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25th Apr '16 4:32:40 AM foxley
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* ''Series/CSICyber'': In "Fit-and-Run", the motivation for a series of kidnappings and murder turns out to be a father and a husband desperate to find a replacement kidney for a dying woman.
16th Apr '16 2:53:54 AM Vir
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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger was planning to do this to Steve so he could sell the kidney for 50 million dollars to buy Dolly Land, but Steve woke up before he could and pointed out that Roger wouldn't get that much for a kidney. Roger gave up on the idea then.

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* Subverted {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger was planning to do this to Steve so he could sell the kidney for 50 million dollars to buy Dolly Land, but Steve woke up before he could and pointed out that Roger wouldn't get that much for a kidney. Roger gave up on the idea then.


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** In "Anthology of Interest II", when Leela comes to after the Professor knocks her out pulling a lever on the What If machine, it's revealed that he planned to harvest her organs while she was out cold but she woke up before he could. Hermes insists that he can try again next year.
15th Apr '16 7:54:48 PM MrDeath
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** Spoofed again in "Spanish Fry." Fry loses his nose to alien poachers because "human horn" is considered an aphrodisiac. He gets it back, only to discover that what the alien poachers were really after was his... "lower horn."

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** Spoofed again in "Spanish Fry." Fry loses his nose to alien poachers because "human horn" is considered an aphrodisiac. He gets it back, only for Bender to discover that what tell the alien poachers were really after was his... aliens that, logically, they should want his "lower horn."
5th Mar '16 3:30:40 PM R1ck
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[[PublicServiceAnnouncement Please]], to help move this trope into DiscreditedTrope territory, take a moment to fill out your organ donor cards.

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[[PublicServiceAnnouncement Please]], to help move this trope into DiscreditedTrope territory, Please]] take a moment to fill out your organ donor cards.
28th Feb '16 8:47:36 PM Nohbody
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This trope was popularized by, and originated with, Larry Niven's KnownSpace stories, in which Organ Theft is called "{{organlegging}}", a {{portmanteau}} of "organ" and "bootlegging." (The Niven variant makes more sense, though, since in those stories they ''do'' take everything useful and kill the donor during the procedure.)

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This trope was popularized by, and originated with, Larry Niven's KnownSpace Literature/KnownSpace stories, in which Organ Theft is called "{{organlegging}}", a {{portmanteau}} of "organ" and "bootlegging." (The Niven variant makes more sense, though, since in those stories they ''do'' take everything useful and kill the donor during the procedure.)



* As mentioned above, Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series is the TropeMaker.
** The government did it by declaring that any person sentenced to death was considered an organ donor, with the number of things that were considered capital crimes gradually increasing to meet the demand for donor organs, as transplants had become the default means of medical treatment and demand was just that high. This ceases abruptly when alternative means of treatment are developed.
** One story set in the darkest period (just before the alternative treatments are developed) shows that ''parking violations'' have become a capital crime.
** The organleggers were a more literal version of this trope, though they didn't stop at kidneys. They generally kidnapped somebody, quietly euthanized them, and harvested ''all'' of the victim's organs. This also included products from organs, such as insulin.

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* As mentioned above, Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series is the TropeMaker.
** The government did it by declaring that any person sentenced
TropeMaker. Prior to death was considered an organ donor, with the number invention of things that were considered capital crimes gradually increasing cloned organs to meet replace failed ones, the demand for donor organs, as transplants had become the default means of medical treatment and demand was just replacement organs is so high that high. This ceases abruptly when alternative means of treatment are developed.
** One story set in the darkest period (just before the alternative treatments are developed) shows that ''parking violations'' have become a capital crime.
** The organleggers were a
lawmakers make more literal version of this trope, though they didn't stop at kidneys. They generally kidnapped somebody, quietly euthanized them, and more crimes punishable by death penalty, with the organs of the punished being harvested ''all'' of the victim's organs. This also included products from organs, for use. Naturally, such a high demand makes it a high profit item, which attacts criminals who become as insulin."organleggers" who are even ''less'' picky than the legal system about whose organs are harvested. Eyes in particular are noted to be in high demand, for criminals who [[BorrowedBiometricBypass wish to fool retina scanners]].
3rd Feb '16 8:18:56 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Comicbook/MyLittlePonyFriendsForever'' #25, three thieves steal Rainbow Dash's wings with magic and attempt to use them to turn themselves into [[WingedUnicorn Alicorns]]. If the transfer could not be reversed in time, Dash would have lost her wings permanently.
30th Jan '16 9:34:59 AM Vir
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* Gets played with in the Space plotline of ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic''. Some of the crew get mugged and their organs stolen. So what do they do? Take the organs from their future selves who failed at going back in time and preventing their organs from being removed, and then later find their original organs and get those implanted inside themselves so that when their future selves get their organs removed, they'll have a spare set.

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* Gets played with in the Space plotline of ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic''. ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' Some of the crew get mugged and their organs stolen. So what do they do? Take the organs from their future selves who failed at going back in time and preventing their organs from being removed, and then later find their original organs and get those implanted inside themselves so that when their future selves get their organs removed, they'll have a spare set.
23rd Jan '16 12:00:01 PM Vir
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* ''Webcomic/SuperEffective'': Red [[http://www.vgcats.com/super/?strip_id=85 blacks out]] after all his pokemon are KO'd, and wakes up in ice with a pair of scars.

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* ''Webcomic/SuperEffective'': Red [[http://www.vgcats.com/super/?strip_id=85 blacks out]] after all his pokemon Pokémon are KO'd, and wakes up in ice with a pair of scars.
23rd Jan '16 11:59:37 AM Vir
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* In ''Webcomic/HeIsAGoodBoy'', Crange (an acorn) dreams that he's taking a hot bath, but is woken up by remembering the tree he came from [[{{Gorn}} being brutally murdered]] and finds himself in a tub full of ice, with a hole in his torso and ''all'' of his organs gone. Before he sees the hole, he finds a note taped to his stalk that reads "Sorry we got a little carried away XOXO".

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* In ''Webcomic/HeIsAGoodBoy'', Crange (an acorn) (who is an acorn, and came from a tree that also had organs) dreams that he's taking a hot bath, but is woken up by remembering the tree he came from [[{{Gorn}} being brutally murdered]] and finds himself in a tub full of ice, with a hole in his torso and ''all'' of his organs gone. Before he sees the hole, he finds a note taped to his stalk that reads "Sorry we got a little carried away XOXO". Surprisingly, he finds that his organs ''weren't'' stolen by the GiantSpider MadDoctor[=/=][[MadArtist Artist]] that had been using organs as a medium.
22nd Jan '16 4:09:50 PM Vir
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* Gets played with in the Space plotline of ''WebComic/IrregularWebcomic''. Some of the crew get mugged and their organs stolen. So what do they do? Take the organs from their future selves who failed at going back in time and preventing their organs from being removed, and then later find their original organs and get those implanted inside themselves so that when their future selves get their organs removed, they'll have a spare set.
* In ''WebComic/SomethingPositive'', Pepito did this to a guy to get the money for English lessons.

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* Gets played with in the Space plotline of ''WebComic/IrregularWebcomic''.''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic''. Some of the crew get mugged and their organs stolen. So what do they do? Take the organs from their future selves who failed at going back in time and preventing their organs from being removed, and then later find their original organs and get those implanted inside themselves so that when their future selves get their organs removed, they'll have a spare set.
* In ''WebComic/SomethingPositive'', ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', Pepito did this to a guy to get the money for English lessons.


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* In ''Webcomic/HeIsAGoodBoy'', Crange (an acorn) dreams that he's taking a hot bath, but is woken up by remembering the tree he came from [[{{Gorn}} being brutally murdered]] and finds himself in a tub full of ice, with a hole in his torso and ''all'' of his organs gone. Before he sees the hole, he finds a note taped to his stalk that reads "Sorry we got a little carried away XOXO".
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