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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.

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Compare Knowledge Broker as well as The Scrounger and The Engineer in military and other 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."


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Examples

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     Fan Works 

  • Lost in Camelot sees Kenzi essentially take on this role while in Camelot, to the point that she puts together two identical sexy outfits for Bo and Morgana on very short notice.

     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.
  • Pulp Fiction has Winston Wolf, an unflappable underworld fixer.
    Winston: I solve problems.
  • Eddie Mannix from Hail, Caesar!, based loosely on the real Eddie Mannix who worked for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

     Live-Action TV  

  • 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.
  • Private Walker from Dad's Army is the town spiv, being able to get pretty much anything off the black market. He often wrangles the other characters into storing or buying his wares.
  • Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck from The A-Team does this, but like Sam Axe above, he also gets his hands dirty.
  • 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. She solves problems, for a price. It gets her in hot water, putting her on the Machine's radar and leading her to cross paths with Reese and Finch. However, they maintain a working relationship, and she pops in every so often to help with the number of the week.
  • Moriarty from Sherlock takes this trope to the next level. It's implied he got bored just crafting a criminal information network and all the standard Fixer activities, so he branched out into stuff like convincing a cancer patient to become a serial killer, blackmailing military/espionage officials, and playing mind games with his Worthy Opponent
  • In Breaking Bad Saul Goodman is this to Walt and Jesse, and Mike is this to Saul.
  • Daredevil (2015): Wilson Fisk has a few fixers on his payroll. In season 1, the role belongs to James Wesley, who is responsible for intimidating and strongarming Fisk's enemies and underlings. After Wesley's death at the hands of Karen Page, the fixer duties are given to Felix Manning, who spends season 3 basically taking on both Wesley's and Leland Owlsley's old duties (as a strongarm and money man, respectively). Though Felix is quick to say when intimidating Karen in her attempt to talk to him that 'fixer' isn't how he thinks of himself.
    Felix Manning: Off the record, you are incorrect. About what I do for a living. I don't fix problems. I make them disappear.
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     Tabletop Games  
  • The 5th Edition of Blood Bowl introduces the (In)Famous Couching Staff character Fink da Fixer, a highly intelligent goblin who is renowned for getting his colleagues absolutely anything they want a few seconds before they want it. In-game, Fink's abilities count as three regular assistant coaches and he has the special ability that help with bribing the referee.
  • 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.
  • Same for Cyberpunk2020, where fixers are the ones who can provide you with that gear illegal, thus otherwise very hard to get.

     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, with companion character Dr. Lokin being a formerly retired Fixer turned Mad Scientist.
  • Watch_Dogs: Aiden's main source of income is 'fixing' problems in the underworld. Fixer car missions involve stealing the right car(s) to prepare a heist or acting like a drunken douchebag so that the police force isn't fixated on the heisters. Assassination missions usually equal Aiden versus a small army. Since fixers can also be defined as criminal engineers/hackers, any thug with a decent hacking skill is now called a fixer in Chicago. In multiplayer, you fight against player-controlled fixers.
    • Aiden himself has Jordi Chin as his personal Fixer to deal with any dirty business that needs doing, such as cleaning up evidence or getting him a vehicle.
  • Maku the Fixer in the Blade of Galadriel DLC of Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an orc who serves as a general troubleshooter and problem solver for other Orcs. For some reason, he decides to throw in with Eltariel and act as her lieutenant, helping her formulate plans and sabotage her enemies.
  • Both Neville and Samson in Need for Speed Carbon are classified as fixers. Neville prevents the heat level of an area from rising after races whereas Samson lowers the heat level of player-controlled territories. They also provide cash bonuses for winning races.
  • The main character of all people in Persona 5. His tasks outside of leading his team include dealing with ex-yakuza for weapon modifications, cutting deals with back-alley doctors for experimental drugs and even manipulating the newspapers.

     Real Life  

  • Anthony Bourdain wrote 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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