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15th Apr '16 9:05:25 AM MyFinalEdits
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* VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV has the Adventurers' Guild (which has members everywhere but leaves much of the actual direction of adventurers to other groups), as well as a separate guild for every single playable class in the game.

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* VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV has ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'':
** There's
the Adventurers' Guild (which has members everywhere but leaves much of the actual direction of adventurers to other groups), as well as a separate guild for every single playable class in the game.
11th Apr '16 7:33:16 PM aye_amber
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[[caption-width-right:229:Curses! [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-02-23 Foiled by union action!]]]]

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->'''Elf:''' ''(turns off microphone)'' Uh, a little... we don't even have dental.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}''

All aspects of TV production are [[UsefulNotes/UnionsInHollywood unionized]]. Thus, TV writers and directors are more familiar with the goings-on of union negotiations and politics than the average person. As a reference to the ubiquitous nature of unions in their lives, they will invent unions for unlikely occupations as throwaway gags or plot points.

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->'''Elf:''' ''(turns off microphone)'' Uh, a little... we We don't even have dental.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek -->--''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}''

All aspects of TV production are [[UsefulNotes/UnionsInHollywood unionized]]. unionized.]] Thus, TV writers and directors are more familiar with the goings-on of union negotiations and politics than the average person. As a reference to the ubiquitous nature of unions in their lives, they will invent unions for unlikely occupations as throwaway gags or plot points.



This is not nearly as much TruthInTelevision as one might think, particularly in the United States but also internationally. As seen on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Unionization_in_the_world.svg the other wiki]], Sweden is one of the relatively few countries with a majority union workforce; Great Britain did have one before the MargaretThatcher years, and Canada has a workforce more than a quarter unionized. At the apex of the movement in the 1950's, nearly a third of America's workers were unionized, but nowadays that number has dwindled to less than an eighth (and is dropping quickly), relegated mostly to the few remaining states with pro-union laws on the books (California and New York happen to be among them), legacy automobile plants, and the public sector (this one may change very soon).

The concept of a super-villain union is a humorous one on several levels. One, villainy is by nature a solitary and selfish activity. Two, villains don't care about rules. And [[RuleOfThree three]], '''[[ConvenientlyInterruptedDocument * This entry has been stricken under Wiki Contributor Local 303 Bylaws, Section 440 Sub 13 Para 2.*]] ''' The shop steward will permit entries below, subject to the provision that management does not impose a lockout.

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This is not nearly as much TruthInTelevision as one might think, particularly in the United States but also internationally. As seen on [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Unionization_in_the_world.svg the other wiki]], wiki,]] Sweden is one of the relatively few countries with a majority union workforce; Great Britain did have one before the MargaretThatcher years, and Canada has a workforce more than a quarter unionized. At the apex of the movement in the 1950's, nearly a third of America's workers were unionized, but nowadays that number has dwindled to less than an eighth (and is dropping quickly), relegated mostly to the few remaining states with pro-union laws on the books (California and New York happen to be among them), legacy automobile plants, and the public sector (this one may change very soon).

The concept of a super-villain union is a humorous one on several levels. One, villainy is by nature a solitary and selfish activity. Two, villains don't care about rules. And [[RuleOfThree three]], three,]] '''[[ConvenientlyInterruptedDocument * This entry has been stricken under Wiki Contributor Local 303 Bylaws, Section 440 Sub 13 Para 2.*]] ''' The shop steward will permit entries below, subject to the provision that management does not impose a lockout.



* In the ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'' episode "Dirty Hands," Tyrol organizes a strike of the lower-deck crewmembers to protest the potential rise of a birthplace-based caste system within the fleet.

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* In the ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'' ''[[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 Battlestar Galactica Reimagined]]'' episode "Dirty Hands," Tyrol organizes a strike of the lower-deck crewmembers to protest the potential rise of a birthplace-based caste system within the fleet.
1st Apr '16 11:38:14 AM phantomreader42
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* Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books include "Guilds" for almost all possible jobs, including Thieves, Assassins, Plumbers, Fools, Exotic Dancers, "Seamstresses" (read: prostitutes), and even Beggars and Dogs. Several of them came about because ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'' was a parody of various other authors' worlds that included guilds for those with no logical reason to form guilds (like thieves and assassins).

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* Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books include "Guilds" for almost all possible jobs, including Thieves, Assassins, Plumbers, Fools, Exotic Dancers, "Seamstresses" (read: prostitutes), "[[UnusualEuphemism Seamstresses]]" ([[BandOfBrothels hem hem]]), and even Beggars and Dogs. Several of them came about because ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'' was a parody of various other authors' worlds that included guilds for those with no logical reason to form guilds (like thieves and assassins).


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* VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV has the Adventurers' Guild (which has members everywhere but leaves much of the actual direction of adventurers to other groups), as well as a separate guild for every single playable class in the game.
** The Rogues' Guild is surprisingly well-justified, set up to enforce HonorAmongThieves and housed in a building disguised as a convent for an apparently fictitious religious order.
** The Culinarians' Guild is run out of a prestigious restaurant.
** The Fishers' Guild has perpetual management problems because the guildmaster is always off somewhere [[CaptainObvious fishing]] rather than working.
** The Alchemists' Guild has its own problems because it's run by a MadScientist obsessed with his own projects.
6th Mar '16 10:52:23 AM nombretomado
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* Creator/MarvelComics has one of the best: the Serpent Society, made up of almost all of Marvel's snake-themed villains. In return for a cut of all their loot, they get benefits which include "guaranteed pay-scale, insurance, medical plans, pensions, greater access to tools and data and no fear of long-term imprisonment".[[note]]''CaptainAmerica'' vol. 1 310 (October, 1985)[[/note]]

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* Creator/MarvelComics has one of the best: the Serpent Society, made up of almost all of Marvel's snake-themed villains. In return for a cut of all their loot, they get benefits which include "guaranteed pay-scale, insurance, medical plans, pensions, greater access to tools and data and no fear of long-term imprisonment".[[note]]''CaptainAmerica'' [[note]]''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' vol. 1 310 (October, 1985)[[/note]]
22nd Feb '16 5:20:13 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Literature/ThePrideOfParahumans'' the allegedly anarchist Vesta is run by monopolistic Guilds. In particular the [[LawEnforcementInc Protectors]] who have in essence carved out petty fiefdoms in the various habitats.
26th Jan '16 11:32:55 AM DoctorDetective
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* ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime]]'':

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* ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime]]'':''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
26th Jan '16 11:31:51 AM DoctorDetective
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* In the world of the ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'', the city of Ebou Dar has a guild for everything. At one point, a character is advised not to give money to a beggar because he doesn't have a guild ring. [[spoiler: That advice saved his life, as the unregistered beggar was actually an assassin.]]

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* In the world *''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime]]'':
** The Illuminators are responsible for all
of the ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'', fireworks in the setting, are very secretive, and retaliate harshly against non-Illuminators messing around with fireworks. [[TheTrickster Mat]] finds this secrecy very enticing, and tries to experiment with them on his own. [[spoiler: He and an ex-Illuminator are, ultimately, responsible for the invention of cannons.]]
** The
city of Ebou Dar has a guild for everything. At one point, a character is advised not to give money to a beggar because he doesn't have a guild ring. [[spoiler: That advice saved his life, as the unregistered beggar was actually an assassin.]]
11th Dec '15 8:07:46 AM Kitchen90
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->'''Elf''': (turns off microphone) Uh, a little... we don't even have dental.

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->'''Elf''': (turns ->'''Elf:''' ''(turns off microphone) microphone)'' Uh, a little... we don't even have dental.



* Parodied in the comic ''La Máquina del Cambiazo'' de ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'', where Mortadelo is exchanged by said machine with Dracula. When the latter appears and intimidates the other characters, Filemón just gives him a powerful smack and throws him into the machine. His lasts words before being sent away are ''¡Me quejaré al Sindicato de Vampiros!'' (''I'll report this to the Vampires' Union!'')

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* Parodied in the comic ''La Máquina del Cambiazo'' de ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'', where Mortadelo is exchanged by said machine with Dracula. When the latter appears and intimidates the other characters, Filemón just gives him a powerful smack and throws him into the machine. His lasts last words before being sent away are ''¡Me quejaré al Sindicato de Vampiros!'' (''I'll report this to the Vampires' Union!'')


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* Vic Spanner was a lazy worker at a toilet factory in ''Film/CarryOnAtYourConvenience'', who was (supposedly) the head of the factory trade union and organised worker strikes whenever he didn't want to work.
25th Nov '15 7:10:56 PM jormis29
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* ''ComicBook/{{Nodwick}}'' gives us the Henchman's Union and the Adventurer's Union.



* The eponymous company in ''[[http://www.evil-comic.com/ Evil Inc.]]'' is a villains' union gone so far they don't actually participate in any real villainy anymore and just operate as a normal company. An arc even had the company bought out by the Legion of Justice, the SuperHero union (though the company was restored to its original ownership).

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* The eponymous company in ''[[http://www.evil-comic.com/ Evil Inc.]]'' ''Webcomic/EvilInc'' is a villains' union gone so far they don't actually participate in any real villainy anymore and just operate as a normal company. An arc even had the company bought out by the Legion of Justice, the SuperHero union (though the company was restored to its original ownership).


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* ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' belongs to the Henchman's Union, not that they help much what with their president being a hamster installed by the Adventurer's Guild. There's also their evil counterpart the Brotherhood of Evil Henchmen, led by [[BigBad Baphuma'al]] in disguise.
25th Nov '15 9:04:49 AM narm00
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The concept of a Super-villain union is a humorous one on several levels. One, villainy is by nature a solitary and selfish activity. Two, villains don't care about rules. And [[RuleOfThree three]], '''[[ConvenientlyInterruptedDocument * This entry has been stricken under Wiki Contributor Local 303 Bylaws, Section 440 Sub 13 Para 2.*]] ''' The shop steward will permit entries below, subject to the provision that management does not impose a lockout.

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The concept of a Super-villain super-villain union is a humorous one on several levels. One, villainy is by nature a solitary and selfish activity. Two, villains don't care about rules. And [[RuleOfThree three]], '''[[ConvenientlyInterruptedDocument * This entry has been stricken under Wiki Contributor Local 303 Bylaws, Section 440 Sub 13 Para 2.*]] ''' The shop steward will permit entries below, subject to the provision that management does not impose a lockout.



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* The [[LegionOfDoom Secret Society of Super Villains]] is basically a supervillain trade union, especially in its current incarnation as "The Society."

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* The [[LegionOfDoom Secret Society of Super Villains]] is basically a supervillain trade union, especially in its current incarnation as "The Society."



* ''[[Literature/TheElminsterSeries The Making of a Mage]]'' by Ed Greenwood shows the creation of a prototype thieves' guild -- a "gang" incorporating several existing groups and individuals. The reason behind it was the environment hard for independent thieves... and, ironically, too oppressive for normal guilds ("The master tailors had no guild because [[TheMagocracy the magelords]] did not hold with guilds.").

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* ''[[Literature/TheElminsterSeries The Making of a Mage]]'' by Ed Greenwood shows the creation of a prototype thieves' guild -- a "gang" incorporating several existing groups and individuals. The reason behind it was that the environment was hard for independent thieves... and, ironically, too oppressive for normal guilds ("The master tailors had no guild because [[TheMagocracy the magelords]] did not hold with guilds.").



* One episode of MichaelMoore's ''Series/TheAwfulTruth'' featured a sketch where a gang of men hired to beat up workers attempting to organise a union decide they want better treatment but when one of them says "we need a union!" the others beat him up.

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* One episode of MichaelMoore's Creator/MichaelMoore's ''Series/TheAwfulTruth'' featured a sketch where a gang of men hired to beat up workers attempting to organise a union decide they want better treatment but when one of them says "we need a union!" the others beat him up.



** Former Mads Dr. Clayton Forrester and TV's Frank were once audited by the same union Frank claimed it was an "are you really evil?" debacle), forcing them to hire a temp to put [[ContinuityPorn some old inventions in storage.]] [[spoiler: [[ChekhovsGunman That temp would play a bigger role on the show than anyone could have imagined.]] ]]

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** Former Mads Dr. Clayton Forrester and TV's Frank were once audited by the same union Frank (Frank claimed it was an "are you really evil?" debacle), forcing them to hire a temp to put [[ContinuityPorn some old inventions in storage.]] [[spoiler: [[ChekhovsGunman That temp would play a bigger role on the show than anyone could have imagined.]] ]]



* The NewWorldOfDarkness has two non-comedic examples.

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* The NewWorldOfDarkness TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness has two non-comedic examples.



* The eponymous company in ''[[http://www.evil-comic.com/ Evil Inc.]]'' is a villains' union gone so far they don't actually participate in any real villainy anymore and just operate as a normal company. An arc even had the company bought out by the Legion of Justice, the SuperHero union (though recently the company was restored to its original ownership).

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* The eponymous company in ''[[http://www.evil-comic.com/ Evil Inc.]]'' is a villains' union gone so far they don't actually participate in any real villainy anymore and just operate as a normal company. An arc even had the company bought out by the Legion of Justice, the SuperHero union (though recently the company was restored to its original ownership).



* In ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' Angelic Union rules mean the files that contain human lives must be periodically removed, read, then replaced.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'', Angelic Union rules mean the files that contain human lives must be periodically removed, read, then replaced.



* ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' belongs to the Henchman's Union, not that they help much what with their president being a hamster installed by the Adventurer's Guild. There's also their evil counterpart the Brotherhood of Evil Henchmen, led by [[BigBad Baphuma'al]] in disguise.
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