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17th Jul '17 4:58:24 PM Taskmaster123
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* In ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'', Comicbook/LexLuthor's alleged goal was blackmailing the US Government: unless they paid him ten billion dollars within a hour he'd allow the storm center created by his satellite to spread and build until it swamped the whole world. Subverted because [[spoiler:he didn't intend to collect the money. He wanted to destroy the world]].
-->'''Franchise/{{Superman}}:''' Luthor... What's the purpose of all this...?\\
'''Lex:''' You mean You haven't guessed? The purpose is blackmail, old enemy.
* In ''Comicbook/WarWorld'' alien overlord Mongul kidnaps three Franchise/{{Superman}}'s friends to force him to do his bidding:
-->'''Superman:''' And assuming I can find this crystal key for you What then?\\
'''Mongul:''' Then your three friends shall be restored to their normal size and returned to you unharmed! Refuse to help me and they shall be returned to you in pieces!
3rd Jul '17 10:17:04 AM Trey
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* In the MalcolmInTheMiddle episode "Hal Coaches", after the main family gets their neighbor's computer from a deal Hal made, Malcolm and Reese discover a bunch of non-deleted emails from women that their neighbors knows which leave little to the imagination. As a result of the aforementioned deal, Reese now has to start building a gazebo in his neighbor's yard. At this point Reese spills the beans and his neighbor begs him not to tell his wife. Reese uses this for his own amusement by blackmailing him into being his servant and he refuses to cut him any slack even when his wife can see what is going on in plain sight. It backfires when Reese makes his neighbor pick him up from school and he has to listen to Reese's guidance counselor, who tells him about an incident Reese caused at school which could land Reese in major trouble at home.
25th Jun '17 2:08:44 AM weirdfantasy
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* Used in ''Film/WakeMeWhenItsOver'' to prevent Colonel Hollingsworth from arresting Stark for going AWOL. Doc is quick to threaten to expose Hollingsworth's involvement in the hotel when he purchased a massive amount of king crab for his own use. Hollingsworth relents, but his later demotion to sergeant indicates that this might have gotten out regardless.
22nd Jun '17 2:19:46 PM Sketchdoll
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* Mari from ''Webcomic/{{Moxie}}'' finds herself being blackmailed at the end of Chapter 2.

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* Mari from ''Webcomic/{{Moxie}}'' finds herself being blackmailed In ''Webcomic/{{Moxie}}'', at the end of Chapter 2.2, [[spoiler:Mari]] is blackmailed by [[spoiler:Choco]].
22nd Jun '17 2:12:04 PM Sketchdoll
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* Mari from ''Webcomic/{{Moxie}}'' finds herself being blackmailed at the end of Chapter 2.
14th Jun '17 7:09:58 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': Serena takes June to see Hannah, threatening harm to her if the baby's life is endangered.
22nd May '17 6:01:44 PM Madrugada
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While the words 'blackmail' and 'extortion' are used interchangeably, this is not strictly true. Blackmail is a form of extortion where what the blackmailing party is threatening to do would otherwise be legal. For example "I have your loved one hostage, give me the MacGuffin or they're done for" would be extortion as taking hostages is a crime. However, "I have pictures of your loved one committing a crime, give me the MacGuffin or their reputation is toast" would be blackmail as otherwise releasing the pictures would be legal. (Assuming the there is no reasonable relationship between the threat and the demand. If a store refuses to honor a contract or compensate the other person, threatening to reveal it is legal. Likewise, if parents do not take reasonable steps to control their delinquent child, threatening to reveal evidence of crimes is not blackmail.) One side note is that the word originally did in fact mean simply extortion; rent or taxes was called "mail" in Scotland therefore taking it illegally (by threatening to burn down a neighboring clan's huts for example) was blackmail. The modern meaning shows how language evolves.

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While the words 'blackmail' and 'extortion' are used interchangeably, this is not strictly true. Blackmail "Extortion" is the broader category in legal terms, consisting of "obtaining money, property, or services from another person through coercion." "Blackmail" is a form specific type of extortion Extortion where what the blackmailing party threat is threatening to do would otherwise be legal. "to reveal information that is potentially embarrassing, socially damaging, or incriminating about the victim or their family member(s) unless a demand for property, money or services is met."
For example "I have your loved one hostage, give me the MacGuffin or they're done for" would be extortion as taking hostages is a crime. However, extortion, however, "I have pictures of your loved one committing a crime, give me the MacGuffin or their reputation is toast" would be blackmail as otherwise releasing the pictures would be legal. (Assuming the there is no reasonable relationship between the threat and the demand. If a store refuses to honor a contract or compensate the other person, threatening to reveal it is legal. Likewise, if parents do not take reasonable steps to control their delinquent child, threatening to reveal evidence of crimes is not blackmail.) blackmail. One side note is that the word originally did in fact mean simply extortion; rent or taxes was called "mail" in Scotland therefore taking it illegally (by threatening to burn down a neighboring clan's huts for example) was blackmail. The modern meaning shows how language evolves.
22nd May '17 4:19:39 PM SparkyYoungUpstart
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* The main plot of ''Literature/SimonVsTheHomoSapiensAgenda'' starts this way. Martin comes across Simon's email to Blue discussing both of them being gay, and tells Simon that he'll show the whole school the email and [[ForcedOutOfTheCloset out him and Blue]]...unless Simon agrees to help Martin get a date with his friend Abby.
21st Apr '17 5:46:20 PM CosmicFerret
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''[[LegoAdaptationGame Lego Marvel Superheroes]]''. J. Jonah Jameson gets Doc Ock and Agent Coulson to clean up the wrecked Bugle office or he'll tell everyone [[EmbarrassingMiddleName Otto's middle name is Olivia]] and Coulson buys all Nick Fury's eyepatches.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''[[LegoAdaptationGame Lego Marvel Superheroes]]''.''VideoGame/LegoMarvelSuperheroes''. J. Jonah Jameson gets Doc Ock and Agent Coulson to clean up the wrecked Bugle office or he'll tell everyone [[EmbarrassingMiddleName Otto's middle name is Olivia]] and Coulson buys all Nick Fury's eyepatches.
17th Apr '17 10:47:12 AM CASCHero
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* ''ComicBook/{{Jonesy}}'': Landon, a selfish prick who has similar love powers to our heroine, tries to blackmail Jonesy into helping him to build a castle by threatening to expose her secret. She gets around this by [[spoiler: exposing her secret herself, robbing him of any leverage he has on her.]]
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