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Loan Shark

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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_3'); })A Loan Shark is a stock villain who typically loans money at high interest rates and will stop at nothing to get it back. The loan shark may be only too eager to use violence if necessary. He may also have mob connections, as money-lending is a time-honored means for organized crime to use money gotten from any number of less-than-honest means, and the hounding of their victims for payment and interest is just another means of extortion. In some cases, a loan shark will be reluctant to kill a debtor because a corpse can't pay its dues.
Loan sharks feature a lot in action movies, where they're usually tied to The Mafia, The Triads and the Tongs, the Yakuza or whatever other organized crime group features as the primary villain of the piece. Typically, the person being hounded by the loan sharks is someone who ran up a nasty gambling debt or needed money for some other reason and had nowhere else to turn, and now they are putting the heat on him to get their money back (with interest) and the borrower is unable to pay. Enter the hero, who is usually a friend of the borrower, who comes across the loan sharks doing their bit of nasty, beats the crap out of them and sends them packing. The loan sharks get pissed and the conflict ensues.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_2'); })Unfortunately, this is Truth in Television (although some real-life Loan Sharks can be more flexible than others), and some high schools show videos warning students about the dangers of borrowing from loan sharks. Actual banks, within the United States and its allies at least, do not operate under this trope and will in fact often accept pennies on the dollar rather than have to repossess cars and houses. Bankers do not want to own your collateral because they tend to have trouble selling it to get their money (doing so was what caused the sub-prime mortgage crisis and subsequent depression of 2008) and even in boom markets, owning property to sell is often costlier than most banks want to deal with. Also of note is payday lending, which, due to its legality in the US, does not involve violence but is less lenient than banks.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_1'); })Sometimes involves a Morally Bankrupt Banker. May resemble a Deal with the Devil, as the two often overlap.
For literal sharks see Threatening Shark.
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In Ambience: A Fleet Symphony, a young Damon had a friend who got killed when these sorts came calling over her parents' debts.
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In S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, the Bandit leader in the Jupiter area, Jack, runs a loan business by pushing interests into his clients. One of his, Vano, is unable to pay off his debt and is being hunted by the Bandits, taking refuge from them in the train station currently being used by Duty and Freedom. The player can help Vano by either paying off his debt for him, scaring Jack into forgetting the debt, or if you're feeling up to it, wiping out Jack and the Bandits. Given that trying to pay off the debt will get you mugged on your way out, and killing the Bandits will net you Jack's rare Armsel semi-automatic shotgun and a ton of grenades, the third option is honestly the best one.
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Tear the Fairy of Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is basically a Loan Shark in all but name (despite how much she tries to deny this) but is willing to help Recette pay off her father's debts as a business advisor for her item shop. She'll still repossess her house if Recette fails though. And then she'll turn back time (to Day 2) and give Recette all of the stuff she got before her failure and give her another shot at it. As many as it takes.
Tear actually discusses aspects of the trope during the opening. She mentions the finance company she represents would prefer to see the shop succeed and clear the debt that way, since not only would repossession displace a minor, but even without overheads they'd never get their capital back on the building alone. However, they're still on the brink of that last resort, as Recette's father is just that far in the hole.* The debt is half a million and change. For scale, Recette can renovate the building twice, to over double its initial footprint, for considerably less.
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More than one of these appear in Detective Conan. Unsurprisingly, they all become Asshole Victims of their cases. Of special note is the pawn shop owner Akira Sumida, who is such a bitch that at least three people want her head.
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Subverted in Startopia. During the third mission you are given the option of taking an energy loan from Arona Daal, owner of the local Honest John's Dealership. Given his other business practices most players would probably trust him with a loan as far as they could throw him, but his interest rates are actually rather sensible (you have to pay him back 110% of the loan sum at a later point in the mission and you'll be quits; you lose if you can't pay though). Of course, given you probably will be spending most of that loan in his store anyway...
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Sluggy Freelance had Riff end up owing a company $200,000 for cloning a toothbrush. Much seizing of property and other general shenanigans ensued.
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In Contrast, Johnny is in debt to a loan shark, whose goons break his finger to send the message that his plan to pay them back better succeed.
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Toontown Online has a literal version of this as a building-only Cashbot cog.
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In Bleak Expectations, Harry Biscuit borrows a swan from a "food lender" at 10% interest. Unfortunately, this turns out to mean 10% per second. Half an hour later, Harry owes 14 billion swans.note If you do the math, this interest rate actually results in an even more absurdly high number.
Later on, Pip Bin, in dire need of cash after burning down parliament house, is approached by a "greaser of financial wheels, a servant of the fiscal hinterland". Or as the man eventually admits, a moneylender. Played with, in that he offers Pip the money he needs loan-free, but tricks him into signing a form for the grossly inflated interest, fluctuating wildly and randomly in the loan shark's favour. It eventually results in his sister and brother-in law getting sent to debtor's prison, and his getting married to a Miss Talula Not-A-Man (the series Big Bad in disguise).
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The Angel comic continuation, "After the Fall", featured a loan-shark-demon of the same type as the Buffy example below (according to one of the writers, they're the same character). He was one of the "Demon Lords" who carved up LA after the Senior Partners sent the city to Hell, but betrayed the other Lords to Angel.
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In Castle, some evidence quite often implicates loan sharks who the Victim of the Week had dealings with in one way or another, whenever they come up, but it's never them who's guilty of the episode's murder. All of the loan sharks of the show's universe apparently operate by the more sensible but less exciting rule, "I can't get my money back from [insert victim's name here] if I kill him/her," and just scare/threaten them with violence or rob them, but never go any further than that. In fact, when questioned, they typically state the victim had just paid them back with interest, which is a lead Beckett's team can investigate with a little Forensic Accounting.
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In The Simpsons, Krusty winds up in hock to the Springfield Mafia repeatedly. On one memorable occasion, he is forced to open a clown college in an attempt to pay his debts, which Homer attends and then assumes Krusty's identity while the real one flees to change his appearance and live a new life. At the end of the episode, after Krusty has moved hell to placate the Mob, he finally pays his debt - $48.
Krusty: "I THOUGHT THE GENERALS WERE DUE!" - That's right, Krusty bet against the Harlem Globetrotters.
Inverted and Played for Laughs in another episode, when Homer uses Lisa's near-flawless ability to pick football winners as a means of bleeding his bookie, Moe, dry. When Marge finds out, she's very angry, and Homer protests that his football gambling is a victimless crime. The only victim is Moe, after all.
In one later episode, Moe turns out to be one as well. When Homer, in dire financial straits, goes to him for money, Moe calmly states that since Homer has no collateral, he'll have to break his legs in advance. Homer quickly flees.
Another episode played it straight when Homer goes to the employee credit union to get the money to buy Lisa a pony. The loan is personally handled by Mr. Burns:
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The Name of the Wind. The Loan Shark who appears, Devi, doesn't send thugs to collect money. She just has a small, sealed vial of her client's blood. No one ever has the courage to find out what nasty sort of magic she will do to those who are delinquent in their payments, and the protagonist Kvothe goes to great lengths to avoid paying late. Apart from this, however, Devi is really quite pleasant.
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Kevin & Kell had a literal shark who traveled by plumbing, charged absurd interest rates, and threatened to kill Kevin if he missed the deadline. Coney met him during her potty training and promptly ate him.
Kell's cousin borrowed from the mob. She's paid back 160% of the debt in less than a year but they still keep hounding her... because she's murdered all of the mob's best repo-men in self-defense and they want serious payback.
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Hannah Swensen: Max Turner in Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder is one, and died at the hands of someone who stood to lose their home if they couldn't pay up.
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Niki Sanders of Heroes borrows money from a Las Vegas mob boss, Mr. Linderman, who sends thugs after her to retrieve it. In a twist, Linderman actually doesn't care much about the money. He's much more interested in having Niki's... interesting family under his influence.
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A tertiary character runs afoul of one of these in a Sweet Valley High novel.
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In the Dragaera novels, this was one of the areas of crime engaged in by Vlad Taltos while a member of the Jhereg, a fantasy equivalent of The Mafia. His organization is relatively reasonable, in that when someone is a business owner making an effort to pay, they are likely to be lenient about payment or else take over the business temporarily before using violence, although they are more than willing to break the kneecaps of recalcitrant debtors. It's suggested that the Jhereg are the source of loans for the common people, which is understandable given that the group associated with banking, the Orca, are less than trustworthy.
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In the Red Dwarf novelization, one character commits suicide after being fed his own nose by loan sharks who had generously given him a loan with a 3000% interest rate. The details on the interest rate, by the way, were contained in the microdot of an "i" in the closing line of the loan agreement.
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Gazzo in the first two Rocky movies. In the first, Rocky works for him collecting money and beating up people who don't pay. Or in his trainer Mickey's words he's: "a legbreaker for a cheap, second-rate loan shark". In Rocky II, Rocky's brother-in-law Paulie gets his old job. Gazzo is seen with a date rooting for Rocky during the climactic fight of both movies. Working for Gazzo later comes back to haunt him in the fifth movie.
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One of the characters in Paranoia Agent owes the Yakuza a large amount of money. And it just keeps getting larger.
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The goblins in Harry Potter fit this trope to a T, especially in Goblet of Fire, where it turns out that Ludo Bagman owes them a lot and has conned Fred, George and a whole lot of other people out of their bettings to pay them back... and it's still not enough. This is why he keeps trying to help Harry during the Triwizard Tournament, since he bet that Harry would win.
Even more so in The Deathly Hallows, when Harry makes a deal with one to help him break into Gringotts bank so they could steal/destroy Hufflepuff's Goblet. What Harry didn't know, and had to find out the hard way, was that Goblins view every single Goblin-made item as being "borrowed" instead of "bought", and that they despise the idea that Goblin items are handed down through generations. He learns this when, being trapped in the vault, Griphook chooses that exact moment to make off with Gryffindor's Sword and escape.
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Kokona's father is in serious debt to one in Yandere Simulator, to the point where Kokona has taken to Enjo Kosai in order to try to help him. Yandere-chan can help them in her own special way — namely by kidnapping the loan-shark's daughter, Musume, and forcing him to let all his customers go. The loan shark's name is, appropriately enough, "Ronshaku".
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Tear actually discusses aspects of the trope during the opening. She mentions the finance company she represents would prefer to see the shop succeed and clear the debt that way, since not only would repossession displace a minor, but even without overheads they'd never get their capital back on the building alone. However, they're still on the brink of that last resort, as Recette's father is just that far in the hole.* The debt is half a million and change. For scale, Recette can renovate the building twice, to over double its initial footprint, for considerably less.
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Brassed Off: Phil borrowed money to support his family during the Great Strike in 1984. Now, at the same time that the rest of his life is going down the toilet, they step up their efforts to collect.
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In Saints Row, the player can borrow money from a loan shark, with three days to pay it back. Once the time expires, two goons will start to chase the player. The longer you wait without paying back the loan or getting killed, the loan shark becomes more aggressive and eventually starts sending helicopters after you.
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In KateModern, Gavin and Tariq borrow money from a rather shady businessman named Terrence. When it becomes apparent that they have no means of paying him back, he becomes violent.
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Dirty Work. Dr. Farthing (Chevy Chase) the gambling-addicted doctor is being "asked" to pay back his loans.
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Disaster survivors such as Faye Valentine of Cowboy Bebop didn't get their cryogenic treatment for free.
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Tower of God: Kim Lurker, his goons and his boss. They cause a lot of problems for Wangnan, Nia and originally, Lurker himself.
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Jake goes to one in "The Apartment", the episode where his apartment is going on co-op and he is left hanging, as he hasn't paid his rent in years. It takes Gina to have to tell him that this is an extraordinarily bad idea; even if Jake is friends with the guy, he charges a 20% interest rate.
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Half the premise of Hayate the Combat Butler is that the hero's parents, being pursued by exactly these kinds of loan sharks in the form of the Yakuza (a.k.a. the Very Nice People), agree to sell him to them for his organs without his knowledge in order to repay their debt.
Although that plotline is closed up in short order it's likely that both Hinagiku and Yukiji's parents and Luka have had dealings with these same type of people.
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In Final Fantasy XIV, there's Rowena, who is the one selling the special items and such to Player Characters. She has a massive debt towards Gerolt because of his inability to control his drinking and is the main reason he helps the Players in creating their relic weapons. At the end of the Anima Weapon line, despite having been promised all his debt erased for helping make the weapon, she immediately reminds him that that was the debt before he went to make said weapon. It's so bad that, when the player character is helping with the reconstruction of Doma, one of the suggested comments over someone wanting to barter with Rowena is that they should barter their souls to a voidsent than her. And that's the serious suggestion.
In the Shadowbringers expansion for the game, the Warrior of Light meets a woman who's clearly the Mirror Universe version of Rowena. She, like her reflection, plays her House of Splendors up as a thing of sincerest charity. The Warrior simply shakes their head, believing none of it.
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New Game Plus: Nami is no better than in canon; she agrees to cover the damage dealt by Luffy's demonstration of strength for "200% interest per week, with a bimonthly increase of 27% and a semi-annual fee of 2,500,000 Beri until completion." Buggy is appalled.
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The Exchange in Knights of the Old Republic, and Davik in particular. Exorbitant prices for basic necessities and Fantastic Racism seem to have most of the Lower City scared out of their mind. Can't pay? They'll have the hired thugs kill you if you're lucky, or sell your kid into slavery if you aren't (Ada in the Black Vulkar base and Juhani).
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One story in The Twilight Zone (1985) deals with an All Devouring Black Hole Credit Card, which literally reposesses your existence if you don't pay up.
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 The Twilight Zone (1985)
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In Mario Party 2, in the final board called Bowser Land, there are the Bowser Banks. On every other board, if you pass by a bank, you must deposit 5 coins, but if you land on the bank, you get all the money everyone has deposited. The Bowser ones? Give away money to everyone passing by, then force whoever lands on the bank to pay back the total amount, and if you don't have enough, they will happily take a Star off you instead.
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Inspector George Gently: A pair of loan sharks force a woman who is Trapped by Gambling Debts into prostitution in "Gently Among Friends". Bacchus deals out a little street justice to scare them off.
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In the novel Inferno, loan sharks are condemned to Hell. This has some basis in the original The Divine Comedy, which depicts usury as a sin, in turn deriving this from the laws of The Bible. The protagonist, although generally opposed to the concept of eternal damnation, reflects that if anyone belongs in Hell, it's them.
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An Emerald Unearthed: The Big Bad, Randall Silva, was a loan shark who kept Emeralds father under his thumb when he couldn't pay back debts. Appropriately, he's also a Faunus with shark teeth.
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Higurashi: When They Cry. One of the cons run by Teppei and Rina. Teppei will lend money to gamblers. After they lose it, Rina will offer to loan them money so they can pay him back. True, the interest rate is downright extortionate, but being in debt to her is better than being in debt to him, right?
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An episode of Crusade had a loan shark trying to get the vig from Max Eilerson's ex-wife. He responded by using an alien artifact that was used to control prisoners, mentioning that it will kill on proximity to either him or the wife, or by a manual code entry.
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Jessica Jones (2015): One episode of season 1 sees Jessica get recruited by Luke to help him track down a guy who has gone ghost and is in debt to a local loan shark named Leonard Sirkes.
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The Sinister Urge, a film by Ed Wood about the dark, twisted crime world of pornography, uses this trope. The porn studio is shown to prey on young, unsuspecting girls by having the nice, sweet porn director hire naive girls as actresses and offer to front them money to live on, complete with paying their rent and buying her expensive dinners in order to prepare her for work at his studio. As one girl found out though, her first "audition" has her meeting the director's financial backer and secret head of the porn syndicate. When she fails to get the drift when ordered to seductively pull up her skirt and show the porn boss her "hat", the porn boss reveals that it was HER money that the actress was living off of during the previous weeks and that if she doesn't do the movies the porn queen wants her to do, then she would contact the actress's father to make him pay back the money.
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Piers Anthony's Xanth series, has literal sharks do this job; they, of course, charge an equally literal arm-and-leg minimum for their services.
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In Armageddon, Rockhound borrows $100,000 from a loan shark (in the back of a dry cleaning store, no less) figuring that they're going to die on the mission. (Making his volunteering to stay and set off the nuke understandable.) He mentions to Chick that he spent the money on a stripper named "Molly Mounds," Chick deadpans, "You got problems."
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One of crime boss Datak Tarr's "activities" in Defiance, in the pilot he has a man's wrist broken for bringing him a payment in public on the street. Though later he offers to forgive the debts of anyone who fights to defend the town from the Volge attack (*cheers*).
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Red Dwarf had an Outland Revenue man in the Better Than Life episode who was instructed to "to break both (Rimmer's) legs and pull off your thumbs-...sir" for some money Rimmer owed. The episode ends with the Outland Revenue man taking a hammer to Rimmer's hand. He was, however, virtual. Given that Outland Revenue appears to be based on the Real Life Inland Revenue, he was probably collecting taxes, not loans, but the trope is functionally the same.
"Just because we're three million years into deep space and the human species is extinct. That means nothing to these people. They'll find us!"
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In Rounders, Worm had accumulated several fairly small poker debts before going to jail. His former partner, Gramma, sensing an opportunity for a good score, goes around and buys off all Worm's creditors, meaning that Worm now has one big debt to him. Gramma states at least once that he's more than willing to use the traditional loan-shark "collection methods", but the real threat to Worm — and by extension, Mike — is fellow poker player and underground poker club owner Teddy KGB, who is called KGB because of his strong connections to the Russian mob. Turns out that Teddy provided the money for Gramma's business venture, figuring they'd both make a nice profit from the interest.
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Naps in S.S.D.D as part of his backstory turned to wiretapping celebrities to pay off his ever-increasing debts to a series of increasingly persistent loan sharks.
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One MAD Magazine "Melvin and Jenkins" sketch has the kindly Jenkins assure friends he's loaned money too that they can take as much time as possible to pay it back. Melvin does too, but also wakes them up every morning at 3:30am with a tape recording of a kneecap being broken in two places at once until they repay the loan.
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In Trauma Team, a loan shark appears in one of Naomi Kimishima's missions. He is not responsible for the death of the debtor, as he points out that he can't get his money back from a dead man. He lent the victim $100.000 which the victim used to buy a very expensive guitar which belonged to a famous musician. In an effort to pay back the loan, the victim then started to blackmail the "Raging Bomber" who paid the victim for making bomb threats by telephone as the "Revolutionary". This directly led to the victim targeted by the bomber himself.
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There's also an episode in Criminal Intent where the loan shark is so impatient to get his money back that he kidnaps a guy's family, during which his hired kidnapper rapes one of the daughters. Big surprise? He's a former member of the Serbian Volunteer Guard,note One of many nasty Serbian paramilitaries, charged with war crimes though he tries to pass it off as a member of a Serbian infantry regiment. Too bad he didn't know that Goren knew what the letters on his tattoo stood for.
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The Albanians are actually just some of the people that Roman owes money to. The lion's share of his gambling debts are in the hands of Russian mobster Vlad Glebov, an arrogant thug with delusions of grandeur. While Vlad is more civil about collecting his debts than the Albanians, he is still an unpleasant sort; rather than resorting to upfront violence, Vlad uses Roman's debts as an excuse to intrude in Roman's life and bully him whenever he wants, sleep with his girlfriend Mallorie and strong arm his ex-soldier cousin Niko into collecting other debts for him. These last two actions are what ultimately get him killed.
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In Death Rally you can borrow money through a "loanshark" option (it's literally called that).
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Woody Woodpecker encounters this in the short The Loan Stranger, where his car crashes and goes kaput, so Woody manages to get a loan of one dollar from the nearby Sympathy Loan Company—but it later escalates to $365 in interest, not including the dollar he had yet to pay back. (justified, as Woody simply forgot to pay the loan back after 30 days.) The Loan Shark in question (who is a wolfnote his species is an old visual shorthand for the phrase "wolf at your door") tries everything in his power to get Woody to pay back the loan. Woody tricks him into calling off the loan when he thinks he smashed Woody's head—only for Woody to pop up and ask for a loan on his cuckoo clock, much to his chagrin.
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A Doll's House deconstructs the trope by having the final payment and signing off of the loan cause more trouble than the loan itself ever did, and the "loan shark", Krogstad, isn't just an evil and unidimensional Jerkass stock character but a fully realised human being with his own flaws, virtues and motivations.
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In Fallout, there is a guy named Lorenzo Giovanni who runs the Friendly Loaning Company in the Hub. He claims to be a respectable businessman, but is actually a loanshark that has ties to the local crime lord. If the player doesn't pay off his debts, his two thugs attack him.
To give it context, the loan has 10% daily interest, and must be repaid within 10 days. Considering how long it takes to travel from town to town, it's almost as if Lorenzo doesn't want you to pay it back.
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Akumetsu kicks off with the initial female lead (who fades out of the story after a while) renting/selling herself into teenage prostitution because of her father's crushing debt, caused by a loan-sharking bank. At first it was indicated that her parents had sold her, a la Hayate above, but later it emerges that they have no idea she even knows how dire their financial straits are. The girl is rescued by Akumetsu, who kills the central bureaucratic fat cat with an axe before having his head blown off. A later arc involves Akumetsu taking on the leaders of various banks in a shame-and-threaten campaign on national television after running across the girl's father contemplating suicide by revenge-with-large-truck in a playpark on his way to school.
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In the mystery film Nine Dead, Sully is a Las Vegas loan shark who has connections with the mob. He firebombed the homes of the people who refused to or couldn't pay him, which he regrets because he didn't know there were people inside at the time. This later turns out to be the key plot point in the mystery, as it was his loan that Christian had to pay back by any means that set the entire story in motion.
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In one episode of Fuller House, Ramona and Jackson borrow money from Max, and Max forces them to be his servants to pay him back.
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Two of the villains in Suicide Kings. Who it is that owes them money becomes a plot point.
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Inverted in Seinfeld. Kramer places a large bet with a bookie in Jerry's name and ends up winning a large amount of money (The precise figure is never revealed). Unfortunately, his bookie is very new to the business and can not afford to cover the bet. Since Jerry never actually placed the bet at all he is in no rush to get the money, but he keeps accidentally behaving like a debt collector. First he breaks the guys thumbs, then he locks him in his trunk and in the end he seemingly plans a murder. All of it (In true Seinfeld fashion) is unintentional and misinterpreted to turn Jerry into an unstoppable debt collector.
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Adrian Mole gets in this trouble once for his naivete and ends up several hundred thousand British pounds in debt.
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On One Life to Live, Max Holden ran into trouble with one of these. After foolishly borrowing $10,000 from him so that he could go gambling, Max was stunned when the man was not only incensed when he could only pay him back half, but demanded that he be paid an extra $2000 in interest on the remaining amount. Only then did it finally dawn on him that he was dealing with a Loan Shark. Even then, it still took the man not so subtly threatening him, his mistress, and finally his wife and kid (by showing up at their home) for him to scramble and come up with the money.
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In The Little Foxes, the Hubbards are said to have "made their money charging awful interest to poor, ignorant niggers and cheating them on what they bought," which is why Birdie's mother never trusted them.
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Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos has Caleb Maas, who also doubles as a Corrupt Corporate Executive. He claims that Felix Johnston hasn't paid him back, although Felix himself objects and says that he's paid him ten times over. Maas apparently expected this and threatened to "close his account", by which he means "KILL HIM". As if that weren't enough, Felix's son Cal Johnston (protagonist and Player Character) inherits his father's debt (as shown in some main menu screen text) in addition to just becoming orphaned, and not too far into the story, Maas gets him imprisoned for life with ease, as the authorities don't even bother to question Maas...until he breaks out with some other fellow prisoners 15 years later and becomes a Space Pirate like his grandmother. Needless to say, it's VERY personal.
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Harn suffers from a case of them early on in The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor.
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Doc Martin: It turns out that Bert has had to go to some loan sharks to keep his restaurant afloat.
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Drakken Joe from Edens Zero. When one unlucky sap owes him millions, Drakken's response is to mess up his mouth with a broken glass bottle before offering to let him suffer any Fate Worse than Death of his choice until he can finally pay him back. He always takes special care not to kill his debtors, though; he can't get his money back if they're dead.
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An episode of Sniz and Fondue on KaBlam! had Fondue borrowing a quarter from a loan shark to make a phone call, and he quickly accumulates a $200.00 debt because the guy charges "...200% interest— by the minute." The debt increases to $10,000.00 by the end of the episode, but fortunately the guys win a cash prize in a radio contest that they use to pay off the debt.
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The tutorial of Yakuza takes place in the offices of Peace Finance. According to Kazuma's informant, the loansharks have been extorting money from the locals in addition to accumulate a hefty debt themselves. When faced, the old man in charge refuses to pay, opting to call out his henchmen to beat up the Dragon of the Dojima Clan. That went as good as expected.
Yakuza 4 introduces Shun Akiyama, who is one of the new playable characters. It's actually a subversion, as in contrast to other loan sharks, the company he works for, Sky Finance, barely charges any interest on their loans and don't slander the competition or bully people into buying loans. Akiyama often doesn't bother to collect or forgets about the loan. This makes them a lot more successful than other loan sharks, enough that a trio of guys from another company try and beat on him. Considering that Akiyama is just as much of a badass as the other characters of the series, it doesn't end well for them.
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Louie the Loan Shark in the Beany and Cecil episode "Monstrous Monster" is literally a shark.
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Joe McIntyre fell victim to one in Coronation Street.
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An odd subversion, in the Thai movie Chocolate, the main character is collecting loans found in her loan shark mother's ledger, to fund her mother's cancer care. None of the debtors wants to pay up, so she's forced to beat them up.
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Kenji from Deep Love borrows some money from some loan sharks to pay for his drug addiction, unfortunately he got fired from his job because of his drug addiction. It doesn't end well.
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Hack had an episode where Mike, the protagonist becomes the personal driver of a local mob boss who is a Loan Shark. When a restaurant owner is about to be beaten for not paying back a loan, Mike saves the guy and the mob boss makes him personally responsible for collecting the debt. He tries to be reasonable but it turns out the the restaurant owner is actually Too Dumb to Live and does not intend to pay back the money. If Mike can't get the money, he will owe the mob boss and thus having to join the crime gang to avoid getting killed. Desperate he ends up threatening the restaurant owner with a bat till the guy give up the money. Disgusted he quits and goes back to being a taxi driver.
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A M*A*S*H episode has Charles borrow $50 from Sgt. Rizzo to purchase a valuable Chinese vase from a Korean vendor. When the week's payroll is eaten by Klinger's goat, he's forced to wait to repay, and Rizzo charges 100% interest per day.
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In the alternate timeline in the sixth season of Lost, Sayid's brother borrows money from a loan shark to open a second business. When he can't pay the high interest rate, he asks Sayid to use his "skills" to scare off the goons. Sayid refuses until his brother is beaten and hospitalized, at which point he meets with the loan shark...who turns out to be none other than this timeline's version of Martin Keamy.
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Vera: While investigating a murder in "Black Ice", Vera and her team uncover a loan shark operation operating under the cover of a taxi firm. Many of the 'drivers' hanging the base are actually the loan shark's enforcers, known as 'dogs' by his clients. While the Victim of the Week was threatening to blow the whistle of his operation, the loan shark turns out not to be responsible for her murder, but still gets shut down.
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Frequently show up on Law & Order when the murder victim-of-the-week turns out to have had money problems. They mostly are never the real guilty party, expect to hear some variation of the line "Yeah, I killed him, that'll make him pay me" as a reason why they may have beat the guy up, but not killed him.
One particularly nasty variant took out life insurance policies on the debtor's family members, anyone who claimed he couldn't pay his balance would be told that his family would be shot and he could then just mail them the check.
A subversion happened in a 2000 episode where a stock scheme runs so bad that the Mafia comes to the Manhattan D.A.'s office to get their money back.
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Batman: The Animated Series - This is strongly implied to have been the reason Andrea's father had to uproot both himself and her and run to Europe in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Though he eventually recoups their money, they decide they've had enough of his stalling and send a certain hitman to kill him.
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Living with Insanity had an example. While David doesn't act violent toward Alice, one has to wonder how she managed to rack up a debt that high after just a year.
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Roland Ho of Sleeping Dogs is a Sun On Yee loan shark whom Wei temporarily works for. While he acts rather aloof and grumpy to Wei and doesn't show much compassion to his debtors, he comes off as just an old, jaded Triad, hardened by years of dealing with deadbeats and holdouts. He reveals what he really is in his final mission. After one of his repeat debtors is cornered and, unable to repay Roland, commits suicide, Roland orders Wei to shake down the man's newly-widowed wife for his life insurance payout. Wei is so disgusted by this that he cuts ties with Roland then and there.
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This is how Count Kalliovski of The Red Necklace gains power over people.
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Torn City allows players to take out a loan from one of these guys in the red light district. He is actually pretty reasonable compared to most examples of this trope and the player can even steal from him as part of the pickpocketing crime.
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In This Is Your Death, the neighborhood loan shark actually turns down Mason's request for a loan, because he knows Mason is a decent man and respects him, and because he knows that Mason will never be able to repay him.
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Daredevil (2015):
Wilson Fisk's father borrows from a mob boss, Rigoletto, to fund his campaign for city council, with the expectation that Bill Fisk will pay back Rigoletto through kickbacks. Unfortunately, Bill's asshole nature costs him the election, and little Wilson kills him with a hammer shortly thereafter. Wilson and his mother then cut the body up and dump it, with it being implied that this is to avoid retribution from Rigoletto.
In the present day, season 1 opens with Fisk having recently killed Rigoletto and taken over his loansharking rackets. James Wesley makes his introduction strongarming a corrupt jail guard who owes $30,000 to the recently retired Rigoletto into carrying out a hit on Karen Page in exchange for his debts being forgiven, threatening the man's daughter to secure his cooperation.
A twisted example happens in season 3, when Fisk goes after Foggy's brother and parents to get leverage over Foggy. He does so by directing the various suppliers who have contracts with the Nelsons' butcher shop to stop doing business with them. After several months, the shop is driven into a tight financial spot, where they don't have enough collateral to get a loan from the bank. It is then that Fisk has his contacts at Red Lion National Bank reach out to Theo and his parents. The loan officer tricks them into cooking their books and making their assets look healthier than they really are, enabling the loan to go through without a hitch. With evidence of Foggy's family committing fraud to blackmail Foggy with, Fisk lets their old suppliers resume business with them. Things go by smoothly until Foggy begins campaigning for DA in response to Fisk's release from prison, and a viral video surfaces of him humiliating Blake Tower in a public forum while listing the various crimes Fisk has been committing since he got out. In response to this, Fisk sends Felix Manning to Nelson's Meats and has him threaten to have Red Lion call the loan and send Foggy's family to jail if Foggy doesn't retract the public claims he's been making about Fisk.
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In an episode of Cow and Chicken, the duo is relentlessly pursued by The Red Guy after Chicken uses a credit card found as a cereal prize to purchase a 25-cent pack of gum. Up to Eleven when he starts demanding the money almost immediately after they use the card.
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Star Wars: Kenobi shows some of Jabba the Hutt's other business interests on Tatooine, besides smuggling. After his friend Dannar's vaporator began producing incredibly delicious water via Miraculous Malfunction, local Rancher Orrin Gault invested heavily in that vaporator model and attempted to replicate the results. But he can't get the settings quite right, and his promised payoff to his creditors is not forthcoming. He spirals into his downfall from there. First, he goes into debt to Jabba's thugs to save off the bank, then starts embezzling from the Settlers' Call Fund, which the other settlers entrusted him with since he's so apparently rich and successful. When he can't get enough from that, he turns it into a Monster Protection Racket.
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Hal goes to one on Malcolm in the Middle to pay Malcolm's college tuition, explaining that there's no way he can pay it back, but he's offering to be the guy who gets his thumbs broken as a lesson to everyone else. He quickly changes his mind once the loaner suggests that he could simply not give Hal the money and still break his legs.
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In A Song of Ice and Fire, the Iron Bank of Braavos definitely has this reputation — which it is more than happy to use primarily to avoid too many unanticipated late payments and the resulting headaches. On learning that the crown has defaulted on its debts, however, Jon Snow considers that when princes default on ordinary banks, sure, the bankers starve; but, when they default on the Iron Bank, new princes mysteriously arise and overthrow them. After all, if the Bank never actually comes down on defaulters quite harshly to make a lesson out of them... As a result of the Lannisters' defaulting, a representative of the Iron Bank goes to find King Stannis Baratheon, presumably to offer him the financial aid he needs to claim the throne, traveling through harsh weather and ransoming prisoners to serve as a protective escort.
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Paddy Maguire lends Yvonne Karib money in Shameless when banks do not deal with her.
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The basic premise of [C] - Control is that mysterious beings loan people large amounts of money, with the condition that they must then gamble it in weekly inter-dimensional tournaments. Go bankrupt, and you lose your future, literally. The resident Loan Shark person, Masakaki, even regularly displays shark teeth when being particularly greedy.
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One Piece:
Paulie makes his entrance while being chased down a public street by a pair of suits demanding money. Apparently this happens a lot.
One could argue that Nami's original reason for stealing money was due to this, since she was attempting to buy her village free from Arlong and his fish-men. Bonus points for Arlong being an actual shark, too.
Nami herself also counts after she's freed from Arlong. Her typical lending rate is 300% interest, and if any situation involves scoring some extra cash, she goes from the Only Sane Man to no less reckless than the rest of her crew.
'Arlong' even sounds like the Chinese dialect Hokkien phrase for 'loanshark' (at least in Singaporean Hokkien, see Live Action TV below).
One filler episode features a more heroic example, with a retired moneylender who used to lend money to pirates. Most of the pirates would try to just abscond without paying him back, at which point he chased after them to take it back by force.
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Averted in the Murder, She Wrote PC game, where a loan shark interviewed in the first case was offended at the implication that he'd kill a debtor who hadn't paid him back, since that would prevent him from ever getting the money back, period.
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Mack Bolan (of The Executioner series) sets forth on his campaign against the Mafia after his father snaps under pressure and kills his own family in a murder-suicide, brought on by the revelation that his daughter was prostituting herself to pay his debt to Mafia loan sharks.
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A running theme in seinen manga Wa Ga Na Wa Umishi is how they are ever going to pay off the astronomical $14 million debt they owe the bank. The slimy loan officer never fails to turn up to collect most of their earning whenever they do a succesful job.
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The Otogi Bank from Ōkami-san functions this way, although they deal in social debts and not finances.
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The SuperMarioLogan series has The Loan Dolphin, a Dolphin whose job is a debt collector, though he's only an antagonist to those who don't repay their debts, as in "Bowser Junior's Lemonade Stand!", when Junior tries to get him to destroy Cody's lemonade stand, he doesn't do it because he thinks it looks nice.
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A Christmas Carol: Ebenezer Scrooge is implied to be one, or at least a corrupt lender as he is quite wealthy and greedy, caring little for his customers or the poor. Although not as extreme as a criminal loan shark, he still shows little mercy to beggars and his clients who are facing financial troubles.
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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has an entire segment on the payday loan business and their negative impacts on their clients, and ends with Sarah Silverman doing a parody of celebrity sponsorship ads for payday loan companies in which she encourages viewers to do literally anything else to avoid dealing with payday loan services.
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In Game of Thrones the Iron Bank of Braavos is essentially described this way on a ''nation-state'' scale — you don't pay them back, they fund your enemies — but contrary to what that might imply, they really don't play favorites and only judge a debtor's ability to repay, so once Davos Seaworth claims that his king is actually more reliable than the one physically on the Iron Throne — essentially offering to be their collector — the bankers come around and agree to fund Davos' king.
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Zortic starts with Zortic being subtly threatened by a loan shark. The kicker?
He looks and talks like Jabba the Hutt in a Mafioso suit, and …
… he's in the student loan business.
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In Spartacus: Blood and Sand, a loan shark named Ovidius keeps pestering Batiatus to repay his debts. Eventually, Batiatus has enough and has the man and his family murdered.
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The Twilight Ogre guild in Fairy Tail operates this way. When Fairy Tail falls on hard times, Twilight Ogre offers them money—then spends the next seven years harassing them and destroying their property when they fail to pay back all their interest. After their strongest members return after getting frozen in time and find out what happened, Fairy Tail pays them back, all right...in terms of all the suffering and damages their guild sustained over all those years. Twilight Ogre promptly leaves them alone after that.
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The main character of Kim Ki-duk's Pieta is an enforcer for a loan shark, whose job is to threaten people into paying what they owe and to maim them if they can't pay.
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In Twins, Danny DeVito's character is hounded by a family of violent loan sharks in virtually every other scene.
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Mario Condello was portrayed as such in Underbelly with the idea being played up to the point of beating down those he loans to so they cannot pay, take everything from them, and laughing as a teenager is Driven to Suicide. Both the man himself and his best friend Mick Gatto were very upset at how he appeared.
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The Drop has Cousin Marv, who used to lend to Glory Days (a nickname for the guy). He was very in debt, but a freak lottery win meant he could pay Cousin Marv back and then some. Because Cousin Marv was himself heavily in debt, he killed Glory Days so no one knew he was solvent.
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Binbou Shimai Monogatari has a father who ran away from a dangerous debt.
It turns out that he's paying his friend's debt, not his own.
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Animal Crossing has Tom Nook, via Memetic Mutation.
In reality, Tom isn't much of a loan shark, as he'll gladly let you take your time to pay off your debt to him, he doesn't expect you to pay it all off at once, and the debt doesn't collect any interest. He'll even let you shop at his store while you're working to pay off the debt, and even hires you for a while when you first move in, so you can work off part of the debt, do some errands, and learn the ropes. However, once you pay off the debt, he'll offer building an extension to your home. And he won't take no for an answer. In summary, he's kindlier and more forgiving than most examples on this page, but he does have an annoying tendency to move the goalposts on you.
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Get Shorty: Miles and Louis primarily work as debt collectors for Amara's casino and criminal enterprises.
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Mrs Finucane in Angela's Ashes, who hires Frank to write threatening letters on her behalf.
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The Bill Sykes of Disney's Oliver & Company is a loan shark, and Disney doesn't even try to play down how ruthless he is. There are even clear Mafia connections and the very real prospect of him killing Fagin, to whom he had lent the money.
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In the Judge Dredd universe, one of the most lucrative rackets is Body Sharking, a form of loan sharking where suspended animation technology is used to keep the debtor's loved one as collateral. You don't pay up and mummy dearest will never wake up.
Especially not after having her organs harvested. A different one being removed for each missed payment.
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An episode of Blackadder revolves around Edmund having to pay back a loan he took from such a group - which is, as it happens, the Anglican Church - under penalty of imminent death if he doesn't ante up. He ultimately gets out of the debt by producing a painting of the debt collector, the Baby-Eating Bishop Of Bath And Wells, engaged in an unspecifically perverse sex act after learning that he'll "do anything to anything".
Making the unspecific act even more squicky is the fact that the other person involved was Percy.
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Cyberjack: Nick is in debt to a local criminal who is waiting for him in Nick's home at one point with several of his goons.
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Apparently, Django didn't listen. In Lunar Knights, Laura of the Solar Bank tells you at one point that Dark Loans went bankrupt!
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Beetlejuice once got into a luxury war with the next-door snobs, using cartoon credit cards with abnormally high limits. Eventually the limits are reached, and the credit card company reveals themselves to be loan sharks with a direct portal to Care Bear Land, any monster's worst nightmare. Also, the interest rate is compounded per minute. The media laughs at both parties for getting ludicrously deep in debt, at which point they all realize they're high level monsters and just beat their way out, starting with the reporter.
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In Stroszek, a regular loan is taken out by the lead and the love interest, which they can't quite afford. In contrast to these examples, the bank worker is comically non-combative. Things still don't turn out well.
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The main antagonist in Limitless is a loan shark and his thugs who apparently have connections to The Mafiya. Eddie eventually manages to pay him off, but the man continues to harass him because he sampled some of Eddie's NZT (a drug that temporarily enhances intelligence and memory) and wanted the whole batch.
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While Knuckle from Hunter × Hunter isn't an actual Loan Shark, his nen ability, Hakoware, is themed this way. Every time he hits an opponent, he lends them some of his nen, making them more powerful. But the loaned nen accrues interest every ten seconds, and if the opponent don't hit him back to return the nen he gave them, they'll eventually go over a certain limit and "bankrupt", losing their nen for a month.
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In the documentary film Fyre Fraud, Billy takes out a loan at an obscenely high-interest rate from a mysterious, unseen businessman.
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City Hunter has an old man trying to rob the Yakuza loan sharks who bankrupted him and ruined his life. Thanks to having used his last money to hire the best courier of Tokyo's underground to drive the getaway car and said courier having hired Ryo as a bodyguard, he not only succeeds and gets away with it but gets the satisfaction of seeing the car of the Yakuza enforcers wrecked.
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In St. Vincent (2014), Vincent is in deep with one; when he calls around with a gun and some muscle and tries to steal Vincent's wife's jewelry to pay off the debt, Vincent suffers a stroke.
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Those in Kaiji are quite happy to pursue not only their debtors but also those who have co-signed for them in nefarious ways.
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One Oolite OXP introduces the Brotherhood of the Black Monks, a body that combines this trope with Church Militant (since only religious bodies can lend on credit). They give out generous loans with exorbitant interest, then send out attack vessels after you once you default.
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In one episode of Baywatch, one of the life-savers loses money with gambling and has to get a loan with 20% cumulative interest. Per month.
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Garome from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, who even sends thugs after children. When forced to duel, his deck theme concentrates on loaning creatures to his opponent, then doing massive damage to them each turn if they can't get rid of the creatures.
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In Pikmin 2, the President of Hocotate Freight has to go on the run from debt collectors after discovering that the company's loan came not from Happy Hocotate Savings & Loan, but from the building next door, the All-Devouring Black Hole Loan Sharks. Previously the Trope Namer.
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: In "Midway to Midtown," when Joel is trying to clean up his parents' factory, he's pretty exasperated by their various corner-cutting methods (Moishe is from a line of Jewish immigrants who are systemic antisematics; which contrasts with Joel, who has just come after quitting a corporate job with professional accountants). At one point, Joel and his secretary Mrs. Moscowitz discover a ledger that Shirley says is the "special loans book".
The next episode sees Joel take his parents to a bank where his friend Archie Cleary has a brother, Curren, who works as a loan officer who helps them fast-track opening a line of credit.
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Once Upon a Time's Mr. Gold, in addition to being a pawn broker and the landlord for pretty much the entire town, frequently operates as a particularly inflexible loan shark. Mr. Gold is not a man you want to be indebted to.
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The plot of the first The Addams Family film in 1991 revolved around an amnesiac Uncle Fester who had been brainwashed by the film's villain Abigail Craven to assist in her loan-sharking schemes and who thanks to their dead-beat's lawyer's debts towards her becomes interested in embezzling their fortune.
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Leopold Strauss is a downplayed one in Red Dead Redemption II, but he lends money to rather desperate people and when they don't pay up, he sends Arthur Morgan, who won't be too shy about roughing up those people. Arthur despises him for targeting decent folks, and eventually throws him out of the Van der Linde gang.
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In Grand Theft Auto IV, Roman is chased by loan sharks from a small-time Albanian gang due to his massive gambling debts, requiring the player character to evade them in a car chase and finally fight them, then chase down and kill their leader.
The Albanians are actually just some of the people that Roman owes money to. The lion's share of his gambling debts are in the hands of Russian mobster Vlad Glebov, an arrogant thug with delusions of grandeur. While Vlad is more civil about collecting his debts than the Albanians, he is still an unpleasant sort; rather than resorting to upfront violence, Vlad uses Roman's debts as an excuse to intrude in Roman's life and bully him whenever he wants, sleep with his girlfriend Mallorie and strong arm his ex-soldier cousin Niko into collecting other debts for him. These last two actions are what ultimately get him killed.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer featured a loan shark that menaced Spike. The loan shark was an actual demon shark guy.
And the currency of the loan was kittens.
After seeing her fighting prowess first hand, the loan shark offered Buffy some "freelance" debt collection work.
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Star Wars Legends:
The Intergalactic Banking Clan is one of the corporate interests backing Count Dooku's Separatists during the Clone Wars. This Mega-Corp behaves like loan sharks on a galactic scale, charging steep interest rates and maintaining a private droid army to collect on defaulters.
Star Wars: Kenobi shows some of Jabba the Hutt's other business interests on Tatooine, besides smuggling. After his friend Dannar's vaporator began producing incredibly delicious water via Miraculous Malfunction, local Rancher Orrin Gault invested heavily in that vaporator model and attempted to replicate the results. But he can't get the settings quite right, and his promised payoff to his creditors is not forthcoming. He spirals into his downfall from there. First, he goes into debt to Jabba's thugs to save off the bank, then starts embezzling from the Settlers' Call Fund, which the other settlers entrusted him with since he's so apparently rich and successful. When he can't get enough from that, he turns it into a Monster Protection Racket.
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Pizza the Hutt from Spaceballs is a parody of Jabba the Hutt. He arbitrarily raises Lone Star's debt to him to one million spacebucks, citing "late charges".
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Tom of Durarara!! is a pleasant, even-tempered man who works in the Loan Shark business for some Yakuza-types. He doesn't like using violence and generally relies on his super-strong and hot tempered friend/partner Shizuou to frighten recalcitrant customers.
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Stewie from Family Guy became one once. Brian made a rather safe bet on a boxing match, but by a twist of fate, he lost. Stewie spends most of the episode brutally beating Brian, using everything from glass shards to a flamethrower, until Brian gives up and agrees to pay.
Shady loan sharks are again seen when Bonnie gives birth and Joe has to take a loan to cover the hospital expenses.
Also in an episode where Peter buys a boat and gets a loan, using his house as collateral. Weeks before the loan is due, the "bank" takes most of the possessions and sells the house to another couple.
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Mass Effect: Andromeda: The Outcasts of Kadara Port, in-between gang-warfare and protection rackets, also run a loan service. Ryder can stumble across the corpse of one particularly stupid person who took a loan from them, and didn't realise they'd want him to pay them back (you know, the definition of a loan). Amazingly, the Outcasts weren't what killed him.
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In the Aubrey-Maturin series, Jack Aubrey is pursued by creditors; for a while, he has to take advantage of some ridiculously arcane laws about where people are allowed to be arrested for debt. He ends up press-ganging the bailiffs who are trying to arrest him.
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Jimmy from Third Watch gets visited by several throughout the seasons. One notable example is when a Loan Shark takes Jimmy's car and makes him walk his kid home, in the cold and dark.
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The Federation of Gratuitous Space Battles is an alliance of Mega Corps, and all the other factions owe them money. At least, that's their part in the overall Excuse Plot of the game.
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In one Strong Bad Email, "other days", Strong Bad receives a letter from Bubs, in which he threatens to turn him over to a "cut off your toes"-style collections agency if he does not immediately pay the $3.62 he owes. Strong Bad responds by nonchalantly burning the letter to an ash with a cigarette lighter.
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The driving force behind the plot of Mafia II is Vito's father dying while his son was at war and leaving his family $2000 in debt to a loan shark, leading to Vito returning to his life of crime to try and pay it off. You later end up $50,000 in debt to the same loan shark after a botched attempt to get involved in the drug trade on the side.
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MSF High: Miss Fenris is well known for this, anyone who cannot pay for a debt to her becomes a salesgirl in her employ until the debtor has paid off the debt.
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Michael Westen goes up against one in an episode of Burn Notice. He mentions that all loan sharks, while usually criminals, are ultimately businessmen. They aren't really interested in harming their clients, but just want their money. Michael naturally manages to use this trait to his advantage. The loan shark in question, while undeniably dangerous, actually comes off as fairly affable and more reasonable than most of Criminal Of The Week villains.
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In Barefoot, a loan shark's threat to "smash [the protagonist's] head open" if he doesn't pay up sets off the entire plot.
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Gene Co in Repo! The Genetic Opera fill this role. They'll lend you money so you can get an organ transplant, but if you miss a single payment, they'll send out their Repo Man to take the organs back...
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Used quite a lot on The Sopranos. It's all but stated that this is one of their main sources of income.
Robert Patrick plays David Scatino, a local Sporting Goods store owner who gets in over his head in poker debts to Tony. Tony then "busts out" Scatino's store, buying random crap and exhausting its assets and lines of credit until it is forced into Chapter 7 bankruptcy (liquidation).note Scatino says in-universe it's going to be Chapter 11. While he may have intended to file for Chapter 11—reorganization of debts, with creditors to be repaid from future profits—we very clearly see the liquidators roll into the store, take everything, and put up a "for lease" sign, so we can be reasonably sure that even if he filed an 11, it was converted to a 7. This situation actually presents a very peculiar circumstance for a bankruptcy attorney: after the "bust-out", Scatino's debts must have been staggering, but in theory at least, all the crap Scatino's business "gave" for the mobsters to sell (or take for themselves) were a fraudulent transfer or an unfair preference, and in theory David or the trustee could sue to get that money back. On the other hand...well...who sues a mob boss? And even if you had the balls to do it, how would you prove it? This culminates when Tony, in a genius move, gives Meadow an SUV that he took as collateral from Scatino, her boyfriend's father.
Christopher loaning to, beating, and ultimately murdering his Narcotics Anonymous sponsor.
One of the thugs exploits Vito by borrowing money from him, then turning him in to the rival New York family that wanted him dead.
Even Angie Bonpensiero gets in on the game, "putting money out on the street" after she gets ahold of Big Pussy's old body shop. (She doesn't do any beating herself, but it's obvious she controls guys who do).
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This trope actually drives the plot of the Mega Man Legends spinoff The Misadventures of Tron Bonne.
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In The Miser, Cléante has to borrow 15,000 francs from a moneylander, and learns he will pays the interest rate for him and for the loanshark this moneylander borrowed this sum himself, for a final interest of 25.5%. Cléante later learns this moneylender was Harpagon, his father.
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An episode of WKRP in Cincinnati has the enforcer for this type of shark loitering in the station's lobby, waiting for loan-defaulter Johnny Fever to turn up. He was only given a vague description of what Johnny looks like, so of course Hilarity Ensues.
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 Film: Barefoot
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 Film: St. Vincent
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