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* This ''epically'' backfired on an episode of ''Beyond Scared Straight'' where a bunch of female inmates, including a young one about to be sentenced for robbery, were scolding the preteens and teenagers who were acting up. A twelve-year-old tried to pull this on the young inmate, saying her recently-released mother was once the head of a vicious gang, only for her to tell her she wasn't scared of the woman and became so angry and threatening to the girl and her mother that both the guards ''and'' other inmates had to hold her back. The girl herself was soon reduced to tears.

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* Played with in ''LightNovel/MyNextLifeAsAVillainessAllRoutesLeadToDoom''. At magic school, Katarina has permission to come and go as she pleases from the student council room despite not being on it. However, it's because her friends on the council get the school faculty to agree to it by threatening to deny them use of the room. Katarina herself didn't ask for it and has no clue as to why she's allowed the privilege of using the room.


* 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...

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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'' ''Literature/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}}'' ''Literature/{{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...

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* ''Music/TomLehrer'': "My Home Town" from ''Music/SongsByTomLehrer'' mentions Sam, who was the village idiot and a {{pyromaniac}}, but about whom "Nothing could be done / Because he was the mayor's son".


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

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


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

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


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* ''Film/DeathNoteSeries'': In this incarnation, this is Light's primary motivation to become Kira; he holds the legal system on a BrokenPedestal because he's sick of those with connections abusing the law and getting off scot-free.


* [[{{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.

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* [[{{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. Subverted when the others show that they too know people.


* 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 ([[Wrestling/XPac 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.

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* 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 ([[Wrestling/XPac Sean Waltman]].(Wrestling/SeanWaltman). 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.


* 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.

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* 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.([[Wrestling/XPac 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.


* Eliza Leagan in ''Manga/CandyCandy''; when Candy is working at Joseph Hospital in New York City, Eliza frequently uses her family's connections to hospital to interfere with Candy's work life.

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* Eliza Leagan The Leagans in ''Manga/CandyCandy''; when Candy is working at Joseph Hospital in New York City, Eliza frequently uses her family's connections to hospital to interfere with Candy's work life.life and Eliza's mother, Mrs. Leagan, gets Candy fired from her job by threatening to withdraw her family's funding if Candy remains employed there, simply because she disapproves of her son Neil having fallen in love with her.

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* Eliza Leagan in ''Manga/CandyCandy''; when Candy is working at Joseph Hospital in New York City, Eliza frequently uses her family's connections to hospital to interfere with Candy's work life.


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* In ''VisualNovel/SpiritHunterNG'', is security proves to be too much of a hassle for the characters to get past, then Seiji tugs on his Yakuza connections and has them 'taken care of', allowing the protagonists free reign. Later on he's replaced by CowboyCop Ooe, who uses her status to the same effect.

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* In ''VisualNovel/SpiritHunterNG'', is if security proves to be too much of a hassle for the characters to get past, then Seiji tugs on his Yakuza connections and has them 'taken care of', allowing the protagonists free reign. Later on he's replaced by CowboyCop Ooe, who uses her status to the same effect.

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* In ''VisualNovel/SpiritHunterNG'', is security proves to be too much of a hassle for the characters to get past, then Seiji tugs on his Yakuza connections and has them 'taken care of', allowing the protagonists free reign. Later on he's replaced by CowboyCop Ooe, who uses her status to the same effect.

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