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20th Apr '17 6:49:30 AM BeerBaron
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', Gentleman Jim Stacy, leader of the Thieves Guild, offers a set of quests in this vein known as the "Bal Malagmer" quests after an ancient order of thieves who operated in Morrowind with this as their modus operanti.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' has the Gray Fox (Not [[Franchise/MetalGear that one]]), the leader of the thieves guild. The beggars are his [[ParanoiaFuel spies]], are under protection by the guild, and it is implied that much of the guild's wealth is shared with them.
** Subverted in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', where the Thieves Guild are more like an actual crime syndicate due to having fallen on hard times (well, and just not having that kind of leaders -- the Thieves' Guild weren't particularly Robin Hood-y in ''Daggerfall'', either). They're even close allies of the [[MurderInc Dark]] [[ReligionOfEvil Brotherhood]]. [[spoiler: Completing the Thieves Guild campaign will reveal this is due to the Guild's JerkAss leader, who's both secretly stealing from the entire organization, and also pissed off the local deity who backs them. This led to the Guild falling on such hard times that by the time you join them they've been reduced to Flim-flam schemes and loan-sharking, and causing them to act like a crime syndicate. At the end of the storyline you kill the old Guildmaster, patch things up with the Goddess, and restore the Guild to its former glory, moving it much closer to this trope.]]

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', Gentleman [[MeaningfulName Gentleman]] [[GentlemanThief Jim Stacy, Stacy]], leader of the Thieves Guild, offers a set of quests in this vein known as the "Bal Malagmer" quests Molagmer" quests, named after an ancient order of thieves who operated in Morrowind with this as their modus operanti.
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.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' has the Gray Fox (Not [[Franchise/MetalGear that one]]), Fox, the leader of the thieves guild. Thieves Guild. The beggars [[BeneathSuspicion beggars]] are his [[ParanoiaFuel spies]], are under protection by the guild, Guild, and it is implied that much of the guild's Guild's wealth is shared with them.
** Subverted in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', where the Thieves Guild are more like an actual crime syndicate due to having fallen on hard times (well, and just not having that kind of leaders -- the Thieves' Guild weren't particularly Robin Hood-y in ''Daggerfall'', either). They're even close allies of the [[MurderInc Dark]] [[ReligionOfEvil Brotherhood]]. [[spoiler: Completing the Thieves Guild campaign will reveal this is due to the Guild's JerkAss leader, who's both secretly stealing from the entire organization, and also pissed off the local deity [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] who backs them. This led to the Guild falling on such hard times that by the time you join them they've been reduced to Flim-flam schemes and loan-sharking, and causing them to act like a crime syndicate. At the end of the storyline you kill the old Guildmaster, patch things up with the Goddess, and restore the Guild to its former glory, moving it much closer to this trope.]]
10th Apr '17 8:46:47 AM LondonKdS
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** Deconstructed in the late short story "The Spanish Cow" in which Simon comes close to seducing and stealing from an unattractive, lower-class wealthy woman purely because he doesn't like her, and only realises at the last minute that he was about to do something completely cruel and evil to an innocent person because he thought she wasn't cool and sexy enough to deserve her lifestyle.

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** Deconstructed in the late short story "The Spanish Cow" Cow", in which Simon comes close to seducing and stealing from an unattractive, lower-class wealthy woman purely because he doesn't like her, and only realises at the last minute that he was about to do something completely cruel and evil to an innocent person out of social and intellectual snobbery, because he thought she wasn't cool and sexy enough to deserve her lifestyle.
10th Apr '17 8:45:41 AM LondonKdS
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** Deconstructed in the late short story "The Spanish Cow" in which Simon comes close to seducing and stealing from an unattractive, lower-class wealthy woman purely because he doesn't like her, and only realises at the last minute that he was about to do something completely cruel and evil to an innocent person because he thought she wasn't cool and sexy enough to deserve her lifestyle.
9th Apr '17 5:26:27 PM nombretomado
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* Thor from ''SaintSeiya'', before becoming one of the Ansgard Saints.

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* Thor from ''SaintSeiya'', ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', before becoming one of the Ansgard Saints.
2nd Apr '17 12:40:56 PM DustSnitch
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-->'''Joy:''' Earl, this is not about the law. It's about right and wrong, and isn't that what your list is about, rights and wrongs? Doing unto others all that [[RobinHood Robin Hood]]/Franchise/{{Batman}}/[[{{Jesus}} Jesus]] stuff?

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-->'''Joy:''' Earl, this is not about the law. It's about right and wrong, and isn't that what your list is about, rights and wrongs? Doing unto others all that [[RobinHood Robin Hood]]/Franchise/{{Batman}}/[[{{Jesus}} Hood]]/Franchise/{{Batman}}/[[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Jesus]] stuff?
31st Mar '17 5:57:51 AM Ccook1956
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* WesternAnimation/DangerMouse suffers amnesia (episode "Public Enemy No. 1") and is convinced by Baron Greenback that he's the White Shadow, a daring criminal who robs from the rick to feed the poor.

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* WesternAnimation/DangerMouse suffers amnesia (episode "Public Enemy No. 1") and is convinced by Baron Greenback that he's the White Shadow, a daring criminal who robs from the rick rich to feed the poor.
31st Mar '17 5:56:45 AM Ccook1956
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* WesternAnimation/DangerMouse suffers amnesia (episode "Public Enemy No. 1") and is convinced by Baron Greenback that he's the White Shadow, a daring criminal who robs from the rick to feed the poor.
-->'''DM''': Oh. Just like...um....thingamybob!
20th Mar '17 8:13:08 PM Theriocephalus
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Depending on the writer, this kind of character can be anything from hero, AntiHero to AntiVillain, but they are rarely ever portrayed as outright villains. Academic texts sometimes use the term "Social Bandit" to describe these kinds of characters. Usually ChaoticGood.

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Depending on the writer, this kind of character can be anything from hero, a hero to an AntiHero to an AntiVillain, but they are rarely ever portrayed as outright villains. Academic texts sometimes use the term "Social Bandit" to describe these kinds of characters. Usually ChaoticGood.
18th Mar '17 10:12:45 AM TheNicestGuy
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* The bandits of ''Literature/WaterMargin'', led by the chivalrous Song Jiang, are very much the Merry Men of Song-dynasty China. Not only do the tales of these rebels with a cause compare to Robin's, but there are parallels in the history of the stories as well. Song Jiang was a real person in the 12th century, transformed into a semi-legendary folk hero, and eventually immortalized in ''Water Margin'' and other works a few centuries after the fact. Indeed, there's a good case to be made that the Chinese Robin Hood stories are [[OlderThanTheyThink older than Robin Hood himself]], possibly even the UrExample, developed on the opposite side of the world from Nottingham Forest.

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* The bandits of ''Literature/WaterMargin'', led by the chivalrous Song Jiang, are very much the Merry Men of Song-dynasty China. Not only do the tales of these rebels with a cause compare to Robin's, but there are parallels in the history of the stories as well. Song Jiang was a real person in the 12th century, transformed into a semi-legendary folk hero, and eventually immortalized in ''Water Margin'' and other works a few centuries after the fact. Indeed, there's a good case to be made that the Chinese Robin Hood stories are [[OlderThanTheyThink older than Robin Hood himself]], possibly even the UrExample, developed on the opposite side of the world from Nottingham Sherwood Forest.
15th Mar '17 8:33:29 PM TheNicestGuy
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* The bandits of ''Literature/WaterMargin'', led by the chivalrous Song Jiang, are very much the Merry Men of Song-dynasty China. Not only do the tales of these rebels with a cause compare to Robin's, but there are parallels in the history of the stories as well. Song Jiang was a real person in the 12th century, transformed into a semi-legendary folk hero, and eventually immortalized in ''Water Margin'' and other works a few centuries after the fact. Indeed, there's a good case to be made that the Chinese Robin Hood stories are [[OlderThanTheyThink older than Robin Hood himself]], and developed on the opposite side of the world.

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* The bandits of ''Literature/WaterMargin'', led by the chivalrous Song Jiang, are very much the Merry Men of Song-dynasty China. Not only do the tales of these rebels with a cause compare to Robin's, but there are parallels in the history of the stories as well. Song Jiang was a real person in the 12th century, transformed into a semi-legendary folk hero, and eventually immortalized in ''Water Margin'' and other works a few centuries after the fact. Indeed, there's a good case to be made that the Chinese Robin Hood stories are [[OlderThanTheyThink older than Robin Hood himself]], and possibly even the UrExample, developed on the opposite side of the world.world from Nottingham Forest.
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