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[[caption-width-right:350:I sell to [[DirtyCommunist leftists]] and [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic rightists]]. I'd sell to [[MartialPacifist pacifists]], but they're not the most regular customers.]]

->''"There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That's one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is, how do we arm the other eleven?"''
-->-- '''Yuri Orlov''', ''Film/LordOfWar''

In its basic form, a person who sells weaponry. This results in a large variety of sub-types of these characters:

* '''Gangland Gun Runner''': The gangland arms dealer, selling stolen, smuggled or "officially destroyed" weapons with the serial numbers filed off.
* '''Gun Shop Owner''': Someone who owns a legitimate gun shop. These will usually refuse to sell to obvious criminals, but otherwise not ask questions. Some will decline to sell to those they see as "shady".
* '''Former Reds With Rockets For Sale''' FormerRegimePersonnel or other ex-military people with access to automatic weapons and man-portable anti-aircraft systems at least, even going up to weapons of mass destruction. Frequently ex-Soviet soldiers. Will attend an ArmsFair.
* '''Corporate Lobbyist''' who discuss weapon sales with governments and are out to make a large profit for themselves. Attempt to appear more respectable than the other types. Might do some other stuff on the side. Often appear at a legal ArmsFair.
* '''Minister For Defence Export''': Actual government ministers, who hawk their country's products to other weaker countries.
* '''International Arms Merchant''': Globe-trotting freelance gunrunner, basically a corporate lobbyist without the corporation and far more unscrupulous. Frequently sell to terrorist groups and large criminal organizations, and tend to pop up as minor villains or information sources in spy movies.

These characters are generally depicted as slimy merchants of death, making money from brutal wars and providing the means to prolong the conflict. They may be inclined to start a WarForFunAndProfit, hoping to make money from selling weapons. Should there be no conflict at all, they may even take one step further and [[MonsterProtectionRacket start one themselves]]. Sometimes, a potential customer may [[BallisticDiscount kill them and take their weapons]].

Two more benign ones appear in specific settings, who escape this villainous depiction:
* '''[[TheBlacksmith Local Blacksmith]]''': The rustic equivalent, ubiquitous in fantasy stories and {{RPG}}s, in which it's expected that most people will be armed in some way. This guy's far more likely to be seen as heroic than his modern counterpart, exhibiting the virtues of labour and craftsmanship, and providing civilian tools in equal measure.
* '''Space Shooter Seller''': Characters or companies in sci-fi roleplaying games who will sell you weapons for your vessel.

Not to confuse with DeathDealer, people who use playing cards as weapons, although as the aforementioned "merchants of death" thing shows, arms dealers are often referred to by the same term or variations thereof.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[MadScientist Jail Scaglietti]] of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS''. It would be a shame to create all those advances in technology without someone using them after all. His biggest clients are [[spoiler:[[GovernmentConspiracy the higher-ups]] of [[TheFederation the Time-Space Administration Bureau]] themselves]].
* In ''Anime/GunXSword'', the protagonists encounter and are eventually assisted by an inventor and his ex-girlfriend, now the head of a LadyLand (the two later get back together). A flashback shows them selling equipment to people who ended up being the villains of one of the first episodes and they also previously supplied the BigBad, the Claw (again, not knowing his full intentions).
* ''Manga/{{Jormungand}}'': The protagonists are mercenaries under the employ of H&C Logistics Incorporated, headed by their leader and ruthless arms dealer Koko Hekmatyar. She justifies what she does by claiming that making sure that every side is well-armed "promotes world peace".
* ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'': [=McCoy=], the base quartermaster, sells weapons (and other goods) at exorbitant markups to the pilots. He occasionally offers deals like 50 Sidewinder missiles for $1000 (ca 1980, mind) to those who don't mind faulty fuses or warheads.
** Farina, the Italian mafioso in the manga and OVA, also qualifies.
* ''Manga/GunsmithCats'': Rally Vincent's official job (When she's not bounty hunting) is selling and customizing guns. Unusually for the Gun Shop Owner version of this trope, not only does she try not to sell to criminals, she has been known to track down people who use her guns for crimes and investigate people she suspects of planning to use her guns to commits crimes.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'''s [[CorruptChurch "Rip-off Church"]], a catholic-flavour gun cartel running guns through the local church.
%%* [[spoiler:Enishi]] in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''.
* In the ''Manga/WarcraftLegends'' manga, Nuri is a dwarf who makes many swords and sells them. He makes many rationalizations about his work, especially when one of his customers turns out to be the notorious orc Havoc. However, after his son is killed by Havoc, he has a HeelRealization, tracks down and disposes of all his weapons, [[spoiler:kills Havoc using the same worthless sword he gave his son, then commits suicide]].
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Don Quixote Doflamingo runs such a business, shipping not just conventional arms, but also artificial Devil Fruits. He does so under the name "Joker" to avoid getting pinched by the World Government, and destroying the factory where the Smiles (Said artificial Devil Fruits' official name) becomes one of the goals during the Dressrosa Arc.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The {{Elseworlds}} miniseries ''JSA: The Liberty Files'', featuring Franchise/{{Batman}} and the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, featured the Joker as an arms dealer selling weapons to the Nazis.
* In ''ComicBook/IronMan'', Tony Stark was originally an arms dealer, but eventually decided to downplay his company's role in that market. After that, Justin Hammer and Obidiah Stane appeared as unambiguously villainous versions.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive Lord Blackpool in ''ComicBook/LadyMechanika''.
* ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' has a few examples. In chronological order, we have:
** Quite surprisingly, the [[AlienInvasion Evronians]]: as part of their [[WeComeInPeaceShootToKill plan to catch Earth by surprise with their invasion]] they gave some of their weapons to a BananaRepublic in exchange of the ability to take a few of their peasants (PK and LaResistance don't appreciate, of course).
** Rosto Gramash is a former Gangland Gun Runner specialized in ''thermonuclear weapons''. He and the member of the Congress that provided him with the goods were imprisoned after [[IntrepidReporter Angus Fangus]].
** Everett Ducklair was implied to manufacture weapons, and the second series shows that he sells "sonic weapons" (sound-based ''{{Disintegrator Ray}}s'') to the US Army. For obvious reasons, he has zero tolerance for any use of those weapons by unsanctioned users.
*** Even after Everett went back to his homeworld, the Ducklair Foundation continued to provide weapons for various states, as shown in the PKNE stories when they provided the NATO and other major powers with [[spoiler:guns that turn the Evronians back into spores]].
** Trevor Fergus is officially the owner of a delivery company tasked with delivering Ducklair's sonic weapons to the US Army. He would also skim a few weapons and sell those to Duckburg's ''criminal gangs''-at least until Everett's right hand man Anymore Boring, investigating why the US Army was protesting why many sonic weapons weren't performing up to specs, tracked him down and made a call to the ''Congress''[='=] investigating committee.
** Kruth Van Moor sells weapons to [[PrivateMilitaryContractors mercenaries]] on the planet Armadha. Weapons manufacturing and exports of mercenary commanders leading droid armies export are Armadha's only industries-and in fact, Kruth's cousin and his girlfriend are mercenaries-''competing'' ones.
* All over the place in [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd Mega-City One]].
* They tend to show up rather often in ''ComicBook/TexWiller'', usually as gun shop owners in some town of the Far West but sometimes as Gangland Gun Runners who sell to hostile Indians, often to try and cause insurrections so they or their associates will be able to take over their lands once the army has stomped them. The latter kind is usually seen as despicable (even by their customers, who in at least one occasion got pissed off enough to torture them to death), especially after two of them and their gang, in retaliation for Tex foiling their plan to cause a Navajo insurrection, tried to murder him with a ''smallpox epidemics'' that killed, among others, his wife (the RoaringRampageOfRevenge was epic, and the end was pure NightmareFuel).

* Yuri Orlov, VillainProtagonist of ''Film/LordOfWar'' as well as a few others shown in the film. Yuri is the nephew of one of the "Former Reds With Rockets For Sale", who helps him with his business shortly after the fall of the USSR. He also has a rival/nemesis in Simeon Weisz, a corporate lobbyist version who also has some political motivations (specifically support for America and Israel). Despite falling into some {{Eagleland}} and "evil Zionist" stereotypes, Simeon ''still'' comes across as better than Yuri.
* An Israeli one features in ''Film/CharlieWilsonsWar'', played [[FakeNationality by Scot Ken Stott]].
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', after funding to the Jaeger Program is officially cut off by the UN, it's the Russian pilots, Sasha and Aleksis Kaidonovsky, who use their own personal connections to procure any weapon that Pentecost needs in his assault against the Breach and the continued defense of Hong Kong. All weapons that were added to the Jaegers after they arrived at the Hong Kong Shatterdome were supplied by the Kaidonovskies, not any of the world governments or even the [=PPDC=] itself.
* Tony Stark is one of these in ''Film/IronMan1'', before he sees US forces get attacked with his own weapons and has a change of heart. Even after that, his weapons keep turning up in enemy hands. [[spoiler:Turns out [[EvilChancellor Obie]] had been going around behind his back.]]
* Adrian Toomes in ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' is a former salvage company owner who is driven out of business after Stark Industries and the US government set up the Department of Damage Control. In order to help provide for his employees, he becomes an arms dealer who specializes in manufacturing powerful weapons by combining modern and [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum alien]] technology he and his men managed to recover from the battle sites at New York following the [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Citauri invasion]].
* Owen Davian, the amoral, passive-aggressive, monotonic arms dealer villain of ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII''. His day job is hooking up terrorists with weapons of mass destruction, and his night job is exuding sociopathic menace. Even when captured, bound, and faced with death, he remains [[DissonantSerenity preternaturally calm]] and merely rattles off all the ways he will torture the hero's loved ones [[strike:if]] '''when''' he gets free. The only time he shows a hint of fondness is when he aloofly recalls cruelly murdering one of the hero's partners ("That was nothing, that was... ''fun''. That was fun."). His chilling detachment is enhanced by the fact that he has [[http://www.reverseshot.com/article/mi3 no backstory or any humanizing moments whatsoever]].
* Jeebs in ''Film/MenInBlack''. He's definitely the slimy sort, handing illegal weapons to alien criminals.
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** Brad Whitaker from ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', played by Joe Don Baker. He used to provide weapons to the Soviets until General Pushkin came down to Tangiers and cut him off. Whitaker subsequently asked Koskov to kill Pushkin to provide coverage for his opium smuggling operations. This arms dealer is seen for a very short portion of the movie, instead acting as an [[ArmchairMilitary armchair general]] who likes to play with toy soldiers.
** Both Valentin Zukovsky and the Janus syndicate in ''Film/GoldenEye'' are said to be involved in the arms trade, among various other criminal enterprises.
*** A deleted shows Zukovsky meeting with an international arms dealer. Hilariously, Zukovsky knows enough about guns to know that all of the dealer's wares are "counterfeit crap".
* In ''Film/TaxiDriver'', Travis Bickle buys a number of guns from the suitcase of a skeevy street dealer. After making several purchases, the man runs down a laundry list of other illegal wares, to Bickle's disgust.
* In ''Film/CityOfGod'', a group of gun runners sell some weapons to young gangsters. They point to a Star of David engraved on an Uzi and note that the gun is "Jewish" as a selling point.
* In ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'', the brothers buy guns and other supplies from a basement arms dealer with clear IRA ties.
* In ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'', the Kid works a day job as the town's gunsmith.
* In the Serbian film ''Film/{{Underground}}'', Marko and Blacky supposedly act as gun runners for the resistance against the Nazis during World War 2. In reality, they drink and gamble most of the money away. Much later, Marko and Natalija become arms dealers during the Yugoslav wars. [[spoiler:Blacky has them executed as "war profiteers" before realizing who they are.]]
* Bully Hayes is dealing firearms to the native islanders in the opening of ''Film/NateAndHayes''.
* The film ''Film/{{Strapped}}'' features the delivery boy Diquan Mitchell getting heavily involved in arms trafficking in the ghetto in a plot to get his pregnant girlfriend out of prison.
* [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Ordell Robbie]] from ''Film/JackieBrown''.
--->'''Ordell, selling an AK-47''': When you want to kill every motherfucker in the room, accept no substitutes!
* Chevy Chase and Gregory Hines in ''Film/DealOfTheCentury''. The titular "deal" is them rebuilding by themselves a lemon of an AttackDrone in order to swindle a few million dollars in the black market.
%%* There's a slightly unusual gun runner in ''Film/TheSaltonSea''.
* Destro from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''. Has his own weapons manufacturing MegaCorp and weapons selling has been the family business for generations.
* ''Deal of the Century'' (1983), a satire of the arms business starring Chevy Chase and Sigourney Weaver.
* In the spy movie ''Film/CompanyBusiness'' (1991) Gene Hackman's character gushes about the luxurious house of an Arab ArmsDealer with its gold-plated doorknobs etc, only to find the place has been stripped bare; the owner has fallen on hard times as [[WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell no-one wants to buy weapons anymore]]. Presumably the script was written [[HarsherInHindsight before Yugoslavia fell to pieces]].
* ''Film/LoneWolfMcQuade'': Rawley Wilkes (played by David Carradine), the bad guy in this Creator/ChuckNorris action movie, is an arms dealer who raids U.S. military convoys so he can sell them to insurgents and terrorists.
* An operation to go after an international arms dealer kicks off the plot of ''Film/BarelyLethal''.
* Voz, the insane BigBad of ''Film/MacheteKills''. When we first see him he's boasting of his role as a Merchant of Death with an assembly line, except now he's gone InSpace.
* ''Film/TheDamned1969'' depicts a German steel family loosely based on the Krupps (see Real Life below), who make arms for the Nazis.
* ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'' has one who fits the "Gun Shop Owner" type. He sells Van Pelt a modern rifle in exchange for an elephant gun and a satchel of gold coins.
* Antoine Vallon from ''Film/RoboCop2014'' is a Detroit crime boss who sells high quality weapons lifted from the DPD's own lockup to street level crooks.
* Sarah Connor from ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' is associates with an arms dealer named Enrique Salceda who sells them tons of weaponry including a minigun.
* Ben from ''Film/{{Strapped}}'' makes it habit of selling firearms on the streets to anyone who can pay for them, even kids as young as 10. In typical Hollywood fashion he uses his FFL to get hundreds of guns shipped straight to his house, and then sells them on the street with no oversight whatsoever.
* In ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' the same actor that played Randall in ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' plays a gun clerk who is very puzzled when the two angel antagonists are at his counter discussing the virtues of individual handguns and how they don't just invoke divine wrath like flaming swords used to.

* In the aftermath of the 3rd Harbinger battle in ''FanFic/AeonEntelechyEvangelion'' there were a lot of munitions that didn't explode or were abandoned in the chaos, which the local ghouls scavenge and sell to interested parties like the Eldritch Society.
* Two of these act as secondary villains in the ''Film/JamesBond'' fan film ''WebVideo/DiamondsCut''. Even though they sell firearms, they are apparently not trained with them and didnít even bother to bring any guns the first time Bond encounters them. [[spoiler:One eventually gets throttled to death with a fallen branch, but the other survives by being too late to arrive to a fight, thus setting up a potential sequel.)]]
* ''FanFiction/CoreLine'': An occasional secondary character is an Alternate version of [[Anime/TenchiMuyo Washu Hakubi]] (the OVA, PhysicalGod, older-than-her-home-universe Washu Hakubi) that has created her own MegaCorp ("Hakubi Customs"). The short story ''FanFic/RegularDinosaurPark'' showcases ADayInTheLimelight for her, in which she sells a whole lot of bang-bang to the security forces of ''Jurassic freaking Park'' (and the scene where she shows her wares is explicitly meant to be a ShoutOut to other 'weapons selling' scenes on this page, in particular [[Film/IronMan2 Justin Hammer]]'s and "[[Film/TaxiDriver Easy Andy]]"'s). On some other appearances she acts like a for-hire {{Expy}} of [[Franchise/JamesBond Q]].

* ''Literature/ParadiseRot'': Oscar Pilson becomes once, once he's let out of the Psych Ward. Although, he really just robs one and keeps the ones he doesn't want to use to sell later.
* Desiree Goth, the beautiful French LoveInterest of Dan Track, hero of the action adventure novels by Jerry Ahern.
* In ''Literature/TheDayOfTheJackal'', the Jackal buys his weapons from an arms dealer, known as the Armorer, who was formerly a war hero in Belgium, but later turned to crime, including his arms sales, but still maintains a highly respectable and trustworthy persona.
* ''Literature/TheDogsOfWar'' makes a plot point out of the various types of dealers available to the coup-planning mercenary team of the title: they're able to obtain their ammunition from a legitimate dealer through forged licences, but have to buy their guns on the black market and smuggle them aboard their ship since having both the ammo and guns on the manifest would make it blatantly obvious the 'freighter' is actually carrying an amphibious strike force.
* In ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'', Case realizes that someone (Molly) is following him, so he calls his gun dealer contact, who agrees to meet him in a few hours with a gun. In the meantime, Case buys a cool [[WhipItGood whip]], which he unfortunately trashes as soon as he gets his gun.
* Gerald Kersh's short story, ''[[Literature/ComradeDeath Comrade Death]]'', is about an arms dealer, Hector Sarek, who eventually controls the industry and specializes in horrifying chemical weapons. Sarek is also another fictional protrayal of Basil Zaharoff, see below in RealLife.
* ''Literature/JamesBond''
** The eponymous BigBad in ''Literature/{{Scorpius}}'' has been selling weapons for terrorists for two decades. Now he has a cult that produces suicide bombers who believe that they are in a holy war to help the world to become a paradise, and he plans to sell them for bigger profit.
** Max Tarn of ''Literature/SeaFire'' has a business in smuggling arms and military vehicles under his legal practices. He does it in preparation for his leadership of the supposed [[ThoseWackyNazis Fourth Reich]].
** Lord Randolph Hellebore in the ''Literature/YoungBond'' novel ''Literature/SilverFin'' is an arms dealer who has moved to Scotland to complete a SuperSoldier formula, the eponymous [=SilverFin=], in secrecy. At one point he gives Bond a little speech about war's endurance, and how he will always be ready to supply those who fight in them.
* Abe Grossman in the ''Literature/RepairmanJack'' books is a rare heroic example. He's unquestionably running a criminal enterprise out of his sports shop, but we only ever see him sell to Jack and he's helped save the day more than once. It helps that he's a friendly, obese Jewish conspiracy nut.
* The victim in the Literature/KateShugak novel ''Restless in the Grave'' is running a black market arms operation; stealing arms from US military bases and selling them to criminals and terrorists in Asia.
* In ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', when it looks like Ankh-Morpork and Klatch may be going to war, the city council asks the head of the Guild of Armourers how business is, and are cheered when he says they've been making lots of high-quality weapons. They're less happy when the Patrician gets him to admit who's been buying them...
* The villain of the ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'' novel ''Silhouette'' by Justin Richards is a weapons dealer who specialises in {{Human Weapon}}s.
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' novel ''Literature/HeirToTheJedi'' introduces the Chekkoo clan of Rodia. They sell high-end weapons, armor, and ship upgrades to their customers and are opposed to the Empire. Luke Skywalker's first mission in the novel is to set up an agreement between them and the Rebel Alliance.
* In ''Literature/BigTrouble'', Ivan "John" Chukov and Leonid "Leo" Yudanski started out as {{Military Moonshiner}}s in the Soviet Socialist Republic of Grzkjistan, and branched out into selling off military hardware for American dollars as the Soviet Union started to collapse. They moved to South Florida in the late 1990s and set up the Jolly Jackal bar as a front for their arms dealership, for which Miami turned out to be an excellent market.
* ''Literature/HisFamily'': World War I is a boon to Laura's husband Hal, who makes a fortune selling weapons. Laura's sister Deborah, who abhors war, is disgusted.
* ''Literature/MartinFierro'': Martin Fierro is an Argentinan Gaucho who is PressGanged into Conscripition to SettlingTheFrontier. At song III, Fierro denounces that the Colonel did not gave fire arms to the new recruits, pretexting he will give them when the Indians will attack them. When the Indians attack, the army gave the soldiers spears, because the firearms are useless without ammunition. Then a sergeant tells Fierro that the army really has ammunition, but they sell it to ThePioneer so they can hunt ostrichs. The natural consequence is that the Indians are free to RapePillageAndBurn ThePioneer settlements.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' features several of these characters. Of particular note is the one played by Walter Gogol in "Fight Like a Dove", a Nazi war criminal who claims to have influenced the outcome of the Falklands War by not selling the Argentines more than half a dozen Exocets. For the record, of the six Exocets that were fired by Argentina (five from aircraft, one from a truck)- one sunk ''HMS Sheffield'', two sunk ''Atlantic Conveyor'', the truck-launched one damaged ''HMS Glamorgan'' and the others missed.
%%* They have also featured in ''Series/{{Alias}}''.
%%* Rene Benoit in ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
* ''Series/{{Wiseguy}}''. Mel Profitt operated on an international scale, selling weapons as part of his Malthusian belief that it was needed to balance the birth/death rates.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Ferengi Rule Of Acquisition #34: "War is good for business." However, rule #3'''5''' states: "''Peace'' is good for business". One wonders if they didn't have to add that one rather hastily after embracing #34 a bit too enthusiastically.
** Quark's [[SuccessfulSiblingSyndrome cousin Gaila]] in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' is a much more successful businessman than him who made a fortune in selling weapons and, [[RunningGag as we are frequently reminded]], owns his own moon.
*** In the episode "Business as Usual" Quark joins him in the arms trade until his nightmares are haunted by the images of the people killed by his weapons.
** The [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]] episode ''Arsenal of Freedom'' had a planet with an economy dedicated to selling weapons to both sides of local conflicts. [[TooDumbToLive The entire population was wiped out]] when someone set their newest automated defense system into demo mode.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Lex Luthor becomes one, turning [=LuthorCorp=] from an agricultural business to a weapons manufactor, around Season 5, when he fully enbraces his {{Face Heel Turn}}.
* They show up in ''Series/BurnNotice'' in all their varying alignments; good...ish ([[HeroicComedicSociopath Fiona]] [[FightingIrish Glenanne]]), neutral ([[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Seymour]]), and villainous ([[EvilCounterpart Tyler Brennen]]).
* Alexi Volkoff from ''{{Series/Chuck}}'' among other illegal activities.
* The BigBad of ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'', Agent Abrella, and his ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' counterpart, Broodwing. Abrella was a fairly atypical Sentai villain in that he didn't control most [[MonsterOfTheWeek MOTWs]], they just bought their gear from him. Broodwing supplied the SPD-original Big Bad, and eventually became TheStarscream.
* On ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** Walt twice uses the services of Lawson, an underground arms dealer. The first time he buys a basic revolver and the dealer tries to talk him out of the purchase due to how nervous Walt is. The dealer is a ConsummateProfessional and would rather not sell a gun to an amateur who could bungle things up and bring the cops down on all of them. In season 5 Walt contacts the dealer again and this time he buys [[spoiler:a remote controlled M60 machine gun]] that is a key part of his final gambit in the series finale.
** Lawson also turns up in ''Series/BetterCallSaul'', with Mike procuring his services, first procuring potential rifles to use for a hit on Tuco Salamanca (before deciding otherwise), and later buying one for an attempted hit on Hector Salamanca.
** The Cousins, in making preparations for their assault on Hank, procure the services of an arms dealer who sells weapons out of a semi truck to acquire bulletproof vests.
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': In "The Cattle King", the IMF has to shut down an arms dealer who is supplying weapons to terrorists.
* Played literally in ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' with Sid, the lock dealer, who lends out Arms lockseeds.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' features these characters from time to time.
** Season 4 has Tony gain access to a French arms dealer named Rene Benoit (aka ''La Grenouille'') by courting his daughter as "Professor [=DiNardo=]."
** Team Gibbs sometimes has dealings with a Turkish arms dealer named Agah Bayar.
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017''
** ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Turk Barrett is a [[HonestJohnsDealership shady arms dealer]]. When John Healy buys a gun from him, Turk reassures him that his guns don't jam ([[GilliganCut they do]]). In the Season 2 premiere, Matt interrupts Turk while he's trying to sell a bunch of shotguns to enterprising criminals, overly praising them, only to then admit to Matt they couldn't even kill a rabbit.
** The criminals in ''Series/LukeCage2016'' are dealers involved in weapons trafficking. But Willis "Diamondback" Stryker takes the cake. He sells machine guns, pistols, and rocket launchers. He also developed the Judas, a bullet made from Chitauri metals and based on abandoned Hammer Industries prototypes in Ukraine, designed to pierce even Luke Cage's skin, drill deep, and explode within the target. Not only that, but he's got the connections and resources to get the NYPD to bulk-purchase the Judas and arm their ESU teams with them.
* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'': The VictimOfTheWeek in "The Conspirators" is an arms dealer who planned to take his client's money and skip the country; something the client did not take kindly to.


[[folder: {{Music}}]]
* ''Music/{{Savatage}}'' has the song "Doesn't Matter Anyway" off their album ''Music/DeadWinterDead''. A RockOpera set during the [[UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars Bosnian War]], the song is about the arms dealers setting up shop in Sarajevo and selling indiscriminately to whoever is willing to pay. The final verse of the song is a warning to their customers: Buy now or be sorry, even if the weapons don't get used today there will always be another civil war tomorrow
* ''Music/FallOutBoy'' has a metaphorical example in the song "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race." While they're talking about the scene they came out of (which around 2006 was gaining major traction in the mainstream, with bands that were good and bands that were...mostly forgettable and mainly there to ride the trend to the top), the metaphorical verses fit this trope perfectly: "I am an arms dealer/Fitting you with weapons in the form of words/Yeah, ''don't really care which side wins''/Long as the room keeps singing, ''that's just the business I'm in, yeah.''"

* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheEternalStruggle'' featured an ally card called Arms Dealer. While in play, the Arms Dealer can take an action to allow the playerto search his deck and place a weapon into his hand. Thus, while the player still has to pay for weapons, he can readily have an arsenal available to him.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'':
** The Crime Mall is perhaps the most brazen example, operating directly open-to-the-public storefronts out of an [[http://www.southhillmall.com/home/index.ch2 abandoned shopping mall]] in the Puyallup[[note]]whose name in real life is named after a Native American tribe and literally means "[[GeniusBonus generous people]]" in their dialect[[/note]] Barrens. Most non-magical Shadowrunners have either a guns bootlegger on their contact list or [[TheFixer their fixer]] knows someone.
** On a more global level, Ares Macrotechnology is the [[MegaCorp AAA-corporation]] of choice for firearms and weapons. Well over a third of the bullet-spitters on the core equipment list is made by Ares.
* Several factions function like this at one time or another in ''TabletopGame/{{Battletech}}''. The Free Worlds League and the Lyran Commonwealth/Alliance are both known for it, but the one who really takes the cake is probably Clan Diamond Shark, which despite being part of Battletech's [[ProudWarriorRace Proud Warrior Race]] would much rather sell guns to you than fight you. And they'll sell Clan tech to the Inner Sphere for the right price, making them the only Clan to exclusively be a ProudMerchantRace, and thus making them very attractive towards [[PrivateMilitaryContractors mercenaries]].
* Fairly common in the paper RPG and Inquisitor game lines for ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}''. That said, it usually never ends well for the dealer. Unless they get busted by either the Arbites or Inquisition, a lot of arms dealers will run at a loss for the comparative value of the items they sell. For example, a full magazine of Heavy Bolter ammunition can cost more than the yearly living expenses, earnings, and possession values of the average hiveworlder.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' you not only have the Black Market (your standard shady arms dealers) and independent gun shops, but a number of companies such as Wilk's and Northern Gun also sell their wares directly.
** Calling Rifts' Black Market merely "shady" is technically correct, but they are anything but "standard". They not only deal in stolen, "lost" or resold weapons by the legit manufacturers (to say nothing of other run-of-the-mill Organized Criminal activities), But they actually manufacture and sell their own brand of gear, either knock-offs disguised as similar goods from other companies, or openly as separate products with their own design themes (western, military, pirate, etc...). One Black Market "family", Bandito Arms, actually is a legit manufacturer in it's own right with its own unique product lines, or well on its way to becoming one.

* In the Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw play ''Theatre/MajorBarbara'', the title character (which is a meaningful name- St. Barbara is the PatronSaint of munitions) is the daughter of an arms manufacturer, Andrew Undershaft (loosely based on Zaharoff), and she's not happy about it.
* The most villainous character in anti-war satire ''Theatre/IdiotsDelight'' is Weber, who sells arms to all sides and profits off of death. He defends himself by saying that the people who use his products are worse than he is.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In [[http://store.steampowered.com/app/325630/ ''Arms Dealer'']] you play as, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an arms dealer]] and purchase firearms so you can sell them to nations demanding them for profits.
* In ''VideoGame/RaptorCallOfTheShadows'', you purchase armaments for your ship in between levels from a disreputable-looking dealership known as Harrold's Death Emporium.
* [[AnEntrepreneurIsYou The player can become one of these]] in ''VideoGame/{{Elite}}'' and its sequels, if they're so inclined.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear''
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''.
*** Drebin is a twist on the concept. In addition to [[SoulBrotha fitting none of the above sub-types]] (he's probably best described as a combo of the Gun Shop owner and the international arms dealer), he describes himself not as an arms dealer, but a gun ''launderer,'' someone who offers a way around an [=ID=] lock system integrated into the military and industrial-military infrastructure on a global level. Though in some ways he (and his brethren) fall under the heading of [[spoiler:Minister for Defense Export, as they are taking their marching orders direct from The Patriots; in general, their activities let weaker forces keep fighting by allowing them to reuse battlefield salvaged guns, which in turn stretches conflicts and helps fuel the War Economy.]] Coincidentally, the same voice actor also played Smuggler in Deus Ex who is... you guessed it: an arms dealer!
** Additionally, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'' had "Arms Dealer" as a skill for recruitable characters. They allow you to find more weapons and ammo in levels, and it's extremely useful for the ExpansionPack, where Infinity Mode drops you into levels where [[WithThisHerring you don't start with any gear.]]
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'': "Welcome, strayn-jah! Got somethin' that might interest you...."
** He doesn't clearly fit into any of the above classification, and not because he doesn't sell ammo.
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'': Megacorp, Gadgetron, Grummelnet, and those are the "legal" ones. The illegal variety are Slim Cognito and The Smuggler. You go to the first three for basic firearms, and the last two for illegal upgrades, and weapons that are banned in [[RuleOfFunny five galaxies.]]
* Hammer in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow''. Though he sells stuff besides weapons, most of his inventory is weapons and he's generally seen in front of a crate with various weapons sticking out.
* ''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo'' features four [=NPCs=] who sell the characters their armory. Of those four, only Cha Minh Soo has any relevance to the plot; the rest are nothing more than portraits. They could have been rolled into Cha Minh Soo's character and nothing would have changed.
* Kuja in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' sells factory-built black mages to Alexandria for use as shock troops and walking artillery pieces. His motivation isn't necessarily profit though.
* Naturally, the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' franchise is full of arms dealers:
** Starting with ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', a chain of stores called '[=AmmuNation=]' acts as this. In [=GTA3=], it tends to sell things that one would expect at a gun shop. Starting in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'', they sell more, and in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', the only things they don't sell are outright heavy weapons. For that you need a different guy who sells heavy weapons, just in case you really need that RPG-7.
** In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', thanks to tight gun control laws by the mayor of Liberty City, [=AmmuNation=] has been replaced with a more traditional, underground black market gun dealer. There's also Little Jacob, who will sell you anything from the back of his car except for the really big guns.
** In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoChinatownWars'', [=AmmuNation=] comes back with a mail order delivery service. This helps them get around the gun control laws.
** It seems that Rockstar missed the [=AmmuNation=] stores because they come back in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''. You can now buy the heavy weapons such as the RPG, grenade launcher, and minigun from the store. Also, Trevor Philips, one of the protagonists of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', derives significant income from running guns from San Andreas down to Mexico. Since the Gunrunning update in Grand Theft Auto Online, your player character can become the Gangland Gunrunner type and manufacture and sell weapons as part of missions.
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' the GLA terrorist faction acquires their vehicles from an Arms Dealer building, their equivalent of the War Factory the Chinese and USA use. They also make several deals with other arms sellers in the campaign.
** In GameMod ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheReds'', the Russian faction uses arms dealers operating out of trucks as a secondary source of [[CommandAndConquerEconomy income.]]
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' has a black market weapons dealer that tends to hang around in alleys near or behind the drugstores where ordinary items are sold; mostly his wares are junk and bottle rockets, but later in the game he also sells bombs.
* ''VideoGame/FrontMission'': They don't sell guns, they sell [[RealRobot Wanzers]] and [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Wanzer Accessories]]. Justified in [=FM1=], it's a place for the wanzer gladiators shopping for 'arms'--AND during a massive war, talk about profit! The dealers in [=FM3=] sold legally in the middle of a Singapore city, though ordering wanzers off the Internet was implied to be illegal...
* ''VideoGame/WildArmsXF'' has Weishiet, who provides the deadly weapons for the Council and is known as the Death Merchant.
* ''VideoGame/FarCry2'' is full of arms dealers. In addition to the Jackal and the player's armorer, there's quite a few other arms dealers who are the targets of various missions. Even some of the playable mercenaries are stated to have histories in gunrunning.
* ''Videogame/FarCry4'' has Longinus, a former African warlord turned preacher who is also an arms dealer for the local resistance movement.
* In ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'', it's probably easier to list the characters who ''aren't'' arms dealers, since just about every faction will supply weapons and armor for cash through the Clearinghouse. However, the biggest ArmsDealer in the game is the Halbech Corporation, and its CEO Leland, who are a contractor for the US government and who lost some missiles in Saudi Arabia, kicking off the game's plot. [[spoiler:They didn't lose the missiles, they intentionally sold them to terrorists, and Leland is the BigBad of the game.]]
** A minor example who you interact with is Nasri, an arms dealer in Saudi Arabia. He ''would'' be an International Arms Merchant, except he's too small a fish for that.
* The ''Merchant of Menace'' from ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}''. The owner is a Gangland Gun Runner/International Arms Merchant[=/=]P[[TheMafiya Russian Mafia]] boss who sells everything from pistols to ''cruise missile strikes'' and ''fuel air bombs''.
** The sequel has a mix of Defence Export Ministers (The Allies, China), International Arms Dealers/Corporate Lobbyists (UP), Former Reds With Rockets For Sale (the Guerrillas) and Gangland Gun Runners (the Pirates).
* You in ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}}'', turn the iron into weapons. However the US and Russia don't like third party arms dealers.
* ''{{VideoGame/Terraria}}'' allows you to build a town and recruit [=NPCs=], two of which are the arms dealer who sells guns and ammo and the demolitionist who sells bombs. Later on, the Hardmode-exclusive Cyborg can appear, who specializes in rocket and mine-type weapons. Several NPC merchants will have a general inventory, but also sell a specific weapon, such as the Witch Doctor supplying the Blowgun or the Traveling Merchant offering the Katana or Revolver.
* Los Angeles weapons dealers in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' are situated in a more legitimate front -- pawn shop, convenience store, antique shop -- but will present their guns, knives and swords if they hear the right words. But one sells out of the back of his van, just a few feet away from a corner where patrols a police officer who somehow never seems to turn to face the van.
* The Sikholon in ''Videogame/IMissTheSunrise'' are a mix of type 2 (they're the only known arms dealer in the galaxy) and type 3.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'': Smuggler.
** ''[[VideoGame/TwentyTwentySeven 2027]]'': Evgeny and Boris, along with an unseen dealer who sells only over the phone.
** ''VideoGame/TheNamelessMod'': Raving Nutter and Andreus.
* In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' you can buy guns from shady dealers who work from places like an abandoned gas station or back room of a brothel. For some reason despite of your status as chief of security to one of the most influential companies in the world you can't just have your employer commission the appropriate armaments for a mission. Amusingly, the aforementioned gas station dealer will keep on selling even when there's a riot going on a block away and there are police snipers stationed up on his roof. [[FridgeBrilliance Considering the rare ammo and other stuff he sells, they might even be his customers.]]
** There is also Seurat, who you can get a discount from if you save some people in the first mission.
* In ''VideoGame/DeusExMankindDivided'', there is a scene (shown in the demo at E3 2016) that features a man selling prosthetic arms to a group. That's right: a [[LiteralMetaphor literal]] arms dealer.
* Recette, PlayerCharacter of ''VideoGame/RecettearAnItemShopsTale'' and owner of the eponymous shop, basically becomes one of these for local adventurers.
* The Gun Runners company, appearing in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', live in a post-apocalyptic world where laws do not exist; hence, they are automatically legitimate gun factory/shop owners. They are notable in that they are the only (mentioned) source of factory fresh weapons available to buyers in the universe; the rest of the weapons you can buy is supposed to be salvaged from pre-war depots or tinkered together from rusty parts. The Enclave and the Brotherhood also manufacture weapons, but they aren't commercial organisations and keep their factory output to themselves.
* The ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' series has ''Friendly Fire'', serving much the same purpose as [=AmmuNation=] in [=GTA=]. There's also Phillipe Loren, head of TheSyndicate in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird''; arms dealing is his legitimate business.
* ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' has the Bentusi, who, in a variant, don't sell the actual weapons, only the designs to build it. In the first game they supply the player with the designs of the ion cannon, either the drone weapons or the defensive shield (depending on the player's choice for a race), and the hull structure needed to build carriers and cruisers. Also, the backstory of ''Cataclysm'' has them sell the Somtaaw the designs for a downgraded variant of their own fighter design, and in-game allowed the player to built the actual fighter for the final battle.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': For some bizarre reason ([[spoiler:most likely a smear campaign from the mayor of Teufort]]) they get flak from activist groups for selling guns to the 9 playable mercenaries, although the activists don't ever get far before getting beaten to death by CEO [[TestosteronePoisoning Saxton Hale]].
* Marcus Kincaid in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''. Marcus sells guns, ammo, grenades, and grenade mods to ''whoever'' has money. He's even got a series of gun and ammo vending machines all over the planet! He's ridiculously unscrupulous, arming Vault Hunters like the player character, innocent security-conscious civilians, and insane Bandits alike. Most of his inventory is ripped directly from the hands of dead adventurers, and he threatens to have you killed if you buy from anyone else. Oh, and no refunds, ever.
** Marcus' business is selling guns, but ''making'' them is left to large corporations (Jakobs, Dahl, Vladof, Maliwan, Torgue, Hyperion, and Tediore, along with Atlas and S&S in the first game only) or Bandits themselves. Of these, only Jakobs and Torgue have their own vending machines, in the original and the sequel respectively.
** A sidequest in ''2'' involves Dr. Zed requesting you to pick up a shipment he recently purchased from an arms dealer. They are of course actual severed human arms, because [[MadScientist Dr. Zed]].
* Isurugi Industries from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' is an arms manufacturer that sells mechs to anyone, as long as it's sufficiently profitable. [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Their CEO]] even goes as far as [[WarForFunAndProfit trying to prolong an ongoing war so that they can make more money selling weapons to both sides.]]
* ''VideoGame/AfterProtocol'' is an [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMO]]-[[RealTimeStrategy RTS]] empire simulator, one where you can sell weapons to allies if you wanted to. You can even be a TechnicalPacifist and supply allies with weapons to fight proxy wars that benefit you.
* In VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage, a throwaway line with Moneybags while paying him to let you into Zephyr reveals that HE is the source of the Breeze Harbour/Zephyr conflict by selling munitions to the Breeze Builders.
* Even found in ''VideoGame/EmperorRiseOfTheMiddleKingdom''. Not only do you often have to produce your own weapons and armies to defend your town from invaders, you can also buy and sell weapons (even weapons you produce yourself) to other cities. Yet, weapons are simply treated like any other goods - wheat, silk, porcelain etc. - in that you can trade in them. In some scenarios the only use you can get out of them even is buying them cheap and selling them at a more expensive price.
* The secretive Croc-Monsier in ''VideoGame/AviaryAttorney'' can get you one really nice gun for a ridiculous amount of money, a large number of mediocre guns for a ridiculous amount of money, or will sell out the rebels depending on him for a ridiculous amount of money.
* Kano and his Black Dragon clan from the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series specialize in this. They will sell weapons to anyone who is able to pay for them and have no interest in what those weapons will be used for (even if it is to help launch an invasion against Kano's home realm of Earthrealm). He can be seen demoing an RPG to Shang Tsung in the story mode of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' and a couple of Tarkatans are seen handling some of the shotguns he sold to Outworld as well.
* The LLC from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' provides and sells the robots, turrets, and other weapons the other factions use.
* ''VideoGame/MagicalChase'': Halloween Jack, who sells Ripple various {{Power|Up}}-Ups that can change her shot type, power-up the Star Elves, spells that can recover HP or help against enemies, as well as recovery items and change her movement speed.
* Kantaris from the ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' series. She's known for being [[TheDragon Wild Dog's]] primary arms supplier.
* ''VideoGame/Persona5'': Shopkeeper Munehisa Iwai is your party's primary supplier of weapons and armor. Technically, most of what he sells are just realistic-looking airsoft guns and replicas, but they work just as well as real weapons in the [[YourMindMakesItReal Metaverse]]. Iwai himself is ex-Yakuza and still involved in some fairly shady business, but is otherwise a good man at heart, and he'll give you better deals as you progress his Confidant.

* ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'' infers that [[ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie Oliver Warbucks]] amassed his fortune doing this, and his adopted daughter Annie Warbucks took over upon his death. Integra, Seras, and Pip go to get new weapons from her.
* Lemon and Lime from ''Webcomic/EvilPlan''.


* When it comes to high-tech armaments, the supervillains of the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' turn to either the appropriately named Weaponsmith or the former [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] MadScientist Baron Malthus. The Weaponsmith's weapons are more powerful, but are much more expensive. Baron Mathus produces less advanced weapons, but they are a bargain comparatively.

* This is Creator/FPSRussia's day job. He might posture as a Former Red With Rusting Rockets For Sale in front of the camera, but he's ''probably'' the Gun Shop Owner type and totally above-board and legitimate in real life. (We hope.)

* In most continuities of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', there will be a character named Swindle who is nominally a Decepticon but will happily sell anything to anyone provided they've got the scratch.
** And he's almost always an Intergalactic Arms Merchant only in buisness for himself.
* Although Lexcorp in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' nominally dealt in many industries, the side most often shown was its weapon development, making Lex Luthor the "corporate lobbyist" version of this trope.
* Minor ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' recurring character Ruffington is both the "corporate lobbyist" and "gangland gun runner", being a legitimate government contractor, and selling modified alien weaponry to street gangs such as the Purple Dragons.
* Jack Hench and Hench Co. in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' are a relatively kid-friendly depiction of this trope. Hench fits the "corporate lobbyist" type and treats the sale of hired muscle and gadgets to supervillains as "just business".
* Destro in nearly all incarnations of ''Franchise/GIJoe''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BooBoomTheLongWayHome'': Boo-Boom and his animals encounter one in episode 22, when they try to escape from a group of German soldiers and hide in a cave which the arms dealer was also using as a hideout. When the man realizes Boo-Boom unintentionally led the Germans to his lair, he forces the heroes to help him move his weapons elsewhere (threatening to tear up Boo-Booms photograp of his parents if they donít comply).

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Basil Zaharoff, one-time Chairman of Vickers, who has appeared as an actual character or a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version in several works. Corporate Lobbyist type.
* The United States of America has been described as the world's biggest arms dealer. Russia takes second place (its exports are hugely down from the days of the USSR, where arms were sent to fellow communist revolutionaries and any governments they wanted to sell/donate arms to, such as the Second Spanish Republic and Nationalist China). The UK, France and mainland China are all in the top six, and they all have permanent seats on the UN Security Council, with the ability to veto resolutions on arms trafficking. Rounding out the top six, the third largest arms exporter is Germany. Although it's probably better than [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the time they decided to keep them for themselves]] (the weapons, not the ammo; that, they shared freely). To be fair, the German government doesn't (officially anyway) get terribly involved in hawking their weaponry; it's mostly the German arms manufacturers themselves (who benefit from the [[GermanicEfficiency general German reputation for high-quality manufactured goods]] as well as their own track record) who do the marketing.
** Italy too is a fairly large arms dealer on international levels... And their buyers include ''five of the top six'': the US military uses Benelli M4 shotguns, the famed Beretta pistols and the OTO Melara [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Super Rapid]] 76mm naval gun, Russia uses the Iveco LMV infantry mobility vehicle, the UK uses the Benelli and a licence-produced variant of the Iveco LMV, France (notoriously picky when it comes to buy foreign weapons, and often willing to use defective guns because they were French) use the Berettas (made under licence by a French company) and the Super Rapid (in one case chosen over a French design), and Germany uses the Otobreda 127/64 naval gun and, in a sense, the ''MG 3 machine gun'' (the gun is an improvement over the Beretta MG 42/58, itself an improvement of the German MG 1), and that's without including joint developments or the stuff on the civilian market. Also, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beretta_ARX_160#Users Beretta managed to sell their new assault rifle in the traditional Kalashnikov market]].
* Arms exporting countries have dedicated junior ministers for this sort of thing. In the UK, Lord Drayson is the Minister of Defence Equipment and Support.
* The now famous Charlie Wilson was a U.S. congressman who used his own power - he was a member of the appropiations committee (money lenders) for black ops, as well as working with a number of CIA and Special Forces agents - to secure arms for Afghan Guerillas during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. Another point is the CIA agent he worked with, Gust Avrokatos, and the guys Gust worked with. Gust once remarked of the immense balls of the Deputy Arms Minister of Egypt. Apparently, during a meeting with Gust for weapons to be sold to Israel with money from the U.S. and Saudi Arabia with the intention of Israel handing the weapons to Pakistan who would move them into Afghanistan (yeah), the Deputy Minister was also darting in and out of two other rooms that each smelled strongly of tobacco and hashish. Apparently the minister was making arms deals with the Iranians in the room on the left, Americans in the center room, and Iraqis on the right. This despite the fact that Iran and Iraq were at war, and Egypt's attitude towards America at the time was "we'll write insulting things with our right hands while you pass cash and guns to our left."
* Viktor Bout, a former Red (retired Russian GRU major) with a lot of military stuff for sale. He was supplying weapons to nearly everyone (except for people linked to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, or so he claims) for fifteen years, until he was arrested in Thailand in 2008. Nicknamed "The Merchant of Death". Also, the main character of ''Lord of War'', Yuri Orlov, was based on him.
* Norway allegedly has the world's largest export of weapons per capita.
** Alfred Nobel (who was Swedish, [[note]]He gave the peace part of his price to Norway, who was, at the time in a union with Sweden, because he didn't trust the Swedes with such an important task.)[[/note]] was originally an arms dealer of the first rank. He invented dynamite, the first effective smokeless powder, and owned a major arms company (Bofors, an iron mill that he repurposed into an arms production company, they are still making heavy artillery up to this day). When his brother Ludvig died, somebody mistakenly thought it was him; Alfred saw a [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated premature obituary]] in a French newspaper that read ''Le marchand de mort est mort'' ("The Merchant Of Death Is Dead"). Not wishing to be remembered as the Merchant Of Death, he set up the Prizes. While he sought peace, he did not believe in disarmament treaties would be useful in achieving that goal.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran-Contra_affair IranĖContra affair]] involved the highest levels of the U.S. government illegally trading arms for hostages. All Americans indicted or convicted were pardoned by UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush.
* In recent history the ATF itself with Project Gun Runner and Operation Fast and Furious.
* Examples from the Victorian era:
** When the Italian Navy was building a new class of battleships in the 1870s, the British company Armstrong Whitworth sold the Italians ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RML_17.72_inch_gun 450mm]]'' guns. When the British Royal Navy became concerned over the firepower of the Italian battleships, they bought the ''exact same'' guns for use as coastal artillery at the Malta naval base.
** The company Krupp didn't just sell its artillery pieces to the German Empire; Krupp weapons were sold to powers like the Russian Empire, Italy, Qing China, Japan, Chile, Serbia, and a whole lot of other countries. Russia, Italy, and Japan (through Italy) even license produced their own artillery based on the Krupp design. To give an example of how massive Krupp's operations were: they built and sold battlecruisers to Japan.
*** A major scandal occurred in the early 1900s when German troops sent to suppress the UsefulNotes/BoxerRebellion in China found themselves under fire from Imperial Chinese soldiers using Krupp cannon. The Kaiser was outraged enough to demand an investigation, though the Krupps managed to wiggle out of it.
** Basil Zaharaoff, whose name kind of became synonymous with "war profiteer" during WWI, what's with his tendency to sell weapons to both sides of a conflict. An Expy of him appears in ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'', where he manages to sell weapons to two countries and provoke a war between them ''on the same day''.