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28th Oct '17 5:15:13 AM Divra
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* Many seaside communities from the Golden Age of Piracy were quietly welcoming to visiting pirates, because most cargoes that RealLife pirates stole were trade goods, not gold. Having little use for most mundane goods, the pirates unloaded them on the sly for rock-bottom prices, making imported wares affordable to colonials who otherwise couldn't buy such items. The colonists got bargains, and the pirates got the chance to come into port without being reported to the authorities. This was almost certainly more a case of practicality than goodwill, but the point stands.

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* Many seaside communities from the Golden Age of Piracy were quietly welcoming to visiting pirates, because most cargoes that RealLife pirates stole were trade goods, not gold. Having little use for most mundane goods, goods beyond what they needed to keeps their ships floating and crews alive and happy, the pirates unloaded them on the sly for rock-bottom prices, making prices. This made imported wares goods affordable to colonials who otherwise couldn't buy such items. The colonists got bargains, and the pirates got the chance to come into port without being reported to the authorities. This was almost certainly more a case of practicality than goodwill, but the point stands.
27th Oct '17 6:18:41 AM Divra
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* ''Literature/TheWitcher'': The Rats give a fair portion of their take to the local poor, albeit for purely selfish reasons. After all, carrying large amounts of money when on the lam is impractical, and you can't really buy ''that'' much that's more useful and less cumbersome, so, all in all, spending their take on buying sympathy and aid from the local peasants really is the best use of the money they steal.
13th Oct '17 12:54:22 PM SilentHunterUK
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* Koba in the 1882 Georgian novel ''The Patricide'' by Alexander Kazbegi. UsefulNotes/JosefStalin was a big fan and used it as his revolutionary pseudonym when he was robbing banks for the Bolsheviks... as well as in later life, when he was doing less virtuous things.
19th Sep '17 7:07:18 AM Silverblade2
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* Oddly enough, the Penguin had this personality (anti-villainous type) in his very first appearance in ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'' (based on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''). He's extremely arrogant, has a HairTriggerTemper and complains about being SurroundedByIdiots - but he's also given the quasi-sympathetic trait of half-scorning, half-envying the richest men in Gotham City, and (with the help of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker) executes a series of clever robberies of the homes and businesses of these plutocrats and then gives most of the money to charities of all kinds, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity making himself a respectable figure in Gotham]] and nearly winning an award for his "altruism." When the award goes to Bruce Wayne instead, the Penguin tries to avenge himself by robbing Wayne Enterprises [[MuggingTheMonster (unaware that Wayne is actually Batman)]], and when his gang is defeated and Batman [[EngineeredPublicConfession tricks him into publicly confessing to his crimes]], the Penguin explains that his motivation for the robberies was partly to win himself some respect and partly to take out his resentment on the "fat cats", whose behavior always "made me sick." We also see the Penguin looking over [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible a pretentious, nearly abstract piece of modern art]] in the lobby of the Wayne building and expressing his contempt for it ("Now, what's this supposed to be? It doesn't even look like anything!"). He tells his {{Mooks}} that, if anything, he's doing society a favor by making sure all that money isn't spent on anything wasteful.

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* Oddly enough, the Penguin had this personality (anti-villainous type) in his very first appearance in ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'' (based on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''). He's extremely arrogant, has a HairTriggerTemper and complains about being SurroundedByIdiots - but he's also given the quasi-sympathetic trait of half-scorning, half-envying the richest men in Gotham City, and (with the help of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker) ComicBook/TheJoker) executes a series of clever robberies of the homes and businesses of these plutocrats and then gives most of the money to charities of all kinds, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity making himself a respectable figure in Gotham]] and nearly winning an award for his "altruism." When the award goes to Bruce Wayne instead, the Penguin tries to avenge himself by robbing Wayne Enterprises [[MuggingTheMonster (unaware that Wayne is actually Batman)]], and when his gang is defeated and Batman [[EngineeredPublicConfession tricks him into publicly confessing to his crimes]], the Penguin explains that his motivation for the robberies was partly to win himself some respect and partly to take out his resentment on the "fat cats", whose behavior always "made me sick." We also see the Penguin looking over [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible a pretentious, nearly abstract piece of modern art]] in the lobby of the Wayne building and expressing his contempt for it ("Now, what's this supposed to be? It doesn't even look like anything!"). He tells his {{Mooks}} that, if anything, he's doing society a favor by making sure all that money isn't spent on anything wasteful.
20th Aug '17 7:56:32 AM GMantis
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* Socialists and communist governments take it a step further, destroy the rich and spread their among the poor, although in practice [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis they tend to keep a significant amount of wealth and power for themselves]].

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* Socialists and communist Communist governments take it a step further, destroy the rich and spread their among the poor, although in practice [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis they tend to keep a significant amount of wealth and power for themselves]].
7th Aug '17 4:06:24 PM LadyJaneGrey
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7th Aug '17 4:06:17 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', Robin Goodfellow was an obvious Robin Hood expy with a surprise twist. The greedy monarch he led a resistance against was an usurper, who was holding the true king - Robin's father - a prisoner. (Meaning when the tyrant was ousted, Robin was revealed as the heir, with the promise of a far-more benign ruler in the future.)

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', Robin Goodfellow was an obvious Robin Hood expy with a surprise twist. The greedy monarch he led a resistance against was an usurper, who was holding the true king - Robin's father - a prisoner. (Meaning when When the tyrant was ousted, Robin was is revealed as the heir, with the promise of a far-more benign ruler in the future.)
3rd Aug '17 9:45:51 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', Robin Goodfellow was an obvious Robin Hood expy with a surprise twist. The greedy monarch he led a resistance against was an usurper, who was holding the true king - Robin's father - a prisoner. (Meaning when the tyrant was ousted, Robin was revealed as the heir, with the promise of a far-more benign ruler in the future.)
27th Jul '17 6:31:33 AM LordInsane
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', [[MeaningfulName Gentleman]] [[GentlemanThief Jim Stacy]], leader of the Thieves Guild, offers a set of quests in this vein known as the "Bal Molagmer" quests, named after an ancient order of thieves who operated in Morrowind with this as their modus operanti. The quests involve practicing [[KarmicThief Karmic Thievery]] on the wealthy/corrupt, and then returning/gifting what you stole to the rightful owners and/or those more deserving.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', [[MeaningfulName Gentleman]] [[GentlemanThief Jim Stacy]], leader of the Thieves Guild, offers a set of quests in this vein known as the "Bal Molagmer" quests, named after an ancient order of thieves who operated in Morrowind with this as their modus operanti. The quests involve practicing [[KarmicThief Karmic Thievery]] on the wealthy/corrupt, and then returning/gifting what you stole to the rightful owners and/or those more deserving. This serves two purposes -- it is a good thing to do, and it is an excellent propaganda move (both for being known to do good things and by invoking ancient Dunmer traditions in a way that contrasts with their native Camonna Tong rivals, thus making the Thieves' Guild seem less foreign).
30th May '17 9:27:20 AM rafi
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** The motivation for Fantomius, a GentlemanThief who Paperinik is a sort-of LegacyCharacter to (his equipment is based on Fantomius' designs, updated from the roaring 20s and he has access to Fantomius' old {{Elaborate Underground Base}}s). This trait is more marked in Danish stories: Italian Paperinik stories, including the one where Paperinik debuted and first mentioned Fantomius, make clear that Fantomius stole from the riches only out of a personal vendetta (as they called him a good for nothing just because of his British nationality, much like Donal dDuck became Paperinik due having enough of being called called a lazy good for nothing in spite of all his efforts), and as much as he'd give to charity any cash he stole he usually grabbed jewels and other rare and valuable things.

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** The motivation for Fantomius, a GentlemanThief who Paperinik is a sort-of LegacyCharacter to (his equipment is based on Fantomius' designs, updated from the roaring 20s and he has access to Fantomius' old {{Elaborate Underground Base}}s). This trait is more marked in Danish stories: Italian Paperinik stories, including the one where Paperinik debuted and first mentioned Fantomius, make clear that Fantomius stole from the riches only out of a personal vendetta (as they called him a good for nothing just because of his British nationality, much like Donal dDuck Donald Duck became Paperinik due having enough of being called called a lazy good for nothing in spite of all his efforts), and as much as he'd give to charity any cash he stole he usually grabbed jewels and other rare and valuable things.
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