History Main / KarmicThief

26th Jun '16 2:55:15 AM EDP
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** Fantomius-GentlemanThief (that's what's written on his CallingCard). Second son of an English duke, for some reason he decided to move to Duckburg, where he was exposed to the despise of the local wealthy families (who, with the exception of the then-traveling Scrooge and his family, [[{{Hypocrite}} called him a lazy bum]]), and in revenge he started robbing them of jewels and other precious art in the most showy way he could, while also devolving whatever cash he grabbed along the main target to the poors. Finding his diary and his main hideout would be the events that motivated Donald Duck in becoming Paperinik.

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** Fantomius-GentlemanThief (that's what's written on his CallingCard). Second son of an English duke, for some reason he decided to move to Duckburg, where he was exposed to the despise scorn of the local wealthy families (who, with the exception of the then-traveling Scrooge and his family, [[{{Hypocrite}} called him a lazy bum]]), and in revenge he started robbing them of jewels and other precious art in the most showy way he could, while also devolving whatever cash he grabbed along the main target to the poors. Finding his diary and his main hideout would be the events that motivated Donald Duck in becoming Paperinik.
7th Jun '16 2:41:52 PM Prime_of_Perfection
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* The ''{{Series/Leverage}}'' team is a group of thieves and con artists who specialize in Karmic Theft. Their clients are people who have been somehow wronged by the rich and powerful, who would otherwise [[KarmaHoudini get away scot-free.]] The team's principle of "alternate revenue stream" means that the clients themselves never have to pay for Leverage's services; they get all the money they need from their targets.
11th May '16 8:51:54 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has one of the {{magical girl}}s stealing all kinds of weaponry from the {{yakuza}}. [[spoiler: The girl is Homura, whose time-manipulation skills doesn't allow her to attack directly.]]
29th Mar '16 2:58:34 PM TheWanderer
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* Deconstructed on an episode of ''Series/BurnNotice''. The villain of the week is a crook who specializes in stealing from other criminals... and to succeed in an occupation like that it means that he has to be a ruthless ManipulativeBastard[=/=][[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] with a major case of ChronicBackstabbingDisorder ''and'' who has a long history of sacrificing the lives of his associates (who he treats as nothing more than pawns) in order to get what he wants.
29th Dec '15 8:51:47 PM nombretomado
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* Lina Inverse of ''{{Slayers}}'': "I stole from bandits, so that makes it all right!"

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* Lina Inverse of ''{{Slayers}}'': ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'': "I stole from bandits, so that makes it all right!"
7th Sep '15 11:05:28 AM Killztwice
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** Dog and his band of unpleasant thieves who're the neighbors mentioned above only steal from other criminals - mostly drug dealers.

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** Dog and his band of unpleasant thieves who're the neighbors mentioned above only steal from other criminals - mostly drug dealers. This isn't out of any moral grounds - Dog's gang are nasty people - they just find drug dealers to be easy targets.
18th Aug '15 9:59:26 AM SteveMB
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The Karmic Thief's actions are "[[CaperRationalization justified]]" because they're being done to someone that is seen as deserving it. This turns the thieves into heroes for whom the audience can cheer more easily. If the thieves are themselves poor, the story might contain implicit themes of class conflict.

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The Karmic Thief's actions are "[[CaperRationalization justified]]" because they're being done to someone that is seen as [[PayEvilUntoEvil deserving it.it]]. This turns the thieves into heroes for whom the audience can cheer more easily. If the thieves are themselves poor, the story might contain implicit themes of class conflict.
7th Jul '15 9:22:15 AM R1ck
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* [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Katara]] gives the page quote.

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* [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Katara]] gives the page quote.quote, after stealing a rare waterbending scroll that she could not afford.
24th May '15 9:46:54 PM nombretomado
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* The crew from ''{{Hustle}}'' make money for themselves through conning people who earn their ire.

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* The crew from ''{{Hustle}}'' ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' make money for themselves through conning people who earn their ire.



* ''ThePractice'' has this exchange:

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* ''ThePractice'' ''Series/ThePractice'' has this exchange:
6th Apr '15 4:20:15 PM Catbert
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* Psiren from [Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' while she stole for her own selfish reasons, she does only stole from the rich, and became a celebrity in her hometown.
* * In ''Franchise/LupinIII'', Lupin's schemes mostly focus on him stealing something from someone rich and powerful. It is usually obvious from the beginning that his targets are corrupt, tyrannical, or exploitative. Even when they seem initially seem nice or affable, they are often unveiled as evil by the end of the story.

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* Psiren from [Anime/FullmetalAlchemist [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' while she stole for her own selfish reasons, she does only stole from the rich, and became a celebrity in her hometown.
* * In ''Franchise/LupinIII'', Lupin's schemes mostly focus on him stealing something from someone rich and powerful. It is usually obvious from the beginning that his targets are corrupt, tyrannical, or exploitative. Even when they seem initially seem nice or affable, they are often unveiled as evil by the end of the story.
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