History Main / Graverobbing

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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* ''Creator/FromSoftware'' ** ''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.
15th Oct '15 11:54:36 PM Omeganian
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** The pyramids were often targeted by thieves for the incredible amount of wealth stored in there. Tutankhamen's tomb is famous for being one of the rare exceptions, since by then the Egyptian king's had switched to the more hidden and easily guarded caves in the Valley of Kings, the smallest and most easily overlooked. None of the pyramids has anything worth stealing left in it.
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** The pyramids were often targeted by thieves for the incredible amount of wealth stored in there. Tutankhamen's tomb is famous for being one of the rare exceptions, since by then the Egyptian king's kings had switched to the more hidden and easily guarded caves in the Valley of Kings, the smallest and most easily overlooked.overlooked (and even so, that particular tomb was robbed twice). None of the pyramids has anything worth stealing left in it.

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** The pyramids Terracota Army actually used to have real weapons. Some were often targeted by thieves for recovered from the incredible amount of wealth stored in there. Tutankhamen's tomb is famous for being one of the rare exceptions, since by then the Egyptian king's had switched to the more hidden and easily guarded caves soil, but most were stolen in the Valley of Kings, the smallest and most easily overlooked. None of the pyramids has anything worth stealing left in it.meantime/
14th Oct '15 4:15:08 PM StFan
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[[folder:Comicbooks]] * Used for a StealthPun[=/=][[TheCameo Cameo]] in Creator/DanAbnett and Andy Lanning's Creator/DCComics {{Elseworld}} ''The Superman Monster'', which combines the Franchise/{{Superman}} mythos with ''Franchise/{{Frankenstein}}''. MadScientist Victor Luthor is provided with corpses by a resurrectionist who is clearly this universe's counterpart of Mitch Shelley, the ResurrectionMan.
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[[folder:Fairy Tales]] * In ''Literature/TheBlackThiefAndTheKnightOfTheGlen'', one of the thief's story is about his robbing a grave. [[/folder]]

[[folder:Fairy Tales]] * In ''Literature/TheBlackThiefAndTheKnightOfTheGlen'', one of the thief's story is about his robbing a grave. [[/folder]] grave.

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9th Oct '15 12:46:27 PM LordInsane
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* In ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', the second expansion ''Delta Rising'' revealed that the Kobali, who populate their race by reviving the dead via a special virus who transform them into Kobali, have gone into this, [[spoiler:taken fallen Vaadwaur and changing them into Kobali]]. This angers [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Harry Kim]], as he was never told this. This gets even worse when he finds out that [[spoiler:they have the real Harry Kim and are turning him into a Kobali, too.]] This last incident makes Harry decide to force the Kobali into changing their rules over someone being revived.
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* In ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', the second expansion ''Delta Rising'' revealed that the Kobali, who populate their race by reviving the dead via a special virus who transform them into Kobali, have gone into this, [[spoiler:taken fallen Vaadwaur and changing them into Kobali]]. This angers [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Harry Kim]], as he was never told this. This gets even worse when he finds out that [[spoiler:they have the real Harry Kim and are turning him into a Kobali, too.]] This last incident makes Harry decide to force the Kobali into changing their rules over someone being revived. The Kobali usually don't rob actual ''graves'', but that's because there appears to be limits to how damaged a corpse can be and still be possible to turn into a living Kobali -- the main source of [[spoiler: Vaadwaur is actually a giant cryostasis facility meant to preserve thousands of Vaadwaur for their eventual return. The Kobali just keep an eye on it and pull out corpses for transformation whenever a cryopod fails.]]
3rd Oct '15 9:07:08 AM Mhazard
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* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' features Afflicted Graverobber, the {{Squadette}} of a WolfpackBoss, she looted Alva's Armor and [[DualWield carried two]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter Beserker Blades]].
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* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' features Afflicted Graverobber, the {{Squadette}} TheSquadette of a WolfpackBoss, she looted Alva's Armor and [[DualWield carried two]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter Beserker Blades]].
3rd Oct '15 9:06:16 AM Mhazard
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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' features [[LegacyCharacter Trusty Patches]], an EasilyForgiven grave robber with ChronicBackstabbingOrder, who kicks people into bottomless pit and loot them, and he [[BerserkButton hates clerics]]. * ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' features Afflicted Graverobber, the Squadette of a WolfpackBoss, she looted Alva's Armor and [[DualWield carried two]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter Beserker Blades]].
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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' features [[LegacyCharacter Trusty Patches]], an EasilyForgiven grave robber graverobber with ChronicBackstabbingOrder, ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, who kicks people into bottomless pit and loot them, and he [[BerserkButton hates clerics]]. * ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' features Afflicted Graverobber, the Squadette {{Squadette}} of a WolfpackBoss, she looted Alva's Armor and [[DualWield carried two]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter Beserker Blades]].
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