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- Happens in the second episode of Baccano!!. Given that it's pulled off by Isaac and Miria, though, you can bet that the execution is more than a little WTF-inducing. (Note: They said they were going to do a Train Robbery. Which they understood as riding a train to the robbery location, doing the robbery and then get back on the train for their getaway.)
- Knocking over armoured cars transporting cash was a staple of crooks in Batman comics until at least the 1980s.
- Criminal: The the set-up of first volume, Coward, is about Leo Patterson working with an old buddy and some corrupt cops for One Last Job: hitting an armored convoy transporting blood diamonds as evidence from a police lockup to a high profile court case. Except the actual target is a trunk full of heroin being used as evidence in a different case, not diamonds. And the "old buddy" and the cops are in on it and betray most of the heist team.
- The Italian Job (1969) (and the 2003 remake)
- The Killers (1964, Don Siegel)
- Diamonds on Wheels opens with the gang pulling an armed blag on a armoured van transporting diamonds. The professionalism of this job stands in stark contrast to their transformation into Stupid Crooks later in the film.
- Heat opens with this kind of job. The robbers wear hockey masks to hide their faces.
- In Layer Cake, this is referenced as being the crime of choice for London gangsters before they discovered drug dealing. At the end of the film, the two Scouse gangsters relish the opportunity to rip off the Magnificent Bastard via armed robbery, and they comment to the effect that it reminds them of old times.
- Circus of Fear (the 1966 film starring Christopher Lee, not the trope of the same name) opens with an armed blag on the Tower Bridge.
- The half of MST3K veteran The Rebel Set that wasn't beatnik-sploitation revolved around the Chief from Get Smart planning an armored car robbery in Chicago — with the twist that the robbers would do the job while travelling from New York to LA by train, during a layover; they'd be gone on the train, with the cash, before the police would know what happened.
- "Professor Marcus" and his associates pull this off pretty neatly in The Ladykillers (1955). Unfortunately for them, the little old Cloudcuckoolander lady they're using as a cover catches them in flagrante delicto.
- The Lavender Hill Mob robbed an armored car of gold bullion.
- The Day They Robbed The Bank Of England, more of the same
- The crew in Serenity pulled off the post office version, hitting a trade station and making off with, ironically enough, the pay for the security guards who were supposed to stop them. Mal mentions that the crime won't be investigated too heavily since it's out in the boondocks and the company will hush it up — if they let it get out that they couldn't protect their own wages, they sure as hell won't get any customers lining up for security contracts.
- Biggles was involved in foiling several of these in his post-war career with the London Metropolitan Police's aviation wing, only Recycled WITH AEROPLANES!.
- "Payroll jobs" the American equivalent are mention Donald Westlake's crime novels in his Parker and Dortmunder books (two different series), but later books mention how corporate practices change making these jobs rarer and rarer.
Live Action TV
- A mainstay of The Professionals episodes.
- Practically every other episode of The Sweeney. Which is kind of Truth in Television, as the Flying Squad were actually the Metropolitan Police's specialist armed robbery taskforce.
- Being an homage to the above two series, Life On Mars.
- Early seasons of The Bill.
- One episode of The Last Detective deals with a retired London Gangster and centers around a past robbery similar to the actual Great Train Robbery.
- The Season Two arc of Ashes to Ashes climaxes with a plot by a group of corrupt cops to step into an Armed Blag they've been tipped off to and take the money themselves.
- Quite possibly inspired by a couple of Real Life incidents in the 70s and 80s, a period when the London Metropolitan Police in general and the Flying Squad in particularly might just as well have been another gang.
- In one episode of Person of Interest, the Victim of the Week is part of an armoured truck's guard crew, and the heroes suspect someone will try an Armed Blag on the truck while it transports platinum. Someone does, but their "victim" is the ringleader and the Inside Man.
- Another American example: The Kraft Suspense Theatre episode "The Jack Is High".
- In the fourth episode of the second series of Misfits, the gang robs an armoured car so that they can ransom Kelly. Simon's invisibility simplifies the process considerably.
- This, or variants, showed up a few times in the original Law & Order. One was a cold case from the 60s in which some radical college kids and a few hardened criminals stuck up a payroll shipment. Another was a modern case in which some far right wing extremists stuck up an armored car carrying the take from an OTB (off-track betting; licensed location for placing almost any kind of bet).
- Westside: In "Dire Combustion", Ted and his gang heist an armoured car. Things start going badly wrong when they attempt to bust it open.
- In The Godfather game, you can ambush enemy mobsters' racket trucks in order to pry cash from the guards' cold dead hands. You can also interrogate the driver for the location of a racket. You then have to return the cash to your safehouse before it becomes usable currency. The main threat to you is not the cops but a Teleporting Keycard Squad or two of enemy mobsters, though.
- An early mission in Grand Theft Auto III has you stealing an armored van for The Mafia.
- Grand Theft Auto V:
- Armored cars randomly spawn throughout Los Santos. If you happen to have some explosive charges and a getaway vehicle handy, you can blow the doors off of them and make off with their contents.
- The mission "Blitz Play" is one big Homage to the opening scenes of Heat. You even get extra points if you have the protagonists wear hockey masks.
- If you bring Gustavo Mota along for "The Paleto Score", when asked about his first heist, he replies that he robbed an armored car.
- One version of the final heist involves hijacking two armored cars and using them for a Bavarian Fire Drill.
- PAYDAY 2 has a rather more violent spin on this trope, with the players dropping cargo containers in front of convoys, bombing out skybridges to block roads off or ramming semi trailers into the lead trucks prior to breaking into them proper. Police responses are usually fast and it's not uncommon for the crew to have to fight their way out even if they subdued the drivers peacefully.
- In Assassin's Creed III occassionally convoys filled with money and special items spawn in different parts of the frontier and Connor is able to steal from them after killing every guard. It´s also implied the player is on the receiving end of this as sending a land/naval convoys with products to a city or the frontier will usually present a percentage of failure.
- In Sleeping Dogs, the player can occasionally come across armored bank cars that they can hijack and deliver to a Triad garage for a bit of cash.
- The most famous British Real Life example is the 1963 Great Train Robbery, which was actually woefully badly done and resulted in the arrests of nearly all involved; the robbery itself went off fairly well...until the culprits decided to play a game of Monopoly with the real money, getting their fingerprints everywhere.
- Experienced a very brief renaissance during the early stages of the current recession, the most successful example being a subversion; rather than ambush an armoured van in transit, a party of robbers cut out the middleman and forced their way into the security firm's depot, driving off with several million pounds.
- While the van wasn't carrying cash per se, and it certainly wasn't armoured, a group of criminals managed to rob a truck carrying copies of the Limited Edition of Splatoon in the UK