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13th Dec '17 4:58:30 PM nombretomado
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Crackers are often called "hackers", but this is more a product of outsider confusion and sensationalist media than reality. Those within the subculture [[InsistentTerminology often insist]] that the term "Hacker" is a value-neutral term that means "people who are skilled at making computers do things outside their original specifications".[[note]]The term cracking refers explicitly to the criminal/malicious subset of hacking. A "crack" often refers to a patch for a program that bypasses some lockout intended to keep users away, such as {{DRM}}.[[/note]]

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Crackers are often called "hackers", but this is more a product of outsider confusion and sensationalist media than reality. Those within the subculture [[InsistentTerminology often insist]] that the term "Hacker" is a value-neutral term that means "people who are skilled at making computers do things outside their original specifications".[[note]]The term cracking refers explicitly to the criminal/malicious subset of hacking. A "crack" often refers to a patch for a program that bypasses some lockout intended to keep users away, such as {{DRM}}.UsefulNotes/{{DRM}}.[[/note]]
28th Nov '17 1:27:37 PM fatescanner
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* ''FanFic/ThreeMonthsAFox'' has Ricker Tavy, a [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] mongoose who, before being captured by [[NebulousEvilOrganisation The Purpose]] to design [[spoiler: a [[BigBrotherIsWatching sophisticated cyber-spy network]] to track and monitor the movements of every predator in Zootopia]], was a hacker who made a living selling his considerable skills to whoever was willing to pay, regardless of the illegality.
6th Sep '17 1:20:31 PM SeptimusHeap
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* Another Meta example: A hacker who we shall refer to as "Cap'n Dickless" hacked the accounts of various abridged series makers on Website/YouTube (including {{Lanipator}}, {{hbi2k}}, Creator/MasakoX, TeamDattebayo and numerous others), and many of the accounts had to be suspended because of this, but they later got them back, and Cap'n Dickless got what he deserved.

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* Another Meta example: A hacker who we shall refer to as "Cap'n Dickless" hacked the accounts of various abridged series makers on Website/YouTube (including {{Lanipator}}, {{hbi2k}}, Creator/{{hbi2k}}, Creator/MasakoX, TeamDattebayo and numerous others), and many of the accounts had to be suspended because of this, but they later got them back, and Cap'n Dickless got what he deserved.
11th Jun '17 4:05:24 AM ElodieHiras
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* The Combat Hacker tree for the Specialist class in ''VideoGame/{{XCOM2}}'' is only a criminal because they are part of LaResistance against a VichyEarth, but it doesn't make them any less prone to causing computer mayhem on the alien ranks. Anywhere from lethally Skulljacking enemy troops with blades to extract useful intelligence before killing their enemy, to [[HackYourEnemy shutting down or controlling]] enemy robotic units to messing with the enemy tactical awareness network to disorient or mind control enemy ground troops, these guys and gals [[CombatPragmatist do not play fair by any sense of the word]].
29th Apr '17 1:24:43 PM kome360
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* ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' is the Hacker version of GTA - cause traffic accidents, steal thousands of dollars, and get innocent people arrested all from twenty feet away. Press and hold Q to cause mayhem.
21st Feb '17 5:30:10 PM Prometheus117
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** The [[Film/DieHard first film]] features Theo, the wisecrack-spouting computer tech who cracks through all but the final layer of corporate security.

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** The [[Film/DieHard first film]] features Theo, the wisecrack-spouting computer tech who cracks through all but the final layer of corporate security. He's a more realistic example than most, however, since his "cracking" consisted of figuring out the password for the first layer, then [[DungeonBypass taking a big power drill to the next five]]. He outright admits he can't break the final layer due to the electromagnetic seal [[spoiler:which is what [[BatmanGambit Hans's desire for the FBI to cut power to the building is all about]]]].
9th Feb '17 5:16:57 PM ANTMuddle
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* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', [[Creator/WilWheaton Chaos Manson]] has this role, contrasted with Hardison's playful hacker style. The CIA [[ShoutOut calls]] him the [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Kobyashu Maru]].

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* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', [[Creator/WilWheaton Chaos Manson]] has this role, contrasted with Hardison's playful hacker {{playful hacker}} style. The CIA [[ShoutOut calls]] him the [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Kobyashu Maru]].
1st Feb '17 2:45:50 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ComicBook/TheJoker himself develops this talent right before ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand''. With only a skeleton staff on duty at Arkham and inexperienced orderlies able to distribute medication to the inmates, he hacks into the system and makes sure everyone gets stuff they clearly should ''not'' have. Killer Croc is given stimulants, manic depressive patients get depressants, and the Joker himself [[NoMedicationForMe is exempt from any meds.]] (And possibly as a nasty joke, the Ventriloquist is given prescription-strength laxatives.) As he planned, complete pandemonium ensues and he seizes control of the place.

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* ComicBook/TheJoker himself develops this talent right before ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand''. With only a skeleton staff on duty at Arkham and only inexperienced orderlies able to distribute medication to the inmates, he hacks into the system and makes sure everyone gets stuff they clearly should ''not'' have. Killer Croc is given stimulants, manic depressive patients get depressants, and the Joker himself [[NoMedicationForMe is exempt from any meds.]] (And possibly as a nasty joke, the Ventriloquist is given prescription-strength laxatives.) As he planned, complete pandemonium ensues and he seizes control of the place.
18th Jan '17 4:51:42 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* ComicBook/TheJoker himself develops this talent right before ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand''. With only a skeleton staff on duty at Arkham and inexperienced orderlies able to distribute medication to the inmates, he hacks into the system and makes sure everyone gets stuff they clearly should ''not'' have. Killer Croc is given stimulants, manic depressive patients get depressants, and the Joker himself [[NoMedicationForMe is exempt from any meds.]] (And possibly as a nasty joke, the Ventriloquist is given prescription-strength laxatives.) As he planned, complete pandemonium ensues and he seizes control of the place.
8th Jan '17 11:53:26 AM wootzits
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* Makubex of ''Manga/GetBackers'' paired his computer skills with Infinity Fortress's warped reality to set himself up as a dictator. He escaped karmic death with a HeelFaceTurn.
* [[QuirkyMinibossSquad The Numbers]] [[HollywoodCyborg Cyborgs]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' had two crackers as part of their team. [[MissionControl Uno]], who could break into any computer without being detected as part of her [[EvilGenius intelligence gathering]] capabilities, and Quattro, who can screw up any computer as an extension of her illusion skills.
* ''Manga/BattleRoyale'': In a slightly more heroic example, formerly PlayfulHacker Shinji Mimura decides to use his skills for something a bit more serious after being forced into the Program. In all three versions, he [[spoiler: attempts to hack into the government's computer system to disable the collars in order to make an escape attempt: he is caught in the manga and novel versions halfway through his plan due to the microphones in the collars; but in the movie, he does succeed in doing so]]. His uncle, particularly in the manga version, is also an example of this trope. It is revealed at the end of the novel version that [[spoiler: Shogo Kawada hacked into the computers before the Program in order to get the specs for the collars. Whether this makes him a PlayfulHacker or TheCracker is up to the reader.]]
* [[spoiler:[[RobotGirl Chachamaru]]]] took this role during the Mahora Festival arc of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', hacking into the school's security main computer to screw around with the communications network and shut down the barrier around the school that prevents [[spoiler:Chao]]'s [[strike:Evas]] demon-powered HumongousMecha from working. The level of her skill forced PlayfulHacker Chisame to form a Pactio with Negi and gain the abilities of a {{Technopath}}.
* The plot of ''Manga/DengekiDaisy'' is driven by a mysterious cracker.
* Mitsuo Yamaki of ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', whose goal is to seek and destroy Digimon (at first). Inverted that he's working for the government, and using his skills to stop what he considers a abomination to existence.
* The Digimon Kaiser of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', using his programing skills to conquer the Digital World.
* Choe Gu-Sung in ''Anime/PsychoPass'' apparently conceives all the technical means to [[BigBad Makishima]]'s schemes.

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* ''Manga/BattleRoyale'': In a slightly more heroic example, formerly PlayfulHacker Shinji Mimura decides to use his skills for something a bit more serious after being forced into the Program. In all three versions, he [[spoiler:attempts to hack into the government's computer system to disable the collars in order to make an escape attempt: he is caught in the manga and novel versions halfway through his plan due to the microphones in the collars; but in the movie, he does succeed in doing so]]. His uncle, particularly in the manga version, is also an example of this trope. It is revealed at the end of the novel version that [[spoiler:Shogo Kawada hacked into the computers before the Program in order to get the specs for the collars. Whether this makes him a PlayfulHacker or TheCracker is up to the reader.]]
* ''Manga/DengekiDaisy'': The plot is driven by a mysterious cracker.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''
** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'': The Digimon Kaiser, using his programing skills to conquer the Digital World.
** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'': Mitsuo Yamaki, whose goal is to seek and destroy Digimon (at first). Inverted that he's working for the government, and using his skills to stop what he considers a abomination to existence.
* ''Manga/GetBackers'':
Makubex of ''Manga/GetBackers'' paired his computer skills with Infinity Fortress's warped reality to set himself up as a dictator. He escaped karmic death with a HeelFaceTurn.
* ''Anime/LadyJewelpet'': In the backstory, [[spoiler:Luea]] hacked into the school's system to insert an illegal student ([[spoiler:Lillian]]) at the behest of Joker as part of their plan to instill chaos in the Lady system and Jewel Land.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'':
[[QuirkyMinibossSquad The Numbers]] [[HollywoodCyborg Cyborgs]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' had two crackers as part of their team. [[MissionControl Uno]], who could break into any computer without being detected as part of her [[EvilGenius intelligence gathering]] capabilities, and Quattro, who can screw up any computer as an extension of her illusion skills.
* ''Manga/BattleRoyale'': In a slightly more heroic example, formerly PlayfulHacker Shinji Mimura decides to use his skills for something a bit more serious after being forced into the Program. In all three versions, he [[spoiler: attempts to hack into the government's computer system to disable the collars in order to make an escape attempt: he is caught in the manga and novel versions halfway through his plan due to the microphones in the collars; but in the movie, he does succeed in doing so]]. His uncle, particularly in the manga version, is also an example of this trope. It is revealed at the end of the novel version that [[spoiler: Shogo Kawada hacked into the computers before the Program in order to get the specs for the collars. Whether this makes him a PlayfulHacker or TheCracker is up to the reader.]]
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''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': [[spoiler:[[RobotGirl Chachamaru]]]] took this role during the Mahora Festival arc of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', arc, hacking into the school's security main computer to screw around with the communications network and shut down the barrier around the school that prevents [[spoiler:Chao]]'s [[strike:Evas]] demon-powered HumongousMecha from working. The level of her skill forced PlayfulHacker Chisame to form a Pactio with Negi and gain the abilities of a {{Technopath}}.
* The plot of ''Manga/DengekiDaisy'' is driven by a mysterious cracker.
* Mitsuo Yamaki of ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', whose goal is to seek and destroy Digimon (at first). Inverted that he's working for the government, and using his skills to stop what he considers a abomination to existence.
* The Digimon Kaiser of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', using his programing skills to conquer the Digital World.
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''Anime/PsychoPass'': Choe Gu-Sung in ''Anime/PsychoPass'' apparently conceives all the technical means to [[BigBad Makishima]]'s schemes.
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