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22nd Jul '16 7:58:25 PM scooter
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* A season-one episode of ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'' involves a snake-oil show coming to town. Naturally, Dr. Mike, unlike the rest of the town, takes issue with the effects of the "perfect elixir" peddled by Dr. Eli (played by Robert Culp, who had once played Buffalo Bill Cody in a similar manner). A good deal of the emphasis is also placed on how touring "wild west" and medicine shows like the one depicted demeaned Native Americans involved in them.
17th Jul '16 8:38:15 AM DesertDragon
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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Abe showed Homer the merits of his homemade love tonic. It's so successful that they take it on the road in an old west charlatan style show. At one point, Dr. Hibbert mentions that the tonic's effects are actually due to intoxication caused by the filthy bathtub it is made in, before drinking some himself.
** As well Lyle Lanley, the monorail salesman. He made his living tricking towns with a budget surplus into buying shoddy monorails then skipping town.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', *'WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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Abe showed Homer the merits of his homemade love tonic. It's so successful that they take it on the road in an old west charlatan style show. At one point, Dr. Hibbert mentions that the tonic's effects are actually due to intoxication caused by the filthy bathtub it is made in, before drinking some himself.
** As well Lyle Lanley, the monorail salesman. He made his living tricking towns with a budget surplus into buying shoddy monorails then skipping town.town.
** Played with in the episode where Ned opens a Christian theme park in his late wife Maude's memory. The park is a bust until someone has a vision of Heaven in front of the statue of Maude near the gates. Everyone thinks it's a miracle until Ned later finds out there's a gas leak in front of the statue and people are just [[MushroomSamba hallucinating off the fumes]]. However, the park is bringing people together--and raking in loads of money--as crowds flock to the statue to experience their version of Heaven, so Ned uncomfortably goes along with it. He finally caves in when he sees two children try to light a candle near the statue....
17th Jul '16 8:18:59 AM DesertDragon
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* "Miss Jeanette" from ''Series/TrueBlood'' does exorcisms in the woods for people who are "demon possessed". She really works in a drugstore.
** There's a bit of evidence she may have had legitimate abilities as an exorcist, with the dress up just being for show. After all, [[spoiler: so far only the supernatural have had their hearts devoured by Maryann.]]
*** [[spoiler:This was confirmed in the episode "Frenzy". Maryann explains to Tara that "[[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve ritual is a powerful thing]]," and that Miss Jeanette was able to, unwittingly, tap into supernatural forces. In fact, was Tara's "fake" exorcism that summoned Maryann to Bon Temps in the first place.]]
** Bonus for that the lady was a trained pharmacist and knew what drugs would both induce a proper hallucinatory state ''and'' probably have beneficial effects to the problem at hand.

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* "Miss Jeanette" from ''Series/TrueBlood'' does exorcisms in the woods for people who are "demon possessed". She really works in a drugstore.
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drugstore. There's a bit of evidence she may have had legitimate abilities as an exorcist, with the dress up just being for show. After all, [[spoiler: so far only the supernatural have had their hearts devoured by Maryann.]]
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This was confirmed in the episode "Frenzy". Maryann [[BigBad Maryann]] explains to Tara that "[[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve ritual is a powerful thing]]," and that Miss Jeanette was able to, albeit unwittingly, tap into actual supernatural forces. In fact, it was Tara's "fake" exorcism that summoned Maryann to Bon Temps in the first place.]]
** Bonus for that the lady was a trained pharmacist and knew what drugs would both induce a proper hallucinatory state ''and'' probably have beneficial effects to the problem at hand.
6th Jul '16 12:49:26 PM DaibhidC
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* In ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine article for 2nd Edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', outlining what seems to be an early draft of the 3rd Edition Bluff rules, one example is a conman selling fake healing potions, and who bluffs so well that even when a cleric exposes the scam, the mark assumes he meant well and just didn't realise.
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5th Jun '16 5:09:38 PM MoPete
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** This trope is also parodied with the "The Dangers of Doctors and Patent Medicines" short film that can be watched in the movie theater. It features a snake oil salesman and the unfortunate and violent side effects of his "remedies," ending with the warning "Medical science cannot save you. It will kill you [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment and leave you dead.]]
2nd Jun '16 3:21:59 PM Stealth
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* Swindle is one of these in ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers Ongoing]]''. He sells custom Cybertronian guns to the human populace to protect against an invading Decepticons using artificial humans. The guns also allow Decepticons to take control of human buyers.

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* Swindle is one of these in ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers Ongoing]]''. He sells custom Cybertronian guns to the human populace to protect against an invading Decepticons using artificial humans. The guns also allow Decepticons to take control of human buyers. According to Vector Prime, in ''Transtech'' he also sells an item called the "Placebotron 5000," which is 'guaranteed' to cure all manner of Cybertronian maladies (which of course doesn't work, not that he honors any guarantees), making him a more traditional version of this trope to his fellow Cybertronians.
2nd Jun '16 1:15:23 PM DanaO
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* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' ''does'' have a wagon-based healer, Doc Galactik, who uses poisonous substances in his remedies; however, his stuff is both cheap and effective. With the advent of the West of Loathing challenge path (early 2016) players can now play the Snake Oiler character class, which upgrades the character type to an effective adventurer. Snake Oilers actually do collect snakes (in a briefcase) and use their oils and venom to compound awful "cures" to give to monsters, but they also possess advanced revolver skills (as "customers" may survive), the ''ability'' to safely handle highly venomous snakes, and (as they may need to drink their own tonics) will learn to concoct genuinely effective medicine.
4th May '16 5:49:01 PM aye_amber
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* The subject of "Cosmik Debris' from FrankZappa.

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* The subject of "Cosmik Debris' from FrankZappa.Music/FrankZappa.
27th Apr '16 6:44:52 AM Prfnoff
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* In one strip of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin decides to set up a stand selling drainage ditch water as "Calvin's Curative Ellixir" at a dollar a glass. When Hobbes tells him nobody will pay to drink what is obviously just filthy water, Calvin changes his pitch to "Pitcher of Plague: Calvin's Debilitating Disease Drink! $1.00 not to have any."

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* In one strip of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin decides to set up a stand selling drainage ditch water as "Calvin's Curative Ellixir" Elixir" at a dollar a glass. When Hobbes tells him nobody will pay to drink what is obviously just filthy water, Calvin changes his pitch to "Pitcher of Plague: Calvin's Debilitating Disease Drink! $1.00 not to have any."
27th Apr '16 6:43:01 AM Prfnoff
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* In one strip of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin decides to set up a stand selling drainage ditch water as "Calvin's Curative Ellixir" at a dollar a glass. When Hobbes tells him nobody will pay to drink what is obviously just filthy water, Calvin changes his pitch to "Pitcher of Plague: Calvin's Debilitating Disease Drink! $1.00 not to have any."
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