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13th Feb '17 7:54:19 AM EatYourHeartOut
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* There are five members of the [[TheIrishMob Boston mob]] in ''Film/TheDeparted'', twenty to forty percent of whom are undercover cops.
28th Jan '17 11:40:26 PM dmcreif
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* The Major Case Unit on ''Series/TheWire''. Justified in that instance because the higher-ups only created it when a judge twisted their arm. So they naturally got the worst office space and cops to fill it out; the unit has to keep fighting for their ''very existence'' on account of their habit (led by Freamon) of following the case where it leads, even if--nay, [[TheGadfly especially if]]--it bothers people in high places, including the same higher-ups who were so reluctant to create it in the first place.

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* The Major Case Crimes Unit on in ''Series/TheWire''. Justified in that instance because the higher-ups only created it when a judge twisted their arm. So they naturally got get the worst office space and cops to fill it out; the unit has to keep fighting for their ''very existence'' on account of their habit (led by Freamon) Lester Freamon and Jimmy [=McNulty=]) of following the case where it leads, even if--nay, if--strike that, [[TheGadfly especially if]]--it bothers people in high places, including the same higher-ups who were so reluctant to create it in the first place.
2nd Dec '16 2:20:32 PM HowlingSnail
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* ''Series/FawltyTowers'' is an interesting case. The entire hotel seems to be run by Mr and Mrs Fawlty (Managers), Polly (Waitress) and Manuel (Porter/Waiter). The second series introduces us to Terry (Chef), although dialogue in the final episode of Series 1 implied they did have a chef back then, he was just TheGhost. The first episode of Series 2 also mentions another girl who's being employed but can't start until Monday.
30th Nov '16 10:23:26 AM barberbarberjoe
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* Played with and justified in ''Game/PokémonSunAndMoon'' with Team Skull. They are a constant threat to the populace and pokémon of Alola, but are much smaller compared to the "Team" organizations from the previous generations, to the point of having exactly one admin (there is also [[TheRival Gladion]], but even then he is a hired hand and the other members don't consider him one of them). This makes sense, since Alola is comprised of a few islands and Team Skull is a street gang, so they are enough to pose a threat. Also, evil groups in the series are usually referred to as "Gangs" in the Japanese releases.

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* Played with and justified in ''Game/PokémonSunAndMoon'' ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' with Team Skull. They are a constant threat to the populace and pokémon of Alola, but are much smaller compared to the "Team" organizations from the previous generations, to the point of having exactly one admin (there [[note]](there is also [[TheRival Gladion]], but even then he is a hired hand and the other members don't consider him one of them).them)[[/note]] and the first few battles with them being the same two grunts. This makes sense, since Alola is comprised of a few islands and Team Skull is a street gang, so they are enough to pose a threat. Also, evil groups in the series are usually referred to as "Gangs" in the Japanese releases.
30th Nov '16 4:54:25 AM barberbarberjoe
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* Played with and justified in ''Game/PokémonSunAndMoon'' with Team Skull. They are a constant threat to the populace and pokémon of Alola, but are much smaller compared to the "Team" organizations from the previous generations, to the point of having exactly one admin (there is also [[TheRival Gladion]], but even then he is a hired hand and the other members don't consider him one of them). This makes sense, since Alola is comprised of a few islands and Team Skull is a street gang, so they are enough to pose a threat. Also, evil groups in the series are usually referred to as "Gangs" in the Japanese releases.
31st Oct '16 10:44:35 AM Eievie
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->''"We're the Robot Mafia... The '''entire''' Robot Mafia."''

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->''"We're the Robot Mafia... Mafia… The '''entire''' Robot Mafia."''



Occasionally, the hero(es) might meet a group of characters who make up a secret organization that either menace or help him/her/them. They are shadowy, and mysterious, known for their [[QuirkyMinibossSquad unique and]] [[ThoseTwoGuys quirky members]], and the organization has a [[InformedAbility reputation for being far reaching and prevalent]]... Except we never see any of that - it's just talk. Whenever these guys show up, it's just the same group of misfits we know and love.

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Occasionally, the hero(es) might meet a group of characters who make up a secret organization that either menace or help him/her/them. them. They are shadowy, and mysterious, known for their [[QuirkyMinibossSquad unique and]] unique]] and [[ThoseTwoGuys quirky members]], and the organization has a [[InformedAbility reputation for being far reaching and prevalent]]... Except prevalent]]… except we never see any of that - it's that--it's just talk. Whenever these guys show up, it's just the same group of misfits we know and love.



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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]][[folder:Anime & Manga]]
27th Oct '16 5:30:23 PM Tamfang
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* The Gang of Four, the small inner circle of the Chinese Communist Party during the Cultural Revolution, that manipulated the events to their advantage. And nowadays, supreme power in China is wielded by the Standing Committee of the Politburo, which consists of seven people (reduced from nine at the latest party congress.) Which isn't all that small when one considers that in most countries it's a single president or at most a president and a prime minister.

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* The Gang of Four, the small inner circle of the Chinese Communist Party during the Cultural Revolution, that manipulated the events to their advantage. And nowadays, supreme power in China is wielded by the Standing Committee of the Politburo, which consists of seven people (reduced from nine at the latest party congress.) congress). Which isn't all that small when one considers that in most countries it's a single president or at most a president and a prime minister.



* The controversial Westboro Baptist Church, which has been notorious in recent years for its picketing of funerals and anti-gay propaganda, has only 39 members as of last count, most of them family members (including extended ones) of its founder Fred Phelps. His death and defections by members have shrunk the original group. They have [[InNameOnly no real affiliation]] with any Baptist denomination, and both the Baptist World Alliance and the Southern Baptist Convention (the two largest Baptist denominations) have denounced them and condemned their actions.

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* The controversial Westboro Baptist Church, which has been notorious in recent years for its picketing of funerals and anti-gay propaganda, has only 39 members as of last count, most of them family mostly members (including of the extended ones) family of its founder Fred Phelps. His death and defections by members have shrunk the original group. They have [[InNameOnly no real affiliation]] with any Baptist denomination, and both the Baptist World Alliance and the Southern Baptist Convention (the two largest Baptist denominations) have denounced them and condemned their actions.



* Jack Daniel's the drink counts as one of these. Despite being one of the most profitable and iconic alcoholic drinks out there, only 365 actually work for and produce the drink at a single distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. And (famous Scottish distillery) Glenmorangie's tagline "Handcrafted by the Sixteen Men of Tain" is more or less literal.

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* Jack Daniel's the drink (the drink) counts as one of these. Despite being one of the most profitable and iconic alcoholic drinks out there, only 365 actually work for and produce the drink at a single distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. And (famous Scottish distillery) Glenmorangie's tagline "Handcrafted by the Sixteen Men of Tain" is more or less literal.



* Modern Uruguay has long been a source of conflict for the Spanish and Portuguese territories in South America (and, after the independence, Argentina and Brazil carried on with the conflict). Brazil anexed it in 1820, taking advantage that the bulk of the Argentine armies were crossing the Andes to carry the independence war to Chile, and that the ew remaining forces were in a civil war with Artigas. In 1825, after the independence war had been settled, Juan Antonio Lavalleja and Manuel Oribe invaded the now Brazilian province and started an insurrection... leading a group of just 33 people. The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty-Three_Orientals Thirty-Three Orientals]]. The following war led to the birth of Uruguay as an independent nation, not being a province of some other county.

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* Modern Uruguay has long been was a source focus of conflict for between Brazil and Argentina even before they were independent (from the Spanish and Portuguese territories in South America (and, after the independence, Argentina and Spanish colonial empires respectively). Brazil carried on with the conflict). Brazil anexed annexed it in 1820, taking advantage that while the bulk of the Argentine armies were crossing the Andes to carry the independence war to Chile, and that the ew few remaining forces were in a civil war with Artigas. In 1825, after the independence war had been settled, Juan Antonio Lavalleja and Manuel Oribe invaded the now Brazilian province and started an insurrection... leading a group of just 33 people. The people, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty-Three_Orientals Thirty-Three Orientals]]. The following war led to the birth of Uruguay as an independent nation, not being a province of some other county.
27th Oct '16 5:18:52 PM Tamfang
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* None of the delegations sent to ''Series/BabylonFive'' appear to have more than two people in them: An ambassador and an aide. Real embassies to major diplomatic postings would also have attaches, security personnel, some career foreign service officials, at least one spy (Masquerading as one of the above), and the dependents of all of the above (Well, Londo has some dependents, but they only show up in one episode - Londo and his wives hate each other, which is why they spend most of their time seventy-five lightyears away). They might even bring their own cooks and cleaning staff in order to make it harder for outsiders to spy on them. Either justified or made worse by the fact that they don't seem to have actual embassies, just two sets of personal quarters. In the Centauri's case it's explicitly because the first 4 stations were destroyed and they fully expect the fifth to be as well, so they sent someone expendable as an ambassador and waited almost a full year to even send him one aide.

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* None of the delegations sent to ''Series/BabylonFive'' appear to have more than two people in them: An an ambassador and an aide. Real embassies to major diplomatic postings would also have attaches, security personnel, some career foreign service officials, at least one spy (Masquerading (masquerading as one of the above), and the dependents of all of the above (Well, Londo (Londo has some dependents, but they only show up in one episode - episode; Londo and his wives hate each other, which is why they spend most of their time seventy-five lightyears away). They might even bring their own cooks and cleaning staff in order to make it harder for outsiders to spy on them. Either justified or made worse by the fact that they don't seem to have actual embassies, just two sets of personal quarters. In the Centauri's case it's explicitly because the first 4 four Babylon stations were destroyed and they fully expect the fifth to be as well, so they sent someone expendable as an ambassador Ambassador and waited almost a full year to even send him one aide.
27th Oct '16 4:26:24 PM DustSnitch
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* Following Comicbook/SecretInvasion Comicbook/{{SHIELD}} was decommissioned and replaced by HAMMER. Following Comicbook/{{Siege}}, HAMMER was decommissioned and Steve Rogers, former Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, was appointed as the new Director of National Security. He seems to have no actual agency to direct. He seems to rely on the services of Sharon Carter, Maria Hill and Victoria Hand to liaise with the various Avengers teams. Given that he's [[{{Badass}} Steve Rogers]], does he really need an organization?

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* Following Comicbook/SecretInvasion Comicbook/{{SHIELD}} was decommissioned and replaced by HAMMER. Following Comicbook/{{Siege}}, HAMMER was decommissioned and Steve Rogers, former Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, was appointed as the new Director of National Security. He seems to have no actual agency to direct. He seems to rely on the services of Sharon Carter, Maria Hill and Victoria Hand to liaise with the various Avengers teams. Given that he's [[{{Badass}} [[TheLeader Steve Rogers]], does he really need an organization?



*** Possible justifications, in order: Shapeshifter, Clone, [[spoiler:[[MemeticBadass Damar]] and environment suit]].

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*** Possible justifications, in order: Shapeshifter, Clone, [[spoiler:[[MemeticBadass Damar]] [[spoiler:Damar and environment suit]].
16th Oct '16 7:40:01 PM Bissek
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* Thanks to his habit of dispensing of anything that doesn't make him happy, the castle of King Haggard in ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'' is staffed by the king, his adopted son, the court magician, and four septuagenarian men at arms. And because they're so short-handed, every one of them (including the king and prince) have to take turns doing things like cooking, cleaning (At least until Molly Grue is hired to be cook and maid), and guarding the gate.
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