->'''Andy:''' I understand you're a man who knows how to get things.\\
'''Red:''' I'm known to locate certain things from time to time.

You're in a sticky situation; you need to get something and there doesn't seem to be a legal way of getting it. (It could be [[BannedInChina banned]], rationed, [[NoExportForYou from overseas]] or possibly just [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition made in extremely limited quantities]]). If you're lucky, you'll have a [[TropeNamers Friend in the]] BlackMarket.

These guys are the real deal, never dealing in substandard goods because that wouldn't be good business practice and they rely on their reputations. They don't ask any questions either. Their main vice is that they're going to ask for a fair bit more than what the item is worth. Their defense for this is often that it's the circumstances and the effort to get the items that makes them charge the prices, but often it's also a bit of avarice too. (Which often makes them {{Mr Vice Guy}}s.)

Personality wise, like Honest John, they can fit anywhere into the CharacterAlignment spectrum. (Although the fact they deal in quality products usually puts them at least chaotic neutral.) If the character is part of the hero team, then they'll usually be Chaotic or Neutral Good. In a war situation, they also tend to [[ScrewTheWarWerePartying screw it and party]], unless the action is centered on the military in which case they'll be [[TheScrounger doing this work on the side]].

This character is obviously part of ''the'' BlackMarket. Compare and contrast HonestJohnsDealership, who also sells products at a premium... except theirs are of lesser quality. TheScrounger is likely to either be this trope or to have dealings with him.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Zelik Lindemann in ''Manga/MotherKeeper'' is this for Graham and Silas and is actually running the entire black market.
* Chise mantains a friendly relationship with the guy who managed to convince her to [[MadeASlave sell herself]] onto the black market in ''Manga/TheAncientMagusBride''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Penguin could fit into this trope; while his main merchandise is information for Franchise/{{Batman}}, he also does a ''lot'' of shady business. Because Batman's a poor [[{{Pun}} tipper]].
* Al Capp's ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'' had Available Jones, who could provide anything from a safety pin to a battleship, for a price.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* As befitting a SpaceCop, Tovan tr'Khev has his sources on the other side of the law. In ''Fanfic/PeaceForgedInFire'' he reaches out to his contacts as intelligence sources, and one of them, a Suliban gunrunner named Rhaego, clues him in that the Tal'Shiar are trying to sabotage the negotiations between the Empire and the Republic.
-->'''Morgan:''' Do you trust him?\\
'''Tovan:''' Rhaego? Elements, no. But his information's always been good.
* Varric's seat in the Merchants' Guild is treated as basically being this in ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]''. When the Inquisition needs a large supply of lyrium in a short amount of time, they have him reach out to his undercity contacts to get it. The actual bill of sale is presented in one chapter, only to have Varric - who is [[DirectLineToTheAuthor the story's editor]] - remove it and state his objections to the author including it.
-->'''Editorís note:''' Scholar, ''I'' donít read my mail from the Merchants' Guild Ė why should anyone else have to look at it?
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': [[spoiler: "Father" Evergreen Road, who poses as a priest of Luna, is really a fraud using his position as a cover for receiving and selling stolen goods. He's also robbed the temple where he works, selling off its physical assets and using the money to fund his habits of drinking, women and gambling.]]

* Nick and Fetcher from ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun''. They only work for you if you pay them in eggs, but they're very skilled at stealing the items you need.
* Red in the prison-set ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' is able to get, amongst other things, a poster of Creator/RitaHayworth and a [[ChekhovsGun small rock hammer]].
* ''Film/UnderTheRomanSky'': Davide sells robbed things in the black market. Miriam's father uses his help to do falsified documents for fellow Jews.
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Caliban is a broker who operates behind the UsefulNotes/IronCurtain, with Psylocke as his bodyguard. Mystique goes to him for fake [=IDs=] for the mutants that she helps.
%%* Flash Harry in the ''Film/StTrinians'' series.
%%* Sid Carter in ''Film/CarryOnMatron''.
%%* Sgt. Bilko in ''Film/SgtBilko''
%%* Joseph in ''Film/AuRevoirLesEnfants''

* Recurring character Bubba Rogowski of Creator/DennisLehane's ''Literature/KenzieAndGennaroSeries'' is a former Marine who specializes in obtaining lots of illegal weapons and tech, and has put lives mines through his entire warehouse apartment to deter unwelcome guests. He's also something of a PsychoForHire and a ManChild who can barely read, but he's been friends with Patrick since they were kids and will kill anyone who messes with him. His profession doesn't come without consequences, however, and in one book he's absent because he's in jail for getting caught with an unregistered handgun.
* Mundungus Fletcher in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' starts out this way, as the guy brought in to help the Order get information on dark dealings (and to get the Weasley twins illegal goods), but his role in the story develops.
* Rhett Butler from ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'', who [[ScrewTheWarWerePartying lives quite well despite the late unpleasantness]]. (He is a privateer, after all.)
* The Finn, of William Gibson's ''Literature/SprawlTrilogy''. The Finn is a rare example of a smart one, who practices smart discretion and proves more than capable of defending himself when attacked. The Finn long surpasses the general life expectancy of this character type in most stories. Due to the nature of the depicted cyberpunk society, it's debatable wether he can be considered a friend, though.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
%%* Private Walker, the spiv in ''Series/DadsArmy''.
* Both Radar and Klinger from ''[[Series/{{MASH}} M*A*S*H]]'', who use their wits to get anything the hospital needs. (Klinger getting the job when Radar is discharged.)
** And if that doesn't work, Father Mulcahy serves as the go-between between the camp and the ''actual'' black market.
--->"You'd be surprised what a priest can get away with."
* ''Series/BabylonFive's'' G'kar deals with... not really a friend, but a man he knows who deals in black market weaponry, which he needs for the [[LaResistance resistance on Narn]]. The dealer is selling him for far more than the weapons are worth. G'Kar should know, because he sold many of those very weapons to Earth during the Earth Minbari War fifteen years earlier. In this case, the quality of the merchandise is guaranteed with the understanding that what G'kar will do to the dealer if it isn't will be unpleasant.
** From the same series, the station's postmaster ends up filling this role as well. Despite Babylon 5 declaring independence from the Earth Alliance, and a blockade and trade embargo being enacted in retaliation, he still finds ways to get mail and packages delivered along more out of the way routes, charging accordingly. [[FridgeLogic Oddly enough]], Garibaldi didn't seem to consider that the post office should work any differently despite that.
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', the crew of Serenity tend to ''work'' for this guy (or a variety of these guys), using their skills and ship to acquire the goods for the market. From time to time, they will be seen doing business of their own with these sorts when they need to get things like disguises for their heists.
* In ''Series/SneakyPete'', when Otto needs his safe opened as he forgot the code, Marius has a friend who would open the safe and tell Marius the code as well.
* In one episode of ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'', Captain Vansen is forced to deal with this guy aboard the ''[[CoolStarship Saratoga]]'', trading him a key to the Officers' Lavatory (presumably much nicer than what the enlisted guys normally get to use), [[ChainOfDeals in exchange for a bowl of strawberries that she needed to trade with someone ''else'' to get his spot in line to make a call home]].
%%* Sgt. Bilko in ''Series/ThePhilSilversShow''
* Dorium in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "A Good Man Goes to War". He starts out working for the villains, then learns that they've kidnapped [[spoiler: one of the Doctor's companions and her child]] and decides to run for it before the Doctor turns up, knowing how many people owe him favours. As it turns out, ''he's'' one of those people, and is drafted into the GondorCallsForAid scenario.
* Barney from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' "has a guy" for just about everything, from a "Suit Guy" and a "Whip Guy" to a "guy in the DA's office" who "scored us front row seats to a lethal injection!"
-->'''Barney:''' And, if I don't have a guy for something, then I have a Guy Guy to get me a guy. And, oddly enough, his name is Guy.
* In ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' Kramer's unseen friend "Bob Sacamano" provides many obscure, black-market products - from counterfeit Russian "rat hats" to "The Wizard" Tip Calculator for the condo association (which may be hot!). He is said to have made a fortune for having invented the "paddle with ball" toy, being the first one to attach a rubber band. Before that, Kramer insists, people would hit the ball and it would just fly away.
* Uncle Eddie from ''Series/GroundedForLife'' has a lot of connections with suspicious people, and is often able to obtain questionable items. Pointed out in one episode:
-->'''Lily:''' You always say you "know a guy". How many guys do you know?
-->'''Uncle Eddie:''' I know about 75 guys.
* Peter from ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' worked as a middleman for these types of people before he joined Fringe Division. He still has plenty of contacts in that world.
* Frank from ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' claims to have "a guy" for just about anything he needs. In one episode he even claims to have a "human meat guy".
* Thomas ''thinks'' he has one of these in the second series of ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' (to get around post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarI rationing). As it turns out, the flour is half plaster dust and the rest of the goods are worse than useless, as well.
* On ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Diane wanted an engagement ring that cost over five thousand dollars. Norm told Sam he had a FriendInTheBlackMarket who could get essentially the same ring for only $1200. Frasier cautioned against this, saying that Diane wouldn't want her engagement ring to be bought from someone who started conversations with "Psst, buddy." (After a phone call to his guy, Norm called Sam over with "Psst, Sammy.") Of course, everything goes wrong.
* In ''Series/OrphanBlack'', StepfordSuburbia {{housewife}} Alison recommends the services of a Ramon for Sarah when she needed a gun. Ramon turns out to be a friendly and slightly campy employee at the local big box store, who supplies Alison with pills and firearms.
* In Series VIII of ''Series/RedDwarf'', when the Dwarfers are in the brig, Lister is friends with a [[InTheFutureWeStillHaveRoombas Skutter]] who can get him stuff from all over the ship to help him.

%%* CPO Pertwee in ''Radio/TheNavyLark''
* Jimmy [=DaWeasel=] in ''Radio/TheSpaceGypsyAdventures'', though sometimes Fluff Catt or Gemma Mildury will fill this role. DC Fusky masquerades as one of these in the 2004 remake of ''The Great Chocolate Biscuit Caper'', as part of a plan to finally catch Gemma red-pawed.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The indie-RPG ''Hellcats & Hockey Sticks'' features the "Fixer", a character class who is essentially this; capable of obtaining any illicit item and (one assumes) selling it or misusing it for profit and/or amusement.
* In ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'', players can use the Knowledge (streetwise) skill to find or justify already having such a friend, aided by Occupations like Criminal that can grant a skill bonus.
** In the [[{{Cyberpunk}} CyberRave]] setting of the ''Cyberscape'' SourceBook, this becomes more important as everyone has Gray Wealth that represents their barter-and-pawning based non-digital buying power in both the aftermarket and the black market. The Street Broker feat makes you into one.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' it's pretty much essential for every group of 'Runners to have two or three of these for getting all those less-than-legal things necessary for successfully operating as a 'Runner.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* This arises as a gameplay mechanic in an awful lot of video games (especially {{RPG}}s) where the shopkeepers expect the heroes to cough up the dough even when the world is about to end. After all, AdamSmithHatesYourGuts. It fits this trope more than Honest John as at least they sell you legitimate items. [[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Except that little snotrag Wirt.]]
* The ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' series has Moneybags, who will perform various services for you for, "* ahem* , a small fee." It's usually anything but small (not to mention sometimes the price is insane for what he does), but if you want to finish the game, let alone get HundredPercentCompletion, you'll have to pay up. At least you [[spoiler:[[PayEvilUntoEvil get your]] money back]].
* [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank Ratchet]] can buy a lot of black market gear during the course of his adventures, from weapon mods to hypnosis gadgets to [[InfinityPlusOneSword giant overpowered weaponry.]]
* [[SoulBrotha Drebin]] in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' is named for ''Film/TheNakedGun'' character due to what he sells; 'naked guns' - the arms he sells are not ID-Locked, and so can be used by anybody, which comes in very handy for Snake. Also plays the [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Hero]] at times, and serves as MrExposition in relation to the backstories of [[QuirkyMinibossSquad the Beauty and the Beast Corps.]]
* In ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', Irish and Seth are this for Nigel West Dickens. Of course, West Dickens is a SnakeOilSalesman.
* [[VillainousGlutton Krew]] is this in ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' to the [[LaResistance Underground]] but he'll sell them out if the price is high enough.
* Gheed in ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' could qualify as this and Honest John. Warriv states that, while Gheed is greedy, his wares are beyond reproach, suggesting that he realizes that selling low quality goods means that people would stop buying from him.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', none of the merchants in the area around The Strip will openly sell you the kind of HiddenWeapons you can smuggle past casino security. However, a shady guy hanging around Gomorrah calling himself "Mister Holdout" will sell them to you, and Mick at Mick and Ralph's can be convinced to sell you some from a secret back room if you pass a Speech challenge.
-->Crier: We've got stuff we're not even allowed to sell, people. Only at Mick & Ralph's.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim's]]'' own [[WizardingSchool College of Winterhold]] has Enthir, a Wood Elf who frequently handles the shadier dealings at the college. Notably, the missions that involve him involve getting something he traded away back from bandits or necromancers, one mission for the Thieves Guild (for whom he will act as a fence upon completion,) and he is the only merchant that reliably sells [[{{Necromancy}} black soul gems]].
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' series, [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior Crazy Earl]] serves this role after he is DemotedToExtra in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', continuing this practice into ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' has Spyke, a literal StreetUrchin who's known to hang in a back alley. He offers various services at premium price, amongst them being "obtaining" clothing the player asks him to get, selling it at three times the store price. Better to not ask him where he gets those.
* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', you meet several: Trip, the disaffected, twitchy, TripleShifter pawn-shop manager; Mercurio, the sixtysomething ghoul in a [[OlderThanTheyLook thirtysomething body]] who can get "anything anyone wants at any time"; Slater, night shift convenience store worker, so bored in his SoulSuckingRetailJob that he sells guns on the side; and Tseng, very definitely ''not'' a Chinese army veteran, vendor of herbal remedies that sometimes have a superficial resemblance to automatic weapons.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', there are recurring war table operations through which the Inquisitor can acquire crafting materials for the organization such as cloth and leather. How they are acquired depends on which adviser is selected to complete the operation; Cullen wants to send soldiers to make direct purchases from the weavers/tanners, while Josephine wants to deal with reputable merchants, but Leliana always offers to contact the black market for the rarest goods. Occasionally, selecting Leliana will result in her agents finding nothing.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', Kafei has the Curiosity Shop owner as a friend, with the latter specializing in selling stolen goods. Kafei particularly wants to identify one of the Curiosity Shop's main clients who stole the Sun's Mask from him.

* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Haley was able to arm LaResistance in Azure city by [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0531.html purchasing smuggled weapons through the black market]].
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', whatever it is the Other Warriors need, Rogue "knows a guy". It turns out the guy in question is [[spoiler: Thief]].


[[folder:Web Animation]]
* While Bubs of ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' may mostly be an {{Honest John|sDealership}}, he ''also'' sells stuff on the black market--and his black-market merchandise are more legitimate, higher-quality products than anything he sells at his store.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Machinima/FreemansMind'', Gordon occasionally muses that his friend Eddie can help him with some sort of illegal activity, whether it be pawning a large supply of weapons, procuring human skulls, or obtaining fake identification.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Hustler Kid in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. In [[StatusQuoIsGod one episode]] Gus became the "Gusler Kid" and did even better than him. TJ also went a bit [[CorruptCorporateExecutive mad]] when an {{expy}} of ''TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}}'' cards was adopted as a currency of sorts.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce,'' Carl has a friend named Terry. Terry can get things... but you don't want to know where he got them.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'' episode "Winter's Gift," Clover calls on his old friend Whiskers (a fox) to get Sofia some ice lilies, since he has connections all over the wood, and literally gets his information from little birdies.