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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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17th Jul '17 6:00:02 PM Drakkenmensch
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* Travelling space circus owner and master of ceremonies P.T. Mindslap from the 11th season of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. He gets called out by Max and Kinga that his circus doesn't have any ''actual'' acts, only the description Mindslap gives the audience after turning off the lights.
15th Jul '17 9:45:13 AM WillKeaton
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* The self-styled King of Ooo from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pt_barnum Phineas Taylor Barnum]], an American showman, businessman, and entertainer famous for founding one of the circuses that merged to form the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, as well as putting forward various hoaxes. He [[BeamMeUpScotty did not]], however, say, "There's a sucker born every minute." That was actually said by a [[http://www.historybuff.com/library/refbarnum.html rival of Barnum]] when they got into what could only be described as a "hoax war."

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pt_barnum Phineas Taylor Barnum]], Barnum,]] an American showman, businessman, and entertainer famous for founding one of the circuses that merged to form the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, as well as putting forward various hoaxes. He [[BeamMeUpScotty did not]], however, say, "There's a sucker born every minute." That was actually said by a [[http://www.historybuff.com/library/refbarnum.html rival of Barnum]] when they got into what could only be described as a "hoax war."
24th May '17 2:57:33 AM Vyerron
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* A similar quote "A sucker is not a mammoth. A sucker won't become extinct" is often attributed to a Russian ConMan Sergei Mavrodi. The quote is so famous among Russian-speaking swindlers that "notmammoth" is a slang term for TheMark among them.
13th May '17 4:36:54 AM StFan
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* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Nabiki Tendo. An excellent example of the unprincipled type, having actually been [[WordofGod described by the author]] as having "no maidenly heart". This gets [[{{Flanderization}} really extreme]] as the series progresses, culminating in her [[spoiler: ruining her own little sister's wedding because she believes that inviting Ranma's other fiancees and his rivals will bring in more cash as wedding presents]]. {{Fanon}} often bumps her into a HighSchoolHustler, but this is arguable, as her schemes tend to mostly be limited to quickly taking advantage of situations, and her ongoing "business" is mostly limited to selling a large amount of soft-porn prints and images, some non-working merchandise or unreliable information, using blackmail or swindling opportunities, and investing in stocks. On occasion she has employed schemes with [[ManipulativeBastard several stages of efficient outrageous planning to them however, and she is an expert actress]]. Mostly, in a series populated by {{Made of Iron}} {{Jerkass}}es with SuperStrength, she survives through a combination of knowing when to get when the getting's good, and sticking to taking advantage of people who would never actually attack her (Akane, Tatewaki, Ranma..), and not being so irritating to those who would that a cheated customer considers it worth their time to just kill her. This accidentally happened with Shampoo and Kodachi in the manga, and Ukyo at least initially attempted to threaten and beat her up, but Ranma came to her rescue, whereafter his paramours apparently decided to leave her alone.
* Kaiki from {{Bakemonogatari}} waxes philosophical for entire episodes, in the shows trademark fashion, about why he tricks people, what it is like to be tricked, and what the capability to be trick says of the human condition.

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* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Nabiki Tendo.Tendō. An excellent example of the unprincipled type, having actually been [[WordofGod described by the author]] as having "no maidenly heart". This gets [[{{Flanderization}} really extreme]] as the series progresses, culminating in her [[spoiler: ruining [[spoiler:ruining her own little sister's wedding because she believes that inviting Ranma's other fiancees fiancées and his rivals will bring in more cash as wedding presents]]. {{Fanon}} often bumps her into a HighSchoolHustler, but this is arguable, as her schemes tend to mostly be limited to quickly taking advantage of situations, and her ongoing "business" is mostly limited to selling a large amount of soft-porn prints and images, some non-working merchandise or unreliable information, using blackmail or swindling opportunities, and investing in stocks. On occasion she has employed schemes with [[ManipulativeBastard several stages of efficient outrageous planning to them however, and she is an expert actress]]. Mostly, in a series populated by {{Made of Iron}} {{Jerkass}}es with SuperStrength, she survives through a combination of knowing when to get when the getting's good, and sticking to taking advantage of people who would never actually attack her (Akane, Tatewaki, Ranma..Ranma...), and not being so irritating to those who would that a cheated customer considers it worth their time to just kill her. This accidentally happened with Shampoo and Kodachi in the manga, and Ukyo Ukyō at least initially attempted to threaten and beat her up, but Ranma came to her rescue, whereafter his paramours apparently decided to leave her alone.
* Kaiki from {{Bakemonogatari}} ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' waxes philosophical for entire episodes, in the shows trademark fashion, about why he tricks people, what it is like to be tricked, and what the capability to be trick says of the human condition.



* Miroku in ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'', in spite of being a Buddhist monk, is an adept and inveterate con artist whose favorite trick whenever he arrives in a town is to size up the largest and most wealthy-looking house, declare that he senses it's haunted by evil spirits, and offer to "exorcise" them in exchange for a meal and a bed for the night. If there's a pretty young girl in the household he's also been known to selflessly volunteer to stay with her all night to protect her. He's done it so often that when one house he's "exorcised" ''actually was haunted'', his companions were nothing short of shocked.

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* Miroku in ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'', ''Manga/InuYasha'', in spite of being a Buddhist monk, is an adept and inveterate con artist whose favorite trick whenever he arrives in a town is to size up the largest and most wealthy-looking house, declare that he senses it's haunted by evil spirits, and offer to "exorcise" them in exchange for a meal and a bed for the night. If there's a pretty young girl in the household he's also been known to selflessly volunteer to stay with her all night to protect her. He's done it so often that when one house he's "exorcised" ''actually was haunted'', his companions were nothing short of shocked.



* Phoncible P. ("Phoney") ComicBook/{{Bone}}.
* ComicBook/TomPoes: Joris Goedbloed, a [[CunningLikeAFox cunning fox]] who also appears in Marten Toonder's other comic book series ''Panda''.
* ComicBook/{{Urbanus}}: The scoundrel Jef Patat tricks Urbanus and other villagers often. By the time they understand what has happened it's usually too late.

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* %% Phoncible P. ("Phoney") ComicBook/{{Bone}}.
* ComicBook/TomPoes: ''ComicBook/TomPoes'': Joris Goedbloed, a [[CunningLikeAFox cunning fox]] who also appears in Marten Toonder's other comic book series ''Panda''.
* ComicBook/{{Urbanus}}: ''ComicBook/{{Urbanus}}'': The scoundrel Jef Patat tricks Urbanus and other villagers often. By the time they understand what has happened it's usually too late.



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



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* Swindle of the [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Combaticons]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'': Swindle of the [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Combaticons]].Combaticons.







* 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.
* The 19th-century gambler & con artist "Canada Bill" Johnson was fond of saying, "It's immoral to let a sucker keep his money."
* Common attitude among ancient Greek sophists philosophers, who traveled around Greek cities teaching for money (mostly philosophy, rhetorics, politics) or working as mediators (e.g. in court). They tended to be relativists, believing that law was merely a consensus between people and that justice didn't exist. Now they are mostly remembered as instructors in deception, being hated by Socrates, and "sophism" meaning LogicalFallacy.

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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.
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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.
* The 19th-century gambler & and con artist "Canada Bill" Johnson was fond of saying, "It's immoral to let a sucker keep his money."
* Common attitude among ancient Greek sophists -- philosophers, who traveled around Greek cities teaching for money (mostly philosophy, rhetorics, politics) or working as mediators (e.g. in court). They tended to be relativists, believing that law was merely a consensus between people and that justice didn't exist. Now they are mostly remembered as instructors in deception, being hated by Socrates, and "sophism" meaning LogicalFallacy.



10th Apr '17 11:16:12 AM Morgenthaler
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31st Mar '17 12:25:05 AM PaulA
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* TheWizardOfOz is portrayed as this in Theatre/{{Wicked}}, although he tricks people into believing he's magical for political power rather than money.

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* TheWizardOfOz The Wizard is portrayed as this in Theatre/{{Wicked}}, ''Theatre/{{Wicked}},'' although he tricks people into believing he's magical for political power rather than money.
15th Mar '17 6:10:29 PM nombretomado
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* ''MSFHigh'': Fenris. She runs quite a bit of businesses, and hates any class where she can't sell things. As for what she sells, well Donovan discovered some interesting characteristics about his sword.

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* ''MSFHigh'': ''Webcomic/MSFHigh'': Fenris. She runs quite a bit of businesses, and hates any class where she can't sell things. As for what she sells, well Donovan discovered some interesting characteristics about his sword.
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