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* According to BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil, good needs evil in order to be "good" and vice versa.

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* According to BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil, good needs evil in order to be "good" and vice versa.versa.

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* In ''Series/HogansHeroes'', the heroes frequently have to protect Klink, Schultz, or both from the Gestapo or SS to carry out their schemes.

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* In ''Series/HogansHeroes'', the heroes frequently have to protect Klink, Schultz, or both from the Gestapo or SS to carry out their schemes.SS; if Klink and Schultz were replaced by more competent guards, it'd mean the end of operations.


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[[AC:RealLife / ConspiracyTheories]]UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories]]


* On the FX show ''Series/{{Terriers}}'', Hank, an ex-cop and low-level P.I., [[FramingTheGuiltyParty Frames the Guilty Party]] in a murder and then tips off his ex-partner Gustafson (who's still a cop and was investigating the crime) about new evidence so he can arrest (and convict) the killer. Gustafson gets great notices for solving the murder, only for something else to unexpectedly go wrong, putting him, Hank, and the whole case in jeopardy. Not wanting to get himself involved, Gustafson tells Hank he has [[YouHave48Hours twenty four hours to fix it]]. If Hank can't, not only would he be investigated for (and charged with) planting evidence, he'll ruin his friend's career too, for being linked to a frame-up.

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* On the FX show ''Series/{{Terriers}}'', Hank, an ex-cop and low-level P.I., [[FramingTheGuiltyParty Frames the Guilty Party]] in a murder and then tips off his ex-partner Gustafson (who's still a cop and was investigating the crime) about new evidence so he can arrest (and convict) the killer. Gustafson gets great notices for solving the murder, only for something else to unexpectedly go wrong, putting him, Hank, and the whole case in jeopardy. Not wanting to get himself involved, Gustafson tells Hank he has [[YouHave48Hours [[RaceAgainstTheClock twenty four hours to fix it]]. If Hank can't, not only would he be investigated for (and charged with) planting evidence, he'll ruin his friend's career too, for being linked to a frame-up.


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* In ''InspectorGadget'', either M.A.D. or Gadget himself would capture or sideline Penny and Brain, who had to help Gadget despite their predicament or escape to save him.

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* In ''InspectorGadget'', ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'', either M.A.D. or Gadget himself would capture or sideline Penny and Brain, who had to help Gadget despite their predicament or escape to save him.


* In the Literature/{{Discworld}}'s Ankh-Morpork, Commander Vimes pursues the law without favor, annoys the rich and power, upsets the finely-balanced alliances of the city's politics and generally makes a nuisance of himself to Lord Vetinari by thumping through his court like a bull in a china shop. This is exactly where Vetinari likes having him around.

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* In the Literature/{{Discworld}}'s Ankh-Morpork, Commander Vimes pursues the law without favor, annoys the rich and power, upsets the finely-balanced alliances of the city's politics and generally makes a nuisance of himself to Lord Vetinari by thumping through his court like a bull in a china shop. This is exactly where why Vetinari likes having him around.


* One documentary claimed that during the revolutionary war George Washington had a trusted slave and several officers with him that he was willing to defy Congress to keep around.

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* One documentary claimed that that, during the revolutionary war Revolutionary War, George Washington had a trusted slave and several officers with him that he was willing to defy Congress to keep around.


* On the FX show ''Series/{{Terriers}}'', Hank, an ex-cop, and low-level P.I. Frames The Guilty Party (FramingTheGuiltyParty) in a murder and then tips off his ex-partner Gustafson (who's still a cop and was investigating the crime) about new evidence so he can arrest (and convict) the killer. Gustafson gets great notices for solving the murder, only for something else to unexpectedly go wrong, putting him, Hank, and the whole case in jeopardy. Noty wanting to get himself involved, Gustafson tells Hank he has twenty four hours to fix it (YouHave48Hours). If Hank can't, not only would he be investigated for (and charged with) planting evidence, he'll ruin his friend's career too, for being linked to a frame-up.

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* On the FX show ''Series/{{Terriers}}'', Hank, an ex-cop, ex-cop and low-level P.I. , [[FramingTheGuiltyParty Frames The the Guilty Party (FramingTheGuiltyParty) Party]] in a murder and then tips off his ex-partner Gustafson (who's still a cop and was investigating the crime) about new evidence so he can arrest (and convict) the killer. Gustafson gets great notices for solving the murder, only for something else to unexpectedly go wrong, putting him, Hank, and the whole case in jeopardy. Noty Not wanting to get himself involved, Gustafson tells Hank he has [[YouHave48Hours twenty four hours to fix it (YouHave48Hours).it]]. If Hank can't, not only would he be investigated for (and charged with) planting evidence, he'll ruin his friend's career too, for being linked to a frame-up.


* In ''HogansHeroes'', the heroes frequently have to protect Klink, Schultz, or both from the Gestapo or SS to carry out their schemes.
* On ''TheOffice'', almost everyone else is this for Michael Scott.

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* In ''HogansHeroes'', ''Series/HogansHeroes'', the heroes frequently have to protect Klink, Schultz, or both from the Gestapo or SS to carry out their schemes.
* On ''TheOffice'', ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', almost everyone else is this for Michael Scott.


* Author LenDeighton's NoNameGiven spy once remarks to someone that he's well known to be a loose cannon who the boss can barely keep under control. He mentions that this is his boss's protection, and the government's protection, as they can disown him if needed. Everyone's happy with this, he gets to do what he has to to get the job done and they can pretend to be [[Film/{{Casablanca}} Shocked, Shocked!]], if he gets in trouble.

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* Author LenDeighton's Creator/LenDeighton's NoNameGiven spy once remarks to someone that he's well known to be a loose cannon who the boss can barely keep under control. He mentions that this is his boss's protection, and the government's protection, as they can disown him if needed. Everyone's happy with this, he gets to do what he has to to get the job done and they can pretend to be [[Film/{{Casablanca}} Shocked, Shocked!]], if he gets in trouble.


* On the FX show ''Terriers'', Hank, an ex-cop, and low-level P.I. Frames The Guilty Party (FramingTheGuiltyParty) in a murder and then tips off his ex-partner Gustafson (who's still a cop and was investigating the crime) about new evidence so he can arrest (and convict) the killer. Gustafson gets great notices for solving the murder, only for something else to unexpectedly go wrong, putting him, Hank, and the whole case in jeopardy. Noty wanting to get himself involved, Gustafson tells Hank he has twenty four hours to fix it (YouHave48Hours). If Hank can't, not only would he be investigated for (and charged with) planting evidence, he'll ruin his friend's career too, for being linked to a frame-up.

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* On the FX show ''Terriers'', ''Series/{{Terriers}}'', Hank, an ex-cop, and low-level P.I. Frames The Guilty Party (FramingTheGuiltyParty) in a murder and then tips off his ex-partner Gustafson (who's still a cop and was investigating the crime) about new evidence so he can arrest (and convict) the killer. Gustafson gets great notices for solving the murder, only for something else to unexpectedly go wrong, putting him, Hank, and the whole case in jeopardy. Noty wanting to get himself involved, Gustafson tells Hank he has twenty four hours to fix it (YouHave48Hours). If Hank can't, not only would he be investigated for (and charged with) planting evidence, he'll ruin his friend's career too, for being linked to a frame-up.


* In at least some versions of the story, {{Superman}} uses Lois Lane to scout out the baddies and types her papers as Clark Kent in order to keep it that way.
* ''In TheDarkKnightReturns'', once Batman had retired, so did the Joker. [[spoiler: And once he comes out of retirement, The Joker follows suit.]]

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* In at least some versions of the story, {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} uses Lois Lane to scout out the baddies and types her papers as Clark Kent in order to keep it that way.
* ''In TheDarkKnightReturns'', Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', once Batman had retired, so did the Joker. [[spoiler: And once he comes out of retirement, The Joker follows suit.]]



* In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', [=WayneCo=] R&D Director Fox provides much of {{Batman}}'s gear, so Bruce Wayne has to keep him employed over the objections of the board.

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* In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', [=WayneCo=] R&D Director Fox provides much of {{Batman}}'s Franchise/{{Batman}}'s gear, so Bruce Wayne has to keep him employed over the objections of the board.


* ''In TheDarkKnightReturns'', once Batman had retired, so did the Joker.

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* ''In TheDarkKnightReturns'', once Batman had retired, so did the Joker. [[spoiler: And once he comes out of retirement, The Joker follows suit.]]


* Author LenDeighton's NoNameGiven spy once remarks to someone that he's well known to be a loose cannon who the boss can barely keep under control. He mentions that this is his boss's protection, and the government's protection, as they can disown him if needed. Everyone's happy with this, he gets to do what he has to to get the job done and they can pretend to be [[{{Casablanca}} Shocked, Shocked!]], if he gets in trouble.

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* Author LenDeighton's NoNameGiven spy once remarks to someone that he's well known to be a loose cannon who the boss can barely keep under control. He mentions that this is his boss's protection, and the government's protection, as they can disown him if needed. Everyone's happy with this, he gets to do what he has to to get the job done and they can pretend to be [[{{Casablanca}} [[Film/{{Casablanca}} Shocked, Shocked!]], if he gets in trouble.


* In ''BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Season 5, this ends up being the case between Buffy and the Watcher's Council. Buffy points out that she needs them to identify Glory but they need her or they're just a bunch of old guys in tweed waiting for her (well, actually, they're waiting for Faith) to die because without a Slayer they have no purpose. So the Council hires back Giles (and after his prompting, gives him all the pay he would have gotten since he got fired to that moment) and in return they tell her who Glory is (a hellgod).

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* In ''BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Season 5, this ends up being the case between Buffy and the Watcher's Council. Buffy points out that she needs them to identify Glory but they need her or they're just a bunch of old guys in tweed waiting for her (well, actually, they're waiting for Faith) to die because without a Slayer they have no purpose. So the Council hires back Giles (and after his prompting, gives him all the pay he would have gotten since he got fired to that moment) and in return they tell her who Glory is (a hellgod).

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