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I want a one or two word title for a character who is included in a group only because he is their "ticket" to get where they want to go. "Ticket" is what I'm thinking now but would love another option. Basically, where the other two are trying to go they can't get through without his permission.

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Context will be important here - is it literally someone who can take the group somewhere, get them in somewhere, generally has something the group needs, or something else? English has lots of names for this person. –  Kristina Lopez Oct 24 '13 at 15:14
This person controls access to where the group needs to pass through to get to where they want to go –  Cynthia Vessel Oct 24 '13 at 15:18
Sometimes sponsor may work. Also patron, and perhaps host. All of these are neutral and do not convey a mercenary approach by the beneficiaries. –  bib Oct 24 '13 at 16:27
.........way in –  Edwin Ashworth Oct 24 '13 at 21:34
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One possibility is the phrase entry token. It denotes an entry pass or voucher. At the same time, token provides a suggestion of “included because we had to”.

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