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Likely to overlap with YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters. If the revolution is against TheEmpire or other terrible government, examples of this trope may also be {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s. If the revolution is against TheGoodKing or if TheEmpire [[BlackandGrayMorality looks better by comparison]], then maybe HobbesWasRight (in which case LaResistance had better hope [[RightfulKingReturns no members of the royal family escaped]]).

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Likely to overlap with YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters. If the revolution is against TheEmpire or other terrible government, examples of this trope may also be {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s.Extremist}}s, though they tend to become {{Knight Templar}}s with time and, when their actions become consistently less excusable as they grow more dogmatic and radical, {{Tautological Templar}}s. If the revolution is against TheGoodKing or if TheEmpire [[BlackandGrayMorality looks better by comparison]], then maybe HobbesWasRight (in which case LaResistance had better hope [[RightfulKingReturns no members of the royal family escaped]]).


* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'' is set during the French Revolution, which as it turns out was actually instigated by the Templars in order to destroy the corrupt monarchy in order to re-establish their own authority.
** Their earlier game ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' makes it clear that the Revolution is essentially led by a group of wealthy white slaveowners who will attack native villages and displace them from their land.

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** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' makes it clear that the Revolution is essentially led by a group of wealthy white slaveowners who will attack native villages and displace them from their land.
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''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'' is set during the French Revolution, which as it turns out was actually instigated by the Templars in order to destroy the corrupt monarchy in order to re-establish their own authority.
** Their earlier game ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' makes it clear that the Revolution is essentially led by a group of wealthy white slaveowners who will attack native villages and displace them from their land.
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* ''ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}'' featured the royal family of Homeworld as good guys, displaced from their home by violent revolutionaries under the leadership of the ObviouslyEvil Baron Karza. Karza's rhetoric seems to involve a lot of class warfare elements, with him promising immortality to the commoners.

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* ''Fanfic/ByTheHandsOfThePeople'' is a two-shot where a rebel army kidnap Queen Elsa and her sister. They later execute a RulingFamilyMassacre on the two. The entire time, Elsa refuses to fight her own countrymen, so neither sister put up a resistance.


* The rebels in ''Proof Of Life'' most certainly count. After they stopped receiving foreign monetary aid for the revolution, the guerrillas turned to farming coca and kidnapping important foreigners to get ransoms. They also have little qualms about shooting civilians or police officers. Of course, they were DirtyCommunists to begin with, but by the time of the film have basically turned into normal criminals.

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* ''Film/NoGodNoMaster'': Luigi Galleani calls for massive bloodshed to bring down the system, which his followers carry out through bombings. Other anarchists such as Emma Goldman denounce this however.
* The rebels in ''Proof Of Life'' most certainly count. After they stopped receiving foreign monetary aid from the USSR for the revolution, the guerrillas turned to farming coca and kidnapping important foreigners to get ransoms. They also have little qualms about shooting civilians or police officers. Of course, they were DirtyCommunists to begin with, but by the time of the film have basically turned into normal criminals.


* ''Film/LandOfTheBlind'' is built around this trope.

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* ''Film/LandOfTheBlind'' Like many RealLife examples, they are no heroes themselves upon taking power. Even before taking power it is built around this trope.specifically mentioned that they bomb soft targets and impose "order" by force in lawless areas, collecting "taxes" by kneecapping people who refuse it, possibly referencing tactics of the IRA in Northern Ireland. After they're in power, of course, things go even more wrong.


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* A major story arc in the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' is [[OperationBlank The Whirlwind]], continent-wide rebellion in the culturally diverse Seven Cities. It is an affair of [[WarIsHell extreme brutality]] that is soon revealed to be an [[GambitPileup organizational clusterfuck]].
* Those LaResistance factions that actively oppose the government in the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers novel ''Prisoners of Power'' act like this. Or worse.



* In the vein of the Militant Godless, Camus' ''The Rebel''. Complete with atheist suicide bombers.

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* ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'', although POV is on TheEmpire side and [[spoiler:the revolution ultimately fails]] in the first book. Played more or less straight in the third book.
* In ''Literature/DarknessAtNoon'', Rubashov ironically recalls having advocated civil war and other extreme measures as the only way to win the Revolution, and that as a FullCircleRevolution its only consistency with past ideology is its denial of decency. Rubashov sees his nemesis Gletkin, who received none of his education in pre-revolutionary times, not as a betrayer of the Revolution but as its logical product, and calls him a "Neanderthal".
* In the vein ''[[Literature/TheDarkswordTrilogy Darksword]]'' trilogy, pretty much all of the Militant Godless, Camus' ''The Rebel''. Complete with atheist suicide bombers.revolutionaries are BlackMagic users who are just as evil as TheMagocracy they're rebelling against.



* The nasty-as-can-be French revolutionaries in Creator/CharlesDickens's ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'' written under the aegis of counter-revolutionary doctrines like Edmund Burke's Reflections and Thomas Carlyle's history of the Revolution, still it's definitely true to the events.
* In the ''[[Literature/TheDarkswordTrilogy Darksword]]'' trilogy, pretty much all of the revolutionaries are BlackMagic users who are just as evil as TheMagocracy they're rebelling against.
* In the third book of ''Literature/DreadEmpiresFall'', guerrilla leader Sula leads a brutal resistance against the aliens, complete with car bombings, assassinations, and purposefully goading the government into executing innocent hostages. While she doesn't purposefully murder schoolchildren, she considers it their own fault if they wandered too close to her bombs. "Human warmth is not my specialization".
* The theme of The Resistance Trilogy by Clive Egleton, set in a [[AlternateHistory Soviet-occupied Britain]]. Innocent bystanders get killed and those at the sharp end find themselves manipulated, or even targeted for killing, by their superiors. In the final novel the Soviets are pulling out of Britain due to war with China. This should be a time of victory, but instead the 'moderate' wing of LaResistance forms an alliance with TheQuisling government to destroy their hardline members (including the protagonist). The novels end on a former Resistance member, now Minister of the Interior, announcing new anti-terrorist measures to counter 'subversion'.

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* The nasty-as-can-be French revolutionaries in Creator/CharlesDickens's ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'' written under the aegis of counter-revolutionary doctrines like Edmund Burke's Reflections and Thomas Carlyle's history of the Revolution, still it's definitely true to the events.
* In the ''[[Literature/TheDarkswordTrilogy Darksword]]'' trilogy, pretty much all of the revolutionaries are BlackMagic users who are just as evil as TheMagocracy they're rebelling against.
* In the third book of ''Literature/DreadEmpiresFall'', guerrilla leader Sula leads a brutal resistance against the aliens, complete with car bombings, assassinations, and purposefully goading the government into executing innocent hostages. While she doesn't purposefully murder schoolchildren, she considers it their own fault if they wandered too close to her bombs. "Human warmth is not my specialization".
* The theme of The Resistance Trilogy by Clive Egleton, set in a [[AlternateHistory Soviet-occupied Britain]]. Innocent bystanders get killed and those at the sharp end find themselves manipulated, or even targeted for killing, by their superiors. In the final novel the Soviets are pulling out of Britain due to war with China. This should be a time of victory, but instead the 'moderate' wing of LaResistance forms an alliance with TheQuisling government to destroy their hardline members (including the protagonist). The novels end on a former Resistance member, now Minister of the Interior, announcing new anti-terrorist measures to counter 'subversion'.
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* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' features the Committee of Public Safety led by Rob S. Pierre. Rather similar to their primary [[WatsonianVersusDoylist Doylist]] inspiration, the original [[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution Committee of Public Safety]] under [[{{Expy}} Robespierre]], it begins its reign with a [[ThePurge massive purge]] of the fighting arm of the fleet and political figures with actual or potential ties to the previous regime. This serves in cementing their power base by undercutting the primary lines of opposition, but at a tremendous cost in blood. They then went one step further beyond that and established not only [[ThePoliticalOfficer a separate branch of political commissars]] to ensure the loyalty of the People's Navy, but also a [[YouHaveFailedMe policy of shooting any commanders who lose]].



* ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'', although POV is on TheEmpire side and [[spoiler:revolution ultimately fails]] in the first book. Played more or less straight in the third book.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' features the Committee of Public Safety led by Rob S. Pierre. Rather similar to their primary [[WatsonianVersusDoylist Doylist]] inspiration, the original [[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution Committee of Public Safety]] under [[{{Expy}} Robespierre]], it begins its reign with a [[ThePurge massive purge]] of the fighting arm of the fleet and political figures with actual or potential ties to the previous regime. This serves in cementing their power base by undercutting the primary lines of opposition, but at a tremendous cost in blood. They then went one step further beyond that and established not only [[ThePoliticalOfficer a separate branch of political commissars]] to ensure the loyalty of the People's Navy, but also a [[YouHaveFailedMe policy of shooting any commanders who lose]].
* In Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', Jumdar characterizes the Loyalists as this, neglecting to note they were the legitimate government fighting a coup.
** In ''On the Razor's Edge'', Gidula tells Donovan that as Padaborn, his rebellion had killed many innocents who had just gone to their jobs early.
* In ''Literature/DarknessAtNoon'', Rubashov ironically recalls having advocated civil war and other extreme measures as the only way to win the Revolution, and that as a FullCircleRevolution its only consistency with past ideology is its denial of decency. Rubashov sees his nemesis Gletkin, who received none of his education in pre-revolutionary times, not as a betrayer of the Revolution but as its logical product, and calls him a "Neanderthal."

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* ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'', although POV is on TheEmpire side and [[spoiler:revolution ultimately fails]] A major story arc in the first book. Played more or less straight in the third book.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' features the Committee of Public Safety led by Rob S. Pierre. Rather similar to their primary [[WatsonianVersusDoylist Doylist]] inspiration, the original [[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution Committee of Public Safety]] under [[{{Expy}} Robespierre]], it begins its reign with a [[ThePurge massive purge]] of the fighting arm of the fleet and political figures with actual or potential ties to the previous regime. This serves in cementing their power base by undercutting the primary lines of opposition, but at a tremendous cost in blood. They then went one step further beyond that and established not only [[ThePoliticalOfficer a separate branch of political commissars]] to ensure the loyalty of the People's Navy, but also a [[YouHaveFailedMe policy of shooting any commanders who lose]].
* In Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm
''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' is [[OperationBlank The January Dancer]]'', Jumdar characterizes the Loyalists as this, neglecting to note they were the legitimate government fighting a coup.
** In ''On the Razor's Edge'', Gidula tells Donovan that as Padaborn, his
Whirlwind]], continent-wide rebellion had killed many innocents who had just gone to their jobs early.
* In ''Literature/DarknessAtNoon'', Rubashov ironically recalls having advocated civil war and other
in the culturally diverse Seven Cities. It is an affair of [[WarIsHell extreme measures as the only way to win the Revolution, and brutality]] that as a FullCircleRevolution its only consistency with past ideology is its denial of decency. Rubashov sees his nemesis Gletkin, who received none of his education in pre-revolutionary times, not as a betrayer of the Revolution but as its logical product, and calls him a "Neanderthal."soon revealed to be an [[GambitPileup organizational clusterfuck]].



* In ''[[Literature/TheShatteredKingdoms Blood's Pride]]'', Faroth and his revolutionaries don't pay much attention to nuance, and just want to kill all the Norlanders without regard to the fact that some of them are sympathetic (and also without regard to the fact that some innocent Shadari die too). Faroth also treats the revolution as if it were his personal property, and won't let anyone else have a leadership role. One character explicitly describes Faroth's group as more like a gang rather than the band of good people she'd hoped for.
* The rebellion in Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness. While the native Raka people have clearly suffered for centuries under terrible oppression, and the current monarchy is clearly corrupt, the rebellion has to do some very moral grey things to usurp them (including the murder of innocent children). The main character spends much of her time ensuring that it won't be more of a blood bath than it needs to.

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* Those LaResistance factions that actively oppose the government in the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers novel ''Prisoners of Power'' act like this. Or worse.
* In ''[[Literature/TheShatteredKingdoms Blood's Pride]]'', the vein of the Militant Godless, Camus' ''The Rebel''. Complete with atheist suicide bombers.
* The theme of ''The Resistance Trilogy'' by Clive Egleton, set in a [[AlternateHistory Soviet-occupied Britain]]. Innocent bystanders get killed and those at the sharp end find themselves manipulated, or even targeted for killing, by their superiors. In the final novel the Soviets are pulling out of Britain due to war with China. This should be a time of victory, but instead the 'moderate' wing of LaResistance forms an alliance with TheQuisling government to destroy their hardline members (including the protagonist). The novels end on a former Resistance member, now Minister of the Interior, announcing new anti-terrorist measures to counter 'subversion'.
* ''Literature/TheShatteredKingdoms'': In ''Blood's Pride'',
Faroth and his revolutionaries don't pay much attention to nuance, and just want to kill all the Norlanders without regard to the fact that some of them are sympathetic (and also without regard to the fact that some innocent Shadari die too). Faroth also treats the revolution as if it were his personal property, and won't let anyone else have a leadership role. One character explicitly describes Faroth's group as more like a gang rather than the band of good people she'd hoped for.
* Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''Literature/SpiralArm'': In ''The January Dancer'', Jumdar characterizes the Loyalists as this, neglecting to note they were the legitimate government fighting a coup.
** In ''On the Razor's Edge'', Gidula tells Donovan that as Padaborn, his rebellion had killed many innocents who had just gone to their jobs early.
* The nasty-as-can-be French revolutionaries in Creator/CharlesDickens's ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'' written under the aegis of counter-revolutionary doctrines like Edmund Burke's Reflections and Thomas Carlyle's history of the Revolution, still it's definitely true to the events.
* ''Literature/TortallUniverse'':
The rebellion in Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness. ''Literature/TrickstersDuet''. While the native Raka people have clearly suffered for centuries under terrible oppression, and the current monarchy is clearly corrupt, the rebellion has to do some very moral morally grey things to usurp them (including the murder of innocent children). The main character spends much of her time ensuring that it won't be more of a blood bath than it needs to.



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* ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'': The Resistance members on both sides of the occupied America are shown being quite willing to use brutal measures in their fight against the German or Japanese occupiers. George Dixon is about to expose Thomas Smith's illness as a weapon against John Smith, his father [[spoiler: when Joanna kills him]], even knowing it would result in Thomas's death by involuntary "euthanasia" for instance.


* The [[Characters/XMenBrotherhoodOfMutants Brotherhood of Mutants]] from the ''Franchise/XMen'' comics are an example of a revolutionary group of this type that never seems to get very far with their revolution. The few times they ''have'' seized a measure of control, such as when Magneto took over the nation of San Marco in the 60s of when he (later retconned into an impostor of him) briefly seized control of New York during the "Planet X" story, out came the [[PuttingOnTheReich M-armband wearing stormtroopers]] and guillotines and, in the latter story, even ''[[UpToEleven crematoriums]]''.

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* The [[Characters/XMenBrotherhoodOfMutants Brotherhood of Mutants]] from the ''Franchise/XMen'' comics are an example of a revolutionary group of this type that never seems to get very far with their revolution. The few times they ''have'' seized a measure of control, such as when Magneto took over the nation of San Marco in the 60s of or when he (later retconned into an impostor of him) briefly seized control of New York during the "Planet X" story, out came the [[PuttingOnTheReich M-armband wearing stormtroopers]] and guillotines and, in the latter story, even ''[[UpToEleven crematoriums]]''.



* The rebels in ''Proof Of Life'' most certainly count. After they stopped receiving foreign monetary aid for the revolution, the guerrillas turned into farming coca and kidnapping important foreigners to get ransoms. They also have little qualms about shooting civilians or police officers. Of course, they were DirtyCommunists to begin with, but the time of the film have basically turned into normal criminals.

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* The rebels in ''Proof Of Life'' most certainly count. After they stopped receiving foreign monetary aid for the revolution, the guerrillas turned into to farming coca and kidnapping important foreigners to get ransoms. They also have little qualms about shooting civilians or police officers. Of course, they were DirtyCommunists to begin with, but by the time of the film have basically turned into normal criminals.


* ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse'': The anti-war group Lucy is in turns violent after the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_University_protests_of_1968Columbia University occupation]] gets shut down. She walks in on them building pipe bombs, and says sorrowfully that she thought it was the government who used them. Later they [[HoistByHisOwnPetard accidentally blow themselves up]].

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* ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse'': The anti-war group Lucy is in turns violent after the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_University_protests_of_1968Columbia org/wiki/Columbia_University_protests_of_1968 Columbia University occupation]] gets shut down. She walks in on them building pipe bombs, and says sorrowfully that she thought it was the government who used them. Later they [[HoistByHisOwnPetard accidentally blow themselves up]].


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* The rebels in ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' come off as being just as violent and stupid as the government they’re rebelling against; their “strategy” amounts to blowing up seemingly random locations (killing lots of innocent bystanders) and does absolutely nothing to disrupt the system in any meaningful way. [[spoiler:It’s heavily implied towards the end that they don’t even actually exist; all those explosions were probably just the result of malfunctions, with Central Services making up or exaggerating stories about terrorists to hide their criminal incompetence.]]


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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': While Rose Quartz’s rebellion is portrayed sympathetically, the show makes no bones about the fact that they killed many of their fellow gems and caused a fair amount of destruction, both directly and indirectly. They could’ve been far worse though; [[spoiler:Bismuth wanted to go the extra mile by [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope massacring the Diamonds and anybody who stood with them]]. Rose Quartz (who was, in secret, a Diamond herself) [[ShootTheDog bubbled her and covered up her fate]] expressly to prevent the rebellion from going down this path.]]


* ''Film/{{Reds}}'': {{Discussed}} with regards to UsefulNotes/RedOctober. Emma Goldman feels the Bolsheviks have become so murderous that they are no longer worth supporting. John Reed responds by accusing Goldman of having an unrealistically idealized view of revolution, that revolution requires terror and blood.[[note]]In reality Goldman also felt violence would likely be necessary sometimes, but she rejected the Bolsheviks' methods/goals, denouncing them in a two-part book after going to Russia.[[/note]]

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* ''Film/{{Reds}}'': {{Discussed}} with regards to UsefulNotes/RedOctober. Emma Goldman feels the Bolsheviks have become so murderous that they are no longer worth supporting. John Reed responds by accusing Goldman of having an unrealistically idealized view of revolution, that revolution requires terror and blood.[[note]]In reality Goldman also felt violence would likely be necessary sometimes, but she rejected the Bolsheviks' methods/goals, denouncing them in a two-part book once she'd seen things for herself after going being deported to Russia.[[/note]]


* ''Series/BlackSails'', especially the last 2 seasons. Captain Flint's reasoning is basically: if you're trying to fight a David vs. Goliath One Man War against a slavery-supporting, sexist, [[spoiler:and viciously homophobic]] Empire, you better be prepared to [[DisproportionateRetribution kill some innocent people]] so that your enemy will be scared enough of you to think twice about hanging your supporters. Some of the freed slaves also get very brutal in revenging themselves on their former masters - including their wives and children.



* ''{{Series/Colony}}'': The Resistance is shown to use quite brutal tactics in their fight against the collaborationist CTA government, and one member, Quayle, openly argues against being merciful. Later Red Hand is shown to use even more ruthless ones, attacking civilians who collaborate with the occupation and making use of suicide bombings.



* ''Series/SovietStormWorldWarIIInTheEast'' has the Soviet partisan movement in the German-occupied territories. Their methods include causing as much wanton destruction to German infrastructure and materiel as possible. On the side, they also execute collaborators and Nazi sympathizers, often brutally.



* ''Series/UnsereMuetterUnsereVaeter'': In this German drama, between the [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Germans]], [[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets Soviets]], and [[LaResistance Polish Resistance]], the latter are usually the best of a bad lot, but are not above a bit of pillage or antisemitism. This is exemplified when they ambush a train bound for Auschwitz and loot it for weapons, but are prepared to leave the prisoners in the cattle cars to their fate. These depictions caused protest by Poles.[[note]]In reality, though antisemitism indeed was common among Poles, many rescued Jews nonetheless, Home Army members included, more than any other nation in fact. Over 6,000 individuals have been recognized as having done so. It's estimated that thousands of Poles were executed for this by the Nazi German regime.[[/note]]
* ''Series/SovietStormWorldWarIIInTheEast'' has the Soviet partisan movement in the German-occupied territories. Their methods include causing as much wanton destruction to German infrastructure and materiel as possible. On the side, they also execute collaborators and Nazi sympathizers, often brutally.
* ''[[Series/{{V 1983}} V: The Miniseries]]'': The Resistance used biological warfare against the enemy. Given that most Visitors lived in sealed starships and thus had the option of simply leaving unharmed, it's not quite as nasty as it sounds.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E02DevilMayCare "Devil May Care" (S09, Ep02)]], Abaddon makes clear that her attempt to overthrow Crowley as the King of Hell is going to be vicious.
* ''{{Series/Colony}}'': The Resistance is shown to use quite brutal tactics in their fight against the collaborationist CTA government, and one member, Quayle, openly argues against being merciful. Later Red Hand is shown to use even more ruthless ones, attacking civilians who collaborate with the occupation and making use of suicide bombings.
* ''Series/BlackSails'', especially the last 2 seasons. Captain Flint's reasoning is basically: if you're trying to fight a David vs. Goliath One Man War against a slavery-supporting, sexist, [[spoiler:and viciously homophobic]] Empire, you better be prepared to [[DisproportionateRetribution kill some innocent people]] so that your enemy will be scared enough of you to think twice about hanging your supporters. Some of the freed slaves also get very brutal in revenging themselves on their former masters - including their wives and children.

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* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E02DevilMayCare "Devil May Care" (S09, Ep02)]], Abaddon makes clear that her attempt to overthrow Crowley as the King of Hell is going to be vicious.
* ''Series/UnsereMuetterUnsereVaeter'': In this German drama, between the [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Germans]], [[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets Soviets]], and [[LaResistance Polish Resistance]], the latter are usually the best of a bad lot, but are not above a bit of pillage or antisemitism. This is exemplified when they ambush a train bound for Auschwitz and loot it for weapons, but are prepared to leave the prisoners in the cattle cars to their fate. These depictions caused protest by Poles.[[note]]In reality, though antisemitism indeed was common among Poles, many rescued Jews nonetheless, Home Army members included, more than any other nation in fact. Over 6,000 individuals have been recognized as having done so. It's estimated that thousands of Poles were executed for this by the Nazi German regime.[[/note]]
* ''Series/SovietStormWorldWarIIInTheEast'' has the Soviet partisan movement in the German-occupied territories. Their methods include causing as much wanton destruction to German infrastructure and materiel as possible. On the side, they also execute collaborators and Nazi sympathizers, often brutally.
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* ''[[Series/{{V 1983}} V: The Miniseries]]'': The Resistance used biological warfare against the enemy. Given that most Visitors lived in sealed starships and thus had the option of simply leaving unharmed, it's not quite as nasty as it sounds.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E02DevilMayCare "Devil May Care" (S09, Ep02)]], Abaddon makes clear that her attempt to overthrow Crowley as the King of Hell is going to be vicious.
* ''{{Series/Colony}}'': The Resistance is shown to use quite brutal tactics in their fight against the collaborationist CTA government, and one member, Quayle, openly argues against being merciful. Later Red Hand is shown to use even more ruthless ones, attacking civilians who collaborate with the occupation and making use of suicide bombings.
* ''Series/BlackSails'', especially the last 2 seasons. Captain Flint's reasoning is basically: if you're trying to fight a David vs. Goliath One Man War against a slavery-supporting, sexist, [[spoiler:and viciously homophobic]] Empire, you better be prepared to [[DisproportionateRetribution kill some innocent people]] so that your enemy will be scared enough of you to think twice about hanging your supporters. Some of the freed slaves also get very brutal in revenging themselves on their former masters - including their wives and children.
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