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21st Mar '17 5:27:36 AM Bissek
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* Subverted throughout the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series. Several times, egotistical figures with connections attempt to invoke their connections or just pull rank on their own authority, only to be outmaneuvered or simply punched out. The one time saying "Screw the rules, I have connections" works in the series, it's a bluff. One HiliariousInHindsight moment in the second book has a character saying "I have connections" to defuse a tense moment between some guards and an enemy nation's ambassador, but it's only a bluff because he's really just a page boy and student acting on no authority but his own. The Hilarious in Hindsight part is, [[spoiler:he actually is the legitimate prince, but no one knows it except for the enemy he's trying to bluff.]]

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* Subverted throughout the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series. Several times, egotistical figures with connections attempt to invoke their connections or just pull rank on their own authority, only to be outmaneuvered or simply punched out. The one time saying "Screw the rules, I have connections" works in the series, it's a bluff. One HiliariousInHindsight HilariousInHindsight moment in the second book has a character saying "I have connections" to defuse a tense moment between some guards and an enemy nation's ambassador, but it's only a bluff because he's really just a page boy and student acting on no authority but his own. The Hilarious in Hindsight part is, [[spoiler:he actually is the legitimate prince, but no one knows it except for the enemy he's trying to bluff.]]
3rd Mar '17 3:10:08 PM Gravidef
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** It's played almost ridiculously straight in one episode which features the Deputy Commissioner cheating on his wife during a marital spat with a woman in Atlantic City. He makes it clear that the affair was mutual, admits to lying about his position when he met the woman, and she has pictures of text messages they sent to each other. The DPC is ready to resign, as he doesn't want to bring a scandal down on the department...so Frank asks his father to call up his old buddies on the Atlantic City force to put some pressure on the woman to "disappear," ''specifically saying'' he wants Henry to do it off the record so it can't be traced back to him. What makes it particularly egregious is that the episode's A-plot features Danny going on a rant about how priests lie to cover up child molesters (which, while true, turns out to have ''nothing'' to do with the case at hand). And the show doesn't even mention the parallels. [[ViewersAreGoldfish Maybe the producers thought no one would notice.]]
* In ''Series/TheWestWing'', an inversion of this got Charlie Young his job as personal assistant to President Bartlett. Deborah Fiderer was pressured to give Charlie's position to the son of a prominent Democratic supporter (read: donor), but she wouldn't do it and ended up getting fired as a result. Despite this, though, she [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight refused to admit what had happened]] as she didn't want Charlie to feel obliged to her for doing what she knew was right. The President is so impressed by her loyalty (and amazing memory) that he hires her to become his new private secretary.
25th Feb '17 4:30:19 PM nombretomado
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* [[TheFiveStarStories Dr. Chrome Ballanche]] was able to dabble [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique in the forbidden arts]] only because he was a lifetime friend of the GodEmperor of the most powerful nation around, even if [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight his intentions were noble]].

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* [[TheFiveStarStories [[Manga/TheFiveStarStories Dr. Chrome Ballanche]] was able to dabble [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique in the forbidden arts]] only because he was a lifetime friend of the GodEmperor of the most powerful nation around, even if [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight his intentions were noble]].
18th Feb '17 3:36:40 AM neckinhalf
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* ''Film/Dodgeball'': The Purple Cobras are able to enter the big Las Vegas dodgeball tournament without a regional qualifying match because the dodgeball chancellor is a friend of White's.

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* ''Film/Dodgeball'': ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'': The Purple Cobras are able to enter the big Las Vegas dodgeball tournament without a regional qualifying match because the dodgeball chancellor is a friend of White's.
18th Feb '17 3:35:54 AM neckinhalf
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* ''Film/Dodgeball'': The Purple Cobras are able to enter the big Las Vegas dodgeball tournament without a regional qualifying match because the dodgeball chancellor is a friend of White's.
15th Feb '17 7:07:36 AM hszmv1
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* The perception of this was by and large one of Hilary Clinton's biggest campaign issues and the reason why she couldn't shake a her E-Mail mishandling. At one point during the campaign, a full 60% of voters thought she was guilty of something.
8th Jan '17 9:49:08 AM nombretomado
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* While it may not be potent enough to really count for this trope (barring GM Fiat, of course), the 2012 version of the IronKingdoms RPG introduced a Connections system. Mainly representing membership to certain organisations, like the Order of the Golden Crucible or the Greylord Covenant, or a specific nation's military and these connections can provide some material help at the GM's discretion. The section does mention that it can't be used to, say, have the party's Mage Hunter use his contacts in the Retribution of Scyrah to call in a couple of Mage Hunter Strike Teams to clear out an Orgoth ruin for them.

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* While it may not be potent enough to really count for this trope (barring GM Fiat, of course), the 2012 version of the IronKingdoms TabletopGame/IronKingdoms RPG introduced a Connections system. Mainly representing membership to certain organisations, like the Order of the Golden Crucible or the Greylord Covenant, or a specific nation's military and these connections can provide some material help at the GM's discretion. The section does mention that it can't be used to, say, have the party's Mage Hunter use his contacts in the Retribution of Scyrah to call in a couple of Mage Hunter Strike Teams to clear out an Orgoth ruin for them.
19th Dec '16 2:53:38 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Though Light is one of the suspects of the Kira case from the very beginning, his father's status as the Chief of Police is what protects him from being seriously considered as a suspect by the normal police and he knows it.
30th Oct '16 9:42:59 PM jgkitarel
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* Cultures influenced by Confucian thought are heavily based on this as well, which contributes to the endemic corruption within their governments. It's based on the Chinese practice of ''guanxi'', where a group of associates takes care of each other. The whole "we take care of our own" philosophy.
13th Oct '16 9:14:31 AM tyrekecorrea
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* Russia is friends with China, Iran, and Turkey, who are only too happy to help Russia to subvert sanctions imposed upon Russia by western countries, and have done so in the past.
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