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21st Feb '17 10:57:40 PM CountDorku
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* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' Mal Reynolds and crew take a job which involves stealing a [[LawEnforcementInc corporate security payroll]]. It's a job hurting [[TheEmpire The Alliance]] from a probably corrupt corporation, so they're {{Jerkass Victim}}s, but Mal has no intentions of handing out his cut to any poor person who's not on his crew.

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* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' Mal Reynolds and crew take a job which involves stealing a [[LawEnforcementInc corporate security payroll]]. It's a job hurting [[TheEmpire The Alliance]] from a probably corrupt corporation, so they're {{Jerkass Victim}}s, but Mal has no intentions of handing out his cut to any poor person who's not on his crew. That said, for all his pretensions of ruthlessness, Mal is shown repeatedly in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' to have a ''crippling'' case of ChronicHeroSyndrome, so how much of it he would have ''ultimately'' kept is an open question.
21st Jan '17 4:17:48 PM Give1Take2
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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': Slim Couldry, [[AmbiguousSituation a possible]] [[HalfHumanHybrid half-elf]] in the Denerim Market, offers you a series of side quests pick-pocketing and/or robbing the mansions of rich nobles. He's openly enraged by the injustice of nobles living in disgusting wealth while countless commoners starve, and just as interested in getting back at them as filling his (and your) pockets. Subverted at the last stretch of the mansion-robbing quest, where he [[spoiler:[[PetTheDog keeps his word]] about donating the holy relic you steal to the local Chantry [[JustLikeRobinHood so all the poor can find hope and comfort from it]], not just himself or the noble who had kept it locked away.]]
18th Jan '17 11:43:15 AM Give1Take2
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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'': Sera, a member of the [[JustLikeRobinHood Red Jennies]], is this. The Inquisitor can potentially call her out on it, though [[NeverMyFault she quickly convinces herself otherwise]].
-->'''Inquisitor:''' How are you making things better? What have you done for anyone?\\
'''Sera:''' [[JustLikeRobinHood I make sure these arseholes pay]].\\
'''Inquisitor:''' [[ShutUpHannibal While filling your pockets]].\\
'''Sera:''' Well, maybe, but... but... (''voice wavers, long pause'') Know what? You go suck freaking eggs. I take ''back''.
1st Dec '16 8:10:24 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TheCrimsonShadow'': Oliver views himself as this, robbing rich merchants who grew rich from exploiting others.
3rd Oct '16 2:34:17 PM DeltaDart
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* One of the most common early-game strategies in the ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' series is to destroy bandit parties and either use the loot or [[VendorTrash sell it]]. One can even sell the bandits for money, if they are [[NonLethalKO taken alive after being knocked unconscious with a mace.]]
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!"
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