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->''"Wait, so most of these guards are just [[EvilInc FutureTech]]'s [[TitleDrop hired guns]]? The [[TheFederation Allies]] are just'' buying ''their military muscle now?"''
-->-- '''[[PersonOfMassDestruction Yuriko Omega]]''', ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3''

Also known as Mercenaries, Soldiers of Fortune, and a dozen other names. A common nickname is 'Merc'. These characters can have a wide range of personalities, some with honor, or codes, or limitations, and others who will kill anybody to get the job done. The only common thread is that whatever they're into, it's a job, and they're getting paid.

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!!Tropes:

[[index]]
* AssassinsAreAlwaysBetrayed
* BattleButler
* BountyHunter
* CarnivalOfKillers
* ConsummateProfessional
* ContractOnTheHitman
* CorporateSamurai
* FightingForAHomeland
* FormerRegimePersonnel
* HeroSecretService
* HitmanWithAHeart
* ImmortalAssassin
* KnowledgeBroker
** TheInformant
* LawEnforcementInc
* LoveableRogue
* TheMagnificentSevenSamurai
* MurderInc
* MysteriousMercenaryPursuer
* NinjaMaid
* OnlyInItForTheMoney
* PrivateMilitaryContractors
* ProfessionalKiller
* PsychoForHire
* PunchClockHero
* PunchClockVillain
* SociopathicSoldier
* ThoseTwoBadGuys
* WeHelpTheHelpless
[[/index]]
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