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19th Apr '18 11:29:02 AM Shadowgazer
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* Captain Hector Barbossa of ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' definitely fits the bill, as a trickster who seemed nothing but content with his own cruel, selfish, and dishonorable schemes. Jack Sparrow also qualifies, at one point tricking a man who saved him from hanging into joining the crew of the Flying Dutchman and subsequently trying to "harvest" another ninety-nine to save his own skin.

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* Captain Hector Barbossa of ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' definitely fits the bill, as a trickster who seemed nothing but content with his own cruel, selfish, and dishonorable schemes. schemes along with his more directly violent and murderous acts as a (sort of) crime boss of the seas.
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Jack Sparrow also qualifies, at one point tricking a man who saved him from hanging into joining the crew of the Flying Dutchman and subsequently trying to "harvest" another ninety-nine ninety-nine, though at least he has the excuse of doing it to save his own skin.skin rather than out of greed.
30th Mar '18 2:29:58 AM AdamC
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** ''[[Videogame/Bioshock2]]'' has a slightly-more heroic Foil to Frank Fontaine in Augustus Sinclair. Like Fontaine, Sinclair is an opportunistic scumbag who scams the poor and destitute that rose to the top of Rapture's society by taking advantage of the system's faults and dead-spots. For example, knowing that Rapture had no homeless shelters or charity halls, Sinclair bought cheap housing early to become a slumlord. Knowing that Andrew Ryan had no prison system (he was building a Utopia after all) he purchased buildings that could be converted into penal colonies and then charge Ryan for sending inevitable undesirables there. But despite all that, he's got ''some'' scruples and lines he won't cross, unlike Fontaine, who's a sociopathic thug at heart. Sinclair ''genuinely'' likes and tries to assist the player character through the game.

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** ''[[Videogame/Bioshock2]]'' ''Videogame/Bioshock2'' has a slightly-more heroic Foil to Frank Fontaine in Augustus Sinclair. Like Fontaine, Sinclair is an opportunistic scumbag who scams the poor and destitute that rose to the top of Rapture's society by taking advantage of the system's faults and dead-spots. For example, knowing that Rapture had no homeless shelters or charity halls, Sinclair bought cheap housing early to become a slumlord. Knowing that Andrew Ryan had no prison system (he was building a Utopia after all) he purchased buildings that could be converted into penal colonies and then charge Ryan for sending inevitable undesirables there. But despite all that, he's got ''some'' scruples and lines he won't cross, unlike Fontaine, who's a sociopathic thug at heart. Sinclair ''genuinely'' likes and tries to assist the player character through the game.
30th Mar '18 2:29:27 AM AdamC
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** ''[[Videogame/Bioshock2]]'' has a slightly-more heroic Foil to Frank Fontaine in Augustus Sinclair. Like Fontaine, Sinclair is an opportunistic scumbag who scams the poor and destitute that rose to the top of Rapture's society by taking advantage of the system's faults and dead-spots. For example, knowing that Rapture had no homeless shelters or charity halls, Sinclair bought cheap housing early to become a slumlord. Knowing that Andrew Ryan had no prison system (he was building a Utopia after all) he purchased buildings that could be converted into penal colonies and then charge Ryan for sending inevitable undesirables there. But despite all that, he's got ''some'' scruples and lines he won't cross, unlike Fontaine, who's a sociopathic thug at heart. Sinclair ''genuinely'' likes and tries to assist the player character through the game.
26th Mar '18 12:21:52 PM longWriter
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* ''Music/KidsPraise'': Risky Rat is characterized as a ConMan, and even describes himself as one in his VillainSong. He fits this subtrope because in his first appearance, he was appealing to Charity Churchmouse's ambition to try to enslave her, with the implication that it's to make money off her singing.
8th Jan '18 7:47:37 AM SutairuMasuta
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* Vincent Kennedy [=McMahon=] has been called the modern day PT Barnum, yet this probably applies better to all the wrestling promoters who preceded him for building the Kayfabe wall that he essentially tore down. Depending on who you talk to, the biggest wrestling fans always suspected that the game was staged and just didn't care, giving the promoters no reason to stop their charade of claiming it was completely authentic competition. Conversely, said "smart" fans despise [=McMahon=] for tearing down the wall and turning wrestling into "sports entertainment" - though in many cases the disdain comes from making WWE more about the theatrics than the in-ring action. By today's business standards, [=McMahon=] is probably the ultimate example of this trope considering that WWE still inflates attendance figures, manipulates merchandise sales, and has skillfully deflected declining television ratings.

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* [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vincent Kennedy [=McMahon=] McMahon]] has been called the modern day PT Barnum, yet this probably applies better to all the wrestling promoters who preceded him for building the Kayfabe wall that he essentially tore down. Depending on who you talk to, the biggest wrestling fans always suspected that the game was staged and just didn't care, giving the promoters no reason to stop their charade of claiming it was completely authentic competition. Conversely, said "smart" fans despise [=McMahon=] for tearing down the wall and turning wrestling into "sports entertainment" - though in many cases the disdain comes from making WWE more about the theatrics than the in-ring action. By today's business standards, [=McMahon=] is probably the ultimate example of this trope considering that WWE still inflates attendance figures, manipulates merchandise sales, and has skillfully deflected declining television ratings.
2nd Jan '18 7:41:42 PM CJCroen1393
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SubTrope of ConMan and TricksterArchetype. Compare the (usually adolescent) HighSchoolHustler. Closely related to HonestJohnsDealership. May have contributed to the emergence of RepulsiveRingmaster.

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SubTrope of ConMan and TricksterArchetype. Compare the (usually adolescent) HighSchoolHustler. Closely related to HonestJohnsDealership. May have contributed to the emergence of RepulsiveRingmaster.
RepulsiveRingmaster. In a musical, you can expect this character to get a particularly fun VillainSong.
27th Dec '17 7:11:37 PM zarpaulus
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* ''Film/TheGreatestShowman'' depicts the TropeNamer as a non-malicious version, though he sometimes forgets how his schemes impact others.
7th Dec '17 2:25:39 PM danlansdowne
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** His personality in ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' suggests that by ''TOS'' he had ''mellowed out'''.

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** His personality in prequel series ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' suggests that by ''TOS'' he had ''mellowed out'''.out''!
7th Dec '17 2:24:41 PM danlansdowne
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** His personality in ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' suggests that by ''TOS'' he had ''mellowed out'''.
27th Nov '17 8:17:23 PM Geoduck
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* In ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'', P. T. Bridgeport is an example of this, taking his moniker from the TropeNamer. His dialogue-font is even rendered in "old-timey circus poster" fashion. Seminole Sam also shades into this territory at times as well.
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