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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.
11th Nov '16 3:24:19 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': This is technically what happens with [[TokenEvilTeammate Root]], although it's [[BigBrotherIsWatching the Machine]] that does the actual recruiting. The team doesn't want anything to do with her aside from a brief use of her as a GodzillaThreshold until it becomes clear that the Machine is utilizing her as one of its agents partially due her [[MachineWorship devotion to it]] and partially because [[TheCracker she's]] [[MasterActor so]] [[ImprobableAimingSkills damn]] [[{{Badass}} useful]].

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': This is technically what happens with [[TokenEvilTeammate Root]], although it's [[BigBrotherIsWatching the Machine]] that does the actual recruiting. The team doesn't want anything to do with her aside from a brief use of her as a GodzillaThreshold until it becomes clear that the Machine is utilizing her as one of its agents partially due her [[MachineWorship devotion to it]] and partially because [[TheCracker she's]] [[MasterActor so]] [[ImprobableAimingSkills damn]] [[{{Badass}} useful]].she's so damn useful.
10th Nov '16 10:54:35 AM LordInsane
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* ''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.
29th Sep '16 4:59:16 PM HolyDriver
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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.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the World Government has the Seven Warlords of the Sea Shichibukai (''Shichibukai'' in Japanese), seven ''extremely'' powerful pirates who act as privateers. The Seven Warlords 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 Warlord 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' Warlords 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 Warlord Shichibukai system to be abolished. Ironically, many of those same Marine officers who oppose the Warlord Shichibukai system have [[EnemyMine worked together with]] and even become [[FriendlyEnemy almost friends]] with individual pirates outside the system.
20th Sep '16 10:30:00 PM KJMackley
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* ''Film/SuicideSquad'' is of the BoxedCrook variety, jailed supervillains put on dangerous black-ops missions by shady government official Amanda Waller. In the movie the TokenGoodTeammate Rick Flag insists they can't do anything a well trained special forces team can't do, but Waller brings up a RealLife example that during WWII the Navy enlisted aid from TheMafia to protect strategically valuable docks.
10th Sep '16 10:26:43 AM ZimFan89
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* In ''Fanfic/TheUndesirables'', one of the people recruited by Princess Luna for her team is Therapsid, a Changeling who partook in espionage in Canterlot prior to the Wedding invasion, who was then captured in the aftermath and has been imprisoned ever since. He's given his freedom, and a chance to show up his people for abandoning him, in exchange for joining the team.
8th Sep '16 1:47:27 AM Hanz
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** The Republic Trooper ends up recruiting Tanno Vik, a former Republic soldier turned freelance mercenary to become the team's resident DemolitionExpert. It's stated that despite being dishonorably discharged, his talents as a demoman are such that he's worth recruiting into Havok Squad.

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** The Republic Trooper ends up recruiting Tanno Vik, a former Republic soldier turned freelance mercenary to become the team's resident DemolitionExpert.DemolitionsExpert. It's stated that despite being dishonorably discharged, his talents as a demoman are such that he's worth recruiting into Havok Squad.
8th Sep '16 1:10:25 AM Hanz
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** The Republic Trooper ends up recruiting Tanno Vik, a former Republic soldier turned freelance mercenary to become the team's resident DemolitionExpert. It's stated that despite being dishonorably discharged, his talents as a demoman are such that he's worth recruiting into Havok Squad.
8th Aug '16 7:32:27 PM GentlemensDame883
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* In ''VideoGame/{{XCOM 2}}'', some of your recruits can be suspected or convicted criminals.
5th Aug '16 5:09:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/MissionImpossible'' Ethan Hunt recruits two disavowed agents to help pull off the Langley heist.

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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.]]
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