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** Pokemon themselves subscribe to this, as they will fight for their trainer even if they're a megalomaniac trying to destroy the world.

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** Pokemon Pokémon themselves subscribe to this, as they will fight for their trainer even if they're a megalomaniac trying to destroy the world.


* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Ace Ops and Winter Schnee follow Ironwood's orders virtually unquestionedly. This includes arresting our heroes because Ironwood had a major breakdown and couldn't stand the idea of not being right. While some of Ace Ops ''do'' think what they're doing is wrong, no one stops and questions why they're arresting them. [[spoiler:This leads to Ace Ops leader Clover getting gutted by Tyrian because he was too focused on trying to capture Qrow over keeping Tyrian in check and Penny running off with our heroes because she followed her gut.]]

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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Ace Ops and Winter Schnee follow Ironwood's orders virtually unquestionedly. This includes arresting our heroes because Ironwood had a major breakdown and couldn't stand the idea of not being right. While some of Ace Ops ''do'' think what they're doing is wrong, no one stops and questions why they're arresting them. [[spoiler:This leads to Ace Ops leader Clover getting gutted stabbed InTheBack by Tyrian because he was too focused on trying to capture Qrow over keeping Tyrian in check and Penny running off with our heroes because she followed her gut.]]

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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Ace Ops and Winter Schnee follow Ironwood's orders virtually unquestionedly. This includes arresting our heroes because Ironwood had a major breakdown and couldn't stand the idea of not being right. While some of Ace Ops ''do'' think what they're doing is wrong, no one stops and questions why they're arresting them. [[spoiler:This leads to Ace Ops leader Clover getting gutted by Tyrian because he was too focused on trying to capture Qrow over keeping Tyrian in check and Penny running off with our heroes because she followed her gut.]]
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** Pokemon themselves subscribe to this, as they will fight for their trainer even if they're a megalomaniac trying to destroy the world.

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* Dogs tend to be like this, which is why even big dogs don't [[TheDogBitesBack kill their abusive owners.]]


** Igors also have this as something of a clan policy. They maintain that it's "a pleasure to be commanded in a clear, firm [[FunetikAksent voithe]]" and will follow any directions their master gives to the best of their ability. If the mob actually manages to break the door down, the Igor in question will have fled by his own private back ways long beforehand and will be safe (loyalty to Igorhood comes before loyalty to their master), but they will still follow an order even if it's guaranteed to bring the mob to their doors. The only time an Igor is ever seen to rebel in the Discworld books is in ''Carpe Jugulum'', when his master has been consistently mistreating him and, interestingly, trying to modernize by not giving these kinds of orders. The betrayal culminated in reverting to a previous master and pulling him out of his crypt because the Old Count knew these "modernization" techniques would only piss off the populace[[note]]Among other "reforms," rather than taking away people to be rescued, the New Count had the town subjugated and they would take a monthly blood tax from everyone, reducing what used to be the subject of the occasional thrilling adventure into something soulless and banal.[[/note]] and would be the difference between being seen as a evil which is known and can be lived with if dispatched every generation or so versus someone they hate to the point they stake the vampire, collect the dust in a jar, and drop the jar off the world.

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** Igors also have this as something of a clan policy. They maintain that it's "a pleasure to be commanded in a clear, firm [[FunetikAksent voithe]]" and will follow any directions their master gives to the best of their ability. If the mob actually manages to break the door down, the Igor in question will have fled by his own private back ways long beforehand and will be safe (loyalty to Igorhood comes before loyalty to their master), but they will still follow an order even if it's guaranteed to bring the mob to their doors. The only time an Igor is ever seen to rebel in the Discworld books is in ''Carpe Jugulum'', ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', when his master has been consistently mistreating him and, interestingly, trying to modernize by not giving these kinds of orders. The betrayal culminated in reverting to a previous master and pulling him out of his crypt because the Old Count knew these "modernization" techniques would only piss off the populace[[note]]Among other "reforms," rather than taking away people to be rescued, the New Count had the town subjugated and they would take a monthly blood tax from everyone, reducing what used to be the subject of the occasional thrilling adventure into something soulless and banal.[[/note]] and would be the difference between being seen as a evil which is known and can be lived with if dispatched every generation or so versus someone they hate to the point they stake the vampire, collect the dust in a jar, and drop the jar off the world.

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* This is a defining trait of a Samurai, being basically a Japanese knight that serves unwielding fealty to their lord. In fact, the primary difference between a Samurai and a Ronin is that the Ronin can be described as a Samurai with no lord.
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*** Dedue would do ''anything'' Dimitri asked of him, no matter how heinous. This is explained by his backstory - everything and everyone he ever knew or loved were destroyed in the Duscar genocide, so when Dimitri saved him he became the only meaningful or positive thing left in his life, and he has few positive feelings towards the rest of Faerghus who participated in the genocide and now look down on any surviving Duscar people as untrustworthy.
*** Catherine reveals in support conversations that she wouldn't hesitate to kill children if Rhea ordered her to. This also stems from a past incident, Rhea saved her life when she was critically wounded in battle. That said, she was and still is conflicted about having to hand over her best friend to be executed when he was found plotting an assassination.

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*** Dedue would do ''anything'' Dimitri asked of him, no matter how heinous. heinous, even if that meant killing women or children. This is explained by his backstory - everything and everyone he ever knew or loved were destroyed in the Duscar genocide, so when Dimitri saved him he became the only meaningful or positive thing left in his life, and he has few positive feelings towards the rest of Faerghus who participated in the genocide and now look down on any surviving Duscar people as untrustworthy.
untrustworthy. There are only two major exceptions to this: [[spoiler:he will leave Dimitri's service to marry a female Byleth on Azure Moon, viewing it as AnActOfTrueLove for her sake; and on Crimson Flower he goes behind Dimitri's back to give members of the Faerghus army Crest Stones to turn into Demonic Beasts, [[OneWingedAngel including himself]], because he sees it as the only way to defeat the Empire.]]
*** Catherine reveals in support conversations that she wouldn't hesitate to kill children if Rhea ordered her to. This also stems from a past incident, Rhea saved her life when she was critically wounded in battle. That said, she was and still is conflicted about having to hand over her best friend to be executed when he was found plotting an assassination. [[spoiler:This is shown in full on Crimson Flower when Rhea, [[AxCrazy now completely insane]], orders her to torch the city of Fhirdiad, condemning hundreds if not thousands of innocents who sheltered the Knights of Seiros, just to kill as many of the Empire's soldiers as they can before the end. Despite her misgivings, she still goes through with it.]]


* ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'': Jerome. In episode 5 he informs Kaibutsu how wrong the latter was to attack and flee from the humans that had been torturing him for 5 years because "it's a dog's duty to obey his master and endure any pain he should put you through." Oddly enough he then averts this at the beginning of episode 6 where he "tells" the humans about to land with a helicopter that he won't obey to their cruel ways anymore and that they should stay away, or he'll attack them the minute they set foot on the ground.
* In ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'' the Indian guards are loyal to the Raja and will not disobey any of his orders, even if they're visibly uncomfortable with them. Unfortunately, they haven't noticed that the Raja has been drugged into becoming someone else's puppet.



* In ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'', it turns out that [[spoiler:Faithful John]]'s master is working for the BigBad and, since his fable is all about loyalty, he has no choice but to be TheMole.
* Two Amazons in the widely reviled ''ComicBook/AmazonsAttack'' spent a lot of time discussing Hippolyta's insane actions and how they should stop her. They ended up doing nothing.

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* In ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'', it turns out that [[spoiler:Faithful John]]'s master is working for the BigBad and, since his fable is all about loyalty, he has no choice but to be TheMole.
* Two Amazons in the widely reviled ''ComicBook/AmazonsAttack'' spent a lot of time discussing Hippolyta's insane actions and how they should stop her. They ended up doing nothing.



* Seems to be the case with [[spoiler:Espio]] in the ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' comic. He's obediently followed orders ever since the Iron Queen took control of his clan, even though he doesn't seem to want to since he has to attack his former friends.

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* Seems to be In the case with [[spoiler:Espio]] in the ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' comic. He's ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' comics Spio's obediently followed orders ever since the Iron Queen took control of his clan, even though he doesn't seem to want to since he has to attack his former friends.



*** As we eventually find out, [[spoiler:while Espio's loyalty was still to his clan, his clan only served the Iron Dominion out of fear. When they eventually turned against the Dominion - a decision Espio himself helped the clan leader to reach - Espio was allowed to side with his friends once more]]. Notably, while he's shown to still be haunted by the guilt of his previous actions, his friends have forgiven him.

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*** ** As we eventually find out, [[spoiler:while Espio's loyalty was still to his clan, his clan only served the Iron Dominion out of fear. When they eventually turned against the Dominion - a decision Espio himself helped the clan leader to reach - Espio was allowed to side with his friends once more]]. Notably, while he's shown to still be haunted by the guilt of his previous actions, his friends have forgiven him.



* The [[ComicBook/XMen Shi'Ar Empire]] has had some real prizes on the Imperial Throne...[[AGodAmI D'Ken]], [[TheUnfavorite Deathbird]], and [[TheCaligula Vulcan]], among others. Through it all, Gladiator, Praetor of the Imperial Guard, remained loyal to whomever was in charge...[[HeelFaceTurn until he wasn't]]. This is something of a recurring theme in Shi'Ar storylines.
* This trope is the reason why Franchise/{{Batman}} never liked fighting his enemies' animal minions, since they're only as evil as their masters.
* Similar to Batman, there have been a couple of times where ThePunisher has said that he dislikes killing animals, because animals can't truly be guilty.

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* ''Franchise/XMen'': The [[ComicBook/XMen Shi'Ar Empire]] Empire has had some real prizes on the Imperial Throne...[[AGodAmI D'Ken]], [[TheUnfavorite Deathbird]], and [[TheCaligula Vulcan]], among others. Through it all, Gladiator, Praetor of the Imperial Guard, remained loyal to whomever was in charge...[[HeelFaceTurn until he wasn't]]. This is something of a recurring theme in Shi'Ar storylines.
* This trope is the reason why Franchise/{{Batman}} has never liked fighting his enemies' animal minions, since they're only as evil as their masters.
* Similar to Batman, there There have been a couple of times where ThePunisher ComicBook/ThePunisher has said that he dislikes killing animals, because animals can't truly be guilty.



* ''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk'' storyline ''ComicBook/PlanetHulk'' has Caiera. It's revealed in a flashback in ''Skaar: Son of Hulk'' that her obedience disk was removed when she was still a child; her oath to be the tyrannical Red King's shadow was all that bound her to his service.
* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' stories:
** In ''ComicBook/SupermanUnchained'', Wraith destroyed Nagasaki as a fake [[UsefulNotes/PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower Fat Man]] nuke despite his misgivings because he was told to do so.
** In ''ComicBook/WhoIsSuperwoman'', Alura In-Ze, leader of ''ComicBook/NewKrypton'', orders her daughter [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]] to apprehend Reactron, her husband's murderer, and bring him to her. Kara has many issues with the idea of getting someone illegally and forcefully extradited to a planet where everyone is out for his blood but she reluctantly agrees, unlike her friend Thara who is her mother's Chief of Security and quits in disgust because Alura wants revenge, not justice.



* In ''Fanfic/APrizeForThreeEmpires'', the [[Franchise/XMen Shi'ar Imperial Guard]] captures ComicBook/CarolDanvers in order to bring her to Deathbird. When Carol points out that Deathbird will get her killed her out of revenge, they reply Deathbird's presently the Queen and they're loyal to the Shi'ar's throne, regardless the morality of the ruler.



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* ''Animation/ArjunTheWarriorPrince'': Acharya Drona's compelled to protect his king Duryudhan even though he did so many atrocities. His indebted servitude to him and his unwavering commitment to fight for Hastinapur irrespective of who the ruler is and whether or not the cause was just.
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* [[BlackKnight Oswald]] in ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' pretty much admits that he does whatever his adopted father Melvin tells him to do because he DesperatelyCravesAffection and doesn't concern himself with whether or not it's morally or ethically right, save for a few brief moments such as when Brom (one of the few people in the Fairy Kingdom who treats him well and actually cares about his well-being) is being taken to the Netherworld unjustly. Once [[spoiler:a dying Melvin tells him to his face [[KickTheDog that he was just a tool for his ambitions]]]], only then does Oswald begin to decide for himself what he wants and the morality of his actions.



** Saber also had a case of this [[spoiler:back when she served under Kiritsugu in ''LightNovel/FateZero'']].

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** Saber also had a case of this [[spoiler:back when she served under Kiritsugu in ''LightNovel/FateZero'']].''LightNovel/FateZero'']], although this was TeethClenchedTeamwork ''at best'' due to their clashing ideologies [[spoiler:and in part due to [[MoralityPet Irisviel]]]].


* Vir to Londo in ''Series/BabylonFive'' .

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Vir to Cotto is deeply troubled with the decisions made by his boss, Ambassador Londo Molari, [[DealWithTheDevil with good reason]], but is extremely loyal nonetheless. He tends to be TheConscience for Londo, calling him out in ''Series/BabylonFive'' .private whenever he does something morally questionable (often) and from time to time convincing Londo to do the right thing (rarely). [[spoiler: He does find ways to undermine or atone for some of the Centauri Republic's more atrocious deeds when he thinks he can do it without Londo losing face.]]
** To a lesser degree, Lennier has this same thing going on with ''his'' boss, Ambassador Delenn, best summed up with one of his introductory lines: "Understanding is not required, only obedience." Lennier is implied to be far less idealistic than Delenn, and also devoted to protecting that same idealism, and ultimately the only thing to threaten his loyalty to her is, [[spoiler: ironically enough, his unrequited love for her and jealousy towards John Sheridan.]]


* An unintentional and [[TropesAreNotGood and terribly done]] example occurs in the much-maligned ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarePants'' episode "One Coarse Meal", where, after having spent the majority of the episode [[MoralEventHorizon terrifying Plankton to the point of driving him to suicide]], it seems like Mr. Krabs is finally going to get his comeuppance; but Spongebob intervenes to save him, letting him get off scot-free, despite how badly Spongebob himself is treated by Mr. Krabs.

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* An unintentional and [[TropesAreNotGood [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools and terribly done]] example occurs in the much-maligned ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarePants'' episode "One Coarse Meal", where, after having spent the majority of the episode [[MoralEventHorizon terrifying Plankton to the point of driving him to suicide]], it seems like Mr. Krabs is finally going to get his comeuppance; but Spongebob intervenes to save him, letting him get off scot-free, despite how badly Spongebob himself is treated by Mr. Krabs.

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* ''Series/TheUmbrellaAcademy2019'': Pogo was [[UpliftedAnimal uplifted]] and effectively given life by [[PosthumousCharacter Sir Reginald Hargreeves]], leaving Pogo feeling that [[IOweYouMyLife he owes literally everything to Hargreeves]]... so much so that he couldn’t even bring himself to stop Hargreeves’ [[AbusiveParents constant emotional abuse of his adoptive children]], despite clearly objecting to it. Tellingly, [[spoiler:even as Vanya [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope goes completely insane]] because of what Hargreeves did to her, Pogo ''still'' can't bring himself to act against or even criticize the man; all he can say is that Hargreeves had his reasons, which proves to be [[NotHelpingYourCase absolutely the wrong thing to say]] and causes Vanya to brutally kill him.]]


** Dedue in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'' would do ''anything'' Dimitri asked of him, no matter how heinous. This is explained by his backstory - everything and everyone he ever knew or loved were destroyed in the Duscar genocide, so when Dimitri saved him he became the only meaningful or positive thing left in his life, and he has few positive feelings towards the rest of Faerghus who participated in the genocide and now look down on any surviving Duscar people as untrustworthy.

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Dedue in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'' would do ''anything'' Dimitri asked of him, no matter how heinous. This is explained by his backstory - everything and everyone he ever knew or loved were destroyed in the Duscar genocide, so when Dimitri saved him he became the only meaningful or positive thing left in his life, and he has few positive feelings towards the rest of Faerghus who participated in the genocide and now look down on any surviving Duscar people as untrustworthy.untrustworthy.
*** Catherine reveals in support conversations that she wouldn't hesitate to kill children if Rhea ordered her to. This also stems from a past incident, Rhea saved her life when she was critically wounded in battle. That said, she was and still is conflicted about having to hand over her best friend to be executed when he was found plotting an assassination.


** Renamon from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' seems to hover somewhere between this trope and ExtremeDoormat in the early part of the series, while being treated as a soulless fighting machine by her Tamer. She kept a soldier-like nobility, and it's eventually revealed that ''Renamon'' chose ''Ruki'' and not the other way around. Both had to undergo CharacterDevelopment and learn there was more to life than becoming stronger, but it didn't happen to them at the same time or in the same way.

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** Renamon from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' seems to hover somewhere between is this trope and ExtremeDoormat in the early part of the series, while series. She kept a soldier-like nobility despite being treated as a soulless fighting machine by her Tamer. She kept a soldier-like nobility, Tamer, and it's eventually revealed that ''Renamon'' chose ''Ruki'' and not the other way around. Both had to undergo CharacterDevelopment and learn there was more to life than becoming stronger, but it didn't happen to them at the same time or in the same way.

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