Told from the criminal viewpoint, a group plans and executes an elaborate robbery. The [[CaperCrew criminals]] are usually more rounded than the opposition, or at least more colorful. Usually contains at least one ATeamMontage or AvengersAssemble sequence. May feature a PlotTailoredToTheParty. Alternately called a "heist." May be played seriously or as a comedy. In the former, there is generally a [[NoHonorAmongThieves fallout among thieves]] after the heist, while the latter may end on a note of [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin poetic justice]].

TheCaper is more action-oriented than TheCon. Often revolves around a [[TheChessmaster brilliant]] GentlemanThief who JustGotOutOfJail hoping to do OneLastJob, usually by PuttingTheBandBackTogether (which, in comedies, is usually a RagtagBunchOfMisfits). Can lead to JustLikeRobinHood as a way of CaperRationalization.

The members of a CaperCrew often fall into standard roles. For targets, see BankRobbery, ArmedBlag, TheCasino, TrainJob. See also ImpossibleMission, TheInfiltration and DoubleCaper. Not to be confused with TheCape.

When adding examples, if a work is more noted for being TheCon than TheCaper, but some episodes were TheCaper, please identify the episode, or at least give plot details so that it can be identified.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* A lot of the filler arcs of ''GetBackers'' qualify as TheCaper. Even though the titular characters only steal items to return then to their original owners, sometimes the definition of "original owner" can get really fuzzy (especially with Clayman).
* In an episode of ''KeroroGunsou'', Momoka, Natsumi, and Moa form the "PhantomThief Troupe: More Peach Summer" to steal the painting "The Birth of Venus"... which turns out to be [[spoiler: [[EmbarrassingOldPhoto an embarrassing portrait of Momoka as a baby, naked]]]].
* The point of virtually all ''Franchise/LupinIII'' stories.
* In an early episode of ''ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS'', Chirico and company hijack a [[{{Unobtainium}} jijirium]] shipment.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The MarvelComics miniseries ''Super-Villain Team-Up: MODOK's 11'' features a destitute M.O.D.O.K. recruiting a group of equally-destitute C-list supervillains to help him steal a powerful energy source, for which he will pay them. Predictably, most of the villains are either working for someone else or trying to screw each other over.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* In DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness, Neville and company pull one of these to retrieve the Sword of Gryffindor from Snape's office, complete with seemingly impossible odds on getting inside.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/TheAsphaltJungle'' - A deconstruction in which TheCaper ends badly for all participants. Also the TropeMaker.
* ''Film/{{Topkapi}}'', ''Film/{{Rififi}}'', and ''Film/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' -- all were direct inspiration for ''MissionImpossible''. ''Film/{{Rififi}}'' is the TropeCodifier.
* ''Ocean's Eleven'' ([[{{Oceans 11}} original]], [[OceansEleven remake]], and remake sequels).
* The Stanley Kubrick film ''Film/TheKilling''.
* ''The Anderson Tapes'', featuring an immediately post-Bond Sean Connery and one of Christopher Walken's first roles. The title refers to the fact that the story was told though surveillance tapes.
* ''Film/TheBankJob''
* ''Film/InsideMan'', in a roundabout fashion.
* ''The Italian Job'' - both [[Film/TheItalianJob2003 the new one]] and the [[Film/TheItalianJob1969 original one]].
* ''ThePinkPanther''
* ''Film/{{Sneakers}}''. [[DoubleCaper Multiple times]].
* ''Takers''
* Both versions of ''TheThomasCrownAffair.''
* ''Armored''
* ''Film/HowToStealAMillion''
* The Danish film-series ''Olsen-banden'' and its Swedish and Norwegian counterparts consists of nothing but this.
* The latest ''StTrinians'' movie (and the older ones, too).
* Used in both straight and subverted forms in ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''.
* ''Vabank'' ([[MarketBasedTitle ''Hit the bank'' in USA]]), as a revenge.
* ''Film/SexyBeast'', though the main character spends most of his energies trying to avoid participation in the caper.
* The first part of ''Film/{{Ronin}}''.
* ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' does an interesting version by completely skipping the caper itself, making it a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]].
** The video game of the film, on the other hand, is all about the heist.
* ''Film/KillingZoe" is what happens when TheCaper is attempted [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs while on heroin]]. Things don't end well.
* ''Film/TheLadykillers'' (both versions)
* ''Film/TheLavenderHillMob''
* ''Foolproof''
* ''TheDayTheyRobbedTheBankOfEngland''
* ''Film/CasinoRoyale'' (and [[Film/CasinoRoyale1967 the 1967 spoof]]) The idea is to relieve Le Chiffre of all his money.
* ''Film/KellysHeroes'' and ''Film/ThreeKings'' both feature soldiers going on a caper during war time.
* ''Who's Minding the Mint?''
* ''How To Beat The High Cost Of Living''
* ''Film/TheGreatTrainRobbery''
* ''I soliti ignoti'' (US title ''Big Deal on Madonna Street''), a 1958 Italian comedy. Americanized as ''Crackers'' (1984) and ''Welcome to Collinwood'' (2002).
* ''Film/TheHotRock''
* ''Henry's Crime''
* ''Gambit''
* ''Going in Style''
* In ''Film/{{Inception}}'', the main character's career is doing this with ideas. The plot of the movie is an inversion: They must leave an idea instead.
* ''Film/{{Entrapment}}'', which started a heist-film revival after two decades of relative silence on the caper front.
* ''The Great Riviera Bank Robbery'' (also known as ''Sewers of Gold'')
* ''Film/TheBrinksJob''
* ''Loophole''
* ''Film/TowerHeist''
* ''The Master's Touch''
* ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'', though it's more a farce
* Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/SmallTimeCrooks'' starts out as one of these, then shifts gears when [[spoiler:the cookie business set up as cover for their activities becomes an [[FakeRealTurn unexpected success]]]].
* ''Film/DayOfTheWolves''
* ''Film/TheFriendsOfEddieCoyle''
* ''Film/TheTown''
* ''Mad Money''
* ''Film/TheMaidenHeist''
* ''ANightingaleSanginBerkeleySquare''
* ''Film/FunWithDickAndJane''
* ''Film/RobotAndFrank'', a scifi dramedy secretly including several caper tropes
* ''CarryOnMatron''
* ''Film/BottleRocket'' is something of a caper parody, with a group of idle rich kids planning a series of ill-advised capers.
* ''Film/TradingPlaces''
* ''Film/ThunderboltAndLightfoot''
* ''{{Film/Bound}}''
* The comedy ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_Money Hot Money]]'', where a group of cleaning staff for the Bank Of England steal some of the old money that's about to be incinerated, by stuffing it in their underwear.
* ''Film/TheScore''
* ''Film/HappyNewYear'', about a MasterOfDisguise (Peter Falk) and his BumblingSidekick (Charles Durning) planning to rob a Palm Beach jewelry store.
* ''Film/HighSierra''
* ''Film/TheThieves''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Dortmunder'': Every story that Dortmunder is involved in and Dortmunder himself was a comedic version of the author's other main character, Literature/{{Parker}}.
** And on that note, ''Literature/{{Parker}}''.
* [[GentlemanBastard Locke Lamora]] being a thief, capers play a large role in the first two novels, particularly the second.
* ''Literature/TheGreatTrainRobbery'' by Michael Crichton.
* ''{{Neuromancer}}'' is built around a caper, but stakes in this one rise out of the normal territory as the story progresses.
* The ''VladTaltos'' novels often have at least elements of this. ''Jhereg'' and ''Yendi'' are straight examples.
* The novel ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'' had SPECTRE doing this -- rather than an organised crime CosmopolitanCouncil, they were a gang of highly-professional criminals who were planning the EmptyQuiver heist as OneLastJob.
* The ''NickVelvet'' stories by EdwardDHoch.
* Flawless is the story of the RealLife Antwerp diamond heist, where thieves stole an estimated $100-$400 million worth of diamonds in 2003.
* ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''. While in the movie, Goldfinger was going to irradiate the gold, in [[Literature/{{Goldfinger}} the book]] he was actually planning to steal it.
* The first book of ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'' is patterned after a heist, where our motley crew of thieves decides the best way to fight the EvilOverlord is to rob his treasury and bribe away all of his armies.
%%* ''TheHobbit.''
* [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars: Scoundrels]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': "The Train Job," "Ariel," and "Trash."
* ''The Knights of Prosperity,'' originally titled ''Let's Rob Mick Jagger.''
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' uses this trope as its main premise often mixing it with TheCon.
* ''Series/MacGyver'' episode "The Heist".
* ''MissionImpossible'' prided itself on its use of TheCaper.
* The short-lived series ''Thieves''.
* The FX character drama ''Thief'' revolves around this trope, as does the NBC actioner, ''{{Heist}}''.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' "Liars, Guns and Money."
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' "Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang." Although this episode is a direct parody of ''OceansEleven'', even taking place in a Holodeck recreation of Las Vegas.
* Every single episode of ''Series/TheATeam''.
* ''{{Hustle}}'' usually revolves around TheCon, but...
** The season 2 finale, "Eye of the Beholder", is a classic caper plot in which the team steals one of the Crown Jewels. [[spoiler:Until the end, when it turns out that the entire point of the caper was to con a bunch of people into buying fakes...]]
** In an episode in season 5, ''New Recruits'', Hustle pulls a similar "caper" again. [[spoiler:This time, they're conning their mark, who had been advertising a completely foolproof security system, into thinking they'd stolen a painting. Really, they just hid it behind a false wall.]]
* ''TheXFiles'' episode [[spoiler:"The Amazing Maleeni"]]. The title is spoilered because it's pulled off so ingeniously that you don't even know it's a heist until the later half of the episode.
* Children's sitcom ''Series/TheLegendOfDickAndDom'' has an episode called "The Heist"; the heroes have to rob a bank to get back the MacGuffin that the corrupt manager has stolen. Features cunning disguises, a decoy robbery [[spoiler: and tunnel digging]]. And CreepyTwins, just for fun.
* The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "The First Chang Dynasty" has the study group plot an elaborate heist OceansEleven-style to rescue the Dean [[spoiler: after Chang replaced him with a doppelgänger and took over the school]].
* ''{{Spaced}}'' episode "Chaos" homages caper films.
* ''TheHobbit.''
* A historical documentary used this format to explore theories on how an Egyptian pyramid was broken into and looted during ancient times. It gave the theoretical participants nicknames like The Mastermind, The Foreigner and The Engineer to illustrate the various social backgrounds and skill sets the people involved would need to have to pull off such a crime. In particular it theorized that The Engineer was probably blackmailed or coerced into participating since he would have been of a much higher social strata than the rest of the crew and the one with most to lose if caught. The show also regularly reminded the audience that the punishment for such a crime in Ancient Egypt was to be burned alive.
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[[folder:Music]]
* [[Music/JeffersonAirplane Paul Kantner's]] science-fiction concept album ''Music/BlowsAgainstTheEmpire'' is about a [[RagTagBandOfMisfits rag-tag band of hippies]] who devise and implement a caper to hijack a starship in order to escape an increasingly [[OppressiveStatesOfAmerica oppressive America]].
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* This is the main plot of ''Pinball/SafeCracker'' - you must break into the vault and [[SafeCracking crack the safe contained within.]]
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A game of ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' generally follows the structure of The Caper in a future urban fantasy setting, with a [[CaperCrew party]] of a combat specialist, a hacker, a con man, and a mage planning an elaborate theft of a highly guarded target from a corporation, on the behest of a mysterious paymaster.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The final quest for the Thieves Guild in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' is called "The Ultimate Heist" -- rightly so, because it sees you breaking into [[spoiler:the Emperor's Palace and stealing one of the titular Elder Scrolls]]. The preparations for this mission comprise the three penultimate quests that you perform for the Grey Fox himself.
* Some of the subplots of ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' enter into this trope; Garrett sometimes goes through elaborate plans over multiple game levels to enter secure locations.
* Pulling off capers is the primary focus of Fragile Alliance, the multiplayer mode of the ''[[KaneAndLynch Kane & Lynch]]'' games.
* Parodied in one ''SaintsRow2'' mission where an elaborate plan is thought up for a heist, but the plan is scrapped in favor of just walking through the front door and shooting everyone.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', in a clear homage to ''OceansEleven'', has CJ robbing a vegas casino with a colourful group of characters (Its GTA, they're always colourful)
** ''GTAV'' takes this premise and runs with it - not only are there several heists in the game, each one has a variety of missions associated with it to prepare for said heist. For example, when the team plans to rob a jewelry store, they send in a guy to case the joint and take pictures of the various security systems. Once they have the pictures, the player has to make a decision on whether to go in "loud and dumb" with guns blazing, or recruit a hacker and steal some knockout gas, an exterminator's van, and dress up as exterminators so that people won't question their gas masks. You also need to hire a crew to help you with the support stuff - the more competent they are, the bigger take they demand. And finally, after all that, comes the heist itself.
* The premise of the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series is to plan heists against criminals.
* The ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' DLC Dead Money, where the player (who's been strapped with an ExplosiveLeash) is forced to help the insane Father Elijah loot the Sierra Madre casino with the help of three other [=NPCs=], one of which has been at this for two centuries.
* ''Videogame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' is "Heist Film: The Game". Hell, the central bank heist is a huge {{homage}} to ''Film/{{Heat}}''.
** ''Videogame/{{PAYDAY 2}}'' expands on this further. Containing everything, from bank robberies, to rigging elections, to double crossing meth dealers before a bridge showdown, the game covers numerous heist and action tropes (and even adds several more references to ''Heat'' and other caper classics).
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[LoveableRogue Kasumi's]] loyalty mission is to steal her deceased partner's graybox from the man who killed him, while Shepard poses as a guest at his high-society party and subtly acquires the voice-print and DNA-scans for Kasumi to crack the vault. [[spoiler: Of course, once they get inside the vault it swiftly goes to hell, leaving Shepard to do [[OneManArmy what they do best]].]]
* The ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' expansion "Mark of the Assassin" plays out very similarly to Kasumi's mission. You join up with a LoveableRogue, infiltrate a high-class party, find your way past the guards to your host's vault...[[SubvertedTrope and then]] it turns out [[spoiler: Tallis is actually a Qunari agent. After that, it [[GenreShift shifts gears]] to a kind of medieval fantasy spy drama.]]
* The Imperial Agent's storyline in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' includes planning and executing a caper of the top-security facility operated by the [[NebulousCriminalConspiracy Star Cabal]] in the very heart of the Republican prison planet of Belsavis. Complicating matters is the facility's murderous AI protector that can strike at you pretty much anywhere on the planet and the fact that for your CaperCrew, you have to rely on a bunch of career criminals previously locked up there for life, most of whom [[spoiler:naturally turn on you the moment your arrangement is complete]].
* The ''CityOfHeroes'' summer event mission "Casino Heist" is based on the tropes of TheCaper, with the players taking the parts of the CaperCrew.
* [[VideoGame/MonacoWhatsYoursIsMine Monaco: What's Yours is Mine]] is essentially this trope as the HighConcept for an entire game.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Strong Bad and The Cheat of ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' occasionally engage in capers. These ventures rarely turn out to be successful. On one notable occasion, Strong Bad gets mad at The Cheat for screwing up one of these capers but then later feels bad about it, which leads to him writing a song about how he's glad The Cheat is not dead.
** Then there's the one where they somehow manage to set Homestar adrift in the Arctic Ocean, and can't for the life of them remember how they pulled off their "greatest caper ever". It apparently started with The Cheat peeing in Homestar's melonade...
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* The ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' StoryArc [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/091012 "Displacement"]] has the MainCharacters trying to pull one of these at a MadScientist's auction. Then it turns out the MadScientist is actually throwing a NastyParty, and HilarityEnsues.
* In ''ImpureBlood'', Roan's rescue. Since he was [[MadeASlave a slave]], technically a robbery as well.
* In ''WebComic/CommanderKitty'', [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/04/12/nin-wah/ outlaw spacer Grootly and his crew think they're being hired for this kind of job]]. It turns out they've been[[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/06/12/the-tagged/ lured into an audience]] with an [[BigBad evil mastermind]] [[spoiler: who wants them for their parts]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/PayMeBug'' involves the captain of a smuggling ship being blackmailed into stealing something from [[TheEmpire The Empire of the Radiant Throne's]] most secure facility. Good thing [[MilesGloriosus he's done this before]], right?
* ''Roleplay/YouHaveBecomeYourAvatar'': King Kix, trapped in the body of [[WesternAnimation/The7D Hildy Gloom]], decides to stage a heist on the Seven Dwarves' Mine and get the Rock of Sages, so they can rule over magic. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Unfortunately, the Dwarves stole the Rock from under their eyes]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Task Force X" featured a makeshift criminal team executing a daring theft from the League's orbital headquarters.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "About Last Night" is a {{Troperiffic}} example, in which the 2008 presidential election is revealed to be merely a step in a plan to steal the Hope Diamond.
* Spoofed on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Book Job", where the caper consists of writing a young adult fantasy novel. When the publisher changes their manuscript, they execute an ''actual'' heist to break into the printer and switch manuscripts.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Viva Mars Vegas", the gang execute a heist to get the Wong's casino back from the Robot Mafia.
** In "Prisoner of Benda", Bender plans to steal the royal jewels of the Robo-Hungarian Empire, and tries to recruit the others as his CaperCrew. When they refuse, he has to go at it alone, with less than stellar results.
* Parodied in the ''{{Chowder}}'' episode "The Heist".
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