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->''"A man with 'principles' is just another way of saying 'he can't be bought cheap'."''
-->-- '''Chester Hoenicker''', ''Film/{{Flubber}}''
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This occurs when a character or group of characters in a narrative are repeatedly able to use their money as "persuasion" for anyone in their way, with little to no resistance from those being bribed. Whether it's getting past the guards at the SupervillainLair or [[WillTalkForAPrice retrieving vital information from the local townsfolk]], these characters always find that money is the universal negotiator. This act of shameless coercion is obviously based on the StockPhrase and heroes and villains alike, it seems, are never shy about finding out what "every man's" price is.

Since large sums of cash can be required for their bribes, it is common to see a character pull out a BriefcaseFullOfMoney when invoking this trope, but this is certainly not required. It is not required that the bribes involve actual cash either, and they can include anything from [[FoodAsBribe delicious candy]] to gratuitous sexual favors.

Note that this trope does not mean a character ''simply bribes someone'' during the plot threads. It is only indicative of characters who frequently use bribes to coerce others with impunity. Particularly horrendous abusers of this trope show characters that can regularly bribe their {{Mooks}} or other characters to do damn near anything, even with situations where the payment would certainly not be worth the risk or loss (such as jobs with a [[CannonFodder near-guarantee of death or dismemberment]]).

A subtrope of ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney, although the character doesn't ''necessarily'' have to be richer than anybody else.

Compare BuyThemOff, where a character attempts to use a form of bribery to atone for evil actions, and VillainWithGoodPublicity, for characters who take bribery, coercion, and fraud to a whole different level. Contrast BribeBackfire, which is what happens when the briber underestimates the [[ComicallySmallBribe price]] and/or [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules integrity]] of his/her target.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/ExcelSaga'': Kapabu's control of Fukuoka City is founded entirely on bribery and blackmail.
* Early in the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' anime and manga, Kaiba was known to use both bribery and blackmail to get what he wanted. (In the manga, he even admitted he got his three Blue-Eyes White Dragons cards this way.) Mokuba intended to do the same thing in the manga (he was far more evil in that version than he was in the anime, at least early on). Kaiba mellowed on this a little as the series progressed (he stopped using methods that were outright illegal, but he still tended to use his wealth to his advantage).
** Of course, as bad as Kaiba was, his adoptive father was ''much'' worse. To Gozuburo's thinking, money was the answer to everything, and there was nothing that couldn't be bought. (That was a big factor that led to Kaiba taking him down the first time, come to think of it.)
* This Trope was inverted in the episode of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' that featured one-shot character Anacis. An incredibly wealthy man (among his possessions were a gold and gem encrusted Duel Disk and a submarine with a private dueling arena) he was also a very shallow and arrogant man who thought anyone could be bought. Unfortunately for him, his attempt to recruit Judai into his new project through bribery (even though the amount he offered was the equivalent of over a million dollars) failed; [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules Judai's loyalty to Duel Academy and his allies was more important than money.]]
* In the AlternateUniverse of ''CodeGeass'', Creator/BenjaminFranklin was bribed by the British Empire with titles of nobility. He then betrayed the American Revolutionary movement. With the information provided by him, the British army organized an ambush where UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington was killed, thus bringing the American Revolution to a screeching halt.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': In addition to the monger cards, and the new legend rule (wherein playing a second copy is bribing the character to leave), this is the default behavior of black, which uses ''everything'' as a resource.
** Perhaps the best proof of this is [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=185811 Gwafa Hazid, Profiteer]], who is able to buy off anyone (except those with Hexproof, Shroud, an applicable Protection effect, or [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=142030 Tatterkite]]). [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=4228 Mercenaries]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=222736 soldiers]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=175392 spies]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=202276 bats]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=370709 vampires]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=217996 evil robots]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220103 dragons]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193632 Lovecraftian horrors]], ''anyone'', doesn't matter, Gwafa Hazid has enough money to pay them off.
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* During Creator/GrantMorrison's run on ''[[Comicbook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]'', Comicbook/LexLuthor recruited mercenary Comicbook/TheFlash villain Mirror Master as part of his Injustice League. Mirror Master ultimately quit the team; his loyalties were always to the highest bidder, and Luthor was ultimately outbid... by [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]].
** Also a rare usage of this trope as a PetTheDog moment, Luthor couldn't outbid Wayne because Wayne was giving the money to Mirror Master's favorite charity. An orphanage he grew up in.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', the Zongo customs official takes the bribe after being offered enough money.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Most of the ''Film/JamesBond'' films feature him using both financial and "non-financial" bribery to further his cause, meaning that the cumulative amount of bribes he has performed over the years is staggering.
** ''Film/LicenceToKill'' specifically features a villain known for his "million dollar bribes". [[spoiler: His [[TheDragon Dragon]] [[KickTheDog betrays Felix Leiter]] to help him escape at the beginning of the film for 2 million. [[ItsPersonal Bond]] [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules is not]] [[KarmicDeath amused]].]]
** ''Film/CasinoRoyale'' has a local sheriff whom both MI6 and the BigBad will want to influence. Bond's contact, [[MagnificentBastard Mathis]], decides not to start a bidding war and instead [[TakeAThirdOption forges evidence that they had successfully bribed the sheriff]] and leaks the evidence to the [[TheStarscream deputy sheriff]], whom Mathis had bribed at a relatively cheap price. It's not always the highest bidder who wins.
** ''Film/GoldenEye'' has an example where Bond sets up a bank heist with Valentin Zukovsky in order to pay him off for setting him up with Janus. Considering Bond nearly crippled him years before, it went well.
** This is the reason behind the title ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' and the then-introduced Bond family motto "[[AltumVidetur Orbus Non Sufficat]]", i.e. that to bribe Mr. Bond himself, paying him the ''world'' would not be enough. TitleDropped near the end of the movie, too.
* The frequency and relative ease with which the protagonist in ''Les Invasions Barbares'' bribes the people around him to make his father's last weeks the best he can is both funny and rather depressing.
* The corporate executive in ''Film/SmallSoldiers'' solves all problems by throwing money at them. At the end of the film, he passes out cheques to everybody involved to get them to keep quiet about what happened. One of them protests that you can't just buy people's silence like that, then reads the amount of the cheque and decides that actually you can.
* Yuri Orlov in ''Film/LordOfWar'' apparently never meets a single border guard unwilling to look away for a moment for a stack of green.
** He does note however, that some people - like the Interpol agent who takes a personal interest in him - can't be bought with money.
--> They say every man has his price - but not every man gets it. Interpol Agent, Jack Valentine, couldn't be bought, at least not with money. For Jack, glory was the prize.
* Cutler Beckett in ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' actually quotes this Trope, after he forces Governor Swann to devote all his influence and political power to support the East India Trading Company.
--> "Every man has a price he will willingly accept. Even for what he hoped never to sell."
** This line also feeds into Davey Jones's M.O., which involves finding dying soldiers and offering them a prolonged life if they spend it serving on ''The Flying Dutchman.''
** Even Davey Jones has a price as Jack manages to negotiate him into an offer of 100 souls in exchange for his own.
---> '''Jack''': So, we've established my proposal as sound in principle. Now, we're just haggling over price.
* In ''Film/{{SWAT}}'' a French drug lord is arrested in Los Angeles and announces on national TV that he is offering a multi-million dollar reward to anyone who can free him from police custody. Chaos erupts as multiple gangs and other lowlifes try to break him out. The titular SWAT team is tasked with delivering the prisoner to a federal prison and he offers them the money to help him escape. [[spoiler: One of SWAT members finds the money to be too much of a temptation and betrays the team.]]
* Though it's not in the book, the [[FilmOfTheBook movie]] ''Film/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' shows Cristo's servant driving a wagon up to the manor of a Parisian. He tells the owner that he is there to purchase the man's huge ancestral estate, and is laughed at heartily--until the servant opens the back of the wagon, out of which pour coins, huge gems and other treasure. Cut to the man driving off with the wagon, and the servant with deed in hand.
* Shepard Lambrick in ''Film/WouldYouRather'' invokes this trope almost verbatim, as he coaxes his guests through a series of challenges benign at first (offering $10,000 to a vegetarian to eat some foie gras, for instance), then becoming more and more sadistic (how much pain will you subject yourself - or a complete stranger - to in order to "win?").
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[[folder:Jokes]]
* On a party, a man asks a woman:
--> "A hypothetical question: Would you sleep with me for one billion dollars?"
--> "Wow, that's a lot of money... yes, I guess I would."
--> "Would you sleep with me for five dollars?"
--> "Just what sort of a girl do you think I am?!"
--> "We've already settled that. Now we're just haggling over price."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheCatWhoWalksThroughWalls'': Richard and Gwen bribe their way around Luna, kind of justified since they're "on the lam."
* ''{{Foundation}}'': Uses this a fair bit. In one humorous scene a captured spy is told about a nebulous Mind Probe that 'can make any man talk', which [[spoiler: turns out to be a big wad of cash.]]
** Subverted later in the same story. The protagonists use [[spoiler: that very cash.]] to effortlessly bribe their way up the chain of Imperial bureaucrats (nobility would have been faster, but ''their'' price is beyond the budget). Just when you think they're going to be able to see the Emperor, one of the people they try to bribe turns out to be a quite incorruptible Imperial Police Lieutenant.
** In the story before that, a politician comes to the protagonist (an AntiHero trader) and tries to convince him to switch over to his camp. The trader remarks that his opinions might be for sale, but the politician can't offer him ''profit''.
* ''Literature/MaraDaughterOfTheNile'': This is basically Sheftu's life philosophy, and he's proven right time and again, only for him to discover Mara is [[spoiler: being tortured because [[SubvertedTrope she refused to betray him for a bribe]]]].
* ''The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook'': Has one chapter, "How to Pass a Bribe," where the entire outline seems to be written for a scenario revolving around the reader getting in trouble with a customs official while attempting to smuggle goods out of a third-world country.
* In [[VorkosiganSaga Captain Vorpatril's Alliance]] Tej's father questions her about what it would take to coopt Ivan into using his lineage to the Arqua family's benefit. Tej explains that Ivan has no ambition, thinks ambition dangerous and that what he wants is comfort (which of course he already has too much to risk). The same is asked of Simon and Ivan is amazed at the idea that Simon could be purchaseable. In fact Simon was purchaseable in a way; Simon didn't think the project would hurt Barrayar, was interested in getting an ally for Barryar's future covert-ops, had a personal interest in keeping the ObnoxiousInLaws from interfereing in Ivan's new marriage, and he was [[ItAmusedMe just plain bored.]]
** In [[VorkosiganSaga Memory]] demonstrates that other bribes besides the normal money, sex, power, revenge, etc, are quite common by telling an [=ImpSec=] war story of how an agent was assigned to get an elephant because a foreign diplomat had asked for that as the price of his favor in negotiations. Simon says he could not tell whether or not it was a joke but an elephant was requested and an elephant was given. In the end he decided the diplomat really ''did'' want the elephant, as he meticulously cared for it personally and took it home with him when he left.
---> '''Simon:''' It expanded my world view, ever after. Money, power, sex . . . and elephants.
* ''Literature/TheDogsOfWar'' by Creator/FrederickForsyth. [[CorruptCorporateExecutive British mining tycoon Sir James Manson]] ponders this trope, concluding "If they cannot be bought, they can be broken." Unfortunately for his plans, the mercenary he's hired to overthrow an African dictatorship for his own puppet ruler proves otherwise as he's SecretlyDying.
* The entire point of Terry Southern's satirical novel ''The Magic Christian'', as well as [[Film/TheMagicChristian its film adaptation.]]
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Tyrion Lannister believes this, coming as he does from the richest family in Westeros. Unfortunately he makes an enemy of his own sister the Queen Regent who is able to outbid him in power and wealth.
* In the ''Series/TheManFromUncle'' novelization ''The Dagger Affair,'' the AffablyEvil THRUSH leader Ward Baldwin that Waverly, Solo and Kuryakin are temporarily allied with makes the point that not all prices are in money. For example Waverley's price is furthering certain moral ideals and one that can never be met by THRUSH. He notes that even in THRUSH, money is the lowest price; the elite get paid in power. He goes on to say that men who ''truly'' have no price are inherently unpredictable and dangerous in the extreme--like the potential threat to all life on earth that they have allied to defeat.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Series/MissionImpossible
** “The Play”: When escaping from the PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Vitol Enzor bribes the border guard checkpoint commander and tells Jim that [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney bribe money]] solves any problem in an Eastern Europe nation-state. See recaps [[http://www.tv.com/shows/mission-impossible/the-play-69709/ here]], [[http://www.tv.com/shows/mission-impossible/the-play-69709/recap/ here]], [[http://www.tv.com/shows/mission-impossible/the-play-69709/trivia/ here]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/user/MIuploader here.]]
** "The Pawn": Phelps offers an indirect bribe to the KGB officer who is guarding the nuclear scientist Phelps has been assigned to extract. He is threatened with deportation by the KGB officer who sees through his ObfuscatingStupidity and orders more surveillance. However, Phelps knew the KGB officer could not be bribed and used the conversation to manipulate the officer’s emotions.
*** Later Phelps uses fake evidence to convince the [[ThePoliticalOfficer commissar]] that the KGB officer is about to defect. This evidence includes UnitedStates currency. The commissar believes this evidence since the KGB officer resembled Patton in their behavior and personality. In addition, at the beginning of the episode Phelps says that if they are successful the KGB officer will be sent to a prison camp for failure. Therefore, it can be assumed that the officer was already under suspicion, the fake evidence simply proved the disloyalty.
* CopRock: the mayor accepts a bribe in exchange for awarding a building contract [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4neVtfd2rQI Cop Rock - You Know You're The One]]
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'':
** This was subverted by Diane in one episode, but she came ''very'' close to succumbing. When it was clear than an employer offering her a new job likely wanted sexual favors from her (he asked Sam, who was acting as a reference, whether he had seen her naked) she grabbed the phone and yelled at him:
-->'''Diane:''' You listen to me! I wouldn't take your job if you offered... ''[[BeatPanel (Beat)]]'' ''How'' much? ''[[BeatPanel (Beat again)]]'' Plus medical?? ''[[BeatPanel (Beat again)]], then grunts and hangs up in disgust.''
** In another early episode, this is combined with AnOfferYouCantRefuse. Norm's boss offered him the position of their company's "corporate killer". (The guy in charge of firing people, not exactly a much sought-after position.) He told Norm that there was a large raise involved, ''and'' that he'd be fired if he didn't accept it. Norm's stern response:
-->'''Norm:''' Sir, I cannot be threatened... And I cannot be bought... But... Put the two together and you've got a deal.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': There is a very well done moment in the episode ''In the Pale Moonlight'' where Sisko has to bribe Quark and Quark reminds him that for all his bluster and condescension about humans being above all that, Sisko has just set his price high. Sisko looks really uncomfortable through the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AommwYj__m8 entire scene]].
** Specifically, this trope is the 98th Ferengi Rule of Acquisition, a motto to live by.
** Conversely, there is an old Ferengi proverb that Quark quotes in the episode "Armageddon Game" when he (and everyone else) believes that O'Brien and Bashir are dead: "Good customers are as rare as latinum; cherish them."
** The ExpandedUniverse eventually revealed that [[LanguageEqualsThought the Ferengi language has a number of different words for "no", each one indicating how much latinum it would take to make it into a "yes"]].
* ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'': London Tipton exhibits this and also appears in spin-off TheSuiteLifeOnDeck.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' explains that is possible to bribe even the most upstanding officials. To do so, convince them you think the bribe is a standard fee and make yourself as thoroughly unlikeable as possible so that they don't feel bad for ripping you off and making themselves a few bucks richer.
** In one memorable episode, Michael tries to bribe a foreign official, who ''immediately'' tries to have him arrested. They then have Fiona approach him as a CIA agent trying to catch Michael, and offers to "cover expenses" if he plays along with their sting. Michael comments that convincing someone that they can make money by doing the right thing even works on the uncorruptible.
* ''MarriedWithChildren'': Mr. Shimokawa (Marcy's boss) collects American classic "junk" and wants to add Al's car into the collection. Marcy will gain her so desired promotion if she persuades Al to sell it. (They can't get another car of that kind because half had been recalled and the other dissolved in rain) When Al finally agreed, Mr. Shimokawa commented he knew every man had his price. Al said every woman had it as well. Marcy had to make a sensual dance and Mr. Shimokawa offered the promotion because of how sexy she was. She then [[SubvertedTrope subverted the trope]] by beating her boss and calling it her resignation.
* ''Rhodes'' (1996). Cecil Rhodes discusses this trope with an idealistic underling. As with the ''Series/TheManFromUncle'' example, he also points out that not every price is in money; the missionary groups he's working with to advance British colonialism are dedicated to the spread of Christianity.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Used by Roger Waters in "Three Wishes", following RecordProducer Bob Ezrin's decision to return to producing the now Waters-less Music/PinkFloyd.
-->Each man has his price, Bob
-->And yours was pretty low.
** Waters (during the peak of his feud with his ex-bandmates) [[WordOfGod claimed]] the line was a lighthearted in-joke referencing BobDylan and his singing style, sung similarly to Dylan, but he didn't mind if anyone took it as a jab at Ezrin.
** Ezrin was asked by Waters in 1986 to produce ''Radio KAOS'', but Bob refused to as Roger left Ezrin no time for his family. Ezrin later took the Floyd gig as David Gilmour catered more to Ezrin's needs. Roger felt very betrayed by the decision, especially as Waters was in litigation with Gilmour over the rights to the Pink Floyd brand name.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Discussed by the duo in one strip during their wagon ride. Calvin claims his price is: "[[ComicallySmallDemand Two bucks cold cash up front]]"
-->'''Hobbes''': I don't know which is worse: that everyone has their price, or that the price is always so low.
-->'''Calvin''': I'd make mine higher, but it's hard enough to find buyers as it is.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Ted [=DiBiase=]]]'s character in ''Wrestling/{{WWE}}'' bribed quite a few people during his time as a wrestling {{Heel}}, to the point that it actually became his routine. His CatchPhrase, also the first line in his entrance theme, was "Everybody's got a price".
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[[folder: Radio]]
* In the ''Radio/CabinPressure'' episode "Edinburgh", Martin refuses to humiliate himself groveling to Mr. Birling for £500. £6000, however, is another matter entirely. Unfortunately, Martin's terrible luck holds out.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In section "Zilan Wine" of ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'', the [[PlayerCharacters PCs]] can bribe every single government official on the planet Zila, no exceptions.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' campaign setting of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', it's possible to get almost anything you want in Sigil through bribery - information, special treatment from a service, entrance into a place you couldn't otherwise get into, even getting the town watch to look the other way (depending on how honest he is). Probably nowhere in the universe is the expression "money talks" more true than there.
* Greasus Goldtooth in ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'' is apparently rich enough to bribe any enemy into incompetence. This includes most royal guards and is actually ''one of his special abilities''.
** There's also the Lore of Slaanesh spell from the End Times update, Song of Seduction allows a Slaaneshi sorcerer to tempt any enemy unit into switching sides using this trope, even using the Trope Name in its description. "Every man has his price, even if he knows it not, and Slaanesh's wizards can divine such things whilst magic flows strong."
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'''s Solar charm ''Knowing the Soul's Price'' allows you to do exactly that by revealing the one thing for which its target will do ''anything''. The charm description, however, states that although every man has his price, this price is not necessarily money, and that it is more likely both to be really high and not to be money for persons with high moral standards.
* This is the hat of the Syndicate from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''. Their [[InsistentTerminology Enlightened science]] focuses on manipulating economies and individuals through the flow of money and valuable resources; the more powerful ones can literally break reality by throwing money at it. "Hey, fire hydrant! I'll give you two hundred dollars if you'll become a flamethrower!"
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* In ''Theatre/KnickerbockerHoliday'', the Councilmen distribute hush-money to people who ask troublesome questions, including each other.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The player in ''VideoGame/BeyondCastleWolfenstein'' can bribe any of the elite troops guarding Hitler's bunker with a few Marks if you don't have a legitimate pass.
* Any machine in the first ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' can be bought out with a cash payment-- vending machines, health stations and even security drones.
* The Diplomat unit in the original ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' could buy off enemy units. When the government type is Democracy, it is a quite efficient way to weaken the enemies' resistance.
* Similarly, the Probe Team unit in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' can take over enemy units by spending a certain amount of money, although it seems that this involves a bit of mind control as well. Probe Teams can also do this to whole bases (cities), as well.
** Moreover, the Economic Victory condition amounts to buying the loyalty of ''every single base on Planet''. Naturally, you need scads upon scads of [[EnergyEconomy energy]] [[GlobalCurrency credits]] to do this.
* The allied Spy unit in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' can buy the loyalty of enemy units, who switch sides permanently.
* Getting approval from the demon assembly in ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' is '''far''' easier with bribes (and helpfully tells you when a senator wants or doesn't want an item for a bribe). Of course, considering you're in the Netherworld, this has nothing to do with corruption: if a senator doesn't want to support you and you don't want to bribe them, you can ''beat the crap out of them'' too. It's just a normal way of doing business.
** Unfortunately, the system was completely broken. Even if you bribed a senator fully onto your side, it was still totally random if they would vote for you when the election happened - the percentage just went up a negligable amount for every rank in your favor you moved them. It also made other senators jealous, lowering ''their'' favor between the current vote and the next. And beating them up shot their approval of you down. The Dark Assembly was a massive ScrappyMechanic.
* Humorously played by [[PlayerCharacter Renegade!Shepard]] in a sidequest in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
-->'''Shepard:''' I just went all the way up to the Presidium for this. Why should I give it to a random Krogan?
-->'''Krogan:''' I'll pay you a ''lot'' for it!
-->'''Shepard:''' Oh, well, that's different.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', the player in can bypass the "conversation" mini game (to make someone like you with the speech skill) by paying them off (this seems to literally buy you their friendship). Not that they need it after you've created a 100 charm spell.
* Several ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games, most notably ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', make it possible for the party to bribe MONSTERS to make them leave you alone. ''FFX'' even lets you bribe a ''BonusBoss''.
** FFX also included the optional Yojimbo summon. Unlike other summons, you must negotiate a cash payment for his services before he agrees to work for you, and then even after that must pay him for each attack when he's in battle. The more you pay, the more damage he will do. Truly obscene amounts of payment will get him to OneHitKill anything - yes, ''anything'' - in the game.
* Mad Gear in ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' had the last mayor of Metro City in their back pocket this way. When Mike Haggar took office, he turned down their "little bonus to [his] paycheck", which is why [[IHaveGotYourWife they kidnapped his daughter]].
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher''. Geralt needs to get past an unfriendly guard and pulls out a bag of gold, stating that "money can open every door". When the guard contradicts him, Geralt proves his statement by using the bag to knock him unconscious.
* ''VideoGame/BoilingPointRoadToHell'' allows the protagonist t bribe ''any'' enemy before they turn hostile. It always works, but it's quite expensive, specially for a large group of enemies.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' games sometimes have this. You can converse with demons and successfully sweet-talk them into essentially selling themselves and join your forces, whether by literally bribing them with Macca or with an item exchange. Mechanics may vary, even reaching AuctionOfEvil territory on ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor''.
** In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'', demons will even raise their prices if you clash with them on the OrderVersusChaos scale, or cut their price if you match. (Be warned - some demons will accept your bribes, then change their minds at the last second. Fricking Angels.)
** In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiImagine'', you still talk to demons to convert them into allies, but some are much more picky. You have 3 types of conversation, talk, joke, and threaten, but certain demons, mainly the higher leveled or the rarest, won't even talk to you unless you use one of the bribing talks, starting with macca and going up, ending in gems, to befriend you. Fortunately, the amount needed is set, and once you get to higher levels, when you start needing it, you can easily get the amount needed to bribe 'em.
** In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', you will be taken to Charon TheFerryman should you suffer a TotalPartyKill. The man himself is ''massively'' overworked, and is quite willing to look the other way to send you back with a lit-okay, a boatload of Macca, or 3DS Play Coins, if you regularly take 10-minute walks with your 3DS. He's still kind enough to offer a tab should you lack the money he demands, but be sure to pay him at ''his'' earliest convenience, or risk being KilledOffForReal.
* ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours'' allows you to pay off gangs or the police in order to lower Heat. Given that, past a certain point on the Heat meters, gangs will attack on sight and cops will react much faster to any misdemeanours, one is likely to use this a lot.
* ''VideoGame/TheGodfather'' game also uses this. Bribing a DirtyCop gives you temporary immunity from the law as long as you don't overdo it and bribing their chiefs gives a longer duration for that, while bribing a FBI agent completely empties your Vendetta with other gangs and is the easier way to win a MobWar.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', you can bribe Heralds to stop announcing your presence to the populace.
** And then pickpocket them moments later to get all your money back.
** This is discussed in ''Videogame/AssassinsCreedIII'', where after Connor learns this trick from Sam Adams he states that it feels wrong to rely on bribery and dishonesty.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperheroLeagueOfHoboken'', all monsters have a "Greed" trait. If it's above 0, you can bribe them, but the higher their greed is, the more you'll need to spend. This still counts as defeating them for experience points. Creatures with 0 Greed, on the other hand, can never be bribed.
* ''{{X-COM}} Apocalypse'' allows you to "make reparations" to the various organizations that make up Mega-City. You can give them money to change their attitude from openly hostile to neutral, or from neutral to allied (which costs a lot more). Even the Cult of Sirius, who are all but allied with the ''aliens'' can be made neutral for a short time (they'll become hostile the second you attack the aliens).
* Many of the ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' games allow you to bribe armies and cities to switch sides. Generals and other factors increase the cost/chance of failure of pulling off the bribe, but it is almost always possible.
* ''VideoGame/RiseOfNations'' has the Spy unit, [[EnemyExchangeProgram who can bribe most enemy units to your side.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SatelliteReign'', you can bribe doctors and scientists to join your research team, as well as the occasional corporate soldier stationed outside a facility to take the night off. Don't expect it to be an option with those actually inside the facility grounds, though.
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* When SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' assembles an 'Injustice League' of various criminals, they succeed in capturing Franchise/{{Batman}}, who then proceeds to, among other things, bribe Ultra-Humanite with an [[BriefcaseFullOfMoney outrageous sum]]. It works. Humanite takes the bribe...[[AntiVillain and donates it to public broadcasting]]. Franchise/{{Batman}}, meanwhile, brings down the whole league from the inside. So even [[BigBad supervillains]] have their price...
-->'''Ultra-Humanite''': What do I need with money?
-->'''Luthor''': Everybody needs money. The only question is: How much?
* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in a scene between Mr. Burns and the nuclear inspector:
--> '''Inspector''': Burns, if I didn't know better, I'd think you were trying to bribe me.
--> '''Burns:''' Is there some confusion about this? ''thrusting the money into the inspector's pockets'' Take it! Take it! Take it, you poor schmo!
** In another episode, an ancestor of Mr. Burns was looking for a fugitive slave and Hiram Simpson knew where said slave was hidden. At first, Hiram invoked the IGaveMyWord trope but Col. Burns said that, as a slave owner, he knows how to evaluate a man's price and calculated Hiram's to be "a pleasant surprise". It worked. The surprise happened to be a pair of shoes. Hiram's ex-wife got one of the shoes at the divorce. Instead of laces, her shoe came with a note from Hiram telling her he'd keep them.
** But sometimes it's not that easy, as when Homer worked at a carnival and Chief Wiggum came for his bribe and, despite Bart trying to help, he just didn't get it.
-->'''Chief:''' The person - wink - that I'm looking for - wink - is Mr. Bribe - wink, wink. (places hand on money box)
-->'''Homer:''' It's a ring-toss game.
* From the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
-->'''[[TropeNamer David Xanatos]]:''' Pay a man enough, and he'll walk barefoot into Hell.
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* In the ''Pokemon'' short film ''WebVideo/PokemonApokelypse'', which is a parody of DarkerAndEdgier, Team Rocket has basically overrun Kanto society with this trope. Giovanni even has a BriefcaseFullOfMoney. Unfortunately, even in this messed up universe, [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules Ash still has standards.]]
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* Economics regards this as a near-universal fact - all motivations can be quantified and converted into money[[note]]more generally, it's "utility" that everything can be measured in; money is just another thing that can be measured in utility[[/note]]. There are even economic analyses of how people could engage in suicide attacks on the basis of rational self-interest.
* Many defectors have used bribe money to escape UsefulNotes/NorthKorea and/or convince North Korean officials to ignore black market deals. Bribery became very common after North Korea's economy started to fail when the UsefulNotes/ColdWar ended. North Korea depended on foreign aid to keep its economy intact. When Russia and China began to charge higher prices for petroleum and other supplies; the infrastructure suffered a breakdown that became worse after the famine. However, the BribeBackfire can instantly apply if the bribe threatens the North Korean official with public exposure.
** This also has applied to UsefulNotes/{{China}}. Bribes are paid so black market operations will be ignored.
* This is common practice in many countries, especially poorer ones. There are many places around the world where the difference between success and failure is dependent on giving the right corrupt official a small cash payout. Where foreigners from richer countries are involved, such a bribes can easily amount to more then said official's paycheck.
** Often though, it is customary to have a small face-saving device by paying the bribe in something that looks less crass then money. An art object or rare wine bottle might do for example.
*** On the other hand, it is sometimes a custom to send such an object as a gift after a successful or lucrative business deal. While this can actually be perfectly innocent, the recipient can't accept the gift, because of company policy born of this trope.
** In some places where bribery is so ubiquitous, it's necessary in order to get an official to ''actually do their job at all''[[note]]Not about bribing a water inspector to change the results of a test of river water, but about simply getting them to take the sample in the first place[[/note]]. Companies will often have (suitably discreet) line items in their planning budgets to handle the required bribes. This is often because public servants in these countries are ludicrously underpaid, as the government there has no money... although usually, the government has no money because [[StealingFromTheTill the people at the top have been lining their own pockets out of the state treasury]].
*** Ubiquitous to the point that the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the American law that prohibits bribing officials in foreign countries actually has an exception for bribes that are required for people to do their job.
** This is also why there are so many "bad Russian driving" videos uploaded to YouTube - because of the rampant use of bribes, installing dashboard cameras was the easiest way to combat the corruption. It's a bit hard to convince a judge that you were at fault when there's video evidence proving that the other guy ran a stop-sign.
* There are several instances in history of wars being won by bribing the enemy's soldiers to abandon their cause. A prime example would be the brief, largely-abortive war the (New/2nd) 'Guangxi Clique' waged against the Kuomintang in the mid 1930s. Chiang Kai-Shek's 'Silver Bullets' did far more to ensure the collapse of the Warlords' forces than did the efforts of the Kuomintang's troops. Since they were all nominally under the government of the Republic of China, all the country's troops (regardless of who actually paid them and where their real allegiances lay) technically answered to Generalissimo Chiang, it was actually perfectly legal for him to give large bonuses to 'his' commanders as 'rewards for their service and loyalty' - though all said commanders were actually equipped and supplied by and answered to the Guangxi Clique.
* Philip of Macedon (AlexanderTheGreat's father) used to say that even a donkey can enter the strongest fortress there is. Provided the donkey carries enough gold, of course.
* The (possibly apocryphal) story goes that when Abe Lincoln was a lawyer, a man came to his second floor office and offered him a bribe to throw his client's case. When Lincoln refused the man said "Everyone has his price." and raised the offer. This went on for a few moments as the man kept saying that "Everyone has his price" and making a larger offer. Suddenly, Lincoln grabbed the man and threw him down the stairs. When the stunned man asked why Lincoln didn't just refuse the latest offer, Lincoln says "You were getting too close to my price."
* A mechanic was asked to do an emergency repair that would require him to work through his lunch break. The customer's bribe was a pizza so that the mechanic could eat while he worked.
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