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28th Jul '16 8:37:25 PM FordPrefect
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* Played with in the ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode ''A scandal in Belgravia'', where a dominatrix threatens to release photographs of her session with a member of the royal family. She doesn't actually want anything, however - the photographs are just a power play to ensure she'll always have the UK government under her thumb. Later on, she takes this UpToEleven with [[spoiler:possible information on future terrorist attacks. If the government don't meet her demands, all she has to do is deny them the intelligence]].
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': One episode dealt with Londo's Purple Files, a collection of dirt on all the other noble families compiled over years. Apparently, there was enough in them to blackmail the entire Centauri Republic.

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* Played with in the ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode ''A scandal Scandal in Belgravia'', where a dominatrix threatens to release photographs of her session with a member of the royal family. She doesn't actually want anything, however - the photographs are just a power play to ensure she'll always have the UK government under her thumb. Later on, she takes this UpToEleven with [[spoiler:possible information on future terrorist attacks. If the government don't meet her demands, all she has to do is deny them the intelligence]].
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': ''Series/BabylonFive'':
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One episode dealt with Londo's Purple Files, a collection of dirt on all the other noble families compiled over years. Apparently, there was enough in them to blackmail the entire Centauri Republic. Republic.
** Garibaldi also took this approach to muscle out the old corrupt board of directors of Edgars Industries, along with arranging to put a {{Price on Their Head}}s if they had him or his wife assassinated.
20th Jul '16 8:51:52 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheAffair'': Oscar tries to blackmail Noah with knowledge of his affair with Alison. Noah asks his afluent best friend to loan him the money, but out of guilt he admits what happened to his wife anyway and tells Oscar to go screw himself.

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* ''Series/TheAffair'': Oscar tries to blackmail Noah with knowledge of his affair with Alison. Noah asks his afluent affluent best friend to loan him the money, but out of guilt he admits what happened to his wife anyway and tells Oscar to go screw himself.himself.
* ''{{Series/Guilt}}'': D.S. Bruno is coerced into covering up Prince Theo's involvement with Molly by his personal secretary, using corruption in his past.
17th Jul '16 5:33:00 AM Adept
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17th Jul '16 5:32:56 AM Adept
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* In the works of Creator/AgathaChristie, [[HeKnowsTooMuch blackmail is tantamount to suicide]]. Especially when the blackmailers [[TooDumbToLive blackmail the murderer about the murder they just committed.]]
* LordPeterWimsey turned the tables on a blackmailer in ''The Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker''. The asshole had stolen jewelry whose box included a document hinting at an affair the jewelry's owner had had, and blackmailed her. Wimsey made him look like a card shark and persuaded him to return all jewelry to the lady in question. Lord Peter and the other two card players then have the following conversation:

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* In the works of Creator/AgathaChristie, [[HeKnowsTooMuch blackmail is tantamount to suicide]]. Especially when the blackmailers [[TooDumbToLive blackmail the murderer about the murder they just committed.]]
* LordPeterWimsey
Literature/LordPeterWimsey turned the tables on a blackmailer in ''The Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker''. The asshole had stolen jewelry whose box included a document hinting at an affair the jewelry's owner had had, and blackmailed her. Wimsey made him look like a card shark and persuaded him to return all jewelry to the lady in question. Lord Peter and the other two card players then have the following conversation:
14th Jul '16 2:30:35 PM 101nightshade101
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* ''WebComic/{{Polanstuck}}'': Switzerland keeps a book for their plan to take over the world.
3rd Jul '16 5:25:23 PM eroock
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Compare BlackmailBackfire when the blackmailing [[SpannerInTheWorks fails for some reason]].
20th Jun '16 10:57:47 PM wormandaduck
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* This ultimately tanks the titular character's career in ''Theatre/Hamilton''. Marie Reynolds seduces him, then she and her husband blackmail him by threatening to publish the proof. Which is a problem, given that Hamilton is 1) active in politics and 2) mostly-happily married. Unlike most examples of this trope, Hamilton ''does'' go public, though only because the proof of his affair exonerates him from an accusation of embezzlement. It works, but he almost loses his wife and his career as a result.
3rd Jun '16 2:48:22 PM margdean56
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* Blackmail is a large part of ''Theatre/TheChildrensHour''. EnfantTerrible Mary tries to spread [[MaliciousSlander rumors]] about her two teachers - in the original play and the second film it's that they're [[MistakenForGay lovers]] while in the original adaptation it's that one of them is [[MistakenForCheating having an affair with the others boyfriend]] -that leads to them losing their jobs and being ostracized. In order to help her, Mary threatens a school-mate who stole another's bracelet. She is too naive to realize that kids don't get put in jail for taking each others things, and is scared of being in jail for decades.

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* Blackmail is a large part of ''Theatre/TheChildrensHour''. EnfantTerrible Mary tries to spread [[MaliciousSlander rumors]] about her two teachers - -- in the original play and the second film it's that they're [[MistakenForGay lovers]] while in the original adaptation it's that one of them is [[MistakenForCheating having an affair with the others boyfriend]] -that other's boyfriend]]--that leads to them losing their jobs and being ostracized. In order to help her, Mary threatens a school-mate who stole another's bracelet. She is too naive to realize that kids don't get put in jail for taking each others other's things, and is scared of being in jail for decades.
3rd Jun '16 2:46:09 PM margdean56
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--->" ''Counter''-blackmail, if you please," Lord Darcy corrected.

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--->" ''Counter''-blackmail, --->"''Counter''-blackmail, if you please," Lord Darcy corrected.



* Charles Augustus Milverton, who bought compromising documents from disgruntled servants, squeezed the documents' writers for every farthing he could, and then ruined them anyway when they revolted or if he simply felt like it. After his death, Literature/SherlockHolmes and Watson felt [[AssholeVictim he needed killing]] [[spoiler: that and they were breaking into his house to recover some letters he stole from their client at the time of the incident]].

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* Charles Augustus Milverton, who bought compromising documents from disgruntled servants, squeezed the documents' writers for every farthing he could, and then ruined them anyway when they revolted or if he simply felt like it. After his death, Literature/SherlockHolmes and Watson felt [[AssholeVictim he needed killing]] [[spoiler: that --that and they were breaking into his house to recover some letters he stole from their client at the time of the incident]].



-->'''Sir Impey Biggs''': It's a crime crueler and infinitely worse in its results than murder. As a lawyer, ... I have consistently refused to defend a blackmailer, or prosecute any poor devil who does away with his tormentor".\\

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-->'''Sir Impey Biggs''': It's a crime crueler and infinitely worse in its results than murder. As a lawyer, ... lawyer ... I have consistently refused to defend a blackmailer, or prosecute any poor devil who does away with his tormentor".\\tormentor."\\



* In Creator/JohnHemry's Literature/TheLostFleet novel ''Invicible'', [[spoiler:Rione]] admits she is being blackmailed to perform certain activities, which she has carefully shaped to cause no actual harm. She also tells Geary that [[spoiler:Captain Bradament]] will be blackmailed to spy on him; she will refuse, but she will be destroyed.

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* In Creator/JohnHemry's Literature/TheLostFleet novel ''Invicible'', ''Invincible'', [[spoiler:Rione]] admits she is being blackmailed to perform certain activities, which she has carefully shaped to cause no actual harm. She also tells Geary that [[spoiler:Captain Bradament]] will be blackmailed to spy on him; she will refuse, but she will be destroyed.
30th May '16 8:54:05 AM WillBGood
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-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Lucius Fox]]:''' So let me get this straight. You believe that your client, [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob one of the richest and most influential men in the world]], is [[SecretIdentity secretly]] a [[{{Badass}} vigilante who goes out at night and beats criminals to a pulp with his bare hands]]... and [[DidntThinkThisThrough your plan is to 'blackmail' this person]]? Good luck.
* In ''Film/LittleSweetheart, the entire plot runs on this. Thelma is blackmailing her brother to get the photos developed, Robert Burger and his mistress Dorothea to make money and doing this all with a slightly willing accomplice. It doesn't end well for most of the cast.

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-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Lucius Fox]]:''' So let me get this straight. You believe that your client, [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob one of the richest and most influential men in the world]], is [[SecretIdentity secretly]] a [[{{Badass}} vigilante who goes out at night and beats criminals to a pulp with his bare hands]]... and [[DidntThinkThisThrough your plan is to 'blackmail' ''[[DidntThinkThisThrough blackmail]]'' this person]]? person? Good luck.
* In ''Film/LittleSweetheart, ''Film/LittleSweetheart'', the entire plot runs on this. Thelma is blackmailing her brother to get the photos developed, Robert Burger and his mistress Dorothea to make money and doing this all with a slightly willing accomplice. It doesn't end well for most of the cast.
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