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28th Mar '18 1:49:39 AM foxley
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* In ''Film/MurderAtTheBaskervilles'', Moriarty buys up Straker's debts and uses them to extort him into complying with his scheme to nobble Silver Blaze.
30th Jan '18 10:13:07 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ''Series/AdamAdamantLives'': Happens to the Arab prince in "Allah Is Not Always With You". the entire scheme was a set-up to get him to sign an IOU that would allow the villain to blackmail him once he inherited the throne.

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* ''Series/AdamAdamantLives'': Happens to the Arab prince in "Allah Is Not Always With You". the The entire scheme was a set-up to get him to sign an IOU that would allow the villain to blackmail him once he inherited the throne.
4th Dec '17 8:00:14 AM Shadowgazer
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* The plot of ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'' is driven by the main character's need to pay off a massive gambling debt owed to the gangster Hatchet Harry. Harry's hoping to use the debt to force the guy's father to hand over his pub.

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* The plot of ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'' is driven by the main character's need to pay off a massive gambling debt owed to the gangster Hatchet Harry. Harry's hoping to use the debt to force the guy's father to hand over his pub. A debt that he has because Harry cheated in the game.
4th Dec '17 7:57:20 AM Shadowgazer
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This trope is the answer. They have been gambling too much and now have to pay or face serious consequences, ranging from {{Kneecapping}} to actual death. So the evil guys blackmail them into whatever they need in exchange for having the debts paid. That does it: they're not evil, just desperate.

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This trope is the answer. They have been gambling too much and now have to pay or face serious consequences, ranging from {{Kneecapping}} to actual death. So the evil guys blackmail them into whatever they need in exchange for having the debts paid. That does it: [[ForcedIntoEvil they're not evil, just desperate.
desperate]].
4th Oct '17 7:02:52 AM OmegalphaAI
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* The entire plot of ''VideoGame/Cuphead'' is kicked off when the titular character loses a bet at the Devil's casino. To save their souls, Cuphead and Mugman have to go out and collect the soul contracts of the Devil's other debtors who refuse to pay.

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* The entire plot of ''VideoGame/Cuphead'' ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'' is kicked off when the titular character loses a bet at the Devil's casino. To save their souls, Cuphead and Mugman have to go out and collect the soul contracts of the Devil's other debtors who refuse to pay.haven't paid their dues.
4th Oct '17 6:59:13 AM OmegalphaAI
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* The entire plot of ''VideoGame/Cuphead'' is kicked off when the titular character loses a bet at the Devil's casino. To save their souls, Cuphead and Mugman have to go out and collect the soul contracts of the Devil's other debtors who refuse to pay.
3rd Aug '17 3:55:51 PM DarthNANAME
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* A variation in ''VideoGame/Hitman2016''. The final target of Season One is a former assassin turned board director who, despite presumably having a high paying job on top of a comfortable pension, is constantly short on money thanks to his crippling gambling addiction. Because of this, when he suddenly needs a major expensive surgery using an impossible to get transplant organ to save his life, he was forced to [[spoiler:sell out the ICA to Providence]] in exchange for the surgery, which results in Agent 47 sent after him to claim retribution.
26th Jul '17 5:42:12 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''The Dry'' by Jane Harper, this turns out to be the motive of [[spoiler: the actual murderer, complete with toughs threatening his family with a nail gun. When a colleague finds him committing fraud to pay them, he kills her whole family and makes it look like a PaterFamilicide.]]
5th Jun '17 8:34:08 AM Uyyy
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* Ludovic Bagman in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' is suspiciously generous to Harry during the Triwizard Tournamet, always offering him tips and pointers and giving him consistently high marks. At the end it's revealed [[spoiler: he's in massive debt to goblins and was trying to help Harry because he put a massive bet on him to win the tournament.]] It doesn't work because [[spoiler: the goblins argue that Harry drew even with Cedric Diggory ([[SacrificialLion never mind the latter ending up dead]], so Bagman goes on the run [[LongBusTrip and is never seen again]].

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* Ludovic Bagman in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' is suspiciously generous to Harry during the Triwizard Tournamet, always offering him tips and pointers and giving him consistently high marks. At the end it's revealed [[spoiler: he's in massive debt to goblins and was trying to help Harry because he put a massive bet on him to win the tournament.]] It doesn't work because [[spoiler: the goblins argue that Harry drew even with Cedric Diggory ([[SacrificialLion never mind the latter ending up dead]], dead]]]], so Bagman goes on the run [[LongBusTrip and is never seen again]].
5th Jun '17 8:33:41 AM Uyyy
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%% (ZCE) * Ludovic Bagman in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''.

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%% (ZCE) * Ludovic Bagman in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''.''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' is suspiciously generous to Harry during the Triwizard Tournamet, always offering him tips and pointers and giving him consistently high marks. At the end it's revealed [[spoiler: he's in massive debt to goblins and was trying to help Harry because he put a massive bet on him to win the tournament.]] It doesn't work because [[spoiler: the goblins argue that Harry drew even with Cedric Diggory ([[SacrificialLion never mind the latter ending up dead]], so Bagman goes on the run [[LongBusTrip and is never seen again]].
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