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14th Jun '18 7:01:58 PM Kalaong
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* The plot of ''Film/BabePigInTheCity'' begins with the farm being threatened with foreclosure:
-->'''Narrator:''' Before long, two men showed up. Two men in suits. Men with pale faces and soulless eyes. Such men could have come from only one place: the bank.
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether attempt to put on another show]] in order to save the orphanage they were raised in from being closed due to back tax debt.



* In the Mickey Rooney movie ''Quicksand'', the appearance of one of these accelerates the downward spiral of the hero, since he threatens to have the young fellow jailed for fraud unless he pays all the money on an installment plan watch within 24 hours.
* Averted with taxman Harold Crick in ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'', who is the hero of the story.

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* In the Mickey Rooney movie ''Quicksand'', the appearance Any adaptation of one of these accelerates the downward spiral of the hero, since he threatens ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' that shows Scrooge trying to have the young fellow jailed for fraud unless he pays all the collect money on an installment plan watch within 24 hours.
* Averted with taxman Harold Crick in ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'', who is the hero of the story.
owed to him invariably depicts him as one.



* The titular Repo Men of ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' repossess your organs if you fail to make your payments to [=GeneCo=]. Though the only one we see in action is Nathan, who is more of a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, given that he's forced into the role by Rotti, and appears to be genuinely mentally ill, with a vicious split personality that takes over whenever he's in Repo Man mode.
* The plot of ''Film/BabePigInTheCity'' begins with the farm being threatened with foreclosure:
-->'''Narrator:''' Before long, two men showed up. Two men in suits. Men with pale faces and soulless eyes. Such men could have come from only one place: the bank.
* In ''Film/SuicideKings'', it is eventually revealed that the two kidnappers are debt collectors for a LoanShark, and that the kidnapping is simply a means to allow the debtor to get the money from their family. Who that debtor is becomes the film's central mystery.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The Rodian bounty hunter Greedo in ''Film/ANewHope'' is an EvilDebtCollector in the employ of criminal kingpin[=/=]LoanShark Jabba the Hutt. He's not above pulling a gun on a recalcitrant debtor like Han Solo, which leads to his KarmicDeath when Han shoots him first. Of course, in the Special Edition, George Lucas felt the need to give Han even more obvious moral high ground (possibly to maintain the movie's PG rating), so this scene was edited to have [[TheDogShotFirst Greedo fire at Han first]].
** Several decades later, in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Han had to put up with another one in the form of a young, outer-space equivalent of a ViolentGlaswegian, named Bala-Tik, an agent of a crime cabal called The Guavian Death Gang. However, the appearance of some Rathtar monsters Han was hauling put a stop to that.
* Rocky Balboa's primary occupation at the [[Film/{{Rocky}} very beginning]] of the ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' series. The 'evil' part is averted when Rocky actually attempts to use reason and compassion in dealing with a debtor (and in keeping Paulie from going into the business).
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether attempt to put on another show]] in order to save the orphanage they were raised in from being closed due to back tax debt.

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* The titular Repo Men of ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' repossess your organs if you fail to make your payments to [=GeneCo=]. Though Dutch movie ''Karakter'' is about a debt collector battling with his illegitimate son. Although the only one we see in action debt collector is Nathan, who hated by all his 'customers' his side of the story is more of a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, given that he's forced into the role by Rotti, and appears to be genuinely mentally ill, with a vicious split personality that takes over whenever he's in Repo Man mode.
* The plot of ''Film/BabePigInTheCity'' begins with the farm being threatened with foreclosure:
-->'''Narrator:''' Before long, two men showed up. Two men in suits. Men with pale faces and soulless eyes. Such men could have come from only one place: the bank.
* In ''Film/SuicideKings'', it is eventually revealed that the two kidnappers are debt collectors for a LoanShark, and that the kidnapping
he is simply a means to allow following the debtor to law and making sure freeloaders get the money from their family. Who that debtor is becomes due. He seems to legitimately love his son and want him to succeed but also believes in though love, very tough love [[spoiler: the film's central mystery.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The Rodian bounty hunter Greedo in ''Film/ANewHope'' is an EvilDebtCollector in the employ of criminal kingpin[=/=]LoanShark Jabba the Hutt. He's not above pulling a gun on a recalcitrant debtor like Han Solo, which leads to his KarmicDeath when Han shoots him first. Of course, in the Special Edition, George Lucas felt the need to give Han even more obvious moral high ground (possibly to maintain the movie's PG rating), so this scene was edited to have [[TheDogShotFirst Greedo fire at Han first]].
** Several decades later, in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Han had to put up with another one in the form of a young, outer-space equivalent of a ViolentGlaswegian, named Bala-Tik, an agent of a crime cabal called The Guavian Death Gang. However, the appearance of some Rathtar monsters Han was hauling put a stop to that.
* Rocky Balboa's primary occupation
debt collector commits suicide at the [[Film/{{Rocky}} very beginning]] end of the ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' series. The 'evil' part is averted when Rocky actually attempts to use reason and compassion in dealing with a debtor (and in keeping Paulie from going into movie, but throughout the business).
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether attempt to put on another show]] in order to save
movie the orphanage they were raised in from being closed due viewer was led to back tax debt.believe his son had killed him]].



* In the Mickey Rooney movie ''Quicksand'', the appearance of one of these accelerates the downward spiral of the hero, since he threatens to have the young fellow jailed for fraud unless he pays all the money on an installment plan watch within 24 hours.
* The titular Repo Men of both the following films repossess your ''organs'' -- which is obviously lethal -- if you fail to make your payments;
**''Film/RepoMen''. Even being one yourself won't make other Repo Men shy from repossessing your leased liver.
--->If you can't pay for your car, the bank takes it back. If you can't pay for your house, the bank takes it back. If you can't pay for your liver, well, that's where I come in.
**''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera''. Though the only one we see in action is Nathan, who is more of a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, given that he's forced into the role by Rotti, and appears to be genuinely mentally ill, with a vicious split personality that takes over whenever he's in Repo Man mode.
* Rocky Balboa's primary occupation at the [[Film/{{Rocky}} very beginning]] of the ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' series. The 'evil' part is averted when Rocky actually attempts to use reason and compassion in dealing with a debtor (and in keeping Paulie from going into the business).
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The Rodian bounty hunter Greedo in ''Film/ANewHope'' is an EvilDebtCollector in the employ of criminal kingpin[=/=]LoanShark Jabba the Hutt. He's not above pulling a gun on a recalcitrant debtor like Han Solo, which leads to his KarmicDeath when Han shoots him first. Of course, in the Special Edition, George Lucas felt the need to give Han even more obvious moral high ground (possibly to maintain the movie's PG rating), so this scene was edited to have [[TheDogShotFirst Greedo fire at Han first]].
** Several decades later, in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Han had to put up with another one in the form of a young, outer-space equivalent of a ViolentGlaswegian, named Bala-Tik, an agent of a crime cabal called The Guavian Death Gang. However, the appearance of some Rathtar monsters Han was hauling put a stop to that.
* Averted with taxman Harold Crick in ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'', who is the hero of the story.
* In ''Film/SuicideKings'', it is eventually revealed that the two kidnappers are debt collectors for a LoanShark, and that the kidnapping is simply a means to allow the debtor to get the money from their family. Who that debtor is becomes the film's central mystery.



* Dutch movie ''Karakter'' is about a debt collector battling with his illigitimate son. Although the debt collector is hated by all his 'customers' his side of the story is that he is simply following the law and making sure freeloaders get their due. He seems to legitimitly love his son and want him to succeed but also believes in though love, very tough love [[spoiler: the debt collector commits suicide at the end of the movie, but throughout the movie the viewer was led to believe his son had killed him]]
* Any adaptation of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' that shows Scrooge trying to collect money owed to him invariably depicts him as one.
14th May '18 2:16:08 PM Eddy1215
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* In the Disney version of ''Disney/RobinHood'', the Sheriff of Nottingham plays this trope by collecting harsh, unnecessary taxes for the greedy Prince John. Despite saying [[JustDoingMyJob he is just doing his duty]], the crooked lawman crosses several lines by taking money that is hidden in the cast of a man's broken leg (even beating on it to get the last coin out), stealing a child's birthday gift that is a coin (a farthing: the lowest denomination in existence in that time period), robbing a blind beggar (who is really the title hero in disguise), and even taking the only coin from the church's poor box. The last one crosses the line from cruel to outright illegal when you consider the fact that the crown didn't have the authority to tax the church at all at that point in history, being a major political hot topic for centuries. [[FridgeBrilliance That may explain why]] Friar Tuck [[BerserkButton loses his cool and proceeds to give the Sheriff a thumping before he is arrested]] (something that Sheriffs at that point in history didn't have the legal authority to do either).

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* In the Disney version of ''Disney/RobinHood'', the Sheriff of Nottingham plays this trope by collecting harsh, unnecessary taxes for the greedy Prince John. Despite saying [[JustDoingMyJob he is just doing his duty]], the crooked lawman crosses several lines by taking money that is hidden in the cast of a man's broken leg (even beating on it to get the last coin out), stealing a child's farthing birthday gift that is a coin (a farthing: (which was the lowest denomination in existence in that time period), robbing a blind beggar (who is really the title hero in disguise), and even taking the only coin from the church's poor box. The last one crosses the line from cruel to outright illegal when you consider the fact that the crown didn't have the authority to tax the church at all at that point in history, being a major political hot topic for centuries. [[FridgeBrilliance That may explain why]] Friar Tuck [[BerserkButton loses his cool and proceeds to give the Sheriff a thumping before he is arrested]] (something that Sheriffs at that point in history didn't have the legal authority to do either).
3rd May '18 7:01:53 PM Eddy1215
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* In the Disney version of ''Disney/RobinHood'', the Sheriff of Nottingham plays this trope by collecting harsh, unnecessary taxes for the greedy Prince John. Despite saying [[JustDoingMyJob he is just doing his duty]], the crooked lawman crosses lines by taking money that is hidden in the cast of a man's broken leg (even beating on it to get the last coin out), stealing a child's birthday gift that is a coin (a farthing: the lowest denomination in existence in that time period), robbing a blind beggar (who is really the title hero in disguise), and even taking the only coin from the church's poor box. The last one crosses the line from cruel to outright illegal when you consider the fact that the crown didn't have the authority to tax the church at all at that point in history. It was a major political hot topic for centuries. That may explain why Friar Tuck [[BerserkButton loses his cool and proceeds to give the Sheriff a thumping before he is arrested]] (something that Sheriffs at that point in history didn't have the legal authority to do either).

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* In the Disney version of ''Disney/RobinHood'', the Sheriff of Nottingham plays this trope by collecting harsh, unnecessary taxes for the greedy Prince John. Despite saying [[JustDoingMyJob he is just doing his duty]], the crooked lawman crosses several lines by taking money that is hidden in the cast of a man's broken leg (even beating on it to get the last coin out), stealing a child's birthday gift that is a coin (a farthing: the lowest denomination in existence in that time period), robbing a blind beggar (who is really the title hero in disguise), and even taking the only coin from the church's poor box. The last one crosses the line from cruel to outright illegal when you consider the fact that the crown didn't have the authority to tax the church at all at that point in history. It was history, being a major political hot topic for centuries. [[FridgeBrilliance That may explain why why]] Friar Tuck [[BerserkButton loses his cool and proceeds to give the Sheriff a thumping before he is arrested]] (something that Sheriffs at that point in history didn't have the legal authority to do either).
10th Apr '18 11:16:13 AM EDP
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** Also from ''Paperinik New Adventures'', there's aliens who will ''start wars'' over unpaid debts-a merchant coalition went at war against a planet because they wouldn't pay their debts for too long (then again, they wouldn't pay the PrivateMilitaryContractors they hired to defend themselves, so the merchants may have a point), and in the second series the builders of an industrial planet replied to the commissioning mining company refusing to pay when they went overbudget not by suing them but by hiring a mercenary army to take it back.
7th Feb '18 9:54:01 AM HeroGal2347
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* Even Scrooge [=McDuck=] isn't immune to this trope. "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E5NothingToFear Nothing to Fear]]" from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' had the protagonists suffering from their worst nightmares. Scrooge's worst fear is debt collectors taking away everything he owns, even to the point of trying to take away Huey, Dewey and Louie.

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* Even Scrooge [=McDuck=] isn't immune to this trope. "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E5NothingToFear Nothing to Fear]]" from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' had the protagonists suffering from their worst nightmares. Scrooge's worst fear is debt collectors taking away everything he owns, even to the point of trying to take away Huey, Dewey and Louie.
8th Jan '18 9:55:07 AM Omeganian
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** When the Ten Tribes of Israel started breaking off, Rehoboam tried collecting taxes from them by sending Adoniram, who's been doing that since before ''Solomon''. The guy never returned.
1st Jan '18 8:13:36 PM mirisu92
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[[caption-width-right:260:Fear me if you dare!]]

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[[caption-width-right:260:Fear me if you dare!]]
dare! [[note]]Also, ducks have teeth?[[/note]]]]
30th Dec '17 10:41:43 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''ComicStrip/DeRechter'': One of the characters is a debt collector, who can be very relentless when it comes to doing his job.
4th Dec '17 6:51:07 AM Shadowgazer
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Related to LoanShark and MorallyBankruptBanker. OlderThanFeudalism. A form of AcceptableProfessionalTargets. Using one of these is a good way for someone trying to KillTheCreditor to be written as sympathetic.

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Related to LoanShark and MorallyBankruptBanker. OlderThanFeudalism. A form of AcceptableProfessionalTargets. Using one of these is a good way for someone trying to KillTheCreditor to be written as sympathetic.
[[SympatheticMurderer sympathetic]].
25th Oct '17 4:13:12 PM Pichu-kun
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* Parodied in the ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' series multiple times. While Tom Nook may occasionally make a joke about sending "the raccoon goons" if you don't pay him back for your house upgrades, you can TakeYourTime paying him back.
** Happy Home Designer reveals that he knows about this trope and uses the fear of it to teach life lessons about debt.

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* Parodied in the ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' series multiple times. While Tom Nook may occasionally make a joke about sending "the raccoon goons" if you don't pay him back for your house upgrades, you can TakeYourTime paying him back.
** Happy Home Designer
back. ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossingHappyHomeDesigner'' reveals that he knows about this trope and uses the fear of it to teach life lessons about debt.
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