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25th Apr '17 3:31:16 AM nighttrainfm
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** You recruit a lot of these in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. In order to stop the threat of the [[SapientShip Rea]][[EldritchAbomination pers]], Shepard is forced to join with a terrorist organization, Cerberus, and therefore has a few people classified as terrorists under his/her command. Over the course of the game s/he recruits a psychopathic murderer, a (DLC) ClassyCatBurglar, a (DLC) mercenary, [[spoiler:a geth in a universe where AI is illegal]], and possibly [[spoiler:a serial killer-- though she's optional, and probably not the best choice, since she replaces a more reliable party member]]. In addition there are [[TheBerserker berserkers]], [[HitmanWithAHeart assassins]], ThePunisher of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe, and {{Cowboy Cop}}s among others.

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** You recruit a lot of these in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. In order to stop the threat of the [[SapientShip Rea]][[EldritchAbomination pers]], Shepard is forced to join with a terrorist organization, Cerberus, and therefore has a few people classified as terrorists under his/her command. Over the course of the game s/he recruits a psychopathic murderer, CowboyCop turned vigilante, an assassin, a lab rat turned convict, a (DLC) ClassyCatBurglar, a (DLC) mercenary, [[spoiler:a geth in a universe where AI is illegal]], and possibly [[spoiler:a serial killer-- killer -- though she's optional, and probably not the best choice, since she replaces a more reliable party member]]. In addition there are [[TheBerserker berserkers]], [[HitmanWithAHeart assassins]], ThePunisher of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe, and {{Cowboy Cop}}s among others.member.]]
2nd Apr '17 6:13:16 PM Chytus
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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' has L hire a con man and a cat burglar during the Yotsuba Group arc. It is stated that he works with them on a regular basis.

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L hire hires a con man and a cat burglar during the Yotsuba Group arc. It is stated that he works with them on a regular basis.



* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the World Government has the Shichibukai (''Shichibukai'' in Japanese), seven ''extremely'' powerful pirates who act as privateers. The Shichibukai are pardoned for their crimes and in return give an annual piece of their plunder. It's not a perfect system, however -- more than one Shichibukai has used their position to back even ''more'' illegal schemes, some are shown to ''hate'' the very institution they serve, and even the so-called 'loyal' Shichibukai have their own agendas (barring Mihawk, who's implied to have joined because he was bored and makes it clear that he can ditch them whenever he wants). However, since their job is to act as a deterrent to prevent more piracy rather than to serve the public at large, the World Government doesn't particularly care, and at points even goes at great lengths to protect them and their reputation. Because of these flaws, several of the [[TokenGoodTeammate more benevolent World Government officials]] would prefer for the Shichibukai system to be abolished. Ironically, many of those same Marine officers who oppose the Shichibukai system have [[EnemyMine worked together with]] and even become [[FriendlyEnemy almost friends]] with individual pirates outside the system.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Zaraki considers himself and [[spoiler:Yachiru Unohana]] to be examples of this. He claims the only reason Soul Society hasn't executed them already is because of their combat prowess. [[spoiler:Unohana]] agrees.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the World Government has the Shichibukai Seven Warlords of the Sea (''Shichibukai'' in Japanese), seven ''extremely'' powerful pirates who act as privateers. The Shichibukai Seven Warlords are pardoned for their crimes and in return give an annual piece of their plunder. It's not a perfect system, however -- more than one Shichibukai Warlord has used their position to back even ''more'' illegal schemes, some are shown to ''hate'' the very institution they serve, and even the so-called 'loyal' Shichibukai Warlords have their own agendas (barring Mihawk, who's implied to have joined because he was bored and makes it clear that he can ditch them whenever he wants). However, since their job is to act as a deterrent to prevent more piracy rather than to serve the public at large, the World Government doesn't particularly care, and at points even goes at great lengths to protect them and their reputation. Because of these flaws, several of the [[TokenGoodTeammate more benevolent World Government officials]] would prefer for the Shichibukai Warlord system to be abolished. Ironically, many of those same Marine officers who oppose the Shichibukai Warlord system have [[EnemyMine worked together with]] and even become [[FriendlyEnemy almost friends]] with individual pirates outside the system.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
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Zaraki considers himself and [[spoiler:Yachiru Unohana]] to be examples of this. He claims the only reason Soul Society hasn't executed them already is because of their combat prowess. [[spoiler:Unohana]] agrees.



* SpiderMan employed the use of the villain Sandman a few times in order to catch up to his old teammates in the Sinister Six. This eventually led to a HeelFaceTurn but he eventually returned to a life of crime. This setback didn't stop Spidey from once again asking for his help in tracking down an alternate reality version of his Uncle Ben who was linked to a crime (long story).

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* SpiderMan ''ComicBook/SpiderMan''
** Spider-man
employed the use of the villain Sandman a few times in order to catch up to his old teammates in the Sinister Six. This eventually led to a HeelFaceTurn but he eventually returned to a life of crime. This setback didn't stop Spidey from once again asking for his help in tracking down an alternate reality version of his Uncle Ben who was linked to a crime (long story).



* In the beginning of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/OldWest'', Sheriff Rango hires the outlaw Rattlesnake Jake to protect the town of Mud against mercenaries that have been attacking for unknown reasons.
** Later Jake enlists another infamous outlaw known as "the Scarlet Kiss" to track down the hiding place of the mercenaries while he's stuck on the protection duty.

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* In the beginning of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/OldWest'', Sheriff Rango hires the outlaw Rattlesnake Jake to protect the town of Mud against mercenaries that have been attacking for unknown reasons.
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reasons. Later Jake enlists another infamous outlaw known as "the Scarlet Kiss" to track down the hiding place of the mercenaries while he's stuck on the protection duty.



* Inverted in ''Film/BlueStreak'', in which diamond thief Miles Logan accidentally gets hired as a cop while trying to retrieve a diamond he hid in the police headquarters. This proceeds a lot like other movies with the same theme, however, as he very effectively teaches his new colleagues (from personal experience) how to think like criminals in order to catch criminals.
** Interestingly, he seems to have expertise in completely different types of crime from his own. It's hard to believe that a professional jewel thief and safecracker would know so much about drug smuggling.

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* Inverted in ''Film/BlueStreak'', in which diamond thief Miles Logan accidentally gets hired as a cop while trying to retrieve a diamond he hid in the police headquarters. This proceeds a lot like other movies with the same theme, however, as he very effectively teaches his new colleagues (from personal experience) how to think like criminals in order to catch criminals.
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criminals. Interestingly, he seems to have expertise in completely different types of crime from his own. It's hard to believe that a professional jewel thief and safecracker would know so much about drug smuggling.



* A classic example in ''Film/TheDirtyDozen''.
* Sean Connery in ''Film/TheRock''
* Hugo Stiglitz of the ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''.
* Han Solo of ''Film/StarWars'' is another classic example. Fast transport and don't want any Imperial problems, hire a ship captain who specializes in smuggling.

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* %%* A classic example in ''Film/TheDirtyDozen''.
* %%* Sean Connery in ''Film/TheRock''
* %%* Hugo Stiglitz of the ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''.
* Han Solo of ''Film/StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' is another a classic example. Fast transport and don't want any Imperial problems, hire a ship captain who specializes in smuggling.



* As with ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' listed below, so with ''Film/{{Serenity}}''.

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* %%* As with ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' listed below, so with ''Film/{{Serenity}}''.''Film/{{Serenity}}''. (Do not force readers to look at other parts of the page)



** Though he just seems to be a smelly, drunk [[Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses Del Boy]].
** At least one fanfic features [[UnskilledButStrong Harry]], in need of training to beat [[EvilSorcerer Voldemort]] and unable to get any from [[RonTheDeathEater Dumbledore]], going to [[TheAlcatraz Nurmengard]] to seek help from the prior Dark Lord, Gellert Grindelwald.



* This is basically how the Special Corps operates in ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'': they recruit non-homicidal criminals to catch the more dangerous ones.

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* ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat''
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This is basically how the Special Corps operates in ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'': operates: they recruit non-homicidal criminals to catch the more dangerous ones.



* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', Lord Vetinari recruits ConMan Moist Von Lipwig to reform [[Discworld/GoingPostal the postal office]]... [[Discworld/MakingMoney and the banking system]]

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* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
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Lord Vetinari recruits ConMan Moist Von Lipwig to reform [[Discworld/GoingPostal the postal office]]... [[Discworld/MakingMoney and the banking system]]



** Before that, Vetinari did this on a grand scale with the Thieves' Guild. Some form of thieves' guild had already existed in Ankh-Morpork, but Vetinari made them responsible for theft in the city, with a professional structure and quotas on thieving. They also have to, and quite take pride in, reducing ''un''official theft in the city. Turns out they're much better at reducing crime than [[PoliceAreUseless the Watch]] ever were, because all they have to do is work less.
*** It does help too that they have no rules about how they treat unlicensed thieves, unlike the watch.
* Inverted in ''The Polish Officer'' by Alan Furst. A new agent for LaResistance in WorldWarII asks a former detective for advice on how to be a fugitive.
* Mulch Diggums from Literature/ArtemisFowl.
** Not to mention Artemis himself - he was a VillainProtagonist in the first book, after all.

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** Before that, Vetinari did this on a grand scale with the Thieves' Guild. Some form of thieves' guild had already existed in Ankh-Morpork, but Vetinari made them responsible for theft in the city, with a professional structure and quotas on thieving. They also have to, and quite take pride in, reducing ''un''official theft in the city. Turns out they're much better at reducing crime than [[PoliceAreUseless the Watch]] ever were, because all they have to do is work less.
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less. It does help too that they have no rules about how they treat unlicensed thieves, unlike the watch.
* Inverted in ''The Polish Officer'' by Alan Furst. A new agent for LaResistance in WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII asks a former detective for advice on how to be a fugitive.
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Mulch Diggums from Literature/ArtemisFowl.
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Not to mention Artemis himself - he was a VillainProtagonist in the first book, after all.



* Garak on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' was recruited by Sisko for help in planting evidence to convince the Romulans that the Dominion have intentions of invading Romulan territory.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''
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Garak on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' was recruited by Sisko for help in planting evidence to convince the Romulans that the Dominion have intentions of invading Romulan territory.



* [[TheHero Nate]] in ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is the only team member who doesn't have some sort of criminal background.
** Similarly, Season 3 sees the team blackmailed by an INTERPOL detective to pull off a heist on a banker for criminals.

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* [[TheHero Nate]] in ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' ''Series/{{Leverage}}''
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is the only team member who doesn't have some sort of criminal background.
** Similarly, Season 3 sees the team blackmailed by an INTERPOL detective to pull off a heist on a banker for criminals.



* Jayne from ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Mal actually recruits him while Jayne and two others are attempting to rob him and Zoe. Granted, technically the whole crew is pretty much composed of criminals, since they're smugglers, but Jayne is of the dirtier outlaw type.

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* Jayne from ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. And there's the original show called ''Series/ItTakesAThief1968'' (the one starring Robert Wagner), which has pretty much the same premise as ''Series/WhiteCollar''.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.
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Mal actually recruits him Jayne while Jayne and two others are attempting to rob him and Zoe. Granted, technically the whole crew is pretty much composed of criminals, since they're smugglers, but Jayne is of the dirtier outlaw type.



* The USANetwork show ''Series/WhiteCollar'' is a story almost exactly like that of ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'', a criminal being recruited by the FBI. The show's tagline is "To solve the hardest crimes, hire the smartest criminal."

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* The USANetwork Creator/USANetwork show ''Series/WhiteCollar'' is a story almost exactly like that of ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'', a criminal being recruited by the FBI. The show's tagline is "To solve the hardest crimes, hire the smartest criminal."



** And there's the original show called ''Series/ItTakesAThief1968'' (the one starring Robert Wagner), which has pretty much the same premise as ''Series/WhiteCollar''.



* Any time in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' when Sylar helps out the good guys is this trope.

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* %%* Any time in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' when Sylar helps out the good guys is this trope.



* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': In the first episode, Skye is caught hacking into SHIELD's computer network. Coulson decides to recruit her for his team.

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
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In the first episode, Skye is caught hacking into SHIELD's computer network. Coulson decides to recruit her for his team.



* You recruit a lot of these in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. In order to stop the threat of the [[SapientShip Rea]][[EldritchAbomination pers]], Shepard is forced to join with a terrorist organization, Cerberus, and therefore has a few people classified as terrorists under his/her command. Over the course of the game s/he recruits a psychopathic murderer, a (DLC) ClassyCatBurglar, a (DLC) mercenary, [[spoiler:a geth in a universe where AI is illegal]], and possibly [[spoiler:a serial killer-- though she's optional, and probably not the best choice, since she replaces a more reliable party member]]. In addition there are [[TheBerserker berserkers]], [[HitmanWithAHeart assassins]], ThePunisher of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe, and {{Cowboy Cop}}s among others.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
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You recruit a lot of these in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. In order to stop the threat of the [[SapientShip Rea]][[EldritchAbomination pers]], Shepard is forced to join with a terrorist organization, Cerberus, and therefore has a few people classified as terrorists under his/her command. Over the course of the game s/he recruits a psychopathic murderer, a (DLC) ClassyCatBurglar, a (DLC) mercenary, [[spoiler:a geth in a universe where AI is illegal]], and possibly [[spoiler:a serial killer-- though she's optional, and probably not the best choice, since she replaces a more reliable party member]]. In addition there are [[TheBerserker berserkers]], [[HitmanWithAHeart assassins]], ThePunisher of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe, and {{Cowboy Cop}}s among others.



* In another Creator/BioWare epic, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', you recruit Sten (who has been locked up to die of starvation for slaughtering a family of farmers after freaking out over the loss of his sword), Zevran (an assassin sent after you--just the most recent contract in implied long chain of murders), Oghren (who's a drunken lout and was about to be kicked out of Orzammar anyways) a number of apostates (rogue mages) and even possibly [[spoiler: Loghain Mac Tir, the one responsible for King Cailan's death at the start of the game by leaving him to die at Ostagar]]. As a Grey Warden, you have a right to recruit anyone you wish without regard for local laws. A number of Grey Wardens (including Duncan himself, who was a pickpocket in Orlais) were recruited straight from jail.

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* In another Creator/BioWare epic, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', you ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'',
** You
recruit Sten (who has been locked up to die of starvation for slaughtering a family of farmers after freaking out over the loss of his sword), Zevran (an assassin sent after you--just the most recent contract in implied long chain of murders), Oghren (who's a drunken lout and was about to be kicked out of Orzammar anyways) a number of apostates (rogue mages) and even possibly [[spoiler: Loghain Mac Tir, the one responsible for King Cailan's death at the start of the game by leaving him to die at Ostagar]]. As a Grey Warden, you have a right to recruit anyone you wish without regard for local laws. A number of Grey Wardens (including Duncan himself, who was a pickpocket in Orlais) were recruited straight from jail.



* In a [[RuleOfThree third Bioware example]], during the Sith Warrior prologue of ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', you deal with an assassin who killed a high-ranking operative in the Empire. The jailer, and quite a few other Sith, think that she was hired by the Republic, but she reveals herself as a freelancer who works for the highest bidder. The Light Side option is to recruit her into Imperial Intelligence. Your trainer, Overseer Tremel, commends you on the decision, telling you that [[PragmaticVillainy you should never let an opportunity to recruit a powerful ally slip through your fingers]].
** This actually happens two more times to make another RuleOfThree - both conveniently on the Imperial side. The Imperial Agent's first companion, Kaliyo, is a wanted criminal and known anarchist who figures out that you're not the Red Blade (your cover identity in the prologue). [[TheSpymaster Keeper]] offers her a small fortune to keep her quiet and help you out.
** And [[RuleOfThree finally]], the Bounty Hunter's companion, Gault. He is one of their targets for the Great Hunt of Act I. He gives you a duplicate body to turn in for the bounty and offers to accompany you in exchange for his life. [[ButThouMust Regardless of your feelings on the matter, you have to recruit him]]. Somewhat subverted with Skadge, a former gang boss you cooperate with to deal with a mutual enemy who simply forces his way into your crew whether you like it or not.

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* In a [[RuleOfThree third Bioware example]], during ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''
** During
the Sith Warrior prologue of ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', prologue, you deal with an assassin who killed a high-ranking operative in the Empire. The jailer, and quite a few other Sith, think that she was hired by the Republic, but she reveals herself as a freelancer who works for the highest bidder. The Light Side option is to recruit her into Imperial Intelligence. Your trainer, Overseer Tremel, commends you on the decision, telling you that [[PragmaticVillainy you should never let an opportunity to recruit a powerful ally slip through your fingers]].
** This actually happens two more times to make another RuleOfThree - both conveniently on the Imperial side. The Imperial Agent's first companion, Kaliyo, is a wanted criminal and known anarchist who figures out that you're not the Red Blade (your cover identity in the prologue). [[TheSpymaster Keeper]] offers her a small fortune to keep her quiet and help you out.
** And [[RuleOfThree finally]], the The Bounty Hunter's companion, Gault. He is one of their targets for the Great Hunt of Act I. He gives you a duplicate body to turn in for the bounty and offers to accompany you in exchange for his life. [[ButThouMust Regardless of your feelings on the matter, you have to recruit him]]. him]].
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Somewhat subverted with Skadge, a former gang boss you cooperate with to deal with a mutual enemy who simply forces his way into your crew whether you like it or not.



* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'': Most of the main party ([[TheHero Stahn]], Rutee, and Mary) are recruited criminals using the main quest to complete their community service sentence. To stop them from escaping, shock tiaras are placed on their foreheads and Leon Magnus goes with them as their handler.

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'': Most of the main party ([[TheHero Stahn]], (Stahn, Rutee, and Mary) are recruited criminals using the main quest to complete their community service sentence. To stop them from escaping, shock tiaras are placed on their foreheads and Leon Magnus goes with them as their handler.



* ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}'': It is rumoured that the Archon of Justice sometimes recruits criminals to be Fatebinders for Kyros the Overlord under 'criminals are well-versed in finding criminals' logic, and given that exactly this is one possible background for your character the rumours seem true. This has some overlap with TradingBarsForStripes, though Fatebinders are more akin to [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd Judges]] than soldiers, and hold a great deal of power to the point that they sometimes can command entire armies.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}'': ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}'':
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It is rumoured that the Archon of Justice sometimes recruits criminals to be Fatebinders for Kyros the Overlord under 'criminals are well-versed in finding criminals' logic, and given that exactly this is one possible background for your character the rumours seem true. This has some overlap with TradingBarsForStripes, though Fatebinders are more akin to [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd Judges]] than soldiers, and hold a great deal of power to the point that they sometimes can command entire armies.



* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': The [[SuperheroSchool school for the supernaturally enhanced]], known as Whateley Academy, is a neutral school, meaning it hires heroes, villains, and everyone inbetween.

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
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The [[SuperheroSchool school for the supernaturally enhanced]], known as Whateley Academy, is a neutral school, meaning it hires heroes, villains, and everyone inbetween.



* TruthInTelevision: Reformed thieves and conmen are invaluable to people designing security systems.
** The police also sometimes hires them for training the recruits. This tends to only be the case with non-violent criminals however - thieves, pickpockets, burglars and frauds.
** Plus many large corporations used to hire criminal hackers to try to break their systems and advise them on how to beef up security. This has been taken to its logical conclusion and these days so-called white-hat hackers hire themselves out to find vulnerabilities in computer security and never actually break the law or hack maliciously.
* During WorldWarII the UsefulNotes/{{OSS}} obtained a number of skilled criminals from prisons to train its agents for specialty skills; most agencies maintain a number of state-sponsored safecrackers, pickpockets, etc. Of course when you think about it, those criminals recruited were the criminals that got ''caught'', but they presumably had to make do.
** Similarly, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auxiliary_units Auxiliary Units]] deliberately recruited known poachers on the basis that they'd had plenty of practice at sneaking around the countryside in the dark.

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* TruthInTelevision: Reformed thieves and conmen are invaluable to people designing security systems.
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The police also sometimes hires them for training the recruits. This tends to only be the case with non-violent criminals however - thieves, pickpockets, burglars and frauds.
** Plus many * Many large corporations used to hire criminal hackers to try to break their systems and advise them on how to beef up security. This has been taken to its logical conclusion and these days so-called white-hat hackers hire themselves out to find vulnerabilities in computer security and never actually break the law or hack maliciously.
* During WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the UsefulNotes/{{OSS}} obtained a number of skilled criminals from prisons to train its agents for specialty skills; most agencies maintain a number of state-sponsored safecrackers, pickpockets, etc. Of course when you think about it, those criminals recruited were the criminals that got ''caught'', but they presumably had to make do.
** Similarly, the * The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auxiliary_units Auxiliary Units]] deliberately recruited known poachers on the basis that they'd had plenty of practice at sneaking around the countryside in the dark.



** Rather famously, Creator/TimAllen was arrested in the 70's for drug transport and served some jail time. He got out early by naming his suppliers, and afterwards took that opportunity to avoid that business entirely.

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** * Rather famously, Creator/TimAllen was arrested in the 70's for drug transport and served some jail time. He got out early by naming his suppliers, and afterwards took that opportunity to avoid that business entirely.



** Played somewhat straight with some sims in ''VideoGame/SecondLife''. There are a few sims that have been set up and they ''invite'' {{Griefer}}s to try and crash the sim. If someone manages to do it, they are asked how they did that.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne_Fran%C3%A7ois_Vidocq Eugène Vidocq]] who founded the Sûreté Nationale, and is regarded as the father of modern criminology.

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** * Played somewhat straight with some sims in ''VideoGame/SecondLife''. There are a few sims that have been set up and they ''invite'' {{Griefer}}s to try and crash the sim. If someone manages to do it, they are asked how they did that.
* Reformed thieves and conmen are invaluable to people designing security systems.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne_Fran%C3%A7ois_Vidocq org/wiki/Eugene_Francois_Vidocq Eugène Vidocq]] who founded the Sûreté Nationale, and is regarded as the father of modern criminology.
28th Mar '17 6:46:07 PM nombretomado
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** Though he just seems to be a smelly, drunk [[OnlyFoolsAndHorses Del Boy]].

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** Though he just seems to be a smelly, drunk [[OnlyFoolsAndHorses [[Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses Del Boy]].
10th Mar '17 7:24:47 PM Malady
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': The [[SuperheroSchool school for the supernaturally enhanced]], known as Whateley Academy, is a neutral school, meaning it hires heroes, villains, and everyone inbetween.
** [[spoiler:The Imp]], a successful art thief, is hired to be an art teacher.
** Lady Hydra, a Northern European supervillainess of the 1950s was also hired, and is teaching during Gen1.
7th Feb '17 10:03:07 PM Chabal2
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* In the ''Literature/JudgeDee'' stories, Tao Gan is a master crook, dice cheater, pickpocket and lockpicker. He is recruited by the judge for his many talents, after he saves him from an angry mob.

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* In the ''Literature/JudgeDee'' stories, Tao Gan is a master crook, dice cheater, pickpocket and lockpicker. He is recruited by the judge for his many talents, after he Dee saves him from an angry mob.mob. He recruits his other two lieutenants (former highwaymen) after a brief swordfight gets interrupted by a passing squad of soldiers but the judge doesn't give them away.
4th Feb '17 8:49:39 PM Gatomon41
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* ''TabletopGame/HeroRealms'' can have the player purchase Champions from several factions to work for them. Among them is are the agents of a shadow criminal syndicate and the various members of a violent death cult.
7th Jan '17 11:15:29 AM Hanz
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** This is also a common recruiting method for [[TheHorde the Scarlet Chorus]], who often recruit violent criminals and psychopaths to fill their ranks. Unsurprisingly, they are also the most depraved of the factions.
15th Dec '16 5:14:58 PM nighttrainfm
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* When assembling a team of treasure-hunters as the ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'', Andrew Hartford included the thief Will Aston for his skills. Given the franchise's [[BlackAndWhiteMorality usual approach to morality]], I think we're supposed to assume he's a ReformedCriminal, but it was never specified. (During a TenMinuteRetirement he was shown doing a legit job testing a place's security.)
** Two years earlier, a similar thing happened in Series/PowerRangersSPD. Sky, Bridge and Syd are sent out to apprehend two criminals, named Z and Jack, who are stealing items to give to the poor. The two end up in jail and are given a choice. Be Power Rangers or rot in jail. Z readily accepted and Jack reluctantly followed later. In fact, Jack was given the red ranger powers, to the annoyance of Sky.

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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** In ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', Sky, Bridge and Syd are sent out to apprehend two criminals named Z and Jack, who are stealing items to give to the poor. The two end up in jail and are given a choice: be Power Rangers or rot in jail. Z readily accepted and Jack reluctantly followed later. In fact, Jack was given [[RookieRedRanger the red ranger powers]], to the annoyance of Sky.
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When assembling a team of treasure-hunters as the ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'', Andrew Hartford included the thief Will Aston for his skills. Given the franchise's [[BlackAndWhiteMorality usual approach to morality]], I think we're supposed to assume he's a ReformedCriminal, but it was never specified. (During a TenMinuteRetirement he was shown doing a legit job testing a place's security.)
** Two years earlier, a similar thing happened in Series/PowerRangersSPD. Sky, Bridge and Syd are sent out to apprehend two criminals, named Z and Jack, who are stealing items to give to the poor. The two end up in jail and are given a choice. Be Power Rangers or rot in jail. Z readily accepted and Jack reluctantly followed later. In fact, Jack was given the red ranger powers, to the annoyance of Sky.
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12th Dec '16 9:26:22 AM Hanz
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** This actually happens two more times to make another RuleOfThree - both conveniently on the Imperial side. The Imperial Agent's first companion, Kaliyo, is a wanted criminal and known anarchist who figures out that you're not the Red Blade. Keeper offers her a small fortune to keep her quiet and help you out.
** And [[RuleOfThree finally]], the Bounty Hunter's companion, Gault. He is one of their targets for the Great Hunt of Act I. He gives you a duplicate body to turn in for the bounty and offers to accompany you in exchange for his life. [[ButThouMust Regardless of your feelings on the matter, you have to recruit him]]. Somewhat subverted with Skadge, who simply forces his way into your crew whether you like it or not.

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** This actually happens two more times to make another RuleOfThree - both conveniently on the Imperial side. The Imperial Agent's first companion, Kaliyo, is a wanted criminal and known anarchist who figures out that you're not the Red Blade. Keeper Blade (your cover identity in the prologue). [[TheSpymaster Keeper]] offers her a small fortune to keep her quiet and help you out.
** And [[RuleOfThree finally]], the Bounty Hunter's companion, Gault. He is one of their targets for the Great Hunt of Act I. He gives you a duplicate body to turn in for the bounty and offers to accompany you in exchange for his life. [[ButThouMust Regardless of your feelings on the matter, you have to recruit him]]. Somewhat subverted with Skadge, a former gang boss you cooperate with to deal with a mutual enemy who simply forces his way into your crew whether you like it or not.
6th Dec '16 4:58:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/MissionImpossible'' Ethan Hunt recruits two disavowed agents to help pull off the Langley heist. [[spoiler:One of them later turns out to be working with the bad guy.]]
* In ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'', this is subverted. Ethan ''thinks'' he's recruiting the master thief in order to steal something, until his MissionControl reveals they only wanted her because she previously had a relationship with the BigBad, and they want to exploit that to get a person inside for recon.

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In ''Film/MissionImpossible'' Ethan Hunt recruits two disavowed agents to help pull off the Langley heist. [[spoiler:One of them later turns out to be working with the bad guy.]]
* ** In ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'', this is subverted. Ethan ''thinks'' he's recruiting the master thief in order to steal something, until his MissionControl reveals they only wanted her because she previously had a relationship with the BigBad, and they want to exploit that to get a person inside for recon.
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