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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.]]
17th Apr '17 10:22:24 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', the Fighters Guild and Thieves Guild have a clandestine war going on between them. This is because [[spoiler:the leader of the Fighters Guild and a couple of his top lieutenants are in the pocket of the [[TheSyndicate Camonna Tong]], Morrowind's native {{Mafia}} who are rivals to the Thieves Guild]]. In both the Fighters and Thieves Guild quest lines, Hrundi, the former {{Number Two}} to the previous Guild Master, needs to be convinced to support the PlayerCharacter. In both cases, you can learn that [[spoiler:he has a [[InterspeciesRomance Dunmer]] lover, and use this information to blackmail him into supporting you]].
6th Feb '17 9:58:42 PM NegiSpongie
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** She has also blackmailed other kids into doing her chores.
-->'''Vicky:''' You trim my hedges and you cut my lawn.
-->'''Boy:''' But these are your chores.
-->'''Vicky:''' And these are high-definition photos of you two sneaking into an R-rated move.


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-->'''Carl:''' I like the pretty bathing suit.
6th Feb '17 6:57:49 PM Nyame
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* ''FanFic/VigilanteTendency'': Comedic example. [[ButtMonkey Iemitsu]] finds himself blackmailed by "Ranking Prince" Fuuta -- a ''grade schooler''. The blackmail in question is Fuuta threatening to tell Tsuna and Nana what their father/husband ''really'' does for a living.
5th Feb '17 1:02:55 PM nombretomado
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* Willis Sr. assists his English cousins in confronting a blackmailer in ''[[AuntDimity Aunt Dimity's Good Deed]]''. An incompetent physician learns of both the family's [[spoiler: literal skeleton in the closet]] and [[spoiler: some accounting errors in the family law practice that might be construed as embezzlement, coupled with some actual embezzlement by a now-deceased in-law]]. Willis Sr. also informs Scotland Yard, and [[spoiler: a Chief Inspector is present at the Denouement]].

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* Willis Sr. assists his English cousins in confronting a blackmailer in ''[[AuntDimity ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity's Good Deed]]''. An incompetent physician learns of both the family's [[spoiler: literal skeleton in the closet]] and [[spoiler: some accounting errors in the family law practice that might be construed as embezzlement, coupled with some actual embezzlement by a now-deceased in-law]]. Willis Sr. also informs Scotland Yard, and [[spoiler: a Chief Inspector is present at the Denouement]].
30th Jan '17 3:58:08 PM MyFinalEdits
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* Early in "Too Many Magicians", the Marquis of London decides to coerce Literature/LordDarcy into taking on an investigation by throwing Master Sean in jail.

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* Early in "Too Many Magicians", Magicians":
** Early on,
the Marquis of London decides to coerce Literature/LordDarcy into taking on an investigation by throwing Master Sean in jail.



* 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:

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* Literature/LordPeterWimsey ''Literature/LordPeterWimsey'':
** The eponimous character
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:



** Charles Augustus Magnussen's MO.

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** %%** Charles Augustus Magnussen's MO.



* In ''Series/OrphanBlack'', Paul works as Beth's (and, later, Sarah's) monitor to keep the Dyad Institute from releasing information about a friendly-fire incident he was involved in in Afghanistan.
** Later, he finds out about Olivier's past, including some outstanding warrants for sex offenses, and threatens to let the police know unless Olivier helps him cover up Helena's existence.

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* In ''Series/OrphanBlack'', Paul works as Beth's (and, later, Sarah's) monitor to keep the Dyad Institute from releasing information about a friendly-fire incident he was involved in in Afghanistan.
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Afghanistan. Later, he finds out about Olivier's past, including some outstanding warrants for sex offenses, and threatens to let the police know unless Olivier helps him cover up Helena's existence.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' did one episode where everyone in town was blackmailing Miss Endive with a picture of her [[spoiler:eating toe jam with a ''fork'']].
** [[spoiler: She would have been fine if she used a spoon.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' did one episode where everyone in town was blackmailing Miss Endive with a picture of her [[spoiler:eating toe jam with a ''fork'']].
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''fork''. She would have been fine if she used a spoon.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' Operation: B.U.T.T. the Delightful Children From Down The Lane blackmail Numbuh 1 with some pictures they took of his butt.
** They get back at them, though.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' Operation: B.U.T.T. the Delightful Children From Down The Lane blackmail Numbuh 1 with some pictures they took of his butt.
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butt. They get back at them, though.



* Done to Ace and Lancer in "Shop Talk" of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' when the girls lure them into doing something embarrassing to entertain some baby ponies they're babysitting, then take pictures and threaten to expose them unless they stop teasing Teddy.
** Teddy also threatens to show Ms. Hackney the entry in "Bon Bon's Diary" that says she cheated in a test unless she goes to the scool dance with him.

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* Done to Ace and Lancer in "Shop Talk" of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' when the girls lure them into doing something embarrassing to entertain some baby ponies they're babysitting, then take pictures and threaten to expose them unless they stop teasing Teddy.
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Teddy. Teddy also threatens to show Ms. Hackney the entry in "Bon Bon's Diary" that says she cheated in a test unless she goes to the scool dance with him.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' episode "Aaughh!! Wilderness!!"

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'':
**In the
episode "Aaughh!! Wilderness!!"
30th Jan '17 10:56:55 AM DouglasFir
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-->'''Chanticler''': That's blackmail!
-->'''Pinky''': That's ''showbiz''.



-->'''Chanticler''': That's blackmail!
-->'''Pinky''': That's ''showbiz''.
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