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15th Jun '16 8:05:07 PM HeraldAlberich
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The word comes from the Latin phrase "''posse comitatus''", roughly "to have the right to an armed retinue." In the old days, it would sometimes be necessary for a sheriff to get a lot of manpower very quickly to deal with a crisis. To this end, he could essentially draft any man handy (with certain restrictions) into a posse to handle the situation. The process will often include the line "I hereby deputise you".

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The word comes from the Latin phrase "''posse comitatus''", roughly "to have the right to an armed retinue." In the old days, it would sometimes be necessary for a sheriff to get a lot of manpower very quickly to deal with a crisis. To this end, he could essentially draft any man handy (with certain restrictions) into a posse to handle the situation. The process will often include the line "I hereby deputise you".
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* Subverted in the Gary Cooper film, ''Film/HighNoon'' - Marshal Kane tries to gather a posse to take down {{revenge}}-seeking {{outlaw}} Frank Miller, but he's forced to fight alone when none of the eligible townsfolk will help him. Some refuse to join him out of cowardice, others because they sympathize with Miller. The only people who would be willing to help him are an one-eyed old drunk and a 14-year-old boy; Kane sends them away, as they'd be more of a hindrance.

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* Subverted in the Gary Cooper film, ''Film/HighNoon'' - Marshal ''Film/HighNoon''--Marshal Kane tries to gather a posse to take down {{revenge}}-seeking {{outlaw}} Frank Miller, but he's forced to fight alone when none of the eligible townsfolk will help him. Some refuse to join him out of cowardice, others because they sympathize with Miller. The only people who would be willing to help him are an one-eyed old drunk and a 14-year-old boy; Kane sends them away, as they'd be more of a hindrance.




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* In ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', the group of settlers who participate in the Settlers' Call refer to themselves as a posse, and there isn't a legal authority in rural Tatooine to contest the designation. Settlers who buy in to the Call have a loudspeaker mounted on their property in case of a raid by the Sand People; when it's activated, it broadcasts a krayt dragon roar to scare the Tuskens off, then transitions into a siren (and also a radio transmission) that calls the posse to the location, ready to drive the Tuskens away or hunt them down in retaliation.
3rd Mar '16 3:37:50 AM Andyroid
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}''. After discovering the town's water supply has been stolen, Rango decides (with some prompting from the mayor) it's time to "[[{{Malaproper}} farm a possum]]" and ride out. Then the posse [[FailedAttemptAtDrama is forced to sheepishly ride back in to town]] when Rango realizes he has no idea where they're supposed to be going.



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4th Feb '16 7:06:17 AM FF32
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* One ''ComicStrip/FarSide'' cartoon shows why the sheriff should be the one doing this. 'A posse is something you have to ''organize''.'

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* One ''ComicStrip/FarSide'' ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' cartoon shows why the sheriff should be the one doing this. 'A posse is something you have to ''organize''.'
7th Jan '16 1:41:05 AM Aquila89
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* Subverted in the Gary Cooper film, ''Film/HighNoon'' - Marshal Kane tries to gather a posse to take down {{revenge}}-seeking {{outlaw}} Frank Miller, but he's forced to fight alone when none of the eligible townsfolk will help him.

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* Subverted in the Gary Cooper film, ''Film/HighNoon'' - Marshal Kane tries to gather a posse to take down {{revenge}}-seeking {{outlaw}} Frank Miller, but he's forced to fight alone when none of the eligible townsfolk will help him. Some refuse to join him out of cowardice, others because they sympathize with Miller. The only people who would be willing to help him are an one-eyed old drunk and a 14-year-old boy; Kane sends them away, as they'd be more of a hindrance.
16th Dec '15 3:12:30 PM randomtroper89
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* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'': After Dr. King Schultz shoots Sheriff Bill Sharp, Marshall Tatum deputizes the townsfolk to corner him and demands his surrender.

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* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'': After Dr. King Schultz shoots Sheriff Bill Sharp, Marshall Tatum deputizes the townsfolk to corner him and demands demand his surrender.
16th Dec '15 3:11:23 PM randomtroper89
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* ''Film/DjangoUnchained: After Dr. King Schultz shoots Sheriff Bill Sharp, Marshall Tatum deputizes the townsfolk to corner him and demands his surrender.

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* ''Film/DjangoUnchained: ''Film/DjangoUnchained'': After Dr. King Schultz shoots Sheriff Bill Sharp, Marshall Tatum deputizes the townsfolk to corner him and demands his surrender.
16th Dec '15 3:11:12 PM randomtroper89
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* ''Film/DjangoUnchained: After Dr. King Schultz shoots Sheriff Bill Sharp, Marshall Tatum deputizes the townsfolk to corner him and demands his surrender.
12th Dec '15 6:45:18 PM Willbyr
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22nd Nov '15 3:15:54 PM AnotherDuck
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* The custom evolved from laws regarding similar practices in Britain. For instance, on the Anglo-Scottish border, it was perfectly legal to pursue a raider band within a week after an attack, for that was regarded as an extension of self-defense rather than a crime. If the pursuers actually found them with the spoils of the raid ("red-handed," which is the origin of the word) it was even legal to execute them summarily. This [[VigilanteMan rather abrupt]] idea of justice was to some degree limited by the fact that the robbers might have relations who would be [[FeudingFamilies very]] [[CycleOfRevenge annoyed]].
25th Oct '15 12:08:51 PM StFan
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* The Italian western comic ''[[TexWiller Tex]]'' features one of the most epic uses of the trope, as the posse gathered at the end of the story arc ''Navajo Blood'' is composed by Tex, his pards and ''over one hundred pissed Navajos'', who showed up to make sure the {{Corrupt Hick}}s who murdered four Navajo boys ForTheEvulz are arrested and unable to bribe their way out of trouble ''again''. The posse is so formidable that the {{Mook}}s of the villains run away after being told of it, and the villains end up killing each other as they fight over the only available horse to run away.

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* The Italian western comic ''[[TexWiller ''[[ComicBook/TexWiller Tex]]'' features one of the most epic uses of the trope, as the posse gathered at the end of the story arc ''Navajo Blood'' is composed by Tex, his pards and ''over one hundred pissed Navajos'', who showed up to make sure the {{Corrupt Hick}}s who murdered four Navajo boys ForTheEvulz are arrested and unable to bribe their way out of trouble ''again''. The posse is so formidable that the {{Mook}}s of the villains run away after being told of it, and the villains end up killing each other as they fight over the only available horse to run away.
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