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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.
13th May '16 2:16:58 PM cakecake
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* Sakazaki Yuuya of ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'''s mother was a noble who eloped with a commoner. [[spoiler: Her noble fiancee killed her lover, took her back, and told her [[SadisticChoice Yuuya could live if she killed her second child in the egg]]. Volunteering to do it for her, Yuuya actually hid the egg and switched it with the forthcoming pure noble egg, and had his mixed-class brother brought up noble.]] Years later a doctor who's examined both brothers [[spoiler: determines that the noble is Yuuya's full brother]] and uses this knowledge to force Yuuya to do things for him lest he tell people who have no compunction about killing Sakuya.



* Sakazaki Yuuya of ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'''s mother was a noble who eloped with a commoner. [[spoiler: Her noble fiancee killed her lover, took her back, and told her [[SadisticChoice Yuuya could live if she killed her second child in the egg]]. Volunteering to do it for her, Yuuya actually hid the egg and switched it with the forthcoming pure noble egg, and had his mixed-class brother brought up noble.]] Years later a doctor who's examined both brothers [[spoiler: determines that the noble is Yuuya's full brother]] and uses this knowledge to force Yuuya to do things for him lest he tell people who have no compunction about killing Sakuya.

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* Sakazaki Yuuya of ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'''s mother was In ''VisualNovel/War13thDay'', Night tells Ambrosia that he will imprison Arsenik for attacking him unless she gives him a noble who eloped with a commoner. [[spoiler: Her noble fiancee killed her lover, kiss everyday. But the game strongly implies that he takes it farther.
-->'''Ambrosia:''' At times, he
took her more than simply a kiss. His hands would grasp my waist, alight on my back, and...and told her [[SadisticChoice Yuuya could live if she killed her second child in the egg]]. Volunteering so much more. It would scandalize me to do it for her, Yuuya actually hid the egg and switched it with the forthcoming pure noble egg, and had his mixed-class brother brought up noble.]] Years later a doctor who's examined both brothers [[spoiler: determines that the noble is Yuuya's full brother]] and uses this knowledge to force Yuuya to do things for him lest he tell people who have no compunction about killing Sakuya.you what else he did.
24th Apr '16 11:25:46 PM perona
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* The lethargic-to-the-extreme Tanaka-kun of ''Manga/TanakaKunWaItsumoKedaruge'' tries to blackmail ''the gods'' into giving him a peaceful life wherein nothing ever happens. He fails.
23rd Apr '16 7:28:44 AM Tron80
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* In the second-to-last chapter of ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'', [[spoiler:Kaji]] threatens Japanese's Prime Minister with releasing to the public a lot of unpleasant documents detailing his involvement with [[AncientConspiracy SEELE]] unless he cancels the attack on [[HomeBase NERV]].
22nd Apr '16 5:34:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'': Statoc's lizard henchman was so disgusted with his murder of Natalia and Leon that he took the gun that Statoc used to blackmail his former boss. He thinks that Blacksad is trying to pull a similar scheme.
4th Apr '16 5:40:24 AM longWriter
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* Blackmail is a large part of ''Theatre/TheChildrensHour''. EnfantTerrible Mary tries to spread [[MaliciousSlande 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 [[MaliciousSlande [[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.
4th Apr '16 5:38:18 AM longWriter
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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'': Several people try to blackmail "poor, unfortunate" Deputy Commissioner Francis [[=McReary=], mostly over him coming from a family of [[TheIrishMob Irish gangsters]] and the less-than-savory means he used to rise in the [=LSPD's=] ranks. [[spoiler: Niko himself can get in on the act, extorting Francis into removing anything lower than a 4-star wanted level, if he agrees to kill his brother Derrick for him.]]

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'': Several people try to blackmail "poor, unfortunate" Deputy Commissioner Francis [[=McReary=], [=McReary=], mostly over him coming from a family of [[TheIrishMob Irish gangsters]] and the less-than-savory means he used to rise in the [=LSPD's=] ranks. [[spoiler: Niko himself can get in on the act, extorting Francis into removing anything lower than a 4-star wanted level, if he agrees to kill his brother Derrick for him.]]
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