Some pickpockets execute their craft by avoiding all detection, and making sure their victims never register the fact that contact was made. Others prefer just the opposite. Affectionate Pickpocket is when a character tries to disguise picking someone's as an affectionate hug. Or even a KissOfDistraction.

For instance, Alice spontaneously gives Bob a great big hug. "Did I ever tell you what a great friend you are?"

''Oh, how sweet,'' thinks Bob. ''...wait. Where's my wallet gone?''

May lead to GiveMeBackMyWallet or HeyThatsMine. Compare DistractedByTheSexy, FiveFingerDiscount and {{Percussive Pickpocket}}.

!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Nami from ''Manga/OnePiece''. Even as her goodbye from her home island has her taking everyone of her villager's wallets in a mad dash for the ship as a way of [[ItMakesSenseInContext saying goodbye to them]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Happens once to ComicBook/AchilleTalon with a man in the street pretending to recognize him as an old friend who saved his life -- and gets all touchy-feely in result. Achille can't manage to put a word edgewise until he reaches for his wallet to prove his identity. He then pursues the man, only to see him pulling the same trick on Lefuneste.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* {{ComicStrip/Garfield}} has done this to steal food from people's pockets on at least two occasions.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''[[{{Fanfic/Dangerverse}} Living with Danger]]'': While she is staying at the Weasley's house after the Pack's adults have been arrested, Meghan hugs Mrs Weasley, telling her she is a great mum, and takes the chance to swipe her wand. She needs it to activate the Marauders' Map and find Hagrid.
* ''Webcomic/BeTheSeaDwellerLowblood'' has two people do this with sloppy makeouts, in similar circumstances.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Not as affectionate as some, but in ''Film/{{Tintin}}'', Silk reaches his arm around someone to light his cigarette, while lifting his wallet with his other hand.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In German silent film ''Film/TheWildcat'', Rischka the thief and Lilli the officer's daughter are part of a LoveDodecahedron which has both of them pining for handsome Lt. Alexis. Rischka embraces her rival, pats Lilli on the back, and tells her that she will step aside and leave Alexis to Lilli. While she does this, she steals Lilli's necklace.
* The guy in ''{{Film/Casablanca}}'' who puts his arms around visitors and warns them about thieves while robbing them.
* Paco in ''Film/HerbieGoesBananas''.
* In ''TheMeetingPlaceCannotBeChanged'' we're told that Ruchechnik started his career in this manner - "mistaking" strangers for dear friends and filching their as he enthusiastically greeted them.
* ''{{Film/Maverick}}''. Annabelle Bransford does this to Maverick ''twice'' in the same scene. The first time he notices and makes her give his wallet back, the second time he's so overwhelmed he doesn't notice and has to track her down later.
* The Thénardiers in ''Film/{{Les Miserables|2012}}'', as seen in the "Master of the House" number.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows''. Sherlock steals a message meant for Moriarty from Irene Adler, who tries to steal it back while kissing him after making a dinner date, but Holmes just grabs her hand before it reaches its target.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Fisk pulls this off enough times in the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'' (in just the first book) that Michael gives up and simply makes holding on to the money Fisk's job.
* In ''The Golden Nineties'' by LisaMason, one of the main characters meets a woman on the ferry into San Francisco, who claims to be seasick and asks if she can lean on him. After the boat docks, she disappears along with his wallet, and when he describes her to some locals, they identify her.
* There's a story in Henry Peacham's ''The Art of Living in London'' (1642) about a tradesman whose wife's purse is stolen at the theatre, after she put it in her petticoats for safety. He asked why she didn't feel a hand, and she replied "I felt ones hand there; but I did not thinke hee had come for that."
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', "Victory of the Daleks": UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill hugs the Doctor, and lifts the TARDIS key.
* ''Series/ThePretender'', "Crazy": Jarod, doing time as an inmate in a mental asylum, hugs the orderly and thanks him for caring. The orderly immediately makes him give back his keyring. (After he leaves, we learn that the keyring was just a decoy theft, and Jarod also lifted something else.)
* ''{{Series/Leverage}}'': Parker's mentor Archie asks her for his wallet back after they share an embrace. Given that he's the one who taught her to be a master thief, he'd probably be disappointed if she didn't steal it.
* ''{{Series/Castle}}''
** In the very first episode, Castle to Beckett. He presents her with a signed copy of his book, kisses her on the cheek... and steals crime scene photos while she's too stunned to notice.
** Alexis to her father as he was BoundAndGagged [[ItMakesSenseInContext to a chair]]. She says he wouldn't respect her otherwise.
** On a later chapter, Beckett steals Castle's phone without him noticing. Being [[ManChild as he is]], Castle can't help but ask her to do it again.
* ''Series/TheBennyHillShow''
** In a sketch three men break out of prison; they reunite and give each other hugs, each of them robbing the others.
** In another sketch, RobinHood (Benny Hill) has become the new Sheriff of Nottingham -- Friar Tuck and Will Scarlet come to congratulate him and he lifts their money pouches as he hugs them, then sics the guards on them.
* At the end of a ChristmasEpisode of ''{{Series/Psych}}'', a little girl/con artist thanks Shawn for helping her dad, and hugs him... and Shawn [[GiveMeBackMyWallet immediately asks for his wallet back.]]
* Ames from ''Series/HumanTarget''.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'', "Legacies": Ivanova has a heartwarming conversation with a StreetUrchin that ends with the two of them clasping hands in a gesture of mutual sympathy... and the street urchin takes the opportunity to steal the commlink off Ivanova's hand, just to keep in practice.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Peggy has done this to Al, leaving him with "empty pants".
* On ''Series/HogansHeroes'', Hogan would send messages to a female underground contact (who was dating Schultz in this episode) like this. The boys at Stalag 13 would put a message in Schultz's belt on the pretense of helping him stretch to stay in shape. Later, when he goes to the girl's home, she would greet him with a hug and take the message out. The process would then get reversed for her response message.
* ''Series/GilligansIsland'' had a scene where Ginger seductively talked up Gilligan in order to steal the necklace he's wearing. Subverted in that, as she's walking away afterwards, Gilligan held up the necklace and said "You don't have what you think you have."
* One episode of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' has Michael and Gob have a heart-to-heart talk which ends with a handshake and Gob saying [[{{Foreshadowing}} "Thank you for your time."]] Later, Michael discovers that Gob stole his watch when they shook hands.
* One episode of ''Series/NashBridges'' ended with the title character sending away a young hoodlum. They hug just before the kid is to get on his plane. After that, the kid reveals that he stole Nash's wallet. After the kid returns it, Nash reveals he also stole the kid's wallet.
* In ''Series/BurnNotice'', Samantha, Michael's ex-fiancée and thief will often pickpocket Michael as a way of flirting with him. He always [[GiveMeBackMyWallet asks for it back immediately after]].
* Subverted in ''{{Series/JAG}}'', an old friend of Harm's who works as a security consultant gives him a friendly handshake and slaps his back in a bar. Later, when Harm goes to reach for his wallet the friend pulls it out of his pocket and says that he could now get on any military base using Harm's stolen ID. Harm says he knew he'd been picked and opens the flap for his ID, which has a piece of paper saying "ARREST THIS MAN" instead of his credentials.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Vala Mal Doran in season 9 episode 3, asking for a parting hug from Daniel Jackson -- to steal again the valuable artifact he has just confiscated from her.
* In ''Series/TheMentalist'', Patrick Jane is a proficient pickpocket, and often uses this method, either to lift something from a suspect or to plant something on them. It's gotten to the point where Agent Lisbon, upon hearing from a freed hostage ([[ItMakesSenseInContext long story]]) that Jane had hugged her, immediately asks the woman to check her pockets. Sure enough, there's a message there from Jane.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Played with in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II'': [[ClassyCatBurglar Imoen]] suddenly starts acting all love-struck and swooning around [[ThePaladin Keldorn]], much to his horror (since he is LawfulGood, married, and old enough to be her father). After making him squirm for a bit, Imoen chuckles and gives him his ring back.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', Luke gets his wallet stolen when he first meets a "very friendly" [[FemmeFatale Noir]]. Luckily Tear noticed before she left.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', Ezio learns early on how to pick pocket for extra cash, however this method becomes relatively useless as you progress in the game. Rose when you first met her, tries to pickpocket you.
* [[CuteMonsterGirl Annah]] of ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' tries this on your PlayerCharacter -- typical of her overall {{Tsundere}} manner.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Sam Starfall from ''{{Webcomic/Freefall}}'' has been known to attempt this -- but then, he's probably tried ''every'' thieving-technique in the book, and invented a few himself. (Of course, since everybody knows that he's a notorious thief and pickpocket, this particular technique [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01761.htm doesn't work well for him]].)
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' featured [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp03242004.shtml this exchange]]:
-->'''Jason:''' My wallet's on the dresser. There should be enough money in it to cover the bill and tip.\\
'''Aubrey:''' Don't worry about it, baby. I've got it covered. I palmed your credit card weeks ago.\\
'''Jason:''' Ah, yes. I do believe that was the sexiest pick-pocketing I ever fell victim to.
* ''{{Webcomic/Strays}}'': [[http://www.straysonline.com/2009/08/page-100/ Going off to her room sort of affectionate.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Fanfic/RespectAWoman'', [[GenkiGirl Hunter]] uses a tender embrace as an opportunity to [[http://zarla.deviantart.com/art/10-ways-of-weird-flirting-184990576 mess with]] [[DeadpanSnarker Smoker]]:
-->'''Hunter:''' I'm stealing your wallet. ♪\\
'''Smoker:''' [[VitriolicBestBuds That'll be a neat trick after I snap your neck.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Curse of the Flying Hellfish": Mr. Burns forces Grandpa to give up his key to the Hellfish fortune. Bart throws himself at Burns and wraps his arms around him, saying "Can I go with you to get the treasure? I won't eat much and I don't know the difference between right and wrong." This seems like a very in-character thing for Bart to do; but when Burns leaves (without Bart) Bart shows to Grandpa that he picked Burns's pocket, so now ''he'' has both keys needed.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}''
** In the pilot episode, Fry and Leela put their hands together and Bender puts his hand in as well.
--->'''Fry:''' What's the matter with you?\\
'''Bender:''' I just wanted to be part of the moment.\\
'''Leela:''' Hey, he stole my ring!
** Bender gets sick; it turns out he stole Amy's watch and it's jammed in his gears. He pulls it out, returns it, and hugs her in apology. As he hugs her, he swipes her earrings.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', "Foster's Goes to Europe": Right before finally getting to leave for Europe, Mac receives a hug from Madame Foster... only to discover by the time he and his friends are at the airport that his tickets are missing! The result: everyone is disappointed in a confused Mac (even poor Wilt!). Frankie comes in to see Madame, only to find her missing. Cut to Madame, with her friends in tow, not to mention Eurotrish, in the plane en route to Europe, chuckling over "getting what she needed from that hug". Certainly one of the most infuriating endings for what happened to Mac.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', [[StreetUrchin little orphan girl]] Penny is this. When Finn and Jake assume they converted her into living a new life, she gives Finn a thank you hug... then runs off [[ExaggeratedTrope after swiping all his clothes!]]
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