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->''Vimes looked into the grinning, cadaverous face of Cut-me-own-Throat Dibbler, purveyor of absolutely anything that could be'' ''[[CoatFullOfContraband sold hurriedly from an open suitcase in a busy street]]'' ''and was guaranteed to have'' ''[[FellOffTheBackOfATruck fallen off the back of an oxcart.]]''
-->-- ''Discworld/GuardsGuards''

You're in a sticky situation; you need to get something and there doesn't seem to be a legal way of getting it. (It could be banned, rationed, from overseas or possibly just made in extremely limited quantities). If you're unlucky, you'll have to visit [[TropeNamer Honest John's Dealership.]]

These are the guys who'll attempt to sell you anything, mostly items that FellOffTheBackOfATruck. The prices are usually dodgy too, either TooGoodToBeTrue or obnoxiously overpriced. (The former usually catches more people out than the latter). All in all, [[{{Greed}} their main goal is money]].

Like its cousin trope, the FriendInTheBlackMarket, Honest John can fit anywhere on the neutral or chaotic side of the CharacterAlignment spectrum: a good comparison would be the JerkWithAHeartOfGold [[OnlyFoolsAndHorses 'Del Boy' Trotter]] or [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Mr. CMOT Dibbler]] types VS {{Jerkass}}es like [[Literature/{{Matilda}} Mr. Wormwood]] or sociopaths like [[Film/TheThirdMan Harry Lime]]. After all, selling malfunctioning blow-up dolls is a far more forgivable occupation then selling TheAllegedCar that [[MyCarHatesMe hates you with a passion]] or [[SnakeOilSalesman fake pharmaceuticals to orphanages.]] DealWithTheDevil is when the "Honest John" character is genuine, ''pure'' evil.

Expect him to wear an obnoxious outfit ([[UnmovingPlaid plaid]] suit jackets seem to be popular), record InsaneProprietor advertisements, and say "ButWaitTheresMore" every other sentence. If this character is rendered as a FunnyAnimal, chances are quite high that he'll be a weasel or a fox. Items for sale at Honest John's may include a PigInAPoke, AllNaturalSnakeOil, and of course TheAllegedCar.

Despite trying to appear as having NamesToTrustImmediately, chances are fairly good that the "Honest" part makes it a NonIndicativeName. [[FridgeLogic You know]], if he has to ''[[ShowDontTell tell]]'' everyone [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial he's honest]]...

Compare and Contrast FriendInTheBlackMarket, who also sells items at a premium but at least guarantees he's giving you the good stuff.

See also SnakeOilSalesman, ShadyRealEstateAgent, WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs, CrookedContractor, and MedicineShow.

Completely straight examples tend not to last long in RealLife, but we've probably all met one at least once. They're called "gray market salesmen," in business/econ terms. Ironically enough, they have less of a reason to lie and cheat than new car salesmen, as used car sales are a). more profitable in general and b). usually grant more consistent commissions because you're largely just selling the car and have fewer middle-men to appease, while new car salesmen derive a far larger portion of their commissions from tacked-on extras, leading to overwhelmingly high-pressure tactics and occasionally outright lying or ''grossly'' stretching the truth.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Sarcastically praised in Bud Light's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGY8wUEmws0 Real men of genius: Mr. Used Car Lot Auto Salesman]]" in which the titular used car salesman's dodgy sales techniques are discussed and the announcer deadpans "...because when life gives ''you'' lemons, you ''sell'' them."
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The '''N'''ight'''M'''are '''E'''nterprises/Holy Nightmare salesman in ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars''. Dedede gave him nearly 100 episodes worth of payback when they finally meet personally.
** In the 4kids dub he's like a car salesman, while the original version is based on a polite and humble Japanese salesman -- but the roles are just about the same.
* Nabiki Tendō from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. In one episode she became Ranma's "financée", rented him out to her classmates, tried to get Ranma to break up with her and pay a "consolation fee", then tried to sell him back to Akane for anywhere from (what's equivalent to) $19 to $50. As she said in another episode:
-->'''Akane:''' Whose side are you on?\\
'''Nabiki:''' I'm on the side with money.
* In ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'', Rabat (or as WordOfGod said, a contraction of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Rat Bastard]]) is a Honest John. Only later we learn his true purposes, but until then, he sells everything from weaponry to cosmetics to ship drive boosters.
* In the manga and anime series ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'', the base quartermaster [=McCoy=] is a prime example of this, stocking everything from toilet paper to nuclear weapons. He is not above tricks like placing a photographer's bag in the sun to force him to buy new film or selling faulty Sidewinder missiles at $20 each.
* Lina Inverse of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' qualifies. In the very first episode, she actually haggles over how much she can get paid to save the town she's in from an attacking dragon, stating to her companion that "Necessity drives a hard bargain". A couple of episodes later, she sets prices for several items in her possession at 100 times the street price, and accuses the would-be buyer of having no balls for balking when he explicitly stated that he'd pay ''any'' price she named. Even her normally easy-going traveling companion was floored by that one.
** The same exchange occurs in the original light novel; Lina justifies herself to Gourry, saying that the extreme paranoia with which the buyer conducted himself (refusing to even specify which item he wanted to purchase until he was actually handing her the money) piqued her curiosity, so she deliberately named outrageous prices so that the buyer would buzz off long enough that she could have a closer look to find out what was so damn important about three valuable, but otherwise unremarkable, tchotchkes. Not that she would have complained if the buyer had actually ponied up...
* Pretty much everybody in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' who's not a FriendInTheBlackMarket, given it's a WretchedHive.
* The Magikarp Salesman that often appears in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' also acted as such, often tricking Team Rocket with useless things. A notable example was in James' first meeting with the salesman, where he tricked James into buying a Magikarp by making him think that it was essentially a Hand of Midas. James seemed to wise up and be very suspicious of any new encounters with him, although Jessie's a different story.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Vamp}}!'', there is a team of [[VampireHunter vampire hunters]] known as Otherworld Welfare Inc., Branch 666, that has a website that sells garlic spray, stake kits, and talismans, in addition to exterminating vampires themselves. They admit that this is done purely for money, and that their wares aren't necessarily effective in fighting vampires.
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[[folder:Audio Play]]
* Creator/TheFiresignTheatre's album ''How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All?'' opens with a character buying a car from "Ralph Spoilsport", who definitely fits the trope.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''{{Asterix}} and the Banquet'' (''Le Tour de Gaule d'Astérix'') has a [[strike:car]] chariot dealer selling Asterix and Obelix a shiny, sparkling, good-as-new chariot pulled by a strong black stallion... only problem is, the carriage breaks with the first stone in the road, and the strong black stallion turns out to be an old, battered white horse painted with black dye...
** There's also a Phoenician recurring character, Ekonomikrisis, who calls his slaves "partners with the right to row". He's just a humble partner ''without'' the right to row, of course.
* In the ''ComicBook/SuperMarioAdventures'' comic serial, Mario and Luigi buy a Yoshi language learning book from a man named Friendly Floyd, only to find that it's worthless because all the sentences are translated simply as "Yoshi." Later on, though, Luigi manages to get help from Floyd in rescuing Mario from the Koopalings.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' series, our eponymous hero meets Mr. Oliveira da Figueira, a gent who manages to sell him a whole lot of junk, including a pair of skis with poles, ''in a desert''. This is also after Tintin assures his dog that he wouldn't be conned into buying anything he didn't need. Worse, Tintin actually points out to his dog how he AVOIDED being conned. Depending on the specific translation, Tintin sometimes even points out that it was Figueira that got conned.
* Played for laughs with Manolito from the ''{{Mafalda}}'' comic books.
* In ''AlanFord'', the never-seen Bing (and perhaps his brother) is such a dealer. Sir Oliver is only ever seen conducting business with him over the phone, and then not buying but selling stuff fallen from the back of… well, everyone.
* One issue of Marvel's ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers]]'' series had Big Steve, a slimy dealer who used every dirty trick in the book.
* Issue #2 of Marvel's parody comic-book ''What The--?!'' featured a fake advertisement page where a character called Honest John sold human brains, including Hitler's, possessed dolls; Elvis Presley's phone number and several of the devices in the Marvel Universe such as the Ultimate Nullifier. Other issues of the comic-book also featured false advertisement pages.
** Issue #1, for instance, included ads for an "[[IronMan Ironed Man]]" suit of armor and courses in a martial art called "Yubewasted" that would allegedly allow its practitioners to take out opponents with just one finger. It also had an ad on the back promoting a guy hiring [[SelfDeprecation losers to ink comic books]] that states "He's looking for gullible people with lots of money."
* Weird Pete in ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' routinely fast-talks B.A. into buying whatever he's trying to unload by talking it up as "just what he needs" for his game.
-->'''Weird Pete:''' I'm tellin' ya, B.A., ''Orcs at the Gates'' is the largest, most comprehensive ''Hackmaster'' campaign set ever published...\\
''Weird Pete's spiel finally convinces B.A. to spend $89.99 for it. After he leaves....''\\
'''Weird Pete:''' ''(on phone)'' Gamin' Dick? Ha, ha, guess what! I just unloaded that piece of crap ''Orcs at the Gates''! Finally!
** Weird Pete (and his customers) are regular targets of sharp dealing from game publisher Hard Eight Enterprises.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' gave us the [[TropeNamer actual Honest John]] who was a fox that cheated Pinocchio on several occasions.
* The Merchant at the beginning of the DisneyAnimatedCanon ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
* Similarly, in the Disney ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', when Hercules lands in Thebes, a man appears, opens his vest, and says "Wanna buy a sundial?" Of course, Hades himself would be this trope if his deals involved actual money. James Woods even modeled Hades after a used car salesman.
* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' actually ''has'' a character named Honest John. However, he is more of a LoveableRogue politician trying to get people to vote for him. Including ''dead'' people.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* The entire movie, ''UsedCars''.
* Reversed in ''Film/{{Borat}}'' in which they wanted a really cheap vehicle just to get across the country, so the guy tells them that he can sell them a used ice-cream truck which isn't very well equipped but it will at least get them where they're going (i.e. the guy told the truth).
** It was a real used-car salesman who was being filmed, and thought it was a documentary, not a parody of one. The salesman [[http://www.salon.com/ent/feature/2006/11/10/guide_to_borat/index2.html declared]] "I just feel bad I wasted three hours of my time for 150 bucks. And I had nothing to do with selling him an ice cream truck."
** The series ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'' essentially makes the argument that SachaBaronCohen is an Honest John's Dealer delivering a movie that was (he assumes) not to most people's taste then telling them "so long suckers, you can't have your money back."
* Bobby Bolivia, Bernie Mac's character in the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film, when he isn't masquerading as a MagicalNegro. "Honest" enough to present an old, battered Camaro (which wasn't there yesterday) as a very awesome ride. Ironically, that Camaro turns out to be a very awesome HumongousMecha...
* The Hutts are turned into this in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''. Understandable due to the Law Of Unequal Returns, but that part is never mentioned.
* Flash Harry in the ''StTrinians'' movies.
* Ferdy the Fence in the movie version of ''Film/{{Stardust}}''.
-->'''Lamia:''' You'd better be telling the truth, you two-faced dog.\\
'''Ferdy:''' I can get you one of them, actually. Very good guard dogs. They can watch the back and the front door at the same time.
* Limbo in Tim Burton's ''PlanetOfTheApes'' grabs some random stuff from a space pod and starts hawking it within 20 minutes of touchdown.
* The RobinWilliams movie ''CadillacMan''.
* His goods may be a quite a bit more high dollar than your average Honest John, but ''Film/IronMan 2'''s Justin Hammer certainly has the attitude down pat as well as the [[TheAllegedCar cluster of malfunctions]], if the videos from the Senate Briefing at the beginning are any good sign.
* In ''MadMax'', Max encounters a shady gas station repairman who tries to sell him repairs on everything but Max's car frame. It's implied that his parts are all stolen as well. Max is too canny for the man and escapes with his pocketbook intact. The mechanic ultimately foments Max's downfall, though unwittingly.
* The father of the bicyclist hero in ''Film/BreakingAway'' was a used car dealer like this. He told one customer that the reason the car he was test-driving had stalled was that it had premium gasoline in its tank instead of regular, and had a heart attack at the possibility of giving a refund for a crappy car.
* Film/TheThreeStooges got in on this more than once. Including one time set in AncientEgypt, of all places, where they sold used chariots that [[TheAllegedCar were about as good as you'd expect.]] It had a truly comical line from Moe:
-->''"Greetings, friend! I'm Honest Moe, that's Honest Shemp, and that's... that's Larry."''
* Clark Griswold falls victim to one of these in Film/NationalLampoonsVacation''.
* Humorously averted by Leo Getz in the ''LethalWeapon'' films. When trying to sell Murtaugh's home, he insists on following the law and disclosing such interesting and alarming tidbits as the upstairs bathroom being "recently remodeled due to unexpected bomb damage".
* Jay Austin Motors in the first Sherwood Pictures film, ''Film/{{Flywheel}}'', starts off as this before Austin's HeelFaithTurn.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* This trope was formerly named after Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler, Ankh-Morpork's most famous entrepreneur and inedible-sausage-inna-bun vendor, from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels by Terry Pratchett. The true CMOT Dibbler is, if nothing else, an excellent salesman for his ability to continue selling his horrible products, even after everyone knows just how bad they are.
** Besides the Ankh-Morporkian Dibbler, the Disc is home to [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals a host of suspiciously similar salesmen]], including Disembowel-Meself-Honourably Dibhala, Fair Go Dibbler, Cut-Me-Own-Hand-Off Dhblah, Al-Jiblah, May-I-Never-Achieve-Enlightenment Dhiblang, Dib Diblossonson, May-I-Be-Kicked-In-My-Own-Ice-Hole Dibooki, Swallow-Me-Own-Blowdart Dhlang-Dhlang, and Point-Me-Own-Bone Dibbjla. Reluctant world traveler Rincewind has remarked that if CMOT Dibbler ever shook hands with one of his international doppelgangers, there would probably be some sort of explosion. In the ''Discworld Companion'', the author explains that "Wherever people are prepared to eat terrible food, there will be someone there to sell it to them."
** In fact, in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', Dibbler's proper name is cited as Claude Maximillian Overton Transpire Dibbler, meaning that it's not just a nickname based on his catchphrase, he really ''is'' CMOT Dibbler.
*** Alternatively, his name could have come out of the catchphrase, and was created to make his application for a loan more... legitimate, shall we say. Back in ''Discworld/NightWatch'', before the infamous catchphrase had crossed his mind, his cart was simply marked "Dibbler Enterprises, est". It's entirely possible he doesn't even HAVE a first name.
** While unrelated to the Dibblers, Heme Krona, proprietor of Camels-R-Us, in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'' also qualifies.
** Mention should also be made of Hobson's Livery Stable, which employs an [[TheIgor Igor]] as a vet, but is rumoured to use his extreme surgery skills as a horse "chop-shop". There's an urban legend about a two-toned horse with one long scar going down its body, the result of two particularly nasty cart accidents.
* Mr. Wormwood in Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/{{Matilda}}''. The tinkering with the cars differs between the book and movie. Maybe because the books is several decades older, and the Honest Johns had to update their methods meanwhile.
** In this case, he crosses the line into outright criminality - his entire business model is built on selling cars that appear to run fine, until they get about thirty miles off the lot, when the customer's Sudden Onset Unbridled Rage is suddenly aggravated by whatever means he should choose to use to prove he doesn't owe them a refund. He's also involved with dealing in stolen cars too.
* In an ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' book, Muffy Crosswire's super rich father sells used cars of questionable value, what with his PunnyName. Ironically, one of the episodes of Arthur reveals that he hates liars.
* In the HarryTurtledove AlternateHistory ''TheTwoGeorges'', RichardNixon is a salesman for used ''steam'' cars.
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheCryingOfLot49'' with Mucho Maas, who -- during his time spent as a used car salesman -- was terrified of becoming one of these and developed a psychosomatic allergic reaction to pencil shavings and a fear of checked suits.
* The car dealership where the Joads buy their car in ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath''. An unusual example in which this is not played for comedy.
* Milo Minderbinder from ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' begins as a light-hearted version of this trope, paying far more attention to his various moneymaking schemes than the actual war he's supposed to be fighting. However, his financial syndicate grows so large and arcane that he eventually bombs his own air base, firmly believing that it's in everyone's best interest because it brings profit to his investors.
* Mundungus Fletcher from ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
* Tom Dennis Fitzgerald, the title character in ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Brain The Great Brain]]'' children's book series.
* Jack from the book ''[[Literature/LittleWomen Little Men]]''.
* Silk from the ''{{Belgariad}}''.
** This is even somewhat lampshaded in one of the books, when he ends up receiving a bottle of Rivan perfume, and is unable to set a good price (In his mind this meant good as in making an exorbitant profit without setting it so high he'd be laughed out of the Fair), In the end, he gives it to Polgara, who 'thanks him for a princely gift', which only disgruntled him further.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's novel ''Literature/RedPlanet''. Smythe, a student at Lowell Academy.
* Sylvester [=McMonkey McBean=] of Creator/DrSeuss's ''The Sneetches'', who manages to con the eponymous creatures into repeatedly paying to use his star-applying and star-removing machines, [[FantasticRacism so they can remain "different from the inferior type"/indistinguishable from their former oppressors]]. He only leaves when the Sneetches are all completely broke, laughing at their stupidity. This being a children's book, however, [[AnAesop they do learn a valuable lesson]], and stop discriminating based on belly stars or the lack thereof.
* Brax the Salesdemon from ''Literature/TheExploitsOfEbenezum'' and ''Literature/TheWanderingsOfWuntvor''-- complete with extremely obnoxious, loud checkered suit.
* This is [[CalLeandros Robin Goodfellow's]] day job.
* Jack from ''[[Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles Searching for Dragons]]''. Telemain actually warns him not to pad the bill on a magic carpet repair after learning that he's doing the job for a princess and the King of Dragons.
* In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: City of the Dead'', our protagonists are stranded on Necropolis and want to buy a ship. They end up in a used ship lot with a pushy, fast-talking dealer who is very put off when Tash starts [[CreepyChild guessing everything he's going to say]] and finishing his sentences. Usually she doesn't know she's doing it, but this time it's deliberate, and she reflects that he must be shallow.
* Creator/TomHolt's ''Literature/FallingSideways'' has a business actually named "Honest John's House of Clones". Which puzzles David Perkins, since, as far as he knows, cloning is something that only been attempted in a few of the most advanced labs in the world. With sheep. There shouldn't be a place on the streets of London offering to clone the woman he's hopelessly in love with for the low, low price of fifty pounds. Seventy-five tops. Plus fifteen for VAT.
* In Gerald Morris' ''The Princess, the Crone, and the Dung-Cart Knight'', Adrian the Pardoner is a traveling salesman of papal indulgences and fake holy relics. The character seems to be based on the Pardoner of the CanterburyTales, an example that makes this trope OlderThanPrint.
* In Creator/RichardScarry's ''Busytown'' books, the FunnyAnimal variant is in play, as the proprietor of the city car dealership is a fox-- usually trying to [[PredatorsAreMean make a sale to a rabbit.]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''TheElectricCompany'': A memorable skit from the first season, pairing MorganFreeman and Creator/BillCosby. Cosby turns his portrayal of the SnakeOilSalesman UpToEleven as he brags to a potential client that he ''is'' Honest John (pointing out the words with his stick). Just then, an angry customer (Freeman) bursts into the office and demands an explanation about why "Honest John" sold his son a lemon. Freeman then suggests that "Honest John" is an inaccurate name, to which Cosby admits "I lie a lot!"
* Most characters played by Frank "Yeeeeeeeeeees?" Nelson, especially on ''TheJackBennyProgram''.
* The Ferengi of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' are an entire PlanetOfHats of scheming salesmen.
** Harry Mudd of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' is also an excellent example of this trope. (He ''thinks'' he's a MagnificentBastard...)
** The same goes for Cyrano Jones, who's much like Mudd in personality -- he's just not quite as ambitious.
* ''StarTrekVoyager'' ran into the interstellar version of this -- he forgot to mention the used spacecraft he sold Tom Paris was sentient and channeling ''Film/{{Christine}}''.
* Classic ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' episode in which the used car dealer acquires a used car that forces the owner to tell the truth.
** Lampshaded as a plot point in the episode "One for the Angels", where the CMOT Dibbler type uses his schtick [[spoiler: to distract and delay Death, saving a young girl's life]].
* Arthur Daley of ''{{Minder}}'' was definitely one of these. Played by George Cole who was [[ActorAllusion known for]] his role as Flash Harry of the ''StTrinians'' series (see above), Arthur constantly had his finger in a number of dirty pies which in at least one case did include selling shoddy cars, but was generally (at best) in the gray market, if not outright criminal. (The pilot episode mentioned that Arthur was mostly legitimate nowadays and possibly didn't need a "minder" (i.e. Mook) any more.)
* Rip-off Rodney in ''Series/ICarly''.
* One episode of StepByStep revolved around J.T. getting a job at a car dealership with the word "Honest", he lampshades the trope later when he tells his stepmom that he keeps the owner honest.
* Del Boy Trotter from ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses''.
** In his first appearance in ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'', Boycie is offered Trigger's car as part of a poker bet. His response: "You must be joking, I sold it to him!"
* In an episode of ''Series/DueSouth'', Benton and Ray went undercover at a used-car dealership which was fencing stolen cars. While the real car salesmen were examples of this trope, it was subverted when ever-honest Constable Fraser proved to be an excellent car salesman simply by telling people the truth and helping them find the car they wanted. (Okay, and by inadvertantly being a magnet to female car buyers.)
* Explicitly lampshaded in ''FamilyMatters'', when Laura wants to buy a car from "Honest Joe's Used Car Dealership". Carl immediately warns against patronizing any business with "Honest" in the name.
* Mike Thecoolperson (yes, he changed his name) from ''TheYoungOnes''.
** Also, Reggie Balowski, the 'International arms dealer, scrap metal merchant and French cabaret chanteuse' of the Balowski family, to whom Mike tries to sell the unexploded bomb dropped on their house.
--->'''Reggie:''' So, is that the atom bomb is it, eh? ''(sharp intake of breath)'' Oooh, naaaa, not in that colour, you know what I mean? See, that bomb, to me it's worth, well, a pony, couple of tortoises at most.[...] Tell you what, right, tell you what, come outside, I'll give you part-ex on a Reliant, right.\\
'''Mike:''' Reliant? Thats a three wheeler, innit?\\
'''Reggie:''' Usually, yeah...
* Sergeant Bilko from ''ThePhilSilversShow''.
* Mr. Haney from ''GreenAcres''.
* Sergeant O'Rourke from ''FTroop''.
* In ''Diili'', the Finnish version of the reality TV show ''TheApprentice'' had Juhana Helmenkalastaja (his surname meant "Pearl diver", which he had legally changed his name into), who actually talked a jeweller into selling him a gold bar for spare change. The incident, however was frowned upon by the big boss.
* Auntie Wainwright from ''LastOfTheSummerWine''.
** And her counterpart Arkwright from ''OpenAllHours'' (by the same author).
* The [[StarfishAliens mantislike alien]] N'Grath from ''Series/BabylonFive''. Whenever a character needs to sneak around the station, he's there, willing to sell them plans, access keys, and anything else, for a "very expensive" price.
** Of course, N'Grath isn't ''exactly'' an Honest John, as he (she? it?) is also known to use and hire out hitmen if you don't pay her (him? it?); it (he? she?) implied to be some kind of crime lord, but since the B5 command staff can't pin him (her? it?) for anything and finds her (him? it?) somewhat useful at times, they more or less leave it ([[OverlyLongGag him? her?]]) alone.
* Colin Mathews from ''PressGang'', who has been known to sell, among other things, defective half ping-pong balls, cans of soft drink that stain people's faces green, homicidal "security" briefcases, and the services of a sadistic hypnotist. For some reason that is never entirely clear to the audience or the rest of the characters, he is somehow allowed to remain in charge of the newspaper's finances.
* Dan Aykroyd's early ''SaturdayNightLive'' character, Irwin Mainway.
* The Dodgy Brothers from ''AustraliaYoureStandingInIt''.
* Vinnie from ''{{StreetSmartz}}''.
* Benke Bengtsson from ''{{Vintergatan}} 5B''. A rather extreme door-to-door salesman, you could say, who travelled around the cosmos in a yellow, truck-like thing, usually coming onto the protagonists' ''spaceship'' and offering to sell them an 'Intergalactic Multi-Tool'. Slightly subverted, as, despite his energetic salespitch causing him to be mistrusted, the Multi-Tool ''is'' actually useful (Or, as Benke says, "It's used for ''everything''!"). Looks like he actually ''was'' honest, for once.
* ''HannahMontana'' has Rico's Surf Shop, a beachfront establishment that sells mediocre, overpriced food and merchandise, and has been investigated by the health department more than once.
* The ninth season episode of ''{{Seinfeld}}'', "The Dealership", features Jerry buying a new car from David Puddy, who can get him an insider deal. George tags along because hes positive that all car dealerships are Honest Johns and wants to protect Jerry. At one point in the episode Puddy and Elaine break up and Jerry loses his insider deal, so Puddy rings him up for thousands of dollars worth of useless junk and tries to sell Jerry a yellow car instead of the black he previously requested. [[spoiler: At the end of the episode Puddy and Elaine get back together and Puddy happily admits the dealership doesn't even know what some of the expenses actually do. He gives Jerry a good deal, which Jerry blows by refusing to give him a high-five.]]
* Joey Jeremiah was the HighSchoolHustler in the '80s versions of ''Series/{{Degrassi}}''. He grew up to become a used-car dealer in TheRevival.
* Played for laughs with Junior Samples' used car lot on ''HeeHaw''.
* Private Joe Walker in ''Series/DadsArmy''
* Furlow's garage in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. There's nothing that woman can't fix, and nothing she won't sell to the one evil empire you really don't want getting hold of it.
* Averted/Played with on an episode of ''{{Newhart}}''. George leaves the Stratford Inn and finds a job as a car salesman. Due to his reputation of informing the customers when a car actually was a lemon or not, he was given the nickname "Honest George" and would often be sought after by potential buyers. Another salesman tried to take advantage of this by [[BlatantLies saying he was Honest George. Even to Dick when he came looking for him.]]
* Kamekona in the remake of ''Series/HawaiiFive0''
* ''YoungEntrepreneur'' Deuce Martinez in ShakeItUp has many aspects of this in his make-up. Amusingly, his girlfriend turns out to be his DistaffCounterpart, if not [[UpToEleven more so]], being able to out-wheel and out-deal him easily.
* Invoked in the fake commercial leading into the ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG7_FSxSxW8 car dealership challenge]].
* "Honest" Jake Phillips in the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk Buys a House" is a subversion in that he turns out to be an entirely different sort of criminal. Jake smooth-talks Monk (who just bought a new house) into trusting him, and even hands him one of his business cards. When Monk calls Jake to repair an off-centered ceiling light in his dining room, Jake starts finding more and more faults in the building that need to be repaired. He then calls his plumber plumber, "Honest" Ramone, to help knock down the walls and fix allegedly corroded pipes. It looks like Jake and Ramone are fleecing Monk, but their actual goal is bigger: they think a bank robber's haul is stashed in the house, and they're knocking out the walls to find it.
* Saul Goodman from ''Series/BreakingBad'' is essentially an AmoralAttorney but with underworld connections and personality generally associated with an Honest John.
* In one episode of ''Series/SledgeHammer'', the protagonists investigated a BlackWidow of a SerialKiller who targeted car dealers like this. At the end, when the killer was caught, she showed no remorse, asking [[KnightTemplar if it was truly a crime to kill car dealers.]]
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* Honest Ed from ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. As Garfield observes, his office is in a pickup truck with the engine running.
* Private Cosmo in ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey''; basically Ernie Bilko with a reduction in rank.
* Peter occasionally takes this role in ''[[{{BC}} B.C.]]''
* Elvis Zimmerman in ''PiranhaClub'' is one of them. Sid, too, who runs a shady real estate business.
* Honest Abdul in ''BeauPeep'', perveyor of tat to {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s Dennis and the Nomad. A typical Abdul strip will have him reflecting that no-one will buy his latest product, then a GilliganCut to Dennis proudly showing it to a [[OnlySaneMan disbelieving Peep]].
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* Convincing John from ''FraggleRock'' is a subversion of this in that he doesn't do it for money (of which Fraggles apparently have no concept) but for the lulz.
* Mad Man Mooney from ''TheMuppetMovie'', who offers the traveling Muppets a $12 trade-in for ''both'' of their vehicles and claims a car that falls apart in front of their eyes is "collapsible, for narrow garages."
** He also has a "you pay the price you see on the sticker" policy. Although it usually means you're getting a lemon and no haggling, it proves to be his downfall when a slapped fly means that twelve-dollar trade-in means ''he'' owes ''the Muppets'' a nickel.
* Each ''TheSiflAndOllyShow'' episode features a home shopping segment in which the hosts pitch a product sold by their sponsor, Precious Roy, an apparently senile huckster who does nothing but spout non-sequitors before shouting, "Suckers!"
* ''SesameStreet''- the guy in the trenchcoat and fedora that ALWAYS cons Ernie out of his nickel.
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* British spoof radio comedy ''[[Series/{{KYTV}} Radio Active]]'' featured frequent appearances by, and commercials for, a highly dubious businessman called Honest Ron, whose debt collection methods mainly revolved around half a dozen out of work jockeys with sledgehammers. Adverts for his extremely questionable products and services were invariably accompanied by his trademark jingle, sung in a near-tuneless drone which did not inspire confidence in the prospective buyer:
-->''Honest Ron, Honest Ron, the others are a con... Honest.''
* In ''TheNavyLark'' C.P.O. Pertwee will be glad to sell you anything from a pen lid to a Battleship (usually the same one he has sold to 3 other different people too). He has an extended clan of Pertwees that run the navy as their own personal supermarket.
* Sid James in ''HancocksHalfHour''.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* What do you get when you cross Honest John with [[TheMafia Don Corleone]]? Probably something a lot like the Free Enterprise secret society in the ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' TabletopRPG.
* The Yasuki family from ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' have been described as "the Wal-Mart of Rokugan."
* One of TSR's add-on books for 2nd edition ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons AD&D]]'' had an Underdark merchant playable class. As a class perk, this character is not only expected but ''required'' to moderately cheat any customers. If the character does a completely honest transaction, underdark NPCS such as Drow assume it's a ruse for something even worse and automatically attack.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' features a class called Mongers that...all have an ability that any player may activate, for the right amount of mana. Oddly, the Sailmonger grants any creature flying, which would be great...if she weren't blue, blue being the color that has the most flying already. The Warmonger, in red, has a similar problem, doing 1 damage to each creature without flying...and being in the color that is the most earthbound.
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* The Engineer from the musical ''MissSaigon''.
* Thénardier from the musical ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', made clear in his VillainSong:
-->''Charge 'em for the lice,''
-->''Extra for the mice,''
-->''Two percent for looking in the mirror twice!''
-->''Here a little slice,''
-->''There a little cut,''
-->''Three percent for sleeping with the window shut!''
-->''When it comes to fixing prices,''
-->''There are lots of tricks he knows!''
-->''How it all increases,''
-->''All them bits and pieces,''
-->''Jesus! It's amazing how it grows!''
* All of the vendors in the "Christmas Bells" scene in ''{{RENT}}'' (in particular the one who tries to sell Collins' stolen coat back to him).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' games have fast-talking salesman Stan, who in the course of the five games has run a used-ship yard, a funeral home, an insurance company, a timeshare agency, and a law firm. And who sports a [[UnmovingPlaid highly implausible]] jacket.
** Subverted (at least in Curse) because after being trapped in a coffin for some time, he decided to turn his life around; the insurance company was actually a legit business venture, so it's a shame that you can only progress by outright scamming him.
* Tiny, the used spaceship dealer in ''SpaceQuest I''. Of the 3 ships you can purchase from him, 2 will crash as soon as you get in them ([[HaveANiceDeath one fatally]]). And the third was just randomly parked next to the merchandise, and Tiny simply decided it was his to sell. As soon as you take off in it, the real owner shows up and demands to know where you're going with ''his'' ship.
** Also, Droids B Us. If you buy the wrong droid, it breaks down, just like the R5 with the bad motivator in ''StarWars''. In the remake, there are two droids you can buy that will explode in your face and kill you. (One blows up [[EverythingTryingToKillYou with no warning]], the other if you touch it a 3rd time, being warned twice by the game that the robot is too complex for you to possibly handle [[PressXToDie without killing yourself]].)
* Perhaps as a nod to the Ferengi are the Goblins in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', who are pretty much Ferengi [-[[RecycledINSPACE IN VANA'DIEL!]]-]
* The goblins in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' universe were first given this characterization in ''Warcraft III'', where they peddled magic items to all sides of the war. It was continued in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
-->"Time is money, friend."
-->"I've got what you need."
** Of particular note is [[MeaningfulName Griftah]], a Troll merchant in Shattrath Lower City who claims his merchandise convey great powers to the wielder. Charm that allows you to heal wounds merely by eating food! Charm that anchors your spirit to the mortal world, and you just need to get back to your corpse to return to life! As you probably know, said abilities came standard with your character. As well he sells an outrageously overpriced ornament, which is necessary for certain craftsmanship.
* Almost every game of the ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' series features a suspicious merchant who is either an anthropomorphic cat or rabbit named Neko, Nikita, or Niccolo. Sometimes he is playable, but he's always out to bring "happiness" to his customers by, for example, selling them overpriced glass beads as jewelry.
** At exactly twice the normal buying price, at least in ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana''.
** And in ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'', Nikita is revealed to be from an entire ''race'' of traveling cat-people merchants.
* In ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'', Tom Nook has almost complete control over your town's economy, forcing you to buy a house, and then upgrade it several times [[ButThouMust without really giving you a choice]]. His two nephews work for him when his store is fully upgraded, so he's also into child labor. He even manages to get control over the hair industry, having a salon in his store. And it's kinda creepy how he stalks you when you run around his store because he wants to be sure [[KleptomaniacHero you don't steal anything]].
** Crazy Redd also fits this trope very well- he sells counterfeit paintings, after all.
* Bosco from the ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' games from Telltale Games, mainly in the first season, where he sells the Freelance Police various overpriced (but strangely effective) HomemadeInventions. In Season Two, he's too preoccupied with his conspiracy theories to sell Sam and Max any goodies. He lampshades his role as a CMOT Dibbler, pointing out that he keeps thinking of the most ridiculous prices he can, but Sam and Max keep buying his stuff.
* The Melnorme Traveller-Traders of ''StarControl II'' act a lot like this, selling the player a variety of useful goodies as the end of (nearly) all sentient life steadily approaches. That said, without the information and technology they provide, the game is [[SelfImposedChallenge substantially harder]].
** The Druuge as well: they consider profit to be of utmost importance, therefore they will do ''anything'' they think they can get away with if it will net them a profit. Trading with them can yield some useful items, but one must be very careful in how one does it.
* Costalot ([[MeaningfulName it's all in the name]]) from ''VivaPinata.'' While she probably wouldn't sell her own grandmother for a buck, she is doubtlessly extremely greedy -- she doesn't cotton to window shoppers at all.
* Arona Daal of ''VideoGame/{{Startopia}}'' is the absolute epitome of this trope. He'll be selling you ''anything'' you're looking for, all top quality; swear on all six of his grandmothers' graves. And at those prices, too; he's slitting both his throats.
* Tristam the {{ninja}} from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest'' indulges in this.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Wakka calls out Rin on the fact that, if they fail to defeat the upcoming Boss, everyone would be in trouble. However, Rin calmly affirms his confidence in their abilities, and charges them for his goods anyway.
** Which is actually kind of funny, noting that said boss is usually considered to be ThatOneBoss.
* The Magikarp salesman, both in ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' and the anime, where one is a recurring character.
** Easily subverted in the games. Buy the Magikarp from him, train it well, and you can have a [[MagikarpPower Gyarados]] by the time you'd be able to catch a Magikarp normally.
** Also averted in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', as buying from him is the ''only'' way to get a Magikarp in Unova.
* Ribald Barterman from ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II: Shadows of Amn'', proprietor of the "Adventurer's Mart" has the lingo, but most of the stuff he sells is actually good. There is however a merchant in the first ''BaldursGate'' who sells potions who is this trope to a tee. (each potion will increase one of your stats to 25... And lower all the others to 3)
* Murgo in ''VideoGame/FableII'' is a classic example. He sells you several cursed quest items, and while he offers a variety of clothing, makeup & hairstyle cards, and other items, most of them are merely [[AndYourRewardIsClothes aesthetic in purpose]]. The real invoking of this trope comes from his spiel about items he's selling in the "childhood" portion of the game as well as the things he'll hawk when you're standing near his kiosk as an adult. He actually does have some real magical items, but only sells them to serious customers (read, those who can defend themselves against the monsters in the places that said items teleport them to.)
* One of the salesmen on Volcania in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfKyrandia Hand of Fate]]'' is like this. If you keep gathering seashells, coins, and starfish for him (not required and takes a long time), you eventually become so pissed off you punch him out.
* Ali Chica of ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryII: Trial by Fire''. His goods are guaranteed the best in town or you no getta your money back. However he does sell two useful items: the map and compass.
* Gheed from ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} II'', one of the two merchants in Act I, is one of these. He offers you a lifetime guarantee and a two-day warranty on all items (presumably on the basis that he doesn't expect you to last any longer as a hero in a world swarming with monsters). He doesn't, of course, in gameplay terms, charge any more than any other merchants.
** He probably also qualifies as A Friend in the Black Market, as Warriv intimates that Gheed's goods are of high quality.
* Saxton Hale from the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' supplementary materials is a [[TestosteronePoisoning Testosterone Poisoned]] version of this. He actually PRIDES himself in selling "dangerous, cheaply-made products that catch on fire!"
-->''"If you aren't 100% satisfied with our product line, you can take it up with me!"''
* In ''{{Recettear}}'' you are playing one yourself. Or at least you CAN, since the price you can get for an item isn't just the item itself but the customer you are selling it to (the well dressed man will pay more than the little girl) as well as your relationship with them (if you've given them 'good deals' in the past, you can trade on that friendship to charge them more later). Not to mention taking advantage of the daily price fluctuations certain items are in/out of demand) when [[AnyoneRememberPogs a horde of shoppers enter the store, desperate for certain items]].
** Not quite - everything you sell is in working order, but you charge through the nose for it. [[ConMan Euria]] is a better example, selling [[SarcasmMode rare, wondrous]] items and accepting a wider spread of prices for them... with that spread centered at ''500%'' market value.
* [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot1996 Pinstripe]] is implied to run one of a classic variety in the epilogue of ''VideoGame/CrashTeamRacing''. While there's no suggestion of quality, he does apparently seal a deal more quickly once his tommy gun comes out. A less typical example in the same game that references the trope title would be "Honest Joe's Wedding Ring and Rare Gem Outlet". Joe was convicted for laundering Cubic Zirconias.
* Splodgy Dave in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesRocketSlime'' comes off as this (he definitely got the name for it), but GameplayAndStorySegregation prevents it from affecting the stuff you buy.
* In ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'' practically half the people you meet all get a turn at this. It gets Lampshaded quite a bit too, especially the pricing part.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Dizzy}} Treasure Island Dizzy]]'' you need to buy a boat to get back to the civilization. Conveniently, you meet a shopkeeper who'll sell you a boat for one of the treasures you can find in the game ... with no motor. For the second treasure you can buy the motor ... with no fuel. For he third you get the fuel ... but you still need to buy the keys for the motor with the fourth treasure.
* Lampshaded in the second ''VideoGame/{{Descent}}'' game where the cheat code "Honest Bob" gives you all weapons.
* One of these guys shows up in the DLC case The Consul's Car in ''VideoGame/LANoire''. At first he just seems like an overzealous car salesman, but when you successfully question him, it quickly becomes evident that he's kind of a sleazebag. [[spoiler: Bribing people in order to get them to buy his cars is just good business.]]
** Another DLC case, "A Slip of the Tongue" has one questioned in his relations to distributing stolen cars as legitimate ones. He's a little less sleazy than the last guy, but his sense of humor is so grating that [[DisproportionateRetribution your partner starts begging you to let him shoot the guy]].
*** After questioning this guy, your partner posits a chicken-and-egg question: "Do you think you have to be an asshole to sell cars, or that selling cars turns you into an asshole?" When Phelps thinks the partner is in a bad mood, the partner states he HATES car salesmen no matter what day it is, and loathes the fact they all think they're hilarious while only being funny as, quote, "a heart attack". Phelps then guesses that the more annoying they are, the faster the customers sign the paperwork.
* Phineas T. Rotostar, CEO and owner of Protostar, from ''VideoGame/WildStar''. While his products are legitimate, the quality is dodgy, the prices "imperceptibly inflated," and he's not above some rather shady business practices.
* [[VideoGame/OneThousandAndOneSpikes 1001 Spikes]] has Conseil's Duty Free, which has elements of this. All of the costumes you buy are explained as an advertising contract where you have to buy the uniform yourself, leading to a humiliating cutscene trying to advertise the shop. The outfits themselves seem to be subpar, such as the Knight Armour being made of flimsy materials or the kung-fu suit smelling pretty strongly of BO. However, the rest of his goods, such as extra lives and the Skull Detector are all perfectly fine, and to be fair, some of the jobs Conseil sends you on for the Extra modes are legitimate.
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* Bubs from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', who sells an astounding number of things, often at ridiculous prices, out of his concessions stand. Snacks, drinks, broken computers, letters that fall off his sign, stolen artifacts, questionable medical care, bazooka-flamethrowers that throw throwing stars, chicken beaks, VCR repair, paint, Internet service, and so on. In the email "pom pom", he even tried to charge Strong Bad for "face smashings" and "severe pummelings" after Strong Bad tried to pick a fight with Pom Pom. He also attempted to sell Coach Z ''a used napkin''. Twice.
** Also, he'll take anything for his wares, including cash, money, cash money, [[VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople Quesos, first-born children, and organs stolen from Strong Sad]]. And pencil shavings.
*** Isn't saying "cash" and "quesos" in the same sentence redundant? It's not like Strong Bad was using a credit card.
*** Since he's the ''only'' purveyor of ''anything'' in Free Country, USA, he also operates the black market out behind the concession stand. Of course, since the concession stand sells dangerous crap, naturally the black market sells quality goods. The Cheat even has an adverse reaction to the ferret ointment (which is apparently what Strong Bad looks for in a tube of ferret ointment).
** And then there's Senor Cardgage, but he's [[LampshadeHanging well aware of it.]]
--->'''Senor Cardgage:''' ''(standing on a lawnmower)'' Why, hello, Miss Trela. Check out Senor Cardgage's Intregway. Dump Tell No Mandy -- it's just a landmower moved bankways!
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Akbar from ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': present every time the Light Warriors turn around, ready to sell them anything they desperately need. What a bargain! Even if getting into one of his airships is tantamount to suicide. Why they keep buying from him... he always claims to be an [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals identical relative]] that isn't anything like the others. And the heroes are just [[IdiotBall incredibly thick]]. It's become a running gag to show some device failing to work (often catastrophically), then to reveal via flashback that the device was purchased from one of Akbar's many, many stores.
** Opposite Akbar is Jeff, the proprietor of "Jeff's Discount {{Death Trap}}s (Not To Be Confused With Actual Airships)". His wares aren't any better than Akbar's, but he's ''completely honest about it'', thereby earning the trust of Red Mage. Of course, the Light Warriors also like him because he kicks [[ButtMonkey Black Mage]] whenever BM speaks.
*** [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/08/12/episode-318-buckle-up-its-the-law/ When I say deathtrap, I mean deathtrap.]]
** Thief also occasionally dabbles in this line of work. For example, when the Light Warriors end up on a frozen tundra, he successfully sells blocks of ice to his teammates, marketing them as Ice Armor and Ice Spells.
*** He's a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Thief]]! He is extremely greedy, steals anything [[strike:that isn't nailed down or/and on fire]], considers anyone that won't steal something that is nailed down/on fire to be an amateur, and then manages to sell it back to you. So he's stealing your money ''twice''. Oddly enough, the player character can actually do this in the ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' games.
*** He was at one point very honest about his bad deals. Black Mage declared him a MagnificentBastard upon finding that satisfaction was not, in fact, guaranteed. [[spoiler: To elaborate, a contract had a tiny, harmless-looking dot between the words "satisfaction" and "guaranteed." Magnified to an extreme degree, the dot turned out to be the word "not."]]
* ''StationV3'' features a used-spaceship dealer/all-around scheming huckster named "Honest J!on".
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}''. The car dealer is "honest John" to a tee, but Ash is enough of a WrenchWench to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome play him at his own game]]. [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=144]]
* An ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' strip features [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/0111.html "Honest Cid's Used Airships."]]
* ''TalesOfTheQuestor'' features Merchant Max, a rather slick secondhand-goods salesman who isn't above selling cartloads of (mostly) total junk to a drunk Questor. To his credit, he later gave Quentyn some really canny advice of how to bargain for the quest items that would be in someone's possession. Yes, this was an excuse to make the hero take on a ship's load of low power magic trinkets as trade goods, but the general intent is decent.
* [[DoubleSubversion Doubly subverted]] by [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page495.html this]] ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'' strip: after giving honest information about cars on the lot, the salesman admits he's a member of Vendeurs Sans Frontières and is doing this as a public service.
* Al Coda's Used Instrument Kiosk in ''Tone Deaf''.
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* Nicolae of ''GaiaOnline'', especially in the manga where he fences goods stolen from TheMafia to people who want to visit the local Don... In-game, users are more likely to notice the fact that he charges real-world money (via "donations" to the site) for ''zOMG!'' {{Power Up}}s.
* Parodied in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sZuN0xXWLc&playnext_from=TL&videos=bPVqPEU41As&playnext=1 this]] Website/YouTube video (warning: [[NotSafeForWork NSFW]]).
* Bubs, the concessions stand owner from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', being apparently the only store in town, often overcharges for everything and anything. He's charged people for waiting in line at his store, or saying "Thank you" after a purchase. Everyone seems okay with him, amusingly.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Cheddarman from ''ClassOf3000''.
* Pete in ''GoofTroop''. Although you have to wonder how accurate the portrayal really is when you consider how relatively suscessful Pete's business is over the series. You'd think he would have been shut down at some point but he still makes a steady income; either he's not always as dishonest as he's shown to be, or the residents of Spoonerville are just [[TooDumbToLive too oblivious]] to complain about him too much.
* ''{{Rugrats}}'' had an episode play off the Grandpa's description of car salesmen being sharks, and it turned into a pseudo-''Jaws'' parody.
* Gwizdo in ''DragonHunters''; he negotiates the contracts with villagers (while Lian-Chu does the actual [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]] hunting). One of his catchphrases is: "Can't read? No problem! Just make a cross here, here and here."
* Malfunctioning Eddie and the dealer who sells Amy her car in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Not that Amy [[TheDitz makes it very hard for him...]] (Ironically, Eddie is in even worse shape than any of the cars he sells. He's eventually caught in the act, seeing as in a later episode, he's at the Hal Institute for Criminally Insane Robots.)
** Almost any time Bender operates a scam business, he calls it "Honest Bender's [insert business description here]."
* Wacky Wally, owner of Wacky Wally's Weather Machines, who sells slightly-used devices for controlling the weather to supervillains, in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
** It actually became a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Drakken.
-->'''Drakken:''' We'll take it!\\
'''Wally:''' Great! Hey, why don't we step into the office....\\
'''Drakken:''' No, I mean we'll ''[[LiteralMetaphor take]]'' it. Shego!\\
''(Drakken and Shego steal the weather machine.)''
* In the 1943 {{Disney}} cartoon ''The Flying Jalopy'', DonaldDuck runs into Ben Buzzard, the seedy proprietor of a "[[strike:wrecked]] Used" ''airplane'' dealership. Ben is even nastier than most characters of this type; not only does he sell Donald the eponymous flying jalopy, he also attempts to knock Donald off as part of an insurance scam.
* The WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short ''The Pest That Came to Dinner'' has Porky Pig trying to get rid of a termite. He enlists the aid of a fast-talking, shyster exterminator named Sureshot ("I'm here to help ya, son!") whose various schemes keep making things worse for Porky.
** Daffy Duck frequently played the role of a pushy door-to-door salesman strong-arming a reluctant character into buying unwanted goods, as in ''The Stupor Salesman'' and ''Design for Leaving''
** And, oh yeah, [[AcmeProducts ACME]].
* Bluto often took on this role in the long-forgotten 1980s series ''{{Popeye}} and Son''.
* In one ''TinyToons'' short, Buster went to a bike dealer who claims his bikes will be perfect or [[InsaneProprietor he'll eat a bucket of scorpions]]. Naturally, the bike fails to stay together for the initial "Warranty" length, and refuses to give Buster his refund or admitted that he sold shoddy bikes. Naturally, he makes good on his promise at the end ([[EditedForSyndication except in the version that aired on Nickelodeon]]).
* Swindle, from the ''TransformersGeneration1'' cartoon (and comics), is a [[TransformingMecha giant transforming robot]] con artist. He once sold the rest of the Combaticons to the Russians (the equivalent of selling his own brothers), and has complained when being shot because it damaged his own resale value.
** His alternative continuity counterpart in ''TransformersAnimated'' proudly continues the tradition with some blatant conning and extortion-at-many-gun(s)point thrown in for maximum profit. He's honest in that the things he sells tends to be exactly as he described them... but he makes absolutely no guarantees about not walking over and selling your opponent ''just what he needs'' to counter your expensive new upgrades and leave the fight at a standstill.
** Action Master Gutcruncher is arguably even worse than Swindle. While Megatron can tolerate Swindle because at least he's obvious about it, you never know what angle Gutcruncher is working.
** In the ''[=TransTech=]'' comic continuity, Swindle manages to partner with ''himself'' via the joys of dimensional travel. '''Twice.''' The three of them run a business known as Swindle, Swindle & Swindle, and deal in black market modifications, equipment, and parts. It's every bit as shady as you would imagine for a store with Swindles as the barker, salesperson, and cashier. Simultaneously.
* Trader Slick from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Jumanji}}'' animated series.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s Jim Kaplan. You name it, he'll try and sell it.
* ''HeyArnold'' had Big Bob Pataki (beeper shop owner), who once said of gadgets he'd just discovered were defective "I'll make thousands!" The guy has no refund department, and was even shown in a later season episode telling off a woman demanding a refund for her defective beeper.
* Wes Weasley from ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', who first appeared in the episode "Birth of a Salesman". It should be noted Weasley has a few similarities with Phil Silvers, namely his voice, clothing, and glasses. [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed This may have been intentional]]....
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' has a used-car salesman who is not only sleazy, but creepy, trying to pick up Brittany, who is in ''high school''.
* Eddy from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' is an Honest John [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption in training]].
* Hiroki Ishiyama of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' is another Honest John in training. He's already quite good at selling overpriced concert tickets to the students of his school. Just give him a few years...
* ''TheBerenstainBears'' cartoon from the 1980s featured a con artist called Raffish Ralph as a recurring antagonist. He was eventually incorporated into the books and later, for some reason, renamed [[MeaningfulName Ralph Ripoff]].
* Gil, the eternally luckless salesman from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' sometimes tries to pull this off, but lacks the backbone, charisma, and intelligence to do so.
** There was also that one car dealer that tried to sell Homer a car from [[{{Ruritania}} a Eastern European country that no longer exists]].
** There's the salesman who sold Homer the snowplow.
*** partial averted, as the scheme he used to sell the the snowplow to Homer actually worked for Homer...until he sold another one to Barney.
** And the salesman from ''Homie the Clown'', who convinced Homer that bullet holes in a car were 'speed holes' that made the car go faster.
** And then there was the time an unemployed Homer saw a "Help Wanted" sign, planned to steal it so the store proprietor would have to pay him to make a new one, only for the proprietor to show Homer what he did to scammers like him... by hiring him.
** Season 1 - Call of the Simpsons: Homer, jealous of Flanders' new RV, heads to Bob's RV Roundup to get his own "all-terrain vehicle." One of the most memorable lines in the entire series.
--->''(After Bob checks Homer's credit)''
---> '''Homer''': Is that a good siren? Am I approved?
---> '''Bob''': You ever known a siren to be good? (Chuckles) No, Mr. Simpson, it's not. It's a bad siren. That's the computer in case I went blind, telling me, "Sell the vehicle to this fella, and you're outta business." That's what the siren says.
* Pasha Peddler in the ''JonnyQuest'' episode "Calcutta Adventure". He might charge a lot for his goods, but he delivers great service for the money. For instance, when Benton Quest and Race Bannon are being pursued by {{Mook}}s in a mountain range, they suddenly find some skis and poles waiting for them to make their escape courtesy of Pasha Peddler, along with the bill. Obviously, they don't argue with such salesmanship.
* Dishonest John, the villain in nearly every ''BeanyAndCecil'' cartoon. He even runs a used car dealership some of the time.
* Al Swindler, he of the enormous nose, in several episodes of ''GarfieldAndFriends''.
* Frenzel from ''ErkyPerky''.
* A recurring unnamed Salesman on ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}''.
* An episode of ''RainbowBrite'' had a shady traveling salesman who conned Twink into trading the mine where the Star Sprites mine Color Crystals for some phony "color crystal seeds". The guy then proceeded to try and turn the mines into a tourist trap.
* The ''[[DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines Dastardly & Muttley]]'' episode "A Plain Shortage Of Planes" has the Squadron getting a beat-up run-down plane at Bargain Bill's Used Plane Lot. Dastardly offers to pony up $10 for it (Bargain Bill asked for $1000, but he took the sawbuck if Dastardly threw in Muttley's medal).
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': "The Man From Gadget" had DM and Penfold subjected to the dubious quality of the wares of Egregious M. Murphy, senior sales rep for Gadgets Incorporated.
* ''WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome'' has Harry decide to buy a new car, and he finally buys one from a crooked dealer who has a horrible service department and sells car equipped with defective parts.
* Cobra Commander of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe'' got his start as one of these, in the comics at least.
%% * Crazy Eddie! His prices are in-SA-A-ANE!!!
* Flim and Flam from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', who started off as a ShoutOut to Robert Preston's character from ''TheMusicMan''. They're charming, fast-talking, and will sell anything for a quick bit, including "health tonic" that may or may not simply be apple juice and beet leaves.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Little Dipper", it turns out that selling used cars is what Gideon's dad Bud Gleeful does for a living. "Engine possum at no extra charge!"
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* There's a reason that the trope name and page image refer to cars: the automotive sales industry is so rife with dishonesty, corruption, and trickery that it's hard to visit a car lot without getting the distinct impression that the sales reps are mentally picturing bending you over the nearest table. It's the very reason that lemon laws exist, and there are very few other sales sectors that recommend bringing someone knowledgeable along to make sure you aren't actually ''being'' bent over the nearest table.
** one other such sector being computer hardware, thanks to [=GeekSquad=], among others
* In the city of Geneva, Illinois, there are two stores that actually have "Honest John's" in the title. Honest John's Emporium, and Honest John's trading post. They're not really rip offs, just filled with a lot of cheap useless crap you'll never need but will have a compulsion to buy.
* Honest Jon's records in London, England - a legitimate and well regarded record store.
* [[http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/ honestjohn.co.uk]] - a website run by a ''DailyTelegraph'' motoring writer who's answered around ''half a million'' letters and emails about all kinds of motoring issues with thousands of car reviews and a thriving community offering legal, technical and general advice.
* Notably averted in the case of Honest Ed's, a long-lasting department store in Toronto known for its very reasonable prices.
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