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->''"You might remember that these naggy junkies were a common theme in all anti-drug education of the time. It would have saved a lot of film if someone told educators that teaching children how to avoid getting expensive drugs for free is like teaching children how to escape from unicorns with a bag of magical shrieking peanuts. I can't remember ever saying, 'Fine, mister, I'll have some of your free heroin if you just get off my back.'"''

A [[DeadHorseTrope trope of yesteryear]], born from TheEighties' DARE programs and resulting commercials, "inspirational films", and [[VerySpecialEpisode very special episodes]]. The Aggressive Drug Dealer is out there trying to ''force'' your kids into doing drugs. He won't take casual avoidance for an answer, and will seek out and use intimidation just to coerce his target. So a type of training is required to [[CatchPhrase "Just Say No."]]

This just isn't how it happens. No drug dealer in their right mind would risk attracting attention to themselves that way, especially not in the [[{{Suburbia}} middle-class environs]] these commercials are aimed at. Any who do so will get caught very quickly, and be far less likely to actually get any customers. The same way children are more likely to be abducted/molested by someone already in their lives, they're far more likely to do drugs with their peers than some shadowy figure lurking in the playground. Most drug-uses have their first taste at a party or some other social setting where the substance is being shared and they give it a try. From there, if they want more, they'll seek out the dealer themselves.

This villain took away the need to actually address the disconnect between parents and their children. "Talking to your kids" by [[ScareEmStraight scaring them]] with this nightmare was a lot easier than trying to understand the social environment one's child was in, and instilling values that would stand up and that parents agreed with. It's much easier to demonize an evil outsider inexplicably hell-bent on getting Little Johnny hooked to drugs than to talk about the fact that the people who are ''actually'' likely to be encouraging him to try will be his friends and peers.

Modern anti-drug [=PSAs=] have been taking a different approach in the last few years, by encouraging children to be "above the influence" in all respects toward peer pressure, not just in regard to doing drugs. If your friends go get high after school, you don't have to go with them, and they'll just agree to see you tomorrow instead.

A subtrope of DrugsAreBad.


* Noted as a trope that is ''not'' TruthInTelevision in an educational video hosted by Kirk Cameron, possibly made in response to paranoid children who took ScareEmStraight tactics too much to heart. The video tried to explain that politely turning down a drug dealer is good enough, as they will not hire their bully friends to pin you to the ground and stab you with needles full of drugs that will give you horrifying hallucinations and make the world change all the wrong colors. The kicker was that they felt the need to animate that part of the film (and two others discussing other incorrect depictions of drugs) as "What will not actually happen to you", so [[AccidentalNightmareFuel it still gave everyone nightmares anyway]].
* In ''Hip Choice'', a shady shade wearing puppet in an alleyway offers two other puppets a handful of needles, joints and pills. They make the hip choice and say no. Then he reveals his horrible eye condition.
* Subverted in a public service announcement. The aggressive drug dealer turns out to be a trusted adult who was role playing with the kid.
* How about this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSIZQRi4M6c "Snake" PSA]] from 1986/87? The aggressive (and not particularly subtle) drug dealer's transformation to a literal snake was definitely scary.
* Parodied by Progressive Insurance, which has one commercial in which spokesperson Flo hangs out in a dark alley and aggressively sells insurance in a manner that copies the standard 80s portrayal of the aggressive drug dealer.
* In the late '60s and early '70s, the slogan was "Why do you think they call it DOPE?" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9_33Y_hlsI Here's the original 1969 PSA]] featuring an aggressive dope dealer on a playground and a MouthyKid who knows all about the various substances for sale.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8FLbwjyTo8 This]] early-90's anti-drug [=PSA=] featuring the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles. Although it's worth noting that the dealer (a ''grade school kid'', bizarrely enough) doesn't resort to any kind of physical violence. He simply calls his "victim" a chicken and then taunts him by imitating a clucking chicken.
* Played straight in an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j53oTk5bsbk early 90s Drug-Free America PSA]]. It depicts a young boy named Kevin running through a rough neighborhood on his way home. Kevin narrates about how at school, his teacher tells kids to "just say no". He points out that his teacher doesn't have to walk home through the same neighborhood that he does. And while the local dealers may be afraid of the police, Kevin says, "they're not scared of me, and they sure don't take 'no' for an answer."
* A 1980s series of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOOyD5ayrrk anti-smoking]] [=PSAs=] in Britain pitted ComicBook/{{Superman}} against a villain called [[PunnyName Nick O'Teen]] who acted like this in trying to get kids to smoke cigs. He had a top hat coloured to look like a cigarette butt and yellow teeth.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', the gangster Trick sells Level Upper, a sound file that enhances Esper powers in those who hear it. If people try to refuse or can't pay, he and his thugs beat the crap out of them.
* Abe no Kai from ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'' is a variant in that he addicts people to a drug called afuyo, which triggers ''severe'' withdrawal symptoms, essentially enslaving people through their addiction to it.
* The Terraist Church from ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' spikes the food and drinks of pilgrims with Thyoxin, an highly addictive drug that can be used for brainwashing, to effectively enslave them. And if the pilgrims catch on before they are fully addicted, they are brought to the infirmary and forcefully addicted there.
* "Iron" Goldie Musou of ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' is a mafia capo version of this. If she wants you as a "pet", she is going to send her thugs to get you, drag you to her, drug you... and then she will brainwash you into committing an atrocity horrible enough (like killing your entire family) that you are going to willingly ''remain'' a junkie because it's either that or the grief driving you insane. Her practices for getting control of distribution are no less brutal.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/ArchieComics would occasionally have anti-drug mini comics in the books. One specific example has two children accosted by drug dealers, complete with the girl crying "Oh, Jimmy, I'm scared!" They are saved by two generic super heroes.
* This strange species of drug dealer turns up in the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' anti-drug specials (produced as part of the "Just Say No" initiative). The fact that [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Speedy (Roy Harper)]] [[VerySpecialEpisode was absent]] from those is rather telling...
* One bizarre example pops up in a ComicBook/CaptainAmerica anti-drug comic where Cap has to fight this type of drug dealer. [[spoiler:Who also happen to be a race of aliens who seek to subjugate humanity by using drug addiction to weaken humans.]]
* One anti-smoking comic featuring ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, ComicBook/{{Storm}}, and Franchise/SpiderMan, averted this. The people supplying a high school athlete with cigarettes pretend to be his friends. Their goal is to make sure he loses a race that their supervillain boss has bet a lot of money on, and they believe smoking will reduce his performance.
* One of the [[MerchandiseDriven deservedly]] [[{{Anvilicious}} obscure]] ''ComicBook/TandyComputerWhizKids'' comics took this to [[UpToEleven absolutely ridiculous levels]]. The villains are completely focused on getting kids hooked, apparently ForTheEvulz -- profit doesn't even seem to be a factor; apparently they just want to addict people to drugs.
* ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'' provided a {{Justified}} example, with the drug dealers forcefully addicting [[spoiler: inspector Ginko]] to heroin to [[FateWorseThanDeath completely ruin his life]] in revenge for him busting too many mob operations.

* Frankie Lideo, the villain of ''Film/{{Moonwalker}}'''s "Smooth Criminal" segment. It's a particularly egregious example since, unlike your average Aggressive Drug Dealer who's in it to get kids hooked so as to keep a healthy flow of customers, he appeared to be in it [[ForTheEvulz for the sheer malicious joy]] of getting kids hooked on drugs.
* This was the Evil Scheme in the movie ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' -- Mr. Big intends to flood the US with free heroin, driving the Mob out of the market, then cornering it at a highly inflated price to the multitudes of new addicts.
* In ''Film/{{Pusher}} 3'', Kurt insists on giving Milo some of his heroin. Kurt knows that Milo is a recovering addict, and he has a beef with Milo for his actions in the second film.
* The two {{corrupt hick}}s in ''Film/FoxyBrown'' hold the title character hostage and deliberately get her addicted to heroin. Or, at least, they try to.
** This is a variation seen in other [[ExploitationFilm exploitation flicks]] of [[TheSeventies the 1970's]], in which someone, not always a drug dealer, actually ''captures a woman and gives her heroin while she's unconscious'' in a deliberate bid to get her addicted. Not only does this happen in ''Film/FoxyBrown'', but also in ''Film/ThrillerACruelPicture'' and ''Film/TheSinfulDwarf''.
* In ''Film/KissOfTheDragon'', Jessica is forced into heroin addiction by Richard.
* Jason makes up this story about Leo in ''Film/MysteryTeam''.
* Chris-R, the ruthless drug dealer from ''Film/TheRoom'', who is willing to sneak into Johnny's apartment while he and ''three other people'' (Lisa, Mark, and Claudette) are inside, and then work his way up to the roof and force Denny at gunpoint to give him the money, but [[ClusterFBomb can't wait five minutes for it to arrive]].
* Inverted in ''Film/WalkHard'', as each time Dewey stumbles upon Sam doing drugs, the conversation starts with Sam saying "You don't want ''no part'' of this shit." The first one (marijuana) in particular is hilarious, as Dewey keeps guessing reasons why it's so bad, only to be corrected each time that it doesn't give you a hangover, it's not habit-forming, you can't OD on it, it makes sex even better, and it's not only not expensive but ...
--> '''Sam:''' It's the ''cheapest drug there is.'' You don't want it!
--> '''Dewey:''' I ''think'' I kinda want it.
* ''Film/IComeInPeace'': A SpaceWhaleAesop version of this in the BigBad: an alien drug dealer that gains [[AlienCatnip his alien drugs]] by ''forcing a heroin OD on his victims and draining their cerebral fluid while they are dying'', and plans an AlienInvasion that will turn Earth into a galactic drug lab.
* ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenArm'': Louie the heroin dealer is awfully aggressive in trying to get former addict Frankie to use again. Justified in that Louie is also involved with a lucrative illegal underground poker game, Frankie is a skilled dealer, and the heroin is a means of control to bind Frankie to Louie and get him into the poker game.
* Poppy Adams, the BigBad of ''Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle''. In spades. [[spoiler:As in, she taints her drugs so she can do a PoisonAndCureGambit and then holds the ''millions'' of people who used said drugs as hostages with full nation-wide legalization of recreational drugs as her main demand.]]
* ''Film/TheCrowCityOfAngels'': Judah Earl specifically pushes drugs that are manufactured to kill the user. When his more business-minded underling objects to this, Judah orders him killed.
* The main antagonists of ''Film/TheBlackGodfather'' are a heroin ring willing to start a MobWar to keep their product flowing.

* Mocked, as early as 1967, in ''Literature/FromTheMixedUpFilesOfMrsBasilEFrankweiler''. A small boy finds a chocolate bar on the ground and his twelve-year-old sister tells him that it was probably put there by a drug dealer and full of "dope" to get him hooked. Even allowing that it was a more innocent time, it was partly used to illustrate the character of the sister as someone less worldly-wise than she thought, and extremely prone to pointless worrying.
* Parodied in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel, ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', where dealers try to sell the drug 'slab' to troll-children. The troll watchman Detritus runs his own version of the 'Drugs -- Just say no' posters, aimed at the ''dealers'': "Slab: Just say [=AarrghaarrghpleasennononoUGH=]". Considering the reputation of Detritus and his [[{{BFG}} converted siege-crossbow]] 'The Piece-Maker', it's probably one of the more effective methods of [[ScareEmStraight scaring 'em straight]].
* In Creator/HalClement's novel ''Iceworld'', the protagonist is sent to infiltrate a criminal syndicate which has discovered a drug vapor that addicts those who inhale it with one dose. [[spoiler:The story takes place among aliens who live at very high temperatures, and the drug is tobacco, acquired via robot probe from a human who has no idea why the aliens are willing to trade gold for cigarettes.]]
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''The Eight Doctors'' has a [[VerySpecialEpisode Very Special Subplot]] involving one of these. Justified -- maybe -- by the fact that the drug dealer is a schoolkid whose classmate intends to tell on him, and he hopes that by forcing her to take crack, he'll get her addicted and she won't want to tell on him any more. However, the fact that a teacher claims that, "One single rock is cheap enough. Some dealers even give the first one away. It's a good way to make new customers, especially young ones," is about when you start to realize that you are reading a book propelled solely by NarmCharm.
* In Creator/GlenCook's ''Literature/GarrettPI'' series, the crime syndicate has been known to use drug addiction as a method of recruiting and controlling underage prostitutes. [[KnightInSourArmor Garrett]] is not happy about this.
* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in Harry Turtledove's ''Literature/WorldWar'' series: Humanity discovers that [[GRatedDrug ginger]] is a powerful and highly addictive narcotic to the aliens trying to invade Earth. Thus they try to spread it to as many of the aliens as possible in order to disrupt their invasion, not just by turning soldiers into useless drug addicts but because it compounds the war weariness that they'd been feeling as a result of their invasion not being the CurbStompBattle they expected it to be. Since it also [[AlienCatnip activates their mating instincts]], it also disrupts the aliens' society by introducing them to formerly foreign concepts like romantic love, marriage, [[TheOldestProfession prostitution]] and (more worryingly) rape.
* Averted with drug dealer Skizz in the early ''Literature/{{Fearless}}'' books: He isn't trying to force anyone to get hooked and he only goes after Mary Moss (who is working on getting clean) because she still owes him five-hundred dollars. When this puts him on [[ActionGirl Gaia's]] bad side, he seemingly decides that [[KnowWhenToFoldEm it's more trouble than it's worth]] and backs off, only to [[spoiler: get killed by a CIA hit squad on the orders of Gaia's dad ([[ItMakesSenseInContext long story]]).]]
* After the protagonist of ''Literature/GoAskAlice'' tries to go clean, her drug using ex-friends start bullying her and threatening her in order to get her back on drugs.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the TaiwaneseSeries ''Series/{{Black and White|TW}}'', Gao Yi sends a subway train full of hostages hurtling down a dead-end spur while simultaneously aerosolizing a potent narcotic so everyone on board is zoned and now hooked on it.
* Viciously mocked by Creator/ChrisRock on his HBO special ''Bring the Pain'':
--> Drug dealers don't really sell drugs. Drug dealers ''offer'' drugs. ...You say "no", that's it! Now Jehovah's Witnesses, on the other hand...
* In the "Blue Paradise" episode of ''Series/{{The Flash|1990}}'' series, said drug's creator produced a huge batch with plans to release it in a cloud over the entire city. Somewhat justified in that this drug was explained to be EXTREMELY addictive. Plus, the drug's creator frequently used his own products.
* Spoofed in an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}''. Ross, after accidentally injuring a Girl Scout, attempts to make amends by selling cookies on her behalf. Monica resists buying any, having been addicted to them as a child, but Ross tries to persuade her by giving her the first box for free, claiming that "all the cool kids are eating them".
* Occasionally, the villain of the day in ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger.'' Since the focus of the show is Walker kicking ass, this creates a HoldingOutForAHero FamilyUnfriendlyAesop where the theme seems to be "If You Just Say No, Drug Dealers will Kill You, Unless Creator/ChuckNorris is There To Protect You."
* Justified in ''Series/TheWire'', when Police Captain Colvin cruises up to a corner crew of drug dealers, causing a dealer to mistake him for a hesitant customer. The shocked Colvin gives increasingly less subtle clues that he's a cop, but the dealer keeps trying to make a sale. Finally, when Colvin puts on his police cap, the kid [[OhCrap figures it out]] and scampers off. This trope was TruthInTelevision for Baltimore, at least, at the time. Dealers would scatter free heroin along the sidewalk to fish for new customers and keep junkies hooked.
* Wayne Brady is on on the ''Series/ChappellesShow'' episode with him, with scenes right out of ''Series/TrainingDay''. "This ain't no damn after-school special! SMOKE IT!"
* Jesse in ''Series/BreakingBad'' turns into one of these when he needs to persuade a shy young girl cashier to accept payment in meth for the gas he just pumped. Though she's never done meth before, she's apparently not opposed to drugs in principle (she mentions she's smoked pot "a lot") and after some initial reluctance ("That's stuff's really addictive, right?") she seems to mainly be afraid she'll get caught. Which, if you squint just right, seems a lot like one of the writers believes in the "gateway drug" theory.
* Kendo in ''Series/MyMadFatDiary''.
* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''. Gunpei offers a child a suitcase full of candy in exchange for his missing Engine Cast; but his [[ConspicuousTrenchcoat trench coat and sunglasses]] lead the child to mistake him for this trope and run away screaming.
* Parodied in ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' when Jake meets up with Isaac, an informant of his and a former drug dealer who gets offended when the cops refer to him as a drug pusher:
-->'''Isaac:''' Dude, drugs don't need pushing. They push themselves. People ''love'' drugs.
* Parodied on ''Series/GoodEats'', in the episode "Live and Let Diet" with a guy dressed as a milk carton trying to tempt Alton into eating cookies. (Which Alton cites as the reason he's stopped drinking milk.)
* ''Series/InTheHeatOfTheNight'': The two-parter "A Small War" has a gang of these coming from the "big city" of Jackson (the state capital of Mississippi) and setting up shop in Sparta, especially among the high school kids.
* In ''Series/TrueBlood'', the werewolf JD Carsons tells his pack to drink vampire blood (it greatly enhances physical attributes and gives a HealingFactor, but is highly addictive and has nasty withdrawal symptoms). When some refuse, he beats them up and force feeds them the blood. His goal was to make them stronger and make them addicted so they can not leave and obey him more easily.
* In ''Series/iZombie'', Blaine was a regular drug dealer (sleazy, but not too pushy) before becoming [[OurZombiesAreDifferent an intelligent zombie]], but afterward, he pairs this trope with the PoisonAndCureGambit, deliberately infecting rich people and then charging them through the nose for the [[BrainFood only substance that can prevent them from progressing to the mindless shambling stage]]. He also infected bodybuilders to serve as TheBigGuy, and the city's police chief to help cover up the suspiciously high number of disappearing homeless people and troubled teens. Given that the "drug" he's selling is the product of murder, he certainly takes the aggressive part UpToEleven.
* Subverted in ''Series/SantaClaritaDiet''. When newly-zombified Sheila tries to limit her cannibal diet to monsters whom nobody will miss, she overhears her daughter Abby's friend talk about her ex-boyfriend, a "pedophile who sells drugs to children". The perfect choice? Not quite. It turns out Abby's friend had lied to him about her age and he promptly broke up with her when he found out. And "selling drugs to kids" sounds far more sinister than the more accurate description of selling pot to teenagers. And the primary reason he got into it in the first place was to help his sister financially when she got divorced.

* Machinima/Supermarioglitchy4sSuperMario64Bloopers: Yoshi is this.

* From ''Music/SongsByTomLehrer'', Music/TomLehrer's tribute to a "lovable old character" who had "never been properly recognized in song", "The Old Dope Peddler":
-->He gives the kids free samples,\\
Because he knows full well\\
That today's young innocent faces\\
Will be tomorrow's clientele.
** It should be added that, as the ''entire'' song portrays the Old Dope Peddler as if he was selling candy, not dope, it's PlayedForLaughs. Also, this song was recorded in [[OlderThanTheyThink 1953]].
* Since it inspired an alt-title for this page, Music/{{Steppenwolf}} did a song, "The Pusher", about the evils of drug-pushers, "God Damn the Pusher Man".

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Mocked as unnecessary by Creator/ChrisRock.
--> Yo man, drug dealers donít sell drugs. Drugs sell themselves. Itís crack. Itís not an encyclopedia. Itís not a fucking vacuum cleaner. You donít really gotta try to sell crack, OK? Iíve never heard a crack dealer go, ďMan, how am I going to get rid of all this crack? Itís just piled up in my house."

[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' adventure ''Send in the Clones''. When the {{PC}}s meet Hall-Y-Wud-5, he'll try to hook them on the drug he pushes, co-cola. He'll persuade them to try it with a sales pitch, and will offer them a free taste ("First hit is no charge.").
* In the post cyberpunk RPG "Fates Worse Than Death", the Drug Lords have recently managed (after years of hard work) to produce the "holy grail" of illegal street drugs: a drug that is dirt cheap to create, is instantly addictive, and has ''no effects whatsoever'' except for absolutely horrible withdrawal symptoms. No more of this tedious "convincing people to buy drugs" crap: [[ParanoiaFuel their pushers just grab you while you walk down the street, give you one injection,]] [[FateWorseThanDeath and from that point on you have to pay them ridiculous prices to avoid the withdrawal symptoms of doom.]] Yet the drug is cheap enough for their victims to make? ''That'' formula won't be staying secret for long...
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', [[TheSyndicate the Guild]] imposes trade embargoes on any nation that dares to try to keep itself drug-free. Since the Guild basically controls all international commerce in Creation, this is usually enough to bring a government to its knees fairly quickly. If it isn't, the Guild is not above hiring a mercenary army or two to invade the offending nation, depose its rulers, and install a Guild-backed puppet on the throne. TruthInTelevision: Replace "the Guild" with "British Empire", and you get the case of Opium Trade.
* Subverted in ''TabletopGame/MyriadSong'', the "Pusher" career is mechanically a medic who's good at lying, and whose "medicine" is powerful but has a chance of getting the "patient" addicted.
* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' supplement ''The Book of Vile Darkness'' describes a demon who managed to [[DemonicPossession possess]] a blue dragon. The first thing the demon did was force its new host to take some luhix, a viciously addictive drug made from Abyssal plants. Each day one of the demon's subordinates planeshifts to the dragon's lair with another dose of luhix, so even if the dragon succeeded in freeing itself from the demon, it would then be cut off from a means of sating its addiction and staving off the brutal withdrawal symptoms.

* Closely related - the Bad Idea Bears in ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' exist solely to try to push other characters into having more sex and alcohol.
* Conversed in ''Theatre/TheLieutenantOfInishmore''. Padraic is convinced that James Henley "pushes his filthy drugs on children" while James claims that he sells reasonably priced weed to university students. To top off the ComedicSociopathy, Padraic is perfectly fine with him forcing Protestant children to take drugs, but James sells to Catholics too...

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'':
** There is A Suspicious Looking Guy, who gives you a free sample of [[GRatedDrug "Goofballs"]], which boost your stats for a while, but [[DrugsAreBad make your parents worry about you]]. If you don't keep taking them, you suffer Goofball Withdrawal, which for a long time was one of the worst (Non-) StandardStatusEffects in the game.[[note]]Eventually the withdrawal penalty was severely reduced, [[http://forums.kingdomofloathing.com/vb/showthread.php?p=4250247#post4250247 having been deemed]] rather against the spirit of the game.[[/note]] Each time you go back for more, the price goes up. Aside from getting you addicted, and then price-gouging you, he's not particularly aggressive. And spoofed roughly five times a year, when because it's "Halloween" and you knocked on his door looking for "sweet treats" he's giving out free "candy" (meaning "sugar" and "artificial flavors" to get you all "buzzed") all night! (They're Rock Pops, and perfectly fine for you if you don't follow up by drinking cola.)
** There's also [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Mind_the_Fine_Print a guy]] in Bad Moon that will forcefully shove a pill down your throat for free, which gives you so-so [[NightmareFuel spooky]] resistance, but make you super weak to [[PlayingWithFire fire]] and [[NauseaFuel stench]] damage. [[invoked]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', Jet was specifically engineered to be extremely addictive but only produce a short high, so customers would need to buy more frequently. However, the dealers aren't particularly pushy, since the client base in the three areas it can be found (New Reno, The Den and Redding) are well-established. However, if you take on the quest to solve the Jet-overdose murder of Chris Wright, his father will insist that the boy was forced to take the drug; he's vehemently anti-drugs, has made his stance clear to his whole family, and refuses to even consider the alternative of his son doing it voluntarily. It eventually turns out that it was actually an assassination, as completing the quest reveals that the victim was poisoned and that the initial suspects (the mob family that controlled the Jet supply) weren't behind it, it was actually a different family that was trying to provoke a war between the two (which would, of course, leave both badly weakened to the point that the third family could fairly easily take over both of their territories).
* A random encounter on the road in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is a stranger who will offer you some [[FantasticDrug Skooma]]. You can buy some, refuse, or threaten to report him for dealing in illegal substances - choosing the latter will cause him to attack.
* ''VideoGame/{{Galerians}}'' features a solicitous drug dealer who identifies Rion, the protagonist, as "a good customer" based on appearance, offering free samples to show that he can cater to Rion's exotic tastes. The whole scene is jarring since it is the only indication of black market activity for Rion's drugs in the game.
* ''VideoGame/SuperFighter'': [[TheSavageIndian Red Man]] ([[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer yes, really]]. [[http://www.superfighter.net/redman.htm Here's his character bio if you don't believe it]]) is a drug dealer and also the BigBad and FinalBoss of this [[SerialNumbersFiledOff poor man's]] ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' [[TheMockbuster clone]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A huge MassiveMultiplayerCrossover inspirational film ''WesternAnimation/CartoonAllStarsToTheRescue'' including ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}, the ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', Series/{{Alf}}, Franchise/WinnieThePooh, [[WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters Slimer]], [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Bugs Bunny]], ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales,'' ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks,'' and the WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies, was create to combat this enemy, which included a foreword from the leader of whichever country it was being viewed in, such as then-President UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush in its American airing. It's always fun when a sitting President has to talk about a show featuring Smurfs, especially when they clearly didn't know ''what'' a Smurf was five minutes before they turned the camera on.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}'' has a one-off villain called Addictum, who uses this as his modus operandi. During his only episode, called ''The Case of the Lowest Crime'', he is seen harassing a pair of teenage girls into taking a free sample of his drugs. Unfortunately for him, his aggressive behavior (and possibly the fact he looks like a walking corpse) led to these girls calling the C.O.P.S., who subsequently arrest him.
* Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} and the Holograms'' episode "Alone Again", with Bobby Braddock, a sweet-talking drug dealer, though it's still used to the same effect. Bobby, a high schooler, wants the main girl of the episode, Laura, to start using drugs and get hooked on them, giving her a few bags of free pills and then charging her $30 for new ones after he successfully gets her hooked. When she can't pay, he ditches her and her new addiction and finds someone else. While more cold than aggressive, he absolutely fits this trope.
* The public service announcements for the ''Franchise/GIJoe'' cartoon had aggressive criminals. Two kids home alone, revealing over the phone that they are home alone. A stranger's car drives up to the house... and drives off when noticing the Joe soldier Roadblock, a tall bald black man in a skimpy top, standing on the lawn.
** Then there was the VerySpecialEpisode two-parter that had the Joes and Cobras team up in an EnemyMine scenario against an eeevilll drug dealer known as the Headman, who dressed like the Hamburglar and had gotten family members of both Joes and Cobras hooked on his stuff. Apparently, drugs are so bad that even an organization committed to genocidal acts of terrorism which once created a clone made from the DNA of Genghis Khan and Hitler will gladly embark on a crusade to stop them.
* Spoofed, skewered, and danced on in the ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' episode "Raisin the Stakes: A Rock Opera in Three Acts". The eeeevil "Pusher" causes the entire student body to get addicted to (wait for it) ...''smoking raisins''. Ironically, he's actually far LESS pushy (at least directly) than examples that are played straight. Beyond using a bit of ReversePsychology to create a demand, all he really does is [[ObviouslyEvil sit in the shadows]] and quietly sell his wares to a willing customer base.
-->'''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I CAN TASTE THE SUN!!!]]'''
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|and the Planeteers}}'', the villain Verminous Skumm was a dealer of a highly addictive drug called "bliss", had some people resort to stealing to get the drug, and he encouraged them to take it and wouldn't accept no for an answer. One of his clients turns out to be Linka's cousin, Boris, who [[spoiler:he convinces at one point to get Linka addicted as well by spiking her food with the drug in return for "enough bliss to last you the rest of your life", and eventually dies from overdosing on it]]. Of course, Skumm was one of the Captain Planet villains who was in it strictly ForTheEvulz, so it was a more believable portrayal of this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'': The episode "[[Recap/BravestarrS1E26ThePrice The Price]]" has a drug dealer who is pushing a drug called "spin," which starts with causing feelings of intense euphoria but can later lead to extreme paranoia and even death. He is extremely suave and persuasive, but insists on targeting people with very little (or no) money, apparently just so he can persuade them to steal what they owe, suggesting he's more interested in corrupting people rather than actually earning a profit. Also, he actually manufactures the drug himself rather than getting it from a supplier, and once Bravestarr takes out his factory, New Texas is freed from the devastating influence of spin, tying everything up in a neat little bow. [[spoiler:Sadly, not before a young boy has died from the drug.]]

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* There actually ''are'' very rare cases of this being TruthInTelevision, albeit not quite in the way they were depicted in the '80s and early-'90s. For example, a few of these have shown up on various ''World's Wildest Police Videos'' specials, with one infamously latching on to the undercover cop's car as she drove away. These dealers are usually extremely amped up on their own product. Notice as well that they get caught.
* [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/drugs/suckers.asp The drug-laced lollipops mentioned in one urban legend.]] These are not to be confused with Actiq and its generic counterparts, which are fentanyl-laced lollipops used as painkillers in pediatric oncology. Although the odd Actiq gets abused from time to time, messing with anything containing fentanyl (an opioid much, much more powerful than morphine) is almost always a bad idea; just ask anyone who survived something like the China white scare, where a fentanyl analogue was sold as heroin and quite a few junkies died of what they thought was a modest dose.
* It's an urban myth that pimps do this to keep their prostitutes from leaving them, simply because purchasing drugs eats into their profits. However, there are plenty of prostitutes who work to support a drug habit. It's also possible for someone to be both a pimp and a drug dealer at the same time, and if any of the prostitutes working for said person were addicted to the drugs they were selling it could certainly appear as if it were a deliberate action on the part of the pimp, regardless of how it had actually occurred.
* If you can count the Christian preachers of "Holy Ghost intoxication" as being drug dealers of a spiritual sort, there are those who are rather aggressive as to use intimidation tactics and peer pressure from the congregation unto the doubters and those who see from Scripture that such a thing is a spurious claim that comes from misinterpretation, usually of Acts chapter 2 and Ephesians 5:18, to support that idea. Some preachers like Rodney Howard Browne and John Crowder don't hide the fact that they advertise themselves as "Holy Spirit drug dealers", but rather claim that it is TheMoralSubstitute to getting high from real drugs.
* Undercover narcotics officers will sometimes act like this to try to catch users in the act of buying drugs. However, since actual users and real dealers (at least, those that don't take their own product as mentioned a few points above) are too smart to fall for this, undercover officers often target high schoolers or first time users for an easy arrest, which brings up serious questions about the war on drugs, and the exact definition of entrapment.
* Every Halloween, local news will inevitably run a story on ecstasy, marijuana-laced candy, and other edible drugs passed off as candy and how parents should "beware" that these drugs could wind up in their children's trick-or-treat bags. Not only are edibles way too expensive to give away for free, but even if a child got hooked and wanted more, they'd have no way of knowing who the dealer was. So basically, the dealer is blowing hundreds of dollars just to get a bunch of kids high, ForTheEvulz. Let's put it this way: if people really were giving away free drugs on Halloween, there'd be ''a lot'' more adults out trick-or-treating.
* Somewhat to the surprise of law enforcement trying to catch them, modern dealers of heroin would actually give free doses to certain customers if they didn't have the money to pay at that time, in order to keep them addicted (see ''Dreamland'').