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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.
24th Nov '17 12:09:40 AM IndianaParkWars
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* Unigate Milk commercials used "Watch out... there's a Humphrey about!" for their advertising campaign, referring to a milk stealing thief named Humphrey that would drink your milk if you don't drink it in time.
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2nd Oct '17 8:47:50 PM CountDorku
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* Jim Sterling of ''The WebVideo/{{Jimquisition}}'' {{Retool}}ed his show and gave himself this persona when his dictator routine stopped being funny and started being worrying due to the return of neo-Nazism to the public eye. He now portrays himself as the leader of a questionable sideshow of miscellaneous alter-egos.
19th Sep '17 3:28:33 PM thatmadork
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** [[BrickJoke Brooks at Far Harbour, however,]] ''[[BrickJoke will]]'' [[BrickJoke accept charge cards]].
26th Jul '17 5:24:55 AM StFan
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* Dogbert in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''. "That's outrageous! Idiots shouldn't have money!" His rationalization for his behavior is also amusing.
-->'''Dogbert:''' I only scam people who would do the same to me if they were smarter.\\
'''Dilbert:''' So you use arrogance to cancel guilt?\\
'''Dogbert:''' It's a good system.
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* "Professor" Emelius Browne from ''Disney/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'' plays up this image, but ultimately is a subversion. His introductory song (in the extended version) "With A Flair" has him [[RefugeInAudacity singing to a crowd of people]] about how much he enjoys ripping them off, though he doesn't feel too bad about it because they ''know'' they're being ripped off, but they don't care because of how charming they think he is - which ends up backfiring, as the people he's singing to do not find him (or his bad magic tricks) endearing in any way and end up leaving.

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* "Professor" Emelius Browne from ''Disney/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'' ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'' plays up this image, but ultimately is a subversion. His introductory song (in the extended version) "With A Flair" has him [[RefugeInAudacity singing to a crowd of people]] about how much he enjoys ripping them off, though he doesn't feel too bad about it because they ''know'' they're being ripped off, but they don't care because of how charming they think he is - which ends up backfiring, as the people he's singing to do not find him (or his bad magic tricks) endearing in any way and end up leaving.



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* Dogbert in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''. "That's outrageous! Idiots shouldn't have money!" His rationalization for his behavior is also amusing.
-->'''Dogbert:''' I only scam people who would do the same to me if they were smarter.\\
'''Dilbert:''' So you use arrogance to cancel guilt?\\
'''Dogbert:''' It's a good system.
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