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25th Mar '17 1:51:24 AM WillBGood
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According to [[https://www.amazon.com/Russians-People-behind-Gregory-Feifer/dp/1455509647 this book]], pretty much everything in Russia runs on bribes.

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* According to [[https://www.amazon.com/Russians-People-behind-Gregory-Feifer/dp/1455509647 this book]], pretty much everything in Russia runs on bribes.



21st Mar '17 12:28:06 PM TheNicestGuy
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* Venality is a ''major'' theme of ''Literature/WaterMargin'', which portrays greased palms as a way of life in the Song Dynasty. It's so commonplace that officials are routinely "tipped" just for doing their jobs ''right''--presumably there's always a way to screw you over if you're stingy. When someone well-liked goes to prison, communities will pass the hat because if the guards aren't paid enough there are beatings and worse in store. You can't even reliably identify the "good guys" as the ones who can't be bribed, which contributes to the BlackAndGrayMorality of the story. It makes the rare BribeBackfire very satisfying.
20th Mar '17 11:46:37 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', if you commit a crime, you can walk away a free man by just ''paying a fine''. You can just walk down the street, kill people, pay a fine and get away, then go murder another NPC, pay a fine and walk away, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking then take a nap on the street, pay the fine]]....

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
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In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', general, if you commit a crime, you can walk away a free man by just ''paying a fine''. You can just walk down the street, kill people, pay a fine and get away, then go murder another NPC, pay a fine and walk away, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking then take a nap on the street, pay the fine]]....fine]]... You just have to be careful to keep your bounty from exceeding 5000 gold. At that point, you'll be marked as "kill on sight" by all guards in the game. The only way out of it at that point is to pay the ThievesGuild to have your bounty erased.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', there is at least some justification given for this (and it could presumably apply to the rest of Tamriel as well). If you ask the right [=NPCs=], you'll find out that the fines you pay go to the victims' families.



** In [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]], if you're a member of the ThievesGuild, you can simply bribe a guardsman to just look the other way and let you be on your way.
** There ''are'' usually limits, however. For instance, once you get a sufficiently high fine in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' (the easiest way is to kill a couple of people - the fine racks up pretty quickly), the guards stop giving you the opportunity to pay up and just go directly to trying to kill you.

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** In [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]], ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', if you're a member of the ThievesGuild, you can simply bribe a guardsman to just look the other way and let you be on your way.
** There ''are'' usually limits, however. For instance, once you get a sufficiently high fine in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' (the easiest way is to kill a couple of people - the fine racks up pretty quickly), the guards stop giving you the opportunity to pay up and just go directly to trying to kill you.
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13th Mar '17 11:13:55 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* In the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', Star's parents decide to enroll her in Marco's school. The principal at first refuses, so her father opens a chest full of gold and jewels. He's much more accommodating after that.
12th Mar '17 9:59:27 PM BurgerLord
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'''Kaiba:''' Screw the rules, I have money!

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'''Kaiba:''' [[TropeNamer Screw the rules, I have money!money!]]
9th Mar '17 2:28:34 PM marcoasalazarm
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The [[EvilCounterpart Lawful Counterpart]] and defiance to this trope is ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules. Also contrast MoneyHasNoPower (when trying to invoke this trope backfires either because of the prior Trope or because circumstances are such that people have no need for money), BribeBackfire (when trying to invoke this trope just worsens the consequences instead) and ComicallySmallBribe (when trying to invoke this Trope doesn't works because you are not using ''enough'' money).

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The [[EvilCounterpart Lawful Counterpart]] and defiance to this trope is ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules. Also contrast MoneyHasNoPower MoneyIsNotPower (when trying to invoke this trope backfires either because of the prior Trope or because circumstances are such that people have no need for money), BribeBackfire (when trying to invoke this trope just worsens the consequences instead) and ComicallySmallBribe (when trying to invoke this Trope doesn't works because you are not using ''enough'' money).
9th Mar '17 2:27:17 PM marcoasalazarm
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The [[EvilCounterpart Lawful Counterpart]] and defiance to this trope is ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules.

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The [[EvilCounterpart Lawful Counterpart]] and defiance to this trope is ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules.
ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules. Also contrast MoneyHasNoPower (when trying to invoke this trope backfires either because of the prior Trope or because circumstances are such that people have no need for money), BribeBackfire (when trying to invoke this trope just worsens the consequences instead) and ComicallySmallBribe (when trying to invoke this Trope doesn't works because you are not using ''enough'' money).
9th Mar '17 1:49:48 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Every House in the Westerlands. Even the lower Westerlands Houses can get in on this considering the Lannister fortunes have enriched almost every noble house of the region.
8th Mar '17 10:28:09 AM nombretomado
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* In MechWarrior 2 Mercenaries, on the final mission of one contract you're sent to destroy the base used by the enemy forces. When you're halfway up the mountain to it, you'll receive a message from the enemy: "Attention mercenary. Whatever the Snakes are paying you, we'll double it. Just turn around and go back to your dropship." You can take the offer if you'd like, which results in you getting double the cash that the base contract offers but eliminates the chance of procuring salvage (you also have to fight your employer's two somewhat tough mechs instead of the enemy's four less tough mechs, though you can also take advantage of the fact that they don't turn hostile until you either cross a certain point on the map or kill one of them).

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* In MechWarrior 2 Mercenaries, ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries'', on the final mission of one contract you're sent to destroy the base used by the enemy forces. When you're halfway up the mountain to it, you'll receive a message from the enemy: "Attention mercenary. Whatever the Snakes are paying you, we'll double it. Just turn around and go back to your dropship." You can take the offer if you'd like, which results in you getting double the cash that the base contract offers but eliminates the chance of procuring salvage (you also have to fight your employer's two somewhat tough mechs instead of the enemy's four less tough mechs, though you can also take advantage of the fact that they don't turn hostile until you either cross a certain point on the map or kill one of them).
7th Mar '17 9:36:17 PM mlsmithca
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive E.P. Royalton in the [[SoCoolItsAwesome film version]] of ''Film/SpeedRacer''. Pops Racer explicitly states he distrusts Royalton for this very reason.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive E.P. Royalton in the [[SoCoolItsAwesome film version]] version of ''Film/SpeedRacer''. Pops Racer explicitly states he distrusts Royalton for this very reason.
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