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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' line-up of ''Dark Circle Comics'', has Greg Hettinger, the Black Hood. Greg is a mutilated cop with a drug habit who after a few rough spots, has taken on the identity of the Black Hood [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt he had previously killed the former Black Hood]] in order to take down untouchable criminals like the mayor's brother.

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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' line-up of ''Dark Circle Comics'', has Greg Hettinger, the Black Hood. Greg is a mutilated cop with a drug habit who after a few rough spots, has taken on the identity of the Black Hood [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt he ((he had previously killed the former Black Hood]] Hood))]] in order to take down untouchable criminals like the mayor's brother.

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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' line-up of ''Dark Circle Comics'', has Greg Hettinger, the Black Hood. Greg is a mutilated cop with a drug habit who after a few rough spots, has taken on the identity of the Black Hood [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt he had previously killed the former Black Hood]] in order to take down untouchable criminals like the mayor's brother.


* Mafia (or TabletopGames/{{Werewolf}}) has the "vigilante" role: a town-aligned player with the ability to kill each night. This "vanilla" version of the role, with unlimited shots and no drawbacks, is notoriously difficult to balance due to [[DifficultButAwesome just how much difference the player's skill can make]] -- a good vigilante can singlehandedly win the game for town, and a bad one can just as easily doom them.

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* Mafia (or TabletopGames/{{Werewolf}}) TabletopGame/{{Werewolf}}) has the "vigilante" role: a town-aligned player with the ability to kill each night. This "vanilla" version of the role, with unlimited shots and no drawbacks, is notoriously difficult to balance due to [[DifficultButAwesome just how much difference the player's skill can make]] -- a good vigilante can singlehandedly win the game for town, and a bad one can just as easily doom them.

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* New York based app ''Vigilante'' gave people access to 911 calls in real time and encouraged users to help the police by sharing info and identifying criminals; it was banned specifically because of the concern it would give rise to real vigilantism. The app was later retooled and rereleased with the less scary name ''Citizen''.

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* The [[PhantomThief Phantom Thieves of Hearts]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona5}}'' are exactly this, going outside the law in an EldritchLocation to pull HeelFaceBrainwashing tricks on those who deserve it.


* Mafia (or Werewolf) has the "vigilante" role: a town-aligned player with the ability to kill each night. This "vanilla" version of the role, with unlimited shots and no drawbacks, is notoriously difficult to balance due to [[DifficultButAwesome just how much difference the player's skill can make]] -- a good vigilante can singlehandedly win the game for town, and a bad one can just as easily doom them.

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* Mafia (or Werewolf) TabletopGames/{{Werewolf}}) has the "vigilante" role: a town-aligned player with the ability to kill each night. This "vanilla" version of the role, with unlimited shots and no drawbacks, is notoriously difficult to balance due to [[DifficultButAwesome just how much difference the player's skill can make]] -- a good vigilante can singlehandedly win the game for town, and a bad one can just as easily doom them.


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* Mafia (or Werewolf) has the "vigilante" role: a town-aligned player with the ability to kill each night. This "vanilla" version of the role, with unlimited shots and no drawbacks, is notoriously difficult to balance due to [[DifficultButAwesome just how much difference the player's skill can make]] -- a good vigilante can singlehandedly win the game for town, and a bad one can just as easily doom them.
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* This is pretty much the whole purpose of ''[[TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} Pathfinder's]]'' vigilante class.

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* %% This is pretty much the whole purpose of ''[[TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} Pathfinder's]]'' ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}''' vigilante class.


* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Dr. [=McNinja=] is [[CaptainObvious a doctor and a ninja.]] Who desperately wants to be Batman. The police of Cumberland know who he is and what he does, but he's made a deal with them: after any action they could arrest him for, if he can get back to his office and declare "Base!" before they catch him, he's off the hook for it. He's never shown actually doing so, and most episodes end with him back at the office and no evidence that the police even tried to catch him.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Dr. [=McNinja=] is [[CaptainObvious a doctor and a ninja.]] ninja. Who desperately wants to be Batman. The police of Cumberland know who he is and what he does, but he's made a deal with them: after any action they could arrest him for, if he can get back to his office and declare "Base!" before they catch him, he's off the hook for it. He's never shown actually doing so, and most episodes end with him back at the office and no evidence that the police even tried to catch him.

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* What ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'' becomes after they are disbanded. Later a faction refuses to become official so they can keep their vigilante status.

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* ''ComicBook/AllNewUltimates'': Scourge is killing off Serpent Skulls and other gang members in order to incite gang warfare.

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* In ''Film/JuliaX'', sisters Julia and Jessica hunt and kill sexual preadators. However, while Julia is careful to ensure that her targets actually deserve their fate, the AxeCrazy Jessica seems to regard all males as viable targets.


* In ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}'', Raphael becomes the Nightwatcher while Leonardo is in South America. TMNT being a kids' movie, Raph doesn't kill anybody, but he doles out some major beatings to all criminals he comes across.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}'', Raphael becomes the Nightwatcher while Leonardo is in South America. TMNT ''TMNT'' being a kids' movie, Raph doesn't kill anybody, but he doles out some major beatings to all criminals he comes across.


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* ''Literature/BlackBat'': The Black Bat is an attorney who was blinded by a perp. After having his vision restored and gaining superpowers, he began fighting crime more personally as a masked crime-fighter. However, all the Black Bat normally does is beat up or knock out criminals, stamp them with his bat emblem, and let the police arrest them.


* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden has always been more or less willing to [[PyroManiac blast]] his way out of trouble (for which he's earned a reputation in the magical community as a [[DestructiveSavior thug]]), Karrin Murphy not so much. She ''believes'' in the power of the law, and her gradual acceptance that this trope is ever okay is a large fraction of the DarkerAndEdgier path the series has taken.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden has always been more or less willing to [[PyroManiac blast]] his way out of trouble (for which he's earned a reputation in the magical community as a [[DestructiveSavior thug]]), Karrin Murphy not so much. She ''believes'' in the power of the law, and her gradual acceptance that this trope is ever okay is a large fraction of the DarkerAndEdgier path the series has taken.[[note]]Of course, a big part of this is that Harry and friends are actually fighting to protect humanity from supernatural monsters that mortal law doesn't even acknowledge exist, let alone would have a ready way to deal with. Collateral damage and suspicious-looking shenanigans do all but inevitably happen in the course of such conflicts, but this isn't strictly speaking your stock kind of vigilantism aimed at ''human'' criminals who "got away".[[/note]]


* Bernie Goetz was labeled the "Subway Vigilante" after he gunned down four men who were[[note]] probably, there was some dispute[[/note]] [[MuggingTheMonster mugging him.]] The incident sparked a national debate on vigilantism, though his actions do not fit into the classic mold of a vigilante. At trial, one the men he shot admitted they planned to rob him. Goetz was acquitted of all charges except for illegally carrying a gun.

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* Bernie Goetz was labeled the "Subway Vigilante" after he gunned down four men who were[[note]] probably, there was some dispute[[/note]] [[MuggingTheMonster mugging him.]] The incident sparked a national debate on vigilantism, though his actions do not fit into the classic mold of a vigilante. At trial, one the men he shot admitted they planned to rob him. Goetz was acquitted of all the charges except for illegally carrying a gun.gun, doing eight months. He was later successfully sued however.

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