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18th May '17 3:05:45 AM IamTheCaligula
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* [[MadArtist Deidara]] of {{Naruto}} thinks of explosions as fine art and wanted to share his art with everyone. Because indiscriminately blowing up people and ''villages'' is not acceptable behavior for a nation at peace, he went rogue and worked for various anti-government factions even before Akatsuki recruited him. Pein's own reasoning on why he became this is "Just Because."

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* [[MadArtist Deidara]] of {{Naruto}} thinks of his explosions as fine art and wanted to share his art with everyone. Because indiscriminately blowing up people and ''villages'' is not acceptable behavior for a nation at peace, he went rogue and worked for various anti-government factions even before Akatsuki recruited him. Pein's own reasoning on why When Pain summarizes the Akatsuki members' motives for fighting, he became this states that Deidara's reason is "Just Because."a whim."
15th May '17 7:24:34 PM nombretomado
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* Many ideologically-motivated guerrilla or terrorist organisations devolve into this over time; the Peruvian Shining Path, for example, were originally a Marxist insurgency, but after a factional breakdown in the early 90s devolved into a string of loosely connected gangs with a thin ideological veneer. Other examples include some of the surviving [[TheTroubles Northern Irish paramilitary organisations]], the pre-Taliban Mujahideen in Afghanistan and some nationalist militias in the Warlord Era of the Republic of China. It even gets to the point where [[EvenEvilHasStandards their nominal allies move to take them out]], cutting through the usual red tape; in Northern Ireland, for example, the Provisional IRA purged several factions of the Irish People's Liberation Organisation (an Irish National Liberation Army splinter group) because it had begun to engage in organised crime (although this was probably due to competition more than anything, since the IRA engaged in drug trafficking and extortion itself).

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* Many ideologically-motivated guerrilla or terrorist organisations devolve into this over time; the Peruvian Shining Path, for example, were originally a Marxist insurgency, but after a factional breakdown in the early 90s devolved into a string of loosely connected gangs with a thin ideological veneer. Other examples include some of the surviving [[TheTroubles [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles Northern Irish paramilitary organisations]], the pre-Taliban Mujahideen in Afghanistan and some nationalist militias in the Warlord Era of the Republic of China. It even gets to the point where [[EvenEvilHasStandards their nominal allies move to take them out]], cutting through the usual red tape; in Northern Ireland, for example, the Provisional IRA purged several factions of the Irish People's Liberation Organisation (an Irish National Liberation Army splinter group) because it had begun to engage in organised crime (although this was probably due to competition more than anything, since the IRA engaged in drug trafficking and extortion itself).
1st May '17 10:41:04 PM brtd
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* In the new Travolta film ''Film/FromParisWithLove'', the terrorist [[spoiler:the protagonist's fiance]] never gives a reason for the plot to [[spoiler:suicide bomb an African aid summit]] other than [[spoiler:saying she was looking for a purpose and a man she met six years ago explained things to her]]. Arguably parodied because the Travolta character explains a bit during the early part of the film, but Meyers' character (and, since we're viewing the scene through his eyes, the audience) is too [[spoiler:high on cocaine]] to understand it.

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* In the new Travolta JohnTravolta film ''Film/FromParisWithLove'', the terrorist [[spoiler:the protagonist's fiance]] never gives a reason for the plot to [[spoiler:suicide bomb an African aid summit]] other than [[spoiler:saying she was looking for a purpose and a man she met six years ago explained things to her]]. Arguably parodied because the Travolta character explains a bit during the early part of the film, but Meyers' character (and, since we're viewing the scene through his eyes, the audience) is too [[spoiler:high on cocaine]] to understand it.
22nd Apr '17 8:49:52 PM nombretomado
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* The motives of the terrorist group in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' are, as of yet, unclear. It's not entirely certain if they even ''have'' a motive beyond trying to cripple the US with fear through targetting its children. For some reason, "ratings" are important to them; that's about all we get. Originally, they were from a country at war with the United States, and one of Danya's demands in v1 is that the American military completely demobilize, but given various [[{{Retcon}} retcons]] to the setting, it isn't clear how much is still canon; at the least, them being at war with the US isn't.

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* The motives of the terrorist group in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' are, as of yet, unclear. It's not entirely certain if they even ''have'' a motive beyond trying to cripple the US with fear through targetting its children. For some reason, "ratings" are important to them; that's about all we get. Originally, they were from a country at war with the United States, and one of Danya's demands in v1 is that the American military completely demobilize, but given various [[{{Retcon}} retcons]] to the setting, it isn't clear how much is still canon; at the least, them being at war with the US isn't.
20th Apr '17 10:37:48 AM CosmicFerret
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20th Apr '17 10:35:56 AM CosmicFerret
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* An episode of ''LawAndOrder'' had a young white man who'd murdered two college professors claim to be a follower of radical Islam who'd killed his victims for their disrespect towards Islam. Turns out he was just a JerkAss who'd latched onto that particular form of Islam to get revenge on a girl who humiliated him in front of the victim during a dinner party he was invited to. [[RealityIsUnrealistic This is a sadly accurate depiction of many Islamist terrorists and how they got that way.]]

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* An episode of ''LawAndOrder'' ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had a young white man who'd murdered two college professors claim to be a follower of radical Islam who'd killed his victims for their disrespect towards Islam. Turns out he was just a JerkAss who'd latched onto that particular form of Islam to get revenge on a girl who humiliated him in front of the victim during a dinner party he was invited to. [[RealityIsUnrealistic This is a sadly accurate depiction of many Islamist terrorists and how they got that way.]]
21st Mar '17 12:40:15 PM Monsund
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** Verminous Skumm and Duke Nukem had reasonably clear motives as well. The former was out to destroy humanity, and the latter was a walking nuclear battery that needed to spread radioactivity so that he could feed and survive (this is severely ironic because Nukem could have been an eco-hero if he had just applied his radiation-absorbing powers to existing nuclear waste, instead of trying to cause meltdowns at nuclear plants). Of the recurring villains, only Dr. Blight and Zarm were really wayward, pointless chaotic evil. Dr. Blight claims to do stuff ForScience or for profit or both, and Zarm at least had the excuse of literally being the GodOfEvil.

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** Verminous Skumm and Duke Nukem had reasonably clear motives as well. The former was out to destroy humanity, humanity so he could rule the wreckage, and the latter was a walking nuclear battery that needed to spread radioactivity so that he could feed and survive (this is severely ironic because Nukem could have been an eco-hero if he had just applied his radiation-absorbing powers to existing nuclear waste, instead of trying to cause meltdowns at nuclear plants). Of the recurring villains, only Dr. Blight and Zarm were really wayward, pointless chaotic evil.ForTheEvulz. Dr. Blight claims to do stuff ForScience or for profit or both, and Zarm at least had the excuse of literally being the GodOfEvil.
15th Mar '17 7:37:54 PM Fireblood
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* Joseph Konopka, known as Dr. Ch@os, hired a bunch of teenagers to commit crimes like causing failures at power plants, committing arson, disrupting broadcasts, disabling a air traffic control system, and hiding cyanide in the Chicago transit system. When asked why he did those acts, he admitted, "I don't have a real good reason".

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* Joseph Konopka, known as Dr. Ch@os, hired a bunch of teenagers to commit crimes like causing failures at power plants, committing arson, disrupting broadcasts, disabling a an air traffic control system, and hiding cyanide in the Chicago transit system. When asked why he did those acts, he admitted, "I don't have a real good reason".
15th Mar '17 7:31:21 PM Fireblood
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* The Mala Noche from ''Series/CSIMiami'' [[WeirdTradeUnion started as some weird assassin's guild/street gang/Nicaraguan Mafia]] (apparently Miami has a lucrative market for hitmen) And then one of their leaders became a vaguely worded terrorist and decided to try to blow up an airplane (and while it's not unusual for people from TheCartel to do terrorist acts for the sake of their interests (see Pablo Escobar); the series never says ''why'' this guy wanted to perform this).

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* The Mala Noche from ''Series/CSIMiami'' [[WeirdTradeUnion started as some weird assassin's guild/street gang/Nicaraguan Mafia]] (apparently Miami has a lucrative market for hitmen) And and then one of their leaders became a vaguely worded terrorist and decided to try to blow up an airplane (and while it's not unusual for people from TheCartel to do terrorist acts for the sake of their interests (see interests-see Pablo Escobar); the Escobar-the series never says ''why'' this guy wanted to perform this).



* An episode of ''LawAndOrder'' had a young white man who'd murdered two college professors claim to be a follower of radical Islam who'd killed his victims for their disrespect towards Islam. Turns out he was just a JerkAss who'd latched on to that particular variant of Islam to get revenge on a girl who humiliated him in front of the victim during a dinner party he was invited to. [[RealityIsUnrealistic This is a sadly accurate depiction of many Islamist terrorists and how they got that way.]]

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* An episode of ''LawAndOrder'' had a young white man who'd murdered two college professors claim to be a follower of radical Islam who'd killed his victims for their disrespect towards Islam. Turns out he was just a JerkAss who'd latched on to onto that particular variant form of Islam to get revenge on a girl who humiliated him in front of the victim during a dinner party he was invited to. [[RealityIsUnrealistic This is a sadly accurate depiction of many Islamist terrorists and how they got that way.]]



* The terrorists in FairlySecretArmy can be considered this, as it turns out that they are not Marxists, but have chaos as their AIM. (With some bickering about whether they represent Old Chaosism or Middle Chaosism.)

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* The terrorists in FairlySecretArmy can be considered this, as it turns out that they are not Marxists, but have chaos as their AIM. (With AIM (with some bickering about whether they represent Old Chaosism or Middle Chaosism.)Chaosism).



* Many ideologically-motivated guerrilla or terrorist organisations devolve into this over time; the Peruvian Shining Path, for example, were originally a Marxist insurgency, but after a factional breakdown in the early 90s devolved into a string of loosely connected gangs with a thin ideological veneer. Other examples include some of the surviving [[TheTroubles Northern Irish paramilitary organisations]], the pre-Taliban Mujahideen in Afghanistan and some nationalist militias in the Warlord Era of the Republic of China. It even gets to the point where [[EvenEvilHasStandards their nominal allies move to take them out]], cutting through the usual red tape; in Northern Ireland, for example, the Provisional IRA purged several factions of the Irish People's Liberation Organisation, an Irish National Liberation Army splinter group, which had begun to engage in organised crime.
* More of Riots without A Cause, the 2011 England riots started because of a police shooting, but involved burning shops and houses down and looting, which has nothing to do with a police shooting. This was lampshaded by a woman giving a speech on the streets when she said that a protest was supposed to be about a police shooting, not about robbing Shoe Locker and other shops.

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* Many ideologically-motivated guerrilla or terrorist organisations devolve into this over time; the Peruvian Shining Path, for example, were originally a Marxist insurgency, but after a factional breakdown in the early 90s devolved into a string of loosely connected gangs with a thin ideological veneer. Other examples include some of the surviving [[TheTroubles Northern Irish paramilitary organisations]], the pre-Taliban Mujahideen in Afghanistan and some nationalist militias in the Warlord Era of the Republic of China. It even gets to the point where [[EvenEvilHasStandards their nominal allies move to take them out]], cutting through the usual red tape; in Northern Ireland, for example, the Provisional IRA purged several factions of the Irish People's Liberation Organisation, an Organisation (an Irish National Liberation Army splinter group, which group) because it had begun to engage in organised crime.
crime (although this was probably due to competition more than anything, since the IRA engaged in drug trafficking and extortion itself).
* More of Riots without A Cause, the 2011 England riots started because of a police shooting, shooting but involved burning shops and houses down and looting, which has nothing to do with a police shooting. This was lampshaded by a woman giving a speech on the streets when she said that a protest was supposed to be about a police shooting, not about robbing Shoe Locker and other shops.
15th Mar '17 7:12:15 PM Fireblood
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* The BigBad of ''Film/FaceOff'', Castor Troy, explicitly refers to his profession as "terrorism-for-hire", which suggests that he's a mercenary hired by organizations which actually do have causes. That said, ''he'' quite clearly doesn't have an actual cause besides ForTheEvulz. Money isn't his main objective.
* The villains in ''Film/{{Next}}'' are terrorists. Just terrorists. They seem to be a bunch of French-speaking Eurotrash lead by a guy that looks like Gavrilo Princip. The best I could figure, they were trying to liberate Quebec from California and have it form a part of a new Greater Serbia. Or maybe it was just the ''ennui.''

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* The BigBad of ''Film/FaceOff'', Castor Troy, explicitly refers to his profession as "terrorism-for-hire", which suggests that he's a mercenary hired by organizations which actually do have causes. That said, ''he'' quite clearly doesn't have an actual cause besides ForTheEvulz. Money isn't his main objective. \n In the {{novelization}} he's a former CIA agent using his skills for this purpose.
* The villains in ''Film/{{Next}}'' are terrorists. Just terrorists. They seem to be a bunch of French-speaking Eurotrash lead by a guy that looks like Gavrilo Princip. The best I could we can figure, they were trying to liberate Quebec from California and have it form a part of a new Greater Serbia. Or maybe it was just the ''ennui.''



** Stromberg, from ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' and Drax from ''Film/Moonraker'' (basically a 2.0 version of Stromberg) both want the population of the earth to die; that's genocide but not terrorism because inspiring terror is an unwanted side effect.

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** Stromberg, from ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' and Drax from ''Film/Moonraker'' (basically a 2.0 version of Stromberg) both want the population of the earth to die; that's genocide but not terrorism terrorism, because inspiring terror is an unwanted side effect.



* ''Mision: Impossible''

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* ''Mision: ''Mission: Impossible''



* The group in ''Film/DayNightDayNight'' make a propaganda video before their attack is to be carried out, but we never actually see what statement they had prepared for it, and the diverse nature of the group was deliberate on the part of the filmmaker to obscure any presumption on the part of the audience as to what their motivation might be.

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* The group in ''Film/DayNightDayNight'' make a propaganda video before their attack is to be carried out, out in the style of Islamic terrorists, but we never actually see what statement they had prepared for it, and the diverse nature of the group was deliberate on the part of the filmmaker to obscure any presumption on the part of the audience as to what their motivation might be.
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