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28th Jun '17 11:36:52 AM BeerBaron
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** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'':
*** Gray Fox has many in-game UrbanLegends surrounding him, which regard him as an impossible thief who can turn invisible and slip underneath locked doors. The Grey Fox stole the iconic Grey Cowl from a Daedric Prince, (basically demons so powerful they're worshiped as gods) making these legends well deserved.
*** The player gets to [[LegacyHero inherit the title of Grey 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.]]
*** Rajhin, a legendary Khajiit hero who became their God of Thievery, stole the Ring of Khajiit from [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu Nocturnal, the Daedric Prince of Darkness]] herself, and was said to be able to do things like hide in his own shadow, move invisibly, silently and as fast as the wind and ''steal a tattoo off the neck of a sleeping queen''.
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': The Nightingales are a secret order within the Thieves Guild that have made a pact with Nocturnal to give them preternatural 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'', upto and including the limits of [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower human potential]].

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** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'':
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.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'':
*** The Gray Fox has many in-game UrbanLegends surrounding him, which regard him as an impossible thief who can turn invisible and slip underneath locked doors. The Grey Gray Fox stole the iconic Grey Gray Cowl from a the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince, (basically demons so powerful they're worshiped as gods) Prince]] Nocturnal, making these legends well deserved.
*** The player gets to [[LegacyHero inherit the title of Grey 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]]'':
*** Rajhin, a legendary Khajiit hero who became their God of Thievery, stole the Ring of Khajiit from [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu Nocturnal, the Daedric Prince of Darkness]] herself, and was said to be able to do things like hide in his own shadow, move invisibly, silently and as fast as the wind and ''steal a tattoo off the neck of a sleeping queen''.
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'':
The Nightingales are a secret order within the Thieves Guild ThievesGuild that have made a pact with Nocturnal to give them preternatural 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'', upto up to and including the limits of [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower human potential]].
20th Jun '17 4:07:04 PM JiminysJournal
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* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has [[spoiler:Doopliss]] steal Mario's name and appearance in the middle of their first fight, as well ''[[InterfaceScrew the letter "p" on the keyboard input]]''. It takes finding the letter in a chest and [[spoiler: finding out Doopliss' name]] before anything can go back to normal.

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* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has In the fourth chapter of ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', [[spoiler:Doopliss]] steal steals Mario's name and appearance in the middle of their first fight, as well fight. In order to get his body back, Mario must guess the character's real name, not unlike Literature/{{Rumpelstiltskin}}. In order to make sure that those who have already played the game before or read a guide in advance can't [[SequenceBreaking correctly input his name before learning it in-game]], he steals ''[[InterfaceScrew the letter "p" on the keyboard input]]''. It takes finding the letter input]]'' and hides it in a chest and [[spoiler: finding out Doopliss' name]] before anything can go back to normal.chest.
17th Jun '17 11:26:13 PM ectostar
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While this is can be done by any [[{{Criminal}} Thief,]] a PhantomThief is most common, with ClassyCatBurglar and GentlemanThief not far behind. TheCaper may also have an impossible target, but a large enough crew can reduce how "impossible" the theft seems to be. If video game mechanics allow the player's character to steal ridiculous things or under ridiculous circumstances, see VideoGameStealing.

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While this is can be done by any [[{{Criminal}} Thief,]] thief, a PhantomThief is most common, with ClassyCatBurglar and GentlemanThief not far behind. TheCaper may also have an impossible target, but a large enough crew can reduce how "impossible" the theft seems to be. If video game mechanics allow the player's character to steal ridiculous things or under ridiculous circumstances, see VideoGameStealing.
28th May '17 9:31:02 PM CerotechOmega
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** 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.
26th May '17 5:30:02 PM TheCuza
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* ''VideoGame/ApolloJusticeAceAttorneyCase5TurnaboutSubstitution'': During an optional phone call, Trucy somehow manages to steal Apollo's wallet when he had it that morning, and she had been on the other side of the planet for the past week!

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* ''VideoGame/ApolloJusticeAceAttorneyCase5TurnaboutSubstitution'': ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** ''VideoGame/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'':
During an optional phone call, Trucy somehow manages to steal Apollo's wallet when he had it that morning, and she had been on the other side of the planet for the past week!week!
** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'': Phineas Filch manages to steal Detective Bobby Fulbright's shoes while he's wearing them, without him noticing. ''Twice''. The second time, he does it in the middle of court and ''nobody'' in the room notices. [[spoiler:And this theft becomes even more impressive once "Fulbright" is revealed to be [[BigBad the phantom]], an extremely skilled international spy.]]



* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', Phineas Filch manages to steal Detective Bobby Fulbright's shoes twice without the latter noticing. [[spoiler:It becomes this trope when Fulbright is revealed to be an international master spy (the phantom) in the last case.]]
20th May '17 6:01:59 PM Mineboot45
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* As the TropeCodifier and a character appearing in VideoGames, LiveActionTV and WesternAnimation, ''Franchise/CarmenSandiego'' examples go here.
** ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'' worked hard to make Carmen Sandiego's seemingly outrageous crimes semi-plausible in their execution. A later plot to steal an uncracked Liberty Bell is accomplished by hijacking a Russian military time-travel project and then using it to travel back to the 18th century. Another plot to steal the skill from the world's greatest musicians and athletes involved an alien-made neural scrambler.

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* As the TropeCodifier and a character appearing in VideoGames, LiveActionTV and WesternAnimation, ''Franchise/CarmenSandiego'' examples go here.
** * ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'' worked hard to make Carmen Sandiego's seemingly outrageous crimes semi-plausible in their execution. A later plot to steal an uncracked Liberty Bell is accomplished by hijacking a Russian military time-travel project and then using it to travel back to the 18th century. Another plot to steal the skill from the world's greatest musicians and athletes involved an alien-made neural scrambler.



** The beans from Lima
** All the salt in the Dead Sea
** The Himalayas
** The Mona Lisa's smile
** The Mekong [River] from the jungle
** Saturn's rings
** The black hole at the center of the Milkyway Galaxy

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** The beans from Lima
Lima.
** All the salt in the Dead Sea
Sea.
** The Himalayas
Himalayas.
** The Mona Lisa's smile
smile.
** The Mekong [River] from the jungle
jungle.
** Saturn's rings
rings.
** The black hole at the center of the Milkyway GalaxyMilky Way galaxy.



** Portuguese (yes the language)
** The steps to the tango
** Zero (the number)
** Alphabetical order

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** Portuguese (yes (yes, the language)
language).
** The steps to the tango
tango.
** Zero (the number)
number).
** Alphabetical order
order.
20th May '17 3:21:02 PM jccw227
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* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Abu somehow manages to steal the lamp from Jafar's inner pocket without him noticing until they were both separated (although he had just bitten Jafar on the arm so he was probably distracted by the pain). Not only that, Abu manages to hide it in {{Hammerspace}}.
14th Apr '17 7:48:05 AM 64SuperNintendo
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* from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'':

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14th Apr '17 7:45:23 AM 64SuperNintendo
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* ''WebVideo/AgentsOfCracked'': A girl Dan had a crush on becomes steals the clothes off Dan and Swaim backs and swaps them around. And then when leaving steals a bunch of office supplies and the ice cream off a ice cream cone Swaim was eating.
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[[folder:Web Video]]
* ''WebVideo/AgentsOfCracked'': A girl Dan had a crush on becomes steals the clothes off Dan and Swaim backs and swaps them around. And then when leaving steals a bunch of office supplies and the ice cream off a ice cream cone Swaim was eating.
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8th Mar '17 7:41:56 PM MemeHater
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* [[Myth/GreekMythology Hermes]] vs. [[Myth/NorseMythology Loki]] would make an interesting duel.
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