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A Traveling Salesman is an older character type that sometimes overlaps with the SnakeOilSalesman. Typically, the traveling salesman is well-dressed and has some aspects of the IntrepidMerchant to his character, or he may be more of an {{Honest John|sDealership}}-type of fellow.

As the numerous jokes linking his type to the FarmersDaughter suggest, he might be a somewhat lecherous character, because being always on the move isn't conducive to carrying on lasting relationships.

A British term for the profession is a "busman", and this is the origin of the term BusmansHoliday. Not to be confused with TravellingSalesmanMontage.

Not to be confused with [[Film/TravelingSalesman the 2012 film of the same name]]. Compare KnockingOnHeathensDoor for the religious variant.

* First story in ''Comicbook/NewLineCinemasTalesOfHorror'' is about a salesman specializing in chainsaws trying to sell his wares to the Hewitt family from ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'' films. Surprisingly, he isn't dead by the end of it.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Great Crossing'' when the Vikings offer beads to Asterix and Obelix, [[MistakenNationality mistaking them for]] UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans. Asterix assumes they're door-to-door salesmen trying to flog their stuff to them.

%%* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuller_brush_man The Fuller Brush Man]]'' (1948)
* ''Door to Door'' was a MadeForTVMovie starring Creator/WilliamHMacy as a traveling salesman with cerebral palsy.
* Todd Woods in ''Film/{{Duets}}'' is a traveling salesman who gives up his current life to compete in a cross-country karaoke competition.
* In ''Film/WalkTheLine'', Johnny Cash is shown working as a door-to-door salesman before he made it big in music. He wasn't very good at it.
** In a deleted scene, he and another salesman from the same company worked the same street. Johnny got nothing but doors slammed in his face, while his friend made several sales. He gave Johnny a couple of his commissions and told him he was the worst salesman he'd ever seen.
* The Maysles brothers' 1969 documentary ''Salesman'' follows a group of salesmen peddling expensive Bibles door-to-door.
* Ed Bloom of ''Film/BigFish'' spends time as one of these.

* Besides the more famous ''Literature/LordPeterWimsey'', Creator/DorothyLSayers also wrote some stories about Literature/MontagueEgg, a traveling wine salesman who played detective.
* The first book in ''Literature/TheGreatBrain'' series had a story about a Jewish travelling peddler who decided to settle down and open a store in Adenville; he died of starvation because business was so slow. Because he was the only Jew around, he didn't have anyone to look out for him or check up on him or anything.
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheDeadZone'', politican Greg Stillson used to be one in his youth, selling Bibles and books about a Communist-Jewish conspiracy against America. And indeed, once he made it with a FarmersDaughter.
* Al Phee in Creator/SpiderRobinson's ''[[Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon "Did You Hear The One About..."]]'' was a con artist posing as an "Intergalactic Travelling Salesman", until he's taken down by a Farmer's Daughter. Specifically [[TimePolice time cop]] Josie Bauer, [[StealthPun the daughter of]] Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer.
* ''Literature/AFantasyAttraction'' has a gargoyle going door-to-door selling insurance. And you thought insurance salesmen couldn't get any worse...

* In ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'', Dagwood had to deal with traveling salesmen as recently as the 1980s.

* Comedian Al Pearce started as a real one of these, then moved into local San Francisco radio shows, singing and doing comedy sketches parodying his job. Writer Jack Hasty created the character of "Elmer Blurt", known as "The Low-Pressure Salesman", based on him. His catch phrase was "Nobody at home, I hope, I hope, I hope." If somebody opened the door, he'd go into a bashful, stammering sales pitch. You can sometimes see a Blurt-like character in Creator/ChuckJones WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons.

* Harold Hill of ''Theatre/TheMusicMan'' is a SnakeOilSalesman who fits the lecherous part of the trope (until he becomes a LadyKillerInLove). Other traveling salesmen (including the villain, the anvil-toting Charlie Cowell) hate Harold for giving their profession a bad name, because when they visit towns Hill has just left, the populace generally assume they are con artists as well and give them a less than welcoming reception (read: tar and feather them).
* Ali Hakim, the peddler in ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}''.
* Paris in ''Theatre/TheGoldenApple'' travels by balloon. Oddly enough, he's a [[TheVoiceless silent type]].
* Willy Loman, the eponymous character of ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman''. Willy, however is not a con artist or lecherous, he's a honest worker who takes pride in his job.
* ''Theatre/TheRoseTattoo'' has a straw-hatted salesman who pays a call to Serafina, trying to sell novelties. He's also a JerkAss to Alvaro.

* It's highly implied that prostituting herself to a HumanoidAbomination posing as a travelling salesman turned [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP-]][[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-1709 1709]] from an ordinary Peruvian woman into... [[HumanOutsideAlienInside something]] whose internal organs were replaced by [[BodyHorror hundreds of different human fetuses and embryos, up to and including what she uses to speak]].

* WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck played one of these in several ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts, including "Along Came Daffy", ''WesternAnimation/TheStuporSalesman'', "Daffy Dilly", "Fool Coverage", "Design for Leaving", and "The High and the Flighty".
* The Flim Flam Brothers from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. In their first appearance in "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" they compete with the Apples for the local cider business, pitting [[ManVersusMachine their eponymous high-tech cider press against the Apple Family's old-fashioned methods]]. In "Leap of Faith", they return as [[SnakeOilSalesman snake-oil salesponies]] hawking a "curative tonic" that turns out to be [[MagicFeather a placebo made from apple juice and beet leaves]]. Oddly enough, rather than wandering from town to town they tend to stick around for as long as they can exploit the locals; they originally planned to take over Sweet Apple Acres in their first appearance!
* ''Ducktales'' had Filler Brushbill, who was a super-duper salesman. His [[BagofHolding valise]] had items that anyone he ran across would want, or that he would need as well. He knew how to sell to others enough to be TheDreaded (Scrooge [=McDuck=] himself got sold a lot of useless junk by Filler, with the promise of a ''lifetime guarantee.'')