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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })It's not enough for it to just feel good to be a gangster, you should also win the sympathy of the audience. Since racketeering, random murders and selling drugs don't really fly with the general public, heroic criminals in fiction are usually Neighbourhood Friendly Gangsters.
There is truth to this, particularly in the birthplace of the mob, Sicily. Eventually, the locals of that harried island got tired of being invaded every other week and banded together with the local gangsters. The same goes for Harlem during the Civil Rights Struggle, which saw its share of unfair treatment by police. The Japanese Yakuza tend to be more civilized to their neighbors as well since they tend to operate more openly than Western counterparts and like to preach how they provide "services" to the community (who, in return, owe them money and respect).
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })This trope is usually set against more villainous locals or outsiders. Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters almost always have standards; refusing to deal hard drugs is a common one. This may include a noble (if warped) sense of family values.
This trope has some elements of Truth in Television: crime syndicates that wish to survive in a community try to have good public relations, after the philosophy "don't shit where you eat". Many criminal organizations (including the Japanese yakuza, Sicilian Mafia, the Chinese triad societies, and most American street gangs) also have their roots in community self-defense efforts, although they share a strong tendency to degenerate into more euphemistic "protection" among other abuses. Moreover, having an organised crime outfit in your neighborhood tends to help cut down on disorganized crime—the common criminals who might otherwise commit crimes in that neighborhood are too afraid of committing a crime against the wrong person, and paying for it.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })Compare Even Evil Has Standards, Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!, Gentleman Thief, Loveable Rogue, The Family for the Whole Family, Honor Among Thieves, and The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything. Contrast Ruthless Foreign Gangsters and Totalitarian Gangsterism.
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In Shin Megami Tensei IV, the Ashura-kai are a group of yakuza-like heavily-armed thugs who keep the populace of Tokyo safe by feeding the demons "red pills", which appear to be the more humane alternative to demons munching on humans. Subverted, in that the red pills are made with neurotransmitters forcibly extracted from human brains, and they even kidnap children in order to keep the supply going.
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Kevin Nash as Vinnie Vegas. Despite his size, he was mostly all talk and got soundly beaten by anyone above mid-card
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The Yakuza of Futakoi Alternative. Granted, when compared to biomechanical flying pyromaniac squid, simple Yakuza seem pretty tame.
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In Kyou Kara Ore wa!!, Mitsuhashi and Itou are neighborhood-friendly punks: they rose as the strongest delinquent students of Chiba as an unintended consequence of deciding to reinvent their image in a cooler way upon moving there (Mitsuhashi is the blond◊) and being stronger than anyone who tried to beat them up for it, with Itou being a genuinely good person and Mitsuhashi incredibly greedy and selfish but willing to help his friends and protect his school from worse delinquents and never did anything worse than getting his worst enemies hospitalized or some vandalism.
The series offers a few other examples: the gang at Itou and Mitsuhashi's school isn't too bad (partly out of admiration for Itou, partly out of fear of what Mitsuhashi would do them if they inconvenienced him. Plus Riko is a nice girl who happens to be in love with Mitsuhashi), Imai is the boss of his school but never committed a criminal act aside for assaulting Mitsuhashi (who pretty much deserves it) and, with his best friend Tanigawa, keeps the worst of his school at bay, Koyama started out as a Fat Bastard who moved at Imai's school but started admiring him and following his example after being defeated, Nakano likes fighting strong opponents and is quite a jerk but won't torment people just because (and in fact once sent to the hospital a dozen people because they were tormenting his neighbor, and joined the fight against Hokunei because Itou was angry at them, "Which means you must be real baddies. I shall punish you evildoers!"), Satoshi Katagiri is a friendly (if easily angered) fellow when he doesn't have reason to come after you in spite of a face that just screams "I'm a yakuza, give me protection money", Kagawa-san is a genuine yakuza but never gets in a fight without a reason, and a few actual yakuza are shown retiring and going straight for a number of reasons fully knowing that former criminals would have a hard time at working honestly (one of them even studying to become a teacher), even dragging a pickpocket into going straight with them.
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Tommy Tropic from Chassis used to a rumrunner for The Irish Mob during the days of Prohibition. When he made enough money, he bought a tropical island and started a casino: supposedly cutting his ties to organised crime. His casino is successful enough for him to sponsor one of the major races in the Aero-run. Rumours still circulate about possible mob ties, but he comes across more as a Lovable Rogue than anything else.
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HOMRA in K gives off a strong street-gangster vibe and can often be rude to innocents, but they never intentionally do something evil. Their actions are mostly pushed by their close bonds and their instincts to protect and stick up for members of the gang.
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One chapter of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fanfic Progress has Luna take up the mantle of the Mysterious Mare-Do-Well and try to fight crime. Unfortunately, she fails to find any; she even barges in on a Mafia meeting only to find that the mobsters are planning not a heist, but a charity toy drive.
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Gunn from Angel used to belong to this kind of gang, and the members of his old gang appear in several episodes. The enemy they defend the neighborhood from is, of course, vampires and other demons.
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Castle: Castle and Beckett come across one such gang in an interesting characterization of the Westies.
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To combat the Templars and the Blighters gang who are under their control, Jacob and Evie Frye in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate found their own gang the Rooks to take back the city of London bit by bit. Note that they are also technically working alongside the police of London; presumably Chief Inspector Abberline takes a "don't ask, don't tell" approach.
Subverted in the Syndicate DLC, when someone significantly less neighborhood friendly takes over the Rooks, and they turn on Evie and Jacob without any signs of internal conflict.
The Assassins were involved in organized crime before that game: In Assassin's Creed II Ezio works with the Venetian Thieves' Guild; in Unity Arno works with Marquis de Sade, the new King of Beggars. It's always treated as preferable to being under Templar control (except in Rogue, which is from a Templar's point of view).
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Played for laughs in Ali G Indahouse. The sleepy suburb of Staines has two resident "gangs," who are really just middle-class kids who like to imitate gangsta rappers. Completely harmless to the public and each other, their biggest crimes are graffiti and smoking weed. One particular scene focuses on how Ali G won't even exceed the speed limit. He even volunteers at a leisure center to teach kids how to "keep it real."
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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. Averted at first, and then played straight in the episode "Cobra's Candidate". At the start of the episode, local street gangs in a (unnamed) city are threatening and intimidating voters (even going right up to their houses and knocking on the doors) in the run-up to the Mayoral election. The gangs are trying to sabotage the candidacy of Robert Harper, and even disrupt his campaign events and wreck a stage with him on it. With the local police unable to get a handle on things, the Joes are sent in by the President to make sure the city can elect a new Mayor without the gangs' interference. Then the Joes discover that Harper and the gangs are both pawns of Cobra. Harper has made an alliance with Cobra and promised to be their puppet Mayor once elected. The gangs are secretly being manipulated by Cobra's agents to disrupt Harper's campaign because Cobra knows this will only increase support and sympathy for Harper. After this, the Joes try to recruit the same gangs they initially were sent to fight to their side by revealing the conspiracy to them. The gangs ultimately turn on Cobra when they find out and when they nearly prevented one of their members from rescuing her little brother from a fire. While the episode makes it clear these were bad kids prior to Cobra's conspiracy, they do ultimately do the right thing and the ending seems to indicate that they've seen the error of their ways and will be a more positive force in their community.
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Steven Brust's Dragaera novels keep Vlad Taltos sympathetic by showing how the Jhereg criminal organization to which he belongs has a strict code of ethics. They deal in the vice industry but don't force anyone to take their wares. They demand protection money but actually deliver on protecting the businesses. They carry out assassinations, but generally only on fellow power-players. If you're a common citizen who keeps his nose clean, you have virtually nothing to fear. Eventually, however, Vlad becomes disenchanted by criminality altogether.
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Mafia III:
Lou Marcano runs a slew of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in the French Ward of New Bordeaux, and to the public, he plays up an image as a Mafia-esque guy who's nonetheless a family-friendly Santa Claus figure. Olivia Marcano, meanwhile, is a socialite and a major fixture of New Bordeaux's high society, supporting a scholarship program with Remy Duvall, himself an example of this trope who puts on a Southern Gentleman image on his talk radio show. Make no mistake, though: they are just as ruthless and degenerate as any other leaders in the Marcano crime family. Lou runs drug dens and prostitution rings in the French Ward, Olivia pushes PCP to bored housewives in the suburbs, and Remy is the head of the Southern Union.
In the ending where Lincoln and his associates choose to take over the city themselves, they take the Marcano family's place in this trope. Lincoln rebuilds the ghetto after a major hurricane, reopens the theme park, sponsors schools and hospitals, and supports local charities, but as Maguire points out, the money that he uses to do that comes from the criminal rackets he built his empire on. Father James flat-out ends his interview in anger rather than continue talking about Lincoln, the man and his crimes having become a major Berserk Button for him.
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The Ha'la'tha in Caprica, but only for Taurons. Over time, it becomes apparent that the Guatrau has drifted from the practice of helping Taurons and is more concerned with making money. This inspires Sam and Joseph to turn on him.
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Cracked lists "5 Inspiring Acts of Kindness by Terrifying Crime Syndicates"
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Saints Row:
This is the justification used by the 3rd Street Saints in Saints Row; specifically they seek to end a turf war in the city, but they jump off the slippery slope pretty quickly, particularly in the sequels, even then they are a lot more respected than the other three gangs and Ultor as people often come and show approval to the Boss.
This is the major theme of Saints Row: The Third; the gang has been selling themselves out for popularity and power, to the point where the victims of their robberies ask for autographs mid-shakedown, the penultimate choice of the game that decides the ending is completely dependant on if you want to go back to being corporate whores or (violently) show the world you're serious.
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Marcone from The Dresden Files can fall into this trope as his syndicate helped Harry take down dangerous serial killers in book one and two, and the police for the most part don't bother him due to the fact that his brand of organized crime tends to keep crime non-violent and off the streets. He also keeps his competition in check (i.e. under his thumb or dead), Also, Marcone has standards; for instance, he won't tolerate violence against children, so his regime keeps certain types of heinous crime at a minimum. However, Marcone himself is insistent that whatever he does is done out of ruthless pragmatism, not love for his fellow man.
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The Act of Killing deconstructs this when the cameras follow a Pancasila leader on a shakedown. While the gangs and paramilitary organizations try to present themselves as this, everyone knows exactly what they really are, and are terrified of them.
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The Thieves Guild in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion plays this trope straight. They're based in the waterfront (poor district) and refuse to steal from the poor as well as stealing their tax money back from the guard.
In Morrowind as well. Gentleman Jim Stacey runs an orderly, profitable business and avoids bad PR. Members of the Guild do not kill, do not rob those who cannot afford to be robbed (no profit in stealing from the poor anyway), etc. The heroes of the Guild are Robin Hood-type figures, and later missions include things like saving a poor woman's home from a corrupt official by stealing his forged land deed, stealing a locket that a retired miner was forced to sell to pay his taxes and returning it to him, and stealing history books to give to a temple trying to help educate the community.
Which is starkly contrasted by the opposing criminal organization, the Cammona Tong, a group of xenophobic murderers, drug pushers, slave dealers, and blackmailers. They're the only major civilian faction the player (as an "outlander") cannot join, and the only group other than the cult led by the Big Bad which is never portrayed in a positive light.
The Skyrim branch of the Thieves Guild is mostly about stealing for the money and trophies; they don't condone murder during missions (you will get a penalty to your cut if you murder innocents), and most of the precious artifacts they do steal end up on a wall behind the guildmaster's desk for decorations and bragging rights. As for PR, Riften is run by the Black-Briar crime family to the point that Maven Black-Briar is ruler of Riften in all but name (and if you fight for the empire, she'll be officially crowned the Jarl), so all those good connections between the Thieves Guild and the Black-Briar family means that they're basically the town's mascots.
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The Southside Serpents are more and more this as Riverdale goes on, so much so that by the end of season 2 they don't seem to do anything more sinister than wear leather jackets and hang out at bars.
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Discworld:
The Thieves Guild of Ankh-Morpork 'has standards' and arranges crime in mutually beneficial forms (as far as crime goes): rich people pay an annual premium, and arrange for a convenient date to rob an acceptable amount from these rich clients in their own home. Poorer (but not penniless) citizens are robbed in a fairly polite fashion on the streets, their business premises or homes, are not badly injured, and are given a receipt which guarantees they won't suffer another official robbery for the rest of the year. Criminals who don't keep to this arrangement, or who don't display their license when on business, are dealt with by the Watch if they're lucky... or by the Thieves' Guild if they're unlucky.
The Troll criminal organisation "Breccia" also fits the mold, even though they are pretty ruthless. Chrysoprase helps Vimes prevent riots on Koom Valley Day by revealing a drug lab.
That's because the drug manufactured there would cause homicidal insanity, and later death. Chrysoprase wants stable business, which is rather hard with dead customers. Breccia is an extremely ruthless Mafia organization - but they don't want to rock the boat too much and destroy their own chances of getting rich(er). Chrysoprase also has one of his own men executed for telling Vimes The Villain Knows Where You Live, and all but says as much to Vimes himself.
It is stated in the later books that the Thieves Guild is slowly evolving into an insurance company note  People with the economic possibility simply pay an unspecified sum to the Guild, receive a conformation slip, and, like with the receipt, this protects them from robberies. . Chrysoprase also claims to be moving into legitimate property and financial services more than his first business, drug smuggling, though he remains a major underworld figure, whereas the Head of the Thieves Guild is an important and respected citizen who, it is implied, could even be a candidate for Patrician.
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Crime bosses Stragen, Platime, and Calaador, all members of the "secret government" of thieves in David Eddings' The Elenium, are willing allies of the protagonists. Each is depicted as being essentially driven by good business sense rather than cruelty. Stragen in particular had taught his Guild to prey more upon the aristocracy than the common folk.
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This often used in Axis Powers Hetalia fics involving Romano. It's canon that he's involved with the mafia in his country, but plenty of authors love to have him use that influence to help or protect others (humans, Spain, Italy, etc.)
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The Mafia of Snow Crash are essentially just another corporation by this point; one of their biggest source of income is their chain of pizza places. They engage in gang war with some other, newer and more ruthless gangs—it's stated at one point that a Mafia branch had taken over an area traditionally dominated by the newer gangs, and turned it from a stereotypical gang-crime hellhole into a more-or-less peaceful neighborhood. Of course, in Snow Crash the distinction between criminal syndicate, corporation, and country is never entirely clear.
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In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, the Cumberland, Maryland mob is led by King Radical and works for the community through actions such as forcing college-bound students to go to the local Community College.
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Bullet Club are evil gangsters when operating in New Japan Pro-Wrestling and CMLL. In the United States however, they're usually friendly baby faces, with the exception of Ring of Honor and its offshoots.(basically they only behaved in ROH when AJ Styles or Karl Anderson were running things. Kenny Omega and Adam Cole were just pricks)
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Luke Cage (2016): The Stokes-Dillard gang has a reputation for Harlem throughout the ages. Mama Mabel Stokes was known for handing out school clothes and Thanksgiving turkeys, as well as protecting victims of domestic abuse. Cottonmouth runs Harlem's Paradise, which is a very popular nightclub in Harlem, and from which he runs a gun-trafficking operation.
In season 2, Mariah Dillard seeks to endear herself to the press and the public, using money from the gun-running to fund her community projects throughout Harlem. Eventually, her old friend Piranha Jones gets her and Shades hooked up with a lucrative stock deal wherein they purchase large shares of Atreus Plastics stock as it gets acquired by Glenn Industries, intimidating the company CEO Mark Higgins into approving the merger. Things quickly fall apart though, as Bushmaster launches a Mob War on Mariah, killing several of her allies and burning down her brownstone. Mariah retaliates by massacring a restaurant owned by Bushmaster's family and burns Bushmaster's uncle alive. This act quickly makes her lose the support of the public and even her own daughter Tilda, who poisons her in jail whilst awaiting trial.
Bushmaster has a bit of this going on with the Jamaican community of Crown Heights, where his aunt Ingrid and uncle Anansi run a small restaurant named after Bushmaster's late mother Gwen.
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The Hidden Beks in Knights of the Old Republic. For a while, they were a resistance cell against the Mandalorian occupation of Taris, and Gadon was planning to repeat that by fighting the Sith's occupation. Unfortunately, Carth turned out to be right - the Mandalorians like a good one-to-one fight, but the Sith prefer things like orbital bombardment.
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Vento Aureo has Bucciarati's group within the Passione mafia, a group which carries the arc protagonist, Giorno, as its newest member. Unlike the rest of Passione (who are decidedly not neighborhood-friendly), Bucciarati's group is beloved by the general community, with even old people willingly going to them, a group of rogues with supernatural abilities and trouble surrounding them, for help. Bucciarati and Giorno only joined up with Passione in the first place to stop the mafia from dealing drugs, and their goal is to overthrow The Don of Passione and insert one of their own in his place.
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The Corleone Family of The Godfather are like this under Don Vito: principled gangsters who rose to criminal prominence violating the unpopular law of Prohibition, maintain their wealth (mostly) through illegal gambling, and look out for those who show them respect; the central conflict is set off by their refusal to deal with drugs. Whereas the other families, particularly the ruthless Tataglias and Barzinis, are downright evil. Becomes somewhat of a Lost Aesop in the video game, when you're running around beating up shopkeepers and collecting protection-money in the name of The Family...
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The Skyrim branch of the Thieves Guild is mostly about stealing for the money and trophies; they don't condone murder during missions (you will get a penalty to your cut if you murder innocents), and most of the precious artifacts they do steal end up on a wall behind the guildmaster's desk for decorations and bragging rights. As for PR, Riften is run by the Black-Briar crime family to the point that Maven Black-Briar is ruler of Riften in all but name (and if you fight for the empire, she'll be officially crowned the Jarl), so all those good connections between the Thieves Guild and the Black-Briar family means that they're basically the town's mascots.
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The Kings of Fallout: New Vegas are a gang of Elvis Impersonators who help protect the locals of Freeside, the slums of New Vegas. Mr. House provides power and security to the people on the Strip, but doesn't care about Freeside or the even-more-dilapidated Westside — the Kings are effectively both the government and the police in his stead. However, the game makes it clear that although the King himself is a genuinely good person who cares deeply about the members of his gang and the people of Freeside, there are some in the gang (especially his right-hand man Pacer) who are really just in it for power and the opportunity to feel important.
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A major theme in Sons of Anarchy is the MC's belief that they're good for the community and help protect it from drugs, violent gangs, and greedy land developers. They're considered leading members of the community in spite of the fact that everyone knows that they're gunrunning criminals. However, it's frequently pointed out that the Sons really don't care about the community. Their actions are motivated only by the desire to have a safe base of operations to live their outlaw lifestyle. The growth of Charming has been stunted due to the fact that the Sons want to maintain their dominance over it.
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WWE's Cryme Tyme were brought in as a parody of neighbourhood gangstas, quickly stealing the hearts of the fans. Shad... well, he got worse.
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This is the major theme of Saints Row: The Third; the gang has been selling themselves out for popularity and power, to the point where the victims of their robberies ask for autographs mid-shakedown, the penultimate choice of the game that decides the ending is completely dependant on if you want to go back to being corporate whores or (violently) show the world you're serious.
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Solntsevo is a district in Moscow, that was the home of Solntsevskaya Bratva, one of the most powerful The Mafiya groups. At the same time, it was the safest neighbourhood in the city, as no one dared to make trouble on the Bratva territory and Bratva itself was keeping good PR.
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Souchirou's gang in Heaven's Memo Pad started as he and a few other delinquent punks getting together to protect themselves and those they cared about against other gangs, and grew from there. They're still small and realize they can't keep doing the gang thing forever, and so have been exploring more legitimate services like managing and promoting shows for bands at local clubs. They are also very down on most drugs, and Souchirou helps the heroes find and stop the source of a dangerous new euphoric drug circulating among the poor and disaffected in their area.
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Avenged Sevenfold gang fic is very popular. While some will position the band members as outright Villain Protagonists, others will position the band as this trope. The popularly of this type of fanfic is probably based on the common practice of rock/metal magazines to portray the band as gangsters on their covers back in the "City of Evil"' era.
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Recurring character Tony Marcus from the Spenser series runs most of the black crime in Boston, but is generally a pretty friendly guy, even when he's threatening Spenser. But just as often he's willing to lend out his people to Spenser to get someone worse out of Boston.
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The Washimine group of the "Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise" arc in Black Lagoon is an ethical Yakuza, fighting an uphill battle against more ruthless Delinquents and The Mafiya headed by Balalaika. Ginji Matsuzaki, the wakagashira and resident badass of the group, comments that while they're impoverished, it's more honourable than "selling women and meth."
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The protagonist gang (Grove Street Families) and their allies (Varrios Los Aztecas and the Triads under Wu Zi Mu) in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas fall on this side of the moral barrier. They are violent and will not hesitate to use to force on enemies, but they are all big on family, brotherhood, and loyalty (well, the part of the GSF that are under the Johnson brothers are, anyway) and all refuse to deal with hard drugs.
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Zootopia: Mr. Big. As a crime boss, he would be the villain of the story. In fact, he nearly iced Nick and Judy for trespassing. But when his daughter reveals that Judy saved her life, he spares them and offers whatever information and services he can, even threatening Duke Weaselton into coughing up the location of the toxin lab. Further implied in that when the apparently perfectly law-abiding Emmitt Otterton found out about the Night Howelers plot, he didn't go to the police; he went to Mr. Big.
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Mass Effect crime boss, Aria T'Loak, who controls the Omega space station; she provides useful information to Shepard, refuses to deal with the Collectors, she even provides the grieving mother of one of Morinth's victims with Shepard's e-address so she can properly thank him/her for avenging her daughter, and in Mass Effect 3 she puts the Blood Pack, Blue Suns and Eclipse crime syndicates at Shepard's disposition to help in the fight against the Reapers.
Also from Omega, the Talon gang which is led by Aria's old friend, Nyreen: They actively resist Cerberus' occupation while assisting and evacuating civilians caught in the crossfire.
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Jason Morgan and Sonny Corinthos of General Hospital. Outside of their work, they're quite sociable and very loyal to their loved ones and friends.
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This is the justification used by the 3rd Street Saints in Saints Row; specifically they seek to end a turf war in the city, but they jump off the slippery slope pretty quickly, particularly in the sequels, even then they are a lot more respected than the other three gangs and Ultor as people often come and show approval to the Boss.
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The later half of Brian Bendis's Daredevil run has Matt Murdock publicly beat Wilson Fisk and declare himself Kingpin of Hell's Kitchen. He tries to encourage other heroes to do the same for their respective neighborhoods.
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The Global Green Gangsters of SHIMMER, which are what a face turned Kellie Skater and Tomoka Nakagawa look like.
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At one time or another, several of Gotham's street gangs have been under the leadership of Batman, whether they know it or not.
During the Gang War storyline, Tarantula took over her neighborhood and forced the gangs to be more proactive.
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Moses and his gang from Attack the Block. When he finds out that Sam lives in the Block, he apologizes for mugging her at the beginning of the movie and gives back the ring he took from her, and he's even willing to give his life to protect the Block from an alien invasion. He survives.
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While most of the Yakuza in the Yakuza series are the bad kind of gangsters, the protagonist Kazuma Kiryu represents a lot of the qualities that real-life yakuza said they used to embody: "We kept the streets clean. People liked us. We didn't bother ordinary citizens. We respected our bosses."
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New Jack City: Invoked by Nino Brown and his CMB (Cash Money Brothers) drug crew, who make a token effort to provide relief to the poor in the form of a field kitchen to win the trust of the people. In reality, they ruthlessly took over one of the projects to set up their drug labs by forcing out all the previous residents and just make things worse by peddling their product to the unfortunate.
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Frank White in King of New York seeks to be this, killing off rival gangsters who have 0% Approval Rating from the community for pimping young girls and dealing drugs indiscriminately and plans to use the profits from his drug trafficking to build a hospital for the underprivileged. Doesn't stop him from being a coldblooded killer, however.
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Sonny (Chazz Palminteri) in A Bronx Tale is a friendly gangster who becomes a sort of second father figure to the young male protagonist C. Since it's all based on Palminteri's youth in the Bronx, the original Sonny is probably an example of Truth in Television as well. Deconstructed with members of his crew, who are losers or sociopaths barely being kept by a leash.
Also when the gangsters beat up a motorcycle gang which has been hassling the neighborhood.
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The Kuroda group in Gokusen is like this. They still like a good fight and get most of their resources from illegal gambling and protection of hostess bars. Though unlike others they don't just get protection money to extort them, they really do protect them.
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In Lackadaisy, nobody really seems to mind they're living next to a bunch of sociopathic, hooch-running cats running a speakeasy. If anything, aside from the occasional shoot out, their presence is rather appreciated.
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Baccano! doesn't really touch at all on the crime-for-profit element of The Mafia (except for a few mentions of speakeasies), and its mobster characters might as well be violent aristocrats given their behavior and portrayal. The light novels do go a bit more into crime, with the Genoard fortune coming from cocaine and the Gandors being explicitly opposed to drug dealing. Of course, this only reinforces which characters are Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters. Also, Jacuzzi and Nice run a crew of community-minded delinquents.
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The Kitaki Family in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney certainly qualify for this; when you meet the boss's wife, she is cleaning up spilled paint on her own, and later, one person comments that the Kitakis are "locally responsible gangsters." It turns out that they're actually trying to go legit by running a bakery, especially since the boss's son Wocky Kitaki has a bullet inside of him.
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This is pretty much the case for Shadowrun: Dragonfall and Shadowrun: Hong Kong in the place of the player character and their crew. As Shadowrunners, you're technically criminals, to be sure, but in Dragonfall Monika sure as hell gave ten goddamns about the Kreuzbasar and tried to make it a good place to live (although the game's later sidequests do bring up questions of how willing she was to go for easy solutions as opposed to permanent ones) and the player character is encouraged to follow in her footsteps, and the Hong Kong protagonist can also do a lot for Heoi and its people, and even your boss Kindly Cheng, for all her bitterness, clearly gives something like a damn about Heoi and keeping it & her Shadowrunners safe.
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The mob boss in Fast Five has a monologue about how this is pragmatic when it comes to running a city. If you help the community, they'll support you. If you're just brutish thugs, eventually you'll inspire enough people to fight back and you'll lose power.
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Daredevil (2015): In the first season, Wilson Fisk paints himself to the press as one of these at Vanessa's urging to stall Nelson & Murdock's efforts to bring him down. Averted on his release into house arrest during season 3, where the Presidential Hotel is surrounded with protesters condemning him, and he has to arrange for Dex to carry out several attacks impersonating Daredevil in order to sway the public back to his side.
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Night Nurse (1931): Mortie took a bullet rather than sell a rival bootlegger's dangerously bad hooch, knocks over a delicatessen to get milk to save a dying child, and upon hearing about the plot against the children immediately offers to have Nick the Chauffeur taken for a ride.
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Naruto/Menma's gang in Eroninja, the Black Fox Gang, take the idea of protection money seriously. If someone pays their protection money, they get protection from everything from burglaries to fires to sickness. If they don't pay the protection money, rather than having their business vandalized, they simply don't get any protection. Given that the city they're based in is also host to a much more brutal gang, every business in their territory pays regularly. Furthermore, their entire territory is known for having a ridiculously low crime rate with them policing it.
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It's revealed in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III that Ash used to be the leader of a group who defended Raquel during the Civil War in Cold Steel II. When he finds out that his former group that he disbanded after the Civil War was over, was smuggling in weapons in Cold Steel IV, he calls them out on it.
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Johnny Dangerously. "I mean, sure, we were criminals, but we never hurt the general public. And every year at Christmas Time, we'd send a bit of money back to the community."
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In The Matrix: Path of Neo one level has a Chinese street-gang helping Neo to protect the local herbalist from police. In a voice-over, the herbalist even says that the gang "drives off the drug-dealers and protects the neighbourhood."
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American Gangster, though the drug trade isn't toned down, or glorified for that matter.
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
Vento Aureo has Bucciarati's group within the Passione mafia, a group which carries the arc protagonist, Giorno, as its newest member. Unlike the rest of Passione (who are decidedly not neighborhood-friendly), Bucciarati's group is beloved by the general community, with even old people willingly going to them, a group of rogues with supernatural abilities and trouble surrounding them, for help. Bucciarati and Giorno only joined up with Passione in the first place to stop the mafia from dealing drugs, and their goal is to overthrow The Don of Passione and insert one of their own in his place.
Giorno got into crime because of one of these. When he was a child, regularly bullied and abused, he found a man bleeding out in a patch of tall grass. The men who'd shot him asked Giorno where the man had gone, and Giorno lied, saving the injured man's life. That man was a powerful gangster in Naples, and after he recovered he made it a point to protect Giorno from a distance (his first act: having a "quick talk" with Giorno's abusive stepfather). The only person who ever treated Giorno well was in the Mafia, and that inspired him to go the same route.
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In Morrowind as well. Gentleman Jim Stacey runs an orderly, profitable business and avoids bad PR. Members of the Guild do not kill, do not rob those who cannot afford to be robbed (no profit in stealing from the poor anyway), etc. The heroes of the Guild are Robin Hood-type figures, and later missions include things like saving a poor woman's home from a corrupt official by stealing his forged land deed, stealing a locket that a retired miner was forced to sell to pay his taxes and returning it to him, and stealing history books to give to a temple trying to help educate the community.
Which is starkly contrasted by the opposing criminal organization, the Cammona Tong, a group of xenophobic murderers, drug pushers, slave dealers, and blackmailers. They're the only major civilian faction the player (as an "outlander") cannot join, and the only group other than the cult led by the Big Bad which is never portrayed in a positive light.
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Domina:
The cultures are this to varying degrees. They are so large and so inclusive that they're basically minor states. You want a job, you find a culture you like and start working for them. They'll take care of you and your family, and will represent your interests when Necessarius comes calling. Some are less so, though. The Nosferatu, for instance, are basically just a bunch of gangs with a vaguely common theme, and the Nessians are mentioned several times to be nothing but slavers.
Necessarius, the biggest gang in the city, effectively is the government. They collect protection money instead of taxes, but otherwise are the same, and are in charge of keeping the cultures from getting too violent and enforcing laws. They're even implied to be in charge of civil planning and repair, judging by some of Butler's reactions to the destruction caused by the events of the story. They even coordinate elections, both for the senators for individual districts and the boss of Necessarius itself—though the latter position appears to be mostly permanent, it is apparently theoretically possible to depose him legally.
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In Takotsubo: The story of a superhero, East 13 is a Deconstruction of this. The Chinese-American Cord Cai's fiance Roland got shot by a carjacker, and the police fucked up majorly on finding his murderer. After an Interrupted Suicide, Cord shoots the murderer and tags the front door before starting his reign as the Tin Man. It's Played for Drama because while this is a Superhero Origin story, Cord and Roland had a history of street-gang involvement and were trying to get away from the "Asian Gangster" stereotype. Once Roland dies, Cord calls himself yet another failure who can't escape the streets.
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In the Mexican film El Crimen del Padre Amaro (The Crime of Father Amaro), the local priest has a long-standing friendship with the local drug lord who donates large sums of money for the church's new leper's hospital and orphanage.
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Implied to be the case in Team Fortress 2. Most of the game takes place in rural New Mexico, so the communities are understandably small and close-knit, and the local criminal/spy bases are so poorly disguised that watching violent turf wars is a substitute for going to the movies. More to the point, it's mentioned that without a fire department of their own, the town of Teufort relies on the Mob to put out fires.
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Goodfellas is a subversion. In his narration, Henry considers Paulie and the other wiseguys to be regular people who simply protect the neighborhood from people trying to exploit it in return for payment. In reality, they're thugs who prey upon the mom and pop businesses to make their money and unleash several acts of Disproportionate Retribution on average joes who inadvertently disrupt their practices (i.e. strangling a mailman and shoving his face into an oven simply because he delivered a letter from Henry's school to his parents telling them he's been playing hooky).
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Catwoman and the Alleytown Kids. No drugs, no guns and don't steal from locals.
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Boardwalk Empire:
Nucky is the city boss of Atlantic City and is tied into the Republican party power structure. He's a Villain with Good Publicity, out only for his own gain, but in doing so often helps keep order and works to build up Atlantic City's industry. Atlantic city's primary industries are drinking and gambling, both illegal at the time of the setting, so anyone interested in supporting the community can't really avoid this trope.
Chalky White is the boss of the black population. He maintains his power over the community by helping them solve various problems. In several scenes, he's shown to have a detailed knowledge of the local residents and their day-to-day lives. In one scene, however, several black women accuse him of preying on the community and giving back only baubles like Christmas hams to keep them placated.
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The Wire: A running theme shows how druglords seek notoriety and often stand as influential members of the community.
The Barksdale crew sponsors a crosstown basketball game against the Eastside Proposition Joe crew. The Barksdales also help fund Cutty's boxing gym.
Even Marlo is seen giving out money to the local kids for back-to-school clothes. In the process, he seems to be on the lookout for new hoppers such as Michael.
Omar Little, in contrast to the drug lords, has a more Robin Hood-esque reputation. He would steal drugs and cash from stashes, and then distribute the drugs for free to people who lived near his hideouts. They would then act as spies for him.
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In the Command & Conquer: Tiberian Series, the Brotherhood of Nod is a terrorist variation on this, at least in the public opinion in the Yellow Zones by Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars; what they actually do isn't much better for people in Tiberium-contaminated areas, frequently kidnapping people for use in various experiments.
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The Yoshimitsu Group of the Soul Series. They are established to protect the poor from both the corruption of the rich and the permeating evil of Soul Edge.
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The Assassins were involved in organized crime before that game: In Assassin's Creed II Ezio works with the Venetian Thieves' Guild; in Unity Arno works with Marquis de Sade, the new King of Beggars. It's always treated as preferable to being under Templar control (except in Rogue, which is from a Templar's point of view).
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Veronica Mars: Weevil becomes one towards Veronica later in the series. He was the head of a local biker gang, but he often helped her out and had a particular disdain for the entitled upper-class rich kids.
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The male protagonist of Victor/Victoria is a sort of Gatsby-like character- an educated guy who is the brains/face for mobsters, but he doesn't do anything evil on-screen except struggling against other gangsters who are presented as bad guys, and his gayngster bodyguard is an all-around nice guy as well.
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Sweet Daddy Williams is this on Good Times. One prime example is that he did not charge his usual exorbitant rates on the money that JJ owed him for Thelma's wedding. He was moved by Thelma giving him her heirloom necklace that Florida had given her for the wedding because it reminded him of his mother. Since Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas, he tells the family that he is letting them off the hook on the condition that they not tell anyone about his kindness.
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In The Red Vixen Adventures the Red Vixen's crew only use stunners when boarding, only take the cargo and sometimes the captain for ransom, and leave the ship intact enough to call for help. And even when she starts on her vendetta against House Highglider she allows crews to escape in lifeboats before blowing their ship up. Her rival Bloody Margo, as her name suggests, is far more brutal.
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The Dollars in Durarara!! are something of an example, whether they're a gang, a neighbourhood watch organisation, or just a group of random anonymous people depends on how you look at it. Also when Kida ruled them the Yellow Scarves were this, at least in comparison to Blue Square.
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Levi's crew in Amish Mafia is this. Levi's gang's duty is to help out his community. Half the community sees Levi as a saint.
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Gus Fring from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul puts on the image of one, posing as the benevolent owner of Los Pollos Hermanos who donates to pro-law enforcement charities, but is secretly a pretty ruthless drug kingpin.
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Michael and company have to deal with a gang leader of this sort in an episode of Burn Notice. The episode implies that this gangster's presence in his local community would be much more preferable to the rival gang.
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Generally averted in The Sopranos where the predatory nature of the mob is not hidden and the local businesses do suffer regularly, but the Jersey mobsters throw a traditional Santa Claus party and occasionally organize activities for the community. One deconstructed example has Paulie as manager of an amusement fair. He is such a cheapskate that he cuts corners and security budget to the point one ride becomes hazardous and an accident ensues.
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Yusuke from Yu Yu Hakusho is a Neighbourhood Friendly Punk who shoplifts, smokes, gambles, and gets into fights for fun.
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The Freakshow in City of Heroes are a gang of scary, drug-addicted, Cyborg gangers that exemplify the trope "Anarchy Is Chaos". That is, until Miss Francine comes along and teaches them how to to use their powers for good. Westin Phipps has you kidnap Miss Francine and bring her in for torture so the Freakshow will stop being altruistic. Thankfully, you can willingly fail this mission. Even Evil Has Standards, after all. Friendly Neighborhood Freakshow "inspired by Miss Francine" later show up in a Going Rogue tip mission. Heroes can rescue Miss Francine from Arachnos in another tip mission. Or they can just beat Phipps.
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