History Main / OrganTheft

30th Jun '16 8:43:46 PM Anicomicgeek
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* The ''Series/RoboCopTheSeries'' episode "What Money Can't Buy" deals with this as Murphy goes against a black market organ ring when two people steal a pair of lungs meant to save a boy after his body Murphy helped rescue in the prior episode ("Officer Down") started to reject the lungs he was given in an earlier operation. [[spoiler: The duo and their boss stole the lungs are a crime boss and the boy's earlier lungs came from the same criminal ring and were taken from someone who died from tuberculosis.]]

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* The ''Series/RoboCopTheSeries'' episode "What Money Can't Buy" deals with this as Murphy goes against a black market organ ring when two people steal a pair of lungs meant to save a boy after his body Murphy helped rescue in the prior episode ("Officer Down") after his body started to reject the lungs he was given in an earlier operation. [[spoiler: The duo and their boss stole the lungs are a crime boss and the boy's earlier lungs came from the same criminal ring and were taken from someone who died from tuberculosis.]]
18th Jun '16 5:05:10 PM Odacon_Spy
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18th Jun '16 5:05:09 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'': Wei Shen uncovers an organ theft ring run by the [=18K=] Triad in one of the police side missions. They operate kidnapping members of the Sun On Yee Triad (Wei's triad), delivering them to a surgeon on the [=18K=]'s payroll, then dump the corpses in the harbour while the surgeon transplants them into the [=18K=]'s paying customers.
29th May '16 3:52:13 PM Vir
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* In ''Webcomic/HeIsAGoodBoy'', Crange (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.

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* In ''Webcomic/HeIsAGoodBoy'', Crange (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]] spider that had been using organs as a medium.
3rd May '16 7:40:10 AM Sebastian87
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** All this could never be factually proven by anybody, although some time ago the government issued a statement that "[[NoExceptYes they didn't perform that practice anymore]]."
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
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** 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
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