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2nd Apr '17 3:51:43 AM TheLyniezian
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* In ''[[Film/StTrinians The Wildcats of St. Trinian's]]'' the girls of the eponymous school decide to go on strike after they decide they've been given too much schoolwork to do, ultimately forming (via devious means) a national union of schoolgirls and holding the government to account, despite the establishment's attempt to stop them by equally devious means.
21st Mar '17 11:36:26 AM TheNicestGuy
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': The Guild of Calamitous Intent is apparently an omnipotent conspiracy/trade union for all the villains seeking to conquer the world. Its regulations cover all manner of supervillainy, from {{deathtrap}}s to dealing with police. They also provide services to heroes by matching them with appropriate and licensed villains. They do however set up strict rules for both [[strike: good-guys]] protagonists and [[strike: bad-guys]] antagonists to follow.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'':
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The Guild of Calamitous Intent is apparently an omnipotent conspiracy/trade union for all the villains seeking to conquer the world. Its regulations cover all manner of supervillainy, from {{deathtrap}}s to dealing with police. They also provide services to heroes by matching them with appropriate and licensed villains. They do however set up strict rules for both [[strike: good-guys]] protagonists and [[strike: bad-guys]] antagonists to follow.


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** The trope is played even more literally in "The Doctor Is Sin". Dr. Venture admits that one of the reasons Venture Industries has not been productive is that it's a union shop and the workers have been on strike for years. So Dr. Killinger "negotiates" on his behalf with the "machine workers, nuclear engineering, and custodial super-science unions" and replaces his workforce with scabs.
23rd Jan '17 10:56:27 PM Geoduck
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* An arc in a strip which ran in the U.S. military's newspaper, ''Stars and Stripes'', in the early 1980s, involved a modern-day Confederate officer who at one point showed his membership card for the Association of Bona-Fide Southern [[BreakingTheFourthWall Cartoon Characters]]. "Y'all will pleeze notice that's signed by [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Foghorn Leghorn]] hisse'f!" To which an audience member exclaims, "Wow! Co-signed by Deputy Dawg!"

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* An arc in a strip which ran in the U.S. military's newspaper, ''Stars and Stripes'', in the early 1980s, involved a modern-day Confederate officer who at one point showed his membership card for the Association of Bona-Fide Southern [[BreakingTheFourthWall Cartoon Characters]]. "Y'all will pleeze notice that's signed by [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Foghorn Leghorn]] WesternAnimation/FoghornLeghorn hisse'f!" To which an audience member exclaims, "Wow! Co-signed by Deputy Dawg!"
12th Jan '17 9:10:25 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' involves business owners and entrpreneurs going on strike when laws become too restrictive for them, causing society to collapse. The owners simply walk away from their businesses. Skilled workers, some for similar motives and some in sympathy with their former bosses, refuse to accept promotions or greater responsibility

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* ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' involves business owners and entrpreneurs entrepreneurs going on strike when laws become too restrictive for them, causing society to collapse. The owners simply walk away from their businesses. Skilled workers, some for similar motives and some in sympathy with their former bosses, refuse to accept promotions or greater responsibility


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* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': Assassins and thieves organized themselves into guilds in most cities. Sam (assassin) and Arcie (thief) had both been members of their respective guilds, with the latter a guildmaster.
31st Dec '16 12:46:22 PM nombretomado
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* Most ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' settings have at least a few guilds here and there, for assassins, thieves, mages, and whatnot. The {{Eberron}} setting is notable in that it has dragonmarked (think birthmarks that look like cool tattoos) houses that function as guilds for providing certain goods or services--banking, healing, mercenaries, smiths, travel... Depending on the individual involved, they might overlook "scabs" (i.e. adventurers)--but they are very wary of people manifesting "aberrant" dragonmarks--ones that don't conform in power or appearance to the twelve known ones...possibly because there used to be ''thirteen''...

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* Most ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' settings have at least a few guilds here and there, for assassins, thieves, mages, and whatnot. The {{Eberron}} TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} setting is notable in that it has dragonmarked (think birthmarks that look like cool tattoos) houses that function as guilds for providing certain goods or services--banking, healing, mercenaries, smiths, travel... Depending on the individual involved, they might overlook "scabs" (i.e. adventurers)--but they are very wary of people manifesting "aberrant" dragonmarks--ones that don't conform in power or appearance to the twelve known ones...possibly because there used to be ''thirteen''...
14th Dec '16 1:22:46 PM ErichoTOME
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* Founded in 1914, we have the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_for_the_Prevention_of_Calling_Sleeping_Car_Porters_%22George%22 Society for the Prevention of Calling Sleeping Car Porters "George".]]
1st Nov '16 3:40:46 PM eroock
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-->--''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}''

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14th Oct '16 6:04:18 PM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** The Kingdom of Letheras has the peculiarly named [[WeirdTradeUnion Rat Catcher's Guild]] which purposes to do just that, catch rats and other vermin. In truth, they act as the unofficial [[MurderInc assassins guild]], the guild of thieves [[note]]although some independently minded thieves refuse to join[[/note]], a refugee smuggling ring ''and'' are conveniently contracted by the crown to investigate disappearances.
** The Darujhistan-based Trygalle Trade Guild, with offices on several continents, is a collection of would-be adventurers that sign on as shareholders and put their lives on the line to deliver whatever the client wants delivered, which usually involves crossing other dimensions full of things that want to eat and/or skin you alive.
7th Sep '16 5:44:36 PM dmcreif
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** After a co-op meeting, Stringer catches Shamrock writing down the minutes of the meeting:

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** After a co-op meeting, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGo5bxWy21g Stringer catches Shamrock writing down the minutes of the meeting:meeting]]:
12th Aug '16 2:37:27 PM dmcreif
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-->'''Bell:''' You ain't got the floor. [[SophisticatedAsHell Chair don't recognise yo' ass.]]
** After a co-op meeting
--->'''Bell:''' Nigga, is you takin' notes on a criminal fuckin' conspiracy?

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-->'''Bell:''' -->'''Stromger:''' You ain't got the floor. [[SophisticatedAsHell Chair don't recognise yo' ass.]]
** After a co-op meeting
--->'''Bell:'''
meeting, Stringer catches Shamrock writing down the minutes of the meeting:
--->'''Stringer:'''
Nigga, is you takin' notes on a criminal fuckin' conspiracy?
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