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20th Dec '15 2:56:30 PM jormis29
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* The idea cropped up in Creator/{{Plato}}'s ''Republic'', in regards to who will guard against the city guards turning on the population. Plato's solution is to tell the guards that they're so much better than everybody else that it is their sacred duty to protect them - yeah, that'll work.
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* The idea cropped up in Creator/{{Plato}}'s ''Republic'', ''Literature/TheRepublic'', in regards to who will guard against the city guards turning on the population. Plato's solution is to tell the guards that they're so much better than everybody else that it is their sacred duty to protect them - yeah, that'll work.

* Referenced in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' in regards to the handmaidens supposedly policing Jedi while serving directly under one.
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* Referenced in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'' in regards to the handmaidens supposedly policing Jedi while serving directly under one.
20th Dec '15 1:34:30 PM Discar
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The idea cropped up in Creator/{{Plato}}'s ''Republic'', in regards to who will guard against the city guards turning on the population. Plato's solution is to tell the guards that they're so much better than everybody else that it is their sacred duty to protect them - yeah, that'll work.
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* The idea cropped up in Creator/{{Plato}}'s ''Republic'', in regards to who will guard against the city guards turning on the population. Plato's solution is to tell the guards that they're so much better than everybody else that it is their sacred duty to protect them - yeah, that'll work.
20th Dec '15 1:33:14 PM Discar
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* From ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', Watch Commander Sam Vimes has the answer: "We all keep an eye on each other".
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* From ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': ** Watch Commander Sam Vimes has the answer: "We all keep an eye on each other".

--->'''The Guarding Dark''': "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches the watchmen? Me."
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--->'''The Guarding Dark''': "Quis Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches the watchmen? Me."

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--->'''The Guarding Dark''': "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches ** Something similar to the watchmen? Me."witches comes up with the Auditors, albeit of the more paranoid flavor. They're all completely interchangeable and share all memories and experience, but need at least three of them to make any decision, so that each of them is watched by two.
2nd Dec '15 12:17:54 PM Ilya_Rysenkov
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* The idea cropped up in Creator/{{Plato}}'s ''Republic'', in regards to who will guard against the city guards turning on the population. Plato's solution is to tell the guards that they're so much better than everybody else that it is their sacred duty to protect them - yeah, that'll work.
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* In ''Watches'' franchise of Sergey Lukyanenko, this is the ''real'' reason why both Night and Day Watches exist. Revelation of Other's existence to humanity will lead to eradication of both Light and Dark Others, as [[spoiler: most of the magic enegy are generated by humanity, while Others consume more than they produce. So, in order to defend humans and Others Watches were created, along with Inquisition to control them.]] The idea cropped up in Creator/{{Plato}}'s ''Republic'', in regards to who will guard against the city guards turning on the population. Plato's solution is to tell the guards that they're so much better than everybody else that it is their sacred duty to protect them - yeah, that'll work.
18th Oct '15 4:37:18 AM Taxima
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* This is the stated purpose of [[BlackKnight Dark Knights]] when they were introduced in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''. They are a group of masterless vigilantes who will slay any of Ishgard's AboveTheLaw Temple Knights if they abuse their power or their KnightTemplar mentality threatens the innocent. They are actually shunned and feared by most of Ishgard society for their practice of BlackMagic.
10th Jul '15 11:55:02 AM Adeon
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* Discussed in the LoadingReadyRun sketch [[http://loadingreadyrun.com/videos/view/421/Watchmen-Watching Watchmen Watching]]. The Watchmen are watched by the Neighborhood Watchmen Watching Association who are watched by the Watching the Neighborhood Watchmen Watching Association Association who are watched Jeff who is watched by someone in the background.
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* Discussed in the LoadingReadyRun sketch [[http://loadingreadyrun.com/videos/view/421/Watchmen-Watching Watchmen Watching]]. The Watchmen are watched by the Neighborhood Watchmen Watching Association Organization who are watched by the Watching the Neighborhood Watchmen Watching Association Association Organization Organization who are watched Jeff who is watched by someone in the background.
10th Jul '15 11:51:42 AM Adeon
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* Discussed in the LoadingReadyRun sketch [[http://loadingreadyrun.com/videos/view/421/Watchmen-Watching Watchmen Watching]]. The Watchmen are watched by the Neighborhood Watchmen Watching Association who are watched by the Watching the Neighborhood Watchmen Watching Association Association who are watched Jeff who is watched by someone in the background.
7th Jun '15 6:56:15 AM PatBerry
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7th Jun '15 6:52:45 AM PatBerry
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* As its name suggests, this is a prominent theme in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' - if {{superhero}}es really exist, who can police them? The phrase itself appears as graffiti throughout the comic, though is never seen in its entirety. ** This also explains popular support for ''Watchmen'''s law banning vigilante activity by superheroes. *** Including police frustration with the rapidly overgrowing costumed vigilante movement, which leads to cops striking in protest.
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* As its name suggests, this is a prominent theme in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' - if ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''. If {{superhero}}es really exist, who can police them? them? ** The phrase itself appears as graffiti throughout the comic, though is never seen in its entirety. ** This also explains popular support for ''Watchmen'''s The backstory includes police frustration with costumed vigilantes, which leads to cops striking in protest. Public sentiment turns against the superheroes, resulting in a new federal law banning vigilante activity by superheroes. costumed adventurers (unless they are willing to work for the government). *** Including police frustration with the rapidly overgrowing costumed vigilante movement, which leads to cops striking in protest.

* This is the motto of the [[strike:Naval]] Academy in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/SpaceCadet''.
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* This is the motto of the [[strike:Naval]] Patrol Academy in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/SpaceCadet''.

* An episode of ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'', called ''Who Monitors The Birds?'' focused on an [[ArtificialHuman InVitro]] Marine going about on some special mission, while his childhood (such as it was; [=InVitros=] are born fully-grown) was explored via FlashBack. Every action they take during their training is supervised by a group of humans known as "Monitors", who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin monitor]] them for undesirable tendencies and traits. At one point, he asks of a Monitor: "[[TitleDrop Who monitors the birds?]]" and the monitor responded with "[[BlatantLies I monitor the birds.]]" Then he asks "[[ArmorPiercingQuestion Who monitors you?]]" This question is taken as indication that he lacks the proper blind obedience to continue his training and should be euthanized. (He escapes, then later ends up in the Marines anyways by different means).
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* An episode of ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'', called ''Who Monitors The Birds?'' focused on an [[ArtificialHuman InVitro]] Marine going about on some special mission, while his childhood (such as it was; [=InVitros=] are born fully-grown) was explored via FlashBack. Every action they take during their training is supervised by a group of humans known as "Monitors", who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin monitor]] them for undesirable tendencies and traits. At one point, he asks of a Monitor: "[[TitleDrop Who monitors the birds?]]" and the monitor responded with "[[BlatantLies I monitor the birds.]]" Then he asks "[[ArmorPiercingQuestion Who monitors you?]]" This question is taken as indication that he lacks the proper blind obedience to continue his training and should be euthanized. (He escapes, then later ends up in the Marines anyways anyway by different means).

* Referenced in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' in regards to the handmaidens supposedly policing jedi while serving directly under one.
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* Referenced in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' in regards to the handmaidens supposedly policing jedi Jedi while serving directly under one.
31st May '15 9:38:48 AM Blastgamer
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