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22nd Nov '16 7:06:51 PM PaulA
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* Lee in Creator/GordonRDickson's ''[[Literature/ChildeCycle Dorsai!]]''. Due to an uncorrectable medical condition, he's unable to tell right from wrong and is socially dysfunctional. He knows this, and seeks a ''cause'' to keep him functioning. He'll do ''anything'' for that cause. Luckily, he found Donal, who keeps Lee from doing anything nasty. Also notable that Lee likely inspired Joachim Steuben, as David Drake is a fan of the novel.

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* Lee in Creator/GordonRDickson's ''[[Literature/ChildeCycle Dorsai!]]''.''Literature/{{Dorsai}}''. Due to an uncorrectable medical condition, he's unable to tell right from wrong and is socially dysfunctional. He knows this, and seeks a ''cause'' to keep him functioning. He'll do ''anything'' for that cause. Luckily, he found Donal, who keeps Lee from doing anything nasty. Also notable that Lee likely inspired Joachim Steuben, as David Drake is a fan of the novel.
13th Aug '16 1:32:13 PM Morgenthaler
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* Lee in Creator/GordonRDickson's ''[[ChildeCycle Dorsai!]]''. Due to an uncorrectable medical condition, he's unable to tell right from wrong and is socially dysfunctional. He knows this, and seeks a ''cause'' to keep him functioning. He'll do ''anything'' for that cause. Luckily, he found Donal, who keeps Lee from doing anything nasty. Also notable that Lee likely inspired Joachim Steuben, as David Drake is a fan of the novel.
* Edward in the ''AnitaBlake'' series (although it's not like Anita's such a saint).

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* Lee in Creator/GordonRDickson's ''[[ChildeCycle ''[[Literature/ChildeCycle Dorsai!]]''. Due to an uncorrectable medical condition, he's unable to tell right from wrong and is socially dysfunctional. He knows this, and seeks a ''cause'' to keep him functioning. He'll do ''anything'' for that cause. Luckily, he found Donal, who keeps Lee from doing anything nasty. Also notable that Lee likely inspired Joachim Steuben, as David Drake is a fan of the novel.
* Edward in the ''AnitaBlake'' ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' series (although it's not like Anita's such a saint).
9th Aug '16 11:33:07 PM PaulA
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* The ''[[{{Dragaera}} Taltos]]'' books have been acknowledged as inspired by the Spenser series, but seem to turn this on its head. Vlad Taltos, the protagonist, is the PsychoSidekick in relation to his friends who are [[OurElvesAreBetter fantasy elf nobility]], but it's less that he is more bloodthirsty than that he is less bound by social conventions. This is played rather straight in ''Orca'' though as a LawfulGood police officer, who normally disdains assassins, has Vlad kill her partner who was a CorruptCop and a murderer.
* In LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/VorkosiganSaga, Sergeant Bothari has elements of this, though Aral Vorkosigan is more active than most in acting as his MoralityChain and eventually gets him some much-needed medical intervention.

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* The ''[[{{Dragaera}} Taltos]]'' ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' books have been acknowledged as inspired by the Spenser series, but seem to turn this on its head. Vlad Taltos, the protagonist, is the PsychoSidekick in relation to his friends who are [[OurElvesAreBetter fantasy elf nobility]], but it's less that he is more bloodthirsty than that he is less bound by social conventions. This is played rather straight in ''Orca'' though ''Literature/{{Orca}}'', though, as a LawfulGood police officer, who normally disdains assassins, has Vlad kill her partner who was a CorruptCop and a murderer.
* In LoisMcMasterBujold's Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/VorkosiganSaga, Sergeant Bothari has elements of this, though Aral Vorkosigan is more active than most in acting as his MoralityChain and eventually gets him some much-needed medical intervention.
22nd May '16 3:33:16 PM LondonKdS
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* In "Year Two" of the ''ComicBook/DoctorWhoTitan'' Eleventh Doctor comics, the TARDIS gets overloaded with these, with the Doctor being accompanied by [[BloodKnight the Squire]], [[AxCrazy Abslom Daak]], and [[spoiler:River Song]].
16th Apr '16 2:43:26 PM erforce
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* Orlando to Mina and Allan in ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen: Century''
* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} sometimes plays this role in ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', in issues where the other characters are being depicted as relatively pacifistic.

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* Orlando to Mina and Allan in ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen: ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen: Century''
* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} sometimes plays this role in ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', ''Comicbook/XMen'', in issues where the other characters are being depicted as relatively pacifistic.
22nd Mar '16 11:21:48 PM thatother1dude
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* Walter Sobchak from ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' is The Dude's best friend and a walking BerserkButton.

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* Walter Sobchak from ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' is The Dude's best friend and a walking BerserkButton. far from being [[ShootTheDog pragmatic]], Walter [[TheMillstone causes far more problems than he solves]].
19th Mar '16 3:25:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* Gene Hunt (and sometimes Ray) in ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and ''AshesToAshes''.
* Both Derek and Cameron in ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' move around on the spectrum between this and PoisonousFriend in relation to the more moral Sarah and John. This occurs as early as the second episode, when Sarah holds [[spoiler: Enrique at gunpoint because she thinks he might be a snitch, but doesn't shoot. Cameron arrives on the scene by shooting him twice in the chest before anyone has a chance to stop her. Of course, she's vindicated at the end of the episode when it turns out Enrique really ''was'' an FBI informant.]]

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* Gene Hunt (and sometimes Ray) in ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and ''AshesToAshes''.
''Series/AshesToAshes''.
* Both Derek and Cameron in ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' move around on the spectrum between this and PoisonousFriend in relation to the more moral Sarah and John. This occurs as early as the second episode, when Sarah holds [[spoiler: Enrique at gunpoint because she thinks he might be a snitch, but doesn't shoot. Cameron arrives on the scene by shooting him twice in the chest before anyone has a chance to stop her. Of course, she's vindicated at the end of the episode when it turns out Enrique really ''was'' an FBI informant.]]



* Guerrero in ''HumanTarget''. A short middle-aged man wearing round Harry Potter glasses, in the show's premiere he says the following (in a completely low-key tone of voice) to a couple of {{Mooks}} who are trying to intimidate him:

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* Guerrero in ''HumanTarget''.''Series/HumanTarget''. A short middle-aged man wearing round Harry Potter glasses, in the show's premiere he says the following (in a completely low-key tone of voice) to a couple of {{Mooks}} who are trying to intimidate him:
5th Mar '16 4:29:48 PM nombretomado
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* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'': ComicBook/BuckyBarnes is portrayed this way in current books, as a creative {{Retcon}} explaining his 'harmless' sidekick persona was actually a front for shady activities a public figure like CaptainAmerica couldn't be caught doing. He makes quite a darkly hilarious contrast to the older and unfailingly idealistic [[TheCape Cap]].

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* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'': ComicBook/BuckyBarnes is portrayed this way in current books, as a creative {{Retcon}} explaining his 'harmless' sidekick persona was actually a front for shady activities a public figure like CaptainAmerica Captain America couldn't be caught doing. He makes quite a darkly hilarious contrast to the older and unfailingly idealistic [[TheCape Cap]].
10th Jan '16 3:33:50 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', Thomas Cromwell likes to mentor young men as apprentices/clerks and one person he takes on is Christopher, a young ruffian who he meets in Calais, who reminds Cromwell of a young (French) version of himself. Like Cromwell as a boy, Christophe is eager to leave his birthplace because he was in a fight and left his opponent dead. In Cromwell's household, Christophe teaches the other young men how to fight (both conventional swordplay and the kind of skills one would need to walk away from a fight in an alley and make sure one's enemy doesn't). He also plays the [[GoodCopBadCop worse cop]] in Cromwell's interrogation of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Smeaton Mark Smeaton]], as Cromwell threatens to leave Mark alone with Christophe if he doesn't confess. In a couple of scenes, when the two are alone, Christophe likes to make conspiratorial comments to Cromwell to the effect that while both pretend to be civilized, they are really cutthroats.

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* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', Thomas Cromwell likes to mentor young men as apprentices/clerks and one person he takes on is Christopher, a young ruffian who he meets in Calais, who reminds Cromwell of a young (French) version of himself. Like Cromwell as a boy, Christophe is eager to leave his birthplace because he was in a fight and left his opponent dead. In Cromwell's household, Christophe teaches the other young men how to fight (both conventional swordplay and the kind of skills one would need to walk away from a fight in an alley and make sure one's enemy doesn't). He also plays the [[GoodCopBadCop worse cop]] in Cromwell's interrogation of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Smeaton Mark Smeaton]], Smeaton,]] as Cromwell threatens to leave Mark alone with Christophe if he doesn't confess. In a couple of scenes, when the two are alone, Christophe likes to make conspiratorial comments to Cromwell to the effect that while both pretend to be civilized, they are really cutthroats.
23rd Dec '15 1:30:06 AM LondonKdS
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* Hawk in Robert B Parker's ''{{Spenser}}'' novels: the type specimen for the trope and one of the first to appear, resulting in a FountainOfExpies.

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* Hawk in Robert B Parker's ''{{Spenser}}'' novels: the type specimen for TropeCodifier in the trope hard-boiled crime genre and one of the first to appear, resulting in a FountainOfExpies.
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