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->'''[[NobleDemon Orlok]]''': Tell me, [[DirtyCoward Nufai]]; your world was once destroyed by our armies. What did it mean to you?
->'''Nufai''': Much opportunity, sir.
->'''Orlok''': Those are the words of a traitor.
->'''Nufai''': But I still live to speak them - the others of my kin do not.
->'''Orlok''': [[DeadpanSnarker Then I'm sure you have their admiration]].
-->-- ''VideoGame/UniverseAtWar''

[[TropeNamers Named]] after [[NeverLiveItDown Vidkun Quisling]], who assisted the Nazis in their conquest and rule of Norway during WorldWarII. The poster boy of LesCollaborateurs, he appears whenever one country or culture is being conquered, occupied, or colonized by another. He does everything possible to curry favor with the new rulers. He speaks their language more often than his own, apes their customs and refers to his hometown as New Invaderia instead of Freedomville. He might justify this on the grounds that by securing a position of power and influence he can ensure the occupation is as painless and least oppressive as possible. Sometimes, he [[FaceHeelTurn will have been a friend]] of the heroes before the invasion, but often he will be someone who had always [[CommanderContrarian given our heroes a hard time]], and he will try to make them "see reason" and stop their futile attempts to restore the old regime. Frequently has elements of the ObstructiveBureaucrat or TheDragon. When conversing with the conquering leaders he will probably be OpinionFlipflop personified.

Despite all this, the Quisling is never seen as an equal by the conquerors, but at best as a useful tool to keep the natives in line. At worst, they hold him in almost as much contempt as his own people. Either way, they won't hesitate to dispose of him [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness once he's outlived his usefulness]]. If the invaders value honor, expect him to eventually [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves get killed BECAUSE he's a betrayer to his cause]]: at least the ''other'' invaded have a sense of pride and honor!

What distinguishes the Quisling from other [[LesCollaborateurs Collaborateurs]] is authority. A Quisling will never be considered an equal by the conquerors, but he will have a position of power that will be used to influence the conquered people. He will often be the local "poster boy" for submission to the conquerors. If a character has a minor job within the conquerors' hierarchy or simply chooses to accept the conquerors' rule rather than resist, then they are [[LesCollaborateurs Collaborateurs]] but are not Quislings.

His storyline tends to end in one of a handful of ways:
* The first against the wall when the revolution comes. Disposing of or disgracing him is one of the first major victories for LaResistance, and now the real struggle begins as the invaders start to take [[YouRebelScum those rebel scum]] seriously...
* As the rebellion grows and its victory draws near, he opportunistically switches or is coerced to switch sides. He's disgraced and held in even more contempt, but is just useful enough to save his neck.
* He finally does a HeelFaceTurn and joins La Resistance for real, becoming a redeemed hero in the process (though expect [[RedemptionEqualsDeath redemption to equal death]] in a lot of cases). Most common when his apparent betrayal is really because he's been trying to moderate the oppression of the invaders, and they finally go too far.
* He was actually the SecretIdentity of La Resistance's leader all along, playing a dangerous double game to act as a ReverseMole. He might still be vilified in the histories, but the heroes will remember his name with honor.
* The first against the wall when the revolution ''ends'', as the newly freed heroes are only too eager to convict the heinous traitor in a court of law (or just lynch him in the street). This is what happened to the historical Quisling, as the Norwegians ''re-instituted the death penalty just to apply it to him.''
* The revolution fails or is temporarily crushed, and he's killed, "purged" or otherwise done away with, anyway, because the higher-ups don't trust a former member of the conquered nation ([[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves let alone a traitor]]).
* If The Quisling is a WellIntentionedExtremist or a KnightTemplar who earnestly believes that selling his nation out would benefit his people in the long run (as opposed to just being an opportunist or GloryHound) the heroes may well decide that the StrawmanHasAPoint and adopt the Quisling's goals even after stripping the original of political power.
* The Quisling will [[BatmanGambit outfox both the heroes and his puppet masters]] and achieve some hidden agenda that both sides oppose and/or become a legitimate power player in his own right, like in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' or ''{{Suikoden}}''. Since this requires a greater-than-normal amount of {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry to pull off and toadyism isn't viewed as a cool {{Evil Virtue|s}}... this rarely happens.

Compare to ProfessionalButtkisser. Contrast with HeadInTheSandManagement, who is not actually in the employ of the villain, but ends up helping him anyway through inaction or counterproductive actions.
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* Writer James Lileks has humorously referred to [[LetsMeetTheMeat certain advertising mascots for meat products]] as "quislings": ''e.g.,'' a "quisling pig" [[http://www.lileks.com/institute/orphanage/orphans/cudahy2.html advertising pork products]], or a [[http://www.lileks.com/institute/orphanage/orphans/dave.html "quisling fish" selling fish-cakes]]. Click [[http://www.valleydale.com/company/archive.html here]] for what Lileks calls "the motherlode of Quisling Pig propaganda" -- the singing, marching pigs of Valleydale Foods shilling for pork sausages.
* Humorously averted by the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chick-fil-A Chick-fil-A]] Cows, who ask that America "EAT MOR CHIKIN". Chick-fil-A had previously had an anthropomorphic chicken for a mascot; its switch to cows was widely seen as a wise move, in part because this subtrope leads people to think that anything with cows would be for milk, or perhaps beef... nope.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' has "familiars", humans who serve the [[ImAHumanitarian hommunculi]] and will mark themselves with the same insignia to avoid being eaten by them.
* Suzaku in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', who ingratiates himself thoroughly into Britannian culture after [[spoiler:becoming the Knight of Seven. And later the Knight of Zero, right-hand man to the new Emperor...his childhood friend, Lelouch. Who he helped dismantle the empire entirely. But since their plan involved Lelouch building an image as the worst dictator in history, and Suzaku seeming to die in service of that dictator, all but the small handful of people who figured out what was happening will remember him as nothing but a traitor]].
** The Kyoto House is the last type, as they publicly surrendered to the Britannians, but they secretly support the [[LaResistance JLF and later the Black Knights]] by building [[MiniMecha Knightmare Frames]].
* A ''very'' strange and unique example of this comes from the ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'' franchise. Ghintec/Jinto starts out a little ambivalent about the centerpiece [[OurElvesAreDifferent Space Elves]] of the work, the Abh, but by the start of the second "season" of the TV series he's unflinchingly loyal to the Abh and their conquering empire (in part due to, uh, [[TheDulcineaEffect his loyalty to Lamhirh/Lafiel]], one of the princesses of the Abh). The people of his own world definitely see him (and his dad) as examples of this trope ''in-show'' and it causes a lot of trouble later on. The unique element? Ghintec is ''[[DesignatedHero our hero]]'' and point-of-view character.
** Becomes a big plot point in Banner III, when Jinto's foster parents (leaders of LaResistance) attempt to convince him to defect. Jinto points out that he can't defect, as he's the only thing standing between them and annihilation by the Abh. (Although his mother suspects it's really about the girl he brought home to dinner with him). It's all very tragic. Leads to Jinto's foster mother pleading with the Abh princess Lafiel to take care of her son. Her response was poetic and quite moving.
** It's actually lampshaded, when Jinto wonders if he had met other Abh before Lafiel, would he still be on the side of the Abh?
* George Sairas (President Chicken-Maggot) in ''Manga/DeathNote''.
* [[spoiler:The mayor of Shinjuku]] in ''Anime/{{Karas}}'' fits this trope, cheerfully doing Eko's bidding--and believing in his philosophy.
* [[spoiler:Job Trünicht]] in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' eventually becomes this.
* [[spoiler:Sailors Neptune and Uranus]] in the final season of ''Manga/SailorMoon'' give up their star seeds willingly to Galaxia for power, gladly fight their own friends and teammates, and kill 2 of the others [[spoiler:Sailors Pluto and Saturn]]. This is a gambit on their part [[spoiler:to use their powers to capture Galaxia's own star seed. They manage to fool her well enough, but their plan still fails miserably because Galaxia doesn't have a star seed.]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' the ''entire upper echelon'' of Amestris's government is composed of Quislings. They all secretly serve an inhuman being bent on killing everyone in the country, being promised immortality in return.
* Eggman does this a bit during the Metarex Saga of ''Anime/SonicX''... that said, he doesn't do a terrible job of it and is out for himself from beginning to end.
* ''KillLaKill'': [[spoiler:[[BigBad Ragyo Kiryuin]] is a (former) human who willingly supports the invasion and destruction of Earth by [[HordeOfAlienLocusts the Life Fibers]].]]
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* In ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', [[spoiler: Hawley Griffin betrays the group and sides with the Martians. He plans on becoming the ruler of the earth along with the Martians, to ensure his own [[DramaticIrony survival]]. He]] ends up ''first against the wall'', beaten and raped to death by [[SociopathicHero one of the good guys]].
* Cassius Ceramix in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Big Fight'' is one played for laughs: he forces his village to adhere to Roman customs to an absurd degree (for example, he orders an aqueduct to be built in the village despite a river running right through it. When someone points this out, he orders that the river be ''diverted'' because "aqueducts are more ROMAN!") and addresses the Roman [[VillainOfTheWeek Villains of the Week]] as "our beloved invaders."
* In ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'' the Skrulls plan to set up local Governors. Moonstone claims to be one, asking the Skrulls for control of South America if she helps them. However this is a trick.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Red Dawn'':
** The [[Film/RedDawn1984 original film]] has Mayor Bates of Calumet, Colorado, as a reluctant collaborator, especially given that the Soviet and Cuban occupiers are shooting his townspeople in retaliation for the guerrilla actions of the Wolverines. Despite this (or maybe because of it), [[spoiler:he turns in his own guerrilla son to the KGB, who force him to turn traitor (for which he gets executed by his friends). It's never shown what, if anything, happens to the Mayor.]]
** Likewise in the [[Film/RedDawn2012 remake]] the mayor of Tacoma, Washington is also one, but only because he is entirely concerned for his citizen's own safety and well-being. He doesn't like the invasion, but he knows that the best thing he can do is to make the transition as easy and peaceful for his people as possible. When the time comes that the mayor may end up being killed in a Wolverine operation, the mayor's son apologizes to himself and says that it's for the greater good.
* The reverse-mole type of Quisling is exemplified by Tom Reagan in ''Film/MillersCrossing''. Cast out by Irish-mob boss Leo O'Bannon for fooling around with Leo's mistress, he joins up with Johnny Caspar's rising Italian-American gang, but only to take Caspar down from within and save Leo. A Campbellian (Joseph, not John) heroic archetype: To save his own side he sacrifices his honor; this is pointedly an irreversible sacrifice. At the end Leo invites Tom back in the fold but he can't accept.
* Two examples from the German film ''Novembermond'': Played straight with a male character who fits the LesCollaborateurs trope, and pretended at by Fčrial to act as a ReverseMole.
* Although it might not count, since he probably wanted to cook the cast anyway, in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', when the heroes land on the island of "cannibal pigs", the Swedish Chef gets a cameo (which the Singing Fruit break the fourth wall to lampshade) in which disguised with a fake pig-nose, he serves as the chef for the pigs.
* Many of the former Dead Rabbits in ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'', but especially [[spoiler:Happy Jack Mulraney, who had become one of Bill the Butcher's most valuable men, and whose death marks the return of the Dead Rabbits.]]
* Kirkland in ''Film/TromasWar''. He gets his.
* ''IpMan'', starring Donnie Yen, has a normally Wiggum-esque police chief become this when the Japanese invade China.
* ''Film/{{Transformers}}: Dark of the Moon'' has [[spoiler: Dylan]] and his late father, from whom he inherited the Decepticons as a "client".
** He actually takes this to confusingly extreme measures, suggesting they kill their Autobot prisoners and fighting tooth and nail for the Cons to win, even though it's pretty clear the Autobots are winning and they don't really care much for his deal with them to begin with so he'd be safer just letting the Autobots win. Then FridgeBrilliance sets in and you realize that he'd rather die than have the Cons lose, because after what he did he'd be considered a war criminal for assisting aliens in enslaving his own species. Comic backstory goes even further, revealing he craves power (to the extent that the look in his eyes reminds Soundwave of Megatron and gives him a measure of respect) and the idea of being the middleman boss to a planet of slaves, answering directly to Megatron is very tempting to him.
* ''Film/TronLegacy'': The Administrative Program Jarvis will salute whoever looks to be in power. [[spoiler: Finally, Clu has [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness enough]] of Jarvis and casually de-rezzes him without breaking a stride]].
* ''Film/SupermanII'' has Lex Luthor join Zod to help him against Superman, asking in exchange for control of Australia.
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* HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/RuledBritannia'' is loaded with 'em.
* An actual psychological disorder in the ZombieApocalypse novel ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' (written by Max Brooks, son of Mel); "quislings" are humans who have nervous breakdowns and begin behaving like zombies. Unfortunately for them, the genuine article can tell the difference...
** They also may have aided in tons of confusion and urban legends about zombies amongst the survivors.
* Any voluntary Controller from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', but Hedrick Chapman deserves a special mention. You know, being the one who paraded [[PluckyGirl Loren]] before the Yeerks and said, "Hey, lookit this! I gotta planet of six billion just waitin' for ya!" and all. [[spoiler:Elfangor, Loren and the Yeerk he was trying to help, Sub-visser Thirty-two, all leave him to be sucked into a black hole. However, the Ellimist saved him and wiped his memory. When the Yeerks finally make it to Earth, he and his wife are infested, but only cooperate to keep their daughter, Melissa, free and uninfested. He becomes a MiddleManagementMook and the Animorphs' go-to guy when they need someone to threaten or torture.]] Ahh, karma.
** There's also [[TheBaroness Taylor]], a former AlphaBitch who lost her looks and her popularity in a fire. Desperate to regain the life she had, Taylor agrees to become a voluntary Controller in exchange for the Yeerks using their advanced technology to make her a {{Cyborg}} and restore her beauty. Unfortunately for Taylor, the Yeerk chosen to infest her is not exactly a pillar of mental stability...
** [[SixthRangerTraitor David]] could be considered a subversion, as he ''threatens'' to betray the team to the Yeerks on a few occasions but never actually does it. It's heavily implied he's bluffing and hates the Yeerks as much as the Animorphs do.
** And from [[VillainEpisode VISSER]] there's Rich Huntley, the first voluntary Human-Controller. [[spoiler:Edriss kills him for his trouble.]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' Voldemort installs a few of these to re-enforce his reign:
** [[spoiler: Severus Snape appears to be this, controlling Hogwarts on the behalf of the Death Eaters. Subverted when he was revealed to be a reverse mole]].
** [[UnfortunateNames Pius Thicknesse]] controls the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, and [[spoiler: after Rufus Scrimgeour's, death the entire Minstrey of Magic]]. In the books this is the result of MindControl, but in the movies it is implied to be voluntary.
** Dolores Umbridge does not have any official ties with Voldemort, but she gleefuly uses her post to enforce his FantasticRacism by running a KangarooCourt to give Muggle-borns a choice between surrendering their wands and a FateWorseThanDeath. (WordOfGod claims this earned her a life sentence in Azkaban after Voldemort's defeat.)
** The Inquisitorial Squad, a number of Slytherin students who gleefully aided Umbridge in her oppression of the school and who were given some measure of authority (e.g. the power to give or deduct points).
* [[PropheticNames Shift]] the Ape, from the final book in the ''Literature/{{Narnia}}'' series, fits the above description perfectly.
* Saruman in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** Lotho Sackville-Baggins, in Saruman's Shire.
* In Creator/KurtVonnegut's ''Mother Night'' the American protagonist is asked to become The Quisling for the Nazis by an American agent to pass information to America. The book is about what being a collaborator does to his soul (and life), even though he knows he is doing it for a good cause.
* ''The Ganymede Takeover'', a 1967 science fiction novel by Creator/PhilipKDick and Ray Nelson, has several such characters (as the alien invaders know this is the only effective way [[VichyEarth they can rule Earth]]), racist landowner Gus Swenesgard being the best example. Subverted in that when the aliens are finally defeated, the resistance set up Swenesgard to be their puppet ruler until democracy is restored. That is, if they ever intend to restore democracy...
* In E. E. Knight's ''Vampire Earth'' novels, Quisling is a term often used to refer to Humans under Kurian rule.
* The Diamonds, Spades, and Clubs in ''Literature/TheLookingGlassWars'' were loyal to Redd as soon as she took over. [[spoiler:When Alyss resumes power, they switch loyalties again, and unfortunately weren't punished.]] This is rectified in the sequel, ''Seeing Redd''. [[spoiler:Jack of Diamonds is seen to have been imprisoned for treason. He does manage to escape and tries to join up with Queen Redd. This time, he quickly outlives his usefulness.]]
* In Creator/RobertSilverberg's ''The Alien Years'', a nerdy hacker breaks into the conquering aliens' computer system, but instead of trying to use it against them, he offers them his help in return for power and a harem.
* Senator Viqi Shesh from the ''NewJediOrder'' willing works with [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Yuuzhan Vong invasion]], though it would be a stretch to say she was ''loyal'' to them her first loyalty was always to herself- she merely wanted to ensure her survival and position by teaming up with what looked like the winning side). This came back to bite her in the end, as the Vong, horrible as they were, actually had a rather strict code of conduct and found an obviously self-serving traitor repellant. Shesh found herself constantly scrambling to keep herself indispensible to [[TheDragon the Warmaster]] lest she be [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness unceremoniously killed off]].
** And when she ultimately finds herself stuck between the Vong (who don't really [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness need her anymore]]) and the New Republic (who she betrayed), she [[TakeAThirdOption Takes a Third Option]] by [[spoiler: giving herself a DisneyVillainDeath]].
** Most of the Peace Brigade members, they collaborate with the Yuuzhan Vong by handing over high ranking officials, and Jedi. But to the Vong, the term peace is synonymous for submission, as they already plan on enslaving the Peace Brigade when they win the war.
* In Taylor Caldwell's early-1950's novel, ''The Devil's Advocate'', the senior administrator of the Eastern Seaboard in a Communist-ruled America was secretly the head of LaResistance. [[spoiler: He makes a HeroicSacrifice at the end of the book, allowing himself to be assassinated so as to provide the scapegoat and poster boy for the downfallen dictatorship for Americans after the Second Revolution.]]
* Lord Pryderi, in the final installment of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', has always been a loyal ally of Prince Gwydion...only to show up for the council of war and declare that the only sane option is to join the enemy. Which he does. [[spoiler:He gets RewardedAsATraitorDeserves when, on Arawn's orders, he attempts to invade Caer Dallben and the place itself destroys him.]]
* [[EvilChancellor Andrew]] in ''Literature/{{Harald}}'', though his motives are never made clear.
* Some of the cooperating ''zeks'' in ''Literature/OneDayInTheLifeOfIvanDenisovich'', like the cooks, like to screw over their fellow prisoners for their own gain.
* In Creator/RickCook's ''Literature/LimboSystem'', Aubrey is convinced of the greatness of colonists and helps them in their initial attack.
* ''Literature/TheTomorrowSeries'' has [[spoiler:Major Harvey. When he first appears, in ''The Dead of the Night'', he seems to be the heroic leader of the LaResistance group Harvery's Heroes, only to be later revealed to be an enemy officer who let his group get massacred. In ''The Third Day, The Frost'' he is put in charge of Stratton Prison, and killed by Robyn TakingYouWithMe during the group's escape]].
* A few positive examples in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''; when Daenarys starts conquering/liberating cities founded on slavery, she unsurprisingly gets quite a few people (whether ex-slaves or freemen with a conscience,) who fully support her regime, with a few particularly useful ones joining her council. Equally unsurprisingly, these people are viewed as quislings by the deposed masters, and many acts of murder and sabotage are carried out by the latter, who consider themselves LaResistance.
* MagnificentBastard Melisande Shahrizai (and later [[spoiler: Isidore D'Aiglemort]]) of ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'', who plots with a hostile foreign power to take over her homeland long before the actual invasion even takes place.
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Councilor Na'Far is a highly reluctant example of this trope, being the figurehead for [[spoiler:the Narn puppet regime after the Centauri conquers them.]] He believes that by willingly cooperating with the invaders he may be able to stifle some of the worst abuses of his people.
** And [[spoiler: Londo]] ends up being an incredibly rare completely sympathetic example of the trope, as his hellish years ruling [[spoiler: the Centauri]] as a puppet for the [[spoiler: Drakh]] are played as an unambiguous HeroicSacrifice and an atonement for the crimes in which he was previously complicit.
** Captain Lochley is a softer version, revealed to have been a Clark loyalist during the Earth civil war. However, she cited her duty to Earthforce rather than any seeking of power.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic'': Count Baltar was an archetypal Quisling to the Cylons, who bore most of the responsibility for the colonies' destruction, until his HeelFaceTurn around halfway through.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'':
** There's Gaius Baltar, who continued his role as President of the Colonies after the Cylons invaded New Caprica and willfully collaborated with them throughout the subsequent occupation. Considering [[DirtyCoward his character]] he most likely did this simply out of self-interest, although at one point he did [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse have a gun pointed at his head]] when he refused to sign off on an order for mass executions of civilians. Went through a KarmaHoudini when the revolution ended by joining the Cylon Fleet, but fate eventually caught up to him when he was later re-captured by the Colonials on another planet. After interrogation he was then put on trial for treason and mass-murder (although, ironically, not for his role in the ''first'' Cylon genocide). [[spoiler: And acquitted, the MagnificentBastard!]]
** Felix Gaeta continued to serve as Baltar's presidential aide even after the Cylons arrived, in order to act as a ReverseMole. Not even LaResistance, who knew they had a mole, know he was it. Gaeta came ''very'' close to being killed by a barely-technically-legal KangarooCourt until the truth about his past was revealed at the last second. ([[DeathSeeker He didn't even try to explain.]])
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'': Ro in the episode "Horizon". He learns better.
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'':
** StephenColbert uses this an awful lot for a talk show host.
** In preparation for the imminent Rapture, Colbert advertised (on his show) shirts reading "Welcome Jesus!" And just in case, the other side of the shirt reads "[[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Welcome 12th Imam!]]"
** At the end of a commercial break, he expressed his hopes that the audience members at home were still alive and had not been slaughtered by a psychotic murderer lurking right behind them. But just in case, "Welcome murderers!"
** After the Phoenix lander touched down on Mars, Colbert became worried about enslavement by Martian microbes, and dedicated a segment to ingratiating himself to them, just in case. "Martian microbes, remember who your friends are."
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Castellan in the serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E6TheInvasionOfTime The Invasion of Time]]" gets the chance to serve as Quisling to ''three'' despots; firstly the Doctor (when it seems that he's [[DrunkWithPower gone mad with power]] and taken over Gallifrey, then the Vardans (when they invade, seemingly with the Doctor's collaboration) and ''then'' the Sontarans (when the Doctor, having tricked the Vardans into thinking he was a collaborator, deals with them only to discover that the Sontarans were manipulating the Vardans).
** [[InsufferableGenius Luke Rattigan]], working for the Sontaran Empire, [[AmbitionIsEvil in hopes fulfilling his ambition]] [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans of a world of geniuses]]. He and his followers would have been RewardedAsATraitorDeserves in a naval gunnery practice - [[RedemptionEqualsDeath had to pay the ultimate price for species-treason...]]
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS2E5RiseOfTheCybermen Rise of the Cybermen]]," Rose Tyler's dad in a parallel reality is a high ranking official in Lumic's company. [[spoiler: When he's captured by the Resistance, he reveals that he's ''actually'' working as TheMole, being the insider reponsible for sending them information on the Cybermen.]]
** The Controller in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E1DayOfTheDaleks Day of the Daleks]]" is explicitly called a Quisling by the Doctor in reference to his collaboration with the Daleks. He finally helps the Doctor return to his own time to prevent the Invasion, getting a RedemptionEqualsDeath treatment.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth The Dalek Invasion of Earth]]" an old woman and her daughter hand characters over to the Daleks and are rewarded with food.
** Later in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan The Daleks' Master Plan]]" there is Mavic Chen, Guardian of the Solar System, who plots with the Daleks and delegates from the Outer Galaxies to take over Earth, while planning to [[TheStarscream betray the Daleks]] and take control of the Universe. He is RewardedAsATraitorDeserves by the Daleks, who seem to have been plotting against all their allies.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E11TheGodComplex The God Complex]]'', the Tivolians have this as their [[PlanetOfHats hat]] - their cities are designed to be comfortable to invading armies, their anthem is titled "Glory To Insert Name Here", etc.
** Subverted in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E4TheKrotons The Krotons]]", in which Selris's initial support of the Krotons is because he genuinely thinks they're benevolent and his later reluctance to attack them is because of a realistic appreciation of his people's technological inferiority and the Krotons' utter ruthlessness. By contrast, the would-be [[LastStand Eternal Churchill]] Eelek is transparently a power-hungry maniac.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Has a number of examples, especially Zhaan's unnamed lover, who she murdered when he became a Quisling for the Peacekeepers, and Volmae in "Thank God It's Friday... Again", again for the Peacekeepers.
* ''Series/{{House}}'': House accuses Cuddy of being this for Vogler in Season 1, even name-dropping the original. Vogler buys his way into the hospital board's chair with a $100,000,000 donation, and when he starts using his position for ethically questionable practices, the board (and Cuddy) adopt a policy of appeasement so as not to lose the money. Cuddy eventually comes around when Vogler starts firing board members for voting against his motions.
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'': The municipal government of Pawnee is implied to have a problem with doing this. At different points of history, the town's slogan has been "Welcome [[WorldWarII German]] / [[TheVietnamWar Vietnamese]] / [[WarOnTerror Taliban]] soldiers!"
* ''Series/TheRevolution2006'': In the episode "Treason & Betrayal", Benedict Arnold. He started out by fighting for the Americans. But he went to the British hoping to get gold and recognition.
* ''Series/SecretArmy'': The staff of the Cafe Candide pretend to be this. Actually, they're members of LaResistance group Lifeline.
* ''{{Sliders}}'': One episode has its own word for this: Thatchers. Apparently a version of MargaretThatcher "welcomed its new Kromag overlords", and when they were driven out, the word for collaborators was inspired from her name (similar to this trope, probably because it also sounds much like "traitor/treachery" in English). The moral struggles of a "Thatcher" is a plot point of the episode in question.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Dukat basically serves as this to Cardassia, though the Dominion never actually invaded; the Cardassians joined more or less willingly. Damar, his replacement, gets better.
** Legate Broca, a last-minute replacement for Damar after the latter vacates the position [[spoiler:by forming LaResistance]], is completely loyal to the Dominion, even in spite of [[spoiler:the Cardassian people rising up against the Dominion and having their cities destroyed because of it]]. Both Weyoun and the female Changeling treat him with nothing but contempt, [[spoiler: and he is unceremoniously executed when they decide to preempt any potential HeelFaceTurn on his part]].
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* "[[http://www.stthomasu.ca/~hunt/braytext.htm The Vicar of Bray]]" cheerfully recounts the TitleCharacter's unending deference to whoever is power.
-->''And this is law, I will maintain\\
Unto my Dying Day, Sir.\\
That whatsoever King may reign,\\
I will be the Vicar of Bray, Sir!''
* Music/BillBailey notes in his song "Insect Nation" that crabs will be the "sideways Quislings" during the inevitable BugWar, joining with the insects despite not being insects. He also adds that the spiders will also side with the insects even though [[ShownTheirWork they're not insects either]].
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* In the Paizo ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' campaign, "Rise of the Runelords," [[spoiler: Mokmurian, leader of the giants]] was this to [[spoiler: Karzoug]] as giants were viewed as slaves in ancient Thassilon, not as generals or lords of some sort. This doesn't stop him from [[spoiler: doing his level best to wipe out humanity so Karzoug can have lots of souls.]]
* How Chaos cults starts on any world in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Each Chaos God promises power in return for loyalty and worship, although the power they grant you is often at a high cost, and most don't survive it. This is why the Inquisition works so hard to root out chaos, since there's always one guy who'd want the Dark God's more tangible gifts (as compared to the less pleasant Imperial faith).
** Also, Gue'vasa is the Tau name for humans who have turned their back on the [[TheEmpire Imperium of Man]] to serve the [[TheAlliance Tau Empire]]. They are mostly the descendants of Imperial Guardsmen who were abandoned in Tau territory after the Damocles Crusade, but occasionally, Imperial border worlds will rebel against Imperial control and secede to the expanding Tau Empire. This is used in meta to [[HandWave justify]] skirmish battles between the two factions, as they fight over control over the worlds; the [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Taros_Campaign#.UIlGSsXoTbA Taros Campaign]] is a prominent example of this.
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* Franz from ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'' is a rare sympathetic example, throwing himself into soldiering for Harmonia, hoping they would treat his village better (those conquered by Harmonia are treated like cannon fodder, at best) and [[{{Determinator}} he kept going even when he was tired, hungry and had the hate of everyone he was fighting for]].
** Harmonia had conquered Franz's village before he was even born, and actually had a specific system in place for conquered groups to achieve the kind of elevation in status Franz hoped to achieve for his village if they proved themselves useful enough. [[spoiler:And in the end, there's a good chance he succeeded, since by switching to the heroes' side he helped Sasarai regain his position as second in command of Harmonia and stopped Luc's destructive plans.]]
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'' has Snowe Vingerhut and his father. Snowe is portrayed as somewhat more sympathetic, as he negotiates for Razril to be occupied rather than risk a war with forces [[WeaponOfMassDestruction capable of blowing up an island]], and is unaware of just how bad the occupation is thanks to be distracted by a false position. His father, on the other hand, is a straight-up DirtyCoward who ignores the atrocities committed by the occupying forces and stays holed up in his mansion.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' has Lord De Beers of Leclar, who supported whoever happened to have the most power in the Senate at any given moment. During the Falenan Civil War, he ditches his post at Leclar to hide in the fortress town of Doraat, then leaves ''there'' once the Loyalist Army approaches to cower in [[spoiler: Stormfist]]. Eventually, when the Loyalist Army approaches again, he [[spoiler: flees the country altogether]]. Notably, both sides of the conflict regard him with scorn and dismiss him as unimportant.
* Doctor Wallace Breen in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}} 2'', though the Seven Hour War was an extremely bloody affair. Somehow, he managed to negotiate the surrender on the behalf of the United Nations and was appointed as the ruler of Earth. This is on top of undertaking the extremely dangerous experiment with a pure sample and ramping the equipment up beyond normal safe levels, causing the Black Mesa Incident. [[SpannerInTheWorks Then Gordon showed up again.]] What's more, he seems to think he's he's helping humanity. It's not clear if things would be worse without him, though.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'':
** Marquis Ondore. His ruling fief isn't actually Archadian territory, as it remains neutral, but Ondore is infamously known for being pro-Archadian. On the other hand, however, he extensively funds resistance groups across Ivalice against the empire in a dangerous double-game, which turns into all-out war when another empire exploits the situation.
** Basch's brother Noah, better known by his title Judge Gabranth?]]
** Vossler counts being a little bit of a variation, since he sells out the party to the Archadians on the premise of Princess Ashe becoming a puppet queen until Larsa took over and then having the two work together to free Dalmasca. And then once things go to hell on the Leviathan, he's killed in the explosion. The funny thing is that plan of his would've probably worked, eventually.
* The DirtyCoward Count Borghen from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''. He allowed the Palamecians to overtake Fynn, is held in contempt by said Palamecians, ultimately an inept foe, but acts as the game's first major antagonist and manages to [[spoiler: kill Josef.]]
* Fehn Digler (not to be confused with HeartwarmingOrphan [[OneSteveLimit Fehn]]), the newscaster in ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil,'' is a helpless suck-up to the Alpha Sections. He even has a personal contingent of Alpha guards! At the end of the game, when IRIS spurs Hillys into an open revolt against the Alpha Sections, and the Alphas are on their last legs, Fehn ''immediately'' starts sucking up to them, declaring the revolt a victory for the "proud journalistic profession."
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** [[spoiler:Saren Arterius]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', who honestly believes [[spoiler:the invasion of the Reapers is inevitable]] and that helping them take over the Galaxy will prevent pointless sacrifices. [[spoiler:There's a bit of MindControl involved there, but it was never made clear exactly where Saren's interests ended and Sovereign's began.]]
** Quisling is [[InvokedTrope mentioned by name]] in comparison to Ashley's grandfather, who surrendered his colony to an alien army rather than see millions of civilians die in a pointless LastStand. It's rather clear that he was a scapegoat, but the incident prevents his granddaughter from rising higher in the ranks than a glorified security guard, until Captain Anderson takes her on board the ''Normandy''. Given how young she became a Gunnery Sergeant, and by ''Mass Effect 3'', a Lieutenant-Commander, she seems to have gotten past this.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[spoiler:Councillor Donnel Udina decides to stage a coup at the Citadel with the aid of Cerberus, and have all his fellow Councillors assassinated. His motivations are left deliberately ambigious; Indoctrination, ambition, fear, and frustration at his fellow councilors' refusal to help the people of Earth, all are discussed as possible options.]]
** The purpose of Reaper Indoctrination is to turn it's victims into this. It's revealed to have happened to most of Cerberus in the third game, as well as the leaders of the Batarian Hegemony; the former disrupting [[LaResistance allied resistance efforts]] and the latter laying down arms and letting themselves be curb-stomped by the Reapers. There's even an indoctrinated ''hanar'' at one point, who attempts to use a virus to disable the mostly automated defences of his homeworld.
* Another BioWare example is Chuundar from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. So long as he remains High Chieftain, he's all too glad to sell his own people to Czerka, arrange for his [[spoiler: brother]]'s exile and spread lies that his [[spoiler: father]] has gone mad in order to get the party to do his dirty work.
* The sequel, ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' II, has Queen Talia of Onderon, but it's more complicated. She's a staunch Republic ally and the BigGood of the Onderon questline, but her cousin and rival for the throne paints her as this trope and many think that she's selling out the planet as a result. [[spoiler:If you do side with her, Kreia says that Onderon will prosper but ultimately lose its unique culture as a result.]]
* Creator/BioWare apparently likes to [[PlayingWithATrope play with]] this one, as they did it again in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. Seamus, son of Viscount Dumar, is a big fan of the Qunari, who seem to be invading (or at least, that's what everyone thought, given that when Qunari show up someplace, [[ScaryDogmaticAliens it's typically to invade it]]; they've just been sitting around the docks, though, not doing much invading these past few years). Despite being in a position of relative power, being the son of the guy in charge of the whole city and all that, Seamus's conversations with his father amount more to a teenager arguing about rock-and-roll than any serious suggestions of joining the Qunari before things get bloody. However, he ''does'' end up being an unwitting pawn in the plan of a certain anti-Qunari faction, [[spoiler:and ends up getting killed in the process. In a twist, the Qunari avenge him as one of their own, [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves rather than spitting on his corpse as belonging to an honorless coward]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/MechQuest'', [[spoiler:Kingadent Slugwrath]] turns out to have been selling out the planet of Lore and Soluna City to the Shadowscythe, [[spoiler:sabotaging the Soluna Defense Force and seeking to destroy their leader, Odessa Pureheart]], and turning a blind eye to [[spoiler:Sys-Zero's kidnapping and assimilation by the Shadowscythe]]. After you kick [[spoiler:Slugwrath]]'s ass in the final battle of the first chapter, [[spoiler:he attempts to escape in the head of his mech, but runs out of fuel, crashes, and is overrun by Shadowscythe. He ends up as a still-living head in a jar on the desk of the head of [=EvilCorp=], who looks very much like [[VideoGame/AdventureQuest Zorbak]], as he muses on how at least he got the immortality he'd always wanted]].
* Nufai the Skinwalker from ''VideoGame/UniverseAtWar''. As he comments himself, it's the sort of attitude that left him alive when [[PlanetLooters The Hierarchy]] [[LastOfHisKind butchered the rest of his species]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'':
** Gul'dan, Blackhand and the other members of the Shadow Council in ''Literature/RiseOfTheHorde'' and ''Warcraft: Orcs and Humans''. Unlike the other orc leaders, who were tricked into making a pact with demons, they were aware of [[TheLegionsOfhell Kil'Jaeden]]'s deceit and helped him transform the orcs into bloodthirsty monsters in exchange for (political and magical) power.
** King Perenolde of Alterac in ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'', ''Literature/TidesOfDarkness'' and ''Literature/BeyondTheDarkPortal''. During the orc invasion, he helped TheHorde attack other human kingdoms so his own nation would stay relatively untouched.
** Dar'Khan Drathir in ''Manga/WarcraftTheSunwellTrilogy''. He's the one who betrayed his homeland Quel'Thalas by letting [[EvilPrince Arthas]] in and have his people slaughtered by the soon-to-be Lich King.
* A small-time version of this can be found in Jacoby Drexelhand, Korthos villager turned Devourer cultist and Sahuagin collaborator in the introductory Korthos Island missions from ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline''. While most Korthos villagers who joined the Devourer cult were kidnapped and forcibly indoctrinated into it, Jacoby gave himself willingly to the Devourer. When you confront him during the instance "The Collaborator," he tells you that the Sahuagin will kill anyone who doesn't convert, and that he's just watching out for his own hide. You promptly prove him wrong by fighting off his allies, tracking him down, and sending him into Khyber's embrace.
** Following Jacoby's death, his body is taken to the Decrepit Catacombs by the cultists of the Devourer and raised as an undead wight, who you then have to fight in the finale of the instance "Necromancer's Doom."
* Lionwhyte in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' sells humanity into slavery to [[BigBad Doviculus]], and chews out Ironheade for not seeing how much better off they are under his rule.
* Either Papa Khan or Regis could qualify in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Papa Khan is so keen for vengeance against the NCR that he's willing to enter into an alliance with The Legion, despite their practice of backstabbing every tribe who sides with them, press-ganging all the worthy men into their military and enslaving or killing the rest. Regis will take control of the Great Khans if Papa is assassinated, and will agree to a truce with the NCR in order to aid them against the Legion. Papa Khan however can be convinced to break off the alliance if you convince enough of his advisers to speak out against him and disgrace the frumentarii in their camp.
** ''{{VideoGame/Fallout 3}}'' gives us [[spoiler:Anna Holt]], a minor character who joins the Enclave after being captured by them. Impressed by their technology, [[spoiler:she tells them all she knows about Project Purity, which your your father died trying to keep out of the Enclave's hands]]. Players looking to get a little payback will still receive negative karma for [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves rewarding them as a traitor deserves]] though, as the game doesn't account for the betrayal in the character's karma attribute.
* In ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', [[spoiler: Pokey joins [[BigBad Giygas]] fairly early in the game, and acts as a thorn in Ness's side for the first half of the game. He spends most of the rest of the game on the run, until he finally shows up in the endgame as Giygas's [[TheDragon Dragon]]. After Giygas's defeat, he manages to escape and becomes the BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Mother3}}''.]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'': Neo Zeon jumped at the chance to help the Balmarians in ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'', as the one and only means to ensure a future for mankind.
* In ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', the Goombas appear to have been a whole race of quislings. Most sources say they were once subjects of the Mushroom Kingdom, but for unknown reasons, turned against them and sided with Bowser, becoming part of his army. (It's not true with all of them; Mario has allied himself with a few of them in his time.)
* In ''ConquestFrontierWars'' Admiral Smirnoff allies with the Mantis loyalists in exchange for ruling earth as their vassal. Naturally in the bad ending [[spoiler: the Mantis decide to destroy earth instead, him with it.]]
* ''VideoGame/OfOrcsAndMen'' occasionally pits the player characters against Orcs who, either out of cowardice or pragmatism, work for TheEmpire. [[spoiler:This includes Arkail's father, who sold out his tribe rather than having them fight the invaders to the death.]]
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* Captain Vole from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is a Jagerkin example of this trope; the only one of their kind to utterly discard his loyalty to the Heterodynes to serve Baron Wulfenbach, Vole doesn't consider himself a Jager and seems to relish the idea of destroying what is left of the Heterodynes so the Jagers have no choice but to follow his lead. Because of the friction this causes with the other Jagers (who all serve Wulfenbach while awaiting the Heterodynes' return), Vole has been forcibly assigned to Mechanicsburg -- the only town in Europa the Jagerkin cannot enter.
** See also Doctor Silas Merlot. When Dr. Beetle is killed, Merlot attempts to pose the suggestion to Baron Wulfenbach that no one need know that the well-respected Beetle is kaputski. Unfortunately, the Baron is a little smarter and a bit more principled than most overlords; he despises traitors, and not just because a man willing to change sides that easily certainly can't be trusted to stay loyal to you. Merlot's punishment? He has to run Beetleburg, after the populace has been made aware that Dr. Beetle's death was the direct result of Merlot's petulant theatrics. He doesn't learn, either.
* Tsukiko the necromancer in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', who joins the Azurite military solely so she can switch sides and help Xykon at the first opportunity. And a couple other prisoners the Paladins released. In retrospect, that was a universally bad decision on their part, as the prisoners seem to all be Chaotic Evil and immediately started looking for ways to join Xykon. Yes, folks, in ''Dungeons & Dragons'', being the Quisling can be a major part of your morality and/or religion!
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Eridan Ampora attempts to become this. [[spoiler: He gets as far as murdering Feferi and Kanaya, destroying the Matriorb and blinding Sollux in a duel before Kanaya [[OurVampiresAreDifferent comes back as a rainbow drinker]] [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing and dispatches him with her chainsaw.]]]]
** And it turns out [[spoiler: Gamzee]]. He's the only character who hasn't been tricked into following Doc Scratch's plans. (Rose did work with Scratch, but she had no idea what [[spoiler: his true plan for her was]].)
** Numerous celebrities become this on Post-Scratch Earth, most notably Music/InsaneClownPosse and Guy Fieri.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Vattu}}'', the title character encounters another slave who reveres the Sahtan civilization and scorns the fluters that he came from.
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* In article about a computer learning to play "pong" from ''[=EGMi=]'', EGM's digital magazine, the writer of the article said, "I'd like to be the first to welcome our new computer overlords as that's how a lot of apocalyptic science-fiction novels start."
* In ''RolePlay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'', during the RtAU arc where dragons turn most of humanity into Pokémon, Vallok gets some draconic humons to betray their species in return for better treatment, including Benjamin old classmate Reggie, who now goes by [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Julkriid]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'':
** Journalist Amanda Connor becomes the face of the Neosapien occupation, much to the disgust (but not surprise) of her ex-husband, Sean Napier, himself leader of LaResistance.
** After Phaeton takes over Earth, Venus, and Mars, the mayor of [[strike: Chicago]] Phaeton City is giving speeches welcoming their new masters practically before the smoke has cleared.
* EvilChancellor Grumper in the ''[[WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie Felix the Cat]]'' movie.
* Chester [=McBadBat=] in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' TV movie "Abra-catastrophe". "I, for one, am grateful we live in a world wherein our ape overlords allow us to share in their hilarious sense of wordplay."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' special "Escape From Cluster Prime", Arch-{{Alpha Bitch}}es Brit and Tiff are pretty quick to side with the Alien invaders. They later make a HeelFaceTurn at just the right moment, and [[KarmaHoudini get away pretty easily]], as far as anyone can tell.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Kent Brockman, when believing the world was about to be invaded by a master race of giant ants, comments that "[[MemeticMutation I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.]] I'd like to remind them that as a trusted TV reporter, I can be useful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves." Once this is all cleared up, he says, "Well, this reporter was... possibly a little hasty earlier and would like to... reaffirm his allegiance to this country and its human president. May not be perfect, but it's still the best government we have. For now." The camera pulls back to reveal a hastily-drawn "HAIL ANTS" poster which Kent quickly rips off.
** Kent Brockman does it again in "The Joy of Sect", this time for his job:
---> '''Kent Brockman''': Springfield has been overrun by a strange and almost certainly evil sect, calling themselves "the Movementarians". In exchange for your home and all your money, the Leader of this "way out" and "wrong" religion claims he'll take believers away on his spaceship to the planet "Blisstonia." Excuse my editorial laugh. (laughs) But-- (a note is passed to him) Ladies and gentlemen, I have just learned of a change in this station's management! Welcome, Movementarians! Continue to improve our lives! I love you, perfect Leader...and new CEO of KBBL broadcasting!
** Mr. Burns in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has been heavily suggested to have been aiding the Germans throughout the World Wars and, unlike [[SchindlersList Schindler]], takes pride in having built shells for the Nazis which worked, dammit!
* Wuya from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''. Once one of the most powerful evil forces in the world, she is condemned to exist in spirit form and needs solid people to do her dirty work for her. She usually works for/with Jack Spicer, the incompetent junior villain who [[SealedEvilInACan freed her from her puzzle box]], but the series made a RunningGag of her going off to work with villains she saw as more powerful, only to come crawling back to Jack as soon as those villains were defeated.
* In ''Ben10Omniverse'' episode "Frogs of War Part 2", Will Harangue, one of Ben's most vocal critics, sings the praises of the Incurseans who conquered Earth, because they launched Ben into space in a prison pod. Later episode "Return to Forever" states that afterwards Harangue lost viewership because of said praise-singing.
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vidkun_Quisling Vidkun Quisling]], the real life TropeNamer, was a Norwegian fascist politician. Nazi Germany invaded Norway on April 9th 1940, and hoping for an easy capitulation like Denmark the day previous, asked Quisling to form his own government. Quisling attempted to do so, only to find he had no popular support and no one listened to him. The Germans attempted to negotiate support for him with the Monarch of Norway and the government in exile, but were flatly refused. He was finally appointed Minister President of Norway in 1942. When Germany lost the war, he was accused of high treason and sentenced to death by firing squad (did we mention that Norway un-banned the death penalty just for him? No? Well, they did that). The TropeNamer was created in an editorial in [[BritishNewspapers The Times]] in 1940 and quickly picked up by other news agencies and WinstonChurchill.
-->''"To writers, the word Quisling is a gift from the gods. If they had been ordered to invent a new word for traitor... they could hardly have hit upon a more brilliant combination of letters. Aurally it contrives to suggest something at once slippery and tortuous."''
* The United States has its own "Quisling" in the form of Benedict Arnold, whose name has become synonymous with "traitor" in American English. As a general in the rebel American army, Arnold performed a number of particularly courageous acts, but a combination of financial troubles and a perceived lack of recognition by his peers convinced him to sell out his comrades to the British. He tried to take a fort (West Point, today the site of the US Military Academy) with him, but his plot failed and he ultimately fled back to Britain. Recent scholarship suggests that Arnold's wife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peggy_Shippen Peggy Shippen Arnold]] might have [[LadyMacbeth instigated the betrayal]], though at the time she was cleared of charges. Some also say that there was a religious motive; as a staunch Protestant he didn't like the idea of the Rebels accepting aid from Catholic France.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Jingwei Wang Jingwei]], one-time heir to Sun Yat-Sen until Chiang Kai-Shek asserted himself as the leader of the GMD with the backing of the military. In 1940 he became President of the [[LesCollaborateurs Wang Jingwei regime]] based out of the [[WorldWarTwo Japanese-occupied areas of China.]] His name is considered a byword for supreme treachery to a degree that makes [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Benedict Arnold's]] look petty. Fortunately for him he died of natural causes in '44, though his wife was tried and found guilty of treason at the post-war Nanjing War Crimes trial. To be fair, Wang had good cause to believe that his defection could ensure that the relationship between China and Japan would be one of co-operation, and not exploitation. However, the political situation changed as Japan moved to strike out at the Allies and the USA, and he quickly became little more than a puppet. All he could really do from then on was try to limit the worst excesses of the Japanese Army as they bled the country dry.
* Puyi, the [[PuppetKing "emperor"]] of Nipponese-occupied Manchuria ("Manchukuo", they called it). He didn't much care for the job and found himself constantly arguing with the Japanese and their exploitative zaibatsu corporations; the only reason he took it on was that the Japanese wanted a monarchist Quisling to rule the northeast, and he happened to be the only candidate for the job (having previously been the legitimate [[DynastiesFromShangToQing Qing Dynasty]] Emperor of China before the [[UsefulNotes/NoMoreEmperors Xinhai Revolution]]).
* Pierre Laval, who was TheManBehindTheMan to Marshal Pétain in the Vichy French regime, and the reason "LesCollaborateurs" is a French phrase. When France was freed from Nazi rule, both were sentenced to death, though Pétain got his sentence commuted to life imprisonment by De Gaulle.
* For the WWII French in general, before the fall of the Third Reich a slogan for French Quislings was "Better Hitler than Blum" (Blum was the Jewish French Prime minister).
* One of Ancient Rome's favored tactics for conquest was to promise a local chieftain that he would be able to rule as a petty king over the conquered land if he agreed to provide information or troops to the Romans. What made it particularly effective was that the Romans punctiliously kept their word; submit, and Roman armies would protect you from others; don't submit, and the results would be very messy and very bad for you.
* The Romans created cultural quislings where they would demand the pliant chieftains' sons as "hostages" and ship them to Rome, where they would be treated to the high life and the best Roman culture could give. This resulted in the heirs becoming thoroughly Romanized and converting a previously "barbarian" kingdom into a miniature Rome.
** The British copied this by setting up British-style schools and universities all over the Empire, and by sending the sons of Native rulers (and some bright commoners) to Eton and Oxford. Nehru, as one of these, was considered "the last Englishman to rule India."
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephialtes_of_Trachis Ephialtes of Trachis]] is remembered in Greece in the same way that Quisling is in Norway, and "Ephialtes" has become a synonym for traitor. He betrayed his countrymen and joined the Persians during the Battle of Thermopylae, showing them a mountain path that allowed the Persian forces to outflank the Spartan and other Greek forces that were defending the narrow pass.
* After the American Civil War, the formerly little-used term "scalawag" (meaning "scoundrel") became widely-known as a term of abuse for Southerners allied with the North during the war and Reconstruction.
* The equivalent term in South Asia (or at least in the Bengal region) is 'Mir Jafar'. Mir Jafar was a courtier and a general in the court of the Nawab of Bengal, Sirajuddowla. He made a pact with Robert Clive of the East India Company and during the historical Battle of Plassey, stood by and did nothing while Sirajuddowla's army was slaughtered by the British Army. This treachery thus led to the beginning of the Company's political domination of India and eventually to the British Raj and 200 years of political, economic and social domination.
* People who suck up to invaders don't always end up condemned by history.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Nevsky Alexander Nevsky]] was a Russian prince who first rose to prominence as a military leader in the aftermath of the Mongol invasions of 1223-1240, winning several victories against invading Catholic armies. Rather than try to fight the Mongols, he did everything he could to placate them. He was successful; Russia ended up with a better deal from the Mongols than they gave to other nations they had invaded and conquered. Today, Alexander Nevsky is considered a national hero of Russia and is a saint of the Russian Orthodox Church.
*** Nevsky's good name derives in part from the fact that the Catholics (the Swedes, Germans, and Poles) were trying to convert the Russians to Catholicism, while the Mongols didn't give a damn what church the Russians were members of so long as they paid tribute.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_P._Laurel José P. Laurel]] is today mostly known as the President of the Philippines during World War II, but he had an illustrious political career both before and after the war. Although in his case it was actually a subversion, because he was basically told to do so by the exiled president, Manuel L. Quezon.
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