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* In ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven2016'', this is implied to be the basis of the OddFriendship between Goodnight Robicheaux (a former Confederate soldier) and Billy Rocks (an Asian immigrant who ran afoul of the law). Robicheaux, who originally sought Billy out to serve a warrant on him, found him kicking the crap out of a bar full of racists in Texas; he was so impressed that he recruited Billy as a traveling partner instead. By the time of the movie's events they've developed a mutual UndyingLoyalty.


** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', if your friendship with Sera is strong enough, she eventually reveals that this is her backstory. She was arrested for stealing as an orphaned child in Denerim, but the wealthy and childless Lady Emmauld offered to adopt her instead. In a subversion, Sera has no love for the woman (who has since died), though she's marginally grateful to her for the decent upbringing she provided; she's much more loyal to the Friends of Red Jenny, the odd vigilante network to which she has belonged for most of her life.


* The entire postgame sidequest featuring Looker in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' revolves around this trope with Emma, who was living as an orphan in the streets of Lumoise City. At the end of the storyline [[spoiler: [[ButNowIMustGo Looker has to move on]], but purchases the agency building for her to live in and lets her keep the expansion suit so she can fight crime as Essentia.]]
* Happens to a lot of Gray Wardens in ''Franchise/DragonAge''. Depending on the Origin you choose in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', this could be how your character ends up in the Wardens, with backstories involving everything from a life of crime and poverty to being exiled for a crime they didn't commit to being orphaned.

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* The entire postgame post-game sidequest featuring Looker in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' revolves around this trope with Emma, who was living as an orphan in the streets of Lumoise City. At the end of the storyline [[spoiler: [[ButNowIMustGo Looker has to move on]], but purchases the agency building for her to live in and lets her keep the expansion suit so she can fight crime as Essentia.]]
* Happens to a lot of Gray Grey Wardens in ''Franchise/DragonAge''. It's not uncommon for a Warden to have been rescued from prison, the hangman's noose, or other punishment.
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Depending on the Origin you choose in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', this could be how your character ends up in the Wardens, with backstories involving everything from a life of crime and poverty to being exiled for a crime they didn't commit to being orphaned.orphaned. This is also stated to be the case for Daveth, one of your fellow recruits, who was about to be hanged as a thief when Duncan intervened.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', if your friendship with Sera is strong enough, she eventually reveals that this is her backstory. She was arrested for stealing as an orphaned child in Denerim, but the wealthy and childless Lady Emmauld offered to adopt her instead. In a subversion, Sera has no love for the woman (who has since died), though she's marginally grateful to her for the decent upbringing she provided; she's much more loyal to the Friends of Red Jenny, the odd vigilante network to which she has belonged for most of her life.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'', Abe was a thief and a murderer before Parnell recruited him. As a result, Abe was driven to live up to the person Parnell believed he could be. Their friendship was strong enough that even after they were driven apart for years Abe returned the moment Parnell asked him.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'', Abe was a thief and a murderer before Parnell recruited him. As a result, Abe was driven to live up to the person Parnell believed he could be. Their friendship was strong enough that even after they were driven apart for years years, Abe returned the moment Parnell asked him.


* ''LightNovel/Overlord2012'': Princess Renner saved Climb from a short, worthless life of abstract poverty with no one caring about him, and raised him up to be her [[LadyAndKnight personal knight]], with near-nobility status. Because of this, Climb is [[BodyguardCrush in love with]] and [[UndyingLoyalty utterly loyal]] to her. [[spoiler: For her part, [[TheSociopath Renner]] just sees him as a loyal "puppy", being enamored by the look of love in his eyes.]]



* In ''FanFic/Zero2ARevision'', all 70 members of the Order which includes Gennai, the only survivor were previously in a perpetual state of poverty, homelessness, and poor so when the Guardian Beast offers them a passage to the Digital World to safeguard them from mankind's interference, they all willingly accepted, imbuing them with special powers in the process.

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* In ''FanFic/Zero2ARevision'', all 70 members of the Order Order, which includes Gennai, the only survivor survivor, were previously in a perpetual state of poverty, poverty and homelessness, and poor so when the Guardian Beast offers them a passage to the Digital World to safeguard them from mankind's interference, they all willingly accepted, imbuing them with special powers in the process.


** Shiliew is bored to death with Impel Down prison and, when the Blackbeard Pirates broke in, he asked them to join their crew, and they let him in.

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** Shiliew Shiryu is bored to death with Impel Down prison and, when the Blackbeard Pirates broke in, he asked them to join their crew, and they let him in.


** Qyburn gives this as the reason he is loyal to Queen Cersei.

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** Qyburn gives this as the reason he is loyal to Queen Cersei. She saved him from dying penniless on the streets after the Citadel kicked him out for practicing MadScience, became his patron, gave him [[ForScience the freedom to continue his studies]] and rewarded his loyalty by making him Hand of the Queen, an office he could never have dreamt of holding.


* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Former smuggler Davos Seaworth remains loyal to Stannis Baratheon because Stannis knighted him for smuggling lifesaving rations when he was ReducedToRatBurgers during TheSiege of Storm's End. He even respects Stannis' decision to shorten four fingers as punishment for his past smuggling.

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Former smuggler Davos Seaworth remains loyal to Stannis Baratheon because Stannis knighted him for smuggling lifesaving rations when he was ReducedToRatBurgers during TheSiege of Storm's End. He even respects Stannis' decision to shorten four fingers as punishment for his past smuggling.smuggling.
** Qyburn gives this as the reason he is loyal to Queen Cersei.

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** Cordelia passes this on to her son Miles, as well, who proceeds to use this magnetic charisma to recruit literal legions into his insane schemes. Arde Mayhew is emblematic of this ability, in part because mother and son both recruit him, coincidentally, twenty years apart. When Cordelia did it, he was a pilot involved in some shady business; when Miles does, he is a washed up pilot holding his own ship hostage because its been sold for scrap.

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* [[MentorMascot Kyubey]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' sometimes recruits {{Magical Girl}}s this way. Most notably, [[spoiler:Kyoko was living a life of poverty along with her family because of her priest fatherís unpopularity, and Kyubey allowed her to MakeAWish that her father would finally be listened to by the people, in exchange for becoming a Puella Magi. [[JackassGenie Unfortunately]], she unwittingly put them under mind control, and her father killed the family and himself after [[GoMadFromTheRevealtion realizing]] his daughter effectively made a DealWithTheDevil]].


This trope is about characters who work for or with someone who (and often because they) saved them from a life of crime, poverty or another situation with bleak prospects. With heroic (or neutral) characters, this reinforces how close the two of them are. With villains, it serves to establish a VillainousFriendship or to explain why the MookLieutenant or TheDragon is so loyal despite working for a BadBoss (or demonstrate that the villain isn't - [[FaceHeelTurn or wasn't]] - so bad).

The trope can also be treated more cynically (especially with villains). The sponsor [[BadSamaritan might have an ulterior motive]], or simply be extremely patronising and insincere; possibly even abusive (or both if the sponsor is helping because [[MustMakeAmends they feel they owe them]]). A particularly nasty villain might even recruit their {{mook}}s this way (with the implication they're preying on the vulnerable). Heroes should be aware that the rescued character might be [[StockholmSyndrome loyal enough]] to end up AvengingTheVillain. Conversely, the rescued character might be a TokenEvilTeammate or PoisonousFriend, thanks to the habits from their old life, in which case their reformation will factor into their CharacterDevelopment (especially if they were recruited by TheMessiah).

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This trope is about characters who work for or with someone who (and often because they) saved them from a life of crime, poverty or another situation with bleak prospects. With heroic (or neutral) characters, this reinforces how close the two of them are. With villains, it serves to establish a VillainousFriendship or to explain why the MookLieutenant or TheDragon is so loyal despite working for a BadBoss (or demonstrate that the villain isn't - [[FaceHeelTurn or wasn't]] - so bad).

bad). An ArmyOfThievesAndWhores is usually full of such recruits.

The trope can also be treated more cynically (especially with villains). The sponsor [[BadSamaritan might have an ulterior motive]], or simply be extremely patronising and insincere; possibly even abusive (or both if the sponsor is helping because [[MustMakeAmends they feel they owe them]]). A particularly nasty villain might even recruit their {{mook}}s this way (with the implication they're preying on the vulnerable). Heroes should be aware that the rescued character might be [[StockholmSyndrome loyal enough]] to end up AvengingTheVillain. Conversely, the rescued character might be a TokenEvilTeammate or PoisonousFriend, thanks to the habits from their old life, in which case their reformation will factor into their CharacterDevelopment (especially if they were recruited by TheMessiah).
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See also ArmyOfThievesAndWhores. Compare ChangelingFantasy, BetterLivingThroughEvil, DefeatMeansFriendship (if the character in question was antagonistic at first), MyMasterRightOrWrong (if this is the reason a good character is in league with a villain), BecauseYouWereNiceToMe, SatisfiedStreetRat and TheOneWhoMadeItOut. If an entire team's formed this way, you'll have a RagtagBunchOfMisfits. Contrast BoxedCrook (whose employment is their punishment). For characters who were rescued from more acute danger see IOweYouMyLife and/or RecruitmentByRescue.

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See also ArmyOfThievesAndWhores. Compare ChangelingFantasy, BetterLivingThroughEvil, DefeatMeansFriendship (if the character in question was antagonistic at first), MyMasterRightOrWrong (if this is the reason a good character is in league with a villain), BecauseYouWereNiceToMe, SatisfiedStreetRat and TheOneWhoMadeItOut. If an entire team's formed this way, you'll have a RagtagBunchOfMisfits. Contrast BoxedCrook (whose employment is their punishment). For characters who were rescued from more acute danger see IOweYouMyLife and/or RecruitmentByRescue.


* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', the Master Assassin Ezio Auditore decides to train new recruits to expand the Assassin Brotherhood of Rome and fight the Borgias. To do so, he rescues poor people who are persecuted by the soldiers of the Borgias and takes them in.


Compare; ChangelingFantasy, BetterLivingThroughEvil, DefeatMeansFriendship (if the character in question was antagonistic at first), MyMasterRightOrWrong (if this is the reason a good character is in league with a villain), BecauseYouWereNiceToMe, SatisfiedStreetRat and TheOneWhoMadeItOut. If an entire team's formed this way, you'll have a RagtagBunchOfMisfits. Contrast BoxedCrook (whose employment is their punishment). For characters who were rescued from more acute danger see IOweYouMyLife and/or RecruitmentByRescue.

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Compare; See also ArmyOfThievesAndWhores. Compare ChangelingFantasy, BetterLivingThroughEvil, DefeatMeansFriendship (if the character in question was antagonistic at first), MyMasterRightOrWrong (if this is the reason a good character is in league with a villain), BecauseYouWereNiceToMe, SatisfiedStreetRat and TheOneWhoMadeItOut. If an entire team's formed this way, you'll have a RagtagBunchOfMisfits. Contrast BoxedCrook (whose employment is their punishment). For characters who were rescued from more acute danger see IOweYouMyLife and/or RecruitmentByRescue.
RecruitmentByRescue.



* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', the Master Assassin Ezio Auditore decides to train new recruits to expand the Assassin Brotherhood of Rome and fight the Borgias. To do so, he rescues poor people who are persecuted by the soldiers of the Borgias.

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* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', the Master Assassin Ezio Auditore decides to train new recruits to expand the Assassin Brotherhood of Rome and fight the Borgias. To do so, he rescues poor people who are persecuted by the soldiers of the Borgias.Borgias and takes them in.

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* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', the Master Assassin Ezio Auditore decides to train new recruits to expand the Assassin Brotherhood of Rome and fight the Borgias. To do so, he rescues poor people who are persecuted by the soldiers of the Borgias.


* In the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series:

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* ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' shows Oscar's backstory, where Inspector Zenigata rescued him from the gutters. Afterwards, Oscar became [[UnderStatement very dedicated]] to helping him.

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* ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' shows Oscar's backstory, where Inspector Zenigata rescued him from the gutters. Afterwards, Oscar became [[UnderStatement very dedicated]] dedicated to helping him.

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