->''"With daddy as the Pope, I could do as I pleased, was ace!\\
I'd kill a man who'd dare to, like, invade my personal space"''
-->-- '''Cesare Borgia''', ''Series/HorribleHistories'' ("The Borgia Family")

A character is able to Screw The Rules, simply because their friends or [[ThickerThanWater family]] are very influential, powerful, or wealthy people. Can be TruthInTelevision, especially with TheMafia and [[OrganizedCrimeTropes similar criminal organizations]].

A favored technique of the [[OverlordJr son of the villain]].

Wives of powerful men often do this, as do their children. And their brothers. And their [[{{Nepotism}} nephews]]. And their sisters. And their mothers. And their... [[TheLongList oh, you get it by now.]]

Often phrased as: "Do you know who my dad is?"

See Also CoattailRidingRelative, DaddysLittleVillain, KnowsAGuyWhoKnowsAGuy, {{Nepotism}}, ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney, and ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Though Light is one of the suspects of the Kira case from the very beginning, his father's status as the Chief of Police is what protects him from being seriously considered as such by the normal police and he knows it.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** In the first few episodes, Helmeppo can do whatever he likes because his father, Axe-Hand Morgan, runs the town. Morgan actually hates his son, but lets him use his name and authority as long as it doesn't put a dent in his ego.
** The World Nobles are an even more extreme example. If there's someone they can't shoot and is openly defying them, an admiral gets involved immediately. Arguably the only people in the world who could get away with defying the World Nobles are the Four Emperors -- not even the Seven Warlords of the Sea (who have a notorious amount of UltimateJobSecurity) can get away with that. Though this is because one of the Emperors ''alone'' is enough to challenge the World Government and the Marines with sheer manpower rather than any kind of strong influence beyond that of pirates.
** [[spoiler:Doflamingo is able to fake quitting the Seven Warlords because he is a former World Noble. According to him, he isn't considered one anymore by the others, but he still holds clout as a descendant of one of the World Government's founding families. And apparently knows something that allows him to blackmail the World Government.]]
** Caesar Clown attempts to invoke this trope at the tail end of the Punk Hazard arc, citing all of the people who rely on his factory, [[spoiler:the weapons he makes from it, and even [[WouldHurtAChild all the children who suffer under him]]]]. Luffy [[TalkToTheFist promptly responds]] that he doesn't care.
* ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'' film. Greco, the mayor's son who sexually harasses Doris Rumm.
** This happens in the novel, and is not the only example in the series.
* A woman who gets into an altercation with ''Manga/BambooBlade'''s teacher, Toraji-sensei, uses her position as the superintendent's next-door neighbor to get him fired.
* Averted in the fourth ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' movie, ''Captured in her Eyes.'' When the police superintendent learns that his son had a connection to a murder case, he personally orders the investigation re-opened to discover the truth.
* Every single target of ''Manga/{{Akumetsu}}'', being filthy-rich megalomaniacs, {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, and/or {{Sleazy Politician}}s, in any combination. Not that this stops him.
* Miyano from ''Manga/MagaTsuki'' is able to get so much stuff done via this method that it borders on RealityWarping.
* Season One of ''Anime/HellGirl'' early episodes featured some antagonists who were like this.
* Used by both the heroes and the villains in the various iterations of the ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' franchise. Quite memorably, in the ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' TV series, a perp managed to avoid conviction partially thanks to this trope, and in response [[GuileHero Chief Aramaki]] quietly arranged his "accidental" death in a car accident and hushed up any investigation that might follow, neatly demonstrating that the trope goes both ways. In another incident, some college kids were running an amateur organ black market, under the impression that their influential parents would get them out of any trouble. The Major [[BringMyBrownPants literally scares the piss out of them instead]], though her motivations were more personal than getting around their connections.
* [[Manga/TheFiveStarStories Dr. Chrome Ballanche]] was able to dabble [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique in the forbidden arts]] only because he was a lifetime friend of the GodEmperor of the most powerful nation around, even if [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight his intentions were noble]].
* [[GuileHero Oz]] from ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' frequently exploits his connection to Jack, the "Hero of Sablier," as well as his own standing as a member of one of the [[BlueBlood four dukedoms]]. On one occasion, he threatens to use Jack's influence to turn Pandora against Duke Barma when the latter attempts to arrest Alice and Break. Another time, he pretends to have accessed his connection with Jack in order to deceive [[ComicBook/TheCreeper Isla Yura]]. Unfortunately for Oz, this connection backfires when [[spoiler:[[WhamEpisode it's revealed]] that Jack ''isn't'' the shining hero of Sablier everyone thought he was, but rather the ''[[TragicVillain villain]]'' who caused the whole tragedy in the first place. [[BreakTheCutie Oz does not take]] [[TomatoInTheMirror this revelation]] [[LossOfIdentity well at all.]]]]
* ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'': During Season 2 of the anime and Volume 8 of the novels, there have been attempts to destroy the Neighbor's Club via [[RulesLawyer RulesLawyering]]. The issue this time was [[spoiler: that it turns out that Maria wasn't actually a teacher or a nun at the school, and [[BlatantLies Kate was just letting her think that to make her go to the school and behave.]] This means that the club didn't have a supervisor as is required in the school rules.]] Sena proceeds to get her daddy(the chairman) to fix the problem by [[spoiler: having him appoint Maria as a temporary part-time instructor meaning she could now be their supervisor.]] Aoi (the RulesLawyer in question) then tries to get them shut down for [[spoiler: not having an instructor when the club was formed, meaning their club shouldn't exist in the first place]] but [[NoSell Sena then proceeds to tell her]] that if she does not cease and desist she will have her reputation ruined and expelled. Needless to say, [[CurbStompBattle Sena won that round.]]
* In ''Manga/AkameGaKill'', the depraved group Wild Hunt often excuse their actions by pointing out that they are sanctioned by the government, and their leader Syura is the son of Prime Minister Honest. After, [[spoiler:Wild Hunt rapes and kills Bols's wife and daughter and then Syura attempts to rape Kurome]], Wave says he doesn't care and kicks Syura's ass.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'', Shingo Sawatari often name-drops his father, the Mayor, when things don't go his way. PlayedForLaughs later when he's in the Synchro Dimension and he doesn't seem to understand the concept that this won't work because nobody there has ever heard of him or his father.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* That Yellow Bastard and Kevin in ''ComicBook/SinCity'' have heavy ties to the O'Rourke family. Fortunately, Hartigan and Marv don't care.
* Agent Graves in ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets''. He spends the first half of the series giving out cases with a gun and well... you know. Graves is so connected that if a bullet from his cases is found at a crime scene, the investigation stops altogether. Any friend of Graves' is flat out allowed to get away with murder.
* In the ''ComicBook/SheHulk'' graphic novel, Jennifer is captured by SHIELD and forced to be strip-searched in public in front of male personnel and in violation of all established procedure. Dum-Dum Dugan, acting director, comes in and is furious at this abuse, and orders the agent responsible confined to quarters pending a formal reprimand. The agent threatens to use his connections, and Dugan gets a harsh phone call by those connections ordering him to let the agent go. [[spoiler: (He didn't get away with it; he was the [[AssholeVictim first casualty]] of a sentient swarm of cockroaches who invaded the craft, who used him as host. More than likely, his last few moments weren't pleasant. On top of that, this led to the Helicarrier being destroyed, one of SHIELD's biggest disasters; in all likelihood, those powerful connections he called didn't retain whatever authority they had much longer...]]
* Subverted in a DonaldDuck comic where Donald works at a theatre. The son of a mob boss basically threatens his way to being the leading man, despite being an incredibly bad actor. The subversion occurs when Donald breaks and becomes as angry as only Donald Duck can be, telling the guy just how bad he is. The offended young man calls upon his father... who turns up and thanks Donald for ''finally'' standing up to his obnoxious son, who is always using his connections to get away with stupid stuff.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}'' #424 we have Felipe Garzonas the son of a wealthy diplomat, he's an obnoxious jerk who is very abusive to his girlfriend and is also involved in a drug smuggling ring, he is arrested twice for his crimes but quickly released and it is later arranged that he won't serve any jail time because of his father's diplomatic immunity, after his second release he harasses his girlfriend to the point where she commits suicide and Batman can't do anything about it, Jason Todd the second Robin is furious so he takes manners into his own hands, when Batman arrives on the scene Felipe has fallen to his death from his apartment, he asks if he pushed him but Jason claimed he slipped.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''Fanfic/ThoseWhoStandForNothingFallForAnything'' has a RunningGag where L goes around introducing all of his coworkers and his rivals and his enemies to his "good friend" the prime minister.
* In ''Fanfic/WakingNightmares'', a rare heroic version of this is used when the [[ConMan Flim Flam brothers]] come to claim Sweet Apple Acres, which they did actually win in the series. [[SpannerInTheWorks Tri]][[BullyHunter xie]] promptly points out the multitude of ways that the heroes could use their own connections to make their victory decidedly [[PyrrhicVictory meaningless.]]
* In ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', Navarone's [[OddFriendship unusual friendship]] with Celestia keeps him out of prison and gives him a lot of leeway in what he does, though it's also because she finds him too useful to imprison, and resorts to non-standard punishments instead.
* Roy Desoto basically used this in [[http://tbillingsemergencyfanfic.com/thelongroadbackpart1.htm this]] ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' fic, but for good rather than bad reasons. John Gage is sick and hospitalized, and Roy is the only one who can usually keep him calm-John usually gets upset in this author's fics without his friend around when he's sick. Roy was on vacation, and Dr. Brackett cleared him to go into Johnny's room upon knowing he was heading back home. A nurse fails to get the message and tries to turn Roy and his wife away, and Roy tells her to call Dr. Brackett, who's one of the head doctors on staff. Brackett isn't happy to find out about the whole thing,especially since she was mistreating Johnny as well.
* ''FanFic/BadFutureCrusaders'': [[GreatDetective Babs Seed]] is able to get away with much more than other members of the guard simply because she is [[CoDragons Captain Rumble's]] ex and a lot of characters are afraid to mess with her [[TheDreaded purely out of fear of what he'll do to them if they do]]. Also at one point Dinky makes it perfectly clear Babs would have been punished severely for attacking [[TheSpymaster Featherweight]], but is lenient because of [[VillainousFriendship her own friendship]] with Rumble.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Fanfic/TheHeadhunt''. A conversation between the nonhuman members of the ''USS Bajor''[='s=] command crew has them basically decide that the Federation law banning Augments from Starfleet or public office (see [=DS9=]: "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E16DrBashirIPresume Dr. Bashir, I Presume]]") not only runs counter to Federation values but is actually unconstitutional under the Articles of Federation. However, the humans are terrified of Augments thanks to the Eugenics Wars, and because they have so much political mojo in the Federation, nobody's had the balls to mount a legal challenge and get it struck down.
* In ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', Tsali is able to get away with ''genocide and mass murder'' without Demon government interference because of his personal connections with Maledict himself. He also has near-limitless access to money from the Demon treasury for the same reason.
* Lampshaded in ''Fanfic/IAmNOTGoingThroughPubertyAgain''. Shikamaru says that under normal circumstances, using forbidden time travel jutsu could qualify as high treason, but since the perpetrators are [[spoiler: the Hokage's son and preferred successor respectively]] he can't actually give them a harsh punishment. [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment So he just makes them wear signs saying ''WE WILL NOT MESS AROUND WITH FORBIDDEN JUTSU'' until the problem is fixed]].
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' Mokuba Kaiba: "My brother is Seto Kaiba; I can decide who lives and who dies."
* "Fanfic/HeisheRinanovai": The Federation ambassador is willing to let Jethro Wisniewski be tried under Romulan law as long as the death penalty is taken off the table. Praetor Velal initially refuses, but then Ambassador Rama offers to help Velal get sanctions relief past the Federation Council.

* ''Film/BatmanBegins'': Bruce Wayne became Batman because nearly all the public officials of Gotham were in the pocket of Carmine Falcone.
* ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'': The Purple Cobras are able to enter the big Las Vegas dodgeball tournament without a regional qualifying match because the dodgeball chancellor is a friend of White's.
* ''Film/MeanGirls'': I don't think my father, the inventor of Toaster Struedel, would like that I'm not on this list.
* When Willy Bank, the antagonist of ''Film/OceansThirteen'', tries to use this as a threat against Danny Ocean, Danny replies he has all the same connections ''and'' they like him better.
* ''Film/BoondockSaints'': Yackavetta. Not that it helped him.
* ''Film/SchindlersList'': A rare positive example: Oskar Schindler's membership of the Nazi party and friendship with senior Nazi officials are the reason he can save the lives of his eponymous List (well, that and a certain amount of outright bribery).
* ''Film/SororityRow'':
--> '''Kyle:''' Are you crazy? Do you have any idea what my father is capable of?
--> '''Jessica:''' Oh yeah? [[InsultBackfire Well, maybe I'm fuckin' the wrong guy!]]
* [[SmugSnake Henry Simmerson]] from ''Film/{{Sharpe}}'' tries to pull one of these on Arthur Wellesley. He gets smacked down with a single sentence.
--> The man who loses the King's Colours, loses the King's friendship.
* Jackie Treehorn from ''Film/TheBigLebowski'', according to the Malibu Police Chief.
--> '''Police Chief:''' Mr. Treehorn draws a lot of water in this town. You don't draw shit, Lebowski.
* Another positive example in ''Film/HussarBallad'': while having a lower rank than Field Marshal Kutuzov, General Balmashov is a personal assistant to the Russian Tsar, and demonstrate willingness to throw all his weight to overrule Kutuzov's unjust decision.
* Averted in ''Film/BurntByTheSun''. After being arrested by the NKVD, Colonel Kotov rattles off Joseph Stalin's personal phone number. The secret policemen squirm in their seats, but when he goes to leave the car they inflict a brutal beating. Kotov has no idea that Stalin is the one ordering his arrest in the first place.
* In the ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' movies, a politician pulls this stunt on Hooks to get out of a parking ticket, thinking he can easily intimidate the squeaky-voiced policewoman. He discovers that BewareTheQuietOnes applies instead when she hits him with a bunch of additional charges.
* The 1948 Soviet adaptation of ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'' is most frequently remembered for the stepmother who boasted of having better connections than the king himself.
-->'''Stepmother''': I will complain to the king! I will complain about the king!

* Literature/HonorHarrington: Pavel Young lived and breathed this trope.
* Creator/CliveCussler: Many of the villains have massive influence and wealth; the VigilanteMan only stops them.
* Draco Malfoy in ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
** He uses the threat "When my father hears about this..." at least once a conversation, at least in the earlier books. It's not particularly effective. In the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone first book]], when he says he's going to tell his father about how he has to go into the Forbidden Forest for punishment, Hagrid dismisses the threat, saying that Lucius Malfoy would tell him that's how things are done at Hogwarts. In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Book 4]], bringing up Lucius Malfoy practically makes Mad-Eye Moody [[spoiler:née Barty Crouch Jr.]] salivate at the thought of an excuse to talk to [[spoiler:a former Death Eater.]] Particularly one he hates for his lack of [[spoiler:fealty to Voldemort.]]
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' Draco incites a new wave of panic in the students studying for their [=OWLs=] by loudly declaring, ''"Of course, it's not what you know, it's who you know. Now, Father's been friendly with the head of the Wizarding Examinations Authority for years - old Griselda Marchbanks - we've had her round for dinner and everything:"'' a few days before the exams start. There is no evidence this is actually ''true'', he was just enjoying watching his classmates panic.
** Similarly, Umbridge's connections in the Ministry allow her to literally get away with (attempted) murder in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Book 5]], as she's still around in Books [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince 6]] and [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows 7]].
** Snape's connection to Dumbledore allows him to get away with blatantly unprofessional conduct that would get him banned from teaching in a Muggle school.
** James Potter. You'd think the fact that a [[ClassRepresentative Prefect]] like Remus Lupin hanging around him most of the time would hamper his ability to [[TheBully bully]] people... except, Lupin was ''also'' one of his closest friends [[spoiler:([[PetTheDog because James didn't ostracize him when he learned that he was a werewolf before the werewolf became school prefect]])]] who preferred to simply look the other way in regards to James' bullying. Though, to James's credit, he outgrew the bullying behavior by the time he became Head Boy.
* [[{{Jerkass}} Percy Wetmore]] from ''Literature/TheGreenMile''. His CatchPhrase practically is "I '''KNOW''' people!!!" whenever anyone starts thinking of doing anything to him. Subverted when the others show that they too know people. He even got his job as a Death Row prison guard through his connections. Edgecombe couldn't figure out why he'd want a job like that, but seeing Percy treats the inmates, it's pretty obvious he likes feeling he has power over someone.
* In ''Literature/AreYouInTheHouseAlone'', Phil Lawver is the son of a very wealthy and/or influential man. When he [[spoiler:rapes the narrator]], the police chief refuses to even open an investigation on him due to his family connections.
* This ''used'' to be the case in Literature/{{Discworld}}'s Ankh-Morpork; an ongoing theme is the way [[DaChief Sam Vimes]] and [[MagnificentBastard Lord Vetinari]] have made it harder and harder to pull this off, providing an almost endless source of plot conflict as the city's BlueBlood population fight for their privilege.
** There's a beautiful moment in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' where an UpperClassTwit tries to pull the "I'm a friend of your Commander" line on [[RightInFrontOfMe some badly-shaved watchman in battered armour]]. This does not go well for him.
** Subverted in ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'' when the obnoxious UpperClassTwit Gravid Rust escapes [[spoiler:capital punishment for trafficking goblin slaves and troll drugs]] by accepting exile to Fourecks instead, since Ankh-Morpork nobility wouldn't accept one of their own being sentenced by non-humans. However, Vetinari ''also'' has connections, including a friend-of-a-friend in Fourecks with a singular interest in venomous spiders...
* Falcone, closest thing to a BigBad in the ''Literature/WarchildSeries'', has been arrested once before and sent to prison. His connections either broke him out or saw fit to release him early (the books are rather vague on that). When he gets arrested a second time, he tells our heroes it's a waste of time and brags about how he'll be out again. Indeed, he doesn't even make it to the prison when a group of his loyalists arrive to free him from the custody of the {{Space Marine}}s. But in a fitting turn, [[spoiler:he is murdered on the docks because one of our [[BlackAndGreyMorality gray heroes]] can't bear to see him get away unpunished.]]
* This is the stock in trade of the "looters" in ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', who essentially make themselves into an "Aristocracy of Pull".
* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]], the Barrayaran Prime Minister's son and Emperor's foster brother, occasionally does this; he considers it a last resort. He still gets in a lot of trouble, and the time he does try to use connections to keep from [[spoiler:losing his secret covert ops identity after injuring an officer during a seizure, then falsifying the report of the incident]], it doesn't work, though he still [[spoiler:gets a medical discharge instead of dishonorable discharge and a further sentence]]. Really, his usual philosophy is more "Screw the Rules, My Results Will Justify It" or [[IndyPloy "Screw The Rules, I'll Deal With the Consequences Later"]].
** Similar to the Discworld example above, this used to be the case for the aristocracy in general, and the efforts toward reforming the government to stop this are frequently mentioned.
* Subverted throughout the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series. Several times, egotistical figures with connections attempt to invoke their connections or just pull rank on their own authority, only to be outmaneuvered or simply punched out. The one time saying "Screw the rules, I have connections" works in the series, it's a bluff. One HilariousInHindsight moment in the second book has a character saying "I have connections" to defuse a tense moment between some guards and an enemy nation's ambassador, but it's only a bluff because he's really just a page boy and student acting on no authority but his own. The Hilarious in Hindsight part is, [[spoiler:he actually is the legitimate prince, but no one knows it except for the enemy he's trying to bluff.]]
* Occurs in a brief exchange in ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress''. A man trying to get Mannie to get the government to buy patriotic buttons for members of LaResistance gets the brush-off. The man takes umbrage, threatening to go directly to Party Chairman Adam Selene, a close friend of his. Mannie is unimpressed by this statement, since [[spoiler:Adam Selene is an alter ego of Mike. Since only Mannie and two others know that Mike is secretly a sentient computer, it's pretty obvious that the man is bluffing.]]
* A rare good example in ''Literature/{{Oblomov}}''. Tarantyev's buddy thinks he can pull off robbing Oblomov blind, but his friend Stolz happens to be on first-name base with the general, who gets Mukhoyarov (said buddy) fired.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: The Vigilantes definitely use this trope to accomplish their missions and with style! In fact, it seems that Washington, D.C. pretty much requires everyone to make use of this trope. A number of the bad guys use this, and John Chai from ''Vendetta'' happens to be very explicit, considering how he was promising the Vigilantes that his father would make them pay (The Vigilantes were ''not'' intimidated by this, for the record).
* Another rare heroic example in Literature/TheRavenCycle: Richard Campbell Gansey III lives among psychics, spirits, and magicians. His super power? Calling in favors. He uses this power for good, either to help a friend in trouble (such as when Ronan faces expulsion or Adam presses charges against his father) or to further his search for [[KingInTheMountain Glendower]]
* Deconstructed in ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'': The original book by Gaston Leroux shows the consequences of a society that embraces this principle: The opera managers know how to play politics better than to manage, and who the opera singer knows is more important to being ThePrimaDonna than to sing better. This means that everyone is a StupidBoss who doesnít know how to do his job. Every employee knows that, so the bosses are ProperlyParanoid about being pranked by them because [[DudeWheresMyRespect nobody respects them]]. They also are the ideal victims for a {{BlackMail}}er, and thatís how Erik (the titular phantom) could convince them to let him do whatever he pleases.
* Lightly used in ''[[Literature/PaladinOfShadows A Deeper Blue]]''. When an admiral objects to Adams pulling a cigar, the former is asked to check whose authority is behind him.[[note]]The US President's.[[/note]] The man quickly gives in.
* ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'': A Soviet doctor who was [[VodkaDrunkenski drunk on duty]] botched what should have been a simple appendix removal. Being the son of a senior party official, he remained unpunished for the violation of the rules and the death resulting from it. [[spoiler:This is part of what drove Ramius to defect, as the victim was his wife.]]
* In the fourth book of ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'', Neal puts a spell on an abusive innkeeper that will prevent him from beating his servants by reflecting the pain back on himself. When the innkeeper says that it's illegal to force a magic on a person, Neal says that nobody's going to believe the innkeeper over Duke Baird of Queenscove's son. (To be fair, the innkeeper himself implied that he was buddies with the local magistrate and they're in a border town with an impending war, preventing a by-the-book resolution.)
* This trope is directly responsible for the entire Archer Christifori arc in ''TabletopGames/BattleTech''. A SmugSnake of a junior officer with heavy political leanings towards the increasingly oppressive Archon Katherine Steiner-Davion killed Archer's sister when he was supposed to be picking her up for an interview then tried to weasel out of it with some BlatantLies. When all he got was a slap on the wrist as punishment (he was demoted a couple ranks but spent no time in the brig and was never even charged with murder) thanks to his family's political connections, it was the final straw for Archer, who started a rebellion on his planet with his entire militia company before becoming one of the major players in the [=FedCom=] Civil War.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has Janos Slynt attempt to do this at the Wall, despite the fact that at the Wall you're essentially a dead man and no one will care what happens to you.
* In ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'', one of Thorn Councilmen tries to force Dora to free his nephew from prison and rape charges, basing himself on this trope. She has none of this, though.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': A different interpretation of the word "connections" in this case, but the reason Katniss hasn't been tossed in a cell for illegally hunting the District 12 wildlife isn't because of any particular skill at evading the Peacemakers. It's because the Peacemakers are also her customers.
* ''Literature/WolfHall'':
** Thomas Cromwell is a member of a covert reading group of John Tyndale's English translation of the Bible, who face death by burning if discovered (as indeed several of them are). Cromwell is a little safer than people like Little Bilney because he's the right hand of Cardinal Wolsey, and it's an unspoken understanding between the two of them that he's allowed his little bit of heresy because of their friendship. (Cromwell also pays close attention to when Wolsey mentions names from the group and warns them of forthcoming raids. Later, when he's Master Secretary and thus becomes the Connection, he ''tries'' to arrange an escape for John Frith, but Frith refuses to take it.)
** Cromwell later does this from the other end in an example of "screw the rules ''for'' my connections." When he's put in charge of bringing down Anne Boleyn, he's reminded by his accomplices of Thomas Wyatt, a poet with a well-known crush on Anne. Henry Wyatt is a family friend who once asked Cromwell to look after his wayward son, so when Mark Smeaton names Thomas Wyatt as one of Anne's partners, Cromwell refuses to add him to the list and refuses his accomplices' advice to arrest him until Wyatt arrives in London and Cromwell has no choice but to take him in. Even then he puts Wyatt in the Tower of London only for protective custody and doesn't even start a case in the hopes that the well-publicized executions of Anne and her five accused lovers will take the heat off. It does, and he releases Wyatt unharmed a little while later.
* [[AllThereInTheManual Reference material]] for ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'' reveals that the [[LegacyCharacter first]] Sir Topham Hatt, Baronet, had this. He was an engineer in his own right, before becoming director of the entire North Western region. He knew Sir William Stanier and Sir Nigel Gresley, both among the most famous locomotive engineers the world had ever seen. His good standing with them ensured Gordon was purchased, and Henry was rebuilt, to give his railway the powerhouses it needed.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Subverted in the ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'' TV-adaption.
--> '''Simmerson''': I have a cousin at Horse Guards, sir... and I have friends at court.
--> '''Wellesley''': The man who loses the King's Colours... loses the King's friendship.
* ''Series/{{Crusade}}'': [[http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/guide/505.html The Pro Zeta Corporation uses its influence with its clients to avoid an investigation.]]
* In ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', a medical student is annoying the shit out of Elliot, because his father is the CEO of the corporation that owns the hospital, so Elliot can't punish or treat him badly. After Kelso tells Elliot that it's ''his'' job to kiss his father's ass and that she should go out and kick his ass, she does so.
** Cole, one of the medical students introduced in season 9, is the son of a major donor to the hospital, and pulls this to get away with screwing around in the hospital. While it does keep him from being expelled, it doesn't keep anyone from getting back at him for his general jackassery.
* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' short film "Cheating", Johnny gets caught cheating on a test, and Tom Servo riffs, "Fortunately, your mob ties will get you off, Johnny."
* Scooter on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' gets by (at least early in the show) mostly on the fact that his uncle owns the theater where the show takes place. He's not necessarily a brat about it, and he doesn't make that many demands, but just casually mentioning his uncle is enough for Kermit to cave in instantly. (Scooters uncle appeared in one episode, and it's easy to see why someone would be afraid of him. He's a [[BadBoss nasty guy to work for]].) This aspect slowly disappears over time.
* Landry in ''Series/FridayNightLights'' is a cop's son, and therefore, when he [[spoiler:confesses to murder]], the police are visibly trying to find a way to avoid prosecuting him. Even in his interview, the detective almost desperately tries to coach him into setting up his defence, and when his dad arrives, they let him go and ultimately fail to file charges.
* This almost has to be happening for Lee "Apollo" Adama in ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. Having your dad be the head of the Colonial Military can mean you get cut a lot of slack. At the end of season 1, he [[spoiler:commits mutiny and puts a gun to the head of ''Galactica'''s XO]], but this doesn't seem to hurt his career much. Towards the end of season 2, he's even [[spoiler:promoted to commander (over a few higher-ranking and more-experienced officers, the aforementioned XO included -- though events early in the season hint said XO wouldn't be the best commander) and put in charge of his own Battlestar]]. And is there any other explanation for in season 4 when [[spoiler:despite the pressing need for experienced pilots at all times, he is allowed to quit the military for good and gets shoehorned into a Quorum seat, which allows him to temporarily rise to be president when Roslin is missing, mostly because they needed a candidate his father would accept]]? Given what we have seen of the lack of options open to ordinary people of the fleet and the need for all those in essential positions to do their duty all the time, one can't help but feel Lee is lucky to have the opportunities he has. And, in fact, he [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this a bit. At [[spoiler:Baltar's trial]], specifically, he notes that he had done some ridiculous things that should have gotten him prosecuted at least... but he was forgiven.
* Part of a climactic scene in late season three of ''Series/{{Dexter}}''. Dexter confronts a monster he's created by reminding him of the evidence he has. [[spoiler:Miguel]]'s reply? "You got what, a ring? I got [[spoiler:fucking CITY HALL!]]" Of course, he never did learn exactly who or what Dexter really is...
* In the Japanese Tokusatsu ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'', a group of villains are incredibly calm towards Sen-chan's questions, annoyances, and at one point death sentence because one of their fathers is a judge for the Space police. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for them, Sen-chan just decides to kill them before they have time to tell their connections.]]
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' is a surprisingly benign version of this... while he uses his influence as a best-selling mystery author (and the fact that he has the mayor on speed dial) to be allowed to shadow Detective Beckett, he has proved quite useful, with his GenreSavvy providing breakthroughs in several cases, and on one occasion using his connections to rush evidence through the lab to close a case.
--->[after making a bet on whether or not their Vic of the Week was a CIA agent]
--->'''Beckett''': All right, you're on!
--->'''Castle''': [dials a number]
--->'''Beckett''': ...who are you calling?
--->'''Castle''': My guy in the CIA.
--->'''Beckett''': [disbelieving] You have a guy in the ''CIA''???
--->'''Castle''': When will you learn? I've got a guy '''everywhere'''.
** Captain Montgomery is good at subverting this. He later reveals to Beckett that he could have gotten rid of Castle at any time ("The mayor doesn't run this place, I do"), but only kept him around because he thought it would be good for her. Also, when a suspect threatens to call the police commissioner, he replies "Tell him I said hi. [[RefugeInAudacity And that I could use a raise]]."
* Practically everyone on ''Series/VeronicaMars'' is guilty of some version of this. Veronica herself constantly exploits any and all connections she has in law enforcement. Usually justifiable, considering she lives in [[CrapsackWorld Neptune]].
* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', it's not a person but the title business. It largely survives because it has a lot of rich and powerful people, including at least one senator and the Governor of California, on its client list.
* ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' loves this trope because of its legacy families. Many of the characters, even just with ties to super couples and their parents/children, tend to be able to get away with anything on connections alone.
* On ''Series/BurnNotice'', one scumbag AbusiveParent uses his connections to protect his mobster brother. When Michael and company take out the scumbag by making him look like an unstable lunatic, it's mentioned in the epilogue that the brother will likely go down with him.
* This is the main reason why the Office of Disruptive Services team on ''Chaos'' is able to operate the way they do. They have connections going all the way to the White House. Their ObstructiveBureaucrat boss wants them fired, but as long as they do not screw up in a major way, their everyday misdeeds will go unpunished.
* One of the major themes on ''Series/TheWire''. Clay Davis and Ervin Burrell are two of the biggest offenders.
* On ''Series/QueerAsFolk'', a [[KillerCop police officer]] who frequently uses male prostitutes [[IDidntMeanToKillHim accidentally strangles one of them]]. Luckily (for him), his long-time friend and former partner on the force is now the [[CorruptPolitician chief of police]], and agrees to help him cover up the whole thing.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Meg Austin's father was a friend with [[TheCameo Colonel Oliver North]] (of the Iran-Contra scandal fame). Meg calls in a favor from "Uncle Ollie" once or twice when they need info they can't get through official channels.
* On ''Series/{{Life}}'', Russian gangster Roman Nevikov has a whole bunch of FBI agents in his pocket, which allows him to walk away from pretty much any criminal charges the LAPD cares to bring by claiming to be a federal informant providing information about terrorist networks.
* Done humorously in the movie ''Ike: Countdown to D-Day''. The film made a point of showing Montgomery's (historically true) prohibition on smoking in his headquarters or at meetings he's attending, even to the point that Eisenhower, his superior in the Allied chain of command, wasn't allowed to light up. During the briefing for Operation Overlord given to King George VI, the king pulls out a cigarette, much to the distress of Monty who clearly isn't willing to tell his monarch that smoking is banned in the building. Immediately almost all the other senior Allied commanders, including Eisenhower, start smiling and also light up.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Ser Jaime and Tyrion of the wealthy and powerful House Lannister get by on Tywin's and Cersei's reputation as well as their family's gold. Subverted in "Walk of Punishment" when Jaime tries to bribe Locke into releasing him. Locke gives Jaime a well-deserved TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, mocking him for acting as if he's better than others and in control, when in fact nearly all of his influence and power comes from his father, and that when separated from him Jaime is helpless and should talk more wisely. [[spoiler:To emphasize his point, he then lops off Jaime's hand.]]
** Tywin Lannister, probably the most powerful (and certainly the richest) person in Westeros, backs the Baratheons of King's Landing to the hilt, allowing them to pretty much do whatever they want, no matter the obstacles. Unfortunately, this has also extended to the borrowing of money, leading to the Baratheons of King's Landing acquiring astronomical amounts of debt which they are largely unable to service.
* Used frequently in ''Series/LawandOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''. Though expect whoever just got off on that to get killed shortly after by a victim that couldn't care less.
* Subverted in the mini-series ''Nancy Wake''. Wake's husband, industrialist Henri Fiocca, tells a Gestapo officer that he can be talking on the phone with [[TheQuisling Marshall Petain]] in half an hour. "Can you do the same with your Fuhrer?" Later on he's arrested and the Gestapo officer tells him, "By the way, Marshall Petain has never heard of you."
* Deconstructed in ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' in an episode where the Deputy Commissioner's son is revealed to have been tagging police cars with graffiti, but whenever he gets arrested he calls his father, who puts pressure on the arresting detectives to drop the charges. While venting to Captain Holt, Detective Peralta enviously calls the kid lucky, which gets this response:
-->'''Holt:''' I wouldn't say he was lucky. I feel bad for this kid. I mean, what kind of father cares so little for his son that he lets him get away with everything?
* In ''Series/BlueBloods'', the Reagan kids avert this trope in that they refuse to use their father's clout as Police Commissioner. In "Critical Condition," Sosa suggests that with Jamie's family connections, he could have made Detective by now. That said, other characters try to invoke the trope, to mixed results:
** Inverted in "Parenthood," when Mayor Carter Poole's illegitimate daughter Ariel joins a protest and is caught up in the ensuring dragnet. Ariel doesn't demand special treatment, but her parents politely suggest, separately, that Frank had better let the matter drop.
** In "Rush to Judgment," Jamie is accused of undue force (he was actually trying to knock someone out of the path of an oncoming biker), a D.A. makes it clear she thinks he's guilty and his father must be covering for him. When video proves Jamie innocent, the woman continues to smark about his family always getting their way.
-->'''Jamie''': If my family really threw their weight around like you say...how smart is it for you to be insulting us?
** In "Men in Black," Jamie and Vinny arrest the previous mayor's daughter and her friend after catching them in the act of smoking pot on a park bench. When preparing to arrest them, said daughter tries to invoke this:
--->'''Rebecca Levitt:''' Don't you guys have any real criminals to chase?
--->'''Jamie Reagan:''' You might want to ease up on that attitude, Rebecca.
--->'''Rebecca Levitt:''' You don't know who my father is.
--->'''Jamie Reagan:''' ''[smirks]'' I don't really care.
*** Of course, after a discussion with Erin her dad tells the judge:
---> "I would like to tell the court that my daughter is a wonderful young woman ... [''{{beat}}''] ... who needs to learn to respect the law."
** The bad guys don't have a monopoly on this. In "Warriors" the State Department refuses to grant political asylum to a Turkish cellist in danger of being the victim of an [[HonorRelatedAbuse honor killing]] if she returns home (for having dated and slept with an American during the tour). [[spoiler:Frank talks a contact into getting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to hire her, and his opposite number at State, the episode's SympatheticInspectorAntagonist, expedites a work visa.]]
** There's an implication that when Nicky is arrested with her friends in "Road to Hell" after drugs are found in the car during a traffic stop that Nicky was expecting the process to be easier for her on the basis of her last name.
** In "In the Box," Garrett's stepson Sam has been arrested for scoring oxycodone during an observational buy. Garrett wants to have him released into rehab. However, Frank is suspicious of the circumstances, and has his secretary Abigail Baker investigate, discovering that Garrett has used his pull at 1PP to keep Sam out of prison on several prior occasions. Frank confronts Garrett and gets him to see that he's enabling his stepson's drug habit and not helping him.
** In "Dedications," Frank brings up having to use Henry's influence to squash a commendation, when a botched attempt to arrest the head of a Westies gang faction led to the death of the guy's wife and grandson.
** It's played almost ridiculously straight in one episode which features the Deputy Commissioner cheating on his wife during a marital spat with a woman in Atlantic City. He makes it clear that the affair was mutual, admits to lying about his position when he met the woman, and she has pictures of text messages they sent to each other. The DPC is ready to resign, as he doesn't want to bring a scandal down on the department...so Frank asks his father to call up his old buddies on the Atlantic City force to put some pressure on the woman to "disappear," ''specifically saying'' he wants Henry to do it off the record so it can't be traced back to him. What makes it particularly egregious is that the episode's A-plot features Danny going on a rant about how priests lie to cover up child molesters (which, while true, turns out to have ''nothing'' to do with the case at hand). And the show doesn't even mention the parallels. [[ViewersAreGoldfish Maybe the producers thought no one would notice.]]
* In ''Series/TheWestWing'', an inversion of this got Charlie Young his job as personal assistant to President Bartlett. Deborah Fiderer was pressured to give Charlie's position to the son of a prominent Democratic supporter (read: donor), but she wouldn't do it and ended up getting fired as a result. Despite this, though, she [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight refused to admit what had happened]] as she didn't want Charlie to feel obliged to her for doing what she knew was right. The President is so impressed by her loyalty (and amazing memory) that he hires her to become his new private secretary.
* In the Australian series ''Halifax f.p.'', a detective working an interstate case is threatened with damage to his career by a local politician. When the detective points out that he's not even from that state, the politician indicates the club they're standing in, and talks of how politicians from all over the country pass through the club when visiting his state, and how politics is all about working these connections...
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
** Nelson & Murdock's difficulty in taking down Wilson Fisk is because Fisk is deeply connected, with corrupt cops and senators on his payroll.
** Karen Page gets her job at the ''New York Bulletin'' because Mitchell Ellison feels bad about not having previously supported Ben Urich, who he knew had been close with Karen and had been mentoring her prior to his death. Karen's connection to Ben and to Ellison is what gets her the job, when anyone else who doesn't have a journalism degree or prior experience in the field would have a very slim chance of landing a job with one of New York City's major newspapers ''and'' get a private office.
* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'':
** Jessica attempts to use the connections of her acquaintances when trying to acquire sufentanil that she can use against Kilgrave. She tries to ask Trish if she has connections to any shady doctors who might be willing to slip her some, but Trish says that all the doctors she knows save small villages. So she next goes to Jeri Hogarth's ex-wife Wendy, who is a doctor. Wendy is not helpful either. So Jessica just resorts to stealing some from a hospital, using Malcolm as a distraction.
** It's how Trish manages to identify the security firm that Kilgrave has hired to protect him in case Jessica uses the sufentanil to knock out his powers. As she explains to Simpson:
-->'''Trish Walker:''' I might have a lead.
-->'''Will Simpson:''' So, you gonna tell me?
-->''[Trish walks past Simpson, gets an envelope on the table behind them, and passes to him. He opens it. Inside are the pictures of various people in black shirts]''
-->'''Will Simpson:''' Mmm, military.
-->'''Trish Walker:''' Ex. They're bodyguards. Kilgrave's new bodyguards.
-->'''Will Simpson:''' And how do you know?
-->'''Trish Walker:''' I went to all the top New York security firms, told them an old stalker of mine was back, that I was in the market for a new protection detail. After that, it was just a matter of getting the right people to talk.
-->'''Will Simpson:''' No way. The first rule of personal security is to keep your clients secret.
-->'''Trish Walker:''' I give good talk.
** Played for laughs in a later episode. When Jessica and Trish are searching the morgues looking for Kilgrave's father, Trish bribes Maury Tuttlebaum into letting them search the bodies by getting him the chef's table at Per Se.
-->'''Jessica Jones:''' Dinner at the fancy restaurant is supposed to buy us quiet assistance.
** In season 2, Trish uses another favor with Maury to get him to fast-track the identification of a charred skull she and Jessica find in a building.
** In episode six of season 2, Trish and Jessica try to enter a private country club to talk to Dr. Karl Malus's donor Justis Ambrose. But the maitre'd refuses to let them through despite recognizing Trish. Ultimately, Jessica has to sneak in by hopping over a wall while Trish just launches a tirade at the maitre'd calling him a sexist.
** In episode four of season 2, Trish's new boyfriend Griffin Sinclair offers to use his pull as a newscaster at ZCN to get Trish a job there. She politely declines saying, "I love you for offering, but going to them as Griffin Sinclair's girlfriend won't get me taken seriously," and she would rather get the job by her own merits than her connections.
* ''Series/LukeCage2016'':
** Mariah Dillard is a city councilwoman in bed with the criminal activities of her gangster cousin Cottonmouth, and these connections are how she and Diamondback are able to sell Judas bullets to the NYPD as part of their scheme to discredit and kill Luke Cage.
** Cottonmouth, in turn, has managed to escape arrest and convictions because he's got cops on his payroll to interfere in investigations that might incriminate him or his underlings, one of whom is Misty Knight's partner.
** Diamondback has connections which give him access to Hammer Industries weapons, such as the brand-new Judas bullet.
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'':
** After Danny Rand and Luke Cage get into a fight when Luke interrupts Danny's attempt to interrogate Cole, Luke gives Danny a dressing-down about how his crusade against the Hand has him going after bottom-feeders when his wealth and social status give him the ability to take his fight right to the top. After much discussion with Colleen, Danny decides to go to the Hand's headquarters at Midland Circle in his capacity as the CEO of Rand Enterprises. Unfortunately, it's a trap, and while he manages to fight off most of Alexandra's men, he's almost captured, until Luke, Jessica and Matt show up to rescue him.
** The pull Luke has with Misty Knight from their work on Cottonmouth and Diamondback is how he's able to convince her to stash Claire Temple, Colleen Wing, Malcolm Ducasse, Trish Walker, Foggy Nelson and Karen Page in her precinct when the Hand begin targeting them.
** The Hand have thrived for so long because of their use of connections. They use contacts in the mayor's office and Trish's radio station to shut down talk about the earthquake triggered by underground mining at Midland Circle. After Elektra kills Alexandra, the remaining fingers - Murakami, Bakuto and Madame Gao - try to reason with her by pointing out that the Hand's connections are what gives them power and has allowed them to survive, but Elektra flat-out tells them she doesn't care.
* Attempted on ''Series/TheMentalist'' by a [[VictimOfTheWeek Victim Of The Week's]] wealthy husband, who demands that [[TheStoic Agent Cho]] tell him the name of his murdered wife's lover.
--> '''Walcott''': Are you sure, Agent Cho? Because I can make one phone call and your career is ''toast''.
--> '''Cho''': ''[completely unimpressed]'' That's impressive. The most I can get with one phone call is a pizza.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'': Gomez uses this to bluff the owner of Gus's laundromat when Hank sends him there to search for evidence of an underground meth lab:
-->'''Steven Gomez:''' So I bust this chef. Well, he says he's a chef, but just because you work at a restaurant that charges $14 for a burger, that don't make you a chef. That makes you a glorified burger flipper, at least in my book. Anyway, so we bust this chef for heroin possession. He says, "Well, just because you found heroin in my chef whites doesn't make it mine. Maybe it came from the place that launders my chef whites"- this place.
-->'''Dennis Markowski:''' Oh, come on, man. I don't want to do this stuff with you.
-->'''Steven Gomez:''' I- I know, I know. You don't have to say it. I'll say it for you: His story is a big load of steaming horse shit. I mean, we're going to find heroin here like we're going to find Jimmy Hoffa. Right? The thing is, is that the chef's daddy is a United States Senator. I'm not going to tell you which one, but you probably know who he is, right? So now I've got to waste my time checking out this burger flipper's story, and if I don't, his old man's going to jam me up, my ASAC, my whole entire office. [[TakeThat Politics, huh?]] So what do you think?
-->'''Dennis Markowski:''' Listen, you know what? I have to check with my boss, and he's out of town, and I can't promise I'll reach him
anytime soon either, you know?
-->'''Steven Gomez:''' Well, yeah, that's probably the way to go, so I'll have to go get a warrant, and we'll do it official, but you're probably going to have to close down for the day.


* "Bitchin' Camaro" by Music/TheDeadMilkmen gives us this gem:
-->''I ran over some old lady''
-->''at the county fair.''
-->''And I didn't get arrested''
-->''because my dad's the mayor.''

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The [[Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon [=McMahon=]]] [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon kids]] don't fall into this too well...Shane's a fan favorite (the inversion of Vince in many ways, but he has broken out into one of his {{catchphrase}}s once. Not the one you're thinking of though.), and while Stephanie is a bit of a bitch as well as a DaddysGirl, she was a {{face}} in her General Manager days (and ironically, her reign came to an end when Vince beat her in an I Quit match).
* Being friends with a high-profile wrestler is a great way to guarantee a job. Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake owes his entire career to his friendship with Wrestling/HulkHogan. Wrestling/KevinNash was first brought into the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] because of his friendship with Wrestling/ScottHall, and then they became good friends with Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and former indy sensation the 1-2-3 Kid (Sean Waltman. They would form Wrestling/TheKliq and amass all kinds of backstage power for themselves, with Wrestling/TripleH joining in 1995. Later in Wrestling/{{WCW}}, the top wrestlers would try to become friends with Wrestling/EricBischoff and would usually get a huge push from it. Just ask Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage, among others.
* Wrestling/{{Carlito|Colon}} became this way in Ohio Valley Wrestling after joining Bolin Services, telling Wrestling/JimCornette he could do whatever he wanted when being yelled at him for arriving to a training session late. It also lead, somewhat ironically, to Carly disowning his family and WWC, who'd you'd think would provide more connections than Kenny Bolin...

* The early ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'' episode "Camp What-A-Nut" features a low-key version of this. Chas Wentworth, son of a wealthy businessman who (among other things) partially owns the camp itself, has a well-earned reputation as a troublemaker who figures his money will cover any trouble he might get into. For once, among other things, this doesn't come hand in hand with being popular. In fact, it eventually comes out that he is caught in a cycle of being a jerk to everyone because most people don't like him because he keeps flaunting his cash on the flawed assumption that people universally respect money.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This is what the various 'Influence' backgrounds in 'Franchise/TheWorldOfDarkness'' represent. Vampires, being immortal, are especially prone to cultivating these. Particularly the Ventrue.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' characters can cultivate connections that vary in function, influence, and loyalty. Being a 'connection horse' is a popular way to make a socially-oriented character extra useful: having a ton of loyal friends in high places makes running the shadows fairly easy at times.
* While it may not be potent enough to really count for this trope (barring GM Fiat, of course), the 2012 version of the TabletopGame/IronKingdoms RPG introduced a Connections system. Mainly representing membership to certain organisations, like the Order of the Golden Crucible or the Greylord Covenant, or a specific nation's military and these connections can provide some material help at the GM's discretion. The section does mention that it can't be used to, say, have the party's Mage Hunter use his contacts in the Retribution of Scyrah to call in a couple of Mage Hunter Strike Teams to clear out an Orgoth ruin for them.
** Played somewhat more straight with one of the Aristocrat career's starting abilities, Privilege. Short version is that he's immune to persecution for petty crimes and can only be tried by a court of his peers (meaning other nobles). A successful Etiquette roll can let the character demand hospitality and request aid from a noble not at war with his kingdom (so don't expect Cygnaran noble to get much help in Khador or the Protectorate) and gets a nice bonus so social skill rolls made against people of a lower station who recognise him as a noble. Drawback is that the punishments from a high court are typically quite severe.
* ''TabletopGame/HeroSystem'' characters may have a "Contact" Perk, representing an NPC who is willing to do favors and pull strings.
* The ''TabletopGame/SerenityRolePlayingGame'' has two perks of this nature, "Friends in High Places" (for connections in society's elite) and "Friends in Low Places" (for criminal underworld connections). You can roll a die to get your contacts to help with problems, difficulty dependent on the magnitude of the request (e.g. a small loan is an easy roll, getting the Feds to back off is harder).

* Roy Cohn in ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica''.
* In the opera ''Theatre/TheBarberOfSeville'', Count Almaviva's connections keep him from being arrested by his romantic rival, Dr. Bartolo.
* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': At Act II Scene VII, De Guiche wants to BuyThemOff Cyrano, offering to say to his uncle, Cardinal Richelieu, whom Cyrano has already impressed, '' I'll gladly say a word to him for you''. And at Act III Scene II, he lampshades how he will occult in a monastery:
--> '''De Guiche''' ...Hard by, in the Rue d'Orleans, is a convent founded by Father Athanasius, the syndic of the Capuchins. True that no layman may enteróbutóI can settle that with the good Fathers! Their habit sleeves are wide enough to hide me in. 'Tis they who serve Richelieu's private chapel: and from respect to the uncle, fear the nephew. All will deem me gone...


[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'', these are the exact people the Yatagarasu tries to combat. [[spoiler:It's also pulled by Alba in the final case. If he committed the murder on Allebahstian soil, then he only gets a trial in Allebahst, where he will surely get off lightly due to his war hero status. This is before Agent Lang shows Edgeworth's trump card to the Allebahst royal family; after that, Alba attempts to leave for parts unknown instead]].
* Some of the bystanders in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' claim that they "know people".
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', there's an unusual example in that it's actually useful to the player outside of cutscenes: equipping Jade with his "Emperor's Best Friend" title gets you a discount in shops.
** VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia has 2 characters who due to their positions of power will probably be acquitted for their heinous crimes even after being arrested. Yuri murders both of them in cold blood before they're given the chance.
* In ''VideoGame/TheGodfather 2'', you can do favours for corrupt officials in exchange for getting their help later.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Throughout the series, the [[TheOrder Order of the Black Worm]], a secretive MagicalSociety[=/=][[TheNecrocracy Necrocracy]] founded by the legendary/infamous [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]][=/=]{{Necromancer}} Mannimarco that is dedicated to the study of TheDarkArts, has long been able to forge connections with people in positions of power. Empress Clivia Tharn allowed the Order to practice freely in Cyrodiil during [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline the Planemeld]], and the Order forged connections with [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Lord K'avar and Princess Morgiah]] leading up to the [[TimeCrash Warp in the West]]. When this has failed, the Order has simply resorted to [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney bribery]] or [[MightMakesRight threats]] instead.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** Doing favors for the jarls can result in the [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] becoming a Thane. It's mostly a ceremonial title, but one of the perks is the ability to force guards to overlook any bounty that you might have on your head. It only works if your crimes are minor, though.
*** Oddly enough, however, [[spoiler:the bounty for ''assassinating the Emperor'' is low enough for you to do this. (1500, 150% of the bounty for normal murder.) Sure, it was a decoy, but you didn't know that and your intent was to kill the real Emperor. This might make sense if you've completed the Stormcloak questline and liberated Skyrim from the Empire, but if you have, that in itself presents FridgeLogic as to why the [[PraetorianGuard Penitus Oculatus]] is still in Skyrim in the first place.]]
*** The Thieves Guild questline also allows you to do this; when you reach a certain rank you can bribe guards for half the normal price for bounties.
*** Several quests in the game also allow you to bring up your title if you've become the faction leader of a certain faction (by completing the relevant [[SidequestSideStory questlines]]).
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', [[StarterVillain Bann Vaughan]], son of the current Arl of Denerim, employs this trope throughout the City Elf Origin, first by responding to the Warden's threats with the stock phrase "Do you have any idea who I am?" He later claims the Alienage will be purged by his father should the Warden slay him.
* Having a high reputation with a government in the ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' series lets you get away with an absurd amount of murders. You can capture their flagship, murder the crew, then sell the fighter pilots into slavery, and you'll often take only a minor reputation hit unless you started slaughtering everything else in the sector.
* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'', the paramilitary leader Neves says that he knows a lot of powerful people. Max tells him that they won't be able to help him now.
** Victor Branco pulls the same thing, declaring that even if Max takes him in, he'll walk. Max responds "You'll walk with a limp" and [[FinishingStomp shatters one of Branco's legs with a harsh stomp]].
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Spectres more or less have this privilege. They answer directly to the Citadel Council, and are explicitly "above the law", enabling them to do things that would otherwise be very illegal in the pursuit of greater threats. Some Spectres abuse this, others are more scrupulous, but as long as they get the job done, the Council will back them.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Aria T'loak, a crimelord and former de-facto ruler of Omega, is capable of bypassing Citadel customs by calling up the Asari councilor and telling her to give her permission.
* In the adult-oriented VisualNovel "Discipline: A Record of a Crusade", this is the primary reason for Leona's RichBitch personality. When she's able to [[spoiler:use a jet to blow up a portion of a school building, [[KarmaHoudini and NOT get punished for it]]]], not even [[ComicBook/SinCity the O'Rourke family]] has ''that'' kind of clout.
* In ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', there's [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Nog]], the son of the Grand Nagus Rom and first Ferengi in Starfleet. Despite this humongous helping hand, Nog prefers to do things without his help. When you first meet him, yes, he's carrying around his father's staff, but he tells the PlayerCharacter that he's here on Starfleet duty and, besides, the staff was his father's second best.
* ''VideoGame/CantrII'': This is part of what makes the game fascinating, watching the mental gymnastics performed to justify punishing one person and not another, for the same infraction.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', a drunk douchebag tries to sexually harass a woman. Fortunately for her, you happen to be passing by and stop him. ''Un''fortunately for you, said douchebag has more pull with the police than you and promptly has you arrested for assault, expelled from your high school, and forced to move away to serve a year of probation. Many of the villains in the game are people who get away with misdeeds due to their connections, all the way up to [[spoiler:Masayoshi Shido, a candidate for Prime Minister and the aforementioned drunken douchebag who gave your protagonist such grief in the first place.]] Luckily, the [[AntiHero Phantom Thieves]] don't really give a damn about how famous or well-connected 'shitty adults' are. In fact, trying to invoke this trope and act above the law is a quick way to piss them off and [[HeelFaceBrainwashing get your heart stolen]].

* Subverted in ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'': Morgan (before she's openly evil) ''expects'' that as the king's half-sister she can do whatever she wants, but egalitarian Arthur has instructed his people that anyone saying "Do you know who I am?" is to be ignored.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': While this is not at all Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, his paper doll sports useful phrases such as "Do you know who I am?" and "My father will hear of this!".
* In ''Webcomic/{{Terra}}'' Kaleb Ceros is still alive [[spoiler:at the start of the comic]] because of somebody else's connections. He was sentenced to death for beating one of his subordinates to death, but [[BigBad Solus Kalar]] had his father, the Sovereign of the Asurian Empire, overturn the execution so Solus could use him in the [[NebulousCriminalConspiracy Shadow Cabal]].
* Rare heroic example in ''Webcomic/{{Kubera}}'': Asha has such good connections that she can literally get away with murder. [[spoiler: ''29 times.'']]

[[folder: Web Original]]
* Hilariously, Randy tries to invoke this trope, saying that he "knows people now" who can [[Film/TheGodfather put a horse head in Greg's sheets]] -- after he's spent three days as a male prostitute in WebVideo/{{Manwhores}}, while [[IneffectualDeathThreats threatening him ineffectually]].
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick, as part justification for the high-grade (cameras in Nella's house across the country, stealing Todd's government pay records, that kinda thing) stalking she does.
* Invoked by one of the mayor's assistants in ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'', she claims to have [[ItMakesSenseInContext supernatural mayoral powers]]. She then urges to have Cecil's reporters look away, and then follows through before they do.
* Gaea from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' has done plenty of ban-worthy stuff. Some of that stuff was cooperating with [[TheCracker Tenshirock]], who helped her get her avatar back when it was banned, then kept it from being kicked out a second time when she [[NotMeThisTime got framed by someone else]] in the webseries and novels.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' with the Mayor's aide dating Leela.
** Parodied to some degree, since he likes to try and use his position even when it wouldn't make any difference (e.g. saying he's the mayor's aide and requesting a table even after the restraunteer in question cheerfully showed them to a table).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Subverted by Mayor Quimby's nephew, who is a SpoiledBrat, but didn't actually commit the crime he is thought to have. Also subverted in that in spite of Quimby's rampant bribery, his nephew ''still'' comes very close to being imprisoned for the crime.
** Marge benefited from this in an episode when she had a nervous breakdown and blocked traffic on a bridge. She was arrested, but Mayor Quimby immediately pulled some strings to get her released without charge. Quimby did it because he knew that if Marge went to jail, he could kiss the "chick vote" goodbye, but the results were still beneficial.
* One of the greatest examples is Ed Wuncler III from the ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' cartoon. His grandfather is the ultra-rich owner of... pretty much everything, so Ed gets away with... well, pretty much everything. Take, for example, his foray into bank robbery. It was bungled about as badly as it could have been, and when they get into the car, they start arguing and eventually ask the bank manager (who they had also kidnapped) for a second opinion. Later, back at Ed's house, a police officer shows up to return Ed's wallet, which he lost at the bank ''while in the process of robbing it''. He even apologizes for having wasted Ed's time. It helps when your grand-dad owns both the police and the bank in question.
** [[spoiler:Wuncler Sr. does this in the season three finale by calling ''The President of the United States'' to get a renegade agent to stand down.]]
* Courtney and her gratuitous use of her lawyers on ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama Action]]'', which has gotten her multiple immunities and preferential treatment by the producers. [[spoiler:As the show goes on, though, they eventually start to tire of her attitude. Her lawyers stop returning her calls.]]
* [[AlphaBitch Chloé]] from ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' can get away with almost anything since her dad is the mayor.
* ''WesternAnimation/NeoYokio'': The Magistocracy, the families of magic and psychic users, have "Magisticratic Immunity" from the law enforcement of Neo Yokio and will only answer to the Lord Mayor. Aunt Agatha uses this to save Kaz from the Remembrancer's interrogation.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Very often TruthInTelevision, unfortunately. Hence the adage of "It's not what you know, it's ''who'' you know."
* Often tried (and failed) by customers featured on Website/NotAlwaysRight.
** Just because you're a surgeon or your father is Assistant Manager does not give you the right to treat the employees like crap or get away with stealing.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/outside-food-inside-job/ Here]] is a case where the actual manager was [[RightBehindMe right there at the time.]]
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/some-like-it-not-hot/ Here's a customer]] who did have a connection (via a manager), and abused it to get free food. His M.O. is to come into the deli, ask for something they have that is not ready, then complaining to the manager so that the employees at the deli are forced to give him a meal for free. Eventually, however, the store manager catches on when he finds that the other manager is always signing off on no-charge purchases on the deli production sheets for that specific customer, plus security camera footage shows the customer deliberately looking for things they didn't currently have available. He has the customer banned from the store, and gives the other manager a one week unpaid suspension.
** The final straw in [[http://notalwaysright.com/punch-drunk-and-love/ this]] HumiliationConga: not only does he ''not'' have connections, but the fellow customer whose removal he's asking for ''does.'' As in, the customer he was trying to hit on and then assault was the bartender's sister. The bouncer at said bar was the bartender's husband.
** [[https://notalwaysright.com/should-have-vetted-the-owners-first/ This]] is an odd example in that the customer seems to have honestly deluded herself into believing that she is the vet's girlfriend, or she's trying very hard to become his girlfriend. She's set, er, [[{{Pun}} straight]], by the vet's sister, and later the vet himself.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/problem-exists-between-caller-and-afterlife/ This caller]] demands a new free computer, even though the issue with his current computer is easily fixed, and then claims to know the founder of the company and be having lunch with him the next day - only to be informed that the founder is dead.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/lawless-and-clueless/ This woman]] flat-out states that she is ''"above the law, and with one word, can have your entire company shut down"''.
* Deconstructed by an employee featured on Not Always Working, when her uncle points out that not only does he not have that much power with the establishment, but ''[[http://notalwaysright.com/a-family-af-fire/ he'd fire her for that crap, too]]''.
** [[https://notalwaysright.com/hells-kitchen/ Another Not Always Working story]] features a waitress who is rude, slacks off in her duties, and is a generally poor employee, but because her boyfriend - [[BunnyEarsLawyer a chef at the same restaurant]] - has threatened to quit if she is fired, management is unwilling to discipline her. Until they realize ''[[SubvertedTrope which]]'' [[BumblingSidekick chef]] she's dating...
* Olive oil companies in Italy can slip less than 20% of hydrogenated oil into their Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil and market it as 100% pure. Because [[CorruptCorporateExecutive the big names]] of these edible oil companies have political connections, this means that anyone buying Extra Virgin Olive Oil and hoping for its health benefits is possibly getting crappy hydrogenated oil with it.
* This is how ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' got widely published. Christopher Paolini's parents originally published it with their own company, until the son of a more well-known author read the book and said it was [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative the best book written by a teen]] that he'd ever seen. Without reading it himself, said more-famous author told his publishing company, Alfred Knopf, about it and they decided to publish it and promote it themselves. And the rest is history.
* [[http://skippyslist.com/2010/11/19/the-battalion-dance-2/ The Battalion Dance]], the story behind two of the rules on Literature/SkippysList, has this as a major theme -- basically, civilian wives going overboard with their "power" which they supposedly had because of who they married. Chaos ensued.
** Terrible behavior by army spouses (usually wives of officers) trying to abuse their partners' rank is relatively common in many military settings; in the US armed forces perpetrators are invariably reviled and the most common real effect is an embarrassed apology from the spouse holding the actual rank. The on-base slur for such people in the US are "Dependas"[[labelnote:Translation]]Shortening of "Dependents"[[/labelnote]]
** In the British Army, there is a sort of informal convention that implicitly dictates that, in the parellel heirarchy of military wives, the Colonel's Lady is "first among equals". This is reflected in the informal status given to the Regimental Sergeant Major's wife. (the RSM is the most senior enlisted soldier). Whilst this bestows informal power, the wise postholder will understand she is only there as a mirror of her husband's rank, and will go about using the status informally and gently - to suggest, rather than order, and to use it in ways which support her husband in his job, and are constructive in the wider Batallion family.
* Youtube Partners, immune to (most of) the rules of content nature restrictions and also don't have to have a relevant title or thumbnail.
* This mindset is [[http://muqata.blogspot.com/2006/10/proteczia-israels-vitamin-p.html so inherent to Israeli culture]] that it has its own special term - "Proteqzia" - sometimes sardonically referred to as "Vitamin P".
* "Go ahead, sue me if you dare [for killing a pedestrian and injuring another], [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/my-dad-is-li-gang-%E6%88%91%E7%88%B8%E6%98%AF%E6%9D%8E%E5%88%9A My dad is Li Gang!"]] Even with the effort of the Chinese government to censor the outrage and provide a staged apology from Li Qiming and his father, Baodong City Public Security Bureau Deputy Director Li Gang, Qiming pled guilty and was sentenced to six years and fines of over half a million renminbi. The internet vigilantism in this case uncovered Li Gang's corruption and the Hebei University president's plagiarism.
* During the Ocean Marketing fiasco, Paul Christoforo tried to do this by listing PAX, E3, Germany the convention, the mayor of Boston, and many more as people who would back him. It backfired when [[Webcomic/PennyArcade Mike Krahulik]], the co-founder and organizer of PAX, got involved in the situation, and told Christoforo to get lost.
* As any Army field officer knows, either knowing the right people in QM or having a NCO/private/dogsbody who does and being deliberately ignorant of how they go about their business leads to wonderful things being acquired for the unit that either are unavailable/waiting in a depot somewhere/need to be requested in triplicate.
* UsefulNotes/RaoulWallenberg actually used this trope for ''good'' purposes, when he claimed Swedish DiplomaticImpunity while rescuing Jews from the Nazis.
* Ditto with Oskar Schindler and Albert Goering, the latter the younger brother of the Nazi Reichsmarschall, both of whom used their connections to save Jews and other victims of Nazism.
* The Royal Italian Army was filled with officers who got away with gross incompetence and were promoted due to friendship with important people and Freemason membership. Among the worst examples we have:
** Captain Hercolani Gaddi. During the initial Italian conquest of Libya, Hercolani Gaddi was placed in control of Sokna and tasked with supplying the troops of colonel Miani, sent to occupy Fezzan, but failed in his task for no apparent reason, resulting in Miani being forced to retreat and not suppress the start of the revolt that nearly kicked the Italians out of Libya. In the following investigation, Hercolani Gaddi was not touched thanks to his Freemason membership and friendship with generals Martini and Tassoni (Freemasons themselves)
** General Pietro Badoglio. Having anticipated the Austro-Hungarians would try and break through Italian lines at Volzana (an obvious weak point in his sector), he not only disobeyed orders to fortify the first line and keep the artillery ready for a fighting retreat (he placed his artillery in such a way they could shell into oblivion any breakthrough but could not escape if anything went wrong), but he did so in such a way his artillery would be unable receive his orders to open fire or even ''see'' they should have opened fire if the Austro-Hungarians attacked with mist (precisely the reason Cadorna wanted a fighting retreat). When the Austro-Hungarians attacked with misty weather as part of the Caporetto offensive they captured the artillery, making the defeat much worse (the main breakthrough happening at Caporetto, hence the name of the battle), but Badoglio was not sacked, and in fact entered the staff of Cadorna's replacement Armando Diaz, thanks to his Freemason membership and friendship with the king and his prime minister.
* Despite hard evidence, football player Matthew Barnett was acquitted of raping Daisy Coleman because his grandfather was a Republican state senator.
** Similarly, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Jessica_Lal Manu Sharma]] was acquitted of ''murder'' despite hard evidence, because his father was an influential MP. In this case, however, the public outcry was enough to see Sharma retried and convicted.
* The very concept of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasta Wasta]] in the Middle East, especially the Arabian Peninsula. Simply put, whom you know allows you to act above what is the written law. The origins are rather interesting as Middle East is built upon tribal and familial connections in what is until modern times, a harsh and lawless land. Therefore, most native Middle Easterners see connections not as an illegal way, but as quasi-legal alternative. While the very concept grates on the modern notion of "merit above all", the system of Wasta reinforces existing connection and trust; after all, if you personally know someone and can attest to that person's character, he or she would naturally be preferred to a stranger, even with an equal amount of skill. In essence, it's the phrase "better the devil you know" taken to its logical conclusion. To say that this is bordering on BlueAndOrangeMorality would of course, be an understatement, and with the entry of these countries to the global marketplace, frictions between native Middle Easterners and expatriates have been on the increase and is not expected to go away any time soon.
* The Renaissance painter Caravaggio was an out-and-out {{Jerkass}} that outright assaulted and killed multiple people during his life, only escaping being arrested because the Catholic Church was one of his patrons and the cardinals that he painted for pulled strings to keep him out of jail, even when he murdered someone in a tennis court with ''over twenty witnesses''.
* As the documentary ''Film/ThisFilmIsNotYetRated'' has pointed out, the MPAA seems to be more lenient with their ratings if the film they're looking over was produced/backed by a studio. If the film was independently produced, they'll be far more strict.
* British investigative journalist Stephen Knight looked into long-standing allegations of corruption among Freemasons operating under vows of secrecy, and concluded that in many areas, including the process of law, there was a case to answer. One case conceerned a Freemason in a messy divorce who boasted to his wife that he'd "fixed" the case so that the judge was also a Mason and would resolve the divorce in a manner wholly favourable to him. Unfortunately, the Masonic judge had to withdraw from the hearing as ill, and a replacement, asigned impartially by the court, turned out to be one of Britain's few ''women'' judges... the divorce did not go as the husband planned it. Not at all. But when checking out the judge who would have taken the case, Knight discovered he - and the husband - both belonged to the same Masonic lodge, which meant that both parties were knowingly engaging in a conflict of interests and impartiality.
* The executives and regulators in the US financial industry are close friends with each other, with regulators often joining executive boards after they leave the SEC or FTC. Thanks to these close personal relationships, the architects of the 2008 financial crisis pocketed their salaries and fat benefits packages while the federal government bailed their collapsing businesses out from bankruptcy and thousands of ordinary people lost their homes.
* Russia is friends with China, Iran, and Turkey, who are only too happy to help Russia to subvert sanctions imposed upon Russia by western countries, and have done so in the past.
* Cultures influenced by Confucian thought are heavily based on this as well, which contributes to the endemic corruption within their governments. It's based on the Chinese practice of ''guanxi'', where a group of associates takes care of each other. The whole "we take care of our own" philosophy.
* The perception of this was by and large one of Hilary Clinton's biggest campaign issues and the reason why she couldn't shake a her E-Mail mishandling. At one point during the campaign, a full 60% of voters thought she was guilty of something.
* It's been suggested that this is why Jesus Christ wasn't immediately arrested following the cleansing of the temple--Herod Antipas let it slide as part of a conspiracy with Sejanus to get himself installed as King of Judea and overthrow the conservative, corrupt High Priest Caiaphas.
* Yi Sun Chin, who later became [[UsefulNotes/SouthKoreansWithMarines Korea's most famous Admiral]], violated this policy early in his career by treating the subordinates ''with'' connections exactly like those ''without'' them, getting ReassignedToAntarctica as a result.
* The disgraced television presenter and serial pedophile JimmySavile is widely believed to have got away with his crimes for so long because of his incredible closeness to MargaretThatcher, the Prime Minister during the 1980s; during the case of the investigation into Savile, it was found that he had been awarded a knighthood by Thatcher despite civil servants repeatedly warning the Cabinet Office of his criminal background.