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26th Jun '16 7:41:09 PM nombretomado
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* [[TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] has done this a couple of times with Gentleman Johnny Marcone, most notably in ''White Night.''

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Harry Dresden]] Dresden has done this a couple of times with Gentleman Johnny Marcone, most notably in ''White Night.''Literature/WhiteNight.''
23rd Jun '16 2:23:33 PM Adeon
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** [[KnightTemplar Morgan]] views Harry being made a Warden as this trope, although of course Harry is actually a HeroWithBadPublicity.
30th May '16 5:01:55 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In the last of the ''[[Literature/TortallUniverse Song of the Lioness]]'' books by TamoraPierce, King Jonathon hires [[GentlemanThief King of Thieves]] George Cooper as the spymaster of Tortall.

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* In the last of the ''[[Literature/TortallUniverse Song of the Lioness]]'' books by TamoraPierce, Creator/TamoraPierce, King Jonathon hires [[GentlemanThief King of Thieves]] George Cooper as the spymaster of Tortall.
8th May '16 3:12:32 PM ZimFan89
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* In ''FanFic/{{Webwork}}'', Hak Foo ends up recruited to serve as the muscle of [[AntiMagicalFaction Section 0]], and goes along with it only because his constant defeats at the hands of the J-Team have ruined his mercenary career, and this is the only work he can get.
1st May '16 2:49:14 AM KJMackley
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* Michael from ''Series/BurnNotice'' occasionally employs the services of the money launderer Barry and the gun runner Seymour for various jobs.

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* Michael from ''Series/BurnNotice'' occasionally employs the services of the money launderer Barry and the gun runner Seymour for various jobs. Michael himself is a fired CIA agent, and so without the backing of the CIA most of his history looks criminal in nature. Because no legitimate government employee wants anything to do with him, he has to rely on the "lesser evil" criminals for help.



** On a broader note, the whole crew are criminals when necessary, though they range from [[GenkiGirl happy go lucky wouldn't hurt a fly Kaylee]] to [[BoisterousBruiser gun-loving hard-living hired muscle Jayne]]. When Simon and Book sign up for passage on the good ship Serenity, they're unkowingly invoking the trope.

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** On a broader note, the whole crew are criminals when necessary, though they range from [[GenkiGirl happy go lucky wouldn't hurt a fly Kaylee]] to [[BoisterousBruiser gun-loving hard-living hired muscle Jayne]]. When Simon and Book sign up for passage on the good ship Serenity, they're unkowingly unknowingly invoking the trope.


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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.
28th Apr '16 4:47:48 PM SSJMagus
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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the World Government has the Seven Warlords of the Sea (''Shichibukai'' in Japanese), seven ''extremely'' powerful pirates who act as privateers. The 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 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' 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.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the World Government has the Seven Warlords of the Sea (''Shichibukai'' in Japanese), seven ''extremely'' powerful pirates who act as privateers. The 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 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' 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 Warlord system to be abolished. Ironically, many of those same Marine officers who oppose the Warlord system have [[EnemyMine worked together with]] and even become [[FriendlyEnemy almost friends]] with individual pirates outside the system.
26th Mar '16 5:21:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': to catch the dangerous genetic experiment, the Intergalactic Alliance sends the MadScientist who created him, since he's the only one who knows how to defeat him.
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* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': to catch the dangerous genetic experiment, the Intergalactic Alliance sends the MadScientist who created him, since he's the only one who knows how to defeat him.
8th Mar '16 11:24:23 AM DaibhidC
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* In the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "The Murdoch Sting", Murdoch recruits (or is recruited by) HistoricalDomainCharacter Cassie Chadwick, keen to find the woman who's stealing her con.
7th Mar '16 8:55:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Series/{{House}} Dr. House]] recruited Dr. Foreman because he had a criminal record for burglary from when he was a poor black teenager, which piqued his interests. House also needed a guy to break into patients' homes to check for drugs and such, since House does not trust patients to be honest about such things.

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* [[Series/{{House}} ''Series/{{House}}'': Dr. House]] House recruited Dr. Foreman because he had a criminal record for burglary from when he was a poor black teenager, which piqued his interests. House also needed a guy to break into patients' homes to check for drugs and such, since House does not trust patients to be honest about such things.



* Multiple examples from the cops on ''TheWire'', the most prominent being their use of snitches like Bubbles, a homeless junkie. Another plotline involves them cutting a deal with Omar, one of the most dangerous criminals in Baltimore, to get him to [[spoiler: testify against the Barksdale hitman, Bird]].

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* Multiple examples from the cops on ''TheWire'', ''Series/TheWire'', the most prominent being their use of snitches like Bubbles, a homeless junkie. Another plotline involves them cutting a deal with Omar, one of the most dangerous criminals in Baltimore, to get him to [[spoiler: testify against the Barksdale hitman, Bird]].
24th Feb '16 9:56:23 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', Thor is forced go to his brother Loki, who has been imprisoned after ''Film/TheAvengers'', for help, as he is the only one who knows how to escape Asgard without the Bifrost.

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* In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', Thor is forced go to his brother Loki, who has been imprisoned after ''Film/TheAvengers'', ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', for help, as he is the only one who knows how to escape Asgard without the Bifrost.
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