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26th Jun '16 8:56:51 PM PaulA
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* Fedka the Convict, psychotic murderer and robber, who acts as paid muscle for Verkhovensky's gang in ''Literature/{{Demons}}''.
26th Jun '16 10:17:36 AM nombretomado
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* Slythe and Krystin, two minor characters and a boss fight in ''BaldursGate''; assassins hired by the BigBad, they are described by another character thus: "Two unsavory beings who revel in the violence Sarevok allows them to commit. They are no more than animals in human guise, even by the standards of the company they keep."

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* Slythe and Krystin, two minor characters and a boss fight in ''BaldursGate''; ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''; assassins hired by the BigBad, they are described by another character thus: "Two unsavory beings who revel in the violence Sarevok allows them to commit. They are no more than animals in human guise, even by the standards of the company they keep."
23rd Jun '16 8:38:32 AM Hanz
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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' has [[AffablyEvil Krombopulous Michael]], who gleefully tells Morty that he has no personal ethics, and would gladly murder children, old people, and animals. Doesn't matter to him; he just loves killing.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' has [[AffablyEvil Krombopulous Michael]], an assassin who gleefully tells Morty that he has no personal ethics, and would gladly murder children, old people, and animals. Doesn't matter to him; he just loves killing.
2nd Jun '16 3:10:06 AM Dravencour
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Most are mercenaries, the handful who aren't are summoned and controlled with AppliedPhlebotinum. They are almost never the BigBad, because [[SanityHasAdvantages unstable maniacs don't make good or interesting plotters]](([[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker usually]])). The BigBad often has contempt for them for precisely this reason. Note that the EvilOverlordList discourages hiring such individuals, as they "tend to do dumb things like even the odds to give the other guy a sporting chance." In fact, it's hard to understand why any intelligent BigBad would hire these guys, given their tendencies to attract attention by killing vast numbers of innocent bystanders, turn down easy chances to kill the hero because "[[JustToyingWithThem it wouldn't be fun]]", and [[TheStarscream turn on their bosses]] because of [[HairTriggerTemper trivial or imaginary "insults"]] or just ForTheEvulz.

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Most are mercenaries, the handful who aren't are summoned and controlled with AppliedPhlebotinum. They are almost never the BigBad, because [[SanityHasAdvantages unstable maniacs don't make good or interesting plotters]](([[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker usually]])).plotters]] ([[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker usually]]). The BigBad often has contempt for them for precisely this reason. Note that the EvilOverlordList discourages hiring such individuals, as they "tend to do dumb things like even the odds to give the other guy a sporting chance." In fact, it's hard to understand why any intelligent BigBad would hire these guys, given their tendencies to attract attention by killing vast numbers of innocent bystanders, turn down easy chances to kill the hero because "[[JustToyingWithThem it wouldn't be fun]]", and [[TheStarscream turn on their bosses]] because of [[HairTriggerTemper trivial or imaginary "insults"]] or just ForTheEvulz.
2nd Jun '16 3:09:45 AM Dravencour
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Instantly identifiable by their EvilLaugh, at least one unusual [[WeaponOfChoice signature weapon]], a flashy style, and a tendency to play with their victims like a cat. Many of them are AxCrazy and often have AnAxeToGrind. When on Good Guys' team they are invariably the TokenEvilTeammate.

Most are mercenaries, the handful who aren't are summoned and controlled with AppliedPhlebotinum. They are almost never the BigBad, because [[SanityHasAdvantages unstable maniacs don't make good or interesting plotters.]](([[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker usually]])) The BigBad often has contempt for them for precisely this reason. Note that the EvilOverlordList discourages hiring such individuals, as they "tend to do dumb things like even the odds to give the other guy a sporting chance." In fact, it's hard to understand why any intelligent BigBad would hire these guys, given their tendencies to attract attention by killing vast numbers of innocent bystanders, turn down easy chances to kill the hero because "[[JustToyingWithThem it wouldn't be fun]]", and [[TheStarscream turn on their bosses]] because of [[HairTriggerTemper trivial or imaginary "insults"]] or just ForTheEvulz.

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Instantly identifiable by their EvilLaugh, at least one unusual [[WeaponOfChoice signature weapon]], a flashy style, and a tendency to play with their victims like a cat. Many of them are AxCrazy and often have AnAxeToGrind. When on the side of the Good Guys' team Guys, they are invariably the TokenEvilTeammate.

Most are mercenaries, the handful who aren't are summoned and controlled with AppliedPhlebotinum. They are almost never the BigBad, because [[SanityHasAdvantages unstable maniacs don't make good or interesting plotters.]](([[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker usually]])) plotters]](([[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker usually]])). The BigBad often has contempt for them for precisely this reason. Note that the EvilOverlordList discourages hiring such individuals, as they "tend to do dumb things like even the odds to give the other guy a sporting chance." In fact, it's hard to understand why any intelligent BigBad would hire these guys, given their tendencies to attract attention by killing vast numbers of innocent bystanders, turn down easy chances to kill the hero because "[[JustToyingWithThem it wouldn't be fun]]", and [[TheStarscream turn on their bosses]] because of [[HairTriggerTemper trivial or imaginary "insults"]] or just ForTheEvulz.
1st Jun '16 2:36:40 AM Shadowgazer
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Contrast the more realistic SerialKiller, who doesn't flaunt it, and the less realistic HeroicComedicSociopath who hangs around heroes and whose sadistic games are treated as wacky hijinx for the sake of comedy. As various examples of the latter may testify, it is all too possible for a character to sit on the fence. If two Psychos For Hire are paired together, they might be ThoseTwoBadGuys. If the Psycho For Hire is not for hire, he's doing it ForTheEvulz. The all but canonical alignment for these type of characters are NeutralEvil; ChaoticEvil characters of this type usually go [[SerialKiller "freelance"]]; and LawfulEvil is typically [[PrivateMilitaryContractors more]] [[ProfessionalKiller professional]].

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Contrast the more realistic SerialKiller, who doesn't flaunt it, and the less realistic HeroicComedicSociopath who hangs around heroes and whose sadistic games are treated as wacky hijinx for the sake of comedy. As various examples of the latter may testify, it is all too possible for a character to sit on the fence. If two Psychos For Hire are paired together, they might be ThoseTwoBadGuys. If the Psycho For Hire is not for hire, he's doing it ForTheEvulz. The all but canonical alignment for these type of characters are NeutralEvil; ChaoticEvil characters of this type usually go [[SerialKiller "freelance"]]; and LawfulEvil is typically [[PrivateMilitaryContractors more]] [[ProfessionalKiller professional]].

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professional]]. This trope is very realistic and TruthInTelevision but of course NoRealLifeExamplesPlease!
28th May '16 7:39:30 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Tsukiyomi of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' tends to fall into this.

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* Tsukiyomi of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' tends to fall into this.
5th May '16 7:57:57 AM Shadowgazer
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* The hyenas from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' are an example. They are eccentric and crazed thugs, who work for Scar in hopes that he will reward them handsomely. It doesn't stop them from having a good laugh at the prospect of eating their victims alive and toying with their food.
19th Apr '16 11:28:44 AM erforce
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* Major Toht in IndianaJones: ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''

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* Tanner, the NSA chief in ''Film/MyFellowAmericans''..

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30th Mar '16 7:12:25 PM Vox
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** House Bolton starts out as the Stark family's own PsychoForHire bannermen, which is somewhat interesting as the Starks are generally good guys and the Boltons are now considered the TokenEvilTeammate of the North. [[spoiler:The Boltons betray them at the Red Wedding, and now Roose Bolton is Warden of the North.]]

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** House Bolton starts out as the Stark family's own PsychoForHire bannermen, which is somewhat interesting as the Starks are generally good guys and the Boltons are now considered the TokenEvilTeammate of the North. [[spoiler:The [[spoiler:Unfortunately for the Starks,the Boltons are TheStarscream and betray them at the Red Wedding, and now Roose Bolton is Warden of the North.]]
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