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26th May '17 10:16:17 AM samitv
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* In ''Series/SneakyPete'', when Otto needs his safe opened as he forgot the code, Marius has a friend who would open the safe and tell Marius the code as well.
22nd Apr '17 6:12:01 AM LentilSandEater
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* The Finn, of William Gibson's ''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.

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* The Finn, of William Gibson's ''Literature/SprawlTrilogy''. The Finn is a rare example of a smart, GenreSavvy smart 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.
13th Mar '17 8:36:12 AM LadyNorbert
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* Varric's seat in the Merchants' Guild is treated as basically being this in ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]''. When the Inquisition needs a large supply of lyrium in a short amount of time, they have him reach out to his undercity contacts to get it. The actual bill of sale is presented in one chapter, only to have Varric - who is [[DirectLineToTheAuthor the story's editor]] - remove it and state his objections to the author including it.
-->'''Editorís note:''' Scholar, ''I'' donít read my mail from the Merchants' Guild Ė why should anyone else have to look at it?



* Both Radar and Klinger from ''[[Series/{{MASH}} M*A*S*H]]'', who use their wits to get anything the hospital needs. (Klinger getting the job when Radar leaves)
** And when that didn't work, more than a couple times Father Mulcahy was the go-between between the camp and the ''actual'' black market.
--->"You'd be surprised with what a priest can get away with."

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* Both Radar and Klinger from ''[[Series/{{MASH}} M*A*S*H]]'', who use their wits to get anything the hospital needs. (Klinger getting the job when Radar leaves)
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** And when if that didn't doesn't work, more than a couple times Father Mulcahy was serves as the go-between between the camp and the ''actual'' black market.
--->"You'd be surprised with what a priest can get away with."



* On ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Diane wanted an engagement ring that cost over five thousand dollars. Norm told Sam he had a FriendInTheBlackMarket who could get essentially the same ring for only $1200. Frasier cautioned against this, saying that Diane wouldn't wan her engagement ring to be bought from someone who started conversations with "Pss, buddy." (After a phone call to his guy, Norm called Sam over with "Pss, Sammy.") Of course, everything goes wrong.

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* On ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Diane wanted an engagement ring that cost over five thousand dollars. Norm told Sam he had a FriendInTheBlackMarket who could get essentially the same ring for only $1200. Frasier cautioned against this, saying that Diane wouldn't wan want her engagement ring to be bought from someone who started conversations with "Pss, "Psst, buddy." (After a phone call to his guy, Norm called Sam over with "Pss, "Psst, Sammy.") Of course, everything goes wrong.



* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim's]]'' own [[WizardingSchool College of Winterhold]] has Enthir, a Wood Elf who frequently handles the shadier dealings at the college. Notably, the missions that involve him involve getting something he traded away back from bandits or necromancers, one mission for the Thieves Guild (whom he will act as a fence for upon completion,) and he is the only merchant that reliably sells [[{{Necromancy}} black soul gems]].

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* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim's]]'' own [[WizardingSchool College of Winterhold]] has Enthir, a Wood Elf who frequently handles the shadier dealings at the college. Notably, the missions that involve him involve getting something he traded away back from bandits or necromancers, one mission for the Thieves Guild (whom (for whom he will act as a fence for upon completion,) and he is the only merchant that reliably sells [[{{Necromancy}} black soul gems]].



* 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.

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* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', you meet several: Trip, the disaffected, twitchy, TripleShifter pawn-shop manager; Mercurio, the 60-something sixtysomething ghoul in a [[OlderThanTheyLook 30-something thirtysomething 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 ''not'' a Chinese army veteran, vendor of herbal remedies that sometimes have a superficial resemblance to automatic weapons.weapons.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', there are recurring war table operations through which the Inquisitor can acquire crafting materials for the organization such as cloth and leather. How they are acquired depends on which adviser is selected to complete the operation; Cullen wants to send soldiers to make direct purchases from the weavers/tanners, while Josephine wants to deal with reputable merchants, but Leliana always offers to contact the black market for the rarest goods. Occasionally, selecting Leliana will result in her agents finding nothing.



* In ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' Carl has a friend named Terry. Terry can get things...but you don't want to know where he got them.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce,'' Carl has a friend named Terry. Terry can get things... but you don't want to know where he got them.
2nd Mar '17 11:31:57 AM ChaoticNovelist
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Personality wise, like Honest John, they can fit anywhere into the CharacterAlignment spectrum. (Although the fact they deal in quality products usually puts them at least chaotic neutral.) If the character is part of the main cast, then they'll usually be Chaotic or Neutral Good. In a war situation, they also tend to [[ScrewTheWarWerePartying screw it and party]], unless the action is centered on the military in which case they'll be [[TheScrounger doing this work on the side]].

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Personality wise, like Honest John, they can fit anywhere into the CharacterAlignment spectrum. (Although the fact they deal in quality products usually puts them at least chaotic neutral.) If the character is part of the main cast, hero team, then they'll usually be Chaotic or Neutral Good. In a war situation, they also tend to [[ScrewTheWarWerePartying screw it and party]], unless the action is centered on the military in which case they'll be [[TheScrounger doing this work on the side]].
29th Nov '16 8:34:11 AM sgamer82
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* Chise mantains a friendly relationship with the guy who managed to convince her to [[MadeASlave sell herself]] onto the black market in ''Manga/MahouTsukaiNoYome''.

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* Chise mantains a friendly relationship with the guy who managed to convince her to [[MadeASlave sell herself]] onto the black market in ''Manga/MahouTsukaiNoYome''.''Manga/TheAncientMagusBride''.
23rd Nov '16 10:58:57 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* In ''Machinima/FreemansMind'', Gordon occasionally muses that his friend Eddie can help him with some sort of illegal activity, whether it be pawning a large supply of weapons, procuring human skulls, or obtaining fake identification.
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22nd Oct '16 6:41:34 AM Leidolf
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* Chise mantains a friendly relationship with the guy who managed to convince her to [[SoldIntoSlavery sell herself]] onto the black market in ''Manga/MahouTsukaiNoYome''.

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* Chise mantains a friendly relationship with the guy who managed to convince her to [[SoldIntoSlavery [[MadeASlave sell herself]] onto the black market in ''Manga/MahouTsukaiNoYome''.
22nd Oct '16 6:40:26 AM Leidolf
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* Chise mantains a friendly relationship with the guy who managed to convince her to [[SoldIntoSlavery sell herself]] onto the black market in ''Manga/MahouTsukaiNoYome''.
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.
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