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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.
11th May '17 7:07:12 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'', the brokers are a network of people famous for being able to find anything and any piece of information (they're a bit worse with people) within an hour or so of placing a query. They charge through the roof, but given their almost-supernatural ([[spoiler:actually supernatural, as they're in league with wind spirits]]) capabilities, the main characters agree that they're worth every standard.
10th May '17 11:18:58 AM aurora369
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* The archivist Korobeinikov in ''Literature/TheTwelveChairs'' was a low-key version of a knowledge broker: he made money by selling decommisionned archive documents with sensitive information (such as the data on Bolshevik confiscations of property during the revolution that Ostap Bender wanted).
5th May '17 5:33:41 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Webcomic/PlanescapeSurvivalGuide'' had the [[http://planescapecomic.com/7.html "info imp"]], not that he was particularly helpful.
* ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'': Benjamin spends four pages talking to a broker named [[http://project-apollo.net/mos/mos044.html Taro]], who gives him a lead by consulting his OmniscientDatabase of black-market programmers to identify the author of code on a chip. He trades for this info with photos he took aboard a Martian ship -- the Martians have just rejoined the interplanetary scene, and Ben has a closer relationship with them than most. He and Taro evidently enjoy a friendly working relationship.

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* ''Webcomic/PlanescapeSurvivalGuide'' had the [[http://planescapecomic.com/7.html "info imp"]], imp,"]] not that he was particularly helpful.
* ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'': Benjamin spends four pages talking to a broker named [[http://project-apollo.net/mos/mos044.html Taro]], Taro,]] who gives him a lead by consulting his OmniscientDatabase of black-market programmers to identify the author of code on a chip. He trades for this info with photos he took aboard a Martian ship -- the Martians have just rejoined the interplanetary scene, and Ben has a closer relationship with them than most. He and Taro evidently enjoy a friendly working relationship.
5th May '17 5:33:11 PM WillKeaton
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* This seems to be the in-story role of [[BadassInANiceSuit Sai]] in VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf. He is said to be a person who, through illegal means, gathers all the information in the world. [[spoiler: Though it looks like he might actually be an undercover agent for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_Intelligence_Service MI6]].]]

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* This seems to be the in-story role of [[BadassInANiceSuit Sai]] in VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf. He is said to be a person who, through illegal means, gathers all the information in the world. [[spoiler: Though it looks like he might actually be an undercover agent for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_Intelligence_Service MI6]].]]MI6.]]]]
5th May '17 5:32:42 PM WillKeaton
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** This is a reference to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usenet_oracle Usenet Oracle]].

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** This is a reference to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usenet_oracle Usenet Oracle]].Oracle.]]
5th May '17 5:32:01 PM WillKeaton
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** The Illusive Man at the head of Cerberus is also in the same business, but he doesn't use it for profit but to always be ahead of his enemies and to use the information he has as bribes or for blackmail. He doesn't sell information, but only shares it to make other people depending on him.

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** The Illusive Man at the head of Cerberus is also in the same business, but he doesn't use it for profit but to always be ahead of his enemies and to use the information he has as bribes or for blackmail. He doesn't sell information, but only shares it to make other people depending depend on him.
5th May '17 5:31:15 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8271684/1/Next-On Next On]]'', [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Gakupo]] is one.

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* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8271684/1/Next-On Next On]]'', On,]]'' [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Gakupo]] is one.



* 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)]]...cream)...]



* 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}} ''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.
2nd May '17 6:26:59 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The rumormongers in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' inform you of, among other things, shops that secretly sell weapons/armor and those shop's prices, or of demons existing or knowing specific skills. For a fee, Detective Todoroki spreads those rumors and makes them come true.

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* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
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The rumormongers in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' ''VideoGame/Persona2'' inform you of, among other things, shops that secretly sell weapons/armor and those shop's prices, or of demons existing or knowing specific skills. For a fee, Detective Todoroki spreads those rumors and makes them come true.true.
** In ''VideoGame/Persona5'', Yuuki Mishima runs the Phantom Aficionado Website (or Phan-site), which among other things is the source for most of the game's sidequests.
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