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"Whether you're a coke dealer, a thief, an arms dealer, or a spy, you need someone to clean your money, which makes a good money launderer the closest thing you can get to a Yellow Pages for criminals."

This is the person who always seems to have the dirt on everybody. The person who runs an information-gathering system, with a network of informers.

The Knowledge Broker has a web of contacts stretching into various organizations, industries, and government agencies, and always seems to know what's going on. Sometimes the Knowledge Broker seems nearly omniscient. They always seem to have just the right tidbit of information for whoever is willing to pay their price. For the most part, they remain impartial despite their vast influence, and most people know to stay on their good (or at least indifferent) side.

This is a person who is not mysterious (Compare Mysterious Informant). Everybody knows that when you want information, you go talk to this person. Usually of dubious morality. Often your innocent hero has a buddy who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, and knows that they ought to start by talking to "Big Eddie" or whoever, cause he always "knows anything that goes down."

Sometimes the source of information is more upscale in appearance, in which case they are probably also The Barnum. They usually want something from the hero before they hand out the information (unless they owe the Hero a favor, or have a crush on him). Often they'll want nothing more than cash, but sometimes they want the Hero to run an errand for them. Or they may trade information for information.

Many times this character is relegated to a position as a Plot Device. However, in works with a Crapsaccharine World or Crapsack World bent, they're more likely to be either one of the main characters or a Recurring Character and have backstory and get Character Development, making them more than a Plot Device and essential to the series.

When the Knowledge Broker is given Character Development, expect him to have a traumatizing past and/or an old relationship with one of the protagonists. When acting as a contact for the heroes, expect the Knowledge Broker to supply the catalyst to propel the story forward. If the heroes get stuck, expect him to suddenly come up with a new lead. If he's mostly in it for the money, expect either a Face–Heel Turn or a Heel–Face Revolving Door that may one day make someone put a gun to his head. If he's less-than-impartial towards the main character, expect him to deny payment, with an excuse like "I owed you a favor anyway." Likely to Default to Good (if only because the good side winning would keep them in business); rarely, if ever, is this character working strictly for the antagonist. When the compiler of information isn't impartial at all and instead serves an organization, they are The Spymaster.

If the contact is a recurring character and the Knowledge Broker and the protagonist are different genders (or not), expect romantic subtext.

Real Life information brokers tend to be consultants who work in market research, though there are exceptions.

See also The Fixer.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The Daily Days, a newspaper from Baccano!.
  • Big Ear, (because he heard about everything, you know), from The Big O. You know, the one with the glasses.
  • Black Butler has the Undertaker. He's just in it for the laughs.
  • Sakaguchi Ango from Bungo Stray Dogs. He is introduced as an important source of information for the mafia, and he's often doing business abroad. That's what we're told... but he is actually doing this work for the Government; he plays an important role there as well. Then Atsushi, Kyouka, and Oguri escape using the latter's Ability (to erase every trace of a crime) and they're still found by Ango. That's before it is revealed that Ango has the power to receive the memories of everything he touches, which finally answers why he is this trope.
  • Old man Gomeiji from Buster Keel! deals in information to sell to adventurers. When encountered by the heroes, he hires them to retrieve a treasure chest from the nest of a giant two-headed serpent, only to reveal that it contains his stash of information, written down on rice grains he can decipher.
  • Durarara!!: Izaya Orihara, though it's hard to tell whether he's doing it for the money or simply because It Amuses Him. Considering his intelligence and his personality, it's probably the latter with the former as a perk.
    Izaya: It's kinda scary how much people trust me.
  • Hiruma of Eyeshield 21. Like Nijima he uses it for his own gains and specializes in blackmail with it.
  • In Final Fantasy: Lost Stranger, Grede Treid deals in only the latest and best information, becoming fabulously wealthy for it. His services are so valued that he and his clerks can easily charge 600 million Gil for information without blinking, an impossible price for most to pay. And yet, his word is so valued that the fact that he's willing to put a price on information about Raise only bolsters Shogo's hopes that it exists and that he'll be able to use it to revive Yuko.
  • Fuuchoin Kazuki from Get Backers theoretically does this for a living, although he's more often seen kicking ass.
  • Information brokers are one of the most lucrative jobs people can have in the After the End setting of Gundam X. The second episode has a broker boasting about how they're so much smarter than those idiot mobile suit pilots. Then he's vaporized by the GX's Satellite Cannon.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Stardust Crusaders: Avdol, beyond having knowledge of the cultures of the different countries that the group visits, he's also an expert on the various facets and intricacies of his home country of Egypt, to the point of being somewhat of a Knowledge Broker with some of the citizens he's familiar with.
    • Golden Wind: In Purple Haze Feedback, finding out specific information is a key skill that Cannolo Murolo's All Along Watchtower provides. The enormous range of his Stand allows Murolo to spy on anyone and anything, allowing him to easily track down the Narcotics Team and find out normally restricted information; his confidence in his knowledgeable status has led to him growing overconfident and amoral in his place in Passione's hierarchy in the past.
    • Stone Ocean: Gwess knows nearly everything that goes down in Green Dolphin Street Prison and what to find in each facility, but will only tell so for a price.
  • Haruo Nijima from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple is a partial case of this. Though he has incredible skills in analyzing enemies and information gathering in general, he acquires all his intelligence for the sole purpose of furthering his own goals of power.
  • Ginko from Kure-nai, for the romantic subtext version. Also Shinkurou's Unlucky Childhood Friend.
  • Sonica of Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, who is a genuine palm reader who could read a person's memories and biological data by touching her target. This, combined with her personality and the fact that everyone in the underworld goes to her when they need to interrogate someone, means she's got the dirt on everybody. Like most Knowledge Brokers, she's in it for the money so the price of her info is always very steep, and she has plenty of blackmail material for those unwilling to pay.
  • A series of unnamed women in Mnemosyne, who drink Grasshoppers and take sex as payment (yeah, it's that kind of show).
  • The man known only as Yamada in all incarnations of My-HiME where he appears.
  • Rufus Barma in PandoraHearts.
  • Nabiki Tendo of Ranma ½.
  • Rebuild World:
    • Carol is a downplayed example, often accepting information as part of a Pro Bono Barter when her clients can't pay her fully or when she wants the info more.
    • Viola has a career as this (with relic appraisal as her front). With Viola's Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, she often uses it for Playing Both Sides, as well as Flaw Exploitation-based gambits (usually both at the same time).
    • Sheryl eventually decides to Start My Own as this in competition with Viola both to make herself more valuable to Akira and to be able to get rid of her.
  • Spy X Family: Franky is a talented information dealer and can find almost any document. For example, he snuck into the City Hall to steal hundreds of single women's files, was able to find both a rare entrance exam application and the answers to that very test, and was on the Forgers' doorstep to celebrate Anya's admission seconds after they learned about it themselves.
  • Information Brokers in general in Sword Art Online, especially Argo. Argo once sold a piece of information, then sold the information about her selling that information, then offered to sell even that information of the sale of information about the information the original buyer of the actual information. Quite the knowledgeable knowledge broker.
  • In Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Largo, master of the Bee Hive, visits one such knowledge broker in a tobacco shop. He buys various bits of information while disguising his requests as cigarette purchases.
  • Itori from Tokyo Ghoul. She runs an extensive information network from her bar, Helter Skelter, and also handles any sort of legal documentation that other ghouls might need.

    Comic Books 
  • Angel had a creature, Polyphemus, with an encyclopedic knowledge of demonology. There was some romantic subtext between him and Laura, a former watcher.
  • In the Astro City story "The Tarnished Angel," Donnelly Ferguson uses his knowledge of the city's underworld to find jobs for the B-rate villains of Kiefer Square. Steeljack didn't like associating with him, but because Ferguson didn't have a record he was one of the very few people Steeljack could visit without violating his parole. Ferguson arranges for most of the villains to be hired for a city-wide crime spree planned by The Conquistador, who plans to kill them all afterwards.
  • Examples in the The DCU:
    • Oracle started out fulfilling this role for Batman, then moved on to also providing it for Birds of Prey, then moved onto being a uniting force for the entire hero community. People both in and out of universe have mused that Oracle is one of the most invaluable heroes when it comes to fighting crime.
    • The Calculator from The DCU was a goofy Silver Age villain with a giant pocket calculator on his chest and vague Awesomeness by Analysis powers — until Identity Crisis (2004) revamped him into Oracle's Evil Counterpart, a knowledge broker for supervillains. In DC Universe Online, the two serve the role as Mission Control for heroes and villains respectively using their know-how.
    • A similar role (information broker to the villains) was played by the Monitor during the run-up to Crisis on Infinite Earths. His role in the actual Crisis is quite different.
    • In some instances, Jason Todd as the Red Hood has played this role, bringing valuable information to heroes. And, occasionally, villains. For his own ends, or to ensure they end up getting themselves killed. If it came up more often, he'd be a Magnificent Bastard.
    • The Penguin functions as an information broker for Gotham's underworld, and sometimes to Batman, with a little arms dealing thrown in for good measure.
  • The Harlot functions as this in Fall of Cthulhu. As one of the most powerful entities in the Dream Land, she can provide virtually any form of information; her asking price is generally a piece of the client's body, though she will occasionally accept pieces of the client's mind — especially in the case of Raymond Dirk.
  • Information is just another commodity in the world of Finder, and Lynne Grosvenor is implied to be one of the best info traders in Anvard. Within an hour of his sisters' mugging, he's recovered their belongings and tipped off the police (if not something worse, considering how protective he is of Marcie).
  • Feetus from Grimjack. Notable in that he and Grimjack were old war buddies and genuine friends. He plays a more important role in the plot than just a source of information for Grimjack.
  • Max Normal in early Judge Dredd comics.
  • Nomad, from Marvel Comics, confronts the 'Favor Broker', who is also a Big Bad, multiple times through his title series. The Broker claims not to like the position he is stuck in but is too piled up with favors to ever quit.
  • The Consultant from PS238.
  • The Shingouz in Valérian are an entire race of creatures who specialize in spying and information trade. A trio of them often push their services on Valerian and Laureline and end up getting them involved in the main plot of the ongoing issue.

    Fan Works 
  • Chasing Dragons has the mysterious figure known as the Kindly Man, who controls the criminal underworld in Myr by trading in information. It's very strongly implied that he's Varys.
  • Child of the Storm:
    • Ivan Petrovich, a former Red Room Agent who served as a Parental Substitute to Natasha and joined her in defecting. Natasha inwardly considers him to be one of the best intel analysts on the planet and in Chapter 67, both the Red Room and HYDRA make a play for him. Both are foiled by the Winter Soldier, who is nominally working for HYDRA, and manages to help Petrovich fake his death.
    • Doctor Strange is the ultimate example of this, overlapping with Mister Exposition when he's feeling helpful. He knows almost everything you could possibly want to know and has dirt on everyone. It helps that he's exceptionally stealthy, and an immensely powerful Seer and time-traveler. He also never lies, which helps with trust... or it would, if he wasn't a master Truth Twister. Plus, he dispenses information on his schedule and no one else's.
  • In the Discworld fics of A.A. Pessimal, Conina's Barbarian Hairdressing Salon is a hub of information exchange that stands outside the usual network of Guilds. Conina Cohensdaughter-Harebut is a Thief and barbarian heroine who fulfilled her vocation to be a Hairdresser. And everyone needs a hairdo. And everyone — Thief, Assassin, Heroine, Watchwoman, Seamstress, Teacher — talks to their hairdresser. Who if she is so inclined may pass interesting information back.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami features Keeper Midori, who fits this Trope to a T. She keeps close tabs on all the warring factions in the story, often popping up at opportune moments — such as lulls in the fighting — to offer information on their enemies, at a price.
  • Kunsel in Crisis Core was a well-informed and vaguely gossipy Mr. Exposition. The Fifth Act upgrades him having a vast information network, being everyone's go-to guy for information and in the Omakes, being better informed than the Turks.
  • Futari Wa Pretty Cure Blue Moon has Omemi Emiru, a different sort of an Alpha Bitch who uses this (something she calls a "talent" for coming upon other people's information) to keep her classmates in line. Her Etherium powers reflect this, as she uses her illusion abilities to, in a sense, construct what others see of reality, made more convincing by what she's found out about them.
  • A Gamer In South Blue: Bill, the bartender of The Cracked Pearl in Caeba Kingdom, works as this, and he makes it clear at the outset that he doesn't pick any sides: he gives information to whoever can pay for it. This despite the fact that Jack's [Gamer] abilities inform him immediately that Bill is an undercover agent of CP5; this is just a side job while he accomplishes whatever his true objective is.
  • Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters has Charles Ludmoore, who seems to know just about everything happening on both Earth and Meridian, and is willing to supply that information (as well as access to his vast black market resources) to anyone willing to pay the price. Somewhat different from most examples, in that he and his brothers are actively Playing Both Sides of the war on Meridian for the benefit of a much larger agenda.
  • The Halloween Unspectacular series has Ovard Grim. Publicly, he's just the head of a scrap metal reclamation company. In reality, however, he runs numerous other businesses of varying levels of legality, one of which is trading information. In both the fourth and fifth editions, he sells information to heroes and villains alike, always putting his own interests first.
  • In The Horsewomen Of Las Vegas, Dana Brooke is this for crime boss Charlotte Flair. She's Charlotte's personal assistant, but she also spends a lot of her salary making contacts with other parts of the criminal underworld. She hypothesized that The Bella Twins were responsible for the murder of The Godfather which kicked off the story, even when the police didn't have any idea who it was.
  • Taylor Hebert in Information uses her powers to gather information to such an extent that she quickly gains a reputation as The Omniscient, something helped by her employing both Tattletale and Dinah Alcott. But even on her own, she can within minutes to hours gain any intelligence someone wants so long as they pay her fee. Though for a number of things, she doesn't charge at all, such as when a little girl mentions her mother is late and Taylor passes on to CPS that said mother was murdered by Cricket.
  • In Next On, Gakupo is one.
  • A Person Extremely Wanted revolves around this trope. The broker is the mysterious protagonist PEW who sells information to anyone but also trades information and payment in the background to balance out the harm caused by some of his worse clients. But what is he really after?
  • The Scorpion Jar: In order to bring Aldera down from the inside, Izuku sets himself up as one, offering to provide correct answers for homework assignments and tests in exchange for details on what kind of dirty deeds other students are getting up to. Since he asks his prospective clients to provide intel on their "rivals", they're more than happy to oblige, sabotaging their peers for their own gain. He's then able to use this information to Blackmail the bullies into backing off from their favorite victims, before ultimately handing it all over to the Board of Education and getting the whole school shut down.
  • In When Reason Fails, Hagakure Tooru is a student Candidate who is not part of a Cabal who keeps herself afloat by using her invisibility magic to spy on people and sell the information to other people. Shoto goes to her at the end of Chapter 35 with a bargain.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Osmosis Jones, this is the function of the Flu shot. Kinda justified, if by a long shot, by those who know a bit of biology.
  • Zootopia: Nick knows everyone in the titular city, making him an invaluable lead for Judy's case at several points.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • A.I.: Artificial Intelligence: Doctor Know... is in the know. And is also an unreliable search engine that charges per question, but that's beside the point.
  • The Brain in the film noir send-up Brick provides Brendan with intel on the situation at the school.
  • Mr. Universe for the series Firefly's Big Damn Movie Serenity, the self-proclaimed "eyes and ears of the 'verse."
  • Gleahan and the Knaves of Industry: Madison, the bartender.
    Madison: With all the stuff I hear, you could incriminate half of Duluth.
  • In Heat (1995) Robert DeNiro's character consults such a figure for intelligence on potential heists and police opponents. When DeNiro asks him where he gets this stuff he replies that it just comes to him through the air (his house is festooned with antennae and located on a hill above Los Angeles).
  • Skinny Pete from the 2003 remake of The Italian Job acts as this for Charlie and his crew when they pull their final heist in L. A.
  • From the Lethal Weapon series, Leo Getz. "Whatever you need, Leo Gets". (Unfortunately, he tends to get himself in trouble a lot.)
  • The Matrix:
    • The Merovingian from the sequels. "I am a trafficker of information, I know everything I can."
    • Neo also qualifies, before his Red Pill, Blue Pill decision in the first minutes of the original film.
  • Louis, the French guy from Munich, along with the rest of his family.
  • Soylent Green gives us Sol Roth and his fellow "Books" — people who read all things related to a case and hand over the data to their assigned detectives. They even convene in old libraries to exchange information.
  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones: Dex, the owner and chef of Dex's Diner. Since his place is popular with merchants, smugglers, and other frequent travelers, and as he's traveled all over and done more jobs than can be counted on his four hands, he often overhears things that no one else does and is willing to sell the info. In the movie, Obi-Wan goes to him to find information on the Kamino cloning project; he identifies the reclusive race whose world is so obscure that nobody noticed it being missing from the Jedi archives from a simple metal dart.
  • Welcome to the Punch (2013). A criminal seeking to put out some information on the street as The Bait visits a tattoo parlour whose owner gives him the option of releasing the information "old school" (word of mouth) or "new school" (via Facebook and Twitter).
  • X-Men: Apocalypse: Caliban is a broker and informant on mutant goings-on.

  • In Bounders, the Alkalinians, snake-like aliens, have a reputation for selling other species' secrets and technology on the black market.
  • After refusing to back down from a touchy case and losing her position, Wolfe from the Andrew Vachss Burke books takes on this role, and is apparently the best at it.
  • "Done it" Duncan of the Discworld acts unwillingly as this, as he claims to have performed every crime that happens in the city, including a Suspiciously Specific Denial that can be very useful to the Watch.
    • Also, Fred Colon from Night Watch forward, in a strange way. After being pulled off the streets, he is given an office, where he always keeps a kettle going and a box of free doughnuts. This is a favorite hang-out for ex-cops, old cons, and petty criminals, all of whom have an ear to the street and gossip like old washerwomen. Colon hands over the information gathered to Vimes, who gladly pays for the tea and doughnuts in return.
  • The Dresden Files: There is one common theme between many powerhouses in the Dresden-world: Knowledge is power. The strongest know this and give their knowledge with a price, if at all.
    • The Fae, especially higher-level Sidhe members, love being this. Any fae could have the information the mortal seeks, but the mortal must make exactly clear what information the mortal wants. Any loophole or ambiguity, and the fae can, and most will, give muddled and broken information. The fae will also ask for a payment in return for equal value to the knowledge given.
    • Donnar Vadderung is the modern-day mask of Odin, the King of Norse Gods, and Santa Claus, Winter King and beholden to Queen Mab. He runs a mercenary group but is always well-informed. He knows things about the hero Harry Dresden that not even Harry knew until just a days prior, namely: Harry has a daughter and she was kidnapped by vampires. He also knows the vampires didn't kidnap her just for vengeance against Harry. Like the fae, he is willing to trade information for information, but there are two times when he asks no payment from Harry. The first is when Harry came asking for help finding his daughter and saving her. Odin gives the knowledge freely, but Harry realizes later Odin, Mab, and others played him to help do serious damage to the Vampire Court that took his daughter by using his quest to their needs. Later on when Harry asks for more information in a different book as Santa, he gives Harry crucial information in outgambitting another Spymaster and his human ally but states Harry was a good boy this past year and to consider it a belated Christmas present.
    • The Archive is the repository of all human knowledge. Anything written, typed, or printed, whether on stone, sand, paper, computer, or other medium by other means, is instantly entered into her mind. The mantle is past from mother to daughter since Ancient Greece. She can recall anything her predecessors knew with perfect clarity too. She is not a broker of knowledge. She is neutral in all venues and the mantle of the Archive even restricts the female host from giving it, even if the person is a friend on a good cause. She is there in case of a societal collapse and loss of knowledge.
  • Billy from the Final Friends series by Christopher Pike always knows where everyone is all the time. No one questions how he knows.
  • In Girls Kingdom, the Kokonoe twins know everything about all the societal arts students and love gathering more information. They even have a giant stack of notebooks with information on all the societal arts students, each student taking up two pages. They mainly use this information for Kagura's benefit or their own amusement but have taken to teaching Misaki and [[Determinator Kirara]] all this information as well, seemingly just because they like them.
  • Slughorn from the Harry Potter novels was one.
  • In The Iron Teeth web serial, the mysterious and beautiful woman Luphera aids Blacknail the hobgoblin by trading him information. She also appears to sell information, among other things.
  • Known Space:
    • The Outsiders. Unusually, they don't care about getting the dirt on anybody; their business is in Slaver-era technical knowledge (they sold humans the hyperdrive, giving them a fighting chance in the Man-Kzin Wars) and treasure maps. It's almost impossible to acquire knowledge in these fields that you can sell them, but if you can do it you'll pretty much be set for life.
      It was well known that the reactionless drive the Outsiders used was for sale, and that the price was a full trillion stars. Though no individual, and no nation now extant, could afford such a sum, the price was not exorbitant.
    • Ringworld: The Night People range widely, enter all other species' settlements as they please, and pick over all corpses of the dead. As a result, they hear and see a very great deal, and derive most of their influence from buying and selling information, news, myths, and hearsay across the Ring.
  • The Lost Redeemer: Casella Raider and Marabella Lawguard both fit this role. Each woman runs a spy network and always seems to know what the other characters are up to.
  • Marîd Audran: "Papa" Friedlander Bey deals exclusively in information on a global scale; governments operate, or not, based on the information bought, sold, and traded by him.
  • In Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder series, Danny Boy Bell, an albino black man, performs this role. A website providing information about the book series, Poogan's Pub, is named after one of the spots Bell frequents.
  • Maul: Lockdown: Zero and Coyle are both long-serving prisoners with a lot of inside information about everyone, and Maul goes to them in his search for the elusive prisoner Iram Radique. Maul's efforts are undermined by the fact that Zero and Coyle are both secretly members of Radique's inner circle and send him down several false trails.
  • Mindstar Rising by Peter F. Hamilton. Greg Mandel visits a knowledge broker and does an Interrogation by Vandalism, destroying a database containing seven million personnel files. It's actually a vital clue that he misses; the only person who would have the opportunity to copy such a database would be a high-ranking official in the recently-deposed dictatorship.
  • Subverted in Quiller's Run. Quiller hopes to get information on the Big Bad from a former intelligence officer who lives in the Cambodian jungle monitoring the electronic pathways including several bugging devices. Unfortunately he's half-insane from the head injury that put him there. Quiller has to parachute in, get past several attack dogs, then talk the Knowledge Broker into not only giving him the information but not killing him during his fits of psychosis.
    • Also subverted in the second Quiller novel; the Thai underworld figure he consults as per this trope turns out to be running his own gambit. The plot involved a kidnapping for a hostage exchange; he planned to help Quiller foil the kidnapping, only to kidnap Quiller as an alternate hostage.
  • Charles Augustus Milverton of the Sherlock Holmes tale that bears his name. He uses the information he receives to blackmail people and sometimes even ruin them just For the Evulz.
  • Gyoko from Shogun seems to know everything, and has a network of courtesans who supply her with information. In a society that values titles and military power, she manages to do much with the use of information only.
  • The former CIA from Snow Crash is a knowledge-brokering company. Among other things, it employs camera-laden guys who roam around recording everything, in case it'll come in handy later.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Varys "The Spider" is the Lord of Whispers for the Seven Kingdoms. Having no title or wealth (being referred to as Lord out of courtesy), and being a foreign eunuch, he only managed to survive the overthrow of the Targaryen dynasty because of his usefulness. However, Varys has his own agenda, so uses his position to manipulate others; for instance, playing Cersei and Tyrion against each other, or passing off Daenerys Targaryen's dragons as just another ridiculous rumor.
    • Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish is an extremely minor lord and an unabashed schemer who knows everyone's dirt. Turns out that owning several high-end brothels frequented by powerful nobles and merchants has other benefits beyond the obvious.
    • Qyburn, a former maester, becomes Lord of Whispers under Cersei's direction and claims that the job is easier than you'd think because there are always people who will seek you out to sell secrets.
  • In The Spirit Thief, the brokers are a network of people famous for being able to find anything and any piece of information (they're a bit worse with people) within an hour or so of placing a query. They charge through the roof but given their almost-supernatural (actually supernatural, as they're in league with wind spirits) capabilities, the main characters agree that they're worth every standard.
  • This is the Hat of the Agletsch, a Proud Merchant Race in the Star Carrier series. Any given inhabited star system has resources aplenty to manufacture goods, so instead the Agletsch buy and sell everything from intelligence to schematics and technical data, and even art.
  • The sheer scale of the Star Wars universe dictates a rather absurd number of these. By far the best, though, is smuggler-in-chief Talon Karrde, whose organization, which took over after Jabba The Hutt's enterprises collapsed with his death, was built on information brokering. He ended up defaulting to the New Republic's side after Thrawn had him kidnapped to try and coax the location of a lost fleet out of him. In the Hand of Thrawn duology, he took a certain crucial bit of intelligence to Supreme Commander Pellaeon in time for a Big Damn Heroes moment, and his organization sets up between the newly at peace New Republic and Imperial Remnant, making sure information flows freely to both sides so there won't be any nasty secrets. His old mentor knows everything but withdrew from galactic affairs.
    • Around second place or so are the various other important smugglers, and government agents are somewhere around twentieth. Unless they're Thrawn's agents, that is, or wherever and whatever he gets his intel from.
  • Edgedancer (a novella of The Stormlight Archive): Nigh-everyone in Yeddaw buys and sells information, as in their country, knowledge is a currency as good as — and sometimes better than — physical money.
  • Jasper from Super Minion. He might not be quite as smart as he claims and he might overcharge, but the information he provides is frequently spot on.
  • In Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note, Kuroki's epithet doesn't only refer to his social skills, but also refers to his large social network which allows him to obtain information about everyone in the neighbourhood. Probably because this work is aimed at children, unlike most examples of this trope he's a recurring member of The Team and is seen to be morally upright.
  • The archivist Korobeinikov in The Twelve Chairs was a low-key version of a knowledge broker: he made money by selling decommissioned archive documents with sensitive information (such as the data on Bolshevik confiscations of property during the revolution that Ostap Bender wanted).
  • Pahvulti, the renegade Tech Priest in Simon Spurrier's Warhammer 40,000 Night Lords novel Lord of the Night. He was exceptionally good at his job, becoming the information baron of a hive, due to his mentality of a cad combined with his thought processes being that of a computer.
  • The Remover of Inconvenient Obstacles from Tad Williams's War Of The Flowers.
  • Chrysalis, the transparent-skinned owner of the Crystal Palace bar in the Wild Cards universe, uses a telepathic bartender and tiny spy-creatures spawned by a unique Joker to gather information — along with the traditional bribes and espionage.
  • Amoral Attorney Kodringer in The Witcher.
  • Magician Humphrey from the Xanth series is not ranked as a magician for being born with powerful magic, but rather for his ability to find information. He can answer any question, but because so many people have questions, they have to get past three obstacles to get to him and work for him for a year or provide some other kind of significant service for him in return. This way, only serious Questions come to him to keep things sane.
  • The Yiddish Policemen's Union: The Jewish metropolis of Sitka, Alaska, includes a number of information brokers among the gangsters and former spies of its underworld.
  • Young Wizards: Chao the Transcendent Pig serves as one of these, although he's far more lighthearted than most examples on the list. As his name implies, he is quite literally everywhere and everywhen at once, so he knows every single thing happening across the multiverse at all times. The price for his information is a game—seekers must tell him three things he doesn't know (which, as you might expect, is damned hard to do) in exchange for having any one question answered. Chao also possesses the answer to the question of questions—"What is the meaning of life?"—and it's a wizard tradition to start off every conversation with him by asking it, just in case he accidentally slips up and tells the secret.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arvin Sloane from Alias fulfilled the role for a season, when he wasn't being the Big Bad.
  • Hatter from the miniseries Alice. Ratty describes him to Alice as "a man who knows," and he seems to be connected with everybody — the Hearts and the Resistance. His street smarts and knowledge of Wonderland are a help, and when he and Alice have run out of plans and resources, he lists an obscure woman he knows through about eight different people and suggests talking to her, although he admits it's rather a long shot.
  • Antique book dealer Felix Muholland fills this role in Banacek; tracking down whatever esoteric piece of information Banacek needs to crack a particular. Interestingly, he is the only character who ever refers to Banacek by his first name.
  • Baretta: Tony Baretta is always going to Rooster" to get the low-down.
  • Breaking Bad: The Amoral Attorney Saul Goodman also has a network of connections for virtually any criminal enterprise. Whether you need help cleaning up a crime scene after your girlfriend dies of overdose, need an expert conman to impersonate a water inspector, or simply need a buyer for your large quantities of illicit drugs, Saul either knows who can get the job done, or he knows who knows them. Better call Saul!
  • If Sam Axe isn't performing this function in Burn Notice, he knows someone who does. Another frequent source of information is Barry, the money launderer (currently the subject of the page quote), who knows at least something about everything slightly shady that happens in Miami, as all the crooks in South Florida seem to use him to clean their gains.
  • Dorium Maldovar, owner of the Maldovarium, who knows — among MANY other things — what is The Question in Doctor Who.
  • The mysterious hacker group Everyone from Elementary serves as this; while they initially serve as antagonists in an episode, they later befriend Sherlock and Joan, providing helpful information on cases in exchange for odd favors. Joan calls on a few members of Everyone to serve as eyewitnesses (via Skype-like video services) to a villain threatening her and describing his latest scheme.
  • Game of Thrones: This is Varys' job as Master of Whisperers, and he's terrifyingly good at it. If, for whatever reason, a character does not go to Varys, they go to Littlefinger.
  • Guerrero, on Human Target. How did he get that photo? "Dude, you don't want to know."
  • Jeremiah: Eddie from "To Sail Beyond the Stars" is an ally of the Thunder Mountain scouts who specializes in gathering information and profiting from it. He lets people use his pool hall for free to pick up gossip to investigate and pass on to other people who will pay for it or share his goals of seeing civilization restored (which will give him a place to spend all of the money he's been accumulating) and stamping out dangerous people. He sometimes works with other people to actively explore information about dangerous and troubling rumors. He also takes money or supplies from people to record their locations and planned travels on a map so that any of their friends or relatives who are looking for them will know where to look if they ever visit the pool hall.
  • A lighthearted version (that borders on The Family for the Whole Family) appears in Disney Channel's Jessie. Recurring character Tony, the doorman of the high-rise where the show takes place, is apparently the best-connected person in all of New York. Whenever the main characters need strange objects for some Zany Scheme, it's a safe bet that "Tony knows a guy" who can get them.
  • Limehouse from Justified has an extensive network of informants throughout Harlan County and the neighboring areas. If you are a client of his unofficial bank, he will share the information if you ask nicely. He is a leader of a black community in the mountains of Kentucky and his community survived since the Civil War by always knowing what its enemies and allies were up to and where the next threat was coming from. He also helps shelter battered women fleeing their abusive partners, which definitely endears him somewhat to Marshall Raylan Givens despite the distinctly shady nature of Limehouse's business.
  • Philip from Kamen Rider Double has all of Earth's knowledge in his head.
  • JK from Kamen Rider Fourze has information on every student in the school and it's his first-year in Amanogawa High.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Fin Tutuola. Much says of him, "Fin bolted a few hours ago, didn't say where. That usually means a covert meeting with one of his operatives in the Drug Netherworld." Munch himself has contacts he can call on for anything related to spying, black ops, national security, and three-letter agencies.
  • The Longest Day in Chang'an: Ge Lao collects information and sells it to people willing to pay enough for it.
  • Trick from Lost Girl. Part of it comes from being the owner of a bar that's one of the few places open to both Light and Dark Fae, part of it from having once been the Blood King.
  • "Ice Pick" from Magnum, P.I.. Definitely of the "dubious morality" sort.
  • The villainous Dale "the Whale" Biederbeck of Monk is one of these (it helps that he's also insanely rich). In his debut episode, it's revealed that he has dirt on everyone from politicians to professional baseball coaches, and can make them obey him with a single phone call; later, he somehow manages to learn about some shameful parts of Sharona's past within a day or two of her meeting him. In a later episode, he forms an Enemy Mine pact with Monk by offering information on Trudy's death that even the cops never discovered in exchange for Monk's clearing him of murder. What makes this particularly impressive is that Dale weighs in at 800 pounds, and thus runs his information empire from a specially-made bed.
  • NCIS: Los Angeles:
    • The final two episodes of Season 1 center on a Knowledge Broker who had files on hundreds of people and sold that information to whoever paid more.
    • Hetty Lange, who's firmly on the side of the good guys — she seems to have limitless knowledge of everything that goes on not just in her unit, but pretty much all over the planet. Hetty has a massive database of contacts and connections from her days in the Cold War and is fluent in at least eleven languages. She even lampshades the role in one episode when she's accused of being The Chessmaster; Hetty demurs and explains that she doesn't see individual pieces — she sees, and moves, the whole board.
  • Parodied in the shape of Johnny the Snitch on Police Squad!!, the shoeshine guy who could give you information on absolutely everything — at a price — whether you're a cop looking for a fugitive, a surgeon needing advice on how to perform an operation, or just Dick Clark asking about musical trends (and youth cream)...
  • Sherlock.
    • Mycroft is the British Government (when he isn't being the CIA or MI-6).
    • Charles Augustus Magnussen is the updated version of Charles Augustus Milverton from the short stories.
  • Starsky & Hutch were always going to Huggy Bear for the "word on the street" He's a sartorially resplendent urban patois-fluent streetwise African-American.
  • Star Trek:
    • For the franchise as a whole, this is the Yridian race's hat, although they do turn to more generalized smuggling when the information business is running a bit thin. Possibly justified in that a) there aren't very many Yridians (they were believed extinct at one point) and they're scattered across known space, so they don't have an independent economy to worry about, and b) information is universally valuable, cheap to transport and can be sold to multiple buyers once you've got it, so as commodities go it's not a bad one to base your business on.
    • In Deep Space Nine, Garak, Odo and Quark all play this role. Garak's comes from the intelligence world and he has connections everywhere and in every facet of society. Odo's tend to be police, security, and politically based, and Quark's tend to be economic and black market.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • CHIKARA has The Whisper, who was introduced during the "lost"note  Season 17. He was essentially Blackmailing Princess Kimberlee into hurting her friends, leading to her leaving the promotion altogether.note  It was never explained how he had obtained the information he claimed to have on people.

  • Jonathan Patches of The Gungan Council can get information on anything as well as make sure no one gets certain information one doesn't want to let out.
  • Luke Anatoray, from v2 of Open Blue.

    Tabletop Games 
  • From Forgotten Realms, we have The Pillar of Skulls, a hideous landmark upon Baator. Composed of the heads of various beings, it can access their knowledge to answer many questions... but it won't be free. The Pillar will ask for sacrifice to be made as payment, but sometimes it will take valuable information it has not already known as well. Notably, the Pillar is not omniscient, asking a question it doesn't know the answer to will not levy any payment.
  • Mage: The Awakening: The Echoing One is an Abyssal spirit that can be summoned by Black Magic to grant any knowledge, no matter how obscure or long-lost, so long as it was not deliberately hidden. The price is the summoner's Wisdom, reducing their current and maximum Karma Meter by a point per question.
  • Shadowrun. Having good contacts is key to survival if you don't wanna die or get arrested by Lone Star. Your contacts come in various ranks, which vary depending on the edition.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade: The entire Nosferatu clan serve this function. Their monstrous appearance forces them to stay in the shadows, making information and intrigue come naturally to them. Their supernatural stealth and propensity for animal spies don't hurt, either.
  • In Vampire: The Requiem, this role belongs to the Mekhet clan, who have the added advantage of looking normal, and being able to acquire information directly through supernatural means (such as Mind Reading, Psychometry, or Astral Projection).
  • Warhammer 40,000 has the Keeper of Secrets, the Greater Daemon of Slaanesh that knows every one of your dirty little secrets. It actively uses this information in combat to hamper you, ranging from bribing you with your heart's desires to revealing something that shatters its victim's minds.
  • In Werewolf: The Apocalypse, the Corax wereravens (and to a lesser extent, the Bone Gnawer Garou) serve as this to other supernatural beings.


    Video Games 
  • This seems to be the in-story role of Sai in Akatsuki Blitzkampf. He is said to be a person who, through illegal means, gathers all the information in the world. Though it looks like he might actually be an undercover agent for the MI6.
  • Anachronox has several mentioned or implied, but two stand out: K'Conrad Khk and Eddie the Chew. The former is merely an Aewa (a flying species) who takes advantage of the planet's subjective approach to gravity and the tendency for people to not look up very often, in order to find juicy info. He's also a literal broker, as he likes to trade secrets for other secrets. The latter is far more complex; Eddie is hyperintelligent and appears to for all intents and purposes absorb all info on the whole planet, but needs to process it properly in his mind in order to produce proper, cohesive data. (Chewing on stinky, chewy things seems to help him focus; petitioners have to bring him something that fits the bill as payment.)
  • ANNO: Mutationem: Lin is an information broker and hacker in Noctis City with a vast intelligence network. He'll tell anyone just about anything under the radar, whether it is someone's whereabouts or whatever they're planning.
  • The Riddler is depicted this way in the Batman: Arkham Series.
  • ASCII in Burn:Cycle, a mysterious entity that resides in the Televerse and speaks in rapid Machine Monotone, with kiosks in the real world offering their location in exchange for credits. They become Sol Cutter's main source of intel for most of the game, sometimes giving out software to help Cutter.
  • Everyone you talk to in City of Heroes. Seriously, how does Joe Shmoe know which warehouse the Trolls are selling firearms out of? Granted, many of your contacts have some relation to law enforcement or the criminal underworld, but it gets quite silly after a while. It becomes ridiculously literal in Praetoria, where the game's primary currency is labelled Information. This hat will cost 30 information, sir.
  • The Oracle in Deus Ex is an AI born in cyberspace from the sheer information in it, who trades what he knows for information he does not have (this doesn't have to be of any value, a "joke you heard recently" and your breakfast are both things he requests in exchange for information). However the Oracle only appears at three points in the game, all in emails that are entirely optional to read, and everything we know about him is Word of God.
  • .hack R1 Games: Wiseman had this as his initial occupation, before joining the team for real.
  • Dragon Age:
    • The Dark Wolf does this in Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening.note 
    • Varric does this when not writing or adventuring in Dragon Age II. This is all done in place of what should in theory be his actual job, namely running a business, which is in fact registered to a totally fictitious cousin.
      Varric: It means coins flow when I talk and when I shut up.
  • Dragon Quest VIII has a guy like this named Brains.
  • In Dragon Quest XI there is "Noah the Know-It-All", who often "overhears" juicy info and then passes it on further for a price. Saving him from capture by a monster, he repays the favor by revealing to the Hero the location of an item that would lead him to the World Tree.
  • EXTRAPOWER: Attack of Darkforce: Cindy Lau's role is as an especially reliable information broker, used especially by Fei Huang Rong but with other clients relying on her skills a few times throughout the game. She reappears in Giant Fist in a voice-only role, as a possible part of Professor Ace's information network and regularly selling information to Wolf in his route. Though unseen, she is easily identified by her trademark English "See You".
  • Jules in Final Fantasy XII. Due to the way Archadian high society works, everyone in Archades is a Knowledge Broker to one degree or another.
  • Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II: 8t88, a ruthless and unscrupulous information broker (supplemental material reveals he used to be an administrative droid when he came online 190 years before the Battle of Yavin) for hire, whom Kyle turns to in order to find out who killed his father, Morgan Katarn. Unfortunately, 8t88 hated humans and had already agreed to work for said killer, the Dark Jedi Jerec, so he chose to have Kyle killed at their meeting instead. It failed, and his affiliation with Jerec ultimately backfired on the droid.
  • Blad from The Legend of Dark Witch is one, which is why Zizou goes to her for information regarding the missing Syega in the first game, and again in The Legend of Dark Witch 2 for her ability to sow misinformation amongst Germa's ranks so that she can sneak into their HQ unnoticed.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails:
    • Trails in the Sky: Nial Burns tends to trade information with the heroes, although usually he's on the receiving end due to being desperate for a scoop.
    • Trails from Zero: Jona discovers all kinds of vital information, thanks to his hacking skills.
    • Trails of Cold Steel: Micht's real profession is obtaining all information that comes by and goes so he could pass it around.
  • Like a Dragon: This series being what it is, they appear.
    • The most prominent one is the Florist of Sai, who has cameras covering most of Tokyo and works for the highest bidder. He got his name because when he was starting out, he always delivered his intel on cards attached to flower arrangements.
    • Yakuza also has a more down-market version in Tamura, a journalist who has a sideline selling information he dug up but for various reasons can't print.
    • Yakuza: Like a Dragon features the Geomijul, a Korean crime syndicate that gathers intel through its extensive surveillance network in Ijincho and both sells it and uses it to keep the peace between the other criminal factions.
  • Mass Effect:
    • The Shadow Broker, the completely unknown head of a vast Information Brokering Empire. Even the highest ranking members of the organization communicate with their boss only through audio-only communications channels, in which the Shadow Broker uses a computer-generated voice.
    • The Illusive Man at the head of Cerberus is also in the same business, but he doesn't use it for profit but to always be ahead of his enemies and to use the information he has as bribes or for blackmail. He doesn't sell information but only shares it to make other people depend on him.
    • In the second game, Liara starts her own business on Illium, but for her, the profits are mostly to fund her own investigations into the identity and location of the Shadow Broker, who tried to find the dead body of Shepard and sell it to the Collectors and kidnapped her partner when she gave the body to Cerberus first. Her real goal is to kill the Shadow Broker and rescue Feron. Not bad for the socially awkward archaeologist from the first game.
    • The Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC takes Liara and Shepard to the secret base of the same. Where it turns out that the current person behind the desk is a yahg, a huge gorilla-like alien who was kept as a slave and pet by the last Shadow Broker. After he killed his master in his own private chambers, he simply sat down at his computer and continued business as usual. And after he is killed in battle and the computers restart, Liara does the very same thing, instantly becoming one of the top ten most powerful people in the entire galaxy.
  • Persona:
    • The rumormongers in Persona 2 inform you of, among other things, shops that secretly sell weapons/armor and those shop's prices, or of demons existing or knowing specific skills. For a fee, Detective Todoroki spreads those rumors and makes them come true.
    • In Persona 5, Yuuki Mishima runs the Phantom Aficionado Website (or Phan-site), which among other things is the source for most of the game's sidequests.
  • Redd White from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. His company, Bluecorp, was an information-gathering corporation that specialized in obtaining blackmail material concerning big-name individuals such as celebrities, politicians as well as high-ranked people on the judicial system, effectively making White a man above the law.
  • In Star Control II, this is the hat of the Melnorme, who accept "bio-data" from you in exchange for galactic history, current events, and technological specifications. They also sell starship fuel and refuse to take anything for free. When they met the Slylandro, who were completely willing to give up their knowledge and history for free, they couldn't accept that and figured out a way to give them something they could use. Unfortunately, that inadvertently caused them to get access to the Slylandro probes, which wound up being badly programmed and attacked everything in sight.
  • In Star Traders: Frontiers you can find Intel (usually by Spying in the orbit of a system, but there are other sources) that relates to ongoing conflicts, or simply relating to a specific faction. Some Contacts (such as Spymasters) will buy Intel, although it's worth more in improving your Personal Rep with, and increasing the Influence of, the buying Contact.
  • Stellaris: The Curator Enclave sells information on uncharted stars, intel on certain Leviathans, access to their database which significantly boosts your research, and can assign one of their peerless scientists to work for you. All for a nominal sum of credits.
  • In I Will: The Story of London for the Pioneer Laseractive, the man to see was Mr. Pound AKA "Antenna", who runs a Britain-wide information network. He's easily recognized as he's the only person in the entire game who carries two umbrellas in one hand.
  • Oskan in Styx: Master of Shadows is a blind old crook wanted by the Akenash human government. He has many connections tapped into the criminal underworld of Akenash and mainly serves as the contract provider for Styx, offering Styx directions and information to help him reach his goals in exchange for Styx stealing and killing for him.
  • Jay the Unseen in Tales of Legendia.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines: Clan Nosferatu is isolated from human society by its Looks Like Orlok appearance, but compensates by being extraordinarily well-connected, even specifically recruiting Playful Hackers (and Crackers) to maintain their edge. They'll even pay the Player Character to help expand their surveillance network. Their leader's not above selling information on the MacGuffin's location to multiple factions, then selling information on its new location to the losing side.
  • In Wing Commander, Roman Lynch provides information to the protagonist to aid his quest in finding out about the mysterious artifact he's acquired, at the expense of performing missions for him.
  • In Yandere Simulator, Info-chan. She's technically a student at Akademi High School, but she spends all her time in the locked Info Club room, and can only be contacted electronically. She knows a lot about everyone at school; she got her position and privileges by blackmailing the school's headmaster, and she has enough dirt to destroy the reputation of most of the school's students. She also doubles as a black market dealer, as she can get helpful items like cigarettes, fake IDs, and poison for the right price. The price is measured in panty shots (or, later on, gossip from planted bugs), which she accepts because some students will pay her for them. In-game, she acts as a Mysterious Backer to Yan-chan, knowing her true nature and intentions but not caring as long as it gets her business. She'll give out general information on the students for free; more direct aid will require payment.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: People approach Little Miss Malachite to find out information for them. However, she usually demands an up-front fee before she'll discuss business. She's also willing to delay giving information back to her clients just in case there are other people looking for information on those clients. When Cinder escapes from the Vault of the Spring Maiden, she seeks out Little Miss to find out where Teams RWBY and JNPR have gone. Little Miss says it'll take her a week even though she already knows the answer, purely because she wants to know if there are any people searching for information on Cinder.

    Web Comics 
  • Anabelle knows almost everything in A.P.O.C, for a price. Sometimes she'll divulge information if she's feeling charitable, but that's a rare enough occurrence.
  • Ace Tanager from The Incredible and Awe-Inspiring Serial Adventures of the Amazing Plasma-Man holds a wealth of information about the citizens of Meridian City, which he gladly shares with Plasma-Man in exchange for patronage of his lounge.
  • A Miracle of Science: Benjamin spends four pages talking to a broker named Taro, who gives him a lead by consulting his Omniscient Database of black-market programmers to identify the author of code on a chip. He trades for this info with photos he took aboard a Martian ship — the Martians have just rejoined the interplanetary scene, and Ben has a closer relationship with them than most. He and Taro evidently enjoy a friendly working relationship.
  • Lisa from Paranatural runs the school store at her middle school and acts as an information broker for gossip.
  • Planescape Survival Guide has the "info imp," not that he is particularly helpful.
  • Bud/Laser Thrash in Sleepless Domain, who is very skilled at collecting information. Not even Harley, who spends the most time with her, knows how she does it.
    Cassidy: Are you sure gossip isn't your real power?
  • Landon from This Is Not Fiction is introduced as one, being the self-titled "Godfather of Highschool".

    Web Original 
  • Shadow of Super Stories makes her living this way. Whether she has a supernatural ability for getting information or is just very good at her job has not been answered.
  • Spaceships and Psychics: In the Actual Play Ironsworn: Starforged campaign, Vuldar Kai is the premier knowledge broker of the orbital settlement of Rust. He acts as the Player Character, Eren Finn's, starting connection in the game and prompts her to make her first non-background Iron Vow to help him out in exchange for information.

    Web Videos 
  • Ash, the Real Money Trade guy from Noob, seems to be a downplayed case. There is no explicit mention of any kind of extensive network, but any knowledge he does get his hands on is merchandise like any other to him. That aspect of his activities doesn't become relevant to the plot until late Season 5 of the webseries and the movies.

    Western Animation 
  • Geezy the Pegelount is one of these in the Wretched Hive of Tortuna in Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers. A later episode reveals that his cousin is one of Her Majesty's victims (explaining why he's no fan of hers). Fanon also suspects Doc was one of these before being "reluctantly" recruited into the Rangers.
  • In Bonkers a bunch of cartoon grapes will often give Bonkers tips on his latest case. In other words, he hears about it "through the grapevine".
  • Hilda: The Rat King of Trollburg knows all secrets overheard by the city's rat population and is willing to trade them for new secrets, or sometimes for a rancid cod sandwich from the dumpster behind this one restaurant by the docks, they like those.
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Cappuccino runs a cafe where patrons preferably pay their bills in information; if they can't pay, they wash dishes. She'll also trade the information she has for new info or for help fighting off warlords with delusions of empire.
  • In the Looney Tunes short "China Jones", Daffy seeks info from one called Limey Louie. Unfortunately, this is a ruse by Louie himself, who bears a grudge against Daffy for sending him to jail.
  • Mr. Cairo from Phantom 2040. He only values knowledge and no amount of currency, which is probably why he hasn't told the Big Bad who The Phantom is despite the hefty reward. He never appears in person, only communicating with his customers through holograms. It turns out he's not a person at all, but rather a sentient computer program.


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Newskid Legion

The Newskid Legion are a group of kids who are newspaper delivery kids and because they see everything on their route they know what's happening in the city and Lois goes to them for information.

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