Pimping Is Relative
One character promising member of his family (or friend) to a third party for profit
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In some cultures, it is not only acceptable but expected that family members arrange whom their children will marry. This of course leads in fiction to characters who abuse this policy for fun and profit.

Due to cultural precedent, it is not prostitution in this case to say "My daughter will go out with you if you give me this," but rather the family dynamic in action. Often a Comedy Trope, though it is not impossible for this to be used in more dramatic situations and still not played for Squick. This can also include friends

Not to be confused with Platonic Prostitution. If a Tsundere is involved, expect to see a weapon of some sort as she defends her right to choose. Also Arranged Marriage is worth mentioning, thoughd ue to Values Dissonance it contains some Unfortunate Implications. Please use Rule of Cautious Editing Judgement in adding Real Life examples.


Examples

Anime & Manga
  • Ranma : It happens several times in both manga and anime with Soun Tendo and Genma Saotome promising marriage with one of their children when they get into a particularly tight financial bind. It's hilarious with Genma because in the anime at least he does this more often with only one child. Fanon has taken this character trait and Flanderized it to the point where both fathers (but especially Genma) promise their children to just about anyone for even the slightest consideration.
  • Zoids: The Doc has a habit of promising Harry Champ dates with his daughter whenever he needs something that's a bit... pricey.
  • Berserk: Farnese is promised to merchant captain Rodrigo by her ne'er-do-well brother. She's pretty much okay with this, as her traveling companions really needed a ship at the time.

Live-Action TV
  • M*A*S*H: a Chain of Deals Hawkeye made included getting Radar a date with a certain nurse.
  • The Bachelor and The Bachelorette - Let's take one person, a studio budget, and a whole bunch of "potential soul mates," and set up as many romantic situations as we can, including the Fantasy Suite and suggest that they have sex there. It's not pimping--it's Reality TV.
  • 24 season 1, Sherry sending a campaign assistant to go help her husband deal with some stress.
  • On One Episode of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Loomer Kidnaps Ned and Cookies's baby and wants Ned to do this trope to get change to work together with Moze on a separate partnered project.
    • On another occasion Loomer made another trade with Ned, in which Ned will help Loomer to get a date with Moze (not just arranging the date, also helping Loomer convince Moze he means it) in exchange for Loomer not bullying Ned.
  • On Game of Thrones, and presumably in the book, Viserys sells his sister Daenerys to the barbarian chief Khal Drogo in exchange for an army.
    • It is apparently common for Westeros culture (true to medieval spirit). King Robert offered Ned to marry Joffrey to Sansa without asking their consent and it wasn't portrayed as something wrong. They seem to be okay with it, but by modern standards that wouldn't be nice.
  • In The Best Years, Sam needs to sell calendars, so she offers dates with Devon to the girls who buy them. This is an interesting case, though, since she had Devon's full permission to do so.

Film
  • In the Awful American Sex Comedy Hot Times the boys run across a girl who gives them a naked show for $1 each. Her brother takes the money as her "nookie bookie." She'll do almost anything but have actual sex, because she's saving that until she turns 15 "and then it's gonna cost a Grand." [$1,000]
  • In Mom's Got a Date With a Vampire the main character exchanges a date with his sister for concert tickets.

Music
  • Tom Lehrer touched on this in "Be Prepared":
    Don't solicit for your sister / that's not nice! / ... unless you get a good percentage / of her price!

Literature and Fairy Tales
  • There are a few fairy tales (e.g. Beauty and the Beast) where a father will give up his daughter in exchange for his life.
  • Referred to obliquely in Sourcery where Rincewind finds the Klatchian bazaar full of street urchins offering to sell him things, act as guides or "introduce him to nice relatives".

Western Animation
  • Family Guy: Peter paid off his tab at Mort Goldman's pharmacy by saying his daughter would go out with Mort's son.

Real Life

Just to reiterate, use Rule of Cautious Editing Judgement for all Real Life examples.

  • There are several Western expressions relating to wanting something enough to "sell your own mother for it."
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