is trying to get some MacGuffin
from Bob, but Bob doesn't want to give it up for free. Alice really doesn't have anything of value to offer, but she doesn't want to just let Bob walk away with the MacGuffin
. In desperation, she says "I'll be your best friend!" This Stock Phrase
is the staple of every character who fails at negotiation. Characters using this may sometimes combine it with offering a Comically Small Bribe
- The Pigeon tries this in the children's book Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!.
- The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. Alexander says this to Dimitri, the son of an NKVD prison guard, when getting his help so he can see his father (a political prisoner) one last time. Because of his father's job, Dimitri is not the most popular boy in school (whereas Alexander is the opposite) so it's actually a pretty good offer at the time. Unfortunately as they get older, Dimitri increasingly becomes a False Friend leeching off Alexander's power and popularity.
- Michael Wiseman uses this in "Nothing to Fear But Fear" on Now and Again to try to get Dr. Thedore Morris to call his wife Lisa from his past life and tell her that they're canceling their dinner date. It doesn't work.
- Chowder episode "The Garage Sale"
Mung Daal: We're not open yet.
Birdman: Aw come on, let me look. I'll be your best friend!
- Chowder himself says this in "The Sleep Eater" when he tries to resist his hunger that's turning him into a hungry beast.
- Space Ghost Coast to Coast
Zorak: Moltar, take off your helmet... show me your true face.
Zorak: C'mon... I'll be your friend.
- The Simpsons has this exchange when Homer hired a guy to chase Sideshow Bob out of Town:
Man: Now don't you fret. When I'm through, he won't set foot in this town again. I can be very, very persuasive. reloads his gun
[Scene change to a bar]
Man: whining C'mon, leave town!
Man: I'll be your friend?
Man: Aw, you're mean!
- One Butterfinger ad had Milhouse use this to try and get Bart to share his candy bar. Bart's response: "You already are."
- Inverted in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, where The Grim Reaper agrees to play a game for the life of the kids' hamster (despite them having nothing to negotiate with), and he is so totally confident of winning that he actually offers to be their best friend forever if they win. He'll REALLY regret making that offer...
- This is the plot of PB&J Otter story by the same name. The story features both Flick Duck and Munchy Beaver using this tactic on Peanut Otter to try to get his extra ticket to a radio show, endlessly trying to do his chores and give him favors to get the ticket in question.
- In "Franklin and the Trading Cards" on the Animated Adaptation of Franklin, both Fox and Beaver behave in this manner to try to get Franklin to give them the coveted card, again offering favors and such.