A DoubleCaper is a plot that takes the following form:

# The protagonists are hired for TheCaper.
# After pulling it off, they learn that they were hired under false pretenses--they don't get paid, or their employer isn't who they thought, or the [[CaperRationalization justification]] they were given for the theft [[MotivationalLie turns out to be a lie]].
# They then pull ''another'' iteration of TheCaper on their original employer, for vengeance and/or to get the stolen goods back to their rightful owner.

This is often used as a way to have a plot based on TheCaper that has some degree of moral justifiability. It also provides a built-in structure for UpToEleven in the execution of Caper #2.
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!!Examples:

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* In ''X-Men Noir: Mark of Cain'', Thomas Halloway and his ersatz X-Men (Cyclops, Captain Logan, and Eugene Judd) are hired by Halloway's old father figure Cain Marko to steal the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak from a temple in Madripoor. When they deliver the gem, Marko double crosses them; he paid them in ''newspaper''. They don't go after Marko -- because someone beat them to it. They decide to track down Marko's killer instead, reasoning that whoever did him in must now have the gem.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* The team in ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'' is hired to steal an encryption device from a mathematician. Their employers claim to be NSA agents, and say that the mathematician is being funded by Russia. Actually, he's being funded by the NSA, and the employers work for TheSyndicate.
* The remake of ''[[Film/TheItalianJob2003 The Italian Job]]'' has the crew pulling a caper against the guy who double-crossed them and took the gold from their original caper.
* ''Film/TheHotRock'' did this to extremes.
* The first ''MissionImpossible'' starts with a caper that goes wrong, leaving the surviving member framed. The second caper is to recover the stolen information and expose the mole.
* The MIT kids [[spoiler:do this to their teacher]] in ''Film/TwentyOne''.
* While not a clear example of a caper, ''Film/DirtyWork'' starring [[Creator/NormMacDonald Norm MacDonald]] has Creator/ChristopherMcDonald's character hire the protagonists to vandalize an apartment building he claims belongs to him and is actually a brothel. After this, they find out that another man owns the building, and the person they thought was the "Madam" was just a sweet old lady with a knitting circle. The bad guy just wanted to have the building condemned and leveled, so he could get the land. Naturally, they stage a comeback to expose the guy and get him to pay for the damages.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* The JeffreyArcher book ''Literature/NotAPennyMoreNotAPennyLess'' is about a stock market fraud and the subsequent attempts of the defrauded parties to steal back the exact amount they were scammed out of. At the end [[spoiler:the originally worthless oil company stocks are suddenly valuable -- after an oil strike nearby -- and they have to find a way to run the whole theft in reverse to return the money.]]

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* The pilot of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', "The Nigerian Job", has a team of thieves hired to steal a set of airplane plans from a rival aerospace corporation. They're told that the rival corporation stole the plans first. Then their employer doesn't pay them and tries to kill them, and they learn that he'd lied and they'd stolen the plans from the rightful owners. Counter-caper time.
* [[OnceAnEpisode Standard Operating Procedure]] in ''Series/{{Hustle}}''. If they're trying to surprise you, it might be a [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow Triple Caper]] instead. Or even ''({{gasp}})'' a [[TheCaper Single Caper]]. OK, it's possibly exaggerating... let's just say it happens a lot.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* Much of the pre-credits plot of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky]]'' qualifies. (At least, if "[[spoiler:keep Grovyle from stealing the Time Gears]]" counts as a caper.)
* The plot of ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando''.
* Garrett, the genius thief from the classic ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'', does this to [[spoiler:Constantine]] after a rather painful discovery.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}} 2'' - The first caper is the tutorial area. After your employer refuses to pay the bill, you spend the rest of the game hunting him and his [[TheDragon dragons]] down.
* ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}} 2'''s second level sets this up, to some degree. Also in ''Eye of Indra''.

[[AC:{{WebOriginal}}]]
* Jeremy Archer finds this out in the first novel of the ''{{Shadow of the Templar}}'' webseries, The Morning Star.

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