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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. Compare DistractedByTheSexy, KissOfDistraction, StickyFingers, FiveFingerDiscount and {{Percussive Pickpocket}}.



[[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]].

[[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.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* {{ComicStrip/Garfield}} has done this to steal food from people's pockets on at least two occasions.

[[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.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Not as affectionate as some, but in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'', Silk reaches his arm around someone to light his cigarette, while lifting his wallet with his other hand.

[[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''.
* ''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.
* In the 1932 film ''Film/FriscoJenny'' a woman is shown sitting on a drunk man's lap an in a 1906 San Francisco brothel. While distracting him with a kiss, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Jo2o0xwRhE she steals his wallet]] from his breast pocket, takes the money out, puts the wallet back, then discreetly draws a little circle on his shoulder with a chalk (a sign to other pickpockets that he has no extra money to be fleeced).
* In the 2008 film ''Film/MailOrderBride'' a 19th century con artist takes place her dead friend as a rich man's fiancee. During a party at the inn, she dances with several guests and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9vKSCz9f4c picks their pockets]].
* In the 1995 film ''{{Film/Kleptomania}}'' a rich wife starts to steal out of boredom; one day she meets a pickpocket girl who agrees to show her the tricks of the trade. First she distracts her with a kiss and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJxTlMRkTnE steals her wrist watch]], then both go to the subway where the girl starts pickpocketing various people while the wife watches. The girl then dares the wife to go and try her hand at it; she steals two wallets, a pen, and a wrist watch.
* ''Film/FXMurderByIllusion'': [=McCarthy=] is ordered to [[Main/TurnInYourBadge turn in his badge]]. This humiliating defeat is apparently a bit too much for him to handle, since he has to hug his boss for comfort... and then he walks away with his boss's badge.
* In ''Film/KeyLargo'', Gaye steals Rocco's gun from his pocket while clinging to his body.
* In ''Film/{{Bachelorette}}'', Creator/LizzyCaplan's character, Gena, pulls this off skillfully -- while high on cocaine.
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'': Nyah sidles up against Ambrose, the villain, to steal a valuable envelope. She's successful the first time, but he notices when she does it again to return it (and she puts it in the wrong pocket, which would have tipped him off anyway).

* 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 Creator/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."
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Jerin pretends to stumble against a woman and allows her to grope him in order to [[spoiler: steal back his own gun, which she took away from him earlier.]] He repeats this with a different captor to [[spoiler:get back his confiscated lockpicks.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/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.
* ''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.
** In ''The Limey'', Beckett lifts a golden case from a man's pocket [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeqVWyG974k while dancing with him]]. It had his prints on it.
* ''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 back the valuable artifact he 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.
* ''{{Series/Community}}'': In the season 4 finale, Annie gives Jeff a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huaEIDEsG-k hug]] in order to steal his phone from his back pocket.
* ''Series/LasVegas'': The opening sequence of the episode ''Mothwoman'' features a scantily clad woman walking around the casino, she [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy3lF_Z6UTk flirts]] with several men while [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-6KbEfN9mU picking their pockets]].
* ''Series/TheMusketeers'': At the end of episode 5, ''The Homecoming'', Porthos and Flea share a kiss before she leaves, but not before revealing she has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orapeq9UXQo pickpocketed his purse]]. Porthos was impressed.
* ''Series/TheMysteriesOfLaura'': In order to get information about the suspect's relationship to a murder victim, Laura [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJL0TU1119M flirts with him]] and steals his phone from his pocket.
* ''Series/ADifferentWorld'': At a championship football game, a team mascot picks Ron up and twirls him around, much to his annoyance, given that the mascot is from the ''opposing'' team. Later, the mascot ends up in the same cell with Ron, Dwayne, and some other students. They've been arrested for brawling, he's been arrested for pickpocketing. As he's escorted out, he confesses to Ron, "Your wallet is with the others".
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''.
** In "Assassin" there's a weepy DamselInDistress who has a tendency to SecurityCling to our heroes. It turns out she's actually the VillainOfTheWeek, and uses the opportunity to [[LockedRoomMystery steal and later replace a key]].
** In "Sand", Tarrant is [[LockedInARoom stranded on a planet]] with [[TheBaroness Servalan]]. When Tarrant has a EurekaMoment on how to defeat the MonsterOfTheWeek, Servalan gives him a SmoochOfVictory. Tarrant warns that he still has his gun...which Servalan promptly produces in ''her'' hand.
** In "Sarcophagus", Avon kisses Cally who's been possessed by the VillainOfTheWeek, using the opportunity to slip a RingOfPower off her finger.
* On ''Series/WorldsDumbest'', Mike Trainor pulls this in a clip of his hypothetical show "[[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir The Fresh Prince of Baltimore]]" in which he, as "White Creator/WillSmith", gives his Uncle Phil (played by Chuck Nice) a hug - and steals his car keys.
* ''Series/{{MacGyver|1985}}'': In "Runners", teenage runaway Crystal hugs Mac when he drops her off at a shelter. Later on, he is filling up his Jeep and discovers that she has stolen his wallet.

* At the end of ''Beside the Seaside'' by Leslie Sands, two thieves are let off with a stern warning and hug the main characters in gratitude. When their pants fall down, they realise they've been robbed of everything including their braces.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Played with in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'': [[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.
* [[CuteMonsterGirl Annah]] of ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' tries this on your PlayerCharacter -- typical of her overall {{Tsundere}} manner.

[[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.]]
** The same character does something similar with another guy [[http://www.straysonline.com/2012/08/page-235/ here]], to steal a necklace he was wearing.

[[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.]]

[[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!
** In another episode, 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 an extremely long 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!]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', Janna steals Marco's keys while sidling up to him and putting her arm around his shoulders.