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22nd Jul '16 5:10:08 AM foxley
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* Antique book dealer Felix Muholland fills this role in ''Series/{{Banacek}}''; tracking down whatever esoteric piece of information Banacek needs to crack a particular. Interestingly, he is the only character who ever refers to Banacek by his first name.
26th Jun '16 10:54:05 PM Deathhacker
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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 victim's minds.
21st Jun '16 1:44:24 PM Willbyr
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* Haruo Nijima from ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' is a partial case of this. Though he has incredibly skills in analyzing enemies and information gathering in general, he acquires all his intelligence for the sole purpose of furthering his own goals of power.

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* Haruo Nijima from ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' is a partial case of this. Though he has incredibly skills in analyzing enemies and information gathering in general, he acquires all his intelligence for the sole purpose of furthering his own goals of power.



* [[{{Meganekko}} Becky]] [[MiserAdvisor Farrah]] from ''GunsmithCats''.
* ''BlackButler'' has the Undertaker. He's just in it for the laughs.

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* [[{{Meganekko}} Becky]] [[MiserAdvisor Farrah]] from ''GunsmithCats''.
''Manga/GunsmithCats''.
* ''BlackButler'' ''Manga/BlackButler'' has the Undertaker. He's just in it for the laughs.
19th Jun '16 2:28:43 PM nombretomado
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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 [[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 [[TheThrawnTrilogy [[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.
17th Jun '16 1:36:43 PM Willbyr
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* Hiruma of ''{{Eyeshield 21}}''. Like Nijima he uses it for his own gains and specializes in blackmail with it.

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* Hiruma of ''{{Eyeshield ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''. Like Nijima he uses it for his own gains and specializes in blackmail with it.
28th May '16 3:35:01 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Oracle]].

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* Examples in the Franchise/TheDCU
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[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Oracle]].Oracle]] usually fills this role for Batman.



*** A similar role (information broker to the villains) was played by the Monitor during the run-up to ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths. His role in the actual ''Crisis'' is quite different.

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*** ** A similar role (information broker to the villains) was played by the Monitor during the run-up to ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths. His role in the actual ''Crisis'' is quite different.



* Franchise/{{Batman}} villain The Penguin functions as an information broker for Gotham's underworld, with a little arms dealing thrown in for good measure.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} villain ** The Penguin functions as an information broker for Gotham's underworld, and sometimes to Batman, with a little arms dealing thrown in for good measure.


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* In ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'', Info-Chan. This mysterious individual is Yandere-Chan's ally (technically; Info-Chan knows her intents, but really doesn't care one way or another) and can be used to gain information on targets in exchange for ''panty shots''.
19th May '16 5:45:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* Varys "The Spider" from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Having no title or wealth (being referred to as Lord out of courtesy), and being a foreign eunuch, he only managed to survive the overthrow of the Targaryen dynasty because of his usefulness.

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Varys "The Spider" from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.Spider". Having no title or wealth (being referred to as Lord out of courtesy), and being a foreign eunuch, he only managed to survive the overthrow of the Targaryen dynasty because of his usefulness.



*** One [[EpilepticTrees theory]] suggests that he is [[spoiler:being fed false information by Varys's agents]], so he may not be as effective as he seems.
19th May '16 5:44:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* AmoralAttorney Kodringer in ''TheWitcher''
* Charles Augustus Milverton of the ''SherlockHolmes'' tale that bears his name.

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* AmoralAttorney Kodringer in ''TheWitcher''
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* Charles Augustus Milverton of the ''SherlockHolmes'' ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' tale that bears his name.



* The Outsiders from Larry Niven's ''KnownSpace'' stories. Unusually, they don't care about getting the dirt on anybody; their business is in [[{{Precursors}} Slaver-era]] technical knowledge (they sold humans the hyperdrive, giving them a fighting chance in the Man-Kzin Wars) and treasure maps. It's almost impossible to acquire knowledge in these fields that you can sell ''them'', but if you can do it you'll pretty much be set for life.

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* The Outsiders from Larry Niven's ''KnownSpace'' ''Literature/KnownSpace'' stories. Unusually, they don't care about getting the dirt on anybody; their business is in [[{{Precursors}} Slaver-era]] technical knowledge (they sold humans the hyperdrive, giving them a fighting chance in the Man-Kzin Wars) and treasure maps. It's almost impossible to acquire knowledge in these fields that you can sell ''them'', but if you can do it you'll pretty much be set for life.



* The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Remover of Inconvenient Obstacles]] from Creator/TadWilliams's ''WarOfTheFlowers''.

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* The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Remover of Inconvenient Obstacles]] from Creator/TadWilliams's ''WarOfTheFlowers''.''Literature/WarOfTheFlowers''.
12th May '16 7:49:59 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', there was Dex, the owner and chef of Dex's Diner. Seeing as his place was popular with merchants, smugglers, and other frequent travelers, he often overheard things that no-one else did, and was willing to sell the info. In the movie, Obi-Wan goes to him to find information on the Kamino cloning project.
10th May '16 9:34:04 AM Moonstreak
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This is a person who is not mysterious (Compare MysteriousInformant). Everybody knows that when you want information you go talk to this person. Usually of dubious morality. Often your innocent hero has a [[TheLancer buddy]] who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, and knows that they ought to start by talking to "Big Eddie" or whoever, cause he always "knows anything that goes down."

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This is a person who is not mysterious (Compare MysteriousInformant). Everybody knows that when you want information information, you go talk to this person. Usually of dubious morality. Often your innocent hero has a [[TheLancer buddy]] who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, and knows that they ought to start by talking to "Big Eddie" or whoever, cause he always "knows anything that goes down."
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