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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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* Gets played 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 the Space plotline of ''WebComic/IrregularWebcomic''. Some of the crew get mugged his torso and their ''all'' of his organs stolen. So what do they do? Take gone. Before he sees 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 hole, he finds a note taped to his stalk that when their future selves get their organs removed, they'll have reads "Sorry we got a spare set. * In ''WebComic/SomethingPositive'', Pepito did this to a guy to get the money for English lessons.little carried away XOXO".
29th Dec '15 6:59:48 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}} 2020'' has rules for selling organs to the Organ Banks. Officially you need the deceased donor card in order to donate the organs and get the reward, but in practice the paperwork can be easily faked. There is also mention of a Organ lottery that runs in Night City.
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}} 2020'' has rules for selling organs to the Organ Banks. Officially you need the deceased donor card in order to donate the organs and get the reward, but in practice the paperwork can be easily faked.faked and there's a thriving black market of ''spare parts'', whose clients include [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporates]]. There is also mention of a Organ lottery that runs in Night City.
3rd Dec '15 2:32:45 AM Dravencour
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* ''[[Manga/{{Gunm}} Battle Angel Alita]]'' uses this early on, except with cyborg spines, which are probably much more removable than any human organ.
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* ''[[Manga/{{Gunm}} ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita]]'' uses this early on, except with cyborg spines, which are probably much more removable than any human organ.
15th Nov '15 6:21:48 PM foxley
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* Done slightly more realistically with the witness of the week on ''Series/InPlainSight''. It was a doctor removing kidneys from gastric bypass patients, since they are operating in the same area and the patient is likely to write off any problems caused by loss of kidney to complications from surgery.

* Played straight on ''Series/LawAndOrder'', which may actually have helped disseminate the "kidney theft" urban legend (''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' speculates that the plot, which WordOfGod claims a friend [[RippedFromTheHeadlines saw in a newspaper]], was based on a false allegation published in the ''Daily Telegraph'' in 1989). [=SVU=]'s Captain Cragen (who appeared in the episode) later dismissed such stories as urban legends.
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* Played straight on ''Series/LawAndOrder'', which may actually have helped disseminate the "kidney theft" urban legend (''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' speculates that the plot, which WordOfGod claims a friend [[RippedFromTheHeadlines saw in a newspaper]], was based on a false allegation published in the ''Daily Telegraph'' in 1989). [=SVU=]'s Captain Cragen (who (who appeared in the episode) later dismissed such stories as urban legends.

* Done slightly more realistically with the witness of the week on ''Series/InPlainSight''. It was a doctor removing kidneys from gastric bypass patients, since they are operating in the same area and the patient is likely to write off any problems caused by loss of kidney to complications from surgery.
8th Nov '15 3:26:55 AM SeptimusHeap
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* An episode of ''{{Trigun}}'' had a town that was dealing in smuggling girls who were selling their bodies as potential organ donors and as prostitutes. * An episode of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' had a trio of medical students sell discarded organs on the black market. Major Motoko Kusanagi later threatens to sell their currently-in-use organs on the black market to ScareEmStraight by imitating the Yakuza who actually do sell organs on the black market. ** GITS likes this trope. A later episode dealt with girls being kidnapped so that their organs and cybernetics can be sold off. *** Which apparently was based on a public scare that blamed North Korea for doing this to Japanese people. * This happens to PluckyGirl Sakura Tomoe in an early episode of ''WeissKreuz''. Because this is ''WeissKreuz'', though, it isn't a bathtub that she wakes up in, it's an entire ''swimming pool'' full of ice. Unfortunately for her, the organ thieves in question later decide they're [[IncrediblyLamePun tired of doing things by halves]]. * In an episode of ''WolfsRain'' some muggers tell our heroes there's a market for healthy young organs. Of course our heroes are only disguised as humans, and aren't about to part with their organs.
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* ''[[Manga/{{Gunm}} Battle Angel Alita]]'' uses this early on, except with cyborg spines, which are probably much more removable than any human organ. * An episode of ''{{Trigun}}'' the ''Manga/GetBackers'' anime featured this, though in a more realistic manner. The organ, a heart, had a town that was dealing already been extracted in smuggling girls who were selling their bodies as potential a legitimate medical operation, but the ambulance transporting the organ donors was then intercepted and as prostitutes. hijacked by mercenaries. Ban and Ginji are then contracted by the father of the heart's intended recipient, a sickly IllGirl, to retrieve it [[TimedMission in just a few hours]] since the refrigeration unit will not be able to keep the heart good for very long. * ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'': ** An episode of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' of had a trio of medical students sell discarded organs on the black market. Major Motoko Kusanagi later threatens to sell their currently-in-use organs on the black market to ScareEmStraight by imitating the Yakuza who actually do sell organs on the black market. ** GITS likes this trope. A later episode dealt with girls being kidnapped so that their organs and cybernetics can be sold off. *** off. Which apparently was based on a public scare that blamed North Korea for doing this to Japanese people. * This happens to PluckyGirl Sakura Tomoe in an early episode of ''WeissKreuz''. Because this is ''WeissKreuz'', though, it isn't a bathtub that she wakes up in, it's an entire ''swimming pool'' full of ice. Unfortunately for her, the organ thieves in question later decide they're [[IncrediblyLamePun tired of doing things by halves]]. * In an episode of ''WolfsRain'' some muggers tell our heroes there's a market for healthy young organs. Of course our heroes are only disguised as humans, and aren't about to part with their organs.people.

* ''BattleAngelAlita'' uses this early on, except with cyborg spines, which are probably much more removable than any human organ. * In ''{{Vandread}}'' the Harvesters raid human colonies for specific organs and tissues, such as the reproductive organs of the crew's homeworlds. [[spoiler:The Harvesters were created by humans on Earth who, faced with a population collapse, became obsessed with lengthening their lifespans and came to view the colonies as organ banks]]. * An episode of the ''GetBackers'' anime featured this, though in a more realistic manner. The organ, a heart, had already been extracted in a legitimate medical operation, but the ambulance transporting the organ was then intercepted and hijacked by mercenaries. Ban and Ginji are then contracted by the father of the heart's intended recipient, a sickly IllGirl, to retrieve it [[TimedMission in just a few hours]] since the refrigeration unit will not be able to keep the heart good for very long.
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* ''BattleAngelAlita'' uses this early on, except with cyborg spines, which are probably much more removable than any human organ. An episode of ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' had a town that was dealing in smuggling girls who were selling their bodies as potential organ donors and as prostitutes. * In ''{{Vandread}}'' ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' the Harvesters raid human colonies for specific organs and tissues, such as the reproductive organs of the crew's homeworlds. [[spoiler:The Harvesters were created by humans on Earth who, faced with a population collapse, became obsessed with lengthening their lifespans and came to view the colonies as organ banks]]. * An This happens to PluckyGirl Sakura Tomoe in an early episode of the ''GetBackers'' anime featured this, though in ''Anime/WeissKreuz''. Because this is ''Anime/WeissKreuz'', though, it isn't a more realistic manner. The organ, a heart, had already been extracted in a legitimate medical operation, but the ambulance transporting bathtub that she wakes up in, it's an entire ''swimming pool'' full of ice. Unfortunately for her, the organ was then intercepted thieves in question later decide they're [[IncrediblyLamePun tired of doing things by halves]]. * In an episode of ''Anime/WolfsRain'' some muggers tell our heroes there's a market for healthy young organs. Of course our heroes are only disguised as humans, and hijacked by mercenaries. Ban and Ginji are then contracted by the father of the heart's intended recipient, a sickly IllGirl, aren't about to retrieve it [[TimedMission in just a few hours]] since the refrigeration unit will not be able to keep the heart good for very long.part with their organs.

* ''BattleAngelAlita'' uses this early on, except with cyborg spines, which are probably much more removable than any human organ. * In ''{{Vandread}}'' the Harvesters raid human colonies for specific organs "Heart of Hush" arc in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics, MadDoctor Hush kidnaps Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} and tissues, such as the reproductive organs of the crew's homeworlds. [[spoiler:The Harvesters were created by humans on Earth who, faced with a population collapse, became obsessed with lengthening their lifespans and came to view the colonies as organ banks]]. * An episode of the ''GetBackers'' anime featured this, though in a more realistic manner. The organ, a removes her heart, had already been extracted in a legitimate medical operation, but the ambulance transporting the organ was then intercepted keeping her alive by elaborate machinery, and hijacked by mercenaries. Ban and Ginji are then contracted by the father of the heart's intended recipient, a sickly IllGirl, to retrieve it [[TimedMission in just a few hours]] since the refrigeration unit will not be able to keep the uses her hostage heart good for very long.in order to blackmail Batman.

* In the "Heart of Hush" arc in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics, MadDoctor Hush kidnaps Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} and removes her heart, keeping her alive by elaborate machinery, and uses her hostage heart in order to blackmail Batman.
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* One of ''ComicBook/HowardTheDuck'''s more persistent nuisances was "the Kidney Lady", an annoying old battleaxe who thought Howard was the ringleader in a kidney-stealing conspiracy. * In Mega-City One of the "Heart of Hush" arc in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' comic books, organ transplantation is illegal because it advanced to the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics, MadDoctor Hush kidnaps Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} point where it could render an individual immortal. Organ selling is a prevalent crime throughout Mega-City One. * In ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA: Year One]]'', [[BrainInAJar The Brain]] comes into possession of a 'genegraft ray' which instantly and removes her heart, keeping her alive by elaborate machinery, cleanly transplants organs of its targets. The Brain ends up pulling an AllYourPowersCombined thanks to Flash's legs, Green Lantern's arm, Martian Manhunter's eyes and uses her hostage heart in order to blackmail Batman.Black Canary's vocal cords.

* In ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA: Year One]]'', [[BrainInAJar The Brain]] comes into possession of a 'genegraft ray' which instantly and cleanly transplants organs of its targets. The Brain ends up pulling an AllYourPowersCombined thanks to Flash's legs, Green Lantern's arm, Martian Manhunter's eyes and Black Canary's vocal cords. * Organ theft (AKA "Organleggers") was a common crime in the original ''{{Marvel 2099}}'' comic book line whose victims could not afford to pay for police protection. * In Mega-City One of the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' comic books, organ transplantation is illegal because it advanced to the point where it could render an individual immortal. Organ selling is a prevalent crime throughout Mega-City One. * Grant Morrison's run on ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' featured a group of villains known as the U-Men, humans with a ''major'' fanboy affection for mutants... which drove them to "jump up the evolutionary ladder" by hijacking their superpower oriented organs. This often left the mutants dead, and occasionally led to the U-Men suffering organ rejection. * In the SinCity yarn, ''Hell and Back'', the protagonist finds that the BigBad was into organ theft, among other things. * One of ''ComicBook/HowardTheDuck'''s more persistent nuisances was "the Kidney Lady", an annoying old battleaxe who thought Howard was the ringleader in a kidney-stealing conspiracy.
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* In ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA: Year One]]'', [[BrainInAJar The Brain]] comes into possession of a 'genegraft ray' which instantly and cleanly transplants organs of its targets. The Brain ends up pulling an AllYourPowersCombined thanks to Flash's legs, Green Lantern's arm, Martian Manhunter's eyes and Black Canary's vocal cords. * Organ theft (AKA "Organleggers") was a common crime in the original ''{{Marvel ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 2099}}'' comic book line whose victims could not afford to pay for police protection. * In Mega-City One of the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' comic books, organ transplantation is illegal because it advanced to the point where it could render an individual immortal. Organ selling is a prevalent crime throughout Mega-City One. * Grant Morrison's run on ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' featured a group of villains known as the U-Men, humans with a ''major'' fanboy affection for mutants... which drove them to "jump up the evolutionary ladder" by hijacking their superpower oriented organs. This often left the mutants dead, and occasionally led to the U-Men suffering organ rejection. * In the SinCity ComicBook/SinCity yarn, ''Hell and Back'', the protagonist finds that the BigBad was into organ theft, among other things. * One of ''ComicBook/HowardTheDuck'''s more persistent nuisances was "the Kidney Lady", an annoying old battleaxe who thought Howard was the ringleader in a kidney-stealing conspiracy.things.

* In ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA: Year One]]'', [[BrainInAJar The Brain]] comes into possession of a 'genegraft ray' which instantly and cleanly transplants organs of its targets. The Brain ends up pulling an AllYourPowersCombined thanks to Flash's legs, Green Lantern's arm, Martian Manhunter's eyes and Black Canary's vocal cords. * Organ theft (AKA "Organleggers") was a common crime in the original ''{{Marvel 2099}}'' comic book line whose victims could not afford to pay for police protection. * In Mega-City One of the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' comic books, organ transplantation is illegal because it advanced to the point where it could render an individual immortal. Organ selling is a prevalent crime throughout Mega-City One. * Grant Morrison's run on ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' ''ComicBook/{{XMen}}'' featured a group of villains known as the U-Men, humans with a ''major'' fanboy affection for mutants... which drove them to "jump up the evolutionary ladder" by hijacking their superpower oriented organs. This often left the mutants dead, and occasionally led to the U-Men suffering organ rejection. * In the SinCity yarn, ''Hell and Back'', the protagonist finds that the BigBad was into organ theft, among other things. * One of ''ComicBook/HowardTheDuck'''s more persistent nuisances was "the Kidney Lady", an annoying old battleaxe who thought Howard was the ringleader in a kidney-stealing conspiracy.rejection.

* In ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA: Year One]]'', [[BrainInAJar The Brain]] comes into possession of a 'genegraft ray' which instantly and cleanly transplants organs of its targets. The Brain ends up pulling Johnny is taken by an AllYourPowersCombined thanks to Flash's legs, Green Lantern's arm, Martian Manhunter's eyes and Black Canary's vocal cords. * Organ theft (AKA "Organleggers") was a common crime organ harvest ring in the original ''{{Marvel 2099}}'' comic book line whose victims could not afford to pay for police protection. * In Mega-City One ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' fic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5852470/1/Invasion-Of-The-Body-Snatchers "Invasion of the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' comic books, organ transplantation is illegal because it advanced Body Snatchers"]] * ''Fanfic/HiddenFrontier'' cast member Rebecca Wood ([[http://forums.hiddenfrontier.com/lofiversion/index.php/t11871.html posting under her character name]]) claimed this had happened to the point where it could render an individual immortal. Organ selling is a prevalent crime throughout Mega-City One. * Grant Morrison's run on ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' featured a group friend of villains known as the U-Men, humans with a ''major'' fanboy affection for mutants... which drove them her cousin. She became ''quite cross'' when forum friends gently pointed her to "jump up the evolutionary ladder" by hijacking their superpower oriented organs. This often left the mutants dead, ''[[{{WebSite/Snopes}} Snopes.com]]''. After all, her mother and occasionally led to the U-Men suffering organ rejection. * In the SinCity yarn, ''Hell and Back'', the protagonist finds that the BigBad was into organ theft, among other things. * One of ''ComicBook/HowardTheDuck'''s more persistent nuisances was "the Kidney Lady", an annoying old battleaxe who thought Howard was the ringleader in a kidney-stealing conspiracy.cousin wouldn't ''lie'', would they?

* ''Fanfic/HiddenFrontier'' cast member Rebecca Wood ([[http://forums.hiddenfrontier.com/lofiversion/index.php/t11871.html posting under her character name]]) claimed this had happened to a friend of her cousin. She became ''quite cross'' when forum friends gently pointed her to ''[[{{WebSite/Snopes}} Snopes.com]]''. After all, her mother and cousin wouldn't ''lie'', would they? * Johnny is taken by an organ harvest ring in the ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' fic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5852470/1/Invasion-Of-The-Body-Snatchers "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"]]

* ''Fanfic/HiddenFrontier'' cast member Rebecca Wood ([[http://forums.hiddenfrontier.com/lofiversion/index.php/t11871.html posting under her ''Film/{{Awake}}'': Clay and his mother joke about this as a solution to having to wait for his turn on the heart transplant list. --> '''Lillith''': "I'm serious this time. Let's go to China, try out luck on the black market." --> '''Clayton''': "Why don't we just go outside, grab some random person, drag him in here and, y'know..." --> '''Lillith''': "Sounds good to me. Drag 'em in and cut 'em open! Hey, whatever it takes, right?" * In the 2015 section of ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', a headline reads [[AC:"Thumb Bandits Strike Again"]]. In TheFuture, all transactions are carried out via thumbprint ID. The filmmakers speculated that this could lead to a new type of crime, where thieves cut off the thumb of their victim and use it to make illegal purchases, like stealing a credit card. * There was this one Brazilian film called ''Film/CentralStation'' about this one retired schoolteacher who was offered $1,500 if she could persuade this one boy to go along with some organleggers. * The Jason Statham action movie ''Film/CrankHighVoltage'' starts with the main character name]]) claimed this had happened getting his heart stolen. He then [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge proceeds to a friend kick ridiculously large amounts of her cousin. She became ''quite cross'' when forum friends gently pointed her ass]] while trying to ''[[{{WebSite/Snopes}} Snopes.com]]''. After all, her mother and cousin wouldn't ''lie'', would they? * Johnny is taken by an keep his replacement organ harvest ring running. * Corrupt prison officials in ''Film/DeathWarrant'' have prisoners killed to sell their organs for profit. * ''Film/DirtyPrettyThings'': the ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' fic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5852470/1/Invasion-Of-The-Body-Snatchers "Invasion film revolves around illegal migrants yielding to terrible pressure and selling their kidneys to an organlegging outfit, and one [[WorthlessForeignDegree Nigerian surgeon]] being strong-armed into working for them. The film ends with the protagonists stealing a kidney from the BigBad who is running the [[IncrediblyLamePun operation]], in order to give it to the client in place of the Body Snatchers"]]intended victim's. As you can see, this film has the trope all sewn up in a back room.

* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'': [=GeneCo=] makes artificial organs, which they repossess if a customer misses too many payments. The Repo Man is in charge of doing the actual repossessing, which usually results in the customer's death. Not for nothing are they often considered "legal assassins." -->"Ninety day delinquent gets you Repo Treatment!" * ''Film/RepoMen'' has a similar concept, yet is completely different otherwise. * ''Film/DirtyPrettyThings'': the film revolves around illegal migrants yielding to terrible pressure and selling their kidneys to an organlegging outfit, and one [[WorthlessForeignDegree Nigerian surgeon]] being strong-armed into working for them. The film ends with the protagonists stealing a kidney from the BigBad who is running the [[IncrediblyLamePun operation]], in order to give it to the client in place of the intended victim's. As you can see, this film has the trope all sewn up in a back room. * The Korean movie ''Film/SympathyForMrVengeance'' is about a man who sells his organs on the black market to get enough money to pay for his sister's hospital bills but is soon cheated out of his life savings.
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* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'': [=GeneCo=] makes artificial organs, In ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' [[spoiler: this turns out to be what Tony did to the ''children of his charity''. He had previously claimed the reason for his disgrace was doing business with Russian gangsters in order to fund the charity.]] * Through a series of odd events in ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'', Jay and Silent Bob find themselves hitchhiking with Scooby Doo and the gang (just don't ask). After a dream sequence in which they repossess if a customer misses too many payments. The Repo Man all get high, it is in charge of doing the actual repossessing, which usually results in the customer's death. Not for nothing are they often considered "legal assassins." -->"Ninety day delinquent gets you Repo Treatment!" * ''Film/RepoMen'' has a similar concept, yet is completely different otherwise. * ''Film/DirtyPrettyThings'': the film revolves around illegal migrants yielding to terrible pressure revealed that Jay and selling Silent Bob have fallen asleep. -->'''Shaggy''': Let's sell their kidneys to an organlegging outfit, and one [[WorthlessForeignDegree Nigerian surgeon]] being strong-armed into working for them. The film ends with the protagonists stealing a kidney from the BigBad who is running the [[IncrediblyLamePun operation]], in order to give it to the client in place of the intended victim's. As you can see, this film has the trope all sewn up in a back room. * The Korean movie ''Film/SympathyForMrVengeance'' is about a man who sells his organs on the black market and leave them in a seedy hotel on ice. -->[[GilliganCut Cut to get enough money to pay Jay waking up in an ice-filled bathtub with a huge cut down his back]] -->'''Jay''': AHHHHHH!!!! ---> [[spoiler:Of course, that was also just a dream.]] * The creature from ''Film/JeepersCreepers'' committed periodic fatal organ thefts, for his sister's hospital bills but is soon cheated reasons that had more to do with hunger than transplantation. * ''Film/{{Koma}}'''s plot revolves around a series of organ thefts. * The main bad guys of the Korean film ''Film/TheManFromNowhere'' are Triad gangsters operating in South Korea that engage in organ harvesting. When they kidnap a girl named So-Mi, the little neighbor of one [[{{Badass}} Cha Tae-Sik]], to have her eyes harvested, things quickly turn out of his life savings.bad for them.

* The Jason Statham action movie ''Film/CrankHighVoltage'' starts with the main character getting his heart stolen. He then [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge proceeds to kick ridiculously large amounts of ass]] while trying to keep his replacement organ running.

* The creature from ''Film/JeepersCreepers'' committed periodic fatal organ thefts, for reasons that had more to do with hunger than transplantation.
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* ''Film/ThePet'': The main antagonists are slavers who harvest organs. * ''Film/RepoMen'' has a similar concept, yet is completely different otherwise. * ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'': [=GeneCo=] makes artificial organs, which they repossess if a customer misses too many payments. The Repo Man is in charge of doing the actual repossessing, which usually results in the customer's death. Not for nothing are they often considered "legal assassins." -->"Ninety day delinquent gets you Repo Treatment!" * In ''Film/RoboCop1987'', is said that OCP Corporation owns the cadavers of their employees (even if the employee is not quite dead yet). * Mentioned in ''Film/SawI''. When Adam & Dr. Gordon wake up in the room, Adam looks over his body and tells Dr. Gordon that somebody may have stolen a kidney. Dr. Gordon assures him that that's impossible because if it was true, they would either be in extreme pain or dead. * The creature from ''Film/JeepersCreepers'' committed periodic fatal organ thefts, Korean movie ''Film/SympathyForMrVengeance'' is about a man who sells his organs on the black market to get enough money to pay for reasons that had more his sister's hospital bills but is soon cheated out of his life savings. * In ''Film/{{Trespass}}'', the robbers threaten to do with hunger than transplantation.remove Avery's kidney if her father Kyle doesn't cooperate. * ''Film/{{Turistas}}'' and ''Train'' turned out to be about this sort of thing.

* Through a series of odd events in ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'', Jay and Silent Bob find themselves hitchhiking with Scooby Doo and the gang (just don't ask). After a dream sequence in which they all get high, it is revealed that Jay and Silent Bob have fallen asleep. -->'''Shaggy''': Let's sell their kidneys on the black market and leave them in a seedy hotel on ice. -->[[GilliganCut Cut to Jay waking up in an ice-filled bathtub with a huge cut down his back]] -->'''Jay''': AHHHHHH!!!! ---> [[spoiler:Of course, that was also just a dream.]] * ''Film/{{Turistas}}'' and ''Train'' turned out to be about this sort of thing. * Mentioned in ''Film/SawI''. When Adam & Dr. Gordon wake up in the room, Adam looks over his body and tells Dr. Gordon that somebody may have stolen a kidney. Dr. Gordon assures him that that's impossible because if it was true, they would either be in extreme pain or dead. * In ''Film/RoboCop1987'', is said that OCP Corporation owns the cadavers of their employees (even if the employee is not quite dead yet). * There was this one Brazilian film called ''Film/CentralStation'' about this one retired schoolteacher who was offered $1,500 if she could persuade this one boy to go along with some organleggers. * In ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' [[spoiler: this turns out to be what Tony did to the ''children of his charity''. He had previously claimed the reason for his disgrace was doing business with Russian gangsters in order to fund the charity.]] * ''Film/{{Awake}}'': Clay and his mother joke about this as a solution to having to wait for his turn on the heart transplant list. --> '''Lillith''': "I'm serious this time. Let's go to China, try out luck on the black market." --> '''Clayton''': "Why don't we just go outside, grab some random person, drag him in here and, y'know..." --> '''Lillith''': "Sounds good to me. Drag 'em in and cut 'em open! Hey, whatever it takes, right?" * ''Film/ThePet'': The main antagonists are slavers who harvest organs. * ''Film/{{Koma}}'''s plot revolves around a series of organ thefts. * Corrupt prison officials in ''Film/DeathWarrant'' have prisoners killed to sell their organs for profit. * In the 2015 section of ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', a headline reads [[AC:"Thumb Bandits Strike Again"]]. In TheFuture, all transactions are carried out via thumbprint ID. The filmmakers speculated that this could lead to a new type of crime, where thieves cut off the thumb of their victim and use it to make illegal purchases, like stealing a credit card. * The main bad guys of the Korean film ''Film/TheManFromNowhere'' are Triad gangsters operating in South Korea that engage in organ harvesting. When they kidnap a girl named So-Mi, the little neighbor of one [[{{Badass}} Cha Tae-Sik]], to have her eyes harvested, things quickly turn out bad for them. * In ''Film/{{Trespass}}'', the robbers threaten to remove Avery's kidney if her father Kyle doesn't cooperate.

* Through a series One of odd events in ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'', Jay and Silent Bob find themselves hitchhiking 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 Scooby Doo the heart) and the sold to wealthy customers, allowing him to recover what Alex has cost him. Alex doesn't stick around. * ''Literature/BloodBooks: Blood Debt'' * In Rick Griffin's short story ''[[http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/450397 Bravo Charli]]'' Charli's biker gang (just don't ask). After is coerced by a dream sequence cartel boss to transport a sealed cooler to Santa Fe within seven hours. Halfway through the story she finds out it's a human heart. * ''Literature/{{Burke}}'' mentions a NoodleIncident in which they all get high, it is revealed that Jay and Silent Bob have fallen asleep. -->'''Shaggy''': Let's sell he acted as a go-between for a wealthy family seeking a heart for their kidneys dying child. He collects the heart, [[CrapsackWorld implied to have been taken from a child murdered for the purpose]]. * ''Literature/{{Coma}}'' by Robin Cook. A hospital artificially induces brain death in healthy patients undergoing surgery. Their organs are then secretly removed and sold on the black market market. * The Igor clan of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' is known to harvest organs or limbs... but only postmortem, and leave them in a seedy hotel on ice. -->[[GilliganCut Cut to Jay waking up in an ice-filled bathtub with a huge cut down his back]] -->'''Jay''': AHHHHHH!!!! ---> [[spoiler:Of course, that was also just a dream.]] * ''Film/{{Turistas}}'' and ''Train'' turned out to be about this sort of thing. * Mentioned in ''Film/SawI''. When Adam & Dr. Gordon wake up in the room, Adam looks over his body and tells Dr. Gordon that somebody may mostly from people who have stolen received a kidney. Dr. Gordon assures him that that's impossible because if it was true, they would either be in extreme pain or dead. * In ''Film/RoboCop1987'', is said that OCP Corporation owns the cadavers of their employees (even if the employee is not quite dead yet). * There was this one Brazilian film called ''Film/CentralStation'' about this one retired schoolteacher who was offered $1,500 if she could persuade this one boy to go along with some organleggers. * In ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' [[spoiler: this turns out to be what Tony did to the ''children of his charity''. He had previously claimed the reason for his disgrace was doing business with Russian gangsters in order to fund the charity.]] * ''Film/{{Awake}}'': Clay and his mother joke about this as a solution to having to wait for his turn on the heart transplant list. --> '''Lillith''': "I'm serious this time. Let's go to China, try out luck on the black market." --> '''Clayton''': "Why don't we just go outside, grab performed by an Igor at some random person, drag him point in here and, y'know..." --> '''Lillith''': "Sounds good to me. Drag 'em in and cut 'em open! Hey, whatever it takes, right?" * ''Film/ThePet'': The main antagonists are slavers who harvest organs. * ''Film/{{Koma}}'''s plot revolves around a series of organ thefts. * Corrupt prison officials in ''Film/DeathWarrant'' have prisoners killed to sell their organs for profit. lives. The Igors also practice this extensively upon themselves/other Igors, and when an Igor says he's got his father's eyes, he's ''not'' being metaphorical. * In the 2015 section of ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', a headline reads [[AC:"Thumb Bandits Strike Again"]]. In TheFuture, all transactions are carried out via thumbprint ID. The filmmakers speculated that this could lead to a new type of crime, where thieves cut off the thumb of their victim and use it to make illegal purchases, like stealing a credit card. * The main bad guys one of the Korean film ''Film/TheManFromNowhere'' are Triad gangsters operating ''Series/DoctorWho ExpandedUniverse'' novels, this one is done rather weirdly. The Doctor is ill because something is the matter with [[BizarreAlienBiology one of his hearts]]. Luckily, the villain thought transplanting a Time Lord's heart to himself would help him time travel, so [[AlwaysABiggerFish he stole it]], curing the decaying heart problem but creating a new, [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow massive-hole-in-the-Doctor's-chest]] problem. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Good Thing He Can Heal]]. One of his hearts was a link to Gallifrey, which he'd destroyed in South Korea "The Ancestor Cell" (different Time War--this one was against Faction Paradox). * ''Literature/EvelessEden'' by Marianne Wiggins. The protagonist discovers that engage in organ harvesting. When they kidnap a girl named So-Mi, the little neighbor of one [[{{Badass}} Cha Tae-Sik]], [[EvilIsSexy Romanian diplomat his girlfriend ran off with]] runs a company involved in selling blood products (everything from plasma to have her eyes harvested, things quickly turn out bad for them. * In ''Film/{{Trespass}}'', skin cream, as well as blood itself) taken from Ceausescu's hellish orphanage system. Thanks to the robbers threaten to remove Avery's kidney if her father Kyle doesn't cooperate.incompetent way the orphanages are run, HIV-tainted blood has long ago entered the system.

* ''Literature/{{Coma}}'' by Robin Cook. A hospital artificially induces brain death in healthy patients undergoing surgery. Their organs are then secretly removed and sold on the black market. * In one of the ''Series/DoctorWho ExpandedUniverse'' novels, this one is done rather weirdly. The Doctor is ill because something is the matter with [[BizarreAlienBiology one of his hearts]]. Luckily, the villain thought transplanting a Time Lord's heart to himself would help him time travel, so [[AlwaysABiggerFish he stole it]], curing the decaying heart problem but creating a new, [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow massive-hole-in-the-Doctor's-chest]] problem. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Good Thing He Can Heal]]. One of his hearts was a link to Gallifrey, which he'd destroyed in "The Ancestor Cell" (different Time War--this one was against Faction Paradox). * ''Literature/BloodBooks: Blood Debt''
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* ''Literature/{{Coma}}'' by Robin Cook. A hospital artificially induces brain death in healthy patients undergoing surgery. Their ''Literature/{{Kronk}}'' has roving "Bounty Hunters" who harvest the bodies of anyone who can't fight back and resell the organs are then secretly to hospitals. * In the ''Literature/LegendsOfDune'' prequels it is claimed that the Bene Tleilaxu were originally slavers and organ dealers. They claimed that the organs were cloned but during the Butlerian Jihad the vats couldn't meet demand so they ripped most of them from captured slaves too injured to work. * In the English sci-fi drama ''Literature/NeverLetMeGo'', [[spoiler: the protagonist and her fellow students willingly submit to having their organs removed - they're all cloned humans created for the specific purpose of organ harvesting]]. * RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'' has Lazarus Long mention how he'd never engage in killing people to strip them of their organs, ''but'', he knows of several planets where you could point someone out, and sold on the black market. * In one of the ''Series/DoctorWho ExpandedUniverse'' novels, this one is done rather weirdly. The Doctor is ill because something is the matter with [[BizarreAlienBiology one of his hearts]]. Luckily, the villain thought transplanting a Time Lord's heart to himself thug would help him time travel, so [[AlwaysABiggerFish he stole it]], curing the decaying heart problem but creating quote you a new, [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow massive-hole-in-the-Doctor's-chest]] problem. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Good Thing He Can Heal]]. One of his hearts was a link to Gallifrey, price and ask which he'd destroyed parts you want and "when and where did you want them delivered?" (He's giving the explanation to point out that there are some places where you can buy anything.) * The novel ''Literature/{{Raylan}}'' by Creator/ElmoreLeonard features a couple crooks doing this, but in "The Ancestor Cell" (different Time War--this one was against Faction Paradox). * ''Literature/BloodBooks: Blood Debt''a variation they're not selling the organs to others, but essentially holding them hostage for money from the person they were taken from, bypassing the whole comparability issue.

* 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. * In the English sci-fi drama ''Never Let Me Go'', [[spoiler: the protagonist and her fellow students willingly submit to having their organs removed - they're all cloned humans created for the specific purpose of organ harvesting]].
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* One of The dictator assassinated in the later ''Literature/AlexRider'' books uses this as opening scene of ''Literature/UseOfWeapons'' has used [[ETGaveUsWiFi off-world technology]] to make himself young. There's a justification mention that his current heart once belonged to a young female anarchist. * In ''Literature/TheWandering'', the "murders" on Neshi's homeworld are all 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 sake of supplying the government with the heart) organs, and sold to wealthy customers, allowing him to recover what Alex has cost him. Alex doesn't stick around. * In the English sci-fi drama ''Never Let Me Go'', [[spoiler: the protagonist and her fellow students willingly submit to having their organs removed - they're all cloned humans created not just for the specific purpose of organ harvesting]].replacements, as Neshi finds out.

* The Igor clan of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' is known to harvest organs or limbs... but only postmortem, and mostly from people who have received a transplant performed by an Igor at some point in their lives. The Igors also practice this extensively upon themselves/other Igors, and when an Igor says he's got his father's eyes, he's ''not'' being metaphorical. * ''{{Burke}}'' mentions a NoodleIncident in which he acted as a go-between for a wealthy family seeking a heart for their dying child. He collects the heart, [[CrapsackWorld implied to have been taken from a child murdered for the purpose]]. * In the ''Literature/LegendsOfDune'' prequels it is claimed that the Bene Tleilaxu were originally slavers and organ dealers. They claimed that the organs were cloned but during the Butlerian Jihad the vats couldn't meet demand so they ripped most of them from captured slaves too injured to work. * In ''Literature/TheWandering'', the "murders" on Neshi's homeworld are all for the sake of supplying the government with organs, and not just for organ replacements, as Neshi finds out. * In Rick Griffin's short story ''[[http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/450397 Bravo Charli]]'' Charli's biker gang is coerced by a cartel boss to transport a sealed cooler to Santa Fe within seven hours. Halfway through the story she finds out it's a human heart. * RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'' has Lazarus Long mention how he'd never engage in killing people to strip them of their organs, ''but'', he knows of several planets where you could point someone out, and a thug would quote you a price and ask which parts you want and "when and where did you want them delivered?" (He's giving the explanation to point out that there are some places where you can buy anything.) * ''Eveless Eden'' by Marianne Wiggins. The protagonist discovers that the [[EvilIsSexy Romanian diplomat his girlfriend ran off with]] runs a company involved in selling blood products (everything from plasma to skin cream, as well as blood itself) taken from Ceausescu's hellish orphanage system. Thanks to the incompetent way the orphanages are run, HIV-tainted blood has long ago entered the system. * ''Literature/{{Kronk}}'' has roving "Bounty Hunters" who harvest the bodies of anyone who can't fight back and resell the organs to hospitals. * The dictator assassinated in the opening scene of ''Literature/UseOfWeapons'' has used [[ETGaveUsWiFi off-world technology]] to make himself young. There's a mention that his current heart once belonged to a young female anarchist. * The novel ''Raylan'' by Creator/ElmoreLeonard features a couple crooks doing this, but in a variation they're not selling the organs to others, but essentially holding them hostage for money from the person they were taken from, bypassing the whole comparability issue.

* Played straight on ''Series/LawAndOrder'', which may actually have helped disseminate the "kidney theft" urban legend (''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' speculates that the plot, which WordOfGod claims a friend [[RippedFromTheHeadlines saw in a newspaper]], was based on a false allegation published in the ''Daily Telegraph'' in 1989). [=SVU=]'s Captain Cragen (who appeared in the episode) later dismissed such stories as urban legends.

* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "The Message" turned out to be about this: Tracy had to pretend to be dead to transport--and incubate--some super-viscera. And despite the stated cost of the organs, the guys who go to recollect ''shoot to kill.'' And in a way, Tracy kind of does this to himself, because the way he's smuggling the organs is that he had all of his replaced. Then he decided to go for a better offer, forgetting that the other people [[TooDumbToLive STILL had his original organs]].
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* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' features the "in transit" variant: the Aquabats are assigned to transport a replacement brain to Governor Robot, and the villainous Silver Skull is trying to steal it from them - with Governor Robot incapacitated, Silver Skull will be able to usurp his authority. [[spoiler: In a twist, he ''succeeds'' by impersonating the very general who gave the Aquabats the job in the first place.]] * Variant on ''Series/{{Bones}}'', where bone and other tissues were being stolen from corpses. Unfortunately one of those corpses had cancer, and Booth's boss was not amused when his daughter contracted said cancer from one of said grafts. * Played for laughs in ''Series/CallMeFitz''. * ''Series/CriminalMinds'' gives us Frank Breitkopf in Season Two, whose entire MO is sedating his victims and removing their organs while they were still alive, getting off on the fear on their faces as this was happening. It's unclear what he does with the rest of the organs once his victim is dead, but it is known that Breitkopf takes a rib from each of his victims to make a wind chime for his love interest. * ''Series/{{CSI}}'': ** Organ legging is mentioned in "Justice is Served" where a jogger turns up dead, with his liver and a couple other organs removed. At the end of the episode, [[spoiler: it turns out the killer took the most blood-rich organs to make into a health elixir, convinced that that was the only thing preventing her from becoming sick.]] ** Another episode "The Message" of CSI had organs being taken from dead bodies that were processed in a specific crematorium. ** In the ''Series/{{CSI}} Trilogy'' crossover storyline, young women were abducted and smuggled cross-country by a network of criminal truckers. While most were forced into prostitution, those girls who fought back against their captors became salable body parts. * ''Series/CSINewYork'': ** An episode had an organ being stolen ''after'' it was legitimately removed, with a murder or two in the process. It turned out to be about this: Tracy had to pretend to be dead to transport--and incubate--some super-viscera. And despite [[spoiler: the stated cost of surgeon who removed it]] was behind the organs, the guys who go to recollect ''shoot to kill.'' And in a way, Tracy kind of does this to himself, theft because the way he's smuggling the his wife was dying and needed it. ** Yet another episode had a corrupt ex-coroner who'd been stealing organs is that he had all of his replaced. Then he decided to go and tissues for a better offer, forgetting different reason -to process them for the drugs they contained; the victims were all dead drug addicts from cases that the other people [[TooDumbToLive STILL had came through his original organs]].morgue.

* Gerry Anderson's ''Series/SpacePrecinct'' had criminals engaged in organlegging. * The Vidiians from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Only that this is not so much organ theft as organ ''hijacking'': they literally ''take away'' an organ from a person by ''[[TeleportersAndTransporters teleporting it]]''. When this happens to Neelix, the Doctor gives him ''HardLight lungs'' until they can be replaced. In this case, the fact it's a ''cross-species'' theft raises serious FridgeLogic issues, as there's no reason why medicine that's advanced enough to perform xenografts couldn't turn to non-sentient animals as donors instead. ** [[WildMassGuessing Religious reasons? Like, some animals are unclean? Or maybe all humanoids just have similar hearts due to parallel evolution?]] ** The "urban legend" aspect does come up in conversation between Janeway and Chakotay. * ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' has an example as well, in the [[SoBadItsGood infamous]] episode "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Spock's Brain]]".
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* Gerry Anderson's ''Series/SpacePrecinct'' had criminals engaged in organlegging. * The Vidiians from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Only ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Brain of Morbius" is about a MadScientist trying to steal the Doctor's head, which he wants to finish off his FrankensteinsMonster. * The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "The Message" turned out to be about this: Tracy had to pretend to be dead to transport--and incubate--some super-viscera. And despite the stated cost of the organs, the guys who go to recollect ''shoot to kill.'' And in a way, Tracy kind of does this to himself, because the way he's smuggling the organs is that this is not so much he had all of his replaced. Then he decided to go for a better offer, forgetting that the other people [[TooDumbToLive STILL had his original organs]]. * ''Series/ForeverKnight'' had an episode with an organ theft as organ ''hijacking'': they literally ''take away'' an organ from ring. The first body was found dead in a person dumpster, and later, Natalie almost ends up getting her heart stolen when she goes in for knee surgery by ''[[TeleportersAndTransporters teleporting it]]''. When a desperate surgeon whose daughter was dying. Averts some of the problems with this happens to Neelix, trope, but not the Doctor gives him ''HardLight lungs'' until they can be replaced. compatibility one. * In this case, the fact it's a ''cross-species'' theft raises serious FridgeLogic issues, as there's no reason why medicine that's advanced enough to perform xenografts couldn't turn to non-sentient animals as donors instead. ** [[WildMassGuessing Religious reasons? Like, some animals are unclean? Or maybe all humanoids just have similar hearts due to parallel evolution?]] ** The "urban legend" aspect does come up in conversation between Janeway and Chakotay. * ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' has an example as well, in the [[SoBadItsGood infamous]] one episode "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Spock's Brain]]".of ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' ("[[PunBasedTitle Organ]] [[OrganGrinder Grinder]]"), teenage [[DisposableVagrant runaways]] are kidnapped and their organs harvested to sell on the black market, as human organs are used to make illegal drugs for wesen. * An episode of ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' has the Behavioural Sciences Unit hunting someone who is taking organs to sell on the black market and doing a dodgy job of keeping his victims alive. They initially think it might be the work of the Chesapeake Ripper, a notorious SerialKiller who removes organs from his victims before killing and mutilating them, [[LateArrivalSpoiler but we already know who the Ripper really is]] [[ImAHumanitarian and what he's doing with the organs]]. The Ripper winds up using the organ harvester's activities as a smokescreen to do some, ehem, [[UnusualEuphemism grocery shopping]]. * The ''Series/{{Haven}}'' episode "The Farmer" had Harry Nix. His [[BlessedWithSuck Trouble]] is that he suffers from progressive organ failure, so he must regularly steal organs to replace his own. He can sprout a tentacle that can suck the victim's organs out of their body and absorb it. He is aware of the problem with organ compatibility, so he targets his illegitimate children from when he donated to a sperm bank. To make matters worse, his children run the risk of developing the same condition and being forced to harvest organs as well.

* Gerry Anderson's ''Series/SpacePrecinct'' had ''Series/HumanGiant'': A hypno-therapist steals Aziz's kidney while he's under. Then the paramedic who finds him knocks him out and steals his hair (for wigs). ''Then'' the the cop who finds him after that [[UpToEleven knocks him out and steals his ice from the bathtub]] and his [[{{squick}} right testicle]]. * On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' a group of criminals engaged in organlegging. * The Vidiians sell organs on the black market. However, they primarily harvest the organs from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Only that the recent corpses of people who died in prison rather than then by stealing them from living people. They have access to the prisoners' medical records and use people trained in this is not so much organ theft as organ ''hijacking'': type of operation. The one time they literally ''take away'' an organ from operate on a live person by ''[[TeleportersAndTransporters teleporting it]]''. When this happens [[spoiler: it is a ruse to Neelix, make the Doctor gives him ''HardLight lungs'' until victim think that they can be replaced. In this case, the fact it's took his kidneys so he will steal for them. All they did was make a ''cross-species'' theft raises serious FridgeLogic issues, as there's no reason why medicine that's advanced enough to perform xenografts couldn't turn to non-sentient animals as donors instead. ** [[WildMassGuessing Religious reasons? Like, some animals are unclean? Or maybe all humanoids just couple cuts and sutured them up.]] * Played straight on ''Series/LawAndOrder'', which may actually have similar hearts due to parallel evolution?]] ** The "urban legend" aspect does come up helped disseminate the "kidney theft" urban legend (''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' speculates that the plot, which WordOfGod claims a friend [[RippedFromTheHeadlines saw in conversation between Janeway and Chakotay. * ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' has an example as well, a newspaper]], was based on a false allegation published in the [[SoBadItsGood infamous]] episode "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Spock's Brain]]".''Daily Telegraph'' in 1989). [=SVU=]'s Captain Cragen (who appeared in the episode) later dismissed such stories as urban legends. * ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' features a bizarre version in that a heart is stolen in transit for a rich businessman who is dying. As it was stolen from its [[BerserkButton intended recipient, a 15 year old kid,]] Nate commits everything to stealing it back.

* Gerry Anderson's ''Series/SpacePrecinct'' had criminals engaged in organlegging. * The Vidiians from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Only that ''Series/NipTuck'' not only plays this is not so much completely straight, but it then becomes a relevant part of the season arc once we get to know the organ theft as organ ''hijacking'': thieves. * Done slightly more realistically with the witness of the week on ''Series/InPlainSight''. It was a doctor removing kidneys from gastric bypass patients, since they literally ''take away'' an organ from a person by ''[[TeleportersAndTransporters teleporting it]]''. When this happens to Neelix, the Doctor gives him ''HardLight lungs'' until they can be replaced. In this case, the fact it's a ''cross-species'' theft raises serious FridgeLogic issues, as there's no reason why medicine that's advanced enough to perform xenografts couldn't turn to non-sentient animals as donors instead. ** [[WildMassGuessing Religious reasons? Like, some animals are unclean? Or maybe all humanoids just have similar hearts due to parallel evolution?]] ** The "urban legend" aspect does come up in conversation between Janeway and Chakotay. * ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' has an example as well, operating in the [[SoBadItsGood infamous]] same area and the patient is likely to write off any problems caused by loss of kidney to complications from surgery. * The ''Series/RoboCopTheSeries'' episode "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Spock's Brain]]"."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.]] * One episode of ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' featured an insane doctor who arranged "accidental" deaths in order to obtain and sell the victims' organs for his wealthy clients. He tended to target victims with rare blood types.

* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' features a bizarre version in that a heart is stolen in transit for a rich businessman who is dying. As it was stolen from its [[BerserkButton intended recipient, a 15 year old kid,]] Nate commits everything to stealing it back.
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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' features a bizarre version Gerry Anderson's ''Series/SpacePrecinct'' had criminals engaged in organlegging. * ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' has an example, in the [[SoBadItsGood infamous]] episode "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Spock's Brain]]". * ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': ** The Vidiians. Only that a heart this is stolen in transit for a rich businessman who is dying. As it was stolen not so much organ theft as organ ''hijacking'': they literally ''take away'' an organ from its [[BerserkButton intended recipient, a 15 year old kid,]] Nate commits everything person by ''[[TeleportersAndTransporters teleporting it]]''. When this happens to stealing it back.Neelix, the Doctor gives him ''HardLight lungs'' until they can be replaced. In this case, the fact it's a ''cross-species'' theft raises serious FridgeLogic issues, as there's no reason why medicine that's advanced enough to perform xenografts couldn't turn to non-sentient animals as donors instead. ** The "urban legend" aspect does come up in conversation between Janeway and Chakotay. * An episode of ''Series/LasVegas'' had a guest at the Montecito claim this had happened to him. He had a fresh scar and X-rays revealed he was short one kidney. It turns out that he'd already sold the kidney in an under-the-table deal with an ailing celebrity, and was trying to extort money from the casino for additional profit.

** This leads to a lot of unaddressed GreyAndGreyMorality, since while the villain is making huge untaxed profits, he's also [[StrawmanHasAPoint saving lives.]] * ''Series/{{CSI}}'': ** Organ legging is mentioned in "Justice is Served" where a jogger turns up dead, with his liver and a couple other organs removed. At the end of the episode, [[spoiler: it turns out the killer took the most blood-rich organs to make into a health elixir, convinced that that was the only thing preventing her from becoming sick.]] ** Another episode of CSI had organs being taken from dead bodies that were processed in a specific crematorium. ** In the ''Series/{{CSI}} Trilogy'' crossover storyline, young women were abducted and smuggled cross-country by a network of criminal truckers. While most were forced into prostitution, those girls who fought back against their captors became salable body parts. * An episode of ''CSINewYork'' had an organ being stolen ''after'' it was legitimately removed, with a murder or two in the process. It turned out [[spoiler: the surgeon who removed it]] was behind the theft because his wife was dying and needed it. ** Yet another ''CSINewYork'' episode had a corrupt ex-coroner who'd been stealing organs and tissues for a different reason -to process them for the drugs they contained; the victims were all dead drug addicts from cases that came through his morgue. * An episode of ''Series/LasVegas'' had a guest at the Montecito claim this had happened to him. He had a fresh scar and X-rays revealed he was short one kidney. It turns out that he'd already sold the kidney in an under-the-table deal with an ailing celebrity, and was trying to extort money from the casino for additional profit. * One episode of ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' featured an insane doctor who arranged "accidental" deaths in order to obtain and sell the victims' organs for his wealthy clients. He tended to target victims with rare blood types. * Played for laughs in ''Series/CallMeFitz''. * ''Series/NipTuck'' not only plays this completely straight, but it then becomes a relevant part of the season arc once we get to know the organ thieves. * On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' a group of criminals sell organs on the black market. However, they primarily harvest the organs from the recent corpses of people who died in prison rather than then by stealing them from living people. They have access to the prisoners' medical records and use people trained in this type of operation. The one time they operate on a live person [[spoiler: it is a ruse to make the victim think that they took his kidneys so he will steal for them. All they did was make a couple cuts and sutured them up.]] * Done slightly more realistically with the witness of the week on ''Series/InPlainSight''. It was a doctor removing kidneys from gastric bypass patients, since they are operating in the same area and the patient is likely to write off any problems caused by loss of kidney to complications from surgery. * ''Series/ForeverKnight'' had an episode with an organ theft ring. The first body was found dead in a dumpster, and later, Natalie almost ends up getting her heart stolen when she goes in for knee surgery by a desperate surgeon whose daughter was dying. Averts some of the problems with this trope, but not the compatibility one. * Variant on ''Series/{{Bones}}'', where bone and other tissues were being stolen from corpses. Unfortunately one of those corpses had cancer, and Booth's boss was not amused when his daughter contracted said cancer from one of said grafts. * An episode of ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' has the Behavioural Sciences Unit hunting someone who is taking organs to sell on the black market and doing a dodgy job of keeping his victims alive. They initially think it might be the work of the Chesapeake Ripper, a notorious SerialKiller who removes organs from his victims before killing and mutilating them, [[LateArrivalSpoiler but we already know who the Ripper really is]] [[ImAHumanitarian and what he's doing with the organs]]. The Ripper winds up using the organ harvester's activities as a smokescreen to do some, ehem, [[UnusualEuphemism grocery shopping]]. * ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' features the "in transit" variant: the Aquabats are assigned to transport a replacement brain to Governor Robot, and the villainous Silver Skull is trying to steal it from them - with Governor Robot incapacitated, Silver Skull will be able to usurp his authority. [[spoiler: In a twist, he ''succeeds'' by impersonating the very general who gave the Aquabats the job in the first place.]] * ''Series/HumanGiant'': A hypno-therapist steals Aziz's kidney while he's under. Then the paramedic who finds him knocks him out and steals his hair (for wigs). ''Then'' the the cop who finds him after that [[UpToEleven knocks him out and steals his ice from the bathtub]] and his [[{{squick}} right testicle]]. * ''Series/CriminalMinds'' gives us Frank Breitkopf in Season Two, whose entire MO is sedating his victims and removing their organs while they were still alive, getting off on the fear on their faces as this was happening. It's unclear what he does with the rest of the organs once his victim is dead, but it is known that Breitkopf takes a rib from each of his victims to make a wind chime for his love interest. * The ''Series/{{Haven}}'' episode "The Farmer" had Harry Nix. His [[BlessedWithSuck Trouble]] is that he suffers from progressive organ failure, so he must regularly steal organs to replace his own. He can sprout a tentacle that can suck the victim's organs out of their body and absorb it. He is aware of the problem with organ compatibility, so he targets his illegitimate children from when he donated to a sperm bank. To make matters worse, his children run the risk of developing the same condition and being forced to harvest organs as well. * In one episode of ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' ("[[PunBasedTitle Organ]] [[OrganGrinder Grinder]]"), teenage [[DisposableVagrant runaways]] are kidnapped and their organs harvested to sell on the black market, as human organs are used to make illegal drugs for wesen. * The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Brain of Morbius" is about a MadScientist trying to steal the Doctor's head, which he wants to finish off his FrankensteinsMonster. * 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.]]

* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''. [[http://wiki.dumpshock.com/index.php/Tamanous Tamanous]] is a criminal syndicate that deals in organlegging. They kidnap and murder the homeless and will pay for recently-dead bodies, and among other things are known for stripping dead bodies of their cyberware to sell on the black market. Street doctors have been known to engage in Organ Theft as well, including patients who can't pay their medical bills. ** Tamanous even has a way to get rid of the leftovers once all the saleable parts are gone - they sell them to [[ImAHumanitarian ghouls]].
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''. [[http://wiki.dumpshock.com/index.php/Tamanous Tamanous]] is a criminal syndicate that deals in organlegging. They kidnap and murder ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}} 2020'' has rules for selling organs to the homeless and will pay for recently-dead bodies, and among other things are known for stripping dead bodies of their cyberware to sell on the black market. Street doctors have been known to engage in Organ Theft as well, including patients who can't pay their medical bills. ** Tamanous even has a way Banks. Officially you need the deceased donor card in order to donate the organs and get rid of the leftovers once all reward, but in practice the saleable parts are gone - they sell them to [[ImAHumanitarian ghouls]].paperwork can be easily faked. There is also mention of a Organ lottery that runs in Night City.

* ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}} 2020'' has rules for selling organs to the Organ Banks. Officially you need the deceased donor card in order to donate the organs and get the reward, but in practice the paperwork can be easily faked. There is also mention of a Organ lottery that runs in Night City.
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}} 2020'' has rules ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''. [[http://wiki.dumpshock.com/index.php/Tamanous Tamanous]] is a criminal syndicate that deals in organlegging. They kidnap and murder the homeless and will pay for selling organs recently-dead bodies, and among other things are known for stripping dead bodies of their cyberware to sell on the black market. Street doctors have been known to engage in Organ Banks. Officially you need Theft as well, including patients who can't pay their medical bills. Tamanous even has a way to get rid of the deceased donor card in order to donate leftovers once all the organs and get the reward, but in practice the paperwork can be easily faked. There is also mention of a Organ lottery that runs in Night City.saleable parts are gone - they sell them to [[ImAHumanitarian ghouls]].

* ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}} 2020'' has rules for selling ''VideoGame/CryptOfTheNecroDancer'' opens with the villain stealing Cadence's heart after she takes a fatal tumble. He then [[BackFromTheDead resurrects her]], and she sets out to learn what happened and find some way of breaking the curse. * In ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'', the Psychopath Albert Contiello is a greedy MadDoctor who sees the ZombieApocalypse as an opportunity to abduct survivors and harvest their organs to for the Organ Banks. Officially you need the deceased donor card in order to donate black market. To make it even more horrific, he just straps them down and extracts the organs without using anesthetic, though he does sometimes inject them with hallucinogens, more for his own twisted amusement than to ease their pain. * A weird example from the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' expansion ''Point Lookout'': after (unknowingly and get involuntarily) undergoing [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trepanning trepanning,]] your character wakes up with a chunk of brain missing. This wasn't sold on a black market or anything, but [[CollectorOfTheStrange put in a jar and kept as some sort of souvenir by your surgeon]]. You can actually recover your bottled Lump of Brain, though looking at the reward, but in practice item fills you with "a terrible sense of loss." * The ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' expansion ''Old World Blues'' [[UpToEleven goes even farther]], with the paperwork can be easily faked. There is also mention of a Organ lottery that runs in Night City.Think Tank removing your entire brain, along with your spinal column and heart and replacing them with cybernetic components. It's up to the player whether to put your original organs back or keep the robotics (both options offer their own stat buffs).

* An assignment in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' requires the player to bring to justice (or just kill) a doctor who managed a business of this sort... with a horrible, horrible twist: he paid homeless people to grow extra cloned organs ''inside their own bodies'', with nightmarish medical implications. He'd then harvest the extra organs... ''if'' they grew properly. Otherwise he'd just leave you to die a terrible and painful death with two stomachs.

* ''ARG/TheLostExperience'' had a side plot involving sold organs. It didn't have much to do with anything other than adding to the general corruptness of the Hanso Foundation and providing ProductPlacement for Jeep. ** It also tied into Locke's backstory on ''Series/{{Lost}}'': his father, whom he'd never known, found him and struck up a relationship for the sole purpose of getting him to donate a kidney, then tossed him out again.

* A weird example from the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' expansion ''Point Lookout'': after (unknowingly and involuntarily) undergoing [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trepanning trepanning,]] your character wakes up with a chunk of brain missing. This wasn't sold on a black market or anything, but [[CollectorOfTheStrange put in a jar and kept as some sort of souvenir by your surgeon]]. You can actually recover your bottled Lump of Brain, though looking at the item fills you with "a terrible sense of loss." ** The ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' expansion ''Old World Blues'' [[UpToEleven goes even farther]], with the Think Tank removing your entire brain, along with your spinal column and heart and replacing them with cybernetic components. It's up to the player whether to put your original organs back or keep the robotics (both options offer their own stat buffs). * In ''The Thrill of Combat'' this is what you do for a living. Using a helicopter, stun beam and a rappelling surgeon to get the sweet, sweet organs and points.
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* A weird example from the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' expansion ''Point Lookout'': after (unknowingly and involuntarily) undergoing [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trepanning trepanning,]] your character wakes up ''ARG/TheLostExperience'' had a side plot involving sold organs. It didn't have much to do with a chunk anything other than adding to the general corruptness of brain missing. This wasn't sold on a black market or anything, but [[CollectorOfTheStrange put in a jar the Hanso Foundation and kept as some sort of souvenir by your surgeon]]. You can actually recover your bottled Lump of Brain, though looking at providing ProductPlacement for Jeep. It also tied into Locke's backstory on ''Series/{{Lost}}'': his father, whom he'd never known, found him and struck up a relationship for the item fills you with "a terrible sense sole purpose of loss." ** The ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' expansion ''Old World Blues'' [[UpToEleven goes even farther]], with the Think Tank removing your entire brain, along with your spinal column and heart and replacing them with cybernetic components. It's up getting him to donate a kidney, then tossed him out again. * An assignment in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' requires the player whether to put your original bring to justice (or just kill) a doctor who managed a business of this sort... with a horrible, horrible twist: he paid homeless people to grow extra cloned organs back or keep the robotics (both options offer ''inside their own stat buffs). * In ''The Thrill of Combat'' this is what bodies'', with nightmarish medical implications. He'd then harvest the extra organs... ''if'' they grew properly. Otherwise he'd just leave you do for to die a living. Using a helicopter, stun beam terrible and a rappelling surgeon to get the sweet, sweet organs and points.painful death with two stomachs.

* The Medic from [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Team Fortress 2]] apparently lost his medical license after stealing a patient's ''skeleton''. He also seem to deal in non-human organs as well, as we can only imagine what a "Mega Baboon" is suppose to be. * In ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'', the Psychopath Albert Contiello is a greedy MadDoctor who sees the ZombieApocalypse as an opportunity to abduct survivors and harvest their organs for the black market. To make it even more horrific, he just straps them down and extracts the organs without using anesthetic, though he does sometimes inject them with hallucinogens, more for his own twisted amusement than to ease their pain. * ''VideoGame/CryptOfTheNecroDancer'' opens with the villain stealing Cadence's heart after she takes a fatal tumble. He then [[BackFromTheDead resurrects her]], and she sets out to learn what happened and find some way of breaking the curse.
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* The Medic from [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Team Fortress 2]] ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' apparently lost his medical license after stealing a patient's ''skeleton''. He also seem to deal in non-human organs as well, as we can only imagine what a "Mega Baboon" is suppose to be. * In ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'', ''VideoGame/TheThrillOfCombat'' this is what you do for a living. Using a helicopter, stun beam and a rappelling surgeon to get the Psychopath Albert Contiello is a greedy MadDoctor who sees the ZombieApocalypse as an opportunity to abduct survivors and harvest their sweet, sweet organs for the black market. To make it even more horrific, he just straps them down and extracts the organs without using anesthetic, though he does sometimes inject them with hallucinogens, more for his own twisted amusement than to ease their pain. * ''VideoGame/CryptOfTheNecroDancer'' opens with the villain stealing Cadence's heart after she takes a fatal tumble. He then [[BackFromTheDead resurrects her]], and she sets out to learn what happened and find some way of breaking the curse.points.

* The Medic from [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Team Fortress 2]] apparently lost his medical license after Some ''Franchise/SlenderManMythos'' stories involve the titular character doing this. Although most of the time, it's [[{{Squick}} organ stealing a patient's ''skeleton''. He also seem to deal in non-human organs as well, as we can only imagine what a "Mega Baboon" is suppose to be. * In ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'', the Psychopath Albert Contiello is a greedy MadDoctor who sees the ZombieApocalypse as an opportunity to abduct survivors and harvest their organs for the black market. To make it even more horrific, he just straps them down and extracts the organs without using anesthetic, though he does sometimes inject them haphazardly replacing with hallucinogens, more for his own twisted amusement than to ease their pain. * ''VideoGame/CryptOfTheNecroDancer'' opens with the villain stealing Cadence's heart after she takes a fatal tumble. He then [[BackFromTheDead resurrects her]], and she sets out to learn what happened and find some way of breaking the curse.an extra item or two]].

* Some ''Franchise/SlenderManMythos'' stories involve the titular character doing this. Although most of the time, it's [[{{Squick}} organ stealing and haphazardly replacing with an extra item or two]].

* Some ''Franchise/SlenderManMythos'' stories involve the titular character doing this. Although most of the time, it's [[{{Squick}} organ stealing Lynn Tailor nearly lost her eggs (and more than likely her ovaries as well) due to a faulty AutoDoc in ''Webcomic/DataChasers''. A REAL doctor showed up and haphazardly replacing turned it off. * Right after Nick and Ki's BigDamnKiss in ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'' when they reach Ki's apartment, their friend and colleague Fooker calls her to explain he is in Mexico right now and ... would she know someone with an extra item or two]].a kidney to spare?

* Some ''Franchise/SlenderManMythos'' stories involve the titular character doing this. Although most of the time, it's [[{{Squick}} organ stealing ''Webcomic/SuperEffective'': Red [[http://www.vgcats.com/super/?strip_id=85 blacks out]] after all his pokemon are KO'd, and haphazardly replacing wakes up in ice with an extra item or two]].a pair of scars.

* Lynn Tailor nearly lost her eggs (and more than likely her ovaries as well) due to a faulty AutoDoc in ''Webcomic/DataChasers''. A REAL doctor showed up and turned it off. * ''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. * Right after Nick and Ki's BigDamnKiss in Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault when they reach Ki's apartment, their friend and colleague Fooker calls her to explain he is in Mexico right now and ... would she know someone with a kidney to spare?

* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' used the kidney theft variant in the episode "Dia De Los Dangerous." Better justified than many examples, since we know it was being done by a relatively poor doctor that Dr. Venture was going out of his way to be an ass toward. [[JerkAss Yes, even more than usual]]. -->'''Dr. Venture:''' "[[OhNoNotAgain Oh, for the love of- not again]]! ... wait a minute. One... [[OhCrap Two. This is serious]]."
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' used Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger was planning to do this to Steve so he could sell the kidney theft variant in 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. * The plot of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero'' revolves around Mr. Freeze kidnapping people who share the [[ABNegative same blood type as his wife]], which includes Barbara Gordon. She (correctly) points out that he could use any negative blood type to save her until it's revealed he's actually kidnapping them for this trope, and being as obsessive as he is is going after the same blood type to reduce the risks of rejection. * On an episode "Dia De Los Dangerous." Better justified than many examples, since we know it of ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', Wooldoor does this to Toot. * This was being done by one of the urban legends used in ''WesternAnimation/FreakyStories'', although the moved it into the future to in an attempt to slightly reduce the {{Squick}} factor. In this version the guy's ''entire body'' got stolen, leaving him a relatively poor doctor that Dr. Venture was going disembodied head connected to a portable life support unit. * In a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' ValentinesDayEpisode, Meg's date turns out of his way to be an ass toward. [[JerkAss Yes, even more than usual]]. -->'''Dr. Venture:''' "[[OhNoNotAgain Oh, for a black market dealer who takes her kidney. After spending the love of- not again]]! ... wait day together, they kiss and he gives the kidney back to her in a minute. One... [[OhCrap Two. This is serious]]."jar.

* This was one of the urban legends used in ''WesternAnimation/FreakyStories'', although the moved it into the future to in an attempt to slightly reduce the {{Squick}} factor. YMMV on whether the attempt succeeds, considering in this version the guy's ''entire body'' got stolen, leaving him a disembodied head connected to a portable life support unit.
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* This was The ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' cartoon: ** The first episode dealing with [[TheAssimilator Alpha]] involved him stealing a Sintillian heart. The victim didn't die as his species has two hearts and can live just fine with one, leading J to think that there's no problem. K quickly corrects him: -->'''K:''' You have ten toes. You wake up one of morning with one missing, how would you feel? ** Organ Theft is basically Alpha's hat. In his first appearances he had multiple alien body parts grafted to his body using AppliedPhlebotinum. Notably the urban legends used alien parts included heads which were still ''fully conscious'', if under Alpha's control. He lost those in ''WesternAnimation/FreakyStories'', a ShapeShifterSwanSong, then reappeared with a ''completely new set'' that coincided with an animation change. By the time the series ended Alpha didn't even resemble anything human, although the by then he'd moved it on to ''robot'' parts. * One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury'' had an organ trafficking ring that turned out to be cloning (illegally) their products. * In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Cherokee Hair Tampons", Kyle became sick and needed a kidney, but the only person with his bloodtype was Cartman, who naturally refused to give up one of his. Stan and Kenny break into his house one night to try to steal the future kidney, only to in an attempt to slightly reduce the {{Squick}} factor. YMMV on whether the attempt succeeds, considering in find Cartman had thought of this version and was wearing a 'Kidney Blocker 2000.' They later [[spoiler:tricked Cartman into thinking they]] actually took it, and when he demanded that it be put back and willingly entered the guy's ''entire body'' got stolen, leaving him a disembodied head connected operating room, [[spoiler:the doctors removed it for real and gave it to a portable life support unit.Kyle.]]

*** Could be belated pre-reboot karma at work, as Starscream's ghost in ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' used Scourge to swipe both eyes from Metroplex, and a transforming cog and single eye from Trypticon. But more likely it's the bad karma fom ''this'' incarnation's assistance in the plans of said human allies to use Bumblebee's T-Cog, then his bad luck in losing possession of said T-cog. * On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', Wooldoor does this to Toot. * The ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' cartoon: ** The first episode dealing with [[TheAssimilator Alpha]] involved him stealing a Sintillian heart. The victim didn't die as his species has two hearts and can live just fine with one, leading J to think that there's no problem. K quickly corrects him: -->'''K:''' You have ten toes. You wake up one morning with one missing, how would you feel? ** Organ Theft is basically Alpha's hat. In his first appearances he had multiple alien body parts grafted to his body using AppliedPhlebotinum. Notably the alien parts included heads which were still ''fully conscious'', if under Alpha's control. He lost those in a ShapeShifterSwanSong, then reappeared with a ''completely new set'' that coincided with an animation change. By the time the series ended Alpha didn't even resemble anything human, although by then he'd moved on to ''robot'' parts. * In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Cherokee Hair Tampons", Kyle became sick and needed a kidney, but the only person with his bloodtype was Cartman, who naturally refused to give up one of his. Stan and Kenny break into his house one night to try to steal the kidney, only to find Cartman had thought of this and was wearing a 'Kidney Blocker 2000.' ** They later [[spoiler:tricked Cartman into thinking they]] actually took it, and when he demanded that it be put back and willingly entered the operating room, [[spoiler:the doctors removed it for real and gave it to Kyle.]] * One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury'' had an organ trafficking ring that turned out to be cloning (illegally) their products. * In a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' ValentinesDayEpisode, Meg's date turns out to be a black market dealer who takes her kidney. After spending the day together, they kiss and he gives the kidney back to her in a jar. * 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. * The plot of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero'' revolves around Mr. Freeze kidnapping people who share the [[ABNegative same blood type as his wife]], which includes Barbara Gordon. She (correctly) points out that he could use any negative blood type to save her until it's revealed he's actually kidnapping them for this trope, and being as obsessive as he is is going after the same blood type to reduce the risks of rejection.
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*** Could be belated pre-reboot karma at work, as Starscream's ghost in ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' * ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' used Scourge to swipe both eyes from Metroplex, and a transforming cog and single eye from Trypticon. But more likely it's the bad karma fom ''this'' incarnation's assistance in the plans of said human allies to use Bumblebee's T-Cog, then his bad luck in losing possession of said T-cog. * On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', Wooldoor does this to Toot. * The ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' cartoon: ** The first episode dealing with [[TheAssimilator Alpha]] involved him stealing a Sintillian heart. The victim didn't die as his species has two hearts and can live just fine with one, leading J to think that there's no problem. K quickly corrects him: -->'''K:''' You have ten toes. You wake up one morning with one missing, how would you feel? ** Organ Theft is basically Alpha's hat. In his first appearances he had multiple alien body parts grafted to his body using AppliedPhlebotinum. Notably the alien parts included heads which were still ''fully conscious'', if under Alpha's control. He lost those in a ShapeShifterSwanSong, then reappeared with a ''completely new set'' that coincided with an animation change. By the time the series ended Alpha didn't even resemble anything human, although by then he'd moved on to ''robot'' parts. * In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Cherokee Hair Tampons", Kyle became sick and needed a kidney, but the only person with his bloodtype was Cartman, who naturally refused to give up one of his. Stan and Kenny break into his house one night to try to steal the kidney, only to find Cartman had thought of this and was wearing a 'Kidney Blocker 2000.' ** They later [[spoiler:tricked Cartman into thinking they]] actually took it, and when he demanded that it be put back and willingly entered the operating room, [[spoiler:the doctors removed it for real and gave it to Kyle.]] * One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury'' had an organ trafficking ring that turned out to be cloning (illegally) their products. * In a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' ValentinesDayEpisode, Meg's date turns out to be a black market dealer who takes her kidney. After spending the day together, they kiss and he gives the kidney back to her theft variant in a jar. * Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger the episode "Dia De Los Dangerous." Better justified than many examples, since we know it 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. * The plot of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero'' revolves around Mr. Freeze kidnapping people who share the [[ABNegative same blood type as his wife]], which includes Barbara Gordon. She (correctly) points out that he could use any negative blood type to save her until it's revealed he's actually kidnapping them for this trope, and being as obsessive as he is is done by a relatively poor doctor that Dr. Venture was going after out of his way to be an ass toward. [[JerkAss Yes, even more than usual]]. -->'''Dr. Venture:''' "[[OhNoNotAgain Oh, for the same blood type to reduce the risks of rejection.love of- not again]]! ... wait a minute. One... [[OhCrap Two. This is serious]]."

** This is also said of doctors treating patients in persistent vegetative states, which is probably similarly untrue; there have been cases where doctors have put pressure on relatives of someone in that condition to discontinue treatment, occasionally to the point of asking for a court order, but that's only done when the patient's chances of recovery are nonexistent and they are to all intents and purposes dead. This stems from the fact that those in permanent vegetative states make very practical organ donors, as the organs can be harvested in a very controlled setting rather than relying on the chance of an otherwise healthy organ donor dying. While no ethical doctor would pressure a family to end the life of a loved one simply for the organs, no ethical doctor would let someone in such a state die without bringing up organ donation, given that literally dozens of lives may depend on it.
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** * This is also said of doctors treating patients in persistent vegetative states, which is probably similarly untrue; there have been cases where doctors have put pressure on relatives of someone in that condition to discontinue treatment, occasionally to the point of asking for a court order, but that's only done when the patient's chances of recovery are nonexistent and they are to all intents and purposes dead. This stems from the fact that those in permanent vegetative states make very practical organ donors, as the organs can be harvested in a very controlled setting rather than relying on the chance of an otherwise healthy organ donor dying. While no ethical doctor would pressure a family to end the life of a loved one simply for the organs, no ethical doctor would let someone in such a state die without bringing up organ donation, given that literally dozens of lives may depend on it.

** However, these stories can be misleading. Teams prepare to withdraw organs before death has been declared, as the sooner they can be withdrawn after death the more viable the organs are, but they don't actually withdraw the organ until death has occurred *AND* been verified via thorough testing. Sure, some of the people may revive after the doctors decided death was imminent and asked for teams to prep, but the patients haven't actually been declared dead, and they were never in any risk of having organs withdrawn before they were dead and beyond saving. *** In fact, almost every story of someone waking up before organs can be withdrawn are cases of life support being cut off on someone who the doctors can not revive through traditional methods. It is, however, well known that on rare occasions the shock of removing someone from life support can be enough to cause the body's defensive mechanisms to kick in and take over life-sustaining functions that previously were not functioning. It's expected the patient will pass away without life support, and organ withdrawal teams are ready for when that happens, but death has not yet been declared and the doctors are fully aware there is an (admittedly very minor) chance of such patients reviving instead of passing away. You can hope for a miracle and still be ready if it doesn't happen at the same time!
8th Nov '15 1:39:16 AM SeptimusHeap
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** There doesn't seem to be any real black market in organ transplants outside the ninja profession, though. This is probably because the same things which make organ extraction and transplant so practical mean there's no real need for the procedure to fix mundane ailments, so anybody who can afford, say, a kidney can afford to have their original kidney fixed. And the very fact that so many factions can conveniently transplant empowered organs means the only really safe place for them is in the body of somebody who can protect them - no organ banks or storage technology. *** On the above above, said Uchiha clan specifically get's that final power-up after stealing the eyes of a sibling... and that's only after they get the second to last power-up... by first getting the first 3 levels, and then murdering their best friend.
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