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* One of the bad guy's guards in ''Film/{{Machete}}'' decides that the best course of action when confronted with the title character holding a bladed wheedwhacker is to promptly turn the gun over, raise his hands, and walk off.

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* One of the bad guy's guards in ''Film/{{Machete}}'' decides that the best course of action when confronted with the title character holding a bladed wheedwhacker weed-whacker is to promptly turn the gun over, raise his hands, and walk off.


*** Wade: '' You only work for that shit-spackled muppet fart. So, I'mma give you a chancefor y'all to lay down your firearms...''

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*** Wade: '' -->'''Wade Wilson:''' You only work ''work'' for that shit-spackled muppet fart. fart! So, I'mma give you a chancefor chance for y'all to lay down your firearms...''



* Subverted in ''Film/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' where the villain does evil during his leisure time. In the climax when Greg and Rowley get captured by 3 bullies who want to torture them, the bully who looks to be Southeast Asian begs to his leader to hurry it up as he's running out of time to be a villain and his shift at Cinnabon is in less than 30 minutes.

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* Subverted in ''Film/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' where In ''Film/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'', the villain does evil during his leisure time. In the climax when Greg and Rowley get captured by 3 bullies who want to torture them, the bully who looks to be Southeast Asian begs to his leader to hurry it up as he's running out of time to be a villain and his shift at Cinnabon is in less than 30 minutes.


* The Mortuary Keeper in [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'ed film ''Film/SpaceMutiny''. He's just there running the facility where failed Mooks are frozen until necessary. He may work for the villain but when the heroes arrive he asks if they need help or would like a cup of tea. He also answers all their questions about the BigBad's EvilPlan. He doesn't really seem evil at all.

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* The Mortuary Keeper in [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'ed film ''Film/SpaceMutiny''. He's just there running the facility where failed Mooks are frozen until necessary. He may work for the villain but when the heroes arrive he asks if they need help or would like a cup of tea. He also answers all their questions about the BigBad's EvilPlan. He doesn't really seem evil at all.all, and the look on his face while one of Kalgan's goons is getting roughed up by Lobster Boy suggests that he's being forced to work for the baddies against his will.


* In the Holocaust drama ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', this trope is taken to its most terrifying extreme. The Nazis in the film are debating the planning of a genocide of millions as matter-of-factly as they would if it were a business meeting between the heads of a major company. In the end it's simply an administrative job for them, discussed over lunch, as they're all part of a larger machine with only Heydrich having any real authority.

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* In the Holocaust drama ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', ''Film/Conspiracy2001'', this trope is taken to its most terrifying extreme. The Nazis in the film are debating the planning of a genocide of millions as matter-of-factly as they would if it were a business meeting between the heads of a major company. In the end it's simply an administrative job for them, discussed over lunch, as they're all part of a larger machine with only Heydrich having any real authority.

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* Lampshaded in ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' by [[GenreSavvy the title anti-hero]] before TheFinalBattle.
*** Wade: '' You only work for that shit-spackled muppet fart. So, I'mma give you a chancefor y'all to lay down your firearms...''

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** While for the most part the Imperial leadership is [[CompleteMonster evil through and through]], the regular officers and the like mostly fall in to this category, as they are just doing their jobs and trying [[YouHaveFailedMe not to get executed]].


* In ''Film/{{Clerks}}'', Dante and Randal debate the ethics of the Rebels blowing up the Death Star in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', given that many of the workers building it were probably independent contractors with no particular allegiance to the Empire.
** The current customer overhears and just happens to be a contractor himself. He shares a story about how he turned down a job for a mafia boss despite the lucrative paycheck. His buddy took the job instead and ended up getting hit by a stray bullet and dying during a drive-by attack on the mobster's house. The moral being that even a ''punch-clock'' villain has to accept the risks and moral cost of the job, and anyone who took a job on the Death Star has themselves to blame.
** Creator/GeorgeLucas himself discussed this in the DVDCommentary for ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', saying the termite-like [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Geonosian Geonosians]] were probably employed by the Empire for these means, and [[WeHaveReserves thus they were so many that that it wasn't a problem]].

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* In A discussed trope in ''Film/{{Clerks}}'', Dante and Randal debate the ethics of the Rebels blowing up the Death Star in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', given that many of the workers building it were probably independent contractors with no particular allegiance to the Empire.
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Empire. The current customer overhears and just happens to be a contractor himself. He shares a story about how he turned down a job for a mafia boss despite the lucrative paycheck. His buddy took the job instead and ended up getting hit by a stray bullet and dying during a drive-by attack on the mobster's house. The moral being that even a ''punch-clock'' villain has to accept the risks and moral cost of the job, and anyone who took a job on the Death Star has themselves to blame.
** Creator/GeorgeLucas himself discussed this in the DVDCommentary for ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', saying the termite-like [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Geonosian Geonosians]] were probably employed by the Empire for these means, and [[WeHaveReserves thus they were so many that that it wasn't a problem]].
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* ''Film/ShotCaller'': Jacob joins the Aryan Brotherhood in prison for reasons of survival. While he assists in drug smuggling and carrying out hits on their enemies, at no point does Jacob display any racist views of his own. He even seems to be perturbed by Shotgun offering him a bunch of drunk girls at a party and doesn't take advantage of them.

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* ''Film/SinCity'': Josh Hartnett's version of The Salesman is a ProfessionalKiller who chats up his victims before killing them. In the brief span we see him, he doesn't harbor any ill will towards his targets or derives pleasure from their deaths. After he kills the woman in red, he holds her in his arms, then casually notes that he'll cash her check the next morning.

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* ''Film/{{Circus}}'' has Moose, a ScaryBlackMan who is really an affable family man whose job just happens to be breaking legs for a LondonGangster. Best demonstrated when he calmly breaks Don's finger, and then helps him up. Don ''thanks him'' and the two have a pleasant conversation as Moose escorts him off the premises.

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* Bluntly stated by Captain Jack Ross in ''Film/AFewGoodMen'':
-->'''Ross:''' "I’m your friend and I’m telling you, I don’t think your clients belong in jail but I don’t get to make that call! I represent the government of the United States without passion or prejudice and my client has a case! Now I want you to acknowledge that the Judge Advocate has made you aware of the possible consequences of accusing a Marine officer of a felony without proper evidence."

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** This applies to ‘’Film/IronMan2’’ as well, when Black Widow (and Happy) are fighting through Hammer Industries security guards to reach a room they’ve been told Ivan Vanko is hiding in. Technically, they broke in, and Nat didn’t identify herself as a federal agent. The guards are just doing their job.


%%* Creator/MaxVonSydow's character in ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor''.

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%%* * Creator/MaxVonSydow's character in ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor''.''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor''. As he explains to the hero (Creator/RobertRedford), he doesn't care about the *why* of a situation, he only cares about the where and the when, and [[OnlyInItForTheMoney how much he'll get paid for the job]].

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* ''Film/TheShowMustGoOn2007'' has an interesting example of Kang In-goo. He's a gangster, but only to provide for his family. He lies to his daughter's teacher and bribes him with a 2,000 won coupon to a strip bar, but to save his own skin and make sure his daughter gets a good education. He's not a sociopath, but an overworked father who happens to have an unpleasant job.

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* ''Film/{{Freejack}}'': Vacendak ([[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger]]), the bounty hunter pursuing Alex Furlong, actually helps out Furlong once he's no longer being paid to capture him.

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