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30th Oct '16 8:48:21 PM AdelePotter
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* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Home}}'', Tip leaves some money on the counter of a store she grabs some food and drink from, despite there being an alien invasion going on, and the shopkeep almost certainly being hundreds of miles away, like the rest of humanity thanks to the invasion.
28th May '16 9:08:03 PM ShadictheHedgehog
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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Ashley needs a soccer ball for reasons, but the shopkeeper is away due to those same reasons. So she complains for a panel about not remembering the local shopping tax before dropping a handful of bills on the counter and running off.
19th Feb '16 6:22:13 AM Austin
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* In ''WesternAnimation/BotsMaster'' episode "Enter the Ninjzz", Blitzy, Cook, and Doc do this while stealing from a supermarket. Unfortunately, when Blitzy opens a register to load the money, she ends up setting off an alarm.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BotsMaster'' ''WesternAnimation/TheBotsMaster'' episode "Enter the Ninjzz", Blitzy, Cook, and Doc do this while stealing from a supermarket. Unfortunately, when Blitzy opens a register to load the money, she ends up setting off an alarm.
7th Feb '16 10:09:55 AM gophergiggles
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* A variation in ''VideoGame/UltimaIV'': all of the shopkeepers who sell magical reagents are present at the shops, but also all happen to be blind. The player has the option of buying as many reagents as they want and paying only 1 gp, but due to the virtue system present in the game, cheating the reagents woman results in a hit to Honesty and Honor, so you're really encouraged to pay full price to trained parrot. The prices are laid out and you can take what you want. Paying extra, exact price, less, or not at all determines if you make the bird's day, have him thank you, call you a cheapskate, or outright attack you respectively. If you steal from him and show up later as a wolf (to whom he can actually speak fluently), he laments that his boss punished ''him'' for it as well. On the flipside, you're also free to just give him some cash without taking anything; you get nothing from it [[VideoGameCaringPotential other than some very genuine and happy gratitude]].

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* A variation in ''VideoGame/UltimaIV'': all of the shopkeepers who sell magical reagents are present at the shops, but also all happen to be blind. The player has the option of buying as many reagents as they want and paying only 1 gp, but due to the virtue system present in the game, cheating the reagents woman results in a hit to Honesty and Honor, so you're really encouraged to pay full price to stay virtuous.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' has a shop in the woods run by a
trained parrot. The prices are laid out and you can take what you want. Paying extra, exact price, less, or not at all determines if you make the bird's day, have him thank you, call you a cheapskate, or outright attack you respectively. If you steal from him and show up later as a wolf (to whom he can actually speak fluently), he laments that his boss punished ''him'' for it as well. On the flipside, you're also free to just give him some cash without taking anything; you get nothing from it [[VideoGameCaringPotential other than some very genuine and happy gratitude]].
28th Jan '16 12:27:50 PM gophergiggles
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* A variation in ''VideoGame/UltimaIV'': all of the shopkeepers who sell magical reagents are present at the shops, but also all happen to be blind. The player has the option of buying as many reagents as they want and paying only 1 gp, but due to the virtue system present in the game, cheating the reagents woman results in a hit to Honesty and Honor, so you're really encouraged to pay full price to stay virtuous.

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* A variation in ''VideoGame/UltimaIV'': all of the shopkeepers who sell magical reagents are present at the shops, but also all happen to be blind. The player has the option of buying as many reagents as they want and paying only 1 gp, but due to the virtue system present in the game, cheating the reagents woman results in a hit to Honesty and Honor, so you're really encouraged to pay full price to stay virtuous.
trained parrot. The prices are laid out and you can take what you want. Paying extra, exact price, less, or not at all determines if you make the bird's day, have him thank you, call you a cheapskate, or outright attack you respectively. If you steal from him and show up later as a wolf (to whom he can actually speak fluently), he laments that his boss punished ''him'' for it as well. On the flipside, you're also free to just give him some cash without taking anything; you get nothing from it [[VideoGameCaringPotential other than some very genuine and happy gratitude]].





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\n* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' saw Homer working at the Quik-E-Mart and fell asleep at the counter. In comes Ned Flanders who not only pays in full for his purchase, but does so quietly as to not disturb Homer's rest.
18th Jan '16 3:37:46 PM TastySauce
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This situation can cause a moral quandary for people who have a strict code of honor. While most of the characters depicted will have little issues with doing what they need to get by, the NobleShoplifter will struggle with the decision to steal from someone who may or may not be returning for their property at some point. While these characters are often shown to initially struggle with the decision, they will usually come up with a simple solution: they leave behind money or some other valuables that cover the cost of whatever they take. This makes the act less like "stealing" in the mind of the NobleShoplifter, and more "buying without the previous owner's knowledge".

It is not uncommon for the NobleShoplifter's companions to give him or her a hard time about it, arguing that the former owners are very likely dead and that priority should be given to the living. They may also argue that there is nothing to stop other groups of scavengers from taking the valuables the NobleShoplifter leaves behind... in fact, a more unscrupulous member of the NobleShoplifter's own party may find an excuse to backtrack and do exactly that.

This trope is primarily used to portray the moral fiber of a character. In works where the NobleShoplifter is displayed in a positive light, this reflects that they are the kind of person who will do the right thing, regardless of the fact that there are no negative consequences to giving in to the impulse to just take what they need. Other works may serve as a contrast, framing the NobleShoplifter as LawfulStupid while their peers are simply being pragmatic given the circumstances.

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This situation can cause a moral quandary for people who have a strict code of honor. While most of the characters depicted will have little issues with doing what they need to get by, the NobleShoplifter Noble Shoplifter will struggle with the decision to steal from someone who may or may not be returning for their property at some point. While these characters are often shown to initially struggle with the decision, they will usually come up with a simple solution: they leave behind money or some other valuables that cover the cost of whatever they take. This makes the act less like "stealing" in the mind of the NobleShoplifter, Noble Shoplifter, and more "buying without the previous owner's knowledge".

It is not uncommon for the NobleShoplifter's Noble Shoplifter's companions to give him or her a hard time about it, arguing that the former owners are very likely dead and that priority should be given to the living. They may also argue that there is nothing to stop other groups of scavengers from taking the valuables the NobleShoplifter Noble Shoplifter leaves behind... in fact, a more unscrupulous member of the NobleShoplifter's Noble Shoplifter's own party may find an excuse to backtrack and do exactly that.

This trope is primarily used to portray the moral fiber of a character. In works where the NobleShoplifter Noble Shoplifter is displayed in a positive light, this reflects that they are the kind of person who will do the right thing, regardless of the fact that there are no negative consequences to giving in to the impulse to just take what they need. Other works may serve as a contrast, framing the NobleShoplifter Noble Shoplifter as LawfulStupid while their peers are simply being pragmatic given the circumstances.
21st Oct '15 5:43:16 PM cybertoy0
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\n* In ''WesternAnimation/BotsMaster'' episode "Enter the Ninjzz", Blitzy, Cook, and Doc do this while stealing from a supermarket. Unfortunately, when Blitzy opens a register to load the money, she ends up setting off an alarm.

25th Sep '15 4:11:34 PM nombretomado
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* In ''GreenArrow: City Walls'', although the city is without power and looting is rampant, GA insists that his people leave payment whenever they take food or weapons from a store.

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* In ''GreenArrow: ''ComicBook/GreenArrow: City Walls'', although the city is without power and looting is rampant, GA insists that his people leave payment whenever they take food or weapons from a store.
4th Jun '15 8:02:36 AM Thecommander236
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Contrast DisasterScavengers, PlanetLooters and GentlemanThief. The NobleShoplifter is rarely seen in a ScavengerWorld, as those settings are usually far beyond the point where original ownership matters.

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Contrast DisasterScavengers, PlanetLooters and GentlemanThief. The NobleShoplifter is rarely seen in a ScavengerWorld, as those settings are usually far beyond the point where original ownership matters. Can overlap with WhatYouAreInTheDark.
11th May '15 1:32:02 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Goblins}}'', [[ThePaladin Big Ears]] insists that Thaco leaves money for the food he steals. In this case, the reason he can't shop normally is because he's a goblin in a city where goblins are feared.

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* In ''{{Goblins}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', [[ThePaladin Big Ears]] insists that Thaco leaves money for the food he steals. In this case, the reason he can't shop normally is because he's a goblin in a city where goblins are feared.
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