Just Take The Poster
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 Lucky Luke book "The Bounty Hunter", when the sheriff puts up posters for a wanted Indian, the titular bounty hunter follows him and takes every poster so he'll be the only one after the reward.
- 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.
- Tobias does this in Arrested Development when an ad for an acting job is pointed out to him. When he shows up for the audition, he's the only one there.
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Bulk and Skull found an ad offering a reward to whoever returns a lost dog. They ripped it from the wall so nobody else would know about it.
- 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.
- When you accept a bounty in Red Dead Redemption, John Marston rips the poster off of the wall, folds it up, and places it inside his coat. Justified in that he would want others interested in the bounty to not know about it.
- In NSFW web comic The Rock Cocks, Stig takes down a poster for a battle of the bands. Justified in that Suri, his girlfriend and bandmate, is busy busking elsewhere, and he wants to tell her about it.
- In the All Grown Up! episode "Super Hero Worship", Tommy does this with a superhero convention poster.
- Discussed in the first episode of Phineas and Ferb:
"You think we get a discount if we bring the poster?"
"Maybe we better take it!" *rip*
- In the musical version of the episode, they said they didn't get a discount.
- Implied in American Dad!. Steve, in an attempt to get his father's attention, takes an application for junior football from a sign. Roger, in a twisted attempt in helping, starts a fire. Just before the scene ends, the fire is seen quickly spreading to the sign, suggesting that it and the rest of the applications are destroyed.
- 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.