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* {{Inverted}} on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' during a {{flashback}} to [[DaChief Vance's]] probie days. Another agent bumps into him and discretely hands him a passport for an op in Amsterdam.
11th Mar '17 12:29:21 AM jormis29
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* Chaosium's ''TabletopGame/ThievesWorld'' RPG (1981). The Game Master's Guide to Sanctuary had a plethora of random encounter tables. A couple of the entries had pickpockets bumping into the {{PC}}s in order to steal from them. Other encounters mentioned a {{NPC}} bumping into a {{PC}} so players wouldn't think that everyone bumping into them was a pickpocket.
* ''Witch Bunter: The Invisible World''. The Grab and Run talent allows the user to brush into a target and relieve them of their belongings.

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* Chaosium's Creator/{{Chaosium}}'s ''TabletopGame/ThievesWorld'' RPG (1981). The Game Master's Guide to Sanctuary had a plethora of random encounter tables. A couple of the entries had pickpockets bumping into the {{PC}}s in order to steal from them. Other encounters mentioned a {{NPC}} bumping into a {{PC}} so players wouldn't think that everyone bumping into them was a pickpocket.
* ''Witch Bunter: Hunter: The Invisible World''. The Grab and Run talent allows the user to brush into a target and relieve them of their belongings.
5th Mar '17 9:10:48 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Anime/{{KillLaKill}}'': When Ryuko Matoi is pickpocketed by a group of street kids, she sees the theft coming and gives them a half-eaten lemon instead of her wallet.



* ''Anime/{{KillLaKill}}'': When Ryuko Matoi is pickpocketed by a group of street kids, she sees the theft coming and gives them a half-eaten lemon instead of her wallet.



* Felix does this in ''Film/TheFiftyFirstState'' to a lawyer, in a police station no less. He does it under the guise of being a confrontational ass, but he gets the key to a really nice car.
* Tom Canboro in the ''Film/{{Apocalypse}}'' film series movie ''Tribulation'' disguises stealing a phone out of somebody's pocket with this, and then conveniently distracts his victim by pointing to a passing jogger, saying that he noticed that the jogger doesn't have [[MarkOfTheBeast "the mark"]].
* We see the protagonist do this in ''Film/BulletproofMonk'' during Rush Hour on the subway. One pocket turns out to have a handcuff in it, but Kar gets away. Later, the Monk does this to him to return the wallet he just took to its original owner.
* Used for a BrickJoke in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''. At the start of the movie, we see a pickpocket at work. Later the pickpocket bumps into one of the main characters, who frantically checks his pockets to make sure his wallet is still there.
* In movies, this trope dates at least as far back as 1912 and ''Film/TheEvidenceOfTheFilm''. In this example, a corrupt stockbroker retrieves $20,000 in bonds by knocking over a messenger boy on the street, switching out packages as they're tangled together on the ground.



* In ''Film/{{Inception}}'', Eames bumps into Fischer and steals his wallet, which he then gives to Cobb so that he can return it to Fischer and thus have an excuse to talk to him.
* Inverted in ''Film/{{Lincoln}}''. Lincoln's lobbyists deliberately crash into a Democrat they hope to bribe a vote from, apologize, and help him recollect his papers. It takes a second or two for the Congressman to realize that they're ''piling money into his folder''.
* At the end of ''Film/MyBlueHeaven'', Creator/SteveMartin's character, an ex-mobster, teaches two boys how to do that at a baseball game.



* Inverted in ''Film/{{Lincoln}}''. Lincoln's lobbyists deliberately crash into a Democrat they hope to bribe a vote from, apologize, and help him recollect his papers. It takes a second or two for the Congressman to realize that they're ''piling money into his folder''.
* We see the protagonist do this in ''Film/BulletproofMonk'' during Rush Hour on the subway. One pocket turns out to have a handcuff in it, but Kar gets away. Later, the Monk does this to him to return the wallet he just took to its original owner.
* Felix does this in ''Film/TheFiftyFirstState'' to a lawyer, in a police station no less. He does it under the guise of being a confrontational ass, but he gets the key to a really nice car.
* At the end of ''Film/MyBlueHeaven'', Creator/SteveMartin's character, an ex-mobster, teaches two boys how to do that at a baseball game.
* In ''Film/{{Inception}}'', Eames bumps into Fischer and steals his wallet, which he then gives to Cobb so that he can return it to Fischer and thus have an excuse to talk to him.
* Tom Canboro in the ''Film/{{Apocalypse}}'' film series movie ''Tribulation'' disguises stealing a phone out of somebody's pocket with this, and then conveniently distracts his victim by pointing to a passing jogger, saying that he noticed that the jogger doesn't have [[MarkOfTheBeast "the mark"]].
* In movies, this trope dates at least as far back as 1912 and ''Film/TheEvidenceOfTheFilm''. In this example, a corrupt stockbroker retrieves $20,000 in bonds by knocking over a messenger boy on the street, switching out packages as they're tangled together on the ground.
* Used for a BrickJoke in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''. At the start of the movie, we see a pickpocket at work. Later the pickpocket bumps into one of the main characters, who frantically checks his pockets to make sure his wallet is still there.



* ''Literature/OliverTwist'': Happens to Fagin when he runs into a gang of young pickpockets.

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* ''Literature/OliverTwist'': Happens to Fagin when he runs In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', one character steals some diamonds from someone by bumping into a gang of young pickpockets. him in the market. [[ImpossibleThief Despite the fact that he had swallowed the diamonds for safe keeping]].



* A pair of Bothans pull this stunt on Wedge Antilles and Corran Horn in ''[[Literature/HandOfThrawn Vision of the Future]]'', with one of them doing the bumping and grabbing while the other distracts the marks by loudly berating his companion's clumsiness. Corran, a former police officer, is naturally suspicious of the incident but doesn't realize what happened until a little too late (and is incredibly embarrassed at having fallen for it).

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* A pair of Bothans pull this stunt on Wedge Antilles and Corran Horn in ''[[Literature/HandOfThrawn Vision ''Fraternity of the Future]]'', with one of them doing Stone'' by David Morrell. The protagonist wants to be a spy like his CoolUncle, who gets a Hong Kong StreetUrchin to teach him this technique. In order to graduate, he has to rob the bumping and grabbing while urchin without him noticing. As a distraction, he hires another urchin to throw a fruit at his head.
* In ''The Twisted Thing'', Literature/MikeHammer gets TheGlomp from
the other distracts murderer, who takes the marks by loudly berating opportunity to [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets remove the magazine from his companion's clumsiness. Corran, Colt automatic]].
* ''Literature/OliverTwist'': Happens to Fagin when he runs into
a former police officer, is naturally suspicious gang of the incident but doesn't realize what happened until a little too late (and is incredibly embarrassed at having fallen for it).young pickpockets.



* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', one character steals some diamonds from someone by bumping into him in the market. [[ImpossibleThief Despite the fact that he had swallowed the diamonds for safe keeping]].

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* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** A pair of Bothans pull this stunt on Wedge Antilles and Corran Horn in ''[[Literature/HandOfThrawn Vision of the Future]]'', with
one character steals some diamonds from someone by of them doing the bumping into him in and grabbing while the market. [[ImpossibleThief Despite other distracts the fact that he had swallowed marks by loudly berating his companion's clumsiness. Corran, a former police officer, is naturally suspicious of the diamonds incident but doesn't realize what happened until a little too late (and is incredibly embarrassed at having fallen for safe keeping]].it).



* In ''The Twisted Thing'', Literature/MikeHammer gets TheGlomp from the murderer, who takes the opportunity to [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets remove the magazine from his Colt automatic]].
* ''Fraternity of the Stone'' by David Morrell. The protagonist wants to be a spy like his CoolUncle, who gets a Hong Kong StreetUrchin to teach him this technique. In order to graduate, he has to rob the urchin without him noticing. As a distraction, he hires another urchin to throw a fruit at his head.



* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/AngieTribeca,'' when Dr. Scholls gets a ferret out of a cage simply by bumping into the Fish & Game officer holding it. Taken UpToEleven in the slow-motion flashback, which reveals that during the bump she took the cage, swapped the ferret for a box of Pop Tarts, applied lipstick, gave a passionate kiss to a nearby policeman, returned the cage to the officer, and then apologized for the bump.



* ''Series/{{Crusade}}'': Happens to Max. Dureena recovers it, and tells Max that the pickpocket was clumsy, which is the only reason she took it back.

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* ** ''Series/{{Crusade}}'': Happens to Max. Dureena recovers it, and tells Max that the pickpocket was clumsy, which is the only reason she took it back.back.
* 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' episode "The Joker's Last Laugh". Batman discovers a tiny loudspeaker built into Commissioner Gordon's cufflink. He deduces that the Joker, who is a "master conjurer" (AKA stage magician), brushed into Gordon and switched cufflinks. Batman then reveals that in that single bump the Joker also managed to wrap several feet of an induction-receiving antenna around Gordon's waist and down his left trouser leg! Gordon then remembers that an oddly dressed person did bump into him on the subway that morning, confirming Batman's theory.



* 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' episode "The Joker's Last Laugh". Batman discovers a tiny loudspeaker built into Commissioner Gordon's cufflink. He deduces that the Joker, who is a "master conjurer" (AKA stage magician), brushed into Gordon and switched cufflinks. Batman then reveals that in that single bump the Joker also managed to wrap several feet of an induction-receiving antenna around Gordon's waist and down his left trouser leg! Gordon then remembers that an oddly dressed person did bump into him on the subway that morning, confirming Batman's theory.

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* 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' episode ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow "The Joker's Last Laugh". Batman discovers a tiny loudspeaker built into Commissioner Gordon's cufflink. He deduces that Beast Below"]], the Joker, who is a "master conjurer" (AKA stage magician), brushed into Gordon Doctor does this to Mandy Tanner to get her wallet to give Amy an excuse to look for her. Thing is, he's not especially subtle: it took him four goes, and switched cufflinks. Batman then reveals that in that single bump when Amy goes looking for Mandy, she finds the Joker also managed girl waiting for her, because Mandy noticed the attempts.
* ''Series/TheEqualizer''. Inverted in "Dead Drop" where the object is
to wrap several feet plant something in their pocket, rather than steal it. Jimmy hasn't done this for a while, so another operative helps by gaining the person's attention first. Mickey Kostmayer, who's [[TheGunslinger more comfortable with shooting people]] than the mundane aspects of an induction-receiving antenna around Gordon's waist intelligence work, fumbles this so awkwardly he just gives up and down his left trouser leg! Gordon then remembers that an oddly dressed person did bump into him on hands it to the subway that morning, confirming Batman's theory.person.



* A sci-fi version occurs in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Random Thoughts". On a planet of telepaths where there's a black market for violent thoughts, someone bumps into [[{{Tsundere}} B'Elanna Torres]] and 'steals' her instinctive mental response, which is to imagine herself punching him in the face.



* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/AngieTribeca,'' when Dr. Scholls gets a ferret out of a cage simply by bumping into the Fish & Game officer holding it. Taken UpToEleven in the slow-motion flashback, which reveals that during the bump she took the cage, swapped the ferret for a box of Pop Tarts, applied lipstick, gave a passionate kiss to a nearby policeman, returned the cage to the officer, and then apologized for the bump.
* A sci-fi version occurs in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Random Thoughts". On a planet of telepaths where there's a black market for violent thoughts, someone bumps into [[{{Tsundere}} B'Elanna Torres]] and 'steals' her instinctive mental response, which is to imagine herself punching him in the face.
* ''Series/TheEqualizer''. Inverted in "Dead Drop" where the object is to plant something in their pocket, rather than steal it. Jimmy hasn't done this for a while, so another operative helps by gaining the person's attention first. Mickey Kostmayer, who's [[TheGunslinger more comfortable with shooting people]] than the mundane aspects of intelligence work, fumbles this so awkwardly he just gives up and hands it to the person.



* WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels Ezra Bridger has been shown to do this to Empire soldiers.

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* WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': Ezra Bridger has been shown to do this to Empire soldiers.Imperial soldiers.
** In particular, he does it twice in [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsSparkOfRebellion "Spark of Rebellion"]]: The first time, he pickpockets Imperial officer Grint's comlink. The ''second'' time, near the end, he goes for ''Kanan's lightsaber'', taking advantage of the jolt when the Wookiees' ship undocked from the ''Ghost''. Grint never notices he's been robbed. Kanan most definitely does, although whether he let Ezra steal his lightsaber on purpose or not is up for debate.
26th Sep '16 1:57:58 PM SchrodingersOni
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* ''Anime/{{KillLaKill}}'': When Ryuko Matoi is pickpocketed by a group of street kids, she sees the theft coming and gives them a half-eaten lemon instead of her wallet.
27th Aug '16 2:25:56 AM JackG
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* Inverted in an episode of ''Series/TheEqualizer'' where the object is to plant something in their pocket, rather than steal it. Jimmy hasn't done this for a while, so another operative helps by gaining the person's attention first. Mickey Kostmayer, who's [[TheGunslinger more comfortable with shooting people]] than the mundane aspects of intelligence work, fumbles this so awkwardly he just gives up and hands it to the person.

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* ''Series/TheEqualizer''. Inverted in an episode of ''Series/TheEqualizer'' "Dead Drop" where the object is to plant something in their pocket, rather than steal it. Jimmy hasn't done this for a while, so another operative helps by gaining the person's attention first. Mickey Kostmayer, who's [[TheGunslinger more comfortable with shooting people]] than the mundane aspects of intelligence work, fumbles this so awkwardly he just gives up and hands it to the person.
27th Aug '16 2:14:01 AM JackG
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* Inverted in an episode of ''Series/TheEqualizer'' where the object is to plant something in their pocket, rather than steal it. Mickey Kostmayer, who's [[TheGunslinger more comfortable with shooting people]] than the mundane aspects of intelligence work, fumbles this so awkwardly he just gives up and hands the person the object.

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* Inverted in an episode of ''Series/TheEqualizer'' where the object is to plant something in their pocket, rather than steal it. Jimmy hasn't done this for a while, so another operative helps by gaining the person's attention first. Mickey Kostmayer, who's [[TheGunslinger more comfortable with shooting people]] than the mundane aspects of intelligence work, fumbles this so awkwardly he just gives up and hands it to the person the object.person.
27th Aug '16 2:12:28 AM JackG
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* Inverted in an episode of ''Series/TheEqualizer'' where the object is to plant something in their pocket, rather than steal it. Mickey Kostmayer, who's [[TheGunslinger more comfortable with shooting people]] than the mundane aspects of intelligence work, fumbles this so awkwardly he just gives up and hands the person the object.
10th Jul '16 8:24:29 AM jakobitis
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* A real world variation is used by two pickpockets working in tandem. One does the clumsy bump but doesn't steal anything. The genre savvy victim ''thinks'' this has happened and reflexively puts a hand in/on the pocket holding his wallet. The second pickpocket spots this, tails the victim and lifts the wallet without the victim even noticing their presence.
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18th May '16 3:08:49 PM nombretomado
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* An episode of ''CSINewYork'''s ColdOpening has Mac catching a pickpocket (who manages to hide his stash before they grab him) just before running into the VictimOfTheWeek. [[spoiler:They later find a security camera video of said pickpocket bumping into their suspect and realise that he stole a camera with vital evidence on it.]]

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* An episode of ''CSINewYork'''s ''Series/{{CSINY}}'''s ColdOpening has Mac catching a pickpocket (who manages to hide his stash before they grab him) just before running into the VictimOfTheWeek. [[spoiler:They later find a security camera video of said pickpocket bumping into their suspect and realise that he stole a camera with vital evidence on it.]]
1st May '16 3:11:13 AM JackG
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* A sci-fi version occurs in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Random Thoughts". On a planet of telepaths where there's a black market for violent thoughts, someone bumps into [[{{Tsundere}} B'Elanna Torres]] and 'steals' her instinctive mental response, which is to imagine herself to punching him in the face.

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* A sci-fi version occurs in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Random Thoughts". On a planet of telepaths where there's a black market for violent thoughts, someone bumps into [[{{Tsundere}} B'Elanna Torres]] and 'steals' her instinctive mental response, which is to imagine herself to punching him in the face.
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