Created By: deuxhero on September 28, 2011 Last Edited By: deuxhero on September 16, 2014

Offically Rogue

If you are caught, your employer will claim you are an unaffliated rogue agent

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Do we have this?

  • In Burn Notice this is the reason for Mike getting at least one of his agency jobs in season 5, as he is still technically burned, the CIA can claim he (and ex-IRA girlfriend) are not part of the agency.
  • The entire point of the Alpha Protocol organization in Alpha Protocol.
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  • September 28, 2011
    Koveras
    Privateers are this by default.

    • In the early Splinter Cell games, Sam Fisher is like this: if he gets caught, Third Echelon will deny any affiliation with him.
  • September 28, 2011
    Fanra
    "Offically Rogue" sounds like it refers to thieves. How about "Disavowed Agent", after the Mission Impossible (page quote I sense here) quote:

    "As always, should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions."

    Oh, yeah, that also makes Mission Impossible an example.
  • September 28, 2011
    Shnakepup
    How about Officially Does Not Exist or Officially Never Heard Of or something to that affect?
  • September 28, 2011
    TippyToeZombie
    • Preemptively enforced in the season 3 finale of The Boondocks. "Jack Flowers"'s superior deems a case to be closed, as they can't go against the rich people controlling the government. As he says, "Looks like we're done here. Don't anybody go rogue". Of course, Jack says "I'm going rogue." as soon as he leaves.
  • September 28, 2011
    KingZeal
    • In Mass Effect 2, Shepard is brought Back From The Dead by the Cerberus terrorist organization and goes to work for them. If you choose to regain your Spectre status, the Citadel Council will advise you to keep a low profile and restrict operations to the hostile Terminus Systems. This trope is the reason why: if you get into trouble there, they can disavow you as a rogue agent.
  • September 28, 2011
    Bisected8
  • September 28, 2011
    dalek955
    The technical term is "deniable proxy".
  • September 28, 2011
    surgoshan
  • September 28, 2011
    surgoshan
    Hey, look, a trope!
  • September 28, 2011
    OmarKarindu
    • This is the premise of the DC Comics series Suicide Squad, which used jailed super-criminals as easily-disavowed field assets.
  • September 30, 2011
    aurora369
    That's how Russian police dodges accusations of corruption: every policeman caught on bribery or extortion is claimed to be fired a day before his crime.
  • September 30, 2011
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Shadowrun boxed set Denver: City of Shadows. The Sioux government has sent the Sioux Wildcats, its Special Forces troops, on several covert missions in other governments' zones. On three occasions they were caught red-handed and the Sioux government disavowed all knowledge of their actions and existence. No one believed them.
  • September 30, 2011
    deuxhero
    @surgoshan an unrelated trope though.
  • September 30, 2011
    nitrokitty
    Related to I Was Never Here.

    • In Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines, Arthur Kilpatrick hires the player character for a little off-the-record bounty hunting work. He warns you at the start that you're not a licensed hunter, so if you get caught, he doesn't know you.
  • September 30, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In John Garnder's first James Bond book Bond becomes this, as a part of the 00 division being retired - officially. Unofficially, Bond is now the entire 00 division.
  • September 15, 2014
    Ominae
    Wondering if this is still up and running?
  • September 15, 2014
    StarSword
    ^Considering it lapsed into Up For Grabs three years ago? You tell me.
  • September 15, 2014
    robinjohnson
    Isn't this No Such Agency?

    Edit: close enough. That was created in the three years this was stagnant. Yes We Do Have This One.
  • September 15, 2014
    Tiiba
    "Offically Rogue" is, among other things, misspelled.
  • September 15, 2014
    DAN004
  • September 15, 2014
    marcoasalazarm
    Mission Impossible has the possibility of applying this to any captured or killed team member, and is mentioned once a briefing. The Ghost Protocol film has the United States Government applying the titular protocol because of a mission gone beyond Horribly Wrong, turning the entire Impossible Missions Force into this.
  • September 15, 2014
    dalek955
    • In Spinnerette, when the uniformed supervillain Colonel Glass came to steal Dr. Lambha's CK reactor, North Korea said that he had gone rogue and was no longer any agent of theirs, presumably so that America couldn't retaliate against the DPRK for deploying an Ax Crazy Human Weapon against them.
  • September 15, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Film
    • After the fiasco of OCP's second generation cybernetic law officer in Robocop2, the Chairman and his minions decide to declare project chief Juliette Faxx as a rogue employee running a renegade department. Faxx will be painted as the out-of-control villain while OCP will be painted as an innocent dupe.
  • September 16, 2014
    Ominae
    I feel like real life may try to find its way here.
  • September 16, 2014
    robinjohnson
    I'm going to point out again because it's halfway up the thread now: this is No Such Agency. This ykktw was created in 2011, and No Such Agency was made while this was gathering dust. New examples here should go there.
  • September 16, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ This is more like "No Such Agent"
  • September 16, 2014
    Arivne
    ^ Agreed. No Such Agency is specifically about entire agencies, so as written it doesn't cover individual agents who aren't part of such agencies.
  • September 16, 2014
    robinjohnson
    Well, a lot of the examples given here are groups, and I think No Such Agency is close enough to cover lone agents as well. Tropes Are Flexible.
  • September 16, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Lolwut? I only see individual examples.
  • September 16, 2014
    robinjohnson
  • September 16, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ they can simply be.moved to.No Such Agency. ;)
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