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20th Sep '17 12:47:29 PM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' takes a rather unsubtle swipe at this trope with the Black''woods'' Company, mercenaries who are undercutting the legitimate Fighters Guild by taking their jobs for cheaper and then cheating on them for profit. They're also not above [[spoiler:using hallucinogens to make the Guild massacre an innocent village.]] The Fighters Guild (and their equivalent in Skyrim, the Companions) are also examples, although played heroically. None of the three field armies: they're all admin organisations for individual mercenaries and small-scale security operations.
** Though the Fighters' Guild has the ''numbers'' to field armies, just not the ability to concentrate them enough to actually form them into an army (whereas the Companions and the Blackwoods Company are regional companies, with at most a few offices and a relatively small operating area -- no more than a country or so -- the Fighters Guild have offices extending across ''most of the continent'').

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The Fighters Guild, an organization of "[[HiredGuns warriors-for-hire]]" who operate throughout most of Tamriel. The Guild is chartered by Empire of Tamriel to provide [[AdventureGuild training and employment]] to citizens of the martial persuasion. The Guild got it start during the reign of the [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] [[RegentForLife Potentate]] Versidue-Shaie, who dissolved and outlawed the private armies of nobles throughout the Empire. Given that the citizens of Tamriel still had a need for protective services beyond what the Imperial Legions could provide and that there was a need to prevent thousands of unemployed soldiers from straying into brigandry, Versidue-Shaie ordered the formation of the Syffim (the [[SnakePeople Tsaesci]] word for "soldier"), the group that would eventually become the Fighters Guild. Fighters Guild Halls can accept contracts from any citizen of the empire, as long as it does not violate any laws or customs. These most often involve [[RatStomp dealing with dangerous wild animals]], [[BountyHunter collecting bounties on criminals]], protection and bodyguard services, and, at the highest levels, dealing with supernatural threats including vampires, necromancers, and Daedra worshipers.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''
takes a rather unsubtle swipe at this trope with the Black''woods'' Company, an EvilCounterpart to the Fighters Guild. They are a group of mercenaries who are undercutting the legitimate Fighters Guild by taking their jobs contracts for cheaper and then cheating on them for profit. They're They are also much more ruthless in fulfilling said contracts, not above [[spoiler:using hallucinogens to make the Guild massacre an innocent village.]] village]].
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The Fighters Guild (and their equivalent in Skyrim, the Companions) are also examples, although played heroically. None of the three field armies: they're all admin organisations for individual mercenaries and small-scale security operations.
** Though the Fighters' Guild has the ''numbers'' to field armies, just not the ability to concentrate them enough to actually form them into an army (whereas the
Companions and the Blackwoods Company in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' are a regional companies, with at most a few offices and a relatively small operating area -- no more than a country or so -- variant that operates only within Skyrim. (Due to their presence, the Fighters Guild have offices extending across ''most [[SupermanStaysOutOfGotham stays out of Skyrim]].) The Companions trace their organization back to the original [[BadassArmy 500 Companions]] of [[FounderOfTheKingdom Ysgramor]], who slaughtered Skyrim's native [[OurElvesAreBetter Falmer (Snow Elves)]] and claimed Skyrim for the [[BarbarianHero Atmorans]] (ancestors of the continent'').[[HornyVikings Nords]]). They fulfill many of the duties that the Fighters Guild performs in other territories.
12th Sep '17 10:05:06 PM Medinoc
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* In ''Film/RamboIV'', after a group of missionaries disappears in the Burmese jungle, the pastor of their church hires Rambo and a squad of mercenaries to rescue them.
10th Sep '17 11:25:47 AM AHI-3000
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* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "The Red Ball". [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ed Wuncler I]] hires a squad of mercenaries from Blackwater -- not for security purposes, but to use them to [[ItMakesSenseInContext fill up Woodcrest's local kickball team, for an upcoming kickball game against a team from China]]. The Blackwater mercenaries (or "[[InsistentTerminology private kickball contractors]]", as they prefer to be called) are actually quite skilled at playing this sport. But unfortunately for Wuncler, the mercenaries quit because they're now busy with performing a special mission in Afghanistan.
10th Sep '17 11:16:48 AM AHI-3000
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* The ''Videogame/{{ArmA}}'' series had Black Element debut in the ''[=ArmA=]: Queen's Gambit'' ExpansionPack and return as ION, Inc. in the ''Arma 2: Private Military Company'' [[DownloadableContent DLC]], by which time the [[Expy Blackwater resemblance]] was much more overt, complete with the renaming, international condemnation for involvement in the deaths of civilians, military/intel connections[[note]]Mark Reynolds is former CIA, and quite a few of the team in ''PMC'' are former servicemen[[/note]], a case of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive additional motives besides the contract]][[note]]the big reveal of ''Private Military Company''[[/note]], disavowed operators[[note]]the player character and his team after and due to the events of ''Queen's Gambit''[[/note]], being the self-proclaimed "''North America's largest private service contractor''"...

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* The ''Videogame/{{ArmA}}'' series had Black Element debut in the ''[=ArmA=]: Queen's Gambit'' ExpansionPack and return as ION, Inc. in the ''Arma 2: Private Military Company'' [[DownloadableContent DLC]], by which time the [[Expy [[{{Expy}} Blackwater resemblance]] was much more overt, complete with the renaming, international condemnation for involvement in the deaths of civilians, military/intel connections[[note]]Mark Reynolds is former CIA, and quite a few of the team in ''PMC'' are former servicemen[[/note]], a case of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive additional motives besides the contract]][[note]]the big reveal of ''Private Military Company''[[/note]], disavowed operators[[note]]the player character and his team after and due to the events of ''Queen's Gambit''[[/note]], being the self-proclaimed "''North America's largest private service contractor''"...
10th Sep '17 11:14:59 AM AHI-3000
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* In ''VideoGame/FarCry2'', the main enemies of the game are members of two [=PMCs=], augmenting the local forces of each faction. The APR hired American PMC [=MacGrudder=]-Powell, while the UFLL hired Bastion UK.

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In ''VideoGame/FarCry2'', the main enemies of the game are members of two [=PMCs=], augmenting the local forces of each faction. The APR hired American PMC [=MacGrudder=]-Powell, while the UFLL hired Bastion UK.
9th Sep '17 11:12:56 AM AHI-3000
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* Throughout the ''{{VideoGame/Uncharted}}'' series, Nathan Drake and his friends frequently fight against entire private armies that have been hired by the main villains to help them search for lost cities and hidden treasures around the world.

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* Throughout the ''{{VideoGame/Uncharted}}'' series, [[TheHero Nathan Drake Drake]] and his friends frequently fight against entire private armies that have been hired by the main villains to help them search for lost cities and hidden treasures around the world.
8th Sep '17 8:35:59 PM AHI-3000
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** ''VideoGame/FarCry4'''s Royal Guard, the EliteMooks in charge of northern Kyrat, are implicitly stated to be foreign mercenaries.

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** ''VideoGame/FarCry4'''s Royal Guard, the EliteMooks in charge of northern Kyrat, are implicitly stated to be foreign mercenaries.mercenaries, mostly of Chinese origin.



** In ''VideoGame/UnchartedDrakesFortune'', [[EvilBrit Gabriel Roman]] and [[TheStarscream Atoq Navarro]] hired out a company of South American mercenaries to help them search for El Dorado on a deserted island.

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** In ''VideoGame/UnchartedDrakesFortune'', [[EvilBrit Gabriel Roman]] and [[TheStarscream Atoq Navarro]] hired out a company of South American mercenaries to help them in their search for El Dorado on a deserted island.



** In ''VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd'', the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive evil American millionaire]] Rafe Adler bought the services of the [[AmoralAfrikaner South African PMC]] Shoreline, which itself is led by [[DarkActionGirl Nadine Ross]], to find the pirate colony of Libertalia in Madagascar.

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** In ''VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd'', the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive evil American millionaire]] Rafe Adler bought the services of the [[AmoralAfrikaner South African PMC]] Shoreline, which itself is led by [[DarkActionGirl Nadine Ross]], to find locate the pirate colony of Libertalia in Madagascar.



8th Sep '17 8:29:58 PM AHI-3000
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* Three of the five featured [=PMCs=] in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''; the first two encountered have their members portrayed as mercenaries in that they're performing offensive operations, while those of the third are identically dressed and equipped like the first (since the second was in South America) but are performing security... and [[spoiler:executing curfew violators in an effort to root out "resistance members".]] All three are operating for the governments of the countries where they're found, although in the South American location the rebels have hired a local PMC of their own, and the militia have local [=PMCs=] assisting in the Middle East. Of note is Werewolf, which seems to field only unmanned units for recon and security.
** The [=PMCs=] are also used as a callback to the original ''VideoGame/MetalGear,'' where Big Boss built Outer Heaven as a refuge where disillusioned and disavowed soldiers could go, effectively becoming mercenaries, or a sort-of proto-PMC. His goal of creating a world where soldiers are always needed is essentially fulfilled by the War Economy ([[spoiler:which is probably one of the reasons why he renounces his original beliefs at the end, it's clearly not a good thing]]), and the parent company that owns the five major [=PMCs=] is ''actually named'' "Outer Heaven".
** The origins of Outer Heaven are explored in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Peace Walker]]'', starting out as the Militaires Sans Frontieres. Unlike most examples, however, the Militaires Sans Frontieres were portrayed in a positive light. Another Private Military Contractor in the game is the Peace Sentinels, but they are portrayed as genuine bad guys. It's strongly implied that the Peace Sentinels are rogue CIA operators.

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** The [=PMCs=] are also used as a callback to the original ''VideoGame/MetalGear'', where Big Boss built Outer Heaven as a refuge where disillusioned and disavowed soldiers could go, effectively becoming mercenaries, or a sort-of proto-PMC. His goal of creating a world where soldiers are always needed is essentially fulfilled by the War Economy ([[spoiler:which is probably one of the reasons why he renounces his original beliefs at the end, it's clearly not a good thing]]), and the parent company that owns the five major [=PMCs=] is ''actually named'' "Outer Heaven".
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Three of the five featured [=PMCs=] in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''; the first two encountered have their members portrayed as mercenaries in that they're performing offensive operations, while those of the third are identically dressed and equipped like the first (since the second was in South America) but are performing security... and [[spoiler:executing curfew violators in an effort to root out "resistance members".]] All three are operating for the governments of the countries where they're found, although in the South American location the rebels have hired a local PMC of their own, and the militia have local [=PMCs=] assisting in the Middle East. Of note is Werewolf, which seems to field only unmanned units for recon and security.
** The [=PMCs=] are also used as a callback to the original ''VideoGame/MetalGear,'' where Big Boss built Outer Heaven as a refuge where disillusioned and disavowed soldiers could go, effectively becoming mercenaries, or a sort-of proto-PMC. His goal of creating a world where soldiers are always needed is essentially fulfilled by the War Economy ([[spoiler:which is probably one of the reasons why he renounces his original beliefs at the end, it's clearly not a good thing]]), and the parent company that owns the five major [=PMCs=] is ''actually named'' "Outer Heaven".
** The origins of Outer Heaven are explored in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Peace Walker]]'', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', starting out as the Militaires Sans Frontieres. Unlike most examples, however, the Militaires Sans Frontieres were portrayed in a positive light. Another Private Military Contractor in the game is the Peace Sentinels, but they are portrayed as genuine bad guys. It's strongly implied that the Peace Sentinels are rogue CIA operators.operators.
** In addition to Venom Snake's Diamond Dogs, a revival of Militaires Sans Frontieres, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' has three other [=PMCs=] (called "Private Forces" or [=PFs=] in the game) operating in Angola, mostly made up of [[AmoralAfrikaner ex-SADF]] or [[FormerRegimePersonnel former Rhodesian SAS]]. They are often seen working with UNITA rebels and the largest of them is a front for [[TheConspiracy Cipher]], with the other two implied to be as well.



** In addition to Venom Snake's Diamond Dogs, a revival of Militaires Sans Frontieres, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' has three other [=PMCs=] (called "Private Forces" or [=PFs=] in the game) operating in Angola, mostly made up of [[AmoralAfrikaner ex-SADF]] or [[FormerRegimePersonnel former Rhodesian SAS]]. They are often seen working with UNITA rebels and the largest of them is a front for [[TheConspiracy Cipher]], with the other two implied to be as well.


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* Throughout the ''{{VideoGame/Uncharted}}'' series, Nathan Drake and his friends frequently fight against entire private armies that have been hired by the main villains to help them search for lost cities and hidden treasures around the world.
** In ''VideoGame/UnchartedDrakesFortune'', [[EvilBrit Gabriel Roman]] and [[TheStarscream Atoq Navarro]] hired out a company of South American mercenaries to help them search for El Dorado on a deserted island.
** In ''VideoGame/Uncharted2AmongThieves'', the [[SociopathicSoldier fugitive Serbian warlord]] Zoran Lazarevic commands his own paramilitary force of Eastern European mercs to help him find [[TheShangriLa Shambhala]] in the Himalayas.
** In ''VideoGame/Uncharted3DrakesDeception'', [[BigBad Katherine Marlowe]] and [[TheDragon Talbot]] recruited many soldiers-of-fortune to help them find the lost city of Ubar in Arabia. Just like the rest of Marlowe's various henchmen, these guys are [[EvilBrit Englishmen]].
** In ''VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd'', the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive evil American millionaire]] Rafe Adler bought the services of the [[AmoralAfrikaner South African PMC]] Shoreline, which itself is led by [[DarkActionGirl Nadine Ross]], to find the pirate colony of Libertalia in Madagascar.
1st Sep '17 4:04:56 PM nombretomado
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* One common variation known was for a ruler of a small country to simply "rent out" his army to belligerents (much as they have been known in modern times to rent their armies to producers of an EpicMovie when a lot of well-disciplined men were needed for special effects). These were not strictly mercenaries; the soldiers in them tended to be enlisted in the forces of their lawful prince. However someone enlisting would likely know what he was in for. [[AllTheLittleGermanies German states]] were famous for this; their soldiers were such a good buy and their rulers so willing to deal, and they were often times not busy with a war on their own account as major powers were, and so could spare troops.

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* One common variation known was for a ruler of a small country to simply "rent out" his army to belligerents (much as they have been known in modern times to rent their armies to producers of an EpicMovie when a lot of well-disciplined men were needed for special effects). These were not strictly mercenaries; the soldiers in them tended to be enlisted in the forces of their lawful prince. However someone enlisting would likely know what he was in for. [[AllTheLittleGermanies [[UsefulNotes/AllTheLittleGermanies German states]] were famous for this; their soldiers were such a good buy and their rulers so willing to deal, and they were often times not busy with a war on their own account as major powers were, and so could spare troops.
26th Aug '17 5:10:20 PM Benbeasted
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* All of the playable characters from ''VideoGame/DirtyBomb'' are mercenaries being hired either by the criminal syndicate Jackal, or the Central Disaster Authority. None of them have any allegiance, except to the side that offers them most.
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