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6th Nov '17 6:09:25 PM JulianLapostat
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* The Mona Lisa was once stolen as well, [[AvertedTrope though it was nowhere near impossible at the time]]. The security that was protecting it was so lax that the guy just [[BeneathNotice pretended to be a janitor]], hid in a bathroom, ripped it off the wall, [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy and walked off with it]]. Because of that, '''now''' you have to be an impossible thief to even touch the thing.

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* The Mona Lisa Art/TheMonaLisa was once stolen as well, [[AvertedTrope though it was nowhere near impossible at the time]]. The security that was protecting it was so lax that the guy just [[BeneathNotice pretended to be a janitor]], hid in a bathroom, ripped it off the wall, [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy and walked off with it]]. Because of that, '''now''' you have to be an impossible thief to even touch the thing.
3rd Nov '17 11:41:30 AM DustSnitch
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->''"The soulful tunes of this accordion inspire you to new heights of thievery you never thought possible. Forget the Mona Lisa, you've got your eye on the Art/SistineChapel ceiling."''

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->''"The soulful tunes of this accordion inspire you to new heights of thievery you never thought possible. Forget the Mona Lisa, you've got your eye on the Art/SistineChapel ceiling.[[Art/SistineChapel Sistine Chapel ceiling]]."''
3rd Nov '17 11:41:07 AM DustSnitch
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->''"The soulful tunes of this accordion inspire you to new heights of thievery you never thought possible. Forget the Mona Lisa, you've got your eye on the Sistine Chapel ceiling."''

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->''"The soulful tunes of this accordion inspire you to new heights of thievery you never thought possible. Forget the Mona Lisa, you've got your eye on the Sistine Chapel Art/SistineChapel ceiling."''
27th Oct '17 7:31:14 AM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrolls'':

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24th Oct '17 1:50:23 AM dotchan
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* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' - the Nobodies in [[spoiler: fake]] Twilight Town commit the impossible theft of stealing the '''concept''' of photos. When the characters notice and try to say the word, they can't.
24th Oct '17 1:49:38 AM dotchan
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* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' - the Nobodies in [[spoiler: fake]] Twilight Town commit the impossible theft of stealing the '''concept''' of photos. When the characters notice and try to say the word, they can't.
9th Oct '17 7:00:17 AM BeerBaron
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** The series' lore includes Rajhin, the legendary [[CatFolk Khajiit]] hero who became their God of Thievery. Among his accomplishments are stealing the Ring of Khajiit from [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu Nocturnal, the Daedric Prince of Darkness]], stealing the shadow from a merchant, and stealing the tattoo clean off the neck of the Empress Kintyra as she slept. He was said to have abilities like being able to hide in his own shadow as well as move invisibly, silently, and as fast as the wind.

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** The series' lore includes Rajhin, the legendary [[CatFolk Khajiit]] hero who became their God of Thievery. Among his accomplishments are stealing the [[RingOfPower Ring of Khajiit from Khajiit]] off the arm of [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu Nocturnal, the Daedric Prince of Darkness]], Mephala]], stealing the shadow from a merchant, and stealing the tattoo clean off the neck of the Empress Kintyra as she slept.slept, and stealing the ''entire city'' of Falenesti. He was said to have abilities like being able to hide in his own shadow as well as move invisibly, silently, and as fast as the wind.



*** The player gets to [[LegacyHero inherit the title of Gray Fox]] by stealing an Elder Scroll, the series' namesake and an item that can literally rewrite the laws of time and space, a feat [[BeyondTheImpossible considered impossible in and of itself.]]
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** The Nightingales are a secret order within the ThievesGuild that have made a pact with Nocturnal to give them supernatural abilities. The BigBad of the questline, [[spoiler:Mercer Frey]], is revealed to have be a former Nightingale who stole Nocturnal's Skeleton Key, which unlocks ''everything'', up to and including the limits of [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower human potential]].

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*** The player gets to [[LegacyHero inherit the title of Gray Fox]] by stealing an [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scroll, Scroll]], the series' namesake and an item that can literally [[RealityWarper rewrite the laws of time and space, space]], a feat [[BeyondTheImpossible considered impossible in and of itself.]]
itself]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
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Skyrim]]'': The Nightingales are a secret order within the ThievesGuild that have made a pact with Nocturnal to give them supernatural abilities. The BigBad of the questline, [[spoiler:Mercer Frey]], is revealed to have be a former Nightingale who stole Nocturnal's Skeleton Key, SkeletonKey, which unlocks ''everything'', up to and including the limits of [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower human potential]].
22nd Sep '17 4:27:49 PM morenohijazo
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* Mortadelo from ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'' makes it a habit to steal things that are required for their missions, often replacing them with other useless things. Normally right in front of the owner.

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* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'':
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Mortadelo from ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'' makes it a habit to steal things that are required for their missions, often replacing them with other useless things. Normally right in front of the owner. Many times, Mortadelo saves the day by stealing something without anybody else noticing. His speciality is when someone is holding an important object, which he manages to exchange for an useless thing (eggplants are perhaps the most common example). An ability that Mortadelo seems to be pretty proud of, as he likes to [[LampshadeHanging brag about it whenever he does it]]. This ability also comes useful when a policeman is holding either him or both M&F. Backfires also many times when he steals something from Filemón or the Súper.
** In ''Los ladrones de coches'', a story about a gang that steals cars, there are some instances of this. For example, there is one guy sitting on his sports car, waiting for the green light, and the thiefs take his car. While he was on it. And without him noticing. He ends up sitting on the street, his feet into the sewer and stepping on a sewer worker's ear, one of his hands on the sewer's lid as if it was the drive wheel, and the other on a dog's tail.
20th Sep '17 1:50:51 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Doctor Strange, who dabbles in being this and a PhantomThief, mostly for amusement value - so far, he's pinched Alastor Moody's wooden leg (while he was wearing it), Harry's phoenix feather (actually [[spoiler: Laevateinn, an ancient and immensely powerful repository of the Phoenix Force's power]]) while it was in Maddie's pocket, and [[ItMakesSenseInContext Loki's disembodied head.]] In the latter case, he left behind a note, saying, 'I.O.U. one Loki'. It gets to the point where Thor bluntly states that if Strange wants to steal something (like the Tesseract), then not even Asgard has any real way of stopping him.
21st Aug '17 2:58:47 AM shadowmanwkp
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* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', kobolds will periodically steal items from various places during world generation. Early on in the [=DF2014=] update, they could even successfully steal from [[spoiler:angelic vaults]] that are meant to stay sealed unless [[AnAdventurerIsYou an adventurer]] cracks them open. Even without this occurring, worldgen frequently has them succeed in heists of dragon lairs, well-defended citadels, and other places where you wouldn't expect them to make it out alive, let alone undetected.



*** A player with 100 points in Pickpocket and the Perfect Touch perk can quite literally steal the shirt off someone's back...and their pants, gloves, boots, helmet, rings, necklaces, and weapons, while you're at it.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': Edge can steal [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_matter something]] that has an existence that's ''only theorized''. [[spoiler:Dark Matter is only obtainable in the final battle, but [[RedHerring serves no purpose]] other than initiating an encounter with a [[BonusBoss superboss]] on the Red Moon during NewGamePlus in the 3D remakes.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' overlaps with VideoGameStealing when Locke Cole, behind enemy lines in occupied South Figaro, steals first a merchant's clothes and then an Imperial officer's uniform, while the merchant and the officer are wearing them. While it's done within the standard battle system (this section of the game being the only time Locke's in-battle theft works this way), stealing the officer's uniform is required to advance the plot (the merchant's clothes, while useful, can be skipped), meaning that it's not ''just'' gameplay mechanics.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' gives its Thieves a plethora of varied Steal skills, ranging from stripping your enemy of their Armor, Shields, Weapons[[note]]Meaning that if you have the right ability equipped (Chemist's Reequip or Ninja's Throw), your Thief can steal an enemy's weapon out of his hand, then kill him with it. Not actually a practical way to fight, but killing an foe with his own weapon is kind of fun.[[/note]]... all the way to '''Steal:Ability'''. This means that your thieves can completely ignore grinding experience/ap to level their skills and simply steal the knowledge of any technique of any class available to their race from your enemies. Want your Thief to become a powerful mage? Just find one and steal their magic. Or find a knight and steal their martial prowess. Or ''both''. Abused to hilarious extents in [[http://lparchive.org/Final-Fantasy-Tactics-Advance/ this particular Let's Play.]] Oh, and they have '''Steal:XP''', too.
** Most of these (but not Steal:Ability) are also available to Thieves in the original ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics''. They can also have a [[CharmPerson charm effect]] on enemies of the opposite sex, by [[StealthPun stealing their heart]].

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*** A player with 100 points in Pickpocket and the Perfect Touch perk can quite literally steal the shirt off someone's back...and their pants, gloves, boots, helmet, rings, necklaces, and weapons, while you're at it.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': Edge can steal [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_matter something]] that has an existence that's ''only theorized''. [[spoiler:Dark Matter is only obtainable in the final battle, but [[RedHerring serves no purpose]] other than initiating an encounter with a [[BonusBoss superboss]] on the Red Moon during NewGamePlus in the 3D remakes.]]
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''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' overlaps with VideoGameStealing when Locke Cole, behind enemy lines in occupied South Figaro, steals first a merchant's clothes and then an Imperial officer's uniform, while the merchant and the officer are wearing them. While it's done within the standard battle system (this section of the game being the only time Locke's in-battle theft works this way), stealing the officer's uniform is required to advance the plot (the merchant's clothes, while useful, can be skipped), meaning that it's not ''just'' gameplay mechanics.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' gives its Thieves a plethora of varied Steal skills, ranging from stripping your enemy of their Armor, Shields, Weapons[[note]]Meaning that if you have the right ability equipped (Chemist's Reequip or Ninja's Throw), your Thief can steal an enemy's weapon out of his hand, then kill him with it. Not actually a practical way to fight, but killing an foe with his own weapon is kind of fun.[[/note]]... all the way to '''Steal:Ability'''. This means that your thieves can completely ignore grinding experience/ap to level their skills and simply steal the knowledge of any technique of any class available to their race from your enemies. Want your Thief to become a powerful mage? Just find one and steal their magic. Or find a knight and steal their martial prowess. Or ''both''. Abused to hilarious extents in [[http://lparchive.org/Final-Fantasy-Tactics-Advance/ this particular Let's Play.]] Oh, and they have '''Steal:XP''', too.
** Most of these (but not Steal:Ability) are also available to Thieves in the original ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics''. They can also have a [[CharmPerson charm effect]] on enemies of the opposite sex, by [[StealthPun stealing their heart]].
mechanics.



* The move Snatch from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' allows the user to steal an opponent's {{status buff}}s and healing if the opponent was about to buff/heal that turn.
** The Pokemon Hoopa can use its rings to manifest portals for a variety of tricks, many of which take the form of stealing whatever it feels like. Due to the nature of the rings, this ranges from precious jewelry in a castle to the golden throne of a castle, all the way up to the castle itself.

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* The move Snatch from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' allows the user to steal an opponent's {{status buff}}s and healing if the opponent was about to buff/heal that turn.
** The Pokemon
Hoopa can use its rings to manifest portals for a variety of tricks, many of which take the form of stealing whatever it feels like. Due to the nature of the rings, this ranges from precious jewelry in a castle to the golden throne of a castle, all the way up to the castle itself.



* Among its many DiabolusExMachina devices, ''VideoGame/TheOregonTrail'' also has thieves so talented that they can --depending on how much the RandomNumberGod hates you at the moment-- sneak in under cover of night, swipe ''all of your oxen'' or every set of clothes your party has (including the ones on their backs!), and somehow escape notice completely.



* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': In the Spirit Kings encounter, Subetai the Swift, an ancient Mogu emperor who was also a cunning thief, can use Pillage on your raid. He jumps to a spot, spins around for a few seconds, and when he's done, all the gear of the people in it is temporarily stolen, making them do less damage and healing.
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