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24th Apr '17 7:30:09 PM Gregzilla
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* Akbar from ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': present every time the Light Warriors turn around, ready to sell them anything they desperately need. What a bargain! Even if getting into one of his airships is tantamount to suicide. Why they keep buying from him... he always claims to be an [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals identical relative]] that isn't anything like the others. And the heroes are just [[IdiotBall incredibly thick]]. It's become a running gag to show some device failing to work (often catastrophically), then to reveal via flashback that the device was purchased from one of Akbar's many, many stores.
** Opposite Akbar is Jeff, the proprietor of "Jeff's Discount {{Death Trap}}s (Not To Be Confused With Actual Airships)". His wares aren't any better than Akbar's, but he's ''completely honest about it'', thereby earning the trust of Red Mage. Of course, the Light Warriors also like him because he kicks [[ButtMonkey Black Mage]] whenever BM speaks.
*** [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/08/12/episode-318-buckle-up-its-the-law/ When I say deathtrap, I mean deathtrap.]]
** Thief also occasionally dabbles in this line of work. For example, when the Light Warriors end up on a frozen tundra, he successfully sells blocks of ice to his teammates, marketing them as Ice Armor and Ice Spells.
*** He's a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Thief]]! He is extremely greedy, steals anything [[strike:that isn't nailed down or/and on fire]], considers anyone that won't steal something that is nailed down/on fire to be an amateur, and then manages to sell it back to you. So he's stealing your money ''twice''. Oddly enough, the player character can actually do this in the ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' games.
*** He was at one point very honest about his bad deals. Black Mage declared him a MagnificentBastard upon finding that satisfaction was not, in fact, guaranteed. [[spoiler: To elaborate, a contract had a tiny, harmless-looking dot between the words "satisfaction" and "guaranteed." Magnified to an extreme degree, the dot turned out to be the word "not."]]

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* Akbar from ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'':
** Akbar:
present every time the Light Warriors turn around, ready to sell them anything they desperately need. What a bargain! Even if getting into one of his airships is tantamount to suicide. Why they keep buying from him... he always claims to be an [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals identical relative]] that isn't anything like the others. And the heroes are just [[IdiotBall incredibly thick]]. It's become a running gag to show some device failing to work (often catastrophically), then to reveal via flashback that the device was purchased from one of Akbar's many, many stores.
** Opposite Akbar is Jeff, the proprietor of "Jeff's Discount {{Death Trap}}s (Not To Be Confused With Actual Airships)". His wares aren't any better than Akbar's, but he's ''completely honest about it'', thereby earning the trust of Red Mage. Of course, the Light Warriors also like him because he kicks [[ButtMonkey Black Mage]] whenever BM speaks.
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speaks. [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/08/12/episode-318-buckle-up-its-the-law/ When "When I say deathtrap, I mean deathtrap.]]
"]]
** Thief also occasionally dabbles in this line of work. For example, when the Light Warriors end up on a frozen tundra, he successfully sells blocks of ice to his teammates, marketing them as Ice Armor and Ice Spells.
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Spells. He's a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Thief]]! He is extremely greedy, steals anything [[strike:that that isn't nailed down or/and and/or on fire]], fire, considers anyone that won't steal something that is nailed down/on fire to be an amateur, and then manages to sell it back to you. So he's stealing your money ''twice''. Oddly enough, the player character can actually do this in the ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' games.
***
He was at one point very honest about his bad deals. Black Mage declared him a MagnificentBastard upon finding that satisfaction was not, in fact, guaranteed. [[spoiler: To elaborate, a contract had a tiny, harmless-looking dot between the words "satisfaction" and "guaranteed." Magnified to an extreme degree, the dot turned out to be the word "not."]]
22nd Apr '17 8:46:54 AM dmcreif
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* Bobby Bolivia, Bernie Mac's character in the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film, when he isn't masquerading as a MagicalNegro. "Honest" enough to present an old, battered Camaro (which wasn't there yesterday) as a very awesome ride. Ironically, that Camaro turns out to be a very awesome HumongousMecha...

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* Bobby Bolivia, Bernie Mac's character in the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film, when he isn't masquerading as a MagicalNegro. "Honest" enough to present an old, battered Camaro (which wasn't there yesterday) as a very awesome ride. Ironically, that Camaro turns out to be Bumblebee, a very awesome HumongousMecha...



* Turk Barrett in ''Series/Daredevil2015'' is an illegal arms dealer. He sells guns that don't work. In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm," the gun he sells to one of Wilson Fisk's assassins fails to live up to his promise that they don't jam (the buyer had said [[RevolversAreJustBetter he preferred revolvers for this very reason]]). In the Season 2 premiere, Matt interrupts Turk while he's trying to sell a bunch of sawed-off shotguns to potential clients, overly praising them, only to then admit to Matt they couldn't even kill a rabbit and are best used when bludgeoning someone to death.

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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Turk Barrett in ''Series/Daredevil2015'' is an illegal arms dealer. He sells guns that don't work. In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm," the gun he sells to one of Wilson Fisk's assassins fails to live up to his promise that they don't jam (the buyer had said [[RevolversAreJustBetter he preferred revolvers for this very reason]]). In the Season 2 premiere, Matt interrupts Turk while he's trying to sell a bunch of sawed-off shotguns to potential clients, overly praising them, only to then admit to Matt they couldn't even kill a rabbit and are best used when bludgeoning someone to death.
3rd Apr '17 8:55:24 PM Doug86
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* There was an ''ComicBook/{{Archie}}'' comic where Archie bought a snowmobile from a place like this to impress Veronica, and it was likely the worst model they had. Reggie, naturally, was having a ball laughing in Archie's face (wagering he could circle the block in his newer model 10 times before Archie could even do so once) until Mr. Lodge [[GrailInTheGarbage recognized the heap Archie had bought]] for a rare antique, and offered Archie his own (which was the snowmobile version of a Lambourgini) $500 in spending money ''and'' use of his chauffer for the day. Reggie actually went back to the dealer (who was still smug because he ''thought'' he had conned Archie) and pleaded for a similar "deal".

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* There was an ''ComicBook/{{Archie}}'' ''Franchise/{{Archie|Comics}}'' comic where Archie bought a snowmobile from a place like this to impress Veronica, and it was likely the worst model they had. Reggie, naturally, was having a ball laughing in Archie's face (wagering he could circle the block in his newer model 10 times before Archie could even do so once) until Mr. Lodge [[GrailInTheGarbage recognized the heap Archie had bought]] for a rare antique, and offered Archie his own (which was the snowmobile version of a Lambourgini) $500 in spending money ''and'' use of his chauffer for the day. Reggie actually went back to the dealer (who was still smug because he ''thought'' he had conned Archie) and pleaded for a similar "deal".
31st Mar '17 7:09:00 PM Doug86
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* This is [[CalLeandros Robin Goodfellow's]] day job.

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* This is [[CalLeandros [[Literature/CalLeandros Robin Goodfellow's]] day job.
28th Mar '17 8:46:16 PM BKelly95
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* One segment of ''Series/BeyondBeliefFactOrFiction'' took place at a used car dealership. However, only one salesman fit this trope. He sells at least two cars which are in desperate need of repairs, one of which is involved in a fatal accident. When informed of his client's demise, he brushes it off saying [[NeverMyFault "it was their time."]] [[spoiler: He's killed when he's run over by that same vehicle, supposedly possessed by the victim's ghost. This story is marked as "Fiction" by the show.]]
28th Mar '17 6:42:29 PM nombretomado
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Like its cousin trope, the FriendInTheBlackMarket, Honest John can fit anywhere on the neutral or chaotic side of the CharacterAlignment spectrum: a good comparison would be the LoveableRogue JerkWithAHeartOfGold [[OnlyFoolsAndHorses 'Del Boy' Trotter]] or [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Mr. CMOT Dibbler]] types VS {{Jerkass}}es like [[Literature/{{Matilda}} Mr. Wormwood]] or [[TheSociopath Sociopaths]] like [[Film/TheThirdMan Harry Lime]]. After all, selling malfunctioning blow-up dolls is a far more forgivable occupation then selling TheAllegedCar that [[MyCarHatesMe hates you with a passion]] or [[SnakeOilSalesman fake pharmaceuticals to orphanages.]] If the "Honest John" character is genuine, ''pure'' evil, then you've got a DealWithTheDevil on your hands.

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Like its cousin trope, the FriendInTheBlackMarket, Honest John can fit anywhere on the neutral or chaotic side of the CharacterAlignment spectrum: a good comparison would be the LoveableRogue JerkWithAHeartOfGold [[OnlyFoolsAndHorses [[Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses 'Del Boy' Trotter]] or [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Mr. CMOT Dibbler]] types VS {{Jerkass}}es like [[Literature/{{Matilda}} Mr. Wormwood]] or [[TheSociopath Sociopaths]] like [[Film/TheThirdMan Harry Lime]]. After all, selling malfunctioning blow-up dolls is a far more forgivable occupation then selling TheAllegedCar that [[MyCarHatesMe hates you with a passion]] or [[SnakeOilSalesman fake pharmaceuticals to orphanages.]] If the "Honest John" character is genuine, ''pure'' evil, then you've got a DealWithTheDevil on your hands.
16th Mar '17 9:23:20 AM nombretomado
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* Flim and Flam from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', who started off as a ShoutOut to Robert Preston's character from ''TheMusicMan''. They're charming, fast-talking, and will sell anything for a quick bit, including "health tonic" that may or may not simply be apple juice and beet leaves. Subverted with the Cider Squeezy 6000, which actually was a legitimate, working machine.

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* Flim and Flam from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', who started off as a ShoutOut to Robert Preston's character from ''TheMusicMan''.''Theatre/TheMusicMan''. They're charming, fast-talking, and will sell anything for a quick bit, including "health tonic" that may or may not simply be apple juice and beet leaves. Subverted with the Cider Squeezy 6000, which actually was a legitimate, working machine.
15th Mar '17 3:33:57 PM Generalcamo
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You're in a sticky situation; you need to get something and there doesn't seem to be a legal way of getting it. (It could be banned, rationed, from overseas or possibly just made in extremely limited quantities). If you're unlucky, you'll have to visit [[TropeNamer Honest John's Dealership.]]

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You're in a sticky situation; you need to get something and there doesn't seem to be a cheap or legal way of getting it. (It could be banned, rationed, expensive, from overseas or possibly just made in extremely limited quantities). If you're unlucky, you'll have to visit [[TropeNamer Honest John's Dealership.]]
13th Mar '17 1:15:35 PM kefkakrazy
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** The Druuge as well: they consider profit to be of utmost importance, therefore they will do ''anything'' they think they can get away with if it will net them a profit. Trading with them can yield some useful items, but one must be very careful in how one does it. (They don't have a problem with slavery, or using said slaves as ''reactor fuel''.)

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** The Druuge as well: they consider profit to be of utmost importance, therefore they will do ''anything'' they think they can get away with if it will net them a profit. Trading with them can yield some useful items, but one must be very careful in how one does it. (They don't have a problem with slavery, or using said slaves as ''reactor fuel''.)) Also, unlike the Melnorme, who are generally quite honest about their merchandise, the Druuge are quite comfortable selling the player useless baubles and hyping them as powerful artifacts. Happily, the game does give you a chance to solidly screw over one of the Druuge captains on a deal, and it's quite satisfying if you manage it.
1st Mar '17 5:36:33 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* One opener from ''Series/AlienNation'' shows a Newcomer who runs a place like this giving the standard routine to a customer... Until he discovers a murder victim in the trunk of the car. (Then the scene shifts to the main plot.)
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