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29th Aug '17 4:24:06 PM jtierney50
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* The climax of ''Film/RogueOne'' has the team of rag-tag misfits-come-rebels steal (back) an impounded Imperial shuttle they had earlier stolen, dub themselves with the call sign [[TitleDrop Rogue One]], and start an attack/espionage mission on Scarif so that they could retrieve the plans to the Death Star after the Rebel Alliance refused to take Jyn's word on the fact that stealing the plans would be valuable or even helpful. Once they're already on the ground, however, much of the rest of the Rebel Alliance joins them, thus sanctioning their actions.
2nd Aug '17 11:45:01 AM SSJMagus
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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has Mossad agents Ari Hassari and Michael Rivkin. [[spoiler:The former is a DoubleAgent who turns out to be EvilAllAlong; the latter is called a rogue but was actually acting under Director David's full authority.]]

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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has Mossad agents Ari Hassari and Michael Rivkin. [[spoiler:The former is a DoubleAgent who turns out to be EvilAllAlong; the latter is called a rogue but was actually acting under Director Eli David's full authority.authority. Yet another example comes later with ''Deputy Director'' Ilan Bodnar, who goes rogue to assassinate Director David.]]



* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Rogue NID agents become the standard human villains. Also very occasionally played by SG-1 itself -- notably at the end of Season 1, when the Stargate program is being shut down just as Daniel has knowledge from an alternate timeline that Goa'ould are about to devastate Earth. Since he turns out to be right and they stop this from happening in the main timeline, they're forgiven and everything goes back to normal.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Rogue NID agents become the standard human villains. In fact it turns out that the ''majority'' of the NID are rogue agents, making it very difficult for the few loyal agents (even with the help of Stargate Command) to actually clean up the organization. Also very occasionally played by SG-1 itself -- notably at the end of Season 1, when the Stargate program is being shut down just as Daniel has knowledge from an alternate timeline that Goa'ould are about to devastate Earth. Since he turns out to be right and they stop this from happening in the main timeline, they're forgiven and everything goes back to normal.
2nd Aug '17 11:31:04 AM SSJMagus
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** In the ''Literature/XWingSeries'', Rogue Squadron left the New Republic to pursue a foe that the New Republic couldn't touch without alienating their allies. Notably, at this point in time there were a number of anti-Imperial groups who were only loosely affiliated with the Rebel Alliance/New Republic, and the Rogues were able to set themselves up as one of them, though there were rumors that Rogue Leader, Wedge Antilles, was setting himself up as a warlord. When they succeeded in helping a faction on that planet to overthrow Isard, they were retroactively sanctioned, and that whole thing where the New Republic's best fighter squadron publicly resigned was brushed under the rug.

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** In the ''Literature/XWingSeries'', Rogue Squadron left the New Republic to pursue a foe that the New Republic couldn't touch without alienating their allies. Notably, at this point in time there were a number of anti-Imperial groups who were only loosely affiliated with the Rebel Alliance/New Republic, and the Rogues were able to set themselves up as one of them, though there were rumors that Rogue Leader, Wedge Antilles, was setting himself up as a warlord. When they succeeded in helping a faction on that planet to overthrow Isard, they were retroactively sanctioned, and that whole thing where the New Republic's best fighter squadron publicly resigned was brushed under the rug. Apparently [[BlatantLies there was a clerical error resulting their resignations never being officially filed]].
8th Jul '17 9:44:56 AM nombretomado
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* Ex-CIA agent [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_P._Wilson Edwin P. Wilson]] would be convicted of selling arms to Libya, though he was able to overturn the conviction after a long legal battle, claiming that he'd been working for the CIA the entire time. Details are on TheOtherWiki.

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* Ex-CIA agent [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_P._Wilson Edwin P. Wilson]] would be convicted of selling arms to Libya, though he was able to overturn the conviction after a long legal battle, claiming that he'd been working for the CIA the entire time. Details are on TheOtherWiki.Wiki/TheOtherWiki.
5th Jun '17 1:25:47 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Terpil Frank Terpil]] was dismissed from the CIA in 1971 for financial misconduct, and used his expertise to aid various dictators including UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi, UsefulNotes/IdiAmin and UsefulNotes/FidelCastro.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Terpil Frank Terpil]] was dismissed from the CIA {{CIA}} in 1971 for financial misconduct, and used his expertise to aid various dictators including UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi, UsefulNotes/IdiAmin and UsefulNotes/FidelCastro.
5th Jun '17 1:25:23 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Frank Terpil was dismissed from the CIA in 1971 for financial misconduct, and used his expertise to aid various dictators including UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi, UsefulNotes/IdiAmin and UsefulNotes/FidelCastro.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Terpil Frank Terpil Terpil]] was dismissed from the CIA in 1971 for financial misconduct, and used his expertise to aid various dictators including UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi, UsefulNotes/IdiAmin and UsefulNotes/FidelCastro.
5th Jun '17 1:23:54 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Frank Terpil was dismissed from the CIA in 1971 for financial misconduct, and used his expertise to aid various dictators including Muammar Gaddafi, Idi Amin and Fidel Castro.

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* Frank Terpil was dismissed from the CIA in 1971 for financial misconduct, and used his expertise to aid various dictators including Muammar Gaddafi, Idi Amin UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi, UsefulNotes/IdiAmin and Fidel Castro.UsefulNotes/FidelCastro.
14th May '17 10:41:37 AM nombretomado
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6th May '17 9:51:27 AM AthenaBlue
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* ''Webcomic/AmazingAgentJennifer'' exaggerates this. ''Every named agent'' goes rogue at some point, and the majority of the plot is caused by a collision of two rogue operations [[spoiler: controlled by ''the same agent''.]]



* ''Webcomic/AmazingAgentJennifer'' exaggerates this. ''Every named agent'' goes rogue at some point, and the majority of the plot is caused by a collision of two rogue operations [[spoiler: controlled by ''the same agent''.]]



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* A major theme of ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' where the characters are former UsefulNotes/ColdWar spies and special forces operatives working as mercenaries, [[spoiler:but at least one -- and possibly others -- are still secretly working for their own governments]]. Likewise, the terrorist Seamus is denounced by Sinn Fein as a 'rogue breakaway operative' after he fails to get his hands on the mysterious suitcase.

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* A major theme of ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' where the characters are former UsefulNotes/ColdWar spies and special forces operatives working as mercenaries, [[spoiler:but at least one
[[folder:Film -- and possibly others -- are still secretly working for their own governments]]. Likewise, the terrorist Seamus is denounced by Sinn Fein as a 'rogue breakaway operative' after he fails to get his hands on the mysterious suitcase.Live-Action]]



* In ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' and ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'', Agent Smith drops his "agent" position and simply becomes "Smith" when he [[spoiler:goes rogue and takes over the Matrix]].
* ''Film/UnderSiege'': William Strannix (Tommy Lee Jones) is a renegade/rogue former CIA agent, as is Travis Dane in [[Film/UnderSiege2DarkTerritory the sequel]]. The latter was merely fired, but as the former turned traitor they tried (unsuccessfully of course) to have him killed. Both are murderously unhappy at their respective plights.



* ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor''. The murders turn out to be a result of members of the CIA trying to hide a renegade operation from their own organisation.
* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', Harrison was Starfleet's best agent before a perceived betrayal by his superiors sent him on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the entire Federation. [[spoiler:It's a cover story for his work at Section 31 and his true identity]].
* In ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', the Klingon Ambassador tries painting Captain Kirk as a "renegade and terrorist" due to the events of the previous film. The likely reason why the Ambassador doesn't claim the entire Federation is on a conspiracy to "annihilate the Klingon species" is political tact.

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* ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor''. The murders turn out to be a result of members of the CIA trying to hide a renegade operation from their own organisation.
* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', Harrison was Starfleet's best agent before a perceived betrayal by ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' and ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'', Agent Smith drops his superiors sent him on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against "agent" position and simply becomes "Smith" when he [[spoiler:goes rogue and takes over the entire Federation. [[spoiler:It's a cover story for his work at Section 31 and his true identity]].
* In ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', the Klingon Ambassador tries painting Captain Kirk as a "renegade and terrorist" due to the events of the previous film. The likely reason why the Ambassador doesn't claim the entire Federation is on a conspiracy to "annihilate the Klingon species" is political tact.
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* A major theme of ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' where the characters are former UsefulNotes/ColdWar spies and special forces operatives working as mercenaries, [[spoiler:but at least one -- and possibly others -- are still secretly working for their own governments]]. Likewise, the terrorist Seamus is denounced by Sinn Fein as a 'rogue breakaway operative' after he fails to get his hands on the mysterious suitcase.
* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', Harrison was Starfleet's best agent before a perceived betrayal by his superiors sent him on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the entire Federation. [[spoiler:It's a cover story for his work at Section 31 and his true identity]].
* In ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', the Klingon Ambassador tries painting Captain Kirk as a "renegade and terrorist" due to the events of the previous film. The likely reason why the Ambassador doesn't claim the entire Federation is on a conspiracy to "annihilate the Klingon species" is political tact.
* ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor''. The murders turn out to be a result of members of the CIA trying to hide a renegade operation from their own organisation.
* ''Film/UnderSiege'': William Strannix (Tommy Lee Jones) is a renegade/rogue former CIA agent, as is Travis Dane in [[Film/UnderSiege2DarkTerritory the sequel]]. The latter was merely fired, but as the former turned traitor they tried (unsuccessfully of course) to have him killed. Both are murderously unhappy at their respective plights.



* In the ''Literature/XWingSeries'', Rogue Squadron left the New Republic to pursue a foe that the New Republic couldn't touch without alienating their allies. Notably, at this point in time there were a number of anti-Imperial groups who were only loosely affiliated with the Rebel Alliance/New Republic, and the Rogues were able to set themselves up as one of them, though there were rumors that Rogue Leader, Wedge Antilles, was setting himself up as a warlord. When they succeeded in helping a faction on that planet to overthrow Isard, they were retroactively sanctioned, and that whole thing where the New Republic's best fighter squadron publicly resigned was brushed under the rug.
* The protagonists of the ''Literature/{{Eisenhorn}}'' and ''Literature/{{Ravenor}}'' series become Rogue Agents in, respectively, ''Hereticus'' and ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ravenor: Rogue]]''. It's necessary under the circumstances, but Eisenhorn kills at least one man whose only crime is trying to stop him.
* ''Literature/FlightOfTheIntruder'': A protagonist example, with the two main characters going on a renegade bombing mission to hit Communist Party Headquarters. They miss, succeeding only in blowing out some of the windows.



* The protagonists of the ''Literature/{{Eisenhorn}}'' and ''Literature/{{Ravenor}}'' series become Rogue Agents in, respectively, ''Hereticus'' and ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ravenor: Rogue]]''. It's necessary under the circumstances, but Eisenhorn kills at least one man whose only crime is trying to stop him.



* ''Literature/FlightOfTheIntruder'': A protagonist example, with the two main characters going on a renegade bombing mission to hit Communist Party Headquarters. They miss, succeeding only in blowing out some of the windows.
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** In the ''Literature/XWingSeries'', Rogue Squadron left the New Republic to pursue a foe that the New Republic couldn't touch without alienating their allies. Notably, at this point in time there were a number of anti-Imperial groups who were only loosely affiliated with the Rebel Alliance/New Republic, and the Rogues were able to set themselves up as one of them, though there were rumors that Rogue Leader, Wedge Antilles, was setting himself up as a warlord. When they succeeded in helping a faction on that planet to overthrow Isard, they were retroactively sanctioned, and that whole thing where the New Republic's best fighter squadron publicly resigned was brushed under the rug.



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* Faith in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. This causes problems for the Watcher's Council as until she dies the line of Slayers can't continue; they do their best to rectify the situation in ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
** Wesley tries to reinvent himself as a [[InsistentTerminology rogue demon hunter]] after being fired. Nobody really buys it (at least not initially).
-->'''Cordelia:''' What's a [[AmbiguousSyntax rogue demon]]?
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor was used in this role in his 3rd and 4th incarnations, as a deniable agent for when the Time Lords decide to break their own rules of non-intervention. The Doctor wasn't happy about it, as he'd rather be a genuine rogue.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. The Peacekeeper Crais goes rogue to hunt down John Crichton, whom he blames for the death of his brother.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheFixer'', John Mercer is ordered to kill his predecessor, who has started to [[VigilanteMan pick his own targets]] instead of those selected by the [[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner mysterious unit he works for]]. There's also the SAS man who (under orders) used drug money to finance his anti-Taliban operation, who decided to go into business for himself.
* ''Series/TheGameUKTV'' plays with this with Joe Lamb and his revenge plot running occasionally against the official operations underway.



* A number of Division undercover agents decided to go rogue and stopped obeying orders from Division after ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' took over in season 3.



* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. The Peacekeeper Crais goes rogue to hunt down John Crichton, whom he blames for the death of his brother.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheFixer'', John Mercer is ordered to kill his predecessor, who has started to [[VigilanteMan pick his own targets]] instead of those selected by the [[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner mysterious unit he works for]]. There's also the SAS man who (under orders) used drug money to finance his anti-Taliban operation, who decided to go into business for himself.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''. The Doctor is used in this role in his 3rd and 4th incarnations, as a deniable agent for when the Time Lords decide to break their own rules of non-intervention. The Doctor is not happy about it, as he'd rather be a genuine rogue.
* Faith in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. This causes problems for the Watcher's Council as until she dies the line of Slayers can't continue; they do their best to rectify the situation in ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
** Wesley tries to reinvent himself as a [[InsistentTerminology rogue demon hunter]] after being fired. Nobody really buys it (at least not initially).
-->'''Cordelia:''' What's a [[AmbiguousSyntax rogue demon]]?
* A number of Division undercover agents decided to go rogue and stopped obeying orders from Division after ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' took over in season 3.
* ''Series/TheGameUKTV'' plays with this with Joe Lamb and his revenge plot running occasionally against the official operations underway.


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2nd May '17 2:33:18 PM randomtroper89
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* Frank Terpil was dismissed from the CIA in 1971 for financial misconduct, and used his expertise to aid various dictators including Muammar Gaddafi, Idi Amin and Fidel Castro. Ex-CIA agent [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_P._Wilson Edwin P. Wilson]] would be convicted of selling arms to Libya, though he was able to overturn the conviction after a long legal battle, claiming that he'd been working for the CIA the entire time. Details are on TheOtherWiki.

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* Frank Terpil was dismissed from the CIA in 1971 for financial misconduct, and used his expertise to aid various dictators including Muammar Gaddafi, Idi Amin and Fidel Castro.
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Ex-CIA agent [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_P._Wilson Edwin P. Wilson]] would be convicted of selling arms to Libya, though he was able to overturn the conviction after a long legal battle, claiming that he'd been working for the CIA the entire time. Details are on TheOtherWiki.
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