There's an important, plot-relevant event coming up that just might help our heroes out with the problem of the week. Instead of reading the poster while it's on the wall like anyone who doesn't like to get scolded, they just yank it down and (often implicitly) take it with them. After all, it's not like anyone else is going to need it.
Ripping down any ol' poster doesn't cut it for this trope. It has to be because they want the information on it (or, more rarely, they want to keep that information from someone else). Otherwise, it's probably closer to Wanted Poster
Related to Ripped From The Phonebook
- In The Blues Brothers, one of the Nazis brings a poster promoting the band's gig at the Palace Hotel Ballroom, which he had obviously torn off a wall somewhere, to the leader of the Illinois Nazi Party.
- In On the Town, Gabey takes down the poster of Miss Turnstiles on the subway train, determined to find her. A little old lady immediately gets up to protest his vandalism, and hollers for a policeman, which starts an Escalating Chase.
- In The Lost Crown, Nigel takes a poster for Cat Watch with him after reading it.
- In the Assassin's Creed series, Ezio has the ability to rip down wanted posters of himself to decrease his notoriety.
- In The Curse of Monkey Island, you can take a flyer for the Voodoo Lady's new Plunder Island location. It's completely useless, but if you try dispose of it, Guybrush will say he wants to see whether there's a discount.
- Some posters have a fringe on the bottom with contact details printed on each tag, to allow a limited version of this without taking the whole poster.
- When Batman came out in 1989, people stole the posters from bus stations.