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4th Feb '17 7:32:45 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** In ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' Glenda is able to get her way into the palace and see the ruler of the city by bribing the guards ''with pie''. This is a subversion, however, because A) Glenda is a SupremeChef whose pies are fantastic and B) Lord Vetinari [[MagnificentBastard specifically instructed]] the guards to accept any and all bribes, no matter how small.

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** In ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' Glenda is able to get her way into the palace and see the ruler of the city by bribing the guards ''with pie''. This is a subversion, however, because A) Glenda is a SupremeChef whose pies are fantastic and B) Lord Vetinari [[MagnificentBastard specifically instructed]] the guards to accept (and report) any and all bribes, no matter how small.
13th Jan '17 9:27:32 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ''Film/LastHoliday'': Georgia Byrd's PointyHairedBoss tries to stop her from leaving [[spoiler:because she was wrongly diagnosed as terminally ill and has decided to live her last days fully... the fact that when she decided to announce it to him, he pissed her off by announcing that he never told her she was one of the best employees of the store in an attempt to keep her from asking for a promotion or demanding a raise didn't helped any]] by offering her a raise... of $1.50 per hour (and he ''started'' at only thirty cents. That was his "final offer" by the time she was ''right at the store's door'').
5th Jan '17 5:15:11 PM ZimFan89
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* In ''FanFic/QueenOfShadow'', what is [[GreaterScopeVillain Shendu's]] "gift" to Jade at the Shadowkhan's "victorious conquest of Kyushu" banquet? ''Three gold coins''. The [[EunuchsAreEvil Grand Eunuch]] tries to play it off as a great gesture, since dragons usually guard their treasure so jealously, but Jade and Hiruzen clearly see the insult and disrespect in so little being offered. The Eunuch dismissively referring to the Shadowkhan as if they're vassals of Shendu instead of an independent power doesn't help.

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* In ''FanFic/QueenOfShadow'', ''FanFic/QueenOfShadows'', what is [[GreaterScopeVillain Shendu's]] "gift" to Jade at the Shadowkhan's "victorious conquest of Kyushu" banquet? ''Three gold coins''. The [[EunuchsAreEvil Grand Eunuch]] tries to play it off as a great gesture, since dragons usually guard their treasure so jealously, but Jade and Hiruzen clearly see the insult and disrespect in so little being offered. The Eunuch dismissively referring to the Shadowkhan as if they're vassals of Shendu instead of an independent power doesn't help.
5th Jan '17 5:14:57 PM ZimFan89
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* In ''FanFic/QueenOfShadow'', what is [[GreaterScopeVillain Shendu's]] "gift" to Jade at the Shadowkhan's "victorious conquest of Kyushu" banquet? ''Three gold coins''. The [[EunuchsAreEvil Grand Eunuch]] tries to play it off as a great gesture, since dragons usually guard their treasure so jealously, but Jade and Hiruzen clearly see the insult and disrespect in so little being offered. The Eunuch dismissively referring to the Shadowkhan as if they're vassals of Shendu instead of an independent power doesn't help.
31st Dec '16 4:16:49 AM Lloigor
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** Peter himself is similarly oblivious to an appropriate tip. In one strip, Peter Fox does a complex order for a coffee (basically stating one cappuccino without any ingredients), and then paying him $5.00 and telling the clerk to keep the change (the amount was $4.97). Peter admits to Jason that he was being annoying, explaining that this was the reason he tipped him. Cue the three pennies being thrown towards Peter's head offscreen.

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** Peter himself is similarly oblivious to an appropriate tip. In one strip, Peter Fox does a complex order for a coffee (basically stating one cappuccino without any ingredients), and then paying him $5.00 and telling the clerk to keep the change (the amount was $4.97). Peter admits to Jason that he was being annoying, explaining that this was the reason he tipped him. Cue the three pennies being thrown towards Peter's head offscreen.
27th Dec '16 7:41:07 AM MiddleEighth
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*A variation in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'': Hoping that the mine-robbers have the amulet the four are desperate to get, Paul offers them 50,000 Swords for what has been described as a god-level artifact. This in a world where a nice dining room set costs 14,000 Swords!
**To be fair, this was nearly all the money that the four had at that point, and they really didn't expect to buy it for so little, or that the mine-robbers even had it. (They didn't.) Paul was mostly hoping he could lure the mine-robbers into attacking him, so the four could defeat them and take their stuff and sort through it to see if they had the amulet. Combat ensued, naturally.
21st Dec '16 4:20:03 PM Milarqui
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* A variant in ''Fanfic/MythosEffect'': after the Battle of Shanxi (in which humanity won decisively), the Turians offer ten million credits as payment for starting the fight, which is initially considered a somewhat acceptable quantity. However, the rest of the offered peace treaty demands that humanity destroy all of its arcanotechnology (which amounts to the full destruction of most of Humanity's economy) and immediately change to Element Zero-based technology, and their forced joining to the Council as an associate race. This, combined with Ambassador Sparatus' CulturalPosturing and arrogance, is obviously considered an insult by Nazzadi and Human alike, and war explodes.
7th Dec '16 6:20:52 AM crazysamaritan
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* In an episode of ''{{Brickleberry}}'', the park rangers lose their park to Bobby Possumcods losing their jobs and homes, so Woody and Ethel try to bribe Bobby to give them back the park with $3.47 on a McDonald's gift card.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' when Peter has declared his house to be a sovereign nation, he ends up at war with the United States. Peter's first peace offer is that he gets to keep his sovereignity and gets his neighbor Joe's pool, which is denied, and then just keeping his sovereignity, which is denied again. So he demands... a pen sitting on the desk in front of him:

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* In an episode of ''{{Brickleberry}}'', the park rangers lose their park to Bobby Possumcods losing their jobs and homes, so Woody and Ethel try to bribe Bobby to give them back the park with $3.47 on a McDonald's UsefulNotes/McDonalds gift card.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' when ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
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Peter has declared his house to be a sovereign nation, he ends up at war with the United States. Peter's first peace offer is that he gets to keep his sovereignity and gets his neighbor Joe's pool, which is denied, and then just keeping his sovereignity, which is denied again. So he demands... a pen sitting on the desk in front of him:



** Later when Peter was visiting Brown University he offers the Dean's secretary a $5 bribe to get Meg admitted.

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** Later when When Peter was visiting Brown University he offers the Dean's secretary a $5 bribe to get Meg admitted.



** Peter also tried to bribe a judge with a magazine subscription. The judge turns it down because [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike he already has a subscription]] [[ComicallyMissingThePoint to that magazine]].
** In another episode Chris runs off to live with a tribe in the jungle. When the family arrives to get him back Peter learns that his $37 makes him the richest man in the village and he begins giving out tiny bribes for everything, including the natives acting out Seinfeld episodes. Also Joe Pesci will say things that sound funny for a nickel. After he laughs Peter throws a coin at the village warriors - "Here's a dime. Kill Pesci."

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** Peter also tried to bribe a judge with a magazine subscription. The judge turns it down because [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike he already has a subscription]] [[ComicallyMissingThePoint to that magazine]].
** In another episode Chris runs off to live with a tribe in the jungle. When the family arrives to get him back Peter learns that his $37 makes him the richest man in the village and he begins giving out tiny bribes for everything, including the natives acting out Seinfeld episodes. Also Joe Pesci will say things that sound funny for a nickel. After he laughs Peter throws a coin at the village warriors - "Here's a dime. Kill Pesci."
3rd Dec '16 9:20:27 PM Khrunwahl02
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* In an episode of ''{{Brickleberry}}'', the park rangers lose their park to Bobby Possumcods losing their jobs and homes, so Woody and Ethel try to bribe Bobby to give them back the park with $3.47 on a McDonald's gift card.
1st Dec '16 12:00:14 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' you have the opportunity to attempt to persuade the chieftain of the [[BarbarianTribe Sand People]] to stop his attacks on Anchorhead for 100 credits (barely enough to buy a medpac). The chieftain is understandably noncompliant, and your translator notes that they have no use for your money since they can't actually spend it. The actual goods he ''will'' take in exchange turn out to only cost 400, though; half that if you're good at negotiating.

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* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' you have the opportunity to attempt to persuade the chieftain of the [[BarbarianTribe Sand People]] to stop his attacks on Anchorhead for 100 credits (barely enough to buy a medpac). The chieftain is understandably noncompliant, and your translator notes that they have no use for your money since they can't actually spend it. The actual goods he ''will'' take in exchange turn out to only cost 400, though; half that if you're good at negotiating. The Sand People mostly just need somebody to pick them up, since the store is in a settlement they're at war with.
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