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24th Jul '17 3:57:56 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': Kilgrave stole a pair of kidneys from an ambulance driver after he got injured in an accident
10th Jul '17 1:46:26 PM WillKeaton
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* A ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch involved a woman falling victim to this, and waking up just as the thief was leaving. She just laughs and points to the mirror, where she wrote "Welcome to the AIDS club!". They both have a chuckle over it.

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* A ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch involved a woman falling victim to this, and waking up just as the thief was leaving. She just laughs and points to the mirror, where she wrote "Welcome to the AIDS club!". club!" They both have a chuckle over it.
10th Jul '17 1:43:28 PM WillKeaton
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Organ Theft, as the name would imply, is the practice of stealing people's organs via surgery, which can then be used for further purposes such as transplants or sold on the black market[[note]]Yes, there's a black market for organs, because legitimate doctors (and, for that matter, lawyers) are way too {{Squick}}ed out by the idea of selling organs to even ''consider'' doing it or allowing it to happen. Never mind that the demand for organs is shockingly high, and sadly, some people need money more than they need their organs. Which is why said black market ''exists'' in the first place.[[/note]] One particularly common variant of this trope is the [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/robbery/kidney.asp "kidney theft"]] UrbanLegend, in which the victim is conned somehow and drugged into unconsciousness, and then wakes up kidney-less in a bathtub full of ice, often with a message attached telling them to go to a hospital.

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Organ Theft, as the name would imply, is the practice of stealing people's organs via surgery, which can then be used for further purposes such as transplants or sold on the black market[[note]]Yes, market.[[note]]Yes, there's a black market for organs, because legitimate doctors (and, for that matter, lawyers) are way too {{Squick}}ed out by the idea of selling organs to even ''consider'' doing it or allowing it to happen. Never mind that the demand for organs is shockingly high, and sadly, some people need money more than they need their organs. Which is why said black market ''exists'' in the first place.[[/note]] One particularly common variant of this trope is the [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/robbery/kidney.asp "kidney theft"]] UrbanLegend, in which the victim is conned somehow and drugged into unconsciousness, and then wakes up kidney-less in a bathtub full of ice, often with a message attached telling them to go to a hospital.
9th Jul '17 5:01:29 PM Daedalis
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* ''ComicBook/CleanRoom'' invokes this as explanation for Anika Wells' abduction and medical experimentation. It's nowhere near the truth.



* 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.



* 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.
3rd Jun '17 9:13:07 PM arbiter099
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This trope was popularized by, and originated with, Larry Niven's 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.)

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This trope was popularized by, and originated with, Larry Niven's Literature/KnownSpace stories, in which Organ Theft is called "{{organlegging}}", "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.)
13th May '17 8:33:49 PM Gregzilla
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[[caption-width-right:350:"Oh, for the love of- [[NoodleIncident Not again!-]] [[OhCrap Wait a minute]]..."]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:"Oh, for the love of- [[NoodleIncident [[OhNoNotAgain Not again!-]] [[{{Beat}} Wait a minute]]... [[OhCrap Wait a minute]]..."]]
Oh, this is serious.]]"]]
20th Apr '17 8:10:07 PM Gamermaster
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* [[SuperpowerfulGenetic Genetically-transferred powers]] in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' tend to be tied to specific organs that can be [[BadassTransplant transplanted into others]]. Eyes, arms, hearts, entire bodies, you name a body part, ninja are stealing it from each other. There's even a whole clan that got powerups from stealing each other's eyes. Though many of them (though not all) are courteous enough to kill the person before stealing their body parts.

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* [[SuperpowerfulGenetic [[SuperpowerfulGenetics Genetically-transferred powers]] in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' tend to be tied to specific organs that can be [[BadassTransplant transplanted into others]]. Eyes, arms, hearts, entire bodies, you name a body part, ninja are stealing it from each other. There's even a whole clan that got powerups from stealing each other's eyes. Though many of them (though not all) are courteous enough to kill the person before stealing their body parts.


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* The Wolkenritter hunting Linker Cores in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' is the magical equivalent, though they're being used to fuel an ArtifactOfDoom and they naturally grow back over time.
19th Apr '17 2:23:27 AM foxley
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* One of the later ''Literature/AlexRider'' books uses this as a justification for the villain [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim keeping Alex alive]] [[OnceAnEpisode yet again]]. He has Alex taken to a hidden facility where his various organs will be removed one-at-a-time (finishing with the heart) and sold to wealthy customers, allowing him to recover what Alex has cost him. Alex doesn't stick around.

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* One ''Snakehead'', one of the later ''Literature/AlexRider'' books books, uses this as a justification for the villain [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim keeping Alex alive]] [[OnceAnEpisode yet again]]. He has Alex taken to a hidden facility where his various organs will be removed one-at-a-time (finishing with the heart) and sold to wealthy customers, allowing him to recover what Alex has cost him. Alex doesn't stick around.
12th Apr '17 4:57:37 PM kazokuhouou
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* A ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch involved a woman falling victim to this, and waking up just as the thief was leaving. She just laughs and points to the mirror, where she wrote "Welcome to the AIDS club!". They both have a chuckle over it.
-->"Good luck selling ''that'' organ!"
4th Apr '17 5:18:03 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' a group of Andalites come to Earth to assassinate [[BigBad Visser Three]] ([[spoiler:or so they claim]]). The actual sniper is a BoxedCrook named Aloth arrested for trying to sell the organs of warriors who fell in battle.
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