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6th Jun '16 7:17:48 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' min-series "Arise Serpentor Arise" the villains engage in this to obtain the DNA needed to create Serpentor; Sergeant Slaughter even uses the word "grave robber" while insulting them.
31st May '16 3:51:13 AM Doug86
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* In AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', Yasa brings along Ziantha because of her readings that they could find a rich tomb.

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', Yasa brings along Ziantha because of her readings that they could find a rich tomb.
25th Apr '16 4:17:05 AM foxley
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* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': In "Habeus Corpus", the body of a dead man is stolen from his bed minutes after he is pronounced dead, and then the body of a woman who died five months previously is dug up and stolen from her grave.
18th Mar '16 6:11:04 AM Willbyr
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16th Mar '16 1:01:21 PM Willbyr
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10th Jan '16 11:07:53 PM TalonsofIceandFire
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This practice is generally frowned upon, and modern archaeologists have been avoiding burial sites for some time now. Not only is [[DueToTheDead desecrating the body]] after death considered extremely offensive in the overwhelming majority of cultures, it's also [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking kind of]] [[{{Squick}} gross]]. Either way, [[CaptainObvious stealing a body from the grave and any items buried with it still counts as theft and is therefore illegal]].

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This practice is generally frowned upon, and to the point that most modern archaeologists have been avoiding burial sites for some time now. Not only is [[DueToTheDead desecrating the someone's body]] after death considered extremely offensive in the overwhelming vast majority of cultures, it's also [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking kind of]] pretty]] [[{{Squick}} gross]]. Either way, [[CaptainObvious stealing a body from the grave and any items buried with it still counts as theft and is therefore illegal]].
21st Nov '15 10:11:50 AM Mhazard
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* [[{{Necromancer}} Necromancers]]... well, while real life necromancers cannot resurrect dead bodies, they do occasionally use the corpses as medium hoping to communicate with the spirits. Ghost Marriage, marrige arranged for the dead also applys in this case.
8th Nov '15 7:15:56 AM Mhazard
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A grave robber (or Franchise/{{tomb raider}}) digs up a grave or breaks into a crypt or mausoleum to steal the corpse inside, whether it be [[ForScience for medical research]], profit by selling the body to medical researchers (which used to be done by shady professions called Bodysnatchers or Resurrectionists), [[MadScientist resurrection of]] [[CreatingLife the dead]], or... [[{{Necromantic}} whatever]] [[ILoveTheDead reason]]. This also includes stealing treasure, valuables, and [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts Of Doom]] that happen to be buried with the corpse, not just the corpse itself, especially if the tomb belonged to royalty. In some situations this can also include vandalism of the corpse if the robber is trying to make a statement or just feels [[ForTheEvulz especially spiteful]].

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A grave robber (or Franchise/{{tomb raider}}) digs up a grave or breaks into a crypt or mausoleum to steal the corpse inside, whether it be [[ForScience for medical research]], profit by selling the body to medical researchers (which used to be done by shady professions called Bodysnatchers or Resurrectionists), [[MadScientist resurrection resurrection]] [[{{Necromancer}} of]] [[CreatingLife the the]] [[BackFromTheDead dead]], or... [[{{Necromantic}} whatever]] [[ILoveTheDead reason]]. This also includes stealing treasure, valuables, and [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts Of Doom]] that happen to be buried with the corpse, not just the corpse itself, especially if the tomb belonged to royalty. In some situations this can also include vandalism of the corpse if the robber is trying to make a statement or just feels [[ForTheEvulz especially spiteful]].
22nd Oct '15 10:22:37 PM Mhazard
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* ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' features [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Graverobber]] Blige, who takes what he can from the dead to sell to passing Demon slayers. In fact, almost every merchant but the Once Royal Mistress gets their ways by taking advantage of the demon invasion this way.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' features [[LegacyCharacter Trusty Patches]], an EasilyForgiven graverobber with ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, who kicks people into bottomless pit and loot them, and he [[BerserkButton hates clerics]].
* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' features Afflicted Graverobber, TheSquadette of a WolfpackBoss, she looted Alva's Armor and [[DualWield carried two]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter Beserker Blades]].

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''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' features [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Graverobber]] Blige, who takes what he can from the dead to sell to passing Demon slayers. In fact, almost every merchant but the Once Royal Mistress gets their ways by taking advantage of the demon invasion this way.
* ** ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' features [[LegacyCharacter Trusty Patches]], an EasilyForgiven graverobber with ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, who kicks people into bottomless pit and loot them, and he [[BerserkButton hates clerics]].
* ** ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' features Afflicted Graverobber, TheSquadette of a WolfpackBoss, she looted Alva's Armor and [[DualWield carried two]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter Beserker Blades]].Blades]].
** ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' features the Tomb Prospector, a whole clan of Healing Church graverobbers designed to rob the ancient tombs of Pthumeru.
15th Oct '15 11:59:56 PM Omeganian
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* In the 70's, DC had a short lived comic called Plop!, in which a crew of ghoulish looking folks present stories, each with a KarmicTwistEnding. In one, a kindly old man is actually a secret grave robber who visits funerals only to inventory the jewelry of the deceased. But when the doctor tells him his time is coming, he's frantic to avoid the same treatment at the hands of his apprentice. So he stipulates that he be buried only in everyday clothes. Alas, he forgot that a dentist who believed the man's public image had given him a free overhaul. And in the last scene, the apprentice is happily bashing out the gold teeth from the old man's corpse.



** The Terracota Army actually used to have real weapons. Some were recovered from the soil, but most were stolen in the meantime/

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** The Terracota Army actually used to have real weapons. Some were recovered from the soil, but most were stolen in the meantime/meantime.
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