr. Big. As a crime boss, he would be the villain of the story. In fact, he nearly ''iced'' Nick and Judy for trespassing. But when [[MafiaPrincess his daughter]] reveals that Judy saved his life, he spares them and offers whatever information and services he can, [[spoiler: even threatening Duke Weaselton into coughing up the location of the toxin lab]]. Further implied in that when the apparently perfectly law-abiding [[spoiler:Emmet [[spoiler:Emmitt Otterton]] found out about [[spoiler:the Night Howelers plot]], he didn't go to the police; he went to Mr. Big.
25th Sep '16 6:27:02 AM KillerClowns
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Mr. Big. As a crime boss, he would be the villain of the story. In fact, he nearly ''iced'' Nick and Judy for trespassing. But when [[MafiaPrincess his daughter]] reveals that Judy saved his life, he spares them and offers whatever information and services he can, [[spoiler: even threatening Duke Weaselton into coughing up the location of the toxin lab]].

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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Mr. Big. As a crime boss, he would be the villain of the story. In fact, he nearly ''iced'' Nick and Judy for trespassing. But when [[MafiaPrincess his daughter]] reveals that Judy saved his life, he spares them and offers whatever information and services he can, [[spoiler: even threatening Duke Weaselton into coughing up the location of the toxin lab]]. Further implied in that when the apparently perfectly law-abiding [[spoiler:Emmet Otterton]] found out about [[spoiler:the Night Howelers plot]], he didn't go to the police; he went to Mr. Big.
31st Aug '16 4:44:32 PM nombretomado
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* Crime bosses Stragen, Platime, and Calaador, all members of the "secret government" of thieves in David Eddings' ''TheElenium'', are willing allies of the protagonists. Each is depicted as being essentially driven by good business sense rather than cruelty. Stragen in particular had taught his Guild to prey more upon the aristocracy than the common folk.

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* Crime bosses Stragen, Platime, and Calaador, all members of the "secret government" of thieves in David Eddings' ''TheElenium'', ''Literature/TheElenium'', are willing allies of the protagonists. Each is depicted as being essentially driven by good business sense rather than cruelty. Stragen in particular had taught his Guild to prey more upon the aristocracy than the common folk.
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