Bringing In The Expert
An underling fails, so their employer hires the best man to do the job.
An underling fails, so their employer hires the best man (or woman) to get the job done- usually played out by villainous characters, who suffer a bitter and humiliating defeat at the hands of the hero by proxy, when the hero defeats their champion. Enraged at their defeat, they do not engage the heroes face to face themselves, but use their financial means to acquire the toughest specialists money can buy, to settle the score. The expert may be Only in It for the Money, but some are actually interested in the prospect of a Worthy Opponent to test their mettle. If the expert is soon defeated or killed despite their expertise, he (or she) is The World's Expert on Getting Killed. Subtrope of Hired Guns. Compare Cast the Expert and Sorting Algorithm of Evil.
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- Throughout Area 88, the communist rebels resort to hiring veteran air force pilots as mercenaries to take out the mercenaries recruited by the Royal Asranian Air Force. Among them include ex-American Navy pilot Patrick Reed, who was recruited to fly their MiG-23 Flogger fighters supplied by the USSR.
- Chimitsu Sunazara is a mercenary sniper recruited by a black ops unit called SCHOOL in the Battle Royale arc of A Certain Magical Index after their previous sniper was killed by ITEM agents.
- Most of the plots in Black Lagoon involve the hiring of bounty hunters and mercenaries to go after Lagoon Company or the VIPs they're suppose to protect/escort. It rarely goes well for the bad guys.
- Mercenary Tao in Dragon Ball was hired to kill Goku after the Red Ribbon Army suffered several curb-stomp battles at the hands of him and his friends.
- In Durarara!!, Vorona and Slon are hired in Japan as mercenaries in order to abduct Akane Awakusu and blame it on a hostile Yakuza group as a last resort by Yodogiri Jinnai.
- Gauron is recruited by Amalgam in Full Metal Panic! in order to cause headaches for Mithril during their anti-terrorist operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
- In the 1st GiG episode "Automated Capitalism", a Chinese Triad group recruits an underworld assassin named Fem to take out a known banker named Yokose Kanemoto. She was eventually arrested by Section 9 before she could carry out the hit.
- In the middle of 2nd GiG, ex-JGSDF soldier Hideo Kuze is recruited by militant refugees in Dejima to help them fight off the JGSDF since their overt attacks are foiled by law enforcement, including Section 9.
- In Jormungand, a team of assassin led by Dominic is hired by rogue CIA SAD agent Hex in order to assassinate Koko and her men in North Africa as a last resort.
- In Patlabor, Schaft Enterprise, courtesy of Richard Wong aka Utsumi, recruits an Indian boy named Badrinath Harchand to take on the Ingrams of SV2 and secure as much combat data as possible after the failures of using pro-environment terrorists to take on them with Brockens.
- This is a minor plot in Spriggan's "Legend of the Mask" arc when ex-Machiner's Platoon officer Dutch "Iron Arm" Metrisk is hired by Koichi Sasahara under the influence of Tezcatlipoca to battle Yu Ominae in Mexico after all previous attempts to stop him in Japan failed.
- In YuYu Hakusho's Spirit Detective arc, Yukina was held prisoner in Gonzo Tarukane's mansion in the outskirts of Tokyo in order to avoid detection by law enforcement. Since his subordinates were not able to make Yukina cry to get her tears hardened as crystal gems, Tarukane arranged to make contact with the Toguro brothers, known in the underworld as the leaders of the Apparition Gang that specializes in anything requested by their clients, including the use of torture methods towards demons. They succeed.
- In Diggstown Gabriel Caine bets John Gillon that boxer "Honey" Roy Palmer can defeat ten local boxers in 24 hours. Gillon does not trust the local amateurs to get the job done so for the final fight he brings in a Super Ringer "Hammerhead" Hagan, a professional boxer who has beaten Palmer before. He then tries to do it again but Caine actually paid off the new expert to throw the fight.
- Gorgeous. Jackie Chan vs. an expert kickboxer hired by the Big Bad that used to be his friend.
- Hard Times. As Chaney beats Gandil's bald prizefighter, Gandil hires Street, the top fighter from Chicago to square things out.
- Done twice in Kung Fu Hustle by the Axe Gang: First they hired the blind musical assassins to get rid of the three kung fu masters (Tailor, Coolie and Donut) in the Pig Sty Alley after their mooks are soundly beaten by the three. The musicians manage to do it, but then they face the Landlord and Landlady who are secretly kung fu masters too, and they soundly beat the musicians. Then the Axe Gang hires The Beast, an infamous bloodthirsty kungfu master that has locked himself up in an asylum, to fight the couple.
- Moonraker. The villain Drax orders The Dragon Chang to kill James Bond. Chang fails repeatedly and Bond finally kills him. Drax then hires Jaws to finish the job.
- Once Upon a Time in China. The Saho thugs hire out Iron Shirt Yim, a down-and-out martial arts master, to combat Wong Fei Hung.
- Ocean's Thirteen has the best-in-business of subverting casino computer defence systems guy. Upon hearing of what Ocean's band has their sights on, the invitee immediately gives up and talks about returning the front money for his services.
- Done twice in The Muppet Movie. Doc Hopper hires Professor Krassman to brainwash Kermit. When he fails, Hopper hires Snake Walker to assassinate Kermit.
- Shiri has Lee Bang-Hee brought out of obscurity by Park Mu-Young in Seoul with orders to assassinate key targets in the South Korean government in order to keep Operation Center busy and force the South Korean government to transport the CTX prototype explosives by the South Korean Army and hijack it and partially do it as payback for OP's interference with a hijacking operation his men executed years ago.
- The Sting. After Hooker and his partners con one of Lonegan's numbers runners out of the money he was carrying, Lonegan puts out a hit on them. When two of his underlings fail to kill Hooker, Lonegan has the assassin Salino assigned to get rid of him.
- Several 1970's Shaw Brothers kung-fu films had the villain suffer a crushing defeat at the hands of the Hero, resulting in them hiring outside martial arts experts to do their fighting for them, usually foreign experts from other parts of China or Asia.
- In Way of the Dragon, Tang Lung faces off against Colt in the Colosseum, hired by the Italian Mafia in order to get rid of him after their men have failed to make him leave Rome.
- The Empire Strikes Back has Darth Vader recruiting bounty hunters, including Boba Fett, in order to capture Han Solo and lure in Luke Skywalker instead of relying on the Stormtroopers.
- In Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, the mercenaries Angus and Duncan MacDougall attempt to assassinate Seamus on the boat returning from the prison.
- The main plot of Guns & Talks involves four assassins recruited by clients for various jobs in South Korea, which usually involves killing off someone they know.
- The A-Team episode Deadly Maneuvers had a syndicate of crime lords pay Major Douglas Kyle to assemble a Dream Team of mercenaries to hunt down the A-Team.
- On Believe Skouras does not believe that the FBI is capable of bringing Bo back to him so he hires a mercenary to find her. When the mercenary fails, Skouras enlists another powerful psychic to locate Bo and neutralize her protectors.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In "What's My Line? Part 1" Spike brings in a trio of assassin demons to kill Buffy.
Dalton: Uh, yes, but... The Order of Taraka, I mean... isn't that overkill?Spike: No, I think it's just enough kill.
- In the premiere of Halt and Catch Fire Joe and Gordon reverse engineer the IBM PC BIOS chip which puts their employer, Cardiff Electric in a lot of legal trouble. To avoid a massive lawsuit from IBM, the company has to design and build their own PC clone to prove that they are not infringing IBM's copyright. Gordon could do it but all current Cardiff employees are considered legally 'tainted' and the company has to hire an outsider to do the actual work. Joe then subverts the trope by hiring Cameron to work on the project. While she is portrayed as a very gifted engineer, she is still in college and has never worked in the computer industry.
- In Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, Space Empire Zangyack recruits a bounty hunter named Kiaido in order to take down Captain Marvelous and the other Gokaigers after previous attempts to kill them failed. He proves to be a troublesome enemy that the Gokaigers needed help to deal with him.
- On Justified Katherine Hale and Wynn Duffy plan to steal millions from fellow mobster Avery Markham. However, Markham is believed to keep his money in a safety deposit box in a local bank and neither Hale nor Duffy know much about robbing banks. To rectify this, they partner up with Boyd Crowder who used to rob banks for a living before he switched to other criminal endeavors. Boyd then discovers that the money is actually kept in the vault of a former bank building so they start looking for and expert who can help them break into the vault. Duffy hires the "Wiz", an explosives expert who knows how to blast his way into bank vaults. When that literally blows up in their faces, Boyd instead decides to dig his way into the vault through a nearby abandoned mine. Fully aware of the dangers such an operation could present, he hires Zachariah Randolph, an expert miner who knows how to work the old mines without getting yourself accidentally killed.
- Dragaera series novel Yendi. The Jhereg crime boss Laris arranges for several attempts on the life of the protagonist Vlad Taltos, but they fail each time. He finally gets serious and hires the Sword and the Dagger of the Jhereg, two expert assassins, to take care of Vlad.
- In The Day of the Jackal the conspirators fail to kill De Gaulle so for the next attempt they hire a professional assassin known only as "The Jackal".
- In Gangsters 2: Vendetta it was possible to hire professional hitmen to deal with rival mob leaders. Their services always came with a hefty price tag, however.
- In the mission "You Lucky Bastard!" of Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, Don Salieri repeatedly sends Tommy and other family hitmen to assassinate Don Morello's brother—but after they fail three times in a row, he calls them off and hires a pair of freelance Professional Killers. These also fail, however, so Tommy kicks subtlety to the curb, chases the man down, kills all of his bodyguards, and just shoots him in the head.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Admiral Zhao recruited a band of mercenaries called Yuyan Archers who are noted to be accurate in their shots. Surely enough, they managed to capture Aang and bring them to Zhao's base.
- Most incarnations of G.I. Joe has Zartan recruited as a mercenary by the future Cobra Commander to assassinate Snake Eyes prior to his recruitment as a GIJoe commando.
- Samurai Jack has Aku recruiting really good hunters to go after Jack in Jack and the Hunters.
- Thundarr the Barbarian. In the episode "Battle of the Barbarians", an evil wizard hires another barbarian to help him defeat Thundarr.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) has the Shredder recruit a mercenary assassin named Tiger Claw in order to deal with the Turtles and their attempts to get in the Foot Clan's way.
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