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The Fixer
Thinking of the TV series? You'll want Series.The Fixer.

A con crew role, the Fixer is essentially the stage manager for the crew ... or maybe "properties (props) director" or "set designer" would be better analogies. Either way, this is the person the Con Man goes to if he needs a thing to do his thing.

Call up your Fixer if you need a Big Store, for example, or a convincing counterfeit, or squibs for the blow-off, or ... well, anything that needs "fixing". The weirder, the better. Live jackalopes, a specialty.

Compare The Scrounger and The Engineer in military settings.

Alternative uses of the term:
  • Gangster films from the forties called lawyers fixers - see Amoral Attorney, The Consigliere.
  • A gangland type (sometimes called a Bag Man) who specializes in resolving conflicts between gangs may also be called a fixer.
  • As are people who interface with law-enforcement to put the "fix in."


Examples

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     Film  

  • In the movie Inception, this could describe either the architect (who creates the mental landscapes they go into) or the chemist (who makes the drugs they use for an inception or extraction).
  • This is apparently Felix's day job in The 51st State.

     Live-Action TV  

  • Ash in Hustle
  • Pretty much Sam's job in Burn Notice, he provides Michael with the tools he needs to do his work, as well as using his many "buddies" to get info from legal channels. Unlike most fixers, Sam actually does do fieldwork too.
  • Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck from The A-Team does this, but like Sam Axe above, he also gets his hands dirty.
  • On Leverage, none of the characters really do this role exclusively, although all have done elements of this as a part of the various cons that they have been involved in. The most frequent individual for this role is generally Eliot, in contrast to his other major function.
    • Nate's father, Jimmy Ford, was the best fixer in South Boston back in the day.
  • Zoe Morgan in Person of Interest

     Tabletop Games  

  • In Shadowrun, the fixer provides shadowrunners with work by connecting them with contacts from Mega Corps / the underground / where who want dirty work done. Fixers can also help you track down people who can give you the gear you need.

     Video Games  

  • In the online detective game Sleuth, your character's license as a Private Detective will be revoked if you make three wrongful accusations. However, you can go to the shady character who hangs out in the back of the downtown bar and pay them to clear your record to avoid this. The more often this happens though, the more expensive it gets. The flash version of the game even specifically calls this character The Fixer.
  • Wolf in Payday The Heist is the canon Technician of the eponymous Payday gang. The Technician class generally specializes in gadgets and technical/engineering aspects of the heists.
  • The Imperial Intelligence in Star Wars: The Old Republic has an entire division of "Fixer" agents (Fixer One, Fixer Two, etc.) who have various technical expertise and take it to the field to assist more action oriented agents, like the Ciphers. Fixers are usually the ones to provide Ciphers (including the Player Character of the Imperial Agent storyline) with technical means and support for their infiltrations.

     Real Life  

  • Anthony Bourdain has written of the need for a débrouillard, an unofficial function within some commercial kitchens whose job it is to get the crew out of the weeds by any means necessary. Questionably sourced ingredients and oddball cooking techniques (deep-fried steaks among them) figure large in the role.
  • In his book The Naked Eye Desmond Morris (author of The Naked Ape) wrote about filming a TV programme on body language in Rome aided by Furio the Fixer who was "dangerously good at his job". When Morris, on a whim, mentioned that he would like to film the Pope, Furio obtained permission to film a papal audience the following day, and for an encore he has the Collosseum cleared of tourists and then delays the crew's outgoing flight until a forgotten passport can be retrieved.


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