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11th Jun '17 5:44:05 PM Gravityman
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** There's a guy like this in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Omega Ruby and Star Sapphire]]''. He doesn't offer a Magikarp, and if you're clever, you can benefit from dealing with him. [[spoiler:After dealing with Groudon/Kyogre, an old man who claims to sell stones appears on Route 114. He speaks highly of one he offers for 40,000 [=PokéDollars=], even higher of one for 80,000, and highest of one for 150,000. But all three are Hard Stones. Two items he sells, which he claims are "for beginners" and tries to steer you away from, only cost 1,500; these are the Mega Evolution stones for the two Starters you did ''not'' choose.]]

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** There's a guy like this in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Omega Ruby and Star Alpha Sapphire]]''. He doesn't offer a Magikarp, and if you're clever, you can benefit from dealing with him. [[spoiler:After dealing with Groudon/Kyogre, an old man who claims to sell stones appears on Route 114. He speaks highly of one he offers for 40,000 [=PokéDollars=], even higher of one for 80,000, and highest of one for 150,000. But all three are Hard Stones. Two items he sells, which he claims are "for beginners" and tries to steer you away from, only cost 1,500; these are the Mega Evolution stones for the two Starters you did ''not'' choose.]]



* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' has one of these in the form of Nigel West Dickens, a major character, even mentioning the trope by name. Drinking his medicine refills your [[BulletTime Dead Eye]] meter.

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* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' has one of these in the form of Nigel West Dickens, a major character, even mentioning the trope by name. While his products definitely don't work as advertised, they do have other beneficial effects. Drinking his medicine refills your [[BulletTime Dead Eye]] meter.



** Even better, in the [[ZombieApocalypse Undead Nightmare]] {{DLC}} storyline, it turns out that his "vitality elixir" actually attracts the undead John remarks that "It's like catnip to them!". This turns out to be a good thing, since you can throw bottles of the stuff to lure the zombies away, and later you even "upgrade" it by stuffing a stick of dynamite into the bottle, making it the Wild West version of ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'''s Pipe Bomb.

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** Even better, in the [[ZombieApocalypse Undead Nightmare]] {{DLC}} storyline, it turns out that his "vitality elixir" which he sells as a zombie repellent actually attracts the undead John remarks that "It's like catnip to them!". This turns out to be a good thing, since you can throw bottles of the stuff to lure the zombies away, and later you even "upgrade" it by stuffing a stick of dynamite into the bottle, making it the Wild West version of ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'''s Pipe Bomb.
27th May '17 11:08:09 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Griftah in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is a troll vendor in Shattah City who claims to sell magical amulets, but all of his overpriced merchandise is worthless junk. While the labels on what he sells don't technically lie, they leave out big parts of truth. For instance, one of them claims that if you wear it, critters will not attack you if you don't bother them; "critters" means small, harmless mobs who are neutral to players anyway.
5th May '17 7:03:38 PM Prinzenick
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* In the [[WesternAnimation/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat Felix the Cat TV cartoon]] [[Recap/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat1x48YouthWater "Youth Water"]], the Professor poses as a salesman, using ordinary bottled water to con gullible old people out of their money by making them think its water from a Fountain of Youth.
28th Apr '17 4:43:31 AM Jihonson
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** The Magikarp Salesman first appears in the original ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' (and ''VideoGame/PokemonFireRedAndLeafGreen''. First seen in the Pokémon Center on Route 4, he offers you a Magikarp for 500 [=PokeDollars=]. This is, of course, a ripoff, because you can get a Magikarp anywhere. While he doesn't actually appear in [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver the sequel]] a boy in Pewter City (which is adjacent to Route 4 will show his [[MagikarpPower Gyrados]] to anyone who asks, and a girl in the same city claims he bought a Magikarp from a "weird old man" three years prior, and trained it.
** Zigzagged in [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Gold and Silver]], where a Team Rocket member offers to sell you a Slowpoketail for a million [=PokéDollars=]. This is a ripoff, of course, but you couldn't buy one even if you wanted. (There's a 999,999 limit to the amount of money you can carry.

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** The Magikarp Salesman first appears in the original ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' (and ''VideoGame/PokemonFireRedAndLeafGreen''.''VideoGame/PokemonFireRedAndLeafGreen''). First seen in the Pokémon Center on Route 4, he offers you a Magikarp for 500 [=PokeDollars=]. This is, of course, a ripoff, because you can get a Magikarp anywhere. While he doesn't actually appear in [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver the sequel]] a boy in Pewter City (which is adjacent to Route 4 4) will show his [[MagikarpPower Gyrados]] to anyone who asks, and a girl in the same city claims he bought a Magikarp from a "weird old man" three years prior, and trained it.
** Zigzagged in [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Gold and Silver]], where a Team Rocket member offers to sell you a Slowpoketail for a million [=PokéDollars=]. This is a ripoff, of course, but you couldn't buy one even if you wanted. (There's wanted (there's a 999,999 limit to the amount of money you can carry.carry).



** Zigzagged in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' (and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 its sequel]], where the Magikarp Salesman appears again on the Marvelous Bridge. He offers the same deal here, but it might actually be worth it now, as Magikarp are not native to Unova, and can only be found in the [[BonusLevel Nature Reserve]] in the second game. (And even there, it always has a speed IV of 31, which is pretty bad.)

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** Zigzagged in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' (and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 its sequel]], sequel]]), where the Magikarp Salesman appears again on the Marvelous Bridge. He offers the same deal here, but it might actually be worth it now, as Magikarp are not native to Unova, and can only be found in the [[BonusLevel Nature Reserve]] in the second game. (And even there, it always has a speed IV of 31, which is pretty bad.)
17th Apr '17 3:54:21 AM IfWeShadowsHaveOffended
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* Rodomir from the Soviet movie Uchenik Lekarya(The Doctor's Apprentice) starts out as this, selling "medecine" for old age,stupidity etc. [[spoiler:He becomes a real doctor to help his girlfriend's mother]]

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* Rodomir Radomir from the Soviet movie Uchenik Lekarya(The Doctor's Apprentice) starts out as this, selling "medecine" for old age,stupidity etc. [[spoiler:He becomes a real doctor to help his girlfriend's mother]]
7th Apr '17 8:12:12 AM IfWeShadowsHaveOffended
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* Rodomir from the Soviet movie Uchenik Lekarya(The Doctor's Apprentice) starts out as this, selling "medecine" for old age,stupidity etc. [[spoiler:He becomes a real doctor to help his girlfriend's mother]]
16th Mar '17 9:27:30 AM nombretomado
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* Harold Hill from ''TheMusicMan''.

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* Harold Hill from ''TheMusicMan''.''Theatre/TheMusicMan''.
3rd Mar '17 8:13:29 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Bronn accuses Pyromancer Hallyne of being one of these, even going so far as to suggest that the wildfire he's making is actually pigshit, much to the man's affront. {{Averted}} during the Battle of the Blackwater when his wildfire turns out to be the real deal.
8th Jan '17 10:46:50 AM nombretomado
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** The most famous player of that character, Robert Preston, played an alien variant of the character as a shady military recruiter in ''TheLastStarfighter''.

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** The most famous player of that character, Robert Preston, played an alien variant of the character as a shady military recruiter in ''TheLastStarfighter''.''Film/TheLastStarfighter''.
3rd Jan '17 5:45:45 PM DesertDragon
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NB: To count as an example, the Snake Oil Salesman has to be ''knowingly'' hawking snake oil. Well-intentioned ignorance fits better under WorstAid.

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NB: To count as an example, the Snake Oil Salesman has to be ''knowingly'' hawking snake oil.fake medicine. Well-intentioned ignorance fits better under WorstAid.
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