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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.
6th Apr '17 4:49:32 PM JackG
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->'''Sergei:''' "I'm sorry about the unfortunate incident. It was excessive, and more to the point it was foolish. Mikhi did it without consulting me."
->'''Gregor:''' "He turned rogue and can't be controlled? Is that it?"

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->'''Sergei:''' "I'm I'm sorry about the unfortunate incident. It was excessive, and more to the point it was foolish. Mikhi did it without consulting me."
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->'''Gregor:''' "He He turned rogue and can't be controlled? Is that it?"it?


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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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29th Jan '17 5:55:30 PM contrafanxxx
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* ''[[VideoGame/TimeCrisis Time Crisis 5]]'' reveals that [[spoiler: Robert Baxter is the traitor within the VSSE]] in the True Mastermind Edition.
6th Dec '16 4:58:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* A recurring element of the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' series, which is lampshaded in [[WebVideo/HonestTrailers its Honest Trailer video]].
** In the first film, Ethan Hunt is framed to be a rogue agent after an operation gone wrong, and the rest of the film he has to [[ClearMyName clear his name]] by finding the ''real'' rogue agent, who is [[spoiler: Jim Phelps, the protagonist of the original TV series, in one of the most infamous {{Face Heel Turn}}s in the history of cinema.]]

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* A recurring element of the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' series, ''Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries'', which is lampshaded in [[WebVideo/HonestTrailers its Honest Trailer video]].
** In the first film, ''Film/MissionImpossible'', Ethan Hunt is framed to be a rogue agent after an operation gone wrong, and the rest of the film he has to [[ClearMyName clear his name]] by finding the ''real'' rogue agent, who is [[spoiler: Jim Phelps, the protagonist of the original TV series, in one of the most infamous {{Face Heel Turn}}s in the history of cinema.]]
11th Oct '16 6:09:55 PM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/TheExecutioner''. Mack Bolan starts as a VigilanteMan, gets recruited by the US government as Colonel [[MeaningfulName Phoenix]] for the ColdWar in TheEighties, then goes rogue again after his LoveInterest is killed. He still does the occasional 'deniable' for his old colleagues.

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* ''Literature/TheExecutioner''. Mack Bolan starts as a VigilanteMan, gets recruited by the US government as Colonel [[MeaningfulName Phoenix]] for the ColdWar UsefulNotes/ColdWar in TheEighties, then goes rogue again after his LoveInterest is killed. He still does the occasional 'deniable' for his old colleagues.
28th Aug '16 12:02:09 AM JackG
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* ''Literature/TheExecutioner''. Mack Bolan starts as a VigilanteMan, gets recruited by the US government as Colonel [[MeaningfulName Phoenix]] for the ColdWar in TheEighties, then goes rogue again after his LoveInterest is killed. He still does the occasional 'deniable' for his old colleagues.
30th Jun '16 6:55:53 AM TheWanderer
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For the group version of this, see RenegadeSplinterFaction. Also RenegadeRussian and TerroristsWithoutACause for specific examples of this trope.

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For the group version of this, see RenegadeSplinterFaction. Also RenegadeRussian and TerroristsWithoutACause for specific examples of this trope. Compare FromCamouflageToCriminal.
23rd Jan '16 2:53:58 AM Hanz
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* In ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the Imperial Agent can become this at the end of their story [[spoiler:by bringing the Black Codex to the Minister of Intelligence, who uses it to erase your identity]] so you can act as an independent agent without Sith jurisdiction.

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* In ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the Imperial Agent can become this at the end of their story [[spoiler:by bringing the Black Codex to the Minister of Intelligence, who uses it to erase your identity]] so you can act as an independent agent who protects the Empire without Sith jurisdiction.jurisdiction. It's a mixed-bag since you're freeing yourself of a fascist Empire that runs on evil so you can protect said evil Empire on your own terms.
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