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28th Aug '16 1:58:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Netland}}''`s TOAST Industries contracts out its own internal force group, as well as selling hardware to other [=PMCs=] (and the [[PlayerCharacter PCs]]).

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* ''{{Netland}}''`s ''Roleplay/{{Netland}}''`s TOAST Industries contracts out its own internal force group, as well as selling hardware to other [=PMCs=] (and the [[PlayerCharacter PCs]]).
24th Aug '16 9:39:57 PM nombretomado
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* The Black Company in Glen Cook's ''TheBlackCompany'' series.

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* The Black Company in Glen Cook's ''TheBlackCompany'' ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' series.
12th Aug '16 1:31:03 AM PaulA
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* The Dendarii Mercenaries from LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' appear to be entirely this; in actuality [[spoiler:they're Barrayaran-employed irregulars (and still not averse to taking lucrative contracts that don't conflict with that)]]. While several galactic powers, and a few individuals, have figured out the truth, it's still not common knowledge. Even among the Dendarii themselves.
** This cover works because there are plenty of bona-fide mercenary companies around. The books include Randall's Rangers (before Cavilo took charge) and the Oseran Mercenaries (before [[GuileHero Miles]] [[XanatosSpeedChess dazzled them]] into working for him). Other companies are referenced as existing at a variety of scales.

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* The Dendarii Mercenaries from LoisMcMasterBujold's Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' appear to be entirely this; in actuality [[spoiler:they're Barrayaran-employed irregulars (and still not averse to taking lucrative contracts that don't conflict with that)]]. While several galactic powers, and a few individuals, have figured out the truth, it's still not common knowledge. Even among the Dendarii themselves.
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themselves. This cover works because there are plenty of bona-fide mercenary companies around. The books include Randall's Rangers (before Cavilo took charge) and the Oseran Mercenaries (before [[GuileHero Miles]] [[XanatosSpeedChess dazzled them]] into working for him). Other companies are referenced as existing at a variety of scales.
5th Aug '16 9:10:26 PM Kadorhal
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In stark contrast, the "''corporate mercenary''" is usually just a {{Mook}} or RedShirt of some kind, and the "character" takes the form of the PMC corporation itself. Corporate mercs are usually depicted as being up to no good, or are the hand-puppets of some shadowy organization which is itself up to no good. They are portrayed -- when anything more than FacelessGoons -- as amoral, ethically-challenged, and professional but [[MyMasterRightOrWrong hardly ever inclined to argue with Corporate Headquarters]]. If former military, many will have been dishonorably discharged. Unless the writer's bent on defying WhatMeasureIsAMook, they will almost never be the "good guys" in recent years. Their parent company usually has a name based loosely or thematically on "Blackwater" in a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed {{Expy}} of that real-life PMC -- examples include "Blackriver", "Red River", "Blackthorne", "Murkywater", and "Starkwood".

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In stark contrast, the "''corporate mercenary''" is usually just a {{Mook}} or RedShirt of some kind, and the "character" takes the form of the PMC corporation itself. Corporate mercs are usually depicted as being up to no good, or are the hand-puppets of some shadowy organization which is itself up to no good. They are portrayed -- when anything more than FacelessGoons -- as amoral, ethically-challenged, and professional but [[MyMasterRightOrWrong hardly ever inclined to argue with Corporate Headquarters]]. If former military, many will have been dishonorably discharged. Unless the writer's bent on defying WhatMeasureIsAMook, they will almost never be the "good guys" in recent years. Their parent company usually has a name based loosely or thematically on "Blackwater" in a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed {{Expy}} of that real-life PMC -- examples include "Blackriver", "Red River", "Blackthorne", "Murkywater", "[[Series/KnightRider Blackriver]]", "[[Comicbook/TheBoys Red River]]", "[[Series/TheUnit Blackthorne]]", "[[VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist Murky]][[VideoGame/{{PAYDAY2}} water]]", and "Starkwood".
"[[Series/TwentyFour Starkwood]]".



* The Murkywater mercenaries, inspired by the real life counterpart Blackwater, show up as enemies in one level in ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist''. They're no more resilient than a SWAT unit, but they have better reaction time and accuracy.

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* The Murkywater mercenaries, inspired by the real life counterpart Blackwater, show up as enemies in one level in ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist''. They're no more resilient than a SWAT unit, but they have better reaction time and accuracy. They become more prominent in ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'', featuring as enemies in more heists, including "Shadow Raid" where they're shown (or at least mentioned by Bain) to have a hand in a lot of dirty business - up to and including funding terrorists with drug money, and "Meltdown", where they have access to, of all things, [[spoiler:nuclear warheads]].
2nd Aug '16 2:58:49 PM Kalaong
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* Tagon's Toughs from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' are one group in a universe full of them. Notable in that they have an InUniverse reputation as vaguely ethical semi-skilled suckers with miliseconds of genius who will gladly take almost anything if the money is good and are willing to let people get away with suckering them as long as they're paid well. In many cases this is actually their selling point; CrazyAwesome ChaoticGood LowerClassLout[=s=] who are OnlyInItForTheMoney and will hit ''any'' AcceptableTargets you ask them to, NeverHurtAnInnocent, and put up with all manner of abuse as long as they get to choose their own deployment and armament.

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* Tagon's Toughs from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' are one group in a universe full of them. Notable in that they have an InUniverse reputation as vaguely ethical semi-skilled suckers with miliseconds of genius who will gladly take almost anything if the money is good and are willing to let people get away with suckering them as long as they're paid well. In many cases this is actually their selling point; CrazyAwesome ChaoticGood LowerClassLout[=s=] who are OnlyInItForTheMoney and will hit ''any'' AcceptableTargets you ask them to, NeverHurtAnInnocent, and put up with all manner of abuse as long as they get to choose their own deployment deployment, armament and armament.''pay''ment.
31st Jul '16 9:25:54 PM crowmagnon
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* In Marvel's ''ComicBook/SpiderGwen'', Earth-65's version of [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] owns a mercenary company called "War Machine". [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Frank Castle]] and Kraven the Hunter are both former employees.
29th Jul '16 10:54:20 AM Kalaong
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* Tagon's Toughs from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' are one group in a universe full of them. Notable in that they have an InUniverse reputation as vaguely ethical semi-skilled suckers with miliseconds of genius who will gladly take almost anything if the money is good and are willing to let people get away with suckering them as long as they're paid well. In many cases this is actually their selling point; CrazyAwesome ChaoticGood {{Lower-Class Lout}}s who are OnlyInItForTheMoney and will hit ''any'' AcceptableTarges you ask them to, NeverHurtAnInnocent, and put up with all manner of abuse as long as they get to choose their own deployment and armament.

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* Tagon's Toughs from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' are one group in a universe full of them. Notable in that they have an InUniverse reputation as vaguely ethical semi-skilled suckers with miliseconds of genius who will gladly take almost anything if the money is good and are willing to let people get away with suckering them as long as they're paid well. In many cases this is actually their selling point; CrazyAwesome ChaoticGood {{Lower-Class Lout}}s LowerClassLout[=s=] who are OnlyInItForTheMoney and will hit ''any'' AcceptableTarges AcceptableTargets you ask them to, NeverHurtAnInnocent, and put up with all manner of abuse as long as they get to choose their own deployment and armament.
29th Jul '16 10:52:16 AM Kalaong
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* Tagon's Toughs from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' are one group in a universe full of them. "Pranger's Bangers" are another (much better) group encountered, as well as any number of single, independent antagonists that function more like {{bounty hunter}}s. Later arcs introduced Sanctum Adroit, who are much more Lawful-aligned than the Toughs; they tend to respect the letter of the law, while the Toughs will gladly take almost anything if the money is good.

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* Tagon's Toughs from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' are one group in a universe full of them. "Pranger's Bangers" Notable in that they have an InUniverse reputation as vaguely ethical semi-skilled suckers with miliseconds of genius who will gladly take almost anything if the money is good and are another (much better) group encountered, willing to let people get away with suckering them as well long as any number they're paid well. In many cases this is actually their selling point; CrazyAwesome ChaoticGood {{Lower-Class Lout}}s who are OnlyInItForTheMoney and will hit ''any'' AcceptableTarges you ask them to, NeverHurtAnInnocent, and put up with all manner of abuse as long as they get to choose their own deployment and armament.
**"Pranger's Bangers", on the other hand, are {{Consummate Professional}}s who are considered ''much'' more skilled than the Toughs. They just lack their luck and Crazy Awesomeness.
**"Sanctum Adroit" are much more Lawful-aligned than the Toughs; they've built a reputation on respecting the letter of the law in all their operations - even the ''client'' has to beware if they catch them breaking the law.
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single, independent antagonists that function more like {{bounty hunter}}s. Later arcs introduced Sanctum Adroit, who are much more Lawful-aligned than the Toughs; they tend to respect the letter of the law, while the Toughs will gladly take almost anything if the money is good.hunter}}s.
19th Jul '16 3:59:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[http://www.centralcitytower.com/2011/05/faction-introduction-lancers.html The Lancers]] of ''{{Project 0}}'' fall on the corporate mercenary side

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* [[http://www.centralcitytower.com/2011/05/faction-introduction-lancers.html The Lancers]] of ''{{Project ''Webcomic/{{Project 0}}'' fall on the corporate mercenary side



* The Majan Hunters of ''CryHavoc'' are just one of many mercenary companies, known in universe as 'dogs of war'. These companies are seemingly used to support small national armies.
* The 1st Investment Recovery Battalion from ''MyLifeAtWar'' are one of a few mercenary companies. They seem to be rather professional mostly used for heavy-duty corporate security.

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* The Majan Hunters of ''CryHavoc'' ''Webcomic/CryHavoc'' are just one of many mercenary companies, known in universe as 'dogs of war'. These companies are seemingly used to support small national armies.
* The 1st Investment Recovery Battalion from ''MyLifeAtWar'' ''Webcomic/MyLifeAtWar'' are one of a few mercenary companies. They seem to be rather professional mostly used for heavy-duty corporate security.
17th Jul '16 6:18:46 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''CoDominium'' series, the ''Falkenberg's Legions'' books have a ton of mercenaries, ranging from independent military companies (such as the eponymous Mercenary Legion) to planetary armies sold out to pay for their expenses.

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* In the ''CoDominium'' ''Literature/CoDominium'' series, the ''Falkenberg's Legions'' books have a ton of mercenaries, ranging from independent military companies (such as the eponymous Mercenary Legion) to planetary armies sold out to pay for their expenses.
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