Your character stumbles upon some sort of illegal activity going on, and can either stay hidden to observe or get away to report it without being spotted if they so choose (though those are not by any means the only two things they can choose to do). What do they do?
Going with my Jessie police officer character here, being a police officer there are two trains of thought on this. The first is to get away to report it so they can be caught in the act, and the second is to keep watch and gather evidence. Both have their ups and downs, but I think from a police officer's viewpoint she would call for backup, wait for it to arrive so the arrest can be made.
Your character is offered aid by a criminal organization. The offer is genuine, the assistance would be highly valuable to her goals and the price is reasonable. However, the group is also involved in activities your character regards as particularly 'evil'...slavery, child pornography, spamming...pick something that your character would find revolting.
What does your character do?
Going again with Jessie, for one she's a cop, more to the point she does not have the Genre Blindness
you might see in the media, a Dirty Cop
nine times out of ten has their activities come back and bite them, so simply being intelligent about it this wouldn't be worth her career over. For another, since you brought up child porn I have yet to see any form of media where a cop or a detective will look the other way in regards to that. To them that is the lowest of the low, the one line I don't think I've seen any form of law enforcement cross. They'll murder, deal in drugs, look the other way, but kiddy porn has always been beyond the pale. The one time I can recall this being treated with less than what was deserved was in the film 8MM where Nicholas Cage's character doesn't act on seeing videos of it because he's after the snuff film and the killers. So since you brought it up I went with the criminals dealing in that because I think that will be the Moral Event Horizon
for most anybody.
But to answer your question, no, Jessie would not go there. No way. For one they're criminals, duh, she' a cop, double duh, her job is to arrest them not profit from them. For another why would they try and bribe her? What would they be trying to hide? And third there is the atrocity of being involved with child pornography. The first thing she would do is go to her superiors, tell them what happened. She wouldn't give an answer to the offer, not even give them the time of day, she would tell her sergeant everything. She'd go to Ethical Standards and tell them she didn't accept the offer. Jessie is a very moral person, she takes her job seriously. Even were this not the most realistic outcome from a personality point of view there's no way in the world she would dare go for it.
Your character is in a house they have only lived in for two to three weeks, and are informed that there is a hidden area of the house that contains something they desperately want. How do they go about searching the house?
Ooohhh, who's a good character to go with for this. I'm gonna say Jonas Bower, who there's a little of me in, The Snark Knight
, Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right
, that sort of thing. He would go about it very methodically. Slowly, carefully go through the house, check behind paintings, under rugs, maybe that table that's covering a safe. He would want what he is after, no question, but he doesn't want to destroy the house looking for it. If he does find where it is then how does he get to it? Use a stethoscope to try and open the safe? See if there's some way to pry open the floorboards where it's store?
In some strange turn of events your character becomes a chef on Hell's Kitchen. Throughout all the dramas on the show there have been the Reality TV bitch, you've had a Jen or Jason or Elise or Russell on your team. Now you've just missed out on making it to the final six, black jackets, but because you've come so far you're invited back to cook in the final, and one of the finalists who is picking the team worked in the opposite kitchen and you haven't really worked with them but they were such a pain you heard all about them. What is going through your head?
edited 2nd Feb '13 8:56:20 PM by tsstevens