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22nd Jun '16 8:20:02 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Ziggy}}'' cartoon, the protagonist walks past Honest John's Used Autos, and sees Honest John being arrested. The next day's strip sees him walking past [[{Spoonerism}} Honest Otto's Used Johns]], which sells ''toilets''.



* Swindle, from the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGeneration1'' cartoon (and comics), is a [[TransformingMecha giant transforming robot]] con artist. He once sold the rest of the Combaticons to the Russians (the equivalent of selling his own brothers), and has complained when being shot because it damaged his own resale value.

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* Swindle, Franchise/{{Transformers}}
** [[MeaningfulName Swindle]],
from the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGeneration1'' cartoon (and comics), is a [[TransformingMecha giant transforming robot]] con artist. He once sold the rest of the Combaticons to the Russians (the equivalent of selling his own brothers), and has complained when being shot because it damaged his own resale value.
17th Jun '16 1:33:43 AM PaulA
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* The second Literature/NurseryCrimes book, ''The Fourth Bear'', has [[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorian Gray]] as a used car dealer. Much like his original story, each of Dorian's cars stays in pristine condition while a portrait of the car looks worse and worse [[spoiler:and, in each car, the odometer runs backwards. When the odometer reaches 0, the cars self destruct with the hapless driver/occupants inside.]]

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* The second Literature/NurseryCrimes Literature/NurseryCrime book, ''The Fourth Bear'', has [[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorian Gray]] as a used car dealer. Much like his original story, each of Dorian's cars stays in pristine condition while a portrait of the car looks worse and worse [[spoiler:and, in each car, the odometer runs backwards. When the odometer reaches 0, the cars self destruct with the hapless driver/occupants inside.]]
17th Jun '16 1:32:05 AM PaulA
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* The second NurseryCrimes book, ''The Fourth Bear'', has [[OscarWilde Dorian Gray]] as a used car dealer. Much like his original story, each of Dorian's cars stays in pristine condition while a portrait of the car looks worse and worse [[spoiler: and, in each car, the odometer runs backwards. When the odometer reaches 0, the cars self destruct with the hapless driver/occupants inside.]]

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* The second NurseryCrimes Literature/NurseryCrimes book, ''The Fourth Bear'', has [[OscarWilde [[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorian Gray]] as a used car dealer. Much like his original story, each of Dorian's cars stays in pristine condition while a portrait of the car looks worse and worse [[spoiler: and, [[spoiler:and, in each car, the odometer runs backwards. When the odometer reaches 0, the cars self destruct with the hapless driver/occupants inside.]]
16th Jun '16 6:32:13 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Simeon Yetarian in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' has made a business out of selling expensive cars on credit to people who he knows won't be able to fully pay them off, then sending [[PlayerCharacter Franklin]] and Lamar to repossess the cars once the payments stop coming in. Whenever anybody calls him out on his business practices, he claims that [[EverythingIsRacist they're being racist against hard-working Armenians]]. He eventually gets a dose of LaserGuidedKarma when [[PlayerCharacter Michael]], whose DumbassTeenageSon Jimmy bought a car from him, catches Franklin trying to repo it and forces him at gunpoint to drive it at full speed straight into Simeon's showroom, whereupon Michael gives Simeon a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. Franklin, who was OnlyInItForTheMoney to begin with, tells Simeon to TakeThisJobAndShoveIt and starts working with Michael instead. Simeon shows up again in the game's online component, where he's portrayed as even sleazier than in the single-player game -- he flat-out steals some of his 'merchandise', sending players to steal valuable cars off the street and bring them to his garage.
1st Jun '16 5:34:09 PM themisterfree
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* Then there was Joe Isuzu, fictional spokesman for Isuzu cars and trucks in the late 80s and early 90s (and again briefly in the early 2000s), as played by David Leisure from ''Series/EmptyNest''. He would frequently make outrageous claims about the car he was pitching (which would then be immediately contradicted by captions at the bottom of the screen). However, iconic as they were, it also caused a case of WhatWereTheySellingAgain. When Joe made his brief 2000s return, he was more about selling and/or pointing out the Isuzu, rather than making weird claims.
30th May '16 6:51:27 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The ninth season episode of ''{{Seinfeld}}'', "The Dealership", features Jerry buying a new car from David Puddy, who can get him an insider deal. George tags along because hes positive that all car dealerships are Honest Johns and wants to protect Jerry. At one point in the episode Puddy and Elaine break up and Jerry loses his insider deal, so Puddy rings him up for thousands of dollars worth of useless junk and tries to sell Jerry a yellow car instead of the black he previously requested. [[spoiler: At the end of the episode Puddy and Elaine get back together and Puddy happily admits the dealership doesn't even know what some of the expenses actually do. He gives Jerry a good deal, which Jerry blows by refusing to give him a high-five.]]

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* The ninth season episode of ''{{Seinfeld}}'', ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', "The Dealership", features Jerry buying a new car from David Puddy, who can get him an insider deal. George tags along because hes positive that all car dealerships are Honest Johns and wants to protect Jerry. At one point in the episode Puddy and Elaine break up and Jerry loses his insider deal, so Puddy rings him up for thousands of dollars worth of useless junk and tries to sell Jerry a yellow car instead of the black he previously requested. [[spoiler: At the end of the episode Puddy and Elaine get back together and Puddy happily admits the dealership doesn't even know what some of the expenses actually do. He gives Jerry a good deal, which Jerry blows by refusing to give him a high-five.]]
23rd May '16 6:43:09 PM MagnusForce
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* A recurring unnamed Salesman on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.

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* A recurring unnamed Salesman Rudolpho on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', a British-accented salesman who sells all sorts of objects (usually whatever is convenient for the episode) to Jimmy and lives in a mobile shop. He was originally a OneShotCharacter in the first season, but in Season 2, he reappeared numerous times. The same season also introduced his son, a Cockney pickpocket with a crush on Heloise named Peep.
21st May '16 4:40:31 AM DeepRed
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* Parodied and inverted in a couple of Whittaker's Peanut Slab adverts, including [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeSGEYyFqGU&index=2&list=PLD9EBBDD84BB18077 this one]].
16th May '16 7:34:56 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''TalesOfTheQuestor'' features Merchant Max, a rather slick secondhand-goods salesman who isn't above selling cartloads of (mostly) total junk to a drunk Questor. To his credit, he later gave Quentyn some really canny advice of how to bargain for the quest items that would be in someone's possession. Yes, this was an excuse to make the hero take on a ship's load of low power magic trinkets as trade goods, but the general intent is decent.

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* ''TalesOfTheQuestor'' ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'' features Merchant Max, a rather slick secondhand-goods salesman who isn't above selling cartloads of (mostly) total junk to a drunk Questor. To his credit, he later gave Quentyn some really canny advice of how to bargain for the quest items that would be in someone's possession. Yes, this was an excuse to make the hero take on a ship's load of low power magic trinkets as trade goods, but the general intent is decent.
9th May '16 10:29:10 AM Spanks
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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.

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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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