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7th Nov '16 9:23:28 AM Ziggun
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* Raggamuffin Amelie from ''Webcomic/{{Semi Auto Semla}}'' is a bit of a Deconstruction of this trope. While she's a hyperactive, cheery ball of theft and zany schemes, it's repeatedly shown that these antics of her do her more harm than good. Furthemore, it's implied that her happy nature is just a coping mechanism for the horrors she's seen on the streets.
5th Oct '16 8:48:18 AM erforce
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%%* Young Jack Sparrow from ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.

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%%* Young Jack Sparrow from ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.



%%* ''ShanghaiKnights'' featured one who grew up to be [[spoiler:Creator/CharlieChaplin]].

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%%* ''ShanghaiKnights'' ''Film/ShanghaiKnights'' featured one who grew up to be [[spoiler:Creator/CharlieChaplin]].
11th Sep '16 4:16:24 PM ANTMuddle
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The Artful Dodger is like the StreetUrchin, except that instead of being TheWoobie that makes you want to take him up in your arms and care for him, he seems perfectly happy to take care of himself. Oh, he'd ''let'' you take him home, just don't expect him (or any of your valuable possessions) to be there next morning. In RealLife, a child who lives on the streets experiences horrors most of us could not even imagine, but in some fictional works, a child on the street lives a happy-go-lucky life and practically thrives.

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The Artful Dodger is like the StreetUrchin, except that instead of being TheWoobie that makes you want to take him up in your arms and care for him, he seems perfectly happy to take care of himself. Oh, he'd ''let'' you take him home, just don't expect him (or any of your valuable possessions) to be there next morning. In RealLife, a child who lives on the streets experiences horrors most of us could not even imagine, but in some fictional works, a child on the street lives a happy-go-lucky life and practically thrives.
thrives (probably no longer terrified by such horrors).



Compare with LovableRogue.

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Compare with LovableRogue.LovableRogue or BakerStreetRegular.
19th Aug '16 2:40:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* The Feral Kid in ''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior''.
* Young Jack Sparrow from ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.
* The Runts from ''Film/CityOfGod''. And, in the sixties part of the same film, Li'l Dice.

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* %%* The Feral Kid in ''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior''.
* %%* Young Jack Sparrow from ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.
* %%* The Runts from ''Film/CityOfGod''. And, in the sixties part of the same film, Li'l Dice.



* Short Round in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''.
* ''ShanghaiKnights'' featured one who grew up to be [[spoiler:Creator/CharlieChaplin]].
* The movie version of Toby from ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' was like this.
* Wiggins, one of the Baker Street Irregulars, in ''Film/WithoutAClue''.
* Miette, in a way, from ''Film/TheCityOfLostChildren''.
* The Kid from ''Film/DickTracy''.
* Phillipe in ''Film/{{Ladyhawke}}''.
* ''{{Film/Newsies}}'' presents a whole cast of them, but most prominent of them is Jack, [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]] to [[TheSmartGuy David's]] Blue.

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* %%* Short Round in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''.
* %%* ''ShanghaiKnights'' featured one who grew up to be [[spoiler:Creator/CharlieChaplin]].
* %%* The movie version of Toby from ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' was like this.
* %%* Wiggins, one of the Baker Street Irregulars, in ''Film/WithoutAClue''.
* %%* Miette, in a way, from ''Film/TheCityOfLostChildren''.
* %%* The Kid from ''Film/DickTracy''.
* %%* Phillipe in ''Film/{{Ladyhawke}}''.
* %%* ''{{Film/Newsies}}'' presents a whole cast of them, but most prominent of them is Jack, [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]] to [[TheSmartGuy David's]] Blue.



* Pistolet in ''Literature/TheBlackCoats''.

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* %%* Pistolet in ''Literature/TheBlackCoats''.



* Jamal from ''Literature/TheDrifters''.

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* %%* Jamal from ''Literature/TheDrifters''.



* Kimball O'Hara, eponymous hero of Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/{{Kim}}''.

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* %%* Kimball O'Hara, eponymous hero of Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/{{Kim}}''.



* Jimmy the Hand from Creator/RaymondEFeist's ''Literature/RiftwarCycle''.

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* %%* Jimmy the Hand from Creator/RaymondEFeist's ''Literature/RiftwarCycle''.



* Lupus in ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries''
* Raych Seldon starts as this in the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' prequels.

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* %%* Lupus in ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries''
* %%* Raych Seldon starts as this in the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' prequels.



* Phoebe Buffay in {{Friends}} may well have been an Artful Dodger in her teens. She had to live on the streets from the age of 14 and is unlikely to have been an instance of TheWoobie judging by her character during the series. In one episode it's revealed that she once mugged a young Ross Geller.

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* Phoebe Buffay in {{Friends}} ''Series/{{Friends}}'' may well have been an Artful Dodger in her teens. She had to live on the streets from the age of 14 and is unlikely to have been an instance of TheWoobie judging by her character during the series. In one episode it's revealed that she once mugged a young Ross Geller.



* [[spoiler: Five]] in ''Series/DarkMatter'' was this prior to the series start.

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* %%* [[spoiler: Five]] in ''Series/DarkMatter'' was this prior to the series start.



* Marco from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia''.

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* %%* Marco from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia''.
1st Aug '16 10:12:04 AM AFP
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* ''{{Film/Newsies}}'' presents a whole cast of them, but most prominent of them is Jack, [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]] to [[TheSmartGuy David's]] Blue.
10th Jul '16 12:53:17 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/OliverTwist'': Being the TropeNamer, The Artful Dodger is the epitome of this trope [[spoiler: � until his boss's gambit goes awry, the police search his home and he gets deported to Australia,]]

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* ''Literature/OliverTwist'': Being the TropeNamer, The Artful Dodger is the epitome of this trope [[spoiler: � [[spoiler: ...until his boss's gambit goes awry, the police search his home and he gets deported to Australia,]]
10th Jul '16 12:51:54 PM Morgenthaler
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* Nathan Drake from the ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' series is one as a teenager, until Sully "adopts" him as a protégé.

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10th Jul '16 12:11:10 PM Morgenthaler
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* Lil' Ragamuffin in ''{{Guttersnipe}}'' is a parody of this trope, a street girl fanatically devoted to the "urchin life" and proud of her "unfancy" living situation.
* Rabble-Rouser [[spoiler:(real name Reginald)]] in RPGWorld counts. [[spoiler: He's actually Diane's little brother]] that was actually abandoned in South City as a baby because [[spoiler: his father was a human and his mother was a monster. They used a magic spell to make [[FantasticRacism Diane look more human because otherwise they wouldn't be allowed to keep her.]]]] The spell didn't work so well on Rabble-Rouser, so he was left to grow up on the streets.

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* Lil' Ragamuffin in ''{{Guttersnipe}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Guttersnipe}}'' is a parody of this trope, a street girl fanatically devoted to the "urchin life" and proud of her "unfancy" living situation.
* Rabble-Rouser [[spoiler:(real name Reginald)]] in RPGWorld Webcomic/RPGWorld counts. [[spoiler: He's actually Diane's little brother]] that was actually abandoned in South City as a baby because [[spoiler: his father was a human and his mother was a monster. They used a magic spell to make [[FantasticRacism Diane look more human because otherwise they wouldn't be allowed to keep her.]]]] The spell didn't work so well on Rabble-Rouser, so he was left to grow up on the streets.



* Manic from ''SonicUnderground''.

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29th Jun '16 5:29:49 PM nombretomado
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* ''HuckleberryFinn'' was pretty much this, though moreso in ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer''.

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* ''HuckleberryFinn'' ''Literature/HuckleberryFinn'' was pretty much this, though moreso in ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer''.
27th Jun '16 6:09:42 PM TheBigBopper
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}: Isidro is a hot-headed kid who ran away from home in search of adventure, and since then he has supported his vagrant lifestyle through thievery, demonstrating the ability to carry off absurdly large amounts of stolen food and valuables inside his clothes. Even after joining Guts' new group and gaining some stability he still occasionally pickpockets people and shoplifts from merchants.

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}: ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Isidro is a hot-headed kid who ran away from home in search of adventure, and since then he has supported his vagrant lifestyle through thievery, demonstrating the ability to carry off absurdly large amounts of stolen food and valuables inside his clothes. Even after joining Guts' new group and gaining some stability he still occasionally pickpockets people and shoplifts from merchants.
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