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* ''Film/TheCrow'': Top Dollar's crime syndicate regularly engages in arson around Detroit and has the citizens living in those buildings robbed, brutalized, and murdered on a regular basis. At a conference, he suggests that he and his fellow gangsters should just forget about actually profiting from their crimes and instead burn the entire city to the ground [[ForTheEvulz for shits and giggles]].


* In Hong Kong, [[https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-22/hong-kong-pro-democracy-protesters-beaten-by-masked-groups/11330066 there were]] [[https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49071502 many instances]] of alleged [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triad Gangs]] attacking pro-democracy protesters. Plus, the alleged gangs themselves were wearing white clothing (which shows support for the police and pro-China views).


* In Hong Kong, [[https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-22/hong-kong-pro-democracy-protesters-beaten-by-masked-groups/11330066 there were]] [[https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49071502 many instances]] of alleged [[TriadsAndTheTongs Triad Gangs]] attacking pro-democracy protesters. Plus, the alleged gangs themselves were wearing white clothing (which shows support for the police and pro-China views).

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* In Hong Kong, [[https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-22/hong-kong-pro-democracy-protesters-beaten-by-masked-groups/11330066 there were]] [[https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49071502 many instances]] of alleged [[TriadsAndTheTongs [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triad Gangs]] attacking pro-democracy protesters. Plus, the alleged gangs themselves were wearing white clothing (which shows support for the police and pro-China views).

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* In Hong Kong, [[https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-22/hong-kong-pro-democracy-protesters-beaten-by-masked-groups/11330066 there were]] [[https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49071502 many instances]] of alleged [[TriadsAndTheTongs Triad Gangs]] attacking pro-democracy protesters. Plus, the alleged gangs themselves were wearing white clothing (which shows support for the police and pro-China views).


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* Many [[TheCartel drug cartels]] act like this, being responsible for numerous killings, kidnappings and trafficking of civilians, mainly Mexican civilians, though foreigners and government agents (both from Mexico and USA) can suffer this fate as well. They also have experience in the [[MadeASlave slave trade]], which involves the kidnapping of women and children to be sold by other crime syndicates with questionable ethics.

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* Many [[TheCartel drug cartels]] act like this, being responsible for numerous killings, kidnappings kidnappings, and trafficking of civilians, mainly Mexican civilians, though foreigners and government agents (both from Mexico and USA) can suffer this fate as well. They also have experience in the [[MadeASlave slave trade]], which involves the kidnapping of women and children to be sold by other crime syndicates with questionable ethics.


There's the NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters and then there's ''these''. These are not your NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters, where crime syndicates treat the inhabitants inside their areas [[EveryoneHasStandards with at least some respect]]. Instead, they are just as violent towards the civilians in their areas [[DisproportionateRetribution (and any civilian that accidentally crosses their path]]), treating them just like a rival crime syndicate.

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There's In a GangsterLand, there's the NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters and then there's ''these''. These are not your NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters, where crime syndicates treat the inhabitants inside their areas [[EveryoneHasStandards with at least some respect]]. Instead, they are just as violent towards the civilians in their areas [[DisproportionateRetribution (and any civilian that accidentally crosses their path]]), treating them just like a rival crime syndicate.


See also ViceCity, CaughtInTheBadPartOfTown and TheCityNarrows. Compare with TakingOverTheTown and WretchedHive. Compare and Contrast RuthlessForeignGangsters, in which it's the Crime Syndicates outside the area that are being ruthless and NGOSuperpower, in which although it does mean non-governmental organisations rivaling governments, doesn't just refer to Crime Syndicates.

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See also ViceCity, CaughtInTheBadPartOfTown and TheCityNarrows. Compare with TakingOverTheTown TakingOverTheTown, GangsterLand and WretchedHive. Compare and Contrast RuthlessForeignGangsters, in which it's the Crime Syndicates outside the area that are being ruthless and NGOSuperpower, in which although it does mean non-governmental organisations rivaling governments, doesn't just refer to Crime Syndicates.


In many cases, they would have some form of a [[NGOSuperpower de-facto]] PoliceState that watches over the neighbourhood (or sometimes a SecretPolice), FascistsBedTime in the form of violent crime overnight, TheAggressiveDrugDealer[[GovernmentDrugEnforcement -styled drug enforcement]] or even forced {{Conscription}} into the gangster ranks. Sometimes said PoliceState would overlap with StateSec, if said crime syndicate is very close to the enforcers. {{Professional Killer}}s would be commonplace in the area. In more severe cases, they would become an NGOSuperpower, rivaling the government in military power (or even being able to overpower it). Needless to say, these types of gangs may be seen as [[FullCircleRevolution just as bad]], if not ''[[TyrantTakesTheHelm worse]]'' than [[BadCopIncompetentCop Police]] [[PoliceBrutality Corruption]]. Sometimes, the civilians would either become TheInformant, (minus the criminal part) or activily try to rebel against the syndicate. When the civilians do try to rebel against the gangs, if they do suppress it, then they would [[CrushingThePopulace crush the populace]] or even resort to a FinalSolution.

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In many cases, they would have some form of a [[NGOSuperpower de-facto]] PoliceState that watches over the neighbourhood (or sometimes a SecretPolice), FascistsBedTime in the form of violent crime overnight, TheAggressiveDrugDealer[[GovernmentDrugEnforcement -styled drug enforcement]] or even forced {{Conscription}} into the gangster ranks. Sometimes said PoliceState would overlap with StateSec, if said crime syndicate is very close to the enforcers. {{Professional Killer}}s would be commonplace in the area. In more severe cases, they would become an NGOSuperpower, rivaling the government in military power (or even being able to overpower it). Needless to say, these types of gangs may be seen as [[FullCircleRevolution just as bad]], if not ''[[TyrantTakesTheHelm worse]]'' than [[BadCopIncompetentCop Police]] [[DirtyCop police]] [[PoliceBrutality Corruption]]. corruption]]. Sometimes, the civilians would either become TheInformant, (minus the criminal part) or activily actively try to rebel against the syndicate. When the civilians do try to rebel against the gangs, if they do suppress it, then they would [[CrushingThePopulace crush the populace]] or even resort to a FinalSolution.



* In ''Film/HoboWithAShotgun'', Hope Town is portrayed as a WretchedHive where every manner of horrible acts run wild and free under the thumb of the Drake and his sons, a crime-family who has every cop paid off to let them get away with every horrible deed imaginable in-public and dully punish anyone who so much as says anything bad about them. They are so [[CartoonishSupervillainy Cartoonishly]] [[CardCarryingVillain Evil]], their EstablishingCharacterMoment involved the Drake brutally killing ''his own brother'' in broad daylight in-front of civilians just to make an example out of him.
* ''Film/Banlieue13'': In the walled-off crime-ridden districts of Paris, the major gangs function as de-facto feudal overlords, as the government has all but given up on trying to police the area. For instance, they're perfectly capable of kidnapping the protagonist's sister from her job as a supermarket clerk with nobody batting an eye.

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* In ''Film/HoboWithAShotgun'', Hope Town is portrayed as a WretchedHive where every manner of horrible acts run wild and free under the thumb of the Drake and his sons, a crime-family crime family who has every cop paid off to let them get away with every horrible deed imaginable in-public in public and dully duly punish anyone who so much as says anything bad about them. They are so [[CartoonishSupervillainy Cartoonishly]] cartoonishly]] [[CardCarryingVillain Evil]], evil]], their EstablishingCharacterMoment involved the Drake brutally killing ''his own brother'' in broad daylight in-front in front of civilians just to make an example out of him.
* ''Film/Banlieue13'': In the walled-off crime-ridden districts of Paris, the major gangs function as de-facto ''de facto'' feudal overlords, as the government has all but given up on trying to police the area. For instance, they're perfectly capable of kidnapping the protagonist's sister from her job as a supermarket clerk with nobody batting an eye.



* ''Series/BlueBloods'': The Bitterman Housing Projects , from season 3's final two episodes ''The Bitter End'' and ''This Way Out'', has been turned into a hellhole with the residents hounded and terrorised by the vicious Los Lordes Gang, led by the monsterous Santana. Things have become so bad, that one young mother kills herself and her baby to escape. Following the police refusing to drop the investigation, Santana declares war on them as if they were only another gang, arranging multiple ambushes including one that kills Danny Reagan's partner and friend Vinnie.

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* ''Series/BlueBloods'': The Bitterman Housing Projects , from season 3's final two episodes ''The Bitter End'' and ''This Way Out'', has been turned into a hellhole with the residents hounded and terrorised terrorized by the vicious Los Lordes Gang, led by the monsterous monstrous Santana. Things have become so bad, bad that one young mother kills herself and her baby to escape. Following the police refusing to drop the investigation, Santana declares war on them as if they were only another gang, arranging multiple ambushes including one that kills Danny Reagan's partner and friend Vinnie. It's only a massive number of police storming in and arresting them which stops this.



* Many [[TheCartel Drug Cartels]] act like this, being responsible for numerous killings, kidnappings and trafficking of civilians, mainly Mexican civilians, though foreigners and government agents (both from Mexico and USA) can suffer this fate as well. They also have experience in the [[MadeASlave slave trade]], which involves the kidnapping of women and children to be sold by other crime syndicates with questionable ethics.

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* Many [[TheCartel Drug Cartels]] drug cartels]] act like this, being responsible for numerous killings, kidnappings and trafficking of civilians, mainly Mexican civilians, though foreigners and government agents (both from Mexico and USA) can suffer this fate as well. They also have experience in the [[MadeASlave slave trade]], which involves the kidnapping of women and children to be sold by other crime syndicates with questionable ethics.


Compare with TakingOverTheTown and WretchedHive. Compare and Contrast RuthlessForeignGangsters, in which it's the Crime Syndicates outside the area that are being ruthless and NGOSuperpower, in which although it does mean non-governmental organisations rivaling governments, doesn't just refer to Crime Syndicates.

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See also ViceCity, CaughtInTheBadPartOfTown and TheCityNarrows. Compare with TakingOverTheTown and WretchedHive. Compare and Contrast RuthlessForeignGangsters, in which it's the Crime Syndicates outside the area that are being ruthless and NGOSuperpower, in which although it does mean non-governmental organisations rivaling governments, doesn't just refer to Crime Syndicates.

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There's the NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters and then there's ''these''. These are not your NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters, where crime syndicates treat the inhabitants inside their areas [[EveryoneHasStandards with at least some respect]]. Instead, they are just as violent towards the civilians in their areas [[DisproportionateRetribution (and any civilian that accidentally crosses their path]]), treating them just like a rival crime syndicate.

In many cases, they would have some form of a [[NGOSuperpower de-facto]] PoliceState that watches over the neighbourhood (or sometimes a SecretPolice), FascistsBedTime in the form of violent crime overnight, TheAggressiveDrugDealer[[GovernmentDrugEnforcement -styled drug enforcement]] or even forced {{Conscription}} into the gangster ranks. Sometimes said PoliceState would overlap with StateSec, if said crime syndicate is very close to the enforcers. {{Professional Killer}}s would be commonplace in the area. In more severe cases, they would become an NGOSuperpower, rivaling the government in military power (or even being able to overpower it). Needless to say, these types of gangs may be seen as [[FullCircleRevolution just as bad]], if not ''[[TyrantTakesTheHelm worse]]'' than [[BadCopIncompetentCop Police]] [[PoliceBrutality Corruption]]. Sometimes, the civilians would either become TheInformant, (minus the criminal part) or activily try to rebel against the syndicate. When the civilians do try to rebel against the gangs, if they do suppress it, then they would [[CrushingThePopulace crush the populace]] or even resort to a FinalSolution.

If a MobWar happens around this, expect it to be a case EvilVsEvil.

Compare with TakingOverTheTown and WretchedHive. Compare and Contrast RuthlessForeignGangsters, in which it's the Crime Syndicates outside the area that are being ruthless and NGOSuperpower, in which although it does mean non-governmental organisations rivaling governments, doesn't just refer to Crime Syndicates.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2011}}'', the Disgraced were a gang who attempted to take over Gotham's Cherry Hill District in order to run it according to their own extreme version of law and order.
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* In ''Film/HoboWithAShotgun'', Hope Town is portrayed as a WretchedHive where every manner of horrible acts run wild and free under the thumb of the Drake and his sons, a crime-family who has every cop paid off to let them get away with every horrible deed imaginable in-public and dully punish anyone who so much as says anything bad about them. They are so [[CartoonishSupervillainy Cartoonishly]] [[CardCarryingVillain Evil]], their EstablishingCharacterMoment involved the Drake brutally killing ''his own brother'' in broad daylight in-front of civilians just to make an example out of him.
* ''Film/Banlieue13'': In the walled-off crime-ridden districts of Paris, the major gangs function as de-facto feudal overlords, as the government has all but given up on trying to police the area. For instance, they're perfectly capable of kidnapping the protagonist's sister from her job as a supermarket clerk with nobody batting an eye.
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* ''Series/BlueBloods'': The Bitterman Housing Projects , from season 3's final two episodes ''The Bitter End'' and ''This Way Out'', has been turned into a hellhole with the residents hounded and terrorised by the vicious Los Lordes Gang, led by the monsterous Santana. Things have become so bad, that one young mother kills herself and her baby to escape. Following the police refusing to drop the investigation, Santana declares war on them as if they were only another gang, arranging multiple ambushes including one that kills Danny Reagan's partner and friend Vinnie.
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* After Empire City becomes quarantined when [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent the Ray Sphere explodes]] in ''VideoGame/{{Infamous}}'', the three different sections of the city are soon overrun by gangs trying to take over the now lawless metropolis. The Neon District is swarmed by the Reapers, who were allegedly drug-dealers and petty criminals [[spoiler: before being revealed to just be regular citizens BrainwashedAndCrazy by the [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual conduit]] Sasha]]. The Warren District is taken over the Dustmen, Empire City's homeless population who have been gathered under the telekinetic Alden Tate. While not a gang, the First Sons are an AncientConspiracy organization who take over the Historic District similar to the other gangs under the rule of their leader Kessler [[spoiler: who manipulated everything since before the beginning in order to mold Cole [=MacGrath=] into the perfect hero.]]
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* Many [[TheCartel Drug Cartels]] act like this, being responsible for numerous killings, kidnappings and trafficking of civilians, mainly Mexican civilians, though foreigners and government agents (both from Mexico and USA) can suffer this fate as well. They also have experience in the [[MadeASlave slave trade]], which involves the kidnapping of women and children to be sold by other crime syndicates with questionable ethics.
* Some Third World countries let the gangsters run their prisons, only leaving the wardens with ensuring nobody escapes. In some cases, it results in [[PariahPrisoner gang-less or foreign inmates getting extorted, enslaved and sometimes murdered.]]
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