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23rd Jan '16 6:55:07 PM nombretomado
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* One anti-smoking comic featuring ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, {{Storm}}, and Franchise/SpiderMan, averted this. The people supplying a high school athlete with cigarettes pretend to be his friends. Their goal is to make sure he loses a race that their supervillain boss has bet a lot of money on, and they believe smoking will reduce his performance.
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* One anti-smoking comic featuring ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, {{Storm}}, ComicBook/{{Storm}}, and Franchise/SpiderMan, averted this. The people supplying a high school athlete with cigarettes pretend to be his friends. Their goal is to make sure he loses a race that their supervillain boss has bet a lot of money on, and they believe smoking will reduce his performance.
19th Jan '16 7:27:09 AM DesertDragon
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Also, the purpose of selling drugs is to make money -- yet many of these types of films seem to imply [[CardCarryingVillain that dealers are just really evil people]] who [[ForTheEvulz like getting little kids hooked on drugs]], even if they have to give said drugs away for free. The dealer giving away free drugs or forcing it onto the victim is the equivalent of burning a bag of money. Granted, legitimate businesses ''do'' give out free samples all the time, but the drug "samples" would have to be enough to actually get someone high, and the lady at the supermarket handing out free morsels of some new cookie isn't risking 25 years for doing so. It is theoretically possible that the Aggressive Drug Dealer would be pressing drugs on kids so that when they are addicted they will then have to get the money (whether stealing it from their parents, selling their belongings, etc.) to buy drugs. But again, this would be high risk for minimum gain. It's easier to find people already willing to buy drugs and sell to them at a low-to-moderate price to get them hooked on one particular reliable dealer. This villain took away the need to actually address the culture-gap between adults and children/teens. "Talking to your kids" by [[ScareEmStraight scaring them]] with this monster was a lot easier than trying to understand the social environment one's child was in, and instilling values that would stand up and that parents agreed with. It's much easier to demonize an evil outsider inexplicably hell-bent on getting you addicted to drugs than to talk about the fact that the people who are ''actually'' likely to be encouraging you to try drugs will be your friends and peers.
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Also, the purpose of selling drugs is to make money -- yet many of these types of films seem to imply [[CardCarryingVillain that dealers are just really evil people]] who [[ForTheEvulz like getting little kids hooked on drugs]], even if they have to give said drugs away for free. The dealer giving away free drugs or forcing it onto the victim is the equivalent of burning a bag of money. Granted, legitimate businesses ''do'' give out free samples all the time, but the drug "samples" would have to be enough to actually get someone high, wasting product and the drawing attention to himself while doing so. The lady at the supermarket handing out free morsels samples of some new cookie isn't risking 25 years for doing so. It is theoretically possible that in prison. There's also the Aggressive Drug Dealer fact that, believe it or not, most drug dealers are ''morally opposed'' to dealing with children below a certain age. Many of them have children of their own, and they would be pressing drugs on kids so that when they are addicted they will then have to get the money (whether stealing it from their parents, selling their belongings, etc.) to buy drugs. But again, this would be high risk for minimum gain. It's easier to find people already willing to buy drugs and much rather sell to adults or at least older teenagers coming to them at a low-to-moderate price of their own free will. Granted, this viewpoint would require the audience to get them hooked on one particular reliable dealer. see drug dealers as human beings and not AlwaysChaoticEvil monsters, which just doesn't do well for anti-drug PSA's. This villain took away the need to actually address the culture-gap between adults and children/teens. "Talking to your kids" by [[ScareEmStraight scaring them]] with this monster nightmare was a lot easier than trying to understand the social environment one's child was in, and instilling values that would stand up and that parents agreed with. It's much easier to demonize an evil outsider inexplicably hell-bent on getting you addicted to drugs than to talk about the fact that the people who are ''actually'' likely to be encouraging you to try drugs will be your friends and peers.

It's worth noting that while this trope tends to take it to the extreme (as in drug dealers aggressively pushing their product on kids and continuously harassing them about it), "the first taste is free" is an OlderThanDirt practice among drug dealers (as well as any legal businesses with an addictive product). Let the customer get hooked on a free sample and they will be back for more at full price (they might even bring friends). Also, in most RealLife cases, there's no ''need'' for an aggressive sales approach, as most people are already sold on the product or at least interested in something related.
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It's worth noting that while this trope tends to take it to the extreme (as extreme--as in drug dealers aggressively pushing their product on kids children and continuously harassing them about it), "the it--"the first taste is free" is an OlderThanDirt practice among drug dealers (as well as any legal businesses with an addictive product). Let the customer get hooked on a free sample and they will be back for more at full price (they price. They might even bring friends).friends. Also, in most RealLife cases, there's no ''need'' for an aggressive sales approach, as most people are already sold on the product or at least interested in something related.
8th Jan '16 1:24:08 PM ThatStalkerChick
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** Though it's still used to the same effect. Bobby, a high schooler, wants the main girl of the episode, Laura, to start using drugs and get hooked on them, giving her a few bags of free pills and then charging her $30 for new ones after he successfully gets her hooked. When she can't pay, he ditches her and her new addiction and finds someone new. While more cold than aggressive, he absolutely fits this trope.
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** Though it's still used to the same effect. Bobby, a high schooler, wants the main girl of the episode, Laura, to start using drugs and get hooked on them, giving her a few bags of free pills and then charging her $30 for new ones after he successfully gets her hooked. When she can't pay, he ditches her and her new addiction and finds someone new.else. While more cold than aggressive, he absolutely fits this trope.
8th Jan '16 1:22:51 PM ThatStalkerChick
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** Though it's still used to the same effect. Bobby, a high schooler, wants the main girl of the episode, Laura, to start using drugs and get hooked on them, giving her a few bags of free pills and then charging her $30 for new ones after he successfully gets her hooked. When she can't pay, he ditches her and her new addiction and finds someone new. While more cold than aggressive, he absolutely fits this trope.
23rd Nov '15 12:44:22 PM Morgenthaler
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* Conversed in ''TheLieutenantOfInishmore''. Padraic is convinced that James Henley "pushes his filthy drugs on children" while James claims that he sells reasonably priced weed to university students. To top off the ComedicSociopathy, Padraic is perfectly fine with him forcing Protestant children to take drugs, but James sells to Catholics too...
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* Conversed in ''TheLieutenantOfInishmore''.''Theatre/TheLieutenantOfInishmore''. Padraic is convinced that James Henley "pushes his filthy drugs on children" while James claims that he sells reasonably priced weed to university students. To top off the ComedicSociopathy, Padraic is perfectly fine with him forcing Protestant children to take drugs, but James sells to Catholics too...
10th Nov '15 10:56:02 AM Tacitus
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* In ''{{Exalted}}'', [[TheSyndicate the Guild]] imposes trade embargoes on any nation that dares to try to keep itself drug-free. Since the Guild basically controls all international commerce in Creation, this is usually enough to bring a government to its knees fairly quickly. If it isn't, the Guild is not above hiring a mercenary army or two to invade the offending nation, depose its rulers, and install a Guild-backed puppet on the throne. ** TruthInTelevision: Replace "the Guild" with "British Empire", and you get the case of Opium Trade (see RealLife below).
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* In ''{{Exalted}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', [[TheSyndicate the Guild]] imposes trade embargoes on any nation that dares to try to keep itself drug-free. Since the Guild basically controls all international commerce in Creation, this is usually enough to bring a government to its knees fairly quickly. If it isn't, the Guild is not above hiring a mercenary army or two to invade the offending nation, depose its rulers, and install a Guild-backed puppet on the throne. ** TruthInTelevision: Replace "the Guild" with "British Empire", and you get the case of Opium Trade (see RealLife below).Trade.

* In ''{{Exalted}}'', [[TheSyndicate The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' supplement ''The Book of Vile Darkness'' describes a demon who managed to [[DemonicPossession possess]] a blue dragon. The first thing the Guild]] imposes trade embargoes on any nation that dares demon did was force its new host to try take some luhix, a viciously addictive drug made from Abyssal plants. Each day one of the demon's subordinates planeshifts to keep the dragon's lair with another dose of luhix, so even if the dragon succeeded in freeing itself drug-free. Since from the Guild basically controls all international commerce in Creation, this is usually enough to bring demon, it would then be cut off from a government to means of sating its knees fairly quickly. If it isn't, addiction and staving off the Guild is not above hiring a mercenary army or two to invade the offending nation, depose its rulers, and install a Guild-backed puppet on the throne. ** TruthInTelevision: Replace "the Guild" with "British Empire", and you get the case of Opium Trade (see RealLife below).brutal withdrawal symptoms.

* A random encounter on the road in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is an orc who will offer you some of the banned drug[[FantasticDrug Skooma]]. You have the option to buy some off him or refuse and threaten to report him and if you choose the latter, he will attack you.
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* A random encounter on the road in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is an orc who will offer you some of the banned drug[[FantasticDrug [[FantasticDrug Skooma]]. You have the option to can buy some off him some, refuse, or refuse and threaten to report him and if you choose for dealing in illegal substances - choosing the latter, he latter will attack you.cause him to attack.
28th Oct '15 9:43:23 PM DesertDragon
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* Every Halloween, local news will inevitably run a story on ecstasy or some other party pill made to look like candy and how parents should "beware" that these drugs could wind up in their children's trick-or-treat bags. This is even stupider than usual for this trope. Not only would a drug dealer be giving away hundreds of dollars in product, but if some kid did want more, he'd have no way of knowing how to find the dealer again. So basically, the dealer has nothing to gain besides getting a bunch of kids hooked on drugs. ForTheEvulz.
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* Every Halloween, local news will inevitably run a story on ecstasy or some other party pill made to look like candy and how parents should "beware" that these drugs could wind up in their children's trick-or-treat bags. This is even stupider than usual for this trope. Not only would a drug dealer be giving away hundreds of dollars in product, but if some by chance a kid did want wanted more, he'd have no way of knowing how to find the dealer again. So basically, the dealer has nothing to gain besides getting a bunch of kids hooked on drugs.high. ForTheEvulz.
28th Oct '15 9:41:07 PM DesertDragon
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* Every Halloween, local news will inevitably run a story on ecstasy or some other party pill made to look like candy and how parents should "beware" that these drugs could wind up in their children's trick-or-treat bags. This is even stupider than usual for this trope. Not only would a drug dealer be giving away hundreds of dollars in product, but if some kid did want more, he'd have no way of knowing how to find the dealer again. So basically, the dealer has nothing to gain besides getting a bunch of kids hooked on drugs. ForTheEvulz.
8th Oct '15 7:14:38 PM nombretomado
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* One anti-smoking comic featuring LukeCage, {{Storm}}, and Franchise/SpiderMan, averted this. The people supplying a high school athlete with cigarettes pretend to be his friends. Their goal is to make sure he loses a race that their supervillain boss has bet a lot of money on, and they believe smoking will reduce his performance.
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* One anti-smoking comic featuring LukeCage, ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, {{Storm}}, and Franchise/SpiderMan, averted this. The people supplying a high school athlete with cigarettes pretend to be his friends. Their goal is to make sure he loses a race that their supervillain boss has bet a lot of money on, and they believe smoking will reduce his performance.
25th Sep '15 4:27:17 PM nombretomado
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** The fact that [[GreenArrow Speedy (Roy Harper)]] [[VerySpecialEpisode was absent]] from those is rather telling...
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** The fact that [[GreenArrow [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Speedy (Roy Harper)]] [[VerySpecialEpisode was absent]] from those is rather telling...
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