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14th May '16 11:28:53 PM nombretomado
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* Don Draper on ''MadMen'' will happily sell any product, if there is money in it. In the first episode he comes up with a new ad campaign for Lucky Strike cigarettes after promoting safer cigarettes is outlawed. [[BasedOnATrueStory Don Draper is based off of the character who invented the Marlboro Man]] His solution being, Lucky Strike: It's Toasted, Lucky Strikes' slogan in RealLife.

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* Don Draper on ''MadMen'' ''Series/MadMen'' will happily sell any product, if there is money in it. In the first episode he comes up with a new ad campaign for Lucky Strike cigarettes after promoting safer cigarettes is outlawed. [[BasedOnATrueStory Don Draper is based off of the character who invented the Marlboro Man]] His solution being, Lucky Strike: It's Toasted, Lucky Strikes' slogan in RealLife.
7th May '16 4:19:08 PM nombretomado
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* The relic-seller above is probably an [[{{Expy}} expy]] of the Pardoner from ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'', only with a SympatheticPOV.
* Crowley from ''{{Good Omens}}'' -- a demon whose job it is to tempt people to sin, but can't force them to do anything they don't chose to, and often what people chose to do on their own [[HumansAreBastards is worse than anything he comes up with]].

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* The relic-seller above is probably an [[{{Expy}} expy]] {{Expy}} of the Pardoner from ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'', only with a SympatheticPOV.
* Crowley from ''{{Good ''Literature/{{Good Omens}}'' -- a demon whose job it is to tempt people to sin, but can't force them to do anything they don't chose to, and often what people chose to do on their own [[HumansAreBastards is worse than anything he comes up with]].
10th Apr '16 12:31:03 PM Yalsaris63
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', you can meet a man in the South Boston area not far from the Castle who sells "charge cards" for 110 caps each. He claims the cards are accepted in all the major shops in the Commonwealth and can be used as an alternative for caps. Of course, the cards ''were once'' valid before the Great War but are now absolutely worthless and no shop anywhere will accept them, and he won't accept returns if you go back to him. In other words, he's a con man. As if the con weren't fairly apparent from the start, [[TooDumbToLive he even calls you a "retard" under his breath regardless of whether or not you accept his offer, foolishly giving away his cover as a scammer]]. The only way to get your money back is to kill him, or better still if you have the Junk Jet on you, load the charge card into it and [[BoomHeadshot "forcibly return it" to him]], ensuring a good [[LaserGuidedKarma Laser Guided]] KarmicDeath.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', you can meet a man in the South Boston area not far from the Castle who sells "charge cards" for 110 caps each. He claims the cards are accepted in all the major shops in the Commonwealth and can be used as an alternative for caps. Of course, the cards ''were once'' valid before the Great War but are now absolutely worthless and no shop anywhere will accept them, and he won't accept returns if you go back to him. In other words, he's a con man. As if the con weren't fairly apparent from the start, [[TooDumbToLive he even calls you a "retard" under his breath regardless of whether or not you accept his offer, foolishly giving away his cover as a scammer]]. The only way to get your money back is to kill him, or better still if you have the Junk Jet on you, load the charge card into it and [[BoomHeadshot "forcibly return it" to him]], ensuring inflicting a good [[LaserGuidedKarma Laser Guided]] KarmicDeath.
10th Apr '16 12:30:25 PM Yalsaris63
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', you can meet a man in the South Boston area not far from the Castle who sells "charge cards" for 110 caps each. He claims the cards are accepted in all the major shops in the Commonwealth and can be used as an alternative for caps. Of course, the cards ''were once'' valid before the Great War but are now absolutely worthless and no shop anywhere will accept them, and he won't accept returns if you go back to him. In other words, he's a con man. As if the con weren't fairly apparent from the start, [[TooDumbToLive he even calls you a "retard" under his breath regardless of whether or not you accept his offer, foolishly giving away his cover as a scammer]]. The only way to get your money back is to kill him, or better still if you have the Junk Jet on you, load the charge card into it and [[BoomHeadshot "forcibly return it" to him]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', you can meet a man in the South Boston area not far from the Castle who sells "charge cards" for 110 caps each. He claims the cards are accepted in all the major shops in the Commonwealth and can be used as an alternative for caps. Of course, the cards ''were once'' valid before the Great War but are now absolutely worthless and no shop anywhere will accept them, and he won't accept returns if you go back to him. In other words, he's a con man. As if the con weren't fairly apparent from the start, [[TooDumbToLive he even calls you a "retard" under his breath regardless of whether or not you accept his offer, foolishly giving away his cover as a scammer]]. The only way to get your money back is to kill him, or better still if you have the Junk Jet on you, load the charge card into it and [[BoomHeadshot "forcibly return it" to him]].him]], ensuring a good [[LaserGuidedKarma Laser Guided]] KarmicDeath.
10th Apr '16 12:29:07 PM Yalsaris63
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', you can meet a man in the South Boston area not far from the Castle who sells "charge cards" for 110 caps each. He claims the cards are accepted in all the major shops in the Commonwealth and can be used as an alternative for caps. Of course, the cards ''were once'' valid before the Great War but are now absolutely worthless and no shop anywhere will accept them, and he won't accept returns if you go back to him. In other words, he's a con man. As if the con weren't fairly apparent from the start, he even calls you a "retard" under his breath regardless of whether or not you accept his offer. The only way to get your money back is to kill him, or better still if you have the Junk Jet on you, load the charge card into it and [[BoomHeadshot "forcibly return it" to him]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', you can meet a man in the South Boston area not far from the Castle who sells "charge cards" for 110 caps each. He claims the cards are accepted in all the major shops in the Commonwealth and can be used as an alternative for caps. Of course, the cards ''were once'' valid before the Great War but are now absolutely worthless and no shop anywhere will accept them, and he won't accept returns if you go back to him. In other words, he's a con man. As if the con weren't fairly apparent from the start, [[TooDumbToLive he even calls you a "retard" under his breath regardless of whether or not you accept his offer.offer, foolishly giving away his cover as a scammer]]. The only way to get your money back is to kill him, or better still if you have the Junk Jet on you, load the charge card into it and [[BoomHeadshot "forcibly return it" to him]].
30th Mar '16 1:32:51 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* Oddly averted in ''Barnum! In Secret Service to Tte USA'': P.T. Barnum here may be a bit of a flim-flammer, but he gets most of his joy from entertaining the crowd rather than conning them

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* Oddly averted in ''Barnum! In Secret Service to Tte the USA'': P.T. Barnum here may be a bit of a flim-flammer, but he gets most of his joy from entertaining the crowd rather than conning them
15th Mar '16 10:44:02 AM InsomniacWeasel
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* 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.
12th Mar '16 4:05:15 AM MagBas
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* Lazarus Long of Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Future History'' is often described this way. And being the unrepentant MartyStu that he is, he always [[JerkSue gets away with it, too]].

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* Lazarus Long of Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Future History'' is often described this way. And being the unrepentant MartyStu that he is, he always [[JerkSue gets away with it, too]].
29th Feb '16 6:53:58 AM thatmadork
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', you can meet a man in the South Boston area not far from the Castle who sells "charge cards" for 110 caps each. He claims the cards are accepted in all the major shops in the Commonwealth and can be used as an alternative for caps. Of course, the cards ''were once'' valid before the Great War but are now absolutely worthless and no shop anywhere will accept them, and he won't accept returns if you go back to him. In other words, he's a con man. As if the con weren't fairly apparent from the start, he even calls you a "retard" under his breath regardless of whether or not you accept his offer. The only way to get your money back is to kill him, or better still if you have the Junk Jet on you, load the charge card into it and [[BoomHeadshot "forcibly return it" to him]].
28th Feb '16 7:12:20 PM DRCEQ
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* Marcus in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''. The second game has a sidequest that reveals he tricked an internet celebrity into thinking he was TheChosenOne just so he could sell him a ludicrously overpriced gun. He then realizes he gave the guy too much change, and hires you to track him down.

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* Marcus in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''. The second game has a sidequest that reveals he tricked an internet celebrity into thinking he was TheChosenOne just so he could sell him a ludicrously overpriced gun. He then realizes he gave the guy too much change, and hires you to track him down.the [[RobbingTheDead guy's corpse down and recover the money]]. He gives you the guy's gun as payment for the job.
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