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15th Jan '17 4:44:57 PM NegiSpongie
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' episode "Aaughh!! Wilderness!!"
-->'''Carl:''' Not that fresh air and ticks in your sleeping bag isn't fun, but why do we have to go camping with you, Jimmy?\\
'''Jimmy:''' Because if you don't, I'll be forced to publish these high-definition photos of you two playing with Pompono Beach Debbie Dolls.\\
'''Sheen:''' Pompono Beach Debbie is an action figure! She possesses special powers that can defeat any adversary[[spoiler: ... except Ultra Lord, of course.]]
** In the episode where Libby, Sheen, and Jimmy run for class president: Sheen blackmails Carl with an embarrassing photograph of him at a party.
--->'''Sheen:''' The one with the [[NoodleIncident bubbles]]!
11th Jan '17 2:19:59 AM DoctorNemesis
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Also note that blackmail is an inherently dangerous activity. Informing someone that [[HeKnowsTooMuch you know too much]] is quite rarely the best course of action, especially if Creator/AgathaChristie is holding the pen or [[HaveYouToldAnyoneElse you haven't told anyone else]] (but don't tell too many people, as that would, of course, defeat the purpose of blackmail). The danger (along with the potential [[TooDumbToLive stupidity]] is compounded if the intended victim of the blackmail is already a murderer. After all, if they've already had sufficient reason to kill at least one person, is it very likely that they'll baulk at murdering another -- especially if that other person is trying to squeeze them for money?

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Also note that blackmail is an inherently dangerous activity. Informing someone that [[HeKnowsTooMuch you know too much]] is quite rarely the best course of action, especially if Creator/AgathaChristie is holding the pen or [[HaveYouToldAnyoneElse you haven't told anyone else]] (but don't tell too many people, as that would, of course, defeat the purpose of blackmail). The danger (along with the potential [[TooDumbToLive stupidity]] stupidity]]) is compounded if the intended victim of the blackmail is already a murderer. After all, if they've already had sufficient reason to kill at least one person, is it very likely that they'll baulk at murdering another -- especially if that other person is trying to squeeze them for money?
2nd Jan '17 4:03:40 PM LongTallShorty64
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* In ''Film/TrueConfession'', Charley knows that Helen didnít kill Otto; he has Ottoís wallet and is the real killer. He threatens to tell the police that Helen committed perjury if she and Ken donít give him $30,000.
2nd Jan '17 5:44:32 AM MeleKalikimaka
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'': Diesel wants to maintain his rough-and-tumble reputation, and Thomas takes advantage of this after he spots Diesel smiling and cooing at some ducklings: act nicer to the other engines, or his friends will learn about his [[BruiserWithASoftCenter Soft Center]]. [[spoiler:When Diesel's friends turn out to have the same weakness for ducklings, everyone learns AnAesop that [[RealMenWearPink it's okay to have a gentle side]].]]
27th Dec '16 4:04:37 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Tyrion turns Lancel into his mole within Cersei's inner circle by threatening to expose that Cersei has been using him as a bedwarmer.
21st Dec '16 6:31:27 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''Theatre/TheLittleFoxes'', this is Regina's final gambit. After she learns from her dying husband that Leo stole the bonds that were in his safe-deposit box, she tells her brothers that she will have seventy-five percent in exchange for the bonds or else she will tell the whole scandalous story in court tomorrow. She's aware that Horace might tell a different tale in court to spite her if he were still alive, but [[MurderByInaction she's taken care of that already]].

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* In ''Theatre/TheLittleFoxes'', this is Regina's final gambit. After she learns from her dying husband that Leo stole the bonds that were in his safe-deposit box, she tells her brothers that she will have seventy-five percent in exchange for the bonds or else she will tell the whole scandalous story in court tomorrow.tomorrow and publicly denounce them as the swindlers everyone knows they are. She's aware that Horace might tell a different tale in court to spite her if he were still alive, but [[MurderByInaction she's taken care of that already]].
21st Dec '16 6:29:34 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''Theatre/TheLittleFoxes'', this is Regina's final gambit. After she learns from her dying husband that Leo stole the bonds that were in his safe-deposit box, she tells her brothers that she will have seventy-five percent in exchange for the bonds or else she will tell the whole scandalous story in court tomorrow. She's aware that Horace might tell a different tale in court to spite her if he were still alive, but [[MurderByInaction she's taken care of that already]].
20th Dec '16 2:04:31 AM Nazetrime
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* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': Trond blackmails the captain of a merchant ship to drop food supplies in the [[ForbiddenZone Silent World]] when the crew runs out of food much earlier than expected. After one of the crates turns out to contain a non-immune member of the ship's cooking staff who thought he was smuggling himself into a vacation of sorts, the arrangements for a quarantine ship to pick up the crew are stated to have involved blackmail as well.
12th Dec '16 1:23:27 AM TheBigBopper
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* A plot by the tin-pot little African country of Buranda in ''Series/YesMinister'' results in the following [[SadisticChoice between a rock and a hard place]] exchange between the eponymous Minister, Jim Hacker, and the very black leader of Buranda:

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* A plot by the tin-pot little African country of Buranda in ''Series/YesMinister'' results in the following [[SadisticChoice [[MortonsFork between a rock and a hard place]] exchange between the eponymous Minister, Jim Hacker, and the very black leader of Buranda:
8th Dec '16 11:54:34 PM upupandaway42
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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' episode [[Recap/TheFlash2014S3E7KillerFrost "Killer Frost"]], Julian blackmails [[Comicbook/TheFlash Barry]] - in exchange for Julian keeping quiet about [[spoiler: Caitlin kidnapping and trying to kill him]], Barry must [[spoiler: quit his job as a CSI]].
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