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19th Feb '18 6:25:32 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ser Jaime and Tyrion of the wealthy and powerful House Lannister get by on Tywin's and Cersei's reputation as well as their family's gold. Subverted in "Walk of Punishment" when Jaime tries to bribe Locke into releasing him. Locke gives Jaime a well-deserved TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, mocking him for acting as if he's better than others and in control, when in fact nearly all of his influence and power comes from his father, and that when separated from him Jaime is helpless and should talk more wisely. [[spoiler:To emphasize his point, he then lops off Jaime's hand.]]

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Ser Jaime and Tyrion of the wealthy and powerful House Lannister get by on Tywin's and Cersei's reputation as well as their family's gold. Subverted in "Walk of Punishment" when Jaime tries to bribe Locke into releasing him. Locke gives Jaime a well-deserved TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, mocking him for acting as if he's better than others and in control, when in fact nearly all of his influence and power comes from his father, and that when separated from him Jaime is helpless and should talk more wisely. [[spoiler:To emphasize his point, he then lops off Jaime's hand.]]]]
** Tywin Lannister, probably the most powerful (and certainly the richest) person in Westeros, backs the Baratheons of King's Landing to the hilt, allowing them to pretty much do whatever they want, no matter the obstacles. Unfortunately, this has also extended to the borrowing of money, leading to the Baratheons of King's Landing acquiring astronomical amounts of debt which they are largely unable to service.
31st Jan '18 1:36:32 PM UchuuFlamenco
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* ''WesternAnimation/NeoYokio'': The Magistocracy, the families of magic and psychic users, have "Magisticratic Immunity" from the law enforcement of Neo Yokio and will only answer to the Lord Mayor. Aunt Agatha uses this to save Kaz from the Remembrancer's interrogation.
25th Dec '17 10:56:33 PM BattleMaster
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* This trope is directly responsible for the entire Archer Christifori arc in the ''Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse'' and, it could be argued, the eventual salvation of the Lyran Alliance against Clan Jade Falcon. [[spoiler:A rookie officer with heavy political leanings towards the increasingly oppressive Archon Katherine Steiner-Davion kills Archer's sister when supposedly picking her up for an interview because he shot first and asked questions later. When the junior officer escapes harsher sentencing thanks to his family's political connections, this is the final straw for Archer, who ends up liberating the planet with a force 1/3 the size of the army holding it, then capturing the neighboring planet, then going on to wage a behind-the-lines war against the Archon. He pretty much comes out with a victory at every turn as one of the most effective leaders of the Davion war effort and even manages to turn such influental forces as Snord's Irregulars and future Archon Adam Steiner against Katherine while also holding off Clan Jade Falcon's attempt to invade the Lyran Alliance.]]

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* This trope is directly responsible for the entire Archer Christifori arc in the ''Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse'' and, it could be argued, the eventual salvation ''TabletopGames/BattleTech''. A SmugSnake of the Lyran Alliance against Clan Jade Falcon. [[spoiler:A rookie a junior officer with heavy political leanings towards the increasingly oppressive Archon Katherine Steiner-Davion kills killed Archer's sister when supposedly he was supposed to be picking her up for an interview because he shot first and asked questions later. then tried to weasel out of it with some BlatantLies. When all he got was a slap on the junior officer escapes harsher sentencing wrist as punishment (he was demoted a couple ranks but spent no time in the brig and was never even charged with murder) thanks to his family's political connections, this is it was the final straw for Archer, who ends up liberating the started a rebellion on his planet with a force 1/3 the size of the army holding it, then capturing the neighboring planet, then going on to wage a behind-the-lines war against the Archon. He pretty much comes out with a victory at every turn as his entire militia company before becoming one of the most effective leaders of major players in the Davion war effort and even manages to turn such influental forces as Snord's Irregulars and future Archon Adam Steiner against Katherine while also holding off Clan Jade Falcon's attempt to invade the Lyran Alliance.]][=FedCom=] Civil War.
1st Dec '17 2:08:58 PM Crisis21
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** [[https://notalwaysworking.com/hells-kitchen/ Another Not Always Working story]] features a waitress who is rude, slacks off in her duties, and is a generally poor employee, but because her boyfriend - [[BunnyEarsLawyer a chef at the same restaurant]] - has threatened to quit if she is fired, management is unwilling to discipline her. Until they realize ''[[SubvertedTrope which]]'' [[BumblingSidekick chef]] she's dating...

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** [[https://notalwaysworking.[[https://notalwaysright.com/hells-kitchen/ Another Not Always Working story]] features a waitress who is rude, slacks off in her duties, and is a generally poor employee, but because her boyfriend - [[BunnyEarsLawyer a chef at the same restaurant]] - has threatened to quit if she is fired, management is unwilling to discipline her. Until they realize ''[[SubvertedTrope which]]'' [[BumblingSidekick chef]] she's dating...
1st Dec '17 1:57:01 PM Crisis21
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** [[http://notalwaysright.com/outside-food-inside-job/32578 Here]] is a case where the actual manager was [[RightBehindMe right there at the time.]]
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/some-like-it-not-hot/32582 Here's a customer]] who did have a connection (via a manager), and abused it to get free food. His M.O. is to come into the deli, ask for something they have that is not ready, then complaining to the manager so that the employees at the deli are forced to give him a meal for free. Eventually, however, the store manager catches on when he finds that the other manager is always signing off on no-charge purchases on the deli production sheets for that specific customer, plus security camera footage shows the customer deliberately looking for things they didn't currently have available. He has the customer banned from the store, and gives the other manager a one week unpaid suspension.
** The final straw in [[http://notalwaysright.com/punch-drunk-and-love/31280 this]] HumiliationConga: not only does he ''not'' have connections, but the fellow customer whose removal he's asking for ''does.''[[note]]As in, the customer he was trying to hit on and then assault was the bartender's sister. The bouncer at said bar was the bartender's husband.[[/note]]
** [[https://notalwaysright.com/should-have-vetted-the-owners-first/78554/ This]] is an odd example in that the customer seems to have honestly deluded herself into believing that she is the vet's girlfriend, or she's trying very hard to become his girlfriend. She's set, er, [[{{Pun}} straight]], by the vet's sister, and later the vet himself.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/problem-exists-between-caller-and-afterlife/35437 This caller]] demands a new free computer, even though the issue with his current computer is easily fixed, and then claims to know the founder of the company and be having lunch with him the next day - only to be informed that the founder is dead.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/lawless-and-clueless/37472 This woman]] flat-out states that she is ''"above the law, and with one word, can have your entire company shut down"''.
* Deconstructed by an employee featured on Not Always Working, when her uncle points out that not only does he not have that much power with the establishment, but ''[[http://notalwaysworking.com/a-family-af-fire/25745 he'd fire her for that crap, too]]''.
** [[https://notalwaysworking.com/hells-kitchen/31642 Another Not Always Working story]] features a waitress who is rude, slacks off in her duties, and is a generally poor employee, but because her boyfriend - [[BunnyEarsLawyer a chef at the same restaurant]] - has threatened to quit if she is fired, management is unwilling to discipline her. Until they realize ''[[SubvertedTrope which]]'' [[BumblingSidekick chef]] she's dating...

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** [[http://notalwaysright.com/outside-food-inside-job/32578 com/outside-food-inside-job/ Here]] is a case where the actual manager was [[RightBehindMe right there at the time.]]
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/some-like-it-not-hot/32582 com/some-like-it-not-hot/ Here's a customer]] who did have a connection (via a manager), and abused it to get free food. His M.O. is to come into the deli, ask for something they have that is not ready, then complaining to the manager so that the employees at the deli are forced to give him a meal for free. Eventually, however, the store manager catches on when he finds that the other manager is always signing off on no-charge purchases on the deli production sheets for that specific customer, plus security camera footage shows the customer deliberately looking for things they didn't currently have available. He has the customer banned from the store, and gives the other manager a one week unpaid suspension.
** The final straw in [[http://notalwaysright.com/punch-drunk-and-love/31280 com/punch-drunk-and-love/ this]] HumiliationConga: not only does he ''not'' have connections, but the fellow customer whose removal he's asking for ''does.''[[note]]As in, the customer he was trying to hit on and then assault was the bartender's sister. The bouncer at said bar was the bartender's husband.[[/note]]
** [[https://notalwaysright.com/should-have-vetted-the-owners-first/78554/ com/should-have-vetted-the-owners-first/ This]] is an odd example in that the customer seems to have honestly deluded herself into believing that she is the vet's girlfriend, or she's trying very hard to become his girlfriend. She's set, er, [[{{Pun}} straight]], by the vet's sister, and later the vet himself.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/problem-exists-between-caller-and-afterlife/35437 com/problem-exists-between-caller-and-afterlife/ This caller]] demands a new free computer, even though the issue with his current computer is easily fixed, and then claims to know the founder of the company and be having lunch with him the next day - only to be informed that the founder is dead.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/lawless-and-clueless/37472 com/lawless-and-clueless/ This woman]] flat-out states that she is ''"above the law, and with one word, can have your entire company shut down"''.
* Deconstructed by an employee featured on Not Always Working, when her uncle points out that not only does he not have that much power with the establishment, but ''[[http://notalwaysworking.com/a-family-af-fire/25745 ''[[http://notalwaysright.com/a-family-af-fire/ he'd fire her for that crap, too]]''.
** [[https://notalwaysworking.com/hells-kitchen/31642 com/hells-kitchen/ Another Not Always Working story]] features a waitress who is rude, slacks off in her duties, and is a generally poor employee, but because her boyfriend - [[BunnyEarsLawyer a chef at the same restaurant]] - has threatened to quit if she is fired, management is unwilling to discipline her. Until they realize ''[[SubvertedTrope which]]'' [[BumblingSidekick chef]] she's dating...
16th Nov '17 9:19:21 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.

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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 such by the normal police and he knows it.
4th Nov '17 5:39:29 PM krimzonflygon2
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', a drunk douchebag tries to sexually harass a woman. Fortunately for her, you happen to be passing by and stop him. ''Un''fortunately for you, said douchebag has more pull with the police than you and promptly has you arrested for assault, expelled from your high school, and forced to move away to serve a year of probation. Many of the villains in the game are people who get away with misdeeds due to their connections, all the way up to [[spoiler:Masayoshi Shido, a candidate for Prime Minister and the aforementioned drunken douchebag who gave your protagonist such grief in the first place.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', a drunk douchebag tries to sexually harass a woman. Fortunately for her, you happen to be passing by and stop him. ''Un''fortunately for you, said douchebag has more pull with the police than you and promptly has you arrested for assault, expelled from your high school, and forced to move away to serve a year of probation. Many of the villains in the game are people who get away with misdeeds due to their connections, all the way up to [[spoiler:Masayoshi Shido, a candidate for Prime Minister and the aforementioned drunken douchebag who gave your protagonist such grief in the first place.]]]] Luckily, the [[AntiHero Phantom Thieves]] don't really give a damn about how famous or well-connected 'shitty adults' are. In fact, trying to invoke this trope and act above the law is a quick way to piss them off and [[HeelFaceBrainwashing get your heart stolen]].
1st Nov '17 11:48:30 PM WingedCat
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** [[http://notalwaysright.com/should-have-vetted-the-owners-first/34193 This]] is an odd example in that the customer seems to have honestly deluded herself into believing that she is the vet's girlfriend, or she's trying very hard to become his girlfriend. She's set, er, [[{{Pun}} straight]], by the vet's sister, and later the vet himself.

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** [[http://notalwaysright.com/should-have-vetted-the-owners-first/34193 [[https://notalwaysright.com/should-have-vetted-the-owners-first/78554/ This]] is an odd example in that the customer seems to have honestly deluded herself into believing that she is the vet's girlfriend, or she's trying very hard to become his girlfriend. She's set, er, [[{{Pun}} straight]], by the vet's sister, and later the vet himself.
31st Oct '17 9:03:02 AM Sceptre
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* The disgraced television presenter and serial pedophile JimmySavile is widely believed to have got away with his crimes for so long because of his incredible closeness to MargaretThatcher, the Prime Minister during the 1980s; during the case of the investigation into Savile, it was found that he had been awarded a knighthood by Thatcher despite civil servants repeatedly warning the Cabinet Office of his criminal background.
28th Oct '17 5:25:17 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Nelson & Murdock's difficulty in taking down Wilson Fisk is because Fisk is deeply connected, with corrupt cops and senators on his payroll.
* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'':
**Jessica attempts to use the connections of her acquaintances when trying to acquire sufentanil that she can use against Kilgrave. She tries to ask Trish if she has connections to any shady doctors who might be willing to slip her some, but Trish says that all the doctors she knows save small villages. So she next goes to Jeri Hogarth's ex-wife Wendy, who is a doctor. Wendy is not helpful either. So Jessica just resorts to stealing some from a hospital, using Malcolm as a distraction.
**It's how Trish manages to identify the security firm that Kilgrave has hired to protect him in case Jessica uses the sufentanil to knock out his powers. As she explains to Simpson:
-->'''Trish Walker:''' I might have a lead.
-->'''Will Simpson:''' So, you gonna tell me?
-->''[Trish walks past Simpson, gets an envelope on the table behind them, and passes to him. He opens it. Inside are the pictures of various people in black shirts]''
-->'''Will Simpson:''' Mmm, military.
-->'''Trish Walker:''' Ex. They're bodyguards. Kilgrave's new bodyguards.
-->'''Will Simpson:''' And how do you know?
-->'''Trish Walker:''' I went to all the top New York security firms, told them an old stalker of mine was back, that I was in the market for a new protection detail. After that, it was just a matter of getting the right people to talk.
-->'''Will Simpson:''' No way. The first rule of personal security is to keep your clients secret.
-->'''Trish Walker:''' I give good talk.
**Played for laughs in a later episode. When Jessica and Trish are searching the morgues looking for Kilgrave's father, Trish bribes one clerk into letting them search the bodies by getting him the chef's table at Per Se.
-->'''Jessica Jones:''' Dinner at the fancy restaurant is supposed to buy us quiet assistance.
* ''Series/LukeCage2016'':
**Mariah Dillard is a city councilwoman in bed with the criminal activities of her gangster cousin Cottonmouth, and these connections are how she and Diamondback are able to sell Judas bullets to the NYPD as part of their scheme to discredit and kill Luke Cage.
**Cottonmouth, in turn, has managed to escape arrest and convictions because he's got cops on his payroll to interfere in investigations that might incriminate him or his underlings, one of whom is Misty Knight's partner.
**Diamondback has connections which give him access to Hammer Industries weapons, such as the brand-new Judas bullet.
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'':
**After Danny Rand and Luke Cage get into a fight when Luke interrupts Danny's attempt to interrogate Cole, Luke gives Danny a dressing-down about how his crusade against the Hand has him going after bottom-feeders when his wealth and social status give him the ability to take his fight right to the top. After much discussion with Colleen, Danny decides to go to the Hand's headquarters at Midland Circle in his capacity as the CEO of Rand Enterprises. Unfortunately, it's a trap, and while he manages to fight off most of Alexandra's men, he's almost captured, until Luke, Jessica and Matt show up to rescue him.
**The pull Luke has with Misty Knight from their work on Diamondback is how he's able to convince her to stash Claire Temple, Colleen Wing, Malcolm Ducasse, Trish Walker, Foggy Nelson and Karen Page in her precinct when the Hand begin targeting them.
**The Hand have thrived for so long because of their use of connections. They use contacts in the mayor's office and Trish's radio station to shut down talk about the earthquake triggered by underground mining at Midland Circle. After Elektra kills Alexandra, the remaining fingers - Murakami, Bakuto and Madame Gao - try to reason with her by pointing out that the Hand's connections are what gives them power and has allowed them to survive, but Elektra flat-out tells them she doesn't care.
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