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8th Jan '16 7:19:20 PM nombretomado
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* Rory Bremner was overwhelmed with job offers in the late 80s after the success of ''SpittingImage'', but chose to remain freelance so that he didn't have to compromise his material. This even extends into the 2000s, as he was originally one of the centerpieces of ''Series/MockTheWeek'', but left shortly after series 2. He now produces his own occasional show (i.e. one or two a year) which gets graveyard slots on Channel 4, rather than primetime on ITV or BBC. He's still widely regarded as one of the best political impressionist-satirists in the UK, if not the world.
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* Rory Bremner was overwhelmed with job offers in the late 80s after the success of ''SpittingImage'', ''Series/SpittingImage'', but chose to remain freelance so that he didn't have to compromise his material. This even extends into the 2000s, as he was originally one of the centerpieces of ''Series/MockTheWeek'', but left shortly after series 2. He now produces his own occasional show (i.e. one or two a year) which gets graveyard slots on Channel 4, rather than primetime on ITV or BBC. He's still widely regarded as one of the best political impressionist-satirists in the UK, if not the world.
18th Oct '15 6:00:20 PM nombretomado
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12th Sep '15 10:03:57 PM nombretomado
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* Captain Brenner/O'Brian from ''AdvanceWars: Days of Ruin''. Luckily, he was training a new DJ.
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* Captain Brenner/O'Brian from ''AdvanceWars: ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars: Days of Ruin''. Luckily, he was training a new DJ.
27th Aug '15 5:34:32 PM Kaxis19999
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* Young [[TheCommissionerGordon Gordon]] in ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne''. Commissioner Loeb and Det. Flass try to break him, [[TheDeterminator Gordon]] turns it [[BewareTheNiceOnes back]] on them.
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* Young [[TheCommissionerGordon Gordon]] in ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne''. Commissioner Loeb and Det. Flass try tries to break him, [[TheDeterminator Gordon]] turns it [[BewareTheNiceOnes back]] on them.
13th Aug '15 10:01:57 AM Premonition45
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* Many see Sen. Bernie Sanders as this. When announcing his intentions to run for President in 2016, he explicitly said he'd refuse corporate donations, accepting only financial support from American individuals, in defiance of the 2010 "Citizens United" Supreme Court ruling, which declared that "corporations were people" and money could be considered "free speech".
13th Jul '15 4:18:09 PM foxley
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* John Hartigan, the last honest cop in ''SinCity'', until he is framed and sent to prison for refusing to let the son of a senator rape a little girl.
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* John Hartigan, the last honest cop in ''SinCity'', ''ComicBook/SinCity'', until he is framed and sent to prison for refusing to let the son of a senator rape a little girl.

* The main character in the 1978 comedy ''FM'', although he's a station manager rather than a literal DJ. * In ''SoulKitchen'', a chef gets fired for declining to cook food that is not up to his high standards ([[ComicallyMissingThePoint warm]] gazpacho soup, namely).
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* The main character in the 1978 comedy ''FM'', ''Film/{{FM}}'', although he's a station manager rather than a literal DJ. * In ''SoulKitchen'', ''Film/SoulKitchen'', a chef gets fired for declining to cook food that is not up to his high standards ([[ComicallyMissingThePoint warm]] gazpacho soup, namely).

* ''HeartbreakRidge'' brings us [[Creator/ClintEastwood Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Highway]], who's still "just" a Gunnery Sergeant despite rapidly approaching the mandatory retirement age. His semi-regular bouts of insubordination, public drunkenness, fighting with civilians and police (usually because of public drunkenness), and hard-headed dedication to the "old ways" of the Marine Corps are just enough to keep him from getting promoted, but not quite enough to get him discharged. By sheer accident, he happens to use these skills to turn an [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits under-performing recon squad]] into a competent and savvy military unit just in time for the invasion of Grenada and are an instrumental part of an early victory, while the more "modern" and "elite" units headed by a number-crunching desk-jockey have barely advanced past the initial beach-head.
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* ''HeartbreakRidge'' ''Film/HeartbreakRidge'' brings us [[Creator/ClintEastwood Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Highway]], who's still "just" a Gunnery Sergeant despite rapidly approaching the mandatory retirement age. His semi-regular bouts of insubordination, public drunkenness, fighting with civilians and police (usually because of public drunkenness), and hard-headed dedication to the "old ways" of the Marine Corps are just enough to keep him from getting promoted, but not quite enough to get him discharged. By sheer accident, he happens to use these skills to turn an [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits under-performing recon squad]] into a competent and savvy military unit just in time for the invasion of Grenada and are an instrumental part of an early victory, while the more "modern" and "elite" units headed by a number-crunching desk-jockey have barely advanced past the initial beach-head.

** Captain Vimes in Discworld/GuardsGuards felt that he was in this situation. In his own words: "Every time he seemed to be getting anywhere he spoke his mind, or said the wrong thing. Usually at the same time."\\
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** Captain Vimes in Discworld/GuardsGuards ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' felt that he was in this situation. In his own words: "Every time he seemed to be getting anywhere he spoke his mind, or said the wrong thing. Usually at the same time."\\

* Eva Wolfe from the ''{{Burke}}'' series by Creator/AndrewVachss was fired from her job as the head of City-wide Special Victims for refusing to "go along to get along", in the form of giving a pedophile a merciful deal.
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* Eva Wolfe from the ''{{Burke}}'' ''Literature/{{Burke}}'' series by Creator/AndrewVachss was fired from her job as the head of City-wide Special Victims for refusing to "go along to get along", in the form of giving a pedophile a merciful deal.

* ''TheDresdenFiles'' - Lieutenant Karrin Murphy was transferred to Special Investigations specifically because she wouldn't shut up about inconvenient facts. [[spoiler:This also results in her getting demoted later, when her absence during an investigation got her in serious trouble.]] She couldn't exactly tell her boss she was helping a wizard [[spoiler:storm the Winter Queen's castle]] to rescue a teenage girl, now, could she? ** And in the book [[TheDresdenFiles Changes]], she is fired (but with retirement pay, thanks to her boss at SI fighting for her) after [[spoiler: disappearing for a while in order to help Harry save his recently-discovered daughter.]] * ''SnowCrash'' - Hiro Protagonist, last freelance hacker. He is aggressively sought after by at least one software firm willing to pay top dollar for his skills, but working for them would require wearing a tie and showing up to work in the morning. Hiro finds these conditions to be dealbreakers and remains unaffiliated.
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* ''TheDresdenFiles'' ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' - Lieutenant Karrin Murphy was transferred to Special Investigations specifically because she wouldn't shut up about inconvenient facts. [[spoiler:This also results in her getting demoted later, when her absence during an investigation got her in serious trouble.]] She couldn't exactly tell her boss she was helping a wizard [[spoiler:storm the Winter Queen's castle]] to rescue a teenage girl, now, could she? ** And in the book [[TheDresdenFiles Changes]], ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', she is fired (but with retirement pay, thanks to her boss at SI fighting for her) after [[spoiler: disappearing for a while in order to help Harry save his recently-discovered daughter.]] * ''SnowCrash'' ''Literature/SnowCrash'' - Hiro Protagonist, last freelance hacker. He is aggressively sought after by at least one software firm willing to pay top dollar for his skills, but working for them would require wearing a tie and showing up to work in the morning. Hiro finds these conditions to be dealbreakers and remains unaffiliated.

* Morgan and Duncan are treated this way by the Camberian Council in the {{Deryni}} novels. They are skilled and heroically loyal to their king (mentoring him in his youth despite efforts to stop them), they even rediscovered the Healing ability thought lost for ''two centuries'', yet they are repeatedly dissed by the Council for being rogue half-breeds. The Council even votes to make them liable to arcane challenge just when reactionary clergy are out to get them '''and''' there's an invasion in the offing. They get the chance to confront the Council directly once, and Morgan seizes it:
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* Morgan and Duncan are treated this way by the Camberian Council in the {{Deryni}} ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' novels. They are skilled and heroically loyal to their king (mentoring him in his youth despite efforts to stop them), they even rediscovered the Healing ability thought lost for ''two centuries'', yet they are repeatedly dissed by the Council for being rogue half-breeds. The Council even votes to make them liable to arcane challenge just when reactionary clergy are out to get them '''and''' there's an invasion in the offing. They get the chance to confront the Council directly once, and Morgan seizes it:

* ''{{Treme}}'' has Davis, a quite literal embodiment of this trope. He gets fired from the last "real" DJ position at WOL for blessing their "soulless" post Katrina digs with a voodoo ritual. He then proceeds to make several different short careers out of refusing to keep his mouth shut.
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* ''{{Treme}}'' ''Series/{{Treme}}'' has Davis, a quite literal embodiment of this trope. He gets fired from the last "real" DJ position at WOL for blessing their "soulless" post Katrina digs with a voodoo ritual. He then proceeds to make several different short careers out of refusing to keep his mouth shut.

* ''TheWire'' has a few examples. Jimmy [=McNulty=] constantly flouts the chain of command and makes cases against the department's political interests, enraging his superior officers. He is eventually transferred to the Marine Unit, but comes back, then becomes a beat cop and eventually [[spoiler:is forced to retire for going too far.]] Lester Freamon is also a great detective, but was busted down to the Pawnshop unit for going against the Deputy Commissioner, where he stayed for over 13 years ''[[InsistentTerminology and four months]]'' before getting back into real police work.
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* ''TheWire'' ''Series/TheWire'' has a few examples. Jimmy [=McNulty=] constantly flouts the chain of command and makes cases against the department's political interests, enraging his superior officers. He is eventually transferred to the Marine Unit, but comes back, then becomes a beat cop and eventually [[spoiler:is forced to retire for going too far.]] Lester Freamon is also a great detective, but was busted down to the Pawnshop unit for going against the Deputy Commissioner, where he stayed for over 13 years ''[[InsistentTerminology and four months]]'' before getting back into real police work.

* ''TheLastDetective'' features 'Dangerous' Davies, who, despite his obvious brilliance, is always the.. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well...]]
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* ''TheLastDetective'' ''Series/TheLastDetective'' features 'Dangerous' Davies, who, despite his obvious brilliance, is always the.. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well...]]

* The protagonists of many British drama series are like this, including ''InspectorMorse'', ''Series/TheLastDetective, and ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey''.
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* The protagonists of many British drama series are like this, including ''InspectorMorse'', ''Series/InspectorMorse'', ''Series/TheLastDetective, and ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey''.

* In ''NewTricks'', this is where Gerry Standing got his nickname (Last Man Standing) from. [[spoiler: A mob boss gave it to him in a mocking manner, since he was the only officer who refused to take bribes (and thus the one who took the blame for everything).]]
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* In ''NewTricks'', ''Series/NewTricks'', this is where Gerry Standing got his nickname (Last Man Standing) from. [[spoiler: A mob boss gave it to him in a mocking manner, since he was the only officer who refused to take bribes (and thus the one who took the blame for everything).]]

* OlderThanTelevision: The title character of ''CyranoDeBergerac'', by Edmond Rostand, is quite possibly the ur-example of this trope.
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* OlderThanTelevision: The title character of ''CyranoDeBergerac'', ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'', by Edmond Rostand, is quite possibly the ur-example of this trope.
7th Jul '15 3:27:09 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheLosers'' has supporting character Agent Stegler, a CIA agent who is an experienced field agent that has been [[ReassignedToAntarctica reassigned to a desk job]] that he hates due to his unpopular opinions on what the agency should be doing, and his objection to young agents doing crappy work and just using their jobs as a networking opportunity to get in with corrupt private companies. (At one point some younger agents even ask why Stegler seems to be unable to get the point that his reassignment was an obvious attempt to get him to resign).
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* ''TheLosers'' ''ComicBook/TheLosers'' has supporting character Agent Stegler, a CIA agent who is an experienced field agent that has been [[ReassignedToAntarctica reassigned to a desk job]] that he hates due to his unpopular opinions on what the agency should be doing, and his objection to young agents doing crappy work and just using their jobs as a networking opportunity to get in with corrupt private companies. (At one point some younger agents even ask why Stegler seems to be unable to get the point that his reassignment was an obvious attempt to get him to resign).
7th Jun '15 10:57:56 AM Prfnoff
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* Captain Bartlett from ''AceCombat 5'' probably counts. "Why do they even bother reprimanding me anymore? I know I'm gonna be stuck at Captain forever." He's too much attitude to promote, but too much skill and reputation to just court martial.
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* Captain Bartlett from ''AceCombat 5'' ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' probably counts. "Why do they even bother reprimanding me anymore? I know I'm gonna be stuck at Captain forever." He's too much attitude to promote, but too much skill and reputation to just court martial.

** Pathos from ''GTAIV'' is a straight example, selling his socially conscious raps on the street because he refuses to "go commercial." [[CharacterDevelopment He changes his mind later, though.]]
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** Pathos from ''GTAIV'' ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' is a straight example, selling his socially conscious raps on the street because he refuses to "go commercial." [[CharacterDevelopment He changes his mind later, though.]]

* The main reason Optimus Prime in ''TransformersAnimated'' is stuck leading a glorified repair crew is that he won't kiss ass and toe the line like Sentinel Prime does. Most obviously presented when Prime refuses to cave in and lie about the presence of Decepticons on Earth, even though Sentinel threatens to have him locked away for "Inciting panic".
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* The main reason Optimus Prime in ''TransformersAnimated'' ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' is stuck leading a glorified repair crew is that he won't kiss ass and toe the line like Sentinel Prime does. Most obviously presented when Prime refuses to cave in and lie about the presence of Decepticons on Earth, even though Sentinel threatens to have him locked away for "Inciting panic".
8th May '15 9:02:28 PM nombretomado
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* During the Bush administration, when President GeorgeWBush was making the case to invade Iraq, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynthia_McKinney Cynthia [=McKinney=]]], who was a member of the Democratic Party and the House of Representatives, was one of the very few high profile politicians who spoke against the administration and further accused the President of having advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks. She suffered a huge backlash in the media as a result, losing her seat in the house during her reelection. She joined the independent Green Party afterwards and became very popular, even being nominated by the party to run for President in 2008.
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* During the Bush administration, when President GeorgeWBush UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush was making the case to invade Iraq, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynthia_McKinney Cynthia [=McKinney=]]], who was a member of the Democratic Party and the House of Representatives, was one of the very few high profile politicians who spoke against the administration and further accused the President of having advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks. She suffered a huge backlash in the media as a result, losing her seat in the house during her reelection. She joined the independent Green Party afterwards and became very popular, even being nominated by the party to run for President in 2008.
2nd May '15 8:18:33 PM nombretomado
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* CalvinAndHobbes author Bill Watterson, whose notorious fights with Universal Press Syndicate over licensing (specifically, his blanket refusal to license anything), and his insistence that the Sunday comic format be more flexible, are nearly as well-known as the strip itself.
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* CalvinAndHobbes ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes author Bill Watterson, whose notorious fights with Universal Press Syndicate over licensing (specifically, his blanket refusal to license anything), and his insistence that the Sunday comic format be more flexible, are nearly as well-known as the strip itself.
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