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20th Jul '17 9:19:08 AM fruitstripegum
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* Literature/ArseneLupin is the TropeCodifier.
* Literature/{{Fantomas}}, an anarchist whose crimes (supposedly) stem from a disdain for modern civilization. Unlike Lupin, he is a cruel, manipulative psychopath with no qualms at all about murdering people and framing the innocent to face the guillotine for his crimes. His titles include "The Man with a Thousand Faces", "The Lord of Terror", "The Master of Crime" and "The Genius of Evil."

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* Literature/ArseneLupin is ''Literature/ArseneLupin ''is the TropeCodifier.
* Literature/{{Fantomas}}, ''Literature/{{Fantomas}}'', an anarchist whose crimes (supposedly) stem from a disdain for modern civilization. Unlike Lupin, he is a cruel, manipulative psychopath with no qualms at all about murdering people and framing the innocent to face the guillotine for his crimes. His titles include "The Man with a Thousand Faces", "The Lord of Terror", "The Master of Crime" and "The Genius of Evil."



* Cassidy Cain of GrandmasterOfTheft is a phantom thief in her criminal alter ego.

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* Cassidy Cain of GrandmasterOfTheft ''Literature/GrandmasterOfTheft'' is a phantom thief in her criminal alter ego.
18th Jul '17 2:42:03 PM fruitstripegum
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* The Nezumi Kid from ''Manga/AkazukinChacha''. He comes into conflict with Chacha and her friends when he steals the Graduation Stamp needed to enable the students to graduate.



* ''Anime/TimeBokan'' series "Kaitou Kiramekiman". Set in the near future, the main character are a couple of young thieves named Kiramekiman. Secretly, the goal of Kiramekiman is actually noble, since they are only stealing certain objects in order to maintain peace in the future.

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* ''Anime/TimeBokan'' series "Kaitou Kiramekiman". Set in The BoysLove manga ''Kaitou Game'' revolves around a phantom thief who is literally known as the near future, Phantom Thief and the main character are a couple of young thieves named Kiramekiman. Secretly, the goal of Kiramekiman is actually noble, since they are only stealing certain objects nobleman's son he falls in order to maintain peace in the future. love with.



* The Nezumi Kid from ''Manga/AkazukinChacha''. He comes into conflict with Chacha and her friends when he steals the Graduation Stamp needed to enable the students to graduate.
* The BoysLove manga ''Kaitou Game'' revolves around a phantom thief who is literally known as the Phantom Thief and the nobleman's son he falls in love with.

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* The Nezumi Kid from ''Manga/AkazukinChacha''. He comes into conflict with Chacha and her friends when he steals ''Anime/TimeBokan'' series "Kaitou Kiramekiman". Set in the Graduation Stamp needed to enable near future, the students to graduate.
* The BoysLove manga ''Kaitou Game'' revolves around
main character are a phantom thief who is literally known as couple of young thieves named Kiramekiman. Secretly, the Phantom Thief and goal of Kiramekiman is actually noble, since they are only stealing certain objects in order to maintain peace in the nobleman's son he falls in love with.future.
18th Jul '17 12:42:05 PM xcountryguy
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* The Black Rose in ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja''. [[spoiler: He's really Keith Harcourt, the older twin brother of Francis Harcourt who walked out on the family after his mother died.]]

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* The Black Rose in ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja''. [[spoiler: He's [[spoiler:He's really Keith Harcourt, the older twin brother of Francis Harcourt who walked out on the family after his mother died.]]



* Kaitou Ace from ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', although he's also the MysteriousProtector [[spoiler: and the BigBad]].

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* Kaitou Ace from ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', although he's also the MysteriousProtector [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and the BigBad]].



* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'', Mask☆[=DeMasque=] (yes, [[LuckyCharmsTitle complete with the star]]) is a PhantomThief - and he's your client. Your [[NervousWreck high-strung]], [[CowardlyLion flighty]] client. The same case gives us his self-declared [[GreatDetective Ace Detective]] [[TheRival rival]], Luke Atmey. [[spoiler: Guess what: he really isn't. Further guess what: he really is ''but'' he didn't commit the theft in question - that was Atmey, who was responsible for putting him up to most of his previous heists and was using this one [[CrazyAwesome as an alibi]].]] It's an awesome moment when [[spoiler: you get the [[LoveableRogue loveable little bastard]] cleared of all the crimes he actually did commit, almost by accident]].

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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'', Mask☆[=DeMasque=] (yes, [[LuckyCharmsTitle complete with the star]]) is a PhantomThief - and he's your client. Your [[NervousWreck high-strung]], [[CowardlyLion flighty]] client. The same case gives us his self-declared [[GreatDetective Ace Detective]] [[TheRival rival]], Luke Atmey. [[spoiler: Guess [[spoiler:Guess what: he really isn't. Further guess what: he really is ''but'' he didn't commit the theft in question - that was Atmey, who was responsible for putting him up to most of his previous heists and was using this one [[CrazyAwesome as an alibi]].]] It's an awesome moment when [[spoiler: you [[spoiler:you get the [[LoveableRogue loveable little bastard]] cleared of all the crimes he actually did commit, almost by accident]].



* Skye from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon DS Cute'' is widely known as "Phantom Skye". He doesn't seem to steal for any other reason other than for the fun of it (or, should you choose to woo him, to meet with the player). But Skye steals because [[spoiler: he wants to make really good curry. The items he steals are ingredients and other people's curry dishes (to taste them).]]

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* Skye from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon DS Cute'' is widely known as "Phantom Skye". He doesn't seem to steal for any other reason other than for the fun of it (or, should you choose to woo him, to meet with the player). But Skye steals because [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he wants to make really good curry. The items he steals are ingredients and other people's curry dishes (to taste them).]]



* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' has the Gray Fox, who people believe can slip through doors and become invisible. And no one knows who he is, [[spoiler: because he's wearing a cursed Daedric artifact that strikes the wearer's name from history.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' has the Gray Fox, who people believe can slip through doors and become invisible. And no one knows who he is, [[spoiler: because [[spoiler:because he's wearing a cursed Daedric artifact that strikes the wearer's name from history.]]
18th Jul '17 12:23:22 PM fruitstripegum
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* Parker on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is this, but she's also crazy and more than a little unsettling due to her lack of understanding for basic social norms. Her mentor, Archie Leech, is this as well, and a GentlemanThief

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* Parker on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is this, but she's also crazy and more than a little unsettling due to her lack of understanding for basic social norms. Her mentor, Archie Leech, is this as well, and a GentlemanThief GentlemanThief.


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* ''Series/SpiderManJapan'' has two examples - one who gets kidnapped by the Iron Cross Army and hypnotized into committing crimes in Spider-Man's name, and one who retired five years ago after stealing a highly valuable jewel to look after his orphaned grandson.
6th Jul '17 1:20:27 PM fruitstripegum
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* [[Anime/LupinIII Zenigata's]] granddaughter, of all people, in ''FanFic/BattleFantasiaProject''. For extra {{Irony}} points, she's being pursed by none other than ''Lupin's'' granddaughters.



* Literature/ArseneLupin the TropeCodifier.

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* Literature/ArseneLupin is the TropeCodifier.
2nd Jul '17 2:39:09 PM fruitstripegum
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* Chapter 23 of ''FanFic/TheNewTrialsOfCardCaptorSakura'' introduces Kaitou Magician, who often manages to steal artifacts without leaving a single clue.
21st Jun '17 1:13:38 PM fruitstripegum
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* Phantom Thief Kiara of ''Webcomic/{{Aware}}'' ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin it's in her name]]).
17th Jun '17 7:35:22 AM fruitstripegum
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* Ishimaru Kouta of ''LightNovel/{{Zaregoto}}'' is supposedly one of these, although we never see her in action.
12th Jun '17 1:34:38 PM lillolillo
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** And in Tsukasa Hojo's next work, ''Manga/CityHunter'', you have Kasumi Asou alias Theif n°305, who comes from a line of women phantom thieves.

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** * And in Tsukasa Hojo's next work, ''Manga/CityHunter'', you have Kasumi Asou alias Theif n°305, who comes from a line of women phantom thieves.
8th Jun '17 8:33:51 AM CalamityRaven26
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* The protagonists of ''VideoGame/Persona5'', known as the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, are an interesting twist on this trope. Going by appearances, they seem to fit the classic Phantom Thief archetype; all members are either a GentlemanThief or ClassyCatBurglar, uses excessive amounts of stealth in their heists, and even send calling cards to their victim before beginning their heists. What really differentiates them from standard Phantom Thieves is that they're less thieves and more [[InternalReformist Internal Reformists]]; going into an EldritchLocation known as the Metaverse, they can sweep into a target's subconscious and effectively trigger a [[HeelFaceBrainwashing forced Heel-Face Turn]], by stealing the manifestations of evil people's desires. In doing so, people normally untouchable by the law are brought to justice, making them a mix between the aforementioned InternalReformist and a CowboyCop.

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* The protagonists of ''VideoGame/Persona5'', known as the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, are an interesting twist on this trope. Going by appearances, they seem to fit the classic Phantom Thief archetype; all members are either a GentlemanThief or ClassyCatBurglar, uses excessive amounts of stealth in their heists, and even send calling cards to their victim before beginning their heists. What really differentiates them from standard Phantom Thieves is that they're less thieves and more [[InternalReformist Internal Reformists]]; going into an EldritchLocation known as the Metaverse, they can sweep into a target's subconscious and effectively trigger a [[HeelFaceBrainwashing forced Heel-Face Turn]], by stealing the manifestations of evil people's desires. In doing so, people normally untouchable by the law are brought to justice, making them a mix between the aforementioned InternalReformist [[InternalReformist Internal Reformists]] and a CowboyCop.[[CowboyCop Cowboy Cops]].
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