Created By: KZN02 on May 12, 2013 Last Edited By: KZN02 on June 4, 2013
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A character's possession is taken away from him/her after an incident, which he/she interprets as a punishment. Only a few moments later he/she is presented a much better version of his/her previous possession.

Examples:

Comic Books
  • In the Iron Man 3 prequel comic, Rhodey protests Tony taking away his Hammer-made War Machine suit until Tony shows and gives his own version of the War Machine suit to him.

Literature
  • Inversion: In How the Grinch Stole Christmas! the Grinch tells Cindi Lou Hoo that he's taking the Christmas tree etc. back to fix it, and he'll bring it back when he's done.

Live-Action TV
  • In an episode of The Latest Buzz, Amanda panics because she thinks her father is going to take her pony away from her, and spends the episode attempting to hide the pony in the office. At the end of the episode, it is revealed that he was planning to take the pony away because he felt she was old enough for a full-size horse. But, because she obviously loves the pony so much, he allows her to keep it.

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Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • May 15, 2013
    Arivne
    Unless we can find more examples, this won't be going anywhere.
  • May 21, 2013
    ekolis
    In Metroid Zero Mission, Samus loses her power suit... but later gains a much better one! In the mean time there's a stealth sequence where she's only armed with a stun pistol, though...
  • May 24, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    ^ But it's not taken from her on purpose because they're going to give her a better one anyway. It's lost by accident. Getting the new one is a lucky break.

    I've seen this trope before, but I don't remember precisely where.
  • May 30, 2013
    SKJAM
    A Pokemon episode has Jessie's doll taken by one of Santa's Jynxes--so that it could be upgraded/replaced. But because she only saw the stealing, Jessie lost her faith in Santa Claus and he was unable to follow through.
  • May 30, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Inversion: In How The Grinch Stole Christmas the Grinch tells Cindi Lou Hoo that he's taking the Christmas tree etc. back to fix it, and he'll bring it back when he's done.
  • June 1, 2013
    crazysamaritan
  • June 2, 2013
    KZN02
    Well, my intent with this wasn't stealing, but if there aren't enough examples for those, I guess I'll scrap this.
  • June 2, 2013
    foxley
    In an episode of The Latest Buzz, Amanda panics because she thinks her father is going to take her pony away from her, and spends the episode attempting to hide the pony in the office. At the end of the episode, it is revealed that he was planning to take the pony away because he felt she was old enough for a full-size horse. But, because she obviously loves the pony so much, he allows her to keep it.
  • June 2, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    ^^ "which he/she interprets as a punishment or theft": the trope isn't technically stealing, it's just accused of being that because the other character doesn't know the item is getting improved.
  • June 2, 2013
    KZN02
    Whoops, better change that, my bad.
  • June 2, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    .... my previous statement stands as there is only one trope in play, here.
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