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26th Sep '16 11:59:02 PM intastiel
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* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', you meet several: Trip, the disaffected, twitchy, TripleShifter pawn-shop manager; Mercurio, the 60-something ghoul in a [[OlderThanTheyLook 30-something body]] who can get "anything anyone wants at any time"; Slater, night shift convenience store worker, so bored in his SoulSuckingRetailJob that he sells guns on the side; and Tseng, very definitely NOT a Chinese army veteran, vendor of herbal remedies that sometimes have a superficial resemblance to automatic weapons.
7th Sep '16 8:00:53 PM zarpaulus
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* In Series VIII of ''Series/RedDwarf'', when the Dwarfers are in the brig, Lister is friends with a [[InTheFutureWeStillHaveRoombas Skutter]] who can get him stuff from all over the ship to help him.
11th Aug '16 11:16:22 AM siberia82
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* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Caliban is a broker who operates behind the UsefulNotes/IronCurtain, with Psylocke as his bodyguard. Mystique goes to him for fake [=IDs=] for the mutants that she helps.
15th Jul '16 10:47:52 PM Vir
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* ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' has Spyke, a literal StreetUrchin who's known to hang in a back alley. He offers various services at premium price, amongst them being "obtaining" clothing the player asks him to get, selling it a three times the store price. Better to not ask him where he gets those.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' has Spyke, a literal StreetUrchin who's known to hang in a back alley. He offers various services at premium price, amongst them being "obtaining" clothing the player asks him to get, selling it a at three times the store price. Better to not ask him where he gets those.
11th Jun '16 10:09:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* Rhett Butler from ''GoneWithTheWind'', who [[ScrewTheWarWerePartying lives quite well despite the late unpleasantness]]. (He is a privateer, after all.)
* The Finn, of William Gibson's SprawlTrilogy. The Finn is a rare example of a smart, GenreSavvy one, who practices smart discretion and proves more than capable of defending himself when attacked. The Finn long surpasses the general life expectancy of this character type in most stories. Due to the nature of the depicted cyberpunk society, it's debatable wether he can be considered a friend, though.

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* Rhett Butler from ''GoneWithTheWind'', ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'', who [[ScrewTheWarWerePartying lives quite well despite the late unpleasantness]]. (He is a privateer, after all.)
* The Finn, of William Gibson's SprawlTrilogy.''Literature/SprawlTrilogy''. The Finn is a rare example of a smart, GenreSavvy one, who practices smart discretion and proves more than capable of defending himself when attacked. The Finn long surpasses the general life expectancy of this character type in most stories. Due to the nature of the depicted cyberpunk society, it's debatable wether he can be considered a friend, though.
12th Jan '16 4:08:38 AM erforce
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* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'': Red is able to get, amongst other things, a poster of Creator/RitaHayworth and a [[ChekhovsGun small rock hammer]].
* Flash Harry in the ''Film/StTrinians'' series.
* Sid Carter in ''[[Franchise/CarryOn Carry On Matron]]''.
* Sgt. Bilko in ''[[Series/ThePhilSilversShow Sgt. Bilko]]''
* Joseph in ''AuRevoirLesEnfants''

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* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'': Red in the prison-set ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' is able to get, amongst other things, a poster of Creator/RitaHayworth and a [[ChekhovsGun small rock hammer]].
* %%* Flash Harry in the ''Film/StTrinians'' series.
* %%* Sid Carter in ''[[Franchise/CarryOn Carry On Matron]]''.
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Sgt. Bilko in ''[[Series/ThePhilSilversShow Sgt. Bilko]]''
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Joseph in ''AuRevoirLesEnfants''''Film/AuRevoirLesEnfants''



* Private Walker, the spiv in ''Series/DadsArmy''.

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* %%* Private Walker, the spiv in ''Series/DadsArmy''.



* In one episode of ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'', Captain Vansen is forced to deal with this guy aboard the ''[[CoolStarship Saratoga]]'', trading him a key to the Officers' Lavatory (presumably much nicer than what the enlisted guys normally get to use), [[ChainOfDeals in exchange for a bowl of strawberries that she needed to trade with someone ''else'' to get his spot in line to make a call home]].
* Sgt. Bilko in ''Series/ThePhilSilversShow''

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* In one episode of ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'', ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'', Captain Vansen is forced to deal with this guy aboard the ''[[CoolStarship Saratoga]]'', trading him a key to the Officers' Lavatory (presumably much nicer than what the enlisted guys normally get to use), [[ChainOfDeals in exchange for a bowl of strawberries that she needed to trade with someone ''else'' to get his spot in line to make a call home]].
* %%* Sgt. Bilko in ''Series/ThePhilSilversShow''



* Uncle Eddie from ''GroundedForLife'' has a lot of connections with suspicious people, and is often able to obtain questionable items. Pointed out in one episode:

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* Uncle Eddie from ''GroundedForLife'' ''Series/GroundedForLife'' has a lot of connections with suspicious people, and is often able to obtain questionable items. Pointed out in one episode:






* CPO Pertwee in ''Radio/TheNavyLark''
* Jimmy DaWeasel in ''Radio/TheSpaceGypsyAdventures'', though sometimes Fluff Catt or Gemma Mildury will fill this role. DC Fusky masquerades as one of these in the 2004 remake of ''The Great Chocolate Biscuit Caper'', as part of a plan to finally catch Gemma red-pawed.

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* %%* CPO Pertwee in ''Radio/TheNavyLark''
* Jimmy DaWeasel [=DaWeasel=] in ''Radio/TheSpaceGypsyAdventures'', though sometimes Fluff Catt or Gemma Mildury will fill this role. DC Fusky masquerades as one of these in the 2004 remake of ''The Great Chocolate Biscuit Caper'', as part of a plan to finally catch Gemma red-pawed.



* The ''SpyroTheDragon'' series has Moneybags, who will perform various services for you for, "* ahem* , a small fee." It's usually anything but small (not to mention sometimes the price is insane for what he does), but if you want to finish the game, let alone get HundredPercentCompletion, you'll have to pay up. At least you [[spoiler: [[PayEvilUntoEvil get your]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome money back]]]].

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* The ''SpyroTheDragon'' ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' series has Moneybags, who will perform various services for you for, "* ahem* , a small fee." It's usually anything but small (not to mention sometimes the price is insane for what he does), but if you want to finish the game, let alone get HundredPercentCompletion, you'll have to pay up. At least you [[spoiler: [[PayEvilUntoEvil [[spoiler:[[PayEvilUntoEvil get your]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome money back]]]].back]].



* Gheed in ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} II'' could qualify as this and Honest John. Warriv states that, while Gheed is greedy, his wares are beyond reproach, suggesting that he realizes that selling low quality goods means that people would stop buying from him.

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* Gheed in ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} II'' ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' could qualify as this and Honest John. Warriv states that, while Gheed is greedy, his wares are beyond reproach, suggesting that he realizes that selling low quality goods means that people would stop buying from him.
4th Jan '16 5:34:28 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Al Capp's ''LilAbner'' had Available Jones, who could provide anything from a safety pin to a battleship, for a price.

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* Al Capp's ''LilAbner'' ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'' had Available Jones, who could provide anything from a safety pin to a battleship, for a price.
11th Oct '15 11:21:46 AM nombretomado
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* Sgt. Bilko in ''ThePhilSilversShow''

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* Sgt. Bilko in ''ThePhilSilversShow''''Series/ThePhilSilversShow''
4th Jul '15 9:05:39 PM Adept
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* CPO Pertwee in ''TheNavyLark''
* Jimmy DaWeasel in ''TheSpaceGypsyAdventures'', though sometimes Fluff Catt or Gemma Mildury will fill this role. DC Fusky masquerades as one of these in the 2004 remake of ''The Great Chocolate Biscuit Caper'', as part of a plan to finally catch Gemma red-pawed.

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* CPO Pertwee in ''TheNavyLark''
''Radio/TheNavyLark''
* Jimmy DaWeasel in ''TheSpaceGypsyAdventures'', ''Radio/TheSpaceGypsyAdventures'', though sometimes Fluff Catt or Gemma Mildury will fill this role. DC Fusky masquerades as one of these in the 2004 remake of ''The Great Chocolate Biscuit Caper'', as part of a plan to finally catch Gemma red-pawed.
4th Jun '15 9:28:35 PM Elbruno
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* ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' has Spyke, a literal StreetUrchin who's known to hang in a back alley. He offers various services at premium price, amongst them being "obtaining" clothing the player asks him to get, selling it a three times the store price. Better to not ask him where he gets those.
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