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15th Jan '17 3:06:56 PM SirMaxwellofMacsen
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* The titular Brigadors from ''VideoGame/{{Brigador}}'' are this mixed with [[VillainProtagonist Villain Protagonist]] and [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Villain]]
13th Jan '17 5:43:06 AM Euodiachloris
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* Numerous mercenary companies exist in George R.R. Martin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', from the savage [[IronicName Brave Companions]], aka "[[CarnivalOfKillers the Bloody Mummers]]", to the elite [[TheAce Golden]] [[ConsummateProfessional Company]] and everything in-between. They are regarded as skilled fighters whose experience is offset by their notorious tendency to [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder switch sides or run away]] when events turn against them (though the Golden Company is famous for its loyalty to its decent employers -- but, any boss who treats their side of the contract merely as suggestions are in for a ''very'' [[CurbStompBattle interesting week or two]]). Individual sellswords and [[KnightErrant Hedge Knights]] (the difference between the two can, essentially, be minimal; it comes down to who takes knightly vows or just says they have) exist as well, and can be just as varied in character. In times of strife, they can do quite well, such as Tyrion Lannister's hireling Bronn, who goes from being so low birth he has no surname to [[spoiler:getting a knighthood, a lady wife and stepson, and a minor fiefdom in the Crownlands]].

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* Numerous mercenary companies exist in George R.R. Martin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', from the savage [[IronicName Brave Companions]], aka "[[CarnivalOfKillers the Bloody Mummers]]", to the elite [[TheAce Golden]] [[ConsummateProfessional Company]] and everything in-between. They are regarded as skilled fighters whose experience is offset by their notorious tendency to [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder switch sides or run away]] when events turn against them (though the Golden Company is famous for its loyalty to its decent employers -- but, any boss who treats their side of the contract merely as suggestions are is in for a ''very'' [[CurbStompBattle interesting week or two]]).two]] and won't have the luxury of feigned innocence: the consequences for screwing them over are set down there in black and white). Individual sellswords and [[KnightErrant Hedge Knights]] (the difference between the two can, essentially, be minimal; it comes down to who takes knightly vows or just says they have) exist as well, and can be just as varied in character. In times of strife, they can do quite well, such as Tyrion Lannister's hireling Bronn, who goes from being so low birth he has no surname to [[spoiler:getting a knighthood, a lady wife and stepson, and a minor fiefdom in the Crownlands]].
13th Jan '17 5:33:19 AM Euodiachloris
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* Numerous mercenary companies exist in George R.R. Martin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', from the savage [[IronicName Brave Companions]], aka "[[CarnivalOfKillers the Bloody Mummers]]", to the elite [[TheAce Golden]] [[ConsumateProfessional Company]] and everything in-between. They are regarded as skilled fighters whose experience is offset by their notorious tendency to [[ChronicBackstabbinDisorder switch sides or run away]] when events turn against them (though the Golden Company is famous for its loyalty to its employers). Individual sellswords and [[KnightErrant Hedge Knights]] (the difference between the two can, essentially, be minimal; it comes down to who takes knightly vows or just says they have) exist as well, and can be just as varied in character. In times of strife, they can do quite well, such as Tyrion Lannister's hireling Bronn, who goes from being so low birth he has no surname to [[spoiler:getting a knighthood, a lady wife and stepson, and a minor fiefdom in the Crownlands]].

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* Numerous mercenary companies exist in George R.R. Martin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', from the savage [[IronicName Brave Companions]], aka "[[CarnivalOfKillers the Bloody Mummers]]", to the elite [[TheAce Golden]] [[ConsumateProfessional [[ConsummateProfessional Company]] and everything in-between. They are regarded as skilled fighters whose experience is offset by their notorious tendency to [[ChronicBackstabbinDisorder [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder switch sides or run away]] when events turn against them (though the Golden Company is famous for its loyalty to its employers).decent employers -- but, any boss who treats their side of the contract merely as suggestions are in for a ''very'' [[CurbStompBattle interesting week or two]]). Individual sellswords and [[KnightErrant Hedge Knights]] (the difference between the two can, essentially, be minimal; it comes down to who takes knightly vows or just says they have) exist as well, and can be just as varied in character. In times of strife, they can do quite well, such as Tyrion Lannister's hireling Bronn, who goes from being so low birth he has no surname to [[spoiler:getting a knighthood, a lady wife and stepson, and a minor fiefdom in the Crownlands]].
9th Jan '17 5:52:00 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/BloodDiamond'' has plenty of mercenaries, with LeonardoDiCaprio playing a former [[strike:Zimbabwean]] Rhodesian merc-turned-diamond smuggler.

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* ''Film/BloodDiamond'' has plenty of mercenaries, with LeonardoDiCaprio Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio playing a former [[strike:Zimbabwean]] Rhodesian merc-turned-diamond smuggler.
2nd Dec '16 12:10:10 PM Euodiachloris
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* Numerous mercenary companies exist in George R.R. Martin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', from the savage [[IronicName Brave Companions]], aka "[[CarnivalOfKillers the Bloody Mummers]]", to the elite [[TheAce Golden]] [[ConsumateProffesional Company]] and everything in-between. They are regarded as skilled fighters whose experience is offset by their notorious tendency to [[ChronicBackstabbingSyndrome switch sides or run away]] when events turn against them (though the Golden Company is famous for its loyalty to its employers). Individual sellswords and [[KnightErrant Hedge Knights]] (the difference between the two can, essentially, be minimal; it comes down to who takes knightly vows or just says they have) exist as well, and can be just as varied in character. In times of strife, they can do quite well, such as Tyrion Lannister's hireling Bronn, who goes from being so low birth he has no surname to [[spoiler:getting a knighthood, a lady wife and stepson, and a minor fiefdom in the Crownlands]].

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* Numerous mercenary companies exist in George R.R. Martin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', from the savage [[IronicName Brave Companions]], aka "[[CarnivalOfKillers the Bloody Mummers]]", to the elite [[TheAce Golden]] [[ConsumateProffesional [[ConsumateProfessional Company]] and everything in-between. They are regarded as skilled fighters whose experience is offset by their notorious tendency to [[ChronicBackstabbingSyndrome [[ChronicBackstabbinDisorder switch sides or run away]] when events turn against them (though the Golden Company is famous for its loyalty to its employers). Individual sellswords and [[KnightErrant Hedge Knights]] (the difference between the two can, essentially, be minimal; it comes down to who takes knightly vows or just says they have) exist as well, and can be just as varied in character. In times of strife, they can do quite well, such as Tyrion Lannister's hireling Bronn, who goes from being so low birth he has no surname to [[spoiler:getting a knighthood, a lady wife and stepson, and a minor fiefdom in the Crownlands]].
2nd Dec '16 12:04:30 PM Euodiachloris
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* Numerous mercenary companies exist in George R.R. Martin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', from the savage Brave Companions, AKA the Bloody Mummers, to the elite Golden Company. They are regarded as skilled fighters whose experience is offset by their notorious tendency to switch sides or run away when events turn against them (though the Golden Company is famous for its loyalty to its employers). Individual sellswords exist as well, and in times of strife can do quite well, such as Tyrion Lannister's hireling Bronn, who goes from being so low birth he has no surname to [[spoiler:getting a knighthood, a lady wife and stepson, and a minor fiefdom in the Crownlands]].

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* Numerous mercenary companies exist in George R.R. Martin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', from the savage [[IronicName Brave Companions, AKA Companions]], aka "[[CarnivalOfKillers the Bloody Mummers, Mummers]]", to the elite Golden Company. [[TheAce Golden]] [[ConsumateProffesional Company]] and everything in-between. They are regarded as skilled fighters whose experience is offset by their notorious tendency to [[ChronicBackstabbingSyndrome switch sides or run away away]] when events turn against them (though the Golden Company is famous for its loyalty to its employers). Individual sellswords and [[KnightErrant Hedge Knights]] (the difference between the two can, essentially, be minimal; it comes down to who takes knightly vows or just says they have) exist as well, and can be just as varied in character. In times of strife strife, they can do quite well, such as Tyrion Lannister's hireling Bronn, who goes from being so low birth he has no surname to [[spoiler:getting a knighthood, a lady wife and stepson, and a minor fiefdom in the Crownlands]].
2nd Dec '16 3:27:04 AM Morgenthaler
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** On the very next episode ([[{{Recap/PersonOfInterestS04E03}} "Wingman"]]), Blackwater is name-dropped again as the former employers of [[{{Badass}} "Egret"]].

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** On the very next episode ([[{{Recap/PersonOfInterestS04E03}} "Wingman"]]), Blackwater is name-dropped again as the former employers of [[{{Badass}} "Egret"]]."Egret".
27th Nov '16 5:03:07 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* As per ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' above, this is also the meat of ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk2020}}''. The most conspicuous [=PMCs=] are Arasaka and Militech, two of the largest corporations of the game's setting.
20th Nov '16 9:39:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''Literature/VattasWar'' series also by the ElizabethMoon deals with these heavily, particularly the Mackensee Military Assistance Corporation whom Kylara Vatta, TheCaptain, both hires and is hired by. The [=MMAC=] is depicted as being ''very'' strict in who they will do business with, with their contracts spelling out certain actions their employers might take where they will consider their contract terminated on the spot and withdraw immediately, in order to avoid any association with this trope's negative trappings.

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* The ''Literature/VattasWar'' series also by the ElizabethMoon Elizabeth Moon deals with these heavily, particularly the Mackensee Military Assistance Corporation whom Kylara Vatta, TheCaptain, both hires and is hired by. The [=MMAC=] is depicted as being ''very'' strict in who they will do business with, with their contracts spelling out certain actions their employers might take where they will consider their contract terminated on the spot and withdraw immediately, in order to avoid any association with this trope's negative trappings.
14th Nov '16 3:28:59 PM margdean56
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* In the ''Literature/{{Deverry}}'' novels, the Silver Daggers started out as one of these during the [[SuccessionCrisis Time Of Troubles]]. They were so instrumental in ending the three-way civil war that later generations of kings were afraid that they might be used to overthrow them and put another king on the throne. The Silver Dagger's charter was guaranteed to last in perpetuity due to a boon posthumously granted to their original captain by Maryn I, so instead a law was passed banning all other mercenary units, and prohibiting the Silver Daggers from acting as a single unit ever again, forcing anyone who wanted a mercenary army to hire them one or two at a time - assuming that they could find enough of the now scattered soldiers of fortune to make it worth the effort.
* The ICA and Pussiance Treize (French for "Power Thirteen") are treated as this, only for assassins in the ''Literature/{{Hitman}}'' novels.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Deverry}}'' novels, the Silver Daggers started out as one of these during the [[SuccessionCrisis Time Of Troubles]]. They were so instrumental in ending the three-way civil war that later generations of kings were afraid that they might be used to overthrow them and put another king on the throne. The Silver Dagger's Daggers' charter was guaranteed to last in perpetuity due to a boon posthumously granted to their original captain by Maryn I, so instead a law was passed banning all other mercenary units, and prohibiting the Silver Daggers from acting as a single unit ever again, forcing anyone who wanted a mercenary army to hire them one or two at a time - -- assuming that they could find enough of the now scattered soldiers of fortune to make it worth the effort.
* The ICA and Pussiance Puissance Treize (French for "Power Thirteen") are treated as this, only for assassins in the ''Literature/{{Hitman}}'' novels.
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