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26th Nov '17 10:27:34 PM Nohomers48
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* Parodied in the shape of Johnny the Snitch on ''Series/PoliceSquad!'', the shoeshine guy who could give you information on absolutely ''everything'' -- at a price -- whether you're a firefighter wanting help tackling a blaze, a surgeon needing advice on how to perform an operation, or [[http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=11645 just Dick Clark asking about musical trends (and youth cream)...]

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* Parodied in the shape of Johnny the Snitch on ''Series/PoliceSquad!'', the shoeshine guy who could give you information on absolutely ''everything'' -- at a price -- whether you're a firefighter wanting help tackling a blaze, a surgeon needing advice on how to perform an operation, or [[http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=11645 just Dick Clark asking about musical trends (and youth cream)...]]]
26th Nov '17 5:33:51 PM Andyroid
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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fics of Creator/AAPessimal, Conina's Barbarian Hairdressing Salon is a hub of information exchange which stands outside the usual network of Guilds. Conina Cohensdaughter-Harebut is a Thief and barbarian heroine who fulfilled her vocation to be a Hairdresser. And everyone needs a hairdo. And ''everyone'' - Thief, Assassin, Heroine, Watchwoman, Seamstress, Teacher - talks to their hairdresser. Who if she is so inclined may pass interesting information back.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fics of Creator/AAPessimal, Conina's Barbarian Hairdressing Salon is a hub of information exchange which stands outside the usual network of Guilds. Conina Cohensdaughter-Harebut is a Thief and barbarian heroine who fulfilled her vocation to be a Hairdresser. And everyone needs a hairdo. And ''everyone'' - Thief, Assassin, Heroine, Watchwoman, Seamstress, Teacher - [[ChattyHairdresser talks to their hairdresser.hairdresser]]. Who if she is so inclined may pass interesting information back.
26th Nov '17 5:32:24 PM Andyroid
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** The ''Lair of the Shadow Broker'' DLC takes Liara and Shepard to the secret base of the same. [[spoiler:Where it turns out that the current person behind the desk is a huge gorilla-like alien who was kept as a slave and pet by the last Shadow Broker. After he killed his master in his own private chambers, he simply sat down at his computer and continued business as usual. And after he is killed in battle and the computers restart, Liara does the very same thing, instantly becoming one of the 10 or so most powerful people in the entire galaxy.]]

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** The ''Lair of the Shadow Broker'' DLC takes Liara and Shepard to the secret base of the same. [[spoiler:Where it turns out that the current person behind the desk is a yahg, a huge gorilla-like alien who was kept as a slave and pet by the last Shadow Broker. After he killed his master in his own private chambers, he simply sat down at his computer and continued business as usual. And after he is killed in battle and the computers restart, Liara does the very same thing, instantly becoming one of the 10 or so top ten most powerful people in the entire galaxy.]]
18th Nov '17 11:02:45 PM inquisitor1586
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': This is Varys' job as Master of Whisperers, and he's terrifyingly good at it. If for whatever reason a character does not go to Varys, they go to Littlefinger.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': This is Varys' job as Master of Whisperers, and he's terrifyingly good at it. If If, for whatever reason reason, a character does not go to Varys, they go to Littlefinger.
16th Nov '17 2:35:52 AM RedScharlach
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* The Shingouz in ''ComicBook/{{Valerian}}'' are [[PlanetOfHats an entire race of creatures]] who specialise in spying and information trade. A trio of them often push their servicees on Valerian and Laureline and end up getting them involved into the main plot of the ongoing issue.

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* The Shingouz in ''ComicBook/{{Valerian}}'' are [[PlanetOfHats an entire race of creatures]] who specialise in spying and information trade. A trio of them often push their servicees services on Valerian and Laureline and end up getting them involved into the main plot of the ongoing issue.



** After [[spoiler: Joffrey and Tywin's murders]] Cersei replaces him with Qyburn of the Brave Companions. Suprisingly, Qyburn actually manages to do just as good of a job, if not better than Varys himself, effectively making him a HypercompetentSidekick to Cersei.

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** After [[spoiler: Joffrey and Tywin's murders]] Cersei replaces him with Qyburn of the Brave Companions. Suprisingly, Surprisingly, Qyburn actually manages to do just as good of a job, if not better than Varys himself, effectively making him a HypercompetentSidekick to Cersei.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has the Keeper of Secrets, the Greater Daemon of Slaanesh that knows every one of your dirty little secrets. It actively uses this information in combat to hamper you, ranging from bribing you with your heart's desires to revealing something that shatters it's victim's minds.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has the Keeper of Secrets, the Greater Daemon of Slaanesh that knows every one of your dirty little secrets. It actively uses this information in combat to hamper you, ranging from bribing you with your heart's desires to revealing something that shatters it's its victim's minds.
5th Nov '17 2:59:00 PM DocWildNole
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* ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' were always going to "Huggy Bear" for the 'word on the street', just as Tony Baretta was always going to "Rooster." Both were [[PimpDuds sartorially resplendent]] [[JiveTurkey urban patois-fluent]][[SoulBrotha streetwise African-Americans]].

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* ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' were always going to "Huggy Bear" for the 'word on the street', just as Tony Baretta was always going to "Rooster." Both were [[PimpDuds sartorially resplendent]] [[JiveTurkey urban patois-fluent]][[SoulBrotha patois-fluent]] [[SoulBrotha streetwise African-Americans]].
5th Nov '17 2:56:39 PM DocWildNole
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* That black stereotype ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' were always going to for the 'word on the street', "Huggy Bear".

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* That black stereotype ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' were always going to "Huggy Bear" for the 'word on the street', "Huggy Bear".just as Tony Baretta was always going to "Rooster." Both were [[PimpDuds sartorially resplendent]] [[JiveTurkey urban patois-fluent]][[SoulBrotha streetwise African-Americans]].
21st Aug '17 11:29:21 AM SeptimusHeap
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* The sheer scale of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe dictates a rather absurd number of these. By ''far'' the best, though, is smuggler-in-chief [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Talon Karrde]], whose organization, which took over after Jabba The Hutt's enterprises collapsed with his death, was built on information brokering. He ended up [[DefaultToGood defaulting to the New Republic's side]] [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal after]] Thrawn had him kidnapped to try and coax the location of a lost fleet out of him. In the HandOfThrawn duology, he took a certain crucial bit of intelligence to Supreme Commander Pellaeon in time for a BigDamnHeroes moment, and his organization sets up between the newly at peace New Republic and Imperial Remnant, making sure information flows freely to both sides so there won't be any nasty secrets. His old mentor knows everything, but withdrew from galactic affairs.

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* The sheer scale of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe dictates a rather absurd number of these. By ''far'' the best, though, is smuggler-in-chief [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Talon Karrde]], whose organization, which took over after Jabba The Hutt's enterprises collapsed with his death, was built on information brokering. He ended up [[DefaultToGood defaulting to the New Republic's side]] [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal after]] Thrawn had him kidnapped to try and coax the location of a lost fleet out of him. In the HandOfThrawn Literature/HandOfThrawn duology, he took a certain crucial bit of intelligence to Supreme Commander Pellaeon in time for a BigDamnHeroes moment, and his organization sets up between the newly at peace New Republic and Imperial Remnant, making sure information flows freely to both sides so there won't be any nasty secrets. His old mentor knows everything, but withdrew from galactic affairs.
8th Jun '17 9:55:58 PM nombretomado
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* Chrysalis, the transparent-skinned owner of the Crystal Palace bar in the WildCards universe, uses a telepathic bartender and tiny spy-creatures spawned by a unique Joker to gather information-- along with the traditional bribes and espionage.

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* Chrysalis, the transparent-skinned owner of the Crystal Palace bar in the WildCards Literature/WildCards universe, uses a telepathic bartender and tiny spy-creatures spawned by a unique Joker to gather information-- along with the traditional bribes and espionage.
20th May '17 3:03:48 PM nombretomado
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* The entire Nosferatu clan serve this function in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' and its [[VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines PC counterpart]]. Being vampires that live BeneathTheEarth and have the ability to turn invisible, they have considerable influence- allowing them to charge high prices for information and make life unbearable for unwanted customers.

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* The entire Nosferatu clan serve this function in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' and its [[VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines [[VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines PC counterpart]]. Being vampires that live BeneathTheEarth and have the ability to turn invisible, they have considerable influence- allowing them to charge high prices for information and make life unbearable for unwanted customers.
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