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** When Janice Soprano kills her fiancé Richie Aprile after he hits her, completely coincidental to Tony having also decided to kill Richie for plotting against him, they have to make his body ''disappear'' because he was a Captain and his known death would have huge ripple effects. To explain his disappearance, and to deflect the blame from himself, Tony says that Richie had entered the witness protection program. This excuse is used again several times later in the series to explain mob disappearances that don't leave a body behind, most notably Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero.

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** When Janice Soprano kills her fiancé Richie Aprile after he hits her, completely coincidental to Tony having also decided to kill Richie for plotting against him, they have to make his body ''disappear'' because he was a Captain and his known death would have huge ripple effects. To explain his disappearance, and to deflect the blame from himself, Tony says that Richie had entered the witness protection program. This excuse is used again several times later in the series to explain mob disappearances that don't leave a body behind, most notably Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero.Bonpensiero (who, ironically, really was an FBI informant).


** When Janice Soprano kills her fiancé Richie Aprile after he hits her, completely coincidental to Tony having also decided to kill Richie for plotting against him, they have to make his body ''disappear'' because he was a Captain and his known death would have huge ripple effects. To explain his disappearance, and to deflect the blame from himself, Tony says that Richie had entered the witness protection program. This excuse is used again several times in the series to explain mob disappearances that don't leave a body behind.
** Tony and Christopher Moltisanti are both given the option to enter the program by the FBI in the hopes of getting them to flip on their compatriots. Tony when he learns that his mother and uncle are conspiring to kill him, and Chris when he learns that his fiancee is ''already'' cooperating with the FBI. Tony refuses the offer outright, but Chris is tempted by what he sees as the opportunity to get out of his stalled Mafia career and really dig into his aspiring screenwriting career. [[spoiler:Chris also chooses not to leave the Mafia, and turns his fiancee over to be executed for her government cooperation]].

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** When Janice Soprano kills her fiancé Richie Aprile after he hits her, completely coincidental to Tony having also decided to kill Richie for plotting against him, they have to make his body ''disappear'' because he was a Captain and his known death would have huge ripple effects. To explain his disappearance, and to deflect the blame from himself, Tony says that Richie had entered the witness protection program. This excuse is used again several times later in the series to explain mob disappearances that don't leave a body behind.
behind, most notably Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero.
** Tony and Christopher Moltisanti are both given the option to enter the program by the FBI in the hopes of getting them to flip on their compatriots. Tony when he learns that his mother and uncle are conspiring to kill him, and Chris when he learns that his fiancee fiancée is ''already'' cooperating with the FBI. Tony refuses the offer outright, but Chris is tempted by what he sees as the opportunity to get out of his stalled Mafia career and really dig into his aspiring screenwriting career. [[spoiler:Chris also chooses not to leave the Mafia, and turns his fiancee over to be executed for her government cooperation]].


* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', while looking at colleges with his daughter, Tony Soprano comes across a former member of the Mob who'd turned State's Evidence and gone into the witness protection program. Needless to say, the informer doesn't survive the experience.

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* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', while Witness protection is mentioned frequently in ''Series/TheSopranos''.
** While
looking at colleges with his daughter, Tony Soprano comes across a former member of the Mob who'd turned State's Evidence and gone into the witness protection program. Needless to say, program. He had since been kicked out of the informer doesn't survive program due to his numerous violations, so when he recognizes Tony he has no protection or options beyond what he can scrounge up himself. [[spoiler:His plan to kill Tony is botched when a bunch of witnesses are in the experience.area, and next he tries to get some local druggies to kill Tony for him, but they refuse. Tony catches up to him soon afterwards and garrotes him to death.]]
** When Janice Soprano kills her fiancé Richie Aprile after he hits her, completely coincidental to Tony having also decided to kill Richie for plotting against him, they have to make his body ''disappear'' because he was a Captain and his known death would have huge ripple effects. To explain his disappearance, and to deflect the blame from himself, Tony says that Richie had entered the witness protection program. This excuse is used again several times in the series to explain mob disappearances that don't leave a body behind.
** Tony and Christopher Moltisanti are both given the option to enter the program by the FBI in the hopes of getting them to flip on their compatriots. Tony when he learns that his mother and uncle are conspiring to kill him, and Chris when he learns that his fiancee is ''already'' cooperating with the FBI. Tony refuses the offer outright, but Chris is tempted by what he sees as the opportunity to get out of his stalled Mafia career and really dig into his aspiring screenwriting career. [[spoiler:Chris also chooses not to leave the Mafia, and turns his fiancee over to be executed for her government cooperation]].


* Combined with WitlessProtection and CannotKeepASecret, this is the main premise of Our Lips are Sealed, a DTV-movie starring the Olsen Twins. To go into greater detail:

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* Combined with WitlessProtection WitlessProtectionProgram and CannotKeepASecret, this is the main premise of Our Lips are Sealed, a DTV-movie starring the Olsen Twins. To go into greater detail:



* ''Film/DonnieBrasco'' went into this after the events detailed in the movie. Al Pacino's character in RealLife was very surprised and very, very pissed when "Donnie" walked into the courtroom to testify under his real name, FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone. Eventually the agent was able to return to his normal life after the Fed's managed to get the Mob to call off the hit on him.

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* ''Film/DonnieBrasco'' went into this after the events detailed in the movie. Al Pacino's character in RealLife was very surprised and very, very pissed when "Donnie" walked into the courtroom to testify under his real name, FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone. Eventually the agent was able to return to his normal life after the Fed's Feds managed to get the Mob to call off the hit on him.


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* ''Film/MadeMen'' begins with Creator/JamesBelushi's character, a fast talking ConMan, in witness protection after informing on TheSyndicate he once worked for. Then one day out of the blue he gets a mysterious call warning him that his old friends have learned where he is and are coming after him, and they turn out to only be the start of his problems, as various people and groups with grudges against him come out of the woodwork for revenge against him. Or the money he stole from the Syndicate. Or both.


* [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV Michael De Santa]] (previously Michael Townley) was placed in the witness protection program with his wife and two kids after getting caught robbing a bank and then ratting on his friends. Years later, Trevor, one of the friends he ratted on, (who thought he was dead; there was a funeral and everything,) discovers that Michael is still alive after Michael gets back into crime and uses his CatchPhrase at a jewelry heist.

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* [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'': Michael De Santa]] Santa (previously Michael Townley) was placed in the witness protection program with his wife and two kids after getting caught robbing a bank and then ratting on his friends. Years later, Trevor, one of the friends he ratted on, (who thought he was dead; there was a funeral and everything,) discovers that Michael is still alive after Michael gets back into crime and uses his CatchPhrase at a jewelry heist.


* ''Our Lips Are Sealed'', a direct-to-video Olsen Twins-movie, has this as the premise. To go into greater detail:
** Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (playing a pair of twin sisters named Maddie and Abby Parker, respectively) witness a jewel heist at a museum--they and their parents are placed in the Witness Protection Program and eventually end up in Australia, under the premise of their family running a bed-and-breakfast.
** Before being placed in Australia, the twins and their parents had been to pretty much everywhere in the United States and to pretty much every other geographic location in the world (with the exception of Australia). However, the girls (who are, self-admittedly, "blabbermouths") accidentally blowing their cover every single time--the only exception being when the girls were forced to go undercover as Amish when they were in Utah. At that point, [[AsideGlance the girls look at each other]] before deliberately shouting to everyone within hearing distance, "We're in the Witness Protection Program!"
** Once the girls and their parents are placed in Australia, the rest of the movie is about the girls adjusting to Australian culture, adopting a baby kangaroo and trying to evade the criminals when they finally show up in Australia. In the end, after the criminals are apprehended and the danger's finally over, the Parkers are given the chance to go back home to America. However, the twins (having gotten used to the local culture and not wanting to leave their friends) [[IChooseToStay ultimately choose to stay in Australia while revealing their identities to their friends.]]

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* ''Our Combined with WitlessProtection and CannotKeepASecret, this is the main premise of Our Lips Are Sealed'', are Sealed, a direct-to-video DTV-movie starring the Olsen Twins-movie, has this as the premise.Twins. To go into greater detail:
** Mary-Kate (playing Maddie Parker) and Ashley Olsen (playing a pair of twin sisters named Maddie and Abby Parker, respectively) Parker) witness a jewel heist at a museum--they museum in their hometown. Rightfully worried that the criminals will come after them, the FBI places the twins and their parents are placed in the Witness Protection Program and Program, where the Parkers are eventually end up in Australia, under the premise of their family running a bed-and-breakfast.
moved to UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}}, UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}.
** Before Prior to being placed in Australia, the twins and their parents Parkers had been to placed in pretty much everywhere in every single part of the United States and then to pretty much every other single geographic location in the world (with the sole exception of Australia). However, The reason for the girls (who are, self-admittedly, "blabbermouths") accidentally Parkers moving to so many different places is due to the twins being (self-admittedly) "blabbermouths," which led to them blowing their cover every single time--the only exception being when cover. By the girls were forced to go undercover as Amish when time they were in Utah. At that point, [[AsideGlance the girls look at each other]] before deliberately shouting to everyone within hearing distance, "We're in the Witness Protection Program!"
** Once the girls
and their parents were placed in Australia, the FBI had gotten so fed up with constantly having to relocate the Parkers that they delivered this ultimatum: if Abby and Maddie slip up ''this time'', the FBI will wash their hands of the Parkers and leave them for dead.
** After the Parkers
are placed in Australia, the girls actually do a pretty good job of keeping their mouths about their family being in the Witness Protection Program and the rest of the movie is mostly just about the girls them adjusting to Australian culture, adopting culture (at one point, the family adopts a baby kangaroo and trying to evade the as their pet). The criminals when they finally show up in Australia. In the end, after the criminals are do eventually find them, but they're apprehended by the authorities and the danger's finally over, the Parkers are given the chance to go back home to America. America now that they're no longer in danger. However, the twins (having having gotten used to the local culture and not wanting to leave their friends) [[IChooseToStay ultimately choose lives in Australia, the girls want to stay in Australia while revealing and reveal their true identities to their friends.]]


* ''Our Lips Are Sealed'', a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen movie, has this as the premise. Basically, Mary Kate and Ashley witness a bank robbery taking place; the bank robbers threaten them, or MK&A/the government has reason to believe that they'll come back to try and remove the witnesses to their crime. So MK&A and their family go into Witness Protection and eventually end up in Australia, running a bed and breakfast. (They stop at several states along the way, including Utah, and accidentally blow their cover rather spectacularly each time. In Utah, though, it's deliberate; they're under cover as Amish, and the girls [[AsideGlance just look at each other]] and then shout to everyone in hearing distance "We're in the Witness Protection Program!" Then they get told that this is the last chance they have, and are moved to Australia.) The rest of the movie is about the girls trying to assimilate into Australian culture, adopting a baby kangaroo, and trying to evade the bank robbers when they finally show up in Australia. At the end of the movie, the bank robbers are apprehended, and the girls are given the option to return to the life they used to know; they prefer to stay, but admit their real identities to their new friends, now that the danger's over.

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* ''Our Lips Are Sealed'', a direct-to-video Olsen Twins-movie, has this as the premise. To go into greater detail:
**
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen movie, has this as the premise. Basically, Mary Kate (playing twin sisters named Maddie and Ashley Abby Parker, respectively) witness a bank robbery taking place; the bank robbers threaten them, or MK&A/the government has reason to believe that they'll come back to try and remove the witnesses to their crime. So MK&A jewel heist at a museum--they and their family go into parents are placed in the Witness Protection Program and eventually end up in Australia, under the premise of their family running a bed bed-and-breakfast.
** Before being placed in Australia, the twins
and breakfast. (They stop at several states along their parents had been to pretty much everywhere in the way, including Utah, United States and to pretty much every other geographic location in the world. However, the girls (who are, self-admittedly, "blabbermouths") accidentally blow blowing their cover rather spectacularly each time. In Utah, though, it's deliberate; they're under cover as Amish, and every single time--the only exception being when the girls [[AsideGlance just were forced to go undercover as Amish when they were in Utah. At that point, the girls look at each other]] and then shout other before deliberately shouting to everyone in within hearing distance distance, "We're in the Witness Protection Program!" Then they get told that this is Program!"
** Once
the last chance they have, girls and their parents are moved to Australia.) The placed in Australia, the rest of the movie is about the girls trying assimilating to assimilate into Australian culture, Australia, adopting a baby kangaroo, kangaroo and trying to evade the bank robbers criminals when they finally show up in Australia. At the end of the movie, the bank robbers criminals are apprehended, apprehended and the girls are given the option chance to return go back home to the life they used America. [[IChooseToStay The girls ultimately choose to know; they prefer to stay, but admit stay in Australia]] and reveal their real true identities to their new friends, Australian-friends, now that the danger's over.finally.


If, despite everything, the bad guys ''still'' manage to find the person in question, then it becomes a case of WitlessProtectionProgram.

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If, despite everything, the bad guys ''still'' manage to find the person in question, then it becomes we have a case of WitlessProtectionProgram.

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If, despite everything, the bad guys ''still'' manage to find the person in question, then it becomes a case of WitlessProtectionProgram.


* In ''Discworld/TheTruth'', Lord Vetinari mentions having to arrange witness protection for a ''parrot'', currently living under a false identity as a large budgerigar.

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* In ''Discworld/TheTruth'', ''Literature/TheTruth'', Lord Vetinari mentions having to arrange witness protection for a ''parrot'', currently living under a false identity as a large budgerigar.

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* The parents of Vanilla Ice's LoveInterest in ''Film/CoolAsIce'' are both under witness protection. The father was a cop who testified against [[DirtyCop his partner]], and he and his pregnant wife were relocated so the partner's associates couldn't find him. However, in this film, it seems that once you've been set up with a new identity, the Feds leave you to your own devices, as neither of the parents even attempt to contact anyone for help when said associates show up on their front door.


* ''Film/BreakingPoint1976'' - a man who goes into Witness Protection decides to respond when criminals murder the boyfriend his daughter had to leave behind.

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* ''Film/BreakingPoint1976'' - a man who goes into Witness Protection decides to respond when criminals murder the boyfriend his daughter sister had to leave behind.


* ''Film/BreakingPoint'' - a man who goes into Witness Protection decides to respond when criminals murder the boyfriend his daughter had to leave behind.

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* ''Film/BreakingPoint'' ''Film/BreakingPoint1976'' - a man who goes into Witness Protection decides to respond when criminals murder the boyfriend his daughter had to leave behind.


* Flack has to work with a witness he earlier had put into witness protection in one ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' episode, and prevent the scenario from going down the tubes completely.

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* Flack has to work with a witness he earlier had put into witness protection in one ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' episode, and prevent the scenario from going down the tubes completely.completely since the young man had already killed someone by the time Flack caught back up with him.


* In ''Film/CharliesAngels: Full Throttle'' the villain steals a copy of the list of people currently in the witness protection program. As part of the Angels' investigation it's revealed that Dylan is on the list having turned in evidence against her former boyfriend, a member of the Irish mob who she saw murdering someone.

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* In ''Film/CharliesAngels: Full Throttle'' ''Film/CharliesAngelsFullThrottle'' the villain steals a copy of the list of people currently in the witness protection program. As part of the Angels' investigation it's revealed that Dylan is on the list having turned in evidence against her former boyfriend, a member of the Irish mob who she saw murdering someone.

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