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2nd Apr '16 10:43:31 PM Aiguille
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* In the {{Horror}} podcast ''Podcast/AliceIsntDead'', the series' {{Narrator}} {{Exploit|edTrope}}s the mobility her long-haul trucking job offers in her search for her missing wife Alice, while the narrative itself thoroughly {{Deconstruct|ed}}s the concept, swinging from the unglamorous, blue-collar banality of her actual job to the horror of her paranormal encounters. Given the contrast, she tends to take a wry tone when she repeats her employer's pithy slogans.
-->'''Narrator:''' [I'm] a loyal employee of Bay & Creek Shipping, moving what is in one place to another, every mile a few cents.
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1st Apr '16 4:49:05 AM Morgenthaler
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This trope is OlderThanFeudalism, dating back in poetry, folklore and history to at least SinbadTheSailor, continuing as a staple of adventure fiction until the present day, and finding its way into science-fiction almost as soon as the genre came into existence. It migrated to role-playing games, especially ''{{Traveller}}'', in which it is one of the main player character types. Inevitably the Intrepid Trader [[AnEntrepreneurIsYou found new territory to explore in computer games]], appearing in ''VideoGame/{{Elite}}'' and its successors. A common space subtrope of this would be the SpaceTrucker.

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This trope is OlderThanFeudalism, dating back in poetry, folklore and history to at least SinbadTheSailor, Literature/SinbadTheSailor, continuing as a staple of adventure fiction until the present day, and finding its way into science-fiction almost as soon as the genre came into existence. It migrated to role-playing games, especially ''{{Traveller}}'', in which it is one of the main player character types. Inevitably the Intrepid Trader [[AnEntrepreneurIsYou found new territory to explore in computer games]], appearing in ''VideoGame/{{Elite}}'' and its successors. A common space subtrope of this would be the SpaceTrucker.
2nd Mar '16 8:55:32 PM mageman84
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** The whole Ferengi race holds this as a [[ProudMerchantRace cultural ideal]], with several episodes from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' revolving around Ferengi characters questing to open new markets in the Delta Quadrant, Mirror Universe, and in one case with the local sort-of-gods.

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** The whole Ferengi race holds this as a [[ProudMerchantRace cultural ideal]], with several episodes from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' revolving around Ferengi characters questing to open new markets in the Delta Gamma Quadrant, Mirror Universe, and in one case with the local sort-of-gods.
23rd Jan '16 6:25:14 AM ImpudentInfidel
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%%* Cyrano Jones in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.

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%%* * ''Franchise/StarTrek'' gives us a few examples.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' had
Cyrano Jones and Harry Mudd, frequently found at the frontier with new and exotic goods for sale from worlds the rest of the Federation had never heard of. This almost always went badly for all involved thanks to them not looking into their goods too much before trying to sell them.
**The whole Ferengi race holds this as a [[ProudMerchantRace cultural ideal]], with several episodes from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' revolving around Ferengi characters questing to open new markets
in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.the Delta Quadrant, Mirror Universe, and in one case with the local sort-of-gods.
--> '''Nog''': You see, there are millions upon millions of worlds in the universe, each one filled with too much of one thing and not enough of another. And the Great Continuum flows through them all, like a mighty river, from 'have' to 'want' and back again. And if we navigate the Continuum with skill and grace, our ship will be filled with everything our hearts desire.
8th Jan '16 4:18:28 PM nombretomado
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* ''SpiceAndWolf'': Although the story begins when Holo the wolf goddess hitches a ride in the protagonist's cart, the series [[MagicalRealism primarily follows a fairly ordinary medieval merchant]], whose experiences manage to be interesting without seeming unrealistic, traveling company aside.

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* ''SpiceAndWolf'': ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'': Although the story begins when Holo the wolf goddess hitches a ride in the protagonist's cart, the series [[MagicalRealism primarily follows a fairly ordinary medieval merchant]], whose experiences manage to be interesting without seeming unrealistic, traveling company aside.
11th Nov '15 3:01:07 PM elemt
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* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' Vstim is a renowned merchant who fits this description, going all over the world to civilizations many overlook to buy goods unavailable elsewhere. He's also the only person some distant cultures will sell to, because they don't get much news and thus will only trade with people they trust not to lie to them to get a better deal.
5th Nov '15 10:17:19 AM nombretomado
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* Before embarking on his religious career, TheProphetMuhammad was one of these. The Quraish tribe that ruled Mecca and of which he was a member organized annual trade caravans to Syria and Yemen--Mecca being roughly halfway between the two--and he participated in these grueling treks across the unforgiving Arabian Desert from a relatively young age. He distinguished himself in the service of his wealthy uncle Abu Talib, and made a reputation as a smart but completely honest businessman; this landed him a job with a wealthy widow named Khadijah, whom he later married. It was not until he was 40, when (according to Islam) he received his mission from God, that he would quit the trading life.

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* Before embarking on his religious career, TheProphetMuhammad UsefulNotes/TheProphetMuhammad was one of these. The Quraish tribe that ruled Mecca and of which he was a member organized annual trade caravans to Syria and Yemen--Mecca being roughly halfway between the two--and he participated in these grueling treks across the unforgiving Arabian Desert from a relatively young age. He distinguished himself in the service of his wealthy uncle Abu Talib, and made a reputation as a smart but completely honest businessman; this landed him a job with a wealthy widow named Khadijah, whom he later married. It was not until he was 40, when (according to Islam) he received his mission from God, that he would quit the trading life.
1st Nov '15 4:59:07 PM nombretomado
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* This is a playable class in ''RagnarokOnline''. They (mostly) deal with the economy and are able to generate cash at an increased rate with their Overcharge and Discount skills; they can also employ Pushcarts [[BagOfHolding as a kind of second inventory]], and if they have this they can do Vending to sell valuable items to other players. In battle they use [[AnAxeTogrind axes]], and additionally [[MoneySink can throw money at the enemy]] (Mammonite skill).

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* This is a playable class in ''RagnarokOnline''.''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline''. They (mostly) deal with the economy and are able to generate cash at an increased rate with their Overcharge and Discount skills; they can also employ Pushcarts [[BagOfHolding as a kind of second inventory]], and if they have this they can do Vending to sell valuable items to other players. In battle they use [[AnAxeTogrind axes]], and additionally [[MoneySink can throw money at the enemy]] (Mammonite skill).
7th Sep '15 7:02:10 PM billybobfred
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* The Adventurer of ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'', who also saves your game. He lampshades the SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity, outright saying "It only gets worse from here" when he's stationed in front of a boss fight.
2nd Aug '15 6:13:53 PM BillWoods
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* In Creator/HalClement's ''Literature/MissionOfGravity'', Barlennan and the crew of the ''Bree'' have traveled to their world's equator in search of trading opportunities. They are willing to go all the way to their world's north pole, hoping to make a profit, eventually, from the HigherTechSpecies (humans).
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