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16th Jun '17 7:10:32 PM RemiV
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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 [[Series/KnightRider "Blackriver"]], [[Comicbook/TheBoys "Red River"]], [[Series/TheUnit "Blackthorne"]], [[VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist "Murky]][[VideoGame/{{PAYDAY2}} water"]], and [[Series/TwentyFour "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 [[Series/KnightRider "Blackriver"]], [[Comicbook/TheBoys "Red River"]], [[Series/TheUnit "Blackthorne"]], [[VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist "Murky]][[VideoGame/{{PAYDAY2}} water"]], and [[Series/TwentyFour "Starkwood"]].
"Starkwood"]], [[VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution "Bluewater"]], and [[VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution "Belltower"]].
10th Jun '17 3:05:18 PM nombretomado
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** In the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar (which was very much a preview to UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo) both the Loyalists and Nationalists employed mercenaries (particularly the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condor_Legion Condor Legion]], which bore the same relationship to the Nazi military machine that the Flying Tigers bore to the US military). Fighter and bomber pilots especially were highly sought-after.

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** In the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar (which was very much a preview to UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo) UsefulNotes/WorldWarII) both the Loyalists and Nationalists employed mercenaries (particularly the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condor_Legion Condor Legion]], which bore the same relationship to the Nazi military machine that the Flying Tigers bore to the US military). Fighter and bomber pilots especially were highly sought-after.



* As late as WorldWarOne, it was considered acceptable for officers to take a leave of absence to go off and fight in someone else's war, provided one didn't fight for one's own country's enemies or their allies. It was considered a valuable way to inject some combat experience into what would otherwise be a purely peacetime officer corps, as well as build up some goodwill on the sly, while still being technically a private venture, and as such completely deniable.

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* As late as WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, it was considered acceptable for officers to take a leave of absence to go off and fight in someone else's war, provided one didn't fight for one's own country's enemies or their allies. It was considered a valuable way to inject some combat experience into what would otherwise be a purely peacetime officer corps, as well as build up some goodwill on the sly, while still being technically a private venture, and as such completely deniable.
31st May '17 2:58:07 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/KingsOfTheWyld'': The mercenaries, of course, though they're treat far more sympathetically than is normal for this trope. Furthermore, the entire setting is based on a pun regarding the word "band:" Mercenary bands are treated exactly like rock bands, with tours, frontmen, bookers, gigs, and of course money and fame.
30th May '17 9:55:10 PM nombretomado
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* Elayne in the ''WheelOfTime'' has to turn to mercenaries to help secure her claim to the Lion Throne. They are not played with the remotest hint of sympathy. On the other hand, they're not portrayed as avaricious turncoats, like so many other works, either. At one point a mercenary captain tries to ask Elayne for more money after saving her from an unanticipated threat, and she points out that he was acting within the bounds of his contract and must continue to do so. He grumbles, but the group continue to fight on her behalf. She isn't worried about their loyalty, since no one would hire a mercenary band that changed sides in the middle of a campaign.

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* Elayne in the ''WheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has to turn to mercenaries to help secure her claim to the Lion Throne. They are not played with the remotest hint of sympathy. On the other hand, they're not portrayed as avaricious turncoats, like so many other works, either. At one point a mercenary captain tries to ask Elayne for more money after saving her from an unanticipated threat, and she points out that he was acting within the bounds of his contract and must continue to do so. He grumbles, but the group continue to fight on her behalf. She isn't worried about their loyalty, since no one would hire a mercenary band that changed sides in the middle of a campaign.
9th May '17 2:08:10 AM SebastianGray
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*** The Dogs of War are an entire army of mercenaries who mostly hail from Tilea, the setting's analogue of Renaissance Italy and the Condottieri. More individualistic examples are the Regiments of Renown, legendary mercenaries with interesting special rules that can be attached to other army lists.

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*** The Dogs of War are an entire army of mercenaries who mostly hail from Tilea, [[FantasyCounterpartCulture the setting's analogue analogue]] of Renaissance Italy and the Condottieri. More individualistic examples are the Regiments of Renown, legendary mercenaries with interesting special rules that can be attached to other army lists.



** In ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', the Grundstok Company, also known as the Grundcorps, are a group of professional mercenaries who hire out their services to the mercantile [[SteamPunk Kharadron sky-fleets]] to protect them from the vicious aerial monstrosities of the Mortal Realms, as well as any other threat they might face. Highly trained and outfitted with advanced weaponry, the Grundscorps are well worth their high price.
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** In ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', the Grundstok Company, also known as the Grundcorps, are a group of professional mercenaries who hire out their services to the mercantile [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Kharadron]] [[SteamPunk Kharadron sky-fleets]] to protect them from the vicious aerial monstrosities of the Mortal Realms, as well as any other threat they might face. Highly trained and outfitted with advanced weaponry, the Grundscorps are well worth their high price.
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** The [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Demiurg]] often act as mercenary forces for other races, [[ArchEnemy especially those under threat from Ork raids]]. ''TabletopGame/BattlefleetGothic'' represents this in-game by allowing any fleet, except [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]], [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] and [[RobotWar Necrons]], are able to hire Demiurg cruisers as mercenaries. [[OnlyInItForTheMoney Due to their lack of investment in the battle]] however, these mercenary ships will attempt to disengage from combat should they suffer too much damage.
3rd May '17 8:52:06 PM PaulA
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* Turner belongs to one in the second book of Creator/WilliamGibson's Literature/SprawlTrilogy.

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* Turner belongs to one in ''Literature/CountZero'', the second book of Creator/WilliamGibson's Literature/SprawlTrilogy.
26th Apr '17 11:59:16 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]: The Dragon's Lair mercenary company that Eric joins is composed of sword swinging warriors, spell slinging mages, more covert warriors (spies and assassins and such) as well as {{Combat Medic}}s. Most of the time, they're hired to help keep the monster population under control. Since Eric is a novice in this book, he is only hired to do grunt work. Tiza would prefer playing this trope straight.

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* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]: ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': The Dragon's Lair mercenary company that Eric joins is composed of sword swinging warriors, spell slinging mages, more covert warriors (spies and assassins and such) as well as {{Combat Medic}}s. Most of the time, they're hired to help keep the monster population under control. Since Eric is a novice in this book, he is only hired to do grunt work. Tiza would prefer playing this trope straight.
23rd Apr '17 12:13:24 PM Chabal2
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* ''VideoGame/WarCraftIII'': Mercs can be hired from camps, and mercenary heroes, in the expansion, from tavenrs. Mercs can be quite useful in story missions as when you aren't given the means to make more of your troops but are still picking up money they can fill in gaps in your forces.

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* ''VideoGame/WarCraftIII'': Mercs can be hired from camps, and mercenary heroes, in the expansion, from tavenrs. Mercs can be quite useful in story missions as when you aren't given the means to make more of your troops but are still picking up money they can fill in gaps in your forces.forces and in skirmishes as they can give you access to spells normally reserved for another faction.
10th Apr '17 10:04:01 AM TheBigBopper
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These characters can be both heroic and villainous; in a conflict, they usually are allied with the richest party's faction, but sometimes have a [[HonorBeforeReason strict honor code]] that prevents them from switching sides mid-battle. If they get ''too'' enthusiastic about their job, they may become {{Blood Knight}}s and try to start a WarForFunAndProfit. On the other hand, they do have to deal with the risk of [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness their employers double-crossing them when the job's done]]. And if their clients run out of money before the fighting's done, things will get ugly in short order in one or more of many ways.

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These characters can be both depicted as anything from heroic and to villainous; in a conflict, they usually are allied with the richest party's faction, but sometimes have a [[HonorBeforeReason strict honor code]] that prevents them from switching sides mid-battle. If they get ''too'' enthusiastic about their job, they may become {{Blood Knight}}s and try to start a WarForFunAndProfit. On the other hand, they do have to deal with the risk of [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness their employers double-crossing them when the job's done]]. And if their clients run out of money before the fighting's done, things will get ugly in short order in one or more of many ways.
3rd Apr '17 6:25:41 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''Fanfic/{{Pokedex}}'': In the past, before firearms were invented or Pokémon taming became widespread, Gallades would often seek out human wars to fight in for pride and glory, taking payments in Rare Candies and vitamins when the fighting was done and leaving for the next conflict.
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