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30th Apr '16 3:25:12 PM redandready45
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** Smith's father was also this, using his newspaper to fight against a criminal syndicate. It ended with him getting a bullet in the back.
30th Apr '16 3:22:42 PM redandready45
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* ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington'': When Jeff starts getting wise to the corruption in his state, [[BigBad Taylor]] offers him a lifetime job as a senator if he cooperates. When Jeff refuses, Taylor conspires to have Smith expelled, prompting one of the [[RousingSpeech best filibusters]] in film history...
23rd Apr '16 5:31:00 PM Kytseo
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* Peter Parker from ''ComicBook/Spiderman'', as the CEO of his own company, could focus on financial gain. He instead chooses to focus on the betterment of mankind (and limits his salary to compensate for the resulting low profits).

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* Peter Parker from ''ComicBook/Spiderman'', ''ComicBook/{{Spiderman}}'', as the CEO of his own company, could focus on financial gain. He instead chooses to focus on the betterment of mankind (and limits his salary to compensate for the resulting low profits).
23rd Apr '16 5:30:34 PM Kytseo
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* Peter Parker from ''ComicBook/Spiderman'', as the CEO of his own company, could focus on financial gain. He instead chooses to focus on the betterment of mankind (and limits his salary to compensate for the resulting low profits).
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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* ''{{Preacher}}'':

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* ''{{Preacher}}'':''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'':
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.
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