''The Robbers'' is a drama by [[DichterUndDenker German]] playwright Friedrich Schiller. It was his first play to be printed and performed and became his breakthrough success.

Franz von Moor, second son of the old count, starts an intrigue against his older brother Karl, to become the heir instead. Also, he tries to hit on Karl's LoveInterest Amalia. Meanwhile Karl, with some nudge from his buddy Spiegelberg, decides to join a band of robbers and becomes their captain (he hopes to become someone who helps the weaker, like RobinHood). Things escalate soon.

You can read the English translation [[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/6782/6782-h/6782-h.htm here]].
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!! Tropes:

* AntiHero: Karl is a WellIntentionedExtremist. Spiegelberg is a HeroInNameOnly.
* BastardBastard: Hermann, whom Franz uses in his schemes.
* Badass: At the end of Act II, Karl badmouths his fellow robbers while they're surrounded on all sides by an enemy army, giving them a step by step explanation for why they should betray him and even tying his own arm to a tree to make his capture easier. [[spoiler: They don't go for it.]]
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Or rather, Evil Equals Ugliness. As in the case of Franz Moor, who lampshades it when he laments his bad looks, referring in an un-PC way to his "negro lips" and "Hottentot eyes".
* BloodOath: Karl swore it.
* BringMyBrownPants: Spiegelberg and his men break into a nunnery to rape the nuns. Afterwards, Spiegelberg brags how some nuns "put their cells under water".
* ChildByRape: Spiegelberg brags how his men left the nuns "a souvenir".
* [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster Damn It Feels Good To Be A Robber]]: The robbers sing a song at the campfire.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Karl. "I am disgusted with this age of puny scribblers when I read of great men in my Plutarch."
* DisproportionateRetribution: When Roller, a member of the robbers, is caught in a city, they liberate him, burn down the city and kill 83 people.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Karl confesses to his father that he's become leaders of the robbers, which kills the old man. Franz already has committed suicide. Amalia is willing to forgive Karl, but being a robber, he can't live together with her, so she begs him to kill her then, which he does. Then, Karl decides to turn himself in.]]
* ForTheEvulz: Spiegelberg
* HollywoodAtheist: Franz is one of the evil kind.
* IGaveMyWord: Karl swore an oath to death to his robbers, so he can't return to a normal life.
* IHaveNoSon: Their father to Karl. Which makes the latter so desperate that he agrees to become a robber.
* IWantThemAlive: Karl doesn't want Franz to get killed.
* KickTheDog: Franz treats Daniel, loyal old servant of the family, like shit.
* LoveInterest: Amalia. She loves Karl, but Franz also wants her. Making it a triangle #4.
* ManipulativeBastard: Franz fakes letters from Karl and badmouthes him (accusing him to be a rapist and a killer) constantly to Amalia and their father, so that he'll disinherit Karl.
* MeaningfulName: Edelreich, Amalia's last name, consists of the German words for "noble" and "rich". Schufterle (one of the robbers) means "little scoundrel".
* {{Monologuing}}: Franz does it several times.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Karl
* OldRetainer: Daniel
* QuoteOverdosed
* RapePillageAndBurn
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic:
* TheStarscream: Spiegelberg would have preferred to lead the robbers himself. [[spoiler:He eventually gets killed by a loyal robber.]]
* VillainsDyingGrace: Karl is arguably a villain, but he decides to let a poor guy with eleven children bring him (Karl) to justice, so the poor man will get the thousand gold coins which are the prize on Karl's head.
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