The Hustler is working a ShortCon. He has a simple 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.

The traditional 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 magazine, or [[Film/TheHustler the 1961 film starring Paul Newman and Piper Laurie.]]

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[[folder: Anime and 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 on its frequent focus on criminals, ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' features several examples - notably, Otto Heckel and Gunther Milch.

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[[folder: Fanfic ]]

* Trixie and her magic, which is just a shortcut to finding rich and famous patrons, in Fanfic/RainboomsAndRoyalty.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Fast Eddie Felson of ''Film/TheHustler'', who screwed the pooch on the hustle so bad that both PaulNewman and TomCruise ''had'' to do [[Film/TheColorOfMoney a movie]] about him.
* Steve Martin's character in ''DirtyRottenScoundrels'' is a Hustler, while Michael Caine's is a full-fledged Con Man.
* 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.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' 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, whose 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).
* 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.
* Literature/TimeScout: Skeeter Jackson, Chuck Farley, and Goldie Moran are all masters of the short con.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Ash in ''{{Hustle}}''.
* Harry Anderson had a small role on ''{{Cheers}}'' as this type of character.
* 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.)

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[[folder: Toys ]]

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

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[[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.

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[[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 [[TooDumbToLive twice on the same person]], pulling a hustle on Al Capone in spite of him knowing who he was and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome selling the Tour Eiffel.]]. ''[[UpToEleven Twice]]''. ''[[RefugeInAudacity Taking a bribe from both his victims to assure them it wasn't a scam.]]''

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