LittleRamirez on Sep 6th 2017 at 5:39:15 PM
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PistolsAtDawn on May 16th 2018 at 11:19:46 PM
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A character really wants to go on a mission, but there is one problem: whichever authority figure they are under (be it superiors or parents) is unlikely to approve of it. When they don't let this stop them, it's an Unauthorized Mission. The character may be either going on the mission without asking anyone or go after being explicitly ordered not to go.
In any case, the authority figure will probably not be happy when they find out and most likely to punish the character when they come back. Or, if the mission ends up being helpful in some way after all, they may reward the character. This makes the Unauthorized Mission a frequent set-up for Chew-Out Fake-Out and/or Promotion, Not Punishment. Reasons for going on the mission can include Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right! and ID Id What I Had To Do. It may lead to becoming The Unchosen One.
- The title squadron in Rogue One is "formed" when the main cast take off from the rebel base to strike at an empire base without any authorization. Because they are successful, however, "Rogue Squadron" becomes an official unit of the Rebel Alliance after the battle.
- Kung Fu Panda: After Po is chosen to be the Dragon Warrior, a jealous Tigress sneaks out of the Jade Palace to fight Tai Lung, with the rest of the Furious Five following to make sure she doesn't get hurt.
- Zootopia: Judy, a rookie cop assigned to be meter maid, chases after a weasel thief to fulfill her desire for an exciting mission. While she apprehends the crook, she lands in hot water for abandoning her post and not following police protocol.
- Licence to Kill: James Bond goes on a private vendetta against Sanchez when he tortured Felix and murdered Felix's newlywed wife. He even willingly quit MI6 when they try to force him out to let the Americans deal with him despite having a few crooked agents working there. Fortunately for Bond, Q remains to be an ally.
- Wonder Woman (2017): Steve Trevor and Diana's mission stop General Ludendorff and Dr. Isabel "Poison" Maru from making Deadly Gas is being funded by Patrick Morgan behind his superiors' back, and later even he withdraws his support.
- The Goonies go on their treasure hunt without authorization. Brand is assigned to babysit them while Mrs. Walsh and Rosalita go to run some errands, but they're able to escape when they tie him up. Mrs. Walsh sends Brand after them to bring them home and he somehow gets roped into the adventure.
- Jason Todd died going on an unauthorised mission that turned out to be a trap.
- Spoiler, in her first probationary run as Robin, went on an unauthorized mission. She ended up saving Batman's life. He fired her because she had sworn to obey him, and had broken her word.
- Adventures In The Rifle Brigade: The comic starts with the titular Rifle Brigade parachuting over Berlin (while it's being bombed). When they're captured, commander Darcy and lieutenant Milk ask each other the point of the mission (each assuming the other hadn't told them for security reasons). It turns out that when Milk called Darcy to tell him "It's on", with Darcy immediately arranging for transport, Milk was referring to a friend's birthday party. Fortunately, a Gestapo officer enters and smugly reveals he knew the Allies couldn't resist investigating the top-secret V2 fuel factory located right next to the building where the Brigade is held captive...
- Harry Potter: The gang that heads to the Ministry of Magic in the end of the Order of the Phoenix is not granted permission in any way. Actually, this happens in Book 1, Book 2, and Book 5. Rowling must enjoy this.
- Vindictus has a number of these, the first of which is given to you by Gwynn and ends up pissing off the Gnolls, setting off the first real boss fight of the game.
- El Goonish Shive. During the "Painted Black" arc, Elliott is kidnapped on the orders of the Big Bad Damien. Tedd Verres's father is in charge of a secret government agency dealing with the supernatural and unusual. Normally Elliott's friends would go to him, but he is out of town and can't be reached by phone. The protagonists decide to set out to rescue Elliott themselves. They succeed, but Mr. Verres is angry about the risk they took.
- When Lexi Bunny of the Loonatics Unleashed learns that Tech's "space shooter game" was actually a planetary defense system, and that she'd damaged Melvin Martian's world-ship, she becomes The Atoner, going alone to accept full responsibility for her actions. Lexi left a holographic log to apologize to her teammates, bidding them farewell, and explaining her reasoning.
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