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27th Jul '17 1:06:44 AM azbyc15243
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* ''LightNovel/ASimpleSurvey'': In one short story, the narrator had dropped a 100 yen coin, which another person found. The second person used it to bet on a horse race, and won, getting a hundred times the money back. They then used this in pachinko, getting even more money, but a robber stole it all. Then a [[BadassBystander random bystander]] intervened, causing the money (in an attache case) to fall down a slope. Yet another person picked it up and used it for day trading, gaining an immense fortune, and donated half of this to children in a poor country. This then somehow led to oil being discovered in that country, lifting it out of poverty.
24th Jul '17 7:41:49 PM BaileyQ
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* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E5AHenInTheWolfHouse "A Hen in the Wolf House"]], Raina's plan involves one of these - in exchange for her not revealing that Simmons is a ReverseMole within Comicbook/{{HYDRA}}, Coulson will hand over Skye, whom she will deliver to Skye's father in exchange for the Obelisk, which she will deliver to Daniel Whitehall in exchange for him [[BreadMilkEggsSquick not torturing her to death]]. Things doesn't go as planned.

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* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E5AHenInTheWolfHouse "A Hen in the Wolf House"]], Raina's plan involves one of these - in exchange for her not revealing that Simmons is a ReverseMole within Comicbook/{{HYDRA}}, Coulson will hand over Skye, whom she will deliver to Skye's father in exchange for the Obelisk, which she will deliver to Daniel Whitehall in exchange for him [[BreadMilkEggsSquick not torturing her to death]]. Things doesn't don't go as planned.planned.
* In the ''Series/MadamSecretary'' episode "You Say You Want a Revolution," Secretary McCord and her staff must bargain with various people, from members of Congress to Cuban officials to a fugitive revolutionary in Cuba, in order to lift an embargo on Cuba. Each deal leads to a more complex deal, and the embargo is lifted.
8th Jul '17 4:02:53 PM nombretomado
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* The first ''SkinHorse'' storyline featured an increasingly absurd chain as main character Tip tried to deal with an increasingly bizarre string of escaped/lost sentient lab experiments.

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* The first ''SkinHorse'' ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' storyline featured an increasingly absurd chain as main character Tip tried to deal with an increasingly bizarre string of escaped/lost sentient lab experiments.
24th Jun '17 5:58:09 PM Arivne
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** The episode "For Want of a Boot" involves a variation of this.
** "The Price of Tomato Juice". Radar discovers that Colonel Potter loves tomato juice. The requisitions officer Major Burns refuses to order any unless he gets a pair of nylons. Corporal Klinger has a pair, but won't give them up unless he gets a two day leave in Tokyo. Colonel Potter agrees to give Klinger leave, but the commanding general in Tokyo wants Major Margaret Houlihan to go to Tokyo to be with him. Luckily the Major is entirely willing to cooperate.
** By contrast, "The Long John Flap" features a series of separate exchanges involving a pair of Long Johns, but there's no chain to be unwound. Ditto "Give and Take", in which the unwanted assignment of soliciting charity donations gets passed around a la FencePainting.

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** The episode Episode "For Want of a Boot" involves Boot". Captain Hawkeye Pierce needs a variation new pair of this.
boots. Supply sergeant Zale will send in the requisition form if Pierce can arrange for a dentist to fix his teeth. The camp dentist Captain Futterman won't do the work unless Hawkeye gets him a three day pass to Tokyo. Before Colonel Blake will issue the pass, he wants Major Houlihan to stop complaining to the Army brass about him. Margaret agrees to not send in a negative report on Colonel Blake if Hawkeye will throw a birthday party (including a birthday cake) for Major Burns. Corporal "Radar" O'Reilly will get the cake if Hawkeye can get Nurse Murphy to go out with him. Nurse Murphy agrees to do so in return for a hair dryer. Corporal Klinger wants a Section Eight discharge (which must be signed by four officers) for his hair dryer. Unfortunately Hawkeye can't get Major Burns to sign, so in turn each person in the chain refuses to cooperate, causing the deal to collapse.
** "The Price of Tomato Juice". Radar discovers that Colonel Potter loves tomato juice. The requisitions Requisitions officer Major Burns refuses to order any unless he gets a pair of nylons. Corporal Klinger has a pair, but won't give them up unless he gets a two day leave in Tokyo. Colonel Potter agrees to give Klinger leave, but the commanding general in Tokyo wants Major Margaret Houlihan to go to Tokyo to be with him. Luckily the Major is entirely willing to cooperate.
** By contrast, "The Long John Flap" features a series of separate exchanges involving a pair of Long Johns, but there's no chain to be unwound. Ditto "Give and Take", in which the unwanted assignment of soliciting charity donations gets passed around a la FencePainting.
cooperate.
24th Jun '17 5:40:09 PM Arivne
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* The ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episodes "For Want of a Boot" and "The Price of Tomato Juice" both involve variations of this.

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The ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episodes episode "For Want of a Boot" and involves a variation of this.
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"The Price of Tomato Juice" both involve variations Juice". Radar discovers that Colonel Potter loves tomato juice. The requisitions officer Major Burns refuses to order any unless he gets a pair of this.nylons. Corporal Klinger has a pair, but won't give them up unless he gets a two day leave in Tokyo. Colonel Potter agrees to give Klinger leave, but the commanding general in Tokyo wants Major Margaret Houlihan to go to Tokyo to be with him. Luckily the Major is entirely willing to cooperate.
24th Jun '17 9:12:44 AM BlindJustice-2515
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* Francis in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' attempts this to get something or other, and agrees to make exchanges between just about all the loggers in the camp. The problem for Francis is that it's a chain of ''promised'' deals, and he keeps making grander and grander promises to try to ground out the chain at something he can manage. He keeps going unsuccessfully until they find out it's rapidly becoming a complete sham and kick the crap out of him.

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* Francis in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' attempts this starts one of these in an attempt to get something or other, and agrees fix a hole in the roof of the lodge where he works, agreeing to make exchanges between just about all the loggers in the camp.community. The problem for Francis is that it's a chain of ''promised'' deals, and he keeps making grander and grander promises to try to ground out the chain at something he can manage. He keeps going unsuccessfully until they find out it's rapidly becoming a complete sham and kick the crap out of him.
13th May '17 1:53:29 PM nombretomado
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* Episode 9 of ''MyLittlePonyTheMentallyAdvancedSeries''. Twilight needs holy water from Pinkie, who wants vengeance on Fluttershy, who wants her hairbrush back from Rarity, who wants Applejack to lend her some farm hands for her work. Eventually {{Subverted|Trope}}: in the end, Twilight can't remember who wants what or why, and instead gets some holy water from the mayor.

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* Episode 9 of ''MyLittlePonyTheMentallyAdvancedSeries''.''WebVideo/MyLittlePonyTheMentallyAdvancedSeries''. Twilight needs holy water from Pinkie, who wants vengeance on Fluttershy, who wants her hairbrush back from Rarity, who wants Applejack to lend her some farm hands for her work. Eventually {{Subverted|Trope}}: in the end, Twilight can't remember who wants what or why, and instead gets some holy water from the mayor.
26th Mar '17 2:02:32 PM nombretomado
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* ''OgreBattle'' has at least one of these in the series. The original SNES game, Episode IV, [[{{Queen}} March of the Black Queen]] had several. The first you see is the powerful Ring of Undead, held by a wizard early in the game who would trade it for a Lexicon of Undead. And then there is the Diaspola chain. You start with some pirates with a copy of The Saga who are looking for a Map, which is in town with a man who is looking for Amatsu that can be found in the trade shop of neighboring town who only buys Furs which an underhanded sneak has and will part ways with if you give him all you money or return his stolen goblet held by bandits who want to hear a Foul Tome you received from a previous stage. Each of these items is worth progressively more than the previous.

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* ''OgreBattle'' ''VideoGame/OgreBattle'' has at least one of these in the series. The original SNES game, Episode IV, [[{{Queen}} March of the Black Queen]] had several. The first you see is the powerful Ring of Undead, held by a wizard early in the game who would trade it for a Lexicon of Undead. And then there is the Diaspola chain. You start with some pirates with a copy of The Saga who are looking for a Map, which is in town with a man who is looking for Amatsu that can be found in the trade shop of neighboring town who only buys Furs which an underhanded sneak has and will part ways with if you give him all you money or return his stolen goblet held by bandits who want to hear a Foul Tome you received from a previous stage. Each of these items is worth progressively more than the previous.
17th Mar '17 5:14:05 AM Arivne
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2791 SCP-2791 ("Fauste Bank plc")]]. The beings behind SCP-2791 use a series of complicated agreements (including BloodMagic contracts) to allow their customers to avoid the consequences of a DealWithTheDevil.
11th Mar '17 11:56:11 AM MyFinalEdits
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** Several of the ''Zelda'' games, including ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', include an item-trading quest of some sort, inspired by the aforementioned tale of the straw millionaire. The one in ''Link's Awakening'' nets you a Magnifying Glass that will allow you to see invisible enemies, get the Boomerang, ''and'' reach the FinalBoss, while the two in ''Ocarina'' net you the Mask of Truth and the powerful Biggoron's Sword.
** The ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle]]'' games have one each to get the Level-2 sword (or Level-3 sword if you already have the Level-2 sword in a linked game). Unlike ''Link's Awakening'', this quest is totally optional. It's also possible to avoid it entirely in ''Seasons''. In ''Ages'' the chain of deals is to get the broken sword so it can be repaired, but in ''Seasons'' the final deal gets you a phonograph that encourages a deku scrub to tell you how to find the sword in TheLostWoods. Thus you can look the trick up on-line and avoid having to trade anything.
*** In ''Ages'' you have to complete another (short) chain to acquire the two keys for the sixth dungeon on rolling ridge.

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** Several of the ''Zelda'' games, including ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', starting with ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'', include an item-trading quest of some sort, inspired by the aforementioned tale of the straw millionaire. The one in ''Link's Awakening'' nets you a Magnifying Glass that will allow you to see invisible enemies, get the Boomerang, ''and'' reach the FinalBoss, while the two in ''Ocarina'' ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' net you the Mask of Truth (along with three more masks) and the powerful Biggoron's Sword.
Sword respectively.
** The ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle]]'' games have one each to get the Level-2 sword (or Level-3 sword if you already have the Level-2 sword in a linked game). Unlike ''Link's Awakening'', this quest is totally optional. It's also possible to avoid it entirely in ''Seasons''. In ''Ages'' the chain of deals is to get the broken sword so it can be repaired, but in ''Seasons'' the final deal gets you a phonograph that encourages a deku scrub to tell you how to find the sword in TheLostWoods. Thus you can look the trick up on-line and avoid having to trade anything.
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anything. Also in ''Ages'' you have to complete another (short) chain to acquire the two keys for the sixth dungeon on rolling ridge.



** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' you have to trade with the Gibdos in Ikana Canyon to finally acquire the Mirror Shield.



* ''SuikodenI'' has a classic example, where recruiting a particular member of the 108 Stars of Destiny requires you to run through a long ChainOfDeals in order to get soap for a washing-woman who's run out. When you actually succeed, it turns out that she'd just discovered that she wasn't out of soap after all, but in acknowledgement of the trouble you went through to get her soap, she joins you anyway.

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* ''SuikodenI'' ''VideoGame/SuikodenI'' has a classic example, where recruiting a particular member of the 108 Stars of Destiny requires you to run through a long ChainOfDeals in order to get soap for a washing-woman who's run out. When you actually succeed, it turns out that she'd just discovered that she wasn't out of soap after all, but in acknowledgement of the trouble you went through to get her soap, she joins you anyway.
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