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13th Jan '18 1:50:24 PM ReconditePanine
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*The VillainProtagonist of WesternAnimation/HighwayRat is a bandit who robs travellers of their food.
18th Dec '17 4:27:13 PM Bissek
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* In the second arc of the ''Raine Benares'' novels by Creator/LisaShearin, Raine is worried about meeting her in-laws to be, as she's the WhiteSheep of a family of pirates, and her fiance the Paladin was raised by low-end nobility. Then at the end of the book she learns that her ''mother-in-law'' is a retired highwaywoman, who met her eventual husband during a hold-up.
24th Aug '17 7:57:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} 2'', Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Boots resort to highway robbery to [[spoiler:procure clothes for Shrek, who has turned into a human and is now too small (and too sexy) for his ogre clothes.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} 2'', ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Boots resort to highway robbery to [[spoiler:procure clothes for Shrek, who has turned into a human and is now too small (and too sexy) for his ogre clothes.]]



* In ''Film/BarryLyndon'', Barry is robbed at a roadside by Captain Feeney and his son. The whole exchange is very polite.

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* In ''Film/BarryLyndon'', Barry is robbed at a roadside by Captain Feeney and his son. [[AffablyEvil The whole exchange is very polite.polite]].
28th May '17 1:01:18 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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At times, highwaymen were seen as glamorous. For various reasons (including the fact that they rode horses) they were considered a cut above common bandits. A proper highwayman, instead of being scruffy and furtive, was dashing and debonair--truly the GentlemanThief of armed robbery. Some of them were built up as folk heroes ("...JustLikeRobinHood!"), and they have also been stock LoveInterests in romance novels (perhaps because AllGirlsWantBadBoys?). In certain types of story, it's also quite likely that [[SecretIdentity secret identities]] will be involved--voluminous cloaks and nocturnal tendencies make it relatively easy for a prominent RichIdiotWithNoDayJob to conceal who they are, or for a [[SweetPollyOliver woman to avoid being known as such]]. Popular in TheCavalierYears, where the English Civil War is often blamed for their being ''forced'' to take up the occupation. A common occupation for the hero of a {{Swashbuckler}}.

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At times, highwaymen were seen as glamorous. For various reasons (including the fact that they rode horses) they were considered a cut above common bandits. A proper highwayman, instead of being scruffy and furtive, was dashing and debonair--truly the GentlemanThief of armed robbery. Some of them were built up as [[FolkHero folk heroes heroes]] ("...JustLikeRobinHood!"), and they have also been stock LoveInterests in romance novels (perhaps because AllGirlsWantBadBoys?). In certain types of story, it's also quite likely that [[SecretIdentity secret identities]] will be involved--voluminous cloaks and nocturnal tendencies make it relatively easy for a prominent RichIdiotWithNoDayJob to conceal who they are, or for a [[SweetPollyOliver woman to avoid being known as such]]. Popular in TheCavalierYears, where the English Civil War UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar is often blamed for their being ''forced'' to take up the occupation. A common occupation for the hero of a {{Swashbuckler}}.
28th Apr '17 9:25:51 PM SpitbreakFTW
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', as the player and his group run through Lothering, away from the Darkspawn overrun Ostagar, they encounter a group camped out on the road into town, that politely inform the player that there is a toll necessary to be paid to use the road. Alistair sees right through it and just says "Highwaymen." The player can either pay them, fight them, use their status as a [[MemeticBadass Grey Warden]] to get them to stand down, or use their status as a Grey Warden to 'rob them back.'

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', as the player and his group run through Lothering, away from the Darkspawn overrun Ostagar, they encounter a group camped out on the road into town, that politely inform the player that there is a toll necessary to be paid to use the road. Alistair sees right through it and just says "Highwaymen." The player can either pay them, fight them, use their status as a [[MemeticBadass Grey Warden]] to get them to stand down, or use their status as a Grey Warden to 'rob ''rob them back.'''
28th Apr '17 9:25:18 PM SpitbreakFTW
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', as the player and his group run through Lothering, away from the Darkspawn overrun Ostagar, they encounter a group camped out on the road into town, that politely inform the player that there is a toll necessary to be paid to use the road. Alistair sees right through it and just says "Highwaymen." The player can either pay them, fight them, use their status as a [[MemeticBadass Grey Warden]] to get them to stand down, or use their status as a Grey Warden to 'rob them back.'
2nd Apr '17 7:28:58 AM Koveras
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* Randomly-generated [[PettingZooPeople Khajiit]] highwaymen show up in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', though they're not very gentlemanly; completing certain quests, triggering a one-use GoodBadBug or actually being poor (defined as carrying less than 100 gold and wearing clothing worth less than 10 gold combined) means there's only a ''chance'' that they won't attack you. They're also a bit infamous in the fandom for always demanding 100 gold from you, even if (due to LevelScaling) they're wearing expensive [[RainbowPimpGear Glass armor]] that they could sell for way more.
** ''Morrowind'' featured a true gentleman robber. So much of a gentleman, in fact, that the associated quest involves pairing him up with his latest victim (she didn't know where he went, so you need to find him and bring him a message, and he didn't think himself worthy of her, so he didn't dare go and find her again).

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' featured a true gentleman robber. So much of a gentleman, in fact, that the associated quest involves pairing him up with his latest victim (she didn't know where he went, so you need to find him and bring him a message, and he didn't think himself worthy of her, so he didn't dare go and find her again).
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Randomly-generated [[PettingZooPeople Khajiit]] highwaymen show up in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', though they're not very gentlemanly; completing certain quests, triggering a one-use GoodBadBug or actually being poor (defined as carrying less than 100 gold and wearing clothing worth less than 10 gold combined) means there's only a ''chance'' that they won't attack you. They're also a bit infamous in the fandom for always demanding 100 gold from you, even if (due to LevelScaling) they're wearing expensive [[RainbowPimpGear Glass armor]] that they could sell for way more.
** ''Morrowind'' featured a true gentleman robber. So much of a gentleman, in fact, that the associated quest involves pairing him up with his latest victim (she didn't know where he went, so you need to find him and bring him a message, and he didn't think himself worthy of her, so he didn't dare go and find her again).
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31st Mar '17 1:46:09 PM Ccook1956
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* WesternAnimation/TheBeatles are held captive by an inept highwayman in "I'll Follow The Sun." They easily escape as the highwayman delivers the ransom note, but by the end of the cartoon, he goes straight and gets a job fixing cars, starting with the boys' car. His shop fees amount to what the boys call altogether "highway robbery!"
14th Feb '17 6:53:52 AM Aggron9988
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* ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'' has Dave the highwayman, who, after a failed atempt at robbing the main characters [[spoiler:decides to help them rob a carriage owned by Sarengal's cultists who are transporting an important item.]]
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2nd Feb '17 1:28:42 PM MiddleEighth
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*Referenced in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'' when John sarcastically suggests that the four become highwaymen in order to sift through the loot of the mine-robbers for the amulet Ringo is hoping to find; “Rob Roy times nine thousand sounds great fun.”
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