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->''"The world runs on money. Everybody walks around with this invisible number in their heads. You hit the figure close enough, the penny drops, you own the man. In UsefulNotes/HongKong you can buy a murder for five bucks. In UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity a sloppy job runs you five hundred. A neat, clean, professional hit, upwards of ten grand. On skid row they'll kill you for your shoes. I take money out of the equation. My hands don't sweat, because I'm never at the pay window."''
-->--'''Ray'''

A television series that ran for two seasons from 1985 to 1987.

Ray (played by Nick Mancuso) a man with a mysterious past would help a client with their problem. They would approach him by answering an ad that ran every Friday in the New York Times offering a "65 black Stingray for Barter Only". Ray would not take money from his clients but demand a favor that he would eventually collect.

No relation to the 1964 [[Series/{{Stingray 1964}} puppet show of the same name]] (about a special naval agency and evil [[FishPeople fish-men]]) created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' fame (interestingly, the title was ''not'' changed when the series was screened on {{ITV}} in the UK - clearly no one could ever get the two confused!). Nor to the ''Corvette Summer'' clone from 1978. Nor to the creature that ended the life of [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]].

Compare ''Series/VengeanceUnlimited'' and ''Series/{{Leverage}}''.

!!Tropes:

* ActionSeries
* CoolCar: Ray's '65 Corvette.
* DarkAndTroubledPast[=/=]MysteriousPast: Although hints are dropped throughout the series, Ray's reasons for what he does, and what led him to it, are never explicitly revealed.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Robert Vaughn's unnamed character in "Abnormal Psych."
* GoAmongMadPeople
* ASimplePlan: The episode "Caper".
* MagicalNativeAmerican: "The Neniwa."
* TheUnreveal: While Ray has worked for the government in some capacity, he has taken steps to obscure his real identity. His current is always Ray; last name, but the name always belongs to someone else. Once it was a black special forces officer.
* VigilanteMan: Ray only helps people who are good. He kills in self-defense or to help the innocent, but only as a last resort.
* YouOweMe: Ray barters for his services, a favor for a favor.
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