The Hustler is working a ShortCon. He has a simple [[TheTale tale]], one that a single person can tell. Generally, the hustler is a little down on his luck, and a little less smooth than a ConMan.

One use of the term is for a con artist who tricks others into competing against him for money. The Hustler will join a game as an enthusiastic but unskilled player, building up the other players into believing they are superior. Once that's done, the Hustler (or an accomplice) will then suggest playing for high stakes; when the money is on, the Hustler [[LetsGetDangerous demonstrates his true skills]] and takes his overconfident opponents to the cleaners.

Not to be confused with the Larry Flynt porn magazine, or [[VideoGame/ArmoredCore Hustler One]], or the Convair B-58.

Also see ''Film/TheHustler''.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Hare from ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' started off as this, cheating the main characters out of all their cash on his first appearance after he correctly gauged their rather extreme level of gullibility. He later joins the group himself, mostly out of the desire for a bigger challenge and the chance for some fun.
* Because of its frequent focus on criminals, ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' features several examples - notably, Otto Heckel and Gunther Milch.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Trixie and her magic, which is just a shortcut to finding rich and famous patrons, in Fanfic/RainboomsAndRoyalty.

* Fast Eddie Felson of ''Film/TheHustler'', who screwed the pooch on the hustle so bad that both Creator/PaulNewman and Creator/TomCruise ''had'' to do [[Film/TheColorOfMoney a movie]] about him.
* Moses Pray and Addie Loggins are an (suggested) father-daughter team of hustlers in ''Film/PaperMoon''.
* In ''Film/{{Duets}}'', Ricky Dean makes a living by traveling across the country and visiting karaoke bars, where he finds the singer with the biggest ego and insults their hobby and their singing voice until they demand that he take the stage himself, usually betting him money that he can't do any better. Since the character is played by Huey Lewis, it goes without saying that they're usually dead wrong. Usually this pays off for Dean, though sometimes it [[BarBrawl doesn't turn out so well]].
* In the sixth ''Franchise/PoliceAcademy'' movie, Commandant Lassard and another officer enter a tough bar hoping to question everyone, and a shady guy "invites" him to a game of pool, telling another shady guy he's going to "hustle the old cop for all he's got". Unfortunately for the crook, Lassard is ''much'' better at pool than they thought, winning easily. The crook nervously asks him what he wants to know.
* ''Film/BlondeCrazy'': Bert has aspirations to pull off huge cons, but is too wrapped up in being tough that his plans almost always blow up in his face.
* In ''Disney/BigHero6'', TeenGenius Hiro Hamada is introduced hustling [[FatBastard Yama]] in an underground bot-fight.
* Nick in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' is shown running a short con that is just within legality. He evokes sympathy from Judy to get her to buy an elephant-sized popsicle for his "son" (actually his adult partner Finnick, a fennec fox), then melting the big popsicle down into dozens of smaller popsicles, and collecting the used sticks and selling them to a mouse construction company as lumber.

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** In ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', some river-boat gamblers make the mistake of hustling Nanny Ogg, and are swiftly beaten at their own game by her friend Granny Weatherwax.
** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', conman Moist von Lipwig is probably too smooth to qualify as a hustler (at least before Vetinari starts [[BoxedCrook boxing him]]), but deserves mention for one of his personas, a "lack of confidence trickster" named Edwin Streep. Streep's down-on-his-luck demeanor and inept Find The Lady game are a cover for forgery (none of the money he loses is real) and pickpocketing (once the marks have shown him where their wallet is, they often never have the chance to discover the money is fake).
* ''Literature/ThatWasThenThisIsNow'': The two protagonists of the novel are lifelong friends and have an elaborate con set up to help them hustle at pool. Until one night when they find out what happens when hustlers get caught. It involves being outnumbered, people wearing brass knuckles, and firearms. It ends with their mutual friend who owned the pool hall and tried to come to their rescue laying dead in an alley.
* ''Literature/TimeScout'': Skeeter Jackson, Chuck Farley, and Goldie Moran are all masters of the short con.
* Mr. Wednesday of ''Literature/AmericanGods'' is a hustler, when he needs money he pulls a fast one on a cashier or tricks a bunch of bank patrons into depositing their cash with him. [[spoiler: Being a god who can Charm marks if necessary doesn't hurt.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/SneakyPete'': Marius for the first part of the series.
* Harry Anderson had a small role on ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' as this type of character.
* Ash in ''Series/{{Hustle}}''.
* In one episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', Kelly made money hustling pool with Jefferson managing her. (Unfortunately, Al ruined what would have been her biggest payout.)
* The protagonists of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' run an Irish bar together, but more often than not they abandon their duties in favor of some ShortCon or others. Unlike most examples of this page, they are usually unsuccessful in their endeavors.
* Sarah Manning in ''Series/OrphanBlack''.
* On ''Series/WhiteCollar'' Neal is a master forger who specializes in long cons but is just as good in doing short cons and hustles. A flashback shows him doing simple cons on tourists when he is low on funds because he had all his money stolen by a mark who managed to out gambit him.

* Hubcap from ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' is one, even though he's an Autobot. In ''ComicBook/TransformersTransTech'' and ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', [[BornLucky Jackpot]] is shown to be one as well, as Hubcap's partner in crime.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[TheLadette Toph]] from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' takes up this role in the Season 3 episode "The Runaway". She plays up her blindness in various gambling events, and then uses her Earthbending to cheat and win plenty of money. Things go awry when [[ImplacableMan Combustion Man]] hijacks one of her schemes to try and kill Aang.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Victor Lustig, a con man that usually sold a fake money-replicating machine by lamenting it can only replicate one $100 bill every twelve hours and he needed a lot of money ASAP. Gets special mention for pulling that scheme [[WhatAnIdiot twice on the same person]], pulling a hustle on Al Capone in spite of him knowing who he was and [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments selling the Tour Eiffel.]]. ''[[UpToEleven Twice]]''. ''[[RefugeInAudacity Taking a bribe from both his victims to assure them it wasn't a scam]]''.