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14th Nov '17 4:36:34 PM eroock
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The United States Department of Justice has a '''Witness Protection Program''', in which a person [[HeKnowsTooMuch who has given significant information]] about someone who is wanted for crimes is given a new identity in a new location. It may be used in the case of an innocent party who testified against, say, a member of TheMafia, but is often used to protect a member of organized crime who has done a HeelFaceTurn and testified for the government in court. To keep said witness from becoming either part of the concrete used to rebuild Exit 72 on the New Jersey Turnpike, or the main ingredient in Bark-O Dog Food, the Federal government provides them with a new place to live and a new identity.

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The United States Department of Justice has a '''Witness Witness Protection Program''', Program, in which a person [[HeKnowsTooMuch who has given significant information]] about someone who is wanted for crimes is given a new identity in a new location. It may be used in the case of an innocent party who testified against, say, a member of TheMafia, but is often used to protect a member of organized crime who has done a HeelFaceTurn and testified for the government in court. To keep said witness from becoming either part of the concrete used to rebuild Exit 72 on the New Jersey Turnpike, or the main ingredient in Bark-O Dog Food, the Federal government provides them with a new place to live and a new identity.
10th Nov '17 11:59:15 AM ginger_girl18
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** This is the InUniverse reason given for Hotch's departure from the team early in season 12, as Dr. Scratch, the current BigBad, had [[AdultFear started stalking his son.]][[note]] This was written in to cover Thomas Gibson's firing from the series early into the season's filming[[/note]]
15th Sep '17 1:14:15 AM pvsage
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* In ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'', it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Claudia's on-again, off-again boyfriend Todd]] is in witness protection; between this and the {{Masquerade}} surrounding the Warehouse, they each spend most of an episode being incredibly suspicious of the other until they simultaneously confront each other and realize that neither one actually knows anything about the other's secrets.

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* In ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'', it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Claudia's on-again, off-again boyfriend Todd]] is in witness protection; between this and the {{Masquerade}} surrounding the Warehouse, they each spend most of an episode being incredibly suspicious of the other until they simultaneously confront each other and realize that neither one actually knows anything about the other's secrets. [[spoiler:Once they learn about their respective secrets, Todd immediately gets PutOnABus with yet another new identity.]]
22nd Aug '17 5:35:16 PM ectostar
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A number of films have used the premise of witness protection, either as a story RippedFromTheHeadlines, a TrueStory or total fiction. The trope can be used dramatically, or for comedy.



A number of films have used the premise of witness protection, either as a story RippedFromTheHeadlines, a TrueStory or total fiction. The trope can be used dramatically, or for comedy:

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A number of films have used the premise of witness protection, either as a story RippedFromTheHeadlines, a TrueStory or total fiction. The trope can be used dramatically, or for comedy:
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18th Aug '17 5:02:50 PM Romagnadvoratrelundar
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The United States Department of Justice has a '''Witness Protection Program''', in which a person [[HeKnowsTooMuch who has given significant information]] about someone who is wanted for crimes is given a new identity in a new location. It may be used in the case of an innocent party who testified against, say, a member of the mafia, but is often used to protect a member of organized crime who has done a HeelFaceTurn and testified for the government in court. To keep said witness from becoming either part of the concrete used to rebuild Exit 72 on the New Jersey Turnpike, or the main ingredient in Bark-O Dog Food, the Federal government provides them with a new place to live and a new identity.

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The United States Department of Justice has a '''Witness Protection Program''', in which a person [[HeKnowsTooMuch who has given significant information]] about someone who is wanted for crimes is given a new identity in a new location. It may be used in the case of an innocent party who testified against, say, a member of the mafia, TheMafia, but is often used to protect a member of organized crime who has done a HeelFaceTurn and testified for the government in court. To keep said witness from becoming either part of the concrete used to rebuild Exit 72 on the New Jersey Turnpike, or the main ingredient in Bark-O Dog Food, the Federal government provides them with a new place to live and a new identity.
1st Aug '17 10:03:22 AM DaNuke
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* ''Series/{{Lilyhammer}}'': Protagonist Frank Tagliano's boss is murdered, and his new boss betrays him. Disgruntled, Tagliano turns in his boss and gets enrolled into witness protection. Tagliano remembers Norway to be peaceful and beautiful from having watched the Lillehammer '94 winter olympics on TV, so he requests to be transferred there. HilarityEnsues as Tagliano basically ends up becoming a tough, ruthless mobster surrounded by polite, soft-spoken people.
29th May '17 12:19:49 PM nombretomado
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* Ellen, an old friend of Neal's, is revealed to be in witness protection in the season three finale of ''WhiteCollar''.

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* Ellen, an old friend of Neal's, is revealed to be in witness protection in the season three finale of ''WhiteCollar''.''Series/WhiteCollar''.
26th May '17 8:48:35 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/TheWire'' - the complete and total failure of Baltimore's local witness protection program is a major, recurring plot point. In fact, Carcetti uses the bad press from a witness murder to win the Mayoral election. The kicker: [[spoiler: The guy was actually killed by a ricochet from dumbass drunks shooting bottles.]] In Season 1, a kid agrees to testify against his gang, but the best that Baltimore can do is drop him off at his Grandmother's house in the country. He gets bored, wanders back into the city to hang out with his friends, and is murdered.

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* ''Series/TheWire'' - ''Series/TheWire'': the complete and total failure of Baltimore's local witness protection program is a major, recurring plot point. In fact, Carcetti uses the bad press from a witness murder to win the Mayoral election. The kicker: [[spoiler: The guy was actually killed by a ricochet from dumbass drunks shooting bottles.]] In point.
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Season 1, a kid Wallace agrees to testify against his the Barksdale gang, but the best that Baltimore the Major Crimes Unit can do is for Cedric Daniels to drop him off at his Grandmother's house in the country. He gets bored, wanders back into the city to hang out with his friends, and is murdered.murdered.
**In Season 4, Tommy Carcetti wins the Mayoral election thanks to manipulation of the bad press surrounding the murder of a state's witness. The kicker is that the guy was actually killed by a ricochet from dumbass drunks shooting bottles.
-->'''Ed Norris:''' So our guy's dead because a bullet misses a bleach bottle, and this fuck Carcetti gets to be the mayor behind the stupidity. I fucking love this town.


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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Sgt. Brett Mahoney puts Karen Page under police protection in a hotel after the Blacksmith's men shoot at her in her apartment. The police protection only ends up being a patrol car parked outside, and Karen ends up slipping out to meet with Frank Castle through the parking garage. After the Blacksmith's boat is blown up, Brett mentions to Karen that the cops assigned to protect her have been reassigned to crossing guard duty in Yonkers (the city just north of the Bronx).
18th Nov '16 6:50:15 PM savlamar
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* There's a Mary-Kate and Ashley movie with this as the premise. Basically, Mary Kate and Ashley witness a bank robbery taking place; the bank robbers threaten them, or MK&A/the government has reason to believe that they'll come back to try and remove the witnesses to their crime. So MK&A and their family go into Witness Protection and eventually end up in Australia, running a bed and breakfast. (They stop at several states along the way, including Utah, and accidentally blow their cover rather spectacularly each time. In Utah, though, it's deliberate; they're under cover as Amish, and the girls [[AsideGlance just look at each other]] and then shout to everyone in hearing distance "We're in the Witness Protection Program!" Then they get told that this is the last chance they have, and are moved to Australia.) The rest of the movie is about the girls trying to assimilate into Australian culture, adopting a baby kangaroo, and trying to evade the bank robbers when they finally show up in Australia. At the end of the movie, the bank robbers are apprehended, and the girls are given the option to return to the life they used to know; they prefer to stay, but admit their real identities to their new friends, now that the danger's over.

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* There's ''Our Lips Are Sealed'', a Mary-Kate and Ashley movie with Olsen movie, has this as the premise. Basically, Mary Kate and Ashley witness a bank robbery taking place; the bank robbers threaten them, or MK&A/the government has reason to believe that they'll come back to try and remove the witnesses to their crime. So MK&A and their family go into Witness Protection and eventually end up in Australia, running a bed and breakfast. (They stop at several states along the way, including Utah, and accidentally blow their cover rather spectacularly each time. In Utah, though, it's deliberate; they're under cover as Amish, and the girls [[AsideGlance just look at each other]] and then shout to everyone in hearing distance "We're in the Witness Protection Program!" Then they get told that this is the last chance they have, and are moved to Australia.) The rest of the movie is about the girls trying to assimilate into Australian culture, adopting a baby kangaroo, and trying to evade the bank robbers when they finally show up in Australia. At the end of the movie, the bank robbers are apprehended, and the girls are given the option to return to the life they used to know; they prefer to stay, but admit their real identities to their new friends, now that the danger's over.
22nd Sep '16 5:37:13 PM WillKeaton
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* The Falcone family in ''WesternAnimation/FuggetAboutIt'' were once a prominent New York mobster family until Jimmy accidentally killed the Don. The Falcones then had to enter the witness relocation program to escape retaliation and end up in Regina, Manitoba.

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* The Falcone family in ''WesternAnimation/FuggetAboutIt'' were once a prominent New York mobster family until Jimmy accidentally killed the Don. The Falcones then had to enter the witness relocation protection program to escape mob retaliation and end up living in Regina, Manitoba.
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