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17th Dec '16 2:14:00 PM lunayoshi
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* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Justified constantly. The agents' superiors are constantly them to back off, but the world needs a lot of saving that nobody else will do anything about, so...
15th Dec '16 7:59:40 PM eowynjedi
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** Although the episode "Turnabout Intruder" is mostly just embarrassing, when the bridge crew discusses Lester-as-Kirk's ranting about executing disloyal officers, Sulu says flatly that he'll refuse any such order.
21st Nov '16 8:18:28 PM eowynjedi
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* Lietuenant Brakenbury in ''Series/DoctorSynTheScarecrow''. Frustrated with being treated like a fool and increasingly disgusted with General Pugh's brutality towards the townsfolk, Brakenbury encounters Syn and his men disguised as a pressgang on their way to free unjustly-held prisoners (his love interest's brother among them) from Dover and quietly lets them pass. He also makes sure to point out in his report up the chain that Pugh failed to recognize them too, which would shield him while probably ruining the general's career.
18th Nov '16 3:16:55 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/TheExorcist'' has a few examples of this:
** Father Marcus cares very little for what his superiors think when it comes to his job, continuing to carry out exorcisms even when ordered to cease [[spoiler: and even after ''being excommunicated'']].
** Father Tomas quickly comes around to Marcus' way of thinking as well, working with him even against the Church's orders.
** Angela Rance doesn't think much of the Church's bureaucratic bullshit, asking (demanding, really) that an exorcism be carried out on her daughter even while the Church is still waffling on it.
19th Aug '16 2:01:43 AM WillBGood
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* ''{{Series/Mash}}'': Hawkeye is one of the greatest examples of this as he is always a doctor first and an Army Captain second (if ever since he'd rather be a ''lot'' of things between doctor and army). He only ever pulls rank once to order a sergeant to send a "moose" (i.e.: Korean woman whose family literally sold her into slave labor) back home. When that doesn't work, he resorts to his usual methods. While that only happens once, it's easy to lose count of how many times he sees everyone as human and does the right thing despite going against army regulations and people like Frank Burns.

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* ''{{Series/Mash}}'': ''{{Series/MASH}}'': Hawkeye is one of the greatest examples of this as he is always a doctor first and an Army Captain second (if ever since he'd rather be a ''lot'' of things between doctor and army). He only ever pulls rank once to order a sergeant to send a "moose" (i.e.: Korean woman whose family literally sold her into slave labor) back home. When that doesn't work, he resorts to his usual methods. While that only happens once, it's easy to lose count of how many times he sees everyone as human and does the right thing despite going against army regulations and people like Frank Burns.
9th Mar '16 9:22:15 AM Hossmeister
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13th Feb '16 8:59:29 AM Sapphirea2
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** This is key to the Series 9 StoryArc: In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied The Girl Who Died]]", the Twelfth Doctor realizes that his face was once the face of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii the patriarch of the family he saved from the Pompeii eruption (a fixed point disaster) at Donna's behest]]; he has it as a reminder to hold himself to the mark and save whomever he is able to whenever he can -- because that is what doctors '''do''' -- even if he has to defy the laws of time and space sometimes (ToBeLawfulOrGood). Alas, when this inspires him to [[spoiler: save a Viking girl in a way that makes her immortal]], it turns into a case of NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished down the line, setting the stage for [[spoiler: her betraying him ''and'' the death of his companion Clara]] in "Face the Raven", kicking off a TraumaCongaLine and SanitySlippage. The result is a deconstruction of the trope in the finale "Hell Bent" as he decides to break the rules once more and [[spoiler: save Clara from this now-fixed-point event]], thus risking the safety of the universe, and is ultimately forced to realize that in this case he is '''not''' doing what's right, lawful, or good, but being a selfish AntiVillain instead.
22nd Jan '16 2:27:46 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' is kicked off by Rip Hunter's decision to attempt to alter history and prevent Vandal Savage's conquest of the future, despite orders from [[HeadInTheSandManagement the Time Master Council not to intervene]].
18th Oct '15 5:05:23 PM nombretomado
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* ''ThePractice'': The firm represented a client in a hit-and-run accident. The client's doctor discovered on the plaintiff's medical charts that he had an aneurysm (which his own doctors missed) that would kill him if it wasn't treated. The client refuses to allow the firm to disclose this information. Jimmy Berluti defies attorney-client privilege to tell the boy and his mother of his condition, enabling the doctors to save his life and earning Jimmy a minor judicial censure.

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* ''ThePractice'': ''Series/ThePractice'': The firm represented a client in a hit-and-run accident. The client's doctor discovered on the plaintiff's medical charts that he had an aneurysm (which his own doctors missed) that would kill him if it wasn't treated. The client refuses to allow the firm to disclose this information. Jimmy Berluti defies attorney-client privilege to tell the boy and his mother of his condition, enabling the doctors to save his life and earning Jimmy a minor judicial censure.
25th Sep '15 4:04:34 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': [[{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] and ComicBook/LoisLane, naturally. ComicBook/LexLuthor starts out as this before [[ForegoneConclusion sinking into villainy]]. Also frequently Chloe Sullivan. [[{{GreenArrow}} Oliver Queen]] also loves this trope. In general, Clark and his friends use this trope quite a bit.

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': [[{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] and ComicBook/LoisLane, naturally. ComicBook/LexLuthor starts out as this before [[ForegoneConclusion sinking into villainy]]. Also frequently Chloe Sullivan. [[{{GreenArrow}} [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Oliver Queen]] also loves this trope. In general, Clark and his friends use this trope quite a bit.
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