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9th Jan '17 11:58:35 PM KEEP_IN
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* Kuroji Shitodo from the ShootEmUp game ''[[VideoGame/LenEn Len'en Project]]''. [[AmbiguousGender They]] don't feel remorse for exploiting peoples' greed and short sightedness, but actually does that to get money to support themself and their younger siblings.

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* Kuroji Shitodo from the ShootEmUp game ''[[VideoGame/LenEn Len'en Project]]''. [[AmbiguousGender They]] don't feel remorse only solve incidents for exploiting peoples' greed money, and short sightedness, but actually does that resort to get amoral acts such as stealing or robbing from others, however they do use the money that they swindle to support themself and their younger siblings.
9th Jan '17 11:55:28 PM KEEP_IN
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* Kuroji Shitodo from the ShootEmUp game LenEn. [[AmbiguousGender Them]] doesn't feel remorse for exploiting peoples greed and short sightedness, but actually does that to get money for their irresponsible younger siblings.

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* Kuroji Shitodo from the ShootEmUp game LenEn. ''[[VideoGame/LenEn Len'en Project]]''. [[AmbiguousGender Them]] doesn't They]] don't feel remorse for exploiting peoples peoples' greed and short sightedness, but actually does that to get money for to support themself and their irresponsible younger siblings.
6th Jan '17 8:15:30 PM kome360
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** His counterpart in [[VideoGame/BioshockInfinite Columbia]] has played EVERY CompanyTown card in the book, after his brother told him about these weird dimensional rifts that gave him a complete history of how corporations have scammed, betrayed, and outright enslaved the minority masses, and his reaction was "golly, I bet I could set a world record". He doesn't even get targeted by a working resistance movement until Elizabeth completely overwrites the fabric of spacetime.
6th Jan '17 10:36:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* Dr. Facilier from ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' is The Barnum mixed with actual, infernal magical power, thanks to his Friends on the Other Side. He wins people over with his [[EvilIsSexy incredible charisma,]] plays on their insecurities or desires, and then uses the power of a contract with them [[ManipulativeBastard to manipulate them to his own ends.]]

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* Dr. Facilier from ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' is The Barnum mixed with actual, infernal magical power, thanks to his Friends on the Other Side. He wins people over with his [[EvilIsSexy incredible charisma,]] plays on their insecurities or desires, and then uses the power of a contract with them [[ManipulativeBastard to manipulate them to his own ends.]]
6th Jan '17 7:47:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* Dr. Facilier from ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' is The Barnum mixed with actual, infernal magical power, thanks to his Friends on the Other Side. He wins people over with his [[EvilIsSexy incredible charisma,]] plays on their insecurities or desires, and then uses the power of a contract with them [[ManipulativeBastard to manipulate them to his own ends.]]

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* Dr. Facilier from ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' is The Barnum mixed with actual, infernal magical power, thanks to his Friends on the Other Side. He wins people over with his [[EvilIsSexy incredible charisma,]] plays on their insecurities or desires, and then uses the power of a contract with them [[ManipulativeBastard to manipulate them to his own ends.]]
6th Jan '17 7:46:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* Dr. Facilier from ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' is The Barnum mixed with actual, infernal magical power, thanks to his Friends on the Other Side. He wins people over with his [[EvilIsSexy incredible charisma,]] plays on their insecurities or desires, and then uses the power of a contract with them [[ManipulativeBastard to manipulate them to his own ends.]]
* Honest John from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' -- he swindles Pinocchio twice due to his gullibility and it had been suggested that he had been doing that for years.
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* Dr. Facilier from ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' is The Barnum mixed with actual, infernal magical power, thanks to his Friends on the Other Side. He wins people over with his [[EvilIsSexy incredible charisma,]] plays on their insecurities or desires, and then uses the power of a contract with them [[ManipulativeBastard to manipulate them to his own ends.]]
* Honest John from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' -- he swindles Pinocchio twice due to his gullibility and it had been suggested that he had been doing that for years.
6th Jan '17 7:46:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* Great Uncle Stan Pines from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', owner of the Mystery Shack, museum for countless oddities- all fake. One of his 'attractions' is the Bag of Mystery, which causes any money put in to mysteriously vanish. He claims that all of the myths surrounding the town are just cooked up by guys like him to shill clueless tourists. [[spoiler: Though the ending of season one and the season two premiere reveal that he does know about the journals and the strange things that happen in Gravity Falls. He knows better than to use anything truly paranormal for the Shack, though, because A) that stuff tends to be dangerous, and B) as shown in ''Boss Mabel'', people are fooled by his cheap tricks but [[WeirdnessCensor refuse to believe their eyes]] when confronted with a real monster.]]

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Great Uncle Stan Pines from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Pines, owner of the Mystery Shack, museum for countless oddities- all fake. One of his 'attractions' is the Bag of Mystery, which causes any money put in to mysteriously vanish. He claims that all of the myths surrounding the town are just cooked up by guys like him to shill clueless tourists. [[spoiler: Though the ending of season one and the season two premiere reveal that he does know about the journals and the strange things that happen in Gravity Falls. He knows better than to use anything truly paranormal for the Shack, though, because A) that stuff tends to be dangerous, and B) as shown in ''Boss Mabel'', people are fooled by his cheap tricks but [[WeirdnessCensor refuse to believe their eyes]] when confronted with a real monster.]]
6th Jan '17 7:45:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* Sir Humphrey Appleby of ''YesMinister'', Sir Humphrey had a cynical motto for everything ("Gratitude is merely the lively expectation of future reward"; "The Official Secrets Act exists to protect officials, not secrets"), and was always cool -- except when some honesty broke into his perfect world. A more positive take on Sir Humphrey is that he and the Civil Service are providing effective (or at least stable) government, and performing damage control when elected politicians pander to their electorate without regards to their own political survival.

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* Sir Humphrey Appleby of ''YesMinister'', ''Series/YesMinister'', Sir Humphrey had a cynical motto for everything ("Gratitude is merely the lively expectation of future reward"; "The Official Secrets Act exists to protect officials, not secrets"), and was always cool -- except when some honesty broke into his perfect world. A more positive take on Sir Humphrey is that he and the Civil Service are providing effective (or at least stable) government, and performing damage control when elected politicians pander to their electorate without regards to their own political survival.



* Del Trotter from ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' was one of this, to the point that similar characters in other shows and real life have been referred to as "a bit of a Del Boy" by the media. He was pretty unscrupulous about what he sold to people and even short-changed his own brother on occasion.

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* Del Trotter from ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' was one of this, to the point that similar characters in other shows and real life have been referred to as "a bit of a Del Boy" by the media. He was pretty unscrupulous about what he sold to people and even short-changed his own brother on occasion.
6th Jan '17 7:45:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* Kaptah in Mika Waltari's ''TheEgyptian'' turns into one of these later in life.

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* Kaptah in Mika Waltari's ''TheEgyptian'' ''Literature/TheEgyptian'' turns into one of these later in life.
24th Dec '16 5:16:38 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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** 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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** By today's business standards, McMahon [=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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