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* [[StreetSamurai Shadowrunners]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', or at least most who survive to reach a certain level of experience and infamy, seem to share a set of informal ethical standards. Said standards usually boil down to "limit property damage, try not to make the news and don't sell out your fellow runners". They're more PragmaticVillainy than anything else, but they ease frictions between high-level runners and also decrease the chance you'll get geeked by employers, coworkers or revenge-seeking victims. Of course, like in everything else there are always those who toss the guidelines out the window.

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* [[StreetSamurai Shadowrunners]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', or at least most who survive to reach a certain level of experience and infamy, seem to share a set of informal ethical standards. Said standards usually boil down to "limit property damage, try not to make the news and don't sell out your fellow runners". They're more PragmaticVillainy than anything else, but they ease frictions between high-level runners and also decrease the chance you'll get geeked by employers, coworkers or revenge-seeking victims. Of course, like in everything else there are always those who toss the guidelines out the window. One of the things that [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy pissed off the players]] about the Fourth Edition was the writers' forceful, [[DarkerAndEdgier increased]] insistence that shadowrunners don't have this and the ones that so much as try either live very short lives or are long dead (understandably, this is an item they backpedaled on come Fifth Ed.).

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* In ''[[Literature/TheElminsterSeries Elminster: The Making of a Mage]]'', a young Elminster falls in with just such a crowd for a few years. They eventually part ways amicably, foreshadowing [[spoiler:the same gang later joining Elminster's informal alliance to take down the Magelords]].


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* In ''Film/{{Inception}}'' the team is tasked by a billionaire businessman to insert the idea to break up a rival conglomerate's energy business in the mind of the soon to be heir. In return, the businessman will pull the strings to get the protagonist Cobb's criminal record wiped [[note]] His wife had framed her suicide as him killing her and he went on the run [[/note]] so he can go back to the US and be with his children. He keeps his word and the movie ends with Cobb going through customs at the airport without a hitch and then reuniting with his children.


* A lot of the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' games are based around this, where the good thieves follow this trope and the bad ones are double-crossers or otherwise deserve to be robbed by the good theives. [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves The third game]] is even called ''Honor Among Thieves''.

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* A lot of the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' ''VideoGame/SlyCooper'' games are based around this, where the good thieves follow this trope and the bad ones are double-crossers or otherwise deserve to be robbed by the good theives.thieves. [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves The third game]] is even called ''Honor Among Thieves''.


-->'''Penguin:''' True, he cheated me out of jewel encrusted statue of a two-headed roc... It was worth millions. But my dear Batman, I would never snatch a fellow rogue from his sickbed. It simply isn't done.
-->'''Batman:''' [[DiscussedTrope Honor among thieves?]]
-->'''Penguin:''' ''Precisely''. If I wanted to attack Harvey, I'd do it face to face... To ''face'', as it were.

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-->'''Penguin:''' --->'''Penguin:''' True, he cheated me out of jewel encrusted statue of a two-headed roc... It was worth millions. But my dear Batman, I would never snatch a fellow rogue from his sickbed. It simply isn't done.
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done.\\
'''Batman:'''
[[DiscussedTrope Honor among thieves?]]
-->'''Penguin:'''
thieves?]]\\
'''Penguin:'''
''Precisely''. If I wanted to attack Harvey, I'd do it face to face... To ''face'', as it were.


* This trope combined with PragmaticVillainy is why just about ''everyone'' respects [[WhateleyUniverse Whateley Academy]]'s status as a TruceZone. [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes Even supervillains have families]], and ''nobody'' wants to see their kids dragged into their professional conflicts.

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* This trope combined with PragmaticVillainy is why just about ''everyone'' in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' respects [[WhateleyUniverse Whateley Academy]]'s Academy's status as a TruceZone. [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes Even supervillains have families]], and ''nobody'' wants to see their kids dragged into their professional conflicts.



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* A repeated motif in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', where the [[ALighterShadeOfBlack comparably 'good' criminals]] are shown to be those who have a code, some standards, or just enough plain sense for what's good business. Revy even points it out at one point by saying that even criminals like her have a code of honour. By contrast, criminals like Luau, Chaka and Elvis who have absolutely no restraints or respect for the mutual code of conduct tend to be taken off the board quickly because nobody wants a loose cannon running about and complicating things.


* The pirates from the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' have laws, policies, a code of ethics, a bureaucracy, and even a Pirate Council that presides over all of this. They're ways are just a clear case of BlueAndOrangeMorality, since they see killing and pillaging as not just okay, but a way of life. Of course, said "laws" are really more ''guidelines'' than actual rules as far as some pirates are concerned.

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* The pirates from the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' have laws, policies, a code of ethics, a bureaucracy, and even a Pirate Council that presides over all of this. They're Their ways are just a clear case of BlueAndOrangeMorality, since they see killing and pillaging as not just okay, but a way of life. Of course, said "laws" are really more ''guidelines'' than actual rules as far as some pirates are concerned.

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* The [[VillainWorld criminal underworld]] portrayed in ''Film/JohnWick'' is portrayed as being well-regulated and held together with a mutual understanding between the various mobsters and hitmen that populate it. The underworld society even uses their own form of currency - a gold token - they use to pay each other off, dirty cops that distract from their activities, cleaners that disposes of bodies and evidence, and the Hotel Continental is used as a TruceZone and make-shift hospital. If anyone violates this order - just as when the [[PrideBeforeAFall disrespectful, full-of-himself]] Iosef beats up John, steals his car and kills his dog, or when Ms. Perkins violates Continental rules and tries to kill John and later kills Harry - they receive ''zero'' sympathy and are as good as dead.

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* In ''Series/BetterCallSaul'', Jimmy spots a valuable collectible in an office building and has an associate steal it so they can split the money. The robbery goes awry because the business's owner is staying the night in the office after a marital spat, leaving the burglar hiding and unable to escape. Jimmy come to bail him out by creating a distraction; afterward, the figurine sells for even more money than expected, and the burglar cuts Jimmy in on his full share out of gratitude, instead of just pocketing the difference.

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** From ''Discworld/NightWatch'', the Night Watch of the past are just ''barely'' above criminals in terms of actual lawfulness. They bully, they take bribes, they're full of general scuz... but they Do Not Drop Their Mates In The Cacky, especially not when it's the dumb rookie who doesn't know any better. So when Quirke tries doing just that, he immediately loses any and all support he could've dredged from the others.




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* Borderline in ''Film/GoodFellas". For the most part it's not, but they do appear to bond at times. Like when Tommy asks Henry advice on a bigoted girl she's dating who doesn't like Italians.


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* Played straight in ''Film/ReservoirDogs''. When White accuses Mr Blonde of trying to rob the diamonds, Nice Guy reprimands him for it, reminding White of the loyalty that Blonde had shown them.

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* Played straight in ''Film/ReservoirDogs''. When White accuses Mr Blonde of trying to rob the diamonds, Nice Guy reprimands him for it, reminding White of the loyalty that Blonde had shown them. Which makes sense because in the end, it's revealed that Mr Orange was indeed the one who was an undercover cop.

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* Played straight in ''Film/ReservoirDogs''. When White accuses Mr Blonde of trying to rob the diamonds, Nice Guy reprimands him for it, reminding White of the loyalty that Blonde had shown them.
** Nice Guy Eddie: "He could've fuckin' walked. All he had to do was say my dad's name, but he didn't; he kept his fucking mouth shut. And did his fuckin' time, and he did it like a man. He did four years for us."

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* The Rogues Guild from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' is a group of vigilantes who work to dispense justice that Limsa Lominsa's Yellowjackets can't. They uphold an old code from the days when Limsa was a pirates' hotspot that calls for them to stand up to organized criminal groups that would exploit the innocent.

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